September 24, 2013

AP Tries to Impress Readers With IRS’s Cooperation, But Docs Provided to Issa’s Committee Are Only 10% of Total Requested

As Brent Bozell at NewsBusters noted earlier today, news of the forced retirement of the IRS’s Lois Lerner, the agency’s chief orchestrator of the campaign which targeted tea party and other conservative groups for extra scrutiny in their applications for not-for-profit status, “was censored by ABC, CBS, and NBC.”

In what may surprise some, that lack of coverage didn’t occur because of the Associated Press. Stephen Ohlemacher’s story was mostly well-done, with two significant exceptions.

The first was his claim that "investigators have released no evidence showing that anyone outside the IRS ordered the targeting or knew it was happening." That's a clever way of avoiding the mention of circumstantial evidence, which at least includes the fact that "(President) Obama 'Met With Anti-Tea Party IRS Union Chief the Day Before Agency Targeted Tea Party,'" that IRS officials associated with its Tax Exempt Office visited the White House quite a few times (the exact number is in dispute, but "quite a few" isn't), and that many of those visits included face time with Obama.

The second relates to this paragraph from the IRS about its level of cooperation, which Ohlemacher relayed uncritically (bolds are mine throuhout this post):

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Portage County TEA Party Executive Director: ‘There is NO CHOICE but to defund Obamacare’

Filed under: Activism,Economy,Health Care,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:48 pm

Just received this email from Tom Zawistowski (bolds are mine):

September 24, 2013

Members of the US Senate and the US House of Representatives,

I am writing to express what I believe to be the opinion of the majority of the 2,500 members in my organization and that of the majority of other TEA Party Leaders in Ohio. It is critical that you heed our call at this historic moment.

From our perspective, there simply is no option or compromise available other than to defund ObamaCare. We have been told by pollsters, think tanks, economists, doctors and plenty of politicians, for three and a half years, that Obamacare will “destroy our economy” and will “destroy our medical system”. However, the major concern of those of us in the TEA Party movement is what the loss of Liberty that a government controlled health care system, designed to control everything from what we eat, to how we live, to what we do with our lives, portends for our future and that of our children and grandchildren.

We do not need polls or think tanks or experts, or even you, to tell us that ObamaCare is not in our best personal interest, or that of our nation. We have seen with our own eyes our doctors retiring or leaving the profession, insurance premiums soaring, and employers unwilling to create new full time jobs because of the overhead Obamacare adds to that decision. We have already been subject to the intrusive questions about our sex lives, our gun ownership, and our personal activities, that are being forced upon our health care providers by an out of control federal government. We have seen what a single payer healthcare system looks like, which the supporters of Obamacare openly state is their real goal. We have seen it in the horrific performance of the Veterans Administration in treating our veterans, where wait times are as long as a year and “choices” are severely restricted because of bureaucratic incompetence, even when given adequate funding.

Let us be clear, this fight was never just about health care, it is about Liberty, it is about control of our lives. No person in this nation wants our government to have direct access to our medical information, to have the ability to extort our most intimate personal information with the threat of withholding medical treatment, or wants to allow the government to be able to correlate our health records with the our financial records, through the IRS. We do not, and never have believed the lies about cutting health care costs or improving treatment and outcomes. The facts disprove it all. This is not just about health care, or economics, this is about a government that wants to control everything in our lives and our unwillingness to give up our individual Liberty for anything, let alone a flawed health care scheme.

So, we say to the members of the Senate and the House, when faced with a chance to vote on such an important issue, how could anyone of you vote to “destroy our economy” and enslave our people – under ANY circumstance? If you were under the threat of physical harm it would be better for you to lay down your own life for your country than to knowingly vote to destroy our economy or allow this government intrusion into the lives of free men and women. No one is asking you to lay down your life as so many have done for our country. We are simply asking you to cast a righteous vote for Liberty. The pundits and Washington elitists say that you have no choice but to capitulate, and sell the citizens you swore an oath to serve, into perpetual dependency. We say, you have no choice but to protect and defend our freedom of choice as citizens no matter what your personal cost.

We the People demand that you defend us from the personal and financial harm that this government over-reach will inflict upon us. We demand that you defund Obamacare to protect our individual Liberty. Now is the time to implement the will of the people. No other act is worthy of an elected representative who believes their oath of office and reveres our Constitution.

Sincerely,
Thomas R. Zawistowski
Executive Director
Portage County TEA Party

Memo to Ted Cruz and the GOP, Especially RINOs …

Filed under: Economy,Health Care,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:14 pm

They’re blinking (HT PJ Tatler, with a good title of their own — “DNC Chair: On Second Thought, Maybe We Should Change A Few Things About Obamacare”:

Debbie Wasserman Schultz: Fix Obamacare before people abandon it

One of President Obama’s strongest health care advocates in Congress, Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, is advocating for changes to Obamacare, counseling Democrats that “we must not treat every minute provision in the law as sacred.”

In a move that might surprise many in her party, Wasserman Schultz, who is also the head of the Democratic National Committee, said the Obamacare supporters currently fighting GOP demands to defund the health care act “should be open to suggestions for improving the law.”

They know their position is weakening.

Don’t. Let. up.

As IPCC Report Looms, AP Frames ‘Scientific Consensus’: ‘Humans Are Cooking the Planet by Burning Coal, Oil and Natural Gas’

It’s amusing to see how the left reacts when things don’t work out as predicted. Earlier today (at NewsBusters; at BizzyBlog), I noted how USA Today’s Kelly Kennedy described a major malfunction in Obamacare which will cause hundreds of thousands of children to go without health insurance next year as a “glitch.”

On the “climate change” front, those darned “glitches” abound. In an item today about the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Karl Ritter at the Associated Press attempted to report on how the IPCC plans to address the fact that there hasn’t been any global warming, human-caused or otherwise, since the late 1990s. A hilarious headline spewed forth, followed by eruptions of ridiculous and hysterical words (HT James Taranto at the Wall Street Journal’s Best of the Web; bolds and numbered tags are mine throughout this post):

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NewsBusted (092413)

Filed under: NewsBusted — Tom @ 3:40 pm

Here we go:

Topics:
– Obamacare
– Congress
– Dennis Kucinich and Assad
– Chemical Weapons
– Navy Yard Shooter
– Network News
– Anti-Obama Rhetoric
– Nancy Pelosi
– President Obama
– McDonald’s
– Nick Carter and Paris Hilton

Best Line: “Nancy Pelosi referred to President Obama as ‘nonpartisan. Well, she has a point. Lately, the President has been disappointing people in all political parties.”

USAT: Obamacare Causing Hundreds of Thousands of Children to Lose Health Insurance Is a ‘Glitch’

You have to wonder what it will take for anyone in the establishment press to call out a major malfunction associated with Obamacare for what it really is. The threshold is apparently something worse than hundreds of thousands of children, many of whom previously had coverage, going without health insurance.

One of the latest headlined examples of reality avoidance first appeared at USA Today’s web site Monday evening (the current 11:55 p.m. time stamp indicates that there has since been a story revision): “‘Family glitch’ in health law could be painful.” (Could be?) Additionally, as seen here (HT Twitchy), that pathetic headline to Kelly Kennedy’s story also appears in McPaper’s Tuesday print edition (bolds are mine):

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Double Standard: AP’s National Site Ignores Sacramento Dem’s ‘May Your Children All Die’ Tweet

On Friday, Allan Brauer, the Sacramento County Democratic Party’s communications director directed the following tweet (HT Twitchy) at Amanda Carpenter, a speechwriter for Texas Senator Ted Cruz: “May your children all die from debilitating, painful and incurable diseases.”

Brauer’s action got the attention of Leslie Larson at the New York Daily News and myriad national web sites across the ideological spectrum, including Mediaite, PJ Media, and The Blaze. But at the Associated Press, it’s a California-only story worthy of one five paragraphs (reproduced in full for future reference, fair use and discussion purposes):

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Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (092413)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 7:05 am

This open thread will stay at or near the top today. Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow. Other topics are also fair game.

Positivity: Bishops voice support for marriage, religious freedom bill

Filed under: Health Care,Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 7:01 am

From Washington:

Sep 23, 2013 / 05:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- American bishops have praised a recent bill in the House of Representatives that would protect those who share the Church’s understanding of marriage from penalties by the federal government.

The Marriage and Religious Freedom Act was introduced in the lower chamber of Congress on Sept. 19 by Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho).

“I strongly support the Marriage and Religious Freedom Act,” said Archbishop William W. Lori of Baltimore, who chairs the U.S. bishops’ committee for religious liberty, in a Sept. 20 statement.

“In a growing climate of intolerance against individuals and organizations who believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman, this Act is an important step in preserving their religious liberties at the federal level.”

Labrador explained that his bill would “ensure tolerance for individuals and organizations that affirm traditional marriage, protecting them from adverse federal action.” The legislation would prohibit the federal tax code from targeting groups and individuals who act upon their conscience in defining marriage as an institution between one man and one woman.

These protections would extend to both non-profit and for-profit organizations, but would only take effect on the national level, meaning that states could still penalize those who define marriage as a union of a man and a woman.

Religious freedom concerns in connection with marriage have been increasing for months, amid mounting lawsuits against those who object to a redefinition of marriage. Photographers, bed-and-breakfast owners and bakers have been among those facing large fines or jail time for adhering to their religious beliefs on marriage. Catholic adoption agencies have been forced to close in several states that have redefined marriage, due to their policy of placing children only in homes with a mother and father.

Archbishop Lori explained that alongside other protections in the bill, “the federal government would not be able to deny individuals and organizations a grant, contract, or employment because their belief that marriage is the union of one man and one woman is informed by their religious faith.”

“This non-discrimination bill is significant, indeed, very important,” added Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ committee for the promotion of marriage. …

Go here for the rest of the story.