Tuesday, July 24, 2012


Posted By Woody Pendleton


Editor’s note: Colin Flaherty has done more reporting than any other journalist on what appears to be a nationwide trend of skyrocketing black-on-white crime, violence and abuse. WND features these reports to counterbalance the virtual blackout by the rest of the media due to their concerns that reporting such incidents would be inflammatory or even racist. WND considers it racist not to report racial abuse solely because of the skin color of the perpetrators or victims.
Please be forewarned the following report, and especially the videos linked, contain lyrics that will be offensive, even though WND uses dashes for the most offensive terms.

The epidemic of black-mob violence now has a soundtrack.
In fact, lots of them: sophisticated, highly produced songs and videos that urge black people to create all kinds of mayhem. From murdering CEOs and delivery drivers to starting riots and engaging in random warfare and everything in between.
Millions of people enjoy them every day; not just as music, but as a lifestyle.
It is not known if any of the 1,000 black people who rioted in downtown Greensboro following the Fourth of July festivities this year were dancing to this kind of music. But there is no doubt they were part of the lifestyle.


Posted By Woody Pendleton


Four men were bragging about how smart their cats were.
The first man was an Engineer,

The second man was an Accountant,

The third man was a Chemist, and

The fourth man was a Government Employee.

To show off, the Engineer called his cat, "T-square, do your stuff."

T-square pranced over to the desk, took out some paper and pen and promptly drew a circle, a square, and a triangle.

Everyone agreed that was pretty smart.

But the Accountant said his cat could do better. He called his cat and said,

"Spreadsheet, do your stuff."

Spreadsheet went out to the kitchen and returned with a dozen cookies. He divided them into 4 equal piles of 3 cookies.

Everyone agreed that was good.

But the Chemist said his cat could do better. He called his cat and said, "Measure, do your stuff."

Measure got up, walked to the fridge, took out a quart of milk, got a 10 ounce glass from the cupboard and poured
Exactly 8 ounces into the glass without spilling a drop.

Everyone agreed that was pretty good.

Then the three men turned to the Government Employee and said, "What can your cat do?"

The Government Employee called his cat and said, "CoffeeBreak, do your stuff."

CoffeeBreak jumped to his feet.......

Ate the cookies........

Drank the milk.....

Shit on the paper.......

Screwed the other three cats........

Claimed he injured his back while doing so.

Filed a grievance report for unsafe working conditions........

Put in for Workers Compensation...................and

Went home for the rest of the day on sick leave.............



Posted By Woody Pendleton


Sources confirm North Korea has eased or lifted a number of restrictions for citizens since Kim Jong Un succeeded his father, Kim Jong Il.
Kim Jong Il’s tenure as dictator was marked by intense persecution of Christians, including imprisonment of generations of a family for a single individual’s offense and executions.
Bans have been lifted on Western foods such as pizza and french fries, and restrictions on the number of cell phones have been loosened, for example, according to Ryan Morgan, and analyst with International Christian Concern Asia.
“The new ruler has even been uncharacteristically shown on state television, smiling and visiting an amusement park,” Morgan said.
However, whatever secular benefits may have trickled down to residents of the isolated communist nation, there is no evidence of any improvement in the condition of the persecuted church there, he said.
“We have not heard any reports of improvement for Christians in the country and have no reason to believe anything has changed,” Morgan said. “The regime still has up to 70,000 Christians locked away in virtual concentration camps.”
Morgan explained a Christian believer and three generations of his or her family can still go to prison for life just for owning a Bible.
“We’re hoping and praying this changes soon, but we haven’t seen any sign of it yet,” he said.
In fact, recent media reports say Kim Jong Un has moved to restructure the nation’s security apparatus to maintain his control.
Morgan pointed to a report by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom stating that the North Korean regime is increasingly viewing refugees with religious beliefs or contacts as “potential security threats.”
The report says the regime is offering rewards for anyone providing information leading to the arrest of individuals involved in distributing Christian literature.
Open Doors USA reports through a source who cannot be named for security reasons that border security is no longer the responsibility of the army.
“The NK secret service has taken over responsibility of guarding the borders from the army. They catch smugglers and force them to spy out Christian networks in China, especially those with ties to refugees,” the Open Doors source said.
Believers in North Korea tread softly because of the nation’s history of persecution as well as the message from the new dictator.
“Kim Jong Un seems to send signals to the people and other countries that he is in control. Christians are aware of this and operate with great caution,” the Open Doors source said.
The source emphasized that North Korean Christians are still focused on ministry.
“Christians pay attention to Kim Jong Un but are more concerned about doing God’s ministry,” the source said. “Our work has not been affected by these developments.”
Officials with both agencies say what is needed is prayer from Christians in the West.
“Christians continue to be thankful for our prayer and other support. It’s what keeps them alive,” the Open Doors source said.
Open Doors lists North Korea No.1 on its list of the worst persecutors of Christians in the world.
“Still the most hostile country in which to live and practice the Christian faith, there are reports of many Christians arrested, with at least 25 percent of Christians believed to be languishing in labor camps for their refusal to worship founder Kim Il-Sung’s cult,” the organization’s report states. “Half the population lives in the north, close to China, where family-based networks of house churches exist in significant numbers. Roughly ten million inhabitants are malnourished, with thousands eating only grass and bark.”
The organization reports: “In North Korea, any form of worship to anyone other than the ‘Great Leader’ (Kim Il-Sung) and the ‘Supreme Leader’ (Kim Jong-il) is seen as treason. North Korean Christians are often arrested, tortured or even killed for their faith in Jesus Christ.”
In fact, one Open Doors’ contact for Christians inside North Korea, said ever since it became apparent Kim Jong Un would follow Kim Jong Il in power, “North Korea has stepped up its attempts to uncover any religious activities. There have been more house raids and more spies trained to infiltrate religious and human rights networks. One South Korean Christian was murdered in China because he helped refugees.
“Christians fear what Kim Jong Un [is] capable of doing. He will do anything to keep hold of power,” the contact said.


Posted By Woody Pendleton


CFR... 'Don’t Worry About Hillary’s Small Arms Treaty'... (WHAT???)

Submitted by SadInAmerica on Mon, 07/23/2012 - 10:33pm.
The Council on Foreign Relations says you shouldn’t worry about the United Nations Small Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), which is currently being hammered out at the United Nations in New York. Kurt Nimmo - See Videos -
UN History of Gun Disarmament
Opposition to the treaty and defense of the Second Amendment “are not only inflammatory, they are completely unfounded,” the premier globalist organization asserts.
Stewart M. Patrick, writing for “The Internationalist,” a blog on the CFR website, argues that the treaty does not endanger the Second Amendment and the sovereignty of the United States.
“The treaty is limited to the international trade of conventional arms, which pertains to the buying, selling, transshipping, transferring, or loaning across borders,” Patrick writes.
Instead of endangering the Second Amendment and the right to own firearms, “the treaty is primarily aimed at countries in which rigorous controls and oversight are absent, in an attempt to harmonize and coordinate standards worldwide.”
The CFR steers our attention to a March, 2012, document produced by the United Nations General Assembly stating that the treaty will
Prevent, combat and eradicate the illicit transfer, illicit production and illicit brokering of conventional arms and their diversion into the illicit market, including for use in transnational organized crime and terrorism”
and does not impose restrictions on firearm ownership in the United States.
In fact, the treaty would have a significant impact not only on the ownership of firearms, but also national sovereignty.
Earlier this month, Larry Bell of Forbes spelled out the dangers of the ATT, specifically:
- the globalist treaty will force strict licensing requirements for firearms ownership;
- create an international gun registry;
- and mandate that all “unauthorized” firearms (including semi-automatic “assault” rifles) be confiscated and destroyed.
“In short, overriding our national sovereignty, and in the process, providing license for the federal government to assert preemptive powers over state regulatory powers guaranteed by the Tenth Amendment in addition to our Second Amendment rights,”
Bell warns.
~~~ ~~~
Since its inception, the United Nations has worked with gun control groups and NGOs. For instance, the UN teamed up with the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA) in 1998.
IANSA is as an umbrella network to which virtually all national and regional gun control groups belong. It is estimated to represent over 800 gun control organizations in 120 countries.
IANSA opposes the use of firearms for self-defense and has worked to make the possession of handguns and semi-automatic weapons illegal.
Not surprisingly, in addition to support from the United Nations, IANSA receives funding from the Ford Foundation (in other words, the CIA) and the Rockefeller Foundation.
In 2001, the UN held a conference on eliminating firearms in New York. “At an 11-day meeting beginning July 9 at U.N. headquarters in New York, every extremist anti-gun group in the world will show up at a summit on ‘small arms,’ where the delegates will attempt to create a global standard of gun control, banning civilian fire arms ownership worldwide,” NewsMax reported.

“The bottom line is that international gun banners want every gun – every single gun worldwide – to be under U.N. and government control,”
warns LaPierre.
“And that includes your rifle, your shotgun, your handgun, and even family heirlooms that have been handed down from generation to generation,”
said the National Rifle Association’s Wayne LaPierre.
“The ultimate aim of the CFR is to create a one-world socialist system, and to make the U.S. an official part of it,”
Dan Smoot, a former member of the FBI, explained shortly after the globalist organization was created in 1921.
In order to do this and eliminate opposition, the CFR and the United Nations are working in tandem to establish a gun grabbing regime under the guise of stopping violence by terrorists and organized crime.
The CFR and others will naturally try to derail criticism of the ATT, but thanks to the alternative media the effort is meeting stiff resistance. Even factions of the corporate media are resisting the effort, as Fox News demonstrated on July 18 when it wrote:
The most likely regulations to be pushed by the UN treaty are those that have been the favorites of American gun control advocates for years — registration and licensing, micro-stamping ammunition, and restrictions on the private transfers of guns.
Unfortunately, these measures have a long history of failure and primarily just inconvenience and disarm law-abiding gun owners.

Kurt Nimmo - July 22, 2012 - InfoWars


Posted By Woody Pendleton


Aurora shooting victim Rebecca Wingo fearless, lived life with abandon

Posted: 07/24/2012 10:41:19 AM MDT
Updated: 07/24/2012 02:32:28 PM MDT
By Lindsay H. Jones
The Denver Post

Rebecca Ann Wingo (Courtesy of the Wingo family)
Shirley Wygal, mother of victim Rebecca Wingo, speaks about the deceased 32-year-old mother of two who was among the 12 killed in the Aurora Theater Shooting on Monday, July 23, 2012. (AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post)
  • Aurora Movie Theater Shooting At Least 12 Dead
  • Jul 24:
AURORA — On one of their first nights without her, Rebecca Ann Wingo's family gathered on the patio, swapping memories of a woman who for 32 years had been the center of their world.
They remembered a woman who always sat in the first row at church, who devoured books in a single sitting, and always seemed to be juggling multiple projects.
As they talked, her former husband, the father of her two daughters, wiped away tears.
"I've been loving and fighting with that girl for 15 years," Robert Wingo said.
A few moments passed. The family was silent.
"And then my oldest son said, 'Yeah, she sure was good for the loving and the fighting,' " recalled Rebecca's mother Shirley Wygal .
And then the family smiled.
"Her legacy is the friends and family that are inspired by the way she lived, and loved," Wygal said. "I'd like for her death to not be in vain, and maybe, in some way, help protect some people at some point in the future."
The picture that emerged about Wingo in the days immediately following her death in the Aurora movie theater mass shooting was only a glimpse into her life.
Wygal and Robert Wingo share stories of a woman who had lived in three states and two countries by the time she was 12; who showed so much aptitude for foreign languages that by the time she was 20, she was fluent in Mandarin and working for the U.S. Air Force as a translator; and who was raising two daughters while putting herself back through school with a dream of becoming a social worker who would help teens transition out of the foster care system.
"A lot of people say, 'Oh this person was amazing.' It wasn't that, it was that Rebecca was a catalyst. She was the person who walked into a room, and then everything is going to happen," her former husband said. "She would brighten a room, and take you in a direction. Rebecca, she kind of had her own gravity to her, and that's why so many people like her. "
Robert Wingo, ex-husband of Rebecca Wingo, speaks about the deceased 32-year-old mother of two who was among the 12 killed in the Aurora Theater Shooting on Monday, July 23, 2012. (AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post)
Rebecca spent nearly a decade living in Hawaii and serving as an Air Force translator. It was in her intense foreign language training at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, Calif., that she met Robert Wingo, and their lives became intertwined.
In the 15 years since they met, Rebecca and Robert were classmates and friends; lovers, spouses and parents; exes and eventually partners, dedicated to raising their two daughters in a happy, loving, stable environment. Though divorced, their homes in Aurora were just four miles apart, with their girls' school in the middle.
Robert Wingo received a text from Rebecca last Thursday night, shortly before she headed out to the Century Aurora 16 movie theater on a date that included a midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises."
Rebecca died inside the theater early Friday morning, one of 12 people killed. It left their daughters, ages 9 and 5, without their mother, and Wingo without the one person who had been with him through everything.
"We went full circle. Literally from the time she was 17 or 18 years old till now, we were partners," Wingo said. "That's the selfish loss that I've got, because honestly, as an adult, I don't know how to be without her."
For Wygal, she was just relearning what it was like to live near her daughter. Thousands of miles had separated them for much of Rebecca's adult life, but in September, Wygal moved to Aurora to be with Rebecca and the girls.
Money was tight as Rebecca worked her way through classes at the Community College of Aurora, though Wygal said that never seemed to matter. Wygal said Rebecca frequently gave cash away to people she thought needed it more than she did — a $20 bill to a woman holding a sign on a street corner; $100 to a friend whose purse was stolen days before Christmas.
"I had to say, 'OK. Good girl!' She was always doing that," Wygal said. "Things didn't matter to her. People mattered to her."
Friends posting messages on a memorial Facebook page told stories of Rebecca opening her home if someone needed a place to stay. While she worked for the Air Force, she hosted six foreign exchange students, and Robert affectionately referred to Rebecca as the "animal whisperer" for her habit of taking in stray animals.
"Our cat, Kiki, was a feral cat, just running around Hawaii, and she calls it to the car, and brings it home. We still have that cat today," Robert said.
Robert Wingo and his daughters (the family has asked that their names not be published), and one of Rebecca's brothers visited with other victims' families and President Barack Obama on Sunday. The girls both wore white dresses. They hugged the president.
A woman who watched the encounter said Rebecca's daughters were "the light in the room."
The younger girl closely resembles her mother, but both girls share Rebecca's mannerisms and are taking on characteristics of her personality. They are outgoing and confident, traits Wingo and Wygal believe Rebecca gave them.
"I hope they'll love to read like Rebecca did. I hope they'll be life-long students like Rebecca was," Wygal said. "I want them to be fearless. I want them to live life with abandon like she did, and enjoy being here like she did."

Read more: Aurora shooting victim Rebecca Wingo fearless, lived life with abandon - The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/theatershooting/ci_21146142/shooting-victim-wingo-was-fearless-lived-life-abandon#ixzz21aVdAXiR

Read The Denver Post's Terms of Use of its content: http://www.denverpost.com/termsofuse


Posted By Woody Pendleton


What In The World Is Wrong With American Kids?

Posted: 24 Jul 2012 02:40 PM PDT
What in the world has happened to the children of America? All over the United States kids are acting like half-crazed monsters, but most people seem to think that this is "normal". American kids today are selfish, self-centered, sadistic, cruel, disrespectful, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, boastful, unforgiving, incredibly brutal and they possess very little self-control whatsoever. They feel entitled to everything, but they don't want to work for any of it. They are absolutely addicted to entertainment, and they know very little about self-sacrifice. Disciplining children is not considered to be "politically correct" in America today, and with each passing year these little hellions get even worse. So what in the world is our country going to look like when all of these out of control kids grow up?
Below I have posted a video that is likely to make you very, very angry. It is video of two 15-year-old bullies torturing a little 10-year-old boy in the back of a school bus. What makes it even worse is that the boy is a special needs student.
The short video below only shows some of the key moments, but the truth is that the bullies physically abused this poor boy for the entire 40 minute bus trip. They constantly used racial and sexual slurs and at one point they held a very hot cigarette lighter against his skin which made him howl in pain.
This video is a perfect example of what is wrong with the kids of America today....
Sadly, this was not an isolated incident.
The truth is that hellish scenes play out on the school buses of America every single day.
In a previous article, I discussed an incredibly shocking video that showed a group of school kids taunting an elderly school bus monitor so ruthlessly that she broke down in tears.
The video has been viewed more than 8 million times on YouTube and if you have not seen it yet you can watch it here.
It is time to face reality - American kids are really, really messed up.
This is one of the reasons why I am encouraging parents to get their children out of the government schools. I went to public schools all my life, and they were horrible enough back then. I feel really badly for any child that has to endure the hellholes that we call "public schools" today.
Sadly, there are endless examples of how out of control American children are these days.
For example, teens all over America are now playing something called "the knockout game".
The idea is that you pick out a random stranger on the street and then you see who can run over and knock that person out first.
The following is from an article about one recent incident in Chicago where a group of teens actually killed an elderly man while playing the knockout game....
Three teenagers accused of killing a 62-year-old father-of-12 in West Rogers Park were playing a game called “Pick ‘em out and knock ‘em down” when they videotaped themselves punching him in the face, prosecutors say.
Malik Jones, 16, Nicholas Ayala, 17, and Anthony Malcolm, 18, were caught after the video of Jones fatally punching Delfino Mora was posted on Jones’ Facebook page, according to authorities.
The three were playing a “game where the offender picks an innocent victim and knocks him out by striking him and likely robbing him as well,” Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Terry Clancy told Judge Israel Desierto in court Monday.
How would you like to be walking down the street one day only to have a group of teens savagely attack you for no reason and try to knock you out?
Something has changed in America.
Our country is becoming very sick and twisted.
Meanwhile, our kids are becoming increasingly stupid at the same time.
For example, according to a survey conducted by the National Geographic Society, only 37 percent of all Americans between the ages of 18 and 24 can find the nation of Iraq on a map.
Sadly, there are many other surveys that have also shown how stupid our kids have become.
Posted below is an excerpt from a recent article that I wrote entitled "Dumb As A Rock: You Will Be Absolutely Amazed At The Things That U.S. High School Students Do Not Know"....
The following are some of the absolutely amazing results of a study conducted a few years ago by Common Core....
*Only 43 percent of all U.S. high school students knew that the Civil War was fought some time between 1850 and 1900.
*More than a quarter of all U.S. high school students thought that Christopher Columbus made his famous voyage across the Atlantic Ocean after the year 1750.
*Approximately a third of all U.S. high school students did not know that the Bill of Rights guarantees freedom of speech and freedom of religion. (This is a topic that I touched on yesterday).
*Only 60 percent of all U.S. students knew that World War I was fought some time between 1900 and 1950.
Even more shocking were the results of a survey of Oklahoma high school students conducted back in 2009. The following is a list of the questions that were asked and the percentage of students that answered correctly....
What is the supreme law of the land? 28 percent
What do we call the first ten amendments to the Constitution? 26 percent
What are the two parts of the U.S. Congress? 27 percent
How many justices are there on the Supreme Court? 10 percent
Who wrote the Declaration of Independence? 14 percent
What ocean is on the east coast of the United States? 61 percent
What are the two major political parties in the United States? 43 percent
We elect a U.S. senator for how many years? 11 percent
Who was the first President of the United States? 23 percent
Who is in charge of the executive branch? 29 percent
Are you surprised by those numbers?
You shouldn't be.
Anyone that cannot see that there is something fundamentally wrong with American kids these days is being delusional.
Yes, there are exceptions. There are some young people out there today that are absolutely extraordinary.
But overall, the kids of America are a total mess.
Not only are our kids stupid and violent, they are also very sexually active.
In the United States today, 47 percent of all high school students have had sex.
All of that loose sexuality has some very negative consequences.
For example, the United States has the highest teen pregnancy rate on the entire planet.
Is that something we should be proud of?
In the United States today, one out of every four teen girls has at least one sexually transmitted disease.
And there is no cure for some of those diseases. They can be treated, but they will stay with those girls for the rest of their lives.
Are you ready for some more shocking numbers?
The following statistics are from a survey of teen girls done by Tyra Banks....
  • On average, girls are losing their virginity at 15 years of age.
  • 14 percent of teens who are having sex say they’re doing it at school.
  • 52 percent of survey respondents say they do not use protection when having sex.
  • One in three says she fears having a sexually transmitted disease.
  • 24 percent of teens with STDs say they still have unprotected sex.
  • One in five girls says she wants to be a teen mom.
Not that our boys are doing any better.
In fact, our boys are probably doing even worse than our girls are.
In a previous article, I quoted a recent Business Insider article that listed some amazing statistics about boys in America....
-In 2011, young men's SAT scores were the worst they had been in 40 years.
-Even Hollywood has caught on: films like Failure to Launch, Knocked Up and Jackass mock the ineptitude of this generation.
-Boys account for 70 percent of D's and F's given at school.
-Research shows guys aren't interested in being husbands, fathers or the head of the household.
-Boys are four to five times more likely than girls to have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Two-thirds of students in special education programs are guys.
-The average boy spends 13 hours a week playing video games. The average girl spends 5. The average young American will spend 10,000 hours playing video games by age 21. That's twice the time it takes to earn a bachelor's degree.
-The average high school boy spends two hours watching porn every week. Men can't escape porn: 13,500 full-length commercial porn films were released in 2011, compared with 600 Hollywood films.
-Researchers claim that internet pornography is hurting young boys' ability to form meaningful romantic relationships because they objectify their partner.
-It's predicted that 60 percent of bachelor's degrees will go to women by 2016.
After reading all of that, is there still anyone out there that doubts that there is something fundamentally wrong with American kids?
It is so sad to watch what is happening to future generations.
So what is causing all of this?
There are a lot of factors of course, but the breakdown of the family is definitely one of them.
According to the Pew Research Center, only 51 percent of all Americans that are at least 18 years old are currently married.
Back in 1960, 72 percent of all U.S. adults were married.
The United States has the highest divorce rate in the world by a very wide margin, and America also has the highest percentage of one person households on the entire planet.
Our families are weak and they are getting weaker, and our children are suffering.
It is this type of environment that produces monsters such as James Holmes. When the basic building blocks of society break down, people tend to lose it.
Don't let this happen to your family or to your children. In a world that is becoming crazier and more unstable with each passing day, there is more of a need for love and family than ever before.
So what do all of you think about the behavior of American kids these days?
Please feel free to post a comment with your thoughts below....


Posted By Woody Pendleton


A federal appeals court affirmed the last provision of a long disputed informed consent law today, ruling that the state of South Dakota is allowed to require abortionists to inform women seeking to terminate the lives of their unborn they would be at “increased risk” for suicide.
“Today’s decision of the en banc Court of the United States Court of Appeals (8th Circuit) is a fabulous victory for the women of the state of South Dakota. The court ruled that the women will now be given additional important information before they consent to an abortion: that the abortion places a woman at increased risk of suicide ideation and suicide,” said Harold J. Cassidy, an attorney.

He represents Leslee Unruh, president of the Alpha Center of Sioux Falls, and Stacy Wollman, president of Care Net of Rapid City. They were allowed to intervene in the case filed by Planned Parenthood against the state’s new law.
“This victory represents the fourth separate decision of the 8th Circuit reversing the district court in this one case, two decisions issued by en banc courts four years apart – a rare occurrence that underscores the importance of the issues presented by the case,” said Cassidy.
“As a result of this case upholding all eight major provisions of South Dakota’s Abortion Informed Consent Statute, pregnant mothers will now be informed: (1) that ‘an abortion terminates the life of a whole, separate, unique, living human being;’ (2) that the mother’s ‘relationship with that second human being enjoys protection under the Constitution of the United States and the laws of South Dakota;’ (3) ‘that relationship and all rights attached to it will be terminated;’ and (4) the abortion places the mother ‘at increased risk for suicide ideation and suicide,’” he said.
The court’s opinion said even Planned Parenthood’s own testimony documented a link between abortion and suicide.
Understand Planned Parenthood’s agenda. Get “Marketing of Evil: How Radicals, Elitists, and Pseudo-Experts Sell Us Corruption Disguised as Freedom”
“Planned Parenthood’s own expert, Dr. Nada Stotland, admitted that one of the studies, which determined a suicide rate after abortion of 31.9 per 100,000 as compared to a suicide rate after live birth of 5.0 per 100,000, ‘indicates an association; not causation, but an association’ between abortion and suicide,” the judges wrote.
Added Steven H. Aden, of the Alliance Defending Freedom, on the decision: “A woman’s right to make a fully informed choice is more important than Planned Parenthood’s bottom line. If Planned Parenthood truly cared about the well-being of women, it would not try to prevent them from being informed of the well-documented risk of suicide that accompanies abortion. The 8th Circuit has done the right thing in upholding a reasonable law that protects the well-being of women by making sure that the truth is not hidden from them.”
Leslee Unruh, chief of the Sioux Falls Alpha Center, said the ruling “gives hope to the hopeless. These are women who had abortions who were coerced, persecuted, broken. These women did a very courageous thing in going to the South Dakota legislature and telling their stories.”
“These judges have believed them, listened to their hearts and have ruled on their behalf,” she said.
The lawsuit was brought by Planned Parenthood against the state after the legislature in 2005 adopted the new informed consent requirements for abortionists.
Cassidy noted that normally a statement of the importance of the decision would suffice.
“However, we feel that, in this instance, given the fact that South Dakota’s Informed Consent Statute, passed to protect the interests of pregnant mothers in South Dakota, was the subject of false claims and protracted litigation that took seven years to conclude, and required the intervenors to win four different appeals in the Eighth Circuit, requires further comment,” he said.
“Throughout the legislative processes, over the past eight years, and all during the pending of this litigation, as well as that of the new case now pending in the District Court (in which Alpha Center and Care Net are party intervenors), Planned Parenthood has threatened expensive litigation and counsel fees. Planned Parenthood has argued that they should be free to perform their radical abortion practices the way its New York City office prefers and that the people of the state of South Dakota should not impose regulations that reflect the values of the people of the state; and the people should not protect the interests of their pregnant mothers.
“Planned Parenthood has been proven completely wrong on every issue in the case. The state statute is a constitutionally valid method to protect pregnant mothers,” he said.
“The people of the State of South Dakota have stood up to the threats, false accusations and litigation tactics of Planned Parenthood. In the process, the people of South Dakota have shown that they will not be intimidated by threats of litigation, threats of payment of attorneys’ fees, and will hold fast to their conviction that a handful of people in New York, with a radical philosophy, will not dictate to the people of South Dakota, when, if, and how they will protect their women from harm, pressure, coercion and false and incomplete information when making the most important decision of their lives,” he said.
His reference to another case involves a second new law adopted in South Dakota that now is subject to a second challenge by Planned Parenthood. That law requires that a physician have a personal interview with a women seeking abortion, and that she be offered counseling by state-approved counseling centers, before the abortionist can schedule the procedure.
In South Dakota, where Planned Parenthood flies abortionists in to a facility where they perform abortions and then leave the state, it would require doubling the visits, because an abortionist could not interview a woman, and perform an abortion on her, during the same trip.
The law also requires that an abortionist determine whether the woman is being coerced into the abortion, and imposes a waiting period.
Several of those procedures no longer are being challenged by Planned Parenthood and they are going into effect in the state. Remaining under challenge is the counseling requirement along with the three-day waiting period.
The state recently announced, “Pursuant to the 2011 and 2012 legislation and the order, beginning July 1, 2012, doctors who perform abortions must assess each woman for pre-existing risk factors such as coercion and must advise the woman about the risk of adverse psychological outcomes.”
During the 2012 legislative session, South Dakotans amended several portions of the 2011 abortion law, and Planned Parenthood followed up with an amended complaint. Planned Parenthood dropped its challenge to the provisions regarding coercion and a risk-factor assessment but continued challenging requirements regarding the referrals to the pregnancy help centers and the three-day delay.
As a result, the two sides agreed to an order that the coercion and risk-factor assessment provisions could go into effect right away.
“The remaining challenged provisions – the requirement for involvement of the pregnancy help centers and the three-day delay – will continue to be enjoined pending the outcome of discovery, briefing and argument before the district court,” the state’s announcement said.
According to a statement by the Alpha Center of Sioux Falls and the Black Hills Pregnancy Center of Rapid City, two abortion alternative centers to which women may be referred, the decision from Judge Karen Schreier opens the door to substantial new requirements for abortions.
“Planned Parenthood can no longer have a clerk schedule abortion surgery – which has been its practice – without a physician first seeing a pregnant mother, compelling a change in the practices at the Planned Parenthood abortion facility,” the statement said.
Only a physician can schedule an abortion, and only after the physician first performs an assessment, which includes an assessment to determine if the pregnant mother is being pressured or coerced into having an abortion. Until now, no such assessments were performed, and no physician saw the pregnant mother until after the surgery was scheduled and only after she was required to sign a consent for the abortion and only after she was required to pay for the abortion,” the statement continued.
In today’s decision over the 2005 law, the appeals court ruling said, “To succeed … Planned Parenthood must show that the [suicide-abortion link] disclosure at issue ‘is either untruthful, misleading or not relevant to the patient’s decision to have an abortion.’”
“The legislature expressly required the disclosure of an ‘increased risk,’ not a causal link. Based on the accepted usage of the term ‘increased risk’ … the usage of that term … does not imply a disclosure of a causal relationship,” the court said.
Instead, the section “requires a disclosure simply that the risk of suicide and suicide ideation is higher among women who abort…”
The judges also said, “We hold that the disclosure facially mandated by the suicide advisory is truthful.”
“The state legislature, rather than a federal court, is in the best position to weigh the divergent results and come to a conclusion about the best way to protect its populace. So long as the means chosen by the state does not impose an unconstitutional burden on women seeking abortions or their physicians, we have no basis to interfere,” the court said.


Posted by Woody Pendleton


Dark Night

Dark Night
By now the script should be familiar. A bombing or a mass shooting occurs and the media immediately look for a simple cause. Invariably, they turn to talk radio or some other conservative pit of "intolerance."
Within recent memory are tragedies like the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, the 1999 massacre at Columbine, the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings and the 2011 shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and others in Tucson. Some politicians and liberal interest groups have sought to link these and other violent incidents to the far right. There have also been incidents when some conservatives have tried to blame other tragedies on "liberals" "secularists" and abortion.
New York Times columnist Paul Krugman wrote on his blog that the "hate-mongers" Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck contributed to the Giffords shooting, despite later reports that the shooter, Jared Lee Loughner, had never listened to their programs. The discovery that Loughner liked "The Communist Manifesto" and "Mein Kampf" forced media types to quickly abandon that smear, but not retract their comments. They're running the same play again.
Within hours of the massacre of 12 people and the wounding of dozens more in a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., Brian Ross, an "investigative reporter" for ABC News rushed on the air to say that he had found a name similar to that of the alleged shooter and that the Jim Holmes he had discovered with a quick Internet search was (gasp!) listed as a member of the tea party movement. In Ross' mind, as well as that of other "journalists," apparently, tea party equals guns, equals extremist, end of discussion. ABC and Ross later issued a limp apology, but the bias was exposed.
Ross was not alone in his rush to misjudgment. The New York Times sought the opinion of film critic Roger Ebert, who predictably argued for more gun control laws even while diagnosing the alleged shooter as "insane." How would more laws force an "insane" individual to act sanely and obey them, especially when that person is intent on committing murder? Ebert didn't say. Even if more gun laws could deter "insane" killers, there are other weapons to choose from --airplanes, homemade bombs containing fertilizer. Should fertilizer be outlawed?
The National Rifle Association, predictably, was denounced on MSNBC and in the Daily Kos, but the left's real endgame was expressed in a recent letter to the editor in The New York Times by Ellyn S. Roth, New York City: "What is it going to take to get rid of the handguns in this country?"
Our government is unlikely to confiscate every gun in America in violation not only of the Second Amendment, but also common sense.
What is always left out of this familiar scenario is an in-depth discussion of evil. Politicians and commentators almost never speak of evil as something that resides deep inside the human heart. All humans possess the capacity for evil. While it rarely rises to the level of mass murder, the capacity for doing great harm to other human beings lurks within each of us. This is what theologians mean when they speak of a "fallen" humanity.
Violent movies like "The Dark Knight Rises" do not make all people emulate the Colorado shooter, anymore than a movie about love causes people to love one another.
Would an armed guard at the theater have helped stem the carnage? No one can say. The guard might have been the first one shot. Some have suggested that at least one armed movie patron could have stopped the shooter. That also is difficult to say. In a darkened theater, a gunfight might have killed just as many, or more.
Sometimes there are no "solutions" that can forestall an evil act. Both President Obama and Mitt Romney set the right tone, asking for prayers for the victims and their families. Calling on that Higher Authority is the proper and perhaps only counterforce to this and other expressions of true evil.


Posted By Woody Pendleton


Who wasn't shocked and disheartened by yet another tragic mass shooting, this time in Aurora, Colo.?
Like millions of Americans, my wife, Gena, and I send our heartfelt condolences and prayers to the victims of this murderous spree and their families.
We, too, commend the heroes who gave their lives to save others. Truly, every victim of this reprehensible executioner is in some way heroic, for the victims were injured or died in the midst of a culture war in which even our theaters and schools have become battlegrounds.
Moreover, we salute and support the Colorado peace officers, emergency medical and relief personnel, bomb squads, counselors, crises management workers, etc. -- all of whom care for violent crime victims and rally to reduce the increasing tides of illegal conduct and misguided behavior, just as their colleagues across our country do.
As Americans, we are all concerned with figuring out what we can do about the increase in violent crime. Marisa Randazzo, a psychologist who contributed to an extensive study of school shootings for the Secret Service, said, "The intensity and frequency of the attacks have increased since the events at Columbine."
So how can we continue to help reduce and prevent violent crime in our communities?
First, as with most societies' ills, the key to curbing crime is not more government expansion and spending. Nor is the answer dissolving our Second Amendment rights; countries with super-strict gun ownership laws have equally violent crimes and also proved that taking guns from good guys doesn't prohibit bad guys from obtaining them. Our Founding Fathers had a far better solution than more government and taking away guns from law-abiding citizens.
Though our founders initiated our government, they didn't expect it or the law of the land to establish and maintain civility. As proud as they were of their newfound republic, they would turn to and trust in God and "We the People" to usher in life, liberty, happiness, decency, respect, morality, honesty and restraint, to name a few.
George Washington warned us in his Farewell Address about a time in America's future in which we might be tempted to discard the pillars of civility: "Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity. Let it simply be asked: Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice? And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle."
Curbing violent crime is still more about what we do than it is about what government does. The answer is still more about nature's law within us than it is about man's law outside of us.
We must return to being a nation in which mutual respect is king -- in which I am my brother's keeper and we agree to disagree agreeably. It's time to renew our commitment to the basic premise of humanity: Do unto others as you would have them do to you, and love your neighbor as you love yourself.
In today's world, each American also must be vigilant against crime. We must have zero tolerance for our volatility to violence. We must come together as community leaders to brainstorm solutions rather than expect our politicians in Washington to come up with the answers. We must be equally willing to reach out to those lost souls who feel marginalized and disenfranchised by the world around them. We also must reconsider the power of our own models on our families and realize that our children likely will model our treatment of others.
Beyond enhancing these internal and inherent qualities, we need to come together as individuals, families, community groups, schools, churches and local law enforcement to strategize and communicate, educate community residents about victims' rights, enhance public awareness about what we all can do to increase our survival in the midst of fatal crimes, make plans to offer victims assistance (via intervention, food closets, temporary shelter, mental health counseling, legal help and other emergency services), track violent offenders, further crack down on family violence violations, ensure additional necessary securities and network through the Internet with other help agencies.
I might play a tough guy who protects victims from bad guys on-screen, but in real life I'm also an advocate for those who are at risk, particularly through our KickStart Kids foundation. Gena and I consider KickStart Kids our lives' mission. KickStart Kids means building strong moral character in our youth through the martial arts. Its purpose is to help raise self-esteem and instill discipline and respect, which so many children are lacking today.
Two other warriors who are raising the bar of societal and youth decency are our dear friends Darrell and Sandy Scott, who spearheaded Rachel's Challenge in memory of their beautiful and kind daughter, Rachel, who was murdered at Columbine High School in 1999. Rachel said, "I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion, then it will start a chain reaction of the same." KickStart Kids and Rachel's Challenge recently partnered to further help American youth and families.
Lastly, regarding the victims of the Aurora shooting, let us remember this promise in the Bible: "What others mean for harm, God will turn around and use for the good." The Bible also says that "God is near to the brokenhearted."
May God's nearness be a comfort to the Colorado victims and their families.
 by WP:  Looking to government for answers is a forlorn hope that has never come through.  If we would just search back through our history we will find that even in the most dire situations our government has been incapable of formulating a plan of action that has ever worked as planned.  It is ,We The People, who must come up with the answers and implement them as they should be.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...