Tagged: US politics

Dr George Tiller murdered


Dr. George Tiller, whose Kansas women’s clinic frequently took center stage in the U.S. debate over abortion, was shot and killed while serving as an usher at his Wichita church Sunday morning, police said.

Dr Tiller had previously survived a shooting in 1993; his clinic was bombed in 1985.

A suspect has been arrested

“Pro-lifers” have been quick to say that this is horrible and honest, they totes just want to use peaceful and legal methods to take away women’s reproductive rights. But you don’t get to label people as murderers, compare their actions to those of the Nazis, wind people up with bullshit images of Butchered Innocent Widdle Baybeeeeeees, and constantly invoke the wrath and judgement of God and then act like this isn’t going to affect people’s views and actions. You don’t get to all-but-say “this guy deserves the death penalty” and then act all quelle surprise when one of YOUR GUYS decides to take matters into his own hands.

Mike Hendricks at kansascity.com puts it well:

And if we’re right about [the motive for Dr Tiller’s murder], then we know the identities of his accomplices.

They include everyone who has ever called Tiller’s late-term abortion clinic a murder mill.

Whoever called Tiller “Tiller the Killer.”

Groups that fomented hate toward a man who, rightly or wrongly, believed he was serving a noble purpose by being one of the few doctors in the country who performed late-term abortions.

Hate. Not heated opposition. Not strong disagreement.

But blind hatred.

The kind of hate that would prompt some maniac to take a gun into a church and shoot a man to death in front of friends and family.

And that kind of hate sure ain’t pro-life.

AUSA and body image

First off, AUSA, thanks for brightening an otherwise dull and mucus-filled day.* With $5000 going to any Auckland Uni student gutsy enough to perform a citizen’s arrest on Condoleezza Rice, I expect hilarity and/or impassioned debate on the powers given to police under our “anti-terrorism” legislation.

But from that to something rather more annoying: the current mongoosefight** between various feminists/”feminists”/avowed-non-feminists over that most high-school of topics, personal fucking appearance.

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Maybe I DO just lack a sense of humour

But maybe not.

Mike Moreu is a cartoonist for local rag The DomPost.* His blog profile on Stuff says

Mike Moreu is a full-time editorial cartoonist with a passion for using funny pictures to make serious points.

Which would seem a fairly textbook description of a political cartoonist, yes?

So I can only assume I’m missing a) the funny and b) the point:

"Two sides of the same coin"

"Two sides of the same coin"

It’s, um, funny because people are dead. Specifically, Israeli people? And, um, the implied irony of Israelis releasing live prisoners and Hizbollah executing prisoners is, I guess, really hilarious? Or just smirk-worthy? And the point … is that Hizbollah are bad and Israel is totally morally in the clear with regard to Middle Eastern conflict? Wow, what breathtaking insight. What an amazing, incisive depiction of complex situations that’s truly made me think about the situation in a new light – oh, sorry, no, my actual response was “Wow, if we’re just going to incite more conflict, could we at least have some kind of punchline?”

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