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August 6, 2012

Pure evil: ' Vast international child-porn network uncovered'

This is almost too horrible to call to your attention, but parents need to know that these monsters are real and feed on babies and toddlers. From the Washington Post:

Vast international child-porn network uncovered; a stuffed toy helped crack the case open

I'll leave most of the ghastly, nausea-inducing details to the article, but maybe you can help me understand this:

Similarly, in the Arnett case, investigators discovered that a water bottle in one of the photographs carried the name of a swim and scuba center in Overland Park, Kan. With the help of teachers at an elementary school, they identified three children shown in the photographs, including the toddler posed in the roasting pan.

The mother of one of the boys said she initially did not believe the allegations against [Michael] Arnett, a family friend for about 15 years. She said her son, now 7, and several nephews often spent weekends at Arnett’s home four or five years ago.

“Well, when we first got the phone call, we thought there’s no way. You guys got the wrong guy,” she said. The Associated Press does not identify victims of sexual abuse or their families.

But then investigators showed her photos Arnett had allegedly taken of her son with a shirt and no pants.

“Regret? For sending my son with a sick-minded guy, that’s the only regret I have. I had no idea,” she said. “It’s depressing.”
"Depressing"? This woman has a gift for understatement; her son and nephews may never recover from those visits with the "family friend." As a mother, I'm unable to imagine a plausible scenario in which a parent "often" sends a two or three year-old child to spend weekends with a non-relative. How does this come about?

The internet has enabled the beast to grow and it will never be satisfied:
Photos and online chats found on computers owned by Diduca and Mikelsons led to more than three dozen other suspects in seven countries, including Canada, Britain, Germany, Sweden and Mexico. The oldest victim in the Netherlands was 4, the youngest just 19 days old.

Massachusetts U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz, whose office prosecuted Diduca, said the demand for photos of sexual assaults of young children, including babies and toddlers, has increased sharply in recent years.

“This demand leads to the abuse of children, yet there is this misconception that somehow, viewing child pornography is a victimless crime,” said. “It clearly is not.”
Thank God for law enforcement's agonizing work. But the 43 arrests made over the past two years represent the tip of the iceberg:
On his [day care worker Robert Mikelsons'] computer were thousands and thousands of images of children being molested and raped, including the boy holding the stuffed bunny.   
H/t: DaleyGator

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August 5, 2012

Sinatra in the studio: It Was a Very Good Year

This is a clip from the 1965 video Sinatra: Off the Record:



How I wish we had more footage of the artist at work in the recording studio. Kindly check your attics. 

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August 1, 2012

Neumayr: Serfs of the secularist state

George Neumayr writes on the now-effective Obama HHS contraceptive, sterilization, and abortifacient mandate:

Only the Obama administration would have the hubris to argue that all businessmen are de facto serfs of the secularist state. Obama has invented a preposterous new right out of thin air — the right to force an employer to pay for one’s sex life — and is willing to impose that phony right on business owners at the expense of their religious freedom.

Punitive fines form the tip on the spear that President Barack Obama is recklessly wielding against the religious. The first to feel its sting will be private business owners. Starting on August 1, companies across the country will face crippling fines if they refuse to comply with President Obama’s contraceptive and abortifacient mandate.

The Congressional Research Service estimates that Obamacare’s tax agents can exact fines of up to $100 per employee, per day, from businesses that object to this decree. For businesses that employ hundreds of workers, this will add up to millions of dollars in fines each year.

Either submit to Obama’s secularist demand or risk bankruptcy. That is now the choice before many family-run businesses.

Religious organizations have until August 1, 2013 to comply with the mandate before they too are fined. “In effect, the president is saying we have a year to figure out how to violate our consciences,” remarked Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York City after HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced this delay.

But for non-religious employers, the mandate falls on Wednesday and some companies like Hercules Industries are fighting back. Let us hope they succeed. Indeed, it is hard to imagine a more shameless violation of the original meaning of the First Amendment than for a president to fine Christian and Jewish business owners for simply adhering to traditional morality. The First Amendment was clearly written not to suppress religious freedom in the public square but to protect it.
Read the whole thing.

See also Bryan Preston:
According to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, “President Obama is moving our country forward by giving women control over their health care. This law puts women and their doctors, not insurance companies or the government, in charge of health care decisions.”

What about pro-life women? Do they not exist?
Well, yes, we do, but we weren't going to vote for Obama anyway. It's the Sandra Flukes of the country who need to be mobilized on November 6th. (Do read the rest of Preston's piece.)

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