July 14, 2013

Not News at AP or Politico: DOJ’s Involvement in Ginning Up Anti-Zimmerman Sentiment

Imagine if — and you’d have to imagine it, because it never happened — the George W. Bush administration had sent members of its Justice Department to a city where a black man charged with murder was claiming self-defense in the killing of a non-African-American for the purposes of ginning up protests against the accused. Establishment press coverage and would have been justifiably intense.

On Thursday, Judicial Watch revealed that it had obtained documents showing that “a little-known unit of the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Community Relations Service (CRS), was deployed to Sanford, FL, following the Trayvon Martin shooting to help organize and manage rallies and protests against George Zimmerman.” In other words, DOJ did to Zimmerman what I just noted Bush 43 administration never did and would never have considered doing. JW’s bombshell is not news at the Associated Press or at the Politico.

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FAIL: AP Official Claims Offensive Tweeter Cristina Silva (Latest Report: July 9) ‘Hasn’t Worked For AP Lately’

Filed under: MSM Biz/Other Bias,MSM Biz/Other Ignorance — Tom @ 10:14 am

Apparently, Associated Press Media Relations Director Paul Colford is unaware of the sage advice that when one is in a deep hole, it’s best to stop digging.

Shortly after the George Zimmerman verdict, AP reporter Cristina Silva, as noted late last night (at NewsBusters; at BizzyBlog; HT Breitbart.com) tweeted “So We Can All Kill Teenagers Now? Just Checking.” A short time ago, Colford sent me an email and posted a comment at my home blog as follows: “Clarification, please: Ms. Silva was a temporary AP staffer who hasn’t worked for AP lately. Thanks.” All I can say to that, based on what follows, is “OMG”:
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Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (071413)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:10 am

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

Positivity: Catholic fraternity offers support to intellectually disabled

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Baltimore:

ul 12, 2013 / 04:12 am

The International Order of Alhambra, a Catholic fraternal order, has served the intellectually disabled youth and young adults of the world for over a century, and now looks to the future.

Roger Reid, the order’s executive secretary and past grand commander, said the organization follows Jesus’ words in the Gospel of Matthew.

“What you do for the least of your brethren, you do for me,” Reid paraphrased.

He said the organization provides the opportunity “to join an international fraternity that has the single purpose of assisting developmentally disabled children and young adults.”

The order supports developmentally disabled people and their parents through funding education and work training, summer camps, field trips, parties and the Special Olympics.

Many Alhambrans are parents of individuals with intellectual disabilities. They join the organization for its social and spiritual events for themselves and their children, which accompanies its charitable work.

“We provide group homes, Alhambra Houses, that house and quarter six to eight intellectually disabled children or young adults,” Reid told CNA July 11. “We provide the seed money for these group homes.”

The order supports eight such homes across the U.S.

In the past year, the order has given out $110,000 in scholarships to college juniors or seniors pursuing a career of teaching special education children or young adults. …

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