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FOUR anti-abortion achievements that would never happen if Democrats were in power

Life is precious. A baby in the womb is a human being!

(1) Texas bans insurance funding of abortion

On Tuesday, August 15, 2017, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) signed a bill into law that will prevent Texans from being forced to pay for other people’s abortions through their medical insurance plans.

Gov. Abbott said:

“As a firm believer in Texas values I am proud to sign legislation that ensures no Texan is ever required to pay for a procedure that ends the life of an unborn child. This bill prohibits insurance providers from forcing Texas policy holders to subsidize elective abortions. I am grateful to the Texas legislature for getting this bill to my desk, and working to protect innocent life this special session.”

HB-214, which the House passed last week and the Senate approved Sunday, applies to “elective” abortions and specifically includes an exemption for cases of medical emergency to save the mother’s life.

Texas State Sen. Brandon Creighton (R) said:

“Texas must take steps to prohibit taxpayer and premium dollars from subsidizing abortions that are not medically necessary.”

Rep. John Smithee (R) said during the House debate:

“What we’re saying here is: If you want to buy this coverage, you can buy it. This isn’t about who can get an abortion. It is about who is forced to pay for an abortion.

(Source: LifeSiteNews)

2) Arkansas defunds Planned Parenthood

On Wednesday, August 16, 2017, after a two-year legal battle, a federal appeals court ruled that Arkansas can defund Planned Parenthood by withholding Medicaid funding to the abortion mill that sells aborted baby body parts to “researchers”.

Arkansas is first state to win in federal court its right to defund Planned Parenthood in Medicaid.

In a 2-1 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit sided with Arkansas. In so doing, the ruling undid a judge’s previous injunction forcing Arkansas to keep giving funds to the abortion provider. (Source: LifeSiteNews)

(3) President Trump to end Obama rule requiring employers to pay for abortion

Also on Wednesday, August 16, 2017, The Wall Street Journal reports that President Trump is about (“poised”) to issue an executive order that will eliminate the most offensive portion in Obamacare — the Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate that all employers pay for abortifacients, sterilization, and contraception insurance:

“Federal health officials are expected to finalize a regulation that would allow employers with religious or moral objections … to omit coverage”

The HHS mandate has been the subject of lawsuits from church groups and Christian employers since it was implemented in 2011 by then-HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, the former Kansas governor and Planned Parenthood-funded abortion activist.

Trump’s anticipated order will allow employers with religious objections to opt out of covering contraception or abortion in their employees’ insurance plans. Employees may privately pay for such coverage. (Source: LifeSiteNews)

While there are too many RINOs and cucks among D.C. Republicans, especially de facto Democrats like Sen. John McCain (see “John McCain’s foundation is funded by Saudis, Rothschilds & Soros”), neither Texas Gov. Greg Abbott nor Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson nor President Donald Trump is a Democrat.

All Republicans.

So much for the hyper-cynics who insist there are no differences between Republicans and Demonrats.

UPDATE (Aug. 26, 2017):

(4) South Carolina Defunds Planned Parenthood

On August 25, 2017, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster (R) issued an executive order that blocks state agencies from using taxpayer dollars to fund the abortion industry. The order prevents the use of either state or local taxpayer funds to go to any doctor or health clinic that is an affiliate of an abortion business. McMaster said in the release, “Taxpayer dollars must not directly or indirectly subsidize abortion providers like Planned Parenthood.”

Three clinics run by the Planned Parenthood abortion company are reimbursed by Medicaid for some abortions.

McMaster’s administration is already putting the new order into effect and helping women find health care alternatives not run by an abortion agency.

~Eowyn

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Hungry in America is a myth

As the days grow shorter and summer begins to wane, soon fall will be upon us.

Thanksgiving is 3 months 2 weeks away — that time of the year when the media begin the drumbeat about hunger in America and our need to “feed the poor” with donations.

If you, like I, are baffled that there are hungry people in America, given the visual evidence all around us that Americans — adults and children — are the most obese people in the world, here’s an informative essay by Austin Ruse, explaining that there no hungry people in America — a fact that is recognized even by the federal government, which is why the government no longer even talks about “hunger”. Instead, the government employs the Orwellian Newspeak of “food insecurity” to browbeat taxpayers into providing the “hungry” “food insecure” with welfare benefits like food stamps.

Austin Ruse is an author (Fake Science: Exposing the Left’s Skewed Statistics, Fuzzy Facts, and Dodgy Data) and the president of the research institute Center for Family & Human Rights. Below is his article, “Hunger is Not What You Think It Is,” in Crisis Magazine, August 4, 2017:

The first and perhaps most interesting thing about hunger in America is that the US government no longer measures it. Many years ago, the feds stopped measuring hunger because experts could not agree on who might qualify and very likely the number who qualified was vanishingly small.

The US Department of Agriculture went to the Committee on National Statistics of the National Academies that concluded hunger “…should refer to a potential consequence of food insecurity that, because of prolonged, involuntary lack of food results in discomfort, illness, weakness, or pain that goes beyond the usual uneasy sensation.”

Because they could not find anyone who might qualify, they stopped measuring it. You would not know this from the advertising of the multi-billion-dollar hunger-industry. A group called “Fleecing America”—I mean “Feeding America”—brings in $2 billion a year convincing the government and the people that millions of kids are going to bed hungry every night.

Instead of measuring hunger, they measure something called “food security.” But even food security is not what the hunger-industry wants us to believe. According to the USDA, low food security means that a “Household reduced the quality, variety, and desirability of their diets, but the quantity of food intake and normal eating patterns were not substantially disrupted” (emphasis mine).

Then there is very low food security: “At times during the year, eating patterns of one or more household members were disrupted and food intake reduced because the household lacked money and other resources for food.” It should be noted that sometimes adults in these households may have skipped a meal. That is a matter we should take seriously, but this is not the same thing as “hunger,” which is a prolonged and involuntary lack of food that can lead to illness or worse. The government survey reports 6.3 million households say they qualify for this category [very low food security].

Heritage Foundation hunger and poverty expert Robert Rector told Congress in 2015, “For Americans to go without food for an entire day represents a social problem, but it is a problem that is limited in scope, and it requires a well-informed policy response.” But then Rector wonders how it is possible for a person not to be able to feed himself, especially for those admittedly limited times when it might be a problem. He said, “In fact, filling a stomach is quite cheap; 1,000 calories of rice, purchased in bulk, costs only 30 cents. In a pinch, an adult can fill his stomach and meet all his daily calorie needs with healthful but inexpensive foods for a dollar a day.”

As I explore in my new book Fake Science: Exposing the Left’s Skewed Statistics, Fuzzy Facts, and Dodgy Data, except in the area of the environment, the left is quite hostile to the notion of changing behavior to alleviate personal and societal concerns. In fact, even very low food security can be alleviated by quite simple changes in behavior.

According to government statistics, very low food secure adults are more likely to smoke than food secure adults. In fact, cigarette smoking is a major cause of low food security. As Rector points out, “45 percent of adults with very low food security smoked cigarettes during the 30 days prior to the survey.” He adds that 62 percent of adults who reported they did not eat for a whole day for lack of money had smoked cigarettes during the month.

I used to smoke. I quit when a pack went to $7 in New York City. If a low food security adult smokes one pack a day, depending on cost, they are spending between $100 and $200 a month, money that will not go into the family food budget. It should be noted that $112 per month equals 63 percent of the cost of food for a single adult under the USDA’s “Thrifty Food Plan.”

Other enemies of the low food secure includes fast food. Low food secure households spend 25 percent of their food budget at fast food restaurants or from vending machines. These are among the most expensive calories you can buy. A Big Mac provides 138 calories per dollar. All-purpose flour provides 4,717, rice provides 3,599, rice and beans provides 2,178. Even peanut butter provides much more, 1,730. Fast food is not the poor man’s friend.

Even vending machine sodas are a huge drain on the low food secure budget. Very low food security adults drink an average of two sodas per day running north of $70 per month.

Try explaining any of this to the left and you will see an almost immediate meltdown, and a hostile one at that. I have been called “filth,” and a “swine” who “hates the poor” or “denies the poor exist.” And this is from social justice warriors, Catholic division.

Almost immediately, the left gives you dozens of reasons why the poor cannot cook, among them that they do not have stoves. They say the poor do not have time to cook, do not know how, and actually deserve the luxury of Big Macs. They also deserve cigarettes because they are poor. It is odd that SJWs otherwise condemn fast food, cigarettes, and even sugary soft drinks. What’s more, they would condemn eating processed foods out of boxes. Twenty-three hours out of every twenty-four, SWJs condemn this kind of behavior but when it comes from a conservative, it becomes a hate crime.

They also blame hunger on “food deserts,” poor neighborhoods where grocery stores do not exist. The poor simply do not have access to fresh food, so they have to rely on McDonald’s. However, take a look at the South Bronx on Google maps, one of the poorest neighborhoods in the country; put in a search for grocery stores. What you will find is seven grocery stores including five on a mile-long stretch of Third Avenue. The Google picture of C-Town on Third Avenue and 145th Street shows chicken thighs or drumsticks at 99 cents a pound, and pork spare ribs at $1.99.

What you find among Social Justice Warriors is an embarrassingly patronizing attitude toward poor people. If conservatives ever said the poor did not have the capacity to cook, they would almost certainly be called racist by the same people who say this about the poor today.

Did you know that after Alabama made the controversial move of implementing work requirements in order for childless, able-bodied adults to receive food stamps, food stamp enrollment dropped by a whopping 85%?

Statewide, 13,663 able-bodied adults without young children to care for enrolled in Alabama’s food stamp program as of January 1, 2017, but that dropped to 7,483 by May 1, 2017. Read more about it here.

Meanwhile, the Left are apoplectic over President Trump’s proposed plan to reduce food stamps spending by $180 million, by capping food stamp benefits based on family size, cutting off extra assistance for those who have more than six people in their families.

UPDATE (August 8):

Four months into his presidency, more than 1.1 million Americans had dropped off the food stamp rolls, according to the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) statistics on food stamp enrollment. Participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) dropped from 42,691,363 in January 2017 when Trump took office, to 41,496,255 in May 2017, the most recent data available from the USDA. (Breitbart)

~Eowyn

Monday Horror: No one will hire us because of Trump

One reason why President Trump continues to tweet is because Twitter affords him a direct way to communicate to the American people, without having to depend on the fake-news MSM as a medium.

A couple of days ago, President Trump sent out this tweet, showing the employment gains since he was inaugurated.

But there’ll be no employment for these two.

H/t maziel

Come to think of it, maybe those two mutilated their faces with plastic surgery into grotesque devil masks as a way to avoid working so as to stay on welfare. Can they claim this as a Social Security disability?

But I doubt it.

I think it’s a case of demonic possession.

What do you think?

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~Eowyn

Welfare mom brags about raping taxpayers

The Conservative Tribune reports that in a viral clip uploaded to the Internet, a welfare mom of 3 in Brooklyn brags about raping stupid taxpayers, who work 9 to 5, of their hard-earned money.

Language Warning: The woman’s rant is full of f_, s_ and a_obscenities and nearly incomprehensible.

I was able to make out these words:

“Fuck it, I don’t pay taxes.

Fuck Trump. I’m gonna rape that shit sitting on my ass.”

Send this to President Trump, and ask that this woman be stripped of all welfare benefits: SNAP or food stamps, Aid to Families with Dependent Children, public housing, Medicaid . . . .

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~Eowyn

NJ millionaires, incl. a rabbi, arrested for welfare fraud

President Trump’s proposed budget blueprint for 2018 was met with harsh criticism over funding cuts to programs like SNAP, more commonly known as food stamps. Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said one of the Trump administration’s objectives is to wean Americans off of welfare programs:

“We’re no longer going to measure compassion by the amount of money we spend, but by the number of people we help. If you’re in this country and you want to work … We’re going to get 3% growth and we’re going to give you the opportunity to work.”

Do the carping critics of Trump’s proposed cuts know about rampant welfare fraud, such as these latest, very egregious examples?

In a series of reports in June and July 2017 for Fox Business (here and here), Brittany De Lea tells of stings conducted by New Jersey law enforcement which resulted in the arrest of millionaires, including a rabbi, for defrauding millions of dollars from government welfare programs — Medicaid, food stamps (SNAP), Social Security, and public housing.

The defendants have all been charged with theft by deception, misrepresenting their incomes to show levels low enough in order to qualify for public assistance programs. In New Jersey, the maximum allowable gross monthly income for a family of five to be eligible for SNAP assistance is $4,385—which amounts to about $52,600 per year.

For unstated reasons, De Lea did not give the names of the accused fraudsters. Those arrested include:

  • Three married couples in Ocean County, New Jersey were charged with welfare fraud for under-reporting incomes in order to receive a collective $2 million in unmerited public welfare benefits.
  • Four other couples in the area faced similar charges for cheating the government out of $1.3 million. In one case, a couple received Medicaid benefits for multiple years despite their annual income of more than $1 million. Another couple fraudulently received $178,000 in housing, food and health benefits by falsely listing their businesses — from which they netted $1.8 million — under relatives’ names.
  • Seven couples in Lakewood, New Jersey, including a rabbi and his wife, were charged with gaming the system out of $2 million. Another 12 “wealthy individuals” were charged with defrauding Medicaid and other government assistance programs by misrepresenting their incomes. One couple alone collected nearly $75,000 in unentitled benefits from Medicaid between 2011 and 2013, despite their annual income of more than $1 million.

In fiscal year 2016, government spending on Medicaid totaled $14.5 billion for the state of New Jersey, and a whopping $553.4 billion for the U.S. as a whole.

It was only when I searched the Internet for more information on these arrests did I discover this — Lakewood, NJ, is a majority Orthodox Jewish municipality of 100,000, and the welfare fraudsters arrested are all Jews, including the rabbi and his wife.

As reported by Jen Krausz for NewsMax, July 4, 2017, the arrests sparked a “backlash — hateful social media comments, fliers, and slurs painted on a sheet covering a Holocaust memorial,” which prompted this statement from regional Anti-Defamation League Director Joshua Cohen:

“The allegations and the charges levied against (the defendants) have nothing to do with their religion. That’s why we’re deeply concerned when we see comments online, whether it’s on newspaper websites or social media, that are anti-Semitic.”

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~Eowyn

Leftwing Lunacy: Paving roads is racist

Caroline Criado-Perez is a Brazilian-born British feminist activist and journalist, a member of the Tribe, and heaped with honors:

  • In 2013, Perez was named one of BBC’s 100 Women.
  • In 2015, at age 36, she was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) ‘For services to Equality and Diversity, particularly in the Media’.

This is a recent tweet posted by Criado-Perez (retweeted by InfoWars reporters Paul Joseph Watson):

“Also spending money on roads instead of welfare is literally choosing rich white men over everyone else — they are the ones who drive.”

Bet you didn’t know that only rich white men drive.

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~Eowyn

Obamaphone massive fraud & abuse: GAO finds 36% with Obamaphones are not eligible

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has a welfare program called Lifeline, popularly known as Obamaphones, which provides discounts to eligible low-income households for home or wireless telephone and, as of December 2016, broadband service. Administered by the not-for-profit Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC), Lifeline disbursed about $1.5 billion in subsidies to 12.3 million households in 2016.

The subsidies are paid for by all of us via a fee charged on our telephone bills. 

While the Lifeline program predates the Obama administration, having been created in the 1980s, it was vastly expanded under Obama.

Now, an investigation by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that as many as 36% — more than one in three — of those supposed low-income households given Obamaphones are actually of dubious qualification.

On June 29, 2017, the GAO released an 89-page report on its findings, titled Telecommunications: Additional Action Needed to Address Significant Risks in FCC’s Lifeline Program. Here are some highlights:

(1) To begin, although the GAO recommended that the FCC conduct an evaluation of its Lifeline program more than two years ago in March 2015, the FCC has not done that. In a July 2016 Order, the FCC finally announced its plan for an independent third party to evaluate Lifeline’s design, function, and administration by December 2020.

(2) The Lifeline welfare program depends on a flawed system of over 2,000 phone companies, called Eligible Telecommunication Carriers, to (a) provide the discounts for the phone and broadband services, which Lifeline then reimburses; and (b) verify subscriber eligibility. But the GAO notes that “This complex internal control environment is susceptible to risk of fraud, waste, and abuse as companies may have financial incentives to enroll as many customers as possible.” The FCC says it will create a third-party national eligibility verifier by 2019 to determine subscriber eligibility.

(3) Given the Eligible Telecommunications Carriers’ self-interested, financial incentives to enroll as many customers as possible, it should not be surprising that the GAO investigation discovered that as many as 1.2 million — 36% or more than 1 in 3 — Lifeline recipients are not qualified for the Obamaphones. In the words of the GAO report:

“Based on its matching of subscriber to benefit data, GAO was unable to confirm to whether about 1.2 million individuals of the 3.5 million it reviewed, or 36 percent, participated in a qualifying benefit program, such as Medicaid, as stated on their Lifeline enrollment application.

(4) Although all Americans with phone service are paying for the Lifeline program, strangely the Lifeline funds of more than $9 billion in net assets (as of September 2016) are in a private, non-government (i.e., outside of the Department of Treasury) bank account called Universal Service Fund (USF). The GAO points out at least two problems with this arrangement:

  • Federal government funds outside the Treasury do not have the same rigorous management practices and regulatory safeguards as other federal programs.
  • If the Lifeline funds are in the Treasury, some of the $9+billion in net assets could be used to offset federal debts, not to mention help reduce the crushing $20 trillion national debt.
  • Although the GAO had recommended in 2005 to the FCC to move Lifeline’s Universal Service Fund to the Department of Treasury, it was only this March 2017, some 12 years later, that the FCC finally developed a preliminary plan to move the fund to the Treasury. The GAO report warns that “Until FCC finalizes and implements its plan and actually moves the USF funds, the risks that FCC identified will persist and the benefits of having the funds in the Treasury will not be realized.”

~Eowyn