Monday, July 22, 2019

News Items

                                                    News Items

*Joe Biden recently appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” (a show not named for him). The former vice-president and current Democratic front-runner for the 2020 nomination was asked if he was tough enough to stand up to President Trump should he prevail over his Democratic counterparts, a pertinent question given his feeble performance in the first democratic debate. Sleepy Joe replied, “I’d say, ‘C’mon Donald, c’mon man. How many push-ups do you want to do here, pal?’”  Ooh, challenging Trump to a push-up contest! That’s telling off the doubters! That’s firing a shot over The Donald’s bow!

Let’s hope this inspires other candidates to new heights of competitiveness. Who wouldn’t love to see Bernie Sanders challenge Elizabeth Warren to a shot-putting contest? Or Pete Buttigieg challenge Kamala Harris to a game of “Quarters?”

*Replying to President Trump’s recent tweets about radical, young, female, Democratic Congresspersons like Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Rep. Alexandria Occasional-Cortex (D-N.Y.) exclaimed that America “belongs to everyone.” If her open-borders policies were implemented, that would literally be true.

What if everyone in the world had the “right” to live in Albania, Peru, Norway, Indonesia, Kenya, Japan, Australia, China, or Iceland?

*The pro-abortion panel at this year’s Netroots Nation conference attempted to demonstrate an abortion onstage-- using a watermelon-- in order to make the case that non-physicians should be allowed to perform them. The annual gathering of progressive activists was moderated by Daily Show co-creator Lizz Winstead, who is also the head of the Abortion Access Front, previously known as the Lady Parts Justice League. (Can’t say ‘lady parts’ anymore. Insufficiently inclusive). Jen Moore, an abortion facility consultant, used a cannula and manual vacuum aspirator to extract the core from a watermelon, with the core supposedly representing a baby and the melon a uterus. One panelist said the demonstration showed that abortion is “not surgery” and is “easy to do,” and thus proved that advanced-practice clinicians, nurse practitioners, and physician’s assistants should be allowed to perform them in addition to OB/GYNs. Why not let janitors sanitation engineers perform abortions, as well? Or a barista? The pizza delivery guy? A bus driver? Uncle Phil?

What happened to liberal’s traditional demands that abortion be taken out of the hands of those unqualified and be made safe and rare?

*A recent study by researchers from Johns Hopkins University, Stony Brook University, the University of California-Berkeley, and the University of California-San Francisco “found the risk of premature birth was higher than expected” among Latinas since President Trump’s election in 2016, according to the Washington Post. Alison Gemmill, the survey’s lead researcher, said the inquiry “follows other studies that suggest a link to Trump.” Trump is responsible for Latina’s premature births? Maybe the little ones are so inspired by the country’s all-time-low rate of Hispanic unemployment that they just can’t wait to get started in life. Or maybe university researchers are full of the stuff that fills a baby’s diapers.

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