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And They Wonder Why We Are Skeptical

Filed under: General — JVW @ 11:53 am

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This comes to us courtesy of Powerline:


I am not going to open comments on this post, so please direct all comments to JD’s earlier post on this troubling topic.


Planned Parenthood And The Buying And Selling Of Aborted Baby Parts (Full 2 1/2 Hour Video Added In Light Of Planned Parenthood Accusation That Yesterday’s Released Video Was “Heavily Edited”)

Filed under: General — Dana @ 11:19 am

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A disturbing undercover video released today shows Planned Parenthood’s Senior Director of Medical Services Dr. Deborah Nucatola casually discussing the purchase of aborted baby parts with interested “buyers”. This in spite of it being illegal (The sale or purchase of human fetal tissue a federal felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000 (42 U.S.C. 289g-2). Nucatola trains new Planned Parenthood abortion doctors and also performs abortions herself up to 24 weeks. The video is part of a three-year investigation by The Center for Medical Progress (part of the Manhattan Institute) looking into illegal trafficking of aborted fetal parts by Planned Parenthood:

Discussing buyer preference, Dr. Nucatola explains how she proceeds in ensuring the baby parts needed for purchase are protected for their later sale:

We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I’m not gonna crush that part, I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact.”

“I’d say a lot of people want liver,” she also says. “And for that reason, most providers will do this case under ultrasound guidance, so they’ll know where they’re putting their forceps. The kind of rate-limiting step of the procedure is calvarium. Calvarium—the head—is basically the biggest part.”

Nucatola also discusses how “some people” will use ultrasounds to make sure that “the fetus breeches feet-first during a late-term abortion to ensure more usable organs” – just like with the legally banned partial-birth abortion procedure.

The dehumanizing impact on Dr. Nucatola is clear:

Nucatola admits that Planned Parenthood charges per-specimen for baby body parts, uses illegal partial-birth abortion procedures in order to get salable parts, and is aware of their own liability for doing so and takes steps to cover it up.

The footage shockingly depicts the top medical official at the Planned Parenthood corporation munching on her salad while she discusses the sale of body parts of unborn children victimized by abortions. She brazenly describes how the heads of unborn babies killed in abortions command top dollar.

Reflecting the base nature of man, this is the inevitable outcome of those who screamed Our bodies, ourselves! and those who momentarily lost sight of humanity and gave in to their demands. Horribly, we have taken yet one more step in the searing of our collective soul:

The tragedy exposed here is another sign that the safe, legal, and rare approach to abortion was never a tenable position. The dehumanization of unborn children leads to the dehumanization of those who perform abortions, leading from killing living human beings to treating them explicitly as commodities.



“Longtime Walker Adviser”: We’ll Become Moderate Later On

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:29 am

Here’s how we dishonestly manipulate you, said the “longtime Walker adviser”:

“You start in Iowa and lock up conservatives, because if you don’t do that, none of the rest matters,” said one longtime Walker adviser, who requested anonymity to discuss campaign strategy. “It’s much easier to move from being a conservative to being a middle-of-the-road moderate later on.”

On one hand, this surprises nobody. It is thought to be the standard presidential campaign strategy.

But it also reeks of a lack of principle, doesn’t it?

I think if a Ted Cruz adviser said something like that, Cruz would try to root out that person and fire them.

I hope Walker does exactly that. But I don’t get the sense he will.

Obama Capitulates To Iran

Filed under: General — JD @ 7:21 am

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Basically, we caved in every single aspect of the negotiations. Iran will get in excess of $150,000,000,000 in sanctions relief. Although the Liar in Chief says we get anytime anywhere inspections, that is not even remotely hinted at in the information released, as Iran can veto and deny access, and appeal to a panel, dragging this out for weeks and months. Iran can sell their oil on the world market, which will give them even more cash to fund their terrorist proxies throughout the region.  

All this does is delay Iran getting full nuclear capability until someone else is in office. 

Their legacy achievement is that we have basically given up on the region, and abandoned our partners in the region. 

This “deal” is objectively worse than doing nothing. 


UPDATE BY PATTERICO: So can Republicans stop it? I think it depends on whether they want to, or whether they simply pretend to want to. The New York Times says:

Although some provisions, including the arms embargo, are expected to be especially contentious in Congress, Mr. Obama’s chances of ultimately prevailing are considered high. Even if the accord is voted down by one or both houses, he could veto that action, and he is likely to have the votes he would need to prevail in an effort to override the veto. But he has told aides that for an accord as important as this one — which he hopes will usher in a virtual truce with a country that has been a major American adversary for 35 years — he wants a congressional endorsement.

Awww, isn’t that sweet? It’s nice when he decides he wants Congress to bless one of his imperial actions.

But that paragraph doesn’t really tell the whole story.

The drama in Congress is likely to play out over the argument over whether this is a “treaty” (which requires the Senate’s blessing by a 2/3 vote) or some other animal, which doesn’t.

But in reality — I stand to be corrected — Congress holds more cards than that. Obama has purported to bargain away sanctions, some of the most punitive of which have been passed by Congress and can be undone only by Congress.

So. If Republicans actually oppose the deal, they can refuse to repeal those sanctions, and say that is their intent, loud and clear.

If they just want to pretend, they will scream about it and then quietly implement the parts they must implement to make it work.

I predict that any refusal to do so will be portrayed by the media as undermining the President and tantamount to treason. When it is just exercising their own prerogatives. But I’m not used to seeing Republicans in Congress stand up for themselves. We shall see.

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