May 23, 2018

AP Fails to Tag MS-13 Murderer Nicknamed ‘Animal’ As Illegal Immigrant

Tuesday, MS-13 gang member Joel Martinez was sentenced to 40 years in prison for the murder of a 15 year-old boy from a rival gang. The Boston Globe reported on May 14 that Martinez “was captured on video bragging about the slaying.” The Globe also noted that the killer’s nickname is the singular version of the word President Donald Trump used two days later to describe MS-13 members. In its story on Martinez’s sentencing, the Associated Press violated its own Stylebook rules when it failed to note that Martinez is in the U.S. illegally.

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Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (052318)

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Positivity: Oscar Romero and Pope Paul VI to be canonized October 14

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From Vatican City:

May 19, 2018 / 04:19 am

Following a meeting between the Council of Cardinals and Pope Francis Saturday, the Vatican announced that Bl. Pope Paul VI and Bl. Oscar Romero will be canonized together on Oct. 14, 2018.

During an ordinary consistory May 19, Francis decreed that the two blesseds will be canonized alongside four others: Bl. Francesco Spinelli, a diocesan priest and founder of the Institute of the Adorers of the Blessed Sacrament; Bl. Vincenzo Romano, a diocesan priest from Torre de Greco in Italy; Bl. Maria Caterina Kasper, a German nun and founder of the Institute of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ; and Nazaria Ignazia of Saint Teresa of Jesus, founder of the Congregation of the Misioneras Cruzadas de la Iglesia Sisters.

As expected, the canonizations will take place during the 2018 Synod of Bishops on the topic of young people, the faith and vocational discernment, which is set to take place Oct. 3-28, 2018.

The Vatican had announced March 7 that Pope Paul VI and Archbishop Oscar Romero would be canonized following the recognition of a second miracle through their intercession.

Born Giovanni Montini in 1897 in the town of Concesio, Italy, the future Pope Paul VI was ordained a priest at the age of 22. He served as Archbishop of Milan prior to his election as Bishop of Rome in 1963.

As pope, he oversaw much of the Second Vatican Council, which had been opened by Pope St. John XXIII, and in 1969 promulgated a new Roman Missal. He died in 1978, and was beatified by Pope Francis Oct. 19, 2014.

Pope Francis himself unofficially confirmed the news of Paul VI’s canonization during his annual meeting with the priests of Rome Feb. 17.

Apart from his role in the council, Paul VI is most widely know for his landmark encyclical Humanae Vitae, which was published in 1968 and reaffirmed the Church’s teaching against contraception in wake of the sexual revolution. This year marks the 50th anniversary the historic encyclical.

Both miracles attributed to Paul VI’s intercession involve the healing of an unborn child.

Bl. Oscar Romero, who was beatified by Pope Francis May 23, 2015, in El Salvador, was the archbishop of the nation’s capital city of San Salvador. He was shot while celebrating Mass March 24, 1980, during the birth of a civil war between leftist guerrilla forces and the dictatorial government of the right. …

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May 22, 2018

Daily Beast Columnist Lamely Likens ‘Rituals’ of Royal Wedding to ‘Rituals’ of U.S. School Shootings

On Friday, the Daily Beast’s Michael Daly posted “The All-American Ritual of a School Shooting, This Time in Santa Fe.” In it, he failed to follow through on a promise to draw a comparison between the then-imminent “rituals” involved in British royal weddings” and Friday’s school shooting in Texas.

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Thanks to Brian Flood at Fox News …

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… for noticing and commenting on the revised NewsBusters version of a post which appeared here in its original form on the four embarrassing corrections the New York Times had to make to reporter Gardiner Harris’s article about Mark Dubowitz of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies think tank.

Flood even included a nice highlight quote:

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AP Reveals Contempt For Texas in Post-Santa Fe Shooting Coverage

Two recent Associated Press dispatches have exposed how out of touch two of its reporters are with the dominant Second Amendment-defending views of voters and politicians in Texas. They also are flummoxed that most of the students who survived Friday’s school shooting in Santa Fe haven’t turned into rabid gun-control advocates.

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Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (052218)

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Positivity: Grandmother shoots, injures home invasion suspect

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From Philadelphia (video at link; HT NewsBusters):

POSTED: MAY 05 2018 01:48PM EDT
VIDEO POSTED: MAY 05 2018 06:23PM EDT
UPDATED: MAY 07 2018 12:03PM EDT

An elderly woman woke up to noises of glass breaking and footsteps inside her home near Poplar and Watt Streets, May 5, according to Philadelphia police officials.

“This is where he was trying to get in at,” said Maxine Thompson.

She saw a man and drew her gun, police said. The woman shot at the man several times and he fled the scene. The 70-year-old homeowner said that the intruder used backyard furniture to hoist himself inside her home.

Thompson is as calm as can be as she shows her now busted dining room window and chunks of glass scattered on the floor.

“I have people that will come and fix this. It’ll be fixed in no time,” Thompson stated.

It was Thompson who fixed things overnight. Police say a 43-year-old man broke into her home around 4:30 a.m. May 5. Now that man is in the hospital.

“First I thought I was dreaming and then I looked out the window, outside. I was still hearing the banging, banging, banging, so I yelled to whoever, ‘Who’s that on my door? Get off my door, get off my door,’” Thompson explained.

She offered fair warning, with the security alarm sounding, but the brazen burglar didn’t pause. Instead, Thompson said he smasher her window and used backyard furniture to hoist himself inside her home. In the heat of the moment, the 70-year-old grandmother grabbed her late-mother’s handgun and opened fire for the first time.

“I shot at him. He turned around and he ran and when he ran, I ran down the steps behind him and shot at him some more,” Maxine said.

Thompson, whose son happens to be a Philadelphia police officer, said she was in survival mode.

“Kill him before he killed me. That’s what was going through my mind,” Thompson explained.

A real-life terror played out for about 10 minutes. It took a little while to set in.

“After everything was over, then I did get a little shaky. He could’ve killed me,” said Thompson.

She is okay. Her grandchildren helped her clean up the mess and she took a little time to reflect.

“I hope I taught him and the rest of them a lesson. Stay the hell out of people’s houses,” Thompson stated.

Ms. Thompson did hit the suspect, who “was to be taken into custody for home invasion.”

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May 21, 2018

NY Times, Covering Time Inc.’s Demise, Rewrites History, Exposes Its Agenda

On Friday, the New York Times published “The Last Days of Time Inc.” Reporters Srudhar Pappu and Jay Stowe asked more than two dozen editors and writers “to reflect on the heyday of this former epicenter of power and influence, as well as its decline.” Before that, they rewrote history to make it appear that all was well until “about a decade ago.” One Time reporter exposed the magazine’s (and the corporation’s) agenda-driven mission which infected its reporting and contributed mightily to its corporate demise.

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Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (052118)

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Positivity: Upstate woman kidnapped by ex-boyfriend shoots him to death while pumping gas

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From Starr, South Carolina:

Posted: May 11, 2018 8:06 AM EDT
Updated: May 11, 2018 2:35 PM EDT

The Anderson County Coroner’s Office said a man who was shot to death at an Upstate gas station was killed after kidnapping his ex-girlfriend.

The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office received a call shortly before 7 a.m. regarding a shooting incident at the Marathon Gas station on Highway 29 South near Starr. The coroner was dispatched after a male was found deceased at the scene.

After an autopsy, Coroner Greg Shore identified the decedent as 36-year-old Rodney Nixon of Anderson.

Shore said Nixon broke into his ex-girlfriend’s home on Grady Hall Road and assaulted a male subject in the house before kidnapping the female victim.

When the car broke down a short time later, Shore said Nixon asked a nearby neighbor to take him to his car so he could jump it off, but then pulled out a gun and told the victim to keep driving.

When the victim said his vehicle was nearly out of gas, Shore said they stopped at the Marathon station. His ex-girlfriend was able to get the gun away from Nixon and shot him in the chest while he was pumping gas, Shore said. …

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May 20, 2018

NY Times Issues Four (!) Corrections in Story About Foreign Policy Think Tank CEO

May 2018 has been extraordinary for its high volume of establishment press corrections and erroneous tweet deletions. One particular correction at the New York Times stands out from the rest of that crowded field. In that correction, published on May 16 (for the May 17 print edition), the Times admitted that reporter Gardiner Harris committed four significant errors in an attack piece posing as a hard-news story about Mark Dubowitz, the chief executive of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies think tank. Dubowitz was a strong opponent of former President Barack Obama’s Iran nuclear “deal” in 2015, but then tried and failed to salvage portions of it before President Donald Trump’s announced the United States would withdraw from it earlier this month.

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Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (052018)

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Positivity: Selfies and Twitter – how one Polish diocese is promoting life

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From Lublin, Poland:

May 11, 2018 / 10:36 am

The Archdiocese of Lublin has launched a campaign urging Catholics to take to social media in defense of the unborn, using selfies as a way to voice gratitude for one’s life and the right to be born.

“When we take a selfie we show ourselves, but in this case, we give a sign that we are committed to defending life and the family,” Archbishop Stanislaw Budzik of Lublin said in a May 10 statement coinciding with the launch of the campaign.

“We want to show gratitude to God for the gift of life, to our parents for letting us come to this beautiful world and to all those who defend life, who speak with joy and gratitude about life,” he said, adding that “it is worth devoting all our strength” to defending life and family.

The campaign, titled “Selfie for Life,” was launched by the Lublin archdiocese ahead of Poland’s national March for Life and Family June 10, and is intended to rally a worldwide defense of life and marriage. Marches will take place in 160 cities throughout Poland.

Participants are asked to take a selfie either alone or with a group, and post it to their social media accounts with the hashtag “#DziekujeZeZyje”, roughly translating as “Thankful for my life.” …

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May 19, 2018

Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (051918)

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