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"Today, women make up 64 percent of [Rwanda's] lower house of Parliament — a far higher percentage than in any other nation

In the world rankings, tiny Andorra is second with 50 percent women in the lower house. Cuba is third with 49 percent, while Sweden and South Africa round out the top five with 45 percent each.

The U.S. is listed as No. 84, with female legislators accounting for 18 percent of the House and 20 percent of the Senate. But the list does not recognize ties among countries, so there are actually 98 countries with a higher percentage of female legislators than the U.S.

Also, the Council on Women World Leaders, a network of current and former prime ministers and presidents has 49 members. None, of course, are from the U.S.

“If millionaires in the United States formed their own political party, that party would make up just 3 percent of the country, but it would have a majority in the House of Representatives, a filibuster-proof super-majority in the Senate, a 5-4 majority on the Supreme Court and a man in the White House. If working-class Americans — people with manual-labor and service-industry jobs — were a political party, that party would have made up more than half of the country since the start of the 20th century, but its legislators (those who last worked in blue-collar jobs before getting into politics) would never have held more than 2 percent of the seats in Congress.”
“Brent Roske lives on a 45-foot yacht off the coast of Marina del Rey, which is technically on the Pacific Ocean, but for jurisdictional purposes is considered part of the city of Los Angeles and, more to the point, the 33rd Congressional District of California. …Roske, who is 39, is part of a field of 18 candidates hoping to represent the heartland of Beverly Hills, Malibu and Bel-Air in the United States Congress.
A former creative director at NBC Universal, Roske is not without assets… Should Roske get elected, he already has some bold ideas. He plans, for instance, to hire a film crew to document his every move in office. “People have a right,” he says, “to know what their elected representatives are doing.”
"[T]he existing field reflects the vibrant collection of humanity that resides in California 33. …You’ve most likely not heard of any of them except Marianne Williamson, the self-help guru, who dislikes being called a “self-help guru.” (Her spokesman has suggested the term “thought leader.”) Williamson has spoken of turning our political dialogue into “a conversation of the heart.” Katy Perry shows up at her events, as do multiple Kardashians. Kim officially endorsed her in a blog post just before press time. Williamson also received the support of Alanis Morissette, Nicole Richie and, for added sex appeal, Dennis Kucinich.”
"She pounds the theme in house parties throughout the district. The parties are filled with devoted readers and acolytes — Eva Longorias and Grammy winners and a woman from “Glee” — who make up her political base. Heads bob when Williamson discusses money. “The House of Representatives was supposed to be where the shopkeeper could come in and the candlemaker could come in,” she says, but now it is a servant of only the mega-financed. And where else but here, in this fertile crescent of American possibility, could a very wealthy spiritual guru who does not like to be called a spiritual guru go on to become a 21st-century version of the iconic candlemaker-leader that the founders envisioned?
“When I started my career, 20 years ago, my conversation seemed fringe,” Williamson said. “Today that fringe is baked into the cake. You are fringe if you don’t know what it is. You’re the one who looks silly today if you don’t have some understanding of some integrated holistic perspective on life.” …
“This is not just a political issue but a spiritual one,” Williamson told me, and I believed that she believed that. If a society factors an issue only through economics, she went on, “rather than ‘How are the kids?’ ‘Am I harmful to anyone or anything?’ ‘Am I an instrument of good, of higher purpose?’ ” we could end up, in her words, becoming members of some sociopathic new world order. “And a sociopath has no conscience,” she said. “A sociopath has no remorse.”
The Real House Candidates of Beverly Hills

Brent Roske lives on a 45-foot yacht off the coast of Marina del Rey, which is technically on the Pacific Ocean, but for jurisdictional purposes is considered part of the city of Los Angeles and, more to the point, the 33rd Congressional District of California. …Roske, who is 39, is part of a field of 18 candidates hoping to represent the heartland of Beverly Hills, Malibu and Bel-Air in the United States Congress.

A former creative director at NBC Universal, Roske is not without assets… Should Roske get elected, he already has some bold ideas. He plans, for instance, to hire a film crew to document his every move in office. “People have a right,” he says, “to know what their elected representatives are doing.”

"[T]he existing field reflects the vibrant collection of humanity that resides in California 33. …You’ve most likely not heard of any of them except Marianne Williamson, the self-help guru, who dislikes being called a “self-help guru.” (Her spokesman has suggested the term “thought leader.”) Williamson has spoken of turning our political dialogue into “a conversation of the heart.” Katy Perry shows up at her events, as do multiple Kardashians. Kim officially endorsed her in a blog post just before press time. Williamson also received the support of Alanis Morissette, Nicole Richie and, for added sex appeal, Dennis Kucinich.”

"She pounds the theme in house parties throughout the district. The parties are filled with devoted readers and acolytes — Eva Longorias and Grammy winners and a woman from “Glee” — who make up her political base. Heads bob when Williamson discusses money. “The House of Representatives was supposed to be where the shopkeeper could come in and the candlemaker could come in,” she says, but now it is a servant of only the mega-financed. And where else but here, in this fertile crescent of American possibility, could a very wealthy spiritual guru who does not like to be called a spiritual guru go on to become a 21st-century version of the iconic candlemaker-leader that the founders envisioned?

“When I started my career, 20 years ago, my conversation seemed fringe,” Williamson said. “Today that fringe is baked into the cake. You are fringe if you don’t know what it is. You’re the one who looks silly today if you don’t have some understanding of some integrated holistic perspective on life.” …

“This is not just a political issue but a spiritual one,” Williamson told me, and I believed that she believed that. If a society factors an issue only through economics, she went on, “rather than ‘How are the kids?’ ‘Am I harmful to anyone or anything?’ ‘Am I an instrument of good, of higher purpose?’ ” we could end up, in her words, becoming members of some sociopathic new world order. “And a sociopath has no conscience,” she said. “A sociopath has no remorse.”

The Real House Candidates of Beverly Hills

“Contemporary American conservatism is anti-intellectual, authoritarian, racist, white supremacist, cult-like, and hostile to empirical reality. Its media elites and political figures have carefully cultivated such values and beliefs for their own immediate and long-term political gains. As has been suggested elsewhere, the Republican Party and its white herrenvolk Tea Party base are useful idiots, a rich people’s poor people’s movement that advances the interests of the former over the latter. Because conservatism and racism are the same thing in post civil rights America, the Republican Party is a de facto white identity organization, one that is dedicated to maintaining White Power and White Privilege.”

"I wasn’t surprised that the President of France threw over his First Lady (who was not even his wife, but his ex-mistress girlfriend) for a pretty movie star. Americans expect that of France. (Except maybe the part about the First Lady being hospitalized for being dumped.) If an American president did something that he’d be in big trouble, but it seems like the French actually like Mr. Hollande more now that’s he dumped the woman who broke up his marriage for a prettier woman who’s a movie star. Apparently 89% of the French public prefers the new mistress. …

I understand France. But I’m still trying to figure it out the mistress thing. … 

For the French l’amour is a way of life and it seems kind of smuttily, interestingly attractive. ‘Fuck me now!’ For Americans l’amour is something to think about while you play with yourself.

I am an American. I love women. I like women. Sometimes it has even seemed that I liked them almost too much. I have been married at least three times. And I wasn’t always faithful, although now I am on a long streak of my best behavior, but one thing is for sure: I never had a mistress. Never. Not once. Not even close. …

I will probably never know anything more than I know now. Americans live in a female dominated sexual police state. There is a conspiracy here to keep men from fucking around. You get caught fucking around and you are going to pay, big time. Getting caught is an industry.”

Glenn O’BrienThe Mistress (France’s Secret Weapon)

"Our meritocratic society seems increasingly nepotistic and dynastic. There was a Bush or a Clinton in the White House and cabinet for 32 years straight. We’re Bill Murray stuck at 6 a.m. in Harold Ramis’s comic masterpiece, “Groundhog Day.” As Time’s Michael Crowley tweeted on Friday, “Who else is looking forward to potentially TEN more years of obsessing about Hillary Clinton’s past, present and future?”

The Clintons don’t get defeated. They get postponed.”

Brace Yourself for Hillary and Jeb

“If he can’t even bully one little small-town mayor into submission by oppressing his constituents and get away with it, how can we reasonably believe he’s politically skilled enough to cover up national scandals like orchestrating a foreign war, illegally colluding with big business, or violating the civil liberties of millions of Americans? It’s a little scary, to be honest.”
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