August 20, 2014

Esquire Columnist: ‘We Are All Complicit’ in Ferguson

You had to know this was coming. The only question was who was going to be the first to do it.

On Tuesday, echoing the Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy for the Devil,” wherein the devil slyly tells listeners that “it was you and me” who “killed the Kennedys” (making everyone responsible ensures that no one is truly responsible, allowing evil to advance), James Joiner, the Special Projects Editor at Esquire Digital, pointed the finger of guilt for recent events in Ferguson, Missouri at all Americans. He claimed that “we are all complicit” in what has transpired, starting with the shooting death of Michael Brown in an altercation with police on August 9. Execrable excerpts follow the jump (links are in original; bolds and numbered tags are mine):

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As Cincinnati Clinic Finally Ends Surgical Abortions, Local Station Gives Its Spokesperson an Open Mic to Rip Governor

A Cincinnati-area abortion facility will finally stop doing surgical abortions on Friday. Many of us, including yours truly, thought this would happen back in January, but the operators of the Lebanon Road Surgery Center, aka Women’s Med, persisted in frivolous appeals which only delayed the inevitable. Finally, they have decided to give up their challenge to the State of Ohio’s refusal to renew its license to operate because it does not have a legally required transfer agreement with a local hospital to treat post-abortive patients who experience complications.

Since January, I have received several emails from pro-life groups reporting on the status of Women’s Med’s appeals. Their identities are well-known: Ohio Right to Life, Operation Rescue, and others. They’re easy to find and easy to reach. There’s no indication that reporter Ben Petracco at local TV stations WLWT attempted to contact any of them. He instead gave the sore losers an open mic to criticize Buckeye State Governor John Kasich as if he personally oversaw the entire effort (report saved here in case it’s update; bolds are mine):

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Dylan Byers Defends Politico For ‘Diversity’ That Barely Exists and Is Shrinking

Just to be clear, the racial makeup of a news organization should be irrelevant to its ability to cover current events. The answers to who, what, where, when, why, and how are colorblind. The practice of assigning reporters to stories based on the ethnicities or races of stories’ subjects is offensive, and should be seen as insulting.

But the fact is that news organizations and so-called progressives are obsessed with “diversity” — in everything but viewpoint, of course. So it’s especially delicious that Politico’s Dylan Byers claim that Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery’s tweet that “black ppl don’t work for @politico” was “offensive and factually inaccurate” has caused the truth about the insufferably self-righteous web site’s track record to gain wide exposure.

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Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (082014)

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

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

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From a Politico morning email, confirming the visually obvious — “IT’S WORSE THAN IT LOOKS – Per a senior Democrat close to party leadership: ‘I’ve never seen House Members so distant and disdainful of the WH Congressional affairs operation … Except for fundraising, it appears to them that POTUS has completely checked out.’”

Positivity: ‘Asian youth, wake up!’ Church needs your witness, Pope says

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Seoul:

Aug 17, 2014 / 02:20 am

Addressing thousands of young people from across Asia, Pope Francis emphasized the urgent need to “wake up” and spread Christ’s love throughout the continent, pointing to the martyrs as examples.

“Asian youth, wake up!” the Pope exclaimed.

“As young Christians, whether you are workers or students, whether you have already begun a career or have answered the call to marriage, religious life or the priesthood, you are not only a part of the future of the Church; you are also a necessary and beloved part of the Church’s present!” he said.

The Pope delivered the homily at the Aug. 17 Closing Mass of the 6th Asian Youth Day, which took place at Haemi Castle, a fortress that was used to imprison Christians during the 19th century. The Mass was held during the Pope’s historic Aug. 13-18 trip to South Korea.

Pope Francis invited the young people of Asia to imitate the martyrs of the continent, including the 124 Korean martyrs he beatified the previous day.

These men and women, he said, “handed over their bodies to their persecutors; to us they have handed on a perennial witness that the light of Christ’s truth dispels all darkness, and the love of Christ is gloriously triumphant.”

The Pope pointed to the theme of the event – “Asian Youth! Wake up! The glory of the martyrs shines upon you!” – describing these words as being both a consolation and a responsibility for those who hear them.

The diverse Asian countries from which attendees had gathered each offer a unique context for the reflection of Christ’s love, he said. …

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