WaPo Actually Acknowledges That Single-Payer Health Care Isn’t Feasible

A government health care plan can be two of the three:  universal, affordable, quality.

If universal and quality then not affordable (would bankrupt the government).

If affordable and quality then not universal.

If universal and affordable then low quality.

The Washington Post made a stunning admission in their Sunday editorial that deviates from their left-wing bent: a single-payer health care system isn’t feasible in the United States.

The Post argued that while there are benefits to such a system, it would come at an “astonishing” price.

“When Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) proposed a ‘Medicare for all’ health plan in his presidential campaign, the nonpartisan Urban Institute figured that it would raise government spending by $32 trillion over 10 years, requiring a tax increase so huge that even the democratic socialist Mr. Sanders did not propose anything close to it,” The Post wrote.

The Post added that the Urban Institute’s figure was likely correct because currently “the U.S. government spends more per American to cover a slice of the population than other governments spend per citizen to cover all of theirs,” so simply expanding the government’s involvement in health care wouldn’t be enough.

Additionally, the costs associated with single-payer would be politically unpopular.

“To realize the single-payer dream of coverage for all and big savings, medical industry players, including doctors, would likely have to get paid less and patients would have to accept different standards of access and comfort,” The Post wrote. “There is little evidence most Americans are willing to accept such tradeoffs.”  DailyWire

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Alberta Christian School Told They Can’t Teach ‘Offensive’ Scripture

The school board first asked Cornerstone Christian Academy (CCA) in Kingman, Alberta to  remove Biblical passages from its student handbook.  The school complied.

On Thursday, Battle River School Division (BRSD) board met with officials of Cornerstone Christian Academy (CCA) in Kingman, Alberta to discuss the board’s request to drop certain Bible verses from its student handbook, CBC reported.

The Christian school’s handbook contained a reference to I Corinthians 6:9-11, which states that neither “fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate … shall inherit the kingdom of God.” The document also includes a verse from the fifth chapter of Galatians which refers to adultery, fornication, uncleanness and lasciviousness.

BRSD’s Diane Hutchinson said trustees were concerned that the verses in the handbook might contravene Alberta’s human rights legislation, but CCA board chair Deanna Margel said that the reference is a scriptural footnote in an updated Statement of Faith.

Margel said that the academy has agreed to drop the Bible verses from the handbook, but the school has raised concerns that the board now wants to limit what Bible passages can be taught to the students.  ChristianTimes

Now the school board wants to edit what Biblical passages can be taught.

Evangelical Christians are under fire as an Alberta school board is demanding a Christian school stop teaching “offensive” scripture that indicts homosexuality as a sin, the National Post reports.

The offending passage is from 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, which states: “Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”

The Battle River School Division (BRSD) first asked Cornerstone Christian Academy, not far from the Alberta capital of Edmonton, to remove the scripture from the school’s statement of faith. They also asked that the word “quality” be redacted from the mission statement that the school offers “quality educational programming.”

CCA agreed to the demands. Board chairwoman Laurie Skori then said that wouldn’t be enough. The school would have to cease from even teaching the scripture, saying that “any scripture that could be considered offensive to particular individuals should not be read or studied in school.” She said exactly what she meant in a subsequent piece of correspondence that read: “For example: any teachings that denigrate or vilify someone’s sexual orientation.”

That was too much for the school. CCA chairwoman Deanna Margel said the school had a right to teach what it wants.  DailyCaller

School board meeting

Parents and supporters of the Cornerstone Christian Academy packed the meeting of the Battle River School Division board after they were invited by Deanna Margel, the Christian academy’s chairperson.

She was worried the school board would eventually try to dictate what Bible verses the academy could teach.

“There shouldn’t be restrictions on what’s considered offensive,” said Margel. “That’s a violation of freedom of expression and freedom of speech.”

School board backtracking after publicity?

Skori added that the school board does not want or intend to restrict any of the school’s religious teachings.

“The board does not want to get involved in things like that. I think it’s up to the school to decide what things are appropriate or not,” Skori said.

Battle River board trustees said they believe the verses might contravene Alberta’s human rights code.

‘The Cornerstone society has compromised our reputation, risked our safety and broken our trust.’- Laurie Skori, school board chair

At Thursday’s meeting, the board was planning to update the public that the academy had agreed to refrain from using the scripture. But instead, board chair Laurie Skori spoke about Cornerstone’s chairwoman taking issue publicly with the request.

“We are disappointed by the way in which the [Cornerstone] society has turned our discussion into a public spectacle,” said Skori.

“We are now at the centre of a firestorm as a result of information distributed without our knowledge, by the Cornerstone Christian School Society board and their partner in this process, the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms,” she said.  CBA

Local Mosque In Michigan Allegedly Paid for Genital Mutilation of Young Girls

Surprised?

Barbaric.

A local mosque was paying a physician to perform female genital mutilation on young girls, an attorney serving as a guardian for the doctor’s children alleged in court Tuesday.

The disclosure occurred during a hearing in which the state is seeking to terminate the parental rights of Dr. Jumana Nagarwala, 44, of Northville, the lead defendant in Detroit’s historic genital cutting case.

Nagarwala’s attorney emphatically denied the allegation.

Nagarwala is accused of cutting the genitals of two Minnesota girls as part of a religious procedure, though prosecutors have alleged in court that she may have subjected up to 100 girls to the procedure over the last 12 years. Nagarwala is a member of a small Indian-Muslim sect that has a mosque in Farmington Hills.

According to guardian ad litem Cynthia Nunez, the attorney assigned by the court to look out for the best interests of the children, Nagarwala’s husband is the treasurer of the Farmington Hills mosque, and could face criminal charges himself involving allegations that the mosque was paying his wife to perform genital cutting procedures on young girls for years. DetroitFreePress

Video:  Local mosque allegedly paid two doctors to perform FGM on more girls

Video:  What Is Female Genital Mutilation?

ICE Places Detainer On Salvadoran Immigrant Suspected Of Murdering Muslim Teen In Virginia

22-year-old Darwin A. Martinez Torres brutally murdered high school student Nabra Hassanen with a metal baseball bat.

According to police, Hassanen was attacked by Torres while walking with a group of friends from an IHOP to All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) mosque, where they were attending an all-night prayer session for Ramadan.

Torres allegedly pulled up in his car and an argument ensued. Hassanen’s friends ran, but only realized later that Hassenen was not with them.

Torres was arrested after being spotted driving erratically by investigators who were searching for Hassanen. He led police to Hassanen’s body, which he allegedly dumped into a pond. DailyCaller

Darwin A. Martinez Torres is an illegal immigrant from El Salvador

A 22-year-old man accused of killing a 17-year-old Muslim girl in Virginia on Sunday morning is an illegal immigrant from El Salvador, a spokesperson for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) tells The Daily Caller…

Local police and ICE were slow in confirming whether Torres is in the U.S. illegally. But in a statement issued Monday afternoon, an ICE spokesperson confirmed that the agency has lodged a detainer request against the El Salvadoran national, indicating that he is an illegal alien.

“On June 19, ICE lodged a detainer on Darwin Martinez Torres, a citizen and national of El Salvador, with the Adult Detention Center in Fairfax, Virginia. ICE lodges detainers on aliens who have been arrested on local criminal charges when the agency has probable cause to believe an alien is removable from the United States. Mr. Martinez Torres has no prior encounters with ICE,” ICE spokesperson Carissa Cutrell told TheDC. DailyCaller

Otto Warmbier, American College Student Held Prisoner And Recently Released By North Korea, Has Died

Visiting North Korea and allegedly stealing a poster,  he did not deserve this!

Otto Warmbier, the American student who was imprisoned in North Korea for more than 17 months and was returned home to Ohio last week, has died, his family said Monday.

“It is our sad duty to report that our son, Otto Warmbier, has completed his journey home,” his family said in part in a statement. “Surrounded by his loving family, Otto died today at 2:20 p.m.”

Doctors from the University of Cincinnati Medical Center said last week that Warmbier, 22, was suffering from injuries related to cardiopulmonary arrest and was in a state of unresponsive wakefulness. Scans showed extensive loss in all regions of Warmbier’s brain, doctors said.

Warmbier, a University of Virginia student, was medically evacuated from North Korea and flown to Cincinnati late last Tuesday. He was then transported to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. ABCNews

Supreme Court Rules Law Banning Disparaging Trademarks Is Unconstitutional

“I am THRILLED!  Hail to the Redskins.” said Redskins Team owner Daniel Snyder in a statement.

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that a federal trademark law banning offensive names is unconstitutional, siding with a rock band whose name had been deemed racially disparaging by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

In an 8-0 ruling, the court determined the law’s so-called “disparagement clause” violates the free speech clause of the First Amendment.

The case centered on Oregon-based, Asian-American band The Slants, which was denied a trademark because its name was considered offensive. The band countered that the 70-year-old law at issue violates free-speech rights —  and Justice Samuel Alito, in the court’s opinion, agreed.

“The commercial market is well stocked with merchandise that disparages prominent figures and groups, and the line between commercial and non-commercial speech is not always clear, as this case illustrates. If affixing the commercial label permits the suppression of any speech that may lead to political or social ‘volatility,’ free speech would be endangered,” he wrote. FoxNews

UN: “Israel’s Fault When Palestinian Men Beat Their Wives.” Neuer: “Where Is The Data?”

The UN does not need facts.

GENEVA, June 12, 2017 – The chair of today’s UN Human Rights Council debate, council vice-president Amr Ahmed Ramadan of Egypt, broke with parliamentary protocol and refused to thank the representative of UN Watch after he challenged a new report that blames Israel for when Palestinian men commit violence against women, and asked why Islamic preachers of wife-beating were ignored.

The U.N. expert — who slammed Israeli counter-terrorism measures for their “gendered impact” on Palestinian women yet failed to cite Palestinian stabbings or rocket attacks for their “gendered impact” on Israeli women — failed to answer UN Watch director Hillel Neuer’s question about the source of her data for blaming Israel for Palestinian violence against women.

Testimony before the U.N. Human Rights Council by Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, June 12, 2017.

Mr. Chairman, today’s report on Israel and the Palestinian territories provides important information on women targeted by violence.

Regrettably, however, the report is undermined by its subservience to one recurring unproven assumption. As highlighted by the rapporteur, that is the “clear linkage between the prolonged occupation and violence against women.”

Ms. Simonovic, in other words, what you are saying is as follows: “When Palestinian men beat their wives, it’s Israel’s fault.”

In this regard, I wish to pose some questions:

First: how do you know there is a “clear linkage”? Where is the data? I don’t see it anywhere in the report, not in Addendum 1 or 2.

Is it right to continue infantilizing Palestinians, such that when a man in Ramallah beats his wife, we encourage him to say ‘Israel made me do it’?

Your report speak of Israeli actions that create pressure. Well, maybe. Yet there may be a myriad of other influences. How do you know which is significant?

It would be interesting, for example, to examine comparable populations in in Lebanon, Jordan, Sinai and Egypt, and to see if there are differences in the rate of violence against women. Ms. Simonovic, why have you not done so? Where is the data?

Second: You make a passing reference to the influence of “tradition and culture.” Do you mean Palestinian, Arab or Muslim tradition? You don’t say which, and don’t seem to be interested in this key factor in the Middle East.

Why did you fail to mention that official Palestinian TV regularly broadcasts Islamic preachers who tell the people how to beat their wives?

On February 8, 2016, for example, Hassan al-Laham, the Mufti of Gaza, quoting the Koran and the Hadith, advised husbands on how to beat their wives, recommending: “Hitting that does not make her ugly; in other words, not hitting that will bring the police… The hitting will be like a joke.  The hitting is a kind of reminder that the love and friendship that Allah commanded is still found between the couple.”

Ms. Simonovic, while you find numerous indirect ways to blame Israel, how could you omit these forms of direct incitement? Why do you not mention terrorism against Israeli women?  Report at UNWatch

Video: UN: “Israel’s fault when Palestinian men beat their wives.” Neuer: “Where is the data?”

University Warns Over ‘Inappropriate’ Lavatory Habits – Blaming Foreign Students For Defecating In The Showers And Garbage Cans

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The memo was emailed to 400 students and 250 staff at Strathclyde University.  It reminded them that ‘all bodily fluids’ needed to be ‘disposed down the toilet’.  The memo singled out the ‘different practices’ of foreign students.  But a university spokeswoman later hurriedly apologized for the email.

Students at one of Scotland’s top universities have been told off for pooing in showers and bins.

Bosses at Strathclyde University were forced to send a memo to the 400 students and 250 staff  asking them to stop with their ‘inappropriate’ toilet habits.

The memo, posted on Thursday, was sent by the operations management team of the University’s Technology and Innovation Centre.

Students at one of Scotland’s top universities have been told off for pooing in showers and bins.

Bosses at Strathclyde University were forced to send a memo to the 400 students and 250 staff  asking them to stop with their ‘inappropriate’ toilet habits.

The memo, posted on Thursday, was sent by the operations management team of the University’s Technology and Innovation Centre.

An insider told the Daily Record that they ‘couldn’t imagine’ the bizarre problem as a place as high-tech as the TIC.

They added: ‘The building houses some of the most intelligent brains in the world – yet they don’t appear to know how to use the toilet. DaiyMail

 

 

Swedish Police Attacked By 100 Masked Migrants

The beginnings of another no go zone in Sweden.

Swedish police in the city of Trollhattan were attacked by up to a hundred masked migrant youths armed with sticks and bats during a riot in the Kronogården suburb on Thursday.

The masked migrant youths attacked the officers during the second night of rioting in the area. They also attacked the officer’s vehicles, slashing the tyres of two police cars. Only one man was arrested in connection with the riots, Swedish paper Aftonbladetreports.

The riot is said to have dramatically escalated after several youths attempted to set a tyre on fire in the street and a security guard intervened to put out the fire. The guard was then attacked by the youths who threw stones at him.

Peter Asp, the communications officer for the City of Trollhattan, said the riots were “power struggle for territory in the district” among rival gangs. He claimed that the young men rioting were Somali migrants, while the police have only said the men come originally from an Arabic speaking country.

Police believe that the riots were sparked by an incident earlier in the week, when children were taken away from their parents by protective services. An administrative court ruled that the parents of the children had physically and psychologically assaulted them.

One resident described the riots saying, “they drove a police car and threw stones at it. I’m a little scared, and it’s really hard. I can not sleep at night, that night I slept only three hours.” BreitBart

Qatar

An interesting article on Qatar.

Beneficiaries of Qatar money;  The Brookings Institution, the Clinton Foundation, US academia, and the Pentagon.

Arguably, Qatar’s role in undermining the stability of the Islamic world has been second only to Iran’s.

Beginning in the 1995, after the Pars gas field was discovered and quickly rendered Qatar the wealthiest state in the world, the Qatari regime set about undermining the Sunni regimes of the Arab world by among other things, waging a propaganda war against them and against their US ally and by massively funding terrorism.

The Qatari regime established Al Jazeera in 1996.

Despite its frequent denials, the regime has kept tight control on Al Jazeera’s messaging. That messaging has been unchanging since the network’s founding. The pan-Arab satellite station which reaches hundreds of millions of households in the region and worldwide, opposes the US’s allies in the Sunni Arab world. It supports the Muslim Brotherhood and every terrorist group spawned by it. It supports Iran and Hezbollah.

Al Jazeera is viciously anti-Israel and anti-Jewish.

It serves as a propaganda arm not only of al-Qaida and Hezbollah but of Hamas, Islamic Jihad and any other group that attacks the US, Israel, Europe and other Western targets…

As for the regime itself, it has massively financed jihadist groups for more than 20 years. Qatar is a major bankroller not only of al-Qaida and Hamas but of militias associated with ISIS in Iraq and Syria. In a State Department cable from 2009 published by WikiLeaks, US diplomats referred to Qatar as the largest funder of terrorism in the world.

According to the Financial Times, the straw that broke the camel’s back for the Saudis and their allies was their discovery that in April, Qatar paid Iran, its Iraqi militias and al-Qaida forces in Syria up to a billion dollars to free members of the royal family held captive in southern Iraq and 50 terrorists held captive in Syria.

Given Qatar’s destabilizing and pernicious role in the region and worldwide in everything related to terrorism funding and incitement, Trump’s statement on Tuesday in support of the Sunnis against Qatar was entirely reasonable. What can the US do other than stand by its allies as they seek to coerce Qatar to end its destabilizing and dangerous practices? The case for supporting the Saudis, Egyptians, the UAE and the others against Qatar becomes all the more overwhelming given their demands.

The Sunnis are demanding that Qatar ditch its strategic alliance with Iran. They demand that Qatar end its financial support for terrorist groups and they demand that Qatar expel terrorists from its territory.

If Qatar is forced to abide by these demands, its abandonment of Iran in particular will constitute the single largest blow the regime in Tehran has absorbed in recent memory. Among other things, Qatar serves as Iran’s banker and diplomatic proxy.

If the story began and ended here, then Trump’s anti-Qatari stance would have been the obvious and only move. Beyond being the right thing to do, if Qatar’s regime is overthrown or emasculated, the development would mark the most significant achievement to date against the Iranian axis of jihad.

Unfortunately, the situation is not at all simple.

First there is the problem of Doha’s relations with key Americans and American institutions.

Ahead of the 2016 US elections, WikiLeaks published documents which disclosed that the emir of Qatar presented Bill Clinton with a $1 million check for the Clinton Foundation as a gift for his 65th birthday. During Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state, Qatar reportedly contributed some $6m. to the Clinton Foundation.

Clinton, for her part, was deeply supportive of the regime and of Al Jazeera. For instance, in testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 2011, Clinton praised Al Jazeera for its leading role in fomenting and expanding the protests in Egypt that brought down Mubarak.

Clinton wasn’t the only one that Qatar singled out for generosity. Since the 1990s, Qatar has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in US universities. Six major US universities have campuses in Doha.

Then there is the Brookings Institution. The premier US think tank had a revolving door relationship with the Obama and Clinton administrations.

In 2014, The New York Times reported that Brookings, which opened a branch in Doha in 2002, had received millions of dollars in contributions from Qatar. In 2013 alone, the Qatari regime contributed $14.8 million to Brookings…

There is also the Pentagon.

In the 1990s, Qatar spent more than $1b. constructing the Al Udeid Air Base outside of Doha.

It is the most sophisticated air force base in the region. In 2003, the base replaced Saudi Arabia’s Prince Sultan Air Base as headquarters for the US military’s Central Command. Since 2003, all US operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria are controlled from the base.  Full article at FrontPageMag

 

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