Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Rahman Freed, but Disapeared

Abdul was freed overnight then vanished after he was released. Moslem leaders screaming for his head on the proverbial platter might have something to with it.

Deputy Attorney-General Mohammed Eshak Aloko said prosecutors had issued a letter calling for Rahman's release because "he was mentally unfit to stand trial." He also said he did not know where Rahman had gone after being released.

He said Rahman may be sent overseas for medical treatment.

On Monday, hundreds of clerics, students and others chanting "Death to Christians!" marched through the northern Afghan city of Mazar-e-Sharif to protest the court decision Sunday to dismiss the case. Several Muslim clerics threatened to incite Afghans to kill Rahman if he is freed, saying that he is clearly guilty of apostasy and deserves to die.

Emphasis mine. If this guy gets out of Afghanistan his story is going to be a lot more threatening to fundimental Islam in Afghanistan than if they had simply left him alone.

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Abdul Rahman to be Sprung

Michelle Malkin has done an incredible job of following the story and events surrounding this guy. It looks like he is going to be let loose.

In a world where martyrdom is earned by blowing oneself up and taking as many as you can with you, all so that one can have 72 virgins, Abdul is a refreshing change.

Rahman, meanwhile, said he was fully aware of his choice and was ready to die for it, according to an interview published Sunday in an Italian newspaper La Repubblica.

"I am serene. I have full awareness of what I have chosen. If I must die, I will die," Abdul Rahman told the Rome daily, responding to questions sent to him via a human rights worker who visited him in prison.

"Somebody, a long time ago, did it for all of us," he added in a clear reference to Jesus.

Rahman also told the Italian newspaper that his family - including his ex-wife and teenage daughters - reported him to the authorities three weeks ago.

He said he made his choice to become a Christian "in small steps," after he left Afghanistan 16 years ago. He moved to Pakistan, then Germany. He tried to get a visa in Belgium.

"In Peshawar I worked for a humanitarian organization. They were Catholics," Rahman said. "I started talking to them about religion, I read the Bible, it opened my heart and my mind."

Abdul is not an unwitting victim. The Afghans have tried to find a way to back out of this while apeasing the Moslem fundimentalist. Abdul is not going to back down and and deny his convictions. VOA reports:

He says he still believes in the almighty Allah, but cannot say for sure who God really is. "I am," he says, "a Christian and I believe in Jesus Christ."

Rahman reportedly converted more than 16 years ago after spending time working in Germany.

Officials say his family, who remain observant Muslims, turned him over to the authorities.

On Thursday the prosecution told the court Rahman has rejected numerous offers to embrace Islam.

A powerful stand. All this has put Afghan President Karzai and the U.S State Department in an awkward situation. So a solution has been found. Pronounce that a lack of evidence exist and set him free.

An Afghan court on Sunday dismissed a case against a man who converted from Islam to Christianity because of a lack of evidence and he will be released soon, officials said.

The announcement came as U.S.-backed President Hamid Karzai faced mounting foreign pressure to free Abdul Rahman, a move that risked angering Muslim clerics here who have called for him to be killed.

An official closely involved with the case told The Associated Press that it had been returned to the prosecutors for more investigation, but that in the meantime, Rahman would be released.

"The court dismissed today the case against Abdul Rahman for a lack of information and a lot of legal gaps in the case," the official said Sunday, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

All of which is silly, because Rahmans own words were enough evidence. Although it looks like the family members that turned him in were all women.

This is a man of conviction who has had the courage to stand up for what he believes in. For now his life has been spared. It still is too early to tell what this adventure has gained. His life is still in danger if he stays in Afghanistan. I think though the implications here will be far reaching. Moslems everywhere need to take a public stand on whether the persecution of a man for his beliefs is to be tolorated. I believe this might be a crack leading to weakening of Shariah law in Afghanastan. Western tolorance for Islam is taking a lot of hits lately. The intolorance of Moslems of freedom of press and respect for freedom of worship. Has driven a wedge between them and the west. Maybe some are starting to see that enough is enough, and if they wan't any respect for their ways, they have to become more tolorant.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Who Gets to Run The Show.

Via Kuff:
Governor Perry anounced his plan, for emergency hurricane evacuations, His plan involves quicker setup for counterflow traffic, and gasoline supplies for along the way. So far so good, taking on this responcibility can only make things better, although I have my doubts on just how much better. When all the roads are jammed up, I don't know how the state is going to get all these gasoline tankers in where they are needed. I'll bet that no one has figured that out yet. There is one other issue.

Under state law implemented last year, mayors and county judges have the authority to call for evacuations, but a task force convened by the governor has recommended that the governor have the sole authority to do so.

Giving the governor the authority to order evacuations would require a change in state law.

I know whom I trust, and its the people that are most accountable to me as a voter. That of course is the Mayor and the County Commissionor. There are plans, contingencies and deals made to help with the evacuations. Dozens of agencies are involved, and only the local authorities have the ability to coordinate it all.

The mayor, who called for a mandatory evacuation of the island as Hurricane Rita churned toward Galveston as a Category 4 storm, said city officials have been working on various fronts to prepare for this season.

The city has an agreement with the Galveston school district to use school buses to help evacuate people, an agreement with the city of Austin to house evacuees and plans to bring generators by barge after the storm to use in the cleanup effort.

The city also has a pact with the University of Texas Medical Branch to have medical personnel accompany evacuees on buses and even has assurances from Wal-Mart for the local store to open as soon as possible after the storm to provide food and other supplies.

Governer Perry needs to worry more about keeping the traffic moving and let us locals make the decisions that they understand so well.

Giving the governor the authority to order evacuations would require a change in state law.

That is a change that Galveston Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas does not want to see.

Thomas said that as mayor of Galveston, she and the county judge would have firsthand knowledge of the happenings on the island and in Galveston County.

"The authority given to mayors and county judges should not be diminished and turned over to the governor," she said. "As a Category 4 storm approaches the city of Galveston, a governor sitting in Austin and a president sitting in Washington will not know what is actually going on in that particular community."

When Mayor Lyda Ann says its time to leave the island we in Galveston are going to believe her. She is one of us. Does Governer Perry perry understand the difference between Britteney Bay and Omega Bay? Hopefully the County Commisioner will understand the different threats. If Governer Perry believes he deserves this kind of trust, he will have proven he is unworthy of it.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Arrested for being Drunk at Bars.

I must admit that I have little tolorance for drunks, and even less for being drunk myself. While I enjoy a cold beer or cocktail once in a while I don't like being drunk. Yet this seems pretty stupid.
Texas has begun sending undercover agents into bars to arrest drinkers for being drunk, a spokeswoman for the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission said on Wednesday.

The first sting operation was conducted recently in a Dallas suburb where agents infiltrated 36 bars and arrested 30 people for public intoxication, said the commission's Carolyn Beck.

Being in a bar does not exempt one from the state laws against public drunkeness, Beck said.

The public deserves to be protected from drunk drivers, but rather than wait for the drunks to get into their cars and arrest them there, the TABC is arresting them in the bars, because they might get into a car and drive. Most people probably believe that it is safe to go have a few drinks and let the designated driver take them home. Oh, not so Safe in Texas. Carolyn Beck does promise that the stings will continue to operate throughout Texas.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

No Respect

While Greg is outraged and asking for a Boycott of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. Richard Belzer made some outrageous character assassinations on the folks serving in our military along with some very unfair generalizations. Brent Baker provides a transcription along with the video links.

Richard Belzer: "“Yeah, come on. Our soldiers now are at-"

Ros-Lehtinen: "Are a volunteer force, a volunteer force."”

Belzer: "“Okay, fine. No one questions the nobility and the honor that these men and woman who are serving and what they're doing. No one questions that. But now they're targets, they're not going out. Now they're just protecting each other and they're in the middle of a civil war. So it's really not fair to have these people who volunteered their lives to protect our nation under false pretenses to now be, to have targets-"”

Ros-Lehtinen, over loud applause for Belzer: "“Ask them. Ask them if it's fair! Wait a minute, wait a minute. My stepson, wait a minute, my stepson-"

Belzer: "That's bullshit: ask them! They're not, they don't read twenty newspapers a day. They're under the threat of death every minute. They're not the best people to ask about the war because they're gonna die any second."

Ros-Lehtinen: "“Wait a minute! You are talking about my stepson, my stepson who just finished last week eight months of duty-"

Belzer over Ros-Lehtenin: "God bless your stepson. Doesn't mean he's a brilliant scholar about the war because he's there. (applause) And God bless him."”

Ros-Lehtinen, quite agitated: "“Oh, you are though! You are though? Okay."”

Belzer: "“Well I have more time, I'm not there. My life is not under threat."

Ros-Lehtinen: "Thank you. I'm glad."

Maher: "I think the point he's trying to make is that a 19-year-old who is in that army because he probably couldn't find other employment-"”

Ros-Lehtinen: "He's a college graduate. He's a Marine officer. He volunteered for the Marines."

Belzer: "He's the exception for the rule."”

Ros-Lehtinen: "He's not the exception for the rule. I've been there-"”

Belzer: "“You think everyone over there is a college graduate? They're 19 and 20-year-old kids who couldn't get a job-"”

Ros-Lehtinen: "Yeah, you know because you've been there and-"
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Belzer: "“What, I don't fucking read!? Don't do that!"

Maher, over Belzer: "“Woe, woe, woe. Come on. Wait, wait, wait. That, don't."”

I see this attitude when some people talk about Viet Nam veterans, and to see this ignorance pisses me of jsuppose much as any other bigotry. I supose the thought goes, "These young people are fighting a war I don't believe in, therefore they can't be as smart as me."

The warzones aren't just 19 year old kid's, and they are the best this country has to offer. Many years ago I served, and I found these young men were among the most dedicated professionalls. They were not only proffessional but had an excellent understanding of why they were serving and the nuances of their service. Todays millitary is better prepared, better educated, and in better position than almost any Hollywood actor. Richard Belzer may think his 20 newspapers make him better informed, but those who have served understand and comprehend beyond what we who sit at home ever will. Belzer is entitled to his opinion, but for him to dismiss the opinions of those opinions so completely is complete arrogance
Update:
Rob Booth had a say on this a while ago.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Google to Buy Sun ?

Far be it that we would spread unsubstantiated rumors. They have been buzzing around for a while now, are quite persistant, and not going away. Daniel Mark Harrison seems to think its already a done deal. I don't know, Google is a services company and Sun is a Hardware company. I dunno it doesn't make sense to me. Perhaps it's just wishful thinking on the part of the Microsoft haters. It does bear watching, but I'm not buying any stock. .... Yet Andrew Thomas of The Inquirer is not impressed.

D then slobbers on about the leak of that G-Drive PowerPoint presentation the other day, adding that it was 'surreptitiously embezzled by Google moments after they realised they had made the mistake of releasing it', and that 'A corporate finance executive close to the action who wishes to remain anonymous e-mailed me shortly afterwards with the revelation that the takeover will probably involve 35 shares of Sun for 1 of Google's and that my analysis was "spot on". At this point I am not at liberty to share any more of the e-mail, but by all accounts, Google is Sunny.'

So there you have it, folks. Google is definitely buying Sun; the cheque's in the post; and I am the greatest guitarist the world has ever seen.

Sunday, March 12, 2006

New Causeway Span Opens Today.

From the Galveston Daily News:
A Dickinson man died in a crash on the unfinished causeway early Saturday morning.

Robert L. Fye, 45, was driving north from the island shortly after 1 a.m. Saturday. Officials with the Department of Public Safety said he apparently disregarded barricades and went onto a part of the bridge that was under construction.

Seconds later, he hit a parked, unoccupied crane. Although he was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, the impact killed him. Officials pronounced Fye dead at the scene.
Sometime later today the new Northbound Span of the Causeway was opened.

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Lynn-Bradshaw Hull Gets the boot.

In a close race Judge Lynn-Bradshaw Hull gets ousted from Harris County Court 3, which is the Court that handles emminant domain cases.
His colleague, Court at Law No. 3 Judge Lynn Bradshaw-Hull, lost by 571 votes to an assistant county attorney who had the support of County Attorney Mike Stafford and other officials.
While the Chronicle blames county leaders being critical of her being overly generous to landowners in county land takeovers. Her decision to steal land away from Seabrook landowner certainly didn't help help.
Judge Bradshaw awards this guy 1 dollar for 105 acres so that Houston Port Authority can can port more ships, then makes him pay all the court cost with interest. It looks like outright thievery to me. Something smells, and the odor seems to be comming from the Judges chambers.
Yeah, 1 dollar for 105 Acres of prime land. She needed to lose, I am pretty proud that I might played a small part in removing her.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Frist Files the "Online Freedom of Speech Act"

Chairman of the House Bill Frist filed the Online Freedom Speech Act. Which if it becomes law should counter any efforts to restrict bloggers during campaign cycles by the FEC.


Yesterday, I filed the Online Freedom of Speech Act as an amendment to the lobbying reform bill.This morning, the House Administration Committee will mark up identical legislation. We expect the House to act as early as next week to pass this vital protection of free speech.
He continues to explain why its so important.
Thomas Jefferson once quipped that, “Advertisements contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper.” But despite his low opinion of the press, he also observed that, “Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.”

From the earliest days of our republic, freedom of speech and freedom of the press – be they anonymous pamphlets, celebrated essays, or local newspapers – were understood to be fundamental to the practice and defense of liberty.

Without the ability to convey ideas, debate, dispute, and persuade, we may never have fought for and achieved our independence.

Ordinary citizens – farmers, ministers, local shop owners – published and circulated their views, often anonymously, to challenge the conventional order, and call their fellow citizens to action.

Indeed, as Boston University journalism professor Chris Daly points out, “What we think of as reporting – the pursuit, on a full time basis of verifiable facts and verbatim quotations – was not a significant part of journalism in the time of Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Paine… In historical terms, today’s bloggers are much closer in spirit to the Revolutionary-era pamphleteers.”

And, today, it’s bloggers whom we now have to protect.
I think he gets it.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Insensitive Bastards.

I just came back from San Antonio. We were fortunate enough to stay at the grand Menger Hotel just across the street from the Alamo. Its almost a pilgrimage to go there this time as it was the 170th aniversery of the great battle. There were lots of activities and re-enactments. As I wandered the grounds and read Col. William Travis' speech before he drew the line. I saw where they set up the cannon and vowed to die to the very last man. I also saw grown men cry as they visited a sacred Shrine to Freedom. All this activity was to commemerate men who died for the cause of freedom on March 6th 1836. In 1836 Texas won its independence and became an independant nation and Houston a suburb of Galveston became a city.

MLS balloted for a name for the new Houston soccer team. The name selected was Houston 1836. The four digit number had a number of meanings. The birth of a nation, freedom and the start of a great city. Alther I never saw or heard about anyone who was directly offended, there were concerns that some folks of Mexican heritage might be offended. Afterall Santa Anna was Mexican. The fact that there were folks with Spanish names that had died in at the Alamo and during the following war, didn't seem to matter.

Although its been a couple of weks since they announced that the name 1836 wouldn't be acceptable they waited until today, the anniversary of the fall of the Alamo, to announce the new name. The Houston Dynamos. Yuch

The insensitive bastards.

Houston Bonusgate and Rolling Heads

Heads are rolling. The Bonus Four are fired (perminantly suspended?) and Mayor Pro Tem Carol Alvarado is temporarily stepping aside. Although temporarily might be for a very long time.
Blog houston is the place to go for the latest and greatest.

Supreme Court Rules for Millitary Recruiters

If schools want federal money than they must allow millitary recuiters an opportunity on campus. Restrictions on the campuses was based on the colleges objections to the "don't ask don't tell" policy, which is a policy that is based mostly in good old common sense. The Supreme Court decided unanimously that if the colleges want to accept federal money, than they have to accept the recruiters on campus. As Jim Dallas guest blogger on Off the Kuff says, "that those law schools which sued the government recently were trying to take the money and run, so to speak." I agree.
A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday that universities that get federal funds must allow military recruiters on campus, even if their law schools oppose the Pentagon's policy prohibiting openly gays and lesbians from serving.

The high court upheld as constitutional a federal law dating back to 1994 that allows the government to withhold money from universities that deny military recruiters the same access to campuses given to other employers.

I do find one part of the ruling a little disturbing. As reported by the Houston Chronicle.
The ruling upheld a law that requires colleges that take federal money to accommodate recruiters. In addition, justices said that Congress could directly demand military access on campus, even without the threat of losing federal money.
That doesn't sound right. I'm no constutional expert, but as I understand it, it's unconstutional for our military to demand quarter. Its purely an accademic matter though, no liberal college is likely to forego federal money, and Congress would be pretty unlikely to actually force the issue.

Automated Phone Calls

I've received 2 phonecalls since getting back from San Antonio yesterday afternoon. Both were these automated calls asking me to vote far a candidate in the upcomingRepublican primary. I just hung up both times not noting who the particular candidate is. I won't be voting in this primary. I can't as a Libertarian candidate. I know one thing though I wouldn't vote for the scum who disturb me with thes anoying calls. If a candidate wants to solicite my vote, they should at least have a live person on the other end of the phoneline. These recorded messages only serve to piss me off. I'm sure most people feel the same.

Industrial Control Blog

I have another blog going. Its a trade site that is aimed at those whose job is keep their industrial plants running and under control. The blog will focus on emerging technolgies and rumors in the industrial control industries

Hillary Claims School Vouchers to Foster Terrorism

Hillary is claiming that students will be able to attend "school of the Church of the White Supremacist" or the "School of the Jihad." if vouchers become a fact.
President George W. Bush has long favored laws that require states to provide vouchers, a position that earned him the allegiance of conservative Christian groups that have clamored for public education dollars.

"First family that comes and says 'I want to send my daughter to St. Peter's Roman Catholic School' and you say 'Great, wonderful school, here's your voucher,'" Clinton said. "Next parent that comes and says, 'I want to send my child to the school of the Church of the White Supremacist ...' The parent says, 'The way that I read Genesis, Cain was marked, therefore I believe in white supremacy. ... You gave it to a Catholic parent, you gave it to a Jewish parent, under the Constitution, you can't discriminate against me.'"

As an adoring, if somewhat puzzled, audience of Bronx activists looked on, Clinton added, "So what if the next parent comes and says, 'I want to send my child to the School of the Jihad? ... I won't stand for it."
The only problem I see is that private schools are legal and voucher programs are not new. It would be nice if Hillary would provide us with some examples. Although I favor school voucher programs, I don't believe anyone is concidering "forcing" the school systems to start voucher programs. The issue as I understand it is to not penalize the school systems with funds for going into the a voucher program. Although I believe in a good voucher program, the federal government has no dog in this fight and does need to keep out of it. This is a State and Local issue, and the porkers in congress need to stay away from this one.

Michelle Malkin has more, lots more.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Cat Blogging Friday

We are off to San Antonio, and Coco wants to come. So She climbs into the suitcase begging us to pack her up.
Maybe the Hurricane Rita evacuation wasn't so bad afterall.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Houston Chronicle Number 1 Blogging Newspaper

The Houston Chroncle picked up an award as the Best Blogging Newspaper. I'm not surprised. The Houston Chronicles entry into the blog era was indeed rocky. They fired a journalist for having his own blog. They also inspired the since renamed blog Chronically Biased. If you can't beat `em join `em. The Chronicle has not only joined the blogosphere but has actively fed it and nourished it particularly in the local arena.
They often link to local blogs, and their own blogs have active comments. It isn't surprising they came out number in the survey, but no one else was even close.
The Chronicle was a runaway choice for top blogging newspaper. “The wizards of blogging in my opinion,” Andre Henry says. Points-wise, it wasn’t close. (128 to 69 for the second site.) The Chronicle is not the most adventurous in what it blogs about (exception: Bar Tab) but the site does everything well, starting with its Blogs main page, which features—before you get to any staff blogging— a section called Chron.commons, “Blogs from our Readers.” (They weren’t the only ones to do this.)

“This had pretty much everything I was looking for,” wrote Jessing-Butz. “It’s very evident that people read these; they comment on them. The page is easy to find and easy on the eyes. The writing is fun and clear. ” Krase: “The Chronicle makes access to archived blogs easy.”

The Chronicle has turned around and become more responsive to its readership as a result of the way she has embraced blogging. Other papers could learn some lessons .
The Chronicle “has gone down the route I would like to see all newspapers go,” wrote Galanis. He pointed to Dwight Silverman, the interactive journalism editor, writing in the dead tree newspaper about the changes blogging would bring to the Chron as a whole. When Silverman announced an update to Movable Type, “he essentially marked the rebirth of the Chronicle, and sealed the newspaper’s top spot in my ranking,” Galanis said.

If they would only hire Banjo back.

Tolls on The Information Highway

If the broadband carriers have their way, they will be charging extra for premium access to the the Internet for priority traffic.

Naturally, consumer advocates and the Web companies that would be paying the toll are calling it highway robbery.

"Allowing broadband carriers to control what people see and do online would fundamentally undermine the principles that have made the Internet such a success," Vinton Cerf told a Senate committee recently. Cerf, who played a key role in building the Internet, is now the "Chief Internet Evangelist" at Google Inc.

On the Internet, information is carried in "packets," small chunks of data. An e-mail might be divided into several packets and travel different routes to the destination, much like cars have multiple ways of getting somewhere. The packets may arrive out of order, a few even late, but data can be reassembled to reconstitute the e-mail.

This design grew out of the military's desire for a network that was both simple and reliable. And as the Internet became more widely available, this equal treatment of traffic was part of what made it attractive; individuals, startups and big corporations were on the same footing.

Now, however, the Internet is being used for things the engineers of the 1960s and 70s couldn't have envisioned, like video, telephone calls and Internet games.

It doesn't matter if an e-mail gets where it's going half a second late, but a half-second's delay in a phone call is annoying, and a half-second's delay in a fast-moving game can mean a missed shot.

Thus, the telecommunications companies want to be able to provide "tiered service," guaranteeing that, for a price, some packets will get to their destination on time.

The problem is that while priority traffic gets on the super highway, the rest of the traffic gets assigned tho gravel two laner. This amounts to scheme where the providers make more money, and the every day user gets worse service. It doesnt sound like progress to me.

Meanwhile it looks like AOL's proposal to provide premium spam service is in trouble. The hairbrained scheme is under attack from a variety of fronts.
On Tuesday, an unlikely coalition of more than 50 groups, representing some 15 million people, launched a campaign to fight AOL's new pay-to-send email scheme.

In addition to Free Press and Electronic Frontier Foundation, coalition members include Craigslist founder Craig Newmark, MoveOn.org, Gun Owners of America, the Association of Cancer Online Resources, the Humane Society, the AFL-CIO, RightMarch and others.

Cumulatively, these groups count more than 3 million AOL subscribers as members, or in excess of 15 percent of AOL's customer base.
They just don't get it. While AOL continues to cut services and charge outragous prices the figure out even more ways to alienate their customer base.
AOL spokesman Nicholas Graham presents his company's new regime as a boon to end-users, stating -- misleadingly -- that a certification system will protect user inboxes from spam. This isn't true. AOL subscribers will receive certified email in addition to the regular traffic that clutters most inboxes.

"We continue to provide exceptional service to all email senders who conform to our antispam guidelines," Graham writes in a rebuttal to our campaign. "In fact, CertifiedEmail serves as a valuable, new standard and threshold for the delivery of legitimate email that will serve as a guidepost for other email senders to follow and adhere to."

Nice try, Nicholas. AOL hasn't solved the spam problem at all; they've merely created a second tier for delivery, one favoring those who can afford to pay AOL's express rate. The other tier -- which has been increasingly compromised by AOL's inability to distinguish honest email from spam -- will remain in place. It may get worse, even, as AOL tries to "incentivise" more users to move from the free lane to their toll road.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Anti Abortion Laws about to be Signed.

It looks like Mississippi might be real close to signing into law a bill that will make most abortions illegal.
Republican Gov. Haley Barbour said Wednesday that he likely would sign a bill to ban most abortions in Mississippi if it's approved by lawmakers.

The state already has some of the strictest abortion laws in the nation. The bill that passed the House Public Health Committee on Tuesday would allow abortion only to save the pregnant woman's life. It would make no exception in cases of rape or incest.

South Dakota lawmakers passed a similar bill last week that was intended to provoke a court showdown over the legality of abortion.

Responding to questions about whether he'd sign a bill with no exceptions for rape or incest, Barbour said: "It hasn't gotten to my desk yet. When one gets there, we'll find out, and I suspect I'll sign it. But I would certainly rather it come to my desk with an exception for rape and incest. I think that's consistent with the opinion of the vast majority of Mississippians and Americans."

This will being to the Supreme Court. I don't believe that the new court is ready to overturn Rowe vs Wade, but Does anyone really know how Roberts and Alito really stand on this. It looks like we may be finding out soon.