September 16, 2013

Obama Admin Syria Timeline, in Their Own Words (to Sept. 10)

I know, it’s a bit outdated, especially given this bunch, but it’s worth a look anyway to see how the administration’s positions have “evolved” (i.e., devolved; HT to Doug Powers at Michelle Malkin’s place):

Arch-Lib Al Hunt: ‘Obama’s Syria Meanderings Border on Incompetence,’ But Bush 43 ‘Fatally Tarred’ With It

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 1:44 pm

If President Barack Obama is losing Al Hunt, there is definitely trouble in Lefty-land.

But let’s not go too far. In the midst of leveling criticisms at Obama as “bordering on incompetence,” the former host of Capital Gang on CNN and executive editor at Bloomberg News, who is now a Bloomberg View columnist and host of a Bloomberg TV’s Political Capital Sunday news show, cited three examples of supposedly indisputable George W. Bush administration incompetence, none of which fits the description.

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In Writing ‘Obama Loses the Media,’ Politico’s Byers Admits Establishment Press Pro-Obama Bias Until Now

Thanks, Dylan Byers. You’ve done those who recognize liberal establishment press bias as an irrefutable reality a big favor.

The Politico media reporter’s lengthy excerpt from a longer column — I’d call it a “tease,” but it’s 14 paragraphs — is entitled “Obama Loses the Media.” That means Obama has had ‘em in his pocket until now. The rumors of permanent loss are likely exaggerated. Several paragraphs from from the lengthy excerpt and the column itself follow the jump.

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Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (091613)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:10 am

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

8:45 a.m.: This is clearly from a lefty, but the statement is true“Chris Christie is the most overrated governor in America.” Specifics:

New Jersey’s economy is a mess, even compared with its neighbors. The property tax burden is up sharply. Poverty is rising. And the state’s credit rating has dropped on Christie’s watch as the long-range outlook deteriorates. His successor will inherit a bigger mess than he did.

Which of course makes him the GOP establishment’s presumptive 2016 frontrunner.

8:25 a.m.: At Fox News (HT Instapundit) — “Armed EPA raid in Alaska sheds light on 70 fed agencies with armed divisions” — From the content, it looks like the number is really “only” 40 federal agencies and 33 Offices of Inspector Generals. Feel better now?

8:10 a.m.: Ed Driscoll at PJ Media — “Almost Everything You Think You Know About the Matthew Shepard Narrative is False.” Specifically, concerning the murder’s declared status as a “hate crime”:

“… how does it color our understanding of such a crime if the perpetrator and victim not only knew each other but also had sex together, bought drugs from one another, and partied together?”

Positivity: Diverse Singapore parish blooming during Year of Faith

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Central Singapore:

Sep 7, 2013 / 01:01 pm

Through a special website and numerous events to help offer catechesis, Risen Christ parish in central Singapore has promoted spiritual growth for its diverse parishioners throughout the Year of Faith.

“It is important for us that the Faith has to be shared and we can’t take it for granted,” Fr. John Sim, pastor and head of the Year of Faith committee at Risen Christ, told CNA Aug 31.

When Benedict XVI announced the Year of Faith, the parish formed a committee to “brainstorm and propose” various activities to help parishioners in rekindling their faith life, given the diverse ages and backgrounds of those who come to the parish.

Fr. Sim said he has 8,000 parishioners of various nationalities, including Malaysians, Chinese, Filipinos, Koreans and Indian. In addition to English, Masses there are said in Mandarin, Tamil, and Tagalog.

The parish’s Year of Faith website, http://yof.risenchristmedia.org, contains materials including Benedict XVI’s apostolic letter Porta Fidei, information on the Year of Faith, the Catechism, and other resources.

“We also have 40 strong lay apostolate groups. And it’s our responsibility to form them,” said Fr. Sim.

Risen Christ’s “Parish Renewal Experience” has been initiated to strengthen parishioners’ faith, and will be an ongoing program, he explained.

The parish has hosted workshops, seminars, and video screenings, as well as a 10-week series of quiz gatherings on the faith, which Fr. Sim described as “encouraging, interesting and successful.” …

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