Shut Up about Shutting Down

Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin, who lost his Missouri Senate race to Claire McCaskill, is baaack, and he wants us to know he’s sorry — very, very sorry.  In his new book*, Akin regrets that he apologized for claiming women can’t get pregnant if it’s a “legitimate rape.” I think we all knew at the time that his apology was as phony as his biology.

This moron genuinely believes women can magically shut down their bodies.  If only we could shut up Akin and his crappy science.

* Firing Back:  Taking on the Party Bosses and Media Elite to Protect Our Faith and Freedom

Hobby Lobby’s Legal Claim Is Based on Lies

Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby does not require any legal determination about the religious rights of for-profit corporations.

This case can, and should, be decided on the facts, which are that the birth control methods Hobby Lobby objects to (Plan B, Ella and IUD’s) are contraceptives, not abortifacients.

The religious right, willfully in my view, continues to confuse Plan B with RU-486, which is an abortifacient and is not covered under Obamacare.

This is just another infuriating example of religious nuts refusing to accept non-controversial medical and scientific facts and trying to impose their ignorant views on the rest of us.

Listening to Hobby Lobby’s lawyers and the conservative justices today, I was reminded of Galileo and the Catholic Church or the Scopes trial.

It’s going to take more than the re-make of Cosmos to turn this country around.

Phew! It’s Not Alzheimer’s, It’s the “Doorway Effect”

A new article in Scientific American* claims our brains are wired to forget what we were thinking about any time we walk through a doorway.  So when you leave one room in your house with a specific mission to do in another room, only to find yourself standing there befuddled when you reach the new room, it’s not incipient dementia, it’s just the “doorway effect.”

Other interruptions can function the same way, such as someone ringing your doorbell.  Our memories purge what we were thinking in order to deal with the new situation.  That’s a relief!

*”Why walking through a doorway makes you forget,” Charles B. Brenner

This Is Amazing

I so hope this works out.

Researchers at the Washington University Medical School in St. Louis say that bee venom kills the HIV virus without hurting healthy cells.

They are close to starting clinical trials on a topical gel to prevent initial infections.

And it might be possible to develop injections that destroy the virus in HIV-positive people.

How exciting is this?

Quote of the Day

NEW RULE You can’t run for president if you don’t know how old the world is. Quizzed recently, Marco Rubio answered, “I’m not a scientist, man.” As if you have to be Galileo to Google, “How old is the earth?” And when asked his thoughts on evolution, Chris Christie said, “None of your business!” Which is what you say when someone asks you if you made a baby with the maid. Fellas, if you and your party want to be taken seriously, you don’t have to recite the collected works of Stephen Hawking — just stop regurgitating the Facebook page of Sarah Palin.

Bill Maher, NYT

Thanks, Morons

Thank you to the morons who don’t get their children vaccinated for making this the worst year for whooping cough in the U. S. since 1955.

Since you all seem to think life is better without these vaccines, why don’t you go live in the third world and let the rest of us — and our children — enjoys the benefits of twenty-first century life?

Thoughts of the Day on the GOP

From Maureen Dowd*:

“Who would ever have thought blacks would get out and support the first black president?  Who would ever have thought women would shy away from the party of transvaginal probes?  Who would ever have thought gays would work against a party that treated them as immoral and subhuman?  Who would have ever thought young people would desert a party that ignored science and hectored on social issues?  Who would ever have thought Latinos would scorn a party that expected them to finish up their chores and self-deport?”

From Ross Douthat**:

“But if DeMint-style retrenchment was necessary for Republicans, it wasn’t anywhere near sufficient.  The conservatism of 2011 and 2012 had a lot to say about the long-term liabilities of the American government but far too little to say about the most immediate anxieties of American citizens, from rising health care costs to stagnating wages to the socioeconomic malaise spreading across the country’s working class.  Neither the Reagan legacy nor the current conservative catechism holds the solutions to these problems; they require Republicans to apply their principles more creatively, and think about policy anew.”

What Douthat says is true, but fails to capture the raw ickiness and insanity of the current GOP.  He argues that the GOP needs to address our concerns, while Dowd argues more dramatically and more convincingly that the GOP needs to stop grossing us out.  Like his own characterization of DeMint, Douthat’s prescription may be necessary, but it sure isn’t sufficient.

* “A Lost Civilization,” NYT

** “The Years of Senator DeMint,” NYT