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Dog and Man



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From a reader:

As a dog owner and lover myself I would guess that put in the same situation I would have done the same thing regardless of what the firefighters ordered.

My question to you is this: Is this not a property rights case? Just because the firefighters show up at your house do you still not have the right to do with it what you want, even if that means running into your own burning house or breaking your own window at peril to yourself.

The argument for arrest is that Martin might have put a firefighter’s life in danger if he needed to be rescued. But noone would have faulted Martin if he was already in the house and a firefighter was injured trying to rescue him. Don’t firefighters generally make calculations concerning their own safty when rescuing anyone? Wouldn’t those calculations be the same if Martin as already in the house or entered later?

Galloway



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The Galloway story is awesome, if true. If you haven’t heard, one of Britain’s leading anti-war MPs has been accused of taking blood-for-oil money from Saddam Hussein. The Telegraph found documents suggesting he took hundreds of thousands of dollars in exchange for his anti-war activities. Galloway claims the documents were forged, which sounds awfully implausible to me. Regardless, if it turns out to be true, wouldn’t it be interesting to find out that this was a full-fledged program of the Iraqi government? What if folks in the US have been taking money too? Wouldn’t that be a humdinger of a story? I mean why should Britain have all the treasonous wankers?

If I was the commanding officer in charge of sifting through these Iraqi files, I would be barking out orders to find the “R” file — for Ritter.

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The Dog Case



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The reader is right. But so was the dog owner. The police need to enforce the rules, the guy needed to save his dog. He took the risk and he should face the consequences. Do I think he should go to jail? No, but I do think he should pay a fine or something. I have no problem with the idea that doing the right thing can be illegal from time to time.

Web Briefing: July 23, 2014

Biotoxin in Tacoma?



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FNC is stuck for now in Washington State coming up with every conceivable guess of what a white powder at a mail facility could be.

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The Other Side of The Dog-Fire Case



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A reader:

Would you still give Mr. Martin a Cosmo T-Shirt if, instead of rescuing the dog, Mr. Martin’s action resulted in the death of 1 or more Firefighters who had to run into the burning house after him? The cops did the right thing citing him.

Cosmo Development



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Springtime seems to have brought a renewed vigor (“vigah” as Mayor Quimby would say) to Cosmo’s squirrel hunting. As I mentioned before, he’d grown lackadaisical about eliminating the squirrel menace as a consequence of his newfound passion for deer hunting. But for the last couple days he’s been clearing out squirrel pockets all around the house.

Da Boss Pro-Chicks



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Bruce Springsteen has come out in support of the Dixie Chicks’s “raw deal”:


The Dixie Chicks have taken a big hit lately for exercising their basic right to express themselves, To me, they’re terrific American artists expressing American values by using their American right to free speech. For them to be banished wholesale from radio stations, and even entire radio networks, for speaking out is un-American.

There’s no surprise that he would say the likes of this…but did he really mean to say they are terrific American artists?

Jonah,



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This Jarrod Martin and his dog case (Martin was cited for saving his dog from a fire) was made for you…at least get the guy a Cosmo t-shirt. He’s certainly earned one.

Where Is Everybody?



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You Know The War Is Over



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when The Corner is so sleepy…

Secret Plan Redux



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From a reader:

Jonah,

This whole “secret plan” dispute with Josh Marshall reminds of the 80’s when everyone was “shocked” to find out that Reagan liked the Contras. Sure there were legitimate questions about Ollie North’s funding mechanism, but I remember asking at the time how anyone could possibly pretend to be surprised that Reagan was in favor of supporting anti-communist guerrillas in general and the Contras in particular.

This is Iran-Contra all over again only without any of the objectionable aspects.

1. Instead of passing Boland amendments Congress voted to support the President.
2. Instead of raising money by selling arms to Iran the administration used the defense budget and a supplemental appropriation.
3. We used the US military instead of just supporting the Kurds.

George Galloway



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George Galloway MP, regular readers of the Corner may recall, was a fierce critic of the war, something that makes this story of no small interest. Mr. Galloway denies the allegations, but the editorial writers at the Daily Telegraph do not seem to be very impressed.

Amerika Watch (2)



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So the Screen Actors Guild says that it is against ‘blacklists’? Well, check out this press release.

Richard Perle On Democracy and Theocracy



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I asked Richard Perle to clarify his views in light of the Washington Post story to which Stanley Kurtz referred earlier. He tells me that he believes that as long as Iraq has a constitution that guarantees fundamental rights and free elections, it cannot become a theocracy. “It will not be a theocracy,” he says, “if you get the constitution right.” He adds, “But you do have to run the risk of electoral outcomes you don’t like. . . . If you believe in democracy. . . and people elect fundamentalists, we have to live with that. But the test of democracy is not the first election but the second election. If there’s a second election, that’s not a theocracy. . . . People don’t want to live in theocracies. The Taliban wasn’t elected. People given the choice will not choose to have every aspect of their lives dictated by mullahs. So I think this [question of an elected theocracy] is not a productive question.”

Arab News Earth Day Watch



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The Coalition is killing Gulf fish (or so one version of the story goes).

And in Basra...



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Although British troops in Basra have been urging residents to voluntarily turn in their guns, American forces in the middle-class Baghdad suburb of Hay al-Qudhat are doing no such thing. Instead, they are simply ordering people not to carry guns in public. Neighborhood residents have been defending their homes from looters. Said one resident, “We all have guns, but we don’t want them. We just want peace and stability.” The neighborhood is home to many doctors, lawyers, and other professionals.

Charles Clover, “Baghdad’s middle classes ask: how long will they stay?”
Financial Times, 16 April 2003.

Guns in Uganda



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The Financial Times reports on the connection between firearms and equal rights in Uganda:

Women who carry guns and fight for their country do not voluntarily head back to the kitchen, says a leading member of Uganda’s administration. This is one explanation for the change in female fortunes since the National Resistance Army seized power in 1986 with the help of women fighting and collaborating in other vital ways to military victory. Since then, women have achieved a status in Uganda unrivalled in much of Africa.

William Wallis, “Freedom Fighters Win Political Clout, Financial Times, 15 April 2003.

Amazing...Gargoyles



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I just heard from a reader who saw my documentary “Gargoyles: Guardians of the Gate.” Long time readers — or to be more accurate, long time readers of my column — may recall that I used to be a television producer. In 1994, I wrote and produced a documentary on Gargoyles on a budget that makes “shoe string” sound lavish (5 cities: Paris, Oxford, New York, Princeton, Washington DC for about 20 grand). It was something of a hit — in a very narrow sense — and has been bobbing around the world of public television for years. Still, I assumed it was long gone by now. But lo’ and behold it’s still being played. I wonder if the gnomes in the PBS world know it was written by a trogladytic National Review conservative.

Great Escape Video Game



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Ahmed Chalabi



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I’m a little amazed–seriously–that Garry Trudeau and Maureen Dowd are both relying on the judgment of a Jordanian court about the character of the Iraqi National Congress leader. But I suppose if the object is to get the Bush administration and the hawks, any old hook will do.

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