July 25, 2016

AP Headlines ‘Positive’ DNC, Ignores Bernie Supporters Yelling ‘Lock Her Up!’

Though they haven’t yet covered things up perfectly, Hillary Clinton’s journalistic defense team at the Associated Press has swung into gear at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

The headline at the wire service’s 10:00 p.m. Monday evening story by reporters Julie Pace and Ken Thomas — “AFTER DISPUTES, DEM STARS TURN THEIR CONVENTION POSITIVE” — falsely told readers that the contentiousness was over. Far from it. The pair’s cleanup isn’t complete yet (I expect we’ll see that by early Tuesday morning), because their early paragraphs still betray the widely-reported disarray which occurred throughout the day. Pace and Thomas also need to work on their hearing, because they’re claiming that a chant which became popular at the Republican convention last week relating to Hillary Clinton — “Lock her up!” — hasn’t been heard in Philadelphia. They’re wrong.


Dems Can’t Get Past Invocation Without Bernie Delegates Booing Hillary

Throwing Debbie Wasserman Schultz under the bus apparently wasn’t enough to calm the atmosphere at the opening of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

As seen in the video which follows, a sizable group of the party faithful, i.e., Bernie Sanders supporters, delegates, couldn’t even get through the opening invocation. First their booing, and then their shouts of “Bernie, Bernie!” eventually became louder than the cheers of pro-Hillary Clinton delegates.


Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (072516)

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: Baptism at sea – refugee child born during boat rescue

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Munich, Germany:

Jul 20, 2016 / 03:02 am

In the midst of her stressful overseas voyage to Europe, Vivian, a very pregnant Nigerian woman who departed from the Libyan coast, ended up giving birth on the German naval ship that rescued her and her 654 companions.

Her first request when she saw the military chaplain on board? That her newborn son get baptized.

According to the German Military Chaplaincy, Vivian, who is Catholic and likely fleeing ongoing violence and persecution in her country, was one of 655 people who piled onto four flimsy dinghies in order to reach Europe with the hope of a better life.

On July 6, their first day at sea, a German naval ship saw the boats, and, recognizing the precarious condition of the dinghies, described as “un-seaworthy,” brought them on board.

When military chaplain Fr. Jochen Folz saw that Vivian had given birth on board the ship after being rescued, he and the medical team immediately offered their support. After only a few minutes Vivan made one wish very clear: she was Catholic, and she wanted her newborn son to be baptized.

So Fr. Folz got to work right away with the help of ship’s officers and crew: the radio operator enabled the Internet so the priest could access the English texts needed for the rite of Baptism, while others found a sauceboat and matching tray for a makeshift “baptismal” font. A candle also emerged from the officers’ wardrobe.

A woman named Martina O., who was also rescued from the dinghies, was allowed to accompany the birth, and agreed to take on the role of the child’s godmother.

Though it was dark outside, the medical container was brightly lit by neon lights, and was filled with soldiers who wanted to be present for the special moment.

Fr. Folz began by greeting the attendees and offering a brief introduction to the baptism. The rite then proceeded as usual: Fr. Folz asked Vivian: “What name will you give your child,” to which she replied: “Ikpomosa.”

When the priest asked her “What do you ask of the Church for Ikpomosa?” Vivian smiled and said proudly: “Baptism, faith and eternal life.” The priest then traced a sign of the cross on the newborn’s forehead, inviting his mother and godmother to do the same. …

Go here for the rest of the story.