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The Inconsistency of Feminism and Sex-Selective Abortions

By on 4.2.14 | 1:07PM

Yesterday the American Conservative published an insightful piece, “Here’s the ‘Missing’ Evidence for S.D.’s Sex-Selective Abortion Ban” by Jonathan Coppage.

Coppage does excellent work researching and explaining the evidence behind sex-selective abortions in the United States, sadly concluding that the facts reveal this practice does, in fact, occur within our borders.

South Dakota just became the eighth state to pass a ban on sex-selective abortions, and in doing so, ignited rage from pro-choice advocates. They immediately conjured up the race debate, claiming laws against sex-selective abortions were inherently discriminatory toward Asian-American women and were entirely unnecessary.

Citing scholarly and journalistic works, Coppage debunks the theory that these abortions never happen in the United States, but gives the opposition a break. He says their arguments that this is not America's primary domestic issue, and that laws alone won’t solve the problem, are viable.

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Help Make A Documentary on Kermit Gosnell

By on 4.2.14 | 12:49PM

Gross media negligence on the Kermit Gosnell trial has left many disgusted.

That case signified the turning of the tide against late-term abortion, as more states pass legislation banning and regulating the gruesome process every day. In fact, this may be the “Uncle Tom” moment of the abortion movement, as younger Americans come to realize what abortion actually is.

While I don’t usually rally for fundraising causes, this one is worthy.

Ann and Phelim Media, an independent production company, is trying to crowdsource $2.1 million over the next forty days to produce a movie about Kermit Gosnell. You can find more at this link.

To actually be an “Uncle Tom” moment, the pro-life movement needs a piece of pop culture. A documentary seems fitting.

If you are so inclined, please give. If you donate $25, you’ll get a copy of the DVD for free. Help these guys spread the truth about this killer.

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Michelle Malkin Is Right (as Usual)

By on 4.2.14 | 11:55AM

Last week, American Spectator contributor Bill Zeiser wrote a blog item with the unfortunate headline, "Michelle Malkin Is Wrong." The topic of the dispute -- Stephen Colbert's tasteless use of anti-Asian slurs -- is interesting, but ultimately irrelevant to the point I wish to make, for the sake of Mr. Zeiser and anyone else who may read this now or in the future: Michelle Malkin keeps score.

On your short list of "People You Never Want to Go to War Against," be sure to include her name at or near the top, because Michelle Malkin will win that war.

Bill Zeiser is a young fellow, and perhaps did not consider the foolish impropriety of his gesture when he decided to draw attention to himself with such a headline as "Michelle Malkin Is Wrong." It would be most unfortunate if The American Spectator were to become collateral damage as a result.

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Morning Round-Up 4-2

By on 4.2.14 | 9:49AM

Feature of the Day: March Was First Month Without U.S. Fatalities in Iraq or Afghanistan In 11 Years

Morning Headlines

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Associated Press

  1. Scandal-Weary Voters Boot DC Mayor From Office

Politico

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Simon Schama Doesn’t Tell the Whole Story About Israel

By on 4.2.14 | 3:00AM

Last week, my mother strongly recommended that I watch Simon Schama's five-part series, The Story of the Jews, which aired on PBS. I cannot give a comprehensive review as other activities permitted me to watch only three of the five episodes including the final installment, which was devoted to the State of Israel. I shall confine my comments on Schama's documentary to the Israel episode.

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A Response to Bill Zeiser re: Rand Paul and Immigration

By on 4.1.14 | 6:13PM

I think Bill Zeiser speaks to two sides of a major problem facing today’s Republican Party.

When it comes to the Hispanic vote, the GOP suffers from cognitive dissonance. On the one hand, they pay lip-service to a burgeoning constituency that produces 50,000 potential new voters every month. On the other, they appear perfectly content to cede their support. This, despite the fact that 2.3 million Hispanic-owned businesses anchor a Latin mainstream that identifies the economy as the country’s chief concern.

After the 2012 cycle, the conservative pollsters at Resurgent Republic took a closer look at four critical swing states—Florida, Colorado, Nevada, and New Mexico—with a post-election survey of Hispanic voters. Their conclusion? “Republicans have run out of persuadable white voters.” Bill cites Ramesh Ponnuru’s criticism in his piece—his analysis is fair, but, perhaps, too pessimistic. It also speaks to hard truths.

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Rumors of Christie’s Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

By on 4.1.14 | 3:44PM

In the post-Bridgegate world, many have pronounced Governor Chris Christie dead in the 2016 GOP presidential primary.

However, new polling suggests what most wise people already know: The field is still wide open.

In a national survey, WPA Opinion Research found that Republicans and Republican-leaning independents currently favor Senator Rand Paul and former governor Mike Huckabee, with both winning 13 percent of the vote. However, Governor Christie, former governor Jeb Bush, and Senator Ted Cruz are within the margin of error (3.5 percent) at 9 percent, 11 percent, and 9 percent respectively. 

More good news for Christie can be found in the polling:

When participants were also asked about which candidates would have the best chance of beating Hillary Clinton in the 2016 general election for President, Sen. Paul and Gov. Christie each received 13% with Gov. Bush (12%), Sen. Rubio (9%), Huckabee (8%) and Sen. Cruz (8%) closely following.  

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Sorry, Rand Paul: Hispanics Aren’t Going to Vote GOP Either Way

By on 4.1.14 | 3:21PM

United States Senator and prospective presidential also-ran Rand Paul warned Republicans today that until they get "beyond deportation," they will be ineffective at courting Hispanic voters. Politico reports:

“The bottom line is, the Hispanic community, the Latino community is not going to hear us until we get beyond that issue,” he said at a conservative event. His comments came immediately following a discussion on work visas, in the context of a broader address about reaching out to that community.

“They’re not going to care whether we go to the same church or have the same values or believe in the same kind of future of our country until we get beyond that. Showing up helps, but you got to show up and you got to say something, and it has to be different from what we’ve been saying.”

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The Walking Dead Finale: No More Mr. Nice Guy

By on 4.1.14 | 12:34PM

The fourth season of the wildly popular series, The Walking Dead, wrapped up this past Sunday, and 15.7 million viewers tuned in. Most of this season was spent rebuilding each character after the end of their peaceful stay in a refurbished prison. The fourth season separated each of the main characters into groups and began to build out backstories and develop narratives in a very pleasing way. The finale ended that granular storytelling and brought the larger group back together. It also created a new antagonist to contend with.

(Spoilers Ahead)

The finale, "A", was comprised of the current storyline juxtaposed with a flashback story of Rick in the peaceful prison. This showed that Rick is done trying to live a life of peace in this brutal new world. However, the show, as it sometimes does, dangled over the edge of being too obvious and cliché with its signaling of character changes. There was also the constant reminder that "We’re all the walking dead!" which is ubiquitous and overdone.

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Obamacare’s Cosmetic Surgery

By on 4.1.14 | 12:18PM

Breitbart columnist John Sexton is reporting that the LA Times claims 9.5 million previously uninsured Americans now have health insurance. But almost half – 4.5 million – are on Medicaid. Countless others signed up through the health care exchanges and are receiving subsidies to make their insurance affordable. Another 3 million simply piggy-backed on their parents’ plans.

Then of the 6 million the government claims have enrolled on Healthcare.gov, even the Times admits that only 2 million were previously uninsured. (And who knows how many will actually pay their premiums?)

Sexton’s main point was that expanding Medicaid and allowing adult children to remain on their parents’ insurance would have been enough to solve 80 percent of the problems that Obamacare’s bureaucratic labyrinth “fixed," while saving billions of dollars, hours of time, and the mental health of the country.

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