In advance of a month full of events oriented towards demonstrating displeasure with lawmakers who won’t give carte blanche to President Obama’s healthcare, gun control, “climate change,” and immigration agendas, Organizing for Action Executive Director Jon Carson claimed that “We will own August.” New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his Mayors Against Illegal Guns also anticipated high levels of support during this months’s “No More Names: National Drive to Reduce Gun Violence” tour.
It hasn’t happened in either case. If right-wing, tea party, or social conservative efforts fizzled as OFA’s and MAIG’s clearly are, those failures would be making headlines, and shown as proof that support for the related causes is weak. By contrast, the national establishment press is mostly ignoring and in some cases obscuring these left-wing implosions.
It will go up here at BizzyBlog on Monday (link won’t work until then) after the blackout expires.
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From Vatican City:
Pope Francis told a group of young Japanese students and their teachers that gentleness is essential in order to foster peace and fruitful dialogue with other cultures.
“What is the deepest attitude we must have to dialogue, and not fight?” he asked them. “Gentleness, the capacity to meet people and cultures with peace.”
The students and professors present traveled from Tokyo for their Aug. 21 meeting with the Pope. They belong to Bunri Seibu Gakuen Junior High School Saitama, which is a non-religious school, and consisted of both Christians and Buddhists.
On the virtue of gentleness, the Holy Father affirmed that “It is the ability to meet people and cultures, as well as to find peace and have the ability to ask intelligent questions including ‘why do you think this way?’ and ‘why does this culture do this?’”
“I hope this trip to be very fruitful for you, because knowing other people and cultures always does so much good for us and makes us grow,” Pope Francis remarked.
He told them that this is because “if we are isolated in ourselves, we only have what we have” and “we cannot grow culturally.”
“But if we instead go to meet other people, other cultures, other ways of thinking, other religions, we go out of ourselves and we begin that so beautiful adventure called dialogue,” the Pope stated.
“When there is a problem, dialogue, this is what brings peace!”
The pontiff told the group that dialogue is important for their maturity because “in comparison with the other person, in comparison with other cultures, even in the healthy comparison with other religions, one grows and matures.” …
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The UK Daily Mail has already reported that “The three boys alleged to have gunned down an Australian baseball player out for a run because they were ‘bored’ were influenced by an ultra-violent rapper.” Specifically, “rather than being part of any gang, which had been suggested before, authorities believe the boys were just wannabes who were emulating the thuggish beliefs of their idols, with Chief Keef being prime suspect.” The Chicago Sun-Times posted a similar story.
It turns out that Kenan Kinard, the unapprehended suspect in the murder of 89 year-old World War II veteran Delbert Belton in Spokane, Washington, whose full name, according to the Associated Press, is Kenan D. Adams-Kinard, also identifies himself (screen grab for future reference) as a fan of Chief Keef’s “music” (I could not locate a Facebook page for Demetrius Glenn, the apprehended suspect). Who is Chief Keef, and what is he all about? That’s after the jump, and it’s not for the faint of heart.