Harry Reid, Nanny-Stater of the month

March 2, 2011

Recently, US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was invited to speak before the Nevada legislature. What did he talk about? The national debt? America’s budget woes? Other issues of national import?

Nope. Nanny Reid devoted his time to a cause that must have left his listeners scratching their heads. In a state famous for its small-government libertarian attitudes, Harry Reid wins Reason.TV‘s coveted Nanny of the Month award for arguing for a ban on legalized prostitution:

Talk about a kill-joy! And what’s he got against a girl making a living, eh?

Seriously, regardless of what one thinks of prostitution*, this was hardly a topic a United States senator needed to scold his legislators for, although Harry does seem to enjoy scolding. Prostitution typically falls under a state’s police powers; the federal government has no role in this, other than preventing cross-border sex trafficking. But that’s not at issue here: Nevada allows counties to license brothels as they see fit.  Reid’s hectoring is simply another example of federal officials inserting their noses into places they don’t belong, trying to impose one-size fits all policies to social issues where there may be strong regional differences in opinion. It’s not only nannyish, it goes against our federal system of divided powers.

So, knock it off, Harry. Let Nevada handle its own problems, and you deal with the national issues your voters elected you to deal with.

*For the record, I favor decriminalizing prostitution both because it is a consensual act† between individuals that shouldn’t be government’s concern and because I support a broad private right to make a contract between adults, including sex in return for payment. I also think that many of the problems associated with prostitution (STDs, white slavery, pimping) would be eliminated or greatly lessened by decriminalization. And it would allow more law enforcement resources to be directed toward genuine sex crimes, such as child pornography and child prostitution.

†On the other hand, I don’t agree with the idea of the legalization of hard drugs, since I haven’t been convinced that the social costs would be outweighed by the gain in individual liberty. Yet another reason why I’ll never be a “Big L” libertarian.

UPDATE: Edited to fix some really sloppy typing. Yeesh.


Planned Parenthood gets the ACORN treatment

February 3, 2011

I knew this was going to happen.

When Andrew Breibart released Live Action’s video of a Planned Parenthood clinic manager in New Jersey abetting teenage prostitution and human trafficking, I had a feeling more was to come. It wasn’t Breitbart’s pattern to drop just one bomb; no, he fires an opening shot, lets the other guy react and make a mistake, and then hits him again and again until his position crumbles. In the case of Planned Parenthood, what happened to ACORN seems to be happening to Planned Parenthood:

  • Live Action’s initial video is released.
  • Planned Parenthood and their shills in the media cry hoax and selective editing. Then, realizing the video is damning, Planned Parenthood fires the manager and claims to be shocked at this violation of organization policies.
  • Then, the next video comes out, killing any defense that this was a localized occurrence.

Today Live Action released video of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Virginia abetting teenage prostitution and covering up the sexual abuse of minors:

From Lila Rose’s post at Big Government:

Our investigative team has just released the second undercover video revealing Planned Parenthood counseling a pimp on how to obtain secret abortions for his under age sex slaves, by bypassing Virginia parental consent laws meant to protect children. In the footage, taken January 12, 2011, undercover actors tell the Planned Parenthood worker that they are involved in sex work, and manage 14 and 15 year old girls, “some of them from out of state, out of country.” The Planned Parenthood staffer assures him it is confidential, that “we see people here from all walks of life,” and goes on to coach the pimp how to obtain secret abortions for his sex slaves by circumventing Virginia law that require parental consent for underage abortions.

Rose and Live Action have forwarded the Virginia video and documentation to Commonwealth and federal authorities, requesting an investigation. While I still doubt the Feds will get on this (at least, not until it’s so big that even Holder and Obama can ignore it), VA Attorney General Cuccinelli has shown himself to be an aggressive prosecutor. A crucial question will be whether the staff at this clinic reported the crime.

Beyond just Virginia, however, the fact that that the violations appear to occur in multiple states raises legitimate questions about the national Planned Parenthood operation, possibly exposing them to conspiracy and racketeering charges. Especially if, as I suspect, this isn’t the last video.

Planned Parenthood gets over $300,000,000 per year of our tax dollars, and at least some of it appears to be being used to fund illegal abortions for minors and to facilitate sex-slavery. As these videos show, it’s well past time for House Republicans to start asking some very serious questions — and to defund Planned Parenthood.

LINKS: More at Hot Air.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


And the damage control begins

February 2, 2011

Planned Parenthood has fired the prostitution-abetting manager of the New Jersey clinic featured in yesterday’s post.

Let’s see if it does them any good.


Planned Parenthood abets teen prostitution?

February 1, 2011

Two years ago, Andrew Breitbart’s “Big” sites played a crucial role in bringing down ACORN by publicizing the willingness of several branch offices to facilitate teenage prostitution. The result was to turn ACORN politically radioactive and led to the cutoff of its federal funding.

Now, apparently, it’s the turn of Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry. In the following video, an investigative team lead by UCLA student Lila Rose exposes how a Planned Parenthood office was willing to cover for an abortion for a teenage hookers and even advised the “pimp” how he could keep his girls working in the trade after the procedure.

As Rose explains in her article:

Think about it. Where is a pimp going to send his victims if they get pregnant on the “job”? An abortion clinic, and preferably one that won’t ask any questions. What if those victims are young girls, kidnapped or drafted in from the US, or trafficked in from other nations? Planned Parenthood has demonstrated that they do not report abuse. They are experts at turning a blind eye and asking for “as little information as possible.

But would Planned Parenthood go as far as aiding and abetting the sex trafficking of underage girls?

This video reveals a top-level Planned Parenthood worker, the manager of Planned Parenthood of Central New Jersey’s second largest clinic, making a secret deal with a pimp. Watch and listen as the Planned Parenthood manager, Amy Woodruff, advises the pimp how to make the trafficking of underage girls look “as legit as possible” (her words). Watch and listen as the manager advises the pimp how to ensure that his 14-year old victims of trafficking can still make money for him after secret abortions by performing sex acts “waist up” (her idea). Watch as she advises the pimp to instruct his girls to lie on the paper work about their ages, and identify themselves as “students” to get cheaper contraception and avoid mandatory reporting laws.

Be sure to read the whole thing.

Rose demands a federal investigation of Planned Parenthood and calls on Congress to cut off their funding. While difficult to imagine, given the abortion industry’s strong support for the Democrats, don’t forget that it was a Democratic congress that felt forced to defund ACORN, no matter how temporary they tried to make it. With the Republicans now in charge of the House and a shaky Democratic majority in the Senate, Planned Parenthood’s portion of our tax dollars (and of those borrowed from China) is likely in grave danger.

As for a federal investigation, don’t expect it from Obama’s DoJ. But a Republican-chaired House committee should be able to throw a lot of light into corners Planned Parenthood would rather keep hidden. Given the documentary evidence Rose and Life Dynamics have compiled, Planned Parenthood will have a hard time arguing that the problem is just “one rogue clinic.”

Regardless of what one believes concerning the politics of abortion, polls show most Americans are opposed to federally funding it. (Planned Parenthood says otherwise.)  After this revelation, they may also come to oppose providing tax dollars for abortion counseling — or career counseling for teen prostitutes and their pimps.

UPDATE: More from Moe Lane and Hot Air, which notes in an update that the PP national office may have called the Feds.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Winner, “Hypocrite of the Year”

June 8, 2010

Okay, okay. There’s a lot of competition for this award, especially in politics and celebrity circles, but this has got to be one of the finalists:

Bill Clinton calls Louisiana senator ‘sinner’ in fundraising letter

Former President Clinton has sent out a fundraising letter on behalf of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee under his own name warning that Republicans are trying to “derail’ President Obama’s agenda.

Not much unexpected there.

But along with the letter, Clinton has included a flyer from the DSCC that’s bound to raise eyebrows.

“DSCC funds go towards efforts to unseat far-right Republican senators like admitted sinner David Vitter…” the flyer says, referring to the Louisiana senator who admitted patronizing a prostitution service when he was in the House.

Bill Clinton decrying someone else for being a sinner? Bill “Blue dress” Clinton? William Jefferson “I did not have sex with that woman” Clinton?? What was the DSCC thinking?

Someone check the exchanges, because I think he just cornered the market on brass.

What’s next? Eliot Spitzer denouncing someone for the sin of lust? John Edwards lecturing on fidelity? Barack Obama on not blaming others? Wait. Scratch that last one

Wow.

(via Ben Domenech)


FAA spends five million on hookers and booze

December 23, 2009

But, don’t worry. It was all part of their training, to make sure they were on the same page. Or something:

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) spent five million dollars this month to bring 3, 600 managers to a conference in Atlanta that FAA whistleblowers and critics say was little more than an excuse to throw a three-week-long Christmas party.

“It’s the wrong time to spend five million dollars on a Christmas party for anybody’s employees, especially in the government,” said Tom Schatz, the president of Citizens Against Government Waste, a non-profit watchdog group.

Undercover video to be broadcast tonight on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer shows FAA managers drinking heavily and making the rounds of Atlanta bars after a day of meetings.

One FAA manager told an ABC News undercover reporter, “Anytime you get a bunch of FAA guys together, it is nothing but a party.” Another said, “It beats being at work.”

The FAA says the purpose of the December meetings was to train managers on the new contract for air traffic controllers that went into effect on Oct. 1.

“This is worth it because we have to get the frontline managers on-board with what we’re trying to do,” said Hank Krakowski, the chief operating officer of the FAA’s Air Traffic Operations.

The FAA managers received $81 per day to spend on meals and personal expenses. The hotel room cost was $140 per night.

At the end of one day of meetings, an FAA manager said he and others were about to head out “to dance on tables shortly.” He boasted he was “almost arrested” for being drunk and “dancing on the tables” at the last such FAA managers gathering in St. Louis in 2006.

Another conference attendee asked a female ABC News undercover reporter if she was a “hooker” because “I was ready to reach for my wallet.”

Obviously, I went to work for the wrong employer. The best we get is a plate of cookies; the FAA gets a “spread the wealth” program for call-girls.

And, gee, do you think this will play well with a public already angry at a vastly expanding and expensive federal bureaucracy, in which jobs and salaries are skyrocketing during a severe recession?

Yeah. Me, too.  I dont know


Climategate: junk science, worthless data, and hookers

December 6, 2009

Head over to The Devil’s Kitchen to see what other techies think of what they’ve found in the program code leaked from the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit. Hint:  it ain’t pretty.

Data horribilia: the HARRY_READ_ME.txt file

…come with me on a wonderful journey as the CRU team realise that not only have they lost great chunks of data but also that their application suites and algorithms are total crap; join your humble Devil and Asimov as we dive into the HARRY_READ_ME.txt (thanks to The Englishman) file and follow the trials and tribulations of Ian “Harry” Harris as he tries to recreate the published data because he has nothing else to go on!

Thrill as he “glosses over” anomalies; let your heart sing as he gets some results to within 0.5 degrees; rejoice as Harry points out that everything is undocumented and that, generally speaking, he hasn’t got the first clue as to what’s going on with the data!

Chuckle as one of CRU’s own admits that much of the centre’s data and applications are undocumented, bug-ridden, riddled with holes, missing, uncatalogued and, in short, utterly worthless.

And wonder as you realise that this was v2.10 and that, after this utter fiasco, CRU used the synthetic data and wonky algorithms to produce v3.0!

You’ll laugh! You’ll cry! You won’t wonder why CRU never wanted to release the data! You will wonder why we are even contemplating restructuring the world economy and wasting trillions of dollars on the say-so of data this bad.

By all rights this should be the end of the global warming myth, but true believers (and those with a financial interest) will carry on. They’ll say all the right things about settled science and impending doom at the Copenhagen conference this month, maybe even come up with a “programme of action,” but, in the end, they’re like Prince Prospero and his guests at the grand ball, trying vainly to ignore the doom that stalks them.

Oh, well. At least they can console themselves with free sex.

RELATED: NASA is fudging (to put it nicely) the data, too. Marc Sheppard on Understanding Climategate’s Hidden Decline. William Jacobsen explains why 56 newspapers worldwide will lie to you tomorrow about global warming. More on that from Sister Toldjah. Michelle Malkin calls them 56 Chicken-Littles.


Grinding the ACORN

November 23, 2009

Oh, dear. It looks like Breitbart isn’t done beating ACORN like a redheaded stepchild. This time, they’ve been caught dumping thousands of sensitive documents ahead of a possible investigation by the California Attorney-General’s office:

On October 1st, 2009 California Attorney General Jerry Brown announced that an investigation had been opened into ACORN’s activities in California, resulting from undercover videos showing employees seemingly offering to assist the undercover film makers with human smuggling, child prostitution and even tax advice to boot.

Although ACORN has denied any wrongdoing, some of the employees involved were terminated, and ACORN has publicly stated that they would fully cooperate with any investigations that followed.

(…)

Shockingly, we now learn that the ACORN office in National City (San Diego County) engaged in a massive document dump on the evening of October 9th, containing thousands upon thousands of sensitive documents, just days prior to the Attorney General’s visit.

BigGovernment.com has learned that not only did this document dump occur, but the documents in question were irresponsibly and brazenly dumped in a public dumpster, without considering laws and regulations as to how sensitive information should be treated.

(…)

Documents shared with BigGovernment.com include information exposing not only the inner workings of ACORN in California, but also personal, sensitive information belonging to employees, members and clients of ACORN. ACORN and its few remaining defenders insist that the “good” ACORN provides outweighs the transgressions exposed in the recent undercover video sting. But, ACORN’s massive dumping of these documents and the cavalier manner in which it betrayed the trust of its supporters betrays that talking point. (Unlike ACORN, we have redacted sensitive and personal information.)

ACORN’s political agenda is also exposed, with thousands upon thousands of documents revealing the depth of the political machine that is ACORN, and its disturbing ties to not only public employee labor unions but some of the most radical leftist organizations.

Read the whole thing. You’d think they’d at least have learned from Enron to shred the documents they’re illegally disposing of. That they didn’t means this promises to be another bad week for ACORN and its allies, which in turn means more entertainment for us.

Pass the popcorn.


Breitbart torpedoes ACORN again

October 21, 2009

Right below the waterline. Undercover journalists James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles suckered the ACORN office in Philadelphia with a story about wanting to set up a house of prostitution and import underage Salvadoran girls to work it. When earlier ACORN prostitution scandals broke out, officials and defenders of the organization loudly claimed that O’Keefe and Giles had been kicked out of the Philly office and that they had been refused help for their criminal scheme. Well… judge for yourself:

Note: I’ve been told the audio is blanked when the ACORN employees are speaking because of Pennsylvania wiretap laws. This sets up an interesting dilemma: ACORN is sure to deny they did anything wrong, so Breitbart, O’Keefe, and Giles can counter by saying “Fine. Give us permission to unblock the audio and let the world hear who’s lying.” It’s effectively a trap for ACORN, and I’d be shocked if they agreed to such an offer.

It’s so much fun watching a criminal racket that’s been raping our electoral system go down in flames. popcorn

ADDENDUM: Note how bad this made the press look, too, for repeating ACORN’s lies without question.

LINKS: More at Hot Air.


Sunday funny

September 27, 2009

From the pen of Joe Heller of the Green Bay Press-Gazette:

acorn


The Downfall of ACORN

September 19, 2009

These Hitler-rant clips from the movie Downfall have become probably the most-popular vehicle for satire on the Web today. Here’s another, this one skewering ACORN for getting caught abetting child-prostitution and tax-evasion:

(Courtesy of Russ via Rocketman)


White House recruiting for ACORN?

September 18, 2009

Big Government continues their war on ACORN today by showing how the Federal government’s serve.gov web site is recruiting volunteers and paid canvassers for ACORN: Taxpayer Funded Serve.gov Filtering Activists to ACORN

The Obama Administration has placed a large premium on what it calls “national service.” It has launched a website, www.Serve.gov, that is reported to act as a clearing house for Americans eager to “give back” to their communities. Unfortunately, Americans looking for an opportunity to volunteer may get something they weren’t expecting.

(…)

So after they assist you in procuring housing for your brothel of underage girls, ACORN can also assist you in skirting your taxes, in keeping with the law of probability.

Big Government’s Dana Loesch also points out that serve.gov is supervised by the Corporation for National and Community Service, which is deeply implicated in the simmering Inspectors-General scandals.

Given ACORN’s history of thuggery-for-hire, electoral corruption, and now suborning teen prostitution,  and bearing in mind the President’s close ties to the group, perhaps the White House should rethink which “opportunities” it promotes to eager volunteers.

LINKS: A Pennsylvania angle at The Jawa Report.


The Audacity of Hos

September 16, 2009

Jon Stewart covers the ACORN scandal the legacy media wouldn’t touch.

EDIT: Replaced the link with one that actually works, thanks to Porkchop.


It can only be racism

September 11, 2009

For FOX News to cover the scandals at ACORN, there can be only one motive: RAAAAACISM!!

Yeesh. That race card must be dog-eared by now.  Rolling Eyes

UPDATE: The Baltimore videos.


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