Open thread for night owls: Carson links abortion to slavery and claims he is a ‘reasonable person’

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Daniel Politi at Slate writes—Ben Carson Likens Women Seeking Abortion to Slave Owners:

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson compared abortion to slavery in an interview on Sunday, insisting women who are raped or victims of incest should not be allowed to terminate their pregnancies. “Think about this,” Carson said on NBC’s Meet the Press. “During slavery—and I know that’s one of those words you’re not supposed to say but I’m saying it—during slavery, a lot of slave owners thought they had the right to do whatever they wanted to that slave, anything that they chose. And what if the abolitionists had said, ‘I don’t believe in slavery but you guys do whatever you want’? Where would be?”

Carson, who is challenging Donald Trump for the role of frontrunner in the battle for the GOP presidential nomination, said he would “love” to see Roe v. Wade overturned. When

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whether there could be exceptions that would allow abortions to be carried out in certain circumstances he said the issue could be discussed.
“I’m a reasonable person. And if people can come up with a reasonable explanation of why they would like to kill a baby, I’ll listen,” Carson said. But he made it clear that the only room for discussion had to do with the “extraordinarily rare situation” in which the mother’s life is at risk. “Rape or incest, I would not be for killing a baby because the baby came about in that way,” Carson added.

xxdr zombiexx has a discussion posted on this subject here.



Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2007Fire, Water and Political Leadership in the West:

It’s hard not to fall into the land of cliche when contemplating the scope of the disaster engulfing southern California, with hundreds of square miles burned, hundreds of thousands of residents forced to flee, and hundreds of homes and businesses destroyed. The Santa Ana winds and the havoc they’ve carried with them provide the starkest reminder since Katrina that nature in its fury is (in the actual meaning of the world) awesome.
But there’s a slower, more insidious and even more inevitable threat than fire Westerners are facing; a challenge inextricably tied to those fires, the conditions that created them, and the destruction wrought. Water, or actually our ever diminishing supply of it. A terrifying article in Sunday’s NY Time’s Magazine lays it out.



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