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Excerpt: "The horror and trauma of rape is monstrous and life-long whether it's the rape of a woman, girl, or boy. It is vile and cruel. It should not be fodder for politics or for religious-magical-myth-making fanaticism. Nor should there ever be any qualifier attached to the word RAPE."

Mitt Romney announces Paul Ryan as his VP. (photo: New York Magazine)
Mitt Romney announces Paul Ryan as his VP. (photo: New York Magazine)

Yes, Vagina, There Is No Sanity Clause

John Cory, Reader Supported News

28 August 12

Reader Supported News | Perspective


omen, don't worry your beautiful little brains about the recent brouhaha over legitimate forcible rape and pregnancy and all that lady-parts crazy health care talk or the fact that all that crazy talk is actually included in the GOP platform.

Mike Huckabee said that forcible rape can be a really good thing, and he's a compassionate conservative, right? He pointed to Ethel Waters, a child of rape who couldn't have become famous singing Taking a Chance on Love if she had been born, you know, the regular way.

Sharon Angle said that when life hands you lemons you need to make lemonade, because - well, I'm not sure but I guess lemons are the biblical fruit of rape or something. And Missouri GOP Committeewoman Sharon Barnes defended crazy Todd Akin by saying, "... at that point, if God has chosen to bless this person with a life, you don't kill it."

God might have been too busy to bless you with protection from being raped, but He loves you enough to give you a souvenir. And you damn well better keep it.

It's like that scene at the end of "Life of Brian," where everyone gets crucified on a cross and they break into song: Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.

What you need to understand is that this is all about big government and big government needs to be shrunk small enough to fit into your bedroom or better yet, shrunk to the size of a transvaginal probe that fits in your uterus because that's the only way to protect the rights of the unborn, because once the child is born, they don't have any more right to survival than the rest of us. That's what makes America great.

Now I can see the confusion in your eyes because you don't understand all this "forcible rape" and "legitimate rape" terminology being flung around like so much free monkey-poo at the zoo, but it's really nothing to worry about. All of that will be defined when the time comes - and defined by those who understand these things, which is to say, not you. So relax and learn to enjoy it.

There is no need to clutter up your beautiful mind with liberal voodoo-science or wonder how such a painful and brutal thing as rape can be warped and spun into a positive or even patriotic near-religious experience. No ma'am, when it comes to crime and lady-parts, the good Christian GOP doesn't need science, health issues, or facts - they've got God. And God's Word is good enough for government work. Know what I mean?

The horror and trauma of rape is monstrous and life-long whether it's the rape of a woman, girl, or boy. It is vile and cruel. It should not be fodder for politics or for religious-magical-myth-making fanaticism. Nor should there ever be any qualifier attached to the word RAPE. Only snake-oil opportunists would employ such bullshit tactics. Snake-oil salesmen and the right-wing GOP. Same-same.

If you really believe that God gift-wraps rape with pregnancy then I never want to meet your God let alone believe in such a cruel and immoral creature.

Our politics and religiosity have become deeply warped and absolutely insane.

Maybe Planned Parenthood and other women's health organizations should hold a fundraiser by printing and selling t-shirts that read:

Yes, Vagina, there is no sanity clause!

Just a thought.

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-133 # Virginia 2012-08-28 11:29
There is too much emphasis on a stupid, thoughtless, inconsiderate comment and not enough concern with getting the vote out. Do you realize there is no momentum?

Obama had the youth vote energized last time and that put him over the top. Our children are struggling to find jobs, money to stay in school and with a disgust of Wall Street that surrounds Obama's administration. They do not care if they vote because Obama disappointed them - there is still a Depression.

We seriously need voters and a vagina issue isn't going to get that message across - in fact it's wasting time and space with about 65 days left until the election.
+201 # moh2o 2012-08-28 12:13
Frankly, I think that it is the female vote that will put Obama over the top. It is not just one dumb comment, it is the GOP platform to control womens reproductive rights. If that doesnt mobilize women and men who love women...what will?
-264 # Robt Eagle 2012-08-28 12:32
Virginia, thank you, some rational thought here! The useless commentary in this article is surely a waste of time. The issue isn't rpae, or contaception, it is government getting involved in everyones stuff. Obama and his ObamaCare is so intrusive, but most people fail to see that. His death panel alone is enough to scare the bejeezus out of most seniors. I'm sure that when I need new hips and knees, Obama's panel is going to check my political affiliation and I will be denied. Woah, you think that isn't going to happen if he gets re-elected and Emperor Obama declares all enemies of the state (Republicans) get nothing and should be taxed more? Wait until all the Republicans are eliminated, then he will come for the Democrats, you know the NON-Progressive s. So you better watch your vote, because if it is to re-elect Obama, then eventually when all the tax payers are eliminated by what ever means or over taxation, you remaining majority will have nothing to soak off of. Yeah, reality check!!!
+117 # bmiluski 2012-08-28 12:59
OH my dear Robert Eagle, when its time for your new hips and knees you can just turn in you Medicare voucher that will maybe pay for your asprin. If the GOP wins you will wish there were a death panel so you could be put out of the misery they'll put you in.
And really DEATH PANEL is that bs still being flung around by you republicans?
+115 # Sophie 2012-08-28 14:03
Here's your "reality check" although it is doubtful the truth will permeate the insanity:

To the misogynistic commenters who seem to actually believe that the rights of women do not matter, here are the facts:

The War on Women: Day by Day

"The Republican War on Women is dominating the news this election cycle, but it's also dominating the Congressional calendar. Over the last 19 months, Republican Members of Congress have relentlessly tried to restrict women’s rights, access to basic health care, and economic equity. During the 46 weeks Congress was in session, from January 2011 through July 2012, the Republicans spent 38 of them attacking women’s rights. Scroll through our timeline that highlights the major hits against women’s health and rights – both in Congress and from extremist GOP leaders like Rush Limbaugh. The GOP’s priorities are completely out of touch with the rest of the country, and we need to send more pro-choice Democratic women to Congress to end this war against women once and for all."
+79 # MJnevetS 2012-08-28 14:17
Talk about 'death panels', those are the systems in place and currently used by PRIVATE Insurance companies. All your healthcare currently is overseen by insurance company employees whose sole job is to limit payment for your necessary treatment. Don't trust me on this, trust your doctor! (read: ) from the website for Physicians for A National Health Program.

As an attorney in PA, who handles Plaintiff's personal injury claims, it is often the Plaintiff's own insurance company which tries to prevent treatment, which the treating doctors claim is necessary. (NJ, where I also practice is even worse) It is impossible to both make the profit margins demanded by insurance executives (to cover their executive packages) and properly deliver care to patients. It is only when you REMOVE the profit motive that appropriate care becomes possible. Ever wonder why prescription drugs are 60% to 80% cheaper in Canada and Europe? Because the GOVERNMENT enjoys discounts for mass purchases. Such volume discounts were blocked in the US by a Republican legislature. Your (GOP, although Democrats are in bed with many of the same corporations, the problem is money in politics!) government working hand in hand with private corporations. I've read your posts before and your dislike of a black man in a white house blinds you to FACTS.
+8 # WestWinds 2012-08-30 16:23
You are so correct, MJ. When I was a kid and needed a doctor, I could ride over on my bike and see him. He was wonderful and the best friend a kid could have. And he would forward the bill at the end of the month. No insurance obstacle course, no limited benefits, no foreign Republicon doctor from Korea who is only interested in running up the tab and hitting us with phony padded bills. No insurance company running up their medical premiums while lowering eligibility. This whole medical scam is a disgrace and we need to trash it along with these blood-sucking insurance companies.
-52 # Virginia 2012-08-28 14:17
Add that to the fact that President Obama's administration has protected his pals/advisors at Goldman Sachs, ignored the fact that there are over 84 MILLION defective mortgages affecting over 210 MILLION Americans - men, women and children, and the fact that Ron Paul has energized students at over 33 colleges - and the Dems are dwelling on a rape issue singing to the choir who wouldn't vote for Romney anyway and probably won't bother to vote at all because they find politics so disgusting... Now you have an election up for grabs.

We need to energize the vote. There is enough depression, negativity and disparity dealing with the present economy, the loss of homes, the deficit, the increased costs in food and energy - geesh, has nobody in the party ever dealt with national marketing and sales?!

If I get another email from Barack telling me that he needs $3 because the other side is outspending him - when he could impact the energy with a positive move to stop foreclosure, evictions and deficiencies and investigate the bank frauds and have massive positive PR with families thanking him for saving them at least through this holiday season since nobody has had a decent Christmas since 2007...well... It just makes me wonder who is giving him marketing stats and advice?!

Stop waiting for the Wag the Dog issues to cure AMERICA'S woes.
+27 # KittatinyHawk 2012-08-28 18:01
Another Racist heard from no less a phony pro lifer.
Hey you and your friends ever adopt older children? How about their lives...not good enough?

Guess you and yours are Yes types. Well go ahead and bend over, I'm not going to
+40 # suzyskier 2012-08-28 19:09
If you want these wall street gangsters and banksters brought to justice why don't you contact your senators and representatives and get them moving? Why put all the blame on Obama? I am sure Mr Bohner and friends would be just delighted to do this for you, right. Since 2010 all the Rebublicans have done is, well actually they haven't done anything have they? They refuse to work with the President even though he has tried to work with them. So put some of the blame where it belongs, to the Repugs because they are selfish people who are in the pockets of the Wall Street Gang, besides they get all the goodies that they don't want the rest of us to have. Time to take back some of those unearned goodies.
+18 # akh752 2012-08-29 14:00
Virginia, There's an unsubscribe option at the bottom of those emails from the Obama campaign. Click on it.
0 # ER444 2012-08-28 14:44
Heh Bob is back. Let's hear it for the right wing rabble. Seriously Bob, come on, this is a joke right??!! Someone is writing this to get the rest of us to react. Yihah !!!
+43 # suzyskier 2012-08-28 18:59
There is NO DEATH PANEL!! How can you believe such drivel? Obamacare is NOT Intrusive , I can only imagine where you get your information but it is crazy talk. How can you believe this I do not know, it is the stuff of science fiction and right wing dogma. I don't wish to be rude but have to ask, did you go to High School or college? How can you be so naive a to buy this load of crap?
+4 # WestWinds 2012-08-30 16:51
They have been trained to it in remote places like Texas and the Mid-West where the Right-wing has a stranglehold on the media and media outlets. They get it from attending "Jesus Camps" that tell them they are everything and non born-again's are nothing and not only should not be listened to but actively abused. This is also taught to them in their churches, primarily the Southern Baptist Churches and the Presbyterian Churches that teach, if you are rich it is because God favors you, and the ends justify the means. So, it's okay to lie, cheat and steal, because the ends justifies the means and if you have ill-gotten gains that make you rich God will forgive you because God only loves rich people. (And other convoluted perverse psycho babble thinking.) If ever there was an indictment of our educative system, this is it. Down with HomeSchooling.
+35 # popeye47 2012-08-28 19:04

Just what we all need, a breath of bad air. Get that fear up by mentioning Death Panel, even though there is no proof of it even being true. In fact let's call it what it is, a big fat juicy lie. But since when the R's ever tell the truth. They rely on lies and fear to get the poor old religious right voting for them each time. Just like leading the sheep to the slaughter.
+22 # wrknight 2012-08-28 21:05
Popeye47 and suzyskier.
Wake up and smell the BS. While "death panel" is an overstatement, MJnevetS is absolutely correct. Each insurance company has people dedicated to determining which medical procedures and prescriptions they will pay for for each medical claim submitted by physicians, pharmacies and patients. The sole goal of these panels is to minimize insurance company payments. And some of these people are very draconian.

If you have never had a medical insurance claim rejected you are either very fortunate or you know somebody on the inside who can fix it. You had better make sure you stay on friendly terms with that person.
+8 # WestWinds 2012-08-30 16:58
My mother worked as a Registered Nurse until she was 77 years old. When she retired, she retired from the state system and the federal system (VA). She had the Cadillac of health insurance coverage. By the time the Right-wing, George W. Bush and the for-profit United Health Care Insurance Provider/(scam) administrator got through with her, I have been paying her medical bills out-of-pocket for years now. These insurance companies are NOT about giving out money, they are about denying claims and stealing money. Why can't this country wake up and see the truth? The churches have so drowned the thinking in this country in fantasy bs, no one is thinking straight and these insurance companies are stealing us blind. We need Medicare for All and trash all of these churches and insurance companies; they are nohing but money making scams, both of them.
+28 # ghostperson 2012-08-29 03:55
Death panels, are you still on that dead dog? What do you think deregulated insurance companies are? Emperor Obama, surely you jest? You must have him confused with Dick Cheney, tireless promoter of the "imperial presidency." What the GOP death panelists are doing is basically picking off women. If not now,then in geriatricy, since women outlive men usually and are more likely to live in poverty in old age. Fortunately, I was able to get an education, a really good one, before the American dream was turned into a plutocratic nightmare by the GOP. It was the proudest moment of my blue collar parents' lives. I have taken care of my own retirement needs or have until the next wave of GOP deregulation crazy drops us to our knees. I R & R are elected, I am certain that they will allow the wolves of Wall Street, to take us down again. What party of the financial high jinx since the 1980s have you not understood. Get "The Party's Over" written by a Republican. Read "The Big Short" and all books by Micheal Lewis. Take a gander at "Inside Job" by Stephen Pizzo. You think Big O is dangerous? Then you have bilateral myopia.
+14 # Caballero69 2012-08-29 10:24
You do know there is an actual person named Barack Obama and an actual law called the Affordable Care Act - right?

I ask because you begin by thanking Virginia for "some rational thought." and proceed to a tirade about a caricature of the president and imaginary aspects of the ACA.

People of course can form and express opinions, but forums like RSN's are more productive when the opinions are clearly connected to evidence.
+2 # karlarove 2012-08-29 11:37
Thank God we live in the land of the free, the home of the insane
-3 # HateIsNotAFamilyValue 2012-08-29 12:02
What are you smoking???
+14 # akh752 2012-08-29 13:58
Robert, You need to do some fact checking. There are no "death panels." That was a lie invented by the republicans (Sarah P?) in 2010 and repeated by people who don't bother to learn the truth. The rest of what you've written is adolescent at best--are you 12?
+3 # WestWinds 2012-08-30 16:16
You are one of the Right-wing nutbags that would like to see football played with no goal posts, no yard lines, no out-of-bound lines, no rules, no coaches, and no regulations. This is how you would run America? This is how you would run 340 million people? Talk about parallel universe.
+75 # Sophie 2012-08-28 14:01
Too much emphasis?? Really?! I suppose the GOP's relentless EMPHASIS on the evisceration of the rights of women really is just so terribly inconsequential for misogynistic commenters.
It is not a "vagina" issue--it is about women having equal rights under the law, and not allowing sociopathic politicians to eviscerate those laws by making it impossible for women to have reproductive care, equal pay, etc.,-
It is not a "waste of time" when the reproductive rights of women have been eroded and are continuing to be eroded by extremists.
It is not "too much emphasis" to forcefully condemn the insane comments of Akin or Ryan.
It is time to put a stop to the insanity--or abortion care and contraception WILL be made illegal in this country if the Christopaths have their way. Ryan and Akin co-sponsored the so called "personhood" amendment, which will make birth control, abortion and even IVF illegal.
And, women still have the right to vote, remember?!
-15 # Virginia 2012-08-28 14:31
If we had 3 years to an election I would say make it the forefront of a campaign. But we are in the last days and the snowball is not rolling down the hill. If Ron Paul runs as an Indpendent we could be in the same spot we were in with Nader because it will again split the Dems along with the Republicans.

Intellectually we know that Ryan is an idiot - but using his comment to try and energize enough of the vote isn't going to be enough.

We have to focus on the masses - and the deficit was caused by criminals which affects American men, women and children. We can't allow ignorant comments to over shadow letting Goldman Sach off the hook.
+49 # Lolanne 2012-08-28 15:54
@ Virginia: The reasons the GOP MUST NOT get back into the White House or into total control in Congress are too numerous to list. Some people will attach major importance to one issue, some to another. It is really important that their ENTIRE insane platform be exposed -- not just the issues YOU deem to be the most important. You may choose whatever you like as your no. 1 priority; some others will share it, some will no doubt choose something different.

I have two young granddaughters whose future lives are extremely important to me, so getting the gop's misogynistic, abusive, controlling attitudes toward women out in the open for everyone to see is a priority for me. Not my only one, but way up there on the list.

There is more than enough regressive insanity in the repugnant platform to go around, and it ALL needs to get out into the clear light of day.
+6 # WestWinds 2012-08-30 17:15
The deficit is a Right-wing talking point. No administration has ever really paid any attention to the deficit. And if they did, where was the Right when we handed off the Clinton surplus? Where was the Right and their concerns when Dubya was lying us into war? Where was the Right when the deficit was climbing into the billions on the Republican watch? And don't tell us that having this deficit hit the front doorstep of the WH right after Dubya left office wasn't planned. Bush never put his war debt on the books to be dealt with but Obama did. And Obama has trimmed one trillion dollars off the defense budget, so to paint him out as someone who has no regard for the finances of this country is an in-our-faces lie. And you also neglect to blame the (R) Congress which authorizes all federal spending. We get really sick of you clods repeating the same old lies, like we are going to believe you when all we have to do is check the facts online at responsible websites.
-5 # John Allman 2012-08-30 11:45
Quoting Sophie:
... it is about women having equal rights under the law ...

I couldn't see anything at all about equal rights for women in the story you commented on. What right is it, that men have or might soon acquire, that you think, in contrast to the Republicans mentioned, that women should also be given, or not have taken away?
+2 # WestWinds 2012-08-30 17:16
It's called "Dog Whistle Politics".
+22 # KittatinyHawk 2012-08-28 17:55
After coming a long way...I have no intention of letting their rhetoric stop me from voting

However, this is perhaps one way to show Voters what kind of Lunatic are up for Candidacy.

If you think RAPE should be ignored...there are not enough thumbs down available in this Universe. I was raped as many others, think it is time to put them and their buddies who sanction it in Jail I do not care color, race or religion...They need to be raped, they need to see what it is like to say no and be ignored. Jail is one of the finest places to be indoctrined.

\There is not enough Comment on this matter
+19 # angelfish 2012-08-28 18:07
Quoting Virginia:
There is too much emphasis on a stupid, thoughtless, inconsiderate comment and not enough concern with getting the vote out. Do you realize there is no momentum?

Obama had the youth vote energized last time and that put him over the top. Our children are struggling to find jobs, money to stay in school and with a disgust of Wall Street that surrounds Obama's administration. They do not care if they vote because Obama disappointed them - there is still a Depression.

We seriously need voters and a vagina issue isn't going to get that message across - in fact it's wasting time and space with about 65 days left until the election.

The substance of this article is about the ABSURDITY of the ReTHUGlican's stance on a Woman's RIGHT to self Determination, NOT about Job Creation or the President's ability to energize the Youth Vote! You're in the WRONG Blog! You and Mr. Eagle make a good pair! Did you READ Mr. Cory's article? I didn't think so, you're too busy trying to look knowledgeable about something. If Women want CONTROL over their OWN Vaginas, you BET your A** we need a "Vagina Issue"! If this doesn't get the YOUNG Women out, NOTHING will!
+8 # Virginia 2012-08-28 19:43
The entire country is on the verge of collapse and you are hell bent on demonizing and misreading the message. Yeah, it was an absurd remark but it's not going to win an election. As I've said several times before - I don't understand any women or minorities that would vote Republican because they've always been hypocritical about equal rights. But we've got an election to win and the big possibility of a lousy turnout.

Someone earlier said expose the whole Republican platform and they are right - it's a whole lot worse given its sharp right turn. Hopefully, by your imagination, it will be enough to get voters out to the polls and vote Dem... Except for the angry white men that love their guns and hate their mothers.
+4 # Feral Dogz 2012-08-31 13:34
The entire country is on the verge of collapse? I don't think so. But the GOP wants us to think that, and that they have a (secret) plan to save us from the disastrous notion that we should help one another and contribute to the common good. The USA is still the richest, most powerful nation, and can well afford to take care of the many (mostly white) people who fall below the poverty line.

What we can't afford is a very small number of plutocrats manipulating the electorate with endless messages aimed at emotions rather than rational thought.

The GOP wants us to think that America's problems all come from the lack of "good Christian morals" that causes loose women to make men want to rape them so they can get abortions. Really? I hope the GOP keeps the reproductive rights issue front and center, because no woman in her right mind will vote for a return to the dark ages.
+20 # ghostperson 2012-08-29 03:41
I would beg to differ about the vagina issues not being serious vote stimulators. I am enraged about the lethal consequences of repeated financial debacles that GOP policies have produced since 1980. However, the particulars seem to fly like a moon shot over the heads of most voters. However, an issue that does hit home and needs no explanation is the contemptuous, arrogant, Taliban-style misogyny the GOP aims against me and my kind. I have never been involved in politics before. Vagina issue make me proactively look for ways to help get out the vote. The GOP's relentless misogyny has caused me to open my purse to progressive candidates all over the country, not just once or twice but monthly at a minimum and as much in between as I can afford. I am no no longer a person of child bearing years but I am still deeply offended and outraged at what fanatics are doing to younger women. The party of deregulation that brought us the S & L scandal, Enron and the Great Recession, demands that government be kept off the backs of businessmen but has no problem with government intrusion into the crotches of women. Transvaginal probes? Not a serious issue? To me it is. We are more than half the population yet the GOP/Tea Party has the temerity to believe their candidates can be elected by pissing on women? I do not know of any female friend--and I have friends all over the country from the Bible Belt to La La Land from the Artic Circle to the Deep South, none will vote GOP.
+12 # kalpal 2012-08-29 03:58
To get out the vote you need an issue that people feel strongly about. It is not rape that is being discussed but its fruits and the need of the GOP to penalize poor women for having been raped or simply having had sex and becoming pregnant, either by being raped or otherwise. Anyone with adequate resources can easily circumvent the vicious right wing laws. Only poor women who can't afford to travel anywhere who are in effect being forced to endure an unwanted pregnancy and if by some chance their health is jeopardized the GOP insists that its just too bad but you must suffer because we need to deprive you of your rights in order to keep you down for not having had the resources the GOP wives have to go get an abortion if those well off women so choose.
+89 # DaveM 2012-08-28 11:29
The best thing we can do is print t-shirts and bumper stickers bearing quotes from some of the current crop of Republicans. Provided people read and comprehend them, that should be the end of the Tea Party years and the GOP catering to the mindset generally found on a stool in a very low-class bar.
+119 # Erdajean 2012-08-28 11:35
A super piece, Mr.Cory. Since women first voted in, like, 1921, how in the HELL have we let the likes of this take over our country? The idea that WOMEN -- like Sharon Angle and Michele Bachmann -- have been voted in, at least partly by WOMEN, is nightmarish.
Too many of the rest of us trudge on to what looks like doom, exhausted, dead-broke, unable to pay the dentist or eye-doctor or buy prescribed meds, battered and cheated by banks, health insurance brokers, big pharma, big agriculture, trying to hold onto homes, and keep our kids fed and not quite shabby and our old cars running and our taxes on EVERYTHING paid and give, give, give to a jillion "causes" -- too few that will help our lot -- Well, the status of women does NOT improve, my friends.
Will we think of this when we vote? If we're allowed? Or do we mind Fox News?
+30 # bmiluski 2012-08-28 13:01
You have to remember that there were women who did not want the Equal Rights Amendment passed. A lot of them believe that the only way they can survive is by attaching themselves to men. After all, that's what we're programed to believe.
+6 # KittatinyHawk 2012-08-28 18:07
But since the sixties it is not so much taught by the real women who know themselves.
It is due to parents not spending quality time to show the necessity of good, working equal relationship. Women have had to go to work due to divorce, death, unemployment. Partners working two kids need love. Sex comes along and men, young and old use it to control women. Same with trinkets, money.
Until we take control of USA and bring ourselves to showing our kids true family values either thru our single parent initiantives, gay parents, or hetero...our kids are succumbing to very bad situations.
+113 # bingers 2012-08-28 11:49
Still the truth, the only reasons to vote Republican are ignorance, stupidity, insanity, bigotry and greed. There is no rational reason at all to vote for them.
+80 # SundownLF 2012-08-28 11:50
That is a wonderful phrase. But does anyone in the GOP know how to 'read'? They only use the parts of the Bible that tend to correspond with their fanaticism, ignoring ALL the rest!

Yeah, there is absolutely NO 'sanity clause' in the GOP, and yet they repeat their lies, over and over (using the millions that are being donated by the Koch brothers, Adelson, and many anonymous 'donors' - i.e., BUYERS), until people who should damn well know better begin to believe them!
+37 # bmiluski 2012-08-28 13:03
You're right because you know what they say......"If you say it enough, it will be accepted as truth." That's what the Hitler did, he just keep repeating it until it is accepted as truth. That's why these people scare me to death. I've seen this before.
+5 # KittatinyHawk 2012-08-28 18:08
Usually that wonderful one Leviticus
+14 # artic fox 2012-08-29 00:39
Remember that the gop and their tea pot idiots are taking their stance from the Josef Goebbels and Herman Goering playbooks - it was the latter who said" If you repeat a lie often enough, a gullible public will believe it to be true" What has the gop majority in the House done in almost 2 years? Absolutely nothing except provide obfuscation to the President's earnest request for bi-partisan support. Time and Time again the President has asked for Congressional support and all he got was NO. The gop tea pot crackpots spent so much time reading the Constitution into the Congressional Record they forgot to understand what it said.
+10 # mdhome 2012-08-29 06:58
Yes, and they left out the parts of the constitution that they didn't like, same way they read the buy-bull.
+50 # M. de la Souche 2012-08-28 12:01
Spot on, Sir!

In a good and just world, your piece would be linked in every major newspaper or blog in the country.

Virginia: while I agree with the gist of what you are saying, you, I, we can induce that momentum by presenting pieces like Mr. Cory's to all of the daughters, grand-daughters , sisters, nieces, whomever that will listen. Words can be powerful motivators.
+68 # LeeBlack 2012-08-28 12:09
The emphasis on rape, God and Christianity is meant, obviously, to get that 'base' out there to vote. It is also to distract from the Republican obstructionism that painted Obama as a failure. Politicians who don't compromise are not politicians they are fanatics.
+62 # WallStWallFlowerGirl 2012-08-28 12:30
Yes and no, Virginia. Yes- the momentum is lagging & voters (fervently against a GOP ticket) are needed.

But no... because for even a prude like myself, who prefers not to use words like "vagina" in a sentence- we have to expose the hidden text w/in their agenda while their hands are in the cookie jar; afterwards doesn't have the same affect.

What Akin stands for is what most stand against; I think we DO outnumber chest-thumping, podium-preachin g, men of the Women's Inquisition brigade; they're just loud(er)! Will ALL Americans really allow women to be regulated back to second class citizens and back-alley abortions? Will WE?

I do what I can when I can: I write letters to various editors, create bumper stickers that stick and donate whatever monies I can; when given an opportunity to speak- I speak up. I truly believe in the power of the word & if the word is "vagina," then so be it.

The universal truth, whether religious, agnostic or atheist, is that words manifest truth; truth does prevail. But we cannot allow it to come out later, as mendacious politicians rely on. So, against all the money Rove & his Sugar Daddies pimp out- we have to get the word/s out the minute they say them. Despite what Akin is aching to have- silence of our loins- we'll move on from the current topic of what's under our pants. That's why, right now, we need to keep talking about it.
+39 # Regina 2012-08-28 13:12
Akin and Ryan have created a new category of rape: political rape. The Republican Party is about to endorse it in their platform. If elected, they will go on to commit it.
+3 # KittatinyHawk 2012-08-28 18:10
Thank you for doing so too many talk the talk
+3 # WestWinds 2012-08-30 17:37
Right-wing men want no competition from women. Women traditionally are more level-headed and will speak up against wrong doing. The whole strategy is to remove women from the game board altogether. Men want servants. If they can trap women into staying at home (like traditional Italian families or Mormon families) then they have less to compete with and more of a chance of cutting shadowy deals with other men. Men have been running the world for two thousand years now. Technological advances aside, the world we have is never-ending wars and the threat of women being subjugated in the form of housewives. If a woman is sexually self-determinin g, then men have no real role over them. For Right-wing authoritarian type males, this is unacceptable. I watch old b&w movies. I'm always stunned by the control men had over women (we even arrive at the altar in a glittering, filmy burqua,) and the men think nothing of hitting a female or beating her up. I don't want to go back to that time. I never will.
+54 # BeaDeeBunker 2012-08-28 12:37
A great piece by Mr. Cory.
I'm reminded of the time when I would get excited about the monthly Reader's Digest coming in the mail. The first thing I would turn to was the Medical section. This section gave the best prescription for good, continuing health. The official name of this special section was:


His humor is cynical & sarcastic! The kind I like best.

To understand the humor that Mr Cory brings to this issue you have to be first, intelligent, second discerning, third compassionate & empathetic, and lastly, able to laugh at yourself and the many human foibles that make us a rather interesting species to deal with.

I do truly pity the millions of GOP adherents that lack the above mentioned skills. They are missing out on some really great medicine.

That's what happens when you forget to put a Sanity Clause into your political platform. Perhaps they did not forget; they are just unfamiliar with the concept, or it's just part of their disease.

Either way it is a pity.
Why, some of my 'best friends' are Republicans! ;-)
-3 # mdhome 2012-08-29 07:02
Indeed, why are some of your "best friends" republican?
+50 # solange 2012-08-28 12:53
is the government going to pay the cost of raising those children born of rape?
+1 # John Allman 2012-08-30 11:24
I wouldn't imagine that eligibility for welfare payments will be affected one way or another, by how a child's life began, be that by rape, consensual sexual intercourse, artificial insemination (in vitro or in vivo), or parthenogenesis .
+13 # bmiluski 2012-08-28 13:06
Can anyone give me a link to a neo-con/pro republican publication so that I can introduce some of my comments to these people?
+1 # akh752 2012-08-29 14:12
The National Review
+15 # my2cents 2012-08-28 13:07
Excellent article. Sign me up for a t-shirt! Beware anyone who endorses this plank. It's simply unbelievable that this could be going on, in this day, in this age. I'd like to see Chaos at the Convention (good title!) with each candidate's yea/nae on this plank. Holy Cow would that be interesting! Way more than Divine Intervention!
+28 # janie1893 2012-08-28 13:07
"legitimate rape" is a most apt definition for unwanted coitus within an abusive marriage. There are millions of those and, sadly, more millions of children are a product of such unions.So, Mr. Akin,again you know not of which you speak.
+4 # WestWinds 2012-08-30 17:56
Rape in marriage is still rape but it also belies the male thinking that when you marry you consent to be his property like a dog or a goat.

In the Church of England, only the woman must wear a wedding band and promise obedience.

Men think women are all the same and no better than boxes of cornflakes on a grocer's shelf; the contents are all the same only the box art is different. It always makes me laugh when males don't understand females and they go ask another male instead of talking with the women to find out what's what.
+26 # karlarove 2012-08-28 13:22
OK, I'm going to relax and enjoy the X-rated mind of the GOP! Lets call this what is really is - the sexual fantasies of the GOP are out of the closet. Remember Bill Napoli from South Dakota: “A real-life description to me would be a rape victim, brutally raped, savaged. The girl was a virgin. She was religious. She planned on saving her virginity until she was married. She was brutalized and raped, sodomized as bad as you can possibly make it, and is impregnated. I mean, that girl could be so messed up, physically and psychologically , that carrying that child could very well threaten her life”. Clearly he has given that scenario quite a bit of thought. They must go around with big Boehner’s just thinking about a technician sticking a big vaginal probe into a woman. Humiliation is a big turn on for some sadomasochists.
+28 # VortexofChange 2012-08-28 13:29
I guess the only "legitimate rape" left is corporations and the government raping the citizens every chance they get?
+22 # wleming 2012-08-28 13:31
for you kafka fans: republican "morality" is in fact a form of sadism.
+7 # fedupinredmond 2012-08-28 13:56
Until Americans accept that both parties have been totally corrupted by corporate and wealthy private money, and until we get the money out of politics then there will be no WINNING for the people. Unfortunately if you vote for Obama, we lose. If you vote for Romney we lose. Granted we lose more if Romney win but to say that a democratic win is a win for the people is sadly, misinformed. It is time to wake up. Reader Supported News is a fantastic forum, maybe it could become a starting place to actually figure out how we get ourselves out of the mess we have blindly allowed to be created. One of the best articles I have read today is Glenn Greenwald's article a Blind Obedience to Authority. We need to start therel
+12 # CC1951 2012-08-28 14:31
No wonder the Repubs want a ban on abortion-- they will need more 'slaves' when the 'Romneys' ( I hope not) come to power!
+8 # CC1951 2012-08-28 18:22
This is CC speaking. What I had said previously was NOT a joke. It was as serious as the Repubs are TRYING to be, concerning their "concern" over women's bodies. I really am so ashamed of Romney's tour of other countries. He was representing the USA and made an as* out of himself and all the rest of us left watching the 'till'.
+20 # humanmancalvin 2012-08-28 14:19
As long as there are ignorant, low information voters like the poster Robt Eagle, the radical right insurgency will continue to hawk their brand of hate tied up with the bow of Faux-Christiani ty. Still spouting the absurd Palin led myth of "Death Panels" these ant-American sheeple march to the beat of an insane drummer. Facts mean nothing to these people so there is zero sense in debating them. If Limbaugh or Beck or any of the other highly paid traitors to the American way of life say black is white then damnit that is so. The battle for votes is over, sides have already been chosen, there is no race. One can only hope that there are enough American voters with some semblance of sanity to insure an Obama victory. A President Ryan, er Romney would toll the death of a way of life although tainted with blood & horrendous mistakes still has the chance of being great & fair to all humans that inhabit it.
-3 # John Allman 2012-08-30 11:13
"One can only hope that there are enough American voters with some semblance of sanity to insure an Obama victory."

Do you want voters to ENSURE an Obama victory? Or are you recommending that people INSURE AGAINST an Obama victory? What are the premiums like?
+18 # firefly 2012-08-28 14:21
The government does not pay for anything, the citizens pay for everything. You and I (and all the rest) pay the costs of raising all children and the worse we do with that, the more we end up having to spend on prisoners' upkeep.
+9 # CC1951 2012-08-28 15:02
Once again, I reiterate: The Repubs are going to need lots of ' mindless' persons to do their dirty- work, so one way they can accomplish this , is to allow no abortions.
+5 # mdhome 2012-08-29 07:09
There is going to be a need for more canon fodder if the republicans are allowed to run things, therefore the need to stop abortions and allow unlimited rape.
0 # John Allman 2012-08-30 11:10
"allow unlimited rape"

Are you saying that the Republicans are intending to decriminalise rape?
+15 # giraffee2012 2012-08-28 15:05
How can any woman (except the likes of Bachmann) vote for such a GOP/TP? Even messing with putting "G-d" into the GOP/TP rhetoric about rape - can't each woman SEE what could happen to them IF they got raped?

Long time since Cory was published on this site -- I love John Cory's way of explaining the rhetoric spewing from the "right" that is gobbled up by their flock - with the help of Koch ads and FAUX!
+2 # Gnome de Pluehm 2012-08-28 15:19
Side note here; not a political statement.

Igor Stravinsky wrote that the birth of a child justified rape. {!)
+13 # MindDoc 2012-08-28 15:47
Someone already posted my immediate reaction: Spot on! It was funny but also prescient when Chico Marx declared, "you can't fool me, there ain't no Sanity Clause". So true of the GOP platform and propaganda blitz!

History, sadly, will note the GOP 's ongoing rhetoric and super-intrusion into women's basic rights, even bastardizing the definition of 'rape', as human beings understand it, and experience it.

Thanks for such a perfectly stated summary. (I do fear the over-use and spinning of the word 'rape' - meant to desensitize the power of the word, or completely pervert it, via the Rand-Ryan-Akin brand of 'power to the corporate people', at the expense of the human people. No rights for us 99%... including control over your own body or a sane, compassionate system.

Rape *is* a problem and traumatic life-changing horror; A sane policy might be one which punishes rapists, not victims.
Today's party of Rove & the Dollar People, if they succeed in a corporate/count ry takeover, promises to be W on steroids - strident, anti-middle-cla ss, regressive, war-mongering, & anti-woman (personhood). Faux et al spin it so the faithful love it. Solution: blame Obama for the horrific years Bush, Cheney, Rummy, Rice et al thrust upon global economics, domestic "bubble and burst" policies, cheerleading war, hidden budgets, and the pilfering of national treasure. Stop the insanity. WE the people must. Vote the anti-human-peop le party OUT!
+6 # KittatinyHawk 2012-08-28 18:17
Slaves and Soldiers are needed We are no longer needed as we have minds.

Take America back
+20 # stonecutter 2012-08-28 17:18
Look, if delegates and speakers were showing up at the GOP convention in hoods and sheets, it wouldn't be too much of an optical leap. I saw a photo of Romney at a stump speech a few weeks ago in CO, about 250 cheering supporters behind him, NOT ONE PERSON OF COLOR: Asian, Black, Hispanic...NADA ! ALL WHITE! It's a free country, but let's get real, folks. He's the political "Great White Hope" to Obama's "Jack Johnson" (assuming some people here know some boxing history). Anyone who maintains the simple-minded fiction this isn't a racially driven election is on someone's PR payroll. Policy, my white ethnic ass! Bill Clinton in all his white-haired, impeccably dressed, trimmed down, good-looking splendor is in an ad supporting Obama's policy proposals for economic growth in a second term; didn't Bubba get the vaunted credit for 23 million new jobs and balancing the budget?? Before Bush came in and trashed the place with his unfunded trillion-dollar wars and insane tax cuts for the 1%? And now Romney wants to revisit Bush's alternate universe by slashing tax revenue even more and cutting/privati zing "entitlements" (I hate that label, especially on Social Security, which is an employee-funded deferred insurance benefit, NOT a freebee)? Q: How does a private equity billionaire born on third base have a clue about the struggles of working people in an economy savaged by "globalization" and chronic, depressive unemployment? A; He does not. He is all empty "trickle down".
+22 # Texan 4 Peace 2012-08-28 18:44
"A VAGINA issue"?!?!? It's a human rights issue, for chrissakes. How can anyone possibly think that something as fundamental as denying women sovereignty over their bodies is not important?
+12 # Rick Levy 2012-08-28 20:42
As as senior, I've been accustomed to equating the passage of time with progress, especially the betterment of society. I can't believe how the rethugligans are trying to drag America backwards or maybe even into an alternate universe. I don't remember even in the unenlightened 1950's the dismissal by those in political office of rape as just another kind of sexual encounter and from which if a pregnancy results, well too bad.

Yes, women had fewer rights in those days, but I also don't recall such wholesale disrespect towards them especially from religious fundamentalists .

The regression by the GOP is reprehensible. I only hope the majority of Americans will come to recognize the depravity to which this party has sunk.
+9 # ghostperson 2012-08-29 04:24
Rick, fella, put on your thinking cap. The misogyny was so interwoven into life that it was not recognized as such. There weren't even words or labels for many male behaviors because that was just the way it was. Do you recall the moview "The Bellboy" with Jerry Lewis playing a fool who would have to work his way up the IQ food chain to be a half wit? All those gorgeous, hot women chasing a congenital idiot around because he had a weiner? One weiner cancelled out brains, beauty and apparently wealth judging by the clothing the women wore. I was in my early teens when this movie came out. I despised the movie. It offended me. But who would I have told? That was just the way it was. I felt the same loathing about June Cleaver vacuuming in high heels, hose, a shirtwaist dress while wearing pearls. The GOP just needs to step up and put its real goal in the party platform: The goal of making females Stepford people.
+9 # oakes721 2012-08-28 22:37
The need to redefine TORTURE and RAPE comes from a need to 'explain' and excuse what these same people are doing to our country (perhaps a little exhibitionism by our warped friends?) Their defense for the unwanted child is that of self-interest, for it is the unwanted who become rapists, wife-beaters, congressmen, senators, warmongers, CEO's, etc.
0 # letsfixit 2012-08-29 10:01
"when I need my new knees and hips"

If this society would get over the fact that we've become a "take a pill" society who refuses to exercise, eat healthy and take care of our bodies...

no we just go into the hospital and pray that we don't get a MRSA infection or some screw up on the operating extend a miserable lifestyle. How many people after hip and knee replacement are basically immobile? Why why why?

because we can't stay out of the twinkie aisle.

We must learn to adapt to our longer lifetimes and that includes taking care of yourself!!
+3 # granny6 2012-08-29 19:16
Robert Eagle, You don't want death panels? Then what have you done personally to make sure that you have a say over your final days. Those "Death Panel" are simply put an advanced directive by you to the medical community as to what they want if they are unable to speak for them selves. The affordable Care Act pay for your consultation with your Doctor while you decide this. Otherwise you are at the mercy of the hospital you are in and your insurance company. Now is the time to do it there may not be a tomorrow in your future and you may be tethered to a machine a la Terry Schaivo. Brain dead and vegetating.
-4 # John Allman 2012-08-30 07:21
This piece appears to be insinuating that the Republican Party in the USA has officially adopted a policy of decriminalising rape, or at least certain kinds of rape. If that's not true, and I very much doubt that it is, the entire piece is a pathetic "straw man" or "Aunt Sally" argument that is unlikely to change the voting intentions of a single American voter for the better.
+2 # Scott479 2012-09-01 05:47
Romney/Ryan n Akin: just a loving pair of dads helping rapists realize their goals of becoming fathers too. Next, they'll push for visitation rights for their special interest group-rapists-w ait, these sick twisted men already have:

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