October 5, 2013

If Only People Knew the Facts …

… the dynamic in Washington would be lopsided in favor of Republicans and conservatives — which is why the press is working so hard to conceal it.

Just got this from Tom Z in an email:

New Poll Shows More Ohioans Blame President and Senate Democrats for “Shutdown” than Republicans.

Columbus, Ohio – Today, the Ohio Conservative Review (www.OhioConservativeReview.com) conducted an automated telephone poll of 514 Ohioans which showed that more Ohioans blame President Obama and the Democratic Senate for the Government “shutdown” than blame Republicans by a margin of 35.03% to 33.66%. Equally significant, the poll found that 31.31% of Ohioans blamed both Democrats and Republicans for not working together.

The survey then asked poll participants if they were aware from media reports that “Republican members of the US House have voted four times in the last week not to ‘shutdown’ the Government and that the Democratic Senate has voted to shut down the Government, one time simply to deny average Americans the same one year delay in Obamacare that the President has given to big business?” Over 35% of the poll participants said that they were not aware of the House votes to fund the Government from media reports.

Participants were then asked “Does the fact that Republicans in the House have voted to fund all parts of Government, except Obamacare, affect who you blame for the so called Government shutdown?” When participants were provided with this new information, the blame shifted strongly toward the President and Democratic Senate with 42.89% saying they were to blame, while blame for House Republicans dropped to 31.55% and the number who blamed both dropped to 27.47%.

Priorities: Obama Wants NFL’s Redskins to Consider Name Change, Ignores Fact That Those Affected Mostly Oppose It

Never mind the government shutdown. What’s really important in Obamaland is apparently whether football’s Washington Redskins keep their Redskins team nickname.

The Associated Press’s Julie Pace, with help from Joseph White and Darlene Superville, has an 880-word writeup on this breathtakingly important subject. Too bad the entire premise — that Indians “feel pretty strongly” about mascots and team names that depict negative stereotypes about their heritage,” and that the “Redskins name is one such negative stereotype — is false, based on results reported by ESPN columnist Rick Reilly in September. First, a few AP excerpts (bolds are mine):

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Call to Action for U.S. Bishops

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 10:56 am

Item (bolds are mine; links are in original):

Priests Risk Arrest for Offering Sacraments to Catholic Troops During Shutdown

Some Catholic priests under contract or GS (general schedule) to the military are not allowed to offer the Catholic sacraments–including saying Mass, consecrating marriages, or performing baptisms–on military property during the government shutdown, and if they do, even on a volunteer basis, they risk being arrested, according to the general counsel for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA.

About 25% of the U.S. military is Catholic, some 275,000 service members, but there are only 234 active-duty priests. To fill the gap, contract or GS priests are brought in. But under the rules of the shutdown, many of those priests cannot perform their religious duties on military bases unless their contracts allow it.

“These men are employed by the government to ensure that a priest is available when an active duty Catholic Chaplain is not present,” said John Schlageter, general counsel for the archdiocese for the Military Services, USA.  “With the government shutdown, many GS and contract priests who minister to Catholics on military bases worldwide are not permitted to work – not even to volunteer. “

“During the shutdown, it is illegal for them to minister on base and they risk being arrested if they attempt to do so,” said Schlageter.

Call to Action:

  • Good: In coordination with the Archdiocese for the Military Services wherever possible, bishops in areas with affected military installations need, at a minimum, to prepare letters GS priests can carry with them communicating the expectation that Masses will be conducted as usual and that scheduled baptisms will take place.
  • Better: With cameras in hand, bishops and auxiliary bishops who can should choose an affected installation in their area, accompany the GS priest, and demand to co-celebrate the Mass on base and to conduct any scheduled baptisms.
  • Best: Bishops need to bring as much personal clerical power to bear as they possibly can, including bringing in bishops and auxiliary bishops from other dioceses, to ensure that Masses and scheduled baptisms are conducted on as many affected military installations as possible on Sunday.

This is a direct, completely out-of-bounds assault on freedom of religion conducted by a petty, spiteful, petulant presidential administration which wishes to maximize the pain of the partial (emphasis: partial) government shutdown.

Bishops, who are shepherds of Catholics’ souls, have a serious moral obligation to do all they can to ensure that their flocks receive their weekly spritual nourishment, and that parents bringing their children into the faith can do so as planned.

Time is short, guys.

USAT’s Tim Mullaney: ‘HealthCare.gov a Winner Despite Glitches’

Early Friday afternoon, USA Today’s Tim Mullaney excused HealthCare.gov’s “glitches,” confidently predicted that “they’ll get fixed” (in about two months!) and pronounced the enterprise “an out-of-the-box success for consumers shopping for health insurance” which will “sell tons of insurance,” even though he had to go to a canned calculator found elsewhere to do much of his work. As to “selling tons of insurance”: Well of course it will, if allowed to continue. Thanks to a Supreme Court majority led by John Roberts, it’s a legal requirement to do so under penalty of law.

Mullaney also contended that HealthCare.gov’s virtual failure to sign up “consumers” — a situation that certainly was not remotely remedied when he submitted his column — was little different from what many private-sector companies have experienced and overcome. Excerpts follow the jump (bolds are mine):

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Positivity: Holocaust survivor thanks Pope for Church’s aid in WWII

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 8:10 am

From Assisi, Italy:

Oct 5, 2013 / 05:57 am

The last living person whom the Bishop of Assisi saved from being killed during the Holocaust met with Pope Francis yesterday, thanking him for the Church’s role in protecting her people.

“Thank you for what the Church did for us,” Graziella Viterbi, 88, told Pope Francis Oct. 4 at the archbishop’s residence in Assisi, where her family fled as refugees in 1943.

“I thank you,” Pope Francis replied. “Pray for me.”

Before this exchange, the two had greeted each other, both saying “shalom.”

The two met in the “hall of divestment,” the room in the bishop’s residence where St. Francis stripped off his clothes and embraced a life of poverty dedicated to Christ.

Pope Francis is the first Pope in 800 years to have visited the room, where many Jews stayed during World War II.

Archbishop Domenico Sorrentino, of the Diocese of Assisi-Nocera Umbra-Gualdo Tadino, said in his address at the meeting that in that very hall, his predecessor, Bishop Giuseppe Nicolini, had welcomed many Jews during the time of Nazi occupation.

Around 200 Jewish refugees moved to Assisi during World War II, where there had never before been a Jewish community. Viterbi’s father, Emilio, moved his family there in 1943. ..

Go here for the rest of the story.

Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (100513)

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

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