While people line up to hit the pope the Curt Jester puts up an interesting set of numbers:

Mark Shea posted this a couple years ago.

The West’s commitment to sexual promiscuity is a religion that people will both kill and die for.

AIDS victims in 1987: Philippines 135 / Thailand 112

In 1991 the WHO predicted the Philippines would have 80,000 to 90,000 cases and Thailand 60,000 to 80,000 AIDS victims.

Thailand promoted the use of condoms in massive campaigns where Catholic Philippines promoted ‘Abstinence’ and ‘Be faithful’.

The prognosis of the WHO was wrong for both countries:

1999: Philippines 1,005 / Thailand 755,000 AIDS victims

Source: British Medical Journal, volume 328, April 10th 2004

How ’bout that!

…asks John Romano at Big Hollywood.

I’ve been searching for the video of Obama accidentally reading Irish PM Brian Cowen’s speech yesterday. He even thanks himself at the end! Apparently his teleprompter went loopy.

If this were GWB, the video would be everywhere, yet I can’t find a clip on the Internet of a public press conference that took place yesterday. It will come out, but this is amazing.

Not so amazing with a fawning press trying to protect him. His update notes that this isn’t the first time:

Update: 10:30 am PST: Still no video released. This is the third Obama gaffe with no video. First the wrong door incident at the White House, then the helicopter head bump and now this. A dangerous precedent is being set here. If any other politician made this kind of blunder it would be everywhere.

I wonder if our friends on the left can explain this?

This column is just written for the I wish I said that tag.

How right they were to insist that she was unfit for high office. Let’s just imagine what she might have done:

As president, she might have caused the stock market to plunge over 2,000 points in the six weeks after she assumed office, left important posts in the Treasury unfilled for two months, been described by insiders as ‘overwhelmed’ by the office, and then gone on to diss the British Prime Minister on his first state visit, giving him, as one head of state to another, a set of DVDs plucked from the aisles of Wal Mart, a tasteful gift, even if they can’t be played on a TV in Britain. (Note, the Prime Minister, who is losing his eyesight, may even be blind in one eye).

As vice president, she might have told Katie Couric that when the stock market crashed in 1929, President Franklin D. Roosevelt went on TV to reassure a terrified nation. Or on her first trip abroad as Secretary of State, she might have, as the AP reported, “raised eyebrows on her first visit to Europe…when she mispronounced her “EU counterparts names and claimed U.S. democracy was older than Europe’s,” then gave the Russian minister a gag “reset” button, on which the word “reset” was translated incorrectly.

What a good thing that Palin, whom Christopher Buckley called “an embarrassment, and a dangerous one,” wasn’t in office to cause such debacles, and that we have Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and Hillary Clinton instead.

In case you don’t know these are all things done by the three people above. The Closing line was hot air’s quote of the day.

Call the Palinphobes lacking in logic and they will have tantrums, but this time the sandal might fit. This is the Audacity of Type, a faith-based illusion if ever there was one, the belief that qualities shared by and appealing to pundits and writers – glibness, a worldly patina, and a superficial verbal facility – are those needed to run a great nation in a troubled and dangerous era.

But which is more rational, to place limited trust in a proven reformer, who can learn certain facts she does not know already, or to breathe fictional traits into an unknown quantity, who has never run anything, or ever done much besides talk?

The left still has fits over her but she still sell magazines and brings viewers to any show she is on.

I would trade her for Obama right now in a heartbeat.

What will happen when Gitmo closes? Where will the terrorists go? Where will we find them? Apparently all we have to do is look out the window:

Holder told reporters at the Justice Department that the administration’s review, made on a case-by-case basis, would determine whether the prisoners need to be put on trial or whether they can be released.

“For those who are in that second category, who can be released, there are a variety of options that we have. Among them is the possibility that we could release them into this country,” he said.

After Gateway pundit’s jaw is picked up from the ground he reminds us:

Honestly, what could possibly go wrong?

Stop the ACLU has video with apologies to Mr. Rogers.

Hey I hear there is one house in Bill Ayers neighborhood that isn’t getting much use now.

Update: The WSJ weighs in, along with Hotair.

Update 2: Captain Ed:

I find myself growing nostalgic for the days when American government kept Americans safe, instead of the terrorists.

These guys are loaded for bear today

6:05 a.m. They are already hitting Dodd, Frank and the administration and congress.

6:10 a.m. Joe points out that yesterday the US spent more money than the entire amount of the ENTIRE Iraq war.

6:12 a.m. Your eyes are not deceiving you this is MSNBC!

6:27 a.m. The Easter egg e-mail was priceless

6:39 a.m. OMG they are quoting Barney Frank from 2003. Lawrence O’Donnell is spinning furiously.

6:41 a.m. Barney Frank WILL NOT come on Morning Joe. This must be the only MSNBC show that he won’t come on.

6:43 a.m. They bring up that AIG was one of Senator Obama’s biggest contributes.

6:45 a.m. “Barney Frank has gotten away with murder.” no wonder he won’t come on. O’Donnell is still spinning.

7:02 a.m. Sports gave time to get the dishes washed and other stuff done. Back to the show.

7:08 a.m. They are going to have to get up at 1:30 a.m. EST to do the show on the west coast.

7:10 a.m. Well he is going to go to be on Leno during a crisis it’s not like he was going to play golf or something.

7:12 a.m. Apparently from now on we do have to pay taxes to be in treasury.

7:13 a.m. Tucker asks the forbidden question: “Would a Clinton administration have been this disorganized?”

7:15 a.m. O’Donnell should get combat pay for this appearance. He is spinning again, Mika backs him up.

7:28 a.m. Myers complements the president on keeping Gates.

7:30 a.m. O’Donnell hits Myers on Cheney, Myers defends. O’Donnell asks if he thinks Cheney thinks only he could have defended the country, Myers answer he should be proud of their record.

7:32 a.m. He points out that in theater the troops were full of confidence, while in the beltway it was all doom and gloom.

7:38 a.m. They didn’t quote a republican on that series of quotes.

7:39 a.m. This was in the bill that nobody could read. Cantor is putting the nail in the coffin.

7:44 a.m. O’Donnell is on full attack mode on Cantor it’s his only chance to fight back.

7:45 a.m. O’Donnell is still attacking but is looking very bad.

7:57 a.m. That was a low blow, her ancestry is polish.

8:00 a.m. Time is now spinning.

8:02 a.m. The 3d glasses make them all look like characters out of the doctor who episode The War Games.

8:07 a.m. How do you call saying I didn’t do something and then saying the opposite a “change in position”. Under oath that would be called perjury.

8:11 a.m. If Dodd has lost Tina Brown he’s lost the left.

8:19 a.m. Does Eric Idle get a buck for the Rutles reference?

8:28 a.m. Just to remind the president; Hamilton became sec of treasury 6 years after the Revolutionary war ended.

8:29 a.m. Oh and we can start the Geitner resignation watch now. When a president says he has “complete confidence” that means his days are numbered.

8:35 a.m. Elizabeth Warren is making a lot of friends on this show.

8:37 a.m. She makes the best case for regulation that I’ve heard yet.

8:45 a.m. James Mann on Reagan will it be an attack or a celebration?

8:52 a.m. Colin Powell didn’t want Reagan to say “Tear down this wall.” I’m so shocked.

The head of AIG who came out of retirement for $1 to try to clean up the mess there tangled with congress yesterday and the result wasn’t pretty…for congress:

He also proved himself a cut above those who aimed to make cheap headlines at his expense. I’d pay to see him question Congress on its role in the economic mess.

Most important, he revealed the dirty little secret that much of Washington knew and approved of AIG’s promises to pay retention bonuses to members of its financial products unit. That revelation came early in Liddy’s testimony and punctured the hot air balloon.

Liddy’s matter-of-fact claim directly implicates the Federal Reserve, which he called the “gatekeeper” for the 80% of AIG owned by the taxpayers. He also said Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner knew of the bonus plan nearly two weeks before it became public.

Over to you, President Obama

Between this and the Dodd yes I did no I didn’t twist, the Fannie Mae Bonius’ and the questions about the actual congressional votes this is turning into a debacle and a half for the administration.

My economic plan is looking better and better.

At Newsbusters Tim Graham touches on “catholic” Bob McEvliane’s attempt to flog his new book at the Washington Post by attacking the Pope.

There’s a word for people who do not recognize the Pope as an authority: they’re called Protestants.

And that is the point that needs to be made over and over again. If your book is ranked 178,178th on Amazon it might be useful to get a page on the Post to hit the pope. Hitting the pope is almost a guarantee to get space on any liberal paper these days, but if you want to be a Catholic rejecting the church’s teaching on birth control and abortion in print isn’t the way to go.

As much as foes of the Church would like to pretend otherwise, this isn’t Saudi Arabia and nobody is going to behead you if you want to leave the Catholic Church. Feel free to do so, sell as many books as you like, enjoy the talk show circuit. I’m sure you will be feted and respected by the right people for the rest of your life…

…after that you’re on your own

Update: The American Papist talks Excommunication.

Considering that Puerto Rico is a part of the US it amounts to beating yourself but an amazing 9th inning comeback brought the US from the brink of elimination to the Final pool of the WBC.

Now the question who do you want to play in final round Korea, Japan or Cuba? All are nasty.

On the other side of the country a sloppy first inning made the difference as Korea beat Japan to clinch their spot in the final four.

This sets up the last meaningful game of this pool tonight Japan vs Cuba at 11 p.m.

This is Cuba’s last chance to avenge their defeat of last year and their shutout by Japan earlier this round. I’ve got to give Japan the edge here.

The tune-up game between US and Venezuela this is their 3rd meeting in the tourney and it’s anybody’s game. It will be good baseball but this is the “scrubs” game. You’ve gotta be holding back your best for the one and out game this weekend.

Anyone who thought these games would be boring has been proven very wrong.

…that we should give money to:

In the interview, Dahlan was asked about reports that Fatah was demanding that Hamas recognize Israel’s right to exist as a precondition for the establishment of a Palestinian “unity government.” He called the reports “misleading” and said Hamas was “putting words in our mouths.”

Dahlan added: “They say that Fatah has asked them to recognize Israel’s right to exist and this is a big deception. For the one thousandth time, I want to reaffirm that we are not asking Hamas to recognize Israel’s right to exist. Rather, we are asking Hamas not to do so because Fatah never recognized Israel’s right to exist.”

He explained that it was the PLO, and not Fatah, which recognized Israel’s right to exist when the Oslo Accords were signed in 1993.

Fatah is the largest faction in the PLO. The second largest faction is the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

“We acknowledge that the PLO did recognize Israel’s right to exist, but we are not bound by it as a resistance faction,” he added.

Can we please stop the fiction of these Arabs wanting to live in peace with Israel. These Palestinians have the same plan for Israel as Sheridan did for the Indians.