The Jury Talks Back

7/30/2019

2020 Democratic Debates!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dana @ 6:04 pm

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Oh boy!

This is so representative of our 2020 politics where everything is theater, and everyone is determined to out-pander the competition, no matter how outlandish and absurd:

It took over 100 people eight days to build the set for CNN’s Democratic debates. Nine 53-foot semi-trucks were needed to haul in all the equipment. There are more than 500 lights, and 25 cameras at the debate location.

Watch it here.

–Dana

Trump: “No Strategy” Behind My Attacks On Elijah Cummings

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dana @ 2:01 pm

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Here’s what President Trump said when asked by a reporter about his attacks on Elijah Cummings:

“There’s no strategy. I have no strategy. There’s zero strategy,” Trump said upon returning to the White House from a trip to Jamestown, Va.

“All it is is I’m pointing out facts,” he added. “The most unsafe city in our country is Baltimore.”

He repeated his assertion that Cummings, who represents parts of Baltimore, should use his power as House Oversight and Reform chairman to investigate the city’s use of federal funds.

Asked why he has focused his rage on Cummings instead of local leaders over the plight of Baltimore, Trump initially denied he was angry but later chastised the lawmaker for his fierce criticism of conditions at the southern border.

“I’m just telling you the facts,” Trump said. “I’m not angry at anybody. I’m just saying Elijah Cummings has been there for 26 years … he’s seen these mayors get thrown out, thrown out, thrown out. They’re all friends of his.”

And while an official in the administration echoed the president in saying that his attacks on Cummings aren’t part of a larger strategy, one wonders. Maybe it isn’t yet, but it’s easy to see it becoming just that:

Trump has said in the past day that he thinks his messaging about inner-cities is resonating and doesn’t appear swayed by the concerns of his advisers.

Trump claimed Tuesday morning while speaking to reporters that he was “helping himself” with voters when whether he feels he is alienating moderates with his tweets.

“No, I think I’m helping myself because I’m pointing out the tremendous corruption,” he said before departing the White House.

In spite of his attacks on Elijah Cummings, Trump insisted that he has received phone calls from a lot of African-Americans praising him for his comments on Baltimore:

“I’ve received more phone calls than I think on any other subject of people from Baltimore and other cities corruptly run by Democrats, thanking me for getting involved,” Trump told reporters outside the White House.

“Those people are living in hell in Baltimore. They’re largely African American,” he said. “You have a large African American population, and they really appreciate what I’m doing. And they’ve let me know it. They really appreciate it.”The president asserted again on Tuesday afternoon that he’d heard from “many” African Americans who called to thank him for bringing attention to Baltimore, but did not elaborate further.

Additionally, the president blamed “fake news” for a new Quinnipiac University poll that found 80 percent of black voters believe he is racist:

If the news reported it properly of all of the things I’ve done for African Americans… I think I’d do very well with the African Americans,” Trump said. “And I think I’m doing very well right now.”

–Dana

Abortion Doctor: “It’s Even More Satisfying When It’s A Real Abortion”

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dana @ 11:53 am

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Said no baby in the womb, ever.

I’ve always maintained that it is absolutely essential to the pro-abortion team to keep any mention or acknowledgement of personhood out of the abortion discussion. Never, ever acknowledge that a unique individual with a soul and created in the image of God is growing inside of their mother’s body. Because once you admit that there is indeed personhood, then you confirm that you are killing a living being. Same goes with why there is a strong objection for women to have an ultrasound done before deciding whether to have an abortion. Taking in the fullness and life of that tiny, pumping heart could be a deal breaker, and that’s not good for the abortion industry’s bottom line.

But because abortion still um, has a stigma attached to it, doctors are working to demystify and destigmatize the process. And they’re conducting “papaya workshops” to help accomplish that:

“This is a 10-week gravid uterus,” Zoey Thill said, holding up a “pregnant” papaya the size of a large fist. “And this,” she added, gesturing to her own pregnant belly, “is a 38-week gravid uterus.”

Thill, a New York City-based abortion provider, was explaining the anatomy of the uterus to a group of about a dozen of us, in Verso Books’ Brooklyn office on a Monday night. The narrow part of the papaya, where the stem would be, is like the cervix, she said. The broader portion of the papaya is like the upper area of the uterus known as the fundus—and it’s that part we would want to avoid puncturing with our tools when, in just a few minutes, we would practice performing an aspiration abortion on our own papayas.

But if we did by accident, that was OK, Thill said. “We’re not going to shame perforators,” she reassured.

Thill brought us to a long table across the room, where several Hawaiian papayas were lined up on surgical pads. After telling us about the tools that were laid out—plus the ones she didn’t have with her, the speculum and tenaculum—Thill demonstrated a first-trimester abortion on the papaya she’d displayed earlier. She talked to the “patient” throughout, checking in on how they were doing as she inserted a finger into the “cervix,” then pantomimed inserting the speculum; she pretended to apply the local anesthetic and then began inserting the metal tapered rods on the table one by one to dilate the opening.

When the papaya was fully “dilated,” she placed a plastic tube called a cannula inside and attached it to a manual vacuum aspirator, a plastic, syringe-like device, sucking out the inner contents of the papaya: what, for our purposes, was the pregnancy. From start to finish, the procedure had taken no more than three minutes.

Thill admired the seeds in the plastic tube. “This is a really fucking good one.”

After participants successfully performed their own “abortions,” Thill cheered them on, and said:

“It’s even more satisfying when it’s a real abortion,”

My question is, why resort to using an inanimate object? Why not just show a real abortion taking place? If your goal really is to demystify the procedure, then be totally transparent. This would be much more honest, and would more accurately inform women about what really takes place during the procedure. Of course, the downside for the abortionist is that it wouldn’t help them keep personhood or life out of the equation. Best stick to inanimate objects for that.

Too bad that after the papaya performance was done, no one asked Thill to demonstrate a second and third trimester abortion. I would have.

The desperate efforts to dehumanize murder continue apace.

–Dana

Ilhan Omar Shares Tweet Mocking Vicious Attack on Rand Paul

Filed under: Uncategorized — Patterico @ 7:38 am

So Rand Paul recently shared this sentiment regarding Ilhan Omar, supporting Trump’s “go back where you came from” rhetoric:

In the Trumpy landscape, you respond to nastiness with way more nastiness. So Omar retweeted this ugly tweet from Tom Arnold:

Omar Retweets Tom Arnold

Let’s remind ourselves about the injuries Rand Paul suffered in the attack in question:

The force of the landing with his neighbor on top of him broke six of Paul’s ribs and punctured one of his lungs.

The injuries left Paul breathless. Another blow to his back, and he might die, Paul thought.

Excellent fodder for some yuks, no?

And you wonder why I find nothing to support (or really even discuss) in national political discussion these days.

Regardless of what Paul said about Omar, this is unacceptable. She should be censured. But of course nothing will happen. The story is 19 hours old and as far as I can tell it has already been forgotten.


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