January 21, 2014

Wendy Davis, Whose Rival Is Paraplegic, Issues Statement Saying Opponents Haven’t ‘Walked a Day in My Shoes’

This is a “Can’t Make This Up” item on two levels. The more obvious of the two is an incredibly tone-deaf statement issued by Texas Democratic guberatorial candidate Wendy Davis, whose Republican opponent is paraplegic Gary Abbott, that “I am proud of what I’ve been able to achieve through hard work and perseverance. And I guarantee you that anyone who tries to say otherwise hasn’t walked a day in my shoes.”

The second “Can’t Make This Up” aspect relates to Nia-Malika Henderson of the “She the People” blog at the Washington Post and Jon Herskovitz at Reuters. You see, they both failed to do what establishment press members usually do, i.e, they failed to filter out the damning sentence; maybe they didn’t know better. A mini-grab of Davis’s statement yesterday follows the jump:

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Will the Press Ignore Wendy Davis’s Truth-Free Twitter and Blog Meltdown (Or Even Cheer It On)?

NuclearMeltdownWow, I’d better get this post done quickly, because Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis has been tweeting up a storm and has posted “an open letter” at her web site. If I blink, I might miss a half-dozen more tweets.

Davis apparently thinks that if she accuses Republican candidate Greg Abbott and his campaign of being behind the Sunday Dallas Morning News story which poked gaping holes in her picture-perfect bio often enough, it will somehow become true. It won’t. Wayne Slater, the DMN reporter who authored the story, has tweeted that “I talked to no – zero – Abbott people.” But sadly, in the current establishment media environment, the in-your-face “poor little girl fights back against bullies” tactic might work. A pic of the eight tweets from three hours ago and excerpts from her “open letter” follow the jump.

First, the tweets:

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Four of the eight (!) tweets directly or indirectly accuse her “opponents” or “Greg Abbott and his allies” of being behind the story. That dog won’t hunt, ma’am, no matter how hard you kick it.

She also twice points to the difficulty of her “struggle” when she’s runnning against a guy who is confined to a wheelchair, including one direct shot at Abbott & Co. because “they don’t understand these Texas stories of struggle.”

Here’s part of the “open letter“:

Dear Friend,

As our campaign has gained momentum, our opponents have gotten more and more desperate. But now they’ve stooped to a new low by attacking my family, my education, and my personal story – playing politics with the journey that has been my life.
Mine is a story about a teenage single mother who struggled to keep her young family afloat. It’s a story about a young woman who was given a precious opportunity to work her way up in the world. It’s a story about resiliency, and sacrifice, and perseverance.

And you’re damn right it’s a true story.

Throughout this campaign, I’ve shared that story – not because it’s unique, but because it isn’t.

The story of my life is also the story of millions of single mothers who feel alone in the world, millions of young dreamers searching for their chance to become something more than what they were born into, millions of families all across Texas who would sacrifice everything to give their children a better future.

It’s those stories – your stories – that drive my campaign. But Greg Abbott and his allies don’t want to hear them.

Dear Wendy, you’re the one who shaded the truth and made whatever valid nuggets might be hiding in there impossible to appreciate.

Continuing:

The only thing Greg Abbott and his allies have proved with these desperate attacks is that they don’t understand what it means to live a life like mine – a life like that of so many people all across our state.

They don’t know me – and, what’s more important, they don’t know you.

Geez, it just goes on and on and on and on.

She can go on for the next 100 years and it won’t change the fact that she made this bed, and she deserves to sleep in it.

Will the press really let this meltdown slide by without notice – or even worse, cheer it on as some kind of twisted example of “courage”?

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.

CBS Repeats the False Wendy Davis Bio Meme: ‘Blurred’ Lines

To be fair, it started with the original story broken at the Dallas Morning News, where Wayne Slater’s substantive story about Wendy Davis’s problems with the truth was headlined “As Wendy Davis touts life story in race for governor, key facts blurred.”

“Blurred” is clearly a popular word with an establishment press which is determined to try to make this problem with Davis’s basic credibility go away. The New York Times (“Accused of Blurring Facts of Stirring Life Story, Texas Lawmaker Offers Chronology”) and NBCnews.com (“Off to the races: Wendy Davis’ ‘blurred’ bio”) have also gotten in on the “blurred” headline act (Perhaps surprisingly, the Associated Press and Politico, whose coverage I addressed yesterday, have not). So has CBS News, whose Rebecca Kaplan bent over backwards to try to keep Davis in a favorable light (links are in original; bolds and numbered tags are mine):

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Bonus Positivity: Imminent Shutdown of Sharonville Abortion Clinic (Update: Stayed — For Now)

Filed under: Health Care,Life-Based News,Positivity,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:14 am

UPDATE, FEB. 1: At Life News — “Hamilton County Judge Jerome Metz has stayed an order issued by the Ohio Department of Health to close a late-term abortion clinic in Sharonville, Ohio, operated by Martin Haskell.” Closure is at least several months away.

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From Ohio Right to Life:

Ohio Department of Health Shuts Down Sharonville Abortion Clinic
Notorious Abortionist Martin Haskell is Out of Business in Hamilton County

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Mike Gonidakis
DATE: Thursday, January 21, 2014

Columbus, Ohio — Today, the Ohio Department of Health affirmed its order to shut down abortionist Martin Haskell’s Sharonville clinic, the Lebanon Road Surgery Center, for failure to meet Ohio medical standards. Specifically, Haskell’s clinic operated without a transfer agreement with any area hospital and was unable to identify any doctors within the region that wanted assist his abortion business. Haskell’s abortion clinic must cease all operations and close it’s doors on or before February 4, 2014.

“We want to thank the Health Department for enforcing Ohio law and refusing to allow the abortion industry to escape complying with health and safety standards,” said Mike Gonidakis, President of Ohio Right to Life. “Women’s health is priority number one and today’s actions by the Kasich administration should serve as a wake-up call that Ohio will no longer turn a blind eye towards unhealthy medical practices.”

According to Ohio law, Lebanon Road Surgery Center exists as an Ambulatory Surgical Facility and because of this legal status, the clinic is not a full-service medical facility. To operate legally, Lebanon Road Surgery Center must have a transfer agreement with a full-service private hospital to handle all cases of abortion complications against the mother. In the case that an abortion facility is unable to acquire a transfer agreement, it can apply for a variance (exception). Lebanon Road Surgery Center failed to obtain either.

Late-term abortionist, Martin Haskell, who owns Lebanon Road Surgery Center, has performed abortions for more than 30 years. He is notorious for his advocacy of partial-birth abortion and is credited for popularizing the now banned and illegal procedure. With the closing of Haskell’s clinic, only one abortion facility remains open inside the county with the third highest rate for abortion deaths in Ohio.

To view the adjudication order click here.

I wasn’t able to tell from a brief review of the documents, but when Haskell opened up in Hamilton County, he put his abortion chamber “50 feet from (the) front door (of) a group practice treating children for 31 years.”

Special thanks to then-Sharonville Mayor and Sharonville Board of Health President Virgil Lovitt, whose investigation into the facility got the ball rolling to banish this butcher.

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UPDATE: From Operation Rescue (link is in original) —

Operation Rescue had recently documented four medical emergencies at Haskell’s two Ohio abortion clinics, raising serious concerns for patient safety. Haskell’s Dayton clinic continues to operate under a variance, which now must be called into question as well.

“Patients were endangered by Haskell’s slick attempts to avoid compliance with the law and we are pleased that his Sharonville abortion clinic must soon close in order to protect women from further harm,” said Newman. “We thank all the pro-life groups, especially Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati, for their diligent work that made this closure decision possible.”

UPDATE 2: Cincinnati Right to Life’s press release is here.

NewsBusted (012114)

Filed under: NewsBusted — Tom @ 10:09 am

Here we go:

Topics:
– President Obama
– NSA
– Government Surveillance
– NSA Tracks Text Messages
– Michelle Obama’s 50th
– Duck Dynasty
– CA Governor Jerry Brown
– California Drought
– Howard Stern Birthday

Best Line: “Duck Dynasty’s ratings are down for the first time. Apparently it’s because they their three gay viewers.”

Latest PJ Media Column (‘Don’t Feed Us This Mitt Again’) Is Up

Filed under: Health Care,Life-Based News,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 7:15 am

It’s here.

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

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I submitted my column before Byron York’s damning column was published:

In new film, a dramatic look at Mitt Romney’s loss of confidence

… for viewers who follow politics closely, especially for Republicans who desperately wanted to defeat Barack Obama, there is a revelation in “Mitt” that is not just unexpected but deeply disheartening. At a critical moment in the campaign — the two weeks in October encompassing the first and second general election debates — the Romney portrayed in “Mitt” struggled with a nagging pessimism and defeatism, unable to draw confidence even from a decisive initial debate victory over President Obama. Deep down inside, the Romney seen onscreen in “Mitt” seems almost resigned to losing to Obama in those crucial showdowns.

… Then came the (first) debate. Romney gave a dominating, near-perfect performance, while Obama struggled. The president didn’t even hit Romney on “47 percent.” It was a smashing victory, a big, big win for Romney.

Such a clear-cut triumph would seem a huge confidence-builder, but afterward, Romney seemed mostly concerned that Obama would come back and beat him badly the next time. “Sitting presidents have a very hard time in these debates,” Romney told the family. “They feel like, who is this whippersnapper coming up here who knows nothing? And so they don’t prepare, and they just think they can waltz through it. Then they get crushed in the first debate, and then they come back.”

“He’ll be better next time,” Ann said, as always trying to build her husband’s confidence. “But you can be better next time, too.”

Romney wasn’t buying it.

One would hope (but this is the Republican Party, so you should never rule it out) that any potential supporters Mitt Romney might have had for a 2016 run won’t get behind a guy who couldn’t convince himself that he’s good enough to win, even when he had victory within his grasp.

And the idea that Barack Obama is a good at anything away from his teleprompter is beyond hysterical.

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Related: From the “I Told Ya” file:
- November 2010 — Not This Mitt Again

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UPDATE: Michael Walsh at PJ Media

Andy McCarthy, Roger Simon, Victor, Roger Kimball, Dr. Helen, J. Christian Adams — all wrong. And these are not stupid people; neither is Michael Barone, who also fell on his face.

But we have an excuse — we were had. By the GOP nominee, Willard “Mitt” Romney … who never should have run because, deep down, he knew he wouldn’t win.

Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (012114)

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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A must-read from Victor Davis Hanson (even more than usual) — “The Last Generation of the West and the Thin Strand of Civilization.” A common theme Hanson invokes in multiple areas: It’s never enough if you’re imbued with an entitlement mentality. Hmm. Someone does an annual post on that every year to remind people that it’s not healthy.

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Merrill Matthews at Rare“Liberal governors bankrupt their states just like Obama bankrupts the country.” Well, liberal governors and alleged Republican Chris Christie.

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“The EU’s reputation as a model of environmental responsibility may soon be history. The European Commission wants to forgo ambitious climate protection goals and pave the way for fracking — jeopardizing Germany’s touted energy revolution in the process.” Meanwhile, Washington is doing everything it can to try to unilaterally impose “ambitious climate protection goals.”

Where’s the “We should be just like Europe” crowd when we really need them?

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From a Sunday Wall Street Journal editorial“President Obama finally joined the surveillance debate on Friday with a conflicted address, and perhaps it would have been better had he stayed out. His new antiterror proposals will do little to secure American privacy but they might make the country less safe.”

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From Kentucky“Surprise: (Democrat U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan) Grimes won’t condemn top supporter’s McConnell/Nazi comparison.” They’re not used to being challenged to defend or refute their party comrades like Republicans and conservatives routinely are.

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Obamacare enrollees who didn’t previously have insurance make up between 11% and one-third of new Obamacare signups. Even with forced Medicaid enrollments, which are not part of that figure, there has clearly been, thanks to over 6 million individual policy cancellations, a net decrease in the number of Americans covered by health insurance.

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Wonder Woman Wendy Davis Update (HT Hot Air): “Wendy Davis, the Texas state senator whose filibuster for abortion rights made her a Democratic superstar and launched her campaign for governor, has admitted to the Dallas Morning News that she lied about key events in her life, including her first divorce. Davis may even have lied under oath, testifying in a federal lawsuit over redistricting that “I got divorced by the time I was 19 years old,” when in fact she was divorced at age 21.”

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Out of touch: The people Obama call “the junior varsity” are the ones who have retaken Fallujah.

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Greta Van Susteren“After Benghazi on 9/11/2012, the Obama administration tried very hard to discourage Fox News Channel from reporting on it. The effort was obstruction – pure and simple.”

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The Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal has widened (HT College Insurrection). Update: So has Philadelphia’s.

Positivity: March for Life broadens focus to engage cultural, political realms

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

From Washington:

Jan 17, 2014 / 12:18 pm

As hundreds of thousands of pro-life Americans prepare for the annual March for Life, organizers of the event are already making plans to enhance their impact long after it concludes.

While many people associate the March for Life Education and Defense Fund with the massive pro-life event it holds each year in Washington, D.C., President Jeanne Monahan told CNA that the group’s “plan and our hope is to be more of a year-round organization.”

This involves increased educational and political efforts, cooperation with other pro-life groups and work to expand the yearly march in D.C. through the use of technology.

Now in its 41st year, the annual March for Life is held as a demonstration against the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, in which the Supreme Court mandated legal abortion throughout the country.

Generally held on or near the Jan. 22 anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the march runs from the National Mall to the Supreme Court. Last year, it was estimated to have drawn more than half a million participants.

Monahan described the march and preceding rally as an opportunity to witness to the 56 million individual persons whose lives have been cut short through legal abortion.

As in past years, speakers at the 2014 rally will include pro-life leaders from the religious, political and cultural realms.

Also speaking will be Molly Anne Dutton, who made headlines last fall when she became Miss Homecoming at Auburn University by sharing her story of being conceived in rape and given a chance at life by her mother, with the help of an adoption agency. …

Go here for the rest of the story.