Tuesday, April 13, 2021

A Thought Worth Contemplating . . .


Fascinating Chat With Archbishop Emeritus


And Now, Today's Much Needed Chuckle . . .


Time To End NJ Outdoor Gathering Restrictions?

New Jersey State Senator Anthony M. Bucco called on Governor Phil Murphy to eliminate inconsistent outdoor gathering restrictions in advance of upcoming high school and college graduations.

Sen. Tony Bucco called on Gov. Phil Murphy to eliminate inconsistent outdoor gathering restrictions in advance of upcoming high school and college graduations. (©iStock)

“It makes no sense that many outdoor events continue to be limited to 200 people while a few select others have no limits at all,” said Bucco (R-25). “If Governor Murphy thinks the science supports not having gathering limits for weddings or funerals, the same science should apply to all types of outdoor events, including graduations. The coronavirus doesn’t know the difference.”

Under the governor’s current executive orders, general outdoor gatherings, including graduation ceremonies, must be limited to 200 people and social distancing must be practiced.

There is no limit for outdoor gatherings for wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions, funerals, memorial services, religious activities, or political activities.

“People find Governor Murphy’s inconsistent executive orders to be incredibly frustrating, and rightfully so,” added Bucco. “Before another graduation season is ruined with unnecessary restrictions, Governor Murphy should lift the outdoor gathering limits for everyone.” 

The LITERAL Truth VS The EFFECTIVE Truth . . .

Somebody sent me a detailed fact check on the statement above that called it a LIE. Here's my response:

Don't you see that you're making the mistake of taking something literally but not seriously? The statement is not to be taken literally because it's literally less than true. But only LITERALLY. Not effectively. 

And that should be obvious to any reasonable person. 

Indeed, the absence of literal "truth" in no way diminishes the point, which is this: We effectively locked down our country for the better part of the year and then we began to loosen the constraints on our borders and left them vulnerable. We put massive fences and military fortifications around our own capital (and the seat of democracy) but stopped the construction of a needed fence at our very border. 

BTW: Hyperbole is commonly used to make these sorts of points in everyday language. For example, you might say: She was laughing, while I was crying." A videotape of the moment, however, might not technically show her actually laughing and you might not be shedding tears or even have tears in your eyes. But she might be smiling and be mildly amused (or even laughing inside) while you may seem pensive and look somewhat hurt (or be really hurting inside). So, by stressing the contrast in this way -- you've made your point!

Monday, April 12, 2021

Testa Continues To Achieve Prominence

New Jersey State Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean has appointed Senator Michael Testa (R-1) to serve as co-chair of the bipartisan legislative manufacturing caucus.

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean has appointed Sen. Michael Testa to serve as co-chair of the bipartisan legislative manufacturing caucus. (Pixabay)

“Senator Testa has been a leader on the legislative manufacturing caucus as it works to secure New Jersey’s future as the go-to destination for high-tech manufacturing,” said Kean (R-21). “He’s worked closely with Senator Oroho, who will continue to play an active role in the work of the caucus after serving honorably as co-chair. I’m proud that Senate Republicans have such a skilled and dedicated team that’s focused on improving the Garden State’s economy.”

Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) is rotating out of the role as co-chair, but will remain one of the Senate Republican members of the manufacturing caucus along with Testa, Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25) and Senator Sam Thompson (R-12).

As the Republican co-chair, Testa will serve alongside Democrat co-chair, Senator Linda Greenstein (D-14).

“The Legislature has a critical role to play in creating an environment that welcomes and promotes the creation of well-paying manufacturing jobs in New Jersey,” added Testa. “The bipartisan nature of the legislative manufacturing caucus is based on the belief that creating effective strategies to rebuild industry, develop our workforce, and grow the Garden State’s economy shouldn’t be a Republican issue or a Democrat issue. It’s a New Jersey issue that transcends partisanship. I’m honored to have the opportunity to lead in this important role.”

Bartos Slams Plan To House Migrants In Erie

In response to breaking news that Erie, PA would be housing over 150 children detained at the southern border, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Jeff Bartos released the following statement

“Joe Biden and Chuck Schumer campaigned for months on open borders, empowering lawless sanctuary cities, and sending stimulus checks to illegal immigrants, all of which sent the message that it was not only OK, but encouraged to come to our country illegally,” said Bartos, “Chuck Schumer's dangerously leftist ideology and Joe Biden's complete lack of leadership caused a crisis at our southern border. And now Biden and Schumer are demanding that Pennsylvania taxpayers step in and help fix their failures.” 

"And to make matters worse, the Wolf Administration is more concerned with helping their liberal allies in D.C. than they are with helping working families in Pennsylvania," continued Bartos, "This is unacceptable. Joe Biden and Chuck Schumer created this crisis, and the solution cannot be to force Pennsylvania taxpayers to bail them out."

"This just goes to underscore how important it is for Republicans to take back the Senate," concluded Bartos, "The distinction could not be more clear: every single Democrat running for this seat will continue pushing dangerous open-border policies that will exacerbate the humanitarian crisis at the border. I'll put an end to them once and for all."

Born and raised in Berks County, Jeff Bartos has been a Pennsylvania resident his entire life. Bartos is a small business owner and real estate developer active in the Greater Philadelphia market. Jeff and his wife, Sheryl, have two daughters, Emily and Sarah. Jeff was the Republican nominee for Lt. Governor in 2018, and served as the Board Chair of the Pennsylvania 30 Day Fund, a non-profit saving small businesses in Pennsylvania, until February of 2021. To learn more about Jeff and his campaign for U.S. Senate, please visit www.JeffBartos.com

When You Consider Everything Else . . .


Rand On Fauci: Enough With Petty Tyrants!


Sometimes There Simply Are No Words . . .


If you support this woman and this cause the joke is (sadly) on you!

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Today: The Gospel Of The Doubting Thomas . . .

On the evening of that first day of the week,
when the doors were locked, where the disciples were,
for fear of the Jews,
Jesus came and stood in their midst
and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.
The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.
Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you.
As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”
And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them,
“Receive the Holy Spirit.
Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them,
and whose sins you retain are retained.”
Thomas, called Didymus, one of the Twelve,
was not with them when Jesus came.
So the other disciples said to him, “We have seen the Lord.”
But he said to them,
“Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands
and put my finger into the nailmarks
and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”
Now a week later his disciples were again inside
and Thomas was with them.
Jesus came, although the doors were locked, 
and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.”
Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands,
and bring your hand and put it into my side,
and do not be unbelieving, but believe.”
Thomas answered and said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
Jesus said to him, “Have you come to believe because you have seen me?
Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.”
Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples
that are not written in this book.
But these are written that you may come to believe
that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God,
and that through this belief you may have life in his name.
Painting shown above: The Incredulity of St. Thomas, Carravaggio, 1602. 


ZOA Slams Omar, Foreign Affairs Committee

Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) President Morton Klein blasted the House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFA) as well as Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) on Friday, after tweeting out messages on Holocaust Remembrance Day viewed as “reprehensible,” “hateful” and “antisemitic.”

In an exclusive statement to Breitbart News, ZOA head Morton Klein expressed his “deep concern” over an official HFA tweet that neglected to “mention Jews and antisemitism,” and instead merely recalled “six million (unidentified) lives” and “general forces” of prejudice and injustice, in addition to a “hateful, antisemitic” tweet by Omar which used Holocaust Remembrance Day to attack the Jewish state.

The official HFA tweet reads:

On #YomHaShoah we commit ourselves to remembering the 6 million lives extinguished during the holocaust & millions more who survived its cruelty. To honor their memories, we must remain vigilant against the forces of prejudice & injustice or risk reliving the horrors of the past.

Klein, who was born in a displaced persons camp in Germany and is a child of Holocaust survivors, described the omission as both “incomprehensible and reprehensible.”  

“The Nazis and their collaborators murdered six million Jews,” he stressed, “including almost two million Jewish children.”  

“Universalizing the Holocaust forgets its victims and ignores the uniquely hateful scourge of antisemitism, which is rearing its ugly head more and more today,” he added, before noting that several Congresspersons also “issued similar tweets, omitting all mention of Jews and antisemitism.” 

Klein also slammed Omar for a personal tweet of hers which he also deemed antisemitic.

In the tweet, Omar describes Israel as “a wealthy country that’s getting $3.8 billion a year from America. Yet their Ambassador has the audacity to complain about $150 million going to Palestinian refugees,” before adding, “Shameful.”

“It is deeply troubling that Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) chose Holocaust Remembrance Day to issue another of her hateful, antisemitic and insensitive tweets,” Klein wrote, as he elaborated:

In her Yom HaShoa Day tweet, antisemitic BDS-promoter Omar wrongly referred to the Jewish State as “wealthy,” condemned the military assistance that enables Israel to defend herself from Arab/Muslim terrorists, and even condemned Israel for expressing concern that the Biden administration is renewing sending hundreds of millions of dollars to UNRWA (whom Omar misleadingly referred to as “Palestinian refugees”). Israel-hater Omar ignored the fact that UNRWA, which will receive hundreds of millions of dollars of U.S. taxpayer funds, teaches Arab children to hate and commit violence against Jews and Israel, in their textbooks and schools. UNRWA also has operations with the murderous terrorist group Hamas.  

 Klein then referred to a “shocking” video posted by a Twitter user in reply to Omar’s tweet, showing Arab school children describing the lessons they learned from their UNRWA school education: 

They teach us that Jews are bad people”; “I am ready to stab a Jew and drive a car over them”: “I will run a car into the Jews”; “We have to constantly stab [the Jews], drive over them and shoot them”; “Stabbing and running over Jews brings dignity to the Palestinian people”; “I’m going to run [the Jews] over and stab them with knives”; “I am prepared to be a suicide bomber”; and “With Allah’s help, I will fight for ISIS.”

Klein also noted the Nazi collaboration with a Palestinian Muslim leader in Mandatory Palestine.

“Hitler and his collaborator [Palestinian leader] Haj Amin Al Husseini also plotted to murder every Jew in the Middle East,” he wrote. “We must never forget those monstrous facts, painfully unique in human history.”  

As a result, the ZOA — the nation’s oldest pro-Israel organization — called for corrections to be published.

“ZOA urges the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and anyone else who omitted the Holocaust’s Jewish victims, or the need to stamp out antisemitism today, to issue a corrected statement,” Klein wrote, adding that Omar should also “publicly rescind her ugly statement insensitively issued on Holocaust Remembrance Day.”

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