Today is the final Debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Because of my work schedule I will be able to watch only the first hour of the debate while listening to the final hour as I drive into work.

Here are some pre-debate thoughts

This is likely the last chance that Donald Trump will be able to address the American people outside of the filter of the MSM before election day. That means he needs to point the debate to items the MSM wants to ignore from the Project Veritas tapes to the Wikileaks revelations.

This is the first time that there has been a debate with a moderator from FOX. Hillary Clinton is going to have to be prepared to be actually challenged on issues by a moderator for the first time in, well forever.

It is pretty safe to assume that regardless of what actually happens at the debate the MSM as a whole will state the election over and Trump doomed.

If by some chance Hillary underperforms greatly than I guarantee the media will be unified in blaming FOX and insisting they should be excluded from now on (Even if she does well this is a likely post debate meme).

One of the myths of this election cycle has been that “If only the GOP didn’t nominate Trump the MSM would be talking Wikileaks, Project Veritas etc” I guarantee that if the Trump tapes where not out there the media would find a different reason to ignore all of the above.

Based on the CNN reactions we can assume that if the veritas tapes come up in the debates you will see the words “convicted criminal” be repeated over and over with O’Keefe.

Very curious if the National Enquirer stuff will be brought up, I’m sure Trump is waiting for Clinton to dismiss them with a “That’s what John Edwards said” line.

The apparent decision to bring James O’Keefe to the debate is an excellent idea and put the MSM in a position where they are forced to comment on the “why” thus the “convicted criminal” business.

I’d bet real money that Hillary congratulates the Cleveland Indians in her opening statement before Trump gets a chance after all Hillary operatives aside there are no votes in Toronto.

Who wants to be that most of the post debate stories of the MSM have already been 60-707% written? The only real mystery left is what the MSM meme will be to spin the results, but within 30 minutes of the end of the debate I suspect every network will be using the same one.

Attacks in New Jersey, New York, and Minnesota on Saturday were, by definition, terrorism. Websters’ Dictionary says that terrorism is “the use of violent acts to frighten the people in an area as a way of trying to achieve a political goal.” Today, we can add “religious goals” into the definition as well since nearly all acts of terrorism are done in the name of Islam.

I’m old enough to remember when the dystopian vision of George Orwell’s 1984 was as impossible to see in America as communism or anarchy. Now, it seems to be a race between the three most destructive societal establishments to see which one can take hold first. At this point, the most likely winner would be the totalitarian police state of 1984 creeping quickly into the thoughts of Americans because media’s and politicians’ mastery of doublespeak is polluting the cultural awareness.

Most non-conservatives don’t even think twice when the media questions Donald Trump about why he called the explosion in New York City a “bombing.” They want us to ignore the fact that dumpsters do not blow up by themselves. They definitely want us to pretend that Trump was evil for calling it a bombing while Hillary Clinton was righteous for calling it a bombing moments later.

Even this morning after it was revealed that there was a second bomb in the form of a pressure cooker rigged with a cellular detonator, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said that it wasn’t terrorism. Keep in mind that he acknowledged it was an “intentional act” but wouldn’t say terrorism. What other motives can there for intentionally blowing up a dumpster on a busy street in the busiest city in America?

Even when Governor Andrew Cuomo comes out and admits it was terrorism, he has to add a qualifier to it by saying that it wasn’t “international” terrorism. Does that make you feel better?

Folks, that’s doublespeak. Just as Ft. Hood wasn’t “workplace violence,” the Chelsea bombing wasn’t a “waste management mishap,” though today it wouldn’t shock me to hear it called that by the press or the White House.

Pipe bombs in New Jersey are terrorism. Men asking people if they’re Muslims and referring to Allah before stabbing them is terrorism, but somehow the motives are still being questioned. It’s as if we’re so scared as a society to jump to conclusions that we won’t come to conclusions at all. This is a dangerous mentality for any nation that’s specifically targeted by multiple terrorist groups who have inserted or indoctrinated their agents into the population.

The key to the government’s success in 1984 was in how they redefined truth. History was whatever the government said it was. People were attacked for speaking the truth and rewarded for agreeing with the government’s lies. Their best weapon was the fear of consequences that they were able to impose on the people. They had to fear everyone they talked to, even family. Their best agents were children. The way that liberalism and doublespeak are spreading through the country, specifically within our education system and media, it’s no longer impossible to imagine a dystopian America within our generation.

I understand that there was a severe backlash against Muslims after 9/11. Only the truly deplorable of the country (by the real definition, not Hillary’s) would want a repeat of that. More recent history has shown us that it’s no longer a major concern. I’m sure that CAIR or a leftist activist organization can produce statistics that show a spike in hate crimes following terrorist attacks, but I would question the validity. We’ve seen enough terrorist attacks in recent years (heck, months) to know that even after confirmed attacks by radical Islamic terrorists, the instant backlash is minimal or nonexistent. The real fear, one that is actually righteous, is that of the hatred that drives people to take action well after the fact. The arson of the mosque attended by Orlando terrorist Omar Mateen didn’t happen in the hours immediately following the attack or even the days when it was hot in the news and confirmed as being a terrorist attack. It happened three months later. In other words, anyone jumping to an early conclusion had zero bearing on the follow-up crime.

People are fond of saying that “words matter” this election cycle. I agree. I just wish the media and politicians would use the right words. These acts were terrorist attacks, period. More may be coming. We must remain diligent without allowing fear to paralyze us. This means calling things by what they are. Terrorism is terrorism. Labeling it otherwise is dangerous and stupid.

As a husband and father who works far too many hours during the week, I’m a huge fan of making holiday weekends special for the family. These half-dozen or so big holiday weekends should be spent recharging our batteries and reconnecting with those aspects of life that often get lost in our productivity-focused and digitally distracted society. These are the times to let the world be the world so we can focus on the things that are closer to home.

For Labor Day 2016, I’m asking everyone to make an exception.

Yesterday’s big release by the FBI of Hillary Clinton’s email interviews was timed to allow the weight of her deceit and incompetence to fade away with everything else over the long weekend. When the government wants something swept under the rug away from our collective conscience, they do so in a very particular manner. Standard operating procedure is to release it midday on Friday, preferably before a long holiday weekend, so it gets the attention of the press but is pushed aside by a good chunk of the population that has their minds set on hot dogs, family, fireworks, and beer. The story gets coverage when nobody’s looking and then gets tossed in favor of holiday stories. A new week starts on Tuesday when the press has mostly moved on.

Hillary’s email story is one of corruption, lies, and mental breakdowns unbecoming of a President. It must not be swept under the rug. Here are some of the highlights that too few people will see because of the precise timing of the release:

This is all part of a bigger problem in the relationship between mainstream media and the U.S. government, particularly the Democrats. We’ve already seen reporters canned while asking taboo questions about her health. We’ve watched Bill Clinton’s liabilities filtered by mainstream media. We have to dig deep into the realm of obscure conservative media before seeing the reality of Obamacare’s failures.

On this issue of Hillary’s utter failures as a politician and a human being manifested in the way she’s handled and subsequently lied about her emails, we can’t let the media and the government get their wish. As much as it pains me to say so, this weekend is a time to discuss politics even if only in passing. Between the hamburgers and ice cream cones, make sure your cousin knows she lied when she said she set up the server so she could use one device; she had 13 mobile devices attached to her emails. While you’re on your way to see one of the terrible movies Hollywood is offering this weekend, ask your buddies if it’s okay that she wiped her email servers only after the NY Times reported about it. When you get back to work on Tuesday, tell a coworker that you can’t trust someone to be President of the United States if they claim they had no idea how classified intelligence actually worked while Secretary of State.

As some of you know, I’m not a fan of Donald Trump. That fact should compel you to share this story and keep the pressure up on Hillary despite the attempt to turn this scandal into a nothingburger. It’s not just Trump’s biggest fans who are gloating about her failures. Even those of us who aren’t sold on him are utterly aghast at his incompetent competitor.

A woman in the Kurdish military recently shot and killed a senior commander of the self-proclaimed Islamic State who once kept her as a sex slave.

After more than 50 people at a Kurdish wedding died in an attack by Islamic terrorists, Turkey finally decided this week to launch a serious assault against the self-proclaimed Islamic State.

The incidents underline the importance of the Kurds as a key ally in any successful attempt to rid the world of the radical Islamists.

When I arrived in the Middle East nearly 40 years ago, the Armenians and the Kurds were among the most downtrodden ethnic groups in the region. The Armenians have their own country now; the Kurds don’t but should.

In one of the most brutal results of map drawing before and after World War I, more than 30 million Kurds were split among four countries: Iraq, Iran, Syria and Turkey. Keep in mind, most Kurds, who are mainly Sunni, consider themselves Kurds, not Iraqis, Iranians, Syrians or Turks. An independent state would be one of the largest in the Middle East–bigger than Syrian and almost as big as Iraq.

The Kurds have faced adversity many times, including the horrific 1988 chemical attack by Saddam Hussein’s government that left thousands dead in the worst incident of its kind in history.

The Kurds have supported the United States on many occasions, including the Gulf War, the Iraq War and the Syrian Civil War—much of the time later being forsaken by the Americans.

The Kurdish forces are called the pesh merga, which translated means “one who faces death.” This army has driven out Islamists from a variety of their strongholds in Iraq and Syria.

The U.S. government has thrown billions of dollars at a variety of ineffective Middle Eastern armies, but it has only been recently that the Kurds have received money for small arms shipments.

The United States should fund the pesh merga to a much greater extent because it is the only effective fighting force against the Islamic State.

Perhaps it’s time for the U.S. government to consider an independent Kurdish state in at least parts of Iraq and Syria, where it could continue its support of America.

Christopher Harper, a longtime journalist with The Associated Press, Newsweek, ABC News and The Washington Times, teaches media law. Read more at

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By John Ruberry

I overheard someone saying yesterday, “Did you you hear that Donald Trump hates babies? Yes, a baby was crying at one of his rallies and Trump said, ‘Get that baby out of here.'”

This person is a member of America’s largest voting bloc, the uninformed voter. He gets his news from his Facebook feed–FB’s trending topic page was recently exposed as biased against conservatives–and I suspect he doesn’t know who is state representative is or his member of Congress is. But presidential elections bring out uninformed voters at a higher rate than in off-year elections, which explains Barack Obama and the Democratic Party’s wins in 2008 and 2012 and the Republican successes in 2010 and 2014.

Oh, about that baby. While there was some harmless banter between Trump and the baby’s mother, the media lied, particularly its headline writers. Low-information voters read headlines but are less willing to read articles because sometimes they contain ideas and words they may not understand. Or maybe the uninformed are lazy, which of course explains how they got that way.

Here’s an honest headline: Donald Trump did not tell the baby’s mother to leave his rally.

Who says so? The infant’s mom, that’s who.

The media created a firestorm over Trump’s feuding with Khizr Khan, the father of a US Army officer whose son was killed in a terror attack in Iraq. While the political newcomer would have been better off avoiding the dispute altogether, the dishonest mainstream media avoided mentioning Khan’s suspected ties to the extremist Muslim Brotherhood and his history of supporting sharia law.

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Of more importance to the ordinary American is that Hillary Clinton flat-out lied to Fox News’ Chris Wallace about her email scandal last week. Specifically she lied about her lying–FBI director James Comey did not say Clinton was truthful about her explanations of her use of an unsecured email server while she served as Barack Obama’s secretary of state.

In an attempt to talk her way out of her self-inflicted mess, on Friday Clinton, in her first press conference of 2016, uttered a top-level gaffe, claiming that she “may have short-circuited” during the Wallace interview.

Is America ready for a president who short-circuits? Or one who is a serial liar?

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

Haven’t done an “Under the Fedora” piece for a while so here goes.

The Difference between a national story and a local story is illustrated in Minneapolis:

A woman was sexually assaulted by a group of four men and a teenager while walking along a south Minneapolis street Saturday evening, according to a safety advisory issued by Minneapolis police.

The victim was walking in the Lyndale neighborhood around 9 p.m. when a car full of men called her over to their vehicle. They spoke briefly and she continued walking, police said.

A short time later, the five men returned and approached her on foot. They forced the woman to go to an area near 32nd Street and Blaisdell Avenue S., where they sexually assaulted her, police said.

Now this is definitely a local story and not a national one, why because of this sentence

Police released the following descriptions for the five, all identified as Somalis, with dark complexions.

Yup nothing to see here USA move along.

Over at Stacy McCain’s site there is a story about another alleged rape:

Nor are people thinking about what they are doing in the real world in an age where everybody’s cellphone has a video camera, where anything a guy does in his dating relationships may become the subject of an online rant by an angry ex-girlfriend, where a guy meets a girl at a party and has what seems to him a consensual hookup only to discover, nearly two years later, that she’s telling the world that he’s a rapist.

Rosie’s account of that night is a classic “he-said/she-said” situation. Her story of that (allegedly) “horrific” June 2014 encounter seems entirely plausible, and Jason Lee Weight’s (alleged) behavior is indefensible. Rosie says she filed a report with police “a long time after” this encounter, but a lack of evidence made prosecution impossible.

But his main point is more cultural in terms of a warning to young men who do their thinking below the waist.

What you need me for is to explain the meaning of “crazy.” If a guy meets a girl at a party, how does he know if she’s crazy? Well, if he says “let’s go back to my place” and she says “yes,” that’s probably a sign she’s crazy. No sane girl would say yes to such an invitation. The dude might have herpes. He might be a rapist.

She barely knows this guy and she’s leaving the party with him? Crazy. Then she goes back to his place, goes to his bedroom, takes off all her clothes and thinks he’s not going to have sex with her? Crazy.

This is what I’ve explained to my sons. There is a direct correlation between (a) a woman’s willingness to engage in casual sex, and (b) a woman being crazy. As a general rule, the quicker she drops her pants, the crazier she is. Every guy is prone to believe that his own personal charm suffices to explain why this woman he just met is willing to leave the party with him for a quick hookup. “He shoots! He scores!”

Yeah, he’s a natural-born winner. The ladies can’t resist him.

That’s what he’s telling himself anyway, as he blazes past the flashing yellow lights and warning signs: “CAUTION: CRAZY WOMAN.”

The Greeks called it hubris, this arrogance that leads a man to destruction.

My father’s “if she’s good enough to sleep with, she’s good enough to marry.”

Speaking of this topic yesterday I attended one of the national rallies to defund planned parenthood  parenthood,  and for the first time in Fitchburg we had a number of counter protesters, mostly Bernie Sanders fans, who had signs calling for free condoms etc.

As a pair of them were leaving, both college age women they passed by me closes and shouted how they would be having a ton of abortions.

It occurs to me that these are the woman that the Pump and Dump crowd that Stacy McCain has referred to are counting on and in a very few years we might see one of them on feminist tumbler making the same charges that Rosie did.

As I said many years ago:

In short men.  It’s been a long fight but the sexual revolution is over…

….We WON!

While our friends on the left insist that men not have to pay a price to enjoy the favors of a woman, there are some thing that they believe deserve swift punishment:

Ciccotta first encountered trouble at Bucknell when, as president of the College Republicans, he invited Milo Yiannopoulos to speak on campus.

The visit from Yiannopoulos, whose tour of US campuses has caused easily-offended leftwing students to organize therapy sessions in his wake, led to panic from Bucknell administrators and faculty, who organized a range of bizarre restrictions on the event.

The college Republicans were prohibited from filming the talk, and students were not allowed to ask Milo any questions verbally — they had to be scribbled on the back of index cards. Yiannopoulos was also prohibited from speaking to students one-on-one after the event and was escorted out of the building by campus officials as soon as his talk concluded.

After organizing the event, Ciccotta faced a backlash from Bucknell’s faculty. After suggesting, in a private meeting, that the event with Milo had been Bucknell’s “best ever,” he was told by the college’s Student Media Advisor that his attitude would “isolate” the people who worked under him at the college’s radio station.

He was later threatened with having his position as host of a political talk show on campus taken away over an alleged “conflict of interest.”

After all there is nothing worse than being a conservative.

There are very few things less surprising than conservatives being punished on campus for being conservative, this is one of them via the lonely conservative:

Good grief, thanks to Obamacare health insurance rates have been skyrocketing for years. Instead of leveling out, it’s only going to get worse. That’s coming from the woman who helped the implement the train wreck.

ObamaCare rates will skyrocket next year, according to its former chief. Enrollment is tumbling this year. And a big insurer is quitting most exchanges. That’s what we learned in just the past few days.

Marilyn Tavenner, CEO of America’s Health Insurance Plans, revealed that she expects ObamaCare premium hikes “to be higher than we saw previous years,” including last year, which saw double-digit rate increases across the country.

and here is another via Instapundit and Weasel zippers

Gotta love leftist hypocrisy.

Via Investors:

Labor Markets: Hundreds of employees at the University of California at Berkeley are getting schooled in basic economics, as the $15 minimum wage just cost them their jobs. Too bad liberal elites “fighting for $15” don’t get it.

A week after California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the state’s $15 minimum wage boost into law, UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks sent a memo to employees announcing that 500 jobs were getting cut.

Glenn uses he word:  Unexpectedly here I suspect that the same could be used to suggest that most of the leaders of those pushing for a $15 an hour minimum wage have positions that will never be lost because of the wage hike.

People have accused Curt Schilling of many things but there is one change that he have convicted himself out of his own mouth affairaphobic!

Speaking to Bannon, Schilling said, “I’m not transphobic, I’m not homophobic.” He added, “As long as you’re not sleeping with my wife, I don’t care who you sleep with.”

How DARE Curt Schilling advocating restricting the sexual freedom of people to exclude the choice of having sex with his wife on the trivial grounds that he’s married to her?  But I’m not worried in a few years will have laws on the books that will protect the rights of people who wish to have sex with people outside of their marriage from financial penalties from angry spouses and anyone who things otherwise will be branded as a bigot by the media.

Finally there is an interesting debate at PJ Media concerning a parent who took her kids to Dairy Queen and then immediately threw away her kids ice cream when they failed to thank the person who gave it to them.

I think it’s the mother’s call here but I guarantee you there is a near 0% chance that they will neglect to say “Thank you” on their next ice cream run.

This was kinda fun, maybe we’ll do it again next week.

John Adams: I must study politics and war so my sons will have the liberty to study mathematics and philosophy and my sons must study navigation, commerce and agriculture so their children will have the right to study painting poetry and music.

John Adams Episode 3 Don’t Thread on me 2008

Over the last few days it seems nothing has been on the MSM other than the death of pop star Prince at the age of 58. In fact when I turned on CNN’s the Lead with Jake Thursday it was all about Prince. When I tweeted about this Jake Replied thus:

Now I will happily concede that with his Nikolai Ivanovich Lobachevsky quip Jake won Twitter with that reply and I’ll also concede that as it was breaking news concerning the unexpected death of a public figure its something that would naturally demand attention.

But my broader point still stands.  On every network every single person talked about Prince, his music, the various songs and that kind of thing and how admirable and important it was but in the end what he did was sing songs and provide entertainment.

Or to put it another way the AP has a photo list up of notable deaths of 2016 you can see it here:

The list is dominated by musicians and actors.  To be sure Antonin Scalia made the cut but where on the list is Ray Tomlinson?

What you’ve never heard of him, let me help:

Raymond Tomlinson, widely credited as the inventor of modern email, died Saturday.

Raytheon Co., his employer, on Sunday confirmed his death.

Email existed in a limited capacity before Tomlinson in that electronic messages could be shared amid multiple people within a limited framework. But until his invention in 1971 of the first network person-to-person email there was no way to send something to a specific person at a specific address.

With the possible exception of Antonin Scalia there is nobody on that list who can even pretend to have made an equal contribution to the world we live in than contribution to than Tomlinson.  Hundreds of millions of people if not billions would not be able to function today without his contributions yet who remembers him?

Or consider Joe Medicine Crow who died earlier this month at the age of 102.

Joseph Medicine Crow, a Native American historian and the last war chief of the Crow Tribe in Montana, died Sunday in a hospice, the Billings Gazette reported. He was 102.

Medicine Crow, or “High Bird” in the Crow language, was known for his works on Native American history, including his own documentation of his tribe’s firsthand accounts of reservation life. The National Park Service also credited Medicine Crow as the last surviving person to have heard oral accounts of the 1876 Battle of Little Bighorn, including stories from his grandmother’s brother, White Man Runs Him, who served as a scout for Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer.

“I always told people, when you meet Joe Medicine Crow, you’re shaking hands with the 19th century,” Herman Viola, curator emeritus at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian, once said of Medicine Crow.

I suspect a year from now people will talk about the anniversary of Prince’s death and what his life meant, but in January did we talk about the anniversary of the death of Charles Townsend, the inventor of the Laser? Did you even know he died or that he even lived?

What’s the point, simply this.

There was a time when are heroes where people who actually did things of consequence or led great causes, George Washington, Eli Whitney, Clara Barton, Henry Ford, US Grant, George Washington Carver, Cyrus McCormick, Thomas Edison, Frederick Douglas To be sure we celebrated cultural celebrities as well, such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mark Twain, Louisa May Alcott, Joe DiMaggio but we kept it in perspective. Today do we celebrate the great inventors, the great thinkers, the great DOers or do we only celebrate the great celebrities?

A closing thought, I stated this piece, as I do many others with a quote. But I didn’t use the actual quote from John Adams which come from his letter to Abigail Adams dated May 12th 1780 from Paris that I quote from the Adams Family Papers: An Electronic Archive. Massachusetts Historical Society.

To take a Walk in the Gardens of the Palace of the Tuilleries, and describe the Statues there, all in marble, in which the ancient Divinities and Heroes are represented with exquisite Art, would be a very pleasant Amusement, and instructive Entertainment, improving in History, Mythology, Poetry, as well as in Statuary. Another Walk in the Gardens of Versailles, would be usefull and agreable. But to observe these Objects with Taste and describe them so as to be understood, would require more time and thought than I can possibly Spare. It is not indeed the fine Arts, which our Country requires. The Usefull, the mechanic Arts, are those which We have occasion for in a young Country, as yet simple and not far advanced in Luxury, altho perhaps much too far for her Age and Character.

I could fill Volumes with Descriptions of Temples and Palaces, Paintings, Sculptures, Tapestry, Porcelaine, &c. &c. &c. — if I could have time. But I could not do this without neglecting my duty. The Science of Government it is my Duty to study, more than all other Studies Sciences: the Art of Legislation and Administration and Negotiation, ought to take Place, indeed to exclude in a manner all other Arts. I must study Politicks and War that my sons may have liberty to study Painting and Poetry Mathematicks and Philosophy. My sons ought to study Mathematicks and Philosophy, Geography, natural History, Naval Architecture, navigation, Commerce and Agriculture, in order to give their Children a right to study Painting, Poetry, Musick, Architecture, Statuary, Tapestry and Porcelaine.

Adams warning is apt, it’s good that we have reached the point that we as a nation and culture are rich and secure enough to produce “Painting, Poetry, Musick, Architecture, Statuary, Tapestry and Porcelaine” and arts (like filmmaking) that Adams couldn’t have dreamed of and it’s right that we celebrate them. After all it’s no coincidence that I used the HBO quote at the top. It’s fair to say that thanks to the HBO series millions more people know about John Adams contributions that would have known otherwise, just as we know the story of Chief Joe Medicine Crow thanks to Ken Burns documentary and we celebrate Richard Winters and the men who served with him as the heroes because of HBO’s Band of Brothers.

But it’s also true that if we celebrate and make heroic arts and those who produce them to the exclusion of those who study as Adams mentioned Mathematics, Philosophy, Geography, natural History, Naval Architecture, navigation, Commerce, Agriculture Politics, War and a host of new sciences that actually produce the practical matter that allows our country to function we will fall to the point where all of these other diversions are a luxury that we can’t afford and our culture, like Prince, will die before it’s time due to the bad choices we made.


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Buzzfeed reports the  Trump’s campaign has moved to background check volunteers:

Donald Trump’s campaign informed aspiring volunteers Sunday night that they would have to pass background checks and sign non-disclosure agreements if they wanted serve in the Trump Tower Call Center in Manhattan.

“We need to make sure our call center is a safe environment for all of our volunteers and staff,” campaign organizers wrote in an email to volunteers, which was passed along to BuzzFeed News.

Political phone-banking, in which volunteers are organized to gather in a designated location and make calls to prospective voters, is common practice in presidential campaigns. Less common is the “on-boarding and briefing” apparently required by Team Trump.

This is unusual in the sense that most campaigns are usually dying for any volunteers they can get.

However unlike most people running for office Trump is very familiar with how media works and this move preempts two rather obvious Democrat/media tactics

1. By doing background checks it stops the following headlines the MSM is dying to produce:

Trump call center staffed with Illegal Immigrants

Violent criminals abound in Trump call centers

These headlines would invariably produces stories throughout the Democrat/MSM media complex, then there would be commentary from Democrat leaning pundits on these stories, then stories about seeking comment from the Trump campaign, then commentary from the aforementioned pundits on seeking comment, then the stories about the comment or lack thereof, then the commentary about the comments or lack thereof and the inevitable debate question about double standards.

2.  By requiring non-disclosure agreements  you are establishing a personal cost to any MSM/DNC plant who the opposition might send.

As anyone who has worked in a call center or in a group can tell you such environments are full of conversation, quips, occasional trash talk, conversation, speculation and rumor. Any or all of these things are easily spun to “create” a news story or expose of the “real” story behind the Trump campaign.

Now a non disclosure agreement in itself would normally not be much of an impediment to a newspaper or a Democrat campaign looking to score a hit, but if you combine Donald Trump’s well-earned reputation for litigious behavior with his wealth to absorb legal costs and his desire to get back at such person an individual has to consider the possibility that Trump might decide keeping such a person in court for a decade with a judgement that while a drop in the bucket for Trump could be life altering for them as the reward for a minor political jab.

Would you risk it?

There are many disadvantages to Trump as the GOP nominee. Lack of media savvy is not one of them.  Trump’s people have figured out it’s better to have a one day story on background checks than weeks of stories generated by volunteers planted in the Trump campaign to produce weeks of stories designed to damage the campaign.

You have done this deed in secret, but I will bring it about in the presence of all Israel, and with the sun looking down.

2 Samuel 12:12

In my interview with Stacy McCain from my last post I mentioned that Safety likely thought that once the weekend was over people would forget about Robert Stacy McCain. After all at best he is an B / A- list blogger, a reporter not part of the MSM and with 90K followers is a small twitter celeb.

Once a few days pass it will all blow over and people will forget.

They have not.

We have seen bloggers come out of retirement to comment on it:

When you look at the business model, Twitter’s primary income comes from ads. Looking at this a bit realistically, you see that being able to publish 140 characters for the privilege of being stalked by SJW’s (and later being banned for it) is not actually Twitter’s product. The users themselves are the product! Twitter sells access to its 300 million users to advertisers, who get to present their ads. Also, they allow data mining for all users and Tweets.  Your abuse is just a bonus-you are the product!

In other words, if you are “Tweeting while Conservative,” not only are you being potentially abused in an environment that clearly does not like or want your company, you are actually feeding it.

We’ve seen the head of the National Bloggers Club send an open letter to Twitter:

A listing of Twitter’s Trust and Safety Council members reads like a buffet of New York interest and lobbying groups. There’s no trust in the Council, nor is there a transparent outline of how they’re working or governing over all of us—the users. Today it was dubbed an “Orwellian nightmare” in The Week.

Notably, there are no black groups. There isn’t a single conservative group.

Jack, diversity and freedom are not antithetical to one another. Embrace the liberty that has made publishing on the web great and encourage all voices so that they themselves may, in a democratic fashion, champion their individual interests.

At one of the largest conservative platforms Hotair Ed Morrissey writes

As I told Adam this morning, I have enjoyed Twitter in the past, but enjoy it less and less these days. That’s not because of the trolls; it’s because of the very real sense that Twitter doesn’t value free speech or the participation of my friends and colleagues, and that we’re only tolerated for as long as we don’t cross their orthodoxy in any significant manner. What makes this so absurd is that Twitter is about the least substantial communication platform in popular use

Front Page Magazine has joined in

If you’re part of a troll network of dozens, the occasional account deletion is no big deal. But if you have twenty or a hundred thousand followers, you can’t just rebuild.

That’s what this is really about. It’s about punishing and crippling higher end conservative users in order to preserve a left-wing monopoly for influential Twitter figures.

Twitter doesn’t care that much about the average conservative, but the Council will make sure that major Twitter users, influencers in advertese, will be their kind of people. And that influential users in general will be careful not to say anything that might get them in trouble with the Orwellian Council.

I guess I’m lucky I only have a few thousand twitter followers.

But most important of all, we have finally seen the story break into the MSM, at the New York Post:

When Twitter sanctioned popular right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos last month for bad behavior, conservatives were concerned. Two weeks ago, when the social media platform picked a bunch of leftist groups to write its new harassment policies, they grew worried.

Now, in the wake of Twitter’s recent decision to ban conservative blogger Robert Stacy McCain, is it time for full-fledged panic?

There’s no telling what Twitter’s endgame is, but it’s unlikely to be good for users who don’t want the company to enforce overly broad harassment and hate-speech policies at the expense of open dialogue.

at Theweek:

This is more than just an idle fear. Last month Twitter stripped right-wing pundit Milo Yiannopoulos of his “verified” user status. Now the company has banned Robert Stacy McCain, an inflammatory right-wing writer. And apparently, not only did Twitter ban him, it also censored the hashtag that welled up in his support.

What’s striking isn’t just that there may be a political bias in those decisions. The more serious problems are a lack of due process and explanation, and a striking imbalance between what happens to semi-prominent Twitter personalities and the countless run-of-the-mill Twitter trolls who are still at large. And how else could it be? As Biz Stone wrote in 2011, “On a practical level, we simply cannot review all one hundred million-plus Tweets created and subsequently delivered every day.” And since then, the number of tweets produced every day has quintupled. The Trust and Safety Council can’t actually protect users from abuse; its only power is stop controversial users from issuing controversial opinions on Twitter.

At the SF Gate Debora Saunders wrote about the Twitter’s new council:

This month Twitter announced it has a Trust and Safety Council because, CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted, “Twitter stands for freedom of expression, speaking truth to power, and empowering dialogue. That starts with safety.” Apparently the social media’s powerful CEO hasn’t figured out that when you pat yourself on the back for speaking truth to power — and at the same time, protecting the masses from unsafe speech — you sound like the Politburo. Or a modern university that uses speech codes to muzzle dissenting — that is, conservative — opinions.

Shortly after Twitter announced its new council, Twitter suspended the account of blogger and antifeminist Robert Stacy McCain. Why? A spokesperson explained in an email that Twitter doesn’t comment on individual accounts “for privacy and security reasons.” I requested the tweets that got McCain blocked. No dice. Techies love to talk about transparency, but not for themselves.

And now it’s at Bloomberg:

If Twitter or another network sets itself up to be especially vigilant for users who are at odds with these movements, there’s a real risk of declaring open season on conservative ideas, while liberal ideas about a lot of things are carefully protected by your abuse standards.

And indeed, that’s exactly what conservatives think is happening now. Robert Stacy McCain has had his account banned, just weeks after Breitbart’s Milo Yiannopoulos lost his “verified user” check mark. Both practice a brand of Twitter activity one might politely call “obstreperous.” No one knows precisely what led to the disciplinary actions, but McCain believes it’s because of his vocal comments about social justice topics.

Well in fact the rules in writing are ahem…interesting

Disagreement? Does that mean if you change your mind on an issue you once advanced on Twitter you should report yourself?

If you read all these articles in full you’ll note the word “orwellian” used a lot.  That’s not generally a good thing if you are publically traded company trying to attract users an advertisers. Unless of course your CEO has decided to use said company as a great big Democrat Superpac to silence conservatives in an election year in which case the ends of electing democrats justifies the means turning your company into a loss leader.

I wonder of the shareholder and advertisers agree?


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At Powerline today via Instapundit there is a piece on one of the most incredible mistakes I have seen committed by media:

John and I, as the Christian half of the Judeo-Christian ethos of Power Line, wish our Jewish friends and readers heartfelt best wishes on their observance of Yom Kippur.

So, too, did WGN TV in Chicago, except that in the most epic media fail of all time, they used a Nazi era symbol on their broadcast to mark the holiday:

Variety carried their apology:

“We failed to recognize that the artwork we chose to accompany the story contained an offensive symbol. This was an unfortunate mistake. Ignorance is not an excuse. We are extremely embarrassed and we deeply apologize to our viewers and to the Jewish community for this mistake. We are investigating how this situation occurred, reviewing our in- house policies and making changes in order to avoid such mistakes happening in the future. Thank you for your understanding. We promise to do better.”

and repeated their apology on air

They did not mention in their apology what the “offensive symbol was. It was this:


It’s no wonder they didn’t mention it, almost anyone with even a basic education would know what it is. As Steven Hayward put it:

Really—is the entire newsroom staff at WGN that ignorant? Apparently so. But it’s par for the course these days; I typically find most journalists, even from premier national mainstream outlets, are largely historical ignoramuses.

Think about it for a second. None of the people at that newsroom, many if not all college educated, knew enough about the Holocaust to recognize this symbol? None of them had been taught this in high school? None of them had seen Band of brothers or any movie on the subject? Not a one of them had seen a blog post or any writing that might have carried that symbol and thought: Wait a minute that’s a concentration camp thing? I know that in today’s politically correct classroom teaching the Heroics of Jenner is a vital thing but you’d think there would be some time to fit in what the Nazi’s did?

I think this comment at Variety says it all:

If you have a college degree and know nothing about history: Thank a teacher!

And thank the school boards & universities who shape the curriculum as well


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Judge Dan Haywood: If he and the other defendants were all depraved perverts – if the leaders of the Third Reich were sadistic monsters and maniacs – these events would have no more moral significance than an earthquake or other natural catastrophes. But this trial has shown that under the stress of a national crisis, men – even able and extraordinary men – can delude themselves into the commission of crimes and atrocities so vast and heinous as to stagger the imagination.

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Over the last day or two the headlines have been all over the net concerning planned parenthood as it’s been revealed they have trafficked in the organs of aborted children.

Of course on Television (particularly on Spanish networks where it would have the most effect) the story has been almost non-existent as they do their best to pretend it isn’t happening and as you might expect the online and print media of the left have been in full defense mode either downplaying, spinning or ignoring the story as best they can.

I’m sure that many are surprised that I haven’t weighed in online yet, after all as a Catholic blogger the crimes of planned parenthood would be right up my alley and of course I’ve both covered and participated in protests against them such as the one last week in Fitchburg…

…when we had the image of our lady of the Americas in town.

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Why because frankly the actions of Planned Parenthood don’t here don’t surprise me in the least.  If you are in the business of murder for profit then why would selling the parts for profit be a shock.  Are we surprised at ISIS for selling women for slaves when they behead their foes.  As Stacy McCain has so well put it:

Planned Parenthood is organized evil.

What earns my disgust is stuff like this:

Nucatola is in fact quite straightforward about what sort of business is being transacted and on what terms — and about the necessary deception: “They just want to do it in a way that is not perceived as: ‘This clinic is selling tissue,’” she says. “In the Planned Parenthood world, they’re very, very sensitive to that.” Where you are negotiating prices for fetal lungs and livers while discussing how to avoid the perception that you are negotiating prices for fetal lungs and livers, you are engaged in a conspiracy to violate federal laws — something that Washington Post reporters once gave a damn about.

You have to realize this is a potential Charleston moment for some.  To the average person who might get their news from the MSM but is not invested in the success of the liberal left or the democrat this is the kind of thing the selling of the organs of aborted babies for profit is a deal breaker (particularly for the religious which suggests why the Spanish Networks with a large faithful catholic audience are avoiding this story like the plague.) that would not fail to illustrate the full horror of what is going on.

That’s the political reason the Washington Post and the rest of the media can’t allow this to go any farther but there is a deeper reason.  A personal one.

For reasons of philosophy, politics and power the elite media has cast their lot with feminism in general and the abortion industry in particular.  They have looked down on the believing Christians, on the Catholics ladies with their rosaries praying in front of clinics, on the Christian culture that says Sex is reserved for marriage.  On Priest who not only insists that Christ is real but dares to proclaim that to pretend otherwise bears a great cost to a society as a whole but an even greater cost to the individual in the end.

And in obedience to this creed which has brought them personal comfort and monetary reward from those who do not wish a mirror held up before their act they have ignored much.  They dismiss those who lament destruction of the black family as racism (ignoring its survival even during the worst of Jim Crow) They decry the teen suicide rate as an issue of mental health (ignoring that it was an almost unknown problem just two generations ago) They play up racial division with Police (ignoring the ever-increasing deaths in the black community thanks to drugs and crime ).

And above all they pretend that abortion on demand has done anything more than empower men desiring sex.  They pretend that teens who are not considered competent to go on a field trip without parental consent are mentally and psychologically mature enough for a surgical procedure and have the audacity to suggest that there will be no long-term effects of such a decision.  They pretend abortion doesn’t involve a human while at the same time insisting that the egg of a bird must be protected by law.

They can’t know, they MUST not know they are Marlene Dietrich speaking to Spencer Tracy in Judgement at Nuremberg

Mrs. Bertholt:I saw Mr. Perkins today. He told me they’d showed those pictures in the courtroom. Col. Lawson’s favorite pictures. He drags them out at any pretext, doesn’t he? Col. Lawson’s private chamber of horrors. Is that what you think we are? Do you think we knew of those things? Do you think we wanted to murder women and children? Do you believe that? Do you?

Judge Dan Haywood:Mrs. Bertholt, I don’t know what to believe.

Mrs. Bertholt:Good God. We’re sitting here drinking. How could you think that we knew? We did not know. We did not know.

Judge Dan Haywood:As far as I can make out, no one in this country knew. Your husband was one of the heads of the army.

Mrs. Bertholt:And he did not know. I tell you, he did not know. It was Himmler. It was Goebbels. The SS knew what happened. We did not know. Listen to me.

Politics might demand that the media do all they can to make sure voters remain ignorant concerning the Planned Parenthood abortion mills as a marketplace for children’s remains, but much more important is keeping up their own pretense of normalcy and good because every day they have to wake up in the morning and look in the mirror and every night they have to go to sleep.  That deniability is not for the public, it’s for themselves.

I’ll close this post with the closing lines from Judgement at Nurenburg:

Ernst Janning:Judge Haywood… the reason I asked you to come: Those people, those millions of people… I never knew it would come to that. You *must* believe it, *You must* believe it!
Judge Dan Haywood:Herr Janning, it “came to that” the *first time* you sentenced a man to death you *knew* to be innocent.

And suggest that it is fortunate that one has their entire life to figure this out.


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All over TV today we saw Walmart declaring they were pulling the confederate flag because it was a symbol of hate, slavery and many were offended by it.

eBay, Sears, and Amazon quickly followed suit in pulling items with the rebel battle flag.

Now while no honest person will deny what the Reb flag meant to black Americans (and not just during the Civil War but during the years of Jim Crow & the civil rights battle) and can understand why these companies would want to remove a symbol involved with slavery & Murder Imagine my surprise when I went online & found this:


and this:


and this at WalMart’s site:


and Amazon



Now there are millions of people who were slain under these banners, and hundreds of millions in many countries enslaved under them.  There are tens if not hundreds of thousands of Americans alive today who escaped the bearers of these flags and those who operated in their name.  In my first job out of college I worked with a man who escaped the Soviet Union and even today people in Ukraine are suffering thank to a Russian Leader who once proudly served under these flags.

So this begs two questions one of which I already asked:

#1.  Given that Walmart & others have removed the Confederate Flag from their sites because of its historic connection to slavery that gives offense, how do they justify continuing to carry these products when hundreds of thousands have living memory of the atrocities committed in their name including the deaths of tens of millions?

#2  Given the media publicity concerning the removal of the Confederate Flag items from these stores will the MSM,  particularly CNN directly question if WalMart, Sears, Amazon and eBay will be as diligent in removing these offensive items, and if the companies equivocate in any way will they ask why the tens of millions who died and the hundreds of millions who were enslaved IN LIVING MEMORY these things do not demand their removal?

Or must we wait until the 21st century when the Cold War has been over for 150 years for their removal?

Update: Ed Driscoll at Instapundit:

“I wouldn’t put Confederate kitsch up in my house, but mainstream media figure Claire Shipman and former Obama press secretary Jay Carney put up Communist kitsch in their house. There is something intriguing about how the elite left tolerates art celebrating those who killed 100 million people in the last century, but seeks the erasure of anything associated with the Confederacy.”



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I never Knew the New Republic did comedy because this argument by Brian Beutler is a joke.

Rand Paul’s Petulance With Reporters Will Ruin Him

Now in fairness to Mr. Beutler, you can make a case that Mr. Paul has been more flexible in his positions and to some degree his article makes that case

Paul went on to suggest his old view—that we should not provide foreign aid to Israel—isn’t in contradiction with his new view: that foreign aid should be phased out, starting with antagonistic countries and working back to Israel, because “ultimately all nations should be free of foreign aid because we shouldn’t borrow money to do it.”

However attacking the Senator for the difference between his ideal (the elimination of foreign aid) and the steps that are politically possible to move in that direction (elimination of foreign aid to our enemies) is a weak argument as selling what is currently possible while making the case to the people for the next step is the way an intelligent pol creates change.

But in terms of sheer nonsense that pales before the argument that not being friendly to reporters is going to ruin him.

When he shushes a reporter or scolds her for talking over him, his loyalists don’t see an otherwise talented politician unable to hide his annoyance. They eat it up. In their minds Paul is the rare politician who’ll bite back at reporters when they supposedly expose their biases. But asking questions that other conservatives continue to raise reveals no bias. What it reveals is that, for all his natural talent, Paul can’t reconcile his beliefs with his ambitions. That’s a huge problem for a national politician. It will define his candidacy.

This is nonsense for two significant reasons.

The first is the most obvious, no matter how many times as a Republican you go along with a reporters meme or make concessions to their opinions, the reality is the goal of the Mainstream media is your defeat and if you are a strong conservative not just your defeat you but discredit you.

Making accommodations with people who want to destroy you is analogous to the Iran deal a denial of reality that will in the end only make things worse.

That argument alone justifies Senator Paul statements but there is a second less obvious point that is even more decisive.  The media as an institution is not trusted by the public as Gallup noted during while discussing the Brian Williams fiasco:

Will this affect Americans’ trust in the media? It could, but it’s important to keep in mind that such trust is already as low as it has been since Gallup began measuring it.

Each September we track a measure of trust in “…the mass media, such as newspapers, TV and radio — when it comes to reporting the news fully, accurately and fairly…” The accompanying graph shows the trend since 1997, with the “great deal”/”fair amount” of trust category dropping from as high as 55% in 1999 to a low of 40% both in 2012 and in 2014.

In other words six in ten Americans don’t trust the MSM in fact according to Gallup’s chart less than one in five Americans trust Television or Internet news quite a lot or more and Newspapers only manage to produce that level of trust from 22% of Americans.

In fact not only are media trusted less than Banks but only 38% of independents and 54% of Democrats have even a fair amount of trust of the media.

That being the case when Rand Paul expresses public distrust in the media the most likely reaction from the majority of the voting public is going to be agreement

Will it be enough to win Senator Paul the nomination?  Of course not, but disdain for the media can only help Rand Paul with voters and only someone from the media could fail to understand this.


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By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT — I am sick to death of reading about Ebola.  Everywhere I turn, every paper, every website, every radio program – Ebola hysteria.

Shepard Smith’s Ebola smackdown has been all over Facebook and the blogs this week; he’s about the only person I’ve seen that’s making sense on this thing, and it pains me to say that.  But, he is correct that this is much ado about nothing.  Not that this isn’t a serious and scary disease, but the media wants so desperately for this to be “a big story” that everybody that sneezes or pukes at a DART station makes headlines.

The problem with this hype is that if something really newsworthy does happen, nobody is going to pay attention because that “cry wolf” thing only works so many times.

It’s like our weather forecasters down here in Louisiana: a band of thunderstorms rolls in from the west and all of a sudden they interrupt programing and go into full panic mode.  Their websites post up a “Severe Weather Live Blog” and panicked looking weathermen stare intently at their computers while people ask about the weather in their particular neighborhoods.  It is ridiculous.  Every storm that rolls in is not the next Katrina.

This Ebola panic is the same thing.

All the top stories at Memeorandum Sunday morning are about Ebola.

CNN wants to know where is the sympathy for Africa’s Ebola victims.

Byon York writes about the Ebola czar.

Drudge, who has been in full panic mode for weeks now, has the headline “Disaster of our Generation” at the top.

And the New York Times has a story about families in Ebola quarantine.

Enough already.

Can’t we just get back to looking at cat videos?

Seriously, I’d be much more concerned about catching the flu than catching Ebola.

I think the problems, as I said, is more with the media than with our own obsession for Ebola news.  Never letting a good crisis go to waste, the media would prefer we not think too much about mid-term elections, the lousy economy, and hey, this thing has been a great distraction for the illegals still pouring across the border.  Nobody’s talking about that anymore.  Unless it’s a connection between Ebola and illegals…

Nothing to see here.

Move along.


Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport


Yesterday started with a post concerning Cardinal Kasper’s statement on Africa, continued with his denial that he made them and finished with the reporter Edward Pentin putting the audio of the interview (which took place apparently with two other reporters present) online.

His Eminence Cardinal Walter Kasper spoke to me and two other journalists, one British, the other French, around 7.15pm on Tuesday as he left the Synod hall.

I transcribed the recording of our conversation, and my iPhone on which I recorded the exchange was visible. I introduced myself as a journalist with the [National Catholic] Register, and the others also introduced themselves as journalists. I therefore figured the interview was on the record and His Eminence appeared happy to talk with us.

Two witnesses. Shades of Matthew 18:16. I must say Mr. Pentin is handling this with a lot of class

The recording can be downloaded below. A couple of the questions came from the other two journalists and I included them as part of the interview. Some of the quality of the English has also been improved for publication


Yeah I’m 51 and I’ve seen a lot of things in my life but I simply can’t wrap my head around a Prince of the Roman Catholic Church blatantly lying to the world’s face.

Some reactions first on the web from Elizabeth Scalia:

But a first thought, off the cuff? I think God’s hand is in all things and if all of this was a “big misunderstanding” involving miscommunications or whatever? Well, it seems to have resulted in South Africa’s Cardinal Napier being invited into the writing of the final synod document, and that is a good thing. More writing straight with crooked letters.

I’m not sure I will buy any argument that Napier’s involvement was long-planned; if it was, he’d have already been involved. But you know, the workings of heaven are often called “big coincidences.”

She is by her nature is a very gracious person

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The only ones to leave this sorry event stained are the Zenit editors, who had the obligation to stand on the side of information, since the Catholics of an entire continent are surely more relevant than the whim of one cardinal, the ignominious Kasper, before whom they folded. Kasper’s treatment of Zenit and Pentin was just as “merciful” as his words for Africa and Africans, and his regard for Catholic dogma.

Matthew Schmitz at First Things has some words concerning Kasper’s defenders before the denial:

More notable and surprising were the defenses of Kasper’s remarks on their own terms by two prominent Catholic journalists: Religion News Service’s David Gibson and Commonweal’s Grant Gallicho. Gibson simply shrugged them off: “this is hardly anything, really.” Gallicho went much further, praising the remarks as containing “obvious truth.”At the end of his long post, Gallicho concluded that Kasper’s statement that Africans “should not tell us too much what to do” was “hardly dismissive, or xenophobic, or worse.” On the contrary, said Gallicho: “It’s just good theological sense.”

Kasper did not agree. He flatly denied the remarks: “I am appalled. I have never spoken this way about Africans and I never would.”

and then after

It is hard to say why Kasper chose to tell a very obvious lie. It is even harder to say why some were so ready to defend his original comments. It requires an exceedingly partisan mind to spin as insightful comments so offensive that even their speaker won’t stand behind them. Gallicho’s choice to take to the pages of Commonweal to lavish praise on the remarks suggests something that anyone who watches Church politics begins to suspect: Catholicism is now second only to Sufism in the central role accorded to spin.

Rebecca Hamilton:

But I can’t help thinking with my backward little Okie brain (which I’m sure would rank considerably below an African brain.) What I’ve been thinking for a while now is that Cardinal Kasper and his recent spate of press conferences sounded like an interview for the position of Catholicism’s answer to Episcopalian Bishop Shelby Spong.

Cardinal Kasper seems to like being interviewed, at least most of the time. He’s been running to the press on a regular basis to engage in an unseemly spite fight with his brother bishops. The quotes from his foot-in-mouth interview were a bit of a face-palm moment for some people, but I was, by the time I read them, all done with paying attention to Cardinal Kasper and his press peccadilloes.

Make sure you read her whole piece

Red Dreher:

Why on earth did Kasper deny saying what he said, or giving the interview? I understand why this is embarrassing to him, but good grief, he looks like a fool now, and a manipulative fool. A (non-trad) Catholic friend of mine e-mails to say that so far, it looks like all the trad conspiracy theories about the Synod are coming true.

You have to understand that at least some Catholic bishops have no trouble dissembling to reporters and to the public when it’s to their perceived advantage. That’s just how it is, and the sooner you realize this, the better off you are.

and finally Creative Minority report:

That statement led Zenit, who published the interview, to pull it.   I mean, who you gonna believe?  A dirty rotten journalist or a Prince of the Church?

That is exactly what Cardinal Kasper was counting on.  Who would dare believe otherwise?  What Cardinal Kasper wasn’t counting on is that those little devices that everyone carries called phones can also record voices.  Ed Pentin recorded the interview.

Cardinal Kasper is a Big. Fat. Liar. and a disgrace to the Church he is trying to destroy.

There are surprisingly few tweets in English on the subject

I’m not aware of any new comment from him

That would seem logical

Well there is a way around this but I’ll get to that later.

Nah I don’t think they’re going to do either that or this

and here is why.

Yesterday I commented how given that Cardinal Kasper is one of the most quoted in the western media it was a tad odd that nobody in major media picked up the story of his initial remarks. Now we have a situation where said Cardinal has not only issued an emphatic denial but had said emphatic denial proven false.

Think about the obvious headline:

Catholic Cardinal, confidant of the Pope caught lying concerning condescending remarks about African Bishops.

 I can see the NYT, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, Atlanta Constitutional Journal, Baltimore Sun all doing. And that just the newspapers, the Entire MSNBC & CNN lineup from Morning Joe & Rachel Maddow to  New Day & Anderson Cooper not to mention the broadcast Networks would normally be salivating at such a story. at least they would if Cardinal Kasper wasn’t the leading liberal voice of the Synod, take a look at the screen shot of a google news search:

Africa2 and if you click on “Explore in depth” the most prominent news source?  Breitbart and that story hasn’t even got to the denial & the recording. So I suspect this will have no fallout, except perhaps in Germany or privately, because the media of the world have apparently decided to circle the wagons. As for what do I think should happen, I think that’s for a believing Catholic that answer is obvious as expressed in this tweet:

If Cardinal Kasper sees himself as a Catholic Bishop and an example to his flock he needs to go to confession.  Fortunately he is currently in an assembly full of priests qualified to absolve sin.  Personally I would suggest making it a point of being confessed by one of the African priests or Bishops of the Synod.

And if we who are critiquing him consider ourselves any kind of Catholics once he does this we have to forgive and let it go in the same way Jesus let Peter’s three denials go, in the same way that any of us would wish to be treated after confession of our sins.

We’re Catholics, those are the rules.

 Update   Changed tense on a comment since this post was going to go up yesterday rather than today.

Update 2:  That a Cardinal even a liberal one is lying to my face is never “too good to be true” 


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Screwtape:  How mistakenly now that all is lost you come whimpering to ask me whether the terms of affection in which I address you meant nothing from the beginning. Far from it! Rest assured, my love for you and your love for me are as like as two peas. I have always desired you, as you (pitiful fool) desired me. The difference is that I am the stronger. I think they will give you to me now; or a bit of you. Love you? Why, yes. As dainty a morsel as ever I grew fat on.

The  Screwtape Letters #31

Michael Corleone: It’s not personal Sonny, it’s strictly business

The Godfather 1972

Jay Nordlinger is in my opinion, one of those writers whose work should be read to paraphrase Hemingway’s description of C.S. Forester, by every literate I know.

His latest piece is titled Presidential ingratitude, &c. It’s a great read but in my opinion, in the first paragraph he does something I’ve rarely seen him do before:

A few days ago, a New York Times reporter said, “I think Obama hates the press.” (For the relevant story, go here.) Really? Does President Obama hate the press? If so, that is, among other things, ungrateful.

He gets it wrong,  Barack Obama is not being ungrateful, he’s being a realist.  It is entirely proper that this president shows absolutely no gratitude to the press for their unthinking, uncritical and unrelenting support.

It’s true that Barack Obama is an arrogant narcissist but consider two things.

First of all throughout his adult life he has been given things based on the assumption he is special. From his seat in the state legislature to the senate and beyond he has been entitled.

Given those facts it would take a ridiculous amount of self awareness newly acquired for Barack Obama to suddenly show gratitude for any deference he is shown.

But that would be an explanation why it’s not to expected, not as to why it’s not an act of ingratitude, that’s something a lot more calculating.

The press didn’t treat him the way they did because of their love of Barack Obama, they did because it was impossible for him to treat him in any way other than they did.

Barack Obama was the first viable black president for president of the United States and he is an ultra liberal Democrat. That combination made it absolutely impossible for him to be opposed or critiqued without risking the dreaded “race” question from others if their opposition was in the slighted way based on race. Granted the possibility of the first viable Female candidate gave them some flexibility in the primary but once that was decided there was absolutely no question where any member of the press who wanted any future outside of Fox needed to be.

And if you think it was important for the first black president to win his election for the liberal media it was absolutely VITAL for that groundbreaking chief executive to be a success and if that meant ignoring holes in policy, enduring restrictions on their freedom and even pivoting from American Ambassador murdered on the anniversary of 9/11 to attack his GOP opponent so be it.

The key fact here is that none of this was dependent on WHO that first black president was than the fact THAT he was…

…and of course not a republican, after all there is a reason why the first viable Hispanic presidential candidate in the nation’s history, Ted Cruz is simply despised by the press.

Barack Obama has many faults and weaknesses, a lack of understanding how the race card works among liberals elites is not one of them. He knows the press had no choice but to treat him as they did, for their world view to make sense they could do nothing less and he further understands that with Hillary Clinton now seeking the presidency he will be abandoned if necessary for the sake of the next affirming, contradicting “first”.

He understands that it’s not personal, it’s strictly business.

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It looks like the Rotherham scandal where 1400+ girls were sexually abused in the town of Rotherham UK over the course of a decade that we mentioned yesterday has broken through blogs and media everywhere causing labor and their allies on the left to insist this has absolutely nothing to do with Islam.

While the press and the pols are ducking and covering the people are rather upset, this tweet from a British Comic sums it up.

There are plenty of pieces and links on the subject including the base report but there is a question that needs to be asked that I’ve set to see addressed. According to the Independent inquiry a conservative estimate of the number of victims is 1400 girls over the course of 17 years where “by far the majority of perpetrators ” were from the Pakistani community which consists of less than 8% of the local population.

While the counselors either through fear, denial or by direct orders from their superiors, avoided approaching members of the community concerning these events, given the number years this went on, the incredible number of victims and the knowledge of the involvement of men in the Pakistani community by the counselors it would seem highly unlikely that a significant number of people of said community, while not directly involved in these crimes were unaware of what was going on.

So my questions are these:

How many of the people in the Pakistani community of Rotherham knew what was going on and did or said nothing and why?

Is there any evidence that any members of the Pakistani community who knew these crimes where going on took steps to cover them up and did any such attempts involve threats or intimidation?

Unless these questions are asked and the Pakistani/Islamic community makes it a point to answer these questions (even if the press chooses to avoid asking them) this is going to permanently mark the Pakistani/Islamic community in the eyes of Englishmen.

It’s your call.

Update: Insty tweets:

I suspect it’s less of a question of “suddenly springing up everywhere” as much as the dam being broken and people being willing to say it aloud without fear.


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By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT — Steve Eggleston wrote earlier this week on this blog about the fast approaching death of newsprint and reported on several media spin-off deals.  It’s an interesting read.

The fall of the newspaper is sad to me.  With it comes the fall of the old-fashioned journalist.  The newspaper guy.  The shoe-leather-journalist is the guy with the steno pad in his hand, or a note pad in his shirt pocket along with a couple of pens.  He’s probably got a tape recorder in his other hand, or maybe an app downloaded on his phone that records.  True journalism is a dying art.

Some, like Stacy McCain, continue to plug away at it and are willing to jump in the car and go wherever the story takes them.  It’s a dying art.

With the fall of the newspaper we rely now on digital media for our news, for the most part.  The internet has replaced the thick newspaper that used to lie at your curb every morning.  Remember paper boys?  They rode bikes with canvas bags over their handlebars; the bags were loaded down with newspapers they had picked up at a drop-off point somewhere.  Eventually, as America spread out into suburbs, the paperboy on a bike was replace with a paperboy in a car.  I was nearly decapitated one morning as our delivery guy whizzed my Sunday edition over the roof of his car with lethal accuracy.

I loved settling down to a real newspaper every morning with a cup of coffee, the ink smearing my fingertips black.  I used to read three papers a day – I subscribed to our local paper, the USA Today, and The New York Times.  That’s back when they were all worth reading.  I’m dating myself.

A couple of weeks ago I bought my first local paper in probably three years.  It was smaller than I remember – much smaller.  It was thinner, too.  In fact, I did a double take through the paper to be sure it was all there.  Once I removed the grocery store circulars and the box store ads, there wasn’t much left to see.  Even worse, the whole thing cost three times more than it did three years ago.

From a practical perspective, it makes perfect sense why the physical newspaper is fast becoming a relic from the past.  In a world where news breaks on Twitter in 140-characters, where Drudge plays with our perception of the news, and where Facebook makes sharing stories instantaneous, how in the world could a lowly newspaper compete?

Be that as it may, I still miss the paper and ink.

Government advocate: One thousand five hundred and sixteen casualties with one thousand six hundred and fifty bullets.
Gen. Dyer: My intention was to inflict a lesson that would have an impact throughout all India.

Gandhi 1982

Monday Morning on Special Report with Brett Baier a representative of the Palestinians claimed in US television that Israel was deliberately targeting Palestinian civilians.

If you are ignorant enough you can look at the 500 dead (as of this writing) in Gaza you might fall for this line, but I’d like to introduce you to a witness who can without question prove the falsehood of this claim: The late General Reginald Dwyer.

95 years ago on April 13th 1919 General Dwyer led a contingent of about 90 men to Jallianwala Bagh where there was a large crowd of Indians some for protest and some for a local fair.

After deploying 50 of his men armed with bolt action Lee Enfield Rifles (First introduced in 1895) he opened fire on the crowd.  After expending aprox 1650 rounds his troops managed to inflict over 1500 casualties on the crowd with between 379 & 1000 dead depending on whose figures you believe.

Dyer never for one moment denied that he was deliberately targeting unarmed civilians, in fact Dyer actually had armored cars armed with machine guns but he was unable to bring them to bear. At the official inquiry he bluntly stated publicly that had he been able to deploy them he would have used them.

The scene was vividly portrayed in the 1982 movie Gandhi

This event is known as the Amritsar or the Jallianwala Bagh massacre.  It was a key moment in the Indian Independence movement.

What does this have to do with Gaza? Consider.

General Dwyer had 50 armed men, using 19th century bolt-action rifles and in only 15 minutes of deliberately targeting a civilian population inflicted 1500 casualties.

Israel has called up 40,000 men, they have deployed, jets, heavy artillery, tanks and all the weapons that a modern experienced 21st century army has at its disposal. For five days (as of this writing on Monday night) they have been fighting directly in Gaza and for several days before this, Israel was launching air and artillery strikes on Gaza.

Furthermore they are operating in an area where 1.8 million people live in an area of 139 square miles. A density of over 13,000 people per square mile.

So consider, if we are to believe the Arabs who are claiming on twitter, Facebook , in the Arab media and in front of every western camera that is put in front of them that Israel is deliberately targeting Palestinian civilians since day 1 , we have to conclude that the Israeli Army and Air Force, given a full week, are less efficient killers than 50 British soldiers armed with bolt-action rifles, introduced when Grover Cleveland was President of the United States, were in 15 minutes.

General Dyer, the dead of Amritsar and simple logic call such claims a nonsensical lie.

If however you still maintain the Palestinian/Arab line for anything other than political or social reasons I suggest installing a high quality e-mail filter because hundreds of Nigerian e-mail scammers are simply dying to meet you.


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A series of short thoughts to start this day.

Because I’ve been attending Morning Mass I’ve been missing Morning Joe lately turned it on this morning and immediately the story of Pope Francis meeting with abuse “survivors”. The table commented on him being the first Pope do to so and critiqued Pope Benedict for his “inaction”.

The second statement on Benedict a canard as anyone who has followed the scandals would know if they used any other source than the MSM. However as the show quotes the NYT often there is no excuse for not knowing the former:

Pope Benedict XVI came face to face Thursday with a scandal that has left lasting wounds on the American church, holding an unannounced meeting with several victims of sexual abuse by priests in the Boston area.

Listening to the Francis Good Benedict Bad refrain is like reading Animal Farm’s “four legs good, two legs bad”. Both are good VERY good.

FYI the word “survivors” is odd word here, it implies a person would normally die from an activity. Words mean things, victim would be a much better English.

Speaking of language according to the stats according to 3 out of the 4 victims of Catholic clerical abuse were boys, yet nobody talks about it as a “gay” scandal. Doesn’t fit the narrative.

FYI a lot of people keep insisting that if ONLY priest didn’t have the celibacy requirement this scandal might not have happened. One must assume those making that argument will be shocked ShOCKED by this scandal:

Mr McKelvie, a former child protection worker, prompted police to launch Operation Fernbridge to investigate allegations of sex abuse Elm Guest House in Barnes, south London, after providing information to MP Tom Watson. In 2012 Mr Watson spoke in the Commons of a “powerful paedophile network linked to Parliament and Number 10”.

If ONLY members of Parliament were allowed to marry and were not required to be celibate, I’m sure this would have never happened.

Oh, there are two interesting coincidences concerning this scandal in England, one will seem very familiar:

The UK Home Office has admitted that it can’t find 114 “potentially relevant files” relating to the pedophile scandal engulfing Westminster, in which there are allegations that senior political figures were involved in, or covered up, child sex abuse.

I’ve heard this somewhere before

Loughton also said that to lose so many files “smacks of incompetence or, I fear, some degree of cover-up.”

Some degree of cover up? Who other than Democrats on Elijah Cummings committee and the Democrats in the White House would buy the “incompetence” line?

By an odd coincidence Instapundit notes the release of this study out of England:

The statement that paedophilia is “natural and normal” was made not three decades ago but last July. It was made not in private but as one of the central claims of an academic presentation delivered, at the invitation of the organisers, to many of the key experts in the field at a conference held by the University of Cambridge.
Other presentations included “Liberating the paedophile: a discursive analysis,” and “Danger and difference: the stakes of hebephilia.”

I’ve been writing about this trend for a while as has Stacy McCain and has been for a decade. This is going to get a lot worse before it gets better because it’s always easier to redefine sin than to change behavior.

The city with the strongest gun laws has once again showed the effective of gun laws:

Extra police officers on Chicago’s streets were not enough to quell a long weekend of violence that ended with 14 people shot to death and dozens more injured.

During a Monday news conference, just hours after two more people were shot to death earlier in the day, Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said his department’s best efforts could not prevent the bloodshed that spiked dramatically on Sunday. Chicago’s total of 53 shooting incidents for the holiday weekend easily eclipsed Detroit and New York combined, which had a total of 46 shooting incidents, 10 of which were fatal.

As long as the gangs are politically valuable to the pols in the city they will not be cracked down on and until that is done this will not change.


Fighting back tends to work as the Ukrainian government is discovering. in the Ukraine. A few months ago taking back cities:

It was one strike in a scrappy war of raid and counter-raid at which the highly motivated pro-Russian fighters excelled – and which appeared to be locked in a bloody stalemate.

That resistance crumbled suddenly and in the early hours of Saturday morning, following several days of artillery bombardment to which the rebels had no answer.

Gathering their remaining tanks and fighting vehicles, Igor Strelkov, the rebel commander, and his men made a desperate dash for Donetsk, the regional capital 60 miles to the south where the self-declared People’s Republic had established its government.

Just a few months ago the conventional wisdom was Eastern Ukraine would fall. With the west unwilling to help the Ukrainians have decided that they would have to settle things themselves and now it’s Russia who has to decide if it’s worth fighting a way for eastern Ukraine.

Somewhere Ron Paul is smiling.


Some Doctor Who? The newest season of Doctor who premieres in a month featuring the first full episode of Peter Capaldi as the 13th Doctor picking up from where this scene left off

Unfortunately for the BBC some of the scripts for the new season have leaked to the internet

Five scripts from the upcoming season of Doctor Who have made their way to the Internet following a security breach at BBC and now the network is asking fans of the show to look away from spoilers.

The BBC is asking people not to share those scripts and it seems the fans have agreed. My oldest son, who is if you can believe it a bigger doctor who fan than I am, recieved those scripts them in an e-mail. He deleted them.

Personally if I was a virus writer this would be a golden opportunity as I suspect that most US fans will not be as circumspect in refusing to open or download such an attachment.

Let’s close with some fun I noticed the stories about the Hawkins Index to see how far people have actually read in books.

It brought to mind a story from my high school days. I was in an honors English class and was assigned a long paper on the Brothers Karamazov. I put off reading the book and put it off until the night before the paper was due I realized I hadn’t even started the book let alone the paper.

So I read the first 20 pages and between midnight and 6 AM managed to crank out a paper based on that. I even took the typewriter to school (yes this was in the pre-pc age) and kept typing right up until my first period english class where only my teachers polio induced confinement to a wheelchair prevented her from seeing me bring the typewriter into the room.

I got an “A” I still don’t know how I did it.

This video is a summary of what news organizations actually know about Flight 370 excluding all the expert speculation and theories and filler the networks have offered over the past week and concentrating on known facts

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By Pastor George Kelly:

In 2008, the American people elected Senator Barack Obama as the first president of African-American ancestry.

Mr. Obama’s election win was a combination of different factors. The American people were upset with many different issues of the Bush II beleaguered Presidency. Wars in both Afghanistan and Iraq; the debacle known as “Hurricane Katrina”’; explosive growth in the National Debt ; a Wall Street financial meltdown – and a perceived culture of corruption that engulfed the Republican party that controlled both houses of Congress.

President Obama was handed the keys to the White House and he and his Democratic party were given overwhelming majorities in both the US Senate and House of Representatives. President Obama promised bold action on a number of domestic fronts that had allegedly been neglected during the previous 8 years when George W. Bush was the occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

The new president took his mandate and proceeded to pass a Stimulus bill, Cash for Clunkers, and the Affordable Health Care Act (AHCA) Mr. Obama was also blessed with a national press corps that virtually fawned and cheered over his every political move. Life was a bed of roses for the newly installed President.

However, things began to happen that tore away at President Obama’s aura of invincibility. There were alleged scandals with selling guns to Mexican terrorists (Fast and Furious); the IRS abuses of targeting political opponents (conservative groups); the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens and several other Americans in Benghazi – while the Ambassador-to-the United Nations Dr. Susan Rice ostensibly went on the major Television Networks and said that an anti-Islamic video was responsible for the carnage in Benghazi.

Through these “alleged scandals,” the White House never fully took responsibility when their narratives collapsed – especially when it was shown that it was Al Qaeda and not an anti-Islamic video that led to the deaths of 4 Americans in Benghazi.

It appears that the Washington, D.C. National Press Corps appears to be curiously pliant behind the Administration’s lack of candor. With the exception of the bungled Web Site accompanying the launch of the Affordable Care Act that the press corps had not gone after President Obama with anywhere near the zest and zeal that they did when George W. Bush was in the White House.

This brings us to the current situation with Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey and the George Washington (GWB) bridge scandal.

It has been duly noted that officials within the Christie administration engaged in petty politics by exacting retribution on a Democratic mayor Mark Sokolich in Fort Lee for his failure to endorse Governor Christie in his bid for re-election. It seems that key members in Governor Christie’s inner circle arbitrarily closed down some of the key access lanes from Fort Lee to the George Washington Bridge.

For his part, Governor Christie categorically denies that he had any knowledge of these events. Governor Christie for his part has fired key aides and has accepted full responsibility for the actions of his subordinates.

The National Press Corps has descended upon Trenton, New Jersey as if it were Washington, D.C. – as they should. It is the prerogative of the fourth estate – the Press Corps – to be feisty and to get to the bottom of the story. If Governor Christie lied, then he deserves to be exposed. Over the last couple of days there has been a flurry of news stories on the GWB mess and “who knew what and when did they know it.”

Conversely, one can only ask why the National Press Corps has not shown the same level of curiosity in ferreting out the facts concerning the debacles of “Fast and Furious,” “Benghazi,” the “IRS targeting of conservative groups” – and the President’s broken promise of “if you like your Health Plan you can keep it.”


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Those Damn Pictures

Boss Tweed commenting on Thomas Nast’s cartoons


One of the most valuable things in politics is a one liner that everybody gets something that cuts through the minutia, the noise and the ” Squirrel!” moments to distract people.  If you can deliver a line that immediately makes people understand what you are saying, one that instantly makes your point, it’s a thing of beauty.

The NFL lawsuit story can do that for the GOP:

For those not paying attention a lawsuit has been filed against the NFL over the distribution of Superbowl tickets this year

A New Jersey man has sued the National Football League, accusing it of pricing average football fans out of the Super Bowl.

Josh Finkelman, of New Brunswick, says the NFL only made 1 percent of all tickets available to the public for purchase at face value. He says that means most fans must buy their tickets on the secondary market, where they can command thousands of dollars.

Finkelman’s lawsuit was filed Monday in federal court in Newark. It claims the NFL is violating the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act.

It’s produced a lot of talk but the important line is this:

It may surprise you to learn, as the final weekend of the regular season approaches, that while the National Football League earned nearly $10 billion this year, it’s not a profit-seeking enterprise. It’s a non-profit organization entitled to a tax break from you and me just like the Pine Street Inn or The Home For Little Wanderers.

And this:

the NFL’s tax attorney, Jeremy Spector. He says the league office, according to U.S. tax code, is a nonprofit trade association, promoting football and serving as an agent and organizer for the 32 clubs. And it’s been that way since the 1940s.

Now while the whole question of Superbowl tickets might be interesting to some degree for our purposes all that matters is the fact the NFL is a non-profit.

The left and the MSM treat the non-profit sector as sacrosanct.  All kinds of things from Media Matters to Planned Parenthood are “non-profits” and the media is forever pushing leftist individuals and groups as credible and morally superior because they are “non-profits”

As Glenn Reynolds put it years ago:

nonprofits are preponderantly left-leaning and the nonprofit sector provides a lot of lefty infrastructure

David Horwitz wrote a book on it

But getting this message through to the low information voters is very tough, when you try to challenge these guys and point out the money and te self interest involved you always tend to hear stuff like:  That’s ridiclious they’re a non-profit or comparing them to some company saying:  Who are going to believe a corporation or a non-profit group?

But now we have an answer.

The next time you are a conservative on a panel or on a show and the leftist host or a leftist guest brings up info from one of these “non-profits” and you dismiss it noting the money behind it or government grants etc and they come back with the moral superiority & credibility say this or something similar:

Yeah Non-profit, just like the NFL!

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Remember that famous Hypothetical concerning being a journalist vs an American that we talked about a while back

Moderator: Don’t you have a higher duty as an American citizen to do all that you can to save the lives of Soldiers, rather than this journalist ethic of reporting report the fact?

Mike Wallace: No you don’t have the higher duty…

This brought the following response from the Marine at the table:

Col George Connell: I feel utter contempt. Noting if they found themselves wounded they would expect Marines to go & save them (and he’d send em.)

At the time Wallace said “Lord knows it’s a hypothetical”

Well it’s not a Hypothetical anymore. Fox news contributor, Richard Grenell asked this question of the times David Kirpatrick.

This was the answer:

A reporter on the ground talking to the people in the process of attacking and killing Americans.

Glenn used to remark about the anti-war folks on Iraq: “They’re not anti-war, they’re just on the other side.”


Via Hotair

Exit Question: How this is this not the top story in the News?

Update: While the NYT may not believe helping Americans under attack rises to the level of the Patriotic Duty of Americans the Libs at MSNBC have found something that does:

So signing up for Obamacare Patriotic Duty as Americans, aiding Americans under attack: Not so much.

If you want to know why the culture wars matter this is it.

Update 2: The Canada Free Press makes an interesting point

Whoa. Whoa? What? Grenell and others were quick to jump up and ask: Really? The New York Times had a reporter embedded in the pack of insurgents that attacked our diplomatic compound and killed our ambassador and three other Americans?
NYT: liberal elite’s roving damage control team

In reality, the only way that this is really true is that NYT paid off one of the militants and logged it in the ledger as “pay for reporter” instead of “bribe for terrorist murderer of Americans.”

There was a time when Times men were patriotic Americans, but those days are gone. Now, they are part of the liberal elite’s roving damage control team.


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Another day, another story out of the Vatican getting spun:

Pope Francis moved on Monday against a conservative American cardinal who has been an outspoken critic of abortion and same-sex marriage, by replacing him on a powerful Vatican committee with another American who is less identified with the culture wars within the Roman Catholic Church.

The NY Times is breathless with anticipation!

The pope’s decision to remove Cardinal Raymond L. Burke from the Congregation for Bishops was taken by church experts to be a signal that Francis is willing to disrupt the Vatican establishment in order to be more inclusive.

I guess that whole Woman Cardinal thing the post denied must have been BS

And The Huffington Post decided this one was worth video!

I’m sure they are waiting with bated breath for his appointment to the Titular see of Partenia and the recall of Jacques Gaillot to replace him. It’s gonna happen any day now…

Alas for them all Thomas Peters put all of this wishful thinking in perspective: (emphasis mine)

poor Cardinal Burke, after today’s move, he will have so little to occupy himself. In addition to being the Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, a member of the College of Cardinals, a member of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, a member of the Congregation for Clergy, a member of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, a member of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, and President of the Commission for Advocates, and a frequent speaker to select Catholic causes and organizations, I’m not sure what he’ll be doing with all of this new free time.

And then drops the big one:

If we want to see anything significant in today’s news, it should be that Pope Francis confirmed Cardinal Marc Oullet as the Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops! A more conservative Cardinal you couldn’t ask for.

If liberal Vatican-watchers want to read tea leaves, they should wake up and smell what’s brewing!

But in an era when The Advocate names Pope Francis their Man of the Year (to the sheer horror of their comments section) we should expect much more of this

In fact we need a category for all of these stories that try to fake people out on this stuff. In homage to the tactics that brought the invincible George Foreman down in the 70’s We introduce the Pope-a-Dope category as a subcategory of “Catholic”.

The real question is this, are our friends on the left using Pope-a-dope in order to bring the church down or is Francis using a Pope-a-Dope strategy to get them back in so they can be exposed to the words of Christ long filtered out by their gatekeepers?

I’m betting on the latter

With that quote:

“The Marxist ideology is wrong. But I have met many Marxists in my life who are good people, so I don’t feel offended.”

I’m wondering if Time is regretting that “Person of the year” cover after this interview?  Of course they could just spin like AP on twitter

Of course it’s going to be tough spinning some quotes

Q:  May I ask you if the Church will have women cardinals in the future?

“I don’t know where this idea sprang from. Women in the Church must be valued not “clericalised”. Whoever thinks of women as cardinals suffers a bit from clericalism.”

This cuts right to the chase as if women are not valued unless they are ordained, it’s a narrow vision.

While the entries on Marxism & women are going to be the most quoted  from the La Stampa interview the passage that SHOULD be quoted the most is this one (emphasis mine)

Q:  Is Christian unity a priority for you?

“Yes, for me ecumenism is a priority. Today there is an ecumenism of blood. In some countries they kill Christians for wearing a cross or having a Bible and before they kill them they do not ask them whether they are Anglican, Lutheran, Catholic or Orthodox. Their blood is mixed. To those who kill we are Christians. We are united in blood, even though we have not yet managed to take necessary steps towards unity between us and perhaps the time has not yet come. Unity is a gift that we need to ask for. I knew a parish priest in Hamburg who was dealing with the beatification cause of a Catholic priest guillotined by the Nazis for teaching children the catechism.  After him, in the list of condemned individuals, was a Lutheran pastor who was killed for the same reason. Their blood was mixed. The parish priest told me he had gone to the bishop and said to him: “I will continue to deal with the cause, but both of their causes, not just the Catholic priest’s.” This is what ecumenism of blood is. It still exists today; you just need to read the newspapers. Those who kill Christians don’t ask for your identity card to see which Church you were baptised in. We need to take these facts into consideration.”

The reality of the slaughter of Christians today is something the media continues to ignore, the Pope mentions it often, perhaps the media will find time to do so too.

Update:  Elizabeth Tenety explains the left’s conundrum in a nutshell:

Slate’s Matt Yglesias hailed Francis’s Nov. 24 attack on libertarian economic policies — part of a nearly 50,000-word document called “Evangelii Gaudium” that outlines the pope’s vision for sharing the Gospel. Yglesias emphasized that the pope is making a call not for charity but “specifically for economic regulation and democratic supervision of the capitalist system.” Yet Yglesias caveats his praise: “There’s a lot of stuff about Jesus in his thinking that I can’t really sign on to.”

Yes, that pesky Jesus stuff. But there’s just one problem: Without Jesus, there is no Pope Francis. If Francis’s embrace of the disabled, his focus on the poor and his mercy for the sinner sound vaguely familiar, that’s because you’ve heard them before. From that Jesus guy.

You can’t have one without the other.

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As  Time’s choice of the Pope as “Person of the Year” is a few days old I’d like to point out something that didn’t seem to make their article.

Last week I quoted a passage in EVANGELII GAUDIUM Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation that hasn’t got much play in the media

A healthy pluralism, one which genuinely respects differences and values them as such, does not entail privatizing religions in an attempt to reduce them to the quiet obscurity of the individual’s conscience or to relegate them to the enclosed precincts of churches, synagogues or mosques. This would represent, in effect, a new form of discrimination and authoritarianism. The respect due to the agnostic or non-believing minority should not be arbitrarily imposed in a way that silences the convictions of the believing majority or ignores the wealth of religious traditions. In the long run, this would feed resentment rather than tolerance and peace. (255)

When considering the effect of religion on public life, one must distinguish the different ways in which it is practiced. Intellectuals and serious journalists frequently descend to crude and superficial generalizations in speaking of the shortcomings of religion, and often prove incapable of realizing that not all believers – or religious leaders – are the same. Some politicians take advantage of this confusion to justify acts of discrimination. At other times, contempt is shown for writings which reflect religious convictions, overlooking the fact that religious classics can prove meaningful in every age; they have an enduring power to open new horizons, to stimulate thought, to expand the mind and the heart. This contempt is due to the myopia of a certain rationalism. Is it reasonable and enlightened to dismiss certain writings simply because they arose in a context of religious belief ? These writings include principles which are profoundly humanistic and, albeit tinged with religious symbols and teachings, they have a certain value for reason (256)

and within a few days the left proved him right first at CNN:

The justices agreed on Tuesday to review provisions in the Affordable Care Act requiring employers of a certain size to offer insurance coverage for birth control and other reproductive health services without a co-pay.

At issue is whether private companies can refuse to do so on the claim it violates their religious beliefs.

and at the Daily Beast:

Hobby Lobby wants to go one step further. This corporation, which already takes advantage of special government benefits by incorporating as a private business in the first place (entitling Hobby Lobby to tax benefits and liability shelters to which individuals alone are not entitled), wants to use its government-created corporate status with the help of government-run courts not just to express its religion on a poster or what have you but to force its employees to comply with the supposed religion of the corporation’s founders. This is, plain and simple, a corporation trying to contort government to impose the religious views of some onto many.

While the Beast’s constitutional argument is so weak Jonah Goldberg destroys in a single glorious sentence

The right to own a gun is a far more settled issue constitutionally, politically and legally in this country, but not even the National Rifle Association would dream to argue that we have a right to free guns, provided by our employers.

…the real weakness is the amazing use of the phrase “Supposed religion” and CNN’s use of the world “Claims” to describe religious doctrines that have not only existed for centuries but are could be found with a simple google search:

2368 A particular aspect of this responsibility concerns the regulation of procreation. For just reasons, spouses may wish to space the births of their children. It is their duty to make certain that their desire is not motivated by selfishness but is in conformity with the generosity appropriate to responsible parenthood. Moreover, they should conform their behavior to the objective criteria of morality:

When it is a question of harmonizing married love with the responsible transmission of life, the morality of the behavior does not depend on sincere intention and evaluation of motives alone; but it must be determined by objective criteria, criteria drawn from the nature of the person and his acts criteria that respect the total meaning of mutual self-giving and human procreation in the context of true love; this is possible only if the virtue of married chastity is practiced with sincerity of heart.155

2369 “By safeguarding both these essential aspects, the unitive and the procreative, the conjugal act preserves in its fullness the sense of true mutual love and its orientation toward man’s exalted vocation to parenthood.”156

2370 Periodic continence, that is, the methods of birth regulation based on self-observation and the use of infertile periods, is in conformity with the objective criteria of morality.157 These methods respect the bodies of the spouses, encourage tenderness between them, and favor the education of an authentic freedom. In contrast, “every action which, whether in anticipation of the conjugal act, or in its accomplishment, or in the development of its natural consequences, proposes, whether as an end or as a means, to render procreation impossible” is intrinsically evil:158

Thus the innate language that expresses the total reciprocal self-giving of husband and wife is overlaid, through contraception, by an objectively contradictory language, namely, that of not giving oneself totally to the other. This leads not only to a positive refusal to be open to life but also to a falsification of the inner truth of conjugal love, which is called upon to give itself in personal totality…. the difference, both anthropological and moral, between contraception and recourse to the rhythm of the cycle . . . involves in the final analysis two irreconcilable concepts of the human person and of human sexuality.159

2371 “Let all be convinced that human life and the duty of transmitting it are not limited by the horizons of this life only: their true evaluation and full significance can be understood only in reference to man’s eternal destiny.”160

2372 The state has a responsibility for its citizens’ well-being. In this capacity it is legitimate for it to intervene to orient the demography of the population. This can be done by means of objective and respectful information, but certainly not by authoritarian, coercive measures. the state may not legitimately usurp the initiative of spouses, who have the primary responsibility for the procreation and education of their children.161 It is not authorized to intervene in this area with means contrary to the moral law.

That is from the Catechism of the Catholic Church that has been available online for years as has the church’s position on Abortion (emphasis mine):


2270 Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception.

From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person – among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life.71

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you.72
My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately wrought in the depths of the earth.73

2271 Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion.  This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable.
Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law:

You shall not kill the embryo by abortion and shall not cause the newborn to perish.74
God, the Lord of life, has entrusted to men the noble mission of safeguarding life, and men must carry it out in a manner worthy of themselves.
Life must be protected with the utmost care from the moment of conception: abortion and infanticide are abominable crimes.75

2272 Formal cooperation in an abortion constitutes a grave offense.
The Church attaches the canonical penalty of excommunication to this crime against human life.

How much ignorance does it take for a news organization to use the word “claims” when describing doctrines in existence for 20 centuries in the largest religion in the world?  Likely about as much as it takes for an opinion writer as “supposed religion”.

Unfortunately the ignorance isn’t confined to the left:

Francis is beating a retreat for the Catholic Church, and making sure its controversial doctrines are whispered, not yelled – no wonder the New York Times is in love.

Just like President Obama loved apologizing for America, Pope Francis likes to apologize for the Catholic Church, thinking that the Church is at its best when it is passive and not offending anyone’s sensibilities.


Is anyone ANYONE reading what the pope is actually saying?

few conservatives would disagree with this bit of the pope’s statement: “The culture of prosperity deadens us; we are thrilled if the market offers us something new to purchase; and in the meantime all those lives stunted for lack of opportunity seem a mere spectacle; they fail to move us.”

Conservatives embrace markets because they support a free society — but also because market economies produce the sort of prosperity that enables true human flourishing, one where we can better define our future as we see fit and achieve success on the basis of merit and hard work. After all, it was innovative capitalism — something the pope surely understands even if actual anti-capitalists don’t — that raised the average real income of the West over the past two centuries from $3 a day to $140. That might not qualify as a miracle, but it is surely a wonder — one that has given us lots better stuff and lots more opportunity to lead lives of deep fulfillment.

And progressives are kidding themselves if they think the pope was somehow embracing an Elizabethian (Warren) agenda of sky-high tax rates and an endlessly expanding welfare state. (Indeed, the pope denounced “a simple welfare mentality.”) How cramped an interpretation. Pope Francis’s vision transcends such parochial concerns. He is a global figure looking at crony capitalism in South America, massive youth unemployment in big government Europe, tremendous wealth disparities in state capitalist Asia, and deep poverty in Africa.

Well that’s one but the bottom line is still the same.  The media are still trying to remake the Pope in their image, it’s up to us to not fall for it.

Last week, my husband returned from a six month deployment in Afghanistan.  So politics haven’t been on my mind much.  Mostly, we’ve just enjoyed family time.  The separation is hard, but reunion is the reward.

With hubby still cleaning the moon dust off his boots, I got a little curious.  How is it going over there?  And are they talking about it much in the mainstream news outlets?

My husband and I have lived the military life since before 9/11.  Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom have been a constant for us for a long time.  Also, we don’t have cable TV, and I don’t turn on the local news unless a hurricane is on the way.

It’s hard for me to get a feel for what is common knowledge and sentiment outside of the military community.  Now, President Obama has said for a long time that we were gonna be out of Afghanistan by the end of 2014.  So that is probably common knowledge.

But then recently I read that he wants Afghanistan’s President Karzai to sign a Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) that keeps US troops there until 2024.

Well that’s confusing.  So I started googling.  Here’s what I found.

Apparently, personnel designated as “combat troops” would withdraw under the BSA, but Special Forces and other counterterrorism personnel could remain another ten years.  This semantic hair-splitting allows President Peace Prize to continue claiming that the war will end in 2014.

I also found out that President Karzai might not sign the BSA, and if he doesn’t, then Obama might be forced to withdraw all troopsJust like Iraq.

Here’s some more tidbits that I found:

Duh:  Iran opposes the foreign presence in Afghanistan.

Oh really?  Thomas Jefferson used the Quran to devise the legal, moral and ethical stipulations for the American Constitution.

Good grief:  The US considered spending $4 billion of foreign aid to get Afghan men married.

Oh dear:  Both sides of the Afghanistan conflict are using Syria as a training ground.

And here’s some things I didn’t find:

I didn’t find much in the way of antiwar protests against the potential extension of the Afghanistan War.  I googled various key phrases, and the best thing I found was a HuffPo article (Amusing sidenote: guess which president is featured in the photo of this 2013 article?)  It’s about a handful of diehards that hold weekly protests in Montpelier.  Good for them, at least they are consistent.

I also didn’t find many recent official statements about the Afghanistan War, beyond the claim that it is ending soon.  Mark Levin recently lamented the lack of a definitive mission in Afghanistan, so I wondered whether that was true. was my first stop.  If you hover the cursor over “Issues,” a list that includes Defense pops up.  Oddly, the only specific subtopic is End of Iraq War.

Clicking on the topic Defense gets you some Guiding Principles.  There, we learn that President Obama’s new comprehensive strategy for Afghanistan

“will ensure that all elements of national power are engaged . . .  in an
effort to defeat al Qaeda to prevent attacks on the homeland and on our Allies
and partners.”

You have to click on the link to the new comprehensive strategy for more information.  There, you will find statements like

“We will achieve these objectives [by] . . . targeting the insurgency, working to secure key population centers, and increasing efforts to train Afghan security forces.”

“we are focusing assistance on supporting the President of Afghanistan and those ministries, governors, and local leaders who combat corruption and deliver for the people.”

So there is a mission, and maybe it is comprehensive, but it’s awfully confusing.  We will defeat Al Qaeda by targeting them?  What does that mean?  As long as we are going after them, that is a victory?  I guess the assumption is that Al Qaeda will give up after we target them long enough.  I wonder how long that is.

I had a look over at the Department of Defense, too.  They included Afghanistan as a specific subtopic in “Top Issues,” but disappointingly it was just a link to a NATO homepage.

What’s my conclusion?  Oh, I don’t know.  I hate forming opinions on policies that place friends and loved ones in harm’s way.  Please do share yours in a comment.  And remember all the deployed personnel in your prayers tonight.  And maybe every night until 2024.

Archie: A once in a lifetime chance like this comes maybe once or twice in a lifetime.

All in the Family

As everyone knows the Friday News Dump is a hallowed tradition in political circles.

When you have news that you want to bury, that you want to be sure the media will ignore or miss, that you need to say you gave “full disclosure” while making sure the fewest people possible actually hear it. Friday afternoon is your time.

For decades this has been a hallowed tradition in Washington DC.  You want news buried,  release it Friday afternoon.

Each year Thanksgiving multiplies this effect.  If a Friday afternoon news dump garners fractional attention then coverage of a Friday dump when the entire media is focusing on the single biggest shopping day of the year, becomes infinitesimal. at least domestically.

If you want a story ignored you just aren’t going to find a better news dump day then Black Friday..

Until today.

With Nelson Mandela’s death we have Black Friday cubed combining:

 the traditional Friday period where coverage is scant

 the Christmas shopping season when people are paying much less attention (part of the black “everything” week.

and an event that is going to take up every bit of media space on almost every news channel and newspaper not only at home but around the world.

Photos of the administration holding human sacrifice of Tea Party Members in the cellar of the White House could surface, Documents  revealing Obamacare funding a hit squad targeting Sarah Palin & Rush Limbaugh could be released and video of Barack Obama holding orgies with Madonna, Lady Gaga, Amanda Bynes, Charlie Sheen and Alec Baldwin in an exclusive Hellfire club at Camp David when he was supposedly golfing could be uploaded to YouTube…

…and that would end up on page D-23 as a single paragraph in the lifestyles section or a 20 second throw away line in the middle of a news cast.  That is if it isn’t cut for that exclusive interview with Nelson Mandela’s second cousin’s nephew’s babysitter’s best friend.

So keep a VERY close eye for the next 72 hours on any news or document release by the White House or any other group trying to downplay something because if there is a smoking gun now is the time to throw it into the winds of Mandela coverage


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One man saved us from the greatest war of all.

British News Reel 1938

The Second in a series of why the GOP should thank Ted Cruz for his fight against Obamacare Part 1 The Time Stream is here Part 3 the Raiders is here, Part 4 Memories is here and the final part In Summation: Conventional Wisdom is here.

One of the things you see in a free society that you don’t see elsewhere are contrary voices.

For most of history the contrary voice was a rare thing,  In the age of kings and princes a contrary voice was the quickest way to death.  So if people saw things that were patently wrong they were ignored and the best made of it as dramatized in this episode of the Adventures of Robin Hood.

Robin hood (in disguise): Tell me friend what’s all the festivity for?

Innkeeper: Haven’t you heard we are to be blessed with a new princess from France, Isabella of Angoulême.

Robin hood: Oh, is princess Adis dead?

Innkeeper: I didn’t say that

Robin hood: Well then how can Prince John be taking a new wife?

Innkeeper: Now lad you know it’s only sinful for the likes of us to take a new wife when the old one is about. It’s different for the prince. He has a special arrangement with heaven.

Robin hood: or the devil

Innkeeper: Well I don’t complain, it’s his own soul & I’ll do a brisk trade when it’s time to toast our new highness.

Additionally one got power and position from agreeing with authority.  That’s why to be received at court meant so much.  The favor of the king and those with the King’s ear could be the difference between a life of relative comfort and the abject poverty that the vast majority lived under.

Social developments changed this, the rise of the merchant class and end of serfdom meant it was possible to obtain wealth or at least comfort without the explicit approval of the government.  The rise of the parliamentary system meant that this merchant class could preserve their power by the vote and a pol could obtain power by support of patrons both rich or numerous.

Over time the vote of the populace and the parties became more and more important until it became more dangerous to be contrary to the will or mood of the people then to the king or even the government. In fact you might make a good living being the one contrary voice as Ron Paul illustrated.  Contrariwise an elected government can’t be contrary to the people and stay elected for long.

A government might seek a popular position to keep power, a contrarian might go against a widely popular position and build a niche but if you are a political insider a position contrary to both popular opinion and government opinion is a one way ticket to the wilderness.

Which brings us to a man named Churchill and a speech on October 5th 1938.

A week earlier England and France and most of the world breathed a huge sigh of relief. For six months a crisis had been building from German demands on Czechoslovakia  and the threat of war was in the mind of every man. England & France had lost the flower of their manhood just twenty years before they were not anxious to see it repeated.

After intense negotiations Neville Chamberlain had come home with an agreement that was met with joy:

Consider not just the words but the opening image:


The cheers were at his landing but they were also in theater after theater as men who had experienced the trenches rejoiced that their son would not.  To oppose such a deal, at the height of its popularity would be act of political suicide

Yet in the midst of this reality Winston Churchill stood up in the House of Commons, the people’s house and gave this speech:

I will, therefore, begin by saying the most unpopular and most unwelcome thing. I will begin by saying what everybody would like to ignore or forget but which must nevertheless be stated, namely, that we have sustained a total and unmitigated defeat, and that France has suffered even more than we have.

That alone is a provocative statement to a group of people in the midst of joy, but that was not the end of it.  He noted that the position of the government was not even controversial :

We are asked to vote for this Motion which has been put upon the Paper, and it is certainly a Motion couched in very uncontroversial terms, as, indeed, is the Amendment moved from the Opposition side.

But still spoke against half measures:

After the seizure of Austria in March we faced this problem in our Debates. I ventured to appeal to the Government to go a little further than the Prime Minister went, and to give a pledge that in conjunction with France and other Powers they would guarantee the security of Czechoslovakia while the Sudeten-Deutsch question was being examined either by a League of Nations Commission or some other impartial body, and I still believe that if that course had been followed events would not have fallen into this disastrous state. I agree very much with my right hon. Friend the Member for Sparkbrook (Mr. Amery) when he said on that occasion – “Do one thing or the other; either say you will disinterest yourself in the matter altogether or take the step of giving a guarantee which will have the greatest chance of securing protection for that country.”

He talked about the cost that those who trusted in false empty promises:

It is quite true that such a policy in order to succeed demanded that Britain should declare straight out and a long time beforehand that she would, with others, join to defend Czechoslovakia against an unprovoked aggression. His Majesty’s Government refused to give that guarantee when it would have saved the situation, yet in the end they gave it when it was too late, and now, for the future, they renew it when they have not the slightest power to make it good.

All is over. Silent, mournful, abandoned, broken, Czechoslovakia recedes into the darkness. She has suffered in every respect by her association with the Western democracies and with the League of Nations, of which she has always been an obedient servant.

Declared those supporting this move were betraying more than just the sacrificial lambs

Many people, no doubt, honestly believe that they are only giving away the interests of Czechoslovakia, whereas I fear we shall find that we have deeply compromised, and perhaps fatally endangered, the safety and even the independence of Great Britain and France.

And concluded saying whatever the feelings of the moment the true cost of this failure would be felt far beyond the present relief.

I do not grudge them the natural, spontaneous outburst of joy and relief when they learned that the hard ordeal would no longer be required of them at the moment; but they should know the truth. They should know that there has been gross neglect and deficiency in our defenses; they should know that we have sustained a defeat without a war, the consequences of which will travel far with us along our road; they should know that we have passed an awful milestone in our history, when the whole equilibrium of Europe has been deranged, and that the terrible words have for the time being been pronounced against the Western democracies:

“Thou art weighed in the balance and found wanting.”

And do not suppose that this is the end. This is only the beginning of the reckoning. This is only the first sip, the first foretaste of a bitter cup which will be proffered to us year by year unless by a supreme recovery of moral health and martial vigour, we arise again and take our stand for freedom as in the olden time.

No doubt for many weeks after this speech, critiques and columns would be written by many intelligent people explaining why Mr. Churchill was wrong.  If the media of today had existed then, what would the talking heads have said?



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Via Joe Miller & Twitter I found this long NY Magazine interview with Antonin Scalia. It’s worth reading in its entirety but there are several sections on his faith I wish to highlight.

First Justice Scalia’s exchange on & agreement with the Pope on being evangelistic is very much worth quoting:

Q: But he also wanted to steer its emphasis away from homosexuality and abortion.

Scalia:Yeah. But he hasn’t backed off the view of the church on those issues. He’s just saying, “Don’t spend all our time talking about that stuff. Talk about Jesus Christ and evangelize.” I think there’s no indication whatever that he’s changing doctrinally.

I spent my junior year in Switzerland. On the way back home, I spent some time in England, and I remember going to Hyde Park Corner. And there was a Roman Catholic priest in his collar, standing on a soapbox, preaching the Catholic faith and being heckled by a group. And I thought, My goodness. I thought that was admirable. I have often bemoaned the fact that the Catholic church has sort of lost that evangelistic spirit. And if this pope brings it back, all the better.

Note how he didn’t allow the false narrative concerning doctrinal change. First rate, but If I had to pick something for every Catholic to read it would be the section on Heaven & Hell.

Scalia notes he will be either very happy or very unhappy after death and when the Jennifer Senior jokes about their existence he points out that belief in Hell is not a requirement for getting there. But it’s when he states his belief in the Devil Ms. Senior is totally thrown off, particularly when he notes his tactics have changed as society has:

Q: Isn’t it terribly frightening to believe in the Devil?

Scalia: You’re looking at me as though I’m weird. My God! Are you so out of touch with most of America, most of which believes in the Devil? I mean, Jesus Christ believed in the Devil! It’s in the Gospels! You travel in circles that are so, so removed from mainstream America that you are appalled that anybody would believe in the Devil! Most of mankind has believed in the Devil, for all of history. Many more intelligent people than you or me have believed in the Devil. (emphasis mine)

Q: I hope you weren’t sensing contempt from me. It wasn’t your belief that surprised me so much as how boldly you expressed it.

Scalia: I was offended by that. I really was.

This is significant, there are plenty of people who hold Christians in disdain and do their best to suggest that people who follow Christianity in general or Catholicism in particular are simply ignorant rubes, it’s ironic that many of the beautiful “enlightened” people who pooh-pooh the Devil aren’t as enlightened as they think:

We currently live in an age where people believe in psychics, witchcraft and various unseen forces. I can drive down the street in Leominster or Worcester and see the shingle for psychics advertising their services. I have Wiccan friends one who is a Wiccan priest. You see all kinds of books on harnessing various forces. Science Fiction fans talk of all kinds of planets that might be inhabited by all sorts of creatures; yet all these same people would look as if you had 4 heads if you suggest that the devil or hell exists.

Christ specifically states the existence of Heaven & Hell and I find it very interesting that people so willing to invoke him when convenient ignore this. As C.S Lewis (whose Screwtape letters Scalia approvingly cites) said

I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.

I think this is why Scalia is really hated. He clearly embraces Christ and the Church and at the same time upsets the ignorance equation. No matter what our friends on the left say of him, “ignorant” is not a word that can be credibly used to describe him and he take offense at those who belittle those beliefs.

The left will be very happy when he is gone.

Yesterday there was a big to-do about Mitch McConnell & Rand Paul being caught on a open mic discussing the shutdown.

Several sites & news shows played the clip as if it was a big revelation showing the GOP’s secret thoughts but instead of a SNAFU ignoring an open mic I submit it was a VERY smart move by Rand Paul.

It forced coverage & got the message out to a public who has been fed the alternative, that was a stage whisper & the media fell for it.


Michael Corleone: Your enemies always get strong on what you leave behind

Godfather III 1990

Mayor Jonas Henderson: Will, I think you’d better go while there’s still time. It’s better for you, and it’s better for us.

High Noon 1952

Monday I wrote about how things like the slutwalks,  Miley Cirus and stories of young women trunking, and more are a gift to radical Imans trying to keep their flocks in line but I didn’t address one aspect of the question.

It’s one thing to persuade an existing Muslim from the old country to stick with it, it’s quite another to do the same with a Christian.

Actually it’s not as hard as you might think.  Back in 2010 I interviewed the local Iman at his Mosque. He’s of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community the most peaceful and tolerant sect of Islam in existence but considered heretical by most muslims. Here is what I said at the time:

His sermon was a no nonsense one about the start of Ramadan next Wednesday and the need for spiritual renewal, the rewards of fasting and the need to avoid sin and temptation. The basic thrust of the sermon could have been given in any Catholic Church in preparation for Lent. He also asked the congregation to pray for the members of their community that were killed in the May 28th Mosque Attacks. (Their Branch of Islam the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community are rejected by many mainstream Muslim groups). His sermon also touched on a denouncement of violence. Not surprising as his sect has been the target of radical Islam

We spoke for 45 minutes after the service. He has lived in Fitchburg for almost 30 years and has seen the change in the town. His opinions on the direction of the city and the cultural decay of the country could have been said by my mother.

This guy is a part time Imam of a widely rejected sect of Islam how much better do you think a full time Imam from a widely accepted sect of Islam would do, particularly with the poorly catechized.

But that’s not why the Imam has the upper hand over the priest and the minister.  There are plenty of Catholics who bravely speak out about gay marriage, hard work, abortion, decadence in culture what give the upper hand to the radicals? the reactions of the culture and more than a few Protestants making the fight.

Alessandra’s blog seems to have an almost monomaniacal focus on fighting the gay agenda and, noticeably, she hasn’t ceded an inch of her conservative position in more than nine years. This may explain why she hasn’t gotten much notice from the conservative blogosphere, which has been in strategic retreat for the past decade. Besieged by clamorous activists, even many Christian conservatives — concerned with being “relevant” and maintaining their political influence — have quietly backed away from sound teaching.

That backing away is not uncommon.  You don’t have to look far to see the MSM and the full force of the media, the education system and the culture attacking in force any Christian who dares proclaim Christianity and the cultural values therein. Any person who dares do so is a target and I’m not just talking about the SPLC inspired hit in DC and there are plenty of pols running for cover.

Islam, well that’s a difference story as Mark Steyn explained:

In 2010, the bestselling atheist Richard Dawkins, in the “On Faith” section of the Washington Post, called the pope “a leering old villain in a frock” perfectly suited to “the evil corrupt organization” and “child-raping institution” that is the Catholic Church. Nobody seemed to mind very much.

Three years later, in a throwaway Tweet, Professor Dawkins observed that “all the world’s Muslims have fewer Nobel Prizes than Trinity College, Cambridge. They did great things in the Middle Ages, though.” This time round, the old provocateur managed to get a rise out of folks. Almost every London paper ran at least one story on the “controversy.” The Independent‘s Owen Jones fumed, “How dare you dress your bigotry up as atheism. You are now beyond an embarrassment.” The best-selling author Caitlin Moran sneered, “It’s time someone turned Richard Dawkins off and then on again. Something’s gone weird.” The Daily Telegraph‘s Tom Chivers beseeched him, “Please be quiet, Richard Dawkins, I’m begging.”

None of the above is Muslim. Indeed, they are, to one degree or another, members of the same secular liberal media elite as Professor Dawkins. Yet all felt that, unlike Dawkins’s routine jeers at Christians, his Tweet had gone too far.

Push traditional values as a Christian, you are a “puritan” “repressed” or “misogynistic”. Push anything resembling them i Islam and not only will the society not touch you but they will defend you come what may.

When you reward behavior you get more of it and when you punish behavior you get less of it.  Islam in the west will continue to grow stronger and the media and the culture protects it and Christianity will get weaker and long as the faithful wilt under the attack from the MSM and others and take the path of least resistance, yet it is abandoning those traditional values that have made liberal churches weak.,  Conservative churches and Islam in the west have picked those discarded values up.  It has made them strong.

The Imams must be laughing up a storm as they slowly grow in strength.  By the time to the left realizes the danger they are in the will likely submit without a fight, when that day comes what will they say to us Christians who are still making the good fight.

I suspect it will be the same thing the people of Hadleyville said to Will Kane.


Olimometer 2.52

As you are reading this I’m on a bus about to arrive in DC for the Exempt America from Obamacare Rally trying to get a few winks before covering the story.

Odds are I’m not in a position to update the progress of daTipjar but the final target of $305 hasn’t changed.

If you would care to help in that quest please hit DaTipJar below.

I’ll catch you at the Capital.


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Eddie: Now I probably wouldn’t say this in front of white folks but in front of y’all I’ll speak my mind

Barbershop 2002

Taylor:  He knew all the time. Long before your discovery, he knew. Defender of the Faith. Guardian of the terrible secret. Isn’t that right, doctor?

Planet of the Apes 1968

I see an awful lot of people on the net Ann Althouse Smitty, Neo Neocon to Richard Epstein to pointing out the obvious weakness in the arguments of the Al Sharpton, the Jessie Jacksons and the various democrat race pimps who spent this weekend in rallies (rallies, I suspect much smaller than anyone in the media want to admit) and still trying to sell the story of the George He doesn’t count as black or hispanic, really he doesn’t Zimmerman killing a young black man over race.

But while it is vital to keep pointing out these truths and making sure that people who aren’t paying attention know these facts there is one very important thing that has to be understood. Their target audience is not the black community.

Now that might seem counter intuitive in doing when doing this. If you are looking to change the media meme, to counteract the power of the meme police it would seem necessary to make the sale to the black community to, as Bill Whittle does present the evidence that can’t be disputed:

Even so if you are choosing to make this case to the black community you are wasting your time.

The vast majority of the black community already know it.

Jessie Jackson, Al Sharpton and Joan Walsh may like to pretend that the Black community in 2013 is being held back by the Bull Connors of the 50’s.  They will pretend there are rednecks stopping their community at the voting booths, and may can paint a picture of intact black families cowering in their homes and apartments as the Klan, Confederate flags flying proudly drive through their neighborhood looking for black teens to kill, and some liberals and low information voters might actually believe it.

The Black community doesn’t.  They live in those cities, they vote in those neighborhoods and know who is pulling the trigger when their children are killed.  They live these realities every single day.

Then why do they put up with it?  Fairly simple

They find the message of the Jacksons, Sharptons and Walshs a most comfortable lie and that official lie endorsed by the media elite remains more palatable than admitting the truth, at least in the hearing of the wrong people.

And as long as that is true, they will continue to be silent in the face of it, and nothing will change.

What is Tina Brown’s great skill? I would argue that it is her ability to persuade rich people to lose money.

Robert Stacy McCain Jan 2nd 2013

Remember those days of Yesterday when Tina Brown was going to make Newsweek turn a profitGuess not :

Newsweek appears to be on the block — again.

According to sources who have been briefed, IAC is sending out inquiries to prospective buyers who may be interested in purchasing the 80-year-old title, which ended weekly publication of its domestic edition late last year in favor of an digital-only format. A revamped launched earlier this month.

What? You mean to say that Newsweek is for sale again? But Tina Brown she was so SMART so POPULAR surely she was going to bring a flood of readers…

According to sources who have been briefed, Newsweek’s 1.5 million subscribers, in the quarter before it ended its print edition, fell to 470,000 in the first quarter of this year, with estimates that it will continue to decline throughout the year.

Or not.

But the investors on the left that bought the property when Newsmax was turned down have no regrets:

“I do not have great expectations,” he said. “I wish I had not bought Newsweek. It was a mistake.”

Ok maybe a FEW regrets.

So now the brand is for sale again, but with 1/3 of the subscription base who would want it?  If Newsweek was worth an order of Fries at Burger King before, it’s likely worth penny candy now.

Well at the risk of tilting at windmills might I make the same point about Newsweek that I made about the Boston Globe:


Imagine a culture section where events of a conservative nature were celebrated while liberals pressed to get the press.

Imagine reviews of plays with conservative themes getting web space and print space and liberal themes hoping for a line or two.

Imagine stories in the Sunday section celebrating historic places, people and sites that highlight America’s conservative History or people who are conservative doing great things for the community.

Imagine a whole slew of conservative Journalists cutting their teeth of straight news instead of news with a liberal spin, imagine the farm team it would create.

Imagine an editorial page giving conservative opinion day after day after day.

And imagine a web site ranked in the top 1500 worldwide and top 350 nationally, a web site that local papers around New England draw stories from giving that public conservative thought as background noise in the same way that liberals have done for ages.

For the left Newsweek is just another money hole, for the right it could be entrée into the background noise of culture that we need to fight in.

Let’s see if the left is still willing to pay a fortune to keep a brand name out conservative hands, or if not, lets see what happens to the culture if one of those top rated web sites adds some conservative background noise to the low information conversation.


Olimometer 2.52

Well, yesterday was one of the better Tip Jar days of the last few weeks. We’re still as of this writing $208 shy of my weekly paycheck but were certainly not bleeding readers and Money the way Newsweek is.

If you are Foster Friess or the Koch brothers I’d suggest looking at the price of Newsweek, if you are not, then I’d humbly ask you consider hitting DaTipJar below so I can get the just over 10 $20 hits necessary to give me a full paycheck this week.

(FYI if the Kochs or any other Conservatives with millions to invest WANT to invest at the Tina Brown level over here rather than Newsweek or the LA Times I certainly won’t turn you down nor will I connive to grow rich on throwing your investment away)

In my twitter feed yesterday this tweet from a local liberal Icon Mr. Wosta (As in Worcester MA for those wondering) came up.

With many dead including children and devastation all over the place that’s good advice so in that spirit let me give some advice to several people:


May I humbly make the following suggestion to members of congress: While our friends on the left have said never let a crisis go to waste the inevitable relief bill that will come from this is not the place to get that subsidy for your local power plant, that statue for the town hall or a time to fund a study of Doctor Who’s has impacted British Culture over the last half century. Those who do this in order to get funding are no different than those who set up fake charities at this time, those who do this in order to create: “poison pills” to kill the bill are simply dishonorable.


Now it’s true that Rhode Island is a state that doesn’t have Tornadoes on a regular basis but one would expect a US senator might have as a child seen the Wizard of OZ at least once.

While many Americans were tuned into news coverage of the massive damage from tornadoes ravaging the state of Oklahoma, Rhode Island Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse took to the Senate floor to rail against his Republican colleagues for denying the theory of anthropogenic global warming. Whitehouse spent 15 minutes chastising GOP senators and justified his remarks by alluding to states that seek federal assistance in the wake of natural disasters.

Was it not just a few days ago it was reported that temperatures have been flat for 15 years, no matter Senator Whitehouse sitting in a state where he will never face a challenge will use this as a fundraising tool and with it will dispense his largess to his fellow liberals for years. At least I hope that is the motivation for the sake of the voters of Rhode Island, I’d hate to think they have someone foolish enough to buy this stuff representing them.

Perhaps a speech about how Rhode Island stands with Moore Ok might have been better.



Yesterday one of the writers for the Daily show really stepped in using the Tornado to make fun of the coverage of the Obama Scandals:


This joke is iffy, It’s true that the scandals have been pushed off the TV, for example watching Morning Joe today they’ve moved the show to Moore and have not said a word on any other subject, but this is certainly big enough to move the media. I’m sure this will be a good chance for the President to act decisively in a crisis but that’s what he’s supposed to do and certainly not cause for critique. I think the subject and the joke is crass.

and this

Again a tad crass, and in bad taste but not beyond the pale in terms of what one might expect from twitter. It doesn’t cross the line but it moves toward it. The last tweet however didn’t just cross the line, it pole vaulted over it and landed in the next county. Lizz_Winstead Warner Todd Huston was not amused:

Oh, gosh. Isn’t that hilarious? People killed including dozens of school kids and she laughs that “conservatives” are dying. Nice. This idiot works on the extremist, left-wing Daily Show on Comedy Central. THIS is what you are subsidizing by watching that show, people.

Her first reaction was to defend (as naturally most peoples are)

but within a few hours as the death toll built up she thought better of it and not only apologized.

But said the exact right thing as people hit her over it:


and followed up with tweets on where to donate

I think this is the right way to handle it: Yes I said it, I shouldn’t have done so and I’m earned all the grief you want to give me. As Glenn Beck put it:

There are a lot of people inside and outside of Washington who could learn from that example.


Mr. Wosta had it right at the start,  now is the time to pray and at least one world leader is following his example:

You’re doing pretty good when you have the same response as the pope.

The moving Hating Breitbart has been re-released as a PG-13 movie, thereby dropping its R rating from when it was released last year (so, it has been slightly edited as the only reason for the R rating last year was a small amount of foul language).  I saw it last year when it was released the first time.  I would definitely watch it again this year, but it isn’t playing in the Dallas area this time around.  Hopefully the powers-that-be can rectify that.

I was recently musing about what a field day Andrew Breitbart would be having with these White House scandals.  First of all, he probably would have already discovered the extent of the abuse in the IRS (before Congress) complete with names and dates, etc .  He likely would have been carrying the banner on this months ago, even before the election.  Breitbart had a way of being connected, and he fearlessly pursued truth.  He found his way to stories that at first seemed crazy (like Anthony Wiener Tweeting pictures of himself and then vehemently denying it and lying about it on CNN), and yet they always ended up being true.

Breitbart was recently vindicated in the Pigford scandal which he uncovered long before anyone else did.  He would be leading the way right now in the fight against the MSM narrative in this latest round of scandals.

Breitbart is the person that inspired me to keep fighting at a time when it seemed that just about everything was lost.  I met him at a Tea Party event in Mesquite, TX in 2010.  He had given an articulate speech about the reality of the “organized Left” in the media.  I had followed politics for years (I even majored in Political Science in college) but had never put the dots together about the intentional coercion that goes on with the what information flows to the general public and how dangerous that really is.  Breitbart explained it so well and afterwards I shook his hand and told him how inspired I was by his speech.  I felt like I had just learned something profound and things would never be the same.

Since that day when I sat riveted in my chair listening to him speak for the first time, I’ve devoured the news like never before in my life.  And, I can say with certainty that every single thing he asserted that day was true.  Every iota.  The Left is organized.  They are well-connected with the MSM.  The MSM themselves are either in cahoots with the Left or they are so entrenched in their narrative that they don’t even know what they are putting out there anymore.  The “watchdog” role of the press has been greatly diminished in recent years.  And, the important role the press is supposed to play almost disappeared when Obama was elected president as the press has fallen all over itself to support this man.  Now that there is incontrovertible evidence against this administration, we finally see some measure of criticism.  However, this is too little too late as the election already passed and the good that the press could have done with an honest assessment of the President’s first four years of office never came to fruition.  Imagine if the election had involved a true assessment of the President for all to see.  So many who voted for Obama would have had information in front of them to help make a more informed choice.  However, instead the press did everything it could to re-elect Obama.  So, as we sit here for 4 more years holding our breath that the President doesn’t entirely destroy the country, we know that if not entirely responsible, the press is certainly accountable for much of the blame.

Because of the Left’s infiltration into the MSM, Breitbart also rightly championed new media.  This blog and the thousands of others out there counter the MSM narrative every day.  Breitbart understood that the internet is the key out of this informational tyranny.  And again, he was exactly right.  The role that the internet and individual bloggers and regular people play in helping the truth get the light of day cannot be overstated.

So, was Breitbart pugnacious?  Was he confrontational?  You bet.  He was only reacting to the power structure in place.  He knew toughness was needed.  He did everything he could to get attention so that his voice could be heard.  I wish he was around now to be a part of the events of the day.  I would love to see how he would have handled all of this.  However, I know we can all take solace in knowing that he influenced many who get up every day and fight the good fight.

If you want to see Hating Breitbart (which I highly recommend), here is the official site where you can see if it is playing in your area.

Also, here is a great tribute by Rush Limbaugh about Breitbart.

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