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Posted in: Questions arise over how 11-year-old girl's kidnapper went undetected for 18 years See in context

Details are trickling out. Apparently the Garrido "family" ran a printing business in which Jaycee was introduced by patriarch Phil as "my daughter." It's her artwork which adorned much of their business so she has some skills. Moreover, she has memories of a normal childhood to draw on as well as a loving family to assist her in what will be a difficult transition given so few people can identify with it.

For her two daughters, the future is much more problematic. They have no knowledge of any other type of life. They've never been to school. And they are going to be thrust into a world in which their mother, and it's not clear they know Jaycee is their mother rather than their sister, is going to be embraced by people who will inadvertently invalidate their existence by pointing out, "He should never have been released, this all could have been avoided."

"He" of course is their father and they may have warm feelings toward someone who is viewed as a monster by everyone else. As unpleasant as it is to contemplate, he may have had sex with them. Apparently he gave up the printing business to preach, trying to create flock out of transients and homeless people living in Berkeley. The girls were often with him according to those who've been interviewed.

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Posted in: Horror story emerges after woman kidnapped as child resurfaces 18 years later See in context

Garrido and the girls showed up Monday on the Berkeley campus, where they distributed fliers and met with Lisa Campbell, manager of special events for the UC Police Department.

Garrido told her he wanted to hold a campus event he called "God's Desire," which he frenetically described as having to do with schizophrenia and the FBI.

Campbell, 40, a former Chicago police officer, said she found it curious that the girls were not in school and appeared not to have spent any time in the sunlight. Campbell said that Garrido was "clearly unstable" but that the girls were even more striking.

Clothed in drab dresses, with penetrating blue eyes that matched their father's, they were "non-responsive" and exuded no energy, she said.

Busy with other matters and eager to learn more about this strange trio, Campbell asked Garrido to return the next day to plan the event. She then went to campus police Officer Ally Jacobs, 33, and told her something was not right with the three.

Jacobs ran a computer check and learned that Garrido was a federal parolee and sex offender. She joined Campbell in the Tuesday meeting and tried not to arouse Garrido's suspicions.

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Posted in: Horror story emerges after woman kidnapped as child resurfaces 18 years later See in context

One can say, why didn't the neighbors suspect something given they knew the guy was a registered sex offender? Well, he put up a high fence around his yard. Nonetheless, in 2006 someone did call to report people, including children, seemed to be living in the back. But the sheriff's deputy dispatched to investigate never went to look himself after speaking with Garrido out front. Moreover, given his record the police had the power to drop by unannounced without probable cause. So the community may have felt the police knew everything there was to know.

In addition to the charges that stem from kidnapping Jaycee, he's being investigated in connection with a string of unsolved murders near where he previously worked where the bodies of prostitutes were found.

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Posted in: Horror story emerges after woman kidnapped as child resurfaces 18 years later See in context

It was actually the Special Events Coordinator for the UC Berkeley police who should be credited with freeing Jaycee and her daughters. She decided, "There's something really wrong here" when Garrido showed up on campus last Monday with the two kids to inquire about staging a religious event. School had already started and the older girl, whose demeanor and appearance were odd, claimed they were home-schooled in response to why she and her sister weren't in school. The younger one also said they had a 29-year old sister at home.

The coordinator got bad vibes and asked Garrido to return to discuss his plans the next day, when she arranged to have him meet with her superior (and joined them though it was her day off). His sex offender status was revealed and he was packed off to his probation officer with the rest of the "family" in tow.

About ten years ago another sex offender with religious delusions and a female partner kidnapped a 16-year old girl from her home in Utah. When the vagrant trio came to police attention several years later, she too claimed to be his wife.

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Posted in: U.S. looks to Vietnam war experience for Afghan tips See in context

"military-industrial complex"

I believe it was Dwight Eisenhower, as he was leaving office, who coined the term and warned Americans of its dangers. While it does create an incentive to go to war, I think pursuit of American strategic interests, as they are understood, is the determinant of policy.

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Posted in: U.S. looks to Vietnam war experience for Afghan tips See in context

Trade with the Taliban?

They already have control over an ever expanding opium crop which is far more profitable than anything else the average Afghan farmer can grow.

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Posted in: U.S. looks to Vietnam war experience for Afghan tips See in context

Where Afghanistan most clearly resembles Vietnam is in state-building. One of the problems the US encountered in the earlier conflict was a succession of leaders who appropriated American aid for their own ends. One only need to study the Strategic Hamlet Program, intended to give South Vietnamese farmers a stake in defending the country from communism. Run by President Ngo Dinh Diem's brother, it was an abject failure.

In Afghanistan the problem is compounded by the fact its a tribal culture with a weak sense of national identity. The Karzai government, widely deemed a failure, is, like its Saigon predecessor, riddled with corruption and people who only think in terms of advancing a narrow set of interests.

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Posted in: Tehran calm after vote fraud claims trigger clashes See in context

"But Khamenei, who has final say on all state matters, called the result a“divine assessment” and called on all Iranians to support Ahmadinejad."

If it didn't matter who won as claimed by those who dismissed the election as a sham, then why would Khamenei need to make his voice heard in this manner?

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Posted in: Iran declares win for Ahmadinejad in disputed vote See in context

I don't see a second Ahmadinejad term as simply a continuation of the first. After Saddam was toppled there was a power vacuum in the Muslim Middle East. Ahmadinejad was clearly trying to increase his regional stature by making pronouncements intended to play well on Arab Street and position himself as the anti-GWB. But he wasn't successful. It's very likely Persian Shias can assume leadership of Arab Sunnis.

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Posted in: Iran declares win for Ahmadinejad in disputed vote See in context

I wonder how much Iranians regret replacing the Shah dictatorship with a theocratic dictatorship.

I wouldn't go there, it will elicit a denunciation of the US role in toppling democratically elected Mossadegh and re-installing the Shah in power in 1953. Had he not been forced to leave the country in 1979 when he was terminally ill, it's unlikely his teenage son could have held on to power. The family is immensely wealthy and he maintains a government in exile which is not taken seriously be anyone in Iran.

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Posted in: Iran declares win for Ahmadinejad in disputed vote See in context

The Republican Party of America were the masters of the election sham long before Ahmadinejad tried it.

The Islamic Republic nearly consumed two presidencies. Carter's of course, and then Reagan's. While Iran Contra has been all but excised from the historic record, in the late 1980s it posed some very troubling constitutional and leadership questions. one of the Reagan administration's defenses was that it had been trying to strengthen moderates within the Tehran government.

The missed opportunity was when a moderate was elected in 1997 Bill Clinton didn't move on it. Of course the "we don't negotiate with evil we defeat it" chorus would have been louder than when Reagan strengthened diplomatic overtures to the USSR after Gorbachev came to power.

The Iranian people did show solidarity with Americans after 9/11. There were candle light vigils in Tehran. But that couldn't be accommodated in a black and white mindset. When GWB declared Iran to be a member of "the axis of evil" that must have been music to the hardliner's ears. There was no way anyone could campaign on a reapproachment with the USA platform in 2005.

American conservatives probably see the noble Iranian people are suffering under a tyrannical regime led by religious and assorted crackpots. Yet such a view is hard to maintain given the fact Ahmadinejad does have a strong base of popular support which owes both to populist domestic policies and his confrontational foreign policy. It is viewed, by some Iranians, as a source of strength in a dog eat dog world. Don't mess with us.

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Posted in: Iran declares win for Ahmadinejad in disputed vote See in context

I'm a republican and neither I nor any of my republican friends want Ahmadinejad in power.

Most Republicans have said it doesn't matter who wins because they don't see the elections as anything other than a sham.

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Posted in: 88-year-old gunman kills guard at U.S. Holocaust Museum See in context

he unleashed his hatred of both Presidents Bush and other "neo-conservatives"

Well that settles it, I'm sure he supported Obama and backed ACORN's efforts to rig the election, don't ya think?

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Posted in: 88-year-old gunman kills guard at U.S. Holocaust Museum See in context

He [teleprompter] only knows one topic and, as usual, he falls short:

von Brun's book, "Kill the Best Gentiles," is a screed against the Talmud and is dedicated to Revilo Oliver, a well-known denier of the Holocaust. Von Brunn's writings condemning "Negroes" and Jews were prolific.

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Posted in: 88-year-old gunman kills guard at U.S. Holocaust Museum See in context

I'm sure the NRA has put out a press release saying, "This just goes to show the only way to be safe is for everyone to be armed." In a museum??? Imagine what the insurance would run to cover the items on display.

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Posted in: 88-year-old gunman kills guard at U.S. Holocaust Museum See in context

i suppose he feels his innings is coming to a close and fancied going out in a blaze of "glory"

I know everyone who visited the museum today and emerged unharmed is grateful for the professionalism of the security staff. No doubt his imaginerd blaze of glory would have been bigger had he taken out more.

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Posted in: 88-year-old gunman kills guard at U.S. Holocaust Museum See in context

This violence and hatred against the Jews has to stop whether its some kooky white supremist or muslim jihadi.

His victim was a black security guard named Stephen Tyrone Johns. RIP Mr. Johns.

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Posted in: Romney raps Obama's 'tour of apology' See in context

Which party has blocked any and all efforts to exploit our considerable domestic reserves?

I voted for GWB because he assured us he had the clout to "jaw bone" the Saudis. When the price falls, the oil companies have no economic incentive to expand production. Then when it shoots back up again, as is currently underway, well why weren't you drilling?

There's a way out of this boom and bust cycle that we are captive to, but it's ain't "drill, baby drill."

Moreover, as long as someone wants to buy oil, those petro-authoritarian states will have power. And Mitt no doubt will continue talking tough while downing corn dogs to show he's a regular guy.

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Posted in: Romney raps Obama's 'tour of apology' See in context

Bambi doesn't seem to appreciate that most Americans think his bowing to the King of Saudi Arabia and grinning through hour-long diatribes against the US made by thuggish South American caudillos is anything but presidential.

Yes, GWB looked very presidential last year when he went a callin' on the House of Saud twice over a period of four months to beg them to lower the price of oil. The answer was "nyet."

His presidency will be remembered for the ascendance of a bunch of petro-authoritarian states — principally Russia, Venezuela and Iran — and for that most Americans would like an apology.

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Posted in: Romney raps Obama's 'tour of apology' See in context

“I take issue with President Obama’s recent tour of apology,” Romney said. “It’s not because America hasn’t made mistakes—we have—but because America’s mistakes are overwhelmed by what America has meant to the hopes and aspirations of people throughout the world.”

Mittens doesn't seem to appreciate that the primary reason America inspires hope is that our government can be held accountable for mistakes by ordinary citizens.

“Arrogant, delusional tyrants can’t be stopped by earnest words and furrowed brows,” he said.

What is his alternative? Tough talk from the Iowa state fairgrounds while leaving others to do the heavy lifting?

Action, strong bold action coming from a position of strength and determination, is the only effective deterrent.”

Yeah, the fightings Romneys really inspire fear.

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Posted in: Abortion foes fear backlash to doctor's murder See in context

China is an Asian nation relatively free of religious fanatics - and just look at how well their state-mandated, state-supported abortion program has turned out.

The average Chinese person supports draconian family planning policies as necessary given the country's limited resources. If you've ever tried to get on a public bus in Shanghai you might too.

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Posted in: Kansas abortion doctor killed in church See in context

But unlike the muslim radicals sad to say that this guy had a specific target.

Or unlike Timothy McVeigh who dismissed the day care attendees who died when he blew up the Okla City Federal Building as "collateral damage."

But I don't recall that distinction counted for much when Bill Ayers, who never killed anyone, was denounced as a "domestic terrorist" by prominent Republicans and here on this site, harsher words than "far Right Loon" which refers to a man who is being held for murder.

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Posted in: Kansas abortion doctor killed in church See in context

Yabits,

The silence is really deafening here. The same posters who are quick to denounce Muslim terrorists as having given up all claim to their cause by resorting to violence, instead shift this thread into a discussion of male paternity rights. Can't have it both ways...

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Posted in: Kansas abortion doctor killed in church See in context

There's the case of Larry Hillblom, who founded the courier company DHL and "retired" to Asia.

Hillblom has had an extravagant afterlife.

Its principal source proved to be his vigorous taste for young, often very young Asian women. Several — from Micronesia, Vietnam, the Philippines — stepped forward to say Hillblom fathered their children. A paternity suit ensued, involving stealthy quests for Hillblom’s DNA — his bathroom was mysteriously scoured with acid after his death and his every possession buried — and years of transcontinental litigation.

“He cut a wide swathe through the Pacific,” Barry Israel, a lawyer who represented Junior Larry Hillblom, the oldest of four children ultimately recognized, told me. Each of the penniless Asian kids received about $50 million, after tax, from the $600 million Hillblom estate.

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Posted in: Kansas abortion doctor killed in church See in context

Bill O'Reilly, who made repeated references to "Tiller the baby killer" may find himself in court, not for child support, but as an accomplice in a wrongful death civil lawsuit filed on behalf of Dr. Tiller's family.

On June 12, 2007, O'Reilly said, "Yes, I think we all know what this is. And if the state of Kansas doesn't stop this man [Tiller], then anybody who prevents that from happening has blood on their hands as the governor does right now, Governor Sebelius."

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Posted in: Kansas abortion doctor killed in church See in context

but with that must come the acceptance that men should no longer be responsible in any way for children that they fathered since they have no choice at all.

They have the choice not to sleep with a woman with whom they are not in a committed partnership.

A man could say "Hey, I didn't want the kid, so why should I have to pay" using your argument.

Until DNA testing came along, men had the ability to walk away, deny paternity and shrug off the financial consequences which come with it. I'm sure some of the women who sought out Dr. Tiller's father services, which could have gotten his medical license yanked and made him eligible for a stint behind bars, were pregnant and alone.

Biology did not create an equal division of labor. Yet I've never heard a woman complain, "It's unfair men don't assume 50 percent of the responsibility for gestation and childbirth."

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Posted in: Kansas abortion doctor killed in church See in context

I do know of someone who did have a late-term abortion (back in the 1960s). The married mother of one, who went on to have two more children, she'd had meningitus (?) and there was a good chance the fetus had been affected. Some may disagree with that decision. But I think bringing a disabled child into the world represents an enormous responsibility that should be left to the discretion of the parents who will have to consider who will care for the child after they are gone.

In China late-term abortions have been routinely performed on women against their will. This is wrong and the Chinese government deserves to be condemned for such practices.

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Posted in: Kansas abortion doctor killed in church See in context

But I'm sure the Left is gonna play fast, loose and very selective with all of that.

Well maybe they can learn a trick or two from your posts, then again probably not.

I read this about Dr. Tiller:

When George Tiller was young he dreamed not of being one of the most visible and strident advocates for abortion rights, but of becoming a dermatologist.

The 67-year-old physician, who was shot and killed Sunday in his church, had said his path was altered by a 1970 plane crash that killed his father, mother, sister and brother-in-law.

The former Navy flight surgeon was left with his father's family practice in Wichita, and he soon learned a secret. One of his father's patients asked him whether he, like his father, would perform abortions.

At first, Tiller said, he did not believe his father had risked his medical license by performing then-illegal abortions. But after the Supreme Court's landmark Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortions in 1973, Tiller began providing them.

If abortion were outlawed, it's reasonable to presume those seeking to terminate their pregnancies would again seek out the services of an illegal provider. Certainly Dr. Tiller could have moved his practice to a safer locale, but that would have left pregnant women in Kansas and surrounding states, since I read he had patients from Oklahoma as well, with no licensed health care professional to tend those who did not wish to carry their pregnancies to term.

I don't want to play fast and loose with statistics like others, but a woman's own health is one reason why she might seek a late-term abortion. Now endangering a mother's life might not be a sufficient reason for the male shooter to find abortion permissible, but then he's never going to walk in her shoes.

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Posted in: Kansas abortion doctor killed in church See in context

Since African-American women are something like 6 times more likely to avail themselves of an abortionist's services it is your side that has to answer to the charges of "genocide."

Isn't this thread about a murder of a doctor whose patients sought out his services? And what's your source?

According to Center for Disease Control statistics, blacks account for 13% of the population in the U.S. and black women make up 37% of women who undergo abortions.

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Posted in: S Korean, U.S. troops on alert after North's threats See in context

Bill Clinton's mistake was not talking tough but assuming the North Korean government would collapse like the rest of the communist world. It didn't.

Talking tough only works if you are prepared to back it up.

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