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New Planned Parenthood Video Shows Negotiations for “Intact Fetuses”

By on 8.4.15 | 3:12PM

The National Abortion Federation and StemExpress are still aggressively pursuing TROs on Center for Medical Progress, the former pushing a judge in California to extend their TRO until the end of the month pending a hearing on August 27th. 

The videos in question, however, don't feature Planned Parenthood's executives or clinic staff, so today, the CMP released a fifth video on Planned Parenthood's baby parts practice, this time depicting the director of research for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, Melissa Farell, happily negotiating for the release of an intact fetus for scientific experimentation, a practice that she says makes her a top contributor to her region's bottom line.

The video goes into great detail - including gory photos of a 20-week-old child being harvested for spare parts, so I don't recommend viewing it without a wastebasket nearby. 

NY Times Slights Biden’s Awkwardness

By on 8.4.15 | 1:39PM

The other morning I was reading along in my New York Times and I came across these lines: Joe Biden’s “relationship with the Clintons has not been without awkwardness and slights.” Well, what were these slights and what was this awkwardness? There were none mentioned. Oh, to be sure there followed plenty of awkward New York Times journalism, but I could not perceive how Joe was responsible for them.

Here is how I would have rewritten the Times report: Joe Biden’s “relationship with the Clintons has not been without awkwardness and slights.” Then I would report what I have reported Biden saying many times before. On the occasion of Boy Clinton’s awarding hundreds of dubious pardons, including one to the late Mark Rich, I would report Joe saying on February 14, 2001: “I mean I just think it’s totally indefensible.” Moreover, I would include ABC News reporting Joe as saying, “I think either the president had an incredible lapse in memory or was brain dead when he did that one.”

Mel Farr, R.I.P.

By on 8.4.15 | 10:46AM

Former Detroit Lions running back and entrepreneur Mel Farr died suddenly at the age of 70.

Born in Beaumont, Texas, Farr was an outstanding all around athlete who would become a football star at UCLA. The Detroit Lions would select him as their first round draft pick in 1967. Farr would make an immediate impact and become the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year, while his teammate Lem Barney would win the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year honors. Farr would also earn the first of his two trips to the Pro Bowl. Farr played his entire NFL career with the Lions before retiring after the 1973 season.

Adrian Beltre Hits For 3rd Career Cycle; Could Be a Hall of Famer

By on 8.3.15 | 11:50PM

Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre hit for the cycle tonight for the third time in his big league career. Beltre went 4 for 5 in the Rangers 12-9 victory over the Houston Astros. 

For the uninitiated, a cycle occurs when a player hits a single, a double, a triple and a home run in the same game. Beltre's cycle is the third of the 2015 season. Brock Holt of the Boston Red Sox did it in June while Beltre's teammate Shin-Soo Choo did it last month.

Beltre previously hit for the cycle with the Rangers in 2008 and in 2012. He becomes the first player to hit for three career cycles since Babe Herman did it with the Cincinnati Reds in 1933. The only other player to do it since 1900 was Bob Meusel who hit his third and final cycle with the New York Yankees in 1928. 

Caitlyn Jenner Under Fire for Being “Too Conservative” on Her Show

By on 8.3.15 | 6:38PM

There's a lesson in here about acceptance, somewhere, and its not the kind you're supposed to internalize while watching I am Cait, the reality show chronicling Bruce-now-Caitlyn Jenner's transgender journey.

Although she was, at one time (apparently), hailed as a pioneering force for trans-acceptance, and is, arguably, the first well-known figure to undergo a public transformation, Caitlyn Jenner, who has expressed very conservative views in the past, didn't change her perspective on politics when she underwent gender reassignment. And, since she remained a Republican through the process, she's now finding herself on the wrong end of the outrage spectrum. It turns out that the left will support you for any choice you make - even as you experience a "fluid" gender - unless that choice happens to be voting out of lockstep.

She has become a national icon of gender politics.

Federal Subsidies Miss Target

By on 8.3.15 | 5:05PM

The Wall Street Journal today discusses how the growth in federal subsidies for college has contributed to the growth in college costs for students. Cato scholars have been arguing for years that rising grants and loans are not so much helping students, but causing bloat in college administration costs, including wages, benefits, and excess building construction.

How Markets Benefit Honeybees and Mankind

By on 8.3.15 | 5:01PM

After more than a decade of panicked reports about honeybees disappearing and potentially going extinct because of a phenomenon called “colony collapse disorder,”The Washington Post reported last week that the number of hives in the United States has reached a 20 year high. At the same time, I was making presentation at a meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council, explaining that globally, there are more beehives today than there were in 1961, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.

Amy Schumer Teams Up With Chuck Schumer For Gun Control

By on 8.3.15 | 3:38PM

Actress and comedian Amy Schumer has teamed up with Sen. Chuck Schumer (yes, there is a — distant — relation) to push for stricter gun laws.

The initiatives come after a movie theatre shooting in Lafayette, Louisiana left three people dead and nine wounded when a gunman, later identified as John Russell Houser, openfired at a showing of Schumer’s movie, Trainwreck.

According to a report by Entertainment Weekly Sara Clements, whose mother survived the Sandy Hook shooting, wrote an open letter to Shumer in response to the shooting:

Serious Talk of a Biden White House Bid Shows the Weakness of Both Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party

By on 8.3.15 | 3:30PM

 

It could very well be that all this talk of Joe Biden making a White House bid is nothing but a massive trial balloon launched by Maureen Dowd of the New York Timesbecause she had nothing better to do this past weekend. That is certainly what The American Prospect’s Paul Waldman argues over at the WaPo today.

There’s a Government Form For Your Moon Expenses

By on 8.3.15 | 2:44PM

As far as government paperwork goes, this might just be the best government paperwork ever filed. 

According to the Federal government, employees embarking on government-sponsored missions for which there are billable expenses must fill out expense reports and submit them, including if their government-sponsored mission was to the moon. Yesterday, former NASA astronaut and noted moon mission-er Buzz Aldrin shared the paperwork he filed with NASA in order to get $33.31 worth of fuel expenses back - expenses he accrued driving from Houston to Cape Kennedy, where he boarded the Apollo spacecraft.

The paper, which is beyond cool and more than a little surreal, lists the the mission as a "round trip" for Col. Edwin A. "Buzz" Aldrin, going from Houston to Cape Kennedy to the moon to Cape Kennedy and back to Houston. 

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