The final two "house of horrors" abortion clinic employees who testified against Kermit Gosnell in the deaths of one patient and three babies killed at his West Philadelphia facility have been sentenced.
The sentencing for the last two of Gosnell's nine employees came just a month after the largest-ever crowdfunding campaign for a film raised over $2.2 million to make a made-for-TV movie about the abortion clinic, which was left unregulated by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Human Services for 17 years.
Lynda Williams, 45, Gosnell's acting phlebotomist at the Women's Medical Society abortion clinic, was sentenced to serve five to 10 years in prison on two counts of third-degree murder on June 26 by Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Benjamin Lerner. Williams' final sentence was reduced to two and-a-half years in prison. more >>
Two years ago in the northeastern Chinese city of Harbin, the brand new $300 million dollar Yangmingtan Bridge collapsed without warning. Privately, experts speculated that costs had been cut during construction, making the bridge an accident waiting to happen. Here in America, we also have many social accidents waiting to happen. For example, our own southern border security is so weak that it too is ready to collapse at any moment, with the right amount of pressure. Therefore, rescuing the wrong children could compromise our national security.
According to the Department of Homeland Security, the number of unaccompanied children trying to enter the United States illegally has nearly doubled in less than a year. U.S. Customs and Border Protection reports detaining about 50,000 children since last October, with thousands more crossing undetected. The children's presence is complicated by the fact that 75 percent appear to be from Central America-mostly Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador-and so they are more difficult to repatriate than Mexicans. The surge is far beyond the capacity of our holding centers, so hundreds are being bussed and flown to various military bases and other areas around the country.
Many of the children are suffering from contagious illnesses, including but not limited to scabies, lice, strep throat, measles, chicken pox and swine flu. Public health experts are also worried about diseases like tuberculosis, which can be contracted through the air. Texas Border Patrol Agent Hector Garza told Breitbart that 70 percent of Border Patrol agents were now reassigned to caring for the unaccompanied minors rather than monitoring the border. more >>
Connecticut's liberal Sen. Richard Blumenthal wants no one to have to worry about aborting unborn children late in pregnancy, very late. He favors abortion at any time prior to birth. It's not clear yet whether he would vote to deny federal protection to newborns that survive an attempted abortion. Blumenthal was not in the Senate when that bill passed. Barack Obama was in the Illinois Senate when that state's Infant Born-Alive Bill was killed. Then-Sen. Obama made sure that bill never got to the Governor's desk.
We should know what Sen. Blumenthal wants. He wants no protections at all for mothers or their unborn children. No waiting periods. No ultra-sound images, especially no ultra-sound. Why?
As liberal columnist Joe Klein has written in TIME Magazine, "ultra-sound has made it impossible to deny that that thing in the womb is a human being." Easy for you to say, Joe Klein! You are not running for public office and seeking campaign cash from liberal donors. Liberal politicians do the impossible every day. Richard Blumenthal denies that "that thing" is a human being. His bill treats that thing as nothing. It simply does not exist in his vocabulary. It is a choice, nothing more. more >>
A bipartisan and bicameral group of 167 members of Congress sent a Wednesday letter to President Barack Obama urging him to intervene on behalf of the approximately 900 Congolese children who have been adopted, or are in the process of being adopted, by American parents but are not being allowed by the Democratic Republic of Congo to travel to their families.
DRC President Joseph Kabila will be in Washington, D.C. next month, the letter notes. Obama should use that event to press Kabila "for an expeditious resolution that is in the best interest of these children,"wrote the members of Congress, including Republicans and Democrats, Senators and Representatives.
As the letter points out, the DRC suspended adoptions by foreign parents in September 2013. Even the 350 children who were already adopted were not given permission to leave the country. At least 10 Congolese children who had been matched with American parents have died since then. more >>
The new "caliphate" of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi-the Islamic State, formerly "ISIS"-recently made clear that it means to follow in the footsteps of the original caliphate of Abu Bakr al-Sadiq (632-634), specifically by directing its jihad against fellow Muslims, in Islamic parlance, the "hypocrites" and "apostates," or in Western terminology, "moderates."
This came out in the context of the current conflict between Israel and Hamas, with some Muslims asking the newly formed "caliphate" when it would launch a jihad on the Jewish state.
The Islamic State's response? "Allah in the noble Koran does not command us to fight Israel or the Jews until we fight the apostates and hypocrites." more >>
Americans at all income levels will be paying more in taxes under current policies, according to this month's long-term budget outlook report by the Congressional Budget Office, with the working poor seeing a greater increase in income taxes.
Even if tax rates are unchanged, Americans will be paying more in taxes due, in part, to how tax policies are structured in relation to inflation and wage growth, according to the report, and these higher payments will be a disincentive to work and save.
"Thus, in the long run, people throughout the income distribution would pay a larger share of their income in taxes than people at the same points in the distribution pay today, and many taxpayers would face diminished incentives to work and save," the report states. more >>