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Kaili Joy Gray:

Todd Akin clarifies: he's on the same page as Paul Ryan on 'forcible rape': As explained on Mike Huckabee's radio show:

I was talking about forcible rape. I used the wrong word.

Ohhhh. Well, obviously talking about "legitimate rape" is totally out of line. But talking about "forcible rape"? That just makes everything better, doesn't it? It also puts him in line with… Paul Ryan:

Paul Ryan also co-sponsored HR 3, the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion" bill in which Republicans tried to redefine rape so that it only applied to "forcible" rape….

Now Akin has explained that he holds the same position as Romney's running mate: that there is a distinction between "forcible rape" and not-really-rape. So, Mitt, are you still offended? Do you still disagree? Still hold an "entirely different view"?

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James Fallows just rips Niall Ferguson to shreds. This is a thing of beauty.

As a Harvard Alum, I Apologize

3 AUG 20 2012, 12:00 PM ET

Yes, I know, you could imagine many sentences that would follow that headline. But here is what I have in mind right now: A tenured professor of history at my undergraduate alma mater has written a cover story for Daily Beast/Newsweek that is so careless and unconvincing that I wonder how he will presume to sit in judgment of the next set of student papers he has to grade. It's by the irrepressible Niall Ferguson, it is headlined "Obama's Gotta Go," .........


Again, anyone can be wrong, and I often have been. But scholars are supposed to be different from mere pamphleteers and journalists. We give the judgments of academics -- like those of doctors, scientists, renowned jurists, etc. -- extra weight because we assume that they have considered evidence, precedent, and probabilities more carefully before offering conclusions. Think: E.O. Wilson on ants and ecological patterns more broadly.

The big claims and conclusions Ferguson has offered in recent years, with the extra authority of his academic standing, have been attention-getting and mostly wrong. Joe Weisenthal of Business Insider has an analysis here (and please also see this from Noah Smith). For instance:
- U.S. budget deficits were going to lead to a US-China breakup. They didn't.
- U.S. budget deficits were going to drive bond rates sky high. The opposite has occurred.
- U.S. budget deficits will make us like Greece. They have not.
- A year ago, Ferguson warned that we were on the verge of a damaging new round of inflation. We were not.

You can say these things if you're a talk-show host or a combatant on some cable-news gabfest. To me this is not what the tradition of Veritas and the search for scholarly enlightenment is supposed to exemplify. Seriously, I wonder if one of Ferguson's students will have the panache to turn in a similar paper to see how it fares.


How Obama Picked Ryan

The Obama team never could have predicted that its efforts would help vault Ryan into the nomination for vice president. The difference between what they reasonably hoped a strategy like this could achieve and what it actually achieved is attributable to Ryan, who has proven a tremendously skilled politician — so skilled, in fact, that he’s convinced many Republicans that the fight Obama wants is the fight they should want, too. Many of them share House Whip Kevin McCarthy’s view. “It’s not so smart to raise Ryan]up by picking him as an enemy,” he told Draper. “If he picks a budget fight with Paul, Paul will beat him.”

The White House, obviously, disagrees. The result, to paraphrase H.L. Mencken, is that the Obama administration knew the fight they wanted, and now they’re going to get it good and hard.


Todd Akin Staying In Missouri Senate Race ("I'm not a quitter")

Source: Talking Points Memo

Todd Akin Staying In Missouri Senate Race


Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) dismissed calls from fellow Republicans to drop out of the Missouri Senate race during an appearance on Mike Huckabee's radio show Monday, following his "legitimate rape" flap.

"I'm not a quitter and my belief is we're going to take this thing forward," Akin said.

Read more: http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/todd-akin-staying-in-missouri-senate-race?ref=fpa

What Drives Obama/Romney Supporters?

A double whammy of misogyny: ‘Illegitimate Rape’

Paul Ryan and the Pro-Rapist Lobby - Here's the The Sanctity of Human Life personhood-type bill http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-112hr212ih/pdf/BILLS-112hr212ih.pdf that zombie-eyed granny starver Ryan co-sponsored with notable rape expert Todd Akin. The Bill's goal was to empower Congress and/or the states to outlaw abortion in all cases, including cases of rape or incest.


The Akin comment is obviously offensive, but I’m a bit surprised that what seems to be generating the most offense is the cartoonishly ignorant belief that a woman’s body can somehow differentiate between a rapist and a loving companion and choose to let itself get pregnant or not. It’s certainly bizarre and easy to report on, but personally the greater outrage should be at the casual, and seemingly commonly held belief that there are categories of rape. It belies a deep belief and misogyny on his part, and others, that most women who claim rape weren’t, but rather are just regretting their decisions and decide to ruin the heroic male rather than own up to their decisions.

This isn’t an uncommonly expressed viewpoint from the right on issues towards rape, as they seem to want to (as Ryan in his support of a House Bill) define rape as only a violent assault from a stranger, rather than any unwelcome sexual assault. That’s a much more dangerous viewpoint to have than a stupid and clearly easily dismissible (as evidenced by how fast everyone tried to distance themselves from it) remark about how biology works.


Augusta National Adds Condoleezza Rice, Darla Moore As First Two Female Members

Source: Huffington Post

Augusta National Adds Condoleezza Rice, Darla Moore As First Two Female Members

NEW YORK -- For the first time in its 80-year history, Augusta National Golf Club has female members.

The home of the Masters, under increasing criticism the last decade because of its all-male membership, invited former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina financier Darla Moore to become the first women in green jackets when the club opens for a new season in October.

Both women accepted.

"This is a joyous occasion," Augusta National chairman Billy Payne said Monday.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/20/augusta-national-condoleezza-rice-darla-moore-women_n_1811211.html

A Bitter Future

DELICIOUS!!! - Obama "Really Doesn't Like, admire or even grudgingly respect Romney"

Get a load of this juicy and frankly refreshing morsel from Politico's just-published e-book "Obama's Last Stand" by POLITICO reporter Glenn Thrush. From the article "POLITICO e-book: Obama campaign roiled by conflict":

Obama really doesn’t like, admire or even grudgingly respect Romney. It’s a level of contempt, say aides, he doesn’t even feel for the conservative, combative House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, the Hill Republican he disliked the most. “There was a baseline of respect for John McCain. The president always thought he was an honorable man and a war hero,” a longtime Obama adviser said. “That doesn’t hold true for Romney. He was no goddamned war hero.”

Delicious! Anyone that doesn't think Obama's got ideological teeth or political grit is sure in for a surprise. Here's another nugget:

"This has produced a campaign being animated by one thing above all. It is Obama’s own burning competitiveness, with his remorseless focus on beating Mitt Romney — an opponent he genuinely views with contempt and fears will be unfit to run the country."


LAPD filmed punching man for skateboarding on wrong side of street

“If you see the videotape, there are about three or four officers on top of my son,” Weekley’s father, Ronald Weekley Sr., said. “Then an officer comes into view, gets down on the ground and hits him in his face, and that’s something you can hear on the tape. The results are, is that he has a broken nose, he has a broken cheekbone and he has a concussion.”

Weekley was cited with resisting arrest.

The footage aired by KTLA shows two officers holding the younger Weekley down and another punching him in the face. A fourth officer standing atop the fray can be seen speaking into his radio. Another officer enters the frame seemingly ordering the unidentified resident filming the incident to move away. It is reminiscent of the seminal video of the traffic stop that propelled Rodney King into the national consciousness.

“I was like screaming because I thought they were going to kill him,” one witness said of the police’s treatment of Weekley.

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