California To Force Faith-Based Institutions To Cover Abortions In Their Health Insurance, ACLU Ecstatic…

Big win for the War On Babies crowd.

Via Truth Revolt:

California issued a new directive last week that forces insurers, including those of faith-based institutions, to cover elective abortions—a move the ACLU of Northern California is cheering as a restoration of women’s “basic health care” rights.

California’s Dept of Managed Health Care told seven insurance companies last week that they must now comply with the 1975 Knox Keene Act which guarantees coverage of “basic health care services,” which they specify as including elective abortion. As The Daily Signal explains, the directive is in part a response to a controversial decision by two Catholic universities which refused to cover elective abortions:

Last fall, Santa Clara University and Loyola Marymount University notified their employees that abortion services would no longer be covered under the universities’ health care plans. Employees instead could pay for such procedures through supplemental coverage, provided by a third party. [...]

Predictably, the ACLU cheered the state’s decision to force insurers to cover elective abortions as “basic health care services”:

“The immediate effect of the agency’s guidance is to restore insurance benefits for the staff and faculty,” said ACLU-Northern California attorney Maggie Crosby. “Childbearing is a personal decision, abortion is a basic health care, and control of reproduction is critical to women’s autonomy.”

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Obama Admin To Sue Minnesota Town For “Religious Discrimination” After Rejecting Proposed New Mosque…

Take a wild guess who got Holder to sue the town . . . as most of you probably guessed, CAIR.

Via Star Tribune:

The U.S. Department of Justice plans to sue the city of St. Anthony for rejecting a proposed Islamic center in 2012.

Federal authorities recently sent the city notice of their intent to sue, and U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger is expected to announce the civil rights lawsuit alleging religious discrimination at a news conference at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

The St. Anthony City Council met with its attorney behind closed doors on Aug. 18 to discuss the threat of litigation. Mayor Jerry Faust said the city turned over documentation on the matter to federal authorities more than a year ago.

“They’ve taken a lot of records of ours. I am sure that’s what it’s about,” Faust said. “We have to give them all of our e-mails.”

The U.S. attorney’s office in Minneapolis has spent two years investigating the matter, with its spokeswoman saying at one point they had sought to reach an out-of-court agreement with the parties.

In June 2012, the St. Anthony City Council voted down the proposed Abu Huraira Islamic Center, concluding that a religious and cultural center was incompatible with the site’s light-industrial zoning. The council’s 4-1 decision went against a city planning commission recommendation to approve the 15,000-square-foot center in the old Medtronic headquarters at 3055 Old Highway 8. [...]

The Minnesota Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations asked federal authorities to investigate whether the city violated the federal Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000(RLUIPA).

Al Sharpton: “I Like Keeping Fat Folk Around Me So I Can Just Talk About Them”…

Fat-phobic!

AUGUST 26 — Now that the Rev. Al Sharpton has transformed himself from an overweight track suit enthusiast to a svelte dandy, he appears to enjoy nothing more than making fun of obese people.

During weekly meetings at his Harlem headquarters, the civil rights activist, who turns 60 in October, has used his overweight followers as punching bag and punch line. He does this while acknowledging the obesity crisis in African-American communities, which are filled with fast food restaurants and few supermarkets. [...]

On April 5, Sharpton told of an upcoming community fashion show being organized by his daughter Ashley, and noted that some women, due to their size, would not be able to participate.

Mimicking a passed-over candidate, Sharpton said, “Why Ashley didn’t have me model?” He answered himself, “’Cause you too fat! We doing full-body size, but we ain’t doing the oversize.” He added that “jumbo” women would not make the cut.

After laughter subsided, Sharpton noted, “Since I lost weight I talk about fat folk real bad. I like keeping fat folk around me so I can just talk about them.”

NAACP And CAIR Hold Prayer Vigil For Ferguson Shooting…

The racialist-leftist-Islamist alliance stronger than ever.

Via CAIR:

On August 24, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, joined a coalition of faith-based and civil rights organizations and partners at a prayer vigil in Rockville, Md., organized by the Montgomery County Chapter of the NAACP. The vigil was designed to call for healing, justice and peace in the aftermath of the unrest across the nation brought on by the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.

Food Stamp Enrollments Top 45 Million For 3 Years In A Row…

Food Stamps

How long can the takers continue to grow while the makers continue to shrink?

Via Breitbart:

President Barack Obama and vulnerable Democrats facing tough midterm elections in 71 days are scrambling to prop up the moribund U.S. economy in the minds of disgruntled voters. However, one of the quickest shorthand economic measurements–food stamp enrollments–paints a startling portrait of the “new normal” in the Obama economy.

According to the Department of Agriculture’s most recently released data, the number of individuals enrolled in the food stamp program (known officially as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP) has remained above 45 million every single month for three years straight.

In May 2011, 45,410,683 individuals received food stamps. As of May 2014 (the most recent date for which data are available), 46,225,054 people were on food stamps. At no point between the two dates did the number of food stamp enrollments ever fall below the 45 million mark.

College Professor Bans Students From Saying “Bless You” After Someone Sneezes…

If this sounds familiar it’s because a high school student was recently suspended for saying “bless you.”

Via Campus Reform:

Students enrolled in certain classes at the College of Coastal Georgia may want to think twice about coming to class sick—or else their peers may get into trouble.

Dr. Leon Gardner, assistant professor of chemistry at the college, made it clear in his to Introductory Physics class syllabus that he does not tolerate disruptive behavior while he is teaching—and that includes everything from talking to classmates, sharpening a pencil, and to saying “bless you.”

“We are taught that it is polite to say ‘bless you’ when someone sneezes. However, if you say this while I am talking, it is NOT polite, it is very rude,” Gardner’s syllabus, which was provided to Campus Reform via email, states.

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Dem Rep. Luis Gutierrez And Rahm Emanuel Form “Working Group” To Plot Strategy For Managing Millions Of Illegals Given Amnesty…

First order of business: Register them to vote Democrat.

Via The Hill:

… Democrats and advocates are optimistic that the administration will take significant steps in the absence of Republican action on immigration. But the administration, they say, has kept the decision very close to the vest.

“Nobody seems to know either the what or the when,” a Democratic aide said Tuesday.

That uncertainty hasn’t prevented some Democrats from planning for sweeping administrative changes.

Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.), Congress’s most vocal advocate for comprehensive immigration reform, is confident enough that the administration will go big that he’s gathering Wednesday in Chicago with Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) and a group of between 40 and 50 civic leaders to build a working group tasked with managing whatever changes are coming.

“We want to get as many as we can out of the vicious cycle of deportation,” Gutiérrez told MSNBC Monday. “We’re getting ready.”

US Considering Another Attack On ISIS

ISIS Convoy

Any day we’re demolishing ISIS targets is a good day. Any day they’re allowed to advance is a bad one.

Via Fox News:

The Obama administration is considering a humanitarian mission to help a group of religious minorities under siege by Islamic State militants in northern Iraq, a senior U.S. official confirmed to Fox News, in what would be the second such relief operation since U.S. military flights began earlier this month.

The potential relief operation would be meant to aid Shiite Turkmen in northern Iraq who have been cut off from the outside world in what is becoming an increasingly desperate situation. The United Nations warned over the weekend of a possible “massacre.”

The mission, if it went forward, would follow an earlier effort to help displaced Yazidis on Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq. U.S. cargo planes dropped tons of food and water to help them, while U.S. jets launched airstrikes on nearby Islamic State fighting positions.

Since that operation, the U.S. military has continued to strike Islamic State targets in support of Iraqi and Kurdish forces, including during a sustained campaign to recapture the critical Mosul Dam.

But as part of the next potential humanitarian campaign, first reported by the Associated Press, the administration is now focused on the imperiled town of Amirli, which is situated about 105 miles north of Baghdad and just a few miles from Kurdish territory. An estimated 12,000 to 15,000 people are estimated to have no access to food or water.

The head of the United Nation’s assistance mission in Iraq, Nickolay Mladenov, earlier this week called for urgent action in Amirli and described the situation as desperate.

Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren would not comment when asked Wednesday about the Amirli  situation.

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Lamar Smith: EPA Trying To “Control A Huge Amount Of Private Property”

epa water map

What could go wrong?

Via Fox News:

A top House Republican is charging that the Environmental Protection Agency secretly drafted highly detailed maps of U.S. waterways to set the stage for a controversial plan to expand regulatory power over streams and wetlands, a claim the EPA strongly denies.

Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, released those maps on Wednesday, while firing off a letterto EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy voicing concerns over why they were created in the first place.

“These maps show the EPA’s plan: to control a huge amount of private property across the country. Given the astonishing picture they paint, I understand the EPA’s desire to minimize the importance of these maps,” he wrote, in the letter obtained by FoxNews.com.

But an EPA spokeswoman said the maps, from the U.S. Geological Survey and Fish and Wildlife Service, “do not show jurisdictional waters” — in other words, they do not show which waters are subject to EPA control.

Decisions over whether the EPA has authority over “particular waters,” Liz Purchia said, are almost always made in response to requests. She told FoxNews.com the maps in question would have to involve ground surveys to actually reflect the proposed rule, which she called “prohibitively expensive.”

At issue is a proposal that Smith and fellow Republicans, as well as farmers and other groups, say could endanger private property rights by giving the EPA a say over temporary waterways like seasonal streams, under the Clean Water Act. That the agency had highly detailed maps drawn up has raised suspicion about their purpose.

“While the Agency marches forward with a rule that could fundamentally re-define Americans’ private property rights, the EPA kept these maps hidden,” Smith wrote in his letter. “Serious questions remain regarding the EPA’s underlying motivations for creating such highly detailed maps.”

He added: “The EPA’s job is to regulate. The maps must have been created with this purpose in mind.”

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Poll: 89 Percent Of Palestinians Support Hamas Terror

Gee… why don’t these peace agreements ever hold?

Via the Washington Free Beacon:

Nearly 89 percent of Palestinians support Hamas and other terrorists firing rockets from the Gaza Strip at Israeli civilians, according to a new poll conducted by the Palestinian Center for Public Opinion (PCPO).

As Israelis wait to see if yet anotherceasefire agreement with Hamas will hold, the poll shows broad support among Palestinians for Hamas’ most recent rocket assault on the Jewish state, which has been hit by more than 4,000 missiles in the past month.

The poll of 1,000 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip found that 88.9 percent of those surveyed supported “the firing of rockets from Gaza at Israel,” according to the findings.

This is a significant increase since January, when the PCPO found that just 49.1 percent supported such actions.

“The deterrence of the Palestinian Resistance has increased in the wake up of the Israeli military operation ‘Protective Edge,’” the PCPO concluded in a statement.

When asked by a pollster, “Would you please tell us your opinion about the issue of firing rockets at Israel,” just over 60 percent of Palestinians polled responded that they “strongly support that.” Another 28.6 percent stated, “I support that,” while just 1 percent said, “I oppose that,” according to the poll.

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F-15 Crashes In West Virginia

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Hopefully the pilot is ok…

Via CNN:

An Air National Guard F-15C fighter jet has crashed in Virginia’s Augusta County, National Guard and local sheriff’s officials said.

The fate of the pilot and whether or not he ejected was not immediately known, Guard spokesman Capt. John Fesler said.

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Dem Candidate Slams Burger King Deal While Husband Invests In It

Sean Eldridge,Ruth Ellen Blodgett

I’m sure they’ll be donating all the money they make off the deal to the treasury department.

Via the Washington Free Beacon:

Democratic congressional candidate Sean Eldridge lashed out on Tuesday at fast food company Burger King for supposedly dodging U.S. taxes, but his husband, whose fortune is financing the congressional run, stands to benefit financially from the move.

Echoing Democratic talking points on tax policy, Eldridge called Burger King’s attempts to reduce its tax burden “unpatriotic.”

The company announced this week that it will acquire Canadian fast food chain Tim Horton’s and shift its corporate headquarters north of the border. The move, commonly known as a tax inversion, will allow Burger King to pay Canadian corporate tax rates, which are substantially lower than American ones.

Eldridge did not say whether investors in the deal are also unpatriotic. They include his husband, Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, who owns between $50,000 and $100,000 in Tim Horton’s stock, according to Eldridge’s financial disclosure forms.

Tim Horton’s stock has shot up more than 25 percent since Burger King announced the acquisition.

Eldridge rejected the suggestion that America’s corporate tax rate, the highest in the developed world, is pushing companies abroad.

“We have the highest tax rate in the world, thirty-five percent, but the average is companies pay in the teens,” he told the Daily Mail, a newspaper in Hudson, N.Y. “Some pay almost nothing.”

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Obama: Abruptly Pulling All U.S. Troops Out Of Iraq Was “Right Thing To Do” Despite Fact Withdrawal Led To ISIS Takeover…

Then again, it’s not like Chicago Jesus would ever admit he made a mistake.

Via CNS News:

Despite accusations that not leaving a residual U.S. military presence in Iraq contributed to its present crisis, President Obama on Tuesday both called the 2011 withdrawal “the right thing to do” and reiterated his intention to remove most U.S. troops from Afghanistan at the end of the year.

“You know that we should never send America’s sons and daughters into harm’s way unless it is absolutely necessary, and we have a plan, and we are resourcing it and prepared to see it through,” he told the national convention of the American Legion in Charlotte, N.C.

“You know the United States has to lead with strength and confidence and wisdom,” Obama continued. “And that’s why, after incredible sacrifice by so many of our men and women in uniform, we removed more than 140,000 troops from Iraq and welcomed those troops home. It was the right thing to do.”