November 30, 2014

CNN ‘Investigation’ Covers Months-Old News About Brown Family ‘Pathologist,’ ‘Professor’

The establishment press’s performance in Ferguson has certainly been disgraceful, especially its role in turning one local death into a national obsession.

One element of that buildup involves Shawn Parcells, one of two men hired by the family of Michael Brown, the 18 year-old man who was killed in an altercation with Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in early August, to look into his death. The press, including CNN in a video seen here, has reported much of what Parcells has claimed throughout the case with little if any skepticism, permanently poisoning the well with non-factual and doubt-inducing information feeding the left’s insatiable desire for proof of incurable racism in law enforcement and America in general.

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Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (113014)

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Positivity: Fight discrimination against pro-life doctors, bishops ask Congress

From Washington:

Nov 20, 2014 / 03:35 pm

The U.S. bishops are imploring Congress to enact stronger medical conscience protections against state abortion laws by passing the Abortion Non-Discrimination Act.

“We want to underscore the increasingly urgent need for Congress to protect rights of conscience with regard to the taking of innocent human life,” Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore and Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston stated in a letter to all members of Congress.

Archbishop Lori chairs the U.S. bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty and Cardinal O’Malley heads the bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities.

“Government should not force hospitals, doctors, nurses and other providers to stop offering or covering much-needed legitimate health care because they cannot in conscience participate in destroying a developing human life,” the prelates told U.S. lawmakers.

The Abortion Non-Discrimination Act would strengthen the rights of those persons or institutions facing legal action over their refusal in conscience to perform abortions.

The bishops gave multiple examples of parties being coerced by authorities to perform abortions or pay for abortion coverage. Most recently, the state of California forced two Catholic colleges to include abortion coverage in employee health plans, in a move that Bishop Robert McElroy, the auxiliary bishop of San Francisco, called “coercive” and “discriminatory” and that “directly targeted” Catholic universities.

In such cases, aggrieved individuals or groups may file a complaint with the HHS Office of Civil Rights. A legal provision known as the Weldon Amendment prohibits governmental bodies receiving federal funds from discriminating against individuals who choose not to partake in abortions out of conscience.

However, the bishops argued that this protection is not enough because it doesn’t explicitly guarantee the rights of persons to defend themselves in court. In addition, the U.S. bishops’ conference has argued that when complaints are filed with the HHS, the agency has sometimes downplayed the importance of such cases or “has been the perpetrator of the discrimination.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.

November 29, 2014

Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (112914)

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Good morning.

Other commitments will keep me from blogging again until late Sunday night or early Monday.

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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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Unexpectedly” (no , not really) — “Protesters in Ferguson chant in favor of ‘communist revolution’”

Positivity: Ice fisherman reunited with man who saved his life 64 years ago

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From Canada:

Published Saturday, November 15, 2014 12:40PM EST
Last Updated Saturday, November 15, 2014 8:24PM EST

Ice fisherman Douglas Bulleid was on the verge of death more than 60 years ago.

Bulleid and his fishing partner, Stanley Bolinski, were fishing on Great Slave Lake near Hay River, NWT, in 1950 when they thought their nets were floating away. A moment too late, they realized with horror that they were the ones drifting away.

“We were trapped, it was terrible,” Bulleid recounted to CTV News Calgary.

Bulleid and Bolinski spent the next 72 hours clinging to their lives, their supplies and sled dogs eventually lost on the shifting ice.

Their lives were put in greater danger with each passing hour.
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November 28, 2014

NBC Legal Analyst Lisa Bloom Falsely Tweets: Wilson Called Michael Brown an ‘It’

Lisa Bloom describes herself as a “Fighter for justice at my law firm, The Bloom Firm,” and is “legal analyst for NBC News & Avvo.”

NBC and Avvo should seriously reconsider their relationships with Ms. Bloom. In a series of tweets on Tuesday, she seethed over the grand jury’s failure to indict Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Since then, she’s been a whirling dervish of dementia over “#WhitePrivilege.” First, let’s look at the crucial Tuesday tweets which exposed Bloom’s fundamental dishonesty about Ferguson:

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AP Pair: Michael Brown’s Hands Weren’t Up, But ‘For Some, That’s Irrelevant’

To grievance-mongers in the fever swamp, Trayvon Martin will always be a cute little kid who had just bought Skittles and iced tea, and then got shot by a bloodthirsty racist on neighborhood watch. The truth — that Martin bought Skittles and AriZona Watermelon Fruit Juice Cocktail, two of the three key ingredients in a mind-altering, dangerous concoction known as “lean,” and that Martin’s autopsy showed “liver damage … consistent with … excessive ‘lean’ usage” — doesn’t matter.

Taking dishonesty to the next level, the mythology surrounding Michael Brown’s death at the hands of Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson, which insists that Brown had his hands up and said “Don’t shoot!” has been completely discredited. But that doesn’t matter, because, y’know, it’s a “metaphor” that can’t be allowed to go away. The Associated Press, via reporters David A. Lieb and Holbrook Mohr, disgracefully — but all too typically — gave the reality-deniers a 980-word story to spread their garbage (bolds are mine throughout this post):

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OUR Walmart Demands Chain Pay $15/Hr., While UFCW-Unionized Kroger Pays Far Less

In a Tuesday column originally appearing at RealClearMarkets.com (found in more readable form at Economics21.org), the Manhattan Institute’s Diana Furchtgott-Roth tore into the hypocrites at OUR Walmart, the union-backed effort to intimidate the nation’s largest retailer into paying all employees at least $15 per hour.

In the process, Furchtgott-Roth noted a particularly important fact which I have yet to see reported elsewhere in the organized labor-sympathetic establishment press about the United Food and Commerical Workers (UFCW), one of the primary backers of today’s OUR Walmart Black Friday protests. While UFCW demands $15 per hour for Walmart employees, many of its own members at other grocery chains often earn nowhere near that (bolds are mine):

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LAT Blog Writer: Thanksgiving Is Time to Debate ‘Crazy Right-Wing Uncle’

Sometimes, one has to remember that op-ed writers don’t always get to pick their headlines, though I would hope that they’re allowed to register their objections. So it’s not clear that Los Angeles Times guest blogger Joel Silberman is responsible for the headline at his Monday blog post about how, or even whether, to deal with relatives who disagree with you politically on Thanksgiving.

But Silberman’s resume indicates that he would probably have been comfortable with the headline used: “What to do if your crazy right-wing uncle comes for Thanksgiving.” Excerpts and some background on Silberman follow the jump (bolds and numbered tags are mine; links in final two excerpted paragraphs are in original):

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Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (112814)

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Positivity: Pope — Jesus weeps for those who prefer comfort over conversion

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From Vatican City:

Nov 20, 2014 / 05:44 am

In his homily on Thursday Pope Francis said that the Gospel scene in which Jesus wept for Jerusalem’s closed heart is repeated today with those in the Church who are afraid to let him work in their lives.

“Jerusalem was afraid of this: of being saved by the surprises of the Lord. The (people) were afraid of the Lord, their Bridegroom, their Beloved. And so Jesus wept,” the Pope told those present in the Vatican’s Saint Martha guesthouse on Nov. 20.

In the Gospel “Jesus weeps” over Jerusalem in the same way that as He “weeps over His Church, over us today,” he said.

The Roman Pontiff centered his reflections on the day’s Gospel reading from Luke Chapter 19, in which Jesus travels close to Jerusalem and weeps, saying “If this day you only knew what makes for peace.”

In this passage Jesus weeps for the holy city because its people didn’t recognize the one who brings true peace because their hearts were closed inside their own comfort zones, the Pope observed.

“The people of Jerusalem were content with their way of life and did not need the Lord: they failed to realize that they needed salvation. This is why they had closed their heart before the Lord,” he explained.

Pope Francis noted that the people of Jerusalem didn’t make any time to open the doors of their hearts because they were too busy and “self-satisfied,” and didn’t want anything to interfere with comfortable lives they were living.

They didn’t recognize what Jesus was talking about in the Gospel when he said that “if you only knew, on this day, what brings you peace. You did not recognize the time of your visitation,” the Pope explained.

He continued, saying that Jerusalem’s citizens were unable recognize this peace because of their fear of being visited by the Lord, and of the gratuity that his visit would bring.

“The city felt safe in the knowledge of what it could handle. We all feel safe in the things that we can handle … But the visit of the Lord, its surprises, those we cannot handle.”

Pope Francis said that the people of Jerusalem were also afraid of “being saved by the surprises” of the Lord, their bridegroom. This also made Jesus weep, he observed, because when the Lord comes he always brings joy and leads us to conversion.

“We all fear happiness – that joy that the Lord brings, because we cannot control it. We are afraid of conversion because conversion means allowing the Lord to lead us,” the Bishop of Rome said.

He reiterated how Jerusalem had been content and happy with how things were going because its temple worked, the priests made their sacrifices, people were coming on pilgrimages and the teachers and scholars had everything perfectly arranged.

“Everything was clear! All the commandments were clear…And with all of this Jerusalem had closed the door,” the Pope noted, saying that the cross, which was the price of the people’s refusal to listen to him, shows us the love of Jesus that still leads him to “weep – often – for His Church.”

Pope Francis encouraged the Christians of today who know the faith, go to Mass and are even pastors of the Church, to ask themselves if they have become content with themselves and their lives. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

November 27, 2014

Positivity: George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation

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This post is a BizzyBlog Thanksgiving tradition.

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General Thanksgiving
By the President of the United States of America
A PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favour; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a DAY OF PUBLIC THANSGIVING and PRAYER, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:”

NOW THEREFORE, I do recommend and assign THURSDAY, the TWENTY-SIXTH DAY of NOVEMBER next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed;– for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish Constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted;– for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge;– and, in general, for all the great and various favours which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

And also, that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions;– to enable us all, whether in publick or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us); and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

GIVEN under my hand, at the city of New-York, the third day of October, in the year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine.

(signed) G. Washington

November 26, 2014

Positivity: Pre-Thanksgiving Perspective

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 11:00 pm

Note: A slightly different version of this post originally went up in November 2007, and has turned into a BizzyBlog tradition.

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I saw this about halfway through this post at Obi’s Sister. It was written to make a political point, which is fine, but it also makes a universal one (paragraphing added by me):

A neighbor (say her name is Mary) sees her other neighbor (say her name is Nancy) and decides to make her a pie. She bakes a lovely pie the next day and takes it next-door. Nancy is overwhelmed that her neighbor would be so thoughtful and thanks her profusely.

The next week, Mary makes her another pie. When she takes it over, Nancy thanks her again, but with less enthusiasm.

The next week, Mary makes her another pie. When she takes it over, Nancy just says “Thanks.”

The next week, Mary makes her another pie. When she takes it over, Nancy says, “Thanks, and you’re a day late this time.”

The next week, Mary makes her another pie. When she takes it over, Nancy says “Thanks, but next time, can you make a cherry pie instead of apple? I’m getting tired of apple.”

The next week, Mary makes her another pie. When she takes it over, Nancy says “You know, if you put a little less sugar in the crust and didn’t handle it so long, the crust wouldn’t be tough.”

The next week, Mary has lots to do and forgets to make her pie. When she walked by Nancy’s house, she stuck her head out the door and yelled, “Hey! Where’s my pie?”

How quickly gratitude turns into a jaded sense of entitlement.

…. Why don’t we go back to the original idea? Simple people, pioneers really, expressing their pure and heartfelt gratitude …. A humble heartfelt thanksgiving. Not a holiday, but a state of mind.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

Time Contributor Writes Column ‘In Defense of Rioting’

Rush Limbaugh today justifiably criticized Oliver Friedfeld, a Georgetown student who was recently robbed at gunpoint and wrote a column — “I Was Mugged, and I Understand Why” — saying “I can hardly blame them” (the criminals) for doing what they did.

One point Rush made was that there are a lot of people out there who are determined to justify the unjustifiable actions of others — in Friedfeld’s case, even if it harms and could have potentially killed him. Time Magazine contributor Darlena Cunha has just proven his point. Cunha reacted to the crime sprees in Ferguson by writing a column called “In Defense of Rioting” (bolds are mine):
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AP Report on Venezuela Touts How Chronic Shortages ‘Bury Mindless Consumerism’

It’s amazing how any reporter can cover the deepening economic crisis in Venezuela without saying a word about how the country got there.

But Associated Press reporter Hannah Dreier was up to the task. In a bizarre, sickening November 20 report on how its people are having to get “creative” in the face of chronic shortages of basic goods to get by, she acted as if those shortages — and the over five decades of worse problems in Cuba — somehow just happened.

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