Jeb Bush: It’s “Intellectual Arrogance” to Embrace Scientific Consensus on Climate Change

Jeb Bush is tired of the arrogance that abounds in the discussion of climate change.

That’s right, he’s tired of the legislators who think that a snowball trumps science. He’s fed up with the graduates of the University of Conspiracy Theories and the Research Fellows at the Institute of I-Googled-That-So-I’m-An-Expert who think that 97% of the subject matter experts who have spent years studying the topic are either wrong, part of a global-warming-promoting-cabal, or both.

Nah, I’m just kidding. He’s really tired of the people who think that those goofy “experts” know what they’re talking about and the “arrogance” of refusing to acknowledge a non-existent controversy.

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Mike Huckabee: Even Though He May Have Fondled Little Girls’ Breasts and Vaginas, I Still Support Josh Duggar

In a statement released on Facebook this afternoon, Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee expressed his support for Josh Duggar, despite allegations that he molested five girls (including his own family members, while some of them were asleep).



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After He Was Accused of Child Molestation, Josh Duggar’s Family Did Everything Wrong

The last time we posted about Josh Duggar (below), one of TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting” and the Executive Director of Family Research Council’s FRC Action, he was working hard to overturn a nondiscrimination bill in Fayetteville, Arkansas in order to make life worse for LGBT citizens in the area.

His hate group has repeatedly said LGBT people pose a threat to children, alleging that there’s a link between homosexuality and pedophilia and that gay parents are somehow worse than straight ones.

Turns out Josh Duggar is far more dangerous to children than the LGBT people he has demonized for so long.

According to a police report obtained by In Touch magazine, several years ago, Josh was accused of touching five underage girls on their breasts and vaginas. (Four of them were his sisters. Some of them were sleeping when he molested them.)

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Bill Nye Speaks About Climate Change in Rutgers Commencement Address

Bill Nye delivered a commencement address at Rutgers over the weekend (just after receiving an honorary degree) that focused on the importance of climate change and the next generation’s burden:



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Rape and Incest Exemptions to Abortion Are Just “Political” Concessions, Says Anti-Choice Leader

“Personal responsibility” is language that often gets thrown around in the abortion debate by those who would limit women’s reproductive choices. “Abortion is selfish. Abortion is the ultimate rejection of personal responsibility,” is a familiar refrain. If a woman consents to sex, she consents to pregnancy, and should “take responsibility,” the thinking goes, by carrying through the pregnancy.

Now, there are quite a few flaws with that thinking (consent to sex is not consent to pregnancy being the most obvious), but it seems to be a line that meets with some success. While many people believe there should be limitations on when abortion is available, a full 75% of Gallup respondents, for instance, believe that abortion should be legal for rape victims. While there are many reasons that could go into that (like not wishing to force further trauma, through forced pregnancy, on a victim), at least among the pro-life people I know, the fact that the woman didn’t have a say in the matter and isn’t “just using abortion as birth control” factors heavily into their support for rape exemptions.

As it happens, personal responsibility is more of a wedge tactic than an actual argument against abortion. Rape and incest exceptions become the compromise between the two sides.

But this isn’t the way anti-abortion groups and activists see things. For years now, for instance, the Republican Party has maintained a strict anti-abortion platform… with no exception for rape and incest victims. The slow whittling away of abortion rights may make it necessary to concede these exemptions in the short term, but what about in the long-term?

Anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List’s president, Marjorie Dannenfelser, speaking of a recent anti-abortion bill that passed in the House, answered that question. And she pulled no punches in discussing the “political calculations” of these exemptions:

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