August 31, 2015

PolitiFact Howler: Saying That PP Does No Mammograms Is Only ‘Half True’

In the course of evaluating a claim made by the Alliance Defending Freedom, a prolife group, PolitiFact Georgia’s crack investigators learned from a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood Federation of America that the organization “does not provide mammograms at any of its health centers.” Since such facilities must be licensed by the Food and Drug Administration, no PPFA facility can legally perform a mammogram.

The claim ADF made in a tweet is that “ZERO @PPFA facilities are licensed to do mammograms.” On August 21, despite PPFA’s de facto acknowledgment that ADF is correct, PolitiFact Georgia determined that ADF’s claim is only “Half True.”

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August 29, 2015

AP Treats Obama Admin’s Kansas Funding Cutoff in Planned Parenthood Fight as a Local Story

Three weeks ago, concerning Associated Press coverage of investigations into Planned Parenthood’s baby body parts business, I noted that “Bad news for Planned Parenthood gets only local coverage,” while “Exculpatory news, even if artificially concocted, gets national exposure.”

Add the following to that observation: Obama administration attempts to punish states for attempts to defund Planned Parenthood, clearly nationally significant, only get local coverage. Kansas provides such an example.

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Positivity: NFL Player, Wife Will Keep Unborn Baby Despite Defect — ‘Who Are We to Determine a Baby’s Life?’

Filed under: Health Care,Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Tampa, Florida (video at link; HT CNS News):

POSTED: 1:34 PM, Aug 19, 2015
UPDATE: 5:58 PM, Aug 19, 2015

Olivia Rodriguez, wife of former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Evan Rodriguez, is due to have the couple’s first child together in December. They’ve already given her the name Layla Sky. “It’s because I always zone out and look at the sky and wonder what else is out there,” Evan said.

The couple is already completely in love with their unborn child, after having to make the toughest decision of their lives. “I prayed to God that I want to make the right decisions,” Evan said.

Doctors told the couple early in the pregnancy that Layla Sky will be born with the rare and severe birth defect anencephaly. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in every 4,859 babies is born with anencephaly in the U.S each year.

More from the CDC about anencephaly: http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/birthdefects/anencephaly.html

Doctors told the couple Layla Sky will likely be born missing parts of her brain and skull and could only live for days, if not hours.

“From that moment on, I’m like what can we do? He was like, either terminate it or move forward with the process,” Evan said about speaking to doctors.

Evan and Olivia said they pray together each morning, but it was in these times while making this decision that they leaned on their faith more than ever before. Olivia prayed, “God, show me what it is that you want to do through all of this. What’s the good to come out of it?”

After about a week of wrestling with the decision, Evan and Olivia came to a shared decision to move forward with the pregnancy. “We decided to continue with the process because we felt like who are we to determine a baby’s life. So, we are going to leave it in God’s hands,” Evan said. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

August 28, 2015

Positivity: Tens of thousands protest at Planned Parenthood clinics across the country

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:26 am

From across the USA:

Aug 23, 2015 / 06:40 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Hundreds of demonstrations were held outside of Planned Parenthood clinics across the U.S. this weekend with protesters calling on the federal government to stop funding the abortion giant.

After videos were released last month showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing their fetal tissue donation program in graphic detail, the Chicago-based Pro-Life Action League called on a national day of protest.

Eric Scheidler, the group’s executive director, said that “with 240 out of 342 cities reporting” over 58,000 people turned out to protest Aug. 22.

“Great day! Except for Planned Parenthood!” he tweeted that evening.

His organization teamed up with other pro-life groups including 40 Days for Life, Created Equal and 40 Days for Life to organize the national protest in a matter of a few weeks.

#ProtestPP was trending on Twitter Saturday as photos of the crowds poured in.

Charmaine Yoest, President and CEO of Americans United for Life, posted photos on Twitter of demonstrations around the country showing crowds of protesters wrapped around city blocks in front of Planned Parenthood facilities.

Lila Rose of Live Action posted along with a collage of protesters holding signs with the slogan “Planned Parenthood sells baby parts” and commented that, “America is waking up and speaking out! May we see a world where every life is protected.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.

August 25, 2015

Remembering the Real Ted Kennedy, Six Years After His Death

This post is an annual BizzyBlog tradition.

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Chappaquiddick_Kennedy_Car_25First, excerpts from Doug Patton’s barn-burner of a column in 2009, followed by a telling remembrance relayed by a close friend of Kennedy’s (the remembrance is that he liked to hear jokes about Chappaquiddick):

Let Us Not Confuse Longevity with Statesmanship
September 2, 2009

It was almost nauseating to watch the media fawning over Ted Kennedy’s corpse as though he were the last brother of King Arthur, and his passing was signaling the end of a real place called Camelot. In fact, there’s an argument to be made that Chris Matthews and company actually believe in that mythical kingdom.

… Even one of my formerly favorite columnists, Cal Thomas, had glowing, gooey things to say about his “old friend Ted Kennedy,” the most laughable of which was that Kennedy never personalized his politics. Tell that to Robert Bork. Remember Kennedy’s ridiculous speech on the floor of the United States Senate, wherein he hyperventilated that “Robert Bork’s America is one in which women will be forced into back-alley abortions and blacks will be sitting at segregated lunch counters”?

… what we have witnessed in his passing is the near-deification of a man merely because he came from a rich, powerful family, because he lived a long time and because he managed to bamboozle his gullible state into re-electing him simply because his name was Kennedy. What has been sorely missing in all this is a sense of perspective. This was more than just a flawed man. This was a man who cheated, lied and undermined his family, his friends, even his own country.

Perhaps Ted Kennedy’s most contemptible moment — many consider it treasonous — came in 1983. President Ronald Reagan was in the process of bringing the Soviet Union to its knees. In one of the hotter moments of the Cold War, Kennedy sent word to Soviet Premier Yuri Andropov through an old friend and former senator offering Kennedy’s help in undermining the Reagan administration in its dealings with its old arch enemy in exchange for Andropov’s help in defeating Reagan in the 1984 presidential election. Think of that. A United States Senator offers to help our sworn enemy in exchange for political propaganda to win an American election.

This country is not better off because Edward Moore Kennedy sat in the United States Senate for 46 years. He was unqualified when he was first elected. He disgraced himself, his family and our nation throughout his long, tedious career. But the event for which Ted Kennedy will be remembered by most Americans — and by historians, if they are honest — is Chappaquiddick. Forty years ago this summer, 28-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne died in the drunken senator’s Oldsmobile when he drove off a bridge and left her to drown.

You or I would have gone to prison for the negligence he displayed that night. Kennedy went on to become “the lion of the senate.” He lived a life of power and luxury, and was even arrogant enough in 1980 to think this country would elect him president.

Ted Kennedy served a very long time in the U.S. Senate, but let us not confuse longevity with statesmanship. He died a death none of us would wish on anyone — a brain tumor at age 77 — but I’m guessing Mary Jo Kopechne would have preferred to die at age 77 of almost anything.

Now to a 2009 remembrance of Ted Kennedy ‘s alleged sense of humor. I’ll never forget it, and I intend to make sure readers here don’t either.

It came in an interview between Katty Kay of NPR and former Newsweek editor Ed Klein shortly after Kennedy’s death:

Former Newsweek Foreign Editor: Chappaquiddick One of Ted’s ‘Favorite Topics of Humor’

… Klein: Well y’know, he, I don’t know if you know this or not but, one of his favorite topics of humor was indeed Chappaquiddick itself. And he would ask people, “have you heard any new jokes about Chappaquiddick?”

I mean, that is just the most amazing thing. It’s not that he didn’t feel remorse about the death of Mary Jo Kopechne (background music begins building), but that he still always saw, um, the other side of everything and the ridiculous side of things, too.

Kay: Ed Klein, former foreign editor of Newsweek, and author of a new book on Ted Kennedy.

Audio of the full interview is in the YouTube that follows (direct link):

What a guy.

Too bad Mary Jo Kopechne was never available to join in the laughter.

It is mildly comforting to know that what the Democrats called “Ted Kennedy’s seat” really wasn’t.

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UPDATE, August 31, 2010: An example of the type of pathetic attempts at historical revisivionism we’ll probably be seeing for the next hundred years –

Rewriting History on Kennedy’s Chappaquiddick Accident

… Now, a year after Kennedy died, his lifelong biographer Burton Hersh, armed with fresh interviews with Kennedy’s mistress at the time, tells Whispers that the whole July 1969 episode should have been handled as a simple crash, leaving the senator’s legacy untainted. “It was a car accident,” he says. “Ted was a terrible driver. He never paid much attention to where he was going.”

“He took a tremendous blow on the head,” says Hersh. In interviews following the crash, Kennedy displayed confusion and amnesia, he says.

“If the thing had been handled properly, the first thing they would have done is put him in a hospital. Then they would have said he was a victim of an auto accident and didn’t know what he was doing and couldn’t be held responsible for anything that happened really after that, which would have been a fair explanation,” says author-journalist Hersh, who knew Kennedy since they were classmates at Harvard. “But instead, he felt terribly guilty about the whole thing … tried to take responsibility and … just confused the issue.”

Horse manure.

August 24, 2015

Miami Herald Columnist: ‘All Lives Matter’ Preference of the Vast Majority of Americans of All Races Is ‘Moral Cowardice’

Columnist Leonard Pitts may not have caught wind of Thursday’s Rasmussen poll before he wrote the column published Saturday at the Miami Herald. Perhaps he still doesn’t realize that Rasmussen reported that 64 percent of blacks and 78 percent of likely U.S. voters overall say that “All lives matter” is closer to their own views than “Black lives matter.”

In his column, Pitts accused what turns out to be a vast majority of Americans of all races of “moral cowardice” for holding that view. In doing so, he gave the (white guy George Soros-funded, co-led by a guy who his family says he is white) ”Black Lives Matter” movement an undeserved pass for the radical lunacy it promotes to this day, while he absurdly argued that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. himself would likely be behind that movement (bolds are mine throughout this post):

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August 22, 2015

Defending Planned Parenthood, LA Times Relays ‘Abortion Is 3 Pct. of Its Services’ Myth

Earlier today, I noted that Los Angeles Times reporter Maria L. La Ganga compared the heroic undercover work done by investigators at the Center for Medical Progress to the 2004 efforts of the Swift Boat Veterans for the Truth. She meant it as a negative, claiming that the Swift Vets’ assertions about Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry’s service in Vietnam and his antiwar activities after he returned home are “considered by many one of the ugliest, most unfair attacks in recent political memory.” She even claimed — knowingly engaging in falsehood, in my opinion — that “the Swift boat claims were later discredited.” Sorry, ma’am. The Swift Vets’ truths stand tall to this today.

Though the Times Seattle bureau chief doesn’t reference it in her writeup, an Associated Press chart contained therein relays a falsehood Planned Parenthood routinely promotes. This one claims that “Abortion is 3 percent of Planned Parenthood Services”:

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August 19, 2015

Center For Medical Progress: ‘Live Babies are Killed for Organs with Scissors at Planned Parenthood’

Filed under: Activism,Life-Based News,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 2:11 pm

Each week it gets worse. Each week the position of those who defend Planned Parenthood becomes more untenable. What kind of moral monsters find this acceptable?

Warninggraphic and extremely disturbing:

From Operation Rescue:

“Today’s video is evidence that babies are being born alive during abortions at Planned Parenthood and then intentionally killed for their organs. This is no less than cold-hearted, premeditated murder,” said (Troy) Newman. “Furthermore, there is evidence that Planned Parenthood abortionists alter procedures to ensure the organs can be harvested. This is also a crime. We call on authorities in San Jose, Houston and everywhere else that Planned Parenthood is selling baby parts to immediately open murder investigations and swiftly bring those involved in killing born alive babies to justice.”

August 14, 2015

Not News: StemExpress’s Thursday Courtroom Setback Against Center For Medical Progress

As Spencer Raley at NewsBusters noted earlier this evening, StemExpress, “the now infmmous biomedical company which allegedly bought fetal tissue from Planned Parenthood for profit, is breaking off its relationship with the nation’s leading abortion provider.” Raley referenced a Politico item by Jennifer Haberkorn with a mid-afternoon Friday time stamp. As far as I can tell, it is the only establishment press outlet to note this development.

No establishment press outlet has noted a key courtroom development yesterday which may have been what really drove StemExpress to make its move — a move which, by the way, has not been announced in the “news” section at the company’s web site, even though it has posted five other items during the past month relating to the Planned Parenthood fetal tissue outrages.

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August 12, 2015

Positivity: What a pro-life march looks like in Ghana

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Accra, Ghana:

Aug 12, 2015 / 12:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- More than 1,000 people took part in a pro-life march in Ghana’s capital of Accra, seeking to protect all life and rejecting efforts to promote abortion in the country and throughout the continent.

“Every life is created in the image of God, protect it!” said one marcher’s sign. “Abortion is evil, stop it!” said another. Another marcher’s sign stressed the eternal values of life and faith.

Some carried signs that objected to international organizations that promote abortion in Ghana. Other signs accused African governments of promoting a “culture of death.” Still others stressed the importance of reserving sex to married couples, the Catholic News Agency of Africa reports.

The Aug. 8 march was organized by the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference. It was one of the events of the bishop conference’s Aug. 7-8 pro-life conference intended to promote reflection on the Gospel of Life. The conference focused on protecting life and family values. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

August 8, 2015

AP Shows Double Standard in Covering State Planned Parenthood Fetal Parts Followups

The Associated Press has demonstrated a double standard in covering developments in various states in the wake of the gruesome Planned Parenthood videos posted by the Center for Medical Progress. Bad news for Planned Parenthood gets only local coverage. Exculpatory news, even if artificially concocted, gets national exposure.

In Florida, a statewide review of the state’s 16 Planned Parenthood facilities ordered by Governor Rick Scott led to four citations, as reported at Townhall: “[T]hree were conducting procedures that were outside of their licenses (a.k.a late-term abortions) and the last one was improperly logging the disposal of infant remains.” The AP treated this news as a local story. Meanwhile, news that there have been no transfers of fetal tissue from the three abortion facilities in Kansas has been posted at both the wire service’s main national site and at its “Big Story” site.

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Positivity: When the Senate won’t defund Planned Parenthood, states will

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:00 pm

From Washington, and certain state capitals:

Aug 7, 2015 / 03:41 pm

Alabama on Thursday became the third U.S. state this week to withdraw funding from its local branches of Planned Parenthood, after the U.S. Senate failed to bring to the floor a bill that would have blocked federal funding of the abortion group.

The decision comes in the wake of a series of undercover videos showing officials from the organization describing the harvesting of body parts from aborted babies at their clinics.

Alabama governor Robert Bentley wrote to the head of Planned Parenthood Southeast Aug. 6 informing her that his state’s Medicaid agency is terminating is existing agreements with Planned Parenthood Southeast. The termination will take effect in 15 days.

Bentley tweeted that “As a doctor and Alabama’s Governor, the issue of human life, from conception to birth and beyond, is extremely important to me” and “I respect human life, and I do not want Alabama to be associated with an organization that does not.”

Casey Mattox, a senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, commended Bentley’s decision: “Not one more penny should go to Planned Parenthood, a billion-dollar abortion dealer caught on camera negotiating the sale of hearts, lungs, and livers from aborted babies. Governor Bentley should therefore be commended for ending the use of state taxpayer dollars for such barbarism.”

“Our tax dollars instead should fund local public health clinics, which outnumber Planned Parenthood locations more than 10 to 1 and are not tainted by constant scandals and misdeeds. America doesn’t need Planned Parenthood,” Mattox concluded.

On Aug. 5, New Hampshire’s Executive Council (the state’s executive body alongside its governor) voted 3-2 to deny the state’s contract with Planned Parenthood of Northern New England. The decision will remove $639,000 in state funding of the organization. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

Irony-Unaware Salon Writer Wails About ‘Black Lives’ and ‘Disposable Garbage,’ Ignores Planned Parenthood Videos

Filed under: Life-Based News,MSM Biz/Other Bias,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 10:08 pm

Arthur Chu is “the fourth highest-earning Jeopardy! champion in non-tournament gameplay, with a grand total of $298,200.”

That achievement, and a supposedly high-end education at Swarthmore College (2013-2014 tuition – $44,368), supposedly qualify him to be columnist at Salon.com. Apparently, you have to be a really smart guy like Chu to figure out that any American who says that “All lives matter” is a flaming hypocrite. After the jump, ignoring Chu’s tired criticisms of the U.S. atomic bombings in World War II — PJTV’s Bill Whittle has, excuse the expression, completely nuked those arguments for all time — watch how Chu proves that there is indeed an especially odious level of hypocrisy at work — and he’s the one exemplifying it (bolds are mine throughout this post):

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August 5, 2015

Politifiact: Harry Reid’s ’30 Percent of Women Served’ Planned Parenthood Claim Is a ‘Pants on Fire’ Lie

Call the “Ripley’s Believe It or Not” people.

Politifact, the alleged fact-checking site which has for years almost invariably insisted on calling obvious truths stated by Republicans and conservatives “Half True” at best and often worse, while taking flat-out lies by leftists and pretending they contain some element of truth, has issued a “Pants on Fire” rating on Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid’s outrageously false claim last week that Planned Parenthood is “the only health care that a significant number of women get,” specifically contending that this is the case for 30 percent of women.

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July 30, 2015

Ohio Press Mostly Ignores Black Democrat’s Inspiring Pro-Life Speech

Ohio’s newspapers have reported that two state legislators, one Democrat and one Republican, are cosponsoring a bill to defund Planned Parenthood in the Buckeye State. But they have mostly failed to note the key points made by Cleveland Democrat Bill Patmon in his inspiring, passionate speech at an Ohio Right to Life rally announcing his cosponsorship.

You see, Mr. Patmon is black, and he has had it up to here with the hypocrisy of the “Black Lives Matter” movement, especially in their failure to denounce the disproportionate slaughter in the U.S. of black babies through abortion.

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