Sunday Reads…Posted: August 19, 2012
It has been one hell of a week, in fact I still have one OPM (other people’s munchkin) left…and he goes home today. Since things have been so busy, and because I am so tired, today’s post will be on the thin side. Hopefully these are links are new to you, if they are repeats…I am so sorry.
Here is an interesting article from the Guardian. Mitt Romney’s tax returns: the ‘voter fraud’ theory
There has been much speculation about why Romney refuses to disclose earlier tax returns. Could it be as simple as an address?
Well, if there is something serious, my guess is that the press will never have the “balls” to get to the bottom of it: For Romney: no coffee, but coffee ice cream
Yeah, wow that is some kind of investigative reporting there! It is like all the questions about boxers or briefs, who gives a fuck? Anyway, below are a few more links on Romney/Ryan:
I know those are not telling you anything you don’t already know, so let’s move on.
Earlier this week I mentioned a trend in Juvenile crime down in Mississippi, well here is an update on some other states that are getting notice for their incarceration statistics.
ACLU has a round up of sorts: Breaking the Addiction to Incarceration: Weekly Highlights
And since it is Sunday, a story that you may find amazing: Man with no limbs swims Bering Strait | World news | guardian.co.uk
Which brings us to a topic that we have already touched on here at Sky Dancing. There is some discussion about comedians like Daniel Tosh, rape and comedy: Have you heard the one about rape? It’s funny now
‘All this [misogynistic material] normalises and diminishes violence towards women.’ Illustration: Thomas Dowse
There’s a reason it’s called a punchline. At the Edinburgh comedy festival there are rape jokes and domestic violence jokes bouncing through the town. It is strange why comedy, theoretically so revolutionary, should embrace the bloodiest kind of social reaction, but it is so.
I watched a young, gangly comic called Chris Turner position himself as a nerd, boast he went to Oxford University, and tell jokes about Roman numerals. Then it came: “I was waiting for my girlfriend to come round. Because I’d hit her really hard.” Afterwards I asked him – why tell jokes about domestic violence? “Because it’s funny,” he said. “It’s funny enough.” Then he said he has studied feminism. So this is a culture that mocks the degradation of women; it is, as they say, only material and sometimes promotion. There is a show called Sex Tourist by Chris Dangerfield, which has a flyer you can take to an escort agency for £10 off.
Misogyny is a constant in standup, and has been for 20 years, since the feminist revolution began to crawl away from mainstream culture, to be shagged by Loaded. A comic called Gerry K tells a joke about watching a pimp fighting with two prostitutes. “I’m not having that,” he says, “So I joined in.” Here comes the reveal – “I punched her spark out.” A comic called Paul Revill says: “Some audiences say they don’t like rape jokes. They say that, but I know what they mean.”
Gee, that sort of sounds familiar to me..you may say no, but I know… no means yes. These kind of jokes are horrible and disgusting. So in connection with these misogynistic “jokes” come this gallery of images from “yesteryear”: Sexist Vintage Ads: 17 Vintage Ads Targeting Husbands And Wives
Are you boring your husband to death?
There used to be a pill for that.
Click through the slideshow below to see some cringe-worthy vintage ads targeting married couples, then let us know: what would you do if you saw a sexist ad like this today?
Wildfires are creating havoc in Idaho: Idaho resort town ordered to evacuate over wildfire
Authorities on Saturday ordered the evacuation of a small mountain resort in Idaho as firefighters braced for the possibility that a wildfire that has charred 82,000 acres could reach the town of Featherville in the evening.
Smoke from the Trinity Ridge Fire in the Boise National Forest blanketed roadways leading to Featherville, raising health concerns and reducing visibility, said Gary Walker, spokesman for the Elmore County Sheriff’s Office.
Hope to put some more links in the comment section when I wake up, anyway…hope you have a lovely Sunday, see you soon in the comments below.