April 26, 2017

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

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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

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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)

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Positivity: Mexican nuns of new order open first US convent

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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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Prof at The Nation: CO2 ‘A Far More Deadly Gas’ in Syria Than Assad’s Chemical Weapons

On the day after Earth Day’s “March for Science,” it seems appropriate to point to a column by University of Michigan History Professor Juan Cole in The Nation, a far-far-left publication considered a credible and authoritative go-to-source by the liberal intelligentsia. On April 18, Cole, echoing statements made during their final years in power by Barack Obama and his administration’s officials with establishment press acquiescence, nonsensically claimed that Syria’s biggest problem during the past decade has been … carbon dioxide. Hardly.

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Positivity: This film shows how mercy can transform your life

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From Bridgeport, Connecticut:

Apr 23, 2017 / 03:08 am

Personal stories about God’s mercy at work in the world today are the focus of a recent Catholic-produced documentary on Divine Mercy.

“These testimonies remind us that Divine Mercy is not just a devotion or theological concept – it is alive, it is present, and it is a force that can transform the world,” said Knights of Columbus CEO Carl Anderson.

The one-hour film “The Face of Mercy” depicts mercy as the antidote to evil even in great difficulty. Narrated by actor Jim Caviezel, the film interweaves history, theology, and testimonials about the importance of mercy in people’s lives.
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Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (042317)

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April 22, 2017

MSNBC’s Maddow: Venezuelans Are Rioting Over Donations to Trump’s Inauguration

As Nicholas Fondacaro at NewsBusters noted on Friday, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow’s obsession with the money raised for President Donald Trump’s inauguration went into overdrive the previous evening. During the same show, Maddow combined that obsession with another one shared by most of the news media — the absolute necessity to avoid blaming Venezuela’s dire economic circumstances on its Bolivarian socialist form of government and its de facto dictator Nicolas Maduro — to come up with the most ridiculous reason imaginable as to why civil order in Venezuela has broken down.

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Positivity: Portland woman thanks paramedic who saved her life

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From Portland, Oregon (video at link):

3:47 PM. PDT April 21, 2017

A Portland woman is thanking a paramedic and the team at Legacy Emanuel for saving her life.

Roya Quirk married the love of her life, Steven, last August. Fast-forward to February, and she thought she hurt her ankle, possibly, while working out. It was swollen, and kept getting worse.

Days later, she collapsed.

“Her eyes are wide, she blacked out, stopped breathing,” said Steven. He called 911.

And that’s when the couple met AMR paramedic Alex Spady. He knew the clock was ticking.

“When we arrived we quickly realized that she was critically sick and the importance of getting her to the right place at the right time, and with the right team of people,” Spady said. “In this case that was Emanuel.”

Quirk’s pulled muscle turned out to be a near-fatal blood clot. It stopped her heart four times. Quirk ended up staying in the hospital for almost a month, before finally, she was able to go home.

“It’s very rewarding to see her successful out there,” said Spady.

On Friday Quirk said the love and support has been overwhelming, and she wanted to thank all the helping hands that pulled her though, from the medical and emergency professionals to her new husband. …

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Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (042217)

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