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Educating Men About Rape

Pamela Pizarro has what I think is a telling anecdote about how we teach our youth about rape.  It’s based on her experiences in Canada, but I think it’s applicable to the U.S. as well:

I remember the day that they showed us the video on rape. It was during a physical education class, and our teacher, simply put the video tape in the machine and pressed play. The movie that proceeded told the story of a young girl (in university) who went out on a date with a popular “jock”. After going to a party or a movie, her date felt that she “owed” him and proceed to sexually assault her. Now the point of the movie was to let us girls know that we shouldn’t be pressured into sex, that we had the right to say NO, and that if we ever were to find ourselves in this situation, we should not be afraid to tell someone about it. After the movie was done, there was no further discussion, the class bell rang, and we went on with our day.

The reason that this memory sticks out in my mind is because I as a woman have been told over and over again and in many different ways, that I need to protect myself from situations of violence, and that if I should ever find myself in such a situation, I should have enough confidence and strength to tell someone about the incident so that something can be done.

However, it so happens that my husband went to the same high school as I did, so when this memory came back to me, I asked him if he received the same sort of education, or instruction that sexually assaulting a women was “not okay” or if their was any talk about the possibility that he may find himself as a victim of sexual assault, his answer was no. So why is it that I have had many years of learning how to protect myself, but my husband (who is exactly the same age as me) has had no education whatsoever on the exact same subject?

I don’t think that her husband received no education — but I also don’t think the education took.  That’s not his fault; I don’t think we spend nearly enough time educating young men about sexual assault.

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‘Whiney, self-absorbed, full of Michael Totten and precious little else.’

I meant to get to a post on Michael Totten’s disturbingly narcissistic article about his travels to Iraq, but Mark Gisleson has beaten me to ittwice.

Totten’s article is a target-rich environment, but when you shoot fish in a barrel you still end up with dead fish:

I waited for my helicopter flight with two other civilians – Willie from Texas and Larry from Florida.

Willie and Larry work construction for private companies in harsh places like Iraq and Afghanistan. They are both well-rounded individuals with Red State tastes and political views and a worldliness and cosmopolitanism that surpasses that of most people who live in the Blue States.

Totten, an effete Republican elite, clearly doesn’t know squat about the construction industry, which exists in virtually all states, red and blue. Like many of the mental cripples on the right, he assumes that all manly jobs are done by Republicans in red states. And like many of the twisted fucks on the right he thrills in finding construction types who’ve seen Cats.

I’d like to introduce him to Deb, my buddy Jon’s daughter. She supervises road construction crews and would cheerfully kick Totten’s lily-white ass up around his ears. Come to think of it, my red state, farm-raised, factory-hardened right foot wouldn’t mind taking a shot at Totten’s sorry ass either.

If the gasbag right truly believed in this occupation they call a war, not only would they enlist, but they’d reach out to the left to build support here at home. Instead they resort to petty insults and cheap shots, trying to rub our noses in their superiority.

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Cornerites Wish for a Successful Cheney Presidency

KLo brings us the fervent wishes of Corner readers for tomorrow’s Cheney administration:

Bomb Iran.
Commute the sentences of those border agents.
Fire Mike Chertoff.
Tell Harry Reid to … well, you know…
Pardon Scooter.

I will give them firing Chertoff.

Oh, and on that “Bomb Iran” thing?

Three hours wouldn’t be long enough to actually bomb Iran, given the necessary flight time. But ICBM’s can be there in about a half-hour.

Ha!  It’s funny because it would kill millions of innocent civilians!

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The Irresistible Gravitational Pull of Cleavage: Hillary Clinton Edition

Okay, let me say up front that our media sucks:

There was cleavage on display Wednesday afternoon on C-SPAN2. It belonged to Sen. Hillary Clinton.

She was talking on the Senate floor about the burdensome cost of higher education. She was wearing a rose-colored blazer over a black top. The neckline sat low on her chest and had a subtle V-shape. The cleavage registered after only a quick glance. No scrunch-faced scrutiny was necessary. There wasn’t an unseemly amount of cleavage showing, but there it was. Undeniable.

Undeniable! Hillary Clinton has breasts! Alert the media! Oh, wait, ’twas the media that alerted us.

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A Christian Marriage Embodies True Romance

I’ve written and rewritten the lead-in to this, and I just don’t know how to do this without just coming out and saying that this is one of the more disturbing sites I’ve seen in a long, long time:

WELCOME TO CHRISTIAN DOMESTIC DISCIPLINE

Loving Wife Spanking in a Christian Marriage

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Cut Down Every Law

Oh? And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned ’round on you, where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? This country is planted thick with laws, from coast to coast, Man’s laws, not God’s! And if you cut them down, and you’re just the man to do it, do you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? Yes, I’d give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety’s sake!

–A Man For All Seasons

Let us fast-forward six years into the future.

No, it’s not the dystopian future Democrats fear.  The world of 2013 is pretty much one would expect, really.  President Hillary Clinton is in the first year of her second term, after beating Tim Pawlenty in 2012; the Cubs are gunning for their third world championship in five years; and the third rounds of talks in Ankara aimed at ending the Iraqi civil war have stalled yet again over Sunni demands for reparations.  Meanwhile, the hit movie “That’s Not Bologna,” starring Adam Sandler and Paris Hilton, is in its third week at #1 despite tepid reviews.  All in all, the world is where one might expect it to be.

But in Washington, a scandal is brewing.

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Please, Somebody Kill Me Now

Via Josh…frankly, I can’t even post coherently.  Just read:

Bush administration officials unveiled a bold new assertion of executive authority yesterday in the dispute over the firing of nine U.S. attorneys, saying that the Justice Department will never be allowed to pursue contempt charges initiated by Congress against White House officials once the president has invoked executive privilege.

The position presents serious legal and political obstacles for congressional Democrats, who have begun laying the groundwork for contempt proceedings against current and former White House officials in order to pry loose information about the dismissals.

Under federal law, a statutory contempt citation by the House or Senate must be submitted to the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, “whose duty it shall be to bring the matter before the grand jury for its action.”

But administration officials argued yesterday that Congress has no power to force a U.S. attorney to pursue contempt charges in cases, such as the prosecutor firings, in which the president has declared that testimony or documents are protected from release by executive privilege.

For a variety of reasons I’ve been loath to champion impeachment.  Oh, the bastards deserve it, but the realistic chances of success are not good.  But at this point, impeachment proceedings may be the only way to get any modicum of justice.

Much more to come tomorrow, I expect.

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Multiple Choice Mitt: For Sex Ed Before He Was Against It

You know, Mitt Romney really is almost a caricature of himself at this point. Is there any issue he hasn’t flip-flopped on in the last few years? Any single, solitary one?

Today’s flip is on sex education. As noted earlier, Barack Obama has come out with what, in a sane world, would be a no-brainer sex ed policy: it’s okay to not actively deceive children with questions about where babies come from, though we don’t need to get too detailed — just keep it age-appropriate.

Needless to say, the conservatives have been all over this, screaming about how Barack Obama wants to teach your children how to use condoms zOMG!!!!onethousandonehundredeleven!!! And one of those screaming is Multiple Choice Mitt himself, pouncing on Obama and saying:

“How much sex education is age appropriate for a 5-year-old?” Romney asked Wednesday at a Colorado campaign stop. “In my view, zero is the right amount. Instead of teaching about sex education in kindergarten to 5-year-olds let’s clean up the ocean of filth, the cesspool in which our children are swimming.”

I’m sure you can already guess the punchline.

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Why Do They Hate America?

There is an element out there that despises America and all our nation stands for. They view us a decadent, as twisted and perverted. They think the fact that we allow women a modicum of autonomy and gays to live makes us a country that deserves its destruction.

Those people are better known to the world as conservatives.

Today’s latest example of conservative hatred of America comes from Kathleen Parker, who starts out with a line that will get Dinesh D’Souza’s naughty parts all engorged and tingling:

If our enemies don’t hate us, it’s an oversight.

Shazam!

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Let Me Tell You ‘Bout the Birds and the Bees and the Flowers and the Trees

Barack Obama is in trouble for daring to suggest that maybe we don’t need to hide the truth from our children:

Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., told Planned Parenthood Tuesday that sex education for kindergarteners, as long as it is “age-appropriate,” is “the right thing to do.”

“I remember Alan Keyes . . . I remember him using this in his campaign against me,” Obama said in reference to the conservative firebrand who ran against him for the U.S. Senate in 2004. Sex education for kindergarteners had become an issue in his race against Keyes because of Obama’s work on the issue as chairman of the health committee in the Illinois state Senate.

“‘Barack Obama supports teaching sex education to kindergarteners,'” said Obama mimicking Keyes’ distinctive style of speech. “Which — I didn’t know what to tell him (laughter).”

“But it’s the right thing to do,” Obama continued, “to provide age-appropriate sex education, science-based sex education in schools.”

Oh noes!  Barack Obama is in ur schools, teachin ur childrin about teh sex!

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Progress Toward Victory

I stole this graphic from Matthew Yglesias, who stole it from Brian Beutler, and frankly, if you have a blog, you should steal it, too.  If ever there was a good visual guide depicting the slow, steady disintegration of Iraq, this is it.  As Matt says, “if there ever was a time when the situation was amenable to ‘fixing’ it was a long, long time ago before things metastasized and anything resembling the current dynamic took hold.”

What we would have to do to stabilize Iraq is unring the metaphorical bell.  We have to make it so that the last three years of sectarian violence never happened.  We can’t do that.  And all we do in maintaining a troop presence in Iraq is put our own soldiers in harm’s way, while the situation slowly spirals further out of control.

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Eleven Signs Your Boyfriend is a Complete Cobag (Okay, Twelve)

Amanda has already dealt with this lovely list of banality from Evan Marc Katz, possessor of freakishly blue eyes and author of Why You’re Still Single: Things Your Friends Would Tell You If You Promised Not to Get Mad, which, I assume, includes things like “Because you’re the sort of douchebag who would write an article entitled…”

11 Things Women Don’t Know About Men (Plus one thing they probably do know, but won’t admit)

Now as I said, Amanda’s shredded this list nicely, but let’s face it: she’s a girl. And these are things women don’t know about men. I, on the other hand, have a penis, so I’m more than qualified to read along with my fellow man and tell you just how brilliant he is. (I’ll give you a hint: not as brilliant as he thinks he is.)

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Old Man Surge Loses It

John McCain has a surefire way to resuscitate his campaign: pretend it doesn’t exist!  Today, he snapped, “I’m not going to talk about my campaign anymore. I’m finished with talking about it. I’ve talked about it for two weeks. I will not discuss it or any aspect of it. Thank you.”

Brilliant!  This will let him pretend that he’s not running a campaign that’s circling the drain, but that the presidency is in his grasp!  The only problem, as I see it, is that this could hurt his ability to campaign for president, what with his not being able to talk about campaigning and all.

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We’re Going to Take it to the Next Level

Give ’em hell, Harry:

Ratcheting up the stakes in the wake of the GOP’s successful blocking of a vote on Iraq withdrawal just moments ago, Harry Reid just announced on the Senate floor that he won’t allow a vote on the entire Defense Authorization bill until the Senate GOP drops its filibustering of votes on Iraq.

It comes only moments after the Republican filibuster succeeded in preventing a vote on the Reed-Levin amendment, which would have mandated withdrawal by April 2008.

I feel strange.  The Democrats appear to be not backing down.  Have I fallen through a rift in the space-time continuum?  Is this some bizarre, parallel universe?

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Your Own Personal Jesus

James Fallows argues that Gen. David Petraeaus is the New Jesus:

As has been widely noted, Gen. David Petraeus is getting the full New Jesus treatment. It’s underway to an extent I can barely remember happening before. OK, maybe one exception: When Coach Joe Gibbs was brought back to “save” the Washington Redskins three years ago, under their lamentable owner, Dan Snyder. The subsequent travails of Coach Gibbs illustrate the standard New Jesus cycle.

Petraeus is a serious man, but the expectations being heaped on him are simply laughable, and it’s worth noting the proportions this phenomenon has taken on.

At his press conference last week, President Bush essentially answered every question about Iraq with the word “Petraeus.” Actually, the word the President used was “David” — before recovering himself and remembering to give his last name or say “General Petraeus.”

Petraeus appears to be at least reasonably competent and intelligent — unlike, say, President Bush — but a superteam of Napoleon Bonaparte, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Genghis Khan, and Alexander the Great couldn’t get Baghdad stabilized.

Robert Farley thinks this is just a piece of Republican Great Man Syndrome — the belief that one singular man (always a man, except for Margaret Thatcher) can change everything for the better.  I think that’s part of it for some, but I think for others, it’s more cynical.

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Those Godless Commies from al Qaeda

Larry Kudlow seems to have gotten his threats to America’s safety mixed up.  That, or he can no longer sit back and allow Islamofascist infiltration, Islamofascist indoctrination, Islamofascist subversion and the international Islamofascist conspiracy to sap and impurify all of our precious bodily fluids:

And what’s more, this global stock market boom signifies a major defeat for al Qaeda and all the terrorist jihadists who seek to destroy capitalism and our way of life. The spread of prosperity across the globe cannot tell a lie: The terrorists are on the wrong side, they are on the losing side, and their side will be defeated. Freedom and capitalism is moving full steam ahead. It will ultimately crush the evil, totalitarian jihadists.

Now, I may be confused, being a defeastist Dhimmicrat and all, but I don’t recall an end to capitalism being among al Qaeda’s goals.  Getting America out of the Middle East?  Yes.  Destroying Israel?  Sure.  Making life difficult for Fortune 500 companies?  Not so much.  But as Dave at L,G&M says, “it takes a unique species of hack to argue that rising stock prices are a better measure of the war’s success than, say, the hundreds of thousands of corpses it’s so far produced, or the fact that nearly everyone else on the planet sees it for the goat fuck it truly is.”

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Question of the Day

We’re looking at thirty hours of Senate debate on the Iraq war, during which everyone on the right side of the aisle is going to have to find something to say, lest they actually be forced to cast a decisive vote on the matter.  Traditionally, that means by about four a.m. tomorrow, the junior senator from your state will be reduced to reading from the phone book, or Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations, or God forbid, The Weekly Standard.  So here’s my question: if you were a senator who needed something to read to the audience on C-Span in order to kill time, what would you read?

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Okay, I’m Not Gay

But I’m secure enough in my heterosexuality to admit that this tourism ad for Paris is hot:

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(Via Andrew Sullivan)

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Here I Am, Rock You Like a Medicane

Ah, global warming. It’s our species’ gift to the world that just keeps on giving back to us. The latest potential threat from warming? Medicanes — hurricanes that spin up in the Mediterranean Sea:

This provides some background for interpreting the recent news reports suggesting that global warming ought to cause more medicanes. If true, clearly this would be bad news. However, as climatologist Kevin Trenberth points out in the Times of London article linked above, it’s important to bear in mind that whether or not you have hotter sea surface temperatures, there just isn’t a lot of room in the Mediterranean for a cyclone to grow much in intensity before hitting something.

Nevertheless–and not having yet read the Geophysical Research Letters paper that is driving the latest news coverage–I will say that it sounds plausible to me that climate change would affect the occurrence of cyclones in the Mediterranean.

Of course, it’s not like there are millions of people and some of humanity’s great cities on the Mediterranean, so I’m sure an increase in severe storms wouldn’t be disastrous or anything.

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Oh, Sure, She Was the Most Powerful Woman in History. But Jeez, Mix in a Salad!

hatshepsutHatshepsut was Pharaoh of Egypt for twenty-two years, from about 1479 to 1458, BCE, during the eighteenth dynasty. Hatshepsut’s tenure saw the reestablishment of trade routes that had been decimated during the Hyksos occupation, and the commissioning of scores of building projects in both upper and lower Egypt. Hatshepsut was also skilled in using propaganda to bolster the standing of the royals, one of the most skilled manipulators in the ancient world.

Oh, and Hatshepsut was a woman, only the second to rule Egypt using the title of Pharaoh, and the longest-tenured by far. Other than Hatshepsut, only Khentkaues II and Sobekneferu are known to have ruled in their own right. (Nefertiti may have ruled for some time after the death of Akhenaten; Nitocris’s gender is the subject of some debate.)

The mummy of Hatshepsut was identified last month, found in tomb KV60. While there is some debate over the identification (as one might expect, 3,500 years later), it is certainly something to note with interest, and a reason to remember Hatshepsut’s reign, and the the difficulty a woman must have had ascending to power and maintaining it, even in what was, for the time, a reasonably egalitarian society for women.

Or if you’re the media, it’s a moment to note that when Hatshepsut died, somewhere in her mid-fifties, that she wasn’t totally hot.

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