Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Now is the time we make our surprised faces...

...because it never was about election year race-baiting by Democrats and their media acolytes.

Evidence supports officer's account of shooting in Ferguson.

Media Shell Game

What if the media tried to find Americans unhappy with rising health care premiums with the same interest as they are looking for "LGBTQ Catholics."

By the way, "Q"?????  The euphemisms change daily.

Liberal Totalitarianism

California orders churches to provide abortion coverage.

//Several other California churches have received similar notices from their insurers, and others will follow. While California (like the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, or HHS) exempts churches from its contraceptive mandate, there is no exception to this bureaucratic abortion mandate. This leaves California churches in the illogical and impossible position of being free to exclude contraceptives from their health plan for reasons of religious conscience but required to provide their employees with abortion coverage.

This California mandate is in blatant violation of federal law that specifically prohibits California from discriminating against health care plans on the basis that they do not cover abortion. Alliance Defending Freedom and Life Legal Defense Foundation have filed administrative complaints with the HHS Office of Civil Rights (which oversees this federal law) on behalf of individual employees and seven California churches forced into abortion coverage in violation of their conscience.

What will be the administration and the Left’s response to this unprecedented attack on religious liberty? If they couldn’t stand with Hobby Lobby because it was a for-profit business, not a church, and because they thought its conscience concern was misplaced on the abortifacient nature of Plan B, will they now demand religious liberty for churches forced to cover elective abortion? If not now for religious liberty, when?

Do the administration and the left-wing commentariat continue to see any life in the First Amendment’s religious liberty protections at all? The Left’s response to California’s abortion mandate will reveal whether their claims of respect for religious liberty in the Hobby Lobby case were serious or mere fig leafs for an even more dismal view of religious liberty than they have let on.//

Monday, October 20, 2014

Surprising for all the talk of "sisterhood" but not very surprising also.

Women prefer male bosses.

A growing pile of evidence suggests that women mistrust, and can undermine, one another at work. In a 2010 survey of 142 legal secretaries, not one preferred to work for a woman partner (about 47 percent had no preference). An HBR blog post points out that men still dominate the legal industry, and “if you’re aiming to hitch your wagon to a shooting star, men are a better bet.”

A 2011 survey found that 95 percent of working women felt they were undercut by another woman at least once during their professional life. In a 2008 study, women working for female supervisors experienced more stress than those who had male supervisors, reported the Wall Street Journal.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Well, it was a package deal when we elected the least qualified president in American history.

The NY Times begins to suspect that maybe Obama isn't the greatest thing ever.

Ebola is his presidency in a petri dish. It’s an example already of his tendency to talk too loosely at the outset of things, so that his words come back to haunt him. There was the doctor you could keep under his health plan until, well, you couldn’t. There was the red line for Syria that he didn’t have to draw and later erased.

With Ebola, he said almost two weeks ago that “we’re doing everything that we can” with an “all-hands-on-deck approach.” But on Wednesday and Thursday he announced that there were additional hands to be put on deck and that we could and would do more. The shift fit his pattern: not getting worked up in the early stages, rallying in the later ones.

It’s more understandable in this case than in others, because when it comes to statements about public health, the line between adequately expressed concern and a license for hysteria is thin and not easily determined. Still, he has to make Americans feel that he understands their alarm, no matter how irrational he deems it, and that they’re being leveled with, not talked down to, not handled. And he has a ways to go.

“If you were his parent, you’d want to shake him,” said one Democratic strategist, who questioned where Obama’s passion was and whether, even this deep into his presidency, he appreciated one of the office’s most vital functions: deploying language, bearing, symbols and ceremony to endow Americans with confidence in who’s leading them and in how they’re being led.

Right now in this country there’s a crisis of confidence, and of competence, and that’s the fertile ground in which the Ebola terror flowers. That’s the backdrop for whatever steps Obama and Frieden take from here. With the right ones, they can go a long way toward calming people who are anxious not just about Ebola but about America. I don’t even want to think about the wrong ones.//

Laws are for the little people.

Recording of police speed trap letting police officers speed with impunity.

Friday, October 17, 2014

People get the kind of government they deserve...

...and a people who want to be duped get a government that dupes them.

//And that brings us to President Obama, who seems to show little shame when it comes to shielding us from some of his political calculations. And I don't mean hot mic moments like Obama's comments to then-Russian President Medvedev in 2012: "This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility."

More and more, the president seems uninterested in even trying to hide the fact that he is making policy moves based on political considerations — in confessing he has to act one way until after the next election, at which point he can act another way. The most obvious example was the administration's decision to delay immigration action until after the 2014 election — for admittedly political purposes.

As Politico reported, "President Barack Obama will delay plans to issue an executive order on immigration until the end of the year, heeding the warnings of Democratic senators who feared a voter backlash ahead of the November elections."

Obama isn't even pretending that he's decided not to pursue a politically unpopular move, only to coincidentally have a change of heart after the election. He's explicitly postponing something for political purposes.

The ObamaCare website is also getting in on the action. "Enrollment on the website begins Nov. 15, or 11 days after the midterm vote, and critics who worry about rising premium hikes in 2015 say that's no coincidence. Last year's inaugural enrollment period on the health-care exchange began Oct. 1," reports the Washington Times.

Might politics play a role in the timing regarding the naming of a new attorney general? The LA Times notes that "a White House official confirmed Monday that the president would delay the decision. Senate Democrats, who are struggling to hold control of the chamber, had expressed concern that the decision, depending on the nominee, could become a campaign issue."

It seems that the closer we get to an election, the more the Obama administration tamps down on any negative news. As The Washington Post recently reported, the lead investigator in the Secret Service prostitution scandal claims he was told to "delay the report of the investigation until after the 2012 election." Ann Coulter mocked this sort of posture in a Wednesday column under the headline "We'll tell you how dangerous Ebola is after the election."//

If only women teachers could marry...

....Say What???

Female teacher who molested 12 year old is spared jail because he was a "willing participant."

//Female teacher who had 2-year affair with 14-year-old student is spared jail

32-year-old received a suspended sentence

Charlotte Parker, a teaching assistant who had a torrid 2-year affair with a 14-year-old male pupil, has avoided jail time.

Explaining his decision to issue a suspended sentence, Judge Austin Stotan stated that although the boy was underage, he was a 'willing' participant in the affair: "It seems the victim had explained that
 he had been seeing the defendant for a period of two years.
 He understood she was married.

A two year affair?  So, she started molesting this boy when he was 12?

I am sure that a male teacher or a Catholic priest would have received similar consideration from the legal system about the "willing participation" of the child.

Why America exposed itself to Ebola...

...because protecting "fledgling democracies" is a medical issue.

Thursday at a congressional subcommittee hearing on Ebola, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden was asked to respond to a claim he had allegedly made that a travel ban would hurt “fledgling democracies” and therefore hurt any effort to contain Ebola at the source.

Subcommittee chairman Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA) pushed Frieden on offering an explanation, however, the CDC skirted a direct answer.
Partial transcript as follows:
MURPHY: Dr. Frieden, when we spoke on the phone the other day, you said you remain opposed to travel restrictions because in your words you said, “Cutting commercial ties -- it would hurt fledgling democracies.” Now is this the opinion of CDC? Is this your opinion, or did someone also advise you within the administration, any other agencies, where did the opinion come from that that is of high importance?
FRIEDEN: My sole concern is to protect Americans. We can do that by continuing to take the steps we are taking here and --
MURPHY: Did someone advise you of that – someone outside of yourself that is the position to protect fledgling democracies?
FRIEDEN: My recollection of that conversation is that discussion was in the context of our ability to stop the epidemic at the source.
MURPHY: Well, we can get supplies and medical personnel into the Ebola hot zones and so stopping planes, and I heard you say this in multiple occasions that we have a thousand-plus persons a week coming to the United States from hot zones, am I correct on that -- coming from those areas?
FRIEDEN: There are approximately 100 to 150 per day.
MURPHY: Thank you. OK, and the Duncan case has seriously impacted Dallas and northern Ohio. But what I don’t understand is if the administration insists on granting -- bringing Ebola cases into the United States, clearly you have determined how many Ebola infection cases the U.S. public they can handle. The NIH can handle two of these beds. Do you know that number overall in this country -- how many we can handle?
FRIEDEN: Our goal is no patients.
MURPHY: I understand, but as long as we don’t restrict travel and quarantining people and we’re not limiting their travel, we have a risk. And so the issues of surveillance and containment – I don’t understand it. And this is the question the American public is asking -- why are we folks still allowing folks to come over here and why once they’re over here is there no quarantine?
FRIEDEN: Our fundamental mission is to protect Americans. Right now, we’re able to track everyone who comes in --
MURPHY: But you’re not stopping them from being around other people, doctor. I understand that, and I have a high respect for you. But even though they are not limited from travel. They’re not quarantined for 21 days. And they could show up with symptoms. They could bypass other questions Mr. Wagner referred to in the thermometers on there and this is what happened with the nurse that went to Cleveland. So I’m concerned here -- is this the position of the administration that there will be no travel restrictions?
FRIEDEN: We will consider any options to better protect Americans. 

Mission creep.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Not that stopping travel from Ebola infected regions would have stopped this from happening...

...oh, wait... would have.

But, really, isn't plague in the United States totally worth avoiding being called racist?

The CDC is now asking that passengers of Oct. 10 Frontier Airlines flight 1142 contact the agency in light of new information that suggests Amber Vinson may have been symptomatic when she boarded the first aircraft from Dallas to Cleveland.
This is where that plane has traveled since the Oct. 10 flight that Vinson was on:
Let's pray we escape the stupidity and venality that our PC-obsessed ruling class has inflicted on us.
Why should we be surprised?....

... "President" is the longest job he's ever had.

//It was only a matter of time.

President Obama, a short-term college professor and failed community organizer who became a mostly absentee state senator and then an all-but-invisible U.S. senator, has Petered out. Per the Peter Principle, he has risen to his level of incompetence — some would argue far beyond it.

The president — and the president alone — let Ebola into America. He could have made one phone call (even on Saturday, when playing his 200th round of golf as president) and said one sentence to protect all Americans from the usually fatal disease: “No one from West Africa gets into the country.”//

OK...we get it.  Racism is bad and we're sorry.

Can we elect someone competent next time?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Mission Creep.

The mission of the American government used to be protecting the American people; now it so much more.

Obama is risking Ebola outbreak in US for his own ambitions.  

Most transparent administration ever...

...controls media content.

//Pool reports — those summaries of the president’s public appearances that go to the news media at large and are used in countless news stories — are filed by a rotating group of journalists whose work is intended to be free of content changes by the White House.

The pool journalists, however, must submit their reports to the White House press office, which distributes them via e-mail to hundreds of news organizations and others. The White House maintains the list of recipients.

Reporters have complained that the Obama White House exploits its role as distributor to demand changes in pool reports and that the press office has delayed or refused to distribute some reports until they are amended to officials’ satisfaction.

But now, some journalists are sharing their White House reporting using Google Groups — the digital service that allows registered users to receive and send information within a closed circle. In an early test of the supplemental system, journalists shared pool information about President Obama’s trip to Chicago this month. The system has been used for “advisories,” such as where the pool is assembling, when another pool report will be issued or whether a correction is in the works.//

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tolerance - the moment between breathing out one orthodoxy and breathing in another.

Of course, the whole point of Hate Speech laws and political correctness is to intimidate and chill anyone who dissents.

//Houston's embattled equal rights ordinance took another legal turn this week when it surfaced that city attorneys, in an unusual step, subpoenaed sermons given by local pastors who oppose the law and are tied to the conservative Christian activists that have sued the city.

Opponents of the equal rights ordinance are hoping to force a repeal referendum when they get their day in court in January, claiming City Attorney David Feldman wrongly determined they had not gathered enough valid signatures to qualify for the ballot. City attorneys issued subpoenas last month during the case's discovery phase, seeking, among other communications, "all speeches, presentations, or sermons related to HERO, the Petition, Mayor Annise Parker, homosexuality, or gender identity prepared by, delivered by, revised by, or approved by you or in your possession."

The subpoenas were issued to several high-profile pastors and religious leaders who have been vocal in opposing the ordinance. The Alliance Defending Freedom has filed a motion on behalf of the pastors seeking to quash the subpoenas.//

Someone ought to file a Section 1983 claim against this woman and drag her through the glass.
Not good.

16 members of Doctors without Border infected with Ebola; 9 dead.

If only women teachers could marry...

..if only women could be women teachers.

13 year old boy was victim:

//The encounters began after a friend dared the 13 year old to contact McCormick, the affidavit states. In one instance, the boy and a friend went over to the teacher’s apartment to watch a movie. The friend left, but the 13 year old stayed and later had sex with the teacher in her bedroom, the affidavit states.

The teacher and student sent each other Snap Chat messages of each other’s genitalia during the sexual relationship, police said. A 12-year-old female friend of the victim said she discovered one of the Snap Chats accidentally after borrowing the victim’s phone. The message showed McCormick wearing nothing but a towel, along with sexual comments, according to the probable cause affidavit.//

If a woman does this, we tend to think "WTF was she thinking" and "deep psychological problem."

If a man does this, we think "evil" and "scummy" and deserves to be locked up forever."


Why should rabid leftists watch MSNBC...

...when they have ABC, CBS, PBS, CNN or NBC to watch?

The pie can only get cut so many times.

//Rachel Maddow, the biggest star on the MSNBC cable network, just posted her lowest quarterly ratings results ever.

“Morning Joe,” MSNBC’s signature morning program, scored its second-lowest quarterly ratings, reaching an average of just 87,000 viewers in the key news demographic group.

And “Ronan Farrow Daily,” the network’s heavily promoted new afternoon show, which stars a 26-year-old Rhodes Scholar with a high-profile Hollywood lineage, has been largely a dud....

MSNBC’s recent results have not been encouraging. During the third quarter, Ms. Maddow reached an average of 183,000 viewers in the audience component that most matters to MSNBC’s advertisers, viewers between the ages of 25 and 54, her lowest total since she started her show in 2008.//

Amazing how much the Church's position on homosexuals has changed since 1994:

BBC:  Synod signals shift on homosexuality.

Spectator:‘Earthquake’ in Rome as Vatican synod talks about homosexuality and divorce

From the 1994 Catechism of the Catholic Church:

//2358 The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God's will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord's Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.//

" They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity."

What would happen if people read know..things that the Catholic Church teaches?
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