May 31, 2017

Lefties Go After Barron Trump’s Reax to Kathy Griffin’s Severed Head Stunt

The controversy over Kathy Griffin holding up a bloodied severed head of Donald Trump — an action which has led to her removal from CNN’s New Year’s Eve programming — reportedly spilled into the President’s family when TMZ reported that the Trumps’ 11-year son “Barron was in front of the TV watching a show when the news came on and he saw the bloody, beheaded image.” TMZ says: “We’re told he panicked and screamed, ‘Mommy, Mommy!’” I was hoping against hope that the level of “discourse” hasn’t sunk to the point where people who should know better would start attacking Barron or using him to criticize the Trumps. Rosie O’Donnell and several others who should know better dashed those hopes this afternoon.


Genuine Humor at The Onion


“Washington Post Reporter Frustrated Every Space In Parking Garage Taken Up By Anonymous Source”

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Positivity: Holy Cross priest tapped as bishop of Pensacola-Tallahassee diocese

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Vatican City:

May 29, 2017 / 05:56 am

On Monday the Vatican announced Pope Francis’ appointment of Fr. William “Bill” A. Wack to be the next bishop of the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee, Florida.

A member of the Congregation of Holy Cross, a religious order of priests, Bishop-elect Wack succeeds Bishop Gregory L. Parkes, who was appointed Bishop of St. Petersburg, Florida by Pope Francis on Nov. 28, 2016 and installed on Jan. 4, 2017.

Fr. Thomas O’Hara, C.S.C., Provincial Superior of the United States Province of Priests and Brothers of the Congregation of Holy Cross, said that they are delighted at the selection of Fr. Wack to serve as bishop of Pensacola-Tallahassee.

“Bishop-elect Wack is a gifted pastor and administrator who possesses an extremely welcoming personality. He is quick to reach out to all, is strong enough to lead and humble enough to listen. Above all, he is an outstanding priest who is passionate in his faith and absolutely dedicated to serving the People of God,” he said May 29. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

May 30, 2017

AP’s Borenstein: ‘Doesn’t Look Good For Earth’ If U.S. Pulls Out of Paris Climate Accord

Seth Borenstein’s Saturday dispatch at the Associated Press on how it “Doesn’t look good for Earth” if the United States under President Trump “quits” the 2015 Paris climate is about as fakey as fake news gets. It’s also sloppy and inconsistent in its terminology, and misleading about the nature and timing of what former President Obama’s pledge would require the U.S. to do — while letting expanding greenhouse gas emitters like China off the hook.


NYT Covers Up Hillary’s Nixon Impeachment Error With Fake Correction and Headline

In covering Hillary Clinton’s commencement speech at Wellesley College on Friday, New York Times reporters Jess Bidgood and Katharine Q. Seelye originally bought what Mrs. Clinton was selling when she said that President Richard Nixon was ultimately impeached in 1974. Of course, as I noted in a Sunday morning post, he wasn’t, because he resigned before an impeachment vote took place in the full House of Representatives. In “correcting” their story and revising its headline, the Times acted as if Mrs. Clinton committed no error, and grudgingly acknowledged it in later text.


Vox Memorial Day Special: Marines Have ‘Toxic Masculinity’ Problem

Memorial Day media coverage didn’t seem to have many lowlights this year. One glaring exception:’s decision to publish Alex Ward’s hit piece going after the U.S. Marine Corps and its alleged culture of “toxic masculinity” on the one day set aside every year to honor all military men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice.


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Positivity: What can we learn from the newest priests? Encourage vocations

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From Washington:

May 26, 2017 / 06:04 am

Members of the newest priestly ordination class in the United States were closely connected to the Church growing up through their Catholic school or parish, according to a new survey of the 2017 ordinands.

“They’re much more likely than Catholics in general to have attended Catholic school. A third of them have a relative who’s a priest or religious. They come from pretty active Catholic families,” Dr. Mary L. Gautier, co-author of “The Class of 2017: Survey of Ordinands to the Priesthood,” told CNA.

“They have more opportunity to be aware of and around priests,” she added.

The annual survey of ordinands is conducted by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University (CARA).

This year’s survey featured 444 respondents, 343 of whom are entering the diocesan priesthood, from 140 dioceses. 101 of the respondents are entering the religious priesthood. The survey was conducted in March 2017.

According to the U.S. bishops’ conference, CARA compiles data every year for the Secretariat for Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations.

The average age of ordination has continued a slight, yet steady downward trend in age from 1999, as the 2017 class average was 34 years, down from 36 years in 1999. 16 was the average age the ordinands first began considering the priesthood.

Most of this year’s ordinands – 82 percent – were “encouraged to consider the priesthood by someone in their life,” most often by a parish priest, although others reported being encouraged by a friend, family member, parent, teacher, or parishoner.

That “staggering number” should spur the faithful to be aware of their role in encouraging vocations, Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin of Newark, chair of the bishops’ Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations, stated in response to the survey.

“That statistic should motivate all the faithful to be sensitive to the work of the Holy Spirit, who may wish to use them to extend the invitation to ordained ministry,” he said. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

May 29, 2017

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Positivity: The History of Memorial Day

Filed under: Positivity,Taxes & Government,US & Allied Military — Tom @ 12:01 am

From (more background is at this link at

It was 1866 and the United States was recovering from the long and bloody Civil War between the North and the South. Surviving soldiers came home, some with missing limbs, and all with stories to tell. Henry Welles, a drugstore owner in Waterloo, New York, heard the stories and had an idea. He suggested that all the shops in town close for one day to honor the soldiers who were killed in the Civil War and were buried in the Waterloo cemetery. On the morning of May 5, the townspeople placed flowers, wreaths and crosses on the graves of the Northern soldiers in the cemetery. At about the same time, Retired Major General Jonathan A. Logan planned another ceremony, this time for the soldiers who survived the war. He led the veterans through town to the cemetery to decorate their comrades’ graves with flags. It was not a happy celebration, but a memorial. The townspeople called it Decoration Day.

In Retired Major General Logan’s proclamation of Memorial Day, he declared:

“The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country and during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land. In this observance no form of ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit.”

The two ceremonies were joined in 1868, and northern states commemorated the day on May 30. The southern states commemorated their war dead on different days. Children read poems and sang civil war songs and veterans came to school wearing their medals and uniforms to tell students about the Civil War. Then the veterans marched through their home towns followed by the townspeople to the cemetery. They decorated graves and took photographs of soldiers next to American flags. Rifles were shot in the air as a salute to the northern soldiers who had given their lives to keep the United States together.

In 1882, the name was changed to Memorial Day and soldiers who had died in previous wars were honored as well. In the northern United States, it was designated a public holiday. In 1971, along with other holidays, President Richard Nixon declared Memorial Day a federal holiday on the last Monday in May.

Cities all around the United States hold their own ceremonies on the last Monday in May to pay respect to the men and women who have died in wars or in the service of their country. …

Read additional history at the link.

May 28, 2017

NY Times Can’t Figure Out ‘What Led Salman Abedi to Bomb the Manchester Arena’

In an attempt to build up its already bulging “We’ll never really know why they did it” file relating to Islamist radicals who have taken innocent lives, three reporters at the New York Times composed a 1,900-word report Saturday evening (Sunday front-page print edition) about Manchester bomber Salman Abedi’s family background. The reporters provided very little hard information about Abedi’s motivations, despite the fact that readers who saw the paper’s tweet (HT Twitchy) which promoted the article were led to expect it: “What led Salman Abedi to bomb the Manchester arena?” But they did push hard the news that Abedi called his mom before he carried the attack.


RIP, Jim Bunning

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 2:24 pm

From Yahoo Sports (videos at link), on a marvelous man who, in addition to the achievements described below, raised a remarkable family:

Jim Bunning, Hall of Fame pitcher and former U.S. Senator, dead at 85

Hall of Fame pitcher and former U.S. senator Jim Bunning has died, the Associated Press reported on Saturday.

He was 85 years old.

According to Bunning’s family, he died shortly before midnight Friday. He had been in poor health since suffering a stroke in October.

Bunning made his name in baseball, carving out a career that was second to none. He played in the major leagues from 1955 to 1971, splitting his career mostly between Detroit and Philadelphia. He also had brief stints with the Pirates and Dodgers.

During his career, Bunning was no stranger to making history. With the Phillies, he pitched a perfect game against the Mets at Shea Stadium on June 21, 1964. At the time, it was only the fifth perfect game in MLB since the beginning of the 20th century, and the very first in the National League.

Bunning finished his career with 224 wins, seven All-Star selections, and one runner up finish in the Cy Young award balloting. He also pitched a no-hitter for the Tigers on July 20, 1958.

Bunning was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1996 after being elected by the Veteran’s Committee. He’s also a member of the Phillies Walk of Fame and had his No. 14 retired by Philadelphia in 2001.

… After his playing days were over, Bunning pursued politics, serving his home state of Kentucky for two decades.

In 1986, Bunning was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Kentucky’s 4th congressional district, and served in the House from 1987 to 1999. He also served two terms as a U.S. Senator from 1999-2010.

Jim Bunning lived a remarkable life. He managed to earn the respect of his peers in two fields that are difficult to navigate. That says a lot about the man and his passion and dedication to the things he held most important.

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May 27, 2017

Attn. Fact Checkers: Hillary Claims She Beat Trump, Nixon Was Impeached

The Associated Press, Politifact, CNN, Snopes and all of the other “fact-checkers” should be busy this weekend and well into next week vetting the howlers contained in Rebecca Traister’s New York Magazine Friday afternoon interview of a politician who has been in the public eye for decades. But it’s a virtual lock that they won’t bother, because the person Traister interviewed was Hillary Clinton.