Gowdy: Susan Rice “Fabulously Wrong” and “Stunningly Arrogant” (Video)

Congressman Trey Gowdy went “On the Record” with Greta Van Sustern, Monday to talk about Ambassador Susan Rice’s interview with David Gregory, Sunday, in which she stated that she had gone on the five Sunday talk Shows on 9/16/2012 with “the best information” she had at the time.

“Is that true?” Greta queried Gowdy.

“Uh no,” Gowdy drawled in response. “There was NO evidence to support that false narrative about a video – not a scintilla of evidence. ALL of the evidence pointed to what she said it wasn’t – a pre-planned coordinated attack. So she was fabulously wrong when she said it the first time, and stunningly arrogant in her refusal to express any regret for lying to our fellow citizens.”

As to what comes next in the investigation, Gowdy said, “I would love the chance to ask follow-up questions of Susan Rice because David Gregory, apparently did not avail himself of that opportunity.” He added, “Greta, I just listened to the clip – -I get tougher questions in the Bojangles drive-thru than he asked her.”

The South Carolina firebrand  then ran through a few questions he’d like to see her answer. “Who did she talk to before she went on the Sunday talk shows? Did she call Hillary Clinton? Did she call Gregory Hicks in Libya? Did she do any due diligence at all?”

He agreed with Greta’s assessment that much more would be known about what happened if so much of the information hadn’t been classified.

“You’re right, a lot of the documents are classified to protect political careers – not to protect national interests.” Gowdy went on to say that “maybe it’s time to to put our efforts together with a select committee with subpoena power.” He explained, “because as you know, I can’t subpoena anyone – I can’t subpoena the Walmart greeter. I can’t subpoena anyone. The Committee Chairmen and the Speaker do. And I’m about ready to ask Rice some questions under oath – not David Gregory type questions about “what’s your favorite color…but real, serious questions about why you had so little intellectual curiosity about the talking points you were asked to parrot.”

Following Gowdy, Van Sustern had a panel with Susan Ferrechio of the Washington Examiner, Ron Fournier of National Journal, and John McCormack of the Weekly Standard to talk about the latest twists in the scandal.

In answer to why the Republican leadership isn’t pushing a tougher  investigation into Benghazi, Ferrechio suggested that the GOP wants to keep a narrow focus on jobs and ObamaCare in this election year, and not stray from a narrative they think will win them the Senate.

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Thomas More Law Center Sues DoD For Shutting Down Catholic Services On Navy Base

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The church at Kings Bay Naval Base in happier times.

The Thomas More Law Center has filed a federal lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia in reaction to what they call “an astonishing attack on the religious freedom” of Catholics at Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in Georgia who have been denied access to religious services on the base and whose priest has been locked out of his chapel.

Because of the priest shortage on military bases, contract priests are employed by the government to ensure that a priest is available when an active duty Catholic Chaplain is not present.

Due to the government shutdown, many GS and contract priests who minister to Catholics on military bases worldwide have been banned from working –  even volunteering  - despite provisions in the Pay Our Military Act that for provides the funding of employees whose responsibilities contribute to the morale and well-being of the military. Reportedly, Protestant services continue to take place and only Catholic services have been shutdown.

Via The Thomas More Law Center:

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Father Ray Leonard, a Catholic priest contracted to serve as base chaplain and Fred Naylor, one of Father Leonard’s parishioners and a retired veteran with over 22 years of service. Fr. Leonard is a civilian Catholic Pastor contracted by the Department of Defense (DoD) to serve as a military chaplain at Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in Georgia.

Fr. Leonard who served Tibetan populations in China for 10 years, informed the court in an affidavit; “In China, I was disallowed from performing public religious services due to the lack of religious freedom in China. I never imagined that when I returned home to the United States, that I would be forbidden from practicing my religious beliefs as I am called to do, and would be forbidden from helping and serving my faith community.”

On October 4, 2013, Fr. Leonard was ordered to stop performing all of his duties as the base’s Catholic Chaplain, even on a voluntary basis. He was also told that he could be arrested if he violated that order. The approximately 300 Catholic families, including Fred Naylor’s, served by Fr. Leonard at Kings Bay have been unable to attend Mass on base since the beginning of the shutdown.

Additionally, Fr. Leonard was locked out of his on-base office and the chapel. Fr. Leonard was also denied access to the Holy Eucharist and other articles of his Catholic faith. The order has caused the cancellation of daily and weekend mass, confession, marriage preparation classes and baptisms as well as prevented Fr. Leonard from providing the spiritual guidance he was called by his faith to provide.

The submarine base is remotely located.  It consists of roughly 16,000 acres, with 4,000 acres comprised of protected wetlands.  There are approximately 10,000 total people on the base.

A Catholic Church is located off base in the town of St. Mary’s.  However, many of the parishioners both live and work on base and do not own a car and cannot otherwise access transportation.  Therefore a sixteen (16) mile journey to and from the off-base church is simply not possible.  Moreover, many of the sailors have an extremely limited amount of time off.  With their time highly regimented, they are not given a long enough break time for this exceptionally long walk and the Mass service.

Defendants in the lawsuit are the Department of Defense (DoD), Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, the Department of the Navy, and the Secretary of the Department of the Navy, Ray Mabus.

Andrew Montalvo, a Talkshow Producer for KFYO out of  Lubbock, Texas says this attaclk on religious liberties is “pure spite” coming from the White House.

The chapel is small, regularly unmanned, and when not being used for religion is used also for special events, as the religious symbols are easily removed.

In addition to the argument that it costs nothing to keep open, several times I assisted in setting up and tearing down special events at the chapel, not under order, but voluntarily.

There is absolutely no reason why the chapel would be closed other than the White House going out of its way to hurt the religious and trample on their liberties.

This is why Obama appointed the dim-witted Chuck Hagel to be Defense Secretary – he was expected to be a “Yes Man” to the Regime’s far- left  agenda and he is delivering.

Hat tip: Gateway Pundit.

In other news, via Publius Forum, Obama Administration Says Anti-Muslim ‘Hate Speech’ Can be Punished.

Bill Killian, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee, said that inflammatory material against Islam might be a violation of federal civil rights laws. Such a violation could bring the federal government down on those opposing Islam here in the US.

As reported by The Tullahoma News, Killian and the FBI’s Kenneth Moore hosted a “Public Disclosure in a Diverse Society” to “help” the community learn how anti-Islam speech could land an American before authorities.

“This is an educational effort with civil rights laws as they play into freedom of religion and exercising freedom of religion,” Killian told the paper. “This is also to inform the public what federal laws are in effect and what the consequences are.”

This is How it’s Done, Nickelodeon

I was pleasantly surprised upon reading John Hawkins’ recent post, Liberal Loses His Job For Using Racial Slur Against Black Conservative at RWN. Racist attitudes and/or otherwise vile behavior by prominent lefties is usually excused or ignored by media elites, but not in this case.

There are very few things that liberals and conservatives agree on, but one of them is that racial slurs are extraordinarily offensive.

A Minnesota-based publishing house has dropped one of its authors for calling a black conservative woman an “Aunt Tom” and “ignorant c–t” on Twitter.

Author Scott Colbert has since deleted the Friday tweet to Crystal Wright, known as “@GOPBlackChick,” and locked his Twitter feed, but not before conservative commentator and bestselling author Brad Thor highlighted it on his own Twitter account. Thor, a frequent Glenn Beck television and radio guest, replied to Colbert: “Did you just hurl a racial slur at my friend?”

Thor then proceeded to tweet Colbert’s publisher, KHP Publishers, Inc., and many of Colbert’s followers a screenshot of his epithet.

By Saturday, KHP had posted a message on its website announcing it had terminated its contract with an author, whom it did not name, due to an “inexcusable” incident.

“[T]he author made a racial slur at the person with KHP material plastering his Twitter page’s background. This involved the company, and we saw the results of this on our own Twitter page this morning,” KHP wrote. “[W]e find this inexcusable. In sticking to our own ‘zero tolerance’ model, we terminated our contract with this author immediately and his book is in the process of being removed from stores.”

It turns out the company’s CEO is white and married to a black woman, thus Colbert’s behavior hit a raw nerve. Colbert’s “progressive” bona fides were not able to absolve him.

Would that have been the case when the Viacom-owned children’s network, Nickelodeon was faced with a similar dilemma. Michelle Malkin, speaking as a disgusted parent of two Nickelodeon watching children, explained what happened after one of the lead characters of the  “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” TV series  engaged in shockingly vile behavior on Twitter, last Fall.

One of the lead characters (“Leonardo”) will be voiced by actor Jason Biggs. On August 29, Biggs published vile, lewd messages on his public Twitter account attacking the wives of the GOP presidential ticket during the Republican National Convention. The Nickelodeon TV star joked about digitally sodomizing GOP Rep. Paul Ryan’s wife, Janna, and sexually degraded Mitt Romney’s wife, Ann, by referring to her body parts in a similar pornographic manner. He also mocked Christians and their faith. Wrote Biggs: “Clint Eastwood talking to a non-responsive stool sorta sums up Christianity in a nutshell, huh Republicans?

Biggs then publicly re-tweeted (shared) his actress wife, Jenny Mollen’s, own misogynist jab at Mrs. Ryan: “People are cheering off screen because Janna Ryan is showing her t*ts.”

Biggs cravenly attempted to erase the evidence by deleting his X-rated tweets without apology or acknowledgment. But the Internet is forever. My editors at Twitchy.com, the conservative Twitter curation and aggregation site, preserved the twisted messages and pressed Nickelodeon for corporate accountability.

On September 1, Nickelodeon ignored swelling parental outrage over Biggs’ shocking vulgarity. Instead, the network promoted Biggs’ public Twitter account on two of its official social media outlets. The “@TMNTMaster” account run by the network promotes “all things Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle” and has more than 2,500 followers — including parents and children. The “@NickelodeonTV” account has nearly 700,000 followers — including parents and children.

Both official Nickelodeon accounts, which have been peddling the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle” program debut with a nonstop ad blitz rivaling a presidential campaign, encouraged fans to check out “@jasonbiggs” — making access to Biggs’ filth just a click away.

Biggs had littered his public Twitter timeline with profane anatomical references, incest jokes, oral sex, dental dams, sexual aids, toilet photos, more digital penetration jokes, and creepy jokes from his wife about helping himself to “eighth grader (deleted)” at the Nickelodeon Teen Choice Awards.

Entertainment media remained silent about the controversy. But cable news anchor (and mother of two) Megyn Kelly broke the stonewall on her Fox News show on September 4. Unable to quote the foul language on her program, she let viewers know that Biggs’ tweets were “really disturbing, vile and hateful.”

Only then did Nickelodeon step up and release the following toothless statement:

“The offensive comments made by Jason Biggs _last week on his personal Twitter account do not reflect our company’s_ views or values, and we condemn them. Nickelodeon does not support or_ condone the use of graphic or vulgar language on any of our platforms. _It was our mistake to link from our “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” Twitter feed to Jason’s personal Twitter account, and we quickly _corrected our error. We also insisted Jason use better judgment and_ discretion in public communications while affiliated with our brand.”_

As Malkin noted, Biggs continued his not-safe-for-kids, sick spewage, but unlike Colbert, whose online offenses actually pale in comparison, he has been able to keep his job at at the  amoral children’s network, Nickelodeon. Some companies are to big to shame, it would seem.

Good God: Parents of Fallen SEAL Members got FORM LETTERS From Obama – Not Even Personally Signed By Him

My disgust for this abysmal “Commander in Chief” is so off the charts it can not be measured quantifiably.

On August 6, 2011, in an accident many say should never have happened, 30 US service members were killed in a CH-47 Chinook helicopter crash in the  Wardak province, Afghanistan. It is considered a breach of standard operating procedure to put a huge team of special ops into a National Guard Chinook. The operational procedures are designed to avoid losses like this. The families of these soldiers have not only never received an explanation for this breach. They didn’t even get so much as a handwritten letter of condolence from the President.

Gateway Pundit (link fixed) has the exclusive from Tampa:

It was the deadliest single loss for U.S. forces in the decade-long war in Afghanistan. 17 members of the elite Navy SEALs were killed in the crash.

Yesterday, Karen and Billy Vaughn, parents of Aaron Carson Vaughn, spoke at the Defending the Defenders forum sponsored by the Tea Party Patriots outside the RNC Convention in Tampa. Karen brought a copy of the form letter they were sent following their son’s death.

It was a form letter:

It was signed by an electric pen.

After Karen Vaughn reached out to the parents of the other SEALs killed in that crash, she discovered that their letters were identical.

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This excellent 12/2008 Washington Times article about how Bush and  Cheney comforted troops privately bears repeating: EXCLUSIVE: Bush, Cheney comforted troops privately:

For much of the past seven years, President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney have waged a clandestine operation inside the White House. It has involved thousands of military personnel, private presidential letters and meetings that were kept off their public calendars or sometimes left the news media in the dark.

Their mission: to comfort the families of soldiers who died fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and to lift the spirits of those wounded in the service of their country.

On Monday, the president is set to make a more common public trip – with reporters in tow – to Walter Reed Army Medical Center, home to many of the wounded and a symbol of controversy earlier in his presidency over the quality of care the veterans were receiving.

But the size and scope of Mr. Bush’s and Mr. Cheney’s private endeavors to meet with wounded soliders and families of the fallen far exceed anything that has been witnessed publicly, according to interviews with more than a dozen officials familiar with the effort.

“People say, ‘Why would you do that?’” the president said in an Oval Office interview with The Washington Times on Friday. “And the answer is: This is my duty. The president is commander in chief, but the president is often comforter in chief, as well. It is my duty to be – to try to comfort as best as I humanly can a loved one who is in anguish.”

Mr. Bush, for instance, has sent personal letters to the families of every one of the more than 4,000 troops who have died in the two wars, an enormous personal effort that consumed hours of his time and escaped public notice.

The task, along with meeting family members of troops killed in action, has been so wrenching – balancing the anger, grief and pride of families coping with the loss symbolized by a flag-draped coffin – that the president often leaned on his wife, Laura, for emotional support

“I lean on the Almighty and Laura,” Mr. Bush said in the interview. “She has been very reassuring, very calming.”

Mr. Bush also has met privately with more than 500 families of troops killed in action and with more than 950 wounded veterans, according to White House spokesman Carlton Carroll. Many of those meetings were outside the presence of the news media at the White House or at private sessions during official travel stops, officials said.

The Obamas on the other hand, very ostentatiously had the White House  Christmas trees decorated with military themes, last year, (their last Christmas in the White House before the election) to show their  support for the troops – so there’s that.
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Ace posts a star commenter’s incisive quip:

Yup:

“As an acknowledgement of your []son’s []daughter’s supreme sacrifice, you may have already won a dinner and photograph with Barack and Michelle.”

By Cicero.

 

UPDATE:

It gets worse….

Hoft again: Obama Sent Personal Letter of Condolence to Rappers Family. Sent Form Letter to Families of Fallen SEALs @gatewaypundit

 

Akin Campaign “Blasts” Reince Priebus – Accuses *Him* of Putting “Party Power” and “Political Games” Ahead of the Country (Video)

Todd Akin is  “disappointed” in GOP Chairman, Reince Priebus because he has vowed to withhold funds from Akin’s losing campaign. In a demonstration of projection usually seen in  left-wing pols, he accused Priebus of putting power and politics ahead of what’s good for the country.

Via Todd Akin for Senate: Akin Campaign Blasts Reince Priebus:

St. Louis, MO: Today the Todd Akin for Senate campaign released a statement in response to Reince Priebus, Chairman of the Republican National Committee, who said on video that Todd could be tied with Claire McCaskill and they still wouldn’t support Akin’s campaign. Priebus said, “he could be tied. We’re not going to send him a penny.” VIDEO: http://youtu.be/jP1_J6XmtHI (embedded below)

Perry Akin, campaign manager, released the following statement:

“Reince Priebus’ comments are extremely disappointing. He claims the mantle of freedom, liberty and the good of America, but this betrays his apparent personal vendetta against Todd Akin.  He is putting party power and political games ahead of the good of the country.”

Here’s the Priebus  interview Akin is responding to:

“What I do love about some people in politics is they are in it for the cause,” Priebus said, “they really do believe that this is about liberty and freedom and the future of the country.  If that’s really where you’re at, and you have the opportunity to put someone else in place that has a better chance of winning than you do, well then, you’re not always the person who has to be the guy.”

“I just think the people who want to do something special are always better than the people who want to be someone special.”

Akin still hasn’t figured out that he’s the guy who’s putting political power above what is best for the country.

Earth to Akin…………DROP OUT, already!

BORTAC Incident Report Indicates Brian Terry’s Killers Were Let Go

There were five Mexican bandits in Peck Canyon, Ariz. the night Terry was killed. Of those five suspects, four are on the run, and one, who was shot on the night Terry was killed, remains in custody.

The United States Border Patrol Tactical Unit (BORTAC) shooting incident report 11 TCANGL 121570000077,  among the documents the DOJ unsealed a week ago, indicates authorities had four suspects in custody at the time of Terry’s murder and let three of them them go.

See Katie Pavlich of Townhall for the rest of her exclusive report.

Hat tip: @SkiGarmisch

 

R.S.McCain Surfaces In Virginia

If this picture is any indication, it would appear that RS McCain is heading back to his home state of Maryland,  making a stop at the Bilderberg protest that’s happening right now outside a Marriott in Chantilly, Va., where the group is holding its annual meeting.

McCain, who always likes to be right where the action is, can be seen behind Alex Jones, the gentleman with the bull-horn, who was alerting fellow protesters of some dark and disturbing antics happening inside the hotel:

“Alright this is just a person going to pick somebody up, they’re probably bringing him some child to rape or something in the trunk — no I’m not kidding, these people are sick.

“Every week they catch them shipping little babies wrapped in gold foil for these guys to eat. They admit that’s where it goes to, I’m not making this up.

“You think I’m talking about babies wrapped in gold foil for them to eat — I’m not, I’m not joking about that.

“This officer’s laughing at me — $10,000 they try to ship in roasted babies wrapped in gold foil for them to eat, $10,000 right now. You will lose, you will lose the bet!”

Oooookay, then…

See The Blaze for video.

If there’s any truth to these rumors, I’m sure we’ll be hearing all about it in a 50,000 word post from McCain, very soon.

Another Stacy sighting can be seen at Conservative Commune.

From whereabouts unknown, his latest postings on the Kimberlin saga:

The Profoundly Dishonest Brett Kimberlin

When Neal Rauhauser Complained About ‘Menacing’ and ‘Cyberstalking’

Who They Are Is What They Do

The Only Answer Is ‘Heh’

Radicals Justify Their Evil by Invoking Their Presumed Moral Superiority

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Aaron Worthing Arrested After Kimberlin Peace Order Hearing

RS McCain reported the news first:

Aaron Walker, whose complaint against convicted terrorist Brett Kimberlin became a conservative cause célèbre this past week, was reportedly taken into custody today after a court hearing in Rockville, Maryland.

One person who attended the hearing in Montgomery County District Court said that Kimberlin asserted that Walker’s continued blogging represented a violation of a “peace order” Kimberlin had obtained against the Virginia attorney, who says Kimberlin tried to “frame” him for assault earlier this year.

During the course of the hearing — which reportedly lasted about an hour — Judge C.J. Vaughey appeared to become increasingly hostile toward Walker, who was taken into custody when the hearing concluded.

According to reports, the 73 year old judge was woefully ignorant of the internet and twitter. Worthing, who had trouble containing his frustration throughout the trial, was apparently arrested at the end of it for contempt.

A full accounting of how it all went down by an eye witness, here.

The Judge, and I haven’t confirmed this, but I believe he was former Montgomery County Chief Justice James Vaughan–a guy who retired in ’04, and still takes the odd shift when stuff gets busy or there are vacations. In an earlier matter, Judge Vaughan mentioned he lived in the Caribbean, so pretty sure that’s the guy.–update, man’s named was Vaughey, not Vaughan. Is still retired, taking the odd shift.

It went bad for Walker pretty quickly. If you’ve followed the matter, and I know not a lot of people have, Walker, who is an attorney, acted in an advisory capacity for another blogger who had dealings with Kimberlin. Kimberlin later accused Walker of assault; those charges were null-processed; Walker wrote about things like you’ll read on Kimberlin’s wikipedia page, as well as his own dealings with Kimberlin.

Judge Vaughey had read up on the matter, knew Kimberlin’s history of felony convictions, but clearly was technically ignorant of even basic facts about what Twitter is, in one instance point saying “He Googled you 500,000 times” through the Tubes or whatever. The Judge had identified himself, earlier, as being “of the Royal Typewriter Generation,” and at another point, when confronted with the voluminous material from both sides, asked “don’t people have jobs, who reads this stuff?”

That said, Judge Vaughey did know a lot about the kind of respect a Judge is owed. He also, again, knew all about Kimberlin, saying “even a prostitute is entitled to protection.”

And Walker pissed him off. So did Kimberlin, but Walker identified himself as a Yale-trained lawyer, albeit one who was representing himself. Kimberlin made any number of allegations–essentially, everything that was said about his side–issuing death threats, harming business interests, summoning SWAT teams to the home–was said by Kimberlin to have been done by Walker’s side.

The pair went back and forth, back and forth, with Walker getting increasingly flustered, and the Judge finally asking, “what did they tell you in Yale Law School about interrupting a judge?” And later advising Walker to sit down, grip a pencil, and whenever he was tempted to speak over the Judge (or Kimberlin, but mostly over the Judge), to instead grip the pencil.

At one point, when Walker again interrupted Kimberlin, an attorney who was “advising” Walker–i.e.,. sitting in the coutroom, but not actually at Walker’s table, signaled to the plaintiff that he ought to “zip it.” This process amused Kimberlin, obviously.

For the Judge’s faults, he really did try to let Walker make his case. When Walker was able to question Kimberlin–not about everything, but merely the facts that had occurred in the last 30 days (which is all that’s relevant in a Peace Order Hearing), it became clear that Kimberlin would unravel under any kind of competent examination. The guy’s story changed 3 times in 5 minutes. First it was that Walker had issued 14k tweets against him–which the Judge assumed were to Kimberlin’s account, and by Walker. Then it was 54 pages of 10 tweets each actually by Walker. Then it was 15k tweets about Muslims or something.

Shockingly, Judge Cornelius J. Vaughey upheld the Peace Order, and he further stated that Walker was in no way allowed to harm Kimberlin–and by harm he meant sending blog posts or tweets. Reportedly, the the latter was justified on Walker’s supposed “mob” having issued “death threats” to Kimberlin.

But how does the judge know that the alleged death threats were even legitimate and not astroturfed by Kimberlin’s  crowd? That’s how these people operate. Did Kimberlin produce evidence that Worthing was coordinating death threats and harassment? Note to the judge – a blogburst is not a death threat or harassment. All Aaron Worthing and others have been doing is exercising their right to free speech. How can a judge in Maryland take away that right?

More on this to come soon, I’m sure. Stay tuned.

McCain says in an update:

Just spoke to a source who confirms that witnesses saw Walker led out of the courtroom in handcuffs. Ali Akbar, president of the National Bloggers Club, Tweets:

Will know more on Aaron’s situation at 3:30/4:30pm.

Via Bob Owens:

Judge Vaughey’s order makes the finding:

A.1. That there is clear and convincing evidence that within 30 days before the filing of the Petition, the Respondent committed the following act(s):
Placed Person Eligible for releif in fear of imminent serious bodily harm:  COUNTLESS NUMBER OF BLOGS EITHER THREATENING DEATH

2. That there is clear and convincing evidence that Respondent is likely to commit a prohibited act in the future against the Petitioner.

I’m quite convinced that the senior citizen judge is hopelessly confused about what blogs are, as Walker has never posted anything to his blog that I’ve found that could be remotely construed as a death threat.

At the very most, blog commenters– and perhaps on a different blogs apart from Walker’s  if the judge’s incomplete sentence fragment makes any sense at all–may have made comments, but the law is clear: you cannot be held responsible for comments made by others.

To a layman this is an absurd ruling, and I hope that Walker appeals this peace order and gets a judge under the age of 70 who knows what the Hell the relevant case law is.

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Twitchy: Blogger and Brett Kimberlin target Aaron Walker arrested in Maryland; Updated

This is absolutely outrageous. In a positively Kafka-esque turn of events, a Maryland judge has ordered that Walker be taken into police custody while serial harasser, terrorist, and killer Kimberlin remains free.

Lee Stranahan put it best:

If someone is allowed to use a peace order / restraining order against a writer to stop them from writing, we’re ALL in huge peril.

UPDATE:

Hans Bader, Open Market.Org: Injunction Imposed Over Blog Posts That Criticized Convicted Terrorist-Turned-Left-Wing Activist:

The order literally says that there are “countless number of blogs either threatening death.” I have read a great many blog posts criticizing Kimberlin’s misuse of the courts against Worthing, and can attest that none made threats, or  encouraged any threats. Any judge could confirm the absence of threatening blog posts by using Google, so I am charitably assuming that the judge is not a liar, but rather meant to say that the blog posts incited threats by third parties, such as blog comments or emails in response to blog posts. The judge, an elderly man, has a very meager understanding of the Internet, and likely does not understand what a blog is, as opposed to blog comments or blog-generated responses, as this account of the proceedings illustrates.

But even if the blog posts actually did somehow incite death threats, criticism does not lose its First Amendment protection merely because third parties react to it by making threats. (Judge Cornelius Vaughey also ordered Worthing’s arrest, for reasons that are not yet clear. Twitchy reports, “This is absolutely outrageous. In a positively Kafka-esque turn of events, a Maryland judge has ordered that Walker be taken into police custody while serial harasser, terrorist, and killer Kimberlin remains free.”)

Keep reading.

UPDATE II:

Via The Other McCain:  6:25 p.m. ET:

Sources say that blogger Aaron Walker has been released from custody in Rockville, Maryland. He was charged with “incitement,” but released on his own recognizance. Readers are encouraged to donate to the National Bloggers Club to help support Aaron’s defense against Brett Kimberlin.

UPDATE III:

Patterico weighs in: Aaron Walker Arrested for Blogging? Clearing Some of the Fog Surrounding Today’s Litigation

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Exorcist Author William Peter Blatty and Other Concerned Alumni Sue Georgetown Over Sebelius Invite

In a  repeat of  Notre Dame’s unbelievably poor decision to have the most radically pro-abort President in American history speak at their 2009 Commencement, now another  Catholic university has invited perhaps the second most notorious and influential pro-abort in the country, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Kathleen Sebelius, has been chosen to be a featured speaker at an awards ceremony at Georgetown University’s Public Policy Institute – a deliberate slap in the face of the US Catholic Bishops.

That they would do this so soon after the HHS mandate’s assault on religious freedom is nothing short of outrageous, not to mention insulting and demoralizing.

Georgetown University alumni, students and others are preparing a canon law suit to be filed with the Archdiocese of Washington and the Vatican, seeking remedies “up to and including the possible removal or suspension of top-ranked Georgetown’s right to call itself Catholic or Jesuit in its fundraising and representations to applicants.”

The effort is being led by the distinguished Georgetown alumnus William Peter Blatty, who won an Academy Award for his screenplay and book The Exorcist and has been honored by Georgetown with its John Carroll Medal for alumni achievement.

Blatty is urging Georgetown alumni, students, parents, faculty and anyone associated with Georgetown to join the lawsuit at www.gupetition.org.  The website includes an inspiring letter by Blatty and a description of Georgetown’s historical ties to the Jesuits, the Washington Archdiocese and the Vatican.

Via The Cardinal Newman Society:

William Peter Blatty’s 1971 novel The Exorcist—which went on to become an Oscar-winning movie—depicts an epic battle of good versus evil waged under the auspices of the Catholic Church.  Reportedly based on a real exorcism Blatty heard about as an undergraduate on a scholarship at Georgetown University, the novel is steeped in Catholicism. Indeed, the “hero” of The Exorcist is the fictional Father Damien Karras, a Georgetown Jesuit, who, at great personal cost, drives out the demon.
Now Blatty, a longtime financial contributor to his alma mater, says that Georgetown is no longer true to the Catholic identity he knew there as a member of the class of 1950. In this interview, Blatty, now retired and living in Maryland, explains why he and a group of other concerned alumni have filed a canon law lawsuit to pressure the Jesuit university either to reclaim its Catholic identity or cease to call itself a Catholic institution.

Here is the full interview:

Q. You have put together an impressive website at www.gupetition.org, and you’re developing a case under the Catholic Church’s canon law. You certainly look to be very serious about this. How far are you willing to go to return Georgetown to its Catholic roots?

A. To quote from the Georgetown Alumni Song, “Until the sun grows cold.” I am ready to go all the way for as long as it takes, and if something happens to me, other Father King Society members will take the baton. I know that canon procedure can be murky, but I have great faith in the Holy Spirit that churchmen will do the right thing. I have faith, most of all, in the Holy Father. He knows that 21 years of ignoring Ex corde Ecclesiae makes a mockery of our Church and of Christ Himself.

Q. So you must be pretty steamed about the situation at Georgetown to be doing all of this instead of enjoying your retirement with your lovely wife! What motivates you?

A. What motivates me? Love. In the middle of my senior year at Brooklyn Prep, my mother and I lived in poverty, so that without the full scholarship Georgetown gave me, I would likely never have been able to go to college. Every blessing that I have, in particular my strong faith, I owe to my mother and to my alma mater whom I love and want back: beautiful, healthy and, above all, faithful.

I am not “steamed.” I am aggrieved. And I finally came to realize that I have only one more important thing that I can do, and this is it.

Q. I understand that you are an alumnus and have donated generously to Georgetown in the past. Have things really changed so much that you would now publicly challenge the university to return to its Catholic roots?

A. Yes, of course. I considered even asking them to give my money back to transfer to a scholarship fund in my son’s name at an actually Catholic school. The change crept in over many years. It was disguised by talk that sounded right but hid secondary motives.

Even now, Georgetown puts up a Potemkin village. It points to its chaplains, its Masses, its Knights of Columbus Chapter. At alumni dinners, they will make sure there is a Jesuit in a collar at every table, like the floral arrangement. But they refuse to recruit Catholics, and the faculty is now at 20 percent Catholic! Catholic students have to live as if they are in a foreign country, where all around them everyone is treating them like strangers. Just for being authentically Catholic! If we do not all act now we will lose the great universities. I refuse to accept that.

Read the rest of the interview, here.

And here’s a treat for you Exorcist fans:  William Peter Blatty appeared on EWTN’s The World Over with Raymond Arroyo, last Fall  to discuss the 40th anniversary edition of his landmark novel.

In the middle of the interview he was asked to read an excerpt from the book and he was happy to oblige. What followed was a delightfully chilling reading from the chapter in which Father Karras first meets Regan. (starts at 4:48):

SEE ALSO:

Hot Air: Does Georgetown need … The Exorcist?

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With Deb away, I guess its up to Geoff and I to make sure that there is something for Deb’s readers to consider on this day, and since Geoff doesn’t really post anything, it appears that it falls to me.

So this morning, I read about a  new translation of the Bible, that is “easier to comprehend”. 

Professor David Capes says the Bible “is probably the most owned and least read book out there. That’s because, for many, it’s too difficult to understand.”

The “own it but haven’t read it” demographic is his target market, says Capes, who teaches the New Testament at Houston Baptist University and was part of a team that compiled “The Voice,” a new translation of the King James Bible. Capes told CNN that the motivation behind the translation, seven years in the making, was to emphasize the meaning behind the words.

“‘The Voice’ considers the narrative links that help us to understand the drama and passion of story that is present in the original languages,” according to the website for the book. “The tone of the writing, the format of the page, and the directness of the dialog allows the tradition of passing down the biblical narrative to come through in ‘The Voice.’”

I really have mixed feelings about this.  While there are several translations of the Bible that are the result of years of translation from original greek texts, that have allowed for a deeper, richer understanding.  This still requires an effort from the reader, and it is precisely the difficulty in understanding certain portions that causes me to read from these translations in the first place. 

But what makes this different is the fact that it is someone re-writing a King James Version because it is too difficult to understand.  This smacks of the same thinking in which people denigrate the Constitution, because it is too hard to understand, or refuse to read the Federalist Papers because they are difficult, or CS Lewis’ apologetics, or…well, you get the point.  It isn’t the average person who benefits when such books are “dumbed down”, and it empowers the ones doing the dumbing down.  You don’t value what you don’t pay for, and when this version has abandoned the use of “angel”, “Christ”, and “apostle”, I don’t get a sense that it ends well.  It smacks a little too much of the continual “redefinition” of all things being forced upon us in other parts of culture and society.

The Blaze Jumps The Shark

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Following Glenn Beck’s recent shark-jumping.

Unless this post is retracted, and an apology offered forthwith, I see no reason to continue having The Blaze on my blogroll, or to ever visit the site, again. Glenn Beck and pals are deploying the left’s most despicable Alinsky tactics against fellow conservatives,  now, and it defies all rational explanation.

Big Journalism’s John Nolte wonders what the heck is going on over there?

Beck’s fall from grace started when his site, The Blaze, falsely attacked James O’Keefe — to the delight of the very people who used to attack Beck. Then Beck, of all things, betrayed the Tea Party in the worst way any conservative could. I thought he’d hit bottom with that. After all, how much lower can you go than selling out to the mainstream media?

Well, yesterday, what I thought had been a rhetorical question was answered when The Blaze went full Andrew Sullivan, full Politico, full Wonkette, and and attacked Sarah Palin over a situation involving her family.

The Governor’s sin? Composing what amounts to a touching article about her family’s life with Trig – Todd and Sarah Palin’s youngest son with Down Syndrome.

To understand how misleading the Blaze attack is, you first have to read what Beck’s writer, a piece of work named Eddie Scarry (more on him below), wrote:

What’s the first thing that came to mind when you heard that Rick Santorum‘s special needs child was in the hospital with pneumonia late last month? I bet all of Mitt Romney‘s money it wasn’t Sarah Palin unless you are Sarah Palin. …Of the roughly 900-word article, 123 of them relate to Santorum and his daughter Bella who was born with Trisomy 18, a disability similar to Down syndrome.

It’s all downhill from there. For more perspective, the names “Rick” and “Santorum” appear three times total and are all found in the first paragraph. The word “my,” in reference to Palin herself, appears 15 times throughout the rest.

What the Blaze is intentionally doing here, is misleading its readers into believing Governor Palin was supposed to write a piece about the Santorum family and their daughter Bella. Moreover, The Blaze obviously wants their readers to believe that Palin selfishly exploited what happened to the Santorums so that she could write something all about herself.

Read the rest at Big Journalism - You won’t want to miss the screenshot of a vile tweet from the writer, Eddie Scarry.

The truth is, in the wake of the Santorums’ close call with Bella’s illness, Newsweek had reached out to Sarah Palin, asking her to write a piece about her life raising a special needs child. She had already written a Facebook post dedicated to Beautiful Bella Santorum.

The comments  at The Blaze are in virtual 100% agreement that the post in question was in poor taste, and a poor excuse for journalism:

Here are some samples:

KyWriter

Posted on February 7, 2012 at 11:59am

Geez, Glenn, this is one of the creepiest excuses for a blog article I have ever seen. Did you know this clown was writing it or did you assign it to him? If he wrote this without your knowledge, it’s time to tighten up your management style. If you assigned this hit piece, you need a prayer or two.

JackieJill128

Posted on February 7, 2012 at 11:51am

What a complete moron and perfect example of Palin Derangement Syndrome! I sincerely hope he will be dismissed. Very disappointed that Glenn and his staff overlooked this creep! Glenn: Do the right thing and remove him from your staff and issue an apology.

bigspike

Posted on February 7, 2012 at 12:08pm

time to send him back to Kos or PuffHo or wherever they scraped him up.

Rightwinger22

Posted on February 7, 2012 at 11:31am

You are losing your base Glenn. Time to wake up.

All the comments are in a similar vein.

Shark-cleared.

UPDATE:

Scarry updated with a weak attempt at a correction.

UPDATE: Many Palin supporters have read this post and taken issue with the fact that it does not mention Palin was actually asked by “Newsweek” to write about her experience raising a special needs child. She did not approach the publication and that is a crucial piece of information that should have been included for BLAZE readers.

This post was a brief analysis of the perception I, among others, had of Palin contributing to a magazine she regularly criticizes. And though my thoughts on Palin’s column still stand, it‘s also important to acknowledge that Palin’s experience raising her son Trig is a fascinating story and is worth a read in her book “Going Rogue.” –Eddie Scarry

No, the  point of the post was clearly to insinuate that she was selfishly and brazenly inserting herself into someone else’s story. Why else would he have been mocking her for referring to herself more than Santorum? The bit about Palin writing in a magazine she “regularly criticizes” was a single line, and obviously not the point of the piece because who the hell cares?

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Jarrett and Holder Politicize MLK Day

I know. Not exactly a surprise, huh?

Valerie Jarrett and the current Pastor of MLK’s Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta should be very proud that their sermons brought to mind a black leader who has influenced many. Unfortunately, that leader wasn’t Martin Luther King.

We haven’t seen political propaganda this obnoxious, spoken from the pulpit, since Jeremiah Wright. It’s feeling like 2008 all over again.

The CBS Atlanta reporter said, at times, it sounded like a political rally. Disgusting:

On the Sunday before the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett visited Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta to give a political speech, in support of her boss (Barack Obama) and congressional Democrats:

“Teachers, and firefighters, and policemen, whose jobs are now in jeopardy because Congress–well let me be specific–because the Republicans in Congress,” Jarrett told the crowd. According to the CBS affiliate in Atlanta, at this point, “Before she could finish her sentence, people in the congregation were laughing, and applauding.”

Video via Weasel Zippers:

Whenever you hear a racialist Democrat yapping about “the Southern strategy” your hair should stand on end. Republicans like Barry Goldwater, Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, who spent their entire  political careers fighting Democrats to end racial discrimination were spitefully accused of  having a “Southern Strategy” because Democrats were witnessing their political domination in the South, end.  The reason the South flipped to Republican was not because Republicans with proud civil rights records were reaching out to racists. It was a reaction to how the Democrat endorsed 60′s hippy, drippy, (occupyish) “worst generation”  was polluting everything it touched.

In an  interview with Human Events’ Jason Mattera, Ann Coulter talked about this and more from the Civil Rights chapter of her outstanding book, Demonic, (which you really need to read, if you haven’t already.)

 Ann Coulter in  Demonic tackling the popular myth that Democrats are the party of civil rights.  It’s the exact opposite, she states, noting, “It was Republicans who overwhelmingly introduced, promoted and passed every civil rights act from the end of the Civil War right up to and including the 1964 Civil Rights Act.”

But as the fable goes, conservative hero Barry Goldwater opposed the 1964 Civil Rights Act in order to appeal to racists in the South, and for that reason, the GOP started to lose the black vote.  The reality is that Goldwater didn’t have a racist bone in his body.  As Ann Coulter tells HUMAN EVENTS in our sit-down interview, Goldwater founded the NAACP chapter in Arizona, integrated the Arizona National Guard and ended racial segregation in his family-owned department stores.  In other words, Goldwater was a vociferous foe of race discrimination, and actively fought to abolish all the Jim Crow laws that Democrat politicians adopted.

So what gave rise to the “Southern Strategy” tale and how did it gain momentum? Take it away, Ms. Coulter:

Not to be outdone, Eric Holder also used MLK Day as a pretense to blast Republicans.

Specifically, Republican  backed voter ID laws:

(Politico) — Attorney General Eric Holder used Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy on the anniversary of the civil rights leader’s birthday Monday to emphasize the Obama administration’s dedication to protecting the American people from discriminatory voting practices.

“Despite our nation’s record of progress, and long tradition of extending voting rights – today, a growing number of citizens are worried about the same disparities, divisions, and problems that Dr. King fought throughout his life to address and overcome,” Holder said at an MLK Day event in Columbia, S.C.

Holder’s remarks in the Palmetto State come just weeks after the Justice Department blocked the state’s new voter ID law from taking effect, citing an unfair burden on minority voters.

What kind of mental gymnastics does it take to turn a simple ID requirement into “a discriminatory voting practice”?  Why isn’t the TSA racist for requiring a photo ID to get on a plane?

It seems racist to me to think that minorities are somehow not mentally competent enough to procure picture IDs, (even when provided free by the state!) in order to vote.

Of course, in Holder’s case, it’s not the “soft racism of low expectations” – it’s a blatant attempt to circumvent legitimate new laws in order to facilitate voter fraud.

What it obviously isn’t –  is a “civil rights” issue. If being made to show an ID in order to vote is a violation of our rights, than we are all victims. But I don’t have a problem showing ID to vote, nor do I have problem showing ID to get on a plane.

Now would be a good time to promote a new movie that seeks to correct decades of dishonest liberal spin on civil rights.

Pastor C.L. Bryant was once a “black radical, and member of the NAACP. Now, he’s a “Runaway Slave”.

Blog Critics reviewed his new movie, which debuted in theaters, Friday:

He points out that the Black community has 40 percent of its population on welfare, 72 percent of its children born out of wedlock and a 48 percent abortion rate, and asks “Is this what the black community has to show for its 95% support of the Democratic Party?”

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But, filling in the blanks and shattering myths is what this film is all about.

He also fills in some of the history of the civil rights movement and the Democratic and Republican Parties that is not generally known. Even as a college history major, I didn’t realize that it was Republican President Eisenhower who desegregated the American military and introduced the first civil rights act since reconstruction – The Civil Rights Act of 1957.

But, filling in the blanks and shattering myths is what this film is all about. According to Bryant, who had a front row seat to the civil rights movement in the South, “There is a 50-year-old lie that has caused an entire people to become harlots to the political idea that government knows what is best.”

Bryant is not alone in supporting this belief. The film’s theme reveals itself as Bryant travels the country interviewing people from every economic and social background. Dr. Alveda King, Economist Thomas Sowell, Florida Congressman Allen West, Presidential Candidate Herman Cain, commentator and activist Star Parker and talk show host David Webb are a few of the people Bryant encounters on his trek along the new Underground Railroad.

Find out where the film is playing at the Runaway Slave website.

SEE ALSO:

Human Events: Why Martin Luther King Was Republican

Pj Media: Eric Holder, Voter ID, and the Chicago Way

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Loyal Friend of Joran Van Der Sloot Excuses Heinous Murder To Outraged Nancy Grace

I don’t watch her show, much, but every time I see her she’s seems teed off. Well here – she’s almost shaking with rage at this unbelievable creep of a guest who keeps insisting that his pal Joran Van Der Sloot was provoked by his latest victim because she had asked him about Natalee Holloway. She put herself at risk by putting herself in that situation, he argued.

‘You’re DEFENDING van der Sloot?’ she howled.

The conversation escalated when Grace described the bloody crime scene, and he persisted in his defense. Finally, she turned off his mic -  “I reserve this for very, very few people, but you, sir, are a fool.”

Just between you and me, I think the word she was looking for, was “douchebag”, but that one’s probably not allowed per CNN’s media guidelines.

Hat tip: The Blaze

Because I Always Expect A PRIVATE Institution to Accomodate My Different Faith When I Voluntarily Attend It…

Because it would be totally reasonable for me to attend a PRIVATE Islamic university and expect them to provide a chapel on the grounds for me, right? Right?

New charges have recently been filed against the [Catholic] University [of America] on counts of illegal discrimination against its Muslim and female students. The allegations are being reviewed by the District of Colombia Office of Human Rights (OHR), which has the strictest discrimination laws in the country. President John H. Garvey and the University is being urged to respond to the charges.

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The official allegations claim that CUA, “does not provide space – as other universities do – for the many daily prayers Muslim students must make, forcing them instead to find temporarily empty classrooms where they are often surrounded by Catholic symbols which are incongruous to their religion,” according to a press release on PRLOG.com.

If I were the University Board of Regents, and the Provost, I think I’d come to the conclusion that perhaps there is no need for these students to return next semester. But maybe that’s because I know there would be no reciprocity at an Islamic University.

From the University’s Newspaper, The Tower.

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On Sale Now: Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight for Military Justice

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Bob McCarty’s first book, Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight for Military Justice, goes in print versions at booksellers everywhere Oct. 19. The ebook is on sale, now.

The book tells the story of the wrongly convicted soldier,  Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart, who recently spoke out in an email to friends and supporters:

For the first time since he was convicted by a court-martial panel and sentenced to eight years behind bars at Fort Leavenworth, former Army Special Forces Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart — the man whose story is chronicled in the new book, Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight for Military Justice — reached out to his friends and supporters today via the email below:

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It seems strange that I am finally addressing what is going on with my family, and in my life. Throughout this whole ordeal, I have tried to protect my friends and family from the stigma associated with my trial and conviction. I have in no way been disloyal to the Army or my Regiment. I have not been outspoken about the mishandlings of my trial. And I will not begin today.

I am writing now because a book is being published with detailed information regarding my case. While still in prison, a manifesto of the book was written. After my parole, I gave the author my first ever interview with strict guidelines that the official trial transcript be included so readers would be fully informed about the events that had transpired. I wanted the book to tell the whole truth. I have exposed my entire life in detail to allow the reader to make their own assessment.

I am INNOCENT of the crimes for which I have been convicted and sentenced. I am guilty of betraying my wife and words can never express the sorrow I feel for what I have done to those that I love. I decidedly had a one night stand and thought getting caught would be the worst case scenario. At the time, I could never have imagined that the ripple effect from the stone I cast would touch so many people.

Throughout these past 2 years, the ripple hasn’t slowed. I am not referring to the loss of my career or my time spent in prison. Larger in scale are issues to include my parent’s daily struggles with finances and health during their golden years, my friends’ military careers being affected due to their support of me, and my children growing beyond what I ever knew of them. I yearn for the day that the ripple will stop negatively affecting those around me.

To date, my family and I have had a small group of reliable supporters; My mother, Father, Heidi, Spike, Credie, Darlene, Neil, Bob, Jim, Clay, Gerri, Feryat, Bojan and Michael. (There are more but they will remain anonymous per request.) Through it all, they have NEVER wavered. Many of these people have asked for your support in some form but until now, I personally have not; this was not because of my pride, it was because I was hopeless and lost. I have always prided myself on helping and giving to others and during this dark time, I have been fortunate enough to call certain people brothers, sisters and mothers, for the support they have given to my family. Unfortunately, there have also been many people making judgments based solely on hearsay and those who think ‘this is not directly affecting my life so why get involved?’ The book coming out will address the hearsay and I hope after reading it, you will see the injustices and be motivated to speak out against them.

I have remained quiet for a long time but today I am standing here before god and everyone acknowledging my faults, and making a promise to NEVER again betray my wife or bring shame upon our military or country. Today I ask for your help. I ask that you support this book. I ask and plead with you to stand by me in this fight. Every voice is more important than you will ever know. I have attached links below I hope each and everyone of you will do your best to support them. Either with sending it to our community, or to future supporters . Anything you do I am grateful beyond words.

I love our country. I love the Army. But mistakes have been made and not just by me. I hope what you read angers you. I hope it inspires you.

I hope the truth will finally set me free…

A one page synopsis of the book can be read, here.

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