Tens of thousands gathered in Hong Kong on Wednesday to remember the dead on the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown, the only major commemoration in China as authorities clamped tight security on Beijing. The White House called for China…
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'Screaming' Ohio woman went on a punching-and-biting rampage after being asked to wear a mask: police
A woman in Ohio this week went on a rampage at a local grocery store after being asked to wear a face mask.
Local news station Fox 19 reports that 38-year-old Christeena Carpenter was arrested and charged with four counts of assault this week after going on a punching-and-biting spree at Clifton Market in Cincinnati.
Clifton Market Marketing Manager Garrett Meadows tells Fox 19 that Carpenter immediately started "screaming" at him when he asked her to put a mask on while inside the store.
Not content to simply defy the store's mask policy, Meadows said that Carpenter then tried to light a cigarette in the store, which employees asked her not to do.
It was at this point that she became physically violent and began punching store employees.
Meadows tells Fox 19 that customer soon came over and tried to restrain Carpenter, only to get bitten while trying to hold her down.
Officers from the Cincinnati Police Department eventually arrived and arrested Carpenter, who is due to be arraigned in court next week.
Once upon a time, I was a straight news reporter freelancing for a new national religion publication. My assignment was to attend religious services in my area to see what faith leaders were saying on the Sunday before the 2012 presidential election.
I decided to go to a Roman Catholic Church here in New Haven that offers mass in English, Polish and Latin (obviously, not at the same time). The Latin Mass, if you've never experienced it, is truly moving what with the incense and cathedral setting and so on. I was enjoying myself all the way up to the homily. It was in English. I got my notepad. "Abortion is the greatest humanitarian crisis of our lifetimes," the priest said. The message was clear: don't vote for the (Black) candidate supporting infanticide.
I don't think abortion is murder, but I can see why others do. I can see why people see it as a "humanitarian crisis." I can even see why some think of the pro-life movement as a civil-rights movement. For these believers, life begins at conception, meaning a person becomes a person at what they believe is a sacred moment. Even if you don't think it's murder, you might credit the view with having a profound moral weight.
Yes, yes. I know. Anti-abortion politics is really about putting women back in their place in the natural order of things.1 It's about maintaining the local authority of white man, for the most part, and their dominance over women, especially the women in their lives. This, to me, is transparently true. Even so, abortion is what it is. It's not like the pro-life movement is based on nothing serious. There is a moral foundation, no?
What if it's not what you think it is? The energy driving 40 years of partisan politics, to strike down Roe, has been described as a moral crusade. The moral dimension has been strong enough to wedge apart liberals and social-gospel Catholics, wrote Christopher Jon Sprigman. "But for so many I knew, the struggle over abortion overwhelmed their other political commitments. For many, it was the Supreme Court's constitutionalization of abortion that turned disagreement into a great moral schism."
Again, what if it's not that? What if the question is not centered on the morality of ending a pregnancy but on something quite different? Most liberals don't even bother asking the question. They just deny the premise of the argument. They deny a fetus is a person. But what if a fetus is a person, as pro-lifers say? Then what? Well, then we have a titanic ethical dilemma no serious person in the pro-life movement talks about. And by refusing to talk about it, they give up the game. This isn't really about babies.
Think about it. The pro-life movement wants the government to outlaw access to abortion, the result being women carrying out pregnancies. Put this together with the belief that a fetus is a person. What are pro-lifers asking for? That the government force one person to permit another person to use her body. Though it's true this person requires another person's body for its survival, that doesn't change the fact that forcing one person to permit another person to use her body for its survival is a moral question as profound as the question of whether ending a pregnancy is good or bad.
Even if you think ending a pregnancy is bad, on account of your belief that a fetus is a person, you should be downright disturbed by the idea of the government forcing one person to allow another person to use her body for its survival. These are different moral problems, sure, but they are equally problematic. If the pro-life movement is not ignoring one in favor of the other, it's deciding one is OK while the other is not. And the consequential burden of either decision falls entirely on who? Pregnant women.
If abortion really were a "great moral schism," its opponents would be struggling to untangle the vexing moral knot of a government forcing one person to use another person's body. But I don't see serious abortion opponents doing that. What I do see is what everyone else sees—debate over whether the US Supreme Court will strike down Roe, or enfeeble it, out of the profound moral conviction that abortion is wrong.
But abortion is not a "moral debate." It's a one-sided moral debate. It's a debate over which one side won't look at the moral implications of winning the debate. Or it's a debate over which one side understands the moral implications and accepts them, because accepting them is in keeping with its view of the natural order of things. What's sacred isn't so much the life inside the mother as her presumed social role.
MSNBC's Morning Joe rips Jim Jordan's 'sheer idiocy' about Dr. Fauci: 'You have to be a moron to believe it'
MSNBC's Joe Scarborough ripped Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) for spreading "idiocy" and "lies" about Dr. Anthony Fauci.
The Ohio Republican berated the esteemed epidemiologist during a House Coronavirus Crisis Subcommittee hearing, and the "Morning Joe" host bashed Jordan for undermining public health by spreading conspiracy theories about the pandemic.
"The lies continue, the scapegoating still continues," Scarborough said. "No personal liberties were taken away. The Supreme Court has reviewed cases, the courts have reviewed cases. It's just, it's sheer idiocy playing for the lowest common denominator."
Republicans have been attacking Fauci since the beginning of the pandemic over his suggestions to mitigate the spread of the deadly virus, and Scarborough said that has cost thousands of American lives.
"You have to be a moron to believe it, but there are, I guess, a lot of morons out there," Scarborough said. "Something called 'Plandemic,' where they get somebody to come in just makes things up whole cloth, suggesting he killed people during the AIDS epidemic. It's all filled with lies, and yet people are stupid enough to believe it."
"Jim Jordan peddles those lies, and peddles the suggestion that Anthony Fauci somehow is the problem instead of a coronavirus that's spread across America and killed 550,000 people," he added.
Scarborough said he personally knows educated people who believe the pandemic is fake and that doctors are risking their careers by lying about COVID-19 deaths for profit.
"Really intelligent people I have known my entire life who run actual operations actually believe that doctors are lying on death certificates, and putting that somebody died of COVID, because their hospital would make more money," Scarborough said.
"These aren't people stepping, you know, out of a cave, chewing tobacco and, like, have never gone to school," he added. "That's one of the great lies of this Trump populism, that it's all a certain group of uneducated, you know, teeming masses. No, no -- a lot of the people that I have to talk to every day, that believe these stupid lies, they're really intelligent. They're really wealthy and they are in a cult and they can't break out of it."
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