February 24, 2017

A Reminder of How Fortunate We Are

Filed under: MSM Biz/Other Bias,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:41 am

Photo taken in the New York Times newsroom, November 2016 (note the headline; click on photo to enlarge if necessary):

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What’s the Problem, Chuck?

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 7:24 am

Item (HT Hot Air): “Schumer to GOP: Stop promoting Warren as face of Democrats”

What’s the problem, Chuck? She’s the epitome of progressive love and civility, right?

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Oh, I see.

Sorry, Chuck. You and your party own her.

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Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (022417)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

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Positivity: Husband of woman pinned under truck thanks high schoolers who saved her life

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Orlando, Florida (video at link):

Updated: 9:13 AM EST Feb 19, 2017

An Orlando mother is still in the hospital after a truck slammed into her while crossing a street Thursday.

Now, Susan Gentry’s husband wants to thank the four high school football players who saved her life in a remarkable rescue.

“She’s doing much better,” said Mark Gentry.

A bystander snapped a photo of a white pickup truck moments after witnesses say a man drove over Susan at the Edgewater Drive crosswalk. Witnesses say Susan pushed her young daughter out of the way.

“The tire was on her chest and was suffocating her,” said Mark, who watched the whole thing.

Mark and others ran to help but couldn’t lift the several thousand pound truck. He screamed for help and four Bishop Moore Catholic High School football players, who just so happened to also be on the weightlifting team, saw what happened and ran over. They managed to lift the truck long enough to pull Susan to safety.

“Right place at the right time,” said Mario Hernandez, one of the players. “There’s a reason for everything. Feels like a God moment, you know what I mean?”

Mark certainly does.

“I don’t want to say what would have happened” if they didn’t step in, Mark said. “We all know it would have been a totally different story.”

He says they “definitely” saved her life. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

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February 23, 2017

Earth to NY Times and Others in the Press: Less Than Two Months in, Philly’s ‘Soda Tax’ Is a Disaster

In June, the City of Philadelphia, in what was hailed as a “historic moment for public health,” passed a deliberately misnamed 1.5-cent per ounce “soda tax.” What anyone with a lick of sense could have predicted would happen is happening, and the national press is mostly ignoring the tragic results.

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Light Media Coverage As DAPL ‘Protesters’ Torch Their Encampment

Thursday afternoon, Morton County, North Dakota officials announced, roughly 24 hours after yesterday’s 2. p.m. Central Time deadline, that “the main Dakota Access Pipeline protest camp is now officially closed.” Press coverage of the camp’s imminent and now final closure has been and I suspect will continue to be light, as the holdouts’ conduct has been injurious and disgraceful. In the final days, “protesters” who claim to be environmentalists exposed themselves as nothing more than pretentious, ruthless arsonists.

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Thursday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (022317)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

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Positivity: World’s oldest Dominican Sister dies at age 110

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Paris:

Feb 21, 2017 / 02:36 pm

A French diocese announced that Dominican Sister Marie Bernardette, the oldest sister in her order, passed away last week at 110 years of age.

The religious sister died Feb. 13, according to the Diocese of Aire-et-Dax, France.

Funeral rites for the beloved sister were held in the monastery chapel in the town of Dax where she lived. Sister Marie Bernardette had turned 110 on January 5. She would have been a religious sister for 90 years on April 18.

The religious sister had spent 44 years at the Dax convent, near Bayonne. She lived through two world wars and was able to see 10 popes.

Sister Marie Bernardette was born Jan. 5, 1907 in Orsanco, a small village in French Basque Country. Her parents named her “Gracious,” and she was one of 12 children. Three of her sisters would also go on to become religious sisters.

Last year, the French Catholic newspaper La Croix featured the sister in an article. In that piece, Prioress Sister Véronique explained that age has changed Sister Marie-Bernadette’s tasks: “When she could no longer do house work, she made rosaries. And since she can’t make them anymore, she prays (the rosary) all day” in French, Latin and Basque.

“She prays a lot for the pope, for vocations and for our order,” the prioress said.

Go here for the rest of the story.

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February 22, 2017

The Left’s Laughable Economic Claim: Trump Just Continuing Obama’s ‘Fantastic’ Economy

On Tuesday’s MSNBC Live program, Louise Mensch, though she claims to be a conservative, put forth what I suspect will be the left’s core economic argument if the economy improves under Donald Trump.

That argument: The economy is “fantastic” already, and Trump will have had nothing to do with whatever economic improvements over what is already “fantastic” we might see.

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Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (022217)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

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Positivity: George Washington and a Little-Known Turning Point in American History

Filed under: Positivity,Taxes & Government,US & Allied Military — Tom @ 5:55 am

georgewashingtonWhen I remember to do it, this post is an annual Washington’s Birthday tradition.

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Few know that George Washington singlehandedly prevented a soldiers’ revolt in 1783.

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(from historyplace.com)

At the close of the Revolutionary War in America, a perilous moment in the life of the fledgling American democracy occurred as officers of the Continental Army met in Newburgh, New York, to discuss grievances and consider a possible insurrection against the rule of Congress.

They were angry over the failure of Congress to honor its promises to the army regarding salary, bounties and life pensions. The officers had heard from Philadelphia that the American government was going broke and that they might not be compensated at all.

On March 10, 1783, an anonymous letter was circulated among the officers of General Washington’s main camp at Newburgh. It addressed those complaints and called for an unauthorized meeting of officers to be held the next day to consider possible military solutions to the problems of the civilian government and its financial woes.

General Washington stopped that meeting from happening by forbidding the officers to meet at the unauthorized meeting. Instead, he suggested they meet a few days later, on March 15th, at the regular meeting of his officers.

Meanwhile, another anonymous letter was circulated, this time suggesting Washington himself was sympathetic to the claims of the malcontent officers.

And so on March 15, 1783, Washington’s officers gathered in a church building in Newburgh, effectively holding the fate of democracy in America in their hands.

Unexpectedly, General Washington himself showed up. He was not entirely welcomed by his men, but nevertheless, personally addressed them…
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February 21, 2017

Hardly News: Hundreds of Protesters Remain at DAPL Site, Not Involved in Cleaning Up Their Horrible Mess

A 2 p.m. Wednesday deadline to leave the area looms for hundreds of bitter-ender protesters at the Dakota Access Pipeline site following Donald Trump’s January 24 executive order advancing its approval.

Based on previous reporting I’ve seen, the presence of “hundreds” is a revelation. What’s more, despite the oncoming environmental disaster caused by their trash, filth and abandoned items, up to and including cars and trucks, it’s clear that most of those still there are standing by and observing the cleanup instead of helping with it. It’s appalling that these immature, irresponsible children continue to receive presumptive press sympathy.

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Press ‘Strangely’ Slow to Report Monday Night’s Riots in Stockholm, Sweden

The Tuesday Morning Briefing at the New York Times tells us that President Donald Trump, at his rally in Melbourne, Florida on Saturday, “claimed that Sweden was experiencing a crisis because of immigration” and had “suggested that a terrorist attack had occurred there the night before.”

Concerning the latter, Trump said no such thing, nor did he “suggest” it. Concerning the former, if Sweden’s not in crisis, it had a funny way of showing it Monday night, as there were riots in Stockholm.

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‘No Further Comment Needed’ Graphic of the Day

Filed under: Economy,Quotes, Etc. of the Day,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:21 am

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Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (022117)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

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