or the lung damage.
"Obamacare just won a second victory ..."
Yep. SCOTUS rewrote the law, so It's now SCOTUScare. Scalia's "absurd" remark is dead on.
"so who is subsidizing coverage without preconditions?"
Oh, you're not being serious. Drat, snockered again. I guess someone else needs the /end_snark_font tag. ;)
Israel – The Facts
Israel is a free and democratic society. The majority of its citizens stem from North Africa and the Middle East. The country is a full democracy with all citizens over the the age of 18 permitted to vote. The majority of Israelis are Jewish of all races and cultures. Minority Arabs, Christianns and Druze have full democratic rights. The vote in elections, serve in Parliament, sit on the Supreme Court etc. The country is a vibrant democracy full of social protests, a vocal free press and a vigorous opposition and NGO movement.
Why the comparison of Israel & Apartheid
In 1967, after Jordan attacked Israel, Israel captured the area from Jordan known as the West Bank. This Area had been designated by the United Nations as a Palestinian Homeland, but in 1948 Jordan had conquered the area and annexed it to itself. Israel also captured an area known as the Gaza strip from Egypt. This area, also originally designated by the United Nations as part of a Palestinian state had been captured by Egypt in 1948 and although never annexed was subject to Egyptian rule.
In 1967 Israel immediately offered the West Bank back to Jordan and the Gaza strip back to Egypt in return for people. Both countries refused and both countries refused to even negotiate a truce with the Jewish state.
Israel has held these territories since 1967. Israel has attempted to return these territories on a number of occasions. The Oslo Accords negotiated between Yasser Arafat, President Shimon Peres and former Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin were the first step in this process. Further attempts to give up this territory was made by former Prime Minister Ehud Barak at Camp David and former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. All have failed.
In 2005 former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon decided to unilaterally withdraw from the Gaza strip. In the last 9 years since withdrawal Israel has been met by a barrage of rocket fire, leading many Israelis to believe that peace with Palestinians may be impossible. The Gaza strip is controlled by the radical fundamentalist Palestinian group Hamas who refuse to recognize the right of Israel to exist.
A process of negotiation between Israel and Palestine has been going on for nearly a year. The Israeli team in headed by Justice Minister Tzipi Livni the Palestinians are represented by President Abas. The negotiations are facilitated by American Secretary of State John Kerry. The Kerry proposals are meant to address all issues between the parties including land, boundaries, security, the status of Jerusalem, economic development, Israeli settlements, recognition of Israel as a Jewish state. Matters are made more complex by the fact that the Palestinians have no democratically elected government and the two factions, Hamas and Fatah hold very divergent views on the peace process.
Until the peace process is resolved, Palestinians in the West Bank live in a state of limbo, their government is undemocratic and corrupt. They are subject to Israeli security measures aimed at stopping Palestinian attacks against Israeli civilian targets and they remain without an independent state of their own.
Your new flock will not settle for being junior partners. Unlike the African missions or the Home for Little Wanderers, they won’t be satisfied with the take from a mere second collection. An inconvenient truth is that greedy greens grab all the gelt.
Remember the Shrine of Solyndra.
These sticky-fingered moonbats even have their own pontiff, Pope Albert I, patron saint of masseuses.
The climate-change grifters are preaching an updated version of that old time religion. It’s still fire and brimstone — a London newspaper headline Friday declared, “Mankind will be extinct in 100 years because of climate change, warns expert.”
There is one major difference between these climate-change “experts” and most of the traditional clergy. The secular prophets of doom really do believe that global warming is destroying the planet, just as 40 years ago they thundered with equal fervor about the global cooling that was leading to a new Ice Age.
It’s still about salvation, saving one’s soul. Repent. Get thee to a recycling center. Separate thy trash. As in any new religion, the greens require devils to keep the credulous faithful in line. Instead of Satan and Lucifer, the fallen angels are now known as the Koch Brothers, and George W. Bush.
Like Thomas Dolby, this new pope appears blinded by science, or should I say “settled science.”
To stay au courant, Pope Francis this week issued an encyclical, airily denouncing the “harmful habits of consumption.” This goes over big with billionaires who travel in their own private jets.
The pope is particularly appalled by “the increasing use and power of air conditioning,” which you would think theologians would consider a blessing in this age of heat waves. Oddly, though, no mention of the pressing need for more bicycle lanes in Brookline.
The last time the Vatican moved this quickly on a scientific issue was back in 1633, when Galileo was placed under house arrest for life for the “heresy” of suggesting that the Earth revolved around the sun, rather than vice versa.
Now, almost 400 years after that scientific breakthrough, the Vatican serves up this papal hot air.
“Humanity is called to take note of the need for changes in lifestyle and in methods of production and consumption ...”
After Joe Stalin once read a similarly windy sermon by an earlier pope, he famously asked, “How many divisions does the pope have?”
The question now is, “How many solar panels does the Pope have?” Wind turbines? Priuses?
On the bright side, the Pope says there’s no problem that a new global “authority” couldn’t solve, once we create “one world with a common plan.”
Sounds very feasible. Is Bernard Cardinal Law in the house? The pope is going to need someone to run his New World Order, and the devout Bernie is warming up in the bullpen — tanned, rested and ready to go.
I’m sure Pope Francis is basking in his early rave reviews. Of course his new politically correct friends are ignoring the rest of the encyclical, which is full of what Joe Kennedy II used to call “Catholic mumbo jumbo.”
The media are particularly ecstatic with the thought that his global warming polemics will “make for awkward reading among some Catholic Republicans,” as the Guardian put it.
Apparently the pope’s denunciations of abortion and sex-change operations won’t “make for awkward reading” among Catholic Democrats.
After all, Chris Dodd et al. never seem to let the odd divorce or their support for partial-birth abortion stop them from piously taking communion at, say, Ted Kennedy’s funeral.
One thing Pope Francis and the tree huggers can agree on — the need of all the faithful to ride the bus — a bus without AC, needless to say.
“Many specialists,” the encyclical notes, “agree on the need to give priority to public transportation.”
See you at Park Street, Your Holiness!
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