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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Bayer Aspirin is NOT a contraceptive!

This falls under the category of you couldn't make this up: Today on MSNBC, Foster Friess (and, no, I'm not making up that name, either), who is a big financial supporter of Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum, said this to reporter Andrea Mitchell

"This contraceptive thing, my gosh, it's so... inexpensive. Back in my days, they used Bayer aspirin for contraceptives."
"The gals put it between their knees, and it wasn't that costly," he told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell.Mitchell was visibly taken aback by the suggestion.
"Excuse me, I'm just trying to catch my breath from that, Mr. Friess, frankly," she said, after a pause.
This is perhaps a male chauvinist take on Nancy Reagan's idea that young people should "just say no" to drugs, violence and premarital sex. As Dr. Phil would say, "How's that working for you?"

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