Tom Shales gets his sexism on

August 2, 2010

Warning Sign: Writing a rambling 63-word-sentence paragraphs may be a sign that your subconscious is telling you that you are a sexist, and that your opinions are invalid.

“In promotional appearances earlier in the week on ABC’s “Good Morning, America,” inevitably enough, and at the start of the new show, Amanpour announced her intention to ‘open a window on the world’ now that she runs ‘This Week,’ but the show was hardly a haven for isolationists, and refashioning it to take advantage of Amanpour’s specialty could, in a word, ruin it.”

The Washington Post’s Tom Shales, reviewing Christina Amanpour on “This Week.”

–WKW

Make money The Huffington Post way with Sexism, Hyperbole and Woo

July 29, 2010

Being one of the most influential bloggers on the planet is no easy chore. The endless 18-hour work days can be hard on myself, and my family. Plus, the mainstream media and much of the general public have almost no respect for bloggers. And the pay is horrible.

Now, for the first two issues, there’s little I can do. I am dedicated to the craft, after all. But for the money part, I have learned that there is one thing I can do to make this blog lucrative. And that’s what I’m going to do.

I’m going Huffington Postisize this bitch.

After having read Newsweek’s recent article on The Huffington Post, I saw how Arianna Huffington has turned her vision into a $30-million-a-year site that is now turning a profit. But what I didn’t see in the article were the three main strategies that made The Huffington Post the powerhouse it is today:

Sexism, hyperbole and woo.

And I can do all three of those things. In fact, I can two two of them right this very moment:

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When it comes to Al Gore, The Daily Beast’s Lloyd Grove is terrified of sexual assault

July 28, 2010

Al Gore has been accused of sexual assault. He has not been charged with anything at this stage, and may or may not be in the future. But a Portland woman has accused him of sexual assault, and according to the National Enquirer, it’s possible two other women are making similar accusations. Gore recently met with Portland police in regard to the allegations.

From CBS News:

Portland police questioned former U.S. Vice President Al Gore in San Francisco Thursday regarding renewed allegations that he sexually assaulted massage therapist Molly Hagerty in 2006, according to TV station KATU.

This sentence accurately and clearly states the situation (note: Hagerty has gone public with her name). Others are using the term “sexual abuse” rather than or along with sexual assault.

Now let’s see how many ways Lloyd Grove of The Daily Beast can translate the terms “sexual assault” or “sexual abuse” in a story about how Gore is handling the allegations from a PR stand point:

“behaved inappropriately”

“the problem”

“the unpleasantness”

“inappropriate touching”

“seamy sexual allegations that rival those once leveled at his former boss, Bill Clinton”

“the toxic fallout polluting his once-gleaming image”

“the ugly charges”

“latest public crucible”

“made unwanted sexual advances”

“take liberties during massage”

“the problems of a former vice president”

The entire article is in the same joking manner, except for the part where Groves describes that “Gore allegedly tried to force her hand down his crotch and repeatedly touched her sexually during a three-hour session.”

But that still doesn’t stop Grove from comparing the alleged sexual assault charges against Gore as being the equal to Bill Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky and Eliot Spitzer’s trysts with prostitutes.

Again, Al Gore has been accused of sexual assault. But you wouldn’t know that if you read Grove’s story. He never uses the term. While there is obviously controversy around said allegations, the allegations have been made. And the allegations are – say it with me Lloyd – that Gore committed sexual assault. There’s no reason to do cartwheels trying to avoid using the term.

–WKW

Politics Daily must fire Andrew Cohen (updated – and updated again)

July 27, 2010

Stalking a woman – on her wedding day – who spurned you is cause for termination in my book. And that’s exactly what Politics Daily legal analyst Andrew Cohen deserves after penning a column titled “On Her Wedding Day, Saying the Things Left Unsaid”

From WashingtonCityPaper.com:

Creepiest wedding gift in human history? You decide:

The present I humbly send her today is this column; this public note, this irrevocable display of affection and support and gratitude; this worldly absolution from any guilt or sadness she felt between the time she said no to me and the time she said yes to him. No one ought to have to carry that with them into a marriage. I showered her with as much love as I could muster when we were together. I still love her and always will. So I am only too happy to offer my toast to her now, one more time, before she takes her vows.

Politics Daily’s Andrew Cohen is obviously in a pretty weird place in his life right now. And he has decided to share it with us all! So let us count the backhanded compliments Cohen delivers, as “the great love of my life marries today and I am not the groom” [Thanks to Date Lab for the tip]:

* Crazy love: “not enough” or too much? And am I to blame for my own unhappiness, or are you? Oh, it’s probably me:

I had my chance, a few years ago, but did not realize until too late how fleeting my moment with her was meant to be. Whether it was my fault or hers, and, let’s face it, it was probably mine, I will wonder always about the life I might have had with the most loving and loveable woman I have ever known. Sometimes, I finally now understand, love, even crazy love, is not enough. Sometimes, as the romance novelists know, timing is everything.

What struck me quite hard is that in the column (which you can see here, until it is rightly pulled off the Internet) is that one word in the entire disturbed essay is highlighted. That word is “poison.”

I took a look at the page source and copy and pasted the HTML here:

I want to thank her, mostly, for rescuing me from hopelessness. When we met, back in the spring of 2005, I was nearly 40 and had been dating off and on for two years following an unexpected divorce. I had lost faith in relationships. I had given up on love. She arrived, unexpectedly, and showed me what was possible. She raised me up from the emotional dead. She drew out of me the poison of divorce and betrayal. Eleven years younger but already more mature than me, she was dazzling, brilliant, funny, and sweet; she both gave and taught me patience and devotion and sacrifice. No woman before or since ever made me feel as desired, needed, beloved, appreciated as she did. No one has yet made me want her more. Some men live their whole lives without this kind of love. At least I had it for one brief, shining moment.

Politics Daily needs to immediately erase this column, and cut all ties to Andrew Cohen. This is beyond creepy. It’s stalking, if not worse.

Update: From comments at Dagblog: “I agree this is a weird, creepy column, but in Cohen’s defense I doubt he had anything to do with “poison” being hyperlinked. That’s almost certainly because of an automated ad-linker bot run by the host (in this case, AOL). He probably had no idea that would be linked until he saw it posted.”

WKW: A cogent comment. Regardless, my opinion that Cohen has crossed a serious line and must be terminated remains.

Update 2: Lizzie Skurnick at Politics Daily has a rebuttal to Cohen, titled “How Not to Congratulate Your Ex on Her Wedding Day” that deserves a read.

Update 3: Cohen just keeps on digging.

–WKW

William K. Wolfrum’s Morning – July 22, 2010

July 22, 2010

Jersey Conan

Jersey Shore: And you thought the first season was wacky. (via MTV)

News/Politics

Storming the Gulf: Oil clean-up workers, BP prepare to evacuate with a storm on the horizon.

North Korea: A denouncement of U.S. sanctions by North Korea as U.S. announces joint military exercises aimed at deterring the North from any future attack.

Arizona’s Racial Profiling Law: The U.S. lawsuit against Arizona’s new “Hey, you look Mexican-ish” law gets to court today.

Shirley Sherrod: The former USDA employee who was wrongly fired has been offered a new job by the Administration. She says she’ll think about it.

Government Waste: Obama signs law to limit government waste, but it doesn’t mention Shirley Sherrod so no one cares.

Newsiness

We Need a Naked Ranch: The Naked Cowboy is suing the Naked Cowgirl for reasons based on guitar playing, nakedness.

Amerika: Will we all get a chance to say WTF? again to Franz Kafka?

Snookie!!!!!: Jersey Shore is coming back. Kafka would have loved them.

World War II Update: David Cameron says England was a “junior partner”with the U.S. in the fight against the Nazis. Americans cheer as they can now gloat about winning WWII themselves.

Blogs

Dagblog: Genghis takes a look at why the Oakland Right-Wing Terrorist was focusing on the Tides Foundation (Spoiler Alert: It rhymes with “Blenn Bleck.”

Feministing: A brand new look to go with the same attitude at the popular feminism blog.

Freakout Nation: A Tea Partier calls for the killing of Obama, Pelosi and others. The FBI takes an interest.

Crooks & Liars: RNC fails to report $7M in debt to FEC. Dear God, Michael Steele is awesome.

Mother Jones: Everyone loves Elizabeth Warren. Except the bankers. Which is why it’s doubtful she’ll be in charge of new consumer protection agency.

Dvorak: No one could have anticipated that Rupert Murdoch’s plan to charge for online content would be an abject failure.

Tweet of the Day

While Obama dithers with Andrew Breitbart & Shirley #Sherrod non-scandal, Al Qaeda just keeps training those Jihad monkeys.”

Coming to Theaters

Top Gun: A Love Story

–WKW

Roman Polanski goes free! Pro-Child Rape Celebrities Win!

July 12, 2010

For nine months, it appeared that director Roman Polanski could face charges for raping a 13-year-old girl. Luckily, with the support of the Hollywood community, that won’t be the case.

From The Guardian:

Roman Polanski, the film director who has been under house arrest in Switzerland for the past nine months, has been declared a free man after officials decided not to extradite him to the United States.

The Swiss justice ministry said it had decided against handing the fugitive director to the US, where he is wanted for sentencing for having sex with a 13-year-old girl 33 years ago.

“The Swiss justice ministry will not extradite Roman Polanski to the United States,” Eveline Widner-Schlumpf, a ministry official said at a press conference in Bern. “The Franco-Polish film-maker will not be extradited to the United States, and the measures of restriction on his liberty have been lifted.”

This is a huge victory for Polanksi and pro-rape celebrities and sends an important message – if you want to rape children, be a famous director and just wait it out.

–WKW

Nikki Haley affair accusers Will Folks & Larry Marchant are family-wrecking whores

June 3, 2010

Another man – Republican lobbyist Larry Marchant – has come forward admitting to an affair with Republican gubernatorial front-runner Nikki Haley.

Honestly, I just don’t care one way or another about this “Scandal.” But, being that it would have been said already if the genders were switched, let me just make this proclamation:

Will Folks & Larry Marchant are family-wrecking whores.

–WKW

Ben Roethlisberger has one chance to stay with Pittsburgh Steelers

April 22, 2010

Now that the NFL has decreed that un-litigated rape is worthy a four-to-six-week suspension along with a “comprehensive behavioral evaluation by professionals,” the future of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is becoming slightly clearer.

From my perspective, however, there is only one way Roethlisberger should be allowed to stay with the Steelers – he has to go all in. Ben Roethlisberger doesn’t just need his mind tested, he needs his mettle as a person tested. Because on the field, Roethlisberger is fearless. Off the field, he’s a coward.

Let’s start this with a straight-forward premise: Ben Roethlisberger raped a girl at a nightclub. At very least, it was the second time he has run afoul of the law by abusing women sexually.

Let me also state that as a life-long Steelers’ fan, I’m willing to listen to claims of bias here. But part of being a Steelers’ fan is pride in how they refuse to allow trouble to take over their team. Last week they just gave away Santonio Holmes for infractions 28 other teams would have ignored. So I like Steelers’ football and Steelers’ culture.

Still, to me, Roethlisberger has just one shot to stay in the Black & Gold = he must become a feminist.

Ben Roethlisberger needs to learn about his problem and learn some more. He needs to do a lot of listening before he starts talking. He needs to see that he has horrifying inner feelings about women. He needsa to learn why and how to change that. He needs to speak out for womens` causes and use his celebrity to help bring more notice to Sexual Abuse programs for women.

And he must never back away from the allegations. He need not declare his guilt outright, but he must declare he is a sexual predator or something of that nature. He needs to stand by his past crimes as he works to change his image. And he must do it all because he wants to. Because he wants to respect women. Because he wants to be a good person. And it must be a life-time commitment.

At this very moment, Ben Roethlisber is a danger to society. Unless he approaches his past deeds in a comprehensive, never-before-see way, I have no use for him. And neither should the Pittsburgh Steelers.

–WKW

Rape is Rape – it is not a clever political metaphor

April 16, 2010

It is astounding that in the Year 2010, so many people still treat the word rape as if it’s a clever description from everything from taxes to actions at sporting events. The pictured cartoon made the rounds on the heels of the passage of health care reform. At seemingly all levels in the world of politics, many consider “rape” to be a true conversational gem:

  • “President Obama feeds people poison, giving them the idea that they are entitled to take from the wealthier who have lived and worked in a democracy that understand that capitalism is the only truth that keeps a nation healthy…[Obama uses] a socialistic, Marxist teaching, and with it he rapes this nation…” — Actor Jon Voight.
  • “The spectacle of a far leftist president literally forcing socialized medicine down the throat of an unwilling center-right America is reminiscent, perhaps more than any other contemporary metaphor, of date rape.” — David Kupelian, WorldNetDaily
  • “Do you people in the White House, do you people in the media, do you ever stop to consider that you have an intelligent, informed electorate who simply doesn’t like being raped, and being raped is what is happening to people in this country by their government. No other way to put this.” – Radio Entertainer Rush Limbaugh

  • “Get ready to get gang-raped again, folks.” – Limbaugh.
  • “This Country is being raped.” — Robin of Berkeley, American Thinker.
  • “People in New York, you’re being raped by your government — raped.” – Glenn Beck, on his radio show.
  • “Yes, America is being raped, pillaged and plundered every day by the very people who have been elected to run the country.” – James H. Lilley.
  • Obama is raping America. Obama is raping our values.” – Radio Entertainer Michael Savage.

oabama statue of liberty rapeIt is no coincidence that the majority of writers or talkers above is male. Men have had a long and grotesque history of trivializing rape and attempting to take their own ownership of the word. Often times for men, “rape” is just a powerful word, with no true reality. It is part of the “Rape Culture” in which we live. In Melissa McEwan’s powerful post “Rape Culture 101,” she gives a thorough examination of how “rape” has been taken away from its only true meaning – the act of rape, by a rapist, on a rape victim.

Rape culture is 1 in 33 men being sexually assaulted in their lifetimes. Rape culture is encouraging men to use the language of rape to establish dominance over one another (“I’ll make you my bitch”). Rape culture is making rape a ubiquitous part of male-exclusive bonding. Rape culture is ignoring the cavernous need for men’s prison reform in part because the threat of being raped in prison is considered an acceptable deterrent to committing crime, and the threat only works if actual men are actually being raped.

Rape culture is 1 in 6 women being sexually assaulted in their lifetimes. Rape culture is not even talking about the reality that many women are sexually assaulted multiple times in their lives. Rape culture is the way in which the constant threat of sexual assault affects women’s daily movements.

There are more than 250,000 cases of sexual abuse each year in the United States. Rape is rampant in prisons and in the U.S. military.

Rape is “A criminal offense defined in most states as forcible sexual relations with a person against that person’s will.”

Rape is not a clever way to describe political opinions. It is not a verb to be used to garner shock value. Randomly using the word rape does not make one a “gonzo” writer.

Rape is rape. If you need a better description, ask an actual rape victim. And then decide if paying taxes equates to this heinous act.

–WKW

Originally posted at Alan Colmes’ Liberaland

Masters Chairman Billy Payne rips John McCain for ‘disappointing all of us’

April 13, 2010

AUGUSTA – Following a thrilling Masters tournament that saw Phil Mickelson win his third Green Jacket, Masters Chairman Billy Payne spoke out about U.S. Senator John McCain. Once known as a “Maverick,” (McCain has since denied he was ever a maverick), McCain has a long history of adultery, including having an extra-marital affair while married to his first wife.

Payne’s comments were direct and to the point:

“It’s not simply the degree of McCain’s conduct that is so egregious here,” Payne said. “It is the fact he disappointed all of us and more importantly our kids and grand kids.

“Our hero did not live up to the expectations as a role model that we sought for our children.”

Payne’s speech about McCain was unprecedented. He and his predecessor, Hootie Johnson, never before commented on the behavior of a white man outside the course.

“As he ascended in our rankings of the world’s great politicians, he became an example to our kids…,” Payne said. “But as he now says himself, he forgot in the process to remember that with fame and fortune comes responsibility, not invisibility.

“Is there a way forward?” Payne asked. “I hope, yes. I think, yes. But certainly his future will never again be measured only by his performance in Congress, but by the sincerity of his efforts to change… We at Augusta hope and pray that our great champion will begin his new life in his up-coming re-election bid in a positive, hopeful and constructive manner, but this time, with a significant difference from the past. This year, it will not be just for him, but for all of us who believe in second chances.”

While Payne scolded McCain for his adulterous behavior in the past, he reiterated that women have no place at Augusta.

“It’s not that we care about women, per se,” said Payne. “We just expect our men to act with a certain amount of decorum. Women make for great side stories, but they will never be allowed to be members of Augusta National. What would our children and grand kids think if we allowed women here?”

–WKW

Coat Hanger Lobby thrilled with Health Care Reform Abortion deal

March 22, 2010

WASHINGTON – The Powerful Coat Hanger Lobby celebrated a huge victory over the weekend, as the Senate’s Health Care Reform Bill passed the House of Representatives.

While Democrats have also cheered the passage of the bill – which could get 30 million more Americans health care coverage – the Coat Hanger Lobby was especially thrilled with deal that will not allow poor women to receive abortions.

As promised by Barack Obama in a deal with Dem. Rep. Bart Stupak, individuals that are receiving federal assistance who want abortion coverage will have to purchase the coverage using private funds.

For Coat Hanger Lobbyist Tim Johnson, it was a sweet victory.

“The Coat Hanger Industry has fought for years to be used as a top tool for poor people needing abortions,” said Johnson. “This will once again put Coat Hangers near the top of the Abortion procedure world.

While denying coverage for abortions is not in the bill, President Barack Obama has promised to issue an Executive Order that will not allow women seeking abortions to use federal monies for the procedure.

“There is some question that underneath in this bill, that somehow, you could pay for abortions with the new funds being appropriated for the community health centers,” said Stupak. “That is not possible with this executive order.”

Johnson couldn’t contain his glee.

“This is just a great day for all of us,” said Johnson. “The Coat Hanger Industry is officially stimulated.”

–WKW

It’s your own damned fault if you get murdered

March 8, 2010

While murder is still considered a grave crime, today’s enlightened society tends to see it as something more than a black & white issue. Because more often than not, a murder victim has every opportunity to avoid being murdered.

Simply put, if you get murdered, it’s very likely your own damned fault. This is obvious to any who care to look at the issue.

Most murder victims could easily save their own lives if they followed a few simple rules:

But the fact is that most murder victims are too careless, too un-Godly and too unwilling to take the personal responsibility needed to avoid being murdered. This is why so many murder victims are far too ashamed to go to authorities following their murder – they know they played a part in it.

And the legal system is aware of this. This is why so few murderers get sentenced for their crimes. Defense lawyers will quickly pounce on the past history of the victim and come to one conclusion – the murdered didn’t do what’s necessary to not be murdered. Thus, many victims of murder will not go to the authorities.

Murder is epidemic in the United States. The statistics are staggering. But the fact is that murderers are helpless to stop themselves, and when people dress and act in certain ways, all they are doing is attracting those that will murder them.

It’s a hard truth, but the fact is that in 2010, we should be a more enlightened society. So dress conservatively, don’t go out, and don’t draw attention to yourself. And remember, once a murder starts, it’s too late to say no. You’ve asked for it, and it’s going to happen.

Because – as most people rightly believe – the blame for the crime of murder falls almost solely on the murder victim.

–WKW

Christian Fundamentalists are Evil – Blame the Rape Victim edition

March 1, 2010

Whether they are Islamic, Christian or Scientologists, religious fundamentalists are truly an evil people. How else to explain the “Girls dressing provocatively are just asking to be raped” leaflet being handed out to girls in Bristol, Va.:

“You may have been given this leaflet because of the way you are dressed,” it begins. “Have you thought about standing before the true and living God to be judged?”

It continues with one essential theme: The sins of men are, in part, the fault of women, specifically women in tight-fitting clothing. Yates was annoyed. Then she got to a section on page two:

“Scripture tells us that when a man looks on a woman to lust for her he has already committed adultery in his heart. If you are dressed in a way that tempts a men to do this secret (or not so secret) sin, you are a participant in the sin,” the leaflet states. “By the way, some rape victims would not have been raped if they had dressed properly. So can we really say they were innocent victims?”

The hand-out is signed “anonymous.”

Sandra G. Rasnake, the sexual assault program director at Bristol’s Crisis Center, pointed out the hatefulness of the leaflet and the damage it does to rape victims:

[Rasnake] had one eyebrow cocked as she read through the leaflet Thursday morning.

She cocked the other as she read aloud: “some rape victims would not have been raped if they had dressed properly.”

“Wow,” she said. “This idea that men don’t have enough self control – and evidently they shouldn’t have to – plays into all the old myths that we’ve tried for years to overcome: Rape happens to 2-year-olds and 92-year-olds, not just attractive young women. How about we hold the person doing the action accountable, whoever it is going against the will and consent of somebody else?”

Rasnake said she confronts similar ideas, although not generally printed and distributed in mass, from the women she talks with daily. Victim blaming, she said, is the most prominent reason rapes are so rarely reported and even more rarely taken to trial. Sexual assaults, she said, come in second for the country’s worst conviction rates.

Christian Fundamentalists will cry foul when they are compared to their Islamic Fundamentalists cohorts. But as this leaflet shows, they – like Islamic Fundamentalists – will subjugate all women if they could.

There’s just no other way to read it. Religious fundamentalism, in all its guises, is evil.

–WKW

Greg Oden, Scott Brown, et al. – It’s all Feminism’s fault

January 28, 2010

Lately, it seems you can’t turn a corner or click on an Internet link without seeing a famous man showing off his penis. The parade of penises and almost-penises is nearly suffocating. From Mass. Sen. Scott Brown, to basketball star Greg Oden, to Cleveland Indians’ player Grady Sizemore, to Pittsburgh Steerlers’ stars Jeff Reed and Santonio Holmes and many, many more, men have recently been showcasing their penises in the most lurid of ways.

And it’s all the fault of feminism.

Instead of learning lessons from their fathers and growing to be strong, humble and clothed men, today’s man is more than ever a sexual being. There is some need deep inside these men to showcase their penises. We have become a culture of the penis. Perhaps there is a feeling of sexual liberation for these men. Perhaps it’s a playfulness gone horribly wrong.

But, in reality, it’s the fault of feminism.

Men have struggled for generations to define themselves. In doing so, they have opened the door to choices which may or may not benefit them and society. The degradation of men continues unabated, however. Look at the heavy political price Scott Brown had to pay for posing just-about nude for Cosmopolitan. Conservatives around the nation looked away, even applauded Brown’s daring. But in the end, he was only able to win his special election by five percentage points. Was it worth it? Only time will tell.

But it’s not Scott Brown’s fault. It’s feminism’s fault.

Then there’s Greg Oden. A charismatic, engaging, if injury-prone basketball player with the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers, Oden recently was forced to apologize for pictures of his penis that appeared on the Internet.

Penis pictures he himself took. Because of feminism.

Men today have become accustomed to have the freedom to be sexually liberated. But somewhere, this freedom has gone off the tracks. Society has lessened due to an endless array of men willing to showcase penis, penis cleavage and other body parts. There is a cultural rift of penis-showers and non-penis-showers that threatens the entire fabric of society.

And it’s feminism’s fault.

Soon, your children – YOUR CHILDREN – will not be able to get through a day without penises shoved in their faces from a wide variety of sources. Today’s world puts pressure on men like never before. Men are encouraged to use their bodies in ways God himself never intended. As I have so clearly and logically laid out here with indisputable facts and research, the reasons for this are clear. The fight for women’s equality has taken us down a penis-laden path.

Simply put, It’s all feminism’s fault.

–WKW

Damned Feminists

January 25, 2010

Shorter Natasha Walter in today’s Daily Mail Online:

“Young Women are All Whores Because of Feminism.”

Interestingly, on the very page that story appears on, there are six pictures of women in bathing suits or underwear, a picture of Venus Williams returning a shot with her skirt riding up, and stories entitled “How to wear … Prints,” and “Angelina Jolie was so jealous of Jennifer Aniston: So will Brad Pitt go back to his ex?” and “Dressed down Victoria Beckham sticks to flats for a day out with the boys.

But it (whatever “it” is) is all feminism’s fault. Irony, thy name is Natasha Walker.

–WKW

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