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ABC News shocked to discover the Pope is Catholic


Johee Choo of ABC News, reporting from South Korea:

During his trip in South Korea today, Pope Francis stopped to pray at a monument for aborted children, a rare gesture as he has been known to avoid such culturally sensitive issues.

Just because Johee Choo was either not paying attention (or is just going with what the media narrative is regarding Pope Francis) doesn’t mean he has ignored “culturally sensitive issues” since he became Pope.

Some (not even close to all) previous statements on abortion made by Pope Francis after he became Pope (there are plenty of others made when he was still a Cardinal) are below. A longer, but still incomplete, list is also online.

June 16, 2013:

All too often, as we know from experience, people do not choose life, they do not accept the ‘Gospel of Life’ but let themselves be led by ideologies and ways of thinking that block life, that do not respect life, because they are dictated by selfishness, self-interest, profit, power and pleasure, and not by love, by concern for the good of others.

…As a result, the living God is replaced by fleeting human idols which offer the intoxication of a flash of freedom, but in the end bring new forms of slavery and death.

July 17, 2013

Even the weakest and most vulnerable, the sick, the old, the unborn and the poor, are masterpieces of God’s creation, made in his own image, destined to live for ever, and deserving of the utmost reverence and respect.

July 28, 2013:

All life has inestimable value even the weakest and most vulnerable, the sick, the old, the unborn and the poor, are masterpieces of God’s creation, made in his own image, destined to live forever, and deserving of the utmost reverence and respect.

August 6, 2013:

Human life must always be defended from its beginning in the womb and must be recognised as a gift of God that guarantees the future of humanity.

September 20, 2013:

Every child who, rather than being born, is condemned unjustly to being aborted, bears the face of Jesus Christ, bears the face of the Lord, who even before he was born, and then just after birth, experienced the world’s rejection. And every elderly person…even if he is ill or at the end of his days, bears the face of Christ. They cannot be discarded, as the ‘culture of waste’ suggests!

Additionally, there are plenty of other statements by the pontiff on other “sensitive” subjects, including same-sex “marriage” since he took office and while he was still Cardinal.

American Catholics say a special prayer for peace in Iraq in Mass today


A statement from the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops from August 7:

The chairman of the Committee of International Justice and Peace of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) asked the U.S. bishops to invite the people of their dioceses to pray for peace in Iraq on Sunday, August 17. Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, made the request, August 6, sending the bishops the text of a prayer written by the Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Iraq, His Beatitude Louis Rafael Sako. Bishop Pates recounted the struggles of Christians and others in Iraq who have faced the destruction, burning and looting of churches, homes and businesses and, under threat of the Islamic State (ISIS) to join their extremist brand of Islam, have fled for their lives. Accordingly, he urged Catholics to let their elected representatives know of their concern that humanitarian assistance reach Christian and other religious minorities who are suffering in Iraq, Syria and other countries.

Patriarch Sako’s prayer:

Lord, The plight of our country is deep and the suffering of Christians is severe and frightening. Therefore, we ask you Lord to spare our lives, and to grant us patience, and courage to continue our witness of Christian values with trust and hope. Lord, peace is the foundation of life; Grant us the peace and stability that will enable us to live with each other without fear and anxiety, and with dignity and joy. Glory be to you forever.

“Florida Man” Trifecta


Jacob Jaquett was startled as he was trying to help a friend move in Mayport. He saw a naked man with a 3 to 4 foot sword.

“I was honestly kind of scared because I didn’t know what he had with him or what was going on,” Jaquett said.
He says the man charged at people and screamed at them, as seen in viewer-submitted video.

Action News called the sheriff’s office multiple times to get more information.

Officials could only say there was a call to service at the complex and couldn’t tell us anything else.

Jaquett says other members of the complex were able to get the man to put the sword down.

NY Daily News:

A South Florida man busted stealing thousands of dollars- worth of loot from a store told police and a judge his name was “Ima Thief.”

Police in Sunrise say the brazen bandit was trying to skulk out of an electronics store on North University Drive with two stolen TVs and other gear on Thursday when he was stopped by security, NBC Miami reported.

Police arrived and the man tried to flee, but was arrested.

At a bond hearing Thursday, the man told Broward Judge John Fry the same thing he told cops — his given name was Ima Thief.

ABC News:

A sleeping driver awakened by police at a Florida intersection led authorities on a chase before being arrested in a gated community.

The Palm Beach Post reports that 21-year-old Joslet Jean-Charles was asleep behind the wheel of a 2003 Ford Taurus at a busy intersection in Greenacres, Florida, about 9:30 p.m. Thursday.

When a patrol car pulled in front of Jean-Charles, he awoke, drove around the police and fled. He abandoned the vehicle in front of the Waterway Village development.

Police did not initially find Jean-Charles, but arrested him at an address found on a bill inside the car.

15% of Maryland residents were born outside the US


A recent report by the New York Times showed migration patterns since 1900 by looking at the birthplace of people in each state. Their most updated figures were from 2012. This comes on the heels of a report released earlier this year that said 47% of Maryland residents would leave the state if they could.

The facts revealed indicate that, in 2012, the following was true of Maryland residents:

  • 48% were born in Maryland.
  • 15% were born outside the United States.
  • 9% were born in the District of Columbia.
  • 6%  were born in other states in the south.
  • 5% were born in other states in the northeast.
  • 4% were born in New York.
  • 4% were born in Pennsylvania.
  • 4% were born in other states in the midwest.
  • 3% were born in Virginia.
  • 3% were born in other states in the West.

Some comparative data from other states:

  • 7% of Delaware residents were born in Maryland.
  • 4% of West Virginia residents were born in Maryland.
  • 28% of California residents were born outside the US.
  • 24% of New York residents were born outside the US.
  • 23% of New Jersey residents were born outside the US.
  • 17% of Texas residents were born outside the US.
  • 13% of Virginia residents were born outside the US.

It would appear Maryland residents who are leaving are largely going to West Virginia and Delaware, which would be consistent with conservatives in western Maryland and on the Eastern Shore voting with their feet. Additionally, Maryland has the highest percentage of residents born on outside the US between Florida and New Jersey on the East Coast.

In 1980, 5% of Maryland residents were born outside the US.

Here’s the Maryland graph from the report:



Nikki Haley does the #ALSIceBucketChallenge; challenges Stephen Colbert

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley was challenged to do the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS by a professor at the University of South Carolina. Video of her being doused in ice water by her children was posted to her official Facebook page this morning. After that, she challenged three other South Carolinians to do likewise. They included Clemson coach Dabo Swinney, singer Edwin McCain, and television host Stephen Colbert.

Here’s the video:

See a state trooper stop a man from committing suicide


Here’s the video of what happened on the Tydings Bridge in Cecil County, Maryland over this past weekend:


Trooper Joshua Kim told WBAL News that he was heading across the Millard E. Tydings Memorial Bridge over the Susquehanna River on Saturday when he noticed a man walking on the other side. Concerned, the officer turned around to check on him.

The video shows a man on the bridge offer a casual wave as the cruiser pulls up. Then, when the officer starts running toward him, the man throws a leg over the side of the bridge and appears ready to jump.

The man wasn’t identified and was being evaluated at a hospital.

Breaking: Robin Williams dead at age 63


The Marin County Sheriff’s Department reports that Robin Williams was found unconscious and not breathing in his Tiburon California, home earlier today. Officials currently think he committed suicide by asphysxia and are investigating further. CNN and other sources are reporting on the news. The family asks for privacy and reports he had been battling depression, according to CNN.

Here’s the press release:



Here’s more from

According to his publicist, who confirmed the news, the actor had been battling depression of late and had recently entered 12-step rehab stint for drug abuse.

His wife Susan Schneider said in a statement, “I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”

Williams is best known for both comedic and dramatic roles in movies including “Good Will Hunting,” for which he won a Best Supporting Actor in 1997. In addition, he won several Emmys, Golden Globes.

Williams’ film career was bookended by TV roles including his breakout role on the ABC sitcom “Mork & Mindy” in 1978. He returned to TV on CBS last season, “The Crazy Ones.”

He is survived by his wife and three children.

Is much of the U.S. aid to Yazidis in Iraq “useless”?


Bryan Preston discusses a Telegraph story which includes this excerpt:

However, Iraqi officials said that much of the US aid had been “useless” because it was dropped from 15,000 ft without parachutes and exploded on impact.

Allahpundit is skeptical, but Preston goes on to discuss some details of the mission which I will get to shortly. I did just see a news story on a “successful” mission to drop water that C-17s from Charleston Air Force Base reportedly made, but I would guess their definition of success is dropping it out of the plane and getting home without any issues – without any calculus for what happens on the ground.

Preston goes on to discussed the fact that the C-17s making the drops have fighter escorts. If they are flying that hight, as he points out, it would be because ISIS has captured surface to air missile systems (SAMs) including some MANPADS (shoulder-fired.)

I will try to do a separate post on the air defense systems involved later (I was in the S2 section of an air defense unit at one point, which means I have a basic understanding of some of the OPFOR systems and more knowledge of the OPFOR aircraft.)


DVIDS shows this picture of parachutes being attached to pallets by riggers:


Illegal Adderall Sales in Annapolis on Craigslist


UPDATE: Since this post appeared, the ad has been flagged for removal.

I noticed Wednesday that a friend on Facebook had posted a link to this ad from Craigslist:


The ad was still up late Wednesday night as shown above. Note that it’s in the Rants & Raves of the Personals on the Annapolis Craigslist page. I suspect the only reason it hasn’t been pulled down yet is that the Rants & Raves page appears to have so little activity. Apparently, the person who posted it is in the Annapolis/Crownsville area and is 24 years old.

The person who posted it has to be a total idiot unless (and this is a slim possibility) it is a law enforcement sting of some sort. I’m sure all sorts of local, state, and federal agencies could choose to get involved in this because of controlled substances and the internet being involved.

It will be interesting to see what happens.

See the new Army camouflage uniform pattern


Army officials confirmed what had been heard for the past few months:

The Army has confirmed what Soldiers have been hearing rumors of for months now — a new camouflage pattern for combat uniforms is on the way with a number of improvements.

Beginning in the fall of 2015, the Army will begin issuing to new Soldiers an Army Combat Uniform that bears the Operational Camouflage Pattern. That same uniform will also become available in military clothing sales stores in the summer of 2015.

Soldiers are expected to retire their current uniform and begin wearing the new pattern by the summer of 2018.

More from Army Times:

The Army is calling its new camo the Operational Camouflage Pattern, though it’s been referred to in previous tests as Scorpion W2. It is similar in appearance to Crye Precision’s MultiCam, but was developed by Army Natick Labs in Massachusetts.

Scorpion W2 uses a color palette of muted greens, light beige and dark brown.

The Army confirms the same fabric of the current uniforms will be used and details other changes that are happening and others that might happen:

The uniform bearing the new pattern will be largely the same as what Soldiers wear now, except that the lower leg pockets will be closed by a button instead of the “hook and loop” fabric fastener on the current Army Combat Uniform, or ACU. Soldiers complained that fastener made too much noise in combat environments, officials said. The insert pockets for knee pads and elbow pads will also be removed from the new uniform, according to Program Executive Office Soldier.

Other changes that will be considered by the 2015 Army Uniform Board include:

– elimination of the mandarin collar and replacement with a fold-down design
– change of the infrared square identification for friend or foe, known as the IFF tab
– removal of one of three pen pockets on the ACU sleeve
– elimination of the drawstring on the trouser waistband

These last four potential changes have not yet been approved but are being considered, according to PEO Soldier.

Cost estimates from the Army:

The cost of uniforms with the new pattern will be comparable to the current uniform. At the Fort Myer, Virginia, military clothing sales store, for instance, an ACU top now sells for approximately $45. The pants sell for around $45 as well. A cap sells for about $8.

According to the 2014 pay charts, online at, enlisted Soldiers receive between $439 and $468 annually to buy new uniforms — that includes replacing the outgoing UCP ACU with the Operational Camouflage Pattern ACU.

Army Times has more:

In another potential cost-saving measure, the Army plans to retain wearable items in the Universal Camouflage Pattern and dye them coyote brown.

The Army is seeking to over-dye existing Modular Lightweight Load carrying Equipment (MOLLE) and Improved Outer Tactical Vests (IOTV) that are the digital Universal Camouflage Pattern to create a darker color that more closely matches coyote brown.