by Jen Graves
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."
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.
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.