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Aug042012

50 Years Later, Marilyn Monroe Remains the Ultimate Smart Sensuality Blonde

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The Love Goddess Who Keeps Right on Giving Maureen Dowd

Half a century after Marilyn was found on Aug. 5, 1962, in her Brentwood bedroom, nude, holding her phone, soaked in drugs, she continues to bewitch: her death at 36 and the sketchy cover-up; her tempestuous marriages to a famous baseball player and famous playwright; her role, with Jack and Bobby Kennedy, in the most intriguing film noir triangle of all time.

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Undying Love July 2012 | Top 50 Sensual Editorials & Essays AOC Rebel

In the case of our top editorial for July, my personal support of Pierre Dal Corso has helped drive his top position on our charts, although I’ve done nothing to promote this particular editorial of Daniela Freitas in over a year. With many of the GQ and Esquire editorials, our women readers love them, just as women love Treats! magazine. And guys — well they often prefer a woman with something to say.

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Eve Ensler’s ‘The Vagina Monologues’ Will Be Read with Eve Ensler At Michigan Capitol June 18th AOC French Roast News

I’m also pleased that second most popular post is not a sexy editorial but a political article about the Vagina Monologues being read on the steps of the Michigan capitol on June 18th. I’m guilty of bribing potential readers with sexy vagina cupcakes — a clear reason for knocking straight news stories out of a prominent search position. This duality expresses the mindset of our readers: sexy people are often highly intelligent, successful and have a highly-developed social conscience. ~ Anne

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Friday
Aug032012

Reid Challenges Media To Dig On Romney Finances | Chick-fil-A Gay Rights Kiss-In | Campari Calendar 2013

See Wall Street Journal’s interactive map that links Chick-a-Filet locations and support for gay marriage by state.

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Sen. John McCain said on CNN last night that Sen. Harry Reid might have gone “over the line” in his full-court press against Mitt Romney with allegations that a Bain Capital source told him that the presidential candidate paid no income taxes for 10 years.

For Republicans who are crying foul against Reid, arguing that Reid’s allegations against Romney are just as contemptible as Michele Bachmann’s against Hillary Clinton’s top aide Huma Abedin, one can only imagine that they wish McCain’s remarks about Harry Reid were half as strong as his senate floor condemnation of Michelle Bachmann.

It’s generally believed that if he hasn’t seen Romney’s tax returns up close and personal, Sen. McCain knows whether Reid’s accusations have substance. When Romney was vetted as a possible vice presidential candidate in 2008, the McCain campaign reviewed 23 years of Romney tax returns.

Sen. Reid challenged the media to be more aggressive in digging into Romney’s finances, writes the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

“What if he has paid no taxes, like I am saying he hasn’t,” Reid said. “What if he has all these moneys as we already know … in the Cayman Islands, Bermuda, Swiss banks. I mean, gee whiz, rather than ask me why I should do this, that is a story you should be writing.”

Mitt Romney will be in Las Vegas today, talking about his new five-point plan “for a stronger Middle class” before attending a fundraiser with leading Nevada Republicans.

CNN’s Dana Bash has followed Reid for years and said on air that she spoke with a private source very close to the Senate Majority leader who also knows the identity of the Bain investor and insider. The Bash source says Reid’s informant is “a credible person and this person if we knew the name we would understand they would have the authority and the ability to know about Romney’s tax returns.”

Dana Bash continued:

There are times [Reid] says things off the cuff that make his aides wince, like talking about smelly tourists in the Capitol — I’m not making this up. This is not one of those times. This is one of those times he knows exactly what he’s doing. He’s doing it on purpose, he is doing it for political reasons, because he wants this issue — Romney’s taxes — talked about on programs like yours, wants it to be headlines in newspapers and wants Mitt Romney to respond on this issue which they think is a negative for Romney, as opposed to issues Romney wants to talk about.

The CNN reporter said that Reid’s decision to enter the Romney tax return foray is “very personal”. Bash continued saying: “”When Harry Reid doesn’t like somebody, he goes for the jugular.”

Reid’s allegations come on the heels of the Romney campaign’s failure to follow up with an ABC News reporter David Muir’s question as to whether or not he has ever paid less than the 13.9 percent tax rate revealed in his 2010 return.

“I haven’t calculated that,” said Romney. “I’m happy to go back and look, but my view is I’ve paid all the taxes required by law.”

ABC News has followed up with a request for an answer to Muir’s question, with no response from the Romney campaign.

Flying Chicken Feathers!!!

Wednesday — dubbed ‘Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day’ by talk show host and former governor Mike Hukabee — was the largest day in the company’s history.

Today the LGBT community responds with a national ‘Kiss In’ at Chick-fil-A restaurants, to protest the fast-food founder Dan Cathy’s opposition to same-sex unions. The Southern Baptist Cathy family respects many other tenets of their faith, including not being open on Sunday.

Today’s participants are encouraged to visit one of the company’s 1600 fast food chains and kiss a fellow demonstrator of the same sex. Marci Alt is organizing a protest outside the Chick-fil-A in Decatur, Ga, about 20 miles from the company’s headquarters in Atlanta. About 150-200 folks are expected at a Chick-a-Filet in New York at 8pm tonight. Follow the event on Facebook.

A thoughtful Huff Po piece interviews gays who work at Chick-fil-A, many of them caught in the middle of the controversy.

Chick-fil-A has long come under fire from activists for giving millions to groups that advocate against gay rights and even support ex-gay therapy, but the fire has ratcheted up in recent weeks, following interviews in which Cathy said he was “guilty as charged” of supporting “the biblical definition of the family unit” and that gay marriage invites “God’s judgment on our nation.”

While city officials send messages that Chick-fil-A is not welcome in their cities, thinking people agree that the Cathy family is free to express its beliefs. They are free to donate money to The Family Research Council — a staunch advocate against same-sex marriage — just as Jeff Bezos is free to give $2.5 million to the pro gay marriage Referendum 74 factions in Washington state.

Issues raised by Huff Po’s Lila Shapiro resonate not only in her focus on the gay and straight employees of Chick-a-Filet and how they feel being caught in the crossfire on the front line of the controversy. Employees who love their jobs are now faced with reconciling their own beliefs and identities with those of the Cathy family.

In today’s age of social media, Chick-fil-A suddenly has an anti-gay rights identity based on the beliefs of its founder. The Wall Street Journal makes the point that while the company may get a boost on the short term from older social conservatives who showed up on Wednesday, the long-term impact could be much more serious.

It’s true that Domino Pizza founder Tom Monaghan, a devout Catholic, supported activist antiabortion groups in the 90s, and suffered little public backlash when his antiabortion views were established.

“No public figure tweeted on Tom Monaghan,” says Irv Schenkler of New York University’s Stern School of Business. “It’s social media that creates a larger ripple of knowledge and adds complexity to who hears what about whom.”

Support for gay marriage in America is at an all-time high with 53% supporting it. Without a doubt, the strongest opposition against gay marriage is in the south. Because young people — even young evangelicals — don’t share the views of their parents on gay marriage, most observers and researchers put the future of gay marriage acceptance in America on a forward-leaning course.

With divisions between progressives and social conservatives so deep in America, Chick-a-Filet may be no Domino’s in how this story plays out.

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Wednesday
Aug012012

Republicans Equate Contraception Mandate To September 11 & Pearl Harbor | Soho 20 Gallery: My Body, My Choice

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Jim Watson/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesVoters in swing states Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania are split on whether President Obama is better at handling the economy than Mitt Romney, according to a new Quinnipiac University/New York Times/CBS News poll.

When the focus is personal appeal and empathy, Obama wins in these three states, which he carried in 2008.

In all three states, most women say they prefer Mr. Obama. About half of female voters in Florida back him, while his support is even stronger in Ohio and Pennsylvania, where nearly 6 in 10 women say they favor him. In Ohio, men prefer Mr. Romney, while they are more closely split in Florida and Pennsylvania.

Related: In Quest for Women Voters, Obama Should Push Obamacare USNews.com

Study: Romney’s Tax Plan Hits MIddle Class Wall Street Journal

Study: Romney tax plan would result in cuts for rich, higher burden for others The Washington Post

What would that mean for the average tax bill? Millionaires would get an $87,000 tax cut, the study says. But for 95 percent of the population, taxes would go up by about 1.2 percent, an average of $500 a year.

Former Paulson aide on Bain defense Politico

Class Segregation

PEW Research has issued a new report The Rise of Residential Segregation by Income, confirming that Americans are more segregated than ever — but by income and not skin color. This change in the nation’s housing patterns shows that lower income households were 5% more likely to live in a majority lower-income census tract than in 1980. This shift reflects major differences in patterns by city, with 41% of lower-income households likely to live in a poor zone versus 26% in Atlanta, 28% in Boston or 29% in Chicago. 

Birth Control, September 11 and Pearl Harbor

Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) stood on the floor of the House of Representatives today, comparing a new regulation requiring insurers to provide women birth control without a copay to September 11th or Pearl Harbor.

“Today is the day religious freedom died in America,” Kelly added. His colleague Rep. Billy Long (R-Mo.) expressed a similar sentiment, saying, “We’re not the land of the free anymore, and we need to get that straight.”

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Tony Duran for Jean de Merry’s Luxurious, Sensual Seduction AOC Rebel

Backlash is an international exhibition that testify the climate towards women in the Unted States, investigates their rights and freedom. In New York until Aug. 11th. Soho20 Chelsea Gallery; 547 West 27th Street