February 21, 2017

Press ‘Strangely’ Slow to Report Monday Night’s Riots in Stockholm, Sweden

The Tuesday Morning Briefing at the New York Times tells us that President Donald Trump, at his rally in Melbourne, Florida on Saturday, “claimed that Sweden was experiencing a crisis because of immigration” and had “suggested that a terrorist attack had occurred there the night before.”

Concerning the latter, Trump said no such thing, nor did he “suggest” it. Concerning the former, if Sweden’s not in crisis, it had a funny way of showing it Monday night, as there were riots in Stockholm.



‘No Further Comment Needed’ Graphic of the Day

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Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (022117)

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

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Positivity: Life, conversion of Roe v. Wade’s Norma McCorvey remembered

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

From Washington:

Feb 20, 2017 / 02:42 pm

As the woman at the center of the case legalizing abortion in the U.S. passed away, pro-life leaders hailed her ultimate conversion on the issue and her ensuing struggles to promote life.

“Ultimately, Norma’s story after Roe was not one of bitterness but of forgiveness. She chose healing and reconciliation in her Christian faith,” Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List, stated on Saturday after Norma McCorvey’s passing.

“She overcame the lies of the abortion industry and its advocates and spoke out against the horror that still oppresses so many,” Dannenfelser added. “In her memory and in her honor, we will carry on that work and we pray for her eternal peace.”

Norma McCorvey, the woman “Jane Roe” who was the plaintiff in the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision that found a legal right to abortion, died on Saturday at the age of 69.

She had sued the state of Texas as she was pregnant with her third child and wanted an abortion which was illegal in the state. “Back in 1973, I was a very confused 21 year-old with one child and facing an unplanned pregnancy,” McCorvey described in a recent interview posted by VirtueMedia.

Her case was supposedly a rape pregnancy, but she later revealed she had lied about the situation.

“Many believe that she was very much coerced into that situation and was encouraged to lie about the situation being the result of a rape,” Jeanne Mancini, president of the March for Life commented on McCorvey’s case. There was “a lot of manipulation and lies and pressure” behind her case, she added.

McCorvey’s case went to the Supreme Court which issued the Roe decision, legalizing abortion in all 50 states. Since 1973 there have been over 50 million abortions in the U.S.

Yet as in the other abortion case Doe v. Bolton – decided the same day as Roe – neither plaintiff had an abortion, and both women eventually “had this radical conversion to the truth and dedicated their lives to really protecting the inherent dignity of the human person,” Mancini said.

Go here for the rest of the story.

February 20, 2017

Washington Post’s Margaret Sullivan Fears Journalists Will Be ‘Hunted Down’

Donald Trump, like virtually every president before him, is upset that there have been leaks to the news media (and heaven knows who else) from his administration.

In his Thursday press conference, Trump emphasized that leaks of classified information or matters relating to national security are “criminal” acts — because they are — and promised to pursue the leakers. That, and Trump’s Friday afternoon tweet — that “The FAKE NEWS media … is the enemy of the American People!” — was apparently enough to send the Washington Post’s Margaret Sullivan scurrying under her bed, shaking in fear. Spare me the hysteria.



Politico Misquotes Limbaugh (Using Quote Marks) on Russian Involvement in Presidential Election

Opening his program on Monday, Rush Limbaugh referred to a Politico item by Hanna Trudo, who reported on his appearance on the February 19 edition of Fox News Sunday.

Trudo opened by claiming that “Rush Limbaugh says he doesn’t buy the notion that Russia influenced the election of President Donald Trump.” Rush observed on the air that this isn’t what he said. Rush observed on the air that this isn’t what he said. Then Trudo doubled down and incorrectly “quoted,” using quotation marks, what Rush allegedly said. Both the video and the show’s transcript demonstrate that Rush did not say what Trudo claimed. Her misquote distorts what he said. And the establishment press wonders why the average American distrusts and despises them.



CNN’s Lemon Abruptly Ends Segment After Panelist Labels Obsession With First Family Expenses ‘Fake News’

On Friday at CNN, a clearly upset Don Lemon, covering a topic that almost no one in the press cared about for eight years during the Obama administration, abruptly ended a segment about the costs of protecting President Donald Trump and the First Family, and began to walk away from the set before the next commercial break began. Why? One of his panelists had the nerve to call the double standard-driven obsession with these costs “fake news.”

The panelist who set Lemon off, Paris Dennard, who describes himself as “a GOP political commentator and consultant,” got Lemon’s goat when he stood his ground despite pressure from Lemon and ridicule from two of the other three panelists.



Positivity: Rookie 911 Dispatcher Meets Baby She Calmly Helped Deliver Over the Phone

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Ventura County, California:

7:08 PM EST, February 13, 2017

A rookie 911 operator coolly talked a father through the delivery of his own son.

Katie Farber had only worked seven shifts at California’s Ventura County Fire Department, but she knew exactly what to do when a nervous dad called for help.

Not only was his wife in labor, he could see the baby’s head.

“Tell her to push with each contraction, with a deep breath in between,” Farber told dad Supreme Dow. Make sure to support the baby’s head and shoulders, the 25-year-old dispatcher instructed.

Dow, the proud papa of new son Supreme Dow Jr., told InsideEdition.com the experience was a piece of cake.

“I was poised, the dispatcher was poised. It was a tremendous experience,” he said.

His wife, Tennesha, their baby, and their 3-year-old daughter, recently paid a visit to the dispatch center in Camarillo so they could all meet Farber, who now seems like another member of the family. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

February 19, 2017

You Can’t Make This Up: Wait Till You See the Name of Restaurant Which Fired No-Show ‘Day Without Immigrants’ Employees

Filed under: Activism,Economy,Immigration,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 4:10 pm

The name of the restaurant which fired 12 employees for choosing to take the day off “to participate in the national protest” known as a “A Day Without Immigrants” is The I Don’t Care Bar & Grill.

That’s too beautiful for words.

A video found here tells us that the establishment’s owner “has a “zero tolerance policy for no show/no call incidents and the 12 employees violated that policy.”

Just desserts, so to speak.

The employees involved knew the rules and must have known the consequences (the owner has stated that he has fired no show/no calls before). Yet they knowingly went ahead and violated them.

Don’t like the result. Well … I don’t care.


Desired Damage Done, AP Buries Its Bogus Trump-National Guard Stories

Friday morning, Garance Burke at the Associated Press’s “Investigative” unit broke what the wire service must have believed was an earth-shaking story that “The Trump administration is considering a proposal to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants.”

30 hours later, you couldn’t find that story, or its “Trump administration denies” follow-up, at any of the AP’s “Big Story” site’s key pages.



Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (021917)

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Positivity: Catholic thinker Michael Novak remembered with gratitude

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Washington (bolds are mine):

Feb 17, 2017 / 02:38 pm

The theologian, philosopher and Catholic commentator Michael Novak died Friday, drawing remembrances for his insights and influence on religion in public life.

“We are immensely grateful that he could end his academic life as he began it, as a member of our community,” Catholic University of America president John Garvey said, calling Novak a man of “great intellectual honesty.”

“Unlike some scholars, Michael Novak made it a point to reflect on new and different topics, always with a fresh and dynamic perspective,” Garvey said.

Novak died Feb. 17 at the age of 83.

He was a student at Catholic University of America in 1958 and 1959. In 2016 he was named a visiting fellow at the university’s The Arthur and Carlyse Ciocca Center for Principled Entrepreneurship. He taught special topics in management and lectured on human ecology.

The center’s director, Andreas Widmer, stressed Novak’s pioneering role in considering the intersection of faith and economics. He said he and his colleagues were touched by Novak’s “kindness and humility,” his generosity with his time, and his encouragement for others.

“You would never have known from working with him that this was a man who had counseled popes and changed the course of history,” Widmer said.

St. John Paul II, President Ronald Reagan, and U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher considered Novak a friend, Catholic University of America said.

Novak was the author of numerous books, most prominently the 1982 work The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism. He contended that democratic capitalism is “neither the Kingdom of God nor without sin,” but better than all other known systems of political economy.

“Such hope as we have for alleviating poverty and for removing oppressive tyranny — perhaps our last, best hope — lies in this much despised system,” he said.

Go here for the rest of the story.

February 18, 2017

‘No Further Comment Needed’ Pic of the Day



Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (021817)

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Positivity: How one organization hopes to revolutionize orphanages

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Rome:

Feb 17, 2017 / 06:01 am

The Catholic Church puts a lot of effort into having excellent schools and hospitals, but what about its orphanages? For Caroline Boudreaux, conditions in orphanages are too often overlooked – something we all have the ability and opportunity to help change.

The Miracle Foundation, founded by Boudreaux, is a nonprofit which operates on the principle that orphaned children have the same fundamental rights as every other child, and that we help them the most when we help and support the institutions they live in.

One way the organization does this is through teaching those who run orphanages the “best practices” for facilitating the mental, physical, and spiritual well-being of the children in their care.