June 30, 2013

At AP, Seven Stories in Two Days on Texas’s 500th Death-Penalty Execution — Since 1982

On Wednesday and Thursday, as seen in this search result at its national site, the Associated Press devoted six stories and a morning “10 Things” tease to the death-penalty execution of Kimberly McCarthy.

Make that seven, as an unbylined AP story which appeared at USA Today the morning after McCarthy died appears to have been replaced at the wire service’s national site by another during revisions. The “significance” of McCarthy’s execution was that it was the 500th in Texas since the Lone Star State reinstated the death penalty in 1982 — and of course, that a potential GOP presidential contender in 2016 happens to be the state’s governor. Maybe I missed them, but I’m unaware of any AP stories in the past few years marking the one-millionth U.S. abortion in any calendar year, or the 500th murder in any state. Excerpts from the report appearing at USA Today, complete with “grim milestone” language seen so frequently during Iraq War coverage, follow (bolds are mine):

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Protective Priorities: Politico Has Nothing About Egypt on Its Home Page

As of 9:15 p.m. (saved here for future reference), the home page at Politico had no story on developments in Egypt, even though story teases on unrelated matters from Thursday and Friday were still present. A browser search on “Egypt” within the home page came back empty. As millions protest in Egypt, some claiming in banners that “Obama Supports Terrorism, the most important story this evening is “5 messaging challenges for Obamacare.”

In Jennifer Epstein’s latest story about President Obama’s African adventure, it almost seemed as if Egypt isn’t on the African continent:

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RIP …

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 8:28 pm

Andrew Pochter (HT Instapundit).

Related: “Kenyon Mourns Andrew Pochter ’15″

Laura Ingraham’s Question for Wendy Davis, and the Austin American Statesman’s ‘Dems Energized’ Photo

After what Hot Air’s AllahPundit correctly predicted would be a Sunday talk show “master class on pro-abortion media bias,” it’s good to recall a question for Texas’s Wendy Davis Laura Ingraham tweeted a few days ago. I can guarantee you none of the hosts at the Big 3 networks asked the question on-air.

Also after the jump, the ultraliberal Austin American-Statesman, in what appears to have been a classic moment in ideology-driven unawareness, published a front-page photo today of Smith and fellow Democrats “celebrating” her legislative filibuster of a Texas law which would prohibit abortion after 20 weeks and headlining how they are “energized.”

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Please Sign …

Filed under: Activism,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:23 pm

the petition to have the British government regain its sanity and nerve and “Allow Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer to Speak in UK.”

Background:

  • June 27 (BizzyBlog) — Banned From Britain: Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer
  • June 27 (BizzyBlog) — Robert Spencer Skewers AP’s Coverage of UK’s Ban of Spencer-Pamela Geller Visit
  • June 26 (Mark Steyn at the Corner) — “… the urge to ban the debate rather than win it – is now so deeply ingrained they will soon be hungry for new victories. … freedom of speech is dead in England … No good will come from this.”

Web Sites of the Banned:

U.S. Press Virtually Ignoring Strong Anti-Obama and Anti-American Sentiment, Banners at Egyptian Protests

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BizzyBlog Update, 6:45 p.m.: “Wake Up America” banner added via Bret Baier (HT Twitchy)

BizzyBlog Update 2, 7:00 p.m.: I Told Ya — And Then Some

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As I noted on Friday, the final sentence in an AP report earlier that day (saved here at host for future reference, fair use and discussion purposes) on protests in Egypt read: “One banner depicted President Barack Obama and said, ‘Obama supports terrorism.’”

I predicted with little risk of being wrong that the existence of this banner would not “survive future AP reports” — and it hasn’t, even though this and similar banners were still present in Tahrir Square on Saturday. A search at the AP’s national site on “Obama supports terrorism” (not in quotes) returns nothing. Other establishment press coverage has also failed to reveal the continued presence of anti-American and anti-President Obama sentiments.

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From the ‘I Thought I’d Seen It All’ Dept.: Magician Must Have Disaster Plan For His Rabbit

Ozark, Missouri-based children’s magician Marty Hahne uses a three-pound rabbit in his magic act.

In a development which probably won’t become a news story because it makes the government look bad, Hahne has informed blogger Bob McCarty that “I just received an 8 page letter from the USDA, telling me that by July 29 I need to have in place a written disaster plan, detailing all the steps I would take to help get my rabbit through a disaster, such as a tornado, fire, flood, etc.,” and “what I will do after the disaster, to make sure my rabbit gets cared for properly.” Okay, it’s really a two-page letter accompanied by six pages of instructions, guidance and reprints from the Federal Register.
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Facebook Blocks, Restores ‘Politically Incorrect’ Post of Fox Radio’s Todd Starnes

Filed under: Business Moves,Corporate Outrage — Tom @ 10:09 am

Any doubt that there is a serious problem with leftists imitating the Thought Police in George Orwell’s 1984 and scouring the Internet to silence free expression pretty much disappears once you see what they were able to have temporarily removed from the Facebook page of Fox Radio’s Todd Starnes. And while it’s a relief that the post has been restored, consider how many others without the Fox host’s visibility may be having their posts removed with far less recourse.

Full text of the post, which has since been restored, along with the takedown notice Starnes reports he received, follow the jump (HT Fire Andrea Mitchell via I Hate the Media; click to enlarge in a separate tab or window):

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Failure Deniers: Climate Change and Public-Sector Science

Filed under: Business Moves,Economy,Environment,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:59 am

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If not taxpayer-funded, the massive failure of the “global warming” crowd would have been addressed long ago.

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This column went up at PJ Media and was teased here at BizzyBlog on Friday.

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Tuesday afternoon, as I was reading Barack Obama’s Georgetown University speech on “climate change,” it occurred to me that the biggest and perhaps most consequential difference between the government and the private sector is how each reacts when reality doesn’t behave as expected.

The public sector does not have a monopoly on people who become irrationally wedded to ideas and programs which have become outmoded, obsolete, redundant, or worthless. What’s different is what happens to such people and in some cases their firms in the private sector when they stubbornly stick to their guns

At a private firm, if a new product or idea loses — or is on track to lose — serious amounts of money, or if a research project is going nowhere, it gets killed (see: the Ford Edsel, New Coke, Apple Newton). Those who fall in love with these flame-outs and blindly defend them even when the handwriting is on the wall get fired. If a bad product or idea isn’t terminated quickly enough, it has the potential to jeopardize entire companies, even large ones (see JCPenney’s three-tier pricing plan and HP’s 2011 Touchpad debacle).

But within government?
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June 29, 2013

Jimmy Carter’s Craven Critiques, Part 2: Lambasting America’s War Record and the Death Penalty

In Part 1 (at NewsBusters; at BizzyBlog), I covered how the Bill Barrow at the Associated Press covered the religion-based aspects of former President Jimmy Carter’s speech at Carter’s Mobilizing Faith for Women conference yesterday in Atlanta. Carter characterized certain religions’ failure to allow women to be priests as examples of “oppression,” and seemed to consider them as worthy of mention as far more serious and oppressive problems, among them female mutilation, child slavery, forced marriages of young women, and gender-selection abortion.

In this part, I will cover what Bill Barrow had to have heard but did not report. Specifically, he did not mention Carter’s series of apologies for U.S. actions over the past 60 years and other supposedly oppressive conditions which still are present in America. The text which follows the jump is transcribed from the video of Carter’s speech at the conference’s web site.

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Jimmy Carter’s Craven Critiques, Part 1: World’s Religions Share Blame for Women’s Oppression

At first glance. Bill Barrow’s write-up of Jimmy Carter’s speech at the Mobilizing Faith for Women conference appears to have covered the facts about the conference Carter is hosting and the specifics of the former U.S. president’s outrageous attempts at moral equivalency in comparing how the world’s religions treat women reasonably well. But the AP writer left out two important contextual elements: 1) Christianity’s historical and ongoing contribution to the improvement of women’s status, leading to the indisuptable fact that women today are far better off in countries which have Judeo-Christian traditions than they are in those which don’t; 2) government-encouraged or mandated abortion, which has disproportionately prevented women from being born — the ultimate and final form of oppression — and which many religions have done far too little to stop.

Having gone to the video of Carter’s speech, it’s also clear that Barrow gave Carter a pass by failing to report other outrageous statements our former president made which should have been considered newsworthy (I will cover those in Part 2). But first, a few excerpts from Barrow’s report relating to religion (bolds are mine throughout this post):

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Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (062913)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:55 am

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

Positivity: NFL coach Jim Harbaugh teaches faith, football to Peruvian kids

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:50 am

From Piura, Peru:

Jun 27, 2013 / 11:15 am

Jim Harbaugh, coach of the San Francisco 49ers, recently completed a one-week mission trip to Piura, Peru, where he taught poor children about their Catholic faith and American football.

This is the fifth consecutive year that Harbaugh – whose team made it to the 2013 Super Bowl before losing to the Baltimore Ravens, coached by Harbaugh’s older brother – has volunteered at the Peruvian parish of Santísimo Sacramento, which means Most Holy Sacrament.

The parish’s pastor is Fr. Joseph William Uhen, an Oklahoma native serving in the Archdiocese of Piura. Harbaugh has been volunteering with Fr. Uhen since his time coaching at Stanford University.

This year, Harbaugh lead a group of Californian missionaries who helped build houses, visit the poor, the elderly and those jailed at the Río Seco prison, and successfully teach football to kids in a country dominated overwhelmingly by soccer.
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June 28, 2013

AP’s Wiseman Indirectly Reveals That Top Half of Households is Over $4 Trillion Richer, While Bottom Half Is 40%-60% Poorer

On Sunday, in a report which I contend would surely have been published on a weekday — and more importantly, published with far greater clarity — if a Republican or conservative were in the White House, the Associated Press’s Paul Wiseman essentially explored the following question: “Why aren’t people spending more if they’re so much richer?”

The answer he found, which should surprise no one in touch with reality, is that quite a few of us aren’t richer. We’re poorer. But Wiseman also cryptically revealed some of the dollar amounts involved and enough other information to enable one to back into an estimate of the shocking degree of wealth redistribution which has taken place during the recession and the first term of the Obama administration — and it’s not in the direction you might think.

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Glad Someone Else Finally Noticed … and Put It In Writing (Update: Make That Two Someone Elses)

Filed under: Activism,National Security,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:57 pm

In late June 2008, I wrote, based upon a long list of evidence, that:

(Barack Obama has) terror-supporting and/or terror-sympathetic relationships you can believe in.

Note that I did NOT say that Obama is a terrorist, or that he intended (or intends) to support or sympathize with terror — only that he had those demonstrated relationships.

In Egypt, someone else also observed the obvious regarding the Obama administration’s support when it mattered of the Muslim Brotherhood, whose major goal has long been “To Seize the U.S.” — and unfortunately but accurately — went further than yours truly did five years ago:

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Again, we can’t ascribe to intent what may the result of incompetence and/or blind naivete, and I wish I would have been wrong, but … I told ya — and then some.

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UPDATE, 9:30 p.m.: Also note that in 2008 Obama’s general election opponent did not have such relationships, while his 2012 opponent Mitt Romneydid.

UPDATE 2, 9:40 p.m.: Here’s another

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Quotes Morsi never renounced:

  • Times of Israel, January 18 — “New clips show Morsi in 2010 calling Obama a liar, urging Jew-hatred”
  • Times of Israel, January 4 — “Egypt’s Morsi, in 2010 interviews posted online, called Zionists ‘bloodsuckers’ and descendants of pigs”