UPDATE: Here is a one minute CNN video of Kasich discussing his meeting - his email to me is below it.
I am on the Kasich email list and i got this yesterday. Posted in full.
Thomas, I wanted to send you a short update about my visit with President Trump and members of his staff to discuss the lessons we’ve learned in Ohio about healthcare and how this can be very helpful as Congress looks to reform Obamacare.
The President was generous with his time as we also discussed education & job training, the need for the administration to speak with one voice on national security issues, trade, how we can do more to prevent human trafficking, the opioid drug abuse that is straining our communities and the high costs of prescription medicine and various remedies to this growing problem.
Here was my statement after the meeting:
I’m looking forward to continuing the conversation about healthcare reform, at the President’s invitation, with HHS Secretary Price and White House Chief of Staff Priebus on Saturday. I will also meet with fellow governors to discuss these reforms.
I haven't posted much about Tim's college (St. Thomas Aquinas College) track career, since he was red-shirted as a freshman and in this indoor season it's been difficult to get good video or pictures. The picture above and video below are from The St. Joe's Invitational on February 11th and Tim came 12th out of 52 in the shot put. Tim's best event is the javelin, but that's kinda not an indoor track event.
So the East Coast Conference Championship is today on Staten Island and I'll be driving out for it. Tim will also be doing the weight throw - for the first time. It's the indoor version of the hammer throw.
Tim is 5'9" and weighs about 205 lbs. At the collegiate level in the shot put, he's often giving away 50 to 120 lbs. against other throwers. Yup - we've seen some throwers over 300 lbs.
Here's a 25 second video and below another picture which he'll love - his arm close-up - he's got the guns!
It's posted on the Witherspoon Institute Public Discourse website. Here's the essay author - he's a professor at an Evangelical College.
Robert Carle is a professor of theology at The King’s College in Manhattan. Dr. Carle is a contributor to The American Interest, Public Discourse, Society, Human Rights Review, The Federalist, World, Academic Questions, Touchstone, and reason.com. Some of the material in this essay was posted on The Federalist on February 14.
I have excerpted the first six of the 25 paragraphs in the essay, all of which is worth reading. If you're wondering who John Witherspoon was (besides being a signor of the Declaration of Independence) go here.
907 Jewish refugees were on board the MS St. Louis when Franklin Delano Roosevelt refused to let them dock in Miami in 1939. The captain of the ship, Gustav Schröder, wanted to run his ship aground, which would have allowed the refugees to disembark on American soil, but US Coast Guard vessels kept the ship away from the shore. Captain Shröder was forced to take his passengers back to Europe.
254 of the refugees subsequently died in the Holocaust.
Every January 27 is Holocaust Memorial Day, a day when Americans remember with shame our refusal to come to the aid of Jews who were fleeing the horrors of Nazism. January 27, 2017, was the day on which President Trump signed an immigration executive order (EO) that upended the lives of thousands of vulnerable people. The EO separated parents from their children, prevented patients from getting medical treatment, and jeopardized friends and allies in Iraq who have fought alongside us in the war against ISIS.
Among many others, the order barred entry to Iraqi Vian Dakhil, a Yazidi lawmaker whose speech in Parliament in 2014 prompted President Obama to take action against ISIS. Dakhil was en route to Washington to receive the Lantos Human Rights Prize at the US Capitol. The order also banned the Chaldean archbishop of Erbil in Iraq, Bashar Warda. Warda is an advocate for the 200,000 Christians displaced by ISIS. His church has sheltered thousands of displaced Iraqis.
Less visible to the public was the anguish suffered by the 60,000 refugees who are languishing in refugee camps. They have already been granted security clearances to come to the United States but will now be denied entry.
The courts have stayed parts of Trump’s executive order, and the administration has promised to issue a new executive order that rests on firmer legal ground. Left untouched by the court rulings, however, was the refugee limit set out in the original order, which cut the refugee cap from 110,000 to 50,000. Because 35,000 refugees have already been admitted to the United States in fiscal year 2017, only 15,000 slots are open for the remainder of the year. The US State Department has directed embassies to slow admission of refugees for the month of February and suspend it completely after March 3.
The United States currently admits a fraction of a percent of the world’s 65 million refugees. The United States has far fewer refugees per capita than Canada, Britain, France, or Germany. Last year, the United States accepted 37,521 Christian refugees and 38,901 Muslim refugees. The largest number of those refugees were from The Congo (16,370), followed by Syria (12,587), Burma (12,347), Iraq (9,880) and Somalia (9,020).
I took this entirely from the Stepinac HS email that was sent around Tuesday morning. I thought it was nicely done.
A number of wonderful conversations, calls, emails and Facebook comments have been coming to us since the passing of our beloved "Fr. Pete". As you have probably heard, Monsignor Peter Gelsomino passed away February 18, 2017. Thank you to all who shared their stories and sympathies, we hope to see many of you at the services. (See information below). Over the last few days, we have been doing our best to keep up with the calls and emails. Several Alumni have even pledged to begin a Fr. Pete Scholarship Fund to provide assistance to one of the Stepinac students who need financial help in order to attend Stepinac. We have already thanked them, but they said the best thanks would be if anyone who had been impacted in any way by Fr. Pete could make a contribution, his legacy can continue to live on both at Stepinac and in the lives of the young men at Stepinac. To make a contribution to the fund, please click here and in the "designation area" select the Fr. Pete Scholarship Fund Thank you again for your kindness in reaching out to Stepinac at this time. Fr Pete was certainly an amazing man who we will be honoring at Stepinac this Wednesday and Thursday, the same building he served so many students for 35 years.Visitation 2-8PM on Wednesday February 22, 2017, Chapel of the Holy Spirit at Archbishop Stepinac High School 950 Mamaroneck Ave. White Plains, NY. Mass of Christian Burial 10AM on Thursday February 23, 2017, Major Bowes Auditorium at Stepinac High School950 Mamaroneck Ave. White Plains, NY.Obituary- (With permission from Craft Memorial Home Website) Reverend Monsignor Peter A. Gelsomino entered into eternal life on February 18, 2017 surrounded by his family. He was born March 14, 1929 in New York City to the late John and Frances Campana Gelsomino. He was raised in New York City graduating from Benjamin Franklin High School in 1946; he then attended St. Jerome College and then graduated from Cathedral College. He entered St. Joseph’s Seminary in Dunwoodie and was ordained a priest at St. Patrick's Cathedral on May 28, 1955 by Cardinal Spellman. In 1958 Father Peter became a member of the faculty at Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains where he remained until 1993. While there he taught English, Religion and most notably Russian Language. Father Peter was well known for his many trips to Russia with his students as well many other roles at Stepinac. While at Stepinac, Father Peter assisted at many local parishes in Yonkers, Armonk, Rye and Port Chester. In 1994 Father Peter became the pastor at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Port Chester where he became a beloved member of the community. On March 4, 2006 Father Peter was elevated to Monsignor at Saint Patrick's Cathedral. He retired as pastor in 2014. He is survived by his brothers Vito Reciniello of Huntington, NY and Anthony Receniello and wife Annmarie of Dix Hills, NY, sisters Josephine Simeone of West Babylon, NY and Rosemarie Milano of Coram, NY. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be 2-8PM on Wednesday February 22, 2017 at the Archbishop Stepinac High School 950 Mamaroneck Ave. White Plains, NY. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10AM on Thursday February 23, 2017 at the school. Interment to follow at St. Raymond's Cemetery Bronx, NY. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Missionaries of the Poor PO Box 2983 Atlanta, GA 30359 or to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital Memphis, TN."The Greatest Achievement in life is to Love- to give oneself for others without counting the cost.God is Love. If we Love one another, God lives in us. 1 John 4.""The Greatest Achievement in Life is not to gain honor, fame, prestige, power or wealth, but to give oneself for others without counting the cost!" It can be truly said that Fr. Peter Gelsomino lived what he preached- because he truly loved God and Humanity and gave himself for others without counting the cost. Charitable donations may be made to:St. Jude Children's Research Hospital501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105Tel: 1-800-805-5856Web: http://www.stjude.org/Missionaries of the PoorPO Box 29893, Atlanta GA 30359Tel: 1-404-248-1197Web: http://www.missionariesofthepoor.org/
Two weeks ago today, a professor from Georgetown University publicly rose to the defense of slavery and rape, and not a single major media outlet—with the exception of a blogger on the Washington Post website and a brief posting on foxnews.com—has said a word about it. The absence of outrage is not hard to figure out: Jonathan Brown’s defense was limited to Islam.
Brown, a convert to Islam, holds an endowed chair in Islamic studies at Georgetown. The Jesuit-run institution has a wealthy benefactor in Saudi Arabia, a nation which bans Christianity. How sweet.
What did Georgetown get from this arrangement? Money, and a lot of it. Twelve years ago, Saudi Arabia wrote a check to the Jesuit-run institution for $20 million; it went to support the school’s Center for Muslim Christian Understanding, run by Brown. And what did Saudi Arabia get from this peculiar “understanding”? Legitimacy.
The fruit from this decayed tree is now apparent. Georgetown now employs a tenured professor who defends slavery and rape, provided the slavemasters and rapists are Muslims. This is apparently Georgetown’s idea of diversity. It also shows how phony the school is. Why all the handwringing about Georgetown’s ownership of American slaves in the 19th century when it employs defenders of slavery today?
Brown’s position was not made in the heat of debate. If anything his comments were well prepared: they were delivered at the Islamic Institute for Islamic Thought. After being criticized by some, he tried to walk it back, offering a lame Tweet that meant nothing.
“As a category, as a conceptual category that exists throughout states and trans-historically,” Brown said clumsily, “there’s no such thing as slavery.” It gets better. “I don’t think you can talk about slavery in Islam until you realize that there is no such thing as slavery.”
It is not certain what Brown would say to slaves in Mauritania and Somalia today—they are owned by their Muslim masters. Would he tell them to stop promoting fake news? Would he tell them that slavery is a mirage? Would he tell them that they are delusional? Better yet, would he switch places with them?
Brown is also incompetent. If slavery doesn’t exist in Muslim-run nations, why the need to justify it? “Slavery cannot just be treated as a moral evil in and of itself,” he opined. He really means it. “I don’t think it’s morally evil to own somebody because we own lots of people all around us.”
(Who he owns he did not say, but perhaps the Southern Poverty Law Center will look into it. Maybe I’ll convert to Islam and see if I can buy him. I’ll use my credit card—Mastercard for the Master.)
When someone in the audience challenged Brown, he became indignant, as well as inconsistent. “The fact that there was slavery is wrong [thus did he contradict his remark that there was no such thing in Islam]. Okay. If you’re a Muslim, the prophet of God…had slaves. He had slaves. There’s no denying that. Are you more morally mature than the prophet of God? No, you are not.”
One would hope that all of us are more morally mature than Muhammad. After all, he was not only a slavemaster and an advocate of violence, he consummated his marriage with his bride Aisha when she was nine years old. That’s what we call rape.
Speaking of which, Brown went on to say that non-consensual sex—it’s called rape—is okay with him, at least if the offenders are adherents to Islam. He took aim at the Western notion of “consent,” maintaining that “It’s very hard to have this discussion because we think of, let’s say in the modern United States, the sine qua non of morally correct sex is consent.”
Continuing his defense of rape, Brown criticized Americans for making a big deal about individual rights. “We fetishize the idea of autonomy to the extent that we forget, again who’s really free? Are we really autonomous people?” In other words, since none of us is really autonomous, the difference between us and a rape victim is more contrived than real.
Brown and Georgetown would be on the front page of every newspaper in the nation if he had justified Christians enslaving and raping Muslims. It would be the lead news story of the night on television, and the Internet would explode. But because Brown was justifying slavery and rape committed by Muslims—whose real life victims are Christians and Jews—there’s hardly a peep.
This is moral relativism gone off the cliff. It is a direct consequence of multiculturalism run amuck. On campuses and newsrooms across the country, the Judeo-Christian ethos and heritage has been slashed and burned beyond belief, the rubble of which is Professor Jonathan Brown, Georgetown University, and the media.
...retired Lt. Gen. Dave Barno, wrote, "Major General Herbert Raymond McMaster might be the 21st century Army's pre-eminent warrior-thinker. Recently tapped for his third star, H.R. is also the rarest of soldiers—one who has repeatedly bucked the system and survived to join its senior ranks."
Here's an interesting brief summary of his accomplishments from Cosmopolitan -
During the Gulf War in 1991, McMaster was a captain commanding Eagle Troop of the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment at the Battle of 73 Easting. During that battle, he and his team were significantly outnumbered when they encountered the enemy by surprise. His lead tank and nine other tanks of Eagle Troop destroyed over eighty Iraqi Republican Guard tanks and other vehicles without loss, largely because the American tanks were higher quality. For his actions, he was awarded the Silver Star, and taught the battle as a military history professor at his alma mater, West Point, from 1994 to 1996. (And, fun fact, his success during the battle was included in the Tom Clancy nonfiction novel, Armored Cav.)
4. He helped to pacify the city of Tal Afar in 2005.
In Iraq, McMaster was commander of the unit that brought order to Tal Afar. He used classic counterinsurgency methods —"clear, hold, and build"— that would later be adopted by General Petraeus.
A former teacher at Stepinac, a real character. I never had him as a teacher - he taught Russian - but he had positive influence on many students. He only retired in 2014, at the age of 85. He was at Stepinac from 1958 to 1993. This is from Catholic New York when he retired:
Msgr. Peter Gelsomino had been senior priest administrator of Sacred Heart of Jesus, Port Chester, since 2012. He served that parish as pastor, 1994-2006, and administrator, 2006-2012. He served as parochial vicar at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Shrub Oak, 1993-1994. He served at Archbishop Stepinac High School, White Plains, 1958-1993. He served as parochial vicar at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the Bronx, 1957-1958, and St. Lucy’s, Manhattan, 1955-1957. Born in New York City, he was ordained in 1955.
The Catholic intellectual. He was 83 years old. I enjoyed reading his columns and commentary although I never read any of his books.
This is a press release from the Catholic league, and below is a short video from Fr. Robert Sirico.
Michael Novak, R.I.P.
February 17, 2017
Bill Donohue comments on the death of Michael Novak:
Michael Novak was more than a brilliant and dedicated Catholic, his range of scholarship was astounding. Theologian, sociologist, economist, political scientist—he was all of these and more.
I have many fond memories of my exchanges with Mike. He was courageous and kind, thoughtful and considerate, and always there when you needed him. His commitment to the Catholic League's best interests meant a great deal to me and to the organization; he served on our board of advisors for over 20 years.
God bless Michael Novak. He will surely be missed.
I don’t doubt that these experts believe they are protecting the country from a president whose behavior they — like many of us — see as dangerous. A recent letter to the editor in this newspaper, signed by 35 psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers, put it this way: “We fear that too much is at stake to be silent.” It continued, “We believe that the grave emotional instability indicated by Mr. Trump’s speech and actions makes him incapable of serving safely as president.”
First, all experts have political beliefs that probably distort their psychiatric judgment. Consider what my mostly liberal profession said of Senator Barry Goldwater, the Republican nominee for president in 1964, right before the election. Members of the American Psychiatric Association were surveyed about their assessment of Goldwater by the now-defunct Fact magazine. Many savaged him, calling him “paranoid,” “grossly psychotic” and a “megalomaniac.” Some provided diagnoses, like schizophrenia and narcissistic personality disorder.
They used their professional knowledge as a political weapon against a man they had never examined and who certainly would never have consented to their discussing his mental health in public.
Goldwater sued (successfully) and, as a result, in 1973 the A.P.A. developed the Goldwater Rule. It says that psychiatrists can discuss mental health issues with the news media, but that it is unethical for them to diagnose mental illnesses in people they have not examined and whose consent they have not received.
Contrary to what many believe, this rule does not mean that professionals must remain silent about public figures. In fact, the guidelines specifically state that mental health experts should share their knowledge to educate the public.
So while it would be unethical for a psychiatrist to say that President Trump has narcissistic personality disorder, he or she could discuss common narcissistic character traits, like grandiosity and intolerance of criticism, and how they might explain Mr. Trump’s behavior. In other words, psychiatrists can talk about the psychology and symptoms of narcissism in general, and the public is free to decide whether the information could apply to the individual.
It's a good article - hit the link for the whole thing.
Just discovered this youtube channel belonging to a woman - Jennifer Mills, trail name "Dixie" - who'd never done an overnight hike - and then did a hike-through of the Appalachian Trail! Her youtube channel is good - she's chatty allrighty - with lots of fun informational videos. She's pretty sharp, a graduate of Auburn with a bioengineering degree. Her next project - hiking the PCT (Pacific Coast Trail) that runs from Mexico to Canada.
Brigid sent this out Friday to the Australian family folks - it is summer in Australia and they'd been emailing her to warn that it was VERY hot. As I type this Monday AM, she should be somewhere between Frankfurt and Singapore - the second leg of her journey.
Great article from the NY Times Health and Fitness section. They had to set a new age level classification as he set a world record for people over 105 year olds. Mr. Marchand is the only one in the that group. Testing shows he's more aerobically fit then most 50 year olds. And his aerobic fitness has increased in the last several years, by raising the intensity of his training. Excerpts below, hit the link for the full article - it's about a dozen paragraphs.
Mr. Marchand pedaled more than 14 miles, setting a global benchmark for cyclists age 105 and older. That classification had to be created specifically to accommodate him. No one his age previously had attempted the record.
Mr. Marchand, who was born in 1911, already owned the one-hour record for riders age 100 and older, which he had set in 2012.
It was as he prepared for that ride that he came to the attention of Veronique Billat, a professor of exercise science at the University of Evry-Val d’Essonne in France. At her lab, Dr. Billat and her colleagues study and train many professional and recreational athletes.
She was particularly interested in Mr. Marchand’s workout program and whether altering it might augment his endurance and increase his speed.
Conventional wisdom in exercise science suggests that it is very difficult to significantly add to aerobic fitness after middle age. In general, VO2 max, a measure of how well our bodies can use oxygen and the most widely accepted scientific indicator of fitness, begins to decline after about age 50, even if we frequently exercise.
But Dr. Billat had found that if older athletes exercised intensely, they could increase their VO2 max. She had never tested this method on a centenarian, however.
One of my 2017 resolutions - you can check here - was for Brigid to get out for the first time to Australia, to see her brother Neville and his wife Gerry and their two (June and Samantha) daughters and their children. They've all - exception of Sammi but we'll get that fixed - visited us here several times, but we've not gotten down under to see them.
So Brigid flies out tonight and will also see her sister Libby and her family for six days on the return home, before getting back on March 6th. Overall 21 days with the trip out to Australia going through Frankfurt, and Singapore before getting to Brisbane - about 32 hours of traveling. Brigid is VERY excited about going! Meanwhile, Tom, Joe and Tim will be pining away here ... My hat in this picture says "Wallabies"