Should Mother Earth be given “human rights”?

Bolivia seems to think so:

UNITED NATIONS — Bolivia will this month table a draft United Nations treaty giving “Mother Earth” the same rights as humans — having just passed a domestic law that does the same for bugs, trees and all other natural things in the South American country.

The bid aims to have the UN recognize the Earth as a living entity that humans have sought to “dominate and exploit” — to the point that the “well-being and existence of many beings” is now threatened.

The wording may yet evolve, but the general structure is meant to mirror Bolivia’s Law of the Rights of Mother Earth, which Bolivian President Evo Morales enacted in January.

That document speaks of the country’s natural resources as “blessings,” and grants the Earth a series of specific rights that include rights to life, water and clean air; the right to repair livelihoods affected by human activities; and the right to be free from pollution.

It also establishes a Ministry of Mother Earth, and provides the planet with an ombudsman whose job is to hear nature’s complaints as voiced by activist and other groups, including the state.

“If you want to have balance, and you think that the only (entities) who have rights are humans or companies, then how can you reach balance?” Pablo Salon, Bolivia’s ambassador to the UN, told Postmedia News. “But if you recognize that nature too has rights, and (if you provide) legal forms to protect and preserve those rights, then you can achieve balance.”

*Face palm*

I’m trying to decide which idea is more stupid: This one or the one proposed by Democrat Florida state representative Scott Randolph and endorsed by the FL ACLU that suggests a woman have her uterus “incorporated” to “keep the government out of it” … :-?

On a more serious note, Tony Katz adds:

Back in 2008, Morales handed out a pamphlet to the U.N., talking about his desire to save the planet. He referred to them as the “10 Commandments.” Top of the list to save the planet? End capitalism.

Next up: An environmental “court of justice”? Don’t be surprised.

California Federation of Teachers supports cop-killer

**Posted by Phineas

You have got to be kidding me!

If you want a measure of just how badly screwed up the educational system in California is consider this: At its recent convention, the CFT passed a resolution of support for Mumia Abu-Jamal, a convicted cop-killer:

Between negotiating for more benefits and teaching their students, the California Federation of Teachers has adopted a resolution of support for convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal.At the CFT’s 2011 Convention in late March, the delegates passed 30 resolutions, from solidifying support for anti-bullying legislation to supporting transitional kindergarten. Among the resolutions largely pertaining to education and collective bargaining rights was Resolution 19 – to “Reaffirm support for death row journalist.”

“Therefore, be it resolved, that the California Federation of Teachers reaffirm its support and demand that the courts consider the evidence of innocence of Mumia Abu-Jamal,” the Committee Report reads.

Mumia Abu-Jamal was a former member of the Black Panthers who was found guilty of murdering Philadelphia police officer Daniel J. Faulkner during a routine traffic stop in 1981. Abu-Jamal was subsequently sentenced to death

His supporters, such as the California Federation of Teachers, argue that his trial was unfair and that he is a civil rights hero.

Bear in mind that this two-legged cockroach was not only convicted by the original trial court; his conviction was upheld by every appeals court since then. The case is not flawed: he did the deed, and now he’s exploiting a bunch of suckers looking for a cause to fill their empty lives, so he can avoid the justice he has coming.

And  these idiots teach our children.

If you’re not familiar with Mumia’s crime, here’s a recap:

At roughly 3:50 a.m. on December 9, 1981, Officer Daniel Faulkner stopped the car of William Cook [corrected] on a street in Philadelphia. Cook is the brother of Abu-Jamal. Coincidently, Abu-Jamal was parked nearby in a taxi he was driving. Upon seeing an altercation between Faulkner and Cook, Abu-Jamal ran across the street and shot Faulkner in the back. Faulkner was able to get a shot off at Abu-Jamal, seriously wounding him. With the wounded Faulkner on the ground, Abu-Jamal shot him in the head, killing him instantly.

At the time there were only three people in the immediate area of the crime: Faulkner, Abu-Jamal, and Cook. But others were nearby. Within minutes there were statements taken by separate police officers from several different witnesses who identified Abu-Jamal as the shooter. There were only two guns on the scene, Faulkner’s and Abu-Jamal’s. Ballistics show that the bullet in Abu-Jamal came from Faulkner’s gun, and that those in Faulkner came from a gun like Abu-Jamal’s. In the presence of a hospital security guard, Abu-Jamal shouted “I shot the m__f__r, and I hope the m__f__r dies.”

It did not take much deliberation for the jury to convict Abu-Jamal, and he was sentenced by the jury to death on July 3, 1982. His conviction for the crime has withstood the seemingly endless appeals, post-conviction hearings, and massive publicity campaign.

If this is evidence of the ethical and moral compass of our state’s teachers union, then it should be decertified and those who supported it fired as unfit to teach our children. Would we tolerate teachers who made heroes out of Al Capone or Richard Ramirez?

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

Mexico headlines of the day: mixed messages?

**Posted by Phineas

Two headlines in the Public Secrets morning intelligence report caught my eyes today. Let’s see if you, too, can spot the problem.

First:

Juárez mayor says residents feel secure

Six months into his tenure, Juárez Mayor Héctor Murguía Lardizábal has a surprising public message for outsiders: Juárez residents generally feel safe.

“I cannot speak for everyone,” Murguía told the El Paso Times while in Austin on Monday. But he added, “I feel that as a whole many people feel secure. Of course, with certain precautions.”

Second:

Woman’s body found in Juárez; homicide toll surpasses 700

Chihuahua state authorities said the body was in a sitting position, leaning up against a wall.

Her face was beaten and her bluejeans were pulled down to her knees.

The woman had not been identified but appeared to be in her 20s, with light skin and dark shoulder-length hair.

I guess the woman and the 30 others killed since Friday didn’t take “certain precautions.”

Oh, and that’s 700 murders for this year alone.

If that’s an environment in which Mayor Lardizábal believes people can feel safe, I’d hate to see what he considers “dangerous.”

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)