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):


NewsBusted (113013)

Filed under: NewsBusted — Tom @ 8:45 am

A bit late, but here we go:

– 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, they got it (some individual tweets were given minor edits; bolds are mine):


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.


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.

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.



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 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.