November 1, 2015

RIP …

Filed under: General,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 7:11 pm

Fred Thompson.

Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (110115)

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

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

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10:40 a.m.: At the New York Post (“Why Sid Blumenthal Matters”) —

On Jan. 9, 2009, Hillary Clinton signed a letter pledging to stay out of Clinton Foundation business. In a document first disclosed by Judicial Watch, Clinton had promised State Department officials that she would keep to the “highest standards of ethical conduct” and “not participate” in foundation matters.

Yet she went behind the president’s back to keep a friend in the fold, then mixed the nation’s business with the interests of Blumenthal and her private foundation, giving government contracts to people like Joseph Wilson and pushing behind the scenes for EU elections.

Joseph Wilson? Yeah, that Joseph (Joe) Wilson.

4:55 p.m.: We all knew it anyway, but William Campenni proves (“The Truth About Dan Rather’s Deceptive Reporting on George W. Bush”), beyond the typefaces, that the Rather documents were forged beyond doubt based on their contents at the Daily Signal. He say he has more coming, but his post today is enough for now.

Positivity: Pope Francis — Every Christian must be prepared for martyrdom

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Vatican City:

Oct 30, 2015 / 10:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Friday Pope Francis reflected on the life and death of Blessed Oscar Romero, who was recognized as a martyr earlier this year, stressing that each Christian ought to be ready to give their life for the faith.

“A martyr is not born. It’s a grace that the Lord allows, and that in a way concerns every baptized person,” Pope Francis told a group pilgrims from El Salvador Oct. 30.

Bl. Oscar Romero was Archbishop of San Salvador (the Salvadoran capital) from 1977 until his March 24, 1980 martyrdom.

Quoting a phrase of Bl. Romero, the Pope said that “We must be willing to die for our faith, even if the Lord does not give us this honor.”

To give one’s life doesn’t only consist of being killed, he said, but rather “to give one’s life, to have the spirit of a martyrdom, is to surrender it in duty, in silence, in prayer, in the fulfillment of duty; in this silence of everyday life; to give one’s life little by little.”

The Salvadorans met with Pope Francis during their pilgrimage to Rome made in thanksgiving for the recent beatification of Archbishop Romero.

He was killed while saying Mass, and in February Pope Francis officially recognized his death as having been for hatred of the faith.

He was beatified in El Salvador May 23. The same day, Pope Francis declared that the martyr’s feast will be celebrated March 24 each year – the day “in which he was born into heaven.”

In his speech to the Salvadoran pilgrims, Pope Francis noted that since the beginning of the Church, Christians have been convinced that the blood of the martyrs “is the seed of Christians.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.