by Ben Johnson, (LifeSiteNews.com):
In a move that is likely to reignite the ire of religious leaders, late Friday afternoon the Obama administration announced a proposal that would require universities, including religious universities, to provide contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs to their students, as well as their employees, without a co-pay. This appears to significantly widen the originally-announced HHS mandate, which had only applied to employees.
By Jeff Poor – The Daily Caller:
“Let’s get our facts straight,” he said. “I mean are we debating RomneyCare again? She was asked if she would include herself in such a process. She said yes, if people were interested. But she didn’t promote herself in a brokered convention.”
Levin took a few shots at former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, asking if he wasn’t perhaps interfering in the process of Republican politics in the same way Palin had been accused. He called those criticsms “mindless” and “poisonous.”
“I assume there she’s calling — hopefully I’m wrong — Sarah Palin there a charlatan,” he said. “This is fascinating to me. Ann, how do you make your income? You give speeches? Make extreme comments? Throw a lot of fists and elbows? Sarah Palin has contributed an enormous amount to the conservative movement, the tea party and to current public debate. She’s somebody to emulate, not to smear.”
by The Right Scoop:
Allen West was interviewed by Newsmax recently on a variety of issues, but a couple are worth noting. First he was asked about if he was surprised that Romney was doing well among Tea Party voters:
It’s pretty interesting because, as we sit here now, Governor Romney finished third in Alabama and Mississippi. Of course, with the proportionality, he’s still getting the delegates, but he’s really not sealing the deal. He’s doing okay in some spots, but he’s still not bringing forth the type of enthusiasm and energy that is necessary.
He was then asked about Palin’s mention that he should be considered as vice president. I think he almost blushed, and then said he would consider it if asked:
I will always serve my country. If someone will make that call to me, I’ll pray about it, talk it over with the family, and then we’ll step up to do our best.
Here’s the full interview:
by Kathleen Gilbert, (LifeSiteNews.com):
After actor Kirk Cameron refused to back down on statements criticizing the societal effects of homosexuality, a deluge of angry retorts poured in from others in the entertainment industry, with some calling Cameron “a complete tool,” a “douchebag,” and “an accomplice to murder,” among other slurs.
by James R. Edwards, Jr.:
The Obama administration now wants to advance its amnesty-loving ways through its FY 2013 budget proposal.
As every Washington insider knows, policy measures mean something, but the best way to accomplish things is with money. Allocating more dollars or fewer dollars, beefing up funds for one program and cutting spending on something else. That’s how Washington really works.
True to form, Obama’s budget for next year would curb immigration enforcement. It would further disarm our vulnerable border. It would effectively accomplish de facto amnesty for many more foreigners.
By MARK STEYN:
The crowd loved it. But President Algy Solyndra wasn’t done:
“There always have been folks who are the naysayers and don’t believe in the future, and don’t believe in trying to do things differently. One of my predecessors, Rutherford B. Hayes, reportedly said about the telephone, ‘It’s a great invention, but who would ever want to use one?’ [Laughter]. That’s why he’s not on Mount Rushmore – [laughter and applause] – because he’s looking backwards. He’s not looking forwards [Applause]. He’s explaining why we can’t do something, instead of why we can do something.”
It fell to Nan Card of the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center in Ohio to inform the website Talking Points Memo that the quotation was apocryphal. Hayes had the first telephone in the White House, and the first typewriter, and Edison visited him to demonstrate the phonograph.
But obviously Rutherford B. Hayes isn’t as “forward-looking” as a 21st century president who believes in Jimmy Carter malaise, 1970s Eurostatist industrial policy, 1940s British health care reforms, 1930s New Deal-size entitlements premised on mid-20th century birth rates and life expectancy, and all paid for by a budget with more zeroes than anybody’s seen since the Weimar Republic. If that’s not a shoo-in for Mount Rushmore, I don’t know what is.
I was interested in the rest of Barack Obama’s yukfest of history’s biggest idiots. Considering that he is (in the words of historian Michael Beschloss) “the smartest guy ever to become president,” the entire passage sounded as if it was plucked straight from one of those “Top Twenty Useful Quotes for Forward-Looking Inspirational Speakers” websites. And whaddayaknow? Rutherford B. Hayes, the TV flash in the pan, the horse is here to stay – they’re all at the Wikiquote page on “Incorrect Predictions.” Fancy that! You can also find his selected examples at the web page “Some Really Really Bad Predictions About the Future” and a bazillion others.
By ANNE JOLIS:
Fifteen years ago, hoteliers Peter and Hazelmary Bull made some mocking headlines when reporters noticed their stodgy guest policy: No double rooms for unmarried couples. “You have got to have principles,” Mrs. Bull told the Mirror at the time, under the headline “You Couldn’t Make It Up.”
The Bulls had been turning away unwed mini-breakers from their Cornish guesthouse since 1986, and no one had sued them for it yet. It was, after all, no crime to be the least-cool B&B in England.
That appears to have changed. Last month a British appeals court upheld a £3,600 ($5,800) fine against the Bulls, who in 2008 turned down Martyn Hall and Steven Preddy for a double room despite their being joined in a civil partnership. The British government has recognized such unions since 2005; the Bulls, born-again Christians, do not. Messrs. Hall and Preddy sued on the grounds that their rights had been violated under the U.K.’s 2007 Equality Act, which bars sexual-orientation discrimination in the provision of services.
The Bulls hope to appeal to the U.K. Supreme Court and, if that fails, to the European Court of Human Rights. British law currently exempts some religious institutions from some nondiscrimination laws, but commercial guesthouses don’t count. While the Bulls are perfectly entitled to be Christian in private, their business is a “service and public function” under British law because they offer their services to the “public.”
By Luiza Oleszczuk , Christian Post:
Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh, the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, the highest official of religious law in the Sunni country, reportedly declared this week that it is “necessary to destroy all the churches” in the region, implying that no other religion besides Islam will be tolarated on the Arabian Peninsula — as there are currently no churches in Saudi Arabia.
In a special interview with Die Tagespost last week, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal, named by Pope Benedict to represent the Vatican in the Jewish State, declared that “Israel’s existence as such has nothing to do with the Bible.” He then compared Christians’ condition in today’s Jerusalem with Jesus’ Passion: “We Christians never forget that even our Lord himself suffered and was mocked in Jerusalem.”
by Liz Klimas Liz Klimas:
In the heart of Utah’s desert, the National Security Administration is well underway on a project that has been called the nation’s largest, most expensive cyber-security project. Naturally, almost all details about the building’s soon-to-be inner activities are highly classified and no one is talking — officials in Bluffdale where it is being built and the nearby Salt Lake City are kept in the dark. Still, Wired’s Threat Level has gotten some details on the building and provides analysis on some of its expected activity.
Wired also includes a former NSA official going on the record for the first time on the secret, domestic spying program Stellar Wind and its role in data communication collection, which when the Bluffdale facility is complete will be stored there. Former senior NSA “crypto-matematician” William Binney, who helped develop NSA’s spying capabilities before leaving in 2001, explains how the NSA deliberately violated the Constitution, which was the reason why he left, in setting up warrentless wiretapping to the extent that they did. Wired reports that much of NSA’s wiretapping practices now were made legal under the FISA Amendments Act of 2008:
Wired reports that in order to return to a Constitutional system, Binney suggested an idea for an automated warrant system, instead of “[subverting] the whole process.” When this didn’t happen, Binney told Wired he had hoped reform could be made under the Obama Administration. His idea didn’t take hold again. Where are we at in this country in terms of surveillance and following Constitutional privacy protections? Wired reports Binney saying “We are, like, that far from a turnkey totalitarian state” as he held up his thumb and forefinger close together.
by Yedidya Atlas:
Last month Qatar hosted representatives from Islamic countries attending the “International Conference for the Defence of Occupied Jerusalem.” Supposedly they convened to discuss “the legal status of Jerusalem before and after the Israeli occupation, the reality and the future of Jerusalem under occupation, and the status of the holy places under international law.” The real reason, the Islamic reason, was to perpetuate the lie that Jerusalem is not Jewish.
It was no surprise that PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, the notorious Holocaust denier, or Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Arabi, whose organization’s 22nd summit in 2010 approved the conference, among other Muslim political luminaries, attended. It was even par for the course that the UN representative Robert Serry attended to give official UN backing to the Big Lie on Arab-Muslim Jerusalem. Nor was it a bombshell that Kenneth Insley, Jr., who was listed as “consultant” to the US Department of State, attended also delivering a speech in support of the aforementioned Islamic mythological history of Jerusalem. (To date, the State Department has failed to explain whether or not Mr. Insley, a known promoter of anti-Israel hatred, was there on behalf of the US government as the conference billing listed him.)
But the primary thrust of the conference was just another in a long line of Islamic attempts to throw the sands of confusion and deception in the minds eyes of Western policy makers and the Western media.
by John Nolte:
Many have described (and done so on the record) McCain/Palin Chief Strategist Steve Schmidt as a foul-mouthed, chain smoking, in-over-his-head bully — you know, everything HBO’s “Game Change” didn’t portray him as. But the worst cover-up in the now-discredited HBO film, was treating as a footnote Schmidt’s disastrous decision to have Sen. John McCain suspend his campaign.
The film completely rewrites this history and chooses instead to blame Governor Sarah Palin for the 2008 loss. But we all know, and polls prove, that until McCain inexplicably stepped into the media’s “erratic” narrative by trotting off to DC to “save the economy,” Palin had given the ticket a very real chance to win.
by John-Henry Westen, (LifeSiteNews.com):
The Food and Drug Administration has approved experiments using brain tissue from aborted unborn babies to treat macular degeneration. StemCells Inc. will inject fetal brain stem cells into the eyes of up to 16 patients to study the cells’ effect on vision.
By Charles Krauthammer:
Yes, of course, presidents have no direct control over gas prices. But the American people know something about this president and his disdain for oil. The “fuel of the past,” he contemptuously calls it. To the American worker who doesn’t commute by government motorcade and is getting fleeced every week at the pump, oil seems very much a fuel of the present — and of the foreseeable future.
President Obama incessantly claims energy open-mindedness, insisting that his policy is “all of the above.” Except, of course, for drilling:
By Michelle Lopata:
The Obama administration is lying to the American public with every set of budget numbers and economic projections it puts out, says talk radio host Rush Limbaugh.
A report released Friday by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) says that President Barack Obama’s 2013 budget will add some $6.7 trillion in deficits over the next decade, almost doubling the federal debt by 2022. The administration, meanwhile, had said its proposal would actually cut the debt by $3.2 trillion.
That followed a CBO report released Thursday that predicted up to 20 million Americans could lose employer-provided insurance under Obamacare – a staggering figure for a law that was supposed to move the nation toward near-universal coverage.
“So we have the Obama administration lying about the cost of healthcare now lying about the cost of Obama’s budget, not to mention the President lying about oil and green energy and all of that,” said Limbaugh. “It’s stunning! Phony numbers!”
“The bottom line is that virtually every set of number that we get from the Obama administration simply are not true.”
The Tea Party’s been out of the news for months, but President Obama’s reelection team must sense that they’re up to something because in promoting his small dinner with low-dollar donors the campaign is highlighting a former Republican scared off by the Tea Party.
In a new fundraising letter, Julianna Smoot, deputy campaign manager, said one of the winners in the dinner raffle who will be sitting next to President Obama is from Ohio, “one of all too many states where Tea Party extremism has completely seized the Republican Party.”
It gets worse for the poor Ohioan identified simply as Jim: “When the Tea Party agenda — the same one that Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum have been fighting to take to the White House — personally affected Jim, it shook him into action.”
Now he’s a Democrat organizing for Obama. Read the letter below:
In a 2009 commencement speech at Arizona State, the president joked about using the IRS as an enforcement agent for dissenters. Little did I know that less than three years later the IRS would be asking groups about their association with . . . me.
The American Center for Law and Justice has reported that the IRS is targeting the nonprofit tax status of Tea Party and liberty groups across the nation. These conservative groups are now experiencing the targeted enforcement the President “joked” about.
The IRS questionnaires are quite detailed containing pages of multi-step questions. The organizations have been given two weeks to complete the query. This short deadline would be tough for any organization, let alone all-volunteer groups.
Most of the questions are pointed and obnoxious, but fairly standard by IRS standards: Explain fundraising, explain outreach, explain volunteers, explain your relationship with another group.
By Adam Shaw:
This threat from the Obama administration is not limited to Argentina. Parliament (rightly) stuck its neck on the line for America in the War on Terror, and consequently made itself a target for terrorists and rogue states. One of the factors that may dissuade a rogue nation from targeting the U.K. is its close relationship with the U.S. Any hostile force would know that an attack on Britain would be met with immediate aggression by America as well as by the U.K. Under Obama, is this still the case? This is surely the question many enemies of the West are pondering as they plan their next attacks on freedom.
Both Britain and the USA gain from the Anglo-American relationship, and both sides are being significantly hurt by Obama’s anti-British ideology. Yet as a remote island, shunned by the European Union for rejecting its socialist way, Britain needs a close American alliance in order to keep its territories safe and its people free. David Cameron should be thinking about how the president is damaging that goal when they sit down for the next photo op.
by Walter Williams:
Last month, at a Raeford, N.C., elementary school, a teacher confiscated the lunch of a 5-year-old girl because it didn’t meet U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines and therefore was deemed nonnutritious. She replaced it with school cafeteria chicken nuggets. The girl’s home-prepared lunch was nutritious; it consisted of a turkey and cheese sandwich, potato chips, a banana and apple juice. But whether her lunch was nutritious or not is not the issue. The issue is governmental usurpation of parental authority.
In a number of states, pregnant teenage girls may be given abortions without the notification or the permission of parents. The issue is neither abortion nor whether a pregnant teenager should have an abortion. The issue is this: What gives the government the authority to usurp parental authority?
I have spent the past few days in Geneva with some of the most remarkably brave people one is ever likely to meet. All have suffered horrendously for calling for freedoms in their countries — the kind of freedoms that people elsewhere take for granted.
But none of them were invited to Geneva by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), the UN’s most prominent body that is supposed to deal with human rights, which is meeting here in annual session.
This is the organization behind the infamous and now discredited “Goldstone report” on Gaza. This is the organization that in 2009 praised Sri Lanka’s human rights record shortly after that country’s military had killed 40,000 Tamil civilians.
By Rael Jean Isaac
Beginning in 1856, the Xhosa tribe in today’s South Africa destroyed its own economy. They killed an estimated half-million of their own cattle (which they ordinarily treated with great care and respect), ceased planting crops, and destroyed their grain stores. By the end of 1857, between thirty and fifty thousand Xhosa had starved to death — a third to a half of the population. The British herded survivors of the once-powerful tribe into labor camps, and white settlers took much of their land, as reported by Richard Landes in Heaven on Earth: The Varieties of the Millennial Experience.
Old MacDonald had a farm. Until the Marxists stepped in, that is.
With the American dream of the Constitutional Republic fast fading from view, the family farm is next on the Obama regime’s ever expanding hit list.
While society is still reeling from the audacity of finding Michelle Obama’s nose in the lunch bag lovingly sent to school with innocent 4-year-olds, a well-orchestrated agenda is being set to regulate the family farm out of business.
The agenda to wipe out the family farm is being set by a deadly duo, George Soros, who is buying up farmland like some folks buy Black Friday goodies, and the Communist-cheered Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis.
We the People can count on food being the new frontier for takeover by control seeking Marxists installed in the White House.
by Raymond Ibrahim:
A pastor was attacked with acid and blinded by Muslims screaming, “Allahu Akbar!” [“Allah is Greater!”]
Half of Iraq’s indigenous Christians are gone, due to the unleashed forces of jihad [holy war]. Many Christians fled to nearby Syria; yet, as the Assad regime comes under attack from al-Qaeda and others, the jihad now seeps into Syria, where Christians are experiencing a level of persecution unprecedented in the nation’s modern history. Similarly, some 100,000 Christian Copts have fled their native Egypt since the overthrow of the Mubarak regime; and in northern regions of Nigeria, where the jihadi group, Boko Haram, has been slaughtering Christians, up to 95% of the Christian population has fled.
Meanwhile, the “big news” concerning the Muslim world in the month of February—the news that flooded the mainstream media and had U.S. politicians, beginning with President Obama, flustered, angry, and full of regret—was that some written-in [in Islam it is forbidden to write anything in a Korans] in Afghanistan were burned by U.S. soldiers because imprisoned Muslim inmates had been using them “to facilitate extremist communications.”
Categorized by theme, February’s batch of Muslim persecution of Christians around the world includes (but is not limited to) the following accounts, listed in alphabetical order by country, not severity.
by Soeren Kern:
A second-generation Muslim immigrant in Austria has authored a provocative new book in which he argues that Europe’s future is Turkish, whether Europeans like it or not.
The book’s short, sharp and confrontational title says it all: “We are Coming.”
The thesis is: “Regardless of whether or not you [Europeans] like us [Turks], whether or not you integrate us, whether or not you want us in the European Union, our influence in Europe is growing. We are more numerous. We are younger. We are more ambitious. Our economy is growing faster. We are stronger.”