May 24, 2013

As Stockholm Riots Move Into Fifth Day, Press’s Aversion to the M-Word (‘Muslim’) to Describe Those Involved Is Nearly Unanimous

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A Google News search on “Sweden riots” done tonight at 10 PM ET (not in quotes, sorted by date, with duplicates) returned 314 items. Adding the word “Muslim” to the search reduced the number of results to nine. Fewer than a handful are from establishment press outlets, and one of those only appeared in the search results because a commenter and not the story’s writer used the M-word.

That pretty much tells you all you need to know about the determined denial of reality in which the worldwide press is engaged in reporting riots in the suburbs of Stockholm, which have entered their fifth day. The Associated Press, as would be expected, is a willing participant in that exercise, as the following headline which could have been (any maybe was) written by an Occupy movement member and the accompanying excerpt from a Thursday afternoon story filed by the wire service’s Malin Rising demonstrates (bolds are mine throughout this post):

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Ohio’s treading-water economy, as seen in unemployment claims

Filed under: Economy,Ohio Economy,Ohio Politics,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 10:15 am

This column went up at Watchdog.org with minor edits a short time ago.

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The most recent Ohio unemployment numbers show a stagnant workforce, many of whom are stuck in dead-end jobs.

Previously, I showed that “Ohio’s economy is treading water” by looking at the state’s stagnant unemployment rate and its anemic job growth during the past 12 reported months. This column will provide more evidence of malaise by looking at the trend in filings for initial unemployment benefits.

In July of last year, I wrote that average filings during the previous 52 weeks had fallen to a level not seen since the end of 2007. Though that was gratifying news, I warned that “progress may stop.”
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Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (052413)

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

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

Positivity: Pope Francis helped young addict in struggle against drugs

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Rome:

May 21, 2013 / 12:02 pm

According to an Argentine priest, Pope Francis when he was Archbishop of Buenos Aires helped save a young mailman from the abyss of drug addiction and became his spiritual father.

Jesuit priest and Vatican Radio commentator Father Guillermo Ortiz recounted to CNA knowing then-Cardinal Jorge Bergolio when he was still provincial superior of the Jesuits in Argentina, as well as his own personal introduction to the young man.

“When I was living in Buenos Aires,” he recalled, “I met this guy. He listened to me on the radio and since he was a mailman, he knew the address of my office and he began seeking me out to talk about spiritual questions. He was getting out of drugs thanks to prayer, and he always asked for spiritual guidance.”

After a while, however, the young man stopped coming to visit, and Fr. Ortiz began to worry, until one day he ran across him on the street and found that he had completely recovered.

“Do you know who I have been with, Father? Cardinal Bergoglio!” the young man said. “I went by the chancery and I left a note with my name and number saying I wanted to speak with him, and the next Saturday I was in my room resting and my father knocked on the door.”

“I said, ‘Don’t knock, this is my day off and I want to sleep a little bit more!’ But my father said, ‘No, you can’t right now, the cardinal is on the phone,’” he remembered.

“The cardinal himself had called to tell him when he could meet,” Fr. Ortiz said. “Without any calendar, he answered him immediately! These things are wonderful and one can only ask, ‘How did he find the time?’”

Fr. Ortiz said the young mailman eventually overcame his addition through prayer and spiritual direction from priests and in this case from Cardinal Bergoglio, who helped him “continue his struggle against drugs.”

What he most admired about the cardinal was his “closeness to the people. He didn’t have any boundaries. Even as bishop and as cardinal he didn’t have a secretary and he called people himself and met with everyone that he could,” Fr. Ortiz said. …

Go here for the rest of the story.