Wednesday, January 22, 2014

U.S. Senator Kay Hagan -- NC's leading abortion advocate.

U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C.

"You know, many of them are only about
this big when we get 'em. They don't put
up much of a fight."



Republican Thom Tillis is likely to upset Kay Hagan -- So says top NC political soothsayer!

Thom Tillis Speaking

John Davis Political Report – January 10, 2014: North Carolina’s U.S. Senate Race: Numbers Say Republican Thom Tillis is Likely to Upset Kay Hagan

Of course, the great hope of Brannon/Harris/Flynn/Grant is to force a primary runoff by ganging up on Tillis with enough outside super PAC attack ads that keep his vote below 40%. However, the odds are greater that they will splinter the hard right conservatives and Tillis will parlay a sizable cash and organizational advantage into a primary victory on May 6, 2014.
Tillis’ legislative accomplishments are such that it will simply be too difficult for any Republican to get very far with an attempt to discredit his commitment to the conservative cause. In other words, even his on primary detractors will not likely stay divided against him for long. They want to defeat Hagan.
The Shutdown last December taught most Republicans two important lessons: one, bitter ideological divisions hurt them more than the Democrats; two, just saying no without an alternative proposal is not acceptable to most Americans as leadership.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Judge tosses NC script for doctors during abortions. Rules against lives of unborn babies.

Judge tosses NC script for doctors during abortions

"This law represented an egregious government intrusion into individuals’ private medical decisions, and we are very pleased that it will not go into effect." (vs. Unborn babies awaiting their execution will not be as fortunate.)

Posted January 17
Ultrasound, sonogram, fetus
— A federal judge on Friday struck down a North Carolina law requiring abortion providers to show a woman an ultrasound and describe the images in detail four hours before she can have an abortion.
U.S. District Judge Catherine Eagles ruled that key provisions of the law violate doctors’ free speech rights.
"The Supreme Court has never held that a state has the power to compel a health care provider to speak, in his or her own voice, the state‟s ideological message in favor of carrying a pregnancy to term, and this court declines to do so today," Eagles said in a 42-page ruling.
“The court sided with the rights of women and their doctors over the ideological agenda of extremist lawmakers,” Jennifer Rudinger, executive director of the ACLU of North Carolina, said in a statement.
The ACLU, the Center for Reproductive Rights and Planned Parenthood Federation of America challenged the law, which legislators passed in 2011 over then-Gov. Beverly Perdue's veto.
Eagles stayed the narration provision of the law three months after the veto override, saying it likely violated the First Amendment. Other provisions, including the requirement for an ultrasound and a 24-hour waiting period before an abortion, were allowed to go into effect.
The ultrasound provision would have required abortion providers performing an ultrasound to place the image in the woman’s line of sight. The provider would then be required to describe the embryo or fetus in detail, even if the woman asked the doctor not to, and to offer the woman the opportunity to hear the fetal heartbeat.
The measure made no exceptions for women who had been raped, were victims of incest or were seeking an abortion for medical reasons or in the case of a terminal pregnancy.
"The state has not established that the speech-and-display provision directly advances a substantial state interest in regulating health care, especially when the state does not require the patient to receive the message and the patient takes steps to avoid receipt of the message," Eagles ruled.
“If these unconstitutional measures had gone into effect, doctors would have been prevented from using their best medical judgment to provide patients with care based on their specific individual needs," Rudinger said. "This law represented an egregious government intrusion into individuals’ private medical decisions, and we are very pleased that it will not go into effect."
Bishop Michael Burbidge of the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh said he was "deeply saddened" by the ruling.
"This ruling does a great disservice to the women of our state, as it denies those who are pregnant from receiving full access to all available medical information," Burbidge said in a statement. "Women are entitled to and deserve our respect, compassion and support, and so to deny a woman from receiving the truth, especially with regard to a decision which will impact her life and the life of her unborn child, is to deny her the freedom of information that all people expect from their health care providers."

Monday, January 20, 2014

Good morning, folks. This old Nash County farm yard has only been abandoned for about 3 years now. I pass this place every day and I can remember when this yard was full of life not to long ago. I have a photo of the old house (just to the right of this shot) scheduled for 11:00 today, so stay tuned! (Posted by Mark)
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  • Verne Strickland Robert: I was raised in rural Nash County, although I am not related in any way to the late Democrat farm congressman Harold D. Cooley, or to Dr. Greg Brannon, who hopes one day he will be a U.S. Senator from Nash County. Anyway, I'll bet I did some WRAL/5 television farm stories from this farm, as I did from so many others. For my information -- what is the address of this farm (and who were the owners?) Did the flue-cured tobacco have an infestation of black shank and budworms? Please get back to me on this, okay? This is wonderful history. Thanks, my friend.