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Yes, pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine did shoot down a civilian airliner, possibly at the command of the Russian military, and possibly of President Putin himself. While this incident is a tragedy, before we condemn the pro-Russian separatists, it should be noted that several aircraft have been shot down there recently, which begs the question, “Why was a civilian airliner there?”

Also, we must remember our own mistake in shooting down Iran Air Flight 665 on the 3rd of July, 1988.

Yes, the left is going bonkers for Ginsberg’s “blistering” dissent from the Supreme Court majority’s ruling in Burwell v Hobby Lobby.

Let’s take those “8 Best Lines” seriatim:

Ginsburg wrote that her five male colleagues, “in a decision of startling breadth,” would allow corporations to opt out of almost any law that they find “incompatible with their sincerely held religious beliefs.”

The first thing to note is that Dana Liebelson does not consider Justice Breyer male. Interesting. Maybe she knows something we don’t.

But be that as it may, if such laws are incompatible with sincerely held religious beliefs, then they are clearly in violation of the First Amendment unless they protect the rights of others, and should be overturned by the Court. But then, the requirement from which Hobby Lobby and Conestoga won relief is NOT A LAW. It is merely a REGULATION written by a nameless bureaucrat. Also, the regulation does not protect anyone’s rights — the employees of these companies can still obtain the abortifacients they desire.

The exemption sought by Hobby Lobby and Conestoga would…deny legions of women who do not hold their employers’ beliefs access to contraceptive coverage.

Those women obviously have jobs, or this would not be an issue. Therefore, they can pay for them themselves.

Religious organizations exist to foster the interests of persons subscribing to the same religious faith. Not so of for-profit corporations. Workers who sustain the operations of those corporations commonly are not drawn from one religious community.

Irrelevant — they can go work for someone else if they do not like their employer’s benefits package.

Any decision to use contraceptives made by a woman covered under Hobby Lobby’s or Conestoga’s plan will not be propelled by the Government, it will be the woman’s autonomous choice, informed by the physician she consults.

In which case, it should be her autonomous PAYMENT, too. If you want to choose the tune, you can choose to pay the piper.

It bears note in this regard that the cost of an IUD is nearly equivalent to a month’s full-time pay for workers earning the minimum wage.

No, it really doesn’t “bear note”. If one cannot afford an IUD, one can choose to use other forms of birth control. Or, choose not to have vaginal sex.

Would the exemption…extend to employers with religiously grounded objections to blood transfusions (Jehovah’s Witnesses); antidepressants (Scientologists); medications derived from pigs, including anesthesia, intravenous fluids, and pills coated with gelatin (certain Muslims, Jews, and Hindus); and vaccinations[?]…Not much help there for the lower courts bound by today’s decision.

Sure. Why not? Again — if you don’t like it, get another job.

Approving some religious claims while deeming others unworthy of accommodation could be ‘perceived as favoring one religion over another,’ the very ‘risk the [Constitution's] Establishment Clause was designed to preclude.

Well, that’s easy — just approve them all. Duh.

The court, I fear, has ventured into a minefield.

No — it is the legislature (in passing the law in the first place) that planted the mines, and the executive branch (in writing such heinous regulations) that is going for a stroll therein. They deserve to have it blow up in their faces.

Forbes calls it a “surprisingly strong jobs report”. Yahoo says, “The government reported surprisingly robust job gains in June.” And the Wall Street Journal gushed, “U.S. employers added jobs at a robust clip in June and the unemployment rate fell, signs of labor-market strength as the economic recovery heads into its sixth year.”

Let’s look at the June report itself, shall we?

On the surface, it looks pretty good — according to the Household Survey, 407,000 more people were employed in June than in May.  What’s not to like?

I suspect you know where this is going — it’s going further down the page, to the part-time numbers.

There were 1,115,000 more people working part-time in June than in May.  With just a little math, we see that that means there were 708,000 FEWER people working full-time in June than in May.

That’s not job creation, it’s division of labor.

Well, we see the progs in full-idiot mode in their protests at McDonald’s headquarters.

If they spent as much energy doing their jobs as they do bitching about them, they might not be working at a crappy job.  Let’s look at one woman in the article:

“I’m here fighting for $15 and a union, so that my path does not become my children’s future,” Melinda Topel, a 43-year-old McDonald’s store employee who makes $7.50 an hour, said in an interview. Topel traveled from Kansas City, Missouri, to protest in Oak Brook.

“We deserve a livable wage,” said Topel, who receives government assistance to buy food. She’s struggling to afford school supplies and shoes for her two kids at home, she said.

Seriously?  You’re 43 years old, with two kids, and you’re working at McDonald’s for $7.50 an hour?  Where is your husband?  Where is the father of your children?  (Where ARE the FATHERS of your children?)  Why are others paying for his children while he is not?

How is it that you are twenty-five years out of high school and the best you can get is a $7.50/hr. job?  Have you developed no job skills in all those years?  If you have 25 years of good job experience, you certainly deserve more than $7.50 an hour.  The fact that you are NOT getting more indicates that you do NOT have twenty-five years of good job experience.  You probably have twnety-five years of bouncing from job to job, when you were even employed, because you do not show up on time and have an attitude like you deserve what you have not earned.

My son started working when he was twelve.  He showed up on time every time, did his job to the best of his ability (even studying to improve), and got good references to move up in his employment.  He just turned twenty, still in college, and he is already making more than than the $15/hr. you demand.

You want higher pay?  Then make your work worth more.

It is clear from the policies they support — from funding for abortion clinics started by a pro-eugenics woman who wanted to reduce the Black population, to laws that clearly say that Blacks and Hispanic (whether Black or White) cannot compete with Whites and Asians on a level playing field — that the modern American “progressive” (a.k.a. “progs”) are racists. The question is, WHY?

Well, we have already established that progs cannot really believe in God, because to do so would mean that they think they know better than God how He should have distributed things, so they must Re-distribute them. This is, of course, incompatible with the nature of God, so they reject Him.

In rejecting Him, they also reject the notion that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Without that Creator, we are products of random evolution. Those whom they deem to have evolved more — Whites and Asians — progs also deem to be inherently superior. Oh, they will deny it, of course, but the public policies they push which keep Blacks down — such as Minimum Wage laws and quotas — drown out their lies. (At least the originators of the Minimum Wage Law were honest about its purpose, just as the founder of Planned Parenthood was honest in hers.)

Contrariwise, Christians know that we are all created by God to do God’s work — that God has put us where we are, and given us the talents we have, to do His will to the best of our abilities. None of us is “better” than another any more than a carpenter’s hammer is better than his saw.  In the Body of Christ, a hand is not superior to a foot.

Although reports are sketchy, at this point there only seem to be Russian troops in Crimea, not in Ukraine proper.

But this begs the question, What, exactly, is Ukraine?

Ukraine, formerly the Ukraine (the Borderland), was really just that — a land on the border of Russia.  It was not a distinct country (though the people were occasionally promised autonomy that never materialized) until the dissolution of the Soviet Union.  The Crimean peninsula was only transferred from the control of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic to the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic in 1954 by the government of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.  This was an administrative move only.  The people of Crimea remained largely ethnic Russians.  Even now, Crimea is an “autonomous republic” (the only one) inside Ukraine.  Sevastopol (which is on the peninsula, but is not part of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea) is home to both the Russian and Ukrainian Black Sea fleets.  Russia has a rental agreement with Ukraine for that use.

Meanwhile, much of eastern Ukraine is ethnic Russian.  We hear, quite reasonably, that the people of Ukraine should be able to choose their own path.  But must they all go together?  Ukraine’s borders are what the Soviet Union made them for its own convenience.  If the people of Crimea decide they want to be under the auspices of Russia, should they be allowed to do so?  Should they be allowed to be wholly independent — a new country — if they so desire?  What of eastern Ukraine?  Should Ukraine allow them to secede — and perhaps join Russia?

What if Ukraine says no?  Who would fault the Russians for helping ethnic Russians in eastern Ukraine from joining Russia?

There are no easy answers here.  I hope someone with more knowledge of the region will comment.

STFU Speach

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The war is ending, but not won.

They were caught lying about the unemployment numbers, so who cares what the made-up numbers are?

They shut down the government, and 0bama spent MORE trying to get people to notice.

Get ahead in America, and they will demonize you and tax you back in place.

Average wages don’t budge when the average worker is not the one making the productivity improvements.

Our Dear Leader announces he will issue fiats.

Childhood obesity is down because the food now served at school is inedible.

So just eliminate the corporate income tax COMPLETELY!!  Then there are NO LOOPHOLES!!  :-D

Taking money from the producers to try to build groups of people the might produce doesn’t make sense.

Shouldn’t we use up all THEIR energy reserves first?

WHAT tax incentives to “fossil fuels”?  The only bill they proposed only removed tax breaks from the oil companies that every other company also gets.

Didn’t we have droughts before industrialization?  Didn’t Egypt have a seven year drought 3000 years ago?

Make it easier to come here LEGALLY, not easier to stay here ILLEGALLY.

Whole lotta H1B Visa holders working on ObamaCare.  Hmmmm…….

The unemployment insurance contract you paid for was for 26 weeks.  Extending it to 99 meant you took it from someone else unpaid for by the insurance premium paid.

Access, yes.  But if that horse refuses to drink?

You didn’t “work with lenders,” you took over the entire market.

When the government pumps money into the system, the prices go up.

Higher minimum wage DOES boost productivity — because all the newly unemployed get replaced by machinery, so the per-worker productivity goes up!

Your PAY is the reward for work.

The ROTH IRA <I>is</I> for the low-income people.   They pay very low taxes on the principle now, and pay NO income tax when they have higher rates in retirement.

Can’t be denied coverage, but don’t expect service either.

Yeah — what if our Army chose not to fight for France, because that fight had already been lost?

You have to buy the coverage by March 15th, to GET the coverage by the 31st.

How about CITIZENS’ right to vote?

How about sending those armed forces to Benghazi to defend those diplomats?

MORE SECURE?  With Iran refining nuclear bomb material?

They won’t have to LAUNCH attacks, since they’re walking over our borders.

You hesitated sending them into Benghazi.

We were never on a war footing in the first place.

Obama can close Gitmo w/o Congress.  Why hasn’t he?

Yeah, but the Soviets were reasonable people.

“The best diplomat is a fully charged phaser bank.” -LCDR Montgomery Scott

And 0bama wants to make us do what every other nation does, so we can be just as crappy as the countries so many immigrants left because they are crappy countries.

Poor McCain was in pain trying to applaud that kid.

God has blessed us. Now that we have turned away from Him, will He turn away from us?