The obvious question: What is an ‘honest rape’?

Sometimes it’s the little things. Like Ron Paul’s recent appearance on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight:

Ron Paul, the Rape Arbiter?MORGAN: Here’s the dilemma, and it’s one I put to Rick Santorum very recently. I was surprised by his answer, although I sort of understood from his belief point of view that he would come up with this.

But it’s a dilemma that I am going to put to you. You have two daughters. You have many granddaughters. If one of them was raped—and I accept it’s a very unlikely thing to happen. But if they were, would you honestly look at them in the eye and say they had to have that child if they were impregnated?

PAUL: No. If it’s an honest rape, that individual should go immediately to the emergency room. I would give them a shot of estrogen or give them—

MORGAN: You would allow them to abort the baby?

PAUL: It is absolutely in limbo, because an hour after intercourse or a day afterwards, there is no legal or medical problem. If you talk about somebody coming in and they say, well, I was raped and I’m seven months pregnant and I don’t want to have anything to do with it, it’s a little bit different story.

But somebody arriving in an emergency room saying, I have just been raped and there is no chemical—there’s no medical and there’s no legal evidence of a pregnancy—

MORGAN: Life doesn’t begin at conception?

PAUL: Life does begin at conception.

So a question arises, and perhaps someone can help me out, here: What is an “honest rape”?



Oh, that’s just great: CNN inadvertently threatens Chavez

The whole thing with Hugo Chavez is a disgrace. Even into this year some American liberals could be found who were still holding out some hope of redemption in Venezuela’s socialist pseudo-revolution. And, I suppose, there still are a few.

In the meantime, though, CNN just isn’t helping things along:

Chavez used much of the news conference for foreign reporters to criticize the media, singling out CNN in particular.

He pointed to an on-screen caption on its Spanish-language network earlier this week that he said was an incitement to assassinate him.

On Tuesday, CNN en Espanol showed a picture of Chavez with a caption saying, “Who killed him?” at the bottom of the screen. The caption was meant to be used on a story about Washington Redskins football player Sean Taylor, who was killed last Monday. CNN has apologized for the error.

In a statement responding to Chavez’s comments, CNN said, “We are committed to continuing to cover the current situation in Venezuela in a fair and objective manner. For example, we’ve frequently offered live, extended coverage of President Chavez’s speeches and news conferences, even when he uses our air to voice his criticisms of CNN.”

Chavez has threatened to sue the network and expel CNN employees from the country.

Good one, guys. That’s … that’s just great.

Be proud. It’s not every day your incompetence becomes an international incident.

You’re not helping.

Just when I was ready to stop the madness

Damn it!

See, the whole time I’ve been away (you may or may not have noticed the three-week lull), part of what I’ve been dwelling on is the political coverage. Damn it, I have to admit that politics brings out the asshole in me. I mean, sure Warner Todd Huston is a prig for that “al Reuters” bit, and Fred Thompson is full of crap. But, really, what’s the point of actually saying it?

There are comedians who are funnier than I, and analysts who are smarter and better writers–or, at least, in a better position–than I. And, frankly one of my big complaints about politics is that liberals continue to stoop to meet conservative sleaze.

So here I’ve been chewing my nails (literally) trying to figure out what the hell to do about it. And then a dead Pope (see below) bails me out.

And then that bastard Colbert just had to go and screw with things.

Seriously, I was very much pleased with myself, not so much for having finally written a new entry, but rather because I found out that someone visited the site while looking for a specific reference (Google cache, I love ye), and given who that person most likely is, I was quite pleased. (No, it’s not so important as to drop names; it’s just a personal reassurance that, holy shite, people I really want to be looking in my direction are looking, and I’m not ready, and is my hair a mess ….)


Stephen Colbert, how dare you ruin my moment!

Really, it wasn’t like I was on television, or under DHS surveillance. (Okay, I wouldn’t know if I was.) It wasn’t a moment to share with anyone else. It was my moment.

And then, as I hopped tabs to come back and think about writing a book review, I saw the headline from my WordPress neighbors over at CNN. And I thought it was a joke.

Obviously, I haven’t been paying attention. From Alexander Mooney:

He hinted at a possible run for the White House on CNN’s Larry King last week, but Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert made it official Tuesday night: he’s jumping into the presidential race in his home state of South Carolina.

“After nearly 15 minutes of soul-searching, I have heard the call….I am hereby declaring that I will enter the presidential primary in my native South Carolina, running as a favorite son,” Colbert said on his show Tuesday night. “I defy any other candidate to pander more to the people of South Carolina — those beautiful, beautiful people.”

Damn it, Stephen! Why does it always have to be about you?

I was ready to can the political coverage, you bastard!

I stopped smoking last week! Go to hell!

(Anyway, thanks, Stephen. Have a blast.)

(Oh, yeah … Mooney has a second piece on this, too.)