An anti-choice group calling themselves "Operation Save America" decided it was a real great idea this week to flood two Indianapolis neighborhoods with flyers that included the names and addresses of two abortion providers in the area, both of whom work at Planned Parenthood.

The mailings were apparently their way of advertising an upcoming gathering of anti-abortion wackos in Indianapolis that they are participating in, according to James Farrar, pastor of the Aletheia Church, which is helping to host the event. Because, hey -- what could a more festive way to top off that kind of celebration than the murder or assault of an abortion doctor in their own home? These people sure do love life!

The group claims they didn't mean any harm by it at all, and were just hoping that it would result in their neighbors "being aware" that the doctors lived there, the Indianapolis Star reports:

"This was intended to let the neighborhood know that someone in their neighborhood makes their living by killing children," Farrar said. "We hope that we would generate pressure from neighbors like an awareness campaign, so people realize that these people are living right around you."

Of course, the people who actually lived in those neighborhoods already knew that the doctors worked at Planned Parenthood, and did not care. Unsurprisingly, they were a lot more appalled by the actions of Operation Save America.

The doctor and his family are mainstays of the neighborhood, said Lilia Judson who lives on the Northwestside and received one of the mailers late last week.

The mailer arrived in plain envelopes with no return address, added Judson, who said she looked for one in the hope of responding.

"They did not have the decency to put a return address on either of the envelops, so they don't mind bothering folks in their homes or in their neighborhoods but they don't have the gall to put their own location on the envelopes," she said. "These folks I think have caused a lot of animus to themselves because this is a very nice neighborhood…. "They can go downtown and protest all they want, we don't want them in our neighborhood."

This shit is dangerous as hell. It is not cute. And this group knows exactly what they are doing.

When I was 16 and living in Rochester, NY, abortion provider Dr. David Gandell was shot in his home by a sniper. He survived. A year later, an hour away in Amherst, NY, near Buffalo, right across the street from a friend of mine, Dr. Barnett Slepian was shot in his home by a militant anti-abortion terrorist James Charles Kopp. He did not survive. Though it's never been proven in a court of law, Kopp is also suspected of having committed the shooting in Rochester, as well as similar shootings in doctor's homes in Canada. In 2009, abortion provider Dr. George Tiller was shot dead leaving his church after having been targeted by Bill O'Reilly and various anti-abortion groups.

Since the 1994 murder of Dr. David Gunn, there have been 10 more murders and 26 attempted murders related to anti-abortion terrorism. Between 1977 and 2009, according to the National Abortion Federation, there were 179 incidents of assault and battery, 41 bombings, 175 arsons, 96 attempted bombings or arsons, 390 invasions, 1400 incidents of vandalism, 1993 incidents of trespassing, 100 butyric acid attacks, 659 anthrax threats, 4 kidnappings, 506 death threats, 151 burglaries and 525 incidents of stalking committed by anti-abortion terrorists. Obviously those numbers have gone up in the last 9 years.

This has long been a favored tactic of anti-choice groups. In the 1990s, a group calling themselves the American Coalition of Life Activists kept a website they called the Nuremberg Files that included "Wanted" posters of abortion providers, along with their names and addresses. In 2002, the Supreme Court found that this website constituted a threat and the group was ordered to take it down.

We know what people will do with this information. We know what they have done in the past. While, of course, not all anti-choice activists are going to go around murdering people or trying to bomb clinics or the Olympics or shoot doctors in their homes and churches, there are those who will. Just like the American Coalition for Life, what this group did should constitute a threat, and those responsible should be charged with inciting violence against abortion providers -- which, yes, is against the law.


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Still, there were a few men willing to eat that shit up, as well as some grifters willing to take advantage of that. Said grifters tended to be extremely misogynistic and seemed more like they were teaching men how to be as despised by women as they were than teaching them how to actually be liked by women.

Some of them, like Roosh V, a creepy weirdo who actually does live in his mom's basement, actively encouraged men to rape women who were intoxicated to the point of being obviously unable to consent.

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'Baby Geniuses' star Jon Voight took to Twitter early this morning to proclaim his undying love for Donald Trump, probably because there is no one left in his life who will listen to him talk about this, or anything else, in person. In this video rant, Voight encouraged members of the Republican Party, whom he apparently thinks are the only real citizens of the United States, to stand by Donald Trump and "acknowledge the truth" that he is the best President since Abraham Lincoln.

Part ONE:

People of the Republican Party, I know you will agree with me when I say our president has our utmost respect and our love. This job is not easy. For he's battling the left and their absurd words of destruction. I've said this once and I'll say this again. That our nation has been built on the solid ground from our forefathers, and there is a moral code of duty that has been passed on from President Lincoln. I'm here today to acknowledge the truth, and I'm here today to tell you my fellow Americans that our country…

Oh no, not our absurd words of destruction!

Part DEUX:

is stronger, safer, and with more jobs because our President has made his every move correct. Don't be fooled by the political left, because we are the people of this nation that is witnessing triumph. So let us stand with our president. Let us stand up for this truth, that President Trump is the greatest president since President Lincoln.

Does Jon Voight not know there have been... other presidents? Can he name them? Because really, it does not sound like it. Does he also not know that a very big chunk of the Republican Party actually does not care very much for Abraham Lincoln? Namely those defenders of Confederate statues that Trump called "very fine people?" Also, did he intentionally diss their beloved Ronald Reagan?

Who can know? Who can even tell what he is trying to say or why he is trying to say it. He doesn't appear to have tweeted much since 2016, so I'm guessing whoever's job it was to keep him from tanking his career quit. Either that... or after filming the seventh season of Ray Donovan, he found out it's going to be canceled or his character is getting killed off or something and he is now free to be a jackass? I don't know, I haven't watched the show, although my parents are very into it and mad that I haven't watched it. Literally all I know about it is that it has something to do with Boston, because they keep mentioning that to me like it's a selling point.

It seems useless at this point to note that the people who scream their faces off about how bad it is for Hollywood celebs to support liberal causes, and how they should keep their politics to themselves, etc. etc. make a way bigger deal than normal people do whenever a Big Time Hollywood Celebrity like Jon Voight or, uh, Scott Baio, supports their cause. Mostly because they're the only ones who have elected a reality TV star and the star of Bedtime for Bonzo (who by the way, also once practically ruined a perfectly good Bette Davis movie with his bad acting. Which is not to say that Dark Victory is not fantastic and probably the best thing to watch if you want to sob your face off, but he was very bad in it.) to run the country.

But we might as well do that anyway, because it actually never stops being funny.

[Jon Voight Twitter]

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