March 26, 2015

‘Watters’ World’ Finds Several People Ignorant of and Hostile Towards America

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 1:09 am

Earlier this week, Meredith Shiner at Yahoo News, a political reporter with roughly six years of experience and a jourmalism degree from Duke, demonstrated breathtaking ignorance about Ted Cruz’s reference to God-given rights. She tweeted the following in reaction: “Bizarre to talk about how rights are God-made and not man-made in your speech announcing a POTUS bid? When Constitution was man-made?”

In a post on Shiner’s tweet on Monday, I wondered how widespread such breathtaking ignorance might be. In his Fox News “Watters’ World” segment on Bill O’Reilly’s show on Tuesday, Jesse Watters found some individual answers, many of them far from encouraging:


March 25, 2015

AP: ‘Not So Clear’ That Israel Is Democratic

The pundit class in the U.S. and much of the rest of the world is still seething over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s electoral triumph last week.

On Monday, Dan Perry at the Associated Press took that hysteria to a new level, in effect attempting to discredit Bibi’s win by writing that, after all, it may not really be correct to call Israel a democracy. That’s because “Palestinians” who are in the occupied territories — whose leaders, and more than likely a majority of its residents would vote to expel all Jews from Israel in a heartbeat if they could — can’t vote (bolds are mine):



As Durable Goods Deterioration Continues, AP Hides the Decline

The Census Burau’s February Durable Goods report, released at 8:30 a.m. today, “unexpectedly” (Bloomberg did the U-word honors) came in with a seasonally adjusted 1.4 percent decline compared to the 0.2 increase analysts expected. Additionally, January’s increase was revised down to 2.0 percent from 2.8 percent. Not adjusting for inflation, unadjusted (i.e., actual) February orders came in 2.3 percent below February 2014. Pending adjustments to February’s figures, seasonally adjusted durable goods orders have declined by 5.3 percent in the past four months.

Despite all of this, the Associated Press’s primary story on durable goods by Martin Crutsinger was gone from its Top Business Stories page by 2 p.m.



Positivity: New bishop in England looks forward to proclaiming Christ ‘with God’s help’

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 2:21 pm

From Brighton, UK:

Mar 25, 2015 / 02:03 am

On Saturday, Pope Francis appointed Bishop Richard Moth of the British military diocese as Bishop of Arundel and Brighton, where he looks forward to serving the Church and sharing the Gospel.

“It is a great privilege to have been appointed by Pope Francis as the new Bishop of Arundel & Brighton and I am very conscious of the trust that has been placed in me,” Bishop Moth said March 21.

“In these last fifty years since the foundation of the Diocese, so much has been done to build up the Church and in the proclamation of the Gospel and, with God’s help, I look to guide and serve the Diocese to that same end.”

The Arundel and Brighton diocese had been vacant since September, when its previous shepherd, Bishop Kieran Conry, resigned after revealing he had been unfaithful to his promises as a priest. According to The Daily Mail, he had had an affair six years ago and had more recently been involved with a married woman.

Since Bishop Conry’s resignation, Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark has served as Arundel and Brighton’s apostolic administrator.

“I am especially grateful to Archbishop Peter Smith for all he has done in recent months to support and guide the Diocese,” Bishop Moth noted.

For his part, Archbishop Smith stated his great joy at the appointment.

“I was so pleased when I heard the news that he had accepted the appointment from the Holy Father,” he said. “I have known Bishop Richard for many years, firstly when I taught him as a student at St John’s Seminary, then as a fellow priest of the Archdiocese and most recently as a brother bishop. I know that he will work tirelessly to serve all the people of the diocese, and I have no doubt that he will prove to be a true pastor to the clergy, Religious and people of the Diocese.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.


Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (032515)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 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.

March 24, 2015

NewsBusted (032415)

Filed under: NewsBusted — Tom @ 2:01 pm

Here we go:

– President Obama
– Economist Magazine
– Eric Holder
– Senator Robert Menendez
– Social Security
– Rolling Stones
– Senior Binge Drinkers
– Madonna
– New York pot laws

Best Lines:

  • “Scientists sy gene manipulation will one day allow people to live to be 500 years old. Unfortunately, Social Security runs out of money in 20 years.”
  • “Rumor has it that the Rolling Stones will launch a North American tour this summer. Now We don’t want to say they’re getting old, but the Stones’ tongue-and-lips logo is now a set of dentures.”
  • “According to a new study, seniors are the most frequent binge drinkers — followed closely by juniors, sophomores and freshmen.”

CNN Panelist: Suggestion That ‘Jackie’ Made Up UVa. Rape Story ‘Flies in the Face of Statistics’

On CNN yesterday, after the network cut away from the press conference where Charlottesville, Virginia Police Department announced that it “found no evidence to support claims in a Rolling Stone article that a University of Virginia student was gang raped at a campus fraternity in September 2012,” network panelist and CNN legal analyst Sunny Hostin bizarrely resorted to “statistics” to defend “Jackie,” the student-fabulist involved.

The panel discussion which followed the press conference seemed to be all about telling viewers that “Despite what everyone says, it’s really not over.” Hostin’s major contribution to that meme was to essentially contend that because “only about 2 percent of rapes that are reported are false,” any allegation that “Jackie” was making things up is unfair and likely incorrect because it “flies in the face of statistics” — even though, in a new development, we learned that “Jackie” claimed that she was the victim of a second gang-rape incident in April 2014. Police also could find no evidence supporting that incident’s occurrence. Video and a transcript follow the jump:



Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (032415)

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Positivity: Rome’s poor receive 1,000 pounds of food from Pope Francis

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Vatican City:

Mar 23, 2015 / 12:17 pm

Pope Francis is sending half a ton of food to families suffering hardships in Rome’s Tor Bella Monaca neighborhood.

The food is being distributed through the Institute of Medicine Solidarity Onlus, which works to help the socially disadvantaged, reported AICA, a Catholic news publication in Argentina.

Lucia Ercoli, the association’s director, said it was “truly a surprise” when they received the phone call about the food delivery for the poorest families in the neighborhood.

The Pope was in the neighborhood on March 8 for his visit to the parish of Santa Maria Madre del Redentore. The Papal Almoner, Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, was scheduled to deliver the food March 21.

“Ten days after his visit to Tor Bella Monaca he wanted to send a sign of his closeness to those who are going through hard times,” Ercoli said, adding “the Pope has not forgotten about us.”

Ercoli said she is confident that Pope Francis, by making “these gestures of mercy,” has “given a foretaste of the extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.

March 23, 2015

White House: Iran ‘Death To America’ Comments Only Meant For ‘Domestic Audience’

CNN is reporting tonight that the White House considers the “Of course, death to America” comments made by Iran’s Supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, as merely a statement “intended for a domestic political audience.”

That clueless take would be headline news everywhere right now if this were a Republican or conservative administration. The National Journal’s John Kraushaar’s tweet reporting that statement, and one reaction to it, follow the jump:



USAT Reaction to Discredited Rolling Stone Rape Story: ‘Didn’t Quite Hold Up’

The press’s reluctance to let go of a popular but debunked meme — in this case, the nonexistent “epidemic” of college campus sexual assaults — is sometimes inadvertently humorous, though still intensely annoying.

Take how John Bacon and Marisol Bello at USA Today characterized the news that “Police in Charlottesville were unable to verify that an alleged sexual assault detailed in a controversial Rolling Stone magazine article ever took place at the University of Virginia”:



Yahoo Political Reporter: Cruz Talking About God-Given Rights Is ‘Bizarre’

Meredith Shiner is currently a Yahoo News political reporter. Before spending three years at Roll Call, where she was considered “a leader in the newsroom,” she toiled at the Politico for two years. Shiner is a graduate of Duke University, and “grew up in the northern suburbs of Chicago.”

I have provided these resume-level details to emphasize how utterly incomprehensible it is, as well as downright scary, that a woman with this kind of background and experience could have published, reacting to Ted Cruz’s speech announcing his presidential candidacy, the following tweet (HT Instapundit):



USAT Report on Supremes Not Hearing Wis. Voter ID Case Relays Worry That ‘Hundreds of Thousands’ Could Be Disenfranchised

Today the U.S. Supreme Court, as the Associated Press’s Scott Bauer reported, “turned away a challenge to Wisconsin’s voter identification law,” meaning that “the state is free to impose the voter ID requirement in future elections.” Bauer then focused on the impact of the state’s off-year primary elections on April 7.

Bauer’s relatively tolerable (for him) report tagged the law as “a political flashpoint since Republican legislators passed it in 2011 and Gov. Scott Walker signed it into law.” Meanwhile, demonstrating that he will accept leftists’ claims at face value even when they can’t possibly make any sense, Richard Wolf at USA Today relayed a ridiculous claim made by the law’s opponents (bolds are mine):



Positivity: Pope invites Rome’s homeless to distribute Gospels at Sunday angelus

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 8:37 am

From Vatican City:

Mar 22, 2015 / 10:39 am

Pope Francis on Sunday invited members of Rome’s homeless community to join volunteers in handing out copies of the Gospel to pilgrims in Saint Peter’s Square, a reminder of how God’s Word is found among the poorest of society.

“Even in this we see a very beautiful gesture, which pleases Jesus,” the Pope said, moments after leading the crowds in the recitation of the Angelus on March 22: “those most in need are those who give us the word of God.”

The volunteers, who included homeless persons living on the streets of Rome, handed out small copies of the Gospel in Italian to those who had braved the chilly and wet morning to come and pray with the Holy Father. Meanwhile the Roman Pontiff reiterated the importance of always carrying a copy of the Scriptures to read throughout the day.

“The word of God is light for our journey!” he said.

Opening his Angelus address to mark the fifth Sunday of Lent, Pope Francis reflected on the day’s Gospel passage, in which a group of Greeks come to Jerusalem for passover and approach the apostles wishing to see Christ.

“We wish to see Jesus.” These words, the Pope said, “reveal a desire which crosses epochs and cultures, a desire present in the heart of many persons who have heard Christ speak, but have not yet encountered him.”

Christ responds to this request “indirectly” by prophesying his own death and resurrection. “The hour of the Cross, the darkest in history, is also the source of salvation for those believe in him,” Pope Francis said.

The prophesy continues with Christ saying that unless the “unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.”

This image, the Pope said, recalls “another aspect of the Cross of Christ: that of fertility.”

“The death of Jesus, in fact, is an inexhaustible source of new life, because it carries in itself the regenerative power of God’s love.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.


Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (032315)

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9:15 a.m.: Housing recovery update

Some of the biggest players in the mortgage industry have recently eliminated more than a thousand jobs in the aggregate as they adjust to current conditions.