I posted a couple of weeks ago about the Trump Administration’s proposed rule to keep Title X (Ten) federal family planning money from being used to benefit abortion providers. The formal period for public comment is open now through July 31.

h/t to Jeanneane Maxon, formerly of Americans United for Life, for this brief summary: “Currently, abortion providers, or organizations that refer for abortion, get significant tax payer dollars through Title X funding. The Rule would require a bright line of physical as well as financial separation between Title X programs and any program (or facility) where abortion is performed, supported, or referred for as a method of family planning. Please take 15 minutes this week and comment.”

If you don’t have 15 minutes, take 5.  My own comment is going to be brief: abortion isn’t family planning, and taxpayer funds for family planning programs should not be diverted in any way to subsidize or provide abortion.

Here’s the link to the Regulations.gov page for public comment; look for the Comment Now button on the right side of the page. That page includes a great deal of information about the proposed rule and the Title X program.

(“Regulations.gov”: now that’s a perfect name for a bureaucracy’s web presence.)

Ellen Kolb is a pro-life writer and activist in New Hampshire. She writes about pro-life issues at Leaven for the Loaf. 

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Everywhere you look in the media the headlines are full of it. Incivility Reigns! Bullying! Cyber bullying! Mean Girls Rule! All there on the front page, all there on the splash, all there waiting for you to click on to see who said what about whom. Never mind if any of its true, never mind for any of it matters to anything more than some imagine scorecard written in some media office pool. But we’re constantly berated, and constantly told that we’ve allowed incivility to overwhelm our Republic. We elected President Trump and created the Republic of Hate, all incivility for everyone all the time.

The only problem is it’s not true.

Every book on etiquette I have ever seen has had some version of the phrase; the social norms today are much looser than they were in our parents’ time. This is way of saying all the social norms are out the window, and the world is going to hell in a hand basket. This is also a common refrain when people talk about civility. I find this kind of incredible, but of course completely credible because so few people understand our history.

We are in a golden age of Civility, even though we are also at an all-time high for the use of  George Carlin’s 7 words you can’t say. It was not that long ago that mob violence common occurrence in our country. Levels of incivility in our nation are on the decline people actually get along a lot better. There is a lot more Harmony than people give credit to because “War Imminent” headlines sell more newspapers than “Peace Breaks Out.”

It is up to all of us to do our little bit to spread Civility and to not make incivility profitable. Don’t get me wrong I’m not thinking being civil is easy, and frankly I’ve had my own lapses. But if we remember our history, we will see what happens when we allow those dogs to get off the leash. Incivility is detrimental to our beliefs about who we are and who we want to be. Practicing Civics with Civility is the main way that each of us can do our share to create that more perfect union.

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When I reflect on how the MSM has covered for this administration for a full year I challenge my readers to consider this question:

Are we seeing today, what Watergate would have been if the president had been a Democrat beloved by the MSM?

I say yes!

DaTechguy The deliberate ignorance of the MSM vs Katie Pavlich et/al  6-21-12

I remember being at an event in Manchester when George Stephanopolous asked his infamous “contraception” question at the GOP debate that threw Mitt Romney for the biggest loop of his life.  The whole, “Can Trump Pardon himself” meme (he can btw) is basically the same thing.  Since no actual wrongdoing has been found, the media’s idea is to suggest wrongdoing via the whole pardon thing.  After all you don’t need to be pardoned for something you didn’t do, do you?

Nevertheless, in my opinion that President Trump should exercise his power to pardon the President,  or more properly stated on the FORMER President and chief executive Barack Hussein Obama.

Don’t be so surprised, back in February I was already tweeting this out:

A lot more has come out since then. As the investigation into the spying on the Trump campaign which started out with the media meme of “Trump is crazy for saying we were wiretapping him” and has currently progressed to “It wasn’t ‘spying spying'” continues to bear fruit it’s becoming increasingly clear that the last administration actively used the power of the federal government to attempt to illegally fix the 2016 election .

That Obama was the 2nd coming of Nixon was of course known to those of us who actually covered the Obama years with a critical eye even as the media was doing all they could to shield him

But the media understands what the developments in the IRS scandal means, and they can’t investigate, because if they do then the results of their investigations might reveal what many on the right suspect, that Barack Obama & his administration is involved in this up to his ears.

But it is not the illusion of Barack Obama as an honest & capable President that worries them the most, it is their own illusion that they want to preserve.  The illusion of their own self-righteousness.

If these journalists discover that the first black president of the United States is a cheap crook in the tradition of Nixon then a choice has to be made. Do they report that information,  or do they withhold it?

This tweet perfectly encapsulated the media’s tactics at the time:

which is why back in 2013 I was already tweeting:

Well those days of protection for Obama are in the past and the crisis that is likely going to occur once more of the spygate details come out makes Donald Trump pardoning Barack Obama both the right and the smart thing to do.

It’s the right thing to do because unlike the current phony media mantra of “a constitutional crisis” if it reaches the point where enough evidence comes out implicating the former White House in spygate the AG will be put in a position where he has to decide if he is going to subpoena and/or indict the former president for crimes committed while he was in office, that is using the power of the federal government and federal law enforcement to illegally intervene in a presidential election .

The potential for an explosion will be incredible. Even though I don’t think he deserves one and it might anger Trump base I suspect it would be far better for the country if President Obama was preemptively pardoned.  Not only would it solve a constitutional crisis before it begins but it would make it more likely that the truth will come out.  After all if only a reputation, vs one’s freedom is at risk then there is a greater likelihood that the uncovering of relevant facts will not be hindered as vigorously.  The only question would be does he limit the pardon to Obama or extend it to the Obama administration.

It’s the smart thing to do because it instantly changes the conversation. Instead of the media playing the “will Trump pardon himself” game to hide the lack of evidence of crimes the conversation will instantly turn to:  Is there evidence of crimes by the Obama administration and were said crimes done with the prior consent or later approval of Barack Obama?

Even more importantly while the media and the left will howl with indignation at this very suggestion of this the administration would not be leading public opinion on this matter but following it…

A majority of 51 percent of voters now believe “senior law enforcement officials are likely to have broken the law in an effort to prevent Trump from winning the presidency,” according to a poll from Rasmussen Reports.
Only 42 percent of voters believe it is “unlikely that these officials illegally attempted to stop a Trump presidency.”

In other words, we now live in a country where only 42 percent of voters believe it is “unlikely” federal law enforcement officials tried to illegally meddle in a presidential election.

Only 26 percent believe it is “not at all likely.”

That being the case a Pardon of Obama by Trump becomes the act of the bigger man as well because unlike Ford’s pardoning Nixon the man who made him President, and getting grief for it, Donald Trump would be pardoning the man and administration who wronged him to try to keep him out of the White House.  Talk about claiming the high ground.

And of course the priceless media reaction of them insisting loudly that the man who regularly invited Harvey Weinstein to the White House did absolutely nothing wrong would pale next to the potential Obama reaction. Would he accept the pardon while insisting there was no wrongdoing or that it’s a cynical ploy? Would he angrily refuse the pardon? Would he be smart enough to completely ignore it and more importantly how would this play with former Obama era officials who know what they did and might still be subject to charges.  I suspect they might decide they wouldn’t mind a pre-preemptive pardon to save their necks.  The conflict there would be priceless.

I think this would not only be the right thing to do, and the smart thing to do, but it would also be the fun and hilarious thing to do.

If it was up to me I’d go for it the day after the midterms


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