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Monday, August 20, 2012

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Posted by on Mon, Aug 20, 2012 at 6:01 AM

If Rape Makes You Pregnant, Ladies, It Wasn't Rape: Representative Todd Akin, the Republican Senate nominee from Missouri, is another Tea Party treasure. Because, obviously, "If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."

Tony Scott Jumped From a Bridge in LA to His Death: He was the director of Top Gun, True Romance, and most recently Unstoppable, the brother of Ridley Scott, and he was 68 years old. He "scaled an 8- to 10-foot fence and jumped off without any hesitation."

Gu Kailai Will Not Get Death, the Treatment of Less Well-Connected Criminals in China: From her own writings as a lawyer/author, what happens in China is that "if you clearly kill somebody, they'll arrest you, try you and shoot you." It's hard to be disappointed that a person won't be killed, but maybe less so for the friends and families of the other 4,000 people executed every year in China.

Slog Is Rooting for You, Diana!: Diana Nyad is full speed ahead after surviving a night of repeated stings to her neck, lips, hand, and forehead by dangerous jellyfish on her marathon swim from Havana to Florida. This is her third try through the Straits of Florida, and she would be the first person ever to do it without a shark cage. She began Saturday and is scheduled to arrive Tuesday afternoon. Wednesday, she'll turn 63.

Where Are They Now, Tobacco Lawyers Edition: They're going after food manufacturers like General Mills, Heinz, and PepsiCo.

Disney Sees Money in the Prospect of Educating Your Children: So does Murdoch's News Corporation, NBC, and the owners of the TV channel TLC.

Overextended: Behind how Fareed's plagiarism is different from Jonah's. Whatever you're doing, stop doing so many things at once.

The New Burma: Media censorship officially abolished.

NASA's Curiosity Rover Has Zapped a Rock: The zapping vaporized the rock. This rover will be vaporizing left and right, FYI.

"People either go all out or they don't act spiteful at all": Science says you're either pretty spiteful or pretty spiteless. Which are you?

Please Meet a Man Who Loves a Duck: Have you considered the charms of ducks recently? Jim Higgins spends his life carving duck decoys. If you are in the neighborhood this summer, you should probably visit the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art in Salisbury, Md.

Scott McKenzie, the singer of this song, has passed on. But his voice is still right here.


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the heathen 1
Wait, the Mars rover is a Dalik? Who thought that was a good idea?
Posted by the heathen on August 20, 2012 at 6:58 AM · Report this
For fair and balanced coverage:…
Posted by DisorganizedReligion on August 20, 2012 at 7:38 AM · Report this
dnt trust me 3
Thanks for mentioning "True Romance". May be the only Tony Scott movie I've seen. Another classic Christopher Walken role.
Posted by dnt trust me on August 20, 2012 at 7:41 AM · Report this
Diana actually had squalls with winds up to 14 knots last night, no mention of jellyfish on the second night. Just check her blog, not NBC News webpage. Glad you are cheering her on, I am too! Also, there is a map showing her progress so far.

I hope she makes it!

Posted by Erstegeiger on August 20, 2012 at 7:49 AM · Report this
Allyn 5
Legitimate Rape: I had been taught that in sunday school as a teen (a while ago, but not that long ago).

I'm sad to hear that people still think that way.

Posted by Allyn on August 20, 2012 at 7:55 AM · Report this
Fnarf 6
Fact time: there are ~32,000 pregnancies from rapes in the US every year.

Die, GOP, die.
Posted by Fnarf on August 20, 2012 at 7:56 AM · Report this
Posted by Fnarf on August 20, 2012 at 7:56 AM · Report this
Wow, Fnarf. Thanks for the link. Fighting ignorance with facts feels like a losing battle a lot of the time, but I'm hopeful that, glacially, we'll move in the right direction. It's all I have.
Posted by katallred on August 20, 2012 at 8:16 AM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 9
If you happen to be one of those people who forgot who Scott McKenzie was, like me, there's no way you cannot remember after the first two seconds in the video. Thanks Jen!
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on August 20, 2012 at 8:47 AM · Report this
lark 10
RIP, Scott McKenzie. I have the single on 45 rpm. I believe the actress McKenzie Phillips was named after him. Papa John Phillips, her father and McKenzie were friends and members of the Jouneymen a folk group of the 50s & early 60s.
Posted by lark on August 20, 2012 at 9:11 AM · Report this
Gay Dude for Romney 11
Mitt Romney: Todd Akin rape comments are insulting and inexcusable.
Posted by Gay Dude for Romney on August 20, 2012 at 9:15 AM · Report this
Fifty-Two-Eighty 12
Gee, that's funny, @11 — Paul Ryan didn't have any problem with them.
Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty on August 20, 2012 at 9:23 AM · Report this
#9, 10

I respect the Sixties people, but I don't feel sorry since a lot of them had better lives and more fun than most of us ever will.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on August 20, 2012 at 9:25 AM · Report this
And then Romney chooses Ryan for his vice-president candidate.

After Ryan had co-sponsored the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act" bill.

And the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act" bill included the concept of "forcible rape".

So it seems that Romney does NOT have a problem with the belief or with laws based upon that belief.
Or with choosing a vice-president candidate who has those same beliefs.
Posted by fairly.unbalanced on August 20, 2012 at 9:41 AM · Report this
Don Siegelman is about to be jailed again thanks to Karl Rove and his gang.

Please sign the petition below:…

Posted by sgt_doom on August 20, 2012 at 10:42 AM · Report this
Breaking news:

South Africa has announced it will establish a commission to study the police massacre of protesting workers recently.

They are undecided as to what to name their commission, but they are considering the following:

9/11 Commission

Rockefeller Commission

Peterson Commission

Warren Commission

Posted by sgt_doom on August 20, 2012 at 10:54 AM · Report this
keshmeshi 17
Perhaps Romney finally learned from his comments on Sandra Fluke, i.e. that it's okay to defame her, it's okay to lie and claim that she became sexually active when she was 12 years old, it's okay to lie and claim that she can hardly walk from all the sex she's having, but not to use the specific word "slut".
Posted by keshmeshi on August 20, 2012 at 10:55 AM · Report this
Warren 18
Ladies, these dudes live in your guttyworks:…
Posted by Warren on August 20, 2012 at 11:02 AM · Report this
@10: Actually, John Phillips wrote the song.

Posted by bigyaz on August 20, 2012 at 12:17 PM · Report this
monkey 20
Not one mention of The Hunger anywhere regarding Tony Scott. It was his first big budget film and it was the coolest vampire flick EVER!

ps, Days of Thunder should really have just been called Top Gun: NASCAR (I hated Tom Cruise back then, too).
Posted by monkey on August 20, 2012 at 12:18 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 21
@20 good catch.
Posted by Will in Seattle on August 20, 2012 at 12:35 PM · Report this
venomlash 22
I'm pretty damn spiteful.
Posted by venomlash on August 20, 2012 at 3:43 PM · Report this

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