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Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Violent Drug Gang Defaces Vietnam Memorial, Global Warming Positions Shift And Man Who Attacked Pro-Life Counselor Almost Goes Free

Well, if you were hoping that 2008 would bring more stability to the world, your hopes will not be realized. We are still caught up in what Dr. Thomas Sowell called a "conflict of visions" and will remain so for the duration of human existence.

That being said, let's look at three stories that embody this "conflict."

First, an El Salvadoran drug gang known a Mara Salvatrucha, also known as MS-13, which is largely made up of illegal immigrants, defaced a Vietnam Veterans Memorial on New Haven, Connecticut. According to Channel 9 WTNH News:

Veterans are outraged that a war memorial in New Haven has been vandalized.

The Vietnam War Memorial at Long Wharf was spray painted with the threatening words "Kill whites MS 13."

Seeing this just crushed the veterans we spoke to. The names on that wall that are covered in paint, are the names of those who fought and died for this country in the Vietnam War. Tonight, police are investigating whether this is the work of a violent street gang, but the veterans we spoke to, say whoever they are, aren't as tough as they might think.

"This irks me. This hurts me deep to my heart," Vietnam Veteran Emery Linton Sr. said.

Linton looked in disgust at the graffiti covering New Haven County's Vietnam War Memorial at Long Wharf.

Linton, who served in the Army, fought in Vietnam from 1969 to 1972. He lost friends there and he says the mess, on a memorial to honor veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country, is a slap in the face.

"People here respect these names. They gave their lives for everything, for the freedoms they have," Linton said.

Whoever did it sprayed "MS-13" all over the place. According to law enforcement, MS 13 is a violent international gang with roots in El Salvador. Members are involved in drug trafficking, weapons trafficking and even human trafficking and their presence is growing in the U-S. Just this summer, police in the Boston area did a big round-up of MS 13 gang members.

MS-13's presence is growing larger here in the U.S. Another reason why we need to crack down on illegal aliens and send them back to their countries of origin.

You can access the complete article on-line here:

Vandals Deface Vietnam War Memorial
News Channel 8's Carolee Salerno
December 30, 2007

Writing for the New York Times (Yes, you read that right. The uber-liberal New York Times), John Tierney has this to say about the Global Warming debate:

Today’s interpreters of the weather are what social scientists call availability entrepreneurs: the activists, journalists and publicity-savvy scientists who selectively monitor the globe looking for newsworthy evidence of a new form of sinfulness, burning fossil fuels.

A year ago, British meteorologists made headlines predicting that the buildup of greenhouse gases would help make 2007 the hottest year on record. At year’s end, even though the British scientists reported the global temperature average was not a new record — it was actually lower than any year since 2001 — the BBC confidently proclaimed, “2007 Data Confirms Warming Trend.”

When the Arctic sea ice last year hit the lowest level ever recorded by satellites, it was big news and heralded as a sign that the whole planet was warming. When the Antarctic sea ice last year reached the highest level ever recorded by satellites, it was pretty much ignored. A large part of Antarctica has been cooling recently, but most coverage of that continent has focused on one small part that has warmed.

What is happening that is not being reported by Old Media is that the skeptics who doubt that Global Warming is human-induced are growing in numbers and the data being collected by scientists is starting to indicate that temperature variations and fluctuations are a natural phenomenon.

Tierney goes on:

Once a cascade is under way, it becomes tough to sort out risks because experts become reluctant to dispute the popular wisdom, and are ignored if they do. Now that the melting Arctic has become the symbol of global warming, there’s not much interest in hearing other explanations of why the ice is melting — or why the globe’s other pole isn’t melting, too.

Global warming has an impact on both polar regions, but they’re also strongly influenced by regional weather patterns and ocean currents. Two studies by NASA and university scientists last year concluded that much of the recent melting of Arctic sea ice was related to a cyclical change in ocean currents and winds, but those studies got relatively little attention — and were certainly no match for the images of struggling polar bears so popular with availability entrepreneurs.

Roger A. Pielke Jr., a professor of environmental studies at the University of Colorado, recently noted the very different reception received last year by two conflicting papers on the link between hurricanes and global warming. He counted 79 news articles about a paper in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, and only 3 news articles about one in a far more prestigious journal, Nature.

Guess which paper jibed with the theory — and image of Katrina — presented by Al Gore’s “Inconvenient Truth”?

It was, of course, the paper in the more obscure journal, which suggested that global warming is creating more hurricanes. The paper in Nature concluded that global warming has a minimal effect on hurricanes. It was published in December — by coincidence, the same week that Mr. Gore received his Nobel Peace Prize.

We need to start paying attention to real scientists on this issue, not to those who are being paid by Al Gore and enviro-lawyers to say only certain things about global warming.

You can access the complete column on-line here:

In 2008, A 100 Percent Chance Of Alarm
John Tierney
New York Times
January 1, 2008

And finally, we have a case coming out of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania about a 69-year-old man being attacked by a pro-abortion supporter at an abortion clinic, and the police were trying to let the assailant go.

From the World Net Daily:

Pro-life activists are calling for an investigation into – and possibly prosecution of – police officers who responded to a severely injured abortion clinic sidewalk counselor, but then allowed his suspected attacker to leave the scene.

"It is unbelievable that an officer would allow an attacker to go free after inflicting life-threatening injuries on an elderly gentleman, then threaten to arrest the witness to the crime," said Troy Newman, president of Operation Rescue.

"That was not only unprofessional conduct, but it showed a fundamental lack of respect for Mr. Snell's life and beliefs. She should face serious discipline."

The attack happened just before Christmas, as Ed Snell, 69, was trying to counsel women entering the Hillcrest Abortion Center in Harrisburg, Pa., according to witnesses at the scene.

John McTernan, a witness to the incident, said Snell tried to counsel a woman who got out of a vehicle and was going towards the abortion business with a man.

However, the man suddenly jumped the fence, "leaped on the vehicle with Ed and catapulted him off of the vehicle and onto the ground," he said. Snell landed on his back and head and was knocked unconscious, he said.

He was hospitalized with multiple trauma, bleeding in his head, compression fractures of four vertebrae, two broken ribs and a broken shoulder, the report said.

The problem escalated when three police officers who arrived on the scene to investigate allowed the attacker to leave, the report said. Even though the assailant still was in the business when officers arrived, and they were able to talk with him, they allowed the assailant and his companion to drive away, the report said.

The report said the following exchange then developed:

McTernan to police: "What are you doing? That's him! That's the assailant!"

Officer: "It is none of your business."

McTernan: "I am making it my business. Ed Snell is my good friend."

The officer then threatened to arrest McTernan, and he responded. "I want to know why the assailant walked away from this scene where an elderly man was left unconscious."

Why? Indeed. Leftist Old Media loves to report anything that a pro-life person might do that is even remotely violent. But when a pro-abortion person commits an obvious act of violence, Old Media is shamefully silent.

Facing an onslaught of negative publicity, Harrisburg police finally arrested the assailant.

You can access the complete article on-line here:

Man, 69, Gets Bones Broken Counseling Against Abortions
January 1, 2008

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