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Terror in Northern California

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This is a very interesting quote from Tiffany Rodgers of Rancho Tehama, California. She was quoted in an article in the LA Times  written by Frank ShyongFrank ShyongJaclyn CosgroveJoseph Serna and Ruben Viveson November 14, 2017

I just want to make sure this town doesn’t get a bad name. Such a beautiful, remote community and this happens everywhere,” she said. “And I’m really hoping they don’t go for the gun violence portion of this, either, because it’s not a gun. I own guns. I take my kids shooting. It’s the person. And sometimes just bad things happen.

It’s not the gun, it’s not mental illness. It’s not anything, it’s just life, unfortunately.

What more needs to be said?

Sessions: Senate Investigation of Planned Parenthood Trafficking in Fetal Tissue ‘Could Provide Basis for Charges’

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By Lauretta Brown
November 15, 2017

Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions Tuesday about the possibility of charges in the investigation into Planned Parenthood’s alleged trafficking in unborn baby body parts after the FBI requested unredacted documents Monday that the Senate obtained from abortion providers. Sessions replied generally that if the findings of Congress were confirmed it “could provide a basis for charges.”



“If the FBI has requested what is now several thousand pages of testimony and findings the Senate has gathered through their investigation of Planned Parenthood,” Franks began “that may mean that they could be readying indictments against individuals who have committed the sale of these little body parts for profit.”

“Generally speaking, are findings made by any Senate investigation, any subsequent referral, sufficient evidence for the Justice Department to bring charges upon any party guilty of violating federal law?” Franks asked Sessions.

“It depends on the substance of those congressional findings, but they certainly can provide a basis for starting an investigation,” Sessions said. “Verifying the findings of the Congress could provide a basis for charges.”

“I think that that’s an appropriate way for us to relate to one another,” he added.

“Well I hope the Justice Department obviously will take a very close look at the evidence that the Senate is providing to the FBI,” Franks replied.

The FBI’s request was reportedly made to the Senate Judiciary Committee. The Committee’s chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) referred Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers to the FBI for investigation in December after a long investigation prompted by undercover videos from the Center for Medical Progress that called into question the abortion providers’ compliance with laws against trafficking in fetal tissue.

Grassley wrote at the time that the Committee’s findings document “substantial evidence suggesting that the specific entities involved in the recent controversy, and/or individuals employed by those entities, may have violated that law. Moreover, that evidence is contained entirely in those entities’ own records, which were voluntarily provided to the Committee and are detailed in the report.”

Appeals Court Upholds Ruling Letting Arkansas Block Medicaid Funding from Planned Parenthood

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By Lauretta Brown
November 14, 2017

A federal appeals court upheld a three-judge panel’s ruling Monday that Arkansas can cut off Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied a request, brought by three Planned Parenthood Great Plains patients, to reconsider the August decision which vacated an injunction preventing Arkansas from stopping Medicaid payments to the nation’s largest abortion provider.

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) decided to end the state’s Medicaid contract with Planned Parenthood in 2015 following the release of undercover videos by the Center for Medical Progress which showed the abortion group’s alleged trafficking in unborn baby body parts.

“It is important for the state to have the clear authority to terminate Medicaid providers who act in unethical ways and in violation of state policy,” Gov. Hutchinson said in a statement. “The decision early on to terminate Planned Parenthood as a provider was the right decision, and I am delighted with the decision of the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in affirming the right of the State to take this action.”

Judd Deere, a spokesman for Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, supported Monday’s ruling in a statement to Arkansas Online.

“Attorney General Rutledge is pleased with the court’s decision to deny the request for rehearing, which reaffirms that Planned Parenthood and the three patients it­ recruited could not contest in federal court Arkansas’s determination that a medical provider has engaged in misconduct that merits disqualification from the Medicaid program,” Deere said in an email.

Planned Parenthood will evaluate their options going forward, however, they could potentially appeal the decision to the Supreme Court as the court’s decision illustrates division among federal appellate courts on the issue. Seven other states have all been prevented by federal courts from cutting off Medicaid funds to Planned Parenthood, rulings that were upheld by the 5th, 7th and 9th circuit appeals courts.

“Planned Parenthood Great Plains is committed to ensuring all patients in Arkansas retain the right to choose their provider, no matter their socioeconomic status,” Planned Parenthood Great Plains President Aaron Samulcek said in a statement. “While we evaluate all of our legal options and next steps, PPGP will keep fighting for our patients in Little Rock and Fayetteville to have access to critical services.”

Imam Tawhidi: ‘The American Government Will Regret Dealing With Linda Sarsour’

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Albawaba News
November 5, 2017

In the light of the truck attack in New York, Al Bawaba News asked Imam Tawhidi if the Mayor of New York should be held in some part responsible for the threat level in the city.

According to his Twitter page, the Australian Imam warned Mayor De Blasio of “extremist (Wahabist) fundamental teachings” in a letter dated February 2016.

Mohammad Tawhidi is a public figure of Iraqi origin, born in Iran but living in Australia. He is Muslim but it has been claimed that some of his ideas are anti-Muslim, in example that halal certification threatens the Australian way of life and that Palestine is a Jewish land.

Mayor De Blasio’s office was a direct contributor to controversial activist Linda Sarsour’s former project, the Arab American Association of New York, through the New York Mayor’s Fund.

Linda Sarsour is a left-wing social and political commentator whose comments on Islamic identity, gender and race have been accused by some of serving to drive a wedge between Muslim communities and Middle America.

In July 2016, Sarsour was invited to give an address to the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) which typified American citizens that voted for Donald Trump as “fascists”, “white supremists” and “Islamophobes.”

“I hope that […] when we stand up to those who oppress our communities that Allah accepts from us that as a form of jihad. That we are struggling against tyrants and rulers not only abroad in the Middle East or in the other side of the world, but here in these United States of America where you have fascists and white supremacists and Islamophobes reigning in the White House.” 



Her comments were later taken out of context by right-wing social media outlets, which accused her of calling for a violent “jihad” in America.

In an email to Al Bawaba, Imam Tawhidi suggested that the support for Sarsour from the American Left could backfire:

“I believe that there will come a time where American government officials will regret dealing with Linda Sarsour. Her loyalty belongs to her Islamic Authorities, not the USA.”


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Judge rules against Planned Parenthood in Missouri lawsuit

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Associated Press
November 5, 2017

COLUMBIA, Mo. — A ruling by a federal judge means Planned Parenthood’s Columbia clinic will not be able to offer abortion pills in the near future.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reported U.S. District Judge Beth Phillips on Friday ruled against Planned Parenthood.

The organization was trying to stop enforcement of a new state regulation. The rule requires doctors who provide abortion pills to contract with an obstetrician-gynecologist with admitting privileges at a hospital. The OB-GYN must be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to treat any complications.

While the judge questioned the need for the rule, she wrote in her order Planned Parenthood didn’t provide evidence it couldn’t comply.

The ruling means the state can enforce the regulation while Planned Parenthood’s lawsuit against it plays out.

Information from: Columbia Daily Tribune, http://www.columbiatribune.com

WaPo Writer: Why Were There No Calls for Gun Control at the CMA Awards?

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By Courtney O’Brien
November 10, 2017

Carrie Underwood delivered a beautiful, tear-filled tribute to the victims who were slain at last month’s mass shooting in Las Vegas during her gig co-hosting the Country Music Awards with Brad Paisley Wednesday night. During her emotional performance of the hymn “Softly and Tenderly,” the victims’ faces, 58 in all, were shown on the screen.

She and Paisley also gave a tribute to the Vegas victims, who were attending a country music festival when shots began raining down on them from the Mandalay Bay hotel, at the very top of the show, before proceeding with their monologue.

That’s all well and good, but the show could have used a bit more gun control rhetoric, according to Washington Post contributing music writer Chris Richards. Why didn’t the awards show use the opportunity to call for gun control, he wondered in his Friday op-ed. He was especially “disheartened” by Brad Paisley, who he said was “acquiescing to Nashville’s disengagement reflex” and encouraging fans to ignore the violence – at least that’s how he interpreted the song “Heaven South.”

And sure, nobody expected the CMAs to transform into a three-hour town hall discussion about the Second Amendment. But did anyone expect such monolithic quiet after such a catastrophic event? Apparently, the ghost of the Dixie Chicks’ career still haunts this town in terrifying ways. (In case you forgot, the colossally popular country trio spoke out against President George W. Bush at a concert in 2003 and were instantly boycotted by radio stations across the country, sending the entirety of mainstream country into a state of political paralysis that has lasted 14 years and counting.)

Now, a style of music that used to proudly address the real-life struggles of real-life Americans won’t go near the issue that everyone in our harried republic is struggling with. After last month’s massacre in Las Vegas, 26 more people were killed in a shooting inside a church in Texas — the setting of countless country songs. Yet, instead of singing about life in America, today’s country stars are singing about an apolitical no-place that doesn’t actually exist. I guess it’s called Heaven South, and apparently, you protect it by circling the wagons.

Perhaps a music awards show isn’t the best place to promote a political agenda. Other awards ceremonies have tried to offer their two cents on policy matters instead of sticking to their art, and are quickly criticized for it. Leave the politics for Washington, D.C.

Richards will be comforted to know that Democrats on Capitol Hill are pushing new gun control legislation. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (CA), along with dozens of her colleagues, introduced an assault weapons ban this week.

Very Good Advice

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The Dalai Lama, who said, “If someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, it would make sense to have your own and shoot back.”

Upstate NY Church Posted this Warning Sign After Texas Shooting

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By Courtney O’Brien
November 10, 2017

A church in Mexico, NY is not taking chances after last weekend’s mass shooting at a Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, TX. The killer, who we’ve since learned escaped from a mental institution in 2012 and had a history of domestic abuse, shot and killed 26 churchgoers and wounded 20 others. The number of people killed amounted to about 4 percent of the small town’s population.

In light of the tragedy, the Lighthouse Mexico Church of God, located in upstate New York, has a warning for any one wanting to do harm to their congregation. The church has a sign outside its building which presumably lists Bible verses and encouraging words of faith most of the year. But, after Sunday’s massacre, it now reads, “We say it again, we are not a gun free zone.”

Pastor Ronald Russell explained that his church has allowed members to carry firearms since the 2015 shooting in Charleston, SC, when a white supremacist slain nine black church members at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. The shooting in Texas on Sunday just cemented their policy.

“Times are changing,” Russell told Spectrum News on Thursday. “It’s not the congregation, per se, but the leadership. People say ‘well, pastor, you’re talking about killing some,’ and I say ‘well, if I don’t protect my people, I’m being complicit.’ A shooting here, that’s not going to happen.”

In addition to its gun-friendly policy, the church also offers self defense courses for its congregants.

Other churches have taken similar steps after Sunday’s tragedy. In Michigan, the state Senate approved legislation this week to allow individuals to conceal carry handguns into churches, schools, and day care centers. Work had begun on the legislation before last weekend’s shooting in Texas, but the tragedy made the legislation “more timely than ever,” according to Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, (R-West Olive).

The bill is now moving to the state House.

Trump Nominee Thinks It’s ‘Insane’ You Can Buy An AR-15

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By Tom Knighton
Bearing Arms
November 9, 2017

When a president appoints someone to a post that requires congressional approval, the assumption tends to be that the nominee shares the president’s politics. This is especially true when someone is the mean, fascisty-racist dictator-in-waiting that the left assures people President Trump really is. After all, aren’t megalomaniacal madmen known for not tolerating any dissent, especially within the ranks?

Yet President Trump’s Department of Defense nominee said something that’s very much not something you expect from the Republican side.

President Donald Trump’s nominee for Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, Dr. Dean Winslow, said Tuesday it is “insane” that a civilian can buy a semi-automatic weapon like the gun that [the Texas church shooter] used in the Texas church shooting.

Winslow made the comments in his confirmation hearing with the Senate Armed Services Committee.

“I may get in trouble with other members of the committee, just say how insane it is that in the United States of America a civilian can go out and buy a semi-automatic assault rifle like an AR-15, which apparently was the weapon that was used,” Winslow said.

Law enforcement have said [the killer] used Ruger AR-556, which is a variant of an AR-15.

The Pentagon declined to comment on Winslow’s remarks.

It’s insane?

Except for the fact that the man who appointed him appears to be fine with the idea, as are millions and millions of Americans. In fact, the AR-15 and its variants are the most popular rifle in the country. It’s not that way because people thinking owning them is insane. They find them enjoyable for plinking, valuable for hunting, viable for self-defense, or maybe they just want one because they think they’re cool. Who cares?

There’s absolutely nothing insane about it.

Though perhaps Winslow has fallen victim to the narrative overflowing from the media that fails to differentiate between the AR-15 and its variants and the M-4 in use by the military? Perhaps he thinks the notion that we can walk into a gun store and purchase a fully-automatic weapon insane, in which case, he’s right.

More specifically, the notion we can do that is what is insane, because we can’t. Those guns are so heavily restricted as to be nonexistent for most firearm enthusiasts who lack tens of thousands of dollars to spend on a single firearm. There are hoops to jump through before you can even think of forking over your hard-earned money to buy something you have no intention of hurting a soul with.

Luckily, Winslow is someone who, if confirmed, won’t be in any position to inhibit our right to keep and bear arms. He’ll be a bureaucrat within the Department of Defense, who doesn’t determine firearm policy for the civilian world. His comments are harmless, in and of themselves, but they’re worrying on another level.

After all, a Republican nominee voices opposition to the private ownership of AR-style rifles at a time when it feels like the GOP is more open to gun regulations? The president has made it clear that he opposes new regulations on guns, which is good, but I can see why some are concerned that the Republican party isn’t the friend to gun owners than many believed.

Two Church Shootings, Two Very Different Outcomes

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By Tom Knighton
Bearing Arms
November 9, 2017

It got lost fairly quickly by the media. It was another church shooting, one now all but forgotten in the wake of Sutherland Springs, but initially lost in the aftermath of Las Vegas which happened a week later. There’s a saying in the news business: “If it bleeds, it leads.” Las Vegas certainly bled, and that meant we had far more to talk about than a church shooting in Tennessee.

The church was in Antioch, Tennessee. That’s where an armed man decided to kill everyone he could at the church.

How did it get lost amid two mass shootings and a terrorist attack in the six weeks since then?

There are two simple reasons, the first was a good guy with a gun in a position to stop the attack far sooner.

A man by the name of Caleb Engle was able to get to his gun and put a stop to the attack. As a result, he wasn’t able to kill as many people as the Sutherland Springs killer, not by any stretch of the imagination.

The other reason you’ve heard so little about it is because of the killer’s motivation. You see, what we had in Antioch was a racially motivated crime. The epitome of a hate crime. You see, the black shooter wanted to kill white people in retaliation for the racially motivated murder of people in a South Carolina church by an avowed white supremacist. The epitome of a hate crime.

As a result of that, lawmakers had little they could do. All the anti-gun narratives were useless. Anti-gun politicians couldn’t demonize the shooter for fear of being called racist–the chickens of identity politics coming home to roost–nor could they claim guns were horrible when the body count was so low precisely because of how an armed citizen ended the fight.

Less than six weeks later, we get Sutherland Springs. While Texas law does provide for CHL holders to carry inside of a church, there didn’t seem to be anyone carrying there. As a result, we get 26 dead and 20 more injured in a horrible tragedy.

Yes, there are very real differences between the two shootings. I get that. In fact, looking at the stories, it’s easy to consider it an “apples to oranges” comparison, but it’s not.

Engle was able to get his gun quickly and deploy it against the threat fast enough to minimize the loss of life. Stephen Willeford, the hero in the Texas shooting, wasn’t in a position to use his own AR-15 nearly as fast. He was across the street and forced to wait for the killer to exit the building.

We see that a quick, armed response is the best way to minimize the loss of life. Even if the armed citizen ultimately falls, he or she can provide valuable moments for others to escape and ultimately save lives, but we also see that an armed citizen can outright stop the fight. That’s what happened in Antioch, TN. That’s what happened when Jeanne Assam pulled her privately owned weapon on a shooter at the New Life Church in Colorado Springs back in 2007.

Two church shootings just six weeks apart, and we see a very different outcome. Anyone still believe that guns don’t save lives?

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