August 12, 2014

Louisiana’s Abortion Law Gets Light Attention, Perhaps Due to Its ‘Overwhelming’ Democratic Support

So what’s more newsworthy: A white, privileged, female lawyer wearing pink shoes whose filibuster failed to stop abortion restrictions from taking effect in Texas, or a an African-American female state representative who sponsored and helped successfully shepherd a similar law through Louisiana’s legislature — with overwhelming support from Democratic legislators? If you think it should be the latter, you obviously don’t understand the priorities of the nation’s establishment press.

The events in Texas have led to the gubernatorial candidacy of Democrat filibuster leader and media darling Wendy Davis. In June of this year, the legislature in next-door Louisiana passed a similar measure. Katrina Jackson’s outspoken sponsorship and Democrats’ majority support of the law has gotten nowhere near the attention Wendy Davis’s shenanigans have received.

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Thank You, David Horowitz: ‘Obama Deliberately’ Lost ‘The War in Iraq’

Ex-hard leftist Horowitz understands how the far left thinks, and nails it at National Review:

Obama’s Treachery and Republican Silence
When will they stop pretending this is a normal presidency?

Barack Obama deliberately set out to lose the war in Iraq, and he did. He defied the advice of his joint chiefs of staff to secure America’s formidable military presence and keep 20,000 troops in country, and left Iraq to its own devices and the tender mercies of Iran. In doing so, he betrayed every American and Iraqi who gave his life to create a free Iraq and keep it out of the clutches of the terrorists.

Iraq is now a war zone dominated by the terrorist forces of the Islamic State, whose rise Obama’s policies fostered.

As to his question concerning when Republicans, i.e., the Republican establishment, will “stop pretending this is a normal presidency,” they’ve had six years to see it, and, with far too few exceptions, are still treating the Obama presidency as part of the normal ebb and flow of politics. It’s not.

FLASHBACK 1:

  • Jan. 25, 2009 — “The hope is that Barack Obama won’t bungle his way into losing what George Bush and the US military won.”

In hindsight, it really wasn’t a “bungle.” As Horowitz asserted, Obama deliberately lost.

I underestimated Obama.

FLASHBACK 2:

  • August 19, 2009 — “Remember, this war is this administration’s and this Congress’s to lose, because the Bush 43 administration won it — twice.”

So sad, so true. With the majority of the country in ISIS/ISIL control, it has been lost — and, barring a philosiphical and tactical sea change, it’s going to take a different U.S. president to get it back, if anyone ever can.

Young Black Man Punches, Drops 72 Year-Old NYC Man on Tape; Local Report Doesn’t ID Assailant’s Race

A brief report at the neighborhood web site DNAinfo in New York City, which describes itself as “New York’s leading neighborhood news source” with “award-winning journalists” on staff, exemplifies how weak and negligent reporting on urban crime can be.

A video capture of an assault in the City’s West Greewich Village area shows a young black man first punching and knocking to the pavement a man who it turns out is in his 70s, and then running away. That video and most of how it was written up by reporter Natalie Musumeci follow the jump.

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Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (081214)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

Positivity: Korean faithful show God is ‘alive, powerful’ in Asia

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Rome:

Aug 12, 2014 / 04:02 am

The rich history of martyrdom in South Korea and the thousands of young people slated to gather this week for Pope Francis shows the beauty and power of the faith, says a local bishop.

Bishop Lazzaro You Heung-sik of Daejeon will host Pope Francis in his diocese Aug. 15, when the pontiff takes part in the Sixth Asian Youth Day by celebrating Mass in the World Cup Stadium.

The bishop told CNA that around six thousand young people are anticipated to join Pope Francis for the event, and “will come from 22 different countries, and among those Japan, Cambodia, Thailand, Burma, Indonesia.”

“Asian Youth Day is so important,” he said in an Aug. 11 interview. “This meeting shows the future of the Church.”

Announced by the Vatican in March, the Pope’s Aug. 13-18 trip follows an invitation from the president of the Korean Republic, Park Geun-hye, and the bishops of Korea.

“Korean people, both believers and non believers, are praying that Francis may bring the Lord’s peace in the whole land of Korea,” Bishop You said.

Despite the “diplomatic tension between” North and South Korea, the news of Pope Francis’ visit has “already opened our administration’s heart, who had invited young North Korean people to take part” in the youth event.

North Korean authorities have declined the South Korean invitation to take part at least at the concluding Mass the Pope is scheduled to celebrate Aug. 18 at Myeongdong Cathedral, seat of the Archdiocese of Seoul – but there is no news about North Korean young people taking part to the Asian Youth Day.

“We are still waiting for their response, and we will look forward to it until the very end, with our heart open,” Bishop You said. …

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