May 20, 2015

Positivity: EWTN named religious television station of the year

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

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

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:01 am

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?”



World and U.S. Press Completely Botch Pope’s ‘Angel of Peace’ Statement to Abbas

The competition is fierce, but perhaps the most consistent area of outright and arguably deliberate U.S. and worldwide press distortion is found in their coverage of the Catholic Church and its pontiff.

Last week, the major international wires and several U.S. outlets once again demonstrated that readers, listeners and viewers can never trust that they will get an accurate story relating to these matters without also consulting other publications and online outlets. Numerous stories claimed that Pope Francis called Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas (aka Abu Mazen) an “angel of peace.” As Stephen Kruiser at PJ Media and Ellen Carmichael at National Review have noted, he did no such thing.



Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (051815)

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Positivity: 50 Years Later, Jim Ryun Is Still the Youngest Sub-4:00 Miler

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From the May 15 Wall Street Journal (bold is mine):

The Four-Minute High-School Mile, 50 Years Later
A half-century after a Kansas high schooler ran the mile in under 4:00, precious few runners have caught up

… It was 50 years ago Friday that Ryun broke the tape in 3:58.3 at a Kansas high-school track meet in Wichita, his hometown. Yet it does Ryun little justice to note that only five other high-school runners have reached that goal in a half-century. Of those five, four did so at non-high-school events, meaning they benefited from older and often-faster competition. In breaking four minutes last Friday night, for instance, Maton finished third behind two University of Oregon runners. The fifth student to break four, Lukas Verzbicas, ran 3:59.71 at the 2011 Adidas Dream Mile, an annual competition between the nation’s fastest high-school milers.

By contrast, Ryun’s run came against narrower and slower competition: his fellow Kansas high-school runners. Even so, his time that day was faster than that of any other high school miler for 36 years until Virginia’s Alan Webb ran the mile in 3:53.43 at the Prefontaine Classic in 2001, finishing fifth behind some world-class stars. In a non-high-school meet in June of 1965, Ryun ran his fastest high school mile at 3:55.3.

“When someone is setting the pace, it just makes it easier,” said Robert Johnson, a founding editor of the website, noting that pursuing faster runners provides not only a psychological push but potential wind protection.

Let me be clear that this argument doesn’t come from Ryun, a 68-year-old former U.S. Congressman now living in Lawrence, Kan. In our conversation this week, Ryun insisted he received a big push 50 years ago at that meet from a Wichita East teammate, Mike Petterson, who managed for half the race to keep pace with Ryun. “Thank you, Mike Petterson,” said Ryun.

Ryun’s 50-year-old finish still stands as the fastest time in a race between high-school milers. Yet there’s another measure by which he stands above the other high schoolers who have broken 4:00. A year before that state meet, Ryun became the first high-school student to break four minutes, finishing eighth behind some international stars with a time of 3:59 at the Compton (Calif.) Relays, a non-high-school event.

At that time, Ryun was 17 years old and 38 days, according to LetsRun—making him by far the youngest high-school runner ever to break four minutes.

Go here for the full story (requires registration).

May 17, 2015

PolitiFact’s ‘Half True’ Evaluation of Fiorina Layoffs Claim Is Utterly False and Dishonest

On May 5, PolitiFact’s Louis Jacobson kept with the alleged “fact-checking” web site’s actual role as pack of leftist hacks by issuing a fundamentally dishonest “Half True” ruling on a statement made by’s cybersquatter. I raise the matter now because the web site’s critics, while raising most of the relevant points, haven’t gone far enough in tearing apart Jacobson’s work.

As his headline states, the cyberquatter “accuses Carly Fiorina of wishing she’d laid off 30,000 employees more quickly” during the Republican presidential candidate’s tenure as Hewlett-Packard’s CEO which ended a decade ago. The squatter is lying. She didn’t make that statement in connection with H-P’s layoffs. That should have been the end of it, but Jacobson still pretended that the lie is “Half True” in his evaluation.



Q. What Has Japan’s 20 Years of Keynesianism Brought It?

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:22 pm

A. Misery (“This Is What Keynesian ‘Success’ Looks Like: Soaring Part-Time Jobs, Record Low Real Wages”):


We’re only at the end of Year 7 of the Keynesianism-driven POR (Pelosi-Obama-Reid) Economy.

We can’t say we haven’t been warned — and the above is probably a best-case scenario.


Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (051715)

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Positivity: Pope Francis — Spare no effort in defending life, family

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Vatican City:

May 12, 2015 / 03:26 am

In his meeting on Saturday with the bishops from Mozambique, a southeast African nation, Pope Francis urged support for public policies that promote the family and protect human life.

“Spare no efforts in supporting the family and in the defense of life from conception to natural death,” he said May 9 in the Vatican. “In this sense, remember the options appropriate to one of Christ’s disciples and the beauty of being a mother, accompanied by the support of the family and the local community.”

“The family must always be defended as the main source of fraternity, respect for others and the primary path of peace.”

The Mozambican bishops – whose country borders Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, South Africa, and the Indian Ocean – were in Rome for their five-yearly ad limina visit, a meeting with the Pope.

The Bishop of Rome cautioned his brother bishops against a worldly sense of success, saying, “the fecundity of our mission … is not measured by the number of collaborators, nor by the prestige of the institution, nor even by the quantity of available resources.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.