June 30, 2012

Columbus Dispatch Reporter from 1,000-Attendee Convention: Tea Party Is ‘Alone and Scared’

In a report currently time-stamped early Saturday morning, Emily Wilkins at the Columbus Dispatch claimed in her opening sentence covering Ohio’s second We The People Convention in Columbus (“Fears fuel kinship at tea party convention”) that “Tea party members are alone and scared — and to them, that’s a good thing.”

Well, I was there this weekend in Columbus. I didn’t see “alone” or “scared,” or hear anyone say that such a combination of emotions would be “a good thing. Neither did the rest of Wilkins’ report, some of which follows the jump:

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AP and Report on Student Loans Exaggerates Potential Scope of Just-Averted Rate Hike

From the headlines to the verbiage in many establishment press write-ups, it would be easy to believe that the just-resolved controversy over interest rates on student loans affects virtually everyone in college who has borrowed money and anyone who graduated (or didn’t) who borrowed and is still owes Uncle Sam.

That isn’t so. To cite just one example, readers of Christine Armario’s Saturday morning report at the Associated Press have to work way too hard to figure that out. Additionally, those who listen to snippets of Armario’s work on TV and radio broadcasts probably won’t hear what she doesn’t get to until her third paragraph:

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We The People Ridin’ the Storm Out Update

Filed under: General — Tom @ 11:13 am

Columbus had a serious storm last night which knocked out Internet access from the We The People Convention (as well as electricity to hundreds of thousands of homes, according to the Columbus Dispatch).

Whatever the storm did to Net access here is outside of the control of the Ohio Expo Center. Thus, so is the return of Internet service. There probably won’t be new posts here at BizzyBlog until late tonight. I hope to file an update at PJ Tatler shortly, and that will probably be the only WTP-related post from yours truly anywhere today.

Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (063012)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow later. Other topics are also fair game.

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Positivity: Defense of Church requires revival of faith, Archbishop Chaput says

Filed under: Positivity,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Indianapolis:

Jun 21, 2012 / 11:05 am

While defending their freedom in public life, Catholics must also renew the Church spiritually, starting in their own lives, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said in a June 20 address to journalists.

“Politics and the courts are important. But our religious freedom ultimately depends on the vividness of our own Christian faith – in other words, how deeply we believe it, and how honestly we live it,” the archbishop told attendees of the 2012 Catholic Media Conference in downtown Indianapolis.

In his remarks to reporters and other Catholic media professionals, the Philadelphia Church leader observed that religious freedom “is an empty shell if the spiritual core of a people is weak.”

“The worst enemies of religious freedom aren’t ‘out there’ among the legion of critics who hate Christ or the Gospel or the Church, or all three. The worst enemies are in here, with us – all of us, clergy, religious and lay – when we live our faith with tepidness, routine and hypocrisy.”

Archbishop Chaput delivered his address on the eve of the U.S. bishops’ “Fortnight for Freedom” campaign of prayer and advocacy, inspired by the HHS contraception mandate and other threats to the free exercise of religion.

His remarks touched on the mandate, along with related areas of concern – including efforts to drive the Church out of adoption and foster care, and the government’s attempt to control a religious school’s self-governance in the Hosanna-Tabor Supreme Court case.

Such threats, he warned, could push the U.S. in the direction of Canada and Britain, where the Church’s freedom of speech and action is already compromised.

The U.S. Constitution would prove to be nothing more than “an elegant piece of paper,” if Catholics and other citizens were not willing to stand up for their rights, he said.

But the Church’s most serious challenges, the Philadelphia archbishop observed, are internal and spiritual in nature. He urged the faithful to “look honestly at the arc of Catholic history” in the U.S., as a guide to the deeper problems facing the Church at present. …

Go here for the rest of the story.