January 14, 2018

NY Times and CNN Take Their Anti-Trump Psychobabble to the Dogs

In a January 8 New York Times column, novelist and self-proclaimed dog lover Jennifer Weiner (rhymes with “diner”) showed that she has problems with the Trump family not owning a dog. In the process, she lied like one about Trump’s attitude towards the family pets of Vice President Mike Pence, and repeated the lie on Saturday when she appeared on Michael Smerconish’s CNN show.

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AP Flubs Reporting on Immigration-DACA ‘Negotiating’

One reason a coherent debate about immigration is almost impossible in this country is that the press fails to honestly and accurately report even the most basic facts. A Saturday Associated Press report on the topic by Nicholas Riccardi exemplifies this consistent failure.

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Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (011418)

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: Fr. Piero Gheddo, envoy to the peripheries, dies at 88

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Vatican City:

Jan 3, 2018 / 07:00 pm

One of the Church’s great media missionaries of the 20th century, Fr. Piero Gheddo, died last month at the age of 88. Gheddo died on Dec. 20, after more than half a century of work in Catholic media apostolates.

An Italian member of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME), Gheddo was the editor of missionary magazines, a founder of communications agencies, and a prolific author, whose books were translated into 30 languages.

In his autobiography, “Special Envoy To the Borders of Faith,” he wrote: “I do not deny the enormous problems we are enduring, but let us try to read them through God’s lenses … Authentic faith says that the history of humanity, as well as our little personal history and the millenary history of the Church, are in the hands of God.”

Gheddo advocated for the beatification of several missionaries, among them Clemente Vismara, a missionary to Burma, and that of Mario Vergara, a missionary to Laos. In 2006, Bishop Enrico Masseroni of Vercelli began a cause for beatification of Gheddo’s own parents, Rosetta Franzi (1902-1934) and Giovanni Gheddo (1900-1942).

It was obvious to those who knew him that Fr. Gheddo came from a family of deeply Catholic roots.
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