We Owe Her a Cure

Andrea Yates, the woman who purposefully drowned her five children to “save them from Hell”, was found not guilty by reason of insanity by a jury that clearly shares that characteristic. Her insanity was “postpartum psychosis”. We owe her a cure. Before she’s released from the mental institution she should have her tubes tied. Perhaps some electroshock therapy and a frontal lobotomy just to make sure. Not punishment mind you, just trying to cure a poor sick woman.

On Wednesday, Andrea Yates was found not guilty by reason of insanity by a jury for the drowning deaths of her children.

If she had been found guilty of the charges, she would have been sentenced to life in prison.

However, she will now be committed to a state mental institution, with periodic hearings before a judge to determine when she is sane enough to be released.

Yates’ attorney never argued against the fact that she had drowned her five children, but stated that she was suffering from postpartum psychosis and believed that she was trying to save them from hell.

All Headline News – Andrea Yates Found Not Guilty – July 26, 2006

Department of Redundancy Department

Apparently Congress doesn’t keep good track of its previous acts. In this case, the Mann Act seems to cover the issue at hand quite nicely:

The U.S. Senate is expected to approve a legislation Tuesday that will prohibit anyone other than a parent or guardian of a minor from taking that minor across state lines in order to obtain an abortion. The House passed the bill by 270-157, last year.

All Headline News – Senate Readies For Minor Abortion Bill – July 26, 2006

Or is it that these folks don’t consider taking a minor to get an abortion an “immoral purpose”?

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No cease fire is the right move

Israel continues to reject “international” calls for a cease fire in its action against Hezbollah and is doing so with continuing US backing. That’s the right move for both Israel and the United States for a couple of reasons.

First, a truce is not a peace. The vital importance of not confusing a cease fire agreement with a full peace is born out by the US experience in Iraq from 1991 to the present and by Israel’s own experience in its 58 year war with Syria. Both truces really achieved very little – extended life for dictatorships and intermittent casualties for both sides.

Second, whether it’s called truce, peace or ceasefire, it shouldn’t be the “international community” calling for it. If Israel agrees to ending hostilities there is precisely one party that needs to ask them to do so – Hezbollah. Hezbollah needs to follow the formula that has ended conflicts for millenia, the loser asking for terms. The terms may be, and likely would be, generous, but there will be no mistaking who won. The loser can’t continue to play out this Middle Eastern farce of the last 58 years, claiming victory after being roundly beaten by a superior force with a just cause. If Israel agrees to a cease fire on terms implying military parity and moral equivalency it will be just one more lull in a guaranteed continuation of the “cycle of violence.” (You know, the cycle where the Israelis give the Arabs something they want and the Arabs shoot at Israelis for it.) Predictably, appeasement hasn’t ended the “cycle,” but unequivocal victory has a shot.

In a stance backed by the United States, Israeli officials so far have rejected calls for a cease-fire, saying the bombardment won’t end until Israel is free from the threat of the militants’ rocket attacks, which have killed 41 Israelis — 24 soldiers and 17 civilians — since the conflict began.

Lexington Herald-Leader | 07/25/2006 | Heavy fighting as Rice visits Beirut


How to waste a perfectly good tube

Saddam Hussein is being fed through a tube against his wishes. Maybe we should send some Florida lawyers and judges to Iraq to fix this situation.

Saddam Hussein was hospitalized and fed with a tube yesterday, the 17th day of a hunger strike, to ensure he was healthy enough to continue with his trial, the chief prosecutor said.

Hussein being fed with tube – The Boston Globe

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