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‘Jettison Society’s Toxic Values and Embrace the Beautiful You’

Posted on | January 14, 2015 | 38 Comments

See, that’s the way to fix your problem: Realize that there is nothing wrong with you. You are perfect, a Special Snowflake, a Rainbow Unicorn who is nothing but pure 100% perfection. Whatever you think might be wrong with you is perfectly OK. The only problem is that society — that is to say, everybody else in the world, whose “toxic values” blind them to the Rainbow Unicorn Special Snowflake beautiful perfection of you — is entirely wrong:

If you listen to most mainstream media, the new year is all about finding the new you. But what’s wrong with the old you?
We want to break away from the soul-crushing onslaught of negative New Year’s resolutions – eat less, lose weight, spend every waking moment at the gym – and promote feeling good about the skin you’re in.
While weight loss and fitness conglomerates would have you believe “healthy” looks like a size 6 or bulging biceps, good health doesn’t discriminate based on size or body shape. Wellness is about respecting and caring for the body you’re born with, not forcing it into an unrealistic cookie-cutter mould.
On many fronts, 2014 was a great year for the body-positive movement and diversity in general.
The rise of androgynous and genderless fashion represents society’s increasing acceptance of the LGBTQ community, as well as body types that don’t read as traditionally “masculine” or “feminine.”

See? It’s society’s problem for rejecting your unique beauty. The “mainstream media” trying to force you into an “unrealistic cookie-cutter mould,” even to the point of trying to make you have a “body type” that is traditionally “masculine” or “feminine”? Haters!

Stay strong, Special Snowflake — you’re beautiful just the way you are!

 

Feminist Rhetorical Method

Posted on | January 14, 2015 | 48 Comments

Today, I spent several hours offline working on the “Sex Trouble” project and, when intermittently checking Twitter, encountered the sort of feminist who thinks that being a feminist makes her automatically smarter than anyone who disagrees with feminism. This self-congratulatory pose of feminist superiority gets annoying, especially considering I’ve spent all day plowing through the notes of Judith Butler’s Gender Trouble, cross-referencing her sources, etc.

Here I am, up to my neck in feminist theory, books by Women’s Studies professors piled high on my desk, and somebody with zero credentials — other than 521 followers on a Twitter account with “progressive thinker” in her profile — decides that I’m in need of a lecture. Some people might say I “lost it,” but I’d rather think of myself as having been pushed across the threshold into the No More Bullshit Zone.

Anyway, that’s what happens when I get pushed across the threshold by idiots who mistakenly think they know more about feminism than I do. Feminists seem to believe they have a license authorizing them to peddle their bullshit everywhere, and they believe the rest of us are under some kind of contractual obligation to shut up and listen to their bullshit, because that’s how it was for them in college, see? Even if anyone on the faculty of any university anywhere dared speak a mild word of doubt about feminist ideology, no student will do so, because they would become the target of a feminist hate-mob.

Welcome to the real world. There may be people willing to listen politely to your totalitarian speeches, but I’m not one of them.




 

 

LIVE AT FIVESEVEN: 01.14.15

Posted on | January 14, 2015 | 10 Comments

— compiled by Wombat-socho


TOP NEWS
“Survivors’ Issue” Of Charlie Hebdo Sells Out In Minutes Amid Backlash from Muslim Leaders

The cover deemed not fit to print by the NYT

Pope Francis, Chancellor Merkel also mocked in this week’s issue
First print run of 3 million already sold out in France
Turkish daily prints Charlie Hebdo articles and cartoons
As Charlie Hebdo sells out, antisemitic comedian Dieudonne detained
Muslim leaders appeal for calm as Charlie Hebdo special hits the streets


Pope Francis Greeted By 40 Elephants, 21-Gun Salute In Sri Lanka
Working lunch with bishops postponed after two-hour procession in the midday sun

Twelve Dead In Bus Attack That Could Doom Ukraine’s Shaky Truce
Donetsk bus destroyed by Grad multiple rocket launcher fired from rebel territory



POLITICS
Romney Phones Party Allies; Advisor Says 2016 Bid Very Likely

Oh No Mitt Romney, No!

Third time the charm for former Massachusetts governor?


Virginia Democrat Wins Re-Election Despite Teen Sex Scandal


House Moves Toward Vote On Defunding Executive Amnesty; Obama Threatens Veto

Ohio Bartender Charged With Threatening To Murder John Boehner

GOP Senators Push Bill To Limit Gitmo Transfers



THE ECONOMY, STUPID
Asian Crude Slide Continues As Growing Glut Triggers Floating Storage: WTI $45.60, Brent $46.19
US Predicts Shale Slowdown As Oil Prices Drop
Soda Companies Charging More For Smaller Sizes
Chipotle Pulls Pork
Shares Fall As Commodity prices Drop, Spooking Investors
World Bank Cuts Global Economic Outlook
GoPro Shares Plunge After Apple Files Remote Camera Patent
Samsung Launches Tizen-Powered Z1 Smartphone In India
Google Stops Patching Core Android Component In 60% Of Devices
Facebook Adds New Amber Alert Feature
Firefox Hello Eases Video Chat By Emphasizing Permalinks Over Logins



SPORTS
Wall, Seraphin Spark Wizards To First Win Against Spurs In 18 Games

Brad Beal and John Wall hassle Tim Duncan in last night’s game

Domestic Violence Charges Against Hope Solo Dropped

Perreault Scores 4 As Jets Crush Panthers 8-2

Miami Stuns #4 Duke, Snaps Blue Devils’ 41-Game Home Win Streak


Stars Edge Sens 5-4

Wade Limps Off, Heat Beat Lakers Anyway

Bruins Beat Lightning 4-3

LeBron James Back, Cavs Lose Anyway

Oilers Fall To Blues, 4-2

MASN Challenges MLB’s Secret $25 Million Deal With The Nationals



FAMOUS FOR BEING FAMOUS
Zooey Deschanel Is Expecting

Zooey with baby daddy Jacob Pechenik

First child for 34-year-old actress

Lauer, Curry Still Bitter Over 2012 “Today” Firing

Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling To Star In Financial Thriller “The Big Short”

Diary Of Prince Andrew’s “Sex Slave” Revealed

Kelly Clarkson Hospitalized During “Horrible” Pregnancy


Tracy Anderson Disses Pot-Smoking Yogis

Kathy Griffin Punches Up, Slams Amal Alamuddin’s Gloves

Judy Gold: Cosby Has The Right To Perform; You Don’t Have To Watch

Snap Into This Macho Man Randy Savage Video Tribute, Brother!

Jamie Lynn Spears Pulls Out Huge Knife To Break Up Fight

Naya Rivera: Showering Every Day “A White People Thing”

Nicki Minaj’s Ex-BF: She Treated Me Like An Employee Instead Of Her Man



FOREIGNERS
Ruble Falls For Fourth Day On Oil Glut; Russia Concedes Junk Rating Likely
India To Become World’s Fastest-Growing Economy In Modi’s Fourth Year
Fuselage of Crashed AirAsia Plane Located
Daesh Video Shows Child Executing Alleged Russian Agents
Italian President Napolitano Resigns
Germans Urge Tolerance In Face Of PEGIDA Rallies
South Africa Warned Against Fighting Boko Haram In Nigeria
China Arrests Ten For Aiding Terrorist Uighurs
Survey Shows Antisemitic Views Common Among Britons
Japan Cabinet Approves Record Military Budget With Eye On Chicoms
Syria’s Bashar Assad Expresses Sympathy For Paris Terror Victims



BLOGS & STUFF
Proof Positive: Separation Of Church And State? Never Mind!
Doug Powers: WH Aides Fall On Swords For Obama After Paris Embarrassment
Twitchy: Bill DiBlasio Doesn’t Want Illegal Aliens To Feel Like “Second Class Citizens”
American Power: White-Out – Where Democrats Lost The House
American Thinker: China Prepares For War
Blackmailers Don’t Shoot: The Hollywood Sign Is A Thing?
Conservatives4Palin: “Drill, Baby, Drill” – Sarah Palin Proven Right As Oil Prices Plummet
Don Surber: You Elected An Empty Suit Addicted To Sports. EVIL.
Jammie Wearing Fools: Muslim Mayor Of Rotterdam Tells Dutch Muslims “F*ck Off” If They Can’t Live Like Normal Human Beings
Joe For America: Obama’s Domestic Terrorist Foot Soldiers
JustOneMinute: Transcending Even The Hip Flask
Pamela Geller: White House Will Fight Media To Stop Anti-Jihad Articles
Protein Wisdom: D.R. Horton Homes And The Business of Ethics
Shot In The Dark: Life’s Rough. Wear A Helmet.
STUMP: 80 Percent Funding Hall Of Shame – I Write Letters
The Gateway Pundit: Soldier Found Dead In Texas Of Ebola After Fighting Disease In Africa
The Jawa Report: French Muslims Say Jews Used FM To Make Muslims Look Bad
The Lonely Conservative: Only 15% Of Active Duty Military Approve Of Obama’s Performance As CinC
This Ain’t Hell: Execution Of Kyle Dinkheller’s Murderer Is Go
Weasel Zippers: Pelosi Responds To Paris Terror Attacks By Appointing Muslim Congressman With Terror Connections To Intel Committee
Megan McArdle: Keep Calm And Put Down The Sriracha
Mark Steyn: As Steyn Goes, So Goes Mann


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Two Victims, No Crime

Posted on | January 13, 2015 | 38 Comments

Corey Mock is not a rapist, but he is also no longer a wrestler at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, because he was accused of rape by a fellow UTC student named Molly Morris.

Morris’s version of the story is told at Vice Sports and includes the claim that someone at a party spiked her drink. Why? Because she vomited and had trouble remembering events later. However, according to Corey Mock’s father, a toxicology test showed no evidence that she had been drugged. What is acknowledged by all is that Mock had sex with Morris after she vomited. This was a bad idea.

There were a lot of bad ideas that night. It was the wee hours of the morning. Morris didn’t arrive at the party until 2 a.m., and she had two drinks before she got sick. It must have been near dawn — 4 a.m.? 5 a.m.? — before the sexual activity occurred. Corey Mock’s father says:

My son asked Molly Morris if she wanted to go into the bedroom; she said “yes”. They both lay in the bed and began kissing. He removed her pants and performed oral sex. At some point, he stopped to remove his clothes and she removed her bra. He climbed on top of her and after having some trouble entering her, she reached down and guided him inside her. At NO TIME during this encounter did Ms. Morris communicate in any way that she did not wish to engage in sexual activity, verbal or otherwise. She does not dispute that any of these details happened, she merely says she does “not remember.”

Here’s your classic “he-said/she-said” scenario and I don’t want to pass judgment, but to college boys let me say this:

DON’T HAVE SEX WITH GIRLS AFTER THEY VOMIT.

Vomit is not sexy, OK? More importantly, a girl who gets drunk to the point of vomiting is not likely to have pleasant memories of your subsequent sexual encounter. She may have no memory at all, but a night that includes both (a) vomit and (b) sex will probably not be a pleasant memory, and this seems to be a big problem.

College kids do stupid things routinely. It is clear from the story that Corey Mock genuinely liked Molly Morris. He had asked her out several times before she finally agreed to have breakfast together, and then the party two nights later. Here is the aftermath:

The morning after the party, Morris says she woke up “in the bed, naked, with a sheet. He was in the bed, too.” She got up, gathered her clothes, and left. When she got back to her apartment, she fell asleep. But she woke up not too long after that to take a shower, because she could smell the vomit on her body.
Morris felt ill all day. “It was not hangover illness, it was something completely different,” she says. “My stomach was super nauseous, in knots. My whole body felt like it was in a fog. Like, my head was just in a really weird funk. It’s so hard to describe.” She also had physical injuries including a hickey on her neck and vaginal bleeding. “My entire body was just sore and in a funk.” That night, her roommate convinced her to go to the pharmacy and get Plan B, the morning-after pill.

Corey Mock is not a rapist, but clearly he made a bad decision.

DON’T HAVE SEX WITH GIRLS AFTER THEY VOMIT.

I’ve got four sons and two daughters. Everybody knows how hard I’ve fought against this feminist “rape epidemic” hysteria, but an ethos of personal responsibility goes both ways. I am not going to step aside while feminists use Title IX to obliterate the constitutional rights of young men every time a woman has post-hookup regrets, but young men should not be surprised when their irresponsible behavior has bad consequences.

Wake up, everybody: Bad things happen to drunk people.

It was stupid of Molly Morris to go to that party alone.

Excuse me if this sounds like “blaming the victim,” but let’s get real: If you show up at a party at 2 o’clock in the morning, after everybody’s already been drinking for hours, that’s not really a safe situation. To show up at 2 a.m. alone? Are you crazy?

Two words, ladies: Buddy system.

Never go to a bar or a party alone.

Better yet: Don’t go to bars or parties, period.

Especially not at 2 a.m.

As for you guys, the formula is simple: Vomit = No Sex.

Not difficult to remember that, is it? But if you need a more extensive lesson, here is Corey Mock’s father’s advice:

SEXUAL ASSAULT ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES:
A WRESTLING FATHER’S PERSPECTIVE

My son, Corey Mock was accused of sexual assault by a young lady named Molly Morris while at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga in the Spring of 2014. I am not writing this to defend my son; the truth is, no one really cares — that’s life. I am writing this because I don’t want to ever read about this happening to another wrestler again.
Undoubtedly, many of you have read one or more of the articles currently “out there” on my son’s case; almost all of these have been written by feminists pushing their agenda. I am not going to address this except to the extent I believe it will help others, so here is the very simple truth, and I apologize in advance for providing explicit details but unfortunately they are critical to this story.
My son asked Molly Morris if she wanted to go into the bedroom; she said “yes”. They both lay in the bed and began kissing. He removed her pants and performed oral sex. At some point, he stopped to remove his clothes and she removed her bra. He climbed on top of her and after having some trouble entering her, she reached down and guided him inside her. At NO TIME during this encounter did Ms. Morris communicate in any way that she did not wish to engage in sexual activity, verbal or otherwise. She does not dispute that any of these details happened, she merely says she does “not remember”. (A toxicology exam a day later was negative confirming there was no drug in her system.). Two days later, after a series of very pleasant text message exchanges between the two of them which are in evidence, she suddenly informs him that she “never gave consent to sex”. If you do not believe her actions denote “consent”, you should probably stop reading now. My son has NEVER been accused by a law enforcement agency; unfortunately for us, she never went to the police.
At the initial hearing conducted by the school, my son was found innocent of all charges. One week later, with absolutely NO additional evidence or explanation, the judge simply reversed her decision.
I AM NOT WRITING THIS TO ENTERTAIN YOU; I AM WRITING THIS TO WARN YOU!
There has been a fundamental change on college campuses all over this country. In this current culture of “hookups” in lieu of dating, with women every bit as sexually aggressive as men on campuses, parents, wrestling coaches, and wrestlers heading to college need to understand the extent of this new danger. I am not just the father of a wrestler, I am a Division 1 wrestling coach as well and I am very familiar with the college culture.
If a woman accuses you of sexual assault at UTC, you will immediately be removed from the wrestling team prior to any investigation or determination of guilt. YOU HAVE NO CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS IN COLLEGE. The colleges have taken the position that you relinquish your rights when you sign the application and the courts have upheld this. This is not just at UTC, this is everywhere. The University or College will do everything in its power to prosecute you and kick you out of school regardless of the evidence and there is absolutely nothing you can do about it, and they know it. You can sue the school and the alleged victim as we are doing, but the minimum cost to sue is $50,000 and the NCAA isn’t going to give you your year back if you win.
This sounds nuts right? This can’t be true! Thanks to our liberal politicians who cater to the very well funded and well organized feminist groups, the Dept. of Education through Title IX (sound familiar) has put every college in the country on notice that if they find a college has not been “responsive” to sexual assault accusations they could lose their federal funding. Colleges are scared to death and their reaction is to crucify young men who are accused. Why are we not hearing more about this? Because most people can’t afford (or choose not to afford) to sue the schools and therefore, the schools are not being held accountable. The Duke Lacrosse case and currently the UVA fiasco are two exceptions that are in the media.
Morally and ethically I want to say, don’t have sex until you get married. We all know that would be naive. Ignoring this problem because it’s edgy would be irresponsible. Having said that, my strong and now experienced advice to you is if you choose to have sexual relations with a girl, get her on video on your phone consenting verbally. Make sure it is clear on the film that she is of sound mind. There is little else that will help you if she suddenly decides she made a mistake and accuses you of assault.
Relaying the specific explicit details of this event bring myself, my son, and our family no pleasure. This has been a very difficult and heart breaking experience. Corey will lose the opportunity to compete his last year and he emphatically denies doing anything wrong; we intend to prove that in a court of law. But, we agreed not to be silent; and to do everything we can to help prevent this from happening to others.

 

Harry Reid’s Constituents

Posted on | January 13, 2015 | 12 Comments

Recent news from Nevada:

A Las Vegas mother, her ex-husband and his new wife all faced court [Dec. 16] after being charged with what police described as  ‘one of the most horrific sex rings in memory’ involving their own children.
Mother-of-four Terrie L. Sena, 43, who was arrested . . . and charged with multiple counts of disturbing sexual abuse in Clark County, has been a licensed kindergarten through 12th grade substitute teacher since May 2013, according to The Las Vegas Review Journal.
Along with her ex-husband Christopher Sena, 47, and his current wife Deborah Sena, 50, the trio are accused of engaging in sex acts with at least eight minors and filming some of the encounters as part of a child porn operation.The eight children identified as being abused were immediate and extended family members, police said.
Despite the strange relationship dynamic, all three live together in the same trailer home. . . .
Investigators believe there are more victims and say the sex crimes have been going on for at least 12 years.
Some of the victims are now adults, police said.
Terrie and Christopher Sena had three sons and a daughter together before splitting in 1997.
However Terrie continued to live with her ex and their children, even when he took a new wife.
Police found out about the alleged sex ring in September after the new wife Deborah Sena, another adult and a child told a family law attorney about the abuse. . . .
A subsequent investigation led to the arrest of Christopher Sena, who is facing 23 charges, including incest, bestiality and felony child abuse. . . .
One of the seized recordings allegedly shows two Sena children having sex with the family dog, The Daily Beast reported.
A review of other recordings allegedly implicated Terrie and Deborah Sena.
The pair were arrested on December 11 and together face 27 charges, including child abuse and neglect, sexual assault of a minor and incest. . . .
The court heard that Christopher Sana threatened to break the legs of one of his alleged victims if the child told anyone of the abuse, according to KLAS-TV.

So just in case you had ever wondered what kind of people would elect Harry Reid as their senator, now you know.

 

Quick Hits

Posted on | January 13, 2015 | 5 Comments

–by Wombat-socho


Noticed this in passing: the extremely weird fantasy novel by Mary Gentle, Grunts, is available for $1.99 on the Kindle. For those unfamiliar with it, Grunts is about a bunch of orcs about to lose the Last Battle against the forces of Good, despite having the numerical, strategic and tactical advantages…until they find some strange weapons from another world in a dragon’s hoard. As one commenter at Amazon remarked, these orcs are more like the fungoid brawlers from Warhammer 40K than Tolkien’s bog-standard humanoid minions of evil, but it’s still a fun read.


A related freebie: Saruman of Many Devices, in which Saruman the White looks into the palantir of Isengard and finds Center (from Drake & Stirling’s Raj Whitehall novels) looking back. Amusing crossing of the streams.


UVA Fraternity Cleared by Police, But Fraternities Are Punished Anyway

Posted on | January 13, 2015 | 26 Comments

Jackie’s story was fake, but as Allahpundit says, “someone needs to intervene to stop the sort of gang rape that never actually happened to Jackie,” so despite the dishonesty and journalistic malpractice, there are new rules for fraternities at the University of Virginia:

The University chapter of Phi Kappa Psi was officially reinstated by both the University and the national Phi Kappa Psi fraternity organization, the University announced in a press release Monday morning.
“The reinstatement resulted after consultation with Charlottesville Police Department officials, who told the University that their investigation has not revealed any substantive basis to confirm that the allegations raised in the Rolling Stone article occurred at Phi Kappa Psi,” the release stated.
Charlottesville Police Captain Gary Pleasants said the investigation into the incident is still ongoing, but that no evidence indicates Phi Kappa Psi should continue to be under sanction.
“We are looking at the allegations in their totality,” he said, adding that investigators have not yet made a determination about the accuracy of the incident as a whole.
He said police hope to conclude their investigation in a couple of weeks, and they will not disclose more specifics about their investigation until that time.

To read between the lines, it appears that while police are still trying to figure out what (if anything) happened to Jackie, it has been determined that Phi Kappa Psi had nothing to do with it. Meanwhile:

Last Tuesday, [UVA President Teresa] Sullivan authorized new addenda to the University’s Fraternal Organization Agreement that were submitted by the four student-led Greek leadership councils. The new addenda outline specific practices that each fraternity and sorority will put in place to enhance the safety of their members and guests. Sullivan also announced the immediate reinstatement of all social activities, with the stipulation that the FOA addenda must be signed by the president or designee from each fraternity and sorority by Jan. 16. Phi Kappa Psi became the first fraternity to sign the Inter-Fraternity Council’s FOA addendum on Jan. 8.

This is sort of like the way gun-control advocates use any mass-shooting incident to urge passage of new laws which would have done nothing to prevent the highly publicized atrocity. They’re always trying to “close the gun show loophole” by exploiting hysteria over shootings committed with guns that weren’t bought at gun shows. And never mind the violent crimes in cities like New York and Chicago that have ultra-strict local gun-control laws. Facts and logic are irrelevant to the progressive agenda, and Allahpundit points to a quote in an article last month revealing the Rolling Stone reporter Sabrina Rubin Erdely had her own agenda at UVA:

Alex Pinkleton, a rape survivor and U-Va. student, said of Sabrina Rubin Erdely . . . “However, she did have an agenda and part of that agenda was showing how monstrous fraternities themselves as an institution are and blaming the administration for a lot of these sexual assaults.”
Fraternities were important to Erdely, as Pinkleton, a friend of Jackie’s, told [CNN’s Brian] Stelter: “I didn’t like that it seemed like she was looking for a story that had to be at a fraternity,” she said.

Erdely had to have a rape at UVA and it “had to be at a fraternity.” She could have added it had to be at a white fraternity, because Erdely’s choice of UVA was by no means accidental in that regard: Erdely “knew she wanted to write about sexual assaults at an elite university,” as she told the Washington Post. Obviously, she wanted a story with villains who fit the profile of the privileged white male patriarchal oppressors on whom feminists blame “rape culture.” Phi Kappa Psi was a target of opportunity and why Jackie and Erdely pinned their gang-rape tale on this specific fraternity is a mystery yet to be solved.

Meanwhile, it’s Double-Secret Probation for fraternities at UVA — “No more fun of any kind!” — and perhaps this is not entirely a bad thing. For months before the Rolling Stone story, I pointed out that if university administrators really wanted to stop “rape culture” on campus, all they had to do was to crack down on underage drinking.

Over and over, these “he said/she said” stories have the same narrative arc: An 18-year-old freshman girl, away from home for the first time, goes to a party, gets fall-down drunk and then has a sexual experience that is unfortunate and regrettable, but which cannot be proven as rape. The guy involved in the incident was usually also drunk and he insists that whatever happened between him and the girl, however unfortunate and regrettable, was consensual. Because incidents like that usually cannot be prosecuted as crimes, universities have taken to using disciplinary tribunals to hear such claims, and feminists have become angry that these extra-judicial processes are ineffective.

The legal drinking age is 21. Simply enforcing existing law — thus reducing the number of drunk teenage girls who are most commonly the complainants in these incidents — would be a logical response. However, media hype about a “rape epidemic” on campuses (a manufactured crisis based on phony statistics) was part of a political propaganda campaign whose feminist leaders do not give a damn about facts or logic.

Feminism’s message is clear: “Shut Up, Because Rape.”

UPDATE: Few have noted that Erdely’s feminist agenda required white rapists at an elite university. A story involving students being raped at a third-tier school or being raped by non-white males would do little or nothing to advance the gender/race/class narrative of Cultural Marxism. This idea — a high-profile sex crime perpetrated by upper-class white males — was what sent the New York Times chasing after the Duke lacrosse rape story in 2006. Because rich white guys are the Demonized Scapegoat within the Left’s paranoid worldview, only certain crimes get that kind of major-media push. Last month, a freshman girl at William Paterson University in New Jersey said she was sexually assaulted by five males, but because (a) it’s not an elite school and (b) the accused rapists are black, this isn’t the sort of gang-rape that feminists care about.

Some victims are more equal than others.

 

LIVE AT FIVE: 01.13.15

Posted on | January 13, 2015 | 8 Comments

— compiled by Wombat-socho


TOP NEWS
White House Admits Not Sending Someone To Paris Rally Was A Mistake

Josh Earnest, for once not defending the indefensible

Earnest refused to give details about discussions regarding the decision
Optics politics: Why Obama skipped the Paris rally
“Ambassadonor” Jane Hartley shows Obama’s solidarity
Doubling down: Charlie Hebdo’s next cover is another Mohammed cartoon

Nigerian Government Reduces Death Toll From Borno Attacks To 150
Claims local officials exaggerated scale of attacks
Cameroon repels Boko Haram attack, killing 143

Pope Calls For Pursuit Of Truth Over Sri Lanka’s Violent Past
Kicks off Pacific tour by seemingly appealing for reconciliation commission
Sri Lanka’s Catholics hope to heal war wounds



POLITICS
Paul Ryan: Not Running In 2016

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) at a campaign appearance with Mitt Romney in 2012

Wants to focus on his work; recently appointed chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee

Antonio Weis Withdraws From Consideration For Treasury Post

ISIS Allies Hack CENTCOM Twitter, YouTube Accounts

Administration Finally Issues Obamacare Tax Forms

Harris In, Newsom Out Of CA 2016 Senate Race

Van Hollen, House Dems Push For Tax Increases, Wealth Redistribution

Federal Judge Strikes Down SD Gay Marriage Ban

Albuquerque Tea Party Still In Limbo Five Years After Filing For Tax-Exempt Status



THE ECONOMY, STUPID
Crude Oil Extends “Disconcerting” Fall: WTI $45.36, Brent $46.73
PRC December Exports Beat Expectations, But Pressures Persist
Nikkei Leads Asian Shares Down, Following US Stocks
Cadbury Creme Egg Change Angers Chocolate Lovers
Wall Street Sinks On Sliding Oil; Gold, Bonds Benefit
Minnesota Sees Modest Crop Results
Gartner Says Worldwide PC Shipments Up 1% In Q4
Microsoft Blasts Google For Exposing Windows Bugs Before They’re Patched
Instagram Patches Flaw That Lets Anyone See Your Private Pics
GameStop Announces Plans To Use XBox One Server Cloud Technology
“Call Of Duty Online” Goes Live In China



SPORTS
Ducks Choke On Buckeyes 42-20

Ezekiel Elliott celebrates after a second-half touchdown

Four turnovers not enough for Oregon to stop Ohio State

Fox Fired As Broncos Coach After Four Winning Seasons

Flyers Ride The Lightning 7-3

Harden Scores 30 As Rockets Rout Nyets


Caps Edge Avs 2-1 For Sixth Straight Home Win

White Sox Avoid Arbitration With Viciedo

Celtics Hold Off Pelicans, 108-100

Nationals, Mets And Rays Reportedly Discussed Desmond Deal



FAMOUS FOR BEING FAMOUS
Why Everyone At The Golden Globes Looked Uncomfortably Sweaty…

Amy Adams, because even by my low standards, those other women looked fugly.

…or not. (spoiler: the a/c was working after all)


Brian Williams “Not Fazed” By Daughter’s Sex Scene


Are Leo DiCaprio And Rihanna A Thing?


Angelina Jolie “Hurt”, “Upset” By Golden Globes Snub

Usher Gets Engaged To Longtime Girlfriend

Sony Honcho Amy Pascal Skips Golden Globes

Eminem Grants Wish to Terminally Ill Fan

Meet The Globes’ Mystery Winner, Ruth Wilson



FOREIGNERS
France Deploys Over 10,000 Troops To Guard Vulnerable Sites
Divers Retrieve Crashed AirAsia Jet’s Cockpit Voice Recorder
Kerry Praises Pakistani Military
Administration Officials Say Cuba Has Freed 53 Political Prisoners
UK PM Cameron Suggests Banning Encrypted Apps
Former Mexican Mayor’s Wife Sent To Prison
Nigerian Archbishop Accuses West Of Ignoring Boko Haram
Pakistan National Security Advisor Accuses India Of Attacking Pakistan From Afghanistan
German Anti-Islamist Rally Swells After French Attacks
Pro-Democracy HK Newspaper Tycoon’s Home, Office Firebombed
Putin Uses Ukraine Tensions As Excuse To Skip Auschwitz Commemoration



BLOGS & STUFF
Proof Positive: Before You Argue The Point, Know Your Bible First
Michelle Malkin: Media Cowards And The Cartoon Jihad
Twitchy: “Grade A Hypocrisy” Sally Kohn Says We Must All Be Careful Not To Infringe On Liberty
American Power: Who’s Printing The New Charlie Hebdo Cover And Who Isn’t
American Thinker: The New Privileged Class – Illegal Immigrants
BLACKFIVE: Book Review – Dark Skies By Matthew Dunn
Blackmailers Don’t Shoot: The Unspeakable Crime Of Noticing Things
Conservatives4Palin: Go Ration Yourself, Ezekiel Emanuel
Don Surber: This Isn’t National News? EVIL.
Jammie Wearing Fools: Dumbest Story Of The Day From WaPo – “France Has Strict Gun Laws. Why Didn’t That Save Charlie Hebdo Victims?”
Joe For America: 2,000 Black Lives In Nigeria Don’t Matter
JustOneMinute: Lafayette, We Are Not Here
Pamela Geller: Hamas/CAIR Demands Fox Drop Those Speaking The Truth About Jihad
Protein Wisdom: Hey, What Happened To The Phrase “I’m Not Anti-Semitic, I’m Anti-Zionist”?
Shot In The Dark: Do You Remember…
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This Ain’t Hell: Two More Female Marines Dropped From Infantry Course
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Megan McArdle: Obama’s College Plan Bows To Elites
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