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

Sunday, August 31, 2014


WaPo: Say, this President doesn't seem terribly competent at foreign policy, huh?

In Search of a Strategy

Shhh, Mr. President

America Deserves Better than an Empty Suit with No Strategy Against Radical Islam

White House Could Delay Immigration Decision Until After the Midterm Elections

The Stonewalling Techniques Used By 'Most Transparent Administration in History'

When Reagan and Ratzinger Teamed Up on Faith and Hope

The Left's Attempt to Institutionalize the Rewriting of U.S. History: A New Step Forward Through their "Long March Through the Existing Institutions"

Common Core Endgame: "Social Justice"

Classical Education Makes a Comeback

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Amanda Marcotte's reason Sen. Gillibrand shouldn't 'name a harasser' deemed 'insane'

'Born-again fan': Iowahawk remembers when John Kerry wasn't fond of coalitions

Andrea Tantaros: I will not apologize for criticizing radical Islamic jihadism

'Trapper should shut his yapper'; Former M*A*S*H cast member Wayne Rogers explodes at Michelle Fields

'Powerhouse duo': Holly Fisher finally meets Dana Loesch 'in the flesh'

He's out: Michael Sam released from St. Louis Rams

'The journey continues': Michael Sam's first tweets after getting cut from Rams

'Did an intern fill in today?' Mother Jones aims for 'damn dumbest' Michael Sam headline

'Blame him now?' Does media frenzy over Michael Sam cut prove 'Tony Dungy was right'?

Pharrell Williams is happy about Hillary Clinton's 'don't look back' message

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Greg welcomes guests Bill Hemmer and Terry Schappert.

Rotherham's - and England's - Shame
What happened is explained by two additional facts: The 1,400 girls were all white and of Christian background and English ethnicity while all but one of their exploiters were Muslims of Pakistani heritage. (The report describes the men delicately as "Asians," but so far no Hindus, Sikhs, or Hong Kong Chinese are among their number.) As in other recent cases, the men targeted the girls in large part because they were white Christians, culturally speaking, and thus "worthless." They actually told the girls that this was so. Still worse, the police also treated the girls as worthless when they bravely ignored the physical threats against them (one man poured petrol over a girl and threatened to light it) and sought police help. As a result, some of the girls came to believe they were in fact worthless, which, of course, made them more tractable to the gang. Others committed suicide. Many of the survivors will experience, perhaps for the rest of their lives, prolonged bouts of depression, self-contempt, shame, and other psychological disorders.
This scale of criminality and victimhood is vast for a country that has traditionally regarded itself as law-abiding. Worse, the report concedes that the estimate of 1,400 victims is a conservative one. (It is the equivalent of about three girls' schools.) Some of the girls were as young as eleven. And since other (more or less identical) cases of criminal exploitation of young Christian girls by Pakistani Muslim men have been uncovered in cities such as Oldham, Birmingham, and Oxford in the last decade, the total number of victims must be staggering.
The motives of the exploiters, though vile, are not hard to understand. They plainly include both racism and sexism alongside the lust and cruelty enabled by their misogynistic culture. But what explains the silence, the acquiescence, even the cooperation of the authorities? Their motives seem to derive from the rich stew of progressive absurdities that constitute official attitudes in modern Britain. The first is the fear of being suspected of racism. Again and again the police and the social workers shrank from intervening or responding to complaints because to do so would invite the accusation that they were "racist." Most people in the Muslim community were unaware of this criminal conspiracy (and, shocked and horrified like everyone else, they now condemn it). But when it was brought to the attention of  "community leaders," they too played the race card to suppress further investigation. To uncover such scandal would be not only racist, it would commit a sin against the ideal of multiculturalism that now actuates much official policy.
Official attitudes to the young white girls in Rotherham were different - but, if anything, worse. They combined sexism with a contempt for the white working class that is now common in both the progressive intelligentsia and the lumpen-intelligentsia whose members respectively lay down and enforce social policy under uncomprehending or cowardly political leaders. Thus the police shared the opinion of the criminals that their victims were little better than "sluts." They were powerless, without influential parents or friends, lacking an ethnic support group that would rally to their defense. If racism is a weapon that can be used only by the powerful, as the progressive mantra holds, then the girls were victims of racism. But they were the wrong victims just as the criminals were the wrong pedophiles. Their plight had never been a topic in lectures on diversity. In short, they certainly weren't worth risking a reprimand for disrupting good community relations or undermining diversity.
Also read: Feminists' Failure on Rotherham

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Every Sunday and on the main liturgical feasts, the Pope recites the Marian prayer of the Angelus with the pilgrims. Before and after the prayer, he delivers a brief reflection and issues greetings.

Saturday, August 30, 2014


Remilitarize the World Police: It's the first step in reestablishing a credible deterrent

Politico, WaPo, ABC: This "no strategy" comment will do serious damage

Putin: You're next, Kazakhstan

Is Rand Paul's moment already over?

Niebuhr, Iraq, And Moral Clarity

From the land of sky blue waters

Take No Prisoners

Why Karl Rove and the GOP Establishment Will Lose Again

Ferguson Fizzles: It was televised, but it wasn't the revolution

The Making of "Latinos"

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Miss Asia Pacific World organizers advised beauty queen May Myat Noe to get breast implants

'Name sexual predators': Sen Kirsten Gillibrand urged to set example for co-eds

'#FauxFeminists': Amanda Marcotte's feminist cred questioned after harassment advice for Sen. Gillibrand

'Has a strategy for that, doesn't he?' Obama's weekend: Fundraisers, wedding of MSNBC host

'Wow!' David Cameron's terror threat speech found in 'amazing contrast' to Obama's

Amateur Hour: State Dept. has resorted to 'crowdsourcing foreign policy'

Monica Crowley on FBI threat assessment: 'This kind of BS is literally going to get us killed'

'Holy cow! I can't believe he said that': Obama drops another bombshell of stupid

No strategy? No problem! Tweeters handily #SuggestObamaISISStrategy

'Because of the telegraph'! Obama's 'messy' gaffe sparks mockery

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Friday, August 29, 2014


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

Additional news and views from around the Catholic world:

ISIS Reportedly Advancing on Christian City in Syria

Cardinal Wuerl on Syria and Iraq: "Where Are the Voices?"

Iraqi refugees working to help each other survive

Greek Catholics face hostility amid unrest in Ukraine

Pakistani leader talks persecuted Christians with Pope Francis

What Would the Conversion of Russia Look Like?

Scotland's archbishops urge Catholics to vote in referendum

How Christians Can Rebuild Our Culture

Unshakable Faith

Top 3 Back to School Android Apps

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U.N. Report: Syrian Children Forced to Watch ISIS Beheadings

The Muslim Rape of Christian Nuns

ISIL is busy building a capital in Syria while Obama dithers

Putin Ends the Interregnum

Obama lets another red line lapse in Ukraine, and the consequences will be dire

Iran Begins Arming Palestinian Terrorists

Holder's Bank of America Heist Funds Left's Community-Organizer Shock Troops

Stagnation: CBO Revises 2014 GDP Growth Projection Down to 1.5 Percent

In Defense of Bake Sales

Waiting for Facts Is Racism: Jon Stewart Joins the Ferguson Lynch Mob

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ABC's Terry Moran wants no 'weasel words': 'Say it. Russia has invaded Ukraine'

Quick question, media: Russia invades Ukraine...Who is shocked today?

This Paul Begala flashback tweet and replies will have you in tears...of laughter

'We got this!' So, how's that Russia 'promise of hashtag' deal going, State Dept.'s Jen Psaki?

This Joe Scarborough, Mia Farrow and Ronan Farrow convo might be the creepiest thing ever

'3 a.m. already?' Hillary makes '#hardchoice,' bravely speaks out on Ferguson

Strategy? What strategy? Behold 'the Obama Doctrine in one sentence'

Vox ready with 'more sympathetic interpretation' of president's 'no strategy' comment

If not ISIS, what? Here are a few #ThingsWeHaveaStrategyFor

'Awkward'! Does Krystal Ball have a strategy to forget about this 2012 tweet?

'The Bear Is Molting'? Obama's suit leaves public 'perplexed'

Barry's amazing technicolor press conference inspires

'Smart take': What Obama's suit means for...gender equality?

What message is Obama sending with that tan suit? Rapper El-P has an idea

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Is national loyalty becoming a relic of a former age? What will it take to become loyal again?

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Thursday, August 28, 2014


In this week's EWTN The World Over, Raymond Arroyo reviews the headline news of the week, plus:

Paul Bremer, former presidential envoy to Iraq under George W. Bush, joins Raymond to talk about the lessons he learned following the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the current unrest at the hands of the terrorist group ISIS, and the military re-engagement in Iraq under the Obama administration.

Also, Emmett McGroarty, director of education at the American Principles Project, and Michael Brickman, national policy director at the Thomas Fordham Institute, discuss the pros and cons of the Common Core curriculum, their vision for high quality education in American schools and the lawsuit against the federal government filed by Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal over the implementation of Common Core.

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

Additional news and views from around the Catholic world:

Middle East patriarchs meet diplomats, call for wiping out terrorists

Regensburg Revisited: Faith, Reason and the Islamic State

U.S. bishops to honor 50th anniversary of civil rights milestones

An Appointment that Pope Francis Should Withdraw

PBS Attacks Asia's Most Catholic Country for Protecting its Pro-Life Values

Successful Oklahoma lawsuit could stop future black masses

Archbishop Martin: Remarried Catholic divorcees should not be outsiders

Meeting India's Dalit Christians

A Modest Proposal for Dying Religious Communities

Finding Release from the Fear of Loneliness

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