May 25, 2017

Thursday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (052517)

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Positivity: Pence to Notre Dame graduates — Bring values into the workplace

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 5:55 am

From South Bend, Indiana:

May 22, 2017 / 02:08 pm

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence challenged University of Notre Dame graduates on Saturday to promote human dignity and the sanctity of life in the workplace.

“I urge you, as the rising generation – carry the ideals and the values that you’ve learned at Notre Dame into your lives and your careers,” Pence told the graduates, praising the university for its rich traditions of defending human life and religious liberty in the face of persecution.

The vice president delivered the commencement address at the University of Notre Dame on March 20. He called on the graduates to “be exceptional from this day forth.”

Pence commended the university’s defense of religious liberty, noting that it was among the plaintiffs in lawsuits against the Obama administration’s contraception mandate.

“Just as Notre Dame has stood strong to protect its religious liberty, I’m proud that this President just took steps to ensure that this university and the Little Sisters of the Poor could not be forced to violate their consciences to fully participate in American civic life,” Pence said in reference to the lawsuits.

“I’m so proud that the University of Notre Dame has stood without apology for the sanctity of human life,” he continued, pointing to the university’s efforts to uphold human dignity, through its educational initiatives, social commitment and focus on ethics and culture. ..

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May 24, 2017

Positivity: Ventura softball star — Encountering Christ through service

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 10:45 pm

From Los Angeles:

May 23, 2017 / 05:46 am

To a pitcher, a little situation like bases loaded, full count and trying to protect a one-run lead in the late innings is no big deal — not if you’ve been doing this since you were 8 years old.

And not if, like St. Bonaventure High School pitching star Jessica Gomez, you’re aiming for a career in pediatric nursing, where matters of life and death will mean something a lot different than they did on a softball field.

And certainly not if, like this senior scholar-athlete, you are a lifelong Catholic who believes Christ is present in every part of your life, which is why she chooses to serve others, willingly and joyfully.

“As someone who’s been raised Catholic, I’ve always been involved in service activities,” said Gomez, who tutors kids with learning disabilities and helps serve the hungry through the Many Meals feeding program at Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Ventura. “It just really touches me when I encounter the love of Christ through service.”

That’s one reason Gomez was named an archdiocesan Christian Service Award recipient for 2017, and why she’s headed for the nursing program at Villanova University.

“Nursing is a healing occupation, and it’s the kind of ministry I really feel drawn to,” said Gomez. “I’ve always felt a call to help and serve wherever I can, plus I’m interested in science, and the nursing program at Villanova seems like a wonderful opportunity.”

Pressure performer

This week, Gomez – who has posted a 27-14 won-lost mark, 2.27 earned run average, and .302 batting average – will lead her St. Bonaventure team into the CIF-Southern Section softball playoffs. The Seraphs finished 16-8 and shared the Tri-Valley League title with Fillmore, made possible when Gomez tossed a three-hit, 11-strikeout, 5-0 win over Fillmore in the regular season finale.

“I respond well under pressure,” she said with a smile. “I have a very competitive nature, and my drive to win influences me when I get into tough situations. I enjoy the challenge of coming through in tight spots – which I’m hoping will serve me well in nursing.”

Those “tight spots,” she adds, are eased through prayer. In fact, the Seraphs as a team take a quiet moment before each game “to ask God for freedom from injury, the strength to play well and, if it’s in God’s will, for victory. And we really try to play the game the right way, to practice good sportsmanship and to be charitable and respectful, on and off the field.” …

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Clueless Press Doubts That America Is ‘Ready For Interracial Love’ on ‘The Bachelorette’

At NBC and Newsweek, it’s still the late-1960s. The movie Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?, with its then-edgy portrayal of an engaged interracial couple visiting the white fiancee’s parents, has recently debuted. Apparently the ink hasn’t yet dried on the Supreme Court’s Loving vs. Virginia decision, which nullified all remaining interracial marriage bans. What else can possibly explain the breathtakingly ignorant tweets emanating from those two media outlets acting as if America might not be ready for the idea that Rachel Lindsay, the first black woman in the history of The Bachelorette, might end up getting engaged to someone of another race?

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AP Sneaks Leftist Hack Into NH GOP Event, With Predictable Results

As if we needed it, given their reporters’ conduct during the past two years, here’s more evidence that the Associated Press is now a full-fledged participant in the anti-Trump, anti-conservative, anti-Republican Party “resistance.” A virulently anti-Trump freelance reporter doing work for the AP, which is a supposed to be a wire service finding and reporting news as it occurs, snuck into a closed New Hampshire Republican Party gathering and presented an unbylined report which, per others who were there and other available evidence, was highly inaccurate.

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Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (052417)

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May 23, 2017

Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (052317)

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Positivity: The first Catholic church in 60 years is being built in Cuba

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Tampa, Florida and Sandino, Cuba:

May 18, 2017 / 04:30 pm

Funded by a parish in Florida, a new Catholic church is being built in Cuba and is the first the island nation has seen in 60 years.

Father Ramon Hernandez, pastor of St. Lawrence church in Tampa, said he and his parishioners are happy to see how their funds have financed the project, and said he looks forward to the inauguration Mass taking place early next year.

Saint Lawrence provided $95,000 in donations for the church’s construction in Sandino, Cuba, located in the western corner of the country.

The new church, alongside a refurbished synagogue in Havana, shows Cuba’s progress in religious freedom since Fidel Castro ushered in communism during his revolution in the 1960s. Atheism was established as the belief system for the entire state, and many religious leaders were faced with persecution. In 1992, however, Cuba was made a secular state. …

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May 22, 2017

Reporters Falsely Claim Ivanka Trump Will Control World Bank Entrepreneurs Fund

When it comes to “news” which might discredit Donald Trump or a member of his family, the modus operandi for too many in the press is, “Tweet and report first, ask questions later (if at all).” On Sunday, several media members couldn’t resist falsely tweeting that Ivanka Trump will somehow control $100 million pledged by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to a World Bank fund for women entrepreneurs, thus dishonestly opening the door to utterly false parallels to the Clinton family-controlled Clinton Foundation.

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One of the the Best Treatments of ‘The Russians Did It’ Fiasco …

… is at the left-wing site Counterpunch (HT Doug Ross).

To me, that’s not a surprise. Recall that in 2010, Counterpunch published a piece by Ron Wilkins, a professor at Cal State University. Wilkins, possibly at great personal and professional risk, in “The Other Side of Shirley Sherrod,” exposed Sherrod and her husband, the supposedly aggrieved representatives of black farmers poorly treated by the USDA during previous decades, as a couple who “exploited and abused” workers at their New Communities Inc. farming enterprise “during the latter part of the 1960s and throughout the 70s.”

Wilkins should know, because “I was one of those workers at NCI.”

It’s rare, but there are outlets on the left with a history and tradition of good and challenging work. Counterpunch is one of them.

As to its current story on the Russia-Wikileaks-Seth Rich situation, here is Mike Whitney’s opening:

Why is it a “conspiracy theory” to think that a disgruntled Democratic National Committee staffer gave WikiLeaks the DNC emails, but not a conspiracy theory to think the emails were provided by Russia?

Why?

Which is the more likely scenario: That a frustrated employee leaked damaging emails to embarrass his bosses or a that foreign government hacked DNC computers for some still-unknown reason?

That’s a no-brainer, isn’t it?

And why have the mainstream news organizations put so much energy into discrediting the latest Fox News (DC) report, when– for the last 10 months– they’ve showed absolutely zero interest in Rich’s death at all?

Whitney proceeds to rip “the intelligence community,” the media, and the “behind-the-scenes elites who want to destroy their political rivals” to shreds.

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Analysis: True

Filed under: Business Moves — Tom @ 10:38 am

From Variety.com:

Elton John: MTV Era Produced Many Untalented Musicians

I would start naming them, but I don’t have all week. Oh, but their videos were (supposedly) cool. Blech.

And these untalented musicians produced a lot of mediocre music — which explains why so many people who weren’t even born then like the music of the mid-1960s, late-1960s and 1970s so much.

UPDATE: For comparative purposes —

The 1980s reads like the minor leagues compared to the 1970s.

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Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (052217)

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

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Positivity: RIP, Roger Ailes

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

Shepard Smith’s moving eulogy (HT Weasel Zippers):

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CNN’s Berman Picks Wrong Data From Harvard Media Study to Falsely Taint Fox

Thursday morning, Harvard Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy issued a report which confirmed what the Media Research Center, the parent of NewsBusters, reported in April, namely that President Donald Trump “has received unsparing coverage for most weeks of his presidency, without a single major topic where Trump’s coverage, on balance, was more positive than negative, setting a new standard for unfavorable press coverage of a president.” On Sunday, CNN’s John Berman tried to cast Fox News as a conservatively biased outlier — as opposed to the relatively fair and balanced entity it has actually been during the Trump administration’s early months — by selecting results of one tiny element of the Shorenstein report and presenting it as if it was the study’s comprehensive conclusion.

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May 21, 2017

Bogus WashPost Gotcha: Trump ‘Bowed’ To Receive Medal From Saudi King

At the Washington Post’s “The Fix” blog, which purports to provide readers with meaningful “analysis,” general assignment reporter Avi Selk has one of the more bogus “scoops” one will ever see — and yes, it’s even dumber than the “scoop” about President Donald Trump’s ice cream-heating habits Time.com “broke” earlier this month. Selk is all fired up because he thinks that Donald Trump, after ridiculing President Barack Obama for bowing before foreign rulers for several years, has been caught “bowing” before Saudi King Salman. This is so nonsensical and childish it makes me want to call out the ruler-wielding, hand-slapping nuns at my childhood grade school for special duty.

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