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Morning Briefing for February 22, 2012

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February 22, 2012
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Folks,I’m off to Mesa, AZ for tonight’s CNN Debate. This will probably be the last of the Republican Presidential Debates for 2012. I expect fireworks! So tune in for the pre-debate show starting at 6pm ET and the debate starts on CNN right at 8pm ET. I’ll be on afterwards to share my thoughts on the event.

— Erick

 

1. A Primer for the Media and I Agree With Rick Santorum

 

2. When Petard Hoisting Goes Horribly Wrong

 

3. Dahlia Lithwick’s Sonogram Lie Implodes

 

4. Demagoguing Rape, Exploiting Victims: The Degenerate Left Continues to Use and Abuse Women

 

5. What are the depths of Peter Gleick’s depravity in the Heartland global warming smear attack?

 

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1. A Primer for the Media and I Agree With Rick Santorum

The Drudge Report put up a story about Rick Santorum’s speech to Ave Maria University in which Santorum said Satan was attacking the United States. The speech was giving in 2008, but is largely consistent with statements he has given in the past few weeks.

I agree with Rick Santorum. I also think that this is a Romney leaked piece. Given the close ties between Matt Drudge and the Romney camp, that’s an easy guess. I also think it will hurt Santorum who apparently has Gingrichitis, a disease the frontrunners all seem to get where they mouth off on any topic under the sun once they are the front runner.

Focus on this topic does not help Santorum and is largely irrelevant to being President. Nonetheless, I feel compelled to defend Santorum given how clueless some of those attacking him seem to be on the specific points he made and also given the cluelessness of a lot of reporters trying to put his remarks in context or explain them.

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2. When Petard Hoisting Goes Horribly Wrong

It seldom ends well when stupid people try to be clever. The latest case in point involves some Democrats in the Georgia legislature.

“This afternoon, the House Judiciary (Non-Civil) Committee will take up HB 954, a measure that would prohibit abortions on women who are more than 20 weeks pregnant. Current law prohibits abortions after the second trimester, or about 24 weeks.”

** snip ** (please pardon the pun)

“In response, House Democrats have scheduled a 3 p.m. Wednesday hearing at the state Capitol, to propose a bill that would ban Georgia males from seeking vasectomies.”

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3. Dahlia Lithwick’s Sonogram Lie Implodes

Last week I posted on the egregiously dishonest line of attack being made on a proposed Virginia law requiring all women who are seeking an abortion to be given the opportunity to see an ultrasound picture of the baby before dismembering. The left, led online by Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick, who seemingly has the same grasp of medicine and human reproduction that she has of the law, has mounted one of the most transparently fraudulent assaults since anything they perpetrated on George W. Bush.

Her claim was that Virginia was RAPING WOMEN!!1!!!! because an ultrasound was being required before a surgical procedure was undertaken.

Today the story descended into farce.

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4. Demagoguing Rape, Exploiting Victims: The Degenerate Left Continues to Use and Abuse Women

Out: Hitler analogies. In: rape demagoguery. If you are a morally bankrupt Leftist, that is. And it’s not just ‘fringe’, either. Mainstream Democrats, including our own Vice-President, are hopping on the revolting bandwagon that reached the nadir of it’s journey this week. While it’s been well-shown that Democrats are not For The Women, in fact they are anything but, the reprehensible actions of late have shown the depth of their depravity and their outright contempt and disdain for women.

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5. What are the depths of Peter Gleick’s depravity in the Heartland global warming smear attack?

OK, quick background: last week there was a bit of fuss when a variety of documents appeared that purported to show that there was some sort of nefarious global warming ‘denialist’ (that’s what a Lefty calls somebody who has noticed that, hey, the temperature’s not actually rising the way that people told us it would) conspiracy centered around the Heartland Institute. The Heartland Institute was not amused by this, and has been making it clear that at least one document was a pathetic forgery. This latter point has generally been conceded by all the players, if tacitly, and the great walkback is beginning. I recommend Watts Up With That for those looking to monitor further developments: that site has been all over this story.

But let’s go back to what got revealed, for a moment. The documents can be grouped into two categories: a variety of materials that global warming advocate (and lecturer on ethics*) Peter Gleick admitted stealing from Heartland**; and the aforementioned pathetically faked document. Since we now know that not even Gleick is standing by the provenance of said document, let us ignore it completely. What it says is irrelevant. It has no bearing. I did not even read it before my summary below of the documents that Gleick stole, solely to keep it from contaminating my assessment.So, what’s in those documents?

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