December 04, 2009

Huckabee's Pardons

Amazing to see the name of Mike Huckabee in Frank Schaeffer's piece in this context this week:

George Grant is one of the far right/theocratic mentors. He appeared with Rushdoony in the video, “God’s Law and Society.” Grant was the co-author for Huckabee’s 1998 book, Kids Who Kill: Confronting Our Culture of Violence. That was the book where Huckabee and Grant said homosexuality and pedophilia, sadomasochism and necrophilia were all “institutionally supported aberrations.”

Huckabee and Grant were echoing Rushdoony (one of the Christian Right's most important founders) who advocated putting homosexuals to death. And this is exactly what the Family and fundamentalists in American are supporting in Uganda today.

But, this is the same Huckabee in the news this week who pardoned murders and rapists because they found some Christian to vouch for them that they had been saved and were deserving of being forgiven and set free.

Huckabee has proudly declared on many occasions that he disdains the separation of church and state, insisting that his strict Baptist piety should serve as the bedrock of public policy. Nowhere in his record as governor was the influence of religious zeal felt more heavily than in the distribution of pardons and commutations, as his own explanations have indicated. During those years he granted more commutations and pardons than any governor during the previous four decades, many of them surely justified as a response to excessive penalties under the state's draconian narcotics laws. But others were deeply controversial, especially because so many of his acts of mercy appeared to depend on interventions by fellow Baptist preachers and by inmate professions of renewed Christian faith.

...Huckabee granted mercy to prisoners whom he chanced to meet, to prisoners who had personal connections to him or his family, and especially to prisoners who were vouchsafed to him by the pastors he had befriended during his years as a Baptist minister and denominational leader. Among the thugs who benefited from his mercy was a robber who beat an old man to death with a lead pipe.

How could someone who was so forgiving of those who committed horrendous crimes be so vindictive and harsh in other cases (especially against gays)? Well, when you realize Huckabee is the prototypical Authoritarian follower (as defined by Robert Altemeyer), it is not too surprising to see that his thinking and reasoning is so compartmentalized and thus so hypocritical and nonsensical. There is something deeply wrong with the way people like Huckabee make decisions.

Posted by Mary at December 4, 2009 01:09 AM | Wingnuts | Technorati links |

"There is something deeply wrong with the way people like Huckabee make decisions."

I'm wondering about our president's decision making process? Why hasn't he executive ordered "don't ask, don't tell" out of the military? Where has his voice been for getting rid of DOMA? Every measure he's made has been about turning his back on the very people who voted him into office. Look at this new retooled Afghan policy he announced on Tuesday night. Even Jon Stewart caught on to how much he took his verbiage from any one of President Bush's speeches the past few years. Now that's "change" for ya. Maybe we ought to hit him with plagiarism or something? Who did write that speech anyway? Rove?

Now Mary here wants to focus on some conservative acting liberal. Commuting guilty people's sentences to something less. But she doesn't seem to want to face off against any of the judges who had this creep in front of them afterwords. Someone had in jail just the week before, how much was that bail set at?

And then we have this AG Holder placing those detainees in Gitmo on trial in NYC. Have a public, normal trial like anyone else. But, this guy says whatever the outcome, these detainees will NEVER be released. How perverted is that? How is that "change" from the former administration? That's so Cheney'esque.

And still no mention of "warmergate". Try googling Harry Readme and go through that 247 page file, very eye opening.

Posted by: peter at December 5, 2009 09:35 PM

Here's a link to "warmergate" for anyone interested:

Posted by: Flo at December 7, 2009 09:39 AM

From a PPP poll just out:

"Our monthly look at the 2012 Presidential race, due out Thursday, will show Huckabee’s favorability at 35/35, pretty much unchanged from 36/37 on our November poll. And not only does it show him once again as the Republican who comes closest to Barack Obama, but it also shows him coming closer to Obama than he has in any of the previous nine monthly polls."

Then again, this pollster did have Hoffman up by 19.

Posted by: peter at December 8, 2009 08:58 PM

" From: Kevin Trenberth
To: Michael Mann
Subject: Re: BBC U-turn on climate
Date: Mon, 12 Oct 2009 08:57:37 -0600
Cc: Stephen H Schneider , Myles Allen , peter stott , “Philip D. Jones” , Benjamin Santer , Tom Wigley , Thomas R Karl , Gavin Schmidt , James Hansen , Michael Oppenheimer

Hi all

Well I have my own article on where the heck is global warming ? We are asking that here in Boulder where we have broken records the past two days for the coldest days on record. We had 4 inches of snow. The high the last 2 days was below 30F and the normal is 69F, and it smashed the previous records for these days by 10F. The low was about 18F and also a record low, well below the previous record low.

This is January weather (see the Rockies baseball playoff game was canceled on saturday and then played last night in below freezing weather).

Trenberth, K. E., 2009: An imperative for climate change planning: tracking Earth’s global energy. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 1, 19-27, doi:10.1016/j.cosust.2009.06.001. [1][PDF] (A PDF of the published version can be obtained from the author.)

The fact is that we can’t account for the lack of warming at the moment and it is a travesty that we can’t. The CERES data published in the August BAMS 09 supplement on 2008 shows there should be even more warming: but the data are surely wrong. Our observing system is inadequate.***"

Try that last sentence on for size. How much are we willing to spend on something that is so "inadequate". And this after spending billions on this research.

Posted by: peter at December 8, 2009 09:47 PM

The best summary of "warmergate" is probably on wikipedia:

But the best comment about the faux-scandal, also quoted in the wikipedia article, is as follows:

"The writers of the RealClimate blog, cited by Computerworld magazine, expressed the view that what was not contained in the e-mails was the most interesting element: "There is no evidence of any worldwide conspiracy, no mention of George Soros nefariously funding climate research, no grand plan to 'get rid of the MWP' [Medieval Warm Period], no admission that global warming is a hoax, no evidence of the falsifying of data, and no 'marching orders' from our socialist/communist/vegetarian overlords."

P.S. "Faux" means FAKE.

Posted by: Flo at December 10, 2009 02:45 PM

Funny flo mentions MWP, one of the emails from Briffa reads, "I believe that the recent warmth was probably matched about 1000 years ago." He said that on Sept. 22, 1999. Followed by a Mann email the same date, "everyone in the room at IPCC was in agreement that this was a problem and a potential distraction/detraction from the reasonably concensus viewpoint we’d like to show w/ the Jones et al and Mann et al series." (So let us conspire) Mann continues: "So, if we show Keith’s series in this plot, we have to comment that “something else” is responsible for the discrepancies in this case.…Otherwise, the skeptics have an field day casting doubt on our ability to understand the factors that influence these estimates and, thus, can undermine faith in the paleoestimates."

The answer to this problem was to use that now infamous "trick". Lets adjust the data and "hide the decline". Sure looks like a "conspiracy" going on worldwide. If EAU-CRU's models are in question, so are all the other "independent" models getting the same results. There is only one set of historical data that each of these "independent" analysis draw from. They all are using "tricks" to get similar results. Use the raw data and no warming is found. The world is discovering this thanks to a new Galileo or Galileo's pointing out what the establishment scientific community wouldn't acknowledge.

This stuff is complex, mother nature is complex. To reduce mother nature to a single variable, CO2 is rather simplistic. Ice has melted before, Greenland once was inhabited with peoples planting crops until the mini ice age happened. CO2 was once way higher than today's levels. Where are the SO2 readings? And what were the water levels in New Amsterdam or the Maldives in the MWP? The sun is responsible for 98% of the earth's warmth. Yet, to AGW fans, it has minimal impact. "Its all about us."

Posted by: peter at December 11, 2009 09:56 AM