November 9, 2017

Rand Paul’s Neighbors Push Back Against Reports About ‘Altercation’

Many of Kentucky Senator Rand Paul’s neighbors are hotly disputing Louisville Courier Journal and New York Times reports which characterized the Friday assault on the Republican Senator as being the result of “petty arguments over misplaced lawn trimmings and branches” and “a landscaping dispute,” respectively. Among their objections: The  Courier Journal’s Thomas Novelly described the attack, during which Rene Boucher allegedly blindsided Paul and, per the Senator’s most recent tweet, left him with six broken ribs and a “pleural effusion” as a “fight,” while the opening sentence at the Times story authored by three reporters described it as an “altercation.”

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Thursday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (110917)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 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: Former Abortionist Looked at the “Pile of Body Parts” of an Aborted Baby and Never Did an Abortion Again

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Austin, Texas, via LifeNews.com (links are in original):

November 7, 2017

Former abortionist Dr. Anthony Levatino shared his powerful conversion story with a Texas judge Monday during a court hearing about a state dismemberment abortion ban.

Levatino aborted hundreds of unborn babies as an ob-gyn in the 1980s, but he had a change of heart after his young daughter died in a tragic accident. Now, he testifies about the horrors of abortion to audiences, legislators and judges across the country.

The Express reports Levatino described the cruelty of dismemberment abortion before U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel on Monday.

Texas is trying to outlaw the barbaric procedure. But earlier this year, the abortion chains Whole Woman’s Health and Planned Parenthood challenged Texas Senate Bill 8, which prohibits dismemberment abortions, a method typically used in the second trimester to kill nearly fully-formed, living unborn babies. It is a barbaric and dangerous procedure in which the unborn baby is ripped apart in the womb and pulled out in pieces while his or her heart is still beating.

In late August, Yeakel temporarily blocked the state from enforcing the law until the case could go to trial. Yeakel also is presiding over the hearing this week.

Levatino told Yeakel that he performed hundreds of dismemberment abortions in the early 1980s. But one day, after aborting an unborn baby this way, he said he became “sick.” He said he thought of his 6-year-old adopted daughter who had died in a vehicle accident not long before. And when he looked at the “pile of body parts” from the baby who he had just dismembered, Levatino said he realized that he was looking at someone’s child.

“That’s what started a cascade, which over the next few months, ended in not doing any more abortions,” Levatino said.

Levatino described a dismemberment abortion as a “brutal procedure in which a living human being is torn to pieces.”

Go here for the rest of the story.