Who Can Beat Obama?

by Phyllis Chesler
FrontPageMagazine.com
May 27, 2011

http://www.phyllis-chesler.com/1003/who-can-beat-obama

 

Excerpt:

President Obama’s election is due, in part, to the desire among many American liberals and leftists to be seen as “atoning” for the sin of racism and the crimes of slavery. The fact that Obama is bi-racial—his mother was white—matters little since he looks like an African-American. Indeed, the President’s own writing focuses on his African, Muslim roots, especially because his Kenyan father abandoned both him and his mother.

In an era of symbolic identity politics and affirmative action, only one kind of candidate could trump Obama’s credentials and that would be an African-American woman. Only such a candidate could symbolically address the sin and crime of sexism as well as that of racism. Ironically, the first woman who ever ran in a major party primary for the American Presidency did so in 1972. That was Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, whose parents immigrated from British Guiana and Barbados. In 2004, Senator Carol Moseley Braun, also an African-American woman, ran in a major party primary for the American Presidency. Both women failed in their bids.

Read the complete original version of this item…

Ed Shultz: Vile Sexist Pig slaps his own hand!

BettyJean Downing Kling

Here’s the transcript:

“And what do the Republicans thinking about? They’re not thinking about their next-door neighbor. They’re just thinking about how much this is going to cost. President Obama is going to be visiting Joplin, Mo., on Sunday but you know what they’re talking about, like this right-wing slut, what’s her name?, Laura Ingraham? Yeah, she’s a talk slut. You see, she was, back in the day, praising President Reagan when he was drinking a beer overseas. But now that Obama’s doing it, they’re working him over.”

Schultz seems angry about Ingraham’s comments on Fox that it may not have been the greatest decision for Obama to be seen drinking beer in Ireland as Joplin, MO tried to pick up the pieces after a devastating tornado.

But as Mediaite’s Jon Bershad points out, the reasoning doesn’t really matter:

Look, if you don’t agree with something the woman says, you can feel free to call her an “idiot” or a “jerk” or a “big, stupid poop-face.” Whatever you want. Just don’t call her a slut, you big, stupid poop-face!

 

The only way he can prove his sincerity is to start preaching that straight white women do not have targets on their backs and it is time to stop attacking them! He should be preaching about the double standard ie how he should have been fired as was Imus. But since Laura is a white conservative he just gets a week off without pay!

UPDATE: Schultz has been suspended for one week without pay.

Meanwhile: While the Joplin folks were searching for bodies of their babies and looking for the Red Cross to get there with a cup of coffee and a sandwich- Obama was yukkin it up in Ireland and having State dinners with the Queen. Oh and on May 25th the day Shultz let us know Obama would arrive the following Sunday – a week after the storm comment exploded:

“It will be lobster ravioli and aged Highlands beef tonight as President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama repay Queen Elizabeth II after last night’s state dinner at Buckingham Palace. The Obamas host the queen at Winfield House, the home of the U.S. ambassador to Britain — and not just the queen. Among those on the guest list: actors Tom Hanks and Colin Firth, author J.K. Rowling and soccer star David Beckham. Also on the menu: crushed jersey royals, asparagus and minted broad beans. The dessert: pecan pie and brandy ice cream. After the meal, the guests will be entertained by Tony Award-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth.

Sure he will get there a week after the fact but he has no shame at all partying while the TORNADOs churn on and on and on across our country!

See: Citizen Journalism- http://freemenow.wordpress.com/2011/05/25/joplin-tornado-citizen-journalism-firsthand-account/

Women are the solution: non- partisanship is the key to success!

BettyJean Downing Kling & Connie Kafka

A Few Sad Statistics

As of 2011, there were 72 women out of 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, and 17 women out of 100 members of the U.S. Senate. That’s just 89 women, or a mere 16.6 percent. Only 268 women have served in Congress since it was established some 222 years ago.

There are 15 women Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) leading U.S. Fortune 500 companies (3 percent), and most of those companies are in the traditionally “women-focused” food and cosmetics industries. (There are no women CEOs among the top 20 U.S. Fortune 500 companies.) There are 28 women CEOs leading U.S. Fortune 1000 companies.

The 2010 census shows that the United States is home to some 308.7 million people, with females representing about 50.7 percent of that number. So, in a country with a population of nearly 157 million females, there are 89 women Congressional representatives, and 43 women CEOs. Those are 132 extraordinary women at high levels of government and business who’ve demonstrated what empowered women can do. But their scant numbers are appallingly and frighteningly inadequate, and the numbers are no more encouraging in virtually any other fields of endeavor.

United, We Can Unleash Our Power and Potential

Such sad statistics indicate exactly how far women have not come since the Suffragists valiantly fought for and won voting rights for women in 1920 after a 72-year struggle. The reason? An entrenched patriarchal power structure, which even today continues to perniciously deny to females the opportunities automatically accorded to males. Solution? Free up women and girls, and unleash the united power of 157 million hearts, minds and voices to help solve the complex problems our nation and world faces. So long as half the population remains “bound and gagged” by an entrenched patriarchal power structure that continues to fail miserably at everything except telling women and girls to “sit down and shut up,” all of us—men, women, children—will continue to suffer needlessly the sad consequences of a nation and world deprived of the unfettered creative contributions of half its problem-solvers.

We all recognize the vital need for diligent, unrelenting activism on women’s issues—domestic violence; media injustice; rampant misogyny/sexism infecting our nation’s business, economic, government and social life; sexual abuse/incest; underage sex trafficking—and myriad other gender-based injustices. So, too, must we recognize that these women’s issues are crucial issues not just for women, but for all people, issues that, until conquered, will continue to rob our nation and world of the vast benefits of the power and potential of millions of women and girls.

We must also recognize that certain women’s issues continue to be turned into emotionally charged wedge issues by partisan groups seeking to selfishly advance their own agendas by deliberately dividing women. Not only does this prevent all people from the clear, keen focus required to conquer the injustices all females face, it also results in needless woman-against-woman attacks—making women adversaries rather than sisters and allies—thus detouring us all from the united path we must pursue in order to combat our common enemy: Outdated, patriarchal-based notions of what females are and can become.

The Majority United

The Majority United (TMU) is the only women’s issues/rights group founded on the premise that women can/must/need to work together regardless and in spite of partisan affiliations or ideologies.

Says founder and long-time women’s rights activist Betty Jean Kling:

“TMU stands proud with ALL women. We are neither left nor right. Nor do we lobby for or against choice or gay rights. There are specific groups devoted to those issues. Rather, TMU supports ALL women. We are proud of those who have the courage of their convictions and stand up and speak out for what they believe, just as the original Suffragists did. Women from both sides of the aisle are teaching us weekly that we can strongly disagree on some issues, yet stand together to advance the rights of women. Women have more in common than not. We recognize that no one agrees with anyone 100 percent of the time. Yet, as women, we can ALL agree that—united and mobilized—we can achieve what must be done; and we can ALL agree that we cannot achieve what must be done alienated, alone, isolated or working against one another.”

TMU’s Three Main Goals

  1. Achieve an End to Violence Against Women and Children.
  2. Achieve Equality, Opportunity and Justice for All. These are Human Rights.
  3. Achieve Representative Government, reflecting the proportion of women in our society.

TMU supports ALL women who support those goals for ALL women and children, and who support the United States Constitution as intended by the Founders for a Representative Government deriving it’s just powers from the consent of the governed, that is, ‘We the People’ of the United States of America.

Joplin Tornado: Citizen journalism, firsthand account.

Story by John
DateD: Tuesday, May 24, 2011, 3:21 PM

Graphics and graphic commentary by BJ

Devestated Joplin- death toll in the hundreds

Devastated in Joplin Mo. - The death toll in the hundreds, Joplin in tatters. What will these folks eat and drink tonight as their mourn their losses and where will they lay their heads? Who will comfort them?

OK everybody; here we go… what a ride it has been.  I just woke up from crashing finally. I was at work at Freeman hospital when the tornado hit.  I was the ONLY maintenance man on the evening shift.  The alert sounded, said it was a warning for Carl Junction which is 10 miles north of where we were.  I started all the generators,   10 of them, just in case.

When the storm hit we did not realize what had happened only 1/4 north of us at St Johns, not until the caravans of people started coming in.   St Johns took a direct hit, blew out all the windows, and then had a gas leak and an explosion.   The tornado was about 8 blocks wide and went through Joplin West to East, never left the ground.  Residential… business… residential… main business. We had people coming in pickups with wounded, cars with all the windows blown out. People on boards, doors, tables.  We emptied 4 conference rooms of the rolling chairs, about 100 to use as wheel chairs.  We had 4 triage areas going full blast, one at each entrance.  People were lined up for 10 blocks or more just to get to our driveways.  We had just gone through an earthquake drill last week, so everyone knew their supplies were.  It was calm chaos. 

Hundreds of wounded, covered in blankets, sitting in chairs, lying on the floor in rows.  Blood everywhere… new chairs coming now for sure…. the nurses and doctors were great.  Our phones were out instantly… the cell towers were inundated couldn’t get out.  We couldn’t call for reinforcements… they just started showing up.  From everywhere… EMT’s, nurses, doctors, local and even from out of town.  The few in the kitchen started making sandwiches; we brought out all the blankets we had, brought up rolling supply carts of bandages, cases of bottled water.  We formed small groups of volunteers to manage traffic so the ambulances could get in and out.  School buses of injured started coming in, truckers were bringing in semi loads of injured.  No lights in Joplin, we have a six story tower and all you could see were blue and red lights everywhere.  I personally took the 1st six bodies and started a temporary morgue.  The stories people were telling were beyond belief… we had probably 10 or 12 dogs running somewhat loose in the hospital that people had brought in with them.  People were smoking in the hospital on a no smoking campus. Cries of pain, sorrow and yes even joy when people would find loved ones.

The situation in town is way WORSE than you see on TV.  I came home in the dark and did not know where I was because of the destruction, until I came to a roundabout in the road and realized I had gone a mile too far.  I couldn’t get through to Sandy on the phones and people started coming in from the area I lived in with horror stories of total destruction.  The home depot you see on TV is just blocks from us… finally another employee came in and said his mom was ok and she just lives two blocks from us.  The tornado just missed my son by two blocks as well.  My daughter in law is a therapist and has no office building to go to anymore, her father is a dentist who has no office building to go to anymore.

Joplin will take years to rebuild.  Kinda like the twin towers, you can actually see all the way

And by Monday as the bodies pile up the President plays on. By Tuesday he will dine with the Queen and Wed. he will still be partying overseas. God save the KING and screw the peasents!

by Monday as the bodies pile up the President plays on. By Tuesday he will dine with the Queen and Wed. he will still be partying overseas. God save the KING and screw the peasents!

through town, end to end.  The high school is gone.  A major business street, going east and west on the east of town is flat on both sides of the street for two miles.  Nothing left standing.  Thousands of people have lost their homes, and their possessions, AND their income because their places of employment have vanished off the map.

On the other hand, THANK THE LORD, I have my home, my possessions and my job.  I never had to serve in combat, but surely this has to be somewhat similar in relation of chaos.  I kinda know what the Japanese must feel like after the tsunami now.   Yes I know some of the dead in Joplin personally.

Freeman hospital still looks kinda like it did that night.  We still have STUFF everywhere.  The floor is still dirty because Joplin has virtually no water pressure. We barely have enough water to run our sterilizers for instruments.   Only two bathrooms work in the hospital… don’t know why they do… the water company has SO MANY broken pipes in houses that are gone, that they can’t get the pressure to come up.  A large area of the roof blew off and the rain collected and ran down in-between the layers of roofing and into the areas full of pipes and wires and is still dripping and of course the rain won’t stop so we can fix the roof.  We have buckets all over the halls and even have a couple of areas of rooms we can’t even use because the water keeps coming out of the ceiling area.  We have removed hundreds of ceiling tiles that have gotten wet and were coming down anyway.  The fire alarms keep going off all the time because the wiring system is getting wetter and wetter with all the leaks.  We have to check each alarm to make sure there is no fire and then silence it.

PLEASE PRAY FOR US.  A LOT OF PEOPLE’S LIVES ARE CHANGED FOREVER. MINE IS. AND I AM ALRIGHT.  THANKS FOR ALL THE CALLS; SORRY THE PHONES STILL DON’T WORK VERY WELL.  WE ARE ON CURFEW DUSK TO DAWN WITH NATIONAL GUARD AT HUNDREDS OF INTERSECTIONS.  A 15 MINUTE DRIVE TO HOME TOOK ME AN HOUR.  ONLY MY FREEMAN BADGE LET ME THROUGH.  MAYBE I WILL WRITE MORE LATER.  NOW I’M GOING BACK TO SLEEP.  JOHN

HE NEVER SAID IT WOULD BE EASY… HE JUST SAID FOLLOW ME

BLESSINGS TO YOU FROM JOHN AND SANDY

It will be lobster ravioli and aged Highlands beef tonight as President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama repay Queen Elizabeth II after last night's state dinner at Buckingham Palace. The Obamas host the queen at Winfield House, the home of the U.S. ambassador to Britain -- and not just the queen. Among those on the guest list: actors Tom Hanks and Colin Firth, author J.K. Rowling and soccer star David Beckham. Also on the menu: crushed jersey royals, asparagus and minted broad beans. The dessert: pecan pie and brandy ice cream. After the meal, the guests will be entertained by Tony Award-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth

It will be lobster ravioli and aged Highlands beef tonight as President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama repay Queen Elizabeth II after last night's state dinner at Buckingham Palace. The Obamas host the queen at Winfield House, the home of the U.S. ambassador to Britain -- and not just the queen. Among those on the guest list: actors Tom Hanks and Colin Firth, author J.K. Rowling and soccer star David Beckham. Also on the menu: crushed jersey royals, asparagus and minted broad beans. The dessert: pecan pie and brandy ice cream. After the meal, the guests will be entertained by Tony Award-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth

PLEASE DON’T PLUG THE POTHOLES

by Beverly Eakman
www.NewsWithViews.com

Is Resistance Really Futile?

Traveling down a street in suburban Washington, DC, at mid-day, I was surprised to find all lanes completely backed up. There was no way to turn around and use another route. An accident, I wondered? Nope. Three trucks were mounting yet another revenue camera at a relatively minor intersection that hadn’t seen an accident in decades.

Crawling bumper-to-bumper for 20 minutes on what should have been a 5-minute swing-by, I saw the SUV in front of me suddenly drop hard on its left-front. I couldn’t see the source of the problem from that angle and came close to hitting the vehicle. The driver struggled to get his car moving again, finally managing to back up enough to make another “go” of it. That’s when I saw the huge pothole into which the vehicle had fallen, no doubt because the driver’s eyes were on the creeping van in front, which masked the pothole, and the goings-on above his head, at the traffic light.

That wasn’t the only pothole. Hundreds of smaller and larger ones, plus thousands of bone-jarring rough spots in need of repaving, had dotted roadways for months, still unattended.

It’s not enough that everyone has to suffer hard-to-gauge, variable-height nuisance (a.k.a. “speed”) bumps everywhere that cost taxpayers between $1,200 and $2,000 a pop. Or that 25 and 30 mile-per-hour limits are posted in places where they are definitely not appropriate, usually in locations that have 45- and even 50-mph postings and require drivers to suddenly slam on brakes to avoid cameras just out of sight, around a bend. Now, citizens also have to pay for surveillance-and-revenue cameras that actually make commutes more dangerous—no doubt giving great glee to those enviro-nuts who would discourage all driving—while at the same time generating money for the county and state.

Don’t believe it? Then, ask yourself this: Does government use the dough it collects through fines to fill potholes?

I recently did some checking into how, exactly, these revenue-cum-surveillance cameras—the ones above the stoplights—arrive to communities when residents don’t want them.

One of two things happen: A company approaches state or county officials with an offer to bear the entire cost of installing so-called “traffic” cameras on “x” number of streets in return for approximately one-half of the revenues generated from fines.

Another scenario is that officials from the county or state solicit competitive bids for installing revenue cameras, hoping for the best deal. The winner will be the company submitting a proposal that would jam up roads for the least amount of time, put in cameras more cheaply (configured, of course, to serve multiple purposes) and request a lesser “cut” of the resulting revenues. Officials may then sanction some tricks of their own for higher yields, such as shortening the per-second time-length of amber-yellow lights so that as many people as possible get caught “running” a red light or are stuck in an intersection, making fines more likely. Somehow, the question of “entrapment” has failed as a legal restraint. Never mind that many more drivers will slam on the brakes in surprise, rear-end other vehicles (at great personal expense), and even have heart attacks. Driver safety is the last thing on the government’s mind.

I couldn’t help speculating: How would our grandparents have responded to this overreach by government elites? How would Grandpa dealt with officials who rig the game—essentially stealing money from every family? My answer came fast: An 89-year old relative in Texas said that his generation “would probably have used the cameras for target practice,” and then “lynched the officials who put them there without residents’ say-so.”

No wonder government is hot to disarm the public! And as for lynching public officials, or even just running them out of town, today such actions would see the entire Department of Homeland Security raising the terror-alert to red and sending in the National Guard.

Laugh if you like, but keep in mind we are talking about a complete reversal of the American self-determination/less-government ideal within a space of 50 years—not even a person’s expected lifespan. Such feats are not natural phenomena. They must be engineered, propagandized to death, inculcated from the earliest years in school, film and parenting magazines.

This turnabout of the public psyche has come at a price: Everywhere you go these days, people are cynical and angry—sometimes seemingly for no reason. But when lashing out reaches epidemic proportions, there’s always a reason. In this case, it’s helplessness—the feeling that (to quote the iconic sci-fi series Star Trek) “Resistance Is Futile.”

Today’s TV crime dramas use the term “traffic cam” as a synonym for “surveillance camera.” Even the most liberal script writer is under no illusion about road cameras being for anybody’s safety. Most viewers are too distracted to notice, lured by “gee-whiz” holographs, wall-sized touch-screens and other special effects used to “catch the bad guys.” But in the real world, just how many really dangerous drivers—the ones weaving in and out of traffic, tailgating, honking at drivers to get out of the way, driving in two lanes at once, make hairpin left-turns in front of oncoming traffic—ever get ticketed under “Aggressive Driver Imaging”? I could find no statistics whatever…

Yes, our society is overregulated and exhausted, too tired to even think about fighting city hall every time an unjustified ticket lands in the mailbox with some maddening, Marxist-like letterhead, such as “Safe Speed Division” on it. But the bottom line is that government will keep on upping the ante until we make it clear we’ve had enough.

What if every camera had a flag waving from it, with the words: NOW PLUG THE POTHOLES! Road bumps could have similar flags placed beside them. Nothing is defaced or vandalized. And by the way, the term “public property” means it belongs to the citizens; so if it’s really state property or county property, officials need to quit calling it “public.” Right?

We need to remind our weak-willed, dispirited neighbors and colleagues what it once meant to be “Americans,” in the spirit of the Founding Fathers.

Beverly K. Eakman began her career as a teacher in 1968. She left to become a scientific writer for a NASA contractor. She went on to serve as a former speechwriter for the Voice of America and for the late Chief Justice Warren E. Burger when he chaired the Commission on the Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution. She was an editor and writer for the U.S. Dept. of Justice before retiring from federal government. She is now author of six books covering education policy, mental-health issues, data-trafficking and political strategy with dozens of keynote speeches, feature articles and op-eds to her credit. Her most recent works include A Common Sense Platform for the 21st Century and the 2011 Edition of her ever-popular seminar manual, How To Counter Group Manipulation Tactics (Midnight Whistler Publishers, 2010 and 2011, respectively).

Mrs. Eakman can be reached through her website: BeverlyE.com

Did FOX Chief Ailes say Sarah Palin Is ‘Stupid’?

BJ Downing Kling

Did FOX Chief Ailes say Sarah Palin Is ‘Stupid’?

That’s the headline at the Huffington Post! Calderone opens his article claiming NY Mag Rag will claim he did and use an anonymous source to back it up:

That’s the takeaway from Gabriel Sherman’s New York magazine cover story hitting newsstands Monday. Sherman, who’s currently writing a book on Fox News for Random House, looks at how Ailes — who built up a stable of possible presidential contenders after the 2008 election, including Sarah Palin — isn’t so pleased with their chances at beating President Barack Obama in 2012.

Ailes doesn’t speak on the record in the article, but several Republicans close to the Fox News chief describe his concerns going into an election year.

Huff Post has become the Compost as far as I’m concerned. I had to read through the entire article to find out how Calderone was going to get out of this crock of crap. It was in his last paragraph:

I have worked with Sherman in the past, as I disclosed Sunday, and am very familiar with his coverage of the media. And I am confident that if Sherman reported he spoke with “a Republican close to Ailes” that he indeed spoke with a “Republican close to Ailes.” I’m not defending his source’s unwillingness to speak on the record or arguing that one shouldn’t be skeptical of anonymous sourcing. But when profiling a powerful person such as Ailes — who is not speaking on the record — I understand the reporter’s willingness to grant anonymity to someone who he feels can shed light on the subject’s thinking. The piece offered a unique window into Fox News and was certainly worth linking to on Sunday.

UPDATE: Bill Shine, the executive vice president of programming for Fox News, now disputes New York magazine’s source’s claim that Ailes thinks Palin is “stupid” and “an idiot.” Shine gave the following statement to the New York Times on Monday:

“I know for a fact that Roger Ailes admires and respects Sarah Palin and thinks she is smart. He also believes many members of the left-wing media are extremely terrified and threatened by her. Despite a massive effort to destroy Sarah Palin, she is still on her feet and making a difference in the political world. As for the ‘Republican close to Ailes’ for which the incorrect Palin quote is attributed, when Roger figures out who that is, I guarantee you he or she will no longer be ‘close to Ailes.'”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/22/roger-ailes-palin-stupid-fox-news-new-york_n_865117.html

Meanwhile in the time it took me to read this rubbish 174 comments about how stupid Sarah is landed at the Huffington Compost Pile. The geniuses said things like:

Westexacan

Yes she is stupid but don’t count her out. Remember George Bush got to be president
twice.

DrObvious HUFFPOST COMMUNITY MODERATOR

and we’re still suffering the hangover from Bush the 43d’s shortcomings as he muddled through his 2 terms

baydolphins

I’m just amazed that I actually agree with something a Fox News chief said.

Robert Turner

Roger thinks the President’s election is a “disaster” but thinks Palin is an “idiot”. Lessie… WHO hired Sarah Palin?

NiteScapeTx

The only thing that terrifies me about Palin is, what she has might be contagious!

vic10

She is….we have Michele Bachman

Read more comments from the genius Lemmings who can barely read, write or spell yet they think Sarah is an idiot!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/22/roger-ailes-palin-stupid-fox-news-new-york_n_865117.html#comments

Are erroneous headlines like Fox News Chief Roger Ailes Thinks Sarah Palin Is ‘Stupid': New York Magazine (UPDATE) the new headline format for Huffington Compost? I am reading this less and less now that the teaser headlines have turned this into more of a rag than a source of genuine left wing information.

My comment which I could not resist leaving:

As far as Palin being stupid- like her and her politics or not – which one of you Geniuses have achieved what she has? Until you do – I would count yourselves not quite as smart as she! I have come to admire her tenacity and ability to triumph, if you can’t see that- you are the stupid ones!

The woman is no dummy and no fool- make no mistake- she is a very important mover and shaker and will shape politics. Call her what you will — her name will be in the history books one way or another – will yours?

As far as the Tea Party- it is of the people- you are better off with the people than either party – they are two wings on the same vulture- neither party gives a damned about the people. Any politician that latches on to the Tea Party does so because they think they can use them- but the people have had enough- the smart ones that is. The rest of the Lemmings will stay in your parties and babble on knocking the other party’s candidates while you pay through the nose for them to line their pockets.

You are all party fools! Paying spectators!

When Bad News is Good News—Notes of a Feminist News Junkie

By Robin Morgan
Cross Posted from WMC May 23, 2011

EXCERPT:
WMC Cofounder Robin Morgan on surrealism and sexual predators.

Have you been feeling the urge to wave your arms wildly and yell “We are NOT making this up!”?

First, there was the pornography discovered in Osama bin Laden’s computers —and herbal Viagra found among his medicines. Media wags smirked he had to “satisfy” his youngest wife, Amal, the Yemeni who’d been married off to him (over objections from his other wives and even his mother) at age 15, when he was 43. Don’t you bet she’s enjoyed heaps of marital satisfaction? Pundits also wondered how his fundamentalist brand of Islam’s severe repression of women—imperative because we’re sexual Jezebels—could coexist with porn and sex drugs. After all, in his 2002 “Letter to the American People,” bin Laden sneered “You plaster your naked daughters across billboards to sell a product without any shame.”  (Had a point there.)  But exposing and commercializing the female body for male titillation and shrouding it as a movable bolt of cloth to protect men from “temptation”  are flip sides of the same coin. Neither bunny suits nor burkhas factor in what women want. Porn actually needs sexual repression and demonized women in order to proliferate. Take sexuality out from under a rock and let it dance amicably in the sunlight of equality—and porn loses its audience. So, sorry guys, bin Laden’s porn stash is no contradiction.

Then there was the (now former) French presidential candidate, millionaire Socialist, and International Monetary Fund executive—the one who seems to confuse himself with Berlusconi. Where to begin here? That Dominique Strauss-Kahn (for short, DKS), 62, managing director of the IMF, allegedly did to one African widow what the IMF does to her continent?  That a 32-year-old Guinean émigré working as a hotel chambermaid while trying to raise her daughter with dignity might not burn with the mutual lust DSK’s attorneys argue was—honest-to-god—consensual? That claiming this is a set-up by DSK’s French political rivals—mais c’est absurd? That the power elite boys in global business and European politics have dismissed what they drolly termed Strauss-Kahn’s “womanizing,” for decades? That being indicted for criminal sexual assault, attempted rape, forced oral sex, and unlawful imprisonment are not the peccadilloes French men are pooh-poohing as American puritanical exaggeration? Interestingly, French women don’t agree; 1000 feminists signed a petition that ran in Le Monde, denouncing DSK’s defenders and their “sudden rise of sexist and reactionary reflexes, so quick to surface among part of the French elite.”

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