Question: Who is angriest when people are forgiven their sins and to whose advantage is it to convince humans that their sins are so horrible that God will never forgive them?

That this has to be explained to people who profess any form of Christianity suggests that the Catholic Church is not the only group of Christians that have been poorly catechized.

Update:  Apparently the whole idea that Christianity might accept a person who had sinned and forgive them really is confusing to the press:

Sept 2nd 2015 2:53 PM

Sept 2nd 2015 2:56 PM

Just remember, you pay Gwen Ifill’s salary.

Update: This is amusing:

When asked to clarify her tweet on Wednesday, Ifill defended herself and asked whether a Washington Free Beacon reporter was familiar with how Twitter works.

Gwen certainly knows how Twitter works, Iowahawk tweeted on her flawless analysis and Gwen blocked him.

Update 2: Ted Cruz proved right again

As townhall put it she’s not trying to hide it anymore.
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I know you can get the MSM for nothing, but that’s pretty much what they’re good for.

I just got this news alert,
Obama Clinches Vote to Secure Iran Nuclear Deal

Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland on Wednesday came out in support of President Obama’s Iran nuclear accord, the 34th Democrat in favor. Her vote assures the deal will be put in effect.

My initial reaction?

Victor Davis Hanson is more eloquent:
Appeasing Iran Ignores the Lessons of History

Third, appeasers always wrongly insist that the only alternative to their foolish concessions is war. Just the opposite is true.

Time was not on Iran’s side. Teheran was growing desperate for financial and commercial relief from global sanctions and embargoes. In contrast, the world had no such urgency and could have easily waited for a cash-strapped and ostracized Iran to give up on a bomb.

Read the whole article.

I disagree with VDH when he says “America is for a while longer out of Iranian missile range,” on how long “a while.” Iran, as I have been posting for nearly a decade, has a strategy on Latin America which does not hinge on developing nuclear bombs; you could actually make a case that its not developing a bomb is more dangerous for our hemisphere since it would free up even more money to pursue its military, ideological and terrorist activities.

How much money are we talking about? (emphasis added)

Now the Obama administration has agreed to phase out many economic sanctions on Iran in exchange for its promises to disable parts of its nuclear program. The deal provides for winding down international restrictions on trade and investment with Iran. It is also expected to gradually liberate more than $100 billion in Iranian assets frozen by the U.S. and other countries.

The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in Iran was worth 415.34 billion US dollars in 2014. The Obama deal is giving Iran a 25% raise.

And ponder, also, Iran’s location in Venezuela, where the late Hugo Chavez ceded a former shipyard to Iran. Just last June Iran granted a $500million line of credit to Venezuela; a new injection of funds will make things a lot worse in our hemisphere.

None of that matters to Obama, because The Deal Wasn’t About Iran’s Nukes

The administration readily caved on Iran’s nukes because it viewed the matter only as a timely pretense for achieving other cherished aims. These were: (1) preventing an Israeli attack on Iran; (2) transforming the United States into a more forgiving, less imposing power; (3) establishing diplomacy as a great American good in itself; (4) making Iran into a great regional power; and (5), ensuring the legacies of the president and secretary of state as men of vision and peace.

Indeed.

The Democrats own this deal, all of it.

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics, news and culture at Fausta’s Blog.

The CNN GOP debates comes ever closer and thanks to the a cause celebe

More than 200 elected officials, Republican and conservative activists, and business leaders have signed a letter to CNN president Jeff Zucker requesting the cable network award Carly Fiorina a spot in the upcoming Republican presidential primary debate. Fiorina campaign staff posted the letter on Medium, with a note saying the campaign is “so grateful for their support.”

Carly Fiorina will almost certainly be in the “Main” debate:

Carly Fiorina may be getting a seat (or podium) in the next GOP primetime debate. CNN announced this afternoon they were changing the formula for the debate specifically so Fiorina could be on the stage.

“In the event that any candidate is polling in the top 10 in an average of approved national polls released between August 7th and September 10th, we will add those candidates to our top tier debate, even if those candidates did not poll in the top 10 in an average of approved national polls between July 16th and September 10th. We have discussed these changes with the Republican National Committee and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, and they are fully supportive.”

The Fiorina Campaign is celebrating:

And Politico is portraying this as a victory:

CARLY FIORINA won what could be her last, best shot at staying in the 2016 race. CNN announced Tuesday it would change its rules — ensuring that anyone who polls in the top 10 since the last forum has a podium at the Sept. 16 primetime debate — after an aggressive campaign by Fiorina and her supporters to force the network’s hand.
Indeed, CNN’s decision came down just hours after the Fiorina campaign released a harsh email that Indiana Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann and several prominent conservatives sent to CNN President Jeff Zucker.

But there are quite a few reasons why this move might not work out as well as her supporters think it might.

Think for a second what would have happened if Carly had stayed in the JV debate:

Carly would have been considered the “front runner” of debate #1, holding the main podium, she would have been in the enviable position where she could:

Dominate her immediate opponents

Get more time thanks to a smaller field

Target the people she is chasing in the 1st debate without worrying about a response.

Best of all an easy victory in the early debate would not only raise her standing but she would still be able to play the “fairness” card against her opponents and fundraise off of it assuring her of improved polls which would have eventually gotten her to the main stage by debate 3 or 4.

But now instead she has forced a rule change to get on the main stage which means.

The only way she will be covered in Debate #1 will be if someone refers to the changing of the rules as a “affirmative action” move.

A different round one candidate will get the chance to impress and perhaps dominate the early news coverage.

But the problems don’t end there, being in the main debate means:

1.  Thanks to 11 candidates she will have much less time to speak.

2.  She is facing a much tougher field, that she will be unable to dominate.

3.  She will have to deal with Trump or others hitting her on the HP record.

4.  Any performance less than a clear win will hurt her, and if she does poorly then the talk will be all about not getting in based on merit, but on her getting in based on the fact her first name was Carly and not Carl.

A candidate playing a 9 inning game would have been content to see more pitches in the prelim debate and win it while working slowly into the top tier wearing down the opponents ahead of her rather than swinging for the fences in the hope of getting the big game winning hit.

Now it’s certainly possible that the first debate turns out to be a dud.  It’s possible that Lindsey Graham, George Pataki, Rick Santorum, Rick Perry and Bobby Jindal will not take advantage of the golden opportunity she has given them to stand out and shine.  It’s possible that the MSM meme for debate #1 will be how boring it was without her.

It’s also possible that she will manage to out debate Ted Cruz, out one line Mike Huckabee, out shout Chris Christie, out Constitution Rand Paul, out humble Ben Carson, Out Establishment Jeb Bush, out gay marriage John Kasich, Out union Scott Walker, Out Hispanic Rubio and Out Trump Trump and if she manages to do this, it will pay off big.

But if she doesn’t, if her performance is only average, if Trump once again dominates the debate and if none of the other candidates stumble enough to allow her to run by then the story will be about how she got the chance to be on the big stage and didn’t pull it off and the resulting flame out will drop her back in the pack so fast it will make her head swim.

I think this is the type of high risk move a campaign makes when it doesn’t have any other option and the two days of good press she will get from it simply isn’t worth it…

…unless of course her campaign is so desperate for cash and volunteers to get on ballots post New Hampshire that she couldn’t risk playing the long game.

Given that nothing in this campaign has been predictable I think I’m just going to sit back and watch how this plays out.

It won’t be boring.

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