Court drops charges against pro-life investigators who exposed Planned Parenthood | News | LifeSite

14 charges dropped.​

The only retained charge is that Merritt conspired to invade privacy. However, no undercover investigative journalist has ever been so charged. The law applies to private conversations, and the CMP videos were taken in a public venue. Also, ​[California Attorney General

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Becerra prosecuted Merritt without allowing her to constitutionally face her accusers, and Becerra did not give proper legal notice so Merritt could mount a defense.

“Sandra Merritt did nothing wrong," Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver explained. "The complaint by the California attorney general is unprecedented and frankly will threaten every journalist who provides valuable information to the public.”​ [Italics added]​

​Yay.​

Jesuit Scholar: Seeking to Defend Islam at All Costs Is Betraying the Truth | ncregister.com

​​​The scholar is 86-year-old Egyptian Greek Melkite Jesuit Father Henri Boulad, who explains why he believes Islamist terrorists are applying what their religion teaches them, and why the Church fails to address this because she has fallen prey to a leftist ideology that is destroying the West.

Fr. Boulad wrote Pope Francis about how he talks about Islam, ignoring the reality of the situation, including the need for Christians facing martyrdom for words to live (and die) by:​

“In the extreme fragility of Christians — both in the West and in the East — they are expecting something from you other than vague and harmless declarations that may obscure reality. Your predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, had the courage to take a clear and unambiguous position. His attitude has raised a lot of shields and earned him many enemies. But is not a frank confrontation healthier than a dialogue based on compromise? When the Jewish hierarchs asked the apostles to stop announcing the Gospel, they replied: "As for us, we cannot not proclaim what we have seen and heard …" (Acts 4:20)

“It is high time to emerge from a shameful and embarrassed silence in the face of this Islamism that attacks the West and the rest of the world. A systematically conciliatory attitude is interpreted by the majority of Muslims as a sign of fear and weakness. If Jesus said to us: Blessed are the peacemakers, he did not say to us: Blessed are the pacifists. Peace is peace at any cost, at any price. Such an attitude is a pure and simple betrayal of truth.”

​Here is the priest’s extended interview with Natl. Catholic Register about how the West ignores the nature of Islamic terror and persecution.​

Either Robert Mueller should resign, or we need two special counsels.

​Glenn Reynolds at USA Today:​

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has a problem: He has a disqualifying conflict of interest regarding a large part of his work. It involves a choice between investigating or relying on former FBI director James Comey, a longtime close friend of Mueller’s.

Ideally, he’ll recognize that and resign. But if he doesn’t resign, Attorney General Jeff Sessions should appoint another special counsel to take over the obstruction-of-justice part of the investigation, where Mueller is disqualified.​

​Bold recommendation for bad situation.

As Glenn would say at Instapundit, read the rest of it.​

Hi-hi, ho-ho, the anti-drug war has to go

Iconic conservative the late Milton Friedman on that very point.

Today is the 46th anniversary of America’s War on DrugsOtherwise Peaceful Americans Who Voluntarily Choose To Ingest or Sell Intoxicants Currently Proscribed by the Government, Which Will Put Users or Sellers in Cages if Caught, see today’s previous post on CDhere. To bring awareness to this immoral, failed, costly, and shameful war on the American people, here’s some commentary below from Nobel economist Milton Friedman.

It includes his “pessimistic view of America’s future if we continue moving in the direction of socialism.” Which is a connection many do not realize.

Camille Paglia cuts through the warming concept

​Refreshing, intelligent, informed​:

It is certainly ironic how liberals who posture as defenders of science when it comes to global warming (a sentimental myth unsupported by evidence) flee all reference to biology when it comes to gender​.

​Well, to be a progressive (liberal? leftist? whatever) is to be an uber-romantic. ​