PRE-FACE – Thursday, December 9, 2004

Good morning!

  • A while ago, I mentioned a Chicago case in which the father of a teenager slain by Hamas in Israel sued a U.S.-based charity which had contributed to the terrorist outfit. Well, a jury has awarded the parents of the late seventeen-year-old David Boim $52-million from the U.S.-based Quranic Literacy Institute for their son's death in a hail of bullets at a Jerusalem bus stop. A statute required the judge to triple the damages, so the parents are to receive some $156-million.

    It would be interesting to see how tied this ruling is to the specific circumstances, as if it is not, it could be trouble. For instance, Moslem couples could sue Jewish groups in U.S.-court for what they perceive as wrongs committed by the Israeli government.

    I hope the court was careful.

  • The huge appropriations bill the President signed on Wednesday contains language which protects health insurance providers, doctors, and hospitals from being forced perform or pay for abortions. When it was a standalone bill, the language was called the Abortion Non-Discrimination Act (ANDA), which passed the House but was ignored by the Senate.

  • Only two Senators voted not to rush through the 9-11 Commission recommendations without real debate: Senators James Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) and Robert Byrd (D-West Virginia). Byrd, a former Klansman, was rightly protective of the Senate's role as a deliberative body Inhofe, and most of the rest of the Oklahoma delegation, voted against the bill for the reasons specified by Representative James Sensenbrenner (R-Wisconsin): driver's licenses for illegals and identifying foreign visitors.


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