After week of absolutely wrenching testimony, Kermit Gosnell was convicted of three counts of first degree murder for killing viable babies. I’ve blogged on this before and said all I had to say on it. The verdict here is imminently just even if NARAL is still trying to pretend this was only about victimized women.
I do hope that one of the things that will emerge from here is better regulation of abortion clinics. My … Read more
I’ve had the privilege of meeting a few astronauts before. They really are amazing people: intelligent, motivated and creative. So this video from Commander Chris Hadfield is both awesome and unsurprising in its awesomeness.
(I know he’s Canadian, but I’m still putting this in the “America, fuck yeah!” category because … you know … space and stuff. Plus, I always agreed with what Lazarus Long said: Canada is a part of America where the people … Read more
Ah, Saudi Arabia:
A Saudi court jailed a Lebanese man for six years and sentenced him to 300 lashes after convicting him of encouraging a Saudi woman to convert to Christianity, Saudi dailies reported Sunday.
The same court sentenced a Saudi man convicted in the same case to two years in prison and 200 lashes for having helped the young woman flee the ultra-conservative, US-backed Sunni kingdom, local daily Al-Watan said.
Well, knock me over with a feather:
The Internal Revenue Service on Friday said that it inappropriately selected tea party political groups for special scrutiny in the 2012 campaign, an admission likely to fuel long-simmering suspicions among conservatives that the IRS has been singling them out for unfair treatment.
The IRS official who oversees tax-exempt groups, Lois Lerner, acknowledged at a conference on Friday the actions were wrong and apologized, according to the Associated
In the past few weeks, there have been some rumblings about imposing new criteria on scientific research grants. In particular, attention has been brought to the National Science Foundation, where Lamar Smith, having identified a number of NSF programs that he considers to be frivolous, has proposed new criteria, including:
[that the research is] in the interests of the United States to advance the national health, prosperity, or welfare, and to secure the national defense
Most esoteric title ever. I kind of hurt myself on that one.
This week, Congress finally got to hear testimony from the Benghazi whistleblowers. Conservatives view the many questionable aspects of why Stevens was in Benghazi, why the Administration may have refused to rescue the annex staff, and why the Admininstration sent its minions to lie about a stupid YouTube video for a few weeks as a full-blown scandal that may finally destroy … Read more
It’s been an interesting week on Benghazi. You can read summaries over at Hot Air. I haven’t blogged much on it because actual fact — as opposed to innuendo or excuse-making — has been hard to come by. But a few things do seem clear:
The Benghazi consulate was unprepared for what happened, despite indications that the situation was inflammable. This territory was pawed over extensively by the Accountability Review Board and resulted in … Read more