Quote of the Day

“Mississippi may not shift its obligation to respect the established constitutional rights of its citizens to another state.”

Judge E. Grady Jolly of the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, in an opinion that will allow Mississippi’s only remaining abortion clinic to stay open.

A good day for the women of Mississippi and women all over America.

Mad Moron of Mississippi

Nut job Mississippi state senator Chris McDaniel is running for U. S. senator against GOP incumbent Thad Cochran and tapes keep surfacing from the radio show McDaniel used to host, where he functioned as a two-bit Rush.

In the latest one, he claims that American Muslims are “just looking for an excuse to hate” the U. S.

And you, Chris, are delighted to keep providing one.

Sochi Hypocrisy?

WaPo has an interesting story* pointing out that eight U. S. states have so-called “no homo promo” bans in their school curricula that are very much like Russia’s anti-gay laws.  These states — and I’m sure you already guessed some of them — are Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina, Louisiana, Texas, Arizona, Utah, and Oklahoma.

But I’m still not watching the Olympics because of the dog killing.  You spent $50 billion and you couldn’t build an animal shelter?

* “Eight U. S. states have policies similar to Russia’s ban on gay propaganda,” Niraj Chokski

Mississippi Moron

Gov. Phil Bryant (R-Mississippi) says he’s refusing to expand Medicaid because — wait for it — Obamacare might get repealed.

It would be terrible to give people health care they need today in case the GOP wins the White House and both houses of Congress and repeals the thing in 2017.

If only the 25 states and the District of Columbia that have expanded Medicaid would show such concern for their people.

 

Ricin Arrest

Kenneth Curtis of Tupelo, Mississippi, has been arrested in connection with the letters sent to President Obama and Mississippi,  Sen. Roger Wicker that tested positive for ricin.

It is unclear what strain of nut job Mr. Curtis is.

It is also unclear whether he actually made ricin toxin or just some mashed-up castor beans that would give a positive test result, but not pose a health risk.  Further tests are underway.

New GOP — Same as the Old

North Dakota is going to have a “personhood amendment” on its ballot in 2014.

You know, the provision that says a fertilized egg has the same constitutional rights you and I have.   The thing that would ban not only all abortions (rape, incest, life of the mother), but also hormonal birth control and in vitro fertilization.

The provision that those wild and crazy leftist radicals in Mississippi defeated.

Having measures like this on the ballot will generate lots of attention beyond North Dakota in 2014 and affect other races, just as ignorant extremists like Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin tainted the GOP beyond their own losing races and hurt the party across the board, including Mitt.

OK, Now I’m Shocked

This will turn your stomach.

Haley Barbour met with a small group of top donors to Karl Rove’s Super PAC last week in Tampa and told them he was sorry that Chris Christie didn’t “put a hot poker to Obama’s butt” in his keynote address.

Doesn’t the former governor of Mississippi know that some slaves were branded like animals?

Barbour thought it was a private meeting (as did Rove himself when he made his joke about Todd Akin getting murdered), but Bloomberg Businessweek is reporting the comments.

UPDATE:  Barbour has apologized.

Akin Staying In

A defiant Todd Akin says he’s staying in his Senate race against Claire McCaskill in Missouri.  I expect he’s furious about the hypocrisy of those in the GOP calling for him to exit.  Some of them might not agree with him that you can’t get pregnant if you’ve been raped, but the result they support is the same — no abortions for rape victims.

A huge headache for Mitt, who has now been forced to say that his administration won’t oppose abortion in case of rape.

Funny, that’s not what the GOP platform has said since 1976.  Funny, that’s not what Paul Ryan has said his whole career (he and Akin are joined at the hip on abortion).  Funny, that’s not what Mitt agreed to when he told Mike Huckabee that he would “absolutely” sign a personhood amendment, which says that a fertilized egg is a human being, an amendment so radical and bizarre that it failed to pass in Mississippi.

This is a flip where Mitt would immediately flop if he won and cave to the base, a temporary pander to try to hold the line on the already huge gender gap.  Good luck with that Mittens, we see right through you, and your little dog Ryan too.

Thank you, Todd Akin, for giving abortion rights the spotlight they deserve in this race.

Mississippi’s Only Abortion Clinic Stays Open for Now

The federal district court judge dealing with the new Mississippi law that would close that state’s only abortion clinic has granted a partial preliminary injunction (replacing the temporary restraining order) that will keep the clinic open.

The judge ruled that while the new law can go into effect, there can be no criminal or civil action against the clinic as long as they are trying to comply with the law, which requires doctors performing abortions at the clinic to have admitting privileges at a local hospital.  So far, requests for such privileges have been denied, as those in the GOP who pushed for the law knew they would be.  Of course, in an emergency, a woman needing hospitalization would be taken to the nearest hospital, and doctors there would attend to her, so the whole admitting privileges thing is just BS.