February 23, 2014

Alec Baldwin, at NY Mag’s Vulture.com: ‘It’s Good-bye to Public Life’; Equates Fox and MSNBC As ‘All About Hate’

In a lengthy item “as told to Joe Hagan” at NYMag.com’s The Vulture, actor, commercial pitchman, and brief MSNBC host Alec Baldwin makes it very clear that he is fed up with a lot of things.

There is plenty of material for discussion in his writeup. I want to focus on what he sees as his mistreatment at the hands of MSNBC and the self-described “progressive” community. Unfortunately, after said mistreatment, it’s clear that he still doesn’t get the difference between legitimate if strident criticism and expressions of over-the-top hatred, as the excerpts which follow will show (bolds are mine):

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Krauthammer: ‘Settled, Schmettled’

Filed under: Economy,Environment,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 12:44 pm

Closed minds:

CNN — “And there are some stories which do not have two sides. The climate change debate is one of them.”

A sharp mind:

Charles Krauthammer (HT Heritage) —

Money quote: “So the arrogance of this is rather appalling. But worse is the application of it to our economy, shutting the coal industry, hurling us into mass transit, getting us out of our larger cars, all of this is driven by this ideology, which in and of itself is a matter almost of theology.”

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Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (022314)

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 may follow. Other topics are also fair game.

Positivity: Olympic figure skating star hailed as example for Catholics

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From all over the world:

Feb 16, 2014 / 04:01 pm

Catholic Olympian and international skating superstar Kim Yuna is a role model not only of dedication and athleticism but also an example of how to live the faith publicly, a fan says.

Seminarian for the Archdiocese of Detroit and blog writer Evan Pham told CNA on Feb. 11 that he was struck by Kim’s simple act of praying on ice during the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.

He said that he was inspired when he and his family saw “a clip of her doing the sign of the cross” and bowing her head immediately before competing the finals for the ladies’ skating title, which she won.

“There was this young woman out there on the Olympic ice and all these cameras are constantly on her,” Pham said. “She was not scared. She just wanted to pray: she didn’t care who was watching.”

“What an inspiration,” he said of this simple act of public prayer.
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