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Please Read the Heartbreaking Statement from Charlie Gard's Parents

Charlie Gard's parents released this heartbreaking statement.

“Firstly, I would like to thank our legal team who have worked tirelessly on our behalf for free. And to the nurses and staff at Great Ormond Street Hospital who have cared for Charlie and kept him comfortable and stable for so long. 

We would also like to thank everybody who supported us, including all the people here for us today.

This is one of the hardest things that we will ever have to say and we are about to do the hardest thing that we'll ever have to do, which is to let our beautiful little Charlie go. 

Put simply, this is about a sweet, gorgeous innocent little boy who was born with a rare disease who had a real genuine chance at life and a family who loved him so very dearly. And that’s why we fought so hard for him.

We are truly devastated to say that following the most recent MRI scan of Charlie's muscles as requested in a recent MDT meeting by Dr Hirano.

As Charlie’s devoted and loving parents, we’ve decided that it is no longer in Charlie's best interest to pursue treatment and we will let our son go and be with the angels. 

The American and Italian team were still willing to treat Charlie after seeing his recent MRI and EEG perform last week, but there is one simple reason why treatment cannot now go ahead and that is time. A whole lot of time has been wasted.

We are now in July and our poor boy has been left to just lie in hospital for months without any treatment whilst lengthy court battles have been fought.

Tragically having had Charlie’s medical notes reviewed by independent experts, we now know had Charlie been given the treatment sooner, he would have had the potential to be a normal healthy little boy. 

Despite his condition in January, Charlie’s muscles were in pretty good shape and far from showing irreversible catastrophic structural brain damage. 

Dr Hirano and other experts say his brain scans and EEGs were those of a relatively normal child of his age.

We knew that ourselves because as his parents, we knew our son, which is why we continued fighting.

Charlie’s been left for his illness to deteriorate devastatingly to the point of no return. 

This has also never been about ‘parents know best’. 

All we wanted to do was take Charlie from one world-renowned hospital to another world-renowned hospital in the attempt to save his life and to be treated by the world leader in mitochondrial disease.
 
We'll have to live with the what-ifs which will haunt us for the rest of our lives.

Despite the way that our beautiful son has been spoken about sometimes, as if he is not worthy of a chance at life, our son is an absolute warrior and we could not be prouder of him and we will miss him terribly.

His body, heart and soul may soon be gone, but his spirit will live on for eternity and he will make a difference to people's lives for years to come. We will make sure of that.

We are now going to spend our last precious moments with our son Charlie who unfortunately won't make his first birthday in just under two weeks' time. 

And we will ask that our privacy is respected during this very difficult time. 
To Charlie we say mummy and daddy, we love you so much. We always have and we always will and we are so sorry we couldn't save you.
Sweet dreams baby, sleep tight our beautiful little boy. We love you.”





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College Educted Libs are Least Tolerant

Tell me something I don't know. College educated liberals are the most intolerant of others political beliefs because for them politics is religion.

The funny thing is that every conservative knows this as a fact yet still the popular portrayal of conservatives in the media is one of intolerance and bigotry. It's just one of those major disconnects between reality and THE NARRATIVE.

Breitbart:

A recent survey by the Pew Research Center found that 35 percent of Democrats believed that a friend’s vote for Donald Trump would “strain” their relationship. Among white Democrats, the figure is even higher, with 40 percent saying that they would have trouble maintaining a friendship with someone who supported Trump. Nearly half (47 percent) of those who described themselves as “liberal” Democrats said their friendship would suffer with someone who favored Trump.

By contrast, the share of Republicans who say that a friend’s vote for Hillary Clinton would strain their relationship was a mere 13 percent, just over a third the number of Democrats who say that a friend’s vote for Trump would do the same:

With these data in hand, Vermeule, who is the Ralph S. Tyler professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard Law School, tweeted that, indeed, white liberal college graduates are “the least tolerant” in society, highlighting the three categories most radically affected by a person’s contrary political ideas:

In a Twitter conversation that ensued, Vermeule suggested that on average Democrats and Republicans look at politics differently, which explains its differing effects on one’s personal life and relationships.

Liberalism, he stated, “makes an idol of politics,” and thus, political dissent is looked upon as heresy. In the case of conservatives, however, politics plays a different role. “The data show that Republicans are more politically tolerant,” he said, because “politics isn’t as likely to be an idol, on average.”
I have heard that families are actually strained and people don't speak to one another because of politics. Invariably, it's liberals not talking to conservatives. Awful.

If we are willing to tear our families apart over politics, destroying the country doesn't seem out of reach.


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Putting the "You" in Eugenics

Since being spoiled for a few decades by the Nazis, eugenics is becoming all the rage again.

The most recent example is a new program in White County, Tennessee, which offers inmates the option of having time removed from their jail sentence if they agree to undergo a vasectomy or a birth control implant.

General Sessions Court Judge Sam Benningfield said that when he signed the order he had the best interest of the inmates in mind. “I hope to encourage them to take personal responsibility and give them a chance, when they do get out, to not to be burdened with children. This gives them a chance to get on their feet and make something of themselves,” Benningfield reportedly said. “I understand it won’t be entirely successful but if you reach two or three people, maybe that’s two or three kids not being born under the influence of drugs. I see it as a win, win.”

Don't you just love it, when government officials are looking out for you?

Male inmates can undergo a vasectomy while women can agree to be given a contraceptive implant. If they agree to it they will have 30 days taken off their jail time. According to news reports, 32 women have thus far received the implant and 38 men are awaiting the scary scissors.

I'm horrified by this. But I kind of just figured that this was some wacky judge who came up with a crazy idea. I was therefore a bit disturbed to see that it seems pretty popular. In perusing comments on news stories, there seems to be a number of arguments in support of this no good horrible very bad idea.

Please continue reading at The National Catholic Register>>>








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Nicole Brown Could Not be Reached for Comment

I know. I know. Everyone keeps telling me that the parole board COULD NOT take into account OJ's infamous history. I'm just saying that I know it's not strictly right. But I'd have a tough time doing a job where I was informed "ok. First you have to pretend he's not a murderer."

ESPN:

O.J. Simpson was granted parole Thursday after more than eight years in prison for a Las Vegas hotel heist, successfully making his case in a nationally televised hearing that reflected America's enduring fascination with the former football star.

With the ruling, the 70-year-old Simpson, who was convicted in 2008 of an armed robbery involving two sports memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas hotel room, could be out of prison as early as Oct. 1 after serving the minimum nine years of a 33-year sentence.

When the final vote to grant parole was read after parole commissioners deliberated just over 30 minutes, Simpson lowered his head and then raised it up with a big smile.
Any story that ends with a murderer smiling rubs me the wrong way. I know it's a victory for our system. But a murderer will be set free. Yay system!



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Prayers for Political Opponents are not Hypocritical

I remember a few years ago feeling weird about offering prayers for Ruth Vader Ginsburg. I did it anyway.

It's not hypocrisy for those who've long vehemently opposed Senator McCain to offer prayers for him. It's people at their best. What he's going through right now is a life changing, soul stirring event. Faith is tested in times like these. Real true despair can be felt. I pray for him. I pray for his family.

WaPo:

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has been diagnosed with a brain tumor, his office said Wednesday, throwing into doubt when and if he will return to Washington to resume his duties in the Senate.

The Mayo Clinic said doctors diagnosed a tumor called a glioblastoma after surgery to remove a blood clot above McCain’s left eye last week. The senator and his family are considering treatment options, including a combination of chemotherapy and radiation, according to the hospital.



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New Study Says Shroud of Turin Has Blood of Tortured Man on it

Wait, I thought it was a medieval forgery!!!

The New York Post is reporting on a study that says that "the Shroud of Turin is stained with the blood of a torture victim."

Who could've possibly seen this coming?

NY Post:

The linen cloth, believed to have been used to wrap the body of Jesus after his crucifixion, contains “nanoparticles” which are not typically found in the blood of a healthy person.

Elvio Carlino, a researcher at the Institute of Crystallography in Bari, Italy, says the tiny particles “have recorded a scenario of great suffering, whose victim was wrapped up in the funeral cloth.”

These particles had a “peculiar structure, size and distribution,” according to University of Padua professor Giulio Fanti.
He says they are not typical of the blood of a healthy person as they show high levels of substances called creatinine and ferritin, which are found in patients who suffer forceful multiple traumas like torture.

Professor Fanti said: “Hence, the presence of these biological nanoparticles found during our experiments point to a violent death for the man wrapped in the Turin Shroud.”

It has been subject to intense scientific study to ascertain its authenticity.

The new findings were published in the scientific journal, PlosOne, in an article titled “New Biological Evidence from Atomic Resolution Studies on the Turin Shroud.”
There's so much evidence out there that this very well could be the burial shroud of Christ. I love how so many still bring up that study from thirty years ago that claimed it a medieval forgery. So I guess now you'd have to assume it was a medieval forgerer who dabbled in torture. Hey, we all must suffer for art, right?

It's funny though how a study from decades ago still gets more publicity than current scientific studies that point to the Shroud being the burial cloth of Christ. Because please remember, it's not about truth. It's about the narrative. And the narrative is that Christianity is hogwash.









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Matt's Horrible No Good Very Bad Gallbladder

I was recently in the hospital getting my gallbladder ripped out. It seems it was attacking my pancreas which is like totally uncool. I mean, behavior like that is grounds for ejection. That's like walking into a 7-11 with no shoes or shirt, right?

I told my wife while I was in there that my pain was definitely worse than labor pains. As you might imagine, my wife seemed unconvinced.

But there's an awesomeness to labor in that you get this spectacular human being at the end of it. No such awesomeness from gallbladder surgery. Labor pains are God's way of teaching women the mysterious link between love, sacrifice and suffering. The pain of gallstones on the other hand is just God telling you to stop eating Wendy's so much.

Oh, and MRI's are like the scariest thing in the history of...ever. The dude taking me down to the MRI said he tried to have an MRI done and freaked out after a few minutes. And then wished me luck. Needless to say, this wasn't exactly the inspiring speech I needed at that moment. But I made it through.

I'm ok now though.

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Hawaii Pro-Lifers Push Back Against Being Forced to Refer for Abortions

A number of pro-life crisis pregnancy centers filed a lawsuit to challenge the state of Hawaii's new law that seeks to force pro-life pregnancy centers to refer abortions. Seriously.

Free speech today means you are free to say what we tell you to say.

Christian Times
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A Place for Women Pregnancy Care Center and the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates are challenging S.B. 501, which requires locally funded pregnancy centers to post and distribute a notice indicating how to schedule a taxpayer-funded abortion.

"This clinic does not provide abortion services or abortion referrals. Only ultrasounds performed by qualified healthcare professionals and read by licensed clinicians should be considered medically accurate," part of the notice read.

"Hawaii has public programs that provide immediate free or low-cost access to comprehensive family planning services including all FDA-approved methods of contraception, prenatal care, and abortion for eligible women," it continued.

According to Christian News Network, the notice must also include the web address and phone number where women can obtain abortions or other services.
This is just nuts, isn't it?

The government is forcing Christians (because let's face it, that's what we're talking about here) to refer women to places which will kill children even though the Christians are expressly pro-life and created an organization for the express purpose of saving children from such places.

A similar law in California was upheld by the...get this...the 9th Circuit Court. I know, right? But it's on its way to the U.S. Supreme Court where Justice Anthony Kennedy will issue a decree from his Throne of Black Robed omniscience and force all to do his bidding.


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DC allows doctors to prescribe life-ending medications

DC is now allowing doctors to prescribe life-ending medications. What a waste. The doctor should just tell patients interested in death to just take a walk at night through DC. It'll have the same effect.

WTOP:

Doctors and pharmacies in the nation’s capital are now allowed to prescribe life-ending medications to terminally ill patients.

The Death with Dignity Act of 2016 became law with the signature of Mayor Muriel Bowser in December of 2016. Now the Bowser administration has announced the implementation of the law in the District.

The city said the law allows terminally ill D.C. residents over the age of 18 to legally obtain a physician’s prescription for medications to end their lives in a humane and peaceful manner.

For a person to elect to end his life legally in the District, the individual must work with doctors and pharmacies licensed in D.C. that are willing to prescribe and dispense the lethal medications.

For doctors and pharmacies, participating in the Death with Dignity program is voluntary.
It's voluntary. For now. Someday soon, the question will be asked, why should a Christian doctor or pharmacist have the right to make someone suffer when they're simply seeking an end to the pain!!!

I must admit, it's a worrisome trend that most liberal core beliefs have to do with death and how to make people that way.



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Charlie Gard's Court Appointed Lawyer Heads Assisted Suicide Charity

Wow. Anyone else starting to feel the deck is stacked?

The Telegraph:

Charlie Gard's parents have privately expressed their concern after discovering that the lawyer appointed to represent their 11-month-old son in court heads a charity that backs assisted dying. 

Victoria Butler-Cole, who speaks on Charlie’s behalf in court, is chairman of Compassion in Dying, a sister organisation to Dignity in Dying which campaigns for a change in the law to make assisted dying legal in the UK. Dignity in Dying used to be called the Voluntary Euthanasia Society.

The two charities share the same chief executive and media team and trustees – such as Mrs Butler-Cole – can only sit on one charity if they support the aims of the other. Mrs Butler-Cole was appointed to the role by the publicly-funded state body Cafcass which acts in the best interests of children in court cases.
It's important to note here that this lawyer is not necessarily doing the will of the parents. The lawyer is the baby's lawyer. Remember, the parents don't really have a say here.

This would be like Cecile Richards representing David Daleidin of the Center for Medical Progress in court.



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