I don’t know about you, but I have such a hard time remembering which conservative politician said what ridiculously offensive thing about rape. They’re all old and white and most of them are in some state of partial baldness. They all look the same! And they all sound basically the same too, given that woman-hating bile spews from their open pie holes. Alas, they are all individual people, who hold or have held positions of power within government, and aspire to inflict their beliefs upon your life, so it behoves us to be able to keep them straight. Know thine enemies! Above, a quick overview of the most noteworthy five: Richard Mourdock (running for U.S. Senate in Indiana, current state treasurer), Iowa Congressman Steve King, Missouri Representative Todd Akin, Tom Smith (running for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania), and and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.
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 »
“[Gospel singer] Ethel Waters, for example, was the result of a forcible rape. I used to work for James Robison back in the 1970s, he leads a large Christian organization. He, himself, was the result of a forcible rape. And so I know it happens, and yet even from those horrible, horrible tragedies of rape, which are inexcusable and indefensible, life has come and sometimes, you know, those people are able to do extraordinary things.”
– Sit down, Mike Huckabee. No, really, sit down. First, I’m relieved that you are, apparently, not from the Rep. Todd Akin School of Thought which says “legitimate rape victims” spew pregnancy-preventing venom. That’s something, I suppose. And I’m not questioning the loveliness of the two people you used as examples of rape babies who grew up to be upstanding citizens. I am, however, questioning your insistence on turning lemons into lemonade when it comes to the subject of rape. No matter how sweet you try to make it sound, you might as well just make a list of awesome people the world wouldn’t have had without rape. Thanks, rapists, for giving us these extraordinary people! I mean, Ethel Waters! Imagine if her mother hadn’t been raped. Would have been a total bummer, right? Phew! Keep reading »
Happy Day Without A Gay! Jon Stewart made his feeling about gay rights and gay marriage known on last night’s “Daily Show,” where he tore guest Mike Huckabee a new one. Nicely, of course. Clip above! Keep reading »
How could anyone resist the mouth on Stephen Colbert or Jon Stewart or Conan Oâ€™Brien? Between the suits, the wit, the perfect hair, and the geek chic, sometimes we just want to watch the handsome hosts on mute in slow motion. And it looks like theyâ€™re in on our dirty little secret. In true form, theyâ€™ve managed to even outdo themselves! Like a pack of superheroes, the three combined forces last night on all of their programs. Thatâ€™s right 3 for the price of 1! The too-hot-to-handle trio have had a hilarious back and forth feud on-air over the past week. In Colbertâ€™s cocky form, he claimed he was responsible for Presidential hopeful Mike Huckabeeâ€™s success. Conan then countered claiming he created Colbert. Then, through a vintage tape of the Jon Stewart Show, which had the stud back in early 90â€™s duds, Colbert came on The Daily Show to argue that Jon was in fact the god who created them all. (Weâ€™d be happy to kneel at his alter!) But nothing seemed to settle it, and Conan was ready to wrestle.
Monday night, the argument culminated on Conan in one of the funniest fight scenes of all time. Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert snapped up to Conan like Jets from West Side Story, they knucked it up Three Stooges style, and then they danced. We still can get the picture of the three of them showing off their smooth moves on one screen out of our heads! Sigh, sweet dreams are made of late night talk show hosts. Keep reading »