Archive for May 30th, 2008

Kansas Governor’s Fete Honors Abortionist

Friday, May 30th, 2008

I wish I knew what was going on in Kansas. It’s not the state I remember.

The pro-life group Operation Rescue says it’s almost impossible to get any agency in Kansas to pursue criminal charges against infamous abortionist George Tiller because he has a very important ally — Governor Kathleen Sebelius.

Abortionist George Tiller is being investigated by the Kansas attorney general’s office, and calls have increased for charges to be filed against him. According to Operation Rescue, Tiller — along with his entire abortion clinic staff — allegedly was honored in April 2007 with a lavish secret party, thrown by one of his biggest supporters — pro-abortion Governor Kathleen Sebelius.

“Every agency that could be responsible for charging Tiller or disciplining him — like the Kansas Board of Healing Arts — is just loaded with appointees of Governor Sebelius, including the Kansas Supreme Court,” [Operation Rescue senior policy advisor Cheryl Sullenger] laments. “So what we’re having here is a real problem trying to get the laws enforced.”

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Parent sues Planned Parenthood

Friday, May 30th, 2008

Y’all know by now what I think about planned parenthood. This just reinforces those feelings.

Washington, DC-area resident Emma Jean Butler and her daughter are suing a local Planned Parenthood clinic. The girl became pregnant due to a rape at age 13, and had an abortion at the facility after she turned 14.

The next day, she was rushed to an emergency room where doctors had to repair damage from severe abdominal bleeding, severe injury to the cervix, significant uterine perforation, and a small bowel tear. In addition, parts of the baby were found in the girl’s abdomen.

It was tragedy on top of tragedy, says Kristan Hawkins of Students for Life of America, in what she describes as a “poster case for abortion.”

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Intelligent Design Film Boosts Academic Freedom Bills, Advocates Say

Friday, May 30th, 2008

(CNSNews.com) – A documentary released earlier this year may be partly responsible for “academic freedom bills” now advancing at the state level. Those bills are intended to strengthen the free speech rights of those who seek to examine the full range of views on evolutionary theory.

The film “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed” suggests that biologists, chemists, and astronomers have been censored, denied tenure, and even fired in some cases after raising questions about Charles Darwin’s 150-year-old theory that life results from random mutations and natural selection.

The film has prompted some states to consider legislation that would insulate teachers and students who believe there is evidence of “design” in nature, Walt Ruloff, a co-producer for the film, told Cybercast News Service.

In fact, within the next two weeks, one Louisiana state legislator expects his bill to reach the desk of Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.) where it will become law. The Louisiana Science Education Act, which passed by a vote of 35-0 in the state senate, has broad bipartisan support, said Rep. Ben Nevers, the bill’s chief sponsor.
“Some teachers are afraid to teach certain subject matters, and they want to know the materials they bring into the class have been approved, and I think this piece of legislation provides them with protection. It also brings consistency to the school systems in our state.”

Nevers told Cybercast News Service he has not seen the film “Expelled” and is more concerned about keeping the school curriculum up to date with scientific advances.

“This bill does not allow the teaching of any religious belief, or religious theory, so if it’s not science…then certainly it couldn’t be brought into our classrooms in Louisiana,” he added .

Caroline Crocker, a biological scientist who appears in “Expelled,” testified before the Louisiana House Committee on Education earlier this month.

“Our freedom to think and consider more than one option is part of what has given America her competitive edge in the international marketplace of ideas,” she said in her testimony. “The current denial of academic freedom rights for those who are judged politically incorrect may put this in jeopardy.

“But I am also aware that Louisiana prides itself on being a melting pot for all, where people are comfortable with, and respectful of, divergent viewpoints,” she continued. “Therefore, I am in favor of SB 733, which will help ensure the intellectually honest consideration of innovative, and possibly unpopular, scientific theories.

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Emmy-Winning Actor Harvey Korman Dead at 81

Friday, May 30th, 2008

Another great actor has passed away. Harvey Korman has died at age 81.

LOS ANGELES — Harvey Korman, the tall, versatile comedian who won four Emmys for his outrageously funny contributions to “The Carol Burnett Show” and was seen to hilarious effect on the big screen in “Blazing Saddles,” died Thursday. He was 81.

Korman died at UCLA Medical Center after suffering complications from the rupture of an abdominal aortic aneurysm four months ago, his family said. He had undergone several major operations.

“He was a brilliant comedian and a brilliant father,” daughter Kate Korman said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. “He had a very good sense of humor in real life. “

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