Tuesday morning’s 9 *slightly* interesting things

1) Theology For Dummies – The Republican party is about a half-step away from handing its presidential nomination to an out-and-out religious fanatic whose views, as expressed to allegedly evolved primates on the campaign trail, are not dissimilar to those that some people listen to on their short-wave sets in survivalist camps in upper Michigan, or those that other people hear transmitted to them from St. Michael The Archangel through the fillings in their teeth. There were a number of reasons why the people of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania decided six years ago that they no longer wanted to be represented in the U.S. Senate by fetus-fondling Torquemada. Over the past few days, we have seen only a few of them.

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2) This is What’s Wrong with the GOP – From PPP’s latest poll of Michigan primary voters. Santorum’s advantage over Romney seems to be a reflection of voters being more comfortable with where he is ideologically. 48% of voters think Santorum has more similar beliefs to them, compared to only 32% who pick Romney on that question. 63% of primary voters think Santorum’s views are ‘about right’ compared to only 42% who say that for Romney. 37% believe that Romney is ‘too liberal.’ [...] Rick Santorum thinks homosexual sex should be a felony and heterosexual sex should be a misdemeanor. His views are ‘about right?’

3) If you’re a woman, this should piss you off: Five sexual health services insurance will cover… for men – The fact of the matter is that health insurance covers all manner of “things in the sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be,” when it comes to men, and no one has any real complaints about insurance coverage that allows men to continue having sex for non-procreative reasons and despite medical conditions that would otherwise prevent it. Most of them are actually far more expensive than hormonal birth control or intrauterine devices, the two methods of contraception that House and Senate Republicans now want all employers to be able to prevent their insurance companies from covering in employee health insurance packages.

4) “You may not realize this, but the Catholic Church actually offers health plans that cover Viagra — a.k.a. (the) ‘boner pill.’ …I’m guessing that that doesn’t ‘rape the soul.’  That some of your employees, I guess, are getting that subsidized Viagra.  And I guess that some of them are single, unmarried men.  What do you think they’re doing with their erections?  Seriously, we’d love to know.  Send your responses to Brian Williams, care of NBC Nightly News.” — Jon Stewart, responding to, Brian Williams, a Church spokesman’s charge that forcing religious institutions to provide contraceptive care is akin to “soul rape,” on The Daily Show (via: inothernews)

5) Some men take their insurance provided chemical erections to the Dominican Republic: VIDEO: Cenk Uygur: Rush Limbaugh got caught with a bucket of Viagra, but he still thinks birth control is bad – The least necessary comment on the battle over contraception insurance coverage comes from Rush Limbaugh. Cenk says, “He’s complaining about people wanting to have sex? That’s the guy who went to the Dominican Republic with a bucket of Viagra. That guy’s talking about having sex? Here’s who needs contraception: anybody having sex with Rush Limbaugh.” || Related: The Dominican Republic is one of the biggest sex tourism destinations in the world (source). Rush Limbaugh was [flying from the Dominican Republic] with four other men–including the producers of the hit show ’24’–when he was detained over a mislabeled bottle of Viagra found in his luggage during a Customs search. (July 6, 2006 – The Smoking Gun)

6) Messy! Santorum voted for earmarks he criticized – Rick Santorum suggested on Saturday that Mitt Romney was hypocritical to bash the practice of earmarking federal legislation, while also touting his leadership of the Olympics – which benefitted from earmarks. But a review of Senate shows that earmarks which funded security at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics – headed by Romney – were supported by Santorum, then a senator from Pennsylvania. [...] “Federal dollars had to bail out the Olympics. It wasn’t his abilities,” [Santorum's spox] said, referring to Romney. “It was dollars from the taxpayers.”

7) “Yes, the government can help, but the idea that the federal government should be running schools, frankly much less that the state government should be running schools, is anachronistic.”  – Rick Santorum, calling for the abolition of public schools

8) The dog whistle birther shoutout Freudian slip of Cardinal Santorum’s aide  – “There is a type of theological secularism when it comes to ‘global warmists’ in this country. That’s what he was referring to. He was referring to the president’s policies in terms of the radical Islamic policies the president has, specifically in terms of the energy exploration,” Stewart said. Host Andrea Mitchell reported later during her show Monday that Stewart called to say she misspoke during the interview. “She says she slipped,” said Mitchell. || Oops! (wink wink)

9) Newt Gingrich calls defeating Obama ‘a duty of national security’ - Newt Gingrich, speaking at Oral Roberts University: “We are really at risk someday in your life time of losing an American city [in a terrorist attack],” Gingrich said, adding that in that context “defeating Barack Obama becomes a duty of national security.” Yes. Yes, imagine a president who would “lose a city” due to some circumstance. Heck, imagine terrorists attacked, I don’t know, maybe New York, or the Pentagon, and maybe it came to light that the president wasn’t really paying much attention to the national security issues that preceded it. What a dereliction of duty that would be.