November 28, 2012

How Amazingly Convenient: Lefties ‘Discover’ That Susan Rice Has ‘Conflict of Interest’ Energy Investments

In what would appear to be a sure sign that the Obama administration’s leftist allies, perhaps with the President’s go-ahead, are preparing to throw current U.N. ambassador Susan Rice under the bus, Alex Guillen at the Politico reported at 6:14 p.m. on information that has from all appearances been public for at least three months, but which the National Resources Defense Council’s On Earth blog noted about an hour earlier.

Rice’s offenses? She “holds significant investments in more than a dozen Canadian oil companies and banks that would stand to benefit from expansion of the North American tar sands industry and construction of the proposed $7 billion Keystone XL pipeline.” That’s indeed troubling, but it was just as troubling when leftists up to and including the editorialists at the Washington Post were accusing anyone objecting to Rice’s potential nomination of being presumptively racist. Excerpts from Guillen’s report follow the jump (bolds are mine):

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More Out-of-Control Identity Politics: Blacks, Latinos Concerned That a ‘Non-Person of Color’ Might Win NYC Council Seat

In a story the New York Times appears not to have touched, Hunter Walker at Observer.com’s Politicker (“about” page is here) reported on Tuesday that Thomas Lopez-Pierre, a black Harlem activist, “circulated an email” Monday night “in an attempt to plan a ‘private meeting’ to ‘discuss the potential damage to the political empowerment of the Black and Hispanic community if Mark Levine, a White/Jewish candidate was elected to the 7th Council District in 2013.’” So we see that black Chicagoland establishment officials trying to ensure that the successor to the recently resigned Jesse Jackson Jr. in Illinois’ 2nd Congressional District are not alone in seeing a political office as somehow “belonging” to them.

The Wall Street Journal (subscription may be required) has also picked up the story (“Race, Religion Used as Basis For an Attack”). Verbiage from the Politicker report, along with separate comments from James Taranto at the WSJ’s Best of the Web, follow the jump (internal links are in originals; bolds are mine throughout this post):

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Oct. New Home Sales Flat; AP’s Crutsinger Insists on Tagging Sandy; Nearly Entire Year Is Unimpressive

The real news in today’s new-home sales information published by the Census Bureau is that September’s previously reported 389,000 in seasonally adjusted annual sales was written down by over 5 percent to 369,000. Hmm — The higher figure, aggressively touted as the highest in 2-1/2 years by the Associated Press and other establishment media outlets, was reported on October 24, just 13 days before Election Day on November 6. Now we learn that it was a mirage, and that the revised figure was merely the same as the number turned in four months earlier and barely above Feburary. In fact, the new home market, portrayed throughout the summer and early fall as recovering somewhat nicely, merely treaded water. That trend continued in October, as annualized sales came in at 368,000. Imagine that.

To his credit, the Associated Press’s Martin Crutsinger at least acknowledged the major prior-month revision in each of his first two paragraphs; however, the AP’s headline writers ignored it. To Crutsinger’s detriment, it’s clear that he tried very hard to find someone who would pin a major portion of the blame for October’s 0.3 percent drop on Superstorm Sandy. When he couldn’t, he decided to take it on himself to make the point (bolds are mine):

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Fat Chance: Van Susteren Demands Apologies for Reckless ‘Racism’ Charges Hurled at McCain on MSNBC

Fox News Channel’s Greta Van Susteren has reached her boiling point after seeing yet another person at MSNBC hurl a gratuitous, objectively false charge of “racism” at Arizona Senator John McCain for having the gall to believe that Susan Rice would not be a good choice to be the next Secretary of State.

She let it rip in a blog post Monday afternoon:
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At National Journal, Fournier’s New Role Involves ‘Moving the Needle’ in ‘Reporting’

Well, at least he isn’t shy about it.

According to Dylan Byers at Politico, the National Journal’s Ron Fournier is going to “step down as editor-in-chief” and moving to “a role as editorial director.” Before joining that publication in June 2010, Fournier worked at the Associated Press for a total of over 20 years in two different stints. In an email response to Politico yesterday, Fournier elaborated on the motivation behind his move (bolds are mine throughout this post):

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Positivity: Catholic students host ‘HopeKids Day’ for terminally-ill

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 7:16 am

From Scottsdales, Arizona:

Nov 24, 2012 / 03:07 pm

Kids can still hope in the future, even if a life-threatening illness makes that future uncertain at best. Just ask Joel.

The 2-year-old from Holland was in an Arizona hospital Nov. 8 for treatment. He faces stage 4 neuroblastoma and the treatment success rate is not as strong back home.

Two days later, Joel still had a tube in his nose. That didn’t stop him from smiling big during a pony ride at the third annual “HopeKids Day,” a carnival-like event hosted by Notre Dame Preparatory students for all families registered with HopeKids Arizona.

More than 700 people, including student government volunteers and Notre Dame’s principal, swarmed campus for the afternoon festival Nov. 10. The Saints’ school became a playground filled with bouncy houses, games, crafts, rock climbing plus a coloring station and train rides.

Kids could stroll down the Fashion Club’s runway and interact with costumed characters.

“This year Cinderella gave her crown to all three of my lil’ Princesses. This is a day the girls will talk about for months,” Lorena Cross wrote on HopeKids Arizona’s Facebook page.

Notre Dame students help coordinate the annual event to allow children with life-threatening illnesses and their families restore fun, excitement and hope in their lives. HopeKids Arizona currently serves 880 families.

Stephanie Surratt, whose 11-year-old was diagnosed with a recessive developmental brain disorder by age 1, praised Notre Dame students on Facebook. She described them as polite, helpful and “amazing with the kids.”

Notre Dame’s Saints equally enjoyed the bonding experience.

“I’ve never seen so much hope in my life. The joy on the kids’ faces was moving. It was truly a blessing to have made such an impact in the life of these kids. Their smiles when I gave the kids cotton candy were electric,” said Jhett Steimel, a junior at Notre Dame.

Another said the reaction he got while in his Batman costume was worth far more than the service hours he earned at the event. Students also learned to be thankful for the smaller things in life.

“When you are around children who are sick and who have special needs, it teaches us all the lesson to be thankful for the gift of today and all that we are blessed with, including our health,” said Bridget Asheim, executive director for HopeKids in Arizona. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

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