Sanctus Georgius, Ora Pro Nobis…
The centuries-old flag of England has been rejected by a local town council on the grounds that its design — a red cross on a white field — might be “inappropriate” and “offensive” to Muslims.
According to the Bristol Post, the town of Radstock in Southwest England has elected to pass on purchasing a new flag of England, correctly known as The St. George’s Cross.
Councillor Eleanor Jackson, a university lecturer and teacher, said the English flag’s used by troops during the Crusades raised the possibility it might offend some.
So many IRS Agents… so few Divine Smitings.
During today’s House Ways and Means Committee hearings on the ever-growing Internal Revenue Service scandal, it was revealed that the IRS demanded that an Iowa pro-life group surrender the content of its prayers.
Illinois Republican Rep. Aaron Schock asked the still-serving Acting Commissioner Steven Miller specifically about the Iowa-based Campaign for Life of Iowa letter from the IRS 2009:
Are any non-Gosnell abortions inside the womb, not gruesome?
To hear liberals in the media express shock, however belatedly, at how “gruesome” and “grisly” were the murders of newborns by “Doctor” Kermit Gosnell following botched, third-trimester abortions, one would think that your average run of the mill abortion more resembled the merciful deaths of convicted murderers by lethal injection, if not a manicure.
Pressure cookers: Not just for stew any more
Have pressure cookers become the new underwear or shoe bomb? It’s beginning to look like it. Federal agents arrested a Saudi Arabian traveler who arrived at Detroit Metropolitan Airport on Monday with a pressure cooker in his possession. This household aid, you may recall, was a key component in the Boston Marathon bombings last month.
But the pressure cooker was not the only clue to the likelihood the man was not in the country to make stew. The Detroit News notes:
Controversial fashion designer John Galliano, who was fired from his post as creative director at Christian Dior in 2011 following an anti-Semitic rant, will not be teaching a workshop at Parsons The New School of Design in New York City after all, the school announced today. But it won’t be because Jewish students sounded off in opposition to remarks Galliano had made that led to his ouster from the Paris design firm, which included, “I love Hitler. Your forefathers would be [expletive] gassed, and [expletive] dead.”
Here’s a great example of tolerance and diversity. According to a new documentary, some 35% of Muslims living in Germany have more than one wife – and typically the German state supports them.
The second or third wife simply tells the German authorities that she is a single mother – and that’s all it takes. Officials may suspect they’re being snookered, but since Islamic marriages aren’t registered in the German civil system, they have no way to check.
Two separate stories on Monday from geographically remote parts of the country serve as a litmus test for the limits of the First Amendment and the bounds of taste.
First, from Greeley, Colo., comes a report of two billboards, bought and paid for by residents, that have other locals up in arms … er — unhappy.
Tom Brokaw has been part of the liberal cultural cabal that has foisted a cynical view of American history and America upon the American people via the press, academia, and Hollywood for the past 40+ years. Yet he wonders aloud how the Tsarnaev Islamist bomber brothers could be so alienated:
What prompts a young man to come to this country and still feel alienated from it, to go back to Russia and do whatever he did? And I don’t think we’ve examined that enough. I mean, there was 24/7 coverage on television, a lot of newspaper print and so on, but we’ve got to look at the roots of all of this because it exists across the whole subcontinent, and the – and the Islamic world, around the world.
Accusations of media sympathy for the terrorists…
With one of the much sought-after Boston Marathon bombers dead and the other in custody, at least one major news publication has published a report that many consider sympathetic toward the attackers
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First the news, then on to the political fallout.
One of the two suspects sought by the FBI in connection with Monday’s bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon is dead this morning after a high-speed late-night car chase culminating in a firefight with FBI and local law enforcement. The other is on the lam, believed to be armed and dangerous, and the entire city of Boston is on lockdown.