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  • [GAO] AGENTS GET SUBSIDIZED 'OBAMACARE' USING FAKE IDS

    07/23/2014 3:32:08 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    AP ^ | 7/23/2014
    Undercover investigators using fake identities were able to secure taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama's health care law. The weak link in the system seemed to be call centers that handled applications for thousands of consumers unable to get through online. The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office was to tell a House committee on Wednesday that its investigators were able to get subsidized health care under fake names in 11 out of 18 attempts. The GAO is still paying premiums for the policies, even as the Obama administration attempts to verify phony documentation. Those additional checks appeared to need tightening;...
  • Reproductive ‘Justice’ [Of course, abortion is part of it; but there’s much, much more]

    07/23/2014 3:29:25 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | 7/23/2014 | Ian Tuttle
    It is not hard to tell what kind of persons penned the University of Chicago’s “abguide,” given passages like this: *While this guide may refer to “women” when discussing study results or use female pronouns in some instances, we recognize that individuals seeking pregnancy counseling or abortion may not identify as women. We encourage readers to keep this in mind and provide sensitive counseling and care. Abguide.uchicago.edu is the University of Chicago’s online abortion guide, “Accessing Abortion in Illinois: A Guide for Health Care and Social Service Providers,” and the above sentences appear on the homepage, presumably to prevent visitors...
  • Is Anything Obama's Fault?

    07/23/2014 3:12:47 AM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 7/23/2014 | Randall Hoven
    President Obama blamed the recent influx of unaccompanied children crossing our southern border on violence in Central America. I expected the usual media suspects to support Obama’s narrative, as well as the ever-popular Blame-Bush excuse. I did not expect the usually more rational Wall Street Journal, and specifically Mary Anastasia O’Grady (whom I had admired), to support them. “Well, I think, Paul, what you have is a combination of factors, both push-and-pull factors. So from Central America, you have lots of crime and violence… the effect of the war on drugs in Central America has created chaos and a breakdown...
  • Obamacare Official Gets Ethics Waiver as Former Company Faces Scrutiny

    07/23/2014 3:09:48 AM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 7/23/2014 | Melissa Quinn
    Andrew Slavitt, a former executive at the technology company tasked with saving HealthCare.gov and current second-in-command at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, was granted an ethics waiver by the Department of Health and Human Services to begin working with his former company immediately.The waiver was granted despite Republican lawmakers’ concerns about Slavitt’s potential conflict of interest. The Daily Signal revealed those concerns in a story yesterday.Slavitt, a former OptumInsight/QSSI group vice president, left the company last month to work as the principal deputy administrator at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which runs Obamacare and HealthCare.gov. His...
  • Chasing Hillary

    07/23/2014 3:03:58 AM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 7/23/2014 | Daniel Halper
    Among Democrats who hope Hillary Clinton doesn’t run—and their number is larger than one might think—the complaints are familiar. Age and stamina are the obvious considerations. “Look at Obama’s hair color, just like George Bush’s,” says a prominent Washington insider. “Somebody who’s seventy shouldn’t be president. And I think that’s going to be an interesting issue against her, but who in the Democratic Party is going to have the guts to take on that machine?” A former Clinton campaign adviser is equally blunt. “This is gonna sound superficial”—which is an understatement—“but men do age better than women,” he says. “At...
  • Gay and Transgendered: What Comes Next?

    07/23/2014 2:40:56 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | 7/22/2014 | Dr. Jeff Mirus
    In 1965, Lyndon Johnson prohibited Federal discrimination in hiring based on race, religion, gender and nationality. President Obama’s latest executive order amends that to include sexual orientation and gender identity. In 1969, Richard Nixon prohibited any sort of discrimination in Federal employment practices based on race, religion, gender, nationality, age or disability. Bill Clinton later amended this to include sexual orientation. President Obama’s new executive order amends it to include gender identity. This applies to all organizations which receive federal contracts. What’s next? Just about anything could be next, because this latest executive order is completely divorced from reality. It...
  • [PCUSA] Presbyterian Church Slams Israel —- Ignores Christian Persecution

    07/23/2014 2:21:54 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    Frontpage ^ | 7/23/2014 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Days before the recent Israel/Hamas conflict erupted, the Presbyterian Church in America withdrew $21 million worth in investments from Israel because, as spokesman Heath Rada put it, the Israeli government’s actions “harm the Palestinian people.”Soon after, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” and was asked if he was “troubled” by the Presbyterian Church’s move.Netanyahu responded: It should trouble all people of conscience and morality because it’s so disgraceful. You know, you look at what’s happening in the Middle East and I think most Americans understand this, they see this enormous area riveted by religious hatred,...
  • Obama's LGBT Executive Order And The Bishops' Disingenuous Protests

    07/23/2014 2:11:43 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    Yesterday the Messiah Most Miserable issued a dictatorial fiat executive order stating that no federal contractor can "discriminate" in its personnel practices based on employees' gender identity and/or sexual orientation.  Churches and related organizations are NOT exempted.  The USCCB pitched a fit.  My question is, "would this order of Obama's had been a blip on their radar screens if they had been exempted?"  Given prior behaviors, I must opine that had Obama exempted churches, they wouldn't have given a rat's rump regarding the matter. But since the USCCB and so many of the dioceses are officially on the federal...
  • Will John Roberts Decide a 'State' Is Not a 'State'?

    07/23/2014 2:00:14 AM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    CNS News ^ | 7/23/2014 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The Supreme Court may soon need to decide whether the federal government can be considered a "state" in our federal republic in the same sense that Iowa, Wyoming and Wisconsin are states. On the face of it, this question may seem absurd. In fact, given any level of reflection, it is absurd. The federal government is not one of the states. But this absurd question was at the heart of Halbig v. Burwell, decided this week by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, and it could soon become a defining issue in American life. Section 1311...
  • Wave of anti-Semitic rallies hits cities across Germany

    07/22/2014 4:20:39 AM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 7/21/2014 | MICKI WEINBERG
    BERLIN — An angry mob gathered on Berlin’s famed Kurfürstendamm avenue Thursday. Draped in Palestinian flags and shaking their fists in rage, they chanted in German, “Jude, Jude feiges Schwein! Komm heraus und kämpf allein!” (“Jew, Jew, cowardly swine, come out and fight on your own!”) Earlier last week in Dortmund and Frankfurt anti-Israel protester chanted, “Hamas Hamas Juden ins gas!” (“Hamas Hamas Jews to the gas!”). On Friday, a 200-strong mob in Essen chimed in, “Scheiss Juden!” (“Jewish shit”) This week, similar mobs gathered in Kassel, Nuremberg, Mainz, and other cities throughout Germany. The crowds are largely young, with...
  • 'I no longer talk to Obama': Turkey's Erdogan

    07/22/2014 4:09:27 AM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    AFP ^ | 7/22/2014
    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he has stopped talking to US President Barack Obama on the phone, amid growing strains between Ankara and Washington over Syria and the Gaza conflict. Turkey, a fierce opponent of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and an open supporter of armed rebel fighters, felt betrayed when the United States backed away from military action against Damascus in September. "In the past, I was calling him (Obama) directly. Because I can't get the expected results on Syria, our foreign ministers are now talking to each other," Erdogan said in a live interview on pro-government ATV...
  • Rep. DeLauro Accuses GOP of Treating Unemployed Like ‘Road Kill’ [barf]

    07/22/2014 4:01:31 AM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    CNS News ^ | 7/21/2014 | Lauretta Brown
    Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) accused House Republicans of treating unemployed Americans like “road kill” at an event where she and other Democrats demanded an extension of insurance benefits for the long-term unemployed even though jobs grew faster after they expired. A spokesperson for House Speaker John Boehner dismissed DeLauro’s accusations, pointing to data in a recent House Ways & Means Committee report that indicates that employment and jobs have grown faster since the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Program expired on Dec. 28, 2013."There were more jobs and far more people were employed after the EUC program ended than while it operated,"...
  • Defending the IRS [A man who once worked for Lois Lerner is representing the agency in court]

    07/22/2014 3:49:25 AM PDT · by markomalley
    National Review ^ | 7/22/2014 | Eliana Johnson
    Investigations of the IRS are taking place not only in Congress but also in court. One case, which has developed slowly since it was filed in 2010, reveals much about both the long reach of the agency and the interwoven nature of the broader federal bureaucracy. Defending IRS commissioner John Koskinen against the claims of the pro-Israel group Z Street is Andrew Strelka — and before joining the Department of Justice’s civil-trial section, Strelka worked at the IRS for Lois Lerner, who was then the agency’s head of exempt organizations. As it happens, this is the very IRS division at which...
  • Plum jobs eluding big Dem donors [Waaaah alert]

    07/22/2014 3:47:00 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7/22/2014 | Alexander Bolton
    Partisan gridlock blocking President Obama’s nominees for prestigious ambassadorships has created vacancies in a slew of top diplomatic posts at a time of growing international instability. It has also prevented Democrats from rewarding some of their biggest donors and bundlers in the midst of an intense campaign year, when they are eager to raise more money than Republicans. Ambassadorial nominees used to sail through the Senate. But as Obama has tapped an increasing number of them with strong political ties to the Democratic Party, the confirmation process has been bogged down, leaving gaps in important posts around the world. Secretary...
  • Immigration ‘Reform’: Engineered Destruction of the Middle Class

    07/22/2014 3:43:40 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Frontpage ^ | 7/22/2014 | Michael Cutler
    Periodically so-called “buzz words” and “buzz phrases” become fashionable.  Of late, the concept of “wage equality” has been bandied about by members of the administration, politicians and some media personalities.In point of fact, on July 15, 2014, the publication “Mail Online” published a report with a self- explanatory title:  “America’s 1 percenters are even richer than we thought: Richest actually control 37 percent of U.S. Wealth” It has been said that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”  Similarly, the term wage “equality” is an emotionally evocative term that is viewed as something good and worthwhile to achieve.  Generally...
  • Microsoft Announces 18,000 Layoffs - Cuts Staff by 14 Percent

    07/22/2014 3:40:43 AM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | 7/22/2014 | Jeff Wolfers
    Microsoft, the aging tech behemoth, has a shiny new CEO, a new strategy, new(ish) products in the pipeline and now 18,000 less staff. In a wide ranging, 3,000 word essay to his 125,000 (oops! 107,000) colleagues, CEO Satyna Nadella stressed the need to improve product cycle time, to shed excess management layers and to say goodbye to 14 percent of staff.Politicians on both sides of the pond are not impressed. EU High Commissioner Laszlo Andor, "I deeply regret the significant job losses announced by Microsoft today because of the impact these will have on so many individuals, their families and the...
  • Diversity for Thee, but Not for Me

    07/22/2014 3:35:27 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 7/22/2014 | Jim Yardley
    The Progressive mantra of “diversity is our strength” is one of the most honored catchphrases of the left. Like all slogans, it is a test to see if common folk are “gun-toting, Bible-clinging” Neanderthals or are they part of the enlightened, educated elites to whom the rest of us must surrender our individual beliefs, opinions, and thoughts. But as with all that the Progressives say, the meaning of the words being used is warped and misrepresented. For example, think about what Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Shultz is saying in the following: Diversity on the bench is critical. As practitioners, you need...
  • Another decision that illustrates what social radicals really mean by “tolerance.”

    07/22/2014 2:54:04 AM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 7/21/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In another show of selective tolerance from those who support the “gay” agenda, President Barack Obama on Monday gave employment protection to “gay” and “transgender” workers in the federal government after being convinced by advocates of what he called the “irrefutable rightness of your cause.” However the “tolerance” of the administration does not give religious organizations any exceptions in terms of considering sexual orientation or gender identity. While Churches also are able to hire ministers as they see fit (based in a 9-0 Supreme court decision against this administration which sought even to require churches to hire practicing gays in ordained ministerial positions) there is little...
  • Obama Gives ICE the Cold Shoulder

    07/21/2014 6:56:35 PM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 7/21/2014 | Ryan Lovelace
    President Obama is encouraging Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers to slack off on the job, former border cops tell National Review Online.Some ICE officials think the Obama administration has intentionally neglected to give them orders to support efforts to resolve the crisis on America’s southwestern border, says Ronald Colburn, former national deputy chief of the U.S. Border Patrol. As a result, the wave of unaccompanied children from Central America is unfolding while ICE officials cool their heels.“They’re sitting still at their desks — reading newspapers, playing video games on their government computers — because they’re not being tasked with work, and they feel like...
  • Israeli Christian Leader: 'We Must Unite Against Terror'

    07/21/2014 6:48:05 PM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 7/21/2014 | Paul Bois
    On Monday, Father Gabriel Nadaf, a leader in Israel's Greek-Orthodox Church, wrote a letter to various ambassadors stationed in Israel asking they support the IDF during Operation Protective Edge and unite against terrorist to "safeguard the Holy Land." Here is the complete text: Edmond Burke, the 18th century Irish philosopher and political theorist, said, ‘The only thing necessary for evil to win is for good men to do nothing.’ Therefore, we are all brothers in the face of evil, with no regard to religion, race, and faith. The outcry about the atrocities we are crying out together. As the spiritual father of...
  • Muslims Declare War Against Catholicism, And Attack Priests And Monks...

    07/21/2014 6:35:19 PM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 7/21/2014 | Theodore Shoebat and Walid Shoebat
    Muslims in Iraq have declared war against Catholicism, attacking monks and priests and forcing them to leave immediately. They forced monks and priests to leave the beautiful monastery of Deir Behnam. The history of the monastery of Deir Behnam goes back to the fourth century AD and is associated with the story of the Assyrian Prince Sennacherib II who built it after converting to Christianity with his sister Sarah and forty of his followers at the hands of St. Matthew.It was built by the Assyrian king Sennacherib II as penance for killing his son, Behnan. Today, the fate of St....
  • Gaza conflict: France criticises 'anti-Semitic' riot

    07/21/2014 5:53:20 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    BBC ^ | 7/21/2014
    French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has condemned "anti-Semitic" violence that broke out during a protest against Israel's action in Gaza. Jewish-owned businesses and a synagogue were targeted in the suburb of Sarcelles, just outside Paris. Shops were looted and 18 people were arrested as youths went on the rampage during Sunday's protest, which had been banned by authorities. The mayor of Sarcelles said the Jewish community was in fear. Such an outpouring of violence had never been seen in the suburb before, he said. Roger Cukierman, head of the umbrella group Crif that represents French Jewish organisations, said Jews were...
  • Woman in same-sex marriage sues Missouri diocese following dismissal from parish position

    07/21/2014 5:40:13 PM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    A Missouri woman who is civilly married to a female Lutheran minister has sued Bishop Robert Finn and the Diocese of Kansas City – St. Joseph after she was dismissed from her position as her parish’s coordinator of social ministry. Colleen Simon said that she told both the current and former pastor of St. Francis Xavier Church, a Jesuit parish in Kansas City, that she was part of a same-sex marriage, and neither objected. After her relationship was discussed in a local newsmagazine, she was dismissed, the Kansas City Star reported. Simon, whose same-sex marriage ceremony took place in Iowa,...
  • ISIS targeting Christians: “The West must step in now… or we will be wiped out.”

    07/21/2014 5:26:32 PM PDT · by markomalley · 59 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | 7/21/2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    How grim is you life?  We watch in horror as Christians in Iraq are being persecuted, driven, hunted by Islamic terrorists.  The Religion of Peace… right? ‘Christian families are on their way to Dohuk and Arbil [in Kurdistan]. For the first time in the history of Iraq, Mosul is now empty of Christians’Chaldean patriarch Louis Sako From the Daily Mail: Thousands of Iraqi Christians pour out of Mosul after ISIS jihadis give them deadline to convert, pay or face deathThousands of Iraqi Christians today poured out of Mosul after ISIS jihadis gave them an ultimatum – convert, pay or face...
  • The brutal Obama policy that's really driving the Border Crisis

    07/21/2014 4:11:29 AM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 7/21/2014 | Tara Servatius
    A pernicious, little-known Obama administration policy – one that that incentivizes adult illegal immigrants to use children as human shields to escape arrest and deportation at the border – largely has escaped the media’s notice. This same policy is driving the historic surge of children at the border, as everyone from coyotes to illegal immigrant adults already in America seeks to use children to guarantee their safe passage into the country, or to protect them from deportation if they are illegally living here. The flood of illegal immigrant children, piling up like human debris on the US border, won’t stop...
  • Reaching the Sleeping Soul Through Music

    07/21/2014 3:51:44 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 7/20/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    I have learned in my life, that music is powerful beyond words, and often does what words alone can never do.Historically, when my soul was asleep morally, it was music that called me back. I joined the church choir to meet girls, but through the music, the Lord showed me a deeper desire in my heart, for goodness, beauty and truth, indeed, my desire for God Himself. The music awoke my sleeping soul to God.More recently and in a particular way, music often awakens my soul to the deeper meaning of Sacred Scripture. I have often heard or read a...
  • Saint or Ain’t? A Sermon for the 16th Sunday of the Year

    07/20/2014 3:40:30 AM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 7/19/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    We live in difficult times for the Church, and from many sectors the very legitimate cry for reform goes up frequently. Beyond the sexual abuse scandal, there are also deep concerns regarding the uncertain trumpet of Catholic preaching, lukewarm and nominal Catholics, an overall lack of discipline among Catholics, and a lack of disciplining by the bishops and clergy of Catholics, clergy and lay, who cause scandal. In a way, the list is quite long and has been well discussed on this blog, which is, overall sympathetic to the need for reform, and greater zeal in the Church.But today’s Gospel...
  • Muslims Enter Catholic Church, See A Statue Of The Virgin Mary, Call It An Idol And Destroy It

    07/19/2014 3:22:50 PM PDT · by markomalley · 123 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 7/19/2014 | Theodore Shoebat
    Muslims in Iraq entered a Catholic church in Iraq, and when they saw a statue of the Virgin Mary they destroyed it because they deemed it an idol. As we read from one report: The militants also removed the cross from St. Ephrem’s Cathedral, the seat of the Syriac Orthodox archdiocese in Mosul, and put up the black ISIS flag in its place. They also destroyed a statue of the Virgin Mary, according to Ghazwan Ilyas, the head of the Chaldean Culture Society in Mosul, who spoke by telephone on Thursday from Mosul but seemed to have left on Friday....
  • Erdogan launches new attack on Israel with Hitler comparison

    07/19/2014 3:08:21 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    AFP ^ | 7/19/2014
    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday launched a fresh virulent attack against Israel over its actions in Gaza, comparing the mentality of some in the Jewish state to Adolf Hitler. Erdogan, who portrays himself as the global Muslim leader who speaks up for Palestinian rights, has intensified his rhetoric against Israel over its actions in Gaza, ahead of an August 10 presidential election in Turkey. "(Israelis) have no conscience, no honour, no pride. They curse Hitler day and night, but they have surpassed Hitler in barbarism," Erdogan told supporters at a campaign rally in the Black Sea city...
  • HIV diagnosis rate falls by a third in U.S.: researchers [deceptive headline alert!]

    07/19/2014 2:55:05 PM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7/19/2014
    The annual rate of diagnosis with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, fell by a third in the United States between 2002 and 2011, researchers reported on Saturday. Fewer people in all U.S. groups tested positive for human immunodeficiency virus except for gay and bisexual men ages 13 to 24 and over 45, they wrote in a special issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. "Among men who have sex with men, unprotected risk behaviors in the presence of high prevalence and unsuppressed viral load may continue to drive HIV transmission," the report said. From 2002 to 2011,...
  • Fla. jury slams RJ Reynolds with $23.6B in damages (no, that was not a typo)

    07/19/2014 2:06:55 PM PDT · by markomalley · 50 replies
    AP ^ | 7/19/2014 | JENNIFER KAY
    A Florida jury has slammed the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. with $23.6 billion in punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a longtime smoker who died of lung cancer in 1996. The case is one of thousands filed in Florida after the state Supreme Court in 2006 tossed out a $145 billion class action verdict. That ruling also said smokers and their families need only prove addiction and that smoking caused their illnesses or deaths. Last year, Florida's highest court re-approved that decision, which made it easier for sick smokers or their survivors to pursue lawsuits against...
  • Diboll Correctional Center: 19 injured when Texas prison roof collapses

    07/19/2014 1:59:55 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    WPTV ^ | 7/19/2014 | Susanna Capelouto and John Newsome
    Nineteen inmates were injured when a roof of a private prison collapsed Saturday near Lufkin, Texas, fire officials said. Ten prisoners were taken to hospitals by ambulance, and nine were transported as "walking wounded" from Diboll Correctional Center to area hospitals, according to prison officials. At 11:30 a.m., the sheetrock ceiling of one of the five housing units in the prison collapsed, according to Management & Training Corporation (MTC), which operates the prison.
  • [Gov't Motors] GM says it has no fix yet for some recalled Cadillacs with switch issues

    07/19/2014 1:50:45 PM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7/19/2014 | Paul Lienert
    General Motors Co has ordered Cadillac dealers to stop selling some versions of the CTS model-range because the automaker does not have a fix yet for cars recalled in late June over an issue where engines can be shut off if the driver's knee bumps the ignition key, the company said on Saturday. Details of incidents leading up to the June 30 recall, including three occasions where GM employees bumped the keys and shut off the engines in 2012 CTSs, were made public on Saturday by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which oversees safety recalls. The so-called stop...
  • The dollar's 70-year dominance is coming to an end

    07/19/2014 1:33:03 PM PDT · by markomalley · 36 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/19/2014 | Liam Halligan
    In early July 1944, delegates from 44 countries gathered at the Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire. A three-week summit took place, at which a new system was agreed to regulate the international monetary and financial order after the Second World War. The US was already the world’s commercial powerhouse, having eclipsed the British Empire several decades earlier. America was also on course to be among the victors of “Europe’s conflict”, even though its economy was largely unscathed by war. As such, Bretton Woods was US-dominated and produced a settlement largely on US terms. Seventy years ago this...
  • Al-Shabaab claims responsibility for Kenya bus attack

    07/19/2014 1:26:12 PM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 7/19/2014 | Hannah Godfrey
    Somalia's al-Qaida-linked al-Shabaab movement has claimed to be behind an attack by gunmen on a bus in Kenya that has killed seven people.According to the Kenya Red Cross, two of the victims were security officials and five were civilians. Friday night's attack took place on the northern coast at Corner Mbaya, just outside the town of Witu. Previous coastal attacks have claimed at least 87 lives.Gunmen blocked the bus with their car and sprayed it with bullets. According to Kenyan police, they also opened fire on a police car which had stopped to intervene, as well as a third car....
  • Fishwrap: less than enthusiastic about new ITC document on “sensus fidei”.

    07/19/2014 1:21:57 PM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | 7/19/2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Over at Fishwrap (aka National Schismatic Reporter), knickers are in twists over the recently issued document from the International Theological Commission, “‘Sensus Fidei’ in the Life of the Church“.As you will recall, at Fishwrap, “sensus fidei“, closely related to “sentire cum Ecclesia“, means majority sentiment, deduced through an intricate algorithm involving feelings, polls, and the interpreters own liberal notions, which then can trump any divinely revealed teaching, all dogma (aka “church policy”), and, especially, “rules”, which are bad – unless liberals are making them, of course.The Fishwrap writer, Robert McClory, (whose brief Fishwrap bio says: professor emeritus of journalism at Northwestern University,...
  • Box Office Down; Anti-Obama 'Purge' Rules, 'Sex Tape' Bombs

    07/19/2014 8:06:16 AM PDT · by markomalley · 33 replies
    Big Hollywood ^ | 7/19/2014 | John Nolte
    According to Nikki Finke the weekend box office is not only refusing to recover, it has slipped even further behind with a stunning 29% drop over last year. Despite all the industry happy talk around "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," the sequel opened well below where other under-performers have this summer and has no dropped 53% from last weekend. "Dawn" will do fine, no question, but within the context of what this summer needs, it is nothing close to a savior, nor were this weekend's three wide releases. "Planes: Fire & Rescue," "Sex Tape," and "Purge: Anarchy" offered...
  • Islamic State kills 270 in Syrian gas field 'massacre'

    07/19/2014 8:02:25 AM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7/19/2014
    Jihadists have killed 270 Syrian regime fighters, civilian security guards and employees since seizing a gas field in Homs province, a monitoring group said Friday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights described Thursday's takeover of the Shaar field as "the biggest" anti-regime operation by the Islamic State (IS) since it emerged in the Syrian conflict last year. The watchdog, updating an earlier toll of 115, said it had documented "the death of 270 people killed in the fighting or executed" since Thursday. "A large majority of the men killed were executed at gunpoint after being taken prisoner following the takeover...
  • WashPost Columnist: Christians Spew the Most ‘Hateful Internet Speech’

    07/19/2014 7:55:52 AM PDT · by markomalley · 40 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 7/19/2014 | Katie Yoder
    Everyone is exactly who he or she says on the internet – at least according to one Washington Post writer. That conclusion is her rationale to say Christians are awful people. Sally Quinn, Washington Post columnist and OnFaith founder, claimed that, “When it Comes to Hateful Internet Speech, Christians Are the Worst.” In her July 17 article, Quinn examined a white-supremacist site and comments on her articles to conclude that Christian “haters” “need a place to unleash their dark sides.” For her introduction, Quinn pointed at white-supremacist Stormfront to note how the site targeted others: 39 percent Jews, 33 percent...
  • Street Mob Breaks Out in Gentrifying Washington, D.C. Neighborhood

    07/19/2014 7:50:33 AM PDT · by markomalley · 26 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 7/19/2014 | Patrick Howley
    A flash mob broke out in the Petworth neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Friday night, prompting police to fire a riot control agent into a crowd near a subway station.The episode underscores boiling tensions in a neighborhood that — like many inner-city communities across the country — is trying to launch a major “revitalization” project that will see the opening of upwardly-priced new apartment units this summer to accompany a major new chain store.Reports on social media suggest that D.C. Metropolitan Police broke up a party in Petworth due to fighting, prompting a crowd of teenage partiers — at least one...
  • U. Illinois Prof: Zionists partly to blame for recent outbursts of anti-Semitism (tax $ at work)

    07/19/2014 7:42:36 AM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 7/19/2014 | William A. Jacobson
    Steven Salaita is one of the leaders of the anti-Israel academic boycott movement in the United States. He even has authored a guide for other faculty as to how to implement boycotts of Israel at their own universities.Salaita currently is an associate professor of English at Virginia Tech and starting in August will join the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign’s American Indian Studies Dept.Salaita’s Twitter feed is crudely anti-Israel and has been since long before the recent Gaza conflict. Maybe that will be an issue for a later day.But for today it’s worth noting that Salaita is following the path we...
  • Sen. Johnson: 'President Nero' Fiddling 'While World Burns'

    07/19/2014 7:30:08 AM PDT · by markomalley · 21 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 7/18/2014 | Cathy Burke
    President Barack Obama is "sitting on the sidelines" in the Ukraine and Gaza crises, making him little more than "President Nero" fiddling "while the world burns," Sen. Ron Johnson charged Friday. The Wisconsin Republican and member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee blasted the president for attending fundraisers in New York on Thursday night, the same day of a "barbaric" attack on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and Israel's push into Gaza. Johnson told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV that Obama's priorities are "outrageous." "I'm hoping Americans are watching as President Nero fiddles while the world burns," Johnson said....
  • Iraqi Patriarch: For the first time in the history of Iraq, Mosul is now empty of Christians

    07/19/2014 7:21:21 AM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    Radio Vaticana ^ | 7/19/2014
    The last Christian families still present in Mosul are leaving the city and are heading towards Iraqi Kurdistan. The exodus was caused by the proclamation on Thursday by the self-proclaimed Islamic Caliphate that Christians must pay a special tax or be killed. Islamists have for the past two days been marking the doors of homes belonging to Christians and Shia Muslims living in the city. “For the first time in the history of Iraq, Mosul is now empty of Christians,” said Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako in an interview with the AFP news agency. The Patriarch said as late as last...
  • An Obama-Caused Border Disaster [he instigated the present influx of illegal aliens]

    07/19/2014 6:10:00 AM PDT · by markomalley · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | 7/19/2014 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    It is a grave error to view the swarming of illegal aliens across our southern border as anything other than a challenge to our sovereignty — a challenge abetted, rather than repulsed, by a president who vows to “fundamentally transform the United States of America.” The challenge brings into sharp relief a question I’ve repeatedly pressed (see, e.g., here, here, here, and here): If the states cannot or will not defend themselves, are they still, in any real sense, sovereign? As expected, the president’s mainstream-media allies portray Obama as a man struggling to manage a crisis beyond his control, a...
  • GOP slams 'pen and phone' strategy [talk is cheap]

    07/19/2014 6:04:12 AM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7/19/2014 | Elise Viebeck
    Incoming House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) criticized President Obama for saying he would use his "pen and phone" to accomplish his agenda without the help of Congress. Scalise, the former leader of the conservative Republican Study Committee (RSC), called on Obama to pressure the Democratically led Senate to adopt more bills that have been passed by the House. "Every time they say no — every time they pick their interests over yours — they hold our economy hostage, and with it, our chance to make sure our kids will have the same shot at the American dream," Scalise said...
  • Racial politics could determine who controls the Senate in 2014

    07/19/2014 6:00:08 AM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 7/19/2014 | Star Parker
    It is no accident that rhetoric about race has been ramping up at a time when racial politics can be the key determinant for control of the Senate this year.At least three states - North Carolina, Louisiana, and Arkansas - are red states with vulnerable Democrat senators up for re-election that have large black populations.Can racism really be as rampant in America as all the current rhetoric implies?A Google search for “racism” will produce a long list of articles from the most recent week's news claiming racism on issue after issue of national concern.We need to dig deeper and give...
  • Throwing American Foster Kids Under the Obama Bus

    07/19/2014 5:51:11 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 7/19/2014 | Scott Mayer
    Breitbart recently reported that the federal government is offering (through a Southern California charity) up to $6,000.00 per month (tax free) to house illegal immigrant children.  This should come as no surprise to those who recognize that the rainbow hovering over President Obama’s Utopia contains nothing but a full spectrum of stupidity and a pot of gold at the end in D.C.  Given this latest revelation in Obama’s growing immigration crisis, any adoption agencies currently struggling with the daunting task of placing American foster kids into good homes may wish to take heed of these developments. Benswann.com offers some additional...
  • Is your spiritual life like a motorboat or a sailboat?

    07/19/2014 5:26:20 AM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 7/18/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    When I was very young, perhaps 10 years old, I took some sailing lessons, and then once again when I was in my early 30s. Sailing involves a kind of “romancing the wind” wherein one observes the wind as it is and then adapts to it, wooing it, learning its moves, its vicissitudes, and its often subtle and changing signs.Oh, for the great times when the wind was with us! And catching the wind the boat would speed along making a slick sound in the water. Oh, too, for those daring and thrilling times when the spinnaker was put out!...
  • Red light cameras tag thousands for undeserved tickets [Chicago]

    07/18/2014 8:22:50 PM PDT · by markomalley · 28 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 7/18/2014 | David Kidwell and Alex Richards
    Thousands of Chicago drivers have been tagged with $100 red light fines they did not deserve, targeted by robotic cameras during a series of sudden spikes in tickets that city officials say they cannot explain, a Tribune investigation has found. The Tribune's analysis of more than 4 million tickets issued since 2007 and a deeper probe of individual cases revealed clear evidence that the deviations in Chicago's network of 380 cameras were caused by faulty equipment, human tinkering or both. Chicago transportation officials say they had no knowledge of the wild swings in ticketing until they were told by the...
  • White House Hid Huge Spike Of Families Crossing Border

    07/18/2014 8:09:45 PM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 7/18/2014 | Neil Munro
    New data shows the White House has painted a false picture of the Central American migration by hiding a huge spike in “family units” who are illegally crossing the Texas border.The data, which was dumped by the U.S. border patrol late Friday afternoon, shows that inflow of youths and children traveling without parents has doubled since 2013, to 57,525 in the nine months up to July 2014.But the number of migrants who cross the border in so-called “family units” has spiked five-fold to 55,420, according to the border patrol’s data, which came out amid a storm of news about the...