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Climb, Hillary, Climb!

Sir Edmund Hillary recently spoke about an incident on Mt. Everest on which over 40 climbers left a British colleague to die on their way to the peak. Normally a story about mountain climbing wouldn’t have anything to do with our Hillary, but we couldn’t resist reminiscing about when First Lady Clinton told New Zealand television that that she had been named for the famed mountaineer.

"It had two l’s, which is how she [her mother, Dorothy Rodham] thought she was supposed to spell Hillary," Mrs. Clinton remembered fondly in 1995. "So when I was born, she called me Hillary, and she always told me it’s because of Sir Edmund Hillary."

Of course, when Ms. Rodham was born in 1947, Edmund Hillary was just an obscure beekeeper; he didn’t conquer Mount Everest and become famous worldwide fame until 1953. By that time little Hillary was six years old, and was probably already writing letters to NASA demanding that they let her into the space program. But aside from reminding us about the Hillary name game, Sir Edmund also had this to say about the tragic story: "Human life is far more important than just getting to the top of a mountain." If only Hillary the Younger would take this into consideration, as she relentlessly promotes abortion-on-demand in her quest to scale the heights of power.

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