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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Gail Collins, "Gov. Walker and the Cool Thing": Walker's Anti-Abortion Agenda, Collins's Tunnel Vision

In her latest New York Times op-ed entitled "Gov. Walker and the Cool Thing," Gail Collins derides Gov. Scott Walker's anti-abortion agenda. Collins writes:

"We’ve been wondering when a presidential candidate would say something incredibly insensitive about women and reproduction.

. . . .

Last week, Walker was on a radio talk show, praising a law he signed requiring women who want an abortion to undergo an ultrasound. Which they’re supposed to watch, while the physician points out the features of the fetus.
An ultrasound, he said, was 'just a cool thing.'"

Collins's conclusion:

"[W]e have here a potential president who justifies a law on how doctors treat their abortion patients by citing what we know from watching TV and movies.

Seventeen months to go. Lord knows what’s next."

Let me make myself clear: I believe abortion is a woman's right, and there can be no forcing women to view an ultrasound monitor before undergoing the procedure.

On the other hand, at least Walker is responding to questions from the press, even if we don't like the answers, unlike someone else we all know.

"Lord knows what's next"? Let me tell you, Gail, what's next.

Yesterday, in a New York Times article entitled "An Award for Bill Clinton Came With $500,000 for His Foundation" by Deborah Sontag, we learned that the Clinton Foundation received $500,000 from the Happy Hearts Fund, which rebuilds schools after natural disasters, in exchange for Bill's appearance at a fund-raiser marking the 10th anniversary of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami:

"The former president of the United States agreed to accept a lifetime achievement award at the June 2014 event after Ms. Nemcova offered a $500,000 contribution to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation. The donation, made late last year after the foundation sent the charity an invoice, amounted to almost a quarter of the evening’s net proceeds — enough to build 10 preschools in Indonesia.

. . . .

'The Clinton Foundation had rejected the Happy Hearts Fund invitation more than once, until there was a thinly veiled solicitation and then the offer of an honorarium,' said the former executive director, Sue Veres Royal, who held that position at the time of the gala and was dismissed a few weeks later amid conflicts over the gala and other issues."

Excuse me as I lose my breakfast.

2 comments:

  1. Good thing the JNF had to cancel, with a spin that the offer had never been made, their offer of $500,000 so Bill could speak at Peres' birthday party...

    As for Gail Collins? Still working from the 2010-2012 Dem talking points on abortion as the trigger for the GOP 'war on women'. It's all the Dems have, cynically to drive up votes, only when they need them, e.g. single women in Manhattan to insure Cuomo's win in 2012 because he did lose NYS outside of NYC.

    oh, sorry, in 2014, the Dems added their war on 'racist law enforcement' to shore up the minority vote when Obama is not on the ballot in 2016, although it does look like Michelle might be practicing for her turn...

    k

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  2. I suppose that the records of the foundation's invoices are in the same never never land as Hillary's emails.
    I also suppose that I've been running my small business with the wrong mindset.When a customer sends in a payment for something that I billed them for,I should deem it a "donation".

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