Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Piling on Todd Akin

To be sure, he richly deserves to be piled on. Congressman Todd Akin (2nd MO-R) insists that women have a natural defense against conception during rape. This is something that would be impossible to test in a controlled laboratory study. Scientists cannot observe fertile women while they are being raped to confirm Akin's hypothesis.

An egg cell does not care about the circumstances behind  fertilization. It can be removed from a paid egg donor, introduced to sperm inside a test tube, then implanted into a mercenary surrogate. The people who intend to raise the child don't even need to be in the same building. Emotions like love and fear are not a factor here.

This type of thinking is what happens when one's ideology clouds one's beliefs about the real world. This is why some conservatives want intelligent design taught in biology class and progressives want it taught in economics class.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Paul Ryan open thread

I'm voting for Gary Johnson, no matter what Mitt Romney does in the next three months. Most people with a developed political philosophy already know who they are going to vote for by now. But I would like to hear from anyone who says that they are more or less likely to vote for Romney because of his VP choice. Leave a comment below if that's you.

I do remember in 2008 several friends of mine leaning towards McCain when he picked Palin. Then Palin opened her mouth and the rest is history.