June 25, 2018

Now-Former New Yorker ‘Fact-Checker’ Who Pushed False Nazi Tattoo Smear Has Learned Nothing

On June 19, Alec Sears at NewsBusters covered then-New Yorker Magazine “fact-checker” Talia Lavin, who posted a now-deleted tweet about a photo of Justin Gaertner, a combat-wounded war veteran and computer forensic analyst for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. She falsely claimed that a tattoo on Gaertner’s elbow was a Nazi Iron Cross. Per ICE, it really is a Maltese Cross, the symbol of double amputee Gaertner’s platoon in Afghanistan, Titan 2. Despite her tweet’s deletion and her apology, Lavin’s subsequent conduct shows that she hasn’t learned a thing.

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Trump’s Intemperance Should Worry Those Who Support His Policies

Simply put, he overplays his hand.

Though he is gaining support and is for the most part implementing successful, common-sense policies, the President has often lost golden opportunities to gain more support and political capital with his intemperance.

He just did it again today (“The Red Hen Restaurant should focus more on cleaning its filthy canopies, doors and windows (badly needs a paint job) rather than refusing to serve a fine person like Sarah Huckabee Sanders. I always had a rule, if a restaurant is dirty on the outside, it is dirty on the inside!”).

Sarah Sanders was asked to leave the Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Virginia, specifically and only because she works in the Trump administration. She was, as I noted on Saturday based on the Washington Post’s reporting, told that she should leave (cough, cough, was “asked to leave”) but that everyone else could stay (as if that was going to happen).

We’re now learning that Red Hen owner Stephanie Wilkinson then organized a protest at a restaurant across the street when the Sanders party went there after leaving the Red Hen:

It wasn’t enough for restaurateur of The Red Hen, Stephanie Wilkinson to humiliate and kick Sarah Sanders and her family out of the establishment.

Governor Mike Huckabee told Laura Ingraham on her radio show Monday, Stephanie Wilkinson followed Sarah Sanders and her family across the street to harass them at the other restaurant they went to!

According to Mike Huckabee, Sarah Sanders and her husband were not present during the protest; only her in-laws, who are liberals, were present.

Laura Ingraham tweeted: This restaurateur of The Red Hen Stephanie Wilkinson not only told @PressSec Sanders to leave–acc to @GovMikeHuckabee on my radio show today, she FOLLOWED Sanders’ family across the street to harass them at the other restaurant they went to!

Ingraham also tweeted that “@GovMikeHuckabee told me last hour that after asking @PressSec to leave the Red Hen, owner Stephanie Wilkinson organized a protest at the restaurant her family was dining at across the street.”

There may be a back story here, in that Wilkinson’s staff may have participated in the protest, which could mean that other customers left the Red Hen after learning that Sanders had been asked to leave.

Or Wilkinson may have been enraged that the other members of Sanders’ party chose to leave after she was “asked” to leave (how she expected the others to stay put is a mystery, but she must have, otherwise she wouldn’t have told the others they could stay if they wanted to).

Or both.

A simple tweet from the President supporting Sanders’ reasonable expectation to be served a meal with other family members at a restaurant on her off-hours would have kept virtue unequivocally on his side.

But instead, Trump took potshots at the Red Hen’s decor and cleanliness, which will surely alienate many people who might otherwise have been persuadable.

As I noted, Trump, even if (actually, especially if) he knew about Wilkinson’s subsequent unhinged decision to stalk the Sanders party, blew a golden opportunity. Even his fans have to acknowledge this.

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UPDATE: In case this detail got lost — Further supporting the idea that Trump blew an opportunity, note that the Sanders party against whom Stephanie Wilkinson and others demonstrated outside the other restaurant did not include Sarah Sanders and her husband, who had left:

“Sarah and her husband just went home,” he (Mike Huckabee) said (to Laura Ingraham). “They had sort of had enough.”

But the rest of her family went across the street to another restaurant, he explained, and that’s when things got even more absurd.

“The owner of the Red Hen —because nobody’s told this — then followed them across the street, called people and organized a protest, yelling and screaming at them from outside the restaurant and creating this scene,” said Huckabee. One of Sanders’ in-laws, whom he described as “very liberal,” walked out and said, “Look, I don’t like Trump, I’m not a supporter, I’m a far — considered liberal — but you guys are embarrassing me and you’re not helping the cause.”

Nevertheless, the mob yelled and screamed even though Sanders was no longer there because, apparently, having even a tangential relationship to the Trump administration means you’re not fit to be out and about in polite society and you’re no longer to be afforded public accommodations.

May 2018 New Home Sales: Progress Continues

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 2:08 pm

From the Census Bureau (eventual permanent link):

New Home Sales

Sales of new single-family houses in May 2018 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 689,000, according to estimates released jointly today by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. This is 6.7 percent (±14.1 percent)* above the revised April rate of 646,000 and is 14.1 percent (±19.9 percent)* above the May 2017 estimate of 604,000.

April was adjusted down substantially by about 2.5 percent from its original 662,000. Nevertheless, the Trump-era trends remain strong. Year-to-date actual sales through May are up 9 percent over the first five months of 2017. Total sales in 2017 were also 9 percent above 2016.

Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (062518)

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.

Positivity: Why hundreds are still drawn to the powerful legacy of the ‘Rosary Priest’

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Easton, Massachusetts:

un 24, 2018 / 06:38 am

Nearly three decades after his death, Father Patrick Peyton still receives fan mail.

People from all over the world submit letters and electronic notes – intercessory prayer requests and stories of prayers answered in the name of Father Peyton – to the desk of Father David S. Marcham.

Marcham, who is now vice postulator for the Cause of Venerable Patrick Peyton and director of the Father Peyton Guild, first discovered the many prayer requests and gratefully triumphant notes during a chance visit to Holy Cross Ministries in Easton, Massachusetts. The prayerful notes inspired him to join the effort in spreading Fr. Peyton’s message by advancing his cause for sainthood.

“Fr. Peyton has the ability through his message and through his intercession to work on the level of our individual families, but also to work worldwide,” he said.

Father Patrick Peyton (1909-1992) was a dynamic advocate for family prayer and a trailblazer in radio broadcast and televised evangelization.

Like many Irish families, Peyton grew up praying the Rosary. His devotion to Mary deepened when he was healed of advanced tuberculosis with no explanation, shortly after his ordination. He credited the intercession of the Blessed Mother for his recovery, and became committed to spreading the importance of prayer through Mary.

In doing so, he caught the attention of Hollywood.

After World War Two ended, Peyton began a radio show to pray in thanksgiving for peace. His show reached wide audiences with his passionate calls for family prayer, and it featured prominent public figures, from President Harry Truman to New York’s Archbishop Spellman. A strong proponent of the Rosary and a firm believer in its power, Peyton had each guest pray the Rosary for the world to hear.

However, executives of the radio station wanted to explore the idea of bringing in Hollywood stars. Peyton ambitiously called Bing Crosby, who had just seen his big break in Going My Way–a movie about a priest who created a church choir to help a group of boys reorient their lives.

“After Father Peyton explained what he was doing, [Bing Crosby] said, ‘Of course I’ll be on the program!’” said Father Willy Raymond, the current Holy Cross Family Ministries president and previous director of Family Theater Productions, both of which Father Peyton began.

“With [Crosby’s] name on it, it really got the nation’s attention,” Raymond added.

Family Theater Productions continues Peyton’s legacy in the film industry, providing a community for Hollywood Catholics and producing spiritual content. One of its most recent efforts, The Dating Project, was recently released in April, and the program Catholic Central provides short, informative films geared toward young people.

Along with promoting prayer in his shows, Peyton held “Rosary Rallies” around the world – from Peru to the Philippines to Papua New Guinea – earning him the title that he still bears to this day of “The Rosary Priest.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.