Somebody At The CIA Has A Sense Of Humor

The CIA has announced a task force to assess the impact of the leaked information from WikiLeaks. Setting up task forces of course isn’t surprising, our government seems to have a task force to investigate everything. What is a least somewhat humorous about this particular task force is it’s acronym.

The CIA has launched a task force to assess the impact of the exposure of thousands of U.S. diplomatic cables and military files by WikiLeaks.

Officially, the panel is called the WikiLeaks Task Force. But at CIA headquarters, it’s mainly known by its all-too-apt acronym: W.T.F.

WTF? Quite a fitting name for just about anything the government does lately…

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Sarah Palin A Boost…For Planned Parenthood

You would think that Sarah Palin’s main contribution would be to fire up the Religious Conservative base. While her selection has definitely done that, an unforeseen side effect is that it has also been a boom for Planned Parenthood.

A three-week-old Internet campaign is asking abortion-rights activists to send donations to Planned Parenthood in honor of the Alaska governor.[snip]

Katie Groke Ellis, field manager for the Planned Parenthood of the Rockies Action Fund, predicts that the five-state chapter of the group alone could draw $100,000 in donations.

And the irony continues with Planned Parenthood’s policy of sending thank you cards.

Planned Parenthood sends a handwritten thank-you card to the donor. If a donation is made in someone’s name, he or she gets one, too.

In this case, the Palin cards will go to Republican presidential nominee John McCain’s national headquarters.

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Like Clockwork: No Exceptions

It’s time for another GOP convention so it also must be time for the quadrennial no exceptions fest. No rights for gays, no exceptions! No reproductive rights for women, no exceptions! Yada, yada, yada.

So while South Dakota is attempting to pass our annual anti-choice law, this time with rape, incest, and mother’s health exemptions, the GOP will again take it even farther with their usual no-exceptions language written into the party platform. This despite the fact that many would prefer at least some exceptions including the party’s own presumptive nominee.

The Republican Party platform this year will reassert the party’s opposition to abortion. And again it will not allow for exceptions in the cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother, even though Senator John McCain, the presumptive presidential nominee, has long called for such exceptions.

It appears that the GOP will follow their SOP which shows that despite the somewhat moderate John McCain’s impending nomination, his choosing an unknown no exceptions pro-life VP and his inability to soften the abortion language means the far right still controls the puppet strings.

But then again, should anyone be surprised?

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Think Tank Heath Care Logic

If you are like me you might be wondering what a “Think Tank” does. Do they sit at a table all day thinking about one problem or another? Of course I kid but one think tank might want to re-think their latest solution.

John Goodman (no not that John Goodman), president of the National Center for Policy Analysis, a Dallas based think tank believes that the 15.5 percent of Americans that do not have health insurance is in reality a mis-leading statistic. Why you ask?

Mr. Goodman, … said anyone with access to an emergency room effectively has insurance, albeit the government acts as the payer of last resort. (Hospital emergency rooms by law cannot turn away a patient in need of immediate care.)

“So I have a solution. And it will cost not one thin dime,” Mr. Goodman said. “The next president of the United States should sign an executive order requiring the Census Bureau to cease and desist from describing any American – even illegal aliens – as uninsured. Instead, the bureau
should categorize people according to the likely source of payment should they need care.

There you go, another liberal myth debunked! Oh and by the way, who is John Goodman and why does his ridiculous opinion matter?

He just so happens to be the guy that helped John McCain craft his health care policy.

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Sioux Falls School Board Accepts Responsibility

Despite what some are saying, the Sioux Falls school board has rightly apologized for distributing a school directory containing an ad for the pro-life Alpha Center against their own policies.

“We would … like to apologize for this lapse. We will do better work in the future,” said Darin Daby, president of the board.

The ad, purchased by the Alpha Center, is included in a directory the public schools began distributing last week. The school district supplied the news text for the directory. The Shopping News sold the advertising and published the directory before sending copies to the
schools for free distribution. The Shopping News printed 30,000 copies under an arrangement in place since 1993.

This isn’t about the pro-life/pro-choice argument, this is about the school system staying out of political issues of which this just so happens to be one of the most divisive.

The fact that they distribute it means that they should know what is in it and in fact their own policies say as much and to try and deflect this by contending that they have no control means that there is a problem with Superintendent Dr. Pam Homan’s leadership.

If the Shopping News wants to sell ads to the Alpha Center, put it in their regularly distributed issues and keep it out of the schools.

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This Could Get Ugly

From SD Watch:

The Sioux Falls PUBLIC School district has allowed the Alpha Center to advertise their anti-choice message in the student directory. As Todd and Planned Parenthood representatives in their response rightly note, what would the outrage have been if Planned Parenthood was allowed the same opportunity?

Todd has the Alpha Center ad in question and the full Planned Parenthood response over at his place.

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Let's Talk Legality

The prevailing opinion making the rounds in certain circles is that the ongoing lawsuit brought forward by school districts over the state’s lack of funding has no legal standing because of the use of tax dollars funding the lawsuit. What I find somewhat interesting is that many of these same sources would have no problem with tax payer dollars being used to fight the court battles that passing Initiated Measure 11, South Dakota’s proposed abortion ban, would cause.

From Chris Nelson’s 2008 Ballot Question Pamphlet (pdf alert) located at the SD Secretary of State’s web site:

The Attorney General said this abortion ban will likely be challenged in court and South Dakota taxpayers would be required to pay substantial attorneys fees and costs to defend the law.

So suing to properly fund schools for our kid’s education using tax dollars because our government refuses to do so is bad but defending lawsuits on behalf of unconstitutional legislation using tax dollars is okay? Just wondering…

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Another Argument Dispelled

The American Psychological Association (APA) just completed a 2 year study on the mental effects of abortion and they find that there is no evidence that abortion causes any significant mental health issues.

“The best scientific evidence published indicates that among adult women who have an unplanned pregnancy, the relative risk of mental health problems is no greater if they have a single elective first-trimester abortion or deliver that pregnancy,” said Brenda Major, PhD, chair of the task force. “The evidence regarding the relative mental health risks associated with multiple abortions is more uncertain.”

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Pro-Choice Group Opening Rapid City Office

From the Rapid City Journal:

The South Dakota Campaign for Healthy Families will open its office at 1315 Haines Ave., Suite C with an open house from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

“South Dakota’s families don’t need big Government telling them what they can and can’t do,” Republican and former State Representative Jan Nicolay, co-chairwoman of the Campaign for Healthy Families, said in a news release. “Families know their own circumstances best, but this ban would strip families of a private, moral decision. And a woman would be forced to carry a pregnancy to term even in the fetus couldn’t survive on its own after delivery.”

On a related note, Madville Times drills down the proposed abortion ban otherwise known as IM11 to it’s lowest common denominator and it isn’t pretty.

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Senate FISA Vote Delayed

It appears the Senate will wait a few more weeks before capitulating completely to Mr 23%.

Objections by Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) will push back an overhaul of
the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) until after lawmakers
return in July, Democratic leaders said Thursday. Feingold is strongly
opposed to language that would likely give telephone companies that
participated in warrantless surveillance retroactive immunity from
lawsuits.

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