The media has decided to go all in on Rudy Giuliani statement concerning Barack Obama’s love of America.

This is not unexpected as it gives them an opportunity to spend at least a few days not reporting on the administration’s continued failures i the war on terror, the economy, the courts etc etc etc.

They have reached the Todd Akin stage where the media decides a remark is bad and every single Republican is required to approve or refute it in a way that Democrats never have to answer for things like, for example, Hillary Clinton’s foundation taking millions of dollars from foreign governments or the Sexual crimes of former rep Carlos Henriquez.

But in all of the cacophony of leftist and media outrage (but I repeat myself) concerning how horrible and racist Rudy is or hey Rudy really doesn’t love America there seems to be one thing I’m not hearing anyone of the left doing…

…giving examples that show that Barack Obama has a deep and abiding love of America.

Maybe it’s just me but wouldn’t that be what you lead with but as Kevin Williamson notes that might not be so easy for our friends on the left:

When as a candidate he was in trouble because of his association with the racist lunacy of the Reverend Wright, he responded by giving the American public at large a lecture on racism and its culpability therein, while his minions began proclaiming that the only reason to oppose this politician with the racist associates was — presto-change-o! — racism. But if you believe that the system is basically rotten, that the society that produced that system is basically rotten, that the game is rigged, that your opponents are all phonies and hypocrites, then what’s a little intellectual dishonesty in the service of the common good?

The Irony of course if that President Obama has every reason to love both America & the America people which, despite a record of little distinction (at least from what records we have released) has continually rewarded him his entire life.

But when one feels entitled and believes they are owed a debt the payment of said debt is not considered an act of love and nobody better represents the ranks of the “entitled” more than Barack Obama.

President Bennett:  “You’re not going to go public. You’ve got a chip in the big game now. And one day, when you’re in trouble, you’ll come to me and I’ll cash that chip for you.

Clear and Present Danger 1994

As you know by now Brian Williams from NBC news is now taking some time off:

The “NBC Nightly News” anchor, who is under scrutiny after recanting a story he has told for years about being on a helicopter in Iraq that was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade, said last Saturday he was taking himself off the air.

In a memo to staff, Mr. Williams said the decision was his own. “In the midst of a career spent covering and consuming news, it has become painfully apparent to me that I am presently too much a part of the news, due to my actions,” he wrote. Mr. Williams, who is also managing editor of “NBC Nightly News,” said Lester Holt, the weekend anchor for NBC’s newscast, would take his place.

and he is also ducking David Letterman:

NBC’s Brian Williams cancelled a planned Thursday night appearance on CBS’s ‘Late Show with David Letterman’, POLITICO’s Mike Allen and CNN’s Brian Stelter reported on Sunday.

The cancellation comes after Williams admitted this week that he was never aboard a helicopter that was struck by rocket-propelled grenade fire and forced down in Iraq in 2003, as he had previously claimed.

Mark Steyn, who spent some time in RPG ally in Iraq commented saying

I was certainly alert on the road, and I saw the occasional burnt out tank and other vehicles, but I’ve never been in any danger over the ensuing dozen years of “misremembering” an RPG hitting my car – because the difference between being in a motor vehicle or flying machine that’s not hit by an RPG and the same contraption that is hit by an RPG is so vast I don’t see how one wanders innocently across that line. I was around RPGs, I was in the vicinity of RPGs, I was in the Greater RPG Area zip code …but I didn’t see one and I didn’t get hit by one. And I’ve no idea what that would feel like.

But while a lot of words have been said there are two bits that I find intriguing on the subject, the first words come from Maureen Dowd:

THIS was a bomb that had been ticking for a while.

NBC executives were warned a year ago that Brian Williams was constantly inflating his biography. They were flummoxed over why the leading network anchor felt that he needed Hemingwayesque, bullets-whizzing-by flourishes to puff himself up, sometimes to the point where it was a joke in the news division.

This is important, because Dowd suggest that this was well-known (did she know it as well?) and yet none of these “journalists” (or perhaps “Journo-lists” found it worth commenting on).

The second comes from Ed Driscoll who without meaning to hits on the meat and potatoes of the matter.

Can Williams return? Depends on how many cases of Vienna sausages he has to barter with, I suppose…

Ed is making a joke about another Brian Williams story but it’s an interesting point if you think about it.

We’ve seen plenty of spin from the MSM over the years, and a willingness to manipulate and twist things to suit their narrative.  Given the sausage making that been going on there for years,  what makes anyone thing that people willing to do such a thing for political reasons would not be willing to do so for themselves.

To put it bluntly I very much doubt Brian Williams is the only person in the MSM elite with an issue with truth.

Furthermore Williams has been in the business for a long time, he has likely seen a lot and heard a lot, if there are others in this same situation I’d bet real money he knows about it.

If that’s true Williams is in an interesting spot:

  • Does he keep silent figuring that after a short hiatus he will come back or be given an acceptable position elsewhere?
  • Does he keep silent in fear of jeopardizing his daughters position in the entertainment industry?
  • OR does he decide that to take out any chits he might have and make it clear if he goes down, he doesn’t go alone.

That frankly is the only question left and I find it a very interesting one.  Does Williams play hardball or no, but even this question presupposes that the network doesn’t have something even more damning about Williams that they can reveal.

No matter how it ends, a lot of conservatives are going to have a lot of fun watching this all twist in the wind.

Do you remember he Hagel hearings?  I do.   I remember When Ted Cruz did this

And This: the press did this of the press:

During Hagel’s confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee last week, I overheard multiple groans from other journalists covering the event whenever Cruz began a pointed line of questioning. On Twitter, they noted their exasperation in more colorful ways.

via NRO this

And Chris Matthews called him the “Next Joe McCarthy”

this is no surprise, after all Hagel was the goto Republican for the press for years.

Obviously any person who thought Chuck Hagel is not suited to be Secretary of Defense is either owned by the Jewish lobby or simply beyond the pale (or needs to be ignored),

That what makes this headline at Politico so much fun:

How Obama Dumped Hagel

I can’t wait to hear the outraged critiques from Chris Matthews, Chuck Todd and the Morning Joe table expressing their disgust with this extremist president who dared to dump Chuck Hagel

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Yesterday the darling of progressive catholic Cardinal Kasper of Germany had some ahem interesting things to say about his brother Cardinals in africa.

In a stunning new interview, German Cardinal Walter Kasper has said that African Catholics “should not tell us too much what we have to do” and admitted that they are not being listened to at the Vatican’s current synod as it takes up matters including homosexuality, divorce, remarriage, and family life.

Elizabeth Scalia is horrified:

The African and Asian churches are going to provide the bulk of new missionaries who will be needed to evangelize the “jungle of modern Western culture”, which has scant acquaintance with Christ Jesus. Their churches are growing; their priests are excited; why does their thinking not matter?

Moreover — and perhaps this is most important — dismissing and denigrating the African bishops, and the others, could seriously impact their effectiveness as missionaries to the West. “They needn’t be listened to, except in Africa…” I really don’t think Jesus would agree.

And how awful for one bishop to imply, as Kasper does, here, that it’s okay for the African bishops to be listened to in Africa…but not here, in Europe!

This makes as much sense as the Houston Astros giving the Kansas City Royals advice on how to handle St. Louis or San Francisco in this year’s world series

Father Z reminds us of history:

Kasper’s view reminds me of when Augustine tried to convince Donatists that the Church wasn’t just in Africa. The Donatists thought they were the only Church and anyone in contact with Catholic bishops was tainted.

I respond that the Catholic Church in Africa is older than the Church in Germany. Not only that, the Church doesn’t subsist only along the Rhine.

The only things missing from what Kasper said here are the words “tribal” and “primitive”.

Rod Dreher is blunt: “Chicken Dinner Kasper

Wait, since when are African and Asian Catholics second-class citizens in their own Church? The arrogance of the Western liberal Kasper is unspeakable — and of a piece with the same attitudes liberals in the Episcopal Church and the Church of England have taken towards the Global South. USA Today points out that numerically speaking, Catholics in Africa are poised to overtake Catholics in Europe within a decade. The Catholic faith — Christianity in general — is utterly moribund in Europe. The churches are nearly empty. Not so in Africa. In Cardinal Kasper’s own country, only 13 percent of Catholics show up for mass on Sunday (Pew says that number is lower). What kind of special arrogance does it take to say that the Africans and the Asians do not deserve to be listened to because their views do not accord with what liberal Europeans who speak for a dwindling number of Catholics believe? Truth is not decided by numbers, surely, but Kasper represents a church that is dying not from martyrdom, but from boredom. He ought to be a lot more humble.

Remember the controversy at the 1998 Lambeth Conference of the Anglican Communion, in which angry liberals were said to have complained that the African Anglicans’ loyalty to the conservative line on homosexuality was “bought by chicken dinners”? Well, how do you say “bought by chicken dinners” in German?

It looks familiar to Damian Thompson

Now he sounds like an Anglican – and not just because he thinks aloud on matters of the utmost sensitivity. One of the insoluble problems of that Anglican Communion, in which I try not to take pleasure, is that the liberals who patronisingly celebrate the ‘richness’ and ‘deep wisdom’ of African and Asian societies can’t come to terms with their anti-gay attitudes. Older liberals, especially, have to be careful not to slip back into the mindset of their youth, when Africans were by definition unenlightened. And Cardinal Kasper (b. 1933) does not ‘do’ carefulness.

And Deacon Greg channels Calvin Coolidge

Am I the only one who thinks it might be a good idea for Cardial Kasper to take a vow of silence for a few weeks?

I disagree, I’m delighted that Cardinal Kasper said this openly, that as Elizabeth has said “the mask has dropped”.

twitter right now the German pralate words are drawing a loud response:

That’s a bazinga.

That one too

We’ll come back to the “German” argument later on in this piece

@ProfJCharmley Pope Francis started #Synod with asking to listen humbly to each other. Good advice to ‘important’ cardinals #Kasper #Africa

— maria (@marrisch) October 15, 2014

Maria’s remarks are likely the kindest but there are plenty of remarks like this:


This next tweet really expressed my own thought:

There have been calls for an apology and defenses like this one titled:  No, Cardinal Kasper is not a racist, although I submit that if you have to say “Person X is not a racist” you’ve already lost the argument.

That would explain why the media’s favorite and most quotable Cardinal words are suddenly not getting a lot of  traction from the MSM that loves him.  It’s true that if these remarks had been made by Pope Benedict XVI every media outlet would be calling him a racist, every MSNBC host would be in an uproar, Jessie Jackson & Al Sharpton would be marching on the Vatican embassy and an apology if not a resignation would be demanded the media.

However being the favorite Churchman of progressives has privileges which is why at this moment no major media source is saying a word.

While his words have not moved the media I suspect they will have a profound effect on the Synod because of things like this:

I’ll wager Churchmen all over the world are getting e-mails like that and while the media will do their best to ignore it the Vatican and the Synod can’t. The sunlight this will shine on those who are more worried about pleasing this word than the next will make all the difference. My suggestion pray for all involved especially the church in Africa, because they will be carrying the ball for the rest of us. Closing thought, contrast Cardinal Kasper’s words on Africa with these from Cardinal Dolan from his site: Money quote:

“The bishops of Africa are prophetic in reminding us that the role of the Church is to transform the culture, not to be transformed by the culture.”

Bingo as Jesus said:

Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon the earth. I have come to bring not peace but the sword. For I have come to set a man ‘against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and one’s enemies will be those of his household.   Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me;Matt 10:34-37

Update this image says it all: africa1That’s after 15 hours.  And none of those 15 include any major newspaper or news source. I repeat, if Benedict XVI or Cardinal Burke had said something like about Black Bishops & Cardinals would there be any other story in the news?

Update:   Denials and coincidence

The article is in German, Here is the translation via the same author:

That leaves four possibilities:

1. The article is inaccurate the interview never took place Mr. Pentin is lying.

2. The interview took place but either it was in another language & was translated poorly or the interview wasn’t recorded and the recollections of Mr. Pentin & the Cardinal differ.

3. A conversation took place between the Cardinal & Mr. Pentin that the Cardinal didn’t consider an interview.

4. The article is accurate the interview did take place & Cardinal Kasper is lying.

I take it a rote that a Roman Catholic Cardinal isn’t going to lie in this way but Mr. Pentin seems to have a long history and an excellent reputation in journalism so I’m certainly not going to call him a liar either

zenit has pulled the piece (you can read a cached copy here) that could be because the article is wrong, in dispute or pressure was placed on either them or Mr. Pentin to remove it.

I don’t know which it is and at the moment neither does anyone else  I’ve sent the following questions to Zenit:

Did Zenit pull the interview and if so why?

Did Zenit determine the interview never took place

Did Zenit determine that the interview was obtained under false pretenses?

Was Zenit in any way pressured to remove the interview?

Did Zenit pressure Mr. Pentin in any way to remove the piece from their site.

Does Zenit intend to make a public statement concerning this situation?

I’ll let you know what they say

Meanwhile Elizabeth Scalia notes an amazing coincidence:

Meanwhile, John Thavis notes:

UPDATE: The Vatican announced today that the pope has named an African, Cardinal Wilfrid Napier, who had distanced himself from much of the midterm relatio, to the preparation commission of the final document. Also named was an Australian, Archbishop Denis Hart of Melbourne.

A result of the Pentin piece brouhaha? Coincidental timing of an announcement? I don’t know. I think whatever the case, it’s good news.

The Lord certainly works in mysterious ways.

Update 2: Pentin has the interview on tape and there were two witnesses. Game Set & Match.

With no offense to Mr. Pentin I’m very disappointed I don’t care if he’s a liberal he’s a Cardinal.


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UPDATE: With the Pope’s visit to the US & the MSM spinning the above phrase it is a good time to provide this post to unspin those being played by the media.

There is no phrase of Pope Francis that has been more spun by the world’s media than Francis’ famous words from an early interview concerning homosexuality.

When taken in context the Pope’s meaning is quite clear:

Pope Francis said it was important to “distinguish between a person who is gay and someone who makes a gay lobby,” he said. “A gay lobby isn’t good.”

“A gay person who is seeking God, who is of good will — well, who am I to judge him?” the pope said. “The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains this very well. It says one must not marginalize these persons, they must be integrated into society. The problem isn’t this (homosexual) orientation — we must be like brothers and sisters. The problem is something else, the problem is lobbying either for this orientation or a political lobby or a Masonic lobby.”

However many articles & pieces in context one might write, this can not prevent ignorant & dishonest people from using the “Who am I to judge” phrase as an excuse to not only justify and advance Gay Marriage but to attack Catholics who point out that homosexual acts (rather than the orientation itself) have always been and remain a mortal sin.

So in the interest of explaining this to those who the media would deceive here is what you need to know:

What the Pope said in the most generic sense is this:

A person inclined to a sin, who is seeking God who is of good will–well who am I to judge him?

What the Pope didn’t say in any way shape or form, but what the media wants you to think he did is this:

A person who is proud of and flaunts their sin, well. who am I to judge him?

If you require further information let me go into detail after the jump:

Continue reading ““Who am I to Judge?” for Dummies”

Today I woke to see a breathless headline at Drudge:drudgepope

So I went to said story at yahoo by Ljubomir Milasin to see what the Holy Father did

A single mother, people who have been married before and couples who have been living together “in sin” were married by Pope Francis in a taboo-challenging ceremony at the Vatican on Sunday.

It was such a story that Morning Joe decided it was worth including in their parade of paper as big news.

Is this news? Let’s examine the facts.

The Catholic Church declares sex outside of marriage a sin, as The Catechism of the Catholic Church puts it:

2353 Fornication is carnal union between an unmarried man and an unmarried woman. It is gravely contrary to the dignity of persons and of human sexuality which is naturally ordered to the good of spouses and the generation and education of children. Moreover, it is a grave scandal when there is corruption of the young.

So sex outside of marriage is a grave mortal sin. What is the solution, how about Getting Married!

Can someone explain to me why the Pope causing people to stop committing a moral sin “taboo challenging”?

Now lets look at the person previously married mentioned in the article:

One of the couples he married was single mother Gabriella and her partner Guido, whose previous marriage was annulled by an ecclesiastical tribunal.

Annulment is not the same as divorce, you must have proper grounds for Annulment in the Catholic church (some are listed here) because an annulment signifies the sacrament was never conferred and a valid marriage never took place.

Such annulment are not granted lightly (as Henry VIII discovered) but if an ecclesiastical tribunal of the Church grants an annulment, a person can marry freely because as far as the church is concerned the previous marriage was not valid.

So let’s review.  The Pope has apparently married a bunch of people according to the norms of the Catholic Church. That could have been the headline, and certainly would have been more accurate than the one at Yahoo.

So why the phony headline? There are two things that could be going on

The first is Ljubomir Milasin, his editors, Drudge and all those other who ran with this as a breathless headline worth of airtime have no idea what the norms of the Catholic Church or if they did read beyond the headline they figured it was click bait and ran with it.  Neither ignorance sloppiness, averse would be much of a surprise since today media is famously ignorant when it comes to religion.

The other possibility is dishonesty to achieve the following ends:

#1 Create a meme as if the Pope is preparing for great change in the church in order to pressure the church to actually redefine family in the way that the media wants.#2 Deceive faithful Catholics as to the Pope’s actions and intention in order to create rifts in the Church.

This is the meat and potatoes of the whole “Pope-a-dope” meme. Create a false reality in order to attack a church they despise.

This is going to fail spectacularly.  If at the height of their strength in the 60’s the left couldn’t stop Humane Vitae they certainly aren’t going to sway a bunch of Cardinals appointed by St. Pope John Paul II & Benedict XVI.

And, let me repeat something I’ve said before:

Why would any conservative, Catholic or otherwise, who wouldn’t trust the media to say water is wet, presume they were telling the truth about the Pope?

I’ll give Ed Morrissey the last word on the subject:

Update:  At HotAir Ed suggest the Vatican might have been out to make a point after all:

In other words, from this and other reports on the ceremony and couples involved, there isn’t any suggestion that there were any reasons in current canon law and practice to deny them a church wedding.

And that may have been the real point of this event. The public celebration with its pontifical celebration does have something to say about the Catholic approach to nuptials, but primarily that it’s commonly misunderstood — both by the public at large and at the parish level, in too many cases. A large part of that message comes from the Pope’s personal involvement in the ceremony. John Thavis, a longtime Vaticanista and an occasional guest on my show, makes the point that this was a teaching moment from Francis to the world and to the rank and file

It’s not just the media who are uninformed about Catholic Doctrine.


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Royal Forester Well our duty doesn’t included getting ourselves killed.

The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Coming of Robin Hood 1955

Mr. Spock: It was far easier for you as civilised men to behave like barbarians, than it was for them to behave like civilised men.

Star Trek:  Mirror Mirror 1067

You know how the foes of “religion” have no problem hitting Christianity via parody, in film or TV,  but pee their pants at the hint of offending Islam because they are afraid of getting their throats cut?

Same thing in Gaza with Hamas

What is disturbing is that foreign journalists did not bother (or dare) to ask any of the Hamas leaders and self-proclaimed spokesmen whether they were hiding inside the hospital, regardless of what the answer would doubtless be. They apparently did not even ask themselves this question. .

One foreign journalist explained that asking such a question would have “endangered my life.” Another admitted over coffee that he and his colleagues were too scared to report news that would anger Hamas and other radical groups.

“We know that Hamas uses Palestinians as human shields,” the reporter, who asked not to be identified, said. “But why would you report this when you are sitting in the middle of the Gaza Strip, surrounded by Hamas gunmen?”

Of course Hamas would claim that this is almost as unlikely as them summarily executing people without trial

Palestinian sources have confirmed that Hamas has executed at least 13 Palestinians on suspicion of “collaboration” with Israel. None of the suspects was brought to trial, and the executions were reportedly carried out in the most brutal manner, with torture that included severe beating and breaking arms and legs. 

According to the sources, Hamas has also been shooting suspected “collaborators” in the legs to prevent them from moving around. Many others, including Fatah activists, have been placed under house arrest by Hamas

For those of you who doubt this let me quote Cosmic X who reminds us of a fellow at CNN named Eason Jordan

Over the last dozen years I made 13 trips to Baghdad to lobby the government to keep CNN’s Baghdad bureau open and to arrange interviews with Iraqi leaders. Each time I visited, I became more distressed by what I saw and heard — awful things that could not be reported because doing so would have jeopardized the lives of Iraqis, particularly those on our Baghdad staff.

Via Yid with Lid who also notes when John Reed of the Financial Times tweeted this:

was answered with this:

In response, @Saritah_91 tweeted: “We’ll hold you responsible if Israel uses your tweet to bomb the hospital & then justify it.”

Yeah these guys are going to be all nice about that.

If anyone thinks a CNN or NBC name is going to risk getting himself shot over  report that annoys Hamas you’re out of your mind.


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Don’t go to parties with metal detectors Sure it feels safe inside; but what about all those niggaz waitin outside with guns? They know you ain’t got one..

Chris Rock No Sex in the Champagne Room from the Album Bigger & Blacker


Seeing this headline at Hotair:

Pennsylvania man who had already shot one person to death stopped by doctor with gun

This excerpt (via Glenn) from a CS Monitor story:

The decision likely saved lives, police acknowledged. “If he [the doctor] wasn’t armed … this guy could have went out in the hallway and just walked down the offices until he ran out of ammunition,” Yeadon Police Chief Donald Molineux told media. 

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Leads me to believe that rather than a regular viewer of Morning Joe & Morning Mika

For three months there was nothing else on the air. Every single day was a concentrated push on gun control, you could not go though a single day on CNN or MSNBC when the topic was not advanced. They screamed that 90% of the voters were behind it which is strange since senators generally go with the voters.

…Dr. Lee Silverman might have been a reader of Larry NivenJerry Pournelle, namely of their book  Escape From Hell

“And that one?” I pointed to a man up to his chin in boiling blood. He was screaming in agony so his face was distorted, but he looked Oriental.

“New one,” Billy said. “Seung, something like that. Went out and shot a bunch of people in the college he was at. Allen, it puzzles me that a man can shoot thirty-two full-grown men and women before the sheriff’s men gun him down. You’re more his time, maybe you can tell me. Why didn’t someone just shoot the son of a bitch?”

I scratched my head. Billy’s viewpoint seemed skewed, alien.

“Five of ‘em where teachers,” Billy said. “They had to protect their kids. How could they not be armed? It’s as if someone has been taking away their guns.”

I suspect a lot of Hospital workers in Philly alive today because he was more Billy & less Mika.

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It’s a rare thing when I disagree with Pam Geller or Jeff Dunetz (Yid with Lid) but I think that the Pope’s moves in Israel were not only useful but Useful for Israel.

Pam being Pam was blunt. She referred to the Pope’s prayer at the security barrier as “Papal Jihad

Jeff gave a more detailed explanation why he objected

Sunday’s unscheduled prayer had the extreme weight of symbolic imagery. Israeli guards watched from a fortified guard tower overhead as the Pontiff stepped down from hisPopemobile and made his way to what some say is the most photographed section of the Wall. He stopped at a panel spray-painted, in black, “Pope we need some 1 to speak about Justice Bethlehem look like Warsaw ghetto” and, in red paint, “Free Palestine.” He bowed his head in silent prayer, laid his palm against the wall, and before leaving touched his forehead to it.

Later the Pope’s friend Rabbi Abraham Skorka who traveled with him to the holy land told Army Radio that in that moment Pope Francis prayed for peace so the wall could be dismantled. But the message the Palestinians and media took away was much different; Jews should not defend themselves by keeping terrorists out.

Now it’s very true that the Palestinians & the media spun this differently than the reality but lets face it they spin EVERYTHING different than the reality. They have spun the Pope plenty and will continue to do so.

But it’s right for the pope to pray there, That such a wall is necessary is a shame and to pray for peace so it can be gone is completely in keeping with the Pope’s mission.

But the most important part of that stop was setting up the one that followed. Jeff again:

After spending Sunday with Palestinian President Abbas, the Pope spent Monday with his Israeli hosts. At Netanyahu’s urging the Pope made one more spontaneous stop, a memorial to victims of terror at the Mt. Herzl Military cemetery. The barrier he told the pontiff, is to prevent such deaths, many of which had occurred from suicide bombs.

I’d like to think that I’m up to date on what happens in the Middle East and the Arab Israel conflict but I must admit I never knew about the memorial to the victims of terror existed and I’ll wager that plenty of faithful Catholics never knew about it either.

AFter hearing the story of a 10 year old girl the best friend of the PM’s son who was blown up in a bus the Pope the Pope prayed at the spot:

In this place of deep pain, where we remember all this pain, I want to say that terrorism is bad, the way of terrorism does not help and the path of terrorism is fundamentally criminal.” I pray for all these victims, and for all the victims of terrorism in the world.

The Pope then walked over to the wall, and touched it, exactly as he had touched the barrier.

while liking the gesture Jeff noted objected to the seeming moral equivalence

And in a way maybe they shouldn’t absorb it. By praying at the security fence, and doing the same thing at the memorial to victims of terror, the Pope was drawing a false moral equivalence between blowing up ten-year-old children and finding a non-violent solution to stopping the terror.

And this is where he is missing the cunning of Pope Francis.

Jeff is correct that the while this video can be promoted by Pro-Israel writers and bloggers like us

…American & western MSM will likely downplay or ignore this it.

What Jeff hasn’t done however is look at this as a consumer of Catholic Media.

Now this isn’t a big surprise, I wouldn’t expect him or Pam to know much about Catholic media so let me give him an education.

EWTN is THE Catholic network. It broadcasts to Catholics live not only in North America but Africa, India, Asia and South America, in short, throughout the entire world and unlike most cable networks it provides its feeds free of charge.

In addition to excellent Catholic programming the good folks at EWTN TV & Radio meticulously cover the Pope. When he is on pilgrimages such as this one, the coverage is live and wall to wall, from homilies at Masses to every single event, with in-depth and live commentary as it happens. After the live coverage it is replayed for those who might have missed it.

While the MSM doesn’t find the Pope’s visit to the memorial to the victims of terror all that newsworthy it’s likely tens of millions of Catholics all over the world saw that visit, heard Bibi’s words and the Pope’s prayer that followed.

Furthermore as a place that the Pope prayed at during a pilgrimage that memorial to the victims of terror will be a location where Catholic pilgrims from all over the world visiting the holy land will seek out.

They will stand where the Pope stood and pray where he prayed and be made aware of the price that Israel and Jews have paid to pray at that very same spot.

Tell me, what would supporters of Israel give to expose a large chunk of the world’s population to such a thing? What would we give to have it covered both on television and in print? (EWTN purchased and publishes the National Catholic Register) How delighted would we be that such coverage got the attention it deserved?

Pam & Jeff your wishes for such coverage have already come true.

While Pam & Jeff might not have been aware of that coverage until this moment but you can bet your bottom dollar Pope Francis was and not all the media spin by the major networks will change what those millions of faithful Catholics saw with their own eyes thanks to the Supreme Pontiff of the Catholic Church.

On behalf of the Church let me say to my friends, you’re welcome.

Update: Caroline Glick is seeing some things that aren’t there.

First of all even the simplest of Catholic school children understand that Jesus was a jew, the apostles were all jews, the followers of christ were all jews, the people he preached to were all jews (with the odd samaritan thrown in) and those who condemned him and crucified him were jews and romans.

To suggest that Jesus speaking aramaic makes him any less a Jew is nonsense.

To suggest he is “giving licence to holocaust denial” not only ignores his personal history, but is frankly libelous.


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Yesterday I made the case that Mr. Bundy’s grandstanding about race had turned his situation from an issue that put the left on the defensive (the last rancher fighting an overbearing heavily armed federal government) and thus ignored as much as possible by the MSM. To an issue which puts the left on offensive (An old racist not paying his bills) which is suddenly leading on MSNBC, and Colbert etc etc etc.

As Dave Weigel pointed out there are bigger issues involved here that have been ignored for decades to wit:

so there are plenty of people who want to keep the actual issue alive, or explain away Mr. Bundy’s remarks or point out the double standards here. However with a meme that is now going to be pushed to every low info voter, a meme that can be pushed to their base to turn them out, and an excuse to not talk about Obama failures from Russia to Obamacare so that’s not going to fly, If you think that the issue of the federal government overreach on land is something that so if you want to advance the actual issue that has been ignored for all this time, let me give you some advice:

1.  Stop defending/explaining Bundy’s remarks:

There have been some clever remarks on the subject, but Bundy said what he said. Simply admit what old man said was racist straight up instead of spinning or defending them.  That effectively ends the conversation.  At that point where do they go?


2.  Make the Pivot

The left wants to associate the right with Bundy because of his remarks on race, but two can play for that game,  Once you concede the racism of Bundy’s remarks you are in a position to make some excellent points to wit:

The idea is to force the question as to why every other rancher who was in that area is gone, in fact a smart conservative reporter would after framing that story find some of those ranchers and ask them about how the government drove them out of business.

Alternately you could say something really simple like: “Clive Bundy is a racist so naturally the government should take his cattle & his ranch.”

Let the left react to that statement, if they say “no” then it forces them to the actual issue, if they say “yes” then it’s even more damning.


3. Make the left own BLM

It’s axiomatic that Bundy’s racism doesn’t justify the actions of the BLM, Dana Loesch almost had it with this speech:

Forget Tommy Henderson, Kenni Patton, or other ranchers who have weighty claims against the BLM, it’s all moot now because of Cliven Bundy. Bundy’s a racist, therefore anyone who agreed with his criticism of the BLM’s heavy-handed tactics is also a racist. Bundy’s a racist, thus the politicians who spoke against the BLM sending 200 armed agents to deal with a local issue must also be racists.

While that’s a good point the question is how to put the  left media in a position to use that point.  The trick is to be more media savvy than Mr. Bundy to wit:

Oh I certainly agree Bundy remarks are racist, just as I’m sure you will agree BLM agents shoving Margaret Houston, Mr. Bundy sister to the ground, was excessive force by the BLM.

Oh I certainly agree Bundy’s remarks are racist, just as I’m sure you agree tasering Mr. Bundy son & putting the dogs on them was excessive force by the BLM.

Oh I certainly agree Bundy’s remarks are racist, just as I’m sure you agree the BLM & feds allowing calves to starve is cruel and inhumane.

If they agree with those statements then the logical question is:  What do we do about the BLM?  If they don’t then the comeback question is:

Excuse me are you saying because Cliven Bundy said something racist it’s Ok to manhandle his sister, taze his son and/or kill his cattle?

If you are invited on a liberal show to discuss this, you have immediately put your host on the defensive, once that is done, it can be run with and the focus put where it should.

Remember the “Bundy is a racist”  is the ground where the left and the BLM wants the right, but with a little media savvy the BLM fight can be moved back toward the question of an overreaching government which is the actual point of the dispute.


4.  Introduce another story

if the media wants to talk racism, that’s an excellent opportunity to bring up a story or two they’ve ignored.  For example when asked about Bundy’s remarks one might answer:

I have to admit the BLM overreach not withstanding, when it comes to Bundy’s remarks I haven’t heard anything that racist since Democrat Rep Alvin Holmes said: “99 percent” of Republicans in the Yellowhammer State would order their daughters to get abortions if they were impregnated by black men. which I’m sure you’ll join me in condemning.

When they try to pivot back to Bundy I’d keep going there:

Oh yes I’d join you in calling on Mr. Bundy to apologize for his insensitive remarks just as I’m sure you join me in calling on Democrat Rep Holmes to apologize for declaring on the house floor he doesn’t like him [Clarence Thomas] because Thomas is married to a white woman.

If they want to do a story about racism, by all means lets give the one.


We may be forced to make our case on unfavorable ground, with these simple moves you will be surprised at how fast the left will find that ground equally uncomfortable.


Update:  Added the movie quote & pulled the OK

Update 2:  I think the Ill Gov Pat Quinn and equating black republicans to Nazi Collaborators would work under choice 4 as well.


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