Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, said he will not march in the 2015 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City because he was repeatedly misled by parade committee officials that a pro-life group would be allowed to march, along with a pro-gay contingent, as part of an alleged rules change agreement.
Bill Donohue has defended the exclusion of a gay group marching with its own banner in the parade because the parade rules prohibited such action, rules that applied to pro-life groups as well. The point of the parade is to honor St. Patrick and the Irish-Catholic heritage.
Donohue explained that, this year, “when I was asked how I would react to a gay group being asked to join, I said I could support this decision only if a pro-life group were also invited. Indeed, I explicitly pressed for confirmation that there has been a formal change in the parade’s rules. I was told that there was and that a pro-life group would march in 2015.”
“The goal of some in the Irish community is to neuter the Catholic element in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade,” said Donohue. “They want it to be an ethnic celebration. But as I have said, we are not the Irish League: we are the Catholic League. Indeed, our full name is the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights.”
He continued, “Under the direction of [Committee Vice Chairman John] Lahey, who has effectively taken over control of the parade, there is no room for a pro-life Catholic group in 2015, but there is room for a non-Irish, non-Catholic, gay group. But the worst is yet to come.”
“When Lahey was told that radical gay groups, led by Brendan Fay, would like to march in 2016, he ‘reacted enthusiastically,’” said Donohue. “Fay is a former official of DignityUSA, an outfit that works against the teachings of the Catholic Church. ‘I think Brendan Fay will find we’re very receptive,’ Lahey said.”
“For the record, DignityUSA is a group which had Paul Shanley as its chaplain, the most infamous child rapist priest in the history of the Catholic Church,” said Donohue. “More recently, it opposed the request made by the Catholic League that the Empire State Building light its towers in honor of Mother Teresa’s centenary. … This explains why the Catholic League is finished with the New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade.”
Read the full article at CNSNews.com.
First of all a little common sense. Blacks comprise just over 13% of the US population. Let’s start with that. By ignoring that number, Liberals can distort the stats anyway they like. The USA Today article (which I’m not using for obvious reasons) claimed, “Command of the Army’s main combat units — its pipeline to top leadership — is virtually devoid of black officers”, then in the second paragraph mentioned that only 10% of officers are Black. So according to brain-dead Liberals, 3% below the national level is “virtually devoid”.
The Washington Times, while referencing USA Today’s moronic OpEd (posing as an article), attempted to pull some meaningful data out…
U.S. Army sociologists are worried that a lack of black officers leading its combat troops will have detrimental effect on minorities and lead to fewer black officers in top leadership posts.
“The issue exists. The leadership is aware of it,” Brig. Gen. Ronald Lewis told USA Today on Thursday. “The leadership does have an action plan in place. And it’s complicated.”
The Army reports that only 10 percent of its active-duty officers are black, which has contributed to its dearth of black officers leading soldiers with occupational specialties in infantry, armor and artillery.
They are still being whiney about the 10% number while ignoring the reality that it’s not that far below the national average. More importantly, the military, at least for the past several decades, has a well deserved reputation for not allowing race to interfere with their job. That apparently will now come to an end as Obama seeks to stir up racial strife by demanding quotas, rather than actual competency in military advancement.
That rumbling sound would be Martin Luther King jr, spinning in his grave.
Los Angeles Times, September 2nd…
AM radio, the scratchy medium that long ago aired Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s fireside chats, soap operas and the day’s most popular music, is trying to avoid becoming static.
Across the country, stations are vying to hold on to listeners as AM radio’s audience slowly dwindles. The persistent technology, long dwarfed by FM, has weathered more recent threats including satellite and Internet radio. It is also contending with a new assault from smartphones.
How long before AM radio disappears, if ever, is anybody’s guess…
The tide began to turn against AM radio in 1978, when the stations accounted for more than half of the radio listening hours in the U.S. Last year its share of the national radio audience was 11.5%.
As recently as 1990, AM radio accounted for about 45% of stations licensed with the Federal Communications Commission. Now FM counts roughly 10,700 outlets, more than doubling AM’s 4,700.
Anyone notice what’s missing in there? Yes, the truth. Two very important facts have been omitted.
Redstate sums it up perfectly…
AM Radio used to be the home of static and Saturday morning recipe shows. It was the place you could hear (faintly) Elanor Rigby for the three-millionth time. You could catch your hometown high school football team if you weren’t more than five hundred yards from the transmitter.
They tried to fix AM radio with some contrivance called “AM Stereo”, as if hearing a fade from one speaker in your car to the other would fix Elanor Rigby, or the static, or the football game. It didn’t work. The only people listening to AM Radio were the ones without FM Radio.
Then, in the late 1980′s, the “Fairness Doctrine” (an oxymoron if there ever was one– how, after all, can fairness be “doctrinaire”?) was thrown on the bonfire, and Rush Limbaugh was suddenly on 600 radio stations, and AM Radio was never the same. Now the only people that listen to FM Radio are the ones that can’t get AM Radio. A single fellow, with a creative approach, salvaged an entire industry.
As Rush is fond of saying, what saved AM Radio was “content, content, content”. It wasn’t that Rush was some genius, it is rather that he was allowed to say on the radio what a huge segment of the population was already thinking. And people listened. And people continue to listen to this day, to the tune of 28 million each week.
When FM came in AM began to slowly fade out, but it was slow. I remember in the late 70s and early 80s one of the top pop stations in Tulsa was an AM station, KELI. It wasn’t until more and more people got better radios that FM actually even sounded better. By the late 80s AM’s demise was all but certain. It was the removal of the falsely-named “Fairness Doctrine” followed by the rise of Rush Limbaugh and his copiers, that revived AM.
Yes, satellite radio is now eating into AM’s profitability, but not by much. And the stats about FM are misleading. A good third of FM stations are “educational” stations, which is either the local NPR outlet or college stations, not real stations. Discounting educational, AM accounts for 43% of radio stations. (Notice how the LA Times compares number of stations in 1990 to percent of listeners last year. An oft used gimmick to cheat the stats.)
Basically the LA Times article was whining about a talk radio station going all sports, something that’s happened numerous times all over the US for the past 20 years, about as many times as sports stations going to all talk. In other words, it’s a non-story that they want to pretend is a big deal, so they can sell papers, and bad mouth their advertising competitors.
A new proposal for campaign finance reform would make Saturday Night Live’s political skits illegal, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz has warned. The Senate is debating a proposal to add a constitutional amendment allowing Congress reverse a 2010 Supreme Court decision and restore limits on corporate campaign spending. Republicans say the proposal, put forward by Dems, is an attack on free speech. Cruz, however, went one step further and connected the dots to NBC’s late-night sketch comedy show, and its exec producer Lorne Michaels.
“Lorne Michaels could be put in jail under this amendment for making fun of any politician. That is extremely dangerous,” Cruz argued yesterday afternoon — tossing in a Dana Carvey impression to drive home his point. That’s because, Cruz insisted, the amendment would give congress the “constitutional authority to prohibit” corporations “from engaging in political speech” and, “NBC, which airs Saturday Night Live, is a corporation.”
“Who can forget, in 2008, Saturday Night Live’s wickedly funny characterization of the Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin?” Cruz reminisced. “Wickedly funny — and also had a profound effect of people’s assessment of Sarah Palin — who is a friend of mine.”
Read the full story at DeadLine.com.