May 11, 2016

Wash Post Headline Says ‘The Economy’s Real Drag’ is ‘Us’

In case you didn’t get the message the first or second time around, the Washington Post wants you to hear it again: Cool your complaints about the weak U.S. economy, because it’s your fault.

To be clear, the problem is primarily with the Post’s headline — “The economy’s real drag: Us” — than with Robert J. Samuelson’s content, which at least gave American consumers credit for having “sobered up” as the reason for the increased savings rate which is supposedly holding the economy back. That said, the longtime Post writer missed a number of other key factors explaining why consumers aren’t spending as they did in the decades before the recession.

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Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (051116)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 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.

Positivity: Rome celebrates the beauty of life in thousands-strong march

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Rome:

May 9, 2016 / 12:40 pm

The greatest challenge in the fight to value and protect human life worldwide is indifference, says one pro-life leader. However, as demonstrated by the internationally-attended March for Life in Rome which on Sunday marked its fourth year, that attitude is beginning to change.

“The March for Life is growing,” said Fr. Shenan Boquet, president of Human Life International (HLI). I’ve been participating now for a number of years. It’s great to see the numbers, and to see especially young people, young families, people getting more involved. It’s an exciting time.”

As in past years, there was a strong international presence at Sunday’s march, with some 26 countries represented among the thousands of participants.

First held in Rome on Mother’s Day in 2012 (having previously been held in other parts of the country on two other occasions), the annual event was modeled from the U.S. March for Life held each year in Washington D.C. Over the past four years, thousands of people of traveled around from around the world to take part.

The inspiration for the March for Life also came from a challenge made by Pope Benedict XVI, Fr. Boquet told CNA. “That’s how the March actually began,” he said: It “was out of a beautiful fruit of Pope Benedict XVI’s call: get into the public conversation. Get into the public square.” …

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