They do point out that President Bill Clinton wasn't in much better shape at the 100 day mark.
Here is paragraph 26 out of 27 - very buried.
The new survey finds 46 percent saying they voted for Clinton and 43 percent for Trump, similar to her two-point national vote margin. Asked how they would vote if the election were held today, 43 say they would support Trump and 40 percent say Clinton.
Pope John Paul II re-emphasized its message in the resurrection context of Easter:
Jesus said to St. Faustina one day: "Humanity will never find peace until it turns with trust to Divine Mercy". Divine Mercy! This is the Easter gift that the Church receives from the risen Christ and offers to humanity.
The devotion to Divine Mercy Sunday grew rapidly after its designation by Pope John Paul II and is now widely celebrated by Catholics. The Divine Mercy image is often carried in processions on Divine Mercy Sunday, and is placed in a location in the church so that it can be venerated by those who attended the Mass.
As President Trump approaches the end of his first 100 days in office, he has received by far the most hostile press treatment of any incoming American president, with the broadcast networks punishing him with coverage that has been 89% negative. The networks largely ignored important national priorities such as jobs and the fight against ISIS, in favor of a news agenda that has been dominated by anti-Trump controversies and which closely matches what would be expected from an opposition party.
For example, President Trump’s push to invigorate the economy and bring back American jobs received a mere 18 minutes of coverage (less than one percent of all airtime devoted to the administration), while his moves to renegotiate various international trade deals resulted in less than 10 minutes of TV news airtime.
Eight years ago, in contrast, the broadcast networks rewarded new President Barack Obama with mainly positive spin, and spent hundreds of stories discussing the economic agenda of the incoming liberal administration.
Love this, since Brigid and I - long ago - while living in the Cayman Islands and diving with three other people at 95 feet near "Chisholm's Trail" met a rather large hammerhead.... this 1 minute video from over two years ago has almost 6 million views.
Courtesy of Mike and Karen Riner for getting the tickets. We had a bird's eye view.
The Gang of four - here's two
and two more
In the Yankee Museum before the game - who wore #42? Or #2?
Yogi got this right -
As I said, Bird's Eye seats
Meanwhile despite Luis Severino throwing a three hitter the Yanks lost 4-1, breaking their eight game winning streak. Here's Aaron Judge striking out. We realized he can't handle stuff on the outside corner ...
But a great time had by all (What's with the STAFF hat?)!
Britain doesn't have to hold an election for another three years, but her Party (the Conservative Party) is way ahead in the polls, so why not strengthen their hold on parliament? That's got to be what they're thinking.
A quick - 1:20 - video. But I'm not sure how they calculate the pay gap. Do they compare exact or similar jobs, or simply tote up what women get paid v. what men get without a valid comparison? It's not explained but still interesting.
I love this. No banner; instead a lily. And check out the women.
Here's the sermon:
The Easter Sermon of St. John Chrysostom Bishop of Constantinople (c. A.D. 400)
Is there anyone who is a devout lover of God? Let them enjoy this beautiful bright festival! Is there anyone who is a grateful servant? Let them rejoice and enter into the joy of their Lord!
Are there any weary with fasting? Let them now receive their wages! If any have toiled from the first hour, let them receive their due reward; if any have come after the third hour, let him with gratitude join in the Feast! And he that arrived after the sixth hour, let him not doubt; for he too shall sustain no loss. And if any delayed until the ninth hour, let him not hesitate; but let him come too. And he who arrived only at the eleventh hour, let him not be afraid by reason of his delay.
For the Lord is gracious and receives the last even as the first. He gives rest to him that comes at the eleventh hour, as well as to him that toiled from the first. To this one He gives, and upon another He bestows. He accepts the works as He greets the endeavor. The deed He honors and the intention He commends.
Let us all enter into the joy of the Lord! First and last alike receive your reward; rich and poor, rejoice together! Sober and slothful, celebrate the day!
You that have kept the fast, and you that have not, rejoice today for the Table is richly laden! Feast royally on it, the calf is a fatted one. Let no one go away hungry. Partake, all, of the cup of faith. Enjoy all the riches of His goodness!
Let no one grieve at his poverty, for the universal kingdom has been revealed. Let no one mourn that he has fallen again and again; for forgiveness has risen from the grave. Let no one fear death, for the Death of Our Saviour has set us free. He has destroyed it by enduring it. He destroyed Hades when He descended into it. He put it into an uproar even as it tasted of His flesh. Isaiah foretold this when he said, “You, O Hell, have been troubled by encountering Him below.”
Hell was in an uproar because it was done away with. It was in an uproar because it is mocked. It was in an uproar, for it is destroyed. It is in an uproar, for it is annihilated. It is in an uproar, for it is now made captive. Hell took a body, and discovered God. It took earth, and encountered Heaven. It took what it saw, and was overcome by what it did not see.
O death, where is thy sting? O Hades, where is thy victory?
Christ is Risen, and you, O death, are annihilated! Christ is Risen, and the evil ones are cast down! Christ is Risen, and the angels rejoice! Christ is Risen, and life is liberated! Christ is Risen, and the tomb is emptied of its dead; for Christ having risen from the dead, is become the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep.
The 14 stations of the Cross a Catholic devotion (not completely biblical) that retraces Jesus' steps from his condemnation to his crucifixion and death. Pax Christi is the (or one of the) Catholic peace organizations. When Brigid and I started doing the Stations in the early 90's it would draw 800-900 people and get coverage from local news and television media. It was while doing them that we first met Dan Berrigan as well as Martin Sheen (a year or two before Sheen became President in The West Wing).
Unfortunately the event has really shrunk in recent years; there were only about 200 people and no media coverage which we saw.
I went with my friend Mary and arrived at the sixth station, which was sponsored and presented by Fordham Prep right outside of Grand Central (The Stations begin near the U.N. and go across 42nd. street). Since that's where Joe went to school I videoed part of it and will post it in a day or two.
Meanwhile here are a few pictures.
The Sixth Station outside of Grand Central. The Stations are presented with a scripture reading, commentary on sponsor's theme (Fordham Prep, in this case homelessness - appropriate since NYC has a record # of homeless right now) and some music/hymns.
The Cross is carried by various people at the front. The great thing about this event - prayerful people in the middle of the city and seen by thousands of other NY'ers.
Across from Bryant Park - the theme was a very good one - clean water and it's shortage in many places in the world
From the other side of the street - Grace Building in the background. That unfortunately is the entire length of the participants.
As is sometimes the custom a 15th Station is added - the Resurrection. This was done by Cristo Rey NY High School. Nice job by the students.
Tom and Mary (Cross is growing out of her head - very Holy, Mary!) with the sun in their faces - definitely a Good Event to do on Good Friday. About 15 years ago a group of us from our Parish did one of the Stations - the theme was opposition to cloning and embryonic stem cell research. Maybe we'll do one next year on another topic.
A day early. Chinese art and an ancient short sermon tomorrow.
Last Easter I received this image from a group called Daily Theology and liked it.
"Noli me Tangere" or "Touch me not" as Mary Magdelene recognizes Jesus as she is leaving the empty tomb.
The school of art is the Cretan School of Byzantine icon painting, which flourished in Crete in the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries. This icon is dated the mid-16th century.
"The "Cretan" version of the Mi mou aptou, or Noli me tangere icon- The influence of this school (the Cretan School of iconography) is evident in the bright colors chosen for the image and the long flowing hair of St Mary Magdalene."
Good Friday - the somberest day on the Christian calendar.
Today I'm going to the Pax Christi Stations of the Cross, across Manhattan. I like the Pax Christi Stations - ANY public display of prayer and penance through a big city is a good thing - and I've done it pretty much every year for almost 30 years. The exception being after I was getting over my chemotherapy way back when.
This is very important: stronger people live longer, no matter what the other variables might be. In studies of all-cause mortality, stronger people have a lower mortality rate at any age. Any profound loss of LBM (lean body mass) is highly correlated with mortality. Heavier people tend to be stronger. Heavier people carry more muscle mass, and more muscle mass correlates positively with strength, even if they are fatter.
UPDATE: YIKES! I corrected my misspelling of Pulitzer!
One of my favorite writers (and a great speechwriter for Reagan), although to be honest I haven't paid that much attention to her Wall Street Journal columns the last couple of years. Guess I should have. In the past I read a number of her books. The one that made her famous was her book on the Reagan years What I Saw at the Revolution, which she wrote in 1990 and is a great read. If you want to polish up on your own speaking, Noonan's book On Speaking Well, How to Give a Speech With Style, Substance and Clarity is excellent.
Ms. Noonan has written her weekly Declarations column since 2000, and she has long been a favorite of Journal readers.
She is the author of nine books on American politics, history and culture, from her most recent, “The Time of Our Lives,” to her first, “What I Saw at the Revolution.” She is one of ten historians and writers who contributed essays on the American presidency for the book, “Character Above All.”
This morning Neil Gorsuch became the 113th Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, vindicating the decision of conservatives to vote for Donald Trump in 2016. This may signal the end of the Republican NeverTrump movement, which in its heyday attracted the support of literally dozens of think-tank scholars and columnists in a broad coalition that stretched from Washington, D.C. to as far away as Manhattan. Speaking of Manhattan, Trump’s Gorsuch triumph is also bound to inspire a new movement, this time within the Democratic Party. Expect more internal dissent as party members review the historic political blunder committed by New York’s Charles Schumer, current Senate Minority Leader and a man previously viewed as perhaps the shrewdest and most effective legislator in Washington.
By leading a filibuster against Mr. Gorsuch, Mr. Schumer inspired Republicans to follow the Democrats’ 2013 example on executive and lower judicial appointments and end the filibuster for all judicial appointments. This opens the door to a potential series of solid Trump appointees winning confirmation to the nation’s highest court. Now consider if Mr. Schumer had allowed the eminently qualified Mr. Gorsuch to receive a floor vote. Such a show of comity and fair-dealing would have made it next to impossible for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to persuade the most liberal members of his caucus to break the filibuster to confirm the next Trump appointee. Mr. Schumer failed to stop the Gorsuch confirmation and in the process he has destroyed his ability to stop any others.
Student journalists covering the event told Campus Reform that they, too, were under attack, particularly one writer who tried to interview protesters about Mac Donald’s book. When it became clear they weren’t familiar with her work, the mob got violent.
“Protesters tried to prevent me from conducting interviews by pushing me, grabbing me, and blocking my camera. Several protesters followed me around for almost an hour and formed a wall around me,” the student said.
The school told Campus Reform that they were “disappointed” that Mac Donald’s speech was ultimately cut short. The university’s vice president for academic affairs, Peter Uvin also had some choice words for the protesters.
“What we face here is not an attempt to demonstrate, or to ask tough questions of our speaker, all of which are both protected and cherished on this campus, but rather to make it impossible for her to speak, for you to listen, and for all of us to debate. This we could not accept,”
From the website Public Discourse. I'm on their weekday email list and this was Friday's. The reviewer "Aaron Rothstein, MD, is a neurology resident at the NYU School of Medicine. He spends half of his time training at Bellevue Hospital and blogs regularly about medicine for The New Atlantis."
This is an unusual modus operandi in a healthcare system that has few resources for such altruistic causes. But Bellevue has operated in this way since its very inception, acting as the hospital of last resort for New York City and for America’s neediest and most troubled, as David Oshinsky reminds us in his fascinating new history of the institution, Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America’s Most Storied Hospital. Professor Oshinsky, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Polio: An American Story and professor of history at NYU, eloquently tells the hospital’s history from its humble beginnings to its subsequent accomplishments and horrors.
Oshinsky’s comprehensive book arrives at a time when the public hospital system’s difficulties are compounded by our healthcare system’s financial hardships and confusion, calling into question whether supporting such institutions is worth the investment. His history, however, is less a cheerleading polemic and more a fascinating tale, demonstrating that Bellevue’s past and present are equally unsettling, remarkable, and enduringly relevant.
Here's part 1 of four upcoming - on their editorial page. I only read the four paragraphs. The smug arrogance of it is breathtaking. Providing the link for all the Trump-haters who might be interested.
Here are the first four paragraphs - all I bothered reading.
It was no secret during the campaign that Donald Trump was a narcissist and a demagogue who used fear and dishonesty to appeal to the worst in American voters. The Times called him unprepared and unsuited for the job he was seeking, and said his election would be a “catastrophe.”
Still, nothing prepared us for the magnitude of this train wreck. Like millions of other Americans, we clung to a slim hope that the new president would turn out to be all noise and bluster, or that the people around him in the White House would act as a check on his worst instincts, or that he would be sobered and transformed by the awesome responsibilities of office.
Instead, seventy-some days in — and with about 1,400 to go before his term is completed — it is increasingly clear that those hopes were misplaced.
In a matter of weeks, President Trump has taken dozens of real-life steps that, if they are not reversed, will rip families apart, foul rivers and pollute the air, intensify the calamitous effects of climate change and profoundly weaken the system of American public education for all.
People who work with users have raised concern about a new trend among men in their 40s and 50s, and some even in their 60s and 70s, who are taking the drug to boost energy levels and fight some of the effects of ageing, such as weight gain and a lower libido. Steroids can cause a range of health problems such as heart disease and blood clots.
“We have come across a lot of older men using. It’s almost like hormone replacement therapy [used to relieve symptoms of the menopause] for females. Steroids can help you lose body fat as well,” said Julien Baker, an applied physiology professor at the University of the West of Scotland.
A typical steroid cycle can be about three months, starting with less and building up before tapering off. “At its peak you could be taking steroids daily and injecting around four times a week,” said Kean. “Older guys tend to take less, but for much longer – one injection every seven to 10 days and sometimes almost consistently.”
The Juice Clinic in Sheffield, a service for people using steroids and image-enhancing drugs, has noted an increase in older men asking for help.
“Steroid use for older men is often about the youthful effects, and about body image and energy levels,” said Sid Wiffen, the clinic’s team leader. “I hear talk of men feeling more pressure now to look good, so they are more likely to go to the gym and dress well.
“It can be dangerous and it does worry me. Lots of people we see are keen to make an informed decision about their steroid use, but some get information elsewhere and it’s not always good.”
Once users begin to decrease or discontinue use of steroids, withdrawal symptoms such as low mood and anxiety can occur.
“For men who get to a certain age where they are unable to maintain a particular physique naturally, you can see how they would be tempted to try other means to get a body they maybe found easier to achieve 15-20 years ago. Wanting to look good is no longer just the domain of the young.”
“I am a normal 53-year old guy and I am a non-smoker who eats well and looks after himself. I go to the gym three or four times a week. I drink some weekends and lead an active social life. I have also been taking steroids for the last three years.
“I was apprehensive when I started. I am not a bodybuilder and have never wanted to be one. I got the drug at my gym. I wanted to look healthy and have a nice physique, not rippling muscles but just a bit more definition. I never took steroids when I was younger. Now I have a small dosage once a week and it’s made me feel fantastic. My testosterone levels and other blood levels are normal. I know this because I have my blood checked regularly at a local clinic for users.
“Not only have I got the extra muscle mass I wanted, but the drug has also made me feel good about myself and made me sleep better. It has given me an appetite for life and a better sex drive. No one knows I’m on steroids except my partner, who is fine with it.
“I am not talking about taking massive amounts. I don’t have a massive 60-inch chest. I am a normal guy who looks well for his age. I have a slim waist, not a big belly, and train a little bit.
“I don’t want to look like younger guys. I am taking the drugs for me, to look good and feel happy. Steroids make you feel more youthful, and in a corny kind of way it is like drinking a feelgood elixir. All the characteristics of getting older, such as feeling tired etc, get put on hold for a while.
A more pragmatic solution would be to offer a path to legalization that stops short of citizenship. That would meet the humanitarian imperative to keep families together. But it would also hold those who have violated immigration laws accountable for their actions. This would apply only to undocumented workers who were of legal age when they entered the United States; those who were not of legal age should be given a citizenship path identical to the one that is available to legal immigrants.
Except for those who were born on American soil, citizenship is not a right. It’s a privilege. A path short of citizenship sends a powerful message to America’s legal-immigrant community, whose members have worked tirelessly to follow existing immigration guidelines. There is a rule of law, and citizenship is granted to those who follow it.
Withholding citizenship, the Left will argue, creates a working class who will never truly feel that America is their home. Citizenship, they maintain, holds the key to becoming a “full and open member of American society.” Yet a significant number of legal immigrants who can naturalize don’t. They have pursued an education, own homes, and have forged links in American society. Not being citizens hasn’t stopped them from claiming their piece of the American dream. Why would it be any different for undocumented workers?
NOTE: Brigid is not a citizen - she's a resident alien (I like to remind her every so often that she's an "alien"). And she certainly "truly feels that America is her home". Brigid has considered becoming a citizen but really has never felt the need to take that step. Giving people resident status but not citizenship will work fine.