April 23, 2018

Mitt Romney’s Humiliating Utah GOP Convention

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 10:27 pm

Thanks to a reporter in Utah, I have obtained the results of all rounds of balloting for national office at that state’s Republican convention on Saturday.

From what I can tell, the detail I’m presenting here about the U.S. Senate contest has not made it into any local, regional, or national news story.

Perhaps that’s because the results demonstrate how weak Mitt Romney’s performance was with rank-and-file GOP delegates on Saturday, and because the alternative to Romney is a genuine conservative who now may have the upper hand:



Dem Congressman Gallego on CNN: Pompeo Will Be ‘Weak’ Because He Opposes Same-Sex Marriage

Mike Pompeo’s nomination to the be the nation’s next Secretary of State got through the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today on a party-line 10-9 vote. With his confirmation now seemingly assured, Arizona Democratic Congressman Ruben Gallego went on CNN’s Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer to contend that Pompeo will be a “weaker” Secretary of State because of his “anti-Muslim rhetoric and being homophobic.”



CBS: Toronto Driver’s Van Attacks Were ‘Hit-and-Run,’ and a ‘Collision’

CBS News broke the absurdity meter in a Monday afternoon tweet and related story about today’s sidewalk attacks by the driver of a van in Toronto. Despite acknowledging that the man’s actions appeared to be deliberate, the networks described them as “hit-and-run.”



Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (042318)

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.


Positivity: Hartford archdiocese, Knights of Columbus partner to aid Islamic State victims

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Hartford, Connecticut:

Apr 18, 2018 / 10:06 pm

In a partnership with the Knights of Columbus, Catholics in the Archdiocese of Hartford are fundraising money to aid the religious minorities persecuted by the Islamic State.

The Knights have supplied olive wood solidarity crosses, manufactured in the Middle East, to raise financial support for Christian towns in Iraq and Syria.

Knights of Columbus CEO Carl Anderson applauded the cooperation of the Hartford archdiocese, particularly its high schools.

“We are very grateful to the Archdiocese of Hartford for its support of those who have been persecuted for their faith in the Middle East, and we have been truly inspired by these high school students who have taken time and energy to learn about this important issue and raise money to help,” he said in an April 15 statement.

All of Hartford’s Catholic high schools have sought to educate their students on Islamic State terrorism and the victims involved. Each school has also adopted a town in the Middle East to keep within their prayers.

At an April 15 Mass at St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Catholic leaders applauded the project on its efforts to promote Catholic solidarity and preserve Christian culture. In his homily, Bishop Bawair Soro of the Chaldean Eparchy of Mar Addai of Toronto expressed his gratitude.

“The message that I have for the Knights of Columbus is one of admiration, that you are amazing. We thank you,” the bishop said.

“We are encouraged by your model, please continue. I know many of the good things that have been done have been influencing us and I know that what you see publicly is only 10 percent of the things that the Knights have been doing. We pray that this will continue and God bless you all.”

A question-and-answer session followed the Mass. In attendance were Stephen Rasche, Counsel to Chaldean Archeparchy of Erbil; Bishop Soro; Archbishop Leonard Blair of Harford; and Andrew Walther, the Knights of Columbus’ vice president for communications and strategic planning.

“Our mission is to preserve the word and example of Christ in the Middle East, and this we are committed to do, whatever the cost,” said Rasche. “In this, we are grateful for the support and solidarity we have received from our brothers and sisters in Connecticut and elsewhere.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.

April 22, 2018

Former AG Mukasey: Comey Memos Were Classified When Written; Hillary Was Cleared to Spare Obama

Laura Ingraham interviewed Former Attorney General and former federal District Judge Michael Mukasey on her Friday Ingraham Angle show. Mukasey reminded viewers, contrary to assertions made by most other so-called experts, that memos and notes prepared by former FBI Director James Comey while he performed his federal duties “were classified as soon as he wrote them.” He also recalled that James Comey’s decision not to prosecute Hillary Clinton over her illegal use of a private server while she was Secretary of State was orchestrated by President Barack Obama, who telegraphed his expectation that she would be spared to protect his own illegal actions.



Will Press Report That CDC Suppressed Defensive Gun Use Data for Decades?

Gun-control advocates want the Centers for Disease Control to be allowed to engage in research on gun violence. If the CDC is so impartial and reliable, why did it withhold late-1990s results of survey questions on gun ownership’s role in self-defense for over two decades? This news of a government cover-up is tailor-made for establishment press exposure, except for one thing: The results contradict gun-grabbers’ contention that defensive gun uses (DGUs) are rare.



Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (042218)

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.


Positivity: Mass in sign language? These Spanish priests celebrate it every week

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Madrid, Spain:

Apr 20, 2018 / 04:26 pm

In the Catholic Church, the spoken language is central to the liturgy: we recite the Nicene Creed as one, we praise the Lord with the Gloria that we sing, and we bow our heads to hear the blessing we receive at the end of Mass.

But there’s a different reality for hearing impaired and deaf Catholics around the world.

Father Sergio Buiza, the national director of the Spanish Conference of Catholic Bishops Deaf Ministry, said their goal is to “bring the Gospel to the maximum number of people,” including, of course, the deaf and hearing impaired, Europa news reported.

Fr. Buiza is just one of several priests who celebrates Mass in sign language at one of many Catholic churches in Spain. He celebrates a sign language Mass at the Santiago Cathedral in Bilboa, Spain each week.

There are around a million people in Spain affected by different levels of hearing loss. Some 1,250 of them attend Mass in sign language every week at one of the two dozen churches where they are held.

In the parishes where this pastoral care is provided, all types of services are offered: from Mass to catechesis, Bible study groups, wedding celebrations, and confessions.

However, Fr. Buiza explained, the biggest issue is that there is just one parish for the deaf per diocese, forcing those with hearing impairments to travel long distances each week.

“There are elderly people that come from a long way. In my diocese we celebrate the Eucharist in the cathedral every Saturday afternoon and they come from different towns by train and bus,” the priest from Bilbao said.

In 2015, the Spanish Catholic Bishops Conference announced a new initiative in collaboration with the ONCE Foundation to help the hearing impaired by installing magnetic induction loops, or hearing loops, in at least 12 churches across Spain.

Hearing loops are sound systems that transform the audio in a magnetic field that is picked up by hearing aids and Cochlear Implant processors. This will allow at least those with such devices to participate more fully in the Mass, but would not be of use to those who are fully deaf. …

Go here for the rest of the story.


Now That There Will Be a Primary, Utah GOP Voters Should Know What to Do Now

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 2:23 am

Vote for Mike Kennedy in the June 26 primary, and send Mitt Romney into private life once and for all.

Congratulations to Kennedy supporters for standing up for sensible conservative values at Saturday’s convention.

Utahns (yes, that’s the more correct description of someone who lives in the state) who think Mitt Romney would make a genuinely strong U.S. Senator need to do some serious research. Fortunately, yours truly has done most of it for you:

  • January 20, 2014 — at PJ Media, “Don’t Feed Us This Mitt Again.” The money sentences: “Mitt Romney did more harm to conservatism and the constitution-based rule of law during his ten years in public life than any other individual in America who claims to be on our side – and he did it all despite never having held national office. Romney’s betrayals as a governor and presidential candidate came in five poisonous flavors: healthcare; abortion; same-sex “marriage”; war on religion; and participation in, and encouragement of, authoritarian rule.”
  • January 3, 2012 — A De Facto Anti-Romney Testimonial From a Surprise Source (Spoiler Alert: It’s Hugh Hewitt)
  • July 24, 2008 — ‘The Case Against Mitt Romney’ Collection
  • Jan. 31, 2008 — WSJ Op-Ed: RomneyCare Is Life-Threatening CoerciveCare
  • Jan. 10, 2008 — Mitt Romney Calls Gregg Jackson “Delusional”; What Does That Make Romney?
  • Jan. 7, 2008 — Unfit Mitt’s Economic Performance as MA Gov Makes Mike Dukakis Look Good
  • Dec. 17, 2007 — Myth Romney: On Reagan, Hyde and Abortion, His History Rewrites Are Virtually Smears
  • Dec. 6, 2007 — The NY Times’s Accidental Journalism Reveals the Full Scope of Mitt Romney’s Same-Sex Marriage Deception, and His Unfitness to Be President
  • Nov. 26, 2007 — Romney, the Courts, and the Constitution Series

There’s more here at BizzyBlog I could highlight if it’s needed.


April 21, 2018

WashPost Almost Sympathizes With Gun-Controllers Harassing Chris Cox

In 2010, some Obamacare opponents conducted scattered protests at politicians’ homes. They backed away from the tactic when Tea Party groups and others declared that home protests should be out of bounds. Don’t expect leftist protesters to receive any similar admonishments — especially if they continue to receive borderline-sympathetic coverage like protesting gun-control promoters, and even a person arrested for vandalism, received at the Washington Post on Friday.



Positivity: In Haiti, Catholic Relief Services builds hospital to last

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 10:30 am

From Port-au-Prince, Haiti:

Apr 19, 2018 / 03:02 am

The tremor lasted less than a minute. Dr. Jude Banatte’s car was shaking, and then it was not.

Banatte assumed he was driving too fast as he made his way home from the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince that day in January 2010. He slowed down.

But while the tremor Banatte experienced 30 minutes outside of Port-au-Prince was barely enough to shake a car, the earthquake at its epicenter had wrought large-scale devastation and would soon bring Banatte to the project that would have a hand in redefining healthcare aid in Haiti.



Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (042118)

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.

April 20, 2018

Trouble Signs in California’s Jobs Market

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:06 pm

California Governor Jerry Brown’s bragging about the performance of California’s economy has been overwrought for years.

The so-called Golden State’s unemployment rate has never fallen below the national average during Brown’s tenure. As of March, at 4.3 percent (vs. 4.1 percent nationally), it’s as close as it’s ever been, but for the wrong reasons:

  • The seasonally adjusted labor force has dropped by 13,000 in the past five months (Oct. 2017 through March 2018). It grew by 234,000 during the previous 12 (from Oct. 2016 to Oct 2017).
  • Employment per the Household Survey has only risen by 26,000 in the past five months. That annualizes to about 62,000, which is barely a blip in an employment base of 18.5 million.

Payroll employment hasn’t been impressive either, though its period of decline hasn’t been as long:

  • The state lost a combined 6,000 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs during February and March.
  • The private sector fell by 1,500 during that period, but March alone showed a loss of 7,100 jobs.

There are early indications that minimum-wage laws are affecting employment:

  • Leisure and Hospitality employment in Metro Oakland (not seasonally adjusted) has fallen by 800 (March 2017 to March 2018), to 89,100, after rising by over 15,000 during the previous 48 months.
  • Retail employment in San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward has only risen by 300 in the past 12 months, after rising by 8,000 in the previous 36.
  • Leisure and hospitality employment in San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco has fallen by 900 in the past 12 months, after rising by 10,900 in the previous 36.

I could cite several other such industry-niche examples.

The best case is that California employment growth has temporarily halted, but will resume again at a much slower rate than in previous years. The worst case is that it’s in the beginning stages of a self-inflicted long-term decline.


AP Is Now Reluctant to Admit That Comey ‘Leaked’ Memos Last Year (Instead, They Were ‘Revealed’)

Friday, the Associated Press reported that in early 2017, President Donald Trump and then-FBI Director James Comey agreed there should be a crackdown on leaks from within the administration. But the AP reporters refused to apply any form of the word “leak” to Comey’s release of a memo through an intermediary to the New York Times in May 2017 — even though it did when the leak originally occurred.