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Fired Up! Missouri - Todd Akin http://firedupmissouri.com/taxonomy/term/321/0 en Rex Sinquefield Hearts Todd Akin http://firedupmissouri.com/content/rex-sinquefield-hearts-todd-akin <p><img alt="" class="rightside" src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5070/5874770371_79fde9e8b4_m.jpg" style="width: 240px; height: 119px; " />St. Louis billionaire <strong>Rex Sinquefield</strong>&nbsp;is propping up <strong>Rep. Todd Akin</strong> in the last days of the Missouri Senate race. <a href="http://midwestdemocracy.com/articles/last-minute-expenditure-akin-has-kansas-city-fingerprints/">The KC Star has the story</a>:</p> <blockquote><p><strong>A group called Now or Never PAC said Wednesday it will spend $800,000 on a last-week ad campaign supporting Rep. Todd Akin&#39;s</strong> Senate campaign. Campaign finance disclosures and past reporting suggests the PAC -- and therefore the spending -- are connected to two area Republican political consultants and well-known multi-millionaire Rex Sinquefield.</p> <p><strong>Records show Sinquefield has given $200,000 to Now or Never PAC this year.</strong></p> </blockquote> <p>This is in addition to the <a href="http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/11/nrsc-todd-akin-buzzer.php?ref=fpb">$700,000 the National Republican Senatorial Committee appears to have kicked in for Akin</a>, even after <a href="http://www.politico.com/blogs/burns-haberman/2012/08/nrsc-vows-no-money-for-akin-132714.html">Committee Chair John Cornyn repeatedly called for Akin to get out of the race AND said the NRSC would be giving absolutely no money to the congressman</a> in his race against Sen. McCaskill.</p> <p>But back to Rex: take note, democrats.&nbsp;<em>Todd Akin</em> is who <em>Rex Sinquefield</em> wants to be our next senator. Todd &quot;Legitimate-Rape-End-School-Lunches-Paying-Women-Less-Is-Freedom&quot; Akin.</p> 2012 Senate Race Claire McCaskill john cornyn NRSC Rex Sinquefield Todd Akin Thu, 01 Nov 2012 16:56:11 +0000 Parker 15928 at http://firedupmissouri.com Missouri "Doesn't Need a Senator Masquerading as a Dinosaur" http://firedupmissouri.com/content/missouri-doesnt-need-senator-masquerading-dinosaur <p><a href="http://www.kansascity.com/2012/10/30/3893077/the-stars-editorial-this-week.html"><img alt="" class="rightside" src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2426/3698491393_7da5bc92d1_o.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 200px; " />Today in the KC Star:</a></p> <blockquote><p><strong>SCARY SENATOR</strong></p> <p>A victory for Republican Todd Akin in Missouri&rsquo;s U.S. Senate race against incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill on Tuesday would amount to a Halloween hangover. Akin&rsquo;s &ldquo;legitimate rape&rdquo; remarks sent even the GOP establishment scurrying off in horror.</p> <p>Besides showing a profound disregard for women and science, the congressman has opposed funds for school lunches, federally backed student loans and emergency spending for disaster relief. He was a fringe voter in the U.S. House and would be even more embarrassing in the Senate. <strong>Missouri doesn&rsquo;t need a senator masquerading as a dinosaur &mdash; or the other way around.</strong></p> </blockquote> 2012 Senate Race Todd Akin Wed, 31 Oct 2012 15:45:27 +0000 Parker 15926 at http://firedupmissouri.com Team Rape http://firedupmissouri.com/content/team-rape <p><embed class="noside" style='display:block' src='http://media.mtvnservices.com/mgid:cms:item:comedycentral.com:420541' width='512' height='288' type='application/x-shockwave-flash' wmode='window' allowFullscreen='true' flashvars='autoPlay=false' allowscriptaccess='always' allownetworking='all' bgcolor='#000000'></embed></p> The Colbert Report Todd Akin Fri, 26 Oct 2012 13:19:15 +0000 .Sean 15913 at http://firedupmissouri.com Post Dispatch: Todd Akin Arrested Multiple Times http://firedupmissouri.com/content/post-dispatch-todd-akin-arrested-four-times <p><strong>UPDATE:</strong> The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has published their full story on Rep. Todd Akin&#39;s multiple arrests. <a href="http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/political-fix/akin-was-arrested-at-least-three-times-during-s-abortion/article_daebda70-1d5b-11e2-9adc-0019bb30f31a.html?utm_medium=twitter&amp;utm_source=twitterfeed">You can read the story, in its entirety, <strong>here</strong></a>.</p> <p>-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------</p> <p><img alt="" class="rightside" src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2591/3699327788_fd842c7e16_o.jpg" style="width: 125px; height: 167px; " />In an email exchange released by <strong>Todd Akin&#39;s</strong> spokesperson, <strong>Rick Tyler</strong> (he of calling <a href="http://thinkprogress.org/election/2012/10/22/1062541/akin-campaign-doubles-down-on-comments-comparing-mccaskill-to-a-dog/"><strong>Sen. Claire McCaskill </strong>a &quot;Bullshitsu&quot;</a> claim to fame), <a href="http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/political-fix/akin-was-arrested-at-least-three-times-during-s-abortion/article_daebda70-1d5b-11e2-9adc-0019bb30f31a.html?utm_medium=twitter&amp;utm_source=twitterfeed"><strong>Kevin McDermott</strong> of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reveals that Akin has been arrested not once as his campaign has acknowledged, but multiple times:</a></p> <blockquote><p>ST. LOUIS &ndash; Congressman Todd Akin was arrested at least four times in the 1980s during anti-abortion protests, not just the single time he has publicly acknowledged, the Post-Dispatch has learned.</p> <p>Akin&#39;s three previously undisclosed arrests, all in 1985, were for criminal trespass and resisting arrest at abortion clinic protests in St. Louis and Illinois. In one of the events, according to Post-Dispatch coverage at the time, Akin had to be carried by police to an elevator because he refused to walk.</p> <p>The additional arrests came to light during a new search of the newspaper&#39;s archives. The arrests were missed in previous searches because the news stories had listed Akin by his given first name, William.</p> <p>Akin subsequently started going by his middle name, Todd, when he began his political career in the state legislature in the late 1980s, and has been listed as Todd Akin in media coverage since then.</p> </blockquote> <p>McDermott had emailed Tyler in an effort to get a comment on whether or not Rep. Akin has a &quot;responsibility to reveal the full scope of his activities and arrests, after the topic was broached last month.&quot;</p> <p>I&#39;m going to go with, yes, Akin does have a responsibility to reveal details of his arrests, and sooner rather than later. Missouri voters demand answers.</p> 2012 Senate Race abortion Claire McCaskill extremism Todd Akin Tue, 23 Oct 2012 22:00:10 +0000 Parker 15907 at http://firedupmissouri.com Todd Akin Tied to Militia and Anti-Abortion Extremists http://firedupmissouri.com/content/todd-akin-tied-militia-and-anti-abortion-extremists <p><img alt="" class="rightside" src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2591/3699327788_fd842c7e16_o.jpg" style="width: 125px; height: 167px; " />Today at <a href="http://www.salon.com/2012/10/23/todd_akins_militia_ties_exposed/">Salon</a>, Alex Seitz-Wald breaks down <strong>Rep. Todd Akin&#39;s</strong> ties to a militia and anti-abortion extremists:</p> <blockquote><p><a href="http://www.salon.com/2012/10/23/todd_akins_militia_ties_exposed/"><strong>Todd Akin&rsquo;s militia ties exposed</strong></a></p> <p><em>The senate candidate&#39;s claims that he had nothing to do with an extremist group is unraveling fast.</em></p> </blockquote> <p>Here are the highlights:</p> <ul> <li> Akin wrote a letter to the 1st Missouri Volunteers militia that read &quot;The local militia can bring a positive influence to our community. Your patriotism and concern for our state and nation is to be commended.&quot;</li> <li> Akin was to be a special guest speaker at a regional conference to teach participants &ldquo;how to organize Missouri militias.&rdquo; The Springfield News-Leader, reported that Akin canceled because of &ldquo;scheduling conflicts,&rdquo; not discomfort with the militia&rsquo;s leaders.</li> <li> Akin worked with <strong>Tim Dreste</strong> in the pro-life movement and who, as it turns out, may even have been arrested along with him. Dreste was one of the most infamous anti-abortion activists in the state, known for threatening abortion doctors, leading several invasions of abortion clinics in the late 1980s, and apparently celebrating the murder of abortion doctor David Gunn in 1993.&nbsp;</li> <li> Akin addressed Dreste&rsquo;s new group, Whole Life Ministries in October of 1988, before a planned blockade of an abortion clinic as part of a national protest organized by Operation Rescue. Akin rallied Dreste&rsquo;s troops in a church the night before. &ldquo;As far as I am concerned, you are the freedom fighters of America&hellip; My hat is off to you,&rdquo; Akin said, according to a St. Louis Post-Dispatch story. Dreste told the paper that night that he expected to get arrested, explaining, &rdquo;We will tell (police) we will obey God&rsquo;s law before we obey man&rsquo;s law.&rdquo;&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p><a href="http://www.salon.com/2012/10/23/todd_akins_militia_ties_exposed/">Read the whole article here</a>.</p> 2012 Senate Race abortion extremism Todd Akin Tue, 23 Oct 2012 15:21:43 +0000 Parker 15903 at http://firedupmissouri.com BREAKING: Todd Akin Arrested With Radical Anti-Abortion Group in 1987 http://firedupmissouri.com/content/breaking-todd-akin-arrested-radical-anti-abortion-group-1987 <p><img alt="" class="rightside" src="http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4011/4252343288_b365cc1174_m.jpg" style="width: 240px; height: 202px; " />We have details regarding <strong>Rep. Todd Akin&#39;s</strong> reported arrest that he recently joked about. When pressed for more details, his campaign said they would be forthcoming, and then backtracked and clamped down, refusing to release any information, perhaps because of connections to highly provocative leaders of the anti-abortion movement, people Akin himself has gone so far as to refer to as &quot;freedom fighters,&quot; individuals who have since called for the execution of abortion providers.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/todd-akin-arrested-may-9-1987-radical-anti-abortion-group">Right Wing Watch</a> has the full story:</p> <blockquote><p>In late September we broke the news that Todd Akin was arrested for blocking access to a women&#39;s health clinic. We posted a video of Akin speaking in O&rsquo;Fallon, MO in March 2011. Akin, apparently not aware that he was being recorded, told the crowd that he had been arrested with other protesters outside the clinic. <strong>&ldquo;Don&rsquo;t tell anybody I&rsquo;m a jail bird,&rdquo; he joked. He also said he reunited the evening before with &ldquo;a group of people who had been in jail with me&rdquo; who were all &ldquo;involved in the pro-life movement.&rdquo;</strong></p> <p>Akin spoke freely of his arrest that evening and used it to illustrate his point that Christians should follow God&rsquo;s law &ndash; not man&rsquo;s law &ndash; when the two are at odds. That viewpoint raises a number of questions when it&rsquo;s coming from a candidate for Senate. Yet Akin, who spoke freely last year, has refused to provide any details about what happened and with whom. So we had to go find them ourselves.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>We learned from a public records request that Akin was arrested on May 9, 1987 in St. Louis. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch covered the protest and reported the following day that police &ldquo;arrested 30 anti-abortion protesters&rdquo; for blocking &ldquo;the front doors of Reproductive Health Services&rdquo; while about &ldquo;50 anti-abortion activists picketed two clinics&rdquo; in St. Louis County.</strong> The Post-Dispatch quoted the spokesman for the protesters, John Ryan, who said the actions &ldquo;were in honor of Mother&#39;s Day.&rdquo;</p> <p>At the time, Ryan was head of the Pro-Life Direct Action League. He and his organization were among those sued by the National Organization for Women in 1986, which sought to &ldquo;stop what it called a nationwide conspiracy to close abortion clinics.&rdquo; &ldquo;We believe there is a reign of terror going on,&rdquo; said Eleanor Smeal, then president of NOW. She labeled Ryan &ndash; who had been &ldquo;arrested almost 350 times&rdquo; by then &ndash; a &ldquo;terrorist.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>This is who Akin chose to get involved with in 1987 &ndash; and it gets worse. Ryan was pushed out as head of the Pro-Life Direct Action League around September 1987 and replaced by an aggressive, fundamentalist leader, Tim Dreste. Dreste affiliated the group with Randall Terry&rsquo;s radical Operation Rescue the following summer. This is the same Randall Terry who later said of abortion providers, &ldquo;When I, or people like me are running the country, you&rsquo;d better flee, because we will find you, we will try you, and we&rsquo;ll execute you.&rdquo;</strong></p> <p>Dreste shared a jail cell with Terry in September 1988 and returned to St. Louis under orders to break with the Catholic-dominated Pro-Life Direct Action League. Just one month later, Akin appeared at an event for Dreste&rsquo;s new group, Whole Life Ministries.</p> <p><strong>The Post-Dispatch reported on October 29 that Akin, who was elected days later to public office, &ldquo;spoke to about 35 anti-abortion activists&rdquo; planning to block clinic doors the next day. He said, &ldquo;As far as I am concerned, you are the freedom fighters of America.&rdquo; &ldquo;My hat is off to you,&rdquo; he continued.</strong></p> <p>The article identified Dreste as director of Whole Life Ministries, &ldquo;a new anti-abortion group in St. Louis.&rdquo; &ldquo;We&#39;re going to tell her we&#39;re not going to allow her to kill her baby,&rdquo; he said. Dreste made clear that protesters would block the clinic doors and refuse police orders to move. &ldquo;We will tell (police) we will obey God&#39;s law before we obey man&#39;s law.&rdquo; Sound familiar?</p> <p>The Post-Dispatch reported the following day that 30 protesters were arrested, including several who &ldquo;ignored police warnings against interfering with people trying to enter&rdquo; the clinic. Others were &ldquo;arrested for jumping on cars attempting to enter the building parking lot.&rdquo; That&rsquo;s not exactly a sit-in or what most would call a peaceful protest.&nbsp;</p> </blockquote> 2012 Senate Race abortion Todd Akin Mon, 22 Oct 2012 18:46:39 +0000 Parker 15898 at http://firedupmissouri.com Todd Akin: If You're Going to Vote on the "Gay Issue" You Probably Shouldn't Vote for Me http://firedupmissouri.com/content/todd-akin-if-youre-going-vote-gay-issue-you-probably-shouldnt-vote-me <p><img alt="" class="noside" src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8469/8113269460_7fb443407e.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 239px; " /></p> <p><strong>Rep. Todd Akin</strong> during an interview on St. Louis Public Radio:</p> <blockquote><p>If you&#39;re going to vote on the &#39;gay issue,&#39; you probably shouldn&#39;t vote for me. On the other hand, if you care about the future of our country, if you care about the economy, whether a dollar bill even works... then it might be something different.</p> </blockquote> <p>Where does one even start with this comment? I&#39;ll leave it to you, dear reader, to decipher just how much of a bigot Todd Akin really is.</p> 2012 Senate Race bigot Todd Akin Mon, 22 Oct 2012 17:17:46 +0000 Parker 15897 at http://firedupmissouri.com Caleb Rowden: Todd Akin Knows More History than Most History Professors http://firedupmissouri.com/content/caleb-rowden-todd-akin-knows-more-history-most-history-professors <p><strong>Caleb Rowden</strong>, call your office.&nbsp;Why would you leave a photo like this on your official campaign Facebook page? Also, can we talk briefly about Rowden&#39;s comment that Todd Akin &quot;has to know more about US history than most history professors.&quot; Really?</p> <p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/firedupmissouri/8103633840/sizes/l/in/photostream/" style="color: rgb(30, 81, 130); "><img alt="" class="noside" src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8328/8103633840_67726629bf.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 259px; " /></a></p> <p>[<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/firedupmissouri/8103633840/sizes/l/in/photostream/">click to embiggen</a>]</p> <p>So does Rowden, a Christian musician running as a republican in House District 44, also believe that the Pilgrims came to America to flee &quot;unbiblical&quot; socialism like Akin?</p> <blockquote><p><strong>AKIN</strong>: It might be helpful to think back and say, <strong>there&rsquo;s more to Thanksgiving than the Pilgrims</strong>. They were a group of people who were willing to change the system, to think of different ideas. They came here and separated civil and church governments. They came here and created the model of a written constitution, the idea that the government should be the servant of the people. [&hellip;] <strong>They came here with the idea that after trying socialism that it wasn&rsquo;t going to work. They realized that it was unbiblical, that it was a form of theft, so they pitched socialism out. They learned that in the early 1620&rsquo;s.&nbsp;</strong></p> </blockquote> <p><a href="http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2010/11/25/131875/todd-akin-pilgrims-socialism/">ThinkProgress</a> breaks down the actual history of the Pilgrims coming to America:</p> <blockquote><p>Of course, the Pilgrims did not come to America to flee socialism and embrace capitalism &ldquo;in the early 1620&prime;s.&rdquo; Socialism as an idea didn&rsquo;t really even come into popularization until the 18th century and socialist political parties did not start to gain power and influence policies until more than a century after that. And it is difficult to see how socialism is unbiblical, given that the concept did not exist at the time of the writing of the Bible. The real reason the Pilgrims came to the New World was to flee religious persecution. Thanksgiving is based around remembrance of the tale of how, in 1621, Native Americans helped the Pilgrims at Plymouth Colony survive harsh conditions by sharing their food with them. In other words, Thanksgiving is a parable about how people should take care of eachother and not just look out for themselves.&nbsp;</p> </blockquote> <p>It doesn&#39;t hurt to ask what else Caleb Rowden and Todd Akin might have in common. If Caleb Rowden is looking to ride Todd Akin&#39;s coat tails on November 6, I hope he hasn&#39;t quit his day job.</p> Caleb Rowden extremism Todd Akin Sun, 21 Oct 2012 07:44:00 +0000 Parker 15892 at http://firedupmissouri.com Majority PAC: What Todd Akin Believes http://firedupmissouri.com/content/majority-pac-what-todd-akin-believes <p><object height="289" width="513"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/bKBeVtV1XB4?version=3&amp;hl=en_US" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed class="noside" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" height="289" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/bKBeVtV1XB4?version=3&amp;hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="513"></embed></object></p> Ads Todd Akin Thu, 18 Oct 2012 15:36:33 +0000 .Sean 15889 at http://firedupmissouri.com Talking Anti-Todd Akin Literature Coming to a Mailbox Near You http://firedupmissouri.com/content/talking-anti-todd-akin-literature-coming-mailbox-near-you <p>As reported by <a href="http://politicmo.com/2012/10/17/american-bridge-targets-akin-with-audio-mailer/">PoliticMO</a>, the Democratic SuperPAC American Bridge 21st Century is sending out a talking anti-<strong>Todd Akin</strong> mailer. I&#39;ll give you three guesses exactly which clip starts off the mailer as you open it.</p> <p>If you guessed legitimate rape, legitimate rape, or legitimate rape, you win! The mailer also goes on to play Akin&#39;s extreme comments on Social Security and student loans. Have a listen for yourself:</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="375" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/psooCACksyU" width="500"></iframe></p> <p>Oof.</p> 2012 Senate Race legitimate rape Todd Akin Wed, 17 Oct 2012 20:49:49 +0000 Parker 15884 at http://firedupmissouri.com