August 16, 2017

Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (081617)

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Positivity: Gwinnett County officer buys kids back-to-school haircuts

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Gwinnett County, Georgia:

POSTED: AUG 08 2017 09:57AM EDT
UPDATED: AUG 09 2017 10:46AM EDT

A Gwinnett County police officer went above and beyond the call of duty to help out children before they headed back to school.

Officer Johnny Pollack with the Gwinnett County Police Department saved money for months and worked part-time jobs to raise enough money to hold a haircut drive for local students.

Pollack teamed up with Legacy Cuts in Snellville and rented out the barber shop to give students free haircuts over the weekend.

The officer also gave away over 300 backpacks filled with school supplies.

“It’s more than about being an officer, it is about being a person, a person in a position to give back,” Pollack told FOX 5. “Just to have those resources available can help start them, or point them in a better direction.” …

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August 15, 2017

Latest NY Times ‘Red Century’ Entry: Women Under Communism ‘Had Better Sex’

Since early April, the New York Times has presented a weekly “Red Century” series of op-eds dedicated to “Exploring the history and legacy of Communism, 100 years after the Russian Revolution” in 1917. The competition for the worst “communism wasn’t all that bad” entry was pretty close until Saturday (seen in Sunday’s print edition), when Kristen R. Ghodsee, a University of Pennsylvania professor of Russian and East European studies, told readers that “Women Had Better Sex Under Socialism,” and deigned to tell us why.

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Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (081517)

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Positivity: What it’s like to be a missionary in North Korea

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Washington:

Aug 9, 2017 / 06:17 am

What can a missionary in North Korea do to preach the Gospel in a Communist dictatorship? Simply care for the sick patients he is there to help, says one priest in that situation.

“We are the message of the Gospel, and we try to imitate it,” Fr. Gerard Hammond, M.M. of the Maryknoll Missionaries told CNA of his work in North Korea ministering to multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis patients.

“How did people recognize the first Christians?” he asked. “Well they recognized them because they saw their love and concern for themselves and the small, tiny community.”

“If you can just show a little love and concern, say, for the multi-drug-resistant TB patients in North Korea, you are fulfilling what the early Christians did.”

Fr. Hammond was honored by the Knights of Columbus with the Gaudium et Spes Award last week for his missionary work in North Korea treating those suffering from multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis.

The Knights of Columbus is an international Catholic men’s organization with over 1.9 million members worldwide. The Gaudium et Spes Award, named after one of the four constitutions of the Second Vatican Council “on the church in the modern world,” is the highest honor given by the Knights and is “awarded only in special circumstances and only to individuals of exceptional merit.” …

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August 14, 2017

Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (081417)

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Positivity: LA archdiocese hosts youth conference to inspire sanctity

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Los Angeles:

Aug 9, 2017 / 12:03 am

More than 1,600 youth gathered at the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles this weekend for the third annual City of Saints conference, where local teenagers participated in workshops, the sacraments, and fellowship.

“City of Saints is a festival of hope,” stated Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles.

“The faith of these young people – their love for Jesus, their desire to live their faith and share their faith – is a beautiful witness. And it is contagious,” he continued.

The Aug.4-6 event was hosted by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and included workshops, praise and worship, and the opportunity to participate in Mass and confession. The youth were also encouraged to engage in the Liturgy of the Hours, Eucharistic procession, and facilitated group time.

Teenagers from 80 different parishes throughout the Los Angeles archdiocese participated in the City of Saints.

Speakers at the event included Life Teen’s David Calavitta and Steve Allgeyer, as well as mental health counselor Roy Petitfils, youth minister Chika Anyanwu, and Sister Miriam James Heidland of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity.

Archbishop Gomez celebrated the opening Mass at the De Neve Auditorium, where he told the youth during his homily that God has a specific plan for each individual person.

“The purpose of our lives is to be transformed and transfigured. To become more like Jesus every day of our lives,” the archbishop said, and encouraged the youth gathered to “let Jesus be your teacher – your life coach.” …

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August 13, 2017

NY Times Editorial Page Editor Testifying in Palin Libel Case Was The Atlantic’s Managing Editor During Giffords Saga

Filed under: MSM Biz/Other Bias,MSM Biz/Other Ignorance — Tom @ 9:59 am

On Thursday, a federal court judge in New York made what Eriq Gardner at the Hollywood Reporter called an “unusual move” in Sarah Palin’s libel lawsuit against the New York Times. It is indeed extraordinarily unusual, and would appear not to bode well for the Times — which likely explains why the paper’s colleagues in the establishment press are, for the most part, either not reporting it at all or inadequately reporting it.

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Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (081317)

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Positivity: Why YouTube needs Catholics

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From Denver:

Aug 10, 2017 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic YouTube junkies of the world, unite – you are needed for the New Evangelization.

That was essentially the message of the recent Catholic YouTubers Hangout, the first-of-its-kind online meeting of dozens of Catholics from around the world who met last month about bringing the Gospel to their YouTube channels.

About 50 channels logged on to take part, hailing mostly from the United States, but also with channels joining from places like Italy, Brazil and Spain.

The hangout started as the brainchild of Daniel Glaze, who is one-half of the channel “That Catholic Couple” – the other half is Daniel’s wife, Ana. On their channel, they show their followers (dubbed “The Donut Squad,” a play on Glaze) all about their life as a young Catholic couple and first-time parents.

Daniel said the idea for the hangout came when he was watching a Catholic YouTube video one day and wondered whether Catholics on YouTube knew each other or ever collaborated together.

Steve the Missionary (aka Steven Lewis) of the “Steve the Missionary” channel, and Maria Mitchell, the producer of the “Ascension Presents” channel, had similar questions. Why weren’t there more Catholics on YouTube, the way there were on other social media platforms like Twitter? Why wasn’t there a Catholic community on the platform?

“(We all) noticed that there really wasn’t a cohesive community of people who create together, react to each other, or collaborate with each other,” Lewis told CNA.

“Daniel was the one who was smart enough to start calling his friends and asking what we wanted to do about it.”

And that’s how the Catholic YouTubers Hangout was born. The free online conference was open to any channel that was in some way, shape or form, Catholic – meaning either the content explicitly talked about Catholicism and the Catholic church, or the creator of a channel is a Catholic who is letting their faith influence their work.

The goals for the hangout were twofold: to create a community of Catholic YouTubers, and to encourage further collaboration within that community. …

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August 12, 2017

Not National News: Philly’s Once Heralded But Now Failing ‘Soda Tax’

The national press could barely hide its glee in June 2016 when Philadelphia passed a “soda tax” of 1.5 cents per ounce levied against non-alcoholic beverages containing “any form of artificial sugar substitute, including stevia, aspartame, sucralose, neotame, acesulfame potassium (Ace-K), saccharin, and advantame.” Now that the predictions of opponents have virtually all come to pass, accompanied by unintended consequences even they didn’t anticipate, the national press is barely interested.

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Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (081217)

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Positivity: Boardman man held break-in suspect at gunpoint until police arrived

Filed under: 2nd Amendment,Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Boardman, Ohio (HT Breitbart):

Published: August 10, 2017, 12:25 pm

The man reported that he spotted two suspects going through his neighbor’s car on Devonshire Drive

Police said a man living in Boardman held a break-in suspect at gunpoint until officers arrived.

The man — a CCW holder — reported that he spotted two suspects going through his neighbor’s car on Devonshire Drive just before 2 a.m. Thursday. He then grabbed his gun and ordered them to get on the ground until officers arrived.

According to a police report, one of the suspects managed to run away when the man yelled for his girlfriend to call the police.

The other suspect — a 17-year-old boy — was arrested when officers arrived. He admitted that he and his friend, who he refused to name, were breaking into cars in the area, according to the report.

The owner of the car said nothing was missing, but the contents of her glove box were scattered across the front passenger seat. …

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August 11, 2017

David Brooks (!) Calls For Google’s CEO to Resign Over Damore Firing

Filed under: Business Moves,Economy — Tom @ 8:41 pm

On Friday, in an op-ed which made the paper’s print edition, David Brooks, the alleged conservative commentator at the New York Times, surprised more than a few people by calling for Google CEO Sundar Pichai to resign over his awful handling of now ex-employee James Damore’s “Echo Chamber” document. Brooks identified the five key players in the drama, and directed sharp criticism at three of them: Google’s diversity officer, the press, and ultimately Pichai.

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WashPost: Anarchists Are About ‘More Than Just Smashing Windows’

The Washington Post published a 2,000-word story Thursday which attempted to portray DC-area anarchists who attempted to disrupt and ruin President Donald Trump’s inauguration in January as being interested in “more than just smashing windows.” The best answer to what “more” is in Perry Stein’s report is that it’s about destroying as much property belonging to others as possible once it’s clear that attempts to stop or seriously disrupt planned events have failed — oh, and getting away with it.

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