A post on Planned Parenthood @PPact, from the depths of the echo chamber

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A post on Planned Parenthood @PPact, from the depths of the echo chamber

Lib­er­als are accus­tomed to, in true Alin­sky form, ridicule any­one with views dif­fer­ent from theirs (rule 5).

For instance, it is my expe­ri­ence that, by oppos­ing unfet­tered immi­gra­tion, I will be dis­missed as a racist spic play­ing the race card because I lack read­ing com­pre­hen­sion skills. (One of these days I’ll write a post on how such “Lib­er­als” are irony-​poor people.)

If you sin­cerely believe me to be a racist spic play­ing the race card because I lack read­ing com­pre­hen­sion skills, I may respect your right to your opin­ion to the same extent you respect my right to free­dom of expres­sion. I may, in turn, exer­cise my right in the form of coarse lan­guage; after all, one must com­mu­ni­cate in a form that is clearly understood.

You will find irony-​poor peo­ple in large num­bers among the polit­i­cal and media elites.

Largely — but not exclu­sively — because of that, a big com­po­nent of the cur­rent state of polit­i­cal dis­course is the exis­tence of an echo cham­ber: Each side engages in group­think (there’s a coarse term for that, by the way), with the side con­trol­ling the media com­ing out ahead.

Which brings me to the sub­ject of this week’s RNC can­di­date forum (as you know, my lack of read­ing com­pre­hen­sion skills pre­cludes me from call­ing it a debate).

Pete hit the bull’s eye on what I con­sider THE most impor­tant thing tak­ing place that night:
Fio­r­ina outed the Planned Par­ent­hood organ trad­ing scan­dal dur­ing the largest-​viewership show in CNN’s his­tory.

Regard­less of who will get the nom­i­na­tion, the fact remains that a three-​hour event that was staged and chore­o­graphed to be The Don­ald Trump Show — com­plete with split screen and “what are you going to reply to what mean Don­ald said about you” — left the spin doc­tors spin­ning the next morn­ing. There is a mas­sive amount of spin going on right now. Most say that the image she described isn’t in any of the videos released because

The video that most closely resem­bles what Ms. Fio­r­ina described (start­ing around 3:42 until 6:25, with graphic med­ical images) fea­tures Holly O’Donnell, a for­mer pro­cure­ment tech­ni­cian at Plac­erville, Calif.-based Ste­m­Ex­press LLC, say­ing there was a fully intact fetus after an abor­tion at a Planned Par­ent­hood clinic in Texas. She said the fetus was in a jar and taken to a lab, where it was pre­pared and rinsed and put in a strainer. She asserted that a tech­ni­cian called her over, tapped the heart with an instru­ment and it started beat­ing because elec­tri­cal cur­rents were still firing.

The woman says she doesn’t know if it was tech­ni­cally dead or alive. The video cuts to an image of a dif­fer­ent fetus that came from other antiabor­tion groups, the Grantham Col­lec­tion and Cen­ter for Bio-​Ethical Reform. The for­mer employee said a tech­ni­cian then used scis­sors to cut the head open to pro­cure the brain.

Let that sink in for a moment.

The more mod­est, i.e., blog­gers, were say­ing, “how the hell did a woman end up there? Oh that’s right. She has a lot of money and she hates women.”

They for­got to men­tion Fiorina’s read­ing com­pre­hen­sion skills, but more than make up by split­ting hairs over brain removal prac­tices on liv­ing beings. PP is trad­ing on human organs all the same.

If you peruse sto­ries defend­ing Planned Par­ent­hood you will find a lot of them claim the offi­cials are mis­quoted and the videos edited. In fact, the full footage videos are posted at the Cen­ter For Med­ical Progress YouTube chan­nel. You can read tran­scripts at the CMP’s web­site.

Let’s not waste this oppor­tu­nity. If you blog, I urge all of you to post links to the full-​length videos or the videos them­selves, and link to the tran­scripts (if you want, go to my blog and copy the code). Spread it on social media, email them.

Shout it from the rooftops, if you are so inclined.

It’s time to make it “One thing you can never say: That you haven’t been told.”

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin Amer­i­can pol­i­tics, news, and cul­ture at Fausta’s Blog.

Update (DTG): DTG Just in case if some of you are upset at some of the lan­guage in this piece be aware that Fausta inquired about it before it was pub­lished and I approved it so if you have a prob­lem it’s with me.

Liberals are accustomed to, in true Alinsky form, ridicule anyone with views different from theirs (rule 5).

For instance, it is my experience that, by opposing unfettered immigration, I will be dismissed as a racist spic playing the race card because I lack reading comprehension skills. (One of these days I’ll write a post on how such “Liberals” are irony-poor people.)

If you sincerely believe me to be a racist spic playing the race card because I lack reading comprehension skills, I may respect your right to your opinion to the same extent you respect my right to freedom of expression. I may, in turn, exercise my right in the form of coarse language; after all, one must communicate in a form that is clearly understood.

You will find irony-poor people in large numbers among the political and media elites.

Largely – but not exclusively – because of that, a big component of the current state of political discourse is the existence of an echo chamber: Each side engages in groupthink (there’s a coarse term for that, by the way), with the side controlling the media coming out ahead.

Which brings me to the subject of this week’s RNC candidate forum (as you know, my lack of reading comprehension skills precludes me from calling it a debate).

Pete hit the bull’s eye on what I consider THE most important thing taking place that night:
Fiorina outed the Planned Parenthood organ trading scandal during the largest-viewership show in CNN’s history.

Regardless of who will get the nomination, the fact remains that a three-hour event that was staged and choreographed to be The Donald Trump Show – complete with split screen and “what are you going to reply to what mean Donald said about you” – left the spin doctors spinning the next morning. There is a massive amount of spin going on right now. Most say that the image she described isn’t in any of the videos released because

The video that most closely resembles what Ms. Fiorina described (starting around 3:42 until 6:25, with graphic medical images) features Holly O’Donnell, a former procurement technician at Placerville, Calif.-based StemExpress LLC, saying there was a fully intact fetus after an abortion at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Texas. She said the fetus was in a jar and taken to a lab, where it was prepared and rinsed and put in a strainer. She asserted that a technician called her over, tapped the heart with an instrument and it started beating because electrical currents were still firing.

The woman says she doesn’t know if it was technically dead or alive. The video cuts to an image of a different fetus that came from other antiabortion groups, the Grantham Collection and Center for Bio-Ethical Reform. The former employee said a technician then used scissors to cut the head open to procure the brain.

Let that sink in for a moment.

The more modest, i.e., bloggers, were saying, “how the hell did a woman end up there? Oh that’s right. She has a lot of money and she hates women.”

They forgot to mention Fiorina’s reading comprehension skills, but more than make up by splitting hairs over brain removal practices on living beings. PP is trading on human organs all the same.

If you peruse stories defending Planned Parenthood you will find a lot of them claim the officials are misquoted and the videos edited. In fact, the full footage videos are posted at the Center For Medical Progress YouTube channel. You can read transcripts at the CMP’s website.

Let’s not waste this opportunity. If you blog, I urge all of you to post links to the full-length videos or the videos themselves, and link to the transcripts (if you want, go to my blog and copy the code). Spread it on social media, email them.

Shout it from the rooftops, if you are so inclined.

It’s time to make it “One thing you can never say: That you haven’t been told.”

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics, news, and culture at Fausta’s Blog.

Update (DTG): DTG Just in case if some of you are upset at some of the language in this piece be aware that Fausta inquired about it before it was published and I approved it so if you have a problem it’s with me.