New Planned Parenthood Video. Non Profit? What Do You Call “More Than Break Even”?

In the latest video, the Senior Director of Medical Services for the National Planned Parenthood negotiates the sale of baby parts — for something every other company considers a  “profit”.

This third video by a group called “The Center for Medical Progress” shows the head of the Medical Services for Planned Parenthood, Dr. Deborah Nucatola,  discussing the sale of baby parts: for the rest of the story go to VictoriaTaft.com

#ChildrensLivesMatter

#ChildrensLivesMatter

When Police Resort to These Tactics They’ve Lost the Argument

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Cops dress as panhandlers to spy if drivers are wearing seat belts or using cell phones.

On a warm July day, police officers dressed in civvies and stationed themselves at two intersections. One, according to a press account, at the intersection of Highway 210 and Arden and this one, Highway 210 at Waterman Avenue in the City of San Bernardino.

Welcome To Our Summer Of… What, Exactly?

Summer in San Fransisco

Summer in San Fransisco

In 1967’s California it was the “Summer of Love”, all about going to San Francisco, wearing flowers in your hair, protesting the Vietnam conflict and getting on with the hippie movement.

Along the way young people thought there was truly “better living through chemistry”, as in using all kinds of “medications” …and “loving the one you’re with”. Today many of yesterday’s drug heads seem to be running political policy and making laws.

In 1976, when we moved to the Golden State, it was America’s Bicentennial Year. For those immersed in Common Core, trying to figure out what that means it’s this: It was the 200th birthday of the good ol’ USA. The “Freedom Train” made stops across the land, displaying the wonders of our proud, exceptional history… built on a solid foundation of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and Bill of Rights. We were pretty proud to be patriotic. And it was all-OK. Californians still understood what America was all about. And millions came to the state to set up households, building families and businesses, all reaching for The California Dream.

I’ve been thinking a lot about this during our current season of “It’s Who You Love”, as debates rage on about Supreme Court decisions, race, diversity and “income inequality”. While that continues, what most people don’t notice is a rapidly expanding government – local, state and especially federal. The sound you hear, if you listen closely, is liberty fading… and freedom being eroded.

San Francisco is again a hot focus, but now because of the ugly murder of a young woman, committed by someone who was deported multiple times. So much for the rule of law. There was love, of course, such as that of the father who held his daughter as she died there alongside the bay… while politicians made excuses. Now elected officials in Sacramento are amping up the Nanny State, piling on more regulations, taxes, fees, water and power measures, along with assorted nutty schemes, wrapped up in feelings, not facts.

Last week the new obsession was chastising Donald Trump because of what he said about immigration issues. Forgetting that all Americans have a right to speak freely, including occasional stupid speech, some in our legislature fired up more idiocy, pushing for a “Dump Trump” bill that would force California to divest itself of any Trump business. In other words, from the open, free-to-be-you-and-me “tolerance” crowd, it’s a crack down on First Amendment rights, and a mission to kill business if they don’t like what someone says.

Meantime, we are bombarded with endless messages about water and power. When the state grid is overloaded, we are admonished with “Flex Your power!” bulletins… and the Compliance Police are out in force, fining anyone who doesn’t follow the latest watering guidelines.

Amber Alert signs on freeways are used for conflicting messages, too: “Extreme Drought- Limit Watering- High Fire Danger!” And Gov. Jerry Brown is still obsessed with a crazy train boondoggle while he now plans to force us to cut fossil fuel use by 50%, by 2030. He and his minions (not nearly as cute as the movie characters) are deluded with the idea that our weather will still draw people, no matter how much they screw up politically.

Because of the mistakes of bureaucrats, busier with social engineering instead of practical needs over the years (like better water storage and delivery), we are made to suffer in what is quickly becoming our Summer of Discontent. Or it should become that, if we pay attention.

Today’s California is a long way from that glorious place that attracted millions of us years ago. How, exactly, does all of this bring new business to our state, and keep current employers from cutting back or taking a hike to other more friendly environs?

Most importantly, where does all of this social engineering and top down, micromanaging state control lead? And what will California be like in the future?

 

 

WHAT NEEDS TO BE SAID ABOUT THE CHARLESTON CHURCH SHOOTING

 

Dr. King at Emanuel AME ( Screen shot )

Dr. King at Emanuel AME (Screen shot )

 

There are a couple of things that need to be said about the Charleston church shooting.

 As we hear the voices of the politicians attempting to score political points about guns, ‘widespread’ racism, the need for more program money; the hand wringers who claim we need to talk more about race; and those who wish to make money off the deaths of these people; there are a few things that need pointing out. Call it a ‘duh’ factor, if you will.

 A predominantly black church welcomed a white, young millennial into their Wednesday night Bible study. He heard the preaching and give and take with the nine people, four of whom were pastors, for about an hour. He heard the hearts of these people, heard their struggles and triumphs. He heard the truth. 

 The parishioners at the Emanuel AME Church Bible study Wednesday night were much older than the shooter. Only one, Tywanza Sanders, was 26. 

 These strangers welcomed a young man into the fold because that’s ‘how we do’ at church. We’re all part of God’s family and we welcome our sisters and brothers regardless of race, age, ethnicity and social stratum.

 The shooter, clearly suffering from mental problems and dark thoughts, some of which church folk might refer to as ‘demon possession’, knew when and where to go to find his victims because it was advertised on the Emanuel AME website:

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Is something missing from your life? Are you doing all you can to have a closer relationship with God? If you have a desire to learn more about God, then join us on Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. in the lower level of the church. We look forward to seeing you!

 I don’t know the Bible text at the center of the study, but there’s no question this study attempted to fill the void of those who ‘have something missing’ from their lives. 

 There was a call to accountability to those coming to the study. ‘Are you doing all you can to have a closer relationship with God?’ 

 While that may be off-putting to some, there was no doubt this Bible study would have addressed how each individual could ‘walk the talk’ and be held accountable by their group in a loving way. 

The elders were showing the younger members, including this killer, how to have a relationship with God because that’s what’s important. Because that’s just ‘how we do’ at church. 

 In short, Cynthia Hurd, a 54 year old library manager; Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, a professional speech therapist, coach and mother; the Reverend Dr. Depayne Middleton Doctor, 49; church sexton, Ethel Lance, 70; the Reverend Daniel Simmons, a 74 year old staff minister; 59 year old Myra Thompson, the wife of a vicar at a near by church; Susie Jackson, 87 year old church stalwart; Tywanza, a young man of God; and their leader, the Reverend Clementa Pinckney were doing that which people claim we need more of. 

 Having a Bible study and learning about the word of God on Wednesdays is what millions of people do every week. It’s one way we live out our faith. It just doesn’t make the news. 

 The people at this Bible study Wednesday night were living out racial harmony. To Christians at Emanuel AME, there was something much bigger than what divides us. They arrayed themselves around the word of God every Wednesday night at 6pm and concentrated on what unites His people. 

They didn’t need to talk about racial harmony because they knew that spiritual harmony, united under the God of the Bible, is what’s important and the only thing that unites people, be they Samaritans, Jews, Gentiles, Greeks or Israelites. 

This great church, called Mother Emanuel, has known great injustice. Members organized a slave rebellion in the 1800’s and some were executed for it. The church served as a stop in the underground railroad for runaway slaves. The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior preached there. 

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 In the public square, the facile answer to this horrific shooting at the hands of a racist monster, is to assume government programs can do something to change people’s hearts. 

 There’s a role, to be sure, from the bully pulpit to help guide people, but I’m not hopeful the President can pivot to becoming a unifying voice. He’s shown too often he can only offer airy words of blame in his role as bystander-in-chief. 

 Al Sharpton, the President’s racial consigliere, has demonstrated he cares only what he can plunder and who gets the credit for garnering headlines while fomenting violent clashes.

 The organized left, led by paid protesters, has shown in city after city its aim is to create chaos, not unity. 

 These people who purport to show us the way to racial unity are some of the same who have conspired to take God out of the public square. Their aim is to replace a Gothic cathedral filled with God with a federal-style building somewhere in a capital city.

 The thing that many people on social media and in legacy media won’t say is that we don’t need more government programs to force people into compliance with proscribed viewpoints, however meritorious. 

 They don’t need more Gov. They need more God. 

 The people at Emanuel AME showed the way. It’s up to the rest of us to follow their lead.

 Godspeed. God Bless these people who knew where they were going and are now in peace. 

 And never forget: Joy comes in the morning.

 

 

 

HOW ARE YOUR PROJECTIONS?

The White House is "The People's House".  But it appearing more like scenes from "Animal House" - Mark Larson

The White House is “The People’s House”

In business it’s all about projections.  How are sales tomorrow, next week, next month, this quarter?  What’s the plan for next fiscal year? It’s the same thing in politics as candidates scramble to convey momentum through regularly projected financial support.

But I’m not referring to those kinds of projections.

After the talking about how the Supreme Court inspired a more “unified nation”, the President of the United States demonstrated his version of a “big tent” approach by flipping the switch on rainbow lights, projecting the colors onto the White House.  It was a big, divisive in-your-face version of spiking the ball after a victory.

As we celebrate America this weekend, I’m not holding my breath to see if red, white and blue will be projected on the Executive Mansion anytime soon. In fact, there’s probably a greater chance to see the graphic images of Fidel and Raoul Castro on the building to hype the new (outrageous) Cuba policy. (To be fair, imagine what a President Trump might do with the place. More reason to stop this editorial illumination now.)

It must be good to be King.  You can start each day by asking yourself, “What ‘truth’ can I use today…. and discard tomorrow, if necessary?”   Just say anything, and keep pivoting to something else before the people realize what’s really going on.

In the wake of the creative White House lighting caper, there have been reports and photos of some of the partiers at the Presidential celebration enjoying having photos taken in front of the official portrait of Ronald Reagan… while flipping him “The Bird”.  It’s a free country (as far as I recall at this writing), but how about a little respect for the place?

Not to be outdone, the First Lady of the United States made a big policy move this week.  No it wasn’t a new hashtag campaign ala #SaveOurGirls. It was all about changing a “no photos” rule for White House tourists. Selfies are encouraged now, and social media will be available to make government and traditions even more trivial, so much for decorum.

What’s better when ignoring the Constitution than to distract people with the latest Tweet and photo?

Yes, the White House is “The People’s House”.  But it doesn’t need to appear more like scenes from “Animal House”.

As we contemplate America, and re-read the Declaration of Independence this weekend (please do), what are your projections… and where are we headed now as a Nation?

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Unelected California Fish & Game Commission Ignores Legislative Plea

From Don Giottonini – president of the non-profit Sacramento Safari Club:

When Assemblyman Adam Gray (D-Merced) addressed the California Fish & Game Commission regarding a bipartisan piece of legislation dealing with Bobcat trappings, Commission Chairman Jack Baylis let Assemblyman Gray know that the legislature and their legislative intent didn’t matter.

See video here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cllhz4zBnXY

Baylis was very clear in communicating that this unelected commission had the power to do whatever they wanted and no legislator would have a say in commission matters; and certainly not an elected official from the majority party representing the interest of their community.

 

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Asm. Gray pleaded his case by saying that the legislature voted for the bobcat trapping bill with the intent that any decisions would be scientific and fact based.

 

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Chairman Baylis responded by saying that in his view, they have the power do what they want; including regulating a complete ban on Bobcat trappings regardless of the opinions of the legislature. Chairman Baylis effectively ignored Asm. Gray’s request to follow the wishes and intent of the elected Assembly, State Senators and the Governor.

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Given Assemblyman Gray, Chair of Governmental Organization, treatment by the Fish and Game Commission, it begs the question, who oversees these unelected commissioners?

See video here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cllhz4zBnXY

Don Giottonini is president of the non-profit Sacramento Safari Club, whose organization has invested millions of dollars to improve natural habitat and preserve wildlife. This includes the funding of deer and wild pig studies, restoring populations of native bighorn sheep in Yosemite and herds of Tule elk throughout the Central Valley.  

 

CEQA exemptions for sports arenas, but not water

 

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No one needs to be reminded that California is in the midst of one of the worst droughts in decades, if not centuries. Out of this crisis comes Assemblyman James Gallagher, R-Yuba City, with an excellent idea.

Mr. Gallagher introduced AB 311, intended to expedite vitally needed water storage projects in our state — in short, give these projects the same legal framework protections that were granted to a number of public projects in California, including football stadiums and basketball arenas.

During the committee hearing on AB 311, according to press reports, Santa Barbara Assemblyman Das Williams, chair of the Assembly Natural Resources Committee, displayed his arrogance when he said that if people want to push such proposals they should identify a “specific project” and bring both sides together to identify mitigation measures impacting the project.

Mr. Williams knows, given his own voting record, that the process by which projects are granted final environmental approval in California was hijacked by the environmental community long ago. In fact, things have gotten so litigious in our state that the Legislature has moved to give a broad array of projects (public and private) exemptions from this burdensome and often exceedingly costly process.

Examples of total exemptions from the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act include a wine train in Napa; state prisons; right-of-way acquisitions for low-speed commuter trains between San Francisco and San Jose; conversion of rental mobile home parks to “resident-initiated” subdivisions or condominiums for mobile homes; local coastal programs or long-range land-use development plans by the California Coastal Commission; the repair of critical levees of the State Plan for Flood Control as specified; certain railroad grade separation projects; certain seismic retrofit projects for existing local bridges; and even projects for restriping of streets or highways to relieve traffic congestion.

But wait, there’s more.

During the 2013-2014 legislative session, the wizards under the dome granted another exemption — for projects so badly needed, given our current state of crisis, that one must wonder what took so long to be enacted.

AB 417 by Assemblyman Jim Frazier, D-Oakley, granted a statutory exemption from the requirements of CEQA for “bicycle transportation plans.” It should be noted that Mr. Williams wholeheartedly supported this exemption by voting three times in support of the Frazier measure — twice on the Assembly floor and once while simply a member of the Assembly Natural Resources Committee, which he now chairs.

Mr. Williams knows the reason Mr. Gallagher shouldn’t name a specific project. The state water bond that Mr. Williams voted in favor of in the closing days of the 2014 session specifically gives the California Water Commission the responsibility to identify projects that meet the requirements for bond funding.

The streamlining process of Mr. Gallagher’s bill could only be applied once a project is selected by the commission. But if the chairman is incapable of remembering which exemptions or streamlining measures he supported for the betterment of our state, then maybe he should step down and let someone more competent sit at the head of the class.

The author is executive director of the Sacramento County Republican Party.

Leading From Behind

 

Mr. Obama's address to Coast Guard Cadets this week included a warning that “climate change” is the biggest threat they will face in the future. I think these brave men and women know otherwise.

Mr. Obama’s address to Coast Guard Cadets this week included a warning that “climate change” is the biggest threat they will face in the future. I think these brave men and women know otherwise.

President Barack H. Obama has managed to cause Americans on the left and right to agree on one thing: He is usually consistent.

 So called “Progressives” think he’s often not far left enough, but he has plenty of time left in his seemingly endless second term to do their bidding. (This is a good time to remind ourselves to pray that no one bails from the US Supreme Court anytime soon… and for the Constitutionalists on the Court: Stay healthy my friends.)

Conservatives agree that the man known as The Leader of the Free World is consistent in retreat. Anything requiring courage and exceptional behavior is either ignored or given lip service, as the not-so-lethal and sporadic bombing of ISIS demonstrates.   A few hits from UAV’s in a given day doesn’t compare to shock-and-awe justice from the sky, often five times greater than current random targeting.

Meanwhile ISIS (or ISIL, as the White House prefers to call it even though ISIS calls themselves ISIS) takes what they want, now controlling half of Syria… including all those “red lines” drawn by Mr. Obama and friends over the last couple of years. This weekend, ISIS will be busy with a new de-construction project trashing architectural treasures in Palmyra.

Boko Haram is open for expanded business in Africa, and the #SaveOurGirls tweets seem like they happened decades ago.

This week, the President began by talking tough not about terrorists but about the Police in the USA, moving to “de-militarize” cops. This is necessary because, he says, “Sometimes it sends the wrong message” in communities. When he does such puzzling things, Mr. O. will usually add, “Because it’s the right thing to do”. In other words, we’re doing this just because he says so. Now local law enforcement departments across the nation are a step closer to more Federal meddling and control.

The message suggests that Police can’t be trusted with too much firepower, as if all men and women in uniform are going to go rogue.

Gangs and terrorists and ISIS-wanna-be’s got a clear message, too: It’s time to step up our game.

All while the Good Guys are pressed to retreat.

Meantime, Ramadi fell, after similar ISIS/ISIL triumphs in Mosul, Takrit and other Iraq cities.  Apparently the Americans who fought tyranny and died for liberty there don’t matter. No big deal. Even the White House Press Secretary said we can’t “set our hair on fire” every time there’s a defeat.

But this is all consistent. When America elects a faculty lounge theorist…a community organizer-in-chief, this is not a surprise.

As punctuation to this Retreat Week, Mr. Obama decided to pile on the rhetoric with his address to Coast Guard Cadets, warning that “climate change” is the biggest threat they will face in the future.

All of this is disturbing, sometimes humorous in its hubris and audacity and often dangerous. But during “Military Appreciation Month”, heading into Memorial Day, it’s tone-deaf, outrageous and reprehensible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poverty and President Obama: It’s All Fox’s Fault

At the Poverty Summit at Georgetown University, President Obama seems to admit he knows no actual poor people, knows no one who has trouble paying their bills, but knows they got there because rich people took their money away.

Photo: Ustream

Photo: Ustream

Or he assumes no rich people like him do.

The Summit, which was moderated, by E.J. Dionne, the far left Washington Post columnist, also featured American Enterprise Institute economist Arthur Brooks who’s written several books on the subject of poverty, wealth and ethics. See his response to the President below.

In this illuminating discourse by President Obama in the first video, he appears to believe there’s never before been ‘segregation’ by class and poverty level–except for black people. He seems to believe this is a new thing in the last “40 years”, though it appears he forgets about Jewish and Irish ghettos in America’s past or even old timey songs about living “on the wrong side of town” or “on the wrong side of the tracks.” 

The President, ascribing the differences between the wealthy and poor to policies of the past “40 years”, also seems to forget that roughly corresponds to America beginning to wage a  ‘War on Poverty’ by LBJ. 

In fact, according to the Heritage Foundation there have more than $22 trillion dollars in income transfers spent to “solve” the problem of poverty since that war began. As Jesus told us in Mark 14:7 (and other places), “The poor will always be among you” so the likelihood of spending our way out of it is slim. 

After you watch the President blame conservatives and rich people for impoverishing people, and Fox News for demonizing them, then watch as Arthur Brooks, economist and scholar at the American Enterprise Institute; gently puncture every one of the President’s talking points. 

Arthur Brooks explains how the President has a few things wrong. 

Watch the video on Victoria Taft