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Conner Peterson On Texas Minds



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The Texas house of representatives voted 100-1 to advance an unborn victims of violence act this morning. Helping sway the vote was a letter from Laci Peterson’s mother—Conner Peterson’s grandmother:

[I]f the same crime had occurred in Texas, only a single homicide charge would have been permitted” without the bill, Rocha wrote, adding, “This bill is necessary to ensure that in the future, no mother who loses her baby in a criminal attack is later told by state authorities, ‘We are sorry, but nobody died in that crime.’”

Currently 27 states have similar laws. Congress is currently considering a bill that would give similar protections to unborn children who are killed in federal jurisdictions.

In Fact....



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Speaking of name changes, I’d forgotten I once suggested changing NRO’s name to “Mobutu Sese Seko Kuku Ngbendu waza Banga.” I floated that idea in a column in which I defended NRO against others who would deny its rightful place in the conservative pantheon.

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New Names For The Suits?



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I just learned from Michael Ledeen’s excellent piece on Iran that Abu Khalid Sayef al Adel means “the sword of justice.” Perhaps we should assign the suits their own Arab names. If we take too long a lunch, you’ll be hearing from the Sword of Justice. That sort of thing.

Web Briefing: September 15, 2014

Yeah, Yeah: Hipublicans



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Nr Techie, Cont.



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I should add that when NR interns write something, we let them put their names on it. In the case of James Justin Wilson, we even let them put three names on it. Just one more reason why it’s better to work here than at the NYT.

Nr Techie



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National Review’s D.C. intern James Justin Wilson has a good piece on Tech Central Station today about Internet regulation.

Re: Your Rating



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Yeah, I have a theory about this test in particular. I think that because it was created by Brits — and left wing anarch-moron Brits at that — their political compass has a different North Pole than ours. Hence even the questions where I answer as a conservative should or would are scored incorrectly because the authors assume my motives are different than they really are. Maybe Derb or Stuttaford have an opinion on the British angle. Regardless, all I know is that too many Corner readers are getting results showing their ideological proximity to Gerhard Schroeder, which is absurd. By the way, I don’t really need to know every Corner reader’s test results on this thing.

My Rating



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Jonah: Agree with everything you said about those tests–so of course I took the one you mentioned. A bunch of the questions were odd, and I didn’t answer many of them “strongly agree” or “strongly disagree.” My “political compass,” as they call it, had me plotted several clicks to the right of the vertical axis (making me a good bit more “libertarian” than “communist”) and touching the horizontal axis (making me pretty evenly split between “authoritarian” and “anarchist”). None of this means anything, of course, and I became especially convinced of this when I saw that the test designers place Margaret Thatcher’s views on the X-Y graph sort of close to Hitler’s.

Bragging



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If Rick Bragg is telling the truth (I assume he talked to Howard Kurtz and not Kurtz’s intern), why does the Times bother with bylines? The frontpage should read on the top, Howell Raines’ New York Times. Then we can all know upfront that each “news” story is likely a hodgepodge of collective staff work. Maybe, too, without other names on the pages to obscure the issue, everyone will better understand that Raines is ultimately the one accountable for the seemingly endless stream of corrections.

Holes



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They’re digging silos for missile defense in Alaska. Here’s an update from the Washington Post, complete with comments from the local village idiot and news about how getting out of the ABM Treaty is making one community’s library a little bit bigger.

Political Compass



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Every year or so I cave in and take one of these ideological quizzes. I hate them. The questions are loaded. The results are annoying and the explanations infuriating. And yet, they are so seductive.

Memorial Acts



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Great Memorial Day Story



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From a reader (sometimes known as “cop guy”):

Dear Jonah:

The Corner, if I may be so bold, could use a Memorial Day story;

Mom’s hospitalized and I’ve moved back in with Dad for a few weeks. He served in US Third Army in Europe in 1944-45. I learned a lot about his war experiences these few days. One funny story follows.

His unit moved into a factory complex late in the war. He and his buddies went poking around and discovered a massive vault in the office area. They figured they had struck it rich, visions of Nazi Gold, that sort of thing. Dad and his buds spent hours with a hack saw cutting away the hinges from the doors to no avail. Even after the hinges were gone, the locked doors would not open. They concluded that the doors interlocked to each other and the walls, so they set off in search of something more destructive to use.

As they returned with a torch, they ran into another group of soldiers coming out of the office area. These guys were shook up. They had found the vault and done their own search, which turned up a key ring in another office. They systematically applied keys until the vault bolts clacked open– and the doors promptly fell, nearly crushing them. The vault, it turned out, held blueprints for airplane parts.

The irony is this:

They spent several days at the factory and used sheet metal from one of the work shops to repair vehicles and build trailers. My Dad made a bracelet from one of the scraps as many in his unit did. After returning Stateside he learned from a jeweler that the steel was actually almost pure silver!

To this day he wonders what happened to the silver plated trucks and jeeps they left in Europe.

Re: Eurovision Song Contest



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Andrew: I weep to think that the nation that gave the world Cliff Richard
and Sandy Shaw should have fallen so far. Just a thought, though, for next
year: Last time I checked, Max Bygraves was still alive. He should do the
patriotic thing, come out of retirement and save his country.

Memorial Day



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The Brit-born contingent of The Corner–myself and Andrew Stuttaford–have a
double reason to honor Memorial Day. (1) If American men and women hadn’t
fought, suffered and sacrificed to keep this country safe and free, it
wouldn’t have been here for us to join the party after the barn-raising work
was all done. (2) If American men and women hadn’t fought, suffered and
sacrificed on behalf of others, we would right now be out hoeing turnips
under some Gauleiter füt Ostmittelengland. We thank them: we honor them:
we cherish the memory of what they did.

The (Alleged) Killer Next Door



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Derrick Lee, the south Louisiana serial killer suspect cops are searching for, lives down the road from my family in Starhill, Louisiana, a wide spot in the road just south of St. Francisville. My sister was in school with Lee. She taught his son this year in middle school — until Lee abruptly withdrew the boy three weeks ago, and vanished. And to think I was so relieved during the killer’s spree that my family seemed safe, because the killer seemed to be doing all his work south of Starhill. My shaken sister told my dad today, when the news broke, that if Derrick Lee had come to her door, she would have let him in, because she knows him. Lee is considered armed and dangerous. Dear God, you just never know about people, do you?

True Confessions



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I prefer the Sci-Fi Channel’s New Year’s Day Twilight Zone marathon. (Boy is the Corner’s hipness in question now….)

Fyi



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The flying rubber vomit episode of Star Trek is now on the sci-fi channel.

Future-Federalism



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From a reader (with NCC-1701 in his email address):

While [The Original Stark Trek] was not clear on the point, my impression was that the Federation limited the death penalty to one offense, individual planets might have greater flexibility. This would be akin to a limited federal death penalty in the US with broader use at the state level.

Re: Jonah and Star Trek



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And notice how nice I am being today.

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