January 24, 2014

Supremes Let Little Sisters Have Their Way During Appeal; AP Ridiculously Calls That Result a ‘Compromise’

On Friday, the Supreme Court issued a one-paragraph order in Little Sisters of the Poor et al v. Sebeluis et al. It told the Sisters that for the case to continue with no enforcement of the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate, they need only to inform the government in writing “that they are non-profit organizations that hold themselves out as religious and have religious objections to providing coverage for contraceptive services.” That’s easy, because that’s what they are, and that’s their position.

As a result, the government has been “enjoined from enforcing against the applicants the challenged provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and related regulations pending final disposition.” In other words, the Sisters will get their way until the case is decided. After the jump, I’ll present a bit of the sane coverage by the Washington Post’s Robert Barnes, followed by portions of the reality-avoiding writeup of Jesse Holland found at the Associated Press.

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NewsBusted (012414)

Filed under: NewsBusted — Tom @ 6:33 am

Here we go:

Topics:
– Economic Freedom
– Spanish Obamacare Site
– HBO’s The Newsroom
– Immigration Reform
– Al Franken
– GPS Data
– Amazon.com Jeff Bezos
– Kanye West and Yeezianity
– Michelle Obama
– AARP

Best Line: “The Spanish language Obamacare website has numerous technical problems. In fact, it’s so bad that Dora the Explorer is now teaching kids how to say ‘Page Not Found’ in Spanish.”

Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (012414)

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

This open thread will stay at or near the top today. Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow. Other topics are also fair game.

Positivity: Pope Francis warns against a ‘worldly uniformity’

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Vatican City:

Jan 17, 2014 / 08:39 am

In his daily homily, Pope Francis cautioned the faithful not to fall into the temptation of worldliness which hardens our hearts and makes us forget our “election” as children of God.

“The normality of life demands fidelity from Christians to their election, and to not sell it to go towards a worldly uniformity,” the Pope stated in his Jan. 17 homily.

Pope Francis began his daily Mass, held in the chapel of the Vatican’s Saint Martha guesthouse, by returning to the day’s readings, giving special emphasis to the first reading taken from First Book of Samuel.

Recalling how the people of Israel asked Samuel to appoint a king so that they would be like other nations, and did not listen to the prophet’s warning against it, the Pope stated that the people “reject God,” and that “not only do they hear the word of God, but they reject it.”

In denying the Lord as their ruler and requesting a “king of the court” so as to be “like all the nations,” the pontiff explained that they “reject to Lord of love” and “they reject their election and seek a path of worldliness.”

Many Christians today do the same thing, the Pope noted, observing that the temptation of worldliness “is the temptation of the People, and also ours.”

“So many times, we forget the word of God, what the Lord tells us, and we take the word which is fashionable, right?” he continued, adding that “the word of the soap opera” is always “fashionable and more fun!”

However, the Pope went on to explain that “apostasy is precisely the sin of breaking with the Lord,” and “is clearly seen,” but that worldliness is “more dangerous…because it is more subtle.”

Pope Francis acknowledged that while “the Christian must be normal, as normal people are,” there are certain values that “the Christian cannot take for himself.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.