January 1, 2016

Obama’s NSA Spying on Congress Not a Story at AP — Until GOP Responds

The Wall Street Journal ran a blockbuster story Tuesday afternoon (“U.S. Spy Net on Israel Snares Congress”) about how the Obama administration’s National Security Agency’s “targeting of Israeli leaders swept up the content of private conversations with U.S. lawmakers.” In other words, the NSA spied on Congress. As talk-show host and commentator Erick Erickson drily observed: “Congress began impeachment proceedings on Richard Nixon for spying on the opposing political party.”

Whether or not Congress has the nerve to defend itself and the Constitution’s separation of powers, what the Journal reported is objectively a major story. Yet the Associated Press ignored it on Tuesday, and most of Wednesday. Finally, at 7:15 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, the AP ran a story by Erica Werner — about how Republicans are planning to investigate the matter.


Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (010116)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 12:00 pm

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: Former famous Brazilian feminist speaks out, declares herself pro-life

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 11:55 am

From Red Alert Politics (HT Life News):

December 30, 2015

Feminism can become horrific when it rears its ugly head. Now, a famous former feminist is coming forward about the shocking truth, as a piece from LifeSiteNews.com highlights.
Sara Fernanda Giromin, also known as Sara Winter, was not merely feminist. She was the founder of Femen Brazil in 2012 and later of Bastardxs. Both groups gained nation and worldwide attention for their angry bare-chested protests.

In 2014, she offended religious and non-religious people alike for her stunt of “blasphemy,” which involved her kissing another bare-chested woman. There was a cross in the background and the kiss took place in front of the Church of Our Lady of Candelária in Rio de Janeiro. For years, Sara claimed to be bisexual, but in addition to repudiating feminism, she no longer affiliates with the orientation or with gender ideology.

Sara did not merely change her mind about being bisexual; she never was to begin with. As LifeSiteNews wrote, “she felt pressured by the feminist movement to declare herself “bisexual” so that she could receive maximum respect. Sara herself mentioned that “lesbian and bisexual women have much more voice and respect within the movement, so in the search for recognition of my struggle, with each day that passed, I deconstructed my heterosexuality and was substituting it with an artificial bisexuality.”

Such promotions of lesbianism and bisexuality were one of Sara’s reasons for denouncing feminism. There are more though, with how the movement “uses women as objects” and “covers up pedophilia in its ranks.” While Sara’s own religious beliefs are not clear, she did apologize to Christians and referred to feminism as “a religious sect.”
As Sara shared, with original emphasis:

I saw the feminist movement cover up for PEDOPHILES. I saw the feminist movement PERSECUTE WOMEN … I am a witness to the fact that today in the feminist movement women are not of any importance but serve as fuel for the fires of hatred that the feminist sect cannot allow to die.

… Sara aborted her first child, but gave birth to her second, a son. It was he who helped her change her attitude on abortion. In October she repented and asked for forgiveness. She also implored “women who are desperate to abort” to “think carefully about it.” Sara was “very sorry I did it” and spoke of how “I don’t want the same for you.”

Go here for the full story.

Happy New Year to All!

Filed under: General — Tom @ 12:01 am