Because we can see stories like this:

Relatives and supporters of the late Iraqi ruler Saddam Hussein are marking his birthday with tributes in his native village, laying wreaths by his grave and chanting slogans against former President George W. Bush.

Saddam would have turned 72 on Tuesday. He is buried in the Tigris River hamlet of Ouja, where he was born, about 70 miles (112 kilometers) north of Baghdad.

A photo exhibition near the grave chronicles his more than two decades in power.

This should please anyone who supports free expression, then again to our friends on the left dissent isn’t as high a form of patriotism as it once was.

The president gets one right in the field of cyberwar:

With increasing attempts by computer hackers in China, Russia and elsewhere to break into and sabotage federal and private computer systems, Obama is set to propose a far larger cyberwarfare program than the $17 billion, five-year effort approved by Congress last year, unnamed military and intelligence officials told Tuesday’s New York Times.

Some interesting details…

Among the computer warfare innovations reportedly being considered by the Pentagon is one that would allow a U.S. programmer to secretly enter a server in a foreign country and destroy a “botnet” before it could be deployed in the United States. Botnets are malicious programs that let users commandeer PCs and use them to spread code to other machines, creating vast networks of zombie computers that can be controlled remotely.

In a country where information technology rules this is where part of the fight has to take place, logistics are very important and can make or brake things in warfare and infrastructure. I’m glad to see these guys on it.

Oh great Richard (Bigot) Cohen article leads with. I don’t want to compare president Bush to a Nazi but lets compare them to the Nazi’s?

6:41 a.m. I’m not an ends justify the means guy either, I just question if the means is torture.

6:42 a.m. Pat says if the next hit comes without the info, blame Obama, Joe says blame Dana Priest.

6:43 a.m. The LA times hits the president for long range damage.

6:45 a.m. Pat talks about a contrition tour. The Joe team forgets that this stuff is planed long ahead.

6:46 a.m. They show the diplomatic handshake.

6:51 a.m. The Leno thing was funny.

7:02 a.m. The talk about the plane scare and have the Bloomberg press conference.

7:07 a.m. You know Todd DOES look like a young Lenin

7:09 a.m. They are in some serious damage control at the Whitehouse over the planes. Gibbs is floundering on the stage.

7:12 a.m. Mexico doesn’t believe their government as opposed to here? Do I believe the Obama administration on stuff? I think it’s a question on what kind of stuff they would lie about.

7:15 a.m. The meeting between the “progressive caucus” and the president should be interesting. Will he be all talk with them or no?

7:29 a.m. He’s fantastic says Clyburn. Sounds like a Rotman’s commercial.

7:31 a.m. We will use he same methods if people don’t do what we want.

7:41 a.m. It sounds like the administration is going to play financial games, surprise surprise surprise see 7:12 a.m.

7:55 a.m. Shelby says its going to get worse before it gets better.

7:56 a.m. Joe: “Conservatives don’t need the republican party as much as the republican party needs conservatives.”

8:01 a.m. Here is a shot of NYC without planes buzzing it.

8:06 a.m. Mika is just fun isn’t she?

8:09 a.m. Robinson has a great point about the dangers of an epidemic but why couldn’t it be used as a terror weapon? Remember 90% of the indigenous deaths in the Americas during the 1500’s were by smallpox and other disease, not by conquistadors.

8:19 a.m. This is steamroller stuff.

8:40 a.m. Bob Dylan…borrrrring

8:53 a.m. Is Courtney’s day off a coincidence?

8:58 a.m. I learned that Joe has a new book. I didn’t know what I wanted to learn, that is why Hazlett wrote what she wrote.

The corner notices some interesting wordplay on the MSNBC site in a story by Courtney Hazlett:

There’s been plenty of speculation that Levi Johnston, the father of Tripp, Sarah Palin’s first acknowledged grandchild, has been giving interviews to the likes of Larry King and Tyra Banks so that he can land an endorsement or modeling deal.

The line has been rather sloppily removed from the main MSNBC site but it still lives on via sites that syndicated it and haven’t edited the copy, such as here here and here.

Now unless Miss Hazlett has been drinking Andrew Sullivan’s koolaid I think an explanation is in order; what made her decide on that word when this was written? What evidence if any did you have to suggest that there is another grandchild out there. This should be done preferably on Morning Joe.

Because you can have so much fun if you choose to add the word “acknowledged” to any conversation concerning Courtney Hazlett. The mind boggles! Particularly during the morning joe liveblogging.

Mary Ann Glendon showed that you can be a winner without getting a medal.

Miss California Carrie Prejean proves that just because you wear a bikini doesn’t mean you can’t defend your faith:

Miss California Carrie Prejean, who became the bombshell of the Miss USA pageant by saying gay couples should not be allowed to marry, said Sunday that her state sponsors urged her to apologize afterward but she rejected the advice.

Prejean, 21, said officials from the Miss California USA pageant were worried that her comments would cost their contest financial backing and tried to prepare her for a string of post-pageant media interviews by discouraging her from discussing her religious beliefs.

After all we can’t have people talking about her faith, but Miss California nixed that:

If anything, Prejean has solidified her stance in the last week. McPherson, who preaches against homosexuality, has been acting as her adviser and encouraging her to use her newfound fame to persuade other evangelical Christians to share their views, even if they are unpopular.

“I learned that God has a bigger crown than any man can give you,” she said.

Hotair comments:

You need to not talk about your faith. For those who think of beauty pageants as anachronisms for young women in an era of liberation, doesn’t this speak volumes about the attitudes of the organizers? Just shut up and look pretty, even if people are attacking you.

I am really surprised that more feminists are not defending her. Mika seems to be but that’s all I’ve heard on the left. Is it the religious faith? Or is it a question of Sex, that is the “exploitative nature” of beauty patients, too much worry about being sexy on film to gain the notice? Who knows?

If her popularity continues you should expect to see photoshoped Miss California sex photos and a Larry Flynt XXX parody movie any day now…

…and if the combination of words doesn’t cause tons of hits to this post nothing will (:c)

In all the news about the president at Notre Dame the fact that a strong person in the pro-life movement Mary Ann Glendon was supposed to receive the Laetare Medal was supposed to be a counterpoint to affirm the pro-life identity of the college.

However it appears that they didn’t count on the actual faith of Mary Ann Glendon:

Then I learned that “talking points” issued by Notre Dame in response to widespread criticism of its decision included two statements implying that my acceptance speech would somehow balance the event:

* “President Obama won’t be doing all the talking. Mary Ann Glendon, the former U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, will be speaking as the recipient of the Laetare Medal.”
* “We think having the president come to Notre Dame, see our graduates, meet our leaders, and hear a talk from Mary Ann Glendon is a good thing for the president and for the causes we care about.”

A commencement, however, is supposed to be a joyous day for the graduates and their families. It is not the right place, nor is a brief acceptance speech the right vehicle, for engagement with the very serious problems raised by Notre Dame’s decision—in disregard of the settled position of the U.S. bishops—to honor a prominent and uncompromising opponent of the Church’s position on issues involving fundamental principles of justice.

Finally, with recent news reports that other Catholic schools are similarly choosing to disregard the bishops’ guidelines, I am concerned that Notre Dame’s example could have an unfortunate ripple effect.

It is with great sadness, therefore, that I have concluded that I cannot accept the Laetare Medal or participate in the May 17 graduation ceremony.

In order to avoid the inevitable speculation about the reasons for my decision, I will release this letter to the press, but I do not plan to make any further comment on the matter at this time.

To say this is a bombshell is the understatement of the year. Hot air comments:

…she’s right to reject that exploitation, as Notre Dame used Glendon in a way that all but said, “Why, some of our best friends are Catholic!”

The public scolding and rejection leaves Notre Dame twisting in the wind. The Laetare Medal is quite prestigious in the Catholic community, and Glendon’s rejection of it will make Rev. Jenkins look even more foolish. Glendon refuses to allow the award to be demeaned into a tool for political purposes, which demonstrates more integrity than Fr. Jenkins has shown in this sorry episode.

The American Papist is all over this.

Ed Peters is impressed.

The evil that ND President Jenkins and his Board of Trustees committed has, Deus laudetur, occasioned one of the most striking displays of episcopal fortitude I can remember, mobilized hundreds of thousands of American Catholics against another quiet surrender to the Culture of Death, and effected notice to several once great Catholic institutions that it’s time, finally, to decide where they stand.

Fr De Souza is impressed:

It could not have been easy for Glendon to decline the Laetare Medal — after all, she is deserving of it, and the people who nominated her for it are now put in an awkward position. Glendon is proud of her Notre Dame connections, including the 1996 honorary degree that she was awarded. No doubt she is proud of her former student Barack Obama for his laudable achievements. No doubt she would have preferred a quieter honor, one which would not have forced her to choose sides. It is to Father Jenkins’s shame that he tried to use Glendon. It is to her great credit that she refused to be used.

In her life of extraordinary accomplishments, the witness given by Glendon by not going to Notre Dame next month is something of a crowning achievement. It matters a great deal that a celebrated laywoman is rejecting this honor. Notre Dame long ago learned how to disregard the advice, admonishment and even the explicit will of the American bishops. For this they paid no apparent price, as there were always those who were willing to take what Notre Dame was offering, including successive presidents of the United States.

Now someone has finally said No. And not just someone, but a woman who has ennobled everything she has lent her name to. It will be noticed on May 17 that someone thought some things more important than Notre Dame’s honors; that someone thought some things more important than basking in the glow of a popular president; that someone thought 25 years of deliberate confusion, evasion, equivocation and deception from Notre Dame on abortion politics was enough.

Glendon will not collect her Laetare Medal. In not doing so, she has proved worthy of the honor; please God, her courageous decision will make Notre Dame more worthy of the honors it seeks to give.

I say, God bless Ambassador Glendon.

The previous paragraphs are a real indictment of the university to this point.

Fr Powell is impressed:

The most telling element of this letter is Prof. Glendon’s assertion that she is declining the medal and the invitation b/c Jenkins used her attendance in his “talking points” to cloud the issue of The One’s invitation with a thin veneer of “balance.” She also spanks him for ignoring the USCCB’s guidelines on not inviting and honoring pro-abortion speakers on Catholic campuses.

Good for her!

William is impressed:

This is one brave Catholic Woman…

The Curt Jester is impressed:

Now it will be interesting to see if Notre Dame decides to award this to someone else or to just not issue it this year. I think they would have a hard time finding somebody authentically pro-life that would accept this as she has declined it. So I would guess that it is not issued this year. It would add another scandal if they picked someone nominally pro-life as they did last year with Martin Sheen. I protested his pick last year since while he calls himself pro-life he does nothing to advance the cause and solidly supports pro-abortion Democrats. So will they be calling Doug Kmiec? — I hope not.

As the Corner reports his hopes are dashed, and I was just thinking of Doug Kmiec as the replacement. It would fit right in with the university’s direction. They also comment and are pleased.

Personally I am very proud. It is so easy to just give in, that is the biggest advantage of sin, it just flows so calmly that you don’t see the gates until you are through them. To do the right thing is always hard, and it will cost her a lot, but that price won’t include her soul.

Pray for her.

Update: At the corner Mike Potemra is disappointed:

If anyone could have made the pro-life case on a podium that would be — on that day, at least — the World’s Greatest Platform, it would have been Mary Ann Glendon. It would have been a tough task — to express a serious disagreement with the most famous man in the world, in his presence, while at the same time not coming across as bullying, confrontational, or point-scoring — but I think she could have done it better than just about anyone else I could imagine. The day is coming when the taking of innocent human life at the fetal stage will be illegal in this country, and I think Ambassador Glendon’s speech could have helped bring that day closer. Are we pro-lifers confident that the pro-life witness at the commencement ceremony will be anywhere near as impressive as her remarks would have been?

The Anchoress seconds the motion:

But part of me wishes Glendon had not pulled back. I had a hope -call me a whimsical dreamer- that somehow the Holy Spirit would use the event, and the shared dais, to give us a real contrast between the Culture of Life and the Culture of Death. And I had also hoped that upon meeting Glendon, President Obama would go all “post-partisan” like he said he would and realize she was a terrific Ambassador to the Vatican and send her back there.

Faith in the Holy Spirit is good and I suspect it is that faith that made her decide not to go.

Update 2: Don Surber takes the majority view:

As a Methodist, I am struck by the respectful way people are protesting his speech.

Hey Don we’d be happy to have you anytime.

Update 3: Missed powerline:

The Bishop of South Bend has aleady said he will not attend Norte Dame’s commencement, the first one he has missed in 25 yeras. The Bishop suggested that, by inviting Obama, Notre Dame had placed “prestige” over “truth.” Mary Ann Glendon has demonstrated that, by contrast, she places the fundamental truths of her religion above prestige.

You know there was a time long ago when I would have never missed powerline.

They were trumped by a dose of real life and errands. Add to that a great book (The case for Christ). My discovery of the very fun variant of Civilization Beyond the Sword (Defense), a few family squabbles and posting just takes last place.

I didn’t even get to see Ellsbury steal home against the Yanks.

BTW impressive as that is do you know that a Young Rod Carew stole home seven times in one season?