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Article here.  Dear Abby is a female-written advice column. A male abuse victim wrote to her seeking suggestions for resources to help male abuse victims. It's nice to know that of the two resources that she suggests to him, at least one of them is an advocacy group that is genuinely friendly to male victims (SAFE).

Husband Abused By His Wife Finds Few Resources For Men
Dear Abby
By Abigail Van Buren
June 22, 2011

DEAR ABBY: I was a victim of domestic abuse by my wife, and I don't feel I have been treated fairly. There are many programs for abused women, but I haven't found any for men. This problem is more common than people realize, but men are embarrassed to say anything. I'd like my voice to be heard to encourage men to speak up.

I did not hit my wife back after she beat on me. I still love her, but I refuse to be abused any longer. Abby, please help me help myself and others. -- BILL IN ARKANSAS

DEAR BILL: Gladly. Among the problems with spousal abuse is that it escalates. Over the last decade domestic violence groups have become more aware of female-to-male domestic violence and violent behavior in same-sex relationships, and are better prepared to offer help than they used to be. That's why it's important you contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline. The toll-free number is (800) 799-7233. Counselors there offer guidance to women and men who are being abused by their spouse or partner.

Another organization, SAFE (Stop Abuse for Everyone), also assists victims of abuse regardless of age, gender or sexual orientation. Its website is
Article here.  It's like clockwork.  Every year at Father's Day, we have some tool who fancies himself as a caped crusader and demands that fathers stop being such bad fathers, and for once start being good fathers.  Anyone care to give Jeff Pearlman a piece of your mind?  He also has a discussion of this article on his personal blog.  Comments are currently open...

A father's day wish: Dads, wake the hell up!
By Jeff Pearlman, Special to CNN
June 16, 2011 9:32 a.m. EDT

(CNN) -- The woman started crying.

I didn't expect this, because, well, why would I? We were two adults, standing in a preschool auditorium, waiting for the year-end musical gala to begin, talking summer plans and Twitter and junk fiction and all things mindless parents talk at mindless events. Then -- tears.

"My husband," she said, "doesn't care."

"Uh, about what?" I asked.

The floodgates now open, she told me her husband works from home. But he never drops their daughter off at preschool. He never picks their daughter up at preschool. He never wakes up with their daughter, never puts her to bed, never takes her to a movie or a carnival or a ball game; never comes up with fun daddy-daughter activities. "All he worries about is golf," the mother said. "Sometimes he'll take her to the driving range for an hour. But that's it. ..."

Two days later, by mere coincidence, a different mother cornered me. I was sitting in a pizzeria with my son, Emmett, and daughter, Casey, gnawing on a calzone. The woman, another preschool regular who always seems to be dragging around her kids with the worn look of a chain gang inmate, glanced my way and muttered, "My husband would never do that."

"Do what?" I asked.

"Be out alone with both of the kids at once," she said. "Never."

In case you are wondering, I am that dad. The one who works out of the house. The one who drives his kids to school, packs lunches and pushes swings and arranges play dates and attends teacher conferences and -- generally speaking -- frequently finds himself alone in brightly colored rooms filled with women and tykes.

Along with my wife (who, until recently, also worked from home), I wipe snot, clean poop, order time outs and say no -- Really, no! I'm being serious, no! -- to the damned ice cream man and his Satanic siren call. I know all of my kids' friends, and most of their tendencies (Ashley and Emily love dolls, Lucas only wants to talk about Derek Jeter, Tyler digs applesauce).

Hence, I have been sent here today, on behalf of the stay-at-home mothers of the world, to convey to my fellow pops a message of love and hope in this lead-up to Father's Day: Wake the hell up.

Really, wake the hell up. Now. I understand that most of you have 9-to-5 jobs, that you leave tired and come home tired and just wanna chill in front of SportsCenter with a bowl of chips. But, seriously, you have no remote idea: Being a stay-at-home parent is exhausting. At the office, you can hide. You can take lunch. You can pretend you're working while scrolling the Internet for Yankees-Blue Jays and, ahem, Lindsay Lohan news. You have genuine social interactions with folks over the age of, oh, 12. People ask questions about your day -- and listen to the answers.

I envy you, but I sort of pity you. Kids grow. Age 1 turns to age 3, which turns to age 7, which turns to 15 and 18 and 21, all in the blink of an eye. If you're there, as I am, it flies. If you're not there -- if you're almost never there -- it barely exists at all. Which is why I just can't stomach those millions of dads who view their days at home as recovery from work, who'd rather rest than engage, who have no problem with passing the tykes off for more alone time with mom and who, literally, moan to their wives, "You have no idea how hard I work."

For you, I offer these 10 commandments of righteous fatherhood. Pay close attention, because, behind your back, people are pitying your wife:

1. No golf on weekends: Seriously, it's ludicrous. Your spouse is home with the kids all the time, and you think it's OK to take five hours on a weekend day to pursue your own pastime? Selfishness, thy name is Father.

2. Wake up: Literally, wake up. With your kids. On at least one of the two weekend days -- and perhaps both. I know: you wake up early for work. Not even remotely the same thing. Rising alongside the kiddies is hard. And crazy. And (gasp!) sorta fun, if you'd just stop moping.

3. Change diapers: If you have little kids, and you don't know how to change diapers (or, even worse, refuse to change diapers), you're pathetic. That's no exaggeration -- p-a-t-h-e-t-i-c. It's not all that hard, and though the poop sometimes winds up on the fingers, well, uh, yeah. It just does. Wash your hands.

4. Play with dolls and paint your toenails: How many fathers do I know who refuse to get girlish with their girls? Dozens. Dude, put aside the machismo, break out Barbie and slather on some pink polish. You'll make a friend for life -- and nobody else is watching.

5. Do things you don't want to do: It's easy to take the kids to the driving range -- because you want to be there. Now try spending the day having a tea party at American Girl. Or crawling through one of those wormholes at the nearby kiddie gym. Fun? Often, no. But this isn't about you.

6. Order the wife to bug off: I recently met a mother who told me her husband hadn't been alone with their 9-year-old daughter for more than two hours ... ever. Inexcusable. Let your wife do her own thing: relax, take a run, whatever. Entertain your children solo. They don't bite (Note: is not liable if your children do, in fact, bite).

7. Surprise! Just once, on a random day without meaning or purpose, show up early at your kid's school/camp/wherever, say "Get in the car!" and take him/her somewhere special. Just the two of you, alone. A movie. A park. A hike. The memory lasts -- I promise.

8. Dishes Don't Clean Themselves (Nor Do Toys): It's amazing how this one works. You pick up a dish, run it under hot water with some soap, rub it down with a towel and place it back on the shelf. Then repeat.

9. Wake up your kid: Not often. But if you want to score big points and create a killer memory moment, walk in Junior's room at, oh, midnight, wake him/her up and go outside for 10 minutes to watch the stars.

10. For God's sake, tell your kids you love them: They never see you, and they'd probably like to know.

Bud, as you read this your wife is expecting little -- and your kids are expecting even less. Pull one out of the blue. Make Father's Day less about you, and all about them. [emphasis mine -- John Dias]

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Jeff Pearlman.
This video fascinates me.  I think that we can learn something from it because it may help us to identify how to motivate ourselves and motivate others to achieve bigger and better things, whether those things be personal goals or maybe even achievements for the causes that we believe in.  Tell me what you think, guys.

RSA Animate - Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us
Fellow advocates, check out the following video of a brave elected official in Australia.  Copy and paste a link to this video into your blog or Web site, into your e-mail newsletter, into whatever distribution network over which you have influence, far and wide.  It's that good.

The feminist trojan horse in Family Law
May 31, 2011
The feminist trojan horse in Family Law

We have a bold and uncompromising ally in an Australian member of parliament named George Christensen.  Here is his Web page:

The video linked above is so compelling that I think I wouldn't be exaggerating to say that to MRAs it is indeed electrifying.  Mr. Christensen criticizes anti-father legislation specifically on the basis that it is based on feminist ideology, and he also says that the author of the legislation promoted "myths" about family violence as the pretext to passing her anti-father bill.  Twice the president of the chamber demanded that he "withdraw," but Christensen simply didn't back down at all.

From the floor of a deliberative chamber in the halls of government, we have now heard the powerful voice of a true champion of men's and father's rights -- and, indeed, of their children's rights.

Spread the word!

P.S. -- The above video was found through a posting on the new blog of a highly articulate men's rights advocate named George Rolph.  Check out his article, and also his new blog, here:
Main / OT: Homeowner forecloses on bank!
Jun 08, 2011, 11:31 AM
Article here.  This is off-topic, but it resonated with me because somehow a big bank that was trying to perpetrate an injustice was held accountable instead of getting away with swiping the home of a couple that had paid cash for their home and owned their property free and clear.  After some legal maneuvers, the homeowners ended up recouping their legal fees by foreclosing on the bank!  

Yeah!  All power to the people!  Stick it to The Man!   :thumbsup:

Bank of America Gets Pad Locked After Homeowner Forecloses On It
June 5, 2011
By Kelly Heffernan-Tabor
CBS News


Collier County, Florida -- Have you heard the one about a homeowner foreclosing on a bank?

Well, it has happened in Florida and involves a North Carolina based bank.

Instead of Bank of America foreclosing on some Florida homeowner, the homeowners had sheriff's deputies foreclose on the bank.

It started five months ago when Bank of America filed foreclosure papers on the home of a couple, who didn't owe a dime on their home.

The couple said they paid cash for the house.

The case went to court and the homeowners were able to prove they didn't owe Bank of America anything on the house. In fact, it was proven that the couple never even had a mortgage bill to pay.

A Collier County Judge agreed and after the hearing, Bank of America was ordered, by the court to pay the legal fees of the homeowners', Maurenn Nyergers and her husband.

The Judge said the bank wrongfully tried to foreclose on the Nyergers' house.

So, how did it end with bank being foreclosed on?  After more than 5 months of the judge's ruling, the bank still hadn't paid the legal fees, and the homeowner's attorney did exactly what the bank tried to do to the homeowners. He seized the bank's assets.

"They've ignored our calls, ignored our letters, legally this is the next step to get my clients compensated, " attorney Todd Allen told CBS.

Sheriff's deputies, movers, and the Nyergers' attorney went to the bank and foreclosed on it. The attorney gave instructions to to remove desks, computers, copiers, filing cabinets and any cash in the teller's drawers.

After about an hour of being locked out of the bank, the bank manager handed the attorney a check for the legal fees.

"As a foreclosure defense attorney this is sweet justice" says Allen.

Allen says this is something that he sees often in court, banks making errors because they didn't investigate the foreclosure and it becomes a lengthy and expensive battle for the homeowner.

CBS News
Article here.  What do you guys think?  Is she overreacting, or is this an example of genuine misogyny?

Penny Wong 'meowed' at by Liberal Senator David Bushby in an estimates hearing
Paul Elam just announced on his Web site that Vladek Filler was found not guilty of sexual assault, yet was found guilty of a lesser charge in which he was accused of throwing water on his wife's face.

Note that one of the kids (whose custody was awarded to Vladek Filler) testified that he saw his mom -- the accuser in this trial -- hit his dad in the face.  That's "HIT," not throwing water but hitting.  And she doesn't get charged criminally for hitting him in the face, whereas Vladek Filler gets charged, tried, and convicted for throwing some water.

I guess they got him somehow.
FYI, these aren't the screams of a woman being victimized.  Rather, they are the screams of a woman who is on a violent, psychotic rampage -- a woman who lost custody of her kids due to her abusive behaviors, a woman who attacked police, a woman who lodged a rape accusation against the father of her kids while coincidentally embroiled in a child custody battle.  That woman, the defendant's wife.  Notice that her name is omitted in the article below, so I'll help you out:  her name is Ligia Filler.  They finally allowed the truth -- recorded footage -- to be played in court for the jury in Vladek Filler's trial.

FYI, here's the recording for those who haven't heard it:

Ligia Filler Police Audio

Vladek Filler

Recorded screams played back during rape trial
By Bill Trotter
Bangor Daily News
May 25, 2011

ELLSWORTH, Maine -- The chilling sound of a Steuben woman's screams reverberated through the courtroom Wednesday as the sexual assault trial against her husband continued in Hancock County Superior Court.

The screams were from a recording of the woman being taken into protective custody by police on April 24, 2007, a little more than two weeks after she says her husband, Vladek Filler, raped her in their Gouldsboro home. The recording was presented Wednesday as evidence in the sexual assault retrial of Filler.

Washington County sheriff's deputies took Filler's wife into protective custody on April 24 after she called police from a friend's house in Steuben and they went to check on her well-being.

Called as a prosecution witness, Lt. Travis Willey of the Washington County Sheriff's Department testified that he found Filler's wife on a rural road near a blueberry field, wearing no shoes, black pants and a bra, and carrying her youngest son, who then was about 18 months old, in a sweatshirt. Willey told the jury in Filler's trial that he made the recording as he and other police took Filler's wife into protective custody and took her to Down East Community Hospital in Machias for an evaluation.

When questioned on the stand by Hancock County First Assistant District Attorney Paul Cavanaugh about her state of mind, Willey said Filler's wife was not making a whole lot of sense.  She appeared tired and, because she had white froth around her mouth, dehydrated as well, Willey said.

"She seemed very irrational at the moment," the deputy said.

On the recording, Filler's wife can be heard making accusations between her screams and other unintelligible comments. She threatens on the recording to kill her husband and says that he sexually assaulted her and her three children. The woman has two boys with Filler and she has a now-21-year-old daughter who was fathered by another man.

"She didn't go into details, but she did say that [Filler molested the children]," Willey said under cross-examination by Filler's attorney, Stephen C. Smith of Bangor.

Filler, 41, is on trial for assaulting and sexually assaulting his estranged wife, but has not been charged with any crimes against his two sons or his stepdaughter. Filler now lives in suburban Atlanta and has custody of their two sons, who are 5 and 14 years old.

Filler originally was  tried on the allegations in early 2009 and found guilty. But the trial judge and then the state supreme court ordered a retrial after Filler argued that the case's previous prosecutor, Assistant Hancock County District Attorney Mary Kellett, inappropriately raised during closing arguments an issue that had been barred from testimony.

During the trial on Wednesday, Filler's wife was heard screaming on Lt. Willey's recording, "I will kill him!" and "I'm not crazy! I'm not crazy!"

The jury of eight women and seven men, including three alternates, listened to the recording for about half an hour at the end of Wednesday's testimony. The trial is expected to resume around 9 a.m. Thursday.

Before Willey's testimony, Steuben resident Linda Gleason testified that in the days leading up to Filler's wife being taken into protective custody, Filler's wife, stepdaughter and youngest son were staying with Gleason in Steuben. Gleason, a friend of Filler's wife, said that they were staying with her after Filler and his wife had a fight about Filler's wife using the car.

Gleason said Filler's wife called police from her house on April 23, 2007 -- the day before she was taken to Machias for a mental evaluation -- to tell them about the alleged rape she said happened on April 6 that year. In the days leading up to the recording, Gleason testified, she did not see Filler's wife eat or sleep.

Filler's wife also testified earlier Wednesday while being cross-examined by Smith. The defense attorney questioned her about the alleged sexual assault on April 6, during which Filler supposedly sodomized her against the laundry washer and dryer machines in a bathroom.

Filler's wife answered slowly and several times asked Smith to repeat his questions. Several times throughout the day, each attorney objected to questions asked by the other. They held many sidebar sessions with presiding Justice Robert Murray, out of earshot of the jury, to discuss their objections or concerns before questioning resumed.

Under cross-examination, Smith asked Filler's wife how Filler held her down, which of his hands he used to do what, how her head was positioned during the alleged assault in relation to the machines and a laundry basket, and other questions about the incident.

During the line of questioning, Filler's wife said she does not know why she did not later get a post-rape medical exam, which police had recommended that she do. She also acknowledged that when she spoke to police about an unrelated matter on April 11, she never told them she had been raped five days earlier.

Filler's wife also said that in December 2005, around the same time Filler allegedly threw water from a cup into her face during an argument, she was thinking about leaving her husband. She said she had gathered some personal documents and photographs in a bag in case she decided to leave.

"I was afraid," she testified.

Smith asked her if she was afraid that, if she left, her husband would get custody of the children.

"I was afraid," she repeated.

The prosecution is expected to continue calling witnesses on Thursday. Smith has said that Filler and his eldest son are each expected to testify in the trial.

The trial is expected to conclude on either Thursday or Friday.
Ha ha.   :icon_cyclops_ani:  They not only pandered to women, but failed to ask permission to pander.

Referees disciplined for wearing pink whistles
By Jeff Pohjola
97.3 KIRO FM Reporter

One hundred forty-three football referees have now been disciplined for wearing pink whistles to support breast cancer awareness.

Last October, the Pacific Northwest Football Officials Association, which covers high school football games throughout King County, decided to raise awareness for breast cancer by wearing pink whistles for a week.

PNFOA President Jeff Mattson told us last fall that they were also donating their game checks. "A lot of the guys in the association have either been touched by breast cancer or affected by breast cancer in some way."

But the higher-ups at the state office took exception, saying the pink whistles were a violation of the uniform code.

Washington Officials Association Commissioner Todd Stordahl said at the time, "There's one person who has the authority to make that decision, and it's not PNFOA."

The refs argued that there is no rule that governs the color of the whistle, but the state dug in, and said that anyone caught using the whistles would be suspended.

But at a meeting of the local refs last fall, they decided to wear them anyway. And his month, the state followed through on Stordahl's threat.

Sources close to the decision confirm that the refs will have the majority of their playoff games revoked for the next two years, and their organization is on probation for the next three years. If Stordahl and the WOA disagree with anything the refs do in that time, they will take steps to decertify the group, and 143 referees will be out of a job.

PNFOA has no comment, and calls to Todd Stordahl's cell phone have not been returned.

You can e-mail Stordahl at [email protected].

NOTE: Jeff Pohjola is a member of both the Washington Officials Association and the Pacific Northwest Football Officials Association.
I found an interesting article on Time/CNN, about how former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn (a socialist) was nominated by French president Nicolas Sarkozy (a conservative) as a politically calculated and cynical move, designed by Sarkozy to exploit Strauss-Kahn's libertine nature and thus sideline him.  If true, things might seem to have inured to Sarkozy's benefit, with a powerful rival now permanently neutralized.

Sarkozy vs. Strauss-Kahn: Sex as a Weapon?
By Bruce Crumley
May 19, 2011,8599,2072481,00.html?hpt=T2

French President Nicolas Sarkozy speaks to IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn at the opening of a G-20 meeting at the Elysée Palace in Paris on Feb. 18, 2011
Philipe Wojazer / AFP / Getty

Nicolas Sarkozy and Dominique Stauss-Kahn were never friends -- one conservative, the other Socialist, their political ambitions setting them on a collision course. Yet soon after Sarkozy's 2007 election as President of France, he surprised people by nominating Strauss-Kahn to be managing director of the International Monetary Fund, a heartening reach across party lines. Others, however, saw a more devious motive: Sarkozy was moving his most potent challenger to the IMF's headquarters, in Washington, depriving the freshly defeated Socialist Party of his charisma and leadership. The past four years, according to political observers in France, have been full of similar subtle and not-so-subtle maneuvers as both men prepared for what had been prophesied as a fierce battle for the French presidency in 2012.

Sarkozy has taken the requisite "innocent until proven guilty" position about Strauss-Kahn and his catastrophic legal situation in the U.S. But few observers believe the French President is grieving. Sarkozy knew he had been lucky back in 2007 not to have faced the popular Strauss-Kahn at the polls (instead, the Socialists fielded the attractive but disorganized Ségolène Royal). During a 2006 lunch discussion, a Sarkozy adviser told TIME how relieved he and his boss were that Strauss-Kahn was not running. "Of course," said the adviser with a smile, "if he did run, he'd probably ruin his own chances by getting caught in some woman's bed."

Indeed, certain analysts argue that the French President may have been betting on rather cynical odds: that by sending a notorious libertine to the puritanical mecca of America in the first place -- and to the politically correct strictures of the rigid IMF in particular -- Sarkozy was simply giving Strauss-Kahn enough rope to hang himself with. That may explain why it was that on May 16, the daily Le Figaro quoted Sarkozy responding to the news out of New York City with a reminder that he'd alerted Strauss-Kahn of the risks of being a seducteur: "I warned him about this!"

Sarkozy wasn't the only one. Shortly after Strauss-Kahn won the IMF job, Jean Quatremer -- a journalist for the left-leaning Libération, wrote in an otherwise glowing profile of Strauss-Kahn that "the only real problem for Strauss-Kahn is his relation to women. Too forward. He often borders on harassment. It is a problem known to the media but that nobody talks about (we are in France). And the IMF is an international organization with Anglo-Saxon sensibilities. One out-of-line move and ..."

Already sensitive to the issue, Strauss-Kahn's staff were not happy with the comment. This week Quatremer recalled that "a few hours after the publication of this piece, I received a call from Ramzi Khiroun, one of Dominique Strauss-Kahn's communication people: 'We know you like DSK [as he is known in France] and we don't understand at all why you published this piece.' The tone was friendly -- he spoke to me with the informal 'tu' although we'd never met -- not angry, just saddened. How could I have done such an underhanded thing to his mentor? ... I knew that I was breaking a taboo. And Ramzi Khiroun even dared to ask me to erase the piece from my blog 'so as not to harm Dominique.' Such a scene is unimaginable in a modern democracy."

As it turned out, Quatremer (and Sarkozy) were prescient. In 2008, Strauss-Kahn was forced to admit he'd engaged in a sexual affair with Hungarian economist Piroska Nagy -- a subordinate at the IMF. It was not quite the fatal misstep: Strauss-Kahn, though reprimanded, kept his job. Nagy eventually lost hers as part of a cost-cutting measure. (See "Have Sex-Assault Charges Killed the Presidential Hopes of the IMF Chief?")

But that career crisis focused Strauss-Kahn and his staff on the fact that his sexual behavior could be used as a weapon against him when he eventually returned to French politics. A team of political advisers and communications experts was dispatched to Washington to help him spin the Nagy scandal and limit the p.r. damage. As part of that, according to D.S.K.: The Secrets of a Presidential Contender, a 2010 book about Strauss-Kahn, his minders told their boss to "stick to business" and forget his "hormone count." A seemingly contrite Strauss-Kahn appeared to do just that, not only dedicating himself to his increasingly urgent (and much applauded) IMF response to successive economic crises around the world, but also working with French media to restore his image as a dedicated husband.

French conservative officials loyal to Sarkozy watched in horror as Strauss-Kahn's already high approval numbers resumed their ascent. A poll in late 2009 found that Strauss-Kahn was the leading figure the French public said it wanted to see play a larger role in the future. Meanwhile, Sarkozy's ratings continued to decline, setting record lows for the postwar French presidency. Sarkozy allies decided to escalate the sex war, voicing overt warnings in the press that they'd go public with proof of Strauss-Kahn's lamentable private behavior if he chose to run for President -- referring to long rumored incriminating photos of Strauss-Kahn caught in flagrante delicto. A book that came out around the time quoted a Sarkozy intimate and the ruling party's spokesman noting that if Strauss-Kahn ever ran for President, "he wouldn't last a week. We have the photos -- they exist! We'll pass them around, and the French people wouldn't like that." Strauss-Kahn responded by threatening a libel suit; the party spokesman denied ever having made the statement.

The rumored photos have been bandied about as a potential weapon for years. One political analyst said 18 months ago that he wagered Strauss-Kahn would never run for President because "in addition to all the stories of his sexual activity, there are photographs. They're real. And no politician would ever survive what's in them if they ever went public." An adviser to a current government minister told TIME that while he'd never seen the photographs, he had it on solid grounds that they not only existed but could even lead to criminal charges.

The goading rumors clearly got under Strauss-Kahn's skin. As first reported by the weekly Le Point, at the G-20 meeting in September 2009 in Pittsburgh, he cornered the President while both men stood before neighboring urinals, warning Sarkozy, "I've had more than enough of the repeated rumors about my private life and the supposed files and photos that could come out to undermine me. I know it's all coming from the Elysée. So tell your boys to stop, or I'll take legal action." Sarkozy reportedly denied having any hand in the campaign.

The pictures, if they ever existed, have never materialized. But Strauss-Kahn was obsessed with their being used as a threat. At the end of April, at an informal meeting with editors of the left-leaning daily Libération, he railed that "for years people have said there are photos of giant orgies, but I've never seen any of them turn up ... Why don't they produce them, then?"

If the charges against him prove to be true, Strauss-Kahn's enemies no longer need to produce any kind of photographs.

-- With reporting by Jeffrey T. Iverson / Paris
President Obama on Death of Osama bin Laden

Osama bin Laden is dead, Obama says
May 2, 2011
By CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) -- The mastermind of the worst terrorist attack on American soil is dead, U.S. President Barack Obama announced late Sunday night, almost 10 years after the attacks that killed more than 3,000 people.

Osama bin Laden -- the longtime leader of al Qaeda -- was killed by U.S. forces in a mansion outside the Pakistani capital of Islamabad along with other family members, a senior U.S. official told CNN.

U.S. officials have taken custody of bin Laden's body, Obama said. No Americans were harmed in the operation, he added.

Up-to-the-minute updates on bin Laden

U.S. diplomatic facilities around the world were placed on high alert following the announcement of bin Laden's death, a senior U.S. official said, and the U.S. State Department should be sending out a new "worldwide caution" for Americans shortly. Some fear al Qaeda supporters may try to retaliate against U.S. citizens or U.S. institutions.
Bin Laden's death affects the world

Hundreds of people arrived at the White House late Sunday night and chanted, "USA! USA!" They then chanted, "Hey, hey, goodbye!" in reference to the demise of bin Laden and then spontaneously sang the national anthem.

Osama bin Laden, the face of terror

"This welcome news is a credit to our intelligence efforts and brings to justice the architect of the attacks on our country that killed nearly 3,000 people on September 11, 2001," said Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, the ranking Republican on the Homeland Security Committee, in a statement issued Sunday night.

The news brought some relief to the grieving family members of those killed on 9/11.

Celebrations in front of the White House (Video)

"This is important news for us, and for the world. It cannot ease our pain, or bring back our loved ones," Gordon Felt, president of Families of Flight 93, said in a statement. "It does bring a measure of comfort that the mastermind of the September 11th tragedy and the face of global terror can no longer spread his evil."

CNN's Ed Henry, Jeanne Meserve and Elise Labott contributed to this report
I was making a purchase on eBay tonight, and right when I was about to pay for the transaction, I noticed the following:

What is it with people ignoring male vulnerability to pretty much everything?  Do male survivors (if they survive at all) of a war have no responsibilities to their children, or no difficulties?  Is it somehow a "walk in the park" for men in a war zone?  I'm sick of this favoritism of women and suppression of male vulnerability.
Article here:

Video here:

What we need is for you to stand up, GOP, and fight.  Maybe I should ask some of the Badger women's hockey team, those champions, maybe I should ask them if we should be suggesting to GOP leaders they need to learn how to fight like a girl!

The last four words of the above quote are spoken in a guttural snarl, presumably to drive home the point that GOP leaders should be ashamed of their manhood and imitate women.  I don't think I can stand a campaign season saturated with provocative anti-male slogans like this, let alone 4-8 years of it.  Not only that, but Sarah Palin's voice always seems a little bit wobbly when she's trying to be feisty, which kind of annoys me.

As for the substance...  I don't doubt that she would be better than Obama.  But I'm quite certain that I prefer Ron Paul (or even Rand Paul) for president rather than Sarah Palin.
On behalf of the entire international men's rights movement, I want to congratulate and hold up as an example a fine brother in Canada named Earl Silverman.  He runs an organization known as MASH4077 ("Men's Alternative Safe House"), which is a domestic violence shelter that assists male victims of domestic violence.

This past week, Earl Silverman's DV shelter in Calgary announced that it took in and housed its first male victim that had been both referred and funded by a $1,000 grant from the local provincial government.  This is a huge deal in Canada. For the first time, a Canadian government agency has recognized male victimization from female-perpetrated violence, funded a male victim with a grant, and referred him to a shelter that it recognizes as legitimate and worthy of funding.  Outstanding, Earl Silverman.  I hope that the man who sought out your help is able to pick up his life and carry on, and thanks to your help and the assistance of the provincial government he has a solid shot at doing just that.

This milestone was announced on two different Canadian radio programs, which are available at the following URLs.  Please give it a listen, and also spread the word:

Broadcast #1, March 24, 2011:

Broadcast #2, March 24, 2011:

Please donate to this DV shelter.  They're the ONLY shelter of their kind -- a residential shelter and not a hotel -- for male victims of female-perpetrated violence in Canada.  Almost all other shelters that admit male victims in Canada assist only victims of male-perpetrated violence -- namely women and gay males -- but they turn away heterosexual male victims of female-perpetrated violence.

Half a billion Canadian dollars are distributed to DV shelters for victims that are women and gay men each year.  But now, with this grant, heterosexual male victims have $1000 of that.

Make that their first thousand.

Despite the significance of this grant, it is barely enough.  So I am asking that you -- yes, you personally -- send a donation right now to this shelter and assist them with whatever amount of money you can send.  They deserve it, they need it, and if you can help them succeed then I think over time that it's likely their success will be replicated throughout the country.

Make your donation checks payable to "Family of Men Support Society."
#302, 635, 56th Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta, T2V 0G9

Thank you so much for your support. And again, don't forget to spread the word.  Congratulations, Earl Silverman.  Well done.
Article here. Oh, the self-flagellation.  And the sad part is, despite their intentions this video is going to accomplish anything BUT winning these guys any points with the ladies in the romance department.

Dear Woman

Empathic Anger Management: Sue Parker Hall

Here's the money quote (5:06 minutes in):

"There's a whole dam of research, in America, and I'm hoping that this kind of 'dam' will burst, and that we'll clear away this -- what feels really outdated -- this approach [to batterer intervention programs].  It's based on a political ideology, a feminist ideology, and the outcomes don't support the program...  In any other field -- if it was education, if it was health -- and these programs were performing so poorly, people would be asking questions about why are we spending public money on this.  But it's almost politically incorrect to question it."
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