The way Todd Akin has been smeared is sad. He's been smeared so bad, I noticed a younger lady who had never held a political position that I'm familiar with, saying some incredibly vicious things about Congressman Akin. I'll just say they were things that if said by me (e.g. wishing very bad things upon people), I wouldn't be able to forgive myself for years.
The worst part is all of this hatred being directed at Akin is based upon a lie. By juxtaposing the words legitimate and rape, the accusation against the Congressman is that he was saying that some rapes are okay. But that's not the sense in which he used the word legitimate. The word legitimate was not a synonym for acceptable. Instead, he was using the word legitimate as a synonym for real, or authentic, or actual, and so on and so forth. Bad choice of words? Perhaps. But the man never implied that rape is acceptable under any circumstances.
Mark served honorably for four years on active duty in the Marine Corps infantry, and was a Libertarian endorsed candidate for a municipal office in 2002. He re-enlisted in the ARNG in 2006 because he was depressed/at times SI without the military. He has held the NFA Series 3 license (futures and futures options broker) which he did a voluntary withdrawal on because he couldn't in good conscience sell managed futures since firms would do better to hire an in-house trader to trade a proprietary account with a discount broker, which he outlined in his well-written withdrawal request. Since the year 2000, he has spent much of his free time reading the great minds of the Austrian School of economics, such as Murray Rothbard, Henry Hazlitt, Ludwig von Mises, et al.