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Repent! Pope Francis Lectures America on Immigration, Abortion, Gay Marriage and the Syrian Refugee Crisis

J. Taylor Rushing, Us Political Reporter In Washington and David Martosko, Us Political Editor For Dailymail.com report: Pope Francis delivered a stinging blow to nativist conservatives bent on keeping illegal immigrants and Middle Eastern refugees out of the United States, saying Thursday in a landmark address to Congress that Americans should show compassion to immigrants of all stripes.

“I cannot hide my concern for the family, which is threatened, perhaps as never before, from within and without.”

‘When the stranger in our midst appeals to us, we must not repeat the sins and the errors of the past,’ the Roman Catholic pontiff said. ‘We must resolve now to live as nobly and as justly as possible, as we educate new generations not to turn their back on our “neighbors” and everything around us.’

“Francis told lawmakers that the ‘Golden Rule … reminds us of our responsibility to protect and defend human life at every stage of its development.'”

Speaking in English – a language he has learned only recently – Francis also dropped coded messages to conservatives about gay marriage and abortion, and made an impassioned plea for a left-leaning approach to capital punishment in an unprecedented visit to Capitol Hill by a sitting Pope.

[Read the full text here, at Daily Mail Online]

‘I cannot hide my concern for the family, which is threatened, perhaps as never before, from within and without,’ Francis told a packed House chamber filled with legislators, Supreme Court justices and multiple presidential candidates.

Pope Francis on Thursday morning became the first-ever pontiff to address the US Congress

Pope Francis on Thursday morning became the first-ever pontiff to address the US Congress

Francis took the opportunity to lecture lawmakers on a variety of topics ranging from social to environmental issues. Known as a forceful advocate, he did not disappoint

Francis took the opportunity to lecture lawmakers on a variety of topics ranging from social to environmental issues. Known as a forceful advocate, he did not disappoint

Francis about to be introduced at the door to the House chamber

Francis about to be introduced at the door to the House chamber

Francis's address was heard by an audience of several hundred, including lawmakers, Supreme Court justices and presidential candidates

Francis’s address was heard by an audience of several hundred, including lawmakers, Supreme Court justices and presidential candidates

“Fundamental relationships are being called into question, as is the very basis of marriage and the family.”

And without mentioning abortion by name – or the name of the embattled domestic Planned Parenthood organization – Francis told lawmakers that the ‘Golden Rule … reminds us of our responsibility to protect and defend human life at every stage of its development.’

Francis spoke calmly but emphatically, never raising his voice as presidents often do in their State of the Union addresses to joint congressional sessions.

[Read the full text here, at Daily Mail Online]

In a word, if we want security, let us give security; if we want life, let us give life; if we want opportunities, let us provide opportunities. The yardstick we use for others will be the yardstick which time will use for us.

He was greeted by polite applause at certain points – particularly when he began reciting the Golden Rule but was interrupted before he could finish – ‘do unto others as you would have done unto you.’

Also, notably, applause broke out after these words: ‘The Golden Rule reminds us of our responsibility to protect and defend human life at every stage of development.’

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But the applause was never raucous, a sign that members heeded party leaders’ directive not to applaud effusively or ‘glad-handle’ Francis if they got close to him.

Behind him on the raised speaker’s dais, close watchers got a different show during the speech, as both Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner – both well-known emotional men – proved to be almost as watchable.

“Francis’s speech was sprinkled with references to American history, as the pontiff repeatedly referenced and occasionally quoted from President Abraham Lincoln, civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr., Catholic Worker Movement founder Dorothy Day and Cistercerian monk Thomas Merton.”

Throughout the speech, Biden gravely nodded his head and looked down as if in serious thought. But Boehner appeared to tear up at several points, and was openly crying later on the Speaker’s Balcony after the address.

Francis’s speech was sprinkled with references to American history, as the pontiff repeatedly referenced and occasionally quoted from President Abraham Lincoln, civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr., Catholic Worker Movement founder Dorothy Day and Cistercerian monk Thomas Merton.

The pontiff made clear his firmness on the sanctity of human life, not only the veiled reference to abortion but also his opposition to the death penalty.

Francis and House Speaker John Boehner meet for the first time near the House of Representatives chamber

Francis and House Speaker John Boehner meet for the first time near the House of Representatives chamber

Biden, a Roman Catholic who co-presided over the Joint Session of Congress as the constitutionally appointed president of the U.S. Senate, caused a stir this week by declaring that he believes life begins at conception.

[Read the full story here, at Daily Mail Online]

But it’s Francis’ comments about immigrants that will be most sharply felt as the U.S. deals with the twin crises of Syrian refugees and an immigrant invasion from Mexico and Central America, both of which the Obama administration has taken steps to pacify by loosening America’s borders as a show of compassion. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Appetite that Made Matt Drudge Famous: Bill Clinton’s ‘Blonde, Busty Mistress’ Sensationalized in Controversial New Book

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 reports: Ronald Kessler, a former investigative journalist at the Washington Post, writes in “The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents” about the alleged affair.

“He has a blonde, busty mistress, and she’s been code named Energizer by agents. This is unofficially, but that is what they call her…She comes in to the Chappaqua [New York] home whenever Hillary leaves,” Kessler told Talk Radio 1210 WPHT.

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“The details coordinate to make sure they don’t cross paths. She, unlike Hillary, is very nice to the agents. She’ll bring cookies.”

In the book’s official Amazon description, it says that the woman “shows up to be with Bill every day while the likely future presidential candidate is away.”

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Kessler alleges that the marriage between Bill Clinton and Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton is a “scam.”

“Agents say that it’s a business relationship,” he told the talk radio station. “It’s not a marriage at all.”

“It’s a total fake, like everything else about Hillary,” Kessler added. “It’s just a big show and a scam.” Read the rest of this entry »


RUMOR: Bill to Divorce Hillary, Marry O’Malley

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Putin Still Doing Donuts on Obama’s Lawn

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Overflowing Abundance

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Why not stay home and shop? At one of our Amazon links, for example…

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Rare Campaign Trail Appearance..Zzzzz

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(Reuters) – President Barack Obama made a rare appearance on the campaign trail on Sunday with a rally to support the Democratic candidate for governor in Maryland, but early departures of crowd members while he spoke underscored his continuing unpopularity.

[Sunday-night funnies: What’s your #ReasonToExitAnObamaSpeech?]

With approval levels hovering around record lows, Obama has spent most of his campaign-related efforts this year raising money for struggling Democrats, who risk losing control of the U.S. Senate in the Nov. 4 midterm election. Read the rest of this entry »


UPDATE: GLOBAL PANIC OF JULY 2014 OFFICIALLY EXTENDED INTO AUGUST

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GAZA CITY — Less than three hours after a three-day humanitarian cease-fire between Israel and Hamas went into effect Friday, the truce broke down when clashes between Israeli forces and Hamas fighters erupted and militants fired rockets into Israel

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Gaza militants captured an Israeli officer in the southern Gaza Strip just as the cease-fire was falling apart, said a senior Israeli military spokesman. Two other Israeli soldiers were reported killed…(read more)

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Rare Drudge Interview: ‘These are very hot spicy issues here. We’re into an interesting summer here. We’re only about a week into it, I’m sensing some heat…’

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For POLITICO.comDylan Byers writes: 

In a rare interview with Washington radio station WTOP on Friday, Matt Drudge said the media has become a little “psychotic” but that it’s a vibrant era for the news.

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“It’s a little psychotic the news business because everyone’s doing everything. That still doesn’t mean there’s not important events and information coming all of the time – think of what’s just happened this year, the news has been so dynamic internationally and domestic,” the founder of the popular conservative-leaning news aggregator DrudgeReport.com said. “This is a vibrant era of media and it’s not going anytime anywhere soon.”

Drudge called himself “a heat seeking missile” that goes to where the action is…(read more) POLITICO.com

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WASHINGTON — More than the gridlock in Washington, political commentator Matt Drudge is concerned with immigration and the situation at America’s border.

“I know there are big fights throughout the country,” he says. “Virginia just said, ‘No, don’t bring immigrants here from the border en masse.’ And Speaker Pelosi is going down to the border this weekend.”

Drudge, creator of drudgereport.com, gave a rare interview on Friday when he stopped by the glass-enclosed nerve center and sat down with Hillary Howard and Shawn Anderson. Read the rest of this entry »


House Republicans Won’t Rule Out Arresting Lois Lerner if Justice Department Doesn’t

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This is one of those days where I think Matt Drudge is imitating my obsessions, rather than the other way around. Wishful thinking, I know. But readers here know, Lois Lerner is our favorite voodoo doll. At punditfromanotherplanet, a day without Lois Lerner is a day without sunshine

For the Washington ExaminerJoel Gehrke reports: House Ways and Means Committee Republicans aren’t ruling out the use of the chamber’s “inherent contempt” authority if Attorney General Eric Holder refuses to act on the panel’s accusations against former IRS official Lois Lerner.

The committee voted Wednesday to seek an investigation of whether Lerner violated federal law by using her power to ensure Right-leaning groups were targeted for extra scrutiny by the agency, giving misleading information during a probe of the matter by the Treasury Department‘s inspector general and using her personal email to conduct official business, which could have resulted in the disclosure of confidential taxpayer information.

“The Ways and Means Committee, led by Chairman [Dave] Camp [R-Mich.], has conducted a serious and thorough investigation of the IRS, uncovering abuses and criminal acts that should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said of the referral. “As I’ve said, if Lois Lerner continues to refuse to testify, then the House will hold her in contempt. And we will continue to shine the light on the administration’s abusive actions and use every tool at our disposal to expose the truth and ensure the American people get the answers they deserve.”

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“We’re there NOW, baby”: Drudge Brushes Off White House, Media Attack, After Correctly Paying Obamacare Opt-Out “Liberty Tax” Penalty (and Bragging About it)

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A White House aide set off a stampede of liberal media criticism for Internet news pioneer Matt Drudge over Obamacare – but his critics don’t seem to understand how small businesses pay taxes.

[Mainstream Media Throws Cuckoo-Bananas Anti-Drudge Fit, Gets Everything Wrong]

The brouhaha started when Drudge tweeted, “Just paid the Obamacare penalty for not ‘getting covered’… I’M CALLING IT A LIBERTY TAX.”

Jesse Lee, the Director of Progressive Media at Barack Obama’s White House,responded that that was a “Flat lie, no fee for previous year,” adding, “Scary how much influence he once had.”

Lee’s response to Drudge set off a firestorm in the liberal media, with many mainstream media and left-wing reporters countering him on Twitter and in their own articles to claim he does not have to pay Obamacare’s Individual Mandate tax until next year. The individual mandate went into effect Jan. 1 of this year, and most people paying their taxes right now are paying taxes for 2013.

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Super Bowl: Drudge Not Entertained

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Halftime Score: Denver Stalls, Hawks Dominate

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Tightening in Virginia

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ELECTION NIGHT 2013…
VA Precincts Reporting: 82%…


The Obamacare Ballot Bloodbath Begins

The Obamacare Ballot Bloodbath Begins


Matt Gets his Freak On

Matt Gets his Freak On

Famous for having the most successful, least illustrated, most minimally-designed news site in the universe, Matt Drudge occasionally indulges his talent for vivid image making.