In the gospel, there is included all that the heart of man can wish. —J Gresham Machen
Mar. 25, 2015
One day after announcing himself as presidential candidate, Texas Senator Ted Cruz fired a few shots across the bow of Wall Street, and the firm that employs his wife as managing director.
The U.S. Senate is days away from a two-week spring break with no agreement to vote on confirming U.S. attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch, almost five months after President Obama nominated her.
Teenagers, the most crash-prone drivers on U.S. roads, may be even more dangerous than thought. A review of in-car video and audio recordings of teen drivers moments before they crashed found some kind of distraction — such as grooming, mobile-phone use or even dancing — was a factor in four times as many accidents than previously estimated, AAA, the organization formerly known as the American Automobile Association, said Wednesday.
Orders for durable goods unexpectedly dropped in February, a sign the slowdown in global growth may be weighing on American manufacturers. Bookings for goods meant to last at least three years declined 1.4 percent after a 2 percent gain in January that was smaller than previously estimated.
Investigators probing the cause of the Airbus crash in the French Alps on Tuesday will rely on the jet’s so-called black boxes to explain why it was lost on a routine daylight flight with no distress signals from the crew.
Just as Wall Street says the U.S. is running out of room to store oil, it turns out there’s another 20 million barrels of empty space. Where? Right at the top of the tanks. There’s the normal “working” capacity. And then there’s “contingency” space, a buffer between the working storage and the tank tops that typically sits empty to keep oil from spilling out. The company that built most of the tanks at Cushing, Oklahoma, the biggest U.S. oil hub, says the buffer is about 3 to 5 percent of storage space. That’s equivalent to about 20 million barrels of room in tanks across the country.
Americans in their 20s and early 30s are getting a nudge toward homeownership a decade after sales peaked during the housing bubble. It’s not their nagging parents. It’s rents. They’ve risen so much that buying is making more sense.
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A Pennsylvania police officer was charged Tuesday with criminal homicide after investigators concluded she shot an unarmed motorist in the back as he lay face down after a traffic stop over an expired inspection sticker.
A number of pilots at Lufthansa’s low-cost subsidiary Germanwings refused to fly Wednesday following the deadly crash in the French Alps, saying they were mourning the victims of the doomed aircraft.
The bodies of an 11-year-old boy and a teenage girl were found in the freezer of a Detroit apartment on Tuesday and their mother was arrested as part of a homicide investigation.
Two women have been arrested for allegedly going onto a Fresno, California school campus and assaulting a pair of teenage girls, including one who the women say had been bullying their son.
Human feces contains gold and other precious metals that could be worth hundreds of millions of dollars, experts say. “The gold we found was at the level of a minimal mineral deposit.”
Iran will insist that all sanctions against it are lifted as a condition for a nuclear deal, the foreign minister said on Wednesday, showing no sign of compromise on a major sticking point in its talks with world powers set to resume this week.
NASA’s Curiosity rover has found nitrogen on the surface of Mars, a significant discovery that adds to evidence the Red Planet could once have sustained life, the space agency said.
CEOs at large U.S. companies collectively realized at least $6 billion more in compensation than initially estimated in annual disclosures in the five years after the financial crisis first hit, according to a Reuters analysis. The reason for the windfall: the soaring value of their stock awards.
President Obama said prospects for a two-state solution in the Middle East are “dim” after the Israeli prime minister vowed to oppose a Palestinian state.
Canada will extend its air strike campaign against Islamic State (IS) into Syria, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has announced.
The European Union and Cuba will intensify negotiations aimed at normalizing ties, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said.
About 500 children aged 11 and under are missing from a Nigerian town recaptured from Boko Haram militants, a former resident of Damasak has told the BBC.
Australian police have stopped more than 200 people suspected of trying to join terror groups from leaving the country since August.
The US-led coalition against Islamic State has begun surveillance flights over the Iraqi city of Tikrit, which is being besieged by government forces.
When a group of imams tried to bring a form of “Shariah light” to Texas, they met an unlikely foe – Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne. Her city is being called “ground zero” in the battle to prevent Islamic law from gaining a foothold, no matter how small, in the U.S. legal system.
A secretly shot video seems to capture Cornell University’s assistant dean for students, Joseph Scaffido, claiming it’s quite OK for an ISIS “freedom fighter” to come to campus and talk to students about the group’s mission.
The Saudi Arabian grand mufti issued a fatwa against Christian churches throughout the Arabian Peninsula. Saudi Arabia’s top Muslim cleric called for the destruction of all churches in the Arabian Peninsula after legislators in the Gulf state of Kuwait moved to pass laws banning the construction of new Christian facilities.
March 25, 2015
“As long as property exists, it will accumulate in individuals and families. As long as marriage exists, knowledge, property and influence will accumulate in families.” –John Adams, letter to Thomas Jefferson, 1814
TOP 5 RIGHT HOOKS
Barack Obama insists that his petulant and petty behavior toward Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu isn’t personal. “There’s a tendency … to frame this somehow as a personal issue between myself and Prime Minister Netanyahu,” Obama said Tuesday. “[T]he notion is, well, if we all just get along and everybody cools down, then somehow the problem goes away. I have a very business-like relationship with the prime minister. I’ve met him more than any other world leader. I talk to him all the time. He is representing his country’s interests the way he thinks he needs to and I’m doing the same. So the issue is not a matter of relations between leaders. The issue is a very clear, substantive challenge. We believe that two states is the best path forward for Israel’s security, for Palestinian aspirations and for regional stability. … Prime Minister Netanyahu has a different approach. And so this can’t be reduced to a matter of somehow let’s all, you know, hold hands and sing Kumbayah. This is a matter of figuring out how do we get through a real knotty policy difference that has great consequences for both countries and for the region.” No doubt there are substantive policy differences — after all, Obama’s bowing to the Iranians. He tries to maintain the appearance of just being a practical guy, but Obama’s Narcissistic Personality Disorder means he can’t abide anything he perceives as a personal slight. Netanyahu has crossed that red line.
On another note, Obama is upset that Israel reportedly spied on negotiations with Iran and shared information with Congress. But he found out because the U.S. was spying on Israel. Furthermore, might the Israelis have been spying on Iran, and not the U.S.? After all, Iran regularly threatens to annihilate Israel, and nuclear weapons would make that a bit easier. Finally, Obama might try another novel idea: communicating with Congress himself.
Before his re-election last week, Benjamin Netanyahu candidly said he didn’t see a two-state solution being likely while he was Israel’s prime minister. That’s primarily because Palestinians want only one state — theirs — and won’t agree to “peace” until Israel is wiped off the map. Facing intense pressure from Barack Obama, however, Netanyahu reiterated after his win that he does indeed desire a peaceful two-state solution. That’s not enough for Obama, though. White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough gave one condition for peace: “An occupation [of Palestinian land] that has lasted more than 50 years must end.” That’s the language of anti-Israel leftists and Hamas terrorists, meaning Obama’s administration is showing its true colors. McDonough also said of Netanyahu’s original comments, “We cannot simply pretend that these comments were never made.” Let’s just turn that around on McDonough for the “occupation” remark. And Obama has no problem pretending Ayatollah Khamenei didn’t chant “death to America.” What gives?
No deal is better than a bad deal with Iran, right? That’s what Obama administration officials have promised repeatedly. Now it is time to see if they will honor that promise, as the talks with Iran to curb its nuclear production seem to have slid sideways. Ultimately, the only way to ensure Iran doesn’t obtain nuclear weapons is to have more access and more oversight into its nuclear program. But Voice of America reports Iran is resisting oversight: “Iran’s nuclear spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi was quoted Tuesday on Iranian state TV’s website as saying that snap inspections are ‘illegal.’ He did not elaborate. Kamalvandi was responding to the demand earlier this month by Yukiya Amano, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), that Tehran agree to the inspections.” Amano says the IAEA is not satisfied that Iran wants nuclear capabilities only for peaceful means. And Iran’s resistance to agree to anything specific as the talks wind down isn’t helping the unease. More…
As the Iranian deal nears, and Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Libya descend into chaos — all products of Barack Obama’s foreign policy malfeasance — the U.S. reached an agreement with Afghanistan to leave 9,800 American troops in that nation through 2015. Given Obama’s disastrous pullout from Iraq, maybe he learned his lesson. Or maybe not. Obama insisted his plan to reduce U.S. troops presence to 1,000 by the end of his term is still in place: “The date for us to have completed our drawdown will not change.” During the press conference, Obama errantly referred to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani as “President Karzai” — the name of Ghani’s reviled predecessor. Ghani, on the other hand, has worked to improve relations between the two countries, and pleaded for a troop deployment extension. It’s an improvement to see Obama modify his strategy so, as he put it, “we don’t have to go back,” but that rhetoric aside he seems bullheadedly determined to leave Afghanistan to the Taliban after U.S. withdrawal. What’s one more failed state on his résumé? More…
On paper, the EB-5 immigration program sounds like a huge benefit for the nation’s economy. The program fast-tracks green cards for foreign investors who put at least half a million dollars into a venture in the U.S. that will create jobs. But in practice, the program is riddled with corruption that favors businesses with ties to Democrat politicians — all thanks to Deputy Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. This is the finding of a two-and-a-half year investigation by DHS’s Inspector General. “The juxtaposition of Mr. Mayorkas’ communication with external stakeholders on specific matters outside the normal procedures, coupled with favorable action that deviated from the regulatory scheme designed to ensure fairness and evenhandedness in adjudicating benefits, created an appearance of favoritism and special access,” the report concludes. Mayorkas meddled in at least three cases. In one instance, he became personally involved when a Mexican investor wanted a green card to invest in a Las Vegas casino Sen. Harry Reid had touted. And this is where the corruption starts to stink even further. Mayorkas was under this investigation, heading the EB-5 program, when Barack Obama nominated him for his present deputy spot. It was Reid who rammed through Mayorkas’ nomination using none other than the nuclear option. But they say you can trust Democrats. More…
Climate change, formerly known as global warming, often takes center stage for Democrats. That’s not true of the electorate, but Democrats are undeterred. What is astonishing is the degree to which Democrats will mislead their constituents to grab the reins of power in Washington, DC.
Take newly elected Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), who wooed voters by pledging to address man-made global warming with initiatives like cap and trade. On Feb. 4, Beyer wrote on his website, “In all, extreme weather events triggered over $110 billion in losses and almost 7,000 fatalities” in 2014. He reiterated that claim a month later in the Falls Church News-Press, in which he repeated, “More than 7,000 Americans lost their lives to climate change-fueled events last year.”
That’s pretty startling. And egregiously wrong. After Beyer’s assertion received backlash, spokesman Thomas Scanlon attempted to clear the air. “That number should be globally, not just in the United States,” he told PolitiFact. “We made an error in editing this column.”
Even still, the claim is deceptive. The statistic (which was actually 7,700) was derived from Germany-based insurer Munich RE, which tallies “global natural loss event.” According to researcher Peter Hoeppe, “We do not have the ability to identify the direct impact of global warming on fatalities caused by natural catastrophes, other than to say any fatality caused by the earthquake peril are not due to global warming.”
On that note, PolitiFact writes, “Of the 7,700 deaths, Munich RE estimated 850 were caused by earthquakes. The remaining 6,850 deaths, the company wrote, were caused by ‘weather-related’ events.”
But the evidence to back Beyer’s claim is essentially nonexistent. Michael Bastasch of The Daily Caller notes, “The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change itself says there’s ‘limited evidence of changes in extremes associated with other climate variables since the mid-20th century.'” Moreover, Bastasch adds, “Not only has weather not been getting more ‘extreme’ in the last century, mankind’s ability to withstand extreme weather events has increased globally. The International Disaster Database reports that more than 3.5 million people were killed by natural disasters in the early 1930s when the world population was about half what it is today. Fast forward to 2014 and only 7,700 people worldwide were killed by natural disasters (which includes earthquakes), according to Munich Re.”
Any loss of life is a tragic part of the human condition, but 7,000 individuals is a far cry from 3.5 million. We should be thankful for the protection we have today, largely driven by fossil fuels and other economic development in the face of ecofascist opposition. But advancing the climate agenda requires alarmism.
One final note: Beyer made a career owning and operating Volvo, Land Rover, Kia, Volkswagen and Subaru dealerships. If he sincerely believes that alleviating “the harmful consequences of global climate change is the existential crisis of our generation,” as he so adamantly professes, perhaps he should start by shuttering his fossil fuel-burning, CO2-belching businesses.
In the seventh year of Barack Obama’s presidency, many questions still remain unanswered about his life before he entered the White House. Mysteries surround his associations with a number of people, including Frank Marshall Davis, the Communist writer and activist who was a mentor to a young Obama when he lived in Hawaii. But never fear; The Washington Post is on the case.
Davis was one of many past Obama associates who was resolutely ignored by the Leftmedia in the run-up to the 2008 election — and since then, too. While other presidential candidates, particularly Republicans, can always count on the unwavering scrutiny of the press, Obama remained free of such probing questions. In fact, the media circled the wagons to protect him from any information that might damage the glowing narrative of Hope ‘n’ Change™. Consequently, Davis went largely unmentioned. And questions about Obama’s early dalliances with communism went unanswered.
This week, The Washington Post, one of the media gatekeepers of the Obama persona, gave the Davis story their fact-check “Pinocchio test.” After an article that documented barely half the story of Davis’s background and his associations with Obama, the Post decided any attempt to label Davis as Obama’s communist mentor was worth three Pinocchios out of four.
Nothing to see here; move along.
Who is the real Frank Marshall Davis? You won’t learn the answer from the Post or any other mainstream outlet that has been carrying Obama’s water for years. You have to turn to the likes of Paul Kengor, author of “The Communist: Frank Marshall Davis, the Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mentor,” to get any serious information.
Davis was a card-carrying member (#47544) of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA) since the early 1940s. The media and leftist revisionist historians treat such Communist affiliations during the Cold War period as trivial, yet it’s worth remembering at the time that the CPUSA was not merely a club where disenchanted college students gathered to debate Karl Marx and do drugs. The stated purpose of the CPUSA was clear in the oath its members swore to “ensure the triumph of Soviet power in the United States.”
Davis was no armchair activist, either. He was the founding editor of a Communist paper in Chicago in 1946. He then moved to Hawaii in 1948 to write for the Honolulu Record, another Party journal. Throughout the 40s and 50s, Davis remained active. Obama apologists would have us believe Davis spent this time writing about the treatment of blacks, the cycle of poverty and ways to achieve social justice.
University of Kansas professor John Edgar Tidwell insists, “He was not out there on the front lines carrying pickets and signs. He wasn’t trying to overthrow the government at all.” Yet his writings were not those of an impassioned intellectual seeking a better America. Indeed, the FBI collected a 600-page file on Davis.
The Bureau kept Davis under constant surveillance and placed him on a watch list, meaning if war broke out with the Soviet Union, he would be arrested. At this point, Obama apologists will break out the Red Scare card, reminding us of the overzealous FBI tactics used during the 1950s. History has proven, though, that Alger Hiss was a Communist, the Rosenbergs were spies, and there were in fact Communists working in the State Department. These are not myths, and Frank Marshall Davis was not the victim of some rabid anti-Communist witch-hunt. He was the real thing.
Davis was introduced to Obama in 1970 by Obama’s grandfather for the express purpose of mentoring the boy. By many accounts Davis and Obama met some 10-15 times between then and when Obama went off to college nine years later. These extensive sessions had a profound impact on Obama’s life and certainly impacted his views on America, race and economics.
Obama was clever in hiding this relationship and the extent to which Davis influenced his thinking. “Frank” is mentioned 22 times by name in Obama’s “Dreams from My Father,” but only by his first name. And when the audio version of the book was released in 2005, all mentions of Frank were scrubbed from the edition. If Davis was such a wholesome influence on Obama, why did he get the redacted treatment in the future president’s autobiography?
Obama’s worldview and actions should be proof enough that the defining political and social influences in his life do not, to put it mildly, hold America in the highest regard. His first months in office were spent apologizing to other nations for America’s behavior. At every turn, Obama plays down and even insults America’s Christian heritage while repeatedly trying to remind us that Islam is the Religion of Peace™. He’s always on the lookout for ways to convert America into a government-run economy. His foreign policy agenda is driven by embracing America’s enemies and shunning our allies. And he has no respect for the Constitution or the office of the presidency.
Frank Marshall Davis belongs with Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayers and an infamous list of anti-American activists and revolutionaries who can claim to be friends and mentors of the 44th president. With no help at all from the mainstream media, we have been able to piece together the nature of some of these associations. And we have Obama himself as proof of the life he led and the people with whom he chose to spend his time.
Still it would be nice if the media did its job once in a while. Then again, with Republicans running for president in 2016, they will surely pick up their muck rakes very soon.
TOP 5 RIGHT OPINION COLUMNS
- Jacob Sullum: Ted Cruz Is Right About Taxes
- Walter Williams: What’s Gone Wrong With Democracy?
- Tony Perkins: Obama Uses Climate Hoax to Bully Govs
- Jonah Goldberg: Washington, DC, Comics: Dr. Ignoro vs. Bibi
- John Stossel: Gentrify!
OPINION IN BRIEF
Chief Justice Earl Warren (1891-1974): “A republic is not an easy form of government to live under, and when the responsibility of citizenship is evaded, democracy decays and authoritarianism takes over.”
Columnist Jacob Sullum: “‘The most serious problem facing U.S. taxpayers is the declining quality of service provided to them by the IRS when they seek to comply with their federal tax-filing and payment obligations,’ says the Taxpayer Advocate Service (‘Your Voice at the IRS’) in its latest annual report to Congress. ‘Even when a taxpayer manages to get through to a telephone assistor with a question, the assistor may not be able to provide an answer.’ That’s because the IRS decided in 2013 that ‘it would answer only what it terms “basic” questions, declaring “more complex” questions that it previously answered “out of scope.”‘ In other words, the less likely you are to resolve a tax compliance question on your own the less likely the IRS is to help you. You can, of course, consult a ‘tax professional,’ who makes a living by helping perplexed citizens figure out how much they owe the government. But the very existence of this occupation is an indictment of our Byzantine tax system, which is so complicated that even the IRS is reluctant to answer questions about it — yet it imposes civil and criminal penalties on people who fail to comply with its numerous picayune requirements.”
Columnist Walter Williams: “The ideal way to organize human conduct is to create a system that maximizes personal liberty for all. Liberty and democracy are not synonymous and most often are opposites. In Federalist Paper No. 10, James Madison explained, ‘Measures are too often decided, not according to the rules of justice and the rights of the minor party, but by the superior force of an interested and overbearing majority.’ Democracy and majority rule confer an aura of legitimacy and respectability on acts that would otherwise be deemed tyrannical. … Would you want the kind of car you own to be decided through a democratic process, or would you prefer purchasing any car you please? Ask that same question about decisions such as where you shall live, what clothes you purchase, what food you eat, what entertainment you enjoy and what wines you drink. I’m sure that if anyone suggested that these choices be subject to a democratic process, we would deem it tyranny.”
Comedian Argus Hamilton: “GOP Senator Ted Cruz announced he’s running for president Monday. He was born in Canada to a Cuban father and to an Anglo-Saxon mother. Democrats fell over laughing at the idea that Americans would elect a bi-racial senator with a Harvard law degree who was born in another country.”
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California Is Turning Back Into A Desert And There Are No Contingency Plans
Once upon a time, much of the state of California was a barren desert. And now, thanks to the worst drought in modern American history, much of the state is turning back into one. Scientists tell us that the 20th century was the wettest century that the state of California had seen in 1000 years. But now weather patterns are reverting back to historical norms, and California is rapidly running out of water.
New Trend: ‘Radically Inclusive’ Churches That Embrace All Religions And All Lifestyles
If you want as many people to attend your church as possible, why limit yourself to just Christians? All over America, “radically inclusive” churches that embrace all religions and all lifestyles are starting to pop up. Church services that incorporate elements of Hinduism, Islam, native American religions and even Wicca are becoming increasingly common.
Saudi Arabia moving military equipment to near Yemen border, US officials say
The buildup follows a southward advance by Iranian-backed Houthi Shi’ite militants who took control of the capital Sanaa in September and seized the central city of Taiz at the weekend as they move closer to the new southern base of US-backed President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.
US drone kills 11 Taliban members in Pakistan
The drone attack, late on Tuesday, was in Kunar province, near the site of fierce fighting on the Pakistani side of the border.
White House reveals ‘hatred’ for Israel
“The Obama administration has finally fully come out of the closet and removed all pretense as to their hatred of Israel.
Cheat Sheet on Who’s Doing What to Whom in the Middle East
Obama nurses a grudge and looks for new ways to pick a fight with Israel, a cataclysm is building in the Middle East.
China jails Christian pastor who fought church demolitions
A Chinese preacher who opposed an “anti-church” demolition campaign that saw hundreds of places of worship partially or completely destroyed has been jailed for one year on charges supporters claim are trumped up. Huang Yizi, 40, was sentenced before a packed courtroom on Tuesday afternoon for “gathering crowds to disturb social order,” Zhang Kai, his lawyer, said.
Saudi Arabia building up military near Yemen border as civil war rages on
Saudi Arabia is moving heavy military equipment including artillery to areas near its border with Yemen…raising the risk that the Middle East’s top oil power will be drawn into the worsening Yemeni conflict. The buildup follows a southward advance by Iranian-backed Houthi Shia militants… as they move closer to the new southern base of US-backed President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.
Sweden, NATO report Russian military planes over Baltic Sea
The Swedish Air Force and NATO jets on Tuesday tracked four Russian combat aircraft flying with their transponders turned off over the Baltic Sea, officials said. The Russian planes – two long-range, nuclear-capable Tu-22M3 bombers and two Sukhoi Su-27 fighters – were flying in international airspace, according to Sweden’s Armed Forces and alliance sources.
Islamic State conflict: US begins Tikrit surveillance flights
The US-led coalition against Islamic State has begun surveillance flights over the Iraqi city of Tikrit, which is being besieged by government forces. Coalition officials said the support was requested by the authorities in Baghdad. They would not say whether air strikes would also be carried out. Until now, the US had no involvement in the Iranian-backed operation in Tikrit.
Australia may join China-led AIIB bank if conditions met
Australia said its “prepared to join” a new China-led infrastructure bank should certain conditions be met. Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the country had been talking to China about how the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) would be governed. He added that a decision will be made “in the next few days”.
Libya instability is ‘security threat’ to UK, say MPs
Libya’s collapse since the overthrow of Colonel Gaddafi has turned it into a potential security threat to the UK, the Foreign Affairs Committee says. The group of MPs warn that fighting in Libya has allowed Islamic State (IS) extremists to become influential there. Illegal migration from Libya could help IS to stage attacks in Europe, MPs say.
Canada plans to expand air strikes against IS militants
Canada will extend its air strike campaign against Islamic State (IS) into Syria, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has announced. “In our view, ISIL [IS] must cease to have any safe haven in Syria,” Mr Harper said in the House of Commons. Canada’s mission against IS will also be extended for one year, beyond October’s election and well into 2016.
Obama says prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace are ‘dim’
US President Barack Obama says prospects for a two-state solution in the Middle East are “dim” after the Israeli prime minister vowed to oppose a Palestinian state. Mr Netanyahu’s statements angered the White House, even though he has since tried to soften his remark. Tensions between the US and Israel have been growing as the leaders have wrangled over a number of issues.
Israeli Official Spills: We Knew Obama Wanted ‘Revenge’
The Times of Israel got it straight from an anonymous “senior Jerusalem official”: Obama wanted “revenge” in the wake of Netanyahu’s speech to Congress.
Russia: US Must remove Its Nuclear Weapons From Europe
Russia called for a ban on American nuclear weapons in parts of Europe, saying the U.S. is breaking an international agreement by holding joint nuclear training missions with NATO allies that don’t possess such weapons.
Time to kick Obama Election Campaign Experts Out of Canada
Barack Obama’s promise to transform America was too modest. He is transforming the whole world before our eyes. Do you see it yet?” (Michael Goodwin, New York Post, March 22, 2015). Truer words have never been spoken, and here’s hoping Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper sees it because Canada, heading toward an Oct. 19, 2015 federal election, is next on Obama’s election takeover hit list.
Why Two Mommies Cannot Replace Daddy
Orlando, FL – Heather Barwick, who was raised by two lesbians, shared her compelling story and why she opposes same-sex marriage. Married to a man and raising four children, Heather has come to realize why same-sex marriage is wrong and why it harms children.
Palestine: Words Matter – But Their Meaning Matters More
“Words matter” – White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters this week. Regrettably Earnest was being less than earnest in failing to point out that words can also have several meanings—which can result in people failing to actually communicate with each other because each has a different understanding of the words he is using.
Iran isn’t providing needed access or information, nuclear watchdog says
The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency said that Iran has failed to provide the information or access needed to allay the agency’s concerns about the weapons potential of the country’s nuclear program. With the deadline nearing for international talks on constraining Iran’s nuclear program, Yukiya Amano, director general of the IAEA, said in an interview that Iran has replied to just one of a dozen queries about “possible military dimensions” of past nuclear activities.
Is Obama Anti-Semitic?
President Obama made no secret of his displeasure that Benjamin Netanyahu was reelected to be Israel’s Prime Minister. Only David Ben Gurion, Israel’s first Prime Minister and one of the nation’s founders, served longer. Obama lives in some parallel universe apart from the lessons of history and the realities of what is actually occurring.
Saudi Arabia is building up forces near Yemen’s border
Saudi Arabia is moving heavy military equipment including artillery to areas near its border with Yemen, U.S. officials said on Tuesday, raising the risk that the Middle East’s top oil power will be drawn into the worsening Yemeni conflict
US to keep briefing Israel on Iran talks amid spying row
The US administration will continue to brief Israel on its secret nuclear negotiations with Iran, US officials said Tuesday, despite allegations the Jewish state has been spying on the talks.
Suicide bombing kills seven in Libya’s Benghazi as army launches revenge strike
Two suicide bombers drove a car packed with explosives into an army checkpoint in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Tuesday, killing seven people and triggering revenge air strikes by special forces blaming Islamist militants.
Has the sun set on Sunday school?
Many a prayer has been said over the fate of the vaunted American institution, whose struggles cut across denominational lines. (Pandika, USA Today)
On today’s Episode of The Briefing
1) Exchange of ideas shut down on college campuses in order to protect students’ emotional state
In College and Hiding From Scary Ideas, New York Times (Judith Shulevitz)
Universities Are Right—and Within Their Rights—to Crack Down on Speech and Behavior, Slate (Eric Posner)
2) Aging Baby Boomers retaining drug use underlies political shift on drug laws
Aging Baby Boomers Bring Drug Habits Into Middle Age, Wall Street Journal (Zusha Elinson)
3) Influence of deceased Michael Graves reminder of spread of postmodernism beyond architecture
Michael Graves, 80, Dies; Postmodernist Designed Towers and Teakettles, New York Times (Robin Pogrebin)
4) Fashion shows present gender as fluid in effort to redefine aesthetic values of culture
Rick Owens, Valentino and Louis Vuitton: The Fluidity of Gender, New York Times (Guy Trebay)
5) Secular reporter finds fact that museums communicate beliefs as well as facts unusual
Museums Showcase Attitudes and Beliefs as Well as Objects, New York Times (David Gelles)
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