DC Abortionist: PRO-LIFE ACTIVISTS ARE ‘TERRORISTS’

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The Washington, D.C. abortionist who was the focus of the second Live Action undercover investigation of the late-term abortion industry has said that he has not watched the video exposé of his clinic because, “I don’t like to feed into these people. I really consider them terrorists.”

LifeSiteNews states that Dr. Cesare F. Santangelo’s reaction demonstrates that abortionists are hostile to and concerned about the political advocacy of the pro-life movement.

In response to Santangelo’s comment, Lila Rose, president and founder of Live Action, said, “For Dr. Santangelo to call a 24-week pregnant woman a terrorist, after having just admitted he would leave struggling babies to die after surviving abortion, is a desperate attempt to distract from his own horrific actions.”

In an interview with the Washington Post, Santangelo attempted to walk back his statements to the undercover investigator about how he would handle the situation if her baby survived an abortion. In the video, Santangelo tells the pregnant woman that he would ensure the baby died: “Then we would do things – we would – we would not help it. We wouldn’t intubate.”

Santangelo told the Post that he was trying to reassure the woman. In reality, he said, he would call 911.

“What I said is, basically I wouldn’t do anything extraordinary,” Santangelo said. “We would call EMS. We would call 911. But I wouldn’t do intubation or anything… You let nature take its course.”

Santangelo has not been charged with violating the law. His attorney, Alfred R. Belcuore, said his client practices medicine in full compliance with the laws in the District of Columbia.

Live Action plans to release more investigative videos as part of a campaign to expose the late-term abortion industry in the nation. The first video release focused on a Bronx, New York abortion counselor advocating infanticide following a live-birth abortion.

 

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**WARNING***: THE NEXT 72 HOURS ARE GOING TO BE INSANE

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We are about to get an epic deluge of economic releases from around the world over the next three days, and we should learn a ton about the current state of the global economy.

 

It all starts tonight with South Korean exports at 8 PM ET. This data release is referred to as the “economic canary in the coal mine” because South Korea sends a lot of its exports to China, the health of which is critical to the global economy.

Following that is the official China manufacturing PMI (Purchasing Managers Index), out at 9 PM ET. All eyes will be on this release following a lackluster set of first-quarter economic data published a few weeks ago and the recent collapse in the commodity complex, which many ascribe to fears over Chinese growth.

Economists expect the index to tick down to 50.7 from 50.9 in March. Any reading above 50 on the PMIs indicates expansion, so 50.7 would signal continued, but slowing growth in Chinese manufacturing.

Overnight, we will also get the latest manufacturing PMI readings from Japan, Russia, Indonesia, Ireland, the Netherlands, the U.K., and Australia.

Then, Wednesday morning, we get a ton of new data on the U.S. economy.

  • At 8:15 AM ET, ADP releases its monthly employment report, which will foreshadow the bigger nonfarm payrolls release on Friday. Economists expect the ADP report to reveal that 150,000 private payrolls were created in the U.S. economy in April after reporting 158,000 new jobs in March.
  • At 8:58 AM, Markit releases U.S. manufacturing PMI. Economists expect the index to fall to 52.0 from last month’s 54.0 reading, indicating a slowdown in the pace of growth in American manufacturing in April.
  • At 10 AM, the ISM Manufacturing index is released. It’s expected to fall to 50.6 from 51.3, confirming the results from the Markit PMI report.
  • Also out at 10 are data on March construction spending. Economists predict spending on construction slowed to 0.6% in March after 1.2% growth in February.

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*** WARNING DISTURBING FOOTAGE*****: YESTERDAYS CRASH Of A BOEING 747 [VIDEO]

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A civilian cargo aircraft crashed at Bagram Air Field near the Afghan capital Kabul on Monday, killing all seven people aboard. The plane came down shortly after take-off and crashed within the boundaries of the US-run airbase, a NATO spokesperson at the base said. The Taliban quickly claimed responsibility for the crash, but the coalition dismissed the claim as “false” in a statement to AP. The cause of the crash is being investigated by emergency crews, but no sign of insurgent activity in the area was spotted at the time, the statement added.

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RON PAUL WARNS OF MARTIAL LAW AND THE BOSTON SECURITY THEATER

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Forced lockdown of a city. Militarized police riding tanks in the streets. Door-to-door armed searches without warrant. Families thrown out of their homes at gunpoint to be searched without probable cause. Businesses forced to close. Transport shut down.

These were not the scenes from a military coup in a far off banana republic, but rather the scenes just over a week ago in Boston as the United States got a taste of martial law. The ostensible reason for the military-style takeover of parts of Boston was that the accused perpetrator of a horrific crime was on the loose. The Boston bombing provided the opportunity for the government to turn what should have been a police investigation into a military-style occupation of an American city. This unprecedented move should frighten us as much or more than the attack itself.

What has been sadly forgotten in all the celebration of the capture of one suspect and the killing of his older brother is that the police state tactics in Boston did absolutely nothing to catch them. While the media crowed that the apprehension of the suspects was a triumph of the new surveillance state – and, predictably, many talking heads and Members of Congress called for even more government cameras pointed at the rest of us – the fact is none of this caught the suspect. Actually, it very nearly gave the suspect a chance to make a getaway.

The “shelter in place” command imposed by the governor of Massachusetts was lifted before the suspect was caught. Only after this police state move was ended did the owner of the boat go outside to check on his property, and in so doing discover the suspect.

No, the suspect was not discovered by the paramilitary troops terrorizing the public. He was discovered by a private citizen, who then placed a call to the police. And he was identified not by government surveillance cameras, but by private citizens who willingly shared their photographs with the police.

As journalist Tim Carney wrote last week:

“Law enforcement in Boston used cameras to ID the bombing suspects, but not police cameras. Instead, authorities asked the public to submit all photos and videos of the finish-line area to the FBI, just in case any of them had relevant images. The surveillance videos the FBI posted online of the suspects came from private businesses that use surveillance to punish and deter crime on their property.”

Sadly, we have been conditioned to believe that the job of the government is to keep us safe, but in reality the job of the government is to protect our liberties. Once the government decides that its role is to keep us safe, whether economically or physically, they can only do so by taking away our liberties. That is what happened in Boston.

Three people were killed in Boston and that is tragic. But what of the fact that over 40 persons are killed in the United States each day, and sometimes ten persons can be killed in one city on any given weekend? These cities are not locked-down by paramilitary police riding in tanks and pointing automatic weapons at innocent citizens.

This is unprecedented and is very dangerous. We must educate ourselves and others about our precious civil liberties to ensure that we never accept demands that we give up our Constitution so that the government can pretend to protect us.

Former Congressman Paul’s article first appeared at the-free-foundation.org, the temporary home for his weekly column until his personal web page is up and running.

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April 29, 2013

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SOLUTIONS FLASHBACK: German POLICE TAKE OFF THEIR HELMETS, Badges & MARCHED WITH THE PROTEST AGAINST BANKSTERS!! [W/ VIDEO]

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How about this!
From Occupy Frankfurt. May 19, 2012.
The German police took off their helmets and marched with the protesters– clearing the way for them.

The police coming over to serve and protect the people… Blockupy Frankfurt. Police areescorting. Reports of an estimated 20,000+ protesters. Nice to see their faces…. and their humanity coming through…

WATCH THIS VIDEO: #blockupy. Frankfurt

German police officers escort an anti-Banking cartel protest march with some 20,000 people in Frankfurt, Germany, Saturday, May 19, 2012. Protesters peacefully filled the city center of continental Europe’s biggest financial hub in their protest against the dominance of banks and what they perceive to be untamed Fascism (sometimes called corporatism), Frankfurt police spokesman Ruediger Regis said. The protest group calling itself Blockupy has called for blocking the access to the European Central Bank, which is located in Frankfurt’s business district. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

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Nice to see the police give protesters a hand. I think I will plan on my next vacation to visit Germany. Such friendly people there! 

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Catholic church excommunicates Brazil priest for liberal views

By Paulo Prada

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – The Catholic Church has excommunicated a Brazilian priest after he defended homosexuality, open marriage and other practices counter to Church teaching in online videos.

In a statement released late on Monday, the priest’s diocese said Father Roberto Francisco Daniel, known to local parishioners as Padre Beto, had “in the name of ‘freedom of expression’ betrayed the promise of fealty to the Church.”

The priest “injured the Church with grave statements counter to the dogma of Catholic faith and morality.” The actions amount to “heresy and schism,” the statement said, the penalty for which is excommunication, or expulsion from the Church.

The rare punishment follows what Daniel’s bishop and the priest himself said were repeated rebukes about the videos and other public activities, such as a radio broadcast and local newspaper column, in which he challenged Church doctrine.

The 47-year-old cleric, who studied theology in Germany, is popular in the southeastern city of Bauru, where he has been a priest since 2001. He is known for his rock T-shirts, a silver stud pierced through his right ear and his habit of posing, as on his official Facebook page, with a glass of beer.

On Facebook and Twitter, Daniel posted a brief statement about the excommunication: “I feel honored to belong to the long list of people who have been murdered and burned alive for thinking and searching for knowledge.”

SPREAD OF MODERATE VIEWS

Daniel’s excommunication, which prompted headlines across Brazil and protests in social media, illustrates the rising influence of more moderate social views in Brazil, Latin America’s biggest country, and much of the rest of the region.

Progressive stances on sexuality, birth control, scientific research and other delicate topics for the Church are increasingly common in Latin America, home to 42 percent of the world’s Catholics, more than any other region worldwide.

The shifting views are among the many challenges faced by Pope Francis, an Argentine who ascended in March to become the first Latin American pope in history.

The excommunication comes just two months before Francis is scheduled to attend World Youth Day, expected to attract as many as 2 million young Catholics to Rio de Janeiro.

Though Francis is known to be a traditionalist on social issues and Church doctrine, his appointment raised hopes that the first non-European pope in 13 centuries would do more than his predecessors to modernize Catholicism.

But Daniel’s beliefs clearly went too far for church leaders.

In one of the recent videos he posted on YouTube.com and his own Website, the priest said a married person who chose to have an affair, heterosexual or otherwise, would not be unfaithful as long as that person’s spouse allowed it. “If someone is in an extramarital relationship and that relationship is accepted by the spouse, then faithfulness still exists there,” he said.

A “REBEL SON”

In a telephone interview, Daniel said his statements “are personal reflections that should be considered and discussed in the dialogue of the church.” The excommunication, he said, is “the sad act of a lukewarm and disengaged church that is out of touch with today’s society.”

The diocese retained a church expert in canonical law to oversee the excommunication process. The diocese also initiated a separate process at the Vatican through which Daniel will be stripped of clerical authority.

Last Tuesday, Bishop Caetano Ferrari gave Daniel a letter asking him to take the videos offline and publicly retract his statements. In an interview posted on the diocese Web site shortly afterward, Ferrari called Daniel “brilliant,” but characterized him as a “rebel son” who “crosses the line.”

On Monday, Daniel said he went to the diocese headquarters planning to renounce his clerical duties rather than retract any of his comments. But before he had a chance, the bishop and canonical expert made him face a committee of Church officials.

“It was a trial,” Daniel said. “I told them I was not there to be tried, that I had not been indicted.”

Shortly afterward, the Church issued the statement announcing his excommunication.

(Editing by Todd Benson and Cynthia Osterman)

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Speed traders eyed after Twitter hack attack: regulator

BERLIN, April 29 (Reuters) – Barcelona will try every trick in the book to overturn a 4-0 first-leg deficit against Bayern Munich in their Champions League semi-final return leg on Wednesday, honorary Bayern president Franz Beckenbauer warned on Monday. Bayern crushed the Spaniards last week in a surprisingly one-sided encounter but Beckenbauer, former player, coach and president of Germany’s most successful club, warned that Barcelona were not ready to surrender. “Barca will try everything to throw Bayern off balance,” he told Bild newspaper. …

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Canada’s CGI reports higher profit, shares rise

(Reuters) – IT services company CGI Group Inc reported a second-quarter profit above analysts’ estimates, partly helped by its acquisition of Logica Plc in August, sending its shares up more than 15 percent on Tuesday.

Excluding Logica integration costs, Canada’s largest IT services provider earned 56 Canadian cents per share on an adjusted basis, above the 50 Canadian cents analysts had expected.

The company completed the $2.64 billion acquisition of larger Anglo-Dutch rival Logica in August.

“Now people have more confidence in CGI and their ability to pull off Logica’s integration,” Morningstar analyst Swami Shanmugasundaram told Reuters.

Second-quarter revenue more than doubled to C$2.53 billion ($2.53 billion). Analysts were looking for C$2.56 billion on average, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Founded in 1976 and headquartered in Montreal, CGI is the fifth largest independent information technology and business process services firm in the world.

It competes with companies such as IBM Corp and Accenture Plc to provide services including business and IT consulting, systems integration, application development and maintenance and infrastructure management.

Clients range from businesses such as Vodafone Plc to to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Revenue from CGI’s Nordics, Southern Europe and South America (NSESA) division rose to C$511.2 million from C$10 million a year earlier due to the acquisition.

Logica’s market is concentrated in Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Portugal, Spain and Brazil, while CGI had operations in Spain and Portugal. Sweden and Finland accounted for 73 percent of CGI’s revenue from the NSESA region year-to-date.

The company also increased its annual savings target from the acquisition to C$375 million from C$300 million, and said it expects to generate the savings by the end of fiscal 2014, a year earlier than originally planned.

“The successful cost saving program should get CGI closer to C$3 per share in earnings about one year ahead of schedule,” National Bank Financial analyst Kris Thompson said in a note to clients on Tuesday.

CGI’s second-quarter net earnings rose to C$114.2 million, or 36 Canadian cents per share, from C$105.7 million, or 40 Canadian cents per share, a year earlier.

The stock was up 14 percent at C$30.89 at mid day on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Tuesday.

(Reporting by Shounak Dasgupta and Krithika Krishnamurthy in Bangalore; Editing by Sreejiraj Eluvangal)

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Not my job to get Congress ‘to behave’

 

President Barack Obama used his bully pulpit on Tuesday to repeatedly criticize Congress – and Republicans in particular – for inaction that would threaten to scuttle parts of his second-term agenda.

On issues ranging from federal spending to health care, immigration, and even closing the terrorist detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Obama was eager to place the blame for inaction with lawmakers, who are absent from Washington on a scheduled recess this week.

“You seem to suggest that somehow these folks over there have no responsibilities, and that my job is to somehow get them to behave,” Obama said in response to one question at Tuesday’s White House press conference. “That’s their job.”

Obama’s appearance before the press corps coincided with the anniversary of the first 100 days of the president’s second term, which has included some setbacks for his agenda, but also some green shoots of promise. Still, much of the gridlock that characterized the latter half of Obama’s first term has extended to the beginning of his second, and the president hasn’t been able to overcome dogged Republican opposition.

“We understand that we’re in divided government right now,” Obama said. “Republicans control the House of Representatives; in the Senate, this habit of requiring 60 votes for even the most modest piece of legislation has gummed up the works there.”

That could be read as a thinly-veiled reference to one of the cornerstones of Obama’s second-term agenda – a package of stricter gun laws that expand background checks. Democrats were forced to shelve even a scaled-back, bipartisan proposal after Republicans insisted that the proposal not only muster a simple majority of senators, but also the 60 or more votes needed to dispel a filibuster.

President Barack Obama expands on his view of the way Congress is handling sequestration.

The defeat (advocates of gun control characterize it as only a temporary setback) reflects a familiar pattern during Obama’s dealings with Republicans in Congress.

And the president used his first press conference in nearly two months to go after the GOP, accusing them, for instance, of political expediency in bemoaning the negative consequences of the sequester, the automatic series of spending cuts that began on March 1.

“Despite the fact that a lot of members of Congress were suggesting this was a victory for them and this wouldn’t hurt the economy, what we know now is that what I was warned earlier … is happening,” he said. “It slowed our growth, it’s resulting in people being thrown out of work, and it’s hurting folks all across the country.”

The president has made some overtures to Republicans, though, in hopes of breaking through the legislative logjam. Most notably, Obama’s hosted a series of dinners with senators, some consisting solely of Republicans, in hopes of cajoling GOP leaders into reaching compromises on some issues.

On matters like tax reform, such a bipartisan accord might be elusive. But on immigration, an achievement might be within reach.

Obama lauded a bipartisan group of eight senators’ work to craft a comprehensive immigration reform proposal which includes a pathway to citizenship.

President Barack Obama reacts to immigration reform legislation recently constructed by members of the U.S. Senate.

“I feel confident that the bipartisan work that’s been done on immigration reform will result in a bill that passes the Senate, passes the House, and gets on my desk,” he said.

But even that effort must overcome the objections of some Senate conservatives, and make its way through a Republican-controlled House of Representatives. Obama was careful not to wave off a GOP-led effort to create an alternative immigration proposal, but warned that it must meet his criteria (one of which is a pathway to citizenship) to win his support.

“If it doesn’t meet those criteria, then I will not support such a bill,” the president declared.

Even still, Obama vowed to push forward with key elements of his agenda – like implementing the signature health care overhaul law he won during his first term – over the opposition of Republicans.

The president defended the implementation of the law as mostly complete, and goal-oriented for the elements that aren’t, in face of some Democratic griping over the way “Obamacare” has been enacted. And he acknowledged that some Republican governors’ refusal to enact health insurance exchanges had made implementation more difficult.

“I think it’s harder, there’s no doubt about it,” Obama said of those governors’ opposition.

But, he added: “We will implement it. We have a backup federal exchange. If states aren’t cooperating, we set up a federal exchange so that people can access that federal exchange. But yes, it puts more of a burden on us.”

 

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Courtesy Dawnella Brahos

Dawnella Brahos with her child.

Despite reassurances by reservation agents that using a breast pump at her seat was allowed, American Airlines passenger Dawnella Brahos says she was was embarrassed on a recent flight from Minneapolis to Chicago when a flight attendant told her that plugging in the device was forbidden.

“She was speaking in a loud voice, reading a page from a manual and adamant that because it was not pre-approved medical equipment I could not use the pump at my seat,” Brahos told NBC News. “I felt humiliated. Everyone pretty much knew my business at that point and she kept checking back and eyeballing me the whole time to make sure I wasn’t using the pump.”

On April 18, Brahos, a 38-year-old mother of three from Lowell, Ind., was on the last leg of trip to California with her husband. Her three kids, including one still on breast milk, were at home with her mom.

Before her trip, she spent hours on the phone talking to airline reservation agents and their supervisors, all of whom told her not to worry.

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Dawnella Brahos and the Medela pump she was asked to not use by the American Airlines flight attendant.

“I researched which airplanes had outlets at the seats so I could plug in my pump and I made sure that the type of breast pump I had – a Medela – was approved. I brought along a big Angry Birds blanket to cover myself with. And my husband and I even paid extra to make sure we’d get seats next to each other so I wouldn’t be sitting next to a stranger while using the pump.”

During three legs of the trip, Brahos had no problem using her breast pump during the flight and says helpful flight attendants even let her plug in the breast pump in the galley.

But on the final leg of the trip, Brahos said the flight attendant told her she could not use the galley nor use the pump at her seat. “She even said I was making up the fact that I had used the pump on previous flights,” said Brahos.

“A lot people are saying I should have used the pump in the bathroom, but airplane bathrooms are pretty disgusting places to try to use a breast pump. And even if I did choose to pump in the bathroom, we weren’t even allowed to get up from our seats because the flight was so rough.”

American Airlines issued an apology, saying it does not have a policy prohibiting the use of breast pumps in-flight.

“We apologize for the experience Ms. Brahos had on a recent flight. Our in-flight personnel are trained to handle these situations with professionalism and discretion… As with other devices that have an on/off switch, customers will be asked not to use them during takeoff and landing.”

“Our procedures advise our crews to ensure that mothers who are breastfeeding or using breast pumps have the privacy they need,” said American Airlines spokesperson Andrea Huguely.

La Leche League International encourages mothers to check with the airline if they plan to travel with a breast pump. Because “we clearly still have a culture that is not yet aware of the needs of breastfeeding mothers,” La Leche International spokesperson Diana West says it’s a good idea to print out and carry a copy of the airline’s rules with them when they travel.

Brahos received a $100 voucher from an airline representative at the airport after she complained about her treatment, but is planning on filing a formal complaint. For now, she says she wants the airline “to let moms do what they need to do.”

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