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Oh? And we're the sexists?

When we say that S.E. Cupp only got her job as a commentator at Fox News because she was an attractive woman, we're the sexist ones?


Fox News Anchor: We hire from Victoria’s Secret Catalog

Fox News co-host Brian Kilmeade said on air that Fox hires female hosts by looking at “the Victoria’s Secret catalog” and asking, “Can any of these people talk?”

This is not the first time the co-host of “Fox and Friends” has been the center of controversy surrounding sexist remarks. For instance, back in June his co-host Gretchen Carlson walked off the set when Kilmeade remarked that “women are everywhere. We’re letting them play golf and tennis now.”

When someone from Fox admits that they hire for looks, not ability, why is there stunned silence? Could the defenders of Feminist Martyr S.E. Cupp have been wrong all this time? Or are we sexists now for pointing out the sexism that she exploited?

The whole Hostess debacle made me think of this TV show:


I stumbled upon it by accident right after it started last year, and fell in love both with the show and the underlying concept.

The programme follows the workers of Valley Bara bakery which is the economic centre of Trefynydd, a small fictional village in South Wales. Generations of people had earned a living and formed a life at the bakery but this is thrown into jeopordy when recession bites and the bakery workers find themselves unemployed overnight. Writer Helen Raynor describes it as "a blue collar drama", explaining "we wanted to tell the story of a community, with a workplace at the centre of it, who suddenly fall on hard times".[1]

So what do the workers do when they find themselves out of work? They pool their redundancy (severance) pay and buy the bakery themselves, operating as a workers' co-op. The show ran for two seasons of three episodes each before being cancelled.

I would love to see the Hostess employees pool together and buy the Hostess brands and facilities during the vulture parent company's liquidation. Of course, in America this is impossible since a worker's co-op would never be able to get that kind of financing.

It wasn't the union that killed the Twinkie. It was vulture capitalism.

Before you go blaming the union for Hostess' demise, look at the facts.

In 1995 a company called International Bakeries, which was essentially a vulture capital arm of a computer company called Data Processing Financial and General Corporation, went on a massive spending spree. They not only bought Hostess but the San Francisco French Bread Company, John J. Nissen Baking Company, Drake's, My Bread Company, and tons of other companies.

They did this by borrowing like batshit crazy and eventually defaulted on their loans, leading to bankruptcy in 2004.

In 2009 they emerged from bankruptcy by BORROWING MORE FUCKING MONEY. They borrowed from Ripplewood Holdings, Silver Point, Monarch, and GE Capital. All these loans caused more payments and more interest accruing, leading to more and more debt. It was this debt that caused their collapse.

If it hadn't been for easy credit, merger mania, leveraged buyouts, and greedy conglomerates whose philosophy was "if you can't beat them buy them out," then all the little brands (including Hostess) that this group of predators bought with borrowed money might still be small and innovative enough to survive financial hard times with little or no debt of their own.

So always remember: it wasn't the unions that killed the Twinkie, it was the modern vulture capitalist culture.

When I posted this election night, it got lost in all the traffic and noise

so I'll say it again.

Thank you to everyone who volunteered on Democratic campaigns this time around. People like you are why we won so big.
Posted by Pab Sungenis | Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:30 PM (7 replies)

Romney cancelled campaign credit cards right after conceding.

Aides taking cabs home late that night got rude awakenings when they found the credit cards linked to the campaign no longer worked.

Lots more at MSNBC's The Last Days of Romneyland.

Dixie's long reign of terror has finally ended.

Last night Barack Obama did something no other Democratic President other than Franklin Roosevelt has ever done: he managed to win more than 270 electoral votes in two elections without a single Southern state.

At 11:15 pm, Ohio put Obama over the magic number by bringing his electoral total to 274 and ensuring his re-election. When that happened the southern "swing states" of Virginia, North Carolina, and Florida had yet to be called. Even though Virginia eventually fell into his column and Florida is likely to do so once absentee ballots are counted today (North Carolina returned to form by going back to Romney), their votes were icing on the cake. A coalition of Northern and Western states soundly broke the pattern formed by Richard Nixon's "Southern Strategy" and laid to rest 236 years of terror pushed upon this country by reactionary southerners.

In 1776, American Independence was nearly scuttled by South Carolina over the issue of slavery; only after the removal of a reference to slavery from the Declaration of Independence and a tacit promise to preserve the "peculiar institution" did the resolution declaring Independence pass. From that day up until the Civil War, the Southern States held an effective stranglehold on American politics through the three-fifths rule (which counted slaves toward population, and thus representation and electors, while not granting them voting rights) allowing them to block any legislation that might negatively impact them. After Reconstruction, the "Solid South" formed by racist white Democrats in the former Confederacy gave them effective control of the Democratic Party.

The adoption of a civil rights platform plank in 1948 began the defection of racist whites from the Democratic party with the formation of the "Dixiecrat" party, and the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 led to a nearly complete exodus of this bloc to the Republicans. Richard Nixon courted these votes to carry him to victory in 1968, and from that day until the election of Barack Obama the southern states have either joined the landslide or provided the winning edge in every Presidential election.

With the building of an electoral coalition that can carry a Democrat to victory without having to pander to the South, the effective control of American policy by Dixie has ended. The racist elements of the Old Confederacy have been shown that in the end they are irrelevant. We don't need you, so you don't get to have a veto over our candidates or our policies any longer.

So whither the South? Who knows. Perhaps the progressive elements in some of the states will reassert themselves (as has happened with Virginia twice now, and happened in 2008 with North Carolina). Maybe the moderates in those states will finally come to the table to collaborate rather than dictate. Maybe the last of the old guard will die out and demographics will overtake them. The South may still prove itself a political force, but Dixie no longer will.

To anti-gay voters in Maryland, Maine, Washington, and Minnesota

You have no power here. Begone, before someone drops a house on you.
Posted by Pab Sungenis | Wed Nov 7, 2012, 12:10 PM (1 replies)

We won DESPITE their work to steal it.

We saw it all day long.

The vote switching machines in Pennsylvania.

The fake paper ballots in Ohio.

The intimidation everywhere.

We still won.
Posted by Pab Sungenis | Wed Nov 7, 2012, 12:31 AM (1 replies)

Thank you.

Thank you to every Democratic campaign volunteer. You all made this happen.
Posted by Pab Sungenis | Wed Nov 7, 2012, 12:15 AM (0 replies)

My voting experience.

We voted at 10 AM, as usual. Usually we're anywhere from #10 to #30 at that time, but today we were #248 and #249. Line was to the door and we waited an hour to vote.

Since we live in a heavily Republican district take this as you will, but there were a good number of young people and minorities in line too.

Voted straight line Democrat except I couldn't bring myself to vote for Menendez and pushed the button for the Green candidate instead. Municipal election had no Democrats so I picked the least objectionable slate.
Posted by Pab Sungenis | Tue Nov 6, 2012, 01:57 PM (1 replies)
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