April 9, 2014

AP Keeps Lois Lerner’s Name Out of Headline and Opening Paragraph in Two Reports

I suspect that many readers who do their best to keep up with the news at a detailed level have a hard time understanding how many of their friends, acquaintances and neighbors — even many who they know put some effort into keeping up with current events — can be so unaware of many objectively important news developments.

There are two answers to that question. One is that the establishment press very often doesn’t cover important matters at all; all one has to do is recall the empty media chairs at the trial of pre-born and newborn baby butcher Kermit Gosnell. The other is that when they do cover a story, journalists and their news outlets often do all they can to keep key names and facts out of their headlines and opening paragraph. Thanks to the fact that many people now consume news using computers, tablets, and smartphones, this stalling tactic may be even more effective now than it was in the print-only days. A pair of Associated Press reports by Stephen Ohlemacher, one from earlier today and another from last Thursday, both concerning developments relating to retired IRS employee Lois Lerner, exemplify the tactic’s use:

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Hmm …

Filed under: Activism,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:23 pm

I heard a John Boehner radio ad today on a music station, and saw a TV ad on a sports station.

Though I haven’t necessarily been on the lookout for it in the past, I don’t recall Boehner ever advertising during a primary.

Is it really possible that Boehner is nervous about his primary opposition?

Malkin Schools Common Core Apologist Asking for ‘Corrections’

Filed under: Activism,Education,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:46 am

Bad idea of the day: Asking Michelle Malkin, America’s unofficial Common Core town crier, for “corrections” when you don’t have the facts on your side.

Chad Colby, Director of Strategic Communications & Outreach at “Achieve, Inc.,” made that mistake last week.

Malkin took Colby to school, administering a good old-fashioned verbal whipping in her syndicated column (links are in original; bolds are mine):

“I wanted to take a moment to highlight two points that were incorrect regarding Achieve,” Colby complained. “Contrary to Ms. Malkin’s assertion, Achieve employs no lobbyists and we never have.”

No? Never? Someone didn’t do his homework. Mr. Colby, meet Patricia Sullivan. She’s the founding executive director of Achieve and a career lobbyist who has bounced around D.C. for the past quarter-century …

… And let me introduce Mr. Colby to Ronn Robinson, a founding senior vice president of Achieve and veteran Democratic and corporate education lobbyist for former Washington Gov. Booth Gardner and Boeing. According to The Hill newspaper’s column titled, ahem, “Lobbying World,” Not-a-Lobbyist Robinson left Achieve several years ago to lobby for the D.C.-based National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE).

NCEE is the multimillion-dollar Gates Foundation-funded advocacy (read: “lobbying”) group founded by Marc Tucker, the godfather of Common Core-style schemes and top-down control masquerading as “reform.” He has dominated the D.C. education-lobbying scene since before Bill Clinton was in office.

… After the Clintons moved into the White House, Tucker sent a now-infamous letter to Mrs. Clinton outlining a radical progressive plan “to remold the entire American system” through a centralized national-standards Trojan Horse.

… Tucker’s proposal represented “a new approach to government” by elitist bureaucrats to “create a seamless web” that “literally extends from cradle to grave.” The Clinton White House soon after delivered federal Goals 2000 and School-to-Work laws. Tucker has explicitly advocated that the United States “largely abandon the beloved emblem of American education: local control.”

Colby (also) protested that “Achieve is no longer affiliated with the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)” and that its “contract ended with them in December of last year.” Clean break? Hah. Achieve and PARCC are inextricably intertwined.

Don’t take my word for it. Take PARCC’s. Though the contract with Achieve “ended” last year, a PARCC letter to Arizona education officials explains that no one’s really going anywhere:

“The Achieve staff members that have conducted the work of PARCC over the last several years are transitioning to PARCC, Inc. so that they can continue to maintain the leadership and programmatic expertise that will see the project through the end of the development period.

Since the web traffic gurus tell us we need to include graphics in our posts, I thought I’d provide a visual depiction of Chad Colby’s credibility once Michelle Malkin got finished with him:

ShatteredGlass

Common Core is statist cronyism gone wild at the expense of the nation’s schoolchildren — and, ultimately, the nation as a whole.

Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (040914)

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: Our lives should have the flavor of the Gospel, Pope observes

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Vatican City:

Apr 9, 2014 / 04:14 am

During his general audience Pope Francis began a new catechesis on the gifts of the Holy Spirit, drawing specific attention to wisdom and noting that it illuminates our actions and draws us closer to God.

“We need to ask ourselves if our lives have the flavor of the Gospel; if others perceive that we are men and women of God; if it is the Holy Spirit that moves our lives,” the Pope insisted in his April 5 General Audience address.

Speaking to the thousands of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square to hear the weekly discourse, the pontiff announced initially that “Today we begin a series of catechesis on the gifts of the Holy Spirit.”

Observing how “The Spirit is himself the ‘gift of God,’” the Pope emphasized that he is also “the presence of God’s love in the Church and in our hearts.”

“Based on a messianic prophecy of Isaiah, the Church has traditionally distinguished seven gifts of the Spirit: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety and fear of the Lord,” he continued, noting that “the first of these is wisdom.”

Highlighting how “This is not the fruit of knowledge and human experience,” the Roman Pontiff explained that it “consists of an interior light that only the Holy Spirit can give and that enables us to recognize the imprint of God in our lives and history.”

It is a grace, he said, “enabling us to contemplate all things with the eyes of God and a heart docile to the promptings of the Spirit.”

Born out of “intimacy with God” and a closeness to him “in prayer and loving communion,” this gift “makes a Christian contemplative” and “helps us to recognize with joyful gratitude his providential plan for all things,” the Pope went on to say.

“Everything speaks of God and everything is seen as a sign of his love and a reason to give thanks.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.