January 27, 2013

Obama Admin Revised Food Stamp Participation Report to Show Larger Increase Than Under Bush 43 — After the Election

Here’s something I discovered in the course of preparing a column which will appear elsewhere. It appears to speak to the lengths to which Barack Obama’s administration and his campaign went to avoid having any kind of bad economic news appear before the fall elections.

By July of last year, the increase in food stamp program participation in the 42 months since Obama took office exceeded the increase seen during George W. Bush’s entire eight years. But “somehow,” the last monthly report issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture before Election Day didn’t reflect that reality. It turns out that USDA made an almost unheard-of substantial upward revision to reported July participation on December 7 in its second — not its first — post-election report. It is not at all unreasonable to believe that the original understatement was designed to ensure that Mitt Romney and other Republican candidates would not be able to capitalize on that grim comparative milestone, and that the revision delay until the second post-election report was designed to minimize the deception’s visibility. The establishment press should have caught this, and didn’t — or worse, someone caught it and didn’t care to report it.

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Not News: Federal Judge Tosses Sore Loser Former Congressman’s Claim Against Susan B. Anthony’s List (See Update Based on NRLC-Provided Information)

It’s not very often that a federal judge begins a ruling by saying that “Sometimes even a person with excellent vision does not see the forest for the trees.” That happened yesterday in a case involving former First District Democratic Congressman and sore loser Steve Driehaus, whose district mostly comprised the western two-thirds of Cincinnati’s Hamilton County. Yet it’s not news at Gannett’s Cincinnati Enquirer — or anywhere else, for that matter.

After his 2010 defeat at the hands of Republican Steve Chabot, Driehaus sued the Susan B. Anthony List in federal court  for defamation and — get this — “loss of livelihood.” Why? Because, during that campaign, SBAL told Driehaus’s constituents — correctly, it has since been proven — that his vote for ObamaCare was a betrayal of his pro-life principles. Yesterday, despite his obvious conflict of interest as former president and director of the Planned Parenthood Association of Cincinnati, Judge Timothy Black, a Barack Obama appointee, found a way to do what he should have done in the first place, and rejected Driehaus’s nonsense.

A firm hat-tip for highlighting this ruling goes to COAST, a Cincinnati-area watchdog and limited-government advocacy group which, from what I can tell, is the only outfit anywhere which has noted it.

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Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (012713)

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: March for Life participants offer joyful witness

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:01 am

From Washington:

Jan 25, 2013 / 04:13 pm

Young participants at the 2013 March for Life voiced enthusiasm and hope as they stood up for the dignity of every human life, from conception to natural death.

This year’s march has “a lot of energy,” observed Tony Visintainer, a 23-year-old seminarian at Mount St. Mary’s in Maryland.

“I don’t know if it’s the 40th anniversary,” Visintainer told CNA, “but there’s a difference in the atmosphere.”

He noted that the massive crowds were chanting and dancing in the streets.

Hundreds of thousands of participants – mostly young people – braved freezing temperatures and snow to attend the March for Life in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 25.

The annual march commemorates the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that effectively legalized abortion throughout the nation.

Marchers listened to speakers at a rally on the National Mall before walking to the Supreme Court. Many carried signs voicing their support for life and prayed silently.

Christy Guillory, a student at St. Emory Catholic High School in Louisiana was “very excited” to be at the march for the first time, despite the cold weather.

“Snow’s a new thing for me,” she said, adding that the experience of being there with such huge pro-life crowds was “a lot to take in.”

Guillory said that she came to the march this year in order “to give witness” to the lives of the unborn, echoing the sentiments of many other participants.

Derek Smith of Chillicothe, Ohio, also came with his parish to the march in order to give witness. He explained that he had converted to the Catholic Church after his first March for Life four years ago.

“Really, this is what made me decide to be Catholic,” Smith said, noting that one thing that changed his mind about the Church was “the power behind” the march, both in prayers and the dedication of the individuals who participated.

Some women and men who attended march spoke out from experience about the pain that abortion left in their hearts and minds. …

Go here for the rest of the story.