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(Talking Points Memo)   Rep. Todd Akin (R-MOronic) frantically backpedalling on "legitimate rape" comment: "I misspoke"   (livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com) divider line 430
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2012-08-20 12:55:27 AM

The Why Not Guy: Mentat: Sorry, I misspoke.

Mistakes were made.


Anyway, none of this would be an issue except for those in the media who are using his poor choice of words to distract from the real issue that most Americans care about: the disastrous policies of Obama's failed presidency.
 
2012-08-20 12:57:34 AM

vygramul: HighOnCraic:
* One-fourth of all women in the United States of childbearing age have been sterilized, so the remaining three-fourths come out to 10,000 (or 15,000).

Citation needed. On all of it. But this one especially.


Just looking at it is an insult to everything humanity has accomplished in the past 5000 years.
I can say with full confidence that I hate these people.
For instance, this later quote:

And so while each assault rape pregnancy is a tragedy for the mother (not for the baby, though), we can...

fark them. To even think of doing that terrible math for such a vile purpose is a rejection of basic humanity. The world can't become secular fast enough.
 
2012-08-20 12:57:46 AM

The Why Not Guy: Mentat: Sorry, I misspoke.

Mistakes were made.


I wish to express my deepest regret that some choose not to appreciate my sense of humor and will instead dishonestly exploit my off-the-cuff out-of-context remarks for divisive partisan opportunistic senstationalism.
 
2012-08-20 12:57:55 AM

gilgigamesh: The Why Not Guy: Mentat: Sorry, I misspoke.

Mistakes were made.

Anyway, none of this would be an issue except for those in the media who are using his poor choice of words to distract from the real issue that most Americans care about: the disastrous policies of Obama's failed presidency.


That's nice, Ms. Saul.
 
2012-08-20 12:58:09 AM

Mentat: BuckTurgidson: jeaux65: "Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan disagree with Mr. Akin's statement, and a Romney-Ryan administration would not oppose abortion in instances of rape," said Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul.

So, Governor Mitt Romney (Mormon) and Congressman Paul Ryan (Catholic) are pro-murder-of-innocent-little-tiny-babies.

Got it.

Romney's painted himself into so many corners that his house by be a dodecahedron.


Well, one of his houses anyway...
 
2012-08-20 01:00:04 AM

gilgigamesh:
Their base is insane, and so they can't win. On any issue, no matter how uncontroversial to most people, they can't take a moderate position without pissing off the whackjobs who hold their leashes.


Actual freeper quote on this issue:

There's a certain segment of FReepers who will do anything to get rid of those filthy tea partiers.

Never forget, Moderates are lying, manipulative, bottom feeding scum.
 
2012-08-20 01:04:19 AM

Karma Chameleon: Jim_Callahan: Yeah, look, I have some sympathy for, say, climate-change denier types. Climate science is legitimately a non-trivial intellectual endeavor, and you need a pretty decent degree of technical education to even understand what the experts are talking about.

Sure, some people may deny it because they don't understand it. To that, I say this:

[farm5.staticflickr.com image 500x333]


To be fair, most of the multinational efforts haven't been about any real attempt to address the problem, they've been money laundering schemes and attempts to give certain countries a competitive advantage.

For instance, look at the Kyoto plan restricting literally everyone except the nations with the biggest projected (and closing on the biggest actual) industrial CO2 output. Yeah, lot of improvement to the world that one's gonna bring about.

//Though, in the same spirit of fairness, the actual offending industries have kinda shrugged, said "okie dokie" and just passed a CO2 restriction requirement down to their engineers, so the issues are being cleared up in spite of government incompetence anyhow.
 
2012-08-20 01:05:46 AM
I hope this douchebag gets hit by a bus.
 
2012-08-20 01:06:23 AM

The Why Not Guy: Mentat: Sorry, I misspoke.

Mistakes were made.


Overzealous staffer, non-issue.
 
2012-08-20 01:09:37 AM
*Not intended to be a true unmisspeakment (aka apology).
 
2012-08-20 01:10:38 AM

BuckTurgidson: The Why Not Guy: Mentat: Sorry, I misspoke.

Mistakes were made.

I wish to express my deepest regret that some choose not to appreciate my sense of humor and will instead dishonestly exploit my off-the-cuff out-of-context remarks for divisive partisan opportunistic senstationalism.


My remarks were meant to convey the commitment I have to the pro-life philosophy and are being used to distract women from the fact that Clair McCaskill wants to see them pay more taxes, work less productively and be less independent. I look forward to moving past this media-fueled controversy and taking my pro-life, pro-jobs and pro-America message to the people of Missouri.
 
2012-08-20 01:13:28 AM

Empty Matchbook: Still sounds better than "not intended to be taken factually."



Sorry, didn't see yours before I quipped mine.
 
2012-08-20 01:15:04 AM
I wonder if the idiot now has athlete's tongue after shoving both feet in there.
 
2012-08-20 01:15:34 AM

jeaux65: ...So what does this do for their constituency? I know many pro-lifers wouldn't tolerate this without some blinders.


As of 2010, about 20% of the overall electorate do not think it should be possible for a pregnant woman to obtain a legal abortion in the case of rape-caused pregnancies; 40% among strong Republicans.
 
2012-08-20 01:17:55 AM
"RELEASE THE AKIN!"
 
2012-08-20 01:17:56 AM
Ummm... so first he offends me by saying some offensive shiat... then he offends me by lying his ass off saying that he "misspoke"... I think the only proper response to this man is, "Go fuk yourself; you ignorant piece of shiat."
 
2012-08-20 01:18:05 AM

BSABSVR: BuckTurgidson: The Why Not Guy: Mentat: Sorry, I misspoke.

Mistakes were made.

I wish to express my deepest regret that some choose not to appreciate my sense of humor and will instead dishonestly exploit my off-the-cuff out-of-context remarks for divisive partisan opportunistic senstationalism.

My remarks were meant to convey the commitment I have to the pro-life philosophy and are being used to distract women from the fact that Clair McCaskill wants to see them pay more taxes, work less productively and be less independent. I look forward to moving past this media-fueled controversy and taking my pro-life, pro-jobs and pro-America message to the people of Missouri.


Mentat and BuckTurgidson disagree with BSABSVR's comment.
 
2012-08-20 01:21:46 AM

Captain_Ballbeard: The Big Tent has become a Big Top.


The big tent has a muffin top
 
2012-08-20 01:27:22 AM

runcible spork: "RELEASE THE AKIN!"


collegecandy.files.wordpress.com
"You know what, I'm gonna sit this one out, mmkay?"
 
2012-08-20 01:33:01 AM

Mentat: Mentat and BuckTurgidson disagree with BSABSVR's comment.


Sorry. I misspoke. Now let's all move forward and talk about how Obama has legitimately raped the can-do spirit of the entrepreneur.
 
2012-08-20 01:33:03 AM
Of course that isn't what he meant. The Liberal Lamestream Media (LLSM) caught this outstanding Republican with their gotcha questions. I mean, no one really believes that stuff. He was just caught off guard by the absurdity of the question.
 
2012-08-20 01:36:10 AM

Weaver95: I don't think he's gonna get outta this one without losing some skin.


meh, he is so far ahead in the race and it isnt like people like this every withdraw from the race.
plus his voters LOVE when he talks like this. LOL
 
2012-08-20 01:40:33 AM

BSABSVR: Mentat: Mentat and BuckTurgidson disagree with BSABSVR's comment.

Sorry. I misspoke. Now let's all move forward and talk about how Obama has legitimately raped the can-do spirit of the entrepreneur.


Ok. How did Obama rape the can-do spirit of the entrepreneur?
Difficulty: Can't use Obamacare.
 
2012-08-20 01:43:28 AM

dofus: IntertubeUser: I used to be a Republican, even volunteered to do door-to-door work for a couple of congressional campaign. But even when there's a GOP candidate who isn't batshiat crazy, I wonder if they're merely hiding it better and/or if it's a good idea to support a candidate of a party which tolerates and panders to batshiat craziness.

So I want to thank the Theocrats for probably turning me into a Democrat. For the first time in my life, my November ballot will be straight Democrat. It's a shame because I still believe that there's a conservative argument to be made in fiscal matters and governance. However, I've given up on the modern Republican Party ever being able to make that argument.

A reply ~2:25 later - doubt if you'll see it.

You don't have to go from 'Republican' to 'Democrat'. You can go from 'Republican' to 'Independent Thinker'. As such, you get to choose between _ALL_ the candidates on the ballot.


I get that. But how much effort would a Republican who was moderate on the social issues (non-Theocratic, separation of church and state, etc.) put into opposing somebody like this asshat Akin? And somebody like garner much support in a statewide election Republican voters?

It really seems like the choices, for most people, are: 1) Vote Democrat; 2) Vote for a hardcore fundie like Akin (or an Angler, or a Gohmert, or a Not-A-Witch McDonald, etc.); or, 3) Vote for a moderate Republican who will never earn the full support of GOPers and who won't call out their party's bullshiat.

I'll keep an eye out for Republicans who aren't superstitious nuts, I'm a frakking Democrat. I need a drink.
 
2012-08-20 01:50:25 AM

dahmers love zombie: Gulper Eel: The no-exceptions position is at least more ethically consistent on one level than the usual pander

No doubt about that. I have a certain amount of respect for the absolutist "pro-life" position in that it's morally consistent. Abhorrent in the extreme, but consistent. The problem is that the vast majority of "pro-lifers" can be coaxed into admitting that there are some situations where abortion is acceptable, which belies their claim that a fertilized egg is completely morally equivalent to a born human. And there's that thing where around 75 percent of "pro-lifers" are also pro-capital-punishment and anti-welfare. But hey, for some reason they shy away from the more accurate term, "blastocyst fetishists".


theyre not morally consistent.

try pinning them down on whether abortion should be treated exactly the same as murder in terms of court trials, evidence, criminal investigations into miscarriages and prison terms for the mother, doctors and nurses

they won't answer
 
2012-08-20 01:50:28 AM

Mentat: BuckTurgidson: jeaux65: "Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan disagree with Mr. Akin's statement, and a Romney-Ryan administration would not oppose abortion in instances of rape," said Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul.

So, Governor Mitt Romney (Mormon) and Congressman Paul Ryan (Catholic) are pro-murder-of-innocent-little-tiny-babies.

Got it.

Romney's painted himself into so many corners that his house by be a dodecahedron.


You rang?
 
2012-08-20 01:52:49 AM
"I misspoke" is almost never true. It's certainly not true here.

"I didn't know I was an idiot with regard to this issue" would have been acceptable.
 
2012-08-20 01:54:52 AM

Mentat: BSABSVR: BuckTurgidson: The Why Not Guy: Mentat: Sorry, I misspoke.

Mistakes were made.

I wish to express my deepest regret that some choose not to appreciate my sense of humor and will instead dishonestly exploit my off-the-cuff out-of-context remarks for divisive partisan opportunistic senstationalism.

My remarks were meant to convey the commitment I have to the pro-life philosophy and are being used to distract women from the fact that Clair McCaskill wants to see them pay more taxes, work less productively and be less independent. I look forward to moving past this media-fueled controversy and taking my pro-life, pro-jobs and pro-America message to the people of Missouri.

Mentat and BuckTurgidson disagree with BSABSVR's comment.


That is what we have always said, what we are saying to the American people right now, and what we will always say!

You know, Fark.com, all your pointed, divisive questions that are only intended to lead the country back to the same failed top-down policies like bailouts and Obamacare will not deceive America's small-business-owners and indeed all Americans from the fact Mr. Mentat and I have always supported BSABSVR's comments - which reflect our fundamental moral responsibilities, the morals upon which this Christian nation was founded - something we have always said, what we are saying to the American people right now, and what we will always say!
 
2012-08-20 01:55:30 AM

dodecahedron: Mentat: Romney's painted himself into so many corners that his house by be a dodecahedron.

You rang?


Actually, his place probably looks more like

www.destination360.com
 

except not as round
 
2012-08-20 01:56:18 AM

BuckTurgidson: something we have always said, what we are saying to the American people right now, and what we will always say!


So what exactly are you saying?
 
2012-08-20 01:58:23 AM
I think we're all missing the big question... how can we portray Sarah Palin as the real victim here?
 
2012-08-20 01:58:50 AM

jeaux65: Ok. How did Obama rape the can-do spirit of the entrepreneur?
Difficulty: Can't use Obamacare.



Mostly via pure Alinsky tactics derived from an anti-colonial mindset.
 
2012-08-20 02:06:01 AM

ox45tallboy: BuckTurgidson: something we have always said, what we are saying to the American people right now, and what we will always say!

So what exactly are you saying?


You know, given the imminent disaster the President's failed policies have created, I think this fascination on what we've said in the past and are saying now is small-minded.
 
2012-08-20 02:06:15 AM

The Why Not Guy: I think we're all missing the big question... how can we portray Sarah Palin as the real victim here?


Just leave that to her- Todd Akin defeated the guy she endorsed in the primaries, so now, she gets to be all "I told you so!"
 
2012-08-20 02:12:50 AM

BuckTurgidson: You know, given the imminent disaster the President's failed policies have created, I think this fascination on what we've said in the past and are saying now is small-minded.


You're right. We should be focusing more on what we will have been saying in the future.
 
2012-08-20 02:31:47 AM
Good luck finding this story on foxnews.com.

It's there, but it's just a text link. Not surprisingly, this rates as a 'non-story' for the true believers.
 
2012-08-20 02:40:11 AM

Goodfella: Republicans:

"Women always complaining about getting raped. They just need to stop complaining and learn to turn rape into lemonade bootstraps."

 
2012-08-20 02:45:55 AM

ox45tallboy: The Why Not Guy: I think we're all missing the big question... how can we portray Sarah Palin as the real victim here?

Just leave that to her- Todd Akin defeated the guy she endorsed in the primaries, so now, she gets to be all "I told you so!"


You figure he would have at least asked her how babby is formed. It seems to be the one thing she knows about.
Of course, then he'd go on Fox News and claim, "There are no more rape babies. Garth Brooks hasn't put out any new music and Michigan hasn't gone to the Final Four in years, so babbies is unpossible."
 
2012-08-20 02:54:24 AM

HighOnCraic: God-is-a-Taco: As expected, there's a bit of friction going on at Freepville.

I hate to see true patriots argue over such trivial things.

I won't quote them directly, but one of them posted this:

How many rape pregnancies are there? The answer is that, according to statistical reporting, there are no more than one or two pregnancies resultant from every 1,000 forcible rapes.

But, does it make sense? Let's look, using the figure of 200,000 rapes each year.
(derp divided by herp statements)


Is it wrong that I read that in Eric Cartman's voice where he broke down minority numbers at the water park?
 
2012-08-20 02:58:31 AM
So Jaycee Duggard wasn't kidnapped and raped then? Just checking.
 
2012-08-20 02:58:44 AM
We've got to change our priorities and get these minorities out of my waterpark.

/got that stuck in my head now
//thanks for that Practical_Draconian
 
2012-08-20 02:59:12 AM
It has been a long time since I was truly surprised at the stupidity of a Republican. But dang it, Todd, I think you got me.
 
2012-08-20 03:17:26 AM

Practical_Draconian: Is it wrong that I read that in Eric Cartman's voice where he broke down minority numbers at the water park?


yes
but it was also hilarious
 
2012-08-20 03:23:39 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Todd_Akin#Committee_assignments_2

Committee on Science, Space and Technology

God help us all
 
2012-08-20 04:20:13 AM

HighOnCraic: vygramul: HighOnCraic:
* One-fourth of all women in the United States of childbearing age have been sterilized, so the remaining three-fourths come out to 10,000 (or 15,000).

Citation needed. On all of it. But this one especially.

Um, dude? I was mocking the Freepers for using these silly arguments; go back and reread the post that you just quoted. There's a link at the bottom--it'sjust above the part where I mock the Freepers for using these silly arguments.


I should have been clearer. I meant the freepers need to tell us where they got that made-up numbers. I know you're not an idiot.
 
2012-08-20 04:24:28 AM

jeaux65: Ok. How did Obama rape the can-do spirit of the entrepreneur? Difficulty: Can't use Obamacare.


Somebody needs to recalibrate his sarcasm detector.
 
2012-08-20 04:25:11 AM

Rincewind53: 2. At no point did he apologize or explain what he means by the bizarre assertion that women who were raped wouldn't get pregnant as a result


It's because the "juices" don't flow unless it's real love. Yes, he said that.
 
2012-08-20 04:25:58 AM

The Why Not Guy:
Some victims of rape may be utilizing birth control methods, such as the pill, which will prevent pregnancy.
Some rapists may wear condoms in an effort to avoid DNA detection.


Well, Republicans want the pill to be harder to get and want victims to pay for their own rape kits, both of which will increase the rate.
 
2012-08-20 04:45:20 AM
So has this dude stepped down, so that the party can put someone else up for that seat, or not? because when Free Republic is blowing up over your comment, you're fked.
 
2012-08-20 04:48:07 AM

vygramul: HighOnCraic: vygramul: HighOnCraic:
* One-fourth of all women in the United States of childbearing age have been sterilized, so the remaining three-fourths come out to 10,000 (or 15,000).

Citation needed. On all of it. But this one especially.

Um, dude? I was mocking the Freepers for using these silly arguments; go back and reread the post that you just quoted. There's a link at the bottom--it'sjust above the part where I mock the Freepers for using these silly arguments.

I should have been clearer. I meant the freepers need to tell us where they got that made-up numbers. I know you're not an idiot.


The two freeper threads I'm reading, the majority want him gone, because the seat is more important than 'being technically right'... and then there are those who just think he made a heinous comment and needs to be tossed on principle. But few, right now, are okay with this dude running; they think he not only handed the seat to mccaskill with this comment, he's damaged all republicans nationwide.
 
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