libera voce/libera mente

"free voice, free mind"

Monday, July 31, 2006

Drown Your Five Children in a Bathtub . .

claw foot bathtup
. . and get treatment.

Abuse an eight-year old girl without any proof and get ten life sentences (plus forty years).

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Laughter

laughing womanThat's the reponse you get from a female whenever you tell her a story about a man being beaten by a woman.

Laughter.

The response to women being beaten by men? Worldwide condemnation, massive power-through-victimhood campaigns, thousands of female-sympathy and action groups, egregious media slant, etc.

But, when a woman beats a man?

Laughter.

(Try it and see.)

Monday, July 17, 2006

Dept. of Chauvinism: [Sexism Deleted] in Turkey

"Women are imperfect in intellect and religion."

"The best of women are those who are like sheep."

"If a woman doesn't satisfy her husband's desires, she should choose herself a place in hell."

"If a husband's body is covered with pus and his wife licks it clean, she still wouldn't have paid her dues."

"Your prayer will be invalid if a donkey, black dog or a woman passes in front of you."

ISTANBUL--In a bold but little-noticed step toward reforming Islamic tradition, Turkey's religious authorities recently declared that they will remove these statements, and more like them, from the hadiths -- the non-Koranic commentary on the words and deeds of the prophet Muhammad.
Turkish woman crying
Hadiths are serious stuff. More than 90 percent of the sharia (Islamic law) is based on them rather than the Koran, and the most infamous measures of the sharia -- the killing of apostates, the seclusion of women, the ban on fine arts, the stoning of adulterers and many other violent punishments for sinful behavior -- come from the hadiths and the commentaries built upon them. Eliminating these misogynistic statements from the hadiths is a direct challenge to some of the most controversial aspects of Islamic tradition.

Modern Muslim intellectuals have long argued that the hadiths should be revised, but this is the first time in recent history that a central Islamic authority has taken the dramatic step of deciding to edit them. The media and intellectuals of Ankara and Istanbul largely welcomed last month's decision, which the Turkish government supported. And although there were rumblings of discontent from ultraconservative commentators, they didn't amount to a protest. Yet, despite the rhetoric about the need to make alliances with progressive Islam in the midst of the fight against terrorism, Turkey's move toward reform has been widely overlooked in the West, and there has been little acknowledgment of it in other Muslim countries.

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from an article appearing in The Washington Post by Mustafa Akyol Sunday, July 16, 2006

Saturday, July 15, 2006

A Wee Little Problem

Miss Michelle Wie
Miss Michelle Wie has a wee little problem.

And it's not that she's yet to qualify for a professional men's golf tournament--which the indulgent men continue to let her try for from the women's tees.

It's not that she undeservedly draws media attention from the truly competitive men.

It's that she's never even won a women's professional golf tournament.

Babe Didrikson Zaharias actually competed in a men's tournament. But, she was declared by Bobby Jones to be one of the 10 best golfers of all time, male or female. She won every major tournament there was at least once, some of them over and again.
Babe Didrikson Zaharias
The exception proves the rule, of course. Michelle Wie is all girl, while the Babe . .

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

The End of the World

Edward R. Murrow . . Walter Cronkite . . Dan Rather (even) . . and, then . .


Katie Couric?!?@#?$%!?^&??*??!!

Let's hope she saves us from Bad Hair Days.

Send a Message

Send a message to Mr. Glen Fine, Inspector General at the Department of
Justice. His fax number is 1-202-616-9884. His e-mail is inspector.general@usdoj.gov. Something like:

Dear Mr. Fine:

I am writing to request that your Office investigate the widespread waste, fraud, and abuse involving Violence Against Women Act funds. The media has recently reported the following examples of fraud:

--Two weeks ago the Michigan Department of Human Services affirmed its decision to require the SafeHouse Center of Washtenaw County to repay the state $483,000 for services it billed for but apparently never provided. The state’s decision follows on the resignation of executive director Susan McGee, who admitted in 2001 she had falsified financial reports to cover up delinquent tax payments.

- This past May Paulette Wang, former treasurer of Asian Women United in Minnesota, pleaded guilty to stealing $265,000 from her domestic violence organization. Ms. Wang is scheduled to be sentenced on August 1.

Department of Justice auditors have also documented waste among VAWA grantees:

- An audit of Legal Aid of Nebraska identified $1.3 million in non-allowable and questionable expenses. (Audit Report No. GR-60-05-012)

- An audit of a VAWA grant to the Texas Office of the Governor discovered
that $852,000 in claimed matching costs could not be documented. (Audit Report No. GR-80-05-008)

- An audit of the domestic violence program in Dane County, Wisconsin concluded, “we question $1,766,964 in grant funds received.” The total amount of the grant was $1,771,146, which means 99% of the total grant monies were questionable. (Audit Report No. GR-50-04-003)

Many other examples of waste, fraud, and abuse have been documented by
watchdog organizations such as Respecting Accuracy in Domestic Abuse
Reporting [www.mediaradar.org/docs/VAWA-Discriminates-Against-Males.pdf].
Please act now to ensure that these abuses stop NOW.

I look forward to hearing your decision on this request.

Sincerely,

Your name
Address
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