July 15, 2018

Positivity: Croatia’s World Cup soccer coach clings to the rosary as he finds success

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From ___:

Jul 11, 2018 / 02:34 pm

On Sunday, Croatia’s soccer team will play France in the championship game of the 2018 World Cup, after running victoriously through a string of soccer powerhouses in the tournament.

Here’s one reason Catholics in the US might be rooting for the small Central European country: Croatia is a deeply Catholic country, and the coach of its national team, Zlatko Dalic, is a man of sincere faith.

Dalic said recently that his current success is due to his faith in God, and that he always carries a rosary to hold onto in difficult times.

Dalic spoke about his faith on Croatian Catholic radio when the World Cup began.

“Everything I have done in my life and in my professional career I owe to my faith, and I am grateful to my Lord,” Dalic said.

Croatia got a ticket to the final match of the World Cup after defeating England 2-1 in a game that went to overtime July 11.

“I can be very happy with my life,” Dalic said, adding that “without strong faith and that motivation, it would be very difficult to achieve it.”

“When a man loses any hope, then he must depend on our merciful God and on our faith,” he said.

In that sense, Dalic explained that “I always carry a rosary with me” and “when I feel that I am going through a difficult time I put my hand in my pocket, I cling to it and then everything is easier.”

Regarding the expectations of the Croatians for the success of their selection at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, he indicated that “I know what our people expect, how many people love Croatian football and our team.”

He stressed that “finding the good in life always brings satisfaction, happiness, a result. Man must always be honest with himself and with others. ”

Before the July 11 game, Dalic said of his Cinderella-story team: “we do not fear anyone, not even England.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.

July 14, 2018

Latest Illegal-Immigrant Crime Developments

Filed under: Immigration,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:42 pm

No comment necessary:

  • At Weasel ZippersMan Suspected Of Attacking Wife With Chain Saw Was Deported 11 Times
  • At Gateway Pundit — Illegal Immigrant and Cartel Member Beheads 13-Year-Old Girl in Alabama
  • From the Associated Press at KZTV News in Corpus Christi, Texas— 8 MS-13 gang members in US illegally indicted in Texas; “Authorities say eight MS-13 members in the U.S. illegally have been indicted in Texas on charges tied to alleged gang activities including racketeering conspiracy, attempted murder and assault.”

Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (071418)

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Positivity: The deep roots of Portugal’s Marian devotion

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Lisbon, Portugal:

Jul 12, 2018 / 03:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- When the Virgin Mary appeared to three shepherd children in Fatima in 1917, Portugal had already acclaimed Mary as their reigning Queen for hundreds of years. After the coronation of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception as “Queen of Portugal” by King João IV in 1646, no Portuguese monarch ever wore a crown again.

The history of exceptional Marian devotion near Fatima dates back even further.

Fourteen miles from the Fatima Shrine is the Batalha Monastery, where several dozen Dominican friars were commissioned in 1388 to pray a perpetual rosary in thanksgiving for the Virgin Mary’s protection of Portugal.

The gothic monastery in Batalha was built in dedication to Our Lady of Victory in gratitude for an answered prayer. In 1385 King Joao I made a vow to the Virgin Mary that he would build a great monastery if she would deliver him victory in a battle against the Spanish.

The Dominican community remained in the monastery until 1834, when all religious orders were driven out of Portugal. Today it continues to function as both the local parish and a tourist attraction.

In nearby Alcobaca, a Cistercian monastery has stood in honor of Mary for over 800 years. The king of Portugal endowed the monastery to Saint Bernard of Clairvaux in 1153, shortly before the Cistercian founder’s death. The gothic church was completed in 1223.

Benedict XVI has described Saint Bernard of Clairvaux as “a Doctor of Mariology” because “he understood her essential role in the Church, presenting her as the perfect model of the monastic life and of every other form of the Christian life.”

An altarpiece in the Alcobaca Monastery, added in 1705, depicts the death of Saint Bernard under the protection of Mary. The walls in the monastery’s King’s Hall are decorated with 16th century blue and white rococo tile scenes depicting the history of the Cistercian order. An ornate oval baroque reliquary chapel containing 71 terracotta reliquary busts from floor to ceiling can be found in the sacristy. Napoleon’s troops plundered the monastery in 1811, shortly before the Cistercians, like Batalha’s Dominicans, were forced to leave Portugal.

Fewer than 10 miles from Alcobaca is the beachside town of Nazaré, named for a statue of the Virgin Mary brought from Nazareth by a monk in the 8th century, according to the local tradition.

Before Nazaré became a world-famous surfing destination with 80-foot waves, it was a popular medieval pilgrimage site. In 1182, a Portuguese knight was hunting a deer near the coast. When his horse nearly ran over one of Nazaré’s steep cliffs, he called out “Our Lady, Help Me!” and his horse stopped just at the cliff’s precipice next to the small grotto with the Nazareth statue.

In thanksgiving for his life, the knight had a small chapel built around the statue, which went on to receive so many visitors that a larger church dedicated to Our Lady of Nazaré was built near the cliffs by the King of Portugal in 1377 to house the statue and its pilgrims. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

July 13, 2018

Arrogant Hillary’s Emails WERE Hacked — Virtually ALL of Them

Filed under: National Security,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 1:50 pm

I recall, but can’t find a related link proving it at the moment, that when the State Department’s or some other federal government computers were hacked, 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton essentially bragged that such hacking hadn’t occurred with her private server.

What I can show is that the FBI claimed it couldn’t find evidence of hacking in mid-2016, but still didn’t rule it out:

The FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server found no evidence that her communications were hacked while she was secretary of state, but it made clear that “hostile actors” here and abroad could have done so.

Clinton “used her personal email extensively while outside of the United States,” FBI Director James B. Comey said, including “in the territory of sophisticated adversaries.”

It was “possible” that they accessed her account, he said. But “given the nature of the system and the actors potentially involved, we assess we would be unlikely to see such direct evidence.”

The finding, like others reached by the FBI, leaves the door open for ongoing accusations that Clinton may have allowed sensitive information to fall into the hands of Russia and China — both of which she visited on a number of occasions — or even Iran and North Korea.

Well, now we know she was hacked — bigtime:


A member of the House Committee on the Judiciary said during a hearing Thursday that a government watchdog found that nearly all of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails were sent to a foreign entity and that the FBI didn’t follow-up on that finding.

The Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) found an “anomaly on Hillary Clinton’s emails going through their private server, and when they had done the forensic analysis, they found that her emails, every single one except four, over 30,000, were going to an address that was not on the distribution list,” Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas said during a hearing with FBI official Peter Strzok.

“It was going to an unauthorized source that was a foreign entity unrelated to Russia,” he added.

Gohmert said the ICIG investigator, Frank Rucker, presented the findings to Strzok, but that the FBI official did not do anything with the information.

Strzok acknowledged meeting with Rucker, but said he did not recall the “specific content.”

“The forensic examination was done by the ICIG and they can document that,” Gohmert said, “but you were given that information and you did nothing with it.”

Of course he didn’t.


Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (071318)

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Positivity: Kansas ministry brings Adoration Under the Stars

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 8:55 am

From Wichita, Kansas:

Jul 13, 2018 / 03:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Kansas-based ministry led more than a thousand people in Eucharistic adoration last week, allowing Catholics and non-Catholics to worship the Creator among the stars.

Wichita Adore Ministries hosted “Adoration Under the Stars” July 5 at the cemetery outside St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Ost, fewer than 30 miles northwest of Wichita.

Jesse Elpers, president of WAM, said the event is a simple yet profound encounter with God.

The event ties “together the creation of God with he who created it on an altar in the middle of nowhere underneath a starlit sky,” he told CNA. “[It] has a beautiful simplicity to it.”

“If nothing else, in such a serene place like that, just to be face to face with your Lord … it’s a beautiful thing.”

An estimated 1,300 people, including 24 priests, attended the event, which also included confession and music.

Elpers said confession is one of the most important aspects of the event. More than 500 people received absolution at the event last year.

Father Dan Duling, pastor of St Joseph’s, has been at the church for the past two years. The event is important, he said, because it teaches young people the value of adoration and emphasizes the glory of God in all creation.

It’s “teaching our young people about adoration and giving them an environment [in which] they can pray and adore Jesus,” he told CNA. “I think the important thing for the people is knowing God’s presence out there in his creation and everything around us.”

The event began six years ago with just over 60 attendees and was one of the first ministries of WAM. The organization is a non-profit solely run on volunteer time.

Last year, WAM handled more than 100 events, including parish adoration and diocesan conferences. The company will also lend out production equipment to parishes to put together adoration events themselves. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

July 12, 2018

More Obvious Online Censorship in the Works at YouTube



FOLLOWING A YEAR in which YouTube has repeatedly promoted conspiracy-theory videos during breaking news events like the shootings in Parkland, Florida, and Las Vegas, the company announced on Monday a slew of new features it hopes will make news on the platform more reliable and less susceptible to manipulation.

Gosh, I remember the Associated Press and many others pushing a false conspiracy theory about Nikolas Cruz’s nonexistent affiliation with a white nationalist group which, thanks to its distribution, was at least as damaging as any conspiracies promoted by others.

The company is also investing $25 million in grants to news organizations looking to expand their video operations, as part of a larger, $300 million program sponsored by YouTube’s sister company, Google.

Who needs New Jersey’s piddling $5 million in local news subsidies when there’s a $300 million program available, likely to be laden with bias which is probably almost as serious as that seen in New Jersey’s “consortium”?

According to YouTube executives, the goal is to identify authoritative news sources, bring those videos to the top of users’ feeds, and support quality journalism with tools and funding that will help news organizations more effectively reach their audiences.

The challenge is deciding what constitutes authority when the public seems more divided than ever on which news sources to trust—or whether to trust the traditional news industry at all.

With some 450 hours of video going up on YouTube every minute, “human curation isn’t really a viable solution,” Neal Mohan, YouTube’s chief product officer, told reporters Monday.

The obvious answer is not to trust the “authority” of outlets, traditional or nontraditional, but to verify the truthfulness of the content of individual posted videos — and that means human curation.

Since it’s impractical for YouTube to curate the high volume of videos, it’s up to individuals to do their own responsible curating.

If you’re not willing to agree that this is how things should work, then you’re first by degrees and then ultimately claiming that people are incapable of self-governance, and that they need to be managed by their self-appointed statist betters. Ultimately, there really is no reason for anyone to waste their time on the distractions of representative government.

Only rarely were there U.S. mail-imposed or press “authority” filters in the pre-online world (those in place came to us thanks to Democrats FDR and Woodrow Wilson). After the long-overdue repeal of the misnamed Fairness Doctrine, there were essentially no government-imposed “authority” filters in radio or TV (beyond language decency, a “filter” which the left resists), and the quality and quantity of genuine and available information immeasurably improved.

There’s no reason — other than a desire to censor views considered undesirable, which is what YouTube is heading towards doing — that the digital world should operate any differently.

This is just another illustration of why YouTube should have gone public instead of letting itself be acquired by Google, which naturally did everything it could to leverage its near-monopoly in search into a near-monopoly in video.

Go back far enough, and you’ll realize that the Sarbanes-Oxley, the legislation passed in the wake of the Enron debacle early this century, made it infinitely tougher for companies to go public, and therefore infinitely more attractive for them to find a deep-pocketed buyer — setting up an environment ripe for Google to buy YouTube, Facebook to buy Instagram and … I could go on and on and on.


Thursday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (071218)

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July 11, 2018

Lefties Attack WashPost For Publishing Friend’s Op-Ed Praising ‘Coach K’ Kavanaugh

According to a May 2016 Business Insider story on changes at the Washington Post after the paper’s 2013 acquisition by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, DC’s gatekeeping newspaper publishes “1,200 articles a day.” Fever-swamp media elitists like MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, Think Progress’s Ian Millhiser, and others apparently believe that responsible journalism should dictate that none of those 1,200 daily items should ever contain positive opinions of the left’s latest targets. Thus, they are beside themselves that the Post published a 410-word op-ed by Julie O’Brien, a friend of Bret Kavanaugh, whom President Donald Trump nominated for the Supreme Court on Monday.



Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (071118)

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Positivity: After daring rescue, entire Thai soccer team out of cave

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Mae Sai, Thailand:

July 10, 2018 10:41 am

A daring rescue mission in the treacherous confines of a flooded cave in northern Thailand has saved all 12 boys and their soccer coach who were trapped deep within the labyrinth, ending a grueling 18-day ordeal that claimed the life of an experienced volunteer diver and riveted people around the world.

Thailand’s Navy SEALs, who were central to the rescue effort, said on their Facebook page that the remaining four boys and their 25-year-old coach were all brought out safely Tuesday. Eight of the boys were rescued by a team of Thai and international divers on Sunday and Monday.

“We are not sure if this is a miracle, a science, or what. All the thirteen Wild Boars are now out of the cave,” the SEALs said, referring to the name of the boys’ soccer team. “Everyone is safe.”

They said they were waiting for a medic and three SEALs who had stayed with the boys in their dark refuge deep inside the cave complex to come out.

Cheers erupted at a local government office where dozens of volunteers and journalists were awaiting news of whether the intricate and high-risk rescue mission had succeeded. Helicopters taking the boys to a hospital roared overhead.

People on the street cheered and clapped when ambulances ferrying the boys arrived at the hospital in Chiang Rai city.

Payap Maiming, 40, who helped provide food and necessities to rescue workers and journalists, said a “miracle” had happened.

“I’m happy for Thais all over the country, for the people of Mae Sai, and actually just everyone in the world because every news channel has presented this story and this is what we have been waiting for,” she said. Mae Sai is the district where the cave is located, in the northern part of Chiang Rai province, near the border with Myanmar.

“It’s really a miracle,” Payap said. “It’s hope and faith that has brought us this success.”

The plight of the boys and their coach has captivated Thailand and much of the world — from the heart-sinking news that they were missing to the first flickering video of the huddle of anxious yet smiling boys when they were found 10 days later by a pair of British divers. They were trapped in the Tham Luan Nang Non cave on June 23, when they were exploring it after a soccer practice and it became flooded by monsoon rains. …

Go here for the rest of the story.


Positivity: ‘I had to do what I had to do,’ says Dallas mom who shot man trying to steal SUV with kids inside

Filed under: 2nd Amendment,Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Dallas, Texas:

July 6, 2018

A woman shot a man in the head as he tried to steal her SUV with her two children inside Wednesday night, Dallas police say.

An employee of a gas station in the 200 block of West Camp Wisdom Road, near the border with Duncanville, alerted the mother about 10 p.m. that a man was trying to get into her SUV.

She jumped into the vehicle. When the man didn’t stop, she pulled a gun from the glove box and shot him in the head, police said.

The vehicle then crashed into a utility pole.

The mother was identified by KDFW-TV (Channel 4) as Michelle Booker-Hicks. She told the station she had recently gotten the gun to defend herself.

“I had to do what I had to do to defend what was mine, which are my kids,” she told KXAS-TV (NBC5).

She said she told the man her children were in the back seat and to pull over but he didn’t listen, so she went to the glove compartment and grabbed the gun.

The suspect, 36-year-old Ricky Wright, was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening. He faces two counts of unlawful restraint and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

July 10, 2018

More on the Free Press Action Fund And Its New Jersey State-Funded ‘Consortium

I addressed its successful effort in squeezing $5 million to fund “local journalism” out of the State of New Jersey on Friday (NewsBusters cross-post).

Deborah Bell at American Spectator has much more, and it’s as bad and even worse than we already knew:

Journalism by Government in New Jersey

Thanks to George Soros, picking up where net neutrality left off.

The newspaper industry is dying, but the state of New Jersey thinks it may have found the solution: government funding of newspapers.

Just months after the most leftwing governor in the state’s history, Philip Murphy, assumed office, the New Jersey legislature passed a bill to fund a consortium that would dole out millions of dollars of taxpayer money in grants to new journalistic enterprises.

… it’s a start, a foot in the door for the creation of state-funded media. New Jersey — which has the highest tax burden in the country and is second only to Illinois in the number of residents fleeing it for greener and less expensive pastures — now has the dubious distinction of being the first state in the country to use taxpayer money to fund journalism sites.

… The group’s name notwithstanding, there isn’t much free about the Free Press. Through its lobbying for government intrusion into the Internet, it has absorbed millions of dollars from leftwing donor groups, most notably George Soros’ Open Society Foundation.

The composition of the 13-member board of directors doesn’t provide much reassurance on spending or impartiality thanks to its largely partisan and self-interested makeup.

Four members will be appointed by state bodies controlled by Democrats. An earlier version of the bill allowed the opposition party to appoint at least one member to the board, but that provision was removed from the bill before the final vote. Each of the educational institutes of the consortium will appoint one member, and the remaining four members will be approved by the other nine. The entire board will appoint an executive director and staff. As the majority of public universities in the state skew left, there’s little doubt what the priorities of the board of directors will be.

Free Press executives have said that the bill was designed as a non-profit so they could “raise funds,” a task they’re particularly good at. One of the founders of Free Press is Robert McChesney, a professor of communications at the University of Illinois. He is also a student of the history of American journalism, as seen through a Marxist lens.

McChesney makes no secret that his goal is the overthrow of capitalism and the installation of leftist governance, and his dream was to be fulfilled by government control of the Internet and a takedown of media owned by corporate concerns.

That final excerpted paragraph shows that the “net neutrality” movement was a smokescreen.


CNN.com Asks, Never Answers: Why Are Most Supreme Court Justices Catholic?

If a writer posts a column headlined with a question, one expects to see an attempt at an answer. Z. Byron Wolf, whose CNN.com column asked “Why do Catholics hold a strong majority on the Supreme Court?” Tuesday morning Eastern Time, didn’t merely fail in that regard. Wolf even admitted to that failure halfway in. Finally, after only hinting at an explanation, Wolf wrote in his second-last paragraph that “A justice’s religion does not, nor should it, matter.” Despite that perfunctory admission, there appears to be a strategy behind Wolf’s effort.