Will one of my republican friends reading this post please explain "legitimate rape" to me?
"Rep. Todd Akin, the newly-christened GOP Senate nominee in Missouri, said this weekend that ?legitimate rape? rarely causes pregnancy.
Explaining his no-exceptions policy on abortions, Akin was asked why he opposes abortion even when the pregnancy is the result of rape." [Source]
I don't think that Todd Akin has explained to us what he meant by that statement as yet, but he might as well save his breath. If I were the head of the Missouri republican party I would be begging Mr. Akin to drop out of the race as soon as possible. But who knows? Maybe his strange take on the subject of rape will not affect his standing with the voters in the Show- Me state. It probably won't among republicans, but what of the other independent minded people who actually think for themselves? We will see.
In case you haven't been paying attention, there was yet another horrific act committed by an extremist group here in America over the past week. This one took place down in Bayou country.
"NEW ORLEANS (AP) ? At least some of the seven people arrested in a fatal shootout with Louisiana deputies have been linked to violent anarchists on the FBI's domestic terrorism watch lists, a sheriff said Saturday.
Detectives had been monitoring the group before Thursday's shootout in Laplace in which two deputies were killed and two more wounded, said DeSoto Parish Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle. His detectives and other law enforcement discovered the suspects were heavily armed adherents to an ideology known as the "sovereign citizens" movement.
The FBI has classified "sovereign citizens" as people who believe they are free from all duties of a U.S. citizen, like paying taxes. The FBI considers the group's members a danger for making threats to judges and law enforcement, using fake currency and impersonating police officers." [Source]
When the Department of Homeland Security issued a report in 2009 detailing concerns about growing right wing extremist movements in America, folks on the right --and their media arms like FOX NEWS-- were quick to jump to the defense of these nut cases, and they played down the report as just more partisanship from the Obama administration. Their outcry was loud and effective. So much so that Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano, was moved to apologize.
I really wish that she hadn't done that, because her department was right. These groups are on the rise, and they are becoming more violent and extreme with every passing day. Emboldened by like minded individuals on the Internet, conservative talk radio, and irresponsible and unhinged public figures; these types of groups have become uncomfortably close to the American main stream. They hate the government. (Sounds familiar?)They hate the fact that America is getting browner, and they hate that a man with a Muslin sounding name can lead the country that they grew up in.
"Sovereign citizens are a loosely organized movement founded in the 1970s and more fully developed in the 1980s, according to the Anti-Defamation League website. Sovereign citizens believe that all levels of government have no jurisdiction over them and resist ? sometimes with violence ? authority including police, the website said.
They also like to use what is dubbed "paper terrorism." It involves using frivolous lawsuits and fake documents and of using genuine documents such as IRS forms to intimidate, harass and coerce public officials, law enforcement officers and private citizens."
Hmmm, "frivolous" lawsuits. Again, does this sound familiar?
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