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In a final videotaped message, a sad reflection of the sexist stories we so often see on screen

The real culprit in all of this is a culture of thriving misogyny, in which women are dehumanized and regarded as grudging dispensers of sex candy, who must be punished if they don’t do their job of servicing men.
Elliot Rodger was a spoiled, entitled kid who had his brain poisoned
with this attitude. First he learned that women are disposable, then he
learned that they were evil for not having sex with him, and then he
rationally put together two delusions and acted on them.
http://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2014/05/25/well-that-explains-everything/comment-page-1/



Ann Hornaday:

In a final videotaped message, a sad reflection of the sexist stories we so often see on screen

As deranged manifestos go, the final YouTube video made by suspected Isla Vista, Calif., mass murderer Elliot Rodger was remarkably well-made. Filmed by Rodger in his black BMW, with palm trees in the background and his face bathed in magic-hour key light, the six-minute diatribe — during which he vows revenge on all the women who rejected him and men who were enjoying fun and sex while he was “rotting in loneliness” — might easily have been mistaken for a scene from one of the movies Rodger’s father, Peter Rodger, worked on as a director and cinematographer.

Indeed, as important as it is to understand Rodger’s actions within the context of the mental illness he clearly suffered, it’s just as clear that his delusions were inflated, if not created, by the entertainment industry he grew up in. With his florid rhetoric of self-pity, aggression and awkwardly forced “evil laugh,” Rodger resembled a noxious cross between Christian Bale’s slick sociopath in “American Psycho,” the thwarted womanizer in James Toback’s “The Pick-Up Artist” and every Bond villain in the canon.

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As Rodger bemoaned his life of “loneliness, rejection and unfulfilled desire” and arrogantly announced that he would now prove his own status as “the true alpha male,” he unwittingly expressed the toxic double helix of insecurity and entitlement that comprises Hollywood’s DNA. For generations, mass entertainment has been overwhelmingly controlled by white men, whose escapist fantasies so often revolve around vigilantism and sexual wish-fulfillment (often, if not always, featuring a steady through-line of casual misogyny). Rodger’s rampage may be a function of his own profound distress, but it also shows how a sexist movie monoculture can be toxic for women and men alike.

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Movies may not reflect reality, but they powerfully condition what we desire, expect and feel we deserve from it. The myths that movies have been selling us become even more palpable at a time when spectators become their own auteurs and stars on YouTube, Instagram and Vine. If our cinematic grammar is one of violence, sexual conquest and macho swagger — thanks to male studio executives who green-light projects according to their own pathetic predilections — no one should be surprised when those impulses take luridly literal form in the culture at large.




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http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/in-a-final-videotaped-message-a-sad-reflection-of-the-sexist-stories-we-so-often-see-on-screen/2014/05/25/dec7e7ea-e40d-11e3-afc6-a1dd9407abcf_story.html?hpid=z4

Veterans Groups Completely Unload On GOP Senator

Veterans Groups Rip Into Sen. Richard Burr For Questioning Their Priorities

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Burr accused the groups (with the exception of the American Legion) of being more invested in maintaining access to the secretary than with fixing a troubled health care system. He questioned why they haven't called for a leadership change at the VA, and pointedly charged the groups’ leaders with not caring about the health and well-being of their members.

Burr’s letter was in response to the testimony that Shinseki and seven of these veteran service organizations (VSO) had given before his committee the week prior, concerning revelations and allegations of long wait times, bureaucratic malfeasance and insufficient care at the VA.

Not surprisingly, leaders at the veterans groups Burr named were not pleased with the letter.

In their own letter, Veterans of Foreign Wars responded to Burr by calling his letter a “monumental cheap-shot” and labeling it “one of the most dishonorable and grossly inappropriate acts that we’ve witnessed in more than forty years of involvement with the veteran community.” If the tone wasn’t clear, the group added that Burr’s conduct and allegations were “ugly and mean-spirited in every sense of the words and profoundly wrong, both logically and morally,” in addition to breaching “the standards of the United States Senate.”



http://www.scribd.com/doc/226021691/VWF

0 die of gay marriage, voting without an ID or too much health care.


3 women a day are murdered by a partner/ex.

83 die of gun violence.

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"Don't Goat Me, Bro!"


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https://www.facebook.com/treygowdyforspeaker?ref=streamhttp://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/05/24/1301646/-Operation-American-Spring-Hijacked#

An amazing chart showing global military spending


Conrad Hackett @conradhackett
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Global military spending
US 37%
China 11%
Russia 5%
S Arabia 4%
UK 3%
Japan 3%
India 3%
Brazil 2%
Turkey 1%
UAE 1%
6:21 AM - 25 May 2014

https://twitter.com/conradhackett/statuses/470555199681994752http://www.vox.com/2014/5/25/5750044/an-amazing-chart-showing-global-military-spending

SALON: "Toxic bankers, captive regulators: Everything you think about the housing market is wrong"

"Toxic bankers, captive regulators: Everything you think about the housing market is wrong"




Excerpted from "Other People’s Houses: How Decades of Bailouts, Captive Regulators, and Toxic Bankers Made Home Mortgages a Thrilling Business"


The news cameras kept recording after the power failed. Complete darkness. Then a heavy red curtain was swept aside, allowing a bit of sunlight to stream into the woodpaneled hearing room. This natural illumination had a strange effect on Alan Greenspan, the day’s first witness. He was seated before the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission (FCIC), a ten-member panel of private citizens appointed by Congress to examine the causes of the financial and economic crisis. By that day, in April 2010, the FCIC had already conducted several hearings and public meetings. Greenspan had spent much of the morning before the power outage in a defensive mode, denying that, as chairman of the Fed for nearly two decades, he had the tools to predict or prevent the subprime mortgage meltdown and the connected global financial crisis.

Yet he had admitted to the panel: “I was right 70 percent of the time, but I was wrong 30 percent of the time. And there are an awful lot of mistakes” over the years. Now, in the semidarkness, Greenspan retreated a bit. He responded to a question about whether he believed there still was excessive debt in the banking system with a nod, a gesture not captured on the official record. The commissioner who posed the question remarked that he saw Greenspan nod. An audience member said he had not nodded. Greenspan sat silently, not offering to clarify. Minutes later, the hearing adjourned and the witness departed.

That was classic Greenspan: bright moments of clarity followed by obfuscation and retreat. Eighteen months earlier in October 2008, in his most candid moment, he told a congressional subcommittee that he had found “a flaw” in his entire system of thought. He had adhered for decades to a particular view of how markets operated, only to discover several decades later he’d been very wrong. Yet the question for the panel that April morning was whether the crisis could have been avoided.



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Notwithstanding this pay negotiator’s assertion that Wall Street was not to blame, when put under oath, bankers do not concur. Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan told the FCIC: “Over the course of the crisis, we, as an industry, caused a lot of damage. Never has it been clearer how poor business judgments we have made have affected Main Street.” At an FCIC hearing in January 2010, JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon told the Commission, “I blame the management teams 100% . . . and no one else.”




MORE Most xlnt, many myths debunked:
http://www.salon.com/2014/05/25/toxic_bankers_captive_regulators_everything_you_think_about_the_housing_market_is_wrong/

As of now, every single state gay marriage ban is now being challenged in court

North Dakota’s same-sex marriage ban to be challenged
The nation’s last unchallenged state same-sex marriage ban is about to lose that status.
By Niraj Chokshi, Published: May 24 E-mail the writer

“There will be a case filed challenging North Dakota’s same-sex marriage ban,” says Joshua Newville, a Minneapolis-based civil rights attorney who filed a suit Thursday against South Dakota’s ban on behalf of same-sex couples there.


Newville is in talks with advocates and attorneys in North Dakota and confirmed that either he or another attorney will bring a lawsuit against that state’s ban within six to eight weeks.

Until Wednesday, just three of the 33 states that ban same-sex marriage had not been sued over those policies. But same-sex couples sued Montana that day and South Dakota on Thursday, leaving only North Dakota’s unchallenged.

The same-sex marriage movement has enjoyed a streak of more than a dozen victories in federal courts since a pivotal Supreme Court decision last summer, striking down a central part of the Defense of Marriage Act and granting federal recognition to same-sex married couples. Since then, no state ban has survived a court challenge, according to the Human Rights Campaign, which advocates for same-sex marriage.



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http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/north-dakotas-same-sex-marriage-ban-to-be-challenged/2014/05/24/10d10b5c-e1ef-11e3-810f-764fe508b82d_story.html

Father of CA Shooting Victim Points Directly at NRA

Father of Shooting Victim Points Directly at NRA
posted by CHARLES MUDEDE on SUN, MAY 25, 2014 at 2:18 AM
Said by a father, Richard Martinez, who lost his son, Christopher Martinez, in the UCSB shooting:

Our son Chris Martinez and six others are dead... Why did Chris die? Chris died because of craven, irresponsible politicians and the NRA. They talk about gun rights. What about Chris's right to live?





MORE:
http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2014/05/25/father-of-shooting-victim-points-directly-at-nra
http://gawker.com/father-of-ucsb-shooting-victim-when-will-this-insanit-1581191996

Republicans were willing to spend trillions of dollars on wars but not on expanding VA

A substantial portion of the estimated $ 3 trillion price of that war is represented by the cost of decent care for veterans. But even as the war raged on, the Bush administration and Republicans in Congress repeatedly refused to appropriate sufficient funding for veterans' health care. This financial stinginess toward vets was consistent with Bush's refusal to take any steps to pay for his expensive war (and decision to protect his skewed tax cuts instead).

As Alec MacGillis pointed out this week in the New Republic, legislators who voted for war while opposing expansion of the VA are hypocrites, particularly when they claim to care about veterans. So are the Republican governors who refuse to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, which keeps hundreds of thousands of impoverished vets from getting health care.

Republicans regularly propose cuts in VA funding and oppose increases sponsored by Democrats -- a pattern that extends back to the first years of the Iraq and Afghan conflicts and continues to this day. ... When politicians demand accountability from their betters, including a war hero like Shinseki, let's remember that they should be held accountable, too.




http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2014/05/24/in_va_scandal_accountability_for_all_--_including_congress_122738.html:
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/05/24/1301722/-Republicans-were-willing-to-spend-trillions-of-dollars-on-wars-but-not-on-expanding-VA#


Only "Male Prostitutes" Mr. Robertson?


In the new video, Robertson attempts to rationalize the national outrage his quotes caused, telling the congregation that people were upset because "instead of acknowledging their sin, like you had better do, they railed against me for giving them the truth about their sins. Don't deceive yourselves," he warns.

He continues by paraphrasing a verse from Corinthians, saying, "Neither the sexually immoral, nor the idolators, nor adulterers, nor male prostitutes, nor homosexual offenders, nor thieves, nor greedy, nor drunkards, nor slanderers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God." Those words are met with applause.


Question, only male prostitutes? Is that to make up for all the other misogynistic crap ya think?

http://popwatch.ew.com/2014/05/23/duck-dynasty-phil-robertson-antigay-sermon-video/
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