Today’s Phrase for Latin Lovers

Rex in Regno suo superiores habet Deum et Legem.

Translation:
The King in his Realm hath two superiors: God and the Law. -- Henry Care (1646-1688) on English liberties and the Magna Carta

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|The Left

Miss America, LIberal Activist

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above, Kira Kazantsev, Miss America 2015, and former boss, Democratic activist Chuck Rocha of Solidarity Strategies

On Monday, Steve Ertelt of LifeNews.com reported an interesting fact he found on the LinkedIn page of the newly crowned Miss America.

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Her most recent job experience (other than performing her duties as Miss New York and competing in the Miss America pageant) was three months as an “education” intern with Planned Parenthood. Her profile says that she presented programs in local schools regarding mutual respect and self-esteem. Is this how the country’s leading abortion provider is insinuating itself into the lives of school children?

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Since her work for an abortion group has been reported in the conservative blogosphere, someone has quietly deleted the LinkedIn profile. (Don’t worry. I made a copy of it, thinking it was likely to be memory-holed.) It’s easy to understand why the Miss America organization would prefer that Kazantsev’s resume were not publicly available, since her overall job experience is not likely to endear the new Miss America to red-state America.

Take, for instance, her job as a political intern for Solidarity Strategies. In their Twitter bio, they describe themselves as “A 100% minority owned political consulting firm dedicated to progressive politics.” They do a lot of work with unions.

Her resume says that she wrote blog posts for her boss, Chuck Rocha (pictured at top with Kazantsev), for the Center for National Policy. Unfortunately, the Center’s site doesn’t date any of its blog posts, but with a little investigation, it appears that three posts appeared “by” Rocha between June 2012 and Labor Day of that year: A Case Study: Caterpillar vs. Machinists; Investment Over Party Politics; and America’s Labor Day.

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Her work with the Senate campaign to elect Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) explains the answer she gave during the interview portion of the Miss America pageant. When asked by Lee Meriwether what female Senators should devote their time to, Kazantsev said that rape in the military should be the priority. That’s Gillibrand’s pet issue: she is attempting to strip the military chain of command of the ability to handle sexual assault and sexual harassment cases within the military judicial system. Gillibrand instead wants civilian systems to handle it, even in war zones. It’s an extreme position that even Senator Claire McCaskill has not signed on to, and McCaskill is the leader on establishing quasi-legal systems to allow colleges to handle sexual assault cases internally.

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Lastly, note Kazantsev’s first internship with Solidarity Strategies, in which she took a role in the recall of Republican Governor Scott Walker. Wisconsin voters rejected those recall efforts, and they might not be so pleased to learn that Miss America was battling against them.

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While the LinkedIn profile for Kazantsev was just deleted this afternoon, it looks like the Blogspot site that Kazantsev linked in her LinkedIn profile, As Told By Kira (see her customized blog header below), went defunct after a 2012 trip to Europe. It appears the site was deleted sometime in the past year.

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[also posted at LegalInsurrection.com]

UPDATE:

The Huffington Post obtained a statement from Planned Parenthood‘s vice president of communications Eric Ferrero regarding Kazantsev’s work with them. It turns out that she was prettying up her job description. Ferrero explicitly notes the programs were for sex education. He makes no mention of “mutual respect and self-esteem.”

Miss America Kira Kazantsev interned last year at her local Planned Parenthood affiliate, where she supported staff members who provide sex education in the community and at local schools. Several past Miss Americas have supported Planned Parenthood’s mission, and we’re thrilled and proud that one of our former interns is the new Miss America.

Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading provider of sex education. Every year, we provide more than one million people with accurate, nonjudgmental information about relationships, sexuality, and healthy decision-making. An overwhelming majority of the American public supports access to comprehensive sex education in middle and high schools — the type of sex education programming that Planned Parenthood provides and which gives parents tools to have conversations with their families, and helps keep young people safe and healthy.

Now as Miss America, Kazantsev will be visiting schools across the country, speaking to our children. Given what she’s been trained to speak to them about, it’s not an encouraging thought for many parents.

|The Left

Planned Parenthood Seeks to Restrict Access to Birth Control

BirthControlPillsLast week, Planned Parenthood announced its opposition to Republican proposals to make contraceptives easily accessible as non-prescription, over-the-counter (OTC) drugs.

Let me paraphrase Planned Parenthood’s three points of opposition:

1) The expanded access to birth control is being offered by icky Republicans, such as Colorado Senate candidate Cory Gardner. Republicans hate women. Ergo, vote for Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO).

Planned Parenthood claims that GOP efforts to expand birth control access is “an empty gesture,” because (get ready for non sequiturs) Republicans want to repeal Obamacare and support the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious freedom.

The Washington Examiner notes that “A number of Republican Senate candidates have backed over-the-counter birth control in races this year, including Cory Gardner in Colorado, Thom Tillis in North Carolina, Ed Gillespie in Virginia, Mike McFadden in Minnesota.”

What the leading abortion provider’s press release does not mention is that OTC contraceptives would free many women from having to go to (and pay) its offices to get a prescription for the drugs. If birth control pills were easy to get over-the-counter, it would lose a tremendous revenue stream. It benefits when the government forces women to go to its prescription-writing centers. It benefits by restricting a woman’s access to birth control.

By Planned Parenthood’s own 2012 statistics, 34 percent of its revenue comes from “contraception” services, of which it says 37.9 percent are “oral” contraceptives. That’s 13 percent of its annual dollars that could vanish if birth control pills were sold next to aspirin and antacids.

Its 2013 annual report shows Planned Parenthood took in $1.2 billion dollars, so it stands to lose $156 million a year if GOP proposals gained ground.

No wonder its leaders say women should be insulted. The women in its accounting department will sure be. Those Republican plots are nefarious indeed.

2) The Republicans plan to make birth control cheaply and easily available to all women on store shelves everywhere. But Republicans do not plan to fill store aisles with IUDs and other contraceptive methods that require a medical procedure. Therefore, no birth control (except the already available condoms, spermicides and “Plan B” pill) should ever be sold OTC.

This is like claiming that because grocery stores can’t offer open heart surgery in the pharmacy aisle, they shouldn’t be able to sell aspirin either.

Planned Parenthood is afraid that if birth control pills are put outside of the pharmacist’s cupboard, then insurance companies won’t have to cover them with no co-pay, and therefore somehow any medically provided contraception would also not be covered.

But there’s no one pushing for that. Instead of allowing tens of millions of women to easily obtain contraception, Planned Parenthood wants to ensure it remains the gatekeeper, and restrict a woman’s access to birth control.

3) Since OTC drugs don’t require a prescription, some women may pay for their own birth control instead of having an insurance company do it. Therefore, no women should be able to have access to OTC birth control pills.

This is comparable to arguing that because Nexium is now available as an OTC drug (at a significantly reduced price), I can’t get a prescription for it and have the insurance company pay. That’s not true.

Granted, the insurance company may prefer that I buy it for myself off the shelf, but while insurance companies may change their formularies for prescription coverage all the time without much public clamor, there’s no way they can change their coverage of birth control pills without clothes-rending and wailing from groups like Planned Parenthood and government intervention from HHS.

Note that it was the Democrats in their design of Obamacare that intentionally stripped out all coverage under Health Savings Accounts of over-the-counter drugs unless they were accompanied by prescription. Seems like someone was trying to protect a few prescription writers’ cash cows.

Planned Parenthood also sides with pharmaceutical companies as it notes in underlined text in their press release: “there is not a single manufacturer that has submitted an application to the FDA to [sell its product over-the-counter].

That same press release says “In 2013, 56 percent of women paid no out-of-pocket costs for prescription birth control, up from 14 percent in 2012.” This means that 44 percent of women did pay out-of-pocket costs. At the very least, those 44 percent are being needlessly inconvenienced by OTC access opponents such as Planned Parenthood.

All in all, the fears that Planned Parenthood expresses as an effort to stop the Republican plan to give women greater access to contraception belies its true agenda: protecting Democrats, precription writers, Big Pharma and its 156 million dollar pot of birth control pills.

[originally posted at LegalInsurrection.com]

|Pop Culture | Prudence Potpourri

The Newest Pro-Choice Poster Child

Planned Parenthood Poster Child: Kacey Jordan. Four Abortions to Date.

It’s tough to be one of Charlie Sheen’s ex-girls…but tougher still to be one of his ex-unborn girls.

A Daily Caller story told of the hospitalization of Kacey Jordan, 22-year-old porn actress, after she tweeted her suicide attempt.

Jordan’s claim to fame, other than having sex for money on camera, is that she was a $30,000 party girl with Sheen the last time he was hospitalized after a drug rampage, with a supposed hernia.

Her resulting national notoriety has apparently been hard for her to handle, with a Howard Stern contest and various media interviews, before realizing that she’s milked it about as much as she can. That 36 hours she spent with Sheen were apparently the only time she had ever been with or talked to him before—or after (except for a Valentine’s Day text message exchange she initiated asking if each other was okay).

I actually felt sorry for her, being so messed up with her life, until I hit the last paragraph:

Last month, Jordan told RadarOnline that she’d aborted her unborn child, which may or may not have belonged to Sheen. Jordan said that was her fourth abortion.

Her fourth!

The RadarOnline story does elaborate, often in graphic detail:

Now, Jordan has admitted the couple did not use contraception, leading her to question whether Charlie was the father when she discovered she was pregnant.

“I had the abortion last Thursday, I went home to Oregon to have it because that is where I grew up. I was sick and on the couch all day,” revealed Jordan, who has already terminated three previous pregnancies.

Aw. She was on the couch all day after aborting her fourth child.

It’s really no big deal, though. The baby could have been anyone’s. She added:

I get pregnant very easily.

And yet, TMZ also reports:

Jordan — who has sex for a living — also revealed she’s not on birth control …  has never been on birth control … and has no plans to begin using birth control.

I have a question for feminists and groups such as Planned Parenthood and NOW. Is this what you have been fighting for? For Jordan’s right to abort her way to fame and fortune, repeatedly, with no concerted effort to use birth control, even though she makes her living having sex?

Feminists, this is what you have wrought. The nonchalant slaughter of millions of innocents each year is your pathetic victory.

As for Jordan, let’s hope she was smart enough to use some of her Sheen winnings to buy her own room at her beloved hometown abortion clinic. Sounds like she’s going to continue to need it.

 

|Greetings | Prudence Potpourri

The Week in Political Cartoons

In the wake of the Arizona shootings, the left and their media pals have resumed their high-pitched calls for gun control.  Legislation has been proposed in Congress making it illegal to carry a gun within 1,000 feet of any federal official. Note: I’ve heard there are… well, an impossibly large number (between 100,000 and 2 million) of “federal officials.” Would anyone ever be not within 1,000 feet of one of them? How would you ever know for sure?

(via Brian Farrington at Townhall)

In the meantime, the media and left-wingers tried to push the mantra of “New Tone,” insisting that the Tucson massacre was the result of civil incivility, even though there is clear evidence that assassin Jared Lee Loughner had long been off his rocker and was influenced by the incivility in his own head, not by anything some pundit or politician said.

(via Michael Ramirez at Townhall)

Yet, the most long-running legalized massacre in history crossed its 38th anniversary:

(via Gary Varvel at Townhall)

Or perhaps this cartoon better celebrates the spirit of Roe v. Wade:

(via Gary McCoy at Townhall)

In other major events, one of our major creditors came to visit their investment and to have us whisper sweet nothings in their ear.

(via Glenn McCoy at Townhall)

Legislators actually began contemplating crafting bankruptcy laws for states, as California appears ready to lead a number of them off the cliff. For the taxpayers, bankruptcy definitely makes the pain swift yet short. With bailouts, the pain and financial mismanagement will drag on for years, generations even, unless the dire problem with public union pensions is addressed.

(via Bob Gorrell at Townhall)

And the national debt bore down on us all as we neared our debt ceiling.

(via Jerry Holbert at Townhall)

Yet, in a positive move, the GOP-dominated House voted to repeal ObamaCare, with more votes and more bipartisanship than the original passage of the monster had.

(via Lisa Benson at Townhall)

And finally, in a sure sign that the stars are currently aligned against us, experts announced that the true dates of each astrological sign have been woefully inaccurate for decades, centuries even.

(via Steve Kelley at Townhall)

Th-th-that’s all folks.