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my my, joe scarborough and pat buchannan's crazy sister about to come to blows on mtp

he made her mad by pointing out the obvious - romney sucks and is losing.
Posted by arely staircase | Sun Sep 23, 2012, 01:48 PM (15 replies)

Islamic fundies just discovering youtube?

and its often inflammatory content? Seriously, everyone keeps talking about this "film" when all there is is some crazy, racist sh*t on youtube not all that indistinguishable from a lot of other crazy racist sh*t on youtube. If they are just figuring out that it exists, well, they are going to have to riot in shifts from now to eternity - or recalibrate their outrage meter.
Posted by arely staircase | Sat Sep 15, 2012, 12:44 PM (3 replies)

Trolling Bill Clinton

Republicans and reporters are pretending the former president's speech poses political risk and drama to Obama
By Joan Walsh

Reporters are also milling around looking for stories, trying to find rumblings of dissent where few exist (aside from Occupy, which is in a category by itself). I’ve talked to at least a dozen delegates who’ve described being pressed by reporters into divulging some way in which they or their constituency – labor, Latinos, LGBT folks – have been let down by the president. “They’re just reaching,” a Latino legislator told me....

My favorite non-story so far involves the alleged danger President Clinton poses to Obama with his still-unvetted convention speech scheduled for Wednesday night. Some of the coverage tries to make Clinton sound like he could be the Democrats’ Clint Eastwood – an old celebrity gunslinger who might not be able to shoot straight anymore. But most of it is straight from the 2008 playbook: The two presidents don’t really like one another. Bill’s still mad about Hillary’s loss. He might even prefer a Romney win, since it could set up a 2016 Clinton candidacy....

But Republicans are hyping this Clinton-Obama “tension” story line to make our centrist president out to be some socialist usurper, when his politics are almost identical to our last centrist Democratic president – and too many reporters are taking the bait. I expect Clinton to destroy the Romney-Ryan welfare lies for good. If anyone should be nervous about Clinton’s unvetted speech, it’s Mitt Romney.


I also believe the Big Dog is about to take it straight to Romney. Must see TV I predict.

Posted by arely staircase | Tue Sep 4, 2012, 07:33 PM (0 replies)

how dare poor people eat ice cream!

if i can subsidize mitt romney's dancing horse by having to (like the rest of us) compensate for his foreign tax shelters, i really have no problem with buying some ice cream for some poor kids. romney ought to be buying their ice cream. people like him have certainly created a lot of poor people. least he could do is buy them some ice cream.
Posted by arely staircase | Mon Sep 3, 2012, 08:18 PM (0 replies)

i am doing some research on gender roles in early modern europe (1450-1600), particularly spain

the two specific areas i'm interested in are sexual expectations of women vs men (virginity/fidelity, etc.) as well as sexual aspects of the "Ecstasies" of "holy women" of the time, both in Spain and its American Colonies.

any suggestions? i need publications by academic periodicals or books. i am not looking for gender studies per se (but any that fit the bill, i'd like to see), but more social histories by feminist historians. here is what I have now, which has been helpful:

Women in the Inquisition: Spain and the New World
Mary E. Giles

Gender and Disorder in Early Modern Seville
Mary Elizabeth Perry

A compilation by Hoberman and Socolo which includes a good feminist perspective of Female Religious in Spanish Colonial America.

Anyway, any suggestions are appreciated.

Posted by arely staircase | Mon Sep 3, 2012, 07:23 PM (2 replies)

sexual assault prevention tips (real ones, for everyone)

Rape or sexual assault can happen to anyone, woman or man, and it’s never the victim’s fault. It’s important to know that…
• Alcohol is a factor in almost all sexual assaults on college campuses.
• Many perpetrators of sexual assault are someone the victim knows.
•Sexual assaults can happen on a date or at a party.

There’s no absolute way to prevent sexual assault, but it helps to think about how you can stay safe and.

Tips for Partying Smart
1.Stick with your friends.
2.Make a plan before you go out. Set up checkpoints or code words to make it easy for you and your friends to stay connected.
3.Hold on to your drink—even when you go to the bathroom.
4.If your drink is out of your sight, even for a few seconds, get a new one. Spiking a drink with a date rape drug can happen quickly.
5.Don’t accept a drink from anyone—unless you can watch the bartender pour it.
6.Don’t share drinks.
7.Don’t drink from punch bowls or open containers.
8.Don’t drink anything that tastes strange.
9.Avoid clubs or parties that charge men but let women enter and drink for free.
10.Always keep your cell phone charged and on you. You never know when you’ll need it.
11.Make sure you always have a ride home or a plan to walk home with a friend or roommate.
12.Trust your instincts. If something doesn’t feel right to you, leave and get to a safe place immediately.

Tips for Dating Smart
1.Know your limits—and let your date know them right from the start.
2.Be clear about what’s okay for you. Don’t expect your date to read your mind.
3.Trust your gut. If you feel uncomfortable, leave.
4.Don’t get in over your head. If someone pushes you to do something you don’t want to do, you have the right to leave.
5.Stay in control. Alcohol is the most common date-rape drug. In fact, alcohol is involved in 75 percent of all sexual assaults reported.
6.Tell a friend where you are going, especially if you’re going out on a first date or a blind date.
7.Avoid secluded places until you know your date better.
8.Always charge your cell phone and keep it on you.
9.Always carry enough money to take a taxi home.
10.Pay attention to what you hear. A person may have a bad reputation for a reason.

Posted by arely staircase | Mon Sep 3, 2012, 03:47 PM (7 replies)

with all due respect. dumbest damn jury decision i have seen yet

At Sun Aug 26, 2012, 02:21 PM you sent an alert on the following post:

Right.. and one of these certain people


This post is disruptive, hurtful, rude, insensitive, over-the-top, or otherwise inappropriate. (See <a href="http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=aboutus#communitystandards" target="_blank">Community Standards</a>.)


off topic GOP attack on a democrat. other than rush limbaugh's show this post is the only place i have found concern over this. btw, this person has been a member since 2001 and has 630 posts, 628 of them in the past 90 days.


A randomly-selected Jury of DU members completed their review of this alert at Sun Aug 26, 2012, 02:27 PM, and voted 1-5 to LEAVE IT ALONE.

Juror #1 voted to HIDE IT and said: No explanation given
Juror #2 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE and said: That Senator, I have a problem with
even though I have to vote for her.

Juror #3 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE and said: No explanation given
Juror #4 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE and said: No explanation given
Juror #5 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE and said: I agree with the OP sadly. No fan of Feinstein, never have been and never will be.
Juror #6 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE and said: No explanation given
Posted by arely staircase | Sun Aug 26, 2012, 01:28 PM (38 replies)

now this is cool!

next time someone tells you wer are the greatest (or worst) country on earth run it through this:

Posted by arely staircase | Sat Aug 25, 2012, 09:52 PM (6 replies)

The Problem with Apathy

There is probably no better recipe for a dictatorial oligarchy than a democracy in which virtually nobody participates. Off year local races are the worst. Our recent school board elections saw the highest turnout in thirty years, at just under ten percent of registered voters - which is just under half of all eligible voters. A higher percentage of Soviet citizens chose their leaders.

On the national level turnout is higher but still low enough to affect the results in not pretty ways. Take this recent CNN poll for example.


While the race is a virtual dead heat among likely voters (a group defined by past participation in elections and answers to pollsters, among other factors), Obama enjoys a nearly ten point lead among registered voters.

“'Likely voters have traditionally been a more Republican group in past elections because they tend to turn out in higher numbers than Democrats, and 2012 looks like it is no exception. This explains why the margin between President Obama and Mitt Romney is smaller among likely voters,' says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland."

As both Noam Chomsky and Michael Moore have both pointed out over the years, most Americans actually hold pretty progressive views on issues. And both (rightly) point to the effect of big money on politics as a reason for politicians ignoring the people's will. But the fact is, the problem also lies with not enough of the people expressing that will at the ballot box.

Posted by arely staircase | Sat Aug 25, 2012, 07:52 PM (8 replies)

a bay area liberal and a fundamentalist southern christian have more in common

than that same fundie southern christian and a member of the taliban. they simply do. are there outliers and exceptions? sure. but on the whole, taken from a global perspective, the two americans are almost indistinguishable when compared to something as foreign and alien to the american experience as taliban style muslim fundie ism. even on the treatment of women and gays (hell probably especially in those areas) the christian fundie and the liberal are going to have closer views than the two fundies would.
Posted by arely staircase | Sat Aug 25, 2012, 04:09 PM (14 replies)
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