Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin is making a strong case for enshrinement into the "Say What Now?" Hall of Fame after his latest remarks about incumbent senator, Claire McCaskill:
She goes to Washington, D.C., it's a little bit like one of those dogs, you know 'fetch'. She goes to Washington, D.C., and get all of these taxes and red tape and bureaucracy and executive orders and agencies and she brings all of this stuff and dumps it on us in Missouri.
Listen to the full audio here.
Illinois Republican Rep. Joe Walsh is under fire for comments he made Thursday night in his final debate against Democrat Tammy Duckworth -- he said he opposes abortion "without exception," even when the life of the mother is at stake.
The trouble came when the Tea Partier doubled down on his position with the media afterward:
There's no such exception as life of the mother. And as far as health of the mother, same thing, with advances in science and technology, health of the mother has become a tool for abortions anytime under any reason.
While discussing a case in which "a 17-year-old high school senior was charged with sexual assault for having sex with an underage girl in the school's band room," State Rep. Roger Rivard (R) told the Chetek Alert newspaper in December that his father taught him that some girls will portray a sexual encounter as rape if they become pregnant.
He is now claiming that those remarks were taken out of context and has issued a statement condemning sexual violence.
Turns out, Lady Parts Expert (and Missouri Senate candidate) Todd Akin has a long history of being totally uninformed -- forget about "legitimate rape" for a moment and consider this gem of a statement, from the House floor in 2008:
We have terrorists in our own culture called abortionists. ... You find that along with the culture of death go all kinds of other law-breaking: not following good sanitary procedure, giving abortions to women who are not actually pregnant, cheating on taxes, all these kinds of things, misuse of anesthetics so that people die or almost die. All of these things are common practice, but all of that information is available for America.
Emphasis ours. That is all.
New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow shares his relationship requirements in the latest issue of Vogue:
"Obviously looks play a big part. Being attracted to someone plays a big part, but there's also so much more than that for me. It's about finding someone sweet and kind -- and that has a servant's heart."
Italics our own.
Rush Limbaugh posed a "serious question" this afternoon on his talk show:
How long does this country have if Obama wins?
We're headed toward an economic collapse and we are the leader of the world. And when it happens to us, there are reverberations all over the world. ... How long is it going to take? I'm asking a serious question. 18 months? ...
If Obama wins, it's the end of the Republican Party. ...
Economic collapse? End of the GOP? What say you?
Maryland state delegate Emmett C. Burns, Jr. recently sent a letter to Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti, in an attempt to discourage linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo's support of a state ballot initiative that would legalize gay marriage.
The letter didn't sit well with Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, who unleashed an all-out, expletive-laden blitz attacking Mr. Burns' proclivities:
If gay marriage becomes legal, are you worried that all of a sudden you'll start thinking about penis? "Oh sh*t. Gay marriage just passed. Gotta get me some of that hot dong action!" Will all of your friends suddenly turn gay and refuse to come to your Sunday Ticket grill-outs? (Unlikely, since gay people enjoy watching football too.)
This is Father Benedict Groeschel, a high-profile Catholic priest with the Archdiocese of New York who has a Ph.D. in psychology from Columbia University.
This what he had to say about convicted pedophile Jerry Sandusky -- whom he believes is the victim in the Penn State scandal, not the perpetrator:
People have this picture in their minds of a person planning to -- a psychopath. But that's not the case. Suppose you have a man having a nervous breakdown, and a youngster comes after him. A lot of the cases, the youngster -- 14, 16, 18 -- is the seducer ... It's not so hard to see -- a kid looking for a father and didn't have his own -- and they won't be planning to get into heavy-duty sex, but almost romantic, embracing, kissing, perhaps sleeping but not having intercourse or anything like that.
It's an understandable thing ... there are the relatively rare cases where a priest is involved in a homosexual way with a minor. I think the statistic I read recently in a secular psychology review was about 2%. Would that be true of other clergy? Would it be true of doctors, lawyers, coaches?
Here's this poor guy -- Sandusky -- it went on for years. Interesting: Why didn't anyone say anything? Apparently, a number of kids knew about it and didn't break the ice. Well, you know, until recent years, people did not register in their minds that it was a crime. It was a moral failure, scandalous; but they didn't think of it in terms of legal things.
At this point, (when) any priest, any clergyman, any social worker, any teacher, any responsible person in society would become involved in a single sexual act — not necessarily intercourse — they're done. And I'm inclined to think, on their first offense, they should not go to jail because their intention was not committing a crime.
Back in my country, my president... he's trying to pass a gun ban, so he's staging all of these murders, like the Fast and Furious thing down at the border... Aurora, Colorado, all the people that were killed there ... and now the beautiful people at the Sikh temple... I don't know where I'm gonna live if America keeps going the way it's going because it looks like it's turning into Nazi America.
The requirement that health insurers cover contraception went into effect today, and here's what Pennsylvania Congressman Mike Kelly had to say about it:
I know in your mind you can think of times when America was attacked. One is December 7th, that's Pearl Harbor day. The other is September 11th, and that's the day of the terrorist attack. I want you to remember August the 1st, 2012, the attack on our religious freedom. That is a day that will live in infamy, along with those other dates.
Not even a week since suspect James Holmes shot up a Colorado movie theater -- killing 12 -- and asshat comedian Dane Cook treats his audience at the Laugh Factory to the following:
So I heard that the guy came into the theater about 25 minutes into the movie. And I don't know if you've seen the movie, but the movie is pretty much a piece of crap. Yea, spoiler alert.
I know that if none of that would have happened, pretty sure that somebody in that theater, about 25 minutes in, realizing it was a piece of crap, was probably like 'ugh f**king shoot me.'
Too soon, bro. TOO SOON.
In June, former steelworker and lifelong Democrat Donnie Box starred in this controversial pro-Obama ad, by Super PAC Priorities USA, that criticized Mitt Romney and his time at Bain Capital -- they "shut down entire livelihoods."
Now, just one month later, Box has some harsh words for Obama, as quoted in In These Times:
I think Obama is a jerk, a pantywaist, a lightweight, a blowhard. He hasn't done a goddamn thing that he said he would do. When he had a Democratic Senate and Democratic Congress, he didn't do a damn thing. He doesn't have the guts to say what's on his mind.
Box remains a Romney critic, but made clear that he considers him the lesser of two evils when it comes time to vote:
We didn't know who the hell Mitt Romney was when all that stuff started. It wasn't until later we found out who Romney was. We just knew he was just another guy with money. It wasn't until his boys came and started gutting the place that we found out he was an a**hole.
Meanwhile, according to the Atlantic, "[t]he ad's been in pretty high circulation, part of a $7 million ad campaign in Colorado, Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, one that Priorities USA has said is partially responsible for hurting Romney's polling in swing states."