The California Supreme Court granted an emergency stay on Friday in the criminal proceedings against David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt, the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) journalists who produced the undercover videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s alleged practice of harvesting and selling the body parts of aborted babies for profit.
The court hearing in the case against Daleiden and Merritt – which was to have begun Monday in San Francisco Superior Court – has been suspended until further notice.
California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye stopped preliminary hearings against the journalists until the court can review the contents of a motion filed by Liberty Counsel, which is representing Merritt against 15-count felony criminal charges. The motion seeks to recuse California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and his office from prosecuting the criminal complaint.
Though both Becerra and his predecessor, Democrat Sen. Kamala Harris, have pledged publicly to “stand with Planned Parenthood,” and have accepted thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from the abortion vendor, the trial court had previously refused to dismiss the criminal charges against the journalists.
“We are pleased that the California Supreme Court is considering a closer look at the well documented bias and illegal collusion between Attorney General Becerra and his Planned Parenthood financiers,” said Horatio Mihet, vice president of legal affairs and chief litigation counsel at Liberty Counsel. “Sandra Merritt did not violate any law, and we are confident that the evidence will demonstrate that California’s first-ever prosecution of an undercover journalist for illegal recording is selective and discriminatory.”
Following Cantil-Sakauye’s stay of “all further proceedings,” California Superior Court Judge Christopher Hite also vacated the preliminary hearings against Daleiden and Merritt, reported the Thomas More Society, which represents Daleiden.
In a press statement, Tom Brejcha, Thomas More Society president and chief counsel, welcomed the stay of the criminal proceedings, adding the appeal raises a “critical issue,” specifically, “whether a prosecutor may exercise his or her powers to enforce the criminal laws on a selective, politically discriminatory basis.”
In January, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals discredited the smear by Planned Parenthood and its allies in the abortion industry that the videos produced by CMP were “heavily edited” or “doctored.”
In December 2017, based on documents and referral from the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Department of Justice reportedly launched a federal investigation into the allegations that Planned Parenthood and its allies in the biomedical procurement industry profited from the sale of the body parts of aborted babies.
Breitbart News reached out to the Justice Department Monday to confirm the existence of the investigation. Peter Carr, spokesman for the department, responded, “As a matter of policy, the department generally neither confirms nor denies whether a matter is under investigation.”
The case is California v. Daleiden, No. 250250517006621, in Superior Court of California, San Francisco County.
In recent congressional testimony, Chuck Konzelman, the writer and director of “Unplanned,” reported that he knows of almost 100 abortion clinic employees who have undertaken to leave the abortion industry after seeing the film.
“Unplanned,” which centers around the true story of former Planned Parenthood clinic director Abby Johnson, opened on March 29.
Since then, Johnson said, 94 clinic workers have approached his nonprofit organization, And Then There Were None, according to Pure Flix, the production company behind “Unplanned.”
Konzelman spoke to Congress on Tuesday during a panel to discuss Twitter’s alleged censorship of “Unplanned.”
Twitter temporarily suspended the movie’s marketing account during its opening weekend.
LifeSiteNews reported that Konzelman said that the social media platform undeservedly targeted the film’s Twitter presence because of its pro-life perspective.
Konzelman pointed out that, “Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood, an organization that actually kills babies every single day, still had an active Twitter account in good standing.”
According to Pure Flix, Konzelman said the 94 abortion clinic workers who have sought help in leaving their jobs represent about 1 percent of all abortion clinic workers in the U.S.
“One percent of the abortion workers in the United States, after getting one look at them being portrayed on film,” Konzelman said, according to Pure Flix, “have decided to change their lives … and what they do for a living.”
“Unplanned” tells the story of Johnson’s relationship with abortion, before, during, and after her eight-year career at Planned Parenthood.
Johnson says her pro-abortion beliefs changed when she assisted an abortionist and watched the ultrasound of the abortion being performed.
Since quitting Planned Parenthood, she’s become a pro-life advocate and founded And Then There Were None — an organization that exists specifically to help workers in the abortion industry get out.
“As of now, we have helped 487 workers leave the clinics and … those workers have closed 21 abortion facilities, because they’ve worked with state officials,” Johnson told Pure Flix last month. “They have worked with health departments to go in and close those facilities because of bad practices, medical negligence, whatever it may be.”
Because of its history, the group is uniquely positioned to help abortion workers leave the field.
As the group states on its website: “We believe that a clinic worker’s life is valuable, too. As former clinic workers, we have a different perspective than others may have — we’ve been in their shoes. And we used those shoes to walk away.”
“ATTWN seeks to end abortion from the inside out. We believe that the end of abortion starts with abortion clinic workers leaving their jobs and finding healing from their past work. That’s why, as former clinic workers ourselves, we’re committed to helping them through the ENTIRE journey.”
As Konzelman said during his testimony, the film doesn’t portray clinic workers or women who have had abortions as monsters.
Instead, it offers a message of hope and healing to those who want to embrace life and leave the shackles of abortion behind.
A man shot and killed a home invasion suspect after that suspect and two others allegedly pistol-whipped his father to gain entry to the house.
KTRK reports that the incident occurred on Quail Meadow Drive in Houston, Texas, where the father arrived home and exited his vehicle, only to be attacked by three suspects. The suspects then entered the home while the father’s two daughters took refuge inside a closet.
The daughters were able to press an alarm button, thereby alerting police.
According to WCNC, the son and mother arrived at the home during the alleged invasion, and the son quickly figured out something was awry. He grabbed his pistol and opened fire as the suspects fled the house. One of his rounds struck one suspect in the head, killing him. The other two suspects allegedly stole the father’s vehicle, making their escape.
Police indicate that the suspect the son killed was armed with a handgun.
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Charleston, W. Va. (March 27, 2019) – Today, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice signed a bill into law that takes an important first step towards treating gold and silver as money instead of a commodity.
Sen. Craig Blair (R-Martinsburg) introduced Senate Bill 502 (SB502) on Feb. 1. The new law repeals sales and use tax on gold and silver bullion.
SB502 defines “investment metal bullion” as “elementary precious metal which has been put through a process of smelting or refining, including gold, silver, platinum, and palladium, and which is in such a state or condition that its value depends upon its content and not its form.” It defines investment coins to include numismatic coins or other forms of money and legal tender manufactured of gold, silver, platinum, palladium, or other metal and of the United States or any foreign nation with a fair market value greater than any nominal value of such coins.
The Senate passed SB502 by a vote of 33-0. The House concurred with a 90-9 vote. With Justice’s signature, the law will go into effect July 1.
Passage of SB502 eliminates a significant barrier to using gold and silver in everyday transactions, a foundational step for people to undermine the Federal Reserve’s monopoly on money.
“The sound money revolution continues as West Virginia becomes the 39th state to eliminate impediments to owning sound money. Thanks to the efforts of Senator Blair and other groups, there are now fewer obstacles in the way of West Virginia citizens protecting themselves from the inflationary practices of the Federal Reserve,” Sound Money Defense League policy director Jp Cortez said.
With the passage of SB502, West Virginia takes a step toward treating gold, silver, platinum and palladium as money instead of a commodity. As Cortez testified during a committee hearing on a similar bill in Wyoming last year, charging taxes on money itself is beyond the pale.
“In effect, states that collect taxes on purchases of precious metals are inherently saying gold and silver are not money at all.”
Imagine if you asked a grocery clerk to break a $5 bill and he charged you a 35 cent tax. Silly, right? After all, you were only exchanging one form of money for another. But that’s essentially what West Virginia’s sales tax on gold and silver bullion does. By removing the sales tax on the exchange of gold and silver, West Virginia will treat specie as money instead of a commodity. This represents a small step toward reestablishing gold and silver as legal tender and breaking down the Fed’s monopoly on money.
“We ought not to tax money – and that’s a good idea. It makes no sense to tax money,” former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul said during testimony in support an Arizona bill that repealed capital gains taxes on gold and silver in that state. “Paper is not money, it’s fraud,” he continued.
The law’s impact will go beyond mere tax policy. During an event after his Senate committee testimony, Paul pointed out that it’s really about the size and scope of government.
“If you’re for less government, you want sound money. The people who want big government, they don’t want sound money. They want to deceive you and commit fraud. They want to print the money. They want a monopoly. They want to get you conditioned, as our schools have conditioned us, to the point where deficits don’t matter.”
Practically speaking, eliminating taxes on the sale of gold and silver cracks open the door for people to begin using specie in regular business transactions. This marks an important small step toward currency competition. If sound money gains a foothold in the marketplace against Federal Reserve notes, the people will be able to choose the time-tested stability of gold and silver over the central bank’s rapidly-depreciating paper currency.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (March 13, 2019) – Yesterday, a Missouri House committee unanimously passed a bill that would ban “material support or resources” for warrantless federal surveillance programs. This is an essential step every state needs to take at a time when the federal government seems unlikely to ever end unconstitutional spying on its own.
Rep. Ron Hicks (R-Dardenne Praire) filed House Bill 296 (HB296) on Dec. 18 for introduction in the 2019 legislative session. The proposed law would prohibit the state and its agencies, political subdivisions, special districts, or employees from assisting, participating with, or providing material support or resources to a federal agency to enable it to collect or facilitate in the collection or use of a person’s electronic data or metadata unless one of three circumstances apply.
(1) The person has given informed consent;
(2) The action is pursuant to a warrant that is based upon probable cause and particularly describes the person, place, or thing to be searched or seized; or
(3) The action is in accordance with a legally recognized exception to the warrant requirement.
The legislation stipulates that “The attorney general shall enforce the provisions of this section in accordance with the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of Missouri.”
On March 12, the Special Committee on Homeland Security approved HB296 by a 5-0 vote.
HB296 is similar to a Michigan law that went into effect last summer.
Missouri could become the third state to take action to prohibit support for warrantless federal surveillance. In 2014, California took a smaller first step when Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill banning the state from participating in, or providing material support or resources to any federal agency engaged in the “illegal and unconstitutional collection of electronic data or metadata.” The California law needs additional steps for effectuation by defining specifically what actions constitute “illegal and unconstitutional.” The Michigan law and HB296 go further by prohibiting specific state actions and gives the movement to stop unconstitutional federal surveillance more momentum.
FEDERAL SPYING CONTINUES
According to a report leaked by a Republican congressional aide, the NSA recently ended a bulk phone data collection program operated under Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act. But make no mistake, surveillance continues under other “authorities.” The program that is reportedly not being used is only a fraction of the NSA dragnet, and the Patriot Act is only one source of “authority” for federal spying. In fact, officials have admitted that “a great deal of communications-related information collected under the executive order 12333.” This Reagan-era EO provides even less oversight and transparency than Section 215.
And despite concerns about warrantless surveillance in the wake of Edward Snowden’s revelations, Congress has done nothing to rein in NSA spying. In fact, it has expended it. For instance, in January 2018, Congress reauthorized the FISA Sec. 702.
As Andrew Napolitano explained, “the FISA-created process permits a secret court in Washington to issue general warrants based on the government’s need to gather intelligence about national security from foreigners among us. It pretends that the standard is probable cause of foreign agency, but this has now morphed into the issuance of general warrants whenever the government wants them.” A typical FISA warrant authorizes government surveillance on all landlines, mobile devices and desktop computers in a given area. While the process was created to monitor foreign agents, it sweeps up reams of data belonging to Americans.
Millions have struggled with the mind-crushing perplexity of pure evil, sometimes incompetence, and the vile whimsicality of fate—of probability and improbability. In his Four Quartets, T. S. Eliot wrote: “human kind cannot bear very much reality.” Maybe so, but a few can bear reality; indeed, they embrace it and accept its duties and risks as the cost of pursuing a virtuous cause. They are willing to tip-toe into evil’s fire center to confront reality. The story of Colorado’s FASTER program is the story of those few.
Background and Mission
Data from mass shootings suggest a gunman will kill or injure a victim every seventeen seconds. Yet, under the best circumstances, police are eight minutes away. In rural areas, the time lag can be greater than half an hour. Not to belabor the obvious, having an armed defender seconds away will save lives. This is not an ideological or political position; it is a fact. Evidence also indicates that those planning mass shootings have school resource officers (SROs) as initial targets or wait until the SRO is away from the attack’s location. The shooter often thinks strategically.
FASTER stands for Faculty/Administrator Safety Training and Emergency Response. FASTER training enables teachers, administrators and other school employees to stop school violence quickly and administer advanced first aid techniques—to correctly apply tourniquets for arterial bleeds, how to pack a wound for trauma to the torso, how to apply a chest seal—to treat victims until paramedics arrive.
FASTER is not intended as a replacement for police and EMTs. Instead, it trains on-site personnel to save lives through prompt action. Training is a prerequisite to arming teachers. FASTER is one training opportunity. In many instances, FASTER graduates qualify at a higher level in handgun proficiency than police officers and sheriffs’ deputies. A concealed carry permit is required to qualify for enrollment. Participation is voluntary.
The Colorado Program
School boards and charter school boards in Colorado may legally authorize staff—teachers, janitors, bus drivers, etc.—to carry a concealed handgun as a school security officer. This reality inspired Laura Carno to travel to Ohio to study its FASTER program and assess its viability in Colorado. Ms. Carno, author of the provocatively titled book, Government Ruins Nearly Everything: Reclaiming Social Issues from Uncivil Servants, brought the FASTER program to Colorado in 2018 and serves as Executive Director. FASTER is a project of Colorado’s Independence Institute, the preeminent public policy ‘think tank’ which prefers the appellation ‘action tank.’ (https://i2i.org/faster-training) In addition to the Institute’s groundbreaking litigation, work on ballot initiatives and investigative reporting, it is engaged intensely in 2nd Amendment issues. For example, its research director, David Kopel, is an unsurpassed expert and one of the writers of the legal briefs in the landmark United States Supreme Court case, District of Columbia v. Heller..
While FASTER training is focused on securing our schools, the training is also open to other participants such as church staff or other concealed carry holders. Class tuition is $1,000 and includes a complete trauma kit for the participants to take back to their school, church or home. Upon request, scholarships are available for school staff members. Colorado FASTER is a non-profit organization.
The Soul of FASTER
Passion, competence and commitment to a virtuous purpose are requisites for an effective program intended to engage in lethal actions. Following the links in this article will quickly apprise interested readers of FASTER’s details. Not so easily discovered are the flesh and souls behind Colorado’s program. Several years ago, after her trip to Ohio, Ms. Carno made the acquaintance of Graham Dunne, a Colorado police officer and private firearms instructor. He became involved and introduced her to Quinn Cunningham. Cunningham is illustrative of instructor’s skills and dedication.
Michael Sabbeth is the author of The Good, The Bad & The Difference: How to Talk with Children About Values. See Amazon.com http://tinyurl.com/c5flmmu. He is completing his soon-to-be-published book The Path of the Honorable Hunter: A Call to Action to Defend and Advance Hunting
The winter freeze might have shut down entire cities, but it couldn’t slow down job growth as the economy roared through the cold and shattered projections with 304,000 non-farm jobs in January.
There were job gains everywhere from transportation (27,000) to health care (42,000) to hospitality (74,000). Under Trump, construction gained 338,000 jobs in 12 months while manufacturing picked up 261,000 jobs in that same period. There was good news for many industries, but bad news for one.
The media is freezing colder than the polar vortex with thousands of lost jobs in January and February.
Gannett, the giant behind USA Today and many local lefty papers such as the Arizona Republic, the Detroit Free Press and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, fired 400 employees.
McClatchy, another newspaper giant, which publishes the Miami Herald, the Kansas City Star and the Charlotte Observer, among many others, announced voluntary buyouts for 10% of its employees after having fired 3.5% of its staff or 140 employees back in August. Tronc, another publishing giant, has already been making major cuts at newspapers like the New York Daily News and the Los Angeles Times.
Reuters expects to cut 3,200 jobs or 12% of its global workforce, closing 55 offices by 2020. BuzzFeed fired 15% of its staff or 220 employees, wiping out its national security desk, most of its national news desk, LGBT team and entertainment team.
Verizon, which through a series of bad business decisions had inherited the Huffington Post, cut 7% or 800 jobs in its media division. HuffPo dumped its health and opinion section, along with various reporters. Vice Media is laying off 10% or 250 employees from its global staff. Mic’s staff was mostly let go back in November. And the bloodletting isn’t over. It’s just beginning.
Why is the media failing while the rest of the economy is thriving?
It used to be said that what’s good for General Motors is good for America. But what’s good for the media is bad for America. And what’s bad for the media appears to be remarkably good for America.
In 2009, as the economy was tanking, journalism school applications increased sharply. As the economy began to recover, J-School enrollment began to fall. Call it the Vulture Effect. Carrion eaters are attracted to death. When the death rate drops, they have to either learn to kill things or face extinction.
The David Horowitz Freedom Center has completed a comprehensive update and reorganization of StopK12Indoctrination.org, a website devoted to halting indoctrination in America’s public schools. The site exposes instances of classroom and curricular indoctrination across the United States and seeks to work with parents and legislators to enact a Code of Ethics for K-12 Public School Teachers in their states.
Our public schools have traditionally been the cornerstone of our country's democratic values, but no longer. As recent events documented on StopK12Indoctrination.org reveal, no age group and no corner of our K-12 classrooms are immune from the left's ideological aggression.
• At the Edina School District in Edina, Minnesota, all employees, even bus drivers, must take "Equity and Racial Justice Training" instructing them that "dismantling white privilege" is at the core of the district's mission. They must acknowledge their racial guilt, and embrace the district's "equity" ideology.
• To enhance "cultural diversity," students at Maryland's La Plata High School were ordered to copy the Islamic creed "Shahada" which states in part, "There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah." One worksheet distributed by the school stated, "Most Muslims' faith is stronger than the average Christian."
• An Ohio middle school teacher assigned his students to rank 12 individuals, described by race, profession, gender, religion and sexuality, by who is most deserving to survive an apocalypse on Earth. The potential survivors included “a racist armed police officer who is accused of using excessive force”; “a militant African-American medical student”; “a 21-year-old female Muslim international student”; and “a homosexual male professional athlete.”
• Public high schools in Newton, Massachusetts were sued by a coalition of parents after they discovered that their children had been given lessons from the Arab World Studies Notebook, a textbook which is funded by a Saudi Arabian oil company which also funds the terrorist groups Hamas and Al-Qaeda. This textbook falsely claims that there is a “Hollywood Jewish conspiracy” to portray Arabs negatively in film and that Jerusalem is “Palestine’s capital.”
• Maurice Sendak Community School, a public school located in Brooklyn, New York, hosted a “Drag Queen Story Hour” for first grade students during which adult males dressed as women read books to students. A teacher at the school commented, “During our debrief …students were preaching the incredible lessons they had learned, like ‘it’s OK to be different,’ and ‘there’s no such thing as “boy” and “girl” things.’”
The settlement is arguably a victory for the conservative students. As part of the agreement, UC Berkeley will change its policy regarding campus speaking events and pay $70,000 to the conservative student groups for their attorney fees. The lawsuit came in the aftermath of the campus’ decision to cancel scheduled speeches by pundits incluing Ann Coulter. The university claimed at the time that the cost of security was high to allow the events to go on as planned.
Now, UC Berkeley will adopt a new policy for campus events, one that should hopefully make it easier for conservative students to host speakers.
“While we regret the time, effort and resources that have been expended successfully defending the constitutionality of UC Berkeley’s event policy, this settlement means the campus will not need to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars in unrecoverable defense costs to prove that UC Berkeley has never discriminated on the basis of viewpoint,” Mogulof said.
One of the conservative student groups that was part of the settlement, the Young America’s Foundation, also claimed victory. Spokesperson Spencer Brown argued that UC Berkeley administrators can no longer weaponize free speech to benefit progressive groups and harm conservative ones.
“YAF’s landmark victory for free expression—long squelched by Berkeley’s scheming administrators who weaponized flawed policies to target conservatives—shows that the battle for freedom undertaken by YAF on campuses nationwide is a necessary one,” Brown added.
Voters in Washington state recently approved increased, statewide regulations on the Second Amendment. But one local police chief says he has no plans to enforce them, claiming they infringe on the Second Amendment.
According to KXLY-TV, the new regulations, which were approved by nearly 60 percent of Washington state voters, are some of the most strict firearm regulations in the country. KXLY explains:
Initiative 1639…raises the age limit for some gun purchases; it has a safe storage provision that can lead to criminal charges if gun owners allow someone not authorized to access a gun displays it or uses it to commit a crime; and puts an enhanced background check and waiting period in place for people who want to buy a semi-automatic rifle.
What did the police chief do?
Loren Culp, the police chief of Republic, a small town in northeastern Washington, took to Facebook last week to inform his citizens he will not enforce Initiative 1639, which the voters of Republic overwhelmingly rejected.
“I’ve taken 3 public oaths, one in the US Army and Two as a police officer. All of them included upholding and defending the Constitution of the United States of America,” Culp wrote. “The second amendment says the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”
“As long as I am Chief of Police, no Republic Police Officer will infringe on a citizens right to keep and Bear Arms, PERIOD!” he declared.
According to KXLY, 73 percent of voters in Republic voted against Initiative 1639.
In an interview with KXLY, Culp said he believes Initiative 1639 “completely flies in the face of both the U.S. and state constitution.”
What does Culp plan to do?
In an effort to rebut the new alleged anti-Second Amendment regulations, Culp wrote on Facebook that he has proposed a city ordinance to safeguard firearm rights protected by both the U.S. Constitution and the Washington State Constitution.
Culp proposed the ordinance be cited as the “2nd Amendment Sanctuary City Ordinance.”
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