March 21, 2017

Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (032117)

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Positivity: This man was killed for defying Hitler – and now he’s been beatified.

Filed under: Positivity,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Vatican City:

Mar 21, 2017 / 03:01 am

Italian layman Joseph Mayr-Nusser who refused to take the Hitler oath was beatified March 18 in his home town of Bolsano.

In 1944, Mayr-Nusser, a Catholic husband and father, refused to take the oath of allegiance to Hitler after being drafted into the German army. He died on the way to Dachau concentration camp, to which he had been sentenced.

On Sunday, Pope Francis said that Blessed Joseph is a model for all laymen and fathers “on account of his great moral and spiritual stature.”
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March 20, 2017

So This Happened …

Filed under: National Security,Privacy/ID Theft,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:12 pm

… Fox News’s Andrew Napolitano “is being kept off the air indefinitely after he made a claim that British intelligence wiretapped Trump Tower at Obama’s request.”

This following treatment, pictured below, of a still-posted video at Fox would seem to indicate that the network may be on the way to showing him the door:

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I found the video in question at YouTube. Here it is. Watch his succinct summary of what the deep state has been doing for 12 years, what the President of the United States can do if he so chooses, and Napolitano’s continued insistence (in his original interview on the topic, he claimed he had three sources) that President Obama likely engaged foreign help to spy on Trump:

Was Napolitano sucker-punched by three different sources into reporting something wrong? Or is he on to something which is just too uncomfortable to contemplate?

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AP Promotes Meetup.com’s All-in Move Into ‘the Resistance’

In early February, Meetup.com, a site which until late January was all about “bring(ing) people together in thousands of cities to do more of what they want to do in life” by helping people subscribe to common interest groups and organize meetings, joined “the resistance.” On Sunday, Steve Peoples at the Associated Press spent 14 paragraphs treating the moves as a brand-new effort, leaving only readers who get to his 15th paragraph to wonder about the financial impact thus far of the company’s abandonment of all pretenses of neutrality.

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Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (032017)

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Positivity: Raymond Arroyo’s books are having an astounding impact on at-risk kids

Filed under: Education,Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Washington:

Mar 19, 2017 / 04:21 pm

Raymond Arroyo has an impressive resume.

He’s a New York Times bestselling author several times over. He’s an award-winning journalist and producer. And his weekly EWTN show, The World Over Live, reaches more than 350 million global households and 500 U.S. radio affiliates.

So when Arroyo says his Will Wilder series of books for young readers just might be “the most important work I’ve ever done,” it’s quite a statement.

What makes these books so important, in his view? The lifelong impact that they can have on kids.

“When an adult reads your works, they hold it at an arm’s length, even if they may be moved by it,” Arroyo told CNA.

“But a child enters that world with abandon. There are no limitations. The journey they go on is more profound, and because of how impressionable they are in that age, this book is helping them make sense of the world, and it becomes the language they’ll use to interpret that world.”

Reaching these young readers at a critical age is Arroyo’s goal with the second installment in his best-selling series, Will Wilder: The Lost Staff of Wonders (Random House Crown), which arrived in bookstores earlier this month.

The importance of childhood literacy is what led Arroyo to found Storyented a few years ago. The initiative, a project of DP Studios, works to connect best-selling authors with their readers, discussing the canon of work, allowing kids to ask questions, and creating online videos that parents and teachers can use to help excite kids about reading. …

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Dershowitz Says What the Media Won’t: Same Travel Ban Under Obama Would Have Been Approved

On Saturday, Harvard law professor, lifelong Democrat and dogged Bill Clinton defender during the late-1990s Monica Lewinsky saga Alan Dershowitz was interviewed on Fox & Friends about U.S. Court rulings in Hawaii and Maryland halting enforcement of the Trump administration’s revised temporary travel ban against six countries. Dershowitz, who strongly disagrees with the judges’ rulings, made a point which the press has almost uniformly failed to note, and which echoes something I am told the State of Hawaii’s Attorney General openly admitted during his court arguments, namely that if former President Barack Obama had issued the exact same order during his administration, it would have been upheld, or even litigated. But because Donald Trump did so, it was halted.

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March 19, 2017

Big National News at Yahoo: Sleep-Deprived People Upset About Trump

At Yahoo News, Lisa Belkin, its Chief National Correspondent, filed a story on Saturday about how “Trump-induced insomnia stalks blue-state America.” The writer, who is apparently too disengaged despite her position to cover substantive national issues, reports that “Blue America is having trouble with sleep — tossing and turning as they lie awake, then falling into nightmares,” and they “tend to blame the 45th president of the United States.”

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Barely News: Suit Over Far-Left Violence After June 2016 San Jose Trump Rally Can Proceed

If a federal judge allowed a lawsuit to proceed alleging that police led participants in a far-left protest rally into a gauntlet of violence-prone right-wing counter-demonstrators, and that several protesters were pummeled and hurt as a result, it would be nationally prominent news. But the national establishment press, and the California press outside of the San Francisco Bay area, have just demonstrated that when the political affiliations of those involved are different, it’s not news, even when the aggrieved protesters win a significant court victory fundamentally affirming their depiction of events.

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Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (031917)

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Positivity: What can evangelize the world? A good Catholic school.

Filed under: Education,Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Phoenix:

Mar 16, 2017 / 06:04 am

The Catholic school can be a missionary force to bring Christ to the world, the Bishop of Phoenix has said in a new apostolic letter.

“A mark of a truly Catholic school is the fruit that is borne in the lives of its graduates,” Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted of Phoenix said. “That fruit is to be shown in the missionary activity of its graduates, called and sent by Jesus to be salt and light in the culture around them, knowing that people and cultures die without Christ.”

The bishop’s apostolic letter “Evangelizing through Catholic Schools” was dated March 3, the feast day of the Catholic educator St. Katharine Drexel.

His letter said Catholic schools should be “a place of encounter with Jesus Christ” that can impart a Catholic worldview through the curriculum, help students achieve true freedom, and send them out as “missionary disciples to transform the culture.”

Many Catholic school students first must have a relationship of trust with someone who is a disciple of Christ, but once that is established “through hospitality and kindness,” he said, “the most loving thing a Catholic school can do is to share with each person the living Jesus Christ.”

Catholic schools help ensure that all students hear the basic Gospel message and are given “the freedom and help to make a response in faith.” Catholic schools “cannot exist for themselves.” Rather, the gospel demands that when students are well-formed they be sent out “as ambassadors of the truth and love of Christ.”

Bishop Olmsted reflected that true freedom of Catholic education is rooted in the truth and draws from Christ’s words from the Gospel of John: “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

“A joyful and evangelized person is truly free to be and to live as a child of God,” he said, criticizing views of freedom that separate it from truth. He contrasted freedom with slavery to sin. …

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March 18, 2017

CNN’s Zakaria Unleashes BS-Words Four Times in Bashing Trump

He’s done it before, but he quadrupled down this time. CNN’s serial plagiarist Fareed Zakaria, who insists that former President Barack Obama’s administration was “largely scandal-free,” contended on Don Lemon’s CNN Tonight show Friday evening that Donald Trump owes his whole life, his success and his election to the presidency to “bullsh*tting.”

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Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (031817)

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March 17, 2017

Washington Post Reporter Claims Immigrants Are ‘Going Hungry,’ But Never Spoke to One

A Wonkblog item at the Washington Post about immigrants who have been receiving food stamps allegedly deciding to cancel their enrollment has been sharply criticized for a headline change which occurred a short time after the entry went up. It was: “Immigrants are now canceling their food stamps for fear that Trump will deport them”; now it’s “Immigrants are going hungry so Trump won’t deport them.” Despite the headline revision’s alarmism, that’s nowhere near the most serious problem with Caitlin Dewey’s post.

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Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (031717)

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