February 13, 2017

MSNBC Whines Over Reporters Who Queried Trump, and That They Didn’t Ask HIm About Flynn

One of the more amusing yet pathetic spectacles of the Trump administration’s early weeks has been the ongoing establishment press meltdown over the richly deserved lack of respect it is getting from the President and his press secretary.

Regarding his joint press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Monday afternoon, the news at MSNBC and elsewhere isn’t what either man said. It’s that Trump only took questions from Kaitlan Collins of the Daily Caller and a reporter from the Washington affiliate of Sinclair Broadcasting. All these people need to do is look in the mirror to see where the problem is.

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Dem Congresswoman Who Called Berkeley ‘Protests’ a ‘Beautiful Thing’ Is a Former Cop, Police Chief

On February 1, a speech by Milo Yiannopoulos at UC-Berkeley was cancelled after protests against his appearance turned violent and threatened the safety of the speaker and those who were inside a campus building. A related CBS/Associated Press dispatch also reported that rioters vandalized “at least four banks.”

At a forum on Thursday, freshman Florida Congresswoman Val Demings described what happened in Berkeley the previous evening as “a beautiful sight.” Ten days on, Demings’s intemperance has not been deemed newsworthy by an establishment press which immaturely parses every word uttered by those on the center-right for “gotcha” moments. I would argue that Demings’s statement is especially newsworthy because the endorsement of lawlessness came not only from a sitting Congresswoman, but from a 27-year retired police officer whose last position was Orlando police chief.

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Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (021317)

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: Meet the Creole nun who risked her life to teach slaves

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From New Orleans:

Feb 12, 2017 / 04:04 pm

Venerable Henriette DeLille, born a “free woman of color” before the Civil War, had all the makings of a life of relative ease before her.

Born in 1812 to a wealthy French father and a free Creole woman of Spanish, French and African descent, Henriette was groomed throughout her childhood to become a part of what was then known as the placage system.

Under the placage system, free women of color (term used at the time for people of full or partial African descent, who were no longer or never were slaves) entered into common law marriages with wealthy white plantation owners, who often kept their legitimate families at the plantations in the country. It was a rigid system, but afforded free women of color comfortable and even luxurious lives.

Trained in French literature, music, dancing, and nursing, Henriette was prepared to become the “kept woman” of a wealthy white man throughout her childhood.

However, in her early 20s, Henriette declared that her religious convictions could not be reconciled with the placage lifestyle for which she was being prepared. Raised Catholic, which was typical for free people of color at the time, she had recently had a deep encounter with God, and believed that the placage system violated Church teaching on the sanctity of marriage.

Working as a teacher since the age of 14, Henriette’s devotion to caring for and educating the poor grew. Even though she was only one-eighth African and could have passed as a white person, she always referred to herself as Creole or as a free person of color, causing conflict in her family, who had declared themselves white on the census.

In 1836, wanting to dedicate her life to God, Henriette used the proceeds of an inheritance to found a small unrecognized order of nuns, the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Her non-white heritage had barred her from admission to the Ursuline and Carmelite orders, which only accepted white women at the time.

This group would eventually become the Sisters of the Holy Family, officially founded at St. Augustine’s Church in 1842. Like Henriette, the other two founding sisters had denounced a life in the placage system.

The Sisters taught religion and other subjects to the slaves, even though it was illegal to do so at the time, punishable by death or life imprisonment. …

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