January 29, 2013

To AP’s Taylor, Congress’s Ratings Are ‘in the Gutter,’ and Harry Reid Is a ‘Traditionalist’

An emailer who is a retired journalist wrote to me today about a January 27 Associated Press item by Andrew Taylor presented as an objective news report, calling it “Appalling … the worst ever.” If it’s not, it’s pretty close, though I’m not sure how any report on a single congressional action can top the comprehensive slop seen in the June 2008 classic titled, “Everything Seemingly Is Spinning Out of Control.” Readers visit that linked article at their peril.

The AP report concerns the “no budget, no pay” provision added to the bill the House recently passed to increase the government’s borrowing cap. Taylor’s travesty reeks of contempt and imbalance. Several paragraphs follow the jump (bolds and numbered tags are mine):


The New Immigration Proposal Is Something …

Filed under: Economy,Immigration,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 2:36 pm

… I’ll need to study more, but until then, based on the evidence she has presented and her past dead-on accuracy, I’m with Michelle Malkin — It’s Shamnesty Redux.


If the Kabuki promise of “securing the border first” sounds familiar, it’s because it’s the same empty, bullcrap promise that shamnesty peddlers have pitched since the Reagan years.

… Question: If GOP senators were serious about cracking down on the systemic, dangerous, ongoing, persistent problem of illegal alien visa overstayers and the failure to enact an effective visa tracking system since before and well after 9/11 (read THIS), why haven’t they pushed for fixing it SEPARATE AND APART from amnesty measures?

Answer: Because these cynical panderers are not serious about ending the backlog of more than 750,000 unvetted visa overstay records.

… don’t believe the hype from Rubio supporters that this warmed-over shamnesty proposal — another recipe for more illegal immigration, a bigger welfare state, and undermined sovereignty — is somehow new, improved and more enlightened.

I sure don’t.

AP Finally Acknowledges 1% 4Q12 GDP Estimate For Tomorrow’s Government Report in Downbeat Confidence Coverage

In his coverage of the Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence report released earlier today, the Associated Press’s Martin Crutsinger conveniently avoided using quote marks when he wrote that “Conference Board economist Lynn Franco said the tax increase was the key reason confidence tumbled in January, making Americans less optimistic about the next six months.” That isn’t what Franco said.

Crutsinger also — finally — told AP readers and subscribers what other reporters and commentators have been saying for about two weeks, namely that analysts’ estimates of economic growth in tomorrow’s government report on gross domestic product are a for a very weak annualized 1%.


Kirsten Powers Rips Obama and His Administration For Its ‘Strategy to Delegitimize’ Fox News

In a column which went up this morning, Fox News Political Analyst Kirsten Powers, whose political positions certainly lean left and is a self-described liberal, ripped into President Obama and his administration for what she correctly characterizes as their “strategy to delegitimize a news organization” — hers.

Her column is about far more than Obama’s recent complaint to the New Republic’s Chris Hughes (covered by Noel Sheppard at NewsBusters) that “If a Republican member of Congress is not punished on Fox News or by Rush Limbaugh for working with a Democrat on a bill of common interest, then you’ll see more of them doing it.” What she recounts is a strategy first employed in 2009 and apparently being revived, now that Obama no longer has to answer to America’s voters, to marginalize the only network which still tries to be fair and balanced (bolds are mine):


Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (012913)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

Rules are here. Possible comment fodder follows. Other topics are also fair game.


9:10 a.m.: More on sore loser Steve Driehaus — Doug Johnson at the National Right to Life Committee emailed me yesterday with important additional information and a revision (the revision relates to the history of “the Stupak Amendment”), which I have incorporated into Sunday’s original post and added as an update to it.

Bottom-lining it:

“The bill is riddled with provisions that predictably will result in federal subsidies for private insurance plans that cover abortion (some of which will be administered directly by the federal government), direct federal funding of abortion through Community Health Centers, and pro-abortion federal administrative mandates. The sum of these provisions makes H.R. 3590 the most abortion-expansive piece of legislation ever to reach the floor of the House of Representatives.”

An affadavit originally prepared in late 2010 provided by Johnson “goes on to cite several additional specific examples of abortion-supporting and subsidizing measures Obama’s Executive Order, even if it trumped the law as passed (which isn’t the case) doesn’t touch.”

9:45 a.m.: I still couldn’t find any coverage of the Driehaus verdict at the Cincinati Enquirer in a search on “Driehaus Anthony Black” (not in quotes), a review of today’s top news, or at the paper’s Politics Extra blog.

1:30 p.m.: The Enquirer finally gave it a grudging six paragraphs at 12:15 p.m. It would be interesting to see if it makes the print edition tomorrow, though I wouldn’t know unless someone tells me, because I gave on the Enquirer years ago.

Positivity: Cardinal O’Malley calls pro-life movement to grow in faith

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:01 am

From Washington:

Jan 25, 2013 / 06:56 pm

Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley of Boston encouraged pro-life pilgrims from across America to deepen their faith, explaining that a culture of life must be founded upon the conversion of our own lives.

“Our task is to live our faith so intensely,” the cardinal said, “that we will generate a culture of life.”

Over 13,000 people gathered on the evening of Jan. 24 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. for the opening Mass of the National Prayer Vigil for Life.

Cardinal O’Malley, recently appointed chairman-elect of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, was the principal celebrant and homilist at the Mass, which was concelebrated by 324 priests, 41 bishops, and six cardinals.

The vigil continued with confessions, prayer and holy hours celebrated throughout the night. It concluded on the morning of Jan. 25 with a closing Mass, at which Bishop Kevin J. Farrell of Dallas was the principal celebrant and homilist. Over 5,500 were in attendance.

Participants were then able to attend the annual March for Life in downtown D.C., along the National Mall to the Supreme Court building.

In his homily, Cardinal O’Malley focused on “great pro-life Gospel” that takes place during the visitation of Elizabeth. In the Gospel, he said, “John dances like David dancing before the Arc of the Covenant” when he first encounters his unborn cousin, Jesus.

The cardinal also highlighted the importance of Mary, noting that by saying “yes” to carrying Christ, “Mary is saying yes to God, yes to life, yes to love, and yes even to the Cross.”

He explained that because of this emphasis on accepting life, “the Gospel of Life is an imperative to Christ’s disciples,” both in the first centuries of the Church and today. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

Politico’s ‘Quiet Liberal Plans for Entitlements’ Are Predominantly Tax Increases, Redistributions of Wealth

The front-page title at the Politico for David Nather’s lengthy write-up on Democrats’ alleged ideas for doing something about runaway entitlement programs is “The quiet liberal plan for entitlements; There are some ideas for reining in spending that have been blessed by the left.” That gives readers the impression that the left might actually have something specific and potentially palatable in mind.

No such luck. The actual title at Nather’s write-up, however, pluralizes “plan” — “The quiet liberal plans for entitlements.” Its itemization of the supposedly brilliant ideas for reform liberals have in mind are dominated by tax increases and income redistribution measures which fail to structurally reform anything.