Planned Parenthood clinics open, march on after tragedy

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A Rhetorical Question.

COLORADO SPRINGS — The man accused in a shooting rampage at a Planned Parenthood clinic that left three dead, including a police officer, stared woodenly ahead and spoke only briefly during a short court appearance Monday.Over the summer, a little-known antiabortion group called the Center for Medical Progress released a series of covertly filmed videos purporting to show that Planned Parenthood illegally sells fetal tissue, or “baby parts,” as abortion foes refer to it, for research. The century-old nonprofit agency has denied wrongdoing, and state and congressional investigations have so far failed to produce proof supporting the allegations. Nevertheless, the casual and sometimes graphic conversations about abortion procedures captured on the videos have provided fodder for conservatives on Capitol Hill, in governor’s mansions and on the presidential campaign trail to seek to strip the organization of government funding.

The efforts have led to sometimes passionate commentary on the part of conservatives and Republicans against abortion and sharply critical of Planned Parenthood, striking a tone that abortion rights advocates say created an atmosphere that put clinic workers and patients at risk. Speaking after Dear’s first court appearance, May also said that he has been in touch with federal prosecutors about the case but didn’t say what they’ve been discussing.

Dear wore a padded smock during his appearance, his hair and beard unkempt. “No questions,” Dear told Chief Judge Gilbert Martinez during the 13-minute court hearing in which he was advised of his rights and asked if he understood the process. By the time the suspect, Robert Dear, was in custody, he had allegedly killed a policeman and two civilians. “Why is it the same knee-jerk Republicans freaking out about ISIS are fostering terrorism in the homeland?

The fallout has threatened to shut down the government, take away hundreds of millions in federal funding from Planned Parenthood and has already become a major campaign issue, expanding into a debate on gun control and domestic terrorism. Appearing with the defendant on Monday was Dan King, the public defender who earlier this year persuaded a jury to spare the life of Aurora, Colo. movie theater killer James Holmes. Recruiting and influencing loonies to do their dirty work to eliminate the evil scourge known as abortion?” rants Bob Lefsetz, “a music industry analyst and critic,” in New York’s Daily News, a tabloid that of late has degenerated into a slightly more high-toned version of Salon. He made three statements in response to the judge’s questions: “Yes,” “Yes,” and “No questions.” After the hearing, May said under Colorado’s system he can’t answer whether his office will seek the death penalty.

Planned Parenthood officials apologize for their cavalier tones in the video but maintain that they did nothing wrong (selling fetal tissue for profit is illegal in America, but donating tissue and accepting payments to recoup those costs is legal.). Federal prosecutors could also bring federal charges against Dear. “Across the country, (Planned Parenthood) health centers are opening this morning,” the Planned Parenthood Action Fund said in a statement. “With heads high and heavy hearts, (Planned Parenthood) staff provide care — no matter what.” The attack has further fanned rhetoric about abortion and gun control in the United States, and abortion rights groups on Monday called upon Attorney General Loretta Lynch to investigate the attack as domestic terror. “These recent attacks on clinics are part of a long history of ideologically driven clinic violence,” the group Pro-Choice America wrote in a letter to Lynch. “These despicable attacks on trusted women’s health care providers are not just acts of hatred and violence but acts of domestic terrorism, and we urge the Department of Justice to treat them as such.” “As gun violence devastates community after community, and active shooter incidents occur again and again with greater frequency, it is imperative that we address this problem now,” partnership chairman Jim Johnson, the police chief in Maryland’s Baltimore County, said in a statement. “We must do much more to keep guns from those intent on doing harm.” “It’s time for our political system to catch up with the overwhelming majority of the American people who want background checks, who want to keep assault weapons off our streets and out of the hands of people who have no business firing them,” Biden said. “We’ve done it before.

And at least this time there is evidence, albeit far from conclusive, of a political motive: An anonymous “senior law enforcement official” tells the New York Times “that after Mr. On Monday morning El Paso County prosecutors filed requests to “indefinitely” seal both the search and arrest warrants because they have concerns releasing the information could jeopardize the ongoing investigation and subsequent prosecution. Enough is enough.” Leyonte Chandler told NBC News that Stewart, Chandler’s brother, had stepped outside the clinic to make a phone call when he was shot. Dear ‘said a lot of things’ during his interview, making it difficult for the authorities to pinpoint a specific motivation.” President Obama rushed to politicize the crime. Court records in South Carolina show a Peeping Tom charge against the suspect in Colorado’s Planned Parenthood shooting was dismissed in 2002 on the same day the woman who made the accusation filed a restraining order against him.

But interestingly, not only did he frame it solely as part of his lame-duck effort to combat “gun violence” by restricting the lawful purchase of firearms; he pooh-poohed the suggestion that it was political in nature: “We don’t yet know what this particular gunman’s so-called motive was.” Colorado’s Gov. He told CNN: “Certainly it’s a form of terrorism, and maybe in some way it’s a function of the inflammatory rhetoric we see on all—so many issues now, there are bloggers and talk shows where they really focus on trying to get people to that point of boiling over. Colleton County Court administrator Pamala White said Monday a copy of the restraining order was no longer available because the county destroys them after 10 years. I want to say to my Republican colleagues, the year is 2015, not 1955 and not 1895.” One of the first begins Sept. 9 in the House Judiciary Committee.

Titled “Planned Parenthood Exposed: Examining the Horrific Abortion Practices at the Nation’s Largest Abortion Provider,” Republican committee leaders invite four witnesses, three of whom are abortion-rights foes and two of whom say they survived their mothers’ abortions. John Hickenlooper said: “When people’s stories end tragically, we all ask the same question: ‘Why do horrible things happen to such good people?’ As we grieve Ke’Arre, Jennifer, and Garrett, and as we tell their stories, we must remind ourselves of one thing: In Colorado and in the world, there will always be more good people than bad ones. Maybe it’s time to look at how do we tone down that rhetoric.” While disavowing any effort to “limit free speech,” the governor said “the United States of America ought to begin a discussion” on how to “begin to tone back the inflammatory rhetoric.” Such a conversation, it seems safe to surmise, would quickly degenerate into a shouting match.

The Washington Post’s Sandhya Somashekhar reports that the hearing focused less on the specific ins and outs of Planned Parenthood’s fetal tissue donation program and more on the age-old questions of when life begins. Witness Gianna Jessen talks about her mother’s abortion that she said nearly killed her: Richards’s hours-long testimony in front of the House Oversight and Government Reform committee, headed by vocal abortion foe Rep. The words and actions that horrify abortion foes—as well as decent people with more permissive views on abortion—are uttered and described by current and former Planned Parenthood employees and business associates. When he isn’t satisfied with her answer, he essentially compares her to a criminal, saying: “It seems to me that the apology you offered was like what some criminals do.

Hillary Clinton: “Muslims are peaceful and tolerant people and have nothing whatsoever to do with terrorism.” It would be at least as true to say that pro-life Americans are peaceful and tolerant people and have nothing whatsoever to do with terrorism—but instead Mrs. Clinton responded to Colorado Springs with this false choice: “We should be supporting Planned Parenthood—not attacking it.” “I cannot think of a more potent recruitment tool for ISIL than some of the rhetoric that’s been coming out of here during the course of this debate [over accepting Syrian refugees],” President Obama said Nov. 17. “ISIL seeks to exploit the idea that there is a war between Islam and the West.” Why wouldn’t a similar logic apply to the demonization of pro-life Americans in the aftermath of Colorado Springs? Her campaign defiantly issues this statement: “Planned Parenthood doesn’t and can’t deny they are butchering babies and selling their organs.” The federal government ended up not getting shut down over a debate about Planned Parenthood — thanks in no small part to former House speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) sudden resignation.

In an interview with Rolling Stone aboard his Boeing 757, Trump said about his plane: ‘It’s bigger than Air Force One, which is a step down from this in every way.’ That statement, of course, is not remotely true. All of this is readily known to even a schoolchild with a casual interest in airplanes—which raises the question: Where and why would Trump get the idea his plane was bigger?”—S.V.

Dáte,, Nov. 30 Michael Eric Dyson, a Georgetown sociologist who is “at work on a book about Obama and race,” has a cover story forthcoming in the new New Republic titled “Yes She Can: Why Hillary Clinton will do more for black people than Obama.” It’s very long, but this sentence seems to sum it up: If Bill Clinton gave black America bad policy and Obama gave black America no policy, then Hillary Clinton is left only with good policy. We must admit, it’s hard to argue with that logic—though wouldn’t it apply equally well to every other candidate, even Donald Trump? (Carol Muller helps compile Best of the Web. Thanks to Tony Lima, Michele Schiesser, Mike Lavender, Howard Cleaver, Jay Weiser, Michael Smith, Dave Ceely, Michael Capel, Michael Segal, John Sanders, Mordecai Bobrowsky, Zack Russ, Ken Wells, Marc Segan, Irene DeBlasio, Debbie Wells, Eric Jensen, Jacky Harty, Ray Hull, Wes Van Fleet, Kevin Burns, Frederick Welk, Tom Connelly, Richard Belzer and Elliot Eisenberg.

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