Monthly Archives: June 2006

Sex-Selection Abortions Remain Legal in China: Feminist Nightmare, or Pro-Choice Nirvana?

Last year, Hillary Clinton went on a crusade against China’s forced abortion policies. We all know that Hillary is “pro choice” as well as being viewed by her followers as a feminist, but with her finger-pointing at China, she was clearly trying to soften her image and move closer to the center as a presidential race heats up.

Hillary put away the activist “If abortions are outlawed, only outlaws will be allowed to screw around with my husband” T-shirt and, during her chastising of China, and called abortion “tragic,” which ruffled the feathers of many of her pro-abortion allies on the left.

When President Bush went to China last year, Hillary wanted him to address that nation’s forced abortion policy. This week China decided not to criminalize abortions used for purposes of sex-selection. In a country where you’re highly encouraged (by the iron boot over your head) to have only one child, males are at a premium. “Sex selection” abortions should rattle feminists, since it’s safe to assume the majority of the aborted in China are female. But will this rattle feminists? Here was the Chinese lawmakers reasoning:

Abortions based on gender selection will remain legal in China after lawmakers could not agree on a planned law to criminalise the practice, state press reported on Monday.

China doesn’t do it like the United States Government does it. If the U.S. government can’t agree on a law, they don’t scrap the plan, they just pass a whole bunch of laws to make everybody happy.

Let’s get back to Hillary Clinton’s take on Chinese abortion for a moment, because we’ll be hearing more about it as primary season grows nearer. Notice that Hillary will continue to focus on abortions in another country instead of here, but that’s to be expected.

If abortion is a “right,” shouldn’t Hillary be thrilled rather than angered that a totalitarian nation is finally engaging in the promotion – albeit rather aggressively – of a “right”? She wouldn’t get her pantsuit in a twist if China’s government demanded that all citizens engage in freedom of speech, worship or assembly, would she? After all, those are all “rights” as well.

The fact is – abortion isn’t a “right.” You can’t legalize any form of murder under the guise of it being a “right” and then act shocked when it’s used as a control tool by any government. True “rights” are things that give government officials the night sweats, rightly so. If abortion is a “right,” then it’s the first right I’ve ever heard of that a government forced people to exercise.

Besides, if abortions – as it is so often claimed – don’t really take lives, then why is China’s policy wrong, Hillary? Of course, you’d also have to ask yourself: If abortion isn’t killing, how does it seem to do such a bang-up job of population control? 

Hillary Clinton obviously believes that rights come from government – just like the Chinese government does. The problem is that any government that is empowered to proclaim abortion as a “right” could easily justify anything for any purpose. When killing is a “right,” what could possibly be wrong, and that’s a path down which many nations in history have traveled and not returned.

The belief that abortion is a “right” can only lead to the inability to differentiate between such things as the students who protested at Tiananmen Square, and the government’s massacre of them.

A baby killed by an abortion is a baby killed by an abortion – if by whose decree is the only deciding factor between if it’s right or wrong, we’re in trouble — be it in China, the U.S., or anyplace else.

Remember that as Hillary gears up the empty rhetoric in the coming months.

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Monday's Column: We Can't Hear You, Mr. President

Today’s column at WorldNetDaily is on the absolute lunacy that is taking place concerning the bashing of U.S. troops by the American left while those who commit horrific acts against U.S. troops seem to get a free pass from liberals.

In San Diego, eight members of the U.S. military are in jail awaiting a murder trial. Separately, an investigation continues into the incident at Haditha. Liberals such as John Murtha and many others have already concluded guilt. Too bad these accused U.S. soldiers aren’t detainees at Abu Ghraib or Gitmo — these same Democrats would be on “human rights” missions to ensure their proper treatment and bitching about the lack of due process.

In the meantime, President Bush isn’t pointing this out and defending these soldiers nearly enough.

Give “We can’t hear you, Mr. President” a read, and then return to your regularly scheduled Monday.

Monday’s Column: We Can’t Hear You, Mr. President

Today’s column at WorldNetDaily is on the absolute lunacy that is taking place concerning the bashing of U.S. troops by the American left while those who commit horrific acts against U.S. troops seem to get a free pass from liberals.

In San Diego, eight members of the U.S. military are in jail awaiting a murder trial. Separately, an investigation continues into the incident at Haditha. Liberals such as John Murtha and many others have already concluded guilt. Too bad these accused U.S. soldiers aren’t detainees at Abu Ghraib or Gitmo — these same Democrats would be on “human rights” missions to ensure their proper treatment and bitching about the lack of due process.

In the meantime, President Bush isn’t pointing this out and defending these soldiers nearly enough.

Give “We can’t hear you, Mr. President” a read, and then return to your regularly scheduled Monday.

50,000 Iraqis Died As Result of War — Still Way Ahead of the Saddam and Sanctions Curve?

Today’s L.A. Times, in an article headlines “War’s Iraqi death toll tops 50,000,” says the following:

At least 50,000 Iraqis have died violently since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion, according to statistics from the Baghdad morgue, the Iraqi Health Ministry and other agencies — a toll 20,000 higher than previously acknowledged by the Bush administration.

Many more Iraqis are believed to have been killed but not counted because of serious lapses in recording deaths in the chaotic first year after the invasion, when there was no functioning Iraqi government, and continued spotty reporting nationwide since.

Now, it seems to me that, back when there were sanctions and Saddam was still in power, critics of sanctions against Iraq said they were responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths. Hundreds of thousands! Here’s just one example from The Nation. Couple that with all those Saddam had murdered, and the numbers are staggering.

Some claimed that in the 1990’s alone, sanctions were responsible for the deaths of 1.25 million Iraqis.

Now, Saddam’s gone, as are the sanctions. Not to make light of an ugly situation, shouldn’t the LA Times headline read, at the very least, “Less than half as many Iraqis dying since liberation”?

Of course they’re not going to word it that way, but it’s fun to dream once in a while, isn’t it?

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Charles Darwin's Tortoise Dead At 176, Having Never Won A Darwin Award

And just when she was beginning to come out of her shell…

They say it comes in threes, and boy are they right. First Aaron Spelling, then Patsy Ramsey, and now Harriet, a tortoise thought to have once belonged to Charles Darwin.

Harriet, a 322-pound Galapagos tortoise thought to have once belonged to naturalist Charles Darwin, has died in a Queensland wildlife park at age 176, carrying to her grave the mystery of her origins.

John Hangar, a senior veterinarian at the Australia Zoo on the Sunshine Coast, said the reptile suffered a heart attack Thursday.

Oh well… other tortoises at the park were getting sick of the “you young turtles today…” grumpiness anyway.

It seems like only yesterday we were celebrating Harriet’s 167th birthday. One would have hoped that an animal who may have once belonged to Darwin would have at least been able to win one of his awards on its way out, but not Harriet.

As a result of studying Harriet, Charles Darwin noted the following as proof of his theory of evolution: In earlier centuries, Galapagos turtles grew slowly, were timid and never had the ability nor inclination to roam far from their original birth places. But, for some unknown reason, the tortoises started developing the ability to be plucked from their homes by evolutionary scientists and ending up in places such as Plymouth, England and later in Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo.

Evolution is easier when there’s an evolutionist there to help it along.

Rest in peace, Harriet.

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Charles Darwin’s Tortoise Dead At 176, Having Never Won A Darwin Award

And just when she was beginning to come out of her shell…

They say it comes in threes, and boy are they right. First Aaron Spelling, then Patsy Ramsey, and now Harriet, a tortoise thought to have once belonged to Charles Darwin.

Harriet, a 322-pound Galapagos tortoise thought to have once belonged to naturalist Charles Darwin, has died in a Queensland wildlife park at age 176, carrying to her grave the mystery of her origins.

John Hangar, a senior veterinarian at the Australia Zoo on the Sunshine Coast, said the reptile suffered a heart attack Thursday.

Oh well… other tortoises at the park were getting sick of the “you young turtles today…” grumpiness anyway.

It seems like only yesterday we were celebrating Harriet’s 167th birthday. One would have hoped that an animal who may have once belonged to Darwin would have at least been able to win one of his awards on its way out, but not Harriet.

As a result of studying Harriet, Charles Darwin noted the following as proof of his theory of evolution: In earlier centuries, Galapagos turtles grew slowly, were timid and never had the ability nor inclination to roam far from their original birth places. But, for some unknown reason, the tortoises started developing the ability to be plucked from their homes by evolutionary scientists and ending up in places such as Plymouth, England and later in Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo.

Evolution is easier when there’s an evolutionist there to help it along.

Rest in peace, Harriet.

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Saddam (Hunger) Strikes Out

After another one of Saddam Hussein’s attorneys was murdered, the “Butcher of Baghdad” went on a hunger strike. As it turns out, the “hunger strike” lasted only through the deviled eggs and bread sticks, and was over by the time the main course arrived.

Let this be an example for the next lawyer willing to take on the case for Saddam: If something happens to you, Hussein will protest to the point of skipping appetizers. Yes, he’s that loyal.

Hunger strikes are “in” these days. Now we’ll see how long Cindy Sheehan, Willie Nelson, Danny Glover and Dick Gregory can last. This one will be especially tough, since Willie’s second hand smoke is bound to cause a wicked case of the munchies among the participants.

House Candidate Apologizes to Helen Thomas for Opponent's Perfect Eyesight

Steve King, Republican from Iowa, caused a bit of a stir for a remark he made concerning White House reporter Helen Thomas. Here’s the short version:

Last Saturday, Rep. King, while discussing the death of terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi at the state Republican convention, said, “What occurred to me that morning is something that I imagine a lot of you have thought about and he’s probably figured it out by now. There probably are not 72 virgins in the hell he’s at and if there are, they probably all look like Helen Thomas.”

King’s Democrat opponent, Joyce Schulte, is of course outraged and responded on her website:

“Mean-spirited remarks are beneath the dignity of any self respecting congressperson, and remarks about another person’s appearance are even lower. I hesitate to even use Helen Thomas’ name in the same document with so vile a wretch as al-Zarqawi. But I want her and the world to know that Iowans are not insensitive buffoons who make fun at someone else’s expense.”

“Self respecting congressperson”? Oh my, Ms. Schulte has a lot to learn, doesn’t she? That aside, why does Schulte assume it’s a joke about Thomas’ appearance? King only implied that Helen was a “double bagger“, but never flat out said it. King only said her name. It was Schulte who apparently thinks that Helen Thomas’ name is synonymous with ugly.

By the way, posters at the Right Nation forum are talking about this blog post, and they remind us that yes, the Democrats also have a penchant for insulting the looks of people. What did and do they say about Linda Tripp, Paula Jones, Barbara Bush, Monica Lewinsky, Katherine Harris, etc.?

Anyway, back on point. If King is right, there are 72 of these coming at Zarqawi right now, clutching body oil, handcuffs, whips, leather hoods and nipple clamps (hat tip to a Right Nation poster):

Now that’s cruel, Representative King. I think you owe an apology… to Zarqawi.

Oh what the hell, let’s throw 72 Joyce Schultes at Zarqawi, too!

Take that, bad guy!

**Disclaimer: The above is in no way intended to be offensive to those of us who may not be aesthetically pleasing, but rather to dramatize the cruel fate that awaits terrorists while sending the message to Americans that all of us, especially the ugly ones, may be called upon at any time to play an important role in the war on terror. Patriotism doesn’t have to be pretty to be a beautiful thing.

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House Candidate Apologizes to Helen Thomas for Opponent’s Perfect Eyesight

Steve King, Republican from Iowa, caused a bit of a stir for a remark he made concerning White House reporter Helen Thomas. Here’s the short version:

Last Saturday, Rep. King, while discussing the death of terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi at the state Republican convention, said, “What occurred to me that morning is something that I imagine a lot of you have thought about and he’s probably figured it out by now. There probably are not 72 virgins in the hell he’s at and if there are, they probably all look like Helen Thomas.”

King’s Democrat opponent, Joyce Schulte, is of course outraged and responded on her website:

“Mean-spirited remarks are beneath the dignity of any self respecting congressperson, and remarks about another person’s appearance are even lower. I hesitate to even use Helen Thomas’ name in the same document with so vile a wretch as al-Zarqawi. But I want her and the world to know that Iowans are not insensitive buffoons who make fun at someone else’s expense.”

“Self respecting congressperson”? Oh my, Ms. Schulte has a lot to learn, doesn’t she? That aside, why does Schulte assume it’s a joke about Thomas’ appearance? King only implied that Helen was a “double bagger“, but never flat out said it. King only said her name. It was Schulte who apparently thinks that Helen Thomas’ name is synonymous with ugly.

By the way, posters at the Right Nation forum are talking about this blog post, and they remind us that yes, the Democrats also have a penchant for insulting the looks of people. What did and do they say about Linda Tripp, Paula Jones, Barbara Bush, Monica Lewinsky, Katherine Harris, etc.?

Anyway, back on point. If King is right, there are 72 of these coming at Zarqawi right now, clutching body oil, handcuffs, whips, leather hoods and nipple clamps (hat tip to a Right Nation poster):

Now that’s cruel, Representative King. I think you owe an apology… to Zarqawi.

Oh what the hell, let’s throw 72 Joyce Schultes at Zarqawi, too!

Take that, bad guy!

**Disclaimer: The above is in no way intended to be offensive to those of us who may not be aesthetically pleasing, but rather to dramatize the cruel fate that awaits terrorists while sending the message to Americans that all of us, especially the ugly ones, may be called upon at any time to play an important role in the war on terror. Patriotism doesn’t have to be pretty to be a beautiful thing.

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