OK, not quite, but my favorite uber-religious nutbar Bob Marshall, who is famous for using the government to sniff around in your pants, now wants to use taxpayer dollars for “education, research, and policy change to address the public health crisis.”
“When you see more of these episodes of teens texting pictures to each other, there’s obviously an obsession or fixation on the body as an object, not a person,” Marshall said in a recent interview with GayRVA. “It’s not very helpful for social relations or later development of a family. I thought, lets draw a line in the sand.”
Marshall says early exposure to pornography leads to low self-esteem and body image disorders in young people.
Whenever petty tyrants in three-piece suits seek to infringe on our freedoms via government force, they always seek to create a crisis. Whether it’s the “epidemic” of “gun violence,” which is a transparently stupid manipulation of weak minds to instill fear in the ignorant and uninformed, or precious snowflakes venting their angst on suicide hotlines, because they’re too weak understand and respect our system of government, everything that power-hungry statists want the government to address by force becomes a “public health crisis.”
Bob Marshall’s particular brand of DERPITUDE has everything to do with where adults insert their sexual organs. Whether it’s attempting to ban gays from serving openly in the Virginia National Guard, because apparently, they’re just not going to be able to resist inserting their penises into their buddies in the shower, or blocking a stellar prosecutor from serving as district court judge, because said stellar prosecutor is open about his committed relationship to another man (and ostensibly sticks his penis into said man), or claiming “sodomy is not a civil right,” showing just how little he knows about the nature of civil rights, Bob Marshall loves to launch government assaults on the privacy and fundamental rights of the individual.
When it comes to derp, Bob Marshall is the herpes of the Virginia House of Delegates – the gift that keeps on giving.
If Bob Marshall’s theocratic sensibilities are offended, he wants everyone else to be prevented from doing it.
This time it’s porn.
Now, let me say this up front. There’s a lot of really bad stuff associated with pornography. Some innocents are forced into it by traffickers, pedophiles, and organized criminals for profit.
But a crime is a crime, and forcing someone into porn, or prostitution, or drugs against their will, or when they are unable to consent, is a crime. Period. No matter what activity is involved in said force. Child pornography is illegal – and for good reason – these scumbags use authority, pressure, and outright force to rape children. There’s no hole dank enough for these depraved, cro-magnon turds!
So let’s talk about the effects of pornography on normal human beings. Having read a bit on the subject, I have to say that the portrayal of pornography as addictive, or in some way turning the consumer into a victim, is absolute garbage. Psychology Today confirms this assessment. Porn is not the problem, you are!
The media and American society have accepted that sex and porn are addictive, because it seems intuitively true – we all feel like sometimes, we might do something stupid or self-destructive, when sex is involved. But, this false belief is dangerous, and ultimately not helpful. Because when people buy into the belief that porn is addictive, it changes the argument, and all of a sudden, it seems like it is porn and sex that are the problems. Porn addiction becomes a label, and seems to be an explanation, when in fact, it is just meaningless words and platitudes that distract from the real issue. But sex and porn aren’t the problems. You are.
Research shows that women actually have a stronger physiological response to pornography than men, although women respond differently than men do – rather than respond to the sex of the actors depicted in the stimuli, women respond differently to context. How else does one explain the success of the horribly-written, housewife porn “Fifty Shades of Grey”?
Research also shows that the availability of pornography does not result in greater instances of sex crimes.
In fact, research shows only roughly 1 percent of people report problems in their lives caused by out of control sexual behaviors. Given the widespread availability of pornography, one would expect that number to be higher if porn truly has a deleterious effect on people’s lives, as the theocrats claim.
Porn does not make you change your values.
It does not make you a better or worse person than you already were.
And if it were as addictive as the theocrats claim, porn addiction would be prevalent in the United States, given its wide availability and its prevalence on the Internet. You would be hard pressed to find any American who hasn’t seen pornography at least once, and the only people who seem to use “addiction” as an excuse are the ones who cheat on their spouses, who commit sex crimes, and who destroy themselves.
To me, this is the ultimate abdication of personal responsibility!
And besides having zero respect for privacy and property rights of the individual (yes, our bodies are the ultimate in private property!), small-minded bigots like Bob Marshall, have zero tolerance for those who choose not to genuflect in front of his sky elf as he does, or behave in a manner allegedly proscribed by said elf.
Bob Marshall doesn’t want gay people to be active members of society, to serve in the armed forces, or in any other governmental capacity. He is, in fact, obsessed with anything having to do with other people’s sexual behavior.
This is a frothing ass canoe who opposed providing emergency contraception to college students (you know – in case one of them gets raped or something – because THAT never happens!), claiming that it will turn women into “chemical Love Canals for frat house playboys,” and sought to bar all Virginia public schools from providing it to rape victims.
This is an unhinged, statist turd who sought to prevent single women from getting pregnant via artificial insemination using government force, because there was no penis present to impregnate them. Bob doesn’t like anything but a penis-vagina combination, apparently.
And Bob Marshall is such a frothing fundamentalist fruitcake, that he has actually claimed that disabled children are God’s punishment to mothers who have formerly had abortions. The outcry was so great, that the idiot had to back off and apologize, claiming he didn’t mean it.
Now he has set his sights on pornography, because it’s just another thing that his deity forbids, and therefore he thinks everyone else should be deprived of it too. So of course, he wants to use money the rest of us earned to promote his religious mores and impose them on the rest of us.
Rob says Marshall is a rock star in the Virginia legislature when it comes to protection of property rights. I would submit that anyone who cannot comprehend or respect the very basic property right to one’s own body cannot possibly be trusted to protect any other right we may hold dear.
Here’s hoping saner minds in the Virginia legislature prevail, because this shit pickle will continue wasting time and taxpayer resources to infringe on the basic rights of all Virginians.
Better yet, send Derpy the Wonder Spud packing.
Carrie Fisher was not a hero.
There. I said it.
She was a wonderful actress and a talented woman. She was strong and unfiltered. She was unafraid and funny. She was a cinematic and science fiction icon. She was born into what amounts to Hollywood royalty (for those of you who don’t know, Debbie Reynolds – THE Debbie Reynolds – was her mom, and Eddie Fisher was her dad), and she reaped the benefits.
I loved her in “Star Wars.” I loved her in “When Harry Met Sally.”
I grieve for her family and friends, who have lost a loved one. No one should have to bury a child.
I grieve for cinema and for entertainment writ large.
But a hero? No.
She was a human being – a flawed one. She admitted to have had drug problems in her youth. Drugs take their toll on one’s body, as does alcohol. It’s tragic, but there it is.
By the way, at least 14 U.S. service members died this year during Operation Enduring Freedom alone. These are heroes, in case you wondered.
My social media feed for the past two days has been filled with tributes and memories. Many were touching. Many detailed the impact Princess Leia’s character had on a generation of girls. These are beautiful, no doubt. I understand the inspiration Princess Leia became for so many women out there, who looked to her as a beacon of independence, strength, and willfulness.
I can’t speak for all little girls, but I know that most – myself included – connected with Star Wars because of Leia; here was a girl who was in the thick of it with the boys, who wasn’t overtly sexualized (with one exception*) and didn’t need anyone to protect her. She wasn’t an accessory, and her princess label defied the Disney/fairy tale stereotype. She wasn’t waiting for a prince. The fact that she falls for Han Solo speaks to her feisty independence – he’s not interested in sweeping Leia off her feet or rescuing her.
It’s true, but aside from Carrie Fisher’s superb acting talent, this is also a testimonial to the outstanding writing and cinematography team that created the Star Wars movies.
I’m not sure why it is that we tend to idolize celebrities as we do. They’re human beings – talented ones, and sometimes very flawed, but human beings nonetheless. Their deaths, while tragic for their loved ones, will not change the course of the world.
Any time a celebrity died this year, my social media feeds exploded with memes, grief, and tributes. Alan Rickman… George Michael… Prince… David Bowie… Gene Wilder… Muhammad Ali… Anton Yelchin… Elie Wiesel… Garry Marshall… Leonard Cohen… Florence Henderson… Alan Rickman… just to name a few, were lost to us this year.
These talented, beautiful people are a great loss to music, the arts, cinema, and culture writ large. I grieve for their families and the loss of their gifts to the world.
And every time one died, it was major news all over the web. Tributes, speculations about causes of death, inevitable memes and graphics, and teary farewells dominated the news cycle, even as wars, carnage, and bloodshed raged elsewhere in the world.
(I will say I did not partake in the tear fest, neither here, nor on social media. It’s not because I’m callous in some way, but because people die – whether in tragic car accidents, from cancer, from prolonged drug use, or just old age. My sole exception was a tribute to Hugh O’Brian, because of the indelible effect he had on my life and my development as a human being, and I do recognize that these artists, producers, etc. may have had a similar effect on others, so I’m not bashing others too, too hard on this issue. And at risk of sounding like a concern troll, I’m also disappointed in many of my friends, who are gleefully hoping for the deaths of the likes of the President, the President-elect, Hillary Clinton, and other politicians they don’t like, since 2016 seems to be on a roll. I’ll be the first to admit I won’t shed tears if Nancy Pelosi bit the big one in the next few days. Hell, I didn’t when John Murtha croaked, but to gleefully wish for death of politicians whom you don’t like, or with whom you disagree… it’s a bit much.)
So yes, I realize I’m committing science fiction blasphemy by writing this post the day after Carrie Fisher’s death, but I felt it needed to be written.
The owner of Dixie Gun and Pawn on Veterans Memorial Parkway in Cobb County, along with one other worker, had just opened the store when two men with ski masks and guns came in, according to investigators. Police say the owner pulled out his gun and fired, hitting one of the gunmen.
The second gunman took off in a silver Dodge Magnum and headed east down Veterans Memorial Parkway. Police are still searching for that man, and said they believe he is armed.
I wonder what kind of defective genetic material created two sub-moron cretins so stupid, they would try to rob an establishment in which the would-be victims are sure to be armed!
Someone so imbecilic, that I had to take time out from spending holiday time with family to point and laugh at the desiccated carcass of the glue-sniffing retard that was created when two idiots had drunken intercourse one night to spawn this nitwit!
DERP POTATO must have been strong with those two!
Good for the store owner! This is what I like to refer to as chlorinating the gene pool. Anyone who is stupid enough to attempt to rob a gun store, where they sell… you know… GUNS, and where the employees or owners are… you know… more than likely armed, because their establishment sells valuable merchandise that’s in high demand by savages who think they’re entitled to use violence to relieve others of their property, is much too stupid to be allowed to walk the streets without adult supervision, and probably would have throttled himself with his own shoelaces while trying to tie his shoes one fine morning in the not too distant future.
I wonder how long before the donors of the defective genetic material I mentioned above come forward and complain about how the gun store owner didn’t have to shoot their precious little boy!
The Halt Action Group (HAG) – no, they really do call themselves that – has decided that the best way to voice their concerns about President-elect Donald Trump is by harassing his daughter Ivanka.
To that end, the Halt Action Group (HAG), founded by Gingeras, Powers, artist Jonathan Horowitz, and several others, initiated a campaign called “Dear Ivanka.” The group has an Instagram feed in which they repost glossy stock images of Trump along with earnest appeals about what they foresee as the dire consequences of her father’s politics—topics addressed include global warming, universal health care, and contraception policy. Hoping to “thwart the normalization of what was unfolding in front of our eyes,” Gingeras said, the group, comprised of artists, dealers, psychoanalysts, and even a few collectors, reached out to the artists featured in Trump’s Instagram feed. They asked the artists to join them and ask Ivanka “to answer for some of the hypocrisy she embodies,” Gingeras said.
Earnest appeals? Right.
More like hysterical whining and teeth-gnashing not rooted in any reality.
Let’s start with the fact that Ivanka is a successful businesswoman, who has paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to purchase art and promote artists, who may or may not have had as much success with their work without her. Let’s also point out that Ivanka Trump is not her father, and his “policies” have yet to be implemented, because…
HE’S NOT FUCKING PRESIDENT YET, YOU GUM-FLAPPING, WHINING SNOT GOBBLERS!
“Racism, anti-Semitism, misogyny, and homophobia are not acceptable anywhere—least of all in the White House,” the HAGs write.
Well, that’s fortunate since Ivanka is an orthodox Jew, and her father bucked the general GOP trend of trying to legislate bathroom morality – even before he won the nomination – by publicly declaring that transgender people should use whatever bathroom they felt was appropriate.
All these facts, of course, haven’t stopped snobby, self-important, elitist assclowns from harassing Ivanka Trump and, in one case, even demanding that she remove art she has purchased – her own property – from her home!
Ivanka Trump has posed for pictures in front of her art collection, including a painting by Philadelphia artist Alex Da Corte, who recently Tweeted at her “Dear @Ivankatrump please get my work off of your walls. I am embarrassed to be seen with you.”
First of all, it’s her fucking property, for which she paid quite a bit. If she wants to wipe your painting with her kid’s shitty diaper, she’s within her right to do so. If she wants to hang a tacky, red “Make America Great Again” hat from a nail hammered right into the middle of your work that my cat could have painted by dipping his tail into some watercolors, she could. Because it’s HERS, you sniveling fuck goblin! You want to cough up the auction value of this trash you painted and buy it back from her? I’m sure she’d be thrilled, as she’s paid quite a bit of money for the art collection she displays in her home, and the artists she graciously promotes by doing so have benefited both financially and in terms of publicity.
In one post, Trump shimmies in front of a Dan Colen “chewing gum” painting; a comparable work sold for $578,500 at Phillips New York in 2012. In another post, Trump’s child plays the piano in front of a “bullet hole” silkscreen by Nate Lowman; a bullet-hole painting in the same palette sold for $665,000 in 2013 at Sotheby’s in New York. In yet another post, taken from a Harper’s Bazaar shoot, Trump poses at her dining table in front of a work by Alex Israel. A similar painting by Israel sold for $581,000 in 2014 at Phillips New York.
The hypocrisy is incredible! They were more than happy to take her money when she was just a businesswoman and the daughter of a real estate mogul who helped promote their work on the world stage. But now, because it’s en vogue in their snotty, quasi-intellectual circle jerks to hate Trump, they’re condemning her for nothing more than being the daughter of a President-elect whom they did not support!
It’s not just the supercilious hypocrisy that bothers me here, but also the promotion of frothing histrionics by HAG, who staged a protest outside Ivanka’s home on in late November.
For the record, Ivanka Trump has nothing to do with their irrational fear of Mike Pence and his alleged “homophobia,” which has amply been addressed, had anyone bothered doing a shred of research. For the record, no he didn’t try to divert public money for “conversion therapy.”
For the record, Ivanka Trump has done plenty to help people who “don’t look like” her, you blithering ignorami! Some of the charities she supports are Habitat for Humanity, AIDS Life, the Children’s Aid Society, United Cerebral Palsy, and the Walkabout Foundation. And in 2010, Ivanka designed and sold a bracelet specifically to benefit the United Nations Foundation’s Girl Up campaign, which “aims to raise money and awareness to educate and propel adolescent girls in need to the next generation of leadership.”
In addition to the protest, the group collected cards from people explaining why they are concerned about the president-elect.
‘I am a Muslim-American immigrant and I don’t feel safe,’ one card read.
‘You’re scaring the hell out of women,’ another said.
So she’s scaring the hell out of women by helping promote and educate them?
She’s scaring the hell out of women by showing that a woman can rise up and become a business powerhouse in her own right, outside of daddy’s sphere of influence?
She’s scaring the hell out of women by showing them what they are capable of with some creativity and ingenuity?
I guess it makes sense given the kind of pseudo-feminist toads who are engaging in this campaign of intimidation against her.
Success would require hard work, talent, creativity, and strength. These alleged “feminists” don’t exhibit any of those traits, and they’re too lazy to develop them. Instead, they wallow in their inadequacies and demand the world worship their flaws, rather than their ability to overcome them – as if their warts should be a claim check to others’ means merely by “virtue” of their ugliness, and as if their sores somehow make them more righteous. It’s certainly easier than working to evolve and mature as human beings or nurture nascent talents!
Maybe these pompous, overbearing ass bags should look in the mirror and really examine who is “scaring the hell out of women.” Is it the successful businesswoman, who uses her wealth and creativity to help others, including up-and-coming artists, the poor, and women worldwide…
…or the pompous, overbearing ass bags themselves, who are fomenting hysteria, spreading misinformation, and targeting the family of a President-elect they don’t like – something they vehemently opposed and screeched about when Democrat presidents were in office – merely because they’re related?
But that would require some self awareness and objectivity. I doubt they’re capable of either.
The pusillanimous shit weasel who six months ago bruised his mangina and claimed PTSD after firing an AR-15 has surpassed several levels of stupid in his latest column in the New York Daily News.
In an effort to power wash the sand out of his labial folds after Hillary Clinton’s loss last month, paint himself to be less of a coward than he actually is, and apparently advocate retaliation for what he obviously believes to be Russian meddling in our election system that caused Queen Pantsuit to lose the election, (because it couldn’t possibly be that she was the world’s shittiest candidate, and no amount of lipstick could pretty up that pig), KUNTzman has decided to be a badass from the safety of his keyboard, while sipping his venti latte in his New York pad, claiming that the murder of Russia’s Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov by a deranged, Islamist fuckbag was somehow justified.
As Vladimir Putin’s man in Turkey, Karlov was the public face of that murderous dictator’s war crimes around the globe and of oppression at home. Andrei Karlov is the human embodiment of policies that deployed bunker busters to kill babies, sent fighter planes on scorched earth bombing runs that destroyed a whole city, aided Syrian madman Bashar al-Assad in his campaign that has killed hundreds of thousands, and even ordered attacks on UN aid workers.
“Justice has been served,” KUNTzman claims.
Now, you know I have no love for Putin or for Russia. My personal opinion is that the Russians are waging asymmetric warfare on the West, and that their infringement on a sovereign nation’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, their fomenting of unrest in the former Soviet Republics, and their outright threats to a couple of Scandinavian nations should they decide it’s time to join the NATO alliance and to eastern European NATO members, as well as their possession of nuclear weapons, makes the Russians an existential threat to the West and to the United States. That’s in addition to their recent flirtations with fascism and outright oppression!
So, no… I’m not a Russia fan by any stretch.
That said, the mental acrobatics in which he engages to justify the murder of a diplomat in Turkey would make a Romanian gymnast give Gersh the finger!
First, he compares Putin to Hitler, immediately disqualifying himself from adult conversation.
After watching the death of Karlov, I could not help but remember the case of Ernst vom Rath, the Nazi ambassador to France, who was gunned down inside his consulate by a Jewish student in 1938.
Like Karlov, Rath was the public face of atrocity — in this case, Adolf Hitler’s genocide, anti-Semitism and coming global aggression.
This irresponsible hysteria is far out of the realm of sanity, and anyone sane should point at KUNTzman and laugh hysterically at his inability to voice a coherent thought outside of “DERP! DERP! HITLER!”
While I’m not thrilled with Russia’s support of Syrian dictator Assad, but I also understand their concerns, including historic relationships between the leaders, the importance of Russian arms sales to Syria, and the defense of Russia’s only port in the Med, as well as concerns about jihadist fighters making their way back to Russia.
Whether we like it or not, and whether we understand it or not, looking at it from the Russians’ point of view, they do have legitimate interests there.
And let’s not forget the wholesale murder of millions and millions of people by Hitler that’s not even a close comparison to Putin’s involvement in Syria!
Hitler was an ideologue, and frankly not altogether sane. Putin is an opportunist, a (by some accounts) kleptomaniac, and hungry for power. Putin isn’t driven by racism or by a hatred of certain religions. He wants to restore Russia to world power status, and he wants to be the head of that world power. The motivations are vastly different, but apparently KUNTzman’s tiny, shriveled up little brain isn’t even capable of comprehending that much.
And finally, Russia’s capabilities and intent vastly differ from Nazi Germany. Only to a quivering dick wrinkle like KUNTzman would the comparison be even remotely valid!
That said, KUNTzman’s sniveling manifesto is typical of the inadequate, feeble, pajama-boy metrosexual, pseudo male with an inferiority complex. Given his quaking distress at firing a varmint rifle, it’s only logical that he would be overjoyed at another man doing the dirty work he wishes he could do himself as he furiously masturbates into his pink Hello Kitty towel, dreaming of co-opting others – whether government or terrorist – to use force as his surrogate in order to implement his dirty little tyrannical schemes.
Worse yet, KUNTzman is stupid. Oh, dear lord, KUNTzman is stupid! So stupid, that my eyes roll to the back of my head, and I need help retrieving them, after reading the turds smeared on bathroom walls that pass for his writing! So stupid, that one has to wonder how he ties his shoelaces without throttling himself with them. Soooooo dumb…
Karlov’s job in Turkey was to ease tensions over Russia’s atrocities in Syria and its incursions inside Turkey itself — meaning his job was to enable and normalize Vladimir Putin. Given that role, he wasn’t a diplomat, but a soldier, and his death is the same whether it came on a battlefield outside Aleppo or in an art gallery in Ankara. His killer was also a soldier — not a terrorist, mind you, but a soldier. Terrorists kill innocent people with trucks in Christmas markets or with planes in skyscrapers. Soldiers kill their fellow soldiers.
Diplomats are very specifically noncombatants. Killing a person whose job it is to ensure that war DOESN’T happen between two countries is certainly not the same as killing an adversary in battle.
If it was, the murder of Chris Stevens and three others in Benghazi, Libya in 2012 would have been perfectly justifiable. By KUNTzman’s logic, the murder of U.S. military personnel at recruitment centers in Chattanooga, TN last year by a swine-humping terrorist – personnel who were not engaged in combat – was OK. And the murders of John Gordon Mein, Cleo Noel, Rodger Davies, Francis Meloy, and Adolph Dubs were also just fine, because they were Soldiers in KUNTzman’s warped logic.
But just as KUNTzman knows fuckall about weapons, he also knows exactly jack and shit about combat and the rules of war. Turkey and Russia are not at war. The terrorist who shot Karlov was not a Soldier. He was a rogue Turkish cop, whose act of murder was celebrated by ISIS, and who gave the ISIS index finger signal, while shouting “Allahu Akbar” after shooting the ambassador. And he’s also not Syrian, as KUNTzman claims. He was born in Soke, a town in Turkey’s western Aydin province, so KUNTzman can’t possibly even justify this as combat, since the assailant wasn’t even from the country that’s supposedly engaged in a “war” with Russia. The assassination occurred at an art exhibit, ferfuckssake!
But it’s all the same to KUNTzman, because he has no comprehension of foreign or military policy!
In other words, he simply enjoys the murder of people he doesn’t like at the hands of others, because he’s too much of an oozing cunt to take the gun in his own hands and do it himself. He prefers others engage in violence on his behalf, and since in his empty mind, Russia = Hitler because somehow, according to the latest leftist narrative to excuse the C-Hag’s defeat, Putin caused Clinton to lose the election, it’s OK to murder a man whose entire mission was to ensure peaceful relations between Russia and Turkey.
KUNTzman doesn’t like war… unless it’s used to excuse acts of Muslim terrorist violence, in which case, “Justice has been served.”