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Dr. Kermit Gosnell, Keeping Abortion Safe and Legal

Posted by Nancy on January 19, 2011

A Grand Jury in Philadelphia has released its report and recommendations on Dr. Kermit Gosnell, abortionist.  You can read it here, but it comes with a strong warning – it is not for the squeamish or faint of heart.  Here is how it begins:

This case is about a doctor who killed babies and endangered women.  What we mean is that he regularly and illegally delivered live, viable babies in the third trimester of pregnancy – and then murdered these newborns by severing their spinal cords with scissors.  The medical practice by which he carried out this business was a filthy fraud in which he overdosed his patients with dangerous drugs, spread venereal disease among them with infected instruments, perforated their wombs and bowels – and, on at least two occasions, caused their deaths.  Philadelphia Grand Jury Report, p.1

It then goes into detail.  Over 250 pages of detail if you count the charges recommended by the jury .

Dr. Gosnell’s practice may have been a “filthy fraud,” but it was lucrative; one year he earned over $1.5 million.  Specializing in late term abortions that other doctors would not do, he set up his practice relying on the actions of unqualified employees in his absence.  It was they who administered the drugs to induce labor and the drugs to sedate patients into a stupor, while he showed up many hours later to complete the abortions.

Sometimes babies did not deliver and had to be removed by the doctor, with calamitous results.  In one instance Dr. Gosnell tore a patient’s cervix and colon and doctors in a hospital had to remove almost half a foot of her intestines.  In another he perforated a 19-year-old’s uterus requiring a hysterectomy.  He sent another patient home with fetal parts remaining insider her, and she was near death by the time she was admitted to the hospital.  Yet no one investigated Kermit Gosnell.

Pennsylvania is not a third-world country.  There were several oversight agencies that stumbled upon and should have shut down Kermit Gosnell long ago.  But none of them did, not even after Karnamaya Mongar’s death*.  In the end, Gosnell was only caught by accident, when police raided his offices to seize evidence of his illegal prescription selling.  Once law enforcement agents went in, they couldn’t help noticing the disgusting conditions, the dazed patients, the discarded fetuses.  That is why the complete regulatory collapse that occurred here is so inexcusable.  It should have taken only one look.  Philadelphia Grand Jury Report, p.8

The reason for that “complete regulatory collapse” is the politics of abortion.  In 1993 Pennsylvania stopped all inspections of abortion clinics so as not to put any barriers in the way of a woman’s right to have an abortion.  Once law enforcement agents became involved with the doctor and the press took notice the Department of Health suddenly discarded that philosophy and shut the clinic down within a week.

The Grand Jury Report recommends Kermit Gosnell be charged with seven counts of murder, two counts of infancticide, and numerous counts of other crimes, while regretting that he cannot be charged for the innumerable unproven murders staffers say they witnessed at his hands.

Four of his staffers are also being charged, most for committing murder at the clinic in the same manner he taught them.

Officials from the Pennsylvania Department of Health have now “lawyered up” with attorneys from a high priced law firm.  At taxpayer expense, of course.

*  When Karnamay Mongar stopped breathing on Dr. Gosnell’s operating table, likely from an overdose of Demerol, his staff eventually called paramedics who transported her to a hospital where she was declared dead.  No one investigated the doctor or his clinic, and he continued performing abortions.

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Shootings in Tucson, But All’s Quiet in Hollywood

Posted by Nancy on January 16, 2011

Now that you mention it, have you noticed how most of the leftist Hollywood glitterati have been AWOL in blaming right wing extremists for the recent shootings in Tucson?  Seems a little out of character for people who usually would kill, er die, no um, push their way to the front of a line to get in front of a camera and blame conservative Americans for anything wrong in our society.  

Wonder why they have been so quiet this past week?  Could it be they don’t want anyone paying attention to the product they inflict on us on a regular basis?

Dennis Keohane makes some relevent points in his article at American Thinker, and gives two movies as examples. 

Shooter (2007)

Ned Beatty plays evil Senator Charles Meachum, a character who resembles Dick Cheney.  The senator is linked to the massacre of Ethiopian villagers in the interests of his “big oil” consortium.  The hero, a former military sniper played by Mark Wahlberg, kills the senator.

Try to imagine the reaction to a movie with an elected official shown as corrupt but who is also presented as being liberal on various positions (e.g., supports unions, subsidizing clean energy companies, auto industry bailouts) and is made to resemble Senator John Kerry or Vice President Biden.  Imagine the reaction if this character were killed by the movie’s hero.

Thomas de Zengotita, contributing editor at Harper’s Magazine, wrote this at the Huffington Post:  A really smart bit of left wing (I’m for it!) propaganda aimed at the Bush administration, the Iraq War and, especially, Dick Cheney…see the movie and tell me that Ned Beatty, as Montana Senator Charles F. Meachum, isn’t doing an SNL version of Dick Cheney. Then reflect on what happens to him in the movie…We are all entitled to fantasies of vengeance

David Edelstein, film critic for NPR’s Fresh Air and CBS Sunday Morning, wrote in New York Magazine:
Lefty peaceniks who object to the red-meat vigilante action genre on moral and political grounds but down deep wonder if they’d enjoy watching evil right-wing war criminals get their heads blown off should check out Shooter.
Writing of the film’s sniper hero who kills the Cheney lookalike Senator, Edelstein says he “doesn’t need subpoena power to do a little government housecleaning.”
 
Machete (2010)
 
In Machete, directed by Ethan Maniquis and Robert Rodriguez, Robert De Niro plays the evil right-wing Senator McLaughlin, who campaigns on securing the southern border while warning of an impending invasion of Mexican illegals.  In what is intended to be a humorous scene, the senator is killed during a battle on the border when his murderous anti-immigrant vigilante allies mistake him for a border-crossing Mexican.
 
Marshall Fine has written and reviewed films for USA Today, the LA Times, the New York Daily News, and the Huffington Post.  His review finds the movie entertaining, and note how he describes the murderous vigilante “types” that get their violent comeuppance at the end:
( … [Rodriguez] does point out the hypocrisy, hyperbole and fear-mongering of the right wing.) It’s mostly a backdrop and plot device to build to a massive final battle between Mexican-Americans and Tea Party types … Yes, there will be those who dismiss “Machete” … But that would be to deny both the wit and imagination that Rodriguez brings to this extravagantly entertaining movie.
 
While the NY Times has been at the forefront in blame-gaming the Tucson shootings, its review found nothing objectionable in this movie that had a senator killed…  [T]he Times has nothing but disdain and contempt for anyone who might find such objectionable:
McLaughlin (Robert De Niro), a Texas senator who campaigns on a rabid anti-immigration platform and whom Mr. De Niro plays as a crinkly-eyed, hate-spewing hybrid of Lyndon B. Johnson and George W. Bush; one campaign commercial compares illegal immigrants to cockroaches … The only viewers it is likely to upset are the same kind of people who once claimed that the purple Tinky Winky in “Teletubbies” promoted a gay agenda.
 
At the Daily Kos, Markos Moulitsas and writer after writer blamed the Tucson shootings on the right, and in particular Sarah Palin.  Oddly enough, some months ago, a Kos diarist named Dartagnan wrote about his concerns that Machete could possibly lead to violence, and as a result, he was accused in the comments of thinking like a fascist.  Dartagnan then made specific his concern that the movie will “glorify the killing of a U.S. Senator to avenge the treatment of illegal aliens[.]”
 
For that, Dartagnan was accused of racism and pandering to the right…  In short, concern that a movie showing the killing of a senator could possibly lead to real violence against elected officials was in short supply at Daily Kos.

Finally, a quick promotional ad before I close.  Make sure you don’t miss the exciting new film premiering at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.  Titled Hobo With A Shotgun and starring Rutger Hauer, it’s the story of a homeless man with a shotgun who becomes a vigilante hero

Yeah, and I’m pretty sure there are no subpoenas, police officers, juries, or judges involved before the Hobo shoots all the bad guys while becoming the movie’s hero.

Any more questions on what is driving our country toward violence?  Just make sure you watch what YOU say and don’t put any offensive symbols on YOUR maps.

 

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Guess I’m Not An Average Elected Official

Posted by Nancy on January 15, 2011

What an interesting article, and what a dismaying result it shows.

For five years now, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute has been conducting a national survey to gauge the quality of civic education in the country. We’ve surveyed more than 30,000 Americans, most of them college students, but also a random sample of adults from all educational and demographic backgrounds.

Included in the adult sample was a small subset of Americans (165 in all) who, when asked, identified themselves as having been “successfully elected to government office at least once in their life” — which can include federal, state or local offices.

And those dismaying results are that the general public scores 5% higher on the test than those who have been elected to office at least once in their lifetime.  Of course, 54% as opposed to 49% still isn’t good.  Can you do better?

To read the entire article and take the quiz yourself click here.

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One Month Post-Election Report From Fly Over Country

Posted by Nancy on December 5, 2010

The election is over, the dust has settled, we’ve had time to ruminate over its consequences, and many of us are ecstatic.

The House Republicans, led by John Boehner of Ohio, seem primed to listen to the voters and legislate according to their positions.  What a change from San Francisco’s Nancy Pelosi, who thought her constituents were representative of the entire country and crammed their ultra-liberal agenda down our collective throats the past two years.  Seems like we can breathe a little easier now.

The Senate Republicans, in a weaker position but still able to maintain a filibuster, are staying cohesive behind Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.  Must say I’m surprised at his performance, but he must have gotten religion too after seeing the returns. There may be hope for our country yet.

There is Change in the air too, and the media doesn’t like it.  They are back to attacking the Republicans with a vengeance.  But now that everyone has put their cards on the table and we know where they’re coming from, it doesn’t matter as much.  It just seems to be impotent ravings from insignifcant people.

We’re seeing a lot of Gadsden flags and bumper stickers with conservative sayings.  Things like “Socialism isn’t the change we had hoped for,” and “Repeal ObamaCare.”  A lot less political correctness and a lot more determination to save the republic.

What there isn’t much hope for are the moderate Republicans, also known as Democrat-lites or RINO’s.  They may be heading for extinction as the voters show their wrath at those who don’t “get it.”  Maybe it would help if they had a theme song to lift their spirits; I’m recommending this one.

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Some Post-Election Humor

Posted by Nancy on November 6, 2010

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Our Coming Medical “Benefits”

Posted by Nancy on November 6, 2010

This is from a campaign event for the 2010 opponent of John Dingell. The 84 year old Dingell won – again.

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Get Out and Vote!

Posted by Nancy on October 31, 2010

Dennis Prager, a syndicated conservative radio talk show host, columnist, author, and public speaker was part of a panel discussion at the University of Colorago in Denver in May 2010. Here are some of his thoughts.

Polls out tonight show an unprecedented 15 point lead for Republicans in the generic ballot, and Democrat pollsters are admitting they expect at least a 60 seat loss in the House.

Vote as if our country depends on it. It does.

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Pitch Perfect Ad

Posted by Nancy on October 28, 2010

Only five more days till the election is over and we won’t have to see wall-to-wall political ads on television. I suspect this one will be around for awhile though, viral on the internet.

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I Worked So Hard for That Title

Posted by Nancy on October 22, 2010

This offering is from famed filmmaker David Zucker, done as an act of pennance for once upon a time donating $5,000 to Senator Ma’am’s first senatorial campaign. He has regreted it ever since. Sorry for the embed problem, but click the link for a laugh.

http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=16072732&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=1&color=&fullscreen=1&autoplay=0&loop=0

Call Me Senator from RightChange on Vimeo.

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Best Explanation I’ve Seen For What’s Coming November 2

Posted by Nancy on October 20, 2010

A humorous way of looking at the this year’s political climate, here is the latest offering from  Frank Fleming at Pajamas Media.

Doesn’t it suck when you have a dog that barks all night? Everyone hates that. It’s annoying. It can even drive you pretty crazy if it goes on long enough. People hate that.

Know what also sucks? A zombie apocalypse. That’s when society collapses due to some spreading zombie virus, and most of your friends and family are dead, and you have to scrounge for food to survive while the walking dead threaten you around every corner. People also hate that. 

Guess who are the Republicans and who are the Democrats in the above quote, and which annoyance people would rather live with?  And any article that has the following line in it is definitely a must-read:  “Stop being violent and racist, you ignorant hillbillies! And remember to vote Democrat in November.”

So the Democrats sucked. But not just plain old, usual politician sucked, but epic levels of suck where it’s hard to find an analogue in human history that conveys the same level of suckitude. It was sheer incompetence plus arrogance — and those things do not complement each other well. We’re talking sucking that distorts time and space like a black hole.

Go back up to the link now and enjoy the whole article.  And remember:

So the Republicans kinda suck, and that’s why they’re going to win huge this November. Because in the land of epic, mega, ultra, apocalyptic levels of sucking, those who kinda suck are king. Or at least are going to win in a landslide.

Because once the zombie apocalypse is over, the annoying neighbor dog is going to be music to your ears.

Amen and amen.

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