October 27, 2014

Positivity: Pregnancy centers, not politics – the future of the pro-life movement

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Front Royal, Virginia:

Oct 24, 2014 / 02:04 am

Amid the chilling dark chaos of a woman’s unwanted and unexpected pregnancy, a group of pro-life Catholics try to be a light to both the mother and the unborn child.

October 26, 2014

Why ‘It Matters’: Threats to the Bill of Rights

Filed under: 2nd Amendment,Activism,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 7:16 pm

I’ve had a bit (emphasis: only a bit) of pushback against the “It Matters” video’s characterization of where we are with the Bill of Rights in this country, particularly this slide:


The argument that I am overreacting took a big hit on Friday:

Dems on FEC move to regulate Internet campaigns, blogs, Drudge

In a surprise move late Friday, a key Democrat on the Federal Election Commission called for burdensome new rules on Internet-based campaigning, prompting the Republican chairman to warn that Democrats want to regulate online political sites and even news media like the Drudge Report.

Democratic FEC Vice Chair Ann M. Ravel announced plans to begin the process to win regulations on Internet-based campaigns and videos, currently free from most of the FEC’s rules. “A reexamination of the commission’s approach to the internet and other emerging technologies is long over due,” she said.

The power play followed a deadlocked 3-3 vote on whether an Ohio anti-President Obama Internet campaign featuring two videos violated FEC rules when it did not report its finances or offer a disclosure on the ads. The ads were placed for free on YouTube and were not paid advertising.

The Bill of Rights says that “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.”

What about “shall make no law” (or, obviously impose any regulations pursuant to laws) do these clowns not understand?

Yes, this particular item is a partisan matter and an example of fascism coming from the left. But those of us who have seen the conduct of the Republican establishments at the state level know damned well that thuggish behavior is not the exclusive province of the left — and if they could figure out how to shut out their opposition without getting a lot of notice, they’d do it in a heartbeat.

Want more? Look at the Second Amendment. Connecticut, clearly violating the Second Amendment, has made tens of thousands of people — perhaps hundreds of thousands — who have refused to register their guns into felons.

Then there’s the Fourth Amendment and the NSA’s illegal searches of private financial and phone records.

I could go on, but readers certainly should have gotten my point by now. The video’s slide predicts what we’ll be seeing on a de facto basis in a not-to-distant future if the statists’ momentum isn’t halted — and reversed.

That’s why “It Matters“:

UPDATE: The words sung over the slide in question are “We may not have another chance like this again” — and we may not.


Press Ignoring Nikki Haley’s Opponent Wanting to ‘Escort Whore Out the Door’

Did you hear about Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott in Texas saying of opponent Wendy Davis, “We need to keep the whore away from the door”? Of course you didn’t. We know that if Abbott had said anything like that, it would become national news story more important than even Ebola within minutes.

So why is it only news at about a dozen web-based center-right outlets that Democrat Vincent Sheheen, who is running against incumbent Republican Nikki Haley in the South Carolina Governor’s race, told supporters on Thursday that “we’re gonna escort whore out the door”? Those who want to try to contend that Sheheen sincerely corrected himself when he immediately said “We’re gonna escort her out the door” are wrong, as evidenced by the crowd’s reaction and Sheheen’s self-satisfied behavior after his supposed blunder in the video following the jump:



CNN: Omitting What Obama Said From WH Transcript ‘Corrects Record’

On Tuesday, Michelle Kosinski and Gabe LaMonica at CNN provided those who believe that the nation’s establishment press has permanently crossed the line into the kind of behavior we used to see at the old Soviet Union’s Pravda and Izvestia with plenty of corroborating evidence.

They did so by calling a White House transcript of a speech by President Barack Obama containing an obvious cover-up “corrected” (bolds are mine):



Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (102614)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 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.


Giulio Meotti at Israel News (“Where Islam Treads, It Leaves a Desert”) — “Islam destroys all traces of other cultures and religions, many of them priceless and irreplaceable – artifacts and Heritage sites and people.”

But it’s not fair, or right, to criticize Islam. (/sarc)


Positivity: Hundreds flock to US shrine to celebrate first feast of St John Paul II

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Washington:

Oct 22, 2014 / 04:49 pm

Hundreds of pilgrims and faithful from all states of life flocked to Washington, D.C.’s St. John Paul II Shrine on Wednesday to celebrate the late Pope and recently canonized saint’s first universal feast day.

“To be able to celebrate in the presence of a saint on their first feast day, I think is just a point of great grace for the local Church and all the pilgrims that come here,” said Fr. Jonathan Kalisch, O.P, chaplain of the Saint John Paul II National Shrine, to CNA Oct. 22.

This presence, he said, was apparent in the large and diverse crowd who came to participate in a feast day Mass at the shrine.

At the Mass, there were “over 550 young people, the elderly, there were Polish pilgrims, the consecrated, the sisters, there were male religious,” Fr. Kalisch explained. “ When I was celebrating the Mass, I thought, ‘he’s brought them here.’”

Fr. Kalisch gave the homily at the first celebration of the Feast of Saint Pope John Paul II at the saint’s shrine in Washington, D.C. A relic of St. John Paul II’s blood, as well as a bloodstained piece of his cassock from the 1981 attempt on his life are present for veneration at the shrine.

St. John Paul II served as Pope for over 26 years, from 1978 until his death in 2005. He was canonized earlier this year, on April 27; the Oct. 22 observance of his feast is the anniversary of his papal inauguration.

The Mass was preceded by a recitation of the rosary, and followed by a screening of a documentary on the saint’s visits to North America, and the recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

October 25, 2014

Press Continues to Virtually Ignore Michelle Obama’s Campaign Speech Gaffes

One can only imagine how much grief the national press would have given Laura Bush had she gone on the midterm congressional campaign trail during her husband's presidency and mispronounced the name of a Republican senatorial candidate, or if she had presented part of the bio of a Democratic opponent as that of the incumbent Republican for whom she was stumping.

First Lady Michelle Obama has done both things — reversing parties, of course — in recent weeks. The national press is largely pretending that these things never happened, and, when they do notice the gaffes, making excuses for her.



Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (102514)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 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: Mystery man called hero after rescuing man, 73, from burning home

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

UPDATE: The mystery man has been found.


From Fresno, California:

OCTOBER 20, 2014, 7:09 AM

A mystery man is being called a hero after rescuing a 73-year-old man from a burning home over the weekend in Fresno.

The daring rescue was caught on cellphone video on which a woman is heard yelling, “We got to get the dad out of there! There’s a man inside!” as the Fresno home becomes engulfed in smoke and flames.

Then suddenly out of the smoke, the mystery man in a blue Dodgers hat appears and is carrying the man over his left shoulder.

He runs away from the fiery home, letting the man down from his shoulder as he reaches the sidewalk.

The woman screams out, “Oh, thank God.”

Moments later, the fire department arrived.

The rescuer left the scene and has not been identified.

Beth Lederach, of Clovis, was driving by the fire, which broke out about 8:14 a.m. Saturday in the 4300 block of East Dakota Avenue, when she began filming the five-minute video on her cellphone, the Fresno Bee reported. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

October 24, 2014

Better Off Than 6 Years Ago? Not the Homebuilding Industry

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 2:55 pm

In his late-September interview with Steve Kroft of CBS News, President Barack Obama insisted that, when looking at the economy and asking “are you better off than you were … six (years ago),” “the country is definitely better off.” Unfortunately, he admitted, the American people “don’t feel it.”

One reason “they don’t feel it” is because, despite what the President contends, there are many areas of the economy which aren’t in better shape than they were six years ago. One obvious sector which is still worse off is the homebuilding industry.

The Census Bureau reported Friday morning that new home sales in September came in at a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 467,000. That was barely ahead of August’s revised total of 466,000. The really sad part of the Census’s release is that August originally came in at 504,000, but was revised downward today by over 7 percent.

Actual sales in September (i.e., not seasonally adjusted and not annualized) amounted to only 38,000 units.

338,000 new homes have been sold during the first nine months of this year. That’s almost 16 percent below the comparable figure of 401,000 from 2008, i.e., six years ago. Even given the steep slump which occurred during the final quarter of 2008, new-home sales in 2014 will still certainly come in below that seen in 2008.

Why is this happening? Obama gave Kroft the reason: “… incomes and wages are not going up.”

His “solutions”? Obama wants to raise the minimum wage to $10.10, which would steeply raise prices, reduce business profits, and lead to reduced employment.

The President also is pushing to “make sure women are getting paid the same as men for doing the same work.” That idea requires no action, because equal pay for equal work is already the reality, both in the law and in practice.

Obama believes we should also be “doing more to invest in job training.” That means doing more of what hasn’t worked. The New York Times recently exposed how the Workforce Investment Act, an existing job-training effort, has generated no real results for many supposed beneficiaries besides pushing them deep into debt.

Housing in particular is suffering because, thanks to the Dodd-Frank banking regulations passed during early part of Obama’s first term, lenders are looking over their shoulders, worried that Uncle Sam’s busybody auditors might second-guess their underwriting decisions and put them through the regulatory wringer. Even people with golden credit and plenty of other financial assets are finding it extraordinarily difficult to navigate their way to a new mortgage loan.

Today’s new-home news only reinforces the fact that after almost six years of Obama’s alleged recovery medicine, the patient is nowhere near recovering.

Cross-posted at DC Gazette.


Sore Losing Losers at the Big Three Nets Won’t Cover Democrats’ (So Far) Rough 2014 Election Cycle

Filed under: MSM Biz/Other Bias,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:51 am

From the Media Research Center, as carried at NewsBusters:


ABC is the sorest losing loser of the bunch, having broadcast no stories on the midterms from September 1 to October 20.


NewsBusted (10/24/14)

Filed under: NewsBusted — Tom @ 6:36 am

Here we go:

– Midterm Elections
– Republicans
– Falling Oil Prices
– Hardball with Chris Matthews
– STD Infections
– Kris and Bruce Jenner
– Mothers and Kids
– God and Sporting Events

Best Line: “MSNBC is suffering from record-low ratings. To give you an idea of how bad it is, ‘Hardball’ with Chris Matthews is now ‘Solitaire’ with Chris Matthews.”


Grimes Says She’s Won’t Be ‘Bullied’ by McConnell … or Chuck Todd

Imagine the pile-on that would be occurring from other members of the nation’s establishment press if a Republican or conservative U.S. Senate candidate went after an individual member of the press as Alison Grimes just has against NBC/MSNBC reporter Chuck Todd. The “How dare you?” cries would be everywhere.

It’s hard to see how employing such a tactic works to get votes, but Grimes, the Democrats’ candidate for U.S. Senate in Kentucky, seems to think that acting as if she’s standing up to playground bullies might get her some mileage. Todd, along with incumbent Republican Senator Mitch McConnell, is one of the supposedly all-powerful bullies. Video follows the jump:



Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (102414)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 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: Medal honors guardsman for saving woman’s life

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Wichita, Kansas:

10/20/2014 2:39 PM, Updated 10/20/2014 2:42 PM

Read more here: http://www.kansas.com/news/local/article3130755.html#storylink=cpy

The U.S. Air Force medal ceremony honoring Tech Sgt. Shawn Rucker lasted far longer and caused Rucker more prolonged anxiety than what he endured on the night he saved Nancy Shatley’s life.

Even so, Rucker, looking a little embarrassed in his dress blues, managed one more act of generosity to the Shatley family on Monday.

Rucker two years ago ran into a house roiling with smoke and flames and carried 78-year-old Nancy Shatley outside, with smoke filling his lungs and pieces of the house falling down around him.

Moments after receiving the Airman’s Medal at McConnell Air Force Base, Rucker pointed journalists toward a civilian in a striped shirt standing yards away from the generals, colonels and majors.

The Air National Guard officers had talked only of Rucker in the ceremony, but Rucker pointed out that Mike Shatley, the man in the striped shirt, “did all the things I did” and helped save his mother’s life.

Maj. Gen. Lee Tafanelli, the adjutant general of Kansas, hung the medal on Rucker’s chest at McConnell on Monday, with more than 100 uniformed officers and enlisted personnel applauding. He told how Rucker, a Kansas Air National Guardsman, put his life at considerable risk.

Rucker, an intelligence analyst, had just finished a work shift at McConnell on Nov. 24, 2012, and raced past his own house when he saw a smoke plume and a glow on the horizon several blocks away.

The Airman’s Medal is one of the higher awards given by the Air Force for risk-taking heroism in a non-combat situation, Tafanelli said. The medal ranks higher than the Bronze Star and just under the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Typical of Rucker’s character, officers said, is that the military didn’t learn about Rucker’s heroism for a long time. Rucker didn’t tell anybody in the Air Guard about what he had done.

Family members told them about it later. Only then did the Air National Guard start the investigation that led to the medal’s award, two years after his life-saving acts. …

Go here for the rest of the story.