Loathsome, loathsome, loathsome

I can think of stronger words, but those will have to suffice to describe Mike Huckabee and his Forced-Pregnancy with Capitals F & P views.

Read and retch.

A 10-year-old Paraguayan girl was raped by her stepfather and became pregnant. Paraguayan law states that all abortions are illegal, no exceptions.

When CNN host Dana Bash asked Huckabee if he would have allowed Mainumby to have an abortion, Huckabee responded with a stock answer: “Does it solve the problem by taking the life of an innocent child?”

Bash then asked Huckabee if it would be easy “looking in the eyes of a 10-year-old girl and saying, ‘You had a horrible thing happen to you, and you’re going to…carry it out for the next nine months.’”

Huckabee responded: “No, it isn’t easy. I wouldn’t pretend it’s anything other than a terrible tragedy. But let’s not compound the tragedy by taking yet another life.”

How can anyone hold the view that a 10-year-old girl should have to carry a child to term? A child conceived in rape by a family member, I remind you?

Mike Huckabee (and Ted Cruz and Scott Walker and Marco Rubio, who have all said they oppose rape and incest exceptions to laws banning abortion too) are despicable people. They should lick the sandals on that little 10-year-old’s feet in repentance.

You know what else they surely don’t believe? That that little girl and her family should get any assistance from her government in the form of financial aid or counseling. Is she supposed to remain in that family, when her mother is married to her rapist? Mike and Ted and Scott and Marco would probably nod approvingly and say “It’s a shame, but that’s God’s will.”

If I were still a believer, the God I would believe in would not be so cruel.

via Hullabaloo.

Tributes?

You know you’ve been around a long time when somebody decides there are not only enough of your songs but enough of a market that a tribute album is warranted. That’s what happened to Jackson Browne back in 2014 when this was made. As you might guess, there’s enough for a two-disk album, featuring such artists as Don Henley, Bonnie Raitt, The Indigo Girls, Lyle Lovett, Shawn Colvin, Bruce Springsteen with Patti Scialfa, Bruce Hornsby and long-time friend J.D. Souther.

Here’s a beautiful rendition of one of his lesser-known songs from The Pretender by Sara and Sean Watkins of the band Nickel Creek.

Jimmy Carter

By now every American within earshot of a radio or within eyesight of a television has heard that Jimmy Carter, the 39th President of the United States, announced that he has cancer.

Recent liver surgery revealed that I have cancer that now is in other parts of my body. I will be rearranging my schedule as necessary so I can undergo treatment by physicians at Emory Healthcare. A more complete public statement will be made when facts are known, possibly next week.

“Other parts of my body” is the part that would scare me if it were my body.

I’m not going to eulogize a man before he’s dead, but I don’t think there’s much doubt that Mr. Carter has been the most useful ex-President the world has ever known. Some have raised money to help medical causes, others have raised money to build their own estates, but Jimmy Carter has worked. With hammer in hand he’s built homes for the poor, he’s mediated countless disputes both within and between nations, he’s kept trying to build a peace between Israel and the Palestinians, he and his organization have monitored many many elections to ensure they’re free and fair, and he’s written books. He’s been a citizen of the world and the world’s been better for it.

EPA and the Animas River

(Brent Lewis/The Denver Post/Getty Images)

(Brent Lewis/The Denver Post/Getty Images)

The EPA has admitted it screwed up, inadvertently breaching a dam which had been holding up a toxic mess of waste water left over from a century of mine tailings.

I’ve been wondering why the owners of the mines which left the stuff behind aren’t responsible for the cleanup that EPA was initiating, and this article at High Country News explains it pretty well.

By 1991, when the last major mine in the watershed shut down, there were some 400 mines in the watershed, many discharging unmitigated discharges into streams.

[snip]

As mining waned in the late 1980s, federal and state regulatory agencies started looking at how to clean up the mess. Superfund, which comes with a big pile of cash, seemed like the obvious approach. But locals feared that the stigma would destroy tourism along with any possibility of mining’s return. Besides, Superfund can be blunt; the complex Animas situation demanded a more surgical, locally-based approach. So the Animas River Stakeholders Group, a collaboration between concerned citizens and representatives from industry and federal and state agencies, was created in 1994 to address the situation. The approach was successful, at first, but then water quality began deteriorating again.

Superfund was again suggested by the Feds and again the locals lobbied against it, worried about declining property values and a potential decline in tourism.

The article details the history of the basin from then to now, and it’s very enlightening. Essentially the author argues that it’s time for Superfund, that such a designation didn’t hurt Durango downstream when it went through similar cleanup, and that Moab, Utah is undergoing the same thing right now and the tourists seem oblivious.

Scott Walker, Puppet

Not just of the Koch Brothers, either. Nope. His first political affiliation was with the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC. It’s a lobbying shop which calls itself a charity and is thus deemed tax-exempt. It’s really a front for a group which writes corporate-friendly legislative language and then offers it to its members for use in their home states.

Brian Murphy has written a good backgrounder on Walker’s ties to the group over at Talking Points Memo. It’s worth a read.

Now it’s Hilda

Last week we had Guillermo threatening us. This week it’s Hilda. At 5:00PM HST she was

  • 540 miles SE of Hilo
  • 595 miles ESE of Kailua-Kona
  • 555 miles ESE of South Point
  • 665 miles SE of Kahului
  • 715 miles SE of Kaunakakai
  • 685 miles SE of Lanai City
  • 760 miles SE of Honolulu
  • 855 miles SE of Lihue
  • 900 miles ESE of Niihau
  • 1415 miles E of Johnston Atoll
  • 2085 miles ESE of Midway

HildaStorm

This is pretty rich

Erick Erickson, who is one of the leaders of the very conservative and influential Red State website, has disinvited Donald Trump from an upcoming gathering the website operators plan to host. Why?

His comment was inappropriate. It is unfortunate to have to disinvite him. But I just don’t want someone on stage who gets a hostile question from a lady and his first inclination is to imply it was hormonal. It just was wrong.

I have invited Megyn Kelly to attend in Donald Trump’s place tomorrow night.

Why do I say this is rich? Here’s Erickson, tweeting on the occasion of Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States David Souter’s retirement announcement:

Erickson’s post said: “The nation loses the only goat —-ing child molester to ever serve on the Supreme Court in David Souter’s retirement.”

He followed up that comment with this one: “Lefties really get offended when you point out what David Souter does in his spare time with goats and kids.”

I don’t know what prompted Erickson to disinvite Trump. Despite his “chivalrous” claim about Megyn Kelly, he’s got no real sense of decency in him. I doubt that his constituency at Red State.com was clamoring for Trump’s head either. Maybe he’ll write his memoirs someday and tell us the truth.