February 15, 2013

PolitiFact Labels Totally True Rubio Statement on Obama and Sequester ‘Half True’

Anyone who thinks that setting a parody site of PolitiFact would be a good idea should reconsider. The site already parodies what a true fact-checking effort would look like on a nearly daily basis.

On Tuesday, the site’s Molly Moorhead evaluated Marco Rubio’s claim during his State of the Union response speech that spending cuts involved in sequestration were originally the idea of President Barack Obama and the White House. Of course they were. But after admitting that the “(The Price of Politics author Bob) Woodward’s reporting shows clearly that defense sequestration was an idea that came out of Obama’s White House,” she still evaluated Rubio’s claim as only “half true” (bolds are mine):

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Latest PJ Media Column (‘The Unreality Based Presidency’) Went Up Yesterday

Filed under: Economy,Environment,Health Care,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 7:51 am

It’s here.

I intensely appreciate the folks at PJ Media fast-tracking the column’s yesterday and getting the column up withing just a few hours of its submission — something I didn’t even ask for.

The column will appear here at BizzyBlog tomorrow afternoon (link won’t work until then) after the blackout expires.

Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (021513)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:10 am

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

Positivity: Basketball pros to become Catholic campus missionaries

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Denver:

Feb 14, 2013 / 12:03 am

Best friends Jennifer Risper and Christina Wirth have given up professional basketball to become Catholic missionaries with the Fellowship of Catholic University Students’ outreach to student athletes.

“It is always a wonderful consolation to see young people of such caliber decide to serve the Lord and to have a heart for reaching other athletes,” Thomas Wurtz, director of the FOCUS division Varsity Catholic, told CNA Feb. 13.

The two women became professional athletes with the WNBA and in Europe after award-winning careers playing basketball for Vanderbilt University. Now they will leave their professional basketball team in Romania to join Varsity Catholic. They will be the first professional athletes to serve as missionaries with the organization.

Wurtz said they will be “a tremendous addition” to FOCUS’ campus missionaries.

“There is such a need for Catholics to serve and form athletes, and Christina and Jennifer will no doubt be a blessing for a number of women on campus,” he added.
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