October 12, 2012

Paging Chuck Todd: Rasmussen Had Obama in Best Position Among National Polls Fri. Morning

On October 3, as Kyle Brennan’s at NewsBusters noted the next day, NBC News political director Chuck Tood, appearing on CNBC, characterized presidential polls generated by Scott Rasmussen’s polling group as “slop.”

The specific quote: “We spend a lot more money polling than Scott Rasmussen does. We spend a lot more money on quality control….I hate the idea that [NBC] polling, which is rigorously done, has to get compared to what is, in some cases, you know, slop.” At the time, while many polls, including NBC’s (done in conjunction with the Wall Street Journal), were showing Barack Obama with leads of four points or more nationally, Rasmussen was virtually alone Obama barely ahead and occasionally tied with Mitt Romney; Chuck was clearly not pleased with that. Someone ought to ask Todd if his evaluation holds based on the results following the jump which were posted at Real Clear Politics early Friday morning.

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EU Wins the Nobel Peace Prize — No, Really

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:01 am

This is not a joke — well, it is, but it’s something which has really happened:

The European Union has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts to promote peace and democracy in Europe, in the midst of the union’s biggest crisis since its creation in the 1950s.

The Norwegian prize committee said the EU received the award for six decades of contributions “to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe.”

… The idea began to take on a more defined shape when, on May 9, 1950, French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman proposed that France and the Federal Republic of Germany pool their coal and steel resources in a new organization that other European countries could join.

The EU was just a comfy, politically correct concept with no power or influence for its first 43 years until “it was formally established when the Maastricht Treaty came into force on 1 November 1993.” It has only existed as a real entity for 19 years. I should add that it never would have become anything if it weren’t for the work of a guy who will never get honored by the Nobel Committee — Ronald Reagan — and for decades of ongoing defense primarily paid for by the United States.

Today, the EU is a collection of control-freak statists whose strictures imposed on that continent are largely responsible for the financial mess the Associated Press cited in the opening paragraph of its breaking story above.

This is a pathetic insult on so many levels, especially to many on the roster (some identified here) of other potential recipients, some of whom have bravely suffered prison, torture, and other abuses as a result of their human rights advocacy.

Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (101212)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

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

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Positivity: Atlanta archdiocese prohibits support of Komen foundation

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Atlanta:

Atlanta, Ga., Oct 9, 2012 / 04:04 am

The Archdiocese of Atlanta recently sent a memo to its parishes announcing they are to end support for Susan G. Komen for the Cure over the organization’s ties with Planned Parenthood.

“The Archdiocese of Atlanta is concerned about the protection of human life, especially the precious unborn lives of babies,” archdiocesan communications director, Pat Chivers, told CNA Oct. 8.

“It’s our opportunity to teach about the dignity of all human beings, and the protection for unborn babies, and this is the teaching of the Catholic Church.”

The memo was issued to all archdiocesan entities Oct. 1 in response to requests from parishes.

As October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Komen is using the upcoming weeks to raise its profile and to fundraise. As part of its local efforts, the organization will have a “Worship in Pink Weekend” in Atlanta, asking churches to have their parishioners wear pink to honor survivors and to promote early detection.

In an Oct. 8 interview, Chivers said that the memo was released to meet the needs of local parishes, as many “were asking ‘Can we go ahead with this Worship in Pink Weekend?’”

In response to the archdiocesan statement, the CEO of Planned Parenthood Southeast argued that the timing of the memo “feels mean-spirited.”

However, Chivers said that instead participating in the weekend, Atlanta parishes are going to promote their own “breast cancer awareness activities,” which include garnering support for two organizations titled the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute and the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer.

The decision fosters Catholic identity, Chivers said, “because we’re actually having an opportunity to speak out in support of human life and that we are encouraging parishes and individuals to participate in breast cancer awareness activities, but not with Komen, because they support Planned Parenthood.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.