January 20, 2017

Columbia Journalism Review Editor’s ‘Open Letter’ to Trump: Immature, Arrogant, and Naive

On Tuesday, Kyle Pope, Editor in Chief and Publisher of the Columbia Journalism Review, posted “An open letter to Trump from the US press corps.”

Pope informed Mr. Trump, as if the man who is now this nation’s 45th President didn’t know already, that “while you have every right to decide your ground rules for engaging with the press, we have some, too.” Pope, apparently unaware that his precious ground rules are in many cases unenforceable in the Internet era, then proceeded to betray an insufferable arrogance which, if he really does represent the mindset of the US press corps as he claims, appears guaranteed to seriously damage the journalism establishment’s standing even further during Trump’s presidency.



Today’s Inauguration

I have an unfortunate and somewhat unique perspective on events today, as I had to miss them due to involvement with final services in very trying and tragic circumstances.

So I had no contact with any news from about four hours before Donald Trump’s inauguration until about 2:30 in the afternoon.

So what led NBC News’s bottom-of-hour radio news on 55 KRC in Cincinnati at 2:30?

“Protests” and arrests, with no mention of the violence and destruction, which I knew was certainly taking place (of course it was), but which I suppose a typical listener might not.

Only then did I hear about Trump’s inauguration, delivered in a tone which struck me as somewhere between perfunctory and funereal.

(55 KRC appears to have made a really stupid switch for their twice-hourly radio newscasts after 10 years with Fox News when the calendar turned. Yes, I have vehemently objected, as should others in Greater Cincinnati.)

Of course there will be times when our duties in life will cause us to stop paying attention, making our voices heard, and verbally and rhetorically striking back at the establishment’s propaganda machine for a while.

But we can’t afford to stay away from genuine news — that obviously does not include NBC’s radio-break broadcasts, and it obviously doesn’t include “the US press corps,” which is basically anyone who subscribes to how the insufferably self-important Kyle Pope at the Columbia Journalism Review sees things — for very long during this pivotal time in U.S. and world news.


Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (012017)

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

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Positivity: Don’t give in to complacency, Nigerian archbishop warns

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Shendam, Nigeria:

Jan 19, 2017 / 12:04 am

A prominent Nigerian archbishop last week advised his fellow clergy against a sense of complacency and security which ends up damaging the Church.

“I have observed among us priests and religious is a lack of proper sense of mission, a lack of serious missionary commitment and a lack of missionary creativity,” Archbishop Mathew Man’Oso Ndagoso of Kaduna said in his Jan. 11 homily for the episcopal consecration of Philip Davou Dung as Bishop of Shendam.

Archbishop Ndagoso said he has seen a lack of pastoral planning and implementation, which proceeds from a nonchalant and lethargic attitude, calling it “the deadly virus of complacency”.

He lamented a pastoral mindset which relies on pews being filled because of an established Catholic identity.

“We like to bask in the euphoria of our being the first and well established Roman Catholic Church founded on Peter the Rock with no sense of urgency to proclaim the gospel,” said Archbishop Ndagoso, adding that parishioners are being devoured by wolves “without any serious concern except that of assuring and reassuring ourselves that when some leave, others will come in on their own.”

Archbishop Ndagoso emphasized that the time for waiting on people to fill the pews is an outdated practice, and now is the time in which the gospel must be lived outwardly: “Ours is the era of the shepherd leaving the 99 sheep and going out in search of the lost one.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.

January 19, 2017

AP Ramps Up Smears of HHS Nominee Tom Price Over Stock Ownership

An attempt by the Associated Press to smear Tom Price, nominated by Donald Trump as the next HHS Secretary, began Wednesday after the opening round of a Senate committee hearing. As of this writing, the wire service is up to its third such entry. The misleading reporting and hostility have increased with each dispatch.



Thursday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (011917)

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Positivity: EWTN to launch new weekly pro-life show

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

From Washington:

Jan 17, 2017 / 04:48 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On the eve of this year’s March for Life in Washington, D.C., EWTN Global Catholic Network will launch a new half-hour weekly program focusing on promoting the culture of life.

“EWTN Pro-Life Weekly,” a joint project of EWTN and the Susan B. Anthony List, will feature Catherine Szeltner, formerly a correspondent of EWTN News Nightly, as it host.

“We want to help viewers become actively involved in the pro-life movement,” Szeltner said in a press release announcing the new show. “What are the expectations here? What’s realistic? What’s not? What is Congress debating now? How do we hold our lawmakers accountable for their pro-life promises?”

In addition to being “the authoritative resource for the latest pro-life news,” she said, the show will seek to provide answers to tough questions, segments on groups that are working to promote a culture of life, and call-to-action segments offering clear steps for how viewers can participate in the pro-life movement.

The show will emphasize abortion and assisted suicide as major concerns, according to an EWTN press release. But Szeltner added that there will be a “holistic, Catholic approach,” tackling pro-life issues in all stages of life.

EWTN chairman and CEO Michael Warsaw said that while there are signs of hope in the world today, the culture “continues to chip away at the right to life from conception to natural death.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.

January 18, 2017

AP Continues to Mislead on Lewis’s and Dems’ Inaugural Boycott History

Apparently, those employed as political reporters at the Associated Press never have to acknowledge the existence of their errors, let alone say they’re sorry. They’re also free to make major changes and corrections to the text of previously-filed reports without disclosing what they did to readers.

The AP’s reporting on the fight John Lewis picked with Donald Trump — and yes, Lewis started it by saying he won’t attend Trump’s inauguration and by questioning the legitimacy of Trump’s general election victory — typifies the wire service’s total lack of, or even apparent interest in, accountability.



Boy, It’s a Good Thing Real Wage Growth Is Finally Strong … Oh Wait

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:02 am

No, it’s not:


The red boxes show how much average hourly and weekly earnings increased in 1982-1984 dollars. The fact that this measurement doesn’t have a more recent benchmark is annoying. If it did, it would have told us that real average hourly earnings increased by about 21 cents last year, and that real average weekly earnings increased by about $2.02.

The green boxes show not only how weak 2016 real earnings growth was, especially on the weekly front, thanks to a shorter average work week. They also show that real wage growth slowed sharply during 2016 compared to 2015. Real hourly wage growth fell by more than half, and real average weekly wage growth fell by over 85 percent.

2015 was nothing to get excited about, but the nearly 2 percent figures seen would at least, if sustained over several years, would eventually start to feel tangible to the average person. 0.2 percent annual growth in real weekly wages never will.


UPDATE: Zero Hedge reports that the 0.2 percent year-over-year growth in average weekly earnings is the lowest in 30 months.


Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (011817)

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8:15 a.m.: “‘Never Trump’ national-security Republicans fear they have been blacklisted” — Do these people have any idea how foolish they look? They “blacklisted” by opposing Trump on principle, which they framed as a supposedly noble stance during the campaign. They don’t now get to say “Never mind, I didn’t mean it,” and expect Trump to believe they’ll be loyal. After all, ran to the Washington Post to whine about this. They’ll do it again once they’re inside the administration. Just go away and lick your wounds.


Positivity: ‘I’m Done!’ Why Did This Planned Parenthood Abortion Facility Manager Quit?

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

This two year-old story has additional significance because of a recent release of evidence by LiveAction.org that Planned Parenthood has done nothing to respond to video evidence that it is willing to perform abortions on underage girls involved in sex trafficking without contacting local authorities (video trailer at link):

February 17, 2015

Since the Supreme Court’s landmark Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion throughout the United States, an astounding 56 million lives have been aborted, many of which occurred at Planned Parenthood clinics.

Countless women have been deceived by Planned Parenthood’s “helping women” mantra, including Ramona Treviño, a devout Catholic who chronicles her compelling story of involvement in the grisly abortion industry and how and why she courageously left the gruesome business in her book, REDEEMED BY GRACE: A Catholic Women’s Journey to Planned Parenthood and Back.

Treviño has experienced numerous trials and tribulations throughout her life, including an unexpected pregnancy at 16 years old, which led to her decision to drop out of high school, an abusive marriage, which ended in divorce, and her arduous time as manager of a Planned Parenthood facility in Sherman, Texas.

Her experience of having worked at Planned Parenthood was life-altering; it opened her eyes to the destructive culture and adverse effects of the abortion industry, and led to her eventual reversion to the Catholic Church.

REDEEMED BY GRACE tells of Treviño’s struggles to reconcile her identity as a daughter of God with a world that sends conflicting messages concerning the source of our dignity and happiness. It is the honest and heartfelt account of a woman who, with the help of grace (and Catholic radio), strove to overcome the wounds of her own past while becoming an agent of healing for others. …

January 17, 2017

LAT’s Portrayal of Trump Adviser Stephen Miller Gives Away the Left’s Education Agenda

Lisa Mascaro’s Tuesday morning portrayal of President-elect Donald Trump senior adviser Stephen Miller at the Los Angeles Times has more instances of leftist bias than one can hope to compile in a post of acceptable length. But what’s really special about it, perhaps inadvertently so, is that one of the reporter’s quoted subjects openly gave away the public education system’s real agenda. Mascaro included it in her story, and the paper even included it in the video seen at its top.



Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (011717)

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

Quite late on this — Sorry.

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.


AP Vastly Overplays Its New Respect For Never-Trumper John Kasich

Because he was the “singular 2016 (GOP) presidential contender never to fall in line behind Trump,” Ohio Governor and two-time former presidential candidate John Kasich now has the Associated Press’s deep respect.

This largely explains why the wire service has been all too willing to ignore the fact that Kasich alone owns Ohio’s impending budget problems.



Part II of O’Keefe’s Videos on Left Group Coalition’s Plans to Disrupt Inauguration

Filed under: Activism,National Security,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 3:01 pm


Investigation Uncovers Plot to Chain the Trains & Shut Down DC During Inauguration

Part I and background are here.

In an email, O’Keefe says there’s more to come.