August 23, 2012 |
Like any sentient person, I was appalled by Missouri Republican Congressman Todd Akin's comments about "legitimate rape. " I was shocked by the Limbaugh-ian proportions of his ignorance about the female reproductive system ("in cases of legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down") and remain flabbergasted that he hasn't caved in to party pressure to quit his Senate campaign. But unlike the many people proclaiming their outrage on Facebook and Twitter, I'm actually grateful to Akin.
August 22, 2012 |
RALEIGH, N.C. - Rep. Paul D. Ryan shrugged off differences with Mitt Romney on abortion policy Wednesday, saying Romney's views, while more moderate than his, were "a good step in the right direction. " Ryan, the presumptive Republican vice presidential candidate under Romney, has taken a sharply conservative view on abortion in the past, saying he opposes it in all circumstances except to save the life of the mother - a position that would outlaw abortion even in cases of rape or incest.
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February 21, 2012 |
There was no shortage of candidates to serve as traffic and planning commissioners in Garden Grove last March. More than 40 residents with university degrees and backgrounds in real estate, construction and traffic engineering applied for the 12 positions. Despite the number of volunteers and a city policy designed to limit nepotism, two people with family ties to the council — the son of the mayor and the husband of a councilwoman — were given seats. In May, Mayor William Dalton and the four council members arbitrarily named a planning commissioner to fill a vacant council seat, appearing to go against a voter-mandated advisory policy on how vacancies are to be filled.
December 27, 2011 |
Rick Perry, in the midst of a furious late-stage effort to finish strongly in next week's GOP Iowa caucuses, said at a town-hall-style campaign event here that his views on abortion has shifted and that he now believes the procedure is unacceptable in all circumstances. Assuredly, the Texas governor has never been a moderate on the issue. But until recently, he had said an abortion might be justifiable in cases of rape or incest or if the mother's life was in danger. Tuesday, in the last leg of a four-stop bus trip across southwestern Iowa, Perry was asked a question by a local pastor about his abortion views, noting that the candidate had recently signed a pledge to oppose abortion in every situation and asking whether he had changed his mind.
March 22, 2009 |
Long before Josef Fritzl and the horrendous crimes in his dungeon, Austria was maligned for its Nazi past, its right-wing politics and another high-profile abduction case. Now that Fritzl has been sentenced to life in a psychiatric ward, the nation, wounded by another dark episode, is eager to move on. "We are glad it ended so quickly," Chancellor Werner Faymann said Friday of Fritzl's four-day trial. But to those who portrayed Fritzl as the monstrous product of a country blemished by its complicity with the Nazis, Faymann had a stern message.
March 17, 2009 |
A man accused of locking his daughter in a basement for 24 years and fathering her seven children pleaded guilty to incest but not guilty to negligent homicide and enslavement as his trial opened. Josef Fritzl, 73, hid his face behind a blue file folder as a judge began the proceedings under heavy security in St. Poelten, 40 miles west of Vienna. A verdict is possible as early as Thursday.