July 11, 2018

Lefties Attack WashPost For Publishing Friend’s Op-Ed Praising ‘Coach K’ Kavanaugh

According to a May 2016 Business Insider story on changes at the Washington Post after the paper’s 2013 acquisition by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, DC’s gatekeeping newspaper publishes “1,200 articles a day.” Fever-swamp media elitists like MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, Think Progress’s Ian Millhiser, and others apparently believe that responsible journalism should dictate that none of those 1,200 daily items should ever contain positive opinions of the left’s latest targets. Thus, they are beside themselves that the Post published a 410-word op-ed by Julie O’Brien, a friend of Bret Kavanaugh, whom President Donald Trump nominated for the Supreme Court on Monday.

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Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (071118)

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: After daring rescue, entire Thai soccer team out of cave

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Mae Sai, Thailand:

July 10, 2018 10:41 am

A daring rescue mission in the treacherous confines of a flooded cave in northern Thailand has saved all 12 boys and their soccer coach who were trapped deep within the labyrinth, ending a grueling 18-day ordeal that claimed the life of an experienced volunteer diver and riveted people around the world.

Thailand’s Navy SEALs, who were central to the rescue effort, said on their Facebook page that the remaining four boys and their 25-year-old coach were all brought out safely Tuesday. Eight of the boys were rescued by a team of Thai and international divers on Sunday and Monday.

“We are not sure if this is a miracle, a science, or what. All the thirteen Wild Boars are now out of the cave,” the SEALs said, referring to the name of the boys’ soccer team. “Everyone is safe.”

They said they were waiting for a medic and three SEALs who had stayed with the boys in their dark refuge deep inside the cave complex to come out.

Cheers erupted at a local government office where dozens of volunteers and journalists were awaiting news of whether the intricate and high-risk rescue mission had succeeded. Helicopters taking the boys to a hospital roared overhead.

People on the street cheered and clapped when ambulances ferrying the boys arrived at the hospital in Chiang Rai city.

Payap Maiming, 40, who helped provide food and necessities to rescue workers and journalists, said a “miracle” had happened.

“I’m happy for Thais all over the country, for the people of Mae Sai, and actually just everyone in the world because every news channel has presented this story and this is what we have been waiting for,” she said. Mae Sai is the district where the cave is located, in the northern part of Chiang Rai province, near the border with Myanmar.

“It’s really a miracle,” Payap said. “It’s hope and faith that has brought us this success.”

The plight of the boys and their coach has captivated Thailand and much of the world — from the heart-sinking news that they were missing to the first flickering video of the huddle of anxious yet smiling boys when they were found 10 days later by a pair of British divers. They were trapped in the Tham Luan Nang Non cave on June 23, when they were exploring it after a soccer practice and it became flooded by monsoon rains. …

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Positivity: ‘I had to do what I had to do,’ says Dallas mom who shot man trying to steal SUV with kids inside

Filed under: 2nd Amendment,Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Dallas, Texas:

July 6, 2018

A woman shot a man in the head as he tried to steal her SUV with her two children inside Wednesday night, Dallas police say.

An employee of a gas station in the 200 block of West Camp Wisdom Road, near the border with Duncanville, alerted the mother about 10 p.m. that a man was trying to get into her SUV.

She jumped into the vehicle. When the man didn’t stop, she pulled a gun from the glove box and shot him in the head, police said.

The vehicle then crashed into a utility pole.

The mother was identified by KDFW-TV (Channel 4) as Michelle Booker-Hicks. She told the station she had recently gotten the gun to defend herself.

“I had to do what I had to do to defend what was mine, which are my kids,” she told KXAS-TV (NBC5).

She said she told the man her children were in the back seat and to pull over but he didn’t listen, so she went to the glove compartment and grabbed the gun.

The suspect, 36-year-old Ricky Wright, was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening. He faces two counts of unlawful restraint and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. …

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