Too Radical For The Saudis? But OK For Us
How "jihadist crazy" were the Tsarnaev brothers? So crazy even the Saudi fanatics wanted nothing to do with them.
England's Daily Mail reports that Saudi Arabia "sent a written warning" specifically naming Tsarnaev as an extremist in 2012 based on "human intelligence developed independently in Yemen." The Saudis were so concerned about Tsarnaev that they reportedly denied him a visa to travel to Mecca for the Hajj pilgrimage.
Not surprisingly, the Saudi embassy in Washington, D.C., is denying the Daily Mail report. But if it is accurate, it would be further evidence of the administration's incompetence or worse.
Today, Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, announced that he would be holding hearings on the Boston bombings next week. These revelations about multiple warnings should be a topic of major discussion, if not the focus of an entirely separate hearing.
But why are we reading about this only in foreign media? When it comes to the immigration debate, we often hear that illegal immigrants come to the United States to do the jobs Americans won't do. Now, all too often, foreign journalists are doing the job the American press refuses to do when it comes to investigating the administration's failures.
News broke just hours ago that three more suspects were taken into custody this morning. They are university students who may have helped the Tsarnaev brothers destroy evidence and escape capture.
Obamacare On Life Support
Public support for Obamacare has fallen to its lowest level in years, according to a new Kaiser Health poll. Just 35% of American approve of the law.
Unbelievably, 42% of Americans did not know that Obamacare was on the books as the law of the land. Seven percent thought the Supreme Court struck it down, and 12% of Americans thought Congress had repealed it!
It's no surprise that support for Obamacare has tanked. It is hurting economic growth. Moody's economist Mark Zandi said today, "Nearly every industry has seen slower growth since the beginning of the year. Smaller businesses are experiencing much weaker growth." Why might that be? Zandi added, "The data seems to be suggesting healthcare is having an impact."
It's beyond "suggesting." As we have often documented, major companies have explicitly stated that they are cutting back on hours and investment because of Obamacare. And the worst is yet to come. As this column suggests, tens of millions of Americans have yet to experience the coming price shock that will accompany Obamacare's formal rollout.
Obama: "Wingman" For 15 Year-Old Boys
During his reelection campaign, a lot was written about Obama's outreach to young, single women. This week, the Obama Administration launched a major outreach effort to young, teenage men. The Food and Drug Administration has issued new regulations allowing the sale of the abortifacient drug Plan B to 15 year-old girls.
Fifteen year-old boys all over America are giving each other high fives. And 20 year-old serial predators now have one more tool to use in seducing your daughter. "You won't get pregnant, sweetie -- I have a pill for you!"
Nevertheless, these new, loose regulations are still too restrictive for the pro-abortion radicals. Nancy Northup, president of the Center for Reproductive Rights, said, "…it does nothing to address the significant barriers that far too many women of all ages will still find if they arrive at the drugstore without identification."
Since when were 15 year-old girls considered "women"? Legally, persons under the age of 18 are minors under the care of adults. Obamacare wants to treat 26 year-old adults as children, allowing them to stay on their parents' insurance policies.
The American people know better. A recent Rasmussen poll found that just 33% of Americans think teenage girls should be allowed to buy "emergency contraception" over the counter without a prescription, while 57% opposed it.
The State Of Our Culture
Monday a Washington Wizards basketball player, Jason Collins, announced he is a homosexual. This "breaking news" resulted in a phone call from President Obama to Collins. Obama told him, "I couldn't be prouder."
At his White House press conference yesterday, after discussing issues like the Boston Marathon bombing, chemical weapons in Syria and health care, the president felt it was really important to tell the American people how proud he was that Jason Collins likes to have sex with men.
For some reason, Collins' coming out has been big news. He has been hailed as a hero. Yet for years the homosexual rights movement has claimed that what two people do in the privacy of their own bedroom is nobody's business. So why should anyone care about Jason Collins?
But while discussing the "news" and the importance of genuine tolerance, ESPN commentator Chris Broussard dared to cite his Christian faith and stated that, in his view, homosexuality AND adultery and premarital heterosexual sex are sins.
Predictably, the left showed zero tolerance for Broussard's faith. ESPN issued an apology, saying, "We regret that a respectful discussion of personal viewpoints became a distraction from today's news.ESPN is fully committed to diversity and welcomes Jason Collins' announcement."
So let me get this straight: Christianity is frowned upon as a "distraction," while homosexuality is "welcome news"?
Meanwhile, Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin, III is once again causing controversy. He tweeted yesterday, "In a land of freedom we are held hostage by the tyranny of political correctness."
It's not entirely clear what Griffin was referring to, but a lot of liberals took offense. One "hit man" for the left-wing "hit squad" known as Media Matters tweeted a warning back, "Don't do this."
Griffin is also a Christian. Even worse, there is speculation he may be a -- gasp!-- a conservative! No doubt that is why he is being watched -- and warned -- by the thought police at Media Matters.
TAKE ACTION: Contact ESPN. Use this link to send them an email or call 1-888-549-3776 (ESPN). Tell ESPN that you support Chris Broussard and that he should not face any repercussions for speaking honestly about his faith.
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