Worst Persons: April 5
Knowing that in a world where a man not only burns a copy of the Quran but in so doing, reneges on his own promise to not burn a copy of the Quran and can still call himself a quote "Pastor" - there are a lot of people who are much, much worse... here are the Worst Persons of the Day for April 5th.
We have to start with a Bronze for President Obama. The one legacy of President Bush that he actually took a step to correct... the one corner of the stable he decided to clean - he's now going to leave filled with a very toxic waste. Khalid Sheik Mohammed will be tried not in a court of justice but in a military tribunal, at Guantanamo Bay - which means Mr. Obama will not only have not closed Gitmo as he promised, but he is now promising to keep it open, presumably through the election.
But worse than the political tawdriness of the President's cave-in is how the world will now view us - the country. The sad reality here is that we have had a defeat - without a war. We have told the world that the American system of Justice - the essence of Democracy - is incapable of dealing with terrorist scum. We in New York have also told the world that we are incapable of dealing with the complexities of the trial of a pig like Khalid Sheik Mohammed. In short - to borrow the phrase of the previous decade, we've let the terrorists win.
Our runner-up is Montana state representative Alan Hale - no relation to the Skipper from Gilligan's Island (The Skipper was a leader). He has risen to the floor of the House to oppose the stiffening of DUI laws there, after a string of horrific accidents made even most of the Conservatives of the state decide action was necessary.
Saying that taverns and bars tie small communities like his together, Representative Hale said that customers had to either drive or hitch-hike to get to them "and I promise you that they're not going to hitch-hike" - implying they should be permitted to drive drunk to and from them. Quoting Mr. Hale further: "These DUI laws are not doing our small businesses in our state any good at all. They are destroying them. They are destroying a way of life that has been in Montana for years and years."
Incidentally, Mr. Hale's full-time job? Bar-owner.
But our winner: another indication of why if you're angry about Conservative Holier-Than-Thou Idiots taking over this country, you need to run for local office - another State Representative... Republican Eric Turner of Indiana. He has introduced HB 1210, which would make abortions illegal there after the 20th week. A Democrat introduced an amendment that would exempt victims of rape or incest. Turner called that a quote, "giant loophole."
"I want to be very careful," Turner began (and then proceeded to be not careful at all). "I don't want to disparage in any way someone who's gone through the experience of rape, or an incest. But someone who is desirous of an abortion could simply say that they've been raped, or there's incest."
Mr. Turner, therefore, is calling many of the people of his own state, liars - which I hope his opponent will remind them of, in the next election. But obviously, more importantly, not only are women who are granted rape or incest exemptions required to back up their claims to police and/or prosecutors - but, more terribly, more heart-breakingly, most of the lying done by women in this country about incest and particularly rape... is the shamed, nightmarish lie that it didn't happen, not that it did. Lies that destroy lives and families and children and parents and sometimes parts of entire communities.
As many as 60 percent of all rapes go unreported and one set of statistics shows 15 out of 16 rapists never spend a day in jail. And this yahoo wants to ignore these victims on the slim chance that a pregnant woman could actually jump through hoops with the police to get an abortion in her 21st week in Indiana. Worse still, he wants to make it just that much less likely that the real victims will ever come forward - come forward and risk being called liars, by the likes of State Representative Eric Turner of Indiana, Today's... Worst Person.