Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Your Tax Dollars Fund Organization That Knowingly Breaks Federal Law

The fifth undercover video by The Center for Medical Progress on Planned Parenthood’s deceptive practice of selling baby parts was released today.  


This video 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 fetuses.

First, think about what it takes to retrieve an 'intact fetus.' 
The following show standard abortion procedures, only the induction abortion would result in an 'intact fetus.'


The procedures involved in ensuring an 'intact fetus' are much more complicated and there is a chance the baby will be born alive.  The risk to the baby in any abortion is dire, the intent is that the baby dies, so it’s rare that a baby survives the procedure, but it is possible.  

To retrieve an 'intact fetus,' the baby must be killed in utero and then labor induced and the baby delivered.  There have been cases where the baby is born alive and, considering that over a thousand babies are born alive, that we know of, and the number of abortions Planned Parenthood does it is consistent that there would be some, if not many, born alive at Planned Parenthood.  As of this moment I don’t know for sure what happens in these cases at Planned Parenthood, it's likely future videos will address this.  If the baby is born alive it is no longer considered an abortion but a birth and killing the baby at this point would be considered a homicide.


Now back to the undercover video.  In the video, Melissa Farrell confirms that Planned Parenthood has broken several federal laws. The two most blatantly violated federal laws are that of illegal profiting from selling baby parts and illegally manipulating abortion procedures.

In the video Farrel says: 

We bake that into our contract, and our protocol, that we follow this, so we deviate from our standard in order to do that.”

 “Some of our doctors in the past have projects and they’re collecting the specimens, so they do it in a way that they get the best specimens, so I know it can happen.”
She admits they deviate from the standard to collect baby parts. Federal law, 42 U.S.C. 289g-1(2)(A)(ii): no alteration of the timing, method, or procedures used to terminate the pregnancy was made solely for the purposes of obtaining the tissue; 

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.”
They take the intact baby and divide it up to make the most profit. “It’s all just a matter of line items.”  The baby and his/her parts have now become “line items.”

“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.”
Take that in for a minute.  Her department, the research department, the department that procures and sells baby parts “contributes so much to the bottom line of our organization.”  This means they are making a profit on the selling of baby parts:


In a Texas Senate hearing on July 29, former Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast clinic director Abby Johnson estimated that the affiliate had previously made up to $120,000 per month off of aborted fetal tissue.

Not only should Planned Parenthood be defunded, they should be investigated and prosecuted.

The defense for continued funding of Planned Parenthood is that it the tax money goes to other programs that Planned Parenthood provides and not to abortion First off, it’s common sense that funding one portion of a company helps the company as a whole and therefore helps the individual parts.  If Planned Parenthood has a budget of $100 and abortions cost them $50 and other services cost $50, making their total costs $50 and the government gives them the $50 for other services, the total they need to raise is reduced by 50%. (I’m not saying the government reduces their costs by 50%, this is just an example). The abortion department is helped by the government funding because they can reduce costs across the board.

The second ‘reason’ for continued funding of Planned Parenthood, that if Planned Parenthood closes many women will go without care, is pure fear mongering, playing on people’s emotions to continue funding this leading abortion provider.  Let’s look at this rationally, not emotionally.

If Planned Parenthood were to close, and nobody believes that they would close just because they lose federal funding, what would happen?  People would find themselves without a provider.  When ObamaCare was enacted thousands lost their providers.  These same politicians who are so ‘distraught’ that women might lose their Planned Parenthood providers are the same ones who barely bat an eye when the thousands lost their providers assuming they will get new providers.  The same is true for customers of Planned Parenthood, they will get new providers, or, in some cases, they will be able to keep their same providers.  If Planned Parenthood shut their doors all their providers would set up shop somewhere else.  These providers aren’t going to all retire just because their place of business closes, they will be working in a new location.  If Planned Parenthood closes, other providers of women’s health care will prosper.  These other providers will be the recipients of the federal funding for women’s health care. 

“But Planned Parenthood provided for those without insurance.”  ObamaCare has taken care of that, hasn’t it? ObamaCare mandates that everyone has insurance and that insurance covers preventative health care to women “without charging you a copayment or coinsurance.”  Unless these politicians who so fervently supported ObamaCare, mostly the same ones who are supporting Planned Parenthood, believe it is not doing what it is mandated to do. 

The sob stories, the stories of women who received care at Planned Parenthood, who had nowhere else to turn are a false narrative.  Trying to show what will happen if Planned Parenthood closes by using an example of what happened in one place in 2011 to ‘prove’ their point.  Their ‘facts’ are outdated and irrelevant.  Yes, 2011 wasn’t that long ago, but it was before ObamaCare was enacted.  The problems incurred in the 2011 have been eliminated by ObamaCare. Also, I’m sure all the patients have since found new providers.  The stories are told to specifically to elicit emotions in people to convince people to see things their way.  They have no other recourse than to play on people’s emotions because their ‘reasoning’ doesn’t hold water. 


There is no logical reason for Planned Parenthood to receive federal funding.  It is a criminal organization that is breaking federal law.  Are you going to allow your tax dollars to continue to be used to fund an organization that sells baby parts and knowingly violates federal law?  Morality dictates you do not. 

All the videos released so far, the edited versions and the full, unedited versions, are found on The Center For Medical Progress' Website. 

Thursday, July 2, 2015

What Would You Do? What SHOULD You Do?


You work for a large company. The company has had in place, for many years, a policy they use to make major changes that affect all employees, which enables the employees to have a say in how the company is run.  Each department choses a representative for their department.  

When a new policy is proposed each department votes on the proposal and the representatives meet to discuss the proposal, what each department voted, either for or against the new policy. Depending on the policy, it can be applied company-wide or in the individual departments that approve it.  

A new policy had been submitted.  In this company it has been the policy for Saturday work days. It appears that the majority of the people would like to have Saturday off, but there are some who like the extra pay working Saturday gives them.  Each Department will determine for themselves if the employees will work Saturdays or have Saturdays off.  This will be determined by what the workers want and if they can accomplish the work that needs to be done with one less work day. 

The departments have been discussing and voting.  Suddenly the Board of Directors, because they are tired of listening to their friends and family complain, think the process is taking too long and declare that everyone will have Saturday off.  The board’s job is not to make policy, but to ensure polices are being followed and that the company remains on track.  According to company regulations, the management can make policies, but only with input from the departments. 

The management allows the board to enact this new policy because they, themselves like the policy, it would give them Saturdays off.  

Assuming you want Saturdays off, what would you do? Do you keep quiet because you like the new policy and believe that the majority of the people like the policy so it’s ok? Do you insist creation of a new policy follow procedure, even though it may take longer but is the proper way to handle the policy, after all, the policy may not benefit everyone and everyone has the right to input and the board has no right making policy, only ensuring policy doesn’t violate company rules also knowing that this opens the door for the board to arbitrarily make other policies that you and the other employees do not like and would have no say about?

What do you do?

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You live in America. America has had in place, for many years, a Constitution they use to make major changes that affect all citizens, which enables the citizens to have a say in how the company is run.  Each state elects representatives for their state.  When a new law is proposed each state votes on the law and the representatives meet to vote, what each citizen of his/her state voted, either for or against the new law. Depending on the law, it can be applied nation-wide or it could be a law which does not fall within the realm of a federal law, but a law that would be required to be an individual state law. 
The federal government is limited by the Constitution as to what laws they can and cannot make.

According to the Constitution, the federal government is responsible for laws enumerated in the Constitution under Article 1and nothing more, everything else falls to the state 
Note:  The 10th Amendment states:
“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” 

The Supreme Court does not make laws, they determine if laws are Constitutional, their job is described, in detail, in Article 3 of the Constitution.

So a new law has been submitted to the state.  In this case the law is that same sex marriage is legal.  Under the Constitution, each state should determine for themselves if the same sex marriage will be legal.  This will be determined by what the citizens of the state want by majority.  The states have been discussing and voting.  Suddenly the Supreme Court, because they are tired of listening to their friends and family complain, think the process is taking too long declare that same sex marriage is legal in all states.  The Supreme Court’s job is not to make law, but to ensure laws are being followed under the Constitution. Under the Constitution, same sex marriage would not fall under federal law but state law. It is unconstitutional to create a federal same sex marriage law.  

Should the Supreme Court determine that same sex marriage can be applied to taxation, the law would still not fall under Supreme Court but with the Legislative Branch.  The Senators and Representatives, having been elected by their constituents, should vote based on the wishes of his/her constituents.  

In this case the management, in other words the President/Vice President/many of the Legislative branch have allowed SCOTUS to enact this new ‘law’ because they, themselves like the ‘law.’  It bypasses the headache of having this put on a ballot and voted on in their state.  

Assuming you are for same sex marriage, what would you do? Do you keep quiet because you want same sex marriage and believe that the majority of the people also want same sex marriage and because you think it’s fair and right, so it’s ok that SCOTUS over stepped its bounds? Do you insist creation of same sex laws follow procedure, follow the Constitution even though it may take longer but is the Constitutional and legal way to handle the policy, after all, not everyone is pro-same sex marriage and everyone has the right to input, even if they disagree with me and SCOTUS has no right making law, only ensuring law doesn’t violate the Constitution, also knowing that this opens the door for SCOTUS to arbitrarily make other laws that you and the other citizens do not like and would have no say about?

What SHOULD you do?


Thursday, November 7, 2013

#ObamaCare, a Step to Change "We the People" to "We the Slaves of the Government."


The Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare, is not healthcare and does not guarantee one will receive good healthcare. It does not even guarantee people will receive good insurance and it is by no means affordable. To this date, more people have lost healthcare coverage, due to the ACA, than have enrolled in new insurance. Many are forced to pay higher premiums to keep their plans or losing their plans altogether and are force to accept one of the government’s managed plans or opt for no insurance and pay the government fine. 

Wording is important. There is a reason the preamble to the Constitution was written "provide for the common defense" and "promote [not provide] the general welfare." The government is to provide defense for the country and support the general welfare of its people, but not provide. 

The federal government was not created to care for the individual; the federal government was created to attend to foreign affairs and affairs of the country as a whole. Thomas Jefferson on general welfare clause: They are not to lay taxes ad libitum for any purpose they please; but only to pay the debts or provide for the welfare of the Union.

Robert Yates, who wrote anti-federalist papers under the name “Brutus,” predicted the abuse of vague clauses, particularly of the "general welfare" clause, as we see happening, and by the Supreme Court. The founders assumed the Constitution would be followed as written, but Brutus correctly predicted that future leaders & the Supreme Court would abuse their powers to "interpret" the Constitution where “promote” has become conflated with “provide.” This liberal, and incorrect, “interpretation” allows for a large, tyrannical government in control of all aspects of citizen's lives, which is what neither the federalists nor the anti-federalists envisioned. It was never the intention for the federal government to “provide” for the individual. 

Creating an atmosphere of complete dependence on the government, that government has complete control over American citizens, is tyrannical. It is the antithesis of what this great country stands for. It enables people to become mindless, apathetic cattle. It is destructive. It is not what out founders wanted for our country. ObamaCare is nothing more than government control. It is not affordable and it does not guarantee accessible healthcare. It is not justice for government to force its control over your healthcare. It is despotism and it is evil. ObamaCare, is just a step in Obama's plan to change "We the people" to "we the slaves of the government."

~ Obama is "sorry."

Monday, September 30, 2013

Typical #ObamaCare Scenario

When Obamacare fully enacts, you can expect to see scenarios such as this playing out all across the United States.

A 27 year old worked 40 hours a week and made $30,000 in 2012 and is currently making the same. He is just barely paying for food, clothes & housing expenses and insurance was not offered by his company, so he hasn't been paying for insurance & he was able to pay his bills.

The company has 55 full time employees, & due to ObamaCare, the company must now offer insurance or pay a penalty.  His company has chosen to cut the hours of several full time employees.  His hours are now cut from 40 to 29 and he still has no benefits. He will now make $21,750, that's $8,250 less a year (ObamaCare won't take this into consideration until next year).


Household income in 2014: 261% of poverty level Unsubsidized annual health insurance premium in 2014: $2,535 Maximum % of income you have to pay for the non-tobacco premium, if eligible for a subsidy: 8.37% Amount you pay for the premium: $2,512 per year (which equals 8.37% of your household income and covers 99% of the overall premium) You could receive a government tax credit subsidy of up to: $24, (Wow! $24 whole dollars) (which covers 1% of the overall premium) That's $2,512 he MUST pay or pay a tax for noncompliance. (For 2014, the penalty is either $95 per adult or 1% of family income, whichever results in a larger fine. In this case, it would be $300. That's $300 for getting nothing, still a better deal).

So, he is making $8,250 less and is now required to pay $2,512 (or the $300 penalty) for health insurance.
 
He could enroll in a Bronze plan for about $2,078 per year (which is 6.93% of his household income, after taking into account $24 in subsidies). For most people, the Bronze plan represents the minimum level of coverage required under health reform. Although he would pay less in premiums by enrolling in a Bronze plan, he will face higher out-of-pocket costs than if he enrolled in a Silver plan.       
 
What should he cut? Food, housing? How will he find a second part time job now that millions of other people are in the same boat of now being part time whereas the formerly were full time? The number of full time jobs available will also be reduced because more people than ever will be seeking them. In other words, more people than ever will be looking for jobs. How can young people just starting out compete with experienced people who have been forced into the job market?

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Bilateral Amputee, Matt DeWitt, Makes History!

Matt DeWitt has made history becoming the first, and so far, only double amputee to complete the Leadville 100 MTB "Race Across the Sky." 

photo by Tiffini Skuce

Riders who must finish before the 12 cut-off. 
Here are Matt's times:

Here are the times for all the Ride 2 Recovery riders, all (except for Sara Bell who had to drop out due to mechanical problems) finished before the 12 hour cut-off and received either a gold or silver belt buckle!


For more pictures, go the Ride 2 Recovery Leadville album on their Facebook Page.
For more information on Ride 2 Recovery, visit their website and like their Facebook Page.  Also, join the Ride 2 Recovery Group Facebook page.



Back in June I reported that Ride 2 Recovery disabled Vet, double arm amputee, Matt DeWitt's specialized mountain bike had been stolen while on a training camp with Ride 2 Recovery in Alaska.  While the bike was found (4 other, non-modified bikes have yet to be found), it was damaged. 

Matt's bike was damaged by the thieves that stole it, Ride 2 Recovery's Scott Moro (AKA Bicycle Repairman) had to do quite a bit of work to repair Matt's bike. Scott posted photos on his FaceBook page as he made repairs. I am happy to report that the bike has been repaired and Matt will be racing in the Leadville 100 MTB "Race Across the Sky." 

Raleigh Bike has written about Matt: Ride 2 Recovery Veteran Enters Leadville Trail 100

Here is a story Bike Rumor posted on Matt's bike: Hack! Amazing Hands-Free Ride 2 Recovery Di2 Diamondback Full Suspension Mountain Bike

Here's Matt and the other Ride 2 Recovery riders in Leadville preparing for the race:
photo by Juan Carlos Hernandez

Michael's video shows Matt, with Ride 2 Recovery riders going down powerline: Michael passes one rider and then falls in behind Matt.






 

 

Friday, August 9, 2013

Bilateral Amputee, Matt DeWitt, Makes History!

Matt DeWitt has made history becoming the first, and so far, only double amputee to complete the Leadville 100 MTB "Race Across the Sky." 

photo by Tiffini Skuce

Riders who must finish before the 12 cut-off. 
Here are Matt's times:

Here are the times for all the Ride 2 Recovery riders, all (except for Sara Bell who had to drop out due to mechanical problems) finished before the 12 hour cut-off and received either a gold or silver belt buckle!


For more pictures, go the Ride 2 Recovery Leadville album on their Facebook Page.
For more information on Ride 2 Recovery, visit their website and like their Facebook Page.  Also, join the Ride 2 Recovery Group Facebook page.



Back in June I reported that Ride 2 Recovery disabled Vet, double arm amputee, Matt DeWitt's specialized mountain bike had been stolen while on a training camp with Ride 2 Recovery in Alaska.  While the bike was found (4 other, non-modified bikes have yet to be found), it was damaged. 

Matt's bike was damaged by the thieves that stole it, Ride 2 Recovery's Scott Moro (AKA Bicycle Repairman) had to do quite a bit of work to repair Matt's bike. Scott posted photos on his FaceBook page as he made repairs. I am happy to report that the bike has been repaired and Matt will be racing in the Leadville 100 MTB "Race Across the Sky." 

Raleigh Bike has written about Matt: Ride 2 Recovery Veteran Enters Leadville Trail 100

Here is a story Bike Rumor posted on Matt's bike: Hack! Amazing Hands-Free Ride 2 Recovery Di2 Diamondback Full Suspension Mountain Bike

Here's Matt and the other Ride 2 Recovery riders in Leadville preparing for the race:
photo by Juan Carlos Hernandez

Michael's video shows Matt, with Ride 2 Recovery riders going down powerline: Michael passes one rider and then falls in behind Matt.






 

 

Ride 2 Recovery Participates in the 2013 Leadville 100 MTB

I will be posting updates here for Ride 2 Recovery's participation in the 2013 Leadville 100 MTB.  You can follow riders live progress through the athlete tracker.

Riders are not required to check in at all the stations, they are only required to check out of these aid stations by the following cut-off times:
Twin Lakes Outbount (40 miles) Elapsed time, 4 hours; Actual Time 10:30am


Twin Lakes Return (60 miles) Elapsed time, 7 hours, 45 minutes; Actual Time 2:15pm
TrReturn (74 miles) Elapsed time, 8 hours, 45 minutes: Actual Time 3:15pm

"This is a 12-hour mountain bike race.  Official finishers must complete the course in less than 12 hours.  Rider who make the last aid station cut-off time, but fail to achieve the 12-hour finish will be allowed to continue for one additional hour only.  Finishing in less than 13 hours is an indication of a rider's tenacity, but does not earn official finishing placing.  All riders must be off the course in 13 hours."

UPDATE: Matt DeWitt is the first bilateral amputee, EVER to finish the Leadville 100. Finished in 11:06! Way to go Matt!!







Training Ride: photo by Robin Brown


*Note: Update times are results POSTED as of that time, not results as of that time.  Some of the postings are behind.

UPDATE: FINAL TIMES AND PLACEMENT:
All R2R riders, with the exception of Sara, who had to drop out due to mechanical problems, finished before the 12 hour cut off. 



NAME Start Time Finish Time Place  
Bruce Gustafson  6:30:48:32 AM 2:30:00 PM 7:59:49:14 93  
John Wordin  6:30:57:10 AM 2:35:55 PM 8:05:43:66 104 2nd in M5 div
Mike Tobin 6:30:37:43 AM 3:11:42 PM 8:41:30:64 264  
Juan Carlos Hernandez 6:30:39:41 AM 3:25:30 PM 8:55:19:20 332  
Marc Hoffmeister 6:30:36:04 AM 3:55:00 PM 9:24:49:29 447  
David Haines  6:30:53:17 AM 3:59:46 PM 9:29:39:27 467  
Tommy Muir 6:31:27:23 AM 4:22:28 PM 9:52:17:17 565  
Shawn Morelli 6:31:20:77 AM 5:12:49 PM 10:42:37:40 839  
Matt DeWitt  6:31:35:16 AM 5:36:41 PM 11:06:29:88 967  
James Weigand 6:31:35:50 AM 5:36:43 PM 11:06:31:36 968  
Jon Disbro 6:31:36:33 AM 5:50:02 PM 11:19:50:53 1042  
Jordan Bressler  6:31:29:68 AM 5:58:09 PM 11:27:58:13 1095  
Mike Troster 6:31:36:06 AM 6:13:52 PM 11:43:41:17 1206  
Sara Bell  6:31:20:17 AM        


Bruce Gustafson, John Wordin, Mike Tobin and Juan Carlos Hernandez finished in under 9 hours and will receive a gold belt buckle.  John Wordin finished 2nd in the M5 division.
 
Marc Hoffmeister, David Haines, Tommy Muir, Shawn Morelli, Matt DeWitt, James Weigand, Jon Disbro, Jordan Bressler, and Mike Troster finished under 12 hours and will receive a silver belt buckle.


UPDATE: 5:25PM MT






UPDATE: 1:00PM MT
 






UPDATE: 11:00AM MT:
(I don't know what happened to Sara's times, there have been no more posted after the start, let's hope it's a problem with her chip and not Sara)











UPDATE: 9:45AM MT 
 



UPDATE: Start Times:

NAME # Start Time


Matt DeWitt 
1206 6:31:35:16 AM
Sara Bell  1285 6:31:20:17 AM
Jordan Bressler  1286 6:31:29:68 AM
Bruce Gustafson  1287 6:30:48:32 AM
David Haines  1288 6:30:53:17 AM
Scott Moro  1289
Jim "Gramps" Penseyres   1290
James Weigand 1292 6:31:35:50 AM
Mike Troster 1293 6:31:36:06 AM
Jon Disbro 1294 6:31:36:33 AM
Shawn Morelli 1295 6:31:20:77 AM
Juan Carlos Hernandez 1296 6:30:39:41 AM
Tommy Muir 1297 6:31:27:23 AM
Mike Tobin 1299 6:30:37:43 AM
Marc Hoffmeister 969 6:30:36:04 AM
John Wordin  1110 6:30:57:10 AM

I don't know what happened with Scotty, I'll post when I find out.

Kenneth Butler 1300 - not riding due to injury :-(  He will be at the pipeline feed zone helping and spectating.
Hunter Stoneking - Not riding.
Jim "Gramps" Penseyres AKA "Bubbles" is doing support.