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Facepalm Republican Tom Smith Assumes Women Are Talking About Shoes

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Republican Tom Smith compares rape to a child out of wedlock. Read More »
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Ladies Be Talkin' About Shoes

Well I’ll be a monkey’s uncle! Tom Smith, the Senate candidate from Pennsylvania who last week compared pregnancy from rape to having a baby out of wedlock, has verbal diarrhea again. Last week, Smith introduced vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan at a campaign event in PA and was filmed working the crowd. As you can see in this video of his greatest sexist hits (it’s the second item), Smith walked up to Carrie Bradshaw and Samantha Jones two women and asks them, “What are we talking about here? Two girls together talking!” One of the women answers, “We’re talking about the power of petite women.” And then Smith replies, “My guess would have been you were talking about shoes.” You know ladies: always talking about shoes! I guess we should be grateful he didn’t say “nail polish,” though, right? [Huffington Post]

Clint Eastwood Talks To Empty Chair In Bizarro Speech At The Republican National Convention

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I ask this not as a liberal, not as a woman, not as a person who thought “Gran Torino” was a piece of shit; I ask this as just a human being who, yeah, hasn’t had much sleep in the last few days — what the hell was that? Clint Eastwood’s speech at the Republican National Convention, I mean. Because, politics aside, 10+ minutes of Dirty Harry talking to an empty chair is straight up strange, right? Who approved this? I assume there was no dress rehearsal? I realize he’s an Academy Award winner, but maybe Mitt Romney’s big night is not the time for Clint Eastwood to practice ad libbing. Seriously, conservatives who walk among us, was that as awkward for you as it was for me, or did my bleeding heart just not get it?

Everything Barack Obama Said During Yesterday’s Reddit AMA

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Ever heard of Reddit? If not, it just probably means you have a life beyond the Internet. But if you work on the Internet (like us!), or have no other hobbies besides the Internet, you’re probably on Reddit at least a couple of times a week. Reddit is a social news website where users submit stories, jokes, photos and news. On any given day, thousands of users are on Reddit, talking about politics, atheism (a surprisingly big category) and technology. They’re also sharing a ton of cat and dog videos and pictures, and telling cute stories about their kids. Reddit’s audience is largely young white males, particularly nerds. But love it or hate it, Reddit is an increasingly influential presence on the Internet — and in a sense, as Reddit goes, so goes the world (of the Internet).

As proof of how influential it is, yesterday President Barack Obama spent an hour or so on Reddit for an AMA session. AMA stands for “ask me anything,” and Reddit users did — querying the president on everything from student loan debt and campaign finance reform to his favorite basketball player and the recipe for the White House beer. The Reddit servers were so overwhelmed with interest that at one point the site all but crashed. It was a rare example of direct democracy, with the president interacting directly with his constituents (a friend of mine in the campaign office confirms that it was actually the president, and not some of his underlings on the line). To simplify your reading of the president’s responses, we’ve singled out the questions and answers the president gave (grammatical errors and all!). Check ‘em out after the jump! Keep reading »

Paul Ryan’s RNC Speech Flunks Fact Check

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Paul Ryan’s speech last night may have been rousing, but accurate it was not. Ryan is being lambasted today for what Sally Kohn of Fox News calls “an apparent attempt to set the world record for the greatest number of blatant lies and misrepresentations slipped into a single political speech.” Here’s what the critics are saying:

  • Ryan said Obama broke a promise by not saving a GM plant in Janesville, Wis. But PolitiFact could find no evidence that Obama explicitly made such a promise and, more importantly, the plant closed before Obama was even sworn in.
  • Ryan chastised Obama for creating a bipartisan debt commission and doing nothing with its findings. But as Talking Points Memo points out, Ryan was on that commission—and voted against it, as did the panel’s other Republicans. Read more…

 

Last Night At The RNC: Mike Huckabee Invokes Bono And Implies President Obama Supports Infanticide!

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Racism At The RNC
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Bono, Huckabee's Favorite Irishman?

I’m pretty far left, so full disclosure, the views expressed at the Republican National Convention are not my cup of tea. But I still watch the speeches and try to ignore the lump of depression that rises and settles in my throat every time the crowd cheers for something that stands in stark contrast to my own ideals. Anyway, with that out of the way, was anyone else kind of baffled by the speech Mike Huckabee gave last night? I expect a lot of things from Mike Huckabee — a fatherly demeanor, references to God, anti-choice extremism — but his invoking of Bono, “an Irishman” and lead singer of the band U2, was not one of them. Keep reading »

Conservative Group Enlists Crazy-Eyes Lady For “Abortion Survival” Video

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Seems like a sensible way to prevent abortions and protect life to me. Read More »
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The conservative women’s group Susan B. Anthony List has debuted this not-intentionally-funny anti-Obama advertisement, which will air in Missouri, about the president’s support of reproductive rights. Did you know Barack Obama strangles newly-born babies with this own hands?!  Keep reading »

Horrible Racism Of The Day: Black Camerawoman Mocked By RNC Attendees

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Well, this is awful. A black camerawoman working for CNN was pelted with nuts by two white RNC attendees and told “this is how we feed the animals” while covering the Republican National Convention on Tuesday. Two convention-goers were ejected following the incident, which was first reported by Talking Points Memo.

CNN issued a brief statement noting that “CNN can confirm there was an incident directed at an employee inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum earlier this afternoon. CNN worked with convention officials to address this matter and will have no further comment.” Later, convention officials released a follow up statement: “Two attendees tonight exhibited deplorable behavior. Their conduct was inexcusable and unacceptable. This kind of behavior will not be tolerated.” [TPM]

5 Things To Know About The First Night Of The Republican National Convention

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Mitt Romney called the morning after pill "abortive pills." Read More »
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Political theater like the Republican and Democratic National Conventions are a big swamp of blerrgghhh to me. My opinion is that it’s all just a dog-and-pony show and not really the best way to get to know a candidate, their viewpoints, or their cronies at all.

But yes, it’s still a big to-do. What happens is important in the sense that it gets a lot of press coverage. So in the interest of being a well-informed member of the populace, here are 5 things to know about what happened at last night’s Republican National Convention: Keep reading »

Republican Tom Smith Compares Rape To Sex Out Of Wedlock

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Huckabee On Rape
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Akin Wants Forgiveness
Lemme think ... nope! Not gonna get it! Read More »
  • Alright, Republicans, you can go home now. Tom Smith of Pennsylvania wins for the most absurdly offensive thing that could be said about rape and ladies who be havin’ promiscuous sex. The Tea Party-endorsed Smith, who is challenging Democratic Senator Bob Casey, actually compared rape to having a child out of wedlockin some misguided attempt to appear empathetic. He was asked by an Associated Press reporter, “How would you tell a daughter or a granddaughter who, God forbid, would be the victim of a rape, to keep the child against her own will? Do you have a way to explain that?” And the conversation went on as follows:

    Tom Smith: I lived something similar to that with my own family. She chose life, and I commend her for that. She knew my views. But, fortunately for me, I didn’t have to.. she chose they way I thought. No don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t rape.

    AP: Similar how?

    Smith: Uh, having a baby out of wedlock.

    AP:  That’s similar to rape?

    Smith: No, no, no, but … put yourself in a father’s situation, yes. It is similar. But, back to the original, I’m pro-life, period.

    So, basically, getting pregnant from consensual sex on our wedlock is as bad as rape ... for their fathers. Of course. Who will think of the dads when a woman is raped?! Not only is this gravely offensive to rape victims, but it’s the very definition of the word paternalism. [Think Progress]

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NH Sheriff Candidate Would Use “Deadly Force” To Stop Abortions (Because That Makes Sense)

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“I would make abortion illegal after 12 weeks.”

“Yeah? Well, I would make it illegal even in cases of rape and incest.”

“Well, I would use deadly force to stop a woman from having an abortion.”

Wait, what? Yes, this is a thing a dude actually said. Keep reading »

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