February 24, 2018

Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (022418)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

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Positivity: The historically black Catholic university founded by a saint

Filed under: Education,Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From New Orleans:

Feb 12, 2018 / 12:00 pm

Of the 106 historically black colleges in the United States, only one is Roman Catholic – Xavier University of Louisiana.

But Xavier is also the only Catholic college, of the United States’ 251 Catholic colleges, to have been founded by an American-born saint.

C. Reynold Verret, president of Xavier University of Louisiana, told CNA that the spirit and charism of St. Katharine Drexel, foundress of the school, continue strongly on campus today.

“She saw education as a transformative gift, and that’s something we need to understand today,” Verret said. “That education is not a gift to the individual, even though it does improve the life of the individual, but it’s a gift to the communities to which those individuals returned, in which they serve, it’s an ever-expanding gift.”

Katharine Drexel was born to a wealthy and devout Catholic family in Philadelphia in 1858, and shocked much of society when she decided to become a religious sister and a missionary to Native Americans and African-Americans.

Supported by the inheritance from her father, Drexel and her Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament founded schools to serve these populations throughout the United States, including a Catholic secondary school for African-Americans in Louisiana in 1915.

By 1917, she also established a preparatory school for teachers, one of the few career tracks available to Black Americans at the time. A few years later, the school was able to offer other degrees as well and became a full-fledged university in 1925.

Drexel’s gift was her ability to see potential, and God’s presence, in all people, despite having grown up in a segregated world.

“There’s a famous New York Times interview in 1915 when…the reporter asked Mother Katharine – ‘why are you using this expensive Indiana limestone for a school for black children?’ And Mother Katherine said, ‘do they not deserve the best?’” Verret said.

“We often remind ourselves of that, and I think that comes from her spirituality, where she could see, despite living in a segregated country where some were more valued than others, somehow she could see value in all, and I think that is her charism,” he said.

That charism continues on in Xavier University today through its “rigorous academics, its great faculty, and expectations,” Verret said.

Besides being a top-ranked Historically Black College and University (HBCU), Xavier University also sends the most African Americans on to medical school of any HBCU in the country, Verret told CNA. The school is also one of the top HBCUs for sending students on to doctoral programs in the sciences, and has several alumni who are currently serving as federal judges, he added. …

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February 23, 2018

Facebook Ad Exec Points to Russia’s 2016 Election Irrelevance, Then Apologizes

A week ago, Facebook’s VP of Ads responded to Robert Mueller’s indictment of 13 Russians by posting a series of tweets at his personal account contending “very definitively that swaying the (2016) election was *NOT* the main goal.” Instead, Rob Goldman wrote, the Russians’ goal is to “divide America by using our institutions, like free speech and social media, against us.” A short time later, outside and inside pressure forced Goldman to apologize for his “uncleared thoughts.”

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Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (022318)

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Positivity: UN is Pushing Abortion on Africa, But This Pro-Life Scientist is Trying to Stop Them

Filed under: Life-Based News,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 5:55 am

From New York, via Life News:

FEB 16, 2018, 2:45PM

What do you call it when Western elites attempt to foist abortion on native African cultures?

At the United Nations, two women were squaring off: one, a Danish abortion advocate, the other, African scientist Uju Ekeocha.

Their opinions expose the deep clash of civilizations across the globe: the culture of life versus the culture of death.

The Danish feminist admitted that she was “a bit provoked” by Uju’s claim that Western countries are once again engaging in colonialism. In her view, she announced, African women should be able to decide for themselves what to do with their bodies, including how many babies they want, and whether to have abortions.

Uju was quick to respond.

“Culturally, most of the African communities actually believe, by tradition, by their cultural standards, that abortion is a direct attack on human life,” she explained. “So for anybody to be able to convince any woman in Africa that abortion . . . can be a good thing, you first of all have to tell her that what her parents and her grandparents and her ancestors taught her is actually wrong.

“And that, Madame, is colonialism.”

Bravo, Uju! She is absolutely right. …

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LA Times Editor Has ‘Some Sympathy’ for Resource Officer Who Didn’t Try to Stop Nikolas Cruz

Many people failed the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida before Nikolas Cruz’s massacre last week. Someone also failed them during the attack: armed Resource Officer Scot Peterson, who, according to Broward County’s sheriff, “never went in” to try to stop Cruz, instead remaining outside “upwards of four minutes.” In a Thursday afternoon tweet, a Los Angeles Times editor expressed “some sympathy” — for Peterson. She later doubled down, dragging in the NRA while excusing cowardice.

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February 22, 2018

CNN, Co-opted by Russian Stealth, Publicly Shames a Woman Who Also Was

On Monday, Rich Noyes at NewsBusters noted that “both CNN and MSNBC gave enthusiastic coverage to the Russian-organized anti-Trump rally” on November 12, 2016 identified in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment of 13 Russians. CNN’s response to this humiliation caused by its failure to investigate the people and forces behind this rally was to go out and humiliate everyday people involved with another Russian-stealth effort.

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Thursday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (022218)

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Positivity: George Washington and a Little-Known Turning Point in American History

georgewashingtonWhen I remember to do it, this post is an annual Washington’s Birthday tradition.

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Few know that George Washington singlehandedly prevented a soldiers’ revolt in 1783.

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(from historyplace.com)

At the close of the Revolutionary War in America, a perilous moment in the life of the fledgling American democracy occurred as officers of the Continental Army met in Newburgh, New York, to discuss grievances and consider a possible insurrection against the rule of Congress.

They were angry over the failure of Congress to honor its promises to the army regarding salary, bounties and life pensions. The officers had heard from Philadelphia that the American government was going broke and that they might not be compensated at all.

On March 10, 1783, an anonymous letter was circulated among the officers of General Washington’s main camp at Newburgh. It addressed those complaints and called for an unauthorized meeting of officers to be held the next day to consider possible military solutions to the problems of the civilian government and its financial woes.

General Washington stopped that meeting from happening by forbidding the officers to meet at the unauthorized meeting. Instead, he suggested they meet a few days later, on March 15th, at the regular meeting of his officers.

Meanwhile, another anonymous letter was circulated, this time suggesting Washington himself was sympathetic to the claims of the malcontent officers.

And so on March 15, 1783, Washington’s officers gathered in a church building in Newburgh, effectively holding the fate of democracy in America in their hands.

Unexpectedly, General Washington himself showed up. He was not entirely welcomed by his men, but nevertheless, personally addressed them…
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February 21, 2018

Newsweek Retracts Franken Story; When Will AP Fix False Nikolas Cruz-Nationalism Items?

Nina Burleigh really blew it this time.

Wednesday morning, Newsweek retracted their reporter’s Monday story on “How an Alt-Right Bot Network Took Down Al Franken.” Newsweek’s move leads to a bigger question: When will the Associated Press correct or retract reports claiming Florida high school massacre perpetrator Nikolas Cruz was connected with white nationalism?

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A Partial List of False AP Stories About Nikolas Cruz’s Connection to a White Nationalist Group Still Present on the Web

Filed under: MSM Biz/Other Bias,MSM Biz/Other Ignorance — Tom @ 8:27 pm

Related post: “Newsweek Retracts ‘Bots Took Down Franken’ Story; When Will AP Retract Cruz-White Nationalism Stories?”

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(Searches were done between 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. ET, Wednesday, February 21)

NOTE 1: I actually visited the web links identified below to ensure that stories had not been revised from how they were listed in Google. 

NOTE 2: These are all stories which treat Cruz’s connection with white nationalism as a undisputed fact.

NOTE 3: The lists below barely scratch the surface of erroneous AP reports which are still online.

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Still-present Associated stories opening with claim of Cruz connection with white nationalist group containing no law enforcement reaction (exact quote find at Google Web and/or Google News on “the leader of a white nationalist militia says Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz was a member of his group”):

Additional still-present stories opening with a rephrased Cruz-white nationalist claim containing no law-enforcement reaction (exact quote find on “An orphaned 19-year-old who participated in paramilitary drills with a white nationalist group was charged with murder Thursday”):

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CNN’s Cuomo Fooled by ’5 Minutes to Buy an AR-15′ Tweet, Digs Deeper Hole

On Tuesday, CNN’s Chris Cuomo retweeted a Monday tweet by Cody Davis, who claimed that “I was able to buy an AR-15 in five minutes,” even though “I’m 20 and my ID is expired.” The young man’s account of what he supposedly did 20 months ago indicates that he never genuinely began the gun-purchasing process. One might forgive Cuomo for a careless retweet; but once sharp criticism poured in, he showed that he bought into Davis’s false narrative.

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RIP, Billy Graham

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 1:16 pm

Billy Graham, 99, has died:

Eventually, he met, prayed with, comforted and joked with 12 U.S. presidents. He found a fine balance that allowed him to become America’s pastor, Democrat or Republican. North or South.

… More than 214 million people in 195 cities and territories heard God’s call in Graham’s voice and witnessed him deliver the Gospel in person or by satellite links. His projects included founding Christianity Today magazine in 1956 and writing more than 30 books.

High among his numerous honors: The Congressional Gold Medal awarded to Billy and his beloved wife, Ruth, in 1996, the Presidential Medal of Freedom awarded to him in 1983 and the Templeton Foundation Prize for Progress in Religion in 1982.

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Louisville Paper And USA Today: Vandalized ‘Kill NRA’ Billboard Is Only a ‘Callout’

Tuesday at the Louisville Courier Journal, part of Gannett’s USA Today network, two reporters claimed that whoever vandalized a prominent billboard in that city to read “Kill the NRA” had “called out” the gun-rights group. David Harten and Darcy Costello never described the billboard as what it was while it was briefly visible: a violent threat.

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Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (022118)

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