Diana Krall (Love Me Like A Man) Music Video — McCainBlogette — Don’t Call Me a Slut — Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals — ‘Grab a Mop,’ Obama Tells Health Care Overhaul Critics — Levi Johnston preps for Playgirl photo shoot — WHAT THE GOVERNMENT DOESN’T WANT YOU TO KNOW ABOUT MOPS – Mop History


OBAMA  ART !!!

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I’ think I’ll…, a comment on indecision (Ed Ruscha 1983 oil on canvas)

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The men that I’ve been seeing

they got their soul up on a shelf

You know they could never love me

When they can’t even love themselves

And I want someone to love me

Someone who really understands

Who won’t put himself above me

Who just love me like a man

I never seen such losers darling…


I have a daughter approximately the same age as Meghan McCain and I would not want the picture she posted on twitter to be on the internet.  Therefore, if you must, click on her blog below for the twitpic.  Youthful indiscretion or narcissism?

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my new column for The Daily Beast and my last comments ever on the matter http://bit.ly/1oB2MBabout 17 hours ago from web

OK, at least I didn’t dupe the media into thinking I flew away in a homemade balloon 🙂about 19 hours ago from web

I would like to thank CNN for running a special segment on my twitphoto drama, you guys are #3 in the ratings for a reasonabout 22 hours ago from web

I have a column going up on The Daily Beast tomorrow, and that will be the last I have to say on this overblown subject.about 22 hours ago from web

This has been one of the hardest days of my entire life. I want to thank my amazing friends, I don’t know what I would do without you!about 23 hours ago from web

be deleting my twitter account but I will be more careful in the future about my use with the medium.3:45 PM Oct 15th from web

I would like to thank my family and friends for their support. This has been an embarrassing experience but also a learning one. I will not3:44 PM Oct 15th from web

in the meantime, my new column for The Daily Beast http://is.gd/4k9xb11:54 PM Oct 14th from web

I do want to apologize to anyone that was offended by my twitpic, I have clearly made a huge mistake and am sorry 2 those that are offended.9:06 PM Oct 14th from web

ok I am getting the fuck off twitter, promise not to delete my account until I sleep on it, thank you for the nice words supporters8:57 PM Oct 14th from web

when I am alone in my apartment, I wear tank tops and sweat pants, I had no idea this makes me a “slut”, I can’t even tell you how hurt I am8:56 PM Oct 14th from web

I am going to take some more time to think about it but seriously I was just trying to be funny with the book and that I’m a dork staying in8:41 PM Oct 14th from web

why I have been considering deleting my twitter account, what once was fun now just seems like a vessel for harassment8:41 PM Oct 14th from web

so I took a fun picture not thinking anything about what I was wearing but apparently anything other than a pantsuit I am a slut, this is8:40 PM Oct 14th from web

have a good night everyone! make sure and look out for my new column tomorrow!8:29 PM Oct 14th from web

my book is just called “Andy Warhol” by Arthur C. Danto8:27 PM Oct 14th from web

http://twitpic.com/ljzq4 – my “spontaneous” night in…8:19 PM Oct 14th from TwitPic

my “spontaneous” night in is my Andy Warhol biography and takeout….I’m getting old8:17 PM Oct 14th from web


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Don’t Call Me a Slut

Hours after The Daily Beast’s Meghan McCain posted a self-portrait on Twitter, it made national news and she was a pariah. But she says it’s the media who are the real boobs.

On Wednesday, I posted a hastily taken self-portrait on Twitter—which I thought was funny and silly—and within a few hours I had caused a minor media scandal. I spent most of the next day thinking about what exactly was so shocking about the picture, why there was such an immediate and nasty overreaction. After all, it’s not like I was caught making a sex tape. I certainly didn’t pose nude for Playboy. And I hadn’t even exposed a nipple.

So why all this Sturm und Drang?

Could it be it’s because I have breasts? Because for those of you who didn’t know, I have two. They’re larger than some women’s and not as big as others. I don’t usually show off my cleavage—as I did in the photos I posted—which I will admit is not the smartest thing I have ever done. But it’s just not worth the drama it caused.

To be honest, I don’t feel that I have anything to feel ashamed of. I’ve always embraced my curves and will continue to do so. I’d rather be the size I am than a skinny model fired for being too fat. And once again, a day after writing about my weight, it’s the media that have a problem with my body.

For years I have struggled to accept the fact that the way I look in a tank top comes off more “sexual” than a flat-chested woman. And once again I was reassured by the media that someone with my cup size should always be covered up. Or what, I’ll be seen as a slut? It’s pathetic we can come so far in so many ways, but when Rep. Aaron Schock or Rep. Jeff Flake post pictures of themselves without their suits on—and their shirts, for that matter—they are proclaimed “hotties.” But put me in a tank top and I am suddenly an embarrassment to the Republican Party and women everywhere. The double standard is infuriating.

As those of you who follow me on Twitter know, I live my life very openly. I will happily tell you what I’m doing every minute of every day. I will tell you what songs I’m listening to, what movies I’ve seen, and what books I’ve read. (That’s Arthur Danto’s new biography of Andy Warhol in the photo, by the way.) I love reading other people’s Tweets to me.

It’s amazing what you can learn. And I’ve certainly endured my share of harsh comments from those who follow me. But yesterday was the first time it really wasn’t fun. It’s not easy to be called a slut. But I’m not giving up my Twitter just yet—I’m just going to be more judicious in how I use it. At the end of the day, I am a work in progress. I am not perfect and have never given anyone the assumption that I am. I turn 25 next week and I am still adjusting to the glare of the spotlight and making mistakes.

This is the last time I’ll ever address this non-scandal but at the very least I hope other girls can learn from this episode before they post any kind of photo online. I know I have learned a valuable lesson about the Internet and the boundaries between personal and public use with social media.

I just wanted to get that off my chest.


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Is Meghan McCain the new face of the GOP?


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Balloon Boy

In this image rendered from video and released by KMGH-TV in Denver, a hot-air balloon is seen over Colorado, near Fort Collins. A 6-year-old boy was initially believed to have climbed into the hot-air balloon aircraft and floated away Thursday, forcing officials to scramble to figure out how to rescue the boy. Larimer County sheriff’s spokeswoman Eloise Campanella says the device, which is shaped like a flying saucer, had the potential to rise to 10,000 feet. (AP Photo/KMGH-TV )

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“Illegal Alien” Halloween costume sparks ire


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Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals

To paraphrase some sage advice, “keep your friends close, keep your enemies closer.” If your business or organization ever becomes a target of radical activists, it will be extremely helpful to know what strategies of attack will used against you. Short of having spies infiltrate their organization – a practice that is sure to be found out and exposed to your discredit – it would help to study their methods.

Known as the “father of modern American radicalism,” Saul D. Alinsky (1909-1972) developed strategies and tactics that take the enormous, unfocused emotional energy of grassroots groups and transform it into effective anti-government and anti-corporate activism. Activist organizations teach his ideas widely taught today as a set of model behaviors, and they use these principles to create an emotional commitment to victory – no matter what.

Grassroots pressure on large organizations is reality, and there is every indication that it will grow. Because the conflicts manifest in high-profile public debate and often-panicked decision-making, studying Alinsky’s rules will help organizations develop counteractive strategies that can level the playing field.

Governments and corporations have inherent weaknesses. And, time and again, they repeat mistakes that other large organizations have made, even repeating their OWN mistakes. Alinsky’s out-of-print book – “Rules for Radicals” – illustrates why opposition groups take on large organizations with utter glee, and why these governments and corporations fail to win.

Large organizations have learned to stonewall and not empower activists. In other words, they try to ignore radical activists and are never as committed to victory as their opposition is committed to defeating them. Result? They are unprepared for the hailstorm of brutal tactics that severely damage their reputation and send them running with their tails between their legs.

Some of these rules are ruthless, but they work. Here are the rules to be aware of:

RULE 1: “Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have.” Power is derived from 2 main sources – money and people. “Have-Nots” must build power from flesh and blood. (These are two things of which there is a plentiful supply. Government and corporations always have a difficult time appealing to people, and usually do so almost exclusively with economic arguments.)

RULE 2: “Never go outside the expertise of your people.” It results in confusion, fear and retreat. Feeling secure adds to the backbone of anyone. (Organizations under attack wonder why radicals don’t address the “real” issues. This is why. They avoid things with which they have no knowledge.)

RULE 3: “Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy.” Look for ways to increase insecurity, anxiety and uncertainty. (This happens all the time. Watch how many organizations under attack are blind-sided by seemingly irrelevant arguments that they are then forced to address.)

RULE 4: “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.” If the rule is that every letter gets a reply, send 30,000 letters. You can kill them with this because no one can possibly obey all of their own rules. (This is a serious rule. The besieged entity’s very credibility and reputation is at stake, because if activists catch it lying or not living up to its commitments, they can continue to chip away at the damage.)

RULE 5: “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” There is no defense. It’s irrational. It’s infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions. (Pretty crude, rude and mean, huh? They want to create anger and fear.)

RULE 6: “A good tactic is one your people enjoy.” They’ll keep doing it without urging and come back to do more. They’re doing their thing, and will even suggest better ones. (Radical activists, in this sense, are no different that any other human being. We all avoid “un-fun” activities, and but we revel at and enjoy the ones that work and bring results.)

RULE 7: “A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.” Don’t become old news. (Even radical activists get bored. So to keep them excited and involved, organizers are constantly coming up with new tactics.)

RULE 8: “Keep the pressure on. Never let up.” Keep trying new things to keep the opposition off balance. As the opposition masters one approach, hit them from the flank with something new. (Attack, attack, attack from all sides, never giving the reeling organization a chance to rest, regroup, recover and re-strategize.)

RULE 9: “The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.” Imagination and ego can dream up many more consequences than any activist. (Perception is reality. Large organizations always prepare a worst-case scenario, something that may be furthest from the activists’ minds. The upshot is that the organization will expend enormous time and energy, creating in its own collective mind the direst of conclusions. The possibilities can easily poison the mind and result in demoralization.)

RULE 10: “If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a positive.” Violence from the other side can win the public to your side because the public sympathizes with the underdog. (Unions used this tactic. Peaceful [albeit loud] demonstrations during the heyday of unions in the early to mid-20th Century incurred management’s wrath, often in the form of violence that eventually brought public sympathy to their side.)

RULE 11: “The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.” Never let the enemy score points because you’re caught without a solution to the problem. (Old saw: If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. Activist organizations have an agenda, and their strategy is to hold a place at the table, to be given a forum to wield their power. So, they have to have a compromise solution.)

RULE 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. (This is cruel, but very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works.)

Saul Alinsky (January 30, 1909, Chicago, Illinois – June 12, 1972, Carmel, California) was a well-known community organizer and writer. He is generally considered to be the founder of modern community organizing and has been compared to Thomas Paine as “one of the great American leaders of the nonsocialist left.”

In the course of nearly four decades of organizing the poor for radical social action, Alinsky made many enemies, but he has also won the respect, however grudging, of a disparate array of public figures. His organizing skills were focused on improving the living conditions of poor communities across North America. In the 1950s, he began turning his attention to improving conditions of the African-American ghettos, beginning with Chicago‘s and later traveling to other ghettos in California, Michigan, New York City, and a dozen other “trouble spots.”

His ideas were later adapted by some US college students and other young organizers in the late 1960s and formed part of their strategies for organizing on campus and beyond.  Time magazine once wrote that “American democracy is being altered by Alinsky’s ideas,” and conservative author William F. Buckley said he was “very close to being an organizational genius.”

Source:  Wiki


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President Says Opponents in Congress Lack Proposals of Their Own

President Barack Obama Thursday night called out his critics in Congress for blasting Democratic attempts to overhaul health care without proposing solutions of their own.

“What I reject is when some folks sit on the sidelines and root for failure,” he said at a fundraiser in San Francisco where he was joined by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

“I’m busy,” he told the crowd. “Nancy’s busy with her mop cleaning up somebody else’s mess. We don’t want somebody sitting back saying you’re not holding the mop the right way.

“Why don’t you grab a mop? Why don’t you help clean up?

“You’re not mopping fast enough,” the president said, imitating his critics’ comments.

“That’s a socialist mop.

“Grab a mop!” he demanded. “Let’s get to work.”

Earlier in the event, in keeping with the housecleaning theme of his remarks, the president quoted Abraham Lincoln to describe the situation he inherited in January.

“It’s a pretty mess you got me into, but I forgive you,” he told his California supporters.

“That’s how I feel about you. You’re all forgiven.”

Picking up on similar fiery comments he made at an event earlier in the day in New Orleans, the president warned his critics that despite the difficulties of his first nine months in office, he still has a lot of gas left in the tank.

“I want everybody to know who’s standing in the way of progress, I’m not tired. I’m just getting started. You can throw whatever you want at me. Keep it coming.

“We’re going to get this done. We’re going to get health care done. We’re going to get clean energy done. We’re going to get climate change done. We’re going to fix our schools. We’re going to fix the problems internationally that I was elected to deal with.”

In the coming weeks, the president predicted that the battle over health care is only going to heat up. He echoed a familiar refrain that the country is closer than ever to passing legislation and noted that five bills have been passed by various congressional committees.

“We’re going to be going at it,” he said.

“There are going to be some fierce arguments over the next couple of weeks about health care. There should be. This is big,” the president said. “But understand that the bill that you least like of the five bills that got passed would all provide millions of people who don’t have coverage coverage, would all prevent insurance companies from barring you from getting health insurance because of pre-existing conditions, would all set up an exchange for small businesses to compete and get the same deal that big businesses do for their employees, would all provide subsidies to people who have health insurance and give them a measure of security – all of them.”

A Democratic source said the event was expected to raise $3 million. The sold-out event featured a dinner for $30,400 per couple, expected to attract 160 people. A reception with tickets priced between $500 and $1000 was expected to attract about 900 people.

Following Pelosi’s introduction, the president joked about the California lawmaker, “Every day, she is subjected to constant criticism and griping; and then there’s the other party …”

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091016_levi_johnston_ap_392_regularLevi Johnston will bare all his “Moose meat” for Playgirl photo shoot? | AP

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Levi Johnston preps for Playgirl photo shoot

Politico:  By ANNE SCHROEDER MULLINS

Just how is Levi Johnston gearing up for his big bare-it-all photo shoot for Playgirl mag?

Johnston’s trainer dishes to People mag how his client is prepping for his big photo spread: eating 3,500 calories a day and working out three hours a day, six days a week, along with a lot of cardio.

And luckily for Johnston, his favorite food, moose meat, is quite nutritious. “Moose meat is very good for you, high in protein and very lean,” his trainer, Marvin Jones, told the mag. “He’s an avid hunter, so he has his own.”

Jones says the two will continue working out in Anchorage until November. “I’m not trying to give him a body builder’s look. He’s going to be more toned and more defined. I’d like to see him with rounder and more muscular shoulders, with a fuller chest. We’re going to firm his abs up, [and give him a] smaller waist.”

“I know that’s something he wants to do, and we’re having fun training,” his trainer said. “We’re looking forward to revealing all his hard work!”

Meanwhile, Gawker.com is reporting that the contracts are “practically signed.” (The initial number thrown out was $25,000, though apparently Johnston’s camp wanted more.) Gawker adds, Tthere is no stipulation in the contract about how much skin Levi will or will not show, and it will be decided at the shoot.”


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WHAT THE GOVERNMENT DOESN’T WANT YOU TO KNOW ABOUT MOPS

The mop was first patented in 1893 by Thomas Steward of Kalamazoo, Michigan. Links to the mop date as far back as Roman times. The mop patented in 1893 was made up of a clamping system that allowed the mop to be secured to the handle and released with a simple flip of the lever. Stewards mop in very close in style to the screw type mops we have today In 1950 the sponge mop was born making the everyday household chore a little easier. The quick action lever system allowed for easy wringing on the mop all done from a standing position. Peter Vosbikian the inventor of the mop used a sponge attached to a piece of metal connected to a lever. When the lever was pulled the sponge would be compressed by the two pieces of metal.  Source:  Mopbucket & Wringer


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