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Science and the heartbeat laws.

Featured today was the story of a little girl who was born prematurely at 23 weeks due to maternal complications and weighed less than a pound at birth.

She went home yesterday at five pounds and was described as “healthy.”

This obviously isn’t the norm, but just as obviously, she wasn’t a lump of dough or an amorphous conglomeration of unrelated cells at 23 weeks .

And that brings up a problem for both pro and anti-abortion believers, especially the third trimester groups.

It would seem to be common sense that if it is illegal to kill a child surviving on its own, then any fetus who could become a viable baby outside the mother’s womb, even if it requires  medical care post-birth is just as illegal.

The obvious goal of the so-called heartbeat bills is to effectively outlaw abortions, since many women, especially if they tend to have irregular periods, wouldn’t even know they were pregnant at 6 weeks. Thus, they could be jailed for committing a “crime” they didn’t even know they were committing.

Even if you are pro-choice, it’s hard to justify abortion rights by saying that the only “person” affected is the woman, especially if the fetus is past 24 weeks along, and this little girl, who is certainly a person, is the proof of the pudding. There is the baby, and usually there is a father in the picture too, unless the baby was the product of rape or incest.

At some point, Roe v Wade is going to have to be addressed again.

Many anti-abortion people are also against artificial birth control, which seems incredibly strange.  After all, the best way to make abortion unnecessary is to not get pregnant in the first place.

The heartbeat bills are not the answer, but having unprotected sex and then having an abortion on demand  to “cure” the resulting pregnancy isn’t either.

This whole mess needs a lot more thought than we give it now.

 

 

 

Mueller, in his own words.

If you have read the entire Mueller report (and we have), this in-person address was one way of saying “Nothing new to see here, folks.”

We are making the supposition that this public address was Mueller’s way of satisfying the calls for his public testimony, as well as saying that this is all he would say even if subpoenaed by Congress.

Still, tone and attitude does convey a nuance to the message.

Whether you read the report or just listened to him today it is clear that he and presumably his team desperately wanted to find evidence of conspiracy  (collusion) with the Russians.

Based on his reiteration of the OLC (Office of Legal Counsel) opinion that you cannot indict a sitting President, one wonders why he spent so much time and money trying to implicate Trump and his campaign members  in a Russian conspiracy.

Please note that the OLC opinion only applies to Presidents, not their campaign staff.

Mueller could have charged and  indicted anyone else in Trump’s campaign, from the Trump sons to the pilot of his personal jet, IF there was any evidence. That is presumably why AG Barr said no campaign member was found to have colluded with the Russians.

Note that the Russians themselves were charged and indicted, for all the good that does at this point.

The best the Mueller team could do was to charge some campaign members with unrelated crimes such as tax evasion (Bannon) that happened years before there even was a Trump campaign, or suck them into a perjury trap after the campaign.

If Papadopoulos was indeed set up by a human FBI or CIA asset, that does put a different spin on things, but that’s yet to be proven.

So much for “collusion.”

That leaves much of America asking how Trump could have “obstructed” investigation into a crime that doesn’t exist.

So why was all the ink, time and money used to create “volume 2?” Perhaps it was a “matter” of justification.

The bad thing is, none of this will change very many people’s opinion of the President.

Does that mean this is over?  Dream on, little ones.

The Dems will drop this when Trump draws his last breath on this earth, even if he lives to be 100.

Quite frankly this has become boring as hell.

The haters will continue to hate, and his supporters will vote the President back into office in 2020, assuming they aren’t numerically in the minority or the system isn’t corrupted by states voting to throw all their electoral votes to whomever has the most votes in their state.

In short, Washington is still the 21st century national version of Tammany Hall in the USA and will remain that way until we get short term limits in place.

One thing Mueller was right about.  We do need to slap the Russian, Ukrainian and Latin American communists down, hard and often.

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For those who asked, yes, we’ve missed a few days here and there. That’s partly due to this writer trying to baby an old back injury, and partly because there is no reason to parrot the news and opinion media.

As we noted all this impeachment drama isn’t so much dramatic as boring, and we hate to do boring.

That said, if there is something worth writing about, we’ll be here. At the present time, it’s too early to focus on just one Democrat, but there are a few, like Biden, Buttigieg, Harris, and a few others that are worth wasting a little ink on even at this early stage.

All engines – full stop.

Did Dems just go a step too far?

As you may have heard, less than an hour before a previously scheduled meeting between President Trump and Democrat leaders to discuss infrastructure, Nancy Pelosi popped off that the President is engaged in a cover-up.

She didn’t say what he was supposedly covering up, but apparently she was referring to his objections to the Dems staging a rerun of the Mueller probe.

Needless to say, that went over about as gracefully as a pregnant pole vaulter. In short, the President was pissed.

The upshot was that when Pelosi and Schumer got to the White House he told them that they could legislate or investigate, but not both at the same time.

Apparently their answer to that was that the investigation would go on, and the President turned on his heel and left.  Duration of meeting?  About five minutes.

For their part, the two Dems then went on camera to say that they didn’t have the meeting because the President didn’t know how infrastructure  could be funded, and was therefore afraid to have the discussion.

Huh?

Just how stupid do Democrats think we are? Wait, don’t answer that. They think we are dumber than a post.

We know that aside from finding absolutely no evidence that anyone in the Trump campaign or subsequently his administration “colluded” with Russia, Mueller’s merry band of investigators also failed to stretch his investigation out  long enough, i.e., a lot closer to the 2020 election.

Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX-18th) says she has the paperwork ready to introduce today or tomorrow to begin impeachment proceedings, although Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI- 12th), whose job it is to whip votes for things like this, would not say whether the House has enough votes to get it passed.

We are in the camp of “defecate or get off the pot.” or if not, just shut up altogether.

 

Should Dems bench Nadler?

You occasionally hear murmers that Jerrold Nadler and President Trump have had a long-running personal feud, dating back to the late 1980’s.

That may well account for some of the things Nadler does that seem to be completely off the wall, to the point that it makes some Democrats look like a deranged band of howler monkeys, screaming for impeachment.

Nancy Pelosi is apparently going to have another little sit-down with that group tomorrow, but anyone watching the constant haranguing knows that moving for impeachment now would most surely all but guarantee a Trump win next year.

Seniority and longevity would make it all but impossible to remove Nadler from his position, but you have to wonder if the Speaker of the House sometimes wants to just lock him in a closet somewhere.

One of those times might be today, as Nadler made all sorts of wild-eyed threats against both Don McGhan and President Trump this morning.

Just about every President has at one time or another ignored a subpoena  from Congress, and so far as we know, none were impeached for doing so.

To most people, it makes no sense at all for Democrats to try to engineer a do-over of the Mueller investigation,  especially when doing so means that the Dems will not be working on anything voters really care about.

We are setting up one of the the same scenarios that torqued voter’s jaws tight almost three years ago, and that is that politicians are always putting off acting on real issues because there is another damn election about to take place.

It will interesting to see what Madam Pelosi has to say to her cubs tomorrow, assuming that it leaks as quickly as things usually do on the Hill.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cruising the news.

We hate to agree with Alyssa Milano about anything, but she’s right about one answer to abortion on demand…keep your legs closed  (and carry a good, sharp knife) and you’ll probably never need to worry about abortion.

While the majority of us understand that a developing fetus is not a lump of bread dough rising in a woman’s abdomen, one wonders if prohibiting abortions before most women even know they are pregnant might be a step too far.

Seriously though, is abortion really a Federal problem? Just because Roe v Wade was decided in a Federal court, does that make it a Federal problem?  It seems as though some states back freedom of choice while others are so rigid that they are demanding no abortions, ever.

Only 38 out of 50 states have laws on the books that consider the fetus a separate being if a woman is murdered.

Just wonderin’.

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And then there’s immigration, and the ridiculous stand of Democrats, who refuse to even consider using Trump’s proposal as a starting point for adult conversation on the subject.

What the (bleep) is so hard to understand about illegal?

As soon as the subject of merit-based legal immigration comes up, some drooling Dem will trot out the rusty old argument that early in our history we didn’t have any restrictions by merit.

First, that’s absolutely untrue, and second, things have changed.

At first the government was simply looking to find enough bodies to populate the states and territories, but even then you couldn’t enter if you were sick, or didn’t have any skills at all.

This ain’t Disneyland, folks, and besides, you have to be able to pay to go there too.

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And last but not least, Bill De Blasio finally got around to declaring he was in on the run for the presidency.

Whoopee.   No wonder everyone thinks Biden will win the primaries.

Another Obama surrogate?

Seeing as how even the most “woke” Democrats can’t find a way to put Hillary Clinton back on the ticket for 2020, they’re running the next best thing –  Joe Biden.

Biden is essentially the closest thing now that the Obama Democrats have to another Obama term, which is what Hillary was.

There’s no doubt that Joe Biden will come across better than Hillary did, unless of course he leanns too far left and insults the blue collar Democrats too. That’s unlikely, because his stock in trade has always been his ability to scam, er, cultivate the working class.

The Real Clear Politics average ranking has Biden ahead of Bernie by 13 points.  Other polls have Biden up by as much as 18 points over Bernie, with the rest of the pack struggling to get into double digits.

Not that polls matter at this stage of the game anyway. With 23 Democratic candidates all in the hunt it’s amazing that anyone is in double digits.

What is interesting is that Biden, at least as of now, is at best a middle of the road liberal, and he’s smart enough not to try to out-Bernie the self-avowed Democratic Socialist. Biden will be all in on single-payer healthcare, but less so on supporting a guaranteed income or taking people’s  gasoline burning cars away from them, at least pre-election.

And that’s what gives him his appeal.  Various polls rank Bernie-ism as popular with only about 25% of probable Democrat voters.

To those voters who find Trump just a classic boor, Biden knows when to be just one of the boys remember ( ‘This is a big f—ing deal’), and when to present himself more elegantly.

True, he can’t help being an old white guy, but stacked up against Trump, he offers a flashback to Obama, and a less irritating version of both Sanders and Trump.

Still the first primary is still more than half a year away, and who knows who or what will crawl out of the woodwork to run between now and then (think de Blasio)?

 

Dems still looking for dirt.

An article in Politico today that outlines one of the legal tiffs going on over Congress’ attempts to subpoena the President’s tax returns shows that Dems are still obsessed with their Manchurian candidate theory.

A lot of people have wondered out loud why Congress should give a damn about how much money the President made or even lost before becoming President. So did the judge.

The counsel for the House enumerated among other things that it would show whether the President was “…under the thumb of a foreign power…” before running for office.

The House Dems are apparently pursuing Trump’s pre-election taxes on the say-so of the convicted liar, Michael Cohen, who has apparently told them that Trump overstated the value of his real estate holdings in order to get a loan to buy the Buffalo Bills football team.

Considering the amount of money likely involved in that transaction, you would think that even a bank as large as Deutsche Bank would have at least taken a long hard look at the collateral presented to it to confirm Trump’s stated net worth before tackling the request.

At this point, no one should be bewildered about any Democrat’s desire to “get” the President.

If Congress wants to add tax returns or other financial disclosures, such as a cash flow statement, to the three requirements already in the Constitution, they should pass a bill to add the financial information to the required qualifications, not just for the President but for any elected officer.

We might all benefit from checking out the financials of Biden, O’Rourke, or even Schumer, Pelosi, Elijah Cummings or any other congressional office holder.