For days after the thwarted attack, the “French-American” was not identified. He wanted to remain anonymous along with another Frenchman. While our guys were doing victory laps and looking over their shoulders to see Obama breathlessly sprinting to catch up (He does love victory laps!), there was nothing about the other people involved in the rescue.
I wondered why and a few article eluded to the fact they didn’t want their names out there. Then it hit me- they have to LIVE in France!
The American teacher and artist who has lived in France for more than two decades has emerged as another hero in the high-speed train attack thwarted by a group of quick-thinking men. According to French President Francois Hollande, a Frenchman was the first to encounter the gunman as he left the toilet, alerting others in the area. That person, Hollande said, wished to remain anonymous.
Moogalian remained hospitalized Tuesday in the northern city of Lille, and his sister in Virginia said his role in trying to stop what French authorities are calling a terror attack was in character.
“Mark would give anything for anybody,” Julia Allen told NBC News. “He’s just that kind of person.”
Risacher said U.S. Airman Spencer Stone came across the wounded Moogalian and stanched the bleeding by holding his finger on the wound until paramedics could take over.
Moogalian runs a language school from a houseboat in the outskirts of Paris, according to the school’s website. Music and art are clearly his passions, as his personal website attests, with its range of sculpture, paintings, photos and downloads of music he performs in a duo with his wife. In the duo’s biography, they describe themselves as “largely bicultural, bringing the best of both worlds.”
I’ll cut to the chase here, Moogalian sounds like a nice peaceful beatnik kind of guy. The last thing he needs is to be attacked by vengeful jihadis bent on making him “pay” for the sin of trying to stay alive.
Worse, apparently in France, the only armed people are the jihadis and the police- who are always about five minutes late to any gunfight. So now, because he stood up, he’ll have to worry about his life, his family’s lives and even his business, because the French wussies over there would fear any attack might come at their business location.
Too bad. But another lesson for Christians here. If the Muslims have successfully carved out a safe zone with their violence….well?
Do individual states have the right to charge people for violations of their water resources. In Florida, the answer is yes.
And the EPA doesn’t even get their hands slapped?? What is this, Cleveland in 1970?
In Colorado, the EPA flooded a river, by accident or by malfeasence, and they run around saying, “Nothing to see here, move along!” They also say they will clean it up- but I’m betting at their pace, not at the pace or at the level of thoroughness they demand of a private sector violator.
We have written here and here about the EPA-caused spill of three million gallons of toxic liquid into the Animas River in Colorado. Private companies that have caused environmental disasters of that magnitude (or much less) have been criminally prosecuted; in some cases, individuals have been jailed. Will the EPA face similar accountability? Just kidding.
At Watts Up With That?, Paul Driessen has an excellent update on the Gold King mine disaster. This is what happened:
On August 5, an Environmental Restoration company crew, supervised by US Environmental Protection Agency officials, used an excavator to dig away tons of rock and debris that were blocking the entrance portal of Colorado’s Gold King Mine, which had been largely abandoned since 1923. Water had been seeping into the mine and out of its portal for decades, and the officials knew (or could and should have known) the water was acidic (pH 4.0-4.5), backed up far into the mine, and laced with heavy metals.
But they kept digging – until the greatly weakened dam burst open, unleashing a 3-million-gallon (or more) toxic flood that soon contaminated the Animas and San Juan Rivers, all the way to Lake Powell in Utah. To compound the disaster, EPA then waited an entire day before notifying downstream mayors, health officials, families, farmers, ranchers, fishermen and kayakers that the water they were drinking, using for crops and livestock, or paddling in was contaminated by lead, cadmium, mercury and arsenic.
If a private company had been responsible, the EPA would have come down like a hammer.
All true. But the head of the EPA is mystifyingly astounded to see the river is already cleaning itself up. Of course, she’s not taking into account the fact the sediment from the spill will be recycled through the system every rainy and snow melt season. She would if BP did it, but her guys??
From powerline’s linked article:
Three million gallons of turmeric-orange poisonous water and sludge is enough to fill a pool the size of a football field (360×160 feet) seven feet deep. Backed up hundreds of feet above the portal into mine adits, stopes, rooms and other passageways that begin at 11,458 feet above sea level, the flash-flooding water had enough power to rip out a road and propel its toxic muck hundreds of miles downstream. (You can review EPA’s incompetence and gross negligence in these project photos* and post-disaster images.)
Anyone who follows mining, oil spill and power plant accidents knows the EPA, Obama White House and Big Green environmentalist rhetoric: There is no safe threshold for chemicals. They are toxic and carcinogenic at parts per billion. The water will be unsafe for years or even decades. Wildlife will die. Corporate polluters are criminals and must pay huge fines. We will keep our boots on their necks.
This time the White House was silent, and Democrats and eco-activists rushed to defend EPA and shift the blame to mining and mining companies. EPA officials made statements they would never use if a private company had caused the blowout: EPA had simply “miscalculated” how much water had backed up. It was just trying to stick a pipe into the top of the mine to safely pump liquid out for treatment. We were “very careful.” Contaminants “are flowing too fast to be an immediate health threat.” The river is already “restoring itself” back to pre-spill levels, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy insisted.
The evidence strongly suggests that EPA never studied or calculated anything, had no operations plan vetted and approved by state officials or mining experts, was not trying to install a pipe – and was grossly careless and negligent. Toxic sludge was carried and deposited along hundreds of miles, contaminating water and riverbeds, where it will be stirred up for years during every heavy rainfall and snowmelt.
Mining engineers told me the prudent approach would have been to push or drill a 4-inch pipe through the rubble into the mine, to determine the water pressure, toxicity and extent of water backup in the mine – and then build a strong cofferdam below the portal – before proceeding. Simply removing the debris was stupid, dangerous and negligent, they said. It will take years now to correct the damage and assess costs.
A week after the great flood, EPA finally built a series of retention ponds to contain and filter out heavy metals and chemicals. But the August 5 surge and sludge are still contaminating Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico rivers, in arid regions where water is scarce and precious. The Navajo Tribal Unity Authority says meeting EPA standards for clean drinking water could double the tribe’s costs for building a new treatment plant and cost millions more in testing and operating expenses.
This is another example of their rules apply to us- the little people- and not to them. I might point out if a federal agent, say from the FBI, were to kill a citizen of the state, by accident or negligence- and claimed UNLESS the feds were going to charge him he would skate- that agent would be wrong. There is no immunity here if the act was one of gross negligence! Or there shouldn’t be. Sadly, Colorado is a liberal state run by a liberal and foolish governor, so maybe they wouldn’t be the ones to challenge the status quo.
But they should. This is another “non-scandal” in the administration filled with non-scandals.
There is an interesting link about leaking mine and the reason why people don’t want to try to clean them up, something to do with –if you touch it you own it– deal.
Colorado Department of Natural Resources records show 450 abandoned mines are known to be leaking measurable toxins into watersheds. So far, 1,300 miles of streams have been impaired.
But as bad as the damage is, community watershed groups, mining companies and even state agencies contend they cannot embark on cleanups for fear of incurring legal liability.
Under the Clean Water Act, parties who get involved at abandoned mines and accidentally make matters worse — even over the short term — could be vulnerable to federal prosecution for polluting waterways without a permit.
Obama administration officials two years ago promised to break gridlock on this issue, spurring a legislative fix to enable “good Samaritan” cleanups and devoting “significant resources” for watershed restoration.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar last week acknowledged there is still gridlock and that more must be done to deal with tens of thousands of leaking abandoned mines nationwide.
“There’s a significant lack of funding to be able to move forward at the moment, but we remain committed to the proposition that these abandoned mines need to be cleaned up,” Salazar said in an interview.
So what is the penalty, and who is going to pay it? The people at the site must be punished, or the message to the rest of the bumbling feds that they can do anything without repercussions will be again re-enforced.
There is a lot of back and forth over Donald Trump. I have my educated opinion, based on being alive long enough to remember all of Donald Trumps past variations. And so are most of the older Republicans like Kasich and Bush. They know Trump, they know him as in REALLY know him.
And he is driving them batty. He shouldn’t be working, but he is.
Trump hasn’t changed his bombastic ways, what has changed is the 220 million pissed off Americans, the silent majority, who are tired of being called pigs and bigots, and racists and cheats and sexists and if they hear one more former hippie screech “trigger word!” they will just start punching everyone around them. They are done.
The 220 million are basically the frog in the pot of water the progressives have been turning the heat up on for sixty years. With Obama winding down, and an uncertain future, the far Left has decided now is the time to jam the dial to “HI” and cook us all. But just like the frog in the water, the gradual rise in temperature suddenly become hotter, we all jumped out.
And Trump caught us.
The problem is the “establishment” Republicans don’t get that. Trump does, or he stumbled onto it when he started on one of his rants and suddenly realized people were actually paying attention to him.
There were more than enough analysts weighing in by the time I woke up this morning who were ready to declare that Donald Trump was “the big loser” of the night. Liz Peek of Fox News (shocking, I know) stated this conclusion as fact and appeared particularly incensed that Trump had figuratively gotten in Megyn Kelly’s face several times. But in all fairness, when you strike at The Donald, he tends to swing back. By the time Morning Joe came on, there was a line of experts ready to predict that Trump was finally going to start going down in the polls, with the glaring exception of Mika Brzezinski (!) who thought it would help him.
I can approach this as an experienced observer of and commenter on the Trump 2016 phenomenon. I’ve been out in front of this story from day one and have consistently predicted how Trump’s various moves would play out with the public and the press.
And I have been wrong. Every… single… time.
Unfortunately for the rest of the field, I think our other 16 GOP candidates have been making the same mistake that I did and they are continuing to do it today in the aftermath of the debate. The main problem is that nobody in either the political class or the media saw Trump coming. That’s probably an unintentionally misleading statement because obviously there had been talk about his running for quite a while, so everyone knew it was a theoretical possibility. But when it happened, the rest of the field was caught flat footed by the fact that he actually announced. Yet that reaction doesn’t hold a candle to how gobsmacked each every one of them were when the billionaire immediately flew to the top of the charts.
Our collective problem here, I think, is that we’ve all been so used to playing from the same rulebook (and being able to exile those who break those rules) for so long that there was no antibody in our collective political bloodstream to fight off Trump once he arrived. It’s like setting up a chess board in the park, inviting The Donald to do battle, and moving your Pawn to King 4. Then Trump calmly walks over, picks up his bishop, sweeps past all the other pieces and knocks over your king.
Trump isn’t Reagan. Not close, not ever, no sir. To “imprint” Reagan on him is just making the same mistake America made back in 2008. Obama wasn’t a centrist, we just wished it upon him, and he let us. Trump is not a conservative like Cruz or Walker. Hell, he’s not even as conservative as Bush! And they all know it! Rand Paul did everything but run over and start shrieking like Donald Sutherland in the last seen of the move “The Invasion of the Body Snatchers”
See SEE! He’s not a conservative!
Here’s the problem with Trump. He is a narcissist of the tallest order. I know it, Trump lovers know it deep down inside. Heck, Trump has to know it. And in his opinion, he probably thinks he’s the best narcissist out there! If he implodes, it will be because he won’t listen to the people who can tell him, “far enough, you made your point, let it go.”
Let me give you a good example and at the same time explain why Trump should be grateful to FOX and Megyn Kelly. When I was reading the reaction of the debate on Trump loving websites like “theconservativetreehouse.com” (a great group of people) I was thinking Kelly and the other hosts must have really jumped Trump. So I went and I watched the debates. Talk about being over sensitive! Kelly and crew did Trump a favor by hitting him early on in the campaign with all of the stupid questions he might face later in a debate against the democrat. And Trump handled the questions as only Trump can do- by being Trump. He took a pin and popped the problem questions for the last time. Nobody is going to go after him again about what he says about women or business.
Trump may find himself in a real debate where he has to actually understand foreign policy and the complexities of world politics, and that may become a problem, because calling everyone who disagrees with him a bad name is not going to be productive.
Where Trump screws up is he doesn’t know when to quit. Here’s a clue Donald, not everything is about you. The other candidates got equally hard questions in their area of weakness. Some did well, others looked like they were out of the depth (Again- as far as Perry is concerned- he may be over his head on the national stage.)
Trump took the hard questions personally and reacted personally- which is a sign of his narcissism. Obama does the same. That is a bad thing. He needs to know when he’s winning and quit. Destroying or threatening to do harm to someone because they pissed him off is not the guy we want in charge of 320 million people and four thousand nukes!
Let give you the example of when both Kelly and Trump should have let it go. Kelly asks Trump the “feminist” question. Better coming from her, she likes him, than from George or Crowley during the main debates next year. It is a legitimate question in this day and age of PC and frankly good manners.
So, Kelly says- and I paraphrase- “Hey you call women fat and ugly and stuff!” Trump says, “Only Rosie O’Donnell!” The crowd goes wild!
Now pause the tape. At this point, Trump has won and Kelly has lost. But neither is done jousting. Kelly should have quit. She violated the first rule of criminal court- NEVER let the jury laugh at you. If you are the defense counsel, your client is going to jail.
(I’ve seen that personally. Heck, I did that in a case once and after the veteran black judge glared at me- because I said something smart-assed to the defense counsel that caused the jury to bust out laughing- I apologized to him and whispered, “Sorry, it was a hanging curve, I had to hit it.” He said, “Don’t swing again!” He was a good judge and I had hit his wall and knew when to quit. But it didn’t matter, the defense counsel was rattled and the jury was snickering at him every time he stood up. His gang banging defendant when to prison.)
Here, Kelly was being laughed at. She should have quit. But as a lawyer, and maybe a little self important, she doubled down and gave Trump another outstanding moment, maybe his best. She says there were other women. Trump shrugs and says (again I’m paraphrasing) “Hey, I kid around. You know what, I don’t have time for political correctness, and the country is in trouble and doesn’t have time for it either.” That made the crowd yell even louder. They were 220 million hot frogs who have found their voice. And that voice is Trump.
Where Trump screwed up and lost his footing was when he threatened Kelly with reprisal and then went out and actually followed through, after saying he wouldn’t do that. He had won, made a great point about the dangers of PC, and potentially put any future critics on their heels. That was cheap and it shows. He’s not ten years old. Be a man. There would be no jumping on him toady, not flurry of complaints.
But his actions reveal a dangerous flaw in his personality. Like I pointed out on a blog-
If you had two companies you could work for; one was led by a man who was a team player, confident in his abilities, welcomed input and made everyone feel welcome, but the other was led by a man who belittled anyone who didn’t agree with him, threatened and bullied anyone who challenged his ideas and refused to think anyone else but him was qualified (sound familiar), who would you work for?
Don’t you think picking a leader of the greatest nation in the history of the world should be as important?
Trump is hitting a Reagan theme, but he is no Reagan. That theme is “nationalism“.
This much I love about the guy. We are fucking the United States of America! We are the literally the most powerful, unique, wonderful nation on the planet and maybe in the history of the planet. We are special! And 220 million of us are tired of being told otherwise! More, we are tired of waking up every day and seeing Jeb and Hillary and Bill and Obama wandering around apologizing for us. Fuck that.
“…He focused his ire mostly on China for manipulating currency and OPEC for gouging prices at every opportunity (he did incorrectly predict $7-9 per gallon gasoline–maybe he wasn’t in the know on the fracking boom yet). The argument boiled down to two appeals: 1) Foreign countries are making out better than us, and 2) We look weak.
In his signoff, Trump delivered a prototype of his current slogan: “if I run and if I win, this country will be respected again… Our country will be great again.”
That vow didn’t come from some overblown promise to get possessed by Ronald Reagan’s ghost. Trump simply stated he’s had a lot of success in negotiations and business deals–because he cares about and relentlessly fights to get the best outcome for his interests. Therefore, he would take that same relentless fight to get the best outcome for America’s interests. That might mean screwing over China, Saudi Arabia, or Mexico–home to plenty more poor citizens than ours–but their leaders care nothing about poverty, and it’s a screw-or-be-screwed world.
Re-watching that speech, his message and pet issue haven’t changed much in four years–and I doubt many of us could honestly claim the same feat.
As he’s officially thrown his hat (and what a hat) into the ring, the Donald has expanded on that message. Not only is his approach the best to fix America’s problems, he’s saying, but none of his rivals can do it–not because they’re not competent enough (though, in time, he’ll surely call them all dummy losers)–but because they’re not rich enough.
In Thursday night’s debate, Trump hammered on a theme of his budding campaign: big-money donations have strings attached–take it from a guy who pulled them.
“I’ll tell you what, with Hillary Clinton, I said, ‘Be at my wedding,’ and she came to my wedding,” he said. “You know why? She had no choice because I gave.” …”
If Trump were Cruz- and maybe Cruz would be more Cruz if Trump would quit sucking up the O2- I would be doing back flips. But he is not. Cruz is a principled man, he same guy every day since he was a kid.
Trump is Trump. Like Madonna is Madonna. His love of the nation is real. His lack of knowledge on how to get back to his old nation is where he flounders. His love his the art of the deal, the business, the success. But that is not totally translatable to politics. He can’t make a donation to another nation in order to call in a favor later! It often doesn’t work that way. I am convinced he would have told Iran to pound sand on any deal, but that is just one incident.
The world is a complicated place no one person can master alone. And his inability to listen to others will be his undoing. Because when the really hard questions, demanding true knowledge of how our world works, are asked his pouting, arm waving diatribes will only go so far. It is fun now, but this is serious business and comments like “I’ll build a wall and make Mexico pay for it.” won’t cut it.
And taking it personally every time someone challenges him won’t either. We need leadership, not a pouting ten year old.
There are people out there, many on that stage with him, who are smart and wise and capable. I said this to a friend. The second one of them says to the public. “You vote me in as President and I’ll put everyone up here in my cabinet.” that person will win. The bench is that deep!
But Trump can’t do that. He should and he should trust them to do their jobs.
But can he? Trump is king of his empire, but he’ll be only a President if he gets elected and soon after that he’ll realize being President is tough. You actually have to compromise and listen and learn and more than not- lose. Or you could rule by fiat, but is that what the 220 million people want anymore? Isn’t that one of the reasons we have had enough?
And if doesn’t get his way, what does that mean to us?
Just funny in its honesty. Get it now, it won’t be there in twenty years. From the National Review:
While engaging in the mundane task of gathering financial statements for a “secure retirement” meeting with my husband’s and my adviser, this Baby Boomer stumbled upon documented proof that our nation does not have the guts to confront one of its most serious economic problems. The realization came when I pulled from my files a document statement innocently titled, “Your Social Security Statement.” At first glance, the statement did not appear menacing. I was told I could expect to receive a benefit of “about $2,136 a month” upon reaching age 70 — which certainly seems like good news. But immediately I thought of a parallel of President Obama’s infamous Obamacare promise: “If you like your Social Security, you can keep your Social Security.”
Then, as if on cue, I saw an asterisk with the following message: The law governing benefit amounts may change because, by 2033, the payroll taxes collected will be enough to pay only about 77 percent of scheduled benefits.
The California Superior Court has issued a narrow temporary restraining order preventing the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), a pro-life group, from releasing further undercover video footage taken of three top-level staff of StemExpress.
CMP is the organization behind the series of three videos released over the past three weeks exposing the alleged harvesting and sale of body parts from aborted babies by Planned Parenthood – body parts that are then purchased by StemExpress.
CMP has alleged that the fees paid by StemExpress to Planned Parenthood violate federal law prohibiting the sale and trafficking of human tissue.
While Planned Parenthood has claimed that the fees paid to them by StemExpress merely cover their costs, and fall within the bounds of the law, the video footage released so far has appeared to show Planned Parenthood employees seeking profit as part of the transaction.
In the most recent video, released Tuesday, a Planned Parenthood affiliate vice president was caught on video describing how the abortion organization can maximize profit. “I think a per-item thing works a little better, just because we can see how much we can get out of it,” Dr. Savita Sinde said of the aborted baby.
The Associated Press, which broke the news about the court order, reports that the undercover videos of the Stem Express staff were filmed at a restaurant in May.
It is unclear just how significant an impact the court order will have on the release of subsequent videos in the series. David Daleiden, the lead researcher with CMP, has said that at least nine more videos are slated for release.
So a legal undercover video that shows the monstrous manner of organizations dealing in dead baby parts gets a judge to side with those organizations against the truth based on…
What a great statement. And ask yourself who we cannot criticize without repercussions?
Plus, who we can mock and find great praise in doing so.
Shame on us. What in the heck are we thinking?
From Hotair about the newest video released. I can’t watch it. It makes my “Let’s just get a stick and beat them till body parts fall off” itch to start. Shame on us. Just shame. Maybe if they were dissecting lions?
The Center for Medical Progress released another in its ongoing series of undercover videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s operations and trade in organ harvesting. Dr. Savita Ginde, the VP of PP’s Rocky Mountains group who appeared briefly in the previous video, echoes Deborah Nucatola in explaining how PP trains its technicians to adjust their procedures to maximize organ and tissue extraction — a violation of the federal law that allows such transfers in the first place. Ginde also discusses how to use language to obfuscate the obvious transaction taking place, the sale of specific organs for specific compensation.
“Putting it under ‘research’ gives us a little bit of an overhang over the whole thing,” Ginde remarks. “If you have someone in a really anti state who’s going to be doing this for you, they’re probably going to get caught.”
Ginde also admits on video that some of the organ harvesting takes place on babies delivered intact and potentially alive first, which would violate the federal Born Alive Infant Protection Act, which went into effect in 2002. Note well that this contains disturbing imagery, starting at 8:40 in the video, much of which was included in the previous video, but some of which is new. Among the latter is the technician chorting, “And another boy!” It’s stomach-turning on many levels:
When 54 million babies are killed the only sound we hear from the Left is silence. But when an old slow lion named Cecil gets killed by a hunter, after being lured into the area by unscrupulous guides, the world explodes in anger.
So obviously, the problem here is the babies that are being killed, their bodies being sold off for profit need to be named Cecil.
Maybe that would make a difference to those on the Left.
Or maybe we should adopt their methods of abusing offenders and see how that goes?
BTW- side note on Mother Nature. Lions live 10-14 yrs in the wild. Cecil was 13. He was out the door soon. That is how it works. He was at the end of his life and it was taken by violence.
These babies haven’t had a chance to live their lives and they were violently murdered, but that’s okay?
The numbers are shocking. And even with what we do have, we know the government works hard to cover up crimes and links to limit the public perception that illegals are net negatives to our nation. They are net negatives is so many ways.
But as Stalin pointed out-The death of one man is a tragedy. The death of millions is a statistic.
So let’s show some faces of the victims of the illegals.
At a Tuesday Senate hearing dedicated to the families who lost loved ones thanks to illegal aliens, Laura Wilkerson gave testimony on her youngest son Joshua’s horrific death while some in the silent audience wept.
Wilkerson called on Congress to place American lives and interests over foreigners, especially those illegally living in the country.
During the hearing, titled “Oversight of the Administration’s Misdirected Immigration Enforcement Policies: Examining the Impact on Public Safety and Honoring the Victims,” Wilkerson broke from her written testimony to deliver a dire warning.
“This was our family’s 9/11 terrorist attack by a foreign invader,” she said at the most pivotal point in her testimony. “It is going to take another life lost by a Senator, a Congressman, the President, even another of today’s heroes, someone from Hollywood before someone in a position moves on this.”
This is a good boy killed by a bad illegal. Here is your face.
“My son’s name was Joshua Wilkerson,” she began. “On November 16, 2010, he was beaten, strangled, tortured until he died. He was tied up, thrown in a field, and set on fire. His killer, Hermilo Moralez, was brought here illegally by his illegal parents when he was ten years old, so he fit the ‘DREAM’ kid description. He was sentenced to life in prison, which means it will be 30 years before he’s up for parole. He’ll be a 49-year-old man, who I don’t expect to be deported. And I just hope he doesn’t come to live in your city.”
Ms. Wilkerson’s son was murder by an illegal immigrant who, because he came to the country as a minor, would have qualified for Obama’s 2012 executive amnesty granted to illegal immigrant minors — or so-called DREAMers, whom Obama insists “belong here.”
Let’s just admit the the powers to be both in the media and business and government will never suffer what that mother has suffered. Their world is not our world. But the sad reality is the TYPE of Mexican coming here for good or ill motives is not who we want to be here.
They are by and large honest poor uneducated people (who we don’t want here), or they are criminals (who we don’t want here!). Covering up the criminal element by using the sad faces of the poor Hispanic families is like a Sarah McClachlan video! Sad puppy and kitten faces covering over the back room filled with rabid cur dogs!
Here are more. Not that it will make a difference today, there is just too much power and money involved.
Take the time and then ask yourself if you can support those who support this.
Good luck defending this if you can. But I don’t see how. If you all want to know how in the world Germans managed to look the other way while Nazis experimented on and tortured children, look no farther than Hillary and the Left’s defense of partial birth abortion and the newly revealed market for baby parts.
LOS ANGELES, July 21—A second undercover video shows Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Medical Directors’ Council President, Dr. Mary Gatter, haggling over payments for intact fetal specimens and offering to use a “less crunchy technique” to get more intact body parts.
It is similar to last week’s viral video showing PPFA Senior Director of Medical Services Dr. Deborah Nucatola admitting to using partial-birth abortions to get intact parts and suggesting a price range of $30 to $100 per specimen.
Gatter is a senior official within Planned Parenthood and is President of the Medical Directors’ Council, the central committee of all Planned Parenthood affiliate medical directors.
Actors posing as buyers ask Gatter, “What would you expect for intact [fetal] tissue?”
“Well, why don’t you start by telling me what you’re used to paying!” Gatter replies.
Gatter continues: “You know, in negotiations whoever throws out the figure first is at a loss, right?” She explains, “I just don’t want to lowball,” before suggesting, “$75 a specimen.”
Gatter twice recites Planned Parenthood messaging on fetal tissue collection, “We’re not in it for the money,” and “The money is not the important thing,” but she immediately qualifies each statement with, respectively, “But what were you thinking of?” and, “But it has to be big enough that it’s worthwhile for me.”
Gatter also admits that in prior fetal tissue deals, Planned Parenthood received payment in spite of incurring no cost: “It was logistically very easy for us, we didn’t have to do anything. So there was compensation for this.” She accepts a higher price of $100 per specimen understanding that it will be only for high-quality fetal organs: “Now, this is for tissue that you actually take, not just tissue that someone volunteers and you can’t find anything, right?”
As we’ve seen in the videos these people don’t see children as children, they see them at “things” to be killed and processed for profit. Remember, Planned Parenthood is a multi-billion dollar organization. That’s with “b” as in billions. One report shows over 54 million babies have been aborted overall.
On a side note, our leaders, who most supported abortion, complain there aren’t enough workers in America, not enough tax payers, so we have to import them. However, if we had not killed those 54 million and let them grow up, educate them, and then employ and tax them, would we not have solved our immigration problem? And saved the lives of 54 million Americans? Just a thought.
However, spend some time with the video and the one prior to it. Then ask yourself again, seeing the big collective yawn by our leaders and our citizens, how the Germans looked the other way. It was simple, they deemed the Jews and others non-human. Just as the Planned Parenthood and their supporters deem unborn babies.
Is this not a person.
It is really that simple. And ghastly. And owing our enemies of the past an apology. I guess we were not enlightened enough.
There is a lot of commentary to be had here. First, there is no reason this kid should be dead. But he is, and I wish the best for his family.
But, why is he dead is the question. And what does this mean in a big picture?
I’m one for irony. A sort of Greek tragedy. Here we have a liberal, white, young man who was an aide to Jim Hines, who is listed as a fairly liberal congressman for Connecticut. But we pretty much know the person who is Kevin Sutherland. A nice guy, a true believer, a person who thinks things can be different. None of those things are bad, but unreal, and by pushing policies forward that end up creating violence, the irony is this violence was visited on him by the very subject I’m willing to bet he defended more than once- thug crime.
A man was murdered in a Washington, D.C. Metro subway train in broad daylight Saturday afternoon.
Kevin Sutherland, a 24 year-old white male active in liberal politics, was stabbed to death by Jasper Spires, an 18 year-old career criminal Black male, in an attempted robbery according to police.
The murder took place around 1 p.m. on a train car as it pulled in to the NoMa Gallaudet U Metro station in Northeast Washington. Sutherland was pronounced dead at the scene.
The subway line at that point and the station are above ground. The Fourth of July is one of the busiest days for the D.C. Metro system as hundreds of thousands of people travel to the Mall for the fireworks and other events celebrating the Nation’s birthday.
What is also interesting this the sheer number of people who stood there, while Spires wielded a TWO INCH blade and watched Spires stab and kick and then stab again the helpless Sutherland. Worse, Spires then robbed some other people and fled.
But the people on the train called police and held the dying man’s hand so there is that I guess.
What we have here is several points:
One, thugs kill everybody. They are the rabid dog liberals try to excuse that will rip the neck out of the same liberals, who will again excuse them. A vicious circle I would refuse to enter.
Two, Sutherland couldn’t defend himself because that’s not the world he believes in. He believed in that other world, run by a wizard. That got him killed.
Three, and this is the worst. Ten people watched the suspect, who was simply not that big, repeatedly kick and stab the victim…and did nothing. Ten to one, and they did nothing.
The killing undercuts a half-dozen leftist talking points, and shows the hypocrisy redolent in the outrage expressed by politicians (like President Obama), race baiters like Al Sharpton, and countless media elites.
Two days before murdering Sutherland, Spires was arrested by D.C. cops for violently attempting to rob another man, and assaulted police as they tried to take him in. Had he been killed by police in that incident, the recent high school grad, who also briefly attended a private college in North Carolina, would no doubt been treated by the press and the President like Martin, Brown or Freddy Gray up the road in Baltimore, as a promising young man who became a tragic victim of the police war against young black men. But Spires appears to have been uninjured by police despite his combativeness and small (5’5”) stature. Local prosecutors then reduced charges and the police released him. Spires stopped by a D.C. police station and picked up his personal belongings from that arrest shortly before killing Sutherland. Not only does this demolish the idea that police are out to get guys like Spires, it demonstrates just how lax the justice system is about dealing with violent criminals, whatever their race.
Spires was armed with a small folding knife, similar to that carried by Freddy Gray. In that case, Baltimore officials went out of their way to excuse Gray from carrying the knife, as if such things in the hands of repeat criminals hardly mattered. After all, knives don’t kill, guns do.
Not only do thugs kill people, people kill people by letting thugs get away with it.
Had they jumped him, somebody would have been cut, probably not that bad, and they could have stomped him into the ground before the police got there, simply making the statement I see more and more every day.
But they didn’t.
No more PC. No more excuses. No more violence. Our leaders have encouraged violent people to act out even more, excusing their uncivilized behavior. It will be up to other citizens to put a stop to that.
This guy- someone who brings nothing of value to America.
Can we say we “smell” the arrogant violence on him? Do you think he cares about anything beyond his own immediate gratification?
Killed this guy.
His “crime?” Believing in the wrong reality.
Who meant no one any harm.
One wonders what his last thoughts were while he saw the black face over him stabbing him over and over. Could it have been, “Maybe I was wrong?”
Update: I watched the interview with the parents of the girl who was killed in San Fran. They are really nice people, typical liberals from the west coast, as was the girl. I think the father is starting to understand NOTHING occurs in a vacuum. And I’m sure he’s not very happy with the way the Sheriff out there is whining like a little girl about how HE is being targeted. Now that guy IS the quintessential liberal moron, but who likes the power of government, IF he is the power of course.
Bad dude, doing bad things by allowing other bad dudes to do bad things- all for politics.
My kids give me grief about my harping about politics, but truth is nowadays politics is impacting everything. We have crossed the Rubicon.
Kate is alive if any one of the bad liberal policies aren’t followed. It is that simple.
There are two articles you can read that will vindicate in large part Trump’s ill spoken comments. Let’s put PC and political games aside and ask the question he is asking. “Who are these people walking across our borders?”
For the most part, they are these people, the Mexican lower class Mexico doesn’t want or need.
But, for all its history, Santo Domingo is very poor. Most residents are subsistence farmers. Homes are modest. Women scrub their wash over rocks at communal basins.
For generations, policy-makers have debated, what makes poor people poor? Is it the simple fact of not having enough money, or is it the choices they make, the way they live? A pioneering program here in Mexico is trying to fight poverty with both approaches by giving the poorest Mexicans cash and by trying to change the way they live.
Started 12 years ago by the Mexican government, the program, called Oportunidades — or Opportunities — gives a small subsidy every other month to poor mothers, like Santo Domingo resident Sixta Orcasita.
But there is a catch, one that separates Oportunidades from traditional welfare plans. Orcasita and millions of mothers like her across Mexico must first sign a contract to raise healthier, better-educated children.
Orcasita has six children. Both she and her husband, Eraclio Bello, never made it past grade school. To get their cash, they must keep their youngest children, 15-year-old Karina and 13-year-old Alex, in school. They must also bring them in for regular checkups at the health clinic.
And Sixta Orcasita must participate in monthly nutrition classes, so she can cook healthier meals for the family. Attendance is monitored, and the monthly allotment of cash, about $60 for each child, plus a monthly food stipend, will be quickly pulled if mothers fail to get their children to school or clinic. The goal is to break the cycle of poverty.
Santiago Levy, now with the Inter-American Development Bank, came up with the so-called conditional cash plan.
SANTIAGO LEVY: These families were trapped in a — in some kind of an intergenerational mechanism, by which parents were poor, children were poor, and the next generation were also poor. The kids were so poor, they had to be picking coffee in the fields, and they couldn’t go to school.
And they didn’t go to school. And then, when they were adults, they couldn’t get a good job. And if they couldn’t get a job, they would be poor, and then their children would have to work to help support the family, and on from generation to generation.
RAY SUAREZ: It’s a cycle Karina and Alex’s father wants to end. Bello’s first four children dropped out of school. Now he wants the cash from Oportunidades to keep his youngest children out of the fields.
ERACLIO BELLO: I hope they continue studying and get ahead. I’m prepared to help them any way I can. And I hope they make a better life for themselves than I have for myself and that they are better prepared for life than we were.
RAY SUAREZ: To sweeten the pot, Oportunidades pays the family more money each year Karina and Alex move into a higher grade and increases allowances for school supplies.
SANTIAGO LEVY: The amount of money that the kid brings into the household matters for the household. So, in a way, you are not really providing additional income. You are changing the source of the income. What you are saying is, your kid will be equally valuable to you if he’s in the school, as opposed if he is in the street begging for money.
RAY SUAREZ: Of the 185 children in Santo Domingo, 108 of them are enrolled in Oportunidades. Nationally, more than 25 million people, one-quarter of the population of Mexico, are enrolled.
This program works better than our welfare program because it is PEGGED to performance, not just mere existence. However, we still see them coming here because our welfare is frankly lower hanging fruit, and we are more secure- unless you are in a highly concentrated illegal immigrant area ( I know, the obvious).
Then Trump wanders around with the “Mexicans are rapists” statement, not sure whether to keep holding it, or quietly put it down. The statement is not completely accurate- but not totally inaccurate either.
Like certain Middle Eastern cultures, raping young girls is not that unusual. In fact, it happens so much it is accepted as part of the culture. And the best part is if you marry the girl, everybody in the village is cool with it. Not exactly what we demand as civilized behavior here in the United States. (I know, unless you find yourself in a highly concentrated area of illegal immigrants.)
These gorgeous mountain slopes in central Mexico, blooming with black pepper plants and golden cornstalks, camouflage the sorrow of the two silent sisters. Antonia and Isabel Francisco Melendez, who were born deaf, are nine months pregnant, and, according to the doctors treating them, were raped.
The sisters, who cannot speak, cry and crumple, and literally fold up, when asked how they got pregnant. Their babies are due at the same time, within a week or so. Do they know the man? Did it happen in the fields on their way home from school? Isabel seemed to try to reply once, to her grandmother, by pointing to a spot high on a mountainside before tears streamed down her face and she turned away again.
Antonia is 13 years old, and Isabel 16. Perhaps if they were older, the pregnancies would have been easier to keep secret, the way rapes and beatings of women are usually dealt with in Mexico. But in this little town of fewer than 500 people, a place where the church bells toll every afternoon at 5 to call everyone to say the rosary, the reality is hard to hide. The girls’ tiny frames swell more each day. Their backs and legs are sore — not from playing tag with schoolmates, but because their bodies are telling them they will soon be mothers.
“This is a crime and there should be an investigation,” said Juana Maria Diego Victor, a community leader in this village 85 miles northeast of Puebla city. “Someone should protect these girls.”
Mexico is struggling to modernize its justice system, but when it comes to punishing sexual violence against women, surprisingly little has changed in a century. In many parts of Mexico, the penalty for stealing a cow is harsher than the punishment for rape.
Although the law calls for tough penalties for rape — up to 20 years in prison — only rarely is there an investigation into even the most barbaric of sexual violence. Women’s groups estimate that perhaps 1 percent of rapes are ever punished. Although the two girls’ medical charts say their pregnancies were the “product of rape,” no police authority has looked into the case.
The truth is Mexico is a third world nation split for centuries along class lines. There are the rich elites and the peasant poor. The peasant poor come here. Sent by rich elites, who either refuse to assist the poor or cannot make the poor help themselves become middle class. And with their journey here, the peasant class brings with it all their bad habits.
Trump could have made the argument better. But it doesn’t change the fact it happens all the time.
An illegal alien kidnapped a 13-year-old girl from Polk County, Florida last week and was found with her in a house in Michigan, according to police.
Aurelio Hernandez-Gomez, 23, was captured by law enforcement in Van Buren County, Michigan. He reportedly told police he is an illegal alien from Chiapas, Mexico, according to The Ledger.
“After obtaining the information in NCIC, Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office deputies searched the residence about 8:15 p.m. Thursday and found the 13-year-old girl and Hernandez-Gomez, who was inside hiding.
“Van Buren deputies think Hernandez-Gomez sexually assaulted the girl while she was at his home. The victim was placed in the custody of Michigan Children’s Protective Services, and arrangements have been made for her to be reunited with her parents in Florida, according to a Van Buren Sheriff’s Office release.
“Hernandez-Gomez told Van Buren deputies that he entered the United States illegally and is originally from Chiapas, Mexico, according to a release. The Van Buren release stated that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement was notified.
“He was arrested on criminal sexual conduct charges, a Polk County warrant for kidnapping and interference with child custody, and taken to the Van Buren County Jail, where he is being held on no bond.
The American people are tired of being asked to absorb the beatings the liberals and progressives are demanding. There are far too many of that angry group that if they vote as a group any politician that seizes on this anger will be elected in a landslide. Even blacks are hating the Mexican invasion, (and for good reason) so a good politician will get a number of them too.