I’m inspired by the Independence Day posts from Juliette & Christopher of DTG’s Magnificent crew. Each celebrated a beauty not to be found in the political world I often choose to inhabit.

In the same vein, I offer an unapologetic plug for a friend’s project, inviting all New Hampshire-area DTG readers to attend something special.

Come to hear Massenet’s oratorio “Marie-Magdaleine” on July 22. One performance will be at 2 p.m. at Northeast Catholic College in Warner, and the other will be at Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge at 7 p.m. The performance at the College is donations-accepted, while the one at Cathedral of the Pines has (I think) a $10 admission fee. Call 603-781-5695 for more information.

I’ll be going out of my way to hear one of these performances. Why?

Sheer beauty. With the first note, I know workaday concerns will fall away for awhile. The next deadline, the next gosh-forsaken tweet, the next bill to pay: all will be in abeyance for an hour or two as I undergo the attitude adjustment that’s one of music’s little gifts.

Hope. For my husband and me, Northeast Catholic College is a favorite place, dedicated to education in faith and reason. It’s a place of encouragement and challenge and laughter. The world’s a better place because it exists. Likewise with Cathedral of the Pines, which was established by grieving parents in memory of their son, who died in the service of our country during World War II. It was a true act of hope for those parents to experience such terrible loss and then go on to create a place of peace and tranquillity.

Encouragement. I think you’ll find encouragement simply by being in the same room with the producer of these performances. I’m acquainted with her. She’s a pro-life warrior, a conservative woman, an opera singer, and a patron and leader of nonprofit agencies that enrich the community. Oh, and she was formerly a volunteer legislator (which is how we roll in the Granite State). When things look discouraging – and as a legislator and a volunteer activist, she has some experience with bad days – she responds dynamically and positively. No whining.

You go, girl.

If you’re inclined to attend the performance in Warner, be aware that the College is offering Mass (11:30) and a light lunch (12:30) before the 2 p.m. show, with RSVPs requested. (More about that here.)

Let it be known that this is not a paid promotion. I just want to share good news.

The State House and the White House and my work as a writer will all still be there after the show. When I turn back to them, I’ll be refreshed and ready for whatever comes along. Beautiful music, whatever the source, has that effect on me. Maybe on you, too.

I’ll tag this one “culture victories,” not “culture wars.”

Ellen Kolb blogs about New Hampshire life-issue policy at Leaven for the Loaf and looks farther afield in ellenkolb.com

While busy enacting hate speech laws over using the wrong pronoun, Trudeau’s Liberals are ready to apologize to former Guantanamo Bay inmate Omar Khadr and compensate him to the tune of C$10 million (US$7.7 million) for being sentenced to Guantanamo after killing U.S. Army medic Sgt. Christopher Speer and blinding another soldier.

Khadar will get his apology and loot after the country’s Supreme Court judged in 2010 that

Canada breached his rights by sending intelligence agents to interrogate him and sharing the results with the United States.

Which is how he ended up in Gitmo, after which he sued the government for C$20 million on grounds of violating his human rights.

The fifteen year old Khadr was working as a bomb-maker apprentice for al Qaeda when he killed the U.S. servicemen with a grenade. The Liberals say he was a child soldier (similar to Mexican drug cartels using underage MS-13 members as hit men so they get easier sentences if caught) who deserves an apology.

He is now thirty years old, and living in Canada, where he was born.

The Daily Caller reports that

Speer’s widow, along with another soldier who was blinded by the grenade attack, filed a wrongful death and injury lawsuit against Khadr in 2014 because they suspected Khadr might receive financial compensation if he was successful in appealing his sentencing.

A U.S. judge awarded the pair $134.2 million in damages in 2015 but the plaintiffs have acknowledged that they don’t expect to receive any of the money because Khadr lives in Canada.

Trudeau’s neither denying nor confirming the settlement.

I wonder if we’ll be hearing more news in years to come about like those involving Khadr’s fellow Gitmo alumni in Uruguay, with stories  of domestic violence and unauthorized travel to other countries – or  stories involving others.

Unlike the Syrians in Uruguay, who have time on their hands because they refuse to work, Khadr will have his apology, and US$7million.

What could possibly go wrong?

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes on U. S. and Latin America at Fausta’s blog.

We keep hearing about how the MSM is so upset when President Trump tweets about them and would much rather he deal with issues.

If this is the case than why does this tweet on job numbers

and this tweet on Saudi Arabia and middle east peace

and tweet on North Korea

and this tweet on little Charlie Card

all of them concerning relevant current issues economic, military, and cultural have not received 1/10 of the coverage and as a result less that 1/10 the number of retweets as this tweet tweaking the MSM with an old wrestling video?

Could it be that the MSM promoted the final tweet on the air relentlessly because they know that it generates more eyeballs and policy while allowing them to discuss something that doesn’t require facts, figures or expertise?

Remember the MSM isn’t about informing you, it’s about selling ad space and if they can promote their agenda a bit while they’re at it, that’s good too.

Now we live in a capitalist system so if the MSM makes decisions based on making profit, that’s fine, but don’t pretend to be holier than thou. That’s one of the great things about Trump, he has shown the media for what they are.

I’ll give the last word to Stephen Green:

Update: I’d say this was amazing, but THIS is CNN today

Well, CNN was apparently unhappy with the meme. They tracked down the guy who made it. Then they determined he’d made other tasteless memes. Then they got an abject apology from him.

Then they published it, saying: “CNN reserves the right to publish his identity should any of that change.” (That’s an archive link, by the way, as I expect the story may change or disappear shortly after CNN Legal’s offices open in the morning.)

And end result, one of the top trends on Twitter #cnnblackmail Seriously have the people at CNN ever heard the words “Streisand Effect?

on the plus side it got Glenn Reynolds Tweeting again:


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