British parents arrested after taking son from hospital that wouldn’t provide treatment he needed

This is how utterly insane the British government-run healthcare system is.  Parents of a five year old boy were arrested after they took their terminally ill son from a UK hospital because they refused to give him the treatment he needed. 

from AP:

The grandmother of a 5-year-old British boy with a severe brain tumor accused U.K. authorities on Monday of cruelty for seeking an arrest warrant and pursuing the family abroad after his parents removed him from a British hospital against medical advice.

Hours later, a Spanish judge ordered the parents’ detention for 72 hours while a court in Madrid considers whether to grant Britain an extradition request.

Grandmother Patricia King told the BBC it was an “absolute disgrace” that her son and daughter-in-law were accused of child neglect after they took Ashya from Southampton General Hospital last week. The family says U.K. authorities had refused to give Ashya the kind of treatment he needed.

The family has criticized Britain’s health care system, saying he needs an advanced treatment option called proton beam therapy and that it wasn’t being made available to him.

King’s parents were arrested Sunday in southeastern Spain after a European arrest warrant was issued by Interpol at the request of British police. Their son is receiving medical treatment for a brain tumor. After his parents’ arrest, he was admitted to a Spanish hospital.

King says the authorities are “the ones who are cruel, because they have taken poor little Ashya, who is dying of a brain tumor, and they won’t let the parents, my son and daughter-in-law, they won’t let them see him at all.”

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If you think this can’t happen in the United States, think again.  Just take a look at the story of Justina Pelletier.  

This is what happens when patient decisions are taken out of the parents’ hands and put into the hands of the government. 

Your tax dollars at work: PBS to air pro-abortion "After Tiller" movie tomorrow

Don’t you just love it when you are coerced to pay for something you find utterly reprehensible? Yeah, it’s just what the founders had in mind. Good times. Anyhow, for some inexplicable reason, I feel compelled to share PBS’s customer service number with you: 703-739-5000 (Don’t forget to be courteous).

In 2013, Planned Parenthood received $540.6 million dollars from various government sources to kill unborn children. Now, PBS is using your tax dollars to promote this evil practice.

Tomorrow night, at 10 p.m. Eastern, PBS is showing “After Tiller,” a documentary that follows the lives of four late-term abortion doctors after their colleague George Tiller was shot. The movie, according to the directors, is to “change public perception of third-trimester abortion providers by building a movement dedicated to supporting their right to work with a special focus on maintaining their safety.” The movie has previously been screened for Members of Congress, “with the goal of ultimately affecting votes related to abortion rights.”

Perhaps even more egregious than the showing is what PBS is also providing with your dollars. From my LifeSiteNews colleague Kirsten Andersen:

Meanwhile, concerned parents should be advised that the film may soon be showing in a classroom near you. Because PBS is airing the documentary as part of its “POV” series, described as “documentaries with a point of view,” the network has made a “partner toolkit” available and is encouraging teachers and activists to borrow the documentary and host screenings in their classrooms and communities. The “toolkit” includes publicity materials, a discussion guide, lesson plan and reading list.

VIDEO: CNN host dumbfounded by Muslim cleric who flatly tells him there are no moderate Muslims

This is Muslim cleric Anjam Choudary.  If there’s anybody out there making the case for Islam as the “religion of peace,” it certainly isn’t him.  In this clip, he refuses to condemn ISIS’s beheading of an American journalist.  He openly advocates sharia law.  He poo poos the fact that Christians are being forced to convert to Islam in Syria or face death at the hands of ISIS.   

Here’s the video:

"You are either pregnant or your’e not pregnant."  Anjam Choudary says it is the same with Islam: either you’re a follower or you’re not.  There are no radical or moderates, just people who follow Islam and people who don’t. 

I’ve actually heard many non-muslim westerners make the same point and get called bigots for saying so.  Personally, I happen to know a handful of peaceful Muslims, but unfortunately, they keep to themselves and don’t publicly condemn people like Choudary or the actions of ISIS.  This seems to be a major problem in the Muslim community.  

Where are the Muslims who are willing to boldly stand up and condemn the violence in Syria and Iraq?  Where are the Muslims who are willing to publicly say that people like Choudary are advocates of evil? 

Back in 2008, French news agency AFP did a world wide survey of Muslims and estimated that only 7% are radical Islamists.  However, with 1.6 billion Muslims worldwide, that leaves 112 million radical Islamists, and that’s not a number that can be easily shrugged off.  They’re also the loudest voices in the room.  

Satellite imagery shows arctic ice cap has increased by about 50% since 2012

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Just seven years after Al Gore warned that Arctic ice was “falling off a cliff” and that it might “be completely gone” by 2014, it is growing by leaps and bounds.

From the UK Daily Mail:

The speech by former US Vice-President Al Gore was apocalyptic. ‘The North Polar ice cap is falling off a cliff,’ he said. ‘It could be completely gone in summer in as little as seven years. Seven years from now.’

Those comments came in 2007 as Mr Gore accepted the Nobel Peace Prize for his campaigning on climate change.
But seven years after his warning, The Mail on Sunday can reveal that, far from vanishing, the Arctic ice cap has expanded for the second year in succession – with a surge, depending on how you measure it, of between 43 and 63 per cent since 2012.

To put it another way, an area the size of Alaska, America’s biggest state, was open water two years ago, but is again now covered by ice.

The most widely used measurements of Arctic ice extent are the daily satellite readings issued by the US National Snow and Ice Data Center, which is co-funded by Nasa. These reveal that – while the long-term trend still shows a decline – last Monday, August 25, the area of the Arctic Ocean with at least 15 per cent ice cover was 5.62 million square kilometres.

This was the highest level recorded on that date since 2006, and represents an increase of 1.71 million square kilometres over the past two years – an impressive 43 per cent.

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As usual, there will be a litany of excuses from alarmists as to why we should ignore this data. But the fact remains, if Arctic ice can be used as a tool for alarmists to prove that the globe is warming, shouldn’t it also be able to be used to show that it might not be?

Authorities: Get ready for a terrorist attack along our southern border

According to a recent report, there is an elevated threat of a terrorist attack along the southern border of the United States.

From Judicial Watch:

Islamic terrorist groups are operating in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez and planning to attack the United States with car bombs or other vehicle born improvised explosive devices (VBIED). High-level federal law enforcement, intelligence and other sources have confirmed to Judicial Watch that a warning bulletin for an imminent terrorist attack on the border has been issued. Agents across a number of Homeland Security, Justice and Defense agencies have all been placed on alert and instructed to aggressively work all possible leads and sources concerning this imminent terrorist threat.

Specifically, Judicial Watch sources reveal that the militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) is confirmed to now be operating in Juarez, a famously crime-infested narcotics hotbed situated across from El Paso, Texas. Violent crimes are so rampant in Juarez that the U.S. State Department has issued a number of travel warnings for anyone planning to go there. The last one was issued just a few days ago.

Intelligence officials have picked up radio talk and chatter indicating that the terrorist groups are going to “carry out an attack on the border,” according to one JW source. “It’s coming very soon,” according to this high-level source, who clearly identified the groups planning the plots as “ISIS and Al Qaeda.” An attack is so imminent that the commanding general at Ft. Bliss, the U.S. Army post in El Paso, is being briefed, another source confirms. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) did not respond to multiple inquiries from Judicial Watch, both telephonic and in writing, about this information.

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Subsequent reports have downplayed the threat somewhat so it’s hard to know who or what to believe.

One thing is for sure, based on the policies of this administration, this should surprise exactly no one.

Police officer who pointed his rifle at Ferguson protestors resigns

It’s gun safety rule number 1: don’t point your gun at anything you’re not ready to shoot holes in.  A St. Louis area police officer was reigned in by his bosses after being filmed in Ferguson pointing his rifle at protestors, including the person behind the camera.  He can be heard on tape threatening to kill the protesters. 

That cop has now resigned.

from NBC:

A suburban St. Louis cop who was suspended for pointing his semi-automatic rifle and threatening protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, has resigned, the police chief told the Associated Press. Lt. Ray Albers, who was put on indefinite leave from the St. Ann Police Department after being caught on a cellphone video that went viral, quit the job he had held since 1994 on Thursday. Albers could not be reached for comment.

The video showed the officer pointing his gun at a demonstrator who apparently had his hands up. He cursed and appeared to say, “I will … kill you” before a sergeant made him lower his weapon and walk away. Albers was among the officers called in from neighboring towns to deal with unrest after a Ferguson police officer shot and killed an unarmed 18-year-old, Michael Brown on Aug. 9.

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Good riddance.  We say it over and over again around here: we are not anti-cop, but we are huge advocates of accountability for police abuse. What this cop did wasn’t just irresponsible police behavior, it was criminal. He pointed his gun at unarmed protestors and threatened to kill them.  Anybody not wearing a badge would have been arrested on the spot for doing such a thing.  

Hey progressives, is there anything Obama can't do legally?

I’ve been saying for a while that this needs to be the argument strategy used by opponents of massive government overreach regarding Obama’s seemingly unending use of executive power. Simply pose the question to progressives: Is there anything, in your view, that the president doesn’t legally have the power to do? Now, to us freedom-loving constitutionalists, this is an easy one. The president can’t do much of anything because he is severely bound by the Constitution. He isn’t a king, he is a president. But to unprincipled progressives, the Constitution can mean whatever they want it to mean; so long as it’s politically expedient.

Enforce laws at your political leisure. Name recess appointments when there’s no recess. Legislate through regulation. Rewrite environmental laws. Rewrite immigration policy. Rewrite tax legislation. Bomb Libya. Bomb Syria. All by fiat. All good. The only question now is: what can’t Barack Obama do without Congress?

How about joining binding international agreements without the Senate’s consent? Also, good. The New York Times reports that Obama, who failed to pass sweeping domestic climate-change legislation in his first term, is “working to forge a sweeping international climate-change agreement to compel nations to cut their planet-warming fossil fuel emissions, but without ratification from Congress.”

Ft. Hood terrorist Nidal Hassan pens letter to ISIS asking to become citizen of Islamic State

"Workplace violence."  That’s how the Obama administration defines the Ft. Hood shooting.  Forget the fact that shooter Nidal Hassan openly claims he murdered his victims in the name of Allah and that he now wants to join a recognized terrorist organization. 

from FNC:

The convicted shooter in the Fort Hood massacre has written a letter to the leader of the Islamic State saying he wants to become a “citizen” of the caliphate, in the latest example of the terror group’s reach inside the U.S.

The letter from Nidal Hasan, obtained by Fox News, comes after two Americans reportedly died fighting for ISIS in Syria. Sources late Wednesday identified the second as Abdirahmaan Muhumed, of Minneapolis. Fox affiliate KMSP-TV in Minneapolis reported that Muhumed was killed in the same battle as Douglas McArthur McCain, who grew up outside Minneapolis in the town of New Hope and most recently lived in San Diego.

The State Department said Thursday it could not confirm Muhumed’s death and efforts to reach his family were unsuccessful.

In the undated letter, Hasan — who fatally shot 13 people and injured more than 30 at Fort Hood in 2009 in what the Defense Department called “workplace violence”— tells ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi that he wants to join the caliphate.

"I formally and humbly request to be made a citizen of the Islamic State,”Hasan says in the handwritten document addressed to “Ameer, Mujahid Dr. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.”

"It would be an honor for any believer to be an obedient citizen soldier to a people and its leader who don’t compromise the religion of All-Mighty Allah to get along with the disbelievers."

The two-page letter includes Hasan’s signature and the abbreviation SoA for Soldier of Allah.

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Question: why is this lowlife allowed to send letters to terrorist groups from inside prison?  

ISIS is forcing children to witness beheadings and crucifixions

It’s difficult to find a header image to go along with this story because the search results are all so incredibly horrific.  But, as you can see, there are children present and watching this public crucifixion in Syria.  This is an intentional strategy by ISIS to brainwash and desensitize Syrian and Iraqi children to their violence. 

from CNS:

The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant commonly carries out public executions in its Syrian stronghold on Fridays, forcing children to watch as victims are beheaded or shot at close range. Corpses are then displayed on crucifixes and decapitated heads exhibited on sticks for days afterwards.

The gruesome details are recorded in a new report released Wednesday by a U.N.-appointed independent panel investigating the Syrian conflict, now being described as “the world’s worst humanitarian catastrophe.”

Amputations, the stoning to death of women by “ISIS-sanctioned” mobs, lashings with cables, and the recruitment of children as young as 10 to fight are among other abuses committed by ISIS, said the report, which is based on almost 500 interviews and documentary material, and focuses on the six-month period up to Jul. 15.

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It doesn’t take a UN report to confirm this.  You can go see the photos or watch the videos for yourself if you have the stomach for it.  

ISIS’s brutal violence is self-publicized because they want to attract, recruit, and train more young men to follow in their horrific footsteps.  

Atheist group threatens to sue high school after football team prayed for injured player

We’ve covered these anti-religion intolerance mobs before. They’re scum.  Today’s outrage comes from the Freedom From Religion Foundation who threatened to sue a high school after its players knelt in prayer while an injured player was being tended to on the field. 

from FNC:

The injured player was on the ground being tended to by trainers and coaches.

So the Seminole High School football team did what many football teams do. The teenage boys took a knee, bowed their heads and prayed for their injured teammate.

But that simple act of compassion and humanity in Sanford, Florida sparked outrage from the Freedom From Religion Foundation – a group of perpetually offended atheists from Wisconsin.

An FFRF attorney fired off a letter to the superintendent of Seminole County Public Schools – accusing them of having an adult lead the prayer for the injured child.

A school district spokesman told me the injured child, who is the son of the team’s head coach, has since rejoined the team.

“It is our information and understanding that Seminole High School (is) allowing an adult, a local pastor, to act as a ‘volunteer chaplain’ for the football team,” FFRF attorney Andrew Seidel wrote.

The attorney said the school cannot “allow a non-school adult access to the children in its charge, and certainly cannot grant that access to a pastor seeking to organize prayer for the students.”

The FFRF told the school district to “refrain from having a ‘volunteer team chaplain’ at Seminole High School.

The school district said the prayer was instigated by students and denied that a chaplain prayed with the team. School spokesman Mike Blasewitz told MyNews13.com that the school doesn’t even have a team chaplain, contrary to the FFRF’s allegations.

“There is nothing to cease and desist because our behavior was within the guidelines in the first place,” he told television station WFTV. “No adults in the photo, no adults participating, no adults leading it.”

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Here’s the deal: 

It doesn’t matter if any adults participated in the prayer.  It doesn’t matter if an adult led the prayer.  It doesn’t matter if the team had a volunteer chaplain for the team.  NONE OF THAT IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL.  The 1st Amendment guarantees students (and teachers, I might add) the right to practice their religions.  

There would only be a Constitutional issue if the high school was forcing people to participate in religious activities or disallowing students from participating in their own expression of religion. The school has not “established a religion” or any religious preference, and no amount of teachers or students praying changes that.  The teachers and students are all individuals protected by the Constitution, and as long as they don’t force other to participate or prevent others from practicing their own religions, there is no Constitutional infringement. 

Here’s what the FFRF really wants: to infringe on the rights of these young men.  They want to prevent these young men from praying because they’re a bunch of intolerant bullies.  What they advocate is an obvious distortion of the Constitution.  

If you want “freedom from religion,” I’ve got news for you: you already have it in America.  If you don’t like seeing people praying: don’t look at it.  It’s as simple as that. 

Yesterday, Rep. Paul Ryan guest-hosted the Sean Hannity show.  He took a call from a lady who asked whether or not Congress could use appropriations to defund Obamacare.  

Unfortunately, Paul Ryan doesn’t understand the Constitutional power of the Appropriations Clause and doesn’t believe that Obamacare can be defunded.  

Mark Levin took to his radio to set Ryan straight about the Constitutional “power of the purse.”

Obama: “We don’t have a strategy yet” for dealing with ISIS

Well, as we approach the 9-11 anniversary, doesn’t this just fill you with confidence?

from CNN:

It’s too soon to say what steps the United States will take against ISIS in Syria, President Barack Obama said Thursday.

"I don’t want to put the cart before the horse," Obama told reporters during a White House news briefing. "We don’t have a strategy yet."

Obama said he’s asked America’s top defense officials to prepare “a range of options” about what the United States could do to go after ISIS in Syria, which he described as “a safe haven” for the Sunni extremist group that calls itself the Islamic State.

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I know what you’re thinking.  Yes, he actually wore that tan suit to yesterday’s press conference. Perhaps he thought it might distract everybody from the most powerful military in the world not having a strategy for dealing with the enemy. 

Apparently, you can’t come up with military strategy on the golf course.  

Al Michaels on Bob Costas: Viewers 'Don't Want to Be Lectured'

Al Michaels had some fairly sharp criticism of his colleague, Bob Costas, for his seemingly uncontrollable urge to insert his opinions on controversial political topics into football games. This is something we at Poor Richard’s News have been saying for a while now. It’s about time someone else said it too.

The only point of injecting political commentary into football broadcasts to “piss [the fans] off,” says Sunday Night Football play-by-play man Al Michaels, commenting on his NBC Sports colleague Bob Costas’s new habit of offering commentary during halftime broadcasts.

Over the past few seasons, Costas has used his halftime soliloquies to tackle various political or cultural issues, including gun control and the name of the Washington Redskins.

“You should have seen Twitter on Bob that night, but that’s a whole other story,” he told the Hollywood Reporter when asked about the name controversy. “Our audience wants to watch a football game, and all you really do to fans when they’re watching the game, if you go in that direction, is piss ’em off. They don’t want to be lectured to — period.”

VIDEO: Robin Williams as the American Flag

Time for a midweek break from the usual serious nature of what we cover around here.  I stumbled across this brilliant routine from the late Robin Williams and wanted to share it.  

here’s the video:

What a brilliant mind he had.  He will truly be missed.