August 10, 2015

AP’s Recall of Michael Brown Saga Continues to Distort History

The Associated Press has been in Ferguson covering the anniversary of Michael Brown’s death and the George Soros-funded out-of-towners leading the “festivities.”

I’ll leave it to others to dissect the wire service’s on-the-street reporting during the past several days. What also concerns me is how AP’s reports continue to bitterly cling to half-truths and distortions about how Brown died and the nature of the evidence evaluated by the grand jury which refused to indict Police Officer Darren Wilson in his death. Five paragraphs containing such distortions were included in at least three different AP reports this weekend.

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AP’s Ohlemacher: Taxing All Earned Income to ‘Save’ Social Security Would Be ‘Modest Change’

Democratic President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act on August 14, 1935.

In anticipation of the New Deal-era program’s 80th anniversary, the Associated Press’s Stephen Ohlemacher presented as facts several unfortunately widely believed distortions. His worst offense against common sense was an item in his list of “modest changes” which could “save” the actuarially bankrupt (to the tune of at least $10.6 trillion) program. The AP reporter included in his list of what he claimed would be “modest changes” the idea of applying the 12.4 percent payroll tax to absolutely all earned income. Modest, schmodest.

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Positivity: The Miracle of Hiroshima – Jesuits survived the atomic bomb thanks to the rosary

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 8:25 am

From Hiroshima, Japan:

Aug 9, 2015 / 07:08 am

Seventy years ago, the only wartime use of nuclear weapons took place in the Aug. 6 attack on Hiroshima and the Aug. 9 attack on Nagasaki by the United States.

The Hiroshima attack killed around 80,000 people instantly and may have caused about 130,000 deaths, mostly civilians. The attack on the port city of Nagasaki killed about 40,000 instantly and destroyed a third of the city.

Four Jesuits were nearby the hypocenter of the attack on Hiroshima, but they survived the catastrophe, and the radiation that killed thousands in the months following had no effect on them.

The Jesuits priests Hugo Lassalle, Hubert Schiffer, Wilhelm Kleinsorge, and Hubert Cieslik were at the rectory of the church of Our Lady of the Assumption, one of the few buildings that resisted the bomb blast.

Father Cieslik wrote in his diary that they only sustained minor injuries from the broken windows – but nothing resulting from the atomic energy that was unleashed.

The doctors who took care of them afterwards warned them that the radiation they received would produce serious lesions, as well as illness and premature death.

The diagnosis never materialized. No disorders ever developed, and in 1976 Father Schiffer attended the Eucharistic Congress in Philadelphia and told his story. He confirmed that the other Jesuits were still alive and without any ailments. They were examined by dozens of doctors some 200 times over the course of the following years, without any trace of the radiation being found in their bodies.

The four religious never doubted that they had been blessed with protection by God and the Blessed Virgin Mary. “We were living the message of Fatima and we prayed the Rosary every day,” they explained. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (081015)

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.