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Where are the Hidden Heroes of Today?

If you are a man looking for inspiration in these dark times have I got a treat for you.

WQPH 89.3 FM is hosting a Catholic Men’s Retreat on Saturday Aug 27th at St. Benedict’s Abbey 252 Still River Road Still River Massachusetts.

The primary speakers are Dan Duddy and Tom Caffey hosts of WQPH’s 13th Apostle every Saturday at 11:30 AM EST. They have been doing men’s events all over the east coast. This will be their first for WQPH in Massachusetts. The theme: “Where are the Hidden Heroes of Today?”

The retreat runs from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM and includes the following on the schedule

  • The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass at 9 am
  • Morning Coffee a light breakfast
  • Group Prayers
  • Free time during which confession will be available
  • Luncheon
  • A Talk from Dan Duddy and Tom Caffrey on our theme: Where are the hidden heroes of today?
  • Group discussion Q & A
  • Closing prayers

There will also be books and sacramentals available at the event

The Cost is $55 but only $45 for early bird registration by August 23rd which includes both luncheon and light breakfast

You can sign up in three ways:

  1. Go to WQPHradio.org and hit the Donate Button. In the notes for the donation specify that said donation is for your spot on the retreat (If you wish to sponsor additional people feel free to do so but please include their names in the notes).
  2. Call 617-459-8735 and we will take your information
  3. email us at wqph893@comcast.net with your request.. We will contact you back to confirm the number of tickers and payment

Don’t miss a chance to be part of this excellent life changing event

By John Ruberry

Outside of sheer incompetence, a theme has emerged from the Joe Biden administration. When they need help, the White House calls on people they deem to be experts. 

Here’s a dirty secret of politics, or if your prefer, of advancing a preferred narrative. Anyone can find an “expert,” more on them in a bit, to support any opinion. It works in journalism too, the media wing of the Democrat Party.

When the discovery of the Hunter Biden laptop was revealed by the New York Post nearly two years ago–the mainstream media, social media, and of course the Biden campaign immediately moved to denounce it. The casus belli for journalists, Facebook, Twitter, and the like–Biden brought this up in a presidential debate–was that its emergence three weeks before Election Day in 2020 had “all the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation,” according to 51 former national security experts, led by James Clapper, a director of National Intelligence under Barack Obama. Every one of these “experts” either lied, signed on to something they knew little about, or just simply wanted to do whatever it took to prevent the reelection of Donald J. Trump. 

Eighteen months later, the New York Times admitted Hunter’s laptop, which provided voluminous evidence of his influence peddling centered on his being the son of a powerful politician, was authentic. The 51 experts can expect subpoenas from the House Judiciary Committee next year, assuming the Republicans take control of the House. Every one of these “experts” should have their security clearances permanently revoked.

Biden of course won the election. As a result of his policies, such as cancelling the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, blocking new permits for drilling on federal land, gasoline prices soared and remain high. Although the economy was well into recovery mode two years ago, Biden signed into law the unfunded American Rescue Plan. Many experts at the time claimed it would not fuel inflation. They were wrong. Just as those national security “experts” were wrong on Hunter’s laptop. 

When inflation began its ascent, the White House cited 15 Nobel laureates in economics who said that Biden’s Build Back Better bill, enacted in late 2021, would not fuel inflation. They were wrong too. Inflation is now at levels not seen since the early 1980s. Last year Biden and other “experts” were saying inflation was “transitory.” Liberals reading this post will blame inflation on the War in Ukraine, you know, “Putin’s price hike.” Sure, the war likely has an effect on inflation, but the scourge was with us before Russia’s invasion Ukraine. 

Build Back Better was originally part of a much larger bill, the green energy stuff was split off and later discarded after Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) said he wouldn’t support it. Well, Build Back Better Part Two is back, laughably renamed the Inflation Reduction Act. And to bolster its support, the Biden White House has–are you ready?–called on experts, this time, four former Democratic Treasury secretaries and one Republican, who claim, among other things, that the Inflation Reduction Act will “fight inflation” One of those ex-Treasury secretaries is Larry Summers, who warned last year the Biden White House, “We’re taking very substantial risks on the inflation side.” 

A good journalist would track down Summers and ask him specifics on why this bill really will fight inflation.

Earlier I mentioned that journalists have a role in advancing political narratives. For example, at Forbes, Rhett Buttle offers a slobbering French kiss of propaganda, which is accompanied by this headline, “Experts Agree: The Inflation Reduction Act Accomplishes A Lot For Small Business And Working Families.” While late in the piece Buttle manages to write about the bill, “some who represent select corporate interests in Washington don’t completely agree” with the hype. But if Buttle was truly a journalist, he would have tracked down opponents of the Inflation Reduction Act and presented a balanced article.

Then again, real journalism is dead. Twenty years ago such a piece as the one written by Buttle would contain the sub-headline, “news analysis,” assuming a magazine like Forbes would even publish it. I took some journalism classes at the University of Illinois. If I turned in such an article for an assignment, a professor would have deservedly given me an “F,” enhanced by this underlined comment written in red ink, “This garbage reads like a press release.”

But Biden’s new batch of experts have spoken: The Inflation Reduction Act, which the Senate will vote on Sunday afternoon, will “fight inflation.”

Watch your wallet. Watch the cash in it lose its value.

Disclosure: This blog post should be classified as “news analysis.”

UPDATE 5:15pm EDT: The Democrats’ Inflation Reduction Act passed the Senate.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

By John Ruberry

“The fliparoo theory of PolitiFact is now confirmed,” Dan Bongino said early in his July 28 podcast, “The fliparoo theory is this: If a fact-checker, airquotes, PolitiFact, says something is true it is probably false. If PolitiFact says something is false it’s probably true.”

Which means, of course, that we are now in a recession. PolitiFact, in a piece written by propagandist Louis Jacobson entitled, “No, the White House didn’t change the definition of ‘recession,'” he fact-checked a claim that originally came from an Instagram post. In seemingly 10,000 words, meant to overwhelm low-information voters, Jacobson ruled that statement false.

Jacobson is wrong, he’s gaslighting us. We are in a recession.

And Jacobson is not alone.

The Biden White House, led by the embarrassment of a press secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre, has been redefining “recession” for at least a week. For decades, the generally accepted definition of a recession has been two successive months of negative GDP growth. In the first quarter of 2022, the American economy shrank by 1.4 percent, and it contracted by 0.9 percent in the second quarter. These are facts. 

“However, the two-quarter threshold cited in the Instagram post has never been official,” Jacobson said in his so-called fact-check. “It’s more like a rough guide,” he continued, “one piece of a complicated puzzle.” Translation: the wise and oh-so-brilliant Jacobson is right, and you are a semi-literate yokel for accepting the commonly agreed upon description of a recession. 

In another overly long fact-check, Newsweek’s Tom Norton, another hack apologist, also ruled “false” the claim that the Biden White House is redefining what a recession is. “Furthermore, the White House website doesn’t have a dictionary or catalog of all political terminology and jargon it uses (that is the case for other governments, such as those of the UK and Canada, too),” Norton offered. 

Wow. I’m convinced. Not.

In Norton’s Newsweak–or is it Newspeak?— fact-check, Norton quotes Secretary of Treasury Janet Yellen, who, by the way, was wrong about inflation being “transitory,” that it is really up to a secretive private organization to determine a recession. Who knew? “There is an organization called the National Bureau of Economic Research that looks at a broad range of data in deciding whether or not there is a recession,” she revealed.

Another fact-check fabulist, the Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler, appears to be on vacation so he hasn’t weighed in on the leftist-induced recession debate. Three years ago, while fact-checking Donald Trump, Kessler wrote, “A recession is two quarters of negative economic growth.” But Joe Biden wasn’t president then.

Another prominent (along the lines of someone having an ugly prominent nose) fact-checker, USA Today, also hasn’t recently given its opinion on what a recession really is. Oh, what’s this? In a 2020 fact-check USA Today informed us, “A recession is generally defined as two consecutive quarters of declining GDP, or gross domestic product, a monetary measure of the market value of all the final goods and services produced during a specific time period.”

But on the other hand, Snopes is bowing to the Democrat Party mantra about recessions. Referring to a couple of social media messages, “The tweets quoted above may give readers the misleading impression that the Biden administration literally tried to revise the criteria economists use to determine when a recession has occurred. But that was not the case,” Bethania Palma chimes in for Snopes.

It is the case. Snopes is lying.

Here are some media talking heads talking not too long ago, based on who I see here and the chyrons, using the classical definition of a recession, in a montage compiled by the Media Research Center. You know the, you know the thing, as Biden likes to say, two consecutive quarters of declining GDP growth. C’mon man!

But, assuming briefly we are not in a recession when will we be in one? The Biden administration won’t say. Is it a recession when we have three successive quarters of declining growth? Four? Five-and-a-half?

Or will it be a recession only when there is a Republican president?

Dan Bongino is right. The fliparoo theory of “fact-checkers” is now confirmed. 

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

In Stacy McCain’s post on the Biden Economy there was one bit that jumped out at me:

Magical thinking: “Corporate minimum tax!” This will miraculously solve all the budget problems, Democrats expect us to believe and, considering that 38.2% of voters actually approve of the job Biden’s doing as president, there are tens of millions of Americans stupid enough to believe anything. 

Now, in my opinion this 38.2% consists of three distinct groups.

The first group are the greased. These are the people who directly benefit from the Biden graft. The companies that are given subsidies, the cities that those companies are based in, the activist class and of course all those who suck at the government tit, many of them already obscenely wealthy and a key part of the Democrat base (which is why you don’t hear media talking about “cooperate welfare” anymore) Biden is their guy doing their bidding so they’re all for him.

The second is the thug class, if you’re a criminal in Biden’s America you are pretty much being given a free pass in blue cities. If you’re running a high level criminal enterprise the Biden policies mean that your street thugs are playing with house money. The Tony Soprano’s of the world are getting their 10% with ease and the various thug classes who are literally getting away with murder know who to thank, cripes they’re even getting recruited by Democrat activists to thug on their behalf. To them the Biden years are the days of wine and roses.

To those people the Biden Administration is doing exactly what they want

But there is one more group out there and to understand this group we go back to USA today from five years ago and their grading of the first 100 days of Donald Trump Presidency by Glenn Reynolds:

A+ Not Hillary: President Trump was elected in no small part because he was not Hillary Clinton, and he’s done an A+ job of not being Hillary Clinton during his first 100 days. And as additional news about Hillary’s shambolic presidential campaign has come out — including revelations that she combed through staff emails from her previous campaign and assigned people “loyalty scores” — the importance of having a president who is not Hillary Clinton seems even greater than it did in November. And, I’m happy to say, I expect President Trump to go on not being Hillary Clinton for the next four (or eight!) years. A+ job, Mr. President!

and his grade at one year

A+ Still Not Hillary: Last year, I graded President Trump as an A+ because he was doing an outstanding job of not being Hillary Clinton. A year after his inauguration, he’s even more not-Hillary. And the childish and irrational effort by Democrats to escape into fantasies of undoing the 2016 election via impeachment or 25th Amendment medical disability demonstrates that their party isn’t ready to govern anytime soon. Aside from not being Hillary, Trump has some actual accomplishments, and not just in terms of judicial appointments. The tax bill passed, the economy is already benefiting, and the results are already showing up in workers’ paychecks. Trump has exceeded his goal of undoing two regulations for every new regulation passed, and he’s on track to shrink the federal government significantly — though not enough — in his first term.  As a libertarian, my expectations for Trump were pretty modest, and in this respect, he has already  surpassed them. And, with Trump in the White House, the plague of sexual abuse in the news and entertainment worlds has been brought to light, when it almost certainly would have been kept quiet under Hillary so as to avoid embarrassing associations with Bill Clinton’s past offenses. Every day when Trump wakes up, he’s not Hillary, and that’s the main reason he is in the White House now. 

Glenn in his 1 year review of Trump could point to actual accomplishments which continued to grow over the four years of the Trump presidency which is, in my opinion, the single most successful first term of a presidency since James K. Polk.

Now if you ask me, you can count the accomplishments of Joe Biden on the thumbs of one toe, but in fairness there is one accomplishment that can’t be taken away from him, something that to a large group of Americans, is significant.

He’s not Donald Trump.

For those Americans no amount of suffering from high gas prices, to inflation, to crime in the streets, to shortages of everything from Baby Food to Tampons to even the spaying of their own children and the complete denial and redefining of reality for political gain mean nothing, compared to the fact that Donald Trump is not president. Suddenly all that they’ve been put through becomes not a failure of leadership but a virtue, they are suffering, but Trump is not president. It gives them self esteem, virtue without actually being virtuous and in their mind Joe Biden has given that to them.

They’re lives and suffering are martyrdom for the sake of NeverTrump, alas they will discover that unlike Baptism by Blood, it will not wash away sins.