March 14, 2016

Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (031416)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 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: When She Learned Her Unborn Baby Would Die, Her Pro-Life Response Was Priceless

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Jasper, Alabama:

MAR 10, 2016 10:26AM

Josh and Talia Gates seemed to have the perfect life in October 2014. They had good jobs, a nice house in Jasper, Alabama, a young son named Kyle and a daughter on the way.

But tragedy struck when the young family learned that their unborn daughter had a fatal condition called skeletal dysplasia, WZZM News reports.

Talia, an OBGYN, noticed that her unborn daughter’s legs were shorter than normal when she had an ultrasound at 16 weeks; but she was not seriously concerned. After finding out that their baby was a girl, the couple named her Aubrey.

“We joked because Josh, Kye and I all have really long torsos and short legs, so we thought she would be just like us,” Talia told the news station. “At 18 weeks, I saw that her legs were still measuring at 14 weeks, but I sort of blew it off and thought we weren’t getting a good angle, or that she was sitting funny.”

Ultrasounds at 19 weeks, however, confirmed the worst – their unborn daughter probably would die in the womb or shortly after birth. Aubrey had a skeletal dysplasia condition, a form of dwarfism, that is typically fatal, doctors told the family.

“I never saw it coming. Never,” she said. “We were not prepared for those words. They hit us both in the chest like a ton of bricks.”

At the suggestion of an abortion, the couple immediately said no. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

Trump Photo Caption: Chicago Rally Cancelled Because ‘HIS Supporters Became Violent’

Layers of editors and fact-checkers at the Columbus (OH) Dispatch and others involved in its production “somehow” failed to detect the creation of an obviously false caption to a campaign rally photo of Donald Trump taken by a St. Louis Post-Dispatch photographer.

The photo, taken on Friday at Trump’s St. Louis appearance by the Post-Dispatch’s David Carson, had the following caption, apparently added surreptitiously, when it appeared in print at the Columbus Dispatch: “Donald Trump addresses a campaign rally in St. Louis. He was scheduled to go to Chicago for a rally, but canceled as his supporters became violent.” If any press story covering the Chicago rally’s cancellation, for which supporters of Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders have gleefully taken credit, has claimed that Trump’s supporters “became violent” first or engaged in any serious acts of violence remotely comparable to that seen from those whose stated goal was to shut down the rally, I haven’t seen it.