June 8, 2013

Obama and the Press Pretend There’s ‘Clearly’ a Recovery

Magical thinking from Obama and his spellbound MSM.

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

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As the Benghazi, IRS, press surveillance and other scandals creep inexorably closer to the doors of the Oval Office and ever more deeply into the President’s inner circle, a key component of Team Obama’s scandal exhaustion predicament or strategy, depending on how craven you believe they are — namely that we shouldn’t obsess over such things because the economy, in the words of leading Associated Press lapdog Tom Raum, is “clearly, if slowly” recovering – is showing serious signs of crumbling.

Economic reports during most of May trended slightly positive. But since Memorial Day, the news has gone decidedly downbeat:
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Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (060813)

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

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

Positivity: Advocate says fight to defend marriage in Illinois continues

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Chicago:

Jun 5, 2013 / 12:02 am

An Illinois Catholic leader says that the state’s failure to advance a “gay marriage” bill is a significant victory for grassroots activism, but more action is needed to ensure it never passes.

“We need to redouble our efforts to contact lawmakers and express opposition to that bill. Not only that, but we also need individuals contacting other people in districts,” said Robert Gilligan, executive director of the Illinois Catholic conference.

Gilligan said the bill wasn’t defeated outright on the evening of May 31 before the local House of Representatives adjourned. Rather, the deadline was extended to vote on it. The bill could be heard in a potential special summer session, if further legislative procedures are followed.

“But nonetheless, the fact that it wasn’t called for a vote mean that in all likelihood it did not have the required number of votes to pass,” Gilligan told CNA June 4.

The measure had passed the Illinois Senate in February by a vote of 34-21. Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, a self-identified a Catholic, openly supports the legislation.

Gilligan attributed inaction on the bill to both “grassroots organizing” through churches and voters who expressed their opinions to lawmakers. “That’s the most significant thing,” he said.

Strong opposition from the Archdiocese of Chicago and the African American Clergy Coalition helped keep the bill from consideration, local media reports.

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, head of the U.S. bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, praised the success.

“This victory in the Land of Lincoln demonstrates that marriage redefinition – even in the face of intense political pressure – is not inevitable, a likely reason we haven’t heard much about it in the national media,” he said June 3. …/blockquote>

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