Apr 22, 2013

Kansas Governor Puts Extreme Biblical Beliefs Before the Constitution, Signs Sweeping Anti-Abortion Legislation

Kansas Republican Governor Sam Brownback signed sweeping religiously motivated anti-abortion legislation into law on Friday, nearly two weeks after the Kansas House passed the bill earlier this month. The new laws will take effect this July.

The provisions of the bill known as HB 2253 include barring women from deducting abortion services on their tax forms, banning abortion providers from receiving tax breaks, prohibiting employees of abortion providers from participating in sex education courses in school, forcing doctors to tell women that abortion causes breast cancer even though science says otherwise, and declaring that life begins at conception, a declaration that could be used to ban abortion entirely in the future. The bill does not include exceptions for victims of rape or incest.
According to the Lawrence Journal World,
“An Associated Press photo taken before the signing shows a page of notes about the bill on Brownback’s desk that included a handwritten message at the top: “JESUS + Mary.” Further down the page were typewritten notes spelling out Brownback’s belief that the bill would create “a culture of life.””
Brownback’s own notes at the signing ceremony make it clear that these anti-abortion measures are being forced down women’s throats because an extreme group of Christian fundamentalists demand it. Women’s rights are being wiped out a piece at a time by conservative politicians to appease their Christian Right-wing masters. This legislation specifically targets women and the health care providers who treat them in an effort to ban abortion, a procedure that has been legal in the United States for 40 years.

In 1973, the Supreme Court ruled that women are constitutionally guaranteed the right to seek an abortion via the 14th Amendment. The 14th Amendment also already defines when a person is granted rights, specifically stating that “all persons born” have the right to life, liberty, and property. In other words, only the born have rights, the unborn do not. Despite what the Christian Right believes, the only document that matters is the Constitution. The Bible has no place and no standing in the how the nation and each of the 50 states are governed. The 14th Amendment was passed by a Republican dominated Congress during the Reconstruction Era and approved by the American people. Therefore, any law that seeks to restrict a woman’s right to have an abortion is null and void. The only way to ban abortion, the only way to declare that life begins at fertilization, is to amend the Constitution. And considering the fact that a great majority of Americans support abortion rights in most or all cases, including 70% who oppose overturning Roe v. Wade, such a change to the Constitution is highly unlikely.

Kansas Republicans, by assaulting women’s rights to have a safe and legal abortion, are putting the state on a dangerous path towards becoming the most dangerous place for a woman to live. If abortion continues to be unconstitutionally restricted to the point of being banned entirely, women will be forced to find alternative ways to end their unwanted pregnancies, which means countless women will lose their lives as they did in the time before Roe v. Wade. According to the National Abortion Federation,
“In the years before Roe v. Wade, the estimates of illegal abortions ranged as high as 1.2 million per year [Figure according to the Guttmacher Institute],” the NAF states. “Although accurate records could not be kept, it is known that between the 1880s and 1973, many thousands of women were harmed as a result of illegal abortion. Many women died or suffered serious medical problems after attempting to self-induce their abortions or going to untrained practitioners who performed abortions with primitive methods or in unsanitary conditions. During this time, hospital emergency room staff treated thousands of women who either died or were suffering terrible effects of abortions provided without adequate skill and care.”
If Republicans and their Christian Right-wing sponsors have their way, Kansas will once again be known as ‘Bleeding Kansas,’ and it won’t be because of a battle over slavery this time. It will be because of the deaths of women who get unsafe abortions because they have no choice.



Apr 21, 2013

VIDEO STORY on STUDENTS' RIGHTS: School violates kid's Constitutional rights. It needs to be DEFANGED!

Much as I can't stand what the NRA is doing to AMERICA, this kid is being railroaded by the government. I hope he takes it to court, gets help taking it to court, and a court decision defangs the heavy handedness of America's schools. If they can't support the Constitution, then what good are they but bad influences to America's young people? The problem is, in wrongful cases like this, there doesn't seem to be law to hold criminally responsible, people who deny other people's rights!


Apr 19, 2013

First Report, Boston remaining suspect may be captured.

Something's happened in suburban Boston....after shots were fired, an ambulance rushed towards the neighborhood scene.   Lots of police and lawmen rushed  into the scene.   There are reports on Twitter from Boston that the suspect was pinned down.... and that a body has been found in a boat, covered up in a neighborhood.    Lots of FBI types with night vision goggles went into the area... reporters are being held back as they report live.

Assumption that police at nightfall have Marathon bombing suspect still alive, pinned down  in a covered boat stored in a neighborhood.   Unkn if he is booby trapped but theyr'e being careful as they move in on him.   Snipers surrounding suspect.

Below are TWEETS in the last little while..... 7pm central time.


7:45 central time
CNN field reporter saying police applauding, saying he's been captured.  ambulance was near scene.

Minutes later, officials confirm he's in custody, has injuries which were not initially detailed.  Suspect said to be alive and in custody....it was unclear at first report if he was taken away in a car or the ambulance seen nearby.    The scene and surrounding officers are standing down

At 7:55 media reports said the suspect was wounded probably the night before in a gunfight with police that killed his older brother.   The 19 year old was taken alive, wounded, with significant loss of blood by ambulance.    Hundreds of police started driving away from the scene to cheers of citizens who came outside to cheer them.

Eyewitness: Neighbor went to check boat behind his house today, saw blood, climbed up ladder to open boat's cover, saw a body, called police. LIVE STREAMING COVERAGE: http://abcn.ws/live
Eyewitness: Neighbor went to check boat behind his house today, saw blood, climbed up ladder to open boat's cover, saw a body, called police. LIVE STREAMING COVERAGE: http://abcn.ws/live

BREAKING NEWS: Three people taken into custody in New Bedford as part of Boston Marathon terror bombing investigation.
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  1. : Reports of "lots of blood", "boat on fire" police concerned about "suicide vest"
  2. : AP: Law enforcement official: Bombing suspect in boat stored in Watertown, Mass.
  3. Alleged Photo Of Bombing Suspect’s Corpse Leaks Online (WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGE)
  4. . says there are floodlights on the boat, police are yelling at suspect in

ABC NEWS: Source says should be resolved shortly. Suspect believed to be injured.

  1. BREAKING NEWS: Police appear to be preparing a robot with a camera to approach the boat. Globe reporters on scene hearing numerous...
  2. "He's hit", says , citing sources, "and they believe he's been there much of the day"

  1. Multiple law enforcement sources telling that this is Suspect #2 Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
  2. RT : Officers nearby can partially see arms or legs in the boat - reports
  3. BREAKING NEWS: Police have Boston Marathon bombings suspect pinned down in boat in Watertown backyard.
  1. Marathon bombings suspect believed to be inside boat in back yard of Watertown home. The boat was surrounded by police.
  2. 7's Steve Cooper: Source: They believe this to be the second suspect in a boat.
  3. Authorities engage possible suspect in Watertown, senior federal law enforcement official says.
  4. CBS reporting that man is alive in boat
  5. 7's Dan Hausle: Civilians running across field on Birch Street with officers.
  6. Police are engaging a possible suspect now near Boston - details live now on TV.
  7. Police converge on possible suspect in Watertown, reports say.
  8. BREAKING: Possible 'body found in a boat' in Watertown, Mass., sources tell . Situation still unfolding.
  9. Source tells the man surrounded in boat IS the suspect.
  10. CNN on delay to prevent live gory scene from Watertown. Others may be too
  11. Reports that suspect cornered & that police plan to fire gas; attempt to take suspect alive.