Salvio:  [Being threatened with a hot Poker] I am a Blacksmith Senor I have been burned before

Zorro The Iron Box 1959

Late Yesterday the news came that the in the attack in the Boston area on police, the primary target was not the police:

Usaamah Rahim, who was fatally shot after waving a military knife at law enforcement officers in Boston, was originally plotting to behead Pamela Geller, an activist and conservative blogger, law enforcement sources told CNN on Wednesday.

Watch the interview

and be either amazed at the cluelessness of Burnett or be shocked at her suggestion that an ad explicitly opposing Jihad is ground for attempted murder.  It’s as if the MSM were doing their best Dalek Impersonation:

As Pam herself puts it:

Erin Burnett just doesn’t get it.

They targeted me for violating sharia blasphemy laws. They mean to kill everyone who doesn’t do their bidding and abide by them voluntarily. This is a showdown for American freedom. Will we stand against this savagery, or bow down to them and silence ourselves?

If there is one thing that actually surprises me are all these “informed” people seem either shocked that Pam is a target or act as if this is only a recent thing.  For almost the entire time I’ve known her Pam has been a target traveling with bodyguards.

Perhaps Erin and the crew at CNN might be a tad better informed if they had read this interview with her I did in Aug of 2013

4. You seem to shrug off death threats the way people comb hair out of their eyes, where does this strength come from?

I am fighting for freedom. Life is not worth living without freedom. If we don’t fight now, when? When the death threat becomes …… law?

5. A rather somber question, if tomorrow your foes managed to silence you, other than the obvious answer (Robert Spencer’s Jihad Watch) where would recommend your readers go to stay informed about Radical Islam.

The Religion of Peace.com

I think that what really upsets people is Pam’s courage is a constant reminder of a lot of other people’s cowardice.  Every day she stands up like a lion she reminds everyone else that they are mice.  That’s why in my opinion if the Islamists manage to murder her may so called supporters of free speech will publicly deplore it and privately celebrate.

It’s a national disgrace.

Two thoughts in closing:

If Radical Islam ever conquers the few people who resist in secret will have pictures of Pam on their wall & copies of her writing hidden on flash drives to inspire them to fight on.

But when Radical Islam falls, and it eventually will, there will be a lot of people who collaborated with it who, with the threat of the blade gone, will suddenly go from sounding like mice to sounding like lions.

They had better hope that day comes after Pam is gone because if she is still alive she’ll not let them get away with it.

Update:  Via Zilla Pam is interviewed by Fox they do it right as did Jake Tapper who has been an example of real journalism for a while & is getting hit for it.

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Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many.  How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life. And those who find it are few.

Matthew 7:13-14

I have to admit when I saw this piece at the Anchoress’ site

Let’s do this! If you’re Catholic and have access to a web-page, a radio program, a Facebook page, whatever, take a few minutes, and tell the world why you are remaining a Catholic in an era where doing so seems not only counter-cultural, but also counter-intuitive and even, perhaps, a bit risky?

my thought was, Really?  

Now in fairness to a person who is not Catholic or Christian,  to a person who has not read history and a person who has been immersed in popular culture this might seem a legitimate question.

They might ask:  What are the advantages of being Catholic?  And one could give a long list of good answers.

You could point historical facts, that it was the Catholic Faith and scripture that elevated and established the principle of the dignity of all human beings.

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free person, there is not male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendant, heirs according to the promise.

Galatians 3:28-29

Even those you hate:

You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’  But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you,

Matt 5:43-44

You have the development of education and the university system that educated those who did not have power and might, the hospital systems that cared for the sick and poor (do you think all of those hospitals called St. So & So were a coincidence?)

Or you could look at what the church does.  The Catholic church feeds more people, clothes more people, visits more people in jail, educated more people, treats more people who are sick than any institution in the world.  Go to any Catholic Parish and you will see people involved in programs for the poor, for the needy, for people around the world.  After any disaster go to any church and see the collections for those struck by disaster.

Not only do lay Catholics do this (mostly without pay) but they teach their children that such service is a virtue and encourage them in these things.

Or maybe you might consider the intellectual, artistic and  philosophical thought and you might decide that all of these expand the mind, maybe you might look at the cultural part of the church and find those appealing.

Or perhaps you like the idea that in the parish priest you have a marriage counselor, psychologist and ethics coach all rolled up into one.  Even better they will provide said services & advice without cost but who, if you are feeling guilty about something will not only hear you out, forgive you (even if the offense is directly against them) but will go to jail rather than disclose the secret you confess to them.

All of these things are appealing and might attract people to the church but none of them are, in my opinion a reason to be Catholic or stay Catholic.

Let’s be clear, yes I was brought up Catholic, but that means nothing.  Most of my extended family don’t attend mass or practice the faith.  Furthermore most of my friends aren’t Catholic or even Christians.  In many ways my Catholicism isolates me in my social circle.

And even at my own parish there is trouble.  As I write this there is a clash over our new Pastor.  Some people at my church have written to the Bishop asking for him to be removed over hiring and spending decisions (not for any misconduct) others (myself included) have written to the Bishop urging him to be retained.  The end result of this will, at best, be a division at our parish or  at worst, be a soiled reputation for us among priests and in our diocese.  It’s something that will cost us dearly, particularly if there is a second batch of church closings in Fitchburg.

And I haven’t even gotten into all of the social pressure in media and culture against Catholic belief and teaching particularly in a state like Massachusetts.  In fact I’ve been writing for a while that it’s going to be a very hard time for Christians in general and Catholics in particular

So given all that the question remains, why would you or anyone remain a catholic under these circumstance? 

The answer is so obvious that I’m almost ashamed to have to write it:

Because it’s true!

That’s what it comes down to, that’s what it’s all about.  It is my conclusion based on my study of history, my view of events and my personal experience that what the Catholic Church teaches is the truth.

If for one second I thought that Jesus was just some guy who lived a couple of thousand years ago then then the Catholic church is just another business/NGO.  It’s an Elks club that does some good thing and has some odd customers rules and creeds that people recite.  If that was the case there is no way I’d allocate either my limited financial resources or my even more limited time to the church.  I’d sleep in on Sunday, skip daily mass or novenas for game nights and I’d dive into the lucrative pot business that has the potential to bail me out of serious financial straits.

But if Christ is the son of God, if he was born of the Virgin Mary, Crucified died and rose again, if he did made Peter the head of his church and if that authority was handed down from Peter to Linus to Cletus to Clement all the way down to Benedict XVI and Francis, if the Eucharist is the real body and blood of Christ.  If heaven, hell and purgatory are real and this brief life we have is only a brief pit stop to eternity,  then not only does logic demand that I be a member of the Church and follow its directives but I’d be a damned fool (literally) if I was willing to change my belief based on either cultural, financial or social pressure.

You shall know the truth and it will set you free

John 8:32

That’s why I don’t understand this paragraph:

How about it, folks? This is a call-out to CatholicMom.com, and New Advent andEd Morrissey and Our Sunday Visitor, and Crux, and dotCommonweal, and Brandon Vogt, and dear, brilliant Heather King, and Jennifer Fulwiler, and Big Pulpit andCatholic Digest, and DaTechGuy and Hallie Lord and In the Arena, and Relevant Radio!

I could go on and on but you get the idea, and I must dash out to noon mass, but what do you think? Ready to share your reasons why you will remain with the church as the world increasingly bares its teeth against it?

I presume that all of these people and the long list of those who have answered Elizabeth’s question believe the church is true.  That being the case the question isn’t:  Why one would remain Catholic, the question is:  Why would any of them, no matter what the cost, consider leaving?

Update:  If you want to see the answers given by others:

Marge Fenelon: Forever Catholic: Why the Pew study doesn’t matterMax Lindenman Why I’m still CatholicTom Zampino: Upon This Rock: Why I RemainKate O’Hare: Why I Stay in the Catholic ChurchKathy Schiffer: 8 Bad Reasons to Leave the Catholic Church, and 1 Good Reason to Stay, Swimming the Depths Why I Remain Catholic, Julie Davis: Why Do I Stay Catholic?Tom McDonald Why I Am Catholic, John Stegeman at Catholic Telegraph: Four reasons I’m not leaving the Catholic Church,Sarah Reinhard Why I Stay Catholic, Leroy Huizenga : Why I Stay, Notre Dame’s Tim O’Malley: WHY I’M STILL CATHOLIC, Artur Sebastian Rosman: Takes Why am I Still a Catholic? What Else is There?,Sherry Antonnetti: Why I Am NOT Leaving the Catholic Church, Leticia Adams Why I Stay Catholic, Gregory Hillis: Gregory Hillis | For the Catholic Church, an abiding vision (this piece is an old one), Mudblood Catholic: Raw Tact, Part X: Agony, Ecstasy (this one is  an old piece too), Katrina Fernandez: Will Remain Catholic For Beer…, Maria Morera Johnson Why I Remain a Catholic, Deidre Mundy: Take Up and Read: Why I Remain a Catholic, Erin Martin: Why be Catholic? (another old piece) , Catholic Drinkie: Why I Remain a Catholic When my Peers Don’t, Michelle Arnold: God Only Knows If I Stay CatholicDiane Korzeniewski: Why I remain Catholic: I need the Sacraments, Caitlin Marchand: Why I’m Still Catholic: Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you., Sister Theresa: Warning! Atheist in the Church: How the Eucharist Saved My Life, Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry: Why I Remain Catholic, Rebecca Hamilton: I Chose Christ, and He is There on All the Altars of All the Catholic Churches in the World., Erin McCole Cupp: “WHY I STAY CATHOLIC,” WITH THE AID OF THE INTERNETMatt Nelson: The Catholic Church: Why I’m Staying

And lasty Elizabeth Scalia’s own piece:  Pew Studies be damned

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By A.P. Dillon

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina just announced a big rate hike. The reason?

Obamacare.

Grandfathered plans will see a double-digit hike around 13.5%, but those who have plans transitioned under Obamacare are going to have a coronary. Their rates will jump anywhere from 19.2% to 25.7%.

“Affordable HealthCare Act”. ‘A Family of four will see a reduction of $2500’.  Riiiiight. 

Triad Business Journal Reported:

Customers with so-called “transitional plans” — those plans purchased after the passage of the ACA and allowed to be continued by the Obama administration in 2013 — will see the highest jump, with an average increase of 19.2 percent.

WRAL also reported:

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina has asked state regulators for a 25.7 percent average rate increase on individual insurance plans purchased under the Affordable Care Act for 2016.

Gee, if only someone had warned the people this would happen. Oh wait.. someone did.

North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis, who beat Obamacare supporting incumbant Kay Hagan in 2014,  issued a statement. In the statement, Tillis called for an ‘off-ramp’ from Obamacare:

“Today’s announcement that North Carolinians covered under the President’s healthcare law will be hit with more crushing premium rate increases is yet another confirmation that the Affordable Care Act is not affordable and is creating hardship for millions of families. Hardworking Americans deserve an off-ramp from ObamaCare to a patient-directed healthcare market that will control costs and give them more freedom to make their own healthcare decisions.”

These hikes are hitting in other states, not just North Carolina.

Tennessee has it worse, Blue Cross is spiking rates up to 36% next year. New Mexico is getting slammed with a 51% hike.  In Michigan, a hike by Blue Cross of over 11% is sought, amongst other insurers that seek up to a 37% increase.

Hawaii, whose Obamacare exchange is imploding, will see a huge hike – 49%.

Wall Street Journal reports hefty increases in multiple states, the average of which is 29% or more.  The Wall Street Journal also notes these hikes must be justified to the Obama administration.

Flashback to 2010: Feds fire warning shot to health insurers
Flashback to 2012: Insurance Industry Warns Of Higher Rates Due to Obamacare

Reminder, this past March, President Obama taunted those who criticized Obamacare. Gee, Mr. President, We Told You So.

 

DM7 small LL1885A.P. Dillon resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina and is the founder of LadyLiberty1885.com.
Her current and past writing can also be found at IJ Review, StopCommonCoreNC.org and Watchdog Wire NC.
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One of the reasons why you often see reporters bored when they are following a candidate is they tend to hear the same message and speech over and over again.

It make sense, like comedians on tour in the days before youtube, as long as the audiences are the different the message will always seem fresh to them and they react accordingly, but if you are assigned to a single person for days, weeks or months on end, the message doesn’t change.

However there is an advantage of hearing a message over and over. If you listen carefully you might either pick up a nuance or something might click that you didn’t hear the first time.

For example consider last weekend where I covered Senator Ted Cruz at three different events.  At all of them he  talked about his father coming to this country, how he had been oppressed in Cuba and came here and noted that if America falls where will we go to?

When I heard it the 2nd time it reminded me of the trek of Clara Csiong who I interviewed back in 2010.

She fled China to Cuba when the communists took over and then when Castro brought communism to Cuba for America. recognizing Barack Obama for what he was she joined the Tea Party: “This time I stay and fight

How many people came here fleeing oppression over the 40 years who have that same thought?

When Senator Cruz says

 

That’s why we’re here, because we love our kids and we love our grandkids and we’re not prepared to look them in the eye and tell them we sat idly by while the greatest country in the world was taken.

I hear the echo of Clara saying five years earlier:

“I stay and fight.”

But Clara is not the only memory that comes to mind I hear when the Senator speak. At his 2nd stop that day he was asked about the GOP Establishment he began his answer with the question

How many people here are frustrated with the Republican establishment?

Every hand in the crowd went up.

It brought to mind that same rally where I met Clara when I asked a the crowd a question:

“Who here trusts the GOP?” Not a single hand went up, but people over and over promised me that if the GOP spent like the democrats they would be back to throw them out too. No wonder the GOP is scared of the tea party.

Two Hours earlier he was asked a similar question at the WRKO town hall. “Why conservatives should trust him?” Watch the question and the answer.


You know what You shouldn’t trust me, don’t trust any politician. What you should do instead is say: ‘show me, don’t tell me show me.’ I had a former boss who used to say ‘If i’m ever accused of being a Christian I’d like there to be enough evidence to convict me. The same is true of being a conservative, if you’re really a conservative you shouldn’t have to tell anybody because you will bear the wounds of standing for your principles and if you haven’t taken any shots you haven’t done it.

He elaborated further:

Every one of us should ask any candidate who shows up in front of us: ‘You say you believe in these principles? Great! Show me. When have you stood up and fought for them, when have you bled for them and what have you accomplished?’ As the Scriptures say: You will know men by their fruits

And when he gave that answer it reminded me of a song associated with by Audrey Hepburn (but actually sung by Marni Nixon)

Those words could be sung to almost any GOP candidate courting a voter with the promise of conservatism before a primary election:

Tell me no dreams filled with desire, if you’re on fire show me!…

…Sing me no songs, read me no rhymes, don’t waste my time, Show me!

And if I’m thinking and hearing this, there are likely a lot of other voters hearing and thinking the very same thing.

Closing thought:  This is a comedy skit, attack ad or a web video just waiting to happen and a good chunk of the GOP field should be very afraid of the moment it does.

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