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WHOA. IF. TRUE.
Via Liberty Counsel, which represents Kim Davis:
The Pope met privately with Kim Davis and her husband, Joe, at the Vatican Embassy in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, September 24, which was the birthday of Kim’s father. Pope Francis spoke with Kim and Joe Davis in English.
During the meeting Pope Francis said, "Thank you for your courage." Pope Francis also told Kim Davis, "Stay strong. He held out his hands and asked Kim to pray for him. Kim held his hands and said, "I will. Please pray for me," and the Pope said he would. The two embraced. The Pontiff presented Kim and Joe Davis each with a Rosary that he personally blessed. Kim's mother and father are Catholic, and Kim and Joe will present the Rosaries to her parents. Kim's mother was the elected Clerk of Court for Rowan County for 37 years until her retirement in 2014.
Kim Davis said, "I was humbled to meet Pope Francis. Of all people, why me?" Davis continued, "I never thought I would meet the Pope. Who am I to have this rare opportunity? I am just a County Clerk who loves Jesus and desires with all my heart to serve him." Kim said, "Pope Francis was kind, genuinely caring, and very personable. He even asked me to pray for him. Pope Francis thanked me for my courage and told me to 'stay strong.'"
ONCE MORE ... WITH LESS FEELING
Critics seem to think that the "1989" cover album from Ryan Adams has added emotion to Taylor Swift's original work. Take a moment to laugh at the idea that Swift needs to be taught how to emote ... this is the artist who manages to be funny, passionate, sexy, unhinged, glamorous and wryly self-deprecating all in a single music video.
Writer Anna Leszkiewicz has collected critics' reviews of Ryan Adams' cover record to illustrate the subtle sexism in assuming that a man's alternative version of "1989" carries more weight than Swift's bestselling original.
For me, Adams’s cover is fine, but bland. It takes the kaleidoscopic landscape of 1989 – which is at turns, joyful, bittersweet, nostalgic, hopeful, sad, cathartic, and, most often, a combination of all the above – and flattens it. Swift’s happiest moments are tinged with irony (“Style”, for example, with its self-conscious longing for an unachievable fantasy, is hardly “brash fun” in my mind), and even her saddest songs can be playful. But Adams is consistently melancholy, therefore limiting the emotional complexity of her lyrics. Swapping out pristine production for manufactured lo-fi fuzz can’t negate that.
Serious analysts of pop culture have often, and fairly, criticised Swift’s public persona, whether for the troubling casting of people of colour in her videos or her basic understanding of feminism. But you don’t have to like her brand to understand that she is an extremely talented songwriter. You shouldn’t have to listen to a middle-aged man repeating her words through a distorted microphone to understand that either.
NewStatesman: Ryan Adams’s 1989 and the mansplaining of Taylor Swift
PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE YOU #SHOUTYOURABORTION
A recent trending hashtag encouraged women to #shoutyourabortion and erase the stigma and shame that comes with, well, ending a human life.
In response, The Federalist published this piece by Lori Sanders, a mom who chose to keep her son even though she was a 19-year-old college student when she got pregnant.
My heart breaks for those who made the decision to focus on themselves. This isn’t a commentary on women who make the decision to abort a child with a disability, or one on a woman who feels she has few resources and no hope. But this is a commentary on those who do it because they simply “aren’t ready” to have a baby now. Those who tweet to #shoutyourabortion and loudly proclaim the benefits to their lives—I weep for you and the lessons you’ll never learn through sacrifice. I wasn’t a special case, one whose preconceived convictions led me to a decision. I have my convictions because of the decision that I made and all I’ve been able to do.
So if you want, shout your abortion. You can shout it from the rooftops, while I wake up in the morning, shower, and climb up into the loft of my precious 8-year-old, waking him up with a few snuggles and songs as he pulls the covers over his head and grumbles. I’ll make his breakfast and get him dressed. I’ll send him off for the day and climb on my bus, and I’ll spend my evenings and weekends going to baseball games and Cub Scout camping trips, checking math homework and helping him shape his future, watching him become the man I already see so strongly inside the little boy.
The Federalist: I Shout My Son's Life
A few more bites:
“I always say my gravestone will say, ‘She read the comments.'” Jenni Konner, known for producing HBO hit "Girls," via Re/code
“People are still really nervous about the email situation. They just don’t want to be left in the lurch. With the Clintons, you just don’t know where the other shoes are and when they’re going to drop.” - a strategist and Clinton supporter quoted by The Hill
"He showed us that we should not be afraid to love each other and to apologize to each other as a family." - Alberto Espinoza Chavira, a 55-year-old sales agent from Chihuahua, Mexico, on why it was well worth waiting 12 hours outside to see Pope Francis in Philadelphia, via CNN
“It doesn’t mean you hate men!” - Hillary Clinton explains feminism to Lena Dunham, via The Federalist