Code Pink’s Vagina Protest: Where Was the Diversity? 1

[No, this article isn’t from The Onion…]

By John Tarleton

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Around the time the Iraq War began I was interviewing a community organizer in Harlem who was also active in various anti-imperialist movements. As our interview wrapped up, she began to quiz me about the white, middle class wing of the antiwar movement that had gathered around United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ). She was curious in particular about a flamboyant new group called Code Pink. Co-founded by West Coast peace activists Medea Benjamin and Jodie Evans, Code Pink seemed to be everywhere, grabbing headlines with its vigils and marches and various publicity stunts.

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Draft GOP Platform Defends Anti-Gay Laws in Africa 1

[editor’s note: This is bizarrely cynical: it’s not the anti-gayness of it, it’s the fact that most of the leaders of the GOP have embraced gay friendly politics at tue upper levels except when they can score political points off of abusing it (see Dick Cheney’s endorsement of gay marriage “as a state issue” and his endorsement of those anti-gay politics on the ballot). So doing it with African lives, that just makes it easier. American pundits should avoid trying to score political points off of situations they do not understand and empower corrupt states. So much for the “wolf you know” argument.]

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Man jailed over Facebook page that rated women’s sexual performance Reply

From News.com Australia.

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Parents are being warned to educate their kids about the criminal repercussions of online trolling.

PARENTS are being warned to tell their kids they could face criminal convictions for online trolling after a Bendigo man was sentenced to jail for making an offensive Facebook page.

David McRory, 22, pleaded guilty in Bendigo Magistrates’ Court yesterday to using a carriage service to offend and publishing objectionable material online.
The court heard McRory and a friend, Joshua Turner, 22, started a Facebook page that rated the sexual performance of women from Central Victoria.
The defence counsel said in court that McRory – the Facebook page creator – did not mean to cause long-term harm.
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ACLU: SC sheriff’s dept. arresting people for legal sex Reply

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GREENVILLE, SC (WYFF) – The South Carolina chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is accusing the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office routinely making unlawful arrests of women they suspect of being prostitutes and men who have sex with men, even though they haven’t broken any laws.

The ACLU says it sent a letter to the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office and the State Solicitor’s Office on Wednesday demanding that “the local police department stop violating the constitutional rights of innocent people under the guise of enforcing public decency laws.”

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Arranged marriage is not forced marriage 2

From the CNN Freedom Project

Worldwide, every three seconds a girl under the age of 18 is married.

In India, 90% of these marriages are arranged between families.

And with a divorce rate of just above 1% proponents argue arranged marriage is an effective way for young people to find a partner.

But what happens when a proposed marriage goes awry?

CNN’s Sumnima Udas looks at the pros and cons of arranged marriage.

Shut up Chick-Fil-A? Gays and lesbians should know how it feels to be intimidated, silenced Reply

A whiff of common sense.

RICHMOND, Va (WTVR)- This Chick-fil-A thing is oh-so simple if you believe in the Constitution.

The firm’s president  has every right to voice his opinion on gay marriage.

Those who disagree have every right to not eat there and encourage others to join them.

Those politicians or university leaders who want to punish the company by denying or repealing its business licenses are grandstanding idiots.

Unless someone can prove Chick-Fil-A discriminates in its hiring and treatment of its employees, or against its customers, any city or university discriminating against them would be in trouble.

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Gay-Marriage Foes Give Chick-Fil-A “Record-Setting Day” 2

It looks like the boycott backfired.

UPDATE: Seems like quite a few chicken-loving, same-sex marriage foes turned out for Wednesday’s Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.

Based on reports from around the country, many Chick-fil-As had lines out the door come lunchtime. Attendees emphasized a mix of support for the company’s stance against equal marriage rights and for what’s being billed as an underlying free speech issue in the initial backlash against the fast food chain’s officially outed politics. Mayors in a handful of cities, including Boston and Chicago, responded to CEO Dan Cathy’s recent remarks on his “Biblical” view of marriage by insinuating that the chain was not welcome within city limits.

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Beware of God-Botherers Everywhere 4

EMEMBERING A LOST WORLD – BEFORE THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN
PHOTO: The Student Lounge at the University of Tehran in 1971.
According to the New York Times, “Until the revolution, Iran was among the most cultured, cosmopolitan countries in the region. It had a progressive movement in art and literature and a sophisticated film and television industry.”
Foreign Policy magazine notes: “When Westerners think of Iran today, images of women wearing chadors, American flags burning, and militant crowds shouting nationalistic slogans often come to mind. But those who have memories of Tehran in the 1960s and 1970s paint a very different portrait of Iranian life.

Beyond Prudery and Perversion: The Sexual Aesthetics and Metaphysics of Julius Evola 1

By Keith Preston

Beyond Prudery and PerversionThe erotic sculptures of Khajuraho

              Of the various manifestations of the egalitarian cultural revolution that has transpired in the Western world over the past half century, none have been quite so enduring or become so deeply rooted in the culture of modern society as the so-called “sexual revolution.” Indeed, it might well be argued that even the supposed commitment of Western cultural elites in the early twenty-first century to the ethos of racial egalitarianism is not quite as profound as their commitment to the preservation and expansion of the victories of the sexual revolution. The sexual revolution itself brings with it many of its own manifestations. These include the now prevailing feminist ethos, the liberalization of both popular opinion and public legislation concerning sexual conduct, abortion and contraception, divorce, the normalization of homosexuality accompanied by the growth of powerful homosexual political interest groups, and the identification of an ever-growing list of “gender identity” or “sexual orientation” groups who are subsequently assigned their position in the Left’s pantheon of the oppressed.

Of course, the ongoing institutionalization of the values of the sexual revolution is not without its fierce critics. Predictably, the most strident criticism of sexual liberalism originates from the clerical and political representatives of the institutions of organized Christianity and from concerned Christian laypeople. Public battles over sexual issues are depicted in the establishment media as conflicts between progressive-minded, intelligent and educated liberals versus ignorant, bigoted, sex-phobic reactionaries. Dissident conservative media outlets portray conflicts of this type as pitting hedonistic, amoral sexual libertines against beleaguered upholders of the values of faith, family, and chastity. Yet this “culture war” between liberal libertines and Christian puritans is not what should be the greatest concern of those holding a radical traditionalist or conservative revolutionary outlook.

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The Keynesian Sexual Marketplace Reply

Interesting description of the current sexual marketplace as an artificial market. All those guys you know who screw a lot of women are Omega’s exploiting a niche produced by feminism and urban anonymity. In a tribal society these sort of guys would be killed or expelled by an alliance of alphas and betas; if they could manage to get laid in the first place…. More…

The Last Little Abortion Clinic in Mississippi 1

Another good ‘un from Goad

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The hoarsely ululating throats of the “pro-life” and “pro-choice” movements screamed at each other outside a small abortion clinic in Jackson, Mississippi last week as a federal judge cock-blocked a state lawand allowed the clinic to stay open for now. The law would have effectively shut down the Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which is Mississippi’s last remaining abortion clinic.

Few political issues are as supercharged with moral hysteria as abortion. What’s moral, as always, is in the eye of the moralizer. Outside the clinic and in the comments section of every online news story about the case, there were the requisite dueling accusations of moral turpitude and hypocrisy, of which side values basic human dignity and which doesn’t. The pro-lifers spoke of a legal holocaust of unborn fetuses while the pro-choicers bemoaned state-sanctioned reproductive slavery.

One side warned of bloody coat hangers from back-alley abortions, while the other toted garish picket signs of legally aborted shredded embryos. And all of it was a relentlessly bloody power struggle for the moral upper hand: On one extreme you have those who believe one drop of spilled male semen is an abomination before the Lord, while on the other were the super-empowered mega-sluts who instead choose to sacralize their “sexuality” and blithely eject unwanted fetuses from their wombs with the regularity of old toasters disgorging the morning’s burnt toast.

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Because We Care About You… and school sucks Reply

Luna @ A Hopeful Pessimist on truants, prozzies, paternalism, and Social Darwinism.

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Well, I’m back again. I didn’t intend to take this long to write again, but due to technological troubles, I was offline for awhile, thus making it impossible to post more entries. This is not ideal because my lead in story in this post is now somewhat older news. Anyhow, what I hope to do in this entry is combine several possible posts that I have been planning to do in the past, so hopefully, despite my lack on consistency in writing here, I will partially make it up by killing several birds with one stone, so to speak. 

Okay, I want to start this post with a story I originally came across on attackthesystem.com, about an incident in Montgomery County in the grand old State of Texas, where a 17-year-old high-school student by the name of Diane Tran was sentenced to a day in jail and a fine for contempt of court (I believe) because of missing too many days of school. This despite the fact that the student in question was working two jobs to support her siblings because of her parents splitting up, and despite missing some classes over being extremely tired from that out-of-school work (Who wouldn’t be?), she apparently managed to make the honour roll. Anyhow this story became viral and spread around the world, prompting outrage and leading to some donation campaign set up specifically for Tran, with a website set up for that purpose. Anyhow, what eventually happened was that the charges were dropped, with Mr. Judge Moriarty backing down from his hard-line stance to some extent. Anyways, if you are curious about this story, there are more articles here, and probably even more if you care to search for them on the net. Now when I came across this story, I was immediately interested because I had read some articles about a county in Texas with a Judge who was well known for incarcerating students who were chronic truants from school, and I had planned to write a blog post about two articles about this 1, 2.

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Swinging sex parties slowly finding a place among Saudi Arabia’s foreign residents and elite 1

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Swinging sex parties are slowing finding a place among Saudi Arabia`s foreign residents and elite. One foreign couple gave a sneak peak into their private lives that could cost them their freedom or more in the conservative Islamic kingdom.

The couple, living in the capital Riyadh, says they organize so-called “wife-swapping” parties once a month with up to five couples participating.

“It is something we do and we are not ashamed of it,” said Tara, who asked that her full name not to be disclosed. Partner swapping is the best way “to find out more about ourselves sexually,” she argues.

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Anarchists protest outside human trafficking conference Reply

By Nick Smith

OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) — Police are keeping close watch on the Oakland Convention Center. Wednesday afternoon, anarchist demonstrators clashed with officers when they were denied entrance to a conference on human trafficking.

Demonstrators, calling themselves “Occupy Patriarchy” gathered outside the convention center to protest the conference happening inside, but it wasn’t long before it was clear that demonstrators behind the “FTP” rallies had a different agenda.

An interview we were conducting was interrupted by protestors using bullhorns to blast us down repeatedly, accusing us of being part of a larger conspiracy to assist police.

Inside, more than 430 registered guest and 70 presenters were meeting to discuss ways to end human trafficking and the exploitation of children. A crime, organizers say, that is on the rise and the victims even younger.

“The average is now, what we’re looking at about 13 years old, but we do have some kids who have come in as young as 11,” said Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley.

But protesters were not there to listen, they were there to demonstrate. They knocked down police barriers and vandalized the doors of the conference center. They say that to focus on this is to distort their message. They say that this conference is just a launching pad for continued repression of sex workers and the further empowerment of police agencies at their expense.

“What we’re saying is that if you really want to help these people, this is not the way to do it,” said demonstrator Catilin Manning. “If you really want to help these people figure out where the traffickers are coming in. Maybe you should police the port.”

The HEAT (Human Exploitation and Trafficking) campaign has had success. In Alameda County since 2011 there have been more than 250 prosecutions and 180 successful convictions.

The conference runs through Friday, and anarchists have promised to return.

(Copyright ©2012 KGO-TV/DT. All Rights Reserved.)

Men Outnumber Women Among American Rape Victims 1

James Joyner on the rapecage-industrial complex.

From Outside the Beltway.

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Christopher Glazer takes to N+1 magazine to argue that we should Raise the Crime Rate.

Statistics are notoriously slippery, but the figures that suggest that violence has been disappearing in the United States contain a blind spot so large that to cite them uncritically, as the major papers do, is to collude in an epic con. Uncounted in the official tallies are the hundreds of thousands of crimes that take place in the country’s prison system, a vast and growing residential network whose forsaken tenants increasingly bear the brunt of America’s propensity for anger and violence.

Crime has not fallen in the United States—it’s been shifted. Just as Wall Street connived with regulators to transfer financial risk from spendthrift banks to careless home buyers, so have federal, state, and local legislatures succeeded in rerouting criminal risk away from urban centers and concentrating it in a proliferating web of hyperhells. The statistics touting the country’s crime-reduction miracle, when juxtaposed with those documenting the quantity of rape and assault that takes place each year within the correctional system, are exposed as not merely a lie, or even a damn lie—but as the single most shameful lie in American life.

From 1980 to 2007, the number of prisoners held in the United States quadrupled to 2.3 million, with an additional 5 million on probation or parole.

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