Jury acquits infanticide specialist

March 28, 2009

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George Tiller, 67, one of the nation’s few late-term abortionists, was acquitted of misdemeanor charges stemming from abortions he performed. However, within moments of the verdict, the Kansas medical board announced it was investigating similar allegations against him.

Prosecutors had alleged that in 2003, Dr. George Tiller had gotten second opinions from a doctor who was an employee of his, not independent as state law requires, yet a jury took only about an hour to find him not guilty of all 19 counts. The abortionist estimated that he performed 250 to 300 late-term abortions in 2003, each costing an average of $6,000.

Tiller, who could have faced a year in jail for even one conviction, stared straight ahead as the verdicts were read, with one of his attorneys patting his shoulder after the decision on the final count was declared.

Tiller has claimed that the prosecution was politically motivated. An attorney general who opposes abortion began the investigation into Tiller’s clinic more than four years ago, but both his successor, who filed the criminal charges, and the current attorney general are abortion supporters. Late-term abortions of human fetuses — at any point in the gestation process — are also known as ‘partial birth’ abortion.

He is one of three abortionist in the U.S. who currently perform late-term or “partial-birth” abortions.

Read the AP report here.


Geithner “open” to idea of global currency

March 28, 2009

Given that Treasury Secretary and tax cheat Tim Geithner has announced that he was “open” to a proposal by the governor of China’s central bank to replace the dollar with a new global currency, we can rejoice in the congressional sanity evidenced by Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, a Minnesota Republican.

Bachmann has introduced legislation that would “prohibit the President from entering into a treaty or other international agreement that would provide for the United States to adopt as legal tender in the United States a currency issued by an entity other than the United States.”

“Yesterday, during a Financial Services Committee hearing, I asked Secretary Geithner if he would denounce efforts to move towards a global currency and he answered unequivocally that he would,” said Bachmann. “And President Obama gave the nation the same assurances. But just a day later, Secretary Geithner has left the option on the table. I want to know which it is. The American people deserve to know.”

Previously, Geithner and Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke both rejected the idea of a global currency in Congressional testimony. But in remarks to the Council on Foreign Relations, Geithner indicated he was open to the idea

Seeing Red AZ covered the issue of the call for global currency earlier this week. Read the report here and a previous one here.

This is serious business intended to undermine, discredit and devalue the United States. Brazil’s racist president has chaired the G-20 summit, although the U.S. President has never been accorded the honor. Since the group was formed in 1999, Canada, India, Mexico, Germany, China, Australia, South Africa, and Brazil have each taken a leadership turn.

The G-20 will be meeting April 2, 2009 in London.


“Hardball” mocks conservative Christians as “not normal”

March 28, 2009

The FOX Forum runs a column by author S.E. Cupp that clearly demonstrates the hypocrisy of the left.

Host Chris Matthews, along with guests Lois Romano of the Washington Post and David Corn of Mother Jones, devoted a 10 minute segment of “Hardball” to lamenting the religiosity of Republicans.

Read it here.


Brewer lays out her tax plan before a reluctant audience

March 28, 2009

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer made her pitch for a tax increase to a crowd of 230 Phoenix business and professional leaders at the Phoenix Rotary club luncheon at the Heard Museum, saying it was imperative to quickly and responsibly address the 2010 deficit — which is estimated to reach $ 3 billion.

Touting her five-point plan to move Arizona out of the inherited budget disaster left by her predecessor, Brewer was adamant that a temporary tax increase was the only realistic option left in order to deal with the budgetary shortfall that still exists after implementation of belt-tightening, staff and spending cuts.

The governor took questions from the audience, after quipping, “There’s a condition on the questions — don’t get too tough.”

Asked when a tax had ever been temporary, she said, “When I say temporary tax increase, that’s exactly what I mean.” Pressed by the audience member, she stood her ground, “You’ve never heard of a temporary tax, but you’ve never heard of Gov. Jan Brewer, either.”

Citing her 27 years in government service, Brewer, calling this a time of crisis, said she had assembled the best advisory team and now had to “show courage,”  although she had never previously voted for a tax increase in her governmental career.

The Republican controlled legislature remains resistant to implementing the increases, seeking alternatives such as selling off assets and making further cuts.

“When you’re a public servant, you do what you think is right. I’ve got to have the courage to do what is right,” Brewer said.

This chart details the state’s fiscal crisis.

The governor’s March 4, 2009 address to a joint session of the Arizona legislature, outlining the urgency of the situation and her plan is available here.


Obama’s eligibility to serve subject of Keyes appeal

March 27, 2009

A lawsuit filed on behalf of Ambassador Alan Keyes, a candidate for president on California’s general election ballot last year, challenging President Obama’s eligibility to hold office under the requirements of the U.S. Constitution will be appealed, according to a lawyer working on the case.

WND has reported on dozens of legal challenges to Obama’s status as a “natural born citizen.” The Constitution, Article 2, Section 1, states, “No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President.”

Some of the lawsuits question whether he was actually born in Hawaii, as he insists. If he was born out of the country, Obama’s American mother, the suits contend, was too young at the time of his birth to confer American citizenship to her son under the law at the time.

Other challenges have focused on Obama’s citizenship through his father, a Kenyan subject to the jurisdiction of the United Kingdom at the time of his birth, thus making him a dual citizen. The cases contend the framers of the Constitution excluded dual citizens from qualifying as natural born.

Further, others question his citizenship by virtue of his attendance in Indonesian schools during his childhood and question on what passport did he travel to Pakistan three decades ago.

Adding fuel to the fire is Obama’s persistent refusal to release documents that could provide answers. While his supporters cite an online version of a “Certification  of Live Birth” from Hawaii, critics point out such documents actually were issued for children not born in the state.


McCain supportive of Gov. Brewer’s request for border troops

March 27, 2009

Despite Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano’s recent assertion that her department doesn’t need additional dollars for border security, Sen. John McCain has pledged his support of Gov. Brewer’s request for additional troops.

Read what syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin has to say about President Obama’s statement regarding increasing U.S. troop presence on the border : “We’re going to examine whether and if National Guard deployments would make sense and under what circumstances they would make sense,” Obama said.

This latest posture for McCain, who has long sought ways to grant amnesty to the millions of illegals in the U.S. raises suspicions. It was McCain, partnering with Sen. Jon Kyl and liberal Ted Kennedy, who crafted the so-called Comprehensive Immigration Reform, that enraged American citizens to the point of shutting down the congressional switchboard, jamming fax machines and filling email boxes with their ire. Although that bill was ultimately ditched, don’t be lulled into complacency.

Trusting him on this issue, brings to mind the old adage: “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.”

Napolitano does not act in a vacuum. Any plan she offers is Obama’s plan. John McCain has already shown himself to be unresponsive to the citizens of his state and the nation on the issue of illegal immigration.

Be wary.


Senator’s Newspaper bailout would hamstring AZ Republic

March 27, 2009

Democrat Senator Benjamin Cardin (MD) has come up with a novel approach to aid Speaker Nancy Pelosi in her quest to save the dying newspaper industry.

As many U.S. newspapers are struggling to survive Cardin introduced a bill to put the anguished patients on life support, by allowing publishers to restructure as nonprofits with a variety of tax breaks, according to a Reuters report.

For Democrats, it always comes down to money, don’cha know?

“This may not be the optimal choice for some major newspapers or corporate media chains but it should be an option for many newspapers that are struggling to stay afloat,” said Senator Benjamin Cardin.

The bill has yet to attract any co-sponsors, but has sparked plenty of interest within the media, which has seen plunging revenues and many journalist layoffs.

Cardin’s Newspaper Revitalization Act would allow newspapers to operate as nonprofits for educational purposes under the U.S. tax code, giving them a similar status to public broadcasting companies.

Under this arrangement, newspapers would still be free to report on all issues, including political campaigns. But they would be prohibited from making political endorsements.

Was that a choking sound we hear emitting from the editorial board at the Republic?

Tom Blumer of NewsBusters gives this scheme the once over. Read his take here.


Fair skin, blue eyes? Global economic crisis is your fault

March 27, 2009

Brazil’s President Luiz Ignacio Lula da Silva has blamed the global economic crisis on “white people with blue eyes,” saying it was wrong that black and indigenous people should pay for white people’s mistakes.

Speaking in Brasilia at a joint press conference with Gordon Brown, the UK prime minister, Lula da Silva told reporters: “This crisis was caused by the irrational behavior of white people with blue eyes, who before the crisis appeared to know everything and now demonstrate that they know nothing.”

He added: “I do not know any black or indigenous bankers so I can only say [it is wrong] that this part of mankind which is victimized more than any other should pay for the crisis.”

We couldn’t make this stuff up. Financial Times of London has the disturbing report.

Racist thug Lula da Silva will participate in the G20 summit next week.


We need this man in the U.S. Congress

March 26, 2009

MEP calls Gordon Brown the “devalued Prime Minister of a devalued government”

Daniel Hannan is an author, journalist, and blogger, and has been a Conservative Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for South East England since 1999.

He writes: The internet has changed politics — changed it utterly and forever. Twenty-four hours ago, I made a three-minute speech in the European Parliament, aimed at [Prime Minister] Gordon Brown. I tipped off the BBC and some of the newspaper correspondents but, unsurprisingly, they ignored me: I am, after all, simply a backbench MEP.

When I woke up this morning, my phone was clogged with texts, my email inbox with messages. Overnight, the YouTube clip of my remarks had attracted over 36,000 hits. By today, it was the most watched video in Britain.

How did it happen, in the absence of any media coverage? The answer is that political reporters no longer get to decide what’s news. The days when a minister gave briefings to a dozen lobby correspondents, and thereby dictated the next day’s headlines, are over. Now, a thousand bloggers decide for themselves what is interesting. If enough of them are tickled then, bingo, you’re news. (Huge thanks to all the American bloggers: you chaps are way ahead of us in this regard.)

One of the advantages about being outside the EPP is that you get to speak on important occasions. Today was such an occasion. Gordon Brown was in town in advance of the G-20 summit. There were a couple of things I wanted to tell him on behalf of my constituents:


Napolitano rejects increased border security funding

March 26, 2009

In real language what does “budget neutral” mean when it comes to securing the border?

The Hill reports that Homeland Security chieftain Janet Napolitano has assured a senate committee that her department doesn’t need more money to fight crime along the U.S.’s southern border, saying she’ll pay for it with the funds she has.

At a meeting of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, Chairman Joe Lieberman (I-CT) said he requested an additional $380 million in funds for enhanced border protection.

But Napolitano said she thought that the agency’s existing funds would cover the costs of the administration’s presence in the border region.

“These actions so far are designed to be budget-neutral,” she said. “What I have done is identify other activities that are less urgent … to be able to move these resources where I think they are needed most.”

As governor of Arizona, Napolitano was a free-wheeling spender, who eagerly grabbed every dollar she could and spent it with grand flourish — leaving our previously flush state in dire straights. Her newfound thriftiness raises more than a few questions.

As the crime wave associated with violent drug cartels increases and continues to move into American cities, will the need for securing the border become less intense as illegal aliens morph into political refugees? That ploy would definitely change the dynamics as far as reconstituting the Comprehensive Immigration Reform scheme which previously raised the ire of Americans from coast to coast — ultimately killing the measure. Temporary Worker Plan is the new, less provocative terminology now in use, having passed muster with focus groups.

President Obama is an ardent  “reform” advocate who promised Hispanic voters during his campaign that he wouldn’t wilt under the weight of public opposition. And as the governor of John McCain’s home state, Napolitano was an early and important Obama endorser.

Connect the dots.