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House Dems find perfect committee replacement for indicted Rep. Fattah

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**Written by Doug Powers

Just a couple of weeks ago, Democrat Rep. Chaka Fattah was flying high on Air Force One with Team Obama, but now

Prosecutors charged Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., Wednesday in a 29-count indictment with racketeering conspiracy, bribery and wire fraud as part of a probe into the 11-term congressman launched by the FBI and IRS in March 2013.

Fattah will lose a committee post, but the Dems found an appropriate replacement:

Fattah’s office confirmed he has agreed to give up his leadership post on the Appropriations Committee, where he is the top Democrat overseeing criminal justice and science spending. He will be replaced by Mike Honda, D-Calif., who is currently the subject of an ethics probe.

Charles Rangel must be feeling a little overlooked and under appreciated right now.

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Place your bets: How will Hillary’s campaign ‘offset’ private jet emissions?

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**Written by Doug Powers

Last week, in a touching tribute to Al Gore and his merry band of eco-hypocrites, Hillary Clinton called global warming “one of the urgent threats of our time,” and then jumped on a private jet. But Hillary’s going to open a can of magical hypocrisy-erasing “offsets” to wipe clean any potential threat to Mother Gaia:

Hillary Clinton’s campaign will offset all of its carbon emissions after facing criticism from Republicans for flying a private jet back from a climate change event, a campaign aide told CNN.

While the aide said that the entire campaign, including its travel, will become carbon neutral, the campaign plans to elaborate as it releases more specifics on its climate change plans over the next few weeks. The campaign has not yet responded to a request from The Hill for more information on that plan.

The Clintons love to fly, and it shows. What’ll Hillary’s “offsets” be? Delete all future emails using only solar-power? Switch to 100-percent organic pantsuits? Only allow Bill to take women who drive hybrids?

I’m sure they’ll come up with something good.

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Planned Parenthood video, round 3: ‘We can see how much we can get out of it’

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**Written by Doug Powers

Cecile Richards: “The allegation that Planned Parenthood profits in any way from tissue donation is not true.”

Uh huh:

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Round 1: Discussing “women’s health issues” with a Hannibal Lecter-style flair.

Round 2: “Less crunchy.”

Round 3: I wanna make a deal with you!

After two shocking videos caught Planned Parenthood doctors discussing and arranging the sale of body parts of aborted babies, a third video has been released today catching a Planned Parenthood vice president negotiating the sale of aborted babies and attempting to get as much money as possible from the deal.
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Now, the pro-life advocates behind the investigative videos have released a third video that catches Planed Parenthood doctors Katherine Sheehan and Savita Ginde discussing and arranging for the sale of aborted baby body parts.

The undercover footage catches the Vice President and Medical Director of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains (PPRM) in Denver, Colorado, Dr. Savita Ginde. PPRM is one of the largest and wealthiest Planned Parenthood affiliates and operates abortion clinics and abortion referral centers in Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, and Nevada.

Standing in the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic pathology laboratory, where the bodies of babies are brought after abortions, Ginde concludes that payment per organ removed from an aborted baby will be the most beneficial to Planned Parenthood: “I think a per-item thing works a little better, just because we can see how much we can get out of it.”

The sale or purchase of human fetal tissue is a federal felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison or a fine of up to $500,000 (42 U.S.C. 289g-2), though the law is riddled with loopholes that essentially allow such sales.

The nauseating video is here. Dems will again double and triple down on their calls for the DOJ to investigate the people who recorded the video.

**Written by Doug Powers

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Just plane hypocritical: Hillary Clinton proves she’s ready to be Obama’s climate change successor

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**Written by Doug Powers

The “we must take action against climate change” wind-up:

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And the “we must take action against climate change” pitch:

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The only surprise here is that Bill Nye wasn’t also aboard:

Just hours after Hillary Clinton unveiled her presidential campaign’s push to solve global warming through an aggressive carbon-cutting plan, she sauntered up the steps of a 19-seat private jet in Des Moines, Iowa.

The aircraft, a Dassault model Falcon 900B, burns 347 gallons of fuel per hour. And like all Dassault business jets, Hillary’s ride was made in France.

The Trump-esque transportation costs $5,850 per hour to rent, according to the website of Executive Fliteways, the company that owns it.
And she has used the same plane before, including on at least one trip for a speech that brought her $500,000 in fees.

Candidate Rodham-Clinton is clearly ready to take the climate change mantle from President Obama and upgrade to Air Force One-style eco-hypocrisy.

Hillary wants to turn every home into Solyndra. The Clintons lead by example though … just look at all the solar panels on this place!

@KCRovin @joanwalsh Oh that poor Hillary. Everyone in Chappaqua has to bring her food….They leave it at the gate. pic.twitter.com/mTV9rEVcPj

— Niko (@NikoTheFarmer) July 14, 2015

And if you need more convincing of Hillary’s commitment to the left-wing environmental cause, here’s her position on the Keystone pipeline:

Hillary declined to take a position on Keystone

— Hadas Gold (@Hadas_Gold) July 27, 2015

In fairness to the Hillster, her people are still trying to figure out if the pro-Keystone or anti-Keystone lobbyists have donated the most money to the Clinton Foundation.

**Written by Doug Powers

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Hey AP, you spelled ‘Democrats’ wrong in this story about foundering O-care state exchanges

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**Written by Doug Powers

This won’t surprise anybody who wasn’t among the target audience for the ACA sales pitch that Jonathan Gruber has described so eloquently, but state exchanges set up under Obamacare are taking a swan dive into the graveyard of expensive and horrible ideas:

State-run health insurance markets that offer coverage under President Barack Obama’s health law are struggling with high costs and disappointing enrollment. These challenges could lead more of them to turn over operations to the federal government or join forces with other states.

Hawaii’s marketplace, the latest cautionary tale, was awarded $205 million in federal startup grants. It has spent about $139 million and enrolled 8,200 customers for individual coverage in 2015. Unable to sustain itself, the state marketplace is turning over sign-ups to the federal HealthCare.gov for 2016.

Twelve states and the District of Columbia fully control their markets. Experts estimate about half face financial difficulties.

And now, thanks to the Supreme Court’s ruling that has turned the ACA colloquialism into “SCOTUScare,” states can just turn to the federal government with their hands out to cover the Obamacare Hindenburg cleanup costs.

This is my favorite part of the AP story:

Federal taxpayers invested nearly $5 billion in startup grants to the states, expecting that state markets would become self-sustaining. Most of the federal money has been spent, and states have to face the consequences.

Federal taxpayers invested nearly $5 billion”? They spelled “Democrats” wrong.

(h/t Twitchy)

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Hillary announces vision for America: Make EVERY home a Solyndra home

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**Written by Doug Powers

Maybe it should be considered a positive sign that so early in Hillary’s campaign she’s already devoid of original ideas:

Promising more than a half-billion solar panels by the end of a first term and an ambitious target of clean energy for every home in America in a decade, Hillary Rodham Clinton unveiled goals on Sunday evening to reduce the threat of climate change.

She said she would continue President Obama’s sweeping plan to limit carbon emissions from power plants, and announced targets that even push beyond current goal’s for greenhouse gases.

Mr. Obama’s proposed regulations are expected to be finalized by the Environmental Protection Agency in August, and the real work of making the changes — shutting down coal plans and increasing the number of renewable electricity sources — would fall to the next administration.

The Clinton campaign said the goals, set out on its website in a video, were the first of a six-plank plan to address climate change that Mrs. Clinton would continue to unveil in coming weeks and months.

The “fighting climate change” video Hillary’s campaign put out contained images of the Wright Brothers, the flag being raised on Iwo Jima during WWII and the Apollo 11 moon landing. Maybe since all those things burned plenty of fuel in the process, she’s blaming those achievements for contributing to the problem.

What’s the scope of Hillary’s planned course of action?

Mrs. Clinton’s pledge to produce “enough renewable energy to power every American home within 10 years of taking office” — that is, by 2027 — is even more ambitious than Mr. Obama’s plan.

Unless she’s found a way to retroactively harness the kinetic energy from her husband’s zipper and supply it to every American home, this is a totally undeliverable promise. But anything beats talking about her emails.

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Obama advises Kenya about ending gov’t corruption; Seattle experiencing ‘living wage’ awakening (a Sunday open thread)

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**Written by Doug Powers

Who’s up for another Sunday open thread? There’s lots going on but summer won’t last forever, so I’ll rattle off a few items for possible discussion and then go join the family by the pool.

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Seattle’s $15 minimum wage was celebrated by Nancy Pelosi and many others, but there’s a possible glitch in progressive Shangri-La.

Seattle’s $15 minimum wage law is supposed to lift workers out of poverty and move them off public assistance. But there may be a hitch in the plan.

Evidence is surfacing that some workers are asking their bosses for fewer hours as their wages rise – in a bid to keep overall income down so they don’t lose public subsidies for things like food, child care and rent.

The city’s financial problems will be over if they can figure out a way to tax irony.

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The wind-up:

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Saturday said she did not send classified emails from her private server while she was secretary of state.

And the pitch:

Government investigators said Friday that they had discovered classified information on the private email account that Hillary Rodham Clinton used while secretary of state, stating unequivocally that those secrets never should have been stored outside of secure government computer systems.

Here’s Hillary performing a visual interpretation of what’s happening to her email claims:

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Moments after this photo was taken and Hillary walked away, one of the kids said “hey, anybody seen the cash box?”

https://twitter.com/HillaryClinton/status/625095887153405952

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California Attorney General Kamala Harris was so horrified by the video showing Planned Parenthood staffers discussing the harvesting and sale of baby parts that she’s going to conduct a review of… the group that made the video. Liberals do have their priorities.

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Speaking of California, sanctuary city San Francisco has been forced to try a urine-repellent paint in public areas (read about it in the forthcoming book “SF: The Stench of ‘Progress'”):

The city’s Public Works agency is testing a pee-repellant paint on walls in areas that have been saturated with urine. Anyone urinating on the specially treated walls will get the spray splashed back onto them.

They totally stole the “paint that fights back” idea from The Naked Gun:

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I saved the funniest for last…

Yesterday in Kenya, President Obama advised them to look to this U.S. example when it comes to putting an end to government corruption:

Kenyatta’s administration earlier this year declared an “unwavering war against corruption” and Obama said he believes the Kenyan president is “serious about going after this.” Obama commiserated, noting it’s been tackled in the U.S, including his hometown of Chicago which had “Al Capone, boot leggers, bribery and police on the take.”

Oh, OK:

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Always leave ’em laughing.

**Written by Doug Powers

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Getting tough: John Kerry tells coveted deal partner Iran that ‘death to America’ chants are ‘pretty stupid’

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**Written by Doug Powers

John Kerry recently came to be aware that chants of “death to America” in Iran might not just be empty sloganeering like when Obama said “if you like your plan you can keep it,” so making his displeasure known:

Secretary of State John Kerry says he told Iranian officials during the nuclear talks that “death to America” chants at public rallies in their country were “pretty stupid.”

“I told them that their chants of ‘death to America’ and so forth are not helpful, and they’re pretty stupid,” Kerry said, lowering his voice, during a question-and-answer session at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, where he sought to sell the controversial nuclear deal.

Sure, they’re the stupid ones, Mr. Kerry.

The Iran nuke deal is a zany island, and the Obama administration is Gilligan. How hard are Khamenei and Rouhani laughing right now? How much harder will they be laughing when Kerry blames climate change for the complete failure of the “deal”?

Bonus wonder-diplomacy:

Kerry, who led the U.S. team negotiating the Iran deal over the past two years, said Friday that he had also asked Iranian officials to no longer call for the destruction of Israel.

Kerry drives a hard bargain, doesn’t he? But he’s not yet worried because he knows this isn’t anything that can’t be solved by an acoustic set from James Taylor.

**Written by Doug Powers

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Hillary trots out a new scapegoat for email shadiness: Global warming

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**Written by Doug Powers

null Note: The insinuation made in Hillary’s statement is Al Gore approved!

Hillary Clinton’s campaign took issue with a New York Times story mentioning a potential DOJ criminal probe of her sneaky email and server antics, and Hillary made this statement today:

“Maybe the heat is getting to everybody,” Clinton said before remarks on the economy in New York City. “We all have a responsibility to get this right.”

“We are all accountable to the American people to get the facts right and I will do my part, but I’m also going to stay focused on the issues, particularly the big issues that really matter to American families,” she added.

Yet another item to add to the “caused by global warming” list. Just the other day Hillary was “chillin” and now everybody’s in the throes of heatstroke.

Speaking of that NYT story in question, Hillary can feel lucky because she apparently has Wikipedia-esque “edit this story” capability for Times articles she’s not entirely happy with:

The New York Times made small but significant changes to an exclusive report about a potential criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton’s State Department email account late Thursday night, but provided no notification of or explanation for of the changes.

The paper initially reported that two inspectors general have asked the Justice Department to open a criminal investigation “into whether Hillary Rodham Clinton mishandled sensitive government information on a private email account she used as secretary of state.”

That clause, which cast Clinton as the target of the potential criminal probe, was later changed: the inspectors general now were asking for an inquiry “into whether sensitive government information was mishandled in connection with the personal email account Hillary Rodham Clinton used as secretary of state.”

The Times also changed the headline of the story, from “Criminal Inquiry Sought in Hillary Clinton’s Use of Email” to “Criminal Inquiry Is Sought in Clinton Email Account,” reflecting a similar recasting of Clinton’s possible role. The article’s URL was also changed to reflect the new headline.

Until the election, Hillary and the NYT will be known respectively as “Jump” and “How High?”

(h/t Twitchy)

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This endorsement will ease your concerns about Obama’s nuke deal with Iran (or probably not)

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**Written by Doug Powers

Great group you’ve got to vouch for your coveted Iran deal, Secretary Kerry. I’m sold!

Thank you @JohnKerry for negotiating the #IranDeal! We believe in diplomacy! pic.twitter.com/PEZioHpSZp

— CODEPINK (@codepink) July 23, 2015

As Josh Earnest said at Thursday’s presser, if you’re against this agreement with the country with leaders who are already defiant about the agreement, you are “pro war.” Hopefully Obama does a joint press conference with Medea Benjamin to formalize the partnership.

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Army sends somebody to retrieve Bowe Bergdahl. Again.

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**Written by Doug Powers

In case you were wondering what Bowe Bergdahl’s been up to while awaiting military trial for desertion after President Obama released five Taliban commanders to secure his return:

Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. soldier who was released in a prisoner exchange in Afghanistan for five Taliban detainees, wound up in the middle of a pot raid earlier this week in northern California.

Captian Greg Van Patten with the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office told Fox News Thursday that the county’s marijuana eradication team encountered Bergdahl on Tuesday while serving a search warrant on a home in Redwood City, Calif.

Van Patten said Bergdahl was detained, but ultimately was “determined not to be connected to the operation, at least there was no evidence to suggest he was involved.”

When Bergdahl encountered the law enforcement team, Van Patten said he identified himself while the sheriff’s office reached out to the Department of Defense. The agency confirmed Bergdahl was on leave, and asked for their assistance in getting him back.

Sheriff’s office personnel later drove Bergdahl “to a halfway point,” where he met up with army representatives.

Maybe Bergdahl just got tired of listening to his father say “I’m thrilled Obama’s finally going to close Gitmo” in Arabic and decided to go fire up a few spliffs.

People were sent to retrieve Bergdahl… again:

At the Pentagon’s request, the combat veteran was transported by the Sheriff’s Department to Santa Rosa where he was met by an Army major who was to accompany Bergdahl to his duty station near Washington.

At least this time there were no fatalities attempting to get him back. Several of our heroes weren’t so lucky the last time.

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Sound familiar? Democrats blame people who made a video for horrific acts of others

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**Written by Doug Powers

In two videos that have been released (both edited versions and unedited versions) by the group Center for Medical Progress, people working for Planned Parenthood have been recorded negotiating prices for harvested organs of aborted babies and describing how, if it’s known what parts are requested, “less crunchy” techniques can be used to preserve body parts during the procedure.

Some House Democrats were so horrified they decided to ask the Justice Department to take action. No, not about Planned Parenthood, but the people who videotaped PP staffers attempting to earn gold stars in Club Mengele:

Reps. Jan Schakowsky, Zoe Lofgren, Jerry Nadler, and Yvette Clarke sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and California Attorney General Kamala Harris on Tuesday requesting an investigation into the Center for Medical Progress and the selectively-edited video of a Planned Parenthood physician that it recently released.

According to press reports, the Center for Medical Progress created a fake limited liability corporation in advance of the meeting it recorded with a Planned Parenthood doctor. The video was captured by actors using fake identification to pose as buyers from that fake human biologics company. This elaborate scheme raises serious questions about whether any federal or state laws were violated in securing the LLC or the personal identification that were part of its execution.

The video was also filmed without the consent of the Planned Parenthood doctor, which may violate California law.

There are other questions about possible coordination between the Center for Medical Progress and Members of Congress who knew about the video weeks in advance of its release.

“This is a new low, even for anti-abortion activists who will stop at nothing in their effort to undermine a woman’s right to choose,” said Schakowsky. “I believe the Center for Medical Progress may have broken the law in developing and executing this unbelievably elaborate and troubling scheme, and all Americans should have concerns about that. I hope that Attoneys General Lynch and Harris will investigate this case.”

The people who did the videotaping reached “a new low,” say those who support harvesting baby parts for sale and “joking” about getting Lamborghinis in the process.

The New York Times editorial board also decided to kick the messenger rather than admit what goes on in the .

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Hillary’s campaign focused on bringing down Wall Street by accepting as much of their money as possible

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**Written by Doug Powers

Hypocrisy, “for the children”:

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s economic agenda targets companies that focus on short-term profits and high-speed trading instead of investing in workers. The Democratic presidential candidate’s finance operation is going after their executives for another purpose — donations.

A day after proposing higher capital gains taxes on short-term investors, Clinton raised at least $450,000 Tuesday night at the Chicago home of Raj Fernando, a longtime donor. His firm, Chopper Trading, specializes in high-frequency transactions and was recently purchased by Chicago-based competitor DRW.

Clinton’s son-in-law the hedge fund manager approves of her fight against Wall Street.

And of course Hillary’s credo is “lead by example!”

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“Shocking,” say people who don’t know anything about Hillary Clinton who are her target demographic, for obvious reasons.

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John Kerry: You know, maybe those ‘death to America’ chants in Iran actually mean death to America

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 06:35

**Written by Doug Powers

Rumor has it a nice Iranian negotiator once told told John Kerry not to worry because “death to America” translates in Persian to “we love our U.S. deal partner,” but the sharp-as-a-tack, smarter-than-you-by-leaps-and-bounds secretary of state seems to be having an awakening:

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said a speech by Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei on Saturday vowing to defy American policies in the region despite a deal with world powers over Tehran’s nuclear program was “very disturbing”.

“I don’t know how to interpret it at this point in time, except to take it at face value, that that’s his policy,” he said in the interview with Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television, parts of which the network quoted on Tuesday.

“But I do know that often comments are made publicly and things can evolve that are different. If it is the policy, it’s very disturbing, it’s very troubling,” he added.

Ayatollah Khamenei told supporters on Saturday that U.S. policies in the region were “180 degrees” opposed to Iran’s, at a speech in a Tehran mosque punctuated by chants of “Death to America” and “Death to Israel”.

These are the same people reconciling with Cuba and who “re-set” relations with Russia (you know how that’s going). This administration will agree to anything just so they can say they made an “historic” deal. Lots of things can be “historic,” stupidity being just one example. Supreme arrogance combined with self-centered naivety is a hell of a dangerous leadership combination.

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Planned Parenthood video, round 2: If anything will make the media focus even more on Trump, this is it

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 06:35

**Written by Doug Powers

I can’t wait to see how Cecile Richards spins round two featuring a Planned Parenthood rep discussing the sale of harvested baby parts.

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The defense that will be offered for this will no doubt be nearly as nauseating as the discussion itself:

In this video, Mary Gatter, the Medical director at Planned Parenthood Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley in Calfiornia, discusses selling aborted baby body parts with undercover investigators posing as officials with a biotech company that acts as a middleman to sell aborted baby body parts to universities and other places that conduct such research. Gatter is a senior official within Planned Parenthood and is President of the Medical Directors’ Council, the central committee of all Planned Parenthood affiliate medical directors.

Gatter discusses the pricing of aborted baby body parts — telling the biotech company officials that the prices for such things as a baby’s liver, head or heart are negotiable. She also tells the officials that she could talk with the Planned Parenthood abortion practitioners to potentially alter the abortion procedure to kill the baby in a way that would best preserve those body parts after the unborn child is killed in the abortion.

The video shows Gatter haggling over payments for intact fetal specimens and offering to use a “less crunchy technique” to get more intact body parts.

Actors posing as buyers ask Gatter, “What would you expect for intact [fetal] tissue?

“Well, why don’t you start by telling me what you’re used to paying!” Gatter replies.

The rest of the article along with the video is here. The mainstream media will now undoubtedly redouble their focus on… Donald Trump.

Here’s a nice juxtaposition…

Cecile Richards:

I want to be really clear: The allegation that Planned Parenthood profits in any way from tissue donation is not true.

Planned Parenthood’s Mary Gatter in the latest video:

By the lunch’s end, Gatter suggests $100 per specimen is not enough and concludes, “Let me just figure out what others are getting, and if this is in the ballpark, then it’s fine, if it’s still low, then we can bump it up. I want a Lamborghini.”

In the video, Gatter laughs after saying she wants a Lambo, so Cecile Richards will point out she was “clearly joking” or something along those lines, as if that would lessen the hideousness of what’s being discussed.

Planned Parenthood's Mary Gatter on payday: https://t.co/2y4QV2aTpd

— Doug Powers (@ThePowersThatBe) July 21, 2015

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Forget the graft, lies and general skullduggery — in a just world, THIS is what would doom Hillary’s campaign

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 06:35

**Written by Doug Powers

If this doesn’t drive down Hillary Clinton’s numbers at least a little bit, somebody owes Mike Dukakis and his ten gallon tank helmet a big freakin’ apology:

She’s ONE OF US! Actually, that’s the kind of talk that in the real world sparks family meetings that begin by somebody saying “we’re gonna have to do something about Ma.”

Word is Team Hillary came close to green-lighting their candidate adding “can’t touch this” at the end of that Snapchat video but the focus group got into a furious argument about Vanilla Ice vs. MC Hammer.

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Feel the Bern: Prog conference-goer clues in Sanders about Obamacare irony

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 06:35

**Written by Doug Powers

The annual progressive Woodstock called Netroots Nation in Phoenix (whatever happened to those Arizona boycotts anyway?) wasn’t without its entertaining moments:

The Vermont senator faced chants and heckling as well, but Sanders continued talking. Asked what he had done in the Senate to benefit black Americans, he started to talk about the 2010 Affordable Care Act.

“We can’t afford that!” heckled Elle Hearns, a 28-year-old Ohio-based coordinator for the LGBT rights group GetEqual.

HAHAHAHAHA! Bernie should have used a hot dog cannon to fire free pints of Ben & Jerry’s into the crowd as an effective distraction.

Hillary Clinton skipped the Netroots convention, the clearest sign yet that the uber progressive wing of the Democrat Party needs to dig deeper and give to the Clinton Foundation. She knows they’ll all end up voting for her anyway.

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Obama cronyism + your personal data = trouble

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 07:13

Obama cronyism + your personal data = trouble
by Michelle Malkin
Creators SyndicateCopyright 2015

It’s the most far-reaching scandal in Washington that no one wants to talk about: Tens of millions of federal employees had their personal information hacked as a result of Obama administration incompetence and political favoritism.

Ethnic community organizer-turned-Office of Personnel Management head Katherine Archuleta recklessly eschewed basic cybersecurity in favor of politically correct “diversity” initiatives during her disastrous crony tenure. This Beltway business-as-usual created an irresistible opportunity for hackers to reach out and grab massive amounts of sensitive data — compromising everyone from rank-and-file government employees to CIA spies.

Could it get worse? You betcha.

Amid increasing concerns about these massive government computer breaches, the Defense Department is expected to announce the winner of a lucrative high-stakes contract to overhaul the military’s electronic health records system this week.

The leading finalist among three top contenders is Epic Systems, a Wisconsin-based health care software company founded and led by top Obama billionaire donor Judy Faulkner. Thanks in significant part to President Obama’s $19 billion stimulus subsidy program for health data vendors, Epic is now the dominant EMR player in the U.S. health IT market.

According to Becker’s Hospital Review, CVS Caremark’s retail clinic chain, MinuteClinic, is now adopting Epic’s system, and “when the transition is complete, about 51 percent of Americans will have an Epic record.” Other major clients include Kaiser Permanente of Oakland, Calif., Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore, Arlington-based Texas Health Resources, Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Mount Sinai Health System in New York City, and Duke University Health System in Raleigh, N.C.

As I’ve reported previously, Epic employees donated nearly $1 million to political parties and candidates between 1995 and 2012 — 82 percent of it to Democrats. The company’s top 10 PAC recipients are all Democratic or left-wing outfits, from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (nearly $230,000) to the DNC Services Corporation (nearly $175,000) and the America’s Families First Action Fund Democratic super-PAC ($150,000). Faulkner received a plum appointment to a federal health IT policy panel in 2011. Brandon Glenn of Medical Economics noted that “it’s not a coincidence” that Epic’s sales “have been skyrocketing in recent years, up to $1.2 billion in 2011, double what they were four years prior.”

Stunningly, Epic “has the edge” on the gargantuan Pentagon medical records contract, The Washington Post reported on Monday. This favored status comes despite myriad complaints about the interoperability, usability and security of Epic’s closed-end proprietary software. Just last week, the UCLA Health system run by Epic suffered a cyber attack affecting up to 4.5 million personal and medical records, including Social Security numbers, Medicare and health plan identifiers, birthdays, and physical addresses. The university’s CareConnect system spans four hospitals and 150 offices across Southern California.

The university’s top doctors and medical staff market their informatics expertise and consulting services to other Epic customers “to ensure the successful implementation and optimization of your Epic EHR.” Will they be sharing their experience having to mop up the post-cyber attack mess involving their Epic infrastructure?

UCLA Health acknowledged that the hack forced it to “employ more cybersecurity experts on its internal security team, and to hire an outside cybersecurity firm to guard its network,” according to CNN.

Now another Obama crony is poised to cash in on her cozy ties and take over the mega-overhaul of millions of Pentagon and Veterans Affairs medical records to the tune of at least $11 billion.

Can you say “Epic fail”?

Guy who lies on behalf of the Obama admin daily says Planned Parenthood follows ‘highest ethical guidelines’

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 06:35

**Written by Doug Powers

Just to set the tone of the depth of involvement the White House has with Planned Parenthood, here’s President Obama in the spring of 2013 saying “God bless you” to Planned Parenthood:

In other words, if Obama and Planned Parenthood met on eHarmony, they’d line up on all 29 dimensions of compatibility.

With that in mind, we move on to Friday’s WH presser, when Josh Earnest put some distance between PP and Obama. Earnest said he (and Obama) haven’t seen the infamous video about baby organ harvesting (and I understand there are more to come), but that didn’t stop the WH spokesliar from serving as a character reference of sorts to Planned Parenthood:

President Barack Obama’s top spokesman today defended the Planned Parenthood abortion business after a shocking new expose’ video caught Planned Parenthood’s top doctor describing how the abortion business sells the body parts of aborted babies.
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Now, Obama spokesman Josh Ernest is defending the abortion giant, despite not having seen the video. Although he said he has not viewed the video, Earnest says Planned Parenthood follows “the highest ethical guidelines” on medical research. Earnest referred questions about Planned Parenthood to Planned Parenthood.

“I haven’t spoken to the president” about the video, Earnest said.

“I did read news reports,” Earnest said. “Planned Parenthood said they follow the highest ethical guidelines.

Hard to decide who’s less credible — the PP defenders who are calling the two-plus hour video “heavily edited” (which is laughable, because it’s the live version of In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida of unedited recordings), or the people who successfully sold “if you like your plan you can keep it” to half the country. As always, it’s best not to believe any of the above.

But at least we finally found a video the White House isn’t eager to blame for horrible and preventable deaths.

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

Obama on the Chattanooga killing of 4 Marines: A heartbreaking circumstance

Sun, 07/26/2015 - 22:35

**Written by Doug Powers

In Chattanooga, four U.S. Marines were gunned down in a jihad attack by an Islamic man who didn’t properly observe the “gun free zone” sign.

This quote from Obama is something else:

"It is a heartbreaking circumstance" —@POTUS on the shooting in Chattanooga https://t.co/sS7cQen0Qj

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) July 17, 2015

“A heartbreaking circumstance” sounds like a Lifetime movie, but not how to describe the murder of four Marines.

Well, the White House couldn’t go into too much detail or risk looking a little silly, having tweeted this an hour earlier:

"From my family to yours, Eid Mubarak!" —@POTUS to Muslims celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr: http://t.co/KHaSKJAqoQ pic.twitter.com/oo3UCXJzMf

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) July 16, 2015

It’s amazing how fast the WH spin machine can go about either assigning blame or ignoring it depending on how a situation fits their political goals.

To paraphrase Mark Levin, our soldiers aren’t trusted with guns at military facilities but the Obama administration trusts Iran with nukes. This is the world we now live in.

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

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