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Archive for April 18th, 2007

See Ya Sanjaya

Posted by Mike on April 18, 2007

Damn. Looks like the show will go on.

Link via Drudge

Posted in Pop Culture, Reality Television | 2 Comments »

The Candidates Chime In!

Posted by Ryan on April 18, 2007

She Who Must Not Be Named has chimed in along with Barry O’Bama, and the Flirty Pert-girl Edwards on the Supreme Court’s upholding of the 2003 Partial Birth Abortion ban.  In classic liberal form they have defended the most heinous surgical procedure in true thoughtless political pandering form. This, a procedure where a scissor is poked into the brain of a baby, (who’s head is not quite out, so I guess it’s OK–it’s a good three-inch difference!) before the brain is peethed.  No serious moderate-minded observer can even remotely defend THIS kind of procedure.

One can see the candidate’s extremism in their reactions today.  They aren’t even trying to compartmentalize abortion from the normal kinds of procedures to this wanton act of brutal surgical infanticide.  If this is where they are going politically, then the Republicans have an easier job now than they did this morning.

Link via Drudge.

Posted in Anything Else, Culture, Election 2008, Politics | 2 Comments »

Victory for Life

Posted by Sal on April 18, 2007

The Supreme Court today, in a 5-4 decision, upheld the federal ban on Partial-birth abortions.  Kennedy, Scalia, Thomas, Roberts, and Alito were in the majority, while Ginsburg, Souter, Stevens, and Breyer dissented.  This is a major victory for the Pro-life cause as it bans a gruesome procedure which can only be described as barbaric.  It also is a victory for those who believe in an originalist view of the Constitution. 

This shows why elections matter.  Two of the five judges upholding the law were Bush-appointees, one of whom replaced the more liberal Sandra Day O’Connor, who voted in 2000 to strike down a partial-birth abortion ban.  One only hopes that either Stevens or Ginsburg retires this summer, giving Bush one more pick.  As it stands, President Bush’s greatest legacy may well be his shifting of the court back towards its proper role.  It’s not there yet, but it’s on its way. 

Posted in Judicial Watch, Politics | 5 Comments »

Save the Gun Control Propaganda

Posted by Sal on April 18, 2007

Before I get on to the topic of this post, let me first give everyone here a few seconds to recover from the shock of seeing a post authored by me. 

 OK, recovered yet?  Yes, it’s been six weeks since my last post, during which time I moved into a new house; needless to say it’s been rather hectic.

 In the wake of the awful tragedy of the Virginia Tech shootout, the predictable propaganda has been started regarding gun control.  Yes, it’s true that Cho Seung-Hui bought his guns legally.  He is one to slip through the cracks.  There is no way of knowing that he would be a killer, and stopping him from purchasing a gun probably would not have prevented this tragedy.  People kill by far more diverse means than guns.  The two biggest terrorist attacks our country ever faced were both done without the use of Guns (9/11 and Oklahoma City).  Truth is, countries that do not outlaw guns have a much lower gun violence rate.  Virginia Tech was labeled a “Gun-free zone”.  Guns were not allowed on the campus.  If they had been, isn’t it possible that another, law-abiding student carrying a gun would have been able to stop Hui?  I’m reminded of a situation in Texas (can’t site it, if anyone remembers, please let me know) where some students stopped another such tragedy by brandishing their own guns. 

So what do we do about gun violence?  It is a serious problem and one that needs to be addressed seriously, even as we uphold the individual’s right to bear arms.  Boston-area radio talk show host Jay Sevrin had it right, I think, when he suggested that anyone who uses a gun in the act of committing a crime — whether fired or not — should automatically get30 years in prison, without the possibility of parole.  Anyone who injures or kills another with a gun should get the death penalty or life without the possibility of parole in solitary confinement.  

When looking at this issue, we need to look more at what really caused this tragedy — a disturbed 23-year old student who had it in his mind to kill.  The gun was the instrument of his evil, not the cause.   

Posted in Politics | 5 Comments »

Tolkien’s New Book: The Children of Hurin

Posted by Mike on April 18, 2007

“The Children of Hurin”, a new book by J.R.R. Tolkien, hit bookstore shelves yesterday with great fanfare. The book was edited by Tolkien’s son Christopher, who painstakingly constructed the book’s contents from Tolkien the Elder’s manuscripts. Opinions on the book among Tolkien fans appears to be divided at this early stage, but all seem interested in reading it.

As someone who never finished “Lord of the Rings,” I’m not qualified to offer an opinion on the subject. However, I intend to finish the classic sometime soon and then pick up a copy of “The Children of Hurin.” In the meantime, thoughts from Tolkien fans would be appreciated.

Photo: Wikipedia

Posted in Culture, Pop Culture | 2 Comments »