February 28, 2019

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February 27, 2019

Wednesday (Moderated) Open Thread (022719)

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February 26, 2019

Tuesday (Moderated) Open Thread (022619)

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February 25, 2019

Monday (Moderated) Open Thread (022519)

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Positivity: 79 Yr Old Great-Grandmother Fires Gun At Home Invader, He Gets So Scared, He Hides In Closet

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From Jackson County, Georgia (video at link; HT Weasel Zippers):

Updated: Feb 22, 2019 – 11:35 AM

Great-grandma to burglar: ‘Mother (expletive) … I’ll blow your damn brains out’

A great grandmother with a pistol fired shots at a man trying to break into her home – scaring him into a closet until police arrived, according to investigators.

Gwendolyn Agard, 79, was in her house in Jackson County when a man shattered the glass on a second-floor door in the back of the house and came inside, police say.

Agard quickly grabbed her gun and called 911. She told Channel 2’s Berndt Petersen she yelled at the man and fired a few shots at him. She missed, but the alleged thief was so scared, he hid in an upstairs closet until police arrived.

“I’ve always said, don’t ever let anybody come in and run you out your of your own house,” Agard said. “And I said to him, ‘You come down those steps and I’ll blow your f****g brains out.’ That’s exactly what I said.”

When deputies got there, they found the suspect hiding in a bedroom closet.

“That’s why I say she’s my hero. That she could do this at her age, I was very impressed. And I’m thankful the good Lord took care of her,” said mail carrier Connie Oliver. …

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February 24, 2019

Positivity: Idaho teen donates $7G after he makes $35,000 in four days plowing snow in Seattle: ‘All glory to God!’

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From Couer d’Alene, Idaho (HT Weasel Zippers):

February 22, 2019

David Holston is not your typical teen.

The 18-year-old entrepreneur who started a landscaping business in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho last spring made more in four days than many make in a year after a lucrative trip to Seattle with his truck and a plow just when the Emerald City got hit with historic levels of snow — 10 inches in some parts of the city.

In total, Holston made $35,000 in four days and said he plans to give $7,000 of that “to God” through his local church and other Christian organizations.

“I plan on tithing 20 percent to advance the kingdom of God, buy mowers for this year’s mowing season, and save the rest for buying my first house debt free!” Holston told Fox News. “I credit all of my success to my savior Jesus Christ who died on a cross to forgive my sins and three days later rose from the dead.”

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Holston was visiting his mom on her birthday while she was recovering from surgery. But, before he left, his friend tipped him off that there would be a foot of snow in Seattle, which the area wasn’t prepared for. So he drove his truck and plow there and worked 12-to 15-hour days, starting around 2 a.m.

In Idaho, he typically charges $125 an hour. But in Washington State, he put an ad on Craigslist and charged up to $500 to $750 an hour.

Holston’s phone was ringing off the hook the entire time he was plowing. In total, he ended up plowing driveways and parking lots for businesses, apartment complexes, and other locations. …

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Sunday (Moderated) Open Thread (022419)

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February 23, 2019

Positivity: ‘Protect Life Rule’ to strip Planned Parenthood of some federal funds

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From Washington:

Feb 22, 2019 / 04:08 pm

After the Trump administration finalized new federal rules on Friday, by which abortion clinics will be ineligible to receive Title X Program funding. Planned Parenthood is expected to be stripped will be stripped of about $60 million in federal funds due to the rule change.

The finalized version of the “Protect Life Rule” was announced in a Feb. 22 press release from the Department of Health and Human Services. Title X funding was not cut as a result of the new rules, which impact eligibility requirements.

“Today, the Trump administration took an imperative first step in the right direction by preventing Title X funds from being misused by those who promote and profit from abortion,” March for Life President Jeanne Mancini told CNA.

“Abortion is not healthcare, yet for decades the federal government has voluntarily supported abortion by subsidizing the industry with hundreds of millions of tax dollars every year,” Mancini said.

Title X is a federal program created in 1965 that subsidizes family-planning and preventative health services, including contraception, for low-income families. It has been frequently updated and subject to new regulations.

Among other provisions, the Protect Life Rule requires that there be a physical and financial separation between recipients of Title X funds and facilities that perform abortions. Clinics that provide “nondirective counseling” about abortion can still receive funds.

Previous regulations, written during Bill Clinton’s presidency, not only allowed for health clinics that were co-located with abortion clinics to receive funds, but also required that Title X recipients refer patients for abortions.

Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), chairman of the Bipartisan Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, said the new rules move Title X closer to “its originally intended purpose–the provision of family planning services, not abortions.”

Smith said that Title X funding was “never” meant to promote abortion services.

“I am grateful that the Trump Administration has affirmed human life and dignity with this pro-child rule,” Smith said in a Feb. 22 statement. …

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Saturday (Moderated) Open Thread (022319)

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Positivity: Libel damages paid to UK pro-life charity

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

From London:

Feb 21, 2019 / 11:00 am

A British pro-life charity has been awarded thousands of pounds in a court case after a local government council made libellous statements about the group last year.

Lambeth Council in south London paid £5,000 to Life, a non-sectarian pro-life organization, after the UK’s High Court ruled that statements from the council were libellous and damaging.

News of the payment was released in a statement read in the High Court Feb. 19, with lawyers representing Life relating the distress the council’s actions had caused to staff and volunteers.

The libel case centered on events at the Lambeth Country Show held in July last year, when organizers at the event disassembled the stall operated by Life and evicted staff and volunteers from the grounds.

The eviction followed a series of tweets by Lambeth Council member Ed Davie in response to several twitter users who objected to the pro-life organization being permitted to have a stall at the show.

Davie said in July that Life “wasn’t officially allowed” to exhibit at the show, were “not on the approved list of exhibitors,” and that he would “make sure” they were not permitted to remain at the grounds during the festival.

The annual event was held in Brockwell Park, south London, and was attended by approximately 150,000 people over the course of the weekend of July 21, 2018.

Davie went on to claim that Life had used “inaccurate information” in their application to exhibit at the show. Lambeth Council’s official Twitter account repeated that allegation later that day.

The claims against Life were repeated in the national press in subsequent days.

Life offers information and support to women in crisis pregnancies and provides accommodation for homeless pregnant women.

The organization said they explicitly described themselves as “a pro-life charity” in their application. Their submission to Lambeth Council included pictures of similar stalls they had run at past events. Their application was submitted in January 2018, and approved by the council in April.

Anne Scanlan, Life’s Director of Education, told CNA in July that “nothing on our stall was offensive.”

“There were lifelike fetal models and pictures of the unborn baby at different gestational stages which can be seen on any pregnancy website, including the National Health Service,” Scanlan said.

On Tuesday, Liz Parsons, Head of Advocacy for Life, called the damages “a victory for common sense and freedom of expression.”

“In a climate where the prolife voice is being shut down by local authorities across the country, we want to be clear that we are not going anywhere. For almost five decades we have stood firm in our provision of support for women and advocacy for the life of the unborn,” she said in a statement released by Life. …

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February 22, 2019

Friday (Moderated) Open Thread (022219)

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Positivity: George Washington and a Little-Known Turning Point in American History

Filed under: Positivity,Taxes & Government,US & Allied Military — Tom @ 6:00 am

georgewashingtonWhen I remember to do it, this post is an annual Washington’s Birthday tradition.

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Few know that George Washington singlehandedly prevented a soldiers’ revolt in 1783.

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(from historyplace.com)

At the close of the Revolutionary War in America, a perilous moment in the life of the fledgling American democracy occurred as officers of the Continental Army met in Newburgh, New York, to discuss grievances and consider a possible insurrection against the rule of Congress.

They were angry over the failure of Congress to honor its promises to the army regarding salary, bounties and life pensions. The officers had heard from Philadelphia that the American government was going broke and that they might not be compensated at all.

On March 10, 1783, an anonymous letter was circulated among the officers of General Washington’s main camp at Newburgh. It addressed those complaints and called for an unauthorized meeting of officers to be held the next day to consider possible military solutions to the problems of the civilian government and its financial woes.

General Washington stopped that meeting from happening by forbidding the officers to meet at the unauthorized meeting. Instead, he suggested they meet a few days later, on March 15th, at the regular meeting of his officers.

Meanwhile, another anonymous letter was circulated, this time suggesting Washington himself was sympathetic to the claims of the malcontent officers.

And so on March 15, 1783, Washington’s officers gathered in a church building in Newburgh, effectively holding the fate of democracy in America in their hands.

Unexpectedly, General Washington himself showed up. He was not entirely welcomed by his men, but nevertheless, personally addressed them…
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February 21, 2019

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February 20, 2019

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February 19, 2019

Tuesday (Moderated) Open Thread (021919)

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