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MRC 10th Anniversary Video

CNS News - Mon, 10/21/2019 - 00:48
Celebratory video presented at the Media Research Center's 10th anniversary dinner in October 1997.

Oh, STOP IT: James Comey’s kid at Christmas routine about an ‘American patriot’ taking ‘center stage’ is flat-out EMBARRASSING

Twitchy - Sun, 07/21/2019 - 19:41

If you cannot contain your enthusiasm for this week’s congressional testimony by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, then you are not alone.

Former FBI director James Comey appears to be counting the hours.

This week, an American patriot takes center stage: he doesn’t want attention; has principles and follows them; and always tells the truth. What an opportunity for young people to be inspired. What a great opportunity for both parties in Congress to follow his example.

— James Comey (@Comey) July 21, 2019

That seems rather pathetic and sad.

That can’t be anyone you know.

— Tim White (@timothyjwhite78) July 21, 2019

You ruined my faith in the FBI. So you have no idea what inspiration is.

— Chingate.. to all Trump haters (@ZenMaster333) July 21, 2019

We’re not sure how young people are going to come away from Robert Mueller regurgitating the nearly 400-page report he wrote feeling “inspired,” but whatever.

…what a clown show it will invariably become.

— Kel (@PoliticalKel) July 21, 2019

Sort of like certain Twitter accounts.



‘We hope it won’t end up being a dud’: Jerry Nadler’s attempted explanation for why Mueller is testifying spells DESPERATION

PATHETIC: After failing miserably on impeachment, Adam Schiff is putting his hopes in the SDNY to take Trump out later

James Comey reminds everybody that ‘law enforcement decisions must be apolitical’ (and people have thoughts)

Well, wasn’t THAT convenient?! Kevin Sorbo drops a Hercules-sized truth bomb on James Comey and BOOOOM

James Comey aims for Trump, gets DRAGGED by blue-check LIBS instead

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Wait, WHAT? Elijah Cummings uses the Squad and those ‘yet unborn’ to prove that Trump is a racist

Twitchy - Sun, 07/21/2019 - 19:36

House Oversight Committee chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland) is now suddenly concerned about the unborn.

Here’s what he said on ABC’s ‘This Week’ with George Stephanopoulos.

.@GStephanopoulos: "Do you believe President Trump is a racist?"

Rep. Elijah Cummings: "Yes, no doubt about it. I tried to give him the benefit of the doubt"

— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) July 21, 2019

“I tried to give (President Trump) the benefit of the doubt, but I got to tell you, George, when I think about what he said to these young ladies, who are merely trying to bring excellence to government and trying to make sure that generations yet unborn have an opportunity to experience true democracy, when I hear those things, it takes me back.”

So the Squad are trying to bring “excellence” to government and make sure that those who have yet to be born receive opportunities.

Alrighty then.

Perhaps we could start by allowing “generations yet unborn” to live.



‘That’s frightening’: No big deal, just German Chancellor Angela Merkel feeling ‘solidarity with the’ anti-Semitic Squad

Jake Tapper’s ‘candid’ conversation with House Dems about the Squad suggests a battle royale is coming

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‘We hope it won’t end up being a dud’: Jerry Nadler’s attempted explanation for why Mueller is testifying spells DESPERATION

Twitchy - Sun, 07/21/2019 - 18:47

During an appearance on ‘Fox News Sunday,’ House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler (D-New York) was pressed on why he has invited Special Counsel Robert Mueller to testify this week, given that Mueller has said his report speaks for itself and he does not intend to deviate from that wording.

EXCLUSIVE: Chris asks @RepJerryNadler why they are making Mueller testify after he released his report and says the President and Attorney General have been lying to the American people #FNS #FoxNews

— FoxNewsSunday (@FoxNewsSunday) July 21, 2019

Ohhhh, because reading it on a page isn’t enough.

We need to hear the same words spoken from the voice of the esteemed Robert S. Mueller III.

Maybe they think his voice inflections will give off signals or something.

Chris Wallace asked Nadler about the possibility of the hearing ending up being a “dud.”

Chris asks @RepJerryNadler what do democrats hope to hear during this hearing on Wednesday #FNS #FoxNews #Muellerreport

— FoxNewsSunday (@FoxNewsSunday) July 21, 2019

“We hope it won’t end up being a dud” sure sounds confident.

Nadler then confirmed how out of touch he and some of his fellow Democrats are from the American people.

EXCLUSIVE: Chris asks @RepJerryNadler if the public has moved on from the Mueller Report #FNS #FoxNews #MuellerReport

— FoxNewsSunday (@FoxNewsSunday) July 21, 2019

Perhaps Nadler isn’t good at reading polls, but the American people have long since moved on from the Mueller report.

The only ones who haven’t are a few Democrats.



Mueller’s report didn’t deliver, but the Resistance remains convinced #MuellerIsComing for Trump (with help from Hollywood lefties)

Fair GAME! Seb Gorka uses Jerry Nadler and Dick Durbin’s past racism against certain immigrants to SLAM Dems and it’s PERFECT

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Plastic “Trump straws” sell out almost immediately

Hot Air - Sun, 07/21/2019 - 16:31

This is a follow-up to a story that Allahpundit covered on Friday. While the subject of plastic waste that doesn’t decompose winding up in our oceans and landfills is a serious one, not all of the proposals to address the situation are as serious as others. As AP noted, the President was asked about a ban on plastic straws and he responded by saying that it makes little sense to ban them when we’re not banning all of the other, larger plastic products that are also not recycled.

Not long after that, somebody saw a fundraising opportunity and plastic “Trump straws” were on sale at the President’s fundraising site. Charging a dollar and a half each for what is essentially just a plain, red plastic straw with Trump’s name emblazoned on the side might not sound like much of a bargain, but that obviously wasn’t the point. The President was capitalizing on pushback against a liberal idea that seemed excessively intrusive while producing little in the way of measurable results. So how did it work out? The straws sold out in a matter of days.

“I’m so over paper straws, and I’m sure you are too. Much like most liberal ideas, paper straws don’t work and they fall apart instantly. That’s why we just launched our latest product – Official Trump Straws,” Parscale wrote late Friday. “Now you can finally be free from liberal paper straws that fall apart within minutes and ruin your drink.”

Journalist Yashar Ali appears to have been the first to notice the new merchandise in Trump’s campaign store. A pack of 10, which are red and emblazoned with “TRUMP” in silver, is available for $15. However, it takes almost two weeks for shipping.

They’re still taking orders, but you’ll have to wait a few weeks to get them. And considering what they cost in bulk and how many people are snapping them up, whoever came up with this idea probably deserves a bonus next month.

The underlying idea that kicked all of this off is a very real one, however. I’ve tried those paper straws at a local diner and they’re simply useless. You can finish maybe a third of a 12-ounce cup of ice tea before the straw is totally falling apart and filling your drink with soggy paper. But what’s the viable alternative? You can carry your own around, but glass straws have a nasty habit of breaking and immediately turning into a rather deadly weapon. The metal straws seem like a far better choice, assuming you don’t die while impaling your brain on them. I haven’t had a chance to try one of the bamboo ones yet, but I’ll admit they sound like they would last longer than paper, though I have to wonder if they don’t impart some sort of bamboo taste.

The other problem with reusable straws is that they have to be washed and there is no brush or other device I’m aware of that can fully clean the inside of them. If all you’re drinking is water or other very “thin” liquids, you should be able to soak them in hot water and then run rise water through them and get them mostly clean. But if it’s any sort of thick, creamy beverage you can probably forget it.

Aside from milkshakes, how many drinks do you actually need a straw for? Sure, they’re very convenient if you’re in the car, but still…can’t we sip out of the little slots in the cup lid? (Odds are that your cup lid is probably plastic too, but let’s not be distracted by that.)

Surely some genius out there can come up with some sort of artificial wood material that would biodegrade and can be rolled up to make straws, lids or cups at a reasonable cost. If they do, they should be in for a decent profit. Until then, I suppose we can just pony up fifteen bucks for Trump straws or buy one hundred of them at the dollar store and bring them with us when traveling.

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Sir Richard Branson EXCLUSIVE: One-time guest star on Friends weighs in on sitcom being 'anti-LGBT'

Daily Mail - Sun, 07/21/2019 - 16:26
Richard Branson has weighed in on the argument that 90s/00s sitcom Friends made jokes towards the LGBT community at their expense.

In 88 Trips to Capitol Hill, Mueller Grew Weary of Partisanship (Noah Weiland/New York Times)

Memeorandum - Sun, 07/21/2019 - 16:25

Noah Weiland / New York Times:
In 88 Trips to Capitol Hill, Mueller Grew Weary of Partisanship  —  Dozens of hours of Robert S. Mueller III's congressional testimony since 1990 reveal his complex relationship with legislators.  —  WASHINGTON — Days after he was appointed special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III visited …

New audio shows UK could not prevent Iran takeover of tanker (Associated Press)

Memeorandum - Sun, 07/21/2019 - 16:25

Associated Press:
New audio shows UK could not prevent Iran takeover of tanker  —  LONDON (AP) — The release Sunday of an audio recording has shed new light on the seizure of a British-flagged tanker at the hands of Iran's Revolutionary Guard as tensions flare in the strategic Strait of Hormuz.

Photographer revisits agonising photos he took of heavily pregnant Sharon Tate before her murder

Daily Mail - Sun, 07/21/2019 - 16:18
Renowned photographer Terry O'Neill recalls taking 'beautiful photos' with heavily pregnant actress Sharon Tate on a trip to London. Days later she would be murdered by the Manson Family cult.

Natalie Portman will make her triumphant return as the female Thor in Thor: Love and Thunder

Daily Mail - Sun, 07/21/2019 - 16:12
Natalie Portman will make her triumphant return as the female Thor in the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder

Angelina Jolie confirms role in upcoming The Eternals as she leads the stars at Marvel panel

Daily Mail - Sun, 07/21/2019 - 16:11
Angelina Jolie confirmed her role in The Eternals during the Marvel panel at Comic-Con in San Diego on Saturday. 

Arizona Dem Sen. Kyrsten Sinema Backs Plan to Quickly Deport False Asylum Seekers

Info Wars - Sun, 07/21/2019 - 16:04
Operation Safe Return will remove economic migrants in 2 weeks.

Donald Trump Calls Swedish PM to 'Personally Vouch' for A$AP Rocky's Release

Breitbart - Sun, 07/21/2019 - 16:01
BERLIN (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump said he spoke with Sweden’s prime minister Saturday about jailed rapper A$AP Rocky and “offered to personally vouch for his bail,” a hollow offer in a criminal justice system that doesn’t include bail.

Yes, 'Send her back' is the face of evil--I know fascism when I see it | Opinion (Jason Stanley/Newsweek)

Memeorandum - Sun, 07/21/2019 - 16:00

Jason Stanley / Newsweek:
Yes, ‘Send her back’ is the face of evil—I know fascism when I see it |  Opinion  —  “All effective propaganda must be confined to very few points,” Adolf Hitler wrote, “which must be brought out in the form of slogans.”  —  “Drain the swamp.”  “Lock her up.”  “Build the wall.”

Kamala Harris joins Katy Perry, Demi Lovato and Ariana Grande for event at Scooter Braun's compound

Daily Mail - Sun, 07/21/2019 - 15:59
Katy Perry, Ariana Grande and Demi Lovato were among the Hollywood heavyweights who turned up for a fireside chat with Democratic hopeful Kamala Harrisl in Brentwood.

2020 hopeful Cory Booker labels Trump as 'worse than a racist' for attacks against 'the squad'

Daily Mail - Sun, 07/21/2019 - 15:58
Cory Booker said Sunday that Donald Trump is 'worse than a racist' when condemning the comments he made against the group of four minority congresswomen last week.

Live like a King, or Jessica Alba and Izabel Goulart, at Marrakech's iconic Royal Mansour Hotel

Daily Mail - Sun, 07/21/2019 - 15:49
Morocco's King Mohammed VI built the Royal Mansour as a luxury oasis that would showcase the very best of the country's rich history and beauty

Iran accuses John Bolton of trying to drag Britain into a 'quagmire'

Daily Mail - Sun, 07/21/2019 - 15:48
The Middle Eastern nation's foreign minister Javad Zarif tweeted on Sunday said that the US politician was 'turning his venom' on Britain in an attempt to start the 'War of the Century'.

Look busy! Sunday reflection

Hot Air - Sun, 07/21/2019 - 15:46

This morning’s Gospel reading is Luke 10:38–42:

Jesus entered a village where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him. She had a sister named Mary who sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak. Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving? Tell her to help me.” The Lord said to her in reply, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.”

It’s been many years since I’ve been part of a wedding, and except for the signal that it means I’m getting old, I don’t mind it much. The stress of weddings, especially formal weddings, tends to bring out the worst in people, in part because of the expectations we build up for such events. On the surface, it looks like a fun event, being dressed to the nines, having a banquet with friends and family, and dancing the night away. The emotional clashes and costs to get there, though, often overshadow the point of the celebration — so much so that we now have television shows glamorizing the interpersonal fights more than the weddings themselves.

Who needs to watch that? Just sign up to help organize the next family wedding.

I’m kidding (mostly), but it’s true that we sometimes get so caught up in preparation for an event that we forget the purpose of the event itself. That’s not just true of weddings, but of other celebrations and events. It’s not that preparation isn’t necessary, but so is perspective. This is one of the lessons we learn today from Jesus in this exchange with Martha, who has reached the end of her rope with her sister, but hardly the only one.

In the culture of that day — and to ours, still — hospitality was not just a virtue but a social imperative. Martha had not just welcomed Jesus into her house, but his disciples, which we know because she was “burdened with much serving.” It would have been rude not to serve the crowd, a type of rejection. Whether Mary helped or not, the job had to be done. Martha couldn’t let welcomed visitors go without food and drink in her house.

At the same time, Martha seems to be missing the point. This episode parallels Peter’s first impulse at the Transfiguration, in which he offers to build three tents as tribute rather than be in the moment with Jesus, Moses, and Elijah. There is nothing ill-intended about Peter’s suggestion, but the process of building tents would necessarily have taken him away from a miracle unfolding before him, unfolding for his benefit. In its way, it misses the forest for the trees.

The same is true here. Jesus gently rebukes Martha’s complaint not because He scoffs at her responsibilities, but because she hasn’t focused on the most important aspect of the event. Christ has come into her house to discuss the Word of God. That should be Martha’s focus and the focus of her preparations and service as well. As necessary as preparation and service are, they cannot distract us from God’s Word.

This speaks to our own approach to worship, and beyond that to life. It’s certainly easy to busy ourselves with preparation and service, and it’s a virtue to volunteer one’s gifts to both, especially for the benefit of the church. But do we replace worship with service and preparation? Are we so burdened with service at Mass or chapel that we forget to pay proper attention to the Word of God? Are we seeing the forest in church, or just the trees?

The same is true outside of church, sometimes immediately outside of it. Inside, we sing about loving thy neighbor, but are we cursing him in the parking lot afterward because of frustration with traffic? (We have an unusual parking situation at our parish, so that one’s on me.) More importantly, do we put service to our other responsibilities, or our own desires, ahead of our need to listen to the Holy Spirit in our hearts? That doesn’t necessarily mean we’re out being mean and nasty to others, but it speaks of a kind of compartmentalization that often occurs between our faith and how we live our lives.

This extends to prayer life as well. As with many conversations in the Gospels, Martha’s conversation with Jesus is a model of prayer, although not the best one to follow. How do we talk to the Lord? Martha loved Jesus and longed for His Word, but all that service was getting in the way of it — and her reaction was to complain about her sister to the Lord. Do we pray in that way? Are we asking the Lord to change others rather than asking the Lord to help form us to His will? Jesus patiently provides some instruction for us in how we pray to Him in his response to Martha, which is to say we should focus on our own shortcomings before assuming those of others.

In our first reading today, Abraham shows a good balance between service and presence. When the three men approached his tent, Abraham welcomed them to his tent with full hospitality. He did not fuss over them, however; when he had given the full measure of hospitality, Abraham waited with patience for them to eat, refresh themselves, and speak their minds.

This is how we are meant to prepare and serve as well. We ready ourselves and we do the work necessary to make the Word of God central to our day and our life. That preparation and service need not be perfect; Christ perfects it for us. When service, preparation, and the business of life distracts us from God’s Word or compartmentalizes it, we should recall the good efforts of Martha and how they missed the mark. While we have Him in our lives, He should be the focus, and we should not resent those who have the correct perspective. And He has promised to be with us until the end of time.

Note: I just assume everyone gets the joke reference in the headline …

The front page image is a detail from “Christ with Mary and Martha” by Jacopo Tintoretto, c. 1570-75. On display at Alte Pinakothek, Munich, Germany. Via Wikimedia Commons.

“Sunday Reflection” is a regular feature, looking at the specific readings used in today’s Mass in Catholic parishes around the world. The reflection represents only my own point of view, intended to help prepare myself for the Lord’s day and perhaps spark a meaningful discussion. Previous Sunday Reflections from the main page can be found here.  For previous Green Room entries, click here.

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Woman soaks her friend's jumpsuit in red wine

Daily Mail - Sun, 07/21/2019 - 15:45
Eleanor Walton, from Leeds, was at the races when the accident happened. Her pal Mia WIlliamson decided to soak Eleanor's jumpsuit in more wine so she didn't have just one red blotch.


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