February 9, 2014

Most Media Outlets Fail to Expose Leftist Protesters’ Photo ID Requirement to Be in North Carolina’s ‘Moral March’

Leftist protesters trying to portray themselves as mainstream gathered in Raleigh, North Carolina yesterday to protest moves made by the Republican-dominated state government yesterday.

One of protesters’ major objections is to a voter-identification law passed last year. That’s more than a little ironic, because guess what organizers required march participants to have? That’s right: photo identification. Though he waited 13 paragraphs to do so, Gary D. Robertson at the Associated Press, apparently aware that several prominent center-right Internet outlets had already noted the breathtaking hypocrisy (examples here, here, and here), actually told his readers about it; I could not find another establishment press outlet which did. However, Robertson, in classic AP style, cited a Republican critic instead of simply reporting the damning fact (bolds and numbered tags are mine):

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NewsBusted (020714)

Filed under: NewsBusted — Tom @ 5:09 pm

A little late, but here we go:

Topics:
– President Obama’s Year of Action
– CBS News
– MTV’s “Mexico Shore”
– Abortion Pill
– Alcoholic Drinks
– San Francisco Mayor
– Jay Leno
– Dick Cheney

Best Line: “President Obama has declared the year 2014 to be a year of action. The bad news is that so have the IRS and the NSA.”

Oregonian Fails to Fully Expose Backward-Looking Group Which Chased Away Trader Joe’s in Poor Section of Portland

This past Monday, Andrew Theen at the Oregonian reported that “Trader Joe’s is backing away from a development in Northeast Portland,” citing, in the company’s words, “negative reactions from the community.”

Actually, the vast majority of “the community” wanted the grocery chain to build in the once bustling but now troubled area. Theen quoted Portland’s “city leaders” as calling the decision “a loss for the city and particularly for Northeast Portland.” Neighbors and business owners in the area, described here as “once the heart of Portland’s African-American community,” had been “thrilled” about the project. It’s people who largely aren’t part of that community who opposed the deal. On Friday, as will be seen after the jump, Theen had a chance to fully expose the radical, backward-looking grievance mongers who stopped progress, and to a significant extent blew it.

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Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (020914)

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

This open thread will stay at or near the top today. Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow. Other topics are also fair game.

Positivity: Sainthood causes of over 100 martyrs advanced by Pope

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Vatican City:

Feb 8, 2014 / 11:04 am

The Pope has approved the advancement of the causes for canonization of over one hundred lay Catholics persecuted for their faith, as well as a bishop, a religious sister, and two priests.

In a decree on Feb. 7, Pope Francis authorized the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints to promulgate the causes of these Catholics in the various stages of the canonization process.

Layman Paul Yun Ji-chung, along with 123 others who lived in Korea between 1791 and 1888, was recognized for his martyrdom in refusal to renounce the Catholic faith. Yun Ji-chung came from a noble family and converted to Catholicism at the age of 28, eventually helping his mother and and other family members to convert as well.

In 1790, three years after his baptism, Yun Ji-chung’s bishop declared the ancestral rites to be prohibited. The following year, the young man incurred the wrath of the authorities by rejecting the use of Confucian ancestral rites for his mother’s funeral, insisting upon their irrationality.

After his steadfast adherence to the faith, he was beheaded on December 8, 1791 at the age of 32.

Another martyr, Franciscan priest Father Francesco Zirano, was recognized with the title, “servant of God.” Killed in 1603 in Algiers, Father Zirano suffered a brutal death of being skinned alive.

The priest had travelled to Algiers in an attempt to rescue his cousin who had been captured by pirates and made a slave, but Father Zirano was beaten and put into prison soon after his arrival.

Due to a case of mistaken identity, the priest was sentenced to death. He refused to renounce his faith and spent his last days encouraging the other Christians in prison. Father Zirano was executed on January 25, 1603. …

Go here for the rest of the story.