Issues

Court Drops All Charges Against Planned Parenthood Filmmaker

In a major surprise decision, a San Francisco judge ordered all but one of the charges dropped against the filmmakers of the inside sting videos of Planned Parenthood in the last couple years.

The filmmakers, David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt, were facing fifteen felony charges leveled against them by the California Attorney General.

Then in the course of the proceedings it was discovered that the CA AG was a major recipient of Planned Parenthood money and therefore was only pursuing charges on behalf of his special interest client.

That’s when the judge declared 14 of those charges ‘legally insufficient’, which is a fancy way of saying they were a bunch of bovine excrement.

Now if Congress would get off the fence and defund Planned Parenthood outright, that’d be just peachy, thanks.

Here’s more from Redstate…

As most of you know, in the wake of the sting videos documenting Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers flogging the organs and other body parts of babies they had murdered on a gray-market to medical “research” companies, the producers of the video, David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt, were hit by two major felony indictments bought and paid for by the abortion industry. They were indicted in Houston, TX, and in San Francisco, CA.  In both cases, members of the prosecution teams who sought the indictments were actively involved in the abortion industry and had accepted money from the abortion industry. Last June, the Texas charges were dropped as the Planned Parenthood asset who led the charge was turned out of office.

This left Daleiden and Merritt facing fifteen felony charges in a state where the attorney general was a major recipient of Planned Parenthood dollars. If you read the indictment, you will find that they were charged with video-recording non-private conversations in a non-private space. In short, California’s AG, Xavier Becerra sought to criminalize journalism if it hurt his puppetmasters.

Once Becerra issued a press release, the fight entered the realm of law. Yesterday, a judge in San Francisco acted in a most surprising way. He actually acted as though the US Constitution and the rule of law existed:

The San Francisco Superior Court on Wednesday dismissed 14 of 15 criminal counts but the pair are still charged with one count of conspiracy to invade privacy. However the court dismissed the charges with leave to amend — meaning Becerra could re-file the charges with additional supposed evidence against the pair.

The court ruled that counts 1-14 were legally insufficient. The state has the opportunity to amend if it can plead a more legally sufficient and specific complaint. The California’s Attorney General filed 15 criminal counts against Merritt, with counts 1-14 for each of the alleged interviews and count 15 for an alleged conspiracy. San Francisco County Superior Court Judge Christopher Hite gave the state attorney general’s office until mid-July to file a revised complaint.

Daleiden and Merritt aren’t home free yet. Becerra could, and probably will, refile the indictment but, unless he comes up with a lot more than charging them with video-recording a conversation in a crowded restaurant and claiming they conversation was private, the outcome will probably be the same. What Becerra is doing is using the power of his office to harass Daleiden and Merritt, to paralyze their ability to act, and to inflict massive legal costs upon them in order to prevent other pro-life people from embarrassing abortionists in the future.

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Issues

Federal Program Rewards Companies For Hiring Foreign College Grads

We are allegedly supposed to be about the work of ‘making America great again’. Except liberal federal programs are forcing the country to drag its feet out of the past and into a future where America is truly first.

Among the worst of those programs — according to a report from the Department of Homeland Security — is one that rewards corporations with tax incentives for hiring foreign college students if they graduate from an American university.

And the program doesn’t even require that they interview American graduates…at all.

The benefit for these corporations is obvious: they get to hire new employees at substantially lower wages AND they get federal tax cuts on top of that.

Talk about corporate welfare. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate among American workers is still dismally high.

Here’s more from Breitbart…

The federal government quietly helped and rewarded companies and universities which hired roughly 330,000 cheap foreign graduates in 2016 instead of hiring American graduates, many of whom are deep in debt.

The little-known “Optional Practical Training” program has grown from 91,140 new foreign job-seekers in 2009 to 329,158 new job-seekers in 2016, according to data provided by the Department of Homeland Security. That is almost a four-fold increase in seven years — and the program is growing even larger in 2017.

There is no cap on the OPT program, which quietly and semi-automatically gives work permits lasting up to three years when requested by foreign students who graduate from U.S. universities and colleges. Companies are not required to even interview Americans before hiring OPT graduates — and they get tax breaks for hiring foreigners over Americans.

“The government is enticing employers to hire foreigners instead of Americans … it is ridiculous,” said Mark Krikorian, director of the D.C.-based Center for Immigration Studies. Even the middle-class Americans who have downplayed the impact of cheap-labor immigration on blue-collar Americans should be alarmed by the government’s discrimination against their own college-graduate children, he added.

In 2014, the OPT program provided work permits to 249,998 foreign graduates, according to the data provided to Breitbart News by the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the program. Two years later, the number of new foreign graduates entering the program had risen by 32 percent up to 329,158.

The program provides a one-year work permit to all graduates. It also provides an extra one-year permit to graduates who work in a so-called high-tech “STEM” job. In 2016, officials working for former President Barack Obama extended the STEM permits from one year to two years. If only 20,000 of the 51,672 STEM workers from 2015 used Obama’s one-year extension, they would have increased the 2016 total from 329,158 up to 350,000.

That 350,000 estimate for 2016 means that the government is offering work permits to one foreign graduate for almost every two of the 800,000 young Americans who graduate from college each year with high-skilled degrees in business or medicine, science or software, math or physics.

The OPT program will likely grow to 500,000 foreign workers in 2020 unless it is killed by a pending lawsuit.

Under the new transparency rules established by DHS secretary John Kelly, DHS officials also provided Breitbart with the initial OPT numbers for 2017. That data showed the OPT program in the first half of 2017 by giving work permits to 255,412 foreign students, including 57,315 high-skill technology graduates. That half-year number for 2017 is larger than the 2014 total.

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Elections, Issues

Planned Parenthood Paid Big Bucks For A Big Georgia Loss

As we’ve reported already, Democrat John Ossof bought a big, fat nothing burger in Tuesday’s special election in Georgia, and it only cost him 25 million smackers.

But what’s even more mouthwateringly delectable is that three-quarters of a million of those liberal dollars came from Planned Parenthood for whom Ossof was a wholly-owned subsidiary of so-called “women’s health care rights” (aka abortion on-demand).

It’s sort of poetic justice to know that it went to waste after all.

The only frustrating factoid is that those dollars ultimately were funded by the taxpayer (aka ‘us’).

Here’s more from Redstate…

Talk about getting no bang for your buck.

Planned Parenthood were hoping an influx of ready cash into Georgia’s race for the 6th Congressional District would give them one more friend in Congress.

From The Washington Times:

 With $734,000 in campaign contributions, the abortion giant was the second-biggest spender on the Democratic side of the ledger — only trailing the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which poured $4.9 million into the race.

Mr. Ossoff raised a historic $23 million to try to pick off the seat vacated by former Rep. Tom Price, who was appointed to head the Department of Health and Human Services by President Trump.

I’m actually quite happy about this, and I encourage them to spend as much as possible on losing candidates.

The way I see it, that’s money that’s not going to enrich the heartless ghouls that profit from human irresponsibility, fear, and death.

Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, said it turned out to be a referendum on Planned Parenthood.

“Although America’s largest abortion business, Planned Parenthood, spent six figures in support of her opponent Jon Ossoff, Karen’s record of courageous leadership won the day,” Ms. Dannenfelser said in a statement.

“We are encouraged that the voters rejected Ossoff’s extreme pro-abortion agenda and are sending Karen Handel to Washington to stand up for women and children and get taxpayers out of the abortion business,” she added.

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Courts, Issues

SCOTUS Slams Snowflakes in Rare Unanimous Decision

In an astounding 8-0 unanimous decision (Gorsuch did not participate), the Supreme Court of the United States dropped a bomb on snowflakes across the fruited plain who run around crying to anyone who will listen about how offended they are by this or that utterance.

The case in question concerned an Asian rock band called “The Slants” whose application for trademark was denied by the federal government because it is a ‘racial slur’.

But the high court disagreed arguing that the US Patent Office was violating the band’s First Amendment rights.

The decision sends a message to all snowflakes in the country: even high-minded liberal legal experts agree that being offended doesn’t trump the Constitution.

Go cry a river somewhere else.

Here’s more from the Redstate…

This is good news for… sanity.

And here’s the kicker – it came with unanimous support from the Supreme Court.

In an 8 – 0 decision, SCOTUS ruled that the government doesn’t have the right to censor trademarks, just because someone, somewhere, might be offended.

Commonsense and any sort of social interaction proves that there are people who actually seek out things to be offended by.

During those heady Obama years, the outrage culture saw, what we hope, was the pinnacle of its existence. One victim of that nonsensical movement was the Washington Redskins football team.

In 2014, multiple protests were launched against the team’s name by Native Americans, who felt the name and mascot were “offensive” to their heritage.

Lawsuits were launched to deny trademarks to the Redskins, and in June of 2014 the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office revoked around six team trademarks. By August, the team had filed their own countersuit in U.S. District Court, claiming the trademark board was penalizing them, in violation of their First Amendment rights.

This SCOTUS decision may give new life to their case.

The case before the high court involved an Asian rock band named “The Slants.” The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office originally denied the band’s name, saying it was a racial slur that violated the agency’s policy against granting disparaging trademarks.

Justices, though, said that violated the First Amendment.

“Speech may not be banned on the ground that it expresses ideas that offend,” Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. said in his opinion for the court.

Just as the Washington team had asserted in their 2014 case, trademarks constitute free speech.

And this is the way government is supposed to work. They get out of the way and let ideas compete.

If fans (or non-fans) are really that offended by the name, “Washington Redskins,” they have recourse.

They can protest (peacefully). They can boycott games and licensed products. They can try to convince others that they have a valid point, winning them over to their side.

What they can’t do, as this decision determines, is use the courts as enforcers to push their opinions over someone else’s, or deny the rest of the public the opportunity to make up their own mind.

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Issues, Media, Politics

Hail Caesar: Crowds Cheer When Trump Is Killed in NYC Play

Despite losing two high profile donors and being the target of national outrage, the NYC Shakespeare Theater rendition of Caesar continues to go on.

This week two protestors rushed the stage in an attempt to shut down the performance but were quickly apprehended.

But now reports are that the crowds are in on it as well. At the moment in which the character portraying Trump is assassinated, crowds in attendance begin cheering as if they’re in a modern day version of the colosseum.

That’s what it’s come to now in our civil discourse.

Disgraceful.

Here’s more from American Mirror…

Not even this week’s shooting of a Republican congressman and four others by a crazed leftist, corporate sponsors pulling out, or a disruption by protesters would deter the Public Theater from killing President Trump again on Friday night.

Shakespeare In the Park once again staged “Julius Caesar”  in New York City, and once again a Trump look-alike was stabbed to death to the delight of the audience.

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“I just saw a Manhattan crowd roar with applause as President Trump was stabbed again and again on stage,” Jack Posobiec tweeted after he and Laura Loomer disrupted the show.

“Blood-chilling.”

Loomer stormed the stage and temporarily halted the performance, to the dismay of the booing audience baying for blood.

After immediately being seized by security, Posobiec continued, “You are Nazis,” as the cast stood on the stage.

So far, Delta and Bank of America have pulled funding for the production, while American Express claimed its support for the Public Theater didn’t go to Shakespeare in the Park. The production’s other sponsor, the New York Times, has been silent on the issue.

Inside Edition has the shock footage from the first performance last weekend:

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Issues, Media

Sen. Rand Paul: ‘We were like sitting ducks’, Police Prevented Massacre

Republican Majority Whip Steve Scalise has been upgraded to ‘critical’ after undergoing emergency surgery at an area hospital.

He was one of four individuals shot by a lone gunman during practice for an annual congressional baseball game.

The White House has announced that the gunman was killed on the scene by undercover Capitol Police who were serving as security detail for Scalise, who is a member of leadership.

Sen. Rand Paul, also in attendance, reported that Scalise’s security detail prevented a massacre of innocent people including staffers and children who were unarmed and ‘sitting ducks’ in the park.

Here’s more from Fox News…

 

Lawmakers are crediting Capitol Police with acting quickly to prevent the shooting at a congressional baseball practice Wednesday from becoming “a massacre.”

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot in the hip by a gunman who opened fire at the practice in Alexandria, Va., on Wednesday morning. Two Capitol Police officers and an aide also were injured, a security source said.

Scalise’s office said the lawmaker is undergoing surgery and in stable condition, adding: “He is grateful for the brave actions of U.S. Capitol Police, first responders, and colleagues.”

Scalise is the first member of Congress to be shot since Gabby Giffords in 2011. As a member of leadership, he has a security detail — and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., credited police with preventing an even bigger tragedy.

“Without Capitol Hill police, it would have been a massacre — we had no defense—we had no defense at all,” Paul said on “Fox & Friends” just minutes after the incident. “I think we’re lucky Scalise was there because this was his security detail and without them, it would have been a massacre.”

Paul described the scene as “sort of a killing field,” and said there were more than 50 shots of gunfire which lasted for at least 10 minutes. Paul described the sounds of the gunfire as possibly coming from an “AR-15” style rifle. The actual model gun used by the shooter has yet to be confirmed.

“We were like sitting ducks,” Paul said, describing his location during the shooting as inside the batting cages, which was approximately 50 yards from second base where Scalise was.

“We were so lucky Capitol Hill Police were there,” Paul said. “They saved our lives.”

Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., who was at bat when the shooting started, also said the scene “would have been a lot worse without Steve Scalise’s detail.” He said they “immediately” began returning fire.

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Issues

Al Gore: God Told Me to Fight Global Warming

Former Vice President Al Gore is still jet-setting around the globe in his private, fossil-fuel burning aircraft and his multi-vehicle motorcades — yes, he still gets Secret Service protection — preaching global doom as a part of his marketing push for the sequel to his Inconvenient Truth documentary.

And now he’s waxing evangelical in his crusade which he is selling as a calling from God himself to save the world from self-destruction.

While he’s raking in millions of dollars and living the high life befitting a Clinton, he’s looking more and more like just another slick televangelist but with an alternative eco-gospel.

Here’s more from Breitbart…

Former Vice President Al Gore is now telling his climate disciples that God commands us to go forth and fight global warming.

Engaging in some advanced publicity for his new global warming film spectacular, “An Inconvenient Sequel,” Gore told Interview Magazine that God didn’t create global warming and wants us to fix it.

In his comments, Gore equated the fight against global warming to a religious-based, moral crusade similar to the civil rights fight, women’s suffrage, and the abolitionist movement during the Civil War era. Gore insisted that it is a moral imperative to fight against climate change.

“Regarding the climate movement,” Gore said warming to his point, “there are people who say, ‘God is in complete control of everything that happens, and if the Earth is getting warmer, then maybe God intends that.’”

Gore then rejected that conceit.

“Well, no,” the million-dollar mansion-owing former veep insisted. “God intends for us to take responsibility for how we treat God’s creation, and if we choose to use the thin shell of atmosphere surrounding our planet as an open sewer for 110-million tons of global-warming pollution every day, the consequences are attributable to us.”

He concluded saying, “And if you are a believer, as I am, I think God intends for us to open our eyes and take responsibility for the moral consequences of our actions.”

Gore’s new film is a sequel to his famed “An Inconvenient Truth,” a shockumentary filledwith mistaken assertions and failed predictions. Despite the many inaccuracies of his previous film, in an interview last year Gore still insisted that he “underestimated” how bad global warming is.

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International, Issues

Canadian Govt Can Take Children If Parents Don’t Accept ‘Gender Identity’

Today’s ‘Progressive Gender Bender’ award goes to the Canadian provincial government in Ontario for passing a new law that allows for the arrest of parents who refuse to accept their child’s ‘gender identity’.

And, no, this isn’t a story from The Onion. That’s right, folks.

In Ontario, if Dad tells his son he cannot wear a dress to school, he’s subject to arrest because he’s “abusing his child.”

And if you think it’s just Canada, these arguments are already being made on the east and west coasts in the US of A.

Look for similar proposals to issue forth soon from places like Berkeley, CA or Boulder, CO or Burlington, VT.

Here’s more from Heatstreet…

A Canadian province has passed a law that gives rights to the government to take away children from families that don’t accept their kid’s chosen “gender identity” or “gender expression”.

The Supporting Children, Youth and Families Act of 2017, also know as Bill 89, was passed in Ontario by a vote of 63 to 23, The Christian Times reported.

The law, which replaces old laws governing child protection, foster care and adoption services, instructs all child services and judges, to take into consideration a child’s “race, ancestry, place of origin, color, ethnic origin, citizenship, family diversity, disability, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.”

Minister of Child and Family Services Michael Coteau, who introduced the bill, said “I would consider that a form of abuse, when a child identifies one way and a caregiver is saying no, you need to do this differently.”

“If it’s abuse, and if it’s within the definition, a child can be removed from that environment and placed into protection where the abuse stops.”

The old law used to allow parents to “direct the child’s education and religious upbringing.” The new bill, however, amends such rights of the parents.

It now emphasizes a child’s “identity and allows parents only to “direct the child or young person’s education and upbringing, in accordance with the child’s or young person’s creed, community identity and cultural identity.”

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International, Issues

WHO: United States Among Least Polluting Nations on the Planet

Global eco-nut religionists would love for the world to believe that America, with all its consumerist, SUV-driving, oil drilling, coal-mining fervor, is one of the greatest polluters on the planet.

The problem for them is those darn things called facts.

According to a recent report from the World Health Organization — not at all a bastion of conservatism — the U.S. is among the least polluting nations on the earth.

In fact we have cleaner air that all the other members of the G7 nations who cried foul when Trump announced our exit from the Paris Accords.

So, it’s a classic ‘do as we say, not as we do’ sort of edict from global socialists.

And Trump called their bluff.

Here’s more from Breitbart…

Despite recent attempts to paint the United States as a major global polluter, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. is among the cleanest nations on the planet.

In the most recent WHO report on air pollution, the United States was listed as one of the countries with the cleanest air in the world, significantly cleaner in fact than the air in Germany, Italy, Switzerland, the UK, Japan, Austria and France.

While France and other G7 countries lamented the U.S. exit from the Paris climate accord, America’s air is already cleaner than that of any other country in the G7.

Following standard practice, the WHO measures air pollution by the mean annual concentration of fine suspended particles of less than 2.5 microns in diameter. These are the particles that cause diseases of all sorts and are responsible for most deaths by air pollution.

According to the WHO, exposure to particulate matter increases the risk of acute lower respiratory infection, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart disease, stroke and lung cancer.

The report, which analyzed the “annual median concentration of particulate matter with an aerodynamic diameter of 2.5 μm or less (PM2.5) for both urban population and rural and urban population” found that the United States was one of the most pollution-free nations in the world.

The annual mean concentrations of particulate matter in the air range from less than 10 to over 100 µg/m3, the report states. At the very low end of the spectrum, the United States has a concentration of just 8, while China has a concentration more than seven times higher at 59, India at 66, Egypt at 101 and Saudi Arabia with the worst air pollution at 127.

“The mean annual concentration of fine suspended particles of less than 2.5 microns in diameter is a common measure of air pollution,” the WHO states.

The WHO report is corroborated by a series of other such studies on air and water pollution.

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Issues

LA Mayor: Immigration Arrests Could Cause a ‘Tinderbox’

The liberal mayor of Los Angeles appears to be reading from the same leftist sheet of music as the leftist mayor of London in thinking that being aggressive on immigration will cause more problems.

Warning of a potential ‘tinderbox’ should federal agents continue to turn up the heat on enforcement, it begs an obvious question: are we not already experiencing a tinderbox?

Whether riots from amnesty supporters or Jihadi terrorists crossing the border posing as illegal immigrants, our work is already cut out for us.

And London has sadly demonstrated to the world what happens when law enforcement does nothing.

Here’s more from the Hill…

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (D) in a recent radio interview said he is concerned that increased Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids under the Trump administration could cause already high tensions in his city to boil over.

“If something goes wrong, I fear a tinderbox out there, you know where people will suddenly say ‘no’ and try to defend. You know, keep that person from being taken,” Garcetti told Latino USA.

“That’s a very dangerous situation. That’s dangerous for those officers. That’s dangerous for those agents. And we’re going to have to respond.”

Garcetti noted that the city has built trust between the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and the immigrant community that could be affected by aggressive immigration actions, like those promised by President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

“We just commemorated, you know, 25 years since the urban unrest and we know how quickly things can explode,” Garcetti said, referencing the 1992 riots that followed the acquittal of several LAPD officers in the beating of Rodney King.

“But when ICE calls themselves police, people open that door expecting to see LAPD. It’s bad for ICE, and it’s bad for LAPD,” he said.

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