May 11, 2017

Media Ice Cream Scream: Trump Takes 2 Scoops With Dessert

Time Magazine published a side piece by Michael Scherer and Zeke J. Miller accompanying its primary story on Miller’s interview with the President. In “Donald Trump After Hours,” the pair observed that “At the dessert course, he (Trump) gets two scoops of vanilla ice cream with his chocolate cream pie, instead of the single scoop for everyone else.” Hard as it might be to believe, some unhinged members of the press have pounced on this sentence as proof of Trump’s less than exemplary character.

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Bogus AP Headline Claims ‘Many’ Faced ‘Insurmountable’ Barriers to Voting in Wisconsin

Desperate to make a case that voter-ID laws kept “many” people who should be allowed to vote from casting ballots in Wisconsin in November, two reporters at the Associated Press claimed “it is not hard to find” examples of Badger State residents who were “turned away.” Left unexplained is how Christina A. Cassidy and Ivan Moreno apparently could only cite four people out of hundreds of thousands allegedly affected after six months of searching. Despite a headline claiming that those involved faced “insurmountable” barriers, each person cited could have successfully cast a ballot, but failed to do so because of inadequate follow-through.

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Thursday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (051117)

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: Gramma to graduate from TSU — 55 years after she enrolled

Filed under: Education,Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Nashville:

Published 11:31 p.m. CT May 3, 2017 | Updated 12:23 a.m. CT May 4, 2017

Darlene Mullins often wore TSU gear and jeans to class, just like other students at Tennessee State University.

But Mullins is the only one who slaps the table and scolds her classmates for swearing.

After an F bomb, she shouts, “Oooo!” and then, “You need to wash your mouth out with soap!”

Graduating after a 55-year hiatus

Mullins, 72, is set to graduate from TSU Saturday (May 6) – 55 years after taking her first class. Mullins came back to campus four years ago to finish what she started.

And she came back in full grandma mode, loving on the younger students – and correcting them when she thought it necessary.

“I would listen to them, I would encourage them, hug on them, call them ‘son’ or ‘young man.’ But I never tried to be their friend,” she said firmly. …

Go here for the rest of the story.