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Friday, February 17, 2012

More Evidence Liberal Media will make Romney's Religion an Issue

As I wrote about here, the liberal media will absolutely, positively attempt to destroy Romney based on his Mormonism if he is the nominee. However, being the cagey deceivers that they are, it will be done under the guise of being informative. Make absolutely NO mistake; the left wing media will use subtle means to utterly destroy Mitt Romney's candidacy.

UPDATED with video:

CNN provides the latest case in point, posting an article entitled, "Explainer: How and why do Mormons baptize the dead?
"The recent disclosure that Mormons baptized the dead parents of Jewish Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal by proxy has sparked outrage in the Jewish world. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has apologized for the baptism, which it says resulted from the actions of a church member acting in violation of church policy. The LDS church vowed to stop baptizing Jewish Holocaust victims in 1995.

But proxy baptism for the dead is a proud Mormon tradition. Here are the basics about how it works and why Mormons do it.
The article then gives the reader a brief lesson on the subject...
For Mormons, baptizing the dead solves a big theological problem: How do billions of people who never had the opportunity to accept Jesus Christ – including those who lived before Jesus walked the earth – receive salvation? By baptizing the dead, a practice known as posthumous proxy baptism, Mormons believe they are giving every person who ever lived the chance at everlasting life. That includes Muslims, Hindus, atheists, pagans, whoever.

“Mormons believe that there is a place the dead go where they are in ‘spirit prison’ and where they have the chance to accept the Christian baptism,” says Richard Bushman, a Mormon scholar at Columbia University. “But it’s a duty to actually perform Christian ordinance of baptism, so Mormons seek out every last person who ever lived and baptize them.”

Many Mormons are proud of the fact that they attempt to make their faith universal through baptizing the dead. “Historically, Christians have been exclusive,” says Terryl Givens, an expert on Mormonism at the University of Richmond. “Catholics have taught that only Catholics are saved, and evangelicals say only if you confess according to their tradition. Mormons say, ‘No, salvation is open to all people.’”

“In that sense Mormonism is the most nonexclusive religion in the Christian world,” Givens says.
The liberal media can pump this stuff out and say it's just providing a service because one of the Republican candidates for president is a Mormon. That's not the reason at all; it's to plant seeds of doubt in the minds of non-Mormons who think something like Baptizing the dead is creepy. In essence, the liberal media can be religiously bigoted while not being seen as such.

Romney is not the candidate with the best chance to beat Obama. His religion is a primary reason because the left will subtly bludgeon him with it.

This is not new for CNN either. John King called Romney "Governor Mormon" and didn't skip a beat. We must assume that either there was no correction relayed in his ear piece or, if there was one, he ignored it.

Video: Paul Ryan Cat vs. Timothy Geithner yarn ball

This is a baffling exchange for multiple reasons. Of course, the visual of  Rep. Paul Ryan's chart vs. the visual of Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner's chart would be laughable if not so serious. Both charts show an out-of-control budgetary trajectory beginning in 2012. The main difference is that Ryan's chart includes an alternate path; Geithner's chart does not.

Ryan's alternative path is backed up by a plan. Geithner concedes the administration has no long term plan to deal with the unsustainable path that he concedes we're on. In a sane world, since he has no plan, he should be willing to implement Ryan's plan.

This is not a sane world.

Watch all the way to the end. Geithner actually says he has no plan but won't accept Ryan's because he doesn't like it.

I'm not kidding.

h/t RCP

New York Post: Stern Letters to Holder are nice but...

Since the Fast and Furious scandal blew open over a year ago, there has been a plethora of strongly worded letters sent by both Rep. Darrell Issa and Senator Charles Grassley to various individuals at ATF, DOJ, State, etc. Those stern letters keep coming but to this point, there hasn't been much action according to Michael Walsh at the New York Post:
‘Contempt of Congress” is a pretty strong term, and one with tangible legal consequences, but how else to describe Attorney General Eric Holder’s continuing obstructionism in the burgeoning Fast and Furious scandal?

It’s been 14 months since news broke that a federal agent had been killed with weapons that Holder’s Justice Department intentionally allowed to cross the border into Mexico, with no plan on how to track them and without alerting Mexican officials. In all, the Obama administration sent thousands of guns south to the drug gangs under the misbegotten operation.
So, now what you ask?
On Tuesday, Rep. Darrell Issa (R.-Calif) — whose House Oversight Committee is leading the congressional investigation — sent Holder another in a series of stern letters, demanding that Justice comply with committee subpoenas that it’s been pretty much ignoring since Oct. 12.

The letter was prompted by Justice’s failure to meet a Feb. 9 deadline to make witnesses available and turn over hundreds, if not thousands, of pages of internal documents. Holder’s crew requested a further extension — while publicly decrying Issa’s probe as a political witch hunt.

Of course, as Issa writes, it’s Justice’s own “delay tactics” that “have extended this investigation into a presidential-election year.” Indeed, “had the department demonstrated willingness to cooperate with this investigation from the outset — instead of attempting to cover up its own internal mismanagement — this investigation likely would have concluded” last year.

“In reality,” Issa continues, “it is the department that is playing political gotcha games, instead of allowing a co-equal branch of government to perform its constitutional duty to conduct oversight of the Executive Branch.

“We cannot wait any longer for the deparment’s cooperation.”

Tough words. But will there ever be more than words?
The American people who are insisting that Holder be held accountable have been very patient but it's time to escalate this thing. That includes a longer list of Congressmen who are demanding Holder's resignation. An increase in the number of names on that list will help both Issa and Boehner do the right thing.

h/t Sipsey Street

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