November 12, 2015

AP Pair ‘Fact Checks’ an Achieved Goal and a Completely True Statement

The “fact-checking” press has become a parody of itself during the past several years.

It’s not only because of their irritating penchant for putting statements by Republicans and conservatives under a twisted microscope while ignoring drop-dead obvious falsehoods delivered by Democrats and leftists. It’s because, among other things, the fact-checkers often admit that a statement is true, but then proceed to essentially say, “So what?” They also take policy goals articulated by candidates, which may or may not come to pass, render an opinion that it can’t be done, and then pretend that they’ve actually proven something. An example of each annoying habit was found in Tuesday evening’s Associated Press “fact check” of statements made by Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush during the most recent Republican presidential candidates’ debate.

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AP Pair’s GOP Debate ‘Fact Check’ Promotes Minimum-Wage Fiction

Tuesday evening, Associated Press economics writers Christopher Rugaber and Josh Boak attempted to “fact check” statements made by candidates at the just-completed Republican presidential debate.

Claiming that “The fourth Republican presidential debate was thick on economic policy — and with that came a variety of flubs and funny numbers,” the two writers botched at least half of the six points they tried to make. Their most obvious economic error concerned the impact of minimum-wage increases (I will cover two others in a future post):

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Thursday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (111215)

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

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Positivity: Francis’ message to the Italian Church — Imitate Jesus in humility, service

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Florence, Italy:

Nov 10, 2015 / 12:13 pm

In a lengthy speech to the Italian Church at large, Pope Francis said that true human and ecclesial advancement can only be achieved when founded on the humility and detachment of power exemplified by Christ.

“We can speak of humanism only beginning from the centrality of Jesus, discovering in him the traits of the authentic human face,” the Pope said Nov. 10.

He told those gathered to contemplate the face of Jesus, which is represented on the dome of the Florence’s Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral in an image of the final judgement.

When we look at Jesus, “what do we see? Above all the face of a God who is emptied, of a God who has assumed the condition of a servant, humble and obedient unto death,” Francis said.

The face of Christ resembles “so many of our brothers, humiliated, enslaved, emptied,” he said, explaining that God himself chose to take on their face.

“And that face looks at us. If we don’t lower ourselves we cannot see the face of God. We will not see anything of his fullness if we don’t accept that God is emptied.”

Pope Francis spoke to participants in the Fifth National Ecclesial Convention of the Italian Church, who are gathered in Florence for five days to discuss the theme, “A new humanism in Jesus Christ.” …

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