February 25, 2018

Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (022518)

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.


Positivity: Pregnant at 12 and told life was ruined, she’s now a nurse who rejected the shame

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

From Allendale, South Carolina (video at link; HT Life News):

February 09, 2018 03:30 PM
Updated February 12, 2018 08:51 AM


Sharonda Jenkins had a baby when she was 12.

She was a sixth-grader at Allendale Elementary School in the little town by the same name, population 3,000. And she was told her life was ruined.

“When people became aware of my situation, I was the topic of everyone’s conversation, and not in a good way,” she can say today, 20 years later.

She was ostracized. She had to leave the elementary school so other students wouldn’t ask questions. Her friends’ parents didn’t want her around to lead their daughters astray.

“Everyone had an opinion about me and how my mother should have taken me to get an abortion. It was easy for them to give their advice from the outside looking in when, truthfully, no one knows what they would have done until they were placed in the situation.”

Sharonda delivered a healthy baby girl. The next year, she went back into the middle school, and in 2004 earned her high school diploma. Twelve years later, so did her baby, Laquisea.

“I know a lot of people can’t imagine what that was like, a baby having a baby,” she says.

Her life was already a challenge, being from one of the South Carolina Lowcountry’s poorest pockets, an hour from Ridgeland, where she lives today, and even farther from Hilton Head Island, where she could earn a paycheck.

Sharonda quickly noticed that all the blame was on her – never the boy.

“It was you, you, you – the grief I got from people,” she said. “But it takes two.”

Seared in her mind is an elderly woman telling her she wouldn’t amount to anything.

“You do look up to older people,” Sharonda said. “They are the ones who are supposed to have so much wisdom. I was 14 at the time. She was wrong. She was wrong. But at the time, being my age, and knowing her age, I believed it.”

In spite of the obstacles, Sharonda achieved a dream this past summer. She earned a practical nursing diploma from Denmark Technical College and is now working as a licensed practical nurse with the Beaufort-Jasper-Hampton Comprehensive Health Services.

“I kind of wanted to prove some people wrong,” she said.

When her nursing class covered maternity issues, Sharonda wrote a personal essay and gave it to her teacher.

Her message: Don’t shame me.

Her essay concludes: “I say again to all nurses, please be sensitive to our situation because the odds are already against us, but if you ever feel the need to judge, I want to leave you with this quote:

“‘There is not enough good in the best of us to criticize the bad in the rest of us.’” …

Go here for the rest of the story.

February 24, 2018

Lib Pundits: Broward Cowards Disprove ‘Good Guy With a Gun’ Argument

In an epic self-awareness fail, several liberal commentators claim that Broward County police officers who remained outside as Nikolas Cruz massacred students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were “good guys with a gun.” This, they believe, shows that a good guy with a gun doesn’t always stop a bad guy with a gun. It apparently hasn’t occurred to them that these officers who swore an oath to protect and serve weren’t being “good guys.”



NBC ‘Think’ Author: Colonizing Mars an ‘Example of Male Entitlement’

At NBCNews.com’s ”Think” section Wednesday, Marcie Bianco checked almost all of the left’s outrage boxes, characterizing private-sector efforts to reach Mars as, among other things, “patriarchal,” and evidence of male “midlife crisis … laced with an imperialist ethos.”



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

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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. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

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.”



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. …

Go here for the rest of the story.


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.


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.



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.


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


(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…

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?



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?”


(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.


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”):