May 6, 2018

Media Ignores Violent Criminal Past of Local Anti-NRA Dallas Protest Organizer

Once again, protests against the NRA at its annual convention, this time in Dallas, have been pathetic. Turnout has been “shockingly small.” One event had “maybe 100 (people), half of whom were journalists.” An actress involved in the protest movement attended — accompanied by likely armed security guards, who illegally “chase(d) Texans out of a public park simply because they asked if she uses armed defense.” Topping it all: The press has ignored the long, violent criminal record of local anti-NRA organizer Dominique Alexander.

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AP’s Scott Bauer Fails to ID Party of Dem Legislator Charged in Racial Incident

Despite relatively recent Associated Press Stylebook changes mandating that elected officials’ political party “should be routinely included” in stories about them, the wire service appears to be backsliding. On Saturday, I noted the wire service’s failure – before being shamed into a partial remedy — to tag DC politicians engaged in public anti-Semitic outbursts and conspiracy theories as Democrats. Now it turns out that the AP’s Scott Bauer, in a Saturday dispatch, failed to apply the Democratic Party tag to Lena Taylor, a Wisconsin State Senator charged with disorderly conduct in a racially-charged incident at a Milwaukee bank. Is the AP Stylebook genuine guidance, or a $22-per-copy exercise in pretense?

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Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (050618)

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: Bishop praises ‘life-giving intent’ of Iowa’s fetal heartbeat bill

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Sioux City, Iowa:

May 3, 2018 / 07:00 pm

An Iowa bishop said that a bill banning abortions after detection of a fetal heartbeat “affirms the life-giving intent” of the state’s pro-life efforts.

Known as the “fetal heartbeat” bill, the measure was attached to state. legislation banning the sale and transfer of fetal remains. The bill was passed by the state’s legislature this week.

Bishop Walker Nickless of Sioux City, Iowa, told CNA he supports the legislation’s aims.

“We are grateful that, right now, it looks like it would stop some trafficking of fetal body parts following an abortion,” he said. “It also affirms the life-giving intent of our stance in pro-life activities.”

The bill, passed in the Iowa House of Representatives May 1 and the Iowa Senate May 2, now awaits approval from Republican governor, Kim Reynolds, who has not commented on whether she will sign the legislation into law.

The law would require any women seeking an abortion to undergo an ultrasound to determine whether a fetal heartbeat can be detected, a milestone usually detected in the sixth week of pregnancy. The bill does make some exceptions for pregnancies conceived through rape or incest.

The bill would also ban all persons from knowingly acquiring, providing, transferring, or using fetal remains in Iowa. This would not apply to medical diagnostic samples, or forensic investigations, or to fetal body parts donated for medical research after a miscarriage or stillbirth.

“We support the life-giving intent of the provisions in the bill and we want to do everything we can to support that,” Bishop Nickless said. …

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