April 20, 2008

Positivity: Transcript of Pope Benedict’s Prayer

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 11:55 am

From Ground Zero:

Pope Benedict visited Ground Zero, site of the World Trade Center destroyed in the Sept. 11 attacks, Sunday to pray for the nearly 3,000 victims and their families and for an end to hatred and violence.

Here is the full text of the prayer he read:

“O God of love, compassion, and healing, look on us, people of many different faiths and traditions, who gather today at this site, the scene of incredible violence and pain.

“We ask you in your goodness to give eternal light and peace to all who died here — the heroic first responders: our firefighters, police officers, emergency service workers, and Port Authority personnel, along with all the innocent men and women who were victims of this tragedy simply because their work or service brought them here on September 11, 2001.

“We ask you, in your compassion to bring healing to those who, because of their presence here that day, suffer from injuries and illness. Heal, too, the pain of still-grieving families and all who lost loved ones in this tragedy. Give them strength to continue their lives with courage and hope.

“We are mindful as well of those who suffered death, injury, and loss on the same day at the Pentagon and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Our hearts are one with theirs as our prayer embraces their pain and suffering.

“God of peace, bring your peace to our violent world: peace in the hearts of all men and women and peace among the nations of the Earth. Turn to your way of love those whose hearts and minds are consumed with hatred.

“God of understanding, overwhelmed by the magnitude of this tragedy, we seek your light and guidance as we confront such terrible events. Grant that those whose lives were spared may live so that the lives lost here may not have been lost in vain. Comfort and console us, strengthen us in hope, and give us the wisdom and courage to work tirelessly for a world where true peace and love reign among nations and in the hearts of all.”

Mostly (But Not All) Katie: Combined Big 3 Evening Newscasts’ Decline Continues

Filed under: Business Moves,MSM Biz/Other Bias — Tom @ 11:34 am

Interest in the presidential election should be driving up ratings for the Big Three networks’ evening news shows, right?

Wrong. Here is how evening news viewership at ABC, NBC, and CBS for the two most recent available weeks compares to the analogous weeks of 2007 (From Media Bistro’s TV Newser: April 7, 2008; March 31, 2008; April 9, 2007; April 2, 2007):

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Total viewership continues to slip. The year-over-year downward change is over 1.7 million viewers (850,000 per week). Even though CBS’s Katie Couric lost most of them, ABC and NBC combined were down by almost 500,000 (250,000 per week).

Couric’s loss in the 25-54 demo is especially stunning, given that one of CBS’s goals in hiring her had to be to go after that group. ABC and NBC have picked up miniscule numbers of viewers in this demo, but that’s little cause for celebration. The percentage of the group watching their newscasts during the two-week comparison periods involved rose from 4.0% to 4.05% — a statistically insignificant change.

Of course, tech trends are affecting these shows. But perhaps if their potential audiences felt that they might see fair, balanced and professional presentations if they tuned in, the slides would not be so pronounced, or could perhaps be reversed. Just a helpful thought.

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.

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Previous Related Posts:
- July 10, 2007 — Big Three Nets’ Evening News Death Watch: Under 20 Million for the First Time Ever
- May 26, 2007 — Not Just Katie: Overall Evening News Plummet Continues
- Jan. 21, 2007 — Evening News Viewership Was Down about 10% in 2006
- July 11, 2006 — Big Three Network Evening News Viewership Has Dropped Like a Rock This Year
- July 12, 2005 — Nightly News Bias Continues, and Why It Won’t Stop Anytime Soon

Someone Agrees with BizzyBlog on Barack Obama’s Unfitness

Filed under: Taxes & Government,US & Allied Military — Tom @ 9:48 am

Here is a certain nationally-syndicated talk show host, commenting on the presidential candidate I refer to as BOOHOO-OUCH (Barack O-bomba Overseas Hussein “Obambi” Obama – Objectively Unfit Coddler of Haters):

….. about Obama and the American flag lapel pin. The question came from Pennsylvania voter Nash McCabe, and it was on videotape. The question, “Senator Obama, I want to know if you believe in the American flag. I’m not questioning your patriotism, but all our servicemen, policemen, and EMS wear the flag. I want to know why you don’t.” Now, this is what I mean. The very fact this question has to be asked of somebody running for the presidency ….. to me tells me the guy’s not fit …..

Rush has a different reason, and has a lower fitness threshold, but has come to the same conclusion reached by yours truly on April 8, observing Obama’s 20-year association with a church that promotes the racist Black Liberation Supremacist Theology; his pledge to continue to attend it; and his refusal to categorically condemn those who promote that “theology” to varying extremes, including his 20-year now-”retired” pastor and that pastor’s successor:

A person who is without the judgment to run away from this garbage (and the breathtaking financial hypocrisy; Farrakhan’s too) as fast as he (and his family!) can, but instead hangs around for 20 years (just stop it already with the plausible deniability arguments), is …… (here we go) …… objectively unfit for the nation’s highest office and all that holding it entails.