Ignoring Deadline to Quit, G.O.P. Senate Candidate Defies His Party Leaders
WASHINGTON — Representative Todd Akin on Tuesday ignored a deadline to abandon Missouri’s Senate race and vowed to remain the Republican nominee in defiance of his party’s leaders, including the presidential standard-bearer, Mitt Romney.
“I believe the defense of the unborn and a deep respect for life, which underlie all of America, those are important parts of who we are. And they’re not things to run away from,” Mr. Akin said on the radio program hosted by Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor.
Akin Clarifies ‘Legitimate Rape’ Comments: Women Make ‘False Claims’ About Being Raped
Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) announced that he will continue with his race for the U.S. Senate, during an appearance on the Mike Huckabee radio show Tuesday afternoon, and clarified his claims that women who face “legitimate rape” cannot become pregnant.
Arguing that he misplaced the word “legitimate,” Akin explained — during a follow up interview with Dana Loesch — that he meant to argue that women sometimes lie about being raped:
AKIN: You know, Dr. Willke has just released a statement and part of his letter, I think he just stated it very clearly. He said, of course Akin never used the word legitimate to refer to the rapist, but to false claims like those made in Roe v. Wade and I think that simplifies it….. There isn’t any legitimate rapist…. [I was] making the point that there were people who use false claims, like those that basically created Roe v. Wade.
Since he first made the comments over the weekend, Akin claimed that he meant to say “forcible,” rather than “legitimate” rape.
And while many Republicans are distancing themselves from the candidate, staunch anti-choice conservatives are backing-up Akin’s explanation. Dr. John Willke, who describes himself as the “founding father” of the movement, issued a statement defending Akin and Huckabee approvingly read it during his interview on Tuesday.
Willke “is a leading proponent of the view that women are unlikely to become pregnant by ‘forcible rape,’ a theory he laid out in a 1999 article on the subject.”
(OP note: I'm sorry I keep posting NRO articles, but every time I see one of these over-the-top terrible pieces, I think "I can't bear the knowledge that someone ACTUALLY SAID THIS SHIT on my own!")
Like a Boss When it comes to being a rich guy, Mitt Romney should own it By Kevin D. Williamson
What do women want? The conventional biological wisdom is that men select mates for fertility, while women select for status — thus the commonness of younger women’s pairing with well-established older men but the rarity of the converse. The Demi Moore–Ashton Kutcher model is an exception — the only 40-year-old woman Jack Nicholson has ever seen naked is Kathy Bates in that horrific hot-tub scene. Age is cruel to women, and subordination is cruel to men. Ellen Kullman is a very pretty woman, but at 56 years of age she probably would not turn a lot of heads in a college bar, and the fact that she is the chairman and CEO of Dupont isn’t going to change that.
It’s a good thing Mitt Romney doesn’t hang out in college bars.
You want off-the-charts status? Check out the curriculum vitae of one Willard M. Romney: $200 million in the bank (and a hell of a lot more if he didn’t give so much away), apex alpha executive, CEO, chairman of the board, governor, bishop, boss of everything he’s ever touched. Son of the same, father of more. It is a curious scientific fact (explained in evolutionary biology by the Trivers-Willard hypothesis — Willard, notice) that high-status animals tend to have more male offspring than female offspring, which holds true across many species, from red deer to mink to Homo sap. The offspring of rich families are statistically biased in favor of sons — the children of the general population are 51 percent male and 49 percent female, but the children of the Forbes billionaire list are 60 percent male. Have a gander at that Romney family picture: five sons, zero daughters. Romney has 18 grandchildren, and they exceed a 2:1 ratio of grandsons to granddaughters (13:5). When they go to church at their summer-vacation home, the Romney clan makes up a third of the congregation. He is basically a tribal chieftain.
Professor Obama? Two daughters. May as well give the guy a cardigan. And fallopian tubes.
From an evolutionary point of view, Mitt Romney should get 100 percent of the female vote. All of it. He should get Michelle Obama’s vote. You can insert your own Mormon polygamy joke here, but the ladies do tend to flock to successful executives and entrepreneurs. ( Collapse )
Texas Judge Suggests He Will Join ‘Civil Unrest, Civil Disobedience, Civil War Maybe’ If Obama Is Reelected
Judge Tom Head, a county judge in Lubbock, Texas, announced on a local television station that he would personally join the resistance against a United Nations’ takeover of American sovereignty, which he says will occur if Obama is reelected:
[Obama] is going to try to hand over the sovereignty of the United States to the UN. Okay, what’s going to happen when that happens? I’m thinking worst case scenario here. Civil unrest, civil disobedience, civil war maybe. We’re not just talking a few riots here and demonstrations. We’re talking Lexington-Concord take up arms and get rid of the guy.
Now what’s going to happen if we do that, if the public decides to do that? He’s going to send in U.N. troops — with the little blue beanies. I don’t want ‘em in Lubbock County. Okay. So I’m going to stand in front of their armored personnel carrier and say ‘you’re not coming in here’. “And the sheriff, I’ve already asked him, I said ‘you gonna back me’ he said, ‘yeah, I’ll back you.’”
This is not Judge Head’s first foray into the deepest cesspools of anti-Obamaism. In 2009, Head posted a picture of nine people who were arrested while wearing Obama t-shirts, accompanied by the text “Did you ever see anyone arrested wearing a Bush T-shirt, or for you older folks, an Eisenhower?, Gerald Ford?, Ronald Reagan?, even Nixon?, or any political t-shirt? There MUST be a message here, but I can’t quite grasp it, or maybe I’m afraid to.”
Moreover, Head’s brand of paranoia is hardly limited to low-level county officials in Texas. Ted Cruz, the Texas GOP’s U.S. Senate candidate, published an article last January claiming that billionaire George Soros is leading a global United Nation’s conspiracy to eliminate the game of golf.
You just got to love the right-wing paranoia about Obama. He's a vehement Communist/Socialist that's in bed with Wallstreet, a Muslim/Atheist Zealot, and He desires to seize total power of the US Government...and then hand it over to the United Nations. I can't help but wonder just how crazy these people will get if Obama wins the election.
The life and legacy of former NDP leader Jack Layton will be celebrated in Toronto and across the country today, one year after he passed away from cancer.
A memorial event that will start at 6 p.m. ET at Nathan Phillips Square is being called a "celebration of love, hope and optimism," a reference to a portion of Layton's last letter.
That letter will be read aloud and musicians including Ron Sexsmith, Raffi, Jason Collett and Lorraine Segato will perform. Organizers also promise other surprise guests. Layton's widow, NDP MP Olivia Chow, his children Mike and Sarah, and other friends and family will be in attendance.
Before the event, Layton's ashes are being at the Toronto Necropolis cemetery, one of the city's most historic burial sites, and one that had special meaning to Layton.
Jordan Addison, Bullied College Student, Given $10,000 In Free Car Work By Roanoke Businesses
Jordan Addison, a student at Radford University in Roanoke, Va., is no stranger to dealing with homophobic vandalism.
Over the course of just three months this year, reports WDBJ, Addison's car has been damaged four times. Vandals have keyed homophobic slurs into the side, painted impossible-to-remove hate speech on the panels, and caused other damage totaling around $2,500 -- an amount Addison couldn't afford to pay to have the car fixed.
Luckily for Addison, he didn't have to.
A group of Roanoke business owners united to fix his car, spearheaded by Richard Henegar, Jr., the manager at Quality Auto Paint and Body.
“Once I saw the vandalism that was done to it, I said, that’s uncalled for. We’re gonna fix your car." Henegar told WTVR of Addison's car. "That’s the least we can do."
And 10 local businesses did much more, pitching in to donate more than 100 hours worth of work, in addition to donating parts and some serious upgrades to the car.
WTVR reports the more than $10,000 of work left Addison "speechless" and grateful.
Other businesses that contributed to the effort were Parts Unlimited in Vinton, Advance Auto Parts, Moon's Auto Body, Rice Toyota, Val's Automotive, The Rod Shop, B&C Exterminating, Twists & Turns, AJ's Landscaping and Sunnybrook Auto Spa.
Steve King: Multicultural Groups Are ‘People That Feel Sorry For Themselves’
At a recent town hall, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) explained his concern over discovering that Iowa State University has multicultural groups. King characterized minority students as people “who feel sorry for themselves,” and worried about impressionable students being “brought into a group that have a grievance against society.”
"I went to the Iowa State website and [...] I typed in “multicultural” and it came back to me, at the time, 59 different multicultural groups listed to operate on campus at Iowa State. It started with Asians and it ended with Zeitgeist, so from A to Z, and most of them were victims’ groups, victimology, people that feel sorry for themselves and they’re out there recruiting our young people to be part of the group that feels sorry for themselves. [...]
And then, you’re brought into a group of people that are–have a grievance against society rather than understand there’s a tremendous blessing in this society."
King has a long history of controversial remarks. The Iowa congressman has compared immigrants to dogs, sponsored legislation that designates English as the national language, and wanted to sue the government to deport children. Yesterday, he came to Rep Todd Akin’s (R-MO) defense over his “legitimate rape” comments.
The theory behind Rep. Todd Akin’s (R-MO) assertion earlier this week that women who are victims of “legitimate” rape would not get pregnant appears to be based on 1972 research that cites experiments done in Nazi concentration camps, a Missouri newspaper reported on Monday.
During an interview with KTVI over the weekend, Akin had claimed that women were not likely to get pregnant because “if it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”
This reasoning, based on 1972 article by a University of Minnesota Medical School assistant professor, has been used for decades by anti-abortion activists to argue that no exceptions to abortion bans are necessary, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
In the article titled “The Indications for Induced Abortion: A Physician’s Perspective,” Dr. Fred Mecklenburg concluded that it “is extremely rare” for a rape to result in pregnancy.
Mecklenburg cited a number of factors for his theory, including that not all rapes resulted in “completed act of intercourse” and that it was “improbable” that a rape would occur within “the 1-2 days of the month in which the woman would be fertile.”
But it was Mecklenburg’s presumption that a traumatized rape victim “will not ovulate even if she is ‘scheduled’ to” that appeared to be the basis of Akin’s recent remarks.
President Barack Obama continues to beat Mitt Romney among African American voters with a staggering 94 percent to 0 percent lead, according to a poll released Tuesday.
The NBC/Wall Street Journal poll — which gives Obama and Vice President Joe Biden a small lead over Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan — shows Obama has a massive lead over his Republican rival in the key political base of African-American voters, NBCNews.com reported.
Obama also beats Romney among Latinos, voters under 35 and women, while Romney does better than Obama with whites, rural voters and seniors. The poll surveyed 1,000 registered voters Aug. 16-20. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.
The main exponent of Todd Akin’s theory that rape victims don’t get pregnant is a pro-life activist and doctor named Jack Willke. And he claims that he got a private meeting with Mitt Romney this year.
The claim comes in an article just out from The Daily Telegraph (for what it’s worth, it’s the same pub and reporter who wrote the ‘Anglo-Saxon’ piece a few weeks). According to the article Wilkie was an official surrogate for Romney back in 2008. And Wilkie claims that he got a private meeting with Romney just this calendar year.
The Romney campaign refused comment.
Now, pushing for a bit more tea leaf reading, the article notes that Wilkie apparently wrote a public letter of support for Akin today. And Wilkie further volunteers that he’s met “several times” with Paul Ryan to discuss his views on abortion and, according to Wilkie, Ryan says they’re on the same page.
Now, on this latter point, Wilkie’s not clear on just what Ryan was agreeing to. And it’s pretty apparent that Wilkie’s coming forward to give Romney and Ryan very big and unwelcome hugs to help blunt efforts to boot Akin out of the race. At their meeting, Wilkie claims, Romney told him they agreed on “almost everything” about pro-life politics.
You might say Wilkie is in a position to be a bit self-serving with these accounts. But he either met with Mitt or he didn’t. And if he really got a private sit-down with Mitt just a few months ago, is Romney really in a position to say that Akin’s so out of the ballpark that he’s got to retire immediately from politics?
I have no clue if this is legit or not, but the Romney campaign's refusal of comment strikes me as a bit off putting. Should this information be legit let's just say: Oh, this gonna be good!
Democrats, joined by NBC and AP, say Romney's new ad is a play for white voters at blacks' expense. “No basis in reality,” says a Romney spokesman.
The Romney campaign's assault on President Obama's welfare policy drew direct charges from Democrats and leading media organizations Wednesday that Romney is playing racial politics, the latest sign that race, always simmering beneath the surface of American electoral politics, may be moving to the forefront of the presidential election.
Mitt Romney has spent the past two weeks attacking Obama, from the stump and with commercials airing in swing states, for allegedly dropping the the work requirement to receive welfare, an exaggerated version of the Obama Administration's offer to states of a conditional waiver for some of the requirements of the Clinton-era program.