August 30, 2015

Ignorant Miami Sportswriter Criticizes ‘Anti-Government’ Crowd

Miami Herald sportwriter and columnist Greg Cote, whose career has entered or is about to enter its third decade, seems to have incorporated a sideline into his work: glib, ignorant political commentary.

One such example surfaced at the end of his August 25 Random Evidence blog post. Apparently, Cote believes that anyone who has ever received any kind of government benefit or has made use of a government service at any time in their life is a flaming hypocrite if they believe that Uncle Sam and other public entities should be able to survive on less money than they currently spend. They’re also hypocrites if they believe that the federal government has become far too intrusive in our everyday affairs and threatening to the fundamental freedoms identified in the naton’s Constitution. Greg, who clearly should stick to sportwriting, has convinced himself that such people are “anti-government”:

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WashPost’s Ignatius Relies on Hillary Clinton Defender With Undisclosed Connections

One of the odder pieces appearing during the past week in connection with the Hillary Clinton email and private server scandal was David Ignatius’s attempt to deny that it’s a scandal at all in Thursday’s Washington Post.

Ignatius devoted four of his first five paragraphs to relaying the allegedly expert assessments of Jeffrey Smith, who Ignatius described as “a former CIA general counsel who’s now a partner at Arnold & Porter, where he often represents defendants suspected of misusing classified information.” Sounds like an arms-length guy, doesn’t he? He’s not. He has been a security adviser to Hillary Clinton’s previous presidential campaign, defended John Kerry against criticism of the Massachusetts senator’s national security negligence in 2004, and served on Bill Clinton’s presidential transition team in late 1992 and early 1993.

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NY Times Headlines Make Clarence Thomas Look Like a Plagiarist

The leftist press has despised Clarence Thomas ever since he fought off their attempt at what he properly characterized as a “high-tech lynching” to become a Supreme Court justice almost 24 years ago. It has worked to smear and discredit him ever since.

The latest such effort was posted online at the New York Times on Thursday and published in its Friday print edition. The online and print edition headlines at the piece by Adam Liptak, the paper’s Supreme Court correspondent, made it appear as if the Times had discovered serious instances of plagiarism.

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Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (083015)

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: Catholics in Colombia assist thousands of their brethren forced out of Venezuela

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Cucuta, Colombia:

Aug 27, 2015 / 11:36 am

With thousands of Colombian residents of Venezuela being driven from their homes amid a border crisis and martial law, the bishop of a Colombian border city is encouraging his people to assist the displaced.

Since last week, more than 6,000 Colombian residents of Venezuela have been expelled or have left voluntarily, after president Nicolas Maduro declared martial law and closed the border following the Sept. 19 injury of four Venezuelans by Colombian smugglers.

Bishop Victor Ochoa Cadavid of Cúcuta warned that Venezuela’s actions have unleashed a humanitarian crisis, and therefore asked that “the competent authorities address, in a timely and effective manner, the situation confronting the people expelled from our neighboring country.”

The bishop noted that the diocese is providing assistance to some 200 deportees through its Migration Center, “providing shelter, personal hygiene items, and food, with contributions coming from the Diocesan Food Bank and Jesuit Refugee Services.”

Bishop Ochoa added that the diocese is also providing food for the 207 persons housed in Cúcuta’s public schools and that they are “awaiting a contribution from the city administration to increase the aid.”

He also said that in La Parada, another border town located six miles south of Cúcuta, “Saint Peter the Apostle Parish is providing accommodation and food for 30 people, and they are moving forward with taking inventory of the needs in available lodging in the area. With the help of religious communities we are taking care of 196 deportees or people who are in need.”

The bishop was thankful that the fruits of this year’s Campaign for Christian Communication of Goods will be able to provide for “this complex situation, especially for children and youth.” …

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