April 27, 2017

‘No Further Comment Needed’ Picture of the Day

Filed under: 2nd Amendment,Activism,Quotes, Etc. of the Day — Tom @ 6:13 am

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Thursday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (042717)

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

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

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Positivity: Jim Harbaugh — My priorities are ‘faith, then family, then football’

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Vatican City (video at link):

Apr 26, 2017 / 12:27 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Former NFL quarterback Jim Harbaugh, now head coach for the University of Michigan football team, is also a Roman Catholic – and he said Wednesday that faith plays a major role in his life.

“The role that (faith) plays in my life is in the priorities that I have,” he said April 26, “faith, then family, then football.”

Coach Harbaugh spoke to CNA following a general audience with Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square April 26. He and his wife, Sarah, greeted Francis following the audience and presented him with a gift from the team – a University of Michigan helmet and pair of cleats.

The helmet included both the Italian and American flags and a little cross by the chinstrap. The Pope gave Harbaugh “some marching orders,” the coach said, “he told me to pray for him.”

Following the encounter, Harbaugh and his family and the University of Michigan football team were hosted for lunch on the terrace of the EWTN Rome bureau offices. After lunch they held a brief press conference. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

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April 26, 2017

CNN.com Offers No Context as Baltimore Asks For More FBI Help

In a report which comes off as something it felt obligated to address but with as little meaningful information as possible, a story at CNN.com tells readers that “Murder Is Out of Control” in Baltimore — to the point where the city is begging the FBI for additional help. The story is so utterly devoid of background that those who haven’t followed the city’s woes closely could read it and believe that the problem just came along this year.

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How Is This Possible? (Answer: It’s Not) The Cincinnati Enquirer Backdates Its Jamie Urton Murder Coverage)

Filed under: MSM Biz/Other Bias,MSM Biz/Other Ignorance — Tom @ 7:24 pm

Jamie Urton was killed in Cincinnati on Friday, March 24.

That afternoon, while driving back to work from lunch, he hit a 4 year-old child. He was then ordered out of his car by others who saw the accident. He was then killed as he begged for his life (the linked story appears to be the only site which reported this particularly salient information). The 4 year-old’s injuries ended up not being serious.

Jamie Urton was white. About two weeks later, the person who allegedly pulled the trigger and the 4 year-old’s father (who had been pretending to have sympathies for Urton’s family), both of whom are black, were charged with murder.

Though I didn’t save graphic proof, I can say that I attempted the following weekend to find a story about Urton at Cincinnati.com, the web site of the Cincinnati Enquirer, by searching on his last name. I found no stories. I noticed that a few national center-right blogs picked up the story and its racially-charged elements over the following two weeks, but I didn’t check back to see what Cincinnati.com did with the story.

Now that I have, I’m appalled:

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The Enquirer is pretending that the story about the services for Mr. Urton was published on March 24. He was killed that day. It is not possible that services for Mr. Urton were planned and announced by the end of the day he was killed.

The story’s original URL, ending in “cpd-shots-fired-after-child-hit-vehicle/99584356/” appears to give away the fact that the Enquirer reported a breaking-news story on March 24 and gave it a vague headline — probably “CPD: Shots Fired After Child Hit by Vehicle.”

Based on the unsuccessful search on Urton’s last name noted earlier, it appears that the paper threw up a story about which little was known shortly after the incident, and failed to update it all until six days later, or at the very least failed to update it on a timely basis .

My vote would be on the former, simply because the first reader comment at the story in question, which garnered quite a bit of attention from local television stations, is dated … March 30:

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From all appearances, on March 30, the Enquirer, by “updating” a nearly information-free breaking news story from March 24, tried to pretend that it had been on top of this story all along. It wasn’t. Again, the information about the services for Urton — the subject of the headline and the story’s first two paragraphs — could not possibly have been known on the day he was murdered.

As part of Gannett and the USA Today network, the Enquirer’s dishonestly dated story as seen above was carried at USA Today and several of the network’s other individual papers.

Investigative reporter Jack Cashill appears to have a strong point to make when he contends that “local media are just as bad, maybe worse” than the national establishment press.

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Positivity: Ohio Woman Shoots Intruder After He Tackles Her in Her Elderly Parents’ Home

Filed under: 2nd Amendment,Positivity — Tom @ 5:27 pm

From Hamilton, Ohio:

April 26, 2017 3:48 pm

An Ohio woman and her elderly parents are safe while the man who attacked her on Friday is in prison facing several pending charges.

Kim Sinnott of Hamilton, Ohio, was at her parents’ home in the early morning hours of Friday celebrating her father’s 75th birthday when the home’s alarm went off. She and her twin sister Tamie Lesher went to investigate the disturbance.

“About 1:30 a.m. the alarm went off in the house,” Sinnott told Pantagraph. “We noticed the light on in the garage. We saw somebody walking in the garage.”

That’s when the pair came across a man police later identified as 21-year-old Mykale B. Davis. Sinnott pointed her father’s .32 caliber pistol at the man.

“I told him that I had a gun,” she said. “I was standing there looking at him with the gun pointing at him. I told him a hundred times not to come out because I had a gun and that I would shoot and that we were waiting for the cops, that we had the cops on the line right now.”

That’s when the intruder lunged at Sinnott and attempted to wrestle the gun away from her.

“Anything could have happened by just the way he lunged at me, and I had the gun in his face and told him not to come out because I would shoot,” she told the paper. “He probably thought I wouldn’t shoot.”

But Sinnott did shoot the intruder.

“When he grabbed me and pulled me down I was fearing for my life,” she said. “I shot him just for him to let me go. I don’t know if it was in the leg or in the foot. I was scared to death.”

The shot caused the man to flee out of the garage and down the street where police later apprehended him. Police said the self-defense shooting was a rare occurrence in the small Ohio town, but it appears Sinnott will not be charged. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

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Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (042617)

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

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April 25, 2017

MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle: March for Science Was ‘Nonpartisan’ and ‘Apolitical’

This year’s annual far-left environmentalist Earth Day events were repackaged as “The March for Science.” On Monday, despite weekend events’ obvious agenda, MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle gleefully told viewers leading into a commercial break that “it wasn’t partisan,” and that “the marches were apolitical.”

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Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (042517)

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Positivity: Cardinal Cupich praises governor’s pledge to veto abortion funding

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Chicago:

Apr 21, 2017 / 06:13 am

A promise from the governor of Illinois to veto an abortion funding bill drew the gratitude of Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago, who called it a “principled stand.”

“Abortion is a controversial issue in this country, but using public money to provide abortions should not be,” the cardinal said April 19. “The federal government prohibits the practice, and polls show a substantial segment of the American public reject it.”

Governor Bruce Rauner had pledged to veto Illinois House Bill 40. The legislation would fund elective abortions throughout pregnancy for any reason through the Medicaid and employee health insurance programs. It would also make a symbolic commitment to maintain legal abortion if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the decisions mandating legal abortion nationwide.

A spokesperson said last week the governor is committed to protecting current abortion law but recognizes the “sharp divisions of opinion” on taxpayer funding of abortion, the Associated Press reports.

“I thank him for this principled stand,” Cardinal Cupich said of the governor. “I pray that this divisive issue will be put behind us and our government officials will now concentrate on the many difficult challenges facing Illinois.” …

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April 24, 2017

‘Female Genital Mutilation’ Is a Too ‘Culturally Loaded’ Term at the NY Times

Female genital mutilation (FGM) has unfortunately been in the news recently with the arrests of several people in Michigan allegedly involved in the practice. The World Health Organization has declared that FGM “is a violation of the human rights of girls and women.” But, it has recently been learned, the New York Times won’t use that term unless someone a reporter quotes uses it; otherwise, it’s called “female genital cutting,” — because, it turns out, one editor finds that term “less culturally loaded.”

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National Press Ignores Harvard Minimum-Wage Study and Declining San Fran Bay Area Job Stats

A Sunday item in the San Francisco Chronicle covered what reporter Justin Phillips has found is a major challenge for that city’s restaurateurs. You see, many of them are struggling with how much virtue-signaling is appropriate in the wake of the election of Donald Trump and that city’s defiant insistence on remaining an illegal-immigrant sanctuary. In light of a recent Harvard study on the effect of higher-than-market minimum wages and dismal jobs data from the government, restaurant owners and the press which covers this industry and several others need to look harder at another far more important issue: how many of these establishments will be unable to remain in business.

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Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (042417)

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

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Positivity: Mexican nuns of new order open first US convent

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Denver, Colorado:

Apr 20, 2017 / 12:11 am

It seems providential that a new order of Discalced Carmelite nuns, whose charism is to know and to make known the glory of the Holy Trinity, has arrived to Denver to care for the archdiocese’s Holy Trinity Center.

The six Allied Discalced Carmelites of the Holy Trinity are the first nuns of their order, which was born in Aguascalientes, Mexico, to open a convent in the United States.

“It is by the grace of God,” Mother Martha Patricia Malacara, superior of the community, told the Denver Catholic. “He is making history (here).
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April 23, 2017

Weeks Later, Press Finally Recognizes DNC Chair Perez’s and Party’s Descent Into Routine Profanity

The combination of losing the House, and then the Senate, and then the presidency (to Donald Trump, of all people), while losing over 900 other legislative and executive branch seats in states throughout the land, has apparently led Tom Perez, the Democratic Party’s new chairman, to believe that the party must curse its way back into power to properly motivate the faithful. Knowing that such a strategy would be poison if widely known, the establishment press failed to report audible and visible evidence of this strategy for over two weeks.

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