Tuesday, September 25, was the last day U.S. Senate Candidate Todd Akin (R-MO) could withdraw from the race. And he isn't going. So the GOP standard-bearer is Todd Akin; he needs our help, and we need to support him. Yes, he made a stupid remark, and as a result, what should have been an easy Senate win turned into a hotly contested race. He apologized profusely, but rather than come to his aid, Republicans of every stripe denounced him and called for his resignation. This is idiotic. Despite this widespread trashing, recent polls indicate
Dumb as Akin's statement was, he is still smarter and better for the state and the country than McCaskill. Many of our GOP leaders and commentators are just as stupid as the liberal pundits we frequently make fun of. They can't wait to rush out and point fingers at our own candidates for every slip. They immediately want to distance themselves from any candidate who may not be flawless. This is political stupidity. It doesn't matter if our candidate has flaws as long as they are smaller and fewer than those of the democrat opponent.
I'd rather have a thousand Akins in the senate over one McLame or McConnell or Grahmnasty. One man with integrity is worth more than a whole Senate full of spineless, reach across the aisle and shake my good friend's hand cowered in fear of the Kneepad Media RINO anyway.
#5 And what exactly makes him selfish? Because he believes that the decision of the primary voters in his state took precedence over the fears of national party officials? And the SOB comment, really? Come clean, you were never going to support him anyway, right?
I remember, when I was growing up, that I was taught "my country, right or wrong". These days we hear "my party, right or wrong".
"Yes, he made a stupid remark". No, what Akin said was not just a stupid remark, or a slip of the tongue, or an unfortunate phrasing, or something taken out of context. Rather he actually seems to believe what he said. His thoughts on the subject seem almost medieval.
A man this ignorant does not belong in public office. It was not just Democrats pouncing on his words; it was honest Republicans making clear that he does not (or ought not) represent the party.
The proper thing for him to do was to have dropped out of the race, to make way for someone (anyone) more qualified than he. He did not do so, despite having several opportunities. So now we are stuck with him.
Yeah, the Democrat might be worse. Yeah, we need a Republican senator. So yeah, the Republicans there will probably have to vote for him.
But do not make this into some sort of virtue. It is a shame to the party that he is the candidate, and a shame to our electoral methods that we are once again left with having to choose the lesser of two evils.
The man should have resigned; he did not. He put his own career opportunities ahead of the party. Now the party is asked to put its political needs ahead of the country.
This is a sad situation. We ought not to be defending what has been done.
Less than 2 weeks after squeaking out a victory in a 3 way primary, Todd Akin made an unforced error on national TV. President Obama and the MSM leaped upon the error as a distraction. GOP leaders condemned his statement and asked him to withdraw. Todd believes his electoral mandate is more important than any peripheral damage his error may do to the party. For the sake of the nation, I hope he is right.
As for the other Senators who have enabled Obama, I hope they face a strong primary challeng that will encourage them to retire. But they have at least won their election. If Todd wins, all can be forgiven. But his candidacy will play a part in the coming debates and it would be shameful if his pride allows Obama to be reelected.
Akin has been a big help to Obama. His unpardonable comments about rape fit perfectly with Wassermsn-Shultz' narrative about the war on women. When the media is so savagely biased against you, you don't have the liberty of making stupid mistakes.
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On fire, 9/28/2012 10:50:09 AM (No. 8895888)
I've sent two donations. GOP establishment can go suck eggs.
#10 You are looking for virtuous politicians? Let us know how that works out for you. As far as I know, Jesus Christ isn't running for office, and anyone else is doomed to fall short. So Akin has some rather ignorant ideas about biology. So what? Those beliefs will have no impact on me, my family, or the country in general. All kinds of people believe all kinds of foolishness, and that is OK as long as the foolishness doesn't extend to the things which would negatively impact me, my family, or my country.
True, his statement was invalid scientifically. The lapdog media was most obliging to ram it down our throats for 2 wks solid with dogpile on from the right as well. I listened to his lame/weak response on Hannity's radio show, including Hannity's not so gentle prodding to drop out. Could his train of thought to state that PP was not providing abortions only to 'valid rape' victims, but for any woman, at any stage, any age, for any reason been derailed into the trainwreck of legimate rape comments? This is a broken glass election and if I were in Missouri I'd be crawling to vote for AKin over dipstick McCaskill.
From a Google search-'correlation between stress and miscarriage"(786,000 responses in 0.34 seconds)
"If you've ever wondered about the link between stress and miscarriages, this is a list of some of the key research that's been done on the effects of high anxiety during pregnancy."
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•Sigiura-Ogasawara, Mayumi, Toshiaki A. Furukawa, Yumi Nakano, Shiro Hori, Koji Aoki and Toshinori Kitamura, "Depression as a potential causal factor in subsequent miscarriage in recurrent spontaneous aborters." Human Reproduction Oct 2002. Accesed 28 Jul 2008.
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Looks like a whole bunch of them there scientician types think the same way as does Rep. Akin.
And Steven Pagonas and the Duke Lacrosse team can elucidate on "legitimate" rapes.
Dave Miceli doesn´t know me from a hole in the ground, but he´s my new hero. (Snip) "How dare you accuse, through implication or otherwise, that the need for ´better schools´ is a reason there is so much killing. I have taught in the Baltimore public school system for the past two decades. What we need is better students. They have trashed brand new computers, destroyed exit signs, set multiple fires, destroyed many, many lockers, stolen teachers´ school supplies, written their filth on the tops of classroom desks, defecated in the bathrooms and stairwells, assaulted teachers
In a letter to fellow-Republicans on the Hill today, Senator Jeff Sessions declares with admirable straightforwardness that the GOP establishment’s main argument for the Gang of Eight immigration bill — that “the great lesson of the 2012 election is that the GOP needs to push for immediate amnesty and a drastic surge in low-skill immigration” — is quite simply ”nonsense.” He is, of course, correct. (Snip) Today’s letter from GOP donors and fundraisers — i.e., the GOP establishment — to the House Republicans repeats the same dreary fallacies.
Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., will launch his bid to challenge incumbent Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., next week, Cotton’s office confirmed Wednesday. (Snip) Cotton has long been rumored to be weighing a bid for the Senate seat held by Pryor, a Democrat and the son of a former senator. A Republican operative confirmed earlier this year that two Democratic trackers had been following Cotton in case he decides to run. National Democrats wasted no time attacking Cotton on Wednesday, with one spokesperson for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee saying that Cotton’s decision showed “arrogance.”
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Peter Robinson at Ricochet directs attention to a study by the Heritage Foundation of military enlistment to population ratios by region. It tells us that, generally speaking, folks from Red States are much more inclined to serve in the military than folks from Blue States. (Snip) The Heritage Foundation study also explodes the myth that military service disproportionately attracts men and women from disadvantaged backgrounds. To the contrary, the study shows that U.S. military service disproportionately attracts enlisted personnel and officers who do not come from disadvantaged backgrounds.
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Maybe, in looking at the example Detroit has set as the first major American city to file for bankruptcuy, the United States government will finally see more clearly what debt can do when politicians avoid reality. Detroit was once America’s queen city of manufacturing. That began going away decades ago, not because of bad calls by government, but because of changes in the national and international economies. The rich moved to surrounding suburbs, the poor stayed put and politicians had to decide what to do. Some of what they came up with was pretty bad.
There´s a movement among Capitol Hill Republicans to defund Obamacare. With the president´s hugely expensive national health care scheme set to take effect Jan. 1, many of the law´s opponents view this fall´s battles over spending and the debt as the last chance to stop it, specifically by cutting off funds for its implementation. But Republicans will not stop Obamacare. They won´t defund it. Their last chance to put an end to it was the 2012 election. They lost, and the chance is gone.
Naturally, Kate Middleton opted out of Britain’s “world class” National Health Service for the delivery of her baby. According to the Daily Express, a suite at the private Lindo Wing of London’s St. Mary’s hospital costs £6,265 per night — and this “excludes consultants’ fees.” Middleton’s total bill is expected to come to around £12,000 ($18,500). A poll conducted by ICM revealed that “37 per cent of the British public think that she should be having her firstborn on the National Health Service, believing it would send a powerful symbol if the new third in line to the throne
Colin Powell has admitted to exchanging ´very personal´ emails with a Romanian diplomat but denies having an affair with the much younger woman after a hacker threatened to release their intimate messages. The 76-year-old retired general told the Smoking Gun that he met Corina Cretu, 45, roughly 10 years ago when she was working as an assistant to the president of Romania. She is now a member of the European Parliament. ´After I left the Department of State in January 2005 we stayed in touch via email,´ he told TSG.
CNN has uncovered exclusive new information about what is allegedly happening at the CIA, in the wake of the deadly Benghazi terror attack. Four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, were killed in the assault by armed militants last September 11 in eastern Libya. Sources now tell CNN dozens of people working for the CIA were on the ground that night, and that the agency is going to great lengths to make sure whatever it was doing, remains a secret. CNN has learned the CIA is involved in what one source calls an unprecedented attempt to keep the spy
Serial sexter Anthony Weiner’s wife partly blamed herself last year when her horndog husband confessed to her that he was at it again. Friends and family told People magazine that Huma Abedin was kicking herself at the time for bailing out of couples counseling and focusing more on their newborn baby boy. But, thanks to a new round of joint therapy that continues even now, the couple was able to put the relapse behind them. “They really became a unit, and she feels much closer to Anthony now,” a relative told the magazine. That’s a long way from how Abedin
The United States will temporarily shut down its embassies and consulates around the world Sunday, including those in Iraq, Afghanistan and Egypt, as a precautionary measure, the State Department said Thursday. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf did not say how long the international installations would stay closed -- only that the decision was taken “out of an abundance of caution and care for our employees and others who may be visiting.” Sunday is a normal workday in many Arab and Middle Eastern countries. Embassies in Europe and Latin America would be shuttered that day anyway.
In preparation for the release of Oscar-bait film The Butler, Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, and director Lee Daniels (Precious) sat down with Parade magazine. The film chronicles a butler (Whitaker) who works in the White House through seven administrations. Winfrey plays the butler’s wife. In the interview, Winfrey explained her sadness that so few Americans know about the history of the civil rights movement: “They don’t know diddly-squat. Diddly-squat.” She then said of the historic use of the n-word, “I always think of the millions of people who heard that as their last
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The administration has popped the bubble of hope some small business had that switching to part-time staff would let them escape the high costs of Obamacare. The Small Business Administration on Thursday created a website to explain to businesses that the government will simply tally up the number of part-time employees firms have to determine if enough hours have been worked to essentially create a "full-time equivalent." Some smaller businesses had thought that if they could get under the 50 full-time employee cap that activates Obamacare by cutting full-time workers and hiring more part-time workers they would escape
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