December 15, 2012

NewsBusted (121412)

Filed under: NewsBusted — Tom @ 11:25 am

Here we go:

TOPICS:
–President Obama Inauguration
–California Tax Rates
–Democrats and Socialism
–George Zimmerman
–Daniel Day-Lewis
–NFL and Guns
–Holiday Shopping
–Snoop Lion

Best Line: “A new survey finds that 53% of Democrats have a favorable view of socialism. And the same percentage of Democrats then criticized themselves for using the word ‘socialism.’”

Virtually Absent From U.S. Press Coverage of Egypt’s Constitution and Referendum: It’s About Sharia Law

As voting on Egypt’s constitution begins, an Associated Press story this morning by Aya Batrawy and Sarah El Deeb typifies how the U.S. press is only nibbling around the edges of its content. The headline reads “EGYPTIANS VOTE ON ISLAMIST-BACKED CONSTITUTION.” In the story’s content, the pair found an 23 year-old Egyptian engineer who told them, in their words, that “he felt the proposed constitution needed more, not less, Islamic content,” and expressed a belief that “All laws have to be in line with Shariah.”

Nice misdirection there. As Andrew McCarthy, “arguably the most important prosecutor in the War on Terror” and “among the most authoritative writers anywhere on the dangers of Jihad,” explained at PJ Media on Wednesday morning, and as much of the non-U.S. press accurately comprehends, the proposed constitution is about institutionalizing sharia in Egypt, and the last-minute splitting of the vote, originally scheduled for only today but now taking place today and next Saturday, is about ensuring its victory at the polls (bolds are mine throughout this post):

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Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (121512)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow later. Other topics are also fair game.

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Positivity: Achieving peace requires respect for all human life, Pope states

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Vatican City:

Dec 14, 2012 / 05:05 pm

More than anything else, the path to peace involves “respect for human life in all its many aspects,” Pope Benedict XVI said in his message for the annual World Day of Peace.

“At the birth of Jesus, the angels proclaim the message ‘glory to God on high, and on earth peace to men of good will.’ With the birth of the savior, peace was wished for the earth, for humanity,” Cardinal Peter K. Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, remarked to CNA Dec. 14.

“Peace was offered and declared for humanity. My hope for next year is that this becomes real for humanity, that humanity begins more and more to realize the peace that was declared and announced at the birth of the Lord.”
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