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Oct 19 2016
Donald Trump Effs Up His Final Debate BIGLY With 2 Massive Errors Comments (0)

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The third presidential debate is over, and so should any remaining national debate over Donald J. Trump's fitness for the office.

He is a disaster.

Trump held strong, playing nice 'n' normal for 20 or so minutes, straining hard to use his indoor voice (and looking pitted and shiny, makeup-free).

Then, he got vicious, and remained snarky and petulant nonstop, allowing his blows to be overshadowed by problems of his own making: Saying he has not apologized to Melania over the groping claims, pretending all nine accusers' stories have been debunked, fantasizing that the Mosul campaign was designed to help Hillary, sticking to his story that he was against the Iraq War ... when he wasn't.

He simply can not not lie.

Most egregiously, he committed two I-think-fatal errors: He couldn't hold his tongue, interrupting Hillary after a mild zinger to seethe that she is a nasty woman; and his jaw-dropping decision to say he will not commit to accepting the results of the election.

The latter will be the takeaway from this debate, his last chance to stop his freefall and possibly regain any momentum.

He is not going to soar from this performance.

When Trump Goes Low, Kathy Goes Lower Comments (0)

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Kathy Griffin Brits and Yanks Trump's chain in a new campaign ad/parody ...

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6-PACK/politics — Madonna Sucks ... For Hillary + Trump Abandoned By Burnett + Hillary UP + Trump Called Condi The B-Word + Kids For Hillary + The Dumbest Hillary Note Ever, Period! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureABOVE: Madonna hilariously promises BJs for Hillary votes.

*widget boy cultureDonald Trump is too far right even for Apprentice holy roller Mark Burnett. Burn!

*widget boy cultureQuinnipiac: Hillary up by 7 nationally.

*widget boy cultureTrump called Condi Rice a “bitch,” and she let her reaction be known.

*widget boy cultureKids vote for Hillary—and they've only screwed up twice since 1940. Guess which they missed?

*widget boy cultureAt least one Hillary hater is concerned about her, um, monthly period.

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Oct 17 2016
Until Proven Innocent: A Review Of SOUTHWEST OF SALEM Comments (0)

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I am sometimes embarrassed to tell a woman the name of my blog, usually resorting to, “It's Boy Culture ... but we love girls, too!”

I've never felt less attached to the name than when I was watching the new documentary Southwest of Salem, which details the heartbreaking case of four Latinas from San Antonio, Texas, whose lesbianism almost certainly led to their being imprisoned for heinous crimes they did not commit; their story was almost certainly made possible by good ol' boy culture.

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The San Antonio Four—Elizabeth Ramirez, Kristie Mayhugh, Cassandra Rivera and Anna Vasquez—were a tight-knit group of friends who found themselves accused, in 1994, of gang-raping Ramirez's two young nieces. The girls told a wild tale of drug-fueled, Satanic-driven group sex, an expert testified that the girls' hymens were damaged and that's all their community and the local media needed to hear.

Convicted, Ramirez pulled over 37 years and her friends each received 16. Only problem is, they didn't do it, and the crime for which they were convicted almost beyond a doubt never happened in the first place.

When one of the girls accusing the women grew up and found she could not remember anything negative happening at all, she confronted her father, a man with plenty of reason to have an ax to grind when it came to his sister-in-law. He allegedly threatened her with taking her children away if she refused to stay silent. She went on the record anyway, and he did try, unsuccessfully, to meddle with her custody.

Her admission led to Vasquez's parole, and Vasquez made it her mission to help her fellow accused. Their long, torturous struggle makes up Southwest of Salem.

Director Deborah S. Esquenazi has turned in a sobering, no-frills documentary that painstakingly details the case, which has yet to fully resolve; the women are currently free, but as the film shows, they are still fighting for justice.

Esquenazi documents how the expert testimony in the original case was not only flimsy, but later disavowed by the same expert who gave it; how the police seemed all too eager to lump the crime in with the last gasp of the now totally debunked Satanic ritual abuse epidemic (the film's only arty flourish is a sequence of footage from the Silent Era that eerily communicates the accusers' over-the-top fabulism); and how the legal system is set up to keep admissions of error extremely hard to solicit, let alone receive.

Most impressively, the director accomplishes this while telling the very human stories of the women, and of the accuser who set out to make things right years later.

She also deftly touches on the role (or lack thereof) of the nascent San Antonio gay community back in the '90s when the case first achieved notoriety, and on the roles of Catholicism and family in the women's lives.

Portions of the Q&A from the screening I attended:

There are many deeply moving sequences in Southwest of Salem—which has no shortage of parallels from which to draw in comparing the Massachusetts witch hunts of the 1600s with the way POC and LGBTQ people are still routinely treated by the U.S. justice system—including scenes of despair and of joy long withheld. For me, the most compelling scene is when an elderly, white, male, Texan judge is tasked with deciding whether a case he himself presided over may have gotten it wrong. One question he asks will chill you to the bone, and should lead any right-minded citizen to ask a dozen more questions about the efficacy of our system.

Don't miss this important film—check out its official site here and donate to the women's cause here.

Oct 14 2016
Yet Another Trump Accuser: Republican APPRENTICE Season 5 Castmate Comments (0)

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Gloria Allred hosted a presser just now featuring Summer Zervos, a contestant on Season 5 of The Apprentice. Zervos read a statement accusing of Trump of luring her into a situation in which he pressured her for sex and put his lips and hands on her.

Keep reading to watch and listen to the press conference ...

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Hillary On THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW: Trump Stalked Her During Debate, Michelle O's Speech Was Spot-On + Funny Debate Dance Vid Comments (0)

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Hillary Clinton sat down with Ellen DeGeneres to talk about the debate—including Donald Trump stalking her around the stage—and Michelle Obama's powerful anti-Trump speech.

Here she is on Trump invading her personal space and the importance of the election:

She also had to sit through a reel using video wizardry to reveal her dance routine with Ken Bone. Keep reading for that ...

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Madonna Is BILLBOARD's Woman Of The Year Comments (0)

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Billboard has announced that Madonna is its Woman of the Year, and she'll collect her prize in NYC in December!

The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group President & Chief Creative Officer Janice Min said of the Queen of Pop:

Madonna is one of a miniscule number of super-artists whose influence and career transcend music. With her creative vision, relentless innovation, and dedication to philanthropic causes, she is an inspiration to hundreds of millions of people around the world, all while shattering every career record out there. She is an important feminist on top of that, a one-of-a-kind artist who’s used her influence to change the conversation around women, sexuality and equal rights.

Perhaps charitably, Billboard lists Madonna's widely—and, I would argue, unfairly—derided Prince tribute as one example of how she has remained a part of the “cultural conversation” in the past year. That, she has! In a myriad of ways.

A number of other assertions in the Billboard piece announcing the honor should be especially gratifying for her fans, since some have been contested:

Her Rebel Heart Tour, which wrapped in March, solidified her status as one of the biggest touring acts of all time. Madonna sold more than 1 million tickets and walked away with $170 million. That makes her the highest grossing solo touring artist in Billboard Boxscore history (the archives go back to 1990) with a staggering $1.31 billion in total concert grosses.

In addition to being the first female pop star with true control of her career and image, Madonna is the best-selling female recording artist of all time. She's earned 8 No. 1 albums (and 21 top 10 albums) on the Billboard 200 and 12 No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100. With her 46th No. 1 on the Dance Club Songs chart in 2015, she extended her own record for the most No. 1s on a single Billboard chart. She also holds the record for the most top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with 38.

Madonna is slated to receive her award at the 11th Annual Women in Music Event, held December 9 in NYC. It will be filmed for Lifetime, airing December 12.

It will be interesting to see who hands her the award, who shows up, if tribute performances are tied to this appearance and how quickly people being snarking that this award was bought and paid for.

6-PACK — Luke Evans Protecting His Gayness + WaPo Is With Her! + Pence: FECKLESS Driver + Trump Jr. Slams Women Who Object To Sexual Harassment + Happy B'Day, BJ! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureNewly single Luke Evans isn't “embarrassed” by being gay, but he won't talk about it. Because privacy.


*widget boy cultureThe Washington Post endorses Hillary Clinton “without hesitation,” not just 'cuz Trump is “dreadful.”

*widget boy cultureTrump says he didn't attack Natasha Stoynoff: “You take a look, look at her ... I don't think so.”

*widget boy cultureMike Pence answers 11-year-old girl's body-shaming question with lecture about “feckless” Hillary:

*widget boy cultureDonald Trump Jr. says women should put up with sexual harassment or they don't belong in the workforce:

*widget boy cultureGuess how old Greg Evigan is?

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