Dirty Hands: Politics and Spy Games, Dead Babies and Dead Hookers
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We’ve got another batch of thought-provoking, moving, sometimes terrifying reflections and news stories for you today. Let’s take a look at them, and at the end we’ll give you a taste of what’s coming tomorrow too.
Our first piece today, “America’s Culture of Death: Abortion, Botched Abortions, and the State of the Human Heart” is an article I wrote after coming across the terrible story of a baby that survived an abortion but was left to die as it screamed for an hour—doctors and nurses heard this poor child desperately clinging to life, but did nothing as that life slipped away. Such practices are perhaps best known in America thanks to Dr. Kermit Gosnell who was thankfully convicted of killing multiple children born after botched abortions. But is there really any substantial difference between an abortion and killing an unwanted child just after its born? What do the current attitudes in America towards this question tell us about the state of our hearts and our humanity?
Our second opinion piece of the day comes from Jeffrey Silverman, a U.S. Army veteran currently living in Tbilisi, Georgia. He takes a look at the story of American lobbyist and Republican Operative Sam Patten, who seems to have his hand in every pot: he is tied in with Russian influence peddlers, Georgian pro-democracy politicians, various spy agencies and the U.S. State Department. He has just plead guilty to a number of allegations and is awaiting sentencing. He is alleged to have been a foreign agent working for a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine and is said to have been involved in funneling foreign money, from Ukraine and other offshore sources, into the Trump political campaign.
But beyond that, Silverman also tells the story of his deep contacts in the republic of Georgia, where he seems to have played various sides against one another. Patten has also worked closely with the former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, Freedom House in Russia, and was on the cutting edge with the Republican Institute during the time it was headed up by Senator John McCain. It is noteworthy that they worked together and had shared interests in Georgia, especially prior to the 2008 Georgian-Russian war.
Patten has now agreed to cooperate with Robert Muellers’ investigation into Trump’s presidential campaign, hoping to become a star witness. Is Patten still a spy for hire, or has he merely changed employers? What does his cooperation with Mueller tell us about Mueller and his investigation and about the “swamp” in Washington, D.C.? Find out much more in the article “Sam Patten: U.S. Lobbyist Implicated in Funneling Oligarch’s Money 2-Trump as Part of Blotched Foreign Intelligence Operation.”
“All Bets Are Off: The Future of the Supreme Court and Liberal Values Are at Stake” discusses the new sexual harassment accusation against Brett Kavanaugh that came just before his nomination to the Supreme Court is to be put to a vote. The timing is rather convenient, isn’t it? Have liberals entirely given up on any pretense of professionalism, or does their arrogance and contempt for the “basket of deplorables” Americans compel them to continue trying to fool us with assurances that everything is alright, or are they simply doing so poorly that they have no real hope left of blocking Kavanaugh from gaining that judiciary seat? Read and see what you think.
Unfortunately, the news isn’t always the most uplifting stuff around, and our next article reports on the unfortunate small plane crash in the Boston suburbs that killed 65-year-old Dr. Michael Graver and his 52-year-old wife Jodi Cohe from Long Island. Thankfully, the plane didn’t hit any homes or injure anyone else on the ground. The National Transportation Safety Board and other agencies are investigating the incident, though it’s likely that the pilot ran into trouble with bad weather.
Several notable events in American history have taken place on September 17th, and our next article, “This Day in History: September 17th,” lists several of them, taking a look in particular at the signing of the final draft of the Constitution, which took place this day in 1787. The Constitution was written during the summer of 1787 to amend the Articles of Confederation. The authors of the Constitution were heavily influenced by the country’s experience under the Articles of Confederation, which had attempted to retain as much independence and sovereignty for individual states as possible and to assign to the central government only those nationally important functions that the states could not handle alone, but the national government’s inability to act during Shay’s Rebellion (1786–87) in Massachusetts, showed that the Articles needed some serious tweaking. Although the Constitutional Convention met for the last time on September 17, 1787, it wasn’t officially adopted until it was ratified by New Hampshire, the ninth state to do so, on June 21, 1788. Check out our piece for a lot more information.
Our next article returns to the unfortunate, with the story a “Border Patrol Agent in Texas Arrested for Allegedly Killing 4 Women.” Juan David Ortiz, an intel supervisor for Border Patrol was taken in early Saturday morning after a fifth woman managed to escape from him and notify the authorities. The murders are being described as the work of a serial killer, and investigators have said they have very strong evidence that Ortiz is the murderer of these four women who reportedly worked as prostitutes. The motive has not yet been established, but authorities will be providing further updates.
And in another tragedy, Massachusetts saw its first fatal shark attack since 1936 on Saturday. According to the Cape and Islands District Attorney’s Office, 26-year-old Arthur Medici of Revere was attacked in Cape Cod as he was boogie-boarding about 30 yards off the beach. A friend saw what happened and managed to get Medici’s body to shore, where several witnesses attempted to help. Paramedics soon arrived and performed CPR and rushed the man to the hospital, where he unfortunately died from his injuries. Another man was attacked earlier on August 15, but he survived and is awaiting his discharge from the hospital and rehabilitation center. You can check out the whole story in the article “Man Dies After Brutal Shark Attack in Cape Cod.”
That’s what we’ve got for you today, but before I sign off, I want to give you a little preview of what you can expect from one of our opinion pieces tomorrow. “The Promoted Vagaries of Not Seeing Eye to Eye in The Bluegrass State” by Richard Caldwell introduces us to Kentucky Republican State Senator Jimmy Higdon who, in Caldwell’s view, sometimes starkly contrasts the status quo of his party’s most recent ideologies. Along the way, the author also tells us about some other well-known/notorious Kentucky politicians, including Rand Paul and Governor Ernie Fletcher, whose plane was nearly shot down in midair en route to President Reagan’s memorial service in 2004 because they hadn’t informed anyone at D.C. air control about their flight.
Enter Jimmy Higdon, a grocer-turned-politician, who is currently pushing for dramatic reforms in how the state handles the opioid epidemic, calling for law enforcement, community leaders, church groups, and schools to unite in community-wide watchdogs to combat the drug problems in their neighborhoods. He is also vocally critical of how much the traditional war on drugs has cost the taxpayer. Learn more about this interesting character and the political scene in Caldwell’s article tomorrow.
That’s all we have for you today. Thanks for listening, thanks for reading, and be sure to check out USA Really every day for more stories to feed your mind and your heart.