July 26, 2016

CNN Crime Story Fails to Disclose Double-Digit Rise in Big-City Murder Rate

The left, from President Barack Obama on down, has denied that there has been a significant spike in violent crime while demonizing GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump for citing it. The press is doing what it can to assist in the denials, but inconvenient facts continue to get in the way.

At CNN.com Tuesday morning, Wesley Bruer acknowledged that “Violent crime is on the rise so far this year in major cities across the US.” However, in a curious omission, he failed to tell readers the percentage increase in the homicide rate. A bit of investigation reveals that the situation in America’s largest cities continues to deteriorate, and at an accelerating rate.

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Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (072616)

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: This priest encourages drivers to ‘be merciful on the road’

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Madrid, Spain:

Jul 22, 2016 / 12:02 am

As more drivers hit the roads in the U.S. and Europe for summer road trips, a priest in Spain is ramping up his ‘highway ministry’ to promote safety and to care for those who spend much of their lives on four wheels.

Father José Aumenté is the head of the Spanish bishops’ highway ministry, which began after a priest was aided by a trucker on Christmas night in 1962.

“A priest had to go from one town to another and didn’t have a car. A truck driver stopped to help him and on the way he told him about his life, how hard it was to be on the road all the time, and how on such a very special day as Christmas he wasn’t going to be able to have dinner with his family because of a mishap on the trip,” Father Aumenté told CNA.

This made an impression on the priest, who then started the highway ministry, which was adopted by the Spanish bishops’ conference in 1968, and is now entrusted to Fr. Aumenté.

This year the highway ministry is being joined to the Year of Mercy under the theme “Blessed are the merciful”, reaching out to all those who find themselves on the road: truckers especially, as well as those who drive taxis, buses, or ambulances.

The message is also being addressed to those “who spend a good part of their time behind the wheel because of their work, necessity, or to enjoy vacation. Also motorists and cyclists, and pedestrians as well, who one way or another make use of the public thoroughfares.”

This was seen in a recent blessing of semi-trailer trucks Fr. Aumenté made in Albacete.

“It was a very beautiful day because the family comes along with the truck driver. They get into the cab, which is a very special place for them. I blessed the truck with holy water and gave them a holy card of Saint Christopher which has a prayer for the driver,” the priest explained.

The highway ministry also cares for those who are suffering the loss of a loved one who died in motoring accidents, as well as those injured in accidents. Last year, almost 2,000 people died in motor accidents in Spain, 400 of whom were pedestrians.

The ministry also holds a Mass each November in memory of those who died on the roads; a day is set aside in May to console family members and those whose lives were changed as the result of an accident.

Given the millions of trips taken every summer throughout the world, Father Aumenté encouraged drivers to be “merciful on the road.” …

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