- The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that pro-life pregnancy centers in California must educate women about where they can get an abortion.
C. C. Pecknold wrote an interesting commentary on John Podesta’s emails wishing for a “Catholic Spring”:
If “medieval dictatorship” sums up their ignorance about medieval history, dictatorship, and Catholicism, then the analogy to an Arab Spring sums up their fundamental intentions. Catholics and Muslims alike need to be liberated from their “Middle Ages dictatorship.” Our progressive pastors teach an enlightened faith, intended to politically transform Catholicism from within, just as they hope to transform Islam. They want a liberalized, secularized, compatible-with-progressivism Catholicism. And they are willing to spend massive amounts of political capital to achieve this. Witness their costly war with the Little Sisters of the Poor.
The e-mails give us a special window onto this esoteric “form of religion,” which is rarely spoken about. Progressivism — a secularized, and in these writers’ view purified, form of progressive Protestant Christianity — is the one true faith. This kind of liberalism is parasitic upon true Christianity, but it holds it in utter disdain. And it follows that the most ancient form of Christianity, Catholicism, should become its very special target.
- Evan McMullin’s path to the presidency:
It would take a fascinating scenario — in which much of the technical detail of how we select presidents comes into play — for McMullin to be sworn in as the 45th president, but the chances of its happening are slim, not none. Indeed, his chances of at least making things very interesting may be as high as 1 to 3 percent — about the same as the odds of the Cubs’ coming back to beat the Giants on Monday.
You have to read the 12th Amendment to the Constitution to understand how this would work.
The federal government ran a $587 billion deficit in fiscal 2016, a 34% increase from 2015.
Two executives of a biodiesel company, Triton Energy, pleaded guilty to defrauding the federal government of $64 million in biofuel credits.
Saddam’s henchmen — known as Mukhabarat agents — frequently imprisoned local Iraqis in the basement for up to 15 days at a time, using them as leverage to get their relatives back in the homeland to surrender and cooperate with the tyrannical government, the officials said.
In many cases, the Mukhabarat would kill Iraqis and ship them back to Baghdad in Customs-exempt packages.
Norway decided it couldn’t give a mountain called Halti to Finland for the latter’s 100th anniversary. Moving the border between the two countries a few meters would put Halti in Finland, and it would become Finland’s highest mountain.
Dutch politician Geert Wilders will face a trial on charges of inciting racial hatred – again.