August 31, 2014

Terror-Supporting Islamist Finds ‘Humor’ in Saying ’9-11, 7-7, 3-11′ During Mic Check Before CNN Interview

When last seen in coverage at NewsBusters, Anjem Choudary was sparring with Sean Hannity while claiming that ISIS atrocities are a Western “falsehood” and that Islamic Sharia law will be implemented “in the whole world one day.”

Before getting to his latest stunt on CNN’s Reliable Sources program with host Brian Stelter, it’s important to provide some context, simply because Choudary, described at Wikipedia as a “Muslim social and political activist,” has already said that “if you had a sense of humor, maybe you would have laughed” at how he conducted the mic check before his interview.

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Restricting ‘Choice’: California Dictates That Its Employers Cannot Refuse to Cover Elective Abortions

This “choice” thing with abortion is really the narrowest of one-way streets.

Seven robed men decided in 1973 that a woman has a “privacy” right to “choose” to take the life of a pre-born baby she is carrying, the God-given right to life of the baby be damned. But the radicals in Jerry Brown’s government in the State of California have now mandated that all employers in that state, even those with religious affiliations, do not have a choice as to whether they will cover abortions in their health plans. It’s funny, but certainly not in a humorous sense, how certain states’ attempts to limit the practice routinely make national news, while this blatantly coercive dictate by California has barely been noticed.

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Not News: Tens of Thousands of Illegal Immigrant ‘Children’ Dispersed Throughout U.S.

The “Office of Refugee Resettlement” in the government’s Department of Health and Human Services has released a county-by-county list of 29,890 unaccompanied children sent “to safe settings with sponsors (usually family members).” Year-to-date, the number, according to an HHS state-by-state list, is 37,477. This has occurred “while they await immigration proceedings.”

Now that they’re out in the general population, we’re still supposed to believe that the majority of these “children” (more on that later) will ultimately be deported. After all, that’s what White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said on July 7, specifically:

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Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (083114)

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Positivity: Pope — When we become worldly, we lose Christian flavor

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From Vatican City:

Aug 31, 2014 / 09:39 am

Christians must avoid the temptation to conform to the world, Pope Francis cautioned Aug. 31, stressing that they should instead allow their faith to transform the world around them.

“Christians live in the world, fully integrated into the social and cultural reality of our time, and rightly so,” the Pope said in his reflection at the Sunday Angelus. However, “this carries with it the risk that we might become ‘worldly’, that ‘the salt might lose its flavor’,” as the Gospel of Matthew warns.

Pope Francis spoke to those gathered in the Vatican’s St. Peter’s Square at noon. As he does each week, the Holy Father offered a reflection on the Sunday Gospel before reciting the Angelus.

He pointed to the passage in the Gospel of Matthew in which Jesus predicts his coming passion, death and resurrection.

At this “critical moment” in Scripture, “the apparent contrast between Jesus’ way of thinking and that of the disciples emerges,” he said, pointing to Peter’s rebuke of Jesus.

“Jesus, in turn, severely rebukes Peter, because he does not think ‘according to God, but according to men’, and plays – without realizing it – the part of Satan, the tempter.”

The Pope explained that we should learn from this example, heeding the words of St. Paul, who says, “Be not conformed to this world; but be reformed in the newness of your mind, that you may prove what is the good, and the acceptable, and the perfect will of God.”

Rather than becoming worldly, we should change the world, he said.

“When the power of the Gospel remains alive in Christians, it can transform ‘mankind’s criteria of judgment, determining values, points of interest, lines of thought, sources of inspiration and models of life, which are in contrast with the Word of God and the plan of salvation’,” he exhorted, citing the 1975 apostolic exhortation of Pope Paul VI …

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August 30, 2014

Arctic Ice Cap Expands by 41 Percent in Two Years; Al Gore Thought It Might Be Gone by Now

Ice, ice baby. That’s what they have a lot more of in the Arctic.

The UK Daily Mail, one of those British tabloids the left has despised going back to the Clinton administration and its paranoia about a right-wing media conspiracy, reports from authoritative sources — the kind the U.S. establishment press uses when it seems to support the hoax known as human-caused global warming — that the Arctic ice cap has expanded rapidly in the past two years. In doing so, it has made up all of what was lost between 2009 and 2012 with a slight margin to spare. Seven years ago, former Vice President and leading global warming false alarmist Al Gore predicted that “It could be completely gone.” Excerpts follow the jump (bolds are mine):

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NYT: Here Come Those Government-Reimbursed ‘End-of-Life Talks’

In a Saturday evening story to appear on Page A1 in its Sunday print edition, Pam Belluck at the New York Times tells readers that “paying doctors to talk to patients about end-of-life care is making a comeback, and such sessions may be covered for the 50 million Americans on Medicare as early as next year.” This apparently blessed development is occurring “After Sarah Palin’s ‘death panel’ label killed efforts to include it in the Affordable Care Act in 2009.”

Belluck seems fairly pleased that “Bypassing the political process, private insurers have begun reimbursing doctors for these ‘advance care planning’ conversations as interest in them rises along with the number of aging Americans.” (But of course, “private insurers” have really become inside cronies in “the political process” since Obamacare’s passage; so their involvement may really prove that behind-the-scenes government pressure to reimburse those “services” is working.)

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Politico: Obama to Limit Campaigning to ‘States Where He’s Still Popular’; Make That ‘Less Unpopular’

A Friday afternoon dispatch at the Politico from Carrie Budoff Brown and Jennifer Epstein tells us that “The White House is putting the finishing touches on a post-Labor Day schedule that will send the president to states where he’s still popular.”

The list of states where the Politico pair alleges that’s the case is quite short: “Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Illinois and California.” That’s it. Obama, in a situation resembling that of Richard Nixon in the final months of his presidency, when “Tricky Dick” was mocked for being able to find friendly audiences in just a few Southern states, is apparently toxic everywhere else, just in time for midterm elections. Moreover, it didn’t take much research to show that the Politico’s pair’s claim Obama is “still popular” in most of those five states is either false or shaky — especially after considering that such polls are all too often overloaded with Democrat and liberal respondents.

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Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (083014)

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Positivity: US bishops to honor 50th anniversary of civil rights milestones

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From Washington:

Aug 28, 2014 / 12:41 pm

The U.S. bishops are encouraging commemorations of the 50th anniversary of milestones in the African-American Civil Rights Movement, saying they should inspire further work for the common good.

“The Civil Rights Era was an important time in the history of our country,” Bishop Shelton Fabre of Houma-Thibodaux, La., said Aug. 25. “In constructive ways, many priests, religious sisters, religious brothers and lay Catholic faithful were involved in the struggle for civil rights.”

“Recalling the Catholic Church’s past participation in these important historic moments serves to challenge the faithful to work constructively today to enhance the common good for people of all races and ethnicities,” said the bishop, who chairs the U.S. bishops’ Subcommittee on African-American Affairs.

Over the next year, the bishops’ subcommittee will remember the Mississippi Freedom Summer advocacy campaign of June-August 1964, the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the civil rights march from Selma, Ala., to Montgomery held in March 1965, and the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

The bishops’ subcommittee will release blog posts and video clips, as well as suggest practical ideas to engage the Catholic community during the commemorations at the parish, school, and small group levels.

Prayer and catechetical resources, as well as a calendar of diocesan events, will also be provided, the U.S. bishops’ conference said. …

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August 29, 2014

Establishment Press Late to Two Stories: Nidal Hasan Wants to Join ISIS, and the ISIS Southern Border Threat

If there is a terrorist attack on U.S. soil by ISIS, we had better hope that Fox News or New Media outlets don’t report it first. Because if they do, based on behavior seen in two stories during the past day, Americans who depend on the establishment press to deliver their news won’t find out for hours, if not longer.

The first story concerns news tonight from three different sources — Judicial Watch (HT National Review’s The Corner), Breitbart, and Fox News — is that “Islamic terrorist groups are operating in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez and planning to attack the United States with car bombs or other vehicle born improvised explosive devices.” The news is six hours old. As of 9:25 EDT, the Associated Press has nothing on these developments, not even the Obama administration’s heated denials. The New York Times also had nothing, not even in its “evening briefing.” The second concerns Nidal Hasan, the convicted 2009 Fort Hood mass mass murderer.

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NYT Op-Ed Goes After Richard Dawkins’ Down Syndrome Abortion Advocacy

Apparently, Richard Dawkins’ aggressive advocacy for aborting babies diagnosed with Down Syndrome and the potential damage it could inflict on the pro-abortion movement was too much for even the New York Times to handle.

On August 20, Matthew Balan at NewsBusters covered Dawkins’ vile position and his equally vile way of expressing it (“Abort it and try again. It would be immoral to bring it into the world if you have the choice”). Several NewsBusters commenters noted that the presence of Down Syndrome in pre-born babies can be and has been misdiagnosed in babies born perfectly healthy. In a Thursday New York Times op-ed published in Friday’s print edition, Jamie Edgin and Fabian Fernandez conveyed the results of studies finding that Dawkins’ assumption that families with a Down Syndrome child are predominantly miserable is (excuse the pun) dead wrong.

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Politico’s Gerstein: Obama’s ‘No Strategy’ Statement Just a ‘Misfire’

Politico’s Josh Gerstein was in top keister-covering mode last night in dealing with President Barack Obama’s latest stated indication that U.S. foreign policy is adrift.

To him, the President’s admission that “We don’t have a strategy yet” was just an “awkward choice of words” and an “inartful phrase.” (By the way, over six years after after one of Obama’s flaks first used it to defend the then-candidate’s flip-flop on DC’s strict gun ban, something he originally believed was constitutional until the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Heller decision, “inartful” is still not a recognized word. Yet its use continues to spread.) Excerpts from Gerstein’s grief-stricken groaner follow the jump (bolds and numbered tags are mine):

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Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (082914)

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Positivity: Koreans infected with ‘Francis syndrome’ after papal visit

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From Seoul:

Aug 29, 2014 / 04:02 am

A former Korean ambassador to the Holy See spoke of the effects of Pope Francis’ recent visit to South Korea, saying that all of Asia now feels a long-term challenge to imitate his humble ways.

“All the media in Korea are already speaking of ‘Francis syndrome,’” former ambassador Thomas Han told CNA Aug. 26.

“The Korean people, having been deeply impressed by Pope Francis’ person and his lifestyle, seriously reflect upon the meaning of their lives and seek to see the things in life that really matter.”

Han explained that leaders “at every level of society” now feel an “unspoken pressure to make their own the leadership style the Korean people have witnessed in Pope Francis.”

“Therefore, it is safe to say that such ‘Francis syndrome’ will surely serve as a momentum for the Koreans to promote the culture of love, thereby contributing to authentic humanization of the Korean Peninsula in the long term.”

Pope Francis traveled to Seoul, South Korea Aug. 14-18, where he met with youth participating in the 6th Asian Youth Day, as well as with government officials, local Church leaders and heads of other faith traditions.

Marking the first time a Roman Pontiff has visited the peninsula since John Paul II went in 1989, the voyage has had an impact on the entire Asian continent, particularly the youth, who were touched by the Pope’s heart-to-heart way of communicating, and those affected by the Sewol ferry disaster that happened earlier this spring.

With the presence of Pope Francis in their midst, Koreans “were excited to verify what they had heard about him through the media,” Han observed.

“In a word, Pope Francis has at last satisfied their quenchless thirst for true leadership. His coherence between words and actions, his simple lifestyle, his humility, the way he embraced the poor, the disabled, the outcasts greatly impressed them.” …

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