March 29, 2017

Fox’s Jeanine Pirro Exposes Appalling Results of 1982 Ruling on Public Education

CNN’ Brian Stelter angrily contends that the rape of a 14 year-old girl at Rockville High School in Montgomery County, Maryland on March 16 at the hands of two late-teen illegal immigrant freshman classmates should never have been a national story — and the fact that it is to an extent, despite obvious attempts to blackball it by the Big Three broadcast networks, is all Fox News’s fault.

The real question, which the public education establishment and their accomplices in the press don’t want anyone to ask, is this: What has happened in the nation’s schools during the past 35 years as a result of the Supreme Court’s 1982 Plyler vs. Doe decision, which opened the floodgates allowing children in this country illegally unlimited access to U.S. public education?

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Positivity: How an American bishop became a Korean martyr

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From Washington:

Mar 26, 2017 / 08:01 am

Bishop Patrick James Byrne was born in the United States, but he died on a forced march in the harsh Korean snows under the watch of communist soldiers.

Now the Catholic bishops of South Korea are considering whether he should beatified among a group of Korean martyrs.

“Bishop Byrne is one of the unsung heroes of Maryknoll,” Father Raymond Finch, Superior General of the Maryknoll Society, told CNA. “We remember him as an example of a missioner who stayed at his post.”
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March 28, 2017

NBC ‘Intelligence’ Reporter Describes London Terror Attack As ‘Small-Bore’

Shortly after Khalid Masood’s London March 22 terror attack outside the Palace of Westminster in London, NBC’s Ken Dilanian, “Intelligence and national security reporter for the NBC News Investigative Unit,” tweeted: “I know it’s a big story, but every time we freak out about a small-bore terror attack we play into their hands.” This of course leaves one wondering where Dilanian, who has had a problem with wording in the past, draws the line between “small-bore” and “large-bore.” The fact an “intelligence” reporter thinks that the line is somewhere above the three known dead (later raised to 4) and 50 injured in London is hardly comforting.

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LA Times Publishes Fact-Challenged Immigration Smear of Former Calif. Gov. Pete Wilson

The appearance of a March 23 portrayal of former California Governor Pete Wilson at the Los Angeles Times, though probably coincidental, is quite serendipitous. Six days after the alleged rape at a Maryland high school of a 14 year-old freshman girl at the hands of two late-teen classmates in the U.S. illegally, Times writer Mark Z. Barabak went after Wilson for his support of that state’s Proposition 187, a 1994 initiative passed overwhelmingly by voters, whose purpose “was to make immigrants residing in the country without legal permission ineligible for public benefits.”

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AP Reporters Betray Breathtaking Obamacare Ignorance As They Crow Over GOP’s ‘Humiliating Failure’

This past weekend, Erica Werner and Alan Fram at the Associated Press had a good old time beating up on President Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled House over their “humiliating failure” to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. In the process, though, the reporters, who have been covering Washington politics since the ACA’s inception, betrayed breathtaking ignorance of one of its basic principles, calling into question whether they have any genuine knowledge of the legislation the GOP tried and failed to repeal and replace.

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Positivity: Mother Angelica — A female powerhouse in a supposedly sexist Church

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From Birmingham, Alabama:

Mar 27, 2017 / 04:01 pm

It was September 1987, and Pope John Paul II had just arrived in Los Angeles after traveling around the United States. The Pope was greeted in the City of Angels by a closed-door meeting with a group of progressive bishops who had a bone to pick with several Church traditions.

One of four chosen representatives, Archbishop Rembert Weakland of Milwaukee, spoke to the pope about female ordination:

“Women seek…(a church) that teaches and shows by example the co-discipleship of the sexes as instruments of God’s kingdom. They seek a church where the gifts of women are equally accepted and appreciated…where the feminine is no longer subordinate but seen in a holistic mutuality with the masculine as forming the full image of the Divine,” he said.

Meanwhile in Alabama, a woman of the Church named Mother Angelica had just thrown her cable network, which reached more than 2 million homes at the time, into 24-hour coverage territory. During the 1987 papal trip, the EWTN Network took on the then-unprecedented task of live, unedited, constant coverage of the Holy Father’s visit.

And when word reached the spunky nun of the Milwaukee bishop’s remarks to the Pope during the trip, she couldn’t help but chime in with her opinion.

“Women in the priesthood, that’s just a power play, that’s ridiculous,” Mother Angelica said the next day.

“As it is women have more power in the Church than anybody. They built and run the schools. God has designed that men be priests, and we can’t afford to deny God his sovereign rights,” she said, as recalled in her biography by Raymond Arroyo.

If anyone has any doubts as to whether ordination is necessary for leadership and influence in the Church, they need look no further than the media mogul nun herself to be proven wrong, said Catholic talk show host and media consultant Teresa Tomeo.

“Not only was she a prominent international media personality, because of her work on air and her great shows, but she was a foundress of a major religious network and she was a CEO of that network while being on the air, which is something that few women in the secular world accomplish,” Tomeo told CNA. …

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March 27, 2017

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Positivity: In New York, Catholic convert takes a step toward sainthood

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From New York City:

Mar 21, 2017 / 12:39 am

The Catholic convert who founded the Society of the Atonement, Father Paul Wattson, S.A., could be one step closer to recognition as a saint.

“Father Paul started a small week of prayer on the top of a mountain in Garrison, and now it’s a worldwide movement,” Father Brian Terry, S.A., the minister general for the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement, told the Catholic New York newspaper.

Fr. Wattson helped launch the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which is now an international event held in January.

The Archdiocese of New York concluded an 18-month investigation into his cause for canonization on March 9. Fr. Wattson’s writings, along with writings about him, were collected together, boxed and wrapped and sealed with Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s seal.

With the archdiocese’s investigation finished, the materials will now be reviewed by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. This could determine whether he can proceed to beatification and even canonization.

Fr. Terry briefly spoke with Pope Francis about Fr. Wattson in November. He said he gave the pontiff a prayer card, and the Pope “really seemed sincerely interested.”

“He said a saint of unity, a saint of healing, a saint of charity, that is something that is important,” the priest recounted.

Fr. Terry said that Fr. Wattson’s message has been absorbed locally in New York. He hopes that message can go worldwide.

Fr. Wattson was born in 1863 and was ordained an Episcopal priest in 1886. He co-founded the Franciscan Society of the Atonement with Episcopal Sister Lurana White in Garrison, N.Y. The society consisted of both friars and sisters who wanted to promote Christian unity. Though it was originally Episcopal, the society became Catholic when Fr. Wattson converted in 1909. He was ordained a Catholic priest in 1910.

He passed away in 1940 at the age of 77.

Cardinal Dolan said the progress in Fr. Wattson’s cause was “an affirmation from above.” He voiced gratitude to God and to those who worked on the priest’s cause.

The U.S. bishops approved his cause for canonization in November 2014 and the cause formally opened in September 2015 at the New York Catholic Center. …

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‘Dilbert’ Cartoonist and Trump Sage Scott Adams Turns Tables on Bloomberg Reporter’s Hit Piece

Scott Adams, the Dilbert cartoonist who has been portraying life in the office cubicle for over three decades, spotted the Donald Trump phenomenon early on, wrote that “I have never seen better” persuasion skills, and ultimately predicted that Trump would win the presidency. Bloomberg Businessweek’s Caroline Winter, apparently originally believing like so many others that Adams would be proven decisively wrong and that she could punish him quickly for his errancy after the results came in, interviewed Adams a week before Election Day. When Bloomberg finally published her hit piece early Wednesday morning, it took Adams less than half a day to rip her “fake news” to shreds.

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March 26, 2017

Chelsea Clinton Hopes MAGA Hat on Pic of Lincoln Is Photoshopped

Chelsea Clinton is 37 years old — 19 years past the minimum voting age, 16 years over the legal age to drink, no longer entitled to reflexive press protection as the daughter of a Democratic President or presidential candidate, and thus eligible for ridicule when she deserves it — even if the establishment media’s gatekeepers don’t like it. I’d suggest that if you really have to ask, as Mrs. Clinton did, if a “Make America Great Again” hat seen on a rendering of Abe Lincoln on the cover of a Republican Party dinner program has been “photoshopped,” you deserve every bit of the ridicule coming your way.

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Despite Other Arrests, Reuters Stuck to ‘Lone-Wolf’ London Terror Attack Tag

When a wolf pack sends out one of its members to kill, is it really a “lone-wolf” attack? Hardly. But that’s the mythology to which Sudip Kar-Gupta at Reuters was clinging on Thursday in covering the view of the attacks from France.

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Positivity: Abused dog saves naked, abused toddler

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From Escanaba, Michigan:

March 22, 2017 | 9:55am

That’s one top dog.

An abused shelter dog with a “sixth sense” left quite an impression on her new owners after finding a naked toddler in a ditch in Michigan last week, prompting the removal of two girls from their “unsafe and unsanitary” home.

The dog, Petunia, was dropped off at the Delta Animal Shelter in Escanaba last April with two broken legs, a “belly full of carpet” and broken ribs. Recovered and renamed Peanut, the dog — whose last owner was convicted of animal abuse — was recently adopted and given a new chance at life before she saved two others, according to a Facebook post by shelter officials.

“She was running up and down the stairs, barking and yelping,” the dog’s new owner wrote to the shelter. “She then went and got my husband, who was in the garage working on some projects, and alerted him that she wanted to go outside.”

Peanut then dashed outside at “full speed” into a field behind the couple’s home, where the man found a “naked, shivering, 3-year-old girl curled up in a ball. He scooped her up, wrapped her in his sweatshirt, and brought her inside.”

The couple then called police to report the dog’s “sixth sense” discovery as they waited with the unidentified girl, who only had one thing to say as they waited for authorities to arrive: “Doggie.”

“Thanks to Peanut, a little girl’s life was saved today,” the post continued. “She has been such a blessing to us, and now to others. Words cannot express how grateful we are that we have Peanut in our lives and how amazing she is.” …

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