Archive for April 30th, 2010

“Will Abortion Reform Sweep the Nation?” By La Shawn Barber

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Nebraska’s new abortion restriction law may signal a paradigm shift in the abortion debate.

The current standard for whether the state can interfere with a woman’s right to kill her baby derives from Roe v. Wade: viability. If the unborn baby can survive outside the womb, the state has a compelling interest to protect that life and thus restrict abortion. During the second trimester, the state may regulate abortion “in ways that are reasonably related to maternal health.” During the third trimester, the state may restrict or ban abortion “except where necessary, in appropriate medical judgment, for the preservation of the life or health of the mother.” Babies born at 28 weeks, the beginning of the third trimester, have a 90 percent survival rate.

Last week, Nebraska’s non-partisan legislature passed a measure 40-9 that alters the standard in the state. Signed by Governor Dave Heineman, the law bans most abortions 20 weeks after conception (with the usual exception for life or health of the mother), and it’s based on the notion that unborn babies can feel pain at that stage. The governor signed a related bill that requires abortion providers to screen women seeking abortions for mental and other risk factors and evaluate whether they were pressured into the decision.

A frequently cited 2005 Journal of the American Medical Association article suggested the earliest an unborn baby can feel pain is 28 weeks. National Right to Life Director of State Legislation Mary Spaulding Balch disagrees. “By 20 weeks after fertilization, unborn children have pain receptors throughout their body, and nerves link these to the brain,” she said. “These unborn children recoil from painful stimulation, which also dramatically increases their release of stress hormones. Doctors performing fetal surgery at and after 20 weeks now routinely use fetal anesthesia.”

This means babies torn apart during a second-trimester dilation and extraction may feel their dismemberment. Now imagine a so-called partial birth abortion, in which a third-trimester baby is delivered down the birth canal, with his head left inside. The “doctor” punctures the base of his skull with a pair of scissors and opens the scissors to enlarge the hole.

Perhaps the law will do what other efforts could not. In 1984, the formerly pro-abortion Dr. Bernard Nathanson sounded the alarm on fetal pain. He created a video called “Silent Scream,” which showed the killing of a 12-week-old unborn baby. The baby appears to scream in pain as he’s torn apart in the womb. Naturally, abortion advocates called the film misleading. According to TIME, “experts” said a 12-week-old baby can’t move “purposefully” as depicted in the film, and he can’t perceive danger.

Abby Johnson would disagree. A former Planned Parenthood executive director, Johnson left her employer after watching an abortion on ultrasound. She told the Christian Broadcasting Network that she watched the 13-week-old unborn baby “trying to get away from the probe that the doctor was using…I just wanted to make it stop…I could see it twisting and just saw it crumble…I will never do this again.” A baby one week older than the “Silent Scream” baby apparently moved purposefully and perceived danger.

Read the complete article here.

Congress Ignores Obama, Takes Up ‘Amnesty’

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Here is a preview of the next socialist agenda item to be forced down our throats.

What a difference 24 hours makes.

Yesterday President Obama appeared to close the door on addressing immigration reform this year, saying, “We’ve gone through a very tough year, and I’ve been working Congress pretty hard. I know there may not be an appetite to dive into another controversial issue.”

But today, Democrat leaders in Washington announced a new effort just days after Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed a bill that enables her state to enforce illegal immigration.

The reaction to the Arizona law has ranged from condemnation by Obama to the sometimes violent protests by illegals who don’t want to face police questioning about their status and the Mexican government’s new warning about travel by Mexicans in Arizona.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced the new Democrat effort, noting its requirement that illegal aliens learn English and pay taxes.

“I say to my Republican colleagues, work with us to fix this broken system, and secure our borders,” Reid said.

But Rep. John Boehner, the House minority leader, said Republican support wasn’t likely after the president’s massive health-care reform plan was “shoved down our throats.”

Nevertheless, some opponents of illegal immigration worried that the federal plan was being assembled as a deliberate attack on Arizona’s new efforts to protect its citizens.

Obama’s statement today seemed to lend credence to their concerns.

“It is the federal government’s responsibility to enforce the law and secure our borders, as well as to set clear rules and priorities for future immigration,” Obama’s prepared statement released by the White House said.

“The continued failure of the federal government to fix the broken immigration system will leave the door open to a patchwork of actions at the state and local level that are inconsistent and as we have seen recently, often misguided,” he said.

Obama said it is “unacceptable to have 11 million people in the United States who are living here illegally and outside the system.”

Critics such as Federation for American Immigration Reform, or FAIR, agree, but they argue that simply enforcing the nation’s existing immigration laws would make a great deal of difference.

The group, which obtained an advance copy of the legislation outline, said Americans need to call their representatives in Washington.

“Tell them you want enforcement, not amnesty,” FAIR said.

“The [new] proposal offers all kinds of promises regarding the future enforcement of our immigration laws. But we know through years of experience and hard lessons that the federal government has broken virtually every enforcement promise it has made to the American people. Now, Senators Reid, Schumer and Menendez go so far as to say: ‘there will be zero tolerance for illegal entry and reentry into the U.S.’ Who can believe this?” the organization said.

The group warned that the new plan would pre-empt state and locals laws encouraging immigration enforcement and would grant amnesty.

Spokesman Dustin Carnevale told WND the proposal appears to be a preventive maneuver – to halt other states from taking action similar to Arizona’s. He noted that Brewer received a 16-point bump in her popularity within her state immediately after she signed the bill.

FAIR President Dan Stein earlier congratulated the governor.

“FAIR applauds Gov. Jan Brewer, Sen. Russell Pearce and other Arizona leaders for acting decisively to protect Arizonans as they cope with a crisis brought on by mass illegal immigration. Once again, Arizona is showing the rest of the nation that in the face of federal indifference to border security, state and local governments have the ability to protect their citizens and public resources.”

William Gheen, president of Americans for Legal Immigration PAC, told WND he believes the Democrats will try to “ram” the issue through with or without any GOP support – or at least lead Hispanic populations to believe they will.

“What they’re doing may be a tactic to decrease the amount of time illegals understand they won’t be getting what they want,” he said.

He said the situation puts Democrats in a dangerous position politically.

“We’re talking about 60-85 percent of the public in opposition. This is going to be a strictly partisan issue in the elections with the GOP not supporting and Dems supporting amnesty,” he said.

“That is going to increase their political casualties. The public is fed up with illegal immigration. They know the immigration system isn’t broken. There is no reason Congress should even be considering legislation until the constitutional structure, having the president enforce the law, is in place,” he said.

Already, a Texas lawmaker has announced plans to seek legislation similar to Arizona’s.

WND reported earlier when Gheen’s organization suggested using information from the 2010 Census to track down, apprehend and deport illegal aliens.

“We’d like for Congress to pass a special bill demanding that the census data be used,” Gheen told WND at the time. “The alarm that needs to be raised is that every illegal alien that fills out the census is stealing taxpayer resources and political representation.”

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Riot Police Shield Obama from Tea-Party Grandmas

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Obama and the liberal Left are never going to get it through their soggy little skulls that the Right does not act like them. Sure, there are isolated idiots who will get out of line, but as a whole, the Tea Party attendees do not act badly and are only there to exercise their First Amendment rights.
Team Obama and company should feel like complete fools, but my guess is that they are too busy being elitist to actually bother getting a handle on reality.

When hundreds of tea-party protesters – including many elderly women – gathered outside a civic center where President Obama was giving a public speech Wednesday, they were surprised to be greeted by police dispatched in full riot gear.

Obama spoke in Quincy, Ill., at the Oakley Lindsay Civic Center. The event was open to the public, and about 2,000 tickets were distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

About 200 protesters peacefully rallied outside the civic center, carrying signs that read “Give Us Liberty Not Debt” and yellow “Don’t Tread On Me” flags, the Quincy Herald-Whig reported. Protesters waved U.S. flags and shouted “Remember in November” and “You work for us.”

‘Look at these extremist maniacs!’

After Obama’s motorcade arrived, a Secret Service agent instructed protesters to move across the street. The crowd began singing “God Bless, America” and the National Anthem. Quincy Deputy Police Chief Ron Dreyer ordered police in full riot gear to march up the street and stand between the tea partiers and the civic center.

Snipers were also spotted on the rooftop of the building.

The tea partiers complied when they were told to move across the street, behind a sidewalk and into a parking lot. The riot police did not come into contact with the crowd, and the tea partiers sang patriotic songs while obeying the orders.

“Thanks for protecting our president,” one tea partier can be heard saying on a video of the event. “He’s the anointed One, the Messiah.”

Another man said, “Illegals are rioting, and we’re as peaceful as you can believe.”

NBC affiliate WGEM described the crowd as “rowdy,” though they could be heard singing “God Bless America” in the background during the report.

Inside, Obama told the crowd, “[W]hen I travel now, it kind of causes a ruckus.”

Michelle Malkin’s blog responded to the incident with the headline “Riot police called in to protect Obama from out-of-control tea party.”

“Thank goodness the riot police showed up quickly before something serious happened,” Doug Powers wrote. “Look at these extremist maniacs!”

Powers referenced photos of several elderly women at the protest who smiled and wore U.S. flags.

Organizer Steve McQueen told the Herald-Whig, “We’ve always been respectful and acted with dignity. We are out to make our case and make it peacefully.”

The photos and videos sparked a wave of blogger
reactions, including the following comments:

* I hope the riot police have full auto assault weapons with armor-piercing rounds. I hear false teeth can deflect normal NATO rounds.

* Those poor police have to be embarrassed.

* These guys and gals look like my mom or the people in my church. Wake up America!

* Why can’t these racist, violent tea parties be civil like the peaceful pro-illegal immigration rallies we saw in Phoenix!?

* The cops really have to worry since protesters are shown on tape throwing bottles at them. Oh wait …

* SWAT was there because it looked like the ladies were going to break out in a bingo game. Those daubers have ink, ya know.

* Oh my G-d. How beyond ridiculous. This country’s “leaders” have gone stark raving insane.

* Yeah, they look like real hoodlums. Next they’ll be going after the elementary school kids singing those crazy patriotic songs!

* When will the AARP condemn this threatening behavior by team Obama?

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Gulf Oil Spill Hits Shoreline, Jerusalem Building Ban and a Busy Hurricane Season; Connect the Dots

Friday, April 30th, 2010

There are three seemingly unrelated reports, but I want to throw this out there for the record. I pray that my “connecting the dots” turns out to be horribly misdirected, but I fear that it is not.

The first report is that oil from the Deepwater Horizon, BP drilling platform, is starting to come ashore along the Louisiana coast. According to Fox News:

Oil from a massive spill in the Gulf of Mexico was starting to ooze ashore, threatening migrating birds, nesting pelicans and even river otters and mink along Louisiana’s fragile islands and barrier marshes.

Crews in boats were patrolling coastal marshes early Friday looking for areas where the oil has flowed in, the Coast Guard said.

The leak from a blown-out well a mile underwater is five times bigger than first believed. Faint fingers of oily sheen were reaching the Mississippi River delta late Thursday, lapping the Louisiana shoreline in long, thin lines. Thicker oil was about five miles offshore. Officials have said they would do everything to keep the Mississippi River open to traffic.

The oil slick could become the nation’s worst environmental disaster in decades, threatening to eclipse even the Exxon Valdez in scope. It imperils hundreds of species of fish, birds and other wildlife along the Gulf Coast, one of the world’s richest seafood grounds, teeming with shrimp, oysters and other marine life.

But further to the loss of animal life, which in itself is horrible, the Houston Chronicle reported yesterday:

The marshy areas along the Louisiana coast serve as nature’s speed bumps, slowing storms as they make landfall. Oil would further damage vegetation in the already vanishing wetlands. Without enough plants and grasses, the marshes could turn into open water unable to reduce a storm’s wallop.

OK, I’ll concede that the plants will grown back over time. But we have this report from Hurricane Center meteorologists:

Hurricane Center meteorologists, led by Chief Long-Range Meteorologist and Hurricane Forecaster Joe Bastardi, are calling for a much more active 2010 season with above-normal threats on the U.S. coastline.

“This year has the chance to be an extreme season,” said Bastardi. “It is certainly much more like 2008 than 2009 as far as the overall threat to the United States’ East and Gulf coasts.”

Bastardi is forecasting seven landfalls. Five will be hurricanes, and two or three of the hurricanes will be major landfalls for the U.S.

He is calling for 16 to 18 tropical storms in total, 15 of which would be in the western Atlantic or Gulf of Mexico, and therefore a threat to land.

So here is how this scenario may play out.

  • The oil slick moved faster than authorities anticipated and will create a major disaster for the Gulf Coast shoreline, damaging or destroying storm “buffer” areas.
  • The hurricane season starts in about a month and is expected to be very active with several Gulf hurricanes coming ashore.
  • Last Wednesday (April 28), Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “agreed to quietly halt all Jewish construction in eastern Jerusalem as a “confidence-building gesture” toward the Palestinian Authority as demanded by the Obama administration.”
  • “Steve”, many of you will say, “you’re crazy!!”
    I hope so, for the sake of many good people. I pray that my possible scenario is total fiction and will not happen at all. Remember, I live on the Gulf Coast; this could all be happening in my back yard. This will affect my family and I.
    God is going to respond to the massive abuse our government has levied against Israel. The “apple of God’s eyes”; Israel, will not be abused without response.
    We have already seen weather that is totally out of line with the season and our past experience.
    I wonder if we are going to “connect the dots” before it is too late?

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    Oil From Massive Gulf Spill Washing Ashore.
    2010 Hurricane Season Will Be More Active.
    Israel Agrees to Halt all Jewish Construction.
    Nature’s [Storm] Speed Bumps.

    US May Stop Using UN Veto on Resolutions Targeting Israel

    Friday, April 30th, 2010

    Obama (and the U.S. by extension) is preparing to slap Israel (and God by extension) yet again. Hang on for the ride folks; it’s going to get bumpy!!

    In an attempt to launch indirect proximity talks between Israel and the Palestinians, the US has given private assurances that it would consider not using its veto power against UN Security Council condemnations of any significant new settlement activity, the Guardian reported.

    A Palestinian source quoted by the UK paper said David Hale, a deputy of US Middle East envoy George Mitchell, told Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas last week that if there was “significantly provocative settlement activity,” including in east Jerusalem, Washington may consider allowing UNSC resolutions censuring Israel to pass. According to the paper, the source said “it was understood that meant the US would abstain from voting on a resolution rather than use its veto.”

    However, chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat denied assurances were given. “It’s not true,” he said, according to the Guardian. “We are still talking to the Americans.”

    Meanwhile, in an interview with the Chinese Xinhua news agency on Wednesday, Abbas claimed the US had vowed to stop “any provocative activities” by Israel in a bid to resume Middle East peace talks.

    Abbas said when “the credibility of the US pledges are demonstrated,” the negotiations “would restart immediately.”

    The PA president criticized Washington for “not exerting enough effort to press Israel to achieve peace,” but reiterated his opposition to a unilateral declaration of statehood.

    “We want our state to be declared under an international agreement,” he said. “If this doesn’t happen, the Arabs will go to the UN Security Council to get the recognition of the Palestinian statehood,” the PA president told Xinhua.

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