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Monday, September 22, 2014

Calgary Sun Eviserates Obama: Now He Wants Help From Allies He's Spent Entire Presidency Snubbing

From Fox News
By Marc Patrone, Calgary Sun

ISIS is Barack Obama’s mess.

He made it and now he wants our help to clean it up. What do Canadians owe him?
He’s turned his back on allies such as Israel, having proven himself a bigger friend to the likes of 
Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood than to the Jewish state.

He’s no friend of Canada’s.

Instead of working with his friends, he’s tried in vain to appease such longtime enemies as Iran.

His rush to pull out of Iraq without leaving a reserve force behind has led to the disaster we see unfolding there now.

Now Obama needs allies to battle ISIS and help him save face. So who is stepping up to the plate? The Iranians? The Saudis? Hardly.

Daniel Hannan: The Positive Case for Nationalism

In the end, it came down to flags. It always does.
In the final days of the campaign, it became all about nationhood. Arguments about sterling and the NHS and oil revenues faded into the background as both sides appealed to their supporters’ patriotism. True, there were two competing patriotisms, one British and the other exclusively Scottish. But both campaigns grasped that, in the last analysis, national feeling would trump other considerations, and voters duly went to the polls surrounded by saltires and Union flags.

Senate Democrats Block Ted Cruz Bill Revoking U.S. Citizenship of Terrorists

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Thursday ripped U.S. Senate Democrats for blocking his bill that would revoke the U.S. citizenship of those who join the ISIS terrorist organization, noting that they are abandoning something Hillary Clinton supported when she was Secretary of State.

The Democrats blocked Cruz’s bill on Thursday, a bill that would revoke citizenship from Americans who join ISIS. Cruz’s bill is very similar to one that then Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA)—who is now running in New Hampshire against Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)—and then Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) offered a couple of years ago.

Read more at Hawai'i Free Press >>


Saturday, September 20, 2014

Nonpartisan, Independent Watchdog Demonstrates Obamacare Uses Taxpayer Dollars for Abortion Coverage

Government Accountability Office Report Adds to the Administration’s Long List of Broken Promises

A new report prepared by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) demonstrates that, despite the president’s clear promise, taxpayer dollars are being spent on abortion plans under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Just over five years ago, President Obama stood before a joint session of Congress and declared to the American people, “under our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions, and federal conscience laws will remain in place.” But the GAO report confirms that the administration is failing to uphold its promise. The independent watchdog found that the health law’s accounting gimmick is not being enforced and more than one thousand plans available on the health insurance exchanges cover abortion on demand. Additionally, the GAO found that information about abortion coverage for plans available on the exchanges is not uniformly available to consumers. 

Read more at Christian Coalition of America >>

Friday, September 19, 2014

Daniel Hannan: Thank God My Country is Still Intact

One nation, still

Thank God. Just thank God. I don’t much care at the moment whether God is Scottish, and is glowering approvingly at Great Britain from over His bands and Geneva gown, or whether He is English and is raising a glass of sherry with an absent-minded smile. At least my country is intact.

When I say “my country”, I don’t just mean what it says on my passport. I’m one of those UK nationals – a minority, perhaps, but not an insignificant one – who self-identify as British. In England, Scotland and Wales, older patriotisms generally take precedence (Northern Ireland is a special case, obviously). Although many people across Great Britain are passionate Unionists, a “Yes” vote wouldn’t have forced them to redefine their identity. The UK might have been divided, and they might have been sorry to see it go, but they’d have carried on being English or Scottish or Welsh.

Those of us who are British first had no such fall-back. A “Yes” vote would have meant the end of the country we belonged to – the end of its name, of its flag, of our internal map of home.

I love England dearly, and couldn’t be prouder to represent the Home Counties in the European Parliament. But I’m not English by birth or much ancestry. I’d have had mentally to change my homeland in order to stay at home. As the polls narrowed, I began to sink into a black despair the like of which I have never known. For the first time in my life, I found myself waking in the night from anxiety.

Earlier this evening – or yesterday, as I suppose it now is – I attended a friend’s wedding blessing. The service ended with “I vow to thee me country”, and a piper played “Highland Cathedral” as the recessional. I found my cheeks wet with tears. They are wet again now as I write.

There will be consequences, of course. “Devo Max” – or, as we used to call it before we started mangling our language “Home Rule” – is now a democratic necessity. It’s not just that all the main parties have promised it; it’s that there is no other way to unite the two sides. Home Rule for Scotland will then have implications for the other three parts of the country, forcing massive devolution all round. Good.

But that’s for tomorrow. For now, just rejoice. Rejoice at the fact that we live in a country that wants no unwilling subjects. (Try seceding from France or Spain or Italy or even the United States.) Rejoice that democracy works: we’ve just seen a record-breaking turnout on a record-breaking registration.

Rejoice, most of all, that the nation which, over the past three centuries, has achieved more than any rival on the planet, has a new lease of life. The United Kingdom is a country people want to belong to, and the world is a better place.
Be Britain still to Britain true,
Amang ourselves united;
For never but by British hands
Maun British wrangs be righted!
No! never but by British hands
Shall British wrangs be righted!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Top Obama Bundlers Funded LGBT Attack on San Francisco Archbishop for Traditional Marriage Stance

A leftist group funded by top gay activist bundlers for Obama’s 2012 campaign coordinated both a “well planned and financed” attack against San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone for his decision to speak during the March for Marriage in Washington, D.C. in June, says Catholic San Francisco.

Faithful America is an organization that claims to be “the largest and fastest growing online community of Christians putting faith into action for social justice.”

According to Valerie Schmalz writing at Catholic San Francisco, there is “abundant evidence” that the attack on Cordileone, who is chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, was coordinated by Faithful America and supported by politically powerful and wealthy individuals and foundations that have dedicated millions to promoting the LGBT agenda.

Read more at Breitbart >>

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Cardinal Newman Society Announces 2014 Catholic Schools of Excellence

Charleston's Bishop England High School, a 2014 School of Excellence
The Cardinal Newman Society has released the list of schools recognized by the Catholic Education Honor Roll as 2014 Schools of Excellence.  Comprising fewer than 5% of the Catholic high schools in the United States,  the schools, located in 26 states, "are marked by the integration of Catholic identity throughout all aspects of their programs and excellence in academics." 

Catholic Education Honor Roll:

2014 Schools of Excellence
Holy Rosary Academy, Anchorage

Saint Mary's Catholic High School, Phoenix

Saint Augustine Academy, Ventura Saint Joseph Academy, San Marcos Saint Michael’s Preparatory School, Silverado Saint Monica Academy, Pasadena
Holy Family High School, Broomfield
Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy High School, Southwest Ranches Belen Jesuit Preparatory School, Miami Rhodora J. Donahue Academy, Ave Maria
Holy Spirit Preparatory School, Atlanta Pinecrest Academy, Cumming
Bishop Chatard High School, Indianapolis Saint Joseph High School, South Bend Saint Theodore Guerin High School, Noblesville
St. James Academy, Lenexa
St. John's Catholic School, Beloit
Covington Latin School, Covington Holy Angels Academy, Louisville
Academy of Our Lady, Marrero John Paul the Great Academy, Lafayette Mount Carmel Academy, New Orleans
Trivium School, Lancaster
Mount de Sales Academy, Catonsville
Catholic Central High School, Grand Rapids Detroit Catholic Central High School, Novi Everest Collegiate High School, Clarkston Father Gabriel Richard High School, Ann Arbor Saint Francis High School, Traverse City West Catholic High School, Grand Rapids
Chesterton Academy, Edina Providence Academy, Plymouth Saint Agnes School, St. Paul
Notre Dame Regional High School, Cape Girardeau St. John Vianney High School, St. Louis St. Pius X High School, Festus St. Vincent High School, Perryville
Pius X High School, Lincoln
New Hampshire
Holy Family Academy, Manchester Mount Royal Academy, Sunapee
New York  
Cathedral Preparatory School and Seminary, Elmhurst Holy Cross Academy, Oneida The Montfort Academy, Mt. Vernon
The Lyceum, South Euclid
Aquinas Academy, Gibsonia Geibel Catholic Junior-Senior High School, Connellsville Oakland Catholic High School, Pittsburgh Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School, Coraopolis Quigley Catholic High School, Baden Saint Joseph High School, Natrona Heights Serra Catholic High School, McKeesport Seton-La Salle Catholic High School, Pittsburgh
South Carolina  
Bishop England High School, Charleston St. Joseph’s Catholic School, Greenville
South Dakota  
O’Gorman High School, Sioux Falls
Knoxville Catholic High School, Knoxville Saint Cecilia Academy, Nashville
ntonian College Preparatory High School, San Antonio Bishop T.K. Gorman Regional Catholic School, Tyler Sacred Heart Catholic High School, Muenster Saint Ignatius College Preparatory School, Fort Worth The Atonement Academy, San Antonio The Highlands School, Irving
Bishop Denis J. O'Connell High School, Arlington Holy Family Academy, Manassas Paul VI Catholic High School, Fairfax Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School, Dumfries Seton School, Manassas
Catholic Memorial High School, Waukesha
Trinity Academy, Pewaukee
Xavier High School, Appleton
2014 High Schools Receiving Honorable Mention:
Beckman Catholic High School, Dyersville, IA
Bishop Carroll Catholic High School, Ebensburg, PA
John Paul II Catholic High School, New Braunfels, TX
Notre Dame Academy, Toledo, OH
Padua Academy, Wilmington, DE
Saint Mary's Springs Academy High School, Fond du Lac, WI
St. John Paul II High School, Corpus Christi, TX
St. Pius X High School, Kansas City, MO
Trinity Catholic High School, Ocala, FL