June 14, 2017

Good Guys With Guns …

Filed under: 2nd Amendment,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 4:53 pm

… stop a bad guy with a gun (“two Capitol Police officers“) — preventing a massacre.

Yet the first thing Virginia’s governor passively-aggressively pushed for in reaction to the shooting was more gun control.

Steve Scalise’s condition has gone from stable this morning to critical, per the latest reports.

Pray for him and his family and this nation. Hard.

Not Buying the Reported Decline in May Retail Sales

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:30 am

Here’s why (release; dollar data; percentage data):

RetailSalesJanToMay2013to2017

Somehow a 5.2 percent increase in year-over-year actual sales turned into only a 3.8 percent increase after seasonal adjustments. The seasonally adjusted figure clearly doesn’t represent the underlying strength of the raw data.

May’s raw sales number is also the highest on record for any non-December month.

A Congressman Is Shot …

Filed under: MSM Biz/Other Bias,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 10:47 am

… and the press is already politicizing the event, while the hate patrol on Twitter is out in force engaged in “vile gloating” based on who got hurt (Louisiana Republican Congressman Steve Scalise and others at a GOP softball practice).

The “justifications” include GOP efforts to reform Obamacare and the healthcare system and to preserve the Second Amendment as it was written and as it has been properly interpreted.

Wishing all who were injured a speedy recovery.

Michelle Malkin: “I’ve warned for more than a decade about the unhinged Left’s rhetoric and the despicable double standards that have given progressives immunity as they falsely blamed Republicans and conservatives for every last random outbreak of violence.”

Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (061517)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 10:15 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: Lithuania’s first Soviet-era martyr to be beatified

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Vilnius, Lithuania:

Jun 13, 2017 / 03:01 am

A Soviet-era priest and bishop who continually defied communist rule and spent much of his ministry in prison will be beatified later this month in Vilnius, the Lithuanian capital.

Archbishop Teofilius Matulionis was declared a martyr by Pope Francis Dec. 16, clearing the way for his beatification.

Archbishop Matulionis was known for his heroism and determination in faith in the midst of the harsh atheism of the Soviet regimes which ruled the countries in which he served.

Born in Kudoriškis, in what is now Lithuania, in 1873, Archbishop Matulionis was the second son of a farming family, and seemed to be drawn to the religious life from an early age.

In 1900 he was ordained a priest in what is now Belarus, where his zeal for the faith immediately raised the suspicions of the authorities of the Russian Empire, which was closely aligned with the Russian Orthodox Church.

In 1909, he was sentenced by a court for baptizing a child from a mixed Orthodox and Catholic family, a sentence he served in a Dominican convent.

In 1917, he witnessed the violent persecution of the Church under the Bolshevik Revolution. And in 1923, he was sentenced to three years in Moscow prisons for refusing to sign an act on the appropriation of church property and buildings.

Released a year ahead of time and allowed to return to Lithuania, the priest chose instead to go back to his parish in St. Petersburg, where he was secretly ordained a bishop in 1929.

Soviet trouble never far behind, the bishop found himself in prison again in 1929, where this time he was subjected to solitary confinement, and then to hard labor and malnourishment, which took its toll on his health. He was eventually released in an exchange of prisoners between Lithuania and the Soviet Union in 1933.

Upon his release, Bishop Teofilius paid a visit to Pius XI, who praised his heroism. When Teofilius knelt down in front of the Pope, the Holy Father had the bishop stand and instead knelt down himself, saying: “You are a martyr! You must bless me first!”

During the visit of a group of Lithuanian pilgrims to Rome in 1936 Pius XI again praised Bishop Teofilius: “Glory be to the Lithuanian nation that gave us a hero like him!”

In 1943 he was appointed Bishop of Kaišiadorys.

While he was free, Bishop Teofilius traveled to the United States of America, Rome, the Holy Land, and the Sinai Peninsula.

Afterwards he returned to Kaunas, Lithuania, where, despite Soviet and Nazi threats, the bishop spoke out boldly against the regimes, their destruction of churches, and religious persecution. This led, again, to his arrest in 1946.

Ten years later, the depleted but not defeated bishop came to Birštonas, where he secretly ordained another bishop, and was subsequently punished for his actions by being sent to Šeduva, where his communications were tapped and his room regularly searched by Soviet authorities.

In 1962, he received notice from Rome that he had been made an archbishop and that he was invited to participate in the Second Vatican Council, but he would ultimately be unable to attend. During a “search”, the archbishop was given a lethal injection under the pretense of sedatives, and died three days later, Aug. 20, 1962. …

Go here for the rest of the story.