When Barbarians Control the Gates


By Charlie Johnston

Last week the Harris District Attorney’s (DA) office in Houston filed the most amazing legal motion I have ever seen. It contested David Daleiden’s motion to dismiss all charges against him stemming from his undercover videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s trafficking in baby organs for profit. In the motion and attached exhibits, the DA essentially confessed to everything Daleiden has alleged. It is astonishing, unless this is an attempt to lay the groundwork for an insanity defense if the DA’s office is ultimately charged with prosecutorial misconduct.

Daleiden had alleged that the prosecutor’s office had colluded with Planned Parenthood from the start to re-task a grand jury charged with investigating the abortion provider into finding a way to indict the whistle-blowers instead. As it turned out, it was MUCH worse than that – and the prosecutor’s motion gives all the evidence needed to demonstrate collusion.


David Daleiden



Josh Shaffer, the attorney for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast (PPGC) wrote an affidavit attached to the DA’s motion. I can only presume that in some rush, the DA’s office did not actually read the affidavit, for it is devastating – to the DA’s office. It reads like a “cover-your-bottom” memo where Shaffer concedes substantial collusion while asserting that he did not knowingly collude; rather that Assistant District Attorney (ADA) Sunni Mitchell was just too eager to do Planned Parenthood’s bidding.

The DA’s motion confirms that the Grand Jury never actually did what it was charged with – investigate Planned Parenthood on the charge of trafficking in baby parts. They never even bothered with a vote on the charges against Planned Parenthood. Rather, ADA Mitchell sought to weaponize the justice system and turn it on Daleiden, who had dared to blow the whistle on this loathsome and illegal practice. Mitchell succeeded in the end, but it may well prove to be a pyrrhic victory.

Shaffer concedes that, from the beginning, he sought to obtain the unedited footage of Daleiden’s videos to give to Planned Parenthood. Ever the eager lapdog for the abortion provider she was supposed to be investigating, ADA Mitchell asked the Texas Atty. Gen.’s office for a copy of the videos. The Texas AG provided the videos, but sternly warned the DA’s office that they were for internal use only and were NOT to be provided to Planned Parenthood. In a move that is staggering in its casual contempt for the Attorney General’s office, ADA Mitchell issued a subpoena for the videos she already had, reasoning that if she got it another way, she could give Planned Parenthood what it wanted. This just begs for sanctions and possibly even disbarment.


Harris County DA Devon Anderson (left) and ADA Sunni Mitchell


Life News offers the most concise, comprehensive story on where things stand right now. A local Houston area website, BigJolly, covers well the culture of corruption in the Harris County DA’s office. I am glad that attention is being turned away from ADA Lauren Reeder, who is also a member of the board of PPGC. Though it is suggestive, there is nothing disqualifying about sitting on a board of directors – so long as you refrain from playing any role in a public action involving that entity. I suspect that even the Harris DA’s office is not that obtuse (although this motion suggests otherwise). Rather, from the first time I wrote about this, I suggested that ADA Sunni Mitchell ought to be the focus of media and governmental investigations into this perversion of the justice system. Mitchell seems to be the designated defender of abortionists in the Harris DA’s office. She conducted the Grand Jury investigating abortionist Douglas Karpen a few years back. Karpen was charged with casually executing babies who were born alive after surviving an abortion attempt. Despite compelling photographic and eyewitness testimony, the Grand Jury under Mitchell’s direction came up with a “no-bill” – and Karpen was free to conduct business as usual. Meantime, Karpen’s attorney, Chip Lewis, became DA Devon Anderson’s largest political contributor.

The worm is slowly turning in these Planned Parenthood cases with Daleiden – and all the insiders know it. Recently, a Congressional Subcommittee released a smoking gun, showing that Planned Parenthood has, indeed, been doing what Daleiden exposed – trafficking in baby parts for profit. The Democrats on the committee are trying to kill any further investigation while the establishment media is doing its best to completely ignore it. But as Founding Father John Adams once said, “Facts are stubborn things.”

I have always thought the indictment in Harris County was not a serious effort at all. Rather, it was an effort by Planned Parenthood’s governmental collaborators to get Daleiden to plead to something. That was important because the video evidence is so compelling. Planned Parenthood desperately wants to be able to have media reports that begin with something like, “Confessed miscreant charges…” when speaking of Daleiden to establish some sort of moral equivalence and blunt the effectiveness of his work. In a conversation with Daleiden before his first appearance in court in Harris County, I told him I suspected he would almost immediately be offered a lesser charge with no effective consequences, because the important thing was not legal, but to get him to plead to something in order to establish that immoral equivalence. Ah, how my heart soared with admiration when that was exactly what happened – and Daleiden refused the deal, instead demanding an apology from the DA’s office.

This motion by the DA’s office was a panicked effort to maintain some leverage over Daleiden. As I have noted, I used to counsel various public officials and candidates – including more than a few judges and law enforcement officials. Sometimes, the best of people make a bollox of things. When that happened, I always advised my clients and friends to cut bait and walk away, lest they make things worse and continue a story line that was damaging them. When the charge is that you have been colluding with what should have been your target in order to railroad an innocent man, the last thing in the world you want to do is provide documentary evidence that supports the charge. That is precisely what the DA’s office has done. I don’t know whether it is panic, smug arrogance, plain stupidity or a combination of the three.

There is a hearing set for July 26th on the competing motions of Daleiden and the DA’s office. The evidence is compelling enough that the judge may be tempted to dismiss the case outright before testimony is heard. I hope that doesn’t happen. This DA has proven fumble-fisted enough that a full-blown hearing may produce further evidence of serious, criminal misconduct.

I consider it very important that heavy sanctions be imposed on the Harris County DA’s office. As you may recall, California Attorney General Kamala Harris ordered a commando style raid on Daleiden’s apartment last month. Harris has not said what she was looking for or what she hopes to charge Daleiden with. But she is running for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate – so this was a great way to tell one of her biggest donors, Planned Parenthood, that she wants to be the senator for Planned Parenthood rather than a senator for California. In a shrewd move, Daleiden brought Steve Cooley on to handle legal issues in California. Cooley was Harris’ Republican opponent in the attorney general’s race six years ago. In that Democratic state, Cooley fought her to a statistical tie and lost by a fraction of a point.

Kamala D. Harris

California Attorney General Kamala Harris (AP Photo, Richard Vogel file)


Right now, governmental fellow travelers of Planned Parenthood think there is no price to be paid for abusing their power to harass Daleiden – and a huge upside in getting money and support from Planned Parenthood out of the abuse. If heavy sanctions are imposed on the Harris County DA’s office for abusing its authority and weaponizing the law, fellow travelers will still be supportive of Planned Parenthood, but will discretely leave the organization to fight its own battle on this.

Right now, everybody except the Harris County DA’s office and, perhaps, the California attorney general, have figured out it is time to cover their bottoms and cut their losses. You can see in Shaffer’s affidavit the subtle attempt to shift blame for any misconduct onto the Harris County DA’s office. Shaffer was probably astounded that the DA attached his affidavit to the motion. Whatever one might think of the morality of Planned Parenthood, their lawyers aren’t stupid – and work vigorously to protect their client.

Daleiden still has unreleased videos with devastating footage. If I were the National Abortion Federation (NAF), I would be very cautious, for I am sniffing out hints that Planned Parenthood may be planning to serve NAF up as a scapegoat to cut its own losses before this is finished.

As for Harris County DA Devon Anderson, she claimed to be pro-life. It is now clear that what she has done is cynically play pro-lifers for chumps. But she, too, had best take care. When your office is this startlingly incompetent and brazenly corrupted, it makes some who work there and still believe in things such as honor and justice nervous. She might want to consider that Planned Parenthood is not the only entity now that has friends in the DA’s office who are talking and giving inside information.


About charliej373

Charlie Johnston is a former newspaper editor, radio talk show host and political consultant. From Feb. 11, 2011 to Aug. 21, 2012, he walked 3,200 miles across the country, sleeping in the woods, meeting people and praying as he went. He has received prophetic visitation all his life, which he has vetted through a trio of priests over the last 20 years, and now speaks publicly about on this site. Yet he emphasizes that we find God most surely through the ordinary, doing the little things we should with faith and fidelity. Hence the name, The Next Right Step. The visitations inform his work, but are not the focus of it. He lives in the Archdiocese of Denver in the United States.
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317 Responses to When Barbarians Control the Gates

  1. goldensun says:

    Please let the tide start turning against the abortion industry. I’m sure everyone remembers the story a few years ago about some hospitals in the UK burning the remains of aborted children to generate heat for their facilities. And they found some places in the US were doing it too! I remember being so sickened by the callousness.

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  2. little one in PA says:

    St Peter Corpus Christi Procession a great success!

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  3. Mary says:

    Look up gender bender fish, frogs, other amphibians and birds caused by birth control in water, microbiologists have been warning about it for 50 years now. Totally ignored. World wide problem. I posted such on Catholic site from Washington Post, got laughed at. Look up number of children not being Breastfed, less than 12% in US 2015 get any Breast feeding let alone two years recommended, now coming out, prevention of autoimmune, allergies and more. We didn’t just abandon the natural order in one area, we abandoned it lock stock and barrel. I posted that too. Got laughed at.

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    • Mary says:

      A lot of people might be surprised to learn that commercial infant formula was invented in 1867. It was touted as superior to breast milk as early as 1917 in Japan. Japan has the highest autism rate in the world and breast feeding stats mirror those autism rates in the top ten countries surveyed. I am sure most people think this began around 1930’s, 1940’s at best. No, infants can not digest milk or formula, period and nothing replaces the God given strategy for building the immune and digestion system and passing it on to the next generation, (they admit this now, it can not be replaced, too dynamic as to infant need and response) talk about a family tree or ancient chain that should never be broken, along with the true honor of motherhood and all she has given to society since time began. Molecular technology is proving this. I for one am thankful that our technology along with the daily news has shown how far astray we have really wandered and what a beautiful flawless, awe inspiring system it is, for every creature on earth, comparable to big bang if ever there was a science.

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      • I nursed my three children. It’s the most natural thing in the world and the easiest way to feed. Unfortunately, my last child, a stubborn one all her life, absolutely REFUSED to nurse after 4 months. First one breast and then the other. So frustrating. I couldn’t trick her.

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    • marcyc48 says:

      Mary, l remember over 20 years ago my Microbiology professor, a nun at a local Catholic college, told our class, composed mainly of nursing students, about the deformities found in frogs and fish due to birth control pills that were excreted in the urine of women using them. Sister Rosine was a brillant woman and l knew she kept abreast of Science and research.
      When the news was filled with stories of athletes taking steroids, l recalled Sister Rosine’s talk on birth contol pills being steroids. If they damage men, then the steroids in BCP are damaging women ( increased rate of breast cancer and its virility in younger women) and eventually any creature that drinks the water her urine finds its way into.

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    • Ann Seeton says:

      Now doctors are being told to stop calling Breast Feeding NATURAL for fear people will choose it and then start questioning other things besides formula. The sad part is demonizing mothers who breast feed because some people skip vaccinations is unfair.

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      • YongDuk says:

        Oh, Ann Seeton, you hit on something perfectly tragic with big business (a.k.a. Gerber) and the introduction of formula in America and the World… This started in the 70s. In the 90s, the tide was finally turning to accepting it. Pumping, sorry gents who might be offended that I speak on these terms candidly (yes, as always in brevity that is a symphony of notes and overtones that I expect one to hear despite the lack of word, Aric, to which I know if one were truly humble the Spirit would fill in with Technicolor clarity–and no, I am not the arrogant one, but the one who knows that the Blind will be blind and led to further deafness by their own choice to be arrogant), for a while made a come back, so to see this post by you Ann Seeton, if true, means that Gerber et al. have opened another impassioned campaign for the sake of their agenda/economics as opposed to the true health of children… To nurture a child at the breast. The oxytocin. The antibodies… In the End, it will be interesting to see the effect on the Generations… Again, the Intelligent One… and I don’t mean God.

        pace bene,

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        • Doug says:

          Hmmm….. This can indirectly tie into the transgender agenda if you think about it.


        • aric says:

          it is good that you copied the link to this post from your other post as I never in a billion years would have come across it otherwise.

          what is this ba gua move called === hidden cat behind drapes – jumping cat spreads pruning dander leaping from behind drapes ?
          brevity that is a symphony of notes and overtones — yes but brevity not necessarily make for clarity

          I am not the arrogant one, but the one who knows that the Blind will be blind and led to further deafness by their own choice to be arrogant

          you are so arrogant it is stifling

          two things in closing

          remember — as always — Please save the Texas Prairie Chicken
          do not forget that not all the blind will be led to further deafness —
          Daredevil #1 (April 1964).


  4. Mary says:

    Why is faith not separated from reason in a Catholic? Lest you become a barbarian at the gate, for one. http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/birth-control-in-drinking-water-a-fertility-catastrophe-in-the-making


  5. CrewDog says:

    The below is an interesting article that reminds us that the battle to defend Christendom from Islam is a very old and continuing one. Let us Pray that Christian Crusaders still exist and will arise to the challenge of The Storm.

    “The Warrior-King Who Saved Europe From Islam”



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  6. CrewDog says:

    With all the talk of Barbarians, Signs & End Times the below sounds Pretty Good 😉

    HeartLight Daily Verse 1 June
    Revelation 21:2-4
    I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride, beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of thing has passed away.
    Thoughts on today’s verse:
    I don’t know about you, but I’m kind of ready for that old order stuff to go away. The end of tears, death, mourning, crying and pain sounds pretty good to me! No wonder the early Christians would say, “Marantha. Come Lord Jesus!” They couldn’t wait.
    Holy God, please help me as I try to continue serving you faithfully. My desire is to be steadfast in my love and living for you until the glorious day that so many of your children have longed for over the centuries. I long to see you in your glory and to share in your presence and to join with the saints of all ages past praising you around your glorious throne. Through Jesus, I pray. Amen.
    Visit heartlight.org for more

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  7. CrewDog says:

    Padraig posted this over at MOG today. Hollywood Actor tells it like it is. Wouldn’t it be nice if you heard this kind of thing from the pulpit at your parish?


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    • Alfred says:

      Excellent, CD. He’s quite a “person of interest.” Hollywood has always had people who were a light in the darkness. Caviezel follows Loretta Young, Danny Thomas in the past and several now who are proud to be called Catholics. Hollywood has done–and continues to do–damage to the culture but as with anything else, there is wheat along with the tare.

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      • Mick says:

        Nice reference to Caviezel’s TV series, Alfred. It was the only show I watched on TV. The series finale was last night; I bawled like a baby when I watched it.

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  8. Mack says:

    Charlie, this is slightly off topic, but you had said how there have been more deaths in the runup to the fullness of the Storm. Interesting that this secular article confirms that in 2015 the death rate in the US did actually increase:


  9. aaronpfoutz says:

    Charlie, could you tell us how you discern spirits. Especially, how you did this with the one who speaks with you. Thank you and God Bless. Aaron


    • charliej373 says:

      I am sorry, Aaron. I do not discuss details of that with anyone, lest the devil pick up some clues. But I will tell you something that is common to everyone and has been published by others before. Offer praises to the Lord, Jesus Christ…to Mary and to Joseph while waiting for your visitors to do the same. Be very wary…for evil spirits may say something like “Blessed be…” but they will not say the names.

      Do NOT EVER invite spirits to speak to you. This is an open invitation to demonic forces. Even the best experiences are incredibly intense. Do not mess with this stuff. If it should come, pray for strength to bear it – and get under the direction of a solid Priest immediately.

      One of the satan’s favorite gambits is to send a demon to come to one who wants “spiritual” experiences, being entirely innocuous and friendly – until the person is hooked. Then it gets ugly quickly. You cannot judge these things by how good it makes you feel – for once the devil picks up on that he will make you feel great until you are safely ensnared.

      There are many people who have wanted a taste of what I have had, even though I warn all it is not what you think…and it is far more intense than you may be able to bear even under the best circumstances. Only two have had their prayers answered – and both begged for it to never happen again, with me joining them in their prayers. Please do not go seeking after this kind of thing. If God intends it for you in this life, you will come to know and must get under direction. If you go seeking after it, the devil will know, will oblige you, and you may be lost because of your curiosity.

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      • aaronpfoutz says:

        Thanks for your reply. Believe me I do not seek out spirits. I do listen for God to speak in prayer. I honestly just wanted to know how you discern. “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. This is how you can know the Spirit of God: every spirit that acknowledges Jesus Christ come in the flesh belongs to God, and every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus* does not belong to God. This is the spirit of the antichrist that, as you heard, is to come, but in fact is already in the world.c” 1Jn 4:1-3

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        • charliej373 says:

          No, I did not think you did, Aaron. But many people read this and some are likely going to go out and do dangerous things. I appreciate your concern, but I have been under the direction of three Priests of Opus Dei for several decades and am under obedience to my Archbishop, after having been formally investigated. This is something I only ever discuss with those who have formal responsibility over me. It is a dangerous subject to get into otherwise. But you can rest assured that the subject has come up and been well-examined in these last two decades by those formally over me.

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      • Doug says:

        Charlie, very sound advice as I can attest to going down the rabbit hole in the past and very clearly experiencing demonic influence. It is something I am now very cautious about.

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        • Sarge says:


          That reply sent chills down my spine. I’ve often wished that God would send me a “visitor”. I guess I wanted it as his seal of approval? Some reassurance that he was there? I now see the error of my ways; i sought these things because of pride and weak faith. Lord, have mercy on me and don’t hold my wicked thoughts against me. I will try my best to avoid them. I will do my best to know that your grace it sufficient.

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  10. Simone says:

    That was such a helpful response!! Thank you, Charlie. I tend to go far the other way. 🙂 I’ll be happy to meet my heavenly friends when I actually get… Heaven. 😉

    I once had a dream about our wonderful Blessed Mother. When I woke up, I was shocked at my reaction when I saw her. It was absolute terror. I’m not even sure if terror is the right word. It wasn’t the kind of fear you get when you see a spider or a rabid squirrel. I couldn’t even speak. I don’t think she came to me in the dream, but the experience left me convinced that I am NOT good with this kind of stuff.

    So, thanks for doing this so we don’t have to. 😉


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  11. CrewDog says:

    Just more of the SAME when godless Democrats/Socialists are in control ……… ever wonder why Democrats/Socialists want your Guns!? … it ain’t to Save the Children …. ’cause these are the same people who believe the slaughter of 55+ MILLION (USA) Children in the womb is A-OK ;-(
    “CALIFORNIA TO ‘PUNISH’ FAITH-BASED COLLEGES FOR “HOLDING WRONG VIEWS” – ‘Could open Christian and other religious schools to a blizzard of lawsuits’



    PS: On a happier note:
    HAPPY FATHER’S DAY … Y’all 😉

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  12. michelle says:

    “On the plus side, some gays may look at this and think, whoa…we can bake our own cakes.”
    I think that is beneath you.


    • charliej373 says:

      Why? It was not insulting, just a recognition that there are more pressing realities than punishing Christians – stated in an amusing way.

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      • michelle says:

        Pope Francis per Catholic News Service today: “At the mention of the massacre in early June at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, Pope Francis closed his eyes as if in pain and shook his head in dismay.” “We Christians have much to apologize for and not just in this area,” he said, referring again to its treatment of homosexual persons. “Ask forgiveness and not just say we’re sorry. Forgive us, Lord.” Hopefully this can be a more pressing reality for every Christian in the wake of Orlando. I am astonished that is not the very first reaction for every Christian to this event. This acknowledgement does not preclude other reactions and I shall pray that Christians are spared the persection of baking cakes. I do not mean to offend; only to state in an amusing way.

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        • charliej373 says:

          It is not a persecution to bake cakes. It IS a persecution to be forced to do so for something that violates your conscience or be fined, bankrupted, or jailed. AQnd I reject categorically that Christian opposition to same-sex marriage had ANYTHING to do with the Jihadist attack on that nightclub. Perhaps the left can quit opposing Christianity in response to the genocide being wreaked upon hundreds of thousands of Christian in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

          If your comment means to treat all people with dignity, I am for that…to respect their conscience while insisting they respect ours, I am for that. But if it is to change 2,000 years of Christian teaching because a Muslim Jihadist murdered a club full of gays, I am not for that. I am, however, for confronting Jihad and calling it by its proper name.

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          • Joj says:

            I agree with you 100% on this, Mr. Charlie! We must always respect a person’s right not to cooperate with evil in violation of their conscience.

            All I can guess the Pope is thinking is that when someone accuses a Christian of being at fault, rather than defending ourselves, we can humbly acknowledge our own failure wherever we might see it. Saying that we Christians have not always treated sinners with love and kindness is certainly true and worthy of an apology, no matter how evil the act of homosexual union. And I would hope that no Christian would consent to the evil of that jihadist attack. But if they do, then they too need forgiveness. I think that’s all the Pope is doing, clearly separating the Christian from this Muslim action.

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  13. CrewDog says:

    The below should be very disturbing to every USA Citizen … but … as you can bet that it will NOT be covered by ABCNNBCBS-PBS …. BoobLand USA will remain in their usual state of not so blissful, “These Days”, Ignorance…………….. THE STORM!!!

    “There Are Now More Bureaucrats With Guns Than U.S. Marines” – Report: Non-military federal agencies spend $1.48 billion on guns and ammo since 2006



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    • Alfred says:

      Interesting. Don’t know if it will get publicity, but the law that funded the study was sponsored about 10 years ago by Senators Coburn (R-OK) and Obama (D-IL). I’ll be very surprised if this study doesn’t end up being used for their purposes by both sides of the gun debate. There are so many guns out there….so many guns. It may be too late to put the toothpaste back in the tube. I don’t watch Game of Thrones, but maybe the last episode reviewers described is prophetic in itself. God help us.


  14. CrewDog says:

    I know Ya don’t need more “SIGNS” … but ;-( …. Oh!! … I’m sure that most here are in “The Know” so I’m sure there is, really, no need for me to Point-Out that Planned “Parenthood” is a “treasured entity” of the Democrat Party USA and PP is oft defended by the Democrat Party and their most “prestigious” leaders. Perhaps some of our Liberal members here can enlighten us to the “Whys” of it all … Eh!!??

    “Satanic Temple Launching Pro-Abortion Crusade With Protests to Defend Planned Parenthood”




  15. Theresa Morris says:

    I’m just going to continue living my life, and trusting in God until the poop hits the fan. At that point, if I’m still alive, I will try my best to continue trusting in God and taking The Next Right Step.


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