There are various other examples of this trend. But the gist is that the GOP, based on the House of Representatives where it may well have a lock through 2020, has decided that there’s really nothing that needs fixing with the party’s emphasis on social conservatism and being the political party, overwhelmingly, of white people. Indeed, House Republicans are now increasingly vocal that all the stuff about an autopsy or rebuilding the party post-2012 was basically bunk.
If this happened to other parents who hadn’t already murdered two of their children through cult religion inspired neglect there would be right wing religious attorneys fighting this as a religious freedom issue.
The remaining children of the Northeast Philadelphia faith-healing couple who chose prayer over medicine in two child deaths are receiving court-ordered medical care, defense attorneys said Monday.
Herbert and Catherine Schaible’s seven children were placed in temporary foster care after the couple told police they did not bring their 8-month-old, Brandon, to a doctor when he showed serious signs of illness last month.
The Schaibles - members of a church that shuns medical care - are on probation for the 2009 death of their 2-year-old son, Kent.
While authorities await the results of Brandon Schaible’s autopsy, child welfare workers are monitoring the medical needs of the seven other Schaible children, said Mythri Jayaraman, a lawyer for Catharine Schaible, after a probationary status hearing Monday at the Criminal Justice Center.
At a Family Court hearing last week, a judge ordered Department of Human Services workers to ensure the children’s “routine and special” medical needs were being met, Jayaraman said.
The GOP’s prescription to cure the ills that helped bring on yet another disastrous presidential cycle would revamp its presidential nominating rules in ways to benefit well-funded candidates and hamper insurgents - a move that quickly heated up the already smoldering feud between the Republican establishment and the tea party-inspired base.
Tucked in near the end of the 97-page report, formally known as The Growth and Opportunity Project, are less than four pages that amount to a political bombshell: the five-member panel urges halving the number of presidential primary debates in 2016 from 2012, creating a regional primary cluster after the traditional early states and holding primaries rather than caucuses or conventions.
Each of those steps would benefit a deep-pocketed candidate in the mold of Mitt Romney. That is, someone who doesn’t need the benefit of televised debates to get attention because he or she can afford TV ads; has the cash to air commercials and do other forms of voter contact in multiple big states at one time; and has more appeal with a broader swath of voters than the sort of ideologically-driven activists who typically attend caucuses and conventions.
The recommendations are also a nod to the party’s donor class. Several donors bluntly told RNC Chair Reince Priebus at meetings right after the election that they wanted Iowa, with its more conservative base, to have less of a role in the process.
Reaction was swift. Allies of potential 2016 hopefuls Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and former Sen. Rick Santorum, sensing a power play by the establishment-dominated panel, reacted angrily to recommendations they think are aimed at hurting candidates who do well in caucuses and conventions and need debates to get attention.
They have created a monster. By allowing the crazies of the right wing gain so much influence within the party and trying to simultaneously politically benefit their “energy”, the Republican party must now grapple with keeping them within the fold. Now, when the RNC / Establishment Republicans try and dilute the influence of these crazies by changing the rules so that the nomination process is no longer a zoo the crazies freak out.
Rand Paul will now make a strong run for the Republican Candidate in 2016 and, win or loose the nomination, it will be the end of the modern Republican Party. If he wins the nomination he will lose big time as many “mainstream” Republicans will “stay home” so that after the election is over the brand of the Republican Party will be toast and if he looses, he will split from the party, run as a 3rd Party Candidate and the Democrats will win. Again, after the election the rump of the Republican party will be trashed.
There is no way out for them.
A Mexican teenager killed when the U.S. Border Patrol opened fire on a group of rock throwers in Mexico last year was shot at least seven times from behind, an autopsy by Mexican authorities showed.
Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, 16, was shot as agents fired into Nogales, Mexico, after responding to reports of drug trafficking on Oct 10.
An attorney for the Elena Rodriguez family, Luis F. Parra, released a copy of the Mexican medical examiner’s report on Thursday.
The autopsy was conducted several hours after the shooting. It found that the teen had been struck in the head, neck and body by at least seven bullets fired from behind him. It described several other bullet injuries, some of which may have been exit wounds.
Following the shooting, Mexican authorities condemned the U.S. Border Patrol’s use of lethal force and called for a timely and transparent investigation.
In a written statement, the Border Patrol said the incident began shortly before midnight on October 10 when agents responded to reports of two suspected smugglers, who they watched drop drugs on the Arizona side of the border.
Things like this could easily happen in the US if the “conscience” bills are allowed to stand and fundamentalist anti-choice lobbies win at the Supreme Court level. Note the level of arrogance here in forcing Catholic views and practices on someone who was Hindu.
Savita Halappanavar’s family said she asked several times for her pregnancy to be terminated because she had severe back pain and was miscarrying. Her husband said it was refused because there was a foetal heartbeat. Ms Halappanavar’s death, on 28 October, is the subject of two investigations.
An autopsy carried out two days after her death found she had died from septicaemia. Ms Halappanavar, who was 31 and originally from India, was a dentist.
Praveen Halappanavar said staff at University Hospital Galway told them Ireland was “a Catholic country”.
When asked by the BBC if he thought his wife would still be alive if the termination had been allowed, Mr Halappanavar said: “Of course, no doubt about it.”