[FRANCE24] Dominique Strauss-Kahn "is half man, half pig", according to a former lover who has detailed their seven-month relationship in a kiss-and-tell book to be released next week.
Extracts of "Belle et Bête" -- which can be translated as "Beauty and the Beast" or "Beautiful and Stupid" -- were published in respected weekly news magazine Le Nouvel Observateur This is considered news in France?
Thursday, alongside an exclusive interview with author Marcela Iacub, a lawyer and newspaper columnist.
Strauss-Kahn, known in France by his initials DSK and once billed as a possible Socialist candidate for the 2012 French presidential election, is described as unfeeling, selfish and sexually obsessed, "an artist of the sewers, a poet of abasement and filth".
But these are the very traits that appealed to Iacub, who started her seven-month relationship with DSK in 2012, a year after he was infamously accused of sexually assaulting a hotel maid at the New York Sofitel. Boy howdy, lucky for her she knew what she was getting into...
"You have had a long list of sexual conquests ... of mostly vulgar and unattractive women," she wrote in the style of an open letter to her former lover. "It is one of the authentic and wonderful traits of the true pig, a form of generosity that you show to all women prepared to receive you."
gromky, it is clear your education about women is woefully incomplete. It is also clear that all those trying helpfully to educate you will not be able to crack the extra-thick skull of your preconceptions. An aluminum baseball bat in professional hands is what's needed, and I have neither the time nor the energy to devote to this little project.
[DAILYCALLER] A recently introduced bill in the Illinois state Senate would require anonymous website comment posters to reveal their identities if they want to keep their comments online. If you're going to comment on this post, don't do it anonymously. Use an assumed name.
The bill, called the Internet Posting Removal Act, is sponsored by Illinois state Sen. Ira Silverstein. Wonder what party he belongs to?
It states that a "web site administrator upon request shall remove any comments posted on his or her web site by an anonymous poster unless the anonymous poster agrees to attach his or her name to the post and confirms that his or her IP address, legal name, and home address are accurate." I presume that's so they can send union thugs to mess you up if they don't like what you post.
The Democratic I guessed that. politician's bill, which does not ask for or clarify requirements from entities requesting the comment removal, would take effect 90 days after becoming law. I wonder if the entities can be anonymous?
Pseudonymous and anonymous comments have long been a critical part of U.S. public discourse, though, and the bill may be on shaky legal ground. Many of the Federalist Papers were written by some guy named Publius.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) noted on its website that the "right to anonymous speech is also protected well beyond the printed page." But only for lefty sites...
"Thus in 2002 the Supreme Court struck down a law requiring proselytizers to register their true names with the mayor's office before going door-to-door," wrote EFF, noting that the Supreme Court protects Internet commentary as it does pamphleteering. Possibly because the two are identical, except for one being electronic.
The bill is part of a larger trend of politicians seeking to censor anonymous online speech. Since all the other problems the nation has have been solved.
The New York State Assembly sought the passage of a similar bill in May 2012, and Arizona politicians worked to ban Internet trolling altogether in April 2012.
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed the bill into law in May 2012, but only after the contentious language was cut. Personally, I'm all in favor of public execution for trolls, but they probably have a right to be stupid and obnoxious.
Local politicians took similar action in Tennessee in 2012, when the Shelby County Commission pressed for a court order to reveal the identities of online commentators who posted nearly 9,000 comments on Memphis news site, Commercial Appeal. The very same online commentor? Or 9000 separate commentors?
Posted by: Anthony Weiner ||
The very same online commentor? Or 9000 separate commentors?
Yes, it was the strange case of one Richard Windsor, esq. well known bon vivant and dawg about town. It turns out sadly Richard (Dick to his friends) was also a meth addict and could paw out 300 emails and 500 comments per evening given enough water and the occasional scratch behind the ears.
Legislators just do not get how the internet works. Illinois can pass a law banning anonymous posting, but it could only be enforced against an Illinois web site. Congress could pass a similar law for the US, but it would only apply to sites in the US. All Fred would have to do is get a Canadian server to avoid it.
A couple of years ago, Canada passed an embargo on any news about some political fight that was going on. Some Canadian passed info to Ed Morrissey at hotair.com who posted it.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia ||
You see, when those old white guys wrote the 1st Ammendment, all they could envision, like muskets and bayonets, was parchment and type press. They had no idea about computers and internet, satellites in space. Its an outdated olde fashioned way of thinking and it is time evolve our allowance of free speech.
Also, you must wear a safety vest with your name and address when commenting at lawmaker events, so that party officials may quickly identify you and where you live so that we may better solve any problems.
Got four Pinoccios from WaPo last fall for telling a "wopper". Worth remembering. A key snippet:
(July 12, 2011):
They turned to [White House national economic council director Gene] Sperling for details about a compulsory trigger if they didn't cut spending or raise taxes in an amount at least equivalent to the debt ceiling increase.
"A trigger would lock in our commitment," Sperling explained. "Even though we disagree on the composition of how to get to the cuts, it would lock us in. The form of the automatic sequester would punish both sides. We'd have to September to avert any sequester" -- a legal obligation to make spending cuts.
"Then we could use a medium or big deal to force tax reform," Obama said optimistically.
"If this is a trigger for tax reform," Boehner said, "this could be worth discussing. But as a budget tool, it's too complicated. I'm very nervous about this."
"This would be an enforcement mechanism," Obama said.
When you control the media you control who gets blamed. Unfortunately the Republicans have a long uphill battle to get a fair shake. Fortunately the tools (internet, cable news, etc) are in place if they learn how to use them.
Unfortunately the Republicans have a long uphill battle to get a fair shake.
It's not an uphill fight when you get on your knees to fawn over the media in a vain attempt to earn the love of Donks who have have bylines. Got to face the reality that until you buy them out and run the media yourself, there won't even be a 'fair' in any part of the game of power.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.