Right Wing Leftovers


  • Pat Mahoney declares victory in his protest against the DC city government and Planned Parenthood.
  • I think it is hilarious that Rick Santorum is seriously contemplating running for president.
  • Carly Fiorina says she opposes efforts to alter the 14th Amendment to remove birthright citizenship.
  • FRC and CWA don't like the new birth control pill.  What else is new?
  • A bunch of right-wing bloggers have chosen "the 25 worst figures in American history." Number 1 is Jimmy Carter, who is apparently worse than Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy, and John Wayne Gacy combined, since they didn't even make the list.
  • Finally, quote of the day from Bryan Fischer: "[S]ecular fundamentalists are easy on Islam for the simple reason that they share with Islamic fundamentalists a deep and abiding hatred for America and its traditions and values."

Randall Terry is Winston Churchill and Everyone Else Is a Nazi Appeaser

Last week we noted Randall Terry was going after other pro-life groups for their failure to mobilize activists to stop Elena Kagan, accusing them of being frauds and charlatans who collect donations to fight abortion and then do nothing.

Over the weekend, Terry penned another scathing attack, this one directed at Steven Ertelt and his for claiming that there was a "silver lining" in Kagan's confirmation.

Needless to say, Terry does not agree:

This is one long lie. I repeat, it is a lie, designed to get you and I to fall in line, and get behind the Neville Chamberlains of today – Republican hacks and failed pro-life groups.

How dare any of us – whether Steve Ertelt, or Carl Levy, or a clergyman, or anyone – say, or even imply, that we are winning in the presence of 50,000,000 mangled babies? How dare we say we are winning when we just lost (without almost no fight) to Elena Kagan? This is the same delusional and destructive spirit embodied in Neville Chamberlain, which almost cost England its survival.

We do not need bouncing cheerleaders to swing pom-poms around and tell us we are winning, while we are down by an insurmountable score. This is not high-school basketball. It is a life and death struggle with real victims, and we are losing.


Mr. Ertelt’s article made Kagan’s victory seem like a huge step forward for life and liberty.

I wrote to Mr. Ertelt, and told him plainly (among other things) that his story was “…an evil beyond comprehension. For you to try to do anything other than tell the truth about Kagan's victory - that her confirmation is a huge, horrifying victory for the child-killers - shows that you are a fraud.”

I told him he is a “collaborator with the child-killers…” and that the elevation of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court was akin to the fall of France to the Nazis, and trying to give Kagan's victory a "positive spin" is akin to whoredom.

Huckabee Joins The Fray, Saying He "Cannot" and "Will Not" Accept a Truce In the Culture Wars

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels is, predictably, getting hammered from social conservatives for his statement that the next president will have to call a "truce" in the culture war in order to focus on economic issues.

He has already been blasted by Concerned Women for America and the Family Research Council and right-wing activists continue to pile on:

Others, like Austin Ruse, president of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute and an early supporter of 2008 presidential hopeful John McCain, says Daniels will have a hard time winning the GOP nomination if he demurs on pro-life issues.

“Something like this will cost him any consideration from one of the key constituencies of the Republican Party," he told


Kristan Hawkins, the president of Students for Life of America -- a group that has spearheaded efforts to oppose Elena Kagan and the pro-abortion health care bill -- didn't mince words either.

"When it involves life, no one can make no a truce. There is no room for gray area, no time to play dead, and no time to stick out head in the sand. When you realize that 1.3 million babies are aborted every year, Governor Mitch Daniels’ words show a level of cowardice that is not expected from a presidential hopeful," she told

Even Mike Huckabee, who has steadily been working to establish himself as the champion of the socially conservative wing of the party, is getting in on the action ... and using it to raise donations for his HuckPAC:

I received an astonishing email today from a concerned friend who has been very influential in the fight to end the scourge of abortion.

Apparently, a 2012 Republican presidential prospect in an interview with a reporter has made the suggestion that the next President should call for a “truce” on social issues like abortion and traditional marriage to focus on fiscal problems.

In other words, stop fighting to end abortion and don’t make protecting traditional marriage a priority.

Let me be clear though, the issue of life and traditional marriage are not bargaining chips nor are they political issues. They are moral issues. I didn’t get involved in politics just to lower taxes and cut spending though I believe in both and have done it as a Governor. But I want to stay true to the basic premises of our civilization.

For those of us who have labored long and hard in the fight to educate the Democrats, voters, the media and even some Republicans on the importance of strong families, traditional marriage and life to our society, this is absolutely heartbreaking. And that one of our Republican “leaders” would suggest this truce, even more so. Governor Daniels is a personal friend and a terrific Governor, and I’m very disappointed that he would think that pro-life and pro-family activists would just lie down.

Are you ready to stop fighting for traditional marriage? I cannot. I will not.

Can you let the tragedy of abortion go unchecked while we get our financial house in order? I cannot. I will not.

A strong leader doesn’t need to focus myopically on one or two issues – but a strong leader is willing to fight for and defend their principles while rising to meet new challenges and solve all of the existing systemic problems confronting us.

For me these issues are critical. Indeed they are founding principles of my personal conservatism and part of the ideological foundation of the Republican Party. If you agree, I am asking you to help me send a signal.


Help me raise 2,012 new donations within the next 7 days for Huck PAC. That will help me show the importance of these issues to our Party and give us the financial resources we need to support strong conservatives who are fighting for life, traditional marriage, lower taxes, lower spending, secure borders and a strong national defense.

Help me send a strong signal – life and traditional marriage are NOT bargaining chips. Make a donation today.

Right Wing Leftovers

  • Religious Right leaders Mat Staver, Richard Land, and Samuel Rodriguez are poised to try and sell some form of immigration reform to their allies on the Right who vehemently oppose it.
  • Rev. Patrick Mahoney of the Christian Defense Coalition, and Dr. Gary Cass of the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission will honor two men "who lost their life in the line of Christian duty" this weekend, even though local authorities say there is no evidence that the crime had anything to do with religion.
  • In the latest craziness from WorldNetDaily, the website reports that a "purported communist activist [claims] he served as political mentor to President Obama's Senior Adviser David Axelrod."
  • I always assumed that was a news website, not a political organization.  But I guess I was wrong, seeing as it is sponsoring both I Oppose Kagan and Stop Kagan.
  • Finally, the stupidity of ALIPAC seemingly knows no bounds as the group claims that Fox is trying to prevent people from seeing the trailer to the upcoming film "Machete." You can see the trailer here. Where "Forcing" Equals "Helping"

I am beginning to suspect that the "news" aspect of's name is far less important than the "life" part, considering that the website's mission is obviously to slant every article to fit its right-wing agenda.

Just last week we noted how LifeNews printed an article claiming that a "new study conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency shows a correlation between the use of cells from babies in abortions in vaccines to an increase in autism rates" when the study itself showed nothing of the sort, as the article was built entirely around the baseless speculations of an anti-choice blogger and presented them as if they were fact.

But that is nothing compared to this new article

Oklahoma Law to Allow Women Ultrasound Before Abortion Subject to Lawsuit

A pro-abortion legal group based in New York City wasted no time in filing a lawsuit against a new Oklahoma law that helps women by allow them a chance to see an ultrasound of their unborn child while considering an abortion. The lawsuit was filed hours after the Oklahoma state Senate override the governor's veto.

The state Senate voted 36-12 Tuesday to override Governor Brad Henry on two pro-life bills, including the ultrasound measure.

Apparently, LifeNews doesn't understand the difference between words like "help" or "allow" and "force"

Oklahoma lawmakers overrode their governor's veto Tuesday to enact tough abortion laws that force women to undergo invasive ultrasounds and allow doctors to withhold test results showing fetal defects.

Even women who are victims of rape or incest will be required to listen to a detailed description of the fetus and view the ultrasound image prior to terminating a pregnancy.

They will also likely be required to undergo vaginal rather than abdominal ultrasounds as doctors are required to use the method that "would display the embryo or fetus more clearly."

The new Oklahoma law requires women to get a vaginal ultrasound with no exceptions  ... but to LifeNews, the law is reported as merely helping women by allowing them a chance to see an ultrasound.

Today In Right Wing Science

Conservative groups are making all sorts of scientific breakthroughs today; breakthroughs that nobody else seems to appreciate or take seriously ... like the one about how women who take birth control pills are at greater risk of getting AIDS:

According to Joan Robinson, a researcher at the Population Research Institute ... more than 50 medical studies to date have investigated a link between hormonal contraceptive use and HIV/AIDS infection. "The science is settled," Robinson says. "Hormonal contraceptives -- the oral pill and Depo-Provera -- increase almost all known risk factors for HIV, from upping a woman's risk of infection, to increasing the replication of the HIV virus, to speeding the debilitating and deadly progression of the disease."

This scientific consensus has received almost no publicity to date, Robinson continues, because of strong economic and ideological forces that push the pill.

"The 'family planning' types dismiss out of hand the impressive body of scientific research demonstrating a Pill/HIV link," she says, "preferring to rely on a handful of their own highly questionable trials which claim to find 'no increase in HIV risk among users of oral contraceptives and Depo-Provera.' This is like relying on a tobacco company to monitor a study on the link between cigarettes and cancer."

But that is nothing compared to this groundbreaking discovery from reporting that cells from aborted babies are causing autism:

A new study conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency shows a correlation between the use of cells from babies in abortions in vaccines to an increase in autism rates. The study provides another problem from pro-life advocates who are already concerned about the abortion-vaccine tie.

The study, published in February in the publication Environmental Science & Technology, confirms 1988 as a “change point” in the rise of Autism Disorder rate.

"Although the debate about the nature of increasing autism continues, the potential for this increase to be real and involve exogenous environmental stressors exists," the study says.

The 1988 date is significant because, as pro-life blogger Jill Stanek notes, the Sound Choice Pharmaceutical Institute indicates that's when the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices added a second dose of the MMR vaccine, containing fetal cells from aborted babies, to its recommendations.

The study found two other change point dates: 1981, two years after MMRII was approved in the United States with fetal cells, and 1995, when SCPI says the chickenpox vaccine using aborted cells was approved.

Of course, if you bother to read the study itself [PDF], you quickly realize it says nothing of the sort and that the entire LifeNews article is based on nothing more than Jill Stanek's meaningless speculation about how there is a conspiracy to cover it all up: 

The conspiracy theorist in me wonders if the same sort of ideological culprits we see covering up the abortion-breast cancer link are also involved here. This would be a huge, huge blow to embryonic stem cell experimentation, for instance. That, and/or big pharma sees huge class action lawsuits on the horizon if this is proven.

So even though Stanek basically made up this supposed link, LifeNews decided to report it as an EPA study discovered it .. and I can guarantee you that the now "establish" link between abortion, vaccines, and autism will soon become right-wing conventional wisdom.

Right Wing Leftovers

Girl Scouts Ensnared in the Right's Hatred of Planned Parenthood

Last week, the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute claimed that during the annual United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, the "World Association of Girl Scouts and Girl Guides hosted a no-adults-welcome panel at the United Nations this week where Planned Parenthood was allowed to distribute a brochure entitled 'Healthy, Happy and Hot'":

The brochure, aimed at young people living with HIV, contains explicit and graphic details on sex, as well as the promotion of casual sex in many forms. The brochure claims, “Many people think sex is just about vaginal or anal intercourse… But, there are lots of different ways to have sex and lots of different types of sex. There is no right or wrong way to have sex. Just have fun, explore and be yourself!” The brochure goes on to encourage young people to “Improve your sex life by getting to know your own body. Play with yourself! Masturbation is a great way to find out more about your body and what you find sexually stimulating. Mix things up by using different kinds of touch from very soft to hard. Talk about or act out your fantasies. Talk dirty to them.”

The brochure also tells students that national laws requiring HIV-positive people to reveal their status to their partner(s) “violate the rights of people living with HIV” and calls for advocacy to “change laws that violate your rights.” It explains, “There are many reasons that people do not share their HIV status. … They may worry that people will find out something else they have kept secret, like they are using injecting drugs, having sex outside of a marriage or having sex with people of the same gender.”

Predictably, this became a source of outrage on the Right, with articles about it showing up on OneNewsNow, World Magazine, the Family Research Council, Concerned Women for America, Catholic Online, and LifeNews, among other places.  The National Review's Kathryn Jean Lopez even made it the focus of her column.

The only problem is that the Girl Scouts unequivocally deny that it ever happened:

Earlier this month, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) was honored to attend and participate in the 54th Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations, where girls were encouraged to take action on global issues concerning women and girls. Our participation in that conference was recently the subject of numerous internet stories and blogs that are factually inaccurate and troubling. Here are the facts of that meeting:

• The Girls Only Workshop was jointly hosted by Girl Scouts of the USA, UNICEF’s Working Group on Girls, Girls Learn International and The Grail. The meeting was only open to the girls and participating sponsors.

• Only seven adults were in the room at the time of the meeting, each representing one of the sponsors of the event. No one from Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute was in the room to report on the event.

• 30 - 35 girls from across the world participated in this event. All teenagers.

• The girls received a copy of the only document they were working on titled (“The Girls’ Statement”). No other documents were given to the girls as part of this event.

• The room in question was also used to host other events over the course of the multi-day conference. Prior to our girls entering the room, we did not “sanitize’ the room to ensure that no trash or other items were left behind. We did request that those not associated with the sponsors to leave the room prior to our session.

• The Girl Scouts of the USA was not contacted by Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute (C-FAM) regarding its initial story to discuss the facts of this event. Had they applied these basic journalistic standards, perhaps the true details of this event would have been reported.

The Girl Scout organization does not take a position on family planning. Our membership is a cross-section of America with regard to opinions on religious and social issues and practices. We believe these matters are best decided by girls and their families.

The Girl Scout organization has no affiliation with any political organization.

Our Mission in Girl Scouting is to build girls of courage, confidence and character – who make the world a better place. We continue to be proud of our girls and look forward to showing the world what our girls can do. We thank everyone for their support of Girl Scouting.

Honestly, does the right-wing claim even seem plausible?  Are we really supposed to believe that Girl Scout leaders kicked all the adults out of the room so that Planned Parenthood could distribute a brochure [PDF] to a group of young girls about how to lead sexually fulfilling lives while living with HIV

I realize that the Religious Right fundamentally loathes Planned Parenthood and will believe just about any horror story about them, but this is just ridiculous.

Right Wing Leftovers

  • For some reason, Mike Huckabee thought it necessary to remind everyone that he is "unequivocally" pro-life.
  • FRC praises VA Gov. Bob McDonnell for making it easier for employers to fire gay employees.
  • Does anybody care what Ted Nugent thinks about Don't Ask, Don't Tell. If so, here you go.
  • Answers in Genesis' Ken Ham delivered his "State of the Nation"address last night.  Guess how he thinks the nation is doing?
  • Gary Bauer calls The Mount Vernon Statement "a seminal document reflecting both the past and the future of intellectual conservatism."
  • The Susan B. Anthony List and dozens of other right-wing groups have sent a letter to President Obama and Minority Leader John Boehner demanding there be no "taxpayer funding of abortion on-demand" in any health care reform legislation.
  •, National Clergy Council, National Pro-life Religious Council, Operation Outcry, Priests for Life, Susan B. Anthony List, Wallbuilders and others are joining forces to launch a series of "Voter Registration Sundays."
  • Quote of the Day from the AFA's Bryan Fischer: "Our first order of business is to identify candidates who will be guided by the moral law of God in forming public policy, whose worldviews align with the value system found in the Judeo-Christian tradition, and help them become our 'ministers of God,' secular priests exercising sacred authority in the public square."

VA "Respect Choice" License Plates Won't Actually Respect Choice

Currently, twenty-plus states offer versions of "Choose Life" license plates, the sale of which raises money for anti-choice groups  and "crisis pregnancy centers."

Virginia is one of those states and so it stood to reason that choice activists would press the state to offer a "Trust Women/Respect Choice" license plate for sale which would support organizations that offer reproductive health services.

Both Gov. Bob McDonnell and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli both opposed any effort to send money from such license plates to Planned Parenthood, and now it looks like Virginia legislators have stepped in to make sure that it nevers happens

In what pro-life advocates are hailing as a brilliant legislative move, Virginia lawmakers stripped Planned Parenthood funding from its own bill to sponsor pro-abortion license plates. The plate bill now sends the proceeds from sales of the plate to a state fund that actually helps pregnant women.

Money generated from the sales of the “Trust Women, Respect Choice" license plates was intended to go to the Planned Parenthood abortion business.

When Democrat Delegate Robert Brink’s brought up the bill, on the House floor in preparation for today's final vote, the legislation said the Virginia League of Planned Parenthood would receive $15 of the $25 plate fee.

In an interesting turn of events, Delegate Todd Gilbert, a Republican, offered an amendment to the bill to change it so all funding would go to the Virginia Pregnant Women Support Fund -- a move that the pro-life Family Forum group describes as a devastating blow to Planned Parenthood.

The Virginia Pregnant Women Support Fund was created in 2007 to “support women and families who are facing unplanned pregnancy” and is managed by the Virginia Board of Health. The goals are far different from Planned Parenthood's abortion agenda as it provides funding for ultrasound machines, parenting programs, and other support.

So if you buy the state's "Choose Life" license plate, a portion of the fee goes to support anti-choice pregnancy centers in the state. 

And if you eventually purchase a "Respect Choice" plate, a portion of that fee goes to a fund that does pretty much the exact same thing and in no way actually supports choice at all.

The Religious Right Will Decide What Is Best For Women in Uniform

I didn't realize that in joining the military, women agreed to give up their right to medical treatments to which the Religious Right objected ... but apparently they do:

Late Thursday, the Obama administration issued a new order for the U.S. military requiring all military hospitals and health centers to stock the morning after pill. The Department of Defense will soon begin having military medical facilities stock the Plan B drug, which can sometimes cause an abortion.


Obama's decision is not going over well with Wendy Wright, the president of Concerned Women for America.

"The military needs to focus on its prime mission, yet leftists view it as a means to promote their agenda," she told "The morning-after pill is highly ineffective in preventing pregnancies and completely useless in preventing sexually-transmitted diseases. But it's a political tool for abortion advocates."

Wright worries the decision is the first step to pushing abortions at military hospitals.

"By making this drug required, the next step will making drugs like RU-486, the abortion pill, mandatory," she said. "And doctors or pharmacists who have objections will be purged from the ranks."

"The military needs to focus on discipline and proper behavior - because lives depend on it - not promoting risky behavior," Wright continued.

The Family Research Council is likewise demanding that women in the military be denied access to this option:

"Family Research Council opposes requiring military bases worldwide to carry Levonorgestrel, or 'Plan B,' because the drug can prevent a fertilized embryo from implanting in the uterus and thereby destroy a human life. We can all agree that there is a huge difference between preventing and destroying human life. And women in uniform deserve to know the truth about their medications.

"In the last year we have witnessed the Obama Administration move from the status quo of abortion as legal and available in health care plans to aggressively promoting U.S. government funded abortions. In the same way, the fact that Plan B is optional for military facilities is not sufficient for the Obama Administration, so now military facilities will be compelled to carry and disseminate Plan B.

"Moreover, a requirement to carry this drug would be a violation of the conscience rights of military personnel who have moral objections to providing it, not to mention the majority of American taxpayers supporting military operations. Taxpayers should not be required to pay for military medical personnel to carry Plan B anywhere in the world ... Forcing military professionals to carry over-the-counter Plan B will make it more difficult to enforce age requirements for a drug not widely tested on young girls.

"Finally, the requirement to carry Plan B on military bases doesn't include a parental notification provision in cases in which a minor obtains Plan B by prescription. This new policy undermines the right of parents to properly care for their daughters' physical well-being. In a society that requires teachers to send students to the nurse for a band-aid, the Administration's approach on something profoundly more important than a paper cut defies common sense."

Right Wing Leftovers

  • Lou Engle declares the year 2010 to be "73-37 window" because it has been 37 years since the Supreme Court issued Roe v. Wade in 1973. Get it?
  • The message of this year's March for Life will be "no abortion funding in health care."
  • Tim Pawlenty will headline a fundraising event in March for the anti-choice Susan. B. Anthony List.
  • Tea Parties are plotting how to take over the GOP.
  • On a semi-related note, Richard Viguerie will deliver the keynote speech at the inaugural Leadership Tea Party training event to be held at the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport Westin Hotel from January 29-31.
  • Matt Barber joins the "is Mark Kirk gay? "crowd.
  • Finally, will Tony Perkins be rocking his roguish new beard when receives the National Pro-Life Religious Council's National Pro-Life Recognition Award next week?

It's DHS Deja Vu All Over Again

Last year, I wrote a whole series of posts about the utterly manufactured "controversy" over a Department of Homeland Security report which right-wing activists claimed labeled conservatives as "domestic terrorists."

Needless to say, the report did nothing of the sort, but no matter how many times we or others pointed out this lie, the Religious Right would not stop repeating it. 

That issue finally faded away, but now it looks like were going to have to relive it in a slightly different form, thanks to this new manufactured "controversy":

President Barack Obama's nominee to head the agency charged with keeping American travelers safe from terrorism thinks pro-life advocates are terrorists. A new video shows Transportation Security Administration nominee Erroll Southers including pro-life advocates in a list of terrorist groups.

The new video from 2008 shows Southers responding to a documentary-style interview question about terrorist organizations.

The documentary asked Southers, "Which home-grown terrorist groups pose the greatest danger to the U.S."

Southers explained, "Most of the domestic groups that we pay attention to here are white supremacist groups. They're anti-government, in most cases anti-abortion, they are usually survivalist type in nature, identity oriented."

"Those groups are groups that claim to be extremely anti-government and Christian identity oriented," he continues.

Here is the video in question, which has already been seized upon by right-wing activists:

And predictably, groups like the Family Research Council are all over it:

What's the story on the President's choice to head the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)? Well, if you've traveled through airport security, blogger Erick Erickson says that you've probably been screened more thoroughly than this pick. Among other things, Erroll Southers, the latest in the White House's parade of unqualified nominees, is on record saying that pro-lifers pose one of our nation's greatest security risks. In a video from 2008, Southers specifically targets "Christian identity" groups and anti-abortionists as a homegrown threat.

That's right. The man chosen to be first line of defense against another 9-11 is more worried about churchgoers than radical Islamic fundamentalists. Unfortunately, that makes him the perfect choice for Homeland Security's Janet Napolitano, who last year included pro-life and pro-marriage conservatives on the domestic "watch list." So far, Southers is just parroting what the President's official policy has been all along: marginalizing values voters who don't see the federal government as the solution to every problem.

Do these people really not realize that "Christian identity" is a specific term with a specific meaning?

Christian Identity is a religious ideology popular in extreme right-wing circles. Adherents believe that whites of European descent can be traced back to the "Lost Tribes of Israel." Many consider Jews to be the Satanic offspring of Eve and the Serpent, while non-whites are "mud peoples" created before Adam and Eve. Its virulent racist and anti-Semitic beliefs are usually accompanied by extreme anti-government sentiments. Despite its small size, Christian Identity influences virtually all white supremacist and extreme anti-government movements. It has also informed criminal behavior ranging from hate crimes to acts of terrorism.

The term "Christian identity" doesn't mean your average "churchgoer," it mean a movement consisting of racist, anti-Semitic, anti-government extremists.

But the Religious Right obviously doesn't care that and isn't about to let its fundamental misunderstanding get in the way of its efforts to generate controversy.

Right Wing Leftovers

  • Not surprisingly, right-wing groups are not happy with Sen. Ben Nelson or the Senate's health care bill.
  • On a related note, Mike Huckabee headlined a hastily organized anti-health care reform rally in Nebraska where he compared Sen. Nelson to Judas.
  • Ralph Reed has big plans for his Faith and Freedom Coalition as he launches its Georgia chapter.
  • Dick Cheney has been named Human Events' "Conservative of the Year." What an honor.
  • On a similar note, I can't wait to find out who will win Peter LaBarbera's "Gay Grinch of the Year Award."
  • Finally, anti-choice groups are outraged that activist Lila Rose was supposedly "attacked" by a Planned Parenthood, though said "attack" seems to have consisted of having anti-choice literature knocked out of her hand.

Anti-Choice Group Slams Hutchison For Missing Meaningless Cloture Vote

Anti-choice activists who have lined up behind Texas Gov. Rick Perry are attacking his primary opponent, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, for missing the cloture vote on David Hamilton's nomination to the Seventh Circuit:

In a new email to supporters, Texas Right to Life opens with a huge picture of pro-life leaders across the state meeting with Perry.

"Pro-lifers trust Gov. Rick Perry," the headline reads. "Senator Hutchison missed the chance to oppose the promotion of the most anti-life judge in the country."

The email refers to the cloture vote on President Barack Obama's nomination of pro-abortion federal judge David Hamilton to serve on a federal appeals court.


Texas Right to Life calls the missed vote on cloture "another example why we won't take the chance on human life with Senator Hutchison."

"Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison missed an important pro-life vote, her 24th miss this year," the group explains. "The U.S. Senate took a cloture vote on the nomination of Judge David Hamilton to the Seventh Court of Appeals, and Senator Hutchison missed the vote on this rabid pro-abortion activist nominee."

'She was in Houston raising money for her campaign for governor when we needed her to stand against judicial activism and to stand for Life during this vote," the group criticized.

The cloture vote failed by a margin of 70-29, so even if Hutchison had voted against it, it still would have lost by forty votes.

"Post-Abortion Pain" Causes Nation to Dislike Sarah Palin

I never tire of reading right-wing attempts to explain what they see as the Left's irrational dislike of Sarah Palin, because inevitably it comes down to pseudo-intellectual nonsense about how it is all rooted in "post-abortion pain": 

Many women chose the birth control route, delaying marriage and childbirth well into their thirties and even forties. Their biological clocks ticked away and they sacrificed the most fertile time in their lives for career advancement and what they thought would be true happiness.

Some, when faced with an unplanned pregnancy they believed would interfere with their careers, chose the abortion route. They sacrificed the life of their unborn child for their own personal career advancement.

Now enter Sarah Palin, a woman with a husband, children and a high-profile career. Yes, this hockey Mom went from school board, to mayor, to governor to a vice presidential candidate! And her own unplanned pregnancy ended not in the hands of an abortionist, but in the loving embrace of the Palin family.

Now when the women who sacrificed motherhood either by abortion or birth control look at Sarah, they can't stand her, even if they can't explain why. Because she was able to have a family and a career, they see her as having the best of both worlds. They see, in this confident, self-possessed, accomplished woman, surrounded by a loving family, everything they gave up.

Everybody's a Comedian

It seems that the Religious Right is taking time out from holding press conferences warning that healthcare reform will force women to abort their children in favor of a new tactic: humor.

First up, the Family Research Council:

Concerned Women for America likewise recently unveiled three of its own "humorous" videos on what healthcare reform will mean for Americans. Behold:

Normally, this is where we'd tell those responsible for these ads not to quit their day jobs ... but unfortunately, in this case, producing things like this is their day job.

Right Wing Leftovers

  • LifeNews: The man who allegedly shot and killed pro-life advocate James Pouillon and a local businessman last month has been declared mentally incompetent to stand trial.
  • AP:  Louisiana Democrats have accused GOP Sen. David Vitter of accepting campaign money illegally funneled to him by a former Mississippi congressman through a political action committee of that state's governor.
  • I have no idea how the Catholic League has managed to release a statement about David Letterman that is really an attack on Penn and Teller.
  • It looks like Mike Huckabee has his own crazy right-wing conspiracy theorist to deal with.
  • Finally, speaking of Huckabee, here's a photo of him hanging out with Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Right Wing Leftovers

  • Michele Bachmann action figures - get 'em while they're hot.
  • Politico: Tonight, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) and his wife Callista Gingrich host the premiere of their documentary — “Rediscovering God in America II: Our Heritage” — at the Capitol Visitor Center.
  • FRC: Wednesday, September 30th, at 1:00 pm, at a National Press Club luncheon, Family Research Council will release a groundbreaking report, A Passion to Serve, A Vision for Life, which shares the tremendous contributions of pregnancy resource centers since the inception of the movement over forty years ago.
  • The "personhood" effort comes to California.
  • Finally, a variety of right-wing leaders are blasting the "Obama Apology Tour."

Bauer: Planned Parenthood Needs The ACORN Treatment

Gary Bauer calls on conservatives to do to Planned Parenthood what they have done to ACORN:

For James O'Keefe, the sequel has been a blockbuster. As almost everyone knows by now, the investigative journalist and a friend secretly filmed themselves posing as a pimp and prostitute while ACORN workers advised them how to obtain a mortgage for a brothel of Latin American sex slaves.

But lost in the deserved attention to the ACORN sting film has been O'Keefe's first release, a 2007 expose of the systemic corruption at another liberal activist organization, Planned Parenthood.

ACORN is losing some of its federal funding in part because of O’Keefe’s video. But the Planned Parenthood story, in which O'Keefe and a friend posing as his pregnant minor girlfriend expose the abortion giant’s willingness to cover up alleged statutory rape, is just as incriminating.

Planned Parenthood deserves the same treatment ACORN is getting and should be stripped of the hundreds of millions of tax-payer dollars it receives annually. For that to happen, the conservative media must give O’Keefe’s debut film another look.

If this effort takes off, we can expect to see a lot more of Lila Rose, who has been doing exactly that for a last several years.

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Kyle Mantyla, Tuesday 03/22/2011, 5:38pm
Susan B. Anthony List, Family Research Council Action, 40 Days for Life, Students for Life of America, Concerned Women for America, Catholic Vote,, American Values and Catholic Advocate have all teamed up to inundate Congress with phone calls demanding the defunding of Planned Parenthood. Is Japan Disaster Another Apocalyptic Sign? Yes. Herman Cain sees signs everywhere that God has big plans for him. Peter LaBarbera is unveiling the line-up for his next anti-gay "Truth Academy." Can somebody explain to me when Christians are to be counted as... MORE >
Brian Tashman, Tuesday 03/15/2011, 12:47pm
It looks like it barely took two months for major Religious Right groups to panic over the GOP leadership’s agenda. Speaker John Boehner decided to pass another temporary continuing resolution that includes funding towards family planning and health services groups like Planned Parenthood, which anti-choice organizations fiercely opposed. With Republican leaders ready to ignore their pleas, many are now on the attack. Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association did not mince words in his attack on Republican leaders: The new temporary Continuing Resolution, which will be voted on... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Thursday 03/10/2011, 3:01pm
Last month, House Speaker John Boehner stated that, despite the demands from the Religious Right, Republican had no intention of shutting down the government over the issue of defunding Planned Parenthood.  The issue was not included in the last Continuing Resolution, but now that that one is set to expire soon, anti-choice Religious Right activists are warning that they will oppose any resolution that does not include the Planned Parenthood and a related anti-choice provision and will score the vote accordingly:  In a letter FRC provided to that it sent to House... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Friday 03/04/2011, 6:31pm
The Family Research Council is overjoyed that House Republicans will step up to defend DOMA. Lila Rose and the Susan B. Anthony List are touring the country in their effort to de-fund Planned Parenthood. I am genuinely confused by Alan Keyes' latest WND column. Trent Franks for Senate? I guess the Christian Anti-Defamation's Boycott didn't work so well, which is why Larry Grard had to sue. Finally, Concerned Women For America's concern for child prostitutes means they should be arrested and jailed by the police. MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Monday 02/28/2011, 6:35pm
The Susan B. Anthony List is launching a "14-stop grassroots tour and $200,000 ad campaign buy" as part of its effort to de-fund Planned Parenthood. Clarence Thomas thinks that criticism of him threatens to undermine the Supreme Court as an institution.  Of course, some might say that Thomas' own conflict of interest is already doing that. At times like this, it is a good thing we have prophets like Cindy Jacobs around to help us understand what is happening in the Middle East. Robert Peters, President of Morality in Media, is very upset about all the... MORE >
Brian Tashman, Friday 02/18/2011, 5:07pm
The amendment to block funding to Planned Parenthood passed by a vote of 240-185, achieving a long-held goal of Religious Right groups that vehemently oppose the healthcare organization. During the debate, House Republicans frequently touted the hoax videos produced by the extreme group Live Action and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) even pledged to go after Planned Parenthood’s non-profit status. Taxpayer funding of abortion is already barred under federal law, and this new amendment would stop Planned Parenthood from receiving funds to provide the medical services which comprise the vast... MORE >
Brian Tashman, Friday 02/18/2011, 5:07pm
The amendment to block funding to Planned Parenthood passed by a vote of 240-185, achieving a long-held goal of Religious Right groups that vehemently oppose the healthcare organization. During the debate, House Republicans frequently touted the hoax videos produced by the extreme group Live Action and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) even pledged to go after Planned Parenthood’s non-profit status. Taxpayer funding of abortion is already barred under federal law, and this new amendment would stop Planned Parenthood from receiving funds to provide the medical services which comprise the vast... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Tuesday 02/15/2011, 1:53pm
Mike Huckabee continues to insist that he hasn't yet made up his mind about whether he intends to make another run for president. But yesterday he was in Tennessee to headline a fundraiser for an ultra-right wing anti-choice group called Tennessee for the Center for Bioethical Reform which operates under the tag line" Graphically Exposing The Injustice of Abortion" and "on the principle that abortion represents an evil so inexpressible that words fail us when attempting to describe its horror. Until abortion is seen, it will never be understood." The CBR is... MORE >