February 12, 2012

Occupy Movement’s Embarrassing CPAC Saga Invisible at AP

CPAChispanicDunnoProester0212On Friday, the Daily Caller reported that Occupy movement protesters at CPAC were being paid $60 a day to be there. (Here I thought the left was really motivated these days. Guess not.)

At the self-described Essential Global News Network known as the Associated Press, this fact and other inconvenient items about the movement’s pathetic efforts at and around CPAC are being ignored. Before demonstrating that, I’ll identify what the additional embarrassments are.

The Daily Caller separately reported on Friday that many of the protesters have no idea what CPAC is, and can’t coherently explain why they are there:
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CNN Money Reporter Says Obama ‘Put in Place’ Automatic 401(k) Enrollment Provision Originating in 1998

CNN LogoOn February 2, Blake Ellis at CNN Money (HT to a NewsBusters tipster), in an item which treated minor regulatory changes relating to annuities as some kind of “rescue plan” for retirees, gave President Obama credit for “measures … (he) has put in place to help Americans save for retirement, including automatic enrollment in 401(k)s.” There’s no word on whether Ms. Ellis also believes that Obama hung the moon, but it wouldn’t surprise me if that were the case.

Somebody needs to tell Ms. Ellis that a “History of 401(k) Plans” published by the Employee Benefits Research Institute seven years ago tells us that the critical dates relating to employers’ ability to automatically enroll new and eventually existing employees in their 401(k) plans (subject to the employee’s ability to proactively decline if he or she chooses) go back to 1998 and 2000, many years before Obama was sworn in as a U.S. Senator (bolds are mine):

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RIP, Whitney Houston

Filed under: News from Other Sites,Positivity — Tom @ 3:23 pm

(Billboard.com is carrying this AP report on Whitney Houston’s life and death.)

Houston’s 1991 Super Bowl rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” is indeed “the greatest national anthem in sports history”:

From Chris Case at Yahoo Sports:

Ten days after the United States went to war in the Persian Gulf, Whitney Houston performed the greatest rendition of the Star Spangled Banner in sports history.

On Jan. 27, 1991, Houston took the field at Tampa Stadium prior to Super Bowl XXV to sing the national anthem. The US was at war in Iraq and the game between the New York Giants and Buffalo Bills was serving as a welcome respite from the televised reports of scud bombs and cease fires.

The pop star had recorded the vocal weeks before in a Los Angeles studio and lip-synched the song at the Super Bowl, but few in the crowd of 73,000 or the 110 million watching at home seemed to notice. Houston’s gospel-infused performance and her soaring vocals, all set to the patriotic backdrop of flags and flyovers, are the standard against which all anthems are compared. It’s as close to perfect as a human voice can get.

The beauty of Houston’s version is in her restraint. Other vocalists try to make “The Star-Spangled Banner” their own with unnecessary flourishes and self-indulgent arrangements. Whitney let the song stand on its own. She just sang the heck out of it.

Houston had agreed to sing the song a year earlier, long before most Americans had heard of Kuwait. She arranged the song with her musical director Ricky Minor, who later became well known for his same role on “American Idol.” It went on to become the fastest-selling single in her record label’s history and raised over $500,000 for the American Red Cross.

“I think it was a time when Americans needed to believe in our country.” Houston said later that year. “I remember standing there and looking at all those people, and it was like I could see in their faces the hopes and prayers and fears of the entire country.”

For Rick Santorum …

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 1:40 pm

this may eventually be seen as proof that the tide decisively turned last Tuesday.

Hope so.

Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (021212)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 7:15 am

Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow later. Other topics are also fair game.

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Positivity: Priest’s TV series aims to put passion in faith

Filed under: General,Positivity — Tom @ 6:52 am

From Houston:

Feb 11, 2012 / 06:05 pm (CNA).- Father Cedric Pisegna, C.P., says the latest season of his television show aims to help people examine their lives and to experience the new life of forgiveness that Jesus offers.

“I’m trying to get people to live with passion, with enthusiasm, with energy. I want people to develop their relationship with God. I want them to grow in virtue, holiness and character. I want them to realize their potential to develop what they can be.”

“My prayer for all is that they will live with passion,” he told CNA in a Feb. 1 interview.

Fr. Pisegna, who currently lives in Houston, has been a priest for about 20 years and a professed Passionist for 26 years. He is the author of 15 books and has been broadcasting on television for six years.

His television program “Live with Passion” airs on and on some EWTN affiliates and on several major networks including the Trinity Broadcasting Network’s The Church Channel.

The upcoming season includes two shows with musician John Michael Talbot. It will broadcast from various places like San Antonio, New Orleans and Jacksonville, Tenn.

“I talk about loneliness, making good choices, the meaning of aging. There’s a whole variety of different topics.”

He said the upcoming season of Lent is a time for Christians to be introspective and to take a look at their lives.

“Where are we straying from the will of God? Do I have any bad habits, any sin in my life? It’s about making a turn. Conversion is ongoing, too. It’s constantly a theme in the Scriptures that we are invited to surrender ourselves to the will of God.”

Fr. Pisegna’s television programs reflect his desire to reach out to those who are not going to church, to young people, and to “fallen away” Catholics.

“I’m trying to help them come back,” he said. …

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