June 14, 2013

AP’s Yost Ignores Mueller’s String of Ignorant IRS Scandal Answers at Thursday Judiciary Hearing

Not that it absolves them from blame, but one contributor to the Big Three establishment TV networks’ utter failure to report on or keep up with developments in the IRS targeting scandal — failures which have been noted by Geoffrey Dickens at NewsBusters, as well as by the Media Research Center’s Brent Bozell on Sean Hannity’s TV show last night – is the Associated Press.

The AP provides much of the raw material for the networks’ stories and largely determines the nets’ perception as to which stories are important. It is still quite appropriate to refer to it as the Administration’s Press, even after Obama administration Attorney General Eric Holder admitted to scouring phone records involving 20 business and personal lines used by over 100 AP reporters and editors in April and May of last year. Yesterday’s failure by the wire service’s Pete Yost to even mention that the IRS scandal was on the agenda at a House Judiciary Committee hearing yesterday involving FBI Director Robert Mueller exemplifies how negligent or intimidated (or both) the AP has become.

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Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (061413)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:20 am

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

Positivity: Church-turned-abortion clinic now a pro-life haven

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

From Grand Rapids, Michigan:

Jun 13, 2013 / 04:03 am

An encounter with a pro-life center that had previously served as both a house of worship and an abortion clinic at different times in its history has left a lasting impression on one pro-life leader.

Although it may not be apparent to those who pass by, the building in Grand Rapids, Mich., that is now the headquarters of the pro-life organization LIFE International has a complex past.

The building was rented in 1994 by an abortionist who turned it into “the largest abortion facility in western Michigan,” David Bereit told CNA on June 12.

The National Director of the 40 Days for Life campaign, Bereit learned the history of the building in 2004, during a visit which took place only days after the final abortions had been performed in the building.

“That experience taught me that with God, all things are possible,” even “reclaiming an abortion facility and helping it to become, once again, a place that honors God and protects and promotes life,” he said.

Originally built as a Jewish synagogue in the late 1800s, the building at 72 Ransom Avenue eventually became too small for its growing community. It was then sold to a Greek Orthodox community until they too outgrew the building and moved elsewhere.

The investors who purchased the building then changed it over to commercial property, leasing it to an abortionist for the next decade.

This is when pro-life leaders, pastors, members of the Grand Rapids community and others began to pray “specifically with the intention of reclaiming that building for God,” Bereit said.

In 1999, “a for sale sign went up in front of 72 Ransom.” But the pro-life community faced “obstacle after obstacle” in trying to acquire the property, he said. Meanwhile, abortions were still being performed there.

During this time, a group of people involved with a local pregnancy resource center decided to form a ministry to take the center’s work “and spread that hope elsewhere around the world.” They named this new ministry LIFE International and decided that its goal would be to place pregnancy resource centers wherever abortions are taking place.

Bereit said that the newly formed group “laid out their strategic plans and – talk about bold faith – they wrote down that they would acquire 72 Ransom Avenue and it would become the headquarters of LIFE International.” …

It did.

Go here for the rest of the story.