January 15, 2014

Scott Walker’s Jury Duty Is National News at AP; Judge’s Rejection of Fishing Expedition Against Him Isn’t

A search at the national web site of the Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press, on the name of Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker (not in quotes) returns only two recent relevant items. One relates to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, where Walker is described as saying, in AP’s words, “that (last week) he didn’t know enough about the situation to comment … (and) has remained silent in the days since details emerged.” The other relates to Walker’s brief jury duty stint last week.

Giving items relating to Walker national attention makes sense, given that his name frequently comes up as a possible GOP 2016 presidential contender. But if the two items just mentioned merit national coverage, why doesn’t the fact that an out-of-control Democratic Wisconsin prosecutor attempting to dig up “coordination” between interested outside parties and Walker’s 2012 campaign to turn back a recall effort just had his hat handed to him in court? On Friday evening, a Wall Street Journal editorial had the news (bolds are mine throughout this post; the link to a previous WSJ editorial was added by me):

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Math-Challenged Cory Booker Believes That ‘Half of All Students Live in Poverty’

Before anyone seeks to level a criticism for picking on someone’s mistake, let’s imagine what the press, which is so desperate to pin anything on Ted Cruz that one of its members recently tried to hold him responsible for others’ comments on his Facebook page, would do to him if he made the error recently elected New Jersey Cory Booker made two days ago on Twitter — and has yet to correct.

Booker was apparently taken aback when he read a USA Today story about how U.S. students’ performance compares to those in Finland. One segment of Oliver Thomas’s writeup noted that “in Finland, the child poverty rate is about 5%. In the U.S., the rate is almost five times as high.” That prompted an outraged Booker — a graduate of Stanford and Yale Law School, and a Rhodes scholar — to tweet the following (HT Twitchy):

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Touré: ‘Jobs’ Is ‘An Ineffective Anti-Poverty Program’

MSNBC’s Touré Neblett, who recently condoned consumers lying to corporations like Amazon to get discounts to which they aren’t entitled, really needs to stay away from Twitter — or have someone screen his tweets.

On Tuesday, he tweeted (HT Twitchy) that “Many in poverty are working poor w two jobs. So ‘jobs’ is an ineffective anti poverty program.” Note that he didn’t indicate that “jobs” might not be the whole answer, which in some instances may be the case. He instead asserted that the idea of creating jobs and encouraging poor people to get them is “ineffective” as a way to get them out of poverty.

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NewsBusted (011514)

Filed under: NewsBusted — Tom @ 6:18 am

Here we go:

TOPICS:
– Chris Christie
– President Obama
– IRS
– Benghazi
– Eliot Spitzer
– Polar Vortex
– Al Gore
– Teenagers
– BINGO!

Best Line: Two pro basketball players were released after being held in Benghazi, Libya. The White House is blaming the incident over outrage over the movie ‘Space Jam.’” (underlying story is here)

Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (011514)

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: 2014 Walk for Life West Coast to include slate of dynamic events

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

From San Francisco:

Jan 14, 2014 / 05:04 pm

The 2014 Walk for Life West Coast will host an engaging series of events surrounding the walk itself, which one of the founders is calling a fruition of ten years of pro-life witness in San Francisco.

“We have so many events around the walk: the Law of Life summit, the sidewalk counselor training by Abby Johnson, the very first west coast Students for Life of America conference … it’s the fruits of the walk,” Eva Muntean, a co-founder of Walk for Life West Coast, told CNA Jan. 7.

“It’s amazing the fruit that comes out of making these events happen.”

The Walk for Life is a pro-life march held annually in San Francisco, from Civic Center Plaza to the Ferry Building on the San Francisco Bay.

This year’s event will occur Jan. 25, and will be preceded by a Mass said by the city’s archbishop, Salvatore Cordileone. The walk will be followed by sidewalk counselor training, and an evening Mass in the extraordinary form.

The walk is held on a Saturday, Muntean explained, to facilitate the participation of more families and young people, and it is always focused on “how abortion hurts women.”

On Jan. 24, events include a youth conference held by the Sisters of Life; a legal summit; a prayer vigil, and all-night Eucharistic Adoration. The Sunday after the walk will feature a conference for Students for Life of America.

Students for Life of America has been “so motivated by the walk,” and having “decided that their east coast conference is such a success, they wanted to start doing it on this coast,” Muntean said, adding that it is another “fruit of the walk.”

Speakers at this year’s walk come from an array of backgrounds; notable among them is Monica Snyder, of Secular Pro-Life. The group seeks to unite pro-life persons regardless of religious beliefs, and argue for the rights of the unborn on the basis of reason alone.

Snyder “is great,” Muntean said. “She’s a wonderful, well-spoken, articulate woman who is very pro-life, and fights the battle without religion, and I think it’s fantastic to show that you don’t have to be religious to be pro-life.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.