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Big Court Wins For High Speed Rail

The California High Speed Rail Authority secured a big legal victory in the state court of appeals yesterday, which overturned twin decisions by a trial court judge that threatened to derail (no pun intended) the entire program. Coupled with another appellate court win a week ago upholding the program-level environmental review on the Pacheco Pass […]

Open Thread with Meerkat Pile

A pile of snuggly meerkats feature for this week's Open Thread. Please natter/chatter/vent/rant on anything you like over this weekend and throughout the week. with a few netiquette exceptions

New Orleans school won’t be built atop a toxic dump — for now

A small alumni group from the floundering Walter L. Cohen High School has beaten back a proposal to relocate to a former landfill.

Alex Epstein to present keynote at Coal Market Strategies

Don’t miss out! You can still register today! Alex Epstein (@Alexepstein) Founder of the Center for Industrial Progress will give the keynote presentation at the 2014 Coal Market Strategies Conference (August 11-13, 2014 in Park City, Utah at the Stein Eriksen Lodge). Be sure to attend to be … Continue reading ?

Planned Parenthood Spent $1.7 Million to Buy a McAuliffe a Governor’s Seat in Virginia, Now He Must Pay Up

How much political cover can $1.7 million buy Planned Parenthood? That’s how much America’s leading abortion provider gave to Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s election campaign, and judging by how recklessly he’s working to roll back common-sense regulations on abortion providers, the answer seems to be: quite a lot. Before McAuliffe was elected, the Virginia General […]

Couple Wanted Surrogate of Twins to Abort One Baby After Learning He Had Down Syndrome

An Australian couple who was paying a woman from Thailand to carry their twin unborn babies as a surrogate asked the woman to abort one of the babies because testing had revealed one of the babies has Down Syndrome. The couple enlisted the woman, whose family was heavily in debt, to become their surrogate and […]

WTF Friday, 8/1/14

This reads like a free e-book companion to the Protocols of the Elders of Zion: The Times of Israel took down the original post, but you can find the full text here, if you’re curious. WTF?

‘Right to Farm’ or Right to Funnel Illegal Money Into Missouri Campaign?

Today, the Missouri Farmers Union sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture calling for a formal investigation into the potentially illegal use of federal pork check-off funds for a last-minute lobbying blitz in favor of Missouri’s...Show More Summary

Two Pound Baby Nicknamed “Mighty Girl” Becomes One of the Smallest Ever to Have Heart Surgery

Alexandra Mae Van Kirk was born July 7 in Grand Rapids, Michigan but she was diagnosed with critical pulmonary stenosis and weighed 2 pounds three ounces. Now the tiny tot has become one of the world’s smallest to have heart surgery — and the good news is that it seems to have worked. Alexandra successfully […]

Pro-life news brief 8-1-14

by JivinJ, host of the blog, JivinJehoshaphat Another Texas abortion clinic closes its doors: A women’s clinic in North Austin closed its doors Thursday because it can not comply with the House Bill 2 standard of an ambulatory surgical center, Whole Woman’s Health said…. Show More Summary

School District Halts Condom Giveaway to 6th Graders After Community Uproar

An Oregon school district caught so much criticism for its decision to give condoms to 6th graders that it has halted the program. The Oregon legal Age of Consent for sexual contact is 18 years old. There are a total of eleven states have set their age of consent at 18 years old, the highest […]

“Pro-choice”: When a euphemism becomes a euphemism

In January 2013 came news that shocked both sides of the abortion debate: Planned Parenthood had determined the term “pro-choice” was no longer helpful and recommended abandoning it. This news really was titanic. “Pro-choice” was the abortion movement’s self-chosen descriptive term for over 40 years. Show More Summary

Two-Minute Nostalgia Sublime

The Spice Girls: "Wannabe" I know this is often held up as one of the worst bubble-gum pop songs of all time, and also quite frequently as an example of packaged "girl power," but I have to admit, I have always loved the idea that aShow More Summary

Judge orders Florida lawmakers to redraw congressional maps by Aug. 15

The Florida Legislature must submit a revised map of all 27 congressional districts by Aug. 15 and propose a special election to fill those seats, a judge ruled Friday.

God Can Soften Even the Hardest Heart: She Ran and Abortion Business and Now is Pro-Life

The pro-life movement’s ranks are filled with people who have incredible testimonies. Sometimes when you’re debating the issue of abortion with friends, family or people online, you may come across people who it appears would never become pro-life. But God has soften the hearts of people deep inside the abortion industry — whether it’s someone […]

Pro-life blog buzz 8-1-14

by Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN, and Kelli Suzy B links to an article in the New York Times discussing their efforts to teach politicians and pro-lifers in the public eye how to frame discussions on abortion and life issues. Show More Summary

Quote of the Day

"I definitely took a big gamble. But I chose the project I thought I could write best. There were things that you would say the name, and people would say, 'Oh, yeah.' And I thought abut choosing those that, in a mercenary mindset, would be the wisest ones to choose, but I identified more with this property, and I thought it had the most fun. Show More Summary

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