April 16, 2012

AP Reporter on Dems’ North Carolina Sex Harassment Scandal Cites ‘Turnover’ as Ousted Chair’s Bigger Problem

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 2:13 pm

The willingness of the Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press, to cover for Democratic Party flubs, crimes, and scandals is something to behold. On Sunday, the wire service’s Gary D. Robertson (pictured from a recent YouTube video) opened his coverage of North Carolina’s Democratic Party executive director Jay Parmley with the following sentence: “The executive director of the North Carolina Democratic Party has resigned amid concern among party activists about high turnover at the party headquarters and harassment allegations there.” Yeah, that “turnover” had to be a much bigger problem than those harassment allegations.

Gosh, the coverage two days earlier by Matt Boyle at the Daily Caller “somehow” had nothing to say about “turnover.” But Boyle did name names and cite other specifics, with which the AP’s Robertson, in his terse, five-paragraph “I guess I have to do this but I’m not going to like it” piece, never bothered:

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Axelrod Speaks the Truth

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 1:42 pm

At PJ Media’s PJ Tatler, where they still type the words so you don’t have to watch the flipping’ video (thought it’s there if you want it) to get to the point:

AXELROD: “The choice in this election is between an economy that produces a growing middle class and that gives people a chance to get ahead, and their kids a chance to get ahead, and an economy that continues down the road we’re on.”

ICYMI, Barack Obama and his administration are responsible for “the road we’re on.” We can’t afford to be on it now, let alone stay on it for another four years.

Rush made a great point in response to this, which is that Team Obama wants to act as if it’s 2008 — (these are my adds) as if there was no stimulus, no Cash for Clunkers, no prolonged housing crash which 3-1/2 years later STILL may not have bottomed out, no trillion-dollar deficits, no $15 trillion in debt, no credit downgrades, no 8% unemployment, no weakest “recovery” since World War II, etc. etc.

Sorry, David. It’s not 1936, where FDR pretended that it was still 1932. There’s too much which is known to try to pretend that the past three-plus years — and really almost four, going back to the true inception of the POR (Pelosi-Obama-Reid) Economy.

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UPDATE: Related — not a strong indicator because it’s only of sentiment, but a definite miss — “The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo said Monday that its builder sentiment index fell this month to 25 from 28.”

Expectations were for an increase to 29. Oops.

Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (041612)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 7:00 am

Rules are here. Possible comment fodder follows. Other topics are also fair game.

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NY Times: “White House Opens Door to Big Donors, and Lobbyists Slip In.” Like it’s some kind of accident.

Uh, no:

Patrick J. Kennedy, the former representative from Rhode Island, who donated $35,800 to an Obama re-election fund last fall while seeking administration support for a nonprofit venture, said contributions were simply a part of “how this business works.”

“If you want to call it ‘quid pro quo,’ fine,” he said. “At the end of the day, I want to make sure I do my part.”

The Washington Free Beacon has a better term: “Quid Pro Dough.”

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War on who? Helen Smith at PJM Lifestyle:

Women now hold coverture over men in reproductive rights and it is extending to other areas as well. Coverture was a “legal doctrine whereby, upon marriage, a woman’s legal rights were subsumed by those of her husband.” Women now hold men’s legal rights in their hands–it is not a good turn of events. Many men, especially the white-knight types don’t realize that they are at the mercy of women today. … in doing interviews for my forthcoming book on this topic, I am amazed at how few men know much about their rights (or lack thereof) or have any clue how to fight back.

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At Breitbart: “Janet Napolitano Signed ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law for Arizona in 2006″ (HT Instapundit, who also notes that former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm also signed on).

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At Reuters: “Analysis: Obama’s ‘green jobs’ have been slow to sprout.” The headline vastly downplays the disgraces described.

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Comic Relief at AP, where the first sentence at Gary Robertson’s story about the North Carolina Dem who resigned over sexual harassment allegations currently reads as follows: “The executive director of the North Carolina Democratic Party has resigned amid concern among party activists about high turnover at the party headquarters and harassment allegations there.”

Yeah, if it weren’t for that turnover problem, Jay Parmley might still be at his post.

Positivity: Amidst tragedy, Colorado woman finds Catholic Church

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:56 am

From Parker, California:

Apr 15, 2012 / 01:07 pm

Few people can image going through the trials that Liz Tufte has endured in the past couple of years, but Tufte — who entered the Catholic Church on March 11 at Ave Maria Parish — not only endured but discovered the truths of the Catholic faith.

Tufte began the Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA) program at Ave Maria last August — a little over a year after she and her two young daughters lost her husband Mike to suicide in April 2010.

“After witnessing one of the more horrific things in my life, I needed to figure out what was important,” Tufte told Bishop Michael Sheridan of Colorado Springs during an interview for his radio show, Bishop Sheridan Presents, which airs on KFEL 970 AM.

Tufte, a Michigan native, was baptized and raised in the Lutheran church, but when she and her parents moved to Colorado in 1994 as she was starting high school, the family didn’t have an easy time finding a spiritual home.

Go here for the rest of the story.