April 8, 2013

Flappers, Suffragettes and Civility on Streetcars

The term flappers in the 1920s referred to a "new breed" of young women who wore short skirts, bobbed their hair, listened to jazz, and flaunted their disdain for what was then considered acceptable behavior. Flappers were seen as brash for wearing excessive makeup, drinking, treating sex in a casual manner, smoking, driving automobiles and otherwise flouting social and sexual norms.

The term flappers in the 1920s referred to a “new breed” of young women who wore short skirts, bobbed their hair, listened to jazz, and flaunted their disdain for what was then considered acceptable behavior. Flappers were seen as brash for wearing excessive makeup, drinking, treating sex in a casual manner, smoking, driving automobiles and otherwise flouting social and sexual norms.

A quarter of a century ago, before Los Angeles became such a busy mart of trade, there was more sociability, more friendliness, more pleasant words and smiles on street cars in one day than there is now in a week, according to Edward H. Link, one of the oldest conductors in point of service, employed on the city lines.

“No woman wanted to bite you when you said, ‘Step forward in the car, please.’” he said. “No one threatened to call the police, telegraph the Governor and hang the motorman when the power went off. No one minded waiting a few minutes while the team of a big bay horses struggled to move the dray stalled in the mud on the track. But let a car get tied up in traffic now, and listen to the remarks” Look at the impatient tap-tap-tapping of feet on the floor and see the irritable looks on the faces of the passengers!”
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July 16, 2012

Writers on Freedom

“The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.” ~ Gloria Steinem

“Lock up your libraries if you like, but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.” ~ Virginia Woolf, “A Room Of One’s Own”

“The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can’t be any large-scale revolution until there’s a personal revolution, on an individual level. It’s got to happen inside first….Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and when the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.” ~ Jim Morrison Continue reading

June 27, 2012

Sandusky’s Many Accomplices

As his victims sobbed on the stand, Jerry Sandusky leaned forward and smiled, according to several journalists.

One reporter said he looked adoringly at one of his victims, a look that never crossed his face when looking at his wife or family. A juror spoke of this adoring look too, saying that was a factor in the verdict.

These descriptions are spine-chilling, leaving the impression he was happily reliving the sexual violence he inflicted even as he was faced with life in prison for the crimes. Did their pain on the stand give him an erection in the same manner inflicting the pain of rape provided his sexual excitement? Was the memory of his dominance, power and control over mere boys exhilarating? Continue reading

May 6, 2012

Humiliated Elizabeth Edwards ripped her blouse and bra off at airport

“You don’t see me anymore,” Elizabeth Edwards screamed as she tore off her blouse and bra, revealing breasts deformed by the grueling treatment inflicted on breast cancer victims. John Edwards “didn’t have much of a reaction,” testified Christina Reynolds, a former Edwards communications adviser and friend of his wife.
Woman holding her chest by Vicky  Emptage
Her agony was on full display for all to see at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport in North Carolina in October, 2007. She’d first stormed away and collapsed in an anguished heap in front of a private hangar after learning the National Enquirer published the disturbing details of John’s affair with Rielle Hunter. Reynolds and other female staffers coaxed her into the bathroom to calm down, but, still filled with grief, she returned to confront her husband with her bare breasts. Reynolds and other staffers rushed to cover her naked body, then convinced her to get back in the waiting car where they huddled with her, offering what comfort they could. Continue reading

April 20, 2012

Who Is The Most Dangerous Man On Earth?

The obvious answer is: the average man, which is why we need the GOP to support the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

Darren McGavin - Kolchak: The Night Stalker

So why didn’t anyone mention Joe Average when the question was asked by Wesman Todd Shaw? His question inspired a lot of guesses. This person’s reply was notable because of their fear of ideas:

To be honest with you the most dangerous man on earth is someone who can think for themselves, a person who can simply lead others into following them to do anything and one who is strong willed and cannot be over-turned by another. If you look through history you might find that the most dangerous man on earth wasn’t someone who led a country or a terror group it is a simple person who had the knowledge and the capabilities to control and manipulate others.

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January 3, 2012

The Hunger Games: Savage Murders of Children by Children

Why is gut-wrenching, glorified violence committed by children on other children a runaway bestseller? How many parents are aware of what their children are consuming? Why are some schools making this trilogy required reading?


Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games, the first of the trilogy, has sold over 16 million copies in the United States.

A movie based on the book is set to be released in March. The director claims his movie’s rating will be rated for children, according to Karen Valby in her article for Inside Movies.

Director Gary Ross revealed in our exclusive interview, it’s time to get real.

“’It’s not going to be an R-rated movie because I want the 12- and 13- and 14-year-old-fans to be able to go see it,’ Continue reading

December 30, 2011

Rick Perry‘s Hypocrisy: Dangerous to Women

Texas Governor Rick Perry doesn’t mind executing 234 prisoners — including the possibility of putting an innocent man to death — but woe to the woman who seeks an abortion.Blue Nude, c.1902 by Pablo Picasso

Perry’s willingness to sacrifice the lives of women in his pursuit of the White House was made amply clear this week when he announced he’d changed his mind about exceptions like rape, incest and the life of the mother to abortion. Always a staunch opponent of women’s reproductive rights, he announced he’d been “transformed” by an anti-abortion movie narrated by Mike Huckabee. Continue reading

December 28, 2011

Sailing on the Winds of Change

“We cannot change the direction of the wind, but we can adjust our sails.” ~ Bertha Calloway

Sailboat in Rough Water, Ticonderoga Race by Michael Brown

Sailboat in Rough Water, Ticonderoga Race by Michael Brown

Today is warm. A breeze is gently fluttering the curtains and chattering through the chimes hanging from the eaves. Elsewhere, perhaps in another time, the wind will not be so kind. Tornadoes will come, dropping destruction from the clouds, sucking lives into their funnels, stealing the familiar landscape, leaving behind destruction. Hurricanes will rage, tearing roofs from buildings, toppling trees, smashing everything below.

As destructive as they seem, these are the winds of change. In an instant, the life we’ve known will vanish forever, leaving behind bewilderment and devastation. How can it happen so fast? Where does our invincibility go? Continue reading