‘Look over there, it’s the rape stork!’

If only we could actually get people (ahem, members of the media?) to snap out like this when right-wing fundie extremists start spouting crap we know isn’t true! But alas, this is only a parody:

During a live interview this morning with theSmithsonian Channel, the mild mannered science educator unloaded on U.S. Congressman Todd Akin, calling him “a f*cking idiot” for accusing Nye of personally provoking Hurricane Issac.


Last week Nye uploaded a video to Youtube urging parents not to teach their children creationism.


At a town hall campaign event yesterday, Akin used the video as an example of immoral behavior driving god to punish America through extreme weather.

Sure, that’s a lot easier than explaining how politicians sold out our future to oil lobbyists!

Although reporters reached out to Nye for a statement yesterday, his first discussion of the matter came this morning at Smithsonian’s Washington D.C. headquarters. The 56 year old star of the long-running “Bill Nye The Science Guy” was in the studio to promote his new documentary series focusing on the neuroscience of childhood development.


After briefly discussing his show, the Smithsonian anchors asked Nye about Akin’s recent accusation. The normally genial Nye wasted no time venting his rage about the comments:


“Look, these people, they’re f*cking retarded. Rape can’t cause pregnancy? Breast milk cures homosexuality? I caused a hurricane by challenging creationism? Who can possibly take these people seriously anymore?”


The slightly uncomfortable anchors then tried to change the subject, but Nye persisted:


“It used to be these Republicans didn’t believe in global warming or evolution. That was bad enough. Now they don’t even believe in egg + sperm = baby. Where does Todd Akin think babies come from? Does he think there are separate storks for people who were raped and people who weren’t? Hey look over there! It’s the rape stork. It drops its babies directly at the orphanage.”


“He’s a f*cking idiot. Just a plain f*cking idiot. I’m sorry – I don’t say that word very often – but it happens to fit in this case. He’s just a f*cking idiot.”

Then he challenged Akin to a debate. Go read the rest.

Romney’s hands-off style allowed meningitis pharmacy off the hook

From what I know of Big Pharma, I’m not really surprised. Companies are frequently given a mild slap on the hand and get off with a promise to report themselves for breaking any more regulations. And knowing Mitt Romney’s worship of the marketplace, of course he doesn’t want to regulate businesses, so that doesn’t surprise me, either. But you’d think that one or two of the mainstream media might want to point this out for the people who don’t already know:

The fatal meningitis epidemic sweeping the United States can now be traced to the failure of then-Gov. Mitt Romney to adequately regulate the Massachusetts pharmaceutical company that is being blamed for the deaths.

At least 344 people in 18 states have been infected by the growing public health crisis and 25 have died so far.

But the epidemic may also play a role in the presidential campaign, now that state records reveal that a Massachusetts regulatory agency found that the New England Compounding Co., the pharmaceutical company tied to the epidemic, repeatedly failed to meet accepted standards in 2004 — but a reprimand was withdrawn by the Romney administration in apparent deference to the company’s business interests.

“It goes all the way up to Mitt Romney,” said Alyson Oliver, a Michigan attorney representing victims of the outbreak. According to Oliver, on at least six occasions, NECC was cited by authorities for failure to meet regulatory standards and almost subjected to a three-year probation. “It goes directly to the heart of what Romney says about regulation, ‘Hands off. Let the companies do their thing.’”

“When the person who is supposed to be in charge of oversight does not believe oversight is necessary, this is what happens,” Oliver added.

“The philosophy of the Romney administration was to have lax regulations across the board,” Philip Johnston, a former secretary of health and human services in Massachusetts before the Romney administration, told Salon. “It speaks volumes about the tragic outcome of Romney’s view on regulatory issues. There are two dozen people who died needlessly. It was clearly the responsibility of the company to protect them, but it was also the responsibility of the government at various levels, and, as far as I’m concerned, they failed.”

On Oct. 28, Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., called for “a full investigation” into the regulatory issues that led to the epidemic. “There’s a regulatory black hole here,” he said, “but the full assessment of responsibility, state to federal, is ongoing. We need to know everything.”

The owners of NECC have made campaign donations both to Romney and to Massachusetts Republican senatorial candidate Scott Brown, Salon has learned.
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The whims of Frankenstorm

So I was holding my breath for about 24 hours as Frankenstorm surged and tried to decide where to strike next. Even in my zombie funk I knew that, if the Weather Channel was accurate and the weather gods so inclined, South Philly would be slammed with gusts of up to 75 miles per hour and up to eight more inches of rain, and the huge weed tree behind my house would not withstand the onslaught.

I phoned a friend for advice and he said, “Just wait it out. Too late to start sawing.”

More here.

Banking on ‘low-information’ voters

Has any presidential candidate in history lied more frequently and with as much squeaky-clean earnestness as Mittens? Mainstream reporters would be asking this question if they weren’t trained to equate telling the truth with being biased. They don’t ask, or tell, so Dems have to keep cleaning up after Romney as he slimes his way through Ohio:

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