This post was originally published over on 4gfc.wordpress.com for the 4th of July in 2012 by some idiot called “Gronk” or “Grunt” or something, but the words of the founders never go out of style.
1. Just Get Married Already!, by Ben Franklin. I know this is ironic, given that Franklin, himself, never really married. He did, however, propose to Deborah Read when he was only 17, and established a common-law marriage with her eventually after he was denied permission to marry her. More important, though, is that Franklin really believed marriage was the best state of man, and he made a famous plea to a particularly horn-doggish friend in a letter that has only recently received wide attention because of its explicitness.
Marriage is the proper Remedy. It is the most natural State of Man, and therefore the State in which you are most likely to find solid Happiness. Your Reasons against entring into it at present, appear to me not well-founded. The circumstantial Advantages you have in View by postponing it, are not only uncertain, but they are small in comparison with that of the Thing itself, the being married and settled. It is the Man and Woman united that make the compleat human Being. Separate, she wants his Force of Body and Strength of Reason; he, her Softness, Sensibility and acute Discernment. Together they are more likely to succeed in the World. A single Man has not nearly the Value he would have in that State of Union. He is an incomplete Animal. He resembles the odd Half of a Pair of Scissars. If you get a prudent healthy Wife, your Industry in your Profession, with her good Economy, will be a Fortune sufficient. Continue reading
Anybody care to bet a hundred grand or so that this call doesn’t exactly show these two registering appropriate concern for the life of their ambassador in Benghazi and other critical US personnel? Anyone?
Fox News – New documents released by a federal court show President Obama called then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the night of the 2012 Benghazi attack — but the contents are being withheld by the State Department.
It had previously been disclosed that Clinton and Obama spoke the night of the terror attacks. But the documents offer additional information about the timing of the call — after the initial attack on the U.S. consulate, but before the second wave where mortars hit the nearby CIA annex and killed former Navy SEALs Ty Woods and Glen Doherty.
The contents of the call, however, are being withheld, not because the information is classified but because the administration claims they represent internal deliberations about the 2012 terror assault.
The claim comes as Clinton also faces accusations that she withheld Benghazi-related emails from her private server in the trove of emails handed over to the State Department. Read more at Fox News.
Hypocrisy? Or maybe just cowardice coupled with an absurdly low level of self-awareness? Nope. It’s hypocrisy. Nobody’s that stupid.
New York Times Runs ‘Condom Pope’ Image After Refusing to Publish Muhammed Cartoons
SooperMexican – If you look up”hypocrisy” in the dictionary, you might find this example of a ridiculous double standard by the New York Times. In January the venerable and crotchety old gray lady declined to publish the cartoons of Muhammed after the Charlie Hebdo massacre and cited their policy to not offend religious sensibilities:
“Under Times standards, we do not normally publish images or other material deliberately intended to offend religious sensibilities. After careful consideration, Times editors decided that describing the cartoons in question would give readers sufficient information to understand today’s story.”
Right. Sure. And yet just a few short months later, they’re publishing a picture that is offensive to Catholic sensibilities:
Here’s the pic (sorry for the offense, Catholics):
Read more at SooperMexican.
Israeli National News – US President Barack Obama recently sent a private message to the Iranian leadership via Iraq’s prime minister, as pressure mounts for the sides to reach a deal over Tehran’s nuclear program by June 30.
With just one day to go before the deadline, Iran’s Hamshahri daily claims that “one of the leaders of a neighboring country” took the message from Obama to officials in Tehran, according to AFP.
The paper went on to suggest that the leader in question was Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who met Obama at the G7 summit in Germany on June 8, and visited Tehran just over a week later, where he met Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Hasan Rouhani.
“Officials at the Foreign Ministry, including an informed source on the ministry’s Iraq desk, said they did not have any knowledge” of such a message, the paper said, and also mentioned Abadi’s visit to Washington in April to lobby for more military support against ISIS.
Relations between Washington and Tehran have been the focus of great controversy, with critics – most notably Israel and the Gulf Arab states – accusing the White House of conceding far too much in its pursuit of detente with the Islamic Republic.
As tomorrow’s deadline looms, pressure on the Obama administration is increasing to reach a deal which would prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. Last week, an unprecedented open letter from 18 leading foreign policy experts – including five former top Obama administration officials – criticized the Obama administration for negotiating a “bad deal.”
A hint to just how “bad” that deal will be may have emerged Sunday, with reports the P5+1 powers had dropped a key – seemingly fundamental – condition, by agreeing that there would be no inspections of sensitive Iranian nuclear sites.
Hat tip to Yitzchak and Chana from the Israeli site LittleDuckies. Cross-Posted at PoliNation.
The man who made his fortune by founding PayPal and once said that he knew as much about rocket science as any engineer who worked for him, is facing fairly flat Champagne tonight at the celebration of his 44th birthday. His SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded shortly after launch today, destroying over 5000 pounds of critical supplies needed by the International Space Station crews, including US astronaut Scott Kelly, who arrived recently. NASA was particularly hoping that this resupply trip would be successful, since the last SpaceX flight was also a failure, and a Russian resupply rocket failed months before that. The space station crew now faces a shortage of supplies by, roughly, October.
The following is an image captured from the NASA telescope video at about two and a half seconds into the flight, at the moment when an explosive plume of gas erupted from the vehicle’s upper stage.
Watch the following video to see the whole flight. Notice that the first stage continues to burn, uninterrupted, for several seconds after the rupture of the upper stage tank farther up the rocket stack.
According to a statement earlier today by Elon Musk, SpaceX Founder, the accident was caused by an “over pressurization” in the liquid oxygen tank of the upper stage. This could be caused by any number of things, including structural failure of the tank, electrical sparks from wiring harnesses or even software bugs that caused events to happen out of the proper sequence.
The next Russian Progress freighter is due to launch July 3 from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, and its success will be critical, indeed, for the ISS astronauts. The Russian space agency is already discussing the possibility of canceling flights to change out new astronauts, since the criticality of resupply has become such an issue.
It should be pointed out that this is not just an embarrassing failure for Elon Musk and NASA, but for the White House, as well. Current NASA policy, which precipitated the cancellation of the Space Shuttle program and a precarious reliance on two very small commercial contractors (SpaceX and Orbital Sciences Corp) was directed from the White House against the advice of almost the entire astronaut corps and the non-political talent at NASA.
Read more at Space.com, Breitbart, or Fox News. Cross-Posted at PoliNation.
And the US Supreme Court didn’t ask you whether you were deeply offended by it. Strange how that works.
Everybody seems so blissed out, but somehow, this doesn’t feel like unity.
Screenshot from Daily Caller. No link because the auto-plays and redirects will drive you crazy, probably.
Earl sums it up nicely.
Back in 2012, I wrote an essay called Praise for Sinning Done Right, that frankly, got me in a lot of trouble. It wasn’t about praising sin or explaining how to sin. It was merely praise for two people who had the guts to react to their own humiliating public sin in the right and proper way; that is, the Christian way.
Once again, I find myself unable to be silent as Bristol Palin confessed to the world a few hours ago that she was pregnant, out of wedlock, for the second time. Tomorrow, half the liberal world of punditry will be wagging their tongues in delight as they gloat over the moral failures of one of their very favorite targets.
To hell with those weasels. I say, God bless Bristol for handling this the way a godly Christian woman should, and I praise her for doing it bravely. What else could her parents ask for? I could ask for no more if she were my daughter. Until a month ago she was engaged to Dakota Meyer, a US Marine and a war hero. Apparently, as we now know, that engagement involved a little (slightly) pre-marital sex. Shame on them. As she put it, the fact that the engagement failed and she is now left pregnant is a “huge disappointment” for herself and for her family. Yes it is. Extra points for not denying the obvious facts, Bristol. Bless you for not distorting the truth in order to shield yourself from judgment as you face it with a bowed head and a steely disposition. You are a good example for untold numbers of women who, despite their best intentions, found themselves with a less than ideal outcome on the road to happily-ever-after.