April 21, 2012

RIP …

Filed under: General — Tom @ 7:32 pm

Charles Colson.

Politifact Won’t Apply ‘Truth-O-Meter’ in Article About Obama Eating Dog Meat as Boy

PolitiCracked0412Karl at Hot Air and others recording their objections at Twitter caught Politifact being two-faced in deciding who gets the “Truth-O-Meter” text.

As Karl notes: ”PolitiFact rated the story about the Romneys transporting the family dog on the roof of their car as ‘Mostly True.’ And PolitiFact rated the story about former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee frying squirrels in a popcorn poppersimply ‘True.’” But in tackling the topic of President Obama’s boyhood appetite, even though the item is in the web site’s “Truth-O-Meter” directory (URL — www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2012/apr/20/context-obama-dog-eating-indonesia/), it kept the Truth-O-Meter in the closet, and only lamely reproduced some of the verbiage from Obama’s Dreams of My Father, introduced by the following narrative (original was in italics; internal links were in original):

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Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (042112)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 8:20 am

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

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Positivity: World famous orchestra ‘deeply honored’ to play for Pope

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 8:15 am

From Vatican City:

Apr 20, 2012 / 12:57 pm

The managing director of the world famous Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig said playing for Pope Benedict XVI April 21 is the pinnacle of the orchestra’s long and illustrious history.

“This concert,” said Andreas Schulz, “is the most important event in the history of the Gewandhaus Orchestra.”

“It is an unbelievable invitation. I remember when I got the invitation in October 2010 I was so surprised, so deeply honored, I can’t believe it when I saw the fax with the invitation,” he told Vatican Radio.

The concert was held in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall to mark the Pope’s 85th birthday earlier this week. Under the baton of Italian conductor Riccardo Chailly, the Gewandhaus Orchestra performed Felix Mendelssohn’s 2nd Symphony, the “Lobgesang” or “Hymn of Praise.”

At the end of the performance Pope Benedict praised the orchestra for their “tradition of high quality performance and undisputed fame.” He then gave a “hearty thank you” to the musicians, the choir, soloists.

The pontiff also thanked “in a very particular way” the conductor for a “moving interpretation” of a symphony through which “we praised and thank the Lord for his gifts.”

He also noted how Mendelssohn – a predecessor of Chailly as conductor of Gewandhaus Orchestra – used his work as a means of giving glory to God.

“Art as praise to God, the Supreme Beauty, was the basis of the method of composition by Mendelssohn and not only as concerns liturgical or sacred music but his entire repertoire.”

Schulz said the concert was all the more special as Pope Benedict is known to have a deep knowledge and passion for music. …

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