October 19, 2013

Desperate Carney Latches Onto Ryan Lizza’s HealthCare.gov ‘No Trouble’ Tweet; Then There Was Trouble

The White House is apparently so desperate to pump anything positive about the disaster known as HealthCare.gov that it took a reporter’s ability to “set up an account” as proof that the web site is working fine for some users.

Uh, no. Early Thursday afternoon, Ryan Lizza, the Washington correspondent for The New Yorker (also the guy who may have been in the best position to prove that Barack Obama was lying when he said in 2008 that he never read the church bulletins at the Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s Trinity United Church of Christ, and passed), tweeted the following: “I just tested http://healthcare.gov for the first time and I was able to set up an account with no trouble.” Well, setting up an account is a step, but is hardly the end of a HealthCare.gov user’s journey. As seen at Twitchy, that didn’t stop White House press secretary Jay Carney and senior communications adviser Tara McGuinness from retweeting Lizza’s tweet — except Lizza wasn’t done, and got stopped dead in his tracks when he tried to move on:

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At the AP, a Born-Alive Baby Is a Fetus

I was going to get to this in connection with items appearing at other places (e.g., New York Daily News, NewsBreaker tweet; HTs to Twitchy here and here), but Noel Sheppard trumped what I had planned by finding the same horrible situation occurring at the Associated Press.

So I’ll introduce Noel’s item and link to it:

AP Just Can’t Bring Itself to Call Dead Baby Found in Bag at Victoria’s Secret a ‘Baby’

By now you’ve likely heard about the woman caught with a dead baby in her bag while shopping at a Victoria’s Secret in Manhattan.

Despite revelations that Tiona Rodriguez suffocated her child shortly after its birth, the Associated Press refuses to call it a baby.

Four times.

Latest PJ Media Column (‘The L.A. Times’ Fiscal Fantasies’) Is Up; David Lauter’s LA Times Item Requires Corrections

It’s here.

It will go up here at BizzyBlog on Monday (link won’t work until then) after the blackout expires.

The column critiques a Times Politics Now blog post (HT to frequent NewsBusters commenter and tipster Gary Hall) by David Lauter (“Four facts about the national debt you may not know”), which claims that:

  • “The U.S. debt burden is starting to decline.”
  • “By that measure” (Lauter uses national debt held by the public compared to gross domestic product) “the debt grew rapidly during most of President George W. Bush’s tenure.”

The PJ Media column proves both statements to be false, and obviously so.

I have submitted a request for corrections to the LA Times’ Readers Representative through its online form, as seen below:

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Those who wish to pile on can fill out the Times correction form here or contact the Readers’ Representative directly at readers.representative@latimes.com.

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UPDATE, Oct. 20: Patterico has posted about the column, and also plans to demand a correction.

Obamacare’s Useful Idiots

For these people, facts and FUBARs don’t matter.

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This column went up at PJ Media (with minor edits and a different subheadline) and was teased here at BizzyBlog on Thursday.

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As the HealthCare.gov catastrophe enters its third week, three obvious facts have emerged.

First, very few users can even past creating a privacy-invading profile which shouldn’t be a necessary condition for shopping.

Second, the vast majority of those who are getting in to explore their alternatives do not like what they see.

Finally, the program’s useful idiot defenders won’t allow reality to intrude on their fantasies.
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Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (101913)

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: 2004 Testimony of a Medical Student

Filed under: Health Care,Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

Obviously, this post is a mix of positivity and savage ugliness.

From an anonymous student (HT Life News; bolds and paragraph breaks added by me):

To begin, I must say that until yesterday, Friday, July 2, 2004, I was strongly pro-choice. I am a pre-medical student, and being very scientific, I understood that the mass of cells that forms the fetal body is not often capable of survival before 24 weeks in the womb.

I am also somewhat liberal, and I believed that every woman should have the right to choose what she did with her body and one that could potentially be growing inside of her. This summer, I was accepted into a pre-medical program in NYC in which we are allowed to shadow doctors and see all sorts of medical procedures.

When given the opportunity to see an abortion, I did not hesitate to accept the offer. It was something new, edgy, and exciting that I had never seen.

When I entered the operating room, it felt like any other I had ever been in. On the table in front of me, I saw a woman, legs up as if delivering a child although she was asleep. Next to her was a tray of instruments for the abortion and a vacuum machine for suctioning the fetal tissues from the uterus.

The doctors put on their gowns and masks and the procedure began. The cervix was held open with a crude metal instrument and a large transparent tube was stuck inside of the woman. Within a matter of seconds, the machine’s motor was engaged and blood, tissue, and tiny organs were pulled out of their environment into a filter. A minute later, the vacuum choked to a halt. The tube was removed, and stuck to the end was a small body and a head attached haphazardly to it, what was formed of the neck snapped. The ribs had formed with a thin skin covering them, the eyes had formed, and the inner organs had begun to function. The tiny heart of the fetus,obviously a little boy, had just stopped — forever.

The vacuum filter was opened, and the tiny arms and legs that had been torn off of the fetus were accounted for. The fingers and toes had the beginnings of their nails on them. The doctors, proud of their work, reassembled the body to show me.

Tears welled up in my eyes as they removed the baby boy from the table and shoved his body into a container for disposal.

I have not been able to think of anything since yesterday at 10:30 besides what that baby boy might have been. I don’t think that people realize what an abortion actually is until they see it happen.

I have been tortured by these images – so real and so vivid – for two days now…and I was just a spectator. Never again will I be pro-choice, and never again will I support the murder of any human being, no matter their stage in life.”

The scary thing is how anyone can support abortion after witnessing one.