Jim Carrey apologizes to gun owners for past comments
Daily Caller - 'Dumb and Dumber' star tweeted an apology to gun owners for calling them names on Sunday
Sunday, July 07, 2013  19:09     701 Views
Castro scolds Cubans for bad behavior
World Net Daily - 

HAVANA (AP) - Raul Castro spent the lion’s share of a prominent speech Sunday scolding his countrymen for all kinds of bad behavior, everything from corruption and theft to public urination and the odoriferous practice of raising pigs in cities.

Speaking before legislators at one of parliament’s twice-annual sessions, the Cuban president railed against decaying morals, a deteriorating sense of civic responsibility and vanishing values like honor, decency and decorum.

Castro aired a laundry list of complaints about illegal activities that he said do the country harm: unauthorized home construction, illicit logging and slaughter of livestock and the acceptance of bribes, to name a few.

Sunday, July 07, 2013  19:08     716 Views
"Ousted bus union officials allegedly tried to pad anti-Scott Walker hours."
Althouse - "The Amalgamated Transit Union Local 998 - which represents bus drivers in Milwaukee County and elsewhere - is the subject of a sweeping investigation by the parent union and the U.S. Department of Labor."
The ATU would reimburse the local for 100% of the costs for Milwaukee-area staffers to work on the campaign to try to remove Walker last year. The Republican governor defeated Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, a Democrat, in the June 2012 recall contest.

It is being alleged that top officials with the local labor group then jacked up the number of hours reported to the union's international headquarters in Washington, D.C....

If true, that would mean high-ranking officials with the Milwaukee-based public employee union tried to profit off a recall election that was launched in response to Walker's efforts to curb the power of public employee unions.
So... this is a completely intra-union problem. 
Sunday, July 07, 2013  18:37     728 Views
Coroner: Officials probing if rescuers ran over San Francisco plane crash victim
Lucianne.com - CBS News, by Staff Posted By: PageTurner- Mon, 08 32 2013 02:32:16 GMT SAN FRANCISCO A San Francisco'area coroner whose office received the bodies of two teenage victims of the Asiana plane crash says officials are conducting an autopsy to determine if one of the girls was run over and killed by a rescue vehicle. San Mateo County Coroner Robert Foucrault says Sunday that senior San Francisco Fire Department officials notified him and his staff at the crash site on Saturday that one of the 16'year'olds may have been struck on the runaway. Foucrault says an autopsy he expects to be completed by Monday
Sunday, July 07, 2013  18:36     690 Views
Brigitte Gabriel calls on President Obama to step down
Daily Caller - 'I am insulted, offended, humiliated that I have a commander in chief who is an apologizer in chief'
Sunday, July 07, 2013  18:30     718 Views
Major newspapers reject pro-life ad
World Net Daily - 

Washington, DC (LiveActionNews) -  A national pro-life organization is outraged after three major American newspapers rejected a pro-life ad as "too controversial."

The Chicago TribuneUSA Today, and the LA Times refused to run an advertisement created by Heroic Media.

The ad features a hand holding a 20- to 24-week-old baby with the quote, "This child has no voice, which is why it depends on yours. Speak Up."

Sunday, July 07, 2013  18:29     699 Views
Harvard professor calls for the 'destruction' of the 'white race'
Big Government - 

Another credentialed dimwit has a really great idea for fixing everything wrong with the world, as related by the Washington Times:

A Harvard professor wants to abolish the white race.

Noel Ignatiev, a founder of a journal called Race Traitor and a fellow at Harvard's W.E.B. DuBois Institute, a leading black-studies department, argues in the current issue of Harvard Magazine that "abolishing the white race" is "so desirable that some may find it hard to believe" that anyone other than "committed white supremacists" would oppose it.

In excerpts appearing this week in newspapers nationwide, Mr. Ignatiev, who is white, writes that "every group within white America," including "labor unionists, ethnic groups, college students, schoolteachers, taxpayers and white women" has at one time or another "advanced its particular and narrowly defined interests at the expense of black people as a race."

Mr. Ignatiev pledges in the essay that his journal, Race Traitor, intends to "keep bashing the dead white males, and the live ones, and the females, too, until the social construct known as 'the white race' is destroyed not 'deconstructed' but destroyed."

If you're one of the parents who racked up gigantic amounts of debt so your kid could waste time in this guy's classes, you have my condolences.

If you're wondering how he proposes to "destroy" the "white race," later in the article we learn this is supposed to be deliberately "inflammatory" language for a non-genocidal program of wiping out "the mind-set and attitude that automatically grants privileges to white people," according to the Harvard Magazine editor who published this drivel.

Of course, it's a matter of institutional policy at many levels of the government and academia that white people (and frequently Asians) are given automatic disadvantages because of their skin color.  There aren't any automatic "privileges," and anyone who suspects otherwise is guaranteed to receive a very sympathetic hearing before any number of courts and boards... provided he can prove it.  

But you don't have to prove anything when you're peddling racial paranoia and weapons-grade hatred for a political cause.  This is all about maintaining political solidarity by creating a constant sense of victimization and oppression among those the Left wishes to harvest for votes.  It turns out Ignatiev is "a one-time steelworker and Marxist activist."  Well, of course he is.  I suspect his "one time" as a Marxist isn't quite over yet.


Sunday, July 07, 2013  18:00     709 Views
Teresa Heinz Kerry is said to be "in critical but stable condition in a hospital in Nantucket" - over what, we don't know.
Althouse - This will suppress what had been rampant criticism of Secretary of State John Kerry for vacationing in billionaire style while Egypt underwent a military coup.

Remember when the previous Secretary of State - Hillary Clinton - faced pressure over the Benghazi attacks and we heard about hospital visits over head-hitting and blood clots?

Patterns. What do they mean? Who can say? And isn't it mean to even wonder?
Sunday, July 07, 2013  17:56     742 Views
ObamaCare´s ´Liar´ Subsidies
Lucianne.com - Wall Street Journal, by Editorial Posted By: Desert Fox- Mon, 08 42 2013 01:42:09 GMT The White House seems to regard laws as mere suggestions, including the laws it helped to write. On the heels of last week´s one'year suspension of the Affordable Care Act´s employer mandate to offer insurance to workers, the Administration is now waiving a new batch of its own ObamaCare prescriptions. These disclosures arrived inside a 606'page catch'all final rule that the Health and Human Services Department published on July 5-a classic Friday news dump, with extra credit for the holiday weekend. HHS now says it will no longer attempt to verify
Sunday, July 07, 2013  17:54     688 Views
Analysis: George Zimmerman Probably Won´t Be Convicted of Murder or Manslaughter '' Here´s Why
Lucianne.com - ABC News, by Dan Abrams Posted By: Desert Fox- Mon, 08 38 2013 01:38:17 GMT I drew a legal conclusion on "Good Morning America" Saturday that would have surprised the Dan Abrams who covered the George Zimmerman case leading up to, and shortly after, his arrest. Now that the prosecution´s case against Zimmerman is in, as a legal matter, I just don´t see how a jury convicts him of second degree murder or even manslaughter in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. So what happened? How can an armed man who shot and killed an unarmed teen after being told by the police
Sunday, July 07, 2013  17:39     694 Views
Also Said Something About Being a Belieber

The Los Angeles Unified School District will use a million-dollar state grant to train teens to promote ObamaCare.

Which would explain the text I just got that says “Obmacar rulz! lol”

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Sunday, July 07, 2013  17:31     681 Views
"I had the comments on for a while about a year ago..."
Althouse - "... and I turned them off because I found myself doing so much writing over on the comments pages and because a few people were being abusive. I wanted to concentrate my writing on the front page," I wrote on April 8, 2005.
These days, I spend a lot of time reading and responding to email, which is really a displaced comments page and an even less "front page" kind of writing for me. I'm impressed by Judge Posner's very pro-comment attitude. So in honor of Judge Posner, I'm turning my comments back on.

Let's see how it goes. I hope some of my regular emailers will switch to comments. I'm going to resist responding too much on the comments pages and maybe save up my response and put it on the front page in an update, which I think will be more efficient (and certainly more public) than responding to email (which I've been doing a lot of). I expect commenters to keep a civil tone, and I think most will, because the email I get is extremely thoughtful, well-written, and not abusive. I'll just delete abusive comments without making a fuss about it. So go ahead and comment.
The second commenter there was someone named David, who said:
I disagree. I have enjoyed the no-comments format. Yours is the only blog I read regularly without comments, and I think it really works for your style.
I wonder how the style has changed over the years with comments. There's the sense that you're throwing it over to the commenters, and people who don't like what's happened might say: Throwing, yeah, throwing red meat.
I generally think comments are good for blogs; they allow conversation and criticism and correction. Frequently, I have found that when bloggers don't have comments, they are trying to hide something.

That is not the case here. When emails are sent, you review them and, if relevant, they are posted with updates. That's very professional, and makes for an enjoyable read.
Some people thanked me, but others took advantage. There were some great commenters over the years, some of whom were driven away by vicious commenters. I emphasized free speech until I was forced to retrench and make the standard good faith. But that was the deletion policy. I (and Meade) can't spend all our time monitoring comments and deleting. Some truly ugly people stooped to active harassment. This is my place, after all, and I can't host an endless party where there are guests who continually abuse my hospitality. I had to close the door.

Will I ever open it again? Perhaps this is the first day of the new era on this blog. You won't be able to see the comments that would have been written, but you will see how it changes me. And that is the new experiment.
Sunday, July 07, 2013  17:31     732 Views
Female inmates sterilized in California prisons without approval
Lucianne.com - Center for Investigative Reporting, by Corey G. Johnson Posted By: PageTurner- Mon, 08 11 2013 01:11:25 GMT Doctors under contract with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation sterilized nearly 150 female inmates from 2006 to 2010 without required state approvals, the Center for Investigative Reporting has found. At least 148 women received tubal ligations in violation of prison rules during those five years - and there are perhaps 100 more dating back to the late 1990s, according to state documents and interviews. From 1997 to 2010, the state paid doctors $147,460 to perform the procedure, according to a database of contracted medical services for state prisoners.
Sunday, July 07, 2013  17:27     657 Views
Cameras Catch break in at Whistleblower's law firm
Free Republic - The offices of a Dallas law firm representing a high-profile State Department whistleblower were broken into last weekend. Burglars stole three computers and broke into the firm's file cabinets. But silver bars, video equipment and other valuables were left untouched, according to local Fox affiliate KDFW, which aired security camera footage of the suspected burglars entering and leaving the offices around the time of the incident. The firm Schulman & Mathias represents Aurelia Fedenisn, a former investigator at the State Department's Office of the Inspector General. In recent weeks, she raised a slew of explosive allegations against the department and...
Sunday, July 07, 2013  17:05     704 Views
Will the antichrist be the pope?
World Net Daily - 

A new documentary reveals that a centuries-old claim by protestants that the pope is the antichrist has actually been taught by Catholic scholars from centuries past and may have been prophesied by a 14th century Catholic archbishop.

The claim is one of many in the new WND film, “The Last Pope,” which is based on the book, “Petrus Romanus: The Final Pope is Here,” by Tom Horn and Cris Putnam.

“This is the first generation of Protestants as well as a great number of Catholics who did not believe that the antichrist would find his seat at the Vatican in Rome,” Horn said. “Certainly the reformers believed that up until 50 or 60 years that was a common eschatology. What many Catholics don’t know is that was also a common belief among their greatest scholars.”

According to the Prophecy of the Popes, a time of vast biblical significance is now at hand. “The Last Pope?” includes medieval historians, Vatican-affiliated experts and authors. From Ireland to Italy, “The Last Pope?” tells a riveting story of eschatological intrigue.

Discussions about the end times are a constant theme among Christians in all denominations, as well as speculation regarding the identity of the antichrist. Some of the claims have ranged from sincere contenders to the absurd.

During World War II some speculated that Adolf Hitler was the antichrist because of his “Final Solution” policy to exterminate the Jewish people.

However, other names bandied about included Henry Kissinger and even Ronald Reagan. The basis for Reagan being the antichrist was his full name, Ronald Wilson Reagan, in which each part had six letters, or 666.

“The Last Pope” delves deeply into the prophesies of St. Malachy, an Irish saint and archbishop of Armagh who lived from 1094 to 1148. Malachy’s “Prophesies of the Popes” is said to be based on a prophetic vision of the 112 popes following Pope Celestine II, who died in 1144.

Malachy’s prophecies, first published in 1595, culminate with the “final pope,” “Petrus Romanus,” or “Peter the Roman,” whose reign ends with the destruction of Rome and the judgment of Christ.

The film examines Malachy’s prophesies, which are a series of statements that purportedly provide clues as the identity of each of the 112 popes, in a critical light. Some of the statements refer to a particular town, while others make references to the coat of arms representing each pontiff.

Skeptics have said the book is nothing more than a collection of phrases similar to the writings of Nostradamus. Putman says people have a right to be skeptical, and if Malachy’s revelations are correct, they should stand up to scrutiny using the scientific method. He goes on to say that they provide a fascinating insight into the history of the popes.

“The way the scientific method works is you develop a hypothesis and you don’t try to prove a hypothesis, you try to disprove it,” Putnam said. “It’s easy to find some kind of confirming evidence if you go fishing around. In a lot of these prophecies, I think that’s a valid criticism.”

However, he says one pope in particular stands out in the prophesy surrounding his reign. For Pope Benedict XV, who was pontiff from 1914 to 1922, Malachy’s prophesy says “Religio Depopulata” or “religion depopulated.”

“Religion depopulated, now that is a bold prediction. With all things being equal, you wouldn’t expect religion to be depopulated,” Putnam said. “It might go up and down a little bit, the church might grow it might fall off a bit, but that is a risky position. It is easily falsifiable. If nothing happened during his reign, I would think that this prophecy would’ve been falsified, but what happens during Benedict XV’s reign?

“This was the onset of World War I, which was devastating. In the Soviet Union and Russia, we see the Bolshevik revolution. This is the beginning of militant atheism and the time that 200 million people left the church. Probably more than in any time in history, religion was depopulated, exactly when this prophecy predicted it would hundreds of years before.”

While the Catholic Church has had more than 400 years to dispute the procedures, a least one pope seemed to take stock in the prophesy. Pastor Angelicus, or the “Angel Pope,” was given to describe Pius XII, who was a fierce anti-communist.

Pius XII had a documentary made about himself, which he titled “The Angel Pope.”

“He was intimately involved in this project, and it even said how it exemplifies a day in the life of St. Malachy’s angelic shepherd in the heading,” Putnam said. “The Catholic Church has had 400 years to make a statement disputing [Malachy's predictions], but here we have one of their infallible popes who obviously claimed it  for himself. That begs an explanation from any scholar who wants to dismiss it.”

Malachy’s prophesies appear to even have an eerie prediction regarding John Paul I, who was only pope for just more than a month. Describing John Paul I, Malachy says he is “of the half moon.” Interestingly, John Paul I ascended to the papacy on the day of the half moon.

“What makes it even more chilling is he only lived for one lunar cycle; he died after 33 days,” Putnam said.

Following the death of John Paul I, evidence suggested that the pontiff may have been poisoned. The details are covered in the book “Murder in the Vatican” by Avro Manhattan. Regardless of the cause of his demise, a statement made by John Paul I seems to indicate he had some knowledge of his impending death.

Cardinal Luciani, patriarch of Venice, was asked in Latin, “Do you accept your election as Supreme Pontiff, which has been canonically carried out?” His reply was unexpected as he said, “May God forgive you for what you have done in my regard.” In just more than a month, he was dead, supposedly dying in his sleep.

While Malachy’s prophesies have been around for centuries, Pope Francis is the final pope mentioned by the archbishop. If his prophesies are correct, Francis could be the last pope before the return of Jesus Christ.

The idea that a pope could be either the antichrist or false prophet mentioned in Revelation has long been taught by Protestants. Many of the reformers and leaders of the Great Awakening, such as John Calvin, Martin Luther and Jonathan Edwards, whose famous sermon, “Sinners In the Hands of an Angry God,” which is still occasionally mentioned in public school textbooks, all taught that the  pope was the antichrist.

However, while many have criticized this teaching as simply anti-Catholic sentiments, Horn says there are respected theologians in the Catholic Church, such as  Cardinal Henry Manning, Father Malachi Martin, Bishop Salvator Zola and Cardinal Frederick William Helle, who have all taught that in the last days Rome would become the seat of power for the antichrist.

“These are from within Catholicism, highly educated men including Jesuits who believe that the time would come when the final pope would be the false prophet of biblical fame and would help give rise to the antichrist,” Horn said.

Dr. George Grant, a historian and former pastor who has written more than 60 books, says regardless of whether there is any validity to the prophesies, sooner or later Pope Francis and the Vatican will have to deal with issue.

“It doesn’t matter whether or not it’s true; it matters whether people think it’s true and that they act in light of it,” Grant said. “Francis and the Vatican will have to deal with this in some way, and in dealing with it they are in a sense giving credence to it. Do I think we need to pay attention to it? Absolutely.”


Sunday, July 07, 2013  16:52     673 Views
Early Indications Are The San Francisco Plane Crash Was Caused By Perhaps The Worst Pilot In The World
Ace of Spades HQ - Yesterday I was convinced the cause had to be mechanical. It was inconceivable to me that an Airline Transport Pilot could manage an approach that badly. Alas.... While stopping short of pinpointing pilot error as the likely cause of the...
Sunday, July 07, 2013  16:42     702 Views
5 men trapped in a tree by Sumatran tiger - and it might take days to find the tree in the jungle.
Althouse - "The group was attacked on Thursday after they accidentally killed a tiger cub. One man died while the others managed to flee up some branches. The survivors alerted nearby villagers using mobile phones."
Villagers had tried to rescue the men on Thursday but retreated when they saw at least four large Sumatran tigers circling around the base of the tree....

The six men, all from Simpang Kiri village in Aceh Tamiang district, had ventured into the national park in search of rare incense wood.

"People keep entering the jungle to look for the wood because it's very expensive," the police chief said. "But that's the risk: there are many tigers and elephants in Gunung Leuser jungle."
Sunday, July 07, 2013  16:41     646 Views
I had to shut off access to the comments today, so here's a poll.
Althouse - 
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Sunday, July 07, 2013  16:27     696 Views
What to watch when 'Lone Ranger' is 'Despicable'?
World Net Daily - 

The Lone Ranger may be an iconic figure of American TV heroism, but the film version hitting theaters this weekend has been nearly universally reviled.

Nationally syndicated talk show host and sometimes WND contributor Steve Deace, for example, blasted the film on his Facebook page.

“As bad as the film-making is, it’s the story itself that is really offensive,” Deace writes. “It’s as if the people that wrote the script despised the character they were portraying. They took all the altruism, heroism and iconic status of the character and made him a whiny and petulant fool.”

He continues, “All the Christians in the film are treated spitefully. They’re either hypocrites, idiots or corrupt. . I came away surprised Disney put their name on this. It’s like the film-makers set out to sabotage an iconic character on purpose.”

Movieguide wasn’t friendly to “The Lone Ranger” either, concluding the film “is surely to disappoint many media-wise moviegoers.”

Even the clearly not Christian movie-review site RottenTomatoes.com gave “The Lone Ranger” a dismal 25-percent (out of 100) rating, criticizing its “bland script, bloated length and blaring action overkill.”

It’s no surprise, then, that many moviegoers have turned instead to “Despicable Me 2,” the sequel to 2010′s funny, charming and award-winning animated film “Despicable Me.”

The first film in the series introduced America to Gru, a contemptible villain whose heart was softened by three orphan girls. The redemptive tale is much beloved, not only for its heartwarming messages, but for the uproariously funny “minions,” Gru’s not-quite human helpers.

“Despicable Me 2″ brings back the minions with a vengeance, as they steal the show and flood nearly every scene. The filmmakers’ clearly know a solid marketing strategy when they see one.

The sequel, however, falls far short of its predecessor.

Oh, the laughs are there. The minions are just flat-out funny. And even after the film’s trailers thoroughly spoiled the first 10 minutes of the film, there are still enough minion hijinks left over, particularly at the very end of the film, to send audiences out of the theater on a high note with smiles on their faces and laughs to share.

The storyline, however, is thin, there primarily as a vehicle to get more minion jokes in. When the plot takes a swing partway through the film to follow Gru’s daughter on a boy crush, it feels like the scriptwriters lost their way.

And while it’s clear “Despicable Me 2″ doesn’t have the heart of the original, it should be acknowledged that its messages are still positive, even surprisingly values-affirming.

The film, for example, has as few heart-warming moments when it become clear Gru’s daughters miss having a mommy. Hollywood and TV are usually far too politically correct to hint at the benefit of a two-parent home (unless those parents are homosexual, of course), but “Despicable Me 2″ doesn’t shy away.

The film lands another positive note late in the film with the pivotal line, “Nobody messes with my family.”

It’s a surprise to hear who says it, so I won’t spoil it.

Suffice it to say, “Despicable Me 2″ is a fairly positive film with a handful of laugh-out-loud moments. Not as good as the original, it’s still a whale of a lot better than its competition in theaters this weekend.

Content advisory:

  • “Despicable Me 2,” rated PG, contains neither profanity nor obscenity.
  • The film’s sexual content, however, is a little thicker than the first time around, as romantic storylines and the comical minions sometimes pick up a few butt, boob and otherwise bawdy jokes. I don’t think it will offend most parents, but those sensitive to it will notice.
  • There’s a significant amount of cartoon and slapstick violence in the movie, though it’s rarely connected to real-life events (one scene, for example, depicts massive, helicopter-mounted Gatling guns that shoot . jelly). Still, the “karate” moves and the minions’ frequent punching and slapping may inspire some younger copycats in the audience.
  • There is no significant religious or occult content in “Despicable Me 2.”
Sunday, July 07, 2013  16:25     677 Views
Farmer's 'White History Month' Fourth of July Float Stirs Controversy...
Drudge Report - Town officials are considering adopting tougher rules for participation in parades in Hope Mills after an entry in the Independence Day parade prompted complaints.
Sunday, July 07, 2013  16:20     690 Views