August 4, 2014

Surprise: CNN’s Blitzer Challenges Hamas Spokesman on His Blood Libel Against Jews

A popular blood libel Palestinian leaders and parents tell their people and children goes as follows: “Jews used to slaughter Christians in order to mix their blood in their holy matzos.”

In the video (HT Twitchy) which follows the jump, Blitzer asks Hamas spokesman Osama Hamdan to confirm that the quoted words just cited are what he recently said and meant. Over nearly seven agonizing minutes, Hamdan never admitted to anything, but certainly conducted himself as if he had done uttered those words. To his credit, Blitzer noted that the end of the segment that his question had not been answered, leaving reasonable viewers to believe Hamdan did previously say them, and that the bare outlines of his attempted excuse, which was essentially a claim that “I was just repeating something someone else said,” doesn’t fly.

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On Fox News Sunday, Williams Says Opposition to Obama Is ‘Old, White’ Tea Party

It would almost not be worth noting, because it’s so predictable. On Fox News Sunday, Juan Williams, with strategic support at opportune times from National Journal’s Ron Fournier, characterized the support within the Republican Party for impeachment as coming from “Tea Party opposition … (with) no diversity, it’s a white, older group of people.”

What makes it worthy of notice is the fact that Michael Needham, head of Heritage Action for America, called out Williams for his comments and held his own as Fournier attempted to be the supposed voice of reason while really bringing aid and comfort to Williams. Video and a transcript follow the jump:

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NewsBusted (080114)

Filed under: NewsBusted — Tom @ 1:24 pm

Here we go, from last Friday:

Topics:
– Environmental Groups
– EPA
– Mak Zuckerberg
– Hillary Clinton
– JetBlue Pilot
– 2016 Democratic Ticket
– Elizabeth Warren
– Fake Obamacare Applicants
– Rachel Maddow
– Illegal Aliens

Best Line:“Mark Zuckerberg is now the richest man on he planet, and liberals immediately began posting criticism of Zuckerbergy on … where else? … Facebook.”

Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (080414)

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

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

Positivity: Provide for the needs of the poor, Pope exhorts

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Vatican City:

Aug 3, 2014 / 02:29 pm

At Sunday’s Angelus address at the Vatican, Pope Francis called on those receiving his message to care first for the poor, before concerning themselves with their own wants and needs.

“Jesus teaches us to put the needs of the poor ahead of our own,” he said Aug. 3 at St. Peter’s Square. “Our needs, even if legitimate, will never be so urgent as those of the poor, who lack the necessities of life.”

He reflected on the day’s Gospel, the multiplication of the loaves and fishes; from this pericope he drew three messages: compassion, sharing, and Eucharist.

Beginning with compassion, he said Christ “does not react with irritation to the crowd that followed him, and would not – so to speak – ‘leave him in peace’. Rather, he feels compassion, because he knows that they do not seek him out of curiosity, but out of need.”

He clarified that this compassion of God is not merely a feeling of pity, but is, as the word suggests, a ‘suffering with’ which “identifies with the suffering of others, to the point of taking it upon himself.”

“Thus is Jesus: he suffers among us, he suffers with us, he suffers for us.”

This compassion of God should lead us to “feel that man, that woman, those babes who lack the necessities of life.” …

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