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Happy Amanda Berry Day

Amanda Berry (centre) is reunited with her sister in Cleveland, OhioOriginally posted at Live Action News

Recently, Americans have been barraged with the grisly images from the trial of late-term abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell. There’s been talk of morning-after pills for 15-year-old girls, Obama bestowing blessings on Planned Parenthood, and the defense of leaving born-alive babies to die without medical care. Then, out of nowhere, kidnap victim Amanda Berry emerged, exhibiting the unconditional love of a mother toward a small child who, pro-choicers would argue, based on who sired her, deserved to die.

Amanda Berry is one of three women; the others are Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight. All of them were offered rides and then held captive in Cleveland, Ohio by Ariel Castro, an ex-bus driver with a history of domestic abuse.

At 17 years of age, Berry called her sister to let her know she was getting a ride home from her job at Burger King – and then was not seen again for a decade. Together with Gina and Michelle, Amanda was held captive inside a house of terror where she and they were bound with chains and ropes, confined to the basement and other closet-sized rooms, beaten, starved, and repeatedly raped.

Over those 10 years, there were six pregnancies. As a result of physical abuse and malnourishment, five of pregnancies ended in miscarriage. But Amanda’s baby somehow survived.

If ever there was a woman with a reason to want to dispose of a child in order to rid herself of the living reminder of her abuser, Amanda is that woman. Instead, six years ago, on Christmas Day, inside the squalid home at 2207 Seymour Avenue, Amanda Berry delivered her daughter in an inflatable child-size swimming pool set up inside the house.

Although rape-related abortions made up only 2% of the total number of pregnancy terminations performed in 2011, women who kill children conceived from rape likely do so to flush any trace of their attacker from their bodies. Killing a child conceived as a result of rape is the ultimate act of hostility by a woman toward the person who forcibly impregnated her. Hopeless and helpless against an aggressor, innocent unborn babies are sacrificed by mothers who violently attempt to gain back the control that was lost when they were violated.

Amanda Berry has proven that such thinking is terribly misguided, because from the looks of things, the child who just happened to be the offspring of Berry’s assailant may very well have given Amanda the will to find a way to break free.

For six years after Jocelyn was born, Amanda did not give up looking for a way to escape. A neighbor’s sister said that years back she saw a “woman and baby standing in a window after hearing pounding. The window was partially covered with a plank.” The police were called as they had been before, but again, nothing happened. Why law enforcement didn’t investigate further is unclear, but what is clear is that the woman crying for help in the boarded-up window was Amanda, and the baby she cradled in her arms was her daughter Jocelyn.

When Amanda saw an opportunity to escape, she took it.  She broke through a door, but she didn’t bolt from the house alone; she took her child with her. Hours later, her grandmother Fern Gentry asked her granddaughter, “Is the little girl your baby?” Without mentioning rape or Castro, Berry simply replied, “Yeah, she’s my daughter. She was born on Christmas.”

Based on the picture of Amanda, her sister Beth Serrano, and Berry’s daughter Jocelyn taken in a hospital room after their escape, the hostility one would expect to see on the part of a woman toward a child whose father repeatedly raped her for 10 years was absent. Instead, it was clear from the photograph that Amanda Berry cherishes Jocelyn and that the little girl grasping Amanda’s hand loves and trusts her mother.

Judging from the look on Ms. Berry’s face, it was also clear that despite all the abuse and hardship she suffered, she and Jocelyn are survivors. Mother and daughter clearly gained strength from each other and triumphed together over the nightmare of being trapped for years in a hellhole.

Yet ever since the three women escaped, the media’s emphasis has been mainly on the sensational aspect of the kidnapping, cruelty, and bondage. But, like a flower blooming in the desert, out of all the perversion and sadism, the story worth telling is one of the enduring love of a mother for her child. Why? Because rather than do what women who abort children resulting from rape do, which is to reject, revile, and abandon, Amanda Berry chose instead to protect, love, and defend.

Thus, Amanda Berry has emerged from the ordeal a heroine for rescuing her two friends and for enduring a decade of rape, terror, and torture at the hands of a sadistic fiend. But more than that, Berry’s fearlessness is rooted in being a woman strong and wise enough to treasure her baby girl regardless of how she was conceived.

So just as Kermit Gosnell’s barbarism showed the evilness of destroying life, the love of Ms. Berry for her daughter showed the beauty of protecting life. And so, for singlehandedly hamstringing the flawed argument that a child whose life results from rape automatically deserves a death sentence, this Mother’s Day should be officially declared Amanda Berry Day.

Are Somali Pirates Voting in Ohio?

Originally posted on American Thinker blog

Finally, the billy club-toting New Black Panther Party may have some backup in ensuring that Barack Obama wins a second term.  Why? Because it looks like a few Somali pirates may have managed to sneak past Janet Napolitano and are now in Ohio to assist the Democrats in moving America “Forward.”

Allegedly, volunteer poll workers in the Buckeye state reported seeing “van loads of Ohio residents born in Somalia” being ferried in to vote early.  Once at the polls, in lieu of Republican translators and UN poll watchers, the Democrats themselves were providing Somali/Arabic translation.  Seems the Obama campaign is getting out the vote by teaching Somali immigrants the ins and outs of the voting process.

Witnesses at the Columbus, Ohio Morse Road polling center reported Somalis arriving in buses, being handed a slate card, and being told by helpful Democrats to vote “brown,” for Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), all the way down the card.

On Ohio’s website, the Somali Community Association lists the following facts: 45,000 Somalis live in Ohio; 99.9 percent are Muslim; 40 percent have become U.S. citizens; and 57 percent are eligible to become U.S. citizens, emphasis on the “eligible” part.

Ohio law does require voters to provide proof of citizenship by presenting a utility bill or writing down a Social Security or driver’s license number and then checking a box. However, other than those three items, there is no other way to verify that the person doing the voting is a bona fide citizen of the United States.  Moreover, most poll workers tend to just take voters at their word.

Matt McClellan, press secretary for Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, explained, “There is a process to challenge a voter’s eligibility.” One problem – “the point in time for a challenge to be brought ended mid October” – too late!   According to Mr. McClellan, up until mid October “a poll worker could challenge a voter if they had questions as to whether or not they were registered or eligible to vote.”  However, if Democrats choose to forego raising the eligibility issue with, let’s say, busloads of Somali voters, then any illegal Somali votes will still be counted on Election Day.

Nonetheless, being a global citizen and all, regardless of the ensuing crisis Barack Obama has consistently attempted to maintain a spirit of camaraderie with the Muslim world, and that world includes Somalia.

For example, just a few months after Barack Obama’s momentous inauguration, Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden commandeered the American merchant ship Maersk Alabama, taking Captain Richard Phillips hostage at gunpoint.  Yet, during that crisis, President Obama acted sort of like a blasé Democrat poll worker.

In the midst of the crisis, while meeting with beleaguered homeowners at the White House seeking help from Obama to refinance their mortgages, a reporter asked the President if he was concerned about the ongoing piracy situation.  Declining to comment publicly, Obama admonished reporters when he said, “Guys, we’re talking about housing right now.”

Ultimately, Phillips was rescued when U.S. Navy SEALs peeled off two shots from 75 feet away, killing two AK-47-toting thugs.

Then, a couple of years after the 2009 Somali pirate incident, four American Christian missionaries, peacefully sailing the world distributing Bibles, were hijacked and held hostage off the coast of Somalia and were later killed by their pirate captors.  That tragedy incited a firefight with U.S. Navy warships, which was one of many that followed.

Speaking of the U.S. Navy, in 1993 Navy SEALs were in Somalia for the Battle of Mogadishu. Seventy-three members of the U.S. military were wounded and 18 died.  That was when “Masked gunmen dragged slain soldiers through the streets of Somalia’s capital … then set the bodies on fire as jeering crowds threw rocks and kicked the dead after a fierce battle in a neighborhood loyal to Islamic insurgents.”

Who would have thought that almost 20 years later some of the Somalis who may have jeered as the American soldiers’ burnt and desecrated bodies were being dragged naked through the streets of Mogadishu could be among those voting in the swing state of Ohio?

And so it seems that with nary a whisper of apprehension concerning potential election fraud from the Obama White House, Ohio Democrats have decided to emulate Somali pirates and attempt to hijack the election.

Lacking only motorboats, loaded AK-47’s and colorful headscarves, Democrat poll pirates right there in Columbus, Ohio attempted to seize and take hostage a Mitt Romney campaign bus carrying Republicans arriving to vote. That’s right, at the same polling site where busloads of Somalis voted Brown all the way to the bottom of the card, when a Mitt Romney bus pulled up “30 Democrats who were outside handing out the slate cards rushed over to the bus… yelled … and swarmed around its door when anyone attempted to exit the bus.”

Just wait – in the end, if the race in Ohio remains this close and voter piracy is exposed, when asked to comment about droves of Somali immigrants being bussed in to vote, Barack Obama will likely say something very similar to what he said during another Somali crisis: “Guys, we’re talking about Big Bird right now.”

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