Planned Parenthood ignores crime in singular pursuit of death culture


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ANOTHER SUPREME COURT DECISION — ON ABORTION

TOM LAMPRECHT:  Harry, last Friday, we talked about the Supreme Court decision involving cake baker, Jack Phillips. Today, I want to go over a second opinion that was released the same day. It was a five-page unsigned opinion that did not issue a judgement as to the merits of the dispute but approved the administration’s request to vacate a ruling under a legal rule called “Munsingwear Vacatur.”

The case was Azar vs. Garza. It was occasioned back in October of 2017. Our listeners might remember that was when an undocumented teen in federal custody, known in court papers only as Jane Doe, learned she was pregnant and asked authorities to terminate her pregnancy. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services refused, claiming it had no obligation to facilitate abortions for minors in their care.

DR. REEDER: Basically, what they have said is that the government was within its bounds to apply its precedent that they were not under obligation to provide such services in terms of abortion and, therefore, they supported the administration’s use of the Munsingwear ruling. No opinions are issued from the Supreme Court on this, simply that the government should not have been ignored.

Another thing that they didn’t do was take up the government’s request that the ACLU lawyers be sanctioned. For me, that was troubling.

ROGUE LAWYERS AND PLANNED PARENTHOOD HAVE SINGULAR MISSION AND WILL NOT STOP

TOM LAMPRECHT:  Now, when you’re referring to the ACLU lawyers, they’re the ones that advocated for the abortion?

DR. REEDER: Well, they not only advocated for the abortion; it became abundantly clear — and they kind of did a wink and a nod — that they not only ignored administrative oversight from the government in terms of its applications and decisions, but they found a way to circumvent it and they did so by procuring the abortion — and then, once it’s procured, you can’t unabort a child — and they did so under false premises.

There’s two reasons that I think they need to be sanctioned. First, what they did was unethical. Secondly, what they did was anarchy. It is abundantly clear that there are a number of organizations that are absolutely focused and bent unerringly to make our culture a culture of death, particularly, for the children in the womb who are unwanted consequences of our activity.

I am not taking up the issue of rape and incest, which is less than 1 percent of the rationale for abortions. This other 99-plus percent is the objective of the ACLU. They will violate legal ethics willingly, knowingly, intentionally at the whim of their desires because of the intentionality of their desires to promote the culture of death and the assault upon the unborn in the womb. And, by the way, they’re not the only ones: Planned Parenthood has manifested its singular focus of a search and destroy of such children in the womb.

CRIME COVERED UP BY PLANNED PARENTHOOD

TOM LAMPRECHT:  And to that end, let me bring up two stories — one out of The Daily Wire and the other out of Live Action News. They’re reporting that former Planned Parenthood employees were told not to report suspected sexual abuse of pregnant minors and adults who went to clinics to get abortions.

And this isn’t the first time Planned Parenthood has been accused of covering up assault and rape. The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office in Arizona claimed in 2014 that an abortion mill counselor intentionally withheld information about alleged rape from law enforcement personnel months before others came forward to stop a Poston Butte High School student from attacking more teenagers.

They also reported that a man who impregnated his daughter took her to Planned Parenthood more than once to kill the babies and the abortion mill failed to report the repeated rape. “They should have been suspicious; they should have asked questions,” says Live Action News, “but killing the growing child is the organization’s bottom line.

DR. REEDER: That’s its bottom line. Here was a case of a girl that came and got an abortion because of the incestuous activity of her father and they would not report it, lest it hinder the search and destroy of the child. And, therefore, the child then is sent back into a home with a father with that behavior and guess what? It was repeated and so now she’s back again with another child but, more than that, she is back with all of the scars, emotionally and spiritually, that come from being in a home like that.

To report it may have involved Planned Parenthood in activity that may have either hindered or would have given pause to their desire to perform the abortion. These counselors that don’t report it don’t report it because they have been given orders not to report it. This is a policy matter from the top down.

COUNSELING IS CRUCIAL

TOM LAMPRECHT:  Harry, the age in which we live, everything wants to be secularized and it’s just the physical. When you have a lady like this, whose father is forcing himself upon her and she’s the victim of an incestuous relationship, how does the spiritual dovetail with this physical aberration?

DR. REEDER: Well, that’s another whole issue that you have surfaced and that is why our government should not be in the position of promoting any one religion but protecting the free exercise of religion. They ought not to ignore the benefits of spiritual counseling and the religious enterprise in the lives of someone. This strikes not at just your body; this strikes at your very soul.

“Legally, we’re going to step in and deal with your father, but can we encourage you to seek counseling? You may want to go to secular counseling or you may want to go to spiritual counseling, but you need to go to some kind of counseling and may we strongly encourage you to do that?”

PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL EFFECTS

I think the government ought to engage in that recommendation without selecting who they are to go to. Instead of a teenager having to cope with the reality of what her father has done — that’s going to affect the way she views men, that’s going to affect the way she views fatherhood, that’s going to affect the way she would view marriage — that is soul-shaking and that comes back to our world and life view.

We don’t have this platonic view of life that there’s the physical and the spiritual and they’re separated as the lower story of life, the physical, and the upper story, the spiritual. No, we have historically a Biblical world and life view in our culture that says the spiritual and the physical are interdependent — two threads woven into one cloth — and when things happen to you physically, they have a spiritual consequence and, when things are happening to you spiritually, they have a physical consequence.

In my whole life, what I did physically was drastically changed when I was born again, and I came to Christ as Lord and Savior. That affected all kinds of the ways that I governed my appetites, I governed relationships, friendships, activities, hobbies, everything else that engaged the physical. That’s why the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. It shows up in the physical.

We ought to at least continue to acknowledge what, historically, we have always acknowledged: that you don’t have the physical over here and the spiritual over here. We do not believe there’s a sacred-secular dichotomy. What we believe is that all of life is sacred and all of life is affected. When you are criminally assaulted, certainly in the area of a sexual assault, there is a spiritual impact.

TO THE SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT, SEEK GOD IN HIS CHURCH

May I just finish our program, Tom, by speaking to those who have been victims of such sexual assaults? And I think this #metoo movement is a recognition that you cannot develop a culture in the public square in which there is degradation of language, of the sacredness of sex, of unwanted physical and aggressive relationships against people. We have got to understand that language matters, words matter, ideas matter. We need to see people with the dignity of being made in the image of God and, therefore, treat people with respect and that means you don’t see people as sexual objects.

And if you have been the victim of that kind of assault, I encourage you now to search out a Bible-believing church where there is a pastor who is known for his commitment to the Word of God, who is known for being above reproach in his life, and that the church, while not perfect, is intentionally reaching out to people so that they can know Christ and make Him known and have lives that are affected by the forgiveness and life-changing power of the Gospel.

And, if there’s any way I can help you find such a church, please don’t hesitate to let us know. We are available with that glorious truth that there’s a savior Who loves you, Who is there to uphold you, Who will never leave you nor forsake you, and Who not only grants to us the joy of forgiveness, but the power to forgive others and the power to be more than conquerors, no matter what a fallen world brings against us.

Dr. Harry L. Reeder III is the Senior Pastor of Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham.

This podcast was transcribed by Jessica Havin, editorial assistant for Yellowhammer News, who has transcribed some of the top podcasts in the country and whose work has been featured in a New York Times Bestseller.

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VIDEO: Prisons could be built with COVID-19 funds, Shelby endorses Katie Britt for Senate, Brooks battles with Swalwell as a new poll shows big lead and more on Alabama Politics This Week …

Radio talk show host Dale Jackson and political consultant Mecca Musick take you through Alabama’s biggest political stories, including:

— Will Alabama really use COVID-19 relief funds to build prisons?

— Does Katie Britt’s entering of the U.S. Senate race shake things up, or has U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) already won this race?

— Can U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) keep the more radical members of the Democratic Party at bay?

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Jackson and Musick are joined by former U.S. Attorney Jay Town to discuss the issues facing the state of Alabama this week.

Jackson closes the show with a “Parting Shot” directed at those who want to use the illegally acquired tax returns of the uber-wealthy to push for higher taxes. He argues the released returns show that we should implement a flat tax and do away with all deductions.

Dale Jackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a talk show from 7-11 AM weekdays on WVNN and on Talk 99.5 from 10AM to noon.

16 hours ago

Auburn’s David Housel tackles more than sports in ‘From the Backbooth at Chappy’s’

When David Housel retired from Auburn University in 2006, after a legendary career as athletics director for the Tigers, it wasn’t long before his wife urged him to get busy again – and a deli on Glenn Avenue in Auburn was the beneficiary.

“Susan wanted me to do something to get out of the house,” Housel recalls. “I started going to Chappy’s to drink coffee, read the paper. Pretty soon, Kenny Howard would meet me there, and it just kind of grew from there.”

In short order, friends of Housel began to gather, first a few one day a week and then, just prior to the pandemic, 12-16 people nearly every day of the week.

They meet at Chappy’s, where a plaque commemorates Housel’s booth, and they talk – about sports, of course, but about pretty much anything that’s on their minds.

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Housel began to write essays about those mornings, posting them to Facebook. He’s now compiled more than 100 of those pieces into a new book, “From the Backbooth at Chappy’s: Stories of the South: Football, Politics, Religion, and More.” It’s officially released next week at a series of book signings at Chappy’s in the Auburn area from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. each day: Tuesday in Auburn, Wednesday in Montgomery and Thursday in Prattville.

“Consider this Housel unleashed,” the author says. “Most of the stuff I’ve written in my life has been about Auburn on an Auburn platform. Even after I retired, I was a representative of Auburn, even though I wasn’t working there. This is not an Auburn book. It’s about football, politics, religion and more.”

“From the Backbooth at Chappy’s,” with a foreword by Auburn graduate and acclaimed journalist Rheta Grimsley Johnson, evolved as Housel’s morning gatherings at Chappy’s evolved, though he began writing the essays fairly early in the process.

“When something is in your mind, in your heart, in your head, if you’re a writer, it just has to come out, and it just comes through your fingers,” Housel says. “Turns out people like to read it, so I got the Facebook page. I shared thoughts and essays and that kind of thing. It was not a planned thing.”

When COVID-19 came along, Housel decided to listen to a few folks who told him his musings would make a good book.

“I had been thinking a lot about it, and it was time to do it,” Housel says.

Housel has written six other books. Most have to do with Auburn sports history, but one, “From the Desk of David Housel,” is similar to “From the Backbooth at Chappy’s.”

“That one was primarily sports, but it had some other things in it,” Housel says. “This one is about the other stuff, but it has some sports in it.”

Though the three topics in his book’s title – football, politics and religion  – are often the subjects people are warned not to bring up if they want to keep the peace, Housel and his friends don’t shy away from any of them. Housel especially gravitates toward religious topics.

“I like the ones that I hope make people think,” he says of his essays. “The good Lord gave us a mind, and we’re supposed to use it. Too few people who call themselves Christians do what the Lord said and use their minds. … Faith has got to be built not on challenging God but questioning God. I think God likes that, because it shows we’re engaged and that we care.”

Now that the pandemic is ending, the Backbooth at Chappy’s events are slowly but surely returning to normal. On Mondays, Housel eats two eggs scrambled, lean bacon and a helium biscuit; on Tuesdays maybe a parfait with granola; on Wednesdays, it’s blueberry pancakes, and Fridays a waffle.

What remains constant is the conversation. And the writing.

“I’m still writing the Backbooth, and since the first of the year, I’ve written a couple I think are book-worthy,” Housel says. “I started out doing maybe one a week, but I’m old enough that I don’t have to meet a self-imposed deadline. When the spirit moves me, I write.”

(Courtesy of Alabama NewsCenter)

17 hours ago

State Rep. Pringle pushes to ban critical race theory in public schools — ‘Woke culture indoctrination,’ ‘Needs to be stopped in its tracks’

Last week, Florida’s Board of Education banned so-called “critical race theory” from its public schools, and it is a move State Rep. Chris Pringle (R-Mobile) hopes to follow in Alabama.

Critical race theory, a belief that racism is ingrained in some of America’s sacred institutions, is widely panned by critics because it distorts and weaponizes history for political gain.

Friday, Pringle discussed his prefiled bill for the Alabama Legislature’s 2022 regular session to prohibit critical race theory from being taught in Alabama’s public schools.

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“It’s simply a bill that says in public education, you can’t teach or indoctrinate our children with critical race theory,” he said. “People are waking up all around the nation to how bad this stuff is. I mean, this is woke cancel culture gone completely amuck. They want to completely disregard our 14th and 15th Amendment rights, the Voting Rights Act, the Civil Rights Act. If you don’t agree with them — here’s what’s crazy: They want to send you to a reeducation camp. Think about that, a reeducation camp. Don’t they do that in China, Russia and North Korea?  That’s how bad this stuff is. Either you agree with them or you have to be sent off to a reeducation camp.”

“This is just indoctrination — the woke culture indoctrination of our children,” Pringle continued. “That’s all it is and it needs to be stopped in its tracks. I mean, our children need to learn history and we ought to open a frank discussion about history — the good, the bad. But this is not about good or bad. This is teaching our children that our nation is a bad nation, is an evil nation and is not the great country that we live in. We are the safest, freest people in the world and that’s what our children need to learn.”

“Do we have problems? Yeah,” he added. “Have we done bad things? Yeah. But we’re still the greatest nation in the history of the world.”

According to the Mobile County Republican lawmaker, the response to the effort thus far has been positive and supportive.

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University and the University of South Alabama, the editor of Breitbart TV, a columnist for Mobile’s Lagniappe Weekly, and host of Mobile’s “The Jeff Poor Show” from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. on FM Talk 106.5.

20 hours ago

Why Sylacauga marble is known around the world

If you’ve ever visited the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. and stared up at the translucent marble ceiling, you’ve witnessed a piece of Alabama history. The ceiling is made of white marble mined in Talladega County’s Sylacauga (appropriately known as the Marble City).

In addition to lending its natural treasure to some of the nation’s most notable buildings, Sylacauga also holds the title for having the longest deposit of marble in the world. The bed of stone runs 32 miles long, a mile and a half wide, and more than 600 feet deep. The marble found in this quarry is especially desirable for two key characteristics: its purity and its durability. When paired together, these distinct qualities make Alabama marble some of the most desired in the world for large-scale buildings and monuments, as well as homes and sculptures.

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The History of Alabama Marble

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The Sylacauga Quarry (Sylacauga Marble Festival/Facebook)

Marble is formed when limestone is subjected to extreme pressure and heat. In Sylacauga, the conditions are perfect for the formation of metamorphic marble. Sylacauga’s massive deposit was first discovered by Native Americans, but it wasn’t quarried until 1834, 20 years after army surgeon Dr. Edward Gantt stumbled upon the vein while passing through with General Andrew Jackson’s army.

In the years that followed Gantt’s discovery, Sylacauga’s marble business thrived. More quarries popped up, mining the marble for everything from funerary monuments to building projects to sculptures. By the 1960s, the use of the quarried marble shifted toward the utilitarian. Rather than being mined in huge chunks for building material, the marble was being ground down for use in products like cosmetics, diapers, magazine paper, fertilizer, fiberglass, toothpaste, and chewing gum. In 1969, marble was named Alabama’s state rock.

A Timeless Treasure

Sylacauga Quarry (Sylacauga Marble Festival/Facebook)

Today the charge for Alabama marble is being led by the Swindal family, who own Alabama Marble Mineral & Mining Co. (AM3). AM3’s 50-acre quarry in Sylacauga is the world’s only supplier and leading distributor of Alabama marble. Owner Roy Swindal’s goal is to reintroduce the world to Alabama marble, once again marketing it as a prized material for both commercial and consumer construction. According to the Alabama Department of Archives and History, around 30 million tons of marble have been pulled from the ground in Sylacauga since 1900. The Swindals hope to add to that number by continuing and improving upon the state’s tradition for many years to come.

Marble Mania

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Sculptor Enzo Torcoletti at the Sylacauga Marble Festival (Sylacauga Marble Festival/Facebook)

It’s only fitting that a town built on marble pay tribute to the stone that brought its success. For the past 13 years, the city has celebrated its marble mining heritage with the 12-day Magic of Marble Festival. The festival, typically held in April, features several activities and events that are all free and fun for the whole family. Festival participants can take a tour of operational quarries and visit the Gantts/IMERYS Observation Point that overlooks the town’s historic first quarry. The creative side of marble is put on display at Blue Bell Park, where 25 sculptors create original pieces made entirely of marble. On the final day of the festival, the finished pieces are displayed and sold at nearby B.B. Comer Library. Other activities include a 5K run and a scavenger hunt.

If you can’t wait for next year’s festival and you want to see Alabama’s famous white marble in action now, there are several locations around the state to see it put to good use. In Birmingham, try the John Hand Building, Wells Fargo headquarters, City Federal building, or the Chamber of Commerce. If you’re in Montgomery, don’t miss the “Head of Christ” sculpture at the Alabama Department of Archives and History. It was created by Italian sculptor Giuseppe Moretti, who also happens to be the artist behind Birmingham’s Vulcan.

(Courtesy of SoulGrown)

21 hours ago

The economics of paying ransom

The cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline by the hacker group DarkSide disrupted gasoline supplies across the Southeast. The company caused a stir by paying a 75 Bitcoin ransom to DarkSide. America historically has been opposed to paying evildoers, as reflected in the slogan, “Millions for defense, but not one cent in tribute,” and President Jefferson sending the Navy and Marines to fight the Barbary Pirates.

Ransomware raises many economic issues. A first question is, do hackers ever give the data back if paid? DarkSide provided Colonial Pipeline a key to decrypt their data. According to Proofpoint, this is the norm: 70% of ransom payers got their data back, 20% never got their data back and 10% received a second ransom demand.

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From an economic perspective, this is not surprising. About two dozen groups, identifying themselves by name and known to insurance companies, carry out most of the sophisticated attacks. Insurers would never recommend payment in the future to a group which has reneged. The hackers must deliver as promised to make money.

Some have suggested making payment of ransom for cyberattacks illegal. If no one ever paid ransom, the hackers could not make money. Refusing to pay ransom though faces two significant economic challenges.

The first is time consistency. Kidnapping illustrates this concept. Before an event, the incentive exists to say, “We will never pay ransom.” If the bad guys believe this, they will never invest the time, effort and expense to stage a kidnapping. Once they hold hostages, however, our incentive changes; negotiating just this one time now makes sense. Our policy to never pay ransom is not credible.

Collective action poses the second challenge. Businesses collectively have an interest in not rewarding cybercrime, yet individual businesses suffer these attacks. A business which does not pay ransom benefits other businesses, creating the challenge. Why should Continental Pipeline suffer losses to make other businesses less likely to be attacked?

Why do businesses pay ransom? Reports mention several factors. A business may face a closure of unknown length and cost. Customers’ personal information will be sold if ransom is not paid, leading to fines and bad publicity. And the hackers might sell proprietary information to competitors.

Good economists know better than to second guess business managers’ decisions. Decisions to pay ransom often involve the business’ executives, its insurance carrier and tech security experts. They know the options and likely costs and should make a good decision, despite the pressure of a crisis.

Insurance companies and government regulations reduce organizations’ vulnerability to hackers, which is good. But what about channeling President Jefferson and going after the hackers? Most of the hacker groups operate in Russia, which provides Safe Haven as long as the hackers do not target Russian companies. Some law enforcement options may exist. Federal prosecutors apparently recovered most of the Bitcoins paid to DarkSide.

Crime is a very costly way to transfer wealth. Stolen merchandise typically sells for one-third (or less) of market value. A criminal might have to steal thousands in property to net $1,000. Ransomware appears much more wasteful than traditional theft. Consider just the value of the time Americans spent searching for gas during the disruption. Remember then that the ransom was about $4.4 million.

Cybercrime makes us poorer. The hackers and defenders at tech security companies are highly skilled computer programmers. But instead of making new apps or games, they are hacking or defending existing computer systems. Add to this the service disruption during cyberattacks, the reduced use of technology for fear of being hacked and the time spent on security training. The costs may be $1 trillion annually, or one percent of global GDP.

We must guard here against comparing the real world to an imagined utopia. We cannot costlessly protect our property from thieves or our computers from malware, or make people no longer willing to steal from others. Economics teaches that there are no perfect solutions in life, only tradeoffs. Vigilance, antivirus programs and backup are the tradeoffs we face with cybercrime.

Daniel Sutter is the Charles G. Koch Professor of Economics with the Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy at Troy University and host of Econversations on TrojanVision. The opinions expressed in this column are the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the views of Troy University.