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Moral Regress

David Daleiden, the “mastermind” behind the Planned Parenthood sting videos of the Summer of Gay Marriage and Caitlyn Jenner, and fellow activist Sandra Merritt face a grand-jury indictment in Harris County, Texas, as of this writing.  Both are charged with violating Texas law pertaining to “perjury and other falsification,” for having used phony drivers’ licenses to gain entrance to a Texas franchise of the nationwide slaughterhouse chain.  Daleiden earned the bonus charge of attempting to purchase human organs via letter.

Everything about this scenario is darkly paradoxical.

If Little Johnny Studds gets caught using his fake I.D. to buy a six-pack of Shiner, he faces only a misdemeanor charge, but Daleiden and his accomplice merit Class-Two Felonies, because they are alleged to have used their dummy docs to “defraud or harm another.”  If tried and convicted, each would face a maximum sentence of 20 years and a minimum sentence of 2, plus fines not to exceed $10,000.

Daleiden’s additionally alleged crime of trying to buy baby guts from a place that maintains a regular supply is a violation of Texas Title 10 (“Offenses Against Public Health, Safety, and Morals”), Chapter 48 (“Conduct Affecting Public Health”).  There are only three sections in that chapter.  The first concerns public places where you may...

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