Daniel J. Flynn — It’s hard to respect a cry for any right that comes at the expense of the right to vote (Massachusetts gay marriage), the right to free speech (Craig James), and the right to pursue a living (Brendan Eich). Similarly, taking seriously charges of bigotry from those embodying its definition—narrow-minded people reflexively intolerant towards difference—is to not take oneself seriously. One of the great magic tricks of the age involves the incessant use of “bigot” to mask one’s own bigotry. They demand tolerance, diversity, and civility. They demonstrate the opposite.
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll called Tim Tebow a “distraction” for the New York Jets in 2012. Then Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey labeled Tebow a “distraction.” Even outgoing Jets special teams coach Mike Westoff tagged Tebow a—you guessed it—“distraction.”
Nobody called them bigots (or even unoriginal) for this opinion. Nobody demanded that their employers terminate them. Nobody attacked their dead relatives. Observers of the ultimate team sport, in which we don’t even get a clear look at the faces of the competitors during games, just concluded that standard operating procedure in the NFL involves a fixation on football.
Michael Sam deserves a roster shot just as Tim Tebow deserves a roster spot. Let them play. But understand that what makes them attractive to their respective fan bases makes them repulsive to the coaching fraternity. Field generals are about football. Sam wins fans because of who he sleeps with and Tebow inspires devotion because of his other Sunday activity.
Read the full article at Breitbart.com.
Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in Cleveland, Ohio, has “beefed up security measures” after four students were robbed in one of the university’s commons “in broad daylight” this past weekend.
The CWRU online student handbook clearly “prohibits the possession of firearms” on campus.
According to Cleveland.com, the students were studying in CWRU’s Wade Commons around 4:30 in the afternoon, when “three men, with hooded sweatshirts tied around their face and red bandanas, came into the RedCats room, pulled out a silver handgun and demanded belongings.”
On June 10, a woman walking on campus in front of the business school building was approached by two men and robbed at gunpoint. The gunman was not apprehended.
Read the full article at Breitbart.com.
I hope their “security measures” are not to simply put up more signs.
Eighteen percent of Americans, or fewer than one in five, say they or someone in their family is better off because of the Affordable Care Act, according to a new poll by CNN. Nearly twice that number, 35 percent, say they or someone in their family is worse off. A larger group, 46 percent, say they are about the same after Obamacare as before.
In nearly all demographic categories — age, income, education, etc. — more people say they are worse off because of Obamacare than say they are better off.
For example, one might expect respondents with incomes below $50,000 to be somewhat likely to say Obamacare has helped them. And that is the case: 21 percent say they are better off because of the Affordable Care Act. But 35 percent say they are worse off. (Forty-four percent are the same.)
The CNN numbers are basically consistent with other surveys. The most recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll, for example, found that 18 percent said that they or their family were better off because of Obamacare, while 26 percent said they were worse off and 53 percent reported no difference.
Read the full article at The Washington Examiner.
On the day of the shooting, Joseph Rudolph Wood went to the auto shop and waited for Gene Dietz, who disapproved of his daughter’s relationship with Wood, to get off the phone. Once the father hung up, Wood pulled out a revolver, shot him in the chest and then smiled.
Wood then turned his attention toward Debbie Dietz, who was trying to telephone for help. Wood grabbed her by the neck and put his gun to her chest. She pleaded with him to spare her life. An employee heard Wood say, “I told you I was going to do it. I have to kill you.” He then called her an expletive and fired two shots in her chest.
Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne’s office said Joseph Rudolph Wood was pronounced dead at 3:49 p.m. local time, one hour and 57 minutes after the execution started. Witnesses say he gasped for breath for more than an hour.
“One thing is certain, however,” Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said, “Wood died in a lawful manner and by eyewitness and medical accounts he did not suffer. This is in stark comparison to the gruesome, vicious suffering that he inflicted on his two victims – and the lifetime of suffering he has caused their family.”
“This man conducted a horrific murder and you guys are going, let’s worry about the drugs,” said Richard Brown, the brother-in-law of Debbie Dietz, who was 29 when she was killed in 1989. “Why didn’t they give him a bullet, why didn’t we give him Drano?”
Read the full story at FoxNews.com.
Last month, Sudan’s Supreme Court threw out the death sentence Meriam Ibrahim had received for refusing to renounce her Christian faith. Ibrahim’s father, a Muslim, claimed she had abandoned Islam and committed adultery with her husband Daniel Wani, a U.S. citizen who lives in New Hampshire. However, Ibrahim insisted that she had been raised Christian by her Ehiopian Orthodox mother after her father left the family when she was still young.
Ibrahim has now been flown to Italy on an Italian government jet, accompanied by that country’s vice-minister for foreign affairs.
Reuters reported that Italian television broadcast images of Ibrahim, 27, arriving at Rome’s Ciampino airport accompanied by her family and Italian politician Lapo Pistelli. Earlier, Pistelli had posted a picture on his Facebook page depicting himself with Ibrahim and her two children. The caption, translated from Italian, read “With Meriam, Maya, Martin and [Ibrahim's husband] Daniel, a few minutes from Rome. Mission accomplished.”
Ibrahim had spent more than a month at the American Embassy in Khartoum after a previous attempt to leave Sudan was halted by that country’s authorities. They said she had attempted to use false travel documents, a claim Ibrahim denied.
Read the full article at FoxNews.com.