October, 2017

The ethical and scientific consequences to eradicating Down Syndrome through abortion?

Frank Stephens, a Quincy Jones Advocate at the Global Down Syndrome Foundation,
“I am a man with Down syndrome and my life is worth living.” These are the words that Frank Stephens, a Quincy Jones Advocate at the Global Down Syndrome Foundation, spoke as he delivered compelling testimony on Capitol Hill last week. The members of the House Subcommittee on Labor, Health, and Human Services, and Education Committee on Appropriations intently listened as Stephens expressed his concern that “Sadly, across the world, a notion is being sold that maybe we don’t need research concerning Down syndrome. Some people say prenatal screens will identify Down syndrome in the womb, and those pregnancies will just be terminated.”

Stephens is right, genetic screening around the world has been responsible for a major increase in terminated pregnancies when the fetus is diagnosed with Down syndrome.

By Megan Barth - Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - Full Story

MANAFORT, GATES INDICTED - BUT NOT FOR RUSSIAN SHENANIGANS

MANAFORT, GATES INDICTED - BUT NOT FOR RUSSIAN SHENANIGANS
Two former senior Trump campaign staffers pled not guilty yesterday to evading taxes on millions of dollars over a period of years and a litany of other charges sought by Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III that appear wholly unrelated to the alleged Russian intervention in last year’s election that he was commissioned to investigate.

It was a busy day in the nation’s capital yesterday.

UN launches 65 million dollar legal pogrom to hunt down Israelis and smear Israel as a criminal stat

This article by Anne Bayefsky originally appeared on PJ Media.

The United Nations has made a deal with the Palestinians to fund a 65 million dollar legal pogrom directed at Israel. The party on the Palestinian side was referred to as the “Government of the State of Palestine.”

More specifically, the “United Nations System in the occupied Palestinian territory” plans to pay eight UN bodies $64,838,510 between the years of 2018 and 2022 to hunt down individual Israelis and smear Israel as a criminal state.

By Anne Bayefsky - Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - Full Story

Up the Garden Path—October 2017

Up the Garden Path
Front Garden

  • A collection of excruciating horticultural fails has been gather up by one cheeky account, Instagram.com/shitgardens/7hl=en. Featuring a gardener painting his lawn green, a chicken’s garden party, a lonely palm tree on a bleak balcony, topiary lemurs and a dashboard miniature cacti oasis, amongst many others, there’s little to covet about these plots, observed The Daily Mail. The account welcomes submissions, with most of the gardens features so far located in Australia. Sounds about right: where else would you find a row of planted toilet bowls as decoration or an ample bra transformed into a hanging basket?
  • Open and shut case: The Daily Express‘s Alan Titchmarsh offers tips on choosing the right gate for you garden. The Brit paper explains that the right gate will make your garden look more inviting. And who knows where that might lead?
  • A Star Wars fan in England built a 20-foot-high AT-AT Walker on his lawn to compete in a local scarecrow-making contest. 54-year-old Ian Mocket raised $1,000 for an air ambulance charity thanks to eye-catching homage, reported The New York Post.
  • A Colorado mum lost it over a mystery woman who was pooping on the lawn outside her house. Cathy Buddle, of Colorado Springs, says her kids caught the daring defecator in mid-squat. Police in Colorado Springs are now investigating after the family first spotted the female jogger with her pants down outside their home seven weeks ago [The Daily Express, The New York Post]
By Wes Porter - Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - Full Story

Ex-U.S. Attorney Andrew McCarthy explains why the Manafort indictment is great news for Trump

Ex-U.S. Attorney Andrew McCarthy explains why the Manafort indictment is great news for Trump

Here’s what the Manafort indictment comes down to: It’s not that he broke the law by repping for parties in foreign countries. It’s not illegal to do that. And he wasn’t acting as an agent of some sort of hostile power such that issues like treason would come into play. His business activities were legal, but he was supposed to fill out paperwork to register as a foreign agent. He allegedly didn’t do that, so he was apparently in violation of the law.

But usually when the Justice Department finds someone to be guilty of this particular violation, they don’t prosecute. They just tell them to get it taken care of.

By Dan Calabrese - Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - Full Story

Podesta steps down from lobbying firm, ‘Podesta Group’ will change it’s name in effort to re-brand

Podesta steps down from lobbying firm, 'Podesta Group'

In Washington D.C., people like power. They pretend they’re in town to “serve” and “do the people’s business” but really, they’re there to line their pockets, enhance their post-office consulting fees, and savor the best scotch at all the right cocktail parties.  There may be a few politicians (looking at you Paul, Cruz, and Amash)  out there who actually vote their conscience and try to do the right thing but, by and large, pretty much all of them are in it for themselves.

When I was a child, I thought that attitude was cynical. That was a long time ago. These days I’m 100% certain that this is the only realistic lens through which you should ever view a career pol. They are in office to absorb power, access to power, and the money that comes with it.

By Robert Laurie - Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - Full Story

Amazon jobs or religious and political Freedom: pick one

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) with First Lady Sandra Deal (L)
Last week, departing Georgia Governor Nathan Deal paraphrased Mark 8:36 in another missive lobbed at the Republican candidates vying for his post. What good is it to preserve religious freedom, the Republican governor mused, if one thus forfeits the chance to attract an Amazon headquarters to the city?

Deal sent his top aide, Chris Riley, to a cozy event at a Democratic watering hole to send a clear message to Republican lawmakers and candidates: do not attempt to resurrect the religious liberty bill the governor vetoed last year, or else Amazon will cross Atlanta off the list of cities to which they might bring their new $5 billion corporate headquarters.

By Tina Trent - Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - Full Story

America is Going to Be Conservative for a Long Time: Five Reasons Why

America is Going to Be Conservative for a Long Time: Five Reasons Why
I recently discovered an article by author Daniel Lang, an incredible piece brimming with optimism for us conservatives. This quote in his article sums up his argument: “I think that the political landscape in America is going to be drifting towards conservatism for the next 20-40 years.”

Do his hopes for an American conservative ascendancy seem ideal or quixotic?

By Arthur Christopher Schaper - Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - Full Story

National Association of Home Builders working hard to make sure only their customers get tax relief

The swamp strikes back
This is how the swamp works, and it’s one of the reasons it’s so difficult to do what most serious people understand needs to be done with the tax code. Loading up the code with special favors for certain constituencies makes no sense. Using the tax code to incentivize people to buy homes, or two live in high-tax states, is not what the code is sofr. It’s for raising revenue to fund the government, period, and to do so in the least burdensome and most equitable way possible.

So the current proposal that would raise the standard deduction but eliminate special breaks is exactly the direction we need to take. It would lighten the tax burden of everyone just for being alive, rather than lighten it for some people because they fall into certain categories, and thus place a heavier burden on others. It gets the government out of the business of deciding certain behaviors are more desirable, and worthy of more favorable tax treatment, than others.

By Dan Calabrese - Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - Full Story

VAndals of Veterans’ Trust

Under the reign of Secretary McDonald, the VA “misspent” millions of dollars on art, but it did not make the department any more sophisticated than a bulldozer crushing Veterans´ hopes.

The Obama era administration would rather blame an unprecedented number of Veterans´ suicides on “mental problems”, not extreme penury.  An “Epidemic” of PTSD and TBI was blown out of proportion, but promises to end Veterans’ homelessness were broken.

By Joanna Rosamond - Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - Full Story

Canada’s aging population could push government deficits to $143 billion by 2045


VANCOUVER—Canada’s aging population will put significant stress on government spending programs, which will result in large deficits and mounting debt in the future, finds a new study by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

“The population is getting older, but governments across Canada are doing very little to prepare for the major spending increases and reduced revenues that are coming as a result,” said Jason Clemens, executive vice-president of the Fraser Institute and co-author of Canada’s Aging Population and Implications for Government Finances.

By Fraser Institute - Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - Full Story

Never Give In, Never Yield, Never Quit

Never Give In, Never Yield, Never Quit

Judge Jeanine Pirro was in rare form during the opening statement of her show last night.  “Lock her up!” she said of Hillary Clinton.  She added, “Starting Monday this has to happen, Special Counsel and former FBI Director Robert Mueller must be fired immediately” (along with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein).  Pirro opined that former FBI Director James Comey “needs to be the target of a federal criminal investigation.”

By Jim ONeill - Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - Full Story

And they had guts to call McCarthy a Witch-Hunter

McCarthy a Witch-Hunter
“McCarthyism is the practice of making accusations of subversion or treason without proper regard for evidence.” —[Wikipedia, “McCarthyism”]

According to criminal charges filed at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and made public earlier, today, Paul Manafort and Richard Gates face accusations of subversion and treason on behalf of the Government of Ukraine. The charges against them were based on their alleged attempts to hide from the U.S. authorities the payments that they received from the Ukraine’s Government, and on lavish lifestyles that they enjoyed in the U.S. as a result of the said payments. And so it goes.

By Mark Andrew Dwyer - Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - Full Story

The Personalization of the Political

The Personalization of the Political
Much has been said about the politicization of the personal. Politics is no longer about Washington D.C. It’s about the movies you watch, the brands you buy, who your friends are and where you live. Everything from your choice of shoes to the car you drive is political. And if it isn’t political to you, it is very political to the college student next door or the political activist running for city council.

But the politicization of the personal is the flip side of the personalization of the political. The intrusion of politics into the pettiest and most personal aspects of human life is a manifestation of the same trend that has personalized politics so thoroughly that even the biggest issues are reduced to the pettiest common denominators of personal animosity.

By Daniel Greenfield - Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - Full Story

The quest for pension reform starts with MLAs

It might be too nerdy to be the next Indiana Jones storyline, but, after years of searching, the long-lost, secret MLA pension annual report has been found. After dusting off the cover here’s what it shows: for every dollar MLAs contribute to their retirement fund taxpayers have to put in $2.79.

And, while the discovery may not quicken the pulse, it all adds up to allow MLAs to stash some serious treasure. When he left the Legislature, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation calculated that former MLA Steve Ashton would qualify for a pension of $86,000 per year for a lifetime total of $2.5 million. MLAs can join the pension plan after one year of service and start collecting guaranteed benefits at age 55.

By Canadian Taxpayers Federation -- Todd MacKay – CTF Prairie Director- Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - Full Story

Obama’s Halloween Deep State Inauguration

Obama’s Halloween Deep State Inauguration
Britain’s Daily Mail is reporting that Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager left his home shortly after 8:00 a.m. this morning to turn himself in after having been ordered to do so by self-claimed authorities.

Manafort is the first domino forced to fall by special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, with many more to follow.

By Judi McLeod - Monday, October 30, 2017 - Full Story

Manafort, Gates indicted on 12 felony counts - Manafort turns himself in - no mention of Trump campa

Manafort, Gates indicted on 12 felony counts - Manafort turns himself in - no mention of Trump campaign
If you’re like most political watchers, this morning’s indictments are no real surprise. Pretty much everyone assumed this was coming. I saw someone over on Twitter describe former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort as the free center square on Robert Mueller’s bingo card. That’s an apt description, and Manafort’s business partner, Rick Gates, is essentially in the same boat.

That said, I’m willing to bet that lefties are a bit disappointed today.  They’re crowing about “dominoes falling,” but none of the alleged crimes are connected to the Trump campaign. In fact, the campaign is never even mentioned in the documents.  You can view the entire indictment HERE, but these are the bullet points:

By Robert Laurie - Monday, October 30, 2017 - Full Story

Indictments in Mueller-Led Probe Expected

Indictments in Mueller-Led Probe Expected
A grand jury convened by Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III has indicted an unidentified person on unspecified charges in Mueller’s off-the-rails investigation into the Trump campaign’s hypothesized electoral collusion with Russia, according to media reports.

The indictment could be unsealed as soon as today. Three congressional committees are also investigating the Trump-Russia collusion conspiracy theory.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), a former federal prosecutor, said the person concerned probably already knows what’s on its way. “Believe me, if you’re the person, you know,” Christie said on a public affairs show Sunday.

That was quick: Netflix cancels House of Cards

Netflix cancels House of Cards, Kevin Spacey
I wonder if there’s going to be anyone left in Hollywood in a week or two. Smells like opportunity to me, particularly on Netflix, which has no apparent appetite for association with Kevin Spacey after what we’ve learned in the past 48 hours:

Netflix drama “House of Cards” will end with its upcoming sixth season, Variety has learned. Production has begun on what will be the final season of the drama series, which is set to premiere in 2018.

By Dan Calabrese - Monday, October 30, 2017 - Full Story