November 19, 2017

Press Mostly Indulges UCLA Player’s Dad Who Denies Trump Helped Free His Son

The 2017 competition for Ingrate of the Year is now closed; the disgraceful distinction belongs to LaVar Ball. Rather than thank President Donald Trump for his part in keeping his son and two other UCLA basketball players from rotting in a Chinese prison for several years, Ball, when asked by ESPN about Trump’s role, shot back “Who?” — and complained that “Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out.” Well sir, that’s because he did.

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Twitter Using ‘Blue Check’ Status As a ‘Big Brother’ Weapon?

The growth in online censorship by tech titans Facebook, Twitter, and Google’s search and YouTube platform is one of the most under-reported stories of the past two years. In the latest disturbing development, Twitter, which has been increasingly heavy-handed in censoring center-right content, content providers, and everyday users since last year’s general election campaign, has announced that it will unilaterally remove “blue-check” (i.e., “verified”) status from groups and users who in its view have violated its Terms of Service — even for offline behavior it considers unacceptable.

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Not News: Hillary Claims Broaddrick, Jones ‘Misremembering History’

In a Friday radio interview, Hillary Clinton failed to answer a question about her hostile, orchestrated actions against women who credibly accused her husband of sexual harassment and assault during the 1990s. In the process, she accused the alleged victims of “misremembering or misinterpreting history.” On Laura Ingraham’s Friday evening Fox News show, Paula Jones took strong exception to Mrs. Clinton’s nonsense. Naturally, the establishment press hasn’t covered what Mrs. Clinton said.

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Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (111917)

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: Italian nun martyred in Somalia takes step toward beatification

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Vatican City:

Nov 10, 2017 / 08:13 pm

An Italian nun killed in Somalia in 2006 has been officially recognized as a martyr, as Pope Francis moved her cause for beatification forward this week.

Sister Leonella Sgorbati and her Muslim bodyguard, Mohamed Osman Mahamud, were ambushed outside of a hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia. Sister Sgorbati was a Consolata Missionary and spent most of her time in Africa, where she taught nursing and aided the sick.

On Wednesday, Pope Francis declared Sister Sgorbati a martyr for the faith, and advanced the causes of several other men and women.

Born Rosa Maria Sgorbati in 1940, the Italian religious felt a strong call to enter the convent from her childhood, but waited until age 20 to enter, heeding her mother’s requests.

Before taking her final vows in 1973, Sister Sgorbati spent nearly a decade of preparation in religious and medical formation.

She later worked at both hospitals and schools in Kenya, and helped start the Hermann Gmeiner School of Registered Community Nursing in 2002. She worked rigorously to have the school internationally accredited, and, in 2006, the first class graduated, just a few months before her death.

On October 17, 2006, Sister Sgorbati was attacked by two assailants outside the hospital around noon shortly after teaching a class. The hospital was across the street from the SOS Village where the nuns lived.

After the first bullet had struck the nun’s leg, Mahamud tried to protect Sister Sgorbati with his body. He was then shot to death, and the nun was shot two more times, severing a major artery. She was then rushed to hospital but died on the operating table.

“Pardono, Pardono (I forgive, I forgive),” where the last words she whispered to Marzia Feurra, a sister in the same order. …

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