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May 31, 2009

Oh, God, not this: Tiller assassinatedMORE UPDATES:: Suspect arrested

6:10 p.m. EDT:

PREVIOUSLY (4:35 p.m.EDT): While we await the police press conference, pro-life blogger Becky Banks Brindle has aggregated reaction from pro-life activists, including condemnation of the assassination by National Right to Life.

4:45 p.m.: Steve Marshall of USA Today is trying to outblog me on this story. Good luck with that, Steve. Beers to the winner, eh?

Reaction from Rude News, and linked at Comments From Left Field. Someone else has linked, proving again the truth of Rule 4 that linky-hate is the same as linky-love.

Expect further updates . . .

PREVIOUSLY: 3:45 p.m.: KMBC-TV reports:

A man sought in connection with the shooting was taken into custody south of the Kansas City area on Sunday afternoon. . . .
Police were not immediately identifying the name of the man arrested.
Attorney Dan Monnat said Tiller, 67, was shot at about 10 a.m. as he served as an usher during morning services at Reformation Lutheran Church. Monnat said Tiller’s wife, Jeanne, was in the choir at the time of the shooting.

4:05 p.m.: Details about the suspects arrest are still very sketchy. The Wichita Eagle is on the story:

The suspect in this morning’s fatal shooting of George Tiller is in custody, according to emergency dispatchers.
Authorities have yet to release more information about the arrest. Wichita police have scheduled a 4 p.m. news conference to discuss the case . .

Patterico is also blogging, as is Gateway Pundit. Meanwhile, some self-proclaimed “Putz” counterfactually accuses me of “blaming the victim.”

Sigh. I’ve laid aside an essay I had worked on for four hours, so that I could try to get the updated news here, and put it in historical perspective. This insulting response is the thanks I get. So to the Putz, I say, in the famous words of Rahm Emanuel . . .

UPDATE 4:20 p.m.: Sweet mother of pearl! I’m not going to link Andrew Sullivan on this one, but Professor Donald Douglas does. Go read that and come back, because big news is breaking, and I’m holy unshirted hell on deadline when news is breaking.

PREVIOUSLY (2:36 p.m. EDT): While I was working on a long Hayekian essay today, the New York Times reported this awful news:

George Tiller, the Wichita doctor who became a national lightning rod in the debate over abortion, was shot to death this morning inside the lobby of his Wichita church.
Tiller, 67, was shot just after 10 a.m. at Reformation Lutheran Church at 7601 E. 13th, where he was a member of the congregation. Witnesses and a police source confirmed Tiller was the victim.
Police said they are looking for white male who was driving a 1990s powder blue Ford Taurus with Kansas license plate 225 BAB . . .

Via Memeorandum, which links reaction by Professor Donald Douglas, among many others. Prayers for the law enforcement officers who seek the killer, and prayers for the families and friends of both Tiller and his assassin.

“Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same . . .”
Romans 13:1-3 (KJV)

Sometimes, when the stubborn wickedness of a people offends God, the Almighty witholds His divine protection, permitting those sinners to have their own way, following the road to destruction so that they are subjected to evil rulers and unjust laws. Never, however, does the wise and faithful Christian resort to the kind of lawlessness practiced with such cruelty today in Kansas.

And so much for finishing my Hayekian essay, I suppose.

UPDATE: One reason I so despise such criminal idiocy is that, as a student of history, I cannot think of a single instance in which assassination has produced anything good, no matter how evil or misguided the victim, nor how well-intentioned or malevolent the assassin.

From Brutus and the other republican Senators who slew Julius Caesar to Charlotte Corday, from John Wilkes Booth to Gavrilo Princip, and so onto Lee Harvey Oswald, Sirhan Sirhan and James Earl Ray, assassination seems inevitably to work against the purposes of its practicioners.

Those who slew Caesar did not save the Roman republic. Marat’s death only incited the Jacobins to greater terror. Booth’s pistol conjured up a spirit of vengeance against the South more terrible than war itself. Assassination is an act of nihilism. Whatever the motive of the crime, the horror it evokes always inspires a draconian response, and involves other consequences never intended by the criminal.

UPDATE II: Checking the major conservative blogs as of 3 p.m. EDT, Professor Glenn Reynolds seems not to have noticed this story yet. Nothing as yet from Michelle Malkin, either. Gateway Pundit is on it. Will check others. If anyone else is aggregating, please be sure to link here.

UPDATE III: More news reports from AP/Fox News.

Expect further updates . . .

May 31, 2009

Tiller Reaction

by Smitty

May 31, 2009

The answer is not terribly complex

by Smitty

  Victor Davis Hanson surveys not just the race card, but offers a thoughtful overview of the whole race deck:

In the last fifty years, United States has evolved into a complex multiracial state. Race no longer is necessarily an indicator of income or material success-as the record of, say, Japanese-Americans or, indeed Asians in general, attests.

The article is worth your attention in full, writing as he does from the no-problem-left-unincorporated landscape of California.
  As with quite a few problems, there is a straightforward answer:

      DNA-based decision-making is false.

Note that this formulation blows away both racial and sexual discrimination.
  Racism has been and, it’s safe to say, will always be present. You can’t deny past evil without turning history into fiction. You can even argue that affirmative action had its place: in overcoming past ills, there was a need to jump-start various systems. To prime the pump. Fine.
  At what point can the pump be considered primed? Or, if the Real Goal of the exercise is a meritocracy, what are the victory conditions?
  I submit that things are about as “fair” as they will ever be, and any further consideration of gender and race in decision making is an exercise in merging the solution with the problem.

May 31, 2009

Rule 5 Sunday

by Smitty

This is the part of the weekend where we set aside the usual nonsense and focus on the attractive. We gain motivation to deal with the ugliness of politics through simple appreciation of beauty.

Send suggestions, corrections, and updates to Smitty. Hit the tip jar. And, apropos of nothing, remember: there ain’t no “freak” in french fries!

Update:

May 31, 2009

The Unintended Consequences of Advertising

by Smitty

  Fellow VA blogger Fisherville Mike posted some nifty Photoshoppery by Carol, of No Sheeples Here fame. The graphic, which I won’t re-post, so that FM will score some hits, features a SCOTUS nominee and some frogs posing a question about her wisdom.
  The frogs refer to some advertising from a beer company, circa ten years ago. Cut to YouTube, where I sought the original advertising, and found a six-and-a-half minute compilation:  Perhaps it would have been funny to watch a pre-Sopranos, Chicago-on-the-bayou tale of thuggery and ineptitude ten years ago.
  Today, the whole sordid affair resembles the Obama administration.

May 31, 2009

It’s Time for ‘Girl Stuff,’ WithYour Hostess, Little Miss Attila

Dear Attila: Your post about icky girl stuff was very amusing, in the “a-ha” smile-of-recognition way that only a man who has been married for 20 years could be amused.

My bachelor friends are mystified by my assurance that they don’t know what love is. When your wife sends you to the store, when you stride boldly into the feminine hygiene products aisle in search of the specific brand and style, when you find it and then go to the cashier and purchase that package of Always[TM] Ultra Thin Regular without embarrassment or explanation — well, that, my friends, is love.

And let’s talk hormone-induced mood changes, shall we? I realize we’re already well past National Offend A Feminist Week, but doesn’t this inescapable biological reality argue strongly against the kind of sexual “equality” (identical and therefore fungible) that is the basis of feminist ideology?

As blatantly reactionary as it was for my friend G. Gordon Liddy to discuss Judge Sotomayor’s nomination in this light, it’s not as if the G-Man was just makin’ stuff up. We’re talking about a genuine, biologically-based difference, are we not?

Even a wise Latina from the South Bronx could have a bad day or two every so often. If one were disposed to entertain dramatic hypotheticals, what might happen if one day Associate Justice Sotomayor decided, mid-conference, to put an end to an argument from Chief Justice Roberts by . . . well, putting an end to Chief Justice Roberts?

Even if her aim were imperfect, an 11-round clip in a 9-mm Glock semi-auto would give her sufficient margin of error that the next ruling surely would be issued by a uninamous court, because the deceased Associate Justice Scalia could not write a posthumous dissent (in which the dearly departed Chief Justice and the late Associate Justice Thomas would certainly concur from The Great Courtroom in the Sky).

Well, as I said, if one were disposed to think hypothetically, such a ghastly scenario could be imagined, just as a hypothetically-minded person might ponder what might happen if one day a PMS-afflicted female pilot at NAS Pensacola decided to download the GPS coordinates for Rush Limbaugh’s home in Palm Beach and . . .

Fortunately, I never entertain hypotheticals, nor do I have any imagination. And shame on those who do!