Upper Left Coast

Thoughts on politics, faith, sports and other random topics from a red state sympathizer in indigo-blue Portland, Oregon.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Nothing but crickets...

A group with an ideological bent believes it's OK to use violence to save innocent lives. They harass medical providers at their homes. They're willing to destroy property if it means fewer victims of an evil industry. And if a medical provider dies in a firebomb because he's unwilling to listen to their "reason," that's the way the cookie crumbles.

Are we talking abortion? We could be. There are certainly groups out there who believe that bombing a clinic or harassing an abortion provider are justified in order to save babies from being sucked out of their mother in pieces.

But in this case, we're talking about something else. We're talking about the Animal Liberation Front, which (after "years" of protests at their homes) vandalized the automobiles of a second Portland-area scientist who use animals in research. Dr. Miles Novy woke up Thursday morning to find his two cars were covered with graffiti and paint stripper, and the ALF claimed responsibility.

If abortion protesters spent "years" protesting outside the homes of abortion providers, and then vandalized the cars of abortion providers and suggested firebombs might be next, what do you think would be the local reaction? I'm willing to bet that the press and left-wing blogosphere would be all over the story, calling for unending jail time, fines the size of Mexico's GDP, and the complete disruption of those protestors' lives for daring to challenge the sacred cow of abortion, especially in such a violent and intrusive way.

So wouldn't you expect the same sort of response regarding the ALF actions? I checked the usual suspects. Blue Oregon? Nothing. Loaded Orygun? Nope. Karma? Alas? Nads? Hines? Zip. Heck, I even searched at Oregon Blogs and at Metroblogging Portland, and found nothing. A (by no means exhaustive) Google search turned up only glowing praise for ALF.

I don't suppose I'm surprised, but it's just funny how your political perspective skews your outrage over seemingly similar situations.

The most ironic line in that story came at the end, quoting Dr. Jerry Vlasak, a Los Angeles surgeon and animal-rights activist who acts as spokesman for the ALF:
Vlasak said Novy and his colleagues should quit torturing animals in prenatal research and spend the millions they receive in research dollars to provide affordable health care to pregnant women.
So ALF is pro-life? That would be the ultimate irony.

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4 Comments:

  • At 12/10/2007 6:25 PM, Blogger MAX Redline said…

    http://maxredline.typepad.com/maxredline/2007/12/still-at-it.html

    Some of us caught it.

     
  • At 12/10/2007 7:21 PM, Blogger Ken said…

    I know, I'm a little slow...

     
  • At 12/10/2007 8:24 PM, Anonymous HMIL said…

    So these researchers should spend their research dollars doing the highly important research on what? computer models or something?

    What idiots....they don't seem to understand that they have or will (or someone they know has or will) benefited from this kind of research at one point or another. In fact it may have saved the protester's life, or the life of one they love.

    But they still don't get it .... more's the pity....

     
  • At 12/13/2007 7:14 AM, Blogger OregonGuy said…

    I had a loon call to follow-up on a press release her organization had sent. The "press release" was a call for an "action" against LNG terminals.

    I asked what had happened to democrats...they used to be for the working man. I asked her why the governor of Oregon had cancelled two coal-fired electricity generating plants last year. I asked her why she was against nuclear power. And then I asked her where the power was going to come from when she opposed hydro-electric, LNG-fired plants and coal plants. She told me that wasn't the issue. The issue was using LNG was supporting terror regimes in China and Iran.

    At that point I hung up the phone.

     

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