Links for 4-16-2013

  • If Andrew McCarthy’s article on language in the Kermit Gosnell trial was sharp-witted observation, two American Thinker articles by Jeannie Deangelis and Glenn Fairman are a hammer and tongs. Here’s Deangelis: “Now, much to the dismay of liberals, Gosnell’s murder trial is providing an up-close guided tour of a ‘baby charnel house’ and in the process is exposing those in denial to the harsh reality that, regardless of gestational status, abortion means that babies die excruciating deaths. It also means that, contrary to what Nancy Pelosi says, women in the throes of exercising the sacred right to choose occasionally muck up the works by dying on the floor.” And here’s Fairman: “There is nothing that turns a liberal off faster than news of a Black man snipping the spinal cords of helpless fully developed black children who are so viable that they could walk the Dear Doctor out to the bus stop. Indeed, selective abortion: liberalism’s existential sacrament to autonomous human choice and feminine emancipation from the paternalistic horrors of maternity, will suffer a well deserved reproach if it is tarred with the same bloody brush as Gosnell… But if the truth were to be told, perhaps the public should learn to connect the dots between the wholesale slaughter of black babies and the abortion industry’s uncomfortable racial connection with eugenics – beginning with the Malthusian vision of Planned Parenthood’s founder, Margaret Sanger.”

  • J. Christian Adams testified before the House Judiciary Committee regarding mismanagement in the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division. It reads like an indictment of Tom Perez, Obama’s nominee to be Secretary of Labor.

  • Passage of the Senate Democrats’ gun control bill may be within Harry Reid’s reach, but according to at least one whip count he’s coming up short.

  • Conservatives in Pennsylvania are concluding that Pat Toomey is turning into Arlen Specter, and they’re not happy about it.

  • Bob Menendez tried rewriting history as it was represented in the resolution honoring Margaret Thatcher, but the Senate ended up passing the original version by unanimous consent. No one from the Obama administration will attend Thatcher’s funeral, aside from the charge d’affaires from the embassy. Two former Secretaries of State, George Schultz and James Baker, will attend.

  • Senator Marco Rubio has adopted the language of the Left by repeatedly referring to illegal immigrants as “undocumented.” He was rewarded with Tea Party protests at his Florida offices. A portion of his “comprehensive immigration reform” bill leaked out to a group called NumbersUSA; the group’s director of government relations described it as “a comprehensive special interest bonanza” full of loopholes written by immigration lawyers.

  • Last week the House and Senate passed a bill that weakened the STOCK Act by removing the requirement that the financial records of 28,000 federal employees be made available electronically – this in spite of the fact that they still must be made available in paper form. Apparently they don’t want these records to be searched.

  • At least one cop in Temple, Texas is a complete idiot for arresting a U.S. Army master sergeant, C. J. Grisham, without cause. Charles C. W. Cooke interviewed Grisham.

  • Surprise! The government of post-war Iraq is corrupt! (via The Transom)

  • Even if it would save just one life, shouldn’t we ban and confiscate pressure cookers? I’m just asking.