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Today is the 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

We all have our own ways of celebrating. For example, one man in Minnesota celebrated by smashing his SUV into a Planned Parenthood this morning.

h/t Alas.

The 32-year-old man was arrested and is expected to be charged Friday on suspicion of aggravated assault, said police spokesman Peter Panos.

“We think it’s intentional because of Roe vs. Wade,” Panos said. “He’s not saying much. He was praying or chanting when the officers arrived.”

…[T]he SUV hit the front door of the clinic two or three times, damaging the clinic’s front door and surrounding stonework.

When Di Nicola arrived at the clinic, she said the man had gotten out of the SUV and was pacing around it, holding a crucifix and chanting. “He was agitated and he was saying, ‘shut down this Auschwitz,’ ” she said.

I appreciate this man’s sincere concern for the preservation and sanctity of life, as evidenced by his actions.

Other people celebrate differently. For example, our President wrote a statement:

On the 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we are reminded that this decision not only protects women’s health and reproductive freedom, but stands for a broader principle: that government should not intrude on our most private family matters.

I remain committed to protecting a woman’s right to choose.

Why thank you President Obama! I appreciate your respect for my rights.

Wow, is this how America’s going to be now? Incredible.

NSA whistle-blower Russell Tice made a (startling?) revelation on Keith Obermann’s show last night.  While working for the NSA, Tice was told that the agency would gather information about groups temporarily in order to make sure they were not a threat, and then move on.  He was led to believe that was the case with news agencies as well, but discovered upon making inquires that journalists, reporters and news agencies were under 24/7 surveillance.

Isn’t a free press one of the integral elements of a democracy? For what reason would the NSA harm an important element of free democracy?

Who does the NSA answer to? Tice also describes how the NSA would dodge reporting to the DoD, the CIA, and Congress. So… who do they answer to?

Jesus am I glad that the Bush administration is gone. I would like to hope that I don’t have to worry about these creepy tentacles of totalitarianism anymore.

Partial transcript

Inauguration Dance Party

In Williamsburg, NYC.

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