Again, so soon?

TDKilo

This one’s named Kilo. Hopefully he’ll miss us by lots of kilometers.

This is the third storm in a couple of weeks to threaten us. That’s why I get frosted by national newsreaders who say Danny is “the first named storm of the season.” Maybe in the Atlantic, you East Coast-centric dimwit, but we’ve already had a few out here and they’re just as terrifying as any one that moves through the Caribbean.

Brown-skinned people go home!

That is Donald Trump’s message, and some of his fellow candidates for the Republican nomination for President are echoing him.

As a Democrat, I couldn’t be more pleased. Hillary or Bernie will still have to work hard to gain the votes of our Hispanic/Latino fellow citizens, but it doesn’t hurt when your opposition party unleashes its not-so-latent xenophobia and makes it a major issue in its primary elections.

While Trump is the one advocating trains of cattle cars taking 11 million people across the border to Mexico (there’s an image, huh?), Scott Walker seems to think the 14th Amendment can be reversed by a simple act of Congress (“enforce the laws?” What does that even mean, Governor Walker? The Constitution is the law). Senator Ted Cruz credits Trump with bringing up the subject of immigration without mentioning trains. Jeb Bush disagrees, to his credit, but that makes him less likely to win in some primaries, where they love the red meat and hate the moderates and liberals. Rubio wants “legal” immigration but doesn’t like to talk of details. The rest of the crowd is hiding from Trump and his bellicosity.

Keep it up, Trump.

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.