Carly Fiorina Vilifies Planned Parenthood And Liberals In Response To Terrorist Attack (VIDEO)

by STEPHEN D FOSTER JR – In response to the right-wing terrorist attack against Planned Parenthood on Friday, Carly Fiorina continued her effort to damage the women’s health organization. During an appearance on Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace asked Fiorina to react to the shooting in which Robert Lewis Dear killed three people and wounded nine others after barricading himself inside the Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs. “This is a tragedy,” Fiorina said. “Nothing justifies this and presumably this man who appears deranged, if nothing else, will be tried for murder as he should be.” Wallace noted that Fiorina has been a particularly aggressive opponent of Planned Parenthood, pointing out that she repeatedly brought up debunked undercover videos heavily edited by the Center for Medical Progress allegedly showing Planned Parenthood officials talking about profiting off of selling fetal body parts. Rather than just address the connections between the nasty anti-abortion...

Read More...


Fearless Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards Shares Message With Supporters

by Leslie Salzillo – One day after the terrorist attack upon Planned Parenthood, that killed three people in Colorado Springs, Planned Parenthood President, Cecile Richards sent out this email message to millions of the organization’s supporters around the world. It is heartbreaking. Our thoughts are with the families of the three people whose lives were lost in yesterday’s attack at the Planned Parenthood health center in Colorado Springs. We wish those who were injured a quick and complete recovery. And, we are deeply grateful to the law enforcement officers who responded with courage to protect Planned Parenthood staff, patients, and community members. I want every Planned Parenthood patient to know: your safety is our top priority. Planned Parenthood health centers have extensive security measures in place, work closely with law enforcement agencies, and have a very strong safety record. Planned Parenthood health centers opened their doors again today, in Colorado and across the country. As always, patients were welcomed by...

Read More...


This is Why we Must not be Coerced Into War in Iraq and Syria

by Egberto Willies – The pressure continues to mount on President Obama to escalate his war efforts in Iraq and Syria. Even previous members of his administration are appearing on news programs criticizing his “lead from behind” policy. The media continues to parade them on their screens in order to tilt public opinion. If recent polls are to be believed, the media has been successful in lowering the president’s poll numbers on his handling of terrorism. The stooges of the defense industrial complex are partly successful. Every American must be concerned as to whether these polls will nudge the president into more than a nominal escalation toward yet another war. Colonel Jack Jacobs points out that in the immediate vicinity of Daesh (ISIS/ISIL), there are very large military powers that have a huge stake in the stabilization of the area. Turkey has the ninth largest air force in the world. Iran has a half a...

Read More...


After Shooting, Anti-Choice Rhetoric Denounced for Creating Culture of Hate

by Deirdre Fulton – “You are not free from the judgement of the consequences of your hate-filled rhetoric,” says NARAL leader after Colorado attack Words matter. That’s what women’s health and reproductive rights advocates are repeating in the wake of Friday’s shooting at a Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs that killed three people and left nine others injured. “How we talk about abortion matters,” wrote columnist Jessica Valenti at the Guardian on Sunday. “We know it, and anti-choice extremists and politicians know it… Do we really think that there are no consequences to claiming that abortion is murder, or that Planned Parenthood is an organization of money-hungry monsters selling baby parts?” Those consequences, said Planned Parenthood Rocky Mountains president and CEO Vicki Cowart immediately after the attack, include the creation of “a poisonous environment that feeds domestic terrorism in this country.” As details trickle out about the man who opened fire on a...

Read More...


Thousands Defy French Ban on Public Protest – Demand Liberté and Action at COP21

by Joe Solomon – The day began at dawn, as Avaaz and their early-bird volunteers laid out a couple thousand pair of shoes in the Place de la République, in the shadow of the statue of Marianne. You’ve seen the statue of Marianne if you’ve seen any picture of people mourning in Paris: it’s where votive candles, French flags, and flowers surround a powerful woman holding out an olive branch. It’s the most iconic site of sorrow – where people rub their eyes and then, these days, whip out their cell. This woman, Marianne, is perhaps the French equivalent of our Statue of Liberty – with a dash of the Mockingjay mixed in. She is the symbol for French’s overthrow of its monarch-led past, and represents “an icon of freedom and democracy against all forms of dictatorship.” And so it had a degree of irony that, in the same park as...

Read More...


World Leaders Gather in Paris for UN Climate Talks

Negotiations over two weeks involving nearly 150 nations and 25,000 delegates aim to limit global warming to 2°C World leaders have begun addressing delegates at the UN climate conference in Paris known as COP21, aimed at forging a deal to limit global warming to 2C. One Minute Climate Change Both US president Barack Obama and Francois Hollande issued rallying cries to officials, urging them to commit to reducing emissions. Obama said his country recognised its role in contributing to the climate change crisis, and would take the lead in fighting against it. “Nearly 200 nations have assembled here this week, a declaration that for all the challenges we face, the growing threat of climate change could define the contours of this century more dramatically than any other. “Our nations share a sense of urgency about this challenge and a growing realisation that it is within our power to do...

Read More...


Kids At This School Will No Longer Be Allowed To Read A Book About Trans People

by ALAN PYKE – A right-wing anti-LGBT group succeeded this week in scaring a Wisconsin school district out of trying to help its elementary students better understand the experience of a classmate who was assigned male at birth and now identifies as female. The Mount Horeb Area School District announced Wednesday that it is canceling plans to have students at the Mount Horeb Primary Center read the book “I Am Jazz.” The school’s principal had previously sent a letter home to parents informing them their children would be assigned the book, which is “the story of a transgender child based on the real-life experience of Jazz Jennings, who has become a spokesperson for transkids everywhere,” according to Amazon. “We have been working with the family of a student on your child’s floor who identifies as a girl, but has male anatomy. We refer to this as having a girl brain...

Read More...


Watch: Ignorant GOP Voters Believe Literally EVERY LIE Donald Trump Has Blurted (VIDEO)

by BOB CESCA – Inside the GOP bubble, things like math, science, logic and, you know, reality doesn’t really exist as the rest of us know it. Inside the bubble, nearly unanimous climate science consensus is a hoax, and yet it’s somehow verifiably true that Noah’s Ark existed. Inside the bubble, it’s totally possible and practical to deport 12 million men, women and children. Inside the bubble, affordable and accessible birth control is evil despite the fact that it empirically prevents abortions. Inside the bubble, it’s totally possible to cut taxes without ballooning the federal budget deficit. Inside the bubble, George W. Bush kept us safe despite the existence of 9/11 and thousands of terrorist attacks against Americans abroad. Inside the bubble, Barack Obama exploded the deficit even though he cut it by an unprecedented $1 trillion. Inside the bubble, torture is effective; breathing causes global warming; Obama is a...

Read More...


Could Listening to Music Really Improve Your Health?

by JULIE FIDLER – Here’s one more reason to rock out: music isn’t just good for the soul, it’s good for the body. Patients who listen to music before, during, and after surgery may have less pain, anxiety, and blood pressure than patients who don’t, a new analysis suggests. Surgery patients who got to pick their own playlists fared even better, researchers found. Dr. Diana Vetter, of the University of Zurich, and her colleagues analyzed data from 47 studies, 26 of which examined the effect of music before surgery, 25 that looked at music in the operating room and 25 that studied music during recovery. The team found that, over all, music was linked to about 31% less pain, 29% lower odds of needed pain medication and 34% less anxiety. In addition, patients who listened to music had 40% lower blood pressure and 27% lower heart rate. Patients that...

Read More...


GOP Candidates Finally Comment On Shooting, Continue Attacks On Planned Parenthood

by KATIE VALENTINE – Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump, Carly Fiorina, and Mike Huckabee responded to the deadly shooting at a Colorado Planned Parenthood Sunday by reiterating false claims that the organization sells baby’s body parts. Trump said the attack was “terrible” and that Robert Lewis Dear, who allegedly killed two civilians and one police officer, was a “maniac.” But he didn’t directly comment on the potential political motives of the shooter, who, according to multiple outlets, said “no more baby parts” to law enforcement officials after the shooting. Instead, he referenced claims that Planned Parenthood sells fetal tissue. “I will tell you, there is a tremendous group of people that think it’s terrible, the videos that they’ve seen, with some of these people from Planned Parenthood talking about it like you’re selling parts to a car,” Trump said on NBC’s Meet the Press. “Now I know some of the...

Read More...


COP21: Humanity’s Last Chance Saloon

by Desmond Tutu, Mpho Tutu – We are in uncharted territory. Never before have representatives of the entire human family had the opportunity to sit down together and collectively change the trajectory of our species and our earth. Leaders of the world’s nations gathered for the 2015 Paris Climate Conference this week will (for the first time in 21 years of United Nations climate negotiations) seek to achieve a universal, legally binding and enforceable agreement on climate change. Their goal is to limit global warming to less than 2°C above pre-industrial levels. Should global warming exceed 2°C, many leading scientists and economists concur, mitigating the impacts will become unaffordable. Low-lying nations will disappear under rising seas, there will be more extreme droughts and storms, and up to 30% of species could disappear. We are already halfway to 2°C, and are already seeing the impacts in changing weather patterns and the first...

Read More...


Global Climate March 2015: Millions Take to Streets for Our Future

by Common Dreams staff – Millions expected to take to streets ahead of COP21 – the Paris climate summit Developing… Millions of people are joining in one of the biggest global days of climate change activism ever on Sunday, at more than 2,500 events all around the globe, using people power to put pressure on world leaders to unite in fighting global warming at the COP21 summit opening in Paris on Monday. Over 20,000 pairs of shoes were laid out in the Place de la Republique in Paris to symbolize absent marchers after France banned Sunday’s march that was meant to be at the heart of the global action. To find a Climate March event near you, click here. In Sydney, Australia over 45,000 people marched through the central business district towards the Opera House. Sydney’s Lord Mayor Clover Moore, who tweeted it was the largest climate march ever held in...

Read More...


Donald Trump’s 4 Brain Farts on Trade and Immigration

by Shikha Dalmia – The dangerous nonsense he’s peddling will pollute the GOP for years The lower Donald Trump sinks, the higher his poll numbers soar. Or so he seems to believe. Hence, he’s taken to Todd Krainin emitting broadsides in the same way as ruminants emit farts: Constantly, unabashedly and without any regard for those around them. Though his special stink bombs in recent trade days have been on the need for shutting down mosques and registering Muslims (which he’s now desperately trying to walk back), he’s fouled the air plenty on immigration and trade issues. And if the GOP wants to prevent Trump from totally poisoning the conversation before the general elections on these issues, it needs to fumigate four of them with facts pronto: 1. Restoring Operation Wetback The central plank of Trump’s campaign is his pledge to mass-evict 11 million undocumented immigrants. How will he accomplish this feat? Basically,...

Read More...


The GOP Nightmare Scenario

by Murfster35 – This is not going according to plan. After all, this was supposed to be the “Dream Team”, a field of Senators, Governors and former Governors that was supposed to be an abundance of qualified candidates to listen to in speeches and debates and to choose from. Granted, there were a smattering of wannabes, looking to inflate their egos and possible speech fees by running for President. And all of this abundance against an almost prohibitive front-runner on the Democratic side that they could demolish her by the legislative investigation process before they even got to the general election cycle. But then, a couple of funny things happened on the way to the White House. The presumptive “damaged goods” on the Democratic side ended up having more spine and chops than they thought she would, and your vaunted Special Select House Committee on Benghazi came off more like a...

Read More...


Meet The Anti-Abortion Christian Cop Who Died To Save Lives At Planned Parenthood

by JOHN PRAGER – On Black Friday, radical Syrian refugee crazed white terrorist with a gun Robert Lewis Dear, a North Carolina man who lived in a shack with a cross made of twigs on the wall, entered a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Not much is known about Dear, who killed three — including a police officer — and injured nine others (including four police officers) as he rampaged through Planned Parenthood and the surrounding area. Dear, a Caucasian man who wore a “hunting-type hat” and a long coat while carrying a long gun of some sort — the type favored by right-wing open carry “activists” — is still a mystery at this point. On Friday, Colorado Springs police Lt. Catherine Buckley told reporters that not much is known about Dear’s motivations in the senseless killings. Dear also carried numerous “devices” into the clinic, but it is yet unknown if...

Read More...


An Officer Has Been Charged With The Murder Of Laquan McDonald. But What About The Cover-Up?

by ALAN PYKE – After the first murder charge against an active-duty Chicago police officer in over three decades, the city’s political establishment is eager to move on. But while Officer Jason Van Dyke could face 20 years or more in prison if convicted of killing 17-year-old Laquan McDonald over a year ago without apparent justification, the broader breakdown of the police department and city government’s responsibilities to McDonald and the broader Chicago community threatens to go unpunished. The whole ugly thing would likely have gotten swept under the rug if journalists had not exposed an autopsy report and video footage that contradict the official narrative about what happened to McDonald. One of those journalists is Jamie Kalven, who emphasized the extensive and toxic cover-up of the killing to the Chicago Reporter on Tuesday. Instead of taking statements from eyewitnesses, Kalven says, police moved people away from the scene of...

Read More...


Congressman Slams Planned Parenthood On Live TV During Active Shooting At Planned Parenthood Clinic

by JUDD LEGUM – A gunman at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado left three people dead, including a police officer, and several others injured. The standoff lasted about five hours. While the shooter was active inside the Planned Parenthood clinic, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) went on live TV and blasted the organization. “We saw these barbaric videos, and that was something that many of us have a legitimate concern about,” Kinzinger said. He was referring to highly-edited undercover videos that falsely claim Planned Parenthood was illegally selling body party from aborted fetuses. Kinzinger also criticized a statement from Planned Parenthood about the incident as “very premature.” He said that, if it was later discovered the shooter was not targeting Planned Parenthood he would “fully expect an apology.” (The statement, while criticizing “extremists” for “creating a poisonous environment that feeds domestic terrorism in this country,” acknowledged that “we...

Read More...


Comedians, Artists, Writers Warn Against Britain’s ‘Dangerous’ Rush to Bomb Syria

by Sarah Lazare – ‘Far from tackling terrorism, the last fourteen years of war have seen massively increased Jihadi terrorist organisation around the world’ Just days before a London anti-war march is expected to draw thousands, Scottish comedian Frankie Boyle united with artists, writers, and trade unionists on Thursday in an open letter denouncing the “dangerous” British rush to bomb Syria. “Far from tackling terrorism, the last fourteen years of war have seen massively increased Jihadi terrorist organisation around the world,” states the missive, whose 23 signatories also include Roxy Music star Brian Eno and writer, journalist, and filmmaker Tariq Ali. “The U.S. has been bombing Isis for a year and admits that Isis is as strong as ever and has continued recruiting,” continues the letter, which was organized by the London-based Stop the War Coalition. “The experience of the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya shows that Western military interventions lead to...

Read More...


US City Plans To Set Up Safe Houses For Heroin Users To Inject Drugs Under Supervision

by John Vibes – Heroin is one of the most hated drugs on the face of the planet, many of us have lost friends, loved ones and family members to heroin addiction, and it leads us to the conclusion that “something must be done” to stop it. Sadly, this “something” usually comes in the form of fines, arrests, prison time and other hardcore police state tactics. However, these tactics have proven that they do not work because it has been a serious issue for over 50 years and things have only gotten worse. The drugs have gotten dirtier and more dangerous, and the black market has gotten more violent, as the prison time associated with these drugs has continued to climb. Heroin addiction is a serious problem, but as counter-intuitive as it sounds, the best way to prevent heroin overdoses is to actually legalize it. Certain areas of the world, like...

Read More...


Those 100 Black Pastors Endorsing Donald Trump On Monday… Well, They’re Not (VIDEO)

by RANDA MORRIS – During a press conference on Wednesday, Donald Trump told the media that 100 Black pastors were expected to endorse him on Monday. It should come as no surprise by this point to learn that Trump was lying, again. Several members of the African-American pastor coalition that was scheduled to meet with Trump on Monday have made it very clear that are not endorsing Donald Trump. According to the Daily Beast, Trump issued an invite to members of the coalition, but they were not aware that the invitation was going to be promoted as an “endorsement of Trump.” Among those flatly rejecting the idea that they intend to endorse Trump is Los Angeles-based minister, Bishop Clarence McClendon. McClendon, who was invited to attend the meeting, wrote on Facebook: “I am not officially endorsing ANY candidate and when I do you will NOT need to hear it from...

Read More...