November 18, 2015

Illinois Congresswoman: Paris Attacks Show That U.S. Needs Stricter Gun Laws

Filed under: 2nd Amendment,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:40 pm

Over two years ago, even the Secretary General at Interpol, an outfit one might expect to be unreceptive to individiuals’ right to self-defense, said that one approach to the problem that terrorist groups are more frequently choosing to attack any place that people may congregate is “to say we want an armed citizenry.”

By contrast, Democratic Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky clearly isn’t interested in giving potential terrorist victims a chance to defend themselves. She’s more interested in using the Paris attacks as a springboard for advocating stricter gun laws. The press is failing to report what opportunists like Schakowsky are saying, likely because they realize that most of the American people are strongly opposed to such efforts.

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Hide the Declines: AP’s Rugaber Ignores Steep Industry Group Production Drops Until Late in His Writeup

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 2:28 pm

The catalog of wishful thinking technically classified as reports on the economy emanating from the Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press, grows with virtually each passing business day.

One of yesterday’s additions to the mountainous pile came from the AP’s Christopher Rugaber. Tasked with covering the Federal Reserve’s report on October’s industrial production, he devoted 10 of his 11 paragraphs in his dispatch to manufacturing. He didn’t even tell readers that the Fed’s release was about anything besides manufacturing until his ninth paragraph. The AP’s headline writers also cooperated by only mentioning manufacturing. In an utterly amazing “coincidence” (no, not really), manufacturing is the only one of the Fed report’s three major industry groups which turned in a positive performance:

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Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (111815)

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: For Pope Francis, the Eucharist satisfies our every hunger

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Vatican City:

Nov 13, 2015 / 02:17 pm

For Pope Francis, the Eucharist is all that can satisfy humanity’s deepest hungers and longings, and is a source of hope, joy, and zeal in leading others to Christ.

“Human beings all over the word today need nourishment. And this nourishment is not just to satisfy physical hunger,” the Pope said in his Nov. 10 video message for the opening of India’s 50th National Eucharistic Congress, being held in Mumbai.

In addition to food, human beings also hunger for love, immortality, affection, being cared for, forgiveness, and mercy, he said.

All of these hungers find their satisfaction in one thing: “the bread that comes from above,” Francis stressed, explaining that “Jesus himself is the living bread that gives life to the world.”

The Pope sent his video message to those participating in India’s National Eucharistic Congress, being held in Mumbai, which will run Nov. 12-15 and reflects on the theme “Nourished by the Eucharist to nourish others.”

As many as 5,000 people from across India are expected to attend the congress. Each of the 167 dioceses in India are sending five representatives to Mumbai for the event, where the Eucharist will be celebrated in the Latin, East Syrian, and West Syrian rites. Mumbai also hosted the 38th International Eucharistic Congress, in 1964, at which Bl. Paul VI presided. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

Facts and Math Are Both Hard for Smug Daily Beast Pair Ridiculing Refugee-Refusing Governors

Michael Weiss and Justin Miller at the Daily Beast are apparently really proud of themselves. They’re claiming that because a passport found on one of the terrorists involved in last Friday’s terrorist murder spree was a fake, it “means the (U.S.) governors’ freakout over refugees was based, at least in part, on a lie.” Based on their headline (“GOP Guvs Rely on ISIS Lies to Reject Syrian Refugees”), their attack was only directed at Republican governors.

There are at least four problems with their assertion. The funniest one is that these two apparently have no business ever being trusted around a calclulator or a spreadsheet. It’s either that, or Weiss and Miller really believe that 475 million Syrian refugess are spreading themselves throughout Europe and much of the rest of the world.

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