Thursday, December 18, 2008

Real Numbers

John Williams calculates government statistics as they were tabulated in 1970's. Since then, as you can see from these cool graphs that statisticians, likely at the behest of political patrons. You mean statistics can lie?

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Planned Parenthood in the Problem Solving Business

A group of pro-life college students videotaped a nurse at Planned Parenthood coaching a young girl how to circumvent Indiana's parental consent statutes. Moreover this "health care professional" explained how the young pseudo-victim could avoid reporting a case of child sex abuse.

On the tape, which is posted on and which made the rounds of conservative and pro-life sites Wednesday, the nurse also advises "Brianna" on how to cover for the 31-year-old man by among other things saying that the father could be a boy in school.

"You've seen him around, you know he's 14, he's in your grade and whatever. You know what I mean," the nurse says.

At another point, "Diana" coaches "Brianna" on getting around Indiana's parental-consent laws. She hands the girl a piece of paper, adding that she can show the sheet but can say nothing.

The nurse then circles the name and address of an Illinois abortion clinic on the paper. Illinois has had a parental notification law since 1994 but it's never been enforced because the Illinois Supreme Court refuses to rule on ways a girl can appeal the notification requirement.

The most disgraceful part of this story is how law enforcement in Bloomington reacted. With a Planned Parenthood employee on tape apparently committing a crime, the primary concern of "law enforcement" was that there might be a backlash against the clinic.

According to the Washington Times:

Indiana law requires health-care providers and others to report a sexual act between an adult and a person under 14 to law enforcement or the Department of Child Protective Services. Not reporting such an act is a misdemeanor punishable under state law by a maximum of 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.

A city spokesman said Thursday that the Bloomington City Police is not investigating the clinic or the nurse for possibly violating the statutory-rape notification law, but is beefing up security around the facility to protect it from a possible backlash.


The remaining traditional and orthodox element within Episcopalianism is on the way out the door: "Conservatives alienated from the Episcopal Church announced on Wednesday that they were founding their own rival denomination, the biggest challenge yet to the authority of the Episcopal Church since it ordained an openly gay bishop five years ago."