Ben Johnson


Obama doesn’t comment on ongoing trials – unless they involve Trayvon Martin

Ben Johnson

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 15, 2013 - Those hoping that Barack Obama would take even the tiniest moral stand against a case of the most unfathomable evil were characteristically disappointed on Monday, as White House spokesman Jay Carney refused to comment on Kermit Gosnell's capital murder trial.

While Carney called the reports of Gosnell's “house of horrors” – which include beheading viable newborns and collecting their severed feet in jars – “unsettling,” he would go no further.

“The president does not and cannot take a position on an ongoing trial, so I won't, as well,” he said.

Even when Fox News reporter Ed Henry moved beyond the case to discussing Obama's opposition to a bill that would have outlawed acts of infanticide like those perpetrated by Gosnell, Carney hid behind the ongoing trial.

When Henry asked if the president favored “some legislative solution or at least a conversation that needs to happen in Washington,” Carney replied, “Again, you're relating it to a case I can't comment on, the president can't comment on.”

But the president has weighed in on an unfolding legal matter at least once before. Barack Obama uttered a surprisingly personal and emotional 242-word statement less than one month after the shooting of Trayvon Martin. [1]

At a media event last March 23, a reporter asked Obama about the February 26 killing, which George Zimmerman contends was an act of self-defense.

"Well, I’m the head of the executive branch, and the Attorney General reports to me so I’ve got to be careful about my statements to make sure that we’re not impairing any investigation that’s taking place right now," he noted responsibly.

After that, he showed little of Carney's restraint.

“When I think about this boy, I think about my own kids,” he said. “If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon.”

He added that “every parent in America should be able to understand why it is absolutely imperative that we investigate every aspect of this, and that everybody pulls together – federal, state and local – to figure out exactly how this tragedy happened.” (Emphasis added.)

In the Trayvon Martin case he insisted that, not only that the “crime” (if it was one) must be punished, but that multiple laws may need to be revised to prevent something similar from occurring in the future.

“I think all of us have to do some soul searching to figure out how does something like this happen,” he said. “And that means that we examine the laws and the context for what happened, as well as the specifics of the incident.” (Emphasis added.)

The next day, New Black Panther Party leader Mikhail Muhammad did a different kind of “soul-searching,” offering a $10,000 reward for George Zimmerman's "capture" during a protest in Zimmerman's hometown.

Why is it when the victim is a teenage gangsta the president demands political introspection, but when the victims (plural) are viable babies outside the womb screaming for life, his soul is all searched-out?

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Kermit Gosnell's “house of horrors” exposes the barbarity of abortion in all its facets: it is exploitative of mothers and employees alike; contemptuous of medical, moral, or legal standards; and regardless of the method employed, it always results in a dead baby.

This trial simply makes those facts visible. It allows the public to see the violence abortion usually inflicts on unborn babies inside the womb. Even heartrending testimony that one of the babies Gosnell “aborted” outside the womb screamed “like a little alien” recalls the film The Silent Scream.

The Gosnell case cries out for a political overhaul of the nation's regulation of Big Abortion,at a minimum. It should also cause Americans to ask why it is wrong to behead babies outside the womb but not 30 seconds earlier inside? Why would a president who outsourced his re-election campaign to Planned Parenthood be interested in pursuing it?

As it turns out, the Trayvon Martin case is falling apart, like so many purported "hate crimes" hoaxes before it. The 17-year-old Martin hardly resembled the cherubic 12-year-old in the pictures the media plastered over the news. Video footage seemed to show Zimmerman bleeding from the back of his head. Martin's girlfriend has admitted she lied under oath. (If she had a father, he'd act a lot like Barack Obama.)

NBC News edited an audio recording of his 911 call to make Zimmerman look like a racist. But at least they noticed that case.

So did the president. His remarks prove that Carney's statement was as intellectually disingenuous as it is politically motivated and morally indefensible.


[1] The president also accused police of “acting stupidly” by arresting professor Henry Louis Gates, although he acknowledged he did not have “all the facts” before he spoke. Police in Cambridge, Massachusetts, had dropped disorderly conduct charges against Gates one day earlier.

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Read the 25 rudest things women hear when they announce they’re expecting again

Ben Johnson
Ben Johnson

If you have more children than our new, sub-replacement U.S. fertility rate of 1.88 children, you've undoubtedly heard them: rude comments about your “large” family. Whether medical personnel continually ask you about sterilization at your medical check-ups, or fellow shoppers stare at your three children like the Duggars have just walked in the store, the non-suicidal segment of the U.S. population has to deal with inappropriate and off-putting words and behavior from those slowly contracepting themselves into extinction.

In fact, this social pressure has become so commonplace that – which can usually be depended upon to be reliably pro-abortion – has decided the breeder-shaming has gone too far. The website has compiled the 25 rudest things women hear when they announce that they are expecting again. Among them:

  • “With my last pregnancy, my boss told me I needed to have an abortion and get my tubes tied.”

  • "So who is getting fixed after this one, you or your husband?"

  • "Don't you feel bad that you're not going to pay as much attention to your daughter now?"

  • "Again?!"

  • "You are done after this ... aren't you?"

  • "Are you sure? I mean you just had a baby."

  • “Don't you know what rubbers are?”

  • "With all the forms of birth control out there, there is no reason why someone should be pregnant if they don't wanna be." Well duh lady ... we wanted to be!

  • “My mother told my sister, ‘She’s just trying to get a reaction out of me.’”

Read the whole list here.

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Stay classy: ‘Pizza and Porno’ fundraiser will benefit Planned Parenthood

Ben Johnson
Ben Johnson

Planned Parenthood is anything but starved for funds, but it's always looking to sink its teeth into new revenue streams. And it has proven in the past that taste and decorum pose no barrier to their cashing a check.

A St. Louis man has unveiled the newest benefit for the nation's leading abortion provider: A Pizza & Porno Party.

For five dollars, people can chew gooey mozzarella while watching the 1979 porn film Hot and Saucy Pizza Girls. The Riverfront Times reports, “the money goes to Planned Parenthood.”

What could be less appetizing than watching a 35-year-old porn film in a darkened roomful of strangers? Knowing that your participation helps kill babies.

The event will take place at a bar called “The Crack Fox,” a name that exudes class, sophistication, and full compliance with all relevant health and safety regulations.

"We're trying to promote a positive attitude towards sexuality and promote the very important services of a health clinic,” Kloun said.

One of those “important functions” – at least, one of the few Planned Parenthood likes to talk about – is diagnosing sexually transmitted diseases, like those pandemic in the porn industry. One of the stars of Hot and Saucy Pizza Girls, the late John Holmes, died in 1988 from AIDS, a disease Planned Parenthood believes people have the right to conceal from their sexual partners. (Holmes reportedly exercised this option, making films after he knew he was HIV-positive.)

Periodic outbreaks of AIDS or syphilis have shut down the porn industry temporarily, and researchers at Boston University found that watching porn made young girls five-times more likely to engage in group sex. Porn mainstreams aberrant sexual practices and makes its viewers more likely to take part in risky sex that spreads disease.

In other words, this Kloun clown's fundraiser is a perfect match: imbecilic culture, low-brow “entertainment,” immature self-indulgence, and abortion – the murderous “solution” that covers up the consequences of sexual liberation.

Perhaps the most charitable thing that can be said is that this is not the most distasteful thing Planned Parenthood profits from.

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Why they marched, in their own words: Cool video from M4L 2014

Ben Johnson
Ben Johnson

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 24, 2014 ( - Americans who believe in the right to life rarely get to present their motivation, their beliefs, or their personality in their own words. The media brand them as "anti-abortion," or "anti-choice," selecting the least representative figures and carefully editing their quotations to fit a preconceived narrative that pro-lifers are zealots, fanatics, and extremists. But pro-life Americans have had a surprising number of opportunities to speak for themselves recently - from Lila Rose's appearance on Crossfire to the video below, produced by the Heritage Foundation.

Heritage did what real journalists used to do: Go into the field and pound the pavement, interviewing participants to ask them why they're active and what made them brave subzero temperatures to make a political statement that too often falls on deaf ears.

The end of the video features Heritage Foundation Policy Analyst Sarah Torre's analysis:

The March for Life is important because of the truth that it proclaims: that every person from the moment of conception is a distinct and living human being who has the right to life. This isn't a right that just belongs to the strong or the  powerful. It's a right that belongs to all human beings regardless of their age, dependence, or ability.

Torre is exactly right. America must recognize the truth expressed in the Declaration of Independence "that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." Without the Founders' unique genius that all rights are God-given and cannot be infringed by government, no right is secure.

Removing God from the Declaration of Independence, as President Obama has so often done, leaves all rights subject to the tyranny of the majority. History proves time and again that, in a godless society, politics becomes nothing more than Nietzsche's will to power, the war of each against all, and the subjugation of the weak and powerless to the strong and ruthless. That is precisely the kind of society the right to life movement is trying to avoid.

This short, inspiring video will help convey the noble intentions and heartfelt beliefs of those who marched this week. Hat's off to Heritage for producing it.


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