Murder Most Foul in Kansas

Do you see how important it is that we frame our speech precisely? If we say it one way, there is no excuse. But, stated the way it now stands, it almost seems (if your views run that way) that Paul Hill might have a case for shooting two unarmed men in the back with a shotgun. (How noble!)

— HW, 1995

Andrew Sullivan provides the most elegant (in the mathematical sense) lede:

The abortionist, George Tiller, was shot to deathin a Wichita church this morning. It was the culmination of a campaign of domestic terrorism against him …


Or, here is one of the initial reports:

Kansas abortion doctor shot dead at church: report

Reuters – ?1 hour ago?

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) – A Kansas doctor who was a controversial provider of so-called “late-term” abortions was shot and killed at his church on Sunday, local media reported.

The Wichita Eagle newspaper reported that 67-year-old George Tiller, a longtime target of anti-abortion activists, was shot to death as he walked into services at Reformation Lutheran Church.

Police are searching for a white male who fled the scene after shooting Tiller with a handgun, local media reported….

I break my silence because one cannot remain silent in the face of this monstrousness. The congratulatory yawps are too ugly to ignore. No, silence in this case would indicate assent, and I have spent a lifetime NOT assenting to our local Taliban jihadists.

The literally stomach-turning glee of the visigoths and the vandals was rife with the Freepers. Doug J at John Cole’s Balloon Juice wisely saved them as two .pdfs, before the “righteous” of the loonie toonz “Right” can scrub them from their reich. HERE and HERE.

And here was the comment that I left:

May 31st, 2009 at 3:33 pm
Hart Williams

Once more a hypothetical baby (God being the greatest Abortionist of all, one in four human pregnancies ending in spontaneous abortion) is more important than an actual human life.

Mostly, some dried up prune’s decision that a real woman is less important than an imaginary baby, but this time, the descent into the ugliest ideological spaces of the human mind, as the Righties show their “Christianity” on Lucienne, on WorldNetDaily (whose coverage is almost ENTIRELY about charges brought against the murdered doctor and verbatim reprintings of denials from “classy” anti-abortion groups to “prove” how they didn’t have any bloody fingerprints on the murder weapon) to (Not so)Breitbart and the aforementioned Freepers.

All ugliness, ofttimes with the ADDITIONAL “Christian” crow that now the assassinated doctor will have to “meet God.”

Tee hee, they titter and twitter.

To steal a line from Michelle Malkin: “the religion of PEACE, huh? Snort!”

Ideology: where an idea—a linguistic formulation—trumps all realities; where the pre-existing “thought” justifies the darkest deed.

Where the cuteness of a “baby” that may never exist is more important than the blood flowing from the veins of a man dying in the street, gunned down by “Faith.”

Yeah, that “Domestic Terrorist” DHS report was COMPLETELY cobbled together out of whole cloth.

Maybe the Shroud of Turin?

Operation Rescue® said this, according to Reuters:

Anti-abortion group Operation Rescue [sic, since Operation Rescue® is now a registered trademark] said it was shocked* by the news. “We denounce vigilantism and the cowardly act that took place this morning. We pray for Mr. Tiller’s family that they will find comfort and healing that can only be found in Jesus Christ,” the group said in a statement on its website.

[* Memorable Quotes for Casablanca (1942):

Captain Renault: I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!
[a croupier hands Renault a pile of money]
Croupier: Your winnings, sir.
Captain Renault: [sotto voce] Oh, thank you very much.
Captain Renault: Everybody out at once! ]

And here’s the actual Operation Rescue® headline (kinda self-contradictory, ain’t it?):

Operation Rescue Denounces The Killing of Abortionist Tiller May 31st, 2009

When you consider what ‘abortionist’ means to Operation Rescue®, the headline contradicts itself.

Operation Rescue® is in Wichita, Kansas.

Copyright © 2008 800-705-1175
PO Box 782888, Wichita, KS 67278

Nobody seems to notice or mention that Tiller was gunned down in Wichita, Kansas. In front of a church. (The most common comment snark by “Christians” on the murder, thus far, is wondering how an ABORTIONIST could possibly go to a CHURCH!!!?!? which speaks volumes about HOW this American Taliban thinks about believers versus — literally — nonbelievers, specifically a “nonbeliever” assassinated outside of a church.)

Funny how that works. Tiller has been the focus of the hatred of the “pro Life” crowd in anti-evolutionary Kansas for some time now. Well, hate is kind of a Kansas thing, nowadays. Fred Phelps is ensconced in Topeka, Kansas, a mere 113 nautical miles due northeast of Wichita. (OK, 43 degrees and not a perfect 45 degrees from True North.)

This small geographical space, historically given to fanaticism and murder, began the last American Civil War.

Bloody Kansas. Bleeding Kansas.*

[Then, it was states’s rights and abolition. Perhaps now it’s states’ rights and abortion. A slight spelling change, and the same hatred and fanaticism can start all over again.]

You might enjoy Operation Rescue®’s “Tiller Watch” page. (Sure to be scrubbed now that the doctor is murdered).

UPDATE: An arrest has been made.

And here’s our old buddy, Priests for Life creep, Terri Schiavo “family spokesman” and anti-abortion fanatic, Fr. Frank Pavone, who we’ve covered extensively before [emphasis added] contradicting himself:

Priests for Life

“I am saddened to hear of the killing of George Tiller this morning. At this point, we do not know the motives of this act, or who is behind it, whether an angry post-abortive man or woman, or a misguided activist, or an enemy within the abortion industry, or a political enemy frustrated with the way Tiller has escaped prosecution. We should not jump to conclusions or rush to judgment.

“But whatever the motives, we at Priests for Life continue to insist on a culture in which violence is never seen as the solution to any problem. Every life has to be protected, without regard to their age or views or actions.”

–Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life

And here’s the FOUNDER of Operation Rescue® via the Kansas City Star:

Randall Terry

George Tiller was a mass-murderer. We grieve for him that he did not have time to properly prepare his soul to face God. I am more concerned that the Obama Administration will use Tiller’s killing to intimidate pro-lifers into surrendering our most effective rhetoric and actions. Abortion is still murder. And we still must call abortion by its proper name; murder.

Those men and women who slaughter the unborn are murderers according to the Law of God. We must continue to expose them in our communities and peacefully protest them at their offices and homes, and yes, even their churches.”

–Randall Terry, founder of Operation Rescue

Wichita, Kansas, a real nice place to raise your kids up*. (a la, Frank Zappa’s 200 Motels).

And here’s a little something from their “About Us” page that Operation Rescue® will be wanting to erase first thing Monday morning:

Troy Newman, President

Troy Newman has been involved in pro-life activism since 1991. Through innovative new tactics, Newman helped close over a dozen abortion clinic and saw over 40 abortionists stop killing in San Diego County, California. In 1998, Newman became the leader of Operation Rescue, which he rebuilt into a nationally active organization in just a few years. Newman moved his ministry offices to Wichita, Kansas in 2002, where he began an intensive campaign to close George Tiller’s abortion mill. Since relocating to Kansas, Newman has helped close two more abortion clinics, including Central Women’s Services, an abortion mill he bought and is currently converting into OR’s national headquarters and a memorial to the pre-born. Newman’s work has seriously impacted Tiller’s abortion business where today the infamous late-term abortionist faces 19 criminal charges and numerous inquiries with the Board of Healing Arts that could result in the loss of Tiller’s license. Newman is a published author whose works include the book Their Blood Cries Out!

Obsessed, much? With one particular person who gets named in one’s own mini-biography nearly as much as the mini-biographee? No “tell” there.

And, heck, I already wrote this, and wrote this again, stretching back fifteen years and more. Watch the rhetoric of the next couple of weeks, and note how day is turned into night, up into down, fair into foul, wrong into Right(ie):

08 September 2006

A House Divided

Brother against Brother

Daniel Patrick Moynahan, the late Senator from New York is credited with this observation: “Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but they are not entitled to their own facts.”

And yet, this weekend, we will see, finally, whether or not Americans operate from two discrete systems of facts.

You are aware, no doubt, that now a majority of Americans (according to the Harris Poll) believe that Saddam Hussein had something to do with 9-11. And that a larger majority believe that “weapons of mass destruction” were found in Iraq.

Neither “fact” is true, and were only believed by a minority of Americans a mere year ago. So what’s happened? How have solid facts given way to unsupported (and convenient to the ruling junta) opinions? Ten years ago I wrote this:

[NOTE: In the winter of 1994, I wrote the following, which appeared in the January 1995 issue of the Santa Fe SUN …]

Civilization — that is, those codes of public conduct (and private hypocrisy, for that matter) which we share with our forebears, England, Rome, Athenian Greece, etc. — is under a merciless and unrelenting attack. and those attacking are armed with FAX machines, satellite uplinks, cable television, simultaneous radio syndication on “robot” AM and FM stations, 800 numbers, cellular phones, computerized mailing lists, and even the Internet and the WorldWideWeb.

The barbarians are at the gate; the heretics’ court is about to be called into session. To listen to talk radio is to listen to America, and what is out there isn’t very nice.

What has happened to public debate? What has happened to “debate” proper? In the words of one cartoonist, the wife at her computer tells her raging husband, “When I want your opinion, I’ll listen to Rush Limbaugh” ….

Of course, CBS News featured something akin to this plea on Tuesday, September 5, 2006, the first night of the fluff news with Katie Couric. Alas, the “plea for moderation” and “civil discourse” was more than a decade late. Tonight, the stage was handed over to Rush Limbaugh. And he said one thing that I agree with:

“When Good negotiates with Evil, Evil will always win.”

Which brings us to the Red and the Blue.

We have the bloggers over at redstate dot com writing of 9-11:

ABC 9/11 mini-series gets Democrats upset — by telling the truth
By NotSoBlueStater

Since the release of Fahrenheit 9/11, multiple acts of Democrat grandstanding during the 9/11 hearings, and the political spinnings of the “9/11 Widows”, I’ve always had the sense that most people think that our last, best chance to thwart 9/11 was for the Bush Administration to react forcefully to it’s own August 6, 2001 PDB. This idea obviously works well for the Democrats, because it deflects attention from the Clinton Administration’s almost complete inaction during the years prior.

That may change in a few days.

The Democrats are apparently outraged by the content of the ABC miniseries The Path to 9/11 — scheduled to be aired as part of the fifth anniversary of 9/11. And for a simple reason: It may shatter the protective cocoon they’ve been living in — in a way that right-wing bloggers never could — by simply playing the story down the middle.

As I note this, the following just played in my radio headphones:

“This is a special edition of the Sean Hannity Show: “THE BATTLE FOR AMERICA.”

The “battle”? With WHOM, Sean? With ME? With my American right to have an opinion? To hold that an illegal conquest is, in fact, illegal? That you can’t wipe your ass with the Constitution? That concentration camps and secret prisons are Stalinist and not American? Is it ME you’re at war with?

And is it, finally, the Red against the Blue?

Yeah, well Limbaugh must have been laughing his lard ass off. Having led the charge to remove Dan Rather over a questionable document (never proven a forgery) whose factual specifics were backed up by multiple sources, including the secretary to the military officer whose report was called into question, Limbaugh now sat in the CBS catbird seat, spewing his “facts” to millions of network viewers — his reward, in a sense, for the putsch on the truth that he was head cheerleader for.

Listen to some more of what Rush Limbaugh said:

Unfortunately, some Americans are not interested in victory. And they want us to believe that their irresponsible behavior is Patriotic. Well, it’s not.

When the critics are more interested in punishing this country over a few incidents at Abu Grahib and Guantanimo Bay than they are in defeating those who want to kill us; when they seek to destroy a foreign surveillance program which is designed to identify those who want to kill us and how they intend to do it; when they want to grant those who want to kill us U.S. constitutional rights (grammar sic), I don’t call that patriotic.

Patriotism is rallying behind the country, regardless of party affiliation, to defeat Islamo-Fascism. Patriotism is supporting our troops on the battlefield, not undermining the mission and morale.

Where to begin? That there is NO SUCH THING as “Islamo-Fascism?” Fascism, as defined by the original Fascist, Mussolini is often defined by a quote that while often cited has never been successfully found: “”Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power.” — Benito Mussolini”

No: Here’s a more precise version, straight from Benito’s own pen (he was a journalist before turning to conquest):

The corporate State considers that private enterprise in the sphere of production is the most effective and useful instrument in the interest of the nation. In view of the fact that private organization of production is a function of national concern, the organizer of the enterprise is responsible to the State for the direction given to production.

State intervention in economic production arises only when private initiative is lacking or insufficient, or when the political interests of the State are involved. This intervention may take the form of control, assistance or direct management. (pp. 135-136)

— Benito Mussolini, 1935, Fascism: Doctrine and Institutions

Doesn’t sound much like Islam, does it? Or how about this:

Fascism recognises the real needs which gave rise to socialism and trade-unionism, giving them due weight in the guild or corporative system in which diverent interests are coordinated and harmonised in the unity of the State. (p.15) (in other words, no unions).

Fascism is definitely and absolutely opposed to the doctrines of liberalism, both in the political and economic sphere. (p. 32) (Funny, so is Limbaugh).

The Fascist State lays claim to rule in the economic field no less than in others; it makes its action felt throughout the length and breadth of the country by means of its corporate, social, and educational institutions, and all the political, economic, and spiritual forces of the nation, organized in their respective associations, circulate within the State. (p. 41).

– Benito Mussolini, 1935, The Doctrine of Fascism

But here’s the really fun quote, in case you were wondering what “Islamo-fascists” might be:

According to Colombia University Professor Robert O. Paxton,

“Fascism may be defined as a form of political behavior marked by obsessive preoccupation with community decline, humiliation, or victim-hood and by compensatory cults of unity, energy, and purity, in which a mass-based party of committed nationalist militants, working in uneasy but effective collaboration with traditional elites, abandons democratic liberties and pursues with redemptive violence and without ethical or legal restraints goals of internal cleansing and external expansion.”

But that’s not really the big deal. They’re lying their asses off. What else is new? Who cares?

Well, you’ll be pleased to know that one of Mussolini’s Fascist slogans was: “Me ne frego,” literally “I frig myself about it,” closer, in meaning, to “I don’t give a damn”: the Italian Fascist motto. Best rendered, “I couldn’t give a fuck.”

And Rush does a good job of defining another Fascist motto: “Tutto nello Stato, niente al di fuori dello Stato, nulla contro lo Stato, “Everything in the State, nothing outside the State, nothing against the State.”

[both translations courtesy of Wikipedia]

But listen to what I wrote nearly twelve years ago:

And this is what one hears on talk radio: griping and sniggering. Talk radio is only the tip of the iceberg: Geraldo, t-shirts and a plethora of others come to mind.

But there is a terrible effect. We know, historically, that when you sow the wind, you reap the whirlwind. Sow anger and reap bloodshed. The case of Paul Hill is not a farfetched one.

Paul Hill shot and killed a doctor and a retired gentleman who’d agreed to accompany the doctor to protect him. The doctor was performing abortions. Paul Hill, one does not doubt, was never involved with the painful circumstance of an abortion, either personally or peripherally, but he killed them just the same, in the name of his ‘God.’

John Brown engaged in the same tactics in “Bloody Kansas” in the late 1850s. The first battle of the Civil War took place at a little bit of forested campground on a prairie 15 miles south of Lawrence, Kansas, called Black Jack. Within ten years of that first bloodbath, initiated by John Brown and his boys, 26,000 died in a single afternoon of carnage at Antietam. Europeans could not believe the numbers (many more died of their wounds, added silently to the abattoir).

No: we have been choosing up sides for a long time now. We have the Red and we have the Blue. The irony that the “Red State” fanatics are the self-same fanatics, in many cases, who used to declare “Better Dead than Red” back in the commie-hating days goes unnoticed and unremarked.

When “SuperSize Me” declared on CBS News on Tuesday that we needed civil discourse, I had to laugh. Here’s what I wrote then:

A radical form of moderation is needed. Extremism in defense of moderation might seem contradictory, but it may also be an absolute necessity … But in the meantime (and I do mean mean time), we have to stand up for some degree of civility. Perhaps, like Grandma used to say: “I respect your opinions, but if you continue to speak like that, I’m going to have to ask you to leave.” Barbarism masquerading as civilized behavior is still barbarism, after all.

Alas, I think that time has come and gone. No one was interested then, no one even gives a damn now — “Me ne frego.

No: the 9-11 movie that ABC is putting on Sunday and Monday will cleave this nation right in two on the ‘facts.’ Clinton is given the blame (using cooked-up scenes made out of whole cloth) and Bush’s infamous bungling of 9-11 (My Pet Goat) is neatly shunted to the side in favor of the Red set of Facts: Il Bushe is strong. Il Bushe protects us.

For Fascism, the growth of empire, that is to say the expansion of the nation, is an essential manifestation of vitality, and its opposite a sign of decadence. Peoples which are rising, or rising again after a period of decadence, are always imperialist; and renunciation is a sign of decay and of death … But empire demands discipline, the coordination of all forces and a deeply felt sense of duty and sacrifice: this fact explains many aspects of the practical working of the regime, the character of many forces in the State, and the necessarily severe measures which must be taken against those who would oppose this spontaneous and inevitable movement — Mussolini, (with Giovanni Gentile): the 1932 Italian Encyclopedia definition of ‘fascism.’

The movie on ABC/Disney will be presented without commercial interruption to commemorate the fifth anniversary of 9-11. Sean Hannity will be doing a special show on Monday with the screenwriter on what (it now looks like) was edited (or, as the Righties seem to insist with their “facts” censored).

Step back into my wayback machine again:

The dogs of war do not return meekly to their kennels. When discourse and reason cease, violence cannot be far behind. That is history’s lesson.

Today, when Paul Hill is discussed on “talk radio,” the victim is invariably referred to as an “abortionist” by the literate, and “an abortion doctor” by the less so. The other victim is rarely mentioned at all. His death is not interesting ideologically.

Do you see how important it is that we frame our speech precisely? If we say it one way, there is no excuse. But, stated the way it now stands, it almost seems (if your views run that way) that Paul Hill might have a case for shooting two unarmed men in the back with a shotgun. (How noble!)

We of America hated the Russians for fifty years. Then, the Russians were gone: no more Communists left to hate. We have no one left to hate now, none to vent our self-righteousness, our “freedom” and “American Dream” on but ourselves.

But hatred is a very difficult habit to break, and hating (for over fifty years) becomes a kind of need. And, lately, one hears ‘liberal’ spoken in the same tones, with the same hateful inflections once reserved for pinkos, commies and subversives (whoever they finally turned out to be).

Well, they turned out to be “Islamo-fascists,” and, of course — according to Rush — you and I who oppose this insane round of pointless wars.

What ever happened to “Get Osama”? How come Il Bushe, after not mentioning Bin Laden for over TWO years, suddenly quotes him in four consecutive speeches neatly coinciding with the kickoff of the fall election campaign?

Why do I even ask these rhetorical questions?

You’re smart. You’ve already got it figured out. You’re probably way ahead of me.

But might I note: when the Civil War hit, the American (Northern) Baptist church took the Bible, and proved to the soldiers going to fight against slavery that God demanded it. The Southern Baptist church took the SELFSAME Bible and proved that God divinely sanctioned and approved of slavery and sent THEIR soldiers to fight for “states rights.”

No: having succeeded in driving “facts” from CBS, the Red Staters now want their 9-11 rewrite on ABC to succeed. And NBC’s Brian Williams brays that he listens to Rush at least once a week.

Not only are they entitled to their own opinions, they are entitled to their own facts: although we, who oppose them with every bit of moral fiber we can muster, are neither entitled to facts nor opinions.

This weekend we’ll know. Are there two 9-11s? Are there two Americas, irreconcilably and irreversibly opposed? Must antipathy be our way of life, and civil war its inevitable consequence?

Must we, Red and Blue, finally come to blows?

Because, as Lincoln (whose party you Southern cracker, bigoted, know-nothings have hijacked) said: “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”

(If that is so, and just so’s you know: When the war begins, and it’s perfectly legal and even patriotic to shoot the bastards on the other side, I got dibs on Rush — I called it first.)

Here is what I wrote then:

“The barbarians are not waiting politely for us to answer the doorbell. And it is not their homes that will burn.”

Here is what I write now:

Either stand up for liberal democracy now, or forever hold your peace (or, more likely, have a musket forced into your hands). If you were waiting for your moment: this is it. Or don’t. But don’t ever say that I didn’t warn you.

Oh, my long-ago little essay’s title?

The Rush-ians Are Coming, The Rush-ians Are Coming.”
(The Santa Fe Sun, January 1995)

Looks like they’re here.


posted by ed waldo at 2:22 PM
08 September 2006

NB 2009: Boregasm was one of three prior incarnations (0r, as I prefer, chapters) of this blog.


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Mr. Williams grew up in Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas and New Mexico. He lived in Hollywood, California for many years. He has been published in The Washington Post, The Kansas City Star, The Santa Fe Sun, The Los Angeles Free Press, Oui Magazine, New West, and many, many more. A published novelist and a filmed screenwriter, Mr. Williams eschews the decadence of Hollywood for the simple, wholesome goodness of the plain, honest people of the land. He enjoys Luis Buñuel documentaries immensely.
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3 Responses to Murder Most Foul in Kansas

  1. Javi says:

    Bottom line; Tiller was a killer. You live by the “sword” you die by the “sword.”

    I have no sympathy for money grubbing doctors acting like they are doing something good for people (women) but they are no better than a televangelist ripping off widows and orphans for their last cent!

    You “Pro choice/death” people are such hypocrites – never seeing the forest because of the tree of your selfishness. Why don’t you shed a tear for the children torn to shreds by this man’s seared conscience?

  2. Hart Williams says:

    Then you’ve pretty much punted all moral authority, haven’t you?

    There are no “children.”

    There were only – at best — the potentiality of children. On the other hand, a real human being — for whom you evince no understanding of or sympathy for — was murdered.

    In cold blood.

    In a church.

    And you snort your derision and your glee.

    That doesn’t bother you? Instead your “sympathies” exist only for imaginary babies? You can’t tell the difference between actual and potential?

    If wishes were horses, they say, beggars would ride.

    There is a profound difference between an idea and a reality. Otherwise, you ought just mount your fine wishing horse, and ride off into imaginary sunset.

    Meantime, you could show your commitment to all those imaginary babies by adopting some actual orphans, or doing something for those humans who HAVE been born and are in need.

    Strange thing to parade one’s “compassion” and “moral superiority” by braying about how great a murder was.