July 14, 2015

Tony Perkins on Planned Parenthood, aka ‘Planned Parthood’

Filed under: Life-Based News,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:58 pm

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Planned Parenthood’s Fetal Flaw

We may never know the full extent of evil that goes on behind Planned Parenthood’s closed doors. But we know enough. In a world where killing is currency and empires are built on the backs of innocent children, maybe nothing should surprise us. And yet, it does — with every new story of the abortion industry’s inhumanity.

This morning, pro-lifers awoke to another scandal: the news that Planned Parenthood — the same organization President Obama routinely praises, speaks to, and fundraises for — is involved in a black market of body parts. The ghoulish details are the subject of an undercover video just released by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), featuring a woman extremely high up in Planned Parenthood’s chain of command: Senior Director of Medical Services Dr. Deborah Nucatola.

In a nonchalant conversation over lunch, when most people would have lost their appetite, Nucatola tamely describes how she orchestrates abortions to produce the “intact parts” clients want. Posing as buyers from a human biologics company, CMP carefully pulls back the curtain on the dark world of human harvesting. Like something out of a science fiction novel, Nucatola casually explains that the organization charges anywhere from $30 to $100 per piece, depending on the demand for the specific organ or tissue.

“There is not [an abortion] provider out there,” she says enthusiastically, “who doesn’t want this. Everybody just sees this as a way to add another layer of good on top of what they’re already doing.” With shocking clarity, Nucatola sips her wine and talks about how she personally coaches clinics to perform abortions that minimize the damage on the baby’s profitable parts. “If you maintain enough of a dialogue with the person who’s actually doing the procedure, so they understand what the end-game is, there are little things, changes they can make in their technique to increase your success.”

So then, she explains, “you’re just kind of cognizant of where you put your graspers. You try to intentionally go above and below the thorax, so that, you know, we’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I’m not gonna crush that part, I’m going to basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact.” Sometimes, Nucatola shares, she studies the abortion schedule of the day on the lookout for marketable organs. “I’ll actually collect what you want sometimes, and put it aside.” So you do that, CMP asks? “If I see it. Why not? I’m right there. Oh, for sure, I mean to me, I don’t know, it makes the procedure that much better…”

Of course, Nucatola cautions over and over again, Planned Parenthood is extremely careful not to look like they’re cashing in on the arrangement — despite the bodies of evidence to the contrary. For obvious reasons, the organization doesn’t openly admit to scavenging unborn children for their parts. Like most of its business model, this wouldn’t exactly help Planned Parenthood’s struggling PR image.

But public opinion should be the least of the group’s concerns. Trafficking in human body parts is a serious crime (not that the law has ever stopped Planned Parenthood before). Violating the partial-birth abortion ban alone is punishable by $250,000 and/or up to 2 years in prison. Add selling human fetal tissue, and Cecile Richards’s group is looking at a federal felony with a half-million dollar fine and 10-year jail term. Yet when CMP explained in a separate video what help Nucatola had been with their harvesting efforts, Richards replied, “Oh, good. Great. She’s amazing.” Meaning that the knowledge of this fetal farming goes all the way to the top.

For an organization whose hands are already dirtied by sex traffickinggender targetingunsanitary clinic conditionsmulti-million dollar fraud, and sexual abuse cover-ups – dismembering babies for sale is hardly the kind of retail business you want to hang a shingle over. And yet Americans continue to be unwilling investors in this taxpayer-funded Frankenstein. If this doesn’t persuade the government to act, I don’t know what will.

Neither do I. If Congress can’t de-fund Planned Parenthood and override a virtually certain presidential veto, we may be too far gone to ever recover.

Gruesome and Grisly: What Will the Government Do About Planned Parenthood, aka Planned Parthood?

Filed under: Life-Based News,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 10:01 pm

This government? Likely nothing.

“Planned Parenthood Uses Partial-Birth Abortions to Sell Baby Parts” (original link; direct YouTube):

Watch closely. To ensure that as much as possible can be harvested from the murdered preborn baby, the butcher does a partial-birth abortion.

AP’s Crutsinger Hides Another Year-Over-Year Decline, This Time in Manufacturing and Trade Sales

First, the good news. The Associated Press’s Martin Crutsinger didn’t handle his coverage of today’s release of May’s “Manufacturing and Trade Inventories and Sales” report by the Census Bureau as incompetently as he did the report on wholesale sales and inventories he filed on Friday. Visitors here may recall that the AP reporter referred to a key figure as “inventories” when it really represented “sales.” As a result, the typical reader of Crutsinger’s Friday AP dispatch could not have known that he was either ignorantly or deliberately covering up a serious 3.8 percent decline in year-over-year sales (6.8 percent before seasonal adjustment) — yet another in a string of such troubling monthly comparative decreases.

The bad news is that in covering the government’s manufacturing-related report today, Crutsinger failed to report yet another serious year-over-year sales decline in an economy which we’re supposed to believe is growing. Many readers will come away from Crutsinger’s coverage and its accompanying headline believing that things are really all right. They’re not.

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The Economy: Very Weak Data Continues to Roll In, Seasonal Conversions Cover Up Much of the Weakness

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 1:57 pm

Retail sales:

The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for June, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, were $442.0 billion, a decrease of 0.3 percent (±0.5%)* from the previous month, but up 1.4 percent (±0.9%) above June 2014. Total sales for the April 2015 through June 2015 period were up 1.7 percent (±0.7%) from the same period a year ago. The April 2015 to May 2015 percent change was revised from +1.2 percent (±0.5%) to +1.0 percent (±0.3%).

The detail is here. As usual, the seasonally adjusted numbers look more positive than you would expect them to be based on the weak underlying raw data.

Business Inventories:

Sales. The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that the combined value of distributive trade sales and manufacturers’ shipments for May, adjusted for seasonal and trading-day differences but not for price changes, was estimated at $1,323.6 billion, up 0.4 percent (±0.2%) from April 2015, but was down 2.2 percent (±0.4%) from May 2014.

Manufacturers’ and trade inventories, adjusted for seasonal variations but not for price changes, were estimated at an end-of-month level of $1,797.8 billion, up 0.3 percent (±0.1%) from April 2015 and were up 2.4 percent (±0.5%) from May 2014.

Sales are down, and inventories are up. That’s not a positive situation.

Also, the seasonal variance from the underlying reality is glaring, and ugly:

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May is typically a stronger month for raw sales. During the previous four years, an average raw increase of 3.8 percent converted to an average seasonally adjusted increase of 0.2 percent. This year’s raw increase of less than 1 percent converted to +0.4 percent.

This year’s raw sales in May were 1.5 percent below the level of two years ago. This year’s seasonally adjusted sales were 1.9 percent higher than two years ago. How is that even possible?

We can argue all day long about whether the seasonal conversions were done correctly.

What we can’t argue about is whether the raw data is far worse than the seasonally converted data indicates. It is — much, much worse. The “Manufacturing and Trade” elements of the economy continue to be in a downward spiral.

 

Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (071415)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

Positivity: Pope Francis visits an old friend in Ecuador

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Guayaquil, Ecuador:

Jul 7, 2015 / 12:32 am

“Why in the world is the Vicar of Christ coming to me?” said Father Paquito, when asked how he would receive Pope Francis when he visits him in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

The Jesuit priest who in a few days will be 91, was very excited about his get together with his old friend.

Fr. Francisco Cortés, better known as Paquito, was born in Malaga, Spain, July 10, 1924 and came to Ecuador in 1963, serving since then at the Javier School in Guayaquil.

According to El Universal newspaper, the priest met then-Fr. Bergoglio in the early 1980s, when he was the provincial for the Jesuits in Argentina and he visited Ecuador looking for a place to send his novices.

Years later, they met again, when Fr. Paquito traveled to Argentina for the priestly ordination of some Jesuits that he had spent time with in Ecuador.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Pope Francis chanced across Fr. Paquito’s doctor, María Panchana, in 2014 in Rome and asked her: “How’s Paquito doing? Say hi to him for me and tell him I’m going to see him soon,” Dr. Panchana recalled. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

Iran ‘Deal’: Sellout Appears Complete

Filed under: National Security,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 3:29 am

From a USA Today email:

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Oh boy. They get to “press for” inspections. What kind of crap is that?

And if Iran says no? (Likely: Nothing happens.)