Archive for October, 2012
By Steven Ertelt, Life News
The Planned Parenthood abortion business is attacking Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock today over his comments on rape and abortion in last night’s debate. But the abortion business has repeatedly covered up actual or alleged cases of child rape.
“Wow. Another extreme comment made about rape by an out-of-touch candidate,” Planned Parenthood said on its Facebook page. “This is the same politician Mitt Romney proudly endorsed this week, and has even said, “We’ve gotta get this guy elected to the US Senate!” Anyone with these kind of dangerous views has NO place in Congress.”
“Another extreme comment made about rape by a politician. This time: #INSen candidate Richard Mourdock,” it added on Twitter.
Planned Parenthood has been repeatedly found to have failed to report suspected cases of sexual abuse and child rape to authorities.
In one case out of Ohio,a fourteen year old girl was impregnated by her twenty-two year old soccer coach, a man that she and her parents trusted. The coach knew that he needed to get this “problem” taken care of as quietly as possible since the pregnancy was proof of his statutory rape – repeated statutory rape, in fact, that began almost a year earlier. He turned to Planned Parenthood.
With no questions asked, the Planned Parenthood clinic allowed him to sign for the minor’s abortion in place of her mother and father and to speed up the process and perform the abortion quickly in violation of the state’s 24-hour waiting period. Planned Parenthood staffers didn’t report the sexual abuse to the authorities either – leaving the coach with the opportunity to continue molesting his victim.
In another Ohio case, Planned Parenthood staffers failed to report a father’s sexual abuse of his thirteen-year-old daughter – resulting in his continued abuse of his daughter, Denise Fairbanks, for over another year. According to a staffer’s handwritten note, their policy is “don’t ask, don’t tell.”
In September, 2001, police in Spokane, Washington served the Planned Parenthood abortion business with a search warrant looking for information in yet another case of Planned Parenthood doing an abortion that potentially covers up a case of sexual abuse. In this case, the parents of an unidentified 15-year-old girl, who became pregnant by a 21-year-old man, took her to Planned Parenthood for an abortion after learning from a school nurse that their daughter was pregnant. Police wanted Planned Parenthood to turn over DNA from the remains of the baby killed in the abortion to connect the man to the possible statutory rape charges.
Steve Aden, the Senior Legal Counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund, says, “The evidence is overwhelming that Planned Parenthood, which receives hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer funding annually, routinely ignores, fails to report, and covers up sexual abuse of young girls by older men.”
“Sadly, there is strong evidence that these are not isolated incidents, only examples of a Planned Parenthood policy of empowering sexual abuse of minors,” he has said. “Live Action investigations have revealed that Planned Parenthood clinics across the country have a similarly nonchalant approach to sexual abuse of young girls. Posing as a thirteen-year-old girl seeking an abortion due to intercourse with her thirty-one-year-old boyfriend, Lila Rose called a Bloomington, Indiana Planned Parenthood clinicand was encouraged to lie about her boyfriend’s age and to go out of state to skirt parental notification laws. Calls to Planned Parenthood clinicsin Indianapolis, Tucson, Phoenix, Memphis, Birmingham, Milwaukee, and Louisville revealed similar willingness to hide sexual abuse against children.”
Also, Live Action footage showed three centers in southern Virginia, a Perth Amboy, New Jersey abortion business and a Planned Parenthood center in Richmond, Virginia all having staffers helping the alleged sex traffickers find information on how to obtain abortions without facing scrutiny and get STD testing for the girls.
A Planned Parenthood staffer in New Jersey has already been fired, New Jersey officials are looking into a shoddy abortion center Planned Parenthood referred to in its video, and the Virginia attorney general has received the full footage of the Richmond Planned Parenthood expose’. All three of the new videos clearly show staff willing to aid and abet the sexual trafficking and exploitation of minors and young women and the videos, Lila Rose of Live Action says, provide more evidence of a clear, disturbing pattern of gross misconduct by Planned Parenthood.
This year, Life Dynamics released additional tapes showing staff at hundreds of abortion centers across the country covering up statutory rape. Life Dynamics released tapes from some of the 813 Planned Parenthood and National Abortion Federation centers it calls across the country. The group placed the calls from Texas, where it is legal to record a phone conversation without the consent of the other party. in the phone calls, an actress portrayed a 13-year-old girl who claimed her 22-year-old boyfriend impregnated her and that she wanted an abortion to keep her parents from finding out.
By Gary Bauer, Washington Times
October 22, 2012
One night last February, President Obama was attending a million-dollar fundraiser in Florida when he spotted a local Republican activist he knew was close to Marco Rubio, the star Republican senator from that state.
At the time, Mr. Rubio was being discussed as a potential vice presidential pick. Mr. Obama approached the woman and asked, “So, is your boy going to go for it?”
“The woman certainly wasn’t expecting this sort of welcome,” Politico reporter Glenn Thrush relates in his new e-book, “Obama’s Last Stand.” “But she had seen this side of Obama before, the puckish trash-talker — not the professor who delivered high-minded lectures to eye-rolling senators.”
“I don’t know. It could happen,” the woman said with a chuckle.
“Well,” Mr. Obama replied as he moved in a little closer, “tell your boy to watch it. He might get his ass kicked.”
Most Americans have an image of Mr. Obama as an unflappable, smooth and above-the-fray president. There used to be some truth to that perception, but it has evaporated slowly over the past four years as a meaner, nastier and more combative Mr. Obama has emerged.
Intimidation is a tactic Mr. Obama has employed liberally in pursuit of his policy agenda. Weeks after his inauguration, Mr. Obama threatened mayors who received stimulus money that he would “call them out” if they did not spend the money as he saw fit.
He publicly berated the Supreme Court during his 2010 State of the Union address after the court ruled in a way he disagreed with. Later, ahead of the court’s Obamacare decision, Mr. Obama issued threats against the court, suggesting the court’s legitimacy would erode if it ruled against his health care reform law.
Mr. Obama has saved his most incendiary words for what opinion polls show is America’s most despised institution: Congress. There’s no getting around it, Mr. Obama just doesn’t like or respect Congress.
Apparently, it’s a feeling he shares with his wife. “It was one of the areas where the Obamas seemed to reinforce and stoke each other,” journalist Jodi Kantor has written. “The president’s opinion of Capitol Hill legislators was low, and his wife’s was lower.”
Mr. Obama demonstrates his disdain most of all by constantly bypassing the other co-equal branches of government, issuing executive orders to impose an agenda that he cannot pass through the democratic process. He often justifies these arguably unconstitutional acts with some variation of “We can’t wait for Congress to act.”
A former State Department official told journalist Ed Klein, “I’ve been in a lot of meetings with [the president] on foreign policy. While I was in the room, he’d get phone calls from heads of state, and more than once I heard him say, ‘I can’t believe I’ve got to meet with all these congressmen from Podunk city to get my bills passed.’ “
Larry Summers, a former top economic adviser to Mr. Obama and former Treasury secretary under Bill Clinton, told journalist Bob Woodward about negotiating with Congress: “Obama doesn’t really have the joy of the game. Clinton basically loved negotiating with a bunch of pols, about anything. Whereas, Obama, he really didn’t like these guys.”
Mr. Obama has aimed much of his invective at Republicans. Even worse, he constantly mischaracterizes his opponents, their values and motives. He has called congressional Republicans “hostage takers” and “founding members of the Flat Earth Society” who regularly “put party before country.”
He also has deep enmity for political opponents. “Obama really hates that guy,” an adviser said about Rick Santorum after the former GOP presidential candidate criticized Mr. Obama for allowing one of his daughters to visit Mexico while there was a travel warning over its ongoing drug war.
And while Mitt Romney goes out of his way to tell audiences he thinks Mr. Obama is a nice guy and a good family man, Mr. Obama doesn’t return the favor. “There was a baseline of respect for John McCain. The president always thought he was an honorable man and a war hero,” a longtime Obama adviser told Glenn Thrush. “That doesn’t hold true for Romney. He was no [expletive deleted] war hero.”
Even Democrats do not escape Mr. Obama’s ire. As Politico reported recently, “It’s no secret that Obama’s relationship with other Democrats has never been great. [C]ongressional Democrats have come to view Obama’s team as a bunch of self-serving dilettantes who know little — and care less — about what it takes to hold or capture majorities.”
This isn’t just a matter of tone. Mr. Obama’s combativeness is an important reason why gridlock seems to define today’s politics and why public trust in government has reached all-time lows.
The White House tends to have an elevating effect on its occupants, but the presidency has had a diminishing effect on Mr. Obama, reducing him to a mudslinger who seems to prefer attacking and defaming his opponents over finding common ground or governing.
Gary Bauer, a former Republican presidential candidate, is president of American Values and chairman of the Campaign for Working Families.
The Heritage Foundation
It is no secret that President Obama’s and green-energy supporters’ (from both parties) foray into venture capitalism has not gone well. But the extent of its failure has been largely ignored by the press. Sure, single instances garner attention as they happen, but they ignore past failures in order to make it seem like a rare case.
The truth is that the problem is widespread. The government’s picking winners and losers in the energy market has cost taxpayers billions of dollars, and the rate of failure, cronyism, and corruption at the companies receiving the subsidies is substantial. The fact that some companies are not under financial duress does not make the policy a success. It simply means that our taxpayer dollars subsidized companies that would’ve found the financial support in the private market.
So far, 36 companies that have received federal support from taxpayers are faltering — either having gone bankrupt or laying off workers or heading for bankruptcy. This list includes only those companies that received federal money from the Obama Administration’s Department of Energy and other agencies. The amount of money indicated does not reflect how much was actually received or spent but how much was offered. The amount also does not include other state, local, and federal tax credits and subsidies, which push the amount of money these companies have received from taxpayers even higher.
The complete list of faltering or bankrupt green-energy companies:
- Evergreen Solar ($24 million)*
- SpectraWatt ($500,000)*
- Solyndra ($535 million)*
- Beacon Power ($69 million)*
- AES’s subsidiary Eastern Energy ($17.1 million)
- Nevada Geothermal ($98.5 million)
- SunPower ($1.5 billion)
- First Solar ($1.46 billion)
- Babcock and Brown ($178 million)
- EnerDel’s subsidiary Ener1 ($118.5 million)*
- Amonix ($5.9 million)
- National Renewable Energy Lab ($200 million)
- Fisker Automotive ($528 million)
- Abound Solar ($374 million)*
- A123 Systems ($279 million)*
- Willard and Kelsey Solar Group ($6 million)
- Johnson Controls ($299 million)
- Schneider Electric ($86 million)
- Brightsource ($1.6 billion)
- ECOtality ($126.2 million)
- Raser Technologies ($33 million)*
- Energy Conversion Devices ($13.3 million)*
- Mountain Plaza, Inc. ($2 million)*
- Olsen’s Crop Service and Olsen’s Mills Acquisition Company ($10 million)*
- Range Fuels ($80 million)*
- Thompson River Power ($6.4 million)*
- Stirling Energy Systems ($7 million)*
- LSP Energy ($2.1 billion)*
- UniSolar ($100 million)*
- Azure Dynamics ($120 million)*
- GreenVolts ($500,000)
- Vestas ($50 million)
- LG Chem’s subsidiary Compact Power ($150 million)
- Nordic Windpower ($16 million)*
- Navistar ($10 million)
- Satcon ($3 million)*
*Denotes companies that have filed for bankruptcy.
The problem begins with the issue of government picking winners and losers in the first place. Venture capitalist firms exist for this very reason, and they choose what to invest in by looking at companies’ business models and deciding if they are worthy. When the government plays venture capitalist, it tends to reward companies that are connected to the policymakers themselves or because it sounds nice to “invest” in green energy.
The 2009 stimulus set aside $80 billion to subsidize politically preferred energy projects. Since that time, 1,900 investigations have been opened to look into stimulus waste, fraud, and abuse (although not all are linked to the green-energy funds), and nearly 600 convictions have been made. Of that $80 billion in clean energy loans, grants, and tax credits, at least 10 percent has gone to companies that have since either gone bankrupt or are circling the drain.
UPDATE: Some of the companies on this list received money from government agencies other than or in addition to the Department of Energy. We are updating the numbers to reflect the most accurate figures available.