October 4, 2013

Charming Chad Henderson: Fake Obamacare Insurance Buyer, Big Obama Fan, Palin Derangement Syndrome Sufferer

(UPDATE: Chad Henderson has locked down his Twitter account. His Instagram account remains, for now.)

Earlier today, I noted (at NewsBusters; at BizzyBlog) that “Obamacare Poster Boy” Chad Henderson, who was written up in the Washington Post, Huffington Post and several other news outlets, and who at one point was scheduled to appear on a Health and Human Services Department conference call (but ultimately didn’t), has not purchased health insurance on the Obamacare exchange.

Before letting all of this fall down the media memory hole, John Sexton at Breitbart.com reported that Henderson “claimed earlier this year that he’d ‘traveled to Florida’ to help with Obama’s reelection and also donated $1000 to the campaign” — leading to a further claim, complete with a photo of the alleged invitation, that he had been invited to the 2013 Obama Inaugural Ball. There’s even more in Mr. Henderson’s Instagram collection for the lazy establishment press to digest, including something they’ll secretly love — an immature attack on Sarah Palin — after the jump.

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Apparently Too Good to Check: Reason Reports That ‘Celebrity’ Obamacare Enrollee ‘Chad Henderson and His Dad Haven’t Signed Up’ (See Update)

If what Reason’s Peter Suderman is reporting is correct — and he certainly appears to have done the kind of digging you would expect conscientious journalists to do — the establishment press’s lionization of Chad Henderson the Fantabulous Obamacare Enrollee is about to fall apart.

Suderman spoke at length with Chad Henderson’s father, Bill Henderson, and uncovered a litany of contradictions, inconsistencies, and what should have been red flags to journalists who apparently decided that the story was too good to check (links are in original; bolds are mine):

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Punk President Doubles Down: Closing Privately Funded Parks Which Make Money

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 1:34 pm

At PJ Tatler (bolds are mine):

White House Ordering Hundreds of Privately Run, Privately Funded Parks to Close
Closed companies forced to buy the Barrycades — “We are like prisoners of war who have to pay for our prison.”

Warren Meyer of Phoenix, AZ, is owner and president of Recreation Resource Management, Inc. RRM employs about 400-500 camp workers and managers across about a dozen states. It is one of a handful of companies that have been managing national parks and campgrounds as tenants for years, through previous government shutdowns including the last one in 1995-1996. Those previous shutdowns never closed any of the parks managed in this way, but the current shutdown threatens closure.

The campgrounds are self-sufficient and receive no federal funding. No government employees staff or manage the parks. The management companies pay the National Park Service out of the funds they generate from operating the thousands of campgrounds. So the reason for the shutdown is puzzling to Meyer.

… Meyer told the Tatler that his parks generate hundreds of thousands of dollars per week. Multiply that across his competitors and the Treasury could lose a few million dollars, in what is essentially free money to the government, over the course of the shutdown.

Which, as Meyer points out, is unnecessary, as these management companies are not revenue losers, but revenue generators for the Treasury.

It’s not puzzling to me. It’s spite. It’s petty vindictiveness.

MSNBC’s Chuck Todd: WWII Memorial, Reid Cancer Stories Driven by ‘Manufactured Outrage’

On Thursday, MSNBC’s Chuck Todd, in the introduction to his “Daily Rundown” program, characterized both the response to the Obama administration’s barricading of the World War II Memorial and Harry Reid’s response to a question about helping children with cancer by funding the National Institutes for Health (“Why would we want to do that?”) as “manufactured outrage.”

World War II ended in 1945, 68 years ago. That war’s vets are mostly in their late 80s to mid-90s. Those who don’t live within driving distance of Metro DC are running out of time to see the memorial dedicated to their heroic, world-saving efforts. Accordingly, charities such as Honor Flight have been set up to give vets who might not otherwise be able to visit because of finances or infirmity the chance to do so. No one had to “manufacture” outrage over the Obama administration’s proactive and vindictive effort to prevent long-scheduled visits from occurring. It came quite naturally. Video (HT Twitchy), relevant portions of Todd’s program introduction, and additional comments are after the jump:

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Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (100413)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:10 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: Archbishop Chaput lauds Pope’s display of God’s tenderness

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Philadelphia:

Oct 3, 2013 / 02:02 am

Pope Francis’ papacy has been marked by a distinct emphasis on the poor and a unique ability to convey God’s tenderness, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia said Oct. 1 at the seminary of his archdiocese.

“Anyone hoping for – or worried about – a break by Pope Francis from Catholic teaching on matters of substance is going to be mistaken,” the archbishop said at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia.

“At the same time, the tone of this pontificate will certainly be distinct from anything in the past century.”

His address was part of the Philadelphia archdiocese’s Year of Faith lecture series.

Archbishop Chaput particularly noted how the Pope has attracted the attention of so many people.

“The reason the world has paused for Pope Francis – if only for a little while – is that so many people sense in him something more than himself; not just God’s truth and God’s justice, but God’s tenderness.”

He said that Pope Francis is shaped by “the global south” and by “the poor who inhabit it.”

“God will guide his Church. And God will fill this holy man who is our Pope with the wisdom to lead us well.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.