Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Saint Louis Conservative's new Favorite Judge

Judge Robert H. Dierker, Jr., take a back seat.  Though I'm still quite fond of Dierker's personal fight against red light cameras in the City of St. Louis (chronicled here and here), that fight was undertaken as an accused litigant in front of the bench.

Mark Neill has now taken up the fight as a judge behind the bench.  Neill, like Dierker a Circuit Court Judge in the the City, ruled Friday that the City's red-light camera ordinance is unconstitutional and invalid.  (Link to story here.)

As they say in some parts of the country, "Darn tootin'!"

Kudos to Judge Neill, SLC's new favorite!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Labels aside, 61% of Americans believe abortion should be illegal in all or most circumstances

Though only 45% of Americans polled by Gallup labeled themselves as "Pro-Life," 22% said that abortion should be illegal in "all circumstances" and 39% said that abortion should be legal in "only a few circumstances."  (Link to story here.)

While I do find it sad that 39% of Americans support legal abortion in most or all circumstances, I'm choosing to be positive today and happy that a significant majority of people oppose most abortions, despite what we see in the media.  This is good news.

Keep talking.  Keep persuading.  The truth will win out and one day, some day, in some generation, with God's help, human beings will stop killing their children.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Need to see the body vanishes

The debate over whether or not the U.S. government should release the photos taken of Osama bin Laden's dead body has made headlines all week.  Many of those in favor seem to want to quiet those who would deny that bin Laden actually died.  Others claim that seeing the body would provide them with closure.  I don't understand that one but maybe it is true.  On the other hand, those calls may simply be disguised voyeurism.

People arguing against the release of the photos argue that such photos could stir up Islamic extremists and cause problems for American citizens and our military.  While that may be true, I really doubt that showing a photograph of an extremist's dead compatriot would incite the extremist more than the act of killing that same dead compatriot would.  And, really, isn't it simply in bad taste?  Disgusting?

In my mind, the only reason to release the photographs would be if there was some legitimate need to prove that America's military hit the right target.  And, until now, that reason could have arisen.  But the need is now gone . . .

"Al Qaeda confirmed the death of Osama bin Laden on Friday in an Internet message that vowed revenge on the United States and its allies."  (Link to story here.)

So, our government says that bin Laden is dead.  And al Qaeda says that bin Laden is dead.  Seems like bin Laden is dead.

If you still want to see the photos, ask yourself "Why?"

And if you give an honest answer, you might be able to satisfy your sickness by renting "Faces of Death" instead.

Monday, May 2, 2011

If ever . . .

If ever I was to rejoice at the death of another human being, it would be at the death of Osama bin Laden.  But, as a Christian, I can't, and don't rejoice at the death of another, any other, human being.

On the other hand, today I do stand firm in the belief that justice - at least partial justice - has been done for the victims of the attacks on America in September 2001.

And I do rejoice that bin Laden is no longer in control of al-Queda and no longer able to give support, plans, direction, or funding to further terror attacks.  One chapter in the fight has ended.  And, without bin Laden, the world is changed for the better.