Monthly Archives: April 2017

Media bias unmasked!

Spotting the gorilla in the news room, after all these years! What. Do. You. Know.

The answer to the press’ myopia lies elsewhere, and nobody has produced a better argument for how the national media missed the Trump story than FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver, who pointed out that the ideological clustering in top newsrooms led to groupthink.

“As of 2013, only 7 percent of [journalists] identified as Republicans,” Silver wrote in March, chiding the press for its political homogeneity.

Just after the election, presidential strategist Steve Bannon savaged the press on the same point but with a heartier vocabulary. “The media bubble is the ultimate symbol of what’s wrong with this country,” Bannon said. “It’s just a circle of people talking to themselves who have no fucking idea what’s going on.”

Hand it to and , the first of whom ran a very good Headlines (?) report at Slate many years ago — was laid off in 2011, picked up by Reuters, then by Politico in 2015 — for laying it all out, somehow disposing of the bias claim as such while supplying for it ample evidence.

So what? They put it to their fellows as a major problem and even suggest solutions. He’s no Steve Bannon, of course, but you know? That’s all right.

Addendum: Years ago, I called it the lemming problem: Newsies for most part followed their leaders in re: national news. Second (and third and fourth etc.) City syndrome. Once, through possibly unethical subterfuge, a Detroiter and I scooped the NY Times — by two hours, enough to find the city editor waving the wire copy as I got back from wherever, not in Chicago.  Which said more about us as a group than me as enterprising.


In expose-style Sun-Times story about private-server emails to the Chicago mayor is complaint by developer about a system “riddled with rules and apathy . . . “

The emailer was Robert Judelson, of JMB Realty, who bewailed “costly and time-consuming” regulations which “play havoc with financial results and make it ever more difficult to provide needed housing for. . . new folks [who might be] moving to the city.”

Developers, Judelson said, “are struggling more than ever to bring projects to . . . completion,” but “the system is riddled with rules and apathy and it is costing the city a fortune.”

Shit. The culture of City Hall. Judelson should write a guest column about it, or the mayor should call him and other developers in for advice about what to do about a suffocating bureaucracy.

Alone among the emailers cited in the story, Judelson speaks for a key constituency for the city that works, and not a pet project, by the way.

The Mass of the ’40s vs. of today, a Catholic lament

1. The Latin was mysterious, signalling the (bona fide) mysteries of the Eucharist, vs. today’s liturgical populism, downgrading the mystical and downplaying the sacral. 

 2. The priest saying Mass was a functionary, reflecting the ex opere operato aspect of what he did.

 3. The priest at mass was (presumably) a priest at prayer, absorbed in that aspect, which meant he did not look at or survey people, even when turning to them to pronounce a blessing or solicit response.

 4. As functionary or performer of the sacred ritual, he was severely limited. Ritual reigned, ad libbing unheard of.

 5. People looked forward and saw the priest facing in the same direction, a crucial element in the transaction but not the focus. (Important point here and now, when the priest has become the focus, people look at him, there being nothing else, presuming they pay attention to what’s going on.)

 6. The priest never looked at the people, as already noted. It was prayer time, for him and the rest of us, moments of silence and attempted communing with the supernatural.

7. Mass over, church remained a place of prayer, not reverting to a social hall, as if the Sacrament did not remain, ensconced in tabernacle.

 8. All in all, there was less or no socializing in church, more or only reverence or at least silence.

It’s different now. You might be praying or trying to pray and the priest passing by, say before mass, might catch your eye in greeting, intent on being sociable.

He might even (though rarely) tell you later what he noticed (or didn’t) about you during mass, as it were counting the house. (Father sees you.)

He might, walking down a side aisle in clerics, as another priest was winding up his mass, remind a parishioner of a scheduled meeting as, post-communion, the parishioner, who had just received communion, was trying to commune with Jesus.

 The parish director of liturgy, chatting with another man in a rear pew during mass, asked if he might take his conversation into the hall steps away, might decline.

A parishioner, a very senior citizen, might greet people as they approached for communion, shaking hands as a sort of greeter, and might be shocked when a fellow parishioner trying to keep his mind on the sacred event ignores his outstretched hand. (The greeter is in the spirit of the event as presented on that day, the other man in the spirit of something else.)

In the days of long ago, there was consolation for the mass-goer in its ex opere operato aspect. Father may have been dumb as a rock (unlikely, in view of his training) or evil as Satan (also unlikely), but his masses mattered. Deus providebit was the byword, after all.

 But with any luck at all, he would be wise and good, supplying the ex opere operantis for the occasion.

Ripped from the pages of Newsalert

Didn’t mean to simply copy it, was trying out an add-on, but it’s good stuff as usual, So I’m letting it stay here . . .

Google “Forgets” to Celebrate Easter

At Google , Easter isn’t as important as

these important dates.

Cal-Berkeley Instructor sends inflammatory Facebook message to conservative author

The Daily Californian


Campus jazz trumpet instructor Ellen Seeling sent Mike Cernovich, a conservative author and media persona, a controversial Facebook message Friday in response to his denial that date rape exists.

Seeling sent a private Facebook message to Cernovich criticizing his statements regarding date rape, using many expletives. In October, Cernovich released a controversial article on his website discussing date rape that said “the entire concept of ‘date rape’ is damaging to men and women.”

“I think that you’re a prick who claims date rape doesn’t exist,” Seeling said in the Facebook message. “If yes, f*** you up the a** with a poisoned broomstick c***s***. We s*** in your mouth.”

Seeling said that last week she saw a screenshot of a tweet Cernovich made stating there’s no such thing as date rape. She then decided to message him privately.

“That really pissed me off,” Seeling said. “I am so tired of these rape advocates not having any repercussions for what they say. It was the last straw.”

Comrade Seeling appears to be angry.

Judge halted execution plan, then participated in death-penalty protest

The New York Post


An Arkansas judge who barred the state from hurriedly executing eight inmates attended a death-penalty rally just hours later — even posing as a condemned man as part of the protest.

Soon after Friday’s ruling, Judge Wendell Griffen attended the rally outside the Governor’s Mansion, where he lay tied to a cot as other protesters held anti-death- penalty signs behind him.

Griffen’s participation in the rally sparked outrage among death-penalty supporters.

Republican lawmakers condemned the display as judicial misconduct, and called for his removal from the bench.

The judge that reveals his real occupation : a protester.

‘Mere negligence’: Court reinstates principal fired in Philly cheating scandal

Eag News


A Philadelphia principal who was fired in connection with a standardized test cheating scandal may get her job back after a three-judge panel ruled in her favor Thursday.

The panel found no evidence that former Tilden Middle School principal Michelle Burns was involved in cheating discovered at the school and ruled her 2014 termination was an overly harsh punishment for “mere negligence,” reports.

“Although the cheating which occurred at Tilden is abhorrent and must be rooted out, the arbitrator found only that Burns failed to uncover it and prevent it,” according to the Commonwealth Court ruling. “Thus, we cannot conclude an award reinstating an administrator after finding her guilty of mere negligence violates a fundamental public policy.”

The great moments of government schools.

Annoying things that Indian do to prove themselves cool.

Complaints from South Asia . . .

The Hungover Owls

Author : Harshit Dangwal

(No apologize for being straight forward.)

1.”Dude, you know i only listen to Hollywood or Pop.”

Suck! “Dude i only listen to Pop or Hollywood.” are common words you can found almost every person saying. I don’t understand what is the connection of pop music to coolness. Meanwhile this sounds like Bulls**t.

2.”I didn’t proposed her/him, she/he proposed me.”

Holy sh*t, what if she or he proposed you first. It’s all about your relationship. What is the coolness factor about proposal. (Such peoples needs to grow up.). Literally, they think this will raise their so called repo within their friends circle.

3.”Buddy! Respect girls!!”

Seriously!! I mean are these wordings really true?? 99% No, only vocally not by heart. What is the need to showoff if you really don’t respect them by heart. Talking shi**y things about them at their behind. Atleast don’t wear the…

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Moving. The blank face says a lot. Understates a lot, which we can use these days of horror stories, nothing but — unless squeaky sentimentalism.



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Why the Vatican Sounds Increasingly Anglican

​It’s that old on-the-one-hand this, on-the-other-hand that.​

The recent selection of Fr James Martin and Michael Warsaw to be part of the Vatican communications team would indicate that this is the case. The Jesuit Fr Martin is a well known progressive. I might say he is an outspoken progressive, but he is too smart to be outspoken. Instead he shrouds his progressive agenda with sentimental spirituality and intentional ambiguity. If you would like to learn about Fr Martin’s advocacy of the LGBT agenda read this article at Crisis.

On the other hand we have the appointment of Michael Warsaw–head of the EWTN media empire. Folks at EWTN and National Catholic Register would be respectful to members of the LGBT community, but they would certainly not celebrate the gay culture.

If you were trying to choose two poster boys for the two different American Catholic Churches you could hardly do better than Mr.Warsaw and Fr.Martin. Were they chosen to bring “balance” to the team? As the pope embraces Justin Welby did he also embrace the Anglican idea of “two integrities”?

l​Also known as having your cake and eating it.​

Makes the sound of the trumpet very uncertain, but keeps down the darn bickering.

James Martin Compares David Dao to Jesus on Morning Joe | Mediaite

​Fr. Martin strikes again.

Much more on the troubled doctor who preferred not to leave the plane

Louisville Courier-Journal has it.

He’s a winner, to be sure. “Troubled” is euphemism, of course. “Menace,” anyone?

This doctor gives new meaning to “troubled”?

If not nutcase, dangerous even if unarmed, nobody you want to ride an airplane with. He seems a candidate for any man’s no-fly list.

And who covers such things like the Daily Mail, hunting up answers to questions about him that arise for many readers. Go, Daily Mail.

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