November 7, 2015

ABC Report: Fiorina’s Factual Assertion That Planned Parenthood Is Harvesting Baby Parts Is Only a ‘Claim’

On Friday’s The View, as CNS News’s Mark Judge reported, Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar went ballistic when GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina stated that Planned Parenthood is “harvesting baby parts through late term abortion.” Part of Goldberg’s response as she serially talked over Fiorina: “You know that’s not true. Carly, you know no one’s harvesting baby parts.” Behar chimed in: “That offends my sensibility to hear you say something like that when you know it’s not true.”

Fiorina was and remains indisputably correct, while Goldberg and Behar are both embarrassingly wrong. Yet an ABC report filed at its web site Friday afternoon by Jordyn Phelps would only characterize Fiorina’s assertion of an obvious, widely-known fact as a “claim.” Beyond that, Phelps characterized the candidate’s citation of Planned Parenthood’s announced decision to cease taking compensation for harvested body as merely being (in Fiorina’s view) “proof of her point.”

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Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (110715)

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

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Positivity: When police need backup, St. Michael sends priests

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Milwaukee, Wisconsin:

Nov 4, 2015 / 03:00 am (via National Catholic Register)

When Catholic police officer Sharif Said goes out on his beat patrolling the suburbs of Milwaukee, he brings his faith with him. On the front of his police vest, he pins a medal of St. Michael, the patron saint of police officers, and on the back, he pins St. Jude, the patron of hope and impossible cases.

More than anything, it is Said’s faith that keeps him going in serving his community at its dangerous peripheries. The Milwaukee-area Catholic told the Register that the violence he sees on the job — domestic abuse, drug deals, gang activity and kids who take their own lives with guns, to name a few — is enough to “mess with your head.”

“I’ve seen a lot of heroin deaths in the last few years,” he said. “With heroin deaths, a lot of times, people don’t want you to find the body.”

And on more than one occasion, he has been reminded about how much his life rests in the providence of God. In one such incident, he had to subdue a 300-pound man who had escaped a mental ward and was wandering about the community. His taser had no effect on the man, who just ripped the nodes out of his chest.

“I had to go hands-on with him and got a pretty good hit to my face,” Said added. “You realize how quickly that stuff can go south.”

But Said added that, as a Catholic, being a police officer is a vocation of service to the community, where officers “put on that uniform and stand for something.”

“A lot of what we do are corporal and spiritual works of mercy,” he said, whether it is giving counsel to those in broken homes, comforting those afflicted by crime or burying the dead.

Police Need Sacraments and Support

Capt. Rhett Brotherton, a Catholic convert who serves in the Oklahoma City Police Department’s homicide unit, told the Register that police officers need the support, sacraments and ministry of the Catholic Church.

His department has witnessed the largest number of homicides in a 20-year period — the largest since the 1993 terror bombing of the city’s federal building. It is a violence trend not seen “since the late ’60s and ’70s.”

“What would correlate most closely is the absence of family life,” Brotherton said, adding that society is calling on “the best our community has to offer” to help such broken situations. …

Go here for the rest of the story.