Fifth undercover video: Planned Barrenhood Houston admits selling fully intact murdered babies – UPDATED August 4, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, contraception, disaster, disconcerting, General Catholic, horror, paganism, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
The hammers continue to drop. This slow drip release of increasingly damning videos is just obliterating Planned Barrenhood’s already shattered credibility. Anything they attempt to say in way of defense or explanation may well be exploded in a future video release. No wonder they’ve resorted to lawfare try to enlist the power of the leviathan state in blocking further releases.
In the latest video, Melissa Farrell, research director for Houston area Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast admits to selling fully intact aborted babies, which strongly implies delivering babies intact and then allowing them to die of neglect (or other, even more foul means):
The pro-life advocates behind the four shocking videos exposing Planned Parenthood selling the body parts of aborted babies for research have released a 5th video today that catches a Planned Parenthood official discussing how the abortion business sells “fully intact” aborted babies.
The video, which follows Senate Democrats defeating a bill to de-fund Planned Parenthood, makes it appear the Planned Parenthood abortion business may be selling the “fully intact” bodies of unborn babies purposefully born alive and left to die.
Planned Parenthood could be breaking the federal law known as the Born Alive Infants Protection Act that requires abortion clinics, hospitals and other places that do abortions to provide appropriate medical care for a baby born alive after a failed abortion or purposefully birthed to “let die.” That would be one of the potential ways Planned Parenthood could produce a “fully intact” baby to sell to StemExpress for research. Most “crunchy” abortion methods would do damage to the baby’s body.
The fifth undercover video in the controversy over Planned Parenthood’s sale of aborted baby parts shows the Director of Research for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, Melissa Farrell, advertising the Texas Planned Parenthood branch’s track record of fetal tissue sales, including its ability to deliver fully intact aborted babies……..
……….The investigators ask Farrell how she will frame a contract in which they pay a higher price for higher quality fetal body parts, and she replies, “We can work it out in the context of–obviously, the procedure itself is more complicated,” suggesting that “without having you cover the procedural cost” and paying for the abortion, the higher specimen price could be framed as “additional time, cost, administrative burden.”
Farrell finally summarizes her affiliate’s approach to fetal tissue payments: “If we alter our process, and we are able to obtain intact fetal cadavers, we can make it part of the budget that any dissections are this, and splitting the specimens into different shipments is this. It’s all just a matter of line items.”…… [I wonder, do you think this poor creature would use such cold and calculating terms if she were discussing, say, parts removed from murdered puppies? That’s the thing about WASPs……they love animals, but they can’t stand people]
…….Farrell also indicates to the investigators over lunch that the specimen sales from her department contribute significantly to Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast’s overall finances: “I think everyone realizes, especially because my department contributes so much to the bottom line of our organization here, you know we’re one of the largest affiliates, our Research Department is the largest in the United States. Larger than any the other affiliates’ combined.”
And that same Planned Barrenhood Gulf Coast is currently in federal court fending off charges of millions of dollars in Medicaid fraud. Why anyone would think an organization whose sole purpose is the murder and sale of human beings for profit would have moral compunctions regarding theft, enabling child rape, or any other evil is beyond me.
Now for the video. I must warn this is perhaps the most explicit yet in terms of horrors to be seen. It explicitly shows an aborted 20 week twin being torn apart for its valuable organs. I have twins that were born at 34 weeks. 14 weeks……..life or death……..heaven or hell. Someone made the wrong choice. And I think how my wife and I are praying and struggling to bring one more life into the world!:
If you watch the discussion around the 5 minute mark (starting maybe 4:45) you can see one of the investigators allude to the fact that they are giving valuable remuneration for these baby parts, which is illegal per federal law. This part of the discussion basically involves yet another Planned Butcherhood official – for the 4th, 5th time – stating that they can simply create false costs and pretended expenses to cover the large amount of income they will receive for murdering babies for their body parts. The whole conversation was about saying “we sell baby parts for profit” without saying it. She admits at a luncheon that her job is to create new revenue streams. What other streams could there be from the murder of perfectly innocent children? I bet Abby Johnson underestimated how much this Houston PB makes off the sale of murdered babies.
What do you think of this campaign by Center for Medical Progress? Will it be successful in converting people away from their support for abortion? Will it result in Banned Parenthood being defunded at the federal level? What of the states, will PP be hounded out of the more conservative states by constant litigation and investigations? Or with Obama in office will all this effort just get flushed down the memory hole?
We’ve seen so many exposes, so many revelations, and yet this evil organization remains in operation. Have we reached the point where a large enough majority of Americans can simply no longer be reached by appeals to decency and morality to effect any real change? Put another way: have Americans, by and large, become so addicted to all manner of hedonism, fornication, and adultery that they will never allow abortion – the backstop to it all – to be completely taken away from them? Might it become a regional phenomenon, where abortion remains legal in 30 states but is unobtainable in 20?
It is an incredible indictment of this nation that after the very first, shocking exposes of Planned Barrenhood it was not sued and legislated out of existence.
Speaking of indictments, that Obama-loving judge in Sodom by the Bay just extended his emergency restraining order against Center for Medical Progress from releasing video footage taken at the National Abortion Federation (NAF) convention from being released until at least the end of August, when a full hearing on the matter will be held. NAF is arguing that if the footage is released, they fear “its members that they would suffer harassment, intimidation and even violence……..” which begs the question……..just how damning is the footage?
Further, it has been revealed that the NAF requires all participants to sign non-disclosure agreements in order to even attend their convention, which seems to point to a very strong motivation to hide what is discussed therein.
I’m sure there will be even more explosive revelations to come. Right now, it appears Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast lied in testimony given to Louisiana state investigators, claiming they never, ever sell butchered baby parts.
UPDATE: The Repubniks were unable to pass a bill defunding Planned Barrenhood last night. The broken Senate, where nothing can happen without a supermajority of 60 votes, failed to pass the defunding effort in spite of a vote in favor of 53-46. Mitch McConnell refuses to use the same “nuclear option” (advancing legislation based on a simple majority of 51 rather than a supermajority of 60) that Harry Reid used with abandon.
Sure, the Repubniks are better than demonrats…….just not better enough to ever make even the slightest difference. With historic majorities in both houses they still cannot block even the most atrocious evil imaginable.
UPDATE: Dangit, I forgot to include the clincher, the really big news, in the original post! See UPDATE below.
There have been many recent updates to the Planned Barrenhood undercover video stings performed by Center for Medical Progress. Instead of doing several posts for each one, I’m going to condense them down into one info-packed post, because I know you prize efficiency in your Catholic blogging above anything else.
OK, so first, major Obama donor/bundler and federal judge in California has blocked Center for Medical Progress from releasing apparently extremely damaging footage shot at the National Abortion Federation convention. Isn’t there some kind of massive conflict of interest in appointing such obviously biased individuals to federal courts? But I guess this kind of thing happens all the time. I guess the Texas method – electing judges – isn’t so bad after all?
A federal judge late Friday granted a temporary restraining order against the release of recordings made at an annual meeting of abortion providers. The injunction is against the Center for Medical Progress, the group that has unveiled Planned Parenthood’s participation in the sale of organs harvested from aborted children.
Judge William H. Orrick, III, granted the injunction just hours after the order was requested by the National Abortion Federation.
Orrick was nominated to his position by hardline abortion supporter President Barack Obama. He was also a major donor to and bundler for President Obama’s presidential campaign. He raised at least $200,000 for Obama and donated $30,800 to committees supporting him, according to Public Citizen.
Even though the National Abortion Federation filed its claim only hours before, Orrick quickly decided in their favor that the abortionists they represent would, ironically, be “likely to suffer irreparable injury, absent an ex parte temporary restraining order, in the form of harassment, intimidation, violence, invasion of privacy, and injury to reputation, and the requested relief is in the public interest.”
Apparently, the judge’s wife is a huge pro-abort, too.
UPDATE: The really huge bit I originally forgot, allegations that Planned Barrenhood is delivering babies alive and then either killing them,, or allowing them to die via neglect. This is because still unreleased footage apparently shows Planned Barrenhood selling fully intact babies to StemExpress – a company that sought a different injunction against CMP’s videos – and may feature admissions from StemExpress to their receipt of totally undamaged infant bodies from the baby murderers at PB. This would almost certainly mean babies born alive are being killed one way or another to preserve their bodies intact:
“In a meeting with their top leadership where their leadership admitted that they sometimes get fully intact fetuses shipped to their laboratory from the abortion clinics they work with, and that could be prima facie evidence of born alive infants. And so that’s why they’re trying to suppress that videotape and they’re very scared of it,” Daleiden said.
If true, it would mean Planned Barrenhood routinely participates in acts constituted as felonies by both federal and state governments. Many states would take such actions to be murder.
There is supposed to be a hearing today to review the matter, but given that both he and his wife seem committed sexular pagans, what is the likelihood in rule in favor of Center for Medical Progress? Some conservative/libertarian leaning constitutional experts claim this kind of sting journalism is a muddy area where 1st Amendment protections do not always apply. What is unusual, however, is instituting blanket bans on speech not yet made. What usually happens is that a sting video is released, the target takes the journalist to court, and sometimes the journalist loses, based on the circumstances. This is different in that there are federal court orders being released based on speech not yet made, which seems to be much more dubious, constitutionally.
Some are advocating CMP just go ahead and release the videos they have of these “banned” targets, or release them all right now before more injunctions can be made. But it’s not easy having a federal judge incensed at you. However, should more and more injunctions are instituted by federal judges, it could start to have a significant impact on the effectiveness of CMP’s campaign. Even if every single one of these injunctions is overturned, they could spend years in the courts, draining CMP’s resources and effectively destroying the usefulness of their painstaking research. If it were me, I’d start disseminating the videos to friendly media and disclaiming ownership of them. Then make it a viral-like campaign where videos just start showing up left and right.
In related news, Sister Joan Chittister, always shopping around for media attention, had declared that you can’t be pro-life unless you support massive tax increases in order to aid the “poor.” To Chittister and those like her who have been doing damage to the Faith for 200 years by being leftists with a Catholic patina while selling themselves as Catholic incarnate, the only charity that counts is “charity” at the force of a gun – government wealth redistribution. She completely ignores in her statement, which I won’t link, the enormous amount of charity done on a private basis, not the least of which occurs in crisis pregnancy centers. In reality Chittister is simply performing her usual role of muddying the doctrinal waters by trading on her infamous name and pretending to possess an authority she totally lacks. Sadly, the bishops continue to allow her to do so, even after decades of scandal and rotten theology.
Speaking of bishops, reader KB alerted me to a statement from the Colorado Catholic (bishops) Conference calling for prayer and penance to end the atrocities committed by Planned Barrenhood. The reader also asked if the Texas Catholic Conference had done the same, and the answer is no, but they did issue a press release just today asking Catholics to contact their senators (Cruz, Cornyn) to vote in favor of de-funding PB in a vote scheduled for today (just to let you know, Cruz and Cornyn are locks to vote in favor of this, so you make the call as to whether it is worth your time to contact them). This bill defunding Planned Butcherhood of more than $500 million in annual federal funding has 45 sponsors, including one democrat. Can it pass later today? If it can’t, the Republican party needs to cease to exist.
Finally August 22 is being proclaimed a national day of protest against Banned Parenthood. There have already been days of protest nationwide but this is a more focused, national effort. All protests are to occur Saturday August 22 from 9a-11a local time. NO DFW Planned Barrenhood’s are presently on the protest list………I’m already committed, but surely some good reader could sign up to lead a protest outside their mill in Dallas?!?
I may update this post later if more news breaks, like the Senate vote. It’s got maybe a 30% chance of passing, but we’ll see. Probably just more kabuki theater for the proletariat.
Oh yes yes yes, here it is, that kind of firm, decisive stand so many have been praying for and hungering after for years! We finally have our man, that great, strong bishop to lead the Church in this country into the 21st century and a new, sunlit upland of glory!
Archbishop Blaise Cupich has committed the Archdiocese of Chicago to tackle climate change! Move over Augustine! Stand aside, Cyprian! There’s a new standard for Catholic leadership, and his name is………Blaise:
Chicago’s Catholic archdiocese is the nation’s first to monitor its buildings’ power and water usage and greenhouse gas emissions.
Archbishop Blase Cupich joined US Environmental Protection Agency officials Friday to mark the Church’s stewardship initiative, an answer to Pope Francis’ entreaty to preserve the earth.
Archdiocese officials plan to benchmark each of the 2,700 buildings — churches, schools, offices and multiple-family housing. They will track energy consumption and consider each building’s structure using the EPA’s Energy Star Portfolio Manager to rank them from 1 to 100.
Cupich said the Church is committed to following the pope’s encyclical, which took on climate change and environmental sustainability.
“Those who do not think religious organizations should have an opinion on climate change misunderstand the former and the moral dimension of the latter,” Cupich said. “We are called to care for those sickened by pollution, house those displaced by environmental calamities, and heal the spirits of those — especially our youth — who are disheartened by a world where human survival is now in question.”
Oh do tell me more about this wonderful new religion you belong to! My stars, it sounds positively iiinteresting! Why, I can just see it attracting all kinds of folks – Alinskyites, ACORN types, progressives, modernists, leftists, worldly elites……in other words, all the right kinds of people!
“Care for those sickened by pollution!” How iiinteresting! “House those displaced by environmental calamities!” Oh my, dooo tell more! “A world where human survival is now in question”……be still my heart! I feel overwhelmed at the depth of your mind-blowing pastoral sensitivity! So much concern, that just happens, by miracle, to completely align with sacred shibboleths of the progressive left! And carefully scripted with the
most repressive and anti-Catholic administration in the history of this country truly sensitive and caring Obama administration. How very, VERY convenient!
Oh children we are truly a blessed flock to have shepherds like this! Why I’m quite certain we can now look forward to a good two decades worth of the same kind of worldly, completely forgettable and politicized policy statements and PR releases from chanceries and even the bishop’s conference that afflicted the faithful from circa 1975 – 1995. Oh joy!
Feigning seriousness for a moment, I do wish our bishops would spend 1/10th the time, focus, money, and energy they spend on political matters on actual matters related to the Faith and salvation. But since we’re all saved anyway, what good is a bishop except to be a politician, right?!
Enjoy your new renaissance, modernist Catholics! It will be your last.
Now, back to channeling Bugs Bunny:
Johnson: Houston Planned Barrenhood made $120k per MONTH on sale of aborted baby parts July 31, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, contraception, disaster, error, General Catholic, horror, paganism, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society.
Almost $1.5 million a year – that sure sounds like more than just recouping costs to me.
A good overview of recent developments in the Planned Butcherhood murder for profit scandal from Mollie Hemingway. Two highlights from the below are Abby Johnson’s testimony before the Texas Senate this week on Planned Barrenhood’s profiteering from the sale of aborted baby parts, and the the pro-abort left is trying to re-spin the completely discredited claim that PB provides mammograms:
The Texas Senate Health and Human Services Committee held a hearing to look into how Planned Parenthood affiliates in Texas engage in the fetal organ trade. However, Planned Parenthood officials didn’t show up…….
………The hearing did feature testimony from Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood clinic director, who discussed how her clinic harvested organs from the children aborted at her clinic. She said her clinic received $200 per specimen. She claimed that costs for such harvesting were minimal (only $5-$10 per specimen, by her telling) and that the Houston Planned Parenthood clinic, if it charged only $100 per specimen and if only half of the women seeking abortions each day consented to donations, would generate $120,000/month selling baby parts. This claim somehow didn’t make it into mainstream news accounts of the hearing here, here, here or any where else. You can listen to it here at two hours and thirty minutes into the hearing.
On the mammograms:
In an interesting Washington Post article about the problems this Planned Parenthood story poses for Democrat, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley said:
‘I haven’t seen the videos. And I don’t generally make a habit of responding to right-wing videos,’ O’Malley told reporters in New Hampshire this week. ‘I do know that 97 percent of the work that Planned Parenthood does is about mammograms and preventative health……….
No, O’Malley, 97 percent of Planned Parenthood’s work is not mammograms. In fact, zero percent of Planned Parenthood’s work is mammograms because Planned Parenthood doesn’t do a single mammogram. Planned Parenthood falsely made the claim that they did during their campaign to shame the Komen Foundation into continuing to fund them, and some media asserted it as well. President Obama has regularly made the claim during his War on Women messaging.
One more update. Planned Butcherhood has retained the same
crisis communications propaganda firm they used when they destroyed Susan G. Komen in a blitzkrieg of bad PR. It appears almost conclusive that shady propaganda outlet cooked up a fake “hacker attack” on PB’s website in a bizarre attempt to generate sympathy, or something:
Planned Parenthood claims on severalofits websites that the organization’s web operations have been attacked by “extremists,” but this so-called hacking has all the hallmarks of an orchestrated public relations stunt.
Numerous people on Twitter pointed to evidence suggesting that this so-called hack wasn’t a hack at all……
Well here’s a novel argument against “married” priests…… July 31, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, Ecumenism, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, paganism, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
……they might eventually leave their wives and shack up with a much younger man. Mind you, this happened to an already very liberal episcopalian minister, nevertheless, given the state of the culture, can you imagine the complications that would flow from a widespread married priesthood in the Western, Roman Rite?
I need to create a new category for blog posts – ick:
An Episcopal priest shocked his Queens congregation recently when he left his wife and married someone else — a much younger man.
The Rev. Juan Andres Quevedo-Bosch, 59, the archdeacon of Queens and rector of the Church of the Redeemer in Astoria, announced over Facebook last week that he got married in a Los Angeles church.
The Cuban-born prelate was pictured on a beach with the caption: “I’m in Miami Beach with my new husband. God is good.”
One churchgoer said many parishioners severed ties to the church after Quevedo-Bosch came out as gay at the pulpit a month ago.
“Most of the people aren’t coming anymore,” the elderly woman said. “Because he’s homosexual, people have stopped coming.”……
…….Quevedo-Bosch has not been seen at the church for the last month, she said. [Such a concerned, self-denying shepherd, no?]
Attendance has dwindled, she said, with many parishioners instead going to Mass at a satellite church a few blocks away. [It’s not “mass.” I was an episcopal, and we never, ever called it “mass.”]
Saturday services have been canceled, and only seven worshippers showed up at Wednesday’s Mass. [Wrong again. The numbers are not terribly atypical for episcopal worship houses, whose median congregation size now stands at less than 100, the vast majority of which are over 70 years of age]
……….“Priests who wish to enter into same-gender marriage are approved to do so in the Episcopal Church and in the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island,” said Bishop Larry Provenzano, head of the Long Island diocese, which includes Queens.…… [Which tells you everything you need to know about why the episcopal sect is dying in a spectacular self-imolation]
………Before becoming a priest, Quevedo-Bosch worked as an economic planner for the city of Havana in the early 1980s, his LinkedIn page says. He studied to be a priest in his native country. [I think we can start to see the picture come together.]
More and more I hate this world.
A thought on the background – this guy’s wife is 73. He emigrated from Cuba to the US 20 years ago. One of the best ways to get a green card/visa is to get married. You do the math.
It is revealing to me the degree to which incidence of sodomy is directly proportional to dwelling in large urban areas/disconnectedness from nature and hard, physical labor. It is also no coincidence that the four largest sodomite communities in the country – NY, SF, LA, and Miami – all grew up around large sea ports back when ships were staffed with large crews.
………claims to have another video showing sale of baby parts and probably admission of regular performance of illegal abortions/born-alive murders from within the state of Texas. If so, that could be very big trouble for Planned Barrenhood, the corrupt Joe Strauss aside, there is a very large majority of quite pro-life legislators right now, and hopes to bring in even more next term.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton confirmed in testimony before the Texas Senate that his office has launched an investigation into illegal activites at state Planned Barrenhoods, including their mills in Dallas, Austin, Fort Worth, and Houston:
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton confirmed on Wednesday that a video obtained by his office as part of its investigation into Planned Parenthood’s practices is “consistent” with other undercover videos released by an anti-abortion group of the organization’s executives discussing fetal tissue donations.
Testifying before the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, Paxton said his office had “gained possession” of “hours of recordings” involving a Planned Parenthood clinic in Texas as part of its inquiry into Planned Parenthood’s practices regarding fetal tissue donation in Texas. Paxton declined to go into specifics about the recordings and how they were obtained.
Instead, Paxton detailed a recent visit by AG investigators to a Planned Parenthood facility in Houston where they witnessed how the abortion provider handles fetal remains before they are sent to a contractor who disposes them.
“The true abomination in all this is the institution of abortion,” Paxton told the committee. “Even the languages that they use — ‘product of conception’ — betrays a profound denial of humanity.”
The Belo-owned WFAA report above then becomes reliably left-wing, biasing towards poor persecuted Planned Butcherhood as much as they dare.
Better coverage below from Life News, noting Planned Barrenhood’s unusual refusal throughout the many investigations spurred by these videos to appear at any of them:
Legislators on the Texas Health and Human Services Committee on Wednesday scolded Planned Parenthood for their absence. Republican Chairman Charles Schwertner said the organization needs to answer for how it operates in Texas.
Why did Planned Parenthood fail to appear? Possibly because top state officials may have been given access to yet another shocking undercover video exposing more sales of aborted babies beyond the three videos already released.
Schwertner said the committee would focus on determining whether Planned Parenthood affiliates in Texas were selling fetal tissue and what steps could be “taken to put a swift and decisive stop to it.”
“I know many Texans are equally horrified by such a callous disregard for innocent human life,” Schwertner said.
“The existence of the CMP video of a clinic in Texas and the AG’s interest in it would at least tend to imply that there are legal issues that arise from it. Why wouldn’t Planned Parenthood want a representative there to push back, if those allegations are unfounded? It looks like an attempt to keep from having responses committed to the record, and avoid potential charges if they get proven to be false,” he writes. “The vise is tightening, but the debate focuses too narrowly on the legality of tissue transfers for compensation. Planned Parenthood wants that debate, because they can then argue that this benefits humanity through research — even though that ignores the fact that they could just donate the organs, rather than maximize their revenue stream by charging on the “per-item thing,” as yesterday’s video showed a Planned Parenthood official explaining.”
“No, the real problem for Planned Parenthood is that this organ trade has exposed the core lie at the heart of the abortion industry. [Which is that they murder babies all day long for money, including profit to the tune of $100 million last year!] In my column today for The Week, I advise people to remain focused on that fundamental hypocrisy demonstrated in these videos,” he adds. ”………
………A total of 10 states have already launched an investigation including Tennessee, Massachusetts,Kansas, Missouri, Arizona, Indiana, Ohio, Georgia,Texas and Louisiana and members of Congress have launched an investigation as well.
Nothing will happen at the federal level with this weak-willed Repubnik Congress and the most diabolically abortion-loving president in history in office.
But, at the state level…….look for Planned Butcherhood to be defunded in more states, and I imagine it possible that the legal pressure – and associated insurance costs – will become so high that PB will choose to leave a number of states. Texas is a very big one, they do a lot of business here, but if pro-lifers can hold legislator’s feet to the fire and make them press this matter, it is possible Planned Barrenhood could be run out of the state, or nearly so.
Let us make it too expensive for baby butchers to do business in Texas.
The Austin City Council just preliminarily approved an ordinance requiring all BBQ restaurants in Austin – and there has been a great explosion in number and quality over the past 7-8 years – to install expensive smoke abatement devices to keep from “annoying” neighbors with the wonderful smell of smoked meat. I am guessing this is probably a handful of asinine vegans who cant’ stand the temptation? Who doesn’t like – heck, love – the smell of really good barbeque?
“If this resolution passes, we would be forced to close or move. It would destroy Austin barbecue.” says Aaron Franklin, owner of Franklin’s BBQ in Austin.
Austin, Texas has long been a destination for Americans of all stripes in their quest to find the best barbecue in the nation. [I don’t know about “long.” When I lived there 20 years ago, about the only respectable places were County Line (gas oven/wood chips) and The Salt Lick (heard raves, never quite had an awesome experience). It was in Driftwood, anyway. From what I understand it’s been about the last 8 years or so that a number of really top-flight BBQ joints have opened.]
However, if the Austin City Council gets their way, food tourism may soon be a thing of the past.
Austin City Council members passed a preliminary plan in April to put restrictions on smoke from barbeque restaurants. Some Austin residents complain of the barbecue smoke saying they can’t enjoy their homes they purchased before some of these restaurants moved in.
The city council’s current proposal will require smoke diffusers and will also limit the amount of time that restaurants can smoke. These restrictions will require at least $100,000 in extra investments for most barbecue restaurants as they will be forced to buy extra smokers along with severely expensive diffusers, and in some cases will have to lease or purchase more property.
One business expert told council members that these restrictions will certainly kill all but the largest barbecue restaurants in Austin.
It is effectively a ban on barbecue restaurants in a town known for its barbecue.
Of course, these regulations are par for the course for a liberal city. Liberals claim to hate big business and love small businesses, but then they love to place so many regulations on the little guy that the environment becomes toxic to entry level entrepreneurs. The ultimate consequence of these policies is that large corporations and governments are the only entities permitted to operate.
I suggest you get your barbecue from Austin as soon as possible so you can tell your descendants how good it was before communism took over.
So typically leftist – get blessed with something that sprang up out of nothing and then regulate it to death over the complaints of a tiny handful. Rather than deal with individual problem spots, impose a blanket ban that punishes the innocent along with the guilty – to the extent any are “guilty” in this case.
Liberals can never stand people having too much fun.
On a local note, anyone tried that Ten 50 BBQ in Richardson, on 75 near Collins? They bill themselves as being “real central Texas BBQ,” but I’ve heard that before. I’ve been thinking about trying them out.
For the first time, the eXXXotica porn/perversion “convention” is coming to Dallas. Held a few times a year around the country, this panoply of hedonism features 150 porn “stars,” hundreds of booths hawking all manner of products dedicated towards personal gratification, and a general aura of debauchery. It will be held next week, Aug. 7-9 2015 at the city-owned Dallas Convention Center. Beyond near-occasion of sin billboards have popped up around the area, dismaying many. This expo of hedonism has been planned, apparently, for months.
Local feminists are not pleased. While feminism is a highly disordered ideology, especially in its extreme forms, some fair points are raised below by one local feminist. The question is, will they be the only ones to protest this event?
The EXXXotica Convention is headed to Dallas and our Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center next month “to bring over 150 adult industry stars as well as hundreds of exhibitors” promoting the sex trade.
New Friends New Life has a mission to restore and empower formerly trafficked teen girls and sexual exploited women and their children. We are among the nonprofits working to show the connection between the fight against human trafficking and the very vehicle that drives the demand for young, vulnerable children.
Why would the City of Dallas encourage conventions that propel and advertise the gateway and root cause of sex trafficking? [Indeed, this “expo” is sponsored by online escort services and porn companies. There is a close connection between prostitution and human trafficking.]
Every 26 seconds, a child is sold. Men who prostitute women and traffic children are twice as likely to view pornography. Every second, 28,258 pornographic images are viewed online, creating an insatiable appetite to purchase sex on sites such as backpage.com, and online escort services that are sponsoring this convention……..
……….Trafficking victims are groomed through pornography. They are trained and then trafficked. Ninety percent of exploited women have been sexually abused. Eighty-six percent of victims have been forced to watch and imitate pornographic images and were involved and taught the sex trade through porn. The Trafficking Victim Protection Actmakes it clear that the majority of those involved in pornography have been coerced, forced and defrauded, and many of them are children. That is not about free speech. This is about sex trafficking. This is about the buying and selling of children in our city.
Whether explicitly or implicitly, the City of Dallas by hosting this convention is facilitating the coercion of the vulnerable and, ultimately, the violence they will endure. We know that traffickers have been preparing for next weekend. They have been recruiting from the nearly 400 kids who are trafficked every night in Dallas. They have been getting “their girls” in line, and when the convention comes, these girls will be bought and sold. It will not be their choice. It will end up being their sentence.
So, boys, we have a prayer vigil scheduled next week, August 5, at 8 pm outside The Men’s Club. Who is up for joining me in praying outside the Dallas Convention Center on Friday or Saturday night? It seems this nightmare starts at 5pm. So maybe 8, again? Which night would work better for you, Friday or Saturday? Unbelievably, this exercise in self-will against God also takes place on Sunday, but I’m not going to impact my Sunday by praying outside there.
So………I’m not just real high on doing this. I think it would be good and valuable, but there are some substantial down-sides. For one thing, Dallas Convention Center is huge and the crowd is likely to be large. It would be difficult to make an impact. Parking may be a hassle, as would be meeting up with each other. I’d pretty much have to drive around there and ID a place where I think we could meet, unless one of you knows the area well and could make a suggestion. And, I would like to have pretty good assurance we’d have a sizable crowd, a dozen minimum, if this effort were to be worthwhile. Let me know your thoughts. Because I know some of you have concerns over commenting online, you can contact me directly if you want: email@example.com
If there is interest and the logistics can be worked out I think it would be a very good evil to stand against. Let’s see what we can come up with. It would be a great way to get that “smell of the sheep,” as well as opposing the human trafficking that was such a focal point of the recent papal encyclical. Why, it would almost atone for my neo-Pelagian Promethean bead counting!
A final thought: here we are in a city that has been, one might say, divinely warned through a series of unusual seismic events. And yet here they go, thumbing their nose at God again and saying “non serviam.” Ultimately, this will not end well, unless there be a great change of hearts. Dallas purports itself to be a conservative mecca (used to be but it ain’t, anymore) in a conservative state, but it is also known worldwide for the number and “quality” of its sexually oriented businesses. This is a dichotomy that should not stand.
And yet, I haven’t heard any denunciations from 3725 Blackburn St, have you?
And so yet another violation of federal law:
In the video, actors posing as representatives from a human biologics company meet with Ginde at the abortion-clinic headquarters of PPRM in Denver to discuss a potential partnership to harvest fetal organs. When the actors request intact fetal specimens, Ginde reveals that in PPRM’s abortion practice, “Sometimes, if we get, if someone delivers before we get to see them for a procedure, then we are intact.”
Since PPRM does not use digoxin or other feticide in its 2nd trimester procedures, any intact deliveries before an abortion are potentially born-alive infants under federal law (1 USC 8).
I will say Center for Medical Progress has set these up very well. They released more nebulous, potentially less damaging videos first, and when Planned Butcherhood responded by pretending they are never in this for the money, that this kind of thing is just done for the good of medical science, etc., later video releases could reveal them as the liars they are. Very well done.
From what I understand, the most damning videos are still to come. But will they have any effect? Will the demonrat party and their Repubnik co-religionists in Congress give even these atrocities a pass, and continue to ramp up PP’s funding? How is it that a “non-profit” can net over $100 million in 2014?
And now for the reaction: a judge in the People’s Republic of California has issued a temporary injunction against CMP from releasing at least some of their videos:
Yesterday, a judge in California issued a temporary injunction barring CMP from publishing videos that include footage from a May 2014 meeting between officials at StemExpress and CMP investigators posing as potential buyers of fetal organs. The StemExpress lawsuit alleges the covert recording of that meeting at a restaurant is the product of unlawful electronic eavesdropping.
California has unusually tough prohibitions on electronic recording. One of those restrictions is that all parties must consent to the recording of “confidential communications.” This isn’t my area of law, but a quick survey of the case law suggests that recordings in restaurants may sometimes be considered confidential communications and sometimes not, depending on the circumstances. It’s going to be a fact-specific determination, so CMP may ultimately be in a bit of trouble there depending on what the testimony and evidence turns up. On the other hand, the temporary injunction is a prior restraint, which typically isn’t the right solution to alleged newsworthy conduct that can be remedied post-litigation. The temporary injunction was ordered to last until a hearing can be convened on August 19. StemExpress also alleges theft, fraud, and interference with contract.
Other CMP videos can be released, so long as they don’t include the StemExpress meeting.
May God protect and defend the good souls at CMP. They are doing ground-breaking work.
Without Planned Barrenhood’s focus and resources, the baby-murderers in this country would be very hard pressed to respond to continued pro-life pressure. Planned Butcherhood has always been the focal point of the baby-butchery industry, its primary propagandist and most influential lobbyist. Should it go away, it would cripple the abortion industry.
Lord, may that day come.
This is one in depth investigation. In a new video entitled Human Capital – Episode 1: Planned Parenthood’s Black Market in Baby Parts, the Center for Medical Progress provides even more damning evidence that Planned Barrenhood routinely sells aborted baby parts for profit, something that certainly seems to be illegal under current federal law.
Most of the video below features the testimony of a woman who once worked at a business that purchased aborted baby parts for “research.” She details the profit motive to Planned Barrenhood and her own personal horror at having to handle and manipulate tiny legs, heads, etc. She claims both Planned Barrenhood and the company she worked for – just one of many that trade in human flesh – were profit-motivated and sought to maximize income.
The video closes with a chilling segment at a Planned Barrenhood facility where parts from little murdered babies are sorted through, analyzed for their economic value, and discussed like one were discussing cattle parts. I wonder how many left wing employees at Planned Barrenhood believe “meat is murder” and yet have no problem haggling over the price of the little parts remaining from murdered babies.
No wonder the democrats have totally freaked out and are trying to change the story by investigating the Center for Medical Progress, instead of Damned Barrenhood. There is absolutely no justification for this traffic in human parts and yet the left wing sexular pagan ethos more or less demands that this kind of thing occur. There is no horror to which they will not descend in pursuit of their sexular pagan “utopia.”
Really, how far of a step is it, from using aborted baby parts for medical research, from creating babies intentionally for that purpose? And then what follows after that?
Soylent Green, here we come.