October 1, 2016

Dean Won’t Genuinely Apologize For Trump ‘Coke User?’ Tweet Because ‘The Media’ Media Has Been Too Nice to Him

In a seven-minute segment on Friday, Democrat Howard Dean did not apologize for his speculation during Monday night’s presidential debate about Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s use of cocaine. The specific tweet: “Notice Trump sniffing all the time. Coke user?”

Instead, as will be seen in the video of the first portion of that segment which follows, Dean apologized for “using innuendo,” but did not back away from his evidence-free speculation when given the chance.

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NY Times: Now That Trump Is Ahead on Ohio, The ‘Older, Whiter, Less Educated’ Buckeye State ‘Is Fading on the Electoral Map’

On Thursday, in a story which made the front page of Friday’s print edition, Jonathan Martin at the New York Times reported that Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is “effectively acknowledging how difficult they think it will be to defeat Donald J. Trump” in Ohio.

But it’s all good, says Martin, because the Buckeye State, which no victorious presidential candidate has lost since 1960, is now “fading in importance.” Why? Because “Ohio has not fallen into step with the demographic changes transforming the United States,” in that is itolder, whiter and less educated than the nation at large.” Reviewing previous Times coverage, it seems that Ohio’s supposed lesser importance magically came about in the past four weeks.

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Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread 100116)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 8:55 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: Hyde Amendment has saved an estimated 2 million lives

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 8:50 am

From Washington:

Sep 30, 2016 / 03:02 am

As the Hyde Amendment turns 40 years old this week, a new report claims that it may have saved two million lives from abortion since it went into effect.

“Two million lives saved is reason to celebrate,” Chuck Donovan, president of the Charlotte Lozier Institute which produced the report, stated.

“The Hyde Amendment is popular not just with pro-lifers, but with a majority of Americans – people of diverse backgrounds and beliefs who all agree that forcing taxpayers to fund abortion is wrong.”

However, he added, the policy “is under unprecedented assault as its 40th anniversary approaches” and pro-lifers must defend it to see that it continues to save lives.

The Hyde Amendment, named after Congressman Henry Hyde (R-Ill.) who sponsored it, passed Congress in 1976 several years after the Supreme Court ruled that a woman had a legal right to an abortion. The policy prohibited taxpayer dollars – namely through federal programs for low-income women like Medicaid – from subsidizing abortions.

Current exceptions to the prohibition are for abortions performed in cases of rape, incest, and to save the life of the mother.

“As a rider, it is not a permanent law, but it has been passed with bipartisan support in every federal funding bill since 1976,” Genevieve Plaster of the Charlotte Lozier Institute noted in her written testimony to Congress on Sept. 23.

To see how many abortions the policy has prevented, the Charlotte Lozier Institute, the research arm of the pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List, compiled over 20 different studies on how limiting abortion subsidies affects the overall number of abortions.

The conclusion they came to was that, because of Hyde’s prohibition on Medicaid reimbursements of elective abortions, over two million pregnancies are estimated to have instead been carried to term since 1976, and over 60,000 a year. One in nine pregnancies of women on Medicaid would have ended in abortions if not for Hyde, the report claimed. …

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