How California’s New Assisted Suicide Law Could Especially Hurt the Poor


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The Daily Signal by Katrina Trinko

“My concern is for people who don’t have resources, who don’t have a choice.”

“You read about Oregon denying someone a lung transplant, but, ‘Here, you can you have these pills.’”

“That’s my fear about what this would become.”

That’s what Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, a Democrat who represents the San Diego area, told the Sacramento Bee in an interview published in July.

Gonzalez is a Democrat who opposed California’s new physician-assisted suicide law, which was signed Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown, also a Democrat.

Gonzalez is right to be afraid.

In theory, the California law has safeguards ensuring that suicide is solely the patient’s choice. “Before the drugs can be prescribed, two California doctors must agree that the person has no more than six months to live,” reports the San Francisco Chronicle. “It is then the patient’s choice whether to take the drugs. Those who want to must affirm their intention 48 hours in advance and must take the drugs on their own, without help.”

Oregon’s Example

But there are many ways to influence people, to get them to the point where they do state that their intentions are to die. And the example of Oregon, which enacted physician-assisted suicide in 1997, provides plenty of reason to be concerned that people, especially those who are low-income, are susceptible to ill-intentioned persuasion.

>>> Read More: Purported Safeguards in Physician-Assisted Suicide Are Ripe for Abuse

Dr. William Toffler, an Oregon doctor, wrote in The Wall Street Journal in August that “the regular notices I receive indicating that many important services and drugs for my patients—even some pain medications—will not be covered by the Oregon Health Plan, the state’s Medicaid program” were “concerning.”

“Yet physician-assisted suicide is covered by the state and our collective tax dollars,” Toffler, who is also national director of Physicians for Compassionate Care, noted. “Supporters claim physician-assisted suicide gives patients choice, but what sort of a choice is it when life is expensive but death is free?”

Take the case of Barbara Wagner, whom Gonzalez was likely referring to in her remarks. Wagner was a lung cancer patient whose case attracted national attention in 2008, after her insurance company told her it wouldn’t cover a drug costing $4,000 a month her doctor had prescribed but would cover the drugs required for a physician-assisted suicide, according to ABC News. “It was horrible,” Wagner told ABC News at the time.

“I got a letter in the mail,” she recounted, “that basically said if you want to take the pills, we will help you get that from the doctor and we will stand there and watch you die. But we won’t give you the medication to live.”

Health Care Costs and Physician-Assisted Suicide

The situation in Oregon and Washington, which legalized physician-assisted suicide in 2008, also support the worries of Gonzalez and others about the financial incentives created by legalizing physician-assisted suicide.

“Last year, over half the patients who committed assisted suicide in Oregon relied on the government for their health coverage or had no coverage at all,” wrote Richard Doerflinger, associate director of the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, in Public Discourse earlier this year. “Over three-quarters of those dying under Washington’s assisted suicide law were partly or completely dependent on Medicare or Medicaid.”

>>> Read More: How Physician-Assisted Suicide Endangers the Weak, Corrupts Medicine, Compromises the Family, and Violates Human Dignity and Equality

As health care costs continue to soar, physician-assisted suicide could potentially draw more interest as a solution. Ryan T. Anderson, the William E. Simon fellow at The Heritage Foundation, warned in a March report about that possibility.

“Given the increasing number of elderly patients in modern societies, their increasing longevity, and the increasing cost of treating their chronic illnesses,” he wrote, “[physician-assisted suicide] will increasingly be seen as a cost-effective option and one that the elderly should be encouraged to consider….”

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The problem is not guns, but it may be democrats!


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Grumpy Opinions by justavet

In 1865 a Democrat shot and killed Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States.
In 1881 a left wing radical Democrat shot James Garfield, President of the United States who later died from the wound.
In 1963 a radical left wing socialist shot and killed John F. Kennedy, President of the United States.
In 1975 a left wing radical Democrat fired shots at Gerald Ford, President of the United States.
In 1983 a registered Democrat shot and wounded Ronald Reagan, President of the United States.
In 1984 James Hubert, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 22 people in a McDonalds restaurant.
In 1986 Patrick Sherrill, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 15 people in an Oklahoma post office….



FBI Seizes Four State Department Servers in Clinton Email Probe


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Hillary Clinton State Department ServersWashington Free Beacon by Bill Gertz

The FBI has seized four State Department computer servers as part of its probe into how classified information was compromised on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email system, according to people familiar with the investigation.

The four servers, which were located at the State Department’s headquarters building, were seized by the FBI several weeks ago. They are being checked by technical forensic analysts charged with determining how Top Secret material was sent to Clinton’s private email by State Department aides during her tenure as secretary from 2009 to 2013, said two people familiar with the probe. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because it is an ongoing investigation….

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Obama administration attorneys attempting to distance themselves from the Clinton email server cover up are arguing that Clinton’s email server was a personal server and not under the purview of the State Department.

Washington Times

Judicial Watch, a conservative public interest law firm pursuing the emails, told a federal judge Tuesday that it would argue that the email account and the server Mrs. Clinton kept at her home in New York were always government property, so the State Department — not Mrs. Clinton — has an obligation to go through the emails and decide what should be released to the public….

Obama administration attorneys attempting to distance themselves from the Clinton email server debacle are arguing that Clinton’s email server was a personal server and not under the purview of the State Department.


Ohio RINO John Kasich compares enemies of ObamaCARE to ISIS


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When you’re running in the 2016 Republican Party presidential primary, as is John Kasich, as a spoiler and at the same time don’t stand a chance in h*** of doing the slightest bit of damage to any of your opponents, the only thing left to do is to shoot oneself in the foot.

Fire Andrea Mitchell

So far, there are two Republicans I will NOT vote for under any circumstances if they are the nominee in 2016. One is Jeb Bush. The other is this jackass John Kasich. While pandering to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, John Kasich said:

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I mean, look at Medicaid expansion. You know how many people are yelling at me? I’ve gone to events where people yell at me. You know what? You know what I tell ‘em? I mean, God bless ‘em, I’m telling them a little bit better at this. I said, you know, there’s a book, it’s got a new part and an old part. They put it together. It’s a remarkable book. If you don’t have one, uh, I’ll buy you one. It talks about how we treat the poor. I mean, sometimes you just have to lead.

Kasich even compared to those against ObamaCARE aka ‘medicare expansion’ to fighting ISIS. Seriously.

Kasich went on to say “It’s like fighting ISIS, okay?” Leaders don’t let the yelling and the screaming determine their decisions, he said…..

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FYI: Kasich is polling this morning at 4%, which explains the bitterness, lunacy and desperation of the long-time RINO to twist scripture and bible verses to further the Progressive agenda and to rationalize why “stupid” Conservative voters are not buying his spiel (sarcasm). Nothing new for Progressives and Kasich is a habitual offender.



California Mayor Forced to Hand Over Electronics and Passwords at Airport – Compares U.S. to Nazi Germany


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Liberty Blitzkrieg by Michael Krieger

“I think the American people should be extremely concerned about their personal rights and privacy. As I was being searched at the airport, there was a Latino couple to my left, and an Asian couple to my right also being aggressively searched. I briefly had to remind myself that this was not North Korea or Nazi Germany. This is the land of the Free.

– Anthony Silva, Mayor of Stockton, California

Just in case you’re still under the infantile illusion that you reside in a free country.

From ArsTechnica:

Stockton, California Mayor Anthony R. Silva attended a recent mayor’s conference in China, but his return trip took a bit longer than usual. At the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) this week, agents with the Department of Homeland Security detained Silva and confiscated his personal cell phone among other electronics. According to comments from the mayor, that may not even be the most alarming part.

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Stump for Trump Girls read Hillary Clinton and DemoCRATS the riot act (video)


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In their latest video entitled, “Hillary Clinton, here is the meaning of stoking Prejudice and Paranoia. Don’t get it twisted!”, Sisters Diamond and Silk aka the Stump for Trump Girls read not only Hillary Clinton but Clinton’s fellow DemocRATS the riot act…and it’s not pretty.

Published to YouTube on Oct 2, 2015

Hillary Clinton is making comments about Donald Trump when she should be making comments about herself, her husband and the Democratic Party

There are plenty of comments under the above video that shows how fed up Americans are with both parties.

One specific comment stood out which clearly confirms what I’ve been hearing all along, many Black Americans have had enough and are crossing the party line for Donald Trump.

BREAK THE CHAINS!! …..BREAK THE CHAINS!!….SEE DEMOCRAT PARTY FOR WHAT THEY ARE…User’s of black people. The uncle that visits EVERY 4 YEARS!!

Why does everyone need to go to college? Could it be for programming?


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Missouri Education Watchdog by Anne Gassel

I’m going to answer the question from today’s title right away. Yes.

Since the 1960’s the intellectual elite, who avoided the draft by hiding out in the university system, have sought to use higher education to promote their pacifist socialist ideology. Their trainees in turn became the trainers of the next generation of fresh young minds ready to absorb whatever they needed to in order to get the degree. Left out of this indoctrination system were America’s working class voters. The unions took care of many of those. But not everyone bought into the elite’s vision that they should control the whole system because they knew what was best for everyone else. There were still some who escaped the indoctrination of the intelligencia.

While not the entire reason we are seeing a push for everyone to go to college, this desire to subject as many future voters as possible to their ideological factory cannot be denied as a pillar of the post-secondary-degree-for-all campaign.

Common Core sets the foundation for this kind of “we’re all global citizens with responsibility for taking care of everyone else” mentality in K-12. This creates the “natural” view that everyone should be taught the same thing. The university system cements this vision in place by refusing to confer the papers necessary for employment (unless you start your own company), until the student can parrot back the “correct” common ideological answers.

There is just no data to support the need for 60+% of our K-12 graduates to go to college to get a degree. Still, parents feel the unrelenting push is to send their children there so they can get a job. They are hit constantly with the message that everyone’s goal is to make the child COLLEGE or career ready. No one from the Common Core camp has been able to satisfactorily explain how a single K-12 curriculum is going to prepare students for one and not the other outcome, so in essence we are preparing to catapult everyone into college while accepting that some just won’t quite make it over the wall….




Brother of Oregon Shooting Victim Has a Message for Obama…


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Independent Sentinel by S. Noble

The brother of a survivor of the Oregon shooter knows what he would say to Barack Obama when he comes to Roseburg to meet with families for the usual political reasons.

When he was told that Obama is traveling to Roseburg Friday, Jessy Atkinson, brother of Cheyenne, was taken off guard and stumbled for a minute before he told Anderson Cooper Obama should stop running the gun agenda when that is not the problem.

“I would tell him to look where the problem really lies and quit running the agenda — quit running the gun agenda,” he said. “It’s not the problem. It’s mental health in America. It’s obvious. All of us talk about it. I don’t know why we are hiding from it.”

Atkinson said money is wasted overseas and incarcerating drug offenders when it could be spent on mental health programs….


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Another photo op for Barack Obama as he dances on the bodies of those dead and those wounded, just to add another chapter to his memoirs. No doubt, the malignant narcissist will bring his pen, his teleprompter and well-rehearsed dog and pony show along. Oh, and executive orders. (TYRANNY ALERT: See BREAKING: Obama Launches Huge Executive Orders to Destroy Gun Rights… Help Spread This)


Ivy League prof. calls Ben Carson a ‘coon’


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Communist Professor Anthea Butler calls Benjamin Carson a coon


Campus Reform by Chris Spencer

University of Pennsylvania Professor Anthea Butler called Presidential Candidate Ben Carson a “coon” for claiming that people have the right to display Confederate flags on private property.

“If only there was a ‘coon of the year’ award…” Professor Butler tweeted in response to another tweet linking to a Sports Illustrated article in which Carson was quoted defended the right of NASCAR fans to fly Confederate flags during races.

“Swastikas are a symbol of hate for some people too … and yet they still exist in our museums and places like that,” Carson observed during the event in North Carolina with NASCAR legend Richard Petty. “If it’s a majority of people in that area who want it to fly, I certainly wouldn’t take it down,” he added, noting that NASCAR races are held on private property….

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H/t Grumpy Opinions.


Europe’s Rape Epidemic: Western Women Will Be Sacrificed At The Altar Of Mass Migration


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The author of the following article provides an eyewitness view of Europe’s rape epidemic, the perpetrators of whom are immigrants who gain entry into European nations because of open border policies.

While rapes by immigrants, legal and illegal appear to have blown up throughout Europe, one learns that it is anything but a new phenomenon.

Breitbart London by Ann-Marie Walters

About 20 years ago I lived in the Netherlands. Amsterdam to be precise. I don’t know if it is still the same but finding decent affordable accommodation in Amsterdam is an onerous task – especially when you are on a budget, as I was. After some difficulty, I did find a fairly decent flat, but I left it, in the middle of the night, with my rucksack and all my possessions, because my landlord did not understand, nor did he want to accept, that I wasn’t interested in a sexual relationship with him.

Fast forward eight months or so, and I am living in a new flat with a female friend of mine. Late one night, while my friend and I were sitting talking in her room, someone let himself in. He immediately decided to take his trousers off and walk in to the bedroom with a stupid “entitled” grin on his face. We left the flat, there and then, with our rucksacks and all our possessions. So, twice within a year I had to leave the place I lived because of nasty little men who thought they had every right to treat women as if we owe them sex.

In both cases, the landlords were Moroccan immigrants who had not long been living in Holland. On a separate occasion, a taxi driver drove past several times while I was walking with a friend in central Amsterdam. He threw a rather grim present out the window at us. It didn’t hit us.

Much more recently, I travelled from Copenhagen to Malmo by train. Only moments after the train entered Swedish territory, I was witness to what I can only assume to be representative of the new Sweden: a young blonde woman was jogging and had the misfortune of passing a group of men…

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This is what Europe and the United State is opening our borders to:


When venturing out to the market or somewhere, my parents always insisted that me and my siblings to never to open the door to a stranger in their absence.

Too bad, the leaders of nations in the West did not see fit to apply part of that logic to our borders.


CLAIM: ‘No Borders’ Activist Gang Raped By Migrants, Pressured Into Silence To Not ‘Damage Cause’


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Italian newspapers, La Stampa and Il Secolo XIX and Corriere Della Serra are reporting the gang rape of a “No Borders” activist at a camp by illegal immigrants from Somalia.

The gang rape, which occurred in a shower at the camp located between Italy and France in Ponte San Ludovico, Ventimiglia about a month ago is only being made public now because fellow left-wing activists insisted that the rape victim not report the act of barbarity because doing so would delegitimize the struggles of No Borders, a group born during the refugee emergency in Ventimiglia to support the protest of asylum seekers. (See Google Translate page to English here.)


One Saturday night, as loud music played at a nearby party, the woman was reportedly trapped in a shower block set up near the camp in a pine forest know as Red Leap.

A gang of African migrants allegedly raped her there, and her cries for help are said to have gone unheard because of the music.

La Stampa reports that the woman, around 30 years of age, would have reported the horrific crime were if not for her fellow left-wing activists, who convinced her that if the truth got out it could damage their utopian dream of a world without borders.

But Corriere Della Serra also reports that some of her fellow activists are now accusing the woman of reporting the rape out of “spite,” because her group was withdrawn from the camp following a separate controversy….

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So typical of the left to victimize the victim again.

Illegal immigrants are creating havoc throughout Europe, Ventimiglia being no different.

According to the Nottingham Post, a Sudanese refugee who had been in the country less than six months seeking aslyum was arrested for the rape of a woman on September 26th.

The illegal immigrant camp in Ventimiglia was razed a few days ago and inhabitants evicted.




Our Weasel Of The Week Nominees!

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It’s time once again for the Watcher’s Council’s ‘Weasel Of The Week’ nominations, where we pick our choices to compete for the award of the famed Golden Weasel to a public figure who particularly deserves to be slimed and mocked for his or her dastardly deeds during the week. Every Tuesday morning, tune in for the Weasel of the Week nominations!

Here are this weeks’ nominees….
The Man Who Would Be President, Senator Rand Paul!

The Noisy Room : My nomination this week goes to Rand Paul:

Sen. Rand Paul on Tuesday said fellow Republican presidential candidate Ted. Cruz is “done for” in the Senate.

“Ted has chosen to make this really personal and chosen to call people dishonest in leadership and call them names, which really goes against the decorum and also against the rules of the Senate, and as a consequence, he can’t get anything done legislatively,” Paul told Fox News Radio. “He is pretty much done for and stifled and it’s really because of personal relationships, or lack of personal relationships, and it is a problem”. . .

“I approach things a little different, I am still just as hardcore in saying what we are doing, I just chose not to call people liars on the Senate floor and it’s just a matter of different perspectives on how best to get to the end result,” Paul said in the interview.

Paul backed McConnell’s 2014 re-election bid. Cruz had accused McConnell of lying to him about the way forward for the revival of the Export-Import Bank in the Senate.

Senator Ted Cruz attempted to offer an amendment to the must pass spending bill that would have halted the implementation of Obama’s Iran Deal and public funding to abortionists like Planned Parenthood… Cruz however wanted to make one last effort to put members of the Senate on the record, but GOP Senators were so scared of voting to strike funding for these Obama priorities that they opted to block Cruz from even receiving a vote. Cruz stood alone and did the right thing. No one backed him… no one. But he had the courage of his convictions and he stood.

For betraying a friend and a fellow Tea Party activist, Paul definitely has earned the Golden Weasel. For supporting the likes of Mitch McConnell and trying to publicly end Cruz’s political career, he should get it twice.
President Barack Hussein Obama!

Puma By Design : My nominee for Weasel of the Week goes to Barack Hussein Obama who began politicizing the death of nine people killed at Umpqua Community College in Oregon last week before rigor mortis set in (no disrespected intended, just trying to make a point).

I suspect that Obama‘s speech last week was actually written months ago, locked away in a desk in the Oval Office along with a batch of executive orders on gun control that the White House claims is being prepared for Obama’s signature.

From Breitbart:

“It’s a high priority and will continue to be until we start to see more progress on this issue in this town,’ White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters today at the press briefing…

‘I can tell you that they’re not stumped, they’re continuing to review the law that’s on the books and continuing to consult with legal authorities but also others who may have ideas about what steps that can be taken to keep guns out of the hands of criminals,’ Earnest said…”

Obama’s been stewing like a petulant child since his 2013-failed attempt to overhaul the gun laws has been anxiously awaiting the perfect crisis to add another chapter to his legacy memoirs even though it means dancing on the graves of those killed by mentally unstable nut jobs nudged over the edge by several years of hateful conflict-ridden Marxist propaganda often espoused by Obama himself and his sock puppets in the mainstream media and streets of America.

Finally, we have Obama’s double standard about when to call for gun control. The image below puts it all in perspective.

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Well, there it is. Check back Thursday to see which Weasel walks off with the statuette of shame!

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