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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Molesting teacher cover-up? Steven Noyes vs. Jane Doe.

BJ Downing Kling

The story below does not present many concrete facts—it comes down to a he said she said which no doubt will end up with the child ‘s word holding less weight than the teachers in the end. While there is not much evidence that the teacher molested this child and many will point to a 5 million dollar law suit as a reason to make a false claim, great minds will have to look for more than circumstantial evidence whether they can prove it in the end or not. Having said that- there is one sentence in the article that floored me-it comes from the headmaster. This was more than a hug and the headmaster knows it—why else would she say “This is all my fault; I shouldn’t have let him hug the children.”

Appropriate male teacher distance to a 9 yr old girl - hands in plain sight

Appropriate male teacher distance to a 9 yr old girl - hands in plain sight

He hugs the children?

He hugs the children!!!

I am a retired school teacher, gone from the scene for 10 years and I remember clearly that we never hug the children, never under any circumstances and never the opposite sex. Indeed it is clear this behavior has occurred with teacher Noyes before and this school is going to do whatever they have to cover –up previous cover-ups. The only crack in this case appears to be the headmaster’s confession. She slipped up, break her and break the case or find another Jane Doe.

To win this case – they will have to find a prior to Jane Doe, because no one will believe the current claim without corroboration. I traced the case to the local news and the comments clearly aimed at discrediting the family. I will never understand why, with all the tragedy laid upon women and children by male perpetrators, the first response is always – he didn’t do it and she must be lying. Why is that? And why – especially when statistics shows 87% of the time he has done it? Even if it were 50% of the time – I want to know why HE always gets the benefit of the doubt?

http://www.news-press.com/article/20110519/NEWS0119/110519038/-1/https

raspberryberet wrote:

They must be underwater on their house.

TheSock wrote:

I sincerely hope a man’s reputation is not being destroyed over greed.

 

On second thought even another Jane Doe will be accused of jumping on the bandwagon for money- the headmaster must be made to confess what she knows and a very through investigation must be made into this teacher.

Who believes JANE DOE??
 
A little girl comes home with a terrible secret; she’s just been touched by her favorite teacher; touched in a way she knows is wrong. What anyone familiar with sexual assault will know is that this is was likely the beginning of the touching while the grooming of Jane Doe happened for months. 

JANE DOE does what exactly what we teach our children to do. If someone touches you inappropriately – TELL someone. 
 
JANE DOE did, but what happened next has left her family hurt, angry and ready to fight for justice for this brave little girl.
 
The story takes place in a close community in Naples, Florida, at Village School dedicated to Christian values where Doe has been a student since kindergarten.  She is an outgoing, kind girl, who still to this day doesn’t even get the sexual nature of a breast touch as sex and breasts even being sexual are not even on her radar. 

Her parents are the kind of people you’d want in your community, in your school, and as the support system to a traumatized kid.  They are church going, softball playing, parents who take pride in their value-driven life. In fact, they chose Doe’s school because of its mission of, “educating the child’s mind, body, and spirit through Christian values in an ever-changing world.”
 
Since the day they told Doe’s story to the school, they’ve felt anything but Christian values. 
 
THE INCIDENT:
It happened just after Christmas break. Jane Doe is in her homeroom class working on her math homework. She gets stumped on a long division problem and asks her teacher for help. She goes up to her teacher’s desk, and that’s when it happens. 
As Doe tells her mother and father, the teacher began helping her with her first question. He put his hand under her dress and on her knee. Then, he reached his hand up her back and under her shirt, coming around the front to rub her chest.  He keeps his hand there while he helps her with three other math problems.
Afterwards, Doe thanks him and returns to her seat.
 
THE AFTERMATH:
The parents didn’t panic, but they did want answers. They approached the head of the school and heard her say, “This is all my fault; I shouldn’t have let him hug the children.”

Then things quickly turned from bad to worse. The school expels little Jane Doe (to me THE MOST EGREGIOUS PART OF THIS CASE!!)  The teacher, who has refused to cooperate with police, has returned to his job.

PRIOR TO ANY LAWSUIT, we made many attempts to simply get answers.  There was no desire to sue just a desire to make sure there was a proper police as well as school investigation.  While the police partially did their job, the school failed this family, and Jane Doe.  When I personally tried to get information, I was told the only way to do it was to bring a case.  So here we are.

 
THE LAWSUIT:
This is the story of a father who believes, and is standing up for his little girl. It’s about a mother who wants to make sure no other child goes through the pain and suffering her daughter has.  The goal in filing a suit is to get answers, to hold the school accountable, to make sure that this case is not simply swept under the rug.  It is our goal to have a safe forum for people to come forward as we know that there are likely other victims out there. 

THE LEGAL TEAM:

Miami attorney JEFF HERMAN and Los Angeles Attorney jointly represent Jane Doe and her family.  JEFF HERMAN is a nationally-recognized advocate for survivors of childhood sexual abuse, announces the filing of a new lawsuit against THE VILLAGE SCHOOL, a Naples-area private school affiliated with the North Naples United Methodist Church, for the sexual abuse of a 9 year old student at the school.   The family is also represented by ROBIN SAX, a California-based attorney and former sex crimes prosecutor, who is a frequent network TV commentator on high-profile legal cases, including the Casey Anthony and O.J. Simpson prosecutions.  SAX is a national expert in child sexual abuse and has written several books on the subject.


ROBIN SAX
Law Offices of Robin Sax
A Professional Law Corporation
1434 Westwood Blvd
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Los Angeles CA 90024
www.robinsax.com
(310) 470-9955 office
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robin@robinsax.com

Women’s Lives Under Padding

One of the most profound articles I have every read. This 8 page article is a must read, a keeper and one to be passed from woman to woman! Please be sure to let the author know how much you appreciate her insight. – BJ

By Merle Hoffman
Cross posted from On the Issues Magazine-
http://www.ontheissuesmagazine.com/1988vol9/vol9_1988.php

I learned about paddings accidentally many years ago. It was in a time before my consciousness was raised.

I was 18, incurably romantic, and had taken a bunch of red roses with me to the Grand Plaza de Toros in Madrid—in anticipation of playing out a scene from an Ernest Hemingway novel—the Young American Woman and the Matador.

That hot and sunny Sunday afternoon there was a novellero (an apprentice matador) thrusting himself gracefully and erotically in front of black sweating death, brilliantly executing a perfect “moment of truth”—killing the bull with a single thrust to the artery in the neck. The great beast went down gently, his legs the first to move under him as his massive body melted into the sand.

A supreme triumph for this novice—his ritual reward was a slice of flesh, the ear of the bull cut off with the precision of a surgeon’s knife. He would have to be far more accomplished to receive the ultimate prize, two ears and a tail. Around and around the corrida this novellero walked, waving and throwing small kisses to the screaming crowds—I grandly threw my roses towards him over the heads of the spectators in front of me. He caught them in one hand, and standing quite still, bowed low and swept the sand with his cape. Then, in a moment of ultimate romantic fantasy, he threw me the ear of the bull as a knight would a favor to his lady.

I didn’t notice the blood that poured onto my hand as I managed to catch it.I felt only exhultation. Clutching that small, pathetic piece of skin and hair, I was a Star. He had chosen me from all the women in the corrida and given me a piece of slaughtered animal as a measure of his affections.

And I was amazed, amazed at his gift, this symbol of romance, power, sexuality and death. It all seemed to fit. After all, the bull was also a willing participant in this ancient ritual of male power and death. Here he could die amidst pagentry and honor—a preferable fate to the bloody anonymity of the slaughterhouse. It was all part of that same Hemingway script.

But then there were the horses. In my amazement, I had forgotten about the horses.

Coming in at the second act, they carried the piccadors on their backs, small heavy men with lances that speared into the necks of the bulls as they charged against the sides of the horses.

The horses would be pinned against the walls of the corrida, heads held high as they stood their ground to accept the assault.

I was told that they weren’t hurt by the sharp horns that thrust into their sides as the bulls became more and more enraged; they weren’t hurt because they were protected by their padding, the heavy quilted padding under the leather saddles.

It was only much later that I found out the truth. The padding was not for their own protection against the battering horns of the tormented bulls (there was in fact no possible protection against this) but acted as a screen against offending the delicate sensibilities of the crowds that demanded ignorance from the reality of the open, bleeding, gushing wounds. The padding was for us, and not for them.

Now, remembering this, I began to think about women’s lives. To think about how often they were like the sides of those horses: open, vulnerable, and many times wounded and bleeding under the padding that covered them. And I thought about that padding: a patchwork quift of belief systems and conditioned responses created by a society that sold us its institutions as being therefor our own protection, as existing to comfort, protect and provide security and engulfing safeness. I thought about how often that padding was not protection at all, but pure artifice.

In a world created not by you but for you, women have been slowly, historically, culturally, insidiously and consistently conditioned to live their lives under and through paddings.

Experientially, one could be considered “adjusted” as a woman in this society determined by the degree of comfort, integration and acceptance of this padding by women as individuals and by women collectively as a class. Much of the dissatisfaction that occurs within women personally and politically happens when there is an awareness of the difference between one’s personal reality and the culturally conditioned way of perceiving things. This process has historically been described in feminist literature as a “click of consciousness”. Once this occurs there are two roads to travel. One can either move into the personal reality as one experiences it or, denying this, move once again, with even more fervor, into the padding. On a grander scale, the general denial of the term “feminist” as an acceptable label by many American women existing simultaneously with their belief in the goals of the movement is a prime example of the power of these paddings.

I have continually heard women refuse to describe themselves as feminists because “these women are masculine and angry” etc., and in the next breath go on to say, “but of course I believe in equal pay for equal work” and that “women are just as good as men”. In this case, the reality and the padding exist side by side in consciousness, yet the padding {the drive to be a good girl, feminine and acceptable to the male establishment) prevents many women from fully accepting it.

But then the reality comes in, sometimes quietly, other times screaming.

It happens so very often that I should be used to it by now, made numb by habit, not affected—it should all go into that white noise category of neutral stimuli that gets fused into the nothingness of trace memory. But it only seems to get worse. Every time I read a newspaper or turn on the TV, it hits me, it hits me hard.

Another murder. Another woman or child abused, battered or killed, most often by a husband, father or lover. Paddings, paddings. . . .

Given the reality of many women’s lives, it becomes increasingly important to uncover those sides and hold up the wounds to the glaring light of truth.

Upon reflection, there appears to be an enormous amount of male rage in this society One could perhaps theorize a political basis for this rage, that it is fostered by a lack of community, tack of ethical purpose, separation from one’s essential humanity, feeling powerless in the personal, impotent in the professional; etc. But the bottom line is that this rage is, more often than not, directed at women—at women for perhaps having reneged on the historical, mythological expectation of her as original, continual nurturer and total support system. Rage at women collectively: against their expressions of sexuality; against their ability to give birth and their ability to decide not to; against the expressed political power of that choosing; yes, rage against the continuing and escalating feminist demands for power and participation in the society.

Rage ultimately at the struggles for a new world order that would present a radical political alternative vision.

Rage … it is not only the direct physical violence (the arm that shatters or the gun that wounds) but the written and spoken word, the images, the collective perceptions as expressed through the written and electronic media that show, without question or compromise, the high level of male frustration and rage. Far from being purely serendipitous and arbitrary, the violent expression of this rage takes many forms and serves many purposes.

Violence can, and often does, serve to reinforce and institutionalize the natural physiological dominance of men, while at the same time supporting men’s perception of their separateness from women. This particular perception eases the way for men to minimize, demean and generally act out against women in multiple ways. The mere threat of violence also often results in enforcing a passivity in the female victims that leads to individual and collective subservient “good girl” behavior patterns. The constant daily reminders of violence against women and children in every newspaper strongly reinforce this reality. Domestic violence in particular expresses this pattern by strongly upholding the patriarchal status quo and enforcing the real or perceived power of the establishment.

According to the New York Times, November 8, 1987, Dr. Ronald Chez of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey said there were six million battered women in America; other estimates range from three million to 12 million. Susan Schecter, author of Women and Male Violence, said there were 1.8 million battered married women in 1980, but that that figure did not include violence against single women or divorcees. Another statistic quotes the fact that a woman is battered in America every 15 seconds.

The padding of “forever” and “till death do us part”; the padding of social structure, of class exemption, of forgetfulness, of “it can’t happen to me”, and “it’s not my problem”.

Prudence Glass Greenblatt of The Battered Women’s Defense Committee said in the same article that there remains “a significant religious cultural and political support for wife beating”. In this instance, we see the Church and the State, separate or unified—acting not as protective structures of safety and reason, but as institutional supports for criminal activities.

An even more insidious and dangerous phenomenon is the fact that mass murders are on the rise and are considered the “new epidemic”. As reported by the New York Times, January 3,1988, James Fox, criminologist and co-author of Mass Murder, America’s Growing Menace states that “1966 was the onset of the age of mass murder”. In 75 percent of the cases studied by Fox, the victims knew their killer, who was almost always a white male.

The killers all shared some common characteristics, including that prior to the murders there was the loss of a job or separation or divorce from a spouse. Also, they were people who had few outside contacts with friends or neighbors who might help vent the growing rage.

Interestingly enough, Levin said societal trends are creating more opportunity for these conditions. “You look at the divorce rate of 50 percent and the tremendous residential and job mobility in this country. It can leave people rootless, isolated without sense of community.”

The recent case of Ronald Gene Simmons is a horrifying and graphic example of this. The Arkansas man killed 16 members of his family (there are reports that he actually had them dig their own graves up to six months before their murders by telling them he was planning a gardening project). Simmons is described as an ex-master sergeant who liked to order others around and, according to Linda Mayhew, the closest friend of Simmons wife {Daily News, January 3,1988) he, Simmons, gave orders and they (his family) didn’t dare question what he wanted. The article states that “to maintain his control Simmons would not allow his family to join any church or social group”. They could not have a telephone. One daughter, Loretta, 17, who wanted to be a model, couldn’t wear pretty clothes, date or wear makeup.

The “padding” obscured the fact that the entire family lived in what were actually concentration camp conditions and could not or would not ask for help, break out or attempt a collective action. Another distressing aspect of this story is that one of Simmons daughters was a victim of his continued sexual abuse, bore a child out of that union and both she and that child perished in the massacre. There is also a contention that what triggered Simmons murderous rage was a recent rejection from a young woman he was pursuing. She, too, was murdered in the rampage.

Although mass murderers and mass murders are still by no means an every day occurrence, they can be viewed as the apex of the little murders, the every day humiliations, the daily violent incidents that face us each morning as we scan the media reports. Violence, sex and death.

Little Lisa Steinberg, the six-year-old girl allegedly murdered by her adoptive father, had padding. The padding of parental love and middle class values. The padding of childhood and a good neighborhood school. But underneath that padding, her life was a nightmare of abuse and neglect.

Lisa’s adoptive mother, Hedda Nussbaum, had padding too. The padding of a longterm relationship, of snared adopted children with her lover Joel Steinberg, of mutual friends, of professional status. Living in a twilight zone of abuse and passivity, Hedda now stands accused of being an accomplice in her adopted daughter’s murder.

The “battered woman syndrome” cycle depends (according to the New York Times, November 8, 1987) on the usually deliberate undermining of a woman’s sense of authority, independence and self-worth by a possessive, demanding and overly critical man who feels the need to control the behavior of all those around him.

The enormous pressure on women to conform to the expectations of the padding lead to behaviors such as Hedda Nussbaum claiming that her broken nose, fractured ribs and other major physical problems resulted not from beatings by her lover but from something else; i.e. he didn’t hit me, I fell. So Hedda stands accused.

Some say and feel that no matter what the reality of that house, no matter how much her own sickness and pain, Hedda Nussbaum should have protected her daughter at all costs, should have laid down her own life first, should have gotten the child out of there—should have, should have. . ..

But was Hedda aware that there is much evidence to suggest that a woman who finally decides to leave an intolerable battering relationship still risks the even greater peril that the man often will find her and possibly kill her? Or, if she manages to escape, where can she go? Due to the Reagan Administration’s budget cuts, there are few, if any, shelters available to support her. With little or no financial assistance, a woman’s decision to leave a battering relationship may jeopardize her chance of survival even more than remaining in an unsafe house.

According to Karla Digirolamo, Executive Director of New York State’s Commission of Domestic Violence: “There develops a conditioned helplessness which is magnified by fear. Some women believe they are safer at home where they know the danger than out in an unsupportive world where they may be pursued.” According to recent studies, 20 to 40 percent of homeless people in New York City are battered women. This kind of statistic gives new life to the phrase “between a rock and a hard place”, and reinforcement to Sigmund Freud’s comment that “experience teaches us that the world is no nursery.” Asks Ms. Digirolamo: “How do you assimilate the fact that the person who loves you is beating you, or that the person you love is beating you, so that even your love is worth nothing?”

Indeed, recent child abduction cases, where mothers have defied the courts and gone to jail to protect their children from their abuser, have proved that the courts often award custody to the abusive father. Other cases exist where mothers are jailed for protecting their children from psychological or sexual abuse by hiding them from estranged husbands against court orders. So, we are left with women existing in a matrix of difficult, if not impossible, choices—a classic no-win situation.

We come to the harsh reality that there is no fair cause and effect in the universe— that, in fact, if we do the “right things”, good things do not always happen to us. A headline in a daily screams a quote from the biological mother of Lisa Steinberg, “If I wanted my daughter murdered, I would have had an abortion.”

But how much real choice did the mother, Michelle Launders, have? Pregnant, 20 years old, unmarried, alone and afraid—how much real choice did she have? Paddings again. . . .

The danger in paddings is that they are not only non-protective and often negative, but that they are ephemeral and elusive. This makes it possible to be moved in and out of them quickly and easily depending upon circumstances. Like the ever-shifting paddings of “mother”.

Women are always struggling to maintain the padding of the “good mother”, the “good girl”; the padding of social acceptability. Once a woman takes this padding off, she bares her sides to scrutiny.

Witness Nicole Smiegel, the biological mother of Hedda Nussbaum’s little adopted son, cheerleader and good Catholic girl, pregnant at 16 years of age.

Unable to face the shame of her pregnancy in front of her Long Island friends and neighbors (she doesn’t even tell the baby’s father) she gives birth in secret and hands the baby over for adoption. The window shades on her block were drawn against her and the knowledge of her secret. Once she broke her silence to come forward and rescue little “Travis Christian” (adopted son of Hedda Nussbaum) she became not an unwed mother but an angel of mercy, a romantic figure of sublime mother love.

Her neighbors now open their hearts, windows and doors to the new media star. Michelle Launders also exposes her previous shame to the floodlights of the media and, within the context of the Steinberg case, becomes the tragic mother heroine instead of another poor, young, unwed mother.

In the glare of the cameras, hidden under the padding, the reality of the pain of these women’s lives is overlooked. The flush of publicity covers the anguished hours of decision-making and torment after finding out the impossible, finding out that the pregnancy test was positive.

The issue here is not whether children are a priori good or bad—the padding would have us believe they are always positive— the reality is that they are positive only at certain times with certain people in certain circumstances. To paraphrase Shakespeare: “Nothing is good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”

The padding of good girl and good mother worked heavily for both Launders and Smiegel who gave up their babies for adoption rather than abort or keep them. Both Launders and Smiegel made what they considered to be survival decisions. Often couched in terms of what would be best for the child, there is an underlying reality of individual self-interest on the part of these women. Their choice was in fact one of survival. Underneath the padding it often is.

In the case of women’s sexuality, the padding has resulted in its expression being directed in one of two ways—either towards reproduction as in mother or wife, or as sexual receptacle as in whore. One of the reasons that abortion is so passionately opposed by the conservative establishment is that it is women’s reality exposed—in abortion, the decision and the act, the padding is ripped off. According to the created definitions, mothers and wives don’t “kill their babies” and whores are damned to hell anyway so they really aren’t important.

The difficulty many women experience with their own abortion decisions often occurs when they have too much of a conflict between what they experience as necessary and right (i.e. terminating their pregnancy) and the guilt they feel because they are not conforming to the expectations of their padding—”good girls are mothers and don’t kill their babies”. An interesting example of this phenomenon can be found in a group of women known as WEBA— Women Exploited by Abortion. This group contends that they were misinformed by the providers of abortion services and as a result made their choice on the basis of inaccurate and misleading information. Consequently, they blame the clinics and the providers for having chosen to have an abortion, rather than accepting personal responsibility for their choice. These WEBA women must at all costs incorporate the padding that states that real women are not active moral agents, real women never make hard choices, real women don’t make difficult survival decisions. Real women are victims. Victims of circumstance, misinformation, husbands, lovers, society, etc., etc.

But paddings are not only external. They can be and often are created by women themselves. Common women-created paddings are those that women tell themselves to rationalize the incongruence between what they experience internally as real and what they know is necessary for social survival in the world; i.e. “I wasn’t hit, I fell”. The consistent insidious attempts to incorporate the padding into our souls, to try to be thin enough, pretty enough, successful enough, accepted enough, brilliant enough, politically correct enough, right enough. All working to create an endemic sense of inadequacy and depression so that personal and political passivity are natural results. The constant attempts to recreate ourselves, restructure and reorganize our personalities and presentation of self to fit into and assimilate the paddings leads us into states of alienation and depression and ultimately, dependency.

Here in my den with the “ear of the bull” mounted, framed and hanging on my wall, I am aware that every Sunday that ancient ritual goes on. The bulls, the horses, the young men, and death. The crowds still scream and seemingly remain unaware of the wounds and pain they so dramatically and ardently applaud.

I sometimes wonder whether it is at all possible for woman to exist beyond the perceptions of her biology and sexuality— a possibility of woman expressed through characteristics that are non-sexually aligned. Is Hedda Nussbaum responsible for her actions? If she herself is in fact a victim of continued abuse and battering, then, according to the definitions of the “battered woman’s syndrome”, she is not responsible for her actions.

While the battered woman’s syndrome could be used to describe the situation that Hedda Nussbaum and the family of mass murderer Ronald Gene Simmons lived in, one could also extrapolate this definition to read that the majority of women in this society live politically and socially in a condition of being battered, with the state and the patriarchal institutions playing the role of the oppressive husband or lover writ large.

A common question always asked when discussing the issue of battered women is, why do they stay? There are, of course, a barrage of psychological and sociological explanations for this behavior, but in all of the questions and the answers there is an underlying attitude on the part of the general public that something is not right—that individuals should not exist in a situation that allows them to be abused and battered.

If we enlarge this analogy we may well ask how the general population of women in this country continues to allow the abuses of the system to endure—economic disparity, homelessness, feminization of poverty, violence against women and children, dire threats to our reproductive freedom, continued destruction of the environment, escalation of rape, and the pornography industry, etc., etc., etc.

How far can we go in expecting women to take responsibility for their lives? Women are either active moral agents, or they are not. They are either children or adults. They are either to be held accountable and responsible for their actions or viewed as continued victims of oppression.

Women must take ultimate responsibility for their lives . . . must take responsibility that demands that they not only see the paddings that cover them, but slowly and carefully begin to remove, replace and redefine them.

Sex, Death, Choice, Peace, Love, Power, Ambition, Success, Feminism.

What is the reality? How much is illusion? And how much is padding?

Women must begin to forge links to the community and to the consensual reality that are beyond and greater than the definitions and expressions of their biological and created sexuality—beyond their pregnancies—beyond their definitions of mother. They must struggle to find definitions for themselves that may or may not include the sexual. Even the purest of forces, love and erotic energy, have been perverted into paddings—love into self-righteousness and didactic theories of goodness and the erotic into mechanistic sexuality and consumerism.

Ultimately, the reality of women’s lives should not be under any padding at all. The protection it offers is for the consumption of a society That does not address our issues but has turned pain, insecurity, rage and healthy political radicalism into just another topic on the Phil Donahue Show.

The realpolitik of women’s lives should exist a priori—out in the world—clearly, loudly, passionately and truthfully—needing no screens from delicate sensibilities.

The reality of women’s lives and needs, plus the reality of the violence against them, requires, demands, light—light and truth. The realpolitik of women’s lives has to reinforce the reality that underneath the padding there is not only pain and insecurity, but courage, power and innocence of vision.

This truth must lead to a different kind of politics. One that says that real mental health for women is the ultimate radicalism. One that rejects victimization and depression as “givens” and natural results of living under padding; one that demands joy; one that ultimately understands that you cannot find truth, yourself or a new political vision under cover.

 Merle Hoffman is publisher/editor-in-chief of On The Issues magazine and founder/president of both Choices Women’s Medical Center, Inc., and Choices Mental Health Center.

A Proper Burial

Barbara

Warning: Graphics are disturbing and not suitable for everyone- BJ inserted them!

Prayer said over Osama Bin Laden’s dead body.

O Allah, forgive our living and our dead, those who are present among us and those who are absent, our young and our old, our males and our females. O Allah, whoever You keep alive, keep him alive in Islam, and whoever You cause to die, cause him to die with faith. O Allah, forgive him and have mercy on him, keep him safe and sound and forgive him, honor the place where he settles and make his entrance wide; wash him with water and snow and hail, and cleanse him of sin as a white garment is cleansed of dirt. O Allah, give him a house better than his house and a family better than his family. O Allah, admit him to Paradise and protect him from the torment of the grave and the torment of Hell-fire; make his grave spacious and fill it with light. O Allah, do not deprive us of the reward and do not cause us to go astray after this.

Osama Bin Laden has been given a proper Muslim burial, he was anointed and wrapped in white and the prayer to Allah was said over his body before being buried at sea all within the proper Muslim burial time of 10 hours.

BUT

Was there anointing of oils, forgiveness of sins, prayers to God, Buddha, Jehovah, final blessings and proper religious burials for the 911 victims of his religious Jihad? He was properly buried within 10 hours and those he murdered have not been properly buried in 10 years.

Mr. President, I would like you to think about that when you campaign at Ground Zero on Thursday. When you stand not at a watery grave but at a grave made of rubble in the heart of a city that knows Osama Bin Laden did not deserve the respect you afforded him. You did not want to offend Muslims with an improper Muslim burial. What Muslim or any civil person would be offended that a mass murderer did not receive the proper religious burial of their practiced faith?

The “proper Muslim” burial given to mass murderer Osama Bin Laden should deeply offend Muslims. Frankly, those concerned with what they consider to have been an improper Muslim burial for a mass murderer are offensive. Their concern is that Osama was not buried facing Mecca. The concern should be that this terrorist did what he did in the name of Islam. How do defend Islam as a religion of Peace and then embrace the Jihad of Osama Bin Laden?

The faith of Osama Bin Laden was respected to ensure he was properly buried yet that twisted faith of Osama Bin Laden is responsible for the mass graves upon which you will stand asking for the votes of the mothers and fathers and wives and children of those murdered by the man you anointed in the oils of Allah…the last words of those on the civil airplanes that flew into the buildings that once stood proudly above your head were. Allah Akbar. 

Those buried at your feet were not wrapped in fresh white linen they were wrapped in jet fuel and concrete. They were not prayed over they were cursed. Look up to the empty NY sky for proof of that…slowing falling to earth holding the hand of the be damned Infidel. 

Mr. President as you stated “we are not at war with Muslims” but as you stand at the site of Jihad remember the man who received a proper Muslim burial Osama Bin Laden, brought the war to us. 

Mr. President…the martyr was not buried at sea the martyr all 3,000 of them are buried at your feet.

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