May 10, 2013

Support Concerned Hamburger

Filed under: Activism,Education,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:10 am

Expect more heavy-handed tactics such as those described here (HT Instapundit) as the grassroots revolt against Common Core coalesces:

The district has obtained a subpoena for Google to find out the identities of the person who runs the blog, “Concerned Hamburger,” and two people who have posted comments on it, “Klozman” and “Super.”

Concerned Hamburger’s blog is here.

Why He Deserves to Be Called ‘The Punk President’

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 7:21 am

J. Christian Adams“Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin Used as Photo Prop for Obama” (HT PJ Tatler):

On April 15, 2010, President Obama delivered his central speech on space policy at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Aldrin was given a ride on Air Force One to the speech. Aldrin said tonight in front of a packed house in a National Geographic auditorium in Washington D.C. that he presumed he might have a chance to speak with the President about options for space during the flight to Kennedy.

But it didn’t happen. President Obama had nothing to say to the moonwalker and didn’t seem to want to hear anything from Aldrin on the long flight to Florida. So Aldrin sat in the back of Air Force One and never saw Obama – until it landed.

When it landed, Aldrin said he was summoned to the front of the plane. But he found out it was not to talk about space policy. Instead, President Obama wanted Aldrin to emerge from Air Force One next to Obama for a photo op. The moonwalker was to be a mere prop.

Latest PJ Media Column (‘ObamaCare’s 30-Hour Work Week: Fulfilling a Longtime Leftist Dream?’) Is Up

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:10 am

It’s here.

It will go up here at BizzyBlog on Sunday (link won’t work until then) after the blackout expires.

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Related:

  • Investor’s Business Daily (“Employee Benefits Fall As Firms Brace For ObamaCare”) — “In the past six months or so, a parade of service-sector companies has said they’re mulling changes to worker hours and health benefits to reduce the cost of complying with ObamaCare.”
  • Investor’s Business Daily editorial (“The ObamaCare Train Wreck Is Already Here “) — “retailers are cutting worker hours ‘at a rate not seen in more than three decades.’ … the culprit is clearly ObamaCare. The average workweek in April was 2% shorter than it was a year ago, marking the ‘steepest sustained decline since 1980.’”
  • New York Times (“What Job-Sharing Brings”) –”… the Affordable Care Act suddenly pushes business toward part-time employment”

Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (051013)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

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

Positivity: Sisters encouraged, grateful Pope met with them

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Vatican City:

May 9, 2013 / 10:09 am

\Sister Alice Matilda Nsiah says that Pope Francis’ decision to meet with her and other superiors general on Wednesday left them encouraged, grateful and proud to be Catholic.

“Our faith is renewed with the Pope and we are very grateful that he give (sic) us the audience. We are very grateful that he has time for us. We are very grateful that we are working together for the Church. So we are very proud to be Catholics,” said Sr. Nsiah, mother superior of the Daughters of the Most Blessed Trinity.

She is one of about 800 religious sisters who were in Rome May 3-7 for the general assembly of the International Union of Superiors General, which discussed the prophetic nature of the Church and the nature of authority.

When they had their last gathering in 2010, Pope Benedict did not meet with them, so the time they had with Pope Francis was eagerly welcomed.

The sisters met with the Pope at 9:30 on Wednesday morning in the Paul VI Hall, about an hour before the start of his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square.

Pope Francis spoke with the sisters about how important their work is for the Church and reflected on their vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.

As she left St. Peter’s Square after the May 8 general audience, Sr. Nsiah recounted the meeting for CNA.

“He gave a very good encouragement about our commitment to the Lord, how we are called by the Lord to serve him in the Church and how we are important in the Church,” she said.

The Pope also stressed the importance of the sisters being spiritual “mothers and not spinsters!”

“Chastity enlarges the freedom of your gift to God and others with Christ’s tenderness, mercy, and closeness. But, please, (make it) a ‘fertile’ chastity, which generates spiritual children in the Church,” he told the consecrated women.

“Forgive me if I talk like this,” he added, “but this maternity of consecrated life, this fruitfulness is important!”

For Sr. Nsiah, the Holy Father’s words underscored that “without us, the maternity of the Church is lacking.” …

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