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Lone 2020 Democratic Candidate Says No Abortion In Third Trimester Unless Severe Risk To Woman

Filed under: General — Dana @ 6:39 pm

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Well, apparently the Little Aloha Sweetie isn’t just a pretty face and hard body. What she is, at least with regard to the issue of abortion, is a Democrat who can think for herself, and is willing to break rank with the 2020 Democratic death-mongers who support abortion through the third trimester. Here is Gabbard confirming that life in the womb is, well, just that:

In an interview with Dave Rubin yesterday, Hawaii congresswoman and Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard conceded that abortion should not be permitted during the last three months of pregnancy unless the mother was at severe risk.

Gabbard told Rubin she views abortion in a “libertarian” way, saying she doesn’t think government should be dictating women’s choices. “I think that there should be some restrictions though,” she added. Rubin asked if she had a “cutoff point,” to which she replied: “I think the third trimester. Unless a woman’s life or severe health consequences is at risk, then there shouldn’t be an abortion in the third trimester.”

Gabbard’s comments come on the heels of 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg crassly attempting to justify abortion through the third trimester by suggesting that pro-life Christians should consider that life begins with the baby’s first’breath’:

Buttigieg discussed how the Bible talks about life beginning with breath, and suggested this would be one way to determine when life began in relation to abortion debates.

He said Republicans hold everyone in line with doctrine about abortion.

” … which is obviously a tough issue for a lot of people to think through morally,” Buttigieg said. “Then again, there’s a lot of parts of the Bible that talk about how life begins with breath, and so even that is something that we can interpret differently.”

He added that he’s pro-choice.

“I think, no matter what you think about the kind of cosmic question of how life begins, most Americans can get on board with the idea of, alright, I might draw the line here, you might draw the line there, but the most important thing is the person who should be drawing the line is the woman making the decision,” the South Bend mayor continued.

Obviously abortion is here to stay, and we’re not talking the quaint “safe, legal and rare” model. I’ll just say once again: It’s absolutely mind-boggling that every Democrat running to become the next president of the United States is willing to go to the mat to make sure babies in the womb can be killed up to the point of birth…or when they take their first breath.

Except Tulsi Gabbard.

( Gabbard really has nothing to lose at this point in the campaign. She didn’t make the cut for the third Democratic presidential debate, and it looks like she’ll sit out the fourth debate as well.)

(Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.)

President Trump: We Need To Be Very Careful About Which Bahamian Evacuees We Let into The U.S.

Filed under: General — Dana @ 4:40 pm

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In the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian the death toll in the Bahamas currently stands at 43, but is expected to rise. There are also an estimated 70,000 people now homeless on Grand Bahama and the Abaco Islands. Because of the magnitude of the disaster, and subsequent shortages of food, shelter, and fresh water, people on the islands are making every effort to leave as things are expected to get even worse:

Efforts are underway to move evacuees by the hundreds to safety, including on a cruise ship that arrived Saturday morning in Palm Beach, Florida.

Search and rescue personnel who arrived with cadaver dogs on the Abaco Islands brought body bags and coolers to store human remains, said Joy Jibrilu, director general of the country’s tourism and aviation ministry.

Workers also brought equipment to count the dead and to understand the scope of damage, Jibrilu said.

The smell of death lingered in the air in Marsh Harbour, CNN’s Gary Tuchman reported Friday, as he toured hard-hit areas there.

Tuchman accompanied U.S. Coast Guard and city of Miami paramedics as they conducted a grim search through rubble in Marsh Harbour Saturday. The crews found the body of a woman buried in the layers of rubble that now blanket the neighborhood.

Local firefighters told Tuchman they expect many more bodies will be found in the area.

Ravaged infrastructure has impeded search and recovery efforts, as the islands remain a mess of splintered buildings, torn-off roofs, snapped power poles and scattered vehicles.

However, residents fleeing the islands are facing complications when trying to enter the U.S. Earlier today, evacuees found themselves kicked off a ferry headed to Florida because their paperwork was allegedly not in order:

Crew members aboard the Balearia in Freeport, Grand Bahama, told 119 evacuees without valid US visas they would have to disembark because US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) warned “in a last-minute call” they would not be admitted to the US on arrival in Fort Lauderdale.

Under CBP rules, passengers lacking visas are legally admissible on humanitarian grounds as long as they also carry a police report confirming they have no criminal record. But those with such documentation were asked to get off the Balearia after the passenger manifest was submitted to the US federal agency on Sunday night, according to some of the crew, because they said the US would not accept them.

Others from the Bahamas have reportedly been allowed to travel to the U.S. with passports after undergoing a screening process that showed no proof of criminal record.

Customs and Border Protections attempted to clear up the confusion:

Acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan told reporters Monday that the developments were the result of “confusion,” and said the Trump administration would look to process anyone seeking entry into the U.S. from the Bahamas for humanitarian reasons on an expedited basis.

“You can imagine any type of natural disaster like this where you have this huge disaster, a lot of resources going on and responding, there’s going to be some confusion,” Morgan told reporters at the White House.

“We are not working and telling a cruise line that you cannot allow anyone without documents. That’s just not being done.”

“We will accept anyone on humanitarian reasons that’s going to come here, we’re going to process them,” Morgan continued, though he stressed that individuals will not be granted entry if they are deemed inadmissible, including in cases of criminal records.

Morgan later stressed that there is not a “formal grant of temporary protected status for individuals in the Bahamas impacted by the hurricane,” but that those discussions need to happen.

The acting director of Customs and Border Patrol in Port Everglades, Florida, said that had the evacuees remained on the ferry and been allowed to disembark in Florida, CBP would have processed them:

Stephen Silvestri, the acting director for CBP at Port Everglades, told a reporter from Miami news station WSVN who was onboard the ferry: “If those folks did stay on the boat and arrived we would have processed them, vetted them and worked within our laws and protocols and done what we had to do to facilitate them.”

“I think it was a business decision by Balearia to remove them. They were not ordered off the boat by any government entity.”

President Trump also weighed in on the issue today, noting that there were “dangerous” people on the islands that officials want to prevent from entering the U.S.:

“We have to be very careful. Everybody needs totally proper documentation. Because look, the Bahamas has some tremendous problems with people going to the Bahamas who weren’t supposed to be there,” Trump told reporters on the South Lawn at the White House.

Trump went on to suggest that gang members or drug dealers could be among those seeking refuge in the U.S. after the devastation from Dorian.

“I don’t want to allow people that weren’t supposed to be in the Bahamas to come into the United States, including some very bad people and some very bad gang members, and some very, very bad drug dealers,” Trump continued.

The president claimed that “large sections” of the Bahamas were not hit by Dorian, and that the U.S. would seek to relocate Bahamians in need to those parts of the country.

Here is a link to organizations helping with recovery in the Bahamas. I haven’t vetted them myself, so do your homework if you’re interested in helping with monetary donations or non-perishable items.

(Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.)


Praising Trump When He Deserves It, Mishandling Classified Information Edition

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:32 am

In a new feeture here called “Praising Trump When He Deserves It”, we take on the media bias against Trump and expose the real storys, like the deep state and mainslime media conspiracy against our patriot of a president, here you go:

In a previously undisclosed secret mission in 2017, the United States successfully extracted from Russia one of its highest-level covert sources inside the Russian government, multiple Trump administration officials with direct knowledge told CNN.

A person directly involved in the discussions said that the removal of the Russian was driven, in part, by concerns that President Donald Trump and his administration repeatedly mishandled classified intelligence and could contribute to exposing the covert source as a spy.

The decision to carry out the extraction occurred soon after a May 2017 meeting in the Oval Office in which Trump discussed highly classified intelligence with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and then-Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak. The intelligence, concerning ISIS in Syria, had been provided by Israel.

The disclosure to the Russians by the President, though not about the Russian spy specifically, prompted intelligence officials to renew earlier discussions about the potential risk of exposure, according to the source directly involved in the matter.

You can’t trust it, it’s CNN, Trump’s too smart to mishandle classified information, he made billions and billions of dollars with just a small loan from his dad. More deep state shananigans, etc., what else is new. Anyways he’s the guy who classifys information so whatever he does cant be mislandling it by definision.

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