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Interviews With Jeff Dunetz, Tony Heller from Real Science and Sarah Zagorski from LiveNews.com

By |August 3rd, 2015|Blog|

The Duane Lester Show #7: Interview with John Hawkins On His 2011 Prediction of the End of Independent Blogs (Audio)

A few years ago, John Hawkins made some dire predictions about the independent conservative blogger. Did they come true? And, how did John change what he was doing?

By |August 3rd, 2015|Blog|

The Paradigm Shift: Ending Abortion

Planned Parenthood’s abort and harvest facilities are getting attention across America thanks to undercover video showing officials haggling over prices for baby organs and another video showing workers sifting through a pie plate of dissected unborn baby, looking for arms and legs with the same casual disposition of a person searching a bowl of M&Ms for just the green ones.

The images were so shocking, even Hillary Clinton said she found them disturbing. They bring much needed scrutiny to Planned Parenthood’s business model and their millions in public subsidies. And they bring attention to a practice that needs to end. Abortion.

Now here’s The Paradigm Shift. I didn’t say abortion needed to be “abolished.” I said it needed to end.

There’s a difference. Outlawing abortion will not end abortion any more than outlawing murder ended murder or outlawing the use of marijuana ended the use of marijuana. See, I don’t want abortion moved to the black market. I want it to end. That’s a much bigger goal than just overturning Roe. v. Wade or passing a law prohibiting it.

As I mentioned in a previous video, people only take action to avoid pain or gain pleasure. I can’t imagine too many, if any, women are going to get abortions because of the pleasure they gain from it. A vast majority are doing it to avoid a perceived pain. They believe a baby or a pregnancy will create financial instability, have a negative impact or create relationship problems. Some say they they aren’t ready to be a single mother.

These aren’t my assumptions. This is what women who have had abortions have stated as reasons for terminating the life of their unborn child.

So how do we end abortion?

How is something that monumental to be accomplished?

It would take changing the belief that having a baby brings more pain than pleasure. And to do that, you need to address the issues women say motivate them to end a pregnancy.

For example, financial instability. It’s estimated that giving birth to a child will cost upwards of $10,000. Ok, that’s a nice round number, let’s go with that. The Guttmacher Institute says there were 1.05 million abortions in 2012, down from years before.

We would need $10.5 billion to pay for all those births. That seems like a lot, until you realize Americans gave $358 billion to charity in 2014.

Would it be difficult to create a charity and raise $10 and a half billion a year? Of course it would. You’d need an angel to get started. A big supporter of the pro-life movement. Someone who could get behind giving money to women who needed it in order to save the life of a baby. And you know who could do that?

The Catholic Church. The Catholic Church could easily start off with a multi-billion dollar donation to such a fund and not break a sweat. There are an estimated 85 million Catholics in America and each give an average of $10 a week to the church. That’s $850 million a week, or $44 billion a year, just in donations.

In fact, the Catholic Church could just offer free childbirth services in all their hospitals. Problem solved, except for rural areas where there’s no Catholic hospital. In that case, the bills get sent to the charity.

And the Catholic Church is just one branch of the Christian faith. Think of how many there are, along with other religions. This would be very doable.

By all means, please keep praying and protesting outside Planned Parenthood clinics, but imagine how powerful it would be to post someone out there with $10,000 cash and a sign that says, “We’ll pay the cost of your childbirth and help set up the adoption. No questions asked.”

Speaking of adoption, America has some major problems. First of all, private adoption is way too expensive. The typical cost of adopting is between $20,000 and $40,000 dollars. That’s cost prohibitive to many Americans.

Adopting through foster care is cheaper, anywhere from $0 to $2,500, but either way, there’s still no guarantee the child you adopt won’t be taken from you later. This is why many people who adopt in America adopt children from other countries. There’s less of a chance of the birth parents contesting the adoption when they have to travel from China or Bulgaria.

Adoption reform is necessary in order to make it more affordable and to secure the rights of the adoptive parents. When this is done, it will be easier for all children who need parents to get them.

With the fears of financial instability eliminated and the fears associated with being a single mother or possible relationship issues alleviated with a streamlined adoption process, abortions should decrease.

Still, there will be those who don’t recognize the unborn as anything more than a clump of cells equal to a parasite or a cancer. I’ve heard of people who have told women entering abortion clinics that they would arrange for their child to be adopted, only to be rebuked. How do we overcome that?

It would take a cultural shift that values life and sees an unborn child as a life.

That shift will only occur when there is less government involvement in our lives.

A study in 2004 showed that when a greater proportion of GDP was spent on government welfare, the more non-religious people there were and the lower church attendance was.

The government’s cradle to grave social welfare net has pulled people away from communities and churches, where they might have been influenced by people, including even the non-churchy type folks, who believe life is sacred.

When people are turning to local communities and charities for help more than the government, that cultural shift is possible, but as long as they can get their needs met by the faceless nanny state, they won’t be exposed to those who could most influence and possibly change their belief system.

When the culture finally frowns sternly on abortion and it’s more painful to terminate a pregnancy than take it to term, then abortion will end. That’s what I hope to see. An end to abortion, not just an abolition.

By |July 31st, 2015|Blog|

The Duane Lester Show #6: Interviews on Global Warming Data Hoaxes, The Iran Deal and Planned Parenthood

In this episode, I talk global warming and bogus data with Tony Heller of Real Science. I also talk about the Planned Parenthood videos with Sarah Zagorski of LifeNews.com. I close the show with a talk with YidWithLid’s Jeff Dunetz.

By |July 31st, 2015|Blog|

Peter Kinder on KMOX: “People Can’t Believe When They Arrive in St. Louis and Their Uber App Doesn’t Work.” (Audio)

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Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder was on KMOX this afternoon to talk about the St. Louis Metropolitan Taxicab Commission’s (MTC) non-action on Uber. Talking with Mark Reardon, he said the lack of UberX service in St. Louis wasn’t just an embarrassment for St. Louis. He said it was an obstacle for bringing good innovators to the state.

“The CEO of LockerDome, one of our great points of pride among the startups in town, he’s saying he’s having trouble attracting talented young executives to come to town. People can’t believe that when they use Uber in every other major metro in the country, they arrive in St. Louis and their app doesn’t work.”

Kinder commented that another witness today testified “People call me from their hotel and say, ‘I guess my Uber app has gone down.’ He said, ‘Nope. This is the one city in America that doesn’t have Uber.'”

Kinder previously called the absence of ride-sharing in St. Louis an embarrassment. Today the MTC was scheduled to take a vote on allowing UberX to operate in St. Louis.

They chose not to take a vote.

Here’s the audio of Kinder’s interview:

By |July 29th, 2015|Blog|

“COWARDS!” St. Louis Metropolitan Taxicab Commission Delays Vote On Uber – UPDATED

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The St. Louis Metropolitan Taxicab Commission met today before an audience of around 200 people. They were supposed to decide today whether to allow people in St. Louis to use their vehicles to give people rides in exchange for money.

(Yeah, for some reason government thinks it needs to be involved in what you do with your property. I don’t get it either.)

First up, Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder:

Followed by:

Republicans are by and large in favor of ride-sharing services like Uber, Lyft and Sidecar. Democrats are outspoken against them, unless they bend to the will of the progressive, protectionist cartels like the MTC.

Commissoner J. Kim Tucci offered some anecdotal evidence for the commission’s position:

Poor fella. Seems all this demand for them to get out of the way has hurt his feelings. You’d think with all the boards he says he’s been on, this is the first time anyone has ever challenged him. If so, that’s too bad.

Meanwhile, the MTC is allowing criminals to drive taxis. I’m not talking about letting embezzlers or other white collar criminals. ONe of these guys thratened to chop the head off of police officers:

Former cab driver Mahad Abdinoor Abdi reportedly threatened to chop off the heads of police officers in June. That`s according to police reports that led to assault charges against Abdi. The St. Louis Metropolitan Taxicab Commission (MTC) revoked his taxi license that same moth. But Abdi got a license several years ago, despite a record of at least eight previous arrests.

And he’s not the only one:

However Wilson defended another cabbie we found with a criminal record. Melesse Gelete assaulted three police officers in 2001. Wilson told us, ‘I think a person deserves a second chance and I`m not the person who does the true hiring. The taxi cab commission does. I just approve it through my company.’

MTC lawyer Neil Bruntrager says state law requires regulators to give second chances. He explained, ‘If it`s an old conviction, if it`s a misdemeanor, those sorts of things while they are looked at, basically under the chance law you sort of have to look past them.’

Gelete`s assault convictions were misdemeanors because the police officers were not seriously injured, despite falling down flights of stairs. Gelete remains working on his green card.

When you have drivers like this after a background check and you have the MTC hack lawyer defending them, perhaps it’s time to drop the charade that the opposition to ride-sharing is about public safety.

And maybe drop the act that you care about what the people think. Oh, they did that:

At the beginning, they said they’d take up to 30-45 minutes of public comment. They limited comment time to 3 minutes per. That comes to just 24 minutes of public comment, not including the time in between comments. After they closed comments, things turned ugly:

In the end, the mayor’s office asked for no vote to be held:

So, they didn’t:

Bold action by the St. Louis Metropolitan Taxicab Commission to…do nothing.

Why would we expect anything less?

Perhaps the call from Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder will be heard by the Missouri Legislature this next session and they’ll finally rid St. Louis of the MTC. Until then, the people of St. Louis will just have to do without ride-sharing. I just hope they all recognize who’s behind that:

Good. They do.

 

UPDATE:

It was Ed Domain that yelled “Cowards!:

He was ejected:

Here’s my interview with Ed from last week:

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By |July 29th, 2015|Blog|