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New Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Orrin Hatch has scheduled a session
for Friday morning in which the committee is expected to vote on the appeals
court nomination of Miguel Estrada. Estrada, viewed as a rising star in
Republican legal circles, was targeted by Democrats last year, when they
controlled the committee. He was given a hearing last September but never a
vote in the committee. If Republicans, who now control the committee, bring
Estrada’s name up for a vote Friday, it is possible that Democrats will
exercise their privilege to delay the vote for one week, meaning that a vote
will instead be held next week.

Off to Cnn...



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Doing showdown Iraq around 12:30 (EST) with Katrina Van Den Heuval (SP?). Back in a bit. K-Lo will let ya know when my death penalty thing is up — I hope.

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Chilled Enthusiasm



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Turns out Nicholson seems to be one of those personally pro-life, publicly pro-choice types. (All to whom, I say: BE A MAN! STAND UP FOR WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN, assuming of course, you do, in fact, believe it.)

Web Briefing: July 22, 2014

One Thing About Nicholson



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Delighted to hear he’s pro-life. But, um, where the hell does Jack Nicholson get off talking about his “constituency”? Actors do not have constituencies. They have fans. And we will all be better off when they stop thinking of themselves as representatives of groups and spokesmen. They are actors. At best, they are actors with hobbies. But they do not have constituencies.

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Kelly Settles It



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Awesome op-ed on the anti-war marchers.

Pop Culture of Life?



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Neat to know, Rod, about Jack Nicholson. Patricia Heaton, Ray’s wife on Everybody Loves Raymond–who is pro-life–contends there are a lot more pro-lifers in Hollywood than will ever admit to it. Same with Republicans. With reports that the likes of CSI Miami and other shows have had pro-life themes lately, that may be true, and folks may be slowly willing to fess up and use their best instincts to tell stories that real people–the majority of whom are not for abortion on demand–can embrace. Sounds like baby steps to a pop culture of life.

Would Have Been Fun



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Was just on a Kansas radio show (The Randy Miller Morning Show) with Martha Burk (which I was really looking forward to), talking about Roe. Well, sorta. We started. She rattled off some platitudes, I started to debate her, and then she said she had another call to take. Oh well. Listeners heard more pro-life talk than not that segment. Change from most of the coverage today, I am sure.

Tag The Homeless?



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DC authorities are going to attempt to count the homeless today. Which got me thinking. Why not tag them like wildlife? 1…2…3…4…5…6….7…8…9…10. Okay now that your initial righteous indignation has died down. Think about it. Every winter untold numbers of homeless die because the police cannot find them on sub zero nights. Every year we have absurd debates on how many of them there are. Tagging the homeless with small, GPS-loaded, markers would enable us to keep an honest count and it would allow police to zero in on them on nights when they are in danger of freezing to death. Some homeless want to stay on the street when it’s cold, but at least now the police could give them a choice.

I admit there are problems. Many homeless people are nuts and already believe the government has implanted chips in them. Well, to them I say, “What’s one more?” Other homeless are inclined to criminal activity (indeed by definition almost all of them are loiterers) and they would not want the government monitoring them. But arguing that you want to be free to commit crimes is not a great argument. Indeed, we could present the homeless with a choice: wear the tag and take a few bucks for your troubles or be put into a shelter. We could call them “homeless licenses.”

And there are added benefits. First, it would make the lives of the homeless a lot more interesting, adding drama and excitement to otherwise dreary lives. Second, such a policy might help us find the CHUDS, Mole people, etc.

Guess Who’s Pro-Life



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The actor Jack Nicholson, who discovered as an adult that the woman he was raised to believe was his sister was actually his mother, who had conceived him when she was a teenager. She was advised to get an abortion, but chose life. Her son became a pro-lifer. He once said, “I’m very contra my constituency in terms of abortion because I’m positively against it. I don’t have the right to any other view. My only emotion is gratitude, literally, for my life.”

How Do You Mend a Broken Heart?



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I Hate The Today Show, Part 43 Million



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They cover the 30th anniversary of Roe by going to Buffalo and telling viewers there will be abortion opponents marching there in defense of the murder of abortionist Bernard Slepian. Thousands praying, readying to march peacefully in defense of innocent life, and a handful of lunatics get the coverage. And least Today doesn’t ever promise to be “fair and balanced.”

Freestinkers



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I’ve just happened upon what may be the looniest site on the Internet: the Freedom From Religion Foundation. At first, I thought the whole thing was a clever satire of anti-religious bile. In a recent press release, for instance, the group announces that it is “appalled and shocked” that the White House faith-based office would host a lunch during which people were actually fed. This is, after all, an “economically uncertain time,” so apparently we’re all supposed to go on a hunger strike until the stock market rebounds. Alas, these “freethinkers,” as they like to call themselves, form a real organization and they despise religion in all its forms. They don’t think that believers are merely misguided souls–we’re the source of horrific evil. One of their pals, the distinguished scientist Richard Dawkins, declares his view that “belief in an afterlife [was] the key weapon that made the New York atrocity possible” on 9-11. There’s plenty more like this on the site, if you enjoy subjecting yourself to such stuff.

Dean a Libertarian On Medical Issues?



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Democratic presidential candidate Howard dean, who is a doctor, told “NARAL Pro-Choice America’s” 30th-anniversary party last night that “We don’t want the government telling us how to practice medicine.” Really? No, he doesn’t actually believe that for anything other than abortion. But it was hard to make sense in the midst of all that celebrating.

Suv Mail Truck



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I’ve been flooded with e-mails over my SUV column. Thanks to all who have written. I especially appreciate the personal anecdotes illustrating the utility of SUVs in many people’s lives, especially those with large families or who otherwise need cargo space. I also appreciate the criticisms, even if most are unfounded. Be advised I’m planning a follow-up column to address some of the points I did not get to in Monday’s article. I should get it to K-Lo by the end of the week, and she’ll post it at her whim. (But don’t e-mail her about it, as she gets enough e-mails about the G-Files.)

A Response to Taranto



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Color-Nearsighted



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Last week the president sang the praises of diversity while, at the same time, decrying the discrimination undertaken in its name. This week, apparently chastened by criticism from the left, he proudly announced that he was increasing the federal funding given to heavily black and Hispanic colleges, thereby succeeding in contradicting both of last week’s messages by himself engaging in racial discrimination on behalf of schools because they are un-diverse. Next week: In a bold move to counter Condoleezza Rice’s declaration of civil rights policy, Ted Olson issues a personal statement supporting the invasion and liberation of Sweden!

Senator Winfrey?



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What’s next Jerry Springer for Senator? (Oh, wait, people are talking about that one too.)

Ugh -- Fyi



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I’m going up against Bianca Jagger tonight on Crossfire (around 7:30). Couldn’t be worse than the Canada Crossfire disaster.

More On Dr. Reisman



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Dr. Judith Reisman, who has accused the late sexologist Alfred Kinsey of being pro-pederasty, has had her credibility on that story questioned in a brouhaha over an advertisement (I blogged about this in The Corner yesterday). She says she’s being smeared, and is directing people to her website to counter what she claims is pro-Kinsey propaganda designed to discredit here.

Reason/Sucks



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