October 13, 2018

Should Have Mentioned Sooner: Hillary on Her Husband and Trump

Filed under: Scams,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 4:45 pm

If a world record for tone-deafness existed, Hillary Clinton would have it.

Look at what she was saying, just as Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation had moved into being very likely:

Hillary Clinton draws contrast between sexual misconduct accusations against Trump, Bill Clinton

… Hillary Clinton is drawing a contrast between the sexual misconduct allegations against her husband, former President Clinton, and those leveled against President Trump.

In an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, said the main difference between the allegations is that there was an investigation led by Republicans into the claims against her husband, while Clinton said there has been no serious investigation of Trump.

The allegations of rape and assault against Bill Clinton, which the former president has denied …

Clinton was impeached after lying under oath about having a consensual relationship with Monica Lewinsky, who was then a White House intern. He has been accused by four women of nonconsensual sexual interactions.

Bill Clinton was credibly accused, with hard evidence, witness corroboration — and, in the case of Paula Jones, an $850,000 lawsuit settlement.

And let’s not forget the second article of impeachment — obstruction of justice, on a massive scale.

Please don’t ever stop talking, Hillary.

Positivity: The Seven in Heaven — Meet the new saints to be canonized this weekend

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 4:29 pm

From Vatican City:

Oct 13, 2018 / 06:00 am (ACI Prensa).- Meet the seven people Pope Francis will officially recognize as saints of the Catholic Church on Sunday.

Below are brief biographies on each of their lives, as well as photos of each saint’s banner currently on display at the Vatican.

Blessed Pope Paul VI

Born Giovanni Battista Montini in 1897 and ordained a priest in 1920, he did graduate studies in literature, philosophy, and canon law in Rome before beginning to work for the Vatican Secretariat of State. In 1954, he was named Archbishop of Milan, and in 1958 was made a Cardinal by Pope John XXIII. As a Cardinal, he helped to arrange the Second Vatican Council and chose to continue the council after he became Pope.

Montini was elected as Pope Paul VI in 1963 at age 65, not long after the start of the second Vatican Council. This was a difficult time for the Church and for the world, as the “Sexual Revolution” was in full swing and the struggle for civil rights in the United States in particular was at its peak. Paul VI is perhaps most noted for his 1968 encyclical Humanae Vitae, which served as the Church’s official rebuke to artificial contraception, prohibiting its use.

Paul VI died in 1978 and Pope Francis beatified him in 2014.

Blessed Oscar Romero

Born in 1917 in El Salvador, Romero was auxiliary bishop of San Salvador for four years before being elevated to Archbishop in 1977. He was an outspoken defender of the rights of the poor in El Salvador, who were being terrorized by right-wing military death squads mainly because of protests over the extreme economic inequality in the country in the 20th century.

His weekly homilies, broadcast across the country on radio, were a galvanizing force for the country’s poor as well as a reliable source of news. In addition to speaking out against the government’s actions El Salvador, he also criticized the US government for backing the military junta that seized El Salvador in 1979, and even wrote to Jimmy Carter in February 1980 asking him to stop supporting the repressive regime.

In March 1980, Romero was assassinated, likely by a right-wing death squad, while celebrating Mass.

Pope Francis beatified Romero in 2015.

Go here for descriptions of the lives of the other five:

  • Blessed Vincent Romano
  • Blessed Francesco Spinelli
  • Blessed Nunzio Sulprizio
  • Blessed Nazaria Ignacia March Mesa
  • Blessed Maria Katharina Kasper

Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (101318)

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.