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Headlines from the Ongoing Battle for American Civil Rights – 8/3

Today is the last day before Congress goes on its annual August recess (iow, it goes a month without causing more harm). On top of that good news is this: the pressure put on the Senate Judiciary committee by the American Civil Rights Union and others has resulted in the committee finally approving the nomination of Judge Leslie Southwick, passing him on to the full Senate for a vote sometime after the recess.

***A special note of recognition in favor of committee member, Dianne Feinstein, who has once again proven herself to be one of the last reasonable liberals on the Hill. Feinstein joined nine Republicans in voting for Southwick (nine Democrats voted against him). “I truly believe the concerns outlined about Judge Southwick are outweighed by his service to the country, by the many cases he sat on,” Feinstein said to the committee yesterday. “If I believed he was racist, I wouldn’t vote for him. But I don’t.” She has our grateful applause:

Judiciary Committee sends Southwick to full Senate (CitizenLink.org)

Bush Judicial nominee passes big Senate hurdle (FOXnews.com)

Left smears war hero judicial nominee (Matt Barber)

GOP fights for vote on Southwick (CitizenLink.org)

Other good news from Congress is their recognition that when the government rightly asks citizens to keep an eye out for suspicious activities and behavior in order to help prevent further terrorist attacks, those citizens should be protected from lawsuits:

John Doe versus Flying Imams (Debra J. Saunders)

But while the “Flying Imams” might not get their way, some other Muslims are getting all sorts of special treatment in the nation’s government schools. Where is the ACLU when we need them?! Oh, that’s right: they are defending the new concept of mosque as beneficiary of the state:

Some say schools giving Muslims special treatment (USA Today)

ACLU hypocrisy? (The Daily News Record)

A mother in Maryland has killed at least four of her children upon their births. Guess who is pushing for the right to infanticide? (hint: see previous headlines):

Legality of infanticide debated in Maryland (CitizenLink.org)

OC murder charge raises legal debate (The Delmarva Daily Times)

Here’s what we need: a national handgun registry for pets. Certain animals are just too mentally unstable to handle firearms. I’m just waiting to the Brady Center (formerly Handgun Control, Inc.) to try to make some anti-Second Amendment lemonade out of this bizarre story:

Pet dog shoots owner in the back (WMC-TV Memphis)

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Are you aware of any news that the ACRU should know about? Has the ACLU been up to no good in your state? Is the Bill of Rights being undermined in some way that America needs to know about? Are the Boy Scouts, a war memorial, or another American institution under attack in your community? Then tell us about it. Post a link in the comments section below, or send us an email. Good tips will be recognized in future postings of the “Headlines”