October 5, 2015

Not News: Obama’s Planned Visit to Roseburg, Ore. ‘Not Welcome’ There

Items found at the Associated Press, the New York Times and the Washington Post, in reporting that President Obama plans to visit Roseburg, Oregon later this week, have all failed to report that community leaders have said that his visit is not welcome.

The 4:10 p.m. PT (7:10 PM ET) entry at a running timeline at AP announced that “Barack Obama will travel to Oregon this week to visit privately with families of the victims of last week’s shooting at a community college.” None of the four previous items in the timeline as of 9:00 PM ET tonight (saved here for future reference) mentions that town leaders, who believe they are appropriately expressing the community’s sentiments, would prefer that he stay away.


Salon Writer Calls Michelle Malkin a ‘Right-Wing Rage Monkey’

Filed under: 2nd Amendment,Activism,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 3:57 pm

Poor Gary Legum at Salon.com. How dare supporters of the right to keep and bear arms as clearly defined in the Constitution’s Second Amendment push back against the gun control movement’s cynical exploitation of Thursday’s Roseburg, Oregon massacre?

Legum is outraged that “The right tells us (again) to ignore the elephant in the room.” He must mean the fact that the area in question at Umpqua Community College was a “posted” gun-free zone with only unarmed security guards, right? Of course not. Legum is upset over Americans’ “irrational attachment … to weaponry” — so upset that he descended into profanity and name-calling that would likely end his career forever if he were a right-wing commentator.


September 24, 2015

Veteran AP Reporter Promotes Absurd ‘Laissez Faire Regulation’ Myth

The competition for the most annoying aspect of establishment press business reporting is fierce. One which immediately identifies a reporter as hopelessly biased and ignorant is any reference to “laissez faire” as a condition allegedly present in any modern economy anywhere on earth.

“Laissez faire” is an economic concept involving “an economic system in which transactions between private parties are free from government interference such as regulations, privileges, tariffs, and subsidies.” There are no true “laissez faire” economies of any meaningful size, because they are all regulated to some extent. As we will see shortly, some in the press even employ the obviously absurd term “laissez faire regulation.”


September 2, 2015

Positivity: What to learn at the World Meeting of Families: The family is a gift from God

Filed under: Activism,Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Vatican City:

Aug 30, 2015 / 10:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The World Meeting of Families event next month in Philadelphia aims to lead families to know their importance as a gift from God and to help them open their hearts to Jesus Christ, a priest involved in the event has said.

The family “is the place where we feel most loved, most protected, most safe, valued,” Father William Donovan, one of the meeting’s main organizers, told CNA. “In the natural economy of things, one could say after the gift of life itself, the second greatest gift God has given us is family.”

“The reason is because, once God gives us life, he also wants us to have a full life. He wants us to be loved, to be protected, to be safe, to be secure, to be valued,” said the Archdiocese of Philadelphia priest who also serves as Archbishop Charles Chaput’s liaison to the Pontifical Council for the Family.

This year’s World Meeting of Families will take place from September 22-27 with the theme “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive.” Its closing Mass with Pope Francis will mark the end of his first visit to the United States. The meeting also includes presentations, testimonies, and other events.

“The idea is that we want to try to bring as many resources and assistance to the human family so that they can understand and execute its role as a place of love,” said Fr. Donovan.

Pope John Paul II founded the international event in 1994 to encourage families and to strengthen familial bonds. The event takes place every three years in a different city around the world. …

“>Go here for the rest of the story.

August 31, 2015

Press Fawns Over ‘Black Lives Matter’ Rally, Ignores 20K ‘All Lives Matter’ March

On Saturday, “more than 20,000” people — perhaps as many as 25,000 to 30,000, according to some police — marched through the streets of Birmingham, Alabama at a Glenn Beck-led “Restoring Unity” rally chanting “All Lives Matter.” The event has been described as possibly “the largest march in Birmingham since the civil rights marches of 1963.”

Searches at Google News and at the Associated Press’s main national and “Big Story” sites indicate that no establishment press outlet gave the rally national coverage. The AP only managed to push out terse three-paragraph and seven-paragraph local stories. Meanwhile, a Reuters story on the less than peaceful march by the “Black Lives Matter” crowd attended by an estimated 325 (compared to an expected 900) in Minneapolis was carried at Yahoo News and the New York Times (at least).


August 30, 2015

Ignorant Miami Sportswriter Criticizes ‘Anti-Government’ Crowd

Miami Herald sportwriter and columnist Greg Cote, whose career has entered or is about to enter its third decade, seems to have incorporated a sideline into his work: glib, ignorant political commentary.

One such example surfaced at the end of his August 25 Random Evidence blog post. Apparently, Cote believes that anyone who has ever received any kind of government benefit or has made use of a government service at any time in their life is a flaming hypocrite if they believe that Uncle Sam and other public entities should be able to survive on less money than they currently spend. They’re also hypocrites if they believe that the federal government has become far too intrusive in our everyday affairs and threatening to the fundamental freedoms identified in the naton’s Constitution. Greg, who clearly should stick to sportwriting, has convinced himself that such people are “anti-government”:


August 27, 2015

Vox Comic Relief: Web Site Uses New Deal-Era National Recovery Administration Photo

Two weeks ago, cable and broadcast giant Comcast announced that its NBCUniversal unit would invest $200 million in Vox Communications, thereby “creating a partnership to help the television giant better connect with younger audiences.”

Based on what follows and far more examples than one could hope to cite in a single post, Comcast should consider asking for their money back. Apparently trying to capitalize on the anti-Second Amendment hysteria the Obama administration and the left have attempted to foster after Vester Lee Flanagan II shot and killed Alison Parker and Adam Ward in Virginia, Vox posted the following breathtakingly ignorant tweet (since taken down; HT Twitchy):


August 19, 2015

Center For Medical Progress: ‘Live Babies are Killed for Organs with Scissors at Planned Parenthood’

Filed under: Activism,Life-Based News,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 2:11 pm

Each week it gets worse. Each week the position of those who defend Planned Parenthood becomes more untenable. What kind of moral monsters find this acceptable?

Warninggraphic and extremely disturbing:

From Operation Rescue:

“Today’s video is evidence that babies are being born alive during abortions at Planned Parenthood and then intentionally killed for their organs. This is no less than cold-hearted, premeditated murder,” said (Troy) Newman. “Furthermore, there is evidence that Planned Parenthood abortionists alter procedures to ensure the organs can be harvested. This is also a crime. We call on authorities in San Jose, Houston and everywhere else that Planned Parenthood is selling baby parts to immediately open murder investigations and swiftly bring those involved in killing born alive babies to justice.”

July 9, 2015

Mass Resistance: DeWine Can and Should Demand Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Ruling Be Thrown Out Over Ginsburg’s and Kagan’s Failure to Recuse Themselves

Filed under: Activism,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:59 pm

The folks at Mass Resistance, who have been fighting the good fight for well over a decade, make great points which, in normal times, would win the day in a court of law.

But these aren’t normal times, and their strategy is at best a longshot. Even so, does Mike DeWine have the courage to at least try what they have suggested? His reaction in the wake of the June 26 same-sex “marriage” ruling provides no comfort.

What’s there to lose? Really nothing.

What’s there to be afraid of?

John Kasich’s anger, because the attempt might affect his presidential aspirations? Too bad, so sad.

The effect on DeWine’s possible gubernatorial aspirations? Seems like he’d finally be a hero instead of a near-pariah to the hundreds of thousands, if not couple of million, of Ohioans who are so sick of the political process — because nobody stands behind their beliefs — that they gone into apathy.

It certainly couldn’t hurt to give 5 minutes to telling Mike DeWine to find a pair and get aggressive if he really thinks legalizing same-sex “marriage” is a mistake:

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine: 800-282-0515
Email: mary.mertz@ohioattorneygeneral.gov  (his assistant)

Tell him: “File the motion for a Supreme Court re-hearing!”
Let him know that if he capitulates on “gay marriage” he can expect your opposition in any political race he runs in again.

Please tweet this out on your Twitter account (copy and paste):
@OhioAG please file a Motion for Rehearing Obergefell v. Hodges immediately! #nullifySCOTUS http://hrefshare.com/8b3cd

Here is the Mass Resistance argument:

SCOTUS re-trial on marriage issue? It’s possible if GOP doesn’t cave in.
ACTION info below!

POSTED: July 9, 2015

It’s not completely over yet. But a group of treacherous and cowardly Republican politicians are standing in the way. A new fight is on, and everyone’s help is needed.

Prominent pro-family figures, some GOP presidential candidates, and hundreds across the country are pressing Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine to formally file for an appeal hearing on the US Supreme Court’s 5-4 “gay marriage” ruling handed down on June 26.

According to the Court’s published rules, within 25 days of a ruling a party can ask the Court for a “rehearing” of a case on pertinent issues that would merit an appeal. The issue of “merit” here is that Justices Kagan and Ginsburg – both of whom ruled “for” same-sex marriage — were clearly required by Federal law to recuse themselves from this case.

Kagan and Ginsburg’s actions and statements mandate recusal

The right of impartial court proceedings is the very basis of the entire American system of justice – from the lowest court to the Supreme Court. Thus, federal law 28 U.S. Code § 455 states:

Any justice, judge, or magistrate judge of the United States shall disqualify himself in any proceeding in which his impartiality might reasonably be questioned.

During the year prior to the Supreme Court case, Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan publicly performed same-sex “weddings.” At one such event, Ginsburg told people that the acceptance of same-sex “marriage” reflected “the genius of our Constitution.” Ginsburg also told Bloomberg Business News that she thought that Americans were ready for gay marriage.

Kagan’s aggressive advocacy for LGBT “rights” goes back to her years as Dean of Harvard Law School (2003-2009), and is thoroughly documented in our MassResistance report.

Supreme Court Justices are usually scrupulous in avoiding the appearance of impropriety. They regularly recuse themselves from cases based on relatively mundane issues, such as comments they’ve previously made, involvement by relatives in peripheral issues, and past employment. Kagan has recused herself from several cases involving the government because she served as Solicitor General. But this case clearly is very emotionally connected to the worldview of Kagan and Ginsburg.

If you’re on the home page, the group’s argument continues af the jump.

Cholesterol: The Dietary Analog to Globaloney

For six decades, dietiticians and doctors have insisted cholesterol is bad for you.

It’s not, and there have been consequences:

… why did carbohydrate consumption start to increase so rapidly in the 1960s? At least partly because of the advice to avoid meat and cheese. Obesity and diabetes are the price we have paid for getting fat and cholesterol so wrong.

How about a full, drains-up inquiry into how the medical and scientific profession made such an epic blunder and caused so much misery to people? Consider not just the damage that was done to people’s lives by faulty advice, but to the livelihoods of dairy and beef farmers and egg producers.

Over at Barrel Strength (HT American Digest via Ed Driscoll at Instapundit), there is an excellent comparison to “globaloney,” the ridiculous proposition that humans are primarily responsible for warming the planet (which hasn’t been warming for 18 years) and that only radical changes in how everyone lives directed and controlled by a centralized worldwide entity can save us:

RIP: The great cholesterol scam (1955 – 2015)

… The cholesterol scam bears a strong relationship to the anthropogenic global warming scam.

1) it is propagated by scientists on a non-scientific mission.

2) it is believed because it plausibly explains an observation (increasing global temperature [for a time], increasing heart attacks from smoking in the 1950s and 60s). It taps into large anxieties about too much wealth, too much happiness, in western societies. There must be sin somewhere, and the public is ready to flog itself in the cause of a secularized idea of God, uh, I mean Good.

3) the causal relationship is weaker than first supposed; the research is found to be sloppy, the facts have been fudged, subsequent studies do not fully support the original claims, nevertheless the orthodoxy is promulgated all the more harshly for being doubted.

4) by now, powerful economic and ideological interests have taken hold. They supply an ongoing source of funds and opinion to ensure the perpetuation of the alarm: in the case of cholesterol, the margarine industry, the pharmaceutical industry, and the medical establishment, and in the case of AGW, the tribe of bureaucrats and leftists who seek to control markets, whose god of Marxism had failed, and who needed a new god (Gaia) to justify their rule.

5) The skeptics who have patiently argued on the basis of facts that the science of each phenomenon was weak, are ostracized by the opinion establishments of medicine and global warming. Cranks, but the cranks are right and the orthodox priests and Levites are wrong.

6) Eventually, after fifty or sixty years, the subject of discussion just changes. In the case of cholesterol, the evidence gets weaker and weaker, and the problems caused by too much sugar consumption (obesity, diabetes), caused in part by people not eating enough fats and meats, reaches a stage where it can no longer be ignored.

7) the retreat of the orthodoxy is covered by a smokescreen of fresh concerns for some other catastrophe. No admissions of error or apologies for wrecked careers and following bad science are ever issued. Time flows on, bringing neither knowledge nor greater understanding of the role of folly in human affairs.

8) stages 6 and 7 have been reached in the cholesterol cycle; they are beginning in the anthropogenic global warming scam. Fifty years from now, there will still be clanking windmills in the North Sea, but whether they will be still linked to a power grid is less likely, and whether anyone will pay attention is doubtful. The lobbies that keep them there, however, will still exist.

The unfortunate difference is that “globaloney” has a vast array of statists and complicit media apparatchiks behind it, meaning that their chances of prevailing in their draconian policy prescriptions are much higher. It will be tougher to discredit, and even tougher to get an admission of error from anyone who has been in on the scam.

Predictive Comic Genius — The Politically Correct ‘Dukes of Hazzard’

Filed under: Activism,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:36 am

This comedy skit appeared six years ago (HT CainTV):

June 28, 2015

Positivity: Thousands gather in Rome to support the family, oppose gender theory

Filed under: Activism,Positivity,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:00 am

From :

Jun 24, 2015 / 12:04 am

A pro-family demonstration drew hundreds of thousands of participants to Rome on Saturday, where the rally gathered those opposed to the introduction of gender ideology in Italian schools and to a bill which would expand the rights of those in civil unions.

“We want to bear witness to the beauty of the family,” said Vincenzo and Sara, addressing the June 20 rally. “All of our children have been born of a mother and a father.”

The couple have 11 children, and they emphasized that “parents are the ones called in the first place to educate our children, and the school cannot take away that sacred right from us.”

The demonstration took place in the piazza in front of the Basilica of St. John Lateran, and drew a crowd whose estimates range from 300,000 to 1 million. Participants came from across Italy, despite short notice – the event having been announced only June 2.

Edward Pentin of the National Catholic Register also noted that the demonstration “had only tacit support from the Italian bishops’ conference.” Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, sent a message of support for the event.

It was organized by “Defend our Children” to call for the rejection of a bill in the Italian parliament which would grant same-sex couples in civil unions many of the rights afforded to married couples. More generally, the rally intended to reaffirm parents’ right to educate their children, and to oppose gender theory in Italy’s schools and parliament.

Speakers outlined the key elements of this proposed legislation, and explained how the attendant gender theory has already been introduced in many of the country’s schools. Gender theory or ideology is the notion that one’s ‘gender’ is chosen and need not correspond with one’s biological sex.

Gianfranco Amato, president of Jurists for Life and one of the organizers, called for an end to gender theory in the schools, calling it a “drift toward totalitarianism that tends to impose by law the dictatorship of a single way of thinking.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.

June 20, 2015

Hugh Hewitt Giving Career Advice to Jason Hart? It Is to Laugh

Filed under: Activism,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 7:15 am

The man who did more than any single person in the center-right media to foist the worst Republican presidential candidate in my lifetime on the mostly unwilling conservative and Republican faithful, while whitewashing how that candidate “did more harm to conservatism and the constitution-based rule of law during his ten years in public life than any other individual in America who claims to be on our side,” deigned to dispense career advice to Jason Hart, who has been assiduously chronicling Ohio Governor John Kasich’s myriad betrayals of conservative principles during the past several years.

Michelle Malkin had the perfect response:


Michelle has done just fine staying true to conservative principles. Hugh Hewitt, while talking a good game, has been selling them out at crunch time for well over a decade.

Remember Arlen Specter vs. Pat Toomey in 2004? Guess whose side Hugh Hewitt was on? You don’t have to guess. It’s obvious; here’s Hewitt’s whiny copout five years later.

Remember the guy who said that Mitt Romney should ignore the Goodridge same-sex marriage opinion in Massachusetts in 2003 because it was the right and constitutional thing to do, and who then did and said nothing when Romney illegally forced same-sex marriage on the state, paving the way for its slow but sure triumph first in California, then in much of the rest of the nation? Yeah, that was Hugh.

You’re doing just fine, Jason. We could not be more grateful for all you’ve done and continue to do. Keep at it.

June 14, 2015

WashPost Hypes Study’s ‘Synthetic’ Claim That 1994 Connecticut Gun Law Saved Lives

On Friday, the Washington Post’s Jeff Guo hyped a study published in the American Journal of Public Health by four people with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The study (abstract here) contends that “Connecticut’s handgun permit-to-purchase law (passed in 1994) was associated with a subsequent reduction in homicide rates” involving firearms.

Readers wondering if there is a connection to that Bloomberg, i.e., Michael, and his fierce anti-Second Amendment agenda need not wonder. There is. Two of the four authors are with the school’s Center for Gun Policy and Research — very weak research which left the Post’s Guo incomprehensively claiming that the state’s “permit to purchase” law regulating private firearms transactions seems to have saved “a lot” of lives.


May 21, 2015

Paper on ‘Changing Minds’ on Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Retracted, Media Outlet Retractions Abound

Examples of scientific fakery in matters relating to sexuality and especially homosexuality go back decades, all the way to Alfred Kinsey.

One of the more recent such underhanded episodes, involving a paper originally published in December 2014, was called “When contact changes minds: An experiment on transmission of support for gay equality.” It claimed that “a single conversation (can) change minds on divisive social issues, such as same-sex marriage.” That assertion made by a “layman” wouldn’t pass the smell test with most people. But because the paper was published in Science Magazine (“The World’s Leading Journal of Scientific Research, Global News and Commentary”), it gained a now-obviously clearly undeserved veneer of credibility.