The National Abortion Federation and the Feminist Majority Foundation haved joined with NARAL in their false accusations against John Roberts. Via Blogs for Bush, we find that FactCheck.org has posted NARAL Falsely Accuses Supreme Court Nominee Roberts. Reuter’s story Abortion-rights groups demand documents on Roberts states:
The groups, which largely oppose Roberts because of his intervention in the abortion clinic case, also said senators must press Roberts on the brief he co-authored that contended that harassment aimed at women seeking abortion services did not constitute discrimination.
This is covered in full at FactCheck.org in their rebuttal to the NARAL ad.
The brief that Roberts signed, and on which the NARAL ad is based, is from another matter entirely. It is dated April 11, 1991. Furthermore, it is from a civil lawsuit brought by abortion clinics against protesters who were blockading the clinics. Bombing was not an issue.
Supporting Anti-abortion Groups?
The ad contends that Roberts “filed court briefs supporting violent fringe groups and a convicted clinic bomber.” Indeed, Roberts’ name appears on the “friend of the court” brief in Bray v. Alexandria Women’s Health Clinic that the ad shows. But what Roberts was supporting wasn’t violence or bombing or even the behavior that was the subject of the lawsuit – blockades of clinics. In fact, Roberts went out of his way to say that the blockaders were trespassing, which is a violation of state law. What Roberts argued was that a federal anti-discrimination law couldn’t be used against abortion blockaders because they weren’t discriminating against women – they were blockading men, too.
These things are easy to check and we bloggers check them.
Via Michelle Malkin:
The New Haven Register reports that a People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) display “Are Animals the New Slaves” which was “showing” at the Green in New Haven, CT has caused much consternation.
The display, which is on a national tour, shows large photos of minorities being beaten, lynched or killed alongside photos of animals in “similar” circumstances.
One man demanded that the NAACP get involved immediately. Five minutes later, Scot X. Esdaile, president of the state and Greater New Haven chapters of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, arrived at the scene, surveyed the photos and blasted the organizers.
“Once again, black people are being pimped. You used us. You have used us enough,” Esdaile said. “Take it down immediately.”
“I am a black man! I can’t compare the suffering of these black human beings to the suffering of this cow,” said Michael Perkins, 47, of New Haven. He stood in front of a photo of butchered livestock hung next to the photo of two lynched black men dangling before a white mob.
“You can’t compare me to a freaking cow,” shouted John Darryl Thompson, 46, of New Haven, inches from Carr’s face. “We don’t care about PETA. You are playing a dangerous game.”
Paul Tomaselli, 46, of North Branford took exception to an exhibit that included a photo of a black man being beaten to the ground by a white man with a stick while a white mob gathers.
Next to that photo was one of a man chasing a seal across the snow with a club.
PETA is definitely in the wrong here.
Georgia Rally – O’Reilly/Williams
Over the weekend thousands of people showed up for a Jesse Jackson-sponsored event that brought attention to the Voting Rights Act and protested Georgia’s requiring a picture ID before allowing someone to vote. Talking Points admires the Voting Rights Act and wants the act extended forever – on this we agree with Jackson and his supporters. But Jackson and others are objecting to voters having to produce picture IDs in Georgia. This is an anti-fraud measure, and the state says it will actually come to your house and give you an ID if you don’t already have one. Sounds reasonable, but far left pundits such as Cynthia Tucker, editorial page boss of the Atlanta Constitution, say asking for IDs will disenfranchise some minorities. The truth is this – valid picture IDs will cut down on fraud. Elderly and sick people can easily acquire them, and the whole issue is a fraud. But it serves the purpose of ideologues like Jesse Jackson and Cynthia Tucker, and that’s what this is really all about.
Bill O’Reilly spoke with Juan Williams last night regarding the Voting Rights Rally in Georgia
O’Reilly: Joining us from Washington, Fox News Analyst Juan Williams. I had to slow down because we had all this fancy gadgetry and I wanted people to see you and not the graphic… Now look Juan, we disagree on a lot of things, respectfully always, you know you’re one of our favorite guests here. But you’ve gotta agree with me on this, this is simply bogus, this is nonsense and Belafonte and Mathis and Tucker should be ashamed of themselves.
Williams: Without a doubt. I was stunned at what you just played. I have such respect for especially Cynthia Tucker I just, I don’t know what’s going on there. This is clearly a case, where it seems to me, you have people reenacting things that happened forty years ago, but they’re reacting to devils that have been slain forty years ago. Nobody is saying that you shouldn’t have the voting right. In fact, the Attorney General, Alberto Gonzales, has said that he thinks he’s going to support the continuation/extension of the provisions 2 5 and 203 that expire in 2007. So what you have here is exactly what you just said, Bill, which is an opportunity for them to bash President Bush, to go after republicans, to make it out as if republicans don’t want black people to vote. This is, you know given what’s going on here with Ken Mehlman, the chairman of the Republican Party having extensive outreach to black voters, I think they’re out of step and out of date.