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7/28/2015

Third Planned Parenthood Video: Show Me The Money, Show Me The Parts

Filed under: General — Dana @ 6:55 pm

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The Center for Medical Progress has released a third video in which a Planned Parenthood vice president discusses per-organ pricing, a doctor admits to a long-standing relationship with a “middleman” company and a former “procurement technician” for Planned Parenthood explains how the organization profits from harvesting fetal parts:

The undercover footage catches the Vice President and Medical Director of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains (PPRM) in Denver, Colorado, Dr. Savita Ginde. PPRM is one of the largest and wealthiest Planned Parenthood affiliates and operates abortion clinics and abortion referral centers in Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, and Nevada.

Standing in the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic pathology laboratory, where the bodies of babies are brought after abortions, Ginde concludes that payment per organ removed from an aborted baby will be the most beneficial to Planned Parenthood: “I think a per-item thing works a little better, just because we can see how much we can get out of it.”

The second part of the new video catches Dr. Katherine Sheehan, Medical Director emerita of Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest in San Diego, who describes her affiliate’s long-time relationship with Advanced Bioscience Resources, a middleman company that has been providing aborted fetal organs since 1989.

She says: “We’ve been using them for over 10 years, really a long time, you know, just kind of renegotiated the contract. They’re doing the big government-level collections and things like that.”

And of course, it’s all about the money:

A technician who said she worked for a company that partnered with Planned Parenthood to harvest fetal tissue said there’s “incentive to try and get the hard stuff ‘cause you’re going to get more money,” in the latest undercover video targeting Planned Parenthood.

“For whatever we could procure, they would get a certain percentage,” said Holly O’Donnell, identified as an ex-procurement technician for StemExpress, a Placerville, Calif., company. “The main nurse was always trying to make sure we got our specimens. No one else really cared, but the main nurse did because she knew that Planned Parenthood was getting compensated.”

O’Donnell said she worked for six months identifying pregnant women at Planned Parenthood who met the standards for fetal tissue orders and then helped to harvest fetal body parts after abortions at Planned Parenthood facilities.

StemExpress “supplies human blood, tissue products, primary cells and other clinical specimens to biomedical researchers around the world,” according to its website.

O’Donnell describes the company a different way.

“StemExpress is a company that hires procurement techs to draw blood and dissect dead fetuses and sell the parts to researchers,” she said. “They’ve partnered with Planned Parenthood and they get part of the money because we pay them to use their facilities. And they get paid from it. They do get some kind of benefit.”

The graphic video once again shows how detached and calloused those involved with fetal organ harvesting become: two lab techs are shown picking through fetal tissue with tweezers in an effort to find the organs of an aborted baby. After one of the techs picks out a pair of intact kidneys someone off-camera laughs and says, “Five stars!”

Three videos released finds Planned Parenthood in crisis mode:

Planned Parenthood has enlisted high-profile Washington public relations firm SKDKnickerbocker as it scrambles to deal with the ongoing scandal and release of a third undercover video Tuesday showing a clinic’s staff handling fetal tissue after an abortion.

The additional PR firepower reflects the growing pressure on the women’s health organization amid building GOP calls to cut its $540 million in government funding.

SKDKnickerbocker is no newbie to working on Planned Parenthood issues. The Democratically aligned firm is run by well-connected operatives, including Anita Dunn and Hilary Rosen. It also worked with the group during the 2012 election cycle, according to SKDKnickerbocker’s website.

–Dana

Ted Rall Dumped by L.A. Times for Dishonesty

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 1:17 pm

Well, it’s not like I didn’t tell them, repeatedly.

FOR THE RECORD

In a May 11 post on The Times’ OpinionLA blog, Ted Rall — a freelance cartoonist whose work appears regularly in The Times — described an incident in which he was stopped for jaywalking on Melrose Avenue in 2001. Rall said he was thrown up against a wall, handcuffed and roughed up by an LAPD motorcycle policeman who also threw his driver’s license into the sewer. Rall also wrote that dozens of onlookers shouted in protest at the officer’s conduct.

Since then, the Los Angeles Police Department has provided records about the incident, including a complaint Rall filed at the time. An audiotape of the encounter recorded by the police officer does not back up Rall’s assertions; it gives no indication that there was physical violence of any sort by the policeman or that Rall’s license was thrown into the sewer or that he was handcuffed. Nor is there any evidence on the recording of a crowd of shouting onlookers.

In Rall’s initial complaint to the LAPD, he describes the incident without mentioning any physical violence or handcuffing but says that the police officer was “belligerent and hostile” and that he threw Rall’s license into the “gutter.” The tape depicts a polite interaction.

In addition, Rall wrote in his blog post that the LAPD dismissed his complaint without ever contacting him. Department records show that internal affairs investigators made repeated attempts to contact Rall, without success.

Asked to explain these inconsistencies, Rall said he stands by his blog post.

However, the recording and other evidence provided by the LAPD raise serious questions about the accuracy of Rall’s blog post. Based on this, the piece should not have been published.

Rall’s future work will not appear in The Times.

Good riddance. But again: it’s not like they weren’t already on notice.

Boy Scouts Of America Bows To LGBT, But Not Enough

Filed under: General — Dana @ 6:35 am

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Bowing to pressure from LGBT groups:

The Boy Scouts of America decided Monday to allow openly gay men and women to be volunteer leaders and work in the organization’s offices, a major concession by the group in a protracted battle between the Boy Scouts of America and LGBT activists.

The decision was prodded by gay rights groups threatening lawsuits against the organization and has caused consistent infighting in the organization

An exemption provided for local groups (religious based) will remain in place:

“Chartered organizations will continue to select their adult leaders and religious chartered organizations may continue to use religious beliefs as criteria for selecting adult leaders, including matters of sexuality,” the Boy Scouts of America said in a statement. “This change allows Scouting’s members and parents to select local units, chartered to organizations with similar beliefs, that best meet the needs of their families. This change also respects the right of religious chartered organizations to choose adult volunteer leaders whose beliefs are consistent with their own.

And, as you would expect, LGBT groups remain dissatisfied because of the exemption:

“Today’s vote by the Boy Scouts of America to allow gay, lesbian and bisexual adults to work and volunteer is a welcome step toward erasing a stain on this important organization,” Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin said in a statement. “But including an exemption for troops sponsored by religious organizations undermines and diminishes the historic nature of today’s decision. Discrimination should have no place in the Boy Scouts, period.”

–Dana

7/27/2015

It’s About Time: Carly Fiorina Gaining In The Polls

Filed under: General — Dana @ 6:04 pm

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Good news for Carly Fiorina supporters:

Public Policy Polling released a new national poll last week, which has Fiorina tied for sixth place with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)a nd Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY).

The PPP listed the GOP candidates in the following ranking:

Donald Trump with 19%
Scott Walker with 17%
Jeb Bush with 12%
Dr. Ben Carson and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) with 10%
Mike Huckabee with 8%
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Carly Fiorina, and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) with 4%
Chris Christie and John Kasich with 3%
Bobby Jindal, Rick Perry, and Rick Santorum with 1%
Jim Gilmore, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and George Pataki with less than 1%

Fiorina is tied for seventh place in a national Economist/YouGov poll conducted July 18th to July 20th:

Donald Trump with 28%
Jeb Bush with 14%
Scott Walker with 13%
Ben Carson with 7%
Rand Paul (R-KY) with 5%
Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) tied with 4%
Chris Christie, Carly Fiorina, and Mike Huckabee with 3%
Lindsey Graham, Rick Perry, John Kasich with 2%
Bobby Jindal and Rick Santorum with 1%
George Pataki with 0%

If Fiorina can keep the momentum going, she’ll have a seat at the debates. Of course she still has to meet the criteria and place in the top 10 candidates based on the ranking from an average of five national polls. But it’s looking good for her right now.

Fiorina has been a tireless campaigner. She gives non-stop interviews and unlike her female rival, she is always available to the press and doesn’t shy away from questioning.

In a debate this weekend with Jess McIntosh of Emily’s List, Fiorina was nothing less than fierce as she eloquently destroyed her:

–Dana

Try As They Might: Planned Parenthood’s Ongoing Problem With Reason And Experience

Filed under: General — Dana @ 7:04 am

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Ross Douthat is very good:

And the problem these videos create for Planned Parenthood isn’t just a generalized queasiness at surgery and blood.

It’s a very specific disgust, informed by reason and experience — the reasoning that notes that it’s precisely a fetus’s humanity that makes its organs valuable, and the experience of recognizing one’s own children, on the ultrasound monitor and after, as something more than just “products of conception” or tissue for the knife.

That’s why Planned Parenthood’s apologists have fallen back on complaints about “deceptive editing” (though full videos were released in both cases), or else simply asked people to look away. And it’s why many of my colleagues in the press seem uncomfortable reporting on the actual content of the videos.

Because dwelling on that content gets you uncomfortably close to Selzer’s tipping point — that moment when you start pondering the possibility that an institution at the heart of respectable liberal society is dedicated to a practice that deserves to be called barbarism.

That’s a hard thing to accept. It’s part of why so many people hover in the conflicted borderlands of the pro-choice side. They don’t like abortion, they think its critics have a point … but to actively join our side would require passing too comprehensive a judgment on their coalition, their country, their friends, their very selves.

In the chop shop that is Planned Parenthood, Nucatola and Gattner did the unthinkable: they told the truth. And we all heard it. And we all saw it. And we all know it. And that is what Planned Parenthood and the left are so desperate to to undo. As is standard for the left, truth must be suppressed. So we live in a continual state of condemnation that the purest among us are worth more in death than in life, worth more in pieces than in whole.

In the house of humanity, we are watching a frantic effort to sweep away the devastating duo of reason and experience. The collective searing conscience must be stilled. With the promise of more videos to come, we can be assured of more mad scrambling: Cecile Richards will continue to spin and deflect, Democrats will cry foul, the MSM will give them support as they attack the Center for Medical progress, and movie stars and politicians will sanctimoniously demand governmental investigations into this grotesquerie of … editing. This as they studiously ignore the actual content of the videos because they cannot and must not look at truth. It cannot be allowed to touch them because it will cut them deep down beneath the bone. There is no room for reason and experience, let alone price negotiations for body parts. It’s almost as if they know that if they look, really look, they would see what we see. And then they would know. Just like the rest of us…

–Dana

Ted Cruz Was Right When He Said…

Filed under: General — Dana @ 5:56 am

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…the Senate under Republican control is no different from when Democrats were in control.

Sean Davis ‏@seanmdav

All McConnell had to do was allow a vote on taxpayer funding for PP. That’s it. It’s all he had to do. And yet he couldn’t do it. B/c Ex-Im.

But when you have Senate leaders who fill the tree and file cloture to block amendments they don’t like, you don’t really have a Senate.

7/26/2015

That Time Jon Stewart Yelled “F*** Off” To Only Black Staff Writer For Objecting To Offensive Impression Of A Black Person

Filed under: General — Dana @ 5:46 pm

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On a WTF with Marc Maron podcast, Wyatt Cenac talked about when he was the only black writer at the Daily Show and confronted John Stewart about what he saw as his offensive impression of then-GOP candidate Herman Cain. Cenac explained:

“I don’t think this [impression] is from a malicious place, but I think this is from a sort of naïve, kind of ignorant place,” he remembered thinking. “It’s like, ‘Oh no, you just did this and you weren’t thinking about it. It was just the voice that came into your head.’ And so it bugged me.”

The confrontation didn’t go too well:

Since Stewart had received heat from Fox News for doing a racially insensitive voice impression on-air, the host had planned to poke fun at the issue in another segment centered around the theme of “everything I do is racist,” until Cenac stepped in and told Stewart the entire bit frankly made him uncomfortable.

“I’ve got to be honest, when I heard it, it bothered me.” Cenac, who had watched Stewart’s news segment on Cain from his hotel room, remembered telling the “Daily Show” staff in an email. “I was the one black writer there. It was this thing where it’s like, when you’re the one — whether you want to or not — you’re speaking for everybody. I felt like I had to speak for all the minorities, because there’s nobody speaking for them.”

Cenac recalled voicing his reservations again at a writers meeting, which then got Stewart riled up. “I raised a concern, like, ‘Are you sure you want to do this?’ … He got incredibly defensive. I remember he was like, ‘What are you trying to say? There’s a tone in your voice.’ I was like, ‘There’s no tone. It bothered me.’ … And then he got upset. He stood up and he was just like, ‘F— off. I’m done with you.’ And he just started screaming that to me, and he screamed it a few times. … ‘F— off! I’m done with you.’ And he stormed out. I didn’t know if I had been fired.”

It must suck to find out you don’t really walk on water, and actually resemble the people you mock for a living.

–Dana

7/25/2015

Remember When Going To A Baseball Game Was Actually About Watching The Game And Not Breaking Up A Marriage??

Filed under: General — Dana @ 11:48 am

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So, two sisters at a baseball game not only decided it was their business to spy on the woman in front of them and read her text messages, they also took it upon themselves to disrupt a marriage of 29 years:

Two sisters attending a baseball game claim that they exposed a man’s cheating wife after catching her running the bases with another man on her cellphone.

Photos taken over the woman’s shoulder during Wednesday night’s Atlanta Braves game showed the unidentified woman appearing to sext someone in between cuddling with her man.

Delana and Brynn Hinson posted photos of her texts on Twitter, Brynn writing: “These hoes ain’t loyal so we expose em.”

The texts included declarations of love and some were sexual in nature.

Upon leaving the stadium, the sisters handed the unaware husband a note:

“Your wife is cheating on you. Look at the messages under Nancy! It’s really a man named Mark Allen,” it read.

At least two photos taken over the woman’s shoulder shows racy messages sent to a ‘Nancy.’ They later appear to refer to the person on the other end as ‘Mark Allen.’

One of the sisters further provided her phone number on the note, saying she took photos of her phone and can share them if the texts are deleted.

“We handed it to him as they were walking away.. She was in front of him.. He quit walking and gave us a thumbs up,” Delana, who lists herself as a criminal justice major online, said on Twitter.

As a result of being informed of his wife’s texting, the husband apparently contacted them for evidence of her infidelity. After providing him with photos, the husband told the sisters that he appreciated that they had told him what was taking place.

And most ironically, this from one of the sisters:

After I sent him the pictures, we didn’t talk… I don’t think he’s confront her yet.

I want to ask him, but it’s not my place.

The sisters have been lauded for their interference intervention involvement, as well as criticized for putting their noses where they didn’t belong.

–Dana

Introducing The “Uber Approach” To Medicine: On-Demand Doctor Apps

Filed under: General — Dana @ 10:53 am

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As most readers know, that innovative private taxi company upstart, Uber, has been taking a lot of hits lately from the left which tends to frown upon competition, no matter how much it benefits Americans. Now another innovative idea has arrived, on-demand doctor apps that bring the “Uber approach” to medicine:

House calls were once commonplace in the U.S. Today, 9 out of 10 general practitioners say they do not typically make house calls, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians.

But new phone apps may signal a comeback for house calls.

Pager is currently only available in New York City but it will expand to San Francisco in coming weeks. A rival company on the West Coast, Heal, already operates in San Francisco, Orange County and L.A

Gaspard de Dreuzy, one of Pager’s three co-founders, says the services’ typical customers are working mothers ages 30 to 45.

“It’s really an urban population that is busy and values its time,” he adds.

So much so that they are willing to pay a premium. Like other services, Pager is not currently covered by insurance. Customers pay a $50 fee for their first visit and $200 for subsequent visits from one of the company’s 40 health practitioners, including doctors, nurses and physician assistants.

That fee is about 10 times more than the typical $15 to $25 doctor co-pay for patients with insurance. But there are situations where a Pager visit might be cheaper than conventional care. For instance, $200 is significantly cheaper than the median cost of an emergency room visit: $505, according to federal figures. The ER is often the only medical option for people without insurance.

“We’re trying to move forward to a model where the Pager service will be as affordable as any other care option for people who are insured or not,” de Dreuzy says.

Some medical professionals are wary of the idea and cite potential drawbacks:

Dr. Robert Wergin of Milford, Nebraska says on-call services could be useful for one-time medical needs. But treating chronic conditions like diabetes, arthritis or Alzheimer’s requires careful, consistent attention over many years. A doctor responding to a phone app may not be familiar with a patient’s family history, medications, allergies and other critical details.

“If these apps develop and they further fragment care it’s not going to help the health care delivery system. We’ll get more of what we already have: higher costs and lower quality,” says Wergin, president of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Other experts worry about doctors making appropriate prescribing decisions when patients are paying $100 or more for their services.

“The visit becomes much more transactional,” says Dr. Jonah Feldman, a specialist in health care delivery at Winthrop University Hospital. “And it will be much harder for that doctor to come out of that visit without giving some kind of treatment, and that exposes patients to the risks of overtreatment.”

But there is also good news in that traditional medicine and on-demand doctor business can co-habitate:

The sector’s oldest company, Medicast, founded in 2013, recently abandoned its direct-to-consumer model in favor of collaborating with large hospital networks. The company recently helped Providence Health & Services — a medical system in the Pacific Northwest — launch its own house call app for the Seattle area.

Medicast CEO and co-Founder, Sam Zebarjadi says the company is working with a dozen other hospital systems on similar offerings. Previously the company operated its own doctor networks in Miami, Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego. But Zebarjadi says he found that consumers have “a really big issue around trust, which is one of the reasons we decided to start partnering with hospitals and health systems.”

These collaborations may also further another key goal: getting insurance coverage. Like Pager, Medicast is currently a cash service. The company offers to file the bill for a house call with a patient’s insurance provider, to see if they are willing to cover it. But in coming months Zebarjadi expects some insurance providers to begin covering Medicast visits.

–Dana

7/24/2015

Ted Cruz Accuses Mitch McConnell Of Lying To The American People

Filed under: General — Dana @ 10:38 am

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Earlier this morning, in what the AP is calling a “stunning” attack, Sen. Ted Cruz took to the Senate floor and boldly called out Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for lying to him, to Republicans and to the American people, as well as claiming that the Senate under Republican control is no different from when Democrats were in control:

Watch the whole thing.

–Dana

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