Archive for June, 2011

She is well an idiot  man.

PELLA, Iowa — Sarah Palin stared a bit uncomfortably at a movie screen Tuesday night watching a montage ofMatt Damon, David Letterman, Madonna, Howard Stern, Bill Maher, Louis C.K. and other celebrities malign her, then asked The Hollywood Reporter: “What would make someone be so full of hate?”


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Palin was in Pella, Iowa, at the premiere of a documentary about her called The Undefeated, which opens with several minutes of Hollywood entertainers using some of the most vulgar language imaginable to express their displeasure with the former vice presidential candidate. Some appear genuinely angry, and director Steve Bannon cuts to news footage twice in the film of Palin being hung in effigy.

After the movie, as throngs of supporters and reporters clamored for attention, THR asked her: “In the first 10 minutes where all the celebrities are trashing you, how do you respond to something like that?”

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Palin said she hadn’t seen or heard much of the TV and radio footage before seeing it in the movie, which bleeped some of the dirtier language, though it was easy to determine what the entertainers were saying, including lots of profane references to the female anatomy.

“This is the first that I’ve seen much of that. It kind of takes you back,” she told THR. “It makes you want to reach out to some of these folks and say, What’s your problem? And what was the problem? And what is the problem?

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“What would make a celebrity, like you saw on screen, so hate someone that they’d seek their destruction, their death, the death of their children? What would make someone be so full of hate and, I guess, a sense of being threatened that they would want to see that person destroyed?”

The movie begins with Sen. John McCain introducing his running mate, then quickly cuts to the Hollywood sign, and the music turns ominous. A TV news anchor says, “Hollywood has a new favorite pastime: taking aim at Sarah Palin.”

Then the celebrity montage begins: Damon likens Palin to a “really bad Disney movie” and says she’s “really scary”; Letterman attacks her, and the discourse descends in to the filthy from there. Maher insults her on his TV show, Madonna screams obscenities about her while on stage, and comedians use graphic, severely bleeped language to describe Palin and the intensity with which they “hate her.”

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When the montage is through, the screen goes dark and a Bible verse comes into focus: “By their fruits ye shall know them.”

As things got pushy with the media and the rest of the crowd and a security detail got more aggressive in protecting the former governor of Alaska, THR asked if she intended on defending herself against future celebrity barbs.

“I think the movie does that for me. But you know, there’s never really a venue that absolutely lets somebody set the record straight. I mean, there are so many false narratives about me, about Todd, about our kids, about my record, about my team that has worked so hard together, that there’s never gonna be a way to absolutely set the record straight.”




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Come Monday, Sept. 19, we will know the fate of Charlie Harper.

That’s the day that Two and a Half Men will return to the air (obviously without Charlie Sheen). The network announced Wednesday that Sept. 19 will “officially open” its season, with the Season 7 premiere of How I Met Your Mother bowing at 8/7c, the Season 9 premiere of Two and a Half Men showing up at 9/8c, new show 2 Broke Girls debuting at 9:30/8:30c (a special time) and Hawaii Five-O returning for Season 2 at 10/9c.

Sept. 19 is not strictly the first time CBS will begin airing its fall slate of programming — Survivor: South Pacific is set to begin Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 8/7c.

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“Our playbook is pretty consistent: wherever and whenever possible we use established successful series to introduce new shows,” said CBS prime-time executive Kelly Kahl.  “We’ve also asked a couple of our strongest series to work overtime during premiere week in order to support the new series and bolster our performance.”

Aside from 2 Broke Girls, those new shows are Unforgettable (debuting Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 10/9c), Person of Interest (debuting Thursday, Sept. 22 at 9/8c), A Gifted Man (premiering Friday, Sept. 23 at 8/9c) and How to Be a Gentleman (premiering Thursday, Sept. 29 at 8:30/9:30c).

Check out Fox’s premiere dates, too

The full premiere schedule:

Wednesday, Sept. 14
8/7c – Survivor: South Pacific

Monday, Sept. 19
8/7c – How I Met Your Mother
8:30/7:30c – How I Met Your Mother
9/8c — Two and a Half Men
9:30/8:30c — 2 Broke Girls
10/8c — Hawaii Five 0

Tuesday, Sept. 20
8/7c — NCIS
9/8c — NCIS: Los Angeles
10/9c — Unforgettable

Wednesday, Sept. 21
9/8c — Criminal Minds
10/9c — CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Thursday, Sept. 22

8/7c — The Big Bang Theory
8:30/7:30c — The Big Bang Theory
9/8c — Person of Interest
10/9c — The Mentalist

Friday, Sept. 23
8/7c — A Gifted Man
9/8c — CSI: NY
10/9c — Blue Bloods

Saturday, Sept. 24
8/7c — Rules of Engagement
8:30/7:30c — Comedytime Saturday
9/10c — Crimetime Saturday
10/9c — 48 Hours Mystery

Sunday, Sept. 25
7/6c – 60 Minutes
8/7c — The Amazing Race
9/8c — The Good Wife
10/9c — CSI: Miami

Monday, Sept. 26
8:30/7:30c — 2 Broke Girls (time period premiere)
9:30/8:30c — Mike & Molly

Thursday, Sept. 29
8:30/7:30c How to Be a Gentleman


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A disturbing trend: Neo-Nazi codes

The swastika, unmistakable symbol of Nazi power, has been banned in Germany for some time. However, neo-Nazis are finding ways around that law, initiating alternate graphics and codes to promote their Hitler-inspired beliefs.

A new brochure titled “Hide and Seek,” featured in German news magazine Der Spiegel, explains the troubling trend. Of course, the symbols appear innocuous so most people don’t recognize them as anything hate-driven. The neo-Nazi signs can be seen on banners at sporting events, as tattoos, etc. Michael Weiss, author of the brochure, told Der Spiegel that its purpose is to raise public awareness of the current generation of neo-Nazi codes, especially among teachers and social workers and others with access to German youths.

Consider, for example, a symbol as seemingly far from the swastika as the number 14. This is code for “14 words,” a phrase first coined by American white separatist David Lane. His 14-word statement, “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children” is a mantra for many neo-Nazis.

“BH” is another secret hate code. This stands for Blood and Honour, an extreme right-wing group banned in Germany more than a decade ago. The number 88 is gaining popularity, too, a reference to the outlawed phrase “Heil Hitler.” With “H” being the eighth letter of the alphabet, to Nazis, “88” means “Heil Hitler.”


According to Weiss, around 150 neo-Nazi codes are in use in Germany. In addition to emerging symbols, some neo-Nazi groups have repurposed old ones. Der Spiegel points out the example of the kaffiyeh scarf, a longtime symbol of Palestinian nationalism, which neo-Nazis have adopted not as a symbol of support for Palestine but of the fight against Israel.

This act of Nazis stealing symbols is nothing new. The swastika itself was once associated with peaceful themes in other cultures before Hitler and the Nazi Party made it synonymous with racism and mass murder.

You can examine the full brochure of neo-Nazi codes here (in German).


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Chief Seattle Poem

You asked me to

Sell my land

How could I sell my land

It would be like

Selling my soul

Selling the skies above

Presences in the airs

Sparkle of the waters

Memories in dark woods

Green meadows and

Sounds of humming bees.

Where sentry stand guarding the mists

Ghostly reflections among the sandy shores

The sap that runs through pine needles

The blood that courses through my veins

The heats generated by the shaggy pony

And my brothers bear ,deer and the eagle soar.

The rivers are my brothers

They quench my thirst, they feed me

Show me kindness, live my life

Feel me heal me bathe me knead me.

The earth is my mother

She nourishes me flourishes me

Perfumes me with flowers

Feeds me with corn

Sings me lullabies

Feels me in her pain

Renews me clues me with mystery.

Do not force me to sell the elements

My mother earth my brother river

My sister wind the sap in my brain

Gods of my visions heaven Striven

All my spirits among the forest frames.

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STOCKHOLM (AP) — At the “Egalia” preschool, staff avoid using words like “him” or “her” and address the 33 kids as “friends” rather than girls and boys.

From the color and placement of toys to the choice of books, every detail has been carefully planned to make sure the children don’t fall into gender stereotypes.

“Society expects girls to be girlie, nice and pretty and boys to be manly, rough and outgoing,” says Jenny Johnsson, a 31-year-old teacher. “Egalia gives them a fantastic opportunity to be whoever they want to be.”

The taxpayer-funded preschool which opened last year in the liberal Sodermalm district of Stockholm for kids aged 1 to 6 is among the most radical examples of Sweden’s efforts to engineer equality between the sexes from childhood onward.

Breaking down gender roles is a core mission in the national curriculum for preschools, underpinned by the theory that even in highly egalitarian-minded Sweden, society gives boys an unfair edge.

To even things out, many preschools have hired “gender pedagogues” to help staff identify language and behavior that risk reinforcing stereotypes.

Some parents worry things have gone too far. An obsession with obliterating gender roles, they say, could make the children confused and ill-prepared to face the world outside kindergarten.

“Different gender roles aren’t problematic as long as they are equally valued,” says Tanja Bergkvist, a 37-year-old blogger and a leading voice against what she calls “gender madness” in Sweden.

Those bent on shattering gender roles “say there’s a hierarchy where everything that boys do is given higher value, but I wonder who decides that it has higher value,” she says. “Why is there higher value in playing with cars?”

At Egalia — the title connotes “equality” — boys and girls play together with a toy kitchen, waving plastic utensils and pretending to cook. One boy hides inside the toy stove, his head popping out through a hole.

Lego bricks and other building blocks are intentionally placed next to the kitchen, to make sure the children draw no mental barriers between cooking and construction.

Director Lotta Rajalin notes that Egalia places a special emphasis on fostering an environment tolerant of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. From a bookcase she pulls out a story about two male giraffes who are sad to be childless — until they come across an abandoned crocodile egg.

Nearly all the children’s books deal with homosexual couples, single parents or adopted children. There are no “Snow White,” ”Cinderella” or other classic fairy tales seen as cementing stereotypes.

Rajalin, 52, says the staff also try to help the children discover new ideas when they play.

“A concrete example could be when they’re playing ‘house’ and the role of the mom already is taken and they start to squabble,” she says. “Then we suggest two moms or three moms and so on.”

Egalia’s methods are controversial; some say they amount to mind control. Rajalin says the staff have received threats from racists apparently upset about the preschool’s use of black dolls.

But she says that there’s a long waiting list for admission to Egalia, and that only one couple has pulled a child out of the school.

Jukka Korpi, 44, says he and his wife chose Egalia “to give our children all the possibilities based on who they are and not on their gender.”

Sweden has promoted women’s rights for decades, and more recently was a pioneer among European countries in allowing gay and lesbian couples to legalize their partnerships and adopt children.

Gender studies permeate academic life in Sweden. Bergkvist noted on her blog that the state-funded Swedish Science Council had granted $80,000 for a postdoctoral fellowship aimed at analyzing “the trumpet as a symbol of gender.”

Jay Belsky, a child psychologist at the University of California, Davis, said he’s not aware of any other school like Egalia, and he questioned whether it was the right way to go.

“The kind of things that boys like to do — run around and turn sticks into swords — will soon be disapproved of,” he said. “So gender neutrality at its worst is emasculating maleness.”

Egalia is unusual even for Sweden. Staff try to shed masculine and feminine references from their speech, including the pronouns him or her — “han” or “hon” in Swedish. Instead, they’ve have adopted the genderless “hen,” a word that doesn’t exist in Swedish but is used in some feminist and gay circles.

“We use the word “Hen” for example when a doctor, police, electrician or plumber or such is coming to the kindergarten,” Rajalin says. “We don’t know if it’s a he or a she so we just say ‘Hen is coming around 2 p.m.’ Then the children can imagine both a man or a woman. This widens their view.”

Egalia doesn’t deny the biological differences between boys and girls — the dolls the children play with are anatomically correct.

What matters is that children understand that their biological differences “don’t mean boys and girls have different interests and abilities,” Rajalin says. “This is about democracy. About human equality.”



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Last month I described five reasons to steer clear of extreme couponing, and now I think I have a sixth: It brings out the worst in both consumers and retailers.

Industry watchers say TLC’s popular reality show, Extreme Couponing — which depicts coupon-obsessed men and women spending 30 to 40 hours a week cutting coupons to net pounds and pounds of groceries for pennies on the dollar (exhausted yet?) — may be causing more harm than good in the real world.

On the retail front, some big retailers — wary of couponing copycats — are pushing back on former coupon allowances for ordinary shoppers:

• At Rite Aid, shoppers can no longer combine buy-one-get-one-free coupons or promotions — a strategy that, in the past, allowed customers to get two free items. The chain is also limiting the number of coupons a shopper can use per item to four, as long as there is enough stock. Before, the store accepted “multiple identical coupons for multiple qualifying items.”

• Target now forbids “stacking,” the act of combining manufacturer and store buy-one-get-one-free coupons, in order to receive both items for free.

Meanwhile, viewers are trying to take on the TV show’s tricks to no avail — and becoming depressed by their inability to replicate the savings achieved by the pros on the show. “Is Extreme Couponing Hurting Self Esteem?” asks Leah Ingram on her blog Suddenly Frugal. Phil Lempert, food industry expert and editor of Supermarketguru.com, told her that “shoppers no longer feel good about saving $10, or 10-to-20 percent. They’re becoming depressed that they are not able to buy $1,000 or more groceries for 25 cents.”

And, believe it or not, some of the coupon-obsessed across the country have reportedly turned to newspaper theft to take advantage of as many coupon circulars as possible. Some subscribers complain that their papers are missing coupon inserts, while some regional newspaper companies report papers have been stolen from coin-operated racks. Now, that’s extreme.

Coupon Dos & Don’ts

Still, as wary as I am of coupon mania, I’m willing to concede that there are some smart ways to use coupons — as long as you’re buying something you actually want or need. Many stores still have lenient policies. Here’s some advice for tactfully getting the most out of coupons and some coupon etiquette Do’s and Dont’s.

Do Know Your Limits. Save time, energy and embarrassment at the register by playing with the rules established by retailers and manufacturers. Visit their Web sites to learn if there have been any updates or changes to their coupon policies.

Do Ask Friends and Neighbors to Leave Aside Papers. Some people actually subscribe to newspapers for the articles, not the coupons. It’s perfectly acceptable to ask these friends and family members — politely — to set aside the coupons for you to pick up at a later time.

Don’t Barter for New Papers. According to a report in North County Times, local publishers say customers are asking to return papers for new ones with fresh coupon circulars. I’m all for trading up, but, really?

Do Start a Small Coupon Swap. Rather than stealing your neighbor’s Sunday paper to benefit from the extra coupon circular, create a support system through a small, local coupon exchange. Members can meet once a week in person for 30 minutes to exchange coupons for things they actually would buy anyway. (One person’s buy-one-get-one-free instant oatmeal is another person’s 50-cents-off cold cereal.) Online exchanges also exist at savingsadvice.com and thriftyfun.com.

Don’t Copy Coupons. Many stores mention in their coupon policies that “coupons are void if copied, scanned, transferred, purchased, sold …” etc. Again, stick with the official policy. You’ll still manage to save a good chunk of change — and by skipping a long debate at the checkout, you’ll also avoid unnecessary delays both for you and the shoppers waiting behind you.

Do Ask Manufacturers to Send Coupons Directly. If you can’t find manufacturers’ coupons readily on their Web sites, email or call them to request coupons be sent directly to your inbox. That’s what many successful couponers claim to do. It sometimes earns them freebies, as well.


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Tom Sizemore has signed on for a multi-episode arc in Hawaii Five-0‘s upcoming second season, Entertainment Weekly reports.

Sizemore, best known for his roles in Saving Private Ryan ,Pearl Harbor  and Black Hawk Down , will play a former Detroit Homicide Detective who’s now the head of Hawaii’s Internal Affairs. After McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) was arrested in the Season 1 finale for the murder of Governor Jameson (Jean Smart), the IA unit will definitely have their hands full.

Lost Reunion! Terry O’Quinn Will Visit Hawaii Five-0

The casting comes less than a week after Lost alum Terry O’Quinn signed on to play a Navy Seal Lt. Commander who served with McGarrett’s dad in Vietnam and also trained McGarrett.


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