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March 15, 2005

March the Fifteenth (The Ides of March)

This day in history:

March 15th, 1493 - Christopher Columbus returns to Spain after his first voyage to the New World

...still thinking he'd found a western passage to India. In fact he went to his grave not knowing that the land he'd discovered was another continent.

March 15th, 1913 - Woodrow Wilson becomes the first president to hold a press conference

Helen Thomas, of course, had the first question.

March 15th, 1939 - Hitler occupies Bohemia & Moravia (later Czechoslovakia, now the Czech Republic and Slovakia) 

...and nobody seemed all that concerned about Hitler's growing collection of small, neighboring nations.

March 15th, 1969 - US Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas resigns

When a voting-fraud charge threatened Lyndon Baines Johnson's rise to power in 1948, attorney Abe Fortas lead his defense, and won him the governorship of Texas. To return the favor, in 1965, now President Lyndon Johnson, enticed a sitting Supreme Court Justice, Arthur Goldberg, into resigning from the court to accept an ambassadorship, and appointed  Fortas to the newly vacant seat. But when Earl Warren decided to retire in 1968, LBJ once again decided to reward his old friend and appointed him to the Chief Justice Chair. Unfortunately, like Johnson, Fortas rise to power was packed with corruption and greed.

In July, Fortas erred, appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee despite the fact that no sitting Justice had ever done so. During those hearings, Fortas lied to the Committee, although he had not yet been caught in that lie. The Senate recessed without voting on the nomination. When Senator Robert Griffin learned in September that Fortas had accepted $15,000 to give some summer school lectures at American University’s law school, money that had been raised by Fortas’s former partners and clients, the nomination was in trouble. In early October, after a vote to end the filibuster on the nomination failed, Fortas asked that his nomination be withdrawn. By 1969, further revelations led Fortas to resign from the Court. A convicted financier named Louis Wolfson had agreed to pay Fortas $20,000 per year for the remainder of his life, an amount that continued until the death of his wife if Fortas died before she did. Fortas received the first check in January 1966, after joining the Court, and though he returned it in December, Fortas's actions were condemned as ethically improper.

Abe Fortas, exposed and now a liability to the Johnson administration, resigned March 15th, 1969. His old law firm that he helped create, even refused to let him return. 

March 15th, 1971 - CBS TV announces it is dropping "Ed Sullivan Show" 

I would have been 8 years old. I can't remember watching the show. PBS has begun airing bits and pieces of it, but it would be nice to see the entire episodes once again. It's a significant mark on the landscape of American culture.

March 15th, 1971 - Chatrooms make their debut on the Internet

Now, I imagine this would be to the limited few computers, probably on University campuses, that had connections capable of communication like this.

March 15th, 1972 - Assassination attempt on Governor George Wallace of Alabama

In a way George Wallace could be called the first Race Pimp. After losing the governor's election in 1958, ostensibly because he was too supportive of civil rights for Blacks (he even had the NAACP's endorsement in that race) he altered his “views” to match the prevalent racism, and continued his political pursuits, winning the governor's seat in 1962. His administration became notorious for its opposition to desegregation.

Wallace's first administration was marked by social tension. Among the major incidents of the administration were racial demonstrations in Birmingham and Montgomery, desegregation of schools in Macon County, his dramatic "stand in the school house door," and the nationally publicized fire hose and police dog incidents of Birmingham. Furthermore, during this administration, Wallace made his first sortie into the North. In 1964, he entered the presidential primaries in Wisconsin, Maryland and Indiana and showed a surprising strength, receiving as high as forty-three percent of the vote.

In 1972 he tried to run again, as a Democrat. On March 15th, that year, Arthur Herman Bremer, a 21-year-old bus boy and janitor from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, approached Wallace during a campaign rally and shot him four times, leaving Wallace paralyzed from the waist down and injuring three other people. The Washington Post has placed their original story of the incident online.

March 15th, 1933 - Roy Clark
March 15th, 1935 - Rev. Jimmy Swaggart 
March 15th, 1935 - Judd Hirsch

March 15th, 44BC - Julius Cæsar 
March 15th, 1975 - Aristotle Onassis 

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Hope remains for Terri

The new bill, designed to save the life of Terri Schiavo and disabled people that the courts routinely fail to protect, is being raced through the Florida legislature. Hearings are expected to be held today and the vote on it as early as tomorrow.

The new bill would prevent a legal guardian from allowing a person in a so-called persistent vegetative state to die by withholding food or water. That could only happen if the patient had previously issued an advance directive authorizing it to be withheld.

Although Terri is not in a persistent vegetative state, Florida courts have sided with Michael and ruled that she is in such a medical condition. As a result, the legislation would apply to Terri and supersede the court's decision to allow her death or the death of any similar patient.

Governor Jed Bush will likely sign the legislation once it receives a final approval. His legal counsel has been working with members of the legislature to fashion the bill, according to an Orlando Sentinel newspaper report.

If legislators refrain from adding amendments, the bill could pass speedily and save Terri's life. Some might consider it naive to ask politicians to put an innocent life ahead of petty politics. We'll see.

Meanwhile Ted Hires of the Justice Coalition is asking Jeb Bush to use his authority to prevent Terri's execution.

Hires says he wants Governor Bush to send the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) to Woodside Hospice in Pinellas Park, where Terri lives, to prevent her starvation, scheduled for Friday.

However, the last time Governor Bush tried to intervene, a Florida Supreme Court called it an unconstitutional violation of the separation of powers.

Apparently “separation of powers” means judges can legislate and execute actions from the bench, but the legislature can't legislate without a judges permission, and the governor can't execute the duties of his office without the say so of even the lowest judge. Welcome to Looney World.

Coverage: Michelle Malkin, David Limbaugh, Blogs for Terri

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Indiana Pedophiles for Choice

From LifeNews:

On the heels of a similar investigation in Kansas, Indiana officials have launched an investigation into whether young girls have been subject to statutory rape and had abortions without the rapes being reported to authorities.

Attorney General Steve Carter has asked the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit to help his office track down medical records of 40 girls who obtained abortions at Planned Parenthood abortion businesses.

As in Kansas, abortion facilities are refusing to aid the investigation.

Planned Parenthood sued state officials on Monday to prevent it from having to release the medical records. The abortion business says releasing the information would violate the privacy of the patients and called the sexual abuse investigation a "fishing expedition."

So what if these young girls were raped. Why should Planned Genocide care? Abortuaries slaughter millions of children each year, and they're supposed to get all worked up over a few survivers that got raped.

Note that just as in Knsas, the issue was “privacy” to begin with. My bet is that in Indiana as in Kansas, as soon as the “privacy” ruse fails, they'll start telling the families of these girls in order to give the pedophiles time to hide. Yet, the abortion industry has always argued that the families had no right to know.

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Ginsberg's remaining brain cell shows activity

Liberal Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg amazed law students at the University of Kansas when she displayed at least a minimal amount of brain function by actually criticizing Roe v. Wade.

“The law was changing,” Ginsburg said about the state of abortion laws around the country at the time of the Roe case, according to an Associated Press report.

“Women were lobbying around that issue,” she said. “The Supreme Court stopped all that by deeming every law -- even the most liberal -- as unconstitutional. That seemed to me not the way courts generally work.”

This, indeed, may offer proof that Ginsberg is not in a complete PVS as has previously been assumed.

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California judge declares himself dictator

Four years after California voters passed Proposition 22, specifically banning same-sex "marriage" by a margin of 61-39 percent, Liberal judge Richard A. Kramer has legislated from the bench and tossed out the majority's vote, thereby proclaiming himself official dictator of California. 

Judge Richard Kramer of San Francisco County's trial-level Superior Court likened the ban to laws requiring racial segregation in schools, and said there appears to be "no rational purpose" for denying marriage to gay couples.

The ruling came in response to lawsuits filed by the city of San Francisco and a dozen gay couples a year ago after the California Supreme Court halted a four-week same-sex marriage spree started by Mayor Gavin Newsom.

Activist judges in four states have legislated that homosexual marriages must be allowed, regardless of the legislature or the vote of the people

"It's outrageous that a court has overturned the will of the people ... and I think it underscores why we need a state and federal constitutional amendment to protect the will of the people -- and most importantly protect marriage," Liberty Counsel's Mathew Staver told Baptist Press.

Interesting that it is typically the Democrats that support such actions that make a mockery of the democratic process.

Coverage: Jawa Report, PoliBlog

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A breath of fresh air

From the Fort Wayne News-Sentinal/Journal-Gasette:

Fort Wayne Community Schools officials violated an Elmhurst High School student’s free-speech rights when they suspended him for wearing a T-shirt bearing the likeness of an M-16 rifle and the text of the Marine Corps creed, a federal court ruled Friday.

The district suspended Nelson Griggs in March 2003 for violating a provision of the school dress code that prohibits students from wearing clothing depicting “symbols of violence.”

Griggs, now a 17-year-old junior at Elmhurst, and his father, David, sued the school system in U.S. District Court in Fort Wayne in February 2004, arguing the dress code was overly broad. U.S. Magistrate Judge Roger B. Cosbey agreed in his 30-page ruling Friday.

“Schools are under undeniable pressure to prevent student violence,” and the anti-violence section of the dress code is “a reasonable, constitutional tool toward that end,” Cosbey wrote. But in the case of Griggs’ Marine creed shirt, officials went too far, the ruling said.

It's so refreshing to finally hear a judge use his head. Nice to know there are a few left with some common sense.

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Christians and Jews

From AgapePress:

Last summer, the Presbyterian Church USA voted overwhelmingly to divest from companies that do business with Israel and profit from Israeli presence in the West Bank and Gaza. And recently, the governing body of the World Council of Churches urged its members to look to the PCUSA as a model for pursuing divestment, saying the denomination's action "is commendable in both method and manner, uses criteria rooted in faith, and calls members to do the 'things that make for peace' (Luke 19:42)."

Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein is the founder and president of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ), which is based in Chicago and Jerusalem. The Fellowship describes its mission as "promot[ing] understanding and cooperation between Jews and Christians" and "build[ing] broad support for Israel and other shared concerns." In a recent column, the rabbi addressed the importance of the support of American evangelical Christians to the nation of Israel.

"Evangelical Christians are highly important allies -- particularly at this time, when Israel finds itself at a political and social crossroads," Eckstein says. "While it is true that many of the evangelical Christians belong to the right wing of the political map, their love for the State of Israel is unconditional. At a time when the rest of the world is arrayed against us, evangelical Christians are true friends who stand alongside us."

Rabbi Eckstein is unfortunately in a minority of Jews who see Conservative, Evangelical Christians as their allies. Fortunately we Evangelicals do not base our support for Israel and love for Jewish people on reciprocation.

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Great, white, northern anti-semites

From Haaretz:

The Israeli ambassador to Canada is investigating reports that the foreign ministry there is trying to remove the word "Israel" from passports that list the bearers' birthplace as Jerusalem, he said Friday. 

The move comes in the wake of a lawsuit filed in January by Eliyahu Yehoshua Veffer, a 17-year-old Toronto resident born in Jerusalem whose passport had the word Israel scratched out, in accordance with Canadian government policy. He is being assisted by B'nai Brith Canada in suing the Canadian federal government to be allowed to list both Jerusalem and Israel as his birthplace.

In the course of the lawsuit, it became evident that, despite the Canadian policy that does not recognize Israeli sovereignty over any part of Jerusalem, some Jerusalem-born Canadians have been issued passports that do note their country, as well as city, of birth.

The Canadian Foreign Ministry has since asked people whose passports say "Jerusalem, Israel" or "Jerusalem, Palestine" to report to a government office and have the name of the country removed, Israel Radio reported Friday. 

Those Canadians -- always startin' trouble. This just eggs on the terrorists in Israel, but then what do the Canadians care if some more Israeli children get blown up.

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Give ’em hell, Tony

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia vents about the problem most of us also see as destroying the nation:

In a 35-minute speech Monday, Scalia said unelected judges have no place deciding issues such as abortion and the death penalty. The court's 5-4 ruling March 1 to outlaw the juvenile death penalty based on "evolving notions of decency" was simply a mask for the personal policy preferences of the five-member majority, he said.

"If you think aficionados of a living Constitution want to bring you flexibility, think again," Scalia told an audience at the Woodrow Wilson Center, a Washington think tank. "You think the death penalty is a good idea? Persuade your fellow citizens to adopt it. You want a right to abortion? Persuade your fellow citizens and enact it. That's flexibility." 

"Why in the world would you have it interpreted by nine lawyers?" he said. 

Scalia, who has been mentioned as a possible chief justice nominee should Chief Justice William Rehnquist retire, outlined his judicial philosophy of interpreting the Constitution according to its text, as understood at the time it was adopted. 

Citing the example of abortion, he said unelected justices too often choose to read new rights into the Constitution, at the expense of the democratic process. 

"Abortion is off the democratic stage. Prohibiting it is unconstitutional, now and forever, coast to coast, until I guess we amend the Constitution," said Scalia, who was appointed to the court by President Reagan in 1986.

Watch this be used against him by Liberals. There's some unwritten law Liberals support that says judges should do their politicking only from the bench. Of course we Conservatives would much rather judges speak their mind off the bench, and stick with the Constitution on the bench.

Coverage: Outside the Beltway, PoliBlog

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The price of political correctness

From the Pulse-Journal:

A surveillance camera captured Brian G. Nichols' surprise attack on a Fulton County sheriff's deputy, but no one in the control center noticed the assault and sent help, said a law enforcement official who viewed the security tape.

The camera, one of more than 40 stationed through the Fulton County courthouse, showed 6-foot-1-inch Nichols overwhelming Deputy Cynthia Hall and escaping with her gun. Hall was escorting Nichols to a holding cell before his rape trial resumed.

So far media sources have failed to mention the height and weight of the lone woman left guarding the 6'"1, 236 lb former linebacker and rapist. The Pulse-Journal does go so far as to refer to Nichols' guard, Fulton County sheriff's deputy Cynthia Hall, as a petite, 51 year-old grandmother. Some defenders of women in law enforcement claim that it makes no difference. That kind of stupidity is exactly why four people are now dead.

Coverage: Michelle Malkin

Michelle Malkin has a newer story on yet another courtroom attack on a female guard.

WizBang has an interesting side story about the networks' scramble to interview Smith.

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Hope for Nichols

From BPNews:

Ashley Smith, the Atlanta-area woman taken hostage by the subject of the largest manhunt in Georgia history March 12, calmed the alleged killer by reading an excerpt from "The Purpose-Driven Life" and talking with him about God. She escaped by persuading him to let her pick up her daughter from an AWANA children's program at a Southern Baptist church.

"I asked him if I could read," Smith, 26, said in recounting the ordeal to reporters outside her attorney's office March 13. "He said, 'What do you want to read?'

"'Well, I have a book in my room.' So I went and got it. I got my Bible, and I got a book called 'The Purpose-Driven Life.' I turned it to the chapter that I was on that day. It was chapter 33. And I started to read the first paragraph of it. After I read it, he said, 'Stop. Will you read it again?'

"So I read it again to him," Smith said.

On Day 33 of the book, author Rick Warren, a Southern Baptist pastor in California, writes, "We serve God by serving others. The world defines greatness in terms of power, possessions, prestige, and position. If you can demand service from others, you've arrived. In our self-serving culture with its me-first mentality, acting like a servant is not a popular concept."

Nichols was captured the following morning after agreeing to drive Smith to pick up her daughter. A lot of this is not being reported by the MSM. In spite of the horrible things he's done, Nichols needs prayer, because it sounds like he is in a perfect position to realize that Jesus is his only hope. 

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Those dispassionate Brits

Belize Park in London is home to a host of celebrities, including Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow. Eton Avenue in Belize Park is known as one the most exclusive streets in north London with a host of multi-million-pound properties. Near the Hampstead Theatre in Belize Park, yesterday a man described by passersby as “smartly-dressed and in his thirties” calmly axed to death another unidentified man. During the axing, mutilation and subsequent beheading of the victim passersby took the time to request the man refrain, but he continued nonetheless, stopping only after local constables approached. Placing the axe near the body after the bobbies arrived, witnesses described the man as “emotionless and cool” throughout the murder.

When asked for an explanation by the police, the man replied, “It's complicated. It's private.” Police arrested the man, who is now being held at the Holborn police station, where no doubt he is relaxing with a nice cup of tea.

Demmed unpleasant, what.

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“Trust us, we’re the United Nations”

From Reuters via Yahoo News:

African leaders voiced support Monday for a plan asking wealthy nations to tax their cities' investment in technology to buy mobile phones and computers for poor nations. 

The tax would feed a Digital Solidarity Fund, a United Nations-sponsored plan to use high-tech tools such as satellite telephones or the Internet to promote economic development in areas that lack even the most basic infrastructure.

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika said the digital divide -- the gap between information technology availability in poor countries and rich -- aggravated polarization between the wealthy North and developing nations of the South.

Apparently there's only so much you can bleed from the oppressed people under your despotic regime in order to build palaces and personal military forces, so we in the west are being told we must do our part. The UN probably needs more money for kickbacks and bribes, as well as payoffs to the families of women impregnated by UN workers.

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Who's defending the defenders?

From FoxNews:

Army 1st Lt. Jack Saville is charged with involuntary manslaughter, aggravated assault, obstruction of justice, conspiracy and making a false statement. His court-martial was to begin Monday.

The 25-year-old West Point graduate faces a maximum penalty of 29 years in military prison if convicted. He is accused of ordering troops to push two curfew violators into the river near Samarra in early 2004, resulting in the drowning death of Zaidoun Hassoun, 19.

But defense lawyers contend Zaidoun is still alive, and in December a judge granted a defense request to have the body exhumed to determine identification and cause of death. It's unclear if that exhumation has happened....

During [Staff Sgt. Tracy ] Perkins' trial [for the same incidence], an Army investigator testified that she never saw Zaidoun's body, allegedly found in the river 12 days after the incident, and did not have it exhumed because of security concerns.

Also during Perkins' trial, several soldiers testified that both Iraqis got out of the river alive. A forensic expert testified that a corpse shown in a funeral videotape provided by Zaidoun's family showed no signs of being in water for nearly two weeks....

Perkins was sentenced to six months in military prison and was reduced by one rank to staff sergeant, which cuts his pay and responsibilities.

These are American citizens putting themselves in danger to protect Iraq, as well as the United States. Does it seem unreasonable to expect them to receive fair trials? What's going on over there?

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Talk about reality TV!!

From the National Post:

Four siblings, ages 8 to 17, died when a television set exploded in their bedroom and their parents were badly burned trying to put out the fire, police said Saturday. 

The four were in bed Friday night when a short circuit apparently caused the television to blow up, sending flames throughout the room in their house in the coastal city of Alexandria, the official said. It wasn't clear if they'd been watching television or were asleep at the time of the explosion.

When I showed this story to my wife she shook her finger at me violently and said, “See, I told you watching TV is bad for you!”

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