In Exchange for More Talks, Iran Gets What It Wants + More – Daily Digest

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TOP 5 RIGHT HOOKS

Albright: Hamas Civilian Human Shields Hurt Israel’s Moral Authority

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright offered one of the more half-baked theories on the Israel-Hamas conflict we’ve heard yet. She lamented Palestinian civilian deaths, saying, “I do think that it is very hard to watch the number of Palestinians that are being killed – innocents.” Indeed, it is hard – more than 600 are dead so far, despite Israel’s incredible efforts to minimize those deaths. Albright then explained why it’s happening: “It is hard to dispute the fact that, as Prime Minister [Benjamin] Netanyahu has said that, in fact, there are innocents being put in the way in order to act as shields.” Therefore, Hamas should be condemned for such barbarous acts, correct? Not exactly, says Albright. She concluded, “[T]he bottom line is, I think that this is hurting Israel’s moral authority.” Hamas’ use of human shields hurts Israel’s moral authority? In what universe is that coherent?

Beretta Joins Flight of the Gun Makers

Gun manufacturer Beretta will move its whole operation to Tennessee when its plant in Gallatin, Tennessee, is finished in 2015. The company began in Italy when it sold 185 arquebus barrels to the Arsenal of Venice in 1526. The maker of the M9 pistol, the gun carried by the U.S. Armed Forces since 1985, announced the move from Maryland, because the “Free State” passed the Firearm Safety Act of 2013, which would have prohibited Beretta from making certain firearms in the state, storing or importing those guns to Maryland customers. General Manager for Beretta USA Jeff Cooper said, “While we were able in the Maryland House of Delegates to reverse some of those obstructive provisions, the possibility that such restrictions might be reinstated in the future leaves us very worried about the wisdom of maintaining a firearm manufacturing factory in the State.” Beretta joins other gun companies leaving locations once known for their rich tradition of gun craft because zealous anti-gun legislators are bad for business. More…

In Exchange for More Talks, Iran Gets What It Wants

After agreeing with Iran to extend talks beyond the previous July 20 deadline, the Obama administration is caving on some important points. “In exchange for agreeing over the weekend to extend nuclear talks until late November, Iran will be given another $2.8 billion in unfrozen assets,” reports the Washington Free Beacon. That’s on top of “$4.2 billion in unfrozen oil assets during the past six months.” Furthermore, Iran can retain its domestic uranium enrichment capabilities. For the moment, Secretary of State John Kerry concludes, “A bad deal is better than no deal.” Apparently not by much. More…

White House Only Likes Official Anonymous Sources

The White House didn’t like a Washington Post article accusing the Obama administration of knowing about the impending wave of Central American children in 2012 yet doing nothing. Press Secretary Josh Earnest blasted the Post for using anonymous sources: “I’m not suggesting that they shouldn’t run their story,” he said, but “greater weight should be granted to those who are willing to put a face and a name with specific claims.” Reporters were quick to point out the White House scheduled a news call that very afternoon about its release of a job-training report using – you guessed it – anonymous White House officials. It’s just another example of Obama’s “unprecedented level of openness.” More…

Socialists Cheat More

A new study from Duke University and the University of Munich offers an interesting perspective on socialists: They cheat. After working with 259 participants who grew up on opposite sides of the Berlin Wall, researchers concluded, “The longer individuals were exposed to socialism, the more likely they were to cheat on our task.” In fact, it wasn’t close: “East Germans cheated twice as much as West Germans overall.” Researchers noted “the political regime of socialism has a lasting impact on citizens’ basic morality.” They surmised the reason for this is the general scarcity of goods in a socialist system. Forced “equality” can have that effect. Moral of the story: Don’t play Monopoly with socialists. More…

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RIGHT ANALYSIS

The Act That Wouldn’t Die

In a remarkably common showing of the insanity surrounding the Orwellian-titled “Affordable Care Act” (which is anything but “affordable” – or “care,” for that matter), two federal courts weighed in yesterday – naturally, against each other – on whether ObamaCare subsidies are legal. The cases put Democrats in the entertaining position of hoping the law of the land isn’t actually the law.

A three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit ruled subsidies are illegal if issued through a federal exchange, as opposed to a state exchange, per the letter of the statute. Since 36 states opted not to set up an exchange, this is an acute problem. Immediately following this decision, however, a Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel ruled those subsidies legal for people who buy plans on Healthcare.gov – i.e., through the federal exchange.

The issue of subsidies is critical because they are the only way much of the American public can afford to comply with ObamaCare’s stringent requirements and onerous fees. If the subsidy provisions are gutted, the ACA’s house of cards collapses. Naturally, the usual opponents of freedom – the “Executive Branch” and its vast network of administrative minions – promised to keep the gravy train alive by continuing to pay subsidies through the Department of Health and Human Services.

None of this confusion or subversion should be surprising. Let’s review: First, there was the under-cover-of-darkness, (literally) midnight-hour passage of ObamaCare. Then-House Speaker and leftist wingnut Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) inadvertently immortalized the implicit arm-twisting and skullduggery afoot with her now-infamous line, “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out, uh, what is in it.” Next, there were the usual suspects and their vacuous endorsements. For example, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) recently claimed that ObamaCare “is being implemented incredibly well.” We’d like to ask the good senator on which planet ObamaCare is working at all – let alone “incredibly well.” Finally – sadly but thankfully – there were the rueful, after-the-fact, revelations-of-the-obvious, such as this from Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT): “I just see a huge train wreck coming down.” He was right.

Apparently, everyone but our “benevolent caretakers” understand the real implications of the ACA’s passage: A permanent gravy train for the non-working class on the backs of those with a job, and – hopefully, for the Dems – a permanently dependent source of readily available votes. Especially heavily hit are today’s youth, who, though healthy, must now fund those who, a) don’t really work and b) aren’t very healthy. True, this is a generalization, but on the whole it illustrates the latest transfer-of-wealth tactic from those who are more than happy to reach into Peter’s pocket to pay Paul – never mind that Paul deserves none of Peter’s hard-earned money or freedom.

The good news for the Obama administration is that Rule of Law for them is simply a three-word term that applies only to “everyone else.” As evidence, see Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-NV) use of the so-called “nuclear option” to ensure the DC Circuit Court is fully packed with willing and able lackeys who will serve “the greater good” by ignoring all those silly rules of law and giving Obama anything he wants. We should expect the next move to be to ask for an en banc ruling (i.e., a ruling from the entire [packed] DC court) to overturn the three-judge ruling. That will delay the outcome for several months at least. Given the packing of the DC Circuit, the outcome may be a foregone conclusion and this move alone may put an end to any pangs of freedom still wincing in the wake of ACA’s passage.

Even so, however, we’re still mindful that, should ObamaCare once again make an appearance before the Supreme Court, Chief Justice John Roberts is now a wildcard given his judicial gymnastics in rewriting the law in order to uphold it. In upholding the law, Roberts wrote, “It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices.” He may get a chance to use those words again, only this time to strike down the subsidies that prop up the law.

Muslims Purge Christians From Mosul

Christians flee Mosul

Christians and Jews have lived peacefully in Muslim lands since Islam began. Indeed, these two ancient religions predate Islam by centuries. Muhammad considered himself the last in the line of the prophets beginning with those of the Old Testament and continuing through to Jesus. Though not a paragon of virtue by any stretch, Muhammad respected the Bible enough to call Christians and Jews the “People of the Book,” and he granted them the right to live in Islamic lands and practice their religions. He considered others non-believers.

Islam divides the world in two: the House of Islam and the House of War. Muhammad told his followers to fight until non-believers submit to Islamic rule. From Islam’s beginning, Muhammad waged jihad against non-believers, using all the tactics of the ancient world: torture, rape, pillage, slavery and division of the spoils.

Then in the 20th century Islam’s tolerance of Jews and Christians began to disappear. Now terrorists widely practice heinous religious bigotry throughout the Middle East, and the great imams say nothing if not praise for such barbarism.

For months, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which now calls itself just the Islamic State, has waged jihad in Syria and Iraq, racing from sector to sector, crushing resistance. This borderless nation of Islamists is what we have long dubbed Jihadistan.

Last month, ISIL invaded Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city – a place where far too much American blood was spilled in what is now a lost cause. ISIL demanded that Christians pay a tax for non-Muslims, convert to Islam, leave or die. Reportedly, all Christian residents chose to leave. As they left, soldiers forced them to surrender all of their possessions except the clothes they wore. The flight of Christians from Mosul ends two millennia of Christian habitation in this historic city.

Since the U.S. invasion, more than one million Christians have been exiled from Iraq while an estimated 300,000 still remain.

And Iraq and Syria are not alone. Jihadis in Egypt and parts of Africa are driving thousands of Coptic Christians from their ancestral homes. As usual, Islamic imams and Western leaders are ignoring this descent into a new Dark Age.

So far the golfer-in-chief has remained silent on the issue of international Christian persecution. While the White House waged a pathetic hashtag campaign for the Nigerian girls abducted by jihadis, virtually nothing has been said or done to help Christians in Iraq. Also, Meriam Ibrahim, a pregnant Christian woman in Sudan, was sentenced to death for recanting her Islamic faith. She’s been jailed, released, jailed again and released again. Although she’s now at the American Embassy, Sudanese officials are playing cat and mouse with her and refuse to let her leave the country, claiming her passport is forged. Silence from the administration.

But fear not, Barack Obama and his sidekick Joe Biden have launched their own war on prejudice – international LGBT prejudice. Speaking to a group of U.S. and international homosexual rights advocates, Biden said that Obama has ordered U.S. foreign relations agencies to make LGBT rights a priority in dealings with nations throughout the world. “I don’t care what your culture is,” Biden sermonized. “Inhumanity is inhumanity is inhumanity. Prejudice is prejudice is prejudice.”

Taking a stern tone, Biden also warned, “[T]here is a price to pay for being inhumane…” He called homosexual rights “the civil rights issue of our day.” The administration has lectured countries like Uganda and Senegal for admittedly draconian anti-homosexuality laws that are, in part, meant to curb the HIV and AIDS crisis in Africa.

But what about Christian and Jewish rights? Where’s the outrage from the leader of the free world when it comes to the hateful persecution and violence against these people? The arrogance and hypocrisy of this administration would choke the devil himself.

It is frightening to ponder the religious bigotry growing in the world today. Anti-Semitism is rising again in Europe and here in the U.S. – a disease we thought had been stamped out over 60 years ago. Muslim jihadis grow in number everyday. Where we go from here is anyone’s guess.

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OPINION IN BRIEF

Lord Acton (1834-1902): “Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is the highest political end.”


Columnist Jacob Sullum: ”[T]he government’s response to that demand fuels criminality by creating a black market in which thugs violently vie for artificially high profits. That policy is one of the main factors driving the recent surge in unaccompanied minors making their way to Texas from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. … In a 2013 survey by the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, 66 percent of children from El Salvador, 44 percent of children from Honduras and 20 percent of children from Guatemala mentioned ‘violence by organized armed criminal actors’ as a reason for leaving home. … Gen. John Kelly, who runs the U.S. Southern Command, estimates that ‘perhaps 80 percent’ of the violence behind ‘the mass migration of children we are all of a sudden struggling with’ is tied to the illegal drug trade. … Intensified enforcement is not just futile, but also positively harmful, fostering violence by destabilizing the black market.“

Economist Walter E. Williams: “Racial preferences in college admissions give elementary schools, middle schools and high schools a free hand to continue their destructive educational policy. If colleges did not have special admissions practices for black students, there would be far fewer blacks in colleges, and the fraud would be more apparent to parents. They might begin to ask why so many blacks with high-school diplomas could not get into college. If the civil rights establishment and the progressives have their way, blacks will have to rely on special privileges in perpetuity.”

Fred Thompson: “20 Hamas rockets found in UN-run school in Gaza. UN to fix problem by passing a resolution to tell itself to fix the problem.”

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