Links for 7-10-2013

  • The Texas House held a final vote on its pro-life bill, HB2, which passed 96–49. Yesterday’s debate and vote prompted Donna Howard to employ abortion euphemisms: “State Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, urged lawmakers to realize that no one is ‘pro-abortion,’ and expressed discontent that some supporters of the bill had labeled opponents of the legislation ‘baby killers.’ She said that the question is not when life begins but rather, ‘It’s a question of decisions that have to be made along the way.’” Pro-lifers are winning arguments because they’re following Jen Kuznicki’s advice and speaking plainly:

    The argument in today’s political landscape is outdated and unfocused. We are no longer talking about incest and rape and life of the mother. We are talking about repeated intentional murder of children of primarily minority women, with the pro-choice movement turning to mob mentality when a simple suggestion of setting standards is entered into the discussion. Meanwhile, the left has created the myth that women have a right to kill their own child, and pro-choicers pacify their own egos by proclaiming a right to do what they will with their own bodies. Breaking down and focusing the argument must include the fact that they have therefore established that they have the right to murder themselves, not their children, who are different people.

  • Leftist web site Burnt Orange Report published a column by someone named Ben Sherman who argues men should oppose HB2 because it will negatively impact their sex lives: “Can you think of anything that kills the vibe faster than a woman fearing a back-alley abortion? Making abortion essentially inaccessible in Texas will add an anxiety to sex that will drastically undercut its joys.” Dana Loesch flays him in response: “You’re more concerned about killing the ‘vibe’ than your child? You have more problems than just your libido.” Allahpundit adds: “Most abortion warriors blanch at the accusation that they’re willing to flush a human life out of pure inconvenience… Not this guy. He gives you some of the traditional reasons in his post to oppose abortion regulations, but if those don’t sell you, just think of the bottom line: You might get less ass. What red-blooded American male would oppose a trip to Dr. Gosnell’s office for some feet-harvesting if those are the stakes?”

  • The Town Lake YMCA in downtown Austin booted pro-choice group Students for Life of America from the building after pro-abortion activists complained about their presence. SFLA had an agreement with the YMCA enabling its members to use the showers while they were in town this week.

  • A priest at a church in Virginia learned of a couple planning to abort a baby because it had been diagnosed with Down syndrome; the priest offered to find an adoptive family instead. The church’s social media volunteer posted a message on Facebook asking if anyone would be willing to adopt the baby, and they received hundreds of replies from all over the world.

  • Kathleen Sebelius awarded $150 million in grants to ACORN lookalikes that will enroll people in ObamaCare.

  • Judicial Watch used federal, state, and local records requests to learn that the Department of Justice’s Community Relations Service deployed to Sanford, Florida to “help organize and manage rallies and protests against George Zimmerman.”

  • People in the Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration attempted to fix a malware infection by spending $2.7 million to destroy all of their IT equipment – computers, keyboards, mice, everything.

  • Philip Klein suggests that House Republicans pass a bill prohibiting the Obama administration from paying subsidies for ObamaCare insurance policies until the federal government is capable of verifying people’s eligibility. It would be strategically useful to force House Democrats to vote for ObamaCare fraud, but the Senate wouldn’t take up the bill.

  • If you measure unemployment by the employment-to-population ratio instead of the Department of Labor’s unemployment rate, you’ll see there’s been no recovery in the jobs market since it hit bottom early 2010. The employment-to-population ratio for adult men has been in decline since 1955, but the drop in late 2009/early 2010 was huge.

  • Tom Blumer argues that the Great Recession started in June 2008 when it became clear that Obama would defeat Clinton for the Democrat presidential nomination and Obama was favored to defeat McCain in the general election. The National Bureau of Economic Research pinned the start of the recession to December 2007, making it convenient to blame it on George W. Bush.

  • Mark Levin’s new book is entitled The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic. It will be released next month.

  • A New Mexico Democrat consultant who worked with Jamie Estrada to hack into Governor Susana Martinez’s email, Jason Loera, was indicted on child pornography charges.

  • A U.S. Navy autonomous demonstrator aircraft made two arrested landings on an aircraft carrier. This is a big accomplishment, particularly when you consider that the no one was flying the aircraft remotely – it landed itself, catching the third wire.