January 25, 2016

Houston DA Turns Tables: Center for Medical Progress Planned Parenthood Videographers Indicted

In an unexpected development which may ultimately qualify as a “be careful what you wish for” exercise, the District Attorney in Harris County, Texas, whose county seat is Houston, has indicted Center for Medical Progress videographers David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt.

Yes you read that right, via coverage in the Houston Chronicle (bolds are mine):

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AP’s Crutsinger: Fed May Pause Rate Increases, But Only Due to ‘Darker Global Economy’

Over the past several months, economics reporters at the Associated Press have told us time and time and time again that the U.S. economy is “largely insulated” from adverse economic developments overseas.

So why is the AP’s Martin Crutsinger going along with the now-shifting conventional “wisdom” that Janet Yellen’s Federal Reserve may have to defer implementing additional interest-rate increases for quite some time because of what the wire service headlined as a “darker global economy”? The obvious answer is that the U.S. economy is also weak, and the business press simply won’t admit it.

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Des Moines Register’s Hillary Clinton Endorsement Ignores Seven Private Email Server ‘Smoking Guns’

The Des Moines Register likely broke new ground when it endorsed Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination on Saturday. The Register may be the first major newspaper to endorse a major-party presidential candidate under investigation by the FBI at the time of the endorsement.

The time stamp at the editorial’s link is currently and inexplicably this morning, but pundits and bloggers have been commenting on it for two days, and Google News says the endorsement is from “2 days ago.” This time disconnect seems fitting, as it reflects how disconnected from reality the Register’s editorial board had to be on so many levels to make its endorsement. Let’s look at just one of them, namely Mrs. Clinton’s admitted use of a private email server to conduct government business when she was President Barack Obama’s Secretary of State.

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Pre-empting the Economy’s Excuse-makers

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 10:25 am

From the Associated Press:

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$850 million is 0.0047% of the nation’s annual $18.06 trillion (as of the third quarter) gross domestic product, or about 0.019 percent of one-quarter’s GDP.

Remember this in April when first-quarter GDP results come in.

UPDATE, 3:15 p.m.: A twitter commenter notes that “we have 2 months for them to find excuses.” Well, I forgot that the government is going to be reporting January retail sales in mid-February. The $850 billion involved, assuming it’s all retail-related, would be about a 0.2 percent hit. But in the land of seasonal adjustments, it shouldn’t have nearly that much impact, because a few days of bad January weather isn’t exactly unusual, and it often happens during the work week, and therefore with greater financial impact.

Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (012516)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 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: How can pro-lifers reach more Americans? Share God’s mercy, Cardinal Dolan says

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 5:55 am

From New York City:

Jan 18, 2016 / 10:21 am

Cardinal Timothy Dolan has marked the upcoming anniversary of Roe v. Wade with a reflection encouraging the pro-life movement to remember the importance of mercy and to see the opportunity to reach those who do not identify as pro-life.

The Archbishop of New York said the pro-life cause backs “an essential moral vision that lifts up every human person.”

“Genuine progress must be progress for all, beginning with those most vulnerable who cannot speak for themselves,” he said in a Jan. 14 message. “May God bless our efforts to uphold human life!”

The cardinal cited Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation Evangelii gaudium. There, the Pope said the defense of the unborn is “closely linked to the defense of each and every other human right … It is not ‘progressive’ to try to resolve problems by eliminating a human life.”

Cardinal Dolan heads the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro-life Activities. His statement comes ahead of the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that mandated permissive abortion laws nationwide.

“Abortion itself, despite the endorsement of our highest legal tribunal and many political and cultural elites, is as controversial as ever,” the cardinal said. “Most Americans oppose a policy allowing legal abortion for virtually any reason – though many still do not realize that this is what the Supreme Court gave us.”

Most Americans want to protect unborn children later in pregnancy, most want limits and regulations on abortion, and most want to bar taxpayer funding for abortion.

The cardinal noted that despite this, some are reluctant to adopt the pro-life mantle.

“Yet many who support important goals of the pro-life movement do not identify as ‘pro-life,’ a fact which should lead us to examine how we present our pro-life vision to others.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.

Baltimore Sun Writer Advocating Gunowner Database Thinks She’s in the Majority

Tricia Bishop is back.

The Baltimore Sun deputy editorial page editor and columnist, who on January 7 advocated “a gun owner registry available to the public online — something like those for sex offenders,” posted a follow-up on Friday, claiming that “Gun control advocates (are) the silent majority.” Bishop is clearly put off by the ferocity of the blowback she received for advocating that the whole wide world — which she somehow forgets includes stalkers, leftist intimidators, criminals who would like to steal guns, and other criminals who would like to target the unarmed — should be able to know who does and doesn’t own a gun in the U.S. Well, ma’am, you really didn’t think that everyone you would like to expose for exercising their Second Amendment rights using a “model” similar to that employed for sex offenders would just sit there and take it, did you?

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