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Jinkies gang! It looks like we have a mystery to solve!

You and Shaggy go down the basement search for clues. Daphne and I are going to hang out here. See if you can find a motive.

Police shot and killed a man who stormed into a central Ohio restaurant wielding a machete and randomly attacking people as they sat unsuspectingly at their dinner tables, authorities said.

Four people were injured in the brutal attack Thursday evening at Nazareth Restaurant and Deli, a Mediterranean restaurant in Columbus. The victims were taken to an area hospital and were expected to recover.

CBS News has learned that investigators have identified the suspected attacker as Mohammad Barry.

It remained unclear what sparked the attacks.

“Right now there’s nothing that leads us to believe that this is anything but a random attack…”

What’d ya find Scoob?

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Is anybody buying this?

Because if you are, I have some sunny, warm oceanfront property here in Iowa that you might also be interested in buying.


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Why a President Trump would never engage in mass deportations

He’d never even get started as the politics and optics of it became evident but let’s imagine if he did.

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November 12, 2017

TEGICOGALPA, HONDURUS — Camps housing displaced persons are springing up across Central America as tens of thousands of deportees find themselves without support in lands of which they know little.

In September, US President Trump began deportations of undocumented aliens in the United States and hundreds of Air Force planes have been delivering the dispossessed to the streets of cities where they have no hope and no prospects.

The International Red Cross and religious organizations from the region and around the world are rushing to supply shelter, food and health care services to the displaced masses of people.

In the large camp south of Tegicolgalpa, children and teenagers gather and speak English in accents that are unmistakably those of the United States.

Michael, a teenager from Charlotte, North Carolina says that he is lost in Honduras. “I have never been to this country, at least not that I can remember. Dude, one day I am in my school taking an American history test and the next day I am on a plane to a country I have never seen. I’ve lived in Charlotte all my life. I gotta get back home. My little sister needs me.”

In the section of the camp set aside for women, Maria, a 68 year old deportee, sobs as she describes her situation. “My children and grandchildren are all American citizens in Ohio. We have been there for decades. All I wanted was to live out my old age in my home surrounded by my family. Now I don’t know what will become of me.”

These scenes are being repeated in scores of camps across the region. Around the world, President Trump has received harsh criticism from nominal allies including the governments of Canada and Great Britain.

In the Vatican, Pope Francis harshly condemned the humanitarian crisis created by the United States while invoking images of boxcars moving the victims of Nazi Germany to concentration camps.

Back at home, a coalition of Republicans and Democrats are preparing resolutions of censure and at least four requests for emergency review by the Supreme Court are being prepared.

News coverage has been terrifying and the story of a high school girl from Lincoln Nebraska who was brutally raped in a camp near San Salvador has turned public opinion against the president. The image of her blood soaked American Eagle t-shirt has become a symbolic icon used in massive protest ralliess in US cities and around the world.

Continuing…

Stocks continued their fall as protesters in nations ranging from Germany to Australia demand governments and publicly traded companies divest from American equities. So far, American equities have seen valuations fall $1.7 trillion. Investors see no sign of a bottom.

The dollar is also trading lower as rattled holders of the US based funds run to safety in other currencies including the Euro and the British Pound.

There are ominous signs that a fall in productivity resulting from the loss of equity has already plunged the US economy into recession.

I could go on, but you get the gist of it.

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The 82nd Chairborne

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The end of Green Ramp.

With all the discussion we’ve just had about how the Air Force’s priorities are not National Defense priorities, let alone the priorities of the ground combat Services, we hear that the USAF has decided to save money by cutting the USAFR C-130 wing at the former Pope AFB (now Pope Army Air Field at Fort Bragg).

The airborne units at Bragg (82nd Airborne Division, much of 18th Corps, and various US Army Special Operations Command and Joint Special Operations Command elements) will now have to truck or bus 230 miles (3 ½ hours by charter bus, 5 hours by Army truck) to Charleston, SC, and the Air Force will condescend to fly the paratroopers back to Bragg while the trucks or buses convoy back empty. Meanwhile, a second set of trucks and buses will have to be spotted on the DZ… or maybe the guys can just walk back from the field.

Based on the Pentagon’s global warming priority, one wonders whether paratroopers need jump at all.

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New Hampshire Primary Open Thread

I have a church council meeting so I will be away from the computer but this could be an interesting evening. Check this out…


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SCOTUS rules against Obama’s CO2 boondoggle

This is a major blow to Obama’s plan to make rates for electricity “necessarily skyrocket”.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday delivered a major blow to President Barack Obama by blocking federal regulations to curb carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, the centerpiece of his administration’s strategy to combat climate change.

On a 5-4 vote, the court granted a request made by 27 states and various companies and business groups to block the administration’s Clean Power Plan. The move means the regulations will not be in effect while litigation continues over whether their legality.

For a reminder of Obama’s plan to cause electricity rates to necessarily skyrocket.

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Work requirement reduces food stamp use by 80%

Is anyone even remotely shocked?

In Maine, all able-bodied adults without dependents in the food stamp program are now required to take a job, participate in training, or perform community service.

Job openings for lower-skill workers are abundant in Maine, and for those ABAWD recipients who cannot find immediate employment, Maine offers both training and community service slots. But despite vigorous outreach efforts by the government to encourage participation, most childless adult recipients in Maine refused to participate in training or even to perform community service for six hours per week. When ABAWD recipients refused to participate, their food stamp benefits ceased.

In the first three months after Maine’s work policy went into effect, its caseload of able-bodied adults without dependents plummeted by 80 percent, falling from 13,332 recipients in Dec. 2014 to 2,678 in March 2015.

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Pentagon orders commanders to prioritize operations aginst Romulan Empire

Okay, not really. But the Pentagon is actually ordering commanders to prioritize a fictional threat.

The Pentagon is ordering the top brass to incorporate climate change into virtually everything they do, from testing weapons to training troops to war planning to joint exercises with allies.

A new directive’s theme: The U.S. Armed Forces must show “resilience” and beat back the threat based on “actionable science.”

It says the military will not be able to maintain effectiveness unless the directive is followed. It orders the establishment of a new layer of bureaucracy — a wide array of “climate change boards, councils and working groups” to infuse climate change into “programs, plans and policies.”

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Lose $750 million here, lose $750 million there…

…pretty soon you are talking real money.

You can kiss this $750 million goodbye.

Illegal immigrants wrongly benefited from up to $750 million in ObamaCare subsidies and the government is struggling to recoup the money, according to a new Senate report obtained by Fox News.

The report, produced by Republicans on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, examined Affordable Care Act tax credits meant to defray the cost of insurance premiums. It found that as of June 2015, “the Administration awarded approximately $750 million in tax credits on behalf of individuals who were later determined to be ineligible because they failed to verify their citizenship, status as a national, or legal presence.”

The review found the credits went to more than 500,000 people – who are either illegal immigrants or whose legal status was unclear.

What’s more, the report accused the administration of lacking a solid plan to get that money back – and predicted that in the end, the IRS will be “unable to fully recoup the funds.”

Who thinks that this “accident” might have been allowed to happen? Watch this before you answer.

Yeah, he lied.

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Hillary Clinton’s view of citizenship as serfdom

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Here is Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire on Saturday.

“I spent my whole life trying to knock down barriers. I never thought I would run for elective office, let alone run for president. But I always believed that service is the rent we pay for living in our country.”

Service, she says, is the rent we pay for living in the land of our births. You owe the government tribute for being born and for breathing the air.

You are not a individual human being with the natural right to be born upon this earth, endowed with the right to your life, your liberty and to pursue happiness. You are a sharecropper and the government is your landlord. You owe your share. It is the price of being allowed your life.

Service is the debt we owe our master for being born on the land of our ancestors. The government isn’t a system for the common good that the people set up to serve their needs, according to Clinton. The government is the master of the people and entity to which the people owe rent.

Taking this line of thinking to its logical end: The state is our master and we are its subjects and subjects owe their master tribute.

Well, Mrs Clinton, I disagree. The government is not our master. The government, properly considered, is the servent of the people. The government owes us rent for its existence, not the other way around. If any part of the government does not deliver to each of us more than its cost, it should be dismantled without emotion and without delay.

Clinton’s comment is dangerous. Government is organized violence that we allow to exist. We allow it to have a monopoly on violence because we believe it is to our benefit to do so. Clinton is engaged in politics and politics is the process by which the people decide who we allow to wield the apparatus of organized violence that is the state. Clinton wants to be the master of the monopoly on violence and is campaigning to be given that power.

The belief that the people owe the state rent for nothing more living in the land of their birth is everywhere and always a very dangerous concept. No one with the slightest inclination toward that interpretation of the social contract that is government should ever be allowed to be in control of the state’s monopoly on violence. That statement alone disqualifies Hillary Clinton and shows her to be dangerous to the liberty of the people.

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Across Europe, anti-Muslim immigration rallies

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Tens of thousands of Europeans are ready to say “no more!”

A march by Germany’s anti-Islamic organisation Pegida drew thousands to the eastern city of Dresden on Saturday with rallies in support of the movement also held in a string of other European cities.

In Prague, around 5,000 people turned out for a Pegida-inspired march organised by two far-right groups, while in Amsterdam mounted police charged pro- and anti-Pegida groups and arrested at least a dozen people.

Another rally in the northern French port of Calais, home to the infamous “Jungle” refugee camp for migrants seeking passage across the Channel to Britain, brought about 20 arrests, local authorities said.

Police there responded with tear gas after scuffles broke out.

The Pegida group had called for the Saturday rallies, urging supporters to march under the anti-migrant banner of “Fortress Europe”.

A firebombing in Prauge…

Czech police say a group of about 20 unknown attackers set fire to a center that helps refugees in Prague on February 6, just hours after thousands of people staged a protest in the Czech capital against Muslims and immigration.

The attackers stormed the Klinika center that organized a collection of clothing for refugees, and threw Molotov cocktails.

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Federal appeals court rules ‘assault rifles’ protected under 2nd Amendment

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The ruling states that modern sporting rifles such as AR and AK platforms are not ‘unusual’ or especially dangerous and are, in fact, in common use in the United States as defensive weapons. The same argument applies to standard capacity magazines. These firearms are, therefore, protected under the Second Amendment for civilian use. It sent the lower court’s ruling back for reevaluation.

This is a big deal.

A Federal appeals court dealt a potentially serious blow to Maryland’s landmark 2013 gun control law and similar measures across the country, ruling Tuesday that a lower court was wrong when it upheld the state’s ban on assault rifles.

In a 2-1 decision applauded by gun rights advocates, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit concluded that the semiautomatic weapons and high-capacity magazines banned by Maryland’s Firearm Safety Act “are in common use by law-abiding citizens.” As a result, they don’t fall under the exception to the right to bear arms that applies to “unusual” weapons such as machine guns and hand grenades, the court said.

Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh said Thursday that the decision “conflicts sharply with rulings of other federal appellate courts.” Frosh said he would appeal — either to the full 15-member 4th Circuit or to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The lower court must now use “strict scrutiny” to uphold the Maryland law banning the rifles and magazines. This is a very difficult, but not impossible, hurdle for the court to jump. More to come.

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You’ll find the Russians to be a little less ‘tolerant’ than the Scandis

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“Migrants might want to make a note of it.

A group of 51 refugees were brutally assaulted outside a night club in Murmansk, Russia, after they groped and molested women at a night club Saturday.

The refugees had previously been ordered to leave Norway for “bad behavior” and tried their luck in Russia. What they didn’t realize when they went out clubbing in Murmansk is that Russians have less tolerance when it comes to sexual assault on local women than other European countries.

Eighteen of the migrants required hospitalization.

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An early retrospective on the Obama years

Obama Administration Stated Policy Goal: Lower cost of health care for Americans.

Obama Administration Policy Outcome: A reverse in the recent decrease in the rate of increase and a significant increase in the cost of health care for Americans.


Obama Administration Stated Policy Goal: A less divided citizenry and an increase in racial harmony in America.

Obama Administration Policy Outcome: A more divided citizenry and a decrease in racial harmony in America.


Obama Administration Stated Policy Goal: Maintaining and building on the peace in Iraq he inherited.

Obama Administration Policy Outcome: War in Iraq.


Obama Administration Stated Policy Goal: Closing Gitmo in his first year in office.

Obama Administration Policy Outcome: Gitmo still in business in 8th year in office.


Obama Administration Stated Policy Goal: A reduction of the number of firearms in the United States and a ban on so-called “assault rifles”.

Obama Administration Policy Outcome: An unprecedented increase in the number of firearms in the United States and an explosion in the number of so-called “assault rifles”.


Obama Administration Stated Policy Goal: A return of the executive branch to its constitutional role by ending what he termed “illegal executive actions”.

Obama Administration Policy Outcome: A record number of extra-constitutional executive actions.


Obama Administration Stated Policy Goal: Removing all US troops from Afghanistan.

Obama Administration Policy Outcome: US troops continue to fight and die in Afghanistan.


Obama Administration Stated Policy Goal: End George Bush’s practice of using post-9/11 programs to spy on American citizens.

Obama Administration Policy Outcome: Radically expanded and built on George Bush’s practice of using post-9/11 programs to spy on American citizens.


Obama Administration Stated Policy Goal: To bring peace and stability to Libya.

Obama Administration Policy Outcome: War and instability in Libya.


Obama Administration Stated Policy Goal: To draw a red line preventing the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

Obama Administration Policy Outcome: The continued use of chemical weapons in Syria.


Obama Administration Stated Policy Goal: An increase in the cost of gasoline in order to reduce usage and put a million electric cars on the road.

Obama Administration Policy Outcome: A radical decrease in the cost of gasoline and a collapse of the electric car industry.


Obama Administration Stated Policy Goal: Reduce federal debt.

Obama Administration Policy Outcome: Historically high federal debt.


Obama Administration Stated Policy Goal: Support for “Arab Spring” and democracy in Egypt.

Obama Administration Policy Outcome: The rise of the Muslim Brotherhood and a military coup in Egypt.


Obama Administration Stated Policy Goal: Preventing Iran from attaining nuclear weapons.

Obama Administration Policy Outcome: TBD

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The Iowa Effect

“Iowa picks corn, New Hampshire picks presidents,” quipped New Hampshire governor John Sununu in 1988. Sununu’s clever line gets trotted out every four years. Sadly, there is some truth to it; at least in terms of Republican presidents.

That said, there is an interesting dynamic between the two states. There are two forces at play. The first effect is the bandwagon effect. This effect will have voters in New Hampshire rallying around the top three or four winners coming out of Iowa. After all, coming out of Iowa it is going to feel like a ballot for, say, Chris Christie or Carly Fiorina is a wasted vote. Nobody wants to waste his vote.

The other effect, is the “Iowa Effect”. The people of New England are an obstinate bunch of free thinkers. They are not inclined to rubber-stamp the political proclamations of a bunch of corn pickin’ hog farmers. On Tuesday morning a non-trivial percentage of undecided voters in New Hampshire decided that they won’t vote for Ted Cruz. A vote for Ted Cruz, they figure, is an endorsement of Iowa’s choice and thus place as first in the nation. They want no part of that.

I think that in New Hampshire the Iowa effect exerts a stronger pull than the bandwagon effect. That, among other reasons, will result in a Trump victory in the state.

Ironically, it will never occur to the good Yankees of the Granite State that reflexively voting to undermine Iowa’s decision is also a reaction to Iowa’s will. Just sayin’. :-)

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You know, I am starting to think it’s never going to be Huey R.


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Sour Grapes?


Nah, this is just Trump being Trump. Whenever Trump acts like a normal, rational, respectable human being, his poll numbers drop.

Conversely, whenever Trump drops trou and shows his ass, his poll numbers soar.

The Tweets above are just Trump goosing his poll numbers going into New Hampshire.

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What happened to the Liberty Tree?

Are you old enough to remember the Bicentennial Minutes on television? I am. The Bicentennial of 1976 was a big deal and, as a 12 year old, I was right at the age for it to make an impact.

Here is the fate of the Liberty Tree.

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Ye shall mark thy homes….

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…or suffer my wrath!

DES MOINES, IA—Declaring that all voting-age citizens who took the measures would be spared, Hillary Clinton ominously instructed her supporters throughout Iowa to mark their front doors with her campaign logo before sundown, sources confirmed Sunday. “All those residing in Iowa take heed: Your home shall bear the mark of my campaign this eve, or may God help you,” said the Democratic candidate after dispatching a phalanx of campaign staffers to all four corners of the state to spread the message of her directive. “Be within your dwellings with the doors closed and locked before nightfall, and do not cross the threshold before the sun rises again in the sky. The emblem of the red-and-blue H will protect my true voters.” At press time, Clinton issued a statement ordering all Iowan supporters who remain on Monday morning to bring forth their progeny between 18 and 34 years of age to the polls.

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The slack-ass bum who wants to rob you…

His name is Bernie Sanders and he has the passionate support of slack-ass bums coast to coast.

His family managed to send him to the University of Chicago. Despite a prestigious degree, however, Sanders failed to earn a living, even as an adult. It took him 40 years to collect his first steady paycheck — and it was a government check.

“I never had any money my entire life,” Sanders told Vermont public TV in 1985, after settling into his first real job as mayor of Burlington.

Sanders spent most of his life as an angry radical and agitator who never accomplished much of anything. And yet now he thinks he deserves the power to run your life and your finances — “We will raise taxes;” he confirmed Monday, “yes, we will.”

One of his first jobs was registering people for food stamps, and it was all downhill from there.

Sanders took his first bride to live in a maple sugar shack with a dirt floor, and she soon left him. Penniless, he went on unemployment. Then he had a child out of wedlock. Desperate, he tried carpentry but could barely sink a nail. “He was a shi**y carpenter,” a friend told Politico Magazine. “His carpentry was not going to support him, and didn’t.”

Then he tried his hand freelancing for leftist rags, writing about “masturbation and rape” and other crudities for $50 a story. He drove around in a rusted-out, Bondo-covered VW bug with no working windshield wipers. Friends said he was “always poor” and his “electricity was turned off a lot.” They described him as a slob who kept a messy apartment — and this is what his friends had to say about him.

The only thing he was good at was talking … non-stop … about socialism and how the rich were ripping everybody off. “The whole quality of life in America is based on greed,” the bitter layabout said. “I believe in the redistribution of wealth in this nation.”

Of course he does. Slack-ass bums always want to steal the earnings of those who actually create wealth.

Here are a bunch of slack-ass Iowans who strongly support their slack-ass candidate. Oddly, they seem really angry about another progressive candidate when asked.

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What do Trump and Sanders share in common?

I mean beside their shared desire to continue Planned Parenthood funding, increase ethanol mandates and erect barriers to international trade. They both want to take Obamacare to the next level and institute true universal health care. Here he is on Meet the Press yesterday.

We’re going to work with our hospitals. We’re going to work with our doctors. We’ve got to do something. You can’t have a — a small percentage of our economy, because they’re down and out, have absolutely no protection so they end up dying from, you know, what you could have a simple procedure or even a pill. You can’t do that. We’ll work something out. That doesn’t mean single payer. And I mean, maybe he’s got no heart. And if this means I lose an election, that’s fine, because, frankly, we have to take care of the people in our country. We can’t let them die on the sidewalks of New York or the sidewalks of Iowa or anywhere else.

Don’t worry. I am sure when Trump gets busy working with hospitals, free health care won’t result in shortages, rationing and increased costs. Not this time. Not with Trump. He gets deals done.

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Aerial Video of of the Shooting of LaVoy Finicum

I just watched this video several times. I still can’t say for a metaphysical certitude what is what. That said, if this was all I had to go on, I sure as hell wouldn’t call this an unjustified shooting.

I will try to put myself in Finicum’s position here…

  • LEO’s know me to be heavily armed.
  • I have just fled from a stop by SWAT type LEOs.
  • I almost killed a LEO by hitting him with my truck at a roadblock.
  • Justified or not, I have committed several felonies.
  • My vehicle is 100% disabled.

If I was a LEO at the roadblock, this is what I would be thinking.

  • Suspects are known to be heavily armed.
  • A legal stop was made and the suspect fled.
  • He attempted to bypass a roadblock at high speed and nearly hit a fellow officer.
  • Rather than falling to the ground, he gets out, moves about and seems to reach for something.

Based on this video alone…

If I was Finicum, I wouldn’t have come out of the cab, stumbling around and reaching for my waistband or inside my coat. If I did that, I would fully expect a fusillade of FMJ to come flying at me.

If I was a LEO on the scene, I don’t think I would wait around and see what the armed, suspected felon who nearly killed my partner was reaching for.

Where am I wrong in my thinking?

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Background check? I don’t need no stinking background check!

It turns out I do and that Obama has been lying to me.

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Ministry of Truth Update

Brought to you in Newspeak!

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The Department of Labor is seeking to remove the terms “he” and “she” from a regulation prohibiting discrimination in the workforce in an effort to “avoid the gender binary.”

The agency is also adding “sex stereotyping, transgender status, and gender identity” to the list of types of employment discrimination banned under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. If adopted, the regulation would cost job training centers millions of dollars to change their equal employment opportunity posters to include “gender identity.”

The agency issued a proposed rule Tuesday that updates the nondiscrimination provisions of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act signed by President Obama in 2014, which provides funding for job training.

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Thou shalt not interfere with the secular sacrament of abortion

A Texas grand jury, finding no wrongdoing in Planned Parenthood’s killing of infants and selling their body parts in a national chop shop, has indicted the videographers who exposed the butchery.

A Harris County grand jury probe into Planned Parenthood of the Gulf Coast ended Monday with the indictments of two anti-abortion activists.

David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt were both indicted for tampering with a governmental record. An additional indictment for prohibition of the purchase and sale of human organs was issued for Daleiden, according to a release from the Harris County District Attorneys Office.

“We were called upon to investigate allegations of criminal conduct by Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast,” said Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson. “As I stated at the outset of this investigation, we must go where the evidence leads us. All the evidence uncovered in the course of this investigation was presented to the grand jury. I respect their decision on this difficult case.”

This is where we are in America today.

More here.

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