Carly Fiorina’s anti-abortion blather about Planned Parenthood is crap!

At Wednesday’s debate, Carly Fiorina received thunderous applause for challenging Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama to watch a specific scene from the Planned Parenthood sting tapes. The scene, she said, showed “a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking while someone says we have to keep it alive to harvest its brain.”

But when asked for a citation, her campaign replied with a video that isn’t from the Planned Parenthood sting tapes at all — and that still doesn’t show what Fiorina said it did…

I sent Fiorina’s spokeswoman a second email outlining my questions, and asking her again to point me to the video that Fiorina meant to reference in her remarks. She replied with a link to the Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway’s recent piece, “Watch the video that Planned Parenthood and its media allies deny exists…”

[Some of] these things are in the Human Capital video. But they still are not the scene that Fiorina describes. There’s no footage of the moment O’Donnell describes, nor is there proof offered that it occurred — there’s no moment to “watch,” as Fiorina urged debate viewers.

Moreover, the footage of the fetus in that video isn’t from the Planned Parenthood videos. One image is of a stillborn baby, initially included in the video without the mother’s permission. Other footage appears to come from a collection of stock footage of fetuses. “The stock footage was added to the video to dramatize its content,” fact-checking website Politifact concluded. “We don’t know the circumstances behind this video: where it came from, under what conditions it was obtained, or even if this fetus was actually aborted (as opposed to a premature birth or miscarriage).”…

The most generous reading of Fiorina’s remarks are that she mistook what she saw in the videos. It is possible to watch the Human Capital video and think the footage of fetuses was shot in a clinic; this is, after all, a documentary about Planned Parenthood. And when she discussed “someone saying we have to keep it alive to harvest its brain,” she may have mistook something the former StemExpress technician says in the same video, where she describes the fetus as being “intact.”

But this isn’t the defense that Fiorina has offered. “Rest assured, I have seen the images I talked about last night,” she told Good Morning America Thursday morning. If these images Fiorina says she’s seen do exist, she still has not shared them…

But the real divide here isn’t about what Fiorina saw. It’s about abortion. Planned Parenthood workers are comfortable with fetal tissue research because they are comfortable with abortion — they don’t believe a first-trimester fetus to be a living, feeling human being, and so they see the donation of fetal tissue for medical research to be an obvious, unalloyed good. Abortion rights supporters can watch the videos and still believe in a woman’s right to terminate a pregnancy…

Which side are you on is still the question forced by all the political blather from the Right. Whether it comes from Carly Fiorina or Michelle Bachmann. Does a woman have the right to consult with her physician and decide to have an abortion?

I would only add in the simple scientific question acknowledged as normal and productive by virtually every medical researcher. Once an abortion has been performed does a woman have the right to assign that tissue to medical researchers?

My answer to both is “Yes”.

Teen guilty of child porn for naked images – of himself – on his own phone

romeo & juliet
Romeo [likely 18 or younger] and Juliet [13] — in 14th Century Italy

A teenage boy in North Carolina has been prosecuted for having nude pictures of himself on his own mobile phone. The young man, who is now 17 but was 16 at the time the photos were discovered, had to strike a plea deal to avoid potentially going to jail and being registered as a sex offender.

Experts condemned the case as ludicrous. The boy was, however, punished by the courts, and had to agree to be subject to warrantless searches by law enforcement for a year, in addition to other penalties.

The young man was also named in the media and suffered a suspension as quarterback of his high school football team while the case was being resolved.

Cormega Copening, of Fayetteville, North Carolina, was prosecuted as an adult under federal child pornography felony laws, for sexually exploiting a minor. The minor was himself

Copening was charged with four counts of making and possessing images of himself and one count of possessing a naked image of his 16-year-old girlfriend.

His girlfriend, Brianna Denson, took a plea deal after being prosecuted on similar charges for having naked, suggestive pictures of herself on her cellphone.

While the pictures were technically illegal, actual sex would not be – the age of consent for sexual intercourse in North Carolina is 16.

The pictures were discovered on Copening’s phone when authorities were investigating a wider problem of sexual images allegedly being shared at school without the permission of the subjects involved. Copening turned out not to be involved in that case.

He was prosecuted for having his own and his girlfriend’s image, despite them not having been shared further.

We’ve heard numerous references about political parties being stupid. The same is true for a seemingly endless list of politicians. It becomes more and more clear that states and nations also properly qualify as stupid.

States for not qualifying poorly written laws churned out by the butter-brains in Congress – like the federal child abuse image felony laws. Nations like the United States for not stepping in and sorting out the stupidity of crap laws like this in the first place.

RTFA for the tale of this whole disaster. A couple of kids who could have sex legally – just not take any pictures of themselves with their clothes off. The bureaucrats who believe the letter of the law is justifiably abused — rolled on into the inevitable plea deal which wraps around these teenagers for years including the registering as sex offenders and on and on.

Cripes! Will the United States ever get beyond obsolete religious morality?

Cattle virus is linked to breast cancer

Can you tell if I have leukemia?

Researchers were surprised to find in a new study that a significant number of breast cancer cells from more than 200 women had evidence of exposure to bovine leukemia virus, or BLV.

BLV infects dairy and beef cattle’s blood cells and mammary tissues, and was for a long time thought not to be able to infect humans.

Nearly all bulk milk tanks at large factory farms are infected with BLV, but only about 5 percent of cows get sick if they have the virus, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The same group of researchers at the University of California Berkeley involved in the new study also found last year that BLV could be transmitted to humans.

“The association between BLV infection and breast cancer was surprising to many previous reviewers of the study, but it’s important to note that our results do not prove that the virus causes cancer,” said Dr. Gertrude Buehring, a professor of virology in the University of California Berkeley, in a press release. “However, this is the most important first step. We still need to confirm that the infection with the virus happened before, not after, breast cancer developed, and if so, how.”

Using donated tissue from the Cooperative Human Tissue Network, the researchers compared breast tissue from 239 women who either had breast cancer or did not.

They found that 59 percent of breast cancer cells had evidence of exposure to BLV based on the presence of viral DNA in the cells. Cells from women who had not had breast cancer only had evidence of exposure 29 percent of the time.

When researchers further analyzed the data, they found the risk of developing breast cancer was 3.1 times higher if BLV was present in a woman than if it was not. Buehring said the odds ratio is higher than other well known risk factors for breast cancer, including obesity, alcohol consumption and hormones.

And a chill went through the hearts and minds of dairy agribusiness managers. Probably already on the phone to lobbyists to get votes lined up in the USDA/FDA to prevent any further studies accepted if they even hint at a link.