January 14, 2013

Criminals Apparently Targeted Gun Permit Holder Exposed in NY Newspaper’s Interactive Map

A White Plains, New York home included in an interactive map of gun permit holders published by the Lower Hudson Valley’s Journal News shortly before Christmas was burglarized on Saturday. According to a local CBS News report, in what was either about the oddest coincidence one can imagine or a direct result of that map’s publication, “the burglars’ target was the homeowner’s gun safe.”

The odds are clearly with the latter. A more detailed report filed by Timothy O’Connor and Meghan E. Murphy at Newsday on Sunday and updated on Monday provides more details (HT to an emailer; bolds are mine):

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Senate Democrats’ Letter Urging Obama to Unilaterally Raise Debt Limit Gets Little or No Visibility at AP’s National Site

The self-described “essential global news network” known as the Associated Press, more aptly characterized as the Administration’s Press, has from all appearances chosen to minimize the exposure given to Friday’s letter from four Senate Democrats to President Obama encouraging him to unilaterally increase the nation’s debt ceiling if Congress fails to do so.

A search on Harry Reid’s last name at the AP’s national site at 8:30 ET this morning returned nothing relating to that letter. But there was an AP writeup about it on Sunday morning. A search on a few key words in Andrew Taylor’s report found at another web site demonstrates that it’s no longer available at the AP’s national site. Gosh, it’s almost as if AP doesn’t want Americans to know that four Democratic senators are urging Obama to blatantly violate the Constitution. The first six paragraphs of Taylor’s report follow the jump (bolds are mine throughout this post):

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Bill Clinton Whopper: ‘Half of All Mass Killings in the U.S. Have Occurred Since the Assault Weapons Ban Expired in 2005′

While it’s not exactly news when former President Bill Clinton fails to tell the truth (after all, the first count on which he was impeached concerned his lying under oath in grand jury testimony), a whopper he hauled out at the Consumer Electronics show last Wednesday concerning gun violence was so over the top that it deserves far more notice than most of the establishment press will give it.

One of the reports on what Clinton said was at Thursday morning’s New York Daily News. As an aside, the paper’s online article looks more like what one would find at issues advocacy blogs than what you would hope to see at a real newspaper’s web site; this particular item pleads with readers within its text to “CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE DAILY NEWS ONLINE PETITION TO BAN ASSAULT WEAPONS,” and the petition itself appears below Kristen Lee’s report. Lee relayed what Clinton said at the Consumer Electronics show on January 9:

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Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (011413)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:20 am

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

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Positivity: John Paul II received ‘help’ from miner in priesthood vocation

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Rome:

Jan 11, 2013 / 03:02 pm

One of the closest collaborators of Blessed John Paul II, Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, recounted in Rome a little-known story about the late pontiff’s vocation to the priesthood.

Cardinal Re served at the Vatican Secretary of State and later prefect of the Congregation for Bishops.

On Jan. 9 at the Conciliaziones Auditorium – during the presentation of the recital “The Pope and the Poet,” inspired by the life of Karol Wojtyla – he recalled an unpublished episode from the life of the late pontiff.

The cardinal told reporters that in 1939, young Karol Wojtyla had to quit college and work at a quarry to support himself and keep from being deported to Germany.

“There he worked with a miner who set explosives in the mines, and one day the miner told him, ‘I think you would make a great priest.’”

“John Paul II told us that until that moment he had never thought of being a priest. He said, that man who I worked with already saw me as a priest,” Cardinal Re said.

During his presentation, Cardinal Re spoke about the young Wojtyla as a philosopher, theologian and mystic, but especially about his facet as a poet and actor.

“Poetry is an interesting element that had an impact later on his ministry as Pope: many themes are reflected in this exercise of poetic art and it helped him in his ability to reach people, to speak to the masses, to hold peoples’ attention,” he added.

Cardinal Re explained that what stands out in Wojtyla’s poetry is the defense of human rights, life and the dignity of man and woman, and solidarity within the universal human family.

“His poems were always an exaltation of man and elevated the soul to God,” he added. …

Go here for the rest of the story.