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  • Ravishing (Fascinating Essay-Review on the Castrati)

    09/30/2015 4:53:56 PM PDT · by mojito · 6 replies
    London Review of Books ^ | 10/8/2015 | Colm Tóibín
    Balzac’s Sarrasine tells the story of a young woman’s wonder at the strange appearance of an old man at a party in Paris. Balzac has tremendous fun describing the man. First his clothes: he is wearing ‘a white waistcoat embroidered with gold’ and ‘a shirt-frill of English lace, yellow with age, the magnificence of which a queen might have envied’. Then the face: ‘That dark face was full of angles and furrowed deep in every direction; the chin was furrowed; there were great hollows at the temples; the eyes were sunken in yellow orbits. The maxillary bones, which his indescribable...
  • University of Leipzig switches to feminine professor titles for men

    06/05/2013 4:21:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies ^ | 5 Jun 13 08:14 CET | (The Local/kkf)
    The University of Leipzig has voted to adopt the feminine version of the word for “professor” as its default. In German, Professorin refers to a female professor while Professor is the male equivalent. Under the new measures, written documents will use the term Professorinnen when referring to professors in general. A footnote is to explain that male professors are also included in the description. …
  • Eunuch regiment needed to protect Indian borders, minister says

    05/11/2010 7:20:11 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 26 replies · 736+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 05/11/10
    Eunuch regiment needed to protect Indian borders, minister says A regiment of eunuchs should be established to guard India's borders and leading politicians, a state minister said on Tuesday, citing their "loyalty and integrity". Published: 1:59PM BST 11 May 2010 "In my humble opinion, if eunuchs are engaged in policing or paramilitary forces they would do a better service to the nation," said Tako Dabi, home minister of the north-eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh. Mr Dabi sent a letter to Indian Home Minister P. Chidambaram to offer his idea for the improved defence of the country. "Why can't there be...
  • Jesse Jackson Is Right: Obama Does Talk Down to Black People

    07/11/2008 9:11:54 AM PDT · by Dukes Travels · 15 replies · 369+ views
    North Star Writers Group ^ | July 11, 2008 | Paul Ibrahim
    For seemingly the first time ever, Jesse Jackson has actually given an apology instead of demanding one. What happened? While waiting for an interview, a microphone caught him whispering: “See, Barack’s been talking down to black people on this faith-based . . . I wanna cut his nuts off. Barack, he’s talking down to black people.” And for what also seems to be the first time ever, Jesse Jackson is correct. Not about the castration, of course, that’s wrong and probably illegal in most states. (And can anyone explain how advocating privates-chopping is better than saying “nappy-headed hoes”?)
  • George Clooney: Girliest Man Alive (Julia Gorin: Sexy Man? Hell No! Alert)

    12/07/2006 1:20:13 AM PST · by goldstategop · 46 replies · 1,829+ views ^ | 12/07/2006 | Julia Gorin
    People Magazine’s November double issue named George Clooney “The Sexiest Man Alive” for the second time (1997 was the first). While I like looking at Clooney as much as the next girl, when he opens his mouth, all I can see is Michael Moore. If Michael Moore is a dumbed-down Noam Chomsky (and he is), George Clooney is a dumbed-down Michael Moore. And that’s not sexy. Call me old-fashioned, but one trait I’ve always looked for in a man is that he be more intelligent than I am. And more manly. But when I see George Clooney, all I can...
  • Rush: Iraq Surrender Group Aims For "Bipartisan Consensus" To Unite Country In Defeat

    12/06/2006 3:26:57 PM PST · by goldstategop · 23 replies · 982+ views
    Rush ^ | 12/06/2006 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: We will start with the Iraq surrender group, big press conference today chaired by Lee Hamilton and James Baker. I think one of the best ways to share with you my thoughts on this is to read to you an e-mail I got from an Air Force friend of mine, a veteran in Iraq watching this this morning. "Hey, Rush, I'm climbing out of my skin here, watching the Iraq surrender group unfold on TV, but they're missing the point. Iraq is not the problem. The hatred our enemy has for us, that's the problem. Iraq is only a...
  • Man-Purses: Hot or Not? Despite Criticism, More Men Carry Purses (Castrati alert)

    07/26/2006 12:24:45 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 178 replies · 4,197+ views
    ABC News ^ | July 25, 2006 | JOHN BERMAN
    There is a growing trend in men's fashion, the handbag. It goes by many names: the man-bag, the murse. It is a cross between a backpack and a briefcase that looks very much like a pocketbook. They have been big in Europe for quite some time. Who can forget Jerry Seinfeld's exclamation, "It's European." But now, it is coming to America. Why? Because in these teched-out, decked-out times, American men need to put all that stuff somewhere. Guys have their cell phones, BlackBerries, wallets, checkbooks, sunglasses, body spray, you name it. And the 21st century guy wants to put it...
  • Singing in the pain (about castrated singers - with audio)

    03/29/2006 3:32:07 AM PST · by alnitak · 20 replies · 2,098+ views
    BBC ^ | Wednesday, 29 March 2006, 09:24 GMT 10:24 UK | By Sean Coughlan
    Castrati were the singing superstars of the 18th Century. But, as a new exhibition illustrates, theirs is a tale with some modern parallels. They look rather innocent in the museum display case - like a pair of old-fashioned shears. But these "castratori" were the implements used to castrate boys - who were making an irreversible sacrifice for their singing careers. It might seem more like tears in their eyes than Stars in their Eyes, but this was the uncomfortable route to stardom taken by thousands of poor families who wanted their sons to become rich and famous musical stars. In...
  • Left Despises George W. Bush's Manliness

    03/21/2006 6:07:51 PM PST · by pissant · 78 replies · 2,015+ views
    EIB ^ | 3/21/06 | El Rushbo
    RUSH: The president had a fabulous press conference today. We've got audio sound bites. In fact, just to tease you, grab sound bite number one. Bob Schieffer, well-known member of the drive-by media, anchors the little-seen, very little-watched Face the Nation on CBS on Sunday mornings, even Bob Schieffer had to say this. SCHIEFFER: I must say, this is about as close to the George Bush that one sees off camera as I have ever seen. I mean, if we named presidents the way we do historical figures like Richard the Lionhearted or Ivan the Terrible, certainly today what you...
  • Rush Limbaugh Live Thread Tuesday March 21st, 2006

    03/21/2006 8:34:13 AM PST · by MNJohnnie · 244 replies · 4,486+ views
    53 Senators vote to raid the Social Security trust fund ^ | 3/17/06 | Tim Chapman Posted on 03/18/2006 3:04:56 PM PST by eeevil conservative 53 Senators vote to raid the Social Security trust fund Yesterday, Senators Jim DeMint and Mike Crapo introduced an amendment to prevent the current Social Security Surplus from continuing to be spent. 53 Senators voted against it. After the vote, DeMint issued the following statement: “Sadly, fifty-three senators turned their backs on America’s seniors,” Senator DeMint said. “There is simply no way to save Social Security if we don’t have the courage stop using...
  • Man Overboard

    03/20/2006 9:13:18 PM PST · by metalmanx2j · 26 replies · 1,044+ views
    washington post ^ | March 21, 2006 | Ruth Marcus
    I have a new theory about what's behind everything that's wrong with the Bush administration: manliness. "Manliness" is the unapologetic title of a new book by Harvey C. Mansfield, a conservative professor of government at Harvard University, which makes him a species as rare as a dissenting voice in the Bush White House. Mansfield's thesis is that manliness, which he sums up as "confidence in the face of risk," is a misunderstood and unappreciated attribute. Manliness, he writes, "seeks and welcomes drama and prefers times of war, conflict, and risk." It entails assertiveness, even stubbornness, and craves power and action....
  • The Voice of the Neuter is Heard Throughout the Land

    01/26/2006 10:46:31 PM PST · by Checkers · 30 replies · 1,378+ views
    American Digest ^ | January 26, 2006 12:37 AM | Vanderleun
    Dr. Filth, he keeps his world Inside of a leather cup But all his sexless patients They're trying to blow it up -- Bob Dylan: Desolation Row LIKE SOME HAGGARD CRACK WHORE banging on the door of a dealer's den willing to do anything , the hapless Joel ( "I despise our troops." ) Stein has been passed randomly about the blogsphere in the last couple of days. Once a blogpile of such mountainous proportions starts, there's little left to comment on in terms of the content of Stein's small dry excretion after the first five hours. By that time...
  • Fox: 730pm Press Conference to Announce Filibuster Compromise

    05/23/2005 4:18:39 PM PDT · by jern · 2,481 replies · 69,134+ views
    Announce Filibuster Compromise