Eat it, Mike Pence.
GREENSBORO — A former Rowan County resident who pleaded guilty last year to giving bomb-making instructions to an FBI informant was sentenced Wednesday morning to 30 months in federal prison.
Justin Carl Moose, 26, believed he was helping the man plan an attack on a women’s health clinic where abortions were performed. The Planned Parenthood Association alerted authorities after discovering that Moose was “advocating extreme violence” against such clinics on his Facebook page, court records say.
The judge sentenced Moose to have a mental health evaluation and alcohol/substance abuse treatment. Upon release from prison, Moose will be on supervised probation for three years and pay $100 in fines. While on probation, he must submit to random drug tests and participate in both a substance abuse and mental health treatment program.
He is also not to possess a computer or an electronic device that may enable him to access the Internet unless approved by his probation officer.
While not part of his sentence, Schroeder suggested Moose talk to a minister or priest about his “strong feelings” and the views he expressed on Facebook.
HARRISBURG — Philadelphia prosecutors said Wednesday they will seek the death penalty against Dr. Kermit Gosnell for the deaths of newborns at his abortion clinic and are considering the same against a Mt. Lebanon man and others who worked in what officials called the “house of horrors.”
Steven Massof, 48, of Mt. Lebanon helped Gosnell cut the spinal cords of babies born at the West Philadelphia clinic that specialized in late-term abortions, according to a grand jury report. Prosecutors filed murder charges against Gosnell, Massof and two other former aides and other charges against four others in a case that brought swift changes in state oversight.
“The district attorney is considering whether to seek the death penalty” against the three former aides charged with murder, said Assistant District Attorney Christine Wechsler.
Gosnell’s lawyer said his client would die of old age before a death sentence could be carried out.
“Dr. Gosnell is never going to get the death penalty,” lawyer Jack McMahon said after a brief court hearing. “You have a 70-year-old man, and it makes the case three times as long and as costly.”
The City Council approved legislation on Wednesday requiring crisis pregnancy centers to disclose whether they perform abortions, setting the stage for a legal battle with abortion-rights opponents who denounced the bill as a violation of their First Amendment rights.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing today on a bill that would require hospitals to check patients’ immigration status. Senate Bill 1405 would require hospitals to confirm an individual is a legal resident before admitting him or her for non-emergency care. The hospital would have to notify federal immigration officers if the individual was not in the country legally. The bill would allow hospitals to provide emergency care to illegal immigrants, but it would require them to report the individuals once the care was completed. Hospitals that failed to comply with the law could be sued.
This is just about the most appalling thing I’ve read in a long time. Women who are hemorrhaging, or who have been beaten or who have sick children use hospitals too. And people wonder how that fucked up shit in Philly could happen.
This is in Arizona, if you couldn’t guess. This is beyond sickening.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The Arkansas Senate voted Thursday to prohibit insurers in new markets set up under the federal health care law from offering coverage for abortions except in cases where the mother’s life is at stake — a move that opponents say will make it virtually impossible for women to get abortion coverage.
The Senate voted 27-8 to approve strict limits on when abortion would be covered in the new insurance markets that will be set up starting in 2014 under the federal health care overhaul. The legislation would prohibit abortion coverage by insurers in those markets even in cases of rape and incest.
A new bill introduced in Texas would require women seeking an abortion to first have a sonogram and the measure will be given emergency status by the state’s governor, a move permitting the Legislature to take action on it before the 60th day of session.
Perry’s announcement on the abortion measure puts it on a short list of four other items he has granted emergency status to and all are hot-button topics in the state as well as the nation: a voter identification bill, putting an end to policies not requiring police to check immigration status of those they stop or arrest, reforming eminent domain, and seeking a US constitutional amendment that would authorize a balanced federal budget. Some see Perry’s actions on these five issues as a distraction from the real issue: a state budget shortfall of between $15 billion and $27 billion.
In addition to the sonogram requirement for women seeking an abortion, the new bill would also require those women to listen to audio of the fetus’ heartbeat as well as listen to a physician’s description of the fetus’ physical characteristics. Lastly, the bill would, if passed, require those women seeking considering an abortion to understand abortion alternatives at least 24 hours before the operation.
I received a message from AlexanderClarence asking me what Obama could have done in the last two years to satisfy the crowd that formed his base (both the progressives and the moderates that didn’t often vote for Democrats). I can think of three major things that Obama could have done, but didn’t:
- Obama should have pushed harder for a Public option in his healthcare bill. He’s vilified for “Obamacare” by partisans anyway, so putting a system in place that delivers real and tangible savings, gives coverage to the fifty million Americans without it, and makes the public pay for preventative instead of emergency health care for it’s citizens (emergency care costs more and is less effective, but it’s what people without insurance get). Instead, Obama gave up on a Public Option as early as July 2009.
- Obama should have been much, much harder on Wallstreet. Again, the right-wing media machine is going to call him a job killing capitalist hater no matter the circumstances, so refusing to bail out companies that gave massive bonuses to incompetent executives while outsourcing or downsizing the majority of their labor. He appointed Bill Daley to be his chief of staff, Tim Geithner to be the president of the Fed, and Mary Shapiro as his investor advocate at the SEC, all very corporatist selections.
- The escalation of the war on terror has been disastrous morally, economically, and to our image abroad and foreign standing. We’re ordering the assassination of US citizens without due process, exploding weddings and church gatherings with CIA drones that rarely manage to accomplish their objectives (and, as it turns out, are rarely targeted based on solid evidence), and searching/seizing the property of people who agree with our political enemies (again without due process). The war costs massive amounts of money, paid to war profiteers who are already immensely wealthy with funds borrowed from other nations that they plan to pay back by cutting services to the poor (‘austerity’ measures they will call it, while spending more than most nation’s GDP on unnecessary wars). Our foreign policy has even our allies thinking we’ll torture political prisoners as a punitive measure, not to mention how it looks to the many members of the UN/NATO who are already somewhat wary of US military force. Obama could easily choose not to escalate the drone strikes, pull back on intimidation, reinstate due process and cut defense costs.
These things each wore at a separate part of the electorate that supported him and culminate in disappointment by the voting public.