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Iranian defector says U.S. speaks for Iran at nuclear talks

Dr. Eowyn:

While it is true that Amir Motaghi is an Iranian defector and therefore has an axe to grind, given who he is — a former close aide to Iran’s president — and the gravity of his accusation — that the Obama administration is acting as Iran’s mouthpiece and advocate in the ongoing nuclear negotiation — Motaghi’s assertion should be reported and noted.

Motaghi’s accusation is also consistent with what we already know about Obama and his duplicity. See “US Intel Report Drops Iran From Terror Threat List.”

Originally posted on Consortium of Defense Analysts:

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad JavadAhmed Vahdat and Richard Spencer report for The Telegraph, March 27, 2015, that journalist Amir Hossein Motaghi, who is a close aide to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, defected while he was in Lausanne, Switzerland, covering the nuclear talks between Tehran and the West. The West’s negotiating team is comprised of the five permanent members of the UN security council and Germany.

Motaghi managed public relations for Rouhani during the latter’s election campaign for the presidency in 2013 by using social media successfully to promote the 66-year-old Rouhani to a youthful audience who overwhelmingly elected him to power.

One news website claimed Motaghi had been tipped off that he might be subject to arrest had he returned to Tehran.

Amir Hossein MotaghiAccording to Iranian news agencies, Motaghi quit his job at the Iran Student Correspondents Association (ISCA), then appeared on the opposition Irane Farda television channel based in London.

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A lovely bedtime story: My ‘Sister Is a Happy Ghost!’

Bet there's no pictures of these "ghosts" in this book...

Bet there’s no pictures of these “ghosts” in this book…

Newsbusters: A three-year-old named Lee defends the abortion of his sister in a new children’s book – by an author with her own “ghost sister.” 

Sister Apple, Sister Pig” by Mary Walling Blackburn focuses on an adult topic: abortion. The story follows Lee as he (or “she,” as the author stressed) searches for his sister – who might be an apple, a pig, or somewhere in a tree. Lee later decides “Sister is a happy ghost!” and explicitly says he’s glad Sister isn’t around to inconvenience his parents.

The free e-book is available on art publishing platform e-flux, The Blaze reported. The author, Walling Blackburn, is assistant professor of art at Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts and founder of The Anhoek School.

“Lee is Papa and Mama’s only child for now, although there once was a sister,” the book began. “Where does Sister live now?”

At one point, Lee explained to his Papa, “Well, she used to live in Mama and doesn’t anymore.” After Papa agreed, Lee reiterated, “She lived before me, but Mama couldn’t keep her. Mama says she is a ghost.” 

When Lee’s Papa asked, “[D]oes that make you sad or scared?” Lee changed his tune. “I’m not sad that my sister is a ghost! If you kept my sister, you would be tired, and sad, and mad!” When his father questioned why, Lee continued:

Because we would be wild and loud and sometimes we would fight. Mama might be scared that she could not buy enough food for us. Mama might not have enough time to read to me, to paint with me, to play with me, to talk with me…. 

Papa also noted “good reasons” Lee doesn’t have a sister “right here right now.” “Maybe you will have another sister when there is more time, and there is more money,” Papa said.

But even during story time, Lee couldn’t forget about his lost sibling. He whispered the “secret” to his uncle: “The secret is that she’s…she’s a ghost!” Lee – and his Uncle – pretend she’s still there. “The ghost girl can sit beside me,” his uncle offered.

Later, Lee told his uncle, “Mama had an abortion before she had me,” but “reassures” him that “Sister is a happy ghost!” 

Even the uncle’s friend, Jess, “wonders where the ghost sister is.” Lee replied, “Ghost sister has her own things to do!” but that “[s]he returns when I call her…if I need her.” 

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And he did, as the last page read, “Mama, Papa, Lee, (and sister) are about to head into the late afternoon… towards home.”

In the acknowledgements, Walling Blackburn thanked her own “ghost sister” and warned “Masochists, look elsewhere,” because, “between these pages you will not find the ‘luxury of grief,’ culpability’s sharp sting or salty guilt.” 

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Mary Walling Blackburn

In a footnote, Walling Blackburn explained:

Lee, Sister Apple, Sister Pig’s protagonist, allays the possibility of repressed psychic distress by the active formation of an ally born of that anxiety and Lee does this without lingering in the interstitial space between pleasure and pain. Is there a political stratagem here…when sorrow and fear become light and active?

While Artforum’s Abraham Adams announced Walling Blackburn’s work as a “pro-choice children’s book” he argued, “It is a provocation for adults” or a “concept performing form in what the artist has referred to as a kind of drag.”

In her own words, Walling Blackburn described the book as “‘Playing chicken’ with the anti-choice people,” The Blaze’s Mike Opelka reported.

Earlier this year at one of her art shows, an “Anti-Fertility Garden” at San Antonio’s Sala Diaz, Walling Blackburn read from “Sister Apple, Sister Pig.” The exhibition included, “a fetus-size casket covered in chocolate frosting beneath an abortion-commemorating date painting that lashes On Kawara.”

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Tweeter wants you to make this disgusting “lincoln” pic go viral

A nobody named Joe Bernstein (@basher) is on Twitter. Joe Bernstein On March 24, 2015, Bernstein flatulated this tweet to his 2,694 followers, of a fat naked man engaged in an obscene act with the head of a statue, with the message:

please, for the love of god, help me make #lincolning go viral

Bernstein tweet By #lincolning, Joe Bernstein is referring to the obscene act that the chubby naked guy was doing to what Bernstein thinks is the statue of President Abraham Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

In other words, Bernstein is applauding and encouraging the desecration of President Lincoln.

Sadly, Bernstein is mistaken. The statue isn’t that of Abraham Lincoln.

It’s the statue of Alexander Graham Bell in the front portico of the Bell Telephone Building of Brantford, Ontario, Canada. Lincoln Memorial & Alexander Graham Bell Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922) is the Scottish-born scientist, inventor, engineer and innovator who is credited with inventing the first practical telephone.

And so, both the tubby man and Joe Bernstein (assuming Bernstein isn’t the fat naked guy himself) are actually dissing the statue of the inventor of the telephone. facepalm

Bernstein calls himself a “reporter for BuzzFeed.”

facepalm ~Éowyn

The brilliance that is Lena Dunham: “Dog or Jewish Boyfriend? A Quiz”

Lena Dunham's double date with Obama

New Yorker: Do the following statements refer to (a) my dog or (b) my Jewish boyfriend?

1. The first thing I noticed about him was his eyes.

2. We love to spend hours in bed together on Sunday mornings.

3. He’s crazy for cream cheese.

4. It hasn’t always been easy, but we currently live together and it’s going O.K.

5. Our anniversary is in two days and I’m not sure if he remembers.

6. If it were up to him, every room in our place would be carpeted.

7. But he has asthma.

8. I feel that he is judgmental about the food I serve him. When I make something from scratch, he doesn’t want to eat it, but he also rejects most store-bought dinners.

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9. This is because he comes from a culture in which mothers focus every ounce of their attention on their offspring and don’t acknowledge their own need for independence as women. They are sucked dry by their children, who ultimately leave them as soon as they find suitable mates.

10. As a result of this dynamic, he expects to be waited on hand and foot by the women in his life, and anything less than that makes him whiny and distant.

11. I wish he were more excited about spending time with my friends.

12. At our local organic bistro, he will often leave three-quarters of his salmon fillet untouched, offering no explanation and offending the waiter, who will ask balefully, “Was it undercooked?”

13. He doesn’t tip.

14. And he never brings his wallet anywhere.

15. He came with me to therapy once and was restless and unexpressive.

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16. When I go out of town on a business trip, he sleeps with a pair of my underwear.

17. When I get home from the business trip, he ignores me for hours, sometimes days, forcing me to wonder whether he would be better off with a woman who has a less demanding career. “Why don’t you find some catalogue model who just sits around all day and rubs your back? I bet you’d like that,” I hiss. “I apologize for my many accomplishments. I’m sorry they mean nothing to you.”

18. He respects my father but is intimidated by his Waspy, buttoned-up demeanor, flat cadence, and inability to express physical affection toward other men. The tension between them takes the form of passive-aggressive pissing matches and hostile silences.

19. He’s really more of an ass man.

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20. He has a sensitive stomach and has to take two Dramamine before entering any moving vehicle.

21. I have more Instagram followers than he does.

22. He ripped up my copy of “Lean In.”

23. My grandma Dottie loves him and says he’s a “good, good boy.”

24. Every week it’s some new health issue: urine crystals, sprained foot, beef allergy.

25. He enjoys nature and I don’t, which would be fine except it’s important to share interests, and he also doesn’t like novellas, tag sales, or hip-hop dance.

26. He hates our upstairs neighbor Beverly and refuses to acknowledge her in the elevator, even if she tells him that she likes his haircut.

27. In fact, he has hair all over his body, like most males who share his background.

28. His best friend is named Archie.

29. He briefly dated another Lena, but she was black and a runner.

30. Bald men trigger a primal fear in him.

31. In addition, he is openly hostile toward the Hasidic community, focussing most of his rage on their bulky (but chic) fur hats.

32. He has an obsession with bellhops that is troubling to me.

dunham233. One spring afternoon, we walked to Dumbo to check out a new artisanal-Popsicle stand, when we ran into my friend Jill. Jill is actually more of an acquaintance—I don’t know her well, but I really like her; she curates high-end terrariums and she’s a clog designer on the side. She’s really slim and well dressed, in an all-American, J. Crew-model sort of way. He was immediately all over her, panting and making a fool of himself. It was humiliating. Because here’s the thing: I am not a Jill. I will never be a Jill. And if that’s what he is looking for—some anorexic hipster with a glossy braid and freaking Swedish clog boots she sewed by hand—he should never have set his sights on me in the first place.

34. He once vomited on his seatmate in United business class, then ran up and down the aisle in a panic.

35. He’s adopted.

Isn't she so witty?

Isn’t she so witty?

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Hey guys! Your handy guide to dating a feminist!

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Cosmopolitan: 14 Things You Should Know Before Dating a Feminist. She’s basically the most amazing person on the planet.

1. You’d better be prepared to look at the world/movies/TV shows/everything more closely than you used to. There might be a movie that you really love that you never noticed was super-crazy sexist, and you need to at least be open to hearing her explain why it is and looking at it from another perspective. I dated a guy who hated when I would do this and you will never guess how quickly I dumped him because haha no.

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2. If you don’t identify as a feminist already, you should figure out why that is before going for her. Do you think she should make less than you make for doing the exact same job? No? Then you’re a feminist. This is not difficult, Jeremy.

3. You’re not necessarily going to offend her because she’s a feminist and you paid for her tea. I had a guy buy me an iced tea once and he acted like he wasn’t sure whether to pat himself on the back for being such a good guy or apologize for acting like he owned me. My tea was $1.50, dude. Calm down. If you’re doing a nice thing because you want to do a nice thing, I will love that. Who wouldn’t?

4. Please at least know some basic women’s history. See: Leslie Knope being pissed Officer Dave didn’t know who Madeline Albright was or me being pissed that a guy doesn’t know what riot grrrl music is.

5. “So do you hate men?” is a “joke” she has heard about 5,000 times. And if you make it, I will think you are both uncreative and kind of a dick. Like, are you serious? It’s not 1962 (and let’s be honest, no one thought it was funny then either.)

6. She thinks she’s just as entitled to an orgasm as you are, which will make sex really fun if you’re good in bed or very confusing if you’re not. One time I literally sat on a hookup’s bed after they’d had an orgasm and said, “I didn’t come. I’m not leaving this room until I do,” and I waited. Ohhhh, I waited.

7. It’s fine if you hold the door for her. Just don’t act totally shocked when she’s equally as polite and holds it for you.

8. She will debate anyone she meets who says they aren’t a feminist or expresses anti-feminist sentiments. It might be your dumb-dumb friends, it might be a random guy who said something shitty at a bar we’re at, but it could happen. I never pick fights with anyone, but I’m also not afraid to calmly call someone out for saying something bigoted and frankly, you shouldn’t be either.

9. You’d better be aware of what male privilege is and that you have it. One time my guy friend said to me, “Oh man, male privilege sounds nice. Wish I had some of that. Haha,” and I almost threw him across the room. It’s real. If you’re a guy, you have it. Next topic.

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10. Any lingering anti-feminist beliefs you may still have can and will be challenged. And rightfully so. Ideally, you’d just take an interest in feminism on your own because everyone should, but if you’re going to be dating me, I’m definitely going to call you on the bullshit you may knowingly or unknowingly still say from time to time. Thank her for this. She’s going to save you from making a horrible rape joke in public (aka making any rape joke in public.)

11. She’s happy to teach you about feminism if you’re happy to learn. If you think Beyoncé can’t dance in a revealing outfit and call herself a feminist, you are wrong, but I’m happy to explain to you why that is if you actually want to know. Why? Because I like you.

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12. Never, ever, ever tell her about how men are discriminated against too. This isn’t a competition for which gender had been treated more unfairly, but if it were, women will win every time.

13. If you seriously believe we’re all equal and feminism is unnecessary, keep walking. Also, what are you even doing with your life? Clearly it is not “reading literally any news website.”

14. She really, truly believes in equality for all. Feminists are the most amazing people on the planet because we believe in equality for all genders, races, sexual orientations, you name it. Seriously, would you want to date someone who believed anything less? No? Then it’s good that you picked me.

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Go forth and date!

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Son of President Reagan says he’s not afraid to burn in Hell

Ron Reagan, the younger (and biological) son of the late President Ronald Reagan, made a 30-second ad campaign to promote atheism for the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF).

FFRF ran a radio version of the ad last year on “The Randi Rhodes Show.” A TV version has been broadcast more recently on “The Daily Show” and repeatedly on CNN. ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox declined to run the ad.

In the ad, with a mocking sneer, 56-year-old Ron proudly declares that he’s “a lifelong atheist, not afraid of burning in Hell.”

Ron has been a nonbeliever since childhood and is surprised when people react negatively when they hear about it. He told the L.A. Times last year, “I think when you hold an opinion that you find entirely reasonable, you are surprised when you discover that other people don’t also consider it reasonable, and kind of get up in arms.”

H/t FOTM’ s MomOfIV

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~Éowyn

Citing Monica Lewinsky, former first lady Cylvia Hayes takes to Internet to critique media

 

Cylvia Hayes & John Kitzhaber

Cylvia Hayes & John Kitzhaber

Oregon Live: Former First Lady Cylvia Hayes, who for months has declined to answer questions about business dealings that are now under federal investigation, is taking to the Internet to criticize the media.

In a Facebook post Tuesday, Hayes linked to a video of a recent talk by Monica Lewinsky called “The Price of Shame” about public humiliation and the Internet. In her talk, Lewinsky spoke about how she felt after news of her affair with Pres. Bill Clinton spread online, calling it “a rush to judgment enabled by technology” and “a click that reverberated around the world… Overnight I went from being a completely private figure to a publicly humiliated one worldwide.”

On Facebook, Hayes wrote of Lewinsky’s talk that “I am so appreciative of her for taking this on. This is a powerful statement about how our click-for-cash media business model has turned public humiliation into a commodity and shame into an industry.”

Hayes on Tuesday also used Twitter to send out a link to the Lewinsky talk. It was her second tweet in four days after a six week hiatus.

Hayes’ previous tweet, on March 21, struck a similar chord. It linked to a reporter’s essay and public apology for having unfairly maligned two Secret Service agents.

Hayes and her fiance, former Gov. John Kitzhaber, are subjects of a federal influence-peddling investigation conducted by the FBI and IRS. The two drew criticism before Kitzhaber resigned for dragging their heels on the release of public information as required by Oregon Public Records Law and for trying to kill an ethics investigation by claiming Hayes was not a public official despite public proclamations to the contrary. She has since cited her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination to avoid releasing emails requested under records law.

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Kitzhaber blamed the media in his resignation statement, saying “it is deeply troubling to me to realize that we have come to a place in the history of this great state of ours where a person can be charged, tried, convicted and sentenced by the media with no due process and no independent verification of the allegations involved.”

Funny how he’s all upset with the (predominantly) liberal media when it affects him personally. Wonder how he felt about the media when they did this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, and this.

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Oregon’s First Lady Cylvia Hayes discloses another $118,000 for consulting fees

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