Get the Facts and Decide – Abortion, Education, Immigration

Capitol HillIn an age where you can’t trust what the news reports and misinformation is rampant on social media I’m going to post the just the facts on many laws that are being proposed and possibly have passed.  I don’t necessarily agree with these bills.  I will only post what actual Government Agencies are posting. This is in an effort to educate. I will let you decide for yourselves if you agree with these bills or not.

H.R.147 – Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA) of 2017
Sponsor: Rep. Franks, Trent [R-AZ-8] (Introduced 01/03/2017)
https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/147

This bill imposes criminal penalties on anyone who knowingly or knowingly attempts to: (1) perform an abortion knowing that the abortion is sought based on the sex, gender, color or race of the child, or the race of a parent; (2) use force or the threat of force to intentionally injure or intimidate any person for the purpose of coercing a sex-selection or race-selection abortion; (3) solicit or accept funds for the performance of such an abortion; or (4) transport a woman into the United States or across a state line for the purpose of obtaining such an abortion.

Violations or attempted violations shall result in fines and/or imprisonment for up to five years.

The bill authorizes civil actions (for verifiable money damages for injuries and punitive damages) by: (1) fathers, or maternal grandparents if the mother is an unemancipated minor, of unborn children who are the subject of an abortion performed or attempted through any of the above violations; or (2) women upon whom an abortion has been performed or attempted with a knowing or attempted use of force or threat of force to intentionally injure or intimidate any person for the purpose of coercing a sex-selection or race-selection abortion.

To prevent an abortion provider from performing or attempting further abortions in violation of this bill, the bill authorizes injunctive relief to be obtained by: (1) the women upon whom such an abortion is performed or attempted, (2) a maternal grandparent of the unborn child if the woman is an unemancipated minor, (3) the father of such an unborn child, or (4) the Department of Justice.

Violations of this bill are deemed to be prohibited discrimination under title VI (Federally Assisted Programs) of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. (Violators of title VI lose federal funding.)

Medical or mental health professionals must report known or suspected violations to law enforcement authorities. Criminal penalties are established for a failure to so report.

A woman having such an abortion may not be prosecuted or held civilly liable.

Courts must make such orders as necessary to protect the anonymity of any woman upon whom an abortion has been performed or attempted if she does not give her written consent to such disclosure. In the absence of such a woman’s written consent, any party, other than a public official, who brings an action must use a pseudonym.

For purposes of this bill, “abortion” is defined as the act of using or prescribing any instrument, medicine, drug, or any other substance, device, or means with the intent to terminate the clinically diagnosable pregnancy of a woman, with knowledge that the termination by those means will, with reasonable likelihood, cause the death of the unborn child, unless the act is intended to: (1) save the life or preserve the health of the unborn child, (2) remove a dead unborn child caused by spontaneous abortion, or (3) remove an ectopic pregnancy.

capitaldomeH.R.354 – Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2017
Sponsor: Rep. Black, Diane [R-TN-6] (Introduced 01/06/2017)

This bill prohibits, for a one-year period, the availability of federal funds for any purpose to Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc., or any of its affiliates or clinics, unless they certify that the affiliates and clinics will not perform, and will not provide any funds to any other entity that performs, an abortion during such period. This restriction does not apply in cases of rape or incest or where a physical condition endangers a woman’s life unless an abortion is performed.

The Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture must seek repayment of federal assistance received by Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc., or any affiliate or clinic, if it violates the terms of the certification required by this bill.

Additional funding for community health centers is provided for the one-year period described above.
See Fact Check.org concerning a similar bill Obama signed in 2010


H.R.83 – Mobilizing Against Sanctuary Cities Act

Sponsor: Rep. Barletta, Lou [R-PA-11] (Introduced 01/03/2017)
https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/83?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22HR+83%22%5D%7D&r=1

This bill prohibits a state or local government from receiving federal financial assistance for a minimum of one year if it restricts or prohibits a government entity or official from: (1) sending to or receiving from the responsible federal immigration agency information regarding an individual’s citizenship or immigration status, or (2) maintaining or exchanging information about an individual’s status.

The bill restores assistance eligibility upon a Department of Justice (DOJ) determination that the jurisdiction no longer restricts or prohibits such actions.

DOJ shall report each year to Congress regarding state or local jurisdictions that restrict or prohibit such actions.

congress2H.R.610 – To distribute Federal funds for elementary and secondary education in the form of vouchers for eligible students and to repeal a certain rule relating to nutrition standards in schools. [Choice of Education Act of 2017]
Sponsor: Rep. King, Steve [R-IA-4] (Introduced 01/23/2017)
https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/610?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22HR+610%22%5D%7D&r=1

This bill repeals the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 and limits the authority of the Department of Education (ED) such that ED is authorized only to award block grants to qualified states.

The bill establishes an education voucher program, through which each state shall distribute block grant funds among local educational agencies (LEAs) based on the number of eligible children within each LEA’s geographical area. From these amounts, each LEA shall: (1) distribute a portion of funds to parents who elect to enroll their child in a private school or to home-school their child, and (2) do so in a manner that ensures that such payments will be used for appropriate educational expenses.

To be eligible to receive a block grant, a state must: (1) comply with education voucher program requirements, and (2) make it lawful for parents of an eligible child to elect to enroll their child in any public or private elementary or secondary school in the state or to home-school their child.

No Hungry Kids Act

The bill repeals a specified rule that established certain nutrition standards for the national school lunch and breakfast programs. (In general, the rule requires schools to increase the availability of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat or fat free milk in school meals; reduce the levels of sodium, saturated fat, and trans fat in school meals; and meet children’s nutritional needs within their caloric requirements.)

The Guest of Honor Has Arrived and We’re All Set to Party!

From 01Publishing.com

July 26th sees 01Publishing at Rising Sun Creations in Mission Valley, San Diego to celebrate the unleashing of World War Kaiju on the world, and the guest of honor just arrived.

Fresh from the printer, an advanced shipment of World War Kaiju books was delivered to our offices yesterday ahead of the rest to make sure we had them for the party… and they look beautiful!

If you are a fan of giant monsters, historical satire, and amazing stories/art then come out to our launch party! Josh Finney and Patrick McEvoy will be there to talk shop and take sketch commissions. We’ll have a raffle for prizes, and BOOKS of course!!

Saturday July 26
4pm – 8pm
Rising Sun Creations
1640 Camino Del Rio North Suite 1478
San Diego, CA 92108
(Old Sweet Factory Space at Westfield Mission Valley Mall)
(619) 291-5264

World War Kaiju Kicked Ass!!

We did it!!! As of 8:05am pst yesterday, not only did World War Kaiju meet it’s goal but we exceed it by nearly $8,000!! Thank you so much to everybody who participated and supported World War Kaiju!

For those of you who may not have been able to get in on World War Kaiju, we are in the process of figuring out a Pre-Order system through the World War Kaiju website. Stay tuned for more information.

The Giant Bellybutton Compels You!!

The Giant Outie Belly-Button of Monster 10 says that you have less thank 15 hours to check out and support the World War Kaiju Kickstarter. You are compelled by the awesomeness of the Monster Belly Button to go to Kickstarter and check out the video! It demands your attention! SO DO IT NOW!!

You wouldn’t want to make the Belly Button angry now, would you? No, I didn’t think so.

World War Kaiju has giant monster battles, conspiracies, and SCIENCE!!!!
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Brief World War Kaiju Update

On Sunday 7/28/2013 World War Kaiju made it’s goal of $15,000!!

It was amazing. So many people contributed on that day to help us make our goal. Even JK Woodward of Star Trek/Doctor Who fame offered a free sketch to the person who put us over the edge.

And as if this amazingly awesome thing wasn’t enough, two days later we made our first stretch goal! That’s right. EVERYBODY who pledges $55 or more receives a free WWK Bookmark that won’t be offered anywhere else.

And we are still climbing towards that next stretch goal of $20,000 and, hopefully the $25,000 mark where the book itself will increase to  120+ pages.

Thank you so much to everybody who has supported us, contributed, and spread the word.

For more detailed updates please visit the WWK Kickstarter page. All of our updates (save for one) are open to the public so that you get the latest news. Or vist us at WorldWarKaiju.com .

Also, please help spread the word. We’ve got 10 days to go as of the writing of this blog entry and I want us to go with a bang!!

Thank you all again.

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Gang Rape Victim Commits Suicide

A fifteen year old girl was gang-raped by four teenage boys who thought it would be fun to take pictures and post them so the whole school could see. She received text messages calling her a slut and was harassed at school. She was too embarrassed and scared to tell anybody so there was no rape kit. The Canadian police did nothing. Finally, she attempted suicide. Three days later, her mother took her off life support. The boys were never prosecuted.

This has got to stop! It is the 21st century, this sort of thing needs to stop. Personal responsibility for both men and women needs to become the norm. I don’t care who you are or what your sexual orientation is. Strait, gay, lesbian, bi, it does not matter. Taking somebody by force is ALWAYS wrong , and “No” always means “NO”

And the victim should always feel comfortable coming forward. Victim-blaming is the most fucked-up thing and is only going to breed more violence. This trend of blaming the victim has got to stop. And they only way that is going to happen is through awareness.

Please read this article and repost it on your social network. http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/04/09/1840501/rehtaeh-parsons-rape-culture/

Press Release: CRAZY MARY HAS ENTERED THE BUILDING.

From 01 Publishing – 01Publishing.com

Michael Colbert’s cyberpunk epic,  Crazy Mary has arrive at the 01Publishing offices today. Michael Colbert and Josh Finney picked the books up from the docks and they look absolutely beautiful! If you have not pre-ordered your copy yet, rush over to Amazon.com and do so now. Books will be arriving in the mail next week.

Need to be convinced? Take a look for yourself. Read the first chapter of CRAZY MARY totally free online.

UPDATE: Crazy Mary not only was delivered to Amazon.com, but she SOLD OUT before the end of the week!! This is Amazing!! 01 Publishing is already sending another shipment to Amazon so if you haven’t purchased your copy yet, do so NOW and get it as soon as it is back in stock!

Just a Reminder: Enter my “Why Would You Buy That?” Contest for your chance to win a free copy of Crazy Mary! Details HERE.