- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Low turnout

Jill Stanek wasn’t shedding any tears; Sunsara Taylor was. They agreed on one thing: Last week’s Stop Stupak rally was a bust.

Feminist groups had planned a Capitol Hill rally, including an appearance by Sen. Barbara Boxer of California, against amendments to the health care bill that would restrict public funding of abortion. Rep. Bart Stupak, Michigan Democrat, attached such an amendment to the House bill, and a similar amendment represents one of the Senate’s most contentious votes.

The opponents staged a demonstration, but (almost) nobody came.

“When a Planned Parenthood rep told The Hill they expected 500, I laughed at the ridiculously low threshold. Last night PP CEO Cecile Richards boasted the turnout was 1,000, while CBS News reported ‘more than 500.’ so yeah, it was probably 500 — and how many were paid staff?” Mrs. Stanek, a nurse and pro-life blogger, wrote while publishing photos and videos of the rally’s small room.

She had joked in an earlier post: “We get 500 supporters at our local tea parties.”

Ms. Taylor obviously had a different take — she was disappointed the rally was so small — but also criticized the effort as too timid and too focused on the health care bill and not on the goodness of abortion.

“For a few days it looked like this Coalition to Pass Health Care Reform and Stop Stupak! was going to have at least some form of public, outdoor rally against Stupak in DC on Wednesday. Indeed, I arranged my travel schedule to be there. But, in the end, they couldn’t even bring themselves to do that. Instead, all their activities were entirely indoors and focused on lobbying,” she wrote.

“The problem is not that there are no pro-choice people who would flood into the streets to protest. The last time they were called on to do so (in 2004) more than half a million descended on DC … The real problem is that for decades the energies of the pro-choice majority have been consistently squandered, suffocated and channeled into dead-ends by pro-choice ‘leaders’ who long ago slavishly subordinated themselves to the Democratic Party.”

Hate-crime bust

There were more than 30 arrests over Thanksgiving week in a series of hate-crime attacks. Dozens of youths stand accused of a four-month spree of more than 26 racially motivated assaults in the downtown area of a major U.S. city.

You didn’t hear that news? Michelle Malkin knows why you didn’t — political correctness involving black crime suspects, which even went so far as the police not telling the public during the hate-crime spree that it was going on.

“Chilling details are emerging in the local Colorado press about violent black gangs who have been targeting white victims for months … Although police knew what was going on, citizens were left in the dark. More dangerously blind diversity-mongering at work? Fear of litigation or accusations of profiling by the usual mau-mauers? You decide,” Mrs. Malkin wrote before linking to a Denver Post opinion piece.

“No concerted effort was made to alert residents to the unusual nature of these violent crimes, or their apparent racial motivation … The situation was so grave even the FBI got involved. Who knew? Certainly not the young white and Latino men who were at risk of being attacked. Though Denver Police issued a warning on Sept. 3 that they were aware of ‘a pattern of assaults and robberies,’ they simply said ‘single males’ should be on the lookout,” the Post wrote before concluding, “Denver deserved a stronger and specific warning.”

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