May 28, 2016

At Just One Agency, ‘Scandal-Free’ Obama Admin Has Had a Molester, 20-Year Absentee, and Fake CIA Agent on Payroll

Saturday morning, Tom Johnson at NewsBusters called attention to how Paul Waldman at The Week crowed about the Obama administration’s supposedly scandal-free record consisting of “only piddling little scandalettes.” Waldman’s fever-swamp take is made even more hilarious by the fact that he considers George W. Bush’s “selling of the Iraq War” a genuine scandal. But somehow, President Barack Obama’s selling of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare — where even the reflexively leftist evaluators at Politifact labeled his core “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan” promise the Lie of the Year in 2013 — must not be a scandal, or is at worst a “piddling little scandalette.”

Waldman, along with most of the establishment press, which has consistently ignored hundreds of examples of scandals and scandalous behavior during the Obama administration (more on that later in this post), surely won’t consider the “90 EPA employee misconduct cases pending” anything more than “piddling.” The rest of us in the real world will, so what follows are just a few of them, as described by Jacqueline Leo at The Fiscal Times on May 18.

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Positivity: Iraqi refugee children make First Communion in Erbil camp

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:38 pm

From Erbil, Iraq:

May 28, 2016 / 05:13 am

On Friday, the first of three rounds of displaced Iraqi children made their First Communion in a refugee camp in Erbil, providing a silver lining to an otherwise bleak situation.

Out of the 5,500 people living in Erbil’s Aishty 2 camp for the displaced, the majority – more than 2,000 – are children. Of these, 470 will make their First Communion in the coming weeks.

The number of children receiving the sacrament is up from last year’s class, which numbered about 400.

Since this year’s number of recipients is so high, the children have been divided into three groups. The first, numbering around 175, made their First Communion on Friday, May 27.

Next Friday, June 3, a second group of about 145 will receive the Eucharist, while the third and final group of about 150 will receive the sacrament Friday, June 10.

All of the children are from the Syriac-Catholic rite, and most fled the city of Qaraqosh, the former Christian capitol of Iraqi Kurdistan, with their families when ISIS militants attacked the night of Aug. 6, 2014.

The May 27 Mass for the first group was celebrated by Syriac-Catholic Archbishop of Mosul Yohanno Petros Moshe in the camp’s large, prefabricated church.

With a capacity for roughly 800 people, the church started out as a tent when the Christian refugees first poured into Erbil two years ago, asking for a place to pray. Now it serves as the main parish for the city’s Aishty camp, which is the largest in Erbil and is divided into three smaller camps: Aishty 1, 2 and 3. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (052816)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 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.