May 21, 2015

Thursday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (052115)

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Positivity: Pope Francis, as he canonizes four saings, shares the secret of the saints — life in Christ’s love

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From Vatican City:

May 17, 2015 / 10:11 am

Pope Francis canonized the Church’s four newest saints on Sunday, praising their loving witness to Jesus Christ’s Resurrection.

He said “this is the secret of the saints: abiding in Christ, joined to him like branches to the vine, in order to bear much fruit.”

The four newest saints showed how “to abide in God and in his love, and thus to proclaim by our words and our lives the Resurrection of Jesus, to live in unity with one another and with charity towards all,” the pontiff said in his May 17 homily

The Pope’s words came during the canonization Mass of Saint Jeanne Émilie de Villeneuve, Saint Maria Cristina Brando, Saint Mariam Baouardy, and Saint Marie Alphonsine Danil Ghattas in Saint Peter’s Square.

These women–two Palestinians, a Frenchwoman, and an Italian–offered a “luminous example” challenging the lives of Christians, he said.

“How do I bear witness to the risen Christ? How do I abide in him? How do I remain in his love? Am I capable of ‘sowing’ in my family, in my workplace and in my community, the seed of that unity which he has bestowed on us by giving us a share in the life of the Trinity?” Pope Francis asked.

Tens of thousands of people took part in the Sunday morning Mass, as tapestries bearing the images of the new saints hung from the facade of Saint Peter’s Basilica.

During his homily, Pope Francis reflected on the Book of Acts’ account of the election of Matthias to replace Judas as one of the Twelve Apostles in being “a witness to Jesus’ resurrection.”

The Pope observed that many people believed in the Resurrection through the testimony of these witnesses, and Christian communities were born.

The pontiff said that the faith in the risen Lord which exists today is based upon the Apostles’ witness passed down through the Church’s mission.

“Our faith is firmly linked to their testimony, as to an unbroken chain which spans the centuries, made up not only by the successors of the Apostles, but also by succeeding generations of Christians,” he said.

Pope Francis added that all those who follow Christ are called to be witnesses to the Resurrection, “above all in those human settings where forgetfulness of God and human disorientation are most evident.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.

May 20, 2015

As Press Ignores Soldiers Who Fought and Won at Ramadi, Debbie Lee Speaks Out

Web and news searches at Google, as well as a search at the Associated Press’s national site, indicate that there is very little interest in the establishment press in getting the reactions of current and former U.S. soldiers who defeated enemy forces in Ramadi during last decade’s Iraq War to the loss of that city to Islamic State forces.

Sadly, that’s not surprising. Posters at NewsBusters have noted three different times the broadcast networks’ reluctance to air any form of criticism of the Obama administration’s decision to take U.S. tropps out of Iraq when it did or the Pentagon’s strategy (assuming one exists) for turning things around. As usual, Fox News is doing work the rest of the press refuses to do. This morning, Debbie Lee, whose son Marc Alan Lee, the first Navy SEAL killed in the Iraq War, died at Ramadi, appeared on Fox & Friends. Video, plus an excerpt from a rare exception to the establishment press’s indifference at the Daily Beast, follow the jump.



Slate’s Saletan: ‘ISIS and the GOP Are in Perfect Harmony’

On Tuesday, I wrote that “Every day seems to bring in at least one new example of alleged journalists who are really propagandists insisting that what is obviously false is true.”

Today’s entry into that category will be extremely hard to beat, and may well stand as one of the worst attempts at an argument ever made by a leftist hack. Before I excerpt William Saletan’s column at Slate and his attempt to describe it in detail, I’ll ratify the observation in the column’s current top comment: “So during WWII, Japan said they were at war with the USA. The USA agreed. So that means we were ‘sounding a lot like Japan’?”



Attention Ohio Media: Governors Whose States Lost a Combined Million-Plus Jobs Set to Rally Party Faithful in Late June

The former Democratic governors of Michigan and Ohio are on tap to be in the same place at the same time on June 27 in the Buckeye State capital of Columbus.

This is a made-for-the-media event for the record books. I certainly can’t recall a time when two former governors who oversaw a combined total of over 1 million peak-to-trough job losses during their terms in office have been at the same place at the same time — to celebrate. Yes, I said celebrate.



Politico Hack: ‘The GOP Is Dying Off. Literally’ (See BizzyBlog Add-on)

Daniel J. McGrow, who describes himself as a “writer and recombobulator” at his Twitter account, got seriously discombobulated in public on Sunday.

His headline at Politico is meant to reassure leftists who don’t read on that “The GOP Is Dying Off. Literally,” and that Democrats have an incredible advantage going into the 2016 elections. Those who do read his column should be able to recognize that he based his claim on an historically faulty assumption (bolds are mine thoughout this post):



Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (052015)

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Positivity: EWTN named religious television station of the year

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From Irondale, Alabama:

May 12, 2015 / 04:49 pm

For the third consecutive year, EWTN Global Catholic Network has been awarded the 2015 Gabriel Award for Religious Television Station of the Year – a prestigious honor which acknowledges the Network’s programming, community service, and production values.

“EWTN is the beacon of Catholic broadcast television. It is a consistent and true voice of the Faith,” noted one of the Gabriel Award judges who participated in the annual competition sponsored by the Catholic Academy of Communication Professionals.

Another judge highlighted EWTN’s technical achievements, noting the high-quality imagery and on-screen graphics.

“As a viewer, you know the piece was promoting a Catholic worldview, but never felt like you were being hit over the head with it. Very well done,” the judge said.

The Gabriel Awards recognize both religious and secular multi-media productions in the United States and Canada, and honors participants within various categories such as documentaries, short features, news, radio, television, internet videos, and film.

EWTN, who celebrated their 34th anniversary this year, provides broadcast satellite television and radio services, along with other multi-media networks, available to over 240 million households within 140 countries across the world. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

May 19, 2015

April Housing Starts and Building Permits Jump; Please Hold the Flippin’ Champagne

While improvement beats lack of it, the apparent euphoria over today’s news on housing starts and building permits needs some context.

Here is the context.

April’s actual total for housing starts of 103,700, while the best April since 2007, is only higher than four other Aprils since 1959, when the government began keeping such records: 1991, 1982, 1980 and 1975. The first and last of those years represented the first month after an officially declared recession ended. The middle two occurred during officially declared recessions.

The number of U.S. households was obviously much smaller during each of thse previous years. Adjusted for population, today’s result is still lower than every other year from 1959-2007 — even 1982′s 84,700.

As noted, while upward movements in economic activity are good news, celebrating a housing market which is still operating at historially recessionary levels is unseemly.


Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (051915)

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Positivity: Stolen Bible Leads to Charges in Death of ‘Wonderful and Loving’ Carver Co. Man

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From Carver County, Minnesota:

Updated: 05/14/2015 8:30 AM
Created: 05/13/2015 12:38 PM

A stolen Bible with two $1,000 savings bonds issued to a 90-year-old Carver County man who was murdered led police to arrest two suspects in his death.

Earl Olander was found beaten and robbed inside his home on the 16000 block of Homestead Road back on April 11. Police say his hands and ankles were bound with duct tape and that he was found lying face-down on the floor of his living room.

According to the criminal complaint, Olander had multiple injuries to his head, face and body. Police also say his entire home was ransacked, with drawers pulled out and thrown around, cabinets and closets emptied and documents and papers strewn about.

Police say they found a black rubber glove in the driveway and shoeprints consistent with both Crocs and Adidas.
Police had been exhausting leads in the case until May 9, when a someone was cleaning out a St. Paul apartment and found a Bible written in a European language. Inside the Bible were two $1,000 savings bonds made out to Earl Olander.

The citizen searched Olander’s name online and found that he had been murdered, so he called police.
Police say the apartment was previously occupied by 29-year-old Edson Celin-Dominguez Benitez of St. Paul. He was arrested that same day. Police say he was wearing Crocs.

During an investigation, police learned that 35-year-old Reinol Godines Vergara of Richfield previously painted Olander’s house and shed. After his arrest, he told police Olander was an easy target because he was old, lived alone and had money, according to the complaint. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

May 18, 2015

GOP Exposes Second Hillary Clinton Email Address NY Times Ignored

The New York Times has published two articles on the relationship between former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton and longtime confidant Sidney Blumenthal. It has been known for some time that Blumenthal, barred by the Obama White House from working at State, nevertheless ran “a secret, private intelligence network” for Mrs. Clinton’s benefit, “apart from the State Department’s own Bureau of Intelligence and Research.”

The Times also published certain of the emails exchanged between the two, and either missed or ignored a major revelation contained in three of them. The national Republican Party didn’t:



At WashPost, Philip Bump’s Anti-GOP Amtrak Harangue Is Chock Full of Falsehoods

It’s bad enough, as Bryan Ballas at NewsBusters noted on May 16, that the Washington Post’s Philip Bump dishonestly used last week’s Amtrak tragedy to rip Republican members of Congress for somehow being responsible for the (theoretically) for-profit entity’s “constant struggle” for funding.

As Sean Davis at the Federalist explained, Amtrak has really had no funding struggles. Bump had to make things up to create that impression, and even when caught, issued a “clarification” containing serious errors (HT Patterico, who has demanded corrections; bolds are mine):



Final Proof and End of Argument …

Filed under: National Security,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 5:11 pm

… over whether Barack Obama’s reelection was legitimate.

It was not legitimate, and will not be considered legitimate by objective historians:

Hillary Received Memo Describing Benghazi As Planned Terror Attack Within Hours

New documents obtained by Judicial Watch and made public Monday show that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other senior officials under President Obama were given intelligence within hours of the Sept. 11, 2012, Benghazi attack describing how it had been planned at least 10 days in advance “to kill as many Americans as possible.”

Glenn Reynolds, on Hillary Clinton:


… Also, they locked up a filmmaker for a year, just to support their cover story.

From Mrs. Clinton’s speech on September 14, 2012, “at Ceremony as Bodies of Americans Killed in Libya Arrive in the US” (video here):

This has been a difficult week for the State Department and for our country. We’ve seen the heavy assault on our post in Benghazi that took the lives of those brave men. We’ve seen rage and violence directed at American embassies over an awful internet video that we had nothing to do with.

It is hard for the American people to make sense of that because it is senseless.

Oh, it all makes perfect sense now.


MSNBC Mocks Cop Dragged by Fleeing Suspect

The folks at MSNBC exhibited a sick sense of “humor” on Friday.

As Gateway Pundit’s Kristinn Taylor reported Friday afternoon, the network posted “a video to MSNBC’s Facebook page that mocks police over a criminal dragging a police officer by a car as he attempted to flee …” The post asked the following question, which was also tweeted: “Does it count as a police chase if you take the cop along for the ride?”