March 19, 2018

Media-Maligned JROTC Disciplined Nikolas Cruz, As No One Else Did

Shortly after the Parkland, Florida high school massacre, the Associated Press and New York Daily News treated the fact that the NRA had given $10,000 in non-cash assistance to the school’s Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps, of which Nikolas Cruz had been a member, as some kind of scandal. Now, buried deep in a Friday Florida Sun Sentinel story, we learned that JROTC’s leaders “banned Cruz from firing guns with the group during shooting practice” way back in September, 2016. That’s more than a legion of others did to stop Cruz or get him help during the next 17 months.



Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (031918)

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Positivity: Baby Born So Prematurely She Spent Two Years in the Hospital Finally Goes Home

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Hampshire, England via Life News:

MAR 9, 2018, 6:24PM

Tallulah-Belle has been on a roller-coaster journey ever since she was born 11 weeks prematurely in 2015.

The 2-year-old British infant spent two years in the hospital struggling with chronic lung disease but finally is home with her family, TV 3 reports.

Her mother, Rianna Price, of Gosport in Hampshire, England said she is looking forward to finally spending Mother’s Day at home with her daughter.

“I can’t wait for this year’s Mother’s Day, to relax at home and enjoy time with the family,” she said.

Price said she and her fiance were so excited when they learned that they were pregnant with their first child, Tallulah-Belle, but she started to worry when she noticed that her belly was not growing bigger.

“I was still a size six at 29 weeks, so I asked the midwife to measure me. She ran a scan, just to be sure, and realised my baby hadn’t grown since 20 weeks,” she said.

Fearing that Tallulah-Belle was not receiving enough nutrients, doctors immediately performed an emergency cesarean section, according to the report. The tiny baby girl was born on Oct. 2, 2015 weighing 1 pound 2 ounces.

“I didn’t see her for the first time until around eight hours later, and couldn’t cuddle her for about three weeks, because she was so small,” her mother remembered. “When you have a baby, you expect them to be passed straight to you, so you can hold them. But we never got any of that.”

Over the past two years, Tallulah-Belle has struggled with chronic lung disease. Initially, she relied on a ventilator, but when she turned 1, doctors inserted a tracheostomy to help her breathe, according to the report.

“We were only meant to be in charity housing by the hospital for 10 days, but, after Tallulah-Belle suddenly declined, we faced set back after set back,” her mother said. “In the end, we stayed for two years.”

While caring for Tallulah-Belle in the hospital, Price became pregnant with a second child, now 8-month-old Penelope. As the family celebrated her birth, they held onto hope for their oldest daughter as well.

In November, Tallulah-Belle finally was well enough to go home from the hospital. Her parents said she needs continuous care, but she has been doing relatively well at home. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

March 18, 2018

Andrea Mitchell: Get McCabe a Brief Federal Job to Save His Pension

UPDATE, March 21: Confirming Scott Whitlock’s March 20 NewsBusters postElizabeth Bauer at Forbes has noted that McCabe’s firing has caused him not to “lose his pension,” but to lose out on “the ability to take his benefits at age 50, rather than somewhere between age 57 and age 62, and he lost his eligibility to a special top-up in benefit formula.” Additionally, Bauer contends that “being terminated ‘for cause’ wholly eliminates eligibility for special age-50 retirement.” Finally, finding McCabe work as a congressional staffer won’t enable McCabe to accrue enough service, because “the particular nature of McCabe’s pension benefits condition age-50 retirement eligibility on primary law enforcement employment, not just general federal government employment.”

(Original post)

Establishment press reporters continue to insist that they play it straight in their reporting. MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell is so objective that she has suggested an underhanded way the FBI’s just-fired Andrew McCabe might save his pension.



Former Obama Admin Flak Marie Harf Denies That the Left Is Hostile to Christianity

Friday on Outnumbered, Marie Harf, who served in the Obama State Department, was “sort of … offended” when asked why there is “such an open animosity to Christianity from those on the left.” Harf rejected the idea “that there is something inherent among the left that means we don’t like Christianity.” Gosh, what would make anyone believe that?



Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (031818)

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Positivity: Indiana boy salutes fallen deputy’s memorial in touching photo after raising nearly $7G for family

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Kokomo, Indiana (HT Weasel Zippers):

March 13, 2018

An Indiana boy who raised nearly $7,000 for fallen Deputy Jacob Pickett’s family was captured in a touching photo saluting the officer’s memorial on Sunday.

Malachi Fronczak, 6, of Kokomo, spent Friday and Saturday selling hot cocoa and lemonade to help the family of Pickett, who was shot and killed in early March while attempting to apprehend a suspect. Pickett was the first officer killed in the line of duty from the Boone County Sheriff’s Office since 1935.

Malachi raised nearly $7,000 — $5,200 on Friday and $1,750 on Saturday — after selling the beverages for four hours, FOX59 Indianapolis reported.

“It’s wonderful. Anytime your kids have a big heart, want to serve others, I think it’s important as a parent to support that. It’s great to see him out wanting to do that,” Jason Fronczak, Malachi’s father, told FOX59.

Malachi and his family went to Boone County to visit a memorial set up for Pickett. At one point, Malachi was pictured saluting Pickett’s memorial. The photos were posted on the child’s Facebook page. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

March 17, 2018

‘Not Forthcoming’: AP, NBC Won’t Admit That Fired McCabe Was Found to Have Lied

In the wake of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Friday firing of Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, two Associated Press dispatches and an NBC news story wouldn’t directly admit that his dismissal was largely based on a finding that he lied to internal investigators. A pre-firing Wall Street Journal editorial had no problem using the word.



Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (031718)

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Positivity: The Story of St. Patrick

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

This post is a BizzyBlog tradition.


The saint who is supposed to be the reason for all the merrymaking today was the man who converted an entire island country to Catholicism:

St. Patrick of Ireland is one of the world’s most popular saints.

Apostle of Ireland, born at Kilpatrick, near Dumbarton, in Scotland, in the year 387; died at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland, 17 March, 461.

Along with St. Nicholas and St. Valentine, the secular world shares our love of these saints. This is also a day when everyone’s Irish.

There are many legends and stories of St. Patrick, but this is his story.

Patrick was born around 385 in Scotland, probably Kilpatrick. His parents were Calpurnius and Conchessa, who were Romans living in Britian in charge of the colonies.

As a boy of fourteen or so, he was captured during a raiding party and taken to Ireland as a slave to herd and tend sheep. Ireland at this time was a land of Druids and pagans. He learned the language and practices of the people who held him.

During his captivity, he turned to God in prayer. He wrote

“The love of God and his fear grew in me more and more, as did the faith, and my soul was rosed, so that, in a single day, I have said as many as a hundred prayers and in the night, nearly the same.” “I prayed in the woods and on the mountain, even before dawn. I felt no hurt from the snow or ice or rain.”

Patrick’s captivity lasted until he was twenty, when he escaped after having a dream from God in which he was told to leave Ireland by going to the coast. There he found some sailors who took him back to Britian, where he reunited with his family.

He had another dream in which the people of Ireland were calling out to him “We beg you, holy youth, to come and walk among us once more.”

He began his studies for the priesthood. He was ordained by St. Germanus, the Bishop of Auxerre, whom he had studied under for years.

Later, Patrick was ordained a bishop, and was sent to take the Gospel to Ireland. He arrived in IrelandMarch 25, 433, at Slane. One legend says that he met a chieftain of one of the tribes, who tried to kill Patrick. Patrick converted Dichu (the chieftain) after he was unable to move his arm until he became friendly to Patrick.

Patrick began preaching the Gospel throughout Ireland, converting many. He and his disciples preached and converted thousands and began building churches all over the country. Kings, their families, and entire kingdoms converted to Christianity when hearing Patrick’s message.

Patrick by now had many disciples, among them Beningnus, Auxilius, Iserninus, and Fiaac, (all later canonized as well).

Patrick preached and converted all of Ireland for 40 years. He worked many miracles and wrote of his love for God in Confessions. After years of living in poverty, traveling and enduring much suffering he died March 17, 461.

He died at Saul, where he had built the first church.

Why a shamrock?

Patrick used the shamrock to explain the Trinity, and has been associated with him and the Irish since that time.

In His Footsteps:

Patrick was a humble, pious, gentle man, whose love and total devotion to and trust in God should be a shining example to each of us. He feared nothing, not even death, so complete was his trust in God, and of the importance of his mission.

March 16, 2018

Murder of Four in South Carolina Virtually Ignored; Is It Because Killer Didn’t Use a Gun?

On March 10, “authorities say,” a 22 year-old man in South Carolina killed “his grandparents, an aunt and a cousin.” It appears that only the Associated Press has given attention to this story. By contrast, recent “mass killings” involving fewer victims received widespread national coverage. Why is that? The answer appears to be that the South Carolina attacker didn’t use a gun.



February 2018 Federal Reserve Industrial Production: Up 1.1 Pct.; Mfg. and Construction Both Strong

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 3:16 pm

Industrial production results during the past three months have been weak. Fortunately, according to the Federal Reserve, that changed in a pretty big way in February:


The net increase, after including prior-month revisions, was 1.0 percent, which basically puts year-over-year over IP back on track. Manufacturing, at 2.5 percent during the past 12 months thanks largely to February’s turnaround, has not been as strong as one would like to see, but it’s a big improvement over the zero and near-zero figures seen during the final year or so of the Obama administration.

Those weak performances were also present overall. For example (seen here), the overall IP index was 103.5 in both January 2016 and 2017, signifying no increase.

It seems safe to say that blue-collar industries are finally off the mat after years in the doldrums. It seems very fortunate that the tax cuts passed in December, because it’s reasonable to think, based on the flat November, December, and January, that the IP might have been running out of steam. Their passage will probably push future IP improvements for some time.


ProPublica Retracts Key Claims in 2017 Gina Haspel ‘Torture’ Story

A February 2017 ProPublica story claimed that Gina Haspel, nominated as CIA director this week, “was more deeply involved in the torture of Abu Zubaydah” at a secret Thailand prison “than has been publicly understood.” Thursday evening, the group published a correction admitting that Haspel wasn’t even present when one of the program’s primary targets was, according to the New York Times, waterboarded 83 times.



Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (031618)

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Positivity: Trump Administration Tells UN Abortion is Not a ‘Human Right’

Filed under: Life-Based News,Lucid Links,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Washington:

MAR 8, 2018, 4:08PM

(originally at A coalition of 197 groups from around the world have sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson thanking him for expected changes in the annual State Department report on human rights.

The letter thanks Tillerson “… for supporting a proper understanding of international human rights in the forthcoming State Department’s annual Human Rights Report. By rejecting attempts to include abortion and other contentious issues, which are not universally agreed-upon human rights, you are returning the United States to its leadership role in promoting the right to life and protecting the family.”

The letter “… welcomed news from spokeswoman Heather Nauert that the State Department will no longer attempt to dilute the seriousness of human rights and ‘will sharpen the focus of the report on abuses of internationally recognized human rights and the most egregious issues.’”

In recent years, under the Obama administration, the report became a grab-bag of issues that are not considered human rights but are considered important issues to the political left, most especially abortion, (and) also LGBT issues.

The report is intended to shine a light on human rights abuses and concerns around the world. Traditionally understood, human rights are those found in agreed-upon human rights documents, like the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; rights to vote, assemble, freedom of religion, political self-determination, and others.

Since the political left decamped to the United Nations several decades ago, attempts have been made to reinterpret human rights documents. These efforts, to make abortion a human right and to include special protections based on sexual practices, have consistently failed at the UN. But this has not stopped leftwing governments from attempting to export them through reports like the one expected any day from the U.S. State Department. …

Go here for the rest of the story.