The System Works

Posted without further comment — for none is necessary:

“Slain Kansas abortion provider’s clinic to close”


Nabisco: See, that was my thought. But this is counterbalanced by the Tillers’ pain and anguish, which itself is counterbalanced by the fact that there are only a handful of doctors who did what Tiller did.

But the fact remains: the guy who shot Tiller got what he was after. And the wingnuts shall declare it to be just and fair. One can only throw up one’s hands.

Co-starring Bill O’Reilly, William Rehnquist, the Scalia twins, and Tony Perkins, and directed by Jerry Falwell and James Dobson. Feauturing Ronald Reagan and the entire Bush family! A Pat Robertson production.

Not for nothing, but Jeffrey Goldberg (via Sully) has a picture from the Kansas City Star that will make you want to smash your fist into your monitor. (It’s a wayside church sign. It’s not pleasant.)

Howls of victory from the terrorists:

Randall Terry, the founder of the original Operation Rescue group, responded to news that Tiller’s clinic would remain closed with, “Good riddance.” He said history would remember Tiller’s clinic as it remembers Auschwitz and other Nazi concentration camps.
“What set him apart is that he killed late-term babies,” Terry said. “If his replacement was going to continue to kill late-term children, the protests would continue, the investigations would continue, the indictments would continue.”
Current Operation Rescue president Troy Newman, who had condemned Tiller’s killing as vigilantism, called the announcement “a bittersweet moment.”
“Operation Rescue was just two months away from getting Tiller’s medical license revoked, and that would have accomplished the same goal,” Newman said in an e-mail.

And bravo to Tiller’s family for this:

Family members said they wanted to assure Tiller’s previous patients that the privacy of their medical histories and patient records will remain “as fiercely protected now and in the future” as they were during Tiller’s lifetime.

And on the coasts, we are concerned with more important issues (got this from DU):

“Judge Throws Out Suit Against Cap’n Crunch

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) ― Cap’n Crunch Crunchberry cereal is in a legal crunch.

A lawsuit filed by a California woman claims the cereal falsely advertises it has berries. There are no real berries in the kid’s sugar cereal. A local attorney says he believes the case has merit.

“Call it Cap’n crunch with sugar balls. Let consumers know what it is ahead of time,” said Jeffery Kravits, Sacramento attorney.”

But the system works, as it were:

“A California judge recently dismissed a complaint by the woman who purchased Cap’n Crunch with Crunch Berries only to discover that Crunch Berries were not actual fruit, according to, a website known for drawing attention to absurd lawsuits and more humorous points of law.

According to her complaint, Sugawara did not figure out Crunch Berries were simply coloured cereal bars for four years. FOUR YEARS!

Her complaint included claims of fraud and breach of warranty against Pepsi Co., the parent company of Quaker Oats, which makes the cereal.

“A reasonable consumer would not be deceived into believing that the product in the instant case contained a fruit that does not exist,” Judge Morrison England Jr. said in his ruling. “So far as this court has been made aware, there is no such fruit growing in the wild or occurring naturally in any part of the world.” “

@Prommie: I also heard that Cheerios have to stop saying they reduce cholesterol or else face regulation by the FDA as a drug.

[Homer]: “mmm, sugar balls”

Unfortunately, I pretty much assumed this would be the case. And of course, the message that the right-wing crazies will take from this is: kill the doctor and the clinic will shut down.

I hope the Tiller family sues Operation Rescue and shuts them down, much the same way the family of Michael Donald and the Southerm Poverty Law Center sued and bankrupted the largest of the KKK organizations in 1987.

@Nabisco: Let me tell you what does not reduce cholesterol: Cheerios fried in butter. My brother and I came up with that one summer when we were bored. Ah, the South.

@Nabisco: Sugar Balls? Didn’t I see her out at the corner of Peachtree and 10th streets last night?

@chicago bureau: … and wait for what’s next, which makes me afraid of who’ll they’ll target next, if they follow the Eric Rudolph formula.

Serolf Divad: Morris Dees. All-American Badass.

(You’d wonder if the SPLC would actually come in for the Tillers. Probably not — they have other fish to fry. But the Kansas City legal establishment after waiting a decent interval will probably is at present angling for this case.)

rptrcub: Reason No. 6 Why Having The Olympics In Chicago Has “Bad Idea” Written All Over It.

(Reasons 1 through 5, oddly enough, are all related in one way or another to parking meters. True Fact!)

@chicago bureau: I was so relieved when NYC lost out to, what London? The RNC was bad enough: imagine the fucking Olympics. If Park Slope mommies and daddies set me off like they do, the Olympics would send me over the edge.

BREAKING: The shooter speaks:

An anti-abortion activist suspected in the death of Kansas doctor George Tiller told CNN on Tuesday the closing of Tiller’s women’s clinic is “a victory for all the unborn children.”

Notably, down the page, the article notes that the quote was taken in an interview held before news of the permanent closure of the clinic broke. But this at least confirms the mindset.

And thus: he got what he wanted. Damn it.

@chicago bureau: This is where we need Yahweh to smite this guy’s ass. If only.


Good lord, what must that be like? Did you pour it over anything or just eat it with spoons? Did you consider adding diced bacon?

What slipped out, if it was a stable system, the loss, was the stories.

The stories of major birth defects, and the realization that sometimes a procedure is reasonable, perhaps creates a chance for some to see that these choices are hard. Those with empathy, of course.

At the same time, we should be pushing back, hard, on these issues. I remember all the Con Law I had to study on clinic protests, and it was all b.s., to be blunt.

Should be org’s pushing back in multiple ways. Where dey at?

Funny how I get the edit button right after I post but not later. Is that really a limited-time only option? I’z like’s it…


You libs and your “E” word! Don’t you know there is only one legitimate point of view EVER? yeesh.

@RZ: @Tommmcatt doesn’t mind if he doesn’t make the scene: Cut the histrionics because empathy is worthless in political decision making, as Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Sheepfuckistan) taught us when he recently made children cry.

@RZ: It used to be a limited-time edit, but then some folks were having trouble with the timer, so I turned it off.

I think. WordPress shoots so many updates down the transom, no telling what breaks from moment to moment.

How do you think they’d like it if those who are affected by their terrorist activities had a Bush doctrine of their own?

Here’s someone who could do the job:

Of course they didn’t win. They never do.

@Tommmcatt doesn’t mind if he doesn’t make the scene: Damn WordPress! Couldn’t achieve total login on travelling shrine to Steve Jobs so had to settle for a compromise. Puzzled: how did you guess it was me?

@Benedick: That was you? I thought Layne was spying on us.

I am leaving this comment to say that I am so angry right now I can’t comment. Fuck them. They are the worst of the worst. I have absolutely nothing in my heart for them. OH, what black, black thoughts I am thinking about them right now.

Have any of the legal eagles researched what the rules are for waiving in to the Kansas bar or reciprocity or going pro ha vice with local counsel? Just pissed and curious here.

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