Thursday, February 23, 2017

Quick Hits: Volume CXLIV

- My friend Rep. Nick Zerwas (R-Elk River) has been very vocal about increasing penalties for protestors who would block freeways, entry ways to the airport, access to public transportation, etc. Keep in mind that these activities are already illegal. Also, ignore the chanting points that this is an effort to undermine first amendment rights, as such nonsense is merely a smoke screen from the larger issue of some (not all, but some) protests endangering public safety.

With that in mind, proposed legislation put forth by Zerwas and Rep. Kathy Lohmer (R-Stillwater) have passed a critical first step.

Lohmer’s bill to increase penalties for highway protests and Zerwas’ bill to increase penalties for obstructing traffic to a highway or airport passed the public safety House committee Wednesday morning on 10-6 votes. The committee room was packed to overflow with attendees, who occasionally shouted during the hearing, and lawmakers heard from nearly a dozen citizens and experts who testified against the measures.

One of the more outspoken critics of this legislation has been John Thompson who was a friend of Philando Castille, the young man shot and killed by a St. Anthony police office last July.

“Stop giving us a reason to protest,” Thompson implored lawmakers.

With all due respect Mr. Thompson, MN House members are not responsible for the senseless death of your friend. The proper channels of local government (i.e. the county attorney's office) are currently working to ensure justice will be meted out. Problem is, it's rarely the "right kind of justice" to satisfy some protestors.

- Leftist filmmaker Michael Moore said this about staunch anti-Trumpers (a/k/a "The Resistance") showing up at town hall meetings hosted by GOP members of Congress.

"This makes the tea party look like preschool."

If you think about it, this is an unwitting indictment of "The Resistance" movement, given that progs like Moore often cited the Tea Party movement as racist, violent and xenophobic.

- I consider myself pro life. I have donated time and money to pro life causes. I have given a voice to the pro life movement via my radio show.

Nevertheless, whatever resources I've put into such a vital cause now seem to pale in comparison to the dedication of Royce Young and his pregnant wife Keri.

The child, a baby girl they are naming Eva, is being born without a brain and because of this, she isn't expected to live past a few days. When her parents found out about their daughter's condition, the 31-year-old mother asked if her organs could be donated if she carried her to full term.

Royce Young posted the black-and-white photo of his wife sleeping on Facebook with a moving caption about his wife's bravery and selflessness through the entire pregnancy.

"I thought back to the moment where we found out Eva wasn't perfect, and how literally 30 seconds after our doctor told us our baby doesn't have a brain, somehow through full body ugly crying, Keri looked up and asked, 'If I carry her full term, can we donate her organs?" Young writes about his wife Keri. He goes on to say how the doctor told her she didn't have to think about something like that, but his wife was serious.

And now, with her belly full and the baby close to being born, the couple looks forward to the day they meet their baby girl, even if it's only for a few days.

"Eva is alive and our daughter deserves to meet her mama and daddy, gave us a purpose to continue on," Young writes. "Donating was on Keri's mind from darn near the second we found out and while the experience of holding and kissing our daughter will be something we cherish forever, the gift(s) she's got inside that little body of hers is what really matters."

I really don't know what more I can add except to say that the Youngs embody selflessness. Wow.


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