Republican honor: TBD

And why is this not funny? The Guardian explains:

[W]e can’t just point the finger at, and pray for the downfall of, Donald Trump. He is merely the face of a deeper Republican malaise. The hypocrisies he embodies extend far beyond him. For decades, Republicans cast themselves as the party of family values, wagging their finger at anyone who had fallen short of the moral standards they set. But when Trump came along, promising them the tax cuts and seats on the supreme court they craved, all that went out of the window. Suddenly they were prepared to embrace a thrice-married worshipper of mammon who brags about sexually assaulting women and was happy to assess his own daughter as “a piece of ass”. Note the polling on white evangelical Christians. In 2011 they were the group least likely to accept that a candidate guilty of immoral behaviour in their personal life might nevertheless be able to act ethically as a leader. Now they are the by 2017 to become the most forgiving on that score.
Consider the way Republicans used to claim “freedom” as their own, posing as liberty’s champions. Now it emerges that fewer than half of all Republican voters believe news organisations should be free to criticise political leaders – a freedom that is surely fundamental.
And of course, for decades Republicans wrapped themselves in the flag, claiming a monopoly on patriotism, casting themselves as the heirs to Ronald Reagan and all those who stood strong against Russian authoritarianism. Yet now, delegates to the CPAC ultra-conservative conference will happily wave little Russian flags, so long as they have Trump’s name on them.
It’s natural to direct our fury at Trump and to want to see him gone. But it was the wider American right that, over more than two decades, feasted on bigotry, ignorance and contempt for science, facts and the compromises required by democratic governance – it was that right that incubated Trump and Trumpism. If impeachment and removal from office are ever to be more than a fantasy, it will be Republicans who will have to make it happen. And that will require them to do more than change a president. They will have to change themselves.

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An idiot fires an assault rifle in a D.C. pizza parlor because of a pump truppet lie

Every day, I feel more contempt for Lügenorange and his moron supporters. Their mendacity and stupidty are going to get someone killed:

A North Carolina man was arrested Sunday after he walked into a popular pizza restaurant in Northwest Washington carrying an assault rifle and fired one or more shots, D.C. police said. The man told police he had come to the restaurant to “self-investigate” an election-related conspiracy theory involving Hillary Clinton that spread online during her presidential campaign.

The incident caused panic, with several businesses going into lockdown as police swarmed the neighborhood after receiving the call shortly before 3 p.m.

Police said 28-year-old Edgar Maddison Welch, of Salisbury, N.C., walked in the front door of Comet Ping Pong and pointed a firearm in the direction of a restaurant employee. The employee was able to flee and notify police. Police said Welch proceeded to discharge the rifle inside the restaurant.

Welch has been charged with assault with a dangerous weapon. …

The restaurant’s owner and employees were threatened on social media in the days before the election after fake news stories circulated claiming that then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her campaign chief were running a child sex ring from the restaurant’s backrooms. Even Michael Flynn, a retired general who President-elect Trump has tapped to advise him on national security, shared stories about another anti-Clinton conspiracy theory involving pedophilia. None of them were true. But the fake stories and threats persisted, some even aimed at children of Comet Ping Pong employees and patrons. The restaurant’s owner was forced to contact the FBI, local police, Facebook and other social-media platforms in an effort to remove the articles.

Gun toting morons are showing up in a city I spend a lot of time in, meaning the fool they elected has put my life in danger. An idiot, who can’t figure out that something is an egregious lie, thinks an an assault rifle gives him the right to conduct his own “self-investigation.” These people should rot in hell.

And the verified crimson pedophiles’s national security adviser is publicizing the most hideous of  lies because that’s what makes his boss popular among the Tea Party terrorists who call themselves GOP voters.

Donald Trump isn’t the only Republican alienating women voters

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Any reason why this is an issue for the GOP?

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Anyway the Republican presidential candidates can stick their foot in their mouths even more on this issue?

Marco Rubio has defended his record as an opponent of abortion, against criticism arising from his statement during the first Republican presidential debate on Thursday that he had never advocated for exceptions of any kind, even if a woman’s life was in danger or when she had been raped.

Anyone else?

Wisconsin governor Scott Walker said he is prepared to sign into law a 20-week abortion ban without any exceptions for victims of rape or incest, arguing that women are concerned with those issues “in the initial months” of pregnancy.

Walker, a Republican who is expected to run for president in 2016, made the comments ahead of a public hearing in the Wisconsin legislature on proposed legislation that would outlaw abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Local television station WKOW aired Walker’s claim that an exception for rape or incest is not necessarily needed in the bill.

“I mean, I think for most people who are concerned about that, it’s in the initial months where they’re most concerned about it,” Walker said. “In this case, again, it’s an unborn life, it’s an unborn child, and that’s why we feel strongly about it. I’m prepared to sign it either way that they send it to us.”

Are we done yet?

“Ethel Waters, for example, was the result of a forcible rape,” [Mike] Huckabee said of the late American gospel singer. One-time presidential candidate Huckabee added: “I used to work for James Robison back in the 1970s, he leads a large Christian organization. He, himself, was the result of a forcible rape. And so I know it happens, and yet even from those horrible, horrible tragedies of rape, which are inexcusable and indefensible, life has come and sometimes, you know, those people are able to do extraordinary things.”

That’s all, right?

With Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in the mix, it’ll be a race to the bottom on women’s rights. But to a degree, Cruz’s campaign is a continuation of what Todd Akin started in 2012. (Akin was the Missouri Senate candidate who infamously remarked that victims of “legitimate rape” have ways to “shut that whole thing down” so they don’t get pregnant.) What was once an outlier on women’s right to choose an abortion – that even victims of rape and incest don’t have the right to terminate a pregnancy resulting from it – has now become a cornerstone of the Republican platform. And Republicans are now conflating abortion and birth control in an attempt to prevent women from accessing both.

Cruz, like Akin, opposes abortion for victims of rape and incest. He also labels forms of contraception such as Plan B “abortifacients”, which isn’t scientifically or medically correct. At the Value Voters Summitlast fall, Cruz repeatedly referred to contraception as “abortion-inducing drugs.”

So why are Republicans worried about Donald Trump alienating women voters? It hasn’t hurt him with the party’s voters. Just look at this poll taken after last week’s debate:

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Today in Republican rape logic

Two things: First from the West Virginia House (via Jezebel):

The West Virginia House has begun the process of approving a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks in the state; Like other version of the same bill, West Virginia’s proposed law has been dubbed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. It’s based on the bunk science that fetuses are capable of feeling pain after 20 weeks, and that pain should trump the desire someone might feel to not carry an unwanted pregnancy to term.

The body’s health committee passed the bill Thursday. But first, as the Charleston Gazette reported, in comments that were picked up by both Huffington Post and Think Progress, Delegate Brian Kurcaba said he couldn’t quite see why there should be an exception in the bill for victims of rape or incest.

“Obviously rape is awful,” Kurcaba said. “What is beautiful is the child that could come from this.”

And now, from the Utah House of Representatives (from the Salt Lake Tribune):

If someone can’t consent, it’s rape.

A Utah measure seeking to make that legal clarification won early approval in a state legislative committee Tuesday, but some lawmakers qualified their support, questioning whether the law would designate sex with an unconscious spouse as rape.

“If an individual has sex with their wife while she is unconscious … a prosecutor could then charge that spouse with rape, theoretically,” said Rep. Brian Greene, R-Pleasant Grove.”That makes sense in a first date scenario, but to me, not where people have a history of years of sexual activity.”

Your GOP in action. Sticking their noses in your lady parts. If you’re unconscious.

Legitimate rape: an update

Remember how the GOP establishment disavowed any knowledge of Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin after his “legitimate rape” logic? You know, it said it wouldn’t support him and wanted him out of the race because his abortion/rape stand was anathema to how the party was trying to present itself.

Well, this just in:

The National Republican Senatorial Committee has opened the door to getting back in the Missouri Senate race after weeks of insisting it was finished with Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.).

NRSC executive director Rob Jesmer on Wednesday said the committee would keep close tabs on the race, and hinted it might reverse its decision to abandon its nominee.

“There is no question that for Missourians who believe we need to stop the reckless Washington spending, rein-in the role of government in people’s lives, and finally focus on growing jobs in this country that Todd Akin is a far more preferable candidate than liberal Sen. Claire McCaskill,” he said in a statement. “As with every Republican Senate candidate, we hope Todd Akin wins in November and we will continue to monitor this race closely in the days ahead.”

And if that’s not enough:

Top conservatives announced their support for Missouri Republican Todd Akin’s embattled campaign for Senate, some reversing course after having earlier called for him to step down following his “legitimate rape” remarks.

Former presidential candidate Rick Santorum and South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint jointly gave their backing Wednesday after a final deadline passed for Akin to withdraw from the ballot. And Republican Sen. Roy Blunt, a party leader in the Senate, quietly dropped his previous opposition to Akin’s candidacy, and said he would support his fellow Missourian.

With Republicans struggling in their effort to pick up the four seats needed wrest control of the Senate this fall, some in the party have calculated that they must back Akin if they hope to win the majority. Missouri has represented perhaps their best opportunity to defeat an incumbent, Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.

It’s still a close race, and Akin can win. And if he does, that opens the gates to eternal Tea Bagger crazy.
Meaning the chances of stopping “legitimate rape” from becoming the law of the land will dwindle in every subsequent election.

‘Legitimate rape’: more on Todd Akin and the GOP

Take a good look at this picture:

On the left is Paul Ryan. He’s Mitt Romney‘s pick for the GOP vice presidential slot. On the right is Todd Akin. He’s an idiot.

Akin talked about “legitimate” rape yesterday. The Romney camp would like you to believe that it totally disavows Akin and everything he believes in.

But Bloomberg news service points out

No less than Paul Ryan, the Republican candidate for vice president, shares his views. Ryan, Akin’s colleague in the House, has sponsored legislation with him that also sought to distinguish between types of rape: Instead of “legitimate,” it used the word “forcible.”

What Akin’s remarks have unleashed is a discussion in the presidential race over social issues that will be hard for Republicans to control. They were reasonably sure they could paper over the differences between Ryan and his running mate, Mitt Romney, on Medicare. On social issues, the problem is the opposite: The difference between Ryan’s views and Akin’s could fit on a Post-it note. …

Yet Ryan and Akin are in the mainstream of the prevailing House Republican view on abortion.

Not only did Akin and Ryan co-sponsor legislation redefining rape, Ryan ran for Congress as a strong pro-lifer and has a 100 percent rating from the National Right to Life Committee. “This includes support for the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” the committee notes. Last year Ryan and Akin were co-sponsors of the Sanctity of Human Life Act, also known as “personhood” legislation, which would give a fertilized egg the same rights as a human being and would outlaw some forms of birth control.

Actually, calling Akin an idiot is unfair. Because he isn’t an outlier in Republican politics. He just expresses the views of the far-right Tea Bagger wing. The reason he won the nomination in Missouri is because his constituents have fundamentally (and fundamentalist) insane beliefs.

Those beliefs, according to Creative Destruction, include:

– Evolution is false; the earth is actually 6,000 years old and humans and dinosaurs roamed the earth at the same time.

– The theory of global warming was created in a conspiracy between environmentalists and climate scientists to destroy the American way of life.

– Barack Obama is a Muslim born in Kenya who got a scholarship to Columbia University as a foreign student.

– The Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated the U.S. State Department.

– Barack Obama has a plan to confiscate your guns. Part of this plan is the “fast and furious” scandal which the Obama Administration created to gin up support for gun control.

– The United States was founded as an explicitly Christian nation.

– Gay people are more likely to be pedophiles than straight people.

– NAFTA is part of a plan to erase the border between the U.S. and Mexico and replace the United States with a federation called the North American Union.

These are just their greatest hits. They’ve got a ton more on the B-side of their album.

The problem is there’s no way to argue with them, because these “facts” have no basis in reality. When one side is dealing with reality and the other is mired in fantasy, there is no convenient “middle ground” to occupy. Wrong is wrong, and accepting an illegitimate point makes the compromise illegitimate.

The Republican voters in Missouri got the candidate they wanted. And his beliefs are their beliefs. To them, it’s just an inarguable fact that a “legitimate” rape doesn’t lead to pregnancy because women’s bodies will shut down the fertilization process. There is no scientific basis in reality for this argument, except in a world where basic science includes the fact that men and dinosaurs roamed the Earth at the same time (i.e. “The Flintstones” as historic documents). What Akin said is the foundation of the right-wing belief system concerning women and sexuality.

Just one other point. The guy who conducted this interview demonstrates why television and newspapers are failing to inform the public. The second Akin came up with his “legitimate rape” comment, the very next thing that should have come out of the interviewer’s mouth was: “Are you serious?”

Instead, he just went on with his list of questions. Interviewers have to listen to what their subjects are saying and then follow up with: “What scientific basis do you have for that?” “Who told you that?” “Do you know others that believe that?”

I probably wouldn’t have been good on the follow-up question, though. My response when I read the initial report on this was: “Are you f—ing kidding me?”

That kind of question ends an interview pretty quickly.