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March 14, 2005

March the Fourteenth

This day in history:

March 14th, 1794 - Eli Whitney patents the cotton gin 

Lots of historical significance to this event. The cotton gin sped up production of cotton, thereby increasing demand. The greater demand led to more cotton farming in the south. While processing cotton was easier, picking it was the same old method -- by hand. This led to an increase in slave trafficking and also a greater economic dependence on slavery in the South. Before this time the US had used slavery as a source of contention with Great Britain, even including it in the rough draft of the Declaration of Independence. After this the US become more dependant on slavery, and Great Britain beat us to ending slavery -- doing it without bloodshed.

Less than a hundred year later moral/political concerns clashed with economic concerns and the Civil War broke out. In the aftermath our entire form of government was rehauled. The shape of our nation today was significantly changed by that one single event that happened on this day, 211 years ago.

March 14th, 1836 - HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin leaves Australia 

A disillusioned seminary dropout, angry at God, searches for a way to rationalize his disbelief and decides to rehash theories already in circulation as his own. And thus emerged the religion of Evolution. Taught as fact at taxpayer expense in government schools, the premise is so weak it fails even as a theory, yet is zealously followed by adherents the world over. 

March 14th, 1900 - Hugo de Vries rediscovers Mendel's laws of genetics 

Following Darwin's examples, DeVries, also a devout follower of the religion of Evolution, discovers that a devout Christian has already thoroughly outline the basic laws of genetics, so he repackages Gregor Mendel's work and “conveniently” forgets to acknowledge him

March 14th, 1900 - US currency goes on gold standard

This is the process by which paper currency is actually backed up by actual gold (some times silver is also used). Nixon removed the last bit of real money on August 15, 1971. US currency since then is backed by nothing but confidence in the government. Ironically our economic policies which argue against a gold standard are based on Keynesian economics. Keynes was a socialist. For some unexplainable reason, his economic theories have prevailed in US economic policies, in spite of other, sounder, more reliable economic systems. 

March 14th, 1941 - Nazi occupiers of Holland forbid Jewish owned companies 

During this persecution of Jews, their most dependable allies were Christians, who risked their lives to save many Jews from the Nazis. After the war was over Christians were rewarded by being accused by many Jews of being the source of Hitler's hatred. God does have a sense of humor, though. In spite of the financial support of Jews during the civil rights protests of the 60's, and in spite of American Jews being killed as they defended the civil rights of Blacks in America, just decades later some Black leaders accused Jews of being the root and source of anti-Black racism in America.

March 14th, 1964 - Dallas jury sentences Jack Ruby to death for Lee Harvey Oswald's murder 

So a delusional wanna be communist is accused of killing the President, but before he can go on trial, a strip-club owner with terminal cancer kills him, and is subsequently given a “death” sentence. Kinda redundant wasn't it.

March 14th, 1991 - Emir of Kuwait returns to Kuwait City, after the Iraqis leave 
March 14th, 1992 - Farm Aid V 

I thought the juxtaposition of these two events was ironic. The United States spends over $60 billion to oust Saddam Hussein from Kuwait. The Emir of Kuwait then returns to his mansion. A year later the farmers in the US are raising money to keep from going under.

But that's the kind of people we are.

March 14th, 1879 - Albert Einstein 
March 14th, 1920 - Hank Ketcham
March 14th, 1933 - Quincy Jones Jr

March 14th, 1883 - Karl Marx

Unfortunately Marx's idiocy lives on.

Joining Outside the Beltway's Beltway Traffic Jam.

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Mel speaks up for Terri

From the Florida Baptist Witness:

Hollywood's Mel Gibson, producer of The Passion of The Christ, lent his support Friday to Terri Schiavo, the Florida woman at the center of the euthanisia debate that is heating up this week with an approaching Mar. 18 date set to begin her starvation process.

Nice gesture...not sure what it'll do. I have to admit the ambivalence some people show toward this issue is irksome. I asked for prayer for Terri in my Sunday School class, and the request was brushed off with, “Well, there's some web site people can go to if they want to know about that.” So Mel Gibson's statement does mean a lot in terms of the increased solidarity of those supporting Terri.

I suppose there are people who want to be a part of what's happening because they want the publicity, and some who simply want to be involved in something. But there are many who simply can't help but feel that they have no choice. What is happening to Terri is a part of them because when injustice like this happens, it should be everyone's business. When I heard that Judge Greer had dismissed all the motions last week, it put me in a foul mood. I can't help but see my own loved ones as also under the cruel whim of some judge, if this horror is allowed to continue. It isn't about one woman or one family -- it's about all of us.

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The biased press on Terri Schiavo

From the Ass. Press via the Tallahassee Democrat: (Note that a LOCAL paper uses a national press service. They are local for crying out load and don't care enough to even send their own people out to do the story!) [My comments are in red]

The brain-damaged [while technically accurate, journalistically biased. It leaves a very false impression of her state] woman's parents told the emotional [an attempt to belittle the crowd's legitimacy] crowd that their daughter still jokes with them and is trying to learn to say "I love you." And religious [not all the groups were religious, but by portraying them as such the Ass. Press is attempting to further belittle the message the groups want to convey. Pro-slavery advocates used the same gimmick 150 years ago] groups at the rally argued the removal of the feeding tube would be cruel.

"Terri may be disabled, but her life is of great worth to God," James Dobson, founder of the Christian group Focus on the Family, said on a recorded message that was played to the crowd.

Doctors [extremely misleading. A “team” of doctors hired by Michael Schiavo. One of the “team”, Dr. Victor Gambone claims he sees her 3 times a year, but spends less than 10 minutes each visit. Dr. Melvin Greer brags that a doctor doesn't need to even see a patient to diagnose her, but still spent a total of 45 minutes with Terri before making his diagnosis.  Dr. Ronald Cranford, also appointed by Schiavo and who has publicly labeled himself “Dr. Death”, spent less than 45 minutes examining and interacting with Terri.  Dr. Peter Bambakidis, appointed by Judge Greer, spent approximately 30 minutes with Terri. But Bambakidis has ties with death attorney George Felos which he refuses to comment on. But other doctors, including many neurologists disagree.] say Terri Schiavo is in a persistent vegetative state - and that any movements or sounds she makes are coincidental and not a result of consciousness. [anyone halfway interested in the case can view video which clearly shows such a diagnosis is false, outrageously false] Her husband [note the complete absence of any reference to his fiancé who he lives with and has two children with.], Michael Schiavo, contends his wife would not want to be kept alive artificially.

Bob and Mary Schindler doubt [Doubt?!? Their decades long battle to save their daughter's life is referred to as “doubt”?!?] their daughter had end-of-life wishes and have fought their son-in-law in court for nearly seven years. They also dispute [along with 33 medical professionals, which includes 6 neurologists. The Ass. Press conveniently left that out as well] that she is in a vegetative state, saying she laughs, cries, interacts with them and tries to speak.

This is typical for the way the MSM has treated this case. Why do they want her dead? I guess she annoys them, too. “Ooo, she makes me uncomfortable, kill her so I don't have to look at her anymore.”

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The latest on Terri's Law

Republicans in Congress continue to push legislation that would protect Terri and people like her who are victimized by power-hungry judges.

"We're fighting a clock," said Sen. Mel Martinez, who introduced the legislation last week, along with fellow Florida Republican Rep. Dave Weldon.

Under the bill, Mrs. Schiavo -- who is incapacitated and has been the center of a bitter legal battle for years between her husband and her parents -- would be granted a chance at federal habeas corpus review, typically only used to review death-row cases before an execution.

The bill would allow federal courts -- in limited cases such as Mrs. Schiavo's -- to expand habeas corpus review to incapacitated people who are the subject of a family dispute, have no previous written directive and are the subject of a lower court order to stop their food and water.

One must wonder why Democrats are not involved. Maybe they think the murder of innocent people is worth the continued use of judicial activism.

The proposed "Incapacitated Persons" act requires that, for any individual whose life-sustaining treatment is ordered withdrawn pursuant to a court order -- as in the case of Terri Schiavo -- that person has the right to habeas corpus relief to ensure that he or she receives fundamental due process and equal protection of the law before the court can order the person's death. A press release from the Center for a Just Society points out that, in effect, the act extends to incapacitated individuals the same due process rights that are already provided to death row inmates in the United States. 

Of this fact, [Ken Connor of the Center for a Just Society] remarks, "The sad irony is that, in Florida, death row inmates receive more due process protections than Terri Schiavo does." 

AgapePress goes on to detail  more of the recent events surrounding the support for Terri.

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Barbara Simpson on Terri Schiavo

Barbara Simpson has a chilling OpEd in WorldNetDaily that exposes the terrible significance of Greer's intent to execute of Terri Schiavo:

If Terri's feeding tube is removed and she dies, it will be a permanent stain on the honor of this country and our system of law. It is a fact that we deliberately, legally, kill unborn children for reasons that have nothing to do with the child or its condition.

With the case of Terri Schiavo, the door to legally eliminating "the imperfect" among us has been opened. If Terri dies – as the Florida court is ordering, as her husband-in-name-only demands, as his euthanasia-supporter attorney argues – there isn't one of us who will ever be safe from the system.

It will set legal precedent making it possible and legally permissible for any medical personnel, any hospital or other institution, any lawyer, judge or lawmaker to decide it's time for us to die.

They will let it happen, or make it happen – makes no difference. The only thing that matters is that someone else decides your fate, the fate of your children, spouse, parents, siblings, family member, neighbor or anyone else.

Read the rest of it and be afraid, be very afraid.

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Because life is sweet

From LifeNews:

Amy and Ben Van Houten are counting their blessings--all six of them. More than a year ago, Amy gave birth to sextuplets, the only set of sextuplets in Michigan and one of a dozen around the nation.

The couple rejected “fetal reduction,” a process in which one or more unborn babies is aborted, ostensibly to increase the chances of survival for the remaining babies.

"The Lord wanted us to take them," Amy told the Detroit News. "He didn't create life for us to destroy it."

The term “fetal reduction” is another of those cute euphemisms murderers use to make their atrocities seem less evil. Hitler called it his “Final Solution”. Mao called it a “Cultural Revolution”. Planned Genocide's founder called it “race control” and statistics show that her organization is gleefully following her example.

There are no deceptive euphemism for the joy of being a parent. They aren't needed.

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Lets have more honesty in acronyms

From WorldNetDaily:

The Boy Scouts of America is pulling the charters of thousands of scouting units from public schools in an effort to spare them from lawsuits threatened by the American Civil Liberties Union.

In a letter sent to the BSA last month, the ACLU vowed to take legal action against public schools and other taxpayer-funded governmental agencies that charter Scout groups, claiming their sponsorship amounts to religious discrimination and violates the separation of church and state.

The ACLU specifically takes issue with the Scouts' pledge of allegiance to God and country and the organization's prohibition of homosexuals as scout masters.

BSA national spokesman Gregg Shields told the Baptist Press the organization was pulling its charters from schools "as a matter of stewardship."

Aren't there laws to protect people and organizations from legislative thuggery like this? Can't a suit be brought against the ACLU for their bogus threats that deny people their Constitutional rights? But then having had so many ACLU members slither into judicial seat via the Carter and Clinton administration makes that hard, doesn't it. But wait, aren't the Democrats in Congress, right now, making a big stink about stopping Bush's judicial nominees? Meanwhile ACLU judges hold the nation hostage to the whims of the Atheist, Communist and Liars United.

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Apparently some people are more equal than others

From AgapePress:

Vanessa Thrasher is upset that Southfield Public School officials are requiring her 15-year-old daughter, Katherine, to read controversial books such as Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zorah Neale Hurston and Black Boy by Richard Wright --books that contain objectionable elements such as profanity, sexual content, and denigrating depictions of Christians.

Thrasher wants her daughter to be given alternate reading material in her sophomore honors literature and composition class. The mother says she was told by superintendent Beverley Geltner that teachers are not obligated to answer questions about reading content, and that parents have no say regarding the literature used in the classroom.

The Michigan parent says she was also told by the superintendent if she did not like the curriculum, she should find another school for her child. She was livid that district officials felt within their rights "to tell me that I have no parental rights to be able to direct and guide the education of my daughter," she says.

Meanwhile The Paradise, California school board (item 20) rejected the Bible as literature in their February 15th meeting.

And people wonder why I homeschool.

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The precedence of nonsense

From AgapePress:

A judge has rejected a Wisconsin high school student's lawsuit against mandatory summer homework.

In January, 17-year-old Peer Larson and his father, Bruce Lawson, filed suit against officials with the Whitnall School District, arguing three honors pre-calculus assignments should not have been required after the 180-day academic year was over. The plaintiffs argued that the summer homework created an unfair workload and unnecessary stress.

However, Judge Richard Sankovitz, has tossed out the suit. In his ruling, the judge observed, "Had the Larsons done a bit more homework," they would have learned that the people of Wisconsin granted the legislature "power to establish school boards."

Say what? What in the world does the “power to establish schoolboards” have to do with the school going beyond their 180 days, and penalizing students who did not do school work during summer break? Would those same school administrators like the same idiotic, non sequitor judgment used against them, to force them to work through the summer -- with no added pay?!?

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What if the shoe were on the other foot?

From The Christian Post:

Should religious student organizations, like all other student organizations, be able to “come together around shared commitments?”

The Christian Legal Society (CLS)-- the national membership organization of Christian attorneys, judges, law professors and law students -- is battling against the Arizona State University (ASU) with the resounding answer, “yes.”...

According to the recent CLS press release, the CLS chapter had made an allegation last September that “ASU is violating the First Amendment rights of expressive association, free speech and free exercise of religion of the CLS chapter and other campus religious groups by failing to exempt them from the “nondiscrimination” provision in the Student Code of Conduct,” which states that all campus religious groups are to accept non-Christian members and officers.

I wonder what would happen if a whole bunch, I mean a whooole bunch, of Christians demanded membership in the ASU's Gay and Lesbian Legal Alliance, voted out the leadership, replaced them with their own people, then rewrote the goals of the organization? I bet the GALLA would start signing a different tune.

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Setting the record straight

This weekend's violence in Michigan has brought out a flurry of media guessing in the absence of facts. The police are also to blame for spouting their guesses, which the media then run with as “official”. The latest spin is that the gunman, Terry Ratzmann, was angry at a sermon and then shot up the church. Yet the “proof” offered is the mention of a fellow church goer that Ratzmann walked out of a sermon, “sort of in a huff”

What's not being focused on is that fact that the church is a spin-off of a known cult. The Worldwide Church of God, started by the late Herbert W. Armstrong, had quite a few wild teachings. After the death of Armstrong, the leaders of the church tossed most of his teachings, and adopted a theology based on the Bible itself, rather than Armstrong's wild, rantings. Most of the members of the church left into various spin-off cults. The “Living Church of God” being one of them. Armstrong's teachings are laced with wild prophecies, in a framework of quasi-white-supremacy.

In spite of media reports (we know how “accurate” those can be, eh) The “Living Church of God” is not an Evangelical Church, it is a cult. The cult focuses on frightening members with doom and gloom prophecy.

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Standing up for their ruling

Brian Nichols, the rapist who murdered a judge and several other people  last week is scheduled to appear in court today. But since courts have ruled that wearing shackles in court will bias a jury, it's unclear if they'll be able to protect the members of the court from him.

My suggestion -- get the judges that ruled it unconstitutional to shackle a violent prisoner, and line them up as a human shield to protect the judge and members of the court during the hearing.

Some people have been pointing out the stupidity of leaving just a woman to guard the 6'1" 200 pound rapist. Normally such an argument would be considered sexist, but I think the officer Nichols almost beat to death would be the best expert on that, when she's able to speak. 

Coverage: Michelle Malkin, Stop the Bleating, , LaShawn Barber

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How to get Iran's attention

From FoxNews:

Israel has drawn up secret plans for a combined air and ground attack on targets in Iran if diplomacy fails to halt the Iranian nuclear program. 

The inner cabinet of Ariel Sharon, the Israeli prime minister, gave "initial authorization" for an attack at a private meeting last month on his ranch in the Negev desert.

Now remember, this is a secret, so don't tell anyone.

coverage: Outside the Beltway, Wizbang

Jay Tea of WizBang also has a good entry about the futility of Clinton's “roadmap”

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Useful idiot of the week

From Communist China's The People's Daily:

Yong Tang: In such sense, do you think America should be the leader of the world? 

Bennett: No, I don't think US should be the leader of the world. My job is helping my readers trying to understand what is happening now. What is happening now is very difficult to understand. The world is very complex. There are various complex forces occurring in it. I don't think you can imagine a world where one country or one group of people could lead everybody else. I can't imagine that could happen. I also think it is unhealthy to have one country as the leader of the world. People in other countries don't want to be led by foreign countries. They may want to have good relations with it or they may want to share with what is good in that country. 

That is also a sort of colonial question. The world has gone through colonialism and imperialism. We have seen the danger and shortcomings of those systems. If we are heading into another period of imperialism where the US thinks itself as the leader of the area and its interest should prevail over all other interests of its neighbors and others, then I think the world will be in an unhappy period.

Bennett would be Washington Post Managing Editor Philip Bennett. Given the source, I wanted to give Bennett the benefit of the doubt that the Communist controlled pare may have invented the interview or at least the quote, but there is no denial of any part of the interview on the Washington Posts' web site.

So who exactly does Bennett think should rise up to challenge the US as the sole super power -- Communist China? Is he actually naive enough to not know that that is exactly the message the Communist government of China want conveyed to their people?

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Exploiting terror

From Time Magazine:

Two weeks after intelligence officials confirmed that Osama bin Laden had sent a message to Jordanian-born terrorist Abu Mousab al-Zarqawi, urging him to plan attacks on U.S. soil, details are emerging from one of al-Zarqawi's lieutenants about what the man behind many of the terrorist attacks in Iraq could have in mind. Intelligence officials tell TIME that interrogation of a member of al-Zarqawi's organization, who was taken into U.S. custody last year and has been described as a top aide, indicates that al-Zarqawi has given ample consideration to assaults on the American homeland. According to a restricted bulletin that circulated among U.S. security agencies last week, the interrogated aide said al-Zarqawi has talked about hitting "soft targets" in the U.S., which could include "movie theaters, restaurants and schools."

How do Liberals think we should respond?

Despite a huge investment in security, the American aviation system remains vulnerable to attack by Al Qaeda and other jihadist terrorist groups, with noncommercial planes and helicopters offering terrorists particularly tempting targets, a confidential government report concludes.

Intelligence indicates that Al Qaeda may have discussed plans to hijack chartered planes, helicopters and other general aviation aircraft for attacks because they are less well-guarded than commercial airliners, according to a previously undisclosed 24-page special assessment on aviation security by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security two weeks ago.

While whining about the Patriot act, Liberal want private transportation crippled -- in spite of the fact that not once have terrorists actually ever used private planes in their attacks. What the Liberals also conveniently fail to note is that the few times private planes have been intentionally or accidentally crushed, little damage has occurred. A fairly inefficient means of “terror”, but a very efficient means of herding public transportation into the government's control. Remember Socialism is about government controlling the means of commerce. Private businesses are therefore a barrier to that. 

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The NYTs lost their playbook

Oops, someone at the New York Times screwed up. Apparently they forgot the current propaganda line that there never were any weapons of mass destruction, and ran two separate articles, detailing the fact that there were indeed thousands of pieces of monitored equipment and stockpiles of monitored chemicals and materials. While scoffing at the recent claim of WMD, the United Nations is now in a frantic search for those very weapons, which could easily be used against them, as radical Moslem terrorists have shown that they have a fondness for blowing up people in blue helmets

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The continuing CU saga

From Rocky Mountain News:

University of Colorado regents want to know how ethnic studies professor Ward Churchill was granted tenure without going through the usual process. ...

But administrators who paved the way for Churchill's tenure, apparently without a full review of his scholarly work, are beyond discipline. They either have gone to other universities or are dead. 

"There is no one we could actually string up for this at this point," Hayes said. 

Churchill was offered a tenured position in Native American studies in February 1991. He had been working for more than a decade in a program that helps minority students, a position that doesn't normally lead to tenure. 

Professors usually get tenure only after spending six years in a teaching or research position, during which their work is carefully evaluated by scholars in their field. 

Administrators may have seen the addition of Churchill - who claims to be of American Indian heritage - as a way to increase the number of minorities on the faculty, according to records released by CU and interviews with faculty members.

...meanwhile...AgapePress reports...

[CU history professor Phil] Mitchell was recently told his contract would not be renewed after this school year because his teaching did not meet department standards and because he was proselytizing students in the classroom. The instructor says he was informed by department head Dr. William Wei, who Mitchell describes as a "wonderful man and a strong supporter."

"It was not his decision," the ousted teacher explains. "It was a decision handed down by 'unnamed persons' in the history department -- [but] I've never learned who they were."

According to Mitchell, a CU administrator was offended that he had students read Charles Sheldon's book In His Steps. Mitchell makes no apologies for using the Christian book.

"Quite frankly, the person who confronted me is a specialist in Eastern Europe [studies] and knows nothing about American Protestantism, and really didn't know what he was talking about," he says. But ... he was in a position of authority in the department and he criticized my use of that book. I took it quietly, but I filed away in my own mind that he did not know what he was talking about. It's an excellent book."

How dare Mitchell use books about American Protestantism to teach about American Protestantism!! The gall!!

coverage: PoliBlog (and here)

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Liberal bloggers beg for attention

The New York Times is reporting on an effort by Liberal bloggers to increase communications with the MSM. That the MSM and Liberal bloggers would eagerly work together seems to whoosh right over the NYT's head, and proof of a Liberal bias. They focus more on the advances Conservative bloggers have made, assuming as Liberals so often do, that there must be some magic trick the Conservatives use (there is -- it's called logic, intelligence and truth).

James Joyner points out the hypocrisy of calling political activism, journalism.

Paul at WizBang has a good run down of the difference in work styles of Liberal and Conservative bloggers. (a previous post is here)

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The economics of wealth

Steve Verdon has as very interesting commentary on poverty at Outside the Beltway. Worth a read.

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Why would they lie?

James Joyner discovers that media polls about media biased surprisingly are “somewhat” biased.

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Insert plutonium into framistat B...but first...

The Jawa Reports tells of fake plans for a nuclear bomb circulating on the internet. If he hadn't mentioned they're fake the terrorists might have wasted a lot of time while attempted to make it.

"Hey, Adbul, this sure looks like a microwave to me."

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Getting the right judges

Excellent piece on judicial nominations and politics at PoliBlog.

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