I’m not sexist but…..

……there is at least one woman out there that I would openly call a bitch and a slut, even to her face.  I DESPISE her so much because of what she did to another woman: Dani Mathers!

http://start.att.net/news/read/article/the_associated_press-playboy_model_who_shot_nude_of_unwitting_woman_due-ap

From fame to shame: Playmate to do time scrubbing graffiti

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dani Mathers earned fame posing as a nude model. She gained notoriety on the other side of the camera when she snapped a photo of an unwitting and unwilling subject — a naked 71-year-old woman in a gym locker room.

The firestorm of criticism that erupted after the Playboy model posted the pic online to mock the woman’s body drew more attention than any centerfold of Mathers and led a judge Wednesday to order her to spend 30 days cleaning up graffiti on Los Angeles streets as punishment.

Mathers, 30, pleaded no contest to misdemeanor invasion of privacy in Los Angeles County Superior Court for the so-called body shaming case. Although she didn’t admit guilt, the plea is recorded as a conviction.

The petite blonde, wearing a tight-fitting top, baggy trousers and a jacket, had apologized for taking the photo at an LA Fitness club in July and posting it on Snapchat with the caption: “If I can’t unsee this then you can’t either.”

The posting was accompanied by a selfie of Mathers in a tank top with her hand over her mouth as if she’s gasping in horror.

The 2015 Playmate of the Year contended she intended to send the photo privately to a friend and accidentally posted it publicly.

The crime was amplified by the attention the photo got online and the backlash that erupted in the world of social media, which is often quicker to punish than reward. The shamer quickly became the shamed.

Mathers lost modeling jobs and work as a radio host, her lawyers said. She complained of being bullied online.

She was relieved to put the case behind her and was grateful to be spared a jail term, defense attorney Thomas Mesereau said outside court.

“She really apologizes from the bottom of her heart for what happened,” he said. “She never thought this would come out like this. Never intended to hurt anyone.”

Mesereau blamed prosecutors for doing more damage to the victim by giving the case worldwide attention.

“There’s a word for that and the word is baloney,” Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer replied when asked about that claim. “Body shaming can devastate its subject. People are mocked, they’re humiliated and in ways they can never fully get back.”

After the case arose, Feuer sponsored legislation to enhance penalties of the existing privacy invasion law for distributing partially or fully nude images without consent. The bill passed the state Senate this week.

Feuer criticized Mathers for fighting the case “tooth and nail” to avoid legal consequences. The defense argued unsuccessfully that the charge should be dismissed because the victim couldn’t easily be identified in the photo shot from a distance.

It didn’t take a great deal of detective work for the gym and police to track down the victim, who was humiliated when she learned of the photo, said Deputy City Attorney Chadd Kim.

Mathers was ordered to pay her $60 to replace a backpack seen in the photo so the woman wouldn’t easily be identified.

The woman was not in court Wednesday, but Kim said that based on past conversations, she thought she’d be pleased with the outcome.

Under terms of the plea, Mathers will be on probation for three years.

She must also curtail her photo-taking. She was ordered not to take photos or video of people or post them online without their permission and can’t have a camera in places where people might be naked or expect privacy.

The slut posted this:0714-dani-mathers-snapchat-4

and it does not matter if she sent it to one person or one million people, it was still a despicable thing to do to anyone!

For the record, my contempt for Mathers has nothing to do with her being a nude model or even being a Playboy Playmate. I was just shocked that any woman would ever do such a thing to another woman; it is something I would have expected a perverted MAN to do.

When Mathers appeared nude in pics, she was always giving consent for it. Did the other woman consent for a nude pic of her to be shown across the internet? If not, then Mathers commited an act of de facto sexual assault. She should be doing a hell of a lot more than just scrubbing up graffiti!

“She really apologizes from the bottom of her heart for what happened,” her defense attorney said. BULLSHYT!!! If she was really sorry, she would have pleaded GUILTY! “No contest” is a way of avoiding legal responsibility. I wish that option was banned, really.

Roger Ailes can now be called Roger Dead

Roger Ailes was the founding President of FOX News, which was a creation of Rupert Murdoch and his News Corporation. For all practical intents and purposes, FOX News was the American conservative version of Pravda: a news source which had the effect of propagating right-wing politics at the expense of objective reporting. Last year, as a result of a series of sexual harassment accusations by women associated with the network, Ailes resigned as FOX News President. And now he has died.

Rolling Stone writer Matt Tabbi, already known as a dedicated enemy of corruption and hypocrisy in our governments, wasted no time going after Ailes.
http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/taibbi-roger-ailes-was-one-of-the-worst-americans-ever-w483013

Roger Ailes Was One of the Worst Americans Ever

Fox News founder made this the hate-filled, moronic country it is today

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Roger Ailes

On the Internet today you will find thousands, perhaps even millions, of people gloating about the death of elephantine Fox News founder Roger Ailes. The happy face emojis are getting a workout on Twitter, which is also bursting with biting one-liners.

When I mentioned to one of my relatives that I was writing about the death of Ailes, the response was, “Say that you hope he’s reborn as a woman in Saudi Arabia.”

Ailes has no one but his fast-stiffening self to blame for this treatment. He is on the short list of people most responsible for modern America’s vicious and bloodthirsty character.

We are a hate-filled, paranoid, untrusting, book-dumb and bilious people whose chief source of recreation is slinging insults and threats at each other online, and we’re that way in large part because of the hyper-divisive media environment he discovered.

Ailes was the Christopher Columbus of hate. When the former daytime TV executive and political strategist looked across the American continent, he saw money laying around in giant piles. He knew all that was needed to pick it up was a) the total abandonment of any sense of decency or civic duty in the news business, and b) the factory-like production of news stories that spoke to Americans’ worst fantasies about each other.

Like many con artists, he reflexively targeted the elderly – “I created a TV network for people from 55 to dead,” he told Joan Walsh – where he saw billions could be made mining terrifying storylines about the collapse of the simpler America such viewers remembered, correctly or (more often) incorrectly, from their childhoods.

In this sense, his Fox News broadcasts were just extended versions of the old “ring around the collar” ad – scare stories about contagion. Wisk was pitched as the cure for sweat stains creeping onto your crisp white collar; Fox was sold as the cure for atheists, feminists, terrorists and minorities crawling over your white picket fence.

Ailes launched Fox in 1996 with a confused, often amateurish slate of dumb programs cranked out by cut-rate and often very young staffers. The channel was initially most famous for its overt shallowness (“More News in Less Time” was one of its early slogans) and its Monty Python-style bloopers. But the main formula was always the political scare story, and Fox quickly learned to mix traditional sensationalist tropes like tabloid crime reporting with demonization of liberal villains like the Clintons.

Hillary Clinton in particular was a godsend for Fox. The first lady’s mocking comments about refusing to stay home and bake cookies – to say nothing of the “I’m not sitting here, some little woman, saying ‘Stand By Her Man’ like Tammy Wynette” quote – were daggers to the hearts of graying middle Americans everywhere. What’s the matter, Ailes’ audiences wondered, with Tammy Wynette?

So they tuned into Fox, which made ripping Hillary and other such overeducated, cosmopolitan, family-values-hating Satans a core part of its programming.

But invective, like drugs or tobacco or any other addictive property, is a product of diminishing returns. You have to continually up the ante to get people coming back. So Ailes and Fox over the years graduated from simply hammering Democratic politicians to making increasingly outlandish claims about an ever-expanding list of enemies.

Soon the villains weren’t just in Washington, but under every rock, behind every corner. Immigrants were spilling over the borders. Grades were being denuded in schools by liberal teachers. Marriage was being expanded to gays today, perhaps animals tomorrow. ACORN was secretly rigging vote totals.

Hollywood, a lost paradise Middle America remembered as a place where smooth-talking guys and gals smoked cigarettes, gazed into each others’ eyes and glorified small-town life and the military, now became a sandbox for over-opinionated brats like Sean Penn, Matt Damon and Brangelina who used their fame to pal around with socialist dictators and lecture churchy old folks about their ignorance.

The Fox response was to hire an endless succession of blow-dried, shrieking dingbats like Laura Ingraham, author of Shut Up and Sing, who filled the daytime hours with rants about every conceivable cultural change being the product of an ongoing anti-American conspiracy. Ingraham even derided muffin tops as evidence of America’s decaying values.

Ailes picked at all these scabs, and then when he ran out of real storylines to mine he invented some that didn’t even exist. His Fox was instrumental in helping Donald Trump push the birther phenomenon into being, and elevated the practically nonexistent New Black Panthers to ISIS status, warning Republicans that these would-be multitudinous urban troublemakers were planning on bringing guns to the GOP convention.

The presidency of Donald Trump wouldn’t have been possible had not Ailes raised a generation of viewers on these paranoid storylines. But the damage Ailes did wasn’t limited to hardening and radicalizing conservative audiences.

Ailes grew out of the entertainment world – his first experience was in daytime variety TV via The Mike Douglas Show – but he later advised a series of Republican campaigns, from Ronald Reagan to George H.W. Bush to Trump.

So when he created Fox, he merged his expertise from those two worlds, mixing entertainment and political stagecraft.

The effect was to politicize the media, a characteristic of banana republics everywhere. When Ailes decided to cordon off Republican audiences and craft news programming targeted specifically to them, he began the process of atomizing the entire media landscape into political fiefdoms – Fox for the right, MSNBC for the left, etc.

Ailes trained Americans to shop for the news as a commodity. Not just on the right but across the political spectrum now, Americans have learned to view the news as a consumer product.

What most of us are buying when we tune in to this or that channel or read this or that newspaper is a reassuring take on the changes in the world that most frighten us. We buy the version of the world that pleases us and live in little bubbles where we get to nurse resentments all day long and no one ever tells us we’re wrong about anything. Ailes invented those bubbles.

Moreover, Ailes built a financial empire waving images of the Clintons and the Obamas in front of scared conservatives. It’s no surprise that a range of media companies are now raking in fortunes waving images of Donald Trump in front of terrified Democrats.

It’s not that Trump isn’t or shouldn’t be frightening. But it’s conspicuous that our media landscape is now a perfect Ailes-ian dystopia, cleaved into camps of captive audiences geeked up on terror and disgust. The more scared and hate-filled we are, the more advertising dollars come pouring in, on both sides.

Trump in many ways was a perfect Ailes product, merging as he did the properties of entertainment and news in a sociopathic programming package that, as CBS chief Les Moonves pointed out, was terrible for the country, but great for the bottom line.

And when Ailes died this morning, he left behind an America perfectly in his image, frightened out of its mind and pouring its money hand over fist into television companies, who are gleefully selling the unraveling of our political system as an entertainment product.

The extent to which we hate and fear each other now – that’s not any one person’s fault. But no one person was more at fault than Roger Ailes. He never had a soul to sell, so he sold ours. It may take 50 years or a century for us to recover. Even dictators rarely have that kind of impact. Enjoy the next life, you monster.

You could argue that Ailes never murdered anyone, so how could be have been so terrible? But his conservative political views which FOX News relentlessly promoted killed many thousands of Iraqis in a war that America clearly started and the opposition to gun control enabled the deaths of many Americans due to gun violence over many years.

Ailes’ conservatism must have included sexism, explaining why women would attack him as a harasser of them.

Ironically, this longing of older people for a society like the one they grew up in strikes me as immature, but Ailes and his gang of propaganda ministers fanned the flames of this nonsense, making the process of making America a more inclusive and tolerant society that much longer and more painful than it needed to be.

I remember when Barack Obama was elected President in 2008. FOX News responded to this in at least two ways:

  1. It canceled the show “Hannity and Colmes” in which the conservative Shawn Hannity and the liberal Alan Colmes debated each other in every episode, and replaced it with “Hannity” in which the host’s conservative opinions would no longer be challenged.
  2. It hired Glenn Beck, who then became notorious for being an attack dog against Obama, even stooping to telling outright lies about the President.

So much for being “fair and balanced”!

In any case, what goes around comes around. May the hatred that Roger Ailes stirred up constantly through FOX News follow him forever!

Sarah Copus, NOT a typical teen star!

In the past, I have been harshly critical of popular music trends and their being so centered on teens and their shallow interests.

Not to mention the fact there so many young performers have no real talent and are just manufactured and marketed by record producers and labels to make money.

But then I found an incredible exception! Remember these people?
https://dalehusband.com/2016/04/17/the-most-beautiful-couple-in-all-of-texas/

Their daughter, Sarah Copus, is now 13 and has put out a solo album. In addition to singing so beautifully that her voice nearly rips my heart out (Listen to her on a 2002 song here on a YouTube video I made), she can play various instruments, though she seems to prefer the harp the most.

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Here is her website:

https://www.sarahcopus.com/home

And her new Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100017114896356

And this is her solo album:

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Samples from her works are here:
https://www.sarahcopus.com/music

And yet….there was one brief time when Sarah’s very life hung in the balance and she and her vast potential could have been lost forever!

Starting on page 44 of this magazine issue, we can read a short biography of Sarah. Including an account of how she almost died from a deadly form of pneumonia at age two. It was so bad that she needed surgery to drain one of her lungs of fluid and her immune system was ruined, requiring her to avoid contact with other children for at least two years. But despite, or perhaps because of, that isolation, she became totally focused on music and later started assisting her parents in the recording studio for 2002 songs.

This raises an interesting question. Sarah no doubt survived because her parents could afford the best health care she could get, perhaps due to their having adequate health insurance. But what if Sarah had been born to a poor family that could not have afforded health care, or even health insurance, before the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) lowered health insurance rates for people who could not have previously afforded it? Even worse, what if she had been born in Africa, which is not only extremely disease ridden, but has very few health professionals to deal with all the illnesses? She would have had just as much beauty  and potential talent, but she also would have most likely passed away and the world would have been deprived of what she could have given us.

And that is exactly why the repeated attempts of Republicans in the U S Congress to repeal Obamacare angers me so deeply. Basically, they consider those who are in poverty to be worthless. But what is worthless is the idea that some people are fit to live and others are not for ANY reason other than issues of character! There is no way of knowing how many loving and brilliant children have been sacrificed over the years and around the world because of this willingness of conservative hypocrites (in America and elsewhere) to leave some of them behind to die. Indeed, Obamacare itself is really not enough.

We really should have SOCIALIZED MEDICINE for everyone!

Different Strokes for Different Folks

This is a direct sequel to Two Reasons for Public Ignorance

Read this article, of which I will provide summaries:

http://www.cracked.com/blog/6-ways-big-cities-turn-you-liberal-converts-perspective/

6 Big Differences That Turn City Dwellers Into Liberals

6 Traffic Is A Nightmare
In the country …The low population density of rural areas makes public transportation impractical, so the only public transportation rural dwellers are familiar with is a school bus.
But in the city …Drive a car in a city and you’ll spend every moment on the the road imagining yourself killing each family member represented by the stickers on the back of every SUV.  But then, the light bulb over your head flickers to life: What if there were some sort of mass public transportation many could use at once?
 
5 Sick, Desperate People Ask You For Help Every Day

In the country …There are sick, desperate people in the country too, but they don’t sleep on your front lawn — although they might sleep on your couch.

But in the city …Homeless people exist in population sizes bigger than most rural towns — Los Angeles has an estimated 47,000 people with no place to go. New York City has over 60,000, and that’s lowballing it.

4 Around A Quarter Of Your Neighbors, Co-Workers, And Friends Are Probably Immigrants

In the country …Chances are pretty good that all your friends and neighbors look and sound just like you. That’s because people who live in small towns are mostly born there, and it’s pretty rare that anyone new moves in.

But in the city …Suddenly multiculturalism isn’t some failed, politically correct agenda, it’s just your neighborhood. Cities are diverse because this is where people come to find jobs, and the vast majority of immigrants, both legal and illegal, live in them.

3 Minimum Wage Is A Ticket To Homelessness

In the country …Cost of living is hard everywhere when you’re poor. Even out in the country where space is plentiful, about a quarter of renters spend more than half their income just on rent. But okay, that means the majority of people are still mostly getting by.

But in the city …If you earn $7.25 an hour, you either sleep in your mom’s house or on the street. In December of 2016 the average rent on a one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco was $3,357 a month. With a federal minimum wage job, you would have to work 17 hours a day, seven days a week just to cover rent.

2 The Impact Of Good Government Is Easier To See

In the country …We’ve all heard how mostly rural red states eat up more federal tax money than those liberal-elite blue states, and it’s true. But while you might get a government check every month, when you live out in the country local government services are so far away they’re not practical to access.

But in the city …Local government maintains your water supply and sewers, removes your trash, cleans your sidewalks, maintains the roads that an armada of cars will drive on everyday — basically, stuff an individual can’t take care of themselves.

1 People Get Shot. Like A Lot.

In the country …Around two thirds of rural households have at least one gun in the house, and usually for practical reasons, and blowing someone’s head off is pretty low on the list.

But in the city …Guns are totally for blowing someone’s head off. The first time you hear gunshots you’ll think it’s firecrackers until you realize, hey, I don’t think those drug dealers are celebrating a successful sale with a fireworks display.

So it is clear that forcing the values of one culture on another people is impractical. So why not let large cities be ruled by liberals and country or rural areas be ruled by conservatives? Because too many people on the right have been brainwashed into thinking in terms of moral, religious and political absolutes (“If it is good for us, why not for everyone?”), which are debunked by reality in places like where I live (Fort Worth, Texas). Yes, Texas is a hard-core Republican state……but the cities are still more liberal than the rural areas, including Austin, which is VERY liberal! And that is why we need to fight back against the concept of “states’ rights” in this country; it is code for letting state governments that happen to be dominated by rural based values violate the rights of individuals, including those in the large cities, by passing idiotic laws that discriminate against blacks, hispanics, women, gays, non-Christians and others that are not white, male, Christian, and well-to-do.

Ironically, the Quran actually has something relevant to this issue.

http://www.skepticsannotatedbible.com/quran/109/index.htm

109: The Disbelievers

Say: O disbelievers!

I worship not that which ye worship;     
Nor worship ye that which I worship.
 And I shall not worship that which ye worship.
 Nor will ye worship that which I worship.
 Unto you your religion, and unto me my religion

Likewise, I would say to conservatives in the rural areas, “Unto you your politics and unto me my politics. Stop trying to impose your ideas on us!”

The Bullshit of “Cultural Appropriation”

Copyright laws are one thing; it is certainly unethical for someone to take someone else’s work and credit it to one’s self and make money off it. But when certain things, like tattoos, hairstyles, clothing and other aspects of appearances are said to belong to one specific people forever and no other people should ever copy it, that strikes me as racist in tone. Recently, the concept of “cultural appropriation” has begin to gain popularity among some on the left. If I wanted to make liberal ideals look idiotic, I could not do worse than this garbage.

Read this absurd story:

https://www.popsugar.com/beauty/Katy-Perry-Blonde-Braids-Controversy-April-2017-43459059

We Need to Talk About Katy Perry Crediting Kim Kardashian For This Hairstyle

As much as I despise the Kardashians,  if Katy Perry did indeed get the idea for cornrows from them, I think it perfectly appropriate (pun intended) to credit them for the hairstyle. Bashing her for not crediting African women is creating friction where there need be none. If Perry has never been to Africa, it is possible that she has never seen common African hairstyles or if she had before, she did not know they  were from African cultures. This is an opportunity to educate Perry and others about the matter, not attack her.

More to the point, everyone “credits” the song “I Love Rock and Roll” to Joan Jett because it was indeed her biggest hit, but in reality the song was done by her as a cover; it had been written years earlier by Alan Merrill of The Arrows. To this day, everyone thinks of it as a Joan Jett song. Likewise, Metallica covered the song “Am I Evil” that had been previously recorded by the British metal band Diamond Head. Everyone tends to think of that song as Metallica’s. Even Elvis did a cover song assumed to be his: “Hound Dog”, which had been done before by black singer Big Mama Thornton. Want to condemn Joan Jett, Metallica, and Elvis too? Be my pest!

Am I appropriating Italian culture every time I eat a pizza? Are Japanese appropriating American culture when they form and play in baseball teams? In both cases, I could not care less, so we need to can the self-righteous crap!

Five Stupid Things About Online Scammers

Inspired by atheist YouTuber Steve Shives, here are five stupid things I have noticed about online scammers.

  1. They use pictures of extremely attractive female models to misrepresent themselves, instead of real photos of their actual selves. A simple search with Google often is enough to expose the fraud.
  2. They often claim that one or both of their parents died tragically, to make you feel more sympathy for them and to simplify their made up backstories. Gee, that’s a lot of orphans out there!
  3. They usually contact men who live in a different state or country from them. If you are really interested in a relationship, why not someone local?
  4. They demand money from their would-be victims even before meeting the target face to face. What hubris!
  5. When their demand for money is refused, they turn hostile. Gee, that’s not likely to get the love you supposedly wanted, eh?