Issues

Planned Parenthood Has A New Financial Lifeline: Explicit Toys

Planned Parenthood is taking some serious hits within the states after a number of them have started to drop funding for the organization as a result of the sting videos from 2015.

What’s more, PP execs increasingly see the writing on the wall in terms of federal funding from Congress either being reduced or cut altogether in the not so distant future.

So, it’s time apparently for diversification, and the move they’re making reveals all we needed to know about the organization being in it for the money, not for so-called “women’s health.”

In a recent decision, organization heads have begun to peddle toys that are designed, um, for a very specific use.

So since they’re in the business of ending innocent lives at taxpayer expense, it’s really no big deal if they encourage a program of pleasure-for-profit.

Here’s more from Washington Times…

Supporters of Planned Parenthood are trying to boost the abortion giant’s shaky bottom line by selling sex toys, uterus-themed emojis and sex-positive wrapping paper.

The merchandise may be X-rated, but abortion opponents say it’s just another argument in favor of weaning Planned Parenthood off taxpayer funding.

“Planned Parenthood from the beginning has been the recipient of private charitable donations and foundation donations,” said Jay Richards, executive editor of conservative news website The Stream. “If you look at all of the corporate donations they have, it’s staggering. Even other nonprofits, like the Susan G. Komen foundation, which deals with breast cancer, give Planned Parenthood funding. And now, apparently, we have sex toy shops.”

Planned Parenthood received an outpouring of support after Republicans swept the 2016 elections and secured a coalition capable of defunding the nation’s largest abortion provider.

Among the abortion giant’s benefactors is Vibrant, a Denver-based adult toy shop that was established with the “sole mission” of supporting Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains. Items for sale include vibrators, dildos and rings priced anywhere from $20 to $220. One hundred percent of its proceeds go to the local Planned Parenthood chapter.

“Having a partner like Vibrant is critical to our future,” said Vicki Cowart, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, which advertises Vibrant’s line of toys on its social media accounts.

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Teacher Promotes Transgender ‘Reveal’ In Elementary Class

The gender dysphoria epidemic is on the march in America, despite that the military will no longer accept transgender service personnel.

But now the battle front is in the worst place possible: on the chalkboard in front the most impressionable members of our society.

So it’s no surprise that parents were confused and even horrified when a kindergarten teacher in Rocklin, California (also no surprise) decided it would be perfect acceptable to present a ‘gender transitioning’ book to five and six year olds along with a gender ‘reveal’ event in which a fellow student declared his/her ‘true’ gender.

Some children went home after the episode seriously worried they might spontaneously switch to the opposite sex.

And you’ll be perfectly unsurprised as well to learn that the school district considers the book ‘age appropriate’ and therefore deemed not in need of parental notification.

When government runs education, things generally don’t end well. Here’s more fruit to prove it.

Here’s more from Redstate…

Transgenderism is being loudly promoted in seemingly every area of society, including the education system.

It has been obvious for a while that those in the transgender movement want their cause to be the next big diversity issue thrust upon society. You don’t agree with them? You’re obviously a bigot. You teach your children something different at home? You’re clearly intolerant of others. How transphobic of you.

What parents teach in their own home is one thing. What a school teacher chooses to not only actively promote, but paradein front of their young students is quite another.

At the Rocklin Academy, a charter school in Rocklin, California, a kindergarten teacher decided to not only discuss transgenderism with FIVE and SIX-year-old children but allowed a transgender child to reveal their “true” identity in front of the class.

As expected, many parents are not too happy.

CBS News reports:

At Monday night’s board meeting, the teacher at the center of the controversy spoke out. With emotions high, she addressed a packed house.

“I’m so proud of my students, it was never my intent to harm any students but to help them through a difficult situation,” she said.

The teacher defended her decision to read two children’s books about transgenderism including one titled “I am Jazz.” She says the books were given to her by a transgender child going through a transition.

“The kindergartners came home very confused, about whether or not you can pick your gender, whether or not they really were a boy or a girl,” said England.

Parents say besides the books, the transgender student at some point during class also changed clothes and was revealed as her true gender.

And many parents say they feel betrayed and blindsided.

“I want her to hear from me as a parent what her gender identity means to her and our family, not from a book that may be controversial,” a parent said.

“My daughter came home crying and shaking so afraid she could turn into a boy,” another parent said.

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Issues, Media

Fake News: CNN Blatantly Covers Up ‘Antifa’ Violence

We’re shocked–SHOCKED–to learn that CNN’s editors have approved a scrubbing of a recent headline to remove any reference to violence by Antifa.

In their efforts to brand the recent upheaval after Charlottesville as entirely the fault of the Alt-right and white supremacists, CNN edited out a reference to ‘Peace Through Violence’ after Antifa officials objected.

So let’s get this straight.

Leftist nut jobs at the center of the anti-fascist movement argue that violence is justified so long as it’s a reaction against ‘fascism’ — however loosely they define the term, which includes speech deemed ‘micro-aggression’ — but if you point out their argument in favor of violence, that’s not fair.

Got that?

Okay, moving right along. Nothing to see here.

Here’s more from Redstate…

The left has developed an entire public relations campaign in the last week to convince everyone that the lackwit anarcho-marxists of the ‘antifa’ (correctly pronounce an-TEE-fa, I’m told) movement is actually not violent. Put aside the documented fact that every single time this bunch appears violence takes place. Not only are they violent, they are now operating with the full sanction of the mainstream media. A typical apologia was dissected by my colleague Jim Jamitis yesterday. You get guys like Chuck Todd giving the ‘antifa’ and their cheerleaders unfettered access to the airwaves and not challenging them in any way.

As Ben Domenech wrote in The Federalist:

The list of protests which turned violent – which, when I shared it, triggered numerous accusations that I was defending Nazis, a white supremacist, and caused a reporter for one magazine where I used to be a columnist to describe me as “alt-right” – includes: Oakland 2009, Akron 2009, Pittsburgh 2009, Santa Cruz 2010, Oakland 2010, Los Angeles 2010, Oakland 2011, Chicago 2012, Anaheim 2012, Brooklyn 2013, Ferguson 2014, New York City 2014, Baltimore 2015, Anaheim 2016, Chicago 2016, St Paul 2016, Milwaukee 2016, Charlotte 2016, Standing Rock 2016, Oakland 2016, Portland 2016, Washington DC 2017, Berkeley 2017, Anaheim 2017, Berkeley (again) 2017, Berkeley (again again) 2017, Olympia 2017, and Portland 2017. This is a list of overwhelmingly leftist protests. But those have a different standard in the press.

Protest and assembly are the rights of all. Violent extremism is the enemy of all. There is no “winning” in such a clash, only loss. Their enemy is civilized society and the public square. But apparently listing such protests is all it takes to be considered an anti-Semite Nazi shill. Facts are not what people want at a time like this. They would prefer fiction.

To get a flavor for just how much the media is pulling out the stops to mainstream and normalize political violence from the left is this from CNN:

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But even at its worst, no one on the right has ever claimed to achieve peace through violence, particularly when the natural state was peace before the ‘antifa’ nitwits arrived.

Now the headline reads like this:

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Issues, States

Planned Parenthood Loses Legal Battle Over Medicaid Funding

After the dozen or more sting videos of internal Planned Parenthood operations revealed in 2015 that the organization was engaged in the sale of fetal body parts, among other heinous financial transactions, states around the union reacted swiftly.

Among them was Arkansas wherein then-Governor Asa Hutchinson promptly terminated the state’s contract with Planned Parenthood for health services.

Planned Parenthood responded by suing the state arguing that the state cannot prohibit women from seeking medical care from a Medicaid provider.

In other words, the state is compelled to offer ‘health services’ via Medicaid, even if those services include abortion.

A federal judge agreed and issued an injunction on the governor’s order.

But on appeal, the 8th Circuit Court overturned the injunction remanding the decision back to the lower court.

Similar cases have come before the 7th and 5th Circuit Courts, which almost guarantees a fight in the Supreme Court.

Should Justice Kennedy retire soon, Trump’s replacement could ultimately decide Planned Parenthood’s fate in the states.

Here’s more from Daily Signal…

This week, a federal appeals court upheld Arkansas’ decision to cancel its Medicaid provider agreement with Planned Parenthood, which allowed Medicaid recipients to receive non-abortion services at Planned Parenthood clinics.

This is good news for other states that decide to stop allowing taxpayers’ money to flow to Planned Parenthood.

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced in August 2015 that the state would terminate its contract following the release of videos that raised disturbing allegations of Planned Parenthood profiting from the sale of organs from aborted babies’ body parts.

The state Department of Human Services informed Planned Parenthood it would cancel its contract within 30 days and that Planned Parenthood had a right to an administrative appeal under state law.

Instead, Planned Parenthood rounded up a group of patients (known as the “Jane Does”) to file suit in federal court.

In their lawsuit, the Jane Does argue that, under the Medicaid Act’s “free choice of provider” provision, the state cannot prohibit them from obtaining medical care from the qualified provider of their choice—unless that provider is unfit to provide medical services.

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Issues

Irony: ‘Hamilton’ Star Open to Removal of Washington, Jefferson Statues

The lead actor for the Broadway blockbuster ‘Hamilton’, Leslie Odom Jr., fell into the chasm of hypocrisy this week when he voiced his support for pulling down monuments to George Washington and Thomas Jefferson over their support of slave ownership.

He quipped, “You can reexamine things in the future, but if a statue has to come down for a minute, we’re allowed to do that.”

Despite that neither of the founding fathers thought the institution was a good one, Odom agreed with Antifa/BLM radicals who have been on a rampage of pulling down monuments across the South.

But here’s the grand irony Odom’s statement: Alexander Hamilton did not openly advocate for abolition of slavery.

In fact, Washington and Jefferson were more outspoken about the need to free slaves than was Hamilton.

Seems the left’s principles hold until a hefty paycheck bids them reconsider.

Here’s more from Breitbart…

Actor Leslie Odom Jr. says public statues should be erected to “inspire us,” to “teach us,” and to “give us hope,” but if they no longer do so, communities can decide that they don’t want them anymore — even when it comes to statues of America’s Founding Fathers.

The star of the Broadway sensation Hamilton told TMZ this week that no statue should be “off the table for discussion” on whether or not it could be removed.

“If we decide as a community that this bronze commemoration is no longer doing that, if it’s no longer inspiring us, if it’s no longer making us feel great about ourselves, they come down for a while, or forever,” he said.

“You can reexamine things in the future, but if a statue has to come down for a minute, we’re allowed to do that,” Odom added.

“We’re even allowed to do that Thomas Jefferson and George Washington,” he added. “We’re allowed to. They’re not off the table for discussion. I think it’s a great question.”

Odom’s comments to TMZ come as left-wing activists across the country have mobilized in attempts to remove Confederate monuments and other Civil War statues from public places.

Earlier this week, the city of Baltimore removed four Confederate statues from public spaces in the middle of the night, with the city council approving the move in a unanimous vote.

“They needed to come down,” Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh told the Baltimore Sun. “My concern is for the safety and security of our people. We moved as quickly as we could.”

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Issues, States

Sessions Fires at Sanctuary Cities Again: No Funding. Period.

Two days after the state of Mexifornia joined the cities of San Francisco and Chicago in suing the federal government over sanctuary city funding, Attorney General Jeff Sessions came out firing.

At a presser in Miami, Sessions pointed out that no city is entitled to federal dollars. Getting taxpayer money means, at minimum, you must comply with federal law.

Lauding Miami-Dade’s recent decision to comply with immigration regs, Sessions pointed out rightly, “So to all ‘sanctuary’ jurisdictions across the country, I say this: Miami-Dade is doing it, and so can you.”

Indeed, this isn’t really about federal funds for cities like Chicago and SanFran.

It’s about a political ideology that sees no need for borders and simultaneously wants to grant amnesty to more would-be Democrat voters.

What’s worse, sanctuary supporters stand athwart 80 percent of American voters who agree that local authorities should comply with federal immigration law.

Here’s more from Daily Signal…

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Wednesday that a sanctuary city is a “trafficker, smuggler, or predator’s best friend,” specifically taking a whack at Chicago, the first sanctuary city to sue the Justice Department for withholding federal grants.

Sessions heralded Miami-Dade County, the first jurisdiction to reverse its sanctuary policy after President Donald Trump took office, as an example of how localities can work with federal officials who enforce immigration law.

“I know that Miami-Dade will be an example of the good that comes from following the law. We have already seen that: The same Independence Day weekend when Chicago suffered more than 100 shootings and 15 homicides, Miami-Dade also had a historic number of shooting deaths—zero,” Sessions said during his remarks at PortMiami.

Sanctuary cities endanger not only their own citizens and police but federal immigration officers, Sessions said, yet “have the gall to feign outrage when their police departments lose federal funds as a direct result of their malfeasance.”

Sanctuary cities are municipalities that opt against working with federal law enforcement on applying immigration law to illegal immigrants.

“So to all ‘sanctuary’ jurisdictions across the country, I say this: Miami-Dade is doing it, and so can you,” Sessions said, adding:

Work with us to enforce a lawful immigration system that keeps us safe and serves our national interest. The Department of Justice will not concede a single block or street corner in the United States to lawlessness or crime. Nor will we tolerate the loss of innocent life because a handful of jurisdictions believe that they are above the law.

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Issues, States

TX Gov. Abbott Signs Bill Preventing Tax Dollars From Funding Abortions

Once again the Lone Star state is leading the way on smart, conservative policy in ways the federal either can’t or won’t.

While the federal government is still funding Planned Parenthood to the tune of half billions smackers, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott just signed a bill into law barring taxpayer dollars from funding abortions through insurance programs.

And as we might expect, the pro-abort left is frothing at the mouth over that mean, insensitive jerk at the state capitol who doesn’t care for ‘women’s rights’.

Except those of would-be women in the womb, that is.

It’s long past due that Republicans in Congress take a hint from Texas and do what’s right.

Will they? We’re not holding our breath.

Here’s more from Redstate…

Texas has long been a role model for life. Former Governor Rick Perry was a staunch defender of the unborn, and Governor Greg Abbott follows his predecessor with a similar, unwavering defense.

In a time which clearly praises the devaluing of life, and refuses to assign personhood to the unique individuals growing inside of wombs, legislative measures that alleviate taxpayers from participating in the horrific abortion industry are encouraging to see.

On Tuesday, Governor Abbott signed HB 214, a bill that addresses insurance coverage for elective abortions.

Life News reports, emphasis mine:

Abbott signed House Bill 214 (HB 214) that will protect Texans from paying for the abortions of others through their tax dollars and health insurance premiums. The bill limits insurance coverage for abortion procedures. Under this new law Texans will not be forced to pay for elective abortions through their insurance plans. This legislation is an important piece of the Governor’s pro-life agenda that has been championed by Sen. Brandon Creighton and Rep. John Smithee this special session.

“As a firm believer in Texas values I am proud to sign legislation that ensures no Texan is ever required to pay for a procedure that ends the life of an unborn child,” said Governor Abbott in a statement to LifeNews. “This bill prohibits insurance providers from forcing Texas policy holders to subsidize elective abortions. I am grateful to the Texas legislature for getting this bill to my desk, and working to protect innocent life this special session.”

As expected, backlash came from pro-aborts who claimed Abbott was against reproductive rights! And against freedom!

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Issues

Amnesty Posterboy Rep. Gutierrez Arrested at the White House

Extremist, open-borders champion Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) was arrested yesterday outside the White House during a pro-amnesty rally against President Trump’s immigration policies.

Gutierrez joined wayward youngsters — dubbed ‘dreamers’ — in a ‘sit-in’ in which they obstructed public byways in protest over what is anticipated to be a reversal by Trump of President Obama’s controversial Deferred Action of Child Arrivals (DACA) executive order which effectively forced ICE to stand-down on processing deportation orders against illegal aliens that arrived in the U.S. as minors.

Gutierrez is by far among the most extreme of his pro-amnesty Democrat colleagues in his defense of sanctuary cities, dissolving the border with Mexico and in his association with the radical La Raza, which is essentially the Hispanic version of Black Lives Matter.

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

Rep. Luis Gutierrez was arrested outside the White House on Tuesday during a rally demonstrating support for the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

The Illinois Democrat was taking part in a sit-in on the sidewalk outside 1600 Pennslyvania Avenue — organized to coincide with the fifth anniversary of the initiative’s introduction — at the time of his arrest.

“JUST NOW: @RepGutierrez has just been arrested in front of the White House! #DefendDACA,” immigrant advocacy group United We Dream tweeted.

The group also tweeted that about 25 people were taken into custody during the event, which was also held in support of temporary protected status for illegal immigrants.

The DACA and TBS programs are now both in doubt under the Trump administration.

A representative from Gutierrez’s office confirmed the arrest over Twitter, saying he was “still in U.S. Park Police custody.”

This is not the first time Gutierrez has had a run-in with the law for disturbing the peace.

In March, he was arrested for protesting President Trump’s immigration policies at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Chicago.

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CBS Endorses Government Eugenics in One Incredibly Stupid Tweet

CBS has removed all doubt this week of its ability to restrain an official policy of inane, leftist drivel which is ostensibly referred to as ‘news’.

In an incredibly stupid — and painfully ironic tweet — CBS endorsed its upcoming news story on how Iceland is ‘on pace to virtually eliminate Down syndrome through abortion’.

Pro-life actress Patricia Heaton quickly blasted CBS with some quick wit: “Iceland isn’t actually eliminating Down Syndrome.

They’re just killing everybody that has it. Big difference.”

That CBS would both condemn the pro-eugenics white supremacist movement in Charlottesville and then promote the pro-eugenics abortion movement in Iceland in the same week really speaks volumes about both the crassness and the obliviously contradictory nature of leftism.

Stupid is as stupid does.

Here’s more from Redstate…

There’s a fair bit of irony in CBS, who would no doubt vehemently denounce any strain of Nazism if asked directly, giving a fluff headline like this to a textbook case of nazi-esque eugenics.

Geneticist Kari Stefansson is the founder of deCODE Genetics, a company that has studied nearly the entire Icelandic population’s genomes. He has a unique perspective on the advancement of medical technology. “My understanding is that we have basically eradicated, almost, Down syndrome from our society — that there is hardly ever a child with Down syndrome in Iceland anymore,” he said.

Advancement in medical technology? Holy freaking bad logic Batman. Well, yeah, you’ve nearly eradicated it because you kill nearly every child in the womb who is diagnosed with it. Iceland has now reached the level of medical prowess Adolf Hitler had. Congrats.

To be fair to this doctor, he goes on to say  that such a heavy handed approach is not desirable.

“It reflects a relatively heavy-handed genetic counseling,” he said. “And I don’t think that heavy-handed genetic counseling is desirable. … You’re having impact on decisions that are not medical, in a way.”

Stefansson noted, “I don’t think there’s anything wrong with aspiring to have healthy children, but how far we should go in seeking those goals is a fairly complicated decision.”

It’s really not complicated at all. Advances in modern medicine have produced a world where 80% of children with Down Syndrome live 60 years or more. Given that statistic is based on people born back in the mid-20th century, you can realistically expect children born in the last few decades to live much longer as well.

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Issues, States

‘White Lives Matter’ Rally Planned – What Could Go Wrong?

That rally in Charlottesville didn’t go so well.

Both because fringe crackpots from both extreme ends of the political spectrum showed up and because police didn’t do enough to stop the violence, it melted down into a free-for-all.

And now, undeterred by the possibility of more violence, a ‘White Lives Matter’ rally has been scheduled for next month on the campus of Texas A&M by infamous white nationalist firebrand Richard Spencer.

And already a counter-rally called ‘BTHO Hate’ has been organized.

We’re not clairvoyant, but something tells us this won’t end well.

And now the leftist media is working quickly to brand any conservative as the equivalent of a KKK member for taking longer than two milliseconds to condemn the rally.

We’ll keep you posted as this develops further.

Here’s more from Redstate…

Charlottesville wasn’t enough, apparently.

Noted alt-right personality, Richard Spencer, is bringing his white nationalist freak show to the campus of Texas A&M.

From the Texas Tribune:

Richard Spencer, an infamous white nationalist who brought major unrest to Texas A&M University once already, will be coming to College Station again, according to the man who brought him to the university the first time. This time, the event will take place on Sept. 11 at a “White Lives Matter Rally” hosted by Preston Wiginton, a Texan with deep ties to white nationalist movements.

Wiginton announced plans for the rally Saturday afternoon, saying he had invited Spencer. On Sunday, Wiginton said Spencer confirmed plans to attend.

At the top of a Saturday press release announcing the event, Wiginton declared “TODAY CHARLOTTESVILLE TOMORROW TEXAS A&M,” referencing the violence in Virginia.

I’m going to assume that release went out before a woman was killed.

Then again, I doubt they care.

As can be expected, a counter-protest was quickly planned, with the name, “BTHO Hate.”

That would be “Beat The Hell Outta Hate,” in borrowing from a Texas A&M football chant, often used to taunt opposing teams.

The organizer of the counter protest said the event would be nonviolent, and was organized to “demonstrate that members of the Aggie community do not support the hateful bigotry espoused by Wiginton and the planned speakers.”

“White supremacists keep coming to our campus thinking we’re going to support them,” said Adam Key, a doctoral student at A&M and the organizer of the counter protest. “Just like the last time they showed up, we want to demonstrate as clearly as we can that their ideas are not welcome here.”

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