March 18, 2018

Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (031818)

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Positivity: Indiana boy salutes fallen deputy’s memorial in touching photo after raising nearly $7G for family

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Kokomo, Indiana (HT Weasel Zippers):

March 13, 2018

An Indiana boy who raised nearly $7,000 for fallen Deputy Jacob Pickett’s family was captured in a touching photo saluting the officer’s memorial on Sunday.

Malachi Fronczak, 6, of Kokomo, spent Friday and Saturday selling hot cocoa and lemonade to help the family of Pickett, who was shot and killed in early March while attempting to apprehend a suspect. Pickett was the first officer killed in the line of duty from the Boone County Sheriff’s Office since 1935.

Malachi raised nearly $7,000 — $5,200 on Friday and $1,750 on Saturday — after selling the beverages for four hours, FOX59 Indianapolis reported.

“It’s wonderful. Anytime your kids have a big heart, want to serve others, I think it’s important as a parent to support that. It’s great to see him out wanting to do that,” Jason Fronczak, Malachi’s father, told FOX59.

Malachi and his family went to Boone County to visit a memorial set up for Pickett. At one point, Malachi was pictured saluting Pickett’s memorial. The photos were posted on the child’s Facebook page. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

March 17, 2018

AP, NBC Won’t Admit That Fired McCabe Was Found to Have Lied

In the wake of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Friday firing of Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, two Associated Press dispatches and an NBC news story wouldn’t directly admit that his dismissal was largely based on a finding that he lied to internal investigators. A pre-firing Wall Street Journal editorial had no problem using the word.



Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (031718)

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Positivity: The Story of St. Patrick

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

This post is a BizzyBlog tradition.


The saint who is supposed to be the reason for all the merrymaking today was the man who converted an entire island country to Catholicism:

St. Patrick of Ireland is one of the world’s most popular saints.

Apostle of Ireland, born at Kilpatrick, near Dumbarton, in Scotland, in the year 387; died at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland, 17 March, 461.

Along with St. Nicholas and St. Valentine, the secular world shares our love of these saints. This is also a day when everyone’s Irish.

There are many legends and stories of St. Patrick, but this is his story.

Patrick was born around 385 in Scotland, probably Kilpatrick. His parents were Calpurnius and Conchessa, who were Romans living in Britian in charge of the colonies.

As a boy of fourteen or so, he was captured during a raiding party and taken to Ireland as a slave to herd and tend sheep. Ireland at this time was a land of Druids and pagans. He learned the language and practices of the people who held him.

During his captivity, he turned to God in prayer. He wrote

“The love of God and his fear grew in me more and more, as did the faith, and my soul was rosed, so that, in a single day, I have said as many as a hundred prayers and in the night, nearly the same.” “I prayed in the woods and on the mountain, even before dawn. I felt no hurt from the snow or ice or rain.”

Patrick’s captivity lasted until he was twenty, when he escaped after having a dream from God in which he was told to leave Ireland by going to the coast. There he found some sailors who took him back to Britian, where he reunited with his family.

He had another dream in which the people of Ireland were calling out to him “We beg you, holy youth, to come and walk among us once more.”

He began his studies for the priesthood. He was ordained by St. Germanus, the Bishop of Auxerre, whom he had studied under for years.

Later, Patrick was ordained a bishop, and was sent to take the Gospel to Ireland. He arrived in IrelandMarch 25, 433, at Slane. One legend says that he met a chieftain of one of the tribes, who tried to kill Patrick. Patrick converted Dichu (the chieftain) after he was unable to move his arm until he became friendly to Patrick.

Patrick began preaching the Gospel throughout Ireland, converting many. He and his disciples preached and converted thousands and began building churches all over the country. Kings, their families, and entire kingdoms converted to Christianity when hearing Patrick’s message.

Patrick by now had many disciples, among them Beningnus, Auxilius, Iserninus, and Fiaac, (all later canonized as well).

Patrick preached and converted all of Ireland for 40 years. He worked many miracles and wrote of his love for God in Confessions. After years of living in poverty, traveling and enduring much suffering he died March 17, 461.

He died at Saul, where he had built the first church.

Why a shamrock?

Patrick used the shamrock to explain the Trinity, and has been associated with him and the Irish since that time.

In His Footsteps:

Patrick was a humble, pious, gentle man, whose love and total devotion to and trust in God should be a shining example to each of us. He feared nothing, not even death, so complete was his trust in God, and of the importance of his mission.

March 16, 2018

Murder of Four in South Carolina Virtually Ignored; Is It Because Killer Didn’t Use a Gun?

On March 10, “authorities say,” a 22 year-old man in South Carolina killed “his grandparents, an aunt and a cousin.” It appears that only the Associated Press has given attention to this story. By contrast, recent “mass killings” involving fewer victims received widespread national coverage. Why is that? The answer appears to be that the South Carolina attacker didn’t use a gun.



February 2018 Federal Reserve Industrial Production: Up 1.1 Pct.; Mfg. and Construction Both Strong

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 3:16 pm

Industrial production results during the past three months have been weak. Fortunately, according to the Federal Reserve, that changed in a pretty big way in February:


The net increase, after including prior-month revisions, was 1.0 percent, which basically puts year-over-year over IP back on track. Manufacturing, at 2.5 percent during the past 12 months thanks largely to February’s turnaround, has not been as strong as one would like to see, but it’s a big improvement over the zero and near-zero figures seen during the final year or so of the Obama administration.

Those weak performances were also present overall. For example (seen here), the overall IP index was 103.5 in both January 2016 and 2017, signifying no increase.

It seems safe to say that blue-collar industries are finally off the mat after years in the doldrums. It seems very fortunate that the tax cuts passed in December, because it’s reasonable to think, based on the flat November, December, and January, that the IP might have been running out of steam. Their passage will probably push future IP improvements for some time.


ProPublica Retracts Key Claims in 2017 Gina Haspel ‘Torture’ Story

A February 2017 ProPublica story claimed that Gina Haspel, nominated as CIA director this week, “was more deeply involved in the torture of Abu Zubaydah” at a secret Thailand prison “than has been publicly understood.” Thursday evening, the group published a correction admitting that Haspel wasn’t even present when one of the program’s primary targets was, according to the New York Times, waterboarded 83 times.



Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (031618)

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Positivity: Trump Administration Tells UN Abortion is Not a ‘Human Right’

Filed under: Life-Based News,Lucid Links,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Washington:

MAR 8, 2018, 4:08PM

(originally at A coalition of 197 groups from around the world have sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson thanking him for expected changes in the annual State Department report on human rights.

The letter thanks Tillerson “… for supporting a proper understanding of international human rights in the forthcoming State Department’s annual Human Rights Report. By rejecting attempts to include abortion and other contentious issues, which are not universally agreed-upon human rights, you are returning the United States to its leadership role in promoting the right to life and protecting the family.”

The letter “… welcomed news from spokeswoman Heather Nauert that the State Department will no longer attempt to dilute the seriousness of human rights and ‘will sharpen the focus of the report on abuses of internationally recognized human rights and the most egregious issues.’”

In recent years, under the Obama administration, the report became a grab-bag of issues that are not considered human rights but are considered important issues to the political left, most especially abortion, (and) also LGBT issues.

The report is intended to shine a light on human rights abuses and concerns around the world. Traditionally understood, human rights are those found in agreed-upon human rights documents, like the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; rights to vote, assemble, freedom of religion, political self-determination, and others.

Since the political left decamped to the United Nations several decades ago, attempts have been made to reinterpret human rights documents. These efforts, to make abortion a human right and to include special protections based on sexual practices, have consistently failed at the UN. But this has not stopped leftwing governments from attempting to export them through reports like the one expected any day from the U.S. State Department. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

March 15, 2018

Press Has Consistently and Falsely Labeled PA-18′s Conor Lamb ‘Pro-Life’

Democrat Conor Lamb was declared the narrow special congressional election winner Tuesday in PA-18, where voters are predominantly pro-life. Lamb, with media help, came across as “pro-life.” He’s not — and his successful deception may portend an effort by abortion proponents and their lockstep establishment press supporters to spread disinformation about Democratic candidates’ true abortion positions nationwide.



Cuomo: Hannity, Maddow Engage in ‘Partisan Fights’ (As If He Doesn’t)

In a move filed under “Screw up, move up,” CNN’s Chris Cuomo will soon leave New Day for the network’s 9 p.m. time slot. His new Cuomo Prime Time will compete with Fox News’s Sean Hannity and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow. In a Wednesday Variety piece, Cuomo said of his new competitors: “I don’t know where their partisan fights are getting us” — as if the CNN host himself isn’t partisan.



Thursday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (031518)

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Positivity: The NRA Doesn’t Kill People, It Saves Lives. Just Ask My Family

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

At on March 1:

Far from being monsters, or the new KKK, the National Rifle Association empowered my family to reclaim its sense of security.

While the legacy media might have you believe otherwise, the National Rifle Association is not the bogeyman it has been made out to be. In fact, anyone who wants to do just a small amount of research should talk to NRA members, law enforcement officials, or people who actually work with firearms. They will tell you a fundamental truth: The NRA has been a clear force for good in many people’s lives.

Criminals who use firearms to carry out heinous acts of violence are the real enemy, not those who stand up for our constitutional right to bear arms, promote common-sense gun safety measures, and work daily with police, hunters and sportsmen. Period.

I can personally attest to the positive impact the NRA has on countless individuals, as it was NRA members and NRA instructors who helped my own family in a time of crisis.

The Day He Was Robbed at Gunpoint

In the early 1990s, a member of my family was robbed at knife and gunpoint while trying to earn a living at his small business. The experience changed my family’s perception of our own safety and security forever. After several days of reflection, this family member made a heartfelt decision: he needed to protect his life, property, and our family by purchasing a firearm.

Such a choice did not come easy, but was guided by a fundamental truth. As someone who had never before considered purchasing a gun, he knew the police would never come to his aid fast enough if an armed assailant tried to rob him again—possibly costing him his own life. He made what he felt was the best decision for his family and his own safety, just like many other hard-working, honest Americans across our country do every single day.

Over the next few months he lived in libraries, talked with experts, and inquired with police and law enforcement to decide what type of firearm and safety courses he would need to arm himself and protect his business and our family in the safest possible manner.

This is where the NRA came in. When he did make a firearms purchase, it was NRA-trained and -certified instructors who spent hours of their own time to teach him how to safely operate his preferred method of self-defense. They did not talk politics or try to indoctrinate him in any way, but did what they could to teach him how to safely and effectively defend himself if the moment ever came.

The NRA Helped Us Feel Safe Again

Far from being monsters, or the new KKK, as some have tried to label NRA members, they empowered my family to reclaim its sense of security. NRA members and instructors made sure my family was also trained on firearm safety, a story I have heard repeated countless times.

I asked for and was taught the basics of firearm safety at an early age. My family felt it was important that I understand how these instruments of self-defense worked, that they were not toys, and that they were a part of our lives to protect us. They were necessary for self-protection, and we felt blessed to have such a right.

Now, to be blunt, being a teenager and never having seen a gun, I was unsure of what to think at my first training. But it was NRA-trained and -certified instructors and members who showed me that a gun is not something to be feared or scared of for self-defense, but something to be respected and understood. …

Go here for the rest of Harry Kazianis’s column.

March 14, 2018

WashPost’s Werner Calls Pompeo ‘A Benghazi Bomb-Thrower’

When establishment press reporters who are supposed to be objective drop their masks, de facto Democratic Party operatives or even hardened leftists almost invariably appear. Tuesday, in the wake of Rex Tillerson’s announced departure from the State Department, Erica Werner at the Washington Post dropped her guard, tweeting the following about the Trump administration’s related personnel moves: “A Benghazi bomb-thrower will be SecState and a torture overseer will be CIA director — IF CONFIRMED BY THE SENATE.” Who needs DNC fundraising letters with tweets like this?