October 7, 2013

Carney and ABC’s Jonathan Karl Have at It in Briefing; Rest of Press Virtually Guaranteed to Ignore

Evidence of testiness on the Democratic side of the 17% government shutdown continues to accumulate.

Today, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney had a tense exchange with ABC’s Jonathan Karl, who was apparently so taken aback by Carney’s answer to another reporter that he interjected himself into the dialog — to correct Carney about what House Speaker John Boehner said earlier today about his openness to negotiating. Carney also announced that Americans won’t have to wait to see how the nation’s healthcare delivery system changes in 2014 to experience long times spent in waiting rooms (Patience, please; it will become clear later in the post). But first, let’s get the Blaze’s rundown of the Carney-Karl exchange (bolds are mine):

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CNN Report on Hong Kong Hornet Deaths Places It in Brazil

Earlier today, Matt Hadro at NewsBusters noted how CNN’s reporting on the government’s 17% shutdown has been incredibly one-sided (“CNN Keeps Pounding GOP: ‘Holding the American People Hostage,’ Wanting to ‘Destroy’ Government”). It’s as if they’re on a different continent.

Perhaps that’s partially explains why the cable network somehow placed Hong Kong in Brazil earlier today (graphic is at Twitchy.com):
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Harry Reid to Politico’s Raju (and Media): ‘It’s All Republicans’; ‘You Are Trying So Hard to Be Fair That You Are Unfair’

In a story published early this morning by Manu Raju at the Politico which is primarily about Senate Majority Harry Reid’s plans to aggressively pursue reelection in 2016, the Nevada senator took shots at the establishment press for “trying so hard to be fair that you are unfair.”

Proving Reid wrong in real time, Raju failed to mention Reid’s response last week to a question by Dana Bash at CNN — which by the way, as Matt Hadro at NewsBusters noted earlier today, has been pounding Republicans ever since as if to compensate. Bash asked Reid if it would be worth it to continue to fund clinical trials at the National Institutes of Health if doing so could help one child with cancer. His answer, on tape: “Why would we want to do that?” Excerpts from the Raju’s report follow the jump (HT Ed Driscoll; bolds are mine):

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Hope (and Change) Springs Eternal

Filed under: Health Care,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 12:44 pm

That koolaid must be awful strong in Greater San Fran:

Cindy Vinson and Tom Waschura are big believers in the Affordable Care Act. They vote independent and are proud to say they helped elect and re-elect President Barack Obama.

Yet, like many other Bay Area residents who pay for their own medical insurance, they were floored last week when they opened their bills: Their policies were being replaced with pricier plans that conform to all the requirements of the new health care law.

Vinson, of San Jose, will pay $1,800 more a year for an individual policy, while Waschura, of Portola Valley, will cough up almost $10,000 more for insurance for his family of four.

“I’m not against Obamacare,” Waschura said. “It’s just the initial shock. I’m holding out hope that there will be a correction over a handful of years.”

The guy gets socked with a $10,000 bill, much of which is there purely because of unnecessary coverage provisions, and he’s still “not against Obamacare.”

What’s your threshold, Mr. Waschura? 20 grand? 30 grand?

Do you laugh or cry?

The “correction,” if allowed to move forward, will be single-payer. If you think it’s painful now, just wait until it’s “free.”

UPDATE: Instapundit — “HA HA HA!”

Priorities: AmberAlert.gov Taken Offline by Dept. of Justice; Michelle Obama’s LetsMove.gov Is Still Running

(UPDATE, 11:40 a.m.: AmberAlert.gov is working again.)

In yet another news story which has bubbled up through social media and the blogosphere and which will test the establishment press’s willingness to ignore obvious news, the Obama adminstration’s Department of Justice under Attorney General Eric Holder has taken AmberAlert.gov offline.

To the extent that it interrupts what DOJ has identified as one of the three components of its national AMBER strategy for “a Coordinated AMBER Network,” the move could make locating and saving missing and exploited children more difficult. Meanwhile, the 83% of the government which isn’t shut down includes the following:

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Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (100713)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 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: Deacons ordained in Rome to preach the Gospel in US

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Vatican City:

Oct 5, 2013 / 11:38 am

On Thursday, 41 seminarians studying at the North American College in Rome were ordained deacons for their respective dioceses in the United States and Australia.

The 41 men lay prostrate on the floor of St. Peter’s Basilica Oct. 3 while the Litany of Saints was prayed over them, before they made life-long commitments, promising obedience to their bishops, daily prayer of the Liturgy of the Hours, and celibacy.

As he lay on the cold marble, Deacon Christopher Brashears of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City was overwhelmed by “surreal feelings” and “an immense feeling of joy (and) peace,” he recounted in an interview with CNA.

Deacon Brashears was blessed to experience the beginning of what Cardinal James Harvey, Archpriest of the Basilica of St. Paul outside-the-walls, spoke of in his homily: “We, family and friends, pray that their joy will be one that grows with the years, that they will carry to the grave.”

Cardinal Harvey spoke of how the vocation to holy orders entails a life-long commitment to the Church, which is not without its challenges. “You surrender one of the most prized possessions that you have: your free will to the will of your superior, your bishop.”

“But by doing so, every function of your ministry is in conformity with the will of God in which you are nearest to Christ, victim-priest, who was obedient even unto death.”

“It is the final assurance of the tender embrace of Christ who reminds you in the Gospel, ‘it is not you who chose me, it is I who chose you to go and bear fruit that will last.’”

Deacon Jonathan Ficara, newly ordained for the Diocese of Norwich, told CNA that he has felt the grace of Christ in his life in the years he has spent discerning his vocation.

“It’s incredible, the Lord’s grace and his mercy during those years. Those low points in one’s life oftentimes are the moments when the Lord touches you and fills you with his love, and that’s really what he did.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.