January 18, 2013

Another Day, Another Burglary at a House ID’d on N.Y. Paper’s Interactive Gun Map

Another home included in an interactive map of gun permit holders published by the Lower Hudson Valley’s Journal News shortly before Christmas has been burglarized. This time, according to the related report at Newsday, “The thieves ransacked the house Wednesday night, breaking into two safes on the home’s third floor and stealing a third safe.” The third safe, in what was either an amazing coincidence or yet another direct result of the interactive map’s publication, is the one which contained the homeowners’ guns. Imagine that.

More details from Timothy O’Connor’s Newsday report, wherein officials compete to distance the crime from the map, follow the jump.


Ben Bernanke Has Betrayed Us All

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:55 am

This column went up at FrontPageMag.com earlier this morning.


As if we needed any further reminder of how thoroughly corrupt and one-sided Washington has become, the man who is ostensibly in charge of what is supposed to be the most important politically neutral institution in the nation has once again weighed in on the side of the most financially irresponsible administration in U.S. history.

In case you missed it in the midst of the media-imposed obsession over “gun violence,” aka the orchestrated attempt to do as much damage to citizens’ constitutional right to keep and bear arms as possible, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke appeared on Monday at the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. In a question-and-answer format, first with school dean Susan Collins and then followed by submitted student questions, Bernanke, in what Ylan Q. Mui at the Washington Post called “a free-wheeling conversation,” engaged in historical revisionism, berated the U.S. Congress, and parroted the aggressively partisan line President Barack Obama and officials in his administration have taken as the federal government once again bumps up against its duly legislated credit limit:

… it was the very slow solution to the debt ceiling in August 2011 that got the US downgraded last time. … it’s very, very important that Congress take necessary action to raise the debt ceiling to avoid a situation where our government doesn’t pay its bills.

Bernanke tried to pretend that the downgrade of long-term U.S. debt to from AAA to AA+ by ratings agency Standard and Poor’s occurred because the House of Representatives under Speaker John Boehner didn’t immediately bend over and acquiesce to an unconditional increase in the debt ceiling almost 17 months ago.

That was  at best a secondary reason for S&P’s downgrade. The primary driver was the firm’s clearly expressed opinion ”that the fiscal consolidation plan that Congress and the Administration recently agreed to falls short of what, in our view, would be necessary to stabilize the government’s medium-term debt dynamics.” In other words, after all of the histrionics, Congress and the administration failed to do what they needed to do to get the government’s house in order.

Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (011813)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 8:35 am

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


Positivity: Denver Catholics prayerfully mark 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:30 am

From Denver:

Jan 18, 2013 / 02:11 am

Archbishop Samuel Aquila of the Denver archdiocese will lead local Catholics in remembering the 40th anniversary of legalized abortion throughout America with a Respect Life Mass this Sunday.

The Mass will be said at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception at 10:30 the morning of Jan. 20.

Following the Mass, many will participate in the March for Life Denver, beginning with speakers at 12:30 at the state capitol. The march will progress down Colfax Avenue from the Cathedral and Capitol to St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church.

The Denver march is in solidarity with the large events held in Washington D.C. and San Francisco. Among its organizers is Our Lady of Mount Carmel parish in Littleton, and Students for Life of America.

Later that afternoon, Archbishop Aquila will again join pro-life activities with a prayer event at Lighthouse Women’s Center in Denver. This pro-life medical center is located across the street from Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, one of the largest clinics of that organization in the country.

The 3 p.m. event at Lighthouse is called “40-Year Remembrance: Honoring Denver’s Children Lost to Abortion.” After song and prayer, Archbishop Aquila will address the crowd, and bless those making pilgrimage to the pro-life marches on the east and west coasts.

A life-sized image of the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the unborn, will be on display at the event. It is to end with a procession to Planned Parenthood, where participants will pray for those children who have lost their life there. Participants are encouraged to bring flowers to leave in their memory.

Across the country events are being planned to commemorate the Supreme Court’s Jan. 22, 1973 decision which legalized abortion throughout the country. Some 55 million human persons have been killed by abortion in the past 40 years in the U.S. …

Go here for the rest of the story.