We interrupt our coverage of all the political things that would explain my hair loss if I wasn’t already short before then to remind you of one of the fun things in life.

Last year Massachusetts enjoyed Pintastic NE in Sturbridge MA where we covered both those who make the games

and the people who fix them

Well it’s 2016 and I’m pleased to say Pintastic is back.

Do you love pinball? Are you looking for a little relief from the hot summer sun? Look no further than Pintastic New England, which is the first of its kind, centrally located in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. This expo is 30,000 square feet of fun for the whole family. The kids can have never-ending excitement with a caricature artist, face painting, balloon animals, magic, and relieve all of their pent-up energy with a bouncy house. The adults can bring out their inner child with over 200 pinball machines set on free play, all while enjoying an ice-cold beer.

The event is July 7-9, because of work obligations I won’t be getting there till the 8th but they do offer three day passes with perks, the details are at their site here.

There is nothing like Pinball to relieve stress so if election 2016 is making you crazy this is the perfect release for you.

Hope to see you there

♫  And I’m one step ahead of the shoe shine
Two steps away from the county line
Just trying to keep my customers satisfied,
Satisfied.

Keep the Customer Satisfied Simon & Garfunkel 1970

Only today I have found a passage in a Christian writer where he recommends his own version of Christianity on the ground that “only such a faith can outlast the death of old cultures and the birth of new civilisations”. You see the little rift? “Believe this, not because it is true, but for some other reason.” That’s the game.

C.S. Lewis Screwtape 25

There has been a lot written in the past week about EWTN, Mother Angelica and the secret of her success.

I think there is one factor that everyone is overlooking, and the clue to it comes from a post from 2014 about the conversion of congressman Keith Ellison to Islam:

Well part of it is what I didn’t know about Catholicism even though I went to Catholic school but other part of it was the social justice aspect, the ah inclusion,

Ellison converted at 19.  He is three months younger than me so that means he converted in 1982.  and went to catholic school before then, in the years before EWTN, yet years of Catholic school didn’t teach him of his own faith.

This perfectly illustrates what had happened to the American Church post Vatican II.

The church was big about social justice and about inclusion but not about actually teaching the truths of the faith.

Then along comes Mother Angelica and what does she do?

She unapologetically presents the truth of the faith, heaven, hell, purgatory.  

She unapologetically presents the scripture as it is.

She unapologetically quotes the saints of old not caring one whit if their message was not “modern” enough.

She unapologetically pushes the Rosary, Adoration, the Prayer of St. Michael, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and traditional Catholic practices that the American Church had ignored.

She unapologetically proclaims catholic morality and the consequences of avoiding it:

In other words she catechesis 

The church in the US choose to leave those things behind, and Mother Angelica decided to pick up the mantle that they abandoned.

Suddenly a person who is interested in the faith or feels the call of God suddenly had a place to go to find out about the faith away from the spin of the media or the filter of the liberal church.

Suddenly there was a message that valued the church not or what it could be used for but because of the Truth of Christ and the salvation it brings.

Suddenly there was a Poor Clare Nun doing the work of Priests, Bishops and Cardinals to “Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature.”  (Mark 16:15)

And through that work came the vocations that orders who abandoned the habit lacked.  As I once noted:

according to an article not online the youngest woman in the order is 57 years old.  That’s six years older than me.

And along with the lack of young sisters to sustain the order the money dried up as well.

Now I’m certainly not going to question a single one of their vocations, but let’s contrast their situation with the Sister Servants of the Eternal Word in Alabama.  Their median age is not only younger than me, when I visited them I met women young enough to be my children both discerning vocations and active as nuns.

 

Of course Mother, if she was alive, she would explain that it’s all due to the grace of God and this is of course true but the grace of God was there because she was doing his will.

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The media are not our friends, they are partisan players, They are not fair and impartial umpires. The most important protectors of Barack Obama right now, is the mainstream media and no one is more ready for Hillary than the mainstream media.

So the media tries, typically to do two things to republicans; To caricature us as either evil or stupid. So they ask question to us that are often rigged to paint us as either evil or extreme. And on the flip side they give these love fests to Democrats and try to paint them as loving and wonderful and caring about kids and furry kittens and bunny rabbits.

And we’ve got to understand where the media’s coming from and not accept the false premises of their questions and instead, Look the path to winning is not complicated, speak the truth with a smile.

Ted Cruz , Aug 31 2015

One of the things that was very frustrating about the 2008 and 2012 races is the cluelessness of Mitt Romney and John McCain concerning the motives of the MSM.

As long as they were providing talking points against conservative republicans the media treated them with kid gloves.  They were the voices of reason and moderation, but as soon as the nomination was theirs, they were just another racist, sexist, homophobic tool to oppress the masses.

It took them a long time to figure out that the purpose of the MSM is to elect Democrats and that every interview, every question, every moment is about finding that talking point that will help defeat them.

Looking at this Chris Matthews interview with Donald Trump it appears that for all his protestations about the “unfair” media, the Donald™ hasn’t quite grasped that.

Forget that this position is inconsistent with what pro-lifers have said right along Trump let himself be played by Chris Matthews into affirming the predudices and falsehoods that the left have played for years: (via Hotair)

Part of the goal is to remove the ability for pro-choicers to demagogue the issue by scaring vulnerable women. Now, thanks to Trump, that’s back on the table.

There are those who are talking about the Trump flip flop and how he (Trump) is playing conservatives, but I think the real story is the difference between a nominee who is both able to see the MSM for what they are AND counter them.

Someone like Ted Cruz.

Take a look, for example at this interview with Chris Matthews:

Notice how Matthews talks fast, filibusters and quickly pivots in the hope of catching Ted Cruz out, and notice how how no matter how many twists and turns he throws at him, Ted Cruz doesn’t get rattled and doesn’t fall into his trap.

And Cruz hasn’t just done this with Matthews, he’s done it with Jorge Ramos and Katie Couric and continues to frustrate the MSM that has tried to spin him for years.

As we head toward the end of the Primary season voters in the remaining states need to ask themselves this question.

Do you want to spend the rest of the Campaign watching the MSM tear Donald Trump apart as he’s forced to pivot again again and again?

This should not be a hard question to answer.

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A week doesn’t go by without an article on millennials, i.e., a person born in the 1980s or 1990s. A lot of the articles despair, as Matt Vespa does,

My generation is a disaster, politically.

The PuffHo even tars the whole generation with the same brush, Millennials Now Bringing Their Parents Along On Job Interviews because (emphasis added)

. . . 8 percent of recent college grads brought their parents along to an interview, according to an Adecco survey cited by the Wall Street Journal. What’s more, a full 3 percent actually had their parents sit in on their job tryout.

Heavens to Betsy! You mean, ninety-two percent of millennial interviewees went on their own?

About 13 percent of recent college graduates said they got a job through a parental connection, according to the Adecco survey.

And eighty-seven percent didn’t have parental help getting hired? What are things coming to? People of my generation wrote whole books in praise of nepotism!

Full disclosure: I am the mother of a millennial.  So let me be blunt: If your child cannot go to a job interview without having you in attendance, you have, at least in that aspect, failed as a parent. Yes, the article mentions that

employers are catering to that tendency by hosting “Take Your Parents To Work” days and inviting them to open houses,

but your child will do very well to go out and get interviewed without bringing you to chaperone. Think of it this way: Old enough for a job, old enough to interview by her/himself.

The subject of millennials sells because of many reasons, but it’s starting to wear thin.

As a mother of a millennial, my experience has been that,

a. Millennials enjoy being lumped into that demographic about as much as I do when lumped into the “boomer” category, that is, not at all.

b. They complete college in four years, hold jobs during high school and college, take part in community activities and sports to greater or lesser extent, and don’t go around bragging about it.

c. The millennials I’ve been in close contact are clean, polite, professional, and dedicated to their work. They don’t live in mom’s basement. They pay their bills on time. They eat salad and veggies out of their own volition like the grown-ups they are. They are earning your respect.

d. Many have already started their own families.

e. Not one of them would even think of having mom and dad tag along to interviews.

As for their politics, even Matt Vespa acknowledges that Millennials bolt from socialism once they become employed and start making money. Or, as the saying goes, they get mugged by reality, just like everybody else (except for Bernie Sanders, who, at age 74, is too old to be a millennial, or even a boomer).

So, gentle reader, keep in mind these are young adults you are talking about, not the spoiled brats the media insults for the sake of readership.

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S, and Latin American politics, news, and culture at Fausta’s Blog.

In the wake of a week of Terrorist attacks in Europe and Asia the administration has decided it’s time to get Americans the hell out of Turkey:

The State Department and Pentagon ordered the families of U.S. diplomats and military personnel Tuesday to leave posts in southern Turkey due to security fears.

The two agencies said dependents of American staffers at the U.S. consulate in Adana, the Incirlik air base and two other locations must leave. The so-called “ordered departure” notice means the relocation costs will be covered by the government.

CNN (via this Jake Tapper Tweet)

has more

“The decision to move our families and civilians was made in consultation with the Government of Turkey, our State Department, and our Secretary of Defense,” Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, commander of U.S. European Command, said in the statement.
A U.S. defense official told CNN that the base had been placed under Force Protection Condition Delta for weeks, the highest level of force protection for U.S. military bases. Delta level means that either a terrorist attack has just taken place in the immediate vicinity or “intelligence has been received that terrorist action against a specific location or person is imminent,” according to military guidelines.

Note the key word here “ordered”. Not suggested, not advised ORDERED. It’s reached a point where it is so dangerous in Turkey, a NATO ally, that the families of US personal and their dependents MUST flee for their own safety.

Now in a normal time this would be a huge story. It would be leading the news on every network and people and the MSM, much to their disgust, would be forced to bring in “experts” to explain that his forced evacuation of Americans have nothing to do with the failed anti-terrorism policies of the Obama administration’s foreign policy has led to this.

But fortunately for the MSM Corey Lewandowski committed the 2nd unenforced error for the Trump campaign (the 1st being the “Klan” interview with Jake Tapper) when he encountered Michelle Fields and didn’t take Glenn Reynolds advice about an apology & a drink to end the matter:

Donald Trump’s campaign manager was charged Tuesday in Florida with simple battery for allegedly roughing up a reporter.

Jupiter police said Corey Lewandowski, 41, was charged with the misdemeanor for grabbing and bruising the arm of Michelle Fields, 28, an ex-reporter for the conservative Breitbart News outlet, at a campaign event at Trump National Golf Course on March 8.

A “misdemeanor for grabbing and bruising the arm”. Now even in an election year by any rational standard this would never “trump” the forced evacuation of US personal from the territory of a NATO ally due to the threat of terrorism.

But then again I’m not the media looking for an excuse to change the subject from the utter and absolute failure of the Obama foreign policy (which was led by a woman named Clinton for the first 4 years) and change it to the Trump campaign which not only carries a lot of eyeballs but does so with a story that plays right into the “Trump vs Women” meme that they love.

Now this is an election year and manhandling a female reporter, even if one argues that it was accidental is newsworthy, particularly if it’s done by the campaign manager of the front runner for the GOP nomination.

But if you think for one minute that this is a more important story than US personal being pulled from Turkey, you’re smoking something.

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Pedestrian-Crossingby baldilocks

Today I walked to the library to print out the postage that Amazon sent me so that I could return a non-operational shredder that stopped working after a few months (yes, I oiled it). Then I walked over to a UPS store to send the package. It was a nice little trek.

I’ve been without a car since the summer of 2014. LA is not like eastern cities. If you don’t have a car, you’re almost nothing and many drivers treat you like it, especially if you’re pulling indicators of your car-less status, like a rolling backpack or a personal shopping cart. I use both regularly, after having injured the entire right side of my body while carrying a heavy load on my shoulder. Ah, old age.

When I get rich, I’m going to set up a camera on some busy corner to document and snitch on all the drivers who barely miss—or hit—pedestrians as the latter are crossing the street with the right-of-way. Usually, this happens when the driver is making a right turn. But I’ve had more than one driver make a left turn right in front of me.

There are nice drivers, however; those who stop when I’m trying to cross an intersection where there is no signal and even those who mess up because they didn’t see me and apologize when they realize that they’ve erred. And it could be worse; I’ve seen what Nairobi pedestrians have to deal with.

Outside of dodging drivers, there’s an interesting side to long walks in big cities: the small businesses to which one is necessarily oblivious when driving down the street. Capitalism is still breathing, even in California. Call it an upside.

Being stripped of many of my material possessions has opened my eyes to many things—my own obliviousness, for one.

Plans: more walking. My legs hurt, probably from yesterday’s walk. I’ve been sitting around too much.

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Just under a year ago at the start of the campaign season Scott Was considered a key guy. At the initial FITN event I found it impossible to get anywhere near him for an interview or a question (Incidentally at the same event two months before he announced one could approach Donald Trump without much of a media swarm at all).

At the time Scott Walker was the one of the Golden boys of the campaign and even at other events either I was unable to get close enough for questions or he and his team declined to speak with me.

As we near the anniversary of that event Wisconsin is about to vote and Scott Walker is long gone having dropped out months before the first votes were cast demonstrating that he could read the signs of the time far better than Jeb Bush or Chris Christie but six months after leaving the race Walker has made news.

“I just fundamentally believe that he is a constitutional conservative,” Walker said of Cruz in an interview with conservative radio host Charlie Sykes, who also supports the Texas senator, on Wisconsin’s WTMJ.

Walker brings Cruz popularity with many in the Republican base after his high-profile battles with unions and an unsuccessful recall attempt, though the governor has just a 39 percent job approval at home, according to a February Marquette Law School poll.

Scott Walker was in my top 3 for the entire time he was in the race.  He like Cruz fights without apology which is why I liked him and his record of defeating the democrats in his state despite the best efforts of the left is strong but the real question is, in a year when endorsements have had little or no effect will the Walker endorsement be enough to get Cruz over the line in the state?

I hope so.

1st Romana: All he’s doing is using you.
Madame Lamia: I know. But that is better than nothing.

Doctor Who  The Androids of Tara 1978

We keep hearing about the fear of a backlash against Muslims over the Brussels attacks against Muslims and we’ve finally got an actual murder of a Muslim in the west to talk about.

Scottish police say the killing of a Muslim shopkeeper who wished Christians a happy Easter is being investigated as “religiously prejudiced.”

Vigils were held Friday and Saturday in memory of 40-year-old Asad Shah, who was killed Thursday night in Glasgow.

The AP jumped on this story and I’m sure many on the left were poised to jump all over the murder as an example of the western backlash, alas for them it was not to be:

Murder of a man of peace: Muslim shopkeeper who wished his ‘beloved Christian nation’ a Happy Easter is stabbed 30 times by a FELLOW MUSLIM who sat laughing on his dying victim’s chest

You see the victim was a member of the Ahmadiyya set, which I’ve written about many times. It is the image of peaceful Islam whose founder argued that as Muslims can safely practice their faith anywhere the only jihad to wage is “jihad of the tongue” to persuade others of the truth of Islam.

And the murdered man lived just like that

Deeply religious, Mr Shah worked to foster cross-community relations in Glasgow and had been planning to host an online debate last night with Christian friends about the importance of Easter. Friends said he observed both Christian and Muslim holidays, and never failed to send out Easter and Christmas cards. And he used his social media accounts to promote harmony on religious holidays.

But alas Islam considers the Ahmadiyya heretics, they are not permitted in Mecca as they are considered unbelievers and have been the targets of terror outside of the west for years.

But here in the west they are constantly held up as the example of “peaceful” Islam by the media and by other Muslims while never discussing that this sect that makes up 1% of Islam is completely rejected by the rest.

Newsbustes notes that the AP and the left in general are a lot less interested in the story now that it’s a story of violence by Muslims as opposed to violence against Muslims:

If the original news of Asad Shah’s death merited coverage, significant subsequent developments also deserve AP’s attention.

Will they get any? Don’t count on it. The evidence in this case thus far clearly supports the idea that genuinely moderate Muslims may in reality be very few in number, and that any public expressions of such moderation can be quite dangerous. We can’t have people learning such disruptive and disturbing truths.

But while the left and the media and the AP and the people of Europe in general are all in denial concerning the dangers of radical Islam but their level of denial is dwarfed by the denial of the Ahmadiyya.

For years they played along with the rest of Islam in the west in the vain hope that as the peaceful face of Islam they would eventually be accepted by the rest of the faith.

This is a pipe dream, a delusion. This murder is Scotland demonstrates this as do these facts:

The UK Daily Record, in a story which appeared after AP’s report, quotes a source who says that “The hardline Sunni Muslims call Ahmadiyya Muslims kafir. They say they are non-believers.”

87 percent to 90 percent of all Muslims, or about 1.5 billion people, are Sunnis. Additionally, “the majority of modern Muslim scholars continue to hold the traditional view that the death penalty for apostasy is required.”

The Daily Record also reported that authorities believe that the killer “travelled from Bradford (i.e., over 200 miles — Ed.) to launch a premeditated attack.” The killer was clearly on a mission to kill someone he believed was either a “non-believer” or “apostate.”

As the Muslim community grows stronger in the west the need to use the Ahmadiyya as a mask to disguise Islam as it is will continue to decrease and unlike the fools of the left these folks are familiar with Islamic culture they know what the Islamic culture actually thinks of them.  They know they are being played as Useful idiots yet continue to do so.

The question is this:  How many more Asad Shahs will have to die before the Ahmadiyya decide admitting the truth and acting on it is better than being used?

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And it’s not due to a lack of traffic, our number in March remain consistent with the blog’s recovery from our previous doldrums as of today we are over 10,000 visits ahead of last March and on a pace to nearly meet March 2014 the final month before our unexpected traffic crash began.

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My son, when you come to serve the LORD, prepare yourself for trials. Be sincere of heart and steadfast, undisturbed in time of adversity. Cling to him, forsake him not; thus will your future be great.

Accept whatever befalls you, in crushing misfortune be patient; For in fire gold is tested, and worthy men in the crucible of humiliation. Trust God and he will help you; make straight your ways and hope in him.

Sirach 2:1-6

If you want to understand nothing about what Mother Angelica accomplished read the NYT Obit of her:

Mother Mary Angelica of the Annunciation, a cloistered Franciscan nun and media entrepreneur who founded the largest Roman Catholic television network in the country, and used it unstintingly to criticize liberalizing trends in the Catholic Church, died on Sunday. She was 92.

or maybe the Washington post which worked off the same copy with a few extras:

In a 1994 article in the National Catholic Reporter, Jesuit priest Raymond Schroth assailed Mother Angelica for what he considered her lack of intellectual sophistication. He cited her broadcast of the traditional Latin Mass, her belief in the literal reality of miracles and her skepticism of the liberalizing reforms of Vatican II in the 1960s.

“Anyone who watches EWTN will have to conclude that Catholicism is a Disneyland of pseudo-miracles, with a piety that exalts Mary over Jesus, more determined to squelch the Spirit than allow him or her to speak,” Schroth wrote.

The concept of the MSM quoting a Jesuit arguing against the Miraculous on Easter Monday is astounding, of course one might argue that Mother Angelia a child of violence, poverty and divorce in the 1920’s & 1930;s becoming the head of a media empire is rather miraculous.

But if you want Miracles read this timeline of EWTN from the site. Even if you ignore things like this

1934
Rita’s first miraculous experience: In running to catch a bus, Rita misses a car speeding toward her. When she sees it, she freezes. Rita feels two hands pick her up and put her on the median in the center of the street. The bus driver says he has never seen anyone jump so high before.

Or This:

March 8, 1981
Just before the first satellite dish arrives, Sr. Regina has a vision in which she sees a black sky, a white satellite dish, and a flame emerging from the center. She hears God say, “No one will be able to extinguish this flame. This is my network, and it will glorify my Son.” The dish arrives a few weeks later. A photograph taken while it was installed reproduces Sr. Regina’s vision. Professional photographers cannot account for the red flame.

all you need to see the hand of God at work is to see how many times Mother and EWTN are hopelessly in debt with no prospect of coming up with the money to continue, yet over and over the somehow in the nick of time something happens to save the network, as Archbishop Chaput put it

“Mother Angelica succeeded at a task the nation’s bishops themselves couldn’t achieve…She founded and grew a network that appealed to everyday Catholics, understood their needs and fed their spirits. She had a lot of help, obviously, but that was part of her genius.”

And the secularists and cafeteria Catholics will never forgive her for it.

I’ll give the last word to John Allen:

One of the paradoxes about Mother Angelica is that although she was generally seen as a bête noire to Catholic progressives, there’s a strong case they too should celebrate her.

First, she proved that an independent, lay-led enterprise can pack a greater punch than officialdom in communicating a Catholic message. She and EWTN relativized the power of the hierarchy in America, not by attacking it, but simply by showing they didn’t need it to succeed.

Second, she also showed that a woman can stand toe-to-toe with powerful clerics in the Church and give every bit as good as she got.

Today there’s a great deal of ferment about how to promote leadership by women in the Church in ways that don’t involve ordination, a conversation Pope Francis himself has promoted. In a way, however, debating that question in the abstract seems silly, because we already have a classic, for-all-time example of female empowerment in Mother Angelica.

Rita Antoinette Rizzo, Mother Angelica’s given name, was many things: A lightning rod, a force of nature, an impresario, an entertainer, a deft commentator and pundit, and, beneath it all, a faithful and pious nun.

It is those last five words that matter most.

One of the arguments that Stacy McCain makes which constantly upsets people is that one of the best ways to prevent “date rape” or unwanted sexual advances is to avoid campus parties, frat or otherwise, that involve drinking and drugs.

It’s worth noting that this booze/drugs culture was exacerbated by the classic Movie Animal House, which became a classic, and celebrated the toga party culture and contained this memorable scene:

(warning brief nudity and language)

In the scene above the young lady ends up untouched but the actress Sarah Holcolb who played the party wasn’t as lucky.

She was young, younger than the rest of us. We were a fast crowd. Drugs were everywhere. She fell into what, for lack of a better term, you would have to call bad company. And got [bleeped] up on drugs. Coke, primarily, if memory serves,” Miller says. “[She] wound up in some home for [bleeped]-up young girls . . . wound up sort-of erased from life. I don’t know what became of her. Sad story.”

at the blog Derailed the author tells of a chance meeting with her after she missed a train and ends his post as follows:

It wasn’t till a few days ago, when I read the above story in “The New York Post”, that I decided her problems were public knowledge and I’d share this story.

Before writing today I googled her name and found this entry on the ACME animal house trivia website:

Sarah Holcomb’s (Clorette DePasto) four-year film career ended with Caddyshack in 1980. She reportedly turned to alcohol and drugs and slowly lost touch with reality as she suffered from schizophrenia. The 2004 film Stateside is reportedly about her descent through alcohol, drugs, sexual abuse and finally mental illness. I am told she is now living a quiet, obscure life far from the madness of Hollywood under an assumed name and does not wish to be found.

Sad. Very Sad.

and THAT my dear friends is the difference between the Animal House version of what that lifestyle gets you and the real thing.

Young Men on campus should think twice about hitting parties heavy on drink & drugs hoping to score as the colleges lack of due process can turn questionable consent, even if it affirmatively given later, into being marked for life, and Ms. Holcomb’s mistakes boldly illustrate the old saying is remains true: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

No matter how much feminists might hate him for saying so RS McCain is right. The best way to avoid being a victim, either of actual assault or of the guilt which comes from bad judgment is to avoid the settings where such assaults or lapses of judgment are likely.