In the media feeding frenzy that first preceded and then walked boldly out onto the balcony with Pope Francis yesterday, it was a blessing that Vatican correspondent Paul Badde and down-to-earth parish priests like Fr. John Todd Zuhlsdorf were right there on site. Historian Paul Badde, Vatican correspondent for the German daily newspaper Die Welt, is author of the book The Face of God, among others. Fr. John Zuhsldorf, fondly known on the Internet as “Fr. Z” runs the blog What Does the Prayer Really Say?, listed by The Staggers, the blog of the British magazine New Statesman
In 1995, a book written by a little known community organizer was released. Dreams From My Father is a ‘Fairytale for Adults’, many of whom swallowed it hook, line and sinker. In 2013, a book written by Jane Sutcliffe, entitled Barack Obama, making the claim that white Americans are racists, made it to required reading status at Bluffview Elementary School in Dupo, Ill. The book Barack Obama is a ‘Fairytale for Children’, many of whose imaginations are occupied elsewhere. That’s because the actual timing of Sutcliffe’s Barack Obama as a Grade 4 must-read is way off. Children in the Grade 4 age group—thousands
Britain’s Court of Appeal upheld a ban of a radio ad this week that had initially been banned by the then Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt and the Radio Advertising Clearance Centre on the grounds that it was directed toward a political end. Media political advertising is not permitted in the UK. The ad, by Christian Community Partnership (CCP), asked people to identify if they had experienced discrimination in the workplace as a result of their faith. CCP publishes several magazines as well as owning Premier Christian Radio, the national broadcaster that was to carry the commercial.
The nightmare world of propaganda and psych ops the Obama administration uses to frighten its citizens into mass subjugation has just exploded into daytime reality. In an era where Identity Theft is ruining lives, the headline warning from yesterday’s INVESTORS.com is the ObamaCare Website is Like ‘IdentityTheft.Gov. “Security: Computer security experts testify that the unfinished health care marketplace portal places the personal information of millions at risk on a poorly designed and built site that is a hacker’s dream.” (INVESTORS.com, Nov. 20, 2013) “Not only is the poorly designed and still only partially built ObamaCare website, Healthcare.gov vulnerable to attack by computer hackers,
Michelle Obama wants the proletariat to know that her husband “is in the bathroom all the time just singing.” When he’s not playing Spades with Reggie Love, getting ready to take credit for the death of Osama bin Laden and not ducking duty, he’s in the john warbling like a canary. “In an interview on BET last night with Bow Wow and Keshia Chante, First Lady Michelle Obama talked up her husband, President Barack Obama. “I always say my husband has got swag,” said Mrs. Obama. “He’s got a little swag.” The audience applauded.” (Drudge Report, Nov. 20, 2013) “Mrs. Obama also said
Last Christmas Michelle and Barack Obama chose a black-and-white photograph of Wonder Dog ‘Bo’ cavorting in the snow on the White House lawn as the centerpiece for their official Christmas card. As Todd Starnes of Fox News pointed out: “The 2012 card made no mention of any specific holiday, nor did it include a Bible verse noting the Birth of Christ.” The card emailed to millions and Vanity Fair-deemed as “best ever” made Portuguese Water Dog Bo ‘Christmas Dog in the Manger’. This year, Barack Obama trumps Bo as Christmas Dog in the Manger. Images from BarackObama.com, depicting two talking digital snowmen, advise recipients
The evil sin of lying does not come in any particular colour. White men lie; black men lie and politicians of both colours do it all the time. Over in the UK, US talk show queen Oprah Winfrey is using South Carolina Congressman Joe Wilson’s shout “You lie!” when President Barack Obama was pushing the benefits of his now epic fail Affordable Health Care Act, aka ObamaCare, as proof positive that dislike for the president comes down to “the colour of his skin”. Winfrey, talking to BBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz about her starring role in The Butler, which recounts the life
No, Virginia, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford won’t be marching in this year’s Santa Claus Parade. The Santa Claus Parade co-chair (not a real chair, Virginia, just a politically correct ID) has sent a letter to the mayor’s staff, asking to avoid the distraction of having Rob Ford march “and put the focus back on Santa and Mrs. Claus”. But not to worry most of Toronto’s 44, $102,608-a-year-salary-plus-perks councillors will be there—as angels. “Our request is simple, we know the Mayor loves the Parade, but for this year let’s avoid this distraction and put the focus back on Santa and Mrs. Claus,” Ron
It doesn’t matter how low President Barack Obama falls in popularity polls, he is still there, running roughshod over the Little People. No matter how low he falls in popularity, Obama still gets to hold the USA in an airtight stranglehold. No one is stepping forward to loosen that deadly grip. It doesn’t matter how often you read or hear the words, “Impeach Obama”, it will never happen. What does truly matter is that everyday people must—somehow—survive the next three years, because unless he decides to leave Dodge on his own, or natural causes overtake him, Obama will will go on being the
Despite what you are being told, the Affordable Health Care Act (ACA), commonly known as ObamaCare, is already proving to be a resounding success. The problem, however, is that the majority of Americans don’t fully understand the objectives of this plan, or the roles of its architects and its defenders. Even the vast majority of conservative pundits in all venues don’t seem to ‘get it’ and consequently, are leading their readers and listeners astray by focusing on the wrong issues. First, it is vital to understand that the ACA is not now, nor never was, about providing affordable health care.
The same president, who barely two months ago tried to keep 80-plus-year-old war veterans from visiting their open-air Washington war memorials, will participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on Veteran’s Day this Monday. The same president, who is gutting the U.S. military, will host a breakfast to honor veterans and their families that is closed to the press. (White House Schedule) For reasons above and more, President Barack Obama fully qualifies as ‘The White Poppy President’. The White Poppy is the symbol of the ‘conscientious objector’.
Aloha Hawaiians! If you see what you think are soldiers from the Communist Peoples Republic of China Army wandering about in your neck of the woods Tuesday through Thursday next week, your imagination is not playing tricks on you. For the first time in history the U.S. Army will host the Communist Peoples Republic of China’s Army on American soil Nov. 12-14, 2013. But don’t worry while Chinese soldiers will have boots on the ground in Hawaii, they are only really “simulating”. “Simulating humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to a fictional third country”. You can’t make this stuff up when GridEx 2 is doing
It’s always better to light a candle than to curse the darkness, as Eleanor Roosevelt famously pointed out. But cursing the darkness instead of shining the light seems to be what we’re all doing these days. Even shining a penlight into the inky darkness of political life in Washington, DC would show that we’ve been forced into the role of audience to the well-orchestrated Act that life in public office has gained over citizenry. It starts by recognizing that the public office of the day is an entire, well-scripted, ongoing Act; an Act that keeps 90 percent of an unsuspecting and unwitting
JERUSALEM -- Israel´s prime minister has criticized the international community´s nuclear deal with Iran as a "historic mistake." Speaking to his Cabinet, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that Israel is not bound by the deal and reserves the right to defend itself. That is a reference to possible military action against Iran. Israel believes Iran is trying to develop a nuclear weapon, although Tehran denies that. Netanyahu said the deal would not adequately stop Iran, while also giving it relief from sanctions. "Today the world became a much more dangerous place because the most dangerous regime in the world
The sounds of Christmas in the Obama White House mean James Taylor, Mariah Carey and Nat King Cole. “The kids tease me that they know it’s Christmas when I pull out my playlist,” First Lady Michelle Obama tells Ladies’ Home Journal. The holiday tunes are accompanied by hot chocolate and a fire in the Yellow Oval room as President Obama and his family decorate their tree. “Christmas has always been a special time in my household,” Michelle Obama says in the December/January issue. “Growing up, we lived in a little-bitty apartment, but my mom put her heart and soul into decorating that house.”
Let me be the first to ask: Did the White House know that employment reports were being falsified? Last week I reported exclusively that someone at the Census Bureau’s Philadelphia region had been screwing around with employment data. And that person, after he was caught in 2010, claimed he was told to do so by a supervisor two levels up the chain of command. On top of that, a reliable source whom I haven’t identified said the falsification of employment data by Census was widespread and ongoing, especially around the time of the 2012 election. There’s now a congressional investigation
“For the first time in nearly a decade we have halted parts of Iran’s nuclear program” announced a jubilant Barack Obama after the news of the just-signed Geneva six-month interim agreement with Iran. But the American goal for the accord was that the Iranians not “advance their program” of building a uranium nuclear bomb (and perhaps a plutonium bomb too); the apparent deal exactly permits such advancement, plus sanctions relief to Tehran worth about $9 billion. This wretched deal offers one of those rare occasions when comparison with Neville Chamberlain in Munich in 1938 is valid. An overeager Western government, blind to
Though the Obama administration said that individuals making under $45,960 would get Obamacare subsidies, low-income young people in most of America´s big cities who relied on that promise are discovering they will be ineligible for them. According to a CNN report, though young people are now required to purchase insurance under Obamacare or pay a fine, "many low-income younger Americans won´t get any subsidy at all" because, as the Obama administration claims, the "cost of insurance is lower than the government initially expected." In April, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius "told a
Bankrupt and hemorrhaging population, the city of Detroit is banking on greener pastures to lead its rebirth. A private company is snapping up 150 acres on the Motor City´s East End -- property where more than 1,000 homes once formed a gritty neighborhood -- and turning it into what is being billed as the world´s largest urban farm. Hantz Woodlands plans to start by planting trees, but hopes to raise crops and even livestock in the future, right in the midst of the once-proud city. “We are interested with moving into different types of agriculture,” Mike Score, president of Hantz,
America has long had two embassies in Italy: One for the country, the other for the Holy See. Barbie Latza Nadeau on why soon there will be only one. Citing security concerns without naming a specific threat, the U.S. State Department is planning to shutter its embassy to the Holy See inside the lush Villa Domiziana overlooking the Circus Maximus and Palatine Hill in central Rome. The embassy, which has been in operation since 1984 when Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II signed an accord, will essentially be swallowed up by the larger, more influential U.S. embassy to Italy.
If voters had been aware last year that they might lose their health-care plans when Obamacare went into effect, Republican President Mitt Romney would be sitting in the White House today, according to a poll released Friday. A Wilson Perkins Allen Opinion Research survey conducted from Nov. 18-20 asked voters who supported President Barack Obama in 2012: “As you may know, millions of Americans have lost their insurance plans despite President Obama’s promise that, quote, ‘if you like your plan, you can keep it.’ If you knew in 2012 that this promise was not true, would you still have voted
"I cannot tell a lie." That´s the signature line from a classic American story. When the nation´s first president was asked as a boy if he had chopped down his father´s cherry tree, he didn´t say "I can neither confirm nor deny those reports," or "it depends on what the meaning of the word ´is´ is." George Washington told the truth even if it got him in trouble. The moral of the story -- Washington was a great leader because he would not lie, and all presidents should be as honest as our founding father. Well, guess what? That story about
The Elders, an organization of elder statesmen, peace activists and human rights advocates that includes former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, welcomed the interim agreement reached in Geneva between the P5+1 groups and Iran early Sunday. “We are all aware of the risks involved,” said Jimmy Carter. “But I am convinced that, after 35 years of animosity and distrust, there is an historic opportunity to rebuild relations with the government and people of Iran on solid foundations of mutual respect.” Kofi Annan, the chairman of the Elders and former secretary-general of the UN, said he hoped the deal would be "swiftly followed up
The Obamacare rollout remains a debacle, but now enough time has passed that smart people are beginning to dissect what went wrong. So far, the best take I´ve seen comes from Internet pioneer Clay Shirky, who notes that the politicians weren´t listening to the people doing the actual work. I was talking about this to my Administrative Law class not long ago. I had told them that there are few real secrets in D.C. because everyone sleeps with everyone else. A student then asked why both the administration and the GOP seemed to have been blindsided by the Obamacare website problems. "I guess nobody was sleeping with the techies,"
Mike Convente, a left-wing Daily Kos diarist and a representative on the University of Pennsylvania health care committee, took to the pages of Kos to complain about the "law of unintended consequences" of ObamaCare. Convente is also upset that Obama´s "marketing slogans … turned out to be not so correct." It looks as though the students at UPenn will be paying a lot more for their health insurance policies, thanks in large part to the fact that ObamaCare is forcing them to pay for coverage they do not need. Not only that, Convente is probably not buying the propaganda from