March 1, 2009

RIP, Paul Harvey (Carried to the Top)

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 10:51 am

The news story:

Paul Harvey, the news commentator and talk-radio pioneer whose staccato style made him one of the nation’s most familiar voices, died Saturday in Arizona, according to ABC Radio Networks. He was 90.

Harvey died surrounded by family at a hospital in Phoenix, where he had a winter home, said Louis Adams, a spokesman for ABC Radio Networks, where Harvey worked for more than 50 years. No cause of death was immediately available.

Harvey had been forced off the air for several months in 2001 because of a virus that weakened a vocal cord. But he returned to work in Chicago and was still active as he passed his 90th birthday. His death comes less than a year after that of his wife and longtime producer, Lynne.

“My father and mother created from thin air what one day became radio and television news,” Paul Harvey Jr. said in a statement. “So in the past year, an industry has lost its godparents and today millions have lost a friend.”

Known for his resonant voice and trademark delivery of “The Rest of the Story,” Harvey had been heard nationally since 1951, when he began his “News and Comment” for ABC Radio Networks.

He became a heartland icon, delivering news and commentary with a distinctive Midwestern flavor. “Stand by for news!” he told his listeners. He was credited with inventing or popularizing terms such as “skyjacker,” “Reaganomics” and “guesstimate.”

“Paul Harvey was one of the most gifted and beloved broadcasters in our nation’s history,” ABC Radio Networks President Jim Robinson said in a statement. “We will miss our dear friend tremendously and are grateful for the many years we were so fortunate to have known him.”

….. While working at St. Louis radio station KXOK, he met Washington University graduate student Lynne Cooper. He proposed on their first date (she said “no”) and always called her “Angel.” They were married in 1940 and had a son, Paul Jr.

They worked closely together on his shows, and he often credited his success to her influence. She was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1997, seven years after her husband was. She died in May 2008.



  • Lucianne’s home page — “The calm, intelligent voice of dignity off to tell the angels the rest of the story. Good day, Mr. Harvey, you will be greatly remembered and missed.”
  • See-Dubya guesting at Michelle Malkin — “Paul Harvey was doing nationwide conservative talk radio for decades before anyone thought of it as conservative talk radio. …. Paul Harvey put news out there that no other outlet touched. His Paul Harvey News and Comment scoured the wires for random stuff–and ideologically inconvenient stuff– you just didn’t hear on the Big Three mainstream TV news …. Paul Harvey invented blogging; he just did his blogging on the radio.”
  • MacsMind (bold is mine) — “Before there was Rush Limbaugh, there was Paul Harvey. You might not have known it but Harvey was a conservative commentator long before the likes of Rush, Hannity, and even after getting some flack when he told Nixon to quit American involvement in Vietnam – he later regretted it – he remained true to his conservative roots.”
  • — “It is hardly an exaggeration to say that, when Harvey died at 90, on Saturday, at his winter home in Phoenix, he took the whole history of radio with him.”
  • Warner Todd Huston at RedState — “In a day when the goal of every other broadcaster seems to be to dive straight to the lowest common denominator, to celebrate to low born and venal, Harvey’s was always to uplift the listener and to celebrate the greatness of America.”
  • Debbie Schlussel — “Paul Harvey was an American patriot, an important and influential conservative, and a person who stood for American values and culture the way they used to be.”


Previous Post:

- May 9, 2008 — “RIP, Lynne Harvey” (last item at link)

It’s …. About …. Time (Bishop Makes Bob Casey’s Sinful Situation Clear)

Filed under: Life-Based News,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 10:50 am

From the Diocese of Scranton, PA:

His Excellency, the Most Reverend Joseph F. Martino, Bishop of Scranton, reminds all ministers of Holy Communion, ordinary and extraordinary, that:

  1. To administer the Sacred Body and Blood of the Lord is a serious duty which they have received from the Church, and no one having accepted this responsibility has the right to ignore the Church’s law in this regard;
  2. Those whose unworthiness to receive Holy Communion is known publicly to the Church must be refused Holy Communion in order to prevent sacrilege and to prevent the Catholic in question from committing further grave sin through unworthy reception.

From LifeSite News:

Bishop Martino has attracted national attention for his fearless pastoral work on several occasions in the past few weeks. Known to be a staunch defender of the Church’s teaching on life, Martino made that teaching abundantly clear earlier this month to Sen. Bob Casey, a Scranton parishioner who had voted against restoring the Mexico City Policy. In a letter to the Senator, the bishop urged him to rescind his vote against reinstating the policy, observing, “Your vote against the Mexico City Policy will mean the deaths of thousands of unborn children.”

After Casey ignored the bishop’s warning, Martino issued another rebuke to Casey, and reminded Scranton ministers of their duty to deny Communion to any public figure who helps the cause of abortion.

Bob Casey’s “unworthiness to receive Holy Communion” is very publicly known to the Church, and now the nation.

Further, anyone who voted for Barack Obama for president “help(ed) the cause of abortion,” many unknowingly, quite a few very knowingly. Two of the knowing included Ohio’s First District Congressman Steve Driehaus and 16th District Congressman John Boccieri, both of whom claimed to be prolife during the 2008 campaign.

As I said in October, Driehaus’s support of Obama made his campaign claim to be prolife obviously false.

John Boccieri’s support of Obama also made his campaign claim to be prolife obviously false. This video shows an interview where Boccieri couldn’t even bring himself to express prolife sentiments despite being given several opportunities to do so.

Both congressmen objectively still are not. Hopefully, their pastoral instructions and admonishments are forthcoming.

Lucid Links and Bombastic Blather (030109)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 10:23 am

Noteworthy Net-Worthies:

From the New York Times’s Ideas Blog — “The Tea Party (Again) as Political Protest,” in which Tom Kuntz or someone else on the NYT’s Week in Review team risks their career by linking to WorldNetDaily.

Gawker — “Obama’s Chief Vetter Has His Own Tax Problem.” Zheesh. Update, March 2: Stephen Cohen tells TaxProf that it isn’t so.

Cultural Barometer? “California Teen Wins Praise — and Thousands of Hate Messages” (and other forms of harassment) for starting up

Bob Krumm (HT Instapundit) — “Democrats Own the Deficit.” Well of course. They’ve owned the POR (Pelosi-Obama-Reid) Economy since June.

Patrick Poole at PJM — “Was CPAC an Epic Fail?” His answer is “yes.”

Slight Counterpoint at Hot Air — “Limbaugh Brings Down the House at CPAC.”

CPAC riposte — You know who this helps (“Romney wins CPAC straw poll”)? Democrats. Nationalized health care advocates. Proaborts. And those searching for a viable third-party.

Christian Brose at — “Obama’s Iraq speech: Brought to you by George W. Bush”

Churlish Children of the Tubes:

Doug Stone at the bankrupt Minneapolis Star-Tribune — “I would not use (Rick) Santelli as a role model for my journalism students.” Oh yeah, your fave journalists neeeeever express a strident opinion or slant a story.

Michael Hiltzik at the LA Times (“Obama recovery plan stimulates whining”) is worse, and can’t count — “staged an extended rant from a Chicago commodities pit about the injustice of helping people in distress, especially while there are still a few people around who aren’t in distress.” The vast majority in this country is not in (financial) distress.

Maureen Dowd’s BDS has not gone into remission.

Positivity: Ave Maria University to host ‘Terri’s Day’ Mass

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:30 am

From Naples, Florida:

Naples, Fla., Feb 27, 2009 / 02:16 am (CNA)

The Ave Maria Oratory at Ave Maria University will host the “National Mass for Terri’s Day” on March 31 to commemorate the death of Terri Schindler Schiavo, event organizers have announced.

Schiavo was a severely disabled woman who in 2005 died of dehydration after a judge ordered her nutrition tube removed in a contentious legal and political fight.

Last year Terri’s Foundation and Priests for Life established the “International Day of Prayer and Remembrance for Terri Schindler Schiavo, and All of Our Vulnerable Brothers and Sisters,” or “Terri’s Day,” to foster education, prayer and activism concerning discrimination against the disabled. The observance is also intended to advance advocacy for those in situations similar to what Terri Schiavo and her family faced, the organizers’ say.

“As we just witnessed with Italy’s Eluana Englaro’s tragic death by dehydration, people with disabilities, like my sister Terri, are routinely being denied their most basic rights. These cases are spreading like a virus and my family is committed to stopping this form of discrimination against people with disabilities,” said Bobby Schindler, Schiavo’s brother.

A press release from Terri’s Foundation and Priests for Life warned about the potential threat of hospital ethics committees that seek to remove food and water even from those who are not terminally ill.

The groups say that doctors and hospitals in all but ten states have been empowered to disregard advance directives for medical care when they call for treatment, food or fluids. …..