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Wednesday
Sep122012

Romney Accuses Obama Of Siding With Muslims | Right Winger Terry Jones Behind Anti-Muslim Movie

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Andrea Hailey and David Williamson, August 25 at Shelter Island, NY’s Sylvester ManorA progressive woman seriously dating a guy associated with the investment world knows there’s a moment she dreads — that moment when the odds stacked against her reveal themselves to be true. She dating a Republican.

For Andrea Hailey, the moment came when her sweetheart David Williamson uttered familiar words … if Americans saved their money well and “took responsibility” for their finances, they might not need government intervention or a health-insurance mandate.

“It was like a movie where it happens in slow motion,” she said. “I was just like ‘Nooooooo … ’ I was horrified. But I was in love with him. We were pretty far into our relationship at this point.”

At this moment, the bride was leaving to run the Indiana congressional campaign of Dr. Woodrow A. Myers Jr., previously health commissioner of New York.

In writing about the new nuptials, the New York Times inspires hope for a resolution to America’s gridlocked Congress. Bottom line, though, it’s probably wishful thinking. Today’s Republicans and Democrats see few redeeming qualities in each other. Unlike Ms. Hailey and Mr. Williamson, they’re not in love.

In fact, our politicos are in perpetual divorce court, arguing for sole custody of the nation’s future. Can you imagine if there were children involved!!

Related: Netanyahu and Obama Need A Marriage Counselor The Atlantic

A Muslim Sympathiser?

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney accused President Obama of sympathizing with Muslim attackers who murdered America’s ambassador to Libya. As a stunned President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton responded to the attack and murder of the American Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three other American diplomats by suspected Libyan religious extremists, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney went on the offensive, accusing President Obama of sympathizing with America’s enemies.

Part of the confusion came from a statement issued by the American embassy in Cairo — also the scene of protests yesterday over a low budget movie deemed highly offensive to Muslims. The statement, disavowed by Washington, condemned the movie rather than the protesters.

“I’m outraged by the attacks on American diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt and by the death of an American consulate worker in Benghazi,” Romney said in the statement, which came before Stevens was confirmed as the fatality.

“It’s disgraceful that the Obama Administration’s first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks,” he added. via NY Daily News

Romney Attacks on 9/11

Cairo protesters scale US embassy wall on Sept. 11, 2012The Republican presidential candidate waged war on President Obama on September 11, a day the dueling duo set aside from partisan politics. Howard Kurtz writes for The Daily Beast that only one US consulate worker in Benghazi had been confirmed dead, when Romney took to his criticism of the president.

Writing for Foreign Policy, Marc Lynch argues that “it would be a tragic mistake to allow the images from Cairo and Benghazi to undermine American support for the changes in the Arab world.”

The Atlantic weighs in with a timeline of events concerning the production of the movie ‘The Real Life of Muhammad,’ an “amateurishly produced anti-Islam movie allegedly made with donations from 100 Jews.”

Not good. A cast of characters is emerging here, and AOC has written about them in depth. We return to 2010 and Terry Jones promising to burn another Quran:

Terry Jones ‘Received A Sign From God’, Lied About Doctorate AOC 2010

Terry Jones, Randall Terry, Mike Huckabee At Work for God & Christianity AOC 2010

Terry Jones: Florida Pastor Endorses anti-Muslim Film That Sparked Protests Orlando Setinel Just IN

General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the U.S. military’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, asked Jones to withdraw his support of the film during a phone call Wednesday, Reuters reported.

Monday
Feb272012

Comparing Body Types of Playmates & Fashion Models | Andrew Sullivan Explains Santorum &Theocons

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Anne is reading …

Santorum Exposes The Real Republican Party by Andrew Sullivan for The Daily Beast

Sullivan calls Santorum’s vision for America what it really is: radical, not conservative.

It is a radical theocratically-based attack on modern liberal democracy; and on modernity as a whole. It would conserve nothing. It would require massive social upheaval, for example, to criminalize all abortion or keep all gay couples from having any publicly acknowledged rights or status. Then think of trying to get women back out of the workplace or contraception banned - natural, logical steps from this way of thinking. This massive change is radical, not conservative. It regards the evolution of American society these past few decades as literally the work of the Father of Lies, not the aggregate reflection of a changing society. It is at its essence a neo-Francoite version of America, an America that was not the pinnacle of Enlightenment thought, but an America designed to destroy what the theocons regard as the catastrophe of the Enlightenment.

More DFR

Barbie on the left is a creation of Jocelyne Grivaud, the creator of the site Barbie Ma Muse, which focuses on representations of women and their transformations as Barbie dolls. On the right is Man Ray’s image of Kiki, the Montparnasse singer, a woman with obvious curves.

Vogue Italia asks: The choice of the most famous doll of the last fifty years is important for the female stereotype it refers to – a skinny physique that obliterates curves and flattens shapeliness. Is Barbie really the women that we all now want to be?

Men and Female Shapes

Psychology Today asks: Do Men Find Very Skinny Women Attractive? We note that this very question now exhausts the vast majority of women. Let’s skip over the question and focus on some data. The author is focused on fashion runway models and Playboy Playmates.

Playmates haven’t gotten thinner over the years, unlike fashion models. The average Playmate is 5’6” tall and weighs 115 pounds with a BMI of 18.5. Ignoring today’s obesity epidemic, before 1980, almost two-thirds of American women in their late teens has a BMI below 20. The Playmates are more curvaceous with typical measurements of 35-23-34.

The average BMI for fashion models is 17.1, with half being under 17, compared to only 6% of Playmates. At 5’10”, they are taller than 99% of American women. Their busts are smaller by 3 inches than Playmates.

Saturday
Feb182012

Santorum Says Obama Walks to "Different Theology" & Will Demand Woman Priests As Affirmative Action

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Archbishop Timothy Michael Dolan of New York was elevated to cardinal on Saturday at the Vatican.via the New York Times

From his throne under the soaring dome designed by Michelangelo, Benedict received the men one by one, as they climbed the steps to the altar that lies over the grave of St. Peter and knelt before the 84-year-old pope.

The pope bestowed a blessing on each man and gave them the red silk square-ridged hats, called birettas, that signify princes of the church. The scarlet color, he told the men in a quiet but steady voice, signifies a “readiness to act with courage, even to the shedding of your blood, for the increase of the Christian faith.”

Santorum Says Obama Agenda Not Biblical

Speaking Saturday in Columbus, Ohio Republican candidate Rick Santorum challenged the President of the United States’ Christian beliefs saying that Barack Obama’s policies are motivated by a “different theology”.

Obama’s agenda is “not about you. It’s not about your quality of life. It’s not about your jobs. It’s about some phony ideal. Some phony theology. Oh, not a theology based on the Bible. A different theology,” Santorum told supporters of the conservative Tea Party movement at a Columbus hotel. via Chicago Tribune

Refusing to back down from his assertions that Obama’s values run against those of Christianity, Santorum continued at a press conference saying:

“He is imposing his values on the Christian church. He can categorize those values anyway he wants. I’m not going to,” Santorum told reporters.

Santorum’s Gospel of Inequality

IHT columnist Charles M. Blow asks if Rick Santorum is coming unhinged. Speaking at the Detroit Economic Club on Thursday, the Republican candidate said there was always income equality in America, then continued: “… and, hopefully, and I do say that, there always will be (income inequality).” Santorum didn’t address the dramatic increase in income inequality in America in the last 30 years.

Last week, he said that the president was arguing that Catholics would have to “hire women priests to comply with employment discrimination issues.”

We hadn’t considered that idea before now.

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The Republican War on Women

Tobias Barrington Wolff is a professor of constitutional law and civil procedure at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He joins the sky-rocketing Google news search citations using the term “Republican War on Women.” AOC is proud that we were among the first to call the Republican assault on women’s rights for what it is.

Addressing the passage of a Virginia law requiring not an external sonogram but a vaginal probe, done without a woman’s consent as part of getting a legal abortion in Virginia, Wolff writes:

I am a man who believes in coalition politics. The strength of a people is measured not solely by their ability to advance their own interests but also by their success in joining with allied communities in mutual support and solidarity. We become better people and more effective advocates when we show up for other people’s issues. My strong support for the rights of women is an expression of that philosophy.

This Virginia legislation, however, is not a matter of coalition politics. Every person who has a body should view this law as a direct assault. So, too, should every person who believes that women are human beings.

The Virginia situation gets worse. As part of the Republican argument for Occupy Vagina, State Del. C. Todd Gilbert (R-Woodstock) called abortion a ‘lifestyle convenience’.  writes Huff Po

As to the law’s dubious constitutionality, Gilbert’s view is well known. Women already made the decision to be “vaginally penetrated when they got pregnant.”

 

Planned Parenthood & PR Gods

Writing for Huffington Post, David Meadvin argues that the fallout over the Susan G. Komen and Planned Parenthood controversy could enhance the Planned Parenthood brand, as Komen’s dims. It’s hard to argue with the hypothetical that 30 years of Komen credibility was “wiped out in 48 astonishing hours”.  How Komen regains its credibility will unfold in the coming months.

Meadvin makes the larger argument that Komen gave Planned Parenthood a tremendous opportunity to communicate its real identity as a women’s health care provider and not essentially an abortion provider. Abortions are 3 percent of PP’s services and about 10 percent of revenue. Planned Parenthood raised several million dollars in the Komen fight. Determination to kill the organization has never been stronger among Republicans and male-dominated religious organizations. A national ad campaign that educates open ears to the range of Planned Parenthood services — often the only services available to poor women in these communities — seems to be a positive step forward for such an important American organization for women.

Anne of Carversville

‘Orpheus’ by Jo Thorne | The Creatives

AOC Private Studio

Chantal Stafford-Abbott | Enrique Badulescu | Marie Claire US March 2012 | ‘She Sells Seashells’

Gonzalo Alipaz | Reflex Magazine | ‘Third Kind Possession’

Iselin Steiro | Hedi Slimane | Vogue Russia March 2012

AOC Style

Joan Smalls, Liu Wen, Kasia Struss, Karolina Kurkova, Fei Fei Sun and Cara Delevinge | Peter Lindbergh | Vogue US March 2012 | Vision Quest

Natalia Vodianova | Mario Testino | Vogue US March 2012 | Testino Royale

Aymeline Valade, Frida Gustavsson & Caroline Trentini | Craig McDean | Vogue US March 2012

Sun Feifei | Emma Summerton | Vogue Italia February 2012 | Smart and Stylish

Sensuality News

SN Living

Raquel Zimmermann | Patrick Demarchelier | Vogue US March 2012 | Fantasy League

Annabella Barber | Jamie Nelson | Madame Germany March 2012 | ‘Cool Glam’

Joan Smalls | Daniel Sannwald | Pop Magazine Spring 2012 Covers

Ella Kandyba | Rafael Stahelin | Harper’s Bazaar UK March 2012 | Diamond Cowgirl

Lindsay Ellingson | Victoria’s Secret Spring 2012 | Hi Gorgeous

Chanel Iman | Thomas Nutzi | Marie Claire US March 2012 | Bloom Town

Hanne Gaby Odiele & Ming Xi | Tommy Ton | Harper’s Bazaar US March 2012 | Street-Smart

Bambi Northwood-Blyth | Richard Burbridge | Harper’s Bazaar US March 2012 | Under the Sea

Kori Richardson | Tesh | Marie Claire US March 2012 | Glam Dandy

Ralph Lauren F/W 2012 Accessories Collection

Gwen Loos | Terry Tsiolis | Elle US March 2012 | The Beale World

Candice Swanepoel, Behati Prinsloo, Magdalena Frackowiak, Maryna Linchuk & Lily Aldridge | Victoria’s Secret Swim 2012 Catalogue

AOC Body

VS Stylist Says Kate Upton Is Too Fat

Reading along, I’ve changed my mind. Forget the Advil. Please bring me a Bombay Sapphire martini straight up. I don’t believe this crap. The Gloss does not exaggerate.