July 21, 2015

Not News: Publisher Wins Permanent Injunction Against HHS Mandate Enforcement

In a ruling handed down on July 15, a federal court issued a permanent injunction against the enforcement of the federal government’s Obamacare contraception mandate against Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

The same establishment press which gleefully and virtually instantly covered the July 14 setback suffered by the Little Sisters of the Poor in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled that the order “must allow employees to have contraception coverage,” has from all appearances ignored the Tyndale ruling for six days.

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Sean Hannity, Awful Interviewer

Filed under: MSM Biz/Other Ignorance,US & Allied Military — Tom @ 1:07 pm

I saw a blog post about this last night and didn’t watch the video.

The point of the post was that Cathy Wells, the mother of murdered Lance Cpl. Skip Wells who was murdered last week in Chattanooga, contrary to the implied if not explicit representations of White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, has not received phone condolences from President Obama.

Okay, that’s news worth knowing. I get that.

What I don’t get is how Sean Hannity conducts interviews, especially in circumstances such as these.

This poor woman just lost her son. Hannity insisted on dragging her into politics, and wouldn’t stop hammering away. It was out of control and uncalled for — and, fortunately, NOT the tactics you see from Fox’s other evening show hosts (HT Gateway Pundit; YouTube link):

Sean Hannity went into this interview with an agenda and tried to use Cathy Wells as his conduit for that agenda. That’s not what a journalist does — and it’s not, contrary to the claims of leftist hacks, what Greta, Megyn, or O’Reilly do. They LISTEN. Hannity doesn’t.

I’ve said this often and I’ll say it again: Heaven help us all when Rush Limbaugh hangs up the Golden EIB microphone if Sean Hannity then becomes the top conservative in talk radio. I hope that day is at least a decade away.

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NewsBusted (071415 and 072115)

Filed under: NewsBusted — Tom @ 12:43 pm

Need to catch up a bit, so here goes.

Here’s last week’s video:

Topics:
– Democrats
– Hillary Clinton
– Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg
– Great Wall of China
– Donald Trump
– New TERMINATOR movie
– Florida Black Bears
– Selfie Sticks

Best Lines:

  • “Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg wants to import more foreign workers. Apparently Zuckerberg feels there are too many jobs Americans just won’t get off Facebook to do.”
  • “According to a new poll, 35% of Americans would consider leaving the country. These 35% are also known as ‘taxpayers.’”
  • “Florida officials have confirmed that a black bear hunt will take place this fall, and animal rights activists are outraged. They say, ‘black bear lives matter.’”

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Here’s this week’s video:

Topics:
– President Obama Job Approval
– Iran Nuclear Deal
– Donald Trump
– John McCain
– El Chapo
– Choctaw Nation
– Francisco Sanchez
– 50 Cent

Best Lines:

  • “An agreement on Iran’s nuclear program has been reached, but the is unpopular with Israel and with the American people. Or, as President Obama calls it, ‘a win-win.’”
  • “Donald Trump is under fire for saying John McCain is not a war hero. C’mon, Donald, that’s way out of line. Without McCain, we wouldn’t have won the War of 1812.”
  • “In Durant, Oklahoma, President Obama visited the Choctaw nation Indian tribe. The tribe gave the president his own Indian name: ‘Dances with Iranians.’”
  • “Rapper 50 Cent has filed for bankruptcy. The 40 year-old rapper says he doesn’t mind being dead broke, because at his age, most rappers are just dead.”
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Press Loved O’Malley’s ‘Climate Change Plan’ in June, Ignores His Linking It to the Rise of ISIS Now

In June, Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley unveiled a “climate change plan.” The press loved it. Glowing articles appeared in many places, including the Washington Post, USA Today, The Hill and the Huffington Post, whose Kate Sheppard wrote that the former Maryland Governor had “Just Set An Extremely High Bar … For 2016 Democratic Contenders.”

Well, if they’re so wired into climate change, why are they ignoring O’Malley’s claim yesterday, in an interview with Bloomberg News, that climate change, aka the sanitized term for global warming, is largely responsibe for the rise of ISIS? Answer: Embarrassing comments by leftists are ignored until a Republican or conservative criticizes them. Then the story can be admitted into the news as a “so-and-so attacks” item.

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Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (072115)

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Karis Peters: ‘We Need God in America Again’

Filed under: Positivity,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:00 am

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July 20, 2015

AP and the Hill Look at the Same Business Survey, Draw Up Sharply Different Reports

The National Association of Business Economics released its quarterly survey of its members’ take on the state of the current and future economy today.

Given that the survey only had 112 responses, it’s probably not a good idea to generalize too much about its results. That didn’t stop The Hill from headlining Vicki Needham’s writeup by far too optimistically declaring that “Business leaders expect strong finish to 2015.” In an upset, possibly indicating that today’s scheduled koolaid delivery intended for the Associated Press got misdirected to and doubled up at the Hill’s offices, the wire service’s Christopher Rugaber — looking at the same survey — wrote that “U.S. businesses’ outlook on sales in the coming months has darkened.”

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AP, Reuters Fail to Connect Latest A&P Bankruptcy to Its Unions

The company officially known as the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. has filed for bankruptcy for the second time in five years. This time around, the storied “A&P” name may completely disappear.

Coverage at USA Today by Nathan Bomey notes that “About 93% (of its workers) are represented by one of 12 different unions, and many of them have bumping rights that the company has described as a big barrier to reducing costs.” Coverage at two of the three major business wire services, the Associated Press and Reuters, failed to mention the word “union” at all.

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ABC’s Raddatz Quickly Changes the Subject After Kristol Mentions Left’s Weekend ‘Netroots’ Meltdown

In Phoenix this weekend, "Black Lives Matter" disruptors crashed the "Netroots" convention, an event the Associated Press described as a gathering of "some of the party's most influential liberal activists."

On ABC's "This Week" yesterday, Bill Kristol had the temerity to mention some of the details of the chaos. Show host Martha Raddatz changed the subject faster than you can say "deeply divided Democrats."

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Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (072015)

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Positivity: The Vatican’s helicopter — Transporting popes, saving kid’s lives

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Vatican City:

Jul 18, 2015 / 04:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).-

One of Europe’s best pediatric hospitals, Bambino Gesu Children’s Hospital in Rome, can now use the Vatican’s helicopter to transport patients, personnel and medical equipment in emergencies.

The agreement was announced July 17th by the hospital and the Governatorate of the Vatican City State, and is part of a bigger initiative to use the helicopter within a regional network for emergency management.

“We are grateful to the Holy See, the Secretary of State and the Governatorate in particular, in the person of the SCV’s Secretary General, Bishop Fernando Vergez Alzaga, for this opportunity, which is given to the Bambino Gesù hospital, and especially to the many young patients from all over Italy, who unfortunately need urgently to reach our hospital,” Bambino Gesu President Mariella Enoc said Friday, according to Vatican Radio.

“It is an important gesture of charity that responds to a basic health need: the physical proximity between the Vatican City State and our seat on the Janiculum Hill, in fact, will significantly shorten transport times, contributing in many cases to saving the lives of children,” she added.

The helicopter, also known as the Vatican City Heliport, is kept on a small, rectangular landing pad in the Vatican Gardens and is sometimes used to transport the Pope and other heads of state on short trips away from the Vatican, and to Castle Gandolfo, the pope’s summer residence. It was first used in 1976 by Pope Paul VI.

Bambino Gesu (which translates to the child Jesus) is the largest pediatric hospital and research center in Europe. It has a child-centered, welcoming approach and operates on the moral and ethical principles of the Catholic faith. …

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July 19, 2015

Fox’s Harris Faulkner Goes Off on AP Reporter for ‘Father-Daughter Weekend’ Question at Post-Chattanooga WH Briefing

On Friday, White Press Secretary Josh Earnest held his first press briefing after the massacre of then-four, now-five Americans “at a military recruiting office and a Navy-Marine operations center a few miles apart” in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

A mere three minutes into that briefing, thanks to the Associated Press’s Darlene Superville, he was already on another topic: President Obama’s upcoming weekend father-daughter outing in New York City. The folks at Fox News’s “Outnumbered” show were watching live. Quite understandably, the program’s Harris Faulkner took strong exception to Superville’s chosen question.

Earnest himself set a bizarre tone for the briefing from the get-go. In light of what happened on Thursday, he was inappropriately cheerful as he effusively opened by describing how “it’s been a very interesting and even historic week here at the White House.” You would never know from his demeanor that there had been any negative events in the past 24 hours. From all appearances by design, with the transparent intent of getting questions about Chattanooga out of the way and moving on to other more convenient topics, Earnest first called on Superville.

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Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (071915)

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Positivity: Heroic virtue of Ukrainian bishop who sheltered hundreds of Jews recognized

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Vatican City:

Jul 17, 2015 / 03:12 pm

On Thursday, Pope Francis authorized a decree recognizing the heroic virtue of Archbishop Andrey Sheptytsky, who was head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church from 1900 to 1944, and who personally protected dozens of Jews from Nazi occupiers during World War II.

The Pope’s July 16 audience with the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints also recognized the heroic virtue of seven other potential saints, who will now be called ‘Venerable’.

“During this time of foreign aggression against Ukraine – as well as turmoil in so many other historically Eastern Christian lands – this recognition brings particular consolation,” Fr. Peter Galadza, acting director of the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies, stated July 17. “Archbishop Sheptytsky demonstrated saintly courage when he sheltered more than 160 Jews during the Nazi Holocaust.”

Venerable Andrey Sheptytsky was born as Roman Aleksander Maria Sheptytsky in 1865 to a polonized family of Ukrainian heritage, who were Roman Catholics. He was born in a village 30 miles from Lviv, which was then part of the Austrian Empire.

He entered the Order of St. Basil, associated with the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, taking the name Andrey (Andrew), and was professed in 1889. In 1892, he made solemn profession and was ordained a priest.

In 1899 he was consecrated a bishop, and appointed Bishop of the Ukrainian Eparchy of Stanislaviv (now Ivano-Frankivsk). Then in 1901 he was appointed Metropolitan Archbishop of the Ukrainian Eparchy of Lviv, making him head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. He maintained his position until his death on Nov. 1, 1944, at the age of 79.

His time as Metropolitan Archbishop was marked by conflict with and persecution by the successive governments that ruled Ukraine, including the Russian Empire, the Second Polish Republic, Nazi Germany, and the Soviet Union.

Under the Russian Empire, he was jailed from 1914 to 1917 for his pro-Ukrainian position and his promotion of Catholicism. The Second Polish Republic twice held him for supporting an independent Ukrainian state and for opposing Latinization.

When the Soviet Union occupied Poland in 1939, he opposed the atheist regime and supported an independent Ukraine, and at first welcomed Nazi armies as liberators when they pushed back the Soviets in 1941.

However, he spoke up against Nazi policy toward Jews, encouraging his faithful to treat Jews well, with a 1942 pastoral letter. He also encouraged his priests and local abbots to follow his example, and shelter Jews. In this he was helped by his brother, Blessed Klymentiy Sheptytsky, archimandrite of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church’s Studite monks. …

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July 18, 2015

Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (071815)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

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