October 27, 2016

CNN, AP Hype Trump ‘Not on the Campaign Trail’ For a Few Hours, Ignore Hillary’s Light Schedule

On Wednesday, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump was in Washington to formally open the new Trump Hotel in Washington. This set off a media chorus of, “Oh my gosh, he’s taking time off from campaigning! How can he do that when he’s behind in the polls?”

Meanwhile, Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton’s public appearance schedule during this 2016 campaign has been among the lightest of any major-party candidate going back at least to 1964. During that time, I don’t recall any candidate leaving the trail for several days prior to each of three debates, as Mrs. Clinton did in late September, early October and mid-October. Given Mrs. Clinton’s light schedule, CNN’s Dana Bash cluelessly questioned Trump over why “you’re taking time out of swing states to go do this.”



Thursday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (102716)

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Positivity: Rome’s poor to be guests of honor at Vatican concert

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Vatican City:

Oct 26, 2016 / 10:48 am

The Vatican will host a concert for the poor and homeless of Rome next month, not only using the concert to raise money for Pope Francis’ charities, but also inviting the poor to attend as the guests of honor.

Called “With the Poor and for the Poor,” free-will donations taken at the end of the concert will benefit Pope Francis’ charitable projects: this year, the building of a new cathedral in Moroto, Uganda, and an agrarian school in Burkina Faso.

The concert will take place Nov. 12 in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall.

Following the concert, volunteers of the Jubilee of Mercy and members of the choir of the Diocese of Rome will distribute a meal and a small gift to the invited guests as a reminder of the evening.

Performances at the concert will be by the Roman Symphonic Orchestra and the National Choir of Saint Cecilia, directed by Academy Award-winner Ennio Morricone. They will be performing excerpts from some of Morricone’s most famous works.

Alongside them, Msgr. Marco Frisina will direct the choir of the Diocese of Rome in performing several sacred songs and will lead those present in reflections on the theme of charity in honor of the end of the Jubilee of Mercy.

The event, organized by the Opera Nova Onlus and the choir of the Diocese of Rome, is sponsored by the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization and by the St. Matthew Foundation in memory of Cardinal Van Thuan, a Vietnamese cleric who was imprisoned by his nation’s communist government for 13 years. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

October 26, 2016

Project Veritas, Rigging the Election Part IV

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:15 pm


Key pull quote (no substitute for watching the whole thing):

ROBERT CREAMER: He (Barack Obama) is a pro. I’ve known the President since he was a community organizer in Chicago.

So much for him being some kind of casual acquaintance who just showed up at the White House over 340 times in the past 8 years, 47 of them to meet with Obama himself.

Beyond that, the video solidifies the evidence establishing illegal communications and connections between Hillary Clinton’s campaign, Super PACS supporting her election, and the dark-money people disrupting Trump events.


Matthews, Who Should Know Better, Lets Biden Claim He’s Never Criticized the Tea Party

Joe Biden appeared on MSNBC’s Hardball on Tuesday, and claimed that “You never heard me criticize the tea party.” Millions of people with decent memories and the ability to hear know that this is not true. Those with longer memories know that Biden’s strident criticisms of the Tea Party movement, its members and its political candidates and officeholders go back over six years.

Center-right outlets are having a field day with Biden’s bogus claim, as they should be. Meanwhile, the establishment press is predictably virtually ignoring what Biden said. One person who has mostly escaped criticism thus far is Chris Matthews, Hardball’s host. Matthews didn’t challenge Biden’s obviously untrue statement, even though he discussed the Vice President’s fiery rhetoric five years ago when he made a speech at a union picnic in Cincinnati. At the time and in the context of other events that day, Matthews and his guest clearly believed that Biden was targeting the Tea Party.



Positivity: A message from Rome on the power of liturgical music

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 10:00 am

From Vatican City:

Oct 24, 2016 / 03:17 pm

Liturgical music has the ability to communicate the love of God – and it’s this message that gives it the power to help bring others to Christ, said the choir director of the Diocese of Rome.

“I believe music is a powerful tool to evangelize because evangelization is to impart in the heart of man the joy of Christ, the love of Christ,” Msgr. Marco Frisina told CNA Oct. 21.

Music is like planting “this seed of joy in the heart, it is a great power.”

Msgr. Frisina, also a renowned composer, in 1984 founded the Choir of the Diocese of Rome for singing at the most important diocesan liturgies, many of which are presided over by the pope. It now comprises over 250 members.

One of the speakers at a Jubilee of Choirs which took place at the Vatican Oct. 21-23, among those who participated were laity, priests, directors of liturgical offices, choir conductors, musicians, organists and diocesan and parish choirs.

Held in liturgical memory of Saint John Paul II, the goal of the event, according to the Jubilee of Choirs website, was “to focus on music as a tool of extraordinary communication and how to live the Liturgy as the highest moment of the expression of our faith and Christian culture.”

On Saturday, all of the participating choirs joined with the Choir of the Diocese of Rome to perform a concert in the Paul VI Hall dedicated to St. John Paul II and Divine Mercy.

Friday the schedule included a training on the topic “Sing Mercy.” Speakers included Msgr. Frisina, Msgr. Vincenzo De Gregorio, president of the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music and Msgr. Massimo Palombella, Director of the Choir of the Sistine Chapel.

Msgr. Palombella agreed that music can be a tool for evangelization, particularly by providing an element of unity between the different Christian religions. …

Go here for the rest of the story.


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October 25, 2016

CNN’s Blitzer Lets HHS Secy. Burwell’s Obamacare Excuses and Half-Truths Slide

Obama administration officials, their designated flacks, and even President Barack Obama himself have spent the past several days defending the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.

Tuesday afternoon, Health & Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell visited CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, who simply let his guest say what she wanted to without answering his questions, spouting half-truths and falsehoods in the process.



MSNBC’s Morning Joe Beats Nightly News in Reporting Obamacare Hikes, But Only Superficially

Monday night, Nicholas Fondacaro at NewsBusters noted that NBC’s Nightly News failed to cover steep price increases averaging 25 percent being imposed next year in Obamacare plans purchased through the program’s national exchange.

One might have expected the normally left-leaning Morning Joe show on MSNBC to follow suit. Nope. Willie Geist noted that the premium hikes and shrinking choice that will be seen in 2017 were “all predicted by conservatives, while Joe Scarborough chimed in further: “Everything conservatives predicted coming true with Obamacare.” As one might expect, liberal Mika Brzezinski quickly steered the conversation back to the Clinton-Trump horse race.



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Positivity: Christian girls who barely escaped ISIS credit Mary for their safety

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 8:55 am

From Kirkuk, Iraq:

Oct 23, 2016 / 12:57 pm

Seven young women in Kirkuk credit the Virgin Mary for their safety after spending a harrowing eight hours hidden underneath beds while Islamic State group fighters used their room as a hideout during an assault on the city.

“The Virgin Mary was with them,” Fr. Roni Momika told CNA Oct. 23.

The priest, who ministers in refugee camps of Ankawa, Erbil in northern Iraq, was in cell phone contact with two of the girls while they hid under the beds. They gave him a play-by-play account of what was happening.

Seven women, university students in Kirkuk, found themselves threatened by the Islamic State group’s assault on the city Friday, Oct. 21.

“ISIS entered the house of our students, the girls,” the priest reported.

When they heard the militants coming, the women quickly darted under four beds in one of the rooms, where they remained undiscovered for eight hours as ISIS fighters used the room as a refuge to eat, pray and hide from Iraqi Army forces.

“I was speaking with them all the time,” Fr. Momika said, noting how there was “a strong girl” who told him “Father, I will continue speaking with you and tell you all our news and what ISIS is saying.”

For the duration of their time there, the militants not only ate and prayed, but used the beds to care for two of their fighters who were wounded.

“On one bed there is a lot of blood,” the priest said.

He shared with CNA some photos taken of the room after the soldiers left. He explained that “when ISIS was attacked by our army (the Iraqi Army) there were two people from ISIS injured, and ISIS put them here on these beds…and under the beds were the girls.”

Fr. Momika said he was in constant contact with the girls, telling them not to forget their faith, and to “pray to the Virgin Mary, she will come to help you.”

In what both the priest and the girls view as a miracle, “ISIS didn’t see them,” Fr. Momika said. One of the girls told him later that “when ISIS entered our room, they didn’t see us (and) we feel that the Virgin Mary closed their eyes from seeing us.”

The attack on Kirkuk took place amid a wider offensive on the part of the Iraqi and Kurdish armies to retake the city of Mosul, which was taken by Islamic State group forces in 2014 and declared a caliphate. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

October 24, 2016

As Hillary’s Concerns Over Black Turnout Grow, Black Trump Official Stands Up to Media Fire

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, or Hillary the Inevitable if you're in the establishment press and ignoring three credible polls showing her either very slightly trailing or very slightly ahead of Donald Trump, appears not to be achieving the high degree of support or turnout that Barack Obama did among black voters in 2008 and 2012.

On Sunday, Hillary Campaign Manager Robby Mook dodged a question from Jake Tapper on CNN's State of the Union about indications that black turnout for the former Secretary of State in North Carolina during early voting has not been strong. Meanwhile, a black Trump supporter, who the press seems to believe can easily be turned into an object of ridicule, continues to run circles around them in interviews.



Fox & Friends Among Few Outlets Noting Leaked Dems’ Poll-Rigging Advice

Among the WikiLeaks documents recently released is a 2008 email with an attachment running to dozens of pages telling Democrats how to “maximize what we get out of our media polling.”

Fox & Friends covered this story Monday morning. Very few other online and broadcast outlets have. A popular excuse, which even people who should know better are swallowing, is that this advice is for candidates and their campaign managers. That’s partially true, but it doesn’t explain away the reference to media polling above, and it ignores the fact that many of the same polling organizations which advise the campaigns also are involved in compiling the media-sponsored polls released to the public.



Rigging the Election, Part III: ‘Creamer Confirms Hillary Clinton Was PERSONALLY Involved’

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 1:20 pm

Drudge’s headline: “O’KEEFE: Hillary PERSONALLY ordered ‘Donald Duck’ troll campaign…”

Here is the video:

Key quote:

JAMES O’KEEFE: The connection between Creamer, President Obama and Hillary Clinton is undeniable, as are the campaign law violations. If it looks like a duck, if it talks like a duck, and it walks like a duck, it’s probably a duck. They broke the law.

Last week, Hillary denied a connection to Creamer and AUFC (Americans United for Change).

The video demonstrates that Hillary Clinton Was PERSONALLY Involved with the Trump Ducks (Taxes) idea and the use of Donald Duck, making the contention that there was coordination between her, her campaign, and other groups an open-and-shut case. Indeed, the video demonstrates that it was her idea.

Other comments are hopefully coming later.


If They’re So Confident, Why Do They Have to Do These Things? (Leaked Internal Poll Shows Hillary ‘Flash Crash’)

Topside update: Most current info — IBD Tied; Rasmussen, Trump +2, LA Times/USC, Clinton +1.3.


The Tweet:


The strategy (click to see a larger view in a new tab or window):


And of course, the press is playing along:
- New York Times — “Victory in Sight, Clinton Seeks to Help Other Democrats Win”
- Associated Press — “Clinton Turns Focus to Down-Ballot Candidates in Final Days”

There are at least a couple of problems with all this presumption:

- IBD/TIPP, which was the most accurate poll in 2012, has Trump up by 2.

- (UPDATE: This item appears to be bogus, as suspected below, with motivation unclear) — Then there’s this —


It’s 10 days old, which is a lifetime in politics, and it’s conceivably bogus (but if it is, someone worked awfully hard to create it, harder than most scammers are willing to work). But … this is ostensibly from a guy who was on TV Sunday insisting that all is well. SO ASSUMING IT IS BOGUS, if they’re so confident and this is a false flag, why are they wasting their time with it?