January 8, 2013

Des Moines Register Editor Backs Columnist’s Absurd Claim That His Wishes for Deaths of GOP Leaders, Gun Owners Was ‘Satire’

The first rule for those who have dug themselves into rhetorical holes is: Stop digging. As noted yesterday (at NewsBusters; at BizzyBlog), Des Moines Register columnist Donald Kaul ignored that rule on January 5 by claiming that his December 30 column — which, among other things, advocated “(tying) Mitch McConnell and John Boehner … to the back of a Chevy pickup truck and drag(ging) them around a parking lot until they … (see) the light on gun control” and having those who resist the efforts of those trying to pry their “guns from their cold, dead hands” should get their wish — was “satire” comparable to the work Jonathan Swift.

The first rule for bystanders watching others digging themselves into such dangerous holes is: Take away their shovel. Instead, Register editor Rick Green joined in the digging in a Saturday column, even backing Kaul’s ridiculous “satire” claim (bolds are mine):

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NewsBusted (010813)

Filed under: NewsBusted — Tom @ 8:45 am

Here we go:

TOPICS:
–Speaker John Boehner
–Fiscal Cliff Deal
–President Obama
–Vice President Biden
–Nancy Pelosi
–Al Gore
–Al-Jazeera

Best Line: “John Boehner was just reelected Speaker of the House. But we’re still not sure if it was by the Democrats or the Republicans.”

Reminder for those who don’t think the joke is fair: The fiscal cliff deal passed the House with over 90% Democratic support (172-16) and despite majority Republican opposition (85-151).

Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (010813)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:01 am

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

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Positivity: Pope says Epiphany shows universality of Jesus Christ

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Vatican City:

Jan 6, 2013 / 12:53 pm

Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday said that the Magi’s visit to the Christ Child commemorated at the Feast of the Epiphany shows that Jesus Christ is “the light of the world that guides the path of all peoples.”

“The faith of Mary becomes the first fruits and the model of the faith of the Church, the People of the New Covenant,” the Pope told the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square Jan. 6. “But this people, from the beginning, is universal; and we see this today in the figure of the Magi, who come to Bethlehem following the light of a star and the indications of the Sacred Scriptures.”

He said that Christmas shows the faith of the Virgin Mary, of Joseph and of the shepherds, while Epiphany shows “the faith of the Magi” who came from the East to adore the King of the Jews.

Pope Benedict explained that the Virgin Mary represents the “branch” of Israel and the remnant “foretold by the prophets, from which the Messiah will spring forth.”

In contrast, the Magi represent the people, “the civilizations, the cultures, the religions” that are “on the path to God, in search of his reign of peace, of justice, of truth, and of liberty.”

Mary embodies the “nucleus of Israel,” the people who “know and have faith in that God that was revealed to the Patriarchs.” Her faith is like that of Abraham, because it is “the new beginning of the same promise” that is fulfilled in Jesus Christ.

The Pope added: “the light of Christ is so clear and strong that it makes the language of the cosmos and of the Scriptures intelligible, so that all those who, like the Magi, are open to the truth can recognize it and join in contemplating the Savior of the world.”

In English, he greeted pilgrims including the boys of the Palestrina Choir of Saint Mary’s Pro-Cathedral in Dublin. They had sung at the Sunday Mass of the Epiphany at St. Peter’s Basilica. …

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