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Cross-posted from Mike

It's Monday -- time for a fresh week of flying monkey madness. First on the list is Missouri Representative Todd Akin (R/Misogynist) whose comments about rape victims have even the stiffest starched-shirt Conservatives running from him like cockroaches when the lights are turned on.

Akin, who is running against Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill for Senate, appeared Sunday on a St. Louis TV program to explain why he opposed abortion, even in cases of rape:  "...from what I understand from doctors, (pregnancy from rape) is really rare. If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down." Akin added: "But let's assume that maybe that didn't work or something. I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child."

Truthseekers, can somebody tell me what a "legitimate" rape is, exactly? One has to assume that an "illegitimate" rape is one in which the victim is just simply lying for her own evil female purposes. In Akin's world, which all-white-male-organization would be the judge of whether or not a rape was "legitimate?"

While Akin's comments have ostracized him from other White Male Republicans seeking election in November, he is hardly alone among conservatives in his medieval opinion that women are little more than walking uterus' who should have no rights or control over their own reproductive systems. Wananbe VEEP Paul Ryan is a member of this club, although you won't hear him talk about it much in the coming weeks. has the story:

"Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan say they disagree with Missouri Representative Todd Akin's opposition to abortions for rape victims, but Akin's reference Sunday to "legitimate rape" recalled the "forcible rape" language contained in a bill Ryan co-sponsored last year.

"Ryan joined Akin as one of 227 co-sponsors of a bill that narrowed an exemption to the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits federal funding for abortions. The Hyde Amendment allows federal dollars to be used for abortions in cases of rape and incest, but the proposed bill -- authored by New Jersey Representative Christopher H. Smith -- would have limited the incest exemption to minors and covered only victims of 'forcible rape.'

"House Republicans never defined what constituted 'forcible rape' and what did not, but critics of the bill suggested the term could exclude women who are drugged and raped, mentally handicapped women who are coerced, and victims of statutory rape."

"Forcible" rape. "Legitimate" rape. Ever notice how these men always want to add a qualifier to the verb? Somehow lessening the crime, or implying there may be no crime at all? You never hear them introduce legislation that would alter the legality of "legitimate" armed robbery or "forcible" murder. Violent crime is violent crime ... unless the victim is female, it seems. 

Their hypocrisy and anti-woman rhetoric is outrageous. Listen, boys, if you spent a few nights in prison, I bet you'd let that violent verb stand on its own.

Kathy never expected a career in radio as a talk show producer. Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Kathy was completing her nursing degree when in 2001 - in an emergency - she was asked to fill in as the producer of Mike's program. Within a few (more...)

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