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Randolph on Planned Parenthood: ‘Don’t throw baby out with bathwater’

25 Aug randolph

By Tom Tillison

Talk about a poor choice of words.

Voters in Florida’s 9th congressional district have every reason to ask themselves if former ACORN activist Susannah Randolph is ready for the rigors of Congress following a comment she made during a recent interview with News 13.

After being asked — oh, so awkwardly — about the ongoing controversy involving Planned Parenthood harvesting human tissue from aborted babies for sale, the Democratic congressional candidate inappropriately cautioned not to “throw the baby out with the bathwater.”

Seriously.

“We need to get at the heart of what is going on here, but we also don’t want to throw the baby out with the bathwater, so to speak,” Randolph said.

As shocking as the comment is, her choice of words flies in the face of the position taken by supporters of Planned Parenthood, the largest provider of abortions in the U.S., that it’s a fetus being aborted, not a baby.

Randolph is running in a highly contested Democratic primary against state Sen. Darren Soto, former state Rep. Ricardo Rangel, Valleri Crabtree and Dr. Dena Minning, who is romantically linked to U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, the current CD9 seat holder running for the U.S. Senate.

On her campaign website, Randolph acknowledges that she “previously served on the board of Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida.”

The local Planned Parenthood organization is holding an annual fundraising event on Sept. 26., titled “Generations Gala,” believe it or not, and Randolph is listed as being on the host committee.

Grayson Planned Parenthood fundraising email shows how two-faced a politician can be

20 Aug rally

By Tom Tillison

With no prompting whatsoever, U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson took cause Thursday to show how two-faced a politician can be.

Grayson sent out one of his infamous fundraising emails — see ‘Burning Cross’ — looking to raise coin off recent efforts of pro-life supporters, who he described in the email as “rabid right-winger haters.”

He was referring to wives, daughters and yes, even a priest, who turned out Tuesday at U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson’s Orlando office, with many later relocating to Grayson’s office, to call on the Democratic lawmakers to stop accepting campaign contributions from Planned Parenthood and to put a stop to government funding of the organization — Planned Parenthood took in $528.4 million in federal funding in FY 2014.

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Protesters marching Tuesday in front of U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson’s Orlando office.

The #WomenBetrayed rally was in response to top executives from the nation’s largest abortion provider being caught on video negotiating the sale of human tissue from aborted babies.

“You wouldn’t believe the bitter, vicious vitriol spewing out of these so-called ‘defenders of life,'” Grayson said in the email, before listing some of the G-rated chants participants were repeating.

Here’s a few samples:

1) “Pro-choice,” that’s a lie! Babies never choose to die!

2) Alan Grayson doesn’t care! Baby bodies everywhere!

3) PP, what do you say? How many hearts have you stopped today?

Grayson told potential donors “these rabid right-winger haters set their sights on defunding Planned Parenthood,” which he claimed “is saving lives, not ending them.”

But perhaps Grayson, who is locked in a tight Senate primary race with U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, forgot that his congressional office released a statement to the press following Tuesday’s protest.

Geared for more widespread dispersal, the statement to the press took on a more senatorial tone, as opposed to the zealotry on display in an email designed to separate low information supporters from their cash.

Instead of calling Tuesday’s protesters “rabid right-winger haters,” he respectful referred to them as “constituents.”

“I’m always glad to hear from constituents on key issues, even when I disagree with them,” Grayson said. “Today’s protest outside my office will not change my strong support for Planned Parenthood and a woman’s right to choose.”

As for the right to choose, Grayson may want to keep in mind that discerning voters also have a choice when casting a ballot, and hypocrites may not fare all that well in the process.

Pro-life crowd in Orlando calls on Nelson, Grayson to defund Planned Parenthood

18 Aug planned parenthood

By Tom Tillison

Pro-life supporters turned out in large numbers Tuesday in Orlando to call on U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson to defund Planned Parenthood.

Organized by Pro-life Resources of Osceola County, the #WomenBetrayed rally took place at 11:00 a.m. in front of Nelson’s downtown office, with plans to move to U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson’s office at Noon.

The event was in response to the nation’s largest abortion provider being caught on video negotiating the sale of body parts from aborted babies. The pro-life crowd called on the Democratic lawmakers to put a stop to government funding of the organization — Planned Parenthood receives $528.4 million in federal funding in FY2014.

Local media was on hand, but participants posted photos and video on social media under the #WomenBetrayed hashtag. 

 

Top evangelical leaders favor Marco Rubio for White House in 2016

30 Jul Rubio

A survey of 100 evangelical leaders and insiders from across the nation shows that Marco Rubio is the clear favorite for president in 2016.

World Magazine announced the results Thursday:

WASHINGTON—Good news for Marco Rubio, Scott Walker, and Carly Fiorina. Mixed news for Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz. Bad news for Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, and Ben Carson. And if anyone thought Donald Trump or Chris Christie were picking up support from evangelical leaders, pop that bubble.

Those are the findings from a survey of nearly 100 evangelical leaders and insiders. Numerous 2016 GOP candidates have identified evangelicals as a key part of their road to the White House, so WORLD, the leading evangelical news magazine, recently asked 103 evangelical leaders and insiders to see whom they prefer. Ninety-four responded.

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‘Humans of Planned Parenthood’: Local activists in full damage control mode

29 Jul cf-pp

In the best spirit of rough and tumble politics in America, Planned Parenthood has gone on the offensive.

Not that their actions haven’t been offensive enough as it is.

Doing what the progressive left does best, Planned Parenthood has set out to control the narrative in response to several embarrassing undercover videos that show top executives from the organization openly discussing the sale of tissue from aborted children.

In full damage control mode, the first order of business was to attack the credibility of the group behind the release of the videos, followed by a critical effort to draw attention away from the fact that Planned Parenthood is the largest provider of abortions in the United States.

Through the art of propaganda, Planned Parenthood of Southwest & Central Florida offers a glimpse of how this is accomplished in a photo posted on social media Tuesday:

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The irony behind the message is palpable… if they could speak, the 327,653 babies aborted by the organization in 2014 may beg to differ on the above assessment.

But the more disturbing question is, who among us have reached a point of depravity that we look past the barbarism of selling human tissue from aborted children, which is against federal law.

Nevertheless, another effort in the works to distract from inhumane practices involves asking supporters to sign “thank you” notes for doctors and other staff employed at its abortion clinics. Seriously.

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And speaking of irony, Anna Vishkaee Eskamani, a Central Florida feminist activist with Planned Parenthood Federation of America, in a further effort to put lipstick on a pig, announced the creation of a new Facebook page — Humans of Planned Parenthood. You can’t make this stuff up.

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I trust Marco Rubio and so should you

28 Jul Rubio-Gop-dream_art

By Tom Tillison

It’s time to get off the sidelines.

I’ve always had an inkling of who I’d eventually support in the 2016 Republican presidential primary, although my intention was to remain noncommittal early on to give other candidates a chance to make their case. But with enough entries now in the race to field a small platoon, the cacophony of noise is reaching deafening levels.

Not being a member of the political class, I look for trustworthiness and the ability to inspire others when evaluating a candidate, and I believe Americans will take strong leadership ability over subtle policy differences any day of the week.

At the same time, I shy away from “progressive” big-government Republicans who believe the answer to our challenges can be found in a government program. I give candidates who prop up the status quo in politics the same wide berth.

I look for a candidate who understands what it means to be an American, who acknowledges the sacrifices that made this the greatest country on earth. A candidate who values our unique way of life and the principals behind it.

Taking these things into consideration, the candidates who remain standing can be counted on one hand.

The field includes several great options for restoring the blessings of America, including U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, but the one candidate who rises above the rest is U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio.

And that decision comes down to a simple truth — I can trust Marco Rubio.

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Rubio wouldn’t know me from Adam if he saw me, although I have a photo of the two of us standing in his temporary basement office in Washington. I’ve been a supporter since the early days of his U.S. Senate run and even helped out once with security during a campaign stop when the crowds started growing. More importantly, I’ve participated in several private audiences with Rubio, prompted by his people after his involvement with the Gang of Eight immigration bill.

I watched him stand firm in his actions when it wasn’t the popular thing to do, refusing to duck and weave, or point his finger elsewhere, as politicians under fire typically do. Rubio cared enough about how he was seen in the eyes of his supporters to explain his decisions, and even took questions, unscripted, from the room.

Rubio faced the fire with honesty and integrity… so much so that even his fiercest critics walked away with a little more respect for him.

me-rubI also watched him handle the intricacies of dealing with the tea party, as difficult as the autonomous movement was at the time. After being elected, he continued to reach out when he didn’t have to — doing so because his word is important to him.

At the same time, he refused to be defined by the movement; Rubio walked a fine line, and did so brilliantly.

The experts will agree that Rubio is a great retail politician. The candidate has good political instincts and the intangible of being able to connect with the folks. There is a special quality to Rubio that the Republican Party hasn’t seen since Ronald Reagan.

These things all make for a good case to support Rubio in a crowded field… and if he earns your support, you can be sure he’ll go to extraordinary lengths not to let you down. I’ve witnessed this firsthand.

But the reason to support Marco Rubio in the 2016 GOP primary is much simpler than all that — you can trust him.

A conservative’s answer to ’28 Reasons I’m DONE Talking…’

26 Jul thats-not-all-folks

By Jeffrey Payne

So here’re my Conservative replies to the Liberal Ms. Willis’ “28 Reasons I’m DONE talking …”:

1. You meekly submit to Government’s version of history. Because politicians would never write history to make Government (i.e. themselves) look good.

2. You ignore Jesus’s definition of marriage. He didn’t say “A man or woman shall leave his/her mother & father, or fathers, or mothers, & shall be joined to her/his spouse or spouses, they 2 or more shall become one or a group.” You aren’t equalizing marriage; you’re erasing it.

3. You use Government to excuse yourselves from feeding the hungry. Conservatives do more charity than Liberals. Facts are stubborn things. http://www.ijreview.com/…/276715-difference-liberals…/

4. You let Government take over freedom of religion. From a child praying in school, to a baker who feels that catering a “gay” wedding is sinful, we refuse to let politicians tell people to deny their faith & follow Government.

5. You substitute the voice of Government for the voice of God. Liberals’ false prophets are people like Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin & Mao Tse Tung, who’ve killed 10’s of millions trying to substitute Government for society.

6. We don’t question your faith. We just reject your insistence on making your faith Government policy.

7. You value sex more than children & Government control more than people’s lives. 56 million American babies snuffed out since 1973, mostly for convenience. Millions of victims of violent crime, made defenseless by Government longing to have a defenseless society.

8. You get excited about people dying. Babies (56 million, see no. 7); senior citizens (“death with dignity”); defenseless victims of crime (also see no. 7).

9. You assume that everyone on Government dependency programs are innocent victims of a free society. But if people in general are that bad & greedy, what make you think that people in Government are not bad & greedy?

10. You aren’t concerned about people’s medical care. If you did care, you wouldn’t have put everybody’s health insurance under Government control, administered by the IRS.

11. You don’t believe people are created by God. You look at a newborn baby & all you see is a rather cute sort of chemical accident. So you’ve got no reason to treat us equally. And you don’t. You shove people into pigeonholes of political “correctness” judging us by our skin, our heritage, our incomes, our sex.

12. You don’t learn. Many people are Liberal in their youth. Most grow up; you don’t. In a sort of political Peter Pan syndrome, you refuse to mature.

13. You don’t want the votes of people you disagree with to count. You dilute the votes of citizens with the ballots of the unidentified, stealing those voters’ rights as surely as if you pried open the ballot box, stole their ballots & burned them.

14. You categorize your friends — & everybody else — by whether they’re black, or Mexican, or whatever. Race is a lie, invented by oppressors to divide & conquer us.

15. You welcome Mexican illegals, hire them to your dirty work, create a minimum wage, & then pretend to be baffled by invincibly high unemployment among poor youth.

16. You import illegal immigrants for the same reason your favorite political Party used to import slaves. To exploit them for cheap labor. And then to use them to subvert elections (see no. 13)

17. You are bullies. 56 million babies were inconvenient, so you killed them. You forced a grandmother out of business because she didn’t want to bake a cake. You put health insurance under the IRS, then exempt yourselves from the rules.

18. You hate America. You seek to “fundamentally transform” America, because you see us as fundamentally flawed. You don’t care if war, death & destruction comes to America; you think we deserve it.

19. You dodge the draft, & burn your draft cards, & burn the American flag & believe that military service is just for people who can’t get a better job.

20. You treat the Constitution as a dead letter. It means whatever your 9-Headed Pope, the Supreme Court, happens to think it means at the moment. From the Dredd Scott decision blessing slavery, to the Obergefell decision erasing marriage, anything you want is what the Constitution mandates.

21. It’s impossible for you to see success that isn’t a gift of Government. To you, hard work, education, risk-taking are just lies made up by the exploiter class to justify their exploitation. Yet you are totally blind to the exploitation by the political class.

22. You don’t care about children. All you think they need is a Government bureaucracy. Having a mother (or 2) is OK; a father is optional (& usually a bad option). That’s why you made divorce so easy & were so eager to have Government redefine marriage.

23. You’re greedy & miserable. You spend more time bemoaning that your not allowed to take more from other people that you do figuring out how to share what you’ve already got.

24. You think your religion is the only one. You judge everyone who doesn’t blindly worship Government as much as you do as ignorant & backwards. You believe we’re all on this earth being as greedy as we can, making the worst decisions possible, & only the strong arm of Government can save us from ourselves. You never, ever ask, “Who will save us from Government?”

25. You are lazy & refuse to read anything that doesn’t support your predetermined misconceptions. We Conservatives have read the old books & the new ones. We have read your books, & have dissected & discredited your bad ideas, on both theoretical & experiential grounds. (I wish Conservatives would read & study less, & get involved in politics more.)

26. Your misfortune is the world’s fault. The free market, institutional racism, the patriarchy, Big Corporations, global cooling/warming/climate change, every hardship in life is an injustice that must be “fixed” by bigger, badder Government.

27. Everyone has their place in the pigeonholes of political “correctness”. Except you, of course. Your lot is to have the power to put the rest of us in our proper pigeonhole.

28. You think you own everyone’s paycheck & t should all be taken in taxes. No matter how much everyone pays, no matter how astronomical a debt you pile onto all of our children’s backs trying to buy your Government-run utopia, it’s never enough. You think Government’s “fair share” is … everything.

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