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From Gawker:

Back in August, during a Springfield City Council public hearing on amending the city’s nondiscrimination ordinance to include sexual orientation and gender identity protections, Rev. Phil Snider of the Brentwood Christian Church lashed out at the council for “inviting the judgement of God upon our land” by making “special rights for gays and lesbians.”

He goes on to invoke the bible and morality and the end of days a few more times before suddenly appearing to lose his train of thought.

And then something pretty amazing happens.

You HAVE to watch until about the two-minute mark. Let me put this in picture form for you:

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I’m in a three-way primary for the US Senate. I’ve gone to people and asked for their support, their help, or their endorsement, and some people say yes. They write me a decent check. I remember that. The people that I thought were friends that tell me to go away because they are supporting someone else, I remember that. You know, I can remember back to 12 years ago. You remember who’s helping you. That’s one way that people get to know congressmen and senators.

Rep. Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin, answering a constituent’s question on the best way to get the congressman’s attention.

Seriously: http://thinkprogress.org/election/2012/09/24/902481/todd-akin-constituents-who-want-my-attention-should-write-me-a-decent-check

So… thanks for the honesty?

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First of all, 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… 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.

Missouri Rep. Todd Akin, on abortion and rape. He’s running against Sen. Claire McCaskill in Missouri.

There are no words that can adequately explain my rage and disgust at his claim and ignorance of basic biology. He’s since apologized, claiming he “misspoke.” Um, what the hell did you mean to say?!

According to TPM, Akin is currently leading Sen. McCaskill by a margin of 49.7 percent to 41.3 percent.

You know what to do, Missouri. Keep this assclown from holding legitimate office.

"Legitimate rape"… I just can’t with these Teapublicans tonight.

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Police Intervene, Arrest Ron Paul Backers at Missouri Caucus

And the circus rolls on:

Police and organizers shut down proceedings at one of Missouri’s largest caucuses today, as Ron Paul supporters feuded with local GOP leaders.

"It’s like the Hatfields and the McCoys around here," St. Charles County’s former GOP chairman told ABC News, after police arrived on-scene with a helicopter and removed Paul backers.

In St. Charles, an exurb of St. Louis and one of the state’s largest GOP counties, Paul supporters sought to elect their own chairman and adopt their own rules when proceedings opened — both of which are part of standard caucus rules and procedure. But as they argued with the caucus chair, Paul supporters held video cameras — against caucus rules, according to a GOP official who was there — and things became contentious.

"It turned into a little food fight within the caucus, between the caucus chairman trying to control the caucus and certain elements, I guess with Ron Paul, trying to be heard," said Tom Kipers, a former chairman of the St. Charles GOP, who attended the caucus at Francis Howell North High School.

An off-duty police officer, hired as security, eventually filed a trespassing complaint against the Paul supporters and notified on-duty police in the area municipality of St. Peters, who, along with police from other jurisdictions, arrested two Paul supporters and ended the caucuses early. A joint-jurisdictional police helicopter arrived on the scene. Kipers said about 10 officers arrived in total.

As amusing as this story is on the surface, the law-enforcement involvement is a disconcerting…

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Time to Put Tracking Devices on the Ankles of the Working Poor | Fired Up! Missouri

questionall:

I used to watch channel 4 news regularly because I thought they were an unbiased source.  I realized about a year ago that this assumption was untrue.  Some of the pieces they have done are not only bogus but contribute to the smoke and mirror antics of the far right republicans.  I’m not sure who owns the station, or who can fix this problem, but until it’s fixed, I’ll get my news somewhere else.

Wow… From the link above:

KMOV ran a story this week as part of their loaded “Is This Why We’re Broke?” series alleging “questionable spending” by TANF recipients because some happened to use their EBT (electronic benefit transfer) cardsin other states. KMOV “reporter” Chris Nagus doesn’t have any evidence the money was used in a “questionable” manner, but he doesn’t let that slow him down. 

The argument goes like this:

  1. Sometimes the working poor leave Missouri.
  2. Some of the places they go are in states that happen to border an ocean. 
  3. Cue the beach footage. 

At no point in the KMOV story does “reporter” Nagus say which cities or stores were the recipient of Missouri dollars. In fact, "reporter" Nagus posted his source material online here, and he doesn’t even have that information. But he does have Brian Hook of the conservative Missouri Watchdog organization to tell him it’s a “gold mine” for “people who say this just allows for government waste.”

Nagus and Hook just have numbers broken down by state, and manufacture their stories from there. Was the money spent at a Piggly Wiggly in Tallahassee? At a convenience store across from a hospital in Sacramento? They don’t know, and don’t seem to care.

Even if Nagus and Hook could look down their noses to receipts proving that some money was spent in places they’d like to visit, what would they propose? There are already limits on what can be purchased with EBT cards. Do they want tracking devices implanted on the working poor so their movements can be monitored from the KMOV studio? Should recipients of agriculture subsidies be subjected to the same scrutiny?

This whole piece of shit argument can be filed under “poor people can’t have nice things.” Here’s a hypothetical for you: What if they went for a job interview? Or went to visit a dying relative?

Here’s a great quote from the original story, headlined “Missouri welfare benefits being spent in Hawaii”:

Hook: The first thing that jumps to my mind is where did they get the money to get to Hawaii and Alaska.

So how about it doesn’t fucking matter where the money is spent because it’s none of your business?

Good catch, my friend. Folks, if you watch this “news” channel, I suggest you let the free market talk and get your news somewhere else. 

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This is a photo I took four blocks from my house in Joplin.
This is devastation on an unimaginable scale. It looks like a nuclear bomb went off in the middle of town. The footprint is six miles long and three-quarters of a mile wide.
I’m frazzled, depressed and running on fumes. I need ya—hell, there’s 50,000 people in Joplin that need you. It’s bad here. Really bad. There are hundreds dead and still hundreds missing. My house and family are okay, but I’ve lost some good friends.
If you could text JOPLIN to 80888, 10 dollars* will go to help the thousands of people now struggling to survive.
Sincerely,
Preston Lacy
* The 10-dollar charge will show up on your cell phone bill.
(Photo by Preston Lacy; Joplin, Missouri 2011)

If you’ve ever even giggled at his antics with Wee Man on Jackass or in the Jackass movies, thank him by helping him and others in Joplin out. I did.

This is a photo I took four blocks from my house in Joplin.

This is devastation on an unimaginable scale. It looks like a nuclear bomb went off in the middle of town. The footprint is six miles long and three-quarters of a mile wide.

I’m frazzled, depressed and running on fumes. I need ya—hell, there’s 50,000 people in Joplin that need you. It’s bad here. Really bad. There are hundreds dead and still hundreds missing. My house and family are okay, but I’ve lost some good friends.

If you could text JOPLIN to 80888, 10 dollars* will go to help the thousands of people now struggling to survive.

Sincerely,

Preston Lacy

* The 10-dollar charge will show up on your cell phone bill.

(Photo by Preston Lacy; Joplin, Missouri 2011)

If you’ve ever even giggled at his antics with Wee Man on Jackass or in the Jackass movies, thank him by helping him and others in Joplin out. I did.

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House GOP Not Sure About Helping Victims of Horrific Twister in Missouri

You read that correctly:

The scenes out of Joplin, Missouri, are just horrific. The death toll from the deadliest single U.S. twister in generations stands at least 116 people, and rescue workers continue a frantic search for survivors. President Obama will be in the area over the weekend, and obviously the area qualifies for federal disaster relief.

It’s hard to believe, but House Republicans aren’t sure if they’re prepared to spend the money to assist the victims and community.

Basically, Eric Cantor is dithering about giving emergency assistance without an accompanying spending cut to pay for it. The Washington Post pointed out today this puts Cantor to the right of Tom DeLay. Seriously. I’d say his lack of compassion puts him slightly to the right of Attila the Hun. Joplin is leveled, and he’s using it as an opportunity to be petulant about the budget? How about ending welfare to oil companies in the form of subsidies? That would free up some room.

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Rep. Todd Akin: The Pilgrims Came To America To Flee ‘Unbiblical’ Socialism In The 1620′s

Today, millions of Americans celebrate Thanksgiving with their families. To mark this holiday, Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) took to the floor of the House of Representatives on Tuesday to explain its history. At one point, he opined, “It might be helpful to think back and say there’s more to Thanksgiving than the Pilgrims.”:

AKIN: It might be helpful to think back and say, there’s more to Thanksgiving than the Pilgrims. They were a group of people who were willing to change the system, to think of different ideas. They came here and separated civil and church governments. They came here and created the model of a written constitution, the idea that the government should be the servant of the people. […] They came here with the idea that after trying socialism that it wasn’t going to work. They realized that it was unbiblical, that it was a form of theft, so they pitched socialism out. They learned that in the early 1620’s.

Seriously? This is ridiculously revisionist. He’s not even trying to make it sound like it could be true. Here’s why:

Of course, the Pilgrims did not come to America to flee socialism and embrace capitalism “in the early 1620′s.” Socialism as an idea didn’t really even come into popularization until the 18th century and socialist political parties did not start to gain power and influence policies until more than a century after that. And it is difficult to see how socialism is unbiblical, given that the concept did not exist at the time of the writing of the Bible.

/facepalm

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