Shire Network News #164 has been released. The feature interview is with Cliff May, head of the Foundation for the Defence of Democracies, about his recent appearence on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, civility in political discourse, and what constitutes torture. Click here for the show notes, links, and ways to listen to the show; directly from the web site, by downloading the mp3 file, or by subscribing with your podcatcher of choice.

Below is the text of my commentary.

Hi, this is Doug Payton for Shire Network News, asking you to "Consider This!"

Two murders.  Two people gunned down in cold blood.  One was a doctor, one was a soldier, both killed here in the US.  They were both of such notoriety that the President issued statements regarding both of them.  The blogosphere covered them both.  Sounds like they were treated similarly, eh?

But nothing could be further from the truth.  (You knew that was coming, didn’t you?)  The doctor was an abortion doctor, and so now I’m guessing you know what happened.  Yes, the President issued statements; within hours for the abortion doctor, but after 2 days for the soldier.  One wonders why an abortion doctor gets a more urgent reaction than one of the subordinates of the Commander-in-Chief himself.  Perhaps reproductive issues trump national security in these days of "Change".  One wonders if military recruiters will get the federal marshal protection that another abortion doctor is now getting.  This wouldn’t be political, would it? 

Yes, the blogosphere covered both these incidents.  Well, those on the Right did.  Some major blogs on the Left like Daily Kos, Think Progress, TalkLeft and Talking Points Memo (no link to search results) had, at the time I wrote this, days after the President’s statement, absolutely nothing about William Long, the murdered soldier.  Needless to say, they were all over the murder of the abortion doctor, George Tiller.  This wouldn’t be political, would it?  No wonder these lefties crack jokes about the motto of Fox News; "Fair and balanced".  They can’t believe anyone would actually do that.  I mean, where’s the fun in paying attention to inconvenient truths (unless there’s movie money to be made)?

And let’s think about this: A recent Muslim convert killing soldiers for what America is doing in Muslim countries.  On a much smaller scale, this is a microcosm of 9/11, but not worthy of a single line from the Left?  One abortion doctor dies and it’s wall-to-wall coverage, but apparently one military man dying at the hand of a radical Muslim in our own country doesn’t raise any antennae, even after the President (finally, eventually) gets around to commenting on it?  Let’s get that threat level down to Green, Ms. Napolitano.  Happy days are here again!

Frankly, we have law enforcement to thank that it wasn’t a bigger microcosm, as the gunman had more arms and targets ready to go.  In fact, radical Muslims, on one day in particular, killed more Americans than all the pro-life radicals put together.  A few orders of magnitude more.  How about a little outrage, even faux outrage, just to pretend your not missing the same parts as the Scarecrow or the Tin Man?  How about someone suggest hate-crime legislation to prevent revenge attacks on pro-lifers?  Anyone? 

For perspective, I want to quote a statistic that I got from an Ann Coulter column.  (Fair warning for those of you who go frothing at the mouth when her words are spoken.)  In the past 36 years since the Roe v Wade decision, there have been about 49 million abortions.  During that same period, how many abortion doctors have been killed?  The answer: Too many.  OK, the answer’s really 5, but that’s 5 too many.  And if 5 is too many, what is 49 million?  Consider this.

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