Friday, June 26, 2009

HufPo: Another Sexist Article on a Prominent US Politician

HuffPo is supposed to be a liberal site?

Well, guess what. It isn't.

Regarding females primarily as sex objects is uh -- duh -- sexist. And that's uh -- duh -- bad.

This is maybe the fifth article from HuffPo in the past month that is openly, overtly sexist. Call for others to get their panties in a twist, plse.

Maria Cantwell Voted Sexiest Senator.

Michael Jackson Dies, Denial About MJ's Hx of Childhood Abuse Lives On

So there was a thread recently on a liberal blog I admire, mourning Michael Jackson.

When MJ's history of being an adult survivor of childhood abuse was mentioned, it was first minimized ("45 years ago many parents used corporeal (sic) punishment") and then all mention was banned, having been framed as if mentioning an innocent child's victimization by his own father were "speaking ill of the dead."

When we cannot speak honestly of what actually happens in families, we become complicit in allowing abuse to go on, unseen.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Monday, June 22, 2009

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Warning: Graphic Video Tehran: wounded girl dying in front of camera

I apologize for posting this -- and oddly enough, it went up before I had even finished working on it -- but it is important to note that the Iranian regime has apparently gone with "shoot to kill" now.

The whole world is watching, and this sad video could not be more eloquent, could it?





Update: now we know her name was Neda.
Update 2: Later coverage here.

Neda
Roger Cohen.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Fake Feminist Posts at HuffPo


Periodically, it's time for a cat fight. Everyone knows how easy it is for me to get my panties in a twist.

Found this on HuffPo:

Yeah, that would be the same HuffPo that, on its front page, has yet another article ridiculing the Secretary of State and the Speaker of the House about their clothes.

"Letterman Quietly Ushers In the New Wave of Feminism," by Amy Siskind, claims that the Palin/Letterman feud shows there is a new wave of feminism a-risin'!

Wow.

"Not-feminism," apparently.

Because -- eee-ew -- feminism is just so icky?

Quoth Siskind:
It's not your mother's feminism. In fact, it's so revolutionary that the word "feminism" is being updated. The next wave is here. The players are different. The words are different. The asks are different. The weapons and tactics are different. Even the feel is different.

We knew it was coming. We just didn't know when or what it would look like. Quietly, cloaked in the unfortunate choice of David Letterman's words, the next wave has washed ashore, sight unseen by our national media. This explains why the media's constant query of "where are the feminists" is not being answered. The "feminists" are still there, yes. But the media is peeking under the wrong rocks as this next wave sweeps calmly over them and reaches our country's shore.

Gone is the "women's movement." This wave is not focused solely on women. This wave is primarily about the next generation -- our daughters and granddaughters. We see the sexualization of the next generation. We see the disturbing parade of misogyny and sexism. Mothers and fathers, grandmothers and grandfathers are sick and tired of the constant assault against women and girls.

Gone is "equal rights." This wave is not focused solely on above-ground demands for legislative change. This wave is about reaching down beneath the surface to eradicate the roots of sexism that lie deeply buried in darkness, ignorance and bias. The next generation deserves to be safe and be given a fair shake, yes; but we realize our daughters can only get there by changing our culture.

Gone is "domestic violence."


Wow. Just like that. DV -- gone?

Wowee.

Well, I know feminists, and you, madam, are no feminist.

Feminists don't make ageist frames: "not your mother's feminism"? Pfft.

"It's not about women, it's about the"next generation""? Did you really say that? Why?

Feminists don't throw domestic violence/domestic abuse under the bus.

Feminists don't ridicule the history of the women's movement, putting "protest rallies" in quotes, disparaging feminism, and suggesting the notion of "equal rights" is trivial. Cripes. Where you been?


You so need a big cuppa consciousness-raising, sweetie.

Thoughts On the Tubesock Holocaust

From General JC Christian, Jesus' General.

Obama Justice Dept.: Protect ing Poor Big Dick Cheney From the Heartbreak of Satire

No, I'm not making this up. I don't have to. I never have to.

Justice Department attorney Jeffrey Smith said. “I don’t want a future vice president to say, `I’m not going to cooperate with you because I don’t want to be fodder for ‘The Daily Show.’”


Psst, Jeffrey: Cheney's been fodder for The Daily Show for 4 everrr. And he'll never cooperate, ev-errr. Duh.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

A Fly on the Wall at Gitmo: An Antidote for Compassion Fatigue

Here's an opportunity to do the right thing: via RobinElliot at Kos, via Major Barry Wingard, a Gitmo detainee's lawyer.
Let’s recap: Some guy made a couple of afghanis by selling Fayiz to our guys so that the thug-infested Bush administration could justify their fraudulent little war and all its torture-y perks.

And what did Fayiz get? This:

While in U.S. custody in Kabul in December 2001, Al-Kandari was shackled in various stress positions for as long as 36 hours at a time. He was beaten with a chain and water hose. Photographs documenting his condition have not been released.
In early 2002, Al-Kandari was transferred to Bagram and held in a roofed tent with no sides where overnight temperatures typically reached below freezing. Photographs again documented his condition, but they have never been released. [...] He was transferred to Kandahar in early 2002, ... [where] his entire body was shaved (except for a cross on his chest, which was later shaved off) and he was initially kept awake in solitary confinement for five straight days. The abuse continued and resulted in broken ribs and severe bruising documented by medical exams performed months later.
Before being placed on the plane out of Kandahar, his sound-proof headgear was lifted and a female voice whispered, "You are going to hell in GTMO." At the time, he was also drugged, sandbagged, and placed into a head harness for the 24 hour trip.
At Guantanamo, he was again shackled into stress positions for extended periods of time. He was also urinated on and subjected to sleep deprivation, strobe lights, ear piercing music, cell extractions, and extreme heat and cold conditions in his cell via temperature controls. All told, Al-Kandari has been interrogated approximately 400 times and abused throughout the time he was in U.S. custody.


Wait, sidebar: I smell a reason for releasing those pesky torture photos everyone's talking about... evidence. Sidebar over.

So... all that torture must have worked, right? I mean, who could withstand that kind of abuse and not spill what’s left of their guts, because, you know, "some" say torture works and-- What’s that? Sorry, something’s coming through my imaginary earpiece:

A Department of Defense legal review of Al-Kandari’s case found the evidence against him "is made up almost entirely of hearsay evidence recorded by unidentified individuals with no first hand knowledge of the events they describe."
Oh.
In short, the U.S. learned nothing of value from its abusive treatment of Al-Kandari and in all likelihood exculpatory materials confirming Al-Kandari’s whereabouts and accounts of abuse will be classified and withheld from public view.
Oh.

So what options are available to Fayiz and those like him? Not many. It all boils down to those infamous military commissions, Wingard's skills, and a judge who will believe Fayiz's testimony, because with the word "classified" popping up everywhere, that's all detainees like him have.

Sidebar #2: Per Barry Wingard, "the military is not behind the commissions." Sidebar #2 over.

However, Major Wingard did share one silver lining with me: He could get a sympathetic judge. Maybe. If he's lucky. But—and there’s always a pesky but-- delays and more delays are kicking that silver-lined opportunity down the road, and Fayiz is still in prison.

But at least he has one hell of a caring, persistent, ethical lawyer.

Vice-President Cheney insists that enhanced interrogations were only used on "hardened terrorists" after other efforts failed, that such efforts prevented the deaths of thousands, and that the U.S. never lost its moral bearings in its treatment of detainees. Al-Kandari is living proof he is wrong on all counts.

Re Fly Swat: PETA Declares Obama "Not Buddha"

No shit, Sherlock.

Obama, Unafraid of Offending His Buddhist Constituents, Kills Fly, Is Pleased With Self, Accrues Karma


It's part of the Pussy Frame, is it not? Why would one have compassion for, you know, a fly?

Compassion is just soo pussy!

WTF? Don't getcha panties in a twist, eh?

It's trivial! Haha.

And, who cares if it, you know, technically, that one act creates a perfect karma: intending the action, completing the action, and being satisfied with the result. One action. We have so many. Big f*cking deal.

Kill fly? Meh!

Merely to think that would be so -- well, so weak, so pussy!

Besides the Pussy Frame, there is another all-important frame, the Fly Frame.

Which is what makes it possible to torture sentient beings. Including human ones.

We've seen it at Abu Ghraib, at Gitmo, everywhere. Once you declare someone to be the "enemy" and then dehumanize them, insectize them -- then you can talk yourself into doing whatever the f*ck you want to them, can you not?

Ragheads. They ain't yoooo-man!

If they're no better than insects, who gives a flying f*ck?

Mirror Neuron Retardation Syndrome.

A pandemic.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Matthieu Ricard: Habits of Happiness

Iran Govt. Shuts Up Media After Election

Iran curbs media after election.

In America, a democracy, the government doesn't have to shut up the mainstream media.

The media whore media here are already blind, deaf and dumb.

GOP Reichwing Hatespeak Alive & Well in South Carolina

Freedom of speech means prominent Republican activists get caught having Macaca moments. Not to worry. This one was just "jesting" with racist comment.. Haha. Really. Just joking. Do not get panties in a twist.

Trey Walker, an advisor to S.C. Attorney General Henry McMaster, posted an innocuous Facebook update about this morning’s escape of a Western Lowlands Gorilla from Columbia’s Riverbanks Zoo.

Walker’s harmless update, however was followed by a highly-questionable comment from longtime SCGOP activist and former State Senate candidate, Rusty DePass.

“I’m sure it’s just one of Michelle’s ancestors — probably harmless,” DePass wrote.

An early South Carolina supporter of former President George W. Bush, DePass has been active in Republican politics in South Carolina for decades.

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Pakistan Refugee Crisis


Queen Noor of Jordan:
Yesterday in Cairo, President Obama eloquently underscored the importance of human security, and the need for everyone to have a safe, dignified and prosperous place in the world. Realizing this aspiration is a daily challenge in the face of widespread human rights violations and vulnerability caused by persecution and conflict.

One challenge to the world's capacity to care for its citizens is taking place right now in Pakistan, where the conflict between the government and militants in the northwest has forced almost three million people from their homes. According to the UN Refugee Agency, this is the most rapid large-scale displacement the world has witnessed since the movement into the Congo after the Rwandan genocide.

More than 80 percent of the displaced are staying with host families, posing a tremendous burden to already poor people, and making it difficult for humanitarian agencies to reach the most vulnerable. While food needs are largely being met, there are severe shortages of shelter, medicine, clean water, and sanitation facilities.

Reports from relief workers in daily contact with the displaced suggest that they are discouraged by the meager response to their plight so far. A crisis of such proportion has the potential to create a mass of people who, out of despair and hopelessness, might become part of another vicious cycle of frustration and violence. The risk to Pakistan's overall stability is very real, and this ultimately poses risks to the United States and its interests in the region as well.

As someone deeply committed to refugee causes for many years, in the Middle East and beyond, and as a member of the Board of Directors of Refugees International, my plea is that the world respond more effectively to this crisis than it has to date. The most immediate need for action is simple -- for funding to be made available to agencies that can deliver assistance directly to the refugees at the village level .


Donate here:Interaction: American Council for Voluntary International Action.

Friday, June 05, 2009

Department of Better Late Than Never



See previous post(s).

HuffPo Smears the Secretary of State -- Again.




A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words.




Not sure how long they'll keep it, but right now there's a huge headline at HuffPo about an embassy couple who've been spying for Cuba. Its sole illustration is a picture of the Secretary of State, above.


Follow up is an article-- and its sole illustration is a picture of -- the Secretary of State.















Interesting philosophy of illustration they got there goin' at HuffPo. Walter Ken Myers -- no pix of the perp?


What, they couldn't get a picture of a palm tree? Or Gitmo?

Think Arianna's got um -- CDS issues?

Monday, June 01, 2009

Huffington Post Posts Sexist Post Because None Dare Call It Sexist?

Don't get your panties in a twist, ladies.

Or gentlemen.

As the case may be.

Just want to assure you that it's SO not sexist to write articles where readers get to rate the clothing of the Secretary of State of the United States.

Along the prettiness/non-prettiness continuum.

Because -- why not? It's a free country!

We used to do it for Henry Kissinger and George Schultz and Colin Powell!!

All-the-time.

Really. Don't you remember? Sure you do.


"COLOR HIM BAD . . . AND GOOD. VOTE FOR AL HAIG'S PRETTIEST AND NOT-SO-PRETTY PANTSUITS"

Department of Karma, Cause & Effect: O'Reilly's "Tiller the Baby Killer" Rant


Malicious words. Like shouting "fire" in a crowded theater, is it not, Billy?

Bill O'Reilly has blood on his hands for this nasty piece of work: Tiller the Baby Killer.

I have never agreed with Billy's fetal position: that fetuses trump the post-born in terms of being worthy of our compassion.

Bill O'Reilly, in addition to being a sexual harasser, is a loudmouth and a narcissist. One who conducts himself in a way that makes him complicit in murder by domestic terrorism. As is Cheney, and the rest of the shrieky hysterical mirror-neuron-deficient, pro-torture, anti-life Talibangelical terrorists: by their works shall ye know them.

How can anyone claim to be Christian, yet fail to follow the golden rule?




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Jesus' General on O'Reilly, God's Destroying Angel.