Culture

Planned Parenthood Responds to Shock Video, Claims They’re Not Selling Organs, They’re ‘Donating’

By on 7.14.15 | 6:54PM

To be fair, they start out by saying that the video that hit the web this morning, depicting Planned Parenthood's top doc offering aborted baby organs for sale to a potential buyer, was "heavily edited" and "secretly recorded." The problem? The two-and-a-half hour full video still shows them selling baby parts. And something tells me, as aboveboard as Planned Parenthood thinks these actions are, they'd hardly offer the organs for sale to a bidder with a cell phone camera.

At any rate, here's what Planned Parenthood has to say about their creepy, profiteering trade in tiny kidneys:

Undercover Video Reveals Planned Parenthood Exec Selling Aborted Baby Organs

By on 7.14.15 | 1:30PM

This might be the most disturbing thing I've ever seen, and that's actually saying a lot. 

Every year, I serve as an on-call counsel for 40 Days for Life, a national program of prayer and sidewalk counseling that goes for the 40 days before Easter (and now, I believe, there's also a fall program). It's mostly an unventful job, but a few years ago, I received a call in the middle of the night from a terrified woman who'd been praying in front of a Michigan abortion clinic. The clinic owner, who had quite the reputation for his barbaric practices, had been seen taking out the weekly "trash," which consisted of a number of small garbage bags. Curious, the protesters had looked in the Dumpster. The bags were filled with human remains - baby parts, disposed of like common waste, instead of with the care required for ostensibly biohazardous materials. It was horrifying. All those tiny bodies.

Ariana Grande ‘Hates America,’ Basic Food Service Hygiene

By on 7.8.15 | 1:39PM

Pop star and Disney Channel alumna Ariana Grande, was born in Boca Raton, Florida — not, apparently, a deserted island where she was raised by wolves.

You would, however, not have guessed at her civilized origins (or, I guess, as civilized as Florida gets), based on the video TMZ released this week, showing Ariana Grande wandering around in a donut shop, sucking face with one of her backup dancers, and making off-hand political remarks about the nation that provides her with the kind of wealth she needs to, say, order people to carry her around like a she's a giant, sleepy baby, when she no longer feels she is able to walk. 

Martha’s Vineyard Preps for Obama Family Summer Vacation

By on 7.7.15 | 12:45PM

We're still a month away from the annual Obama Family Summer Vacation on Martha's Vineyard, but preparations are already underway on the tony New England isle so that when the First Family makes their debut, they'll be as comfortable as possible. The Obamas will officially arrive August 8th and stay until August 23rd unless, like last year, the President's golf game is rudely interrupted by tensions in the Middle East.

Last year, the Obamas were forced to make last-minute changes to their plans when their preferred vacation mansion sold to new owners. Their substitute locale must have been surprisingly pleasing, since they will return this year, to the 8,100 square foot, $12 million Chilmark mansion.

August is coming, so you know what that means: President Obama and the fam will be coming, too. Barry, Michelle and the girls, Sasha and Malia, are scheduled to arrive for their annual summer holiday on Martha’s Vineyard on Aug. 8 and will depart Aug. 23, say our island spies.

NBC Dumps Trump

By on 6.29.15 | 4:58PM

Donald Trump has a big reason for taking this Presidential bid seriously: he's got some space in his calendar to fill.

Although the real estate mogul isn't exactly hurting for business opportunity, NBC announcced today that they've cut all ties with Trump after he made what they considered to be disaparging comments about illegal immigrants (specifically Mexicans) in his initial announcement speech. That means that NBC has dropped Trump from the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants, mostly, since Mark Burnett is the producer of The Apprentice and Trump had already parted ways as the host of the show (while his campaign is in full swing, anyway).  

NBC is ending its business relationship with Donald Trump over his recent comments about Mexican immigrants.

"At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values," NBC said in a statement. "Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump."

Another Perspective

Take Heart, Conservatives!

By 6.29.15

The world ended last week, in the eyes of a lot of American conservatives. But then again, life seems always to go on. When Adam Smith was told of General Burgoyne’s defeat at Saratoga, someone told him that Britain was ruined. “There’s a lot of ruin in a nation,” was Smith’s reply.

So let’s look for the silver lining. Andrew Sullivan, who combined the unlikely attributes of gayness, Tory principles and Catholicism, argued that a right to marriage would make gays more conservative. If that means no public displays of nipple rings on Gay Pride Day, I’m all for it. And perhaps gays can get back to being fabulous again. Chi-chi restos, antique stores, cutting-edge plays and cheese shops. Lately they’ve been none of that, instead triumphalist, intolerant. and above all boring.

Politics does that to one. Yeats thought it had done that to a woman he loved, Maud Gonne, and hated it.

Culture Vultures

One Nation, For Better or Worse

By 6.25.15

For days on end, we’ve been pelted with the sudden and inconsistent outrage over the Confederate battle flag, which, apparently, has moved thousands to commit heinous acts in the name of a long-since disbanded secessionary force that may or may not have been defending an agrarian way of life against an industrialized interloper that threatened to force them to abandon their hoopskirts and post-supper porch tobacco. The flag has, of course, existed in some form or another since the mid-1800s, and until two weeks ago, had lived a relatively unmolested life, flying over Southern statehouses and in the windows of four-door diesel trucks with fake testicles hanging from their rear license plates.

Will the Promise of Free College Sway Millennial Voters?

By on 6.23.15 | 5:22PM

Typical characteristics used to describe Millennials are as follow: short attention span, reluctance to leave the nest, and need for immediate gratification. Other descriptions include words such as disengaged, lazy, and narcissistic. What can I say, we’re a charming bunch.

But according to a survey produced by USB in 2014, the Millennials are cost-conscious as well. As reported by the Guardian, Emily Pachuta said the Millennials are very conservative when it comes to managing their money.

“They are becoming a generation of savers, having been frightened watching what has happened to their parents during the Great Recession,” Pachuta added. It hasn’t helped that their own generation has struggled with job security issues. If you’re under 30, you’re twice as likely to be unemployed as you were before the 2008 financial crisis.

Charleston Shooter Dylann Roof Tells Police He Almost Didn’t Go Through With It

By on 6.19.15 | 3:45PM

I learned, in the wake of the Newtown shooting, that responding to mass tragedies on the Internet is best left to the professional news organizations, at least for the first 48 hours. We have a tendency to have strong personal feelings that color our interpretation of events, and with opinion journalism, that can lead down some dark roads that will, eventually mean a lot of regret. Social media is the worst place in the world in the wake of a tragedy, and politics shows itself to be a cesspool of losers, trying to score cheap political points as families grieve and tears are shed.

Newt Gingrich Reviews the Apple Watch

By on 6.19.15 | 1:26PM

I was considering buying the Apple Watch until I found out that you have to have your phone in your pocket for it to operate most of the applications. Since I already pretty much have the phone in my hand all day, it seemed pointless to have something in my hand that was also on my wrist. Also, until I can video-call someone Dick Tracy style, there's no point in owning a watch that also takes phone calls.

Anyway, since it's Friday, I'll let Newt Gingrich explain the Apple Watch's drawbacks instead of boring you with more of my unnecessary observations - yes, that Newt Gingrich. Here's his first tech review for Mashable.com.

Verdict: not cooler than a moonbase.

 

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