June 13, 2017

CNN’s Cillizza Demands Examples of Fake News; Tidal Wave Ensues

There are people who appear to live in hermetically sealed bubbles, and then there’s Chris Cillizza, formerly of the Washington Post but now at CNN. On the apparently safe assumption that he really thought President Donald Trump and the public would have a hard time coming up with answers, Cillizza challenged the Commander in Chief and, and in effect the Twitterverse, to “name a (news) story that is ‘fake’ or ‘incorrect.’” A tidal wave of specific responses arrived in short order.

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Weather Channel Happily Predicts That Trump’s Properties Will Be Underwater by 2100

Late last week, the Associated Press attempted to troll President Donald Trump by claiming that his decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord “may speed up” damage to his organizations’ properties in Florida and other low-lying areas because of a “climate change”-driven acceleration in rising sea levels — by 2100. At the Weather Channel’s Weather.com Friday evening, writer Pam Wright seemed to relish that prospect, and presented it as if it’s far more than a possibility.

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Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (061317)

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: Detroit archdiocese challenged to ‘Unleash the Gospel’

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Detroit:

Jun 10, 2017 / 04:07 pm

The Archbishop of Detroit has issued a pastoral letter for his local Church which aims to encourage evangelization as an “outward, mission-focused” Church through proper formation and evangelical charity.

Issued June 3, the Vigil of Pentecost, Unleash the Gospel is the fruit of a diocesan synod held in 2016.

The missionary conversion at which the letter aims “entails making one’s relationship with Jesus and alignment with his will the central guiding principle of every aspect of life,” Archbishop Allen Vigneron wrote.

The letter was written in preparation for the coming years and is a reflection on the Detroit diocesan synod which met Nov. 18-20, 2016.

Encapsulating the prayers and discernment of the laity, clergy, and religious who gathered for synod, Archbishop Vigneron expressed hope that this project may help bring “every person at every level of the Church” to share the Gospel.

Unleash the Gospel deals with a foundational conviction, catechesis, 10 “guideposts” to guide the new vangelization, and propositions for action in families, parishes, and the archdiocese as a whole in being evangizers.

The archbishop identified vices of the local Church, the foremost of which was to see the Church as a wholly human institution, “a life enhancer” which is reduced to a social program. The root of the crisis facing the Church, he said, is the view that God is uninvolved in the world and that mankind is unable to know him.

Other bad habits within the archdiocese identified in the synod were a “status quo mentality”, being guided by fear, spiritual lethargy, and a an attitude of complaint. …

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