June 30, 2015

Former Obama Official Asks: ‘Can Gay Marriage Defeat the Islamic State?’

In a column at ForeignPolicy.com, a former Obama administration defense official who “served as a counselor to the U.S. defense undersecretary for policy from 2009 to 2011″ has asked: “Can Gay Marriage Defeat the Islamic State?”

Rosa Brooks, who “is a law professor at Georgetown University,” is serious. Her earnestness and deep ignorance are especially troubling, because it’s clear that there are many people who “think” just like her who are still in the Obama administration and at the State Department (See: John Kerry’s slow-motion sellout in Iranian negotiations).

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NY Times Wonders How Trillions Can Be ‘Spent’ But ‘Crises Like Greece Persist’

The current headline at a June 29 New York Times story by Peter Eavis, also appearing on the front page of today’s print edition, is “Loads of Debt: A Global Ailment With Few Cures.”

But the last portion of the story’s web address is “… trillions-spent-but-crises-like-greeces-persist.html.” That’s because the original headline, the one used at the Times’s Twitter account — was “Trillions Spent But Crises Like Greece Persist.” Of course without admitting it, Eavis’s writeup is an ode to the worldwide failure of Keynesian economics — a term which naturally never appears in any form — and the closed minds of those who don’t understand why shoveling vast sums of money created out of thin air into the financial system is only marginally helpful in the short-term, and serious harmful over the long-term.

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June 29, 2015

Hillary Deleted Passages, Edited Emails Delivered to State; Will Press Ignore?

Yeah, yeah. This post is about Hillary Clinton. The left and the press (but I repeat myself) insist that nobody cares about her scandalous behavior, or her evasiveness, or her demonstrated serial dishonesty. And even though a large and growing percentage of Americans don’t trust her, that doesn’t matter either, because she’ll still get most of their votes. That’s because no one wants to ever-ever-ever-ever see a non-Democrat take the White House again. So yeah, I know, we should just shut up already. Well, if you’re on the left and reading this, do us a favor and spare us any condescension you might include in the comments. People who remain in touch with reality will recognize that what follows is pretty darned important. Perhaps by some miracle someone in the establishment press with a conscience will too.

Six weeks ago, I marveled at how nobody in the press thought that it was the least bit unusual that Hillary Clinton’s team submitted supposedly complete paper copies of the “non-personal” emails present on the secret private server she kept at her New York home while serving as the nation’s Secretary of State. A Washington Examiner report today (HT Ace) has provided the likely best (i.e., really the worst) reason why Mrs. Clinton handled the situation as she did.

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Katy Perry and the Nuns

Filed under: MSM Biz/Other Bias,MSM Biz/Other Ignorance — Tom @ 6:10 pm

Item: “Nuns Refuse to Sell Convent to ‘Deeply Religious’ Katy Perry”

Let’s look at this, shall we?

There’s way too much conspiracy talk about rock and pop musicians, especially “creative” interpretations of often innocent or incoherent lyrics.

But the following video doesn’t rely on conspiracy or interpretation. It relies on Katy Perry’s plainly stated words and song lyrics (article link):

“I sold my soul to the devil.”

Readers who want to insist that Perry’s act is some of huge exercise in sarcasm or try to offer up some equivalent excuse can’t deny that a lot of impressionable young fans don’t get the “joke.”

So at the very least, the press needs to spare us from nonsense like this:

“And the great irony, as Hallie mentioned, is Katy Perry comes from a deeply religious family. Her father’s an evangelical preacher.”

In the video, beginning at the 3:34 mark, we learn that Perry’s father, an ordained minister, “acknowledged that she is doing Satan’s work.”

He certainly doesn’t think it’s all just a bunch of sarcasm or some kind of “joke.”

If the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary feel like they would be doing wrong by selling their property to Perry, they appear to be on quite solid ground.

AP Writer Dodges Own Question About the State of China’s Slowing Economy

The world’s financial markets had a terrible Monday.

The debt crisis in Greece (population: 11 million) has been dominating the headlines and the press’s attention, while serious deterioration in China (population: 1.36 billion) is getting short shrift. It isn’t just that the mainland Chinese stock market has broken the bear-market decline threshold of 20 percent in less than three weeks, dropping 21,5 percent from its June 12 peak. Its underlying economy, to the extent that such things can be ascertained in an information-controlled and news-manipulated society, appears to be in serious trouble. Associated Press reporter Ken Sweet, in a Friday Q&A writeup, emulated the worst tendencies of politicians. He posed a question about China’s economy, “answered” it with a complete dodge, and pretended that its economy hasn’t started slowing yet (bolds are mine throughout this post):

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Bob Costas’s Bogus ‘Apology’ After Ripping Cubs Pitcher Unmasks an Intense Hostility Towards Religious Expression

Filed under: MSM Biz/Other Bias,MSM Biz/Other Ignorance — Tom @ 8:00 am

To be clear, professional sports broadcasting is thankfully long past the time when the announcers would annoyingly sugarcoat dismal player performances. (Though I would prefer that those who actually played the game engage in this criticism, and that play-by-play announcers who haven’t try to stay away from it.)

So it would have been somewhat acceptable if veteran NBC broadcaster Bob Costas, as he was doing the play-by-play for a Friday night Chicago Cubs-St. Louis Cardinals game, had merely stated the obvious, i.e., that Cubs relief pitcher Pedro Strop, after giving up a home run, hitting a batter, and walking one while only getting one out, had an “atrocious” outing. But that’s not what he said. Costas ridiculed Strop for (imagine that) looking up and pointing to the heavens as he headed towards the Cubs’ dugout.

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June 28, 2015

JPost’s Glick: U.S. Is Not Pushing for Iranian Nuke Inspections, and Will Instead ‘Facilitate Iran’s Development of Nuclear Weapons’

It would be nice if the establishment press, including the folks at the Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press, had spent a bit less time this past week preparing for and celebrating the Supreme Court’s sadly as-expected Obamacare and same-sex “marriage” rulings, and a bit more on giving readers, listeners and viewers genuine updates on the horrid state of U.S. “negotiations” with Iran.

The only open question is no longer how quickly the pace of the sellout by Secretary of State John Kerry and his team to everything the Iranians want will be. It’s far worse than that. Now, thanks to a chilling writeup authored by the Jerusalem Post’s Caroline Glick, we have to ask why Barack Obama, Kerry and the rest of the “six powers” involved in the “negotiations” are so eager to help Iran build nuclear weapons.

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MSNBC’s Hayes Apologizes For Falsely Stating O’Reilly’s Confederate Flag Position

This item is only worthy of note because it’s about an apparently genuine apology from a leftist — something rarely seen from the “I’m sorry you were offended” crowd — and because the chances are that very few have actually seen the apology.

Early last week, MSNBC’s Chris Hayes claimed that Bill O’Reilly had asserted, as if it was the Fox News host’s opinion, that the Confederate flag “represents the bravery of Confederates who fought in the Civil War.” Of course, that isn’t what O’Reilly said, and O’Reilly called Hayes out:

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PennLive Walks Back ‘No Pro-Traditional Marriage Comments’ Policy, Plays Victim

On Friday, Curtis Houck at NewsBusters reported that “the Harrisburg, PA newspaper The Patriot News announced that both they and their online site PennLive.com ‘will very strictly limit op-Eds and letters to the editor in opposition to same-sex marriage.’”

As of three years ago, the newspaper claimed weekly circulation of 476,000. Its current hype to advertisers boasts of “500,000 unique visitors and 22 million page views each month.” Faced with what quickly and obviously became a move with the potential to cause significant losses in readership, the paper abruptly reversed course Saturday morning.

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June 27, 2015

Press Ignores Sheldon Whitehouse’s Call For DOJ to Sue ‘Vast’ Global Warming ‘Denial Apparatus”

While the press looks to twist even the most innocuous statements made by Republicans and conservatives into something scandalous or outrageous (e.g., Mitt Romney’s “binders full of women“), they routinely ignore intemperate remarks by leftist politicians and activists. If known, they would likely damage the credibility and public perception of those making such statements. Of course, the left-dominated media can’t abide by that. So they censor it.

One recent example involves Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse. Despite the unexplained and unexpected 18-year pause in global warming, the senator is convinced that the world as we know it will end without draconian measures to reduce carbon pollution and keep the earth from turning into a ball of fire. One of the strategies on his wish list is suing climate skeptics into poverty and silence.

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June 26, 2015

Dear NY Times: Who Has Been in Charge All This Time? After 8 Years of ‘Financial Downturn,’ Far More Americans Delay Major Life Events

There may no better illustration of how much harm the economy has inflicted on the American people during the Obama era than a March 2015 Harris survey commissioned by American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. The AICPA’s Thursday press release reported that “a majority of American adults (51 percent) have delayed at least one important life decision in the last year due to financial reasons … an increase of 20 percentage points from a similar survey conducted in 2007.”

Covering the survey’s results, Ann Carrns at the New York Times, in an item carried at CNBC (also found at the Times’s web site), waited seven paragraphs to note a particularly damning statistic about a situation Obamacare advocates like to claim has already been solved.

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That Didn’t Take Long: Politico Mag Writer Says ‘It’s Time to Legalize Polygamy’ (Really ‘Group Marriage’)

The left routinely ridicules “slippery slope” arguments from sensible people who recognize that when you establish a dangerous principle or precedent in one area, the fallout will spread to others. The long since sadly vindicated prolife argument made 40 years ago warning that legalizing abortion would lead to wider acceptance of euthanasia is one such example.

Most advocates for same-sex “marriage” have (at least in public) consistently argued that their attempts to legalize it would not in any way, shape or form open up the possiblity of legalizing polygamy. Well, the ink isn’t even dry on today’s Supreme Court ruling imposing the legal recognizion of same-sex “marriages” in all 50 states, and, lo and behold, we have Fredrik deBoer at Politico Magazine telling us that “It’s Time to Legalize Polygamy.”

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June 25, 2015

EPA Chief: Climate Skeptics Are Not ‘Normal People’; Press Snoozes

Though such instances are quite rare, especially from conservative and Republican office-holding politicians and bureaucrats, we’ve been told time and again by the left that it’s people on the right who demonize and dehumanize their opponents.

Well, I don’t recall George W. Bush, anyone in his administration, or any Republican congressman or senator serving at the time of his tax cuts or during the Iraq War characterizing their political opposition as not being “normal people.” (Considering the out-of-control conduct of and statements made by many opponents, the temptation to do so must have been nearly overwhelming.) Readers can be sure that if they had, outfits like the Hill and the Assocated Press would have reported it. So why did those two news organizations ignore what they heard from EPA head Gina McCarthy at a White House climate change summit earlier this week?

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O’Reilly Calls Out Press For Letting ‘White Supremacist’ Meme Go Unchallenged

In his “Talking Points” opening monologue Wednesday night, Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly lit into the establishment press for allowing the notion that America is a “white supremacist nation” to go “largely unchallenged.” He further accused the press of allowing itself to be “intimidated,” leaving Fox as the only channel, in his view, “standing up for the truth.”

I have been told that O’Reilly’s monologue went about twice as long it usually does, but that’s because he had a lot to say, and said it well.

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AP Treats Second-Quarter Economic ‘Rebound’ As a Virtual Certainty, Ignores Contrary Data

Yesterday, the government revised the economy’s first-quarter contraction from the annualized 0.7 percent it reported in May to 0.2 percent.

In covering that news, the Associated Press’s Christopher Rugaber spent most of his report speculating about the second quarter’s impending “rebound” as if its existence is absolutely certain, citing only the items which would cause readers to believe that’s the case. There are several reasons to be quite concerned about the second quarter and the general direction of the economy — even if some of them are somehow not yet showing up in the gross domestic product figures.

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