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Sunday, April 14, 2013

The Gosnell case is stomach-turning. Testimonies in court point to a sadistic man who would sever the spines of babies, in and out of the womb. They tell of a man so cold-blooded that he would keep the feet of unborn children as trophies of his evil. They speak of a man who would prey upon the poorest and most vulnerable women in his community in order to destroy their lives and those of their children.





Inside the Trial of Abortion Doctor Kermit Gosnell
During a week of horrific testimony, Gosnell sat smiling in the courtroom.

By Steve Volk   4/12/2013 Philly Mag


Kermit Gosnell sits accused of eight homicides. His alleged victims include seven newborn babies the prosecution claims he killed with surgical scissors. His eighth alleged victim, Karmaya Mongar, is a 41-year-old woman who came to the doctor seeking an abortion and left in an ambulance, her heart stopped for good by an overdose of drugs delivered by unlicensed staff. If convicted, he could face the death penalty. Yet throughout his long trial, no matter how awful the accusations leveled against him by witnesses, Gosnell sits there smiling.
Just as the prosecution seems utterly convinced that Kermit Gosnell, the West Philly abortionist, began killing babies well past the 24-week gestational age permitted under state abortion laws, his smile suggests he seems equally sure that he has done nothing wrong.
Aspiring Doctor Steve Massof Thought He “Was Learning” at the Side of Kermit Gosnell
The prosecution has built its case with Gosnell’s former employees at the Atlantic Women’s Medical Center. To varying degrees, each has expressed feeling misled by Gosnell, who regularly re-did ultrasounds when staff produced measurements indicating the baby had reached a gestational age greater than 24 weeks.
“I thought I was learning,” declared Steve Massof, who passed medical school in Grenada but never obtained a doctor’s license, yet found a home inside Gosnell’s clinic at 3801 Lancaster Avenue. “I mean, who else would you follow around but the doctor who has been practicing family medicine for more than 30 years?”
Massof further stated that he thought his time in Gosnell’s clinic would fulfill his residency requirement, so he took the low-paying job in an urban clinic for just $300 per week. Only later did he find out that Gosnell’s clinic was not accredited.
Massof has himself already pleaded guilty to first-degree homicide, admitting to having killed babies born live and viable during botched abortion procedures.

Gosnell at some point about his method of stabbing babies in the neck with surgical scissors, then “snipping” their spinal cords to separate brain from body.
“It’s standard procedure,” he told them.
Other staff have proven more sympathetic, including a parade of female staff, without medical degrees, who all questioned Gosnell at some point about his method of stabbing babies in the neck with surgical scissors, then “snipping” their spinal cords to separate brain from body.
“It’s standard procedure,” he told them.
Linda Williams, who had once been perhaps his most loyal staffer, told jurors last week, “If I had known then what I know now, I would never have worked for him. I would rather have lived in a box on the street.”
Almost half of the prosecution’s non-expert witnesses have cried, at least a little, on the stand.
Staffers Earned $20 Cash Bonuses for Second-Trimester Abortions

Gosnell seemingly built an empire off performing late-term abortions and operating a kind of “pill mill” out of the West Philadelphia clinic. Prosecutors allege he was making $1.8 million per year from his operation, and also claim that he owned multiple properties, including houses and apartment buildings in West Philly, Delaware and Brigantine, New Jersey.
His staff, meanwhile, seemed to be operating on the margins of life, doing what they could to support their families, working for Gosnell for maybe $10 an hour, with $20 cash bonuses thrown in for every second-trimester abortion that occurred on their shift. Their clientele, in turn, were usually poor, and turning to the abortionist because they didn’t feel they could afford to take care of a baby. And they all took refuge in euphemistic language. One former employee, Sherry West, said she referred to the babies she saw, both dead and alive, as “specimens” because the word “made it easier to deal with.”
Williams, in a written statement she provided to law enforcement authorities, expressed her desire to “help people” in Gosnell’s clinic, and described the clientele as people who could not “financially afford to take care of their fetus.”
The word “baby,” for employees and customers at the Atlantic Women’s Medical Center was often avoided.

79 comments:

  1. Finally we have found a man even worse than Obama.

    Not even a 'Comfort Room' for these children who have survived an abortion.

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    1. America;s Stunning Abortion Mind Block -

      http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2013/04/13/americas_stunning_abortion_mind-block_117934.html

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    2. I maintain that a child that has survived and abortion has Constitutional rights. The child is an American citizen.

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    3. No one gave him amnesty for trying to migrate out of his mother’s womb.

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  2. A street thug like Travon Martin had the US media, Obama and all the shit birds in Congress wailing and whelping their fears for the injustice done their favorite altar boy. Obama saw his son in the 6’2” child, but has not seen his daughters, or said a word about the garbage bags filled with the broken bodies of infants on the nasty streets of West Philadelphia.

    Hat Tip: Q

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  3. Move on please, that is not a murdered child with his spinal cord cut, that is a matter of personal choice.

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  4. Woman’s health, don’t you know.

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  5. That ladies and gentleman, is a reproductive right’s issue.

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    Legal abortion has been here for decades. It is not going away in the forseeable future.

    I didn't resurface this issue to again argue the abortion issue. Few minds will be changed and in fact this wasn't what you could call legal abortions.

    The reason I thought it a topic worth bringing up again was because of the various quotes I have seen printed regarding it, quotes that reflect the coursening of societal mores we have witnessed over the past decades. I've posted a few of them here before.

    To many, though born and viable, these are not babies, they are at most fetuses, a term that among our cultural elite designates something less than human. From Salon and the WaPo we have feminist writers who state these are merely 'things' to be removed from the uterus. We see it in their justifications for partial birth abortions. Even among those that are willing to say that the fetus actually represents a life, they ignore the potential each represents and claim that some life is more equal than others, that some life is worth sacrificing.

    The latest brouhaha centers on another aspect of the debate, the thought that if you ignore something that is disagreeable it will go away. We see this in judges rulings that state that showing pictures of aborted children is illegal. As was pointed out in a post from yesterday,

    "...On this issue, there appears to be a well-known, unwritten rule in America’s civic life: We’ll just pretend this isn’t happening. We’ll just be polite and let this pass. We certainly won’t talk about it at cocktail parties. And as the large-scale media’s blackout of Gosnell trial shows (not to mention government banning of “disturbing” abortion protest photos), America’s mind-block on abortion is deeply and scarily ingrained..."

    This is obviously not the only evidence that American culture is devolving from the traditional. The examples are legion. However, this one will continue to be brought up again and again and just as frequently fade away as our attention shifts to the next Trayvon Martin or Lady GaGa.

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    1. Wasn't Trayvon Martin the recipient of a "Late Term Abortion"?
      Why isn't his death an example of ... "evidence that American culture is devolving from the traditional"

      Poo fella was walking alone, at night in suburbia, when he was shot down like a dog.

      If that is an example of "traditional" I'd just as soon move on.

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    2. Wasn't Trayvon Martin the recipient of a "Late Term Abortion"?
      Why isn't his death an example of ... "evidence that American culture is devolving from the traditional"

      Poo fella was walking alone, at night in suburbia, when he was shot down like a dog.

      If that is an example of "traditional" I'd just as soon move on.

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    4. Trayvon Martin attacked Zimmerman. Zimmerman was down on his back getting his brains beaten out when he shot Trayvon Martin. That is what the evidence so far known would indicate.

      We should know more watching the trial, which is finally coming up sometime soon.

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      Once more, you miss the point, purposely I hope, otherwise, it betrays a simplicity that is troubling.

      How many months was the Trayvon story blasted across the headlines of most major news outlets in the U.S.? How many stories were filed on it? The same applies to the Casey Anthony story and many others. Yet, how many stories have you seen posted on TV or in the MSM on Gosnell's multiple murders before the blogs raised the issue?

      Even now, a number of the news organizations claim the stroy wasn't covered because they considered it a local news story as if the Trayvon Martin and Casey Anthony stories weren't in the same sense 'local news stories'. The hypocrisy is palpable.

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      My post was directed at the rat's comments.


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    7. My comment was towards the idea that killing T Martin was "traditional" America, not to the editorial content of the "News".

      The Homeowners Assoc. insurance company paid a million dollars in a wrongful death settlement.
      The shooter is fucked.

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  7. Just 1% of companies say they will drop healthcare coverage in 2014.

    1%

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  8. Late-term abortions are abhorrent. That's why the Supreme Court didn't protect them in Roe v Wade.

    That said, let's have a post on Republicans' voting record on child nutrition, and healthcare bills. On contraception, esp. Plan B (the morning-after pill.)

    Maybe a discussion on minimum wage.

    Or, is it really about having millions of poor people willing (forced) to work for Slave wages (or, maybe we could just reinstitute slavery, and get it over with.)

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    1. The jury will decide whether these were legal abortions or murder. It is those citizens, representing the power of the people, that will decide this particular issue.

      Now, I know that in the past boobie has rejected the proposition that the jury should be empowered to rule on justice, rather than the letter of the law.

      We will see what happens, with regards illegal medical clinics. This quack would never have made the ObamaCare regulatory cut.

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    2. What we have here. in Kermit's situation, a case of "Free Market" health care.

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    4. Now, I know that in the past boobie has rejected the proposition that the jury should be empowered to rule on justice, rather than the letter of the law.

      No, what I objected to was the proposal in Ron Paul's platform that would have made jury nullification into a Legal Principle, which would collapse the democracy.

      If I were on a jury where a man was being charged with stealing a chicken to feed his starving family with a huge penalty attached, I would most probably not vote to convict.

      This is a difference with a great distinction even if you cannot see it.

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      The rat chooses not to see the difference.

      When, in discussing certain aspects of current administration policy that impinge on individual rights expressed in the Constitution, you can post a statement like the following

      If the Loyal Opposition is not in opposition to the President's policies, why should anyone else?

      it betrays either a simplicity beyond believe or a willingness to 'go along to get a along' that is even worse. The rat is of the sheeple and loving every minute of it.

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    6. I see Kermit's case as Free Enterprise medicine running rampant.
      Those that tell US that Free Market medicine is best, fail to comment upon Kermit's transgressions in regards the regulatory climate that exists without "Single Payer" coverage.
      A regulatory climate that allowed Kermit's carnage.

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    7. As for the loyal opposition supporting the Drone Wars, Q has failed to even address the case for repealing the 14SEP01 Authorization. I support the small footprint strategy the Drone War represents. I have no problem with the US continuing the War on Terror in that manner. I support the US continuing to foster a climate civil unrest across the Islamic Arc.

      Keeping the Islamoids at each others throats, good for US, bad for them.

      ;-)

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    8. ... climate OF civil unrest ...

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    9. As to boobie, if Kermit's defense has the "Law" on its side, would you vote to convict him of murder, regardless.

      Or would you let him walk?

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    10. I asked why someone should not support the Drone Wars, when the GOP does, when the Democrats do? Why the War on Terror should be ended?
      The Authorization for Use of Force repealed?

      Never has there been a response.

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      As for the loyal opposition supporting the Drone Wars, Q has failed to even address the case for repealing the 14SEP01 Authorization. I support the small footprint strategy the Drone War represents. I have no problem with the US continuing the War on Terror in that manner. I support the US continuing to foster a climate civil unrest across the Islamic Arc.


      An untrue statement with regard to me and the AUMF, what you refer to as the 14SEP01 authorization.

      From a couple of streams back, my first response was with regard to your assertion that if the dicks in Washington, including the GOP, aren't complaining about the administrations policies why should anyone else and the second was in response to your question of what we should do with the 14SEP01 authorization.

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      [rat] If the Loyal Opposition is not in opposition to the President's policies, why should anyone else?

      [Quirk]Again, rat, a simplistic statement. Anyone, regardles of party affiliation, who looks at the current administration policies and the justification it provides for them and sees major legal, moral, constitutional, or practical issues with them should be speaking up and objecting to them. And if their job is to write or change laws, they should be making the effort to do so.

      Your argument, if I read it right, is that since the munchkins in OZ are all standing around with their thumbs up their ass as they abdicate their responsibility everything must be jim dandy.

      Absurd.

      Although in this land of the sheeple, you seem to have a lot of company. Enjoy.

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      2. QuirkSat Apr 13, 01:22:00 AM EDT

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      [rat} What policies should the US be pursuing if not the one's we are, in regards the 14SEP01 Authorization?

      [Quirk} With regard to the AUMF, repeal it. It reminds me of the Cash/Carter lyrics "We got married in a fever, hotter than a pepper sprout..."

      It was rushed, ill-conceived, way too general and open-ended. Whenever a vacuum is created, it will somehow be filled. We have seen the results. It was intended to to allow for the punishment of those who attacked us on 9/11. The attackers were captured (or killed), OBL is dead, and the Taliban were defeated, at least initially. Now, we merely wait for the inevitible 'declare victory and go home'. The AUMF is no longer needed. Now it exists merely as a thin excuse for many questionable policies.

      You keep asking what policies should the US be pursuing. I ask you first tell me what are our goals. I can't answer your question until you tell me what you are trying to achieve.

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      I asked why someone should not support the Drone Wars, when the GOP does, when the Democrats do? Why the War on Terror should be ended?
      The Authorization for Use of Force repealed?

      Never has there been a response.



      Never a response? Nonsense, as I pointed out in my previous post.

      You ask why argue against a policy if both the major parties support it. It's as if you lack a brain. Aren't you free to employ independent thought? If dear leader says it's true, it must be? Really? Good lord, baa and join the sheeple.

      There have been many discussions on issues like the WOT. If you want more I will be glad to provide it; however, since it will be an extended discussion, I will have to do it later tonight when I have time.

      However, let me clarify two things before starting.

      1. As far as I know, no one here is arguing against the use of drones but merely against the way they are being used currently wrt tageted killings, including both signature and personal strikes.

      2. Looking at you post above, am I right in saying that you feel everything that has unfolded as a result of AUMF, the Patriot Act, the resuting WOT, the NDAA, and the current drone use policies are justified by the fact that they are keeping the pot stirred in the ME?

      I await your answer.

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    13. 1. Argue about the way the drones are utilized?
      You do not like how the President "determines" who the enemy is.
      I could care less.
      Anyone in Pakistan could/should be on the target list. Anyone who is aiding ANYONE that is planning an attack upon US interests is a viable target, per the 14SEP01 Authorization. Anyone that is in the proximity of anyone aiding anyone planning an attack on US interests is a viable target. The proximity of noncombatants should not "Save" the miscreant, in a war.
      Tokyo and Dresden both stand in evidence of civilians that are legitimatly killed, in a war.

      2. With regards to the pot being stirred, yea.
      As long as the US is at war, which is until the 14SEP01 Authorization is repealed.

      If the war is over, then repeal the Authorization, but no one is arguing the War is over.

      You just do not like the tactics. I prefer them to invasion and occupation.

      You offer no viable alternative.

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    14. The goal, Q, is presented in the Authorization.

      ...in order to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States by such nations, organizations or persons.

      That is the goal of the War.

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    15. And will remain so, until the Authorization is repealed.

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      I think your post could be summarized in the single sentence, “I could care less.” You could care less about collateral damage. You could care less about the hypocrisy of calling countries allies on the one hand and attacking their civilians on the other. You could care less that if when reading the white paper which generally describes the current drone policy we see that it may not be the president determining where the drones attack at all but rather some unidentified “high-ranking, informed official” which given the euphemisms we’ve seen used by this administration could be anyone from Brenner to some corporal that is good at X-Box. You also could care less about the policy of targeted killing which is condemned by much of the world and which when taken to the ultimate involves the killing of American citizens without recourse to warrant, evidence, indictment or trial thus raising serious constitutional issues related to several amendments of the Constitution. You could care less about the administration's lack of transparency in offering any justification for its policies and beyond that being unwilling to admit that it uses drones at all. You could care less that the administration uses the ‘national security’ canard to assure that legal challenges to their policy are not allowed to make it to SCOTUS. You talk of legitimacy yet you could care less about the hypocrisy of condemning terrorist groups for secondary attacks on the one hand , yet, having the U.S., in contravention of the rules of war and the Geneva Conventions, using techniques like the ‘double-tap’ to kill first responders, and civilians who respond to the normal human urge to go to the aid of the injured.

      You talk of the president determining who to target, yet it’s been reported that most of the attacks these days are signature attacks and that in most cases the president, and most of the other ‘high-ranking, informed officials’ haven’t a clue as to who they are attacking until after they start picking up the pieces. You talk about the efficiency of drones but you could care less that the administration has offered no proof that they are effective at anything but killing, certainly not that they are effective in advancing any known political goals.

      You could care less. Well join the club. You are like all the other sheeple out there who say such inane things as “If the Loyal Opposition is not in opposition to the President's policies, why should anyone else?." These are the same sheeple who get incensed about the killings in Newtown yet consider the casualties, women and children, we’re responsible for in Pakistan, Yemen, and other countries as mere ‘bug splats’.

      You could care less? Well, I happen to disagree. However, I will admit you are probably in the majority, a perfect example of the devolution of American culture we have been discussing here.

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      You mix two things here, the AUMF and the WOT that resulted from the AUMF and the current tactics employed in that WOT.

      By its definition, the WOT will never be over. Terrorism has been around for millennia and under our broad and expanded definition of it there will never be a day when we aren’t faced with terrorists. In fact, it can be argued that our actions under the AUMF have expanded the WOT exponentially. The actual costs of 9/11 were huge but the costs we have inflicted upon ourselves in pursuing the WOT are so far beyond the dreams of OBL they are hard to imagine.

      There is no doubt the intention of the AUMF was to reach out and punish those who launched or assisted in the 9/11 attack. That goal has been accomplished, at tremendous cost. However, now the AUMF and subsequent legislation (Patriot Act, NDAA) have been expanded so that they can be used as an excuse for the expansion of executive power and the justification for everything from war crimes to the abrogation of the constitutional rights of American citizens.

      As to the question of whether we should keep the AUMF or get rid of it, we have to ask the questions, has it been effective and does it remain effective. In other words, is it worth keeping? My answer is no. There is no point in keeping it.

      As to the current tactics being employed, as I pointed out, no one is arguing that we should do away with drones. They are here to stay. However, you are right when you say “You just don’t like the tactics.” I don’t. But the drones are merely a tool. The real issue is the current targeted killing regime being employed by this administration.

      But, you are being way too simplistic when you say you “prefer them to invasion and occupation” as if those are the only two alternatives. Likewise, while employing the drones in the targeted killing regime has been our go-to offensive strategy of late, you ignore the negative effects the policy has on other aspects of our foreign policy.

      Everyone agrees that using drones for the targeted killing program is efficient but the real question remains, is it effective.

      I would argue no.

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      Is the targeted killing program using drones as the weapons of choice effective in terms of our overall foreign policy.

      In one sense, if our policy is to keep killing people indiscriminately into perpetuity, the answer is yes. It is an efficient way to kill and it negates the need for invasion and occupation, at least up to the point that nations are willing to put up with it before responding in either conventional or asymmetric ways.

      However, in a number of other ways, it can prove counter-productive.

      Restricts our choices: Currently, the use of drones on the targeted killing program is the go-to option of our offensive choices. This of necessity, restricts the use of other options, one example being that of capture and interrogation. With a drone you gain a splat but gain no further intel.

      Diplomacy: As structured, the targeted killing program using drones creates problems for our diplomatic corp. Say what you like about Pakistan but they are designated our ally and we need them to help with logistics as long as we are in Afghanistan. It is not hard to imagine that the first question our ambassador is asked each time he meets with his counterpart in Pakistan is related to drones. However, he is limited in what he can say by the secrecy, denial, and arrogance of the attacks.

      Legality: The hypocrisy of the administration’s program is evident in the fact that we condemn Hamas and other terrorist organizations for secondary attacks, yet we think nothing of using ‘double-tap’ procedures to kill first responders and civilians. These acts are contrary to the rules of war and the Geneva Conventions. We are being condemned for these policies by both allies and enemies alike.

      U.S. reputation: I have always said that as a nation it is better to be respected than liked. However, there is a big difference between fear and respect. Our actions are not being pursued in a defensive war. They are offensive and aggressive. They spread fear but also hatred of the U.S.

      Unconstitutional: Anyone who can read can see that when applied to Americans, the current policies create significant constitutional questions; yet, the administration is unwilling to fully explain those policies to the American people; their lack of transparency breeds concern among many; and their use of the ‘national security’ canard inhibits the ability to have these concerns reviewed by SCOTUS.


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      Effectiveness 1: The program has devolved to the point where ‘signature’ attacks constitute the bulk of drone attacks. In these attacks we haven’t a clue as to who we are killing and only find out after the fact as we sort through the bodies. This leads to situations like the recent attack where two young boys were killed because they were playing with a radio. Hardly the way to win friends and influence people.

      Effectiveness 2: As we have learned, al Queda has decentralized. Therefore, the value in taking out the leadership is less than it was before. The leaders are quickly replaced by others. And while drones are efficient at taking lives, the terrorists can breed faster than we can kill especially with the additional numbers we help create through our actions.

      Effectiveness 3: The terrorists of 9/11 have been punished. What exactly have we accomplished by continuing our WOT through these extraordinary means rather than through standard police and military procedures? And please don’t say they have kept us safe from the terrorists attacks. With the exception of that instance early on when a border guard in the northwest busted a guy coming in from Canada, all of our other publicized ‘successes’, the underwear bomber, the Times Square bomber, that group of nitwits in Fl. who were walking around in camo for months, the Fort Hood shooter were all brought to justice by their own stupidity or criminality not by the excellent intel gathered beforehand by Homeland Security.

      Effectiveness 4: There is no doubt that with every American bomb that takes out a group of civilians hatred for the U.S. grows. The likely result is more terrorists. In one sense our policies can spread terrorism.

      Effectiveness 5: You say that our messing in various countries in the ME stirs the pot to our advantage. I say that is nonsense. Which of the countries in the ME is currently being held back from attacking the U.S. because they are otherwise engaged. More importantly, I would suggest that our meddling as in the war in Libya and our arms sales through surrogates have help arm the very people we should fear most. Also, the confusion you applaud makes it much more likely that the same groups we should fear most will get their hands on WMDs as in Syria creating a much more problematic scenario.

      As to a viable alternative, I would offer the following.

      Engage in defensive wars only. Stop meddling in the ME. Repeal the AUMF, Patriot Act, and NDAA. The Afghan war is over but for the ‘mission accomplished’ sign. The WOT is a construct to expand the reach of the government. We have plenty of other laws on the books and a constitutional system that will allow us to wage effective wars if that becomes necessary.
      If we are forced to engage in another defensive war, go balls out and use whatever means necessary to win it including drones or anything else. Afghanistan was a defensive war and it was justified. We accomplished the goals we needed to there.

      In any war, you have to calculate the justification and the cost.

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  10. If that photo of that never to be young man is not murder, the word is meaningless.

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    1. Murder is a legal construct, whether you all like it, or not.

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  12. There are those who believe that even if Iran achieves a nuclear weapon capability, it can be contained by deterrence -- since we were able to deter the Soviet Union. What they fail to comprehend is the fundamental difference between the atheist and materialistic Soviet regime and the apocalyptic mindset of the Khamenei regime, which believes in the supremacy of the afterlife gained through a chaotic holy war. Even a distinguished scholar like Bernard Lewis has finally agreed that deterrence will not work with Iran.

    http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/04/how_to_bring_middle_east_peace_and_stability.html

    WiO is right. Iran has been at war with us for a long time. Examples are given in this article.


    Even a distinguished scholar like Bernard Lewis has finally agreed that deterrence will not work with Iran.

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    1. Bernard Lewis was rejected by the Bush Administration. His entire "Cultural Conflict" with regards Islam has been rejected by the Federals.

      As it should have been.

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  13. Someone needs to contain Israel. We forget that containment by the USSR also worked against the US. The US has become ever more enthusiastic about military actions since the demise of the USSR and the rising power of Aipac and the ruinous influence of the neocons.

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  14. Iran going nuclear has never been about Iran attacking Israel, it’s always been about Israel’s delusion of being the ME hegemon. ….little Satan assuming the Big Satan US’s hegemonic position. Domination and intimidation.

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  15. Jenny, you and Rat ought to elope. You were made for one another.

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  16. Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad's resignation removes a trusted Washington ally from power and threatens to roil Palestinian politics just as the Obama Administration ramps up a new peace push in the region.

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    Mr. Fayyad spearheaded efforts to rebuild West Bank security forces, improve the economy and reduce corruption.

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  17. When practice was over, the white players back to their restricted lakefront hotel while Robinson and Wright went to private homes in the black section of town.

    After the second day of practice, a white man approached the home where Robinson was staying. He told Smith and Rowe, who were sitting on the porch, he had come from a meeting of seventy townspeople with a message. If Robinson did not leave town by sundown, his life would be in danger. The Robinsons, Wright, Smith, and Rowe immediately returned to Daytona Beach.

    More than six decades after Robinson was forced leave Sanford, the city finds itself embroiled in racism. On February 26, 2012, a black teenager, Trayvon Martin, was killed during a confrontation with George Zimmerman, who stands trial for the murder.

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    1. By saying it was murder you have prejudged the trial. What evidence I have been able to find on the news and the internet indicates self defense.

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    2. http://gothamist.com/2012/04/20/new_photo_shows_george_zimmermans_h.php

      Zimmerman's back head wounds.

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    3. There is no doubt that T. Martin was killed.
      Not a debatable point.

      Murder or self defense?

      The fella was walking down the street and was accosted by the shooter.
      How T. Martin reacted when accosted ...

      A jury will decide, on whether it was murder or an abortion, aye?

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    4. I'm bettin' guilty, 2nd degree.

      A couple of Ameros

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    5. You're probably right. I think this would probably be, under ordinary circumstances, a "manslaughter" charge, if anything, but these aren't ordinary circumstances.

      of course, being Florida, they might just find him "not guilty," or go through so many hung juries that the State has to eventually drop the effort.

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    6. I think jury selection determines the outcome. I'm betting hung jury. He shot Martin when he was on his back getting his head banged into the concrete. A little more of that and his brains might have been leaking out of his skull. He feared for his life, anyone would. There were powder burns on Martin's clothes. Before the incident, he had called the police. If he was out to shoot some black kid he wouldn't have called the police first. Zimmerman wasn't a racist. He was tutor, or father figure or counselor to some black kid. This doesn't show racism but rather a willing to reach out, and to help. The police originally declined to charge him. Then the PC gods got to work, maybe the prosecutor wanted to make a name for him/herself, maybe there was a call from Holder, but he ends up being charged.

      Sometimes I think we could use professional juries like they sometimes use in England. At least then there would be a good grasp of what evidence means, and how it should be used, divorced from the racial tensions.

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      I would think it would be 2nd degree murder also, except for having read the Florida statute.

      It's bonkers. I wouldn't bet either way.

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  18. Never before -- and never since -- in American sports has so much been riding on an athlete, in surroundings so hostile as Robinson found himself in Florida, where segregation was legal and brutally enforced, and where blacks who challenged discrimination were often jailed, beaten or murdered. At least nine blacks were lynched in 1946 and more than 20 others were rescued from angry mobs.

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  19. PREVIOUSLY: PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A police officer accused of bringing targets resembling Trayvon Martin to a gun range has been fired.

    Port Canaveral Interim Chief Executive Officer John Walsh told WFTV on Saturday (http://bit.ly/175m2lH) that Sgt. Ron King was leading a target practice with two other Port Canaveral police officers and a civilian port employee when he pulled out the targets April 4. Walsh says King asked the group if they wanted to use the targets and they said no, telling King to put them back into his patrol car.

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  20. A senior BBC executive tonight claimed the corporation was justified in putting the lives of students at risk by sending an undercover reporting team with them on a trip to North Korea.

    ...

    Hard-headed and hot-headed in equal measure, John Sweeney is one of the BBC's heavyweight investigative reporters, with a track record of doggedly pursuing scoops and a knack for smuggling himself into closed countries.

    ...

    Speculation was rife today that North Korea would mark the 101st anniversary of the birth of the country's founder by launching a missile.

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  21. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal won't be endorsing one high school's effort to have its first integrated prom -- at least for the time being, his spokesman said.

    In an email to WMAZ-TV, Deal's representative Brian Robinson said the governor would not respond to a progressive nonprofit group's calls to support students' efforts to organize the first integrated prom at Wilcox County High School.

    "This is a leftist front group for the state Democratic Party and we're not going to lend a hand to their silly publicity stunt," Robinson wrote, according to WMAZ-TV.

    Republican Governor: Endorse an "Integrated" Prom? Naw

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  22. Hugo Chavez's hand-picked successor, Nicolas Maduro, won a razor-thin victory in Sunday's special presidential election, edging the opposition's leader by only about 300,000 votes, electoral officials announced.

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  23. People complaining of a killer commute may be closer to the truth than they realise.

    ...

    Women who travelled for longer grew more likely to face an earlier death as the commute lengthened. But this was only true for women who had a low income or low education.

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  24. QuirkSun Apr 14, 01:19:00 PM EDT.

    "The rat chooses not to see the difference.

    When, in discussing certain aspects of current administration policy that impinge on individual rights expressed in the Constitution, you can post a statement like the following

    If the Loyal Opposition is not in opposition to the President's policies, why should anyone else?

    it betrays either a simplicity beyond belief or a willingness to 'go along to get a along' that is even worse. The rat is of the sheeple and loving every minute of it.


    ---

    And MSNBC, NBC, et-al had no motive whatsoever in their selective editing of the "News" regarding the story of the innocent victim, "Travon"
    (which if Obama had had a son woulda been his identical twin, since skin color is EVERYTHING.)

    To some little black and white sheeple.

    Stomach turning, it is, so I shall move on.

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  25. ...and don't forget the Harvard Cop that taught classes in how to not be stupid acting "stupidly" w/Obama's best bud, 70 year old Commie Infant Acting Out "Professor."

    Virtual "brother" w/POTUS, since they shared the same skin tone.
    ("Opposite" of the SOB's "mother" and the two "White" Commies who raised him and sent him to big buck Puhahoe on his way to Hawvard.)

    The Profundity of it all leaves me speechless.

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  26. ...as in having to leave another post before I leave, saying:

    "Give me a f...... break!"

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  27. I was embarassed when my roommate nearly burned our appartment down, and the owners as well as the fire department arrived to observe the pig's sty this Italian son of a High School Principal had wrought out of this fairly new appartment.

    High point, other than the kitchen, being all the mice tied up by their tails on the Wrought Iron Balcony of the front door.

    ...well fed on assorted pastas littering the sink, counter, stove, cabinets.
    Fattened up and ready to trap and display.

    Quite a shock for young Doug to return to after an evening at the Library.

    ---

    ...now we're all not supposed to blush when POTUS and his sheeple here advocate socialized medicine that includes leaving viable babies to die in linen closets.

    But they are predominately black babies, so who am I to judge?

    ...being of another "race."

    /sarc off.

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  28. ...they did hang that guy up by his feet, didn't they?

    Too bad the poor Devil didn't have a tail.

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  29. ...prior to reading the drech above, I planned on making a Joke about Euler inventing the ruler.

    "...he made important discoveries in fields as diverse as infinitesimal calculus and..."

    Plain old regular Calculus was more than enough for me.

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  30. Evidently this photo disproves the myth that he was hung by his balls.

    ...at least he got 45 more years than Obama and his accolytes here are willing to afford some unfortunate newborns.

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  31. "Linda Williams, who had once been perhaps his most loyal staffer, told jurors last week, “If I had known then what I know now, I would never have worked for him. I would rather have lived in a box on the street.”"

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    My conversion from College-Educated Drone came while listening to the radio in my car and a nurse came on to testify what she had seen and could no longer be a part of, in a baby-killing factory.

    Obama would advise her to take a chill pill and get back to work.

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  32. Leonhard Euler (pronounced "oiler")
    1707 - 1783

    "Leonhard Euler was born in Basel, Switzerland, the first of six children in a minister's family. (Wheeler, 1995) His father was a Calvinist preacher and worked with young Euler in the area of mathematics and even managed to have Leonhard study with the renown Johann Bernoulli. (Dunham, 1990) Like most preacher's kids, Euler has no desire to follow the steps of his father as a minister. His interest was with numbers. As an aside, some see a mathematical connection with the Bible. Jesus Christ, the central figure in Christianity told a mathematical problem in the form of a biblical story. He told of a shepherd who had one hundred sheep and lost one. The shepherd then counted ninety and nine. That's basic mathematics. However, in spite of his upbringing, Euler's attraction to mathematics was more powerful than the calling to ministry so he sought to develop his mathematical skills more so than his biblical knowledge. At age 13 he entered the University of Basel and received his Master's Degree at age 16. He even broadened his studies to include astronomy, medicine, languages, and physics. (Wheeler, 1995)

    Early in his career, Euler lost sight in one of his eyes, possibly from observing the sun without taking proper precaution, in his study of astronomy. (Reimer, 1992) After completing most of his formal studies, Euler became a well-traveled individual and experienced culture far beyond his modest upbringing in Switzerland. Before he was appointed to the St. Petersburg Academy in Russia in 1727, he published his first formal mathematical paper at age 19 regarding the optimum placement of a ship's mast, even though he had never seen a sea-going vessel! (Dunham, 1990) For this same treatise, he won a prize from the Paris Academy of Sciences. (Burton, 1998) In 1741, Euler left St. Petersburg to take a position in the Berlin Academy under Frederick the Great before he eventually returned to St. Petersburg during the reign of Catherine the Great. He lost sight in his other eye due to a cataract, and at age 50 was completely blind until his death in 1783. (Reimer, 1992) Euler was so highly regarded that even without sight he was still able to continue his incredible calculations and mathematical assertions.

    Euler was described by his contemporaries and peers, one of which was Isaac Newton, who he collaborated with over the famous equation F = ma, as a kind and generous man who enjoyed the simple pleasures of life. His simple pleasures included growing vegetables in his garden and telling stories of his 13 children and playing with his many grandchildren. (Dunham, 1990) He is possibly the most prolific writer in mathematics history. He is credited with revising all the branches of mathematics, which included filling in details, adding proofs, and arranging everything into a consistent form. (Reimer, 1992) He applied mathematics to shipbuilding, geodesy, astronomy, ballistics, optics and a variety of other areas. ( Cooke, 1997) He is also credited with writing the definite textbooks of calculus. It has been said that calculus professors today simply teach the things that Euler presented hundreds of years ago. In 1748 he wrote Introductio in analysin infinitorium a two-volume work which thoroughly discussed analytical geometry in two and three dimensions, infinite series, and the foundations of a systematic theory of algebraic functions. Other works include, Institutiones calculi differentialis and Institutiones calculi integralis written from 1768 to 1774. (Cooke,1997)

    Euler wrote and dictated over 700 books and papers in his lifetime." (Burton, 123)

    Lazy SOB

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  33. Can You Imagine the Coverage If It Were Dogs?

    Last night on twitter, Dave Weigel of Slate noted he was just hearing from twitterers about the gruesome trial of Kermit Gosnell. Those who care about the story owe a tremendous debt to Kirsten Powers taking to the pages of USA Today to write about it.

    It is fascinating how much of a bubble the media lives in with that bubble so DC-NYC centric. It is again one of the problems for news organizations like CNN as it tries to rebuild. With the exception of Fox News, the American news networks focus on the things people along the coast are interested in and not what people along the American river valleys are talking about.

    In churches, local restaurants, and small town hair salons a lot of people across the country are talking about the terrible trial of Kermit Gosnell in Pennsylvania. It’s just not the people who interact with those who produce the news in New York City.

    In fairness to CNN, unlike many other mainstream media outlets, it covered the Gosnell arrest back in 2011, but moved on. Only Fox, which is the number one news network largely because it actually cares what people outside the DC-NYC bubble care about, has stayed with the story.

    Gosnell is now on trial two years after his arrest. The stories coming from the trial via the few outlets willing to pay attention are horrific and gruesome. But what’s more, similar stories are trickling out from other abortion clinics. The uncommon barbarism of Kermit Gosnell’s clinic turns out to be more common than most might imagine.

    But they won’t imagine it. Like with Dave Weigel from Slate, most reporters have never paid attention...

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  34. its wrong to kill babies regardless maybe they should have just given their child for adoption if they wanted to kill them its just wrong and very stupid

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