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The Pro-Life Movement's Moment
Cal Thomas

Congress finally reaches disaster 
aid deal, in $19.1B accord
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Doug Collins Challenges Jerry Nadler to Compel 
dirty cop-Robert Mueller Testimony
by sundance } ~ Ranking member of the judiciary committee, Doug Collins, challenges Chairman scumbag liar-Jerry Nadler... to compel testimony from Special Counseldirty cop- Robert Mueller. Speaker Nancy Pulosi states that President Trump is guilty of a “cover-up”.  But notice no-one in media asks her what he’s supposedly covering up.
commie-Bernie Sanders’ Stance Against 
School Choice Only Hurts Minority Kids
b7bdsOfAxD52AP-ZdYpt3ljZRZuFAeXzQ1zXw6Wpns69gBRXMh_lmvMdOb_P-QAI4Hu8R66MMXsNK7Yjk_2PjrM8DLG8P8ReCb9h_pDpru5SyJuhWB4knf92GFwPoZcq7KwnRA=s0-d-e1-ft#%3Ca%20rel%3Dnofollow%20href=?profile=RESIZE_710xby Daniel Buck } ~ Last Friday, commie-Bernie Sanders released his Thurgood Marshall Plan for Public Education. There is much to debate and books worth of rebuttals that this plan warrants... However, he advances one central and misguided idea against which social science almost universally goes: commie-Sanders proposes we ban charter schools and has elsewhere opposed school choice. Yet both are a definitive boon for American education. I am a teacher and want to see public schools succeed. So the only question that matters in this discussion is how charter schools affect children. Stanford University researchers ran a  comprehensive study in 2013 and found that, while charter schools lagged behind traditional public schools in 2009—when the modern movement first gained steam—the average student in a charter school by 2013 had gained an equivalent to eight additional days of learning each year compared to his conventional public school counterparts. The left-leaning Center for Public Education, an organization skeptical of charter schools, can only admit  that the differences between public and charter schools may be negligible. The National Education Association (NEA) eschews discussing any disparities in learning outcomes and instead addresses the supposed instability of charter schools and their effects on unions. Both organizations know that, at worst, charter schools have no effect on learning, and in reality there is a preponderance of evidence in their favor. Even if the Center for Public Education statistics are taken as representative, Patrick Wolf and Corey DeAngelis of the University of Arkansas found that charters are a better return on investment, creating higher learning outcomes per dollar spent. So, even if charters’ effect on learning is neutral, they save money and are thus a net benefit. Compared to students in the average suburban school, charter-school students don’t fare quite as well. However, the Stanford study broke down student success by demographic and found that, when enrolled in charters, students in poverty, African-American students, Hispanic students, special-education students, and English language learners all outperform their counterparts in conventional public schools. To some extent, this could explain discrepancies in research regarding the efficacy of charters. They serve student bodies with a higher poverty rate than do conventional public schools...
Fars News, the Spider Net of Lies and Deception
sOrDtmPhnTSc6D4Za_E5m1vf8V0jEkH2zUK2FZO-HZTyS8htDK8cyEh21g8-_WpAzYBXDSTT1x_NCzBPy1nhIE2TTz4l9-yLy09_LB-dyoSnvAHX-RXzBAWeNSnRk2nnWyftzYPunJytP2CylnXYw4vDTw=s0-d-e1-ft#%3Ca%20rel%3Dnofollow%20href=?profile=RESIZE_710xy Saeed Ghasseminejad } ~ This is the first of a series of articles on Fars News, the cornerstone of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) disinformation campaign for the last two decades... The first part introduces the figures who founded and ran Fars since its creation. Subsequent articles in the series will examine specific cases of disinformation campaigns initiated and promoted by Fars News. Since its creation, Fars News has played a key role in promoting IRGC propaganda and waging psychological warfare against the regime’s opponents. Using its multilanguage platform and sophisticated network, Fars News’ disinformation campaign reaches across Iran’s borders, spreading rumors and lies about dissidents, human rights, labor, political activists, and intellectuals. Fars tries to silence the regime’s critics by publishing hit pieces on them, and plays a critical role in defaming dissidents before and after their arrest. It has wide access to prisons and information gathered by the IRGC. Outside Iran, Fars News publishes disinformation about the United States and its allies by infiltrating the ranks of Western journalists, academics, and policymakers and forging personal and professional relationships with them. In 1999, Saeed Najar Nobari, the communication director of Tehran’s Attorney General Office, received a permit to start a news agency. Najar Nobari did not play a key role in shaping Fars. Fars began its activities in 2002 and Nobari left Fars in 2003 but remained an active player in the country’s media landscape. In 2008, he became the head of foreign office at the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) in President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s government. Nobari also spent three years in Berlin as the chief of IRNA. In his appointment letter, Mohammad Jafar Behdad the head of IRNA at the time, asked Nobari to launch an aggressive campaign to “raise the cost of the enemy’s propaganda war against the Islamic Republic.” In 2003, Najar Nobari sold Fars News to Mehdi Fazaeli, Hassan Mordai Dadkhah, and Hassan Shirazi. As the first CEO of Fars, Fazaeli made Fars a key player in Iran’s media landscape. Moradi and Shirazi are two less knows IRGC-connected figures. Moradi later served as the deputy head of the Basij of University Professors. Fazaeli is the brother of Brigadier General Ahmad Fazaeli, the former head of the IRGC’s Imam Hossein University. Fazaeli founded the Islamic Students Association in the 1990s. Fazaeli worked for Ahmad Tavakoli’ Farda Newspaper. Farda went bankrupt in less than a year. In 1999, he joined the IRGC’s Javan Newspaper and served as its political editor and editor in chief. He is a regime loyalist who routinely brags about his meeting with Hezbollah’s secretary general, Hassan Nasrallah; praises Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader; and denounces the United States and Israel. Fazaeli’s access to the IRGC leadership allowed him to rise in the ranks and make Fars the heart of the IRGC’s disinformation campaign. As a result, the IRGC did not have to rely on any other news agency. Under Fazaeli, Fars played a critical role in launching Ahmadinejad’s political career and helping him to secure presidency. Bijan Moghadam was the first editor-in-chief of the Fars News Agency. Moghadam is a known principlist media figure who has held key positions in several hardline principlist media outlets. In 2005, Moghadam was tapped by then-Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Saffar Harandi as the managing director of the state-run Iran Newspaper. From 2006 to 2014, Moghadam served as the managing director of Jam-e-Jam newspaper, which is owned by the state-run Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB). Next, he became the managing director of Alef, a popular news website controlled by the influential hardline politician and former presidential candidate Ahmad Tavakoli...  
Let's Make Sure 'Obstruction of Justice' 
Is Properly Defined
by Spike Hampson } ~ A line must be drawn.  No longer can the phrase "obstruction of justice" be allowed to mean something obscenely different from what any fair-minded, free person knows it was intended to mean...
 In the minds of most, the phrase refers to blocking the discovery of truth, truth being the only legitimate basis on which appropriate redress can be made for some wrong that has been suffered. Any codified law that uses the phrase "obstruction of justice" to mean something other than precisely this is in jeopardy of obstructing true justice. If a law is needed to insure that an official investigation is not obstructed, then the language of the law must refer to obstruction of an investigation or obstruction of police work or obstruction of intelligence activities. Any reference to this sort of thing as "obstruction of justice" assigns a specialized definition to the word "justice" that does more than just legalistically narrow its established commonplace meaning; it creates a misleading new meaning with the explicit intention of illegitimately assigning to some formal entity all the virtue that English-speaking people naturally and universally associate with the word "justice." The Department of Justice is not synonymous with "justice." We all sincerely hope that the Department pursues true justice most of the time, but anybody with any worldly experience knows that sometimes it doesn't. Obstructing the activities of the Department of Justice should not be automatically viewed as obstructing justice. Even if the Department of Justice is behaving honorably, a person who interferes with its investigation to keep it from arriving at a false conclusion should not be found guilty of obstructing justice. Only a person who attempts to block the department from discovering something true should even be considered for prosecution based on obstruction of justice. This brings us to President Trump and the dirty cop-Mueller Report. dirty cop-Mueller found that there was no compelling evidence that Trump colluded with the Russians to influence the outcome of the 2016 election. Given the nature of our legal system, this effectively clears Trump of the charge — and that charge was the predicated reason for doing the investigation in the first place. The remaining controversy now before us is whether Trump obstructed justice while dirty cop-Mueller investigated the matter. For Trump to have done so, he would have had to hinder dirty cop-Mueller's team from establishing his lack of guilt. How silly! It is irrational to think Trump would have deflected dirty cop-Mueller from discovering Trump's innocence the recognized status of anybody who is not guilty...  
The Pro-Life Movement's Moment

Cal Thomas

Since 1973, when Roe vs. Wade ushered in what would eventually lead to abortion on demand, including partial-birth abortion and even the failure to protect babies born alive after failed procedures — the pro-life movement has achieved few legislative victories.

That may be about to change. While New York and several other states have passed statutes effectively allowing infanticide, more conservative states are passing “heartbeat” bills and other restrictions. Information is becoming more helpful in changing the opinions of people not rigidly “pro-choice” to one more favorable to defending unborn life, at least at late stages of fetal development.

Films like “Unplanned,” the story of former Planned Parenthood official Abby Johnson and her transformation after witnessing an actual abortion, are also advancing the pro-life cause.

New court cases have been building toward a moment when more conservative judges, including those now on the Supreme Court, might look favorably on modifying, though probably not overturning, Roe v. Wade. While that is not a given (note the opinions upholding Roe by justices named by Republican presidents), momentum appears to be building in a pro-life direction.

The Pew Research Center has found that while abortion remains a divisive issue, “more than half of U.S. adults take a non-absolutist position, saying that in most — but not all — cases, abortion should be legal (34 percent) or illegal (22 percent). Fewer take the position that in all cases abortion should be either legal (25 percent) or illegal (15 percent).

This is why the courts are likely to take an incremental approach, rather than an outright overturning of Roe. Incrementalism has brought us to the point where Gov. Ralph Northam of Virginia recently sought to defend a bill (defeated) that would have failed to protect a baby who survives an abortion and leave the decision to the woman and her "doctor” as to whether the child should be allowed to die, intent being the determining factor. Incremental steps could also move in the opposite direction.

Unrestricted abortion has been aided by an increasingly secularized society that appears to view human life as merely the highest form of evolution, but of no greater moral significance than animals that seem to be afforded more protection in law than an unborn child.

As pregnancy help centers have expanded, as scientific knowledge, including the use of sonograms, have helped change the minds of some abortion-minded women when they see pictures of their baby, as more people become aware that, since 1973, the number of aborted babies has reached 60 million and the U.S birth rate has declined to its lowest level in three decades, there is increasing optimism that the times may be changing in favor of some protection for the unborn.

Still, abortion is a reflection of something far deeper. An increasingly secular society in which its fastest growing demographic ascribes to no religious belief, is now of a mindset to tolerate virtually everything.

In the Old Testament book of Judges, one line is repeated that characterizes modern America: “In those days Israel (insert America) had no king; everyone did as he saw fit.”

While America is strong economically and militarily, we are weak where it really counts.

No one can predict how the courts — especially the Supreme Court — will handle cases formulated to get their attention, but history proves the wisdom of Abraham Lincoln’s observation: “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” That should include the freedom to be born.

The secular progressives will fight back with everything they have, including their misuse of language to hide what goes on behind closed doors at an abortion facility, but the wind has shifted behind the backs of pro-lifers and this could be their most favorable moment in 46 years.  ~The Patriot Post  

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