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Oregon College joins undistinguished list of gun-free institutions

Easy pickings for shooters:

On August 2 Breitbart News reported that eight attacks with firearms in gun free zones in the last eight years resulted in the lost of 105 lives and the wounding of 150 others. Those attacks were on the Lafayette Grand Theater (July 23), Chattanooga (July 16), Fort Hood (April 2, 2014), DC Navy Yard (September 16, 2013), Sandy Hook Elementary (December 14, 2012), Aurora movie theater (July 12, 2012), Fort Hood (November 5, 2009), and Virginia Tech (April 16, 2007)

Meanwhile, Obama leaps to sing his tired old song.

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The pope’s a player, with a lot to lose

Francis doesn’t see himself that way. He’s more Ben Carson than Donald Trump. But he’s in it deeply.

Pope Francis is becoming an aggressive public player in secular politics, from the environment to economic policy. That carries risks, not for Francis alone, but for the papacy and the institution the pope leads.

Big problem there. He’s betting the farm, which isn’t his to bet.

The day before Pope Francis met with Mr. Obama, one of the president’s aides, Ben Rhodes, said: “How can we make use of the enormous platform that the pope’s visit provides to lift up the work we’re doing and demonstrate how it’s consistent with the direction that’s coming from the pope?” At the White House, Pope Francis praised Mr. Obama’s climate-change initiatives, and the president thanked the pope for supporting his policies on that and his opening to Cuba.

Brothers in Christ? Not quite, but consider this:

It is not possible to do this [exchange encomiums with
one of the big guys] and be “above” politics. Everyone in politics is one of the boys, including the pope.+

And your people have to be dragged along with you:

In Cuba, when the pope’s spokesman, Rev. Federico Lombardi, was asked if Pope Francis knew that 50 dissidents had been arrested, he said: “I don’t have any information about this.” Embarrassing bunk is standard for the Josh Earnests of the world. It should not become so for the pope’s spokesman.

With unforeseen consequences galore:

On one hand, Francis is amenable to being photographed smiling and squeezing hands with Fidel Castro, a decades-long oppressor of his nation’s Catholics. But then the Vatican objects that the pope might be photographed with a famous pro-abortion nun invited by the White House. Barack Obama plays hardball. His Justice Department had already sued the anti-abortion Little Sisters of the Poor.

Whom he unexpectedly visited, true, in a distinctly muted show of support in their battle with one of his new best friends. He has his priorities:

In the past two years, the plight of Christians in the Middle East has gone from persecution to slaughter. Decades of Vatican diplomacy there for the world’s most at-risk Christians has produced very little. Soon there may be nothing left to protect. On Friday, the pope reportedly will address the U.N. about climate change. A jeremiad against Christian extermination would be welcome this week, too.

His new friends use him.

What many of his new political friends mainly seek is to have the pope “moralize” their politics. Francis’ spiritual message could not be more secondary. They won’t be with him in Philadelphia. How allowing the papacy’s core moral authority to be politicized is in the interests of the Catholic Church as an institution is difficult to see.

Very difficult.

Later:

Maybe the Little Sisters visit means more than a nod in the right direction.

“What a huge boon to Catholic educators who yearn for relief from the Obama administration’s HHS mandate and protection of their First Amendment rights. This brings attention to the case that represents not only the Little Sisters but so many of us whose rights are denied,” said [Patrick] Reilly [president of the Obama-fighting Cardinal Newman Society].
Than again, probably not. Can we imagine Obama feeling pressured (or much less, inspired) by the Pope, him of the photo-op potential?

Obama’s glacier has shrunk at its usual glacial pace . . .

What is he really thinking?

Did you notice the shrinking Alaska glacier that the President used this week as evidence that humans are causing catastrophic warming? Greenpeace Co-Founder Patrick Moore writes that “the glacier in Glacier Bay began its retreat around 1750. By the time Capt. George Vancouver arrived there in 1794 the glacier still filled most of the bay but had already retreated some miles,” and by 1900 “Glacier Bay was mostly ice-free.” Mr. Moore adds that all of this happened long before human emissions “could have had any impact.”

Life is just a series of photo ops.

A brief look at the Obama-Kerry disaster

It’s f-word Israel today in America, thanks to President Nitwit and his legacy-hunting. Hell, it’s f-word America in America. Day of infamy, anyone, when the hand that holds the pen (and has a phone) has stabbed Israel in the back, and America too.

Details below, excerpted from Frederick Kagan’s op-ed in Wall St. Journal. Read them and weep.

* The document [signed and sealed, Sun-Times headlines] doesn’t mention the 60-day window for review by the U.S. Congress, and the language in this section suggests that action in the U.N. will not await any congressional vote.

. . . .

It is again noteworthy [after the proviso: “pending ratification by . . . the Iranian parliament”] that no mention is made of any action to be taken by the U.S. Congress, despite the nod to Iran’s legislature.

Noteworthy and damnable. F-word Congress.

Nothing in the text of the agreement itself supports President Obama’s assertion that the [international arms] embargo will last for another five years, although he may have that time frame in mind.

He can afford to toss that out, safe in knowing how little will be made of it by the Third Estate.

The U.S. is not in a very strong position to engage the Russians on [the arms embargo], since the Obama administration must get the resolution through the Security Council quickly or risk having the entire nuclear deal fall apart.

Hurry, hurry, ignoring Congress.

Read the rest of it here: Why They’re Cheering in Tehran – WSJ.

Hail to the States by Steven Malanga, City Journal 21 January 2015

Hail to the States by Steven Malanga, City Journal 21 January 2015.

High living on Pa. Avenue

The Obamas lived high off the hog at the White House — far higher than previous occupants.  State dinners, that is.  Why not?  He’s got a good government job, and that’s good for something, isn’t it?

Leave da man alone, hear?

Who you makin’ fun of? Do you even know? Loser!

Wall Street has diversity

There are the big banks and the rest — hedge-fund operators, private equity companies, etc., who have their problems with the big guys, Ira Stoll explains:

* Many of the hedge fund and private equity guys used to work at the big banks and left to strike out on their own for a reason.

* The smaller firms compete with the big banks for the job of managing capital for rich individuals and institutions.

* When the banks raise capital or handle trades for the smaller firms, they charge fees that the smaller firms wish were lower.

* The banks have access to cheap capital via the Federal Reserve and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation that the smaller firms dont get.

* The smaller firms sometimes dont like the trading terms set by the banks on things like posting collateral.

* The bank executives dont like the way the non-bank guys pay the capital gains tax rate on their carried interest, while the bank executives pay a higher income tax rate on their compensation.

What’s more, they give money to different parties, the big guys to Dems and Obama, the others to Republicans and Romney. So don’t lump them together as if they lacked diversity.

Argues Stoll of NY Sun.  But Obama does take some private equity money, as Halper of Weekly Standard points out

Hanna Loikkanen

Hanna Loikkanen is not part of this story but is clearly a nice person deserving of some more recognition. (Photo credit: East Capital)

.  It’s not as if he’s boycotting them.  He doesn’t boycott money.

Fanning flames

Obama weighs in on the Florida shooting

He has a knack for this sort of thing.

One would have thought he’d want to calm things down.  Instead, he rubs raw the sores of discontent, to use a Saul Alinsky expression.

Wuxtry, Obama newsletter on yr doorstep

Today’s Obama Reelection Newsletter (ORN), also known as Sun-Times, arrived safely.  It’s a handy package, slips into outer-coat pocket, easy for taking onto Green Line (or other) train or bus or even into church!

On page 3, left third, length of page, we find the Maximum Leader in an AP story (the ORN is also your best source for AP stories), saying he “would not hesitate to attack Iran to keep it from getting a nuclear bomb.”  Not if the political adviser told him it was a no-brainer, no he would not hesitate to do it or lots of other things. 

But that is not the issue here, where he also warns against “loose talk of war” (his words), which I call having cake and eating it.  Look, he’s running for reelection, right?  Don’t be so picky.

Next to him, also on p. 3, down the middle (which is not how ORN editors play things, hardly), is “IN A RUSH TO LEAVE: 7th  advertiser pulls out of Limbaugh’s show” (also AP, not linkable at S-T site).

Which follows Sunday p. 3A’s “Limbaugh apologizes for calling woman slut” (AP again), giving Sandra Fluke’s age as 30 without a blink sans reference to correction elswhere offered.

Which followed Saturday p. 2’s huge “OBAMA WADES INTO RUSH’S ‘SLUT’ STORM,” (AP, though not so identified), which spills onto p. 3 and (guess what?) a heroic head shot of The Leader, shaking a semi-fist, thumb exposed.

All in all, Saturday’s was a two-fer of the first order, boosting The Leader for trashing that man at WLS, Rushbo.

So goes the Newsletter, on your doorstep seven days at a reasonable price if you like good partisan fun.

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