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Standing Heads #1

In the news business, stories so predictable they can be stored for filler articles on dull news days are called, “Standing Heads.”

Here’s one today that we could write ourselves without knowing even one detail.

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Breitbart: TWO DEAD, FIVE INJURED IN PAIR OF SHOOTINGS OUTSIDE RAP CONCERTS

Two people were killed and five injured, three critically, after a pair of shootings outside rap concerts in Toronto and Holmdel, New Jersey late Monday night into Tuesday.


Blah blah blah, “rap concert shooting…” “can’t understand why…” “just getting his life together…”

No offense is intended toward the great writing of Danial Nussbaum. It’s just that the story (not the writing) is so predictable my eyes roll when I hear it.

To all the Hip-Hop thugs out there, you are nothing if not boring.

Planned Parenthood counsels teen to defecate and urinate on sexual partner

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Katie Yoder reports for Newsbusters, July 17, 2015, that the pro-life group Live Action released an undercover video of a Live Action investigator posing as a 15-year-old minor being instructed in the following “sex-ed” by Planned Parenthood (PP) counselors in Colorado:

  • sexual bondage and sadomasochism, as in 50 Shades of Grey.
  • visits to sex stores to “get educated”.
  • defecating (aka “brown showers”) and urinating (aka “golden showers”) on men as “normal sexual exploration” that “can be really fun.” The counselor said, “There are so many different fetishes out there. Like, some guys like for women to urinate on them [or] pooping.”

Here’s the video:

Only conservative media found the film worth reporting. A search of Nexis showed how the (usually outspoken) liberal-leaning news outlets as well as the three broadcast networks offered no commentary on Planned Parenthood’s latest sex “education” lesson to American teenagers.

This particular PP Colorado clinic received additional taxpayer funding for teen sex education through Obamacare.

Oh, and one more thing: Planned Parenthood don’t really do mammograms with the tax dollars they get.

Also, the effort to defund Planned Parenthood — which, in addition to advising teens to defecate and urinate on other human beings, sells aborted babies’ body parts for profit — is dead in Congress. The Demonrats have defeated a Senate bill to defund this ghoulish, utterly revolting taxpayer-supported nationwide organization. Both Obama and Hillary Clinton remain strong supporters of taxpayers funding Planned Parenthood.

H/t FOTM’s MomOfIV

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~Éowyn

Culture of Death: Healthy woman commits suicide because she doesn’t want to become a “burden”

Gill Pharaoh and her husband

Gill Pharaoh and her husband

Daily Mail: A healthy former nurse chose to end her life at a Swiss suicide clinic because she did not want to become a burden on her family or the NHS. Gill Pharaoh, 75, was not suffering from a terminal illness but decided she did not want to depend on others by becoming frail in old age.

The former palliative nurse, from north London, travelled to the Dignitas-style Lifecircle clinic in Basel for her assisted suicide on July 21. She travelled there with her husband, John, and spent the evening before her death having a ‘tranquil’ meal on the banks of the Rhine.

In a blog post two months before she died, Mrs. Pharaoh explained why she had chosen to die.  ‘Until I was seventy I was very fit and able to fully participate in any activity I wanted to do. I felt I could still be busy and useful and fairly productive. Then I had a severe attack of Shingles and it all changed. At seventy five I am told I look ok and I take no medication.

‘However, I feel my life is complete and I am ready to die. My family are well and happy – their lives are full and busy. I can no longer walk the distances I used to enjoy so the happy hours spent exploring the streets of London are just a memory now.’

The mother-of-two explained that she did not want to become an ‘old lady blocking beds in a hospital ward’. She wrote: ‘I have had to make my exit while I am in my right mind and capable of doing so without too much assistance, because I am afraid of compromising the people around me whom I love.’

‘I have had to do this outside my home, and without telling too many people for the same reason. I have written my goodbyes and tidied my life and hope I have managed to exit as unobtrusively as possible. I have always held a donor card but that will be redundant now.

‘If I could have booked my death quite openly, I could have had a party before I died, in the way that people have done, and continue to do, in Switzerland and other places. ‘In which case, perhaps any of my body parts that could be reused could be collected immediately. I could also be sure that I will never be an old lady blocking beds in a hospital ward. This would save the NHS a fortune.

Speaking to the Sunday Times weeks before her death, Mrs. Pharaoh said she wanted to end her life because she knew how frail she was becoming. ‘I have looked after people who are old, on and off, all my life. I have always said, “I am not getting old. I do not think old age is fun”.

‘I know that I have gone just over the hill now. It is not going to start getting better. I do not want people to remember me as a sort of old lady hobbling up the road with a trolley.’

Mrs. Pharaoh spent her last day with her husband, John, dining by the Rhine in Basel. He said it was ‘enjoyable’ and that he chose not to spoil their last evening together by being ’emotional and heavy’.

Before her journey to Switzerland, Mrs. Pharaoh told her children, Mark and Caron, who did not find it easy to cope. She said: ‘It is not his [John’s] choice at all and my kids are backing me, although it is not their choice. My daughter is a nurse and she said, “Intellectually, I know where you are coming from but emotionally, I am finding it really hard”, and I know she is.’

Yes, best to off yourself to save NHS a fortune…so their employees can retire with six-figure pensions.

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Canceled by TLC, Duggars beg fans for cash

I don’t have cable TV and have never watched the 19 Kids And Counting reality show of the Duggars, a family of devout Christians (Independent Baptists) who frequently discussed values of purity, modesty, and faith in God. But I know about them.

This is for Duggar fans.

The Duggars

Radar Online reports, July 28, 2015, that “Thanks to their former lucrative TLC contracts, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar are reportedly millionaires.”

In May, however, the family’s vocally-Christian image took a hit when a leaked police report revealed that son of Jim and Michelle and father of four Josh, 27, had been accused of molesting five minor females, including at least two of his sisters, when he was a teen in 2002 and 2003.

Two months later, TLC officially cancelled the moneymaking TV show— leaving the family without their main source of income.

Now the Duggars are begging fans for financial support. On their official YouTube page, Duggar Studios, the family is asking for donations so the kids can create “fresh quality content” on their video site — “Every contribution is helpful, big or small.”

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But Radar Online maintains the videos, featuring the children playing basketball and going to the dentist, don’t seem to require much of a budget. Also, video clips are only uploaded to the account once every few months.

Daughter Jill, 23, and husband Deryck Dillard, 26, recently were criticized for asking fans for financial donations for their first long-term mission trip— but refused to divulge details on how the money would be spent.

19 Kids And Counting (and its former incarnations 17 Kids and Counting and 18 Kids and Counting) aired on the cable channel TLC for 7 years. The show was TLC’s most popular, averaging 2.3 million viewers per new episode in Season 10, and scoring in the Nielsen “Cable Top 25″.

People magazine says TLC paid the Duggars $25,000 to $45,000 per episode and that the family made $25 million a year from TLC, endorsements, speaking engagements and book deals. According to an entry in Wikipedia that cited various sources, in addition to the income from their reality show, the Duggars also have income from rental proceeds of commercial properties they own. 

And yet they’re trawling fans for donations!

~Éowyn

Heartbreaking: Immigrants object to growing use of ankle monitors after detention

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LA Times: The Honduran woman and her 11-year-old son were just preparing to leave the detention center in remote Karnes City, Texas, and rejoin family in Chicago, when officials sprang a surprise on her.

After spending two months at the facility, the woman faced a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent insisting she accept an electronic ankle monitor as a condition of her release.

No, this is unjust. I don’t want you to put it on,” said the 32-year-old woman, who asked to be identified only by her first name, Nely, due to her pending immigration case. The official, she recalled, told her: “We give you free food, free clothing, a place to sleep. So you just need to deal with it.”

GPS ankle monitors are becoming standard equipment for immigration officials along the border. In July, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, used about 9,300 ankle monitors at a time — 40% more than about six months ago. They are run by a government contractor, BI Inc., a subsidiary of the country’s second-largest prison company, which also operates immigration detention centers.

Officials say the monitors are a cheap and effective way to ensure that immigrants released from detention attend court hearings.

The monitors cost an average of $5 a day per person, according to an ICE spokesman, and are part of the agency’s Alternatives to Detention program, which also may require immigrants to report by phone or in person. In contrast, detention costs an average of $130 per day per person, and can cost over $330 at some detention centers.

It’s not clear how effective ankle monitors are. Last week, officials stopped releasing figures for how many immigrants wearing the devices show up in court, saying they were trying to verify data.

Immigrants, who call the monitors grilletes, or shackles, complain that they are uncomfortable, inconvenient and carry a stigma. “They feel like a criminal,” said Sister Norma Pimentel, who runs an immigrant aid center on the Texas border, in McAllen. “They say, ‘How will I be able to work with that?’ They pray they don’t get it.”

The ankle monitors are part of the government effort to handle the surge of thousands of children and families, mostly Central Americans, who have been crossing into the U.S. for more than a year.

The U.S. went from one 95-bed immigrant family detention center in Pennsylvania to three, the two newest in Karnes City and Dilley, Texas. By year’s end, the centers will have a total of 3,700 beds. There are now about 1,700 adults and children in family detention. As it has expanded, family detention has also increasingly come under attack by immigration lawyers, advocacy groups and lawmakers, who have pressured ICE to release more immigrants.

In June, Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson announced several changes to family detention, including releasing on reasonable bonds and with ankle monitors family members found to have a fear of persecution in their home countries.

Johnson told the House Judiciary Committee that ICE was “ramping up” its use of ankle monitors and intended to more than double the total number monitored, from 23,000 last year to 53,000 in 2016. Ankle monitors are not issued to those under 18, pregnant women or others with “significant medical issues.”

ICE officials say ankle monitors are used “on a case-by-case basis with a priority for detention of serious criminal offenders and other individuals who pose a significant threat to public safety. Those who are not subject to mandatory detention and don’t pose a threat to the community may be placed on some form of supervision.”

But immigrant advocates argue that many detainees are coerced into wearing them. Last week, the CARA Pro Bono Legal Project in Dilley and other immigrant lawyers’ groups sent a letter to ICE Director Sarah Saldaña demanding the agency stop using the monitors.

In a motion also filed last week, they allege ICE officials recently summoned about 100 immigrant women in the detention center at Dilley to makeshift trailer courtrooms and urged them to sign paperwork to be released with ankle monitors in lieu of bond.

Several of the women filed affidavits saying they had been forced to accept ankle monitors. “I signed it because I am desperate to get out of here. My son has been extremely ill,” a Guatemalan woman wrote in one of the affidavits.

ICE spokeswoman Gillian Christensen says they are reviewing the claims.

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Reno City Hall replaced American flag with LGBT flag

Last Sunday, July 26, 2015, someone in the city government of Reno, Nevada, saw fit to replace the American flag on top of City Hall with the LGBT rainbow flag.

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KTVN CBS2 reports that the LGBT flag was in recognition of a “gay pride” celebration that weekend.

Many locals expressed concerns over the American flag’s removal. By that evening, around 9:00 p.m., the LGBT flag was taken down and the American Flag was put back in its place.

The City of Reno released this statement:

“The city of Reno honors and respects the men and women who serve our country and we apologize to those we may have offended. While we made an error in not flying the American flag along with the pride flag, when we discovered we were not flying both, we immediately returned to flying the American flag. Neither the Mayor nor City Council was aware we were not flying the American flag. The City was proud to participate in pride weekend and will continue to celebrate our diverse community.”

Reno’s mayor Hillary Schieve also released a statement:

“I was alerted tonight that the US flag was not flying over City Hall. I can most certainly see why people would be offended or upset. I did not order that the American flag be taken down. I have asked that the flag be put back immediately! It was certainly not the city’s intention to be disrespectful and never should have happened. I will take full responsibility since I represent this city. I have family members who have served and I know the importance of the ultimate sacrifice they have made for our country. I am very proud to be an American and we should always support our troops and veterans no matter what. I too am offended and there is no excuse for this. Those who have served deserve the highest respect for their service. My sincerest apologies!!!”

Notice that neither the city’s nor the mayor’s statement mentioned anything about finding the person responsible for replacing our country’s flag with the flag of lesbians, homosexuals, bisexuals and transgenders. Nor is it at all clear what Mayor Schieve means by her taking “full responsibility” for the incident. Those words are now spoken by every politician, who then did absolutely nothing, making “full responsibility” empty of meaning.

Why would any city government fly the American flag along side the LGBT flag anyway?

If Reno were to host a Christian event, would the city government have flown a flag of the cross? The answer is:

Never in a million years.

H/t FOTM’s maziel

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~Éowyn

Boy Scouts of America goes homo despite evidence of homosexuals being more prone to pedophilia

On July 27, 2015, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) National Executive Board voted 45-12 to lift the organization’s ban on openly-homosexual adult leaders and employees. 

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Two months before, BSA President (and former defense secretary in the Obama and Bush administrations) Robert Gates already had sent a signal. Notwithstanding the Supreme Court’s 2000 ruling in Boy Scouts of America v. Dale that BSA, and all similar private voluntary organizations, have the constitutionally protected right under the First Amendment of freedom of association to set membership standards, Gates nevertheless declared that it was time to end the ban on “gay” leaders because it “cannot be sustained” any longer.

BSA’s lifting of its ban means that homosexual men who are sexually attracted to young boys are now welcome in a national organization of over 2.6 million Scouts, whose activities include campouts where the leaders are in intimate proximity to the boys.

Even before the ban was lifted, there have been countless cases of sexual abuse of Scouts.

According to Stephen Baldwin, in 1993, BSA was ordered to turn over 25,000 pages of documents to the plaintiff — a California family who sued BSA for exposing their son to a Scout leader who had molested him. The documents revealed that thousands of boys had been molested by Scout leaders and other volunteers between 1971 and 1991 resulting in the expulsion of over 1,800 Scout volunteers for pedophilia. Some Scout leaders molested over 40 boys before getting caught. Many, once caught, simply moved to a different Scout troop and continued abusing boys.

Note: Stephen Baldwin is a long time author, researcher, and speaker on homosexual issues, and the executive director of the Council for National Policy in Washington, D.C. Elected to the California State Assembly in 1994, Baldwin chaired the Assembly Education Committee where he fought the homosexual community’s efforts to insert pro-gay curriculum into California’s public schools.

Baldwin’s assertion is corroborated by Minneapolis Post, which reported that on October 19, 2012, forced by another court order, BSA released over 20,000 pages of documentation on 1,200 reported child sexual abuse cases within the organization in 20 years, from 1965 to 1985.

The latest BSA sex abuse lawsuit was filed by a man, John Doe 153, who accuses BSA for failing to protect him decades ago against a former St. Paul adult scout leader, Leland “Lee” Opalinski. The lawsuit claims that Opalinski repeatedly had “sexual contact … [and] penetration” with JD153 when he was 12 to 16 years old. Opalinski has been named in three other civil suits against BSA.

Baldwin, in his report “Child Molestation and the Homosexual Movement” published in v. 14 of the Regent University Law Review, provides extensive and compelling evidence of homosexual men’s propensity to pedophilia:

1. Research on the homosexual “lifestyle” confirms it is almost exclusively a youth oriented culture. Very few gays exhibit a preference for older men. Some admit to a focus on teenage boys, some on prepubescent boys, and many cross over between categories.

2. Scientific studies found that homosexuals molest children, especially male children, at a rate vastly higher than heterosexuals:

  • Homosexuals account for between 25% and 40% of all child molestation, according to psychologist Paul Cameron, founder of Family Research Institute, in a 1985 Psychological Reports article, after reviewing more than 19 different academic reports and peer-reviewed studies.
  • Homosexuals account for 86% of all male child molestation, according to Erickson, Walbek, Sely, in a 1988 Archives of Sexual Behavior article.
  • Since homosexuals account for only 2% of the population, this means that a child molester is 10 to 20 times more likely to be homosexual than heterosexual. This is confirmed by an article by 7 sex researchers in the Archives of Sexual Behavior in 2000, which concluded that “around 25-40% of men attracted to children prefer boys. Thus the rate of homosexual attraction is 6-20 times higher among pedophiles.” In a 1992 study published in the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, sex researchers K. Freud and R. I. Watson found that homosexual males are three times more likely than straight men to engage in pedophilia and that the average pedophile victimizes between 20 and 150 boys before being arrested.
  • A survey conducted by homosexual activists and researchers Jay and Young found that 73% of  homosexuals had had sex with boys 16 to 19 years of age or younger.
  • Most pedophiles are homosexual. In a 1988 study published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, 86% of pedophiles described themselves as homosexual or bisexual.

3. Given homosexual men’s propensity toward pedophilia, it is no surprise that mainstream homosexual culture promotes sex with children:

  • Homosexuals are driving the worldwide campaign to lower the legal age of consent.
  • Homosexual publications claim sex with children is not harmful to children but, as stated in one journal, “constitute an aspect of gay and lesbian life.” Some examples:
    • The Journal of Homosexuality, the premier academic journal of the mainstream homosexual world, published a special double issue entitled, Male Intergenerational Intimacy, containing dozens of articles portraying sex between men and minor boys as loving relationships. One article states that parents should view the pedophile who loves their son “not as a rival or competitor, not as a theft of their property, but as a partner in the boy’s upbringing, someone to be welcomed into their home.”
    • BLK, a leading black homosexual publication, defended pedophilia with an article entitled, “Must Men Who Love Boys Be Guilty of Sexual Misconduct?”
    • San Francisco’s leading homosexual newspaper, The Sentinel, editorialized that “The love between man and boys is at the foundation of homosexuality.”
    • In 1995, the homosexual magazine Guide stated: “We can be proud that the gay movement has been home to the few voices who have had the courage to say out loud that children are naturally sexual, that they deserve the right to sexual expression with whoever they choose …[w]e must listen to our prophets. Instead of fearing being labeled pedophiles, we must proudly proclaim that sex is good, including children’s sexuality …. We must do it for the children’s sake.”

4. Other indicators of homosexual men’s interest in sex with children:

  • A 1995 content analysis, by Dr. Judith Reisman of the Institute for Media Education, of advertisements in the U.S.’s most influential homosexual newspaper, The Advocate, found many personal ads soliciting boy prostitutes. The newspaper also advertises a “Penetrable Boy Doll… available in 3 provocative positions.”
  • NAMBLA and other pro-pedophile literature can be found wherever homosexuals congregate (homosexual bookstores, bathhouses, festivals, gay bars, etc.).
  • Mainstream homosexual conferences commonly feature speeches about “intergenerational sex.” For example, the 2001 annual National Gay Lesbian Task Force Convention featured workshops entitled “Your Eyes Say Yes But the Law Says No” and “Drag 101: How to Turn Kids in Make-up into Kings and Queens.”
  • Homosexual newspapers and travel publications carry ads for sex tours to Burma, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and other countries infamous for boy prostitution. Published exposés on such tours by former homosexuals reveal that thousands of American gay men are patronizing boy prostitutes around the world.
  • Thousands of homosexual sites on the Internet promote sex with young boys and/or contain child pornography. In fact, mainstream homosexual groups filed suit to block a Virginia law, passed in 2001, that restricted Internet use harmful to children, such as chat rooms commonly used by pedophiles.

5. All of which is why homosexuals are driving the worldwide movement to lower the age of (sexual) consent:

  • As far back as 1972, the mainstream National Coalition of Gay Organizations adopted a ‘gay rights platform’ that included a demand to ‘repeal all laws governing the age of sexual consent.’
  • Homosexual activists within the United Nations are lobbying to give sexual rights to underage children.
  • In England, the campaign is being led by Outrage! and Stonewall, both homosexual organizations.
  • The Dutch homosexual group, Association for the Integration of Homosexuality, has succeeded in lowering the age of legal sex to 12 (!) in Holland.

Baldwin observes that we are seeing the results of homosexuals’ success in transforming U.S. culture:

  • Sharp increase in the number of boy prostitutes who identify themselves as homosexuals, from 10% to 60% in just 15 years, according to child prostitution expert Dr. Jennifer James.
  • Young males getting AIDS: The Journal of the American Medical Association reported that 50% of male AIDS victims reported having sex with an adult male by the age of 16, and 20% had sex with an adult male by the age of 10. The Center of Disease Control (CDC) reported that in 2000, there were 31,293 AIDS cases in the 13-24-age category, and that half of the 13-24 age group HIV victims were infected with the disease as a result of sex with adult men.

Baldwin warns:

“It is time to acknowledge that homosexual behavior threatens the foundation of Western civilization — the nuclear family. An unmistakable manifestation of the attack on the family unit is the homosexual community’s efforts to target children both for their own sexual pleasure and to enlarge the homosexual movement….

The homosexual community knows that the capture of all major youth groups is absolutely necessary to the expansion of its movement.They know what most social scientists and sex researchers know but refuse to talk about: homosexually-molested children are likely to become homosexual. After all, one of the most ommon characteristics of homosexual molesters is the fact that they were molested themselves during boyhood. An article published by the American Medical Association reported that, “Abused adolescents, particularly those victimized by males, were up to 7 times more likely to self-identity as gay or bisexual than peers who had not been abused.

Baldwin concludes:

“It is high time that America’s elected officials, health authorities,education leaders, and law enforcement officials act to not only tell the harsh truth — the homosexual community has targeted America’s youth — but act now to counter this horrible trend. Failure to do so will have disastrous consequences for both our culture and for the health of our children.”

Stephen Baldwin wrote that report in 2002. Since then, things have only gotten worse: Senate Bill 48 became law in California, requiring public schools to include in their academic curriculum “the contributions” of gays and lesbians; and now, Boy Scouts of America lifted its ban on homosexual adult leaders and employees.

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H/t FOTM’s MomOfIV

Update (Aug. 3, 2015):

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which sponsors 20% of Boy Scout units (1 out of every 5 scouts), says it might leave the BSA altogether. Next month (August), the most senior leaders of the Mormon Church will meet on whether to end a 100-year relationship with BSA.

In contrast, a Roman Catholic committee that acts as a liaison with the Boy Scouts urged the Catholic Church, whose scouting units account for 10% of the 2.4 million total boy scouts at the end of last year, to continue sponsoring BSA. (NY Times)

~Eowyn