Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Breaking: Supreme Court Nominee Admits She Manipulated Medical Science

First, a brief history of this scandal from RedState:

In 2000 the Supreme Court struck down Nebraska’s PBA [Partial Birth Abortion] ban, citing a statement from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists that PBA might be the best choice for a woman under certain circumstances. That statement was also used later to fight against a federal PBA ban signed by Bush. We now find out that the ACOG didn’t come up with that language - just the opposite initially in fact - Elena Kagan just made it up and it got inserted into the final report.

Elena Kagan has admitted authorship of the memo that ties her to a successful effort to manipulate medical science. This is not only a shocking scandal for Elena Kagan, but for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists as well.

This, from Human Events:

Under questioning from Sen. Orrin Hatch – the first Republican to ask her about the American College Of Obstetricians And Gynecologists partial-birth abortion memo – Elena Kagan admitted her authorship of the memo.

“The document is certainly in my handwriting,” Kagan said, but then explained that she was merely trying to get ACOG to clarify their official statement to accurately reflect their own views. However, that explanation doesn’t seem to fit the actual content of her notes and memos:

“[White House staffer] Todd Stern just discovered that the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Is thinking about issuing a statement (attached) that includes the following sentence: ‘[A] select panel convened by ACOG could identify no Circumstances under which [the partial-birth] Procedure … would be the only option to save the life or preserve the health of the woman.’ This, of course, would be disaster – not the less so (in fact, the more so) because ACOG continues to oppose the legislation. … they may try, however, to do something that sounds even stricter. Daschle’s staff hopes that this proposal will provide cover for pro-choice Senators (who can be expected to support it) and that it will refocus the debate --from the partial-birth procedure to late-term abortions generally.”

-- Elena Kagan, memo for Jack Quinn and Kathy Wallman, Dec. 14, 1996

Kagan then wrote to Kathy Bryant, ACOG’s associate director of government relations, suggesting that the language of the ACOG statement be changed to state that the procedure “may be the best or most appropriate procedure in a particular circumstance to save the life or preserve the health of a woman.” And when ACOG adopted the exact language Kagan had suggested, she sent a note to her bosses saying the statement “turned out a ton better than expected” (underlined in her original handwriting).

Understandably, most news organizations and bloggers have focused on what this could mean for Elena Kagan. But I also want to know what the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has to say about this.

Exit question: How often do physicians' organizations allow government lawyers and bureaucrats to manipulate medical science?

Welcome to the post-scientific era, brought to you by Barack Obama and friends!


Video via TWS:

Kagan: "There was no way in which I would have or could have intervened with ACOG, which is a respected body of physicians, to get it to change its views on the medical question."

But ACOG reversed their statement, using Kagan's language ― word for word! I suppose it was just a miraculous coincidence. It had nothing to do with the fact that Kagan was working for the Clinton administration (a "respeced body" of powerful politicans and bureaucrats).

Again, welcome to the post-scientific era!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Anna Little Asks for Your "Ten Buck Fridays" Vote!

The Ten Buck Fridays movement continues to gain steam. Now another candidate is asking for your participation. This from Anna Little's Facebook page:

Mayor Anna Little (R) for Congressional District 6, New Jersey: Vote for us in this week's "Ten Buck Fridays" Poll!

We're in the lead right now with 30% of the vote but a wonderful candidate (and future colleague) Liz Carter (GA-4) is gaining ground!

Putting in a sincerely kind word for the competition? Quelle classe! No wonder Little's supporters call her "The Wonderful Anna."

Here's a message from Anna on Twitter:

Vote for us in this week's "Ten Buck Fridays" poll! We're leading with 30% but @lisbethcarter is gaining ground!

Have you voted in this week's TBF poll?


Anna Little's stunning victory in the 6th District Republican congressional primary.

Attention all Ten Buck Fridays Bloggers...

Note: RightKlik remains neutral in the TBF poll (all of this week's candidates are top notch), but I'll take note of any conservative candidate who asks for TBF support, and will link to supporters' TBF pages.


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The Conservative Lady: Obama Accused of Criminal Negligence

American Power: It's hard for Americans to be sympathetic in the face of crass exploitation of the migrant poor for the communist reconquista agenda.

Nice Deb: Rick Santelli Has A Message For Democrats

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Eternity Matters: Truth vs. fiction on the budget deficits

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Monday, June 28, 2010

TBF Has Arrived!

Ten Buck Fridays continues to make waves. Now a conservative candidate for Congress is asking for your TBF Vote! This is from Liz Carter's (GA-4) Facebook page:

Liz Carter for Congress "Help me get a money bomb!"

And Liz Carter is getting the word out on Twitter too:

"Help me get a money bomb! #liz4ga #yankhank #sgp"

RightKlik remains neutral in the TBF poll (all of this week's candidates are top notch), but I'll take note of any conservative candidate who asks for TBF support, and will link to supporters' TBF pages.

So far, Anna Little is in the lead with 33% of the vote. Have you voted yet?


Liz Carter: The serious businesswoman who would capsize a certain Georgia Democrat

"The youngest of 10 children – the last born before her birth father abandoned the family – Carter describes her circumstance growing up as 'dirt poor,' which might explain why she doesn’t flinch at the notion of sacrifice."

The Other McCain: ‘Just One Tweet’: Conservative New Media Get Results in Georgia 4th District Story Mo, Mo, Mo, Mo, Money Bomb

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Ten Buck Fridays: Fresh Poll

Ready for the next Round of Ten Buck Fridays? Here are this week's ten conservative candidates:

Information on the candidates from their own websites:

Star Parker (CA-37)

Star Parker is running for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 37th Congressional District in Los Angeles County, California. She is the founder and president of CURE, the Center for Urban Renewal & Education, a 501(c)3 non-profit think tank that explores and promotes market-based public policy to fight poverty.

Prior to her involvement in social activism, Star Parker was a single welfare mother in Los Angeles, California. After receiving Christ, Star returned to college, received a BS degree in marketing and launched an urban Christian magazine. The 1992 Los Angeles riots destroyed her business, yet served as a springboard for her focus on conservative activism...

Star Parker faces Congresswoman J Laura Richardson on November 2.

Star Parker on the issues

Marco Rubio (FL-Sen)

Highly regarded for his principled, energetic and idea-driven leadership, Marco Rubio is a candidate for U.S. Senate in 2010.

In 1971, Marco was born in Miami to Cuban-born parents who came to America following Fidel Castro’s takeover. When he was eight years old, Rubio and his family moved to Las Vegas, Nevada where his father worked as a bartender at the Sams Town Hotel and his mother as a housekeeper at the Imperial Palace Hotel...

A host of candidates are fighting for this open U.S. Senate seat. Rubio is expected to face RINO turncoat Charlie Crist and a Democrat in the fall.

Marco Rubio on the issues

Jim Rutledge (MD-Sen)

James B. Rutledge, III was raised on a beef cattle farm in Harford County. His father was a veterinarian and his mother an artist and antiques dealer. Rutledge's mother comes from coalminers that immigrated in the 1800s. His father comes from farmers who first came to Maryland in the 1600s.

Rutledge attended North Harford High School (1979) before graduating with his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Georgia (1983), Magna Cum Laude. While at the University of Georgia, Rutledge was admitted to the Phi Beta Kappa honor society and was the Captain of the University's club lacrosse team...

If Jim Rutledge wins the Republican primary on September 14, he will face incumbent Senator Barbara Mikulski in November.

Jim Rutledge on the issues

Peter Schiff (CT-Sen)

Peter Schiff is a successful businessman, bestselling author, and economic expert widely credited with foretelling the US economic crisis years before it occurred.

Peter is not a politician and has never held elected office, instead dedicating his entire adult life to economics and finance. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Peter studied finance and accounting before joining a prominent brokerage firm...

If Schiff can beat Linda McMahon (World Wrestling Entertainment CEO) in the Republican primary on August 10, he will face the Democratic nominee to replace Chris Dodd.

Peter Schiff on the issues

Jacob Turk (MO-5)

Jacob is a Marine veteran and is the proud son of a Marine Korean War veteran.

Jacob raised his three children for 12 years as a single dad. He has lived the difficulties of being a single parent, and knows how government decisions on parental rights, public schools, the tax code and sex education either supports our role raising our children or undermines this very important, very rewarding, and often difficult responsibility. He believes in parents as the molders of our children rather than government programs.

Jacob owned his own small business for 12 years...

If Jacob Turk wins the GOP primary on August 3, he will face Emanuel "Spittle-Gate" Cleaver in the fall.

Jacob Turk on the issues

Liz Carter (GA-4)

Liz Carter is the best of what America has to offer: a small business owner, wife and Mom. No silver spoon in her mouth when she was born, she’s worked like the rest of us starting at the bottom, overcoming adversity, and making the best of an American life for her family. She’s a student of history and politics and an advocate. Her father, a World War II veteran, taught her what we all know, America is the greatest country in the world and she’s concerned that Washington’s lost its way...

Liz Carter is fighting to "Yank Hank" in November. If Liz wins the GOP primary on July 20, she will face Hank "Gaum's Gonna Tip Over" Johnson in the fall.

Liz Carter on the issues

Vijay Kumar (TN-5)

Vijay was born in 1954 in Hyderabad, India, to a conservative middle class family. He studied classics, political science, and philosophy in India. In 1979, Vijay emigrated to the United States because he felt uplifted by the values and possibilities inherent in the American way of life.

In 1983, Vijay married Robin Minix, a native of Bowling Green, Kentucky. In keeping with his conservative family values, Vijay and Robin have been married for twenty-seven years. The Kumar family attends Bellevue Community Church in Nashville, Tennessee...

If Vijay Kumar wins the GOP primary on August 19, he will face the Democratic nominee in November.

Vijay Kumar on the issues.

Anna Little (NJ-6)

Anna is a wife, a mother of three children, and currently serves as Mayor of the Borough of Highlands, New Jersey. As Mayor, Anna has proven her ability to manage a fiscally responsible municipality by reducing the budget, and implementing an economic growth vision for her hometown.

From 2006-2008, Anna served as a Monmouth County Freeholder, bringing her vision of responsible government to the county by establishing the Continuous Budget Review Committee, and by hosting an Economic Development Summit...

Anna Little will face incumbent Congressman Frank Pallone in the fall.

Anna Little on the issues

Allen West (FL-22)

Lieutenant Colonel Allen West (US Army, Retired) was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia and is third of four generations of military servicemen in his family. His parents instilled in him a very basic principle, love of God and Country. In 2004, when it was time to retire from more than twenty years of service in the US Army, he brought his wife and two young daughters to Broward County, Florida, where he taught high school for one year. He then returned to Afghanistan as an advisor to the Afghan army, an assignment he finished in November 2007...

If he wins the GOP primary on August 24, West will face Congressman Ron Klein in November.

Allen West on the issues

Ann Marie Buerkle (NY-25)

A native of Auburn, New York, Ann Marie is a nurse and accomplished attorney working in healthcare, mother of six and grandmother of eleven.

After graduating as an R.N. from St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing, Ann Marie worked at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City and St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse. While juggling a growing family, Ann Marie was a substitute school nurse for many years before obtaining her law degree from Syracuse University School of Law...

Ann Marie Buerkle is the only candidate in her district running on both the Conservative Party and Repbulican Party lines. A victory in the September 14 GOP primary would allow her to face Dan Maffei in November.

Ann Marie Buerkle on the issues

Not enough room for Patrick Murray, Vicky Hartzler, Teresa Collett or Charles Lollar this week, but they will roll over into next week.


Ten Buck Fridays explained

Who's participating in Ten Buck Fridays


Saturday, June 26, 2010

Last Chance for TBF Nominations

Ten-Buck Fridays ROCK...and Twenty's Twice as Nice!

A new Ten Buck Fridays Poll goes up tomorrow (Sunday) at noon. We already have several excellent nominations:

If you want to add a nomination or second an existing one, now is the time! And if you have a minute to tell us about your favorite candidate, please do.


Nice Deb supports TBF!

Another Ten Buck Friday shout from Smitty at The Other McCain!