Obama’s Last-Minute Land Grab Was Bad for Utah. Trump Is Showing He Hears the People.

During the Christmas season last year, the Obama administration ignored the majority of Utahans by designating a vast tract of land in southern Utah as a national monument.

Last week, the Department of the Interior took a welcome step toward reversing this executive abuse and returning to a legislative solution.

President Barack Obama used the 1906 Antiquities Act, written to protect “objects of historic or scientific interest,” to transform 1.3 million acres in San Juan County into the Bears Ears National Monument.

There is no doubt that specific sites within the new monument demonstrate historic, scientific, as well as cultural and spiritual significance. Native American tribes believe the area is sacred. And every citizen can appreciate the natural beauty of the sandstone buttes that gave the area its name.

However, the Antiquities Act is very clear that monument designations should be limited to “the smallest area compatible with the proper care and management of the objects to be protected.”

Presidents have ignored this important qualifier in the past, locking up millions of acres that could be managed as multiple-use.

In most cases, these expansive monuments have drawn support not from local citizens, but from outside interest groups who may not have locals’ best interests at heart, including outdoor recreation corporations and environmental activists who oppose new development.

Unsurprisingly, these unilateral monument designations have been resented by locals who sensed they were being stripped of control over their homes.

President Bill Clinton provoked anger in 1996 when he abruptly announced the transformation of 1.9 million acres in the Grand Staircase-Escalante area into a national monument.

Obama’s designation has provoked a similar response. Public opinion polling consistently finds that a majority of Utahans oppose the monument.

These Utahans want a say in how their land is governed, and this week the Department of the Interior, led by Secretary Ryan Zinke, released a report informed by their concerns.

The report made it clear that the Obama administration abused the Antiquities Act and recommended that President Donald Trump reduce the monument boundary.

It also recommended that Congress craft a legislative solution to protect the landscape and allow tribal co-management of important cultural areas in the Bears Ears area.

We should not reward the executive branch for making unilateral decisions about our lands. If Obama’s abuse of the Antiquities Act is allowed to stand, future abuses will not be far behind.

Decisions should instead be made by elected members of Congress with plenty of input from the general public—especially the local residents whose lives are affected by these decisions.

Thankfully, the current administration is signaling that it hears the people of Utah. Last week’s report is a victory and a promising first step toward reversing Obama’s monument designation.

The Department of the Interior will release a comprehensive report in late August detailing specific policy recommendations for Bear Ears and 26 other large national monuments.

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Lena Dunham Says Abortion “is the Most Basic of All Human Rights”

Lena Dunham is back, and she has a bunch of her celebrity friends helping her fight for abortion and Planned Parenthood again.

Dunham’s “Lenny Letter” blog produced a short video this week urging people to call their U.S. Senators and tell them to support the No. 1 abortion business in the nation, according to The Wrap.

U.S. Senate leaders announced plans to consider a bill next week to defund Planned Parenthood and repeal and replace Obamacare. The U.S. House already passed a bill.

The House version of the bill would eliminate more than $390 million (about 86 percent) of the annual federal funding to Planned Parenthood from all mandatory spending programs. The measure also would redirect funding to community health centers that outnumber Planned Parenthood facilities 20 to 1 and offer a wider array of health care services, but not abortions. The bill also would repeal Obamacare abortion subsidies.

The bill would close the largest pipeline for federal funding of Planned Parenthood, Medicaid, as well CHIP, Title V and Title X block grant programs.

In the video, Dunham railed against the legislation, along with “Hunger Games” actress Jennifer Lawrence, Jon Hamm, Brie Larson, Amy Poehler, Judd Apatow, Elisabeth Moss, Alison Brie, Andrew Rannells, Aubrey Plaza, Kate Walsh and Suki Waterhouse.

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They claimed that cutting taxpayer funds to Planned Parenthood would have drastic consequences.

“This is nothing more than a blatantly political attempt to do whatever it takes to attack women’s health and rights, and take healthcare away from the people who need it most,” the celebrities said in the video. “The right to decide our own bodily future is the most basic of all human rights.”

But when it comes to Planned Parenthood and abortion, the issue is not just about women’s bodies and futures. Unborn babies’ lives and futures also are involved, and abortion destroys these babies’ most basic right, the right to life. Without it, they have no control over their bodies or futures. Without the right to life, truly the most basic of all human rights, they cannot enjoy any other rights.

In 2015, Planned Parenthood performed 328,348 abortions, nearly 5,000 more than the previous year. These numbers represent human lives, babies’ lives, not just women’s.

And if Planned Parenthood really was concerned about women’s health care, not abortions, it could get out of this political fight really quickly. Earlier this year, President Donald Trump offered to support an increase in taxpayer funding to Planned Parenthood if it stopped doing abortions. The abortion chain refused.

Its CEO Cecile Richards went so far as to call the offer “obscene and insulting,” making it very clear that abortion – the destruction of unborn babies’ lives – is Planned Parenthood’s top priority.

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Blonde On A Plane Won’t Budge From The Wrong Seat. Husband Of Different Blonde Knows Exactly How To Solve The Problem

On a flight to Detroit, there was this beautiful blonde girl.  She was in economy class, but after takeoff she saw an empty seat in first class and moved up there.

An attendant saw her and said, “Excuse me, ma’am, but you have a ticket for economy class, not first. You cannot stay here.” The blonde replied, “I can and I will.”

The attendant told the copilot, who came and talked to the woman. “Ma’am, we really can’t have you staying in this seat, your ticket was for economy.” “You can’t make me move.”

The copilot told the captain, who tried to talk her out of the seat but it didn’t work. Finally, a man who had heard what had been going on told the attendant to let him have a go at getting the woman out of the seat because he was married to a blonde too, so he knew how to deal with her.

After a quick chat with her, she moved.

The shocked attendant asked him how he did it. The man replied, “I told her first class wasn’t going to Detroit.”

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Disabled Professor: Nazi Euthanasia Program No Different Than Push to Euthanize People Today

Recently the euthanasia lobby attacked Dr Harvey Schipper for comparing “assisted dying” to the Nazi T-4 euthanasia program. This would not have been a big deal other than that fact that Schipper had been appointed to chair a working group that was to examine Canada’s euthanasia law and make recommendations concerning possible extensions to the law.

Schipper responded to the criticism by resigning as chair of the working group

Catherine Frazee, who is an Officer of the Order of Canada and professor emerita at the Ryerson University School of Disability Studies wrote an article titled: Look into the dark corners of history that was published in the Victoria Times Colonist on June 15. Frazee wrote:

History has a role in the national conversation about medically assisted death, despite protests to the contrary.

A respected physician and scholar recently stepped down as chairman of the expert working group appointed to study the issue of advanced directives for medically assisted death.

Named to this position only two weeks before by the Council of Canadian Academies, Dr. Harvey Schipper was judged harshly in some circles for having authored a commentary in 2014 in which, according to some reports, he had “compared arguments used to justify assisted dying with those advanced by Nazi Germany to justify the Holocaust.”

Schipper was repeatedly characterized as “a strident opponent of assisted dying” for reasons having nothing to do with the tone or substance of his argument. What seemed to cause offence and give rise to a condemnation of “strident” opposition was Schipper’s reference to Nazi-era euthanasia.

Frazee continues by recounting the history of the Nazi euthanasia program:

None of Schipper’s critics disputed the facts upon which his reference was made, nor should they. As historians have chronicled, the Nazi euthanasia program originated when a father in Leipzig petitioned to end the life of his disabled daughter and Adolf Hitler dispatched his personal physician, Karl Brandt, to authorize her death as “an act of mercy.”

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According to historian Hugh Gallagher, “as the story of the little Leipzig girl became known in medical circles, other families sent similar appeals to the Führer.” It fell to Brandt to make determinations on each of these requests and ultimately to authorize the killing of at least 70,000 people with disabilities pursuant to what the American Holocaust Museum describes as “a medically administered program of ‘mercy death.’ ”

Frazee then challenges the attack on Schipper:

Schipper’s recusal as working group chairman will no doubt be applauded by advocates who seek to broaden the availability of assisted death in Canada. Others, such as myself, who know Schipper to be a man of considerable wisdom and integrity, are saddened that the 43-member panel — which includes expert advocates on both sides of this debate — failed to seize the opportunity to rise above the clamour and reject any suggestion that politics, rather than evidence, would govern their work.

Had they spoken out together, and forcefully, in defence of their colleague, the outcome might have been different.

This is not the first time that a measured and accurate reference to the historical facts of the Nazi euthanasia program has been condemned as strident, distasteful or offensive. It should be the last.

Nothing about medically assisted death is ahistorical. As we review current law and practice, and consider potential expansion to the Criminal Code exemptions that permit Canadian doctors and nurse practitioners to end the lives of certain patients, surely we have the maturity to invite history into the conversation.

Frazee then outlines the reality that people with disabilities have historically faced:

Doctors, at times, have killed. This is fact. Often, when they have killed or harmed, they have not acted alone, but as agents of state authority.

With all of their immense skill and influence, doctors have played indispensable roles in residential schools and asylums in Canada, comfort stations in Southeast Asia, enhanced interrogation facilities at Guantánamo Bay and extermination centres in Nazi Germany.

People with disabilities have suffered violence and harm at the hands of doctors, parents and caregivers. Sometimes, as with Satoshi Uematsu in Sagamihara, Japan, the world has instantly recoiled in horror. Sometimes, as with parent Robert Latimer in Saskatchewan, a court of law might ultimately uphold conviction, but not before public opinion solidifies in support of the perpetrator.

Sometimes, as with Brandt, a nation colludes.

The Nazi Aktion T4 euthanasia program is part of my history as a disabled person. Importantly, it’s also part of Schipper’s history as a physician. Those who would forbid us to speak of this history, or police our speech as strident and unwelcome, can only fuel doubt about whether its lessons have been learned.

Frazee concludes by challenging the working groups to examine the extension of euthanasia through the lens of history:

If our federal government is to benefit from the comprehensive reviews it assigned to the Council of Canadian Academies, and if the council’s working groups are to gather the evidence Canadians require to guide policy decisions about providing medically assisted death to mature minors, to people with mental illness and to people no longer capable of expressing consent, then the history of euthanasia, and questions arising from the darkest corners of that history, must not be out of bounds.

As Margaret MacMillan, the distinguished Canadian historian, has said: “We don’t always know best, and the past can remind us of that.”

Thank you to Catherine Frazee for setting the record straight.

LifeNews.com Note: Alex Schadenberg is the executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition and you can read his blog here.

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POLL: Uber Caves. Will You Tip Now That the Ride-Hail Company Allows Tipping on the App?

Facing a slew of scandals and executive departures, Uber announced it’s adding a new tipping feature to its app. This represents a dramatic shift in the company’s optional tipping policy. Prior to the decision, customers could tip in cash — but were never obligated.

RELATED: Uber Finally Caves and Adds a Tipping Option to Its App

Will Uber’s new app feature impact whether you tip a drive or not? Do you use Uber? Take the poll:

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Girl Dies After Operation Trying to Correct Her Disabilities So Her Mother Would Finally Love Her

A Russian reality TV show took a heartbreaking turn when a girl with disabilities died on an operating table, hoping that fixing her deformities would make her mother love her.

According to the Daily Mail, Katya Badaeva, 17, and her mother both were featured on the Russian TV show “Pust Govoriat” (Let Them Talk) recently.

Katya’s mother said she abandoned her daughter as a baby because she had physical deformities and her small village never would have accepted her. Katya grew up in an orphanage in Azovska, Russia; but the show reunited the mother and daughter, according to the report.It appears that Katya never was adopted, but reports are not clear.

On the show, Katya’s mother said she would welcome her daughter home if she had plastic surgery to correct her facial deformities; and Katya agreed.

Here’s more from the report:

Dreaming of suddenly having good looks and a family life after her orphanage ordeal, the teenager agreed but never recovered after the latest round of surgery in a clinic in Russian capital Moscow.

The mother said that she had been told after she gave birth that her daughter would not live more than a month, and that was why she had left her at the orphanage.

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However, Katya survived and impressed people at the orphanage so much that they tracked down her mother, with the pair eventually appearing on the reality TV show.

Reportedly her mother, named as Nadezhda, went on to have three healthy children, all boys.

After one of a series of surgeries recently, Katya’s heart suddenly stopped beating, and though doctors tried to resuscitate her for several hours, she died, according to the report.

Police are investigating, the report states.

Cruelly, Katya seemed to think that she was the problem, and her deformities were the reason why her mother did not love or value her. Society often weighs the value of children, both born and unborn, in this harsh and demeaning way. When taken to its extreme, some children like Katya die before they should.

A human being’s worth should not be determined by their abilities or looks but by the very fact that they are a human being with unique and irreplaceable potential. One can only hope that someone in Katya’s life told her that before she died.

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New Leaks? Why Are James Comey and His Wife Patrice Visiting the NY Times?

Today has been a crazy day, and it just got a Hell of a lot crazier. Remember how President Trump announced that he does NOT have any tapes of James Comey? Well, it does not end there.

Look who Daily Mail just spotted walking into the New York Times office in Manhattan, dark sunglasses and all…

It was disgraced FBI Director James Comey and his wife Patrice.

Source: Daily Mail

This cannot be good. The last time Comey showed up at the New York Times office, we ended up with a public hearing and the appointment of Comey’s BFF, Mueller, as the Special Investigator of Russian election fraud.

According to the Daily Mail, who managed to find this story in a show of excellent journalism, both Comey and his wife attempted to stay “low-profile” while onlookers were STUNNED.

So, we can assume Comey showed up at the Times for 1 of 2 reasons:

  1. He is about to leak even more stuff

  2. He wants the material that he leaked back before he gets in trouble for taking FBI property

Regardless, when Comey is involved, you know everyone is gonna suffer. Oh well, I’m sure Trump can handle it.

Help get this news out everywhere and tell James Comey to “Go Away!”

Source: Daily Mail

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GA-06: Hey Democrats, you wasted $30 million for your guy to barely break 48 percent

The special election in Georgia’s sixth congressional district is over. It was insanely expensive, the most expensive in U.S. history for a House race. Close to $50 million was spent on his duel between Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel. The end result was Handel winning 52/48 in this Peach State beatdown. Ossoff had outraised Handel in the fundraising game, amassing a $30 million war chest for this race. What was the return on investment? Well, Ossoff barely breaking 48 percent of the vote. In fact, Ossoff got the same exact share of the vote that he received during the April 18 election and all but replicated Hillary Clinton’s 2016 showing (47 percent) in this district. That’s abysmal.

Looks like the Democratic attempt to make Trump furious with Ossoff taking former Rep. Tom Price’s (R-GA) seat ended with them getting a face full of buckshot. Remember this was the race that was to determine the future of American politics and whether or not the Trump presidency could survive. A congressional race was going to decide all of that, remember liberals? Remember?

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You won’t believe what this celebrity just said about assassination and President Donald Trump

Actor Johnny Depp apparently thought it would be entertaining to joke about assassinating President Donald Trump during a Thursday appearance at Glastonbury, a U.K.-based performing arts festival.

While introducing a screening of his 2004 film, “The Libertine,” Depp went off on a tangent and began discussing Trump with the audience.

“Can we bring Trump here?” he asked. As the crowd cheered — and jeered — he continued and said, “No, no, no; you’ve misunderstood completely.”

About the president, Depp added, “I think he needs help and there are a lot of wonderful dark, dark places he could go,” Depp told the crowd.

As the crowd both cheered and jeered, he defended himself and responded, “It is just a question – I’m not insinuating anything. By the way, this is going to be in the press. It will be horrible. I like that you are all a part of it.”

“When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?” he asked, seeming to reference the assassination of Abraham Lincoln by actor John Wilkes Booth. “Now, I want to clarify, I am not an actor. I lie for a living. However, it has been a while and maybe it is time.”

Reactions on social media were mixed, but many found Depp’s remarks to be extremely distasteful, especially in the wake of the recent GOP congressional baseball practice shooting which hospitalized Sen. Steve Scalise (R-LA).

See some of the reactions below, as well as a segment of Depp’s remarks.

Johnny Depp casually jokes about Trump assassination

*crowd cheers

Remember when GOP reps were shot days ago? https://t.co/iDjUU705p3

— Chet Cannon (@Chet_Cannon) June 22, 2017

Don’t Ever Let This Wouldbe Assassin Back into America: Johnny Depp incites for assassination of President Trump https://t.co/3uCGoRu4uJ

— BoolaBeulah❤️ (@beulahcrusoe) June 22, 2017

Johnny Depp reportedly bankrupted himself putting several hundred million dollars up his nose. Now he jokes about killing Trump. #BrainDead

— Jack E. Rabbit (@TheJackOBrien) June 23, 2017

I guess as actors start to lose their visual appeal, they careless about being bigots & offensive.@_call_me_ralph_ https://t.co/ciA812TYlJ

— Chris McCorkle (@christinabernic) June 23, 2017

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Donald Trump: Give Pedophiles The Death Penalty

Donald Trump has vowed to tackle the child abduction crisis in the United States by giving pedophiles and fast trial resulting in the death penalty.

The President-elect tweeted that there are “too many incidents” and something “must be done about these perverts”.

With Elite pedophilia rife in Washinton D.C., could this be what Trump was referring to when he talked about “draining the swamp”, and how far up the social ladder will he be prepared to go when it comes to swiftly executing these offenders?

NW reportsAccording to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (citing U.S. Department of Justice reports), nearly 800,000 children are reported missing each year. That’s more than 2,000 children abducted every single day.

One every 40 seconds. 

In 2010, the Justice Department released the first-ever National Strategy for Child Exploitation Prevention and Interdiction, which aimed to assess the dangers of child pornography, online enticement, and other crimes against children. It found that between 2005 and 2009, there was a 432 percent increase in child pornography movies and files submitted to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, which attempts to identify victims.

Child porn crisis

The Daily Beast reports:

Although documenting the precise quantity of child pornography is difficult, it is evident that technological advances have contributed significantly to the overall increase in the child pornography threat,” the strategy report found. From 2005 through 2009, it said, U.S. Attorneys prosecuted 8,352 child pornography cases, “and in most instances, the offenders used digital technologies and the Internet to produce, view, store, advertise, or distribute child pornography.”

The label “pornography” arguably doesn’t capture the depravity of some of the crimes committed against children. In 2012, a Ganby, Connecticut, police captain was sentenced to 10 years in prison for possessing and trading videos that “horrifically depicted children being sexually abused by adults,” according to a U.S. prosecutor. Among the images the former cop sought from fellow traders were those of babies being bound and tortured, officials said.

Also in 2014, the former acting director of cyber security at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services was convicted for his participation in a child porn ring that included images so violent and disturbing that even veteran investigators said they were shocked by what they saw. A federal prosecutor said the employee used his technical expertise to navigate anonymous computer networks frequented by child porn peddlers.

UK government implicated in pedo ring

Cases of violent child abuse in the United States have mirrored recent revelations from an organized abuse ring in the United Kingdom featuring senior members of the British government. Shocking cases of crimes against children went unreported or covered up for decades. As The Daily Beast reported Friday, the potential key witness in the ring, who was himself allegedly a victim as a schoolboy, fled Britain and now lives in the United States.

The international dimensions of child pornography and violence haven’t escaped the FBI, which last week helped to take down an alleged porn kingpin in South Africa. The accused was reportedly arrested at his home in Grahamstown, near the country’s southern coast, and had 16 hard drives, a laptop, and video and still cameras. FBI agents are said to have discovered the network after seven people were arrested in the United States using Web sites designed to coax children into performing sexual acts while surreptitiously being videotaped.

Got to do something about these missing chidlren grabbed by the perverts. Too many incidents–fast trial, death penalty.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 8, 2012

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