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What's Just So Wrong With This Picture?

"Is that the heart?" "I think so. Here's the heart."

"I don't see the legs. Do you see the legs?"

"There you go."

"Oh another boy!"

“We’d have to do a little bit of training with the providers or something to make sure that they don’t crush” fetal organs during 2nd trimester abortions, says Ginde, brainstorming ways to ensure the abortion doctors at PPRM provide usable fetal organs.

When the buyers ask Ginde if “compensation could be specific to the specimen?” Ginde agrees, “Okay.” Later on in the abortion clinic’s pathological laboratory, standing over an aborted fetus, Ginde responds to the buyer’s suggestion of paying per body part harvested, rather than a standard flat fee for the entire case: “I think a per-item thing works a little better, just because we can see how much we can get out of it.”

The sale or purchase of human fetal tissue is a federal felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison or a fine of up to $500,000 (42 U.S.C. 289g-2). Federal law also requires that no alteration in the timing or method of abortion be done for the purposes of fetal tissue collection (42 U.S.C. 289g-1).
Planned Parenthood VP Says Fetuses May Come Out Intact, Agrees Payments Specific to the Specimen

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Planned Parenthood's Black Market in Baby Parts ”That 12 week old fetus was pretty good. There were three or four samples we could have taken out of that 11.6.”

Warning. Graphic and grisly scenes.

"The first episode in a new documentary web series features a woman who once worked in Planned Parenthood clinics describing the profit motive involved in Planned Parenthood’s sale of aborted fetal body parts, and includes new admissions from top-level Planned Parenthood leadership about the illicit pricing structure.

Episode 1 also shows undercover video featuring the Vice President and Medical Director of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains (PPRM) in Denver, CO, Dr. Savita Ginde. PPRM is one of the largest and wealthiest Planned Parenthood affiliates and operates clinics in Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, and Nevada. Standing in the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic pathology laboratory, where fetuses are brought after abortions, Ginde concludes that payment per organ removed from a fetus will be the most beneficial to Planned Parenthood: “I think a per-item thing works a little better, just because we can see how much we can get out of it.”

Planned Parenthood Demands Media Not Air Damning Footage

Planned Parenthood branches in several states are demanding local media refrain from airing damning footage obtained through recent undercover stings, in a frantic attempt to suppress negative criticism generated over their reported sale of aborted fetal tissue.

On Monday evening, Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota issued statements to “Health and Political Reporters and Producers” recommending the footage, which they say was garnered “under false pretenses,” “not be aired.”

“[The Center for Medical Progress] gained access to Planned Parenthood facilities under false pretenses and filmed without securing approval from the Planned Parenthood staff being filmed or the patients whose privacy is compromised by this secret videotaping,” a letter sent by Communications Director Jennifer Aulwes to media said.

“The material should not be aired.”

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Bang, Zoom 1955: Very Large Image of Today ( VLIOT )

April 1955. "Entertainers Jackie Gleason and Art Carney, in costume, posed as their 'Honeymooners' characters Ralph Kramden and Ed Norton."

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The Data is Errata: Lies, Damn Lies, Statistics, and Junk Graphs
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Shovel Ready in Siberia: Stalin's Road of Bones


Don't say your government's plans for "stimulus" and "recovery" can't get worse. They can. Those who do not remember the past are condemned to be building roads in Alaska.

The road runs for over two thousand kilometres through the wildest terrain of the Asian continent, connecting Magadan and Yakutsk, and making an enormous loop through the Siberian mountains in order to reach the hundreds of gold mines that once operated there.
Forced labour was used to construct every inch of this incredible project -- at first by inmates of labour camps, but later by the unfortunate denizens of the gulags that began springing up all over these near-uninhabitable provinces of Stalin's Soviet empire. Many were Russian POW's, banished to the region after being labelled German "collaborators". Many were Russian Christians who refused to renounce their faith under the Communist regime. Prisoners were chained except when they were working their twelve-hour shifts. Many died during transport alone, and thousands were shot by the officers for not working hard enough. And any worker who died during construction of the road was buried€™ where he fell -- survivors'€™ reports indicate that bodies were as common a sight as fallen logs.-- Stalin's Road of Bones

Happy Workers Camp with Pictures of Dear Leader

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"Molesting Post" New Masterful Photograph by Charles Foster Johnson
Johnson, Charles Foster (Naturalized Iranian), Ocean, 2009.
Collection of The Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum Gaitlinburg, Tennessee
Master "hands-on" shutterbug Charles Foster Johnson's latest foray into the world of things seen but not seen is sure to bring knowing nods of awe to his adoring acolytes. Indeed, within minutes of being unveiled to the deserving few at LGF, it was garnering breathless comments such as "Marco" and "Polo." Coyly entitled "Ocean" it is already known to discerning critics and collectors of Johnson's work as, "The Molesting Post."

Today's most influential critic of fine-art photography, Ace d'Allahpundit has cracked the Johnson referential surface once again and offers up this penetrating, and exclusive, analysis:

"With 'The Molesting Post' Johnson at once presents us with what at first glance seems to be an out of focus post and bar motif set starkly against his trademark soft and fuzzy ocean with a soupçon of foam. This, however, is only the signifying surface of his deeper signifier.
Mark how the stark black shaft of the post is topped with a broad black knob just above the cut part of the shaft. Reflect on how the top of the knob just barely intrudes into the clear off blue of the sky above after rising out of the weedy mud below. Recall that placed against the wet of the ocean the shaft and knob must obviously be, if not soaking wet, at least pleasantly slick with sea spume. Reconstructing this deconstruction of angst, desolation, dark childhood fears of being locked in the closet, plus the profound isolation of the self from the self implicit in all of Johnson's work, and we can ultimately "decode" the inner confession that lurks just beneath the surface of all of Johnson's mature work.
With 'The Molesting Post' Johnson has finally broken free of his previous inhibitions and become, at last, a mere self of his former shell. I, for one, am glad that the fierce internal pressure that writhes within Johnson's most tortured work has finally found it's release in the eternal truths of soft-focus photography."

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Restored Footage: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1951) Trailer

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Another High Water Mark in Middle East Culture

Hidden here is a photograph of the moment before a public execution in Yemen, that cool pool of advanced civilization on the Gulf. It's from Photo Journal's Pictures of the Day, and although not explicit, it is all the more terrible for it.

A man convicted of a heinous crime receives a public execution. "Pour encourager les autres." You might think it's hard to look at, but for the assembled Yemenis it seems, from the cell phone cameras held up to record it, just another day in old Arab Culture Land.

I ask myself what I think of this moment and the assembled men gawping in the background. I want to say something deep and insightful. Something I could go on about for several hundred words. But if I am honest with myself I really think something very blunt and much more concise. I think, "Democracy? Freedom? Prosperity? For these people? Why bother?"

No, I don't know exactly what that means, but I think I'll soon find out.

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Caption Me!


The original caption reads, "Secret Service agents stand watch as Mr Obama practises before an event."

I'm sure we can do better.

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We Need a White House "Stupid Service"

I'm an adamantine supporter of the "Secret Service" and it's mission to protect the President. But couldn't that agency spin-off three or four agents for a "Stupid Service" whose bizarro world duty would be to seek out the people in the White House stupid enough to pull off this stunt and drown them in the shallow end of the gene pool give them a stern reprimand? Would that be asking too much?

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Jumbo Jet, F-16 Buzz Lady Liberty, Put New York on Edge

"On edge?" On EDGE? I'd say that when you have people fleeing the Hudson River waterfront screaming, "on edge" doesn't quite cover it.

As someone who stood across the East River and saw the towers fall, I know exactly what was going through the minds of New Yorkers today when this gigantic clusterfuck showed up in the skies. And that was terror. (More than a few might have spared a moment to regret voting for the current clump of zombie bozos lurching about in the West Wing gnawing each other's brainzzz.)

Posted by Vanderleun at Apr 27, 2009 8:06 PM |  Comments (13)  | QuickLink: Permalink
The Final Frontier of Domestic Decor

But the question is, are you still master of your domain?

The Brothers Judd note "That's nothing, what's really troubling is their Ayn Rand blow-up dolls."

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Everything That's Wrong With Us is in This House


Sippican Cottage tells you why in The Greater Fool Theory Of Housing Excerpt:

There's Postmodern evil afoot here. Everything is boiled down to a pastiche, and you put all these disconnected totems into a blender and put the mixed up parts on a concrete rectangle. It's making us all crazy in a very subtle but profound way.
There has been a concerted effort to dismantle all standards of right and wrong and beauty and truth. If ever truthiness was put into sticks and bricks, this house is it. When you rebel against standard things, sooner or later you run out of ways to be original, and all that is left is to do the exact opposite of good. It's the only permutation of new that's left to you after a while. The American house is becoming that prefect distillation of bad ideas. Everything exactly at cross-purposes with its stated purpose.

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I WANT MY OTV: Memo from Obama (Starring Mick Jagger)

"The past is prologue"

An Obama aide, speaking on the condition of anonymity, took back David Axelrod's remark last month that Barack Obama and Rod Blagojevich had spoken recently. "What the president-elect said today is correct, David Axelrod misspoke," the aide said. -Ben Smith -

These are early days. The Obama Administration will not start for another six weeks, and it is already building scenery for an opera worthy of "All the King's Men." We do know the end of the first act: Obama takes the oath of office, and the orchestra frantically signals trouble ahead. - Untouchable - What's News Tonight by John Batchelor
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It's Jonestown Time for PETA!

THE OLD PINE BOX is pleased to be able to offer a special line of coffins in support of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Designed by the folks at PETA and built exclusively by THE OLD PINE BOX, these coffins allow you to voice your defense of all creatures even after your own voice is silenced. Every coffin purchased from this selection will result in a net contribution of $75.00 to PETA. - About The Old Pine Box

Via the eversharp copyranter: Peta coffins.

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Biden: 'I Didn't Inhaler'

509px-AsthmaInhaler.jpgBiden received 5 deferments before being declared medically ineligible for Vietnam

"According to the documents, Biden, 65, received several deferments while he was an undergraduate at the University of Delaware and later as a law student at Syracuse University. A month after undergoing a physical exam in April 1968, Biden received a Selective Service classification of 1-Y, meaning he was available for service only in the event of national emergency.

"As a result of a physical exam on April 5, 1968, Joe Biden was classified 1-Y and disqualified from service because of asthma as a teenager," said David Wade, a campaign spokesman.

"In "Promises to Keep," a memoir that was published last year and became an instant best-seller after he was tapped as Obama's running mate, Biden never mentions his asthma, recounting an active childhood, work as a lifeguard and football exploits in high school."

Speaking as someone who remembers well the endless University discussions -- in private and in large meetings -- about how best to get a 1-Y deferment if you couldn't get a 4-F, I can only say that I applaud Biden for being awarded, at such a young age, the Asthma Get-Out-of-Vietnam-Free card. By 1968 that was a particularly hard sell. It had simply been used too much. I got my 1-Y at about the same time, but asthma was not an option for me. I had to go all the way to an Air Force Base outside of London to make it happen.

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Take A Walk On The Whoa! Side

File Under: Things to Do in Spain While Insane

If you don't like heights, you really, really, REALLY don't want to watch this.

El Caminito del Rey (The King's pathway) is a walkway, now fallen into disrepair, pinned along the steep walls of a narrow gorge in El Chorro, near Álora in Málaga, Spain. The name is often shortened to El Camino del Rey.

UPDATE: From a suggestion in the comments, I nominate this to be the "match-up" that decides the Democrat candidate for President. Both Clinton and Obama must traverse this walkway on skateboards. The one with the best time will be declared the nominee. Should neither survive the replacement nominee shall be.... RON PAUL!

Via The Presurfer

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Cube Hamsters of the World Unite!

First they take away your secretary and assistants and give you voice mail, email, and a Blackberry. Then they take away your office and slap you in a cube about the size of a hamster cage. Then they attach a keystroke recorder to your computer to monitor your "productivity." Then they put you on-call 24/7 and even on vacation. Let's see, what's been left out of your productivity profile? Yes, the ability to get work done while exercising! Fear not. That too has now been overcome.


Meet the workplace Focker called The Walkstation

"The Walkstation is the combination of a fully integrated electric height-adjustable worksurface with an exclusively engineered, low speed commercial grade treadmill. At a maximum speed of 2 mph, the Walkstation lets you walk comfortably, burn calories, feel healthier and more energized... all while accomplishing the work you'd normally do while seated. No sweat!"

There's a constant passion for increasing our work day that's particularly evident here on the web (See Merlin Mann's self-worshipping and obsessive 43 Folders and the thousand of spin-offs from this site), but it all strikes me as so much overkill. Indeed, it strikes me as a serious variation of my favorite quote from Time Bandits

Supreme Being: Dead? No excuse for laying off work.

It's all really an extension of the common fear that "The hurrier I go the behinder I get." And with job cuts likely as we chat ourselves deeper into economic trouble, people are only going to become more obsessed with proving to their Corporate Overlords that they really do have value.

Of couse, the truth is that -- for the vast majority of people working in corporations -- their jobs do not make them nearly as busy as they could be. Much of the work that gets done in offices, the real work, gets done.... Tuesday, after lunch. The rest of the week many, if not most, of our current crop of office workers spend a lot of time padding out their tasks and just goofing off at work. Indeed, the Web itself is the greatest work goof-off invention ever made. Right? Right.

Now get cracking like the little corporate hamster you are!

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Instabooks for the New York Convention

With all the hoopla and the crowds swarming over the sidewalks of New York like the world's largest unleashed antfarm, it surprises me that no enterprising soul has tried to gin up some meaningful souvenirs to palm off on delegates and demonstrators alike.

Here's two quickies that would probably sell out the sidewalk book tables in no time. And, because they're books, you don't need a license to hawk them:

Something for the Delegates to Take Home

Something for the Demonstrators to Take Home

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The Cluetrain Doesn't Stop at this Station

Tom Brokaw: "Did you know that [Berger] was under investigation?"

Kerry: "I didn't have a clue, not a clue."

Brokaw: "He didn't share that with you?

Kerry: "I didn't have a clue."

-- The Kerry Spot on National Review Online

-- via I'm John Kerry and I Approve This Message

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Misplaced Dental Enthusiasm


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Finishing Touches


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