November 11, 2012

AP’s Barr Goes Gaga Over Occupiers’ Sandy Aid Efforts

Filed under: MSM Biz/Other Bias,MSM Biz/Other Ignorance — Tom @ 11:27 am

First of all, I should and will stipulate that any legitimate aid and comfort to victims of Hurricane/Superstorm Sandy those affiliated with the Occupy Movement are providing is noble.

That said, Meghan Barr’s report at the Associated Press on their efforts is so absurdly fawning that it insults the thousands of others volunteering with private charities who are providing assistance on a meaningful and likely much more effective scale.

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IBD on Race Relations: Hopeful; Based on Experience, Naively So

From an Investor’s Business Daily editorial on Friday:

This election showed that while America may be deeply divided politically, one thing the nation is not is racist. Despite the basket-case economy, whites gave a black president another shot.

… One thing is clear from the election results: much of white America voted for Obama and in doing so expect a new era of racial harmony. Let’s hope the president, who has yet to prove he’s a post-racial uniter, gets the message.

Despite the distant legacy and lingering shame of slavery and Jim Crow, America can no longer honestly be viewed as a racist country. Not if a black man can become president, the commander-in-chief of the armed forces and the nation’s head of state for two full four-year terms.

Every black parent can now point to Obama and tell their children with confidence that they can achieve anything they set their mind to in America. Anything. The notion that race would hold them back is an utter fallacy ginned up by bitter race grievance-mongers.

Let this be the end to all the pernicious, divisive and unfair charges that America is still a racist nation.

Well, IBD is right. It should be the end. But believing that it will be requires rolling out megatons of hope triumphing over decades of experience. After all, only two weeks ago, the Associated Press, based on a phony poll and “scientific” studies done by charlatans, claimed that the country is even more racist now than it was four years ago.

Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (111112)

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: Stolen Mojave Desert cross recovered just before Veteran’s Day

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Los Angeles:

Nov 10, 2012 / 08:02 am

The World War I veteran memorial cross that was stolen from the Mojave Desert in 2010 has been recovered just days before the installation of its replacement.

“My reaction was one of surprise,” Jim Rowoldt, Veterans of Foreign Wars California Adjutant, told CNA Nov. 8.

The cross, which has served as a memorial for fallen soldiers of the First World War since 1934, was stolen in 2010 following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that it did not violate the separation of church and state.

On Nov. 5, just days before the installation of the new memorial on Veteran’s Day, the cross was found with a note identifying it as the one that had been stolen nearly 400 miles away, just outside San Francisco, KGO-TV reported.

Hiram Sasser, Director of Litigation for the Liberty Institute, the organization that represented the caretakers of the cross in the case called the finding “awfully providential.”

“They’re thrilled that after more than a decade of litigation, they’re finally going to be able to see it through to the end and see the memorial restored,” Sasser said.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars, who originally erected the cross, have been planning on installing a replacement cross on the same location at the exact local time anniversary of the end of World War I, which falls on Veteran’s Day.

“We’re raising it up on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, which is, if you pardon the time change, the actual anniversary of the ending of WWI,” Sasser said.

The lawsuit that targeted the cross was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of a former National Park Service employee who called for its removal because it was located on public land in the Mojave National Preserve.

Even though a replacement cross has been made for the memorial, the one that was stolen will be returned to Henry and Wanda Sandoz, the caretakers of the memorial. …

Go here for the rest of the story.