by The Right Scoop:
Excellent monologue from Levin today talking about Obama’s HHS mandate. He boils it down to the essentials which is the Constitution, but also noting that the insurance companies are not a threat to you, but an out of control president who ignores the limits of the Constitution – well, that is truly scary stuff.
by Thaddeus Baklinski, (LifeSiteNews.com):
Boston Bruins star goalie Tim Thomas sent waves through the sports world Wednesday when he announced through his Facebook page that he supports Catholics in their fight against the Obama administration’s mandate that forces coverage of contraception, sterilizations, and abortion-inducing drugs.
“I Stand with the Catholics in the fight for Religious Freedom,” wrote Thomas, who won last year’s Conn Smythe Trophy as the Stanley Cup MVP.
In his post Wednesday, Thomas quotes from a poem called “First They Came….” by prominent German anti-Nazi theologian and Lutheran pastor Martin Niemöller, which deals with the failure to speak up during the rise of Nazism in Germany.
“In Germany they came first for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up,” Thomas wrote.
by The Right Scoop:
If Rep. Allen West’s speech doesn’t get you out of your seat in applause, the ending sure will. I think my reply to this speech on twitter was “HOLY CRAP! That was absolutely incredible!!!!!!”
By: Mike Fegelman:
Since HonestReporting Canada’s inception in 2003, we have been raising serious questions about CBC reporter Neil MacDonald’s reporting of events affecting Israel and the Middle East.
We have gone on record, time and again with CBC management to express our view that Macdonald’s reporting is not consistent with the CBC’s policy guidelines which calls for accuracy, fairness, and journalistic neutrality.
MacDonald’s continued exploitation of his position at the CBC was on full public display in the following tweet he authored on his CBC Twitter account on January 5:
Michael Brendan Dougherty and Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry:
Painting the Catholic Church as “out of touch” is like shooting fish in a barrel, what with the funny hats and gilded churches. And nothing makes it easier than the Church’s stance against contraception.
Many people, (including our editor) are wondering why the Catholic Church doesn’t just ditch this requirement. They note that most Catholics ignore it, and that most everyone else finds it divisive, or “out-dated.” C’mon! It’s the 21st century, they say! Don’t they SEE that it’s STUPID, they scream.
Here’s the thing, though: the Catholic Church is the world’s biggest and oldest organization. It has buried all of the greatest empires known to man, from the Romans to the Soviets. It has establishments literally all over the world, touching every area of human endeavor. It’s given us some of the world’s greatest thinkers, from Saint Augustine on down to René Girard. When it does things, it usually has a good reason. Everyone has a right to disagree, but it’s not that they’re a bunch of crazy old white dudes who are stuck in the Middle Ages.
So, what’s going on?
by Alan W. Dowd:
Not long ago, I used this space to ask if the Arab Spring was like 2009 (the failed Twitter Revolution in Iran), 1989 (the democratic revolutions in Eastern Europe) or 1979 (the Islamist revolution in Iran). Like others, I believed the end of Mubarak’s autocratic rule was something to celebrate, but I worried that what ultimately replaces Mubarak may not be worth celebrating. And sadly, a year later, elements of the Arab Spring are starting to resemble 1979, as evidenced by the brewing hostage crisis in Egypt.
By Nile Gardiner:
Washington fully understands that Britain will never negotiate away the sovereignty of the Falkland islanders, over 90 per cent of whom are British. Yet it still continues to call for a “diplomatic solution” to the sovereignty question when there is nothing at all to negotiate. It also fails to express any support whatsoever for the UK, and remains silent about the increasingly aggressive approach taken by Argentina, including its threats to blockade the islands and strangle them economically.
At the heart of the Obama administration’s approach is its abject failure to distinguish between America’s most important ally and an increasingly anti-American regime in Latin America, which is closely allied with Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela. There is a fundamental difference between Great Britain, which has fought alongside the United States in almost every major war involving the US since World War Two, and Argentina, a minor player on the world stage, that barely lifts a finger to help the Americans with anything. The Special Relationship is hugely important to the United States, from the battlefields of Afghanistan and the wider war against Islamist terrorism to US-led efforts to halt the rise of a nuclear-armed Iran. On almost every major international issue, the United States looks to Britain for support. Yet inexplicably this current administration continues to knife London in the back over the Falklands.
The Obama administration’s reckless calls for negotiations over the Falklands are nothing less than a betrayal of a close friend and ally, and will only serve to further encourage the Argentine regime in its foolhardy attempts to intimidate the people of the Falklands. It will hugely overshadow David Cameron’s upcoming state visit to Washington on March 13 and 14, which could well prove an embarrassing and deeply uncomfortable time for his host Barack Obama.
The British and French found the islands uninhabited. The Brits settled there and have lived there for two centuries. The Brits are quite literally the native inhabitants of the Falkland Islands. It is the Argentines who have repeatedly tried to conquer what was never ever theirs. They base their claim to the lands on the Spainish having briefly driven the English from the Islands at a time prior to the nation of Argentina even existing, and the Brits have lived on the islands longer than Argentina has been a country.
After a string of provocations, the U.K. is finally sending a destroyer down to the Falklands to remind Argentina of the outcome of its ill-fated invasion in 1982. And the U.S.? Coddling the aggressors in the name of “peace.”
Roberta Jacobson, acting U.S. assistant secretary for Western Hemispheric affairs, said the growing dispute between our top ally, Britain, and Hugo-Chavez-aligned Argentina over who rules the Falkland Islands was “a problem between our two partners. We do not want to change our position. We prefer that both countries negotiate a diplomatic solution in that matter,” MercoPress reported.
There’s just one problem with that bland, Obama-like moral equivalency: Argentina’s idea of diplomacy is any nasty act it can think up that doesn’t involve a whupping from the British military.
Argentina has pretty well declared war by other means on the U.K. over the islands it claims as “Las Malvinas.”
by John Nolte:
Tuesday, we published this story about a bizarre attack launched against Governor Sarah Palin at, of all places, Glenn Beck’s site The Blaze. It was an attack made up of whole cloth, the kind of thing we’re used to seeing from the mainstream media and leftists, not from those who claim to be on our side. Palin’s not above criticism, but when Newsweek asks her to write about life with her son Trig, a Down Syndrome child, and she writes about life with her son Trig — what’s the problem?
Well, according to the Blaze, the problem is that the selfish, self-involved Governor did what Newsweek asked of her and didn’t write enough about … Rick Santorum?
Well, it’s easy to do that when you choose not to tell your readers that the Governor was fulfilling the Newsweek request. Through a glaring lie of omission, the Blaze chose not to inform their readers of that little fact because, obviously, that would’ve undermined the foundation of the attack.
If you aren’t creeped out by the No Birth Control Left Behind rhetoric of the White House and Planned Parenthood, you aren’t listening closely enough. The anesthetic of progressive benevolence always dulls the senses. Wake up.
When a bunch of wealthy white women and elite Washington bureaucrats defend the trampling of religious liberties in the name of “increased access” to “reproductive services” for “poor” women, the ghost of Margaret Sanger is cackling.
As she wrote in her autobiography, Sanger founded Planned Parenthood in 1916 “to stop the multiplication of the unfit.” This, she boasted, would be “the most important and greatest step towards race betterment.” While she oversaw the mass murder of black babies, Sanger cynically recruited minority activists to front her death racket. She conspired with eugenics financier and businessman Clarence Gamble to “hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities” to sell their genocidal policies as community health and welfare services.
Outright murder wouldn’t sell. But wrapping it under the egalitarian cloak of “women’s health” — and adorning it with the moral authority of black churches — would. Sanger and Gamble called their deadly campaign “The Negro Project.”
How’s this for astonishing: NBC News is reporting that Israeli spies have been involved in the assassinations of five Iranian nuclear scientists.
So far, not so bad. We’d say the engineers basically needed killing.
But here’s the astonishing part: The source for the story apparently is the Obama administration — albeit through anonymous leaks.
The network claims that Israel used members of the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MeK), a dissident group the United States classified as a terrorist group in 1998, to ice the engineers.
The allegations are nothing new.
What is new is that “senior US officials” are said to have confirmed the gory details.
One must wonder why.
The Obama administration is determined to get rid of Netanyahu.
By Jonathan F. Keiler:
Last week, Germany agreed to sell Israel a sixth Dolphin-class submarine. Israel already has three of these capable submarines in service. Two others were either quietly delivered last year, or soon will be — sources differ.
While the Dolphins have numerous conventional military applications, in reality, Israel appears to be in the process of creating the world’s first nuclear counter-strike force based on small, conventionally powered submarines armed with long range-cruise missiles. While Israel has never officially admitted to possessing nuclear weapons and seems inclined to maintain its long-held posture of nuclear ambiguity, there is little doubt that she does indeed posses nuclear weapons and most likely has had weapon assembly capabilities since at least the late 1960s.
Iran has clearly emerged as Israel’s chief regional antagonist. Iran’s single-minded drive to acquire nuclear weapons — and its threats to use them once deployed — arguably presents the most serious strategic threat to Israel since the state’s founding struggles in 1948.
Betsy M. Galliher:
February 9th marked the two-year anniversary of Michelle Obama’s exercise in anti-indulgence hypocrisy, Let’s Move! It also began another taxpayer-funded, star-studded travel extravaganza covering four States in three days via private jet, beginning in Iowa, and ending at Florida’s Walt Disney World resort.
For generations of responsible parents who somehow managed their children’s diets and enabled their innate desire for play and competitive sport, the First Lady’s anniversary celebration is a Rube Goldberg moment in government absurdity. It’s a pity Mr. Goldberg isn’t available to serve as the First Lady’s lunchroom Czar. There’s simply nothing like billions of dollars in government bureaucracy when a peanut butter sandwich and a brown bag will do.
Leftists hate free speech.
What the president announced in this press conference today is not a compromise. It’s not even an accommodation. It’s a lie.
by Ed Morrissey:
Today, the Obama administration hastily called a press conference to announce a change to its HHS mandate for employers to cover contraception at no cost, including religious organizations whose doctrines oppose contraception and abortifacients. Instead of religious organizations footing the bill directly, the revised “accommodation” now says that insurers must cover the costs, which changes … nothing:
by Anna Mahjar-Barducci:
Al-Qaeda is expanding its presence in Africa. The Islamist terrorist group hopes to find in the African continent new safe havens from which to attack Western interests and build logistical bases. Al-Qaeda is already present in the North Africa and in Somalia. However, Al-Qaeda is looking for new countries in which to establish its own rule. It is now looking at Ethiopia, a country ruled by a cruel dictatorship, and situated in the Horn of Africa. Although Ethiopia has a Christian majority, a third of the population is Muslim. Ethiopia is, the oldest Muslim settlement in Africa and where the Prophet Mohammed found refuge when he was persecuted by the Meccans. It is also the country where the jihadist Abu Musab Zarqawi may be following in the Prophet’s footsteps, and to which he is thought to have to relocated before being killed in Iraq.
By Jason Fekete:
Prime Minister Stephen Harper delivered a pointed message Friday directly to the People’s Republic of China from the people back home: Canada wants to sell you its oil and gas, but won’t trade its principles along with it.
He also targeted groups opposed to Canada’s energy development, saying his government will put the country’s economic interests ahead of “foreign money and influence” trying to obstruct petroleum production.
Harper used a keynote speech to nearly 600 Chinese and Canadian business leaders gathered in Guangzhou — one of the largest cities in the world’s most populous country — to champion what he said is a new era in a strategic Canada-China energy partnership.
However, he also used the 21-minute speech to tell the Chinese, on their turf but in his terms, that Canada will not sever its trading relationships from national values such as human rights, and expects China to be a responsible global citizen.