October 4, 2016

AP Omits How Plaintiffs in Tossed Ferguson Lawsuit Lied

At the Associated Press Monday afternoon, Jim Suhr reported on the dismissal of a “civil rights lawsuit that alleged police used excessive force against protesters in Ferguson (Missouri) after the 2014 police shooting death of Michael Brown.” The plaintiffs sought over $40 million from police, police officials, St. Louis County and the city of Ferguson.

Predictably, the plaintiffs will appeal. While anyone reading only Suhr’s account might believe that the “protesters” have some basis for a complaint, coverage of the case’s dismissal at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch makes it clear that their chances of any success on appeal are (or at least in a sane world should be) very small, That’s because the Post-Dispatch reported that two of the three plaintiffs Suhr described with only their side of the story were shown to be lying.

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Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (100416)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 8:30 am

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Positivity: 101-year-old woman receives First Communion

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Rio de Janeiro, Brazil:

Oct 2, 2016 / 02:29 pm

At 101 years old, Doña Penha has seen quite a bit of life. But the centenarian experienced something new on September 28, as she received her First Communion during Mass at Our Lady of Mount Carmel nursing home in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

For those who witnessed the occasion, it was a great testimony to the love of God.

“It was a very beautiful moment that showed us that it is never too late to receive the Eucharist, which for someone seeking God, neither time nor shame can prevent,” said the administrative assistant of the nursing home, Josiane Ribeiro. She added that occasions like this help “reaffirm faith.”

Ribeiro told CNA that Doña Penha arrived about a year ago at the nursing home, which is run by the Sisters of the Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima Association. There is a chapel on site where Mass is celebrated during the week.

Doña Penha began to attend Mass with the other women. One day, she asked to go to Confession. Father Domingos Sávio Silva Ferreira realized she had not yet received Communion and asked the sisters to prepare her to receive the sacrament, Ribeiro recalled.

After that preparation, Doña Penha received Communion for the first time. According to nursing home officials, those who were with her could see that “that was what she really wanted.” Even at 101 years of age, they said, “she is very lucid, and prepared to receive First Communion from the heart.”

For Ribeiro, the occasion was a witness of God’s love – not just for the people who live with Doña Penha at the nursing home, but also for the many others who could share the moment through social media. …

Go here for the rest of the story.