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Note to Republicans: Please Keep Talking About Rape

They just can’t help being cavemen
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It’s hard to believe that these Neanderthal morons haven’t yet figured out how incredibly bad they make themselves look when they start spouting off about rape, but once again a Republican is showing the world why the GOP should not be allowed near the reins of power: GOP Rep: Todd Akin ‘Partly Right’ on Legitimate Rape.

And this lunatic is chairman of the GOP Doctors’ Caucus.

Rep. Phil Gingrey, an ob-gyn and chairman of the GOP Doctors Caucus, explained to the audience at the Cobb Chamber of Commerce breakfast Thursday in Smyrna, Ga., that Akin wasn’t far off on the science when he said rape victims rarely get pregnant because their bodies have “ways of shutting that whole thing down.”

“I’ve delivered lots of babies, and I know about these things. It is true,” Gingrey said, according to the Marietta Daily Journal. “We tell infertile couples all the time that are having trouble conceiving because of the woman not ovulating, ‘Just relax. Drink a glass of wine. And don’t be so tense and uptight because all that adrenaline can cause you not to ovulate.’ So he was partially right wasn’t he?”

“But the fact that a woman may have already ovulated 12 hours before she is raped, you’re not going to prevent a pregnancy there by a woman’s body shutting anything down because the horse has already left the barn, so to speak,” Gingrey continued. “And yet the media took that and tore it apart.”

Yes, that’s right — you just witnessed an ob-gyn doctor who advises his patients to drink booze in order to get pregnant.

And now, of course, he’s desperately trying to claim his idiotic remarks were “misconstrued.”

“At a breakfast yesterday morning, I was asked why Democrats made abortion a central theme of the presidential campaign. I do not defend, nor do I stand by, the remarks made by Rep. Akin and Mr. Mourdock,” Gingrey said, referring to the Indiana Senate candidate who lost after saying pregnancies from rape are “something that God intended.”

“In my attempt to provide context as to what I presumed they meant, my position was misconstrued,” Gingrey said.

Also see:
The Marietta Daily Journal - Gingrey Says He’s Open to Certain Gun Control Measures

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173 comments

1 Lidane  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 11:17:55am

What right wing sexism?

2 Sol Berdinowitz  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 11:18:30am

Democrats made sure that maintaining right to choice was a central theme of the election because the GOP has been making a major theme out of restricting or banning abortions.

These statements have to be seen in light of their context: they want to prevent raped women from being able to obtain abortions, going so far as to allow the rapist to sue the mother in the event of one.

This is the context they refuse to see.

3 Interesting Times  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 11:19:28am

“Republican” and “Women’s health” don’t belong in the same sentence unless you add “ignorant”, “assholes”, and “don’t care”.

4 erik_t  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 11:22:58am

This dumbshit OB/GYN does know that the window of fertility is a solid two days before and after ovulation, right?

Do women have magical time-traveling stress rays that prevent ovulation days before a rape, or something?

5 Vicious Babushka  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 11:23:26am

*face palm*

6 A Mom Anon  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 11:25:20am

As far as I know, he’s never had anyone run against him. Any democrat who runs here ends up having to fight a district that gets flooded with GOP money and bullshit lies in advertising and on talk radio, the second there’s a whisper of a Dem running. Along with the gerrymandering that’s happened over the last two decades it’s going to be hard for Georgia to get rid of this guy(along with his fellow teanut in the neighboring district, Tom Price). His last campaign slogan was “Phil Gingrey: He Delivered!” Delivered what I have no idea, but there you go. It’s Georgia, at least we’re not America’s Wang: Florida.

That’s all I’ve got, besides a headache.

7 Lidane  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 11:25:42am

re: #4 erik_t

This dumbshit OB/GYN does know that the window of fertility is a solid two days before and after ovulation, right?

If he doesn’t, he should call his medical school and ask for a refund.

8 wrenchwench  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 11:26:41am

Worthy rerun:

9 lawhawk  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 11:26:51am

Misogyny. It’s what the GOP does and delivers.

But the GOP faithful will lap this stuff up and will keep bringing these guys back to Congress.

10 Mattand  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 11:28:10am

re: #6 A Mom Anon

It’s Georgia, at least we’re not America’s Wang: Florida.

That’s all I’ve got, besides a headache.

Being from NJ, I know the sting of other states’ insults; but Christ, I LOL’d at that one.

11 The Ghost of a Flea  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 11:28:23am

re: #6 A Mom Anon

America’s Wang: Florida.

Eesh. Has the United States been slamming a car door on its junk or something? Because that is not normal.

12 Bulworth  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 11:28:37am
“Phil Gingrey: He Delivered!” Delivered what I have no idea,

Maybe he’s delivered lots of pork federal spending, which is a really terrible thing to do and an example of runaway spending and socialistic redistribution if some other member of congress does it.

13 jaunte  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 11:28:49am

“Rape victims rarely get pregnant because their bodies have “ways of shutting that whole thing down.”
— Sally Hemings

14 wrenchwench  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 11:29:30am

re: #4 erik_t

This dumbshit OB/GYN does know that the window of fertility is a solid two days before and after ovulation, right?

Do women have magical time-traveling stress rays that prevent ovulation days before a rape, or something?

More than that, actually. I’ve read that sperm can lurk around for 6 days, waiting for their opportunity. Ova only last a day or two.

What if a woman has a drink after she’s raped?

15 Hal_10000  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 11:29:42am
Yes, that’s right — you just witnessed an ob-gyn doctor who advises his patients to drink booze in order to get pregnant.

Actually, we’ve been trying to pregnant for a while and have had doctors say the same thing: that getting tense and nervous and constantly doing ovulation tests and whatever makes it difficult to get pregnant. They didn’t say drink, per se, but they did say to try to relax, take it easy, have a nice night out, etc.

Of course, that has nothing to do with rape. There is very little evidence that stress can prevent pregnancy. Doctors recommend decreasing stress when trying to get pregnant because it can’t hurt. But there’s no proof that it actually helps. And there is zero evidence that it stops rape victims from getting pregnant. If you look at the numbers, you’ll find raped women get pregnant about 5% of the time — the same rate as women not using birth control.

So, yeah, he’s a fricking moron.

And I’m going to have to do something about the head-shaped dent in my desk.

16 Sol Berdinowitz  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 11:31:39am

The GOP cannot do anything about this sort of talk because it needs these guys at a state and local level to win elections and maintain the house.

They fail to see that it is going to cost them national elections as long as this sort of scary talk turns women out in droves to defend the basic rights we all started to think we could take for granted.

17 S'latch  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 11:32:49am
18 iossarian  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 11:32:55am

Got to get some stuff done before the weekend starts. Thanks for the lulz today everyone. Sterling work.

You can quote me on that.

19 stabby  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 11:33:14am

I wonder if the “rape doesn’t cause pregnancy” idea started as an excuse so that southern slave owners felt fine about raping girls they owned.

20 The Ghost of a Flea  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 11:33:46am

Seriously: it is painfully fucking stupid that somebody with an MD is conflating the arc of parasympathetic stress caused in a frightening, painful, traumatic situation with the effects of chronic stress.

It’s the maraschino cherry atop the all the other layered forms of fucking stupid involved in this ongoing fiasco.

21 Targetpractice  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 11:35:33am

re: #20 The Ghost of a Flea

Seriously: it is painfully fucking stupid that somebody with an MD is conflating the arc of parasympathetic stress caused in a frightening, painful, traumatic situation with the effects of chronic stress.

It’s the maraschino cherry atop the all the other layered forms of fucking stupid involved in this ongoing fiasco.

It’s not simply the MD, it’s that it’s an MD who’s also a Congress critter. These are the people we’re electing to represent us. No wonder the rest of the world thinks we’re out of our fucking minds.

22 The Ghost of a Flea  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 11:35:33am

re: #19 stabby

I wonder if the “rape doesn’t cause pregnancy” idea started as an excuse so that southern slave owners felt fine about raping girls they owned.

Feature, not a bug. Getting your slaves pregnant was a great way of acquiring new saleable property.

23 HappyWarrior  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 11:36:20am

Are there any Republicans who aren’t totally batshit insane on the topic of rape? Really how hard is to be sympathetic to a victim of rape you ass clowns? Sheesh and I’m the one with the condition that they say causes people to lose empathy.

24 EPR-radar  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 11:36:28am

Amazing. They are forgetting the first rule.

The first rule of the GOP no rape exception for abortion club is to not talk about it.

25 Ghost of Tom Joad  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 11:37:11am

re: #19 stabby

I wonder if the “rape doesn’t cause pregnancy” idea started as an excuse so that southern slave owners felt fine about raping girls they owned.

I’d think it’s more about an abdication of responsibility that if the victim gets pregnant, well then it can’t be the rapist’s baby.

26 erik_t  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 11:37:43am

re: #21 Targetpractice

It’s not simply the MD, it’s that it’s an MD who’s also a Congress critter. These are the people we’re electing to represent us. No wonder the rest of the world thinks we’re out of our fucking minds.

Don’ matter, he done hate the things what I hate.

27 Ghost of Tom Joad  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 11:38:11am

re: #23 HappyWarrior

Are there any Republicans who aren’t totally batshit insane on the topic of rape? Really how hard is to be sympathetic to a victim of rape you ass clowns? Sheesh and I’m the one with the condition that they say causes people to lose empathy.

Wait, you’re conservative?

Coulda fooled me. :-)

28 Sol Berdinowitz  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 11:38:27am

re: #22 The Ghost of a Flea

Feature, not a bug. Getting your slaves pregnant was a great way of acquiring new saleable property.

of slightly higher quality at that, too…

29 Lidane  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 11:38:36am

re: #23 HappyWarrior

Are there any Republicans who aren’t totally batshit insane on the topic of rape?

If there are, they’re marginalized.

Really how hard is to be sympathetic to a victim of rape you ass clowns?

You’re talking about the same people who think that birth control turns a woman into a slut and that things like marital rape and date rape don’t exist.

30 HappyWarrior  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 11:41:05am

re: #27 Ghost of Tom Joad

Wait, you’re conservative?

Coulda fooled me. :-)

aha! Nah just Asperger’s. They say people with it have less empathy. Which amuses me because I think I have more empathy than most people.

31 erik_t  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 11:41:13am

re: #29 Lidane

If there are, they’re marginalized.

You’re talking about the same people who think that birth control turns a woman into a slut and that things like marital rape and date rape don’t exist.

Really, it’s worse than that. It’s not that they think marital/date rape don’t exist. It’s that they have declared that they don’t exist, even in principle, and are doing their best to legislate to that effect.

32 Charles Johnson  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 11:42:11am

These are really bad people.

33 wrenchwench  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 11:42:44am

re: #32 Charles Johnson

These are really bad people.

Sums it up.

34 b_sharp  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 11:42:46am

re: #17 S’latch

Neanderthals did not interbreed with humans, scientists find.

People living outside Africa share as much as four per cent of their DNA with Neanderthals, a cave-dwelling species with muscular short arms and legs and a brain slightly larger than ours.

Four percent? I don’t think so.

35 EPR-radar  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 11:43:27am

re: #23 HappyWarrior

Are there any Republicans who aren’t totally batshit insane on the topic of rape? Really how hard is to be sympathetic to a victim of rape you ass clowns? Sheesh and I’m the one with the condition that they say causes people to lose empathy.

The present-day level of civilization prevents these cavemen from saying what they really think about rape (i.e., that rape is a property crime, and the victim is whichever man owns the property in question (e.g., father, brother, husband)).

36 Ghost of Tom Joad  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 11:43:40am

re: #30 HappyWarrior

aha! Nah just Asperger’s. They say people with it have less empathy. Which amuses me because I think I have more empathy than most people.

Hmm, I didn’t know that was attributed to Asperger’s as well. I thought it was just a condition of high anxiety when dealing with crowds and public places.

37 b_sharp  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 11:44:44am

re: #36 Ghost of Tom Joad

Hmm, I didn’t know that was attributed to Asperger’s as well. I thought it was just a condition of high anxiety when dealing with crowds and public places.

That’s only a small part of it.

38 HappyWarrior  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 11:45:52am

re: #36 Ghost of Tom Joad

Hmm, I didn’t know that was attributed to Asperger’s as well. I thought it was just a condition of high anxiety when dealing with crowds and public places.

Yeah. I also have anxiety issues. Heh go figure.

39 engineer cat  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 11:47:23am

It’s hard to believe that these Neanderthal morons

i must once again stand up for our neanderthal cousins and object to them being compared to republicans

40 Ghost of Tom Joad  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 11:48:17am

re: #35 EPR-radar

The present-day level of civilization prevents these cavemen from saying what they really think about rape (i.e., that rape is a property crime, and the victim is whichever man owns the property in question (e.g., father, brother, husband)).

Pretty much it’s exactly what Lee Atwater was talking about when he made that famous 3xNi-CLANG statement. If this guy (and Akin/Mourdock et al.) actually spoke what they believed, they’d say that women are property to be owned, traded, and bartered, to serve them when they see fit. I’d also bet they’d say the same thing about certain people who should still be slaves in their minds.

They can’t in today’s society, so they code-word everything.

41 S'latch  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 11:51:58am

re: #34 b_sharp

What per cent of your DNA do you think you share with Neanderthals?

What per cent of Phil Gingrey’s DNA do you think he shares with Neanderthals? What about Todd Akin?

42 Sol Berdinowitz  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 11:53:01am

re: #40 Ghost of Tom Joad

Pretty much it’s exactly what Lee Atwater was talking about when he made that famous 3xNi-CLANG statement. If this guy (and Akin/Mourdock et al.) actually spoke what they believed, they’d say that women are property to be owned, traded, and bartered, to serve them when they see fit. I’d also bet they’d say the same thing about certain people who should still be slaves in their minds.

They can’t in today’s society, so they code-word everything.

There’s that, and then there’s the attitude that women should not have sex outside wedlock, and haveing a “rape clause”, you see, would make it “too easy” for women to claim they had been raped…

Slightly less primitive, but still unacceptable to any civilized society.

43 SidewaysQuark  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 11:53:52am

I’m beginning to think the GOP is even trying to lose Texas.

44 b_sharp  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 11:55:23am

re: #41 S’latch

What per cent of your DNA do you think you share with Neanderthals?

What per cent of Phil Gingrey’s DNA do you think he shares with Neanderthals? What about Todd Akin?

Considering I share 98% of my DNA with chimps, (depending on how you are comparing) I think we share a shitload more than 4% with neanderthals. Even Akin.

I think Akin’s problems come from ideological brain damage.

45 Ghost of Tom Joad  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 11:57:28am

[Link: www.rawstory.com…]

……I….I just can’t anymore.

Can’t these guys just save up some money and buy a Corvette when they hit their 40s like the rest of the douchebags in this country?

47 engineer cat  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 11:57:49am

re: #23 HappyWarrior

Are there any Republicans who aren’t totally batshit insane

fyt

48 allegro  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 11:57:58am

re: #25 Ghost of Tom Joad

I’d think it’s more about an abdication of responsibility that if the victim gets pregnant, well then it can’t be the rapist’s baby rape.

I think it’s exactly what Akin said in the first place, i.e. Men don’t rape - bitches lie.

49 iossarian  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 11:58:46am

Back for a brief second - another (pair of) ex-responsible gun owners:

Gun-toting soccer mom found shot dead

Guns make you safer, except when they get used to kill you!

“Responsible gun owners” - what a crock.

50 Kragar  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 11:58:55am

Fischer: High-Capacity Magazines Necessary to Defend Yourself from a Posse

On yesterday’s broadcast, Brian Fischer discussed an incident in Georgia in which a woman used a .38 caliber handgun to shoot an intruder who had broken into her home to make the case for the need for high-capacity magazines on the grounds that just because a simple handgun was effective in this situation, what if someone needed to defend themselves from a “posse”?

The only place setting up posses nowadays is Arizona, and that crazy motherfucker Arpaio would just drive a tank through your house anyways.

51 erik_t  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 11:59:36am

re: #40 Ghost of Tom Joad

If this guy (and Akin/Mourdock et al.) actually spoke what they believed, they’d say that women are property to be owned, traded, and bartered, to serve them when they see fit. I’d also bet they’d say the same thing about certain people who should still be slaves in their minds.

They can’t in today’s society, so they code-word everything.

Do you think they’re that intellectually honest with themselves? I’m not sure. So much of the modern GOP seems to function via code word anyway. Sometimes it seems like even the leadership just memorizes a set of talking points and really thinks nothing further of it.

52 Lidane  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:00:08pm

re: #43 SidewaysQuark

I’m beginning to think the GOP is even trying to lose Texas.

There are still plenty of dipshits in this state who buy into the GOP fail. Turning Texas blue is going to take a while.

53 Killgore Trout  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:05:29pm

Associate of NY bomb suspect update: Suspended Rockland jail guard had correspondence from bomb plot suspect, neo-Nazis, KKK

A suspended Rockland County corrections officer received prison correspondence from a Manhattan man who is accused of plotting to detonate a bomb in Washington Square Park, and the officer also had correspondence from neo-Nazi and Ku Klux Klan groups, prosecutors said today.

54 S'latch  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:06:39pm

re: #44 b_sharp

Humans and chimpanzees have approximately 96% “genetic similarity.”

Humans have 1% to 4% of DNA which is the same as Neanderthals, with the average human sharing around 2.5%.

55 wrenchwench  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:08:23pm

re: #49 iossarian

Back for a brief second - another (pair of) ex-responsible gun owners:

Gun-toting soccer mom found shot dead

Guns make you safer, except when they get used to kill you!

“Responsible gun owners” - what a crock.

Household guns turned on household members, by fellow household members. Specifically, husband shoots wife, then self. With kids at home. All too common.

56 b_sharp  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:08:31pm

re: #50 Kragar

Fischer: High-Capacity Magazines Necessary to Defend Yourself from a Posse

The only place setting up posses nowadays is Arizona, and that crazy motherfucker Arpaio would just drive a tank through your house anyways.

I think he’s talking about a ‘posse’ of gang members. You know, the type who go after little old ladies because they believe the LOL has piles of money hidden in her mattress or a fine collection of handguns and semi-auto weapons just sitting there waiting to be stolen.

57 The Ghost of a Flea  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:10:48pm

re: #56 b_sharp

I think he’s talking about a ‘posse’ of gang members. You know, the type who go after little old ladies because they’re brown and inherently criminal believe the LOL has piles of money hidden in her mattress or a fine collection of handguns and semi-auto weapons just sitting there waiting to be stolen.

58 Sol Berdinowitz  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:11:02pm

re: #56 b_sharp

I think he’s talking about a ‘posse’ of gang members. You know, the type who go after little old ladies because they believe the LOL has piles of money hidden in her mattress or a fine collection of handguns and semi-auto weapons just sitting there waiting to be stolen.

You mean people who feel they are entitled to white people’s property because they have been inspired to do so by a Kenyan-born president with an anticolonialist, reparationist view of the world?

Mau-Mau time!!!


/

59 b_sharp  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:11:57pm

re: #54 S’latch

Humans and chimpanzees have approximately 96% “genetic similarity.”

Humans have 1% to 4% of DNA which is the same as Neanderthals, with the average human sharing around 2.5%.

Are you comparing the total genome, the total genome less duplicates, the total of only genes, single copies of the genes, or some other metric when you claim 96% ?

60 Vicious Babushka  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:12:03pm

re: #50 Kragar

Fischer: High-Capacity Magazines Necessary to Defend Yourself from a Posse

The only place setting up posses nowadays is Arizona, and that crazy motherfucker Arpaio would just drive a tank through your house anyways.

Nothing will stop a posse of zombies!

61 Geoff with a G  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:13:20pm

re: #60 Vicious Babushka

Nothing will stop a posse of zombies!

The only thing that will stop a bad zombie with a gun is a ….nevermind.

62 Charles Johnson  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:13:35pm

I see that Piers Morgan had human-weasel hybrid Ben Shapiro on his CNN show last night. Morgan has done more to promote the Breitbart thugs than anyone else in the mainstream media.

63 b_sharp  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:14:31pm

re: #57 The Ghost of a Flea

Exactly.

64 Kragar  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:16:38pm

re: #60 Vicious Babushka

Nothing will stop a posse of zombies!

What if you need to defend yourself from ninja space pirates?
What if you need to defend yourself from cyborg mutant bears?

65 Kragar  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:18:20pm

Erik Rush: ‘The Obama Administration or One of Its Surrogates is Responsible for [Keith] Ratliff’s Death’

WorldNetDaily columnist and Fox News regular Erik Rush today is suggesting that President Obama may be behind the recent murder of gun enthusiast Keith Ratliff. Rush admits that while he has “no proof” besides his own “inclination,” the extremist writer claims Obama helped kill Ratliff as just “the first of many such executions that will take place in order to silence individuals whom the government deems a threat to their oligarchical collectivist agenda.”

NO ONE EXPECTS THE OLIGARCHICAL COLLECTIVIST AGENDA!!!

66 The Ghost of a Flea  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:20:00pm

re: #65 Kragar

Erik Rush: ‘The Obama Administration or One of Its Surrogates is Responsible for [Keith] Ratliff’s Death’

NO ONE EXPECTS THE OLIGARCHICAL COLLECTIVIST AGENDA!!!

Their chief weapons are fear, redundancy, polysyllabic words, and redundancy.

67 Sol Berdinowitz  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:20:09pm

re: #65 Kragar

Erik Rush: ‘The Obama Administration or One of Its Surrogates is Responsible for [Keith] Ratliff’s Death’

NO ONE EXPECTS THE OLIGARCHICAL COLLECTIVIST AGENDA!!!

Erik Rush killed Ratliff so he could blame it on Obama.

No proof, just a hunch…it fits a pattern.

68 Mattand  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:20:38pm

re: #62 Charles Johnson

I see that Piers Morgan had human-weasel hybrid Ben Shapiro on his CNN show last night. Morgan has done more to promote the Breitbart thugs than anyone else in the mainstream media.

Given Morgan’s former employer, I think he has more in common with them then he wants to admit.

69 Vicious Babushka  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:20:44pm

re: #62 Charles Johnson

I see that Piers Morgan had human-weasel hybrid Ben Shapiro on his CNN show last night. Morgan has done more to promote the Breitbart thugs than anyone else in the mainstream media.

#TGDN seems to think Piers Morgan is TEH STAN.

70 Kragar  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:22:47pm

re: #67 Sol Berdinowitz

Erik Rush killed Ratliff so he could blame it on Obama.

No proof, just a hunch…it fits a pattern.

It could have been a nameless supernatural evil.

I’m not saying it was the Devil…

(but it was totally the Devil.)

71 Killgore Trout  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:23:36pm

re: #69 Vicious Babushka

#TGDN seems to think Piers Morgan is TEH STAN.

Since the wingnuts are claiming Piers was crushed in the debate I tried to watch it. Only made it about 30 seconds before turning it off. Unwatchable to me but he has discovered a gimmick to generate publicity and probably ratings.

72 Vicious Babushka  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:24:35pm

OOH

73 Sol Berdinowitz  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:25:04pm

re: #71 Killgore Trout

Since the wingnuts are claiming Piers was crushed in the debate I tried to watch it. Only made it about 30 seconds before turning it off. Unwatchable to me but he has discovered a gimmick to generate publicity and probably ratings.

there is no such thing as bad publicity…

74 Sol Berdinowitz  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:25:55pm

You can de-regualte this militia when you pry the code of conduct from my cold, dead hands!!!

75 Kragar  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:26:33pm

re: #72 Vicious Babushka

OOH

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So he wants government inspectors to ensure privately owned firearms are properly functioning if the government decides to call the owners in for militia duties?

76 Bulworth  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:27:40pm

re: #62 Charles Johnson

Young Ben has a book about liberal terrorist bullies he wants to sell. I suspect the actual content of the book is exactly the same as that of the one Ann Coulter book that she keeps having republished under different titles.

77 Sol Berdinowitz  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:29:06pm

Heads up to Lawhawk, he’s today’s object of fixation at the stalker site.

78 S'latch  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:29:14pm

re: #59 b_sharp

I am not comparing anything. 96% of the human and chimpanzee DNA is “similar” overall, but there are some very significant differences in some chromosomes, and other chromosomes are “nearly identical.”

Neanderthal DNA is 99.7 percent identical to modern human DNA, with Humans having 1 to 4 percent “the same” DNA as Neanderthals.

I don’t know the difference between “identical” and “the same” in terms of DNA, but apparently there is a difference.

79 b_sharp  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:29:18pm

re: #56 b_sharp

I think he’s talking about a ‘posse’ of gang members. You know, the type who go after little old ladies because they believe the LOL has piles of money hidden in her mattress or a fine collection of handguns and semi-auto weapons just sitting there waiting to be stolen.

The racism in Fischer’s comment was overt and obvious, but did no one else see the irony in the need for semi-autos to protect the semi-autos?

80 Geoff with a G  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:29:35pm

I. Have. A. Plan.

81 Kragar  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:30:01pm

According to a Federalist look at the 2nd Amendment, all firearm owners would be required to use the same type of rifles and handguns so the militias could make use of the same ammunition supplies and parts.

82 Charles Johnson  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:30:55pm

I especially love how Ben Shapiro accuses Morgan of “demonizing” his political enemies, right after Shapiro said Morgan is “standing on the graves of dead children.”

83 Kragar  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:31:29pm

re: #80 geoffm33

I. Have. A. Plan.

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“I have an idea! FOLLOW ME!”, said the lemming to his friends.

84 Kragar  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:33:15pm

WTF?

‘Gun Appreciation Day’ chairman: Slavery wouldn’t have happened if slaves were armed

Larry Ward on Friday told CNN that he created the first annual Gun Appreciation Day just days before President Barack Obama’s inauguration and the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday to “honor the legacy of Dr. King” and that slavery may never have happened in the United States if African-Americans had owned guns.

85 Eventual Carrion  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:34:13pm

What do you call the person that graduated dead last from medical school?

Doctor.

86 Bulworth  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:36:31pm

re: #84 Kragar

I wonder if he knows that MLK was shot to death?

87 Bulworth  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:37:39pm

re: #84 Kragar

Is there something about MLK’s teachings about non-violent action that Ward is neglecting?

88 lawhawk  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:38:39pm

re: #81 Kragar

Federalist #29. Concerning the militia by Hamilton.

89 Ghost of Tom Joad  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:38:58pm

re: #86 Bulworth

I wonder if he knows that MLK was shot to death?

Well, he wasn’t armed. Duhr./

90 efuseakay  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:39:19pm

re: #49 iossarian

Back for a brief second - another (pair of) ex-responsible gun owners:

Gun-toting soccer mom found shot dead

Guns make you safer, except when they get used to kill you!

“Responsible gun owners” - what a crock.

What a tragedy. :-/

*** Easily avoided if only she had more guns

91 A Mom Anon  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:40:00pm

re: #84 Kragar

OFFS. There’s just no way to unpack that level of, oh hell, I am not even sure what the hell you call that. Whirling derpish?

Critical thinking: How the fuck does it work?

92 Vicious Babushka  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:40:41pm

WELL REGULATED: Does not mean what you think it means.

93 Kragar  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:41:29pm

re: #88 lawhawk

Federalist #29. Concerning the militia by Hamilton.

Uniformity is the Devil.

94 Bulworth  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:42:17pm

re: #84 Kragar

So Ward thinks it would be a great idea to have a gun appreciation day to honor Dr. King’s legacy of non-violent action. Utter derpitude.

95 Kragar  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:43:04pm

re: #92 Vicious Babushka

WELL REGULATED: Does not mean what you think it means.

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Now all he has to do is prove it to government inspectors and make sure he has the same model as stipulated in his state’s milita guidelines.

96 lawhawk  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:43:29pm

re: #93 Kragar

And how do you think that they’d know who is in the militia and who isn’t, and whether they’ve been checked or not. Lists. Registries. Mandatory lists and registrations.

The Federalist Papers isn’t exactly supportive of an unrestrictive right to bear arms. There are conditions that Hamilton envisions to produce an effective militia.

97 engineer cat  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:44:05pm

re: #84 Kragar

WTF?

‘Gun Appreciation Day’ chairman: Slavery wouldn’t have happened if slaves were armed

if this is to make any sense at all he must be imagining all back country west africans in the 17th & 18th century possesing better overall firepower than the coastal tribes trying to capture them and sell them to europeans

after somebody had warned them that they needed to aquire european weapons which they probably barely knew about and couldn’t afford to buy

98 dragonfire1981  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:44:23pm

re: #50 Kragar

Fischer: High-Capacity Magazines Necessary to Defend Yourself from a Posse

The only place setting up posses nowadays is Arizona, and that crazy motherfucker Arpaio would just drive a tank through your house anyways.

If it weren’t already taken, I’d say “Insane Clown Posse” is a perfect term to describe Fischer and those who listen to him.

99 lawhawk  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:45:14pm

re: #77 Sol Berdinowitz

Haven’t thought about ‘em in years, and I’m not about to start now.

100 b_sharp  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:45:20pm

re: #84 Kragar

WTF?

‘Gun Appreciation Day’ chairman: Slavery wouldn’t have happened if slaves were armed

O_o

The ability to think critically just isn’t part of some people’s nature.

101 b_sharp  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:46:17pm

re: #91 A Mom Anon

OFFS. There’s just no way to unpack that level of, oh hell, I am not even sure what the hell you call that. Whirling derpish?

Critical thinking: How the fuck does it work?

Whirling derpish.

I am so stealing that.

102 Kragar  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:47:22pm

re: #96 lawhawk

And how do you think that they’d know who is in the militia and who isn’t, and whether they’ve been checked or not. Lists. Registries. Mandatory lists and registrations.

The Federalist Papers isn’t exactly supportive of an unrestrictive right to bear arms. There are conditions that Hamilton envisions to produce an effective militia.

An effective militia would also make certain that safety requirement and standards were maintained, in case they were called on to go into combat as envisioned by the Founding Fathers.

You’re a fat drunk who can’t keep up on a field march? You’re of no use to the militia, turn in your gear before we come and take it.

103 b_sharp  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:47:42pm

re: #99 lawhawk

Haven’t thought about ‘em in years, and I’m not about to start now.

Thought about who?

104 efuseakay  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:47:44pm

re: #92 Vicious Babushka

WELL REGULATED: Does not mean what you think it means.

If its locked in a safe, how useful can it be for defense?

105 Feline Fearless Leader  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:48:48pm

re: #104 efuseakay

If its locked in a safe, how useful can it be for defense?

Adds weight to the safe when you drop it on the intruding coyote out to kill and eat your pet roadrunner.
/

106 Targetpractice  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:50:35pm

re: #104 efuseakay

If its locked in a safe, how useful can it be for defense?

Depends on what you’re defending against. If you’re going after the weird noises you hear at night, an assault rifle is probably the last thing you want. Hell, for home defense, I’d feel safer carrying a baseball bat.

107 Kragar  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:51:50pm

Fischer: We Are the Victims of ‘a New Moral McCarthyism’

Yesterday, Bryan Fischer responded to the news that pastor Louie Giglio had withdrawn from participation in President Obama’s inauguration by declaring that anti-gay Christians were “the new Rosa Parks” and the victims of modern-day Jim Crow laws.

He returned to the topic today, citing a piece by Al Mohler to declare that anti-gay Christians are now the victims of “moral McCarthyism”:

But I thought McCarthy was a true American hero in your book, Bryan.

108 stabby  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:52:47pm

re: #94 Bulworth

So Ward thinks it would be a great idea to have a gun appreciation day to honor Dr. King’s legacy of non-violent action. Utter derpitude.

Not durp, but murderous racism.

Celebrating King with guns means celebrating his assassination.

What he means is “celebrate guns that murder uppity n*****s who don’t know their place.”

I hope the secret service has him on a watch list.

109 Kragar  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:52:50pm

re: #106 Targetpractice

Depends on what you’re defending against. If you’re going after the weird noises you hear at night, an assault rifle is probably the last thing you want. Hell, for home defense, I’d feel safer carrying a baseball bat.

Or an Enfield bayonet.

110 Feline Fearless Leader  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:52:56pm

re: #106 Targetpractice

Depends on what you’re defending against. If you’re going after the weird noises you hear at night, an assault rifle is probably the last thing you want. Hell, for home defense, I’d feel safer carrying a baseball bat.

I’d go with armored cats trained to trip intruders carrying low-light cameras so that they can double as scouts. And find a weapon with some reach capable of both blunt and edged attack in order to have a more flexible defense capability.
;)

111 Vicious Babushka  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:53:19pm

I am going to be so BLOCKED.

112 Targetpractice  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:53:36pm

re: #109 Kragar

Or an Enfield bayonet.

Eh, less chance that I’d outright kill my own kin if I mistook them for a burglar. Figure braining them would be bad enough.

113 Vicious Babushka  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:53:48pm

re: #109 Kragar

Or an Enfield bayonet.

Or a baseball bat with an Enfield bayonet attached. An assault bat!

114 Feline Fearless Leader  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:54:23pm

re: #107 Kragar

Fischer: We Are the Victims of ‘a New Moral McCarthyism’

But I thought McCarthy was a true American hero in your book, Bryan.

Humpty Derpty - Words and references mean exactly what he wants them to mean, and nothing else. Until the next time.

115 Vicious Babushka  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:54:47pm

These derptards are crazy scary

116 Targetpractice  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:55:00pm

re: #107 Kragar

Fischer: We Are the Victims of ‘a New Moral McCarthyism’

But I thought McCarthy was a true American hero in your book, Bryan.

Weren’t the wingnuts just spending the last decade trying to scrub the tarnish off ol’s Joe’s legacy?

117 Feline Fearless Leader  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:56:27pm

re: #113 Vicious Babushka

Or a baseball bat with an Enfield bayonet attached. An assault bat!

A spear would be pretty good. Essentially a stick with a knife on the end. Can stab at range, or thump them upside the head with the hardwood shaft.

118 HappyWarrior  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:56:53pm

re: #107 Kragar

Fischer: We Are the Victims of ‘a New Moral McCarthyism’

But I thought McCarthy was a true American hero in your book, Bryan.

I must have missed where anyone remotely anti gay was being forced to appear before a committee. And ditto your McCarthy comment. It’s funny to hear them complain about “McCarthyism” when nearly all of them thought the original McCarthy was just swell.

119 HappyWarrior  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:57:46pm

re: #116 Targetpractice

Weren’t the wingnuts just spending the last decade trying to scrub the tarnish off ol’s Joe’s legacy?

Yeah, but has that really stopped them? I mean ol’ John McCain was saying Benghazi was worse than Watergate even though his party has acted like Watergate wasn’t a big deal.

120 Vicious Babushka  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:57:48pm

Wow, #TGDN blocks a racist

121 erik_t  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:58:13pm

re: #109 Kragar

Or an Enfield bayonet.

Hockey stick or GTFO.

122 stabby  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:58:50pm

re: #120 Vicious Babushka

If he’d answered, that would have been enough?

123 b_sharp  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:58:58pm

Just pretend I’m not here.

124 engineer cat  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:59:21pm

armed slaves

john brown & harper’s ferry!

125 Vicious Babushka  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:59:22pm

re: #122 stabby

If he’d answered, that would have been enough?

@TeaPartyTony is still welcome.

126 stabby  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 1:01:52pm

re: #125 Vicious Babushka

I remember arguing on some slightly deniable Islamist site with some laughing moron who’s blog’s title was something like “warming my hands at mein kampfire”

127 Feline Fearless Leader  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 1:02:18pm

re: #120 Vicious Babushka

Wow, #TGDN blocks a racist

It’s just “ginaton” backwards! But Jesus doesn’t like juniper bushes, so good riddance!
///

128 Romantic Heretic  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 1:02:38pm

re: #121 erik_t

Hockey stick or GTFO.

I’m fond of these for close in work.

Image: 3-sectional-staff.jpg

129 The Mountain That Blogs  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 1:02:52pm

re: #125 Vicious Babushka

Real classy guy, that Tea Party Tony.

130 erik_t  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 1:03:27pm

re: #128 Romantic Heretic

I’m fond of these for close in work.

Image: 3-sectional-staff.jpg

Eh just grab your 6D Maglite and call it good.

131 stabby  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 1:03:58pm

re: #129 The Mountain That Blogs

times like this I hope the FBI reads twitter

132 Romantic Heretic  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 1:04:09pm

re: #130 erik_t

Eh just grab your 6D Maglite and call it good.

That works too.

133 Mattand  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 1:05:12pm

re: #125 Vicious Babushka

@TeaPartyTony is still welcome.

I was picking through @TeaPartyTony’s mass of insanity and found this gem from Pete LaBarbera:

I’m not even sure where to begin with this one.

134 Vicious Babushka  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 1:05:13pm

re: #129 The Mountain That Blogs

Real classy guy, that Tea Party Tony.

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He joined the Aryan Brotherhood while he was in the Big House.

135 Targetpractice  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 1:05:20pm

re: #130 erik_t

Eh just grab your 6D Maglite and call it good.

3D works as a good combination flashlight and nightstick.

136 Vicious Babushka  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 1:06:37pm

re: #133 Mattand

I was picking through @TeaPartyTony’s mass of insanity and found this gem from Pete LaBarbera:

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I’m not even sure where to begin with this one.

I think he’s on our side.

137 Dark_Falcon  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 1:06:57pm

re: #4 erik_t

This dumbshit OB/GYN does know that the window of fertility is a solid two days before and after ovulation, right?

Do women have magical time-traveling stress rays that prevent ovulation days before a rape, or something?

He probably does, but he’s pissed at the way the Dems made hay out of Todd Akin’s EPIC FAIL and wanted to ‘push back’. The problem is there’s nothing factually incorrect in the attack to push against; Akin really did get it wrong THAT badly.

For all his other mistakes and lies, Dick Morris was right in his initial response regarding Todd Akin: The Republican Party needs to disassociate itself from him. His mistake was massive and indefensible.

138 The Mountain That Blogs  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 1:08:12pm

re: #133 Mattand

I think that guy is himself a troll.

139 Lidane  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 1:08:40pm
140 Dark_Falcon  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 1:09:29pm

re: #136 Vicious Babushka

I think he’s on our side.

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Ahem, the shooting at Pearl River High School was stopped by an armed citizen, the vice-principal of the school who had run to his car and gotten his M1911A1. He didn’t fire the gun, but he was able to get the drop on the shooter enough to force the shooter’s surrender.

141 Lidane  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 1:10:18pm
142 Mattand  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 1:10:32pm

re: #136 Vicious Babushka

re: #138 The Mountain That Blogs

Okay, that makes a little more sense. Still, if that’s the case, he’s gone full Poe with the dead kids and government employees Tweet; it really does read like the real deal.

143 stabby  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 1:11:00pm

The right to bear arms should extend to anthrax and throwing your enemies into a pit of alligators!

144 Lidane  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 1:11:36pm

re: #140 Dark_Falcon

Ahem, the shooting at Pearl River High School was stopped by an armed citizen, the vice-principal of the school who had run to his car and gotten his M1911A1. He didn’t fire the gun, but he was able to get the drop on the shooter enough to force the shooter’s surrender.

Columbine had armed law enforcement on campus. So did Virginia Tech.

145 Geoff with a G  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 1:12:58pm

re: #129 The Mountain That Blogs

Good ole TeaPartyTony…IMG: TeaPartyTony

146 stabby  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 1:12:59pm

re: #139 Lidane

Sounds like Islamists. They should be reminded that if bosses suck milk from their employee’s breasts it makes them like relatives and then they can cohabitate in an office without moral impropriety (yes that was a nutty Islamist opinion in Egypt at one point).

147 Dark_Falcon  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 1:13:57pm

re: #144 Lidane

Columbine had armed law enforcement on campus. So did Virginia Tech.

That is not germane to my point.

148 Mattand  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 1:14:51pm

re: #140 Dark_Falcon

Ahem, the shooting at Pearl River High School was stopped by an armed citizen, the vice-principal of the school who had run to his car and gotten his M1911A1. He didn’t fire the gun, but he was able to get the drop on the shooter enough to force the shooter’s surrender.

In the recent shooting at Taft High School in CA, there was at least one armed security person. However, a teacher managed to talk the kid into putting down his rifle.

149 Obdicut  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 1:15:10pm

re: #146 stabby

Sounds like Islamists. They should be reminded that if bosses suck milk from their employee’s breasts it makes them like relatives and then they can cohabitate in an office without moral impropriety (yes that was a nutty Islamist opinion in Egypt at one point).

That custom of kinship-through-suckling that is found worldwide, and predates Islam by a great deal. In Ireland, interestingly, you sucked on a man’s nipples when he was your king. Another reason to abhor monarchy.

[Link: ngm.nationalgeographic.com…]

150 Lidane  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 1:15:32pm

re: #147 Dark_Falcon

That is not germane to my point.

What was that point, exactly? That an armed civilian might be able to stop a gunman on a school campus?

Trained and equipped law enforcement couldn’t stop Virginia Tech or Columbine from happening. Why would an armed civilian be any different?

151 Mattand  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 1:16:26pm

re: #147 Dark_Falcon

That is not germane to my point.

It absolutely is. Armed security in an educational setting doesn’t automatically guarantee safety. In addition, the Punisher moments of an armed citizen stopping a gunman are few and far between.

152 jamesfirecat  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 1:17:14pm

re: #150 Lidane

What was that point, exactly? That an armed civilian might be able to stop a gunman on a school campus?

Trained and equipped law enforcement couldn’t stop Virginia Tech or Columbine from happening. Why would an armed civilian be any different?

Darks point was that there existed one particular event where an armed civilian was able to stop a school shooting in progress.

Don’t jump down his throat just for bringing up a point of data even if it most likely is an outlier given how many other school shootings were not stopped this way.

153 Dark_Falcon  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 1:19:38pm

re: #152 jamesfirecat

Darks point was that there existed one particular event where an armed civilian was able to stop a school shooting in progress.

Don’t jump down his throat just for bringing up a point of data even if it most likely is an outlier given how many other school shootings were not stopped this way.

Thank you, James. I know there has been at least one other instance of an armed citizen stopping a mass shooting, but that was the one case I was sure of and could deploy quickly.

154 Obdicut  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 1:23:07pm

re: #153 Dark_Falcon

Thank you, James. I know there has been at least one other instance of an armed citizen stopping a mass shooting, but that was the one case I was sure of and could deploy quickly.

It’s valid, but it’s still statistically insignificant. We can clearly see armed guards do not in general work at stopping mass killings, or any killings, at schools or elsewhere.

Very rarely, when circumstances are perfect, they stop them.

155 Dark_Falcon  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 1:23:27pm

re: #151 Mattand

It absolutely is. Armed security in an educational setting doesn’t automatically guarantee safety. In addition, the Punisher moments of an armed citizen stopping a gunman are few and far between.

There is never any “automatic guarantee of safety”. Even if you had a device that disabled all guns within a building, someone bent on killing you could use a piece of pipe or a shard of glass to try to kill you.

Perfection is reserved for God alone.

156 blueraven  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 1:23:51pm

re: #140 Dark_Falcon

Ahem, the shooting at Pearl River High School was stopped by an armed citizen, the vice-principal of the school who had run to his car and gotten his M1911A1. He didn’t fire the gun, but he was able to get the drop on the shooter enough to force the shooter’s surrender.

After the fact DF.
He had already killed two and shot several more.

157 Patricia Kayden  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 1:25:31pm

So Doctor Gingrey tells women to just relax and drink some wine so that they can get pregnant.
How scientific.

158 Dark_Falcon  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 1:27:53pm

re: #156 blueraven

After the fact DF.
He had already killed two and shot several more.

And he’d intended to shoot more people but was prevented from doing so.

The criminal or nutcase is almost always going to be able to get in the first shot. All a police officer or armed citizen can ever hope to do against an active shooter is limit the damage.

159 Mattand  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 1:28:43pm

re: #155 Dark_Falcon

There is never any “automatic guarantee of safety”. Even if you had a device that disabled all guns within a building, someone bent on killing you could use a piece of pipe or a shard of glass to try to kill you.

Perfection is reserved for God alone.

Jamesfirecat had it right in that these data points of armed citizens swooping and saving the day are outliers. It starts getting into that nonsense of “an armed society is a safe society.”

As for God’s perfection: fucking bang up job he did in Sandy Hook. Perfectly sat by and let 20 kids ages 7 and under get slaughtered.

160 Patricia Kayden  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 1:29:36pm

re: #16 Sol Berdinowitz

Not sure if I agree with you. If a district is heavily gerrymandered, there’s no need for Republican crazy talkers. All you need is a sentient Republican to run and he/she is guaranteed to win. I just think every once in a while, the crazies speak their minds in public and blurt out things that should be kept within their circle.

161 Dark_Falcon  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 1:32:18pm

re: #160 Patricia Kayden

Not sure if I agree with you. If a district is heavily gerrymandered, there’s no need for Republican crazy talkers. All you need is a sentient Republican to run and he/she is guaranteed to win. I just think every once in a while, the crazies speak their minds in public and blurt out things that should be kept within their circle.

In a gerrymandered district, the big vote is the primary, not the general election. Winning primaries is harder, mostly because so few people vote in them. You have to appeal to your party’s base voters, who tend to reside closer to the political extremes than to the center.

162 blueraven  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 1:32:55pm

re: #158 Dark_Falcon

And he’d intended to shoot more people but was prevented from doing so.

The criminal or nutcase is almost always going to be able to get in the first shot. All a police officer or armed citizen can ever hope to do against an active shooter is limit the damage.

First shot?
He was headed to the parking lot. I repeat, he had already killed two and shot 7 more. He was done.

163 Patricia Kayden  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 1:39:18pm

re: #84 Kragar

When I saw this on CNN this morning, I thought I would have a stroke with all the yelling at my tv and screaming for the Black woman on the opposing side to shout him down. Idiot!

164 Dark_Falcon  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 1:41:15pm

re: #162 blueraven

First shot?
He was headed to the parking lot. I repeat, he had already killed two and shot 7 more. He was done.

At that school, but he subsequently made clear he’d planned to shoot up more than one school that day.

165 lostlakehiker  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 1:49:20pm

re: #78 S’latch

I am not comparing anything. 96% of the human and chimpanzee DNA is “similar” overall, but there are some very significant differences in some chromosomes, and other chromosomes are “nearly identical.”

Neanderthal DNA is 99.7 percent identical to modern human DNA, with Humans having 1 to 4 percent “the same” DNA as Neanderthals.

I don’t know the difference between “identical” and “the same” in terms of DNA, but apparently there is a difference.

The best way to put it is that if you traced back the family “tree”, (it won’t be a tree that far back, because the same person will appear several times in your lineage, but still) and you’re not from sub-Saharan Africa, you’d have somewhere between 1 and 4 percent of your ancestors at the generation of 40 000 years ago or so be Neanderthals. In other words, a lot of us are hybrids from some cross-species breeding. Including, oddly enough, almost all of those who worry about “miscegenation”.

166 blueraven  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 1:58:05pm

re: #164 Dark_Falcon

At that school, but he subsequently made clear he’d planned to shoot up more than one school that day.

link?

167 lostlakehiker  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 2:08:37pm

re: #159 Mattand

Jamesfirecat had it right in that these data points of armed citizens swooping and saving the day are outliers. It starts getting into that nonsense of “an armed society is a safe society.”

As for God’s perfection: fucking bang up job he did in Sandy Hook. Perfectly sat by and let 20 kids ages 7 and under get slaughtered.

It’s called free will. We do not have a chip in our heads that just shuts us down when we decide to do evil. If you were God, would you put one in?

168 Usually refered to as anyways  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 2:25:26pm

re: #167 lostlakehiker

If you were God, would you put one in?

If I were G_d, and saw that people thought Republicans represented me, then probably yes, but only for ‘those’ Republicans.

169 Dark_Falcon  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 2:33:00pm

re: #166 blueraven

link?

Here.

170 blueraven  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 3:12:47pm

re: #169 Dark_Falcon

Here.

He killed his mother before going to the school. He stated he did it because he had been bullied and mistreated all of his life.
I see no mention that he had planned to go “shoot up” another school.

The school’s assistant principal, Joel Myrick stopped him from getting away by retrieving a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol from his truck and held him in the parking lot until police arrived. The shooter was already in his mother’s car.

Good for Myrick for detaining him, but he didn’t stop any shootings.

171 EPR-radar  Fri, Jan 11, 2013 7:09:19pm

re: #24 EPR-radar

Amazing. They are forgetting the first rule.

The first rule of the GOP no rape exception for abortion club is to not talk about it.

Confirmation received.

“This is actually pretty simple. If you’re about to talk about rape as anything other than a brutal and horrible crime, stop,” said Republican strategist Kevin Madden, who was a senior adviser in Mitt Romney’s campaign.

Susan B. Anthony List president Marjorie Dannenfelser said the lawmakers are falling for a trap set by proponents of abortion rights who want to focus the debate on extremes such as rape instead of other abortions.
“It’s a tactic to [force pro-life lawmakers to] talk about this rather than the 98 percent of abortions because they know that they lose it,” Dannenfelser said.

Read more: [Link: www.politico.com…]

172 jonlester  Sat, Jan 12, 2013 10:24:21am

If you read the comments at the Marietta Daily Journal, you’ll see that Gingrey has done what Democrats in his district could not; by simultaneously insulting women, gun people, and anyone who’s ever had outpatient mental health care, he has achieved bipartisan consensus that he may as well retire from the House after 2014.

173 wrenchwench  Sat, Jan 12, 2013 1:28:28pm

re: #172 jonlester

Welcome, hatchling.


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Randall Gross
Outside Group Sends Blunt Message in N.C. Senate Race : It’s All Politics : NPR
Kochs support 3rd party candidate to scuttle Democrat chances in North Carolina. "More weed, less war." That's the latest campaign slogan in the North Carolina Senate race advertising wars. And no, neither Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan nor Republican challenger Thom ...

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FemNaziBitch
Bullied Teen Lands in Hospital After Being Beaten, School Presses Charges - Against Bullied Teen - the New Civil Rights Movement
Almost six weeks after his brutal beating, while still recovering from a traumatic brain injury, Eric Martin walked into a Virginia courtroom last week to face two assault charges. Verbally abused, harassed and bullied since the first grade in ...

2 hours, 53 minutes ago
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EiMitch
Cracked: 6 Halloween Pranks for Sociopaths With Unlimited Budgets
cracked.com America's No. 1 holiday celebrating violence and candy is just around the corner, and this year it looks to be better than ever, as the glorious union of art and technology has given us several exciting new ways to ...

1 day, 11 hours ago
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‘Pro-Life’ Group: No Ebola Vaccine if Stem Cells Are Used
A "pro-life" group called Children of God for Life is throwing a fit because Ebola vaccines currently being developed use cells derived from embryonic stem cells. Because it's totally "pro-life" to let living people die of Ebola when it ...

1 day, 21 hours ago
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Lumberhead
Moulton Underplays Military Service - Metro - the Boston Globe
This really is remarkable. I came across it over at Charlie Pierce's blog at Esquire. Imagine, a politician downplaying his heroic war record. The American political graveyard has more than a few monuments to politicians and public officials who embellished ...

2 days, 23 hours ago
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Souliren
Natalie MacMaster Fiddle school
This is a short (under two minute) video of Natalie teaching a technique for "Athole Brose," in Cape Breton style.

3 days, 17 hours ago
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MichaelJ
Amazing RED Camera Footage Kelly Slater’s 540 Air
More: Amazing RED Camera Footage Kelly Slater's 540 Air There's a reason why people refer to 11-time world champ Kelly Slater as "the king". This clip/maneuver is yet another ground-breaking moment in the history of surfing.

5 days, 13 hours ago
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Rightwingconspirator
1934 Had Worst Drought of Last Thousand Years-We Made It Worse
"It was the worst by a large margin, falling pretty far outside the normal range of variability that we see in the record," said climate scientist Ben Cook at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York. Cook ...

5 days, 22 hours ago
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blah blah ad hominem mumbo jumbo.
Daniel Johnston-True Love Will Find You In The End.
A simple, imperfect, brilliant song, by a fascinating man. Link

1 week, 3 days ago
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Bubblehead II
High Court Lifts Hold on Gay Marriage in Idaho
[large]YES![/large] WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court says same-sex marriage can go ahead in Idaho. More: High Court Lifts Hold on Gay Marriage in Idaho [large]YES![/large]

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 Frank says:

It began with lyrics, but even looking at the PMRC fund raising letter in the last paragraph, at the bottom of the page, it starts looking like it's branching into other areas when it says 'We realize that this material's pervaded other aspects of society' and it's like 'What, you gonna fix it all for me?'