October 19, 2017

Medical Update …

Filed under: General — Tom @ 10:16 pm

… Well, the “few days” plan has turned into a “few weeks” and outpatient surgery that I will almost definitely be unable to avoid, and which will take place at a near-future date yet to be determined.

I’m at about 75 percent of decent health at the moment, and gradually gaining ground. Thanks to reduced commitments in other areas of my life, I’m hoping that it will look like I’m at 100 percent from a blogging standpoint until the surgery takes place.

I appreciate all the encouragement and prayers being directed my way.

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AP Treats Clinton-Uranium Scandal As Merely a ‘Reprise’ of Old 2010 Allegations

Thursday afternoon, Media Research Center President Brent Bozell sharply criticized the establishment press for ignoring damning new information about how Russia, according to a blockbuster report at The Hill, gained “control of more than 20 percent of America’s uranium supply.”  2-1/2 days later, the Associated Press has finally reacted — by treating the report as a mere “reprise” of old news.

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LA Times Keeps Bill Clinton Out of Two Items on History of Sex Offenses

As fake news promoted by the establishment press has multiplied in the two years since Donald Trump declared his presidential candidacy, it’s easy to forget that an equal if not greater media offense concerns genuine news and previous historical events that these outlets refuse to report or recognize. In two prime examples during the past several days, the Los Angeles Times deliberately omitted former President Bill Clinton’s sexual offenses in articles relating to the explosive revelations of Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein’s history of alleged serial harassment and assaults.

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Positivity: St. John Paul II’s legacy lives on through new study abroad program

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 11:55 am

From Krakow, Poland:

Oct 19, 2017 / 09:00 am

Near the heart of Krakow, Poland, you can find a two-level basilica which houses all things related to the beloved St. John Paul II.

Called the “Be Not Afraid – John Paul II Center,” it hosts a relic of his blood, the cassock he wore when he was shot in St. Peter’s Square, a museum, and a research center.

Now, the center will also be the home to a new study abroad program called the JP2 Project.

The JP2 Project is a multi-faceted program that offers students and families ages 16-35 a unique educational experience in Poland. Rooted in the country’s rich culture, the program’s main pillars focus on academics, local culture, service to the church, community life, spirituality, and active life.

“John Paul II challenged young people to greatness: he gave them the truth, he believed in their capacity to give of themselves, to become great saints… In the JP2 Project, we do too,” stated Corinne MacDonald, founder and co-president of the endeavor, which was officially established this year.

“The project is named after JPII because we honestly felt that he was asking us to start it, and because he is the perfect model for youth today,” MacDonald told CNA in a recent interview.

Rewind a few years to when MacDonald was the head of a different study abroad program in Rome, Italy. During this time, she brought students on pilgrimages to Poland and began to notice something amazing.

“In the nine times that I brought American students on pilgrimage to Poland, every one of them was blown away by Poland’s dramatic history, the rich culture and people who have cultivated it, the ascetic beauty, and the inspiring legacies of modern saints such as St. Maximillian Kolbe, Bl. Jerzy Popieluszko, St. Faustina, and St. John Paul II,” MacDonald said.

“We want to replicate that experience for as many students as possible” in the JP2 Program, she continued. …

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Thursday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (101917)

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October 18, 2017

Positivity: Photo of roofers standing for the national anthem goes viral

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 8:48 am

NFL, take note:

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Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (101817)

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NY Times High Priest Dean Baquet Attacks O’Keefe For ‘Mortal Sin’ Against Journalism

Filed under: MSM Biz/Other Bias,MSM Biz/Other Ignorance — Tom @ 2:05 am

Last week, the first two videos released by James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas exposed how a now apparently former New York Times employee colluded with the biggest players in social media and online video to favor its content over others. The videos drove a furious Dean Baquet, the paper’s executive editor, to criticize that employee and O’Keefe using, of all things, religious terms — “venial” and “mortal” sins, respectively — rarely used outside of a Catholic Church, school, or home. How ironic, given that the Times routinely ridicules and marginalizes mainstream Judeo-Christian faiths and their followers.

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October 17, 2017

Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (101717)

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October 16, 2017

Positivity: Coal Miner Sings National Anthem Before Going Underground

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 9:40 am

From Mammoth, West Virginia:

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A West Virginia coal miner is going viral for his powerful rendition of the national anthem.

Shane Wriston posted on Facebook a video of his fellow miner Josh Stowers singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” for his coworkers before they headed underground for the day.

“There is no kneeling in this bath house,” Wriston wrote on Facebook. “We have daily safety meeting before every shift before these guys go underground, and we appreciate Josh volunteering to sing after the meeting.”

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Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (101617)

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October 15, 2017

AP and Others in Media Ignore Illegality of Now-Halted Obamacare Subsidy Payments

There’s a lot of competition for this dubious distinction, but the media’s treatment of President Donald Trump’s decision to end certain Obamacare subsidy payments to insurance companies is perhaps the most blatant example of comprehensive bias on a single topic seen during the past week. Apparently, the press realizes that acknowledging how Trump’s justification for ending the subsidies is so airtight on a legal and constitutional basis would force them to admit that the Obama administration’s payment of those subsidies for several years was illegal — and we can’t have that. The worst offender in this regard was the Associated Press.

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Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (101517)

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Positivity: Pope John XXIII a testimony to ‘the strength of goodness’

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Vatican City:

Oct 11, 2017 / 03:18 am

The life of Pope John XXIII shows the saint’s deep spiritual nature, as well as his great kindness towards others, said a cardinal who knew him well.

“If in John Paul II the key word is courage of the faith, in John XXIII the key word is the strength of goodness,” Cardinal Comastri told CNA.

Cardinal Comastri is the President of the Fabric of Saint Peter, Archpriest of St. Peter’s Basilica, and Vicar General for the Vatican City State. He worked alongside both Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II for many years as a member of the Roman Curia.

Recounting the day when John XXIII was elected Pope, the cardinal recalled that when the new pontiff appeared on the main balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica to greet the crowds, he could hear their voices but could not see them due to the brightness of the lights.

The cardinal said that “He gave a blessing but when he returned to the doorway he said: ‘I heard the voices but I couldn’t see anyone.’”

“It was a lesson for me, if I want to see the faces of my brothers, I have to turn off the lights of my pride.”

“Right away it was a wise reading of the fact of how John XXIII was,” Cardinal Comastri noted, emphasizing that the new Supreme Pontiff “immediately… communicated with acts of kindness.”

Giving an example to illustrate this point, the cardinal brought to mind a conversation that John XXIII had with his secretary, Msgr. Loris Capovilla, a few days before his first Christmas as Pope in 1958.

During the conversation, the cardinal continued, the Pope told Msgr. Capovilla “Listen, Fr. Loris, my mother taught me that for the holidays we must not only go to Mass, but we must also do works of mercy.”

When the secretary asked what he wanted to do, John XXIII replied that “The day of Christmas I will go to the children in Bambino Gesu hospital. And December 26, I’m going to visit the prisoners of the Regina Coeli prison.”

Noting that it was the first time a Pope had traveled to the hospital, Cardinal Comastri explained that there was “great excitement” and that when he arrived, “the children all jumped from their beds to go and meet the Pope and the Pope greeted them all good-naturedly as Jesus with the children.”

However, seeing that there was one child who remained in his bed, the cardinal revealed that the Pope “was the one to approach the child,” who, when he sensed someone close, stretched out and touched the pontiff, asking, “Are you the Pope?”

When John XXIII replied with a “yes,” Cardinal Comastri recalled that the child told him “I am happy but I can’t see you because I am blind,” to which the Pope responded by “lowering his eyes” and calling the child by his name, saying “Carmine, we are all a little blind; we pray to the Lord to give us the sight of the heart to recognize ourselves as brothers.” …

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October 14, 2017

Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (101417)

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