November 30, 2013

Not News: Colo. Recall Petition Gatherers and Signers Were Harassed and Intimidated Before State Sen. Resigned

If Tea Party sympathizers and National Rifle Association members harrassed a gun-control petition effort at even one percent of the level of what recently occurred in Colorado at the hands of gun-control advocates, it would have been prominent national news.

During the several weeks, supporters of gun control menaced and intimidated petition gatherers and petition signers in Colorado who were attempting to recall State Senator Evie Hudak who a few days ago decided to resign her seat to keep it in Democratic Party hands. There was virtually no coverage of the thuggishness in the national establishment press. Charles Cooke at National Review (HT Hot Air) relayed some of the more recent details which should be more widely known, as they reveal how fundamentally undemocratic and disrespectful the left is (bolds are mine):

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NewsBusted (113013)

Filed under: NewsBusted — Tom @ 8:45 am

A bit late, but here we go:

Topics:
– Thanksgiving
– Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
– Obamacare
– The Obamas
– John Kerry
– Iran Nuclear Deal
– Harry Reid Nuclear Option
– Congressman Trey Radel
– Alec Baldwin Cancelled
– Blockbuster Video

Best Lines (among many):

  • “We just got word that the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade will not feature an Obamacare balloon. Apparently, it just won’t fly.”
  • “The nuclear option invoked by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will make it easier for the party in power to appoint any judges they want. So Democrats, we hope you enjoy it when President Ted Cruz appoints new federal judge Sarah Palin.”
  • “Blockbuster Video has announced that it will close all of its remaining stores. The announcement was made on MySpace by a guy wearing a Members Only jacket.”

Follow-up: Tweeters Indicate Thanksgiving Obamacare Conversations Didn’t Help the President’s Cause

In the runup to Thanksgiving, Organizing For Action, the group whose sole mission is to promote President Barack Obama’s agenda, with the “help” of an absolutely horrid video, encouraged its members to “have the talk with your loved ones” about signing up for Obamacare.

Just before Thanksgiving, as P.J. Gladnick at NewsBusters noted on Thursday, two Huffington Post writers suggested that changing the subject away from Obamacare might be the better move. Even Andrew Rosenthal at the Obama-loving New York Times was concerned: “I question the wisdom of directing people to a cheery ad for the exchanges before they, you know, work. The president’s communications team is just asking for it.” Based on tweets collected by the intrepid Twitter monitors at Twitchy.com, they got it (some individual tweets were given minor edits; bolds are mine):

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George Weigel on ‘Evangelii Gaudium’

Filed under: Economy,Positivity,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 7:59 am

Weigel weighed in on Friday in the Wall Street Journal (link added by me; bolds are mine):

The pope is passionately concerned about the poor, and he knows that poverty in the 21st century takes many forms. It can be found in the grinding material poverty of his native Buenos Aires, caused by decades of corruption, indifference, and the church’s failures to catechize Argentina’s economic and political leaders. But poverty can also be found in the soul-withering spiritual desert of those who measure their humanity by what they have rather than who they are, and who judge others by the same materialist yardstick. Then there is the ethical impoverishment of moral relativism, which dumbs down human aspiration, impedes common work for the common good in society, and inevitably leads to social fragmentation and personal unhappiness.

As he wrote in “Evangelii Gaudium,” Pope Francis is not a man of “political ideology.” He knows that “business is a vocation and a noble vocation,” if ordered to the common good and the empowerment of the poor. When he criticizes the social, economic or political status quo, he does so as a pastor who is “interested only in helping all those who are in thrall to an individualistic, indifferent and self-centered mentality to be freed from those unworthy chains and to attain a way of living and thinking that is more humane, noble, and fruitful.”

Pope Francis is a revolutionary. The revolution he proposes, however, is not a matter of economic or political prescription, but a revolution in the self-understanding of the Catholic Church: a re-energizing return to the pentecostal fervor and evangelical passion from which the church was born two millennia ago, and a summons to mission that accelerates the great historical transition from institutional-maintenance Catholicism to the Church of the New Evangelization.

Those who believe that the Pope has made some kind of radical move away from capitalism properly practiced could not be more wrong.

As I wrote in my PJ Media column Wednesday evening:

I’m an unapologetic advocate of capitalism under three eminently reasonable conditions: Its players have Judeo-Christian ethical foundations; the rules of the game are fair and clearly understood; and the refs don’t play favorites. Though the second and third items have been seriously compromised in recent years, the first requirement is the most underappreciated.

The Pope has written nothing inconsistent with that fundamental outlook.

Thoughts on Mom’s Arrival in Heaven, and Thanksgiving 2013

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:59 am

How high she has risen, and how far we have fallen.

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On Saturday, I got a call from my sister Barb. It was the call you tell yourself is never going to come — or you convince yourself it’s so far out there in the future that you can safely keep it out of sight and out of mind.

My 86 year-old mother Grace was in the hospital, and it was deadly serious. Remnants of denial caused me to not even think about bringing overnight clothes until I was two-thirds of the way from Cincinnati to Columbus.

Mom’s temperature had hit 104 degrees overnight. She was rushed early Saturday morning to the emergency room and then to intensive care. The medical staff successfully stabilized her. Already quite frail before all of this occurred, she was now critically weak, kept alive with the marvels of modern medical technology which have advanced so impressively in the 14 years since I last watched them in action.

The first 24 hours would tell the tale, but Barb and I knew, barring a miracle — something the ardently Catholic Grace Blumer could have conjured up if anyone on earth could — that Mom’s time on earth would soon end.

A friend told me a story some time ago and repeated it when I called him Saturday. His late mother had been in a coma and came out of it several years before she finally passed. Thinking it was the end, he and his wife said the things they felt needed to be said. His wife even sang silly songs to lighten the moment. When his mom fully awakened, she was able to recite every word and lyric each of them had uttered.

Mom knew that Barb and I were there. She couldn’ talk because of the tubes in her mouth, but she responded to our voices and squeezed our hands when we held hers.
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Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (113013)

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.

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At the Blaze: “‘LOUSY DRUNK’: READ THE EXPLOSIVE ALLEGED EMAILS SENT BY A GOLF SPONSOR AFTER HE DECIDED TO CUT TIES WITH A PLAYER OVER HIS RELIGIOUS AND POLITICAL VIEWS.”

Football fan breaks fall of woman who jumped from stadium deck

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Oakland, California:

Published Monday, Nov. 25 2013, 10:35 AM EST
Last updated Monday, Nov. 25 2013, 8:37 PM EST

Police praised a football fan for saving the life of a woman who jumped from the third-level deck of the Oakland Raider’s home stadium by breaking her fall.

The woman, who was not identified, remains hospitalized in critical condition after plunging about 45 feet at O.co Coliseum. She jumped shortly after the Raiders’ 23-19 loss to the Tennessee Titans and as fans were filing out of the stadium.

Donnie Navidad says he urged the woman not to jump Sunday while he positioned himself to catch her.

The 61-year-old Navidad has been released from the hospital and is recuperating from a severely bruised arm at his home in Stockton.

“He saved her life quite honestly, at his own expense,” Sergeant J.D. Nelson, of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department, told the Oakland Tribune. “This guy 100 per cent saved her life. She’d be dead now.”

Nelson said the woman went to a seating area that was covered by a tarp and appeared to be alone when she jumped.

Nelson told the TV station that Navidad was from Stockton, had served as a Marine and is a Raiders season ticket holder. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

November 29, 2013

Story on CNN Poll Showing ‘Jump in Percentage of Those Saying Things Not Going Well’ (to 59%) Hard to Find

Newsmax had an interesting item this evening about a CNN/Opinion Research poll released Friday. The poll shows that “Americans views on the state of the nation are turning increasingly sour.” Specifically, “Fifty-nine percent say things are going badly, up nine points from April.” The inverse of that, i.e., the 41% who feel that things are going well, is “the lowest that number has been in CNN polling since February 2012.”

One would think that this news would be prominently displayed at CNN’s U.S. home page, given that as of 10 p.m. the related story was less than 12 hours old. Well, it isn’t.

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Obama (Allegedly) Uses ‘Tea-Baggers’ in Handwritten Response to Texas Teacher; Only Center-Right Notices

Readers here may remember during the presidency of George W. Bush how he reacted to a constituent’s written concerns about how “I watched you make fun of moonbats” opposed to the Iraq war who were being “targeted and ridiculed.” In a handwritten letter on White House stationery, Bush told the person that “I do have to challenge you, though, on the notion that any citizen that disagrees with me has been ‘targeted and ridiculed’ or that I have ‘made fun’ of ‘moonbats.’”

Any reader who does recall this has a bad memory, because it didn’t happen. But as the New York Post’s Emily Smith reported on Wednesday, President Obama allegedly penned a worse response to a Texas teacher who expressed concern about how “any citizen that disagrees with your ­administration is targeted and ridiculed,” and that “I watched you make fun of tea baggers.” Obama handwrote the word “tea-baggers” in his response:

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NYT, Others Cover ‘So-Called Knockout Game’ As ‘A Spreading Menace or a Myth’

A number of liberals and liberal outfits have taken notice of the “knockout game” trend. Their mission is to downplay or debunk it.

In a November 22 item published in its November 23 print edition on Page A19, Cara Buckley at the New York Times, below a picture of a Guardian Angels member posting a warning in Brooklyn, cited “police officials in several cities” claiming that it “amounted to little more than an urban myth,” and noted that Gotham officials were questioning “whether in fact it existed.” Excerpts and other ostrich-like responses from others are after the jump.

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Latest PJ Media Column (‘Thoughts on Mom’s Arrival in Heaven, and Thanksgiving 2013′) Went Up Wednesday Night

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:59 am

It’s here.

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

Two More Reasons Why ‘Obamacare Delenda Est!’

Filed under: Health Care,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:58 am

Deadbeats get daylight, while even some of the well-off get forced into Medicaid.

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This column went up at PJ Media and was teased here at BizzyBlog on Tuesday.

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Obamacare’s increasingly desperate apologists have touted increased Medicaid enrollment as one of the supposed high points of the disastrous HealthCare.gov rollout.

On November 13, Kathleen Sebelius’s Department of Health and Human Services announced that through November 2, “396,261 have been determined or assessed eligible for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).”

That figure is almost four times larger than the number of Americans — 106,185 — who at that point had selected Affordable Care Act plans. It remains to be seen how many in that ACA group will actually pay premiums when they come due in several weeks.

It also remains to be seen how many, especially among those who are eligible for tax subsidies, will pay more than the first month’s premium.
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Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (112913)

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.

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At Watchdog Wire last week: “MARYLAND FUDGES TEST SCORE DATA”

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At The Fiscal Times:

CMS Demanded Results Too Late to Meet Obamacare Deadline
The Healthcare.gov contractor, CGI, over promised and under delivered and was paid more than $200 million.

That’s just what CGI is getting paid. The much-quote total cost figure of $600 million plus to “build” HealthCare.gov has apparently stood up to scrutiny. The AP reported on November 21 that it “cost taxpayers more than $600 million to build, according to the Government Accountability Office.”

And Michelle Obama is a former Princeton classmate of a key official at CGI. “[O]nly CGI’s bid was considered” when CMS went looking for a lead HC.gov IT firm.

Related, at AP: “EXPERTS: HEALTHCARE.GOV FIX NEEDS MORE TIME, MONEY.” Lord have mercy.

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M. Northrup Buechner at Forbes: “Obama’s Disdain For The Constitution Means We Risk Losing Our Republic.” That’s pretty close already.

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In California, “ObamaCare (is) automatically enrolling people in SNAP, there is no opt out.” Money quote: “The report says that those who apply cannot opt out or decline to be enrolled in SNAP. It does not matter if they request the assistance or even feel they need it. And it’s not just happening in California.”

So the well-off with relatively low annual incomes are forced into Medicaid and and now forced into food stamps.

Is this a great country or what? (/sarc)

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At Zero Hedge: “The Obamacare Shock’ – One California Employer’s Terrifying True Story.” Bottom line: “You’ve annihilated the working class.”

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At the Daily Caller: “EPIC FAIL: Parents reveal insane Common Core worksheets.”

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At the Fresno Bee (HT Sister Toldjah): “High-speed rail consultant costs near $600 million even before construction starts.” The primary beneficiary is a firm principally owned by Senator Dianne Feinstein’s husband.

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 Roger Simon at PJ Media: “The new Iran deal is Obamacare II, only worse, a thousand megatons worse.”

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At Reason:

Early Obamacare Advocate Goes Missing as Program Flounders
Peter Orszag is strangely silent since the reforms he wanted have been made.

He’s served his purpose as a tool. He’s gotten his revolving-door reward. Why would he want to get his hands dirty looking at what has actually happened?

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At NewsBusters, we have Sarah Palin vindication number, uh, I’ve lost count: “Time’s Mark Halperin: Death Panels Are ‘Built Into’ ObamaCare”

Positivity: Duck Dynasty Cast Phil Robertson’s Life Saved By Interventions I Am Second Film Reveals How He Went From Zero To Hero For His Family

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

As carried at KPopStarz.com (video at link):

The fans of “Ducky Dynasty” are mostly aware of Phil Robertson’s declaration, but this time around with “I Am Second” debut, Miss Kay shares her point of view on how the Robertson’s patriarch dealt with his problems and how did accepting Jesus Christ as his Lord saved his life.

Viewers of “Duck Dynasty” will also witness Jep, the youngest son of Phil and Miss Kay, and Jase and Missy’s eldest son Reed’s revelation for the first time.

Phil with the help of Miss Kay talks about his childhood in Louisiana, how he met his then 14-year old future wife, and how their lives became miserable when he went to Louisiana Tech on a football scholarship.

“What I saw was, Phil who had never drank before, started drinking. It was scary to me. The drinking got worse. He would be mad and would be in and out like a flash,” Miss Kay reveals as how she struggles as a young mother and a wife to an unfaithful husband, one who’s not only drinking but was also into drugs.”I knew then, but didn’t want to believe it, he was running around on me.”

The “Duck Dynasty” cast Phil and Miss Kay headed to Arkansas after Phil graduated and decided he did not want to teach anymore. He convinced his wife that he would manage a bar, which he believes would provide a better financial stability for them.

On the other hand, Miss Kay who abstained from alcohol was forced to become a barmaid in support of her husband’s ambition.

Phil abandoned Miss Kay and their three kids for four months to evade the law, when he got into a fight with the bar’s owners and sent one in the hospital.

Miss Kay and her three sons decided to go back to Louisiana where they started attending church. Phil came back, unfortunately he was still the same drunk and unfaithful husband.

“He became more and more mean and mean spirited. And I would tell my sons, that’s not your daddy. That’s the devil in your daddy,” she explained.

Phil revealed that, “the low point is when I ran Miss Kay and the kids off [kicking them out of their house].”
“You’re all alone, no hope, miserable. That’s when I began to contemplate, ‘Is there a way out of all this?’”

That’s when the “Duck Dynasty” cast Phil realized how his life is leading to an utter devastation, a life where he is hurting himself and those that who loved him. He then finally decided to talk to a man of God, who had tried to save his life year earlier together with his sister.

“I sat down with this guy and he said, ‘Phil, what do you think the Gospel is?’ I didn’t know what the Gospel of Jesus was. … I was blown away when I heard that Jesus died for me and was buried and raised from the dead.”

Miss Kay, Alan, Jase and Willie returned home and to their surprise they saw a note on the table saying that Phil had gone to the church.

Go here for the rest of the story.

November 28, 2013

Positivity: George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation

Filed under: Positivity,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 12:02 am

This post is a BizzyBlog Thanksgiving tradition.

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Link:

General Thanksgiving
By the President of the United States of America
A PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favour; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a DAY OF PUBLIC THANSGIVING and PRAYER, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:”

NOW THEREFORE, I do recommend and assign THURSDAY, the TWENTY-SIXTH DAY of NOVEMBER next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed;– for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish Constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted;– for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge;– and, in general, for all the great and various favours which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

And also, that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions;– to enable us all, whether in publick or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us); and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

GIVEN under my hand, at the city of New-York, the third day of October, in the year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine.

(signed) G. Washington