Democrats are using the courts again, to keep Latinos and other minorities politically segregated. A special federal judicial panel in the US District Court for the Western District of Texas has ruled on Thursday that the redistricting plan adopted by the Texas legislature deliberately diminishes the influence of the growing Latino voting population. US District Judges Xavier Rodriguez (a Democrat who was appointed by GW Bush) and Orlando Garcia (another Democrat who nominated by Clinton) found that the map was drawn in order to protect incumbent Republican candidates because it that did not create any new minority opportunity districts or enhance minority voting strength. Judge Jerry Smith, a Republican, dissented.
We have reached the point where a clear majority of sitting Republican Senators do not deserve your vote even in the general election. I say this because, quite simply, they have demonstrated time and time again that they are not on our side. Instead, they are on their own side. The priorities that these nattering, out of touch buffoons have embraced are so far out of step with the voters who sent them to office that they don’t even have the good sense to be embarrassed at how clueless they sound.
The latest example, part one billion in an apparently never ending series, concerns funding for Planned Parenthood. Republican voters (hell, really everyone with a pulse who is not an elected Democrat) have been horrified for three straight weeks as video after video has been released showing that Planned Parenthood is very obviously in the business of selling baby parts for money.
Now listen, regardless of how you feel about abortion generally, anyone of even marginal conservative (or libertarian!) principles can agree that taxpayer money should not be going to an organization like this. Look, this is a slam dunk issue – by a huge, overwhelming margin, every American demographic (including millenials and women) oppose taxpayer funding of abortions. Right now, the public has been exposed, in a very graphic way, to the abhorrent practices of Planned Parenthood. There has never been a better time in this generation to highlight not only what a terrible organization Planned Parenthood is, but also the absolute wastefulness of the massive amounts of taxpayer money they receive.
Everyone who gets out there and actually takes the time to vote Republican, donate Republican, and volunteer for Republican candidates has been mesmerized for the last three weeks with this fight. Planned Parenthood is reeling and their PR efforts are failing. Republican activists are pleading and begging with the Senate to do something to demonstrate a willingness to fight. For the first time since probably 2011, voters are furious and care deeply about this issue.
The Republican Senate is also furious, and they care deeply. Not about the taxpayer-funded dismemberment and sale of baby parts, but about… the Senate calendar:
Then Lee tried to push through a vote on defunding Planned Parenthood. That, too, failed to muster enough support for a vote. On Monday, Lee is expected to try to repeal Obamacare with a simple majority vote of 51 senators, effectively circumventing the 60-vote requirement to break a filibuster after Democrats defeated an attempt to repeal the health care law on Sunday.
Cruz’s Texas colleague pointedly shot down his effort. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX)56%, the GOP’s chief vote-counter, called Cruz’s strategy “a terrible mistake” and urged Republicans to vote against it, a rare public disagreement.
“If the rule that the junior senator from Texas is arguing for is embraced, we will lose all control of the Senate schedule. There will be chaos,” Cornyn said. “Any senator who wants to get a vote on an amendment will be entitled to do so and that can’t be the rule. It’s not the rule. It’s never been the rule.”
And here is the disconnect. No one who is not actually in the Senate gives a crap about the freaking Senate calendar. Voters do not send Republican Senators to Washington so that they might create a more well-organized calendar than the Democrats. They send them to Washington to reflect conservative values and to actually have votes on the issues that Republicans care about. If that involves some inconvenience to the most privileged 100 human beings on the planet, then so be it.
The fact that John Cornyn allowed himself to actually be quoted offering this pathetic excuse in public shows that he either does not understand how much of a priggish oaf he sounds like to ordinary people, bleating on about the precious Senate calendar while video after video condemning Planned Parenthood drops, or believes that he and the rest of his colleagues are so bulletproof that he does not care.
I don’t care which ultimately is the case. We can’t any longer delude ourselves into believing that most of the GOP Senate is good, but led by a few bad apples. All it would have taken would have been 11 out of the 54 GOP Senators to stand up for a roll call vote on this issue. That’s about 20%. And the Senate GOP couldn’t even muster that.
I get that Cruz can be a divisive figure and that he rubs some people the wrong way. But frankly I am glad that he has highlighted, in a very graphic way, that the vast, vast majority of the GOP Senate is not worth saving or having in office, at all.
Imhotep was the Egyptian architect, physician, statesman and chief minister to Djoser, the second king of Egypt's third dynasty who reigned 2630-2611 B.C.
Imhotep is reputed to be a contributor to the 1600 B.C. papyrus acquired by Edwin Smith in Luxor in 1862. Translated in 1930, the Edwin Smith Papyrus is one of the oldest of all known medical reference manuscripts detailing human anatomy as recorded by ancient surgians.
Among the growing examples of Biblically offensive legislation, unplanning parenthood has been executed as a legal way to avoid the reponsibility of nurturing human offspring since the trial of Roe vs. Wade. Invasive pre-birth infanticide from bygone civilizations has yet to be uncovered as common practice. Indeed, the two reasons people who live in impoverished societies have several children is infant mortality and the fact that, even at an early age, a child can beg or work to support the family.
Ancient Egypt and the age of the Pharoahs seem a world away from the evolved society of our modern day democratic republics. Yet, the medical experiments of those ancient days pale in comparison to the contemporary barbarism of peddling the harvested organs from the carcuses of aborted human fetuses as a means to fund one's lifestyle.
While there are cultures that consider monkey brains a culinary delecacy, and poverty has driven the starving to ingest virtually anything that can reduce hunger pangs, is it too far from pagan feasting to think canabalism of the unborn is more than a recipe away? Really?
Will we citizens of the United States of America turn a blind eye to sacrificing humans as a means to fulfill the dream? Or, is this another progressive nightmare?
Attorney General Paxton testified first. For an hour, he outlined what his office's recently launched investigation has uncovered. Investigators from the Texas Attorney General's office recently toured the "P.O.C." room at a Planned Parenthood facility in Houston. 'P.O.C' stands for 'product of conception'; Planned Parenthood couldn't even refer to their 'medical specimens' as children (Note: Abby Johnson later testified that when she worked at Planned Parenthood they would joke about calling it the 'pieces of children' room.). Inside the 'P.O.C.' room, Planned Parenthood would store the remains of pre-born children in jars until they were ready to be transported for 'disposal.' General Paxton testified that this particular facility 'discards' 260 pounds of 'medical waste' per week.