April 11, 2017

AP, New York Times Cover London Cop’s Terror Attack Funeral, Ignore UK News Updates on His Killer

The Associated Press and the New York Times were in London early this week for the funeral and memorial ceremonies for Keith Palmer, the police officer killed by Khalid Masood on March 22 as the radical Islamist attempted to make his way towards Westminster Palace after running down and killing four pedestrians and wounding dozens of others in a rented SUV.

Strangely (no, not really), they’ve ignored several UK press reports showing that Masood, contrary to what was reported in the days immediately following the terror attack, was listed as the contact person at a radical Islamist website, had ties to a mosque that “that urges Muslims to take up arms,” and virtually sequestered himself from the outside world — except the internet — for three months before carrying out his attack.

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Snippy Snopes Uses ‘Equal Pay’ Argument Liz Warren Rejects to Defend Her

Now that Facebook and more recently Google have designated it as one of several approved “fake news” identifiers, the profile of Snopes.com, a website which has been using “fact-checking” as a shield to advance a left-supporting, right-bashing agenda for over two decades, has risen.

Its quality certainly hasn’t. Recently, the website shamelessly used the same sensible argument others have used for decades about the gender-based “pay gap” myth to defend Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, who rejects that very same argument.

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Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (041117)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 5:55 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: Proposed Texas budget would defund abortion providers

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

From Austin, Texas:

Apr 10, 2017 / 04:42 pm

The Texas House passed a budget on Friday that strips Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers of funding through any state program.

“Rather than chasing, kind of reactively, after Planned Parenthood, this is a comprehensive budget policy and ethic that pro-life Texans don’t want to subsidize abortion providers,” Emily Horne, legislative associate with Texas Right to Life, explained to CNA.

The budget proposal, passed by the Texas House and Senate, now moves to a joint conference committee which will be made up of members of both chambers. They will then finalize the budget.

Texas Right to Life has warned that although the budget has passed both chambers with pro-life provisions, those provisions could be removed by the committee, and so they will be fighting to ensure the provisions stay intact.

Although past efforts were successful to block funding of abortion providers in certain state health programs, there were still funds going to Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers through community assistance and HIV screening programs, Horne said.

She compared the funding to a “whack-a-mole game” where if abortion providers were defunded in one state program, another source of funding would be intact. So the wording in the budget is broad, to “apply this logic and ethic to the whole budget,” she said.

The budget proposal also increases funding for the “Alternatives to Abortion” program by $20 million – a “huge increasing in funding” that was “very needed,” Horne said.

The program provides resources, hotlines, and referrals to pregnancy centers for expectant mothers, but also funds adoption agencies and maternal health providers – basically “funding all the alternatives” to abortion, Horne said. …

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