August 24, 2015

Positivity: US airman says train attacker ‘ready to fight to the end’

Filed under: Positivity,US & Allied Military — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Paris:

Aug. 23, 2015 4:59 PM EDT

Three American travelers say they relied on gut instinct and a close bond forged over years of friendship as they took down a heavily armed man on a passenger train speeding through Belgium.

U.S. Airman Spencer Stone, recounting for the first time on Sunday how a likely catastrophe was averted two days earlier, said the gunman, an assault rifle strapped to his bare chest, seemed like he was “ready to fight to the end.” But he added, “So were we.”

Without a note of bravado but a huge dose of humility, the three described Friday’s drama on an Amsterdam-to-Paris fast train.

His arm in a sling, Stone, 23, said he was coming out of a deep sleep when the gunman appeared.

One of his friends, Alek Skarlatos, a 22-year-old National Guardsman recently back from Afghanistan, “just hit me on the shoulder and said ‘Let’s go.’”

French President Francois Hollande and a bevy of officials are presenting the Americans with the prestigious Legion of Honor on Monday. A French citizen who first came across the gunman near a train bathroom and a British man who joined to help tie up the assailant also are being honored with the award, according to the president’s office.

Go here for the rest of the story.


O … M … G

Filed under: Economy,MSM Biz/Other Ignorance,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 12:27 am

(link to NASDAQ home page for latest indices quotes)

4:10 p.m.: Dow ends up down 588 points. Indices down 3.5% – 4.0%.

3:10 p.m.: Lord have mercy. Just when you think things might have settled down, I now see that the Dow is down over 500 points and that all the indices are down 3% or or more.

10:50 a.m.: More bounceback — Indices have regained about two-thirds of what was initially lost. But Dow is still down over 300 points.

9:40 a.m.: Some bounceback — Indices have regained about 40% of what was initially lost.

9:32 a.m.: Dow down almost 1,000. NASDAQ down 8 percent:


8:32 A.M.: At Drudge:


7:15 A.M. Update: The index recovered about 60 percent of its losses during the afternoon session, only to give it all back and close at 3209.905, a loss for the day of 8.49 percent which apparently would have been worse without the 10 percent daily loss limits described below.

12:30 A.M. (original post time): The Shanghai stock market lost 8.45 percent in 2-1/2 two hours before it took its scheduled mid-day break:


It would apparently be even worse but for the fact that the Shanghai “market” has a daily individual stock loss limit of 10 percent — which 2,000 stocks have hit.

It doesn’t take a math genius to figure out that if the most any individual stock can drop is 10 percent, and the overall loss is 8.45 percent, most stocks, and perhaps darned near all of them, have taken serious hits.

Good thing the AP and establishment press apparatchiks say this shouldn’t affect us. (/sarc)

August 23, 2015

The Dean Pipedream: Hillary’s Email and Server Scandal ‘Manufactured’ by a ‘Bored’ Press

11-1/2 years ago, we had the “Dean Scream.” After finishing a disappointing third in the Iowa caucuses, 2004 Democratic presidential candidate and former Vermont Governor Howard Dean attempted to further fire up his strangely giddy supporters by telling them about upcoming state primaries they would fight to win. After finishing his list, Dean told them: “And then we’re going to Washington, DC to take back the White House!” — and shouted out the scream heard ’round the world which ended his electoral viability.

Sunday on Meet the Press, we saw the “Dean Pipedream.” Asked by host Chuck Todd how well Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has handled the scandal over her use of a private server for personal and government emails while serving as Secretary of State, Dean blamed her situation “partly … (on) a press that’s bored.” Contrary to Dean’s assertion, the intrepid folks at NewsBusters and the Media Research Center who monitor the Big Three networks and other establishment press outlets have chronicled a consistently determined reluctance to report on newsworthy scandal-related developments.



Barely News: Two-Thirds of Blacks Prefer ‘All Lives Matter’ Over ‘Black Lives Matter’

Most of us have heard it by now. If you have the audacity to point out in a conversation or speech that “All lives matter,” you’re a hateful, violent raging racist out to undermine the (white guy George Soros-funded) “Black Lives Matter” movement. Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Martin O’Malley have toth made the “mistake” of contending that “All lives matter” during the past few months. Each has felt it necessary to either apologize or otherwise back away from their statement.

A Thursday Rasmussen poll the vast majority of the establishment press has ignored and will likely to continue to ignore is telling us that the  (white guy George Soros-funded, co-led by a guy who his family says he is white) “Black Lives Matter” movement has a lot of work to do on what they would consider to be the home front. Rasmussen’s poll tells us that two-thirds of blacks answering the question prefer the statement “All lives matter” over “Black lives matter” (bolds are mine):



Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (082315)

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Positivity: A gruesome accident, a powerful faith – one Catholic couple’s story

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From :

Aug 18, 2015 / 04:01 am

It was a cold December day in Nebraska, and Ashley Stevens was riding in a car with four other women.

It was the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and the women and the rest of their FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) team was headed to a retreat center near Gretna, Neb. when a large truck smashed into their car on Highway 6 near the Platte River, several miles east of Lincoln.

While the other women had minor injuries – a broken shoulder, whiplash, cuts and bruises – Ashley was life-flighted to the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha in critical condition.

She had sustained major head trauma, and had significant swelling and bleeding in her brain among other injuries.

Brad Stevens, Ashley’s fiancé of just a few weeks, got the call from Nikki Shasserre, a staff member at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Newman Center, who had hosted an engagement party for the couple three weeks prior.

Get to the hospital now, Ashley’s in critical condition.

Father Robert Matya, the chaplain for the UNL Newman Center, had been on his way to the same retreat and was able to be with the women at the scene, praying with them and comforting them. He then rushed to the hospital to be with Brad, a former student he’d known for years, and was with him to receive the grim diagnosis.

“I remember very distinctly arriving at the hospital, and Brad and I went in to sit down with the doctor, who told us that he didn’t think it was going to be possible that Ashley would survive at that point,” Fr. Matya recalled. “He was just trying to be honest with us.”

That was around 10 in the morning. By 3 p.m., Ashley was heading to surgery. Father stayed with Brad and Ashley in the ICU that night.

From the very first moment, Father said, the way Brad handled the situation was remarkable.

“What was beautiful about watching Brad in that experience was that he was just unwavering from the first moment on, in terms of being at her side. There was never a question of his dedication to her throughout the whole experience, and that was the case not only on that day of the accident but throughout the entire process of her rehabilitation,” he said.

Brad’s faith in God had been what initially attracted Ashley to him. They were both working as Residential Assistants in the Husker Village dorms, and during the long walks patrolling the halls on duty nights, she would pepper him with all of her questions about Catholicism. A devout Protestant, Ashley was amazed at how well Brad could defend and explain his faith using scripture. She became “like a little sponge,” she said, soaking up knowledge about the Catholic Church.

A few years after they became friends, and in the early phases of their dating relationship, Ashley became Catholic after taking classes at the Newman Center and developing strong friendships there.

The day of the accident, dozens of friends from the Newman Center and beyond had arrived at UNMC, offering meals and prayers and whatever support they could. Word spread quickly, and more prayers and support started pouring in from UNL students and the Catholic community around the state – and even the world.

Ashley, who does not remember “literally a single day” of the entire month she spent at UNMC, said she has only heard and read of the tremendous outpouring of love that occurred within those first days and weeks.

“I was submerged in prayer,” she said. “From holy hours at the Newman Center, across the country, there people I didn’t even know were surrounding me with prayer that I’m so thankful for.”

“It’s amazing seeing God’s love through so many instruments you know when you’re quite literally helpless.”

Slowly, Ashley started making improvements, though for a long time it was uncertain exactly how healed she could be. She had a stroke while at UNMC, and it was uncertain for a while whether she’d ever be able to walk, or hold a job, or take care of future children.

“I can’t even imagine Brad, just three weeks after getting engaged, and my parents just sitting by, not knowing if I’m going to make it and if I did, what would be the end result? How much of Ashley would they get back, would he get back?” she said.

Even the tiniest glimpses of hope, however, made Brad “just giddy excited,” Ashley said.

“Even if I was just able to squeeze his hand or open my eyes and look at him, or just try to smile, anything gave him glimpses of hope that I was going to make it,” she said.

A gratitude journal Brad kept at the time proves his incredible hope. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

August 22, 2015

Defending Planned Parenthood, LA Times Relays ‘Abortion Is 3 Pct. of Its Services’ Myth

Earlier today, I noted that Los Angeles Times reporter Maria L. La Ganga compared the heroic undercover work done by investigators at the Center for Medical Progress to the 2004 efforts of the Swift Boat Veterans for the Truth. She meant it as a negative, claiming that the Swift Vets’ assertions about Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry’s service in Vietnam and his antiwar activities after he returned home are “considered by many one of the ugliest, most unfair attacks in recent political memory.” She even claimed — knowingly engaging in falsehood, in my opinion — that “the Swift boat claims were later discredited.” Sorry, ma’am. The Swift Vets’ truths stand tall to this today.

Though the Times Seattle bureau chief doesn’t reference it in her writeup, an Associated Press chart contained therein relays a falsehood Planned Parenthood routinely promotes. This one claims that “Abortion is 3 percent of Planned Parenthood Services”:



LA Times Reporter: CMP’s Anti-Planned Parenthood Vids Are Like ‘Discredited’ Swiftvets ‘Smear’

Well, this was inevitable. On the same day that the Center for Medical Progress exposed the CEO of former Planned Parenthood partner StemExpress laughing “about shipping whole baby heads,” a reporter at the Los Angeles Times, in what I have beeen told is a front-page story, has compared CMP’s video campaign exposing the commerce in baby body parts to the 2004 Swift Boat Veterans for the Truth’s campaign. The Swift Boat Vets’ effort successfully exposed Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry’s serial lies about his service in Vietnam and his smearing of Vietnam veterans as war criminals after he returned.

Times reporter Maria L. La Ganga joined the paper in 1981, and “has served as San Francisco bureau chief, edited in the Business section and pitched in on five presidential elections.” Even if one of those five elections wasn’t 2004, and even if she didn’t dig into conflicting claims over whether Kerry truly earned the Vietnam War medals he received, it’s virtually inconceivable that she doesn’t know about his frequently stated “Christmas in Cambodia” lie.



Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (082215)

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Positivity: Officers respond to woman in distress, then buy her a cake to celebrate her 75th birthday

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

A July story from Oklahoma City (HT Daryn Kagan):

7:57 p.m. Sunday, July 12, 2015

A couple of Oklahoma City police officers have gone viral for giving a helping give a hand to a woman on her 75th birthday.

According to OKCPD, an officer responded to a call of a distressed woman sitting in a wheelchair near the street.

When officers arrived, the woman, known as Ms. Carroll, was visibly upset and said her motorized wheelchair broke down while she was on her way to buy a cake for her 75th birthday. She told the officers she was upset that her birthday was ruined because the wheelchair was her only means of transportation.

Officers Amy Hanson and Travis Vernier loaded up the wheelchair and took Ms. Carroll to the supermarket where they bought her a cake and took her home to celebrate.

From Facebook:

Police work isn’t always about fighting crime & putting bad guys in jail. It’s also about meeting good people & developing relationships.

While working tonight, Sergeants Mike Black & Jacob Cole came across a young man in the London Square Apartments in northwest OKC. He was riding a scooter that had a handle that kept coming off and causing him to wreck. The two officers were able to fix his scooter and make him a happy young man!
Way to go guys!

August 21, 2015

After Stock Market’s Disastrous Day, AP Makes Several Wishful, Fact-Challenged Assertions

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:05 pm

Tonight’s report at the Associated Press in the wake of Wall Street’s disastrous day isn’t quite an Animal House moment — “Remain Calm! All Is Well!” — but it’s more than fair to say that the wire service’s Matthew Craft and Bernard Condon allowed quite a bit of wishful thinking into their writeup.

In late June, I noted that the AP’s Ken Sweet asked a very important question about China (“IS THERE A POINT WHERE I SHOULD GET WORRIED?”), and failed to answer it. He also claimed that “The biggest concern is whether the drop in China’s stock market will cause the country’s economy to slow.” The headline and opening sentence in tonight’s AP dispatch attempted to maintain that false appearance (bolds are mine):



AP Report on Hillary’s Email ‘Worries’ Ignores Judge’s Order, Reuters Bombshell

The time stamp on an Associated Press report on Hillary Clinton’s email “worries” (“CLINTON FACING FRESH WORRIES IN CONGRESS OVER EMAILS”) by Ken Thomas and Julie Bykowicz this morning (saved here for future reference, fair use and discussion purposes) is 11:21 a.m. Eastern Time.

Despite that time stamp, the report fails to mention a bombshell report from Reuters (“Dozens of Clinton emails were classified from the start, U.S. rules suggest”) originally posted at 5:17 a.m. (time stamp has since been updated). Going even further back, the AP story fails to mention a Thursday afternoon story about how “A federal judge has ordered the State Department to cooperate with the investigation into the Hillary Clinton private email scandal.” The decision to ignore these developments is in all likelihood deliberate.



Chickens … Coming Home to Roost?

Filed under: Economy — Tom @ 3:25 pm


UPDATE: At the close —



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Positivity: Illinois Second Graders Adore School Janitor, Line Up to Get Yearbooks Autographed

Filed under: Education,Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Bourbonnais, Illinois (HT Daryn Kagan):

Steve Weidner, a custodian at Alan Shepard Elementary School in Bourbonnais, Illinois, said it made him feel great to see that each and every second grade student lined up near the playground in hopes to have him autograph their yearbooks.

“I get along great with the kids,” Weidner told ABC News. “They are really great. We joke around a bunch and they’re able to talk to me and stuff like that.”

Weidner, a father of four and known as “Mr. Steve” to the kids, has been a part of the janitorial staff at Shepard for 15 years now.

Last week, Weidner said he signed all 104 of the second graders’ yearbooks after lunch — in addition to 200 more from other classes.

“I walked through the playground to get through the building and they saw me and started running,” he said. “You get one, you get all of them. Once they got a line I sat down.”

The district posted a photo of a long line of second graders patiently waiting for Mr. Steve’s yearbook signatures on their Facebook page Wednesday, June 3.

“Shepard Custodian Steve “Mr. Steve” Weidner has reached Rock Star status as he autographs yearbooks for his “fans,”!” the caption read.

The snapshot was uploaded to Reddit June 5 where it has racked up over three million views. …

Go here for the rest of this June story.