April 15, 2019

Monday (Moderated) Open Thread (041519)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items which they believe need to be known. Rules are here.


9:30 a.m.: Noteworthy, especially on April 15 (original Yglesias tweet is here)—


In other words, “We told the Big Lie over and over again — and it worked. Nyah, nyah.”

The only thing Yglesias didn’t specifically admit, which Nathan Wurtzel accurately observed above, is that this twisted form of “success” would not have been achieved without the establishment press. The supposedly “objective” Associated Press, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the cable news channels except Fox, and even most of the financial press either parroted the “progressive” lie to which Yglesias referred or misled their readers and viewers by falsely insisting that upper-income taxpayers would “benefit” the most from the tax cut legislation.

But that’s how Yglesias, as seen here, and so many other “progressives” – up to and including Harry Reid and Barack Obama – operate.

UPDATE: Even the New York Times now admits that the gap between perception and reality on the tax cuts appears to flow from a sustained — and misleading — effort by liberal opponents of the law to brand it as a broad middle-class tax increase.”

That’s interesting, given that, when it was near passage, Times columnist and agenda-driven “economist” Paul Krugman called the 2017 legislation the “The Biggest Tax Scam in History.”

UPDATE 2: The “progressive” Big Lie” strategy goes back at least to FDR

A considerable degree of central planning in Washington is certainly what Franklin Roosevelt delivered, but it was not what he promised when he was first elected in 1932 (and certainly not during the 1932 campaign — Ed.).

Read the whole thing.


11:20 a.m.: Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar recently stated that the Council on American-Islamic Relations “was founded after 9/11 because they recognized some people did something.” Setting aside the offensiveness of the remark. The linked CBS news story at least noted that CAIR was founded in 1994.

CBS didn’t disclose the origins of CAIR’s creation. Powerline did, usefully reminding readers that CAIR was founded by the terrorist group Hamas as “A Muslim organization posing as a civil-rights activist while soft-pedaling its jihadist sympathies.” They calculated that they “might be able to snow the American political class, the courts, the media, and the academy … (and) make real inroads with the . . . progressives who dominated the Clinton administration.”

CAIR has had a web presence since late 1996.

Sadly, Hamas has succeeded beyond its wildest dreams.

Positivity: Abortion reversal hotline sees ‘Unplanned’ spike in calls

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

From Washington:

Apr 9, 2019 / 09:45 am

The release and success of the pro-life film “Unplanned” is being credited with an uptick in women seeking information on reversing chemical abortions.

The Options Line, run by Heartbeat International’s Abortion Pill Rescue Network, has seen a recent spike in calls from women seeking to reverse their abortions since the film’s release.

Following the release of “Unplanned” in theaters on March 29, the hotline registered a 30% increase in calls compared to a normal weekend.

Andrea Trudden, the director of communications and marketing for Heartbeat International, told CNA that the sudden surge of interest was “definitely very interesting.”

“We do believe that [the sudden surge] was attributed to Unplanned, specifically.”

Calls to the hotline have been both from women inquiering about reversing their abortions, and from people interested in learning more about abortion pill reversal and how they can spread the word, said Trudden.

“Unplanned” tells the story of former Planned Parenthood Clinic Director Abby Johnson’s ideological transformation into a pro-life advocate.

In the film, Johnson’s own chemical abortion is featured on screen, and on screen dialogue explaions how such abortions can be reversed. A number shown on screen at the end of the film connects viewers with various resources, including the Aboriton Pill Rescue Network.

The APRN was founded in 2012 and merged into Heartbeat International last year. The spike in interest following the release of Unplanned is part of a trend of continually rising interest. …

Go here for the rest of the story.