February 15, 2017

Positivity: Fatima nun has 15,000 pages of evidence for beatification cause

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From Fatima, Portugal:

Feb 14, 2017 / 11:49 am

As the 100th anniversary of the Fatima apparitions approaches, Portuguese Catholic Church officials announced on Monday that thousands of pages have been gathered to testify to the holiness of Sister Lucia dos Santos – one of the original three children who were witnesses to the famous Marian apparition.

The documentation gathered for Sr. Lucia consists of over 15,000 letters, testimonies, and other documents that would support the nun’s cause for beatification. Bishop Virgilio Antunes of Coimbra, Portugal noted that these pages have taken more than eight years to track down, as they consist of personal letters and witness statements from more than 60 people.

The pages were presented at a church ceremony at Sr. Lucia’s convent in Coimbra and will also be sent to the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints for approval, in order to proceed towards the next steps of canonization. The case will also be reviewed by Pope Francis.

Of all Marian apparitions, those relating to Our Lady of Fatima are among the most famous. On May 13, 1917, siblings Francisco and Jacinta Marto – 9 and 7 – and their cousin, 10-year-old Lucia dos Santos, took their sheep to graze near the Portuguese farming town of Fatima when they saw a figure of a woman dressed in white and holding a rosary.

After this first appearance, the Virgin Mary then appeared to the children on the 13th of every month from May until October. The message of the Fatima apparitions can be summarized primarily as a call to repentance, reparation and prayer.

In 1930, the Catholic Church proclaimed the supernatural character of the apparitions and a shrine was erected at Fatima. It was visited by Pope Paul VI May 13, 1967, and later by Pope John Paul II and Benedict XVI. …

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February 14, 2017

O’Reilly Rips Press Coverage of ICE Raids: ‘A Low Point in American Journalism’

In his opening monologue and first guest conversation Monday evening, Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly sharply criticized the national and local press coverage of the past week’s immigration raids.

In his Talking Points Memo opener, O’Reilly observed the press’s utter failure to headline the fact that the raids targeted criminal illegal aliens, describing that failure not as press bias, but as “blatant dishonesty.” The host’s first guest then accused the press of deliberately drumming up uncalled-for “mass hysteria,” and described the operation as “the same kind of operation they did conduct under President Obama.”

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Press Is Furious That Trump Got No Questions About Flynn at Tuesday Presser

One of the more amusing yet pathetic spectacles of the Trump administration’s early weeks — the ongoing establishment press fury at the richly deserved lack of respect it is getting from the President and his press secretary — neared meltdown yesterday. This occurred because Donald Trump wasn’t asked a question everyone knew he wouldn’t answer if asked about Michael Flynn at a joint press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

On Monday, Scott Whitlock at NewsBusters covered the joint temper tantrum/pity party at MSNBC in which Brian Williams — that’s right, “Mr. Made-Up Stories” himself — and Katy Tur engaged. CNN, CNN.com, the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Associated Press and others joined the roster of not so fine whiners.

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Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (021417)

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Positivity: Two Cops Help Frantic Couple Deliver Baby in Location That HAS to be a First

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From San Diego, California:

Posted February 3, 2017

Despite her due date being three weeks away, the woman – named Vanessa Prado – began to have contractions around 4 a.m.

“I said, ‘He’s coming out. I think we need to go to the hospital,’” Prado told KGTV.

As the Mira Mesa couple rushed to the hospital, her contractions had intensified so much that she realized they wouldn’t make it.

“Am I going to pull over at McDonald’s or the post office?’” Prado recalls her boyfriend asking her.

They chose the post office. San Diego Police officers Matt Enderlin and Eric Hustad were on the scene within two minutes of the emergency call.

The officers comforted Prado as she gave birth in the passenger seat of the car. Officer Matt Enderlin even caught the newborn after he was born, he said. …

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NY Post Writer Omits Wilson’s Role in Spread of Spanish Flu, Repeats Tired Reagan/AIDS Myths

The New York Post, though usually perceived as a right-leaning newspaper, has room for columnists from the “other side” — including selective and truth-challenged ones like Jennifer Wright.

Wright’s February 11 column covers “some of the most gruesome plagues” in human history, in the process promoting a new book that is quite a departure from her previous ventures “covering sex and dating.” Much of her work may be fine, but two of her topics, the 1918 Spanish flu outbreak and AIDS, are clearly marred by her political blinders.

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February 13, 2017

MSNBC Whines Over Reporters Who Queried Trump, and That They Didn’t Ask HIm About Flynn

One of the more amusing yet pathetic spectacles of the Trump administration’s early weeks has been the ongoing establishment press meltdown over the richly deserved lack of respect it is getting from the President and his press secretary.

Regarding his joint press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Monday afternoon, the news at MSNBC and elsewhere isn’t what either man said. It’s that Trump only took questions from Kaitlan Collins of the Daily Caller and a reporter from the Washington affiliate of Sinclair Broadcasting. All these people need to do is look in the mirror to see where the problem is.

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Dem Congresswoman Who Called Berkeley ‘Protests’ a ‘Beautiful Thing’ Is a Former Cop, Police Chief

On February 1, a speech by Milo Yiannopoulos at UC-Berkeley was cancelled after protests against his appearance turned violent and threatened the safety of the speaker and those who were inside a campus building. A related CBS/Associated Press dispatch also reported that rioters vandalized “at least four banks.”

At a forum on Thursday, freshman Florida Congresswoman Val Demings described what happened in Berkeley the previous evening as “a beautiful sight.” Ten days on, Demings’s intemperance has not been deemed newsworthy by an establishment press which immaturely parses every word uttered by those on the center-right for “gotcha” moments. I would argue that Demings’s statement is especially newsworthy because the endorsement of lawlessness came not only from a sitting Congresswoman, but from a 27-year retired police officer whose last position was Orlando police chief.

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Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (021317)

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Positivity: Meet the Creole nun who risked her life to teach slaves

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From New Orleans:

Feb 12, 2017 / 04:04 pm

Venerable Henriette DeLille, born a “free woman of color” before the Civil War, had all the makings of a life of relative ease before her.

Born in 1812 to a wealthy French father and a free Creole woman of Spanish, French and African descent, Henriette was groomed throughout her childhood to become a part of what was then known as the placage system.

Under the placage system, free women of color (term used at the time for people of full or partial African descent, who were no longer or never were slaves) entered into common law marriages with wealthy white plantation owners, who often kept their legitimate families at the plantations in the country. It was a rigid system, but afforded free women of color comfortable and even luxurious lives.

Trained in French literature, music, dancing, and nursing, Henriette was prepared to become the “kept woman” of a wealthy white man throughout her childhood.

However, in her early 20s, Henriette declared that her religious convictions could not be reconciled with the placage lifestyle for which she was being prepared. Raised Catholic, which was typical for free people of color at the time, she had recently had a deep encounter with God, and believed that the placage system violated Church teaching on the sanctity of marriage.

Working as a teacher since the age of 14, Henriette’s devotion to caring for and educating the poor grew. Even though she was only one-eighth African and could have passed as a white person, she always referred to herself as Creole or as a free person of color, causing conflict in her family, who had declared themselves white on the census.

In 1836, wanting to dedicate her life to God, Henriette used the proceeds of an inheritance to found a small unrecognized order of nuns, the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Her non-white heritage had barred her from admission to the Ursuline and Carmelite orders, which only accepted white women at the time.

This group would eventually become the Sisters of the Holy Family, officially founded at St. Augustine’s Church in 1842. Like Henriette, the other two founding sisters had denounced a life in the placage system.

The Sisters taught religion and other subjects to the slaves, even though it was illegal to do so at the time, punishable by death or life imprisonment. …

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February 12, 2017

Warren’s Bitter, Hostile Anti-Sessions Tweetstorm Gets Scant Press Attention

Elizabeth Warren has become a heroine of the establishment press and the left — but I repeat myself — after deliberately violating Senate Rule 19 against ”imput(ing) to another Senator or to other Senators any conduct or motive unworthy or unbecoming a Senator” Tuesday evening in criticizing Trump administration Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions.

The Massachusetts Democrat’s bitter, ugly tweetstorm shortly after Sessions was confirmed demonstrates the wisdom of Republican Senate’s move to bar her from continuing to speak. Naturally, establishment press outlets have mostly ignored the tweets or mischaracterized them.

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Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (021217)

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Positivity: Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address

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

This post became a BizzyBlog tradition on Lincoln’s birthday in 2012. Bolds and several additional paragraph breaks are mine.

March 4, 1865:

Fellow Countrymen:

AT this second appearing to take the oath of the Presidential office there is less occasion for an extended address than there was at the first. Then a statement somewhat in detail of a course to be pursued seemed fitting and proper. Now, at the expiration of four years, during which public declarations have been constantly called forth on every point and phase of the great contest which still absorbs the attention and engrosses the energies of the nation, little that is new could be presented. The progress of our arms, upon which all else chiefly depends, is as well known to the public as to myself, and it is, I trust, reasonably satisfactory and encouraging to all. With high hope for the future, no prediction in regard to it is ventured.

On the occasion corresponding to this four years ago all thoughts were anxiously directed to an impending civil war. All dreaded it, all sought to avert it. While the inaugural address was being delivered from this place, devoted altogether to saving the Union without war, insurgent agents were in the city seeking to destroy it without war—seeking to dissolve the Union and divide effects by negotiation. Both parties deprecated war, but one of them would make war rather than let the nation survive, and the other would accept war rather than let it perish, and the war came.

One-eighth of the whole population were colored slaves, not distributed generally over the Union, but localized in the southern part of it. These slaves constituted a peculiar and powerful interest. All knew that this interest was somehow the cause of the war. To strengthen, perpetuate, and extend this interest was the object for which the insurgents would rend the Union even by war, while the Government claimed no right to do more than to restrict the territorial enlargement of it.

Neither party expected for the war the magnitude or the duration which it has already attained. Neither anticipated that the cause of the conflict might cease with or even before the conflict itself should cease. Each looked for an easier triumph, and a result less fundamental and astounding. Both read the same Bible and pray to the same God, and each invokes His aid against the other. It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God’s assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men’s faces, but let us judge not, that we be not judged.

The prayers of both could not be answered. That of neither has been answered fully. The Almighty has His own purposes. “Woe unto the world because of offenses; for it must needs be that offenses come, but woe to that man by whom the offense cometh.” If we shall suppose that American slavery is one of those offenses which, in the providence of God, must needs come, but which, having continued through His appointed time, He now wills to remove, and that He gives to both North and South this terrible war as the woe due to those by whom the offense came, shall we discern therein any departure from those divine attributes which the believers in a living God always ascribe to Him?

Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman’s two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said “the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.”

With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.

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February 11, 2017

Zeke Emanuel to Maria Bartiromo: Obamacare Better Than Bush 43, and ‘Your Anecdotes Are No Good!’

On Friday’s Mornings with Maria, Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo interviewed Ezekiel Emanuel, considered one of Obamacare’s architects. It was quite contentious, and ended with Bartiromo stopping inches short of laughing sarcastically at her guest’s comments and conduct.

Her reaction was completely defensible, given Emanuel’s ridiculous economic claims, his sophomoric and fact-challenged attempt to drag the Bush 43 administration into the discussion, and his de facto contention that every business and medical critic of Obamacare with whom the FBN host has spoken have been lying, i.e., “Your anecdotes are no good!”

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Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (021117)

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