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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

This Is So Not Right

And yet the Court of Appeals for the Fourth District made the right decision:
Marine's dad ordered to pay protesters' court fees but says he won't
The Associated Press

Baltimore - The father of a Marine killed in Iraq and whose funeral was picketed by anti-gay protesters from Kansas was ordered to pay the protesters' appeal costs, his lawyers said Monday. Fox News reported today that he will defy a court order and not pay the protesters' appeal costs.

The two-page decision supplied by attorneys for Albert Snyder of York, Pa., offered no details on how the court came to its decision.

On Friday, Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ordered Snyder to pay $16,510 to Fred Phelps. Phelps is the leader of Topeka's Westboro Baptist Church, which conducted protests at Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder's funeral in 2006. [link]
I have no doubt but what Albert Snyder will get plenty of help in paying his legal bills.  As well he should.

But had he done the right thing and left this out of the courts, he'd have done himself a big favor.

The Westboro Baptist Church crowd needs to be denounced in every public venue known to man.  That is far more punishment than some judgment of the court might have been.

Too bad it came to this.

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Here's to Freedom of Assembly.

This One Goes Out To Eugene Robinson

And to all the other leftists and pea brains who think "the danger of political violence in this country comes overwhelmingly from one direction -- the right," one of your brethren demonstrating at an anti-war rally in Los Angeles on March 20th:

Any bets on whether this open-minded and enlightened leftist supports Obama?

Photo courtesy of Pajamas Media
Not only is he open-minded and enlightened, but well-educated too.  How about that spelling?  

Right. Violence Is Unique To the Right.

Really smart Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson:
The episode highlights the obvious: For decades now, the most serious threat of domestic terrorism has come from the growing ranks of paranoid, anti-government hate groups that draw their inspiration, vocabulary and anger from the far right.

It is dishonest for right-wing commentators to insist on an equivalence that does not exist. The danger of political violence in this country comes overwhelmingly from one direction -- the right, not the left. The vitriolic, anti-government hate speech that is spewed on talk radio every day -- and, quite regularly, at Tea Party rallies -- is calibrated not to inform but to incite. 

It is disingenuous for mainstream purveyors of incendiary far-right rhetoric to dismiss groups such as the Hutaree by saying that there are "crazies on both sides." This simply is not true.
It's only "not true," Eugene, if you choose to forget all the truths.

 Anarchy in the streets of Seattle during the WTO conference

You're always right, Eugene.

Except on those frequent occasions when you're wrong.

Here's How Bad This Legislation Is

Will Americans be punished under the new ObamaCare law if they refuse to buy health insurance?

Experts, after having read it, can't tell.

For the love of God.

Fear The Climate Scientists

They're willing to put everyone in chains as they work their unproven theories. 

Renowned scientist and environmentalist James Lovelock:

"This is one of the problems. What's the alternative to democracy? There isn't one. But even the best democracies agree that when a major war approaches, democracy must be put on hold for the time being. I have a feeling that climate change may be an issue as severe as a war. It may be necessary to put democracy on hold for a while."

And don't think for a second that vermin like Lovelock - and his buddy, Al Gore - wouldn't attempt to do it.

When Journalism Turns Really Ugly

Making things up, I have to be believe, is not taught in journalism classes.  But then, who knows these days?

This is revealing.  And despicable:
A Closer Look at the Capitol Steps Conspiracy
By Jack Cashill, American Thinker

William Douglas, an African-American reporter for the liberal McClatchy Newspapers, seems to have broken the story at 4:51 PM on Saturday, March 20, just hours after the alleged incident took place. Douglas did so with the seriously inflammatory headline, "Tea party protesters scream 'nigger' at black congressman."

At 7:21 PM that same evening, Douglas upped the ante with a headline that moved from inflammatory to incendiary: "Tea party protesters call Georgia's John Lewis 'nigger.'"

King's take perfectly mirrored the Democratic talking points. If the immediate strategy was to discredit the Tea party movement as racist and split the movement's base from the Republican Party, then it was working splendidly.

If it were not for those damn ubiquitous video cameras, House Democrats and their media allies would have gotten away with it entirely. Instead, they must content themselves with a victory only among those who rely for the news on an increasingly myopic major media.

To discover what did happen, I have reviewed video from at least four different sources, talked to several eyewitnesses, and analyzed the early media reports from the scene.

Bottom line: the Douglas story would seem to meet the standards for libel. It is provably false, preposterously reckless, quite possibly malicious, and has caused real damage to publicly identified Tea Party leaders. [link]
This Douglas character should be sued.  We've had enough of activist reporters.

And all who were so eager to buy into his lies should be ashamed of themselves.

Hope and Change?

How about More of Same:

Yeah, Bush made recess appointments too.

But if you're willing to admit that your Messiah is no better than the man you hate most on this planet, we make progress.

Where's The Denuncition?

"Republicans have been so intent on defeating "Obamacare" -- and thus, they believed, defeating President Obama -- that they engaged in despicable tactics.

"They whipped up fear of imaginary "death panels" and labeled the reform as a dictatorial scheme that would essentially end America as we know it.

"It is Republicans who have been dangerously fanning the flames by claiming a moderate bill that most of them would have embraced 15 years ago is some sort of socialist takeover, not just of health care but of the nation. 

"It is time for them to take responsibility."
-- Roanoke Times editorial, "The Politics of Rage," March 28, 2010 --

That being the case, I wonder if they'll demand that the Democrats in Washington take responsibility for this:
Man Charged With Threatening To Kill Rep. Eric Cantor
From the U.S. Attorney's Office, Philadelphia

Today, a two-count complaint and warrant was filed charging Norman Leboon with threatening to kill [Republican] United States Congressman Eric Cantor and his family, and threatening to kill Congressman Eric Cantor, who is an official of the United States, announced United States Attorney Michael L. Levy and FBI Special Agent in Charge Jan Fedarcyk.

As set forth in the affidavit to the complaint and warrant, in or about late March, 2010, Leboon created and then transmitted a YouTube video to Google over the internet, in which he threatened to kill Congressman Cantor and his family.

No harm came to the Congressman or his family as a result of Leboon's threats. [link]
Any guesses as to whether the Roanoke Times will come out with a hyperbolic editorial denouncing the Democratic Party for this?  Do pigs fly?

ObamaCare Details Emerge

And they're not pretty.

The latest in our president's effort to reduce health premiums:
Health premiums could rise 17 pct for young adults
By Carla K. Johnson, AP Medical Writer

Chicago (AP) — Under the health care overhaul, young adults who buy their own insurance will carry a heavier burden of the medical costs of older Americans — a shift expected to raise insurance premiums for young people when the plan takes full effect.

Beginning in 2014, most Americans will be required to buy insurance or pay a tax penalty. That's when premiums for young adults seeking coverage on the individual market would likely climb by 17 percent on average, or roughly $42 a month, according to an analysis of the plan conducted for The Associated Press. The analysis did not factor in tax credits to help offset the increase.

The higher costs will pinch many people in their 20s and early 30s who are struggling to start or advance their careers with the highest unemployment rate in 26 years. [link]
Lower costs.  Raise costs.  It doesn't really matter as long as the government has more control over our lives.

Right, Barack?