Dearest mothers, thank you, ... thank you for what you are in your family and for what you give to the Church and the world. And to you, beloved Church, thank you, thank you for being mother. And to you, Mary, Mother of God, thank you for letting us see Jesus. And thank you for all the mammas. Let us salute them!
The questions of whether Britain stays whole and whether it remains in Europe are deeply entangled, with the outcome of one expected to heavily influence the other.
If Britain leaves Europe despite notably pro-European sentiment in Scotland, the chances of Scotland’s newly empowered nationalists leading another drive for independence would instantly rise — despite a promise that last year’s failed bid was a “once-in-a-generation” event.
That’s one reason that Europe is likely to be settled first. Cameron’s reelection fired the starting gun on what is sure to be an emotional and high-stakes debate over Britain’s future in the E.U.
Cameron promised a referendum on the matter by the end of 2017, but some are pushing for the vote to come far sooner so that uncertainty doesn’t hang over Britain’s economic and political fortunes for the next 2 1 /2 years.
Polls suggest that if the vote were held today, Britain would choose to stay in the E.U. But the energized voices for “out” are gearing up for the fight, in the belief that the country could better manage itself without meddling from Brussels.
And what about the losing Party's - Labor, the Liberal Democrats, and UKIP?
The losers of Britain’s election did far worse than simply falling short. Three opposition parties lost their leaders and now face profound questions about their future directions.
On Friday, Labor leader Ed Miliband conceded defeat to rival David Cameron, who will continue to serve as British prime minister after his Conservative Party won an overwhelming — and unexpected — victory.
Miliband then stepped down from his leadership post. Within the previous hour, the heads of the Liberal Democrats and the anti-immigration U.K. Independence Party had also departed. Given the scale of the carnage, opposition to the Conservative agenda was effectively neutered, at least for now.
In 18 weeks at the Fire Academy, firefighter wannabes previously were required to complete the FST within 17 minutes and 50 seconds. The test involves breathing through a mask connected to an air tank while carrying up to 50 pounds of gear, then climbing six flights of stairs, stretching hose lines, raising ladders, and performing tasks that simulate breaking down doors and pulling down ceilings, plus dragging dummies through tunnels with no visibility.
Wax was unable to finish the course several times. On her last try, she did — in more than 22 minutes, sources said.
While taking the test, Wax at times used up her air supply, sources said. The 9/11 widow told me that, in a real fire, this would endanger the safety of not only the public, but of fellow firefighters who would come to her rescue.
Evidently, to the city’s brass, avoiding lawsuits is of paramount importance. This administration paid out $98 million to settle a federal lawsuit filed on behalf of minority firefighter hopefuls, which claimed that the written portion of the firefighting test is biased against black and Hispanic applicants. Now, officials fear a lawsuit from a women’s group, claiming that physical standards discriminate against females.
With Tuesday’s graduation of 305 probies, just 46 of the city’s approximately 10,400 smoke-eaters are gals. But competent women — including two who just graduated from the Fire Academy with Wax, but passed the physical test — might be taken for losers by the public.
Losers: Liberal Democrats, incredibly went from 57 members to 8! Labor Party way underperformed expectations, going from 258 to 232.
Winners: The Scottish National Party - the regional party of Scotland - went from 6 seats to 56. There are only three Scottish seats that were not won by the SNP. The Conservative Party won won 24 seats, to give them 331, and were able to form a Government by themselves - no coalition.
Interesting stats: 66% of voters voted. Conservatives got 37% of popular vote, Labor 30%, the SNP 4.7% (but they are a regional party), liberal Democrats 8% (down from 23% five years ago), UKIP (a sort of Libertarian Party and wants to take Britain out of the European Union) got over 12% but only got one seat. Their vote was fragmented all over the country.
We followed a little bit the campaigns - Brigid watches BBC most every night. All the pundits had it called as a tight election with a coalition government, but that didn't happen. In fact for the first time in 60 years the incumbent government on their re-election showed a rise in their popular vote. The head of the Labor Party has already resigned as Party leader.
LONDON — British Prime Minister David Cameron looked ahead to forming a new government Friday after a resounding election victory that defied predictions of a deadlocked vote and forced his main political rival to step down.
The results, said the ashen Labor Party leader Ed Miliband, were “very disappointing and difficult.” Hours later, he resigned as party leader.
The outcome offered unexpected short-term political stability, a fact that cheered markets, and promised continuity on key issues such as Britain’s nuclear deterrent and the U.S.-led fight against the Islamic State.
New MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has made changes to baseball to speed up the pace of the game. But honestly, it's going to take a lot more than taking the length of a contest from 3 hours and 10 minutes to 3 hours and 5 minutes to make it America's pastime more interesting to fans.
"Men but not women get to preside at Mass. Men but never women wear the cassock of a cardinal, the vestments of a pope. Male clergy are typically called 'father,' which connotes authority. Women in religious orders are usually called 'sister,' which doesn’t."
Whatever else he may want to say about Catholics and women, there's no lack of parallelism in that father/sister terminology. Men in religious orders are called "brother," and female leaders of orders are called "mother."
And here's the response from the Catholic League's Bill Donohue:
Bruni applauds Pope Francis for remarks he made a week ago on women where he called for equal pay for equal work. But the cheers didn’t last long. “He left out the part about women in the Roman Catholic Church not even getting a shot at equal work,” the columnist writes.
Bruni works for a newspaper that paid its first woman executive editor, Jill Abramson, considerably less than the male editor who preceded her, Bill Keller; she was also compensated less than Keller in pay and pension benefits when she succeeded him as managing editor. She was fired last year and replaced by a man.
It is Bruni, not the pope, who is omitting things. Immediately after that part of the pope’s address where he cited pay equality, he spoke about the need to recognize “women’s motherhood and men’s fatherhood,” a direct refutation of Bruni’s favorite subject, gay marriage. Indeed, earlier in his speech, the pope said that “Jesus teaches us that the masterpiece of society is the family: a man and a woman who love each other! This is the masterpiece!” The masterpiece has no role for two guys.
Bruni calls on U.S. bishops to sponsor abortion. He chides the bishops for objecting to Obamacare’s mandate that Catholic entities “include contraception in workers’ health insurance.” He left out the fact that these same institutions would also have to pay for abortion-inducing drugs.
Finally, Bruni thinks it would be wise for the Church to “follow some other Christian denominations and ordain women.” There’s another glaring omission: the mainline Protestant denominations—which take their teachings from the New York Times—are in free fall. Meanwhile, the numbers in the Catholic Church keep going up. So why would we want to copy failure?
Frank Bruni has an animus towards the Catholic Church; he's frequently shown it in past columns, with the same tired arguments. Perhaps it's motivated by his sexual orientation?
“The knife was recovered by this officer,” Officer Garrett Miller wrote in the arrest report, “and found to be a spring-assisted, one-hand operated knife.”
Spring-assisted knives open on their own after a small push on the blade by a finger, unlike switchblades, which shoot out with the press of a button.
Despite their differences, they’re both illegal in Baltimore.
“It shall be unlawful for any person to sell, carry, or possess any knife with an automatic spring or other device for opening and/or closing the blade, commonly known as a switch-blade knife,” says Article 19, Subtitle 59, Section 19 of the Baltimore City Code.
So the knife described by Miller is most definitely illegal, but of course he could be wrong.
Larry Kobilinsky, a professor of forensic science at New York’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice, believes Gray’s knife could make or break Mosby’s case.
“I think it makes a lot of difference if the arrest was legal,” Kobilinsky said. “If they took him into custody and had reasonable suspicion that a crime had been committed, then they acted reasonably in restraining him and taking him to jail.”
Furthermore, by saying the arrest was illegal, Mosby has made the case to the public that cops should have never begun what ended with Gray’s death. Cops surely had no right to kill Freddie Gray, but they may have had the right to arrest him. All of that—and what happens next in Baltimore—may now hinge on a single spring.
In Tuesday's memo,, Baquet reassured staff "that Page One, and the print newspaper, remain a crucial part of what we do. The choices of what stories and photos appear on Page One reflect our collective judgment about the most important journalism we are offering to our readers each day. And our increased emphasis on digital publishing does not in any way detract from our commitment to giving our print subscribers the richest, most inviting experience every day."
"But we want to ensure that our digital report is of equal quality, and make sure we are giving the most readers the best version of all journalism when they want to read it," Baquet wrote.
Likely voters are also following the news much more closely, showing the same commitment to being informed that they have on Election Day. The wider pool of all Americans is thus far more likely to produce results like this one reported in the New York Times’ latest poll: 55% say they don’t know enough to answer whether foreign donations affected Mrs. Clinton’s actions while serving as secretary of State.
By contrast, Rasmussen Reports finds that when you survey Likely U.S. Voters:
As they are rescued b a passing ship off their sinking inflatable. I recall a somewhat similar situation of refugees from Cuba, just before we left the Cayman Islands in 1981. They thought they were on their way to Miami, but ended up in a leaky wooden sailboat - with way too many people - on Cayman Brac. We were on the Brac scuba diving and saw the boat. almost a wreck, couldn't believe people had taken that sort of risk. Then - the next day they insisted on leaving and trying for florida!
At the big Somers Lions Club meet - always a nice event - he won the shot put while getting a new PR, and came third in the javelin. At 159'0" he was almost nine feet off his personal best in the javelin, but he was throwing after several hours on a hot day, and off a grass surface instead of turf.
Tim is still ranked #4 in the state in the javelin, but in this meet he was edged out by 7 inches by another Stepinac boy, junior Tyquel Fields. Tyquel will be the QB for the Stepinac football team next year. He's a real division 1 quarterback prospect.
It's kind of funny to compare the builds of the two boys. Despite being 7 inches taller than Tim (who is 5'9"), at 205 lbs Tim outweighs him.
With them is Joe Venice who coaches football and track, and taught Tim for two years at Stepinac (and is a great guy - a Stepinac grad himself).
Here's Tim's last throw in the shot put event, which was held in the morning. He was the last thrower in the finals, and already had won, so this was just for a PR (personal record) and he nailed a fine throw of 47'8".
I thought Newsweek was defunct. Turns out they've been bought and sold a couple of times since the Washington Post parent Company sold it for $1 a few years ago. That's all it was worth considering it's legacy costs (pension and healthcare for it's retirees.)
Anyway here's an almost funny PR from the Catholic League, as the Newsweek writer wonders why the Pope can't get over "so-called traditional marriage."
Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on same-sex marriage. For some reason, Newsweek thought that this would entice the pope to change on this subject.
For example, here is what Newsweek tweeted yesterday: “Pope Francis still is against gay marriage even as the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments.” It showed a picture of the pope looking undecided.
On April 29, Taylor Wofford of Newsweek commented: “One day after the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges—the outcome of which may dictate the future of same-sex marriage in the United States—Pope Francis on Wednesday publicly affirmed his stance on so-called traditional marriage between men and women.”
Of course, the pope doesn’t have a “stance” on marriage, or on any other doctrine of the Catholic Church: he is the Vicar of Christ who defends and promotes the teachings of the Magisterium that have evolved over two millennia. Moreover, there is nothing “so-called” about traditional marriage—the union of a man and a woman in the institution of marriage has long been a staple in Western civilization.
It is astonishing that anyone would think that the Vatican might actually take its cues from Supreme Court on the subject of marriage, or on any other issue for that matter.
In 2013, the pope said, “Two Christians who marry have recognized the call of the Lord in their own love story, the vocation to form one flesh and one life from two, male and female.” Last year, the pope described same-sex marriage as “a maneuver by the devil.” There is nothing “so-called” about those pronouncements—they are quite definitive.
"This name is fitting for the princess because it's historically significant but it's also personal to the duke and duchess of Cambridge," Linda Rosenkrantz, co-founder of Nameberry, tells Yahoo Parenting. "Charlotte is the feminine version of Charles, the father of Prince William and is a version of Carole, the name of Kate's mother. Charlotte is also the middle name of Pippa Middleton, Kate's sister."
What's more, Elizabeth is the name of the current Queen of England and Prince William's grandmother. And Diana — an unexpected choice given Prince William's late mother's rocky history with the royal family — is a beautiful tribute.
Today marks the 28th anniversary of the founding of our community, a most celebratory day. It is sadly though the first time we celebrate this day without Fr. Benedict Groeschel. His passing is still felt, especially on a day like today. Without him, our community would simply not exist. When he and 7 others left the Capuchins to found this community 28 years ago, little did they know that in a short time, the community would grow to over 120 members worldwide. Starting a new community is no picnic, as our founders have always said. It is full of blood, sweat, tears, trials, crosses, and yes, joy. Fr. Benedict and our other founders wanted to live in a radical way, carrying the charism and spirit of St. Francis into the poorest neighborhoods, and into the 21st Century.
It is difficult to say where we will all be in 28 more years, yet we can find inspiration in these 8 men’s’ example. They did not know what lay ahead of them when they moved to a war zone in the South Bronx in 1987. They could not see but a few days ahead of them. Yet they went all in on God’s Providence, and He provided in spades. Fr. Benedict often said when they began the Renewal: “We have to do something!” These are guiding words for us in our time and world. May their example inspire us to abandon our lives into the Hands of the Good Lord.
I took these two Saturday's ago while walking the landing with Brigid. Any idiot (me) with a cheap digital (panasonic) camera can do it. I'm not Ansel Adams, but even posted online and looked at on the computer screen, they're pretty decent. None of the photos were cropped, manipulated, or computer enhanced.
The first five taken walking north; the first four at exactly 6:41pm.
At the top of the Landing, at the 9/11 Memorial, six minutes later - 6:47.
Then on the way back south to the parking lot -now it's 6:57.
Then the one picture of Brigid - a blurry mess! I better stick to sunsets!! The sun doesn't move too fast.
Next time I'm on the Landing at sunset I'll take some with my phone and compare.
Two of the six runs against Niese were unearned due to a quartet of Mets errors -- one each from Wilmer Flores, Eric Campbell, Murphy and Cuddyer. Campbell later forgot how many outs there were while on first base in the sixth, leading to an easy inning-ending double play on Flores' routine flyout to right.
Forgot how many outs there were? Casey Stengel must be shaking his head...
From my brother Jim, who writes: "Remember these are mostly entertainment industry leftists involved in this matter…………..once again we see liberals who are capitalists with their own money. A higher mandated wage, they say, will cause job loss and theater closings...........wow.
Very interesting, as they present the conservative argument against raising the minimum wage. Not what you'd expect from actors on the L.A. scene.
To my mind, raising minimum wage vs. more jobs - that's a tough call.
With leaders of the national stage actors' union poised to deliberate Tuesday on a new $9 hourly minimum wage in small Los Angeles theaters, the rank and file in L.A. has voted overwhelmingly against the pay hike.
The 2,046 to 1,075 vote by local Actors' Equity Assn. members was only advisory. The Actors' Equity national governing council still has the authority to change the pay rules for L.A. members, who for decades have performed for token amounts in theaters of 99 seats or fewer.
The $9 minimum would apply to rehearsals as well as performances. It would replace a system that pays $7 to $15 for each performance, depending on the ticket price and seating capacity, and nothing for rehearsals that can consume scores of hours.
The new wage could quadruple what actors earn from a typical production.
But opponents say a change could backfire on actors by shutting down the most economically fragile theaters and putting the rest under pressures that would drain much of the flavor and adventure from L.A.'s small-theater menu. They warn that producers would no longer put on shows requiring large casts and that their main concern would become ensuring a safe box-office return instead of picking plays that embody creative experimentation and risk.