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CHRIS MATTHEWS, MSNBC: The GOP’s right-wing clown car returned to DC today, it was full of familiar faces like the Senate’s #1 troublemaker Ted Cruz…

But at least one new passenger has arrived, Joni Ernst of Iowa, the castrator.

Clown car is fine, almost funny. But “castrator”? Sounds like somebody missed therapy this week. What is it with Democrat men? Tom Harkin called her a hottie, Matthews calls her a castrator.

Why not just call her Senator?

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How to Succeed in Self-Promotion

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You may not recognize her with clothes on. Or without an entire cake in her gob.

After Truth Revolt published an article claiming she sexually abused her little sister when they were children, Lena Dunham has been laying low while speaking out to discredit the right-wing website.

But the actress made her first public appearance since the controversy on Tuesday, at the PEN Center USA’s 24th Annual Literary Awards Festival, honouring TV writer Norman Lear in Beverly Hills.

[T]he Girls creator and star appeared to be hoping to put it all behind her as she walked the red carpet at the event on Tuesday.

After a brief stint with green hair, Lena had gone back to platinum blonde and wore her locks in a sleek ponytail.

The 28-year-old wore a black and white 1950s style frock to the event, along with black pumps by L.K. Bennett, a Perspex Charlotte Olympia clutch bag with fingers printed on it, and dramatic winged black eyeliner.

Fabulous!

Lena was joined by Girls co-creator Judd Apatow, and the pair took home the Best Teleplay award for their show’s season two finale, Together.

Lena’s back on Twitter, too:

We are coming back, and with slightly different hair! Girls Season season FOUR premieres January 11th.

Sounds like we’ll be seeing a lot more of Lena. [Shudder]

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A Prophylactic Loss

Sandra Fluke ran for Congress in California, and lost—to another Democrat!

The face of the Obamacare contraception mandate has lost her bid for state Senate in California’s 26th Congressional District.

Sandra Fluke was facing off against another Democrat, Ben Allen, who is a board member of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District.

The women’s rights activist received 39 percent of the vote while Allen won with 61 percent.

In the War on Women, sweetheart, you just became France! That was a spanking.

I had forgotten she was running for office, as indeed did many liberals.

I wonder what her pitch was?

My career has always been devoted to the public interest and fighting for social justice.

Career? What career? She came to the public eye only because she had the ‘nads to demand that a Catholic institution at which she was a mere student pay for her birth control. If that’s a “career” what box does she check on the census under “Profession” (other than “professional”—sorry, sorry, bad joke)?

I believed it was my responsibility to use the microphone I was given to advocate for the progressive policies I’ve always fought for: affordable health care, access to a quality education, LGBTQ rights and economic justice.

What, no rubbers?

Sandra graduated cum laude [wipe that smirk off your face] from Georgetown University Law Center as a Public Interest Law Scholar with a Certificate in Refugee and Humanitarian Emergencies. In 2003, she received a B.S. [wipe that one off too] from Cornell University in Policy Analysis and Management, as well as Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies [I'll bet she did]. Sandra and her husband, Adam, live in West Hollywood with their dog, Mr. President.

No kids, huh? Well, give those two lovebirds time. Can’t keep their hands off each other.

For more than two years, Sandra worked with a grassroots coalition to pass the California Domestic Worker Bill of Rights, which was signed into law by Governor Brown in 2013 and is designed to ensure domestic workers have the same protections that other workers enjoy. At the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking in Los Angeles, Sandra is one of the longest running volunteer attorneys representing victims of human trafficking. She has advocated for student loan debt relief, access to early childhood education and for raising the minimum wage.

I stand corrected. If “volunteer attorney” at the “Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking” isn’t partnership track, I don’t know what is. Her dog may be Mr. President, but alas she will not be Congresswoman Fluke.

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Why is This Woman Not Smiling?

Care to give us a victory dance, Lena?

What’s the matter, dear? The prospect of Mitch McConnell as Senate President doesn’t make you want to tap dance in your skivvies?

Just don’t let yourself go, honey:

Oh, go ahead. Lena has more to worry about than the loss of Mark Uterus:

I am dismayed over the recent interpretation of events described in my book Not That Kind of Girl.

First and foremost, I want to be very clear that I do not condone any kind of abuse under any circumstances.

Childhood sexual abuse is a life-shattering event for so many, and I have been vocal about the rights of survivors. If the situations described in my book have been painful or triggering for people to read, I am sorry, as that was never my intention. I am also aware that the comic use of the term “sexual predator” was insensitive, and I’m sorry for that as well.

As for my sibling, Grace, she is my best friend, and anything I have written about her has been published with her approval.

I’m glad you two girls are close. Well, not too close.

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Warning: Another Lena Dunham Post

I’m sorry.

This is going to hurt me more than it is you:

Still, to dismiss Lena Dunham as an insulated and spoiled child of Manhattan’s ruling class is to misunderstand her story entirely. If there is such a thing as actually abusing a child through excessive generosity and overindulgence, then Lena Dunham’s parents are child abusers. Her father, Carroll Dunham, is a painter noted for his primitive brand of highbrow pornography, his canvases anchored by puffy neon-pink labia; her photographer mother filled the family home with nude pictures of herself, “legs spread defiantly.” Self-styled radicals from old money, they were not the sort of people inclined to enforce even the most lax of boundaries. And they were, in their daughter’s telling, enablers of some very disturbing behavior that would be considered child abuse in many jurisdictions — Lena Dunham’s sexual abuse, specifically, of her younger sister, Grace, the sort of thing that gets children taken away from non-millionaire families without Andover pedigrees and Manhattanite social connections. Dunham writes of casually masturbating while in bed next to her younger sister, of bribing her with “three pieces of candy if I could kiss her on the lips for five seconds . . . anything a sexual predator might do to woo a small suburban girl I was trying.” At one point, when her sister is a toddler, Lena Dunham pries open her vagina — “my curiosity got the best of me,” she offers, as though that were an explanation. “This was within the spectrum of things I did.”

I limited the damage to one paragraph, though—whew!—what a paragraph. This is Kevin Williams of National Review earning combat pay. He’s read Lena Dunham’s book, and evidently watched her show. I can’t. I won’t.

So why do I care? Why spend time on it? Consider it rubbernecking along the highway of life. Lena Dunham’s exhibitionism may be distasteful, unpleasant, gross, and I try not to look (it’s not that hard), but I can’t completely avoid glimpses of her ample flesh splayed out like a rotting humpback carcass.

Until now, I felt like a prude. A square. A tight-assed old man. You just don’t get it, BTL. She’s not ashamed of her body or her sexuality; what’s your problem? Now I feel sorry, almost, for her. The problems are hers, and they are myriad and messy.

My parents were not hippies themselves, but they counted a few among their friends. When these hygienically-challenged creatures managed to overcome the repulsiveness of their mates to engage in physical relations (sorry! sorry!), and bear offspring (the horror! the horror!), it fell to me, on occasion, to spend time in the company of the little sh*ts. I’ve known Lena Dunhams. They were not happy, they were not nice, they were no fun to be around. They might be smart, even talented, but they were monsters. I wondered what would happen to them when they grew up, if they grew up.

In Lena Dunham, I have my answer, poor girl. I’ve seen enough. Any more is voyeurism.

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Should We Send a Gift…Gifts?

Now, this sounds like the Boko Haram I know:

The leader of Nigeria’s Islamic extremist group Boko Haram has denied agreeing to any cease-fire with the government and said more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls all have converted to Islam and been married off.

In a new video released late Friday night, Abubakar Shekau dashed hopes for a prisoner exchange to get the girls released.

“The issue of the girls is long forgotten because I have long ago married them off,” he said, laughing.

Ha-ha-ha. Only not everyone is laughing:

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Nigeria’s chief of defense staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, on Oct. 17 announced that Boko Haram had agreed to an immediate cease-fire to end a 5-year-old insurgency that has killed thousands of people and driven hundreds of thousands from their homes in northeast Nigeria.

But attacks and abductions have continued with the extremists this week seizing Mubi, a town of more than 200,000 people. Fighting also continued Friday in Vimtin, the nearby village where Badeh was born.

Shekau in August announced that Boko Haram wanted to establish an Islamic caliphate, along the lines of the IS group in Syria and Iraq. Fleeing residents have reported that hundreds of people are being detained for infractions of the extremists’ version of strict Shariah law in several towns and villages under their control.

The government had said it had negotiated with two Boko Haram leaders in Chad, with talks hosted by President Idriss Deby, and that it was confident the girls would be freed soon. But Boko Haram has many factions.

Shekau’s announcement further discredits the government of President Goodluck Jonathan, who on Thursday formally announced his candidacy for elections on Feb. 14, 2015 in Africa’s most populous nation. Nigeria, with some 160 million people, is divided almost equally between Muslims who dominate the north and Christians in the south.

Sounds like the Muslims rather dominate the South, too. But then, I’m not supposed to call them Muslims, am I? Our leaders tell us this is not true Islam. This is some cheap knockoff Islam as you might see peddled like “Rolexes” and “Guccis” on the sidewalks of midtown Manhattan. It’s just that these false prophets have so much product!

With regards to the president’s reelection chances, I hope you’ll forgive me for this: good luck Jonathan.

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But She’s Got a Nice Personality

I must have a fascination for the grotesque, the macabre, the ghastly. I am fascinated by stories of plague (Ebola), raping and pillaging (ISIS and Boko Haram), mass psychosis (everything Palestinian Arab)…

…and Lena Dunham.

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Strangely, it’s only the last that makes my skin crawl:

Lena Dunham has taken over the internet – at least when it comes to some of her fellow celebrities.

The 28-year-old posted a topless photo of herself to Instagram on Thursday, tying in both her new book Not That Kind Of Girl and a campaign to get people to vote for women’s rights.

The Girls creator’s naked selfie followed a series of pictures posted by some of Hollywood’s biggest leading ladies, who all proudly wore a shirt advertising the dual campaign with the slogan ‘Lena Loves Planned Parenthood’ emblazoned across their chests.

She captioned the montage: ‘These dream women stand for equality and justice. And they encourage you to vote November 4th.’

What Lena really loves is abortion, which is the bulk of Planned Parenthood’s services (as we’ve addressed before).

This is America, and Lena can love any organization she wants. (I love the International Cheer Union, “the recognized world governing body of Cheerleading”, myself.) But what Lena loves even more than abortion is Lena herself, all of her. She claims to be “not that kind of girl”, but I am hard pressed—no, let me rephrase—at a loss to explain what kind of girl she is. Other than dumpy.

And no, that’s not just my quaint Bloodthirstan sexism; it’s Lena herself. She’s a dumpling, and she sells it better than anyone since Joyce Chen. Again, that’s American greatness in action. I just don’t remember male American tubbos using their bodies to promote favorite political causes. Fatty Arbuckle on women’s suffrage? No idea. Chris Farley on gays in the military? Not a clue.

Now that I think of it, however, fat chicks in entertainment can’t shut up about their politics: Roseanne Barr, Rosie O’Donnell, Oprah (at times), Lena. I’m tempted to say it’s because they have their gobs open all the time, but that would be my quaint Bloodthirstan sexism talking. I’ll just leave it as an observation.

And conclude by saying this election can’t come soon enough. The less I see of Lena Dunham, the better. (I don’t want to see anything at all.) God knows what she’ll be tweeting in 2016. [Shudder.]

PS: We now return to more palatable subjects, like genocide and enterovirus.

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“Wife” is an “Evolving Paradigm”

We already knew marriage was an evolving paradigm. Now, it turns out that a wife of 29 years (and a mother of one’s children) isn’t a wife (but remains a mother):

Barely a week after being named the 17th richest member of Congress, liberal firebrand and Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson is refusing to support his estranged wife and their kids, and his wife has turned to government food stamps to support her family, WFTV 9 Orlando reports.

Grayson’s marriage of 29 years dissolved earlier this year when his wife, Lolita Grayson, filed for divorce. A week later, Rep. Grayson asked a court to annul the marriage on the basis of bigamy.

Mr. Grayson is refusing to support his family because he is claiming that she was never divorced from her first husband and therefore their marriage was never legitimate.

He’s got a point. Imagine losing 29 years of your life—having children, a home, a soulmate—to a fraud. I’d leave the bitch (and our bastard children) too.

Seriously (for a moment), You spent more than a third of your allotted years with this woman. I get divorce—but annulment? Child abandonment?

Mrs. Grayson told WFTV 9 Orlando she never thought she would be on food stamps or have her kids on the school lunch, because her husband was “the sole provider,” she said. “I don’t have any money at all. He’s been holding all our money for years and years.”

The congressman’s lawyers dismiss the claim saying that she is abusing public funds, saying that he is still paying the mortgage and phone bills. They are calling it an Election Day ploy to hurt him in the polls.

Despite these claims, Lolita Grayson maintains that the house is in disrepair with mold. “I’m doing this for me and our children, not for him, because I would like to have a good life again,” she concluded.

A reporter from WFTV confirmed the septic tank was leaking in the front of the house and the house was covered in mold.

Women will still vote for Grayson. He still supports abortion, even if he doesn’t support his children.

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Scandinavian Chicks Do it in Parliament

Arab chicks don’t do it at all:

BEIRUT: Lebanon is the world’s eighth worst country in terms of gender equality and ranks second worst for women’s participation in politics, according to a recent report by the World Economic Forum.

Lebanon ranked 135 out of 142 surveyed countries, with only the Ivory Coast, Iran, Mali, Syria, Chad, Pakistan and Yemen scoring lower on the 2014 Gender Gap Index.

Although Lebanese women are often considered privileged compared to those in other Arab countries because of the liberties they enjoy, they are far behind in terms of their participation in politics.

There were no female ministers in the previous government and women hold a mere 3 percent of seats in Parliament. Lebanon’s ranking for equal political participation was 141 out of 142, behind Brunei. Although all Arab and Gulf countries did better than Lebanon, they too scored very low in terms of women’s political participation.

Since 2010, Lebanon’s ranking has sunk from 116 to 135.

The top 10 countries for gender equality in the Middle East are, in order: Israel, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Tunisia, Bahrain, Algeria, Oman, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

At the other end of the list were Scandinavian countries, which surpassed all other regions in respect to the involvement of their women in public life and their treatment.

Iceland topped the list, followed by Finland, Norway, Sweden and then Denmark.

I know we’re not supposed to generalize about Islam, but what are we to say when said religion is the dominant (or a dominant) faith in all the countries most hostile to women?

I’m waiting.

And how bad is it when Saudi-[bleeping]-Arabia makes the Middle East’s top ten? Pretty [bleeping] bad.

I don’t want to contradict my nations’s leaders, but it looks to me like Islam is not only a religion of violence (not least to other Muslims), but also a religion of misogyny and certainly a religion of homophobia.

Correct me if I’m wrong.

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#KidnapOurGirls

I like to be on the right side of history:

Boko Haram gunmen kidnapped at least 30 boys and girls from a village in northeast Nigeria during the weekend.

The abductions are the latest in a string of recent kidnappings by Boko Haram that dims hope for the anticipated release of 219 schoolgirls held by the group since April following a controversial ceasefire declared by Nigerian authorities.

Heavily armed Boko Haram gunmen invaded the town of Mafa, in Borno state, on Friday through Saturday and seized 30 boys and girls, local leaders said.

The news of the kidnappings was slow to emerge due to lack of telecom service in the region, where most telecom towers have been destroyed in Boko Haram’s five-year insurgency against Nigeria’s government.

“In the past two days Boko Haram insurgents stormed Mafa and abducted 30 boys aged 13 and above and girls aged 11 and above,” Mafa local government chairman Shettima Maina said.

“They took them away to their base in the bush, and we believe they are going to use them as foot soldiers,” Maina said.

Mallam Ashiekh Mustapha, the local chief of Mafa who confirmed the abductions, said the kidnappers also stole 300 cows from the farming community in the raid.


#bringbackourgurnseys

Not funny, I know, but I’m a bad person. Sorry.

I still say it’s less offensive than the posing celebrities and their moping pusses.

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Choked Up

George W. Bush labeled Iran part of the access of evil. Barack H. Obama wants to leave them with hundreds of centrifuges spinning like mad to purify uranium.

Ask yourself: who’s right?

SHE wrote it knowing she would soon be hanged for a crime she had always denied committing, but Reyhaneh Jabbari, a young Iranian accused of killing a man trying to rape her, expressed no bitterness in her last will and testament.

“I don’t want to rot in the soil,” she wrote, adding her last wish was for her organs to be donated, anonymously, to “someone who needs them”. She told Sholeh Pakravan, her mother, not to wear black: “I wish I could have hugged you until I died.”

A university-educated interior designer, Ms Jabbari, 26, was executed at dawn on Saturday, in spite of an international campaign for clemency by human rights groups as well as the UN and the US Department of State.

At least she was spared the indignity of being strung from a crane in the street under the horrified gaze of sobbing relatives, the usual method of execution in Iran, which dispatches more of its citizens each year than any country except China.

With his smiling visage and Twitter use, Iranian President Hasan Rowhani may suggest a softer touch — it was reported over the weekend that he had “tried” to get Ms Jabbari’s sentence commuted — but executions have risen since he took office last year.

According to official figures, the death sentence was carried out on 369 prisoners last year. Amnesty International estimates the figure is closer to 700; and according to the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, 400 were executed in the first half of this year alone.

Two gay men were publicly hanged in August for consensual sodomy. Farzaneh Moradi, a young bride convicted of killing her husband, was hanged in March; and the country seems less tolerant than ever of even the mildest sins against orthodoxy.

Unveiled Iranians seen dancing in a YouTube video were subjected to a lashing. A British-Iranian woman was charged with “propaganda against the Iranian regime” for attending a male volleyball match.

Ms Pakravan, Jabbari’s mother, said she had been told on Tuesday that the execution was imminent and she would have to collect her daughter’s body from the prison.

“I cannot believe that these bitter and difficult hours are real,” she wrote on Facebook. “After seven years of pain and suffering, is this how my dear child comes to her end?”

Her daughter told her mother in her will that she did not want a grave “for you to come and mourn me there and suffer”. She added: “Please don’t cry. I love you.”

Yeah, I know it hurts. It’s supposed to. You should know this sort of evil exists in the world not only because you just should, but because such evil is well along the road to building an arsenal of nuclear weapons. They hang gays, they hang raped women, they hang women for the crime of being women.

The Iranian Revolution took place 35 years ago. Khomeini, Ahmadinejad, Rouhani—crimes committed across the globe, directly and by proxy, and we still haven’t figured out the Islamic Republic?

PS: I wondered what the feminists thought about this case, but NOW hasn’t addressed it. They haven’t mentioned Iran in three and a half years; only twice in the last five. Have a burka and a smile seems to be their motto.

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Boko’s Harem

Bring back, bring back,
Oh, bring back our girls to us…

Dozens of women and girls from two villages in Nigeria’s north-eastern Adamawa state have been abducted by suspected militants, residents say.

The abductions have not been confirmed by the authorities, but residents say they took place a day after the military announced it had agreed a ceasefire with the Boko Haram group.

The government hopes the Islamist group will free more than 200 girls seized in April as part of negotiations.

Boko Haram has not confirmed the truce.

I think they’ve confirmed the lack thereof.

Say, I just thought of something…

Did anyone try saying “please”? I bet even Islamic terrorists like to be asked nicely.

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