Patterico's Pontifications


Yes, That Oregon Campus Was a Gun-Free Zone

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:34 am

As I noted the other day, the recent Oregon shooting was in a gun-free zone — a fact omitted by Barack Obama in his admittedly “policitized” remarks on the subject:

Notably, the fact that the shooting happened in a “gun-free zone” — as these mass shootings almost always do — was not mentioned.

Leftists now claim that the campus was not actually a gun-free zone. What they ignore is that virtually everyone who might have been carrying a gun thought it was. And if everyone believes a campus is a “gun-free zone,” then guess what? It is.

Details in the extended entry.


The Tactics Of The Liberal Anti-Life On Display

Filed under: General — Dana @ 6:44 am

[guest post by Dana]

This week, the tactics of the anti-life Planned Parenthood crowd were on display to further the “women’s health care” line and keep the taxpayer dollars flowing to the organization.

One tactic used is to never give the baby a “face”. Do not allow any humanization to take place and do not say “baby” when talking about the subject. Another tactic used is to push a false narrative. As we have learned, relentlessly push a falsehood long enough, and eventually it becomes an accepted “truth”.

Two examples of these tactics recently occurred.

First, when asked by a reporter about whether an unborn baby with a human heart and a human liver is a human being, Nancy Pelosi, clearly irked at being confronted by real journalist unafraid to do their job, played the gender card and shamefully hid behind her uterus to avoid answering. Weaker sex, indeed. Thanks, Nancy: asked Pelosi: “In reference to funding for Planned Parenthood: Is an unborn baby with a human heart and a human liver a human being?”

Pelosi responded: “Why don’t you take your ideological questions–I don’t, I don’t have—” asked: “If it’s not a human being, what species is it?”

Pelosi said: “No, listen, I want to say something to you. I don’t know who you are and you’re welcome to be here, freedom of this press. I am a devout practicing Catholic, a mother of five children. When my baby was born, my fifth child, my oldest child was six years old. I think I know more about this subject than you, with all due respect.” asked: “So it’s not a human being, then?”

Pelosi said: “And I do not intend to respond to your questions, which have no basis in what public policy is that we do here.”

Had Pelosi not wimped out and actually watched the Planned Parenthood videos, she could have learned that even Planned Parenthood personnel understand that it is human hearts, human livers, human brains and other human organs they are extracting to sell. They’re not cutting open those babies looking for armadillo parts, Nancy. Too bad she didn’t heed her own admonition: you’ve got to watch the videos to know what’s in the videos, but we understand that in spite of her I’m the mother of five babies, how dare you question me! line, she really doesn’t care about who is being butchered – all the way up through the ninth month.

And given our liberal pro-abortion media, instead of compelling Pelosi to answer the reasonable question, the MSM came to Pelosi’s aid and attacked the reporter, referring to him as an anti-abortion protester .

An example of pushing a falsehood tactic was once again demonstrated by Cecile Richards this weekend in an interview with Chuck Todd. In spite of Planned Parenthood (and the MSM’s) talking points about the videos being completely debunked, Richards continued the narrative lies as she, ironically, called Carly Fiorina a liar:

“Planned Parenthood is aborting fetuses, alive, to harvest their brains and other body parts. That is a fact,” said Fiorina in the clip.

“Ms. Richards, how do you respond to Ms. Fiorina?” asked Todd.

“It is extraordinary that someone running for president would lie in that way,” Richards told Todd. “That has been completely discredited by every reputable news source, and yet Carly Fiorina seems to continue to repeat the same lie.”

“I think it also shows how using distortive and deceptive videos, as the ones that have been used against Planned Parenthood, they’re not credible,” said Richards. “And it’s not a basis upon which to make decisions about an organization or a public policy.”

Richards continually asserted that the videos were “highly edited,” distorted and “deceptive,” a claim that went unrebutted by Todd, who never brought up the forensic evidence of the tapes.


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