I Iz In Yer Meme…Rolling ‘Da Octet (Lolcats Really SUCK, BTW)

OK…..so Iamcuriousblue decided to tag me on this new meme that’s going around.

Here are the rules as he sent them:

  1. We have to post these rules before we give you the facts.
  2. Players start with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
  3. People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.
  4. At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.
  5. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

OK….since IACB was so nice, here’s some totally irreverent (and irrelevant) stuff about moi:

1)  I have a serious elevator phobia:  It doesn’t matter where I go, wherever possible I will ALWAYS ask to use the stairs. I guess that it’s the fear of getting stuck or getting in freefall.

2)  Other than my usual fetish for sexy, intellegent women, my other main weakness is for pasta with meat.  Serve me up lasanga or a good spagetti and meatballs dinner (especially with chunks of sausage or franks) and you will have an obedient ‘Dog for life….or at least, a week.

3)  If I wasn’t stuck in South Louisiana, the next best place that I’d want to live would be San Diego.  I spent some time there job hunting a few years back; and I loved every minute of it.  I especially enjoyed riding the trolley down to the San Ysidro station and back (though I never did cross the border into Mexico; didn’t have enough for a passport).

4) In terms of travel, here are my limits:
West: San Diego (see #3)
East: Atlanta (to visit relatives)
North: Memphis (As a member of what was then the University of Southwestern Louisiana’s band for a football game)
South: New Orleans (for Mardi Gras)

5)  I used to have a real fear of trains due to my grandmother living next to a major train line; now I can’t get enough of them.  I wouldn’t want to have one real close by, though.

6)  I was once considered “genius” enough to take Algebra I in the seventh grade.  Like that did me any good. ;-p

7)  For some reason even I don’t understand, I still do not know how to drive a car…so I end up walking a lot.  Maybe the fact that I don’t own my own car might have something to do with that….

8) Although I’m now 43 years old, everyone thinks that I’m no older than 35, at most.  Maybe it’s because I’m a twin or a Taurus…but who knows.

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Remember, I’m posting this right around one in the morning right after a night shift at work…so sue me.

Now….who to pass the poison too??  The nominees (if not “winners”) are:

Kevin of Slant Truth
R Mildred of C*ntensquirten
Nina Hartley (via her forum)
The Mighty Quare Dewd/Queer Bitch/Bitch | Lab
Brownfemipower over at Women of Color Blog
Nezua at The Unapologetic Mexican
Rachel Kramer Bussel at The Lusty Lady
Dr. Susan Block (via Bloggamy)

And in case some of those have already been tagged, three alternatives:

Dr. Carol Queen
Bint Alshamsa of My Private Casbah
Dr. Gloria Brame

Have at it, Clones.

Oh…and the first person who attempts to run a Lolcat on me gets a full can or SmackDog Whupasstm laid on him/her….I wouldn’t impose that torture on even my worst enemy. Hmmmph.
 

Baaaaad, Dirty Dawg!!! (Or…This Blog Is Adult In Nature…Errrrrr..Du’uhh?!?!)

Oh, but this is really sweet…in a sacchrine sort of way.

There is this dating site which decided to add a feature that allows you to rate your blog according to  the same ratings code standards as what the MPAA does for movies (G, PG-13, R, or NC-17).

Well…I’m a sucker for a good meme, and decided to run this blog through their filters…and guess what?? Oh, but you will be surprised!!

Online Dating

Mingle2Online Dating 

Yup…this blog would be declared unsuitable for children and all others under 17.

Ahhh…you wouldn’t think that all the talk here about SEX would have anything to do with that, would you??

Well, you would think right.  Here’s a list of the frequency of words that prompted the rating:

  • sex (48x)
  • porn (30x)
  • death (12x)
  • fucking (9x)
  • sexy (5x)
  • fuck (4x)
  • dick (2x)
  • abortion (1x)
  • Now…aside from the fact that a freakin’ DATING SERVICE site is doing this rating stuff; what does that say about the MPAA’s ratings code that a mere reference to the word “sex”  (and even the word “sexy”?!?!?!) is worthy of an adult rating??  (Other than the fact that the ratings system sucks major ass, of course.)

    Oh, but it gets so much better: the service also allows you to rate other blogs and sites, not just your own.  So….I decided to input some of my fave blogs in, and whatdayaknow, read these ratings:

    ‘Da Quare Bitch” : NC-17
    Susie Bright’s Journal : NC-17
    Having Read The Fine Print (Blackamazon) : NC-17

    Fetch Me My Axe (Belledame) : NC-17
    Trinity’s LiveJournal (The Strangest Alchemy)  : NC-17
    Pandagon : NC-17
    Being Amber Rhea : NC-17

    OK…so far so good (sort of)…pro-sex blogs usually get whacked with adult ratings.  Except….

    Renegade Evolution : R

    Errrrr….WHAT?!?! Hold up…I protest this.  Ren’s blog is far more explicit and cusses more than the others — not to mention her love for “rough sex” — yet her blog is safer for children than mine (or Quare Dewd’s or even Amber’s?!?!)

    Turns out, Ren got the favorable rating because she uses the sex terms less (but she did get cited for using the “rape” terms 4 times, and for using the term “bitches”).

    And then there is this:

    Women of Color Blog (Brownfemipower) : G

    Yeah, right…..after all the cussin’ and fussin’ BfP’s been doing, she’s still considered safe for kids?? Hmmmph…

    And finally, because I’m that much of a snoop (not to be confused with Snoop Dogg); I tested the usual usual APRF sites:

    Womens’ Spaces (Heart): unavailable
    Foot of the Stairs (Witchy-Woo): G
    I Blame The Patriarchy: G
    Genderberg: G

    Hmmmm…do I detect a certain political bias trend here??  Like…it’s perfectly OK to blast out antiporn boilerplate as long as you avoid the usual sex terms..but if you are pro-sex, you are already considered  unfit for general audiences, even if you don’t cuss like a sailor or a porn actress near orgasm??

    What. Ever.

    I am an adult, and this blog ain’t changing one bit. The MPAA can shove its ratings up its ass, anyway. 

    Actually, they should bring back the X rating……it’s much more special than a mere NC-17.

    BTW….De-Riddle Me This, Please???

    A full gallon of Concentrated SmackDog Whupasstm goes to the reader who can successfully re-vowel this quote that I just saw at that Feministe thread:

    t wll nvr stp bng fcntng t m tht th ppl wh clm t b th nl ns wh cr abt “ctl wmn” r s nvstd n mntnng th stts q. n sggstn tht mb – jst mb – wmn rn’t pblc tlts s mt wth ccstns f shkng p wth th “rlgs rght”, ccstns f gnrng th “ctl wmn”, ccstns f clsssm, rcsm, sxsm, ccstns f bng slf-rghts prhbtnsts. ll n n ffrt t jstf th cmmdfctn nd xplttn f fml flsh.

    Wh bthr t tr nd stp th xplttn f wmn, whn t wld b jst s mch sr t mk th xplttn sr? Wh bthr trng t d nthng t ll, bcs thr ffrts hv fld? nd mst f ll, dn’t VR tr t cnvnc bs wth rctns tht th rn’t ttll nttld t sng wmn’s bd t gt ff. Bcs thr’s sm wmn t lk bng sx wrkrs nd tht mns, f dn’t ncld thm n vr sngl dscssn n th tpc, ‘ dn’t cr bt thm (vn thgh th rn’t th tpc t ll)!! (Rthr lk, f dn’t tlk bt ml vctms f DV r rp/Sxl sslt n thrd bt fml vctms, thn dn’t cr bt thm!!)

    f tht s “crng” bt “ctl wmn”, ‘m Snt Cls.

    I won’t reveal the poster here; she can be found out quite easily there.

    OK….What Is Up With This???

    Apparently, some folks have been trying to post comments here, but somehow I’m not getting them.

    \”Some folks\” meaning mostly Trinity, who has posted at her blog her frustration at not being able to post comments.

    I set my blog so that I can approve comments prior to them being posted, mostly so that spambots cannot get through….but somehow, the legitimate posts aren’t getting through either.

    And to further the puzzlement…I’ve been fighting of late a rush of comment spamming by one particular bot using the catchphrase \”ka-ka-sha-ka\” who has been posting all kinds of porn spam. I usually catch it and delete it in my email, which is why it doesn’t show up here…but somehow, the legitimate comments from real members like Trin and Ren aren’t getting through.

    Any suggestions on how to cure this, folks?? If you are having as much probs posting comments, just email me (anthonyk6319 at gmail dot com) and I’ll do something to post your comment here myself.

    And if WordPress.org users can help me on solving this issue, it would be most welcome, too..I don’t know whether my site has been hacked or whether this is a issue with WP (I’m running this blog on the latest WP 2.2 package) or something more with my PC.

    Either way, this nonsense is driving me batty.

    Presente, Steve Gilliard

    Steve Gilliard (1966-2007)

    [Updated on 6-5-07 for minor syntax errors.]

    When I heard the news that Steve Gilliard of The News Blog finally surrendered to his recent illness at the far too young age of 51 41; I was more than a bit saddened.

    I was a regular reader of his blog even when it was at Blogger, and I had heard for the past two months a daily account of his degeneration, his surgery, and the prognosis of recovery from his companion and blog co-hostess Jen….but I never anticipated that things would spiral downhill this quick.

    Although my own personal politics and outlook was and still remains pretty far to the left of Mr. Gilliard — he was an old school liberal Democrat pragmatist with no love for third parties and Naderites (whom he dismissed as single issue hagglers) — I can say without malice that he was a major pioneer who made it possible for other Black progressive/radical bloggers like me to exist in the first place.

    His no-nonsense, no frills philosophy and his low tolerance of BS — not to mention his willingness to take on even friends and allies when needed to set them right about race and class issues — raised the bar for Black progressive bloggers and the blogosphere in general.

    And despite his mental toughness, he could also be just as much a sensitive and heartwarming fella, too.

    May he hook up with Miss Molly in the afterlife, and both of them make beautiful music together smacking down right-wing nonsense.

    His current blog is presently preparing a memorial to his legacy; you can also catch some of his work at the old location of his blog here.

    A Couple of Fun Video Clips: “Phone Wars”, and “Bubblicious”

    Just to show that things need not be all serious here all the time.

    First, there is this short vignette featuring the extremes to which certain phone companies will go to get your business…even if it means giving one "the business"..heheh:

     

     

    glumbert.com – Switch — h/t to ‘Da Original Sex Goddess (aka Nina Hartley) for sharing
     
     
    And then, there is this very short but sweet spoof of a commercial for bubble gum…..which has some…well, shall we say, interesting side effects:
     

     "Bubblicious Beach" (thanks to the forever busty and sexy Vicky Vette (WARNING: NSFW link) for granting me permission to cross post this from her forum)

     And no, it’s not the child that’s what’s important, it’s what’s she gawking at.  Just watch and see for yourself.

    And they say that women who love sex don’t have brains or senses of humor…. 🙂

     

     

     

    The (Darrell) Gates Doctrine: Alive And Busting Heads In LA

    Times may change, and the target of the LAPD’s police thuggery may change (from prostitutes to Black men to Latinos protesting)…but the basic principle remains the same: No Humans Involved.

    Witness the latest round of the Gangstas in Blue busting "non-lethal" violence upon peaceful protesters at a May Day immigrants’ rights rally in LA (as videographed by the local LA FOX affiliate (via YouTube):

      

    And not even the media was exempted this time: this loop shows a Invision cameraman being attacked and his camera taken away from him:

    The right to peaceful assembly??  To express your grievances with government?? To defend your right to exist as a human being?? Yeah, right….not if you are targeted as an "illegal alien"…or a "gangsta"….or a "whore"…or if you simply aren’t rich or White enough to buy your justice.

    Oh…but current chief William Bratton now says that "some" of his cops’ actions were "inappropriate".  Eeee-yah. Like Rodney King’s ass whooping was innapropriate after…what, the 23rd bash with the nightstick??

    Of course, the usual right-wing noise machine will defend this police riot as very much appropriate against the dire threat of "Mexifornia" and "Atzlan"….but what of the rest of you??

    Justice….or more like "just us"???

    I could say more..but Nezua, BfP, Sylvia, and a few others have documented this travesty far better than I could…so here’s the appropriate linkage:

    The Unapologetic Mexican (Nezua):
              The Right of Peaceful Assembly. Gone.
              The True Face of Progressivism 
              ALLIES Is One Letter Away From ALIENS 

    Women of Color Blog (Brownfemipower):
              We Are All Criminals
              LAPD Is Not Racist; It’s Not Hyper-Aggressive.  It’s Really Not 
              State Brutality Is Not An Anomaly
              MacArthur Park Brutality

    The Anti-Essentialist Conondrum (Sylvia):
              Watch and Read

    Para Justicia y Libertad!! (XicanoPwr):
             May Day Violence at Los Angeles’ MacArthur Park

    Migra Matters:
             Riot Police Use Rubber Bullets to Disperse Immigrant Marchers 

    Guerillas In The Matrix:
             Police Violence at LA Immigration March

    C*ntensquirten (R. Mildred):
            LAPD Fire On Young And Old Alike (Again)

    LA Indymedia (extensive coverage):
          Police Terror In The Park (includes extensive links to various views of the brutality)
          Greens Condemn Brazen Brutality of LAPD
          May Day, 2007: A Report To Correct The Balance
          Police Attack Peaceful May Day Rally
          Cops Terrorize May Day Protestors
          AJLPP Condemns Police Brutality Against Immigrants

    More links as they become available….

    Jill. Freakin’. Brenneman. Original. Headbussa.

    Not in the literal sense, of course….but she’s been on a freakin’ roll of late with some righteous takes on everything from the DC Madam case to the defense of sex workers from APRF distortions.

    But it’s this long overdue pixellized ass-whopping of The Troll Better Known As Der Gregor that puts her over the top and earns her the Fighting 101st PHB (Sex Workers Defense Regiment) stripes.

    This is what happens when you push someone a bit too far with bullcrap, parroted boilerplate, and out-and-out lies.

    "Beatriz" is a reference to a female Latina who, in an earlier thread, posted an English translation of an original statement released by an Argentinian male antiprostitution feminist group; which Der Gregor attempted to mistranslate and twist to fit his ideological lunacy.  When called out correctly by Beatriz, he suceeded to mock her Latina ancestry (calling her "Beatrice"), even claiming that she was an invention of Jill used to smear "radical feminists" and promote Jill’s alleged "pro-porn" and "pro-prostitution" positions.

    Ultimately, Jill reached her limits of tolerance, and belted out this comment in response to Gregor’s nonsense.

    Originally found here; scroll down to 10th comment, or read the whole thread for background and context.

    Gregor’s excerpts in quotations [For this reprint, also in italics]

    “ What in the World are you talking about/ you are a maniac, I am cuban, a man of color an activist for 25 years,”

    Gregor

    [Jill’s response]
    Well that changes everything. What are you kidding? Peron was Argentinean, Pinochet Chilean, both sharing your Latino ancestry. And? They were both murdering fascists who claimed to be doing what they were doing as part of some war against evil. Your ethnicity means nothing because you demonstrate having learned nothing from being in a minority class. You figure because you are Cuban and a man of color that you are entitled to judge, to grossly violate the human rights of others, to make absurd allegations and to hide from any accountability? By the way, I thought you were a male person not a man. It seems now you are a man when it suits you.

    You’re an activist in what for 25 years? Radical feminism? Now you prove it. Der Gregor is obviously a pseudonym. Who exactly are you? Who are you connected with? Who in radical feminism knows you? Because I know many of the radical feminist players in the last 11 years. Do you dare come out from hiding behind the screen name? If you have the connections to activism you claim, I will have at least heard of you or someone in the radical feminist circles that I know will know you and be able to validate your activism.

    Your actions define you Gregor.

    “"Beatriz" or whoever is behind that quick profile, came offf the gate insulting and ridiculing , “

    No she didn’t. She wrote a response to the Manifesto and gave authorization for it to be posted. You took it upon yourself to translate that manifesto with artistic license and present it as authentic and got caught. You tried to play off as being a native Spanish speaker when it’s obvious you aren’t. What happened is you got in over your head. You stuck the manifesto into translator software, used a peripheral knowledge of Spanish and tried to call it an authentic translation. All Beatriz did was translate the Manifesto accurately and note your alterations.

    You on the other hand wrote a document that misrepresented the Spanish and was virtually incomprehensible in English.

    You took it upon yourself to ridicule and insult her. Worse you attempted to lower her to non human status. Here is a piece of information about prostitution. Do you know how the San Diego Police and other police departments refer to violence against prostitutes? No Humans Involved. Which you should know this being the great radical feminist. You should know the authors of No Humans Involved number 1 and number 2. I know them both and have worked with both of them. One closely for an extended time period.

    You feel it is feminist to throw baseless accusations out challenging that Beatriz is either non human, male, a predator? You as a Latino try to denigrate her Latina ancestry by anglicizing her name? And then you claim to be feminist, a man of color, an activist………… Actions define you. Anyone can cut and paste.

    “thinking she was insulting and ridiculing me but as you and her and the rest of you pro prostitution people here have no moral capital to use,”

    Your actions here define your moral capital? I rest my case.

    “Anyone sitting back and loking at your arguments sees the clear facts. you are a *proponent* of prostitution and porn. “

    Ok, Mouth. Prove this. State your facts. I am a proponent of prostitution and porn how?

    If "Beatrice" was not also a propnent of porn and prostitution she would not be esconced there next tou you in your pitch post, would she.”

    This name in quotes thing is disgusting. Like somehow you have discovered a conspiracy and are showing you aren’t fooled. You are the fool.

    Your bullshit calling her Beatrice. I don’t know anyone named Beatrice. There is no Beatrice. Beatrice is the creation of a pathetic misogynist racist who masquerades as a feminist. You believe that your Cuban ethnicity protects you from being the standard Gringo? It doesn’t. You are the classic loudmouth from the United States that gives the US such a poor reputation worldwide.

    “so, what are you trying to say, that this Phantom person who has no picture of themselves and no profile to speak of, and is foursquare on your side is *not* pro porn and pro prostitution? “

    There is no phantom person. Thus your point it moot.

    BS, and PS…. That dog don’t hunt.”

    Great, you are quoting my quotes now. How amazing is that?

    Last topic. We’re going to talk about feminism, oppression and reality. Who do you figure you’re dealing with? You want to sit and lecture me from your pulpit about what it is like for women victimized by clients and pimps in the sex industry. You save the rhetoric that you have read in books. Your knowledge is from books. What you know about what it feels like to be harmed by men in the sex industry is what you read and what you pretend to live vicariously through the suffering of others.

    Let me clue you in. I know exactly what it is like to be harmed by men in prostitution. Pimps and clients. I know exactly what it feels like. Because I was victimized. It isn’t theoretical, isn’t some mantra that I memorized from various women’s writing. Most of which being women who’s claim to their knowledge is from having interviewed women in prostitution. Not even first hand experience. Who exactly are you as a male to lecture a woman who was in prostitution and was harmed in it on what that harm is? On what it feels like? On what oppression is? Or what she needs to recover from it?

    I know exactly what it feels like. And when I needed help to get out of it, there wasn’t any. When I needed medical attention, I got stigmatization from health care providers. When I needed help from the justice system after being victimized by criminal predators, I instead faced all the lack of rights and resources afforded by a society that has no respect for prostitutes, for sex workers.

    You believe your war against porn and prostitution mattered? Not a bit. Since you were an activist when this was happening to me, what exactly did your activism do to help me or anyone else? Nothing.

    You believe I would have needed you to explain my oppression, explain the violence, explain what the oppression is and who was committing it? Please. What an arrogant presumption on your part to believe you know better than women in the sex industry what that oppression is, what it feels like and what they need to end their oppression. You can save your theoretical, misogynist first world feminist bullshit for someone else. There is a world of difference between theory and reality and reality wins. I needed human rights, real world resources and compassion. Not some theory with vague promises of my liberation as a class. If you had any idea what you were talking about you would already know this and it wouldn’t have to be explained to you. You want to learn about prostitution and about the victimization of women in prostitution then shut your mouth and listen instead. Because your actions demonstrate that you know nothing but empty theoretical rhetoric that you try to force feed to impose your dominance and to fill the holes in your credibility.

    Your actions are disgusting. Take your statements, your actions and your “proof” about Beatriz and try to sell them . Because your inept racist misogyny won’t fly well with women in general much less feminists including most radical feminists. When you try to make that sale and they realize that Beatriz is exactly who she states she is, they are going to recognize the salesman sold them nothing but disingenuous feminism attempting to cloak hatred, cultural imperialism and patriarchal misogyny. There is a reason why your best ally in your fight on this blog is xyradicalfeminist who at best is intellectually about 14 years old if not that in actual age.

    Jousting is over. I’ve had enough of your allegations, absurd conspiracies and empty rhetoric. If you want to keep going we are going to match reality vs. theory. Real life experiences as a woman in prostitution vs. your male perceptions and assumptions. You want to talk about violence against women in prostitution? Violence by men? We can play that. Let’s match your theory with reality.

    While we are on the subject of violence. Understand this. Your actions and words directed at Beatriz, Ren, myself and others, are emotional violence perpetrated by a man of color, male person,………… whatever you call yourself.

    I do believe that a standing ovation — or five — is in order here.

    While Jill can stand on her own, it’s nice to have backup when dealing with asshats like DG….earlier in the same thread, yours truly and Renegade Evolution gave him the reading he deserved as well (both consolidated in one comment by me due to some issues with MySpace’s commenting system):

    [Reprinting Ren’s comment…hopefully with the code stripped for brevity]

    Jill, you’ll have to excuse my bile here for a moment…but….

    FOR FUCK SAKE

    This man [Note: reference to Randall Tobias, the official who was outed as using the "DC Madam’s" services] was the driving force in policy that denied monies to any countries and programs that did not openly, publicly, and legally condemn prostitution. Not the johns, Gregor, the whole business. Money was cut from programs that saw to the health and education of women in the business RIGHT NOW. RIGHT NOW, not in this magical future that is…what? Just going to appear one day? After the revolution? What? Yeah, anyway, cut funding from those things for those women- Who, you know, maybe if they HAD better educations and more opportunities they, you know, might not stay in prostitution? They might find ways out and into other jobs? Something like that?

    Now, I realize you think if men would just stop using porn and seeing prostitutes everything would be all better…so great…get on that…though I am not sure if you and some other radical feminist men closing your eyes and wishing hard enough is going to make that happen or not, but in the mean time, there are people in this business, and they matter, and frankly, you are a shitty humanist and feminist if all you can do is sit around and attack and insult some women who, you know, actually give a shit about and try to help women in the sex industry in the here and now…those who cannot sit around and wait for your glorious revolution, or don’t want your glorious revolution, but still matter because they are humans and all.

    And finally…WHAT about the MEN? You know, some feminists, caring about WOMEN and all…don’t necessarily think EVERYTHING AND ANYTHING always has to be…you know…about the goddamn men!

    Now, why don’t you sit down, shut up, and ponder that for a moment? You want to get the men to stop? Ally with like minded men? Post your manifestos where men with read them, spread the word, so on…but WHY you are constantly harassing and attacking a woman who is trying to HELP women is just beyond me. It certainly isn’t doing ANYTHING to stop men from adding the demand part to the supply and demand part of sex work, is it?
    [/Ren]

    Oh, but Henchwoman, you so forget….you might as will be pissing into a Cat 5 hurricane eyewall as far as Gregor is concerned. This isn’t even about the hypocrisy of an antiprostitution activist engaging in the very same behavior that he would prosecute and demonize others for doing.

    Nah….for Gregor, this is about castrating MEN as a class for the sins of having erections and thinking about women as free and equal sexual beings…which, in the eyes of the microcoded implanted endless loop computer chip program that substitutes for Gregor’s brain, directly leads to rape and abuse and "degradation" and all sorts of damage and destruction.  No, for him, it’s all about the SEX that must be totally purged and the men who must be "retrained" to reject their "base sexual desires" so that "men" like him can feel superior and offer himself to his extremist mentors as worthy.

    And it’s that much harder to sell his "eternal victimhood" castration fantasies with all that sexual imagery in the way, and all those women who do happen to — horrors of all horrors — LIKE having sex outside of radfem standards, not to mention women like Jill who dare to defend these women as actual human beings rather than the foolish sluts and sexbots and brainwashed victims of "patriarchy" that need his "protection" from the evil male penis.  Thusly, she must be attacked with special fury as a "sellout", an enabler of rape, and a paid agent of Teh Male Enemy.

    Well….too bad if I don’t happen to want to be castrated for crimes I don’t commit, or for having a working penis and the brains to respect a woman’s choices.  And too bad for Ren and Jill that they would rather risk being continuously harrassed by you so that they can stand their ground for actual justice for these women.

    Somebody [better] change this broken record….please.

    Anthony

    His response to that??  To call me "phalleocentric".

    My response to him from henceforth?? To simply ignore him as a dickhead and an asshat.  But, given Jill’s blast, I do believe that we’ve probably seen the last of him there for a while. 

     

    On APRF “Terrorism”, Bullying and Projection: My Final Memo to StormCloud

    OK, Stormcloud….you have finally spoken.

    You say that you are fully justified in your campaign against Renegade Evolution and others who allegedly want to bash and trash "radical feminists", and that you still hold personal information against Ren (revealed by others, of course) that would damage her "among her peers" that you reserve the right to reveal if she (and her "YAYporn posse")doesn’t immediately cease and desist their "attacks".

    You write this long and windy comment about the evil threat of bullying….as if you were the victim of such rather than the main perpetrator. But….you reserve to yourself and your allies the exclusive right of responding affirmatively to such attacks; and you reserve to yourself the same right to declare the "blogwarz" to be over.

    But let’s review the facts here, Stormy:

    1) Last time I checked, it wasn’t Bitch|Lab or Belledame or Amber Rhea or even Ren who dropped the "bees" and "wasps" and "honeybees" analogy in condemning the vile threat that folks like "Belledodo", "Ambutt", and "PorniePrincess" are to the pristine wholesome beauty of antipornradicalfeminist theory and practice.

    2) It wasn’t Bitch|Lab who openly threatened to "out" Ann Bartow for hiding behiind a pseudonym while attacking the good name of Catherine MacKinnon.

    3) It wasn’t Andrea or Antiprincess who loudly opposed applauded and cheered on [thanks, Belle!!] the consistent inclusion in Heart’s blog of some of the most vile anti-transsexual rhetoric this side of Janice Raymond, not to mention the incisive wisdom of Luckynkl on the evil threat of trannies using women’s restrooms as rape rooms.

    4) It wasn’t Ren or any other "YAYporn activist" who decided to post pictures conflating a consensual BDSM scene with real, actual torture (Kink.com = Abu Ghraib), then exploiting such an extreme analogy for political and personal gain.

    5) It wasn’t Ren who, when faced with a factual critique of APRF fallacies about porn from someone who has been in the industry and built her career to improve it from a sex-positive feminist standpoint, unleashed a fuselage of invective about such an activist being a "tool" for the industry, if not an active participant in rape and murder herself. (Remember the Stan Goff posts, Sam??  I certainly do.)

    6) It wasn’t Ren or Belledame who made their living sending hate emails to various female sex bloggers castigating them on how their personal sex lives enable men to rape and abuse women. (Sam, meet Rachel Kramer Bussel.)

    7) It certainly wasn’t Ren or Robin Few who defended and applauded the Canadian Supreme Court decision to allow a feminist rape crisis center to deny services to a rape victim…merely because she happens to be trannsexual.

    7) And…I’m damn sure that it wasn’t Ren who decided to express their heroic and consistent opposition to the evil images of porn and its effects on women and children…through marketing their slideshow into a CD and making a profit off it…thus doing the same identical thing that they accuse their opponents of doing.

    Oh…but in the otherworld that counts for APRF cultthink, only Stormy is the real victim here…not the women she has slandered, distorted, and shamed into silence.

    Why else would Witchy-Woo allow Stormy to close debate in "the thread" with such a zinger of a comment [excerpt follows]:

    OBJECT LESSON

    The moral to this story is that eventually targets get fed up, and will fight back. This is not an even blogwar, as the proof can be easily found in the respective blogs – when radfems quote other bloggers it is usually in praise and to build upon the work – when YAYporn quote (radfem) bloggers, it is to discredit, humiliate, and (personally) attack. There have only been a few posts criticising the behaviour of the nonradfems, two of those I wrote, but also deleted.

    There is a huge difference between a critique of radical feminism, and constant attacks on the feminists themselves. Worlds apart.

    Radfems are actually a moral and tolerant bunch, and therefore make easy targets for bullying. Yes, I wanted to scare the bejeezes out of RE and the posse, however the attack planned would have been to discredit her with information (by her own blogging) among her peers. This is the most damaging type of ‘outing’, for to ‘out’ her personal stuff would just enable her to whine on and on about being a victim. The threats, were off the mark of what I was planning, but I also needed to show that I had actually done a bit of investigation (which I have). The information that I have shown can be found by anybody who wants to waste a few hours of their life, with the aid of a few glasses of sanity-preserving red wine. Note that I did not reveal the link to the photos, nor reveal my methods in discovering them. I revealed that I have seen them, which I have.

    Yes, bullying tactics by me were used, but mere ‘talking it out’ would not end this campaign against radfem bloggers. I had had enough, and I also used misleading strategy to get it. I am also experienced in dealing with sociopaths, and to bring about their downfall by their own weaknesses of narcissism, boasting, lying, and of course, arrogance. Yes, I played dirty, but what did I have to lose? I had already been discredited and ridiculed by a campaign that lasted nearly two months. So the object lessons for bullies is perhaps, know what your targets are capable of when they have been pushed to the limits, for eventually, most will fight back.

    Trust me RE, you do not want to reneg on your promise, because discrediting you among your peers will hit you the hardest, that is still on the table. The radfems already know you are a bullshitter. Don’t think you can just go after ’some’ select targets either, because quite a number of people have ‘taken interest’ in studying you, and the most damning bits were not found by me.

    My message to the radfems is that you do need to let the past injuries go, mainly because you will never get a sincere apology out of this lot, nor will they cease voluntarily to stop what they are doing unless cornered. Pony has been the most hurt by the leaks, and I wish to apologise that I have not shown her the depth of my support. I realise that my ‘let it go’ sentiments will wound you the most Pony, I am sorry. No apology from them will ever be sincere, all I can do is help find the culprits and expose them if need be. Ending this war is the only way to stop this happening again, but I cannot undo what others have done to you, any of you.

    To the posse, including “Deep Feminist”, you may wish to take away the object lessons (after all DF, I actually have not exposed what I know, nor is it a betrayal of a private space, or betrayal of someone I have pretended to be allies with). If the current posse continue to harass and stalk, yes you lot were the original stalkers, then perhaps ‘another stormy’ will arise from the ashes and go after you. So stop your bullying behaviour now. Don’t even try to justify it with “…but they started it”, that shit comes from two year olds. This entire ‘war’ ends here and now. I fucking mean it.

    Again the spirit of the agreement: not to bitch about other bloggers. It goes further than that, not to talk about ‘the others’ and to just ignore them. There are plenty of ‘feminists’ in the world, and these two camps just do not mix, and will NEVER get along. Anybody who thinks they are ‘helping’ by straddling the divide, is only maintaining hostilities and connection between the two groups.

    Postscript

    Ultimatum n
    1. A final statement of terms made by one party to another.
    2. A statement, especially in diplomatic negotiations, that expresses or implies the threat of serious penalties if the terms are not accepted.

    Blackmail n
    1a. Extortion of money or something else of value from a person by the threat of exposing a criminal act or discreditable information.
    1b. Something of value extorted in this manner.
    2. Tribute formerly paid to freebooters along the Scottish border for protection from pillage.

    I fail to see the financial (or strictly personal) gain in what I have done (in fact, I stood to lose from this) – which more accurately fits the definition of ultimatum rather than blackmail. The other thing is, blackmail is NEVER done out in the open, but always private dealings. So for the idiots who bandied around the word blackmail, just more proof that you will take any opportunity to discredit radfems.

    And if attacking half a dozen to a dozen radfem bloggers by a group backed up by the entire pornified world isn’t bullying – I don’t know what is.

    Yes, indeed…"a group backed by the entire pornified world".

    Which happens to include three distinctly ANTI-porn activists, one Latina who happens to be not too cool with porn herself, and two women whose views are more antipatetic than pro-anything. But that doesn’t matter to Stormy; all the better to smear them all as handmaidens of the Patriarchy and justify her "truth" campaign as self-defense.

    George Orwell or Karl Rove or Jim Jones couldn’t have built a better example of Newsspeak than this.

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    If my reaction through all this seems like I’m more than a bit obsessed with this group, well, it’s because I’ve seen throughout the years how their tactics and groupthink and cult mentality has damaged and destroyed countless innocent women and active feminists whose only crime was to object in part or in full to their lunacy. My first impression of how low these people would go to attack their critics came with the assault on feminst women through the Banard College Feminist IX Conference (from which Carol Vance’s original anthology Pleasure and Danger: Exploriing Female Sexuality was created). The smearing of some of the conference participants as advocates of "deviant sex" and "patriarchial power sex" (read, BDSM), and the handmaidens of male rapists made an indelible impression on me about how deeply fascistic this movement was then..and how they twisted the legacy of "radical feminism" to sell their poison of shame, hatred, and loathing.

    From then, I’ve managed to witness the direct complicity of so many of their leaders with the Christian Right (with all the diversions and disclaimers about being bashed as "prudes" and "puritans") on actively targeting consensual sexual behavior that harms no one but offends their principles.  From the complicit alliances with the Meese Commision, to Catherine MacKinnon’s open support for Clarence Thomas (until Anita Hill’s story of sexual harrassment made it a bit less tenable for her), to today’s open support for the Bush Administration’santi-prostitution "loyalty oaths"; the consistent alliance between the antipornfeminist "left" and the openly fascist Right has been quite obvious..regardless of how much activists like Nikki Craft or Bob Jensen would want to cover it with a "leftist" gloss.

    But mostly, my impressions of these people have been influenced by actually listening to and befriending real people who actually work in the dreaded industry whom the APRFs readily bait and bemoan.  None of these people are perfect by any means; they have their own histories and their own personal stories about their lives.  But what strikes me about them most is their utter humanity, their compassion, their willingness to actually break through boundaries and challenge their prejudices and beliefs and open their minds to new ideas…..something that is most alien to cultthink and groupthink.  These people fight the battle on the ground every day with their lives, their sweat, their blood, and their orgasms; they know more than any radfem on the outside looking in what their experiences are. Yet, because their lives don’t fit into the master script of the Radfem Borg collective, they are simply dismissed and disrespected and denied even the most basic decency of respect….or worse, they are demonized for the alleged sin of being "tools" of The Evil Male Dick.

    Most likely, though, the real issue is that the women and men who are the main targets of people like Stormcloud, Heart, Witchy-Woo, and Sam (and let’s not forget Jensen, Der Gregor, Stoltenberg, Goff and the Male APRF posse, too) are targeted so loudly for abuse and elimination simply because their existence on this planet as independent sexual beings with minds and thoughts of their own is such a cosmic threat to the unisexual "Gender-Borg" collective that would assimilate them for their own good….even if they don’t need it.

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    Finally…I will make no apologies for being who I am and for whom I defend; all I will do is to take full and exclusive ownership for everything I do and write, both here and elsewhere. If I really did have anything to hide, then I would not post my real name (and for those of you with asperations of apeing Stormcloud and attempting to reveal any "smoking guns" about moi, the Google is wide open), or even be as upfront about my views on porn or sex or politics.  If I decide to defend Renegade Evolution from all the slanderous abuse she has taken, it is NOT because I am a man with a penis who simply wants to fuck her, or because I am her secret "pimp" or "john"  (trust me on this one, I don’t make enough money in my day job to even meet her personally….and besides, I don’t believe in breaking up good relationships, and she already has a fiancee which does the job quite adequately).  It is because i openly admire this woman’s willingness to be upfront and honest with herself, her profession, and her personal life as a sex worker, a sexual entertainer, and a feminist. (And hell fucking yes, Stormy, in spite of all that has happened, I still consider her to be  a feminist in good standing…in fact, way more of a feminist in the best sense of the term and philosophy than you or your allies would ever think of being.) I may only know her from her posts to her blogs, but I know enough about her to deeply respect her as a woman, a human being, and a sexual being.

    So…just go ahead and continue with your campaign against Ren and other such "YAYporners"; and by all means, put out all the manifestos and threats and blackmails you wish from your friends and allies.  All that will do is prove beyond doubt who the real bullies are….and it definitely isn’t Ren or Antiprincess or any other "pro-pornstitute" woman….or man.

    Oh….and one last thing, Stormcloud, before I finally close this:  I really, really, really do invite you to please, please, oh for Goddess’s sake, do please bring whatever dirt or shit you want to throw on me to this domain. Because if you push me really, really hard enough, lady, I can hit back with equal fury.  I have as little respect for you and your posse as you do for me; and I am not afraid to lay it on the line and speak freely. 

    I will just simply quote one of my all time favorite human sex goddesses/full-time badass women — retired Penthouse Pet/softcore erotica actress Shauna O’Brien — on her (and my) philosophy on countering haters and ignorant people who trash you for no reason:

    "When someone annoys me, I annoy them back."

    If you want a respectful debate, I’ll be here.  If you want to go nuclear…well, I’ll still be here…and I fight to the finish. If you want to continue to bash and trash innocent people who did you no harm, I will continue to reserve my right to expose and criticize you and call your bullshit out.  That’s not a threat or a promise, lady….that’s called freedom of speech….and justice.

    You’ve said your piece, Stormcloud…and now I’ve said mine.  Let our paths not cross again.

     

    “Abu-Attorneygate”: The Obscenity Angle (Instant Linkage)

    Later on when I’m back from work, I’ll riff further on this…but for now, please feel free to use the following linkage for background:

    Max Blumenthal (The Nation): The Porn Plot Against Prosecutors (A nice and juicy investigative story about one angle of Abu Gonzales’ attempted purge of US Attorneys for insufficient loyalty to right-wingnut activism….ahhh, I mean, not being "loyal Bushies": the plot against two attorneys for not going far enough to prosecute certain porn)

    Matt Kernes (Adult Video News Online): Attorney Says Justice Department Sold Same ‘Obscene’ Material As His Client: A bit of further detail into the firing of one particular attorney, along with details on the particular case (caution, link is OK, but may further link to NSFW material)

    Not that the other angles (protecting AbuG’s snooping on American citizens; covering the ass of Repub crooks like Abramoff and Cunningham and DeLay; trumping up charges of Democratic "voting fraud") aren’t as important….but you know kow people tend to react more to sex scandals, ehhh???

    As I said..more on this later.