November 13, 2012

Now Politico Notices: ‘Obama’s Foreign Policy Team Hits Turbulence’

Suddenly discovering something that anyone with eyes could see before the election, Josh Gerstein at Politico tells us that “Obama’s foreign policy team hits turbulence.”

Please. For over a week after September 11, the administration was pretending that a video which wasn’t relevant at all caused protests which never occurred were what supposedly led to the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya which killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens. We had different people in the administration taking blame (but not really), and learned that but for the heroics of two of the men who died, dozens of others might have perished. But only now is Gerstein discovering “turbulence.” Read on for a narrative which would be funny if it were not so sadly symptomatic of a see-no-evil press corps:

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Year-Over-Year Deficit Worsens in October, and the Problem Is Spending, Not Receipts

The government’s October 2012 Monthly Treasury Statement was released at 2 p.m. It tells us that the government took in $184 billion ($21 billion more than last year) while spending $304 billion ($43 billion more), leaving a $120 billion deficit. That’s 22% higher than the October 2011 shortfall of $98.5 billion.

The early report from the Associated Press’s Martin Crustinger predictably tells us that discussions over changing this ongoing situation and addressing the “fiscal cliff” involve how “to prevent tax increases and deep spending cuts from kicking in Jan. 1.” “Deep”? October 2012 spending annualizes out to $3.65 trillion, which if continued, as seen in comparison to figures for the past five years which follow, would be an all-time record.

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Food Stamp Enrollment Is Up by More Under Obama Than During Bush’s Eight Years

Consider it a grim, hidden, unreported milestone, and yet another media failure.

The grim milestone relates to the increase in food stamp enrollment during the Obama administration. As Dave Gibson at Examiner.com noted on Saturday, the administration and campaign (as if there was any difference) did not release program participation data for August until three days after the election, roughly ten days after such monthly reports have typically been issued. What the data demonstrated is that food stamp enrollment during the first 43 months of the Obama administration has increased by more than it did during the entire eight years of George W. Bush’s presidency, officially earning Obama the title of “Food Stamp President.”

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Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (111312)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

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Positivity: Sainthood cause for young Spanish catechist moves forward

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Madrid:

May 31, 2012 / 12:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The diocesan phase has concluded for the sainthood cause of Rebeca Rocamora, a Spanish catechist who died in 1996 at the age of 20 after a long illness and was known for her tireless service to others.

The announcement was made on Pentecost Sunday by Bishop Rafael Palmero of Orihuela-Alicante at the parish of St. Peter the Apostle in Granja de Rocamora, where Rebeca was baptized in 1975. Her family and many of her friends were in attendance.

The dossier on her life of virtue and reputation of holiness will be sent to the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints. Rebeca Rocamora’s cause for canonization was opened in 2009.

The Diocese of Orihuela-Alicante said Rebeca’s life “was always linked to the Church. Despite suffering from a severe illness at the age of 10, she did not lose her faith and even became a catechist. Her story has left a mark on her family, friends and neighbors.”

Bishop Palmero opened her cause on March 14, 2009, “so that her example would serve as an inspiration to young people and to catechists.”

Rebeca was born into a devout Catholic family on Sept. 7, 1975, in Granja de Rocamora. Blond haired and blue-eyed, she stood out for her smile, innocence and vitality.

In 1985 she contracted a grave illness, which she accepted with courage and strength, becoming an example of joy, humility, simplicity and charity for others.

According to the diocese, “Later on, a new and unforeseen illness befell her, and her soul matured quickly. She encouraged everyone and accepted her plight. Many testimonies bear witness to the human and Christian virtues she lived intimately on a daily basis in a hidden but extraordinary way and which point to a heart filled with great and profound faith. …

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