Though I am back home and recuperating, I still have not gotten back into my routine. I am visiting at Mark and Mary Lapchak’s for a few days, then will be at the St. Thomas Aquinas Conference in Colorado Springs over the weekend (I won’t be there until Friday). Then next week I hope to get back into a relaxing routine for five weeks, before heading out west. If you are interested in hosting a visit, contact Mary Lapchak at firstname.lastname@example.org. Best to move quickly, though, as when I drive, it is much harder to shoehorn visits in after the trip has begun.
During the period when I get to go back to my routine, I hope to get a slew of meaty posts up and am working on developing the organizational framework for a national pro-life consortium of effective outlets to facilitate more effective coordination of pro-life efforts as Planned Parenthood and abortionists are quietly being hollowed out.
Last night I watched CBS Evening News. It was unusual, for I rarely watch network news shows except for clips. The routine malice, incompetence, and errors of modern journalism often send me into a frothing rage. The experience re-confirmed my commitment to stay away from the ignorant trash modern “journalism” has become.
One segment was about a young man who frequently had “psychotic episodes.” Seems this young man had stripped naked in the Carolinas and clambered aboard a semi-truck as it was leaving a gas station. The truck driver spotted the fellow, pulled over and called police. When the police arrived, they called paramedics. EMTs examined and interviewed the fellow, could not find any evidence of drugs involved, and asked him if he wanted to go to the hospital (while also giving him some pants to wear). The now subdued young man did not want to go to the hospital or to jail. When he was turned back over to the police, the cop (obviously deciding the man was more nuisance than menace) promised not to take him to jail, drove him a few blocks, and dropped him off at a well-lit, but closed, gas station. Five hours later, the young man was killed when he ran out onto the expressway in front of a car.
The segment started with the grieving parents. The Mother expressed her conviction that the EMT’s “killed” her son by not forcibly committing him. While I sympathize with her grief, that grief does NOT give her license to smear the very people who were forced to deal with what she and her husband had already refused to deal with. Why didn’t she blame herself for not forcibly committing him? They showed clips of the EMT’s and the officer dealing with the young man. Some of the EMT’s were sarcastic at times. Of course, these blue-collar public safety workers have to deal all shift long with problems their “betters” ignore and foist onto them. Then those who have foisted these problems on others have the temerity to condemn any deficiencies in the EMT’s behavior, while pretending to moral superiority – while not even trying to deal with such problems. Then there was tape of a state senator calling for further investigation of the police and EMT’s and piously proclaiming that these workers need to be more sensitive in such situations.
Of course, if the police and EMT’s had done what the parents and the state refused to do, which is forcibly commit a man who was obviously a danger to himself and others, there could have been a TV segment done in that case, too. It would have had the parents shaking with rage at the workers who had denied their son his freedom, when he had clearly asked coherently to just be let go. The state senator could have given the exact same interview, calling on the workers to have more sensitivity.
Of course, the network smeared the workers who actually tried to grapple with the problem and lionized the people who refused to lift a finger to even recognize there was a serious problem. Disgusting.
Then, in a brief political segment, a field reporter spoke about response to Donald Trump’s “racist” tweets. Not tweets that some characterized as racist, but matter of fact characterizing them as racist. The tweets in question involved factual information about serious problems with no reference to race, whatsoever. But, of course, any statement contrary to the leftist narrative of the establishment media and Democratic Party is racist, even if it is entirely factual and makes no reference to race. Bloody hell!
Man, is it ever humiliating to acknowledge that I was once a journalist! No, I did not do it like this, but it is humiliating nonetheless, for this is all many young people know about the profession: Screeching harpies pitching a narrative; facts, evidence, logic, fairness be damned. How did America become so dystopian and casually dishonest so quickly?
Here’s some advice: avoid network news. If you are not informed, it will only make you misinformed. If you are informed, it will only throw you into a frothing rage. An entire generation of reporters and journalists have become incompetent, but preening, hacks. Fake news, indeed.
Perhaps I am just cranky, but I am so worn out with all the manufactured crises that are, supposedly, America’s fault. Do you know which country in the west produces the fewest carbon emissions, per capita? That would be the United States. Oh, the charts usually cleverly narrowly define such emissions to find areas where the U.S. is higher – but even there it comes in middling. And it is just stupid to define carbon dioxide – the gas which sustains vigorous plant life – as a pollutant in the first place. Just about as stupid as it would be to declare water, itself, a pollutant. The only reason the leftists don’t do the latter, I suspect, is because even the dullest of the folksies would figure that scam out pretty quick. Strangely, the Paris Accords on “climate change” put the most onerous requirements on the U.S., which is the least problematic while largely exempting the European, African and Asian countries that are the most problematic. It was a globalist shakedown of the U.S., not an attempt to grapple with any actual problem. Just Manny “Boom Boom” Macron sidling up to say, “Nice little country you have there, wouldn’t want anybody to get hurt,” before telling what the protection will cost us. Thank God Donald Trump refused to let us become the marks.
Then there is the problem of plastics dumped in the ocean – a real problem, unlike supposed man-made climate change. On the left coast, states that are legalizing drugs and paraphernalia associated with them, are banning plastic straws. I’m waiting for the cop show that has a scene where the cops ignore open drug deals while, guns drawn, tell a fellow sipping a slurpy through a straw to put his drink down and get his hands on his head. We have gone beyond satire. It would probably surprise you to know that 90 percent (that is not a misprint) of all the plastic in the ocean comes from rivers in Asia and Africa. China, alone, is responsible for well over 50 percent of the debris. American systems are far more efficient than the rest of the world. In fact, America’s part in the problem does not even amount to a rounding error in China’s production of plastic waste in the oceans, alone.
As it turns out, the countries that are most economically developed with the freest political systems produce the least pollution of all types. So what do the crackerjack intellects on the left and in the media want? To decimate advanced economies and adopt authoritarian political systems. Wow. Just wow.
Meantime, for Catholics in America, we can count on our Pope to blame America for all problems, even when its offenses do not even constitute a rounding error in systems he lauds, like the Chinese. This piece by Fr. George Rutler from last fall illustrates the matter. I know it is a great challenge to many of us to know that our Pope would fit right in on the debate stage of the Democratic candidates for President.
I am weary of demagogues manufacturing crises, ignoring facts, evidence and logic, attacking those who already do the most to solve the problem, while demanding that we all adopt policies that have always inflamed the problems. Throughout our history, people at the fringes have often come up with weirdly laughable “solutions” that are completely bonkers – but never before have so many in the lunatic fringe held power and, perhaps worse, been taken seriously by ordinary people that, in sane times, would laugh such hacks off the stage.
We’ve got a lot of wood to chop.
Okay, now the segment for which the clickbait title of this article is about. First, a hat tip to reader David Taube for this incredible find.
Turns out that nearly 50 years ago, Elvis Presley recorded and published a song entitled, “The Miracle of the Rosary.” It was written by Lee Denson, an early rockabilly artist who helped teach Elvis to play the guitar.
Just about two minutes long, it is now one of my favorite songs. Elvis does a beautiful job. Enjoy.