February 4, 2018

Not News: 8 States Still Trying to Force Contraception Mandate on Little Sisters of the Poor

Friday, TheFederalist.com’s John Daniel Davidson described the deeply politicized the Steele dossier-related actions of the Obama administration and its still-present apparatchiks. Concerning a separate politics-driven attack, Davidson noted that “Obama’s Justice Department failed” at the Supreme Court in 2016 to compel the Little Sisters of the Poor to fund abortifacient drugs. That’s true, but attempts to force the Sisters into compliance have not ended.


What Hillary Clinton-Media Collusion? THIS Hillary Clinton-Media Collusion!

On November 21, 2016, Michael Sainato at the New York Observer presented an overwhelming number of examples of 2015-2016 collusion between the press and the Hillary Clinton campaign. It serves as a definitive rebuttal of any claim that the press wasn’t in the tank for Mrs. Clinton.

Here are Sainato’s first six paragraphs, with copious links:

Mainstream Media Recap: Who Colluded With the Clinton Campaign?
This election cycle was unprecedented in terms of the bias and lack of objectivity exercised by the mainstream media

In April 2015, the Clinton campaign held a private dinner party with at least 65 journalists and pundits in attendance. Individuals from CNN, CBS, The New York Times, NBC, MSNBC and more came together under the campaign’s stated goal of “framing the race” to help Clinton win. Many of the above media outlets were indeed the Clinton campaign’s biggest surrogates throughout the 2016 presidential election.

This past election cycle was unprecedented in terms of the bias and lack of objectivity exercised by the mainstream media. The emphasis on mainstream media blaming “fake news” for Donald Trump’s election is an attempt to distract and divert the feedback loop developed between the Clinton campaign and much of the press. Throughout the 2016 election, the media obsessed over Trump to elevate his candidacy. He was their preferred opponent for Hillary Clinton—after they had thoroughly subverted Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign for the Democratic nomination.

Several journalists from The New York Times, which formally endorsed Clinton twice, created propaganda for the Clinton campaign rather than independent journalism. The Times’ Mark Leibovich allowed Clinton campaign communications director Jennifer Palmieri to “veto what you didn’t want” from his interview with Clinton. Maggie Haberman was listed by the Clinton campaign as a friendly reporter with whom they could plant stories. Haberman also allowed Clinton campaign staff to proofread her pro-Clinton stories.

The Times’ Patrick Healy published a “heroine” piece planted by the Clinton campaign about New Hampshire Clinton campaign volunteer Laura Donahoe. Jonathan Martin was revealed to have been coached through a story on the Clinton campaign by manager Robby Mook. Jason Horowitz solicited a quote from Clinton campaign chair John Podesta on a hit piece about the relationship between President Obama and Sanders.

The New York Times wasn’t alone. Politico reporter Ken Vogel had Democratic National Committee (DNC) communications director Luis Miranda review an articlebefore he sent it to editors as part of an agreement with the DNCPolitico has since called Vogel’s actions “a mistake.” Glenn Thrush also allowed Podesta to approve articles.

CNN published an anti-Sanders Op-Ed written by Clinton lobbyist Maria Cardona—it was proofread by the DNC. …

Go here for the rest.

Violently ‘Woke’ Eagles Guarantee I’ll Not Be Watching the Super Bowl

Filed under: General — Tom @ 4:24 pm

From Colin Flaherty at American Thinker:

Everything you need to know about the Super Bowl can be found in the rap hit “Dreams and Nightmares,” by Meek Mill. But which more truthfully could be named after a line in the song: “The Murder Game” or “All I Know Is Murder.”

Everything about how far professional football has fallen and how the NFL celebrates the obscene, the vulgar, the dangerous, and the foolish will be on full display as that song blares as the Eagles take the field.

This song that the Eagle players have chosen is about guns, drugs, money, b*tches, and murder, over and over and over. Just like the rest of Meek Mill songs, which also include a healthy dollop of the evils of the white man.

… Meek Mill will not be there. He’s in the joint. The slammer. All for a violating his parole over and over and over. All for committing crimes over and over and over.

The Eagles and Meek Mill adopted each other, with the Eagles and other Meek Mill partisans selling eager reporters on one fairy tale after another of police misconduct, judicial corruption, and circumstantial evidence.

Those who can stand it can to see some of the “lyrics” at Flaherty’s American Thinker piece, or the complete “lyrics” here (obviously not safe for work or around children).

Professional football is a business. It needs customers. I won’t be one, for sure today, and possibly ever again.

Michelle Malkin Roasts ‘Stonewall Media’ Over Transparency Double Standard

On Saturday’s Fox & Friends, syndicated columnist and investigative reporter Michelle Malkin sharply criticized the establishment press’s sharp U-turn on law-enforcement transparency from George W. Bush’s presidency. She in effect observed that one of the key reasons for the current “stonewall media” environment is self-protection.


Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (020418)

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: ‘God had his hand on us’ – An interview with the real-life heroes of ‘15:17 to Paris’

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Denver:

Feb 1, 2018 / 12:04 pm

On August 21, 2015, childhood friends Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos and Spencer Stone were just three Americans enjoying a European adventure.

They had planned to stay in Amsterdam an extra day, but changed their minds last minute and boarded the express train to Paris. They didn’t expect to come face-to-face with an armed man who would open-fire in their cabin, which was carrying 554 passengers. But they did.

They didn’t have much time. Stone tackled the gunman first, and worked together with Sadler and Skarlatos to overpower the man and effectively thwart the attack.

The gunman, who was identified as Ayoub El-Khazzani, was a Moroccan national who had been on the radar of several European counterterrorism agencies. He was carrying several weapons, including a Kalashnikov, automatic pistol and razor blades.

However, the three American men – plus one British man named Chris Norman – were able to successfully stop El-Khazzani before the attack turned fatal. Stone sustained serious injuries which required surgery. But they prevented something far worse.

At the time, Sadler was just a senior in college at Sacramento State University, while Skarlatos and Stone were in the military. The three had been friends since middle-school.

Now, the heroic trio are starring in the latest Clint Eastwood film, “15:17 to Paris.” They play themselves and recount the entire event on the big screen.

The film will be released in theaters nationwide on Feb. 9.

CNA recently interviewed Sadler, Skarlatos and Stone. Below is the full interview, edited for clarity.

(full interview follows)