Newspaper Prayers: Friday, January 19th

Headlines from the New York Times for Friday, January 19, 2018

Inside the Oval Office Immigration Meeting That Left a Senator Stunned

As they departed the now famous Oval Office meeting where President Trump used vulgar language to disparage the national origin of some potential immigrants, Senators Lindsey Graham and Richard J. Durbin found themselves in a condition unfamiliar to such veteran politicians: speechless.

“After Lindsey and I left the room and got in the car together to come back to Capitol Hill, it was silence in the car,” Mr. Durbin, of Illinois, recalled in an interview on Thursday, describing their mutual distress at the ominous turn the negotiations had taken as well as the president’s conduct. “We had just witnessed something that neither one of us ever expected.” Continue reading “Newspaper Prayers: Friday, January 19th”

Newspaper Prayers: Thursday, January 18th

Headlines from the New York Times for Thursday, January 18, 2018

What We Can Learn From ‘S-Hole Countries’

(This is an excerpt from an editorial by Nicholas Kristof. I hope you will take the time to read it in full.)

Despite President Trump’s reported call to reject immigrants from “shithole countries,” people from these countries actually have plenty to teach us.

Sierra Leone’s president has committed the country to providing free health care for children under 5 and for pregnant women, including prenatal care and deliveries, although care still lags. Meanwhile, in America the issue doesn’t get such high-level attention, so American women die in childbirth at five times the rate of British women. Continue reading “Newspaper Prayers: Thursday, January 18th”

Newspaper Prayers: Wednesday, January 17th

Headlines from NPR Online for Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Myanmar And Bangladesh Agree To 2-Year Timeframe For Rohingya Return

In less than half a year, more than 655,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar into neighboring Bangladesh, telling horrifying stories of systematic rape, murder and arson by Myanmar’s military. The “clearance operations” — which the United Nations, the U.S. and others have called “ethnic cleansing” — appear to have been aimed at removing members of the Muslim minority from the country.

Now, though, both Myanmar and Bangladesh have arranged for their return — despite concerns voiced by some international aid groups. Continue reading “Newspaper Prayers: Wednesday, January 17th”

Newspaper Prayers: Tuesday, January 16th

Headlines from the New York Times for Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Know-Nothings for the 21st Century

(The following is an excerpt of an editorial by Paul Krugman.)

These days calling someone a “know-nothing” could mean one of two things.

If you’re a student of history, you might be comparing that person to a member of the Know Nothing party of the 1850s, a bigoted, xenophobic, anti-immigrant group that at its peak included more than a hundred members of Congress and eight governors. More likely, however, you’re suggesting that said person is willfully ignorant, someone who rejects facts that might conflict with his or her prejudices.

The sad thing is that America is currently ruled by people who fit both definitions. And the know-nothings in power are doing all they can to undermine the very foundations of American greatness. Continue reading “Newspaper Prayers: Tuesday, January 16th”

Newspaper Prayers: Monday, January 15th

Headlines from the New York Times for Monday, January 15, 2018

Hopes Dim for DACA Deal as Lawmakers Battle Over Trump’s Immigration Remarks

After three days of denunciations from around the world, President Trump declared that he is “not a racist” on Sunday, even as the uproar over his vulgar remarks on immigration overshadowed critical issues facing the capital, including efforts to protect young undocumented immigrants and avert a government shutdown.

Mr. Trump also insisted that he had not made the inflammatory comments in a White House meeting on Thursday, part of a newly aggressive defense and a counterattack on Democrats by the president and his allies. But his remarks on Sunday were a departure from the White House’s initial statement last week, which did not deny the comments. Continue reading “Newspaper Prayers: Monday, January 15th”

Interview with Zach Bowers from the Missouri DOC

Bob – Most people who read my blog don’t know you. Would you tell my readers something about your life?

Zach – First of all, I want to thank you for this interview. I also want to thank Matt for introducing us.

I was raised in a small town in southern Missouri on the Arkansas state line. It was dirt roads, tin roof houses, hills, woods and rivers. I was born into a large family of simple folk who worked hard because they had to; drank hard to escape their harsh reality; and fought hard because they liked to.

At a very young age, I began to resent the classes of society who did not share in the cycle of poverty and struggle that I felt my family was trapped in due to the rung on society’s ladder we inhabited.

I remember on several occasions my uncles holding out their hands so we could see the obvious missing fingers. Drunk with misery they would tick off each missing finger and what the money they received from the sawmill went to pay for. I remember Uncle Mike saying, “This one paid for the Christmas of ’95,” as he showed us the newest stub where his ring finger should have been. It hurt me! Continue reading “Interview with Zach Bowers from the Missouri DOC”

Newspaper Prayers: Thursday, January 11th

Headlines from the New York Times for Thursday, January 11, 2018

Down the Aisles, a Secret Shelter for the Homeless

Between the racks of canned beans and rolls of toilet paper in a bodega in Borough Park, Brooklyn, a staircase hides beside the shelves.

It leads to a cavern where, for the past 14 years, the bodega owner has quietly housed scores of homeless men, some with violent pasts and mental illness. He takes them in, from local park benches and street corners, unable to bear the idea of anyone out in the cold. Continue reading “Newspaper Prayers: Thursday, January 11th”