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Reaping the Wuerl Wind

By 12.18.13

Donald Wuerl, the cardinal of Washington, D.C., prides himself on his “pastoral” practice of distributing the Holy Eucharist to Democratic pols no matter how many unborn children they vote to kill. Cardinal Raymond Burke, the head of the Vatican’s top court, which made him the foremost authority on canon law, has said that Wuerl’s practice blatantly violates it.

In light of this conflict, the decision of Pope Francis this week to boot Burke from the Congregation for Bishops and replace him with Wuerl deserves a special place in the annals of in-your-face papal politics. The liberal media is naturally ecstatic, seeing Wuerl’s plum as yet another proof that Francis is the pope they have been waiting for.

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Liberal Affluenza

By 12.17.13

In June, 16-year old Ethan Couch, driving his father’s F-350 pickup truck while drunk on beer that he and friends had stolen from Walmart, plowed into four people on the side of the road in Burleson, Texas, killing them and grievously injuring two of his own teenage passengers.

Couch was driving 70 mph on a section of road where the limit was 40 mph. His blood-alcohol level was three times the legal limit (not that it’s legal for 16-year-old children to drink in any case.) His blood also showed traces of THC (marijuana) and valium.

The dead were a young woman whose car had blown a tire and three good Samaritans including a woman, her adult daughter, and a local youth pastor who had all come to help the stranded motorist. The injured include a teenager thrown from the pickup who suffered severe brain damage and will never again walk, speak, or have anything like an actual life.

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Mandela’s African Cold War

By 12.12.13

Most Americans have never heard of Chris Hani or Oliver Tambo, both of whom died in 1993, and there was no fanfare in the U.S. media when Arthur Goldreich died two years ago. Since Nelson Mandela’s death last Thursday, the names of his former comrades in the anti-apartheid struggle have been omitted from the media narrative. The MSNBC hostess who last week enthusiastically credited Mandela with having “singlehandedly” ended apartheid was merely reducing to its ridiculous essence a myth that has become ubiquitous. What has been carefully omitted from the media myth — along with the names of many of Mandela’s colleagues in the African National Congress — is that the ANC was a communist-dominated party closely allied with the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

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War Spreads in the Sahel

By 12.11.13

As a public figure in the Central African Republic, President Francois Bozize did pretty well, staying in power from 2003 to 2013 and getting out with his life and, one cannot say with certainty but with a fair presumption based on precedent, a stash sufficient to keep him happy in West African and French exile.

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The Tower of Babble

By 12.10.13

Cant about Mandela’s legacy as a world without human rights abuses is hard to take seriously from leaders who routinely commit them. An assortment of human rights abusers turned up at his rainy memorial in South Africa, with some of them, like the mass murderer Raul Castro, given the most prominent places on the dais.

The media, of course, is treating reaction to Mandela’s death as a test of one’s civilized bona fides. Unless a public figure heaps indiscriminate praise upon Mandela, he is simply not a good person, maybe even a secret racist. In this climate, Republican pols, desperate for a pat on the head from the mainstream media, are making inane remarks about Mandela as the George Washington of South Africa. He was more like the John Brown of South Africa. His cause, ending apartheid, was admirable, but his means to that end, conducting a terror campaign for the ANC, were immoral and criminal. That is why even liberals at Amnesty International wouldn’t touch Mandela in the 1960s.

A more realistic assessment of Mandela’s legacy comes from the author David Horowitz

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North Korea’s Disappearing Man

By 12.9.13

If you run a police state such as North Korea (a.k.a. “The People’s Republic of North Korea”) publicity is almost always bad, so you avoid it if possible. There are occasional exceptions and the North Korea authorities spotted one a month ago. A guided tour group was about to leave after a week’s visit when, in a last-minute review of the passenger list, an operative noticed that one of the visitors had not only been a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, but also may have been in counter-intelligence. With that, they took Merrill Newman, a retired California businessman, off the plane and held him. He may have been on a sinister mission, they hinted. 

This ran widely in short articles in U.S. newspapers and television and very conveniently obscured thinly covered reports from South Korean sources that ruler Kim Jong-un had fired his Uncle, Jang Song Thaek, the husband of Aunt Kyong-hui Kim. Jang was widely considered to be the government’s No. 2 man and was the one had been designated to teach his novice nephew the ropes when he inherited the emperor’s job upon the death of his father, Kim Jong-il.

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