Advocates have been optimistic that Minnesota’s proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage will fall short of the full 50 percent of yes votes required to pass, but a new poll suggests it might lose outright. According to a St. Cloud State University Survey, 51 percent of likely voters plan to vote no, while 44 percent [...]
OMG, everyone freak the fuck out RIGHT NOW because Barack Obama?who is black and also probably from Kenya and is a socialist Muslim Nazi Marxist liberation theologist who is black?is coming for your daughters, not for sexytime, but, even worse, for voting!
Just watch the practically not-safe-for-work video above, in which Lena Dunham?who is a white woman and also, obviously, a slut, since she's sort of talking about being a virgin?uses fancy double entendre talk to encourage people to vote:
Your first time shouldn?t be with just anybody. You want to do it with a great guy. It should be with a guy with beautiful ? somebody who really cares about and understands women.See?!?!?!? This is the most awfulest thing that has ever happened since ever! Thank God?you know, that bearded dude in the sky who gift wraps rape babies for lucky ladies?we have the entire conservative universe to tell us how awful it is to use sex metaphors about voting:
A guy who cares about whether you get health insurance, and specifically whether you get birth control. The consequences are huge. You want to do it with a guy who brought the troops out of Iraq. You don?t want a guy who says, ?Oh hey, I?m at the library studying,? when he?s really out not signing the Lilly Ledbetter Act.
Or who thinks that gay people should never have beautiful, complicated weddings of the kind we see on Bravo or TLC all the time. It?s a fun game to say, ?Who are you voting for?? and they say ?I don?t want to tell you,? and you say, ?No, who are you voting for,? and they go, ?Guess!?
Think about how you want to spend those four years. In college age time, that?s 150 years. Also, it?s super uncool to be out and about and someone says, ?Did you vote,? and ?No, I didn?t vote, I wasn?t ready.?
My first time voting was amazing. It was this line in the sand. Before I was a girl. Now I was a woman. I went to the polling station and pulled back the curtain. I voted for Barack Obama.
?Lena Dunham allows herself to be used in this cheap, last minute attempt to be the first for young women,? wrote Breeanne Howe in a piece that led RedState.com. ?Dunham, who was raised in a wealthy, over-sexualized household and who started therapy at age 7 must somewhat be forgiven for her role; she seems to have a thing for talking about her first time, the Obama administration was just happy to oblige. The problem is, this is an adult man, with two young daughters, who should know better.?Oh Jesus, no! She came from a wealthy family? Not that! Anything but that! If there's one thing conservatives can't stand, it's wealthy white families! Clearly, this ad encouraging people to?shudder, gasp!?vote signals the end of civilization.
Thank you, Totally Not Ridiculous In Any Way CNN contributor Erick Erickson, for calmly and rationally explaining what we're all thinking right now, which is that because someone compared voting to sex for the first time ever, we're about to blow up in a fiery ball of depravity and?
Wait. Wait, what? It's not the first time someone has made such a comparison?
I know what it?s like to pull the Republican lever for the first time, because I used to be a Democrat myself, and I can tell you it only hurts for a minute and then it feels just great.But ... but what kind of fallen, depraved, worse-than-Hitler monster could ever say such a thing?
Saint Ronald freakin' Reagan, the original oversexed presidential candidate who's coming for your daughters. That's who. But please, conservatives, carry on with your outrage over a recycled Reagan joke about voting, while simultaneously dismissing rape as no big thang. It doesn't make you seem completely bugfuck crazy at all.
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Gupta was convicted in June of spilling boardroom secrets to his friend Raj Rajaratnam, the former Galleon hedge fund tycoon who was sentenced last year to 11 years in prison for his role at the center of an insider trading ring.Another teensy weensie tip of the iceberg. Far more interesting Wednesday was the suit announced by federal prosecutors against Countrywide parent Bank of America. All that's missing is an indictment of the last remaining Member of Congress who took bribes to greenlight the scheme that nearly drove the entire world into depression-- Buck McKeon. McKeon was as brazen as the rest of the crooks-- and he was on the government payroll while he was undermining the entire financial system for a few thousand grubby bucks for himself and his sleazy family.
In addition to his spot on the Goldman Sachs board, Gupta had been head of the renowned consultancy McKinsey & Co, and a director of Procter & Gamble, making him one of the most successful Indian immigrants in the United States.
With his conviction after a three-week trial, he became the biggest scalp for fellow Indian immigrant Preet Bharara, the chief Manhattan federal prosecutor who has made a name for himself with a crackdown on Rajaratnam?s insider network.
Five years after the housing market crumbled, government officials are still trying to assign blame for the problems that fueled the mortgage boom and bust.But what about the politicians who enabled this kind of behavior? Obviously it's up to the voters to defeat the Republicans and conservative Democrats (New Dems and Blue Dogs) who voted to "unchain" the banksters to rob their customers blind-- while taking legalistic bribes for their efforts. But one Member of Congress is still in office, Buck McKeon, took actual personal bribes from Countrywide to help push their agenda. Through a network of cronyism and back-scratching, McKeon has his district's media firmly in control and protecting him from exposure. Darrell Issa's House Oversight Committee issued a report (on July 4th, a day the media was not paying attention at all) that clearly indicated that McKeon was taking bribes... and then Issa dutifully buried the report, refusing even to forward it on to the pathetic and toothless House Ethics Committee. Now it's up to an honest federal prosecutor to take up the McKeon case and get this guy behind bars where he belongs.
On Wednesday, federal prosecutors in New York took aim at Bank of America. They accused it of carrying out a scheme, started by its Countrywide Financial unit, that defrauded government-backed mortgage agencies by churning out loans at a rapid pace without proper controls. In a civil suit, prosecutors seek to collect at least $1 billion in penalties from the bank as compensation for the behavior that they say forced taxpayers to guarantee billions in bad loans.
...[T]he public has been frustrated with the limited number of criminal actions that have been filed since the financial crisis. Few cases have taken aim at top executives. Even in the latest case against Bank of America, no company officials were sued as part of the complaint. Angelo R. Mozilo, the former chief executive of Countrywide Financial, never faced criminal charges but did agree in 2010 to pay $67.5 million to settle a civil fraud case brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Mr. Hurson said that the government had yet to overcome the notion that federal authorities were reluctant to pursue the top rungs of Wall Street. The criminal actions to come from the crisis, he noted, have focused on ?small-time operators.?
The government, however, has contended that it has aggressively pursued mortgage fraud. As the legal deadline approaches for filing crisis-related cases, President Obama formed a mortgage task force to investigate wrongdoing. The unit recently announced its first case, taking action against JPMorgan Chase over mortgage deals created by Bear Stearns, the firm that JPMorgan bought during the crisis.
The legal problems for Bank of America, however, have taken a deeper financial toll, costing the bank billions in write-downs and settlements. Much of its problems stem from its takeover of Countrywide Financial, once the nation?s largest mortgage lender. The bank also struck a $2.4 billion deal in September to settle a class-action lawsuit over shareholder claims that it misled investors about the 2009 purchase of Merrill Lynch.
In the lawsuit on Wednesday, the Justice Department attacked a home loan program known as the ?hustle,? which the bank inherited from Countrywide in 2008 and kept alive through 2009.
The end of the month approaches once more. It always comes up on me much more quickly than I expect. At the moment, I have only about one-third of what is required to pay next month's rent, along with a few basic first-of-the-month bills. So I regret that I must ask for donations again. I know that times are increasingly difficult for many people, and I'm deeply sorry to have to make the request for many reasons.
For the benefit of any newer readers who might see this, a brief review: I have no source of income whatsoever other than donations I receive here. My very bad and steadily deteriorating health makes it impossible for me to do anything other than write on the blog; unfortunately, my health gets so bad that I am sometimes unable to post anything for weeks at a time (and sometimes, as over this past terrible summer, a few months). The major physical problem (that I am aware of) is a weak and failing heart. Since I have no money and no insurance, the only medical care I receive is on those occasions when I am forced to call 911. I've had to do that twice in the last few years; I was briefly hospitalized on both occasions. I suffer from atrial fibrillation, among other things. I take medication for that, when I have a prescription and when I can afford it. But several months after the 911 calls, the prescriptions run out, and I have no way of getting another one (until I call 911 again -- and the experience was so ghastly last time, that I resist calling unless I genuinely believe a huge crisis is upon me). I have an assortment of other problems (general, severe weakness and periodic, sometimes extreme, difficulty breathing, which may be the result of the heart problems and/or something else; a strange lump on my left testicle, which is occasionally painful; two or three other things -- none of which are treated at all, or even diagnosed); the net result is that I am almost entirely housebound, as I have been for several years. It requires a monumental effort simply to walk to the corner store and back. I try to do that once or twice a week, for the minimal exercise -- and to try to maintain a very small semblance of actually living.
So it's all very dreadful; at regular intervals, generally five or six times a month, I have unusually bad episodes. I slowly get dressed and gather the few things I would need for the hospital -- and then I wait to see if I think I have to call 911. When you don't have a regular doctor and are forced to rely on emergency care for everything -- with no oversight of any kind by a personal physician -- the experience is profoundly unnerving, even terrifying. The last time, when I had to have blood transfusions and several other procedures, I felt like a lab rat being subjected to a series of nightmarish experiments. I won't go through that again unless I have absolutely have to.
That's the situation in which I try to write. It's not precisely a happy experience. Given that, I think the recent essays turned out well. I very much want to continue them, but I fear it may be several days at least before the next one appears. I've mentioned that it was unusually hot for extended periods in Los Angeles this past summer. The heat keeps coming back: it was in the nineties a few days last week, and we are now told it will be around 90 degrees and possibly above over the weekend. The heat makes all of my physical problems worse, sometimes much worse. It won't be a fun weekend for me.
I want to offer very special thanks to those few people who make regular donations. You are my personal angels, and I cannot thank you enough. I also thank all those who make donations, in any amount at all. I am enormously grateful. And to anyone who is thinking of donating: I greatly appreciate it, and this would be a very good time to contribute even a small amount. I have to pay the rent and other basic bills at the end of next week. I'm very sorry I almost never send personal emails to thank contributors. I send very few emails of any kind; I save whatever energy I have (not much) for writing the articles, when I can.
I have one other request, of a different kind. I began blogging in September 2002. I've been doing this for a little over ten years. (As I explain every now and then: most of the articles from the first several years have been offline for about six years, since the archives at my previous site were corrupted. I've reposted a few of those earlier pieces; most of them will probably not be available again. I have neither the time nor the energy to repost them, which must be done for each individual post and takes time and strength I don't have.)
I have fewer readers now than at almost any time in the last decade. On most days, I have less than a thousand visitors; often, much less. I sometimes think about what I consider to be the quality of some of my articles -- the recent "Accomplices to Murder" is a good example -- and think about how few people see them, and... Well, I try not to think about it too much or for too long. It tends to put me in an exceptionally bleak frame of mind. It's profoundly depressing.
Yesterday, I happened to see a comment from someone who claims to admire my writing. This person wondered if I knew how "widely read" I was. The person wanted to be sure I knew. The links to the traffic stats for the blog are available to anyone. They're at the bottom of the page. As I just indicated, I am not "widely read" by any measure. It's an utterly fantastical notion. By internet standards, my audience is close to non-existent. I could post a single picture of a naked woman (or man) with an anodyne headline ("The Naked Truth"), and with no text or comment of any kind, and my traffic would doubtless triple or quadruple within hours. I occasionally think of doing precisely that, just for the hell of it.
I've always been very bad at self-promotion. I can't stand to do it and, except for very brief periods at various times in my life, I've never been able to do it with any consistency. And now, even if I wanted to do it, I simply don't have the strength and concentration to spend several hours sending links to my articles to various writers and bloggers, or leaving links in comments sections on different sites. So this is my other request: if you like my writing, if you think it deserves a larger audience, please publicize my articles in any way you can. Obviously, the more widely you can do it, and the more places you can leave links, the better. If I am ever to have an audience of any size, you will have to make it happen. I can't do it myself. I know that some people do this already, and I'm very grateful. I also know that other readers don't do it at all.
So those are my requests: money and fame! Hahaha. But in truth, just in very small amounts. I'm merely trying to hold on to minimal survival here.
As always, I am deeply appreciative of your time and consideration.
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Actress Tiny Fey was seething on Wednesday as she try to express her outrage at recent comments by several Republican politicians about rape.
"I wish we could have an honest and respectful dialogue about these complicated issues," the comedienne told the Center for Reproductive Rights Inaugural Gala. "But it seems like we can?t right now. And if I have to listen to one more gray-faced man with a two-dollar haircut explain to me what rape is, I?m gonna lose my mind!"
Last month, Republican Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin had asserted that women could not get pregnant through ?legitimate rape.? And then Republican Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock claimed on Tuesday that pregnancy from rape ?is something that God intended to happen.?
"I watch these guys and I'm like, what is happening? Am I secretary on Mad Men?" Fey said on Wednesday. "What is happening?"
"Todd Akin. Oof. This guy," she continued. "Todd Akin claims that women can?t really get pregnant from a legitimate rape because the body secretes hormones. Now I can?t even finish this sentence without getting dumber; it?s making me dumber when I say it?but it?s something about the body not being able to get pregnant when it?s under physical stress."
"Mr. Akin, I think you are confusing the phrase ?legitimate rape? with the phrase ?competitive gymnastics.??
Linda McMahonYesterday, Linda McMahon and the WWE, the Linda and Vince McMahon entertainment conglomerate, were arguing over where a $5 million donation to Donald Trump's foundation came from, that $5 million being at issue because of The Donald's bizarre birther $5 million pledge.
Looks like they found the culprit for the big donation.
Vince McMahon stepped forward Thursday as the top donor to the Donald J. Trump Foundation, with a spokesman for the wrestling impresario?s company telling Hearst Newspapers that the WWE chief executive gave $5 million to the charity. [...]
WWE previously said that the Vincent and Linda McMahon Family Foundation gave the $5 million to Trump, who has long questioned Obama?s citizenship and eligibility to run for president.
See, this is particularly problematic for the missus right now, because her election in blue Connecticut is hinging on her ability to tie herself to Obama. Being tied instead to the birther-in-chief is going to make that kind of difficult.
Let's just end McMahon's political ambitions here and now.