Fifteen months after the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi which killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, the narrative of the attack continues to be shaped, and reshaped, by politicians and the press.
But a New York Times report published over the weekend has angered sources who were on the ground that night. Those sources, who continue to face threats of losing their jobs, sharply challenged the Times’ findings that there was no involvement from Al Qaeda or any other international terror group and that an anti-Islam film played a role in inciting the initial wave of attacks.
“It was a coordinated attack. It is completely false to say anything else. … It is completely a lie,” one witness to the attack told Fox News.
The NYT is just doing what it does best - covering for Democrats. They want Hillary in 2016, and they'll do whatever it takes to ensure it.
***Businesses brace for "serious cuts" as city enacts $15 an hour minimum wage. Keep an eye on this - it is exactly what will happen if the minimum wage nationwide is raised. Economics 101, which obviously no Democrat has ever taken, dictates that an employer pay his employees what they're worth, not what some arbitrary politician trying to buy votes says they're worth.
As talk builds on Capitol Hill over hiking the federal minimum wage, one city in Washington state is poised to set the highest rate in the nation.
On Jan. 1, an estimated 1,600 hotel and transportation workers in SeaTac, Wash., will see their pay jump to $15 an hour, a 60 percent increase from the state's $9.32 minimum wage.
While many workers look forward to the higher pay, employers are looking for ways to absorb the big increase in labor costs. Some plan on eliminating jobs.
"We're going to be looking at making some serious cuts," said Cedarbrook Lodge General Manager Scott Ostrander. "We're going to be looking at reducing employee hours, reducing benefits and eliminating some positions."
***I've never paid much attention to the Feng Shui craze, writing it off as more New Age nonsense. Turns out I was right. I was flipping through a magazine and came across an article entitled, "The Eight-Point System of Feng Shui." This is their explanation:
Stand inside your home with your back to the front door. Look forward. The part of your home in the far left corner is the money sector. The far right corner is the relationship zone. Got it? You work the magic by placing certain items in certain zones; some have symbolic power, others a literal connection to the area.
Seriously? People really practice this nonsense? The whole article is about putting certain objects in certain places to enable the "energy" in your home to flow. I kept looking for something saying, "Really, we're just kidding. This is totally bogus," but I didn't find it. Oh, you gotta see the finale:
"If you only do three things..."I kid you not, this "feng shui expert" really believes and practices this stuff. Unbelievable.
1. Clear clutter. Mess is the number one enemy of feng shui. Dead or uncared-for piles sap your home's strength and block positive energy from entering.
2. Fix or toss broken things. They're impediments to vitality.
3. Clean the windows and oil the doors. In feng shui, the windows are the eyes of a home, the front door is its mouth.
***Good article from Jim Daly at Focus on the Family:
Protecting Your Family From the Digital Invasion
I recently asked my blog readers if they could do without a handheld device like a smartphone or tablet for 24 hours.
It’s a reasonable question to ask since mobile users check their smartphones an average of 150 times a day.
Digital addiction can be an easy thing to fall prey to, especially since access is all around us. We use computers for work, we carry devices in our pockets and most places offer free WIFI.
The “digital invasion” is here. Along with it, we have teens with lower-than-average emotional intelligence and signs of technology-induced dementia, a rise in compulsive disorders and kids who don’t know how to use their imaginations when they play.
I have good news for you, though: the digital invasion doesn’t have to hurt your family.
We've all seen it. Kids (and adults, for that matter), walking around like zombies, glued to their phones, oblivious to their surroundings. I have several friends who are teachers who tell me the same thing - so many kids lack social skills and have flat personalities because they're buzzed out on digital communication and social networks. I didn't have to deal with that so much when my kids were growing up.
***Vatican stresses that Pope has not abolished sin. Pretty amazing to me that anyone thinks he could do that.
The Vatican felt compelled on Tuesday to deny that Pope Francis had "abolished sin", after a well-known Italian intellectual wrote that he had effectively done so through his words and gestures.
The singular exchange began on Sunday when Eugenio Scalfari, an atheist who writes opinion pieces for the left-leaning La Repubblica newspaper, published an article titled "Francis' Revolution: He has abolished sin".
Scalfari, who held a long private conversation with the pope earlier this year and wrote about it several times, concluded in the complex, treatise-like article that Francis believed sin effectively no longer existed because God's mercy and forgiveness were "eternal".
Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told Vatican Radio that "this affirmation that the pope has abolished sin" was wrong.
"Those who really follow the pope daily know how many times he has spoken about sin and our (human) condition as sinners," Lombardi said.