February 25, 2014

AP’s Tomlinson Hauls Out Tired ‘Heavily Edited’ Jab at O’Keefe as State Launches Investigation of Battleground Texas

At the Associated Press on Friday, Chris Tomlinson wrote a story of national significance (“State officials investigating Democratic activists”) which the wire service appears not to have ever carried at its national site.

It is nationally significant because the establishment press, both in print and over the airwaves, has chosen to make the Lone Star State gubernatorial candidacy of Democrat Wendy Davis a national matter. However, continuing a pattern going back several months (examples here and here), when negative matters relating to her campaign or to those assisting it surface, all of a sudden we’re supposed to believe nobody outside of Texas cares.

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Leftists Try (and Fail) to Suppress Krauthammer’s ‘Settled Science Myth’ Column; Fox’s Kurtz Is Not Amused (and Shouldn’t Be)

It would be easy to dismiss the attempt by the leftist groups Credo Mobilize and Forecast the Facts to prevent the Washington Post from publishing Charles Krauthammer’s February 20 column (“The Myth of ‘Settled Science’”) as the whining of immature children who cover their ears and say “la-la, we can’t hear you, and we’re going to shut you up” every time they come across inconvenient facts.

Howard Kurtz takes the failed effort more seriously, and properly so, given that the petitioners are constantly trying to convince WaPo, the New York Times, and eventually the rest of the establishment press to do what the censors at the Los Angeles Times have already done: stop publishing any op-ed or letter to the editor from anyone they consider a “climate change denier.” Excerpts from Kurtz’s Monday “Media Buzz” post at Fox News, plus a Fox News Special Report video showing Krauthammer brilliantly summarizing his column in 89 seconds, follow the jump.

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NewsBusted (022414)

Filed under: NewsBusted — Tom @ 7:35 am

Here we go:

Topics:
– Presidents Day
– President Obama
– Jimmy Carter
– Ray Nagin
– Jimmy Fallon
– Michelle Obama
– Piers Morgan
– Denmark Zoo Giraffe
– Ellen Page

Best Line: “Jimmy Fallon is now being accused of having a pro-Obama bias. But Fallon totally denied that charge last week during Michelle Obama’s appearance to pitch Obamacare.”

Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (022514)

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: Late Iowa farmer hid generosity throughout life, priest says

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:01 am

From Des Moines:

Feb 18, 2014 / 04:08 am

Edwin “Bud” Skalla, who died last November, was a bachelor farmer whose magnanimity was made known only after he passed away, according to the man’s pastor.

“I don’t think people realized that he had as generous a heart as he did, because he hid it very well from everyone until after his death,” Fr. John Dorton, pastor of St. Mary Parish in Portsmouth, Iowa, told CNA Feb. 14.

“And then when his will became public, his generosity towards 13 churches sprinkled throughout southwest Iowa became very apparent.”

At his death, Skalla left 282 acres of farmland to St. Mary’s, his home parish, and another 858 acres to 13 parishes located in Iowa’s Harrison and Shelby counties. Those 858 acres were auctioned off Feb. 15 for $7.9 million.

In addition to the bequeathal of land, Skalla’s cash assets of some $2.5 million will be distributed among the parishes.

Skalla was born in 1921 on his family farm outside Portsmouth, where he spent all but the last 13 years of his life. He had moved in 2001 into a retirement community in Harlan, about 10 miles away.

“Bud was a very frugal man, a bachelor farmer … he wasn’t a real outgoing or terrifically generous person to other people during his lifetime,” according to Fr. Dorton, who also said he “wasn’t real communicative” and “was almost a hermit,” but who “had a deep love for the land.”

Skalla’s frugality can be attributed to his having grown up during the Depression, the priest continued. Shrewd investments and saving his money allowed him to accumulate the wealth he did.

“It made him appreciate money and success in a material way; I think he felt the poverty he grew up in had been overcome and defeated and that he was a successful person, and I think he took great pride in that.”

His obituary at Paul Jones Funeral Homes noted that while he never married, Skalla “was extremely dedicated to his family, especially his mother. He always saw to it that she was well taken care of until her death in 1984.”

Of the 13 parishes benefited by Skalla’s will, one, St. Rose of Lima in Denison, is in the Sioux City diocese; the remainder are in the Diocese of Des Moines.

“Bud was engaged in the most noble of professions, farming,” Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines wrote of Skalla. “Through his dedicated work, he provided nourishment for the human body which fortified countless thousands. Now, in death, through his legacy, he will enrich the human spirit through faith and spiritual development.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.