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  • Killing babies no different from abortion, experts say

    02/29/2012 12:48:43 PM PST · by Pinkbell · 86 replies · 4+ views
    UK Telegraph ^ | February 29, 2012 | Stephen Adams
    The article, published in the Journal of Medical Ethics, says newborn babies are not “actual persons” and do not have a “moral right to life”. The academics also argue that parents should be able to have their baby killed if it turns out to be disabled when it is born. The journal’s editor, Prof Julian Savulescu, director of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, said the article's authors had received death threats since publishing the article. He said those who made abusive and threatening posts about the study were “fanatics opposed to the very values of a liberal society”....
  • Ethicists call for killing of newborns to be made legal

    02/29/2012 11:57:06 AM PST · by NYer · 60 replies · 1+ views
    Catholic Herald ^ | February 29, 2012 | Madeleine TEAHAN
    Professors from Milan and Oxford argue that 'foetuses and newborns do not have the same moral status as actual persons'Professors from Milan and Oxford argue that 'foetuses and newborns do not have the same moral status as actual persons' (PA photo)A leading British medical journal has published an article calling for the introduction of infanticide for social and medical reasons.The article in the Journal of Medical Ethics, entitled “After-birth abortion: why should the baby live?” states in its abstract: “After-birth abortion (killing a newborn) should be permissible in all cases where abortion is, including cases where the newborn is not...
  • Ethicists Argue in Favor of ‘After-Birth Abortions‘ as Newborns ’Are Not Persons’

    02/27/2012 5:18:33 PM PST · by Lazlo in PA · 59 replies · 4+ views
    The Blaze ^ | 02-27-12 | Liz Klimas
    Two ethicists working with Australian universities argue in the latest online edition of the Journal of Medical Ethics that if abortion of a fetus is allowable, so to should be the termination of a newborn. Alberto Giubilini with Monash University in Melbourne and Francesca Minerva at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the University of Melbourne write that in “circumstances occur[ing] after birth such that they would have justified abortion, what we call after-birth abortion should be permissible.” The two are quick to note that they prefer the term “after-birth abortion“ as opposed to ”infanticide.” Why? Because...
  • Is Farming Brain-Dead Chickens More Ethical? (Matrix-style Chicken Factories)

    02/25/2012 12:37:19 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 104 replies
    DVICE ^ | Feb 24, 2012 | Evan Ackerman
    Is farming brain-dead chickens more ethical? Architecture Student André Ford is proposing raising chickens for meat in vertical racks after severing their frontal cortexes, rendering them effectively brain-dead. It would be much, much more efficient, there's no doubt about that, but would it be any more ethical than current factory farms? The images of the conceptual chicken racks are fairly disturbing- the chickens are suspended, completely immobile, with their feet removed. Tubes feed water and nutrients directly into the them while other tubes carry away waste. The chickens themselves, though, aren't suffering at all, since their brains have been surgically...
  • Judicial Watch Statement on Court Ruling in Sexual Harassment Lawsuit against Rep...

    02/16/2012 1:21:12 PM PST · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | February 16, 2012
    Complete title: Judicial Watch Statement on Court Ruling in Sexual Harassment Lawsuit against Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL) (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton today issued a statement in response to a ruling by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in Judicial Watch’s sexual harassment lawsuit filed on behalf of Winsome Packer, a female federal employee who alleges that she was repeatedly subjected to “unwelcome sexual advances,” “unwelcome touching” and retaliation from Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL) ( Packer v. US Comm. On Security & Cooperation in Europe, and Hastings and Turner (CV No. 11-00485)). On February...
  • CREW Calls On Gingrich To Tell DOJ To Release Investigation Records

    02/15/2012 12:41:37 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | February 15, 2012 | TMP Livewire
    The watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) called on Newt Gingrich to tell the Justice Department to release its records of the House Ethics Committee's investigaiton of his conduct. From a news release: "The committee inquiry centered on Mr. Gingrich’s use of tax-exempt organizations for political purposes and he was ultimately sanctioned for making false statements to Congress. The ethics committee forwarded its files to DOJ and the IRS for further action in 1997. Last month, CREW sent Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to both federal agencies requesting the records. This week, DOJ denied CREW’s...
  • Simple values for politicians and the people who vote for them

    02/12/2012 10:40:16 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax
    Coach is Right ^ | 2/12/2012 | Jerry Todd
    With the broad and deep attack on our values and Constitution by the Administration and its handlers, we must restore our armor against the snares of the evil that swirls through our halls of government. Oaths to uphold and protect the Constitution are laughed at and Judeo-Christian values vilified. More than politics, it’s spiritual warfare! Here are a few simple observations that a few of us might grasp and try to understand: 1. The Declaration of Independence sets the spiritual, moral and philosophical base of the Constitution. It also warns of “pretended legislation” and the “sending out of agents to...
  • Condemning the Nazi euthanasia programme (Cardinal von Galens' sermon )

    02/11/2012 11:40:58 AM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 3 replies
    Life ^ | Sunday, August 3, 1941 | Cardinal von Galens
    Fellow Christians! In the pastoral letter of the German bishops of June 26, 1941, which was read out in all the Catholic churches in Germany on July 6, 1941, it states among other things: It is true that there are definite commandments in Catholic moral doctrine which are no longer applicable if their fulfillment involves too many difficulties. However, there are sacred obligations of conscience from which no one has the power to release us and which we must fulfil even if it costs us our lives. Never under any circumstances may a human being kill an innocent person apart...
  • Pelosi might have skirted House ethics rules on campaign solicitations

    02/09/2012 3:56:05 PM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | 2/09/12 | Russell Berman
    Pelosi might have skirted House ethics rules on campaign solicitationsBy Russell Berman - 02/09/12 05:06 PM ET House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) might have briefly run afoul of congressional ethics rules at a Capitol press conference on Thursday when she made a statement that could be construed as a solicitation for campaign contributions. The Democratic leader was holding a briefing to promote a campaign finance disclosure bill when she said she was “asking people to contribute to us, if they want to elect more reformers to Congress.” House ethics rules prohibit members of Congress from soliciting campaign donations in...
  • Mitt Romney Had Ethics Problems as Governor?

    02/06/2012 8:14:10 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    MarkAmerica.com ^ | 2/6/12 | Mark
    This is the first I’ve heard of this, but if true, it’s troubling because it’s one more reason that experience in business really doesn’t translate to governance. Right Across the Atlantic is reporting that Romney went on a trip while governing Massachusetts, paid by Pfizer, the pharmaceutical giant, that ultimately looked like a sort of crony capitalism deal, but Romney side-stepped it by going on vacation so that his Lt. Governor would sign the bill, relieving him of any ethics investigation worries. In fact, the whole manner of the episode is troubling, and you should check out the article in...
  • Gingrich’s old ethics case revived (The AJC setting the facts straight)

    02/06/2012 7:47:32 AM PST · by Democrats hate too much · 8 replies
    Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | 6:00 a.m. Monday, February 6, 2012 | Bo Emerson
    In politics, what goes around comes around — especially if you’re running for president. In 1988, then-Congressman Newt Gingrich’s success in bringing down Democratic House Speaker Jim Wright on ethics charges helped propel the Georgian into the House GOP leadership. But in 1994, then-Speaker Gingrich became the subject of his own lengthy ethics investigation. Although he was not found guilty on any of the 84 charges, the probe resulted in a reprimand from the House Ethics Committee, a $300,000 fine, dwindling support from the Republican caucus and his eventual resignation from Congress. “I’m willing to lead,” Gingrich said, announcing his...
  • Rep. Meeks Threatens to 'Go After' NLPC

    01/30/2012 11:35:31 AM PST · by jazusamo
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | January 30, 2012 | Peter Flaherty
    In a recent interview with the "City and State" website, which covers New York politics, Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) said that he wants "to go after" our not-for-profit status. The threat was part of a more general attack on the New York Post, which has published a series of articles based on information we have provided. We have also provided information to the New York Times and New York Daily News . All the headlines have led to a House Ethics Committee investigation, and reportedly, a grand jury investigation of Meeks' finances. We are not exactly quaking in our...
  • Romney tax returns detail funds not identified in ethics forms

    01/26/2012 2:31:30 PM PST · by transducer · 9 replies
    LA Times ^ | January 26, 2012 | Matea Gold and Tom Hamburger
    Some investments listed in Mitt and Ann Romney's 2010 tax returns – including a now-closed Swiss bank account and other funds located overseas – were not explicitly disclosed in the personal financial statement the GOP presidential hopeful filed in August as part of his White House bid. The Romney campaign described the discrepancies as "trivial" but acknowledged Thursday afternoon that they are undergoing an internal review of how the investments were reported and will make "some minor technical amendments" to Romney's financial disclosure that will not alter the overall picture of his finances.... Among the assets omitted is a Swiss...
  • Gingrich Never Fined on Ethics Matter, Records Show

    01/26/2012 6:04:40 AM PST · by bjorn14 · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 25 January 2012 | David A. Patten
    Associates of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich are stepping forward to rebut accusations from Republican presidential rival Mitt Romney that he resigned in “disgrace” and paid an ethics “fine.” Gingrich insisted during a candidates debate Monday that reports he was fined $300,000 for House ethics violations are inaccurate and records back up his claim the payment was not a fine. A Newsmax examination of the House Ethics Committee report, and the record of the House debate in January 1997 as recorded in the Congressional Record, supports Gingrich’s contention that the $300,000 he paid was a “reimbursement” or “sanction” related to...
  • Gingrich Never Fined On Ethics Matter, Records Show (Pelosi, 1997: It's a "sanction", not a fine)

    01/25/2012 10:31:10 AM PST · by Qbert · 38 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 25 Jan 2012 | David A. Patten
    Associates of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich are stepping forward to rebut accusations by GOP rival Mitt Romney that he resigned in “disgrace” and paid an ethics “fine.” Gingrich insisted in Monday’s debate that reports he was fined $300,000 for House ethics violations are inaccurate and records back up his claim the payment was not a fine. A Newsmax examination of the House Ethics Committee report, and the record of the House debate in January 1997 as recorded in the Congressional Record, supports Gingrich’s contention that the $300,000 he paid was a “reimbursement” or “sanction” related to legal fees, but...
  • What Really Happened in the Gingrich Ethics Case?

    01/24/2012 10:04:04 PM PST · by County Agent Hank Kimball · 153 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 24, 2012 | Byron York
    "Given all the attention to the ethics matter, it's worth asking what actually happened back in 1995, 1996, and 1997. The Gingrich case was extraordinarily complex, intensely partisan, and driven in no small way by a personal vendetta on the part of one of Gingrich's former political opponents. It received saturation coverage in the press; a database search of major media outlets revealed more than 10,000 references to Gingrich's ethics problems during the six months leading to his reprimand. It ended with a special counsel hired by the House Ethics Committee holding Gingrich to an astonishingly strict standard of behavior,...
  • If You Spot Bigfoot, Should You Shoot Him?

    01/24/2012 9:27:44 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 47 replies
    Life's Little Mysteries ^ | 20 January 2012 | Benjamin Radford
    If You Spot Bigfoot, Should You Shoot Him? In the new Animal Planet reality TV show optimistically titled "Finding Bigfoot," a team of experts examines video of an alleged Sasquatch spotted in the Canadian Rockies. The video, shot by a man named Todd Standing, shows something large and dark, standing atop a wooded ridge and then ducking back behind a bush. It could pretty much be anything, and when the experts concluded that the subject was probably not a Bigfoot, Standing expressed his frustration: "No video is ever going to be evidence, ever. It's never going to be good enough…"...
  • 1999 CNN Report on Newt Gingrich’s Exoneration by the IRS Over Ethics Charges

    CNN reported back in 1999 that Newt’s college course that the Democrats tried to make hay out of in saying it was a major ethics violation was vindicated and proved legitimate by the IRS:
  • The Ethics of Audacity

    01/19/2012 11:14:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 18, 2012 | Reince Priebus
    He promised there wouldn’t be lobbyists. Not a one. But less than a week into Barack Obama’s presidency (a week!), the White House had hired at least a dozen of them. They granted exceptions for some, and for others they exploited loopholes in the administration’s own self-written, self-imposed rules. Anyone taken by surprise by the more recent White House scandals—Solyndra, Operation Fast and Furious, the downfall of Obama’s “Wall Street Guy” Jon Corzine—really shouldn’t have been surprised at all. That early ethical backpedalling was excellent, if not unfortunate, foreshadowing of what was to come. Over the last three years, Barack...
  • NEWT EX-WIFE UNLOADS ON CAMERA; NETWORK DEBATES 'ETHICS' OF AIRING BEFORE SC PRIMARY

    01/19/2012 6:50:05 AM PST · by LucianOfSamasota · 60 replies · 1+ views
    Drudge ^ | Jan 18 2012
    NEWT EX-WIFE UNLOADS ON CAMERA; NETWORK DEBATES 'ETHICS' OF AIRING BEFORE SC PRIMARY **Exclusive** Wed Jan 18 2012 18:47:14 ET Marianne Gingrich has said she could end her ex-husband's career with a single interview. Earlier this week, she sat before ABCNEWS cameras, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned. She spoke to ABCNEWS reporter Brian Ross for two hours, and her explosive revelations are set to rock the trail. But now a "civil war" has erupted inside of the network, an insider claims, on exactly when the confession will air! MORE ABCNEWS suits determined it would be "unethical" to run the Marianne...