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Photo- Todd Akin's "Legitimate Rape" Quote Has Inspired a Pinball Game In France



And the crazy lives on in pinball form.

Todd Akin may someday hope to make a comeback, but in the meantime, his infamous "legitimate rape" remark is the gift that keeps on giving. That is, the failed Senate candidate from Missouri continues to inspire some legitimate art. First, we had the Akin-themed Law & Order SVU episode. And now, ladies and gentlemen, we present to you the Todd Akin pinball game.

The Missouri congressman's campaign-destroying gaffe has inspired a French artist -- like, actually based in France! -- to create a pinball game that illustrates the "female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down" part of Akin's quote last summer.


Doonesbury-- "Rachel Maddow": "Here comes a float carrying... PREGNANT LEGITIMATE RAPE VICTIMS! Wow!"


Chris Matthews and Rachel Maddow together in one strip de-ligitimizing Todd Akin's "legitimate rape" remarks while legitimizing reality. A slice of heaven courtesy of Garry Trudeau.


VIDEO-- Kathy Griffin and Cher: Don't Let Mitt Turn Back Time On Women



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Cartoons of the Day- The GOP and Rape




VIDEO: Sexual assault survivors speak out against Todd Akin in Claire McCaskill ads


Via Trudeau's Doonesbury genius.

Talk about powerful ads... wow. Hey Todd "Legitmate Rape" Akin, looks like women are smarter, tougher, and more effective than you thought... although he did give their bodies credit for magically killing rape sperm by being able to "shut that whole thing down."


"I'm a Republican and a pro-life mother, and a rape survivor. In the hospital I was offered emergency contraception. Because of my personal beliefs, I declined. Here's what else I believe: no woman should be denied that choice. What Todd Akin said is offensive, but what he believes is worse. He would criminalize emergency contraception. I've never voted for Claire McCaskill, but because of Todd Akin, I will now."

Watch all three. They pack a real punch.

H/t: CNN.


VIDEO- Reince Priebus: Todd "Legitimate Rape" Akin should get out of the race. Wait. No he shouldn't.


Oh what a difference a few weeks makes. RNC chairman Reince Priebus has learned something brand new from flip-flop expert Willard M. Romney: The art of Etch A Sketching.

Why, it seems like only last month that Reince was none too thrilled with Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO), who is running against  “un-ladylike” Claire McCaskill for a seat in the U.S. Senate. After Todd's rather, erm, unusual remarks about women's magic uteri that can prevent pregnancies from "legitimate rape," Republicans were running from him faster than Paul Ryan in a marathon.

That was then. This is now.

Reince Priebus, August 2012:


"I think he should get out of the race..."

"...We’re not gonna send him a penny."

Reince Priebus, September 2012:

Asked directly if he considered Akin to be a better option for Missouri voters than McCaskill, Priebus did not hesitate.

“Well, absolutely,” he said in the interview. “That’s a given, and as chairman of the party, I have an obligation to make sure we win as many seats in the Senate as possible.”


Todd Akin’s wife: Pressure to quit over "legitimate rape" comment is like British soldiers raping colonists in 1776



Eyes popping out of head. Jaw dropping onto floor. Grabbing onto large, inanimate object to steady myself. Gasping for air. Yes, Todd "Legitimate Rape" Akin (see videos above for recap of his original remarks) is married to someone who compared criticism over those now-infamous comments to British soldiers raping colonists in 1776. 

Maybe she didn't like Karl Rove suggesting, “We should sink Todd Akin. If he’s found mysteriously murdered, don’t look for my whereabouts!”

But comparing GOP leaders to rapists? Then again, these are not your average, everyday middle-of-the-roaders. Team Ryan-Akin tried to completely eliminate women’s reproductive freedom (so much for that “personal freedom” conservative talking point) and redefine rape as only “forcible”… as if any rape is something a woman would want, agree to, or encourage.

Ryan may be Etch A Sketching a little on that front, but now he'll have to distance himself a little further unless he wants the radical "raped my daughters and wives of American colonists" comparison to rub off on him, too.

Via the National Journal, where we see that wife Lulli is no fan of her own party's leaders:

Party bosses dictating who is allowed to advance through the party and make all the decisions—it’s just like 1776 in that way.”

She cited colonists who “rose up and said, ‘Not in my home, you don’t come and rape my daughters and my … wife. But that is where we are again. There has been a freedom of elections, not tyranny of selections since way back. Why are we going to roll over and let them steamroll us, be it Democrats or Republicans or whomever?” Obama and Mitt Romney “both seem to be embodying” a British monarch, “with all the tactics that they’ve been revealing” toward her husband, Lulli Akin said. “Are they that dissimilar?” she asked. “Are they really dissimilar? They say with their mouths ‘free enterprise’—but, really, how free?”

Asked about comparisons of his plight to revolutionary Americans, Todd Akin called it “a little more grandiose than the way I would say it.” But he seconded the theme, citing “this tremendous sense of uprising I feel among the people I talk to,” that “ ‘We made a decision, and [even if] I didn’t even vote for you … it was a legitimate race.’ ”

Talk about legitimate extremists. Claire McCaskill better win this one. She may be a Blue Dog, but she's no Akin.