August 10, 2016

NY Times Op-Ed Howler: ‘The Path to Prosperity Is Blue’

In a New York Times op-ed with so many holes it wouldn’t hold up as swiss cheese, two political science profs, Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson, set out to reassure the leftist elites that “The Path to Prosperity Is Blue.”

This would be pretty funny if it weren’t for the fact that many of the Old Gray Lady’s smug readers will actually buy this nonsense. The pair’s presentation tortures economic and other statistics so badly that they make getting waterboarded look like a walk in Central Park.

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Positivity: The little-known Catholicism of a ‘Walker, Texas Ranger’ star

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 1:59 pm

From Krakow, Poland:

Aug 10, 2016

Clarence Gilyard is the seasoned Hollywood actor who kicked major bad-guy posterior as Chuck Norris’ gun-slinging, karate-kicking deputy James Trivette on the hit 1993-2001 CBS series.

The man is legitimate – especially after working alongside Chuck Norris and his impressive slow-mo high kicks for an entire eight seasons on Walker, among other roles. But what many fans may not know is how Gilyard’s high-octane life led to a breaking point and eventual conversion to Catholicism, or how his faith profoundly shapes his life today.

In a sit-down interview with CNA July 29 during World Youth Day in Krakow, Gilyard in a nutshell recounted his former wild lifestyle and his decision to convert, which eventually led him to get involved in the global youth event. He also gave his advice to parents on how to help their kids authentically live the faith.

“I hit bottom, I hit bottom…I was pretty much sex, drugs and rock and roll, ya know what I mean?” Gilyard said. He said that while he was going through his process of recovery, which included “therapists (and) 12-step programs,” he met a man who invited him to go to Mass.

Gilyard agreed, and joined the man for Mass the following Sunday. It was during the consecration of the Eucharist “when everybody hit their knees,” he said, that he felt something that changed his life.

“Man, it rocked my world, it rocked me. So I went to the priest on the way out and I said hey, can I come see you this week? And the rest is history,” he said.

After speaking to the priest, he joined RCIA and entered the Church. That was 21 years ago. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (081016)

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.

U.S. Olympic Volleyballer Gets Pushback For Being a Proud Mom

Filed under: MSM Biz/Other Bias,MSM Biz/Other Ignorance — Tom @ 1:16 am

Radical feminism in its most odious expressions has become one comprehensive emulation of Animal Farm looming over women’s lives from cradle to grave. The original George Orwell masterpiece popularized the saying, “All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.” Radical feminists tell us they believe that feminism is all about choice — but some choices are clearly seen as superior to others.

Not that she cares, because she has far better things to do, but U.S. Olympic beach volleyballer Kerri Walsh Jennings is getting pushback from radical fems for describing her choices in life thusly: “I feel like I was born to have babies and play volleyball.”

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