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Monday, July 07, 2008

"When I was born I was so surprised I didn't talk for a year and a half." - Gracie Allen


AntiStomp - We Stomp the Stompers - "Hate being stomped?"

Hamid Karzai's Famous Hat Made From Aborted Lamb Fetuses - "Though the hats are unmistakably dashing, the method of their production is a bit stomach-turning. Shepherds in northern Afghanistan slaughter the mother and then remove the fetus, whose downy fur is incredibly smooth because it has never been exposed to the air or sun. Sometimes shepherds wait for the ewe to give birth before killing the lamb. Each lamb is so small its entire pelt is needed to produce one hat -- and many pelts are needed to make the waist-length karacul coats. "

Prestonwood Minister Arrested In Online Sex Bust - "A minister at one of the largest churches in North Texas was arrested in a sex sting operation in Bryan. Police confirm that Joe Barron was taken into custody after driving more than three hours to have sex with what he thought was a 13-year-old girl. Barron serves as a minister at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano. The 52-year-old is a senior minister who works with married adults at the church that has some 26,000 members. Barron had only been with the church for the past 18 months... Church member Susan Lucido said, "It just goes to show that everybody's human." Barron's arrest is actually an answer to her prayers. "It's a sad thing, but it's also a huge blessing for the church," she said. "Two weeks ago, I prayed for protection for the church, and to expose anybody there that needed to be exposed. And it got exposed.""
Fruits, fruits...

Psychic's vision sets off sex-abuse probe - "A Barrie mother of an autistic girl is considering legal action against her local school board after a psychic's prediction to a special educational assistant sparked a sexual abuse report to the Children's Aid Society. "I'm in shock," said Colleen Leduc, 38. "They reported me to Children's Aid because of a psychic. Can you imagine?""

Lost parrot tells veterinarian his address - ""I'm Mr. Yosuke Nakamura," the bird told the veterinarian, according to Uemura. The parrot also provided his full home address, down to the street number, and even entertained the hospital staff by singing songs."

Pringles aren't potato chips, British judge rules - "Procter & Gamble's lawyers argued at a May hearing that Pringles didn't look like a chip, didn't feel like a chip and didn't taste like a chip, according to the judgment. They also maintain that the snack isn't made like a chip because it is cooked from baked dough, not potato slices."
Oh, so THAT'S why they're so regular. Actually I agree Pringles aren't crisps.

the film laboratory - "Those of us who have studied literature are charged with an unusual task. It is to find humanity in inhumanity, to prove the good where none exists, and to bring the equal to every sage, every sinner, and everyone who thought he was cursed. Sadly most of us find it our calling to become teachers for the MOE, book sellers at Kino/Borders or disgruntled assessment book editors. I am proud to be a lit grad."

Domestic Violence on Super Bowl Sunday - "The claim that Super Bowl Sunday is "the biggest day of the year for violence against women" demonstrates how easily an idea congruous with what people want to believe can be implanted in the public consciousness and anointed as "fact" even when it has been fabricated out of whole cloth... A news conference was called in Pasadena, California, the site of the forthcoming Super Bowl game, by a coalition of women's groups. At the news conference reporters were informed that significant anecdotal evidence suggested that Super Bowl Sunday is "the biggest day of the year for violence against women."... Janet Katz, a professor of sociology and criminal justice at Old Dominion University and one of the authors of the study cited during the January 28 conference... 'It certainly doesn't support what those women are saying in Pasadena'... Ringle checked the claim made by Dobisky Associates (the organization that had mailed warnings to women advising them not to stay at home with their husbands on Super Bowl Sunday)... Dobisky's source for this quote was Charles Patrick Ewing... "I never said that," Ewing said... As Sommers concluded, "How a belief in that misandrist canard can make the world a better place for women is not explained.""
The strawfeminists strike again.

History of Battered Women's Shelters - "Erin Pizzey wrote the first book on domestic violence: Scream Quietly, or the Neighbors will Hear (1974). She is recognized as the founder of the movement against domestic violence... She later spent five years in the US and came to believe that there are as many violent women as men. In 1982, she coauthored, with Jeff Shapiro, a book called Prone to Violence, about women's role in domestic violence. It encountered such hostility from feminists that, she says, her life was even threatened... Pizzey says there that the reason the women's movement ignores this problem is because "There's a lot of money in hating men, particularly in the United states--millions of dollars. It isn't a politically good idea to threaten the huge budgets for women's refuges by saying that some of the women who go into them aren't total victims. Anyway, the activists aren't there to help women come to terms with what's happening in their lives. They're there to fund their budgets, their conferences, their traveling abroad, and their statements against men""
And again.

Lady, your slip is showing - "A Jan. 23 congressional study claimed that salaries for women managers in seven out of 10 industries examined had declined from 1995 to 2000. Uncritical newspapers rushed to announce that the wage gap between men and women had widened. But National Review columnist Betsy Hart took the time to examine the study commissioned by Reps. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., and John Dingell, D-Mich. She found it to be a "biased and highly-emotionalized reinterpretation"... Maloney explained that the existence of wage discrimination was considered a fact and the study had been a search for the supporting data... Anyone familiar with what passes for statistics within feminism will not be surprised by the willful corruption of data... A much-cited study entitled Prostitution, Violence and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, collected data from streetwalkers in four "strolls" that were notorious for drug use and violence. Yet the conclusions of the study comment on all prostitutes, including high-paid call girls. In short, it uses an unrepresentative sample to draw broad conclusions about a general population... "studies which do control for all relevant factors continually show that the wage gap between men and women virtually or totally disappears."... Consider a "fact" popularized several years ago by feminist Naomi Wolf: 150,000 American women die each year of anorexia. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this would make anorexia the fourth-leading cause of death in both males and females... The actual death rate is closer to 100."
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