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Madonna's SecretProjectRevolution Video Is Smart Sensuality Values Personified

Anne here, having finally just grabbed 20 minutes to watch Madonna’s SECRETPROJECTREVOLUTION video in full. It’s explosive and an ultimate Smart Sensuality women statement. Madonna speaks for me in every respect: my values and beliefs, the ones expressed at AOC since 2007.

I will write a longer essay on SECRETPROJECTREVOLUTION. Feanne weighed in last week on my blog. #SECRETPROJECTREVOLUTION lauches a larger project between Madonna and photographer/director Steven Klein #ARTFORFREEDOM. This is a movement that AOC is proud to join.


Before Slap Hillary We Had Slap Palin; Mayor Bob Filner Accused By Military Women Assault Victims

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1. RNC chairman Reince Priebus has not backpedaled on his threats to NBC and CNN that unless both networks abandon plans to make and air movies about Hillary Clinton, he will refuse to participate in 2016 political debates on either network.

Preibus has accused both networks of timing their Hillary miniseries in an effort to subvert the political process.

In a somewhat confusing turnabout, Priebus appeared on Sean Hannity Fox News Monday night, saying that it was time for the Republican Party to “stand up to networks not in the business of promoting our party and not in the business of promoting our candidates.”

It would seem then that Priebus’ beliefs are the American media can and should promote political candidates, as long as they are Republicans.

2. Accusations of sexual harassment against San Diego Mayor Bob Filner have taken a dramatic new course, as multiple survivors of sexual violence in the military accuse him of inappropriate behavior. At least eight female veterans say that the then congressman and ranking member on the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee posed as a trusted supporter of the women but in fact, became a predator himself.

Tara Jones, president of the National Women’s Veterans Association of America, said: “He went to dinners, asked women out to dinners, grabbed breasts, buttocks. The full gamut. Everything that is complete violation of what we stand for. He’s a sexual predator. And he used this organization for his own personal agenda.”

3. Creators of TheSlapHillary Team point out that the liberal media had no problem with the SlapPalin project. The website and url are dated 2005, the year before Sarah Palin was elected governor of Alaska.

“This ridiculous behavior is why no amount of ‘re-branding’ is going to help Republicans win over women voters — they just don’t get it,” EMILY’s List Communications Director Jess McIntosh said in a statement. “Violence against women isn’t a ‘game.’ Slapping a woman for speaking isn’t actually a joke. It’s just gross.”

The Hillary Project is led by Christopher M. Marston, a Republican lawyer in Alexandria, Va. Marston, who held a series of position in the George W. Bush administration and is married to Michelle Marston, former chief of staff to Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann. Mrs. Marston is now development executive with The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.

4. Politico reports that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is expected to release six new policies on the issue of sexual assault in the military including “an expansion of an advocacy program for victims to all military brances and recurring inspector general audits of all closed investigations.

The actions come as Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Barbara Boxes (D-Calif) admit that they are not counting on the administration for support of their bill that seeks to remove prosecution of sexual assault cases from the military’s chain of command.

Advocates for the legislation have reached out to presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett and Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, WH defense policy coordinator. Pressure is being put on VP Joe Biden who sponsored the original Violence Against Women Act in 1994 and Tina Tchen, MIchelle Obama’s chief of staff.

5. The Pentagon has fired 60 sexual assault counselors, recruiters and drill instructors after reviewing disciplinary actions against them for child abuse, sexual assault violations and alcohol-related offenses.

The dismissals come after Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered a review of the records of military staff in these roles on May 17. The review won’t be completed until Oct. 1.

Army Times reports that each branch of the services is employing a different methodology in screeing the records of at least 35,000 troops. “The Marines screened recruiters, for example, against a public database, while the Army considered criminal records for sexual assault, child abuse and alcohol-related offenses.”

Related: ‘The girl was predatory’. A judge calls a 13-year-old a predator, while the Ohio National Guard declares to women ‘Preventing sexual assault is everyone’s duty!’


News Of Rush Limbaugh & Sean Hannity Demise Seems Premature

Politico had progressives positively jazzed yesterday with news that Cumulus Media, the second-biggest operator of radio stations in America is planning to drop Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, too. Cumulus carries Limbaugh, who famously inflamed large numbers of American women with his sexist attacks on Sandra Fluke, on over 40 stations, including WABC in New York.

Entertainment Weekly says not so fast!

In August 2012 Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey attributed Limbaugh’s calling Sandra Fluke a slut for wanting access to birth control a major reason why Cumulus’s top three stations lost $5.5 million in a boycott of Laimbaugh’s advertisers. AOC played a significant role in organizing that boycott.

Cumulus has another earnings call scheduled for today. See June 2013 results. The company was founded as a platform for social conservative talk. Limbaugh and Hannity’s reps argue that the problem with (not) falling revenues is company management.

We never understood why a company like PRO Flowers was advertising on Rush Limbaugh in the first place. Do these guys really send flowers frequently?

In 2009 Pew Research profiled Rush Limbaugh as the most conservative, male-dominated audience in media. Fully 72% of those who said they regularly listen to Limbaugh were men while just 28% were women.

As expected, there’s strong support for the National Rifle Association - 76% - among Limbaugh’s listeners vs. 13% for New York Times readers.

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Is Limbaugh really helping the Republican party?

Gallup tracks political affiliation monthly by Republicans, Independents and Democrats. Gallup also asks Independents — about 40% of survey — which way they are leaning. The numbers are not good for Republicans. View larger.