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Noem Cries “Fake News” at Ten-Year-Old Rape Victim; Ohio Police Arrest Confessing Rapist, Confirm in Court Child Had Abortion in Indiana

In other things Kristi Noem can’t get right on Twitter, the Snow Queen Friday night tried to dismiss the story of a ten-year-old Ohio rape victim who got an abortion in Indiana as “Literal #FakeNews” used by CNN journalist Dana Bash to “trap” Noem in a televised interview about abortion restrictions.

Kristi Noem, tweet, 2022.07.08.
Kristi Noem, tweet, 2022.07.08.

Ohio police must now be carrying out fake arrests based on fake confessions:

A Columbus man has been charged with impregnating a 10-year-old Ohio girl, whose travel to Indiana to seek an abortion led to international attention  following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v Wade and activation of Ohio’s abortion law.

Gershon Fuentes, 27, whose last known address was an apartment on Columbus’ Northwest Side, was arrested Tuesday after police say he confessed to raping the child on at least two occasions. He’s since been charged with rape, a felony of the first degree in Ohio.

…The 10-year-old also told police Fuentes was the father of the pregnancy, Huhn testified. [Franklin County Assistant Prosecutor Dan] Meyer said the girl had just turned 10 recently, meaning she was likely impregnated at 9 years old [Bethany Bruner, Monroe Trombly, and Tony Cook, “Arrest Made in Rape of Ohio Girl That Led to Indiana Abortion Drawing International Attention,” Columbus Dispatch, 2022.07.13].

Oh, but maybe Noem was just saying the trip to Indiana and the abortion were fake. In that case, Ohio police must be giving fake testimony under oath in court:

Columbus police were made aware of the girl’s pregnancy through a referral by Franklin County Children Services that was made by her mother on June 22, Det. Jeffrey Huhn testified Wednesday morning at Fuentes’ arraignment. On June 30, the girl underwent a medical abortion in Indianapolis, Huhn said.

Huhn also testified that DNA from the clinic in Indianapolis is being tested against samples from Fuentes, as well as the child’s siblings, to confirm contribution to the aborted fetus [Bruner, Trombly, and Cook, 2022.07.13].

Ohio Republican Attorney General Dave Yost was plying Noem’s fake-news line on Fox News Monday and underscored that sentiment to USA Today yesterday:

“Every day that goes by the more likely that this is a fabrication. I know the cops and prosecutors in this state. There’s not one of them that wouldn’t be turning over every rock, looking for this guy and they would have charged him,” he said. “I’m not saying it could not have happened. What I’m saying to you is there is not a damn scintilla of evidence. And shame on the Indianapolis paper that ran this thing on a single source who has an obvious axe to grind” [Laura A. Bischoff, “Ohio AG Dave Yost Cast Doubt on 10-Year-Old Rape Victim Case, Noe ‘Rejoices’ at Arrest,” Columbus Dispatch, 2022.07.13].

Yost seems to believe the story is real today:

After news broke Wednesday of an arrest in the case, Yost issued a single sentence statement: “We rejoice anytime a child rapist is taken off the streets.”

He later added that he’s “absolutely delighted that this monster has been taken off the street. If convicted, he should spend the rest of his life in prison” [Bischoff, 2022.07.13].

No word yet on whether Kristi Noem now believes the rape and the abortion happened or whether she still maintains it was all an elaborate trap to get her to answer a difficult policy question about whether she would change South Dakota’s abortion ban to except ten-year-old victims of rape (a question Noem did not answer).

Maybe she needs to go relax in the mansion sauna some more before she can figure out what to say. Or maybe Kristi just needs to turn down the heat on her sauna and her Twitter and take time to read the news.

72 Comments

  1. larry kurtz 2022-07-13 14:54

    Why anyone is surprised by Mrs. Noem’s outright lies remains a mystery. She revels in prevarications because it’s how she raises money and no Republicans will call he on it.

  2. Allen Jeris 2022-07-13 15:19

    Possibly could have all been avoided if we had better policy at our border and not let individuals enter illegally.

  3. P. Aitch 2022-07-13 15:31

    You had trouble in school didn’t you Jerry Allen?

  4. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2022-07-13 15:31

    Allen, how would better border policy have prevented Noem from trying to dodge a difficult question by distracting us with cries of Fake News and media entrapment?

  5. mike from iowa 2022-07-13 15:58

    Like I said yesterday, Liar is short, sweet and too true in Noem’s case.

    I can hear Tucker the Sucker screaming Noem didn’t lie if the child was impregnated at age 9.

  6. Bob Newland 2022-07-13 16:08

    It could have all been avoided if everyone involved had studied the Bible more closely and recited the pledge of allegiance more rigorously.

  7. All Mammal 2022-07-13 16:15

    Too many so-called patriots make the argument FOR abortion when they speak/tweet.
    AJ-Keep your pointy hood over your ginsel mug ya grand mal wizard. Open the borders. Wide. All adults on the planet are responsible for ALL the children on the planet. Its on all our hands.
    Diabolical are the ones with nothing but drivel to say when a baby girl is suffering. I hope she follows VP Harris’s example and sets things straight some day. Especially Noem and Allen. Just take a pliers and straighten them out like craggy ol wire.

  8. P. Aitch 2022-07-13 16:50

    NOEP

  9. M 2022-07-13 16:53

    Wow, Kristi and her Fox friends think that undergoing surgery for an abortion resulting from rape or incest is more traumatic than the violent sexual act that occurred. How barbaric!!!! A 9-year-old girl, probably in 3rd grade was anesthetized before the abortion and will be saved the physical stress on her young body now that the germ is expelled. Imagine a body the size of a 3rd grade girl being forced to full term from such barbaric, Taliban mentality. Clearly an example of why we should NOT have religion dictating what we do politically.

    I know there are a great many Catholics out there but I don’t care anymore. I refuse to let celibate old white men tell me what to do with my body. I was born a Lutheran and will die a Lutheran, a very liberal sect. And, I’m prepared to move not just from S.D. but from the U.S. as well within the next 3 years. I want to live my retirement years in a safe small European country of which I have in mind. I’m only biding my time now. This country will be so less developed by then, adios folks.

  10. grudznick 2022-07-13 17:01

    Mr. Smith could bring this up in his debate with Governor Noem. He did issue a press release that was kind of mean spirited so I’m sure he could spring bringing this 10 year old girl out on state like how Ms. Noem brought out that harasser lady during the last elections. I’m just sayin…

  11. LCJ 2022-07-13 17:19

    The rapist was an illegal alien. Illegal.

  12. Jenny 2022-07-13 18:01

    Whether the perverted penis that impregnated this child is from the US or Mexico or Denmark is beside the point.
    I actually know a lot of strict Catholic people that wouldn’t think nothing of having a 10 year old girl go through childbirth as a result of rape. Republicans, generally speaking, are more concerned about fetuses than a human being outside the womb.
    Republicans and especially the far right struggle deeply with empathy and one would have to have great patience to try to educate them on how traumatizing it would be for a 10 year old girl to go through 9 months of pregnancy and then delivery, not to mention the increased chances of having traumatic reproductive injuries that could prevent her from becoming pregnant ever again when she grows up.

  13. Mark Anderson 2022-07-13 18:33

    LCJ and Allen Jeris want to make it about illegals. They don’t give a damn about the little girl. They have other fish to fry. Just check out how many very young girls are raped in Ohio.

  14. Allen Jeris 2022-07-13 18:52

    P. Aitch- if you have something intelligent to add, just say it instead of trying to be a bully. If you want to compare credentials with me, then have it.

    Cory-it would have done nothing to prevent Noem from dodging that question. She dug her own grave and can eat humble pie on that one.

    All Mammal-can you even have a conversation with anyone who has a different opinion then you and not call them racist? It’s just so boring and loses its meaning when it’s used in you context. I guess grandstanding is your thing.

    Mark- there are multiple variables involved. You assuming I don’t care about that little girl is unjust.

  15. Mark Anderson 2022-07-13 19:13

    Gee Allen Jeris since you didn’t answer my question about vaccines and the iron lung I thought you were avoiding me. Do you always try to change the discussion?

  16. P. Aitch 2022-07-13 19:19

    Jerry Allen – I’m sorry you claim to be bullied. Maybe it’s from all the lobsters you ate as a child. But, the object is staying on topic and that’s important in school. Get it?

  17. larry kurtz 2022-07-13 19:19

    This is absurd. An Ohio doctor would have had to rule the girl’s pregnancy caused a “serious risk” of “substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function,” and then would have had to hope prosecutors were convinced. Why would any doctor run that risk?

    James Surowiecki

  18. Bonnie B Fairbank 2022-07-13 19:21

    Thank you, Bob Newland. I could not have said it better myself.
    Frankly, it’s time for la Noem to die. She’s vacuous, vicious, vile, stupid, vain, ignorant, and a waste of earthly resources and should have been drowned at birth. It’s a super-duper crime she was allowed to spawn.
    IDGAF about previous descriptions of her innocent and dewy youth learning from Ted Daschle and dandling upon her idiotic daddy’s knees.
    Just pay attention to how she represents herself now.

  19. larry kurtz 2022-07-13 19:26

    Now the Indiana AG is under pressure to charge the surgeon who performed the procedure. In South Dakota Republicans want to publish the names of people who get abortions.

  20. Allen Jeris 2022-07-13 19:33

    I don’t live on here Mark. I’ve posted vaccine research on here before. I also treat patients who have adverse effects from vaccine. Most come from Covid and they are not like anything I have seen before. I trying to figure out how my response to you prompted that.

    P. Aitch- look in the mirror. I bring a point up relevant to the conversation. You still haven’t even discussed anything relevant or bring anything on topic to the table. You just write “NOEP”. It this point your just gas lighting. Again, have at it.

  21. Mark Anderson 2022-07-13 19:36

    In Indiana it will be illegal in a couple of weeks. They will only use the body autonomy thing so far Larry.

  22. larry kurtz 2022-07-13 19:39

    No doubt the rapist is related to Nicholas Joseph Fuentes, a “far-right white nationalist political commentator and live streamer. The Anti-Defamation League has described Fuentes as a white supremacist.”

  23. Arlo Blundt 2022-07-13 19:40

    Well…Larry is correct…Governor Noem got a smell of this scandal and saw dollar signs…she spun it as well as she could calling for vengeance for the rapist and drawing a blank as to how the little girl should be treated or would be treated in South Dakota…I have not read that the rapist is an illegal alien in the media…If so, it gives Noem her escape hatch to totally ignore healthcare concerns of a ten year old and to slide into “border security” and her personal visit to Whatta Burger in Harlingen…Hope Smith bores down on her and keeps her on topic. Fact is, the rapist’s standing matters not. A rapist is a rapist, a ten year old girl is a ten year old girl, and abortion is health care.

  24. larry kurtz 2022-07-13 19:45

    That 9 year old girls are menstruating and able to become pregnant is evidence of widespread environmental contaminants.

  25. tara volesky 2022-07-13 20:00

    Apparently Noem feels she can raise more money now than she could when she use to believe in abortion in cases of rape and incest.

  26. Fairburn 2022-07-13 20:11

    I wonder what NOem’s daughters and granddaughters make of the fact that NOem thinks it would be more of a tragedy for them to abort an embryo than to force them to go through 9 months of pregnancy with a rapist’s baby while they are a little fourth-grade child. Because I’m SURE she wouldn’t be a hypocrite when it came to her own family . . .

  27. Richard Schriever 2022-07-13 20:18

    LCJ, when your ancestors came to this country – did they have “papers”?

  28. Mark Anderson 2022-07-13 20:43

    Sooo Allen are you an anti vaxxer along with being a shape shifter. Otherwise why do you continually try to remake the argument in your Political favor. So how would you deal with a nine ten year old pregnant girl? Prey for her?

  29. All Mammal 2022-07-13 21:06

    How can the DOC correct where a person is born? How can a person’s birthplace make them illegal? It is a natural law of the universe to have the right to live upon the face of the planet. Sometimes mountains and rivers make up borders, but mostly entitled..light complected sirs are responsible for the imaginary borders they claim is a crime to be born on the wrong side of. It’s never too late to read about King Myrtle to learn the concept that whitemanmade borders are unnatural and not very nice. Everything has the innate freedom of locomotion. And the inalienable right to forage for food and flee fires and death and stuff. We all share the sky and forest and waters. The good earth owns us. Not the other way around, sirs.
    You are right, though, Mr. Jeris. I wanted to be a racist since I was a little kid and saw Flo Jo sprint like the wind blows and win medals. I’m pretty fast. I haven’t crossed a finish line in awhile but I’m fast enough to still be a racist.

  30. Donald Pay 2022-07-13 22:03

    See, the big problem in Noem’s mind is not that 10-year-old’s rape. What is Noem’s concern? She gives it in her lede: “Last week Dana Bash…tried to trap me….”

    “Me.” That’s who Noem cares about, not the rape vicitm. She made a fool of herself in that interview, and she wants people to feel bad for her. Noem, a complete and total narcissist, cares nothing for that little girl.

    Well, that child was not Napolied (look it uo), so in these folks sick minds, she doesn’t qualify for an exception. Noem and Napoli are two sick puppies.

  31. larry kurtz 2022-07-13 22:23

    Infant formula is an edible food-like substance dispensed in plastic and created by the ag and chemical industries for profits and not for infant health. Republicans are not pro life so much as pro profit.

  32. Kurt Evans 2022-07-13 22:26

    The worst thing happening in South Dakota politics this year isn’t DPS secretary Craig Price using false accusations to destroy Jason Ravnsborg’s reputation, or even Marty Jackley pulling us back toward an attorney general’s office that runs cover for Price and other corrupt law enforcement agents.

    The worst thing happening in South Dakota politics is Governor Noem misrepresenting Jesus Christ and misleading His followers, and the tweet Cory cites is a clear example. Recklessly jumping to conclusions because of confirmation bias doesn’t advance the cause of life, or of liberty, or of Christianity.

    Governor Noem should resign.

  33. larry kurtz 2022-07-13 22:37

    Kristi Noem’s prosperity gospel is blasphemy, so sayeth the gored.

  34. Curt 2022-07-13 22:41

    Spot on, Mr Pay! It’s always about the Governess.
    We have a really clear choice this Election year between continuing the well-established pattern of corruption, nepotism, and general incompetence or choosing a man who is thoughtful, compassionate, intelligent and who actually earned a real college degree. Take your pick.

  35. Mark Anderson 2022-07-13 22:49

    Fake news from the snow queen, waddya expect? Now if she’d just ride topless like Vladimir she could go places.

  36. P. Aitch 2022-07-13 23:15

    Jerry Allen – You’re Cory’s bitch, now. How many times have you been called out for posts that follow no thread of the lead? Too many to count.

  37. scott 2022-07-14 06:58

    Typical Trump play by Noem. If you do not like the news or the news is not complimentary to you, call if fake news and blame the fake media.

    Noem keeps going lower and lower to stay relevant in politics.

  38. Allen Jeris 2022-07-14 10:17

    P. Aitch- I would love to see you try backing your comment coward.
    People disagree with me a lot as expected on this site. But it’s better then that other spin blog I can’t stand. I work full time and can’t respond back to every question because it’s usually involves numerous personal attacks and is not even relevant to the conversation. Personally, chatting face to face is always more fruitful. It keeps people humble.

  39. Eve Fisher 2022-07-14 10:29

    Larry, I agree there are environmental contaminants, but I started having periods when I was 9 way back in the early 1960s. Also, a woman does not have a period until after she has ovulated. This is why little girls who haven’t yet had periods can get pregnant. Check out my latest blog post on the female reproductive system.
    https://www.sleuthsayers.org/2022/07/the-semi-x-rated-blog.html

    BTW, PA Republican candidate Doug Mastriano for Governor is an anti-abortion absolutist, who opposes exceptions for rape, incest, and the life of the mother. So tell me all about compassionate conservatism.
    https://whyy.org/…/doug-mastriano-extreme-abortion-views/

  40. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2022-07-14 10:32

    Allen answers my question and acknowledges the main point of this post: Noem pounced on a distraction to dodge an important question. Her distraction has proven false, and she still hasn’t answered the primary policy question or even the humanitarian question: is it moral or even safe to force a 10-year-old to carry a pregnancy to term?

    Fake news? Try #FakeGovernor.

  41. larry kurtz 2022-07-14 10:40

    Thank you, Eve Fisher. DDT is an endocrine disrupter sprayed copiously since the 40s.

  42. larry kurtz 2022-07-14 12:05

    This thing is blowing up for Ian Fury’s old boss Gym Jordan, too. The suspect came to the US while the Trump Organization occupied the People’s House as well.

  43. mike from iowa 2022-07-14 12:14

    WSJ had an opinion piece about the fake rape and before they could publish it, thwey had to insert a correction. Then the paywall hit.

  44. Eve Fisher 2022-07-14 13:02

    BTW, the Indiana AG “looking into” the Indiana doctor who provided he legal medical abortion to the 10 year old Ohio rape victim. Nothing more Republican than that.
    Except for PA Republican candidate Doug Mastriano for Governor who is an anti-abortion absolutist, who opposes exceptions for rape, incest, AND the life of the mother. So tell me all about compassionate conservatism.
    https://whyy.org/articles/doug-mastriano-extreme-abortion-views/?fbclid=IwAR2iPwRbht9lgwms5Y5zn4IPSbh-yvMvTbtvlEsjhZ0SQS60LZkd5dhogzQ

  45. mike from iowa 2022-07-14 13:05

    Any chance magats do a mea culpa and beg normal people’s forgiveness for their vile lies and accusations about this 10 year old girl and her supporters? Who am I fooling?

  46. mike from iowa 2022-07-14 14:10

    Red faced magats who claimed the rape was a hoax decided to skip apologies and go after Biden’s border policies to keep their base simmering in climate change heated black cauldron they used to cook missionarys in.

  47. leslie 2022-07-14 14:44

    AJ-our offers here to sit w/a cuppa joe and hash out these red/blue disagreements have never been taken up by those such as yerownself. In my last 10 years. We do get face to face threats and rage from various County Fair red booths.

    LCJ- is a good recent example.

    We all have full-time lives to live. PUOSU

  48. Francis Schaffer 2022-07-14 14:52

    Where does HIPPA come into play with the doctor, the victim, the entire medical situation? Seems like some are willing to violate it.

  49. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2022-07-14 15:13

    HIPAA would totally prevent the doctor from sharing information about a named patient. But does HIPAA prevent doctors from sharing non-identifying information about their medical practice and experiences?

  50. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2022-07-14 15:15

    Yeah, that threat from Indiana AG Rokita, made on Fox News shows that the Noem/Trump Party will never admit they were wrong; they’ll just keep looking for more distractions.

    Noem, Rokita, and Fox news want to use the rapist to distract us from the main moral question. But let’s talk about the whole thing. Answer the question, Kristi: are you willing to force a ten-year-old to risk her life to bear the child of an illegal alien who raped her?

  51. larry kurtz 2022-07-14 15:38

    Coming across twitter now: at least sixteen Trump border patrol agents have been sentenced to prison for raping women and girls.

  52. Francis Schaffer 2022-07-14 16:01

    Cory
    Her name will come out. What then? How many times must she be victimized? and it has only just begun. At least I have heard no one say; ‘What about the father’s rights’?

  53. Donald Pay 2022-07-14 16:15

    I agree with Kurt Evens. Noem should resign. None of the Republican hypocrites, Noem included, are offering thoughts and prayers for the aborted fetus of the rapist. In efforts at distraction, they have tried to refocus on the “illegal” status of the rapist. How long before they engage in fake funerals for the fetal tissue? Really, Noem didn’t care about the rape victim. She didn’t even care about the fetal tissue, not enough, at least, to pretend to pray for it. She only thought about herself: “A week ago, Dana Bash…tried to trap me….” Such a person shouldn’t be Governor.

  54. mike from iowa 2022-07-14 16:33

    You can bet magats will milk this rape story for all the political capital and campaign contributions they can get, Noem Nothing included. Neither Noem or Gym Jordan has answered the questions about forcing a 10 y/o to carry a fetus to term.

  55. Mark Anderson 2022-07-14 16:46

    Over the long hall, this will abort the Republican party. It has become an issue of importance for many more Americans. They need to move their minority rule along more quickly if they are to survive. It’s not talk anymore.

    Freedom for women from government, only in blue states. The swing states will move toward the blue. The red states will have population growth. All those 12 year old girls will have to give birth. They will certainly be young age states. Oh well, the blue states might, just might, continue to support them.

  56. mike from iowa 2022-07-14 16:56

    National right to Life answered the 10 y/o rape victim’s question for Jordan and Noem Nothing. They declared the 10 y/0 should have been forced to give birth.

    Now magats are desperately trying to criminalize travelling out of state to obtain an abortion.

  57. Mark Anderson 2022-07-14 20:38

    Mike from iowa, slaves don’t get to travel out of state.

  58. DaveFN 2022-07-14 23:13

    larry kurtz

    “DDT is an endocrine disrupter sprayed copiously since the 40s.”

    Since the 40s? Use of DDT in the US was discontinued 50 years ago in 1972 by EPA order.

  59. mike from iowa 2022-07-16 13:49

    July 12, 2022…. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxluZX83mzY

    Where’s the outrage, magats? 41 y/o wasicu wastey stopped for drunk driving with 6 underage girls in his truck. Police find out he raped and impregnated a 12 y/o and then a 13 year old said he raped and impregnated her at 12, she miscarried and was pregnant again by him.

    Step up, you miserable excuses for moral kristian magats!

  60. DaveFN 2022-07-16 14:43

    larry kurtz

    DDT has NOT been “sprayed SINCE the 40s.” Your misuse of language for the sake of your sensationalism is what is at stake here. “Since” = in the intervening period between the time mentioned, ie., the 40s, and the time under consideration, namely, the present, ie., 2022. Again, DDT has NOT been sprayed in the US SINCE the 40s. (Pax, Rachel Carson).

    You therefore collapse and conflate the difference between a persistent organic pollutant with a relatively long half-life, with one which was, in fact, discontinued in the US 50 years ago.

    And that’s not all. Your lack of fundamental biochemical knowledge if not biology on endocrine disruptors is all too evident, as well. There is no doubt that chemicals, both naturally occurring and synthetic, have a wide variety of effects on biochemical processes. (Our earliest understanding of the serious nature of these effects came with diethylstilbestrol (DES) which was given to pregnant woman mainly from 1940 to 1970 with the incorrect belief that it would reduce the risk of pregnancy complications until clear-cell carcinoma, an otherwise rare vaginal tumor, was traced to its use. DES continues to be used to treat urinary incontinence in spayed female dogs).

    One might as well fault naturally-occurring chemicals for their effects, as far as that goes. It has been published, for example, that exposure to elevated levels of the naturally occurring stress hormone cortisol can result in masculinization of dimorphic species, namely, mosquitofish. Also, the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism published a study in 2019 that reported that lavender oil (naturally occurring) resulted in premature thelarche that resolved upon cessation of lavender-containing fragrance exposure commonly used in Hispanic communities. But animal studies do not necessarily extrapolate to what will occur in humans, and physiological changes do not translate into human sexual preferences.

    Endocrine treatment of trans-gendered individuals is well-documented. But to claim—as you have on more than one occasion—-that endocrine disruptors are therefore somehow (somehow, since your claims are so lacking in any nuance whatsoever (and “having tracked the matter for decades” as you claim doesn’t substitute for such knowledge)—-the CAUSE of human variation in sexual identity and object preference finds no unequivocal substantiation in the literature.

    One cannot successfully substitute pet theories raised to the level of sensationalism for what is fundamentally a lack of formal biochemical education without being rightly criticized.

  61. larry kurtz 2022-07-16 14:52

    I am not convinced that a person’s sexual preference is determined at conception or at birth. I have lived with or near more LGBTQ people than many have and every story is different: from hatred of a parent to exposure to hormone-producing environmental contaminants and lack of circumcision. Women bullied or abused by men for most of their lives or men growing up with a cold or absent father have been reasons given for personal choices.

    The blood-brain barrier is the network of blood vessels and tissue made up of closely spaced cells that helps keep harmful substances from reaching the brain. Metam Sodium/Potassium is a fumigant that bypasses the blood-brain barrier as do other endocrine disrupters like DDT, atrazine, neonicotinoids, glyphosate, dicamba and Imazalil, a carcinogenic fungicide that can alter hormone levels especially in children and adolescents.

    But Republicans scream RIGHT TO LIFE for human blastocysts as environmental pollutants occur more frequently in the umbilical cord blood of infants and cry government overreach while Waters of the United States or WOTUS architects regroup for another round in Congress.

    Particularly concerning is Imazalil, a carcinogenic fungicide that can alter hormone levels especially in children and adolescents. It was detected last year on 90% of citrus not grown organically in the United Snakes. DCPA, sold under the brand name Dacthal, was banned in Europe in 2009 but is still widely used in the US on kale and other greens as are neonicotinoids, pyrethroids and some 20 other pesticides. Also banned by the European Union are the organophosphate insecticides acephate and chlorpyrifos that can harm developing brains but the Trump Organization refused to block chlorpyrifos from being used on US produce. High levels of glyphosate, a known endocrine disruptor, are also found in oats, chickpeas and corn sugars.

    These findings come at a time when Republicans in dangerous red state legislatures, including South Dakota’s, are targeting kids. But South Dakota Republicans don’t want schools to even talk about the causes of gender dysphoria. Why? Because their campaign dollars come from white christianists like the Family Heritage Alliance, the LGBT-bashing Family Research Council and especially the hate group that calls itself Alliance Defending Freedom.

  62. mike from iowa 2022-07-16 15:41

    My Colorado BIL’s initials are DDT. He was born in the 40s, fwiw.

  63. Arlo Blundt 2022-07-16 19:48

    Hate groups have become mainstream in Republican Party…Jan. 6 Committee is making that clear.

  64. DaveFN 2022-07-17 15:00

    laary kurtz

    “Not to wander too hopelessly into the weeds here but DDT is still being applied in countries…”

    And fortunately so, as well as the fact that a public health exemption accompanied the US 1972 EPA ban.

    The risk/benefit calculation changes considerably when one is part of a population in a country plagued by Zika virus, malaria, typhus, leishmaniasis, flea vectors of bubonic plague, among a few—which is why DDT continues to be used judiciously for the most part around the world to this day which is nothing like it’s indiscriminate use prior to 1972 in the US.

    Considering global warming and lethal viruses and their vectors moving northward from the topics into ever increasing warmer climates, it’s nothing but foolish to think that zero risk is achieved by outlawing potent agents in our chemical armamentarium against such biological threats.

    Responsible use of pesticides continues to be the name of the game, as is responsible vaccination against COVID.

  65. DaveFN 2022-07-17 15:04

    larry kurtz

    ” Imazalil, a carcinogenic fungicide that can alter hormone levels especially in children and adolescent…was banned in Europe in 2009.”

    There you go again.

    “Imazalil, a fungicide used to prevent decay in citrus fruit and bananas, is not banned in the European Union (EU).” –Reuters, 25 February 2022

    https://www.reuters.com/article/factcheck-tesco-imazalil-idUSL1N2V02BA

  66. DaveFN 2022-07-17 15:06

    larry kurtz

    “The blood-brain barrier is the network of blood vessels and tissue made up of closely spaced cells that helps keep harmful substances from reaching the brain. Metam Sodium/Potassium is a fumigant that bypasses the blood-brain barrier as do other endocrine disrupters like DDT, atrazine, neonicotinoids, glyphosate, dicamba and Imazalil, a carcinogenic fungicide that can alter hormone levels especially in children and adolescents.”

    So what? When the benefit to society is greater than the risk, use may nonetheless be indicated.

    What part of risk/benefit analyses do you not understand?

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