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"Not only was Obama as narcissistic as ever, the speech was nothing like some pundits were predicting. Having faced stunning gubernatorial losses in Virginia and New Jersey and then the historical Scott Brown Senate victory in Massachusetts, those "in the know" speculated that Obama would move toward the middle. Wrong! The speech was the same old socialist rhetoric topped with a direct confrontation with members of the Supreme Court. There was no class at all... but should I have expected anything else?
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Victoria Cobb, President of the Family Foundation of Virginia has some great news to report.
Yesterday, the House of Delegates passed by a vote of 72-25 HB 393, patroned by Delegate Matt Lohr (R-26, Harrisonburg), a bill that would put unregulated abortion centers under three simple regulations: licensure, an annual inspection and to have life saving equipment on premises, such as defibrillators.
In the floor debate on the bill’s second read yesterday, when bills in the House are debated, opposition came from one of the General Assembly’s biggest pro-abortion advocates, Delegate David Englin (D-45, Alexandria). He tried to make the case that unregulated abortion centers are regulated. But Delegate Lohr correctly replied that, if so, then the simple requirements in the bill would not be cause for concern to the abortion centers. Delegate Englin then tried to paint a picture of hypocrisy by stating that doctors’ offices of various specialties are not regulated by the state. However, as Delegate Lohr responded, specific boards govern each medical specialty. But there are no recognized boards that institute standards for abortionists.
As I told the media yesterday, the General Assembly Building where members of the General Assembly work currently has external defibrillators available for emergencies. Virginia’s unregulated abortion centers do not. To ask a medical facility that performs invasive surgical procedures that include the use of anesthesia to simply have what the General Assembly building has seems reasonable to most Virginians. But the lucrative, billion dollar abortion industry rejects even this most simple safety measure.
At the same time the abortion industry is attempting to regulate pregnancy resource centers – facilities that do not do invasive medical procedures – they are fighting against even the most basic standards for themselves. The hypocrisy is obvious to anyone willing to look.
The bipartisan vote yesterday was one of the largest margins in recent history. The bill now goes to the Senate where it most likely will be referred to the Education and Health Committee. Although pro-life bills typically meet a dismal fate there, we will continue to fight for – and ask your help in those battles – on just bills, such HB 393, and continue to spotlight the lawmakers who prove to be grossly out of step with mainstream Virginia.
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Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Curbing Deficit Pretending
Monday, January 25, 2010
In the wake of admissions the IPCC knew all along it was putting bogus science in its 2007 Assessment Report, that the false prediction was included specifically for its "impact on policymakers and politicians," and that this allegedly was covered up as long as it was because the IPCC chairman was raising money for his personal pursuits based on the prediction, the IPCC must immediately take three steps to restore its credibility. If it does not, the Obama Administration should use its influence to have it shut down.To restore its credibility, the IPCC should:1) Return its half of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize and replace its current leadership;2) Adopt and enforce a strict conflict-of-interest policy;3) Adopt an uncompromising transparency policy, which includes the release of all data, all emails, all meeting minutes, all drafts and all other documentation related to the development of assessment reports and all other policy pronouncements, in the past and from this date forward.Step one would signal to the world that the IPCC is serious about reform.Step two would reduce, though not eliminate, the temptation faced by IPCC personnel to tailor conclusions to moneymaking, career or fundraising opportunities for themselves or affiliated businesses or institutions.Step three would be a constant reminder to IPCC personnel that their work genuinely will be peer-reviewed, in a universal sense, which is as it should be given the gravity of the IPCC's work.Politicians relying upon IPCC recommendations are considering policies that would limit the access of billions of people to low-cost energy in an effort to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. This is a grave step that should be undertaken only if the alternative is worse. As many have considered the IPCC to be the institution that can answer that question, given the gravity of these circumstances, no level of transparency and ethics can be too high.Global warming believers and "skeptics" do not often agree, but this is a subject upon which we should be able to reach a true consensus. No one benefits when the IPCC knowingly publishes bogus science.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
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