In yet another capitulation to the liberal left, GOP establishmentarian Mitch McConnell says they’re not even gonna try to defund Planned Parenthood.
Linking the defunding of Planned Parenthood to a government funding bill is “an exercise in futility,” according to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
The Kentucky Republican lawmaker, in an interview with Politico Friday, says he’ll support instead a plan to fund the government into December with no conditions.
“It’s an exercise in futility,” McConnell says of the Planned Parenthood defunding effort. “I’m anxious to defund Planned Parenthood” but “the honest answer of that is that’s not going to happen until you have a president who has a similar view.”
“It’s better to be honest with the American people and say, ‘That won’t get it done.’”
According to Politico, McConnell favors a strategy that will include a short-term funding bill to buy time to negotiate a longer-term spending measure – and separately, a vote this month to federally ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
GOP lawmakers have called for the defunding of Planned Parenthood in the wake of hidden-camera videos showing officials brokering the distribution of fetal tissue to medical research.
But McConnell said either a Democratic minority would block the effort, or President Barack Obama would veto a bill even if it passed the Senate.
“Groups who deeply are concerned about the issue realize this [Planned Parenthood strategy] isn’t going to get that done,” McConnell said.
“What we are going to do is move to the pain-capable [abortion] bill sometime this month and see how people feel about that,” he said referring to a 20-week abortion ban proposal.
Ah well, great. There’s absolutely no thought given to maybe taking the argument to the American people and having them pressure Obama on the issue. Maybe that would even hurt the Democrats. But no, these idiots just love to cave. And then they wonder why Trump and others like Cruz are so popular.
A woman who made a string of false rape allegations against five men in eight years was behind bars last night.
Leanne Black, 32, repeatedly cried rape with bogus sex assault reports to police after rowing or breaking up with her former partners.
In one case, Black claimed she had been drugged and raped. In another she told police a boyfriend kidnapped and molested her.
A court heard that her innocent partners would have faced up to five years in jail if they had been found guilty of such serious sexual allegations.
However, Black was herself jailed for two years, with a judge condemning her actions, telling her that genuine rape victims would be undermined by her lies.
The court heard that, in the most recent case in March, her boyfriend Kevin Crowley was held on suspicion of rape after he had called police to report she had thrown plates at him in their flat.
David Wooler, prosecuting, said officers arrived at the scene of the domestic argument at the home shared by Black and her boyfriend – and she turned the tables on him.
Mr Wooler said: ‘When she was questioned by police she told them her boyfriend had raped her while she slept at his flat.
‘It was the most recent in a number of repeated false rape allegations against men since 2005.’
Newport Crown Court heard that, in June 2005, Black had made a rape allegation but the case did not proceed.
In July 2006, she accused her then partner of raping her twice and also claimed she had been kidnapped and raped. In 2009, she claimed she had been the victim of a serious sexual assault.
And in 2010, she fabricated a story about being drugged and raped. Then, earlier this year, she made the accusations against Mr Crowley.
But she finally owned up, admitting one count of perverting the course of justice against Mr Crowley.
Judge William Gaskell told Black, of Cwmbran, South Wales, she had made it more difficult for genuine rape victims to be believed. He said: ‘Police have to take all allegations of rape very seriously.
‘Rape, when it happens, has a devastating effect for victims and causes great trauma. Many women never get over it.
‘Women who make false allegations like you undermine the whole system and police investigations.
‘It undermines the public’s belief in the truth when allegations are truthfully made.’
Gareth Driscoll, defending, said Black had entered an early guilty plea and made a full admission.
She will serve half her sentence before being released on licence.
Inspector Rory Waring, of Gwent Police, said the sentence should act as a warning to anyone thinking about making false allegations of rape.
He said: ‘As well as causing distress to innocent people accused of this terrible crime, cases like this distract officers from supporting real victims and prosecuting real offenders.
‘Those who have suffered from genuine offences are also undermined.’
Siobhan Blake, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor in Wales, said: ‘False allegations of rape are extremely uncommon, but where they do occur they are serious offences.
‘Such cases will be dealt with robustly and those falsely accused should feel confident that we will prosecute these cases wherever there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to do so.
‘Earlier this year, the CPS published a report highlighting how rare false allegations of rape and domestic violence are.
‘We must not allow these cases to undermine our work to support victims of rape and domestic violence.
‘We want victims to feel able to report the abuse they have suffered and we are working hard to dispel the myths and stereotypes that can be associated with these cases.
‘One such misplaced belief is that false allegations of rape and domestic violence are widespread. We know that is not the case.’
This guy is a bottom feeding louse, his
Baby Mommas whores are no better, YES, I called them whores, what else do you call women stupid enough to screw a loser like this ass hat? And The Oprah Winfrey Network should be ashamed of themselves for making this show.
You know who gets really hurt by this orgy of stupidity and irresponsibility? Those kids do! This piece of filth says he “take care of his kids” BULLSHIT! Taking care of your kids is not all about money, it is about setting an example of what they should aspire to be. And he also says “it just happened!” REALLY? Is he that stupid? Or just that morally retarded?
Vancouver, Washington – Vancouver city “Progressive” council member Jeanne Harris has once again erupted in anger and vitriol aimed towards a citizen during the Citizen Communications segment of the City Council Meeting.
Just weeks ago she lambasted Larry Patella over his right to free speech during the council meeting, resulting in a confrontation between her and fellow council member, Jeanne Stewart.
Ms Harris is also one of the three council members, joining Mayor Leavitt and Bart Hansen, who saw no problem with passing an ordinance restricting our right to free speech in political gatherings by placing prior notice limitations on such gatherings, even though no problems have ever occurred during such gatherings held be either left-wing or right-wing groups.
That ordinance did not pass as such and was rewritten to exclude political gatherings, which Ms. Harris clearly disagreed with.
I was in attendance at both meetings and Ms. Harris appeared visibly upset that she did not get her way to place limitations on gatherings that pertain to free speech rights for all.
At a subsequent town hall she once again became visibly upset with citizens over confronting Mayor Leavitt for his switch on campaigning on no tolls, admonishing the audience, most a bit older than she, as if they were third graders.
And now, once again, it is reported that not only did she throw a tantrum towards a citizen during the Citizen Communications segment, but that she stormed out of the council meeting and afterwards, angrily confronted fellow council member Jeanne Stewart in the hallway.
Mayor Timothy D. Leavitt and the Vancouver City council received a request today asking that the Council establish an Ethics Committee to review a complaint alleging a violation of the Council’s Code of Ethics policy by Councilmember Jeanne Harris during the September 13, 2010, Council meeting.
Councilmembers Jack Burkman and Larry Smith sent a letter via e-mail to the Mayor and Council as provided by the Council Code of Ethics policy 100-36 stating that they believed a violation of Section 6.0A of the Code, Standards of Conduct, that “Councilmembers will at all times treat each other with respect and dignity” occurred during the September 13 meeting. Burkman and Smith contend that Councilmember Harris’ actions toward fellow Councilmember Jeanne Stewart and Mayor Leavitt during the meeting were not respectful and did not “treat them with dignity.”
In asking that the Council establish an Ethics Committee at the next regular meeting consistent with Section 7.0 of the Code of Ethics policy Burkman and Smith ask that the Committee investigate the allegations and determine the appropriate action to be taken.
Mayor Leavitt said that Council will consider this request as an agenda item during the Monday September 20 Council meeting. “The Council will address the issues as outlined in the Code of Ethics policy,” he said.