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The Sleepers Awake

April 29th, 2013 - 6:40 pm

The regular media is finally covering the Kermit Gosnell trial in a big way. It’s as if they woke up from a deep sleep to notice that a poor black doctor offering a service to the community is being lynched in Philadelphia by ‘racist’ and ‘elitist’ prosecutors.  Now they’re making up for lost time. The Washington Post’s head is, “in closing remarks at Pa. abortion clinic trial, defense asks jury to look beyond politics”. CNN banners, “case against abortion doctor is ‘hype and exaggeration,’ defense says”.

But the New York Times comes closest to stating the issues when it leads “they are known as Baby Boy A, Baby C, Baby D and Baby E, all of whom prosecutors call murdered children and the defense calls aborted fetuses — the very difference in language encapsulating why anti-abortion advocates are so passionate about drawing attention to the trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell, which wrapped up here on Monday with summations by both sides.”

Thus the while facts may not be in much dispute the debate over whether a crime has been committed is alive and well. More vital and living than any of babies, fetuses or tissue in Gosnell’s clinic. Nor are definitions important only in the case of Gosnell. Events have always been subject to interpretation. But perhaps never has action been more contingent on interpretation. Take the problem of whether or not to punish Assad for crossing the “Red Line” in using chemical weapons in Syria.

That should have been straightforward. In Syria the victims are presumably adults. Not baby A, B, or C. They are not even fetuses or embryonic tissue. Has Assad killed them by crossing the Red Line? It should be clear … but

… but.

The “but” being that to respond to Assad would derail the President’s Pivot to Asia. Nobody wants that, do they? Gideon Rachman at the Financial Times writes in frustration over the ruin of the great and cunning Obama Grand Strategy.

Barack Obama is meant to be the most powerful man in the world. But it looks increasingly as though he may be dragged into a conflict in Syria, against his own better judgment….

If Mr Obama does end up sanctioning much more direct US involvement in the Syrian conflict, it will be a clear reversal of the grand strategy formed during his first term. This has three key elements. The first is to avoid new wars in the Middle East. The second is to “pivot to Asia” … the final element is to rebuild America’s global strength through domestic economic and social reforms, concentrating on what the president calls “nation-building at home”.

So heaven forbid that Obama should be made to enforce a injunction he himself set.  Thus Syria goes from being a “Red Line” to a “Distraction” standing in the way of the Greater Good. So even if the President refuses to call out Assad we will understand the wisdom of the President. He will refuse to act from “courage” and not because he’s weaseling out.

Except that perhaps there’s no Pivot To Asia. Pivoting to Asia means shifting the relative weight of Navy and Air Force assets to that theater away from the Middle East if it is to mean anything at all. But as Mackenzie Eaglen notes  even as President Obama was talking about a “pivot to Asia” he was shrinking the Navy and the Air Force.  That would be like promising a vacation while canceling the tickets and the cabin reservations.

When President Obama unveiled his new strategic guidance in January, highlighted by a pivot to Asia, many assumed (incorrectly) that the Navy and Air Force would reap the benefits. But if the president’s own 2013 defense budget request did not make it clear to policymakers already, the release of the Navy’s 30-year shipbuilding plan confirms this is a pivot in name only.

The pivot to Asia is a “pivot in name only”, just another narrative device. But that doesn’t mean the President isn’t realigning priorities.

What the President is really pivoting toward is to domestic spending. He’s pivoting to Detroit, changing orientation to shovel resources at the inner cities and domestic spending. As Chris Conover writing at Forbes put it the biggest winner is Obamacare.

The president’s aggressive State of the Union message (as expected) amplified what some had called the most full-throated defense of liberalism since FDR. It’s certainly not news that the president heavily prefers entitlement spending over defense spending. But in light of his proposed reductions in defense spending and sharp increase in health spending under Obamacare, I was curious to see just how much he’s tipping the scales in favor of health spending relative to his predecessors. To answer this question, I grabbed the most recent available numbers from the Office of Management and Budget….

health entitlements under Obamacare will grow so rapidly that federal spending as a share of GDP will grow by more than 40 percent by the year 2085.

Now nothing is wrong with preferring increasing domestic entitlements over increasing or maintaining defense spending. That  is a legitimate political choice. But it should be made consciously and honestly chosen. Anyone who thinks about it for more than a few minutes will see the truth immediately: The President has pivoted to Detroit and  Philadelphia but not to Asia.

All that guff about “pivoting to Asia” is impressing no one, not even the Kims in North Korea. So if he lets Assad cross the Red Line in Syria it’s because the money needed to stop him is being spent on welfare, Obamacare and similar programs.

In the words of the Guardian, “let’s be honest”. In order to prevent more Kermit Gosnell there ought to be easier and more accessible funding for abortions. Or as the Atlantic put it, “If More Funding Went to Safe, Legal Abortions, Would Kermit Gosnell Have Happened?”

Abortion is big business. As John Fund wrote in the National Review, “Planned Parenthood is a nationwide business worthy of scrutiny. It performed 985,731 abortions between 2008 and 2010 and received $487.4 million in taxpayer money in 2009–10 alone.”

This essentially explains why Kermit Gosnell must if at all possible be acquitted. Or if he must be found guilty of committing the physical acts he is accused of, then to define these as a “valued service” instead of a crime. Kermit Gosnell is part of the big domestic spending machine. He and his clinic are the downstream of a big industry. If Gosnell is prosecuted successfully, what message would that send to the industry?

It’s not all about Baby A, Baby B or Baby C. It’s not even about fetuses or embryonic tissue. It’s about something much more important. It’s about money. To hang Gosnell out to dry would derail a branch line of the Gravy Train.  Underneath the appeals to this or that high minded principle lurks the shadow of lucre.  Something kept the inspectors away from the doors of his establishment.

Not that one shouldn’t let him go on that account. But it’s always better to know why.

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"Can anyone point out any time when Barack Obama carried out any task, other than delivering a scripted speech tailored to his narrow range, competently?"

Sounds like Obama, - but sounds like Bill Clinton, too. Clinton is the one that established the political principle that "It's the thought that counts" - because you get credit for the thought from the MSM when it is uttered and no one ever calls you out on the fact that you never even took the first step to implement it.

Clinton's speech following the Ok City tornadoes of May 1999, in which he said there would be an effort to "reduce the power of such storms" received polite applause. But no one ever expected him to even try to deliver.

The Left views the Right as imposing "the Tyranny of Competence." It has become to them that if you did something successfully, it's bad, since you must be "one of them."
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The left is utterly insane. On the one hand they declare illegal immigrants should have an open border and a civil right to citizenship. At the same time they support the killing of natural born citizens. I guess that is consistent with electing Obama with his murky past on the birth issue.
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Doesn't any black-supporting Democrat ever give any thought to the fact that it is the Republicans who are trying to stem the flood of the racist genocide/infanticide/murder of mainly BLACK babies???
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I think that “Planned Parenthood” is a moniker that rings in evil irony in much the same way that its pre-modern equivalent sounded “Arbeit Macht Frei”. These clinics get away with what comes down to the Auschwitz of our time. Who would have known? One dare not ponder what is happening in their own neighborhoods. One dare not ask, it is unPC. One just follows orders to the end of the day.

And I can only laugh. A nation that is on the precipice of 25% unemployment and falling of the economic abyss is looking to open the borders to another horde that are not bound by any sacred oath or even a desire to ‘melt’ in. Nay, they are here for conquest and Eric Holder thinks it is only right… they, those foreigners deserve it more than our own unemployed and working poor.

Just think if the state brought to term 33 million American babies instead of importing and molly coddling law breakers. Could they not count on their vote?

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The media is waking up to the Gosnell trial because they just realized the stakes. They thought they could just ignore the case and it would go away, or they could just let this one abortionist get thrown under the bus.

Here's what they didn't realize until now. The precedent set by this case is going to be an abortionist put on death row for carrying out abortions, and that is, as anti-abortionists (as opposed to pure pro-lifers) would say,l A GOOD START.

I think that the alarm bells just went off with the release of the Live Action videos. Live action has managed to get video of employees of abortion clinics casually saying things that imply that just maybe there were some live-birth abortions/killings in their own clinic. From now on, all it takes is one nurse, patient or employee to testify that he heard a baby cry during an abortion and that doctor could find himself defending himself against first degree murder with a death penalty on the ticket. It's going to make doctors think long and hard about whether they want to take that risk anymore, and plenty of them are going to get out of the business. Gosnell has just handed the anti-abortion movement a gigantic weapon to use against practicing abortionists, and the pro-abortion MSM just figured it out. The battle just changed turf, and the pro-abortion side is in big trouble and, if the conviction and death sentence goes through as it should, in mortal danger. Literally.

Game on.
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Gosnell has some new (pharmaceutical) competition for his teenage patients: the FDA just lowered the age limit for purchasing the morning-after pill without a prescription to 15.

Never mind that the active ingredient (levonorgestrel) in the pill can cause severe side effects, including nausea, dizziness, and abdominal cramps, and that neither the FDA nor anyone else at present knows what the long-term adverse effects of "emergency contraception" might be.
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"Crosses a red line" appears to be code for something. Possibly "Carl".

I know it's some secret message because everyone winks when they say it. Even over the radio- it's obvious.
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Here's another one of my Really Stupid Ideas, on par with my idea that the House should pass a bill declaring any taxes paid under Obamacare to be tax credits.

Why don't conservatives insist that Kermit Gosnell also be charged under the Voting Rights Act? Would'nt that push some interesting Leftist buttons?

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welcome to post-Christian Amerika.
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Here's a nice video to start your day-

“I don’t want to like go into labor at home,” the pregnant woman said. “Like what if it like pops out, like, at home?”

“If it comes out then it comes out. Flush it!” said the employee.

Should the child be born on the floor? “We’ll tell you to put it in a bag or something and bring it to us,” the employee advised.
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Off topic, but I'm not sure anything's off topic anymore-all the crap is coming to a head at once. Boston Herald reports that the bombers and family have received over $100,000 in welfare benefits from the People's Republic of Mass. This largess was composed of cash payments, food stamps and Section 8 Housing. It appears that the immigration bill would make illegal aliens, (yes, that's what they are), would immediately qualify for all available public assistance. I'm sure the leftist idiots will be waiting on this side of the Rio Grande with applications. The sooner our economy implodes, the better. Let the free market emerge from the rubble-the black market is quite active already.
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But that's the very same information that the Governor wanted suppressed just a few days ago.

BTW, $ 100,000 / 10 years is w a a a a y low for this family.

But, in any event, it was their micro-drug distribution empire that put the duo in cannabis bliss.

Their clients recognized them from the Internet photos instantly -- but typically would not come forth -- because they were their connection.

The whole Choom Gang connection to the Boston atrocity has got the Wan smoking.

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If the Gosnell babies were "not really alive," then why snip their little spines? That last act with a pair of surgical scissors is a defacto "coup de grace" to ensure death, just like the commanding officer's pistol shot to the back of the head after the firing squad does its part. Therefore, these babies were executed.
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