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  • just a conservative girl 5:00 PM on 09/27/2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Quote of the Day – Todd Akin Edition 

    “I think we have a very clear path to victory, and apparently Claire McCaskill thinks we do, too, because she was very aggressive at the debate, which was quite different than it was when she ran against Jim Talent, she had a confidence and was much more ladylike (in 2006), but in the debate on Friday she came out swinging, and I think that’s because she feels threatened.”

    Thank heavens I don’t live in Missouri.  I couldn’t vote for this man.  He is a disgrace.
     
    • SignPainterGuy 7:49 PM on 09/27/2012 Permalink | Reply

      So you`d be faced with a real conundrum; voting for the R candidate you can`t stand who has his head where the sun don`t shine, vote for the D who is corrupt and otherwise politically unacceptable or not voting for anyone in that slot !

    • Ednar 9:51 AM on 09/28/2012 Permalink | Reply

      Vote for Akin. He apologized. His apologies seem to fall on deaf ears.
      If he was a Democrat, there’d be no problem.
      But the fact is, he is a Republican & we need all the republicans we can get to out vote the liberal policies of this administration.
      We have to play the hand we are dealt, wisely.

      • SignPainterGuy 11:04 PM on 09/28/2012 Permalink | Reply

        I tend to agree. Todd may be much like Scott Brown, only a notch or two better than a dem, but at least he IS that notch better. Job ONE right now is to fire Obama and his dem commies. We can cleanse the R party later.

  • just a conservative girl 8:58 AM on 08/22/2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Quote of the Day – Governor Sarah Palin Edition 

    “Bless his heart, I don’t want to pile on Todd Akin, because in some respects, I understand what he’s trying to say here in standing on principle, that he doesn’t want to be perceived as a quitter.

    But you got to know when to hold ’em and know when to fold ’em.

    Sarah Palin on Congressman Akin staying in senate race.

    The question I would like the congressman to answer is what type of principle is standing on when he could be the reason that Obamacare doesn’t get repealed?  If he truly believes in religious liberty and life, getting rid of Obamacare should be job #1.

     

     
  • just a conservative girl 4:24 PM on 08/21/2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Akin, Rape, and Pregnancy 

    I came across this today and want to put it here in full.  This woman was impregnated after being raped.  She not only gave birth to her child, she is happily raising her as a single parent.

    What many don’t know (neither did I) is that rapists have the same parental rights as any other father in many states.  So, for anyone to say that “well it is rare” is an argument that doesn’t hold water when you are the person it is happening to.

    As of this writing, Akin has 41 minutes to drop from the race and the allow the party to replace him with little muss.  Doesn’t look like he is going to do that.  He is standing on “principle”.

    For those who think that he didn’t set back the pro-life movement, think again.  He has.

    For all other candidates that are pro-life in cases of rape, remember this sentence:

    I believe that it is wrong to punish the child for the acts of the father.  Simple, true, and easy.  For those that disagree with this strongly, we not likely to vote for you anyway.

    Dear Rep. Akin,

    My name is Shauna Prewitt. You do not know me, but you should. I am one of the approximately 25,000 women who every year become pregnant as a result of rape, and I would like to help you better “empathize” with my story.

    During my final year of college, I experienced an event that was so absolute in its effects that, since it occurred, it has figured as the point of reference from which all understandings and meanings of my life now stem: I was raped.

    I do not know if, in your terms, it was “legitimate rape.” Yes, I cried hysterically. Yes, I fought until my body ached. And, yes, I changed afterward in ways I could not ever imagine.

    Before my rape, I lived normally. A variation of a story you might hear about any other 21-year-old college student. I was young, vibrant, confident and excited about a future that had never felt more within my grasp. In a single, life-altering moment, all of that was stripped away. Physically (and I would say tauntingly), I looked the same after my rape, but inside I felt trapped and incapable of attaining or doing anything because I now was degraded, fearful, weak and powerless. Every moment during and after my rape was an agony. Not even 22 years old and my life, as it seemed, was over. Did I respond legitimately enough for you?

    In the aftermath of my rape, my method of coping — no, my method of surviving — was to resolutely pretend that my rape had never occurred. I treated it as a fictitious nightmare. I convinced myself that if I just lived as I had “before,” I would be as I had “before.” Different plans were in store for me. A month after my rape, I learned I was pregnant from my attack. From this realization, I felt many things. Scared, shocked, even betrayed by my body.

    But, most poignantly given your recent horrifying comments, I felt raped. My pregnancy legitimatized my rape. It had happened; this was real.

    Given your underestimation of the powers of the human body, I suspect you abruptly have concluded that you know how my story ends. But never underestimate the intricacies of human feeling and experience. Although I would not be able to articulate it for months, I was experiencing a most curious emotion toward the life growing inside of me, an emotion that both enlivened me and caused me to experience an intolerable shame. You see, to my surprise, I did not altogether hate the life growing inside of me. Instead, I felt a sort of kinship, a partnership — perhaps the kind that only develops between those who have suffered together — but, nevertheless, I felt a bond.

    I admit that these feelings made me feel, for a long time, like a “bad” rape victim. Why did I not feel hatred? Why, instead of being a source of further darkness, did this pregnancy feel, at times, like a small source of light? Perhaps the answer is as simple as this: Just as being raped did not override my body’s natural ability to get pregnant, rape did not altogether override my body’s natural response to being pregnant. It was not an overnight decision, nor was it an easy decision, but I ultimately decided to give birth to, and then to raise, the child I conceived through my rape. Neither getting pregnant from my rape nor finding unimaginable joy from raising my daughter during the past 7 years makes me an “illegitimate” rape victim.

    Though I felt dead after my rape, my body was acutely alive. How could the very essence of being a living human being — that is, creating life — ever diminish that I had been a victim?

    Today, I am an attorney and the busy single mother of an amazing second grader. My rape is responsible for both of these roles. You see, I enrolled at Georgetown Law School after learning, firsthand, that pregnancy from rape creates unimaginable obstacles for women who decide to raise the children they conceive through rape. In the vast majority of states, a rapist has the same custody and visitation rights to a child born through his crime as other fathers enjoy. In 2010, a paper I wrote on this topic was published by the Georgetown Law Journal, and I continue to travel throughout the country speaking on this issue.

    I believe that the way we as a society, and especially legislators, speak about rape — often wrongly and without a sound, reasoned basis — restricts our ability to pass laws offering meaningful protections. After all, why pass a law restricting the parental rights of men who father through rape when too many legislators argue (without any reliance on science, fact, or experience) that “legitimately raped” woman never would decide to raise a child from that crime? Why pass a law when raped women cannot get pregnant from their rapes?

    Rep. Akin, your statement poses another setback to the cause that I have fought passionately for since my life changed forever when I was raped and became pregnant from that rape at 21. But your statement has not landed on deaf ears or weak legs. My rape did not end my life and, in a profound way, I have become a stronger person after my rape. I will fight to extinguish your inflammatory statements just as ardently as I fought to reclaim a vibrant life. I hope you will find my concerns “legitimate.”

    Sincerely,

    Shauna Prewitt

     
    • Teresa Rice 5:29 PM on 08/21/2012 Permalink | Reply

      What a passionate letter! She is absolutely correct. While I have never been raped I do have some understanding about at least some of what she’s saying since I have gone through a similar experience in my life. Actually I have been sexually assaulted twice. Once while I was taking care of the horses at the barn while my horse instructor was away for the summer. Her husband stayed behind to tend the farm. The second was much worse and I was really close to being raped. http://catholibertarian.com/2012/02/10/my-divine-providence-story/

      • just a conservative girl 6:17 PM on 08/21/2012 Permalink | Reply

        Oh my, Teresa that is horrible. I am so sorry you had to go through that.

        I loved this letter too. People have a tendency of making issues seem so black and white when they are not. There is much to think about if you do happen to become pregnant from a rape. There are many sick and twisted people out there who could taunt a woman by trying to get visitation rights of a child after the statue of limitations run out. We need to address that issue. In some small way at least a few more people will be aware of that issue because of his moronic statements.

    • Don 11:09 PM on 08/21/2012 Permalink | Reply

      Wow, just…wow. With all the leaders of the GOP calling for him to resign and then to receive this letter and still not step down is just wrong.

      I am for the “first time in my adult life,” glad I live in Illinois and don’t have to decide whether or not to vote for Akin.

      • SignPainterGuy 11:21 PM on 08/21/2012 Permalink | Reply

        Hmmm, of the 55 other states you could have chosen, you pick Illinois to be glad you live in so you don`t have to vote for Akin ?! Fascinating ! ;-) Oh, btw, there was a Chicagoan who voted his entire life straight Republican tickets, until the day he died. Now he votes Democrat.

    • Ednar 12:03 AM on 08/22/2012 Permalink | Reply

      Akins apologized … how many times now?
      His apology isnt enough it seems. The Democrats are going to milk this cow until no more milk is found. What does this tell us? His apology that has NOT been accepted? How do we tell our children that sometimes an apology doesnt do any good when it comes to the media or politics! Should we NOT apologize to each other at all now? Does everyone know that a double standard exists? That to be forgiven … one has to be a Democrat & a liberal?
      Have the liberal set their ethics standards too high for all Republicans & CONSERVATIVES?
      Are Republicans & conservatives NOT human as they are?
      Do they NOT make the same mistakes bleed the same color of blood?
      Why are all Dems & liberals depraved actions deliberately forgotten by the media?
      Have we forgotten Bill ClintonS women while in the White House? Or JFK & Marilyn Monroe?
      I still cant forget Barney Franks homosexual brothel he was running out of his apartment!
      Biden is the gift that keeps on giving for the Republicans. He is the Gaffe-Master. He is associated directly to the White House(as the VP, of course!).
      Obama forgave him or just ignores everything Biden says.
      Akin is NOT associated with the Romney/Ryan ticket … YET, the media is ardently trying to put them as close as a glove to the hand.
      If Akin wont give up then thats his choice. We should ignore the media as they ignore Biden!
      But we should encourage Sarah Steelman to run as an Independent.
      I understand Palin endorsed Steelman & all Republicans wished they had listened to her!

      • SignPainterGuy 11:16 AM on 08/22/2012 Permalink | Reply

        Ednar, FWIW, I read in the last couple days that some people DID take Sarah`s endorsement as a sign of the better candidate as opposed to Huckabee`s endorsement of Akin. Too few obviously, but some did.

  • just a conservative girl 5:30 PM on 08/20/2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Akin Must Step Aside – Now 

    I feel for the man.  I do.  He is in a difficult position.  He worked hard during the primary to get the nomination.  It was a three-way race and it didn’t come easy for him.

    But the truth is this.  He can’t fix it.  He can’t walk it back.  Especially since earlier this afternoon he admitted that he was wrong on “the science” that a woman can stave off pregnancy during a rape.

    His comments were not only wrong from a medical point of view, they were wrong from an ethical point of view.  Every pro-life politician should be better prepared for the “what about cases of rape and incest” question.  You know they are coming.  It is no different for anti death penalty candidates getting the what if your wife/daughter was raped and murdered question.  They are designed to make the politician look silly when they can’t adequately answer the question.  Politics is a rough and tumble business.  The media loves tripping you up and takes particular pride when you are a conservative republican.

    Clare McCaskill is the worst possible choice to win that seat.  Akin continuing in this race is will all but guarantee that not only she gets re-elected, it also says that Harry Reid will more than likely stay Majority Leader.

    I will go further and say he doesn’t deserve to win this seat after these comments.  They were irresponsible, false, and more importantly demeaning to women.  I have seen the data and the numbers that are complied about pregnancies that occur due to rape and incest.  They are very small in comparison to the amount of pregnancies in this country each year, less than 1%.

    But let me tell you, if you are the woman who ends up being in that 1% you don’t care that it is rare.  That is an academic discussion at that point.  If you don’t believe me, just ask yourself if you developed a very rare form of cancer, would that make you feel any better that it was rare?  Would you say ‘lucky me”?  I don’t think that you would.

    When I was still living in Connecticut I used to volunteer at a rape crisis center.  I used to talk to woman of all different ages.  Most of whom were raped within the past few hours.  They were trying to decide if they should call the police, or go to the hospital.  Many of the women I talked to wanted to know if they went to the hospital would the police be called.  Which of course they would be.  Some elected not to go to the hospital for that reason.  They common thread among these women was shame.  There was no such thing as legitimate or illegitimate rape.

    It is very possible that what he meant by that part of the comment was the fact that rape is the most over-reported crime according to stats.  Sadly, some women use the accusation as a hammer.  There are some LaCrosse players who are well aware of that.  That is true.  There have been men who were sent to jail and years later the accuser recants.  One such story was a woman who said she thought she was pregnant and didn’t want to tell her parents.  Horrible, absolutely horrible.  I personally felt that woman should have been prosecuted for what she did to that man’s life.

    None of that makes what Akin said OK.  I don’t care that Whoopi Goldberg once said “It wasn’t rape, rape”.  I don’t care that Hollywood lionizes Polanski.  Again, none of that matters.  What matters is, is this man competent to serve as a U.S. Senator?  I think the answer is quite obviously no.

    He has until 5pm tomorrow afternoon to have his name removed from the ballot and still give another person a decent chance to compete for that seat.  For the good of the party he should do it.  But he also should do it because it is the right thing to do.

    I, for one, am very proud that republicans have not tried to justify his actions or his words.  At least not in large measure.  There are a few.  But generally speaking most seem to feel the same way I do.  Akin must step aside, and he should be doing it tonight.

     
    • Teresa Rice 5:46 PM on 08/20/2012 Permalink | Reply

      I have mixed feelings on this one. I don’t think one mistake, even a big one, makes him unfit to be a U.S. Senator. But I do see the wisdom in having him step aside so someone else is able to take his place because what he said was horrible and/or horribly worded.

      • just a conservative girl 6:06 PM on 08/20/2012 Permalink | Reply

        He said something very similar to this in the past. When he still in the state legislator he was voting on a bill about violence against women and spousal abuse. He said that many women lie about to harm their husbands. He may very well be a nice man. He may very well be respectful of women, but his comments don’t make you feel all warm and fuzzy that is the case.

        He has got to go.

        • Teresa Rice 6:17 PM on 08/20/2012 Permalink | Reply

          Well, since he’s used this type of rhetoric more than once I wholeheartedly agree that he must go.

          • just a conservative girl 6:56 PM on 08/20/2012 Permalink | Reply

            How are you by the way? I hope all is well and things are going ok for you emotionally.

            • Teresa Rice 9:06 PM on 08/20/2012 Permalink | Reply

              Thank you for asking. I really appreciate it. I’m okay. Last week was emotional because Kevin and I went to see my doctor. Doing better this week.

              How have you been?

              • just a conservative girl 9:26 PM on 08/20/2012 Permalink | Reply

                Tired, but good. I was home alone for six weeks straight. So I am glad that is over. So r the little ones. They were getting really sick of just me. LOL

    • SignPainterGuy 6:40 PM on 08/20/2012 Permalink | Reply

      I don`t want to address the issue of whether or not Akin should step aside, but on the issue of women falsely accusing men of rape and other abuse, both of you, I and I`ll bet all of the rest of your readers can remember MANY cases of women admitting, years after the fact and after their “abusers” have served time in prison, that they LIED for one reason or another. It happens. It would be great if there were a fool-proof test to determine truth in these cases, but admit it, the justice system listens to women when they charge someone with abuse or rape. However poorly, Akin made a valid point !

      • just a conservative girl 6:54 PM on 08/20/2012 Permalink | Reply

        No one denies that Guy. But we are not even sure that is what he meant. We are assuming it is. But how many of them accuse them simply because they find themselves pregnant? I don’t know if we could find a reliable number on that. Many false claims of rape are done for money or revenge. I would venture to say that the number done because of pregnancy are not very large.

        All of that is besides the point, it wasn’t even relevant to the question he was asked.

    • Don 10:10 PM on 08/21/2012 Permalink | Reply

      The bottom line is this – we need every Senate seat we can get to repeal Obamacare. Especially now that it is a “tax,” it is very, very imperative that we get 51 Republicans in the Senate. That means that a simple majority is all that is needed to repeal it.

      With all that said, Akin puts our hopes of a Senate majority in jeopardy by staying in the race. He damn well better win this or not only is his political career over, but also possibly our chances of repealing Obamacare as well.

  • just a conservative girl 3:14 PM on 08/19/2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Quote of the Day – The Clare McCaskill Re-election Bid Just Got Easier Edition – Updated 

    “First of all, from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare.  It it’s a legtimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

    Todd Akin, GOP Senate Candidate, Missouri

    What a jackass.  While he is correct that pregnancy from rape is rare, about .008%, it isn’t because “your body shuts down”.  Many women in this country use birth control on a regular basis.  

    There were three people running for the GOP nomination and this was the best of the lot?  One of the other two had to better than this lunatic.  

    Senator McCaskill must be doing cartwheels tonight.  Her re-election bid just got a whole lot easier.

    Mr Akin has released the following statement:

    “As a member of Congress, I believe that working to protect the most vulnerable in our society is one of my most important responsibilities, and that includes protecting both the unborn and victims of sexual assault. In reviewing my off-the-cuff remarks, it’s clear that I misspoke in this interview and it does not reflect the deep empathy I hold for the thousands of women who are raped and abused every year. Those who perpetrate these crimes are the lowest of the low in our society and their victims will have no stronger advocate in the Senate to help ensure they have the justice they deserve.

    “I recognize that abortion, and particularly in the case of rape, is a very emotionally charged issue. But I believe deeply in the protection of all life and I do not believe that harming another innocent victim is the right course of action. I also recognize that there are those who, like my opponent, support abortion and I understand I may not have their support in this election.

    “But I also believe that this election is about a wide-range of very important issues, starting with the economy and the type of country we will be leaving our children and grandchildren. We’ve had 42 straight months of unacceptably high unemployment, trillion dollar deficits, and Democratic leaders in Washington who are focused on growing government, instead of jobs. That is my primary focus in this campaign and while there are those who want to distract from that, knowing they cannot defend the Democrats’ failed economic record of the last four years, that will continue to be my focus in the months ahead.”

    Will this be enough?  Time will tell.  This race could very well decide the fate of who holds the senate in 13.  It would be a real shame if such a bone headed remark is the reason why Senator Reid stays speaker.

    Rape is a very serious issue in our country.  While there is no denying that women have lied about it.  A case in the news a while back about a woman who came forward to say that she made up her rape because she thought she was pregnant resulted in the release of an innocent man being released from prison.  Rape is the most often wrongly reported crime, but it is also the most unreported crime.  It is a very emotional issue.  If you are going to talk about this issue, the least you can do is think before you open your mouth.

     
    • Don 10:01 PM on 08/21/2012 Permalink | Reply

      It is too late now, but he should have stepped down. He would still be in the House of Reps, and in a few years could take another run at the Senate.

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