June 26, 2012

AP Avoids Reporting Dems’ Convention Money Problems, Fails to Mention McCaskill’s Fellow Non-Attendees

Despite several updates to the story first reported by Bloomberg last night that the Democratic National Convention’s “move” of its “celebration” originally scheduled to take place at Charlotte Motor Speedway is really a cancellation likely driven by money problems, the Associated Press has not updated its virtual relay of the DNC’s related press release published late last night.

Additionally, in its brief story on Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill’s decision not to attending the convention, the AP made no reference to the nine other prominent Democratic Party politicians who have decided they’d be better off not being seen in the same convention venue with their party’s incumbent presidential candidate.

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AP Relays Dems’ Press Release on Charlotte ‘Celebration’ Move; Bloomberg Revealed Likely Reason (Money) Hours Earlier

(Originally posted just after midnight, and moved to the top for Tuesday afternoon visibility.)

The stenographers at the Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press, were apparently only too glad to relay the spin about the Monday night decision by organizers of the Democratic National Convention to move a “celebration” on September 3 from the Charlotte Motor Speedway to an unspecified (in the coverage) location in downtown Charlotte.

The AP’s virtual press release follows the jump, after which I’ll excerpt an item from Bloomberg a few hours ago containing the probable real explanation for the move — money.

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Al Gore and Enviro-Zealots, Call Your Office

Filed under: Economy,Environment,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:47 am

UK Daily Register (HT Instapundit; bolds are mine):

Antarctic ice shelves not melting at all, new field data show

Twenty-year-old models which have suggested serious ice loss in the eastern Antarctic have been compared with reality for the first time – and found to be wrong, so much so that it now appears that no ice is being lost at all.

“Previous ocean models … have predicted temperatures and melt rates that are too high, suggesting a significant mass loss in this region that is actually not taking place,” says Tore Hattermann of the Norwegian Polar Institute, member of a team which has obtained two years’ worth of direct measurements below the massive Fimbul Ice Shelf in eastern Antarctica – the first ever to be taken.

So who do you believe, the sacrosanct models or your lyin’ eyes?

The veneer is coming off of globaloney, and the underlying scam is becoming ever more obvious.

There has been no global warming since 1997.

Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (062612)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

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

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Positivity: Catholic group launches ‘virtual vigil’ for religious freedom

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Washington:

Jun 22, 2012 / 04:05 am

A Catholic grassroots organization in the nation’s capital is organizing a virtual march for religious freedom to accompany the Fortnight for Freedom that is currently underway throughout the country.

“Our goal is to unite those standing for our liberties in a national way by their attendance at the virtual vigil in Washington, D.C.,” said Matt Smith, president of Catholic Advocate.

He explained on June 20 that the bishops “have urged us all to consider the ‘Christian and American heritage of liberty’ during this time,” and said that he believes “participating in our virtual vigil is one great way for people of faith from across the United States to come together.”

Catholic Advocate, a non-partisan lay Catholic group that encourages the faithful to be politically active in a way that is consistent with Church teaching, has announced the launch of a Virtual Vigil for Religious Liberty to coincide with the current Fortnight for Freedom.

The fortnight was announced by the U.S. bishops’ religious freedom committee in response to growing threats to religious liberty within America.

Chief among these threats is a recent mandate by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that will require employers to offer health insurance plans that include contraception, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs, even if doing so violates their consciences.

The mandate has drawn widespread criticism for its infringement upon the religious liberty of those who object to it.

Bishops from every diocese in the U.S. have spoken out against the regulation, warning that it could force Catholic schools, hospitals and charitable agencies to close rather than act against the convictions of their faith.

In addition, more than 50 dioceses, schools, states, nonprofit organizations and private business owners have filed lawsuits challenging the mandate.

The Catholic bishops in the U.S. have called for a “Fortnight for Freedom” from June 21 to July 4 in order to support the restoration and protection of religious liberty in America.

The 14-day period has been designated as “a time of prayer, education, and action in support of religious liberty” and a means of highlighting the rich heritage of freedom of both Christians and Americans. …

Go here for the rest of the story.