Bernie Sanders is out to punish states that refuse pot legalization

Like the commie he is, Bernie Sanders likes coercion.  His latest coercive scheme is his new proposed law to punish states that resist marijuana legalization.

So much for laboratory of the states, which is the idea that each state should be free to do what its voters want and let the results speak for themselves.  Bernie doesn’t like the laboratory of the states; he’s all in for central planning, same as was done by the Soviet Moscow of his honeymoon.

Here’s Bernie’s new scheme, as reported by Forbes:

Several potential rival presidential candidates are teaming up on legislation to end the federal war on marijuana.  On Thursday, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is signing on as a co-sponsor of the Marijuana Justice Act, introduced last year by Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ).

Many political observers expect that Booker and Sanders will compete for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020.  Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), another rumored contender, is also a co-sponsor of the bill.

Although the three senators may be just months away from the start of a hard-fought political nominating contest, they are linking arms in support of the most far-reaching cannabis reform bill ever to have been filed in Congress.

What’s infuriating about this is that it foists punishment on states that just don’t want pot creating problems in their communities, while doing zero to take responsibility for the inevitable bad side-effects of pot use.  States should be free to decide whether not having to bust techies and hipsters and hippies outweighs the cost of medical rehab; the specter of pot left lying around on the playgrounds; toddlers who accidentally ingest being rushed to emergency rooms; highways getting more hazardous because of increased DUI; gateway drug risks going up, meaning more addicts; the effect of secondhand pot smoke on babies as pot smoke drifts into their apartments; and the schizophrenia risks to some young men who toke up, which costs the state big as the white-coats are called to move in.  There’s also the inevitable homelessness and broken up families derived from pot use whose costs are harder to calculate.  States are to be forced to pick up the tab for all those little pot plagues if Bernie gets his way.  He’s never been big on anyone in government paying attention to costs.

Forbes notes that the bill is highly connected to the next presidential race, with multiple potential Democratic candidates joining the sponsorship as they focus on winning the youth vote.

But the bill also highlights something else going on: pot is getting politically powerful.  A bill like this shows that live-and-let-live among the pro-pot and anti-pot states is never going to satisfy the left.  It’s not enough to let each state decide; pot must be affirmed as a positive thing, regardless of its societal side-effects.

Pot-manufacturers whine that they lack advertising and banking opportunities, limited because federal law still prohibits marijuana use and these institutions don’t want to get crosswise with the feds.  But even there, they enjoy privileges.  In advertising, for instance, pot-sellers are free to advertise their wares on billboards, while cigarette-manufacturers are not.  Cigarettes are more risky than pot?  Don’t think so.  What we are seeing is a powerful political lobby.

Bernie is riding that wave, anxious to scoop up more youth votes.  Color me unimpressed.

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Abortion Clinic Threw Woman to the Curb Despite Vomiting and Swaying So Much She Looked “Drunk”

 

A British inquest Thursday heard how a Marie Stopes abortion clinic allegedly urged a woman to leave after her late-term abortion even though she was vomiting and swaying when she walked.

The woman, Aisha Chithira, 31, of Ireland, died later that evening of massive internal bleeding, The Evening Echo reports.

New details about the tragic 2012 incident are coming to light this week in an inquest in west London. Two years ago, the abortionist, Adedayo Adedeji, and two nurses Gemma Pullen and Margaret Miller at Marie Stopes in Ealing faced manslaughter charges in Chithira’s death, but the charges later were dropped. Prosecutors did not explain why.

Here’s the latest from the Echo:

She suffered a tear to her uterus during the “blind” procedure performed under anaesthetic, as a surgeon struggled to remove a 22-week-old foetus from a womb that had not fully dilated, West London Coroner’s Court heard.

Afterwards, she vomited in a stairwell and complained of feeling unwell to her husband, but was helped into a taxi to a cousin’s home in Slough by staff at the clinic. They had told her she could not stay overnight.

One of the nurses denied they had pressured her to leave because they had wanted to go home.

Corinne Slingo, representing Marie Stopes, said: “The taxi driver says he saw his passenger walking out of the building. He was quite shocked, she didn’t seem with it at all.

“She looked like she was drunk.”

Reading from a statement, she added: “The nurse got her in a hug and she said ‘don’t do that, you will break my bones’.”

Pullen, one of the nurses who stayed to look after Chithira, said she was the last patient in the building and did not leave until about 8:30 p.m. However, Pullen claimed Chithira was walking normally when she got into the taxi, and they did not pressure her to leave.

The nurse admitted Chithira had been hyperventilating and complaining about being hot.

Later that night, Chithira died from catastrophic internal bleeding from a tear in her uterus, according to the report.

The abortionist, though admitting Chithira’s late-term abortion was difficult, denied that the tear was his fault.

The report continues:

The surgeon, who said he had performed around 2,000 terminations, said the procedure was performed “blind” but added: “On this occasion, the head was really right up the uterus and I decided to use the (ultrasound) scan to look at exactly where it is.

“The neck of the womb was not that compliant in the sense it was not dilated, it was not satisfied.

“There was a small tear at the neck of the womb at the right side caused by the foetal parts that were coming out .”

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He denied it could have been caused by damage from his surgery or from him cutting a fibroid, adding: “There was no bleeding, it wasn’t at the time that it was bleeding.”

The inquest is scheduled to continue Friday.

Interestingly, the same year that charges against the abortionist and nurses were dropped, the British government temporarily shut down some of the Marie Stopes’ operations after inspections revealed numerous health and safety violations. The abortion chain later was allowed to resume all abortions after promises to fix the problems.

However, in 2017, the British Care Quality Commission found that Marie Stopes facilities had botched nearly 400 abortions in a two-month period. Then, it found evidence that Marie Stopes was pressuring women to have abortions by incentivizing staff with bonuses.

One of its Australia facilities also is facing a lawsuit after a woman said she almost died there from an abortion. The woman claims a Marie Stopes abortionist failed to recognize that she had an ectopic pregnancy before the abortion.

Despite all this, Marie Stopes continues to function as one of the largest abortion chains in the world, and receives British tax dollars to support its work.

Most recently, the very abortion facility where Chithira died lobbied for and received a 100-meter (328 foot) buffer zone to prevent pro-lifers from reaching out to women outside. Marie Stopes claims the buffer zone is important to protect women’s “safety.”

Pro-life advocates contend the real reason for the buffer zone is because Marie Stopes is losing abortion business.

http://www.lifenews.com/2018/04/19/abortion-clinic-threw-woman-to-the-curb-despite-vomiting-and-swaying-so-much-she-looked-drunk/

 

 

Germany: Muslim migrant children beat vegetarian fourth-grader over false claim he ate pork, victim is hospitalized

“Migrants bully and beat up German boy for eating pork – an ambulance was needed,” Voice of Europe, April 19, 2018:

After German daily newspaper “The Tagesspiegel” asked their readers to tell about incidents of school violence and bullying, they received a lot of replies.

“Our son is in fourth grade at a middle school and has been bullied since the first year. He was abused, beaten and kicked because he is German. Classmates call him ‘German pig’, ‘pig’ and ‘German potato’. At his school are mainly children with a migrant background. Most are Muslims,” one family says.

The boy and his family live in Berlin-Mitte, which is a multicultural neighbourhood, according to them. “We like to live there, we have a motley circle of friends. But our son being bullied and attacked for allegedly eating pork is simply unbearable for us. He does not even eat any, we are vegetarians.”

“In addition to countless insults that he has to listen to daily, our son was kicked down a staircase and beaten several times in the schoolyard – sometimes in front of the teacher. He was picked up from school by the ambulance more than once”, the family continues.

The boy once had to stay in a hospital for a weekend because a classmate had kicked him in the stomach and it was unclear whether any organs were injured, the family tells The Tagesspiegel. “There have been six incidents so far in just one year. We do not want to take this anymore”….

 

https://www.jihadwatch.org/2018/04/germany-muslim-migrant-children-beat-vegetarian-fourth-grader-over-false-claim-he-ate-pork-victim-is-hospitalized

 

YES, “ITALY MUST REMEMBER ITS … PAST” WITH ISLAM

https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/269916/yes-italy-must-remember-its-%E2%80%A6-past-islam-raymond-ibrahim

 

Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center.

Although the conflict between Islam and the West is not an aberration but a continuation of history, the strategy of those who seek to whitewash and thus empower Islam is to fixate on peaceful aberrations while suppressing the continuum of hostility.

Thus, in “Italy must remember its pluralist past,” Akbar Ahmed, Chair of Islamic Studies at American University, Washington, DC, highlights uncharacteristic episodes from Italy’s past with Muslims in an attempt to convince Italians to be even more accepting of Muslim migrants.

Before looking at his claims, some actual historical context concerning Italy and Islam—otherwise devoid in Akbar’s article about the “past”—is needed.

Once the jihad was unleashed from Arabia, not only was Italy bombarded and under threat for centuries, but as the seat of Rome—the capital of Western Christendom, i.e., Infidel-dom—several ambitious caliphs and sultans especially targeted it, often while making the perennial Islamic boast that they would be first to turn St. Peter’s altar into a feeding trough for their horses.

As early as the seventh century, “the nation of the Saracens that had already spread through Alexandria and Egypt,” wrote Paul the Deacon (b. 720), “came suddenly with many ships, invaded Sicily, entered Syracuse and made a great slaughter of the people—a few only escaping with difficulty who had fled to the strongest fortresses and the mountain ranges—and they carried off also great booty…and thus they returned to Alexandria.”

By 846 Muslim fleets managed to land on the coast of Ostia, near Rome. Unable to breach the walls of the Eternal City, they sacked and despoiled the surrounding countryside, including—to the shock of Western Christendom—the venerated basilicas of St. Peter and St. Paul. The invaders vandalized the two holy shrines, desecrated the tombs of Christendom’s two most revered apostles, and stripped them of their treasures.

 

Such sacrilege prompted Pope Leo IV to erect strong walls and fortifications along the right bank of the Tiber to protect the basilicas and other churches from further Muslim raids.  Not ones to be deterred, “in 849 the Muslims attempted a new landing at Ostia; then, every year from around 857 on, they threatened the Roman seaboard,” explains French medieval historian C. E. Dufourcq.

Indeed, the following entry from Ibn al-Athir’s history dealing with southern Italy and Sicily is indicative of the quantity and quality of these Islamic invasions:

Another raid [in 835] directed at Etna and the neighboring strongholds resulted in the burning of harvests, the slaughter of many men and pillage. Another raid was again organized in the same direction by Abu al-Aghlab in 221 [according to the Muslim calendar, which in this case corresponded to Christmas Day, 835]; the booty brought back was so extensive that slaves were sold for almost nothing.…In the same year, a fleet was sent against the [neighboring Christian] islands; after having taken rich booty and conquered several towns and fortresses there, they returned safe and sound. In 234 [August 5, 848], the inhabitants of Ragusa made peace with the Muslims in exchange for surrendering the town and what it contained. The conquerors destroyed it after having taken away everything that could be transported. In 235 [July 25, 849], a troop of Muslims marched against Castrogiovanni and returned safe and sound, after having subjected that town to pillage, murder and fire [Ye’or 2010, 289–290].

 

Sadistic treatment for the infidel always accompanied the raid; for “it was to the amusement of the Saracens to profane, as well as to pillage, the monasteries and churches,” notes Edward Gibbon.  “At the siege of Salerno a Musulman chief spread his couch on the communion table, and on that altar sacrificed each night the virginity of a Christian nun.”

Although centuries of crusades largely safeguarded Italy and Sicily from further Islamic attacks, by 1480, Ottoman Sultan Muhammad II invaded Italy and captured Otranto.  More than half of its twenty-two thousand inhabitants were massacred, five thousand led away in chains. On a hilltop (subsequently named “Martyr’s Hill”) another eight hundred Christians were ritually beheaded for refusing to convert to Islam, their archbishop sawed in half.

Here is how French priest Jerome Maurand described the fate of the inhabitants of the tiny island of Lipari off Sicily after it was invaded by the Ottomans in 1544: “To see so many poor Christians, and especially so many little boys and girls [enslaved] caused a very great pity.…The tears, wailings and cries of these poor Lipariotes, the father regarding his son and the mother her daughter…weeping while leaving their own city in order to be brought into slavery by those dogs who seemed like rapacious wolves amidst timid lambs.”

Failing to comprehend why the Muslim conquerors so wantonly tortured the now enslaved population—including by slowly gutting the old and infirmed with knives “out of spite”—he “asked these Turks why they treated the poor Christians with such cruelty, [and] they replied that such behavior had very great virtue; that was the only answer we ever got.”

Finally, a great many of those millions of Europeans enslaved and sold in Muslim Barbary between the fifteenth and nineteenth centuries were originally seized from the Italian coastline and Sicily.

Needless to say, these centuries and events—documented in my book, Sword and Scimitar: Fourteen Centuries of War between Islam and the West—never make it in Akbar’s article, “Italy must remember its pluralist past.”

Instead—and because his agenda is to prompt Italians to be even more accommodating of Muslim migrants—he ignores the constants while fixating on those aberrations that might validate his thesis:

Italy produced Christian leaders such as Roger II, the King of Sicily, and Frederick II, the Holy Roman Emperor, King of Sicily, and King of Italy, who spoke Arabic, had Muslim bodyguards, and featured Arabic inscriptions on their royal mantle. Muslims and Jews were permitted to live by their own laws, and the jewel of Sicilian architecture, Roger’s twelfth-century Palatine Chapel, incorporated Christian, Muslim, and Jewish influences.

Such is Akbar’s evidence concerning Italy’s “pluralist past.”  While his anecdotes seem a far cry from the aforementioned centuries of unwavering hostility, one is still at loss concerning Akbar’s point.  After all, few if any Italians today have a problem with knowing Arabic, employing non-Christians, allowing others to live according to their customs, or erecting exotic architecture.

Rather, they have a problem with facilitating the ancient jihad against their homeland by bringing in more and more Muslim migrants who act in accordance with the history that Akbar suggests never happened.