May 24, 2015

'Articles Like This Tick Me Off': Blaze Readers React to Matt Walsh Column Urging Christians to Stop Watching 'Game of Thrones'

"Great article, Matt."

Source: - Stories

Martin Luther King III, Rand Paul aim to fight poverty without creating welfare state

Martin Luther King III is on a mission to revive his late father's 1968 anti-poverty campaign in hopes to quell unrest in places like Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri — and he's taking his message straight to the White House and all of the 2016 presidential contenders.

Mr. King told The ...

Source: stories: Politics

Yankees' Prospect Gets Dream Call-Up to Big Leagues and Is Brought Down to Earth With One Humbling Question

"My name is Jacob Lindgren. I just got called up."

Source: - Stories

Bill Nye Uses Constitution to Claim 'Denying Science' Is 'Unpatriotic.' Too Bad He Didn't Quote It Very Carefully.

"Here is some news for you clueless liberals, Bill Nye is neither a science guy, constitutional scholar, or even a patriot."

Source: - Stories

Inside the Beltway: Step aside, Bernie Sanders has a big week

He is the busiest of all the presidential hopefuls this week. Sure, Sen. Marco Rubio will celebrate his birthday in Las Vegas on Thursday, and Carly Fiorina and Gov. Scott Walker will head for New Hampshire later in the week, but it's Sen. Bernard Sanders who has the wall-to-wall schedule ...

Source: stories: Politics

SHOCKER: Researcher Behind Fabricated Gay Marriage Study LIED About Funding

'There was no data, and no plausible way of getting the data'

Via: The Daily Caller

Bob Woodward Shoots Down Story That Bush Lied to Get U.S. in Iraq War, Implies Obama Troop Pullout Was Wrong Move

"When you're a superpower, you have to buy these insurance policies, and he didn't in this case." 

Source: - Stories

Florida Gov. Rick Scott decries Obama strong-arm tactics on health care funding

Florida lawmakers say they're closer to averting a government shutdown this summer after the Obama administration moved to defuse a health-funding standoff with Republican Gov. Rick Scott that has featured a lawsuit, comparisons to a TV mob family and personal pleas to Congress.

Key players in Tallahassee said the administration ...

Source: stories: Politics

New Russian Law Allowing Shutdown of 'Undesirable' Foreign Organizations Sparks Condemnation, Outrage

"… ongoing draconian crackdown which is squeezing the life out of civil society."

Source: - Stories

The curse of the first-day pop, and why Shopify deserves better

Another week, another money-losing tech IPO has an eye-popping rally on its first day of trading. The latest shooting star is Shopify. Like the better-managed IPOs of late, Shopify is positioned for more growth in a promising market. Founded in 2006, Shopify offers a commerce platform for smaller businesses, whether they operate purely online, in brick-and-mortar stores, in pop-up shops and trade shows, or all of the above. Larger retail and restaurant […]

Source: PandoDaily

Actress Anne Meara, Mother of Ben Stiller, Dies at 85

Meara and Jerry Stiller performed as Stiller & Meara on "The Ed Sullivan Show."

Source: - Stories

Guy at Barstool Caught on Video Groping Waitress. But She Teaches Him Several Painful Lessons on Why That's Never Acceptable.

He immediately got up and grabbed the inside of the waitress' upper-right thigh.

Source: - Stories

Cleveland Protesters Pepper-Sprayed Customers Sitting at Outdoor Cafes, Police Chief Says

"One of the protesters actually picked up a sign at one of the restaurants on the sidewalk and threw it at a patron."

Source: - Stories

Hillary's Potential Running Mate Calls Email Inquiry A 'Witch Hunt' [VIDEO]

Says Benghazi 'has been studied to death'

Via: The Daily Caller

'Insane' Photos and Videos Show Oklahoma, Texas Flooding That Has Killed One Firefighter and Left 1,000 Evacuated

18.19 inches.

Source: - Stories

Lawmakers fail to ramp up ethics laws for Missouri officials

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Like most years, Missouri state lawmakers in the 2015 legislative session introduced a number of bills aimed at clamping down on ethics laws considered some of the loosest in the nation.

And like most years, despite months of discussions and assurances from legislative leaders who ...

Source: stories: Politics

John McCain Calls Obama's Press Secretary an 'Idiot'

"Bodies are on fire in the streets of Ramadi."

Source: - Stories

New Kansas law on concealed guns concerns campuses

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Faculty and students have expressed concern about the potential impact on the classroom of an upcoming law that will allow people to carry concealed guns inside buildings on Kansas college campuses.

After July 1, 2017, campus buildings in Kansas have to allow concealed carry unless the ...

Source: stories: Politics

'For God's Sake!': Huckabee Fires Back When Fox Host Puts a 'False Comparison' on Gay Marriage to Him

"It's a matter of balance of power."

Source: - Stories

De Niro to NYU Art School Grads: 'You're f—ked,' Be Ready For 'A Lifetime Of Rejection'

Robert De Niro gave the graduates of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts a reality check during his commencement address on Friday. "You're an artist – yeah, you're f***ed," De Niro told the film, art, and media graduates at Madison Square Garden Theater. "The good news is that's not a bad place to start," the ...More

The post De Niro to NYU Art School Grads: 'You're f—ked,' Be Ready For 'A Lifetime Of Rejection' appeared first on DailySurge.

Source: DailySurge

Democratic Congressman On ISIS War: 'I Wouldn't Say That We're Winning' [VIDEO]

'...Largely a stalemate situation...'

Via: The Daily Caller

U.S. Defense Secretary Says Something About Iraqi Soldiers That Leaves Iraqis Fuming — and Demanding More Weapons

"What apparently happened is the Iraqi forces just showed no will to fight. They were not outnumbered."

Source: - Stories

United Nations Foundation Is Bankrolling Journalists, but Promises It's Not Trying to Buy Positive Coverage

"Full editorial control of content remains with the media outlet."

Source: - Stories

Ohio Gov. John Kasich edges closer to 2016 run

Ohio Gov. John Kasich hinted Sunday that he is ready to jump into the GOP race for president, saying he's "very optimistic about where we're headed."

Mr. Kasich, a Republican, said his team is "getting closer" to making a firm decision about the 2016 contest and he is soliciting financial ...

Source: stories: Politics

Today Is For The Fallen

"We are fortunate to know Memorial Day. Much more fortunate than those for which we have this day."

Via: The Daily Caller

Campaign-style tactics fueling Illinois legislative gridlock

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - An already challenging legislative session has grown even trickier as Democrats and Republicans have begun targeting lawmakers with campaign-style mailers, TV ads and new multimillion-dollar political committees.

The Democratic Party, led by House Speaker Michael Madigan, sent the first of what's expected to be several mailers, ...

Source: stories: Politics

Kasich Categorically Rules Out Vice Presidential Run: 'Forget It!' [VIDEO]

'I don't play for second.'

Via: The Daily Caller

The Tortured Genius From 'A Beautiful Mind' Killed in Taxi Crash

"Beautiful minds, beautiful hearts."

Source: - Stories

Obama DoD Secretary Blames Iraqis For Fall Of Ramadi: 'No Will To Fight' [VIDEO]

'We have an issue with the will of the Iraqis to fight ISIL...'

Via: The Daily Caller

Housing Officer's Dead Body Discovered in New Orleans

Source: - Stories

Report: George W Bush Once Offered To Officiate A Gay Wedding

The same guy who backed the Federal Marriage Amendment

Via: The Daily Caller

Monica Lewinsky and Moby Helped Host a Huge Hollywood Party for This Guy


Source: - Stories

This High School Football Player Will Blow Your Mind

Class of 2017.

Source: - Stories

Here's the Situation in Cleveland the Morning After a Judge Refused to 'Sacrifice' a Cop to Public Sentiment

"I'm just so mad we never get justice."

Source: - Stories

'Amazing Hardcore Civil Disobedience': Cop Can't Keep a Straight Face During Aggressive Encounter Over a Strange 'Motorhome'

"You work for me, I don't have to tell you anything."

Source: - Stories

Syrian helicopter crashes; activists say militants downed it

BEIRUT (AP) - A Syrian military helicopter crashed Sunday at the northern air base of Kweiras, killing all its crew, state TV said, as an activist group said it was shot down by Islamic State militants.

The TV report quoted an unnamed military official as saying that the helicopter crashed ...

Source: stories: Politics

Pope Francis' Disturbing Cuba Activism

On Wednesday, President Barack Obama announced that the United States would be changing its policy toward Cuba, opening a Havana embassy and expanding travel. "Through these changes, we intend to create more opportunities for the American and Cuban people and begin a new chapter among the nations of the Americas," President Obama explained.

The president negotiated the deal between the United States and Cuba over the course of 18 months. Pope Francis apparently initiated the negotiations himself. The Vatican released the following statement:

[T]he Holy Father wishes to express his warm congratulations for the historic decision taken by the governments of the United States of America and Cuba to establish diplomatic relations, with the aim of overcoming, in the interest of the citizens of both countries, the difficulties which have marked their recent history.

Raul Castro thanked Pope Francis personally for the deal.

Pope Francis' casual embrace of a communist regime contrasts sharply with the approach of Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict. Pope John Paul II's visit to Poland in 1979 famously helped launch the solidarity movement that led to the collapse of communism in the nation.

When Pope John Paul II visited Cuba in 1998, he blasted the Castro regime by routinely using the language of freedom, and implicitly criticizing the Castros:

The Church in Cuba has always proclaimed Jesus Christ, even if at times she has had a scarcity of priests and has had to do so in difficult circumstances. I wish to express my admiration for so many of the Cuban faithful for their fidelity to Christ, to the Church and to the Pope, as also for the respect they have shown for the more genuine religious traditions learned from their elders, and for the courage and persevering spirit of commitment demonstrated in the midst of their sufferings and ardent hopes.

Pope Francis, then an assistant archbishop, apparently wrote a book about the visit, which he joined. The tract, titled Dialogues Between John Paul II and Fidel Castro, slammed "the spirit that has driven capitalism – using capital to oppress and subject people."

Pope Benedict visited Cuba in 2012 and slammed the American embargo against Cuba, but also stated in Havana's Revolution Square:

The truth is a desire of the human person, the search for which always supposes the exercise of authentic freedom…[some] wrongly interpret this search for the truth, leading them to irrationality and fanaticism; they close themselves in 'their truth,' and try to impose it on others.

At the time, human rights activists criticized Benedict for not meeting with dissidents.

Francis has gone further than both of his predecessors. He didn't merely criticize the embargo – he attempted to broken an end to it with explicitly political maneuvering. According to his biographer, Austen Ivereigh, Francis "saw the paralysis that resulted from the embargo, which had a deeply damaging impact on Cuban politics, psyche and economics."

And unlike both John Paul II and Benedict, Francis' critique of communism has been tepid at best. In October, Francis complained that "land, housing and work are increasingly unavailable to the majority of the world's population," and warned, "If I talk about this, some will think that the Pope is a communist." Instead, Francis explained, "love for the poor is at the center of the Gospel…it's the social doctrine of the church." 

In June, Francis actually suggested that communism had cribbed from Catholicism: "I can only say that the communists have stolen our flat. The flag of the poor is Christian…Communists say that all this is communism. Sure, twenty centuries later. So when they speak, one can say to them: 'but then you are Christian.'"

In December 2013, Francis said at the United Nations that economic progress could be achieved through "the legitimate redistribution of economic benefits by the state, as well as indispensible cooperation between the private sector and civil society." He has tweeted, "Inequality is the root of social evil" – a notion that would certainly come as a shock to many religious people who believe that mistreatment of others is the root of social evil.

In October 2013, Francis went so far as to tell a prominent Italian interviewer, "Each of us has a vision of good and of evil. We have to encourage people to move towards what they think is Good…Everyone has his own idea of good and evil and must choose to follow the good and fight evil as he conceives them. That would be enough to make the world a better place." This seeming moral relativism is unsettling coming from the most powerful voice for traditional Biblical religion on the planet.

Pope Francis' perspective on the Cuban embargo is nothing new to the Vatican. His active involvement in negotiations, however, is. And given his rhetorical differences with his predecessors on the evils of communism, that activism should cause nervousness among more traditional Catholics in the mold of John Paul II and Benedict.

Ben Shapiro is Senior Editor-At-Large of Breitbart News and author of the new book, The People vs. Barack Obama: The Criminal Case Against The Obama Administration (Threshold Editions, June 10, 2014). He is also Editor-in-Chief of Follow Ben Shapiro on Twitter @benshapiro.

Via: Breitbart Feed

Jailed Venezuelan leader starts hunger strike, urges protest

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - Jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez said he is beginning a hunger strike and called for a mass anti-government protest next week in a video leaked Saturday.

Lopez has been held in a military prison for more than a year on charges related to his role in ...

Source: stories: Politics

Police Find Mother Pushing Her Dead 3-Year-Old Son on Playground Swing

… pushing the toddler for "an unusually long period of time," perhaps even overnight.

Source: - Stories