March 29, 2018

Boston Globe Fails to Tag Scandal-Plagued State Senate Leader As a Dem

The Boston Globe has published at least three reports about Bryon Hefner, the husband of now-former Massachusetts State Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, culminating today in coverage of Hefner’s indictment on “multiple charges of sexual assault, criminal lewdness, and distributing nude photographs without consent.” None of the stories reviewed directly tagged Rosenberg as a Democrat.

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Time Gives Jeff Sessions the OJ Simpson Photo Treatment

In June 1994, a Time Magazine cover photo of O.J. Simpson after his arrest generated heated controversy because his photo had been significantly darkened. The magazine’s latest issue treats Jeff Sessions similarly, even though the Trump administration’s Attorney General hasn’t been accused of murdering anybody or credibly accused of any crime.

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AP January Fact Check: ‘Where’s Trump’s 3 Percent Growth?’ Wednesday’s Answer: ‘Right Here’

In January, the government released its first estimate of fourth-quarter 2017 economic growth, reporting that the economy’s gross domestic product grew at an annualized 2.6 percent. In short order, the Associated Press’s Christopher Rugaber and Calvin Woodward published a snotty “Fact Check” (“So where is Trump’s 3 percent growth?”) ridiculing that result.

Wednesday’s third estimate of fourth-quarter GDP growth came in at 2.9 percent, bringing the average during Trump’s first three full quarters in office to just over 3 percent. To answer the AP reporters’ question: It’s right there under your noses. Naturally, the wire service hasn’t yet recognized that its January taunt was erroneous and premature.

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Thursday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (032918)

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: Meet the good guy with a gun who stopped a mass shooting at Nashville-area church

Filed under: 2nd Amendment,Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From one of the original stories about the heroics of Robert Engle, who received the Congressional Medal of Honor (HT Weasel Zippers) on March 23:

Sep 25, 2017 3:02 pm

Robert Caleb Engle is just 22 years old, but his life changed forever on Sunday.

What happened?

While Engle was sitting inside the sanctuary of Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, Tennessee, Sunday morning, 25-year-old Emanuel Kidega Samson stormed inside and began shooting people. Samson had already murdered a woman in the church parking lot before bursting inside.

That’s when Engle sprung into action and “physically engaged” Samson, according to authorities. After a “significant struggle” ensued, Samson laid injured from a single gunshot from his own firearm to the chest and Engle was injured from being pistol-whipped.

But that didn’t stop Engle. He raced to his car and retrieved a firearm so he could protect the church and its congregation from Samson before authorities arrived. He later had to go to the hospital for injuries sustained when he was pistol-whipped.

Who is Engle?

According to Metro Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson, Engle is a “hero.”

“He’s the hero. He’s the person who stopped this madness,” Anderson said Sunday.

Engle’s friend, Blake Langford, echoed Anderson, according to the Tennessean: “He’s just a great guy. Just one of the kindest human beings you’ll ever meet.”

Engle has attended the church since he was a kid. According to posts on his Facebook page, Engle loves his family and his faith. He is also a strong supporter of the Second Amendment and has a license to carry concealed firearms, police said.

What did Engle have to say about it?

In a statement, Engle said he did not want to be called a hero and that he just hoped people would come to know Jesus through the incident …

Go here for the rest of the story.