CNN Grills Wasserman Schultz, DNC

It’s not every day that the MSM comes down hard on the Democratic Party. But on Wednesday, following the floor vote to put God and Jerusalem back in the party’s platform, CNN didn’t pull any punches. Kudos to Anderson Cooper and company.

During an interview, CNN’s Brianna Keilar put Democratic National Committee Chairwoman and U.S. Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) in the hot seat. Keilar strung together a series of tough questions. First, Keilar asked Wasserman Schultz, a Jew, if the omission of Jerusalem was disconcerting. Then, Keilar asked if the omission of God was a “technical oversight as well.” Furthermore, Keilar questioned if such a thing could just be overlooked. Keilar also pointed out that it was clear that the floor vote to amendment the platform was not two-thirds.

After the interview, CNN’s panel continued their criticism of Wasserman Schultz and the Democratic National Convention. Cooper said Wasserman Schultz is living in an “alternate universe.”

Among the best one liners of the panel:

“Evidently she was so upset that God and Jerusalem were left out of the platform that it curled her hair.”

“God and Jerusalem were booed on the floor of the Democratic convention today.”

“Did she ever get away with ‘The dog ate my homework.’?”

“I think it was handled badly from beginning to end. Now we’re going to pay a price for it as Democrats. …We need the big dog (Bill Clinton).”

Wasserman Shultz also told ABC that “There was no fight,” within the party over the platform.

Obama Says He Made ‘The Point,’ With ‘You Didn’t Build That’

In a recent interview with Virginia’s NBC 12, President Barack Obama said he “regrets” his “syntax,” but not the point he made when he told business owners, “You didn’t build that.” The President claims that it is easy to determine what he meant.

Republicans have used Obama’s Roanoke, Va., speech as a battle cry, claiming that Democrats do not understand small business and its role in the economy.

In July, Republican Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney responded to Obama’s comment:

To say that Steve Jobs didn’t build Apple, that Henry Ford didn’t build Ford Motor, that Papa John didn’t build Papa John Pizza, that Ray Crock didn’t build McDonalds, that Bill Gates didn’t build Microsoft, you go down the list, that Joe and his colleagues didn’t build this enterprise, to say something like that is not just foolishness, it’s insulting to every entrepreneur, every innovator in America. It’s wrong.

In the most recent interview, Obama was asked point-blank about the controversy and its effect on the campaign. He responded by saying that he made the point he wanted to make. That is, in order for businesses to be successful, “we all have to invest in schools, and roads, and bridges.” He went on to explain that “You didn’t build that,” essentially meant, “You didn’t start the road project.”

He added that there is “a tendency for the other side to shade the truth a little bit.”

When the interviewer pointed out that some business owners did read the whole speech and doing so made them even more upset, Obama noted that such people would probably be Republicans listening to “Republican talking points.”

We All Belong To The Government?

The Democratic National Convention kicked off with a video meant to unite all Americans. The production claims that “Government is the only thing we all belong to.”

The Mitt Romney campaign seized the opportunity and tweeted, “We don’t belong to government, government belongs to us.”

Despite the video playing at the DNC, the Barack Obama-Joe Biden campaign quickly pointed out that the video was not produced by the DNC, but rather the host committee.

“The video in question was produced and paid for by the host committee of the city of Charlotte. It’s neither an OFA nor a DNC video, despite what the Romney campaign is claiming,” said the Obama campaign.

Dan Murrey, executive director of the host committee, backed up the DNC’s claim:

The “Welcome to Charlotte” video was solely produced and paid for by the Host Committee’s New American City Fund, which promotes the city of Charlotte and welcomes our guests. The intent of this video was to tell the story of this region and it is completely unaffiliated with the Obama campaign or the Democratic National Committee.


Democrats Snub God, Reconsider

Barack Obama’s name is found more than 200 times in the Democrats’ 40-page platform. Mitt Romney even makes an appearance. But one name was missing in the original platform presented to delegates: God.

In 2008, the platform read:

We need a government that stands up for the hopes, values, and interests of working people, and gives everyone willing to work hard the chance to make the most of their God-given potential.

This year, the platform excluded the reference to God.

Also omitted were references to Jerusalem.

In 2008, the document read: “Jerusalem is and will remain the capital of Israel. The parties have agreed that Jerusalem is a matter for final status negotiations. It should remain an undivided city accessible to people of all faiths.”

Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) refused to address the issue in an interview on Fox News, saying: “God is not a franchise of the Republican Party.”

According to CNN, a Democratic official suggested that the omission of God is “about the growing middle class.”

In response to criticism, delegates voted on Wednesday on an altered version of the platform. CNN reported:

In an unscripted moment, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa asks crowd to affirm the suspension/adoption of the party’s platform–it took three voice votes to affirm. Though the final voice vote was taken as approval for adoption of the altered party language, it was unclear if a majority of delegates were in agreement

In 2004, the Democrats’ platform mentioned God seven times.

Republicans mentioned God 10 times in their official 2012 document.

TSA At Republican, Democratic Conventions

The Transportation Security Administration screened those at the Republican National Convention as well as the Democratic National Convention. Some people are asking this question: What do the conventions have to do with transportation?

At least 55 TSA agents will be working the DNC in Charlotte, N.C., screening at Time Warner Cable Arena, the Convention Center and Bank of America, the three sites of the convention. The agency has also stepped up screening at the Charlotte Douglas Airport with an additional 161 screeners.

In Tampa, Fla., last week, the personal belongings of those attending the RNC were examined with an X-ray screener.

“This illustrates how the TSA’s presence at public events which have nothing to do with transportation is becoming normalized as the federal agency’s bloated budget greases the skids for thousands upon thousands of unannounced checkpoints across the country,” wrote Paul Joseph Watson.

The TSA was also present at a Paul Ryan event in Florida.

92-Year-Old Shoots Burglar, Police Seize Weapon Used

A 92-year-old World War II veteran is upset with deputies for how they treated him after he shot an intruder. Upon their arrival, the police told the shooter, Earl Jones, to lift his hands and they took his rifle.

According to Jones, three men broke into his rural Kentucky home in Boone County. When Jones heard them in his basement at about 2 a.m. Monday, he grabbed his .22 caliber rifle and sat in a chair, waiting on the burglars.

When the door opened, Jones fired a shot, killing Lloyd Maxwell, 24. Two robbers with Maxwell, Ryan Dalton and Donnie Inabnit, were apprehended and charged with second degree burglary.

“I was hoping another one would come up; I aimed right for his heart,” said Jones. “I didn’t go to war for nothing. I have the right to carry a gun. That’s what I told the police this morning.”

Jones believes the rifle used in the shooting should not have been taken by police.

“How am I going to protect myself if they come back looking for revenge?” he asked. “It was simple. That man was going to take my life. He was hunting me. I was protecting myself.”

Church Sign Violates County Rule

The Church of the Good Shepherd in Vienna, Va., is being corralled by Fairfax County because of its sign. The church’s LED sign changed more than twice during a 24-hour period, a violation of county code.

One of the offending messages was an invitation for citizens to sit in air-conditioning after a storm knocked out power to many homes.

“Welcome, come on in and beat the heat,” the sign read.

The next message read, “Visit us at”

Had the church stopped with two messages, it would have been fine. But when a third message appeared within a 24-hour period advertising a prayer group, the church was told it would have to comply by county code or remove the sign.

The church believes it should have the freedom to post multiple messages a day, such as emergency information important to the community. It thinks that a person who angrily complained about “that Las Vegas sign” influenced the county.

The Church of the Good Shepherd views the county’s rule as an infringement on its freedom of speech and has hired an attorney.

Mothers Who Have Had Abortions At Higher Risk For Preterm Labor

Previous studies have shown that a mother who chooses to have an abortion puts her own health at risk. Now a study out of Finland shows that she puts other people at risk as well: her future children.

The researchers found that women who had multiple previous abortions were more likely to give birth before 28 weeks. That’s almost three months early.

“In terms of public health and practical implications, health education should contain information of the potential health hazards of repeat induced abortions, including very preterm birth and low birthweight in subsequent pregnancies,” said co-author of the study, Reija Klemetti, Ph.D., of the National Institute for Health and Welfare in Helsinki.

Relax, Eat Chocolate To Prevent Stroke

Two new studies have been released which may help you keep from having a stroke.

First, researchers in Madrid believe that type-A personalities are more likely to have a stroke. High-strung people experience more stress and, therefore, are more likely to experience a stroke.

“This study is useful and valuable because it shows us that there is an association between stress, type A personalities and stroke risk,” said Dr. Deepak Bhatt, director of the integrated cardiovascular intervention program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. “Stress can elevate blood pressure, and high blood pressure is a major risk factor for stroke.”

Second, researchers in Stockholm suggest that eating moderate amounts of chocolate could stave off a stroke. The study found that those who ate the most chocolate had a 17 percent lower risk of stroke.

“These findings suggest that moderate chocolate consumption may lower the risk of stroke,” said co-author Susanna Larsson. “Because chocolate is high in sugar, saturated fat and calories, it should be consumed in moderation.”

So, if you want to lower your chances of having a stroke, chill out and enjoy some chocolate.

NYC Schools Soften Discipline Code

Smoking, cursing and cutting class will no longer result in suspension for students in New York City. Schools in the city are softening the discipline code.

Those who defend the new policy say that students cannot learn if they are not in school.

“Our goal is to make sure the schools are providing a safe environment for our students, but also we just don’t push students out of the classroom where they’re not learning as well,” said Chancellor Dennis Walcott.

Walcott suggested that counseling may be a better option.

“Well, I’m still extremely tough when it comes to disruptive students, but our goal is also to make sure if counseling is appropriate we put counseling in place for them and not just suspend. We will do suspensions when merited,” he said.

But some disagree with the new policy, including 14-year-old Brandon Aviles, whose friends have been suspended: “It teaches them a lesson and tells them not to do it again.”