THE NARRATIVE AND POLITICAL CORRECTNESS


Threats to freedom of speech, writing and action, though often trivial in isolation, are cumulative in their effect and, unless checked, lead to a general disrespect for the rights of the citizen. -George Orwell

Friday, July 25, 2014

THIS DAY IN TWITCHY: JULY 24, 2014



James Woods: Obamacare is about 'thinning the herd'


'Romney predicted this': Time Magazine cover sparks mockery of Obama's mockery


'#TeamIsrael': 10 celebs using social media to stand with Israel


#ObamaActNow: Rep. Jeff Duncan tweets POTUS 21 ways to secure the border

Salon.com parody account free at last, tweets hard lessons from Twitter jail




Michelle Obama on political influence: 'Write the biggest, fattest check' you can


Obamacare architect admits in 2012 that subsidies were limited to state-run exchanges




'You poor dear': Rep. Jan Schakowsky's '#LiveTheWage' menu not particularly horrifying





'It's an adventure'! Michelle Malkin and friends coach Jan Schakowsky through her ramen crisis


'Live Jan Schakowsky's wage for a week': Elitism inspires snark-fest










TRIFECTA: EVIL IN THE NAME OF GOOD





Thursday, July 24, 2014

EWTN THE WORLD OVER - JULY 24, 2014



In this week's EWTN The World Over, Raymond Arroyo reviews the headline news of the week, plus: Nina Shea, director of the Center for Religious Freedom and Mother Olga of the Sacred Heart, founder of the Daughters of Mary of Nazareth, join Raymond to talk about the genocide of Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq. Plus, Elaine Stritch, legendary Broadway, TV and film actress, passed away on July 17. In this never-seen-before interview conducted in 2012 she talks with Raymond about her life and career and how her Catholic upbringing helped get her to Broadway. And Erwin McManus, author of The Artisan Soul, discusses the relationship between spirituality and creativity and his belief that we are all artists when it comes to shaping our own lives.



EWTN NEWS NIGHTLY: JULY 24, 2014



EWTN News Nightly's Brian Patrick presents the headline news of the day.

Additional news and views from around the Catholic world:

Iraq's Christians: Robbed, Abandoned and Desperate to Survive

Iraqi abbot calls for action to ensure local Christians' future

Free from ordeal in Sudan, woman condemned for apostasy meets Pope Francis

Obama administration says it plans opt-out alternative on mandate

CUA Prof Defends Religious Freedom in Court and Class

EWTN to Plant a West Coast Studio in the O.C.

Soaring student debt sparks response from Catholic colleges

Evensong and Icons: Exploring My Faith as an Oxford Student

Dating in a Throwaway Culture

Be Counter-cultural! 



YESTERDAY'S HEADLINES TODAY - VOL. 379



Report: French Jews Mass Immigrate to Israel to Escape Persecution

ObamaCare's Murky Future

No, Halbig Did Not Gut ObamaCare Because Of A "Drafting Error"

White House giving up fight over ObamaCare's contraception mandate?

Chasing Hillary

The Left's dark money managers: Meet Philip Gara LaMarche

Terrorism is a Tactic and It Must Be Defeated

Rising Prices And Stagnant Wages Are Real

Planned Parenthood: Hey Girls, You Should Experiment with Getting 'Spanked, Whipped, or Hit'

The Psychopathology of Sandra Fluke's All-American Totalitarian Vagina

THIS DAY IN TWITCHY: JULY 23, 2014



Reports: Two Ukrainian fighter jets shot down


'Illuminati'? Are these Obama's most absurdly 'naive' statements yet? (Surely contenders)





These responses to Harry Reid's latest idiocy will make you snicker



'Isn't putting up with any of Koskinen's BS': Trey Gowdy grills IRS chief at House hearing

'Pathetic': Katie Pavlich, others blast Dem efforts to 'turn the IRS into the victim' at hearing





'Put some ice on that': Matt Yglesias' observation about pay and performance triggers snark




'Hacky and stupid': Politico's Blake Hounshell distracts after Dem senator accused of plagiarism




Amanda Carpenter wants answers on FAA banning flights to Israel







How many foreign nationals contributed to Obama's campaign?



Obama motorcade stops woman in labor from crossing street to hospital






FIREWALL: THE CASE FOR ISRAEL



Wednesday, July 23, 2014

EWTN NEWS NIGHTLY: JULY 23, 2014



EWTN News Nightly's Brian Patrick presents the headline news of the day.

Additional news and views from around the Catholic world:

Expulsion of Christians a 'crime against humanity,' Mosul bishop says

Radical Muslims Invade Monastery, Steal 'Everything' From Iraqi Christians

Islam's Religious Exemption From Criticism

Bishops Slam "Unprecedented and Extreme" Attack on Religious Freedom

Papal Astronomer: Real Science Is Not the Realm of Atheists or Egoists

New word of terror for the Left: Family…

Pornography recovery program helps 'fight the new drug'

NFP Saved My Life and My Marriage

'Desire of the Everlasting Hills' Provides Potent Witness to Truth of Catholic Teaching

Recovering an Enchanted World



THREE MARTINI LUNCH: JULY 23, 2014

Jim and Greg rip European leaders for concluding there's nothing they can do to Putin, rip the FAA decision to suspend flights into Tel Aviv, and slam Obama for pretending like everything's just fine.



Will Obama Snatch Defeat from the Jaws of Victory Over Hamas?
But there is a big positive in the equation. As part of the Brotherhood and the global jihad, Hamas is also more isolated than it has ever been. As those of us opposed to U.S. intervention in Syria have contended, by not interrupting our enemies while they were squaring off against each other, we'd see their relations rupture. That is exactly what has happened.
As Judge Mukasey observes, Iran, Syria and Hezbollah – respectively, Hamas's former principal patron, safe-haven, and jihadist ally – turned on Hamas once it threw its lot in with the Syrian regime's enemies: the Muslim Brotherhood-Sunni supremacist axis of Morsi's Egypt, Erdogan's Turkey, and Qatar (headquarters of Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi). Hamas's gamble came up snake-eyes when the Brotherhood was ousted in Egypt. And a bonus: so badly had the Brotherhood soured relations with its former Gulf patrons in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates that these nervous Sunni regimes not only firmly back the new Egyptian government but are quietly pulling for Israel to quell Hamas.
So for allies, Hamas is down to Erdogan's sharia state, whose ties to the Brotherhood and violent jihadists I outlined in Spring Fever: The Illusion of Islamic Democracy; and Qatar, which, besides Hamas, backs the al-Qaeda offshoots ISIS and al-Nusra, among others.
Meaning that, right now, there is a tremendous opportunity to demolish Hamas. Doing so is the only chance of breaking the Palestinian jihadist will, paving the way for the three obvious Palestinian concessions needed for peace: accept Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state, renounce terrorism (or "resistance"), and abandon the nonsensical "right of return" demand. If you really want a two-state solution, there is only one way to get it: the jihad has to be utterly defeated. So let Israel win - and why do we keep having to remind everyone that this just means siding with our actual ally, the only real democracy in the region? - and begin negotiations from that clean slate. The worst thing that could happen right now is a ceasefire that enables Hamas to regroup before Israel has destroyed what we now know is its prodigious terrorist arsenal and infrastructure.
But when it comes to American relations with our Israeli allies and our Islamic-supremacist enemies, you can always rely on Obama to do the wrong thing...
Also read:

Ted Cruz: 'Political' Flight Ban Is 'Economic Boycott' of Israel

Putin signals total disregard for the West as rebels take down two more Ukrainian planes

YESTERDAY'S HEADLINES TODAY - VOL. 378



Airlines Indefinitely Suspend Service to Tel Aviv After Hamas Rocket Lands Near Airport

Analysis: Halbig v. Burwell is a blow to ObamaCare, but issue is far from settled

The Goal of Immigration 'Reform': Engineered Destruction of the Middle Class

American Families Are Right To Be Worried About Inflation

Obama's Islamist Spring Leads to Christian Winter in the Middle East

The Odds of a GOP Wave Are Increasing

Elizabeth Warren Is Overrated

Setting the Record Straight on Jim Crow

Ways and Means Committee: We've learned that Lois Lerner's hard drive was scratched...but data was recoverable

Why America is duty bound to help Iraqi Christians

THIS DAY IN TWITCHY: JULY 22, 2014



'WILL THIS HOAX EVER END?' Check out the transparency of Obama's Apollo 11 photo op


Fed up! Obama snubs reporters again, press not pleased; Major Garrett spanks


'Baby's face says it all': Rep. Kristi Noem glimpses a future taxpayer

Is there a National Medal of Bundling? Jeffrey Katzenberg to get big award from Obama

'Shining' asshattery: Sneering border 'expert' Stephen King takes a stand against Christians




'All hail moral equivalency'! Sally Kohn asks 'moronic' question about Hamas, Israel







Comedy gold: Iowahawk wants to be Obama's wacky neighbor





Thomas the Tank Engine is racist

#WeWillNotConform: Glenn Beck's live theater event takes on Common Core

'NOW I CANNOT UNCRINGE MYSELF': Hillary music video is a 'sad crime'




TRIFECTA: LMAO! WHAT'S THIS? A NEW RED LINE?





Tuesday, July 22, 2014

EWTN NEWS NIGHTLY: JULY 22, 2014



EWTN News Nightly's Brian Patrick presents the headline news of the day.

Additional news and views from around the Catholic world:

Obama's Executive Order and What it Means for Catholic Organizations

Pope Francis calls Syro-Catholic patriarch, assures of his prayers

Meriam Ibrahim Still Not Allowed to Leave Sudan After Being Sentenced to Die

Bangladesh: Catholics protest attack on Boldipukur church

Women and Liberty

Is This Love? Surrogates, Same-Sex Couples, and Motherless Babies

Why Does TV Suddenly Like Virgins?

Contraception Leads to Abortion: Come and See

Lives of the saints model Catholic social teaching in new book

Papal puzzler: Leo XIII anonymously published riddles in Latin 



THREE MARTINI LUNCH: JULY 22, 2014

Jim and Greg discuss today's Halbig decision, Scott Walker's battle with a Dem opponent over shipping jobs to China, and more alleged infidelities by Bill Clinton.



Court Rules That Subsidies in ObamaCare's Federal Exchange are Illegal, Dealing Huge Legal Blow to Health Law
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit delivered a huge blow to Obamacare this morning, ruling that the insurance subsidies granted through the federally run health exchange, which covered 36 states for the first open enrollment period, are not allowed by the law.
The highly anticipated opinion in the case of Jacqueline Halbig v. Sylvia Mathews Burwell reversed a lower court ruling finding that federally run exchanges did have the authority to disburse subsidies.
Today's ruling vacates the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulation allowing the federal exchanges to give subsidies. The large majority of individuals, about 86 percent, in the federal exchange system received subsidies, and in those cases the subsidies covered about 76 percent of the premium on average.
The essence of the court's ruling is that, according to the law, those subsidies are illegal. They were always illegal, and the administration never had the authority to offer them. (According to an administration official, however, the subsidies will continue to flow throughout...
Also read:

On the other hand: Fourth Circuit upholds ObamaCare subsidies for federal exchange consumers

The Left's Halbig Freakout