March 31, 2014

Fox’s Megyn Kelly on Noel Sheppard

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 11:53 pm

I was a personal fan of hisI really respected him“:

Rest in peace, friend and warrior.


Other blogger and online condolences:

  • Ed Driscoll — “RIP to a great blogger and media critic.”
  • Rick Moran at PJ Tatler — “Sheppard’s nose for news and his ability to distill the essence of a story into a few well written paragraphs that were enlightening as well as thought provoking is a rare combination.”
  • Stacy McCain — “Noel was one of the guys who became a reliable fixture in the blogosphere when it was a new force …”
  • Ann Coulter — “Heartbroken over Noel Sheppard, the magnificent. I can say no more right now.”
  • Joseph Curl — “Through everything, he never lost his sense of humor. He will be sorely missed.”
  • Sarah Palin — “Our prayers are with Noel Sheppard’s family. He was a fighter for truth who will be greatly missed!”
  • Michelle Malkin — “Huge loss, wonderful man.”
  • Mark Levin — “Noel was a great guy and patriot. God bless you my friend.”
  • Twitchy has a collection of condolences.
  • Daily Caller — “Our condolences to the friends and family of Sheppard. It’s abundantly clear he will be missed.”

Will AP, Which Covered Group Protesting ‘Higher’ Deportations, Note CIS Study Of Illegal-Immigrant Criminals Released?

Two weeks ago, Nicholas Riccardi at the Associated Press basically gave an open mic to immigration amnesty groups who pretend to believe that the Obama administration has been deporting more immigrants who are here illegally per year than previous administrations did. Some of the groups involved are moving to disruptive tactics which look more like attempts at mob rule than those employed in a civil society.

Today, several center-right news outlets and blogs are reporting that the Center for Immigration Studies has reviewed information recently released by Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement arm. Unsurprisingly, CIS has found far more laxness in deportation efforts. But what may surprise many, and what should be reported by AP and other establishment press outlets if they have any consistency and integrity, is how nonchalant the administration has been in releasing hardened criminals onto America’s streets. Stephen Dinan at the Washington Times appears to have been the first to report on situation on Sunday:


Most National Media Outlets Ignore Couple Who Defrauded Two States For Seven Years

Filed under: Economy,Scams,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 5:16 pm

Over at Hot Air, Dustin Siggins writes that Andrea and Colin Chisholm “are getting enormous media attention.” Perhaps, and I really hope so. Unfortunately, I found no evidence of any level of attention to the Chisholms, the apparently very rich couple who allegedly engaged in protracted fraud against the welfare systems of Florida and Minnesota for seven years, at several national establishment press outlets.

Here are some of the infuriating details from ABC’s weekend “Good Morning America” show, a rare establishment press exception (bolds are mine):


Some ‘Stumble’: On (Not Really) Last Day For Signing Up at, Users Without Accounts Can’t Create Them

The Associated Press has a breaking news update: If you want to apply for Obamacare at today and you’ve never set up an account, forget about doing so for the time being.

The update is is running under this morning’s old headline (“HEALTH CARE WEBSITE STUMBLES ON LAST DAY”), begging the question as to when a “stumble” turns into “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” (HT to several tweeters):


AP’s Word For Today’s System Crash at ‘Stumble’

The Obamacare-loving press spares no effort in excusing and minimizing the scheme’s operational, systemic, and law-based failures.

Six months after launch, still isn’t functioning as intended. In fact, as of 8:47 a.m. this morning, the time stamp on an Associated Press report (also saved here for future reference, fair use and discussion purposes) by chief wire service Obamacare defender Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, the web site wasn’t functioning at all. Did the AP reporter tell readers the system had crashed, or was down? Oh heck no (bolds are mine):


Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (033114)

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: Despite MS, teacher gets thousands of kids in the swim

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

An older story, but one which shouldn’t be missed — From New Bern, North Carolina (video at link; HT Daryn Kagan):

Aug. 20, 2013 at 7:53 AM ET

You might sit on the sidelines of life. Pat Knisely believes you don’t have to stay there.

“Look at me. Look at me!” she whispers, consoling a crying child. The 4-year-old shivers by the side of a swimming pool, crouching in the darkness of his mind.

His swimming teacher plops a towel on her head, sparking a fleeting smile from the frightened boy. “Now remember,” Knisely says, “I’m old and —

The boy grins. “Tired.”

“That’s right. So you have to take it easy on me!”

All the kids at the side of the pool, waiting for their lesson, begin to giggle, including the tearful little boy. “Come on. Jump in!” Pat says. The childhood storm has passed.

In a city surrounded by sea, Knisely wants every child to learn how to swim. She has taught thousands of kids in New Bern, N.C.

Lindsay Sobel still remembers the “Ms. Pat” look that got her into the pool. The 26-year-old tugs her glasses down and frowns over the top of the lenses. “She looked like this,” she laughs, recalling when she was a stubborn 7-year-old.

“You don’t have to be a winner,” Lindsay’s mom, Joan Sobel, tells me. “You just have to learn to swim right.”

Lindsay did better than all right, even though she has Down syndrome. “This one’s my favorite,” she says, pulling a gold medal off her wall to show me. She has won 78 state and national championships.

“I’m good!” Lindsay says simply. Good because Knisely listens closely to children like Lindsay, who are often overlooked.

“She never took one of them to the side,” Kristen Wall confides. “Never said, ‘Oh, you’re different. You’re going to have your own private lesson.’”

Wall, a biologist, now trains with dolphins. She learned to swim with Lindsay. Neither was treated like fragile glass.

Knisley knows the pain of a life turned inward. Multiple sclerosis put her in a wheelchair 20 years ago.

“I can’t imagine living my life with out MS,” she says. “You learn a lot about who you are.”

Like most winners, Pat Knisely doesn’t give up, but how she handles loss is perhaps her finest lesson. In 2012, her husband, Jim, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The boy she met at 16 and married at 18 was given just a few months to live. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

In Venezuela, Press Ignores Why Maduro’s ‘Colectivos’ Death Squads Operate With Impunity: Gun Control

Pushed back from the headlines, massive protests against the repressive Nicolas Maduro regime in Venezuela continue.

So do the killings by the “colectivos.” If this group of thugs enforcing Maduoro’s Chavista socialist nightmare were instead right-wing paramilitary types, they would long since have been christened “death squads” and garnered international attention. A story about the colectivos finally appeared in the Associated Press today. While the coverage by Fabiola Sanchez and Frank Bajak was mostly measured, it completely ignored the fact the colectivos can operate without fear of armed resistance because of government curbs on purchases, transfers and public carrying of guns.