Monday, August 20, 2012

Everyone knows that legitimate rape can't cause pregnancy...don't they?

Todd Akin before he resigns
Representative Todd Akin's assertion that legitimate rape can't cause pregnancy must have been recollected from his own experience.  He tells us that his Doctor told him that it would not cause pregnancy, so I'm thinking he must be referring to a personal experience of not becoming pregnant after his doctor entered him from behind. Don't fret, it was just a proctological exam.

Sorry for that.  The subject of rape is not laughable and I am not directing my dry humor at that horrible violent act.

But Todd Akin is not the only Republican to have such false and damaging ideas.  Bryan Fischer, director of issue analysis for the American Family Association defended Akin, citing that John Willke, MD also suggested that there is some biological way that a woman's body can defend against "legitimate" (read forcible in Republican circles) rape.

And when it comes to legislation opposing women's rights, do you know who Todd Akin's partner in crime is?  Why Paul Ryan, of course.

Paul Ryan after he loses the election
Although he spoke out against it today, Paul Ryan is a champion of voting against issues concerning women's rights.  He even helped define varying degrees of rape in Republican legislation co-sponsored with Todd Akin.  These gradations of rape were considered important to Ryan and Akin in order to determine when the right kind of rape was committed so that their legislation could specify when to allow an abortion.  According to them, all rape is not the same and by their legislation a woman will not be allowed to get an abortion in all cases of rape.

Republicans know that Todd Akin's statements are damaging to their Party and a number of them have asked Todd Akin to withdraw from the Senate race in his home state of Missouri.  Mitt Romney also believes the statements may have an impact on his own chances in Missouri and has suggested that Akin resign.  Karl Rove's Super PAC has already pulled funding from the Missouri Senate race and other Republican campaign funders have threatened to do the same.

But Todd Akin so far has remained steadfast, stating that his Missouri supporters would want him to continue on, but unless he has a lot of cash on hand to pay for his campaign expenses, it only seems a matter of time before he caves.

Although the Republicans would like you to believe that the actions of Todd Akin are those of a lone loon speaking out of turn, you can believe that Akin's views are very much a common belief of Republican politicians.  And it even pervades the Romney ticket.
Two wild and crazy guys


Saturday, August 04, 2012

The guy that called Rush Limbaugh about Obama's bad grades at Harvard...let me tell you what he told me about Romney's taxes

As luck would have it, the same person who called Rush Limbaugh to divulge damaging information about President Obama's poor performance at Harvard also called me to report on the fiasco that is Mitt Romney's taxes.  To give this person a name while protecting his identity, let's call him "Deep Throat".  (Please don't take that out of context...although Jenna Jamieson does support Mitt for President, it was not her.)

Briefly the explanation told to me supports the claim made by Senator Reid that Romney paid no taxes for a decade.

"He (Mitt) used every tax loophole in the book and stretched so-called "business" expenses for personal property like his houses, his horses, his boats and his castle moats.  He found new interpretations of the  legalese surrounding tax law.", reported Deep Throat. 

When I asked if there was anything specific he could tell us, Deep Throat gave a litany of tax avoidance schemes for many of the ten years in question.  Here it is as it was explained to me.

Year 2000:
Romney used the millennium bug threat as a business expense to reduce his tax burden by $1,000,000. He used his house (really his castle) in Utah as a business expense, deducting $54,000 from his tax burden while he lived there during the Olympics.  He also claimed his 1999 income tax payment as a bad investment.

Year 2001 through 2007:
Romney had his accountants place all of his capital gains into offshore accounts prior to paying taxes on them.  Romney explained that it was not a violation of Federal law because he firmly believed that America was literally a land of untold wealth.  Trips to Switzerland were written off as business trips since he had sheltered money there.

Year 2008:
Mitt claimed his failed 2008 political career as a business deduction since he had invested $15,000,000 of his own money into it.  He claimed the campaign was intended to benefit Corporate America so he felt justified in claiming it as a business expense.  Pleasure trips to Grand Cayman were written off as  business expenses since he had off-shore account money there.  

Year 2009:
Mitt claimed his wife's hobby horse as a $74,000 business expense.  The offshore accounts were still actively being invested into and yes he still took deductions for (business) trips to visit his money.

I asked Deep Throat what happened in 2010 that caused Mitt to actually pay income tax that year?

And I quote, "Well, in 2010 Romney was planning to run for President.  He figured he could repeat the ploy he used when running for Governor of Massachusetts to avoid making his taxes public, but he knew he would have to show something to the public to get by.  It was a calculated risk that may have back-fired."

I asked if Mitt Romney had any feelings of guilt since not paying his fair share of taxes placed more of a  burden on the rest of America.

"Perhaps." said Deep Throat.  "But I think it was more likely because he was afraid he'd get caught.  It may explain the note he filed with his 2010 tax returns  though."

What note? I asked.

The note he attached to his return said "I am enclosing 13% because I am having a hard time sleeping lately.  If I find I can still not sleep after this, I will send you the balance of what I really owe."

Well how about that!

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