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Terri Schindler: a year’s agony

One year ago today, Terri Schindler (Schiavo) began the slow and agonizing path of starvation and dehydration, as the nutrition tube was removed from her body. Terri, as you hopefully recall, was brain-damaged and in hospice. Sadly, some of the very persons who should have sought to preserve her life actually fought to end it. Her husband (whose hopes to move on with his adulterous life were more important than the life of his wife)…

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Columbia, South Carolina

Today, I made a leisurely excursion through parts of Columbia, South Carolina. I have found my trails to lead here several times over the past few years. There are many beautiful areas in the city, particularly the older downtown area. The history of the state shows in the old buildings and historical sites. On previous trips to Columbia, I visited the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room & Museum and the South Carolina State Museum. Both…

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The Ten Commandments and the Alabama National Guard

Yesterday, the Mobile Register reported that Alabama Governor Bob Riley claims that former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore asked Governor Riley to call out the Alabama National Guard in order to stop the removal of the Ten Commandments monument from the state judicial building in 2003. Chief Justice Moore had installed the monument in the courthouse and a federal court had ordered him to remove it; he refused and was later removed from office because…

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The limitation of governmental power

General Douglas MacArthur left us many words of serious thought. Among them were these about the limitation of governmental power (from his pictorial autobiography Duty, Honor, Country, page 210): There are many who have lost faith in this early American ideal and believe in a form of socialistic, totalitarian rule, a sort of big brother deity to run our lives for us. They no longer believe that free men can successfully manage their own affairs.…

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The Treachery of Bill Pryor

treachery n. pl. treach·er·ies 1. Willful betrayal of fidelity, confidence, or trust; perfidy. 2. The act or an instance of such betrayal. (The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition.) I’ve written before of the treachery of Bill Pryor, former Attorney General of Alabama and now sitting judge in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. With the looming vote on Pryor’s nomination to a lifetime appointment to that court, I offer more reflections. Jeff…

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