Democrats will look into faked Planned Parenthood videos

When the Planned Parenthood “scandal” first broke, it quickly became apparent the videos allegedly showing workers talking about selling aborted fetuses for profit were edited and manipulated. Republicans, of course, were unconcerned about the video fakery because Planned Parenthood is a campaign issue and nothing else. Carly Fiorina has consistently doubled down on her claims of horrific activity she initially said the videos showed (they didn’t), but is now walking back those claims, explaining only that “it’s happening,” without providing any proof.

Now, congressional Democrats want to look into the faked videos. Among the issues, the activist who surreptitiously recorded the videos used a fake ID.

From Buzzfeed:

Planned Parenthood’s defenders are pressing for the anti-abortion activist, David Daleiden, whose secretly recorded videos have sparked a political bonfire, to testify before Congress.

Democrats on the House Oversight Committee are asking committee chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah — who grilled Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards about her organization’s finances last week — to call Daleiden to explain how he allegedly pretended to be an employee of a tissue bank. The lawmakers released a list of 21 questions for Daleiden, as well as a fake ID (for a “Robert Sarkis”) he allegedly used to fool Planned Parenthood clinic officials into talking about fetal tissue donation programs.

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Just in case you’re wondering, the world will end tomorrow.


There is one thing that all predictions of the world’s demise have in common: They’ve all been wrong so far.

I suppose they only have to be right once.

Apparently, we survived the “Blood Moon” a few days ago, but we’re not going to survive tomorrow, according to the latest prediction of doom from eBible Fellowship.

“According to what the Bible is presenting it does appear that 7 October will be the day that God has spoken of: in which, the world will pass away,” says Chris McCann, the leader and founder of the fellowship, which is an online gathering of Christians based in Philadelphia.

The group last predicted the world’s end on May 21, 2011. Let me do a quick check here: Yep, that was wrong. We’re still here.

Tomorrow’s doomsday will be spectacular: Apparently, the world will be annihilated with “fire.”

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Donald Trump’s connection to the Oregon shooter

Christopher Harper Mercer

Christopher Harper-Mercer, the gunman who killed 9 students at Umpqua Community College before offing himself, had a mother who was very into guns. I mean VERY. She loved guns, had a lot of them and bragged about them. In fact, she moved to Oregon, her and her son and all their guns, because of that state’s more relaxed laws about guns.

New York Times:

Ms. Harper, who divorced her husband a decade ago, appears to have been by far the most significant figure in her son’s troubled life; neighbors say he rarely left their apartment. Unlike his father, who said on television that he had no idea Mr. Harper-Mercer cared so deeply about guns, his mother was well aware of his fascination. In fact, she shared it: In a series of online postings over a decade, Ms. Harper, a registered nurse, said she kept numerous firearms in her home and expressed pride in her knowledge about them, as well as in her son’s expertise on the subject.

[…] In an online forum, answering a question about state gun laws several years ago, Ms. Harper took a jab at “lame states” that impose limits on keeping loaded firearms in the home, and noted that she had AR-15 and AK-47 semiautomatic rifles, along with a Glock handgun. She also indicated that her son, who lived with her, was well versed in guns, citing him as her source of information on gun laws, saying he “has much knowledge in this field.”

Laurel Harper also likes Donald Trump.

“Fact: Before my son was even born, I was reading out loud to him from Donald Trump’s ‘The Art of the Deal,’” she wrote. “And as for the ‘gesture effect,’ I was practically a mime. And now my son invests in the stock market along with me, turns a profit and is working on a degree in finance. His language and reading skills are phenomenal.

Harper-Mercer also, unfortunately, had skills with firearms.

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Jesus hates weather forecasters

Westboro Baptist Church

Now Jesus hates weather forecasters. Go figure.

The Westboro Baptist Church is protesting the National Weather Service. Apparently it’s a huge sin to predict the weather — “stealing God’s glory and giving it to another” and all that. And gay people have something to do with it somehow.

Westboro Baptist Church will picket the National Weather Service to remind them that ONLY by God’s mercy and power do you gather intelligence on His weather. The day comes when all weather rules, as you know them, will be gone. America crossed the Rubicon when, by force of law, you permitted same-sex marriage.

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A right to die with dignity in California

right to die

California is now the fifth state with a right to die with dignity, thanks to a new law signed today by Governor Jerry Brown. Under the law, terminally ill patients will be allowed to take doctor-prescribed drugs to end their lives.

This is long overdue. We grant this small mercy to our pets when they’re suffering. It’s unconscionable that this right is denied to human beings.

The bill he received includes requirements that the patient be physically capable of taking the medication themselves, that two doctors approve it, that the patient submit several written requests, and that there be two witnesses, one of whom is not a family member.

California’s measure came after at least two dozen states introduced aid-in-dying legislation this year, though the measures stalled elsewhere. Doctors in Oregon, Washington, Vermont and Montana already can prescribe life-ending drugs.

[Brittany] Maynard’s family attended the legislative debate in California throughout the year. Maynard’s mother, Debbie Ziegler, testified in committee hearings and carried a large picture of her daughter as she listened to lawmakers’ debate.

In a video recorded days before Maynard took life-ending drugs, she told California lawmakers that no one should have to leave home to legally kill themselves under the care of a doctor.

“No one should have to leave their home and community for peace of mind, to escape suffering, and to plan for a gentle death,” Maynard said in the video released by right-to-die advocates after her death.

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Where the Democratic candidates are on guns.


Here’s a quick checklist of where Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, et al, are on guns.

Clinton is unveiling a sweeping gun proposal today that includes closing the gun show loophole and allowing victims of gun violence to sue gun manufacturers. She says as president she’ll tighten rules governing gun shows and Internet sales and will use executive action if Congress fails to act.

Senator Bernie Sanders hasn’t rolled out an official proposal yet, but after the shootings at Umpqua Community College in Oregon he released a statement calling for “sensible gun-control legislation which prevents guns from being used by people who should not have them.”

Sanders’ record on gun control is mixed. He voted to allow guns on Amtrak trains but has also supported universal background checks after the Sandy Hook mass shooting in 2012.

Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley has called on Sanders and Clinton to back gun control provisions including a ban on assault-type weapons.

Jim Webb is to the right of the other candidates. He, like Sanders, voted to allow guns on Amtrak trains. He also voted yes on prohibiting foreign aid to nations that restrict US gun ownership, and co-sponsored a bill banning gun registration and a trigger lock law in Washington DC.

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Should the civilized world call for sanctions on the US?


One of the big weapons in the arsenal of the US is sanctions. Sanctions can have huge impacts on the economies of other nations – one need only look at the damage we’ve done to the economies of Russia and Iran. Sanctions certainly aren’t as sexy as bombs, but in many cases they’re far more effective.

Maybe it’s time for the civilized world to call for sanctions on the US until we do something about our gun violence problem.

At least one group in Australia — a country that managed to do something about mass shootings — is calling for a travel ban on America because, face it, with the highest levels of gun violence in the industrialized world, we are an extremely dangerous country.

Wouldn’t it be nice if travel bans and sanctions led to the US joining the civilized world?

Emily Atkin at Think Progress:

In the wake of yet another mass shooting in America, there are a lot of Australians unhappy with the United States. America has failed, they note, to implement any gun control measures to prevent these recurring tragedies — no background check expansions, no bans on larger assault weapons, no nothing.

But besides expressing disgust and leading by example, is there anything Australians can actually do about it?

One group thinks there is. In an interview on Australia’s Today Show, Gun Control Australia director Samantha Lee suggested a boycott of non-essential travel to America to protest its inaction on gun control.

“We have 2.1 million Australians visiting the U.S. every year and over 200,000 expats in America,” Lee said. “So I believe we have a duty to respond to this tragedy in the U.S. And the way to do this is have a boycott of non-essential travel to the U.S.”

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