September 26, 2016

Positivity: RIP, Arnold Palmer

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

One has to search far and wide to find someone who so nobly represented his sport for so long:

Arnold Palmer truly was The King

Sep 25, 2016 at 10:05p ET

There have been a handful of transcendent athletes over the past century, men and women who’ve made their mark in sport, entertainment and/or culture. There were better golfers and more important social figures. But there was never mistaking that there could only be one King and that was Arnold Palmer.

The 87-year-old golfer died Sunday, leaving behind one of the great legacies and personal empires that golf, or sports, has ever seen.

It can be argued that Arnold Palmer changed his sport perhaps more than any athlete has changed theirs. Golf had a deservingly stoic and stuffy reputation that’d been mocked for years until Arnie came along, with his dashing good looks and a power game the sport had never seen. With that distinctive swing, a swashbuckling style and unprecedented desire to hit the cover off every drive he ever stood over, Palmer exuded cool, like Don Draper in spikes. He was the successor to Hogan and the predecessor to Nicklaus, bridging the gap between old and new, even though no one realized the latter at first. When Nicklaus was usurping Palmer atop the game, it was Palmer who still held onto his “Army” of fans, the legion who would follow him around the course, including at the 1960 U.S. Open, when Palmer famously beat them both for perhaps his greatest title. Jack was the outsider – a little chubby and a bit square. He was the guy you wanted to golf like. Palmer was the guy you wanted to be.

He won 62 times on Tour, won a U.S. Amateur title and seven majors. He was a Ryder Cup hero, winning 22 matches in his career, the most among Americans. The 2016 edition starts in five days, making the timing of Palmer’s passing all the more touching.

One doesn’t just become a king because he’s great at one thing. Palmer was great at a lot of things, most notably in becoming the first modern-day pitchman (with help from agent Mark McCormack) and setting the standard for post-athletic success. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

September 25, 2016

Facts and History Don’t Matter, as AP Refuses to Acknowledge Trump’s True Claim That Hillary Started the ‘Birther’ Controversy

In a “Fact Check” published Wednesday afternoon, the Associated Press’s Thomas Beaumont insisted that Donald Trump’s September 16 statement that “Hillary Clinton and her campaign of 2008 started the birther controversy,” namely that then-candidate Barack Obama was not born in the United States, “is as untrue as his original lie.” Some readers who don’t get past Paragraph 3 might even believe that Trump started it all. And this is a “fact check”?

Beaumont’s bluster appears to be in response to center-right bloggers and pundits who correctly refuse to let Hillary Clinton campaign and her gatekeepers in the press get away with revising history and ignoring new corroborating facts. To believe Beaumont, one has to believe that longtime Clinton aide and confidant Sidney Blumenthal’s rumor-shopping to various members of the press doesn’t matter, because he “was not officially part of the (Hillary Clinton 2008) campaign staff.” What rubbish. The facts show that he was much more important to Hillary Clinton than that.



Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (092516)

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Positivity: World’s oldest Catholic bishop dies at age 104

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Newark, New Jersey:

Sep 22, 2016 / 11:06 am

Archbishop emeritus Peter Leo Gerety of Newark, the oldest Catholic bishop in the world, passed away Sept. 20 at the age of 104 – 77 years after his ordination as a priest and after 50 years as a bishop.

“Today this local Church of Newark mourns a remarkable Churchman whose love for the people of God was always strong and ever-growing,” Archbishop John J. Myers of Newark said.

“He served as shepherd of this great Archdiocese during a time of spiritual reawakening in the years after the Second Vatican Council, and a time of deep financial difficulties. He very carefully led the Church, her people and institutions through those challenges,” Archbishop Myers continued.

The archbishop was born July 19, 1912 in Sheldon, Conn. He was the eldest of nine sons of New Jersey natives Peter L. and Charlotte Daly Gerety.

He grew up in Shelton and attended public schools. He won scholastic honors and captained the football team.

Gerety went on to work for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the New Jersey Transportation Department before entering St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, Conn. He was sent abroad to study at St. Sulpice Seminary in Issy, France. On June 29, 1939 he was ordained a priest at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris for service in the Archdiocese of Hartford.

He served as a priest in the archdiocese for 27 years, mostly in New Haven. He especially focused on the needs of the black Catholic community. He founded the St. Martin de Porres Center, an interracial social and religious center. In 1956, the center became St. Martin de Porres Parish, with Fr. Gerety as its pastor.

The priest was an active member of the civil rights movement and took part in the March on Washington led by Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. He founded the New Haven chapter of the Urban League. He served on the Connecticut State Committee on Race and Religion and the National Catholic Conference on Interracial Justice.

In 1963, Pope Paul VI named Fr. Gerety a monsignor. In March 1966, the Pope named him Coadjutor Bishop of Portland, Maine. His episcopal ordination took place June 1, 1966 and he became Bishop of Portland in 1969 when his predecessor, Bishop Daniel J. Feeney, passed away.

Paul VI then named him Archbishop of Newark in 1974.

As Archbishop of Newark, he worked on outreach to Latin American and Black Catholic communities. As part of his efforts in adult faith formation, he established Renew International in 1978. His work also included putting the archdiocese on a stable financial footing.

Msgr. Franklyn Casale, now the president of St. Thomas University in Florida, served Archbishop Gerety as secretary, chancellor and vicar general of the Newark archdiocese.

“He saw the priesthood as a gift and that propelled his church leadership. He needed to share that gift,” Msgr. Casale told the New Haven Register. He said the archbishop “empowered the laity to take its part in the Church.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.

September 24, 2016

Double Standards All Around: USA Today Suspends Instapundit’s Glenn Reynolds Following Charlotte-Related Tweet

On Wednesday, in response to news that violent people the press insists on describing as “protesters” in Charlotte were stopping traffic on Interstate 277, University of Tennessee law professor and Instapundit founding blogger Glenn Reynolds retweeted a related story with three words of advice: “Run them down.”

As a result, Twitter, which continues to allow the existence of and continued postings to hashtags like #killwhites and #killallwhitepeople, and has routinely done nothing about direct personal threats tweeted predominantly by leftists, suspended Reynolds’ Twitter account. Even after Reynolds and Twitter worked out their differences, USA Today, where Reynolds is a member of its Board of Contributors, suspended his column for a month.



Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (092416)

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Positivity: Charlie Daniels at the MRC Gala

Filed under: Positivity,US & Allied Military — Tom @ 5:55 am

Recorded Thursday evening (Daniels’ speech begins at the 4:50 mark):

Excerpts from the related NewsBusters post:

10th Annual William F. Buckley Jr. Award for Media Excellence: Charlie Daniels

At Thursday’s 2016 Media Research Center Gala, President Brent Bozell presented the tenth annual “William F. Buckley Jr. Award for Media Excellence” to 2016 honoree Charlie Daniels. After celebrating the music career of the legendary country star, Bozell explained: “A few years ago I began reading Charlie’s columns….They were striking for their intellect, their passion, their beauty – reflecting both a fervent mind and a bursting heart.”

An outspoken patriot, beloved mentor to young artists and still a road warrior at age 79, Daniels has parlayed his passion for music into a multi-platinum career and a platform to support the military, underprivileged children and others in need. He’s always been a staunch supporter of the military, and for the past several years has headlined a special concert at David Lipscomb University benefiting the Yellow Ribbon Program which provides scholarships for veterans. He is also an avid writer, committed to conservative principles and telling the truth. He has been penning weekly columns for the MRC’s website for several years.

In accepting the award Thursday night, Daniels delivered a passionate and poignant address to crowd in attendance. He began by describing life in his hometown of Wilmington, North Carolina in the midst of World War II: “American ships leaving the port of Wilmington were attacked and sunk by German u-boats just off our shores….The enemy was close and we had air raid drills and blackouts in anticipation of the day when the Germans were able to bring the war on shore.” He declared: “I learned very early in my life that only two things protect America – that’s the grace of almighty God and the United States military.”

With that anecdote setting the tone of the speech, Daniels proclaimed: “Patriotism was a natural emotion and we wore our feelings for our nation on our sleeves as we said the word ‘America’ with something akin to reverence. America the beautiful, America the bountiful, land of the free, home of the brave….catchwords, phrases, colloquialisms, a whole unique lexicon describing how we feel about the nation.”

… the country to “take another look, not at the politicians and the propaganda machines many of our media have become, but a long, hard look at the goodness and the beauty of a nation that has existed and prospered for over two centuries.” He then offered a loving monologue on the greatest of America. …

As was mentioned in the video’s introduction, Daniels will be entering the Country Music Hall of Fame in October.

Well-played, sir.

September 23, 2016

NY Times Headline, Seven Months Late: Venezuela ‘Buying U.S. Oil’

The absurd headline at a September 20 story at the New York Times is a sight to behold: “How Bad Off Is Oil-Rich Venezuela? It’s Buying U.S. Oil.”

As formulated, the headline is clearly meant to communicate something that is supposedly a surprising new development in that country, which, thanks to 17 years of Bolivarian socialist rule, has turned into a financially destitute humanitarian disaster area. But then, deep into the story, readers finally learn that “Early this year, the United States began shipping more than 50,000 barrels a day of the light crude that Venezuela needs to prepare its own oil for export, joining a handful of suppliers that have become vital to keeping the country’s oil industry afloat.” In other words, this is only big news to Times readers because the Old Gray Lady didn’t think it was worth reporting when it began happening.



Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (092316)

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Positivity: Religious Christmas carols to be allowed in veterans’ hospitals

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 9:25 am

From Washington:

Sep 23, 2016 / 06:56 am

New clarifications about Department of Veterans Affairs rules have resolved a dispute about religious Christmas carols, gifts and displays in veterans’ hospitals, a chaplains’ group has said.

“No one should try to water down Christmas for our veterans just because they object to any religious references or items. I am most grateful that the VA has clarified their policy prior to the upcoming holidays,” Chaplain Ron Crews, a retired Army Reserve colonel, said Sept. 21.

The chaplain is executive director of Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, a group of Protestant Christian organizations and ministries that provide over 2,600 chaplains for the U.S. military.

“This should make clear that churches may sing Christmas carols and distribute Christmas cards at VA hospitals,” Chaplain Crews continued. “The guidelines state that hospital administrators may allow this and provide reasonable guidance as to where displays may be set up and where and how long a church choir may sing.”

He said the new policy “should put a stop to those organizations that complain without basis about any mention of faith in VA facilities.”

The Veterans Affairs department had attracted controversy for some hospital policies applied at Christmastime. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

September 22, 2016

NBC/WSJ Poll: What a Joke

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 12:55 pm

Hillary Clinton has a six-point lead over Donald Trump in a poll where 47 percent of respondents say they voted for Barack Obama in 2012, 33 percent for Mitt Romney and 5 percent for “other,” when “other” got 1.7 percent of the vote in that year (!).

Addtionally the poll’s sample was 45 percent Democrats (22-10-13 strong-not strong-indie lean) and 37 Republicans (15-10-12), and thus 32-25 self identified Dems and Reps.

Gallup says the Dems’ party affilation lead is 31-27 (3 points lower than NBC/WSJ), while many many other polls show Trump ahead fairly handily among independents.

If all Mrs. Clinton can get is a six-point lead out of a skewed sample which found Obama voters by a 10-point greater margin than the 3.9 percent he won by in 2012, we’re either in a statistically dead heat, or Trump’s slightly ahead.

The good news for Mrs. Clinton is that this horse-manure poll will artificially inflate the Real Clear Politics average by about a point for the next 7-10 days.

Meanwhile, Rasmussen shows Trump with a 5-point lead, and isn’t in the RCP average. Imagine that.


Once Again, the Slo-Mo Economy Generated …

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 10:20 am

a slo-mo number of layoffs (252K seasonally adjusted, 206K raw claims, down 6 percent from the same week last year).


Thursday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (092216)

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Positivity: The modern – and little known – miracles of Padre Pio

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 9:55 am

From Rome:

Sep 22, 2016 / 03:02 am

Known around the globe as simply “Padre Pio,” Saint Pio of Pietrelcina has been called one of the “most active” saints in the Church, and continues to work miracles for those who pray through his intercession.

“St. Padre Pio is a pretty powerful intercessor…a priest said to me once that he’s probably one of the most active saints in the Church,” Fr. John Paul Zeller MVFA, told CNA in an interview.

A friar with the Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word and a Missionary of Mercy from Birmingham, Ala., Fr. Zeller is the proud owner of a first-class relic of Padre Pio, and has witnessed several healings in first-person after praying through Padre Pio’s intercession with the relic in hand.

Fr. Zeller said that while he initially had no specific devotion to Padre Pio, he developed one after taking a trip to San Giovanni Rotondo, where Padre Pio served as a priest for the majority of his life, after the 2014 canonization of St. John Paul II.

After learning more about Padre Pio’s life, the priest said he was moved, and worked up the courage to ask one of the superiors in San Giovanni for a relic. The superior agreed, and gave Fr. Zeller not one but two pieces of a blood-soaked bandage Padre Pio had wrapped around the wounds of his stigmata.

Padre Pio was born Francesco Forgione May 25, 1887, to a devout Catholic family in Pietrelcina, Italy. At the age of 15, he joined the Capuchin Friars, and eventually became a priest with the order.

Throughout his life, Padre Pio was known as a mystic who experienced the stigmata for 50 years. Many miracles and wonders have been attributed to him, including reports of healing, soul-reading, levitation and even bi-location.

Fr. Zeller said that after he received the relics, he gave one to his community, founded by Mother Angelica, and was granted permission to keep the other for himself.

“I keep that relic on me at all times,” he said, noting that in his role as Director of the pilgrimage department at EWTN’s headquarters in Birmingham, “I have the opportunity to pray with a lot of people.”

“I’ve prayed with people and there have been cases where there have been, I would say, some healings,” the priest said, explaining that people will come up to him several months, even a year, after he prayed with them and recount experiences of healing.

One such experience happened only a few months ago during a healing service at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville on the feast of Our Lady of Fatima, he said, recalling how during the service, he and two other priests prayed over people with the two blood-soaked bandages as well as a glove of Padre Pio’s that belonged to Mother Angelica.

As they were praying a woman suffering from sciatica came up “and I prayed over her,” Fr. Zeller said, noting that the woman approached him later and said that after she went back to her seat, she told her husband “I’m healed.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.

September 21, 2016

Washington Post Op-Ed Writer Publicly Shames Her Teenage Boys For Non-PC Beliefs — And More

Filed under: Education,MSM Biz/Other Bias,MSM Biz/Other Ignorance — Tom @ 4:23 pm

The last thing teenaged kids need is their mother to shame them on the Internet — and as part of her making a living, no less.

But that’s what’s apparently been going on for some time with feminist writer Jody Allard and her two teenaged sons, currently 16 and 18. Her most recent callout came a week ago at the Washington Post, where she sharply criticized them — even though she weakly allowed that they “are good boys” — because they don’t buy into her extreme outlook on “rape culture.” This leads one to wonder where the genuine adults are at the Post. How could they let a mother expose her children’s private thoughts to the whole wide world without saying, “Uh, we can’t publish that”? I’m betting that the content police at the Post would have caught this problem in a flash if a conservative or pro-family mom had started discussing the imperfections of their offspring. Oh, and as readers will see, it gets worse.