October 19, 2017

Medical Update …

Filed under: General — Tom @ 10:16 pm

… Well, the “few days” plan has turned into a “few weeks” and outpatient surgery that I will almost definitely be unable to avoid, and which will take place at a near-future date yet to be determined.

I’m at about 75 percent of decent health, and gradually gaining ground. Thanks to reduced commitments in other areas of my life, I’m hoping that it will look like I’m at 100 percent from a blogging standpoint until the surgery takes place.

I greatly appreciate all the encouragement and prayers directed my way.

AP Treats Clinton-Uranium Scandal As Merely a ‘Reprise’ of Old 2010 Allegations

Thursday afternoon, Media Research Center President Brent Bozell sharply criticized the establishment press for ignoring damning new information about how Russia, according to a blockbuster report at The Hill, gained “control of more than 20 percent of America’s uranium supply.”  2-1/2 days later, the Associated Press has finally reacted — by treating the report as a mere “reprise” of old news.

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LA Times Keeps Bill Clinton Out of Two Items on History of Sex Offenses

As fake news promoted by the establishment press has multiplied in the two years since Donald Trump declared his presidential candidacy, it’s easy to forget that an equal if not greater media offense concerns genuine news and previous historical events that these outlets refuse to report or recognize. In two prime examples during the past several days, the Los Angeles Times deliberately omitted former President Bill Clinton’s sexual offenses in articles relating to the explosive revelations of Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein’s history of alleged serial harassment and assaults.

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Positivity: St. John Paul II’s legacy lives on through new study abroad program

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 11:55 am

From Krakow, Poland:

Oct 19, 2017 / 09:00 am

Near the heart of Krakow, Poland, you can find a two-level basilica which houses all things related to the beloved St. John Paul II.

Called the “Be Not Afraid – John Paul II Center,” it hosts a relic of his blood, the cassock he wore when he was shot in St. Peter’s Square, a museum, and a research center.

Now, the center will also be the home to a new study abroad program called the JP2 Project.

The JP2 Project is a multi-faceted program that offers students and families ages 16-35 a unique educational experience in Poland. Rooted in the country’s rich culture, the program’s main pillars focus on academics, local culture, service to the church, community life, spirituality, and active life.

“John Paul II challenged young people to greatness: he gave them the truth, he believed in their capacity to give of themselves, to become great saints… In the JP2 Project, we do too,” stated Corinne MacDonald, founder and co-president of the endeavor, which was officially established this year.

“The project is named after JPII because we honestly felt that he was asking us to start it, and because he is the perfect model for youth today,” MacDonald told CNA in a recent interview.

Rewind a few years to when MacDonald was the head of a different study abroad program in Rome, Italy. During this time, she brought students on pilgrimages to Poland and began to notice something amazing.

“In the nine times that I brought American students on pilgrimage to Poland, every one of them was blown away by Poland’s dramatic history, the rich culture and people who have cultivated it, the ascetic beauty, and the inspiring legacies of modern saints such as St. Maximillian Kolbe, Bl. Jerzy Popieluszko, St. Faustina, and St. John Paul II,” MacDonald said.

“We want to replicate that experience for as many students as possible” in the JP2 Program, she continued. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

Thursday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (101917)

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.