January 31, 2017

Live Action Videos Show That PP Uses Ultrasounds Almost Exclusively For Abortions

Thanks to the press’s obsession with cooperating with and promoting those who object to President Donald Trump’s opening week actions, Live Action’s exposure of Planned Parenthood as hardly more than a collection of grisly abortion chambers has gone relatively unnoticed. This heroic work deserves much wider exposure, and much more press attention.

A week ago, as covered by Tim Graham at NewsBusters, a Live Action video demonstrated that the vast majority of PP’s facilities contacted provide no prenatal care services. Yesterday, in two new videos, Live Action revealed that Planned Parenthood has plenty of ultrasound machines, but that almost all of them are used solely “to determine a baby’s age and position in the womb” before performing an abortion. Leftist politicians and media members need to abandon their knee-jerk defense of PP as a provider of a variety of “reproductive health services,” because that is not what it is.


As Mayor Declares Cincinnati a Sanctuary City, Enquirer ‘Forgets’ to Ask County Sheriff

Cincinnati Enquirer reporters Jason Williams and Dan Horn were apparently so excited when Democratic Party Mayor John Cranley declared his town a “sanctuary city” on Monday that they forget to determine whether Hizzoner’s statement would genuinely change anything on the ground.

It turns out that it doesn’t. But it has increased the opportunistic Cranley’s statewide and national visibility. The Enquirer pair completely “forgot” to ask the sheriff of Hamilton County (Cincinnati is its county seat) if the mayor’s declaration will change anything he’s doing. It won’t.


Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (013117)

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: Couple recounts terrifying plunge into icy west Quebec lake

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Buckingham, Quebec (video at link; HT Good News Network):

Posted: Jan 20, 2017 12:33 AM ET Last Updated: Jan 20, 2017 1:14 PM ET

“Something in my head said, ‘You are going back under. You’re staying there, if you don’t have your wife”

Audrey Berndt usually accompanies her husband Kevin Wiseman when he grooms the trails for a west Quebec snowmobile club.

She says she doesn’t want him to be alone, in case something goes wrong.

Something did go wrong on Wednesday around 6 p.m. and Berndt had a front-row seat — literally. She was in the passenger seat as Wiseman steered the snowcat out of the bush on an unfamiliar route and onto what he thought was a field.

The couple quickly realized they were actually on snow-covered McMullin Lake, near Val-des-Monts, Que.

As Wiseman turned the large, heavy snowcat to get back on land, it plunged through the ice.

In as calm a voice as he could muster, Wiseman told Berndt, “Don’t panic, I think we have a few minutes [of air], then we hit bottom.”

The couple was trapped under the ice in about four metres of water. Neither the doors nor windows would open. Frigid water started to fill the cab.

Wiseman first punched with his hands to try to break through the windshield, without success. He then used his head as a battering ram to smash the glass.

He quickly surfaced, only to discover his 40-year-old wife was still trapped below the ice in the cab, which was now full of water.

Berndt says at that moment, “I took two gulps. I said, ‘This is how I’m going to die. No more kids, no more husband. They’re going to lose us both.’”

Wiseman dove back down but could not find his wife in the snowcat. He dove a second time but didn’t have enough air in his lungs and had to resurface. Wiseman, 43, caught his breath and dove down a third time.

“Something in my head said, ‘You are going back under. You’re staying there, if you don’t have your wife,’” he said.

As Wiseman dove down for the last time, Berndt shifted over to his seat in the cab.

“I felt his hand, and he just yanked me right out of there,” she said.

Go here for the rest of the story.

January 30, 2017

CNN’s Tapper Gets NYC Mayor De Blasio to Admit to Protecting Illegals Who Drive Drunk From Deportation

On Sunday’s State of the Union show on CNN, host Jake Tapper squeezed a couple of inconvenient truths out of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Those truths are that both drunk driving and grand larceny, if committed by illegal immigrants, are among the criminal offenses which de Blasio and Gotham in general don’t believe are serious enough to warrant contacting federal authorities for deportation.


Trump’s Selective Travel Ban: I Blame Obama (Really)

Imagine that:

The seven Muslim-majority countries targeted in President Trump’s executive order on immigration were initially identified as “countries of concern” under the Obama administration.

That Barack Obama sure was an anti-Islamic xenophobe, wasn’t he? (Well, if Trump is, Obama was. QED.)

But that hasn’t stopped Obama from opening his trap only ten days after leaving the White House and pretending that what Trump did was awful.

Also: “Claimed ‘Muslim Ban’ Exempts Eighty-Seven Percent of Muslims”

AP Ignores Falling Obama-Era Union Membership, Takes Aim at Wisconsin

You would think that the establishment press and the rest of the opposition to Donald Trump’s administration might be able to capitalize substantively (shrieking fundraising letters don’t count as “substance”) on Kellyanne Conway’s shaky reference to “alternative facts” about a week ago. (She should have said, “I have different, more defensible estimates than you do,” because she did.)

So far they can’t, and they seem unable to help themselves. When they run into facts they don’t like, they suppress them and seek out — you guessed it — weak or false alternative facts to fit their narrative. There’s hardly a better example of this than how the Associated Press handled last Thursday’s release of the government’s annual report on union membership. When the facts about nationwide union membership weren’t pleasant, the wire service’s unbylined report focused on just one state: Wisconsin.


Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (013017)

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Positivity: Monsignor Ocariz confirmed as new prelate of Opus Dei

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Rome:

Jan 23, 2017 / 04:43 pm

Pope Francis on Monday confirmed the election of Monsignor Fernando Ocariz Braña as Prelate of Opus Dei. The priest becomes the third successor of St. Josemaria Escriva as head of the personal prelature.

The Jan. 23 election of Msgr. Ocariz was not unexpected, as he had been auxiliary to the previous prelate, Bishop Javier Echevarría, and was his natural replacement. Bishop Echevarría died Dec. 12 at the age of 84.

Msgr. Ocariz was born in Paris in 1944 to a Spanish family who had been exiled because of the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s.

He studied physical sciences at the University of Barcelona, and received a licentiate in theology from the Pontifical Lateran University in 1969. In 1971 he was ordained a priest, and earned a doctorate in theology from the University of Navarre.

The priest was among the founding professors of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, and has served as a consultor to several dicasteries of the Roman Curia. He has authored several works on theology and philosophy.

Since 1994 Msgr. Ocariz has been vicar general of Opus Dei, and he was named Auxiliary Vicar in 2014.

The election process began Jan. 21 with a plenary meeting of the Central Advisory, the prelature’s women’s council. Those participating submitted the names of priests whom they think is best suited to be prelate, passing these recommendations to the congress, who voted for a candidate with these suggestions in mind.

The elective congress began Jan. 23, and was able to quickly settle upon Msgr. Ocariz. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

January 29, 2017

NY Times White House Reporter Haberman Needs Help Identifying ‘Non-US-Born’ Domestic Terror Acts

It tends to be good advice to avoid automatically assigning negative or malicious intent, such as a desire to play “gotcha,” when someone’s actions, inaction, or statements might have simply arisen from breathtaking ignorance.

But what if it appears to a combination of both traits? That seems to be the case with New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman’s Saturday morning tweet. Haberman, whose access to search engines was presumably intact at the time, asked, “Other than San Bernardino shootings, has there been a terrorist attack involving a non-US-born attacker since 9/11?”


Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (012917)

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Positivity: Mia Love’s Electrifying ‘March For Life’ Speech

Filed under: Positivity,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 5:55 am

Watch (nearby hanky recommended):

January 28, 2017

AP Reporter Invents ‘Dismay’ With US-Loving Iraqi Detained at JFK Airport in New York

Saturday may have been the first day in Donald Trump’s presidency when members of the leftist press which so despises him looked forward to going into work.

You see, people from those nations affected by Trump’s travel ban were in transit to the U.S., and certain conflict awaited. The media surely must have thought they had a strong candidate for designated victim in Iraqi Hameed Khalid Darweesh, especially since his ability to escape temporary detention at JFK Airport in New York City was the result of an ACLU action. Boy, were they wrong. Naturally, William Mathis at the Associated Press failed to accurately report what happened. This is 2017, AP. It’s on video.

Mathis described a meeting between Darweesh and reporters thusly (bolds are mine throughout this post):

The detainees in New York included two Iraqis who had previously been given permission to come to the U.S. because of their ties to the U.S. military.

One of them, Hameed Khalid Darweesh, who had worked as an interpreter for the U.S. Army after it invaded Iraq in 2003, emerged from custody to cheers from the crowd in the mid-afternoon.

He pronounced the U.S. “the land of freedom” home to “the greatest people in the world” upon his release, but also expressed dismay about having been initially held.

Now let’s go to the tape from CNN, and see if the “dismay” Mathis described was really present, and if the AP reporter might have chosen to ignore anything else significant:

Transcript (Darweesh’s English is broken and not easily understood, but overall, it’s clear enough; the “reporters” identified below are different people):

HAMEED KHALID DARWEESH: First of all, I want to thank the people that take care of me and support me.

They leave their family, their business, and come to support me. This is a humanity. This is the soul of America. And this is what pushed me to move, to leave my country and come here.

And I’m very, very thankful to all of the people who have come to support me. Thank you very much. And always when we are (not clear) now, we know America is the land of freedom. The land of freedom, the land of the rights. So this is what brought me too came here and I’m very thankful, and I’m very happy.

Really, I forget (not clear) … what happened to me, for (not clear) … those people.

REPORTER: You’re free now.

REPORTER: Hameed, what do you think of America?

DARWEESH: America is the greatest nation, the greatest people of the world.

(A few people start cheering)

REPORTER: What do you think about Donald Trump? (Question gets repeated by a different reporter.)

DARWEESH: I like him, but I don’t know, this is a policy. He’s the president, I’m a normal person.

But I have a special immigration Visa in my passport, me and my family, because I work with the U.S. Government, I support the U.S. Government on the other side of the world. But when I came here, they say “no” and they treat me as I break the rules or do something wrong. That surprised me. Really I surprised.

REPORTER: How does that make you feel?

DARWEESH: I’m happy because I have you, you Americans.

Well, imagine that:

  • There was absolutely nothing which could conceivably be construed as “dismay” — which is (take your pick) “sudden or complete loss of courage, utter disheartenment”; “sudden disillusionment”; or agitation of mind; perturbation; alarm” — in Darweesh’s statements, or his demeanor. “Surprise” is not “dismay.” The AP’s Mathis made up at story of “dismay” so that Darweesh could be at least partially portrayed as a victim.
  • Darweesh said he likes Donald Trump. According to Mathis and AP, that wasn’t newsworthy.
  • Some people cheered when Darweesh said that “America is the greatest nation, the greatest people of the world.” Though they reported the initial cheers upon Darweesh’s release, Mathis and AP deemed the patriotic cheers not newsworthy.

It would appear that even the AP’s beat reporters outside of Washington are nursing a temper tantrum over the wire service’s loss of its formerly automatic selection to ask the first question at White House press conferences. Readers who review two NewsBusters posts from earlier this week, the first relating to the wire service’s coverage of Trump’s first two business days in office, and the second covering AP’s pathetic attempt to smear LifeZette, which was selected for Tuesday first press conference question, demonstrate just how childish and petty these people have become. The rule, for now, appears to be that nothing positive about Donald Trump can appear in an AP dispatch.

The press will surely find a few very loud and outraged people affected by Trump’s selective travel ban, but Mrs. Darweesh’s interview will at least serve as a partial antidote to the wailing and gnashing of teeth which are sure to come.

Exit question: Why wasn’t there similar media outrage when outgoing President Barack Obama immediately ended of the “wet foot, dry foot” policy which gave legal status to Cubans who manage to reach the U.S., stranding hundreds, if not more, in Mexico — especially given that those who are being forced to return to Cuba who were previously seen as dissidents by the Communist Castro regime run a significant risk of imprisonment?

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.

San Francisco Paper, Noting Restaurant Closures, Downplays Minimum Wage Increases

A January 24 item in the East Bay Times, which serves the San Francisco East Bay area, wondered: “What’s behind the spate of recent restaurant closures?”

While it didn’t ignore the problem, the article made only glancing references to current and planned increases in state and city minimum wages. Preliminary year-end statistics at the U.S. government’s Bureau of Labor Statistics show that Bay area restaurant industry employment and even general retail employment have fallen, and are possibly headed towards a steep decline. One has to wonder how obvious things will have to get before the press takes the negative effects of the area’s sky-high minimum wages seriously.


Before March For Life, CNN’s Keilar Tags Previous Week’s ‘Women’s March’ as ‘Liberal’

All that “non-partisan” posturing, and they couldn’t even get CNN to buy it.

On Friday, CNN presented a segment on the 44th annual March for Life before it began. The press usually ignores the march’s existence until after it has taken place, typically barely recognizes it afterwards, and almost invariably insists on describing crowd sizes which have often been in the hundreds of thousands as mere “thousands.” The network’s Brianna Keilar’s acknowledged that the previous week’s Women’s March was really “the liberal Women’s March.”