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If birth control is “not your boss’s business,” why do you expect him to pay for it?

US Supreme Court hands down decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby

Liberals’ Hobby Lobby Doublethink

I’m particularly fond of the Game of Thrones reference. Read Jonah’s entire column here.

For National Review OnlineJonah Goldberg writes:

Abortion-rights protesters gathered outside the Supreme Court building on Monday holding signs that read “Birth Control: Not My Boss’s Business.”

“The notion that denying a subsidy for a product is equivalent to banning that product is one of the odder tenets of contemporary liberalism.”

Much to their chagrin, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito agreed in his ruling in the Hobby Lobby case.

double-think-clownOf course, that’s not how supporters of the government’s contraception mandate see it. They actually believe that birth control is their boss’s business, and they want the federal government to force employers to agree.

More on that later, but it’s first worth noting how we got here.

First, contrary to a lot of lazy punditry, there is no Obamacare contraception mandate. As my National Review colleague Ramesh Ponnuru notes, even President Obama’s liberal rubber-stamp Congress of 2009–10 never addressed — or even debated — the question of whether companies can be forced to provide contraceptive coverage. Department of Health and Human Services bureaucrats simply asserted that they could impose such a requirement. Indeed, “several pro-life Democrats,” Ponnuru adds, “who provided the law’s narrow margin of victory in the House have said they would have voted against the law had it included the mandate.”

“If I like to dress up as a character from Game of Thrones on weekends, pretending to fight snow zombies and treating my mutt like she’s a mystical direwolf, that’s none of my employer’s business. But if I ask my employer to pay for my trip to a Game of Thrones fan convention, I am asking him to make it his business.”

Moreover, Hobby Lobby never objected to covering birth control per se. It already covers 16 kinds of birth control for its employees. But it objected to paying for what it considers to be abortifacients, which don’t prevent a pregnancy but terminate one. The pro-abortion-rights lobby can argue that “abortion” and “birth control” are synonymous terms, but that doesn’t make it true. Read the rest of this entry »

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[VIDEO] MSNBC Bubble: ‘Everybody Thinks Hobby Lobby Ruling Was Bad’

“This is the first time ever that we haven’t gotten anybody that’s in support of what the other side has done. So everybody doesn’t think this is a good idea.”

One hundred percent of MSNBC viewers early on Tuesday apparently disapproved of the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Hobby Lobby case.

On Way Too Early on Tuesday, host Thomas Roberts wrapped up the show with a summary of a survey of viewers. According to Roberts, every single participant said they thought the Supreme Court ruled incorrectly in protecting religious freedom for private business owners…(read more) National Review Online


Hey Fellows, FIREWORKS!

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Protesters Block Buses Carrying Illegal Immigrants (CNN, Adhering to Correct Leftist Doctrine, is Required to Say ‘Undocumented Immigrants’) into California


Medical Staff Warned: Keep Your Mouths Shut About Illegal Immigrants or Face Arrest

Security forces called themselves the “Brown Shirts.”

For Fox NewsTodd Starnes  reports: A government-contracted security force threatened to arrest doctors and nurses if they divulged any information about the contagion threat at a refugee camp housing illegal alien children at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, sources say.

In spite of the threat, several former camp workers broke their confidentiality agreements and shared exclusive details with me about the dangerous conditions at the camp. They said taxpayers deserve to know about the contagious diseases and the risks the children pose to Americans. I have agreed to not to disclose their identities because they fear retaliation and prosecution.

[Immigration Enforcement Isn't Smart, Obama Says]

“There were several of us who wanted to talk about the camps, but the agents made it clear we would be arrested,” a psychiatric counselor told me. “We were under orders not to say anything.”

“It was a very submissive atmosphere. Once you stepped onto the grounds, you abided by their laws – the Brown Shirt laws.”

The sources said workers were guarded by a security force from the Baptist Family & Children’s Services, which the Department of Health and Human Services hired to run the Lackland Camp.

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Matt Drudge isn’t an alarmist, he’s just ahead of the curve

[Dem Rep: Obama can 'heal' migrants]

The sources say security forces called themselves the “Brown Shirts.”
“It was a very submissive atmosphere,” the counselor said. “Once you stepped onto the grounds, you abided by their laws – the Brown Shirt laws.”

“They’re going to crush the system, We can’t sustain this. They are overwhelming the system and I think it’s a travesty.”

She said the workers were stripped of their cellphones and other communication devices. Anyone caught with a phone was immediately fired. Read the rest of this entry »


Good News: The Obama Doctrine of ‘National Decline as a Policy Goal’ is Succeeding

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Perceived Widespread Corruption in U.S. Government on the Rise, Americans Less Satisfied With Freedom

WASHINGTON, D.C. — For Gallup.comJon Clifton reports: Fewer Americans are satisfied with the freedom to choose what they do with their lives compared with seven years ago — dropping 12 percentage points from 91% in 2006 to 79% in 2013. In that same period, the percentage of Americans dissatisfied with the freedom to choose what they do with their lives more than doubled, from 9% to 21%.

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Gallup asks people in more than 120 countries each year whether they are satisfied or dissatisfied with the freedom to choose what they do with their lives. In 2006, the U.S. ranked among the highest in the world for people reporting satisfaction with their level of freedom. After seven years and a 12-point decline, the U.S. no longer makes the top quartile worldwide.

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Of the countries where Gallup asked residents about satisfaction with their freedom in 2006 and 2013 (108 in total), only 10 countries had declines as large or larger than the decrease seen in the U.S. Read the rest of this entry »


FIRE Says It Will Sue Every College With a Speech Code Until Speech Codes Die Forever

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For REASON,  reports: The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education announced a major litigation effort Tuesday against universities that maintain clearly illegal speech codes.

With help from the law firm of Davis Wright Tremaine, FIRE is suing several universities that manifestly and unconstitutionally deprive their students of First Amendment rights.

[Below, ReasonTV talks with FIRE about challenges to free speech on college campuses]

“Universities’ stubborn refusal to relinquish their speech codes must not be tolerated,” said FIRE President Greg Lukianoff during a press conference.

An OU student’s rights organization, OU Students Defending Students, ran afoul of university administrators because he created T-shirts for the organization that featured a risque phrase “We help get you off”

For now, suits have been filed against Ohio University, Iowa State University, Chicago State University, and Citrus College in California. These universities have all trampled students’ free speech rights, according to FIRE. Read the rest of this entry »


It’s On: True The Vote Sues MS Secretary of State, GOP over Cochrans Alleged Voter Fraud

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For Breitbart.com reports: Conservative election integrity organization True The Vote filed suit in federal court Tuesday against Mississippi’s Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann and the Mississippi Republican Party, asking a judge for an immediate injunction against them so that the election material from the state’s June 24 GOP primary runoff can be inspected.

“What must withstand the test of time is the integrity of the process by which we elect our representatives and establish our government. No candidate or party should ever be allowed to twist election laws or subvert voters’ rights in the interest of political ambition.”

– True the Vote president Catherine Engelbrecht

The lawsuit comes as allegations that Sen. Thad Cochran’s (R-MS) campaign and his allies engaged in voter fraud to win last Tuesday’s runoff against conservative state Sen. Chris McDaniel. Cochran bested McDaniel by fewer than 7,000 votes but did so with an overwhelming turnout from liberal Democrats in the black community.

True the Vote president Catherine Engelbrecht

True the Vote president Catherine Engelbrecht

 “True the Vote has been inundated with reports from voters across Mississippi who are outraged to see the integrity of this election being undermined so that politicos can get back to business as usual. Enough is enough.”

“All we are asking is that the MS State Republican Party follow the law; allow their designated county representatives to inspect the poll books and ballots, give them the review time they are permitted by law, and allow them to uphold their responsibility to MS voters,” True the Vote president Catherine Engelbrecht said in a statement about the suit. “True the Vote has been inundated with reports from voters across Mississippi who are outraged to see the integrity of this election being undermined so that politicos can get back to business as usual. Enough is enough.”

[True the Vote v. Mississippi Complaint]

True The Vote wants the federal judge to order the state party and Secretary of State’s office to allow independent verification of the election results to ensure there were no “illegal votes.” Such votes could come as fraudulently cast absentee ballots—the runoff saw a massive spike in absentees over the primary a few weeks earlier—or by Democrats who voted in the June 24 GOP primary runoff after having voted in the June 3 Democratic primary. Read the rest of this entry »


Byron York’s Analysis: Obama Has Wrong Prescription for Border Crisis

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U.S. Border Patrol agents are swept by dust from a helicopter while tracking drug smugglers through the Sonoran Desert  in  Arizona, near the U.S.-Mexico border. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

For the Washington ExaminerByron York writes:  What, exactly, is President Obama going to do about the flood of unaccompanied children illegally crossing the southwestern border into the United States? So far, the White House has given many clues but few details, and when the president took to the Rose Garden to make a statement Monday, he spent nearly all his time talking not about the growing crisis but about his plan to make an end run around Congress on the broader issue of immigration reform.

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“The problem is that under current law, once those kids come across the border, there’s a system in which we’re supposed to process them, take care of them, until we can send them back. It’s a lengthy process.”

– President Obama

There are moves the president could make that would greatly reduce the flood of children from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador into Texas. But passing a comprehensive immigration reform bill is not one of them.

In the Rose Garden, Obama blamed the current “humanitarian crisis” on the U.S. immigration system. The children crossing the border “are being apprehended,” the president said, “but the problem is that our system is so broken, so unclear, that folks don’t know what the rules are.”

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Photo credit: Breitbart Texas

“Every child that is here today — I cannot imagine, at least under this administration, them being removed.”

– GOP Hill aide who works on the issue

It would be more accurate to say the problem is that American law and Obama administration policy make it extremely difficult for the U.S. to send the unaccompanied children home to Central America. The parents and other family members who send the children know that and believe, correctly, that there is a very good chance the children will be able to stay in the United States permanently.

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“We ought to have the same protocols that we have for Mexico and Canada for the Central American countries. Forty-eight hours — we should return them.”

– Texas Rep. Henry Culler

If the House passed the Gang of Eight bill today, and the president signed it into law, that problem would not be fixed. Read the rest of this entry »


DECLASSIFIED: FBI, CIA Use Backdoor Searches To Warrentlessly Spy On Americans Communications

The lobby of the CIA Headquarters Building in McLean, Virginia (Reuters/Larry Downing)

For TechdirtMike Masnick reports: The other shoe just dropped when it comes to how the federal government illegally spies on Americans. Last summer, the details of the NSA‘s“backdoor searches” were revealed. This involved big collections ofcontent and metadata (so, no, not “just metadata” as meaningless as that phrase is) that were collected under Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act (FAA). This is part of the program that the infamous PRISM effort operates under, and which allows the NSA to collect all sorts of content, including communications to, from or about a “target” — where a “target” can be incredibly loosely defined (i.e., it can include groups or machines or just about anything). The “backdoor searches” were a special loophole added in 2011 allowing the NSA to make use of “US person names and identifiers as query terms.” In the past, it had been limited (as per the NSA’s mandate) to only non-US persons.

“…the CIA is doing these kinds of warrantless fishing expeditions into the communications of Americans as well, but at least the CIA tracks how often it’s doing so. Of course, when it comes to metadata searches, the CIA doesn’t bother.”

This morning, James Clapper finally responded to a request from Senator Ron Wyden concerning the number of such backdoor searches using US identifiers that were done by various government agencies. And, surprisingly, it’sredaction free. The big reveal is… that it’s not just the NSA doing these searches, but the CIA and FBI as well. This is especially concerning with regards to the FBI. This means that the FBI, who does surveillance on Americans, is spying on Americans communications that were collected by the NSA and that they’re doing so without anything resembling a warrant. Oh, and let’s make this even worse: the FBI isn’t even tracking how often it does this. It’s just doing it willy nilly:

The FBI does not track how many queries it conducts using U.S. person identifiers. The FBI is responsible for identifying and countering threats to the homeland, such as terrorism pilots and espionage, inside the U.S. Unlike other IC agencies, because of its domestic mission, the FBI routinely deals with information about US persons and is expected to look for domestic connections to threats emanating from abroad, including threats involving Section 702 non-US. person targets. To fulfill its mission and avoid missing connections within the information lawfully in its possession, the FBI does not distinguish between U.S. and non- U.S. persons for purposes of querying Section 702 collection. It should be noted that the FBI does not receive all of Section 702 collection; rather, the FBI only requests and receives a small percentage of total Section 702 collection and only for those selectors in which the FBI has an investigative interest.  Read the rest of this entry »


Vintage Sci-Fi Movie Poster: The WEIRDEST Visitor the Earth Has Ever Seen! ‘The Man From Planet X’, 1951

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Description from Internet Movie Database:

“As a mysterious planet hurls itself toward earth, an enigmatic extraterrestrial scout arrives on a remote Scottish island with unknown intentions.”

DirectorEdgar G. Ulmer WritersAubrey WisbergJack Pollexfen StarsRobert ClarkeMargaret FieldRaymond Bond

See full cast and crew »

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[POLL] Reality Check: 59% Blame Obama For Flood Of Illegal Child Border Crossings

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For Investors.com, John Merline writes: The public largely blames President Obama for the flood of children who have poured over the border in recent weeks, creating a growing humanitarian crisis, according to the latest IBD/TIPP Poll released Monday.

The late June survey found that the public largely blames Obama policies for the crisis in Iraq and believes the lost IRS emails are an administration effort to cover up wrongdoing at the agency.

The poll found that 59% of those closely following the immigration crisis agree that “current administration policies and lack of focus on securing the border” are behind the human tide of illegal crossings. Six in 10 say that the children should be ordered to leave the country. (The survey found that 73% of Americans are following this story closely.)

Hoping to quell public outrage, Obama formally asked Congress on Monday for $2 billion in emergency funds to improve border security, provide more detention space and return children to their native countries.

He also promised to take executive action on immigration reform, blaming House Republicans for not passing legislation. He directed staff to recommend initiatives this summer that he can act on “without delay.”Obama Massachusetts Senate

House Speaker John Boehner fired back, saying that Obama had helped to trigger the latest crisis by “giving false hope” to illegal immigrants and that his penchant for unilateral action makes it hard for GOP members to believe that he will enforce border-security measures.

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Obama is taking hits from the public on the IRS scandal as well.

The IBD/TIPP poll found that 65% believe that the lost IRS emails are an attempt by the administration to “hide evidence that the IRS deliberately targeted conservative groups” prior to the 2012 presidential election. Read the rest of this entry »


Huge crowds turn out to call for democracy in Hong Kong

Originally posted on China Daily Mail:

Hong Kongers hit streets in democracy protest

Hong Kongers hit streets in democracy protest

Tens of thousands of Hong Kongers have joined pro-democracy protests on the streets of the Chinese territory in a massive show of defiance against Beijing’s vision for the city’s political future.

Pro-democracy protests on July 1 — the anniversary of the 1997 handover of the former British colony to China — are an annual event in the territory.

But public anger over a recently published Chinese “white paper” declaring Beijing’s “comprehensive jurisdiction” over the territory, released amid a campaign by pro-democracy activists calling for universal suffrage, has brought huge crowds out onto the streets this year.

Marchers gathered in Victoria Park in the city’s center before setting out along the protest route, where they faced heavy rain showers as the day wore on.

Posters of the cover of the controversial Beijing “white paper,” which stressed that Hong Kong does not have “full autonomy”…

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Святейший Престол в прошлом месяце! Russia Bans Swearing #@!!%!?


Prom King Dies of Caffeine Overdose

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LAGRANGE, Ohio (CBS Cleveland) – A senior at Keystone High School was found dead after he ingested toxic amounts of caffeine powder.

WJW reports that Logan Stiner, 18, was found unresponsive by his brother in their family home.

Steven Evans, the Loraine County Coroner told the station that Stiner’s death was a result of having toxic levels of caffeine in his blood after ingesting the powder.  The overdose caused cardiac arrhythmia and a seizure. Read the rest of this entry »


Vintage Movie Poster of the Day: Boris Karloff in ‘The Walking Dead’, 1942

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[PHOTO] Whisky-A-Go-Go Nightclub Opens on Sunset Strip, 1964

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For over 50 years, an anchor on the Sunset Strip since it’s opening in 1964, the Whisky A Go-Go has played host to rock ‘n’ roll’s most important bands, from the Doors, Janis Joplin, and Led ZeppelinJohnny Rivers led the house band. Photo by Julian Wasser

Diary Of A Radical Conformist – whiskeyagogo.com


Hong Kong’s Occupy Central ‘Referendum’ Explained

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Hong Kong: For CNN, Wilfred Chan and Euan McKirdy report: Nearly 800,000 Hong Kongers have done something China’s 1.3 billion people can only dream of: cast a ballot to demand a democratic government.

In an unofficial referendum organized by pro-democracy activists and denounced by Chinese authorities, 787,767 people in the city of more than seven million have called for the right to directly elect their next leader.

But Beijing has insisted Hong Kong politics stays in line with Chinese rule, paving the way for a showdown in thehk-protest city.

Who are the activists?

Occupy Central is a pro-democracy group founded in 2013. Their goal is to allow the Hong Kong public to elect its next leader without strings attached.

If the Hong Kong government doesn’t eventually give the public more voting rights, Occupy Central has threatened to “occupy” Central district, the city’s financial hub, with a sit-in that would disrupt businesses and block traffic.

How is Hong Kong governed now?

Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, with its own executive, legislature, and judiciary.

A former British colony, the city was returned to Chinese control in 1997. But before the handover, China and the United Kingdom signed an agreement giving Hong Kong a “high degree of autonomy” for 50 years after its return to China. This enshrined a principle known as “one country, two systems” in a constitutional document called the Basic Law. Read the rest of this entry »


A Decade of Amazing Saturn Images

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Images via NASA. 

For Popular MechanicsNiko Vercelletto writes: Since it reached the orbit of Saturn 10 years ago today, the Cassini spacecraft has captured mind-blowing images and collected invaluable data about the ringed planet and its multitude of moons.

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Launched from Earth in 1997, the probe was originally approved for a four-year mission, but that mission has now been extended three times. Good thing, too. With so much time spent in orbit of the sixth planet, Cassini has studied not only the gorgeous gas giant but also moons such as Titan, with its great hydrocarbon lakes, and Enceladus, with its jets of ice.  Read the rest of this entry »


SMIDGEN REPORT: IRS Officials Announced Targeting in 2010, Then Lost Emails

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For The Daily CallerPatrick Howley writes: Ex-Internal Revenue Service (IRS) official Lois Lerner spoke at a 2010 government conference where Lerner’s underling Nikole Flax announced the new IRS program scrutinizing groups applying for tax-exempt status.

Both Lerner and Flax experienced “computer crashes” that led to the permanent deletion of their emails, according to the IRS, which said it cannot hand over their emails to congressional investigators on two House committees.

“The IRS began flagging tea party applications in February 2010, the month of the Washington conference.”

Both Lerner and Flax briefed fellow government bureaucrats on the new targeting at the conference, where Lerner appeared at a workshop called “Will the IRS Come Knocking?”

“Flax made 31 visits to the White House between July 12, 2010 and May 8, 2013, according to White House visitor logs.”

Flax announced the new program scrutinizing groups at the Washington Non-Profit Legal & Tax Conference at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C. from February 18-19, 2010. At the time, Flax worked under Lerner in the Exempt Organizations office. Read the rest of this entry »


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