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Better message

Apr 28th, 2018 8:45 am | By

Trump has a new job opportunity! He’s very excited about it. His interview the other day went so well that it looks as if the bosses might make it a permanent gig.

Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway told the hosts of “Fox & Friends” on Friday morning that President Trump wants to come on the show regularly.

“The president has said he would like to perhaps come once a month and as news breaks,” Conway said. “He’ll keep us guessing.”

Aw yeah he’s so zany and unpredictable, it’s what we love about him, amirite? We’ll just never know: he might be on Fox today or he might not.

Trump is a regular viewer of the show and has

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Words cannot express

Apr 27th, 2018 4:25 pm | By

He actually said that.

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Apr 27th, 2018 12:13 pm | By

Oh good, an “interesting” thought experiment. Robin Hanson, an economist, looks at envy and redistribution:

Incels obsess over their own unattractiveness – dividing the world into alphas and betas, with betas just your average, frustrated idiot dude, and omegas, as the incels often call themselves, the lowest of the low, scorned by everyone – they then use that self-acceptance as an insulation.

Basically, their virginity is a discrimination or apartheid issue, and only a state-distributed girlfriend programme, outlawing multiple partners, can rectify this grand injustice. … Elliot Rodger, the Isla Vista killer, uploaded a video to YouTube about his “retribution” against attractive women who wouldn’t sleep with him (and the attractive men they would sleep with) before killing six

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What happened at RNS

Apr 27th, 2018 11:14 am | By

Back at the beginning of the week…

Kimberly covered the non-religious beat at RNS and we talked several times. There was a lot of shock-horror at this (including from me); now it is explained: Columbia Journalism Review reports:

EARLY IN THE MORNING on Monday, April 23, members and followers of the “God beat” awoke to upsetting

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The main problem is women themselves

Apr 27th, 2018 9:39 am | By

Zoe Williams has some thoughts on “incels”:

Some of the fault, in their eyes, is with attractive men who have sex with too many women – “We need to do something about the polygamy problem,” said the Incelcast, an astonishing three-hour podcast about the Toronto attack – but, of course, the main problem is women themselves, who become foes as people, but also as a political entity. There is a lot of discussion about how best to punish them, with mass rape fantasies and threads on how to follow women without getting arrested, just for the thrill of having them notice you. Feminism is held responsible for a dude who can’t get laid, and birth control is said to

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The worst

Apr 27th, 2018 8:50 am | By

The US health care “system” is chaotic but there’s one thing we can say: it’s the worst of its kind.

The U.S. health care system has been subject to heated debate over the past decade, but one thing that has remained consistent is the level of performance, which has been ranked as the worst among industrialized nations for the fifth time, according to the 2014 Commonwealth Fund survey 2014. The U.K. ranked best with Switzerland following a close second.

Isn’t that impressive? Go us.

The Commonwealth Fund report compares the U.S. with 10 other nations: France, Australia, Germany, Canada, Sweden, New Zealand, Norway, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the U.K. were all judged to be superior based on various factors.

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Would you like a pudding pop?

Apr 26th, 2018 4:50 pm | By

It turns out Bill Cosby isn’t nice Cliff Huxtable after all.

The 80-year-old actor, a fixture in American family entertainment for decades, erupted in response to a suggestion by the Montgomery County district attorney, Kevin R. Steele, that his bail should be revoked because he was a potential flight risk and owned a plane.

“He doesn’t have a plane, you asshole!” Mr. Cosby shouted. It was all the more startling coming from a man once beloved as the mild Dr. Cliff Huxtable on his hit NBC sitcom, the Jell-O pudding pitchman and the whimsical creator of the character Fat Albert.

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Apr 26th, 2018 11:34 am | By


Bill Cosby. Finally.

A jury found Bill Cosby guilty Thursday of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his home near here 14 years ago, capping the downfall of one of the world’s best-known entertainers, and offering a measure of satisfaction to the dozens of women who for years have accused him of similar assaults against them.


On the second day of its deliberations at the Montgomery County Courthouse in this town northwest of Philadelphia, the jury returned to convict Mr. Cosby of three counts of aggravated indecent assault against Andrea Constand, at the time a Temple University employee he had mentored.

The three counts — penetration with lack of consent, penetration while unconscious, and penetration after

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Apr 26th, 2018 10:38 am | By

A couple more exhibits at the San Francisco public library’s Degenderettes installation:

Note the barbed wire wrapped around the bottom one. Those bats are not for hitting baseballs, they’re for hitting women.

An axe and a “femme sledgehammer.”

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He sees that stuff and he’s smart

Apr 26th, 2018 10:09 am | By

The Globe has another tidbit. (I guess I’ll have to watch/listen to a little of it eventually, but I so hate listening to his clogged croaking voice saying all the stupid things I’m putting it off.)

The sitting president of the United States talked about Kanye West and Shania Twain and was completely serious about it

“Mr. President, we want to get to Kanye West,” one of the show’s anchors said like it was a completely normal thing to discuss with a US president.

The day before, West, a rapper, showed off how Trump autographed a “Make America Great Again” hat for him and then wrote on Twitter: “You don’t have to agree with Trump but the mob can’t

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He was shouting into the phone

Apr 26th, 2018 9:59 am | By

Peter Baker and Eileen Sullivan at the Times have more on that lunatic phone call Fox News had with the so-called president of the US. They make clear how full-on crazy it was.

They start with a little booboo he made on the Stormy Daniels thing.

The president acknowledged that Mr. Cohen represents him in connection with Stephanie Clifford, the pornographic film actress known as Stormy Daniels who has asserted that she had extramarital sexual relations with Mr. Trump. Mr. Cohen paid Ms. Clifford $130,000shortly before the 2016 presidential election as part of what she now calls a “hush agreement.”

But Mr. Trump said Mr. Cohen did nothing wrong in that matter. Mr. Cohen handled just “a tiny, tiny

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“A horrible group of deep-seated people”

Apr 26th, 2018 9:20 am | By

It seems Trump did a chat with Fox News this morning.

While many reporters have described President Trump’s aggrieved psychology, his phone call this morning on Fox & Friends gave outsiders unfiltered access to the sorts of rants he routinely imposes upon his staff. In the interview, Trump’s sense of persecution was so acute he was barely able to concentrate on an open invitation to tout his own success, the thing he does best.

Depending on how you define “best.” He does it volubly and at speed and often, but the outcomes aren’t always the ones he intends. It didn’t go over well with Comey at that small table in the blue room, for instance.

“A horrible group of deep-seated

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Morally unfit for public office

Apr 26th, 2018 8:58 am | By

Mick Mulvaney may have made things hot for himself by publicly saying he requires payment before he will meet with lobbyists.

Ethics experts say Mick Mulvaney, the White House budget director and interim head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, should be investigated for potentially violating federal bribery laws after he admitted that, as a congressman, he only gave meetings to lobbyists who donated to his campaign.

Speaking before 1,300 financial industry executives at the American Bankers Association conference in Washington on Tuesday, Mulvaney encouraged the officials to use their money to influence policymaking.

“We had a hierarchy in my office in Congress,” said Mulvaney, a former lawmaker from South Carolina, according to The New York Times. “If you’re

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Macron gives a nod to reason and truth

Apr 25th, 2018 5:07 pm | By

Hm, maybe beautiful friendship not so beautiful after all.

[O]n the last day of his state visit on Wednesday, Macron showed he will not be trifled with. He used a speech to a joint session of Congress to engage in a full-scale takedown of Trumpism, wrapped in a love letter to the United States and a call on Americans to live up to the values embedded in our own history.

Macron, speaking forcefully in English, held nothing back. He warned against “the illusion of nationalism” and politicians who “play with fear and anger.”

No president we’ve had in living memory (I can’t swear to anything about Jackson) has played with fear and anger more enthusiastically than Donald Trump. Macron … Read the rest

Pride bats aloft

Apr 25th, 2018 3:54 pm | By

The San Francisco Public Library posted on Facebook a couple of hours ago:

SFPL exhibits are intended to address social issues of the time. We do not endorse nor advocate the viewpoints of the exhibits. Due to concerns raised by library patrons, we are altering the degenderettes antifa art exhibit at the Main Library to remove an offensive shirt, a piece of artwork that could be interpreted as promoting violence, which is incompatible with our exhibitions policy. See the attached poster for more info about the exhibit.

“…pride bat in hand” – ready to club a woman. If it were a member of the KKK with a burning cross would the SFPL be celebrating the “defiance” with an exhibition? … Read the rest


Apr 25th, 2018 3:38 pm | By

The French are not as in love with Macron as Donnie is. They’re definitely not in love with the beautiful friendship between the pair of them.

[D]isdain for Trump is not a fringe phenomenon in France, where opinion polls consistently show that the U.S. president is deeply unpopular — much more so than Russia’s Vladimir Putin, Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan and China’s Xi Jinping. The general sense is that Macron is playing with fire, even if he can establish himself, and France, as Trump’s leading interlocutor in a Europe that has largely remained at arm’s length.

Some in France have also started using the evidence of the increasingly tactile relationship between Macron and Trump to point out what they consider

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At the library

Apr 25th, 2018 12:04 pm | By

In other misogyny news…the San Francisco public library is hosting an exhibit that includes an “I punch TERFs” Tshirt.

Another view:

I found the page for the exhibit on the library’s website. Sometime in the last few hours it has added a note:

Note: This exhibit contains strong language, blood and mentions of transmisogyny and police violence. Due to concerns raised by

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Community standards

Apr 25th, 2018 11:35 am | By

Glosswitch points out what ought to be obvious: that men don’t have a “right” to access to women’s bodies.

Maybe, rather than just raging at “incels”, we should question the idea that any man has a right to violent porn, paid-for sex and women’s bodies in general. This entitlement doesn’t come from nowhere. Even Amnesty have suggested men have a “right to sex”.

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Give him money and he might talk to you

Apr 25th, 2018 7:53 am | By

Unabashed corruption:

Mick Mulvaney, the interim director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, told banking industry executives on Tuesday that they should press lawmakers hard to pursue their agenda, and revealed that, as a congressman, he would meet only with lobbyists if they had contributed to his campaign.

“We had a hierarchy in my office in Congress,” Mr. Mulvaney, a former Republican lawmaker from South Carolina, told 1,300 bankers and lending industry officials at an American Bankers Association conference in Washington. “If you’re a lobbyist who never gave us money, I didn’t talk to you. If you’re a lobbyist who gave us money, I might talk to you.”

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The overthrow

Apr 25th, 2018 7:41 am | By

It’s possible that the Toronto sidewalk-murderer is one of those guys who thinks he’s entitled to sex and thus that women are required to say yes to his demands for sex.

Shortly before a rented van ploughed into a crowd of pedestrians in Toronto, killing 10 and wounding 14 others, a short and cryptic message was posted on the Facebook account of Alek Minassian, the man accused of carrying out the attack.

The post referred to another mass killer – Elliot Rodger, who shot dead six people and wounded 13 others in Isla Vista, California, in 2014 – and said that the “incel rebellion has already begun. We will overthrow all the Chads and the Stacys”.

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