black holes and gray matter. in one thousand tangos.

             
“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.”

"THEY died in their homes, not from an assassin’s bullet, and in their 60s, not in their prime.

When C. S. Lewis collapsed in his Oxford bedroom, the presidential motorcade was leaving Love Field. When Aldous Huxley requested a final shot of LSD, a TV set in the next room had just blared the news that the president had been shot. And then the coincidence of two of modernity’s keenest critics dying on the same November day was lost in a storm of headlines and public grief.

It’s too soon to reclaim Nov. 22, 1963, for Huxley and Lewis, and reassign John F. Kennedy to a lower rung of historical significance, where some of us suspect his presidency belongs. But pausing amid this month’s Kennedy-anniversary coverage to remember the two British-born writers offers a useful way to think about the J.F.K. mythos as well.

Huxley and Lewis did not share a worldview — one was a seeker drawn to spiritualism, Eastern religion and psychedelics; the other was (and remains) the most famous Christian apologist in the modern English-speaking world. But they shared a critique of contemporary civilization, and offered a similar warning about where its logic might end up taking us.

For Huxley, this critique took full shape in “Brave New World,” his famous portrait of a dystopia in which the goals of pleasure and stability have crowded out every other human good, burying discontent under antidepressants, genetic engineering and virtual-reality escapes.

For Lewis, the critique was distilled in “The Abolition of Man,” which imagined a society of “men without chests,” purged of any motivation higher than appetite, with no “chatter of truth and mercy and beauty” to disturb or destabilize.

In effect, both Huxley and Lewis looked at a utilitarian’s paradise — a world where all material needs are met, pleasure is maximized and pain eliminated — and pointed out what we might be giving up to get there: the entire vertical dimension in human life, the quest for the sublime and the transcendent, for romance and honor, beauty and truth. …

What exhausts skeptics of the Kennedy cult, both its elegiac and paranoid forms, is the way it makes a saint out of a reckless adulterer, a Camelot out of a sordid political operation, a world-historical figure out of a president whose fate was tragic but whose record was not terribly impressive.

But in many ways the impulses driving the Kennedy nostalgists are the same ones animating Lewis’s Puddleglum and Huxley’s Savage — the desire for grace and beauty, for icons and heroes, for a high-stakes dimension to human affairs that a consumerist, materialist civilization can flatten and exclude. …

'It is a serious thing,' Lewis wrote, describing the implications of his religious worldview, ‘to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would strongly be tempted to worship.’”

Puddleglum and the Savage

(Florida Congressman Trey Radel and) rising Tea Party star was caught in a coke bust. Apparently he forgot the part of the Tea Party story where you dump the product in the harbor before the cops show up.

Personally, I hated to lose a Congressman who was so fiscally conservative that I’m sure he snorted his blow through a one dollar bill. And so committed to family values, folks, that he actually voted to drug test people who received food stamps. He’s not a hypocrite, because he doesn’t get food stamps from the government.

Just his paycheck.

Hamas Appoints First Female Spokesperson | AJ
Meet the 23-year-old journalist, Isra al-Modallal.
Al-Modallal doesn’t consider herself to be a Hamas loyalist, ”I am not Hamas. I am a Palestinian activist who loves her country.”
The change began with Ihab Ghussein, the new head of the Hamas media department. In an effort “to be more open to the West,” Ghussein started a new website, hired younger people, and actively pursued use of social media. He said many women were among the dozens of applicants considered for the position. ”Women are partners in our society.”

Hamas Appoints First Female Spokesperson | AJ

Meet the 23-year-old journalist, Isra al-Modallal.

Al-Modallal doesn’t consider herself to be a Hamas loyalist, ”I am not Hamas. I am a Palestinian activist who loves her country.”

The change began with Ihab Ghussein, the new head of the Hamas media department. In an effort “to be more open to the West,” Ghussein started a new website, hired younger people, and actively pursued use of social media. He said many women were among the dozens of applicants considered for the position. ”Women are partners in our society.”

"Touche pas à ma pute"

Do not touch my bitch,” the title of Manifesto of the 343 bastards" — a petition against the abolition of prostitution in France — is being published in the November issue of Talker.

The title is a referenceto the 1971 Manifesto of the 343 bitches,” led by Simone de Beauvoir, which fought for a woman’s abortion rights.

From the furious writers and luminaries of the manifesto:

In terms of prostitution, we are believers or agnostics practitioners

We believe that everyone has the right to freely sell its charms - and even like it.”

"We do not like violence or exploitation, or trafficking of human beings. And we expect the public authorities to make every effort to fight against the networks and punish pimps."

"Homos or straight, monogamous or libertines, loyal or fickle, we are men. This does not make us frustrated, perverted, or psychopaths as described by proponents of repression disguised as feminist struggle.”

Talker’s managing editor Elizabeth Levy said in a statement: “We do not defend prostitution, we stand for freedom. And when Parliament interferes to enact standards on sexuality, our freedom is threatened.”

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