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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Hypocrisy, zealotry, and gobbledygook. Welcome to “This Week In Crazy,” The National Memo’s weekly update on the loony, bigoted, and hateful behavior of the increasingly unhinged right wing. Starting with number five:

5. David Daleidan

The mastermind behind the fraudulently shot and deceptively edited videos meant to smear Planned Parenthood into oblivion is now complaining about unfair treatment.

David Daleidan was head inquisitor (or, as Fox News characterizes him, citizen journalist) behind the Center for Medical Progress — the contemptibly misnamed anti-abortion outfit that released films which supposedly exposed the non-profit women’s health care network as a trafficker in human remains. Several state investigative probes and a congressional investigation later, and the only indictments handed down have been against Daleidan himself and his accomplice.

That indictment came in Texas, but it seems like California is potentially about to follow suit. The Washington Post reported:

Investigators with the California Department of Justice on Tuesday raided the home of David Daleiden, the anti-abortion activist behind a series of undercover videos targeting Planned Parenthood, the activist said.

Authorities seized a laptop and multiple hard drives from his Orange County apartment, Daleiden said in an email. The equipment contained all of the video Daleiden had filmed as part of his 30-month project, “including some very damning footage that has yet to be released to the public,” he said.

Daleidan and his conservative supporters have been quick to condemn the raid by officials as a politically motivated action. His own outside-the-law actions, of course, remain inscrutably righteous.

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31 Responses to This Week In Crazy: Rush To Delusions

  1. How have these public speeches of Sarah Palin’s not been nominated for best comedy series on the Emmys? What Sarah Palin needs is some kind of an advisor, on stage with her, to step in and interrupt her when needed. The way people sometimes have their lawyer with them during interviews. Something like that. For example, her next NRA speech might go like this:

    Sarah Palin: “Bears have the right to arms.”
    ** advisor whispers in her ear

    Sarah Palin: “All men should have bare arms and chests.”
    ** advisor interrupts and whispers again

    Sarah Palin: “OK, guns.” “Just carry guns.”

    Actually, an even better idea would be to give up the paid speaking tour and just mutter incoherently to herself for free while watching Russia from her house.

      • That brings back memories. I wasn’t thinking of that, but it’s kind of similar. She needs her own Chevy Chase to get her going in the right direction with a little encouragement. “Oh, well that’s a different story.” “Never mind.”

  2. andrea: the world really doesn’t think you can be trusted with anything more important than the shoe size of the kardashinans.

    • Obviously to intelligent thinking logicans it doesn’t nor had he ever mattered but like rats, the Limpbawl trolls will continue to follow their piper (hopefully in time into their well deserved oblivion).

  3. I understand that English teachers around the country are using Sarah Palin’s speech as what not to do with the English language.

      • Ha! I heard that. She said that she wanted people to start speaking American. In her case we’ll give her a break and just settle for coherent.

        • I don’t want to sound like I don’t care, because I do, but you’ve got to admit politics are super entertaining this time around.
          It’s good to keep a smile and laugh about it.

          • Oh this is the best, old_blu. The most entertaining primary and Presidential election season that I’ve ever seen. The Donald is a walking Saturday Night Live sketch, and he and Ted Cruz right now remind me of wrestlers mugging for mean Gene Okerlund interviews when I was a kid.

          • I’m old enough I’ve seen a few of these, and this one is the best, talking about who has the biggest peniis, and who has the ugliest wife was the best.
            I don’t know when it became okay to talk like that, but it’s fun to watch.

  4. I live in the state of TN. When I read about them sending a bill to the Gov Haslam to sign making our state book the bible, I thought what a bunch of idiots. The Attorney General said it was against both State and US Constitutions. Did that stop them, no. Now comes the tricky part. Either the governor can sign it, veto it or just let it sit on his desk for 10 days and then it automatically becomes law. Oh what to do.

  5. There was nothing fraudulent about the videos. They were forensically audited by an independent group that specializes in that area . What is clear is that PP was selling dead baby body parts so as their Doctor stayed she ” could buy a Lamborghini ” . Now the left loves PP because the Dems give them out tax dollars and PP funnels half of our Tax dollars right back to the Democrat Party . At least fair Liberals would akbowledge that .

    • David Daleiden admitting his videos were a fraud on CNN:

      David Daleiden — ”Carly Fiorina was referencing a sequence in our video that shows footage of a born-alive infant from a late-term abortion actually moving in the specimen pan,” he explained.

      Chris Cuomo — “But if you’re talking about organ harvesting and abortions and how terrible they are why would you use a stillborn fetus, which is not a function of an abortion?” Cuomo asked.

      David Daleiden — “It’s the same baby, whether it’s born dead or alive, whether the organs are harvested or not,” Daleiden replied. “It’s also completely irrelevant to the point you’re trying to make, which is, ‘Look at what they do to these babies,’”

      Chris Cuomo — the CNN host pressed. “It was born stillborn. It was not aborted. Doesn’t that matter to you if you’re talking about abortion?”

      David Daleiden — “It’s the same kind of fetus,” Daleiden continued to insist.

      Chris Cuomo — “My point is context,” Cuomo shot back. “You’re saying, ‘what they do in abortions,’ that wasn’t an abortion. That’s my point.”

      Planned Parenthood officials said the videos were misleading. The Houston grand jury that indicted the activists also investigated Planned Parenthood AND the videos, and concluded that the nation’s largest abortion provider committed no wrongdoing. “As I stated at the outset of this investigation, we must go where the evidence leads us,” said Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson, an elected Republican.

      This stripping of PP funds by the GOP and then reallocating them is BS. The clinics where the money would supposedly go would not likely be providing any of the PP non-abortion services free of charge to low income women like PP does. That’s an important distinction in red states that haven’t expanded Medicaid.

      You want to know where Ohio Republicans are taking the $1.3M that Planned Parenthood uses to conduct STI and HIV tests, and infant mortality reduction programs? To general funds. Ohio Senators then disseminated a list of alternative providers that included dentist offices, school nurses and a food bank as options for Ohio women. Yes that’s right, a food bank.

      It drives me nuts to see the political right continue to propagate and believe things that have proven to be demonstrably false. Proven beyond a doubt, and yet…

      • Coalfire did a forensic audit of t he videos and found them authentic. Deal with it. . I would add why would anyone defend these people. Of course of you are a Liberal or Democrat you love the fact that they launder and funnel our Tax Dollars to the Democrat Party but beyond that realistically there is no reason they should get a dime of tax payer money . There are over 1200 real cloning that women can go to to get real healthcare and PP doesn’t even own a chest x way machine . The argument they do women’s healthcare is very thin and with so many other real clinics there is no reason to fund PP.
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        • No taxpayer money can legally be used for abortions. Gee that’s funny, the Houston grand jury found the PP videos to be a total fraud. Coalfire?

          “There are over 1200 real cloning that women can go to to get real healthcare”

          Cloning???

          • Thats a hoot . Why its as if a nefarious satan inspired group like PP couldnt just do a lityle creative accounting . And even if t hsy wete true the money they get frees up money for the abortion mill. Who brought any of that up any way ? The only thing that matters is Dems love this murdee organization soley because they get tax dollars from Democrats and launder and funnel half of our Tax dollars back to the DNC . You do realize that 43% of Black pregnancies in NYC and in abortions . It looks like with the help of the Democrat Party that Margret Sangers vision of Black genocide is working

    • Let me see if I have this right. If I’m to be fair I must akbowledge that, if Planned Parenthood hadn’t sold baby body parts their Doctor wouldn’t have stayed to buy a Lamborghini.

      • Yes that was the plan .. Dr needs to buy a Lamborghini

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    • Fetal tissue and “body parts” are not the same thing…..PP was NOT selling baby body parts….they were harvesting fetal tissue, which is used to research cures for cancer, MS, etc., etc.

      • Yeah not so much. The way the Doc described it herself and that is the actual Dr who was doing it they would grab the baby out of the womb being careful not to crush the parts they were selling and then off load said now dead baby for money . So she could buy a Lamborghini . I have to ask …With over 1200 real clinics that women can go to , some of which have actual xray machines ,why should the American people be funding a nefarious group like PP who derive 86% of their profits from abortion ? Iran if you are a Liberal Democrat you like the money laundering aspect where Democrats give PP our money and they donate roughly half of that back to the DNC but I mean besides the self serving stuff why do it.? Powered by Cricket Wireless.

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        • Of course, you haven’t heard…..these video tapes were doctored by this “doctor,” and the comments made were taken completely out of context. But, of course, you won’t believe that. Additionally, PP does SO much more than this…..they are the top in the nation for helping families with medical treatment for many other things having to do with women. If I remember correctly, there are only a VERY FEW of the PP groups that actually deal with abortions (and they do NOT derive 86% of their profits from abortion…..not sure where in heck you heard that), and since the Government doesn’t pay for these, they send them out to doctors that handle the actual abortion, and generally only for abortions that are due to REAL problems and not just because a woman wants one. PP does a great deal of good in instructing women in birth control, family planning, etc. So, I will continue to donate to Planned Parenthood.

          • The Dr herself Doctored tapes she didn’t know about ???? She Doctored tapes that she didn’t know we’re being taped ??? Who writes your stuff ?

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          • Sorry, I was in the middle of something….the tapes were “doctored” by David Daleidan. In fact, he admitted on CNN that he had doctored the tapes. Apparently, you don’t watch CNN (or any other news program that reported the same thing). I didn’t mean the doctor that they were talking to. The tapes were taken completely out of context, which is VERY easy to do when you can cut and insert whatever you want wherever in a video. They do it ALL the time on news programs.

          • Apparently, you haven’t read the article above OR any other articles that have been coming out about this the past several months. Even David Daleidan admitted that the tapes were doctored! In fact, the police in San Diego raided his house and found ALL the video tapes that were used to put together the tape that they are talking about. They may be “authentic,” but they are a mishmash of several tapes and edited to the point of being erroneous. But, as I’ve said before, you won’t believe anything anyone tells you or anything that is clearly been put in out in MANY news outlets, so I don’t know why I waste my time and breath responding. Don’t bother to respond to this as I will not be responding back…..it’s pointless!

          • The only thing that they were doctored for was time and effect .You can view all of it online in sequence .

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  6. Limbaugh (and, well, actually all of the “conservatives” on this list) operates under the assumption that truth is defined entirely by political affiliation, IE: Trump = Republican, and Republicans = always right, ergo Trump = always right.

    It’s the same kind of contortion Bill O’Reilly, Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity have made names for themselves on being able to perform.

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