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Blaming the victim: CNN Host Tells Joan Tarshis How She Could Avoid Being Raped

CNN Host To Accuser: Why Didn’t You Bite Cosby’s Penis To End Rape?

CNN's Don Lemon took it upon himself Tuesday night to explain how a woman who accused actor Bill Cosby of rape could have avoided the situation -- explicitly, that she should have used her teeth as a weapon.

Lemon sat down Tuesday night with Joan Tarshis, a former actress who said this week that Cosby raped her in 1969. The two had this extremely awkward exchange:

LEMON: Can I ask you this, because -- and please, I don't mean to be crude, OK?


LEMON: Because I know some of you -- and you said this last night, that he -- you lied to him and said "I have an infection, and if you rape me, or if you do -- if you have intercourse with me, then you will probably get it and give it to your wife."


LEMON: And you said he made you perform oral sex.


LEMON: You -- you know, there are ways not to perform oral sex if you didn't want to do it.

TARSHIS: Oh. Um, I was kind of stoned at the time, and quite honestly, that didn't even enter my mind. Now I wish it would have.

LEMON: Right. Meaning the using of the teeth, right?

TARSHIS: Yes, that's what I'm thinking you're --

LEMON: As a weapon.

TARSHIS: Yeah, I didn't even think of it.

LEMON: Biting. So, um --


LEMON: Yes. I had to ask. I mean, it is, yeah.

TARSHIS: Yes. No, it didn't cross my mind.

more insults, plus video:

NYT accidentally publishes unedited Keystone XL story 1 hour before vote scheduled to take place

New York Times accidentally publishes unedited Keystone XL story with two different ledes & lots of journalistic jargon.

the New York Times on Tuesday accidentally published an unedited version of a story about the Senate's vote on the Keystone pipeline at about 4:40 p.m. ET -- or about an hour before the vote was scheduled to take place.


Naming Names: "Democrats" Who Voted For Keystone

Here are Democrats who voted for the bill: Sen. John Walsh and Jon Tester of Montana; Joe Manchin III of West Virginia; Mary Landrieu of Louisiana; Tom Carper of Delaware; Joe Donnelly of Indiana; Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota; Michael Bennet of Colorado; Mark Begich of Alaska; Mark Pryor of Arkansas; Mark Warner of Virginia; Kay Hagan of North Carolina; Claire McCaskill of Missouri; Bob Casey of Pennsylvania.


Irony, pure and simple.

screenshot from the front page of The Detroit News this afternoon:


New York City Will Turn Every Payphone Into A Free WiFi Hotspot

New York City Will Turn Every Payphone Into A Free WiFi Hotspot

New York City announced plans Monday to reconfigure all of the city’s decrepit payphones into WiFi hot spots starting in 2015, a move that reinforces President Obama’s net neutrality proposal: That internet access is a basic right, not a privilege.

The LinkNYC plan replaces the city’s payphones with up to 10,000 standalone towers that offer passersby free WiFi and nationwide calling, and a charging station. The conversion plan has not been approved by the city’s Franchise and Concession Review Committee, a city regulator that ensures city plans comply with laws and regulations.

If approved, City Bridge and a team of New York-based companies, including the city’s biggest payphone operator Titan, will start the digital migration next year.

Twenty percent of New Yorkers don’t have high-speed internet access at home and 11 percent don’t have a computer, according to 2013 Census data. Nationwide, one in four U.S. households don’t have a paid internet subscription, and another 16 percent don’t have Internet access at home, work or school, or on mobile devices, according to Census data. And those Americans without access are overwhelmingly minorities and seniors.
Minorities disproportionately use mobile devices as a primary means to access the Internet. Only 62 percent of African Americans have a broadband Internet connection at home, compared to 87 percent of white households, Pew found. But while only half of African-Americans and Hispanics own smartphones, they’re significantly more likely to use the devices to access the Internet over their white counterparts.


Cry WHY WON’T HE LEAD, and let slip the thinkpieces of bipartisanship fetishism.

Enter Several And Various Villagers
Posted by Zandar at 10:22 am

Ladies and gentlemen and various pets of the assembled, I give to you the Washington Post Editorial Board on President Obama’s executive action.

He is vowing to go it alone on immigration. On Iran, he is reportedly designing an agreement that he need not bring to Congress. He already has gone that route on climate change with China.

The legal or constitutional case for each is different, but the rationales overlap: Congress is broken, so Mr. Obama must act. Two-thirds of Americans did not vote in the midterms, and the president must represent them, too. He has tried compromise, and the Republicans spurned him.

We will not relitigate that last contention except to note that behind the legislative disappointments of the past six years lies fault on both sides.



Six years into this farce where the Republicans met before the President took office and decided to try to destroy him and it’s still Both Sides Do It! It’s the fault of both sides the way serial arson is the fault of both the arsonist and the flammable objects that allow themselves to be immolated. And it always will be, now and forevermore, as the ashes swirl into lurid and provocative shadows dancing in front of the flames of the Republic, or something. Alas, and probably alack as well.


Pelosi was just unanimously reelected House Minority Leader, per aide in caucus meeting. No nays.

Nancy Pelosi was just unanimously reelected House Minority Leader, per aide in caucus meeting. No nays.

Bernie Sanders to Stephen Colbert: I’m here to ‘frighten the billionaire class’

Bernie Sanders to Stephen Colbert: I’m here to ‘frighten the billionaire class’
18 NOV 2014 AT 09:17 ET


“Hopefully,” Sanders said, “we frighten the billionaire class. Hopefully, we frighten the insurance companies, because we are the only major country on Earth that doesn’t have a health care system guaranteeing health care to all people.”

Colbert asked if the nation hadn’t rejected liberal philosophy in the 2014 elections, when a “red tide” swept over the country in the form of decisive Republican victories.

“About 64 percent of the American rejected the two-party system,” said Sanders. “They rejected Washington as it now functions. They rejected a political system and a Congress which spends more time representing the wealthy and the powerful more than ordinary Americans.”


“The news is that I’m thinking about running for president,” Sanders said, adding that first he has to ascertain whether the electoral will exists in the country to “take on the billionaire class.”


My mother-in-law said the same thing...


i just love the lapel pins...

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