Pat Robertson Reminisces About the Days When Wife Beating was A-OK

By: Monday September 10, 2012 1:00 pm

in this clip Pat Robertson has no problem saying that one Christian Broadcasting Network viewer is basically SOL if he wants to control his wife in the appropriate fashion unless he can move to Saudi Arabia and beat her @ss into submission. People for the American Way’s Right Wing Watch.


FDL Book Salon Welcomes Greg Palast and Ted Rall, Billionaires & Ballot Bandits: How to Steal an Election in 9 Easy Steps

By: Sunday September 9, 2012 1:59 pm

Because Americans aren’t anxious enough forced to digest anemic monthly jobs numbers, an economy teetering on the precipice, the steady stream of illegal home foreclosures, a Democratic President poised to shiv Social Security and Medicare, and the country’s insidious metamorphosis into a security state, they also have to worry about something so basic as the right to vote. That’s because über-bully Karl Rove, not content to have put the Dauphin of Dumbfuckistan in the White House, decided that controlling the Executive Branch wasn’t enough. Like his Machiavellian comrade and patron, Charles Koch, he “want[ed] his fair share–and that’s all of it.” Hey, if that means depriving American citizens of their civil rights, well, so be it. There are always going to be winners and losers, amirite? Whaddya gonna do about it?

Enter Greg Palast and Ted Rall.

Todd Akin and the People He Represents

By: Sunday August 26, 2012 10:40 am

Akin supporters are not the big problem. The big problem is the billionaires who ride them like polo ponies, jerking them around to support Billionaire Utopia at the expense of everyone else.

Todd Akin Is the Embodiment of the Modern GOP Platform

By: Saturday August 25, 2012 9:00 am

In 1976, Jack Danforth was running for the US Senate in Missouri; in 2012, Todd Akin is running for Danforth’s old seat. In 1976, the GOP platform noted a wide diversity of opinion about abortion and the wisdom of Roe v. Wade; in 2012, the GOP platform demands adherence to One Right Answer. In 1976, the GOP platform pushed for adoption of the Equal Rights Amendment; in 2012, it pushes for a human life amendment.

In 2006, as this religiously-motivated shift in GOP politics unfolded, Danforth lamented it, much to the amusement of conservatives like the SBC’s Richard Land. But Danforth also predicted “The more people think about it, the more people will resist it.” Today, people are realizing that Todd Akin is the embodiment of the GOP platform, not the exception to it. The reaction to him and his comments makes it appear that Danforth may have been right.

I sure hope so.

Romney Campaign Goes to Great Lengths to Stop Talking About Abortion

By: Friday August 24, 2012 2:30 pm

The is no better sign that the Romney campaign is really concerned about the damage Republican Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin could do to its campaign than the extraordinary lengths they are going to avoid talking about the issue of abortion. Romney did a local interview with KCNC-TV but with the one stipulation from the campaign – don’t be asking about abortion.

MO-Sen: Todd Akin Plans Press Conference for 4:15 CT

By: Friday August 24, 2012 1:19 pm

Care for a Friday afternoon news dump? Todd Akin, the Missouri Senate candidate whose comments about abortion, pregnancy and rape dominated the week, will hold a press conference today at 4:15pm CT in St. Louis County. I’m not sure why this would be held if it weren’t an update to the status of his Senate campaign.

Akin missed the deadline to easily withdraw from the race in Missouri, but it’s not really that much more difficult at this point.

The Aunt in the Attic

By: Thursday August 23, 2012 8:00 pm

Poor Barry Goldwater; he was just born too early. Much has been written about Goldwater’s historic wipeout in 1964; the conventional wisdom, which held for many years, was that America could only go so wingnut. Once a guy started to be associated, fairly or not, with the John Birch Society and unrepentant neoconfederates from the deep south, he would not only lose, but lose spectacularly, in the general election no matter the opponent.

Late Night: Where Has the Federal Reserve Been?

By: Wednesday August 22, 2012 8:00 pm

So we sit here with the official unemployment rate at 8.3% and the rate of un and underemployeds at 15%. These number still translate to nearly 13 million unemployed and another 10 to 15 million underemployed. And again, these numbers do NOT include new college grads trying to find their first full time jobs in their chosen fields. The numbers do NOT include all the millions who have been forced to become “self-employed, independent contractors. Add these groups into the official numbers and we are probably looking at (as a guesstimate) another 10 to 15 million people. Labor force participation was at 63.7%.

But have no fear! All is not lost. Why just today, one of Willard Mitt Romney’s top economic advisers proclaimed that The Benbernank is doing a smash up job as Fed chair and deserves to remain in the position while the Republican Party has added a plank calling for an annual audit of the Fed.

Leah McElrath: Let’s Be Honest: Akin’s Not Alone in His Ignorance

By: Wednesday August 22, 2012 2:45 pm

Leah McElrath has agreed to cross-post her piece on Huff Po here on the Blend because it hits so many spot-on points about the Akin dustup that weren’t seeing the light of day. The fact is, too many Americans of the male persuasion have no clue about the female body, and it should be no surprise that the mind-blowing ignorance of Rep. Akin was on full display when he opened his trap about “legitimate rape”. The bottom line is that too many men like Akin don’t respect women enough to educate themselves about our bodies before attempting to legislate how we use them.

Akin Is an Uncomfortable Reminder of Paul Ryan’s Own Extreme Position on Abortion

By: Wednesday August 22, 2012 12:40 pm

It is easy to understand why so many top Republicans are working to get Rep. Todd Akin to drop out of the Missouri Senate race. Not only could he cost them a seat and potentially control of the Senate, but his problem is already starting to metastasize to other Republican candidates. Normally the exact nuances of a vice presidential candidate’s position on abortion are not a big topic in elections, but because of Akin’s controversy, Paul Ryan has started to be asked very pointed questions about the similarity to his own views.

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