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Took a wee surf over to CNN:

Katrina There are links to videos on this page that will break your heart. The damage is….surreal. Whole neighborhoods where only roofs protrude. – U.S.: Air strikes kill seven insurgents – Aug 30, 2005

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — Air strikes have flattened insurgent safe houses used by militants linked to al Qaeda in western Iraq, the U.S. Marines told CNN Tuesday.

The air attacks near the Syrian border killed at least seven militants, the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force said.

A top operative called Abu Islam was among the dead, the force said.

The other Jesse

RALEIGH, North Carolina (AP) — Jesse Helms, writing with the same passion that made him the archconservative of the U.S. Senate for 30 years, renews his criticism of abortion in a memoir being published this week, comparing it to both the Holocaust and the Sept. 11 attacks.

“I will never be silent about the death of those who cannot speak for themselves,” the former senator wrote in “Here’s Where I Stand,” which is scheduled for release Tuesday.

The North Carolina Republican, known as “Senator No” for his consistent efforts to block what he considered liberal initiatives and unqualified foreign policy appointees, makes clear his views on abortion and other issues have hardly moderated since he left office in 2003.

He repeatedly introduced bills seeking to overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion and, in his book he defends his criticized comparisons of abortion and the Holocaust.

“I reject that criticism because this is indeed another kind of holocaust, by another name,” he wrote. “At last count, more than 40 million unborn children have been deliberately, intentionally destroyed. What word adequately defines the scope of such slaughter?”

Helms, 83, writes that when 3,000 people died on Sept. 11, 2001, “the American people responded with shock, sadness and a deep and righteous anger — and rightly so.

“Yet let us not forget that every passing day in our country, more than three thousand innocent Americans are killed” through abortion.

The comments on abortion match Helms’ career of speaking bluntly on sensitive issues like school prayer, government funding for the arts and welfare reform.

“I believed then, and I believe now, that people who will not surrender their principles to assure their popularity can get things done,” Helms wrote.

I am so ashamed that I used to be so ashamed of this man. Today I wish there were at least a dozen more like him.

Go Tony, Go!

Speaking before a packed auditorium at Chapman University, Scalia said he was saddened to see the Supreme Court deciding moral issues not addressed in the Constitution, such as abortion, gay rights and the death penalty. He said such questions should be settled by Congress or state legislatures beholden to the people.

“I am questioning the propriety — indeed, the sanity — of having a value-laden decision such as this made for the entire society … by unelected judges,” he said.

Scalia also railed against the principle of the “living Constitution,” saying it has led the Senate to try to appoint so-called politically “moderate” judges instead of focusing on professional credentials and ability.

“Now the Senate is looking for moderate judges, mainstream judges. What in the world is a moderate interpretation of a constitutional text? Halfway between what it says and what we’d like it to say?” he said, to laughter and applause.

We’ll have ravioli tonight in your honor. And to use up the loaf of Italian bread that needed to come out of the freezer :)

And A “Stupid Headline Award” goes to CNN for this gem–Court papers: Wal-Mart shootings suspect mentally disturbed. Because most folks who kill other people are sane, right?

Time for me to get busy again.

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