Tabloid Tuesday Reads

TabloidCoverGood Morning!

I’ve had a bout of a really bad stomach flu and I’m just beginning to get some energy back, so I’m not going to post anything that takes any analysis.  Hopefully, this will be a fun post after week after week of horrifying news.  Oh, these tabloid covers don’t come from Fox News or any right wing blog, just so you know.

Jane Fonda has had a really interesting life.  She recently gave an interview that opened up a lot of the more distressing things that she’s endured.   You need to go to the link to watch/listen to the interview.

She talks about losing a parent to suicide (4:00), how being a tomboy with no period made her wonder if she was really a girl (4:30), how failed marriages forced her to look inward for strength (7:30), how she said goodbye to a slowly dying parent (13:30), how she manages being a caretaker for her partner with Parkinson’s (22:00), and what sex is like after celibacy (26:15). She’s not scared of anything anymore. You’ll love it.

She’s still working and has done these interviews as part of  blitzing the airwaves for her new movie.  Fonda’s life has been an open book but now so are many of her feelings about that life.

In a career spanning more than 50 years, the two time Oscar winning actress has always been hard to ignore. Before she was the video work-out queen of the 80’s, Fonda was a noted activist for Civil Rights and an outspoken opponent to the Vietnam War. She has repeatedly expressed regrets about the photographs taken of her posing with North Vietnam guns that shot down American planes.

“At your level of fame the easy thing to have done throughout your entire career was to seek privacy and instead you’ve spoken out about causes that you believe in. Why?” asked Bryan.

“I’m my father’s daughter, explained Fonda. “I grew up with Tom Joad. The Grapes of Wrath. 12 Angry Men. The Wrong Man. Ox-bow Incident.

“My dad never spoke much. He was very taciturn.But I knew that these movies had characters that he loved, and that’s what he felt the world should be like and he believed in sticking up for the underdog, for fairness and justice.”

“And so at a certain point in my life I found myself going in that direction and it’s made me a better person for sure. And I’ve learned a lot. I didn’t just sort of give money out like it’s a charity. I was down in the trenches and it really made me a better actor too, I must say.”

There’s something else Jane inherited from her famous father Henry. A tendency to get teary.

“My dad always said ‘Fondas cry at a good steak’, Fonda said.” It’s a sign of empathy I think. Because the crying doesn’t mean sad. It means your heart is open and your soul is open. And I found ( This Is Where I Leave You) full of those kind of moments that opened my heart and my empathy gene and I hope that it does for audiences. And I think it will.”

Yet another study has shown that the most conservative areas of the country are the most porn-addicted.  Is it the misogyny, the down home religion, or the repression?  This study argues that it’s correlated with defense mechanisms.3fa31e84082c747957312117249f4e7c

In October, two Toronto researchers, Cara MacInnis and Gordon Hodson, published a study that correlated the popularity of sex and adult material-related search terms across various regions or states with information from a Gallup pool asking about religious and political attitudes. Their study design involves a number of different comparisons and considered the effects of poverty, population, and other variables.

Unsurprisingly, higher levels of religiosity and conservatism correlated higher search rates sexual content – specifically, it meant more searches for phrases like “sex,” “gay sex,” or “sex images.”

While aggregate data can’t be used to draw conclusions about individual behavior and is open to alternative interpretations, it fits with information from other sources. For instance, Business professor Benjamin Edelman at Harvard found that states that place a higher esteem on traditional gender roles and sexuality have higher rates of paid subscriptions for adult materials – which seems to imply they have no idea how the Internet works in these states, as well.

It dovetails with claims made by strip club owners that they make up to three times as much during Republican conventions than Democratic conventions or even the Superbowl. MacInnis and Hodsen quote an exotic dancer named Layla Love who said in 2001 that the arrival of the RNC brought with it “15 to 17 hour shifts, every day” until the convention ended.  She added that “So, for basically seven days straight, I will be in the club, every day, day shift and night shift.”

So we’ve stated the obvious; what’s this got to do with defense mechanisms?

There are several that are relevant to this discussion:

  • Denial means simply refusing to acknowledge that some event or pattern is real.
  • Repression involves pushing uncomfortable thoughts and feelings to the far recesses of the subconscious mind.
  • Reaction formation is saying or doing the opposite of what you really want but won’t allow yourself to express.
  • Projection means assuming that others share the impulses, feelings, and vices that you find unacceptable in yourself.

We’ve all encountered at least one of these before when dealing with a religious conservative: for instance, the Religious Right projects more than an IMAX theater. When factored into this discussion, however, it becomes easy to picture a group of so-called “Values Voters” at the convention after a night painting the town (Republican) Red:

Projection: Godless liberals are destroying this country-feminazi sluts demanding sex with no consequences and faggots pushing their gay agenda on our children.

Repression: What?

Reaction formation: This town is full of trashy dancers who wag their big tits and tight asses at honest businessmen. We should lock them up and throw away the key.

Repression: What?

Denial: Real Christians, through prayer, have the power to resist temptation. Only righteous men in public office can stop the moral decay of this sex-obsessed country.

Repression: Did you say something?

We all have our failings; nobody is perfect. But if you’re going to demand perfection from others and make no allowances for failure, you better damn well be perfect yourself. Not just “saved” – perfect.

owns Here’s an interesting portrait of King Tut.  Did he really have “girlish hips” and boy boobs?

Earlier this year, egyptologists from the American University in Cairo shed light on some of the bizarre burial rituals discovered in the tomb, including the fact the king’s penis was embalmed at a 90-degree angle – the only mummy to have ever been found with this feature.

On the outside of the tomb, decorations depicted Tutankhamun as underworld god Osiris, while wall paintings (pictured) showed the king being embraced by the underworld god. It is believed that if Tutankhamun was shown to be this powerful god it would quash a religious revolution taking place in the 1320s BC

Researchers from the American University in Cairo believe the king’s appendage was embalmed at a 90-degree angle to make the young pharaoh appear as Osiris, the god of the underworld.

The angling of the penis was a feature worn by ‘corn-mummies’, created in honour of Osiris.

The mummy was also covered in black liquid to resemble Osiris’ skin.

Elsewhere, Tutankhamun’s heart was missing when the tomb was discovered by Howard Carter in 1922.

Religious texts claimed Osiris’ heart was similarly removed by his brother Seth.On the outside of the tomb, decorations depicted Tutankhamun as Osiris.

They claimed that this may have been carried out on purpose to make the king appear like Osiris, the god of the underworld, in an attempt to frighten religious revolutionaries.

At the time of his death in 1323 BC, the father of the teenage Egyptian king was said to be leading a religious revolution in the country.

It is believed Akhenaten wanted to destroy the belief in the Egyptian gods and instead worship a sun disc called the Aten.

Tutanhkhamun was trying to tackle this revolution when he was believed to have broken his leg and died from an infection in the wound. DNA analysis in 2010 also found traces of malaria in his system.

During mummification a decision was made to not only embalm the erect penis, but also to cover the king’s body in black liquid – similar in colour to the skin of Osiris – and remove his heart.

These rituals, according to Professor Salima Ikram from the university, were done in order to make people think Tutankhamun was the underworld god.

His DNA also showed some weird things.wwn-cover1

Albert Zink, from the Institute for Mummies and the Iceman in Italy, deciphered the truth about the ruler’s parents by studying the royal family’s DNA.

He found that Tut was born after his father Akhenaten – dubbed the heretic king – had a relationship with his sister. Incest was not frowned upon by the ancient Egyptians and they did not know about the health implications for any offspring.

Hutan Ashrafian, a lecturer in surgery at Imperial College London, said that several members of the family appeared to have suffered from ailments which can be explained by hormonal imbalances. He said: ‘A lot of his family predecessors lived to a ripe old age. Only his immediate line were dying early, and they were dying earlier each generation.’

Egyptian radiologist Ashraf Selim: ‘The virtual autopsy shows the toes are divergent – in layman’s terms it’s club foot. He would have been heavily limping.

‘There is only one site where we can say a fracture happened before he died and that is the knee.’

Evidence of King Tut’s physical limitations were also backed up by 130 used walking canes found in his tomb.

 Republican Candidates for all levels of office continue to say strange things too. This one is really weird.  Is it just me or does it appear that many of them seem to have mental illnesses that should be treated?  I mean isn’t religious delusion like an indicator of some really awful problems?

Rep. James Clyburn’s (D-S.C.) Republican challenger referred to same-sex couples as “gremlins” and “bullies” in a Facebook post urging supporters to oppose gay marriage at the polls this fall.

Anthony Culler, the GOP nominee for Clyburn’s seat, wrote a Facebook post on Oct. 14 decrying same-sex marriage as “a pestilence that has descended on our society, against our will, by those in the courts and government that do not value the traditional family.”

“Same sex couples that seek to destroy our way of life and the institution of marriage are NOT cute and cuddly but rather (for those of you that are old enough to remember the movie), Gremlins that will only destroy our way of life,” he wrote.

He adds: “These people are bullies and now that they are winning their true and hateful nature is much easier to see and hear.”

Culler goes on to charge that gays have “a strong tendency for substance abuse,” and urges readers to avoid the ” ‘over the top’ and ‘anything goes’ ceremonies or parties that these people revel in.”

“Stand against this and we will reverse it and drive it back into the darkness,” he writes.

One more before I go go too.  This one is real but sounds like tabloid stuff.  I kid you not.  Although, really, what is Politico any way if not a beltway tabloid and only journalism in the minds of the originating stooges?images (2)

Federal law enforcement officials are taking an ISIL threat against Michele Bachmann so seriously that Capitol Police have given the Minnesota Republican her own security detail.

An online threat against Bachmann emerged recently, according to multiple law enforcement officials familiar with the situation. Last week, Bachmann was provided a security detail in response, according to the sources.

Members of the U.S. Capitol Police’s Dignitary Protection Division were briefed on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The police security will continue until Bachmann, who will retire at the end of this Congress, is no longer in office.

A police detail of this type typically means 24-hour protection when a member of Congress is on Capitol Hill or back in the home district.

Officials declined to outline the specific nature of the threat.

Bachmann’s office referred news media inquiries to Capitol Police. A Capitol Police spokeswoman declined to comment.

“The U.S. Capitol Police does not discuss law enforcement operations or security regarding Members of Congress,” spokeswoman Kimberly Schneider wrote in an email.

Bachmann has been publicly critical of not only ISIL, but also Islam, calling on President Barack Obama to declare war on the religion during a speech at the conservative Value Voters Summit at the end of September.

“And I believe if you have an evil of an order of this magnitude, you take it seriously,” Bachmann said. “You declare war on it, you don’t dance around it. Just like the Islamic State has declared war on the United States of America.”

Have a great day!  What’s on your reading and blogging list today, because it’s a WIDE OPEN thread!


57 Comments on “Tabloid Tuesday Reads”

  1. Pat Johnson says:

    This is going to sound nuts but I’m going with it anyway: Has it ever occurred to anybody else that if congress ends up solely in the hands of the GOP we may very easily have a “war of religions” on our hands before long?

    I say this because listening to the nutjobs running for the GOP these days who constantly invoke “god” into their speeches and believe that the bible should be the law of the land seem to have little interest in the separation of church and state.

    The fact that someone as crazy as Michele Bachman – and unfortunately she is not alone in her reasoning – wants Obama to call a “jihad” on the Muslim religion leads me to believe that eventually, with enough loons occupying both Houses, this could easily happen.

    There are enough of them residing there now who want nothing more than to hamper women’s right to choose should be abolished based on their own interpretation of the bible so why not declare an outright war against another religion thus turning the globe into a wholesale conflagration and doing so by legalizing “god’s will”?

    Listen long enough to these crazies and you begin to see where they are heading. This happens to be the focus of the “Dominionists” and those who firmly believe in the “Rapture”.

    A frightening prospect if enough of them occupy congress. Safe to say that it is them or myself who is slowly losing a grip on reality.

    • bostonboomer says:

      Those are scary thoughts, Pat, and not particularly irrational ones.

    • dakinikat says:

      I keep thinking they are trying to force their version of “end times” so they can go home to Jayzuz and kill us all frankly. All this intervention in the Middle East and Muslim baiting is insane.

      • gregoryp says:

        I have the same impression. This little dalliance with Russia and Putin really made me stop and think that they really are trying to bring about the end times. Some truly horrific people.

        • ANonOMouse says:

          Well they’re going to have to manufacture the End Times to bring about their longing for the “Rapture” which by the way is nowhere to be found in the New Testament. Occasionally I channel surf past John Hagee and I can’t resist stopping in and listening for a few seconds as he prattles on about the “signs” that “we’re living in the end times”. That bastard has been preaching that horseshit for 40-50 years and making a fortune selling books about his end time predictions/prophecy, he’s never been right yet and he will never be right. Obviously the end of the world will happen, but Hagee and likely no one currently alive today will be here to witness it, unless we get gobsmacked by an unexpected meteor or comet. Climate change, the one thing Hagee doesn’t even believe in, will probably be the culprit that destroys humankind well before the earth meets it’s end.

        • bostonboomer says:

          Gregory,

          I left you an apology on the Monday thread. I misunderstood your comment about serial killers. Sorry, I’m really spaced out with this cold.

          • gregoryp says:

            Thanks, but really an honest mistake. I wasn’t worried about it. Those kinds of people just make me angry and ill all at the same time. I just can’t see how anyone can do that to a child or a young woman. Makes no sense to me no matter what their pathology is.

          • gregoryp says:

            Let me clarify that. I don’t get how anyone can be violent towards ANY other person. It is just so tragic and wrong.

          • bostonboomer says:

            I agree.

    • ANonOMouse says:

      I find the prospect of a GOP controlled Congress a bit intimidating too Pat. It’s obvious that their goal is to do exactly what you are concerned about and that is making Christianity (their version of it, which really isn’t Christianity at all, it’s actually Paulinity”) the official religion of the USA. Fortunately for us they can’t do jackshit!!! The truth is unless they have a super majority to override a veto, they can’t affect their dark agenda. They can try to force concessions out of Obama in order to pass budgets or avoid debt ceiling shutdowns, but I don’t see Obama agreeing to anything major that touches the ACA, SS, Medicare or Medicaid or any sort of law that would enshrine Christianity as the Official religion of the USA It just ain’t gonna happen. The GOPTP hasn’t the nerve to do the things we fear the most. They will never attempt to legislate a State Religion and they’ll never make a run at the big 3 SS, Medicare/Medicaid. I still believe the big 3 are 3rd rail institutions because each of those programs truly affects the well being of tens of millions of Americans and the families who love them.

      If the GOPTP wins the Senate I expect 2 years of total gridlock, total bullshitting, a constant threatening to hang the country out to dry over budgets and the debt ceiling and the longest 2 years of contentious grandstanding that any of us have ever seen. At the end I expect the country will elect Hillary and maybe even return control of one of the Houses to the Dems. CAN I GET A HELL YEAH? 🙂

    • ANonOMouse says:

      “Listen long enough to these crazies and you begin to see where they are heading. This ”
      happens to be the focus of the “Dominionists” and those who firmly believe in the “Rapture”.

      Here’s an example of the Dominionist aggressive anti-gay talk from David Benham, Dominionist.

      From JMG

      “Unfortunately, the church, now that we have the keys to authority that Christ gives the Christian church, we give that dominion back through our silence. And so what we see now is the struggle for dominion. And one of the ways that we’ve lost dominion is because Christians, unfortunately, don’t believe in the sovereignty of God. God is sovereign over all things. The Bible says in Psalm 24 ‘the Earth is the Lord’s and everything in it,’ including government, entertainment, media, education, the legal system, everything. My finances, my sexuality, everything is under God. Does this agenda, this sexual anarchy agenda, does it want dominion? Take a look. Has it got dominion in government? Has it got dominion in entertainment? Has it got dominion, I mean, you name it, in the marketplace? Yes. Absolutely it does. How does God get dominion back? The government exists for the punishment of evildoers and for the reward of those who do good. The problem is, is when we switch good and evil and evil and good. There’s only one institution that can fight that dominion battle, and that’s the church.” – Failed HGTV star David Benham, speaking at an Alliance Defending Freedom event where New York Times columnist Ross Douthat also denounced LGBT rights.”

      • dakinikat says:

        Whatever happened to render under Caesar? This people are as bad as ISIL extremists! They just can’t get away with the stoning and beheading yet!

        • ANonOMouse says:

          “Whatever happened to render under Caesar?”

          They subscribe to the pick and chose bible and that’s one of the scriptures they chose to ignore, along with “All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them.” (except the LGBT)

      • gregoryp says:

        That is so disturbing. This is what one of my professors used to call “old wine in new bottles” crap. All they are doing is preaching hatred. I wonder if they even realize that they are no different than the KKK, the skinheads or any other group that uses hatred as a tool for whatever purpose they have in mind.

  2. bostonboomer says:

    Here’s some strange news for you. A big oil CEO was killed at Moscow airport when his plane was hit on a runway by a drunk snowplow driver.

    Christophe de Margerie, the charismatic CEO of Total SA who dedicated his career to the multinational oil company, was killed at a Moscow airport when his private jet collided with a snowplow whose driver was drunk, Russian investigators said Tuesday.

    Three French crew members also died when the French-made Dassault Falcon 50 burst into flames after it hit the snowplow during takeoff from Moscow’s Vnukovo airport at 11:57 p.m. Monday local time.

    Tatyana Morozova, an official with the Investigative Committee, Russia’s main investigative agency, said investigators are questioning the snowplow driver, who was not hurt, as well as air traffic controllers and witnesses.

    “At the current time, it has been established that the driver of the snowplow was in a state of alcoholic intoxication,” Morozova said.

  3. bostonboomer says:

    Strange but true: Oscar Pistorius got only 5 years for murdering his girlfriend.

    http://allafrica.com/stories/201410211421.html

    • janicen says:

      There’s a trending meme on twitter, #ThingsLongerThanOscarsSentence that’s pretty entertaining in a depressing and disgusting kind of way.

      I’m becoming more and more acutely aware of the destructive effects of the non-stop drumbeat reminding us again and again of the lack of status and value of women in our world. That’s why serial killers target women. The murder of women does not attract as much scrutiny and judging by the 5 year sentence Oscar got, is not all that big a deal.

      • Pat Johnson says:

        It is also impossible to discount the “celebrity factor” in all of this since he is South Africa’s prime athlete!

        Reeva was heard screaming for help. She was completely dressed at 3am indicating that she was possibly ready to leave the house. He testified that she was in a nightgown and sleeping next to him so how does one account for her being dressed at this hour? They had been heard arguing. The gun was kept in a drawer on her side of the bed also indicating that he would have had to notice she was not in bed when he heard the “noise”.

        This was no “accident” but a deliberate move on his part to prevent her from leaving the house and in a fit of anger he shot 4 times into the bathroom.

        May he live with this on his conscience for the rest of his natural life and never have a moment’s peace. He got away with murder.

        • bostonboomer says:

          Absolutely. You are both right Janice and Pat. Women aren’t valued, and they are particularly not valued if the person who hurts or kills them is an athlete. And serial killer tend to target those who are the least valued in society–prostitutes, homeless people, black women, because they hope these people will not even be reported missing.

          Jesse Matthew targeted some white college women, so it only took 12 years to catch him.

          • janicen says:

            I’m glad you included the college women because I’m beginning to understand why they are a target rich environment for serial killers. There are plenty of people who either openly or privately decide that the college woman would never have been murdered had she not been drunk, dressed the way she had, been out at that hour, etc. Simply that, simply making the victim even a little responsible devalues her, and that slight amount of devaluation can effect how much attention the crime receives from law enforcement and the media. Morgan Harrington’s parents have kept the pressure and the spotlight on what’s been happening in Virginia. The rest of the victims haven’t received nearly the same attention.

            And by the way we all know that college men never get drunk and engage in risky behavior.

          • bostonboomer says:

            That’s true, but when white college women disappear they get publicity–although many people devalue the publicity and claim it’s silly to follow the stories of “missing white women” as if they are not serious news.

            Some of the missing women in VA are black and got less publicity, but I suspect Matthew killed some of them.

          • NW Luna says:

            And making the victim “responsible” is a tactic used to excuse the attacker’s behavior. Just like the domestic abuse perpetrator with his “she made me do it” excuse.

          • dakinikat says:

            That sure is evident, isn’t it?

          • ANonOMouse says:

            Agree!!!!!

          • Fannie says:

            No one seems to notice when poor women are murdered. They don’t have a voice, and those who are working as “sex workers” and those who are in sex trafficking are not missed the media portrays them as disgusting women. This past weekend I watch Lisa Ling’s CNN special on South Dakota, and she touched on this issue in the “oil fields” and all the money to be made there. You see the young girls, and they aren’t missed by families. A lot of these girls are illegitmate, or foster care children. Notice that the media don’t speak about these women as mothers, daughters, sisters, or aunts. They are forgotten.

            Remember George Sodini, killed 3 women, wounded 9 others, and then turned the gun on himself. How about the Amish Schoolhouse killer, he separated the boys from the girls, and killed the girls. I really get pissed off about all the attacks in the Military. We have gone over it and over it, and it continues. The hate, the misogyny in our society is the most pressing serious problem in the country. Then you have Michelle Bachmann calling out another country and she does NOTHING to stop the hate that she and her husband, and her religion have ramped up in this Country.

            Les we forget Mr. Nude of 1982 is running as Mr. Sexy Republican in New Hampshire. He let it be known that he likes them tall, sporty, and with long hair, and long legs.

            No, when poor women are killed, it’s not a matter of race, it’s a matter of class, poor, and without a voice.

            http://ww.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-serial-killer-met-20141020-story.html

  4. janicen says:

    I confess to having bought into the “Let’s all hate Jane Fonda” propaganda for disrespecting the contributions and sacrifices of our armed forces. But the more I read about and understand what the Vietnam “war” was all about the more I respect her for what she did. She wasn’t thumbing her nose at the military, she was reaching out to the people of Vietnam who never wanted us there in the first place. The U.S. involvement in Vietnam was nothing more than an excuse to enrich the military industrial complex. There was no compelling resistance to the communist north other than what we created in the south. I remember, as I’m sure others here do, the stories that came home telling us how those ungrateful South Vietnamese people who our brave soldiers were there fighting for were actually sabotaging our efforts and fighting against us. Well no surprise since neither side wanted us there, they just wanted to live in peace.

    Jane Fonda was brave to stand up and protest our actions. I’m just sorry that her career suffered for it.

    • dakinikat says:

      I think she was an easy target for the right wing in those days. They always need their scape goats.

      • ANonOMouse says:

        I love Jane Fonda. She was a Shero in my book. Many of us protested that war and had loved ones who fought in it who protested it with us. 58k American GI’s died there and many more were maimed and damaged for life. The number of innocent Vietnamese lives taken and destroyed during that war were incalculable. It was the biggest sell out to the Military Industrial Complex in our history UNTIL GWB sold us out again with Iraq. I think Jane Fonda’s biggest problem was that she didn’t understand how her language concerning her dissent would be used to frame her as anti-American. She made some verbal and visual mistakes that should be marked up to young, naïve, idealistic, rather than anti-American, but that’s not how the wingnuts worked then and it’s now how they work now. Live and learn!!!!

  5. Sweet Sue says:

    I didn’t think Pistorious would spend a day in prison, so I’m pretty pleased with the sentence.
    Now, I just hope that Ms. Steenkamp’s family finds some solace.

    • dakinikat says:

      I hope the can find a way to hit his wallet at least.

    • ANonOMouse says:

      I agree Sue….When the judge found him guilty of culpable homicide instead of Murder, I felt certain he would get probation. The defense brought in a lot of people, including some from the correction system, to say that he shouldn’t go to prison because of his disability, but the Judge didn’t buy that argument. I do have a problem with the fact that he will be eligible for and could be paroled and released to house arrest after 10 months, but considering the verdict at least he will get some punishment. Still, I see him as just another in a long line of violent men who get away with killing women with nothing more than a wrist slap.

  6. janicen says:

    Just announced: Travel restrictions for people entering the U.S. who are traveling here from certain African countries. As far as I’m concerned, these seem like common sense measures unless I’m missing something.

    http://www.dhs.gov/news/2014/10/21/statement-secretary-johnson-travel-restrictions-and-protective-measures-prevent

    • NW Luna says:

      These make sense, and will affect only a small percentage of travelers from Africa, since most already come in via one of those airports doing the extra screening.

  7. dakinikat says:

    Here’s your daily Texas Crazy:

    Man Who Believes God Speaks to Us Through “Duck Dynasty” Is About to Be Texas’ Second-in-Command

    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/10/dan-patrick-texas-lieutenant-governor

    • ANonOMouse says:

      Does he think Phil Robertson is a Prophet, or does he think Phil Roberston is a Profit? This guy’s a Quack in every sense of the word.

  8. dakinikat says:

    Anti-abortion group protests Ebola vaccines made with embryonic stem cells because a “massive amount of people will refuse them” on moral grounds. Huh?

    http://crooksandliars.com/2014/10/why-country-full-so-many-idiots

    • janicen says:

      I am so sick and tired of the idiots running the asylum when it comes to stem cell research. I recently read that some Canadian doctors are having some success at reversing blindness in animals caused by glaucoma, using stem cells from the patients’ own bone marrow. Research like this is being stymied in this country because of these fanatics. Makes you wonder what/who is really behind this wrong-headed thinking.

      • bostonboomer says:

        Sigh . . . . These wingnuts are simply hopeless. Stem cells are people, don’t you know; but women aren’t people.

    • ANonOMouse says:

      I read an article last week about a promising “cure” for type 1 diabetes using stem cells. This isn’t the article but it’s along the same line as what I read.

      http://www.news10.net/story/news/health/2014/10/20/researchers-announce-diabetes-breakthrough/17630665/

      I can’t imagine a person with type 1 diabetes turning this down when it becomes a reality. Then we’ll see how many people refuse this treatment on “moral grounds”.

    • NW Luna says:

      Heh. Betcha even the wingnuts will be demanding stem-cell produced vaccine if it could save their lives. Not that we even know now if you need stem cells to make a vaccine.

      They are full of “Do as I say, not as I do,” for example Hobby Lobby with its investments in contraceptive pharmaceutical companies.

  9. dakinikat says:

    VIDEO: 33 Police Officers Fire 600 Bullets into Car Knowing It Contained a Hostage, Killing Her
    The attorney for the family of Misty Holt-Singh spoke at a press conference, questioning the police department’s actions.

    http://www.mintpressnews.com/video-33-police-officers-fire-600-bullets-car-knowing-contained-hostage-killing/197948/

    • janicen says:

      OMG. How can we be anything other than terrified of police?

    • gregoryp says:

      Wasn’t there something like this last year? I recall that hostages have been killed the last couple of years by so-called policemen. It is beginning to look like law enforcement agencies are another group in this country that are above the law. I am just not sure what these yahoos are hoping to accomplish other than terrifying the rest of us. It appears that our society has permanently changed for the worse.

  10. Fannie says:

    Feeling a little bit better, then I read this bs. Here it is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and here’s what the women of South Carolina can look forward to.

    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/10/14/3579407/south-carolina-prosecutors-say-stand-your-ground-doesnt-apply-to-victims-of-domestic-violence/

    • NW Luna says:

      “(The Legislature’s) intent … was to provide law-abiding citizens greater protections from external threats in the form of intruders and attackers,” prosecutor Culver Kidd told the Post and Courier. “We believe that applying the statute so that its reach into our homes and personal relationships is inconsistent with (its) wording and intent.”

      There ya go — women aren’t really citizens.

  11. Fannie says:

    Women need to kick some butt……….Here’s a judge, and couple of states, Texas being one that allows this kind of porn. It sells. It also kills women. You might remember the Virginia Tech Killer, this was his thing to do before his shoot out.

    • Fannie says:

      Whoa, when I say kick butt, I mean these men who think it’s okay to degrade women, that’s it is porn is okay.

      How much money does porn make in this Country. These republicans love to ban flights, ban ships, shut down our government, and pray one day and go to the strip clubs or watch porn at night. It’s fall under the title entertainment, not misogyny. Huckabee, he gets that libido first thing in the morning on Fox News. They always want more, and more, and more.

    • dakinikat says:

      I think we can see how woman’s bodies have now been transferred to the realm of ownership by one man to basically ownership by the public and any man.

  12. dakinikat says:

    OK, I’m thinking of becoming an expat again: http://www.chapman.edu/wilkinson/research-centers/babbie-center/survey-american-fears.aspx

    Chapman University has initiated a nationwide poll on what strikes fear in Americans. The Chapman Survey on American Fears included 1,500 participants from across the nation and all walks of life. The research team leading this effort pared the information down into four basic categories: personal fears, crime, natural disasters and fear factors. According to the Chapman poll, the number one fear in America today is walking alone at night.

  13. dakinikat says:

    http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/08/12/george-will-confirms-nixons-vietnam-treason

    The new release of extended versions of Nixon’s papers now confirms this long-standing belief, usually dismissed as a “conspiracy theory” by Republican conservatives. Now it has been substantiated by none other than right-wing columnist George Will.

    Nixon’s newly revealed records show for certain that in 1968, as a presidential candidate, he ordered Anna Chennault, his liaison to the South Vietnam government, to persuade them refuse a cease-fire being brokered by President Lyndon Johnson.

    Nixon’s interference with these negotiations violated President John Adams’s 1797 Logan Act, banning private citizens from intruding into official government negotiations with a foreign nation.

    Published as the 40th Anniversary of Nixon’s resignation approaches, Will’s column confirms that Nixon feared public disclosure of his role in sabotaging the 1968 Vietnam peace talks. Will says Nixon established a “plumbers unit” to stop potential leaks of information that might damage him, including documentation he believed was held by the Brookings Institute, a liberal think tank. The Plumbers’ later break-in at the Democratic National Committee led to the Watergate scandal that brought Nixon down.

    Nixon’s sabotage of the Vietnam peace talks was confirmed by transcripts of FBI wiretaps. On November 2, 1968, LBJ received an FBI report saying Chernnault told the South Vietnamese ambassador that “she had received a message from her boss: saying the Vietnamese should “hold on, we are gonna win.”

    As Will confirms, Vietnamese did “hold on,” the war proceeded and Nixon did win, changing forever the face of American politics—with the shadow of treason permanently embedded in its DNA.

  14. bostonboomer says:

    I see that Jesse Matthew has been charged with attempted murder in the Fairfax, VA rape case, and the victim is cooperating. That likely means she’ll be willing to testify against Matthew in the Graham and Harrington cases.

  15. Fannie says:

    Judge Seamus McCaffery, of Penn. is on paid leave for his involvement with porn. This whole thing with porn is Big Business in all sectors of our society.