June 27, 2012

AP Report on WH Bus Tour Plans Reads Like a Campaign Press Release

Filed under: MSM Biz/Other Bias,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:32 pm

It seems that there will be little reason for the Obama campaign to bother issuing press releases as long as Julie Pace of the Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press, is around to breathlessly relay the information for them as some kind of exclusive, insider report.

If there’s any difference between campaign hype and what Pace wrote in a theoretically objective news piece, it must be really subtle, because I didn’t see it. Here goes (fawning and/or obsequious word choices are in bold):

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If Hurricane Katrina Was Bush’s Fault (Though It Wasn’t; It Was Ray Nagin and Kathleen Blanco) …

Filed under: Taxes & Government,US & Allied Military — Tom @ 7:58 pm

… why isn’t the overstretching of firefighting resources which can directly be traced to administration military cuts being pinned on Obama?

From the Weekly Standard:

Colorado’s wildfire has exploded into an “epic firestorm,” in the words of Colorado Springs fire chief Richard Brown. Over 30,000 people have evacuated, and already hundreds of homes have been consumed. Ironically, the U.S. Air Force Academy has also been evacuated, at the very time that Colorado desperately needs more Air Force C-130s to fight the massive fire.

A C-130 fitted with the Modular Airborne FireFighting System (MAFFS) can drop 3,000 gallons of fire-retardant material in 5 seconds, and reload in just 15 minutes. This tempo is crucial to containing wildfires like the one devastating Colorado Springs. However, of a current fleet of nearly 380 C-130s, only eight can be fitted with the MAFFS—and four of them are already in the skies over Colorado. With another fire looming in the north of the state, there is no excess capacity to help protect civilian areas. That means thousands of exhausted firefighters on the ground are without enough of the crucial support they need to control the fires.

All this raises concerns about President Obama’s defense budget, which cuts 65 C-130s from the fleet over the next four years. While that will leave 318 C-130s, the demands on the fleet are not shrinking in Afghanistan or other places. Nor did the Air Force have much choice in the matter.

IBD: ‘Tougher Gun Laws (Were) Fast And Furious Goal’

Filed under: 2nd Amendment,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 7:54 am

There’s no alternative explanation, as Tuesday Investor’s Business Daily editorial explained:

he head of the House oversight panel suggests the real reason for the administration’s invoking executive privilege in the Fast and Furious case is to hide proof that the operation was part of a push for gun control.

Defenders of President Obama’s use of executive privilege to provide cover for Attorney General Eric Holder in the gun-running fiasco that resulted in the deaths of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and ICE Agent Jaime Zapata may dismiss it as just another conspiracy theory. But the suggestion by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., that the deadly operation was conceived to advance the administration’s gun-control agenda is quite plausible.

“Here’s the real answer as to gun control,” Issa said on ABC’s “This Week”: “We have email from people involved in this that are talking about using what they’re finding here to support the — basically assault weapons — ban or greater reporting.”

… As Issa noted on “This Week,” the Department of Justice announced on April 25, 2011, “right in the middle of the scandal,” that it was requiring some 8,500 gun stores in Arizona, California, Texas and New Mexico to report individual purchases of multiple rifles of greater than .22 caliber by law-abiding American citizens to the ATF because such guns are “frequently recovered at violent crime scenes near the Southwest border.”

Like the ATF-supplied guns found next to the body of Brian Terry?

Coincidence? We think not. On July 14, 2010, roughly five months before Agent Terry’s murder, ATF Field Ops Assistant Director Mark Chait emailed Bill Newell, ATF’s Phoenix special agent in charge of Fast and Furious. “Bill,” the email read, “can you see if these guns were all purchased from the same (licensed gun dealer) and at one time? We are looking at anecdotal cases to support a demand letter on long gun sales. Thanks.”

We have heard no plausible alternative explanation because there is no plausible explanation.

Eric Holder’s and especially Barack Obama’s antipathy towards the Second Amendment is well-documented, and needs to be more widely known. It is no stretch at all to believe that they are in the “by any means necessary” camp when it comes to limiting the right to keep and bear arms.

Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (062712)

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: Emotional goodbye for young Italian mother who died for unborn child

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Rome:

Jun 21, 2012 / 04:01 pm (CNA).- Hundreds of Italians gathered at the Church of St. Francisca Romana in Rome on June 16 for the funeral Mass of Chiara Corbella, a young Catholic woman who died after postponing her cancer treatments in order to protect her unborn child.

At 28 years of age, Chiara was happily married to Enrico Petrillo. They had already suffered the loss of two children in recent years who died from birth defects. The couple became popular speakers at pro-life events, in which they shared their testimony about the few minutes they were able to spend with their children, David and Maria, before they died.

In 2010, Chiara became pregnant for the third time, and according to doctors the child was developing normally. However, Chiara was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer and was advised to begin receiving treatment that would have posed a risk to her pregnancy.

Chiara decided to protect the baby – named Francisco – and opted to forgo treatment until after his birth, which took place on May 30, 2011.

Her cancer quickly progressed and eventually she lost sight in one eye. After a year-long battle Chiara died on June 13, surrounded by her loved ones and convinced that she would be reunited with her two children in heaven.

“I am going to heaven to take care of Maria and David, you stay here with Dad. I will pray for you,” Chiara said in a letter for Francisco that she wrote one week before her death.

The funeral Mass was celebrated by the Vicar General of Rome, Cardinal Agostino Vallini, who recalled Chiara as “the second Gianna Beretta,” the 20th century saint who sacrificed her life in similar circumstances to save her unborn baby.

Go here for the rest of the story.

Pensacola Cartoonist Depicts Ala. Newspaper Job Cuts As Leading to Return (and Triumph) of Bull Connor’s Fire Hoses

Recent job cuts at Alabama newspapers have been steep. The Birmingham Business Journal, which (ahem) apparently is not among the participants, reports that “Three of Alabama’s largest daily newspapers, including the Birmingham News, will lay off about 400 employees as they cut back their printing schedules and increase their focus on digital.” The other affected publications include the Huntsville Times and the Mobile Press Register. The job cuts are on the order of 50%-60%.

Across the Alabama border in Florida at the Pensacola News Journal, cartoonist Andy Marlette did not handle the layoff news well, as will be seen after the jump.

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