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October 13, 2012

No Southern comfort from some in GOP

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But you shouldn’t be serving on the Committee on Science, Space and Technology of the greatest deliberative body in the world.

The best science we have says the Earth is about 4.5 billion years old and that the universe goes back around 13.7 billion years.

Bill Nye,” the science guy” to millions of television viewers, said in an email to the Huffington Post: “The Earth is simply not 9,000 years old,” and “ Broun is, by any measure, unqualified to make decisions about science, space, and technology.”

Rep. Broun has a colleague on that House Committee on Science, Space and Technology named Todd Akin.

Mr. Akin has said it’s “common practice” for doctors to be “giving abortions to women who are not actually pregnant.”

But, of course, Akin’s main claim to notoriety came in August when he said this about the likelihood of women getting pregnant from rape.

“First of all, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare,” he said. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

Legitimate rape?

Women’s bodies have ways to shut down pregnancy?

You’d probably want to avoid any doctors Mr. Akin may have spoken with. Most responsible Republicans disavowed Akin’s remarks and urged him to resign. But lately, GOP stalwarts such as Newt Gingrich and Mike Hucklebee have given Akin their support.

That’s because Todd Akin is the Republican nominee for the Senate in Missouri.

Want more Southern discomfort?

Charlie Fuqua is a Republican candidate for the Arkansas House of Representatives. He wrote a book this year in which he advocated expelling all Muslims from the United States and called for instituting the death penalty for “rebellious children.”

Fuqua is anti-abortion. I guess he just wants to wait a few years to bump a kid off.

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