May 25, 2012

Yahoo News Item on N.J. Mayor’s Arrest Avoids Party ID; Short AP Item Waits Until Final Paragraph

If for no other reason than the uniqueness of the alleged crimes involved, the story of the arrests of West New York, New Jersey Mayor Felix Roque and his son deserves attention. It is getting some, complete with the predictable downplaying and omission of the Mayor’s political party affiliation, which “just so happens” to be as a Democrat.

Since it’s currently appearing at Yahoo News, which is the Internet’s most popular news site, with an estimated 110 million unique monthly visitors, Alex Fitzpatrick’s Thursday report on the mayor’s arrest which originated at Mashable.com is worth calling out, especially because in almost 300 words, Fitzpatrick failed to identify Roque’s party. Get a load of what this guy and his son allegedly did to protect their jobs:
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TIB Radio: We’re On

Filed under: News from Other Sites — Tom @ 6:09 pm

We’re here.

Domestic Terrorist Brett Kimberlin Targets Right-Wing Bloggers — and Their Families, and Their Workplaces (UDPATE: And Has Been Working with the State Dept. For Three Years)

Many of the items below are long slogs, but I am asking readers in the name of all that is decent to endure them — and “endure” is the right word, because what the left is enabling with its sponsorship must be stopped:

  • Patterico — “Convicted Bomber Brett Kimberlin, Neal Rauhauser, Ron Brynaert, and Their Campaign of Political Terrorism” (wherein one learns what it’s like to be “SWATted”)
  • The Blaze — “Meet Soros-Funded Domestic Terrorist Brett Kimberlin Whose ‘Job” Is Terrorizing Bloggers Into Silence”
  • Michelle Malkin has been following the Kimberlin escalation for days (here, here), and looks at the “mainstream” far-lefties who are funding Kimberlin.
  • This report from the Indianapolis Star decades ago will make you wonder how Brett Kimberlin was ever allowed to become a free man.
  • Ace weighs in, and as noted in Patterico’s post, has become a target.
  • At FrontPage — “Brett Kimberlin and the Hall of Fame of Leftist Terrorists”
  • Jim Geraghty — “Why Are SWAT Teams Being Used as Tools of Harassment?”
  • Memeorandum has much, much more.

Something has gone very, very wrong if the offenses described in the posts above can’t, or even worse won’t, be prosecuted.

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UPDATE: From the “Works Fail” file (HT Hot Air Headlines) — “Why Is The State Department Partnering With Convicted Bomber Brett Kimberlin?”

UPATE 2: Bryan Preston at PJ Media — “It’s Lying Felon Brett Kimberlin’s Day in the Sun”

UPDATE 3: Yours truly is proud to be a tiny cog in the even known as Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day.

UPDATE 4: I didn’t mean to leave him out, but Robert Stacy McCain is one of Kimberlin’s targets, and has had his life turned upside down

… Brett Kimberlin knows where I live; it’s an implicit threat. You can look at Brett Kimberlin’s record as a convicted terrorist. He conspired to kill the prosecuting attorney and at least one key witness in the case against him. That’s according to the Indianapolis Star. You can look it up. You know these are facts that are unrefuted. When someone like that indicates that they know where you live, the threat is implicit. I’m not going to be there anymore. I mean we’re gone. We’re history. We’re out of there.

Read that again. McCain feels forced by a left wing-supported terrorist to protect himself and his family by moving to an undisclosed location out of what was his home state of Maryland.

This is an intolerable situation which cannot continue. Oh, and where are the free-speech protectors like the ACLU and others when you need them going after the people who are funding this guy?

Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (052512)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 10:00 am

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

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Positivity: Religious freedom caucuses planned for every state legislature

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 9:55 am

From Washington:

May 24, 2012 / 04:12 pm

Advocates of religious liberty have announced plans to launch religious freedom caucuses in all 50 state legislatures in order to fight against the erosion of religious liberty at the local level.

The caucuses will be “a focal point for those who are working on religious freedom in the states to direct and generate their efforts,” said Brian Walsh, executive director of the American Religious Freedom Program at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

Working alongside a wide variety of faith communities and other groups, the American Religious Freedom Program is helping form and support the caucuses, which will allow state legislators to share information and connect with religious and public policy organizations as they focus on threats to religious liberty.

The caucus initiative was announced at the 2012 National Religious Freedom Conference in Washington, D.C. on May 24.

Concerns over religious freedom have escalated in recent months, reaching a peak with the Obama administration’s federal mandate that will require employers to offer health insurance plans covering contraception, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs, even if doing so violates their consciences.

The mandate has been widely criticized as an attack on religious liberty. Catholic bishops from every diocese in the U.S. have spoken out against it, warning that it could force Catholic hospitals, schools and charitable agencies to close their doors.

Organizers of the state caucus initiative said that many threats to religious freedom being or are found at the state level.

These attacks include attempts to require individuals to perform health care procedures that violate their beliefs, censure of policy arguments that incorporate religious beliefs, and efforts to weaken religious groups’ ability to choose their own leaders.

Concerns have also been voiced over the threat to religious freedom posed by a redefinition of marriage so that it includes homosexual couples. In states that have legalized “gay marriage,” lawsuits have already been filed against those who object to cooperating with them, threatening the conscience rights of adoption agencies, church halls and photographers, as well as other individuals and organizations.

Walsh described the developing caucuses as “a place for religious freedom expertise to reside.”

He explained that the creation process has already begun in a dozen states, including Colorado, Pennsylvania, Florida, Missouri, Virginia, Kentucky, Delaware, Idaho, Kansas, Tennessee, Oklahoma and Utah.

Walsh expects these caucuses to be up and running soon. He said that a total of about 25 caucuses are anticipated by the end of this year, and nearly every state is expected to have a caucus by the end of 2013. …

Go here for the rest of the story.