August 22, 2015

Defending Planned Parenthood, LA Times Relays ‘Abortion Is 3 Pct. of Its Services’ Myth

Earlier today, I noted that Los Angeles Times reporter Maria L. La Ganga compared the heroic undercover work done by investigators at the Center for Medical Progress to the 2004 efforts of the Swift Boat Veterans for the Truth. She meant it as a negative, claiming that the Swift Vets’ assertions about Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry’s service in Vietnam and his antiwar activities after he returned home are “considered by many one of the ugliest, most unfair attacks in recent political memory.” She even claimed — knowingly engaging in falsehood, in my opinion — that “the Swift boat claims were later discredited.” Sorry, ma’am. The Swift Vets’ truths stand tall to this today.

Though the Times Seattle bureau chief doesn’t reference it in her writeup, an Associated Press chart contained therein relays a falsehood Planned Parenthood routinely promotes. This one claims that “Abortion is 3 percent of Planned Parenthood Services”:

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LA Times Reporter: CMP’s Anti-Planned Parenthood Vids Are Like ‘Discredited’ Swiftvets ‘Smear’

Well, this was inevitable. On the same day that the Center for Medical Progress exposed the CEO of former Planned Parenthood partner StemExpress laughing “about shipping whole baby heads,” a reporter at the Los Angeles Times, in what I have beeen told is a front-page story, has compared CMP’s video campaign exposing the commerce in baby body parts to the 2004 Swift Boat Veterans for the Truth’s campaign. The Swift Boat Vets’ effort successfully exposed Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry’s serial lies about his service in Vietnam and his smearing of Vietnam veterans as war criminals after he returned.

Times reporter Maria L. La Ganga joined the paper in 1981, and “has served as San Francisco bureau chief, edited in the Business section and pitched in on five presidential elections.” Even if one of those five elections wasn’t 2004, and even if she didn’t dig into conflicting claims over whether Kerry truly earned the Vietnam War medals he received, it’s virtually inconceivable that she doesn’t know about his frequently stated “Christmas in Cambodia” lie.

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Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (082215)

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: Officers respond to woman in distress, then buy her a cake to celebrate her 75th birthday

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

A July story from Oklahoma City (HT Daryn Kagan):

7:57 p.m. Sunday, July 12, 2015

A couple of Oklahoma City police officers have gone viral for giving a helping give a hand to a woman on her 75th birthday.

According to OKCPD, an officer responded to a call of a distressed woman sitting in a wheelchair near the street.

When officers arrived, the woman, known as Ms. Carroll, was visibly upset and said her motorized wheelchair broke down while she was on her way to buy a cake for her 75th birthday. She told the officers she was upset that her birthday was ruined because the wheelchair was her only means of transportation.

Officers Amy Hanson and Travis Vernier loaded up the wheelchair and took Ms. Carroll to the supermarket where they bought her a cake and took her home to celebrate.

From Facebook:

Police work isn’t always about fighting crime & putting bad guys in jail. It’s also about meeting good people & developing relationships.

While working tonight, Sergeants Mike Black & Jacob Cole came across a young man in the London Square Apartments in northwest OKC. He was riding a scooter that had a handle that kept coming off and causing him to wreck. The two officers were able to fix his scooter and make him a happy young man!
Way to go guys!