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Monday, December 17, 2007

Urp. But probably effective in Iowa.

Posted By on Mon, Dec 17, 2007 at 3:01 PM

Wonkette provides snark.

Maybe the folks in Iowa should read about Huckabee's "noxious stew" of right wing ideology on Daily Kos. The post remembers when The Huckster blamed school yard killings on, among others, environmentalism and homosexual activism. Dog killings? He doesn't say.

UPDATE: Heck, while we're at it, check the jump for 1998 Arkansas Times story in which Huckabee says equality for women in the work place wasn't such a good thing either.


Huckabee disputes book profiteering charge

He's uncertain whether he'll share profits with memorial fund.


By Jan Cottingham


Gov. Mike Huckabee may contribute to the memorial fund for the victims of Jonesboro’s schoolyard shootings, but his donation won’t depend on whether he makes money from his latest book, “Kids Who Kill,” published barely two months after the shootings.

Even though “Kids Who Kill” opens with a vivid description of the shootings that killed five and wounded 10--and publicity releases for the book refer to the shootings--a governor’s spokesman said the book wasn’t about the shootings.

The governor himself angrily disputed the suggestion at a news conference Tuesday and suggested news media could just as easily be accused of profiting from the shootings by selling ads for publications and broadcasts carrying the news.

Critics, including Bobby McDaniel of Jonesboro, attorney for families of some of the victims of the Westside school shootings, have said the governor appears to be profiting from the tragedy. Huckabee was paid a $25,000 advance for his book, much of which consists of quotations from other writers. If the book, selling for $11.99, earns more than $25,000, the governor will receive a percentage of sales.

One angry caller to the Arkansas Times wondered whether the governor would be contributing a share of the book’s profits to the memorial fund.

Asked the question, Rex Nelson, Huckabee’s campaign manager, at first told the Times that he wasn’t aware of any plans by Huckabee to donate, but “once the proceeds start rolling in, that might be done.” Huckabee himself declined to go that far at his news conference, saying he intended profits from the book to pay for his children's college education. The governor also explained to the Democrat-Gazette that the book had been done on his own time and help from gubernatorial staffers also had been contributed after work hours.

Nelson called later to say that “I asked the governor and he said he may at some time make a personal contribution to the fund at Jonesboro, but it won’t be because of the book because the book’s not about the shootings in Jonesboro.”

Following is the opening paragraph of “Kids Who Kill: Confronting Our Culture of Violence,” by Huckabee and Dr. George Grant:

“Just after lunch on March 24, 1998, a sudden burst of gunfire cut through the crowded schoolyard of Westside Middle School in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Four minutes and twenty-seven bullets later, fifteen bodies lay bleeding on the ground. Four little girls and one teacher were killed. A few moments later, authorities apprehended two male suspects. Both boys were students at the school--one was a mere eleven years old, the other only thirteen.”

Promotional material for the book also opens with remarks about “the horrifying crime that took place in the quiet little town of Jonesboro, Arkansas.”

Nelson said Huckabee began gathering material for the book last fall, after he completed his first book, “Character Is the Issue.”

Broadman and Holman Publishers, a division of the Baptist Sunday School Board in Nashville, Tenn., is the publisher of both of Huckabee’s books. Its promotional flyer for “Kids Who Kill” states that while “the media pounced on this story [the Jonesboro shootings], seizing the opportunity to mount their proverbial soapboxes to address the issues, few -- if any -- took the time to really research the facts.”

But Huckabee, the publisher says, met with Jonesboro residents and the victims’ families. He “uses the pages of this book to explore the crisis looming over our country. ... Huckabee pulls everything together and proposes a key to recovery -- the return to basic values: faith, family, work, and community.”

Some excerpts from “Kids Who Kill”:

In the chapter “The Demoralization of America,” Huckabee writes, “The basic values of our nation are persistently called into question as patriotism slowly succumbs to cynicism, bringing public distrust of the government to epidemic levels.”

Also, “A Pandora’s box has been opened and its evils unleashed by the champions of secular modernity, the majority of whom are composed of the popular media, along with various marginalized groups who have found their voice and turned up the volume.”

In the chapter “Families Under Siege,” Huckabee writes, “Equalize the workplace, the experts argued, ‘and women will have better opportunity.’ Sadly, they were wrong.”

Retired Lt. Col. Dave Grossman of Jonesboro is director of the Killology Research Group and studies the psychology of killing. Grossman wrote the book “On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society” and teaches at Arkansas State University.

Asked about Huckabee’s book and its appropriateness, Grossman called the governor “a great American.”

“It’s not profiting. Think of it as propheting,” Grossman said. “What we’ve got to do is take these things and turn them into meaning, and if the governor of the state can’t do that, then who can?”

Grossman specifically targets television as a primary cause of juvenile violence but agreed with Huckabee’s contention that immorality, divorce and abortion play roles.

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