May 11, 2012

Facts Don’t Matter; They’re Going to Call This Post Raaaaaacist (UPDATE: Orchestrated by a Radical’s Daughter)

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 2:12 pm

But I can’t call out those who are being trained on how to deploy the race card in politics what they have shown themselves to be:

House Dems trained to make race the issue

House Democrats received training this week on how to address the issue of race to defend government programs, according to training materials obtained by The Washington Examiner.

The prepared content of a Tuesday presentation to the House Democratic Caucus and staff indicates that Democrats will seek to portray apparently neutral free-market rhetoric as being charged with racial bias, conscious or unconscious.

In her distributed remarks, Maya Wiley of the Center for Social Inclusion criticized “conservative messages [that are] racially ‘coded’ and had images of people of color that we commonly see used” and proposed tactics for countering the Republicans’ (presumably) racially-coded rhetoric.

According to Wiley’s group’s website, “right-wing rhetoric has dominated debates of racial justice – undermining efforts to create a more equal society, and tearing apart the social safety net in the process” for over 25 years. Wiley had been invited to run the Democrats “through their strategy and how they message and talk about stuff” pertaining to race and fiscal policy, a staffer for Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., explained.

As samples of race-coded rhetoric, Wiley reminded the Democrats of statements by Republican presidential candidates Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich. Of Gingrich’s famous comment about President Obama, her distributed remarks note, “Calling a Black man ‘the food stamp president’ is not a race-neutral statement, even if Newt Gingrich did not intend racism.”

I guess that’s because only people of color eat food. (/sarc)

Translation: Any criticism of the incumbent president’s domestic agenda is racist, whether intended or not.

I say this to Ms. Wiley with all the unbiased love in my heart: Get a life.

And to the American people who get to decide whether to vote for self-strategizing racists (i.e., Democrats) or others this fall: Get a grip.

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UPDATE: In a sadly predictable development, we learn from Michelle Horstman at the PJ Tatler that “training” provider Maya Wiley has far, far-left roots

Currently with the Center for Social Inclusion, Maya has a resume that any progressive would envy, including work with Soros’ Open Society, NAACP, Tides, and the ACLU …

… (via DiscoverTheNetworks) Maya Wiley, daughter of George A. Wiley, sits on the Tides Center’s Board of Directors.

The Tides Center’s Board Chairman is Wade Rathke, who is also a member of the Tides Foundation Board. Rathke, a protege of the late George A. Wiley, serves as President of the New Orleans-based Local 100 of the Service Employees International Union, and is the founder and chief organizer of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN).

… George accomplished quite a bit, using the Cloward and Piven tactics of the day. He started the National Welfare Rights Organization, which later inspired the founding of ACORN …

Horstman’s wrap: “What better choice for instruction (or should we say “destruction”) could the Democratic Party ask for?”

AP Pretends It’s Romney’s Campaign Which Is Focused on ‘Gay’ Rights, Ignores Holes in WaPo’s ‘Bullying’ Story

AdministrationsPress1111This morning (saved here at host for future reference), Philip Elliott and Kasie Hunt at the Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press, demonstrated how apparatchik propagandists work.

In their recast of reality, it’s Mitt Romney whose presidential campaign has been focused on gay rights, not Barack Obama, his administration, his campaign, and the lapdog establishment press which have been obsessed with it for days. As to the 5,400-word hit piece prepared by Jason Horowitz and published in the Washington Post on early Thursday which portrayed an incident Romney says he does not recall during which he allegedly forcibly cut a classmate’s hair against his will with the assistance of others — It’s “a news report” about which there are no stated doubts (there are lots of’ em). Samples of the AP pair’s misdirection and opportunism follow (bolds are mine):

Romney to shift focus from gay rights to economy

Republican Mitt Romney is trying to shift his campaign’s focus back to the sluggish economic recovery and will use a commencement speech at an evangelical university to cast strong families as central to a strong economy.

… Romney’s campaign released excerpts of his speech a day early. His remarks will be delivered a few days after he reaffirmed his opposition to same-sex marriage after President Barack Obama’s historic embrace of gay marriage. The former Massachusetts governor also spent Thursday shrugging off a news report that he had bullied a gay classmate in prep school.

On Friday, Romney will try to shift the discussion back to jobs and the economy during an appearance in North Carolina, where voters this week approved a constitutional ban on same-sex unions.

While raising money Thursday in Kansas City, Mo., Romney all but ignored the discussion of gays and lesbians prompted by Obama’s endorsement of gay marriage.

The renewed attention on gay rights came as Obama thrust the issue into the forefront by becoming the first president to support allowing gay couples to wed, shifting the campaign debate to social issues, where Romney faces skepticism among the Republican base.

Obama’s unexpected embrace of gay marriage continued to overwhelm the presidential campaign as liberals and conservatives debated the political merits of his endorsement of an issue over which a president has little practical impact.

For Romney, the discussion of gay rights turned personal when The Washington Post published a story recounting how he and several schoolmates held down classmate John Lauber and cut off his bleached blond hair after seeking him out in his dorm room at their boarding school in the wealthy Detroit suburb of Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

Elliott and Hunt never note the holes in WaPo’s story which have been known for almost 24 hours, namely that one of those supposedly troubled by the incident for years (as originally written by the paper’s Jason Horowitz, before undisclosed scrubbing began) now says he didn’t learn of it until the Post told him about it, and that one of Lauber’s sisters is now saying that their now-deceased brother never told them about the incident.

It’s all in a day’s propaganda at the Administration’s Press.

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.

WaPo Romney Hit Piece Falling Apart, on Three Levels; Heads Should Roll

Filed under: MSM Biz/Other Bias,MSM Biz/Other Ignorance — Tom @ 11:52 am

Strike 1: As documented originally by Draw and Strike (HT Noel Sheppard at NewsBusters), the story of a classmate as told to ABC News differs significantly from what the Washington Post originally carried. The Post has tried to modify its original story to incorporate the differing information — without informing its readers that it has done so.

Strike 2: As Sheppard notes, even after the undisclosed correction, the Post STILL appears to have gotten it wrong.

Strike 3: The Post story is, according to the Romney haircut incident target’s sisters, completely wrong about their memory of the incident — because they have none, because they say their brother never told them about the incident:

The older sister of Mitt Romney’s former high school classmate said she has no knowledge of any bullying incident involving her brother and the GOP presidential candidate.

Christine Lauber, who is a few years older than John Lauber, was at college when the alleged incident happened, and said the brother and sister were “doing our own thing” at the time.

When ABC News showed her the story, Christine Lauber’s eyes welled up with tears and she became agitated.

She also corrected the story, saying her brother was a boarder, not a day student.

She described her brother as a “very unusual person.”

“He didn’t care about running with the peer group,” Christine Lauber said. “What’s wrong with that?”

Betsy Lauber, one of John Lauber’s three sisters, spoke with ABC News Tuesday night regarding the accuracy of the story.

“The family of John Lauber is releasing a statement saying the portrayal of John is factually incorrect and we are aggrieved that he would be used to further a political agenda. There will be no more comments from the family,” she said.

Jason Horowitz — That’s three strikes (you could cut the above into a couple more pieces and get to five very easily). You should be out. Unless you have some kind of defense for all of this which I cannot imagine you have (in which case you should be suspended until all matters are clarified), you should be resign. If you won’t, you should be fired — and you’re probably not the only one.

This is Jason Horowitz’s and the the Washington Post’s Rathergate.

Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (051112)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 8:55 am

Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow later. Other topics are also fair game.

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Positivity: Pluristem stem cells save girl’s life

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 8:45 am

(Background: Per Dictionary.com, “If the bone marrow or stem cells are taken from a donor, the transplant is referred to as allogeneic.”)

From Tel Aviv, Israel:

Pluristem Therapeutics Ltd. (Nasdaq:PSTI; DAX: PJT: PLTR)has announced that a seven year-old girl suffering from an aplastic bone marrow whose condition was rapidly deteriorating has seen a reversal of her condition. The improvement came due to a significant increase in her red cells, white cells and platelets following the intramuscular injection of Pluristem’s PLacental eXpanded (PLX) cells. Aplastic bone marrow is a disease where the patient has no blood-forming hematopoietic stem cells in the bone marrow.

Hadassah Medical Center Bone Marrow Transplantation, Cell Therapy and Transplantation Research Center director Prof. Reuven Or said, “With her body rejecting all possible treatment, and with no other options, we finally turned to Pluristem’s PLX cells, which literally saved her life. The results of this unique case indicate that PLX cells may be effective in treating other diseases that affect the bone marrow.”

The patient has been hospitalized at the Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Center in Jerusalem since August 2011. Her aplastic bone marrow had been refractory to treatment. So she underwent allogeneic stem cell transplantation from a matched unrelated donor. The first transplant was unsuccessful and the patient remained with bone marrow failure. The patient underwent a second allogeneic stem cell transplantation from a second donor. The bone marrow function was very poor and the patient suffered from recurrent infections.

Two months after the patient’s second bone marrow transplant, the child received PLX cells intramuscularly in two doses about one week apart. Some 10 days after the last administration of PLX cells, the patient’s hematological parameters began to significantly increase, an effect that has persisted to date. The patient’s general clinical status has also improved. Subsequent analysis has indicated that the PLX cells worked by stimulating the recovery of the hematopoietic stem cells contained in the second bone marrow transplant that she had received over two months earlier. Finally, after nine months of hospitalization, the child will be discharged from the hospital. …

Go here for the rest of the story