Here are some snow photos from Newsworks: newsworks.org
For those of you who never heard of her, Tila Tequila (originally Nguyen) is a “reality show” star who thinks she is a rapper. Originally a nude model, she parlayed her career into being a “professional” celebrity, like a third rate Kim Kardashian or Paris Hilton.
Well, apparently in the middle of last year, she suffered a brain aneurysm due to a drug over dose and went into rehab to recover. How is that recovery going? Not well apparently.
Since that time, Ms. Nguyen has decided to abandon her attempt to convert to Judaism, embrace Nazism, and has decided to spread the truth about one of history’s great misunderstood leaders, Adolf Hitler.
Tablet magazine reported on Monday that Tequila, who came into national prominence through the dating show A Shot At Love in 2007 and 2008, posted a photo illustration of herself on Facebook bearing an armband adorned with a swastika and an SS hat while standing in front of the entrance to the Auschwitz prison camp.
The caption for the picture states, “Tilisis is the GODDESS of LOVE & WAR! [sic] Learn your facts!” In another post Monday evening, Tequila — born Tila Nguyen in Singapore in 1981 — wrote, “I am She, the Queen who hath come to save you from this dark world filled with NWO parasite invaders,” an apparent reference to the “New World Order,” a popular boogeyman figure among conspiracy theorists.
She also responded to criticism of the image by linking to a Dec. 7 blog post in which she defends Hitler, saying his history was rewritten after the defeat of the Axis in World War II.
“I am not going to sit here and say that I hate Jewish people because that is not the case nor is this about Jews,” Tequila wrote. “It is about Hitler and his side of the story that was never told since he was not the victor. However, those of you with a closed mind can think I am being anti-semite all you want because I already told you that I am not, nor will I repeat myself again.”
To show how she’s embraced her new beliefs, she recorded a new song “It’s Going Down!” to explain them, bending all her marginal music talents to come up with the lyrics.
Every time you hear my name it’s going down, goin down X 4
Feeding yo mind with GMOs
while givin yo babies flo flo
not flo rida but flo ride
that shit that burns yo third eye
Jewluminati motherfuckers hate me
Oh no they don’t wanna date me
Nor you nor you nor you too
Worldwide Genocide blame it on the jews
So now they call me a nazi
no bitch I’m just good at yhatzee
Espionage is my middle name HA!
I got you good while rolling through yo hood
Hitler no Hi Tila
Hitler no Hit Tila
Hitler No Hi Tila
“It’s insulting to Adolf Hitler to have that promiscuous, degenerate, mongrel defending him. She makes me want to vomit.”
“The sad part is this no one will listen to her.”
“I congratulate her for finding the truth.”
“Brave woman to throw her career away for truth. Jew Hollywood and media will never hire her again.”
“Very, very strange. Her entry almost seems copied and pasted from this website. I wonder if she wasn’t somehow ‘encouraged’ — either overtly or covertly — to promulgate this information in an attempt to discredit it. I, for one, am quite skeptical.”
“She sounds perfectly lucid to me.”
“She’s not a truther, she’s a plant.”
“We need more people like her spreading this type of message. As long she does not preach racial mixing, has no kids, and eventually commits suicide, it is all good.”
“She’s got 2 million followers. People will listen to her. The Zionist veneer is finally crumbling.”
“I posted a supportive comment on the page. I think we all should to show her that she is not alone in her beliefs.”
And perhaps inevitably…
“Is she of Jewish racial ancestry?”
Unfortunately, I doubt we’ve heard the last of Tila Tequila.
Check out this piece about her from Wonkette’s Happy Nice Time blogger Rebecca Schoenkopf,
Rebecca wrote it in response to this horrifically stupid thing that Tequila recently wrote,
Note sure if I should label her a wingnut or a Moonbat, but she really is far out there.
update 12/10/13 at 12:21 am
Randall Gross left a comment, and based on what he pointed out, I think its safe to say, she’s a wingnut of some kind.
The Senate Conservatives Fund has endorsed tea party candidate Dr. Milton Wolf in the race for Sen. Pat Robert’s (R-KS) Senate seat.
“Dr. Milton Wolf is a principled conservative who will fight to stop the massive spending, bailouts, and debt that are bankrupting our country,” Senate Conservatives Fund Executive Director Matt Hoskins said in a statement obtained by TPM on Tuesday.
Wolf, a radiologist and tea party favorite, is actually President Barack Obama’s second cousin. He jumped into the race for Roberts’s seat in October.
According to Dr. Wolf, “I have a message for Senators Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Mike Lee: Your Kansas reinforcements are on the way!”
You may remember my interest in the Mantis Shrimp?
Here’s some more.
When Martha Stewart left prison in 2004 after serving a five-month sentence for conspiracy and obstruction of justice, she issued an emotional plea on behalf of the women she did her time with, many of whom were locked up for nonviolent drug offenses. “I beseech you all to think about these women,” Stewart said in a statement (PDF). “They would be much better served in a true rehabilitation center than in prison where there is no real help, no real programs to rehabilitate, no programs to educate, no way to be prepared for life out there.”
Stewart recognized that many women with drug convictions were victims of lives crippled by poverty and hardship and that a little assistance from the state would be much more beneficial to them than a heavy dose of punishment.
Sadly, thanks to a hastily added provision to the 1996 Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA), also known as the Welfare Reform Act, which aimed to reduce welfare dependence, not only are women with drug convictions unlikely to get the help they need before or during their incarceration, but many of them will also face being barred for life from receiving most forms of public benefits — from cash assistance to food stamps — after they serve their time.
A new report by the Sentencing Project, a nonprofit dedicated to reforming the U.S. criminal-justice system, examined the impact of the PRWORA provision, which affects those convicted in state and federal courts of felony drug offenses. Titled “A Lifetime of Punishment” (PDF), the report found that an estimated 180,000 women were being subjected to a lifetime exclusion from welfare benefits, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families. The purpose of the prohibition, presumably, is to deter drug use and the criminal behavior that sometimes arises from it by making it harder for addicts to trade food stamps or use cash benefits for drugs. However, the report found no evidence that this goal was being achieved. On the contrary, by denying benefits to those most in need, the ill-conceived embargo, which is in full effect in 12 states (and in partial effect in 25 others), may be having a particularly devastating impact on women and children of color — and may be more likely to perpetuate the cycle of poverty and addiction that leads people to abuse or sell drugs in the first place.
THE PDF: A Lifetime of Punishment is worth reading.
Also see: Portrait of Women in Prison
All links are mentioned in the article.
I have to wonder what behavior, exactly, results in a i a felony conviction in each State.
Titled “Be That Guy,” the 30-second animation was first played at a NASCAR race in mid-November. It shows a race, one of our great American pastimes, where a lot of people are crammed together in a loud public arena to cheer as slightly larger Hot Wheels careen around in circles (growing up in the land of INDYCAR, I still don’t get it). In the short, the crowd’s attention suddenly sets on a cartoon bro about to casually slap a woman vendor’s butt—until his friend reaches out and stops him. Advice flashes across the screen: “HANDS ARE FOR BEER AND HIGH FIVES,” and the crowd goes wild for That Guy!
The description for the video explains it succinctly:
“That Guy—like many men—sees women as equals. But That Guy is NOT silent when men treat women otherwise. That guy stands for something better. That Guy is the MAN.”
The PSA is sponsored by Breakthrough, a nonprofit based out of the U.S. and India that works to make violence and sexism socially unacceptable through the use of media and community engagement projects. Breakthrough makes an appeal for bystander intervention and treating violence against women as a public health issue that needs to be addressed by the entire culture.
Engaging men in this effort is vital to show that misogyny will not be tolerated. Lynn Harris, Breakthrough’s communications director, explains to Al Jazeera that their is goal to make men think: “Maybe next time my friend is being a tool, I’ll tell him to knock
To be close friends, men need to be willing to confess their insecurities, be kind to others, have empathy and sometimes sacrifice their own self-interest. “Real men,” though, are not supposed to do these things. They are supposed to be self-interested, competitive, non-emotional, strong (with no insecurities at all), and able to deal with their emotional problems without help. Being a good friend, then, as well as needing a good friend, is the equivalent of being girly.
Of course, not all men buy into these prescriptions for male behavior, but these expectations do influence most men’s friendships at least a little bit. They mean that, to make good friends, men have to take risks. In a context in which being a man is good and being friendly is being womanly, each time a man tries to form intimate bonds with another man, he potentially loses status. Men who want truly close friends have to fight the instinct to protect their standing above all else. This isn’t easy, as they’ve been told for a lifetime that their status as male, and their place in that hierarchy, is a significant part of why they’re important and valuable human beings.
Men also have to find other men who are willing to take those risks with them. Knowing who to reach out to isn’t always easy, as men often wear a masculine guise, a mask that projects masculinity and hides the things about them that are disallowed. In one study of men’s experiences, one college-age man explained: “I am more of an emotional person. … I never really felt much like who I [pretended to be] because I [was]… putting my man face on.”
Take for example a young woman whose parents staunchly oppose abortion yet who are also abusive. For her, parental consent requirements not only disregard her personal agency and ability to make a personal choice, they may put her in danger if she has to report her pregnancy to her parents.
For young people who need to keep their abortion secret from family or friends, 24-hour waiting periods are also dangerous as they make it all the more difficult for a young person who must take time off school or give their parents reasons for being away. This is especially true for young people living in states where abortion clinics are few and far between, not to mention prohibitively expensive.
As a young American progressive, I grew up learning that the 1973 Roe assured me a right to an abortion and that once the Supreme Court released the ruling their decision was final - I would never be restricted by my government from making the reproductive decision I deemed fit for myself. As I continue to grow older and learn more about American policies on reproductive rights, I continue to learn that that is simply not the case.
The complaint alleged that Logan College violated Title IX—the federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education—when the school told Kostal that its policy did not excuse absences related to pregnancy or childbirth and that she had to return to school immediately following her emergency Caesarean surgery or be penalized for any courses missed during her recovery.
Eleven days after her emergency Caesarean delivery, Kostal returned to classes—before she had fully recovered—in an effort to avoid being penalized for missing classes. In order to drive to school safely, Kostal had to stop taking her pain medications. At school she had to sit or stand for long periods of time without proper rest or medication and became extremely rundown both physically and mentally. One professor who taught two of Kostal’s masters-level classes penalized her for missing exams while she recovered from childbirth. Kostal received failing grades in those two courses, lost tuition money and fell behind in achieving her masters and doctorate degrees scheduled for Spring 2014. Before her hospitalization, Kostal had an “A” average in one of those classes and a “B” average in the other.