Long time reader “Shaken”, via email;
As our journalists continue to cast themselves under a self-made asteroid, hundreds of thousands of small investors find themselves on a ledge, wondering which version of The Truth is the one that will inform their retirement or educational fund management decisions.
In their Sunday, Feb. 19 editions, the Washington Post and the New York Times go all out in criticizing Israel for cutting legal corners in handling Palestinian terrorists apprehended on the West Bank, including rock-throwing minors.
Both articles exude deep sympathy for such criminal defendants — a level of solicitude sadly lacking in the papers’ coverage or non-coverage of Israelis exposed to far worse Palestinian brutality, or in the abusive treatment, including torture, of Hamas detainees in West Bank jails under Mahmoud Abbas’s control, and Fatah detainees in Hamas jails in Gaza.
by J. Christian Adams:
Give the Obama administration their due, they sure are great deceivers. In an effort to escape the firestorm engulfing them because of the ObamaCare mandate that forces churches to violate their theology, the president announced a “compromise” on February 10. The details of this compromise demonstrate that President Obama simply cannot be believed.
Naturally, the Washington Post, either as compliant dupes or dishonest confederates, ran with the front page headline: “Obama shifts course on birth control rule to calm Catholic leaders’ outrage.” The headline contained a falsehood, the “shift,” as well as the administration’s messaging to Catholics, calm.
N.C. Aizenman, Peter Wallsten, and Karen Tumulty, authors of the Post story, claimed the White House “alter[ed] a new birth control rule.” It characterized the announcement as a “new policy.” Most deceptive of all, the Post said the announcement “amends a rule announced in August.”
Section 13: one step closer to dead – Plus- Stupid Liberal MP Says Canadians Should Listen To Intern Imported From France
The hostility to Israel within the Church is rooted in a dislike for Jews. According to the Jewish Chronicle, “Rav Sizer has a long track record of arguably anti-Semitic behavior.” He has described the IDF as “Herod’s soldiers operating in Bethlehem today” (King Herod ordered his troops to kill all the Jewish babies in and around Bethlehem.)
by Madeleine Morgenstern:
The former chief of staff to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Saturday an Israeli strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities is “imminent.”
Naftali Bennett appeared on Fox News’ “Huckabee” and painted a dire picture of a world with a nuclear Iran, saying Israel will not hesitate to take action if necessary — and that time is of the essence.
“We’re at the very last moment. This is going to be the first time in history that a maniacal, radical Islamic regime will acquire a nuclear weapon,” he said. “The day after they have a bomb will be a different day for the entire world.”
ht Hugh Hewitt
by John Hinderaker:
Sometimes I miss the good old days–what was it, a year ago?–when liberals were in favor of civility. Remember when talking about “targeting” a Congressional district could get you accused of murder? Things were a lot more genteel back in 2011.
On Thursday, Charles Koch authorized employees of Koch Industries to reveal the contents of “hundreds of e-mails that the Kochs and employees have received in the last year, some of them containing death threats.” The Wichita Eagle, Koch Industries’ home-town newspaper, reported:
By Christopher Booker:
Behind all the spin, smoke and fury of recent days, we see unfolding the greatest crisis in the history of the “European project”. What is emerging is a fundamental split which threatens to inflict on it by far the most serious reverse in its 62-year history. It is apt that this conflict should centre on what was always designed to be the supreme symbol of the drive to full European integration, the euro.
By Tim Stanley:
A lot of Britons think that America is on the brink of becoming a theocracy. The media is to blame. Folks like Louis Theroux and Stephen Fry have cashed in on the British taste for American craziness by producing countless documentaries about evangelicalism, while the press zeroes in on abortion and gay marriage as if they are the only issues that Americans care about. One gets the impression that if Rick Santorum wins the presidency, contraception will be banned, gays will go back into the closet and a giant effigy of Richard Dawkins will be burned on the Hill (if the latter does happen, I’ll be roasting marshmallows).
But the fantasy that America is a Christian Caliphate merely distracts from the UK’s own problems – the kind of problems that men like Rick Santorum are right to try to address.
by Victor Davis Hanson:
Ten Commandments for Our New Century
If you think our quiet lives of desperation can sometimes become a bit much, relax. Here are some guidelines to soothe your frustration — a few commandments that make sense out of today’s nonsense.
By T.R. Clancy:
This HHS controversy has me thinking that our fundamental right of religious liberty has suffered a drastic deflation in value from 1791 until now. For that matter, how could it be otherwise in a nation where so many Americans despise religion?
Examine the rationalizations of commentators defending the Obama faux-compromise on the HHS mandate and you’ll see what I mean.