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Michigan boy invites entire kindergarten class to adoption hearing


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LGBTQ activist accused of burning own house in alleged hate crime hoax

Her/his five pets took “one for the cause,” perishing in the fire.

From Yahoo: A popular gay rights activist was charged on Monday with first-degree arson after an FBI investigation led authorities to believe he set fire to his own house in an elaborate hoax meant to look like a hate crime.

Nikki Joly lost five pets when his Michigan house burned to the ground in 2017, according to the Detroit News. At the time, he was a prominent figure in the LGBTQ community who had helped open the city’s first gay community center, organized the first gay festival and helped establish a hard-won ordinance that prohibits discrimination against gay people.

Considering Joly’s status in the community, the FBI initially treated the fire as a hate crime. But the more they pounded the pavement, the more the trail led right back to Joly. “We determined it pretty quickly to be an arson,” said Elmer Hitt, Jackson’s director of police and fire services, according to the Detroit Free Press. “We investigated it over what probably was a year’s time before the prosecutor ended up issuing charges.”

Joly, a transgender man, had been declared Citizen of the Year by the Jackson Citizen Patriot, a local newspaper, in 2018. The accompanying article dug into his painful past and celebrated him as the leader he’d become. It described the rejection he’d experienced at 15 from the adopted parents who couldn’t accept that he didn’t identify as a girl, the sexual assault he’d survived and the harassment he’d received for being transgender.

The article also called him “stubborn and undeterred” in his anti-discrimination crusade and detailed all the things he’d done for the LGBTQ community. But many in the community have expressed deep disappointment over Joly’s case.

“It’s embarrassing,” Travis Trombley, a gay resident involved in the fight for the anti-discrimination ordinance, told the Detroit News. “How do you do it to the community you have put so much effort into helping?”

“All that good work is tainted. We know one bad mark outshines a hundred good ones,” added community member Stella Shananaquet, whose son is gay. “I’m infuriated someone could tear down the community that way.”

Investigators have still not announced a suspected motive for Joly to burn his own house down and kill his own pets in the process. But Barbara Shelton and Bobby James — two officials from St. Johns United Church of Christ, home of the Jackson Pride Center, where Joly spent much of his time volunteering — have proposed a theory to the police.

They told authorities that Joly was annoyed that the gay rights controversy wasn’t receiving much attention once the anti-discrimination law he’d fought for had been passed. They said he was also disappointed in the lack of fanfare over the gay rights parade he’d helped organize, according to a police report. But when questioned by the Detroit News, Shelton backpedaled, saying, “Not sure I said that. I have no idea about anything, never heard Nikki comment in any fashion about anything like that.”

Joly’s attorney, Daniel Barnett, dismisses the speculation. “It doesn’t make sense,” he told the Detroit News. “He was Citizen of the Year. There was plenty of media coverage already before the fire.”

Joly’s supporters are also standing by him. “If there’s a cause he’s always there,” friend Terri McKinnon told the newspaper. “He goes out of his way to help anybody and everybody. We’re lucky to have him.

The case is reminiscent of another alleged hate crime hoax that recently came to light — that of Empire actor Jussie Smollett, who reported that he was assaulted by two men who hurled homophobic and racist slurs at him outside his Chicago apartment in January. Investigators now say that Smollett knew his attackers and have accused him of hiring them to stage the crime to elicit public sympathy. Smollett was arrested on Thursday and charged with a felony.

Just how common are hate crime hoaxes? The New York Times reports they’re “rare,” but “do damage.” Cynthia Deitle, who spent 20 years as an FBI special agent focusing on hate crimes, said the most common reason for this kind of hoax is “the desire for attention and sympathy.” She said, “The cases I examined took place in a workplace environment and at residences, and sometimes the allegation was made to draw attention away from a real negative aspect of the complainant’s life, like poor performance at work or school, or a feeling that the complainant was not getting the attention she or he deserved.”

Of course, hate crimes are a real and serious phenomenon. The FBI reports that in 2017, there were more than 8,000 reported incidents in the U.S. That number was up about 17 percent from 2016.

A hearing to file motions in the Joly house fire case is scheduled for March 8 in Jackson County Circuit Court, according to the Detroit News. Yahoo Lifestyle has contacted Joly’s attorney for comment.


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Michelle Obama wants to legalize partial-birth abortion

A U.S. federal statute defines “partial-birth abortion” as any abortion in which the fetus is extracted “past the navel [of the fetus]… outside the body of the mother.”

Instead of other abortion methods such as suction (“vacuum expiration“) and dilation-curettage, in a partial-birth abortion, the fetus must be “extracted” for a simple reason: The fetus is already so developed that those other methods can no longer be used. Instead, removal of the baby now requires dilating the mother’s cervix in a procedure called “Intact D&X” (Intact Dilation and Extraction).

Under the Intact D&X method, the largest part of the baby’s head is “reduced in diameter” to allow vaginal passage. According to the American Medical Association, this procedure has four main steps:

  1. Usually, preliminary procedures are performed over a period of two to three days, to gradually dilate the cervix using laminaria tents (sticks of seaweed which absorb fluid and swell). Sometimes drugs such as pitocin, a synthetic form of oxytocin, are used to induce labor.
  2. Once the cervix is sufficiently dilated, the doctor uses an ultrasound and forceps to grasp the baby’s leg. The fetus is turned to a breech position, if necessary, and the doctor pulls one or both legs out of the cervix, which some refer to as ‘partial birth’ of the fetus.
  3. The doctor subsequently extracts the rest of the fetus, leaving only the head still inside the uterus. An incision is made at the base of the skull, a blunt dissector (such as a Kelly clamp) is inserted into the incision and opened to widen the opening, and then a suction catheter is inserted into the opening. The brain is suctioned out, which causes the skull to collapse and allows the fetus to pass more easily through the cervix.
  4. The placenta is removed and the uterine wall is vacuum aspirated using a cannula.

That is why partial-birth abortion is also called late-term abortion. A late-term abortion refers to an induced abortion procedure that occurs typically after the 20th week of gestation, although the exact point when a pregnancy becomes late-term is not clearly defined. The procedure is usually used in the second trimester, from 15 to 26 weeks, some of which occur before and some of which occur after viability.

Here are pictures of what a human person looks like in the 20th week of gestation:

Here’s a description of the 20-week-old human person:

The baby weighs about 9 ounces and is about six inches long. The uterus should be at the level of the belly button. The baby can suck a thumb, yawn, stretch, and make faces. Soon — if you haven’t already — you’ll feel your baby move, which is called “quickening.” (WebMD) By week 20, your baby [… is] filling out. His organs are getting into their proper places. His kidneys are now in position with their familiar bean shape. His testes (or ovaries for girls) have reached their position. His brain continues to form and grow. His teeth are beginning to appear, and he can swallow. (BabyZone)

Since 1995, led by Republicans, the U.S. House of Representatives and  Senate tried again and again to ban partial-birth abortions. During the Clinton administration, Congress passed two such measures by wide margins, but Bill Clinton vetoed those bills.

In 2003, late-term abortions finally became unlawful in the United States when the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act (PBABA) was signed into law. The House passed it on October 2 with a vote of 281-142, the Senate passed it on October 21 with a vote of 64-34, and on November 5, 2003, President George W. Bush signed it into law.

PBABA includes two findings of Congress:

(1) A moral, medical, and ethical consensus exists that the practice of performing a partial-birth abortion… is a gruesome and inhumane procedure that is never medically necessary and should be prohibited.

(2) Rather than being an abortion procedure that is embraced by the medical community, particularly among physicians who routinely perform other abortion procedures, partial-birth abortion remains a disfavored procedure that is not only unnecessary to preserve the health of the mother, but in fact poses serious risks to the long-term health of women and in some circumstances, their lives. As a result, at least 27 States banned the procedure as did the United States Congress which voted to ban the procedure during the 104th, 105th, and 106th Congresses.

Immediately after the passage of PBABA, America’s death cultists began their tireless efforts to overturn the federal law. Beginning in early 2004, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the National Abortion Federation, and abortion doctors in Nebraska challenged the ban in federal district courts in California, New York, and Nebraska. All three district courts ruled the ban unconstitutional and their respective federal courts of appeals—the 9th, 2nd and 8th Circuits—affirmed these rulings on appeal.

The three cases were all appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, and were consolidated into the case Gonzales v. Carhart. On April 18, 2007, the Supreme Court voted to uphold the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act by a narrow decision of 5 (Alito, Kennedy, Roberts, Scalia, Thomas) vs. 4 (Breyer, Ginsburg, Souter, Stevens). [Source: Wikipedia]

Despite partial-birth abortions being “a gruesome and inhumane procedure that is never medically necessary,” that is EXACTLY what Michelle Obama — the First Lady of the United States of America, who is the mother of two young daughters — is determined to restore.

Here’s the proof.

Recently, a 2004 campaign letter signed by Michelle Obama, urging Illinois voters to elect her husband to the U.S. Senate, surfaced. In her letter, Michelle specifically mentioned the repeal of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act as a desirable objective and as a cause to which a Senator Barack Obama will be devoted:

Not only does Barack Obama share Michelle’s determination to overturn the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, Obama does her one “better” — he doesn’t even want babies who survive a “botched” partial-birth abortion to live.

When he was a senator in the Illinois State Senate, he voted three times against the Born Alive Infants Protection Act of 2002 — a federal law, signed by President George W. Bush, which extends legal protection to an infant born alive after a failed attempt at induced abortion.

What happened to ADOPTION as an alternative?

The plain truth is THERE IS NO REASON to kill “born alive” babies who survive a partial-birth abortion. Most Americans favor adoption. U.S. federal government statistics show that as many as 30% of Americans have considered adopting, 60% of whom considered adopting an infant (as opposed to older children from foster care) in the United States (vs. from other countries).

Alas, voluntary placement of children for adoption is relatively rare in the United States. About 1.4 million children were born to unmarried women in 2003, comprising 34.6% of total births. Less than 1% of children born to never-married women were placed for adoption from 1989 to 1995; fewer than 14,000 children were voluntarily relinquished in 2003.

In other words, there is a great demand in the U.S. to adopt infants but an inadequate supply. Late-term or partial-birth abortions are cruel, gruesome, inhumane, and also risky to the health of the mother. Killing babies who survive a late-term abortion is infanticide. Adoption is the humane and safe alternative.

So why are Barack and Michelle Obama, the President and First Lady of the United States of America, so bent on killing instead of adoption?

Think about it.


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This disgusting woman "loves" abortion

See this horse-face toothy smiling woman?
You’re looking at the face of evil.
Her name is Jessica DelBalzo, a blogger on OpenSalon.com and a self-described activist for Left-wing causes — “social justice, family preservation, reproductive rights, and politics.”
DelBalzo has stripped all the pretenses from the pro-abortion crowd:

It really is all about the woman’s selfish interest — and the life of another human being be damned.

Nancy Flanders reports for LifeSiteNews, March 23, 2012, that in a post DelBalzo wrote for RH Reality Check, the “reproductive rights” activist protests against pro-choicers who say abortion should be rare because in saying so, they are implying that abortion is wrong. Instead, according to DelBalzo,

“Rather than trying to cozy up to the forced-birth camp, women who value their freedom should be proud to say that they like abortion. In fact, they should venerate it whole-heartedly. Abortion is our last refuge, the one final, definitive instrument that secures our bodily autonomy. What’s not to love?”

What an interesting choice of words.
To “venerate” is “to regard with respect, reverence, or heartfelt deference” as one would toward a deity.
In other words, DelBalzo is recommending to women that we are to love killing so much that we murder “with reverence.” Who is the deity to whom the murders of the unborn are offered in veneration?
At the same time as DelBalzo professes her great “love” for abortion, she condemns adoption as “not only unnecessary, but also unethical.”
DelBalzo operates Adoption: Legalized Lies, a self-described grassroots initiative to put an end to adoption. The front page of the group’s website shows a child happily holding a handmade sign that says, “Adoption Hurts Babies.”
Flanders writes:

“This is perplexing, since adoption leaves a child not only alive, but in a loving home, while abortion either burns the child to death or dismembers it limb by limb. Even if birth parents can’t raise a child, they can give their child a good life, rather than allow her body to be ripped apart and thrown into a bin of medical waste.”

In her self-description on OpenSalon.com, DelBalzo describes herself as “a mother.”
“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20)

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Phenomenal Motherhood – H/T GrouchyFogie!

When a group of dog rescuers arrived at the market to show the dogs available for adoption, somebody had left 12 puppies on the street – 8 of them were approximately 5 weeks old.
In shock, the rescuers didn’t know what to do. The group had recently canceled several adoption days at the market because of bad weather, so they were over their capacity with puppies still needing to be adopted out. Also, the abandoned puppies were so small that they needed to be fed every two hours, including at night.
That’s when a spayed stray dog approached, lay down beside the shoe box where the puppies were sleeping, and began caring for them. Continue reading

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