GOLDBERG – Fiorina not wrong.
PAPA: LAST – Menace or farce?
ISLAM: IBRAHIM – More than Carson; SPENCER – Islamophobes; McCARTHY – Trump shoulda said; HAHN – More & more Muslims.
THE HILLARY: TALEV & JOHN – Biden climbs; WEBER – FBI has emails; DINAN – Judge order more help; DRUDGE (9/22/15).
PA: STAUB – PA deficit.
END NOTE: UBER – Gun Free Zone.
“It’s like déjà vu all over again.” Yogi Berra, RIP
Jonah Goldberg, NRO: “It’s Not Carly Fiorina Who’s Wrong in the Planned Parenthood Fight”
“‘Anyone who has watched this videotape, I dare Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama to watch these tapes. Watch a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking while someone says, ‘We have to keep it alive to harvest its brain.’ This is about the character of our nation, and if we will not stand up and force President Obama to veto this bill, shame on us.” — Carly Fiorina, GOP presidential debate, September 16, 2015. “The videotape in question was put out by the Center for Medical Progress, an anti-abortion group that went undercover to record Planned Parenthood officials discussing the buying and selling of organs and tissue from aborted fetuses — some just shy of 20 weeks — to medical research companies.
“Fiorina’s description of what takes place in the videos has come under withering attack. Sarah Kliff of Vox labels Fiorina’s version of the scene as “pure fiction.” PolitiFact says it is “mostly false.”
“And they have a point. The exact scene, exactly as Fiorina describes it, is not on the videos. But anybody who has watched the videos would find Fiorina’s off-the-cuff account pretty accurate.
“Most of the center’s videos involve hidden-camera conversations with current Planned Parenthood managers, as well as interviews with veterans of the abortion industry, discussing the selling of fetal body parts for research purposes. The video Fiorina probably had in mind included eyewitness descriptions accompanied by borrowed footage of a fetus dying in a metal bowl, its leg kicking, to illustrate the witness’s recollection of seeing precisely that in another case. That sort of juxtaposition might not fly on the nightly news, but it’s the sort of dramatic device used in documentaries all the time. It’s akin to a documentary maker interviewing a witness to Cecil the Lion getting shot, and using footage of another lion getting shot as an illustration. Fiorina’s critics want to claim that because she didn’t take into account these distinctions, she’s just making stuff up. . .” http://www.nationalreview.com/article/424472/carly-fiorina-planned-parenthood-video
PAPA . . .
Jonathan Last, Weekly Std: “Pope Francis: Menace or Farce?”
“. . . For instance, the Holy Father seems to have a habit of appearing to endorse all sorts of left-wing political causes. There was the time he posed with environmental activists holding an anti-fracking T-shirt. And the time he posed for pictures holding a crucifix made from a hammer and a sickle. And the time he held up a poster calling for the British to hand the Falkland Islands back to Argentina. In each instance, the official Vatican response has been to suggest that Francis didn’t mean to endorse anything because he’ll pretty much smile and pick up anything you hand him, like some sort of consecrated Ron Burgundy.
“. . .Pope Francis seems prone to misunderstanding on many subjects, but perhaps none so much as the field of economics. As Andrew Ferguson noted in reviewing Evangelii Gaudium, this pope tends to insist on notions that are factually untrue. For instance, “Never has the use of violence brought peace in its wake.” Or that the benefits of free-market growth have “never been confirmed by the facts.” Note—the Holy Father is not saying that the free market has excesses, or that consumerism can debase the human person, or that the ruthlessness of markets can, left unchecked, lead to real evils. No. He is insisting that there is no factual evidence to support claims that free-market growth can be socially beneficial. It’s as if he does not know what the letters “GDP” stand for.
“And truth be told, maybe he doesn’t. In 2013, Francis told an Italian magazine that “The most serious of the evils that afflict the world these days are youth unemployment and the loneliness of the old.” “That might strike you as odd, but so be it.
“A year later the pope took to Twitter—oh yes, he is an active Twitterer—to proclaim that “Inequality is the root of social evil.” Youth unemployment, geriatric solitude, inequality—evil, evil, evil.
“And when confronted with the Syrian migration crisis now roiling Europe, the pope weighed in on that, too, this time commingling economics with ecology . . .”
ISLAM . . .
Raymond Ibrahim, PJM: “Ben Carson Exposes Islamic ‘Taqiyya,’ But There’s Even More You Should Know”
“Considering that the current U.S. president has expunged all reference to Islam in security documents and would have Americans believe that Islamic doctrine is more or less like Christianity, it is refreshing to see a presidential candidate referencing a little-known but critically important Muslim doctrine.
“However, the widely cited notion that taqiyya is only a Shia doctrine needs to be corrected. This is false, and it lets the vast majority of the world’s Muslims, the Sunnis, off the hook.
“According to Sami Mukaram, one of the world’s foremost authorities on taqiyya:
‘Taqiyya is of fundamental importance in Islam. Practically every Islamic sect agrees to it and practices it … We can go so far as to say that the practice of taqiyya is mainstream in Islam, and that those few sects not practicing it diverge from the mainstream … Taqiyya is very prevalent in Islamic politics, especially in the modern era…’
“Taqiyya is often associated with the Shias because, as a minority group interspersed among their Sunni rivals, they have historically had more reason to dissemble. Today, however, Sunnis living in the West find themselves in the place of the Shia. Now they are the minority surrounded by their historic enemies — Western “infidels” — and so they too have plenty of occasion to employ taqiyya.
“Making Muslims swear on Bibles would not be any defense against taqiyya. As long as their allegiance to Islam is secure in their hearts, taqiyya allows Muslims to behave like non-Muslims. Praying before Christian icons, wearing crosses, making the sign of the cross — anything short of actually killing a Muslim could be allowed. . .”
Robert Spencer, PJM: “The Muslim Islamophobes Who Agree with Ben Carson”
“Carson almost literally quoted Islamic doctrine and prominent Muslim leadership, and for this he is labeled a bigot.
“By now it’s clear: even fellow Republican candidates Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham have piled on, the mainstream media is in an uproar, the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is demanding he drop out of the race, and the only people who agree with Ben Carson’s statements about a Muslim president, Sharia, and the Constitution are racist, bigoted Islamophobes.
“These must be the kind of Islamophobic statements Carson was reading when he formulated his hateful, bigoted opinions. Shameful.
“So who said the awful statements above? Pamela Geller? Geert Wilders? Some other hatemongering profiteer whom all decent people must shun?
“In order, the authors of the Islamophobic statements I quote above are:
“Hisham Melhem, the Washington bureau chief of Al-Arabiya,
“Renowned moderate Muslim and Islamic apologist Jamal Badawi,
“Syrian Islamic scholar Abd Al-Karim Bakkar,
“The leader of Iran’s Shia Taliban, Mesbah Yazdi,
“Australian Muslim cleric Ibrahim Siddiq-Conlon,
“Saudi Islamic scholar, Sheikh Abdul Rahman bin Nassir Al Barrak,
“A Muslim group in Wales that plastered Cardiff with posters denouncing democracy and exhorting Muslims not to vote, and
“A Muslim group in Denmark that likewise urged Muslims to boycott elections.
“Carson’s detractors would no doubt dismiss all these Muslims as ‘extremists.’ All they have to do to make their case, after all, is point to all the thriving Constitutional republics that have Muslim majorities and guarantee freedom of speech, equal rights for women and non-Muslims, and other aspects of traditional Islamic law that Islamophobes claim contradict the Constitution.
“In reality, there is not a single country to which they can point. There is no democratic tradition in the Islamic world. There is no history of secular republics, no concept of the equality of all people before the law.
“People often invoke Turkey as an example of how Islam and democracy are fully compatible. In reality, the secular Turkish republic was established in an atmosphere of war with Islam, with explicit restrictions placed upon political Islam that were considered necessary so as to rein in its authoritarian, supremacist, anti-democratic tendencies. Now, the Erdogan regime is reasserting Islam’s political aspects. Turkish secularism has been severely weakened, and may not be long for this world.
“The absence of Constitutional republics in the Islamic world is no accident. It comes from: Islam’s sharp dichotomy between believers and unbelievers, retarding the development of the principle of equality of rights for all; its blasphemy laws, which hinder the freedom of speech and intellectual development; and its vision of Allah as a solitary and all-powerful despot whose will is absolute — hardly an ideal model upon which to build the idea of parliamentary give-and-take in order to discover the truth or determine the best path.
“In Islam, Allah alone reveals the truth and marks out the straight path: Islam.
“‘We are a different kind of nation,’ Ben Carson said as the controversy raged over his remarks. ‘Part of why we rose so quickly is because we wouldn’t allow our values or principles to be supplanted because we were going to be politically correct. … Part of the problem today is that we’re so busy trying to be politically correct, that we lose all perspective.’. . .”
Andrew McCarthy, PJM: “What Trump Should Have Said”
“He’s not a Muslim, but he has sided with Islamists against our First Amendment. It’s outrageous to rule any talk of the president’s opinions on Islam to be out of bounds.
“How ironic that, with all the offensive things Donald Trump says, something he did not say is breaking the outrage bank.
“Trump is under fire for failing, at one of his campaign events, to refute an overheated audience member who asserted that President Obama is a Muslim and was not born in the United States. Trump did not make these claims or concur in them. He simply decided it was not his job to defend Barack Obama from claims that Obama himself has played no small part in provoking. Trump, instead, ignored the allegations and went on with what he wanted to say: blather about how he was looking into the possibility that radical Muslims are training inside the United States to conduct terrorist attacks here (something that is not merely possible, but has been proved in terrorism prosecutions about a zillion times since I first did it 20 years ago).
“As one would expect, our Islamophilic political establishment is in high dudgeon: demands for Trump to apologize have come from Trump competitors with troubling records of cuddling up to Islamists – e.g., Hillary Clinton, Chris Christie and Lindsey Graham – and from Obama’s slavish media, which has never judged worthy of examination either the president’s misrepresentations about his background or his extensive personal ties to Islam, notwithstanding his seven-year record of lies about policy objectives and extensive appeasement of Islamic supremacists.
“We should thus be under no illusions about the charge against Trump. His offense is not that he failed to correct the record. It is that he failed to parrot, with due indignation, the Obama-decreed, political class-certified response, to wit: “These allegations are completely baseless and anyone who utters them should be exiled from polite society.”
“I believe it would have been better had Trump tried to correct the record. . .”
Julia Hahn, Big Govt: “Report: Muslims Are the Fastest Growing Immigrant Community”
“Muslims are the fastest growing bloc of immigrants, according to new census data published by the Center for Immigration Studies.
“The report, which analyzes data from American Community Survey (ACS), finds that the foreign-born population in the U.S. hit a new record high 42.4 million in July 2014.
“The report details that some of ‘the sending countries with the largest percentage increases in the number of immigrants living in the United States since 2010 were Saudi Arabia (up 93 percent); Bangladesh (up 37 percent); Iraq (up 36 percent); Egypt (up 25 percent); Pakistan, India, and Ethiopia (all up 24 percent); Nigeria and Ghana (both up 21 percent).’
“‘In contrast to most sending regions and countries, the number of immigrants from Europe and Canada declined,’ the report notes.
“As Breitbart News has previously documented, every year the United States voluntarily imports more than a quarter of a million– or 280,000– Muslim migrants. This number includes 117,423 migrants who were permanently resettled with Legal Permanent Resident status, as well as an additional 122,921 temporary Muslim workers and foreign students, and 39,932 Muslim refugee and asylees. This means that each year, the U.S. admits a number of Muslim migrants larger in size than the entire population of Des Moines, Iowa. . .”
THE HILLARY . . .
Margeret Talev & Arit John, Bloomberg: “Bloomberg Poll: Joe Biden Now Top Presidential Choice for 1 in 4 Democrats”
“. . . Clinton, once the prohibitive front-runner, is now the top choice of 33 percent of registered Democrats and those who lean Democrat, the poll shows. Biden places second with 25 percent and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is at 24 percent. The other three Democratic candidates combined are the top choice for less than 4 percent of that base. . . “
Del Weber, Bloomberg: “FBI Said to Recover Personal E-Mails from Hillary Clinton Server”
“The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s success at salvaging personal e-mails that Clinton said had been deleted raises the possibility that the Democratic presidential candidate’s correspondence eventually could become public. The disclosure of such e-mails would likely fan the controversy over Clinton’s use of a private e-mail system for official business.
“The FBI is investigating how and why classified information ended up on Clinton’s server. The probe probably will take at least several more months, according to the person, who described the matter on condition of anonymity because the investigation is continuing and deals with sensitive information.
“A review by Clinton and her aides determined that about half of the 60,000 e-mails she exchanged during her four-year tenure as secretary of state were of a personal nature, the presidential candidate has said. . .”
Stephen Dinan, Washington Times: “Judge tells State Dept. to find more staffers to process Clinton emails”
“A federal judge urged the State Department to get more people on the case reviewing and releasing the emails of former Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton and her top aides, saying Tuesday that all sides should be eager to get the matter behind them.
“Judge Emmet G. Sullivan also rejected the State Department’s timeline for searching the aides’ emails and insisted the government have them all put in an electronic system by the end of this week, and do an initial search to see which ones are related to the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attacks next week.
“‘There has to be some reallocation of resources because these are atypical cases,’ the judge told Obama administration lawyers.
“Elizabeth Shapiro, a senior Justice Department lawyer handling many of the more than 30 cases seeking Clinton-related emails, said the administration is doing what it can, but said its employees are already stretched, working “really demoralizing, crushing hours.’ . . .”
Drudge Links (9/22/15)
MYSTERY: FBI refusing to cooperate… SENATOR: ‘Behaving like it’s above law’… Biden insiders feel Clinton stalking… Key Hollywood Donor Backs Joe, Says Others Could Follow… Top unions put brakes on Clinton endorsement…
PA . . .
Andrew Staub, PA Independent: “Study: Pennsylvania hides $53 billion in debt”
“Pennsylvania fails to list $53 billion in debt on its balance sheet, giving it the third-most hidden debt among 10 Northeast states.
“Maybe it’s no surprise then that state lawmakers have all but ignored Pennsylvania’s monstrous unfunded pension liability.
“Pension reform remains one of the biggest political hot potatoes for policymakers, and Chicago-based Truth in Accounting’s annual Financial State of the States report debts again highlights problem facing lawmakers .
“The think tank found, despite any rhetoric that lawmakers passed a balanced budget, Pennsylvania actually has a $66 billion shortfall. Each taxpayer’s share of the state debt amounts to $15,600, giving Pennsylvania the 11th-highest taxpayer burden in the country.
“Much of that debt can be traced to retirement benefits, which represent more than 50 percent of state bills. The unfunded liabilities have accumulated, as the state promised billions of dollars in benefits to retirees without adequately funding them, according to Truth in Accounting. . .”
END NOTE . . .
Uber: Gun Free Zone
“We seek to ensure that everyone using the Uber digital platform—both driver-partners and riders—feels safe and comfortable using the service. During a ride arranged through the Uber platform, Uber and its affiliates therefore prohibit possessing firearms of any kind in a vehicle. Any rider or driver found to have violated this prohibition may lose access to the Uber platform.”
Also: Douglas MacMillan & Joe Palazzolo, WSJ: “Uber Bans Guns in Its Cars”