June 7, 2015

Halperin Comically Accuses Those Outraged by NY Times Rubios’ Speeding Tickets Story of Double Standard

In a contest for the most consistent media fool of the year, Bloomberg’s Mark Halperin would be an early favorite to take the top prize for 2015.

This year, Halperin has already had at least three instances of outrageous hackery. As will be seen, for sheer hypocrisy, his most recent is arguably his worst.

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Houston Chronicle’s Chris Tomlinson Pushes Strawman Argument: Fracking Industry Wants ‘No Regulation’

After the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a draft report on Thursday declaring that, in his own words, “The government has no public safety justification to ban” hyrdraulic fracturing, or fracking, Houston Chronicle business writer Chris Tomlinson falsely claimed that the industry believes it “needs no regulation.”

Tomlinson formerly toiled at the Associated Press, and it shows. One of his low points there was hypocritically taking James O’Keefe to task for “editing” his videos, even though the Project Veritas founder routinely posts accompanying raw footage, something those in the far more heavily-edited mainstream press where Tomlinson works rarely do. In the current instance, he accused the American Petroleum Institute of making an argument that anyone who read the first sentence of its press release would know it didn’t make.

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Lanny Davis Whines About ‘Media Frenzy’ Over Hillary Clinton, Who Should Be Left Alone, Like Astronauts’ Spouses

When they can’t go directly after something a Republican or conservative candidate says, the establishment press attempts to make a big deal out of dumb things their aides utter or publish.

Leftist apparatchiks usually have no such worries. The latest example of an item which would be prominently in the news if a Republican or conservative had written something equally dense comes from Lanny Davis, longtime Clinton family apologist and career Democratic Party hack. In a column appearing at the Hill, Davis whined about the supposedly awful “media frenzy” which occurred two weeks ago at a Hillary Clinton event with supposedly “everyday Americans” in Hampton, New Hampshire. Davis compared the travails and indignities the poor, put-upon Mrs. Clinton suffered to … well, readers will see who after the jump (bolds are mine):

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Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (060715)

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.

Positivity: These monks are convinced that Gregorian chant will make your life better (with video)

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Rome:

un 3, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Benedictine Monks of Norcia spend their lives in prayer and labor – “ora et labora” – chanting the psalms and producing crafts to support themselves. This week, they also released an album meant to share their prayer with the world – music, they say, that has what your soul needs.

“The monks spend hours every day chanting the Mass and the Divine Office. It’s part of the air we breathe. There’s a lot of pollution in our world, and so the pure oxygen of Gregorian chant is like a breath of fresh air,” Father Cassian Folsom, prior of Norcia’s Benedictine monastery, told CNA.

The monastery on June 2 released its first major label album, BENEDICTA: Marian Chant from Norcia, through De Montfort Music together with Decca Classics and Universal Music Classics. The album, available at Amazon, includes 33 tracks, drawn largely from the liturgical chants with have characterized the life of Benedictine monks for more than 1,000 years.

“The chant is beautiful, and our souls need beauty in order to grow and thrive. The chant is the Church’s love song to her Lord; it expresses the love-longing of the monk’s heart,” reflected Fr. Cassian.

“Now monks are ordinary men, and what we experience is, in a real way, the experience of Every Man. I’m convinced that this beautiful chant will give spiritual nourishment to those who listen to it.”

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