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Business brisk at Hollywood Chick-fil-A

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 7:21 pm - August 1, 2012.
Filed under: LA Stories

Having a number of errands to run today, I was able to adjust my route to pass by the Hollywood Chick-fil-A to snap a few pictures at about 3 PM local time.  I spoke with Alex, the local manager; she reported a brisker than usual business today:

FROM THE COMMENTS:  Brian doesn’t “think these crowds care much about gay marriage one way or the other. They’re opposing left-wing thug tactics and supporting the 1st Amendment & liberty.”   Seems the way it was this afternoon in Hollywood.

Now, there were some protestors, a total of 5 — and this at the corner of Sunset and Highland deep in the heart of blue America: (more…)

On the HHS Mandate

There’s so much to celebrate today: My beautiful home state turns 136 today, Michael Phelps has made history with his 19th medal on behalf of America, and Ted Cruz not only won, but schwacked establishment candidate Lt. Governor David Dewhurst by a margin of over 13 percentage points in yesterday’s Texas GOP runoff, sending a clear message that the Constitution is back in business (or will be, come January) in the US Senate.

However, I have to admit, today is a sad dark day for America.

While Youcef Nadarkhani spends his 1024th day in an Iranian prison for the crime of having become a Christian, our Nation took another chip out of the rock of religious liberties as well. Surely we cannot compare the offense to religious freedoms that President Obama’s and Kathleen Sebelius’ mandate that employers abdicate their First Amendment rights (which goes in effect today) to those of Pastor Nadarkhani. But while mayors across the country attempt to deny a business owner his Due Process and First Amendment rights, today calls attention to just how far we’ve come in our Nation.

I actually woke this morning to a fraternity brother’s post on his Facebook page that read:

Btw american women everywhere, congratulations!

Today your insurance plans MUST ‘cover specific preventive health services for women without cost-sharing, such as deductibles, copayments and coinsurance. These services include well-woman visits, breastfeeding support, domestic violence screening, STD screening and contraceptives.’

I caution those who would vote for romney (especially women who would vote for romney) to recognize the implications of a repeal. We would eliminate the gains that have been made today, and will continue to be made by the landmark legislation for the next 5 years.

As offensive as it is to someone like me who’s pro-life to see someone write in literally congratulatory tones about the growth and spread of abortion, this is also symbolic of just how far we’ve come. (more…)

Trumpeting Romney’s Every Gaffe; Downplaying Obama’s

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 4:30 pm - August 1, 2012.
Filed under: 2012 Presidential Election,Media Bias

The press coverage,” writes Fred Barnes about the presumptive Republican nominee’s recent trip to Europe and the Middle East

. . .detracted from the overall impression made by [Mitt] Romney. Reporters—especially the Americans—were on patrol for miscues and tactless or indiscreet statements.  And they found plenty, though most of them weren’t gaffes at all but merely comments that someone, somewhere, might not like.

Emphasis added.  If the legacy media covered Barack Obama’s gaffes like they cover Romney’s, they too would have to dub the Democrat as gaffe-prone.

Yesterday, reporting on how low the Obama campaign has sunk, John Hinderaker gives us the context for Romney staffer RIck Gorka’s loss of temper.   “As Romney was walking to his car” near the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Poland, “reporters shouted hostile questions:”

A CNN reporter shouted: “Governor Romney, are you concerned about some of the mishaps of your trip?”

“Governor Romney, do you have a statement for the Palestinians?” a New York Times reporter asked.

“What about your gaffes?” chimed in a Washington Post writer.

“Governor Romney, do you feel that your gaffes have overshadowed your foreign trip?” asked the Times journalist.

Not only were the reporters rude in shouting questions at a sacred place, the questions they shouted had nothing to do with substance, but only with spin, about the supposedly gaffe-prone Republican.  Seems like the folks at CNN, the New York Times and the Washington Post work for the opposition research department of the Obama campaign.

Ace embeds this fun video produced by Ace Diddy for Serfs Up Records which mocks the legacy media’s determination to patrol perpetually for Romney gaffes: (more…)

Obama up in swing states with Obama 2008 voters* oversampled

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 3:30 pm - August 1, 2012.
Filed under: 2012 Presidential Election,Media Bias

Our friends on the left (and in the legacy media) are making much of a spate of swing-state surveys showing Obama hitting 50% in thee such states, Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania.  The item has led on Memeorandum at least since I first checked the blog aggregator.

The Huffington Post trumpeted the Quinnipiac/CBS News/New York Times polls as . . .

. . . somewhat surprising since the new polls mark the first time in 2012 that the Quinnipiac pollsters have reported the preferences of those deemed most likely to vote in November rather than all registered voters. As such, the New York Times report warns explicitly that the new findings “cannot be compared with previous surveys.”

Problem is is that tis likely-voter screens assumes a Democratic turnout far greater than in the very Democratic year of 2008.  Ed Morrissey fills us in:

The CBS/NYT model has Democrats a +9 in Florida when in 2008 they were only a +3 and an even split in the 2010 midterms.  Ohio’s sample has exactly the split in 2008 (D+8), which is nine points better than Democrats did in the midterms.  Pennsylvania’s numbers (D+6) come closest to a rational predictive model, somewhere between 2008′s D+7 and 2010′s D+3, but still looking mighty optimistic for Democratic turnout.

Jim Geraghty finds that, in the Ohio and Florida surveys, the pollsters included a sample of voters who, in 2008, gave Obama a greater margin over McCain than did the final returns that year: (more…)

HRC slurs Chick-fil-A, describing it with the word, “hate”*

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 1:30 pm - August 1, 2012.
Filed under: Gay PC Silliness,Gay Politics

Although we have yet received no report that a gay employee suffered mistreatment while woking at Chick-fil-A or that any gay customer was denied service at one of the Christian-owned chicken chain’s many franchises, the folks at HRC have described the company with a word gay activists delight in deploying to describe a a person or policy with which they disagree:

Why do some gay activists, including this, the largest gay political outfit use the word, “hate,” to describe people they disagree with — or policies at odds with their own.


*despite its failure to provide any evidence that said company mistreated gays.

NB: Keep tweaking the title to make it less clunky, more accurate and able to fit on one line.  Apologies for the confusion.

Just a reminder. Today is Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.  You can go to defend free speech or just to spite those who demonize anyone with whom they disagree.

Watcher of Weasels — First Nominees of August 2012

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 1:14 pm - August 1, 2012.
Filed under: Blogging,Conservative Ideas

Council Submissions

Changing Mormon attitudes toward gays?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 3:10 am - August 1, 2012.
Filed under: 2012 Presidential Election,Gays & religion

Given the presumptive Republican presidential nominee’s membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, there will, in the next three months, be much talk about the fastest-growing religious group in the country.

And although gay activists have all but demonized the church, with HRC for example, saying that you “just gotta love” Tom Hanks for calling Mormon supporters of Prop 8 “Un-American.”  (Although Louis Farrakhan criticized the president for supporting gay marriage, HRC has never questioned his patriotism.)

Mormons may have helped fund the campaign to pass Proposition 8, but my Mormon friends tell me that the church is reconsidering its attitude toward gays, with attitudes changing in wards across the country.  One of those friends recently shared with me this essay by Dr. Donald C. Fletcher, the bishop in a San Francisco ward:

Working as a bishop in the Bay Ward, I have heard firsthand the stories of members who are gay and felt their pain as I work to bring them back into church activity. The emotional pain and isolation of LGBT members rejected by parents, friends and loved ones after coming out is more severe than any other I have yet experienced in my ministering, and it motivates me to continue in the work I am doing.

Read the whole thing.  Fletcher didn’t just share his thoughts with a few select friends, but in the Salt Lake Tribune, the paper with the largest circulation in Utah, the state with the largest concentration of Mormons on the planet — and the state which houses the administrative and leadership offices of the church.  What Rome is to Catholics, Salt Lake City is to Mormons. (more…)