What I am Giving Up for Lent, 2011 Edition: Situation Comedies!

Dear Friends: Ash Wednesday is here already, and I have alighted upon the item I am giving up for Lent this year that is a real sacrifice that will bring me closer to the Lord. Since I am not big on food normally (and often forget to eat), giving up a food item doesn’t seem to be in the proper spirit of the season — so to speak. So, I am forgoing my usual viewing of situational comedies, in order to spend time on my faith-oriented activities. In light of recent developments, this seems like a well-timed selection.

Actually, this will be a sacrifice. I work and write many hours a day, on top of keeping up with my son and husband. The relaxing 30-60 minutes that I spent laughing or chuckling 2-3 nights a week will be missed. I am really going to feel it Thursday, as the “Big Bang Theory” will be airing a new episode that seems like it will be a hoot. However, it seems to be the proper choice for this year. I will make it a point to add Charlie Sheen to my prayers, as I have often enjoyed his work (especially Major League). In fact, here is one of my all-time favorite movie scenes:

While Two-and-a-half- Men is not the most tasteful show ever aired, there were lots of moments of redemption and near redemption (especially concerning family relationships), and it was one of my “guilty pleasures”. I will also pray that ABC senior executives pull the plug early on this insulting and highly unoriginal programming: “Good Christian Bitches.”

I already watch little of ABC; this will not inspire me to watch more. And I suspect that if ABC continued on as it plans, a boycott of advertisers will be organized.

The EWTN posts a report about the church’s promoting the three pillars of Lent: Catholic dioceses use fresh initiatives to promote traditions of Lent:

As Roman Catholics begin Lent with the traditional distribution of ashes on Ash Wednesday, dioceses in the U.S. are seeking to pass on the ancient practices of the liturgical season in new ways.

The three traditional “pillars of Lent” – for Catholics and Eastern Orthodox Christians, as well as some Protestants who observe the tradition – are prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Through these three essential practices, Pope Benedict XVI said in his 2011 Lenten message, “Lent teaches us how to live the love of Christ in an ever more radical way.”

And EWTN also passes on some fasting tips and guidelines: Fasting and Abstinence

Please chime in with what you are giving up for Lent! I would love to know, and it could help me when I have to make a 2011 choice.

Remember that thou art dust, and to dust thou shalt return.
—Genesis 3:19

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Perils of Former Muslims Returning to their Native Lands as Christians

Dear Readers: I wanted to share with you a snippet from my continuing faith journey, as events in the Middle East unfold. My son has a delightful friend, with whom he had a playdate today. We went over to his friend’s home, and his mother treated the boys to an assortment of fruits and me to a cup of specially prepared tea. Being the historian and geographer that I am, when I am over to their house, I often ask after the situation in the country from which this friend’s family hails (in the area of the highly volatile Middle East).

On our last visit to this family, the mother asked me about being a Christian — as well as the differences between Catholics and Protestants. I told her what I knew, blessing the fact that I had completed the RCIA instruction last year so I could answer with some details. Today, she was excitedly about a book she is reading: Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence by Sarah Young. She seemed happy to have someone to confide in, telling me about the joy of reading the Bible and how this differed significantly about how she felt when reading the Koran (which didn’t really appeal to her at all). The children also identify themselves as Christian.

Needless to say, she is unsure of how much farther to go forward — as we both knew many Muslims in the land from which she hails would be quick to punish anyone declared an apostate who left Islam. She and her family return back to the homeland occasionally. We discussed the sacrament of baptism, and a little about my son’s baptism last year. She is uncertain how to proceed, but continued prayer and learning seemed the best advice to give. She is contemplating several faith options at this point.

It is difficult to know what to say to someone you care about when Baptism by Blood seems like a genuine possibility.

Baptism of blood signifies martyrdom of an unbaptised person, that is, the patient bearing of a violent death or of an assault which of its nature leads to death, by reason of one’s confession of the Christian faith, or one’s practice of Christian virtue.

Jesus Himself attests the justifying power of martyrdom. Mt. to, 32: “Every one therefore that shall confess me before men, I will also confess him before my Father who is in Heaven.” Mt. 10 39 (16, 25): ” He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that shall lose his life for me shall find it.” John 11 12, 25: ” He that hateth his life in this world keepeth it unto life eternal.”

So, if you have advice to give, please feel free. During the conversation, I shared a little bit about a near-miraculous experience I had last week, and how much I had come to appreciate the guiding love of God, Christ and the Holy Spirit in my life. For example, the friend’s mother really enjoyed about the near-instant intersession of St. Anthony of Padua on my future writing career.

A friend of mine also wrote today of a Christian killed recently, after he challenged Pakistan’s blasphemy laws: And speaking of freedom…

Shahbaz Bhatti, the Pakistan government’s only Christian minister (he was Roman Catholic) was assassinated while on his way to work in Islamabad on Wednesday. Bhatti was in the process of pushing for the reform of harsh blasphemy laws that impose the death penalty for insulting Islam.

To highlight the fact that persecutions of Christians could occur anywhere, even in a deeply Catholic country, I told her a story about the Mexican persecution of Catholics in the 1920’s, which I discovered only recently. This comes from a short biography of Saint José María Robles Hurtado:

Persecution of Catholics throughout Mexico, known as the Cristeros Era, lasted roughly from 1917 to 1937. The name Cristeros, derived from the Spanish Cristo Rey, Christ the King, refers to Anti-Government Rebel Fighters, including hundreds of Knights of Columbus.

“¡Viva Cristo Rey!” – “Long Live Christ the King” -, and “¡Viva Cristo Rey y Santa María de Guadalupe!” – “Long Live Christ the King and Holy Mary of Guadalupe” – were the last words of many Cristeros, Catholics and martyred Priests and Knights. Emulating Christ on the Cross, they would open their arms wide and yell out these words with their last breath. Photographs of these Martyrs were cherished as holy cards. Some were reprinted in Columbia Magazine during the Order’s extensive Campaign of Education about the Persecution of the Church. To the Government of Mexico these declarations of Faith were clearly rebellious and treasonous. Yet the holy words were ratified by Pope Pius XI, who officially established the Feast of Christ the King in 1925.

Saint José María Robles Hurtado

JOHN 11:25-27: Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Believe you this? She said to him, Yes, Lord: I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.

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St. Anthony Intercedes for Me, Yet Again

Dear Friends: A am heading out of town this weekend, but wanted to thank God and Christ for the many blessings I have received this week on personal and professional matters. Despite the fact I was pressed for time (I really needed to color my roots), a little voice kept telling me I just had to attend Mass — and not only that, but spend some time in the Tabernacle, too. I have come to recognize that voice as St. Anthony of Padua, who is my personal guardian saint.

The first Catholic prayer I ever said was asking for St. Anthony’s intersession, looking for my lost keys (yet, again)

St. Anthony, St. Anthony
Please come down
Something is lost
And can’t be found

Frankly, I say that prayer more than the Hail, Mary. And my lost things are always found (or, if not, I usually figure out what happened to them).

I have been mulling over trying my hand at self-publishing a novella for tweens on something that might interest my son’s peers. After offering my thanks for the wonderful things that happened to me, I got a bit greedy. I requested St. Antony’s intersession for assisting me in the process of writing and publishing something great, utilizing the new self-publishing tools and e-book resources that are available. In fact, I was so brazen as to say 10% of any profit would go directly to my parish in St. Anthony’s name.

So, after Mass concludes, I say hello to one of my former RCIA teachers, Mike. Mike is one of the nicest and most intelligent man I have ever met, and his lessons were always steeped in science, reason, and profundity. He had a draft of an essay that we wanted me to review, and perhaps edit. It seems that he also has been tagged by a Self-Publishing firm to prepare a book. It looks like I will be able to assist him with this process, too. 🙂

Bonus: Today, one of my favorite bloggers is giving lessons in self-publishing.

Thank you, dear Lord. Thank you, St. Anthony.

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“HEATED RHETORIC?” Climate Expert Reviews Hard Data; Concludes Natural Causes for Global Warming.

With all this discussion about “heated rhetoric”, I wanted to return to a discussion involving both heat and rhetoric – that covering Anthropogenic (Man-Caused) Global Warming (AGW). To bring everyone up to speed: California is poised to implement the country’s only version of Cap&Trade based on a scientific fraud, with that implementation occurring at the hands of one of the most draconian, punitive, power-mongering bureaucracies known to man.

The proponents of the AGW state that there is “scientific consensus” and little disagreement with their conclusions. It has been my pleasure to meet some of the best scientists in this country, and they have the following message: THERE IS NO CONSENSUS ON MAN-MADE GLOBAL WARMING. I had the chance to hear Dr. S. Fred Singer speak during a presentation by the Lynceans. There were AWG proponents in the audience. There was debate. There was no consensus. Yet, it was a very polite and civilized exchange of data and interpretations.

Singer is the Professor Emeritus of Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia and the Chairman of the NIPCC (Non-governmental International Panel on Climate Change). His NIPCC group, among other activities, analyzes the data utilized by the IPCC (the United Nation’s International Panel on Climate Change. The IPCC says these data demonstrate that man is causing global warming. However, using the same material, the NPICC asserts that 20th century global warming was the result of natural causes. Singer theory is that the bulk of climate change is the result of natural causes.

“The IPCC used adjustable parameters,” noted Singer. “The analysis is simply an exercise in curve-filling. The NIPCC emphasizes a broad collection of real data.” To sum-up for the non-scientist:

• IPCC relies on computer models, in which many different parameters can be selected at the discretion of the individual scientist.
• NIPCC uses almost exclusively real data actually attained in the real world.

Nothing beats using real data to do real science!

Below is a graph that displays the difference between the models and the hard data. the context is the prediction by the climate models (shown in red) that there should be a “hot spot” at upper altitudes in the tropical zone – an altitude where the temperature would increase much faster than it does on the surface. This hot spot would then be a “fingerprint” of human-caused greenhouse gas warming. The problem is that the observations (blue and green) do not find such a hot spot, when data taken over several decades are compiled. The warming trend is observed trend actually decreases with increasing height in the atmosphere, and there is actual cooling at some altitudes.

“When the IPCC report was released, and it became apparent the observations of actual data did not agree with the model, they fudged,” Singer said. “The IPCC’s Executive Summary simply said there was some trouble with the tropical zone But the tropical zone is important because of its large area and the huge amount of energy it receives from the sun.

Singer and his team then prepared a report in March 2008: Nature, Not Human Activity, Rules the Climate. The NIPCC took a look at the collected data and came to the conclusion that natural causes impacted the climate most significantly. The IPCC would have none of that! Supporters of strong anthropogenic global warming prepared a counter-report, based on even more computer model information (the core of that analysis is presented graphically below). The green curve is typical of the actual data obtained from balloons over several decades, and the thick black curve is an average of the model predictions.

Singer explained that the IPCC did its best to make it seem like the computer models used actually mirrored the data collected from balloons and satellites. “The trends from the re-analysis are spurious,” noted Singer.

Singer then turned to a display of the actual satellite-measured global average temperature.

Singer discussed a better way to analyze the data: The degree change per decade over a 30-plus period of time in the Middle and Lower Troposphere – which shows no truly significant change, especially in the last few years.

Singer covered one of the major problems with the IPCC computer models: chaos. “The models are non-liner differential equations, which by their nature are highly chaotic. The trend line calculated during one run can be ten times of another. Models produce results that are highly variable.” This graphic shows how variable the model results can be:

How many runs does a computer model need to complete before it stops being so variable? To examine this, he used 1000 years of temperature data, dividing it into 25 chunks of 40 years each and using an “unforced model.” Singer found fairly steady results after a minimum of about 10 runs.

How many runs do the IPCC model results rely on? “Running ten models would be very expensive; about half the 22 data points the IPCC used were based on 1-2 runs, and the most runs on a model would be about five. Furthermore, because the IPCC is international, it had to use data from all models submitted – not necessarily the just best ones.”

“Nature changes climate all the time; the time-scale is what differs,” described Singer. “Over millions of years, it is plate tectonics; over hundreds-of-thousands of years, it is changes in the Earth’s orbit; over decades, it is solar activity.”

Singer points to stalagmite records in Oman as just one of the many proofs that the climate is influenced the most by solar activity. The cave readings show Carbon-14 levels (a proxy for solar activity) is directly proportional to Oxygen-18 levels (a recognized proxy for temperature). When the sun is more active, the Earth is warmer. This same fluctuation is also observed on other planets.

What can be done about climate change? Lorraine Yapps Cohen sums up Singer’s thoughts in her piece:

Breaking from protocol with a few economic and political remarks, Singer announced that climate change is a non-problem. Regarding politicians holding climate change as a social issue, Singer lamented that they’re destroying the economy.

“The best solution is to do nothing,” he said, adding an opinion that “it takes real courage for politicians to do nothing.” After all, politicians must think we elect them to do something, even if that something does nothing, costs dearly, or, at the worst, ruins the nation.”

Dr. Singer’s authoritative grasp of climate science was fully evident. During and after the talk, an attendee from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography argued that Singer was ignoring the basic temperature trends. He was not; rather Singer was dissecting the trend data to examine what was happening at higher altitudes in the Tropical Zone. Dr. Singer simply replied “That’s interesting” and was seen later giving the SIO gentleman a consultation.

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UPDATES: Egypt’s Treasures and Gosnell’s Charnel House in Philadelphia

Dear Friends: Life is what happens to you when you are busy making other plans. While I had hoped to do more with the Grand Jury indictment on the Kermit Gosnell clinic from last week, a complex array of events overturned my plans. I wanted to update you on a few developments.


Sadly, the Philadelphia Tea Party Patriots did not view the Gosnell Clinic/Charnel Housethe same way I did — an example of bureaucratic waste, fraud and corruption that cried out for recall/removal of Pennsylvania Health Department and State Department cronies. That being said, the local people are in a position to know what group may make a better impact on this matter for the sake of Pennsylvania’s citizens — born and unborn. The coordinator of Philadelphia Tea Party Patriots kindly directed me to the PRO-LIFE UNION OF SOUTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA. I am playing a bit of phone tap with its chief, Mike McMonagle.

So, for those of you who wish to make a difference in preventing another Gosnell-style clinic from occurring again, and seeking redress from those institutions that failed to carry out the law and their public duties, please head here: http://www.prolifeunion.org/.

According to a phone message Mike left for me, Gosnell had been on the group’s radar for some time — and is not the sole clinic where similar violations in health and safety codes have been observed. From a recent press release (click here for full document):

The Gosnell coverage should help the Pa. Dept. of Health do their job. Over the years, we have discussed this delinquency with Harrisburg, but pro-abortion Governors were disinterested. The legislature has work to do as well. As Phila. DA Seth Williams pointed out, “Nail salons are more regulated than abortion.” The Grand Jury Report also cited University of Penn Hospital for their silence concerning the women they treated who were abused by Gosnell.

The Pro-Life Union has a press release with specific names and action items: Abuses, Fraud and Violations of State Law by the Pa. Abortion Industry Continue to be Ignored by Public Officials and the Media. Highlights of the document include the following:

* The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office: State law requires that ACs committing abortions after 14 weeks have a trained pathologist on staff (to ensure that all of the baby’s pieces have been removed by the “abortion procedure.”) Yet, the DA’s office has refused to take action when presented with clear evidence of these violations.

* The Pa. Department of Health and Steven Brigham: Steven Brigham is an abortionist and abortion chamber operator whose record of abuses and violations of local and state law is extensive and highly documented. He has lost or surrendered his medical license in five states, including Pa. He once operated five ACs in Pa. In recent years, his ACs in King of Prussia, State College and Erie have closed because of violations of zoning and personnel licensure requirements. In July 2008, the Pa. Dept. of Health (PDH) ordered his two remaining ACs in Pittsburgh and Allentown to close because of his continuing violations of personnel licensing requirements. Brigham’s response was to change the name of his ACs from “American Women’s Services” to “Rose Health Services” and transfer ownership to Judith Fitch, who is Brigham’s 70 year old aunt living in Toledo, Ohio. Brigham continues as the de facto CEO for these ACs. Chief Legal Counsel, Ken Brody, Esq., on behalf of the PDH, finds no basis for fraud in this transfer and refuses to pull the license for these two ACs owned and operated by “Rose Health Services.”

*The Philadelphia Health Department ‘s Dr. Donald Schwarz: Dr. Donald Schwarz is the Secretary for this Department. As a private practice pediatrician, Dr. Schwarz referred some of his patients to Gosnell. He claims to have stopped these referrals when they often returned with venereal diseases. Dr. Schwarz has received very little media scrutiny as to his possible role in violating state abortion laws and as to why he did not act to expose Gosnell when he became the Secretary. We call on Dr. Schwarz to immediately resign and for Mayor Nutter to fire him if he fails to do so.

* Another Case to Review: Lee Tripp is an abortionist from South Jersey who commits approximately 25% of all of the abortions in Pa., as he is a “circuit rider” who commits abortions at Planned Parenthood facilities in Philadelphia, West Chester, Reading and Allentown. The facts about his “abortion practice” are (1) has been prosecuted by Commonwealth of Pa.; (2) has 16 counts of lack of quality care; (3) his license is under reprimand by Pa. Board of Medicine (Docket 0412-49-95); the Board has ruled that his work must be supervised and he has claimed “serious emotional problems and “Adjustment Disorder.”


My wonderful pastor listed Egypt in our group prayer intentions today. I was truly grateful. I am following the looting and damage to Egypt’s ancient antiquities in my other blog, Temple of MUT — PHARAOHS’ MUMMIES BURNT IN EGYPT: Unrest threatens priceless legacy. I wanted to share with you some of the highlights.

1) Several items from the tomb of King Tutankhamen seemed to have been plundered from the Cairo Musem (see this report for full details).

2) I was struck by how grief-filled the eyes of Dr. Zahi Hawass, Secretary General, The Supreme Council of Antiquities, were in a BBC interview. Hawass is a staple of television specials featuring ancient Egypt. To me, it as if he is trying to keep it together while discussing the loss of a family member. This tells me the loss to Egyptology is worse than we can possibly imagine.

I asked for the intersession of St. Michael the Archangel, as I fear there is great evil trying to gain ground in Egypt.

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou,
O Prince of the heavenly hosts,by the power of God,
thrust into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits,
who prowl about the worldseeking the ruin of souls.

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WordPress is So Awesome…!

UPDATE: The original was salvaged — CLICK TEA PARTY TARGET: Gosnell’s Little Clinic of Horrors

(Also see note below).

It vaporized my piece on Philadelphia. I am going to temporarily refer everyone to the Grand Jury report and Covert Conservatives while I make arrangements to publish this material elsewhere.

UPDATE: It is a miracle, truly. A good friend (and a true angel) had my post up and did a series of screen captures. For those of you interested in reading my initial remarks, please head over to my box.net files: 🙂


Miracle 2: The piece has been restored! TEA PARTY TARGET: Gosnell’s Little Clinic of Horrors

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TEA PARTY TARGET: Gosnell’s Little Clinic of Horrors

WELCOME Anchoress readers! Thank you for your detour to this site from her superb piece: Pro-Life Marchers Roundup.

Dear Friends: I am writing today as a Tea Party activist, as I sincerely believe that there should be an event focused on the clinic where Kermit Gosnell slaughtered newborns and butchered women. I am putting it in this blog, as opposed to my political one, as I am acting as a Tea Party Catholic. In this piece, it is my hope to:

1) Persuade readers that this case is related to several Tea Party priorities: The US Constitution, fighting fiscal waste and corruption, and holding government workers accountable in meeting their responsibilities. I think Tea Party intervention by local groups would be perfectly appropriate here. If we can Recall Sheriff Dupnik, we can certainly handle Pennsylvania politicos.

2) Push back on the elite media’s attempt to cover-up the sheer magnitude of carnage that occurred under Gosnell by using detached euphemisms. This is done to protect abortion, which seems like a sacrament to journalism’s progressives.

3) Challenge my weakness in confronting evil of this type.

One of the my action-items in this post is to use a God-given talent I possess: Reading legal documents and translating them into understandable language for normal people. So, I plan to read the 250-plus pages of the Grand Jury report and describe exactly what went on at that clinic, and list my findings here — so that others can reference the materials. This will take time, strength, and psychic energy… so please pray for me.

The inspiration comes from Elizabeth Scalia, the Anchoress, who nailed the fact that the elite media is trying to obfuscate the true nature of the bloodbath disguised as standard medical procedures in her piece: Abortion, Language and Looking Away.

Most of the news reports I’m reading on this story are surprisingly succinct, given the 281 page Grand Jury Report which brings his crimes into sickening detail and make it plain that Gosnell brought a depraved indifference to life and human dignity into his “practice” if one could call it that. The press writes as little as possible, and many of these stories online do not include links to the report.

Elizabeth provides some details, but could not go on because of the sheer scale of evil described in the Grand Jury report. I will endeavor to pick up where she left off. I will provide updates as I can at the bottom of this post.


Abortion is viewed by many Tea Party activists as a “social issue”, and not normally on the radar. I think this particular incident transcends “abortion as theory”. This is a perfect case where Tea Party ideals can intercede on a matter that is not typically covered by citizen activism.

1) Under government-applied rules, this clinic should have been monitored. Because it was not convenient or fiscally possible,annual inspections of abortion clinics were suspended by Republican Governor Tom Ridge. This is a template of how medical facilities will be monitored under Obamacare.

2) The slaughtered newborns were American citizens, denied the inalienable rights of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of happiness. Gosnell’s clinic became the “back alley abortion” scenario that the penumbra of privacy was suppose to guard against. Effective action on this matter is in the best interest of freedom and liberty for citizens across the country.

As an example of the criminal treatment of Americans, Hot Air has a video of Latoya Ransome, who tells CNN how Gosnell’s work ended up making her so ill that she had to have open-heart surgery and disabled her. Read this from Michelle Malkin and be prepared to be astonished, as it underscores how big government and the US Constitution are not really compatible:

*The Pennsylvania Department of Health knew of clinic violations dating back decades, but did nothing;

*The Pennsylvania Department of State was “repeatedly confronted with evidence about Gosnell” – including the clinic’s unclean, unsterile conditions, unlicensed workers, unsupervised sedation, underage abortion patients, and over-prescribing of pain pills with high resale value on the street – “and repeatedly chose to do nothing.”

*Philadelphia Department of Public Health officials who regularly visited Gosnell’s human waste-clogged offices did nothing;

*Nearby hospital officials who treated some of the pregnant mothers who suffered grave complications from Gosnell’s butchery did nothing; and

*The National Abortion Federation, the leading association of abortion providers that is supposed to uphold strict health and legal standards, determined that Gosnell’s chamber of horrors was “the worst abortion clinic she had ever inspected” – but did nothing.

3) Gonsell made millions from his mass murder. How did he get his money? Who did he pay off? What bureaucrats and politicos were connected to the clinic? The local Tea Party would be in the best position to know this information and initiate recall campaigns and other actions items. I have contacted the Philadelphia Tea Party Patriots, to see if I could assist them. I would encourage like-minded Americans to do the same as well — offering to assist with whatever talent and means you can contribute.

Philadelphia Tea Party Patriots: CLICK HERE; Contact – CLICK HERE

Check back for updates as I get information back from our Philadelphia patriot friends. Also, check back for updates on the review of the Grand Jury report, too. It is truly the Slaughter of the Innocents:


Grand Jury Case Against Philadelphia’s “Women’s Medical Society
(Abortion as Profit)


* Team Gosnell (8 others were charged with him) murdered newborns by severing their spinal cords with scissors.
* He overdosed his patients with drugs.
* Gosnell and crew spread venereal disease among patients with infected instruments.
* His medical staff perforated their wombs and bowels with sharp objects. Two women died directly as a result of these wounds.
* Cats were allowed to roam and pee/defecate all over the clinic.
* Blood-stained blankets were used.
* Critical medical equipment (including life-saving defibrillators to start the heart) were either broken or went unused.

And because serial murderers like trophies:

* Infant remains were scattered throughout the clinic in jars and bags and plastic jugs.

* Is there a doctor in the house? Gosnell was the only licensed doctor. None of the others were doctors (though two went to medical school); there was no nurse on staff. Despite the fact none of the other employees had any medical education or certification, they diagnosed, performed procedures, and administered drugs.

* Bonus – Not only was it an abortion mill, but the clinic was a prescription drug mill as well. Oxycontin flowed freely, provided a “patient” could pay for it.

*Abortion entrepreneur: Team Gosnell’s niche was providing late term abortions to women who were too pregnant to be serviced at more traditional clinics. The closer to full-term the baby was, the more he charged. Ultrasound data was forged to make it seem these abortions were compliant with state and federal law.

* Labor without labor: Gosnell was not a morning person. He would have his staff give women labor-inducing drugs in the early in the day, and stop by in the evening to deal with those about to deliver. Any infant born before his arrival would be “snipped”: The newborn’s spinal cord would be cut with a scissor inserted in the back of the skull. Gosnell’s term for it — “ensuring fetal demise”.

* The death toll? Countless….Team Gosnell destroyed most of the records. One case the investigators uncovered was a 7 1/2 month gestational age boy who breathing and moving when Dr. Gosnell severed his spine and put the body in a plastic shoebox for disposal. The doctor joked that this baby was so big he could “walk me to the bus stop.”

* Sunday Clinic Operations: Some fetuses were so large when Gosnell agreed to take the case, he took additional steps to hide the nature of these abortions. He had the patient come in on Sunday, when the rest of the staff was at home. His only assistant was his wife. There were no records of any of these procedures.

UPDATE #1: Due to a technical difficulty, this post vaporized temporarily. I will continue updating the material, and now will have a back-up document. I appreciate all who helped me resolve this matter, and appreciate your patience.

* Maternal Malpractice: Team Gonsell had to occasionally extract the fetus from the mother, sometimes with horrendous results. One patient was left bleeding when Gosnell punctured her cervix and colon; he threatened family members with arrest when they tried to enter the clinic and remove the woman. Another woman was sent home with fetal parts still within her body (which can lead to blood poisoning). Gosnell insisted she was fine over the course of several days, when a massive infection was roiling through her body. By the time the woman’s mother got her to the hospital, Gosnell’s patient was near death. Gosnell punctured the uterus of a 19-year old, who had to undergo a hysterectomy to save her life.

* Pain Relief Payment Plan: Dr. Compassion didn’t care to hear women in labor moaning, so he had his staff drug them into a stupor using pre-set dose charts that did not count for unique patient factors (little things like weight, blood pressure, and allergies). The only part that Gosnell cared about was the money: The more you paid, the better the course of pain relief treatment was.

* The Death of Karnamaya Mongar: A 41-year old refugee patient, who could read no English, she came in for an abortion. After signing waivers she could not possibly read, Gosnell’s staff doped her up on cheap, and dangerous, Demerol (a drug that might have contributed to Michael Jackson’s death). She stopped breathing. Since the defibrillator (heart-starting unit) was broken and Gosnell did not use emergency medications that might have restarted her heart, real medical staff in the form of paramedics were called — AFTER A SIGNIFICANT DELAY TO ALTER THE SCENE TO MAKE IT LOOK LIKE A LEGAL PROCEDURES WAS BEING PERFORMED. Because of the cluttered hallways and the padlocked emergency door, it took the paramedics 20 minutes to figure out how to get Mongar back to the ambulance. Finally, because the staff lied about the Demerol dose and other factors, the doctors could not administer an effective course of treatment. Life support was removed the next day.

* Total System Failure. As noted above, Michelle Malkin details where the various oversight agencies failed to act according to their mandate. It was only after police raided the clinic — LOOKING INTO ILLEGAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG ACTIVITY — was action taken on the extreme violations of mandated abortion safety protocol, because these heroic officers refused to look the other way at discarded baby bits and incapacitated, incoherent women. I will sum up the regulatory failure highlights:

Pennsylvania Department of Health – did not audit the facility regularly (only once a decade) nor did it follow-up on violations (after all, Dr. Honest promised to fix them). That came to an end in 1993, when Governor Tom Ridge put an end to even this amount of review, because “it would put a barrier to women getting abortions.” Even when a doctor hand-delivered a complaint that he was regularly treating clinic patients for a venereal disease contracted at Gosnell’s filthy facility, the Pennsylvania Department of Health did nothing. The department also failed to act to a report about Mongar’s death. Only after the police, and their story hit the press, did the department act — closing the clinic within three weeks and lawyering-up at tax-payer expense. (Contact the Pennsylvania Department of Health — Philadelphia County, by clicking HERE).

Pennsylvania Department of State: Is in charge of individual medical licenses and oversees physicians, so this Department of State could acted quickly to revoke Gosnell’s paperwork and stop his practice cold. It did nothing about Gosnell after repeated complaints — including a detailed account of facility conditions and Gosnell’s practices by a former employee, and a report that followed on the heels of a lawsuit settled on the behalf of the family of a 22-year old patient that died at Gosnell’s hands. After four separate, detailed accounts of what was occurring at Gosnell’s facility, the lead attorney dismissed them as meaningless and indicated their was “no pattern of conduct.” (File a complaint with the Pennsylvania Department of State ON the Pennsylvania Department of State by clicking HERE.)

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