2010 March For Life News Round-Up

photo via: American Principles Project Blog

Hundreds of thousands of pro lifers marched on Washington, today :

photo courtesy of Rightwing Woman on Twitpic

Newsbusters has video from The Rick Sanchez Comedy Hour, also known as “Rick’s List”… this is such a hoot:

Near the end of the 3PM ET hour of CNN’s Rick’s List on Friday, host Rick Sanchez couldn’t seem to figure out who was protesting at the March for Life in Washington D.C.: “It’s the 37th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade case….both sides being represented today, but it does appear to me, as I look at these signs that – which side is represented the most….Do we know?”

What’s sad is, he came back from the break STILL CLUELESS, so no one else on his set knew what was going on, either. Wanting to appear, “fair and square”, he made note that there did seem to be more pro-lifers than pro-choicers..
Returning from the commercial break, Sanchez clarified that most of the protestors “seem to be” pro-life, but still seemed completely unfamiliar with the annual event: “As far as we can tell, following this protest on this day, the bulk of the protesters that we have seen here – that doesn’t mean there aren’t others, because we haven’t gone out and counted them individually – seem to be anti-abortion activists. We’ve seen more pro-life signs than we have the others.”
Wowzers.

And here, Rev. Rob Schenck talks with Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life, the largest pro-life organization within the Catholic Church about the future of the pro life movement.

As far as I can tell, the one with the collar, Fr. Pavone, appears to be  Catholic…that doesn’t mean he’s not Protestant, or Jewish or whatever,  but I get a definite Catholic vibe from him. He appears to be pro-life, as well:

Photo via CatholicReview on Twitpic

Here’s Rep. Mike Pence who appears to be a pro-life Republican speaking to the pro-life faction at today’s protest:

Another One!:

The Culture Wars Elude Newsweek

of the American Spectator fisks a Newsweak article by a clueless feminist who doesn’t seem to grasp that The March For Life is a Pro Life event, either.

It appears — and I cringe to write this — that either Gesaman or Maddux (or both), does not comprehend that the annual Jan. 22 protest in Washington, DC is a pro-life protest. Her/their concern over the prospect that “feminists” will no longer march to “memorialize” Roe v. Wade is…

I don’t know. Clearly, this blog post is inscrutable and it’s not worth trying to figure out the author’s intent. But I am still wrestling with the idea that A) it’s possible that there’s someone out there — anywhere — that does not understand that pro-choice feminists are not participating in the March for Life and B) that Newsweek chose this person to write about today’s protests.

See Also:

Pundette: March For Life

On the 37th Anniversary of the worst activist decision in SCOTUS history – Roe v Wade enshrines murder-on-demand on this day in 1972

Participants at annual March for Life urged to keep up their efforts

PENCE OP-ED: FIGHTING FOR LIFE

Congressman Trent Franks Remembering the Unborn on the 36th Anniversary of Roe vs. Wade

Stem Cell News: “As to diseases, make a habit of two things—to help, or at least do no harm.”
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Astroturfing Trying To Make A Comeback UPDATED

Ace thinks Axelrod, the father of “astro-turfing” (i.e. “artificial grassroots”), is behind a recent spate of ‘virtually identical “Letters to the Editor” in support of President Barack Obama in more than a dozen newspapers’.

In recent weeks, Light has published virtually identical “Letters to the Editor” in support of President Barack Obama in more than a dozen newspapers.Every letter claimed a different residence for Light that happened to be in the newspaper’s circulation area.

“It’s time for Americans to realize that governing is hard work, and that a president can’t just wave a magic wand and fix everything,” said a letter from alleged Philadelphian Ellie Light, that was published in the Jan. 19 edition of The Philadelphia Daily News.

A letter from Light in the Jan. 20 edition of the San Francisco Examiner concluded with an identical sentence, but with an address for Light all the way across the country in Daly City, California.

That reminded me of the astroturfing effort I read about, last week, which has been organized for the radio. As reported by Atlas Shrugs, Organizing For America currently has a web-based project calling for volunteers to inundate talk radio shows with pro-ObamaCare talking points.

Thousands of OFA supporters calling talk radio shows with a pro-health reform message could have a big impact on the debate. But to make it happen, we need active volunteers to help identify which radio shows talk about politics and accept calls.

Can you spare a few minutes to help? We’ll give you all the resources you need – just click “Start This” below.

I almost did a post about that when I saw it, but it’s just so sad, lame and pathetic.

As Kathy Shaidle at Newsreal blog said,

The trouble with this strategy is: it won’t work.

Rush Limbaugh coined the word “seminar callers” to describe people like this, because leftists used to train would-be talk radio callers in special seminars. These trained callers learn to begin by saying, “I listen to your show all the time, and normally I agree with you/I’m a lifelong Republican/but…” then recite memorized liberal talking points. (Here’s an IndyMedia how-to.)

The tactic is perfect for leftists because it’s parasitical — and, sadly, it’s the closest thing they’ve ever had to liberal talk radio…

It’s just another form of astroturfing, and it stopped working years ago.

All big time talk radio shows have peerless call screeners who usually detect these frauds before they get on the air.  If these astroturfers do get through, a smart host can make them look pretty foolish, pretty fast.

Back to Ace:

Create the illusion of a inevitability. Make people think they are almost alone in disapproving of Obama, so that they self-censor and won’t say they disapprove of Obama, and thereby make other people think they’re alone in that too.

PR, PR, PR. Spin, spin, spin. Alinsky, Alinsky, Alinsky.

It was always dishonest. Now it’s just pathetic.

Yep.

As Rush has so often said, liberals get up every morning and ask themselves, “how can we fool them, today?”

They should change that to, “How can we avoid looking foolish, today?”

UPDATE:

Gateway Pundit reports that the letter writing campaign appears to be one moonbat, acting alone:

“I do not write as a representative of any organization,” she said in an e-mail. “The letter I wrote was motivated by surprise and wonderment at the absence of any media support for our President, who won a record-breaking election by a landslide less than 18 months ago, and now, seems to be abandoned by all, supposedly for the infantile reason that he couldn’t make all of Bush’s errors disappear in one day.”

UPDATE II:

Well, not so fast; Patterico has been following this story, and he’s not convinced that this letter campaign is the work of just one woman:

With the help of my commenters, I have been keeping a running total at my blog of the places where Light’s letter has appeared. At last count, her letter has appeared in at least 47 newspapers in at least 23 different states.

So far, that is. That number is growing all the time. It even appeared in a newspaper in Bangkok, Thailand!

As you can see at my blog, the states where her letters appear correspond quite well with the states that Obama won.

Who is behind this? Are all these letters truly the work of a single woman? Or is there an organization behind “Ellie Light”? (David Axelrod, call your office!) There’s no hard proof as of yet.

More:

From Patterico’s blog:

On an unrelated note, recall that recently, Glenn Greenwald flagged the fact that Obama’s pal (and head of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs) Cass Sunstein recently wrote this paper suggesting something sounding a lot like Astroturfing:

Sunstein advocates that the Government’s stealth infiltration should be accomplished by sending covert agents into “chat rooms, online social networks, or even real-space groups.” He also proposes that the Government make secret payments to so-called “independent” credible voices to bolster the Government’s messaging (on the ground that those who don’t believe government sources will be more inclined to listen to those who appear independent while secretly acting on behalf of the Government).

Commenter #77 at Patterico’s:

I have a hunch who ellie might be.
First, the meaning of the name ellie is light. That part was easy. An ellie is also a national magazine award. In 2005 a woman by the name of Samantha Power won an Ellie for a piece she did for the The New Yorker magazine entitled Dying in Darfur.

Ms. Power is a graduate of Harvard University.She worked for then Senator Barack Obama, I believe it was she who first piqued his interest in Darfur.

She went on to work on the Obama campaign before she was forced to resign for calling Hillary Clinton a monster.

While working on the campaign she met then later married Cass Sunstein who now works in the Obama administration as the Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs

I’ve read a letter she posted to another journalist where she takes a smack at Sarah Palin, that was what gave her identity away in my mind. What O’s going through must have her blood boiling. What do ya’ll think?

Hmmmmm.

Still More:

A great piece a Hillbuzz:

Question of the Day: Who is Ellie Light?

There’s the “Ellie Light” side of trolling, where pro-Administration pieces are posted everywhere, reading from the same script — and then there’s the “Nellie Dark” side of things, where trolls seek to take down anyone opposing the administration or calling it out on its lies and general socialist craziness.  That’s when the trolls accuse people of being RAAACISTS, try to destroy their businesses, attack their families, threaten violence against them, and do whatever they can to destroy administration critics.

Yes, excellent point. There are negative astroturfers as well as positive ones. And Hillbuzz is determined stop these trolls from influencing public opinion. The only way to do this is to educate people to what is going on. They want 2010 to be the year it ends.

A New One, via Patterico:

Who is Mark Spivey? Another Obama Astroturfer

Just so you know, there now is a Who is Ellie Light? Facebook group, and surprisingly, already a Who is Mark Spivey? Facebook group.

Yeah, I’d say, word is getting out…

MORE:

They’re coming out of the woodwork…

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About Obama’s Approval Ratings…

Despite the President’s B+ self- assessment, the American people are giving the him a failing grade. Ed Morissey reports:

…the biggest news is that 57% of adults — adults, not registered or likely voters — give Obama poor marks for his first year in office:

The poll attempted to gauge Americans’ political mood more generally by asking them to describe their feelings about the progress the Obama administration has made in its first year. Thirty-nine percent of Americans say they are pleased with the progress President Obama has made in addressing the problems facing the country, but nearly as many, 37%, say they are upset because they believe his policies are moving the country in the wrong direction. That leaves a middle group of 20% of Americans who describe themselves as disappointed with Obama’s progress because they thought he would have achieved more by now.

Given Obama’s job approval rating of roughly 50%, clearly some Americans who express disappointment with the president’s lack of progress still generally approve of the job he is doing.

The difference probably reflects the personal likability of Obama, but it shows considerable weakness.

Morrissey goes on to say:

Without his personal charm and charisma, Obama would likely already be in Bush territory on job approval, or close to it, even among the general adult population.

Let’s talk about Obama’s personal likability for a moment…because that confounds me. What is charming about being a bold-faced liar? What’s charming about extreme political corruption?  Obama’s  “charisma”, has all but disappeared since he was elected and now has to govern. His most recent speeches and statements, especially the ones having to do with national security, have in fact,  been noted for their cold aloofness.

I noticed very early on in the ’08 campaign, that Obama was a very dishonest, cynical person. He is a man of the far left, after all. These people cannot be honest about their ideology and ultimate goals. Look, I understand that a lot of people were blinded by the hope and change rhetoric…they heard and saw what they wanted to hear and see. But after a year of being constantly lied to?…Why are not more people, even liberals, where….well, Mort Zuckerman is?

50% are still not up to speed with what we’re dealing with here?

You know that feeling you get when a person lies to your face? Not some dumb kid, but a grown up who doesn’t realize that you know the truth, and they’re just spouting a lie right to your face? You don’t know if you should call them out on it (which would be socially awkward) or just nod your head and say….okay….It’s a very unsettling feeling, isn’t it? Well, that’s how I feel every time Obama gets in front of the cameras to talk about, well, just about anything. I think Joe Wilson gets what I’m talking about…

A man who was raised and mentored by communists, sought out the Marxists in collegebefriended and worked with them as a community organizer and state legislator, listened to and accepted the rabid anti-American sermons of  one Rev. Wright for 20 years, and was the most liberal Senator in the US Congress,  cannot be open and honest to the American people about what he’s really thinking.

George W. Bush’s approval rating didn’t go into the tank because he was a cynical, dishonest, and corrupt person. George Bush remains as he’s always been: An imperfect but ultimately honest, decent, and well meaning  person. His approval ratings went into the tank because of the constant pummeling he received from the liberal media which was motivated by vengeance. Vengeance for the impeachment of the genuinely corrupt President who came before him, and vengeance for the “stolen” 2000 election, which the left believed was rightfully theirs, no matter how many recounts in FL proved otherwise.

Anyway, in case you’re wondering why I never trumpet the latest approval ratings for the President, like other conservative bloggers do, as in – *Whoa! Look at this! Obama dipped below 50% in today’s (whatever)  tracking poll!* – it’s because I’m not impressed. At all. I watched a good and decent man get demonized to the point that the vast majority of the fickle masses hated and reviled him. Bush’s approval ratings at the end of his presidency were a disgrace, not on him, but on the American people who were so easily led, and rejected him so thoroughly.

I find it all very dispiriting.

I understand that there is a certain percentage of  hardcore lefties, and low info voters who will always support Obama no matter what he does, but the awakening of the rest of the public to the truth about this current President is happening far too slowly, as far as this girl is concerned.

RELATED:

I continue to be  amused by the already over-exposed President’s assessment that what he needs to to do is get out there more and speak directly to the American people about our “core values” and whatnot:

Pundette: Obama assesses Obama

Linda Chavez: Fine Tuning the Message

Top of the Ticket: Obama’s batting 0-7 in campaign rallies, but he’s got big stats in other areas

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