July 28, 2013

Documentary: The Hector Ricketts Story

Filed under: Business Moves,Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 7:01 pm

(Moved closer to the top for visibility)

This is all about freedom and economic improvement.

Government hates competition. Government unions hate competition even more than the government itself does.

The video below is 20 minutes long, but worth it (HT Hot Air):

Quote I: “Removing government obstacles almost became a full-time job.”

Quote II “Each time transportation services are disrupted in New York, the city government calls on commuter van operators to keep the city moving.” That is, “whenever the subways are on strike … whenever the commuter train isn’t working … whenever the buses strike … whenever the taxis strike … storms … school strikes.”

Quote III: What is being done to suppress the growth and development of this business is unfair, it’s unAmerican, and some might say it’s immoral and illegal.”

Latest PJ Media Column (‘What’s ‘Phony’ Is Obama’s Economy’) Is Up

It’s here.

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

Breathless AP ‘Exclusive’: ’4 in 5 in U.S. Face Near-Poverty, No Work’ — Sometime During Their Lives

If you’ve been wondering where the Associated Press’s 2013 entry into the “Worst AP Report Ever” contest has been hiding, have no fear. It’s here. Oh, it’s not as bad as the current worst-ever leader, the laughably execrable “Everything seemingly is spinning out of control” in June 2008. Nevertheless, it’s a “strong” entry — as in almost indescribably weak as journalism.

The AP’s (Abandon All) Hope Yen believes she has exclusive “news” she simply must share with you: Most Americans face significant economic stress sometime in their lives. Stop the presses, shut down the Internet, and cancel Christmas. Excerpts follow the jump.

Bitter Thrush at Politico: GOP Cemented ‘A Ten-Year Grip on the House’ in 2010, Fails to Mention Tea Party’s Influence

Has Glenn Thrush at the Politico thrown up the white flag on Democrats regaining control of the House until 2022, the first election cycle after the next wave of congressional and statehouse redistricting? If so, he clearly underestimates Republicans’ ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, but I digress.

It would appear that Thrush has thrust himself into the throes of despair, based on the bolded sentence seen after the jump from his Friday report on how 2010 losses of control of the U.S. House and especially control of so many statehouses and state legislatures “still haunt” Dear Leader Barack Obama:


Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (072813)

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

This open thread will stay at or near the top today. Rules are here. Possible comment fodder follows. Other topics are also fair game.

If you are on the front page, click “more” to see today’s items (updated sporadically; items with a 6:05 a.m. were posted early).

Positivity: Blessed Frassati a ‘perfect’ fit for World Youth Day play

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Rio de Janiero:

Jul 24, 2013 / 11:21 am

After being contacted by World Youth Day officials to perform a play going along with this year’s theme, a theater group decided they would have to write and produce their own on Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati.

“(Bl. Frassati’s) life is a perfect example for today’s youth, especially those that believe that living according to the world is the only logic that exists,” the play’s director, Marcelo Rodriguez, told CNA July 23.

The play, “The Logic of God” was born from months of research and development on the part of Peruvian theater group, Teatro Convivio, after they were asked to find and perform a play that would go along with this year’s theme of Mt. 28:19, “Go and make disciples of all nations.”

When they could not find such a play to perform, Rodriguez said, they decided would have to produce one of their own.

After a friend introduced Rodriguez and his team to the life of Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati, the young Italian layman who spent much of his short life serving the poor and working for social reform, the director knew he was a perfect fit.

According to Rodriguez, the title, “The Logic of God” is the way that Frassati lived his devout life of holiness.

“It is simple, but demanding. The exigency is almost forgotten because of the joy and happiness that comes from following God’s logic.”

The example of Bl. Frassati’s life is one that communicates that “holiness does not have to be something that is foreign.”

“It is just living according to God – not according to the world,” Rodriguez said. …

Go here for the rest of the story.