August 17, 2016

The New Yorker Assumes ‘Libtard’ Is Rush’s ‘Favorite Epithet’; Ann Althouse Proves He’s Never Said It on Air

Ronald Reagan was fond of saying, “It isn’t so much that liberals are ignorant. It’s just that they know so many things that aren’t so.”

One of the things that liberals “know that isn’t so” is that conservative talk radio hosts are all crude people who routinely hurl racist, sexist, homophobic and other epithets over the airwaves. This would explain why the layers of fact-checkers and editors at The New Yorker felt no need to verify the accuracy of the following sentence in the opening paragraph of an essay (“HOW ROUSSEAU PREDICTED TRUMP”) by Pankaj Mishra: “In India, Hindu supremacists have adopted Rush Limbaugh’s favorite epithet ‘libtard’ to channel righteous fury against liberal and secular élites.” But blogress and University of Wisconsin law professor Ann Althouse did — and forced a correction.

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Positivity: This Mexican bishop is willing to evangelize from jail, if necessary

Filed under: Positivity,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 10:53 am

From Cuernavaca, Mexico:

Aug 16, 2016 / 10:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid allegations of interference in politics after receiving demonstrators critical of the governor of the state of Morelos, Bishop Ramón Castro Castro of Cuernavaca has said he is not afraid of facing prison.

“If I go to prison, no problem; from there I’ll do the work of evangelization,” Bishop Castro told local daily El Sol de Cautla.

“We’re awaiting notification, and I want to thank the Cuernavaca Bar Association, which lent me their support by coming to my defense,” he added.

Bishop Castro hosted at the Cuernavaca cathedral July 28 more than 100 people from various civil organizations who expressed criticism of Graco Ramírez, governor of Morelos, because of the difficulties facing the state.

Cuernavaca, the capital of Morelos, was among the 50 most violent cities in the world until 2014, according to the Mexican Citizens Council for Public Safety and Criminal Justice.

And the city has the fourth highest murder rate in the nation.

The Party of the Democratic Revolution, to which Ramirez belongs, filed a complaint against Bishop Castro for allegedly interfering in politics, in violation of the country’s laws.

The political party also accused him of homophobia for participating in a massive march in support of the family and against same-sex marriage.

The priests of Cuernavaca, in a statement released Aug. 13, expressed their “gratitude and … unwavering support” for Bishop Castro. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (081716)

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.