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When Roger West first launched the progressive political blog "News From The Other Side" in May 2010, he could hardly have predicted the impact that his venture would have on the media and political debate. As the New Media emerged as a counterbalance to established media sources, Roger wrote his copious blogs about national politics, the tea party movement, mid-term elections, and the failings of the radical right to the vanguard of the New Media movement. Roger West's efforts as a leading blogger have tremendous reach. NFTOS has led the effort to bring accountability to mainstream media sources such as FOX NEWS, Breitbart's "Big Journalism. Roger's breadth of experience, engaging style, and cultivation of loyal readership - over 92 million visitors - give him unique insight into the past, present, and future of the New Media and political rhetoric that exists in our society today. What we are against: Radical Right Wing Agendas Incompetent Establishment Donald J. Trump Corporate Malfeasence We are for: Global and Econmoic Security Social and Economic Justice Media Accountability THE RESISTANCE

Tuesday, October 2, 2012



Could the teapublican party face an impossible Catch-22 when it comes to excising the crazy from their party? This is a party, after all, that has numerous candidates who are running for office on a platform of ending the direct election of senators. It’s a party whose most prominent voice in the media goes around calling women “sluts,” and one with a Senate candidate who talks nonsense about the biology of rape. Most notably, it’s a party with a presidential candidate who simply parrots back the party’s conventional wisdom (47 percent!) — who sounds totally out of touch and which is very insulting to most voters. So what’s next?

One month removed after banning Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin from their national convention, teapublican leaders are welcoming him back with open arms, his trespasses forgiven, if awkwardly unforgotten. Led by RNC chair Reince Priebus, whose stoical about-face on the issue has been worthy of the royal guard, members of the GOP top brass are gradually stepping forward, one by one, to say that the interests of the nation are now such that it is important to elect Todd Akin to the Senate - all the bad and rather unfortunate things that were said about the man last month notwithstanding

The American Taliban/GOP wants you to think Missouri Senate candidate Todd "legitimate rape" Akin is some totally "out there" guy, but his policies are practically identical to the rest of his party - to include Romney/Ryan.

Many GOPers defected away from Akin when he mentioned the not so infamous "womens bodies can reject a rapist sperm" - then reality set in, that being that, hey we do believe this, and most importantly - that for the GOP to throw in the towel on the Missouri Senate seat, as the party's national leaders once appeared to be doing, would probably mean losing the Senate.

Akins legitimate rape statement implies two things. One, if a woman claims to be raped and gets pregnant she is lying. Secondly, he implies there are ‘legitimate” rapes and also other kinds of rapes.

The rape comment is not the only “Akinism.” In the last couple days, Akin suggested that businesses should be allowed to pay women less than men as a matter of “freedom.” At a recent rally a man asked him, “You voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Why do you think it is okay for a woman to be paid less for doing the same work as a man?
Akin said he didn’t support the idea that government should be telling people what you pay and what you don’t pay. Akin added, I think it’s about freedom. If someone what’s to hire somebody and they agree on a salary, that’s fine, however it wants to work. So, the government sticking its nose into all kinds of things has gotten us into huge trouble.

The American Taliban has a severe problem. The very fact that they are sneaking back in to support Akin means they support his extremism. Teapublicans have always been hypocritical and insincere - at best douche bags, at worst Aleister Crowley's in disguise.


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This about face is both predictable and worthy of NFTOS "worst persons in the world' award. Akin's trespasses have been forgiven. Best case scenario is that the teapublicans think winning a Senate seat is better than having principles, more disgustingly, they all secretly agreed with Akin at the time, and were just pretending to be outraged. Lets assume that one has been living under a rock on Mars for the last 40 years - then one could assume it's the former.

The resurgence of support for Todd Akin’s U.S. Senate campaign proves, at least among the current crop of teapublican leaders, that “enlightenment … is very narrowly dispersed.”

By reversing their decision to withdraw their support of Akin, teapublican leaders are putting partisan gain ahead of Akin’s warped views of a woman’s reproductive process — and exposes a level of political dishonesty that’s more insidious than that of Democrats who dragged Scopes into a courtroom in 1925.

Roger West