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Military Soft Targets

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It’s not surprising that schools and theaters would be considered soft targets for sickos and terrorists. But U.S. military bases? The men and women gunned down in the “workplace violence” at Fort Hood were unarmed. So were the four Marines and a sailor killed by an Islamic extremist at two Navy recruitment centers in Chattanooga.

Planned Parenthood Parts is Parts

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Parts is parts to Deborah Nucatola.

Nucatola is the senior director of medical research at Planned Parenthood. She was caught on video discussing her method for harvesting body parts from the babies she aborts.

“I’d say a lot of people want livers”, she explained while swirling a glass of wine. In order to deliver quality parts Nucatola uses ultrasound to locate an organ and then “crushes” the baby above and below the desired part.

This use of ultrasound outraged Michele Malkin.

Think about that. Planned Parenthood has officially declared it “torture” for women to see their unborn children through ultrasound before submitting to abortion.

Her point is that Planned Parenthood fights  laws requiring that women be shown fetal ultrasounds before an abortion can be performed.

Others were at pains to point out that this is all legal. Maybe but it seems a little beside the point.

Here’s Kevin Williamson, in National Review:

Abortion is a brutal business — emphasis on business. Planned Parenthood takes in a half-billion dollars a year in government money; its financial footprint is the same size as that of the NCAA.

Iranian Conventional Arms Embargo

150715-iranian-conventional-arms-embargoAs part of  the Obama nuclear agreement, Iran made a last minute pitch to end the conventional arms embargo.  Grinning Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif got what he wanted and more. The deal calls for the E.U. to also lift sanctions on the Iranian Republican Guard and the Quds Force.

At least 500 Americans were killed in Iraq by Iranian made Explosively Formed Penetrators. EFP’s are a more sophisticated version of improvised explosive devices or IED’s.

Frederick Kagan of the American Enterprise Institute explains here “Why They’re Cheering in Tehran”.

 

Craigslist for Greeks

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Greece’s Syriza Party Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras agreed to accept new conditions for a bail-out from Germany. The conditions are tougher than the ones Greek voters rejected in a referendum less than two weeks ago. The agreement also calls for a €50 billion investment fund to help Greece grow out of its mess. The fund is to endowed by the sale of Greek assets. Craigslist for Greeks.

The agreement requires approval of the Greek Parliament.

In a WSJ piece title “Another Greek Can-Kicking” Holman Jenkins thinks the deal will retard any return to health for Greece.

But if you still have money in Greek banks you might be willing, to sacrifice the economy’s return to long-term health to maximize your chance of reclaiming your life savings.

He also says the deal was less about Greece than preserving relations between France and Germany.

France stepped out as defender of Greece and promoter of fake plaudits… Germany likes to be seen deferring to France to quell any idea that Germany is becoming strident and imperialistic again.

It must be true – David Ignatius lays out the same notion in the Washington Post.

Trump Top

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Trump has moved to the top of one poll for the Republican nomination. Establishment Republicans are not happy with The Donald. Peggy Noonan’s approach is that “sometimes an ill wind feels like a breath of fresh air”.