Germans All Set for Dhimmitude?

One weird rule: obey.

Everyone knows at this point about the German judge who filed a criminal complaint against Chancellor Angela Merkel for her remark that she was glad Osama bin Laden was dead.  A great deal has been made of what she said and whether it’s appropriate to be “glad” that bin Laden was killed.  But what concerns me is that a German judge thought what she did was criminal.

The situation here is actually worse than it looks.  It would be bad enough if the problem were only that a bunch of Germans through it was inappropriate to cheer over bin Laden’s death.  That’s the least of our worries.  I had the same thought myself; but I don’t propose doing anything about it other than expressing my opinion.

The real problem is Continue reading “Germans All Set for Dhimmitude?”

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The Birth Certificate: Obama as Strange as We Thought

Now that President Obama has released his long-form birth certificate, the question isn’t the tactical one: “Why not during the campaign next year?”  It’s the one about his character:  “Why not during the campaign in 2008?”

Birth in the United States is one of only two three constitutional requirements for the office of president.  There is nothing excessive or overly diligent about Americans demanding that a candidate’s birth on US soil be demonstrated to their satisfaction.

Once it was clear that John McCain would be the Republican Party’s candidate in 2008, there was a flurry of choking sounds from the left-wing blogosphere about his birth in the Panama Canal Zone. Continue reading “The Birth Certificate: Obama as Strange as We Thought”

Goldstone Rethinks Smear Job against Israel

Oops.

Retired South African judge Richard Goldstone, whose name graces the infamous “Goldstone Report” on Israeli Operation Cast Lead (December 2008-January 2009), has an op-ed in the 1 April Washington Post that opens with the following statement:

We know a lot more today about what happened in the Gaza war of 2008-09 than we did when I chaired the fact-finding mission appointed by the U.N. Human Rights Council that produced what has come to be known as the Goldstone Report. If I had known then what I know now, the Goldstone Report would have been a different document.

Shocked, Shocked: Hamas Doesn’t Investigate Itself Continue reading “Goldstone Rethinks Smear Job against Israel”

Judge to People: Take THAT, Suckers

Prop 8 ruling sucks.

It’s hard to remember a less legal-sounding and more partisan-political-sounding judicial ruling since Roe v. Wade.  The judgment rendered by federal judge Vaughn Walker on Proposition 8 yesterday is a pure mish-mash of buzzphrases.  It’s bad law, and I can’t believe it won’t be overturned on appeal.

Here is some language from the ruling, excerpted by Allah yesterday evening: Continue reading “Judge to People: Take THAT, Suckers”

Reclaiming the Meaning of Law

Time to reclaim what “law” means in the abortion debate.

MadisonConservative at Hot Air and Pajamas’ Zombie have each put down a stake in the abortion debate this week, and one of the most important things their posts highlight (unintentionally, I think) is how different our understanding has become, over time, of what it means to deal with something through the method of law.

Zombie starts out praising the moral consistency of Sharron Angle’s position on abortion, which is that it’s always wrong, even in the case of rape or incest.  If abortion is murder, then nothing can make it not-murder, in a moral sense. (Even the extremely rare case of the baby being a threat to the mother’s life would also, presumably, be covered by this principle.)  Life is life, and a baby in the womb is, by definition, innocent life.  The position of many Americans that abortion should be prohibited except in the case of rape or incest is, in Zombie’s formulation, “full of crap.”

MadisonConservative, struck by Zombie’s argument, admits to having once held that “cookie-cutter,” full-of-crap view himself.  His ultimate thesis, however, Continue reading “Reclaiming the Meaning of Law”