Da Scent

This is my first real attempt at an on-line journal. It'll be parts political, parts personal, parts other. I'll try to keep it interesting, whatever I write. Feedback is appreciated...

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Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Checking out the news on a Tuesday Afternoon

Hey guys...looking around the web for some interesting little tidbits, here's what I found:

Via DU:

http://www.cq.com/corp/show.do?page=crawford/20050325_homeland

So, now according to official Department of Homeland Security Policy, it's ok (apparently) to be a domestic terrorist, as long as you're a right-wing domestic terrorist, because then you're not really a terrorist at all. Never mind Oklahoma City, never mind the 1996 Olympic Bombing, never mind all of the abortion clinic bombings, never mind the KKK. The REAL threats are those environmentalist groups. Unbelievable.

Also from DU, more on Schiavo...

First up, we have Hal Harris, radio Repub. Here's the Right-to-Life movement at its finest.

"I advocate the use of force to rescue Terry Schiavo from being starved to death. I further advocate the killing of anyone who interferes with such rescue."

Who would interfere with such a noble cause, you ask? Well, police officers who are just doing their jobs. That's right folks, the right-wingers want you to kill cops.

But hold the phone...something made Harris change his mind. Change of heart? Did he realize his position was paradoxical, hypocritical even? Not exactly...

"Seeing as racial jews are the lowest form of scum on the planet ... maybe starving Terri to death isn't too bad a thing at all."

Words fail to adaquately describe that...

Words also fail to adaquately describe this rant by Tom Delay...

"One thing that God has brought to us is Terri Schiavo, to help elevate the visibility of what is going on in America."

What might that be, Tom?

"This is exactly the issue that is going on in America, of attacks against the conservative movement, against me and against many others."

Tom Delay believes that *GOD HIMSELF* crippled & vegetated Mrs. Schiavo so that she could be used as a pawn in Republican political chess. Nice.

From the American Constitution Society Blog via The Decembrist via DailyKos:

http://www.acsblog.org/equal-protection-and-due-process-1066-guest-blogger-if-roe-falls-would-the-culture-of-life-trump-federalism-yet-again.html

I'll just go ahead and repost this in full:

by Sarah C. von der Lippe, of The Law Offices of Sarah C. von der Lippe.


Republicans acknowledged that the intervention was a departure from their usual support for states' rights. But they said their views about the sanctity life trumped their views about federalism. ("Congress Steps In on Schiavo Case, Lawmakers to Pass Bill to Resume Feeding, Allow Court Review", By Mike Allen and ManuelRoig-Franzia, Washington Post Staff Writers, Sunday, March 20, 2005; Page A01)


This piece of reporting highlights a terribly important bit of legal hypocrisy on the part of right-wing conservatives. Everytime they call for appointment of judges to the Supreme Court who will overrule or undermine Roe v. Wade, they assert that the matter should be left to the states.
They assert that even if Roe v. Wade is overturned, it won't eliminate abortion in the states in which the duly elected state representatives do not take steps to outlaw the practice. But the Schiavo case reveals the true priorities of the right: they are happy to abandon the principles of federalism if the issue is related to questions of "life." But if they are willing to cast aside federalism in the Schiavo case, won't they be willing to do the same in the context of abortion? And if they are, won't that inevitably lead to attempts to pass federal legislation banning abortion? The actions of conservatives in the context of the Terri Schiavo case should give us pause as Bush nominates new justices to the Supreme Court -- especially, given conservatives' admitted goal of denying women's constitutional right to privacy and reproductive choice.



That just about says it all.

Ok kids - Maryland vs. South Carolina @ around 9:15. I'll blog again after the game.

P&L...

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