Akin May Be Out (and Not Just of His Mind), Obama Distances From Controversial Ad, Handcuffed Prisoner … Committed Suicide?: P.M. Links

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  • Todd Akin

    GOP Senate hopeful Todd Akin is so sorry he suggested that "legitimate" rape rarely makes women pregnant, and he may quit the race. As for reminding us what's so off-putting about the modern Republican Party … Thanks, Todd.

  • "I didn't make that!" Barack Obama wants you to know, when it comes to a political ad suggesting that Mitt Romney feeds on the souls of dead poor people, Or something like that.
  • Lance Armstrong's lawsuit against the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency was tossed by a federal judge. He will, after all, have to face an inquisition into the purity of his precious bodily fluids.
  • Gu Kailai, the wife of a disgraced Chinese Communist Party boss, won't get a bullet in the back of the head after all. After being found guilty of murdering a British businessman, she faces life in prison, instead.
  • Remember Chavis Carter, who was shot in the head while his hands were handcuffed behind him and he was locked in a patrol car? Suicide, says the state crime lab report. Uh huh.
  • Back in the '60s, the Black Panther Party got weapons and training from … Can you guess? It was the FBI.
  • Occupiers aren't commies out to suppress voluntary transactions — except when they're former union bosses now working as organizers for the Occupy movement.

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  1. No Horses, But Detroit Water Department Employs ‘Horseshoer’

    Union head says it’s ‘not possible’ to eliminate positions from bloated city entity

    Despite having no horses, the water and sewerage department for the city of Detroit employs a horseshoer.

    Yet even with a department so bloated that it has a horseshoer and no horses, the local union president said it is “not possible” to eliminate positions.

    Union rules have turned the department into a government jobs program, some critics say.

    http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/17404

    UNDER a spreading chestnut tree
    The village smithy stands;
    The smith, a mighty man is he,
    With large and sinewy hands;
    And the muscles of his brawny arms
    Are strong as iron bands.

    His hair is crisp, and black, and long,
    His face is like the tan;
    His brow is wet with honest sweat,
    He earns whate’er he can, 10
    And looks the whole world in the face,
    For he owes not any man.

    1. In the linked Detroit Free Press article, there’s a delightful story about a plumber who had to wait half a day for an “operator” to come and shut a valve off so he could fix the pipe.

      1. I’ll bookmark these two comments so I can refer to them in the off chance I get a tiny twinge of regret for what’s about to happen to all of these parasites in Motown.

    2. Also, the “horseshoer” is in fact employed as a welder, which is legitimate. It’s just a sign of their stagnation that they have to dub somebody a horseshoer.

  2. Akin’s head looks like it would leave a unique print if pressed against the counter.

    1. He looks like he’s about to break out into a country song.

      1. “You can’t get pregnant by anal rape, so anal rape’s the rape for meeeee”x

          1. An appropriate country song. Well, a Maynard country song.

          2. You’re wrong. That’s not for me.

            1. But what does it mean?

              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v…..re=related

    2. The Democrats funded this guy.

  3. …so sorry he suggested that “legitimate” rape rarely makes women pregnant, and he may quit the race.

    His pander organ shut down.

    1. He never consented to those questions!

  4. He will, after all, have to face an inquisition into the purity of his precious bodily fluids.

    Good thing he denied Crow his essence.

    1. Speaking of witch hunts:The Rocket makes a comeback.

      1. I’m from Sugar Land. It’s a nice little stadium in the way that minor league stadiums tend to be.

        When I was home this summer I’d told my mother, after Clemens was acquitted, that he’d probably sign on to pitch for the Skeeters. She was not amused.

        1. I saw Clemons pitch during a comeback from one of his many retirements for the Lexington Legends, a Low A team. His son played the infield for the legends at the time.

          It was amusing.

  5. Wait, we’ve broken the robot/laser barrier? Sure, today they’re shooting rocks on Mars, tomorrow it could be any one of us.

    1. “It’s a chemical laser but in solid, not gaseous, form. Put simply, in deference to you, Brett, it’s like lasing a stick of dynamite. As soon as we apply a field, we couple to a state that is radiatively coupled to the ground state. I figure we can extract at least ten to the twenty-first photons per cubic centimeter which will give one kilojoule per cubic centimeter at 600 nanometers, or, one megajoule per liter.”

      1. “OK, if you think that by threatening me, you can get me to be your slave, well… that’s where you’re right, but – and I’m only saying this because I care – there are a lot of decaffeinated brands on the market today that are just as tasty as the real thing”

        1. “Would you qualify that as a launch problem or a design problem?”

          1. “It was hot and I was hungry”

            1. “Well, I guess it goes from God, to Jerry, to you…to the cleaners. Right, Brett?”

              1. I surrender to your overwhelming knowledge.

                1. “And Brett… Stop playing with yourself!”
                  “He IS God!”

                  1. Why do I always have to be Kent? 🙁

                    1. Don’t feel bad, Brett. OM is Lazlo Hollyfeld. And Hugh is Jordan.

      2. I always wondered if this was ACTUAL laser-maker-guy talk, or pure gobbledeegook.

        1. Well, I assume that every laser is radiatively coupled to the ground state since electrons moving from excited states to lower states provide the photons, and ideally the photon most power would be one emitted from the highest level possible back to the ground state. A chemical laser that used a solid reactant seems like it might have some problems with energy being transferred to the bonds, though, which would be lost to the process.

        2. Pretty sure it’s gobbledygook but it’s very well written gobbledygook.

  6. …she face life in prison, instead.

    So I’m supposed to read that in a China-man accent, then?

    1. she face rife in plison, instead.

    2. Agitated Obama voice works as well.

  7. Back in the ’60s, the Black Panther Party got weapons and training from … Can you guess?

    Eric Holder?

    1. Nipsey Russell?

      1. Topo Gigio?

        1. It’s impossible for me to read that name in anything other than Crow T. Robot’s Ed Sullivan voice.

  8. So, the squirrels may be treacherous little ampersand thieving bastards, but the actual human web team are pretty cool. I emailed them to bitch about the AFP ad with autoplaying sound and they got right back to me saying they’d kill it with fire.

    Thanks guys.

    1. That Ad really got to you didn’t it?

      1. Believe me, I was considering a retaliatory strike on AFP headquarters. Sound in internet ads is beyond the pale. It’d be like posting Sugarfree slashfic on a Sesame Street website.

        1. So it’s totally awesome?

          1. I like to think that children should be warped slowly, not have their souls ripped from their body all at once.

            1. Softy

            2. Well, that’s where you and I differ.

    2. Way to take them away from fixing the preview when all you have to do is mute your computer.

      1. I’m trying to encourage them for being responsive. You can’t just beat them all the time like litter bearers.

      2. I agree with Brett. Sound in ads should be opt-in only.

    3. This is part of the reason I visit reason with only cached images set to load, and no plug-ins.

  9. Left Behind film series to be rebooted. Shia Labeouf anyone?

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.c…..oks-255501

    1. I have actually read and watched the first two movies and books on recommendation from a former (bible-thumping) coworker.

      My review: meh.

      Also, Barack Obama = Nicolae Carpathia = The Antichrist is what I thought when Barry was first elected. And I’m not a Christian or anything, but I see why all the fundies think BO is the Antichrist. He is so reminiscent of that character in Left Behind

  10. In the final analysis, Akin is out of order because a human being’s right to life doesn’t depend on how (s)he was conceived. If you want to kill someone, kill the rapist, not his innocent child.

    If we say it’s OK to have a rape exception to otherwise-applicable laws against killing, then when does the exception come to an end? When the kid is born? When he’s 5? Or can you kill him at 15, when he pisses you off and you conclude that on second thought, he doesn’t deserve to live?

    1. Only before higher brain function begins.

      1. So Tony would be a righteous shoot?

        1. ATFPAPIC

      2. I think between some combination of brain function and pain reception in determining a cutoff, there is a legitimate compromise that pleases nobody but makes logical sense.

        1. Yeah, but there is a lot of disagreement when the fetus can actually feel pain. I have seen a study that suggest the 28th week and another that states the 35th week when the fetus can feel pain.

        2. If we’re more or less good with brain death it seems like we should be more or less good with brain life. I think it’s probably about as close as we’re going to get to a fact-based position on an issue where people don’t especially care about facts.

          1. I concur with this entirely.

          2. That’s actually the opinion I’ve closed on over the past few years.

    2. stop…this discussion was had earlier with no resolution then either. On the other hand, you be the person who tells any woman impregnated through rape or incest that she must keep the child.

    3. Akin is out of order because a fetus isn’t a human being with rights, but the woman gestating that fetus is.

      1. My one and only word on this subject for the rest of the day is that all you are doing is begging the question.

        1. Lacking a uterus, I’m gonna go wait in the corner until all the people with them hash this out amongst themselves.

          1. Why should a bunch of princesses whose guiding philosophy oscillates between “It’s NOT FAIR” and “It’s all about ME” have any more right to an opinion than rational humans?

  11. Remember Chavis Carter, who was shot in the head while his hands were handcuffed behind him and he was locked in a patrol car? Suicide, says the state crime lab report. Uh huh.

    I have to tell you, Occam’s is tingling on this one. Do I like the circumstances? Hell no…but it probably was suicide.

    1. I’m more inclined to think accident, as someone suggested in the stand alone thread.

      1. As stated before when this first came up on Reason, an accident wouldn’t have powder burns at his temple– and that was said before anyone knew anything.

        Powder burns on his temple ain’t no accident. It may be suicide, but that’s an awfully convenient explanation for a guy killed in handcuffs with powder burns on his temple.

        1. Convenient explanations do happen to be right from time to time.

          1. So do inconvenient ones.

            Any time someone is killed in the back of the cruiser with a gunshot to the temple, while wearing handcuffs after being searched by an arresting officer, the circumstances should be looked at long and hard.

            It requires a considerable domino effect of fail and motive for that to be suicide.

            1. What would it take to convince you that it was? Because I can’t come up with anything other than what we have now.

              1. Maybe a suicide note that he wrote while in the back seat?

                1. Video from a camera that should be present in every cop car in America, and running non-stop.

                  1. The video so far only serves to underline any conspiracy theories. For reasons not made clear in the AJC article the police released a video that stops before the shooting and later released another video that starts as the police find the body slumped over in the back seat.

                    Any time you have a mysterious gap in a recording, you immediately suspect something henky. And you get to append -gate to the title… Suicide-gate.

              2. I posted but I had a local network issue below.

                If they could tie the stolen gun to Carter, that would convince me(still not guaranteed, but would go much further). If there were audio recordings of the event such as dash cams (obviously not pointed in Carter’s direction) that showed a realistic officer reaction to someone who just dishcarged a firearm when they weren’t expecting it.

                A good suicide motive for Carter would be nice, but sometimes people’s reason for suicide isn’t easy to understand or rational.

                Merely saying “it’s possible for someone to commit suicide with handcuffs on” isn’t quite enough to convince me it was suicide.

        2. Here’s a fairly plausible accident theory:

          The cops miss the gun on the search. The kid fumbles around with the gun trying to stuff it under a seat or something because he knows they’ll find it at the jail. Somehow or another while fumbling with the gun it goes off and hits him in the temple. Trying to get a hidden gun stashed while handcuffed isn’t exactly in the gun safety manual.

    2. Probably more likely accidental

    3. No one has yet answered my fucking question: why would this kid kill himself? If you keep avoiding this question, then you’re just a nice little double-standard-for-police whore.

      1. Accidents, by their very nature, lack motive.

        1. Suicide isn’t an accident.

          1. True that, but the official cause of death could be in error.

      2. As much as I hate cops, why would they kill an unarmed kid arrested for $10 pot. Neither scenario makes much sense.

        1. Why did cops beat a 140 pound homeless guy to death?

          1. His existence annoyed them. You need to produce evidence that Carter’s arresting officers found his existence annoying.

        2. Why did that cop shoot that woman’s dog claiming his life was in danger, then offer her $15 grand when the video came out?

          Why did that cop sneak up behind that guy on his cell phone, look around to see if anyone was watching, then tase him.

          Why did that cop…

      3. “No one has yet answered my fucking question: why would this kid kill himself?”

        Maybe he thought he was going to prison for a long time. I can’t think of a possible explanation for what happened that is going to end up with a rational answer.

        1. a few years ago I saw a surveillance video of a guy who was sitting in the interrogation room of a police station. He was under arrest for something, so presumably he had been searched for weapons. He sat there nervously fidgeting for a minute or so, took a drink of water from a cup then reached into his waist band and drew out what looked like a baretta 9mm pistol and shot himself in the head. Pretty gruesome to watch.

          He was not handcuffed.

      4. I’m not so sure it is avoiding the question so much as recognizing that, even if we were metaphysically certain that he committed suicide, it’s almost certainly unanswerable. Well, that and the fact that we don’t, or can’t, know such an answer doesn’t preclude suicide.

        The circumstances are certainly odd and, in any case, it seems like police negligence that he still had a gun on him, but there are a crapton of seemingly inexplicable suicides. It seems more likely to have been an accident but it seems to me that whatever culpability the cops have for leaving a gun in his possession isn’t changed by suicide or accident.

      5. If you keep avoiding this question, then you’re just a nice little double-standard-for-police whore.

        So if every expert on the planet told you it was suicide, but none of them could address the motivation, every expert on the planet is therefore a “little double-standard-for-police whore”?

        That makes no sense.

        1. I haven’t seen the report yet, but they may be determining “suicide” merely based on the powder burns.

          Ie, the conclusion is, “victim had powder burns on his temple, therefore [because no police officer engaged in new professionalism would ever shoot a kit in the back of a cruiser] suicide.

          They’re going to need more than just powder burns.

          1. Powder burns on the temple would be less indicative of suicide, in this case. There really isn’t any possible way to put a gun against your head with your hands handcuffed behind your back.

            Personally, I’m thinking a cop shot the guy, either on purpose or on accident, like Vincent shooting Marvin in Pulp Fiction. See this video and the Only One guy for examples.

  12. Golash said he and his comrades are “trying to learn something from the historical revolutions of the past: the Russian revolution, the Chinese revolution, the revolutions in Cuba and Eastern Europe.”

    You might want to study the history of what came after those revolutions, comrades.

    1. They just didn’t have the Right People running things, FoE. Once those enlightened cadre are in place, everything will purr along like a kitten.

      1. Since it’s apparently Ayn Rand Month this month:

        When you hear the liberals mumble that Russia is not really socialistic, or that it was all Stalin’s fault, or that socialism never had a real chance in England, or that what they advocate is something that’s different somehow?you know that you are hearing the voices of men who haven’t a leg to stand on, men who are reduced to some vague hope that “somehow, my gang would have done it better.”

  13. Cinderella story, here at Augusta. Out of nowhere, former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, now about to become the first female Augusta member. It looks like a mirac- it’s in the hole! It’s in the hole!

    1. “it’s in the hole! It’s in the hole!”

      Enough of your sexist rape talk please.

      1. People have been trying to make Condi and golf jokes all day. No doubt it would be racist and sexist if she were a Dem.

        1. Or liked men.

    2. Female, black and gay. I guess they filled quota now.

      1. But she’s a republican, so none of those count.

  14. Lance Armstrong’s lawsuit against the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency was tossed by a federal judge. He will, after all, have to face an inquisition into the purity of his precious bodily fluids.

    So much for denying them his essence*.

    *Yes, I know dope tests are done on urine or blood, not semem. I just wanted an excuse to make a Dr. Strangelove reference.

    1. “Roger. Backup circuits switched in, still negative function.”

      /Dr. Strangelove reference…but not a very popular or common one

  15. Another chapter in the War on Women. This is what happens when unregulated private entities are allowed to mistreat women.

    “A number of local chapters of the National Organization for Women are denouncing the DNC convention rules, saying that they unfairly exclude mothers with young children….

    “The group of southern California chapters of NOW are pointing to the lack of childcare at the conventions, as well as the difficulty female delegates have in bringing children to the convention floor. According to the activists, the DNC is requiring young children to have credentials to come onto the convention floor with their parents….

    “‘Democratic conventions have historically required credentials for all individuals to access the convention hall to ensure the safety and security of all attending,’ Joanne Peters, DNCC spokeswoman, said in an email.”

    http://www.politico.com/politi…..32550.html

    1. who the hell takes a kid of the age requiring child care to a national convention? My word, the NOW gang has morphed into a manufactured grief committee. Imagine your industry’s trade shows deciding that it would be fun if vendors and visitors alike brought the kiddies.

      1. the NOW gang has morphed into a manufactured grief committee

        Were they ever anything but?

    2. NOW: What do you mean that we need to wait for a child to get past needing child care age in order to politically indoctrinate them?!?

    3. I can’t imagine anything more excruciating than being a DNC delegate (oof!) dragging my little kids along with me.

      Isn’t the advantage of being a national delegate leaving your babes at home with your husband for a week while you party with TEAM members from across the country?

      Who are these weirdos?

      1. Bite your tongue, woman! Everyone knows that today’s can-do democrat is perfectly capable of juggling a job, raising children, and attending conventions as a DNC national delegate. All they ask in return for their sacrifice is that someone else pay for the job, the kids, and the travel expenses.

        1. Capable, sure. But why would anyone willingly subject themselves to the torture?

          “Hey, I’m going to attend what basically amounts to a church service that lasts multiple days. I bet the kids would love that!”

          This is evidence that NOW actually hates breeders. No one who empathizes with mothers would ever suggest they do something so stupid and painful.

    1. Wait, are PM links the intellectual property of Reason magazine?

    2. Sheesh, can anyone come up with an original idea.

    3. I say we fuck it up good.

      1. It’s Slate. I suspect they beat us to it.

      2. Combating the stupidity of Slate is akin to trying to sweep molasses: frustrating, unproductive and tiring.

    4. I say we deny them our essence.

  16. I have no idea why this is really newsworthy, but FBI reveals that GOP lawmakers went skinny-dipping in the Sea of Galilee during an Israel trip last year.

    1. Maybe H?R should have a post dedicated to such links. Perhaps call it something like “Morning links”?

      1. I demand to know where you are getting your ampersands from.

      2. What the fuck? How did you get that ampersand in there?

          1. Test: 65120;

        1. copy and paste, and it says it isn’t in English script. Now you’re just taunting me squirrels!

          1. H?R

            I’m sure some other nerd has figured this out already, but I got it. It’s a fullwidth ampersand (?#65286;).

            There’s also a small (?) ampersand (?#65120;).

            1. Test #65120

      3. Not all of us on the West coast feel like getting up at 6 am to read the AM links.

        1. Seconded.

        2. it makes up for the late kickoffs on Monday Night Football.

      4. Holy crap mnarayan. You’ve discovered cold fusion.

    2. It’s amazing how much scolding is being done over this.

  17. Bill Maher: Obama too “white” for liberals.

    http://www.politico.com/news/s…..79823.html

    1. Aren’t most liberals white?

      1. Yeah, and the white people they know are clearly unqualified for President.

    2. I think this was in reference to that Tosh rape incident a few weeks back…

      “It’s a very chilling atmosphere,” said Maher. “You see this comics in nightclubs ? it’s the next thing to practicing in front of your mirror at home ? and that was always sacred.” But now because comedian routines seem to be filmed wherever they go and uploaded to YouTube, “I think they’re scared.”

      “I think it’s very dangerous when people can’t even in small comedy clubs be wrong, be bad, be over the line,” said Maher. “That’s what stand-up comedy is all about, pushing the edge.”

    1. So the only one with balls is the person that doesn’t have any?

      1. What? She’s had Bill’s in her briefcase since at least the governorship.

  18. Hitler-themed golf hole defended.

    http://www.golfclubmanagement……-defended/

    1. Well God forbid someone not named Mel Brooks makes money off of mocking Hitler.

    2. Something something only one ball something

  19. “Several politicians in Denmark, Norway and Finland said this summer that they were in favor of banning circumcision. Yet no party has submitted a bill to restrict the ritual.

    “Hostile media are the least of the concerns of Scandinavian circumcision advocates. In 2003, Denmark’s Children’s Ombudsman, a government body, classified circumcision as a children’s rights violation. Its Norwegian counterpart concurs. And Finland’s Child Welfare Union lists circumcision as ‘violence.'”

    http://www.jta.org/news/articl…..rcumcision

    Look at a map and you can at least understand how Denmark is sensitive on this subject.

    1. I was ambivalent about circumcision until after my son was born. Then when time came to do the deed my husband and I decided we couldn’t make ourselves agree to cutting our little baby boy for what basically amounts to a fashion trend.

      Having said that, I don’t give a shit about the choices other people make for their sons’ penises. I’m not so stupid as to equate removing foreskin with clitoridectomies.

  20. You mean Mitt Romney doesn’t feed on the souls of dead poor people?

    Damn.

    I was thinking he might be OK.

  21. Lucy, from Twin Peaks, eats at McDonald’s.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekJrHa9Rw74

    1. I don’t remember her being on that show and I watched it religiously.

  22. Retiring Virginia Sen. Webb: Healthcare bill ‘great regret’

    http://washingtonexaminer.com/…..le/2505398

    1. lot of that shit going on among retiring senators and congressmen. Fat lot of good their regret does now. It’s like someone else said: foreseeable consequences are not unintended.

  23. The state crime lab report, signed by three medical examiners, said the muzzle of a gun was placed against the right side of 21-year-old Chavlis Carter’s head when it was fired.

    So there it is. Powder burns were on his temple (or head). So while yes, it’s possible someone can commit suicide in a pair of cuffs, someone’s gonna have to come up with a damned fine reason why Carter would do that.

    Plus which officers lose their job for not properly searching Carter?

    1. I keep asking, what is the history on the gun? Was it legally sold and reported stolen? Has it ever been used in another crime? Does it even have a serial number? These would help determine whether it was his or a throwdown gun.

      1. I posted a long answer that got killed by my own squirrels, so I’ll summarize:

        Tying the gun to Carter or an associate would go a long way in convincing me it was suicide.

      2. Maybe I’m overestimating the police, but if they’re carrying a throwdown gun and have the presence of mind to act surpised for the camera they’d probably remove the handcuffs, ya know?

  24. George, from Seinfeld, eats at McDonald’s.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTSdUOC8Kac

    1. It’s a good time! (Hot Beefy McD) For the great taste (Cool, crisp LT) of McDonalds!

      That was a feature commercial during the original airing of North and South in the mid 80s. I taped that mini series (12 hours of antebellum strife goodness), and must have seen that original airing at least 25 times.

      I was singing that commercial when I was 10!

      1. Which North and South had Patrick Swayze and which had Jonathan Frakes?

        1. Yes.

          And pre-crazy Kirstie Alley. Elizabeth Taylor also played a role.

  25. To all Kentuckians:

    We have LOCAL METAL!!!

    I was thin on hope that it would be good. But it turns out that not only is it good, but is is awesome (if you can dismiss the hard leftist bent of the band – which is a 1 man show).

    Call it what you will, be it Blackgrass, Blue Metal, or Appalachian Black Metal, it’s fucking great.

      1. As a former Kentuckian, I look forward to listening to this once I get home.

  26. Akin was just thinking of how Clinton raped Juanita Broaddrick. Or rather, how Clinton did not legitimately rape Juanita Broaddrick. Or something.

  27. Phyllis Diller.

    1. Wait, the above was my answer to who armed and trained the black(or is it Black) panthers(Panthers?).
      It was supposed to be funny.
      sorry.

      1. Gee, dude, she’s still warm.

        1. Don’t get any ideas, EAP.

          1. She’s a bit too young for my tastes.

  28. Marc Summers will never look beautiful again.

    http://www.hollywood.com/news/…..y/37415480

    1. I thought that was about Mark Harmon at first, and was thinking of all the women who loved him as Ted Bundy that would be disappointed. No, seriously, I live in Tallahassee, Ted’s ol’ killing grounds, and it has come up more than once. Women are strange creatures.

      1. Dude, where was Harmon’s unibrow?

    2. Stupid report. He doesn’t host RI. He produces it. jaysus

  29. Remind me again why this idiot has to quit the race for his stupid rape comments, yet Obama doesn’t have to resign for threatening Marco Rubio with physical harm?

    Oh right, because the outrageous political speech game only cuts one way and Alinskyite socialists are allowed to say anything they want to.

    1. Or Joe Biden or the guy who thought Guam could capsize.

    2. Because Obama didn’t threaten Marco Rubio with physical harm. Is that really the best example of the double standard that you can come up with?

      1. Imagine for a moment that George Bush or Mitt Romney said that a potential political opponent had better think carefully about running, because he “might get his ass kicked”. Do you really think the media would just handwave that away as some benign, funny statement? Give me a freaking break.

        1. No, but those of us who aren’t retarded partisans are better guide for what should happen. Let me break it down down for you:

          1. “[My political opponent] will get his ass kicked.”

          Uncouth, perhaps, but certainly the most plausible interpretation (barring some other evidence) is that it refers to being beaten handily in competition.

          2. “Women rarely get pregnant from rape due to uterine magic, therefore your question about whether I would temper my pro-life position in cases of rape is irrelevant”.

          Someone thought he was making a clever dodge, but instead jumped into the shark tank. Oops. Patently offensive to women of all persuasions, and non-stupid men.

          3. “A Republican said something stupid about rape. The Republican establishment claimed he dishonored them and must commit political seppuku. This just proves that all Republicans are evil, science-hating Christfag retards, even the ones that are pro-choice.”

          Also retarded, and more annoying than #2. I mean, there’s always going to be that one dumbass out there, but every partisan Democrat has decided to make hay out of this. Imagine if Elizabeth Warren had given the “you didn’t build that” speech, and Obama told her she was an awful commie and should consider dropping out of the race, and the right still laid that at the feet of all Democrats and especially the president, and you’ll begin to grasp how nakedly, stupidly partisan their reaction appears to the rest of us.

  30. Oh, and don’t forget Todd Akins was the Tea Party candidate.

    But don’t suggest that the Tea Party has been taken over by socons. No, no, no, smaller government is Akins only priority.

    1. Re: Stormy Dragon,

      Oh, and don’t forget Todd Akins was the Tea Party candidate.

      From now on, the Tea Party will require purity tests from their preferred candidates… and a 1,000 word essay on semantics. Just to be on the safe side.

      1. It’s not like Akins prentended to be a libertarian and then suprised everyone when he got in to office. He always ran as a hard core social conservative, and the Tea Party, as they always do, backed him because of that, not in spite of it.

        1. backed him because of that, not in spite of it.

          Please, show your work.

        2. Just like they always do. Like backing Scott Brown.

        3. Re: Stormy Dragon,

          It’s not like Akins prentended to be a libertarian and then suprised everyone when he got in to office.

          I’m pretty sure his SoCon bonafides made him more attractive to a lot of Tea Partiers, but that in itself only means that the Tea Party groups in his district are more or less SoCon. That does not mean they would agree with the stupid assertion that women’s bodies can reject a rapist’s sperm just as long as the rape is genuine and not a make-believe one.

  31. GOP Senate hopeful Todd Akin is so sorry he suggested that “legitimate” rape rarely makes women pregnant, and he may quit the race.

    “With all those cheap knock-offs, we should only care for the legitimate article!”

    Remember Chavis Carter, who was shot in the head while his hands were handcuffed behind him and he was locked in a patrol car? Suicide, says the state crime lab report. Uh huh.

    “Suicide is for flexible people only”

  32. How Much Of What Your Doctor Tells You Falls Off Your Brain?

    Several weeks earlier, he had seen a new doctor who’d prescribed several new drugs and spent much of the visit reciting a list of advice ? lose weight, exercise more, stop smoking, eat more fruits and vegetables. Before he even arrived home, he realized he couldn’t recall any of the details of what the doctor had said.

    “I felt like I was in a Charlie Brown cartoon,” he said, recounting the visit with a laugh. “All I can remember the doctor saying was, ‘Waw, waw-waw, waw-waw.'”
    […]
    In no other specialty is the problem as acute as in pediatrics, as two papers published this week in the journal Pediatrics underline. For children’s doctors, the preventive pearls, which have been amassed in a hefty 648-page official guide titled “Bright Futures,” include recommendations on using of car seats, wearing bicycle helmets, limiting television, eating more fruits and vegetables, cutting back on consumption of fruit juice and setting hot-water heaters at no more than 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

    If acted upon, all of these recommendations can prevent myriad injuries, even deaths, in children. But it’s a humongous “if.”

    1. I’m not surprised. The better doctors are smart enough to not waste precious time with the patient on that stuff. (Pediatrics really have no choice, though.)

  33. Remember Chavis Carter, who was shot in the head while his hands were handcuffed behind him and he was locked in a patrol car? Suicide, says the state crime lab report. Uh huh.

    At least they fired the cop responsible for putting an armed man in the back of a police car, right? I mean that much is obvious, right?

  34. My take on Chavis Carter: if he was being held for a non-violent crime and did in fact shoot himself (as odd as it sounds)*, I don’t think the cop should be responsible for letting him keep and bear arms, therefore I don’t think he should be disciplined for putting himself in danger.

    *I think suicide is unlikely, but am hard-pressed to come up with another possibility without more info on the gun in question.

    1. I don’t see how someone could put a gun to their temple with their hands cuffed behind their back. Unless the guy was able to dislocate his shoulders, I don’t see how he could have done it.

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