Saturday, May 18, 2013

Noonan: Political abuse of the IRS threatens the basic integrity of our government...

May 17, 2013
by Peggy Noonan

We are in the midst of the worst Washington scandal since Watergate. The reputation of the Obama White House has, among conservatives, gone from sketchy to sinister, and, among liberals, from unsatisfying to dangerous. No one likes what they're seeing. The Justice Department assault on the Associated Press and the ugly politicization of the Internal Revenue Service have left the administration's credibility deeply, probably irretrievably damaged. They don't look jerky now, they look dirty. The patina of high-mindedness the president enjoyed is gone.

Something big has shifted. The standing of the administration has changed.

As always it comes down to trust. Do you trust the president's answers when he's pressed on an uncomfortable story? Do you trust his people to be sober and fair-minded as they go about their work? Do you trust the IRS and the Justice Department? You do not.

The president, as usual, acts as if all of this is totally unconnected to him. He's shocked, it's unacceptable, he'll get to the bottom of it. He read about it in the papers, just like you.

But he is not unconnected, he is not a bystander. This is his administration. Those are his executive agencies. He runs the IRS and the Justice Department...  the rest
Also: Stay Shocked

IRS asked pro-life group about 'the content of their prayers'

May 18, 2013
Rep. Mike Kelly

Falls Church Anglican Seeks Rehearing After Losing Property Suit to Episcopal Church

By Michael Gryboski
May 16, 2013

An Anglican congregation in Virginia that recently lost a property suit against The Episcopal Church is asking for a rehearing before the state Supreme Court.

George Ward, senior warden of the vestry of The Falls Church Anglican, told The Christian Post that the congregation will submit a petition that may be heard by the Court.

"Our attorneys looked carefully at the opinion and they briefed our vestry on it, and the attorneys highlighted for us that the opinion is based at least in part on arguments that really had not been raised in the seven years of litigation," said Ward. "Since they had not been raised, we have not been able to either brief them or argue them before the Court. And so, by putting in a petition for a rehearing, that would enable us to argue those issues." the rest

A.S. Haley: Confusion (among Amateur Canonists) about California Ruling
Now comes a task I would rather not face, given that I count many non-canon lawyers who are bloggers on Episcopal matters at least as colleagues, if not as personal friends. But in the wake of my commentary on the recent St. James ruling, a host of lay would-be canonists have rushed in to assure everyone that the ruling is not as bad as it is, or that it does not really say what it says. The latest comes from the estimable Father Haller, but he and others have also been contributing to the comments on other blogs. (Note that no one has seen fit to come here and question me directly.)

Let's clear up one simple matter first: the ruling is not yet precedent for California courts, because it is only the decision of a single trial judge in Orange County, California. As I pointed out in my original post, it will become problematic only if it is affirmed upon appeal.  (But as I also pointed out in my post, all of the appeals taken thus far by St. James in this case were decided against them initially by the Court of Appeals.)

Next, let's wade into the legal realities. Forget all talk about "alienating parish property."  That never occurred in the St. James case.  Far from alienating any real property in 1991, St. James acquired it.  Those (like Fr. Haller) who cite Canon I.7.3 about needing the permission of the Standing Committee in addition to the permission of the diocesan bishop to waive the Dennis Canon upon the acquisition of property are barking up the wrong tree here. Unlike the Dennis Canon itself, that Canon simply does not apply to a parish's acquisition of property...

Anglican church in Turlock to close, open elsewhere
After years of fighting a lawsuit over its property, the parishioners of St. Francis Anglican Church in Turlock will close their doors for the final time Sunday and walk to a new beginning a few blocks away.

The 75 or so regular attendees will take almost nothing with them — not even membership and financial records of the past few years — and instead will start from scratch as Grace Anglican Church in rented space at another local church.

"At the end of the day, we walk away from all this with a great deal of peace in our hearts," said the Rev. Gerry Grossman, who has led St. Francis Anglican Church since 2008.

Why We Must Care: A Letter from the Desk of Bishop John Guernsey
The following letter by Bishop John Guernsey originally appeared on the website of the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic of the Anglican Church of North America.

Dear Friends,

The murder trial of the Philadelphia abortionist, Dr. Kermit Gosnell, has been of great interest and deep concern to me. I wish I could say it had captured the attention of the nation, but, as you may know, it was largely ignored by the media. (The executive editor of the Washington Post said he hadn’t been aware of the story.) The trial was sickening, not because of the filth in the clinic, not because of the body parts of fetuses in jars, not because of the reprehensibly irresponsible medical care which caused the death of 41-year old Karnamaya Mongar of Woodbridge, VA. The trial wasn’t sickening because it showed something exceptional, but because it showed what abortion is and does.For many years, the pro-life movement has emphasized the link between abortion and infanticide. The ethic that defends the killing of babies in the womb so easily leads to justifying the killing of them a few minutes later and a few inches away, just outside the womb. But in recent months the support of infanticide in the pro-abortion movement has grown and become increasingly clear.

Peace Must Never Be Accepted On Boko Haram's Term–Anglican Primate Nicholas Okoh
Addressing the third session of the eight synod of the Anglican Church in Abuja, Most Reverend Okoh said it’s a pitfall that must be avoided by the committee because it would inadvertently create an Islamic state in the northern part of the country.

Most Reverend Okoh also added that a public discussion should have been held before the amnesty committee was set up...

Anglican Unscripted Episode 72

May 18, 2013

Episode 72 of Anglican Unscripted brings even more news about the Anglican Church (Communion) around the world. Kevin and George talk about stories from Tanzania and Nigeria, who are dealing with internal conflict and Muslim-on-Christian violence.

It is also time to give an update on the Temporary Same Sex Liturgies the Episcopal Church passed at General Convention last year and who is using them and who is not.

AS Haley updates all the major legal cases around the country and discusses the late breaking news from The Falls Church.

Peter Ould talks about the growing conflict and investigation in Jersey. It is hard to tell if the biggest issue is jurisdiction or lack of transparency.

Finally, in the blooper real at the end of the episode (after the credits) one of our contributors reveals a hidden talent.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Holy Spirit of God...

Holy Spirit of God, visit now this soul of mine, and tarry within it until the eventide. Inspire all my thoughts. Pervade all my imaginations. Suggest all my decisions. Lodge in my soul's most inward citadel, and order all my doings. Be with me in silence and in my speech, in my haste and in my leisure, in company and in solitude, in the freshness of the morning and the weariness of the evening. Give me grace at all times to rejoice in Thy mysterious companionship. ...John Baillie image

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IRS Scandal Raises Specter of Politically Motivated Healthcare Denials
Byron York of the Washington Examiner wrote yesterday that the IRS scandal could lead to fears about the agency's role in enforcing Obamacare:

"The IRS will also decide who is, and who is not, eligible for Obamacare's subsidies. The law authorizes the IRS to share confidential taxpayer information with the Department of Health and Human Services for the purpose of determining those subsidies."

"In addition, the IRS will keep track of even the smallest changes in Americans' financial condition. Did you get a raise recently? You'll need to notify the IRS; it might affect your subsidy status. Have your hours been reduced at work? Notify the IRS. Change jobs? Same."

Those fears have been ongoing since Obamacare was first rammed through. Financial worries and concern over loss of property, along with the stress of a "new normal" sluggish economy have been at the top of the list of most thinking Americans...

Report: IRS Deliberately Chose Not to Fess Up to Scandal Before Election
...The IRS commissioner "has known for at least a year that this was going on," said Myers, "and that this had happened. And did he share any of that information with the White House? But even more importantly, Congress is going to ask him, why did you mislead us for an entire year? Members of Congress were saying conservatives are being targeted. What's going on here? The IRS denied it. Then when -- after these officials are briefed by the IG that this is going on, they don't disclose it. In fact, the commissioner sent a letter to Congress in September on this subject and did not reveal this. Imagine if we -- if you can -- what would have happened if this fact came out in September 2012, in the middle of a presidential election? The terrain would have looked very different."...

Pro-Abortion Planned Parenthood’s New Ad Campaign: Your Baby Will Thank You
This ad proves that insanity can indeed reach new heights...

James Dobson confirms slam campaign against his group
...That was confirmed today when Dr. James Dobson, whose has served as an adviser to presidents and now runs Dr. James Dobson’s FamilyTalk, said his organization’s status was threatened because it didn’t present “all views.”..

Why Canadians Are Turning Away From Organized Religion
...Observers noted that among the survey’s most striking findings is that one in four Canadians, or 7.8 million people, reported they had no religious affiliation at all. That was up sharply from 16.5 percent from the 2001 census, and 12 percent in 1991...

Why is television canceling its homosexuals shows?
Broadcast networks featured more homosexual characters during the 2012-2013 season than ever before. The Big Four networks lost 7.5 percent of their viewership, with a more profound exodus occurring among the 18-49 demographic coveted by Madison Avenue. Do mainstream viewers not care for so many gay men in their living rooms?

“Gentrification of the Heart”
...Pope Francis warned against “gentrification of the heart” as a consequence of comfortable living, and called on the faithful to “touch the flesh of Christ” by caring for the needy...

Why Private Schools Are Dying Out
...Consider today's realities. Private K-12 enrollments are shrinking -- by almost 13 percent from 2000 to 2010. Catholic schools are closing right and left. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia, for example, announced in January that 44 of its 156 elementary will cease operations next month. (A few later won reprieves.) In addition, many independent schools (day schools and especially boarding schools) are having trouble filling their seats -- at least, filling them with their customary clientele of tuition-paying American students. Traditional nonprofit private colleges are also challenged to fill their classroom seats and dorms, to which they're responding by heavily discounting their tuitions and fees for more and more students...

Pre-med University of South Florida student John Andrew Welden arrested for tricking girlfriend into taking abortion pill ...Welden is facing a possible life sentence after the feds accused him of tricking his girlfriend, 26-year-old Remee Lee, into taking an abortion pill.

According to the federal indictment, 28-year-old Welden forged the signature of his physician father, Dr. Stephen Welden, an OB/GYN, for a prescription pill that can terminate pregnancy. He then allegedly switched the label to make it look like a bottle of antibiotics.

Lee lost the baby a short time later...

Christianity could be facing a catastrophic collapse in Britain according to official figures suggesting it is declining 50 per cent faster than previously thought.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

I am graven on the palms of His hands...

I am graven on the palms of His hands. I am never out of His mind. All my knowledge of Him depends on His sustained initiative in knowing me. I know Him, because He first knew me, and continues to know me. He knows me as a friend, One who loves me; and there is no moment when His eye is off me, or His attention distracted for me, and no moment, therefore, when His care falters. ...JI Packer image

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May 11, 2013

Judge Jeanine Pirro, who attended this week's Congressional hearing on Benghazi, says the testimony she witnessed proved President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are liars.

The Multiple Facets Of The IRS Scandal
What is commonly referred to as the IRS scandal consists of several distinct, although obviously related, elements. The scandal was brought to light by the revelation that the IRS, in evaluating nonprofits’ applications for 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) status, discriminated against Tea Party and other conservative groups. The IRS would routinely hold up such applications, sometimes for years, while often making irrelevant inquiries of the applicant, e.g., asking for the names of donors. At the same time, the IRS quickly and easily approved similar applications from liberal groups...

Texas’ Gosnell Doug Karpen under criminal investigation for murdering newborn babies
Houston prosecutors announced today they have launched a criminal investigation of Douglas Karpen, the late-term abortionist who twisted newborn babies' heads off with his bare hands according to his former employees.

After an intense pro-life lobbying effort, the Harris County District Attorney's Office announced this afternoon it had opened an early probe into allegations raised by three former employees that Karpen was guilty of infanticide in a manner reminiscent of Kermit Gosnell...

Kermit Gosnell and the Logic of "Pro-Choice"
...Who but the abortionist is the slave-dealer today? On whom does the traffic in abortions entirely depend? Who else gives practical effect to the “right to choose” an abortion proclaimed in Roe v. Wade?

But our own social customs are not so different from what Lincoln saw in the antebellum South. We “shrink from the snaky contact” with the abortion provider, and even people who call themselves “pro-choice” avert their eyes from the grisly reality of what it means, in practice, to exercise the “right to choose.”

Barack Obama, on April 26, was the first sitting president of the United States to give a public address to a convention of the slave-dealers of our age. That morning he gave a twelve-minute speech to the annual conference of Planned Parenthood, an organization responsible for more abortions than any other provider in the country.

Evidently he is not afraid to come into contact with our own “class of native tyrants,” who carry on the despicable business of destroying hundreds of thousands of human lives each year, and have the audacity to say they are serving “women’s health.” But then this is, after all, the same politician who voted against an Illinois law to protect the lives of newborns who survived failed abortions.

There is a limit even to Obama’s audacity, though. The president mentioned the “right to choose” four times in his brief speech, but somehow this transitive verb never took an object. Choose what? He never uttered the word “abortion,” though it was plain that the entire speech was about the centrality of abortion to the president’s notion of women’s “health.” Is there any other constitutional right, real or invented, that does not go by its true name when its defenders speak of it?...

Black Pastors: Church 'Woefully Uninformed' About Abortion's Impact
A coalition of African-American clergy and leaders who came to the nation's capital to lobby for a Congressional investigation of the abortion industry says that the American church is by and large ignorant of abortion's negative impact...

President of 'Jesus Stomping' Florida University Quits
...During the course of the past year, Saunders defended a professor who asked students to stomp on a paper after writing the name "Jesus" on it and a failed attempt to name the football stadium after jail contractor Geo Group. Another professor made news when he suggested the Newtown, Conn., shooting in which 20 schoolchildren were killed never took place...

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Oh, the blessedness of a life in the holiest!

Oh, the blessedness of a life in the holiest!
 Here the Father is seen and His love tasted. Here His holiness is revealed and the soul made partaker of it. Here the sacrifice of love and worship and adoration, the incense of prayer and supplication, is offered in power. Here the outpouring of the Spirit is known as an ever-streaming, overflowing river from under the throne of God and the Lamb. Here the soul, in God's presence, grows into more complete oneness in Christ, and more entire conformity to His likeness. Here, in union with Christ, in His unceasing intercession, we are emboldened to take our place as intercessors who can have power with God and prevail. Here the soul mounts up as on eagles' wings, strength is renewed, and blessing and power and love are imparted with which God's priests can go out to bless a dying world. Here each day we may experience the fresh anointing by which we can go out to be bearers, witnesses and channels of God's salvation to men, and living instruments of our blessed King's triumph...Let this be our life! ...Andrew Murray image

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...The same region of the sun that brought you three powerful solar flares in a 24-hour span from Sunday night to Monday evening let loose Tuesday night with another explosive flash of ultraviolet radiation and sent tons of its own solar material flying through space... image

Fungus Wreaks Havoc on Coffee Crop
...Across Central America, production is expected to shrink 16% in the growing season that runs from October to September from a year earlier, the ICO forecasts...

Albert Mohler: Kermit Gosnell’s America-What His Trial Really Reveals
...What the pro-abortion movement fears most is that Americans will pause to consider what this trial really means. It means that Dr. Gosnell would not be on trial for murder if he had killed those three babies while inside their mother’s body. His murder convictions have everything to do with the fact that the abortions were “botched” and the babies were accidentally born alive. Had the abortions been “successful” — even up to the last hours of pregnancy — Dr. Gosnell might have been charged with performing a late-term abortion, but not of murder...

Is the Scandal Ridden Obama Administration Becoming a House of Cards?
...Like most of you, I insist upon knowing what really happened on that fateful evening in Benghazi, Libya - and what really happened afterward. People died and someone lied. The only question is who lied and when. No-one is happy to make such an assertion. I certainly am not.

This evil terrorist act had nothing to do with a You Tube Video. It was perpetrated by Jihadists and we know it. This Administration knew it, early on, and concocted the entire story as a deflection. The question is why - and the American people have a right to an answer.

Like most of you, I insist upon a full explanation concerning the abuse of office committed by agents of the Internal Revenue Service. They engaged in a systematic and widespread pattern of viewpoint discrimination. There is no doubt that they singled out applicants for denial or delay of non-profit status based solely upon their political positions. That kind of action is unconstitutional and threatens our political order...

Insurers predict 100% to 400% Obamacare rate explosion
...Internal cost estimates from 17 of the nation's largest insurance companies indicate that health insurance premiums will grow an average of 100 percent under Obamacare, and that some will soar more than 400 percent, crushing the administration's goal of affordability.

New regulations, policies, taxes, fees and mandates are the reason for the unexpected "rate shock," according to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which released a report Monday based on internal documents provided by the insurance companies. The 17 companies include Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield and Kaiser Foundation...

The IRS Raids 60 Million Personal Medical Records
...“This is an action involving the corruption and abuse of power by several Internal Revenue Service agents,” the complaint reads.

“No search warrant authorized the seizure of these records; no subpoena authorized the seizure of these records; none of the 10,000,000 Americans were under any kind of known criminal or civil investigation and their medical records had no relevance whatsoever to the IRS search. IT personnel at the scene, a HIPPA facility warning on the building and the IT portion of the searched premises, and the company executives each warned the IRS agents of these privileged records,” it continued.

The claim asserts that the IRS agents’ seizure of medical records violated the 4th Amendment.
“These medical records contained intimate and private information of more than 10,000,000 Americans, information that by its nature includes information about treatment for any kind of medical concern, including psychological counseling, gynecological counseling, sexual or drug treatment, and a wide range of medical matters covering the most intimate and private of concerns,” the complaint states...

Massachusetts: Seven Muslims caught trespassing at large public water supply for Boston; patrols stepped up statewide
...Shortly after midnight Tuesday, seven people were caught trespassing at the Quabbin Reservoir.

State Police say the five men and two women are from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Singapore, and “cited their education and career interests” for being in the area. The men told police they were chemical engineers and recent college graduates...

Syrian rebel hacks dead soldier's body, eats heart on video
In one of the more shocking videos released in the Syrian civil war, Syrian Rebel commander Abu Sakkar, known to journalists and revered by many rebels, was shown on Sunday cutting organs out of a dead soldier and biting into his heart...

Understanding Taqiyya-Islamic Principle of Lying for the Sake of Allah

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

GAFCON II set for Nairobi

May 14, 2013
by George Conger

The Second Global Anglican Future Conference will be held in Nairobi, Kenya, 21-26 October 2013, the General Secretary of the Global Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans, Dr. Peter Jensen the Archbishop of Sydney announced last week.

“God is establishing new churches creating new believers and transforming lives. Our hope for the future is in him. Our aim is to move forward confidently, to plan and experience in fellowship a future for Anglicans in which his Word is honoured and our witness is clear,” Dr. Jensen said
“We are looking forward with great expectation to seeing God at work as we meet in Nairobi. The focus will be on our shared Anglican future, as we engage with the missionary theme, ‘Making Disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ’,” he added.

Lay, clergy and episcopal delegates will be invited to attend the gathering at All Saints Cathedral in Nairobi to “proclaim and defend the apostolic gospel within and beyond the Anglican Communion and to recognise and share fellowship with orthodox Anglicans globally, especially those who have been disaffiliated by false teaching and behaviour.”

The conference organizers said the Christian world faces the “triple challenge of sceptical secularism, militant religion and compromised Christianity. GAFCON 2013 has been summoned so that GFCA can help both plan for and experience the future of the Communion of which we, with many others, are part.” Here

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Tragic Worship
...Of all places, the Church should surely be the most realistic. The Church knows how far humanity has fallen, understands the cost of that fall in both the incarnate death of Christ and the inevitable death of every single believer. In the psalms of lament, the Church has a poetic language for giving expression to the deepest longings of a humanity looking to find rest not in this world but the next. In the great liturgies of the Church, death casts a long, creative, cathartic shadow. Our worship should reflect the realities of a life that must face death before experiencing resurrection.

It is therefore an irony of the most perverse kind that churches have become places where Pascalian distraction and a notion of entertainment that eschews the tragic seem to dominate just as comprehensively as they do in the wider world. I am sure that the separation of church buildings from graveyards was not the intentional start of this process, but it certainly helped to lessen the presence of death. The present generation does not have the inconvenience of passing by the graves of loved ones as it gathers for worship. Nowadays, death has all but vanished from the inside of churches as well...

How Fornication Messes Up Marriage
...Because sex rightly understood is such a good and important gift, it is not wrong for Christians or anyone else to try to defend it from harm or perversion. Both pornography and fornication—as well as lust in general—threaten the sanctity of the marriage bed. In Christianity, the husband loves his wife qua his wife; the wife loves her husband qua her husband. As Canon Scott Houser so clearly illustrated in one of his Anglican Way Institute lectures (starting around minute 26:11), that forbids imagining your spouse as someone else. You are not loving your husband himself or wife herself when you are trying to ignore their self or unique personhood while extracting pleasure from them as an object. In such a case, sex itself becomes a selfish end rather than a sacrificial means to union...

NBC Worries Pope's New Saints Will Hurt Islam's Feelings
Pope Francis set a record by canonizing 800 15th Century laymen that refused to convert to Islam and brutally died because of it...

UK Pol: We Should Kill Disabled Children Like We Kill Deformed Lambs
British politician Colin Brewer: "We are just animals," Brewer continued. "You can’t have lambs running around with five legs and two heads. It would be put down, smashed against the wall and be dealt with." I always love when people say humans are just animals because the next sentence out of their mouths usually goes a long way toward proving it.

When asked if there was any difference between killing a lamb or a human being he simply said, according to Disability News, "I think the cost has got to be evaluated."

"It is not something I would like to do but there is only so much in the bucket," he reportedly said. "If you are talking about giving services to the community or services to the individual, the balance has got to be struck."

Justice Seizes AP Phone Records in 'Massive, Unprecedented Intrusion'
...In a letter of protest sent to Attorney General Eric Holder Monday, AP President and Chief Executive Officer Gary Pruitt said the government sought and obtained information far beyond anything that could be justified by any specific investigation. He demanded the return of the phone records and the destruction of all copies.

"There can be no possible justification for such an overbroad collection of the telephone communications of The Associated Press and its reporters. These records potentially reveal communications with confidential sources across all of the newsgathering activities undertaken by the AP during a two-month period, provide a road map to AP's newsgathering operations, and disclose information about AP's activities and operations that the government has no conceivable right to know," Pruitt said...

IRS Employees Donated Over Twice as Much to Obama in 2012
...But a review of political campaign contributions during the 2012 election cycle paints a slightly different picture, one that deviates from patterns of support found in the rest of the country. According to figures compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics, IRS employees donated over two-and-a-half times more to Barack Obama than to Republican challenger Mitt Romney...

What Media (Really) Fears About Gosnell Trial
...I suggest that the real reason for a pro-choice media is that shoddy practitioners, abortion clinics, and regulators seem commonplace across the nation. Gosnell alone had 46 lawsuits, but continued to practice in broad daylight...

Faith-Themed Television Boosted by 'The Bible'
The Bible miniseries has been one of cable television's top performers of the year, averaging more than 11 million viewers per episode. That success has sparked both enthusiasm and skepticism among Christian media watchers...

Monday, May 13, 2013

Scrolling around...May 13, 2013

On Medicaid? You are 13 Percent More Likely to Die
...Is funneling millions of additional American citizens into Medicaid a good thing for those citizens’ health? Detailed studies by respected academic and medical organizations including the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and the University of Virginia have demonstrated that those in the Medicaid program die at a higher rate from heart problems, surgical outcomes and cancer than Americans receiving private insurance, Medicare or even the uninsured. That's right. Medicaid recipients have worse health care outcomes, according to the studies, than Americans who have no insurance at all.

According to a recent study by an economist at the National Center for Health Statistics, people on Medicaid currently can expect one in three doctors to turn them away as new patients because of their insurance, which pays about half of private plans for the same services. This is a problem across the country that’s getting worse, as forty-seven of the 50 states have cut doctor payments in the last two years.

Because these individuals struggle to find doctors willing to accept their insurance plan, these people receive substandard care...

...A different study from the Journal Cancer, found Medicaid cancer patients are two to three times more likely to pass away than other patients. Other studies found that Medicaid patients who have coronary artery bypass surgery are 50% more likely to die than those with private insurance or seniors on Medicare. Surgical patients on Medicaid are 13% more likely to die than even uninsured patients and 97% more likely to die than privately-insured patients...

Holocaust of Christians in the Muslim World on the Horizon
...But Obama is nowhere to be found amongst the Christians in Egypt, instead he is supporting their very persecutors: the Muslim Brotherhood...

Sweden: Four years for honor murder of sister; he stabbed her over 100 times
...A Swedish appeals court has reduced a lower court's eight-year prison sentence for a 17-year-old boy found of guilty fatally stabbing his sister more than 100 times after she fled a forced marriage in Iraq, in what the court referred to as an "honour killing"...

Pope Francis Joins 40,000 Pro-Lifers at Italian March for Life
Some 40,000 pro-life marchers at the March for Life in Italy received a surprise when Pope Francis joined them — driving down the street in his popemobile where the Marcia per la Vita was taking place...

Disgusting: White house: Obama is "Our North Star"

IRS targeted groups that criticized the government, IG report says
At various points over the past two years, Internal Revenue Service officials targeted nonprofit groups that criticized the government and sought to educate Americans about the U.S. Constitution, according to documents in an audit conducted by the agency’s inspector general.

The documents, obtained by The Washington Post  from a congressional aide with knowledge of the findings, show that on June 29, 2011, IRS staffers held a briefing with senior agency official Lois G. Lerner in which they described giving special attention to instances where “statements in the case file criticize how the country is being run.” Lerner, who  oversees tax-exempt groups for the agency, raised objections and the agency revised its criteria a week later...

If the IRS was targeting conservative groups — as they now admit to doing — were they also leaking information?

Republicans slam IRS targeting of Tea Party as 'chilling,' a form of intimidation
“The conclusion that the IRS came to is that they did have agents who were engaged in intimidation of political groups”

IRS scandal grows to include debt critics
...At the same time, Fox News reported on Monday that the IRS may have been casting an even wider net, and agents could have unfairly targeted groups that touted better government economic policy and debt pay-down. Also among the targeted: Groups that tried to educate about the Constitution or government policy critics, Fox News said...