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      An Unhinged Bit Of Misogyny

      I wrote this piece over a year ago. As you'll see, I was just learning about the "Alt-Right" and knew even less about an element within it, a fringe-within-fringe known as the "neo-masculinity" movement.

      The issues at the heart of this have regained currency in the discussion about Harvey Weinstein, Roger Ailes, Bill O'Reilly, Bill Cosby and our own president as sexual predators who have used their positions of power to harass, demean and assault women, children (and in some cases men).

      And while I believe that most men find repugnant this abuse of power, and it is ultimately more about power than sex, there are some men who celebrate a "rape culture" version of masculinity and condemn the "feminizing" of American society.

      A number of issues get blended together in this resurgence of "the manosphere", not the least of which is the ascendance of issues related to "white purity". It seems that racism and misogyny fit quite neatly together.

      When I wrote this over a year ago, I was reluctant to mention by name some of the websites that promote this caveman ideology, but now that we're witnessing a full frontal assault by the conservative Republican Congress and its evangelical cohorts on women's rights, social, sexual and reproductive, an effort to restore their "sacred" status by returning them to the kitchen and the bedroom, it's time to reveal it for what it is.

      One of the primary internet refuges for this pro-rape/anti-gay mindset is called ROK, the Return of Kings.

      ROK celebrates male icons, often in books or movies, who "take what they want when they want it".

      They consider the Hollywood "casting couch" as nothing more than a barter system, trading sex for fame with an assumption that someone who won't "play the game" must not want success badly enough.

      In the case of Harvey Weinstein, the ROK proponents like to refer to something called "Briffault's Law" named for English anthropologist Robert Briffault (1876-1948) which contends that “the female, not the male, determines all the conditions of the animal family. Where the female can derive no benefit from association with the male, no such association takes place.”

      In this transactional view of sex, ROK contends that the women only turned on Harvey Weinstein after thirty years of happy quid-pro-quo when Weinstein's movies started to "bomb" and he could no longer deliver the fame and fortune that was his part of the deal.



      The Alt-Right & The Threat To Masculinity

      An Unhinged Bit Of Misogyny

      By Ray Cunneff


      Okay, where to begin? Until sometime in August, I wasn't familiar with the term "Alt-Right". (see "Alt-Right: A Movement In Search Of A Message" 8-24-2016.) That's when, almost overnight, it became part of the political lexicon when Breitrart's Stephen Bannon, who Bloomberg News described as "the most dangerous political operative in America", was named CEO of the Donald Trump campaign.

      The central themes of the Alt-Right were restricting immigration, both legal and illegal, a more openly nationalistic foreign policy and opposition to neo-con interventionism. But its original intention appears to have morphed into something even more sinister. The movement has attracted elements of white nationalism, white supremacism, anti-semitism, right-wing populism, nativism, and anti-democratic, reactionary forces.

      In the minds of many, "Alt-Right" is code for fascism or Nazism. Yesterday, I got a few laughs when I posted this as a comment:


      Then this morning, I was reading an absolutely insane article called "The Alt-Right Is Worse Than Feminism In Attempting To Control Male Sexual Behavior". (It was actually my wife who stumbled onto this.) I'm not going to provide a link to this unhinged bit of misogyny, but it did give me a new view of the Alt-Right I'd never considered.

      Here's a small excerpt:

      "The 1488 mob of the alt right, consisting of white purity enthusiasts who assemble on Twitter and 4Chan, has gone from being a fringe portion of the alt right to the dominant, most numerous, and most vocal force that examines the blood purity of alt right members and that of their girlfriends and associates (I’ve even seen members demand genetic test results to prove percentage of whiteness). Starting in December of 2015, this mob began attempting to purge moderates from the alt right who dared to follow non-white people on Twitter, or who took a vacation to an Asian country to flirt with non-white women."

      What??? The author appears, based on his name which I won't mention, to be a man of Middle-Eastern descent, who seems to believe that the greatest threat posed by the Alt-Right is that they might impede his ability to have sex with non-challenging white women. He's apparently, based on the rest of his website, one of those who believes that strong women (and nonsexist society) threaten his masculinity.

      The author talks a great deal about what he calls "the Manosphere" which he contends created the Alt-Right movement yet remains a separate entity upon which rests the survival of the western world. He writes:

      "The entire fate of the West hangs by a thread: as the liberal machine grows larger and larger, its power seems unending. But—alas, there is hope. More and more men are starting to wake up. Men in positions of power, such as judges, doctors, lawyers, and police officers, are beginning to notice the unsettling commonness of false rape accusations. Men in positions of guidance, such as teachers, mentors, and coaches, are beginning to see the value in teaching young boys how to be men."

      (I don't think he means "alas", but this is not a critique of his writing skills.)

      The author claims to speak for the alpha males who condemn a "completely castrated, beta-male-encouraging society" ruled by "feminazis". He has several articles describing how in history masculine men have been "destroyed by weakness" and references to the "Masculine Matrix" of how men are viewed by women (White Knight/Husband Material/ Player/Loser). He claims that the Alternative Media" will not only destroy all vestiges of traditional media but will herald a new era of male domination and "patriarchal justice".

      And there's always room for promotion of his new book:

      "It gives an inside look to how the globalist establishment is attempting to marginalize masculine men with an agenda that promotes censorship and sterility. It also shares key knowledge and tools that you can use to defend yourself against leftist attacks. "

      Now... I'n not prepared to say this guy must be hung like a gerbil, but he certainly seems afraid for his balls.

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      Rachel Maddow Blows The Lid Off Niger Green Beret Deaths


          Rachel Maddow Does It Again!

          Blows The Lid Off Niger Green Beret Deaths

          Rachel Maddow reveals "baffling" Trump decision that may have led to deadly ambush

          By Ray Cunneff

          October 20, 2017

          MSNBC's Rachel Maddow had a particularly extraordinary program last night (Thursday 10/19). The bombshell Wisconsin voter suppression story (see below) was rivaled by Rachel's stunning revelations concerning America's interests in Central Africa.

          Maddow's uncanny ability to "connect-the-dots" and develop a cohesive narrative may help explain the deaths of the four Green Berets in Niger (and why Donald Trump seems so reluctant to discuss it).

          Hint: Trump administration's "bewildering", "inexplicable" decision to put Chad on the travel ban list.

          The Trump team never seems to consider cause-and-effect consequences of their often arbitrary, ill-considered decisions. To this date, no one has been able to properly explain why Chad went on the travel ban (apart from speculation related to Tillerson's Exxon/Mobil regional interests).

          Trump's 12-day's-belated phone call to the widow of one of the fallen soldiers, Sgt. La David Johnson, has dominated the headlines since the news was first revealed. The president reportedly told Johnson's wife that her husband "knew what he signed up for" and appeared not to know the soldier's name.

          This comes after Trump made false claims about how his predecessors handled the death of U.S. service members, and hid behind the death of Chief of Staff John Kelly's son in Afghanistan, in what appeared to many another Trump distraction, a magician's misdirection.

          “Something about what happened in Niger has caused this president,

          apparently instinctively, to divert the conversation from

          what happened to those soldiers”.

          -Rachel Maddow

          But Maddow was able to stitch the story together:

          A month after being inexplicably put on the Trump travel ban, Chad, our primary military ally in the region, pulled its troops out of Mali and Niger and may well have inadvertently set the stage for the ambush of our servicemen.

          By virtually all accounts, this massacre by at least fifty ISIS-related troops represents a major failure of both U.S. support and Intel. And when help finally arrived, it was the French and a private contractor that came, too late, to the rescue.

          And now, more than two weeks after the fact, there is still no detailed account of how this happened. When asked if the Pentagon had been forthcoming about the circumstances of the ISIS ambush, Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain said "Of course not".

          When asked what steps he would be willing to take to receive the information he's demanding on the attack, McCain said "It may require a subpoena".

          On CNN earlier today, retired Major General James “Spider” Marks vented his frustration:

          "What was the purpose, what was the objective of this engagement? At the end of

          all of these, every time there is a death, you know, there is an investigation.”

          "What were the intelligence assets available for the Africa command to approve this engagement?

          And I would never second-guess those decisions. When you do your forensics on all of this,

          there are higher priority targets someplace else that were taking intelligence collection

          assets away, that the folks on the ground had been given a good snapshot

          that this was a permissive environment."

          "So the team worked desperately. You can only imagine they were fighting for each other

          – there is incredible confusion, they haven’t seen anything like this in the previous

          29 patrols they have conducted in the area. They are outgunned, out-manned by

          ISIS fighters. They don’t know what’s going on. At the moment of the engagement,

          they don’t know what is taking place other than they are being shot at.”

          Sgt. La David Johnson, Staff Sgt. Bryan Black, Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson and Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright died in the October 4th attack, after consulting with local leaders in Niger as part of the effort to combat terrorists, in what was believed to be a routine mission.

          Sketchy initial reports suggested the 12-member US team was leaving a meeting in unarmored pick-up trucks when they began taking fire from small arms, machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades, according to a US defense official. After-action report: four dead, two wounded. (At least one member of Niger armed forces may have been killed as well.)

          It remains unclear why Sgt. Johnson's body was not recovered, nearly a mile away from the battlefield, for 48 hours.

          Or who recovered it.

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          Trump Slap-down By UK Pols


              Trump Slap-down By UK Politicians

              Knows nothing, assumes about crime stats

              "talking nonsense about issues he doesn’t understand.”

              By Ray Cunneff

              October 20, 2017

              In his now-traditional early morning Twitter storm, Donald Trump reacted to an official report released Thursday that the crime rate in the United Kingdom had increased by 13% in the year (through June) a total of 5.2 million offences.

              Typically, Trump immediately jumped to the wrong conclusion and got bitch-slapped by several members of Parliament.

              Trump tweets:

              “Just out report:”United Kingdom crime rises 13% annually

              amid spread of Radical Islamic terror.”

              Not good, we must keep America safe!”

              On the contrary, according to the Telegraph (UK), much of the rise in violent crime is due to increased gang-related activities, and not because of Islamist terrorism. Once again, Trump has no idea what he’s talking about and several British politicians were quick to challenge Trump's faulty assumptions.

              Labour Party MP Chris Bryant:

              “Butt out of it mister president. You have more murders in New York

              or Chicago every year than we do in the whole country

              so we’re not going to take any lessons from you.”

              Jo Swinson, the Liberal Democrat MP:

              "Stop misleading and spreading fear. Hate crime is up

              and it is fuelled by the kind of populist xenophobia you peddle."

              Yvette Cooper, Labour MP:

              "Hate crime in UK up 29% - sadly encouraged by

              ignorant tweets like this. Not good POTUS"

              Labour MP Stephen Doughty:

              “[Trump] “is talking nonsense about issues he doesn’t understand.”

              “Donald Trump would be better paced looking at issues in his own country

              such as the huge number of deaths from gun violence which despite

              repeated atrocities from Sandy Hook to Las Vegas,

              the US government have failed to take action on.”

              The Labour deputy leader, Tom Watson:

              "Officer, I'd like to report a hate crime"


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              Cartoon Roundup - POLITICO


                  Cartoon Roundup - POLITICO

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                  Missing In Action....


                      What was a nice story for the morons over at Fox News. They went with a story that saw a military veteran create a wonderful piece of glass work that he hoped to give to the President to honour Trump.

                      Former Navy Seal, two purple hearts, missing in action twice and all this despite health issues......72 year old John Garofalo is everything those apple pie and star spangled banner types at Fox News just love......

                      Isn't that just lovely.

                      However, it turns out that Mr Garofalo and Trump have more in common than just love of country and love of flag......turns out that neither Trump nor Garofalo for that matter served in Vietnam.

                      The Navy Times contacted Mr Garofalo and it soon turned out his story was a little overblown......by a lot


                      But when The Navy Times contacted John Gar0folo, he broke down and admitted he’d lied about serving in Vietnam, receiving a Purple Heart, and being a Navy SEAL. He said he’s been making these claims for years.

                      In a telephone interview, he said, “It got bigger and bigger. What I did I’m ashamed of, and I didn’t mean to cause so much disgrace to the SEALs.”

                      The Navy Times looked him up and found he was in the Navy from 1963-1967, but he was an aviation boatswain’s mate who helped maintain onboard aircraft. Furthermore, John Gar0folo only received one award: The National Defense Service Medal.

                      I am shocked and appalled that Fox News would not fact check their stories before going on air and..........Only joking.

                      We expect this type of nonsense from Propaganda driven Fox News.


                      Correction: Veteran, glass artist falsified his military record

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                      Committee To Protect Journalists Statistics For 2017 Journalists Killed.


                          For the last 35 years, the Committee to Protect Journalists has been making every effort available to them to provide safety to report without reprisal. As of 19 October 2017 we have witnessed the violent demise of fifty of these brave souls, at least ten of them for their investigations into political and/or organized crime.

                          The assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia, one of the greatest revealers of corruption through her intense study of the Panama Papers, by car bomb in her native Malta could not have been more horrifying.

                          "Daphne Caruana Galizia investigated wrongdoing in Malta's political, business and criminal worlds," said CPJ Deputy Executive Director Robert Mahoney. "The investigation into her murder therefore must be thorough, credible and timely."

                          The American FBI is sending a team to assist in the investigations, especially important given that the Prime Minister of Malta and his wife were the subjects of one of her most damning discoveries. Her reporting forced the head of state into calling for snap elections.

                          When we speak of violence among the threats to the freedom of the press, we have more than adequate proof of its existence.


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                          Trump's Most Sociopathic Moments


                              Trump's Most Sociopathic Moments

                              "Is anything sacred?"

                              MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace ran a video collection of all of Trump’s most sociopathic moments to demonstrate that when it comes to this president, there is no such thing as a bottom.

                              Wallace said, “Is anything sacred? Covering a man for whom scandals and mis-truths are served in Costco sized portions overwhelms the circuits.”

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                              Report: Voter Suppression Gave Trump Wisconsin (and Possibly The Election)


                                  Report: Voter Suppression

                                  Gave Trump Wisconsin

                                  (and possibly the election)

                                  By Ray Cunneff

                                  October 19, 2017

                                  A new study, completed by Kenneth Mayer, a University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor of Political Science, details a survey in two large Wisconsin counties that asked whether respondents were either prevented or deterred from voting due to a new Voter ID law in effect for the first time in the 2016 election.

                                  As reported in a follow-up expose for the November-December issue of Mother Jones, investigative journalist Ari Berman explores an aspect of the 2016 election that has been largely ignored amid the controversies surrounding internal Democratic National Committee politics, leaked e-mails, insecure servers, and what is now recognized to have been Russian interference - voter suppression.

                                  Berman reports the results of the survey were shocking: More than 11 percent of respondents said they were deterred, and that 6 percent, more than half of the nonvoters, were prevented entirely.

                                  Voters were asked why they didn’t vote, how engaged they were in the election, what types of ID they had, how confident they were in the final vote count, and their general demographics. The survey never required any respondent to answer who they may have voted for.

                                  The most alarming part of the findings was how disproportionately the Voter ID law affected low-income and minority voters. More than 21 percent of households under $25,000 yearly income were deterred. That number dropped to just over 7 percent for those above that income line.

                                  The line of demarcation between white and black voters was even more stark, with just 8 percent of white voters reporting trouble and 27.5 percent of African-Americans reporting the same. Had those voters been able to vote, turnout would have increased by 2.24 percent.

                                  To extrapolate the numbers, by a conservative estimate, 69,440 voters were disenfranchised entirely by the new Voter ID law. Donald Trump’s margin of victory in the state was less than a third of that.

                                  Kenneth Mayer:

                                  “We have hard evidence there were tens of thousands of people who were unable to vote because of the voter ID law”.

                                  Ari Berman:

                                  "The lesson from 2016 is terrifyingly clear: If voter suppression can work in a state like Wisconsin, with a long progressive history and a culture of high civic participation, it can work anywhere."


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