“The real problem is not that we are different, nor that we disagree and have conflict. It's that most of us automatically view conflict as something negative rather than as a tool God can use to help us better understand ourselves and one another.

--Robert Ricciardelli”

Saturday, December 30, 2006

12/30 Morning Report

I thought this idea was a real twist on gun related litigation. I really love the idea, too. The Government should reimburse victims of violent crime because said victims could not carry arms in their own defense.
(…hey…even I’ll admit that’s a reach…but it’s no crazier than a lot of left wing schemes that have succeeded…)
Meanwhile, JR gives a breakdown of two gun related news reports. It’s some common sense worth reading.

I also happened to like this report by the NY Times. The prosecutor in the Duke rape case is facing ethics charges! The kicker is the State Bar Association is lodging the complaint! But, in light of this evidence:

In perhaps the most serious accusation, the bar also said Mr. Nifong had engaged in “dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation” by suggesting to reporters that a condom was used in the alleged attack when he had in his possession a sexual assault examination report that indicated otherwise.
I want to know why he isn’t being arrested for perjury, slander, and a host of other charges.

I’m sure most everyone caught what the MSM said about Ford speaking out on Iraq. The MSM would have you believe that former President Gerald Ford said he thought the war in Iraq was a mistake. Well, John has the info the MSM left out.

Speaking of the Middle East, the unofficial official announcement is that Saddam MAY hang Saturday. (…stay tuned for more officially unofficial updates…)
Well…what do you know…they actually did it on Saturday.
(...I’m with many others, I think it will bring some needed closure to a lot of families. But, I don’t think it will actually change anything in terms of the current situation...)

There was an important nugget of truth in the BBC announcement of Ethiopian backed government forces entering Mogadishu.
Almost all Somalis are Muslim and after years of lawlessness, many were happy to have some kind of law and order under the UIC.
But some are wary of the hardline elements among the UIC.
Can we all not be surprised that this is actually just another instance of sectarian violence? It’s all been about religious control, after all. And, even though UIC “delegates” (…if you can use that term for religious vigilantes…), there was a possible hint of good news, though.
the BBC's Africa analyst David Bamford says despite hints of a guerrilla war, the movement has been severely weakened.

Meanwhile, this BBC report on Israel just made me mad. Israeli security forces have killed three times as many Palestinians as they did last year. It couldn’t have anything to do with there being open conflict between the two sides…could it? Instances of women trying to aid trapped Palestinian gunmen or civilians who surround terrorist strongholds couldn’t be just isolated instances…could they?
(…now, I’m smart enough to know that Israel has its faults. But, I’m also smart enough to know when only one side of the story is being told—and it’s greatly exaggerated—by twisting real facts…)