February 16, 2017

AP Bitter That Boeing Plant Obama’s Labor Dept. Delayed Didn’t Go Union

Meg Kinnard at the Associated Press betrayed quite a bit of unhappiness Wednesday evening and Thursday morning in her coverage of workers’ decisive rejection of a union organizing effort at Boeing Corp.’s 787-10 production plant in North Charleston, South Carolina.

In two very similar reports found at the wire service’s Big Story site, Kinnard solely blamed “Southern reluctance toward unionization” for the rejection. Though that was clearly a factor, it is hardly the only reason for the overwhelming 74 percent to 26 percent rejection. Kinnard “somehow” forgot to report that this is the very same plant whose opening former President Barack Obama’s National Labor Relations Board deliberately delayed in 2011.

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Thursday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (021617)

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: Citing pro-life momentum, thousands demonstrate to defund Planned Parenthood

Filed under: Activism,Life-Based News,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Washington:

Feb 15, 2017 / 12:27 pm

More than 10,000 pro-life advocates gathered at some 227 protest locations in 43 states and the District of Columbia on Saturday to call for the defunding of Planned Parenthood.

“This weekend was huge, but it was not the end,” said Mark Harrington of the pro-life group Created Equal. “We have momentum on our side. Now is the time to press forward.”

“The time has come to defund America’s abortion giant,” Harrington told CNA Feb. 14. “Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest abortion chain, killing over 300,000 babies each year, and nearly half of their billion-dollar budget comes from our tax dollars.”

The protests, organized under hashtags like #ProtestPP, were headed by the leaders of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, Created Equal and the Pro-Life Action League.

Organizers reported a crowd of about 200 supporters in Pittsburgh, 300 in Orange, Calif., 400 in Cincinnati, and 450 in St. Paul, Minn., to name a few. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

Positivity: What Egypt’s Catholic bishops said to Pope Francis

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Vatican City:

Feb 14, 2017 / 12:08 am

A special invitation to visit Egypt was delivered to Pope Francis by Coptic Catholic bishops during their ad limina visit Feb. 6, during which they also gave a report on the state of the Church in their country.

“It was a formal invitation put in written form, that followed other invitations to Egypt,” Bishop Emmanuel Bishay of Luxor told CNA.

The Pope has also received an invitation to visit Egypt from the country’s president and from the Grand Imam of al Azhar, Ahmed el-Tayeb, who occupies a prestigious place in the Sunni Muslim world.
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