June 13, 2018

Sudden Media Respect for Mark Sanford As He Loses in S.C. GOP Primary

The press is simplistically treating South Carolina Congressman Mark Sanford’s Tuesday Republican primary loss as exemplifying the price one pays if one doesn’t learn, per the Associated Press, “not to cross (President Donald) Trump.” A closer look at Sanford’s history illustrates that this is a classic case of sudden media respect which ignores why Sanford was so vulnerable.

(more…)

Fake News, Then a Fake Snopes ‘Fact-Check,’ As Jose Vargas Spreads Staged ‘Kids in Cages’ Photo

Monday evening Pacific Time, former Washington Postreporter Jose Antonio Vargas posted a photo on Twitter of children inside a cage. He assumed that the photo depicted unaccompanied illegal-immigrant children recently detained by ICE. Vargas was wrong; but as of late Wednesday morning, he has from all appearances only indirectly admitted his error. An alleged “fact-check” at Snopes.com would not declare that Vargas’s obviously fake-news tweet was false. Instead, it absurdly declared that the photo involved had only been “Miscaptioned.”

(more…)

Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (061318)

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: More than 400,000 pro-life signatures presented to Argentine legislature

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

From Bueonos Aires:

Jun 7, 2018 / 07:00 pm

In the run-up to a Congressional vote on a pending abortion bill, 417,000 signatures expressing support for the unborn and their mothers were presented June 5 to Argentina’s legislature.

The bill, which would legalize elective abortion in the country, will be voted on in the House of Representatives on June 13.

The signatures were delivered by representatives of pro-life organizations to Congresswomen Gabriela Burgos and Carmen Polledo, who chair the committees on Criminal and Healthcare Legislation, respectively.

Speaking to ACI Prensa, CNA’s Spanish language sister agency, the president of Más Vida, Raul Magnasco, said that the signatures are “one more proof of the clear commitment that the people of Argentina have in defense of life and their rejection of legalized abortion.”

“Thousands more signatures have come and are coming in up to today from different provinces. [The response] has filled with joy all of us who are committed to life,” he added.

In addition to political action, Catholics have organized prayer campaigns in defense the lives of unborn babies and their mothers.

A “Jericho for Life” prayer campaign began June 6, inspired by the Old Testament story of the walls of Jericho falling down in response to prayer.

In the scriptural account, Joshua’s army, led by priests carrying the Ark of the Covenant, circled the city until its walls fell on the seventh day with the sounding of the trumpets.

Jericho for Life invites Catholics to adore the Blessed Sacrament, or recite the rosary, magnificat, or other brief prayers to the Blessed Virgin Mary, to read Scripture, and to ask for the intercession of Argentina’s patron saints.

The prayer campaign will conclude June 12, the day before the vote, with a Jericho for Life prayer rally surrounding the capitol building.

The Argentine Conference of Bishops encouraged participation in a day of prayer and fasting June 7.

Pro-life marches are scheduled in 16 cities and are sponsored by Unidad Provida (Pro-life Unity) and umbrella group for 100 pro-life organizations.

The March for Life held May 20 drew 3,600,000 participants in 270 cities. …

Go here for the rest of the story.