A 23-year-old man upset about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan opened fire from his truck at two soldiers standing outside a military recruiting station here on Monday morning, killing one private and wounding another, the police said.
[ ]…Mr. Muhammad will be charged with one count of capital murder and 15 counts of terroristic acts, one for each person who was hit or endangered by the shots he fired. Thirteen people were in the recruiting office at the time.
The other day a doctor that the Right demonized for years was also killed by an extremist. While my support of background checks and closing loopholes for gun show weapons puchases would disqualify me from the NRA, I generally support the right to own a gun. Unfornately we can’t give every gun owner an extremist tendencies check-up. The murder of Dr. Tiller and the soldier standing outside the recruitment office are different in that people like Bill O’Reilly and Operation Rescue’s Randall claimed that Dr, Tiller, who saved lives and provided much needed mediacal care “reaped what he sowed”. The incendiary rhetoric and the clear efforst by the Right’s worse extremists to dehumanize Dr. Tiller lead to his murder. There is no mainstream media infrastructure like the Right has to encourage lone nuts like Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad (previously known as Carlos Bledsoe). You will not be able to find a mainstream Democratic official or one of the prominet Democratic blogs such as HuffPo or Kos making apologies and excuses for Bledsoe. The reason is obvious enough, Bledsoe was morally wrong. If he had a problem with US foriegn policy, that’s why we have elections. The same goes for Dr. Tiller’s alledged murderer Scott Roeder. Much like Timothy McVeigh, Eric Rudolph and Paul Ross Evans – the law was for everyone except them. The Right continues to see democracy as a buffet, they get to pick and chose which laws they’ll obey and which one’s they are willing to ignore to the point of murder. There is no comparision with Bledsoe. O’Reilly will not rationalize Bledsoe’s murderous acts, but O’Reilly with shirk his responsibility for flaming the flames of Roeder’s hate. In that C&L post O’Reilly skirts the razor’s edge of advocationg a lynch mob.
Of course its time for the Right to shroud Dr. Tiller’s murder in the failure of the SCOTUS – a conservative SCOTUS at that – to be strict textualists. In a shameless post, conservative Megan McArdle compares Scott Roeder to those that fought against slavery. My Two Cents
Imagine a future in which the moral consensus has changed, and our grandchildren regard abortion the way we regard slavery. Who will the hero of history be: Tiller, or his murderer? At the very least, they’ll be conflicted, the way we are about John Brown.
That could be true, of course. But here’s the thing about that type of analogy – it justifies anything. If, for instance, people one day look at the horror of integrated schools the same way we look at slavery, then George Wallace will be a national hero. If future generations think internment camps are a great moral necessity, then Michelle Malkin will be hailed as a moral visionary.
It’s a premise that can’t really be refuted. But it’s also a dangerous premise. Because this type of argument can be used to justify anything, it is in fact used to justify anything. And as a matter of probability, the particular outrage a person subjectively picks will likely not be morally equivalent to slavery. (Or if you prefer, substitute the Holocaust for slavery).
This from the same movement that includes proponents of secession like Texas governor Rick Perry. Its another ideological buffet – one week they’re the party of Jefferson Davis, next week the party of Lincoln. The moral relativity is astounding. I don’t care if the modern excuse for a Republican party ever makes a comeback, but they might want to consider having a political philosophy that is not filled with so many contradictions and hypocrisy. Ross Douthat is the right-wing columnist that replaced Bill Kristol at the NYT. It looks as though he is going to follow the Kristal tradition of being wrong or just plain boneheaded about every issue, Justices Gone Wild
The right tends to blame the left for the Supreme Court’s expanded ambit, and not unjustly. The modern Court’s most enduringly controversial power grabs — with Roe v. Wade leading the way — were usually the work of liberal justices, and even the more modest liberal theories of jurisprudence tend to depict the Justices as soldiers in the progressive cause, constrained primarily by what the political climate allows them to get away with.
Roe v Wade a pwer grab. Only the twisted logic of a conservative can make the court’s decision to make the government back off a deeply personal intrution into citizen’s lives a “power grab”. Douthat would, as the right-wing road twists and turns, like to skip the argument, well established, that without the implcit right of personal privacy, the explicit rights in the Constitution – free speech, freedom to petition, etc., would mean nothing.
“On the question of whether or not Iraq was involved in 9-11, there was never any evidence to prove that,” he told the “On The Record” host in a joint interview with his daughter Liz.
[ ]…Asked in 2004 if Iraq was involved in the attacks, Cheney was less clear, telling CNBC, “We don’t know.” He criticized the “irresponsible” media for reporting that there were no links between al-Qaeda and Iraq. “There clearly was a relationship. It’s been testified to. The evidence is overwhelming,” Cheney said.
In fact, it was Cheney who “missed” the warning signs, not Clarke. New York Times reporter Philip Shenon’s book, “The Commission: The Uncensored History of the 9/11 Investigation,” reprinted some of Clarke’s emphatic e-mails warning the Bush administration of the al Qaeda threat throughout 2001:
“Bin Ladin Public Profile May Presage Attack” (May 3)
“Terrorist Groups Said Co-operating on US Hostage Plot” (May 23)
“Bin Ladin’s Networks’ Plans Advancing” (May 26)
“Bin Ladin Attacks May Be Imminent” (June 23)
“Bin Ladin and Associates Making Near-Term Threats” (June 25)
“Bin Ladin Planning High-Profile Attacks” (June 30)
“Planning for Bin Ladin Attacks Continues, Despite Delays” (July 2)