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Senate Votes to Require Women to Register for the Draft After January 1, 2018
By Anna Merlan

The Senate has approved a defense budget that would also require women to register for the draft. The new rules would apply to any woman who turns 18 on or after January 1, 2018. The key opponents to drafting women were conservative Republicans, including your old friend, botched Madam Tussauds exhibit Ted Cruz.

This includes my three daughters.

Some assholes 3,000 miles away, emboldened by a different subset of assholes who ostensibly champion “equality,” decided that my three girls - currently aged seven, five, and two - should one day be placed on a list and forced through threat of violence to potentially become a bullet sponge for what is likely, if history is a guide, a bullshit cause. 

Perhaps needless to say: I’m angry.

This move is championed by feminists, like those at the above-linked Gawker site Jezebel. (Because being equal in not allowing the state to enlist you without your consent would have been too much? See: “Why Drafting Women is a Terrible Idea,” “End, Don’t Extend, The Draft,” and “Drafting Women Means Equality in Slavery.”)

Conscription, whether of men or women, is evil.

It’s yet another perverse example of how leftists and feminists purport to champion women’s causes while putting women’s lives in danger (much like their support of gun control, which most harms the weaker and more law-abiding). Or how they flap their gums in support of consent and choice, but really advocate the opposite. 

In addition to the obvious - that being in the military makes it more likely to be harmed and even killed - this pushes women into a situation where rape is far more common. Not only are a significant number of men raped, but about one out of three women report being sexually assaulted (and the pentagon itself estimates that only 14% of rapes are reported). [1],[2],[3],[4],[5],[6],[7]

F*ck the state and all its cheerleaders who continue to actively make my daughters’ lives less safe.

How to Jezebel

Make your own troll feminist women’s magazine in 3 easy steps:

Women’s Magazine Stuff, but “Feminist”

Write about dresses, purses, fashion in general, celebrity gossip, fad diets, mean-spirited celebrity gossip, superfoods, home decoration, make-up, purely speculative celebrity gossip, arts and crafts, fancy seasonal cooking recipes and candid celebrity photos! Include a tenuous connection to feminist/SJ topics as a fig leaf!

Examples:

  • $ACTRESS gained weight and we photographed her in street clothes. Time to revisit her world hunger activism!
  • 20 make-up trends for smashing the patriarchy in style this spring
  • Are $CELEBRITY_COUPLE breaking up? We don’t know, but maybe she’ll come out as lesbian, which is great for LGBT representation.
  • The Femen diet
  • Woman wants to be on magazine cover un-photoshopped, which is so brave because she is kind of really fat

Sexist Clickbait

Write something unkind, uncharitable or just man-hating! Frame it as a gender-equality issue! Laugh at a man’s misery! Humble-brag about being a trophy wife! Wait for men to hate-share your pieces!

Examples:

  • Woman takes over semolina cocaine cartel, reaching more and more female customers
  • Is discrimination to blame for lack of female bank robbers?
  • Hilarious: Activist sets man’s penis on fire
  • Abortions are great, you should get one too
  • Recession in lumber industry narrows pay gap
  • They said I should become a model, but I chose to defy stereotypes

The Counter-Intuitive Shuffle

There are three categories of activities that you need to mix up: Empowering, degrading and mundane. You need to stump your readers. Every time something is obviously one thing and common knowledge and socially agreed upon to be this thing, you can offer an unconventional take. The secondary purpose here is to keep people on their toes. They can never be too sure about what is and isn’t feminist right now. They don’t know what to do. They have to read your site every day to find out. Be unpredictable!

Examples:

  • Bra burning: Everybody does it (Empowering -> Mundane)
  • The sexist origins of breakfast cereal (Mundane -> Degrading)
  • Blow jobs: The power to bite (Degrading -> Empowering)
  • Paternal leave makes maternal leave look like a good idea
  • Telecommuting is making women invisible in the workplace
  • Don’t leave child rearing to fathers, raise your daughters to become feminists!

And above all: Don’t solve issues, exploit them for clicks!

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Gawker Is a Poisonous Revenge Porn Site That Corrupts Everything It Touches, Including Ziff Davis - Breitbart
If Ziff Davis buys Gawker, they will irreparably toxify its brand.

The site and its odious, psycho writers are driven by a sociopathic and sadistic lust for clicks, excitement and power.

Yet Ziff Davis wants to bail them out. The men’s lifestyle media company inexplicably wants to attach its own brand to this most toxic of blogging networks. Sure, there are tax reasons for doing so, but it’s hard to see how they might outweigh the potential brand damage.

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Ziff Davis owns properties that compete with Gawker, especially Gawker’s laughably dumb video game blog, Kotaku. Apparently the company believes it can neutralise its competitors and sell off whatever’s left.

On second thoughts, maybe Ziff Davis is the perfect home. Ziff Davis bought the IGN network and ruthlessly sacrificed their existing brands like 1Up, gamespy, and UGO. Maybe they can do the same to Gawker, but keep its car blog afloat for my gearhead boyfriends.

Here’s Audio of What Sounds Like an NYPD Captain Pressuring an Officer to Target Black Men

When NYPD officer Michael Birch was summoned into a performance evaluation meeting with his commanding officer and a lieutenant one day in August 2012, he was expecting to hear more of what he’d heard in the past about the way he did his job: that he wasn’t generating enough “activity.” As an officer in the transit bureau, he says, that meant being told to issue more summonses for fare evasion, and arresting more people for stealing fellow straphangers’ cell phones.

Instead, “the conversation just turned completely weird to me,” he said in an interview this week. “Because he’s basically telling me it’s OK to racially profile.”

Birch provided Gawker with what he claims is a recording he secretly made of that meeting, on which a man who seems to be his commanding officer can be heard repeatedly questioning him about his recent summonses, placing particular emphasis on the fact that he has only stopped two black men out of 54 total people. “Two male blacks,” the man says at one point. “So you’re telling me you only saw two male blacks jump the turnstile?”

In January, Birch filed a federal lawsuit against the city and several individual NYPD officials, alleging that he was retaliated against for speaking out about what he calls an illegal quota system. A judge dismissed his complaint, and he filed an appeal with a higher court last month.

The New York Daily News made reference to Birch’s recording and quoted from it, in a January story about his lawsuit, though it did not publish the recording itself. A roughly two-minute excerpt from Birch’s original 36-minute recording is below, followed by a partial transcript.

(On the recording, the men make reference to “TABs” and summonses that “pop.” TAB is NYPD jargon for a summons issued for a transit violation such as turnstile jumping; according to Birch, “popping” refers to when a summons leads to an arrest, because the person you’ve stopped has a warrant against them.)

Commanding Officer: Who commits the crimes in the city?

Birch: Who commits the crimes? Well, it’s mostly teenagers, anywhere between the ages of 15 and 19, mostly male blacks and Hispanics.

OK. Who are you stopping?

Everybody. I stop everybody.

Fifty-four TABs up to 8/20. Twenty-five of those are female. Half.

Like I said, I stop everybody. I’m not targeting anybody.

You just told me who the bad guys are.

Yeah, I know that. But there’s also other people who are committing violations as well. I’m not saying that there’s not violations being made.

The male blacks, that you told me commit the crimes—

Plenty of people that I write summonses to are male blacks and male Hispanics.

You stopped two male blacks.

Not for the whole year. You’re telling me for the whole year I only stopped two male blacks on summonses?

8/20. From January 1st to August 20th. Fifty-four TABs: two male blacks, seven Hispanics, seven other, ten white, three Asian. So where are you targeting the perps that you just told me?

Like I said, if I don’t see a perp jumping over the turnstile, what am I supposed to do to him?

These people are not going to pop.

How do I know that? A female Hispanic that I stopped in Sheepshead Bay did pop, actually, for a warrant, and I arrested her. Female Hispanic. The Hispanics that we’re supposed to be going after. That are committing the crimes. The people that I—

Did you think that she was going to pop?

Did I think she was going to pop? I didn’t put no thought into it. If you come up for a collar, I’m taking you in.

Here’s what I see. You just described to me who’s committing the crimes. You’re fully aware of it. But you’re not targeting those people.

I am. I’m targeting everybody.

Two male blacks.

Whoever is out there. If I—

So you only saw two male blacks jump the turnstile?

If you’re saying that’s what’s in front of you, then yes, that’s all I saw, is two male blacks for the whole year jumping the turnstile. If you’re saying that’s what’s in front of you, I’m not disputing that. If that’s what I got there.

That is what you have. That is not disputed here.

I’m saying, we’re also talking Hispanics as well. I stopped a lot of Hispanics, too.

Seven male Hispanics. But more than half are female.

And like I said, everybody’s committing violations in front of me.

Birch, who is part Puerto Rican, said he interpreted the commanding officer’s questioning as instructions to issue summonses to black men more often. “I was shocked,” he said about the meeting. “I was not only shocked, I was mad. My last name is Birch. I look white. They didn’t realize I was a Puerto Rican kid, and they’re just saying this to me like it’s OK. It’s OK, we’re amongst friends.”

“I don’t want to be stopped because I’m Puerto Rican,” he added. “I want to get stopped because I did something wrong.”

Birch’s commanding officer at the time was Constantin Tsachas, then captain of the transit bureau’s 32nd district, and Birch said that it is Tsachas who can be heard questioning him on the recording. Tsachas did not respond to multiple emails and phone calls to numbers associated with his name requesting comment on this story. The NYPD’s press office also did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

As the Daily News noted last month, Tsachas was recently cleared for a promotion from captain to deputy inspector. Tsachas is named as an individual defendant in Birch’s suit, along with NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton; former commissioner Ray Kelly, who led the department at the time that Birch made his recording; and Joseph Fox, chief of the NYPD Transit Bureau. In June, Bratton defended Tsachas’s promotion to deputy inspector. “I have full faith and support in him,” the commissioner said. “This department does not engage in quotas and does not push its officers for activity that’s inappropriate.” Bratton did not respond to comment on this story.

John Scola, Birch’s attorney, said his client is suing to combat what he sees as a larger trend of policing that disproportionately affects minority New Yorkers. Scola is also representing the so-called “NYPD 12,” a group of NYPD officers of color that has filed a class-action suit against the city over the alleged use of quotas in policing. “The targeting of minorities by the NYPD has caused so many problems throughout our city yet the NYPD continues to promote officers who engage in these activities,” he said.

The NYPD has made strides toward reducing discriminatory policing since Bratton became commissioner in 2014, such as drastically cutting back the use of stop-and-frisk and limiting arrests for certain “quality of life” crimes like public drinking and urination. Birch, a 16-year NYPD veteran who works in the 79th precinct after being transferred out of the transit bureau, believes that the department has gotten marginally better since he made the recording, when Kelly was commissioner, but only because of officers who speak out against discrimination, like those in the NYPD 12. He said that the issues he takes with the department are primarily driven by a systematic emphasis on statistics. Commanding officers need to be able point to the numbers of people arrested and given summonses in their districts if they want to be promoted, he said, and one good way to grow those numbers is to place pressure on the officers on the ground.

“It’s very hard to have a job where the whole public is against you, including your bosses. And when you actually try to do something right, they don’t care,” he said. “I can’t wait to get away from this place.” [x]

Look, I know.

I know the convention is this week. I know it’s going to be a shitshow and I know Trump is the biggest, most bloated and asinine waste of human life since Hitler. I know all of this and yet I still think I’m going to stay off Facebook while this Cleveland rodeo is burning down everyone’s dreams of sanity. 

My Facebook feed is one meme after another trying to show off how much they hate Trump and how stupid he is. We all already know this. If you don’t, there’s no longer hope for you, as far as I’m concerned and I’m not wasting my precious time concerned with you. I’m not trying to change anyone’s minds. Clinton is super qualified to be president of the United States, but I would’ve rather been given the chance to vote for Bernie. Will I not vote in November? Nah, I’ll go and cast my pointless vote (for Clinton, and pointless because, come on, this is New York) and hope for a better candidate next time around and that we don’t get fucked with a Trump presidency.

I’m taking a break from Gawker, too, because it’s all so negative, just like my Facebook feed. I haven’t been reading Gawker regularly since I restricted my internet access during the day and I haven’t missed anything important. I don’t need updates on the candidates every move. I won’t even pay attention to the Democratic Convention because unless Clinton starts killing kittens, she has my vote.

A quite frankly, I don’t give a shit who can out-hate whom on Trump. 

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The Democrats Are Boldly Fighting For a Bad, Stupid Bill
After Democrats in the Senate staged a filibuster in support of gun control measures, their colleagues in the House have begun a “sit-in” aimed at embarrassing Republicans into allowing a vote on a measure that would restrict the ability of suspected terrorists to legally buy guns. The move is fantastic political theater. It’s also a tremendous waste of popular support and activist energy in support of a measure that isn’t just ineffective but also actively offensive.
By Alex Pareene

The no-fly list is a civil rights disaster by every conceivable standard. It is secret, it disproportionately affects Arab-Americans, it is error-prone, there is no due process or effective recourse for people placed on the list, and it constantly and relentlessly expands. As of 2014, the government had a master watchlist of 680,000 people, forty percent of whom had “no recognized terrorist group affiliation.” This is both an absurdly large number of people to arbitrarily target in gun control legislation, and far, far too few to have any meaningful effect on actual gun ownership, let alone gun violence.

Perhaps such a bill makes political sense as a sort of desperate attempt to get something through a conservative-dominated Congress. But if it is, as it appears to be, more of an effort to highlight the unpopular extremism of Republicans on gun issues, it is a stupid and counterproductive hill to theatrically die on. Almost any popular and previously debated gun control measure would have made a better symbolic lost cause. Democrats could be staging a sit-in in support of universal background checks and waiting periods, nationally standard gun licensing and training requirements, and tougher restrictions on where and how guns are sold. All of those, or even any one of those, would have been more defensible both politically and morally. Instead House Democrats are going to the mat for a shitty, racist, useless bill.

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Just finished up another animated explainer. Did you ever wonder how the U.S. Primaries actually work? Sadly, I had no idea prior to working on this.