March 3rd, 2012

Lupin/Tonks DH1 Anxious

O’Reilly gets on the attack Sandra Fluke train

O’Reilly: If Sandra Fluke Wants Gov’t To Cover Female ‘Activities,’ ‘Male Activities’ Should Be Covered Too

Sandra Fluke has evolved overnight from the woman who testified on the issue of contraception to the face of women’s health care, especially in the wake of Rush Limbaugh‘s controversial statement where he called the Georgetown law student a “slut.” Bill O’Reilly took issue with the notion of the government paying for her “activities,” and said if the activities of women are paid for, what about men’s activities like football or going to public gymnasiums?

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Apparently, O'Reilly also said that he supports Viagra being covered by insurance companies. I wonder why.

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Moody's warns of Greece default despite debt deal.

Moody's has cut Greece's credit rating again, citing a risk of default despite a recent debt write-off deal.

Moody's cut Greece's rating to "C" from "Ca", the lowest level on its scale.

Moody's said the planned debt exchange, which involves private investors of Greek debt writing off much of the 206bn euros in Greek bonds they hold, "would constitute a distressed exchange, and hence a default".

Earlier this week the Standard & Poor's agency classified Greek debt as in "selective default".


OP: I have a real issue with these credit ratings agencies. When they got the credit crunch catastrophically wrong (they rated Lehman Brothers as AAA the day before its collapse) they absolved themselves their ignorance by saying that theirs was 'only an opinion'. So they're the financial equivalent of the bloke down the pub.
Pride & Prejudice

Archie gay marriage comic sells out in face of boycott call

Despite attempts by a conservative American mothers' group to have it pulled from sale, the new Archie comic, which features a gay marriage, has just sold out.

Tracing the adventures of the teenagers Archie, Betty and Veronica in the small town of Riverdale, the Archie storyline has been running for 70 years and is one of America's most popular comic series. Its publisher described the marriage of Kevin Keller, the series' first gay character, in the latest issue as "a historic moment", announcing yesterday that the Life with Archie #16 had sold out.

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Women's HERstory Month Day Three: Mary Wollstonecraft, the great Vindicator

Mary Wollstonecraft (April 27, 1759-September 10, 1797), a revolutionary advocate of equal rights for women, was an inspiration for both the nineteenth-century and twentieth-century women's movements. Wollstonecraft was not merely a woman's rights advocate. She asserted the innate rights of all people, whom she thought victims of a society that assigned people their roles, comforts, and satisfactions according to the false distinctions of class, age, and gender.

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Gingrich uses Limbaugh controversy to attack Obama

Newt Gingrich on Saturday used the flap over Rush Limbaugh's controversial denunciations of birth-control advocate Sandra Fluke as a way to attack President Obama for acting "opportunistically" when he called the Georgetown University law student to express his disappointment over Limbaugh's comments.

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Jesus Horses

He's still a sack of shit

Limbaugh apologizes to Sandra Fluke

Conservative radio commentator Rush Limbaugh has issued a statement apologizing for "insulting word choices" directed at a Georgetown University law student who testified to Congress in support of an Obama administration birth control rule.

The remark, in which Limbaugh called Sandra Fluke a "slut," sparked widespread controversy. Limbaugh's apology, which was posted on his website, is below:

For over 20 years, I have illustrated the absurd with absurdity, three hours a day, five days a week. In this instance, I chose the wrong words in my analogy of the situation. I did not mean a personal attack on Ms. Fluke.

I think it is absolutely absurd that during these very serious political times, we are discussing personal sexual recreational activities before members of Congress. I personally do not agree that American citizens should pay for these social activities. What happened to personal responsibility and accountability? Where do we draw the line? If this is accepted as the norm, what will follow? Will we be debating if taxpayers should pay for new sneakers for all students that are interested in running to keep fit?In my monologue, I posited that it is not our business whatsoever to know what is going on in anyone's bedroom nor do I think it is a topic that should reach a Presidential level.

My choice of words was not the best, and in the attempt to be humorous, I created a national stir. I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for the insulting word choices.

Question: How is calling someone a slut and a prostitute and asking her to post sex videos online NOT a personal attack? An apology with an espousing of your polotical beliefs is a backhanded apology at best.
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Mansion servant enslaved by uber-rich New York family for nearly six years

A wealthy New York woman is facing criminal charges after being accused of keeping an illegal immigrant as an indentured servant and forcing her to live in a closet for nearly six years.

Documents posted on the Smoking Gun allege that Annie George, 39, and her now-deceased husband, Mathai Kolath George, hired an illegal immigrant from the Indian state of Kerala. The immigrant, identified only as "V.M.," was promised about $1,000 a month in wages to live in the family's 34-room, 30,000-square-foot home, known as Llenroc mansion, which houses a helicopter pad, 15 fireplaces, marble flooring, 24-karat gold gilded ceilings and a glass elevator. V.M. was tasked with taking care of the Georges' four young children, along with performing household duties in the mansion located about 20 miles north of Albany.
New York's minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. Even if V.M. had been allowed to leave the residence at the end of a regular 40-hour workweek, she would have been entitled to a minimum, pretax income of $290 per week, or $1,160 per month.

Instead, the "forced labor situation" (as described in the court papers) was even worse than the already-below minimum wage offer of $1,000 month. V.M. received 85 cents an hour, working 17-hour days, seven days a week, over the 67 months she was kept inside the George residence.

All told, V.M. received only about $29,000 over the five and a half years she was forced to work for the George family.

The Smoking Gun reports that immigration agents received a tip from the National Human Trafficking Resource Center last year and removed V.M. from the George's property. The U.S. Department of Labor conducted its own investigation and says V.M. is entitled to $206,000 in back wages. She was also allegedly denied health benefits, sick days or any personal time off from her labors.
Annie George, whose husband died in a plane crash in 2009, reportedly called V.M.'s son three times, suggesting he "tell his mother to tell authorities that she was a relative of George's family and was only staying at George's house as a guest." However, V.M.'s son recorded the calls, which included a plea from Annie George, "If she says anything about working, it would become a big crime. They'll start adding up all the taxes and everything, for all the time."

According to the Smoking Gun documents, the George estate had been put up for sale for a reported $30 million. However, an astute Sideshow reader points out that Llenroc sold for a "meager" $1.9 million in 2009.

Annie George appeared in court on Wednesday before a federal magistrate, facing charges of encouraging and inducing an illegal alien to reside in the U.S.

Calvin & Hobbes: aackk
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The Hardcore truth about women in porn

An old controversy has arisen over pornography; not the usual ruck about whether it is harmful to women, but a debate over the viewing of women being abused during the making of it.

This Monday UK Feminista is screening the documentary Hardcore, which offers a horrifying glimpse into the industry.

First screened on Channel 4 in 2001, it follows Felicity, a 25-year-old single mother living in the UK, who is desperate to make money to improve her daughter's opportunities. She is invited by a porn agent to meet movers and shakers in the so-called US 'adult industry'. The audience watches as she goes from a bright, sparky, pretty woman to a cynical and emotionally exhausted shell.

Her agent introduces her to performer Max Hardcore, notorious for abusing and humiliating women during filming. Aware of his reputation for choking women during oral sex – and that he often asks his co-stars to wear little girls' clothes – Felicity did not want to meet him, let alone work with him, yet she is pressured by her agent until she agrees.

When Hardcore chokes her she breaks down in tears, but he insists on her continuing, calling her a "fucking loser" and she is almost persuaded to continue until the documentary crew steps in for fear of being complicit in her rape.

Feminist group Scottish Women against Pornography says it should never be screened, saying it is a "filmed rape of Felicity" which will be "endlessly re-enacted long after she is gone". But in the early 1980s, Women Against Violence Against Women compiled a "slide show" of pornographic images, and activists, including myself, gave presentations to anti-pornography women's groups. The images ranged from Playboy centrefolds to a Hustler image of a woman being fed headfirst into a meat grinder, and a cartoon of a learning disabled child being penetrated by a penis in one of her ears with the semen shooting out of the other.

Undoubtedly, a number of those at the meetings were upset but the knowledge gleaned was an essential tool with which to fight the liberals when they argue that porn is "just pictures of people having sex". Other human rights campaigners rely on disturbing imagery to add strength to their arguments: footage of animals being caged and tortured; images of men being lynched in the American south by the Ku Klux Klan; pictures of mass graves in conflict zones.

UK Feminista acknowledges the film makes difficult viewing, but says it depicts the true face of the oft-glamorised porn industry. And importantly Felicity, who left the porn industry after the documentary, did consent to the film being shown.

We need to know the truth about the porn industry to be able to effectively campaign against it. Hardcore tells the truth. Watch it.

Hardcore will be screened in London on 18 July, at 6.30pm. See

Source: The Guardian
[G&R] Confusion

Andrew Breitbart's Death Sparks Theories

If you didn't already know, outspoken conservative Andrew Breitart died earlier in the week. He was not immune from controversies, and it seems that has followed him, even in death. He died at the age of forty-three - days after he claimed he had damning videos of Barack Obama, and that he planned to release them before the general election. Now, it seems some are saying he may have been murdered.

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I'm sorry, but people die from heart issues all the time. Even young and healthy people. Him dying of a possible heart attack at forty-three is not "suspicious" or "sinister". It's life - something these bloggers need to get.

Also - these bloggers need to respect this man's grieving family and friends. These conspiracies theories aren't doing them any good.