U.S.-allied dictator carried out targeted assassination in Washington (WP)

Stop the presses! Pinochet killed Letelier. Coming soon: a Genoese mariner landed on an island near Cuba in 1492, Chinese discovered gunpowder, Grok make wheel.


No, Donald Trump isn’t hurting Republicans with Latinos (WP)

Don’t be fooled by this Washington Post headline.

After all, the paper is now owned by Jeff Bezos, a Cuban-American, and it now nakedly represents a right-wing view; before, it was owned by the limousine liberal Graham family, which hired very few minorities to positions of responsibility—yes, Eugene Robinson, you’re just the token black face—and had no pangs of conscience when they busted unions in their shop.

Moreover, the “news” story is based on a Gallup poll. When George Gallup—whom I knew to be a gentleman and a courageous social scientist—ran these polls, they were reputable. However, last February when Jim Clifton, current CEO of the Gallup organization, didn’t like the falling unemployment figures, he spoke of them as part an Obama Administration “Big Lie”—because, of course, Obama is just like Hitler, right?

Welcome to the Fox Post.

Thai police chief laments lack of ‘CSI technology’ as bombing investigation seems stalled (TeleUK)

The background: a bomber killed 20 people visiting a famous shrine and police can’t catch him. The police chief, however, laments to reporters that his officers “have to use imagination”—imagine that!

Of course, there’s the highly inaccurate depiction of all CSI techs having multiple specialties. In reality, they don’t. In fact, I know of one trial in which the CSI witness was asked whether a certain test was done and he replied, in the thickest Brooklynese, “that wasn’t in da werk ahdah.” That settles it, don’t it?

Still, can’t help sympathizing: those poor Thais dreaming of U.S. technology—as seen on TV.

Asteroid the size of a town will NOT hit Earth on September 15, says NASA (DRScot)

Nor will Nessie come out to trick or treat in Edinburgh on October 31. Seems as if Scottish readers like to read the news that will not occur.

Apparently, this was an Internet meme gone wild. Never heard of it, but here it is, with NASA’s firm denial.

Over 10,000 sign up in first 24 hours for PM Narendra Modi’s reception in US (TimInd)

The sign that techs from India have arrived: thousands of them sign up to see their PM when he tours of Silicon Valley. In 1980, there were about 350,000 Indian Americans in the United States; today there are 3.4 million—including two governors (Nikki Haley and Bobby Jindal) and at least 20 or 30 celebrities (such as Kal Penn, Deepak Chopra, Norah Jones, Fareed Zakaria and M. Night Shyamalan).

11-year-old Paraguay girl denied abortion after ‘being raped by stepfather’ gives birth (UKInd))

Continuing with the rape drumbeat (really, guys, can we please stop this?) … here comes a difficult one if you really think about it. Abortion is, in my opinion, wrong. Two wrongs don’t make a right. However, just because I think abortion is wrong is no reason for a government to compel you to follow my opinions.

I’m not swayed by the argument that it was rape, nor that it is a child bearing a child. But I do think that even if you disagree with me, you have a right to live according to your beliefs, not mine.

Catholic Paraguayans, please note that even the Catholic Church believes this. Note the following words of the Declaration on Religious Freedom (Diginitatis Humanae), promulgated Dec. 7, 1965:

A sense of the dignity of the human person has been impressing itself more and more deeply on the consciousness of contemporary man, and the demand is increasingly made that men should act on their own judgment, enjoying and making use of a responsible freedom, not driven by coercion but motivated by a sense of duty. The demand is likewise made that constitutional limits should be set to the powers of government, in order that there may be no encroachment on the rightful freedom of the person and of associations. (DH, 1)
This Vatican Council declares that the human person has a right to religious freedom. This freedom means that all men are to be immune from coercion on the part of individuals or of social groups and of any human power, in such wise that no one is to be forced to act in a manner contrary to his own beliefs, whether privately or publicly, whether alone or in association with others, within due limits. (DH, 2)

If this girl would have preferred not to bear a child, she had the right to choose that course—even if, by some lights (including mine), it is wrong.

ISIS Enshrines a Theology of Rape (NYT)

Can this be coincidence? Yesterday, in Canada, they were investigating an incident involving a pickup artist who has advocated legalizing rape on private property. (Because, of course, where you do it is crucial, right?)

Now we hear of a jihadist who argues that raping an infidel 12-year-old girl brings him close to God. (Because Allah is into rape, y’know?)