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First Anniversary of Terri Schaivo’s Death

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Today marks the first anniversary of the death of a woman murdered by the judicial system, the public, and most of all, her husband. The culture of death worked hard to claim her, but we should remember her as a victim of our society’s infatuation with abortion, euthanasia, and abhorrence of the notion that the least of us has a right to life. It is a moral abomination that Terri was starved to death for the simple crime of being unable to speak for herself.

More here.

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March 31, 2006 at 11:15 am

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Interpreting Scalia’s Gesture

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There has been much talk about the gesture Justice Scalia made in response to a reporter’s question here in Boston last weekend, but I haven’t seen a picture of it until now. There have been various descriptions, but the photo in this article makes it clear that the Justice is being disingenuous when he says the gesture means “I couldn’t care less.”┬áMaybe it does mean that in Sicily where Scalia’s ancestors apparently are from. However, in neighboring Naples, where my ancestors are from, flicking the back of the fingers of the right hand off the bottom of the chin means something very different indeed. And it is obscene.

Which is not to say that some reporters don’t deserve it, but such a gesture in public, in church, is beneath the dignity of a Supreme Court Justice.

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March 30, 2006 at 9:22 am

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Abdul Rahman Safe

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Michelle Malkin notes that Abdul Rahman is safe in Italy which has granted him asylum.

But the savages apparently aren’t satisfied yet – we need to keep vigilant.

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March 29, 2006 at 12:41 pm

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Getting it Wrong on Abdul Rahman

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I don’t usually find much out and out wrong on the American Spectator, but there are exceptions. In a piece on Afghanistan, one G. Tracy Mehan III proves one:

Americans were justifiably outraged that judicial authorities in Afghanistan considered executing Rahman for his act of conscience and are genuinely relieved that he has been spared execution at the hands of an allied government. They believed that they did not go to war in that remote region for the purposes of enshrining a regime of retrograde religious persecution and disregard of human rights generally. This is not what democratization was supposed to be.

Unfortunately, most Americans have forgotten that they did not, in fact, go to war in Afghanistan to promote democracy, liberate women, promote religious freedom, or for any other humanitarian purpose. They sent their crack military forces there to destroy the terrorists responsible for destruction of the World Trade Center on September 11th and the regime that sheltered and sustained them. [emphasis mine]

This is precisely the myopic thinking that drove foreign policy during the Clinton years and earlier, and is exactly the wrong prescription for the post-9/11 world. Our enemy is Islamofascism and until it is destroyed root and branch the world is not safe. Planting democracy, making sure the rights of women and religious minorities are respected is poison to the Islamofascists and they should be made to drink it down everywhere American power can be extended. Executing Abdul Rahman would have been a victory for the savages and preventing it is a defeat. We went to war to inflict defeat on our enemy, and we must make sure we understand who the enemy truly is – forgetting that is the path to slavery and barbarism for all of us. With all due respect, Mr. Mehan doesn’t seem to understand that.

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March 29, 2006 at 11:32 am

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If You haven’t Been …

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… following Day by Day lately, you’ve been missing out. Just when I thought the hilarious ‘guys watching girls play with firearms’ theme couldn’t get better, it goes off in a whole new direction. Go check it out here. (Click March 20, 2006 when you get there.)

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March 28, 2006 at 4:10 pm

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Abdul Rahman Saved – For the Moment

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It looks like the Afghan ‘authorities’ have blinked:

A court on Sunday dismissed the case against an Afghan man facing possible execution for converting from Islam to Christianity, officials said, paving the way for his release.

The move eased pressure from the West but raised the dilemma of protecting Abdul Rahman after his release as Islamic clerics have called for him to be killed.

One official said freedom might come as soon as Monday for Rahman, who became a Christian in the 1990s while working for an aid group in neighboring Pakistan.

Now comes the tricky part of avoiding the Islamic lynch mobs which are already forming. But let’s celebrate that for now, it’s Civilization 1, Barbarism 0.

Update I heard on the news that Rahman is looking for asylum in Germany – sounds like a smart move.

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March 27, 2006 at 10:03 am

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Question Answered Before it Was Asked

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It is a common meme on the Left that any questioning of their positions/views is ipso facto “questioning their patriotism.” One wonders why they’re so sensitive (inasmuch as no one ever does it), but it really isn’t that hard to understand. It’s simply their way of shutting down debate. When one’s position is unpopular, wrong, or just plain both, one accuses the other side of an ad hominem attack (making one in the process) and leaves it at that. I doubt many people are fooled by this tactic, but it’s already been trotted out in advance of the 2006 election, so I suspect we’ll be seeing it frequently in the coming months. So where’s this coming from?

Yesterday, I saw a car with a bumper sticker: “Iraq is Arabic for Vietnam.” Apart from the ignorance of history, military issues, politics, language, and geography such a statement implies, one must also interpret it as an expectation (even a wish) of defeat for our country. (Lest we forget, we won every battle we fought in Vietnam, but we lost the war because of this sort of defeatism at home. Walter Cronkite has been such a person for decades.) So what does one call a person who publicly expresses desire for her nation’s defeat in war? Yep – unpatriotic.

I have no doubt that the woman driving the car would be ‘outraged’ to be so portrayed. Yet, when one displays a patently unpatriotic bumper sticker, isn’t a reasonable person entitled to draw the appropriate conclusion? There’s no need to question the woman’s patriotism – that would suggest the issue was in some doubt. She answered the question before it was asked, clearing up all doubt in the process. Something to keep in mind when those of similar views run for office this year, and whine about their ‘patriotism.’

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March 27, 2006 at 9:32 am

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