April 8, 2017

MSNBC’s O’Donnell: Putin ‘Might Have Orchestrated’ Syria Strike

The establishment press, even as it works to censor known but inconvenient facts and shout down or constantly interrupt guests who attempt to present them, continually lectures New Media, particularly center-right media, about the need for evidence before reporting or even discussing anything in print or on the air. There’s hardly a better illustration of what a hypocritical stance this is than Lawrence O’Donnell’s wild theory, recklessly speculated on Rachel Maddow’s MSNBC show on Friday, that Vladimir Putin “might have orchestrated what happened in Syria this week” to benefit “his friend in the White House,” Donald Trump.

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Positivity: Maryland bishops join fight against human trafficking

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Baltimore:

Apr 5, 2017 / 06:02 pm

Maryland’s bishops united in voicing their concerns over the evils of human trafficking, announcing their sponsorship of a statewide initiative aimed at raising awareness of the issue.

“The evil of human trafficking is an international, national and local scourge, and a grave violation of the dignity and freedom of all its victims,” Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore, Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C., and Bishop W. Francis Malooly of Wilmington said in an April 3 statement.

“As people of faith, this grave injustice cries out for a response.”

According to the U.S. State Department, upwards of 800,000 victims of trafficking are brought through the U.S. borders every year. Up to 17,500 individuals are also trafficked into the country annually. Globally, the number spikes into an estimated 20 million victims, according to the International Labor Organization.

The bishops lamented that the state of Maryland also sees a number of trafficked victims, due to Interstate 95, which acts as a hub to other cities, especially with the Baltimore Washington International airport nearby.

The bishops’ statement, titled Proclaiming Liberty to Captives, highlighted the duty of Christians to “break the yoke of modern-day slavery,” by raising awareness and supporting organizations that aid victims.

Many efforts are already in place, which rescue trafficked victims and prosecute the perpetrators, such as Maryland’s Human Trafficking Task Force, who rescued almost 400 victims from trafficking in 2014.

The bishops voiced their support of these initiatives, and also announced their own sponsorship of regional trainings that will raise awareness of human trafficking around the state. …

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Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (040817)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 5:55 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.

Christopher Ruddy to CNN’s Don Lemon: ‘Are You Drinking Kool-Aid Tonight?’

As evidence that Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, and then his transition team, were under surveillance by the Obama administration for political reasons continues to mount, the stubborn refusal by CNN’s Don Lemon to acknowledge this reality is turning into a national joke. Thursday evening, Newsmax’s Christopher Ruddy got so exasperated at Lemon’s deep state of denial, that he asked: “Don, are you drinking Kool-Aid tonight?”

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