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Tag: Josh Powell

Feb.
9th

Westboro Baptist: Reptilian and parasitic as ever

I wrote this – half-in-anger, half-in-parody – about a year ago. Seems timely to repost it now that this lovely clan is reportedly coming to Tacoma in hopes of befouling the funeral of the Powell boys.

“Thank God for 4 more dead troops. We are praying for 4,000 more.”
– The Westboro Baptist Church

The First Amendment doesn’t protect only the speech we hate; it also protects speech that bubbles up from the pipes of human septic tanks. We can’t fault the U.S. Supreme Court for upholding the right of Westboro Baptist Church members to spit their venom

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Feb.
6th

Josh Powell’s pretense of innocence ends in atrocity

This editorial will appear in tomorrow’s print edition.

‘There but for the grace of God,” is a conventional and charitable attitude toward people who get in trouble with the law. The idea is that good guys and bad guys share a common humanity that the good guys do well to acknowledge.

It doesn’t work, though, in the case of Josh Powell. Some people really don’t have a human conscience.

Powell, who burned his children alive Sunday, appears to have been a sociopath – an exceptionally stealthy one.

For more than two years, he’s been the only “person of interest” in

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