November 26, 2016

Positivity: DC Mass celebrates gifts of those with disabilities

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Washington:

Nov 22, 2016 / 03:22 am

The kingship of Christ is lived out through service to those in need, said the homilist at the annual Washington, D.C. Mass for those with special needs and those who care for them.

“We must remember – Jesus reigns. He is a king who serves. His royalty is in giving back,” said Monsignor John Enzler, president and CEO of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington.

In his homily, Msgr. Enzler shared how his own life had been shaped by volunteer work with those who have special needs.

“I learned a lot from this community about love shared and love given back to those who share their blessings,” he said. “In many ways, I might even say my vocation as priest began to be formed in that experience of serving and helping those in need.”

He also touched on the efforts of the local Church in serving those with disabilities, from care and advocacy efforts to resources, employment coaching and autism ministry.

Held on Sunday Nov. 20, the Feast of Christ the King, the annual archdiocesan White Mass recognizes the gifts offered by the deaf community and persons with disabilities.

Participants – including both persons with disabilities and those who care for people with special needs – were invited to wear white to commemorate the renewal of baptismal vows and the bonds of community created by baptism.

Auxiliary Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville of Washington celebrated the Mass and performed the Rite of Blessing and Sprinkling of the Holy Water. The Mass was sign language interpreted for the deaf and hard of hearing.

Prayers were offered during the Mass for those with special needs and mental illness, and for those who serve them. Other intentions included parents who receive a prenatal diagnosis of disability, those experiencing chronic or terminal illness, and for the creation of a culture of life that embraces those with disabilities of any kind. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

November 25, 2016

Keith Ellison in 2012: Nazi Germany ‘Attacked Pearl Harbor’ in World War II

The leftist press give gaffes made by Republicans years and even decades of shelf life. They roasted Bush 41 Vice President Dan Quayle for years for adding a “e” at the end of “potato” with the “help” of a flashcard which had the word spelled incorrectly — not only in the press, but also on the late-night talks shows.

Gaffes by Democrats, liberals and even far-lefties tend to get a complete pass, or are mentioned very briefly and then quickly forgotten. One such example relates to Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison, who seems to have learned everything he knows about World War II from Animal House.



Obsessed Blitzer Won’t Move On From Trump-White Supremacist Obsession

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, in a Wednesday interview with Republican National Committee spokesman Sean Spicer, appeared to be on two missions. The first was to see how many times he could use the terms “neo-Nazi” and “white supremacists.” The second was to see how many times he could ask Spicer why President-Elect Donald Trump won’t dedicate a speech to denouncing the groups he was so eager to frequently name.

As to Blitzer’s first mission, a video segment containing a five-minute portion of the interview show him referring to “neo-Nazis” and “white supremacists” three times each, with a bonus reference to “Nazi salutes.” Spicer ran out of patience, and said, “You’ve asked me eight — eight times the same question.” After Spicer’s lengthy answer containing that observation, Blitzer still tried to go there again.



Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (112516)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.


Positivity: Speaking Out — Cardinal Dolan calls for new energy in fight against assisted suicide

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From New York City:

Nov 23, 2016 / 12:54 am

As the push for physician-assisted suicide continues throughout the country, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York is asking the faithful to step up in opposing anti-life measures.

“Catholics must join medical professionals, disability rights groups, and other concerned citizens in fighting for the authentic care of those facing terminal illness,” he said.

The cardinal, who heads the U.S. bishops’ committee for pro-life activities, reflected on recent ballot measures and legislative acts permitting assisted suicide.

“Seven jurisdictions in the United States have now opened the legal door to this dangerous abuse of medicine, an alarming trend that must be stopped for the sake of human dignity and the sacredness of life,” he said, adding that “doctor-assisted suicide must now be opposed with renewed vigor.”

Legislatures in Oregon, Washington, California, and Vermont have legalized assisted suicide, as has the Montana Supreme Court. On Election Day this year, voters in Colorado approved a ballot measure to legalize the practice. And a few weeks ago, the Washington D.C. city council passed a similar bill, although it will need to be approved by Congress in order to take effect.

The D.C. proposal, Cardinal Dolan warned, “is the most expansive and dangerous so far. It goes beyond assisted suicide by allowing third parties to administer the lethal drugs opening the door even further to coercion and abuse.”

“Every suicide is tragic, whether someone is young or old, healthy or sick,” the cardinal emphasized. “But the legalization of doctor-assisted suicide creates two classes of people: those whose suicides are to be prevented at any cost, and those whose suicides are deemed a positive good.”…

Go here for the rest of the story.

November 24, 2016

Thursday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (112416)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 3:00 pm

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.


Positivity: George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 12:01 pm

This post is a BizzyBlog Thanksgiving tradition.



General Thanksgiving
By the President of the United States of America

WHEREAS it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favour; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a DAY OF PUBLIC THANSGIVING and PRAYER, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:”

NOW THEREFORE, I do recommend and assign THURSDAY, the TWENTY-SIXTH DAY of NOVEMBER next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed;– for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish Constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted;– for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge;– and, in general, for all the great and various favours which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

And also, that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions;– to enable us all, whether in publick or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us); and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

GIVEN under my hand, at the city of New-York, the third day of October, in the year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine.

(signed) G. Washington

November 23, 2016

Positivity: Pre-Thanksgiving Perspective

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 pm

Note: A slightly different version of this post originally went up in November 2007, and has since turned into a BizzyBlog tradition.


I saw this about halfway through this post at Obi’s Sister. It was written to make a political point, which is fine, but it also makes a universal one (paragraphing added by me):

A neighbor (say her name is Mary) sees her other neighbor (say her name is Nancy) and decides to make her a pie. She bakes a lovely pie the next day and takes it next-door. Nancy is overwhelmed that her neighbor would be so thoughtful and thanks her profusely.

The next week, Mary makes her another pie. When she takes it over, Nancy thanks her again, but with less enthusiasm.

The next week, Mary makes her another pie. When she takes it over, Nancy just says “Thanks.”

The next week, Mary makes her another pie. When she takes it over, Nancy says, “Thanks, and you’re a day late this time.”

The next week, Mary makes her another pie. When she takes it over, Nancy says “Thanks, but next time, can you make a cherry pie instead of apple? I’m getting tired of apple.”

The next week, Mary makes her another pie. When she takes it over, Nancy says “You know, if you put a little less sugar in the crust and didn’t handle it so long, the crust wouldn’t be tough.”

The next week, Mary has lots to do and forgets to make her pie. When she walked by Nancy’s house, she stuck her head out the door and yelled, “Hey! Where’s my pie?”

How quickly gratitude turns into a jaded sense of entitlement.

…. Why don’t we go back to the original idea? Simple people, pioneers really, expressing their pure and heartfelt gratitude …. A humble heartfelt thanksgiving. Not a holiday, but a state of mind.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.


Scratch a Self-Righteous Leftist, and All Too Often You Get …

Filed under: MSM Biz/Other Bias,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 1:35 pm

a flaming racist, sexist bigot, such as “Hamilton” actor Brandon Victor Dixon, who represented the producers and the cast in lecturing VP-Elect Mike Pence:



Someone needs to ask the Breitbart writer when describing a woman as a “ho” is not degrading.


Chances the arbiters what is and isn’t “fake news” will report this? Zero.


UPDATE: … Or you get people demanding politicians’ respect who haven’t even voted.


USA Today: Harassed and Violently Threatened Electors Are Only ‘Besieged’

USA Today assigned three primary reporters, four additional contributors and two researchers to its coverage of the left’s attempt to convince Republican Electoral College electors to betray their states’ voters and their party.

The result, published early Wednesday morning, is “Harassment or Hail Mary? Electors feel besieged.” Despite throwing all those resources into the story, there is no mention at all of the many violent threats directed at electors reported elsewhere, up to and including death threats.



For the Historical Record: Obama Is Why Syria Burned (and Why The Iraq Victory Evaporated)

Filed under: Immigration,National Security,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:00 am

Glenn Reynolds in USA Today, one year ago today:

Obama’s Syrian refugee debacle
1:31 p.m. EST November 23, 2015

Characterizing Republicans as xenophobes won’t hide fact that president’s foreign policy failures created refugee crisis.

When President Obama spoke in Washington about the terrorist attacks in Paris, he was curiously unable to raise much passion. The passion came out only later in Turkey when he started attacking Republicans. Those attacks continued throughout that week, with charges that people who oppose resettling Syrian refugees in America are somehow xenophobic haters who are not in touch with American values.

There are two problems with this line of attack for President Obama. The first is that it isn’t true: The opponents of refugee resettlement aren’t xenophobic haters, but ordinary Americans — and, in fact, include roughly a fourth of the House Democratic Caucus, who voted with Republicans to limit refugee resettlement.

The second problem is that Obama himself is the source of the Syrian refugee crisis. But don’t take it from me. Listen to foreign-affairs expert Walter Russell Mead, an original Obama supporter himself: “To see the full cynicism of the Obama approach to the refugee issue,” Mead wrote in The American Interest, “one has only to ask President Obama’s least favorite question: Why is there a Syrian refugee crisis in the first place?”

Mead continued, “Obama’s own policy decisions — allowing Assad to convert peaceful demonstrations into an increasingly ugly civil war, refusing to declare safe havens and no fly zones — were instrumental in creating the Syrian refugee crisis. This crisis is in large part the direct consequence of President Obama’s decision to stand aside and watch Syria burn. For him to try and use a derisory and symbolic program to allow 10,000 refugees into the United States in order to posture as more caring than those evil Jacksonian rednecks out in the benighted sticks is one of the most cynical, cold-blooded, and nastily divisive moves an American president has made in a long time.”

As of April, estimates of the death toll in Syria varied between 301,781 and 470,000.

This is on Obama. It’s a disaster which dwarfs any George W. Bush or any predecessor administration or Congress created going back to the 1970s Vietnam sellout. In terms of what it has done to utterly destabilize Europe — and that situation is only going to deteriorate further unless the refugee flow is halted — it’s far been worse.

Again, this is all on him — and it is not at all unreasonable to ask whether he’s basically okay with what has happened.


UPDATE: Also, yesterday was the eighth anniversary of what was the U.S. coalition-led victory in Iraq.

Obama, in a move purely driven by electoral politics, engineered a premature near-total U.S. withdrawal from that country at the end of 2011.

It only took 2-1/2 years for civil war to return. Total deaths since then as of February: an estimated 53,361–72,056.

Again, this deterioration is entirely on Obama.


Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (112316)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

November 22, 2016

Politico’s Michael Hirsh Resigns; Proposed Attacking Alt-Right Leader With ‘Baseball Bats’

Filed under: MSM Biz/Other Bias — Tom @ 9:43 pm

There are few if any signs that the left’s unhinged behavior in the wake of Donald Trump’s electoral victory is subsiding, even among those in positions of significant authority and responsibility. In addition to CEOs and university professors, we can now add the category of “high-ranking journalist” to the list of those who, since Trump’s victory, have been unable to keep their violent emotional inclinations in check.

Michael Hirsh, Politico’s national editor, who has previously served as the foreign editor and chief diplomatic correspondent for Newsweek, has resigned after publishing the home addresses of an Alt-Right leader and proposing that he and someone with whom he was corresponding visit the closer of those two addresses with “baseball bats.”



Positivity: Watch Shirtless Hero Rescue Terrified Dog From Slipping into Icy Waters

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 7:12 pm



Year 12 Christmas/Holiday Layoff and Shopping Searches: Round 1

Filed under: Business Moves,Economy,MSM Biz/Other Bias — Tom @ 7:07 pm

Background behind these annual searches is here and here.

Here are the results of this year’s first round of searches:

Here goes with Google News searches (for the past month):

This is a bit of an improvement over last year’s Christmas component of 5.7%.

Now on to the second set of searches (for the past month):

  • Christmas layoffs (not in quotes, also excluding the word “challenger” to ensure that items relating to the mass layoffs report issued by Challenger & Christmas were exluded) — 4,510 (31.0%)
  • Holiday layoffs (not in quotes) — 8,200 (56.3%)
  • Holidays layoffs (not in quotes) — 2,860 (19.7%)

As has been the case in previous years, the press is far more likely to use “Christmas” in connection with layoffs (4 times as likely in the most recent set — 31.0% vs. 7%), an obviously negative thing, than it is to use “Christmas” in connection with shopping and commerce, a generally positive or neutral thing.

Additional searches will take place in roughly two and four weeks.