August 4, 2015

Frisco, man, San Franf***ingisco [Darleen Click]

Heh.

Concerns about San Francisco’s decaying light poles were ignited Monday night after one corroded by urine toppled onto a car, narrowly missing the driver.

The three-story-tall lamp post at Pine and Taylor streets snapped around 6:30 Monday and landed on a nearby car, almost crushing the driver. No one was injured.

A perfect storm of conditions rusted out the base of the pole, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission officials say, and caused it to fall. At the time, the lamp post, which was already old, was damaged by urine and weighed down by an oversized banner.

Peace out.

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August 4, 2015

Federal Judge strikes down ban on undercover investigative videos on First Amendment grounds [Darleen Click]

Oh wait, this is for Animal rights activists

A federal judge struck down Idaho’s ban on undercover videos at factory farms Monday, saying state legislators wrongly criminalized free speech to protect powerful agricultural groups.

Animal rights advocates called the ruling the first such defeat for a so-called ag-gag law in the U.S. The laws have gained popularity in some states as activists continue to publish undercover videos showing animal abuse at facilities around the country.

U.S. Chief Judge B. Lynn Winmill of the District of Idaho swept away the state’s ban on the grounds that the law violated the 1st Amendment and selectively targeted activists or journalists who might be critical of factory farm practices.

“The effect of the statute will be to suppress speech by undercover investigators and whistleblowers concerning topics of great public importance: the safety of the public food supply, the safety of agricultural workers, the treatment and health of farm animals, and the impact of business activities on the environment,” Winmill wrote in a summary judgment.

The judge said that “the facts show the state’s purpose in enacting the statute was to protect industrial animal agriculture by silencing its critics.”

But three years and three-hundred hours of investigative videos on what is being done to human babies?

A Planned Parenthood executive admits in an undercover video that her doctors alter abortion procedures and she manipulates prices to accommodate specific fetal tissue harvesting requests — including delivering fully intact fetuses — though doing so may violate federal law.

In the nearly 16-minute, edited video, the fifth released by Center for Medical Progress, a woman identified as Melissa Farrell, director of research for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, discusses pricing for specimens — ranging from intact fetuses to tissue and organs — for outside tissue procurement companies.

“Yeah, and so if we alter our process, and we are able to obtain intact fetal cadavers, then we can make it part of the budget, that any dissections are this, and splitting the specimens into different shipments is this,” Farrell said. “I mean it’s all just a matter of line items.”

Whatever, h8rs. You just want to suppress the sexuality of teh womyns.

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August 3, 2015

Mother Jones’ Kevin Drum: “Liberals don’t generally consider aborting a fetus to involve killing a human being.” [Darleen Click]

Well, I’m glad Kevin has decided to put aside all the equivocation, obfuscations and euphemisms that Left-liberals employ to avoid stating their view quite so baldly.

And, be assured, Kevin wants you also to know that “Obviously the rest of our views follow from that.”

The occasion of Kevin’s refreshing candidness on the non-humaness of a gestating human [where the magical line of humaness is once the head has cleared mom and no one in the room either places said quasi-human in a closet to become fully non-human or hands it over to a medical tech to harvest the quasi-humans decidedly human liver, spine, kidneys and other assorted viscera — the Agents of Choice sprinkle magic dust and pronounce it “A Child”*] ….

*saying “boy” or “girl” is to engage in assigning a gender; something that all the Bright and Shiny enlightened ones will not so stoop to burden a new child with such binary heteronormativity.

… is a back-handed dismissal of Ramesh Ponnuru’s question:

A recent Sarah Silverman tweet distilled one argument many liberals are making about the Planned Parenthood videos into a few characters: ”Abortion is still legal in the great U.S of A. It would be insane not to use fetal tissue 4 science & education in such cases. #StandwithPP.”

The death penalty is also still legal in our great country. Should we employ methods of execution so as to yield the highest number of usable organs? Should prisons be able to donate these organs in return for some compensation for their costs–maybe enough to break even, or do a little bit better than break even? For that matter, should we do experiments on death-row inmates before we execute them, in the name of “science & education”? (We could render these experiments painless, if that’s important to people, even though we do not require the anesthetization of late-term fetuses being aborted.) And remember, our reasons for saying no can’t have to do with respect for the convicts’ autonomy, since we are about to violate that autonomy in a bigger way.

Kevin deigns to fart in Ramesh’s general direction …

To us lefties, the death penalty involves killing a human being. Abortion doesn’t.

Leftism in all its glory. Mass murderers should be afforded all the respect of a human being, but an unborn child at any stage of development deserves no more respect than a skin tag.

Thanks for clearing that up, Kevin.

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August 3, 2015

The Obama/Kerry Iran Nuclear Deal — 1938 all over again [Darleen Click]

… or even worse …

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August 2, 2015

Cecil the Lion? Pfffft Robert Mugabe eats a whole zoo for his birthday [Darleen Click]

Yea, sure, let’s extradite an American to that hellhole.

The ZANU-PF leader saw in his 92nd year with the slaughter of wild animals, including an elephant, which were cooked and served to his guests.

His party took place at an exclusive lodge, spa and golf course in Victoria Falls, and it was estimated to have cost $1million (£648,000). During the celebrations, Mugabe released 91 balloons into the sky with the help of his wife, Grace.

An estimated 20,000 people attended the party at Elephant Hills resort, which was put on to celebrate the birthday of the leader who has been accused of abusing human rights and democracy.

His guests were fed a young elephant, and two buffaloes, two sables and five impalas were also donated to the president by a local landowner. He also threw in a lion and a crocodile to be stuffed as an extra gift for Mugabe. On top of this, 40 cows were offered to the president by two members of his government. A second elephant is going to be shot and given to the Victoria Falls community.

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August 2, 2015

“Perhaps the ultimate argument for the belief in God is history’s lesson that we have no reason to expect mercy from men.” [Darleen Click]

It isn’t just that #PlannedParenthood and NAF are desperately trying to suppress the CMP videos from publication, but that in any discussion with pro-aborts devolves into an exercise of dealing with people who willfully avoid any discussion of what is happening on those tapes. The obfuscation, distraction, ad hominem — every tool of the school of yelling “SQUIRREL” is brought in.

This is, indeed, “willful ignorance”

One of the most common reactions to the Planned Parenthood body parts scandal is along the lines of “I can’t bear to watch the videos of those horrible people laughing and talking about the sale of babies. It’s just too upsetting to see”. This exactly captures the reason why the videos are so dangerous: they have forced society at large to watch what many must have always suspected was true, but hoped never to confront directly.

The Center of Medical Progress has over 300 hours of undercover video which has been turned over to investigators. It looks like society is going to have to watch, whether it wants to or not.

Willful ignorance “is a term used in law to describe a situation in which a Person seeks to avoid civil or criminal liability for a wrongful act by intentionally putting him or herself in a position where he or she will be unaware of facts that would render him or her liable.” Apart from its legal utility it has a lot of psychological usefulness because it allows society to put certain things where they don’t have to deal with it. […]

Now that the cat is out of the bag the objections to looking the issue straight in the face, without eupemism, must vanish. Even those who, like Geraldo Rivera, argue that the end justifies the means can have no further reason for refusing to tell us “what end in exchange for these means?”. And in that matter, handwaving will not suffice. If Geraldo’s so proud of “medical research”, surely our admiration for it can only grow after all 300 hours of undercover video have been broadcast.

In our modern, post-religious age society needs to know what ethical taboos, if any, remain. What won’t we do? Now that we have resolved to live without God and must perforce live under men that is all the more reason to know what those men believe. Sigmund Freud believed that the secular motives of “educated people and brain-workers” would be a reliable substitute for what was formerly regarded as natural law. Can these educated people spare a moment then to explain what their secular motives are? Besides money that is. […]

The trouble with 19th century atheism is that it had not completely freed itself from the sentiments of Christianity: in many subtle ways they assumed that man after God would still have limits. They failed to understand until the middle 20th century that man’s need for power did not necessarily contain limits. They learned, too late, that like the Bill of Rights understands, it is in the “won’ts” on men’s actions that earthly freedom lives.

The people who in the videos merrily describe the prices they can obtain for this or that body part may one day be old and as helpless as the infants they have dismembered. Then they will be in the care of men like themselves. And on that far day these young — then old — may want water. On what grounds will they demand it? On what basis will they ask for care, love or compassion?

Note Geraldo’s attempt to dismiss the issue because it is “legal.” (along with his assertion it is all politics that will cause the Republicans to lose).

Yes. Disgusting.

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August 1, 2015

Obama’s Fast & Furious debacle helped arm the Garland, Texas jihadist … [Darleen Click]

Heck of a job, Barry!

Five years before he was shot to death in the failed terrorist attack in Garland, Texas, Nadir Soofi walked into a suburban Phoenix gun shop to buy a 9-millimeter pistol.

At the time, Lone Wolf Trading Co. was known among gun smugglers for selling illegal firearms. And with Soofi’s history of misdemeanor drug and assault charges, there was a chance his purchase might raise red flags in the federal screening process.

Inside the store, he fudged some facts on the form required of would-be gun buyers.

What Soofi could not have known was that Lone Wolf was at the center of a federal sting operation known as Fast and Furious, targeting Mexican drug lords and traffickers. The idea of the secret program was to allow Lone Wolf to sell illegal weapons to criminals and straw purchasers, and track the guns back to large smuggling networks and drug cartels.

Instead, federal agents lost track of the weapons and the operation became a fiasco, particularly after several of the missing guns were linked to shootings in Mexico and the 2010 killing of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in Arizona.

Soofi’s attempt to buy a gun caught the attention of authorities, who slapped a seven-day hold on the transaction, according to his Feb. 24, 2010, firearms transaction record, which was reviewed by the Los Angeles Times. Then, for reasons that remain unclear, the hold was lifted after 24 hours, and Soofi got the 9-millimeter. […]

In May, Soofi and his roommate, Elton Simpson, burst upon the site of a Garland cartoon convention that was offering a prize for the best depiction of the prophet Muhammad, something offensive to many Muslims. Dressed in body armor and armed with three pistols, three rifles and 1,500 rounds of ammunition, the pair wounded a security officer before they were killed by local police. […]

Asked recently for an update on the Garland shooting, FBI Director James B. Comey earlier this month declined to comment. “We’re still sorting that out,” he said.

Officials at the Justice Department and the FBI declined to answer questions about whether the 9-millimeter pistol was one of the guns used in the Garland attack or seized at Soofi’s apartment.

I’m sure the investigation is ongoing and is expected to last until sometime in January 2017.

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July 31, 2015

“The Hunters” [Darleen Click]

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Michael Ramirez is on fire.

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July 31, 2015

#PlannedParenthood — even worse than you thought [Darleen Click]

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Somehow I don’t think Leftist pro-aborts would ever tolerate this kind of behavior directed toward newborn puppies and kittens, and yet …

[D]oes Planned Parenthood regularly flout the federal ban on partial-birth abortion using loopholes? How do they get away with this? Do their patients—the women who apparently choose to donate the “fetal tissue”—know what’s going on in explicit terms?

Federal law prohibits partial-birth abortion, a gruesome procedure in which an unborn baby is intentionally turned to the breech position to ensure that delivery of the body happens before delivery of the head. Once the baby’s head is stuck in the birth canal, the abortionist punctures the skull, evacuates the contents, and the baby is dead.

There’s a good reason this practice is banned—it’s barbaric. Many Americans may not know that the term “partial-birth abortion” is not a medical one but a legal one. And, according to Planned Parenthood doctor Deborah Nucatola, some abortion providers don’t consider it with any seriousness. In her own words, “It’s not a medical term, it doesn’t exist in reality.” What?

It’s clear Nucatola thinks the law is irrelevant—or, as she says, up for “interpretation.” She explains how abortion providers get around the law by injecting a fatal quantity of digoxin, a cardiotoxic drug, into the baby’s heart before dismembering or delivering it. In Nucatola’s words, using the slang for digoxin, they “dig.” […]

She explains: “Providers who use digoxin use it for one of two reasons. There’s a group of people who just use it so they have no risk of violating the Federal Abortion Ban. Because if you induce a demise before the procedure, nobody’s going to say you did a ‘live’—whatever the federal government calls it. Partial-birth abortion.” […]

So, if you “dig,” you’re guaranteed a dead baby and a successful abortion without having to worry about the law. Moreover, you’ll find that a baby that has already died from a heart attack is apparently “softer” and easier to pull apart with metal instruments.

I wonder how candid Nucatola is with her patients about this process. […]

In the second video, we find out explicitly from Planned Parenthood’s Dr. Mary Gatter that abortions performed with feticides aren’t viable for fetal-tissue donation. If digoxin is used, it renders the fetal stem cells unusable. (See the footage and the transcript.) Knowing this, Nucatola’s graphic explanation of how to “crush” unborn babies to maximize organ retrieval requires a clarifier. These babies are being strategically maneuvered, crushed, and dismembered under ultrasound guidance—while still alive.

This poses an ethical question. Do the women consenting to fetal-tissue donation understand what’s happening during the procedure? Do they know that their babies are alive at the start of the butchering?

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July 31, 2015

Friday Fiction: 100 Word Challenge [Darleen Click]

The inspiration …

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A story …

“First right,” Jan waved the brochure, “This way, Stan!”

He reluctantly trailed behind her. They’d scrimped and saved for this vacation. Bragging rights would last for years, yet on the shuttle Jan talked of little else but this exhibit.

The room opened out, the ceiling soaring overhead, an honor guard at the far side window. As they approached Stan looked through the soldiers.

The suit with bones, the skull exposed in the helmet, then a hologram of a smiling face, cycling over and over.

“The Armstrongs got fucked,” Stan thought, “when they agreed to the interment of Neil at DisneyLuna.”

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Now, your turn.

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