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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.”

Oh, Joy

One wonders whether Joy Behar was ever blackballed, ever ate blackened fish, ordered a black and tan or black Russian, studied black holes in science class or called any fashion trend “the new black.”

The intro segment from “The View” on the day after Thanksgiving was widely shared (and laughed at and ridiculed) among conservative blogs last week. The clip shows Mrs. Behar repeatedly revealing that she thinks the term “Black Friday” is racist, while co-host Whoopi Goldberg tries her best not to laugh or ridicule the apparently serious Mrs. Behar. Here is the transcription by David Forsmark at the Front Page magazine blog News Real:

“Goldberg: Oh, hello and welcome to ‘The View.’ Today is Black Friday, all day long, And I’m going to stay black all day because of it.

“Behar: Isn’t it a little racist to call it Black Friday?

“Goldberg: [laughing] Well, I would have called it African American Friday, but that’s taking something away from it.

“Behar: [still serious] But there’s a negative connotation to it? Or does it mean something else?

“Goldberg: [patiently] No, it’s like when you make all the money — you’re ‘in the black.’

“Behar: So it’s positive?

“Goldberg: Yeah. It’s in the black, so it’s a huge great thing.

“Behar: A lot of times, like blackmail is negative, black sheep.

“Goldberg: Black people.

“Behar: No, not black people.

“Goldberg: But it used to be, it used to be.”

The scene left Mr. Forsmark admiring Miss Goldberg’s poise.

“When Behar asked her question, she at first seemed to think Behar was merely making a lame follow-up to the joke, then did her best to cover for the embarrassing ignorance … I’m not a big fan, but you have to have some professional admiration to the fact that Goldberg was able to keep a straight face and not add anything to Behar’s humiliation as this imbecile dug herself ever deeper,” he wrote.

But Mr. Forsmark was willing to pile on himself, noting that Miss Behar regularly ridicules others as dumb. “If you really want to hear [Mrs. Behar] at full-out bray, just bring up Sarah Palin. Here are a couple of notable examples. ‘She is SO dumb.’ ‘She is not coherent. The woman cannot construct a sentence,’” Mr. Forsmark wrote.

Taken for a ride

This week and next, everybody who’s anybody in the world of “saving the planet” will be in Copenhagen, … leaving a much bigger carbon footprint. A report last week in the London Telegraph counted up all the limousines and private jets around the Danish capital.

“You want to talk about a carbon footprint? Lets take for instance, Majken Friss Jorgensen, managing director of Copenhagen’s biggest limousine company. She says her firm normally has twelve vehicles on the road during any random day. During the ‘summit to save the world,’ which opens in Denmark on Monday, she will have 200. Jorgensen says that between her and her rivals the total number of limos in Copenhagen next week has already broken the 1,200 barrier. The French alone rang up on Thursday and ordered another 42,” wrote the conservative blogger Fire Andrea Mitchell, which reports on liberal media bias.

“The Copenhagen airport says it is expecting up to 140 extra private jets during the peak period alone, so far over its capacity that the planes will have to fly off to regional airports — or to Sweden — to park, returning to Copenhagen to pick up their VIP passengers,” the blog wrote.

Victor Morton may be reached at vmorton@washingtontimes.com.

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