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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
Townhall
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
Townhall
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
SyndiGate.info
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
Townhall
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.

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?

NYT Columnist Gets Torched For Pushing Gun Control Talking Points After NYC Terror Attack

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By Matt Vespa
Townhall
November 1, 2017

Nicholas Kristof stepped on a rake last night—and it wasn’t pretty. The New York Times columnist decided to go there on gun control when it was wholly unnecessary to do so. On Tuesday, 29-year-old Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov drove a rented Home Depot pickup truck through a bike path in lower Manhattan and plowed through bystanders and cyclists. Eight people are dead, close to dozen more injured and you’re going to give New York a pat on the back for having strict gun laws. This was possibly in response to Saipov exiting his truck holding fake guns. He was obviously trying to commit suicide by cop, but martyrdom was denied; the NYPD shot him but he’s alive (via CBS News):

Police and witnesses say a man deliberately drove a rented truck onto a busy bicycle path near the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan, killing eight people and injuring at least 12 others, then emerged from the vehicle screaming and brandishing imitation firearms before being shot by police. The suspect was wounded and taken into custody.

“This was an act of terror, and a particularly cowardly act of terror aimed at innocent civilians,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said about the attack — the deadliest act of terror in New York City since 9/11. He called it “a very painful day in our city.”

“Today there was a loss of innocent life in lower Manhattan,” NYPD commissioner James O’Neill said at a Tuesday press conference.

Law enforcement sources identified the suspect to CBS News as Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, a 29-year-old truck driver who has lived in Tampa, Florida, and New Jersey. He came to the U.S. in 2010 from Uzbekistan.

In the aftermath of the attack, Kristof tweeted, “The NYC terrorist had a pellet gun and a paintball gun. Good thing that in NYC he couldn’t buy assault rifles, or the toll would be higher.” Dude, are you kidding me? First, yes—let’s breathe a sigh of relief that he didn’t use a gun. It’s not like he used a motor vehicle or anything (my Lord). Second, terrorists and criminals don’t follow the law (obviously), and Saipov wasn’t from New York, so what does strict gun laws have anything do with this incident? Did Kristof even read the Associated Press or any other news report prior to sending this tone-deaf tweet? If he didn’t, then it’s still inexcusable. This was a terrorist attack; it’s not the time to hold a study hall on gun control, man. Kristof got torched—and rightfully so. And the liberal media wonders why they’re not trusted. You think Kristof would’ve stopped commenting on gun policy after his misfire on the Las Vegas shooting.

CMP Releases New Video Highlighting Planned Parenthood’s HIPAA Violations

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By Lauretta Brown
Townhall
October 31, 2017

The Center for Medical Progress, under fire for their undercover videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s alleged trafficking in unborn baby parts, released a video Tuesday featuring the testimony of a former procurement technician for StemExpress, Holly O’Donnell, who was sent to Planned Parenthood to procure fetal tissue.

In the video, O’Donnell tells CMP’s David Daleiden that Planned Parenthood gave StemExpress access to their patients’ private medical information in order to fulfill procurement orders, a violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (‘HIPAA’) privacy rule.

 

 

“At the beginning of the day, we would let them know what we were looking for,” O’Donnell tells Daleiden. “There was a lot of coordination.”

“We’d open up the Task Page, which, it shows you what the researchers want, how many specimens they want for that day or that week.” O’Donnell explains, citing the StemExpress Task Page, which CMP obtained a copy of, listing customer orders for fetal livers, brains, kidneys.

“It was like a grocery list of what to get for that day,” she explained.

“We’d go to the head nurse, let the nurses know, hey this is what I’m looking for today,” she said, revealing that Planned Parenthood nurses would then provide “a sheet of the appointments, which women were coming in, and it would tell you how many patients, what time they were coming in, their name, and if they knew how far along they were.”

“They would even let us look at the charts,” O’Donnell said. “They let us look at the physical charts outside of the room. I was even asked to write on the charts at one point.”

O’Donnell claims Planned Parenthood also gave StemExpress access to the clinics’ computer network to download patient schedules for the entire Planned Parenthood affiliate. The video shows emails from StemExpress management instructing procurement technicians: “EVERY Friday – please provide schedules for all the clinics you work in,” and, “All computers have access to other clinics.”

This testimony lines up with the House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives referral of StemExpress, Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, and Planned Parenthood Northern California to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for five years of “systematic violations” of the HIPAA in their fetal tissue procurement program last year.

“The key to understanding the HIPAA and consent violations that we’ve referred to HHS is that there’s a business contract between StemExpress and the abortion clinics under which both sides make a profit from the baby body parts inside the young woman’s womb,” they wrote to HHS at the time. “The contract changes the way both entities view the young woman: her baby is now a profit-center. This betrayal of a young woman’s trust should disgust us all. It takes financial advantage, obtains consent through coercion, and deceives the woman, all in violation of federal privacy laws.”

The House Panel on Infant Lives referred StemExpress and several Planned Parenthood affiliates to the FBI and U.S. Department of Justice for further investigation and criminal prosecution in December. The FBI confirmed that the criminal referrals have been sent to multiple field offices for action.

David Daleiden commented on the latest video, “Planned Parenthood Mar Monte and Planned Parenthood Northern California together see approximately 300,000 patients each year. Over at least five years of operation, the StemExpress-Planned Parenthood scheme to sell baby body parts put the private health information of hundreds of thousands of pregnant women at risk.”

Planned Parenthood Sues Missouri Over Abortion Pill Regulation

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By Lauretta Brown
Townhall
October 31, 2017

Planned Parenthood filed a second lawsuit Monday over Missouri law SB5 which requires a state-approved plan that includes access to a doctor with admitting privileges to a hospital in case there are complications after an abortion pill is administered.

The lawsuit comes after a judge dismissed Planned Parenthood’s lawsuit last week over another part of SB 5 that required the same physician to consult with a woman for an abortion three days prior to the procedure. The judge said the requirement did not present an “undue burden” to abortion access.

This lawsuit claims that the requirement to have a plan in case there are complications from the abortion pill “is the latest in a series of medically unnecessary requirements imposed by the State, which will, without basis, limit women’s access to an extremely safe procedure using medications alone.”

Planned Parenthood says the rule has already prevented it from doing medication abortions at its facility in Columbia, Missouri and also claims that complication rates for the abortion pill are low.

They filed the lawsuit in federal court, claiming the regulation violates the due process and equal protection clauses of the Constitution.

“Enough is enough. We will not sit on the side of the sidelines while ideologues play regulatory games on the backs of Missouri women,” Planned Parenthood Great Plains Interim President Aaron Samuleck said of the provision. “The state’s treatment of Missouri women seeking sexual and reproductive health care is a disgrace and quickly turning into a national embarrassment.”

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley commented in a statement, “the Missouri Complications Plan Requirement for medication abortions is a commonsense regulation that ensures women have access to adequate care in medical emergencies. My office will continue to vigorously defend these regulations.”

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens commented last week on the slew of lawsuits the state has faced following passage of their new law regulating the state’s abortion clinics.

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