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Saturday, February 05, 2011

Selective Outrage From the Roanoke Times

It must be Saturday.  The day the editorial page of the Roanoke Times reserves for the display of its hypocrisy.  (The exceptions being Sunday through Friday.)

Guess what's got the thong undies in a bunch over there at the paper that is run by a Planned Parenthood board member?
The Planned Parenthood video scam

We’ll have an editorial next week denouncing the scurrilous attempts by the anti-abortion group Live Action to use secretly taped videos to portray Virginia Planned Parenthood clinics, including the one in Roanoke, as willing facilitators of the sexual exploitation of girls. [link]
Scurrilous.  How dare they send an undercover crew into the local abortion clinic - the one that is overseen by the Roanoke Times editorialists' employer - to find out just what goes on behind those secretive doors.  Doors that were paid for, in part, by the taxpayers of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Scurrilous?  Outrageous?  People have no business going undercover to secretly tape unsuspecting citizens?

Let's see what this same bunch of outraged ethicists had to say the morning after the news broke that Dateline NBC sent a pack of Muslims - undercover - with hidden cameras - into Martinsville seeking racists at the Nascar event held there back in 2006.

Well, we indeed find out that the news was reported.  See "'Dateline NBC' tactics concern law enforcement."

But from the editorialists?  Nothing.  Not a care in the world.

They were more concerned that James Webb get elected to the Senate.

So much for the outrage.

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As for that bit about "the sexual exploitation of girls," why do the champions of all things right at the Times choose to ignore the exploitation that takes place of those girls within the walls at Planned Parenthood every day?  The most innocent of girls.  Girls who were never given a chance to speak for themselves.  Girls who could have used a little righteous indignation from the editorial pages of the Times.  Girls who were "unwanted."  And had, therefore, to die.

Silence ...

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Suppose, when the editorial comes out, that we'll see a disclaimer that advises us that the publisher of the Roanoke Times sits (or at least sat) on the board of directors of Planned Parenthood of the Blue Ridge?

Fat chance.

Nothing scurrilous about that.

You Mean They Don't Kill Little Babies?

You know they don't feel all that comfortable about their position when they have to resort to writhing contortions to explain themselves.

This, from Gail Collins, New York Times columnist, is humorous.  In a pathetic sort of way.  See how she describes - in "The Siege of Planned Parenthood" - the menu of services that America's largest "family planning clinic" offers:
As if we didn’t have enough wars, the House of Representatives has declared one against Planned Parenthood.

Maybe it’s all part of a grand theme. Last month, they voted to repeal the health care law. This month, they’re going after an organization that provides millions of women with both family-planning services and basic health medical care, like pap smears and screening for diabetes, breast cancer, cervical cancer and sexually transmitted diseases. 
Right.  Planned Parenthood is in the business of providing "millions of women with both family-planning services and basic health medical care, like pap smears and screening for diabetes, breast cancer, cervical cancer and sexually transmitted diseases."

If that were the case, why would anyone in government not want to promote it?

Might there be something missing from that little mission statement?

Does Gail Collins do her argument any favors by intentionally skipping the most important detail?

Can We Talk About Those Terrible Greenhouse Gases?

You know.  The ones that our coal-fired power plants are spewing into the atmosphere?  The ones that are accumulating in the air and are causing, according to Al Gore, snowfall (?)?  You know, the ones that are causing the globe to warm?

You know, the warming globe that isn't ...

... warming?

Oh my.

Does this mean, then, that the CO2 that our power plants are expelling is harmless?


Nice theory.  Now disproven.  Let's move on.

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By the way, one look at the accompanying chart in the article to which I linked above should make one wonder if Time magazine needs to rerun this cover from its April, 1977 publication:


Quote of the Day

Glenn Reynolds to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg:

"My advice to Bloomberg — focus on fixing the bedbug problem, the snow problem, the garbage problem, the financial problem, and the education problem, and maybe the decorum problem will take care of itself."

Of course it's a heck of a lot easier to scold someone for using the wrong fork than it is to get the thousands of union workers in your charge off their fat asses and plow the streets ...

A Mystery

Where did they all go?

See "Scary Unemployment Shocker: Labor Force Plummets 1.6 Million Since May 2009."

Did they all take early retirement? Did they all go back to Mexico? Did they pack their bags and move to Canada, where the economy is doing much better? Did the two-income families decide to be one-income families permanently?

Whatever is going on, this is not good.

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Couple that with the fact that there are still over 4 million homeowners in this country who are on a glide path to foreclosure and the seriousness of the problem  becomes painfully apparent.

In Case You Missed It ...

The Roanoke Tea Party has its own radio show! 

If you can pick up 910 - WFJX, Roanoke - on your AM radio, tune in to the Virginia Tea Party Network, hosted each Monday from 12:30 to 1:00 p.m. by Chip Tarbutton and Gregory Aldridge.

It's at lunch time.  Grab that hot dog and dial 'em in.  Could be a hoot. 

Newt Does The Dance ...

... that slimy Washington politicians are famous for.

This is so deflating.

You may remember about a week ago the Wall Street Journal went after Newt Gingrich (see "Professor Cornpone") over a speech the former Speaker of the House made to a gathering of the Renewable Fuels Association in which Mr. Gingrich made a strong defense of the ethanol industry and of government subsidies thereto. Both the Journal and I beat up on him rather harshly for it.

Well, Newt has come back with his rebuttal/defense.


When I read that he had responded to the charges made by the Journal ("Given that Mr. Gingrich aspires to be President, his ethanol lobbying raises larger questions about his convictions and judgment. The Georgian has been campaigning in the tea party age as a fierce critic of spending and government, but his record on that score is, well, mixed"), I said to myself: "OK, Newt.  Convince me that you're not just another politician."

See "Newt Answers Critics Over Ethanol Comments."

So, was he convincing?  Was he misunderstood?  Did he answer his critics (including me)?

No.  No.  No.

He, being a politician - with all the baggage that that term carries - sidestepped the issue completely and, instead, touted his "support of increased domestic energy production of all forms, including biofuels ..."  Which is a rebuttal to a charge that no one ever made.

How disappointing.  We once believed in you, Newt.  And you've let us down.  As it turns out, you're no different from the rest of them.

Go away, man.  Just go away.

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Some might argue that a "climate change" commercial that Mr. Gingrich made with Nancy Pelosi back in 2008 was a dead giveaway that he was even then just another two-bit Washington insider.  Perhaps so.

In any case, the bloom is certainly off the rose now.