September 21, 2014

NYT, AP Ignore Large Contingent of Socialists and Far-Leftists in NYC Climate March

At Tea Party and conservative events, the press routinely seeks out any shred of evidence of far-right extremism, racism or even uncivil behavior exhibited by attendees. If found, it then tries to portray even one or a few such people out of thousands as somehow typical.

Rallies in support of liberals’ pet causes get a completely different treatment. The press almost invariably ignores rampant left-wing extremism clearly on display. Sunday’s “Climate March” in New York City, along with other smaller marches in other parts of the world, exemplifies the blatant double standard. The Blaze, Gateway Pundit, and others reported no shortage of Gotham protesters often uncivilly advocating an end to capitalism and its replacement with “a socialist future.” The Associated Press and the New York Times ignored it all.



Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (092114)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 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.


Positivity: World Youth Day organizer named as next Sydney archbishop

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Sydney, Australia:

Sep 18, 2014 / 03:24 pm

Pope Francis has named the next Archbishop of Sydney: Parramatta Bishop Anthony Fisher, O.P., a Sydney native and a lead organizer for the 2008 World Youth Day in Australia.

“I’m very excited to be returning to the Archdiocese of Sydney and building on the strong foundations left by my predecessor Cardinal George Pell,” Archbishop-designate Fisher said Sept. 18.

“Sydney is a vibrant, growing city with so much potential to be one of the greatest cities – and faith communities – of the world.”

On his Twitter account, he said he feels a “deep affinity for every part of this wonderful city.”

“I ask all Catholics and other people of good will to pray for me that I might be a good shepherd after the heart of Jesus Christ,” the archbishop-designate said.

Bishop Peter Comensoli, apostolic administrator of the Archdiocese of Sydney, welcomed the next archbishop.

“He has a great breadth and depth of experience beyond Sydney, having engaged extensively in key areas of Australian life, including family, education, healthcare and young people,” Bishop Comensoli said.

In 2003, Pope John Paul II named the archbishop-designate as auxiliary bishop for the Sydney archdiocese. In that time, he served as chairman of the Catholic Schools Board and as Episcopal Vicar for Life and Health, as well as coordinator of the 2008 World Youth Day.

In 2010, Pope Benedict XVI named him bishop of the Diocese of Parramatta, which is centered in a major Sydney suburb.

As Bishop of Parramatta, he focused on support for families and young people of ethnic backgrounds. He also promoted vocations and evangelization, the Archdiocese of Sydney said. His pastoral letters have addressed topics like confession, pastoral planning, child abuse, personal vocation, and the Eucharist.

Archbishop-designate Fisher, 54, was born in southwest Sydney and educated in local Catholic schools. He studied history and law at the University of Sydney. Following his studies there, he practiced in a law firm in the city and became involved in the pro-life movement.

In 1985, Fisher entered the Dominican religious order and began his theology studies in Melbourne. He worked on immigration and refugee issues at the social research center Uniya. He was ordained a priest in 1991 and finished his doctorate in bioethics at the University of Oxford four years later. The archbishop-designate was a lecturer at the Australian Catholic University. He has delivered speeches in numerous countries and has been widely published. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

September 20, 2014

Will the Press Notice Panetta’s Contention That U.S. Left Iraq Too Early?

On Sunday, CBS’s “60 Minutes” will broadcast Scott Pelley’s recent interview of former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

In CBS’s promotional tease, which was broadcast on Friday, in response to Pelley’s question about whether he was confident that the U.S. troop withdrawal “was the right thing to do” at the time it was done, Panetta said, “No, I wasn’t.” That’s big news. How big? So big that, based on searches on Panetta’s last name, the Associated Press and the New York Times have yet to cover it. In other words, it’s fair to contend that these two leading icons of American journalism are waiting for an administration response before they run the story, so they can then turn it into a “White House denies” piece. The video follows the jump.



Press Ignores Errors, Inaccuracies in Burke’s Plagiarized ‘Jobs Plan’

The real problem with Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke’s “jobs plan,” the detailed version of which appears to be no longer available at her campaign’s web site, isn’t its plagiarized material. It’s the content. The presence of certain obviously wrong facts and patently pathetic assertions indicates that Ms. Burke, a successful entrepreneur who one would think should have known better, hardly scrutinized her plan at all before allowing its publication.

Thursday evening, BuzzFeed reported that “Large portions of Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke’s jobs plan (saved separately by BuzzFeed — Ed.) for Wisconsin appear to be copied directly from the plans of three Democratic candidates who ran for governor in previous election cycles.” As would be expected, the Associated Press’s Scott Bauer attempted to come to the rescue, finding an “elections expert” who said that “it’s not really plagiarism because the person working for her did it.” But Bauer also noted that Burke “has no plans to change the material, which she called a small part of the 40-page plan,” so criticism of its content remains fair game.



NewsBusted (091914)

Filed under: NewsBusted — Tom @ 6:45 am

Here goes:

– President Obama
– Jay Carney
– HHS Department
– Welfare Recipients
– Talking Obama Doll
– ISIS Social Media
– Satanic Temple
– Detroit
– Let’s Move!

Best Line: “Almost three months after leaving the White House, former Press Secretary Jay Carney is still lying low. He’s now a commentator on CNN.”


Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (092014)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 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.


Positivity: Crisis pregnancy center film praised at UN Women’s Guild screening

Filed under: Health Care,Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From New York City:

Sep 19, 2014 / 12:39 am

A film based on the true story of hope offered to a young woman in a crisis pregnancy received positive reviews after its screening at the United Nations in New York on Sept. 11.

The screening of “Gimme Shelter” was sponsored by the U.N. Women’s Guild, whose mission is to help children in need throughout the world. U.N. Ambassadors and their wives were invited to attend the screening.

Long-standing member of the guild Kathy DiFiore is the founder of the Several Sources Shelters featured in the film.

“(The screening) was a great honor for me, for our Several Sources Shelters mothers and their babies, past, present and future as well as all other organizations in the United States and beyond who serve pregnant women in need,” DiFiore said.

“Gimme Shelter” focuses on Agnes “Apple” Bailey, portrayed by Vanessa Hudgens. Apple, whose character is based on a real person, is a pregnant 16-year-old who runs away from her abusive mother. She lives on the New Jersey streets, sleeping in unlocked cars and eating out of dumpsters.

After a car accident lands her in the hospital, a Catholic priest played by James Earl Jones visits Apple and challenges her to begin a new life. He directs her to find help at a local pregnancy shelter. Initially resistant, Apple agrees. At the Several Sources Shelter she finds hope, security, and sisterhood in preparing to become a mother.

The young woman whose story is the basis for the film, Darlisha Dozier, was present for the screening and answered questions afterwards.

“She explained that while it was very difficult because of her prior abuse she endured, eventually she began to trust us. Her story is a common one but through God’s grace with time and experience our young mothers learn to become a part of not only our Several Sources Family but God’s holy family,” DiFiore said.

Zoe Chang, who serves on the International Board of the Guild, helped organize the screening and told CNA it is “a project we’re very proud of.”

The film accurately portrayed the reality of many young women in crisis pregnancy situations who find help at these shelters, Chang said. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

September 19, 2014

Shepard Smith to Josh Earnest: Admin’s Anti-ISIL ‘Coalition’ Claims ‘Something of a Fantasy’

When White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest made his first Fox News appearance in that role, he may have thought that having Shepard Smith interview him would make the exercise a relative cakewalk.

It didn’t happen. Even though Smith, as Matt Sheffield observed last year at NewsBusters, is “not known as any sort of conservative,” he was clearly critical of Earnest’s breezy claims about the wondrous “coalition” allegedly being assembled to fight ISIS/ISIL without U.S. combat forces, calling it “as the president once put it, something of a fantasy.” The video and a transcript of key segments follow the jump.



NewsBusted (091614)

Filed under: NewsBusted — Tom @ 6:31 am

From earlier this week — Here goes:

– President Obama
– 9/11
– “Islamic State Not Islamic”
– August Jobs Report
– NBC News
– Syrian Rebels
– South Dakota Snow

Best Lines:

  • “At the Pentagon on 9/11, President Obama said Americans must never forget September 11, 2001. But he does hope we all forget September 11, 2012.”
  • “The White House is urging Americans not to read too much into the weak August jobs report. In fact, they say it would be best if you don’t read it al all.”
  • “President Obama says he may reach out to the Syrian rebels. But the rebels say they don’t have time to play golf.”

Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (091914)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 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.


Positivity: Catholic CrossFit gym lifts Colo. priests

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Denver:

Sep 19, 2014 / 04:02 am

A Catholic CrossFit gym in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, is bringing a whole new meaning to redemptive suffering.

Oversized white boards typical to CrossFit gyms hang on the walls of Divine Mercy Fitness. Not so typical to CrossFit gyms are the prayer intentions scrawled across the board alongside the description of the day’s workout.

“You can offer up your suffering during the workout for souls,” explained member Father Brian Larkin.

In addition to its prayer intentions board, other indicators of the gym’s Catholic roots include scripture verses along the walls and icons. An image of Divine Mercy serves as a backdrop to exercise equipment. Priests work out alongside laity, and members start each workout with a prayer.

Monsignor Tom Fryar, a member at the gym, described the atmosphere at Divine Mercy Fitness as spiritual and uplifting.

“It’s a supporting setting for people to come together and know they’re doing something good; not only for themselves, but beyond,” he said.

Divine Mercy Fitness started in 2008 in the house garage of owner Steve Smith. The current location opened in 2009 in an industrial section of southeast Denver. Besides daily classes, Divine Mercy Fitness offers Olympic lifting training, neuromuscular therapy and a “Women on Weights” program tailored for women battling osteoporosis.

Though the gym is open and available for all people, Smith told CNA he has a special outreach to priests and seminarians.

“They do so much work on spiritual formation and education; and a lot of times they don’t have the emphasis on their physical bodies,” Smith said. “We all know it’s soul, body and mind; and when you leave one out, the others suffer.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.

September 18, 2014

AP Tries to Make Horrid Homebuilding Numbers Palatable

The Census Bureau reported earlier today that seasonally adjusted housing starts and homebuilding permits fell by 14.4 percent and 5.6 percent, respectively, in August. The detail wasn’t any better, as the two categories within each statistic — single-family and multiple-dwelling homes — also fell.

You can tell that the news wasn’t seen as good at the Associated Press, because Josh Boak’s related dispatch had already fallen to number nine in the list of the wire service’s top ten business stories by 3:30 p.m. The headline and content at Boak’s report tried to convince readers that apartment-building volatility was almost entirely to blame, and that things are all right in single-family homebuilding. As will be seen, nothing could be further from the truth.



Deb Wasserman-Schultz Becomes Dems’ Fall Gal; Press Virtually Ignores Politico Story

Filed under: MSM Biz/Other Bias,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 1:58 pm

Though things could always change, and often do, it appears that the Democratic Party is on track to lose majority control of the U.S. Senate in the fall elections, and to make little if any kind of dent in the Republican Party’s majority in the House of Representatives.

Since the left never blames any of its own policies and positions for its woes, it must, Alinsky-style, find someone to demonize, even if it’s one of their own. That “Koch Brothers are the root of all evil” campaign has fallen flat, and the bogus “war on women” meme is wearing thin. Organizing For Action emails are now so desperate that they’ve taken to claiming that Republicas love polluted water; not even they can really believe that nonsense. So it all must be Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbe Wasserman Schultz’s fault, which explains the appearance of Edward-Isaac Dovere’s lengthy, leak-driven, nasty hit piece at the Politico on Wednesday.



Liz Warren: ‘It’s Fair’ to Worry About Jews Doing What Nazis Did to Them

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren has become a darling of the left for being an early promoter of the “you didn’t build that” meme President Obama used during the 2012 presidential campaign, and for generally espousing positions to the left of Hillary Clinton.

The press rushed to Warren’s defense in 2012 when compelling evidence that she had used her barely present Indian ancestry to “cheat on affirmative action” to advance her academic career went public. So it shouldn’t surprise anyone that they have paid little attention to her recent outrageous attempt to establish her leftist bona fides as a harsh critic of Israel, seen in the video after the jump: