Hat tip my uncle R.
"Remarks by the President at the Planned Parenthood Conference
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel - Washington, DC
26 April, 2013
11:17 A.M. EDT
THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody! (Applause.) Thank you. Thank you! (Applause.) All right, everybody have a seat. Have a seat. You're making me blush. (Laughter.)
AUDIENCE MEMBER: I love you!
THE PRESIDENT: I love you back. Thank you. (Applause.)
Cecile, thank you for the warm introduction, and thank you for the outstanding leadership that you’ve shown over the years. You just do a great, great job. (Applause.) I want to thank all of you for the remarkable work that you’re doing day in, day out in providing quality health care to women all across America. You are somebody that women -- young women, old women, women in between -- count on for so many important services. And we are truly grateful to you.
I'm sorry that I could not be at the party yesterday. I understand it was a little wild. (Laughter.) That's what I heard. But as all of you know, obviously, we've gone through a pretty tough week and a half, and I was down in Texas, letting the people of West, Texas know that we all love them and care about them in their time of grieving. (Applause.)
But obviously this is a special national conference, because it’s been nearly a hundred years since the first health clinic of what later would become Planned Parenthood opened its doors to women in Brooklyn. And for nearly a century now, one core principle has guided everything all of you do -- that women should be allowed to make their own decisions about their own health. (Applause.) It’s a simple principle.
So what I see in this audience, extraordinary doctors and nurses, and advocates and staff who work tirelessly to keep the doors at health centers all across the country going, then I'm reminded of those very early efforts and all the strides that we've made in subsequent decades. And I also think about the millions of mothers and daughters and wives and sisters, friends and neighbors who walk through those doors every year..."
"Lord Sewel, formerly a Labour peer and ally of former Prime Minister Tony Blair, was said to have been caught on video telling the £200-a-night prostitutes that he wanted to "be led astray".
The Lord Speaker issued a strongly-worded statement in which she said Scotland Yard would be asked to investigate. Baroness D’Souza said: "Today’s revelations about the behaviour of Lord Sewel are both shocking and unacceptable.
"Lord Sewel has this morning resigned as Chairman of Committees.
"The House of Lords will continue to uphold standards in public life and will not tolerate departure from these standards.
“These serious allegations will be referred to the House of Lords Commissioner for Standards and the Metropolitan Police for investigation as a matter of urgency."
In footage published by The Sun on Sunday, the 69-year-old peer is said to have stripped naked in front of the pair in his flat near Westminster last week. Hunched over a table, the former Labour minister for agriculture, environment and fisheries is pictured with a rolled-up bank note in his hand as he appears to snort white powder.
The peer's third marriage, to Lady Jennifer, 54, took place in 2005.
He is seen in the video footage with his wedding ring on show.
One of the escorts is said to have told Lord Sewel: "You're such a party animal!", before he allegedly replied: "I know. Disgusting, isn't it?"
He is alleged to have snorted three lines of cocaine during the 45-minute session."
"Lord Sewel, a former senior vice principal of Aberdeen University, received £84,525 as chairman of the Lords' Privileges and Conduct Committee - the body that upholds standards of behaviour among peers."
"The government of the French-speaking community in Belgium (I know, difficult to explain to a foreigner) has given the green light to ECIB (Enseignement Confessionnel Islamique de Belgique), a muslim non-profit, to start from September on on the premises of the subsidized islamic school La Vertu [The Virtue; MFBB] with a high school, writes the daily La Libre Belgique on Thursday. According to La Libre Belgique it's a first in Belgium.
In a first phase there will be 120 places for students of the 1st en 2nd year. The aim is to create a second (3rd and 4th year) and third grade (5th and 6th year). This would amount to a total of 660 places. At this moment 90 students have enlisted already."
"The Ibn Ghaldoun school in Rotterdam has been declared bankrupt. The Court in Rotterdam declared the bankruptcy on Tuesday.
The Islamic secondary school drew media attention this summer when 27 exam papers were stolen.
In addition, it emerged from inspection that the quality of education had been poor for years. There were also administrative and financial problems.
State Secretary for Education Sander Dekker (VVD) announced last month in response to the findings of the inspection that state financing would stop as of 1 November. Shortly after, the school filed for bankruptcy.
The more than six hundred pupils of the school can for the time being be accommodated by the Christian association Melanchthon. They will be taught at the current location as a temporary branch of the school association. There will however be completely new teaching staff.
(Note from translator below)
What is more disturbing is that apparently the authorities had been tipped off about grade and exam fraud at the school in April, 2 months before it came out about the exam papers being stolen, and did nothing. They are now claiming that it was because they had planned an inspection anyway. There will be an enquiry, but you can be certain the excuses will come thick and fast. Should point out the seriousness of the exam paper theft – all schools thoughout the country get the same exams. The papers had been stolen, so in theory every kid in the country could have known the questions in advance. The authorities had to do some serious damage management.
The NRC newspaper has a copy of the letter sent by an anonymous teacher in April to complain about the school.
It turned out that teachers has been fiddling with the grades, letting kids go on to the next year they should have stayd behind. Apparently the school’s true academic results were shocking."
"NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is at Pluto.
After a decade-long journey through our solar system, New Horizons made its closest approach to Pluto Tuesday (July 14, 2015), about 7,750 miles above the surface – roughly the same distance from New York to Mumbai, India – making it the first-ever space mission to explore a world so far from Earth.
Per the plan, the spacecraft currently is in data-gathering mode and not in contact with flight controllers at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physical Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland. Scientists are waiting to find out whether New Horizons “phones home,” transmitting to Earth a series of status updates that indicate the spacecraft survived the flyby and is in good health. The “call” is expected shortly after 9 p.m. tonight (July 14).
The Pluto story began only a generation ago when young Clyde Tombaugh was tasked to look for Planet X, theorized to exist beyond the orbit of Neptune. He discovered a faint point of light that we now see as a complex and fascinating world.
John Grunsfeld is associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. He said:
Pluto was discovered just 85 years ago by a farmer’s son from Kansas, inspired by a visionary from Boston, using a telescope in Flagstaff, Arizona. Today, science takes a great leap observing the Pluto system up close and flying into a new frontier that will help us better understand the origins of the solar system.
New Horizons’ flyby of the dwarf planet and its five known moons is providing an up-close introduction to the solar system’s Kuiper Belt, an outer region populated by icy objects ranging in size from boulders to dwarf planets. Kuiper Belt objects, such as Pluto, preserve evidence about the early formation of the solar system.
New Horizons’ almost 10-year, three-billion-mile journey to closest approach at Pluto took about one minute less than predicted when the craft was launched in January 2006. The spacecraft threaded the needle through a 36-by-57 mile (60 by 90 kilometers) window in space – the equivalent of a commercial airliner arriving no more off target than the width of a tennis ball.
Because New Horizons is the fastest spacecraft ever launched – hurtling through the Pluto system at more than 30,000 mph, a collision with a particle as small as a grain of rice could incapacitate the spacecraft. Once it reestablishes contact, it will take 16 months for New Horizons to send its cache of data – 10 years’ worth – back to Earth...."
* it hurtles through space in one of two "modes", either spin-stabilized mode (for cruising) or and three-axis stabilized mode (for science experiments). Both modes are controlled with hydrazine monopropellant. Post launch there was an additional delta-v of over 290 m/s (1,000 km/h; 650 mph), which was fueled by a 77 kg (170 lb) internal tank. Helium is used as a pressurant, with an elastomeric diaphragm assisting expulsion. And now that we are talking about hydrazine, that's N2H4, and it was first used as a propellant fuel in Nazi Germany's Me163B rocket interceptor, where it was called "B-Stoff". It's a colourless highly toxic flammable liquid, and I recall that back in the eighties, every time an F-16 had an accident (the BAF operated far more F-16's then than it does now, and one of the reasons is that there were so many accidents in the beginning), there was a huge fuss about hydrazine contamination at the crash site. But I digress.
* New Horizons has 16 thrusters: four 4.4 N (1.0 lbf) and twelve 0.9 N (0.2 lbf) plumbed into redundant branches. The four "large" ones are used primarily for trajectory corrections, and the small ones (the types were also used on the Cassini and Voyager spacecraft) are used mainly for attitude control and spinup/spindown maneuvers. Two star cameras are used to measure the spacecraft attitude. They are mounted on the face of the spacecraft and provide attitude information while in spin-stabilized or 3-axis mode. In between the time of star camera readings, spacecraft orientation is provided by dual redundant miniature inertial measurement units. Each unit contains three solid-state gyroscopes and three accelerometers. Two Adcole Sun sensors provide attitude control. One detects the angle to the Sun, whereas the other measures spin rate and clocking.
* Power supply: check out the cylindrical radioisotope thermoelectric generator (RTG) protruding in the plane of the triangle from one vertex of it. A radioisotope thermoelectric generator is an electrical generator that uses an array of thermocouples to convert the heat released by the decay of a suitable radioactive material into electricity by the Seebeck effect, which describes the conversion of temperature differences directly into electricity. Therefor, an RTG has no moving parts. NH's RTG will provide about 250 W, 30 V DC at launch, and is predicted to drop approximately 5% every 4 years, decaying to 200 W by the time of its encounter with Pluto/Charon in 2015. The RTG, model "GPHS-RTG," was originally a spare from the Cassini mission. The RTG contains 10.9 kg (24 lb) of plutonium-238 oxide pellets. Each pellet is clad in iridium, then encased in a graphite shell. It was developed by the U.S. Department of Energy at the Materials and Fuels Complex, a part of the Idaho National Laboratory. Less power than the original design goal was produced because of delays at the United States Department of Energy, including security activities. The mission parameters and observation sequence had to be modified for the reduced wattage; still, not all instruments can operate simultaneously. New Horizons carries no batteries and RTG output is relatively predictable; load transients are handled by a capacitor bank and fast circuit breakers.
The amount of radioactive plutonium in the RTG is 10.9 kg (24 lb), about one-third the amount on board the Cassini–Huygens probe when it launched in 1997. That launch was protested by some. The United States Department of Energy estimated the chances of a launch accident that would release radiation into the atmosphere at 1 in 350, and monitored the launch as it always does when RTGs are involved.
* The NH probe's Flight computer comprises two computer systems: the Command and Data Handling system and the Guidance and Control processor. Each of the two systems is duplicated for redundancy, thus there are actually four navigating computer. The processor used for its flight computers is the Mongoose-V, a 12 MHz radiation-hardened version of the MIPS R3000 CPU. Multiple clocks and timing routines are implemented in hardware and software to help prevent faults and downtime. To conserve heat and mass, spacecraft and instrument electronics are housed together in IEMs (integrated electronics modules). There are two redundant IEMs. Including other functions such as instrument and radio electronics, each IEM contains 9 boards.
"When Kate Steinle was killed in the sanctuary city of San Francisco last week by an illegal alien who had been deported five times with seven felonies on his record, I pointed out that unfortunately her case isn't an isolated incident. Thanks to open border, anti-interior immigration enforcement policies and a lack of immigration law enforcement , violent criminal aliens are walking the streets of America right now and they've taken many innocent lives along the way.
Last night on Hannity, parents whose children have been killed by illegal aliens spoke out about their own personal hell created by a failed government system.
"To me what matters is that my only child, my son Dominic, is no longer with me. And it's not because he drove carelessly and did anything wrong, it was because he was on his way to work on his motorcycle and a guy who has been here for eight years committing many crimes, including felony armed robbery, two DUIs, decided the law doesn't apply to him because there were no consequences before," Sabine Durden said. "I've been fighting about this for years. I know other families who have been fighting this and its been swept under the rug for years."
"Our lives will never be the same, he was my only child," she continued.
"It's government that did this. It's cherry picking laws because you're trying to import votes or you're trying to import cheap labor, it doesn't matter, the laws are being cherry picked and there's consequences for that and my son paid for that," Dan Golvach said about his son, who was shot in the head by an illegal alien (who had been deported four times with a violent criminal record) while parked at a red light. "He blew my son's brains out. It didn't end there because he moved down the road and shot another young man...then he shot a couple."
"I'm looking at this and thinking and listening to all of these other stories and thinking the lenience that our government is showing these illegals is costing innocent American lives," Mary Ann Mendoza, whose son was killed by an illegal alien going the wrong way on the freeway while drunk, said."
"Three Palestinian men were found dead in their jail cells in the West Bank and Gaza Strip this past week.
But their stories did not attract the attention of the international media or human rights organizations in the U.S. and Europe. Nor was their case brought to the attention of the United Nations or the International Criminal Court (ICC).
By contrast, the case of 17-year-old Mohamed Kasba, who was shot dead north of Jerusalem by an Israeli army officer as he attacked the officer's car with stones, received widespread coverage in the Western media.
The UN even rushed to condemn the killing of Kasba, and called for an "immediate end" to violence and for everyone to keep calm. "This reaffirms the need for a political process aiming to establish two states living beside each other safely and peacefully," said UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Maldenov.
The UN official, needless to say, made no reference to the deaths that occurred in the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Hamas jails. He did not even see a need to express concern over the deaths or call for an investigation. Like the mainstream media in the West, the UN chooses to look the other way when Palestinians torture or kill fellow Palestinians.
The reason the case of the three detainees will not interest anyone in the international community is because the men did not die in an Israeli jail. Instead, the three men died while being held in Palestinian-controlled jails.
It's no fun finding yourself in a PA jail, but you won't hear that from our lamestream media.
Had the three men died in Israeli detention, their names would have most likely appeared on the front pages of most leading Western newspapers. The families of the three men would have also been busy talking to Western journalists about Israeli "atrocities" and "human rights violations."
But no respected Western journalist is going to visit any of the families of the three detainees: they did not die in an Israeli jail.
The same week that the three Palestinian men were found dead in jail, the UN Human Rights Council decided to adopt a resolution condemning Israel over the UN report into last year's Operation Protective Edge in the Gaza Strip. Again, the UN Human Rights Council chose to ignore human rights violations by Hamas and the Palestinian Authority, who deny detainees basic rights and proper medical treatment.
Two of them died in PA security installations in Bethlehem, while the third was found dead in a Hamas-controlled jail in the Gaza Strip.
The two detainees who were found dead in their jail cells in Bethlehem are Shadi Mohamed Obeidallah and Hazem Yassin Udwan. The man who died in the Gaza Strip jail was identified as Khaled Hammad al-Balbisi.
The Palestinian Authority and Hamas claim that the three men committed suicide.
In the case of Obeidallah, the Palestinian Authority police said he hanged himself with a piece of cloth inside the jail restrooms. He was taken into custody on suspicion of committing a murder three years ago.
The second man, Udwan, died a few days later in another Bethlehem police facility. According to police officials, he too committed suicide.
The detainee in the Gaza Strip, al-Balbisi, was being held by Hamas authorities for allegedly assaulting his wife.
But al-Balbisi, 43, apparently did not commit suicide. He was very ill when he was arrested by the Hamas security forces, and did not receive proper medical care while in detention.
The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), a Gaza-based non-profit group dedicated to protecting human rights, promoting the rule of law and upholding democratic principles in the Palestinian territories, called for an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the deaths of the detainees.
"PCHR stresses that the Palestinian Authority is responsible for the lives of prisoners and detainees under its control and is thus responsible for treating them with dignity, including offering them medical care," the group said in a statement...."
"Islam holds a place in our Western societies. Islam belongs in Europe. It holds a place in Europe's history, in our culture, in our food and – what matters most – in Europe's present and future." "Throughout our European history, many have tried to unify our continent by imposing their own power, their own ideology, their own identity against the identity of someone else."
"Daʼesh is Islam's worst enemy in today's world. Its victims are first and foremost Muslim people. Islam is a victim itself."
"For this reason I am not afraid to say that political Islam should be part of the picture. Religion plays a role in politics – not always for good, not always for bad."