These headlines are a lot of fun (all emphasis mine)

Newsweek: Pope Francis Appears to Defend Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis

NBC News: Pope Appears to Back Kim Davis in Gay-Marriage Battle (note they eventually changed the headline, must have been too much for them.

Christian Science Monitor: Did Pope Francis just endorse Kim Davis?

Why the weasel words? Because each of these MSM outlet are loath to think that the man they spent the last week lionizing might actually believe in the faith of his church and even worse might actually disagree with them.

I’ll say this for the Huff post at least they use the Reuters headline which says it bluntly:

The Pope Just Handed Kim Davis A Huge Win

Here is an excerpt from the Newsweek piece:

The pontiff was unequivocal when asked by Terry Moran of ABC News if government officials should be exempt from abiding by laws they find objectionable for religious reasons. “It is a human right, and if a government official is a human person, he has that right. It is a human right,” the pope said.

While this is not a surprise to me at all, I honestly don’t know who is in more distress over this. The Kim Davis hating media that spent the last week fawning over the Pope or some of the Conservatives who absolutely positively insist the Pope isn’t a real Catholic and has a secret plan to redefine sin completely and hand it over to the devil.

Either way I’m enjoying it, and as I’ve already said, conservatives need to learn the words: The Same Position as Pope Francis and be prepared to repeat them, and do your best not to smile and laugh at the look on their faces while you say it.

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – Another week, another poll.

In the latest NBC News/WSJ poll, the leaders are Donald Trump followed closely by Ben Carson.  Carly Fiorina has risen significantly since her steely debate performance, and Marco Rubio is holding steady.

At the bottom of the list are Lindsey Graham, George Pataki, and Jim Gilmore, with Bobby Jindal barely showing a pulse.  As of this writing, none of them have dropped out yet but it’s probably coming.

Rumor has it that Jindal is close to dropping out which would surprise almost nobody.  Rand Paul is likely to join him.

Ted Cruz won the Value Voter Summit this weekend, but as NPR, who has written him off, notes – that endorsement has never landed a GOP candidate a nomination the next year.

Even with Trump still ahead in every poll that I’ve seen, I stand by my assessment last week that he’s faltering.  I simply do not see him staying the course until the end.  Feel free to lob this back at me later if he does.  I simply can’t conceive of a President Trump. Now, that doesn’t mean much; I said the same thing about Obama’s first election, so my record at prediction isn’t all that good.

I am a little surprised at how poorly Ted Cruz is showing; he is truly the most conservative candidate in the race and one who can truly stand on his record.  He has no Gang of Eight baggage to atone for.  In fact, he may even get a boost this week given Boehner’s potshots at him.  Boehner’s RINO record speaks for itself and for him to refer to Ted Cruz as a “jackass” and implying that he is a “false prophet” can only help Cruz.  Boehner is following in the Republican establishment model of eating their young.  It’s no wonder the party is in such a mess.

The next debate is not until October 28 and while the candidates are all in a frenzy over how many will be allowed on stage, it may be a moot point at the rate they are dropping out, or at least predicted to drop.

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

With the resignation of John Boehner a lot of pundits are talking about the GOP “crazies” who forced him out and even some members of congress are talking along those lines.

While all that spleen venting must feel good for them it’s a spectacular lesson on the difference between groups who vote for the GOP and groups who vote for Democrats this week.

With the resignation of Boehner the GOP is on notice that there are consequences for attacking the voters and the base. It demonstrates that if one decides to abandon the principles that the voters who elected you hold, there is a cost.

Meanwhile contrast this lesson with the following news out of the Southwest:

The president of the Navajo Nation slammed President Obama and Democrats for deserting the tribe’s 300,000 people after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) accidentally polluted a river the tribe depends on, leaving one-third of the reserve’s drinking water unsafe.

In an exclusive interview with The Hill, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye again called on Obama and administration officials to declare the San Juan River a disaster zone.

In August, an EPA accident resulted in 3 million gallons of contaminated water flowing into the Animas River, which runs into the San Juan River. One-third of the Navajo Nation’s people rely on the Animus for water.

Mind you this isn’t a question of some abstract principle or deeply held belief, this is the drinking water of a population, a basic necessity for survival.

“We are asking the Democratic Party to have President Obama declare the river a disaster area — and we haven’t gotten anything. Nothing,” he said. “The Democrats? I don’t know what happened. We basically are Democrats. We always vote Democrat. But it seems like they’ve just walked away. And we’re not hearing anything that’s of value to us from the Democrats.

emphasis mine, you mean to say that you always vote Democrat and the people who you vote for without questioning take you for granted? Who woulda thunk it!

“With Obama, we’ve been asking for him to at least give us a call and tell us you are there to help us and walk with us. But we have heard not a word. It seems like they’ve just closed the doors and walked away,” Begaye said. “We were the swing vote for them for years and they haven’t done a thing.”

Let me offer a suggestion. At the Senate hearings Mr. Begaye said:

We don’t know whom to trust anymore.

Forgetting for a moment that these hearing were launched by a Republican Senate let me simply remind you that since the 60’s the Black community has completely embraced the Democrat party to the point where democrats have no fear of the black vote going GOP.

Ask how well that’s worked out for them.

Update: At the atlantic, via Instapundit my point about the black America & Democrats is made:

For the black voters who saved Barack Obama in 2012, the Great Recession and the slow recovery have been one long continuing catastrophe. Between 2007 and 2009, black homeowners were 70 percent more likely to suffer foreclosure than whites. Higher-earning black families were 80 percent more likely to lose their homes than their white counterparts.


and for the kids it was worse

Despite three years of supposed economic recovery, black children were as likely to be poor in 2013 as in 2010—and more likely than at any time since the early 1990s. Almost four out of 10 black children are now growing up in poverty, as against one in nine white children. More than 25 percent of the black poor now live in areas of concentrated poverty, triple the rate for poor white people.

Update 2: Missed a link fixed

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