Legitimate Rape?

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Aug 212012
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Rep. Todd Akin (R-DB)

So there’s tons of furor over Rep. Todd Akin’s (R-DB)(Doucebag) comments about how, in the case of a “legitimate” rape, a woman can’t get pregnant. There’s plenty there to be furious over, but he’s vowed to stay in. And he’s still leading his opponent. That’s because lots of people (even some of the ones who have distanced themselves from Akin) actually believe some of the bullshit he’s let slip out.

Now Akin’s started out claiming he misspoke. Today he went on Mike Huckabee’s radio show again, and now he’s saying he just put, “misspoke one word in one place on one day.” He referred to the reaction of Republicans as an overreaction to him getting one word in the wrong place.

So let’s dissect what he said. First off, he pulled a classic Republican tactic. He tried to support his claims by trying to give it a scientific imprimatur. He claimed he heard his craziness from “some Doctors I’ve talked to.” Of course, when he was called out on it, he refused to say which doctors he talked with. Make no mistake, he knew what he was saying. He’d planned this at least his own mind, because he had given it enough thought to add-on this attempt to support his position with “science.”

As bad as that part of the statement may be, it really comes as no surprise. The Republicans have, for years, used this tactic to support their off-the-wall theories and positions. If the science doesn’t support their position, they either buy a study, or just make it up…use that old saw of saying, “some scientist,” “some doctors,” “some experts in that field.” The sad thing is, lots of people buy that crap, and they know it.

The worst part of his statement was use of the phrase, “legitimate rape.” The keyword there is “legitimate.” These are code words for the Tea Bagger Party and religious wingnuts of the party. Akin knows this too, and he was throwing them some red meat. The idea here is that most women aren’t really raped. They really, secretly want it, but turn on the man later if they feel bad about it afterwards. This is part of the male superiority that Republicans expect, and it fits with the subservient position of women so often found in the various religious texts.

Republicans decry “Sharia Law,” but make no mistake, there are parts of it they like, and the parts that make women subservient to men, they are all over, and doing their best to put that into American law…hence their strong efforts to outlaw abortion, even in cases of rape and incest. That’s in the party platform as they prepare for their hate fest here in Tampa next week. Akin slipped up and spilled the beans, but when you go to vote, you need to understand that Republicans believe that a woman should be required in incubate and deliver the baby of her rapist…you know, because it obviously wasn’t a “legitimate” rape after all. She was really wanting it.

Rev. Mike Huckabee, in defense of Akin and the rest of the Republicans, says we should definitely allow for rape babies. Some of them might turn out to be good Christians. Here’s the transcript of what he had to say about the topic:

“Ethel Waters, for example, was the result of a forcible rape,” Huckabee said of the late American gospel singer. One-time presidential candidate Huckabee added: “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.”

Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) designated hate group, The Family Research Council (FRC), is giving Akin it’s full-throated support:

“This is an effort to try to direct attention away from … Claire McCaskill, who has been supportive of Planned Parenthood — an organization that’s been under investigation for criminal activity,” FRC President Tony Perkins said in between meetings of the RNC platform committee.

Perkins is also claiming authorship of the Republican Party platform plank that doesn’t offer any exceptions. And just so we’re clear about where Tony Perkin’s sympathies lay, four years ago, Perkins addressed the Louisiana chapter of the Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC), America’s premier white supremacist organization, the successor to the White Citizens Councils, which battled integration in the South. In 1996 Perkins paid former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke $82,500 for his mailing list.

See, it’s because they don’t really believe in rape. They believe they have the right to screw anyone/anything they want. Brian Fischer (of another SPLC designated hate group, the American Family Association) claims that Akin has been raped himself by the media and other politicians. After all, he was just telling the truth (obviously).

Durham DA-May Have Announced Resignation

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Jun 152007

I only caught the tail end of the report, but it appears, based on what I was hearing on WRAL that, in a statement in his State Bar hearing, Durham DA Mike Nifong announced that he was going to step down as DA. According to the WRAL reporter, he was “nearly in tears.”

Boo f’ing Hoo. I am certain his motivation is totally disingenuous. As late as last week, he was saying he wasn’t going to step down. I’m guessing he did this right before his cross-examination to throw that off. If the cross-examining gets too tough, he’ll now be seen as a sympathetic figure. He’s sitting there on the live feed admitting to things he said, and saying he knows they were inappropriate…so why did he say them? He never answers that.

They just went over his calendar, and he had about eight appointments over two days with news outlets, “about the case.” Also, they entered a statement he had made about how the news media had never heard of him before this case came around. As always expected, this was all based on that political campaign. I think right now, he’s about to hang himself talking about the conventional political wisdom about how to win an election.

I believe he made this statement for the sole purpose of getting everyone to be sympathetic to him, and give him a slap on the wrist. He ruined the lives of three people for his own political ends…so he needs to have his law license permanently revoked.

However, my guess is they will now suspend his law license for about a year, and that’ll be it.

Feb 012007

A 21-year-old woman told police Saturday that a man grabbed her off Howard Avenue and raped her behind a building during the Gasparilla festivities. But officers investigating the case arrested her after learning she had an outstanding warrant from her teenage years for failure to pay restitution. Story on TBO.com

The situation surrounding the arrest of the female reporting the sexual assault raises a number of issues. Certainly I can understand the outrage of some, but let’s not overlook the complete situation.

There is always this assumption that the “victim” has to be telling the truth. Some recent high profile cases are showing otherwise, and we need to remember that this is, at this point, an alleged crime. I know that’s not a popular position to take, but it is true.  In addition, this “victim” left known victims in her wake, having been given due process, found guilty, and ordered to pay restitution. She apparently did not think it was important to own up to her own crimes. She’s had four years to make restitution, and decided to ignore the authority of the court.

This certainly does not excuse any sexually related crime if it did occur, but this young lady had a long standing obligation to the victims of her crime, which she may have just shrugged off. And now her mother is walking around all incensed by this. “You’ve got to make sure you throw somebody in jail on a four-year-old felony warrant after they’ve been brutally raped?” the mother said. “It was a failure to take the actual dynamics into play.”

So now there’s a new policy in effect that says you can’t arrest someone on outstanding warrants if they’re reporting being a victim of a sex crime.

I know it was a tough call for the officers, but I believe they acted appropriately, and I don’t think it should have a chilling effect on people reporting sex crimes. Perhaps people might consider fulfilling their own obligations after realizing the length of the memory of our court system. If one has a debt to society, and its been paid, one won’t have this situation to worry about.