Dispatches from Outland
A little song. A little dance. A little seltzer down your pants. Copyright © 2003 Roy M. Jacobsen.


Friday, April 25, 2003  

Remember Afghanistan? Department: You know, Afghanistan? This site showcases photos and some journal entries from Mustafa Rasuli.

"I was born in Afghanistan in 1978 and fled the country with my family in 1979. We were fortunate enough to be given political asylum in America, where I have lived the past 22 years of my life and where I call home.

I will most likely spend the next couple of years in and out of Afghanistan and the Central Asia region. I plan on taking lot's of photos and hopefully i'll be able to share them with those that can't travel to these places.
Well worth a visit.

posted by Roy M. Jacobsen at 9:20 AM
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APOD Department: You have got to check out the Astronomy Picture of the Day now! It's a close-up shot of M17, the Omega Nebula, and it's gorgeous! And if you have the bandwidth, or the patience to let the picture load, the big version is even better.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2003  

Perfectly Pellucid, Take 2 Department: Joel Miller has some more detailed observations regarding the Laci Peterson case.

Substantively, abortion and in-utero murder are the same thing. The only difference is the intent of the mother. If the mother deems the baby worthless, then?voila!?it is.

To maintain this legal fiction, both abortionists and defense attorneys try to confine this justification to the womb.
I've often snorted in my coffee as I read or heard the many fictions that abortionists try to use to justify their practices. "Every child a wanted child" is a great one. Does this mean that personhood is contingent on being "wanted?" Are all our "unwanted" -- the homeless, the infirm, the "other" -- therefore non-persons? Are we then free to kill those we deem to be unwanted? Sounds strikingly like the ideology and methodology of the Nazis, doesn't it? Most people would recoil at such a line of thought (except for those like Peter Singer, who embodies the logical outcome of this kind of thinking).

Later in the same article, Miller adds this:
I'm not certain about the guilt of Scott Peterson. That's for the court to decide. What I am certain about is the can of worms this opens for the abortion lobby. As tragic as the Peterson case may be, I find it sickeningly enjoyable to see abortionists thrust into the unenviable and highly deserved position of defending their actions side by side with suspected murderers.


And while you're at Razormouth reading Miller's piece, take a loot at Tim Varner's companion essay: Abortion hypocrisy, which asks "how can a state in which 304,000 unborn are put to death annually with full legal approval charge a man for the murder of his unborn child?"
Abortion proponents will never muster coherent moral, religious, scientific, legal, or even political arguments. Objective standards are altogether outside the scope of their what-is-best-for-me reasoning. In this way they are no different than Laci and Connor's killer; he murdered to create, as he saw it, a more convenient set of personal circumstances.

Indeed.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2003  

Perfectly Pellucid Department: California prosecutors have filed two murder charges against Scott Peterson, accusing him of the intentional slaying of Laci Peterson and their unborn son, Connor. California law states that a person who inflicts an injury on a pregnant woman causing the termination of her pregnancy can be charged with murder. Perfectly clear. A child can understand that, whether you've killed a baby before or after it is born, you have still killed a baby. Location is immaterial.

The National Organization of Women (New Jersey chapter) is too obtuse to see this, however. The Daily Record reports that a local NOW official says "If this is murder, well, then any time a late-term fetus is aborted, they could call it murder."

Pardon me for being blunt, but . . . well, duh. Pro-lifers have been saying abortion is murder for years. Someone explain to me -- in terms a child can understand -- how the Laci and Conner Peterson case isn't a double homicide.

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