December 31, 2017

AP Picks NFL’s Anthem Antics As Top 2017 Sports Story — But Not Empty Seats, Lower TV Ratings

On Christmas Day, perhaps to minimize its exposure, the Associated Press published its top ten sports stories of the year. Readers will not be at all surprised that “NFL players kneeling during the national anthem” as a result of President Donald Trump’s “feud with the NFL” was “the runaway winner … in balloting by AP members and editors.” Predictably, the AP didn’t mention the lower attendance and lower TV ratings which have resulted from the players’ ill-advised protests.


CNN: Unnamed Countries Believe U.S. Doesn’t Have ‘A Moral Leg to Stand on’ in Criticizing Iran

Early Saturday evening Eastern Time, CNN International Senior Correspondent Arwa Damon, opening a CNN-US panel discussion on the anti-government protests in Iran, read the Iranian government’s reactions to Donald Trump’s Saturday tweets which quoted and replayed related portions of the President’s September speech at the United Nations. Damon followed that statement with a stunning example of the gratuitous America-bashing we’ve become so used to seeing at CNN, as she broadened the topic to “how frustrated other countries are with the United States,” claiming that “a lot of nations and their populations” see the U.S. as “not having a moral leg to stand on.”


Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (123117)

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.


You’d never know it from following the establishment press, but Donald Trump’s administration had a pretty good year. Not all of the accomplishments listed are particularly impressive, but many are, and there are a lot of them.

And here’s a great point:

By the way, I wish to thank the American left for pushing Trump farther to conservatism. Trump is not ideological, not viewing himself as liberal or conservative. But when Trump saw leftists’ vitriolic response to him doing anything good for America, it opened his eyes, pushing him farther to our side.

Positivity: Holy Family Feast — Mary Did You Know?

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

In honor of the feast of the Holy Family:



Mary, did you know that your Baby Boy would one day walk on water?
Mary, did you know that your Baby Boy would save our sons and daughters?
Did you know that your Baby Boy has come to make you new?
This Child that you delivered will soon deliver you.

Mary, did you know that your Baby Boy will give sight to a blind man?
Mary, did you know that your Baby Boy will calm the storm with His hand?
Did you know that your Baby Boy has walked where angels trod?
When you kiss your little Baby you kissed the face of God?

Mary did you know … Ooo Ooo Ooo

The blind will see.
The deaf will hear.
The dead will live again.
The lame will leap.
The dumb will speak the praises of The Lamb.

Mary, did you know that your Baby Boy is Lord of all creation?
Mary, did you know that your Baby Boy would one day rule the nations?
Did you know that your Baby Boy is heaven’s perfect Lamb?
That sleeping child you’re holding is the Great, I Am.