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I just saw a typical "dumb dad" TV spot for Hotels.com in which a father arrives at a hotel in the woods with his wife and kids.  The hotel that he chose from a brochure turns out to be in ruins, and he gets chased around by a bear.  Meanwhile, mom is in the SUV with the kids and smugly dismisses dumb old dad before looking up a room on Hotels.com which turns out to be much better.  What a wonderful tribute to dads on Father's Day.

The ad is here:

http://www.ispot.tv/ad/7Z_v/hotels-com-great-outdoors

I certainly won't be looking up hotels on Hotels.com.
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Story here:

http://kdvr.com/2013/05/29/husband-says-wife-killed-their-son-then-shot-herself-near-steamboat-springs/

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Husband says wife killed their son, then shot herself near Steamboat Springs

ROUTT COUNTY, Colo. -- A woman shot and killed her 9-year-old son and then shot herself at a home near Steamboat Springs Wednesday, according to the woman's husband.

Deputies from the Routt County Sheriff's Office were called to a home on a report of an attempted suicide with multiple victims at 2:55 a.m.

Investigators say the resident of the home, Michael Kirlan met deputies and told them his son was dead inside the house, and his wife, Lisa Marie Lesyshen, 45, was upstairs with a gun.

They found the boy, 9-year-old Asher and then his mother. She was unconscious with a gunshot wound. Paramedics took her to the Yampa Valley Medical Center for treatment.

The boy was a third-grader at Soda Creek Elementary in Steamboat Springs according to Steamboat Today.

A crisis management team met with parents at Soda Creek Elementary School on Wednesday morning to tell them about Asher's death and to help prepare them for talking about what happened with their children.

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is assisting Routt County officials with the investigation.
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This happened close to where I get my groceries.  Yikes!  :yikes:

http://kdvr.com/2013/05/30/wheat-ridge-couple-arrested-on-attempted-murder-charges/

Wheat Ridge couple arrested on attempted murder charges

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DENVER - A man and a woman were arrested early Thursday on suspicion of trying to stab the woman's ex-husband to death.

Wheat Ridge Police responded at 12:53 a.m. to a house in the 3700 block of Vance Street in Wheat Ridge on reports of an assault. There they found a 41-year-old man suffering from multiple knife wounds to his face, neck and chest. He remains hospitalized following multiple surgeries.

Witnesses at the scene described seeing a gray car without a front bumper leaving the scene. Police eventually found the car and arrested 33-year-old James Bryant and 32-year-old Nicole Ferrara near the scene of the alleged crime. Both suspects are being held on charges of attempted first-degree murder.

It was determined that the victim is Ferrara's ex-husband.
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I just saw an Anne Klein watch commercial for women online (Weather Channel) in which an attractive woman walks around showing her watch, ends up hugging a man, then pushes him into a swimming pool.  Arrrgh, this nonsense is so tiresome.  I tried looking for a link to the commercial, but couldn't find it though.
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Main / An Open Letter to Women from Men
May 19, 2013, 07:39 PM
What a demeaning article:

http://www.youbeauty.com/mind/columns/cloud-nine/letter-to-women-from-men

Male negative media at its worst.
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This incident happened Monday (not far from Columbine High School, incidentally):

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/deputies-wife-to-be-arrested-in-jefferson-county-stabbing

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Deputies: Wife to be arrested in Jefferson County stabbing

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. - Investigators say a woman in Jefferson County will be arrested for the stabbing death of her husband on Monday.

Deputies were called to a home on West Ontario Place, near West Coal Mine Avenue and South Wadsworth Boulevard, just before 9 a.m. after neighbors saw a man bleeding on the front lawn.

When deputies arrived, they said they found the man's wife, Sandra Lee Schreiber, inside the home, suffering from a stab wound as well.

Sandra and Michael Schreiber were both taken to Littleton Hospital, where Michael died.

Deputies said they have determined that Sandra stabbed Michael, and that Sandra's wound was self-inflicted.

Sandra is still hospitalized.

Investigators said Sandra will be booked on suspicion of first degree murder after she is released from the hospital.

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A politically correct article by ABCNews.com that assumes that men seeking Asian women have are showing "power, dominance and white privilege" and want a "submissive" wife.  Gee, could there be other reasons?

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/seeking-asian-female-explores-phenomenon-yellow-fever/story?id=19104752#.UYhOWCLnZol
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Story here:

http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_23078609?source=pop

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Colorado woman accused of stabbing husband with scissors

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.--A 61-year-old woman has been arrested after her husband was stabbed in the back and stomach with a pair of scissors.

Colorado Springs police say they were called to a home on Sunday after a woman identified as Jerolyn Hanenberg called 911 and reported that she had just stabbed her husband.

The man was taken to a hospital with serious injuries. The woman is facing charges of attempted murder.


Such a lovely woman.  Too bad she's already taken.  :rolle:



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Morgan Triplett, UCSB Student, Hired Man To Beat Her, Then Filed Rape Report With Police: D.A.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/02/morgan-triplett-hired-man-filed-rape-report_n_2998803.html
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Apparently it's "troubling" when the life expectancy gap between men and women has been closing, according to this article:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/04/life-expectancy-map/

How long do you have? It depends on gender and geography. In the U.S., women live longer--81 years on average,
76 for men--but a recent study by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation reveals a troubling trend.
Though men's life spans have increased by 4.6 years since 1989, women have gained only 2.7 years, perhaps because a larger percentage of women have lacked adequate treatment for high blood pressure and cholesterol.
"This is a wake-up call," says study co-author Ali Mokdad.
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Main / Follow Male Positive Media on Twitter
Mar 25, 2013, 08:56 PM
I've decided to create a Male Positive Media account on Twitter, where I would post links to positive music and videos for men and boys.  The account address is here:

https://twitter.com/MalePositive

If I could get some followers on Twitter, that would be much appreciated.  It would extend the influence around the web and hopefully become popular.
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CNN hits bottom in the title for this article by assuming that the default for boys is to grow up to be rapists.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/22/living/son-do-not-rape-steubenville/index.html

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'In the aftermath of the guilty verdict in Steubenville, Ohio, parents should be taking this opportunity to ask themselves this painful question. But what parent can even contemplate that a child they love could so callously disregard someone's basic human rights? At the same time, the media is filled with experts chastising parents for not being involved with their kids and wanting to be a friend instead of a parent.
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We must talk to our kids as possible perpetrators and bystanders. And our advice about what to say has got to go beyond, "How would you feel if this happened to your mother or sister?" First, no one has any idea what the perpetrator's relationship is like with those women in his life, but it's not a huge leap to think he doesn't hold a great deal of respect for them. Second, these boys have dehumanized their victim. In that moment, they don't care.'
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I thought I'd start a thread of male positive music and videos to help morale for men.  My playlist has surpassed 100 songs so far, and perhaps one a day could be posted here.  This could also include non-music videos as well.

So, the random male-positive music video for today is:

Manhattan Transfer - Boy from New York City

The Manhattan Transfer - Boy from New York City
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The starring actress in the TV show "One Day at a Time" died yesterday.  This show is lauded in the mainstream media as helping introduce feminism to mainstream culture:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/02/arts/television/bonnie-franklin-actress-dies-at-69.html?_r=0

While it's sad when someone dies, I can't help but think that shows like this portrayed most men in a negative light in order to promote the image of the "strong and independent woman" trying to break out of a "suffocating" marriage to a "typical male" all the while having to battle the "sexism" of "male dominated" culture.

I remember seeing this show on TV when I was a teenager on occasion.  At first I didn't get the message behind it, but I remember most of the male characters being portrayed as either philandering deadbeat husbands or drunks, drug addicts and losers, as well as lechers.  Given the accumulation of insults in the mainstream media against men and boys starting around then, it rather put me off watching the show.

A lot of commenters on the news sites say that this show inspired them as women and mothers.  I found it rather disheartening.

What do you think?
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I was walking along one of the paved trails in the Denver area today.  There was still several inches of snow on the ground left over from Sunday's storm.  Just for fun I drew a smiley face in a north facing snow bank next to the trail.  I then walked a bit further and thought of something else.  I leaned over to draw a male symbol with a "+" in the center - male positive.  I walked a bit further and drew another one.  On the way back I put an arrow on the smiley face to make it into a "happy male" symbol.  Before I got to my car I drew a couple more male positive and happy male symbols in the snow.  My index finger was a bit cold and sore, but it was worth it.

It occurred to me that some people might notice one or two of these while walking by.  Some may just ignore them.  Some may be puzzled by them.  Some may be amused.  Some may be annoyed and even destroy what they see.  But perhaps a few men or boys seeing these symbols will feel better after seeing them, if only momentarily. 

I then thought of doing this regularly.  Just one or two male positive or happy male symbols in the snow.  Something that's temporary and not too much.  Or a small symbol in chalk on a sidewalk or path here or there.  If I was near a beach, it could be drawn in the sand.  Of course, I wouldn't use spray paint or a marker or carve symbols into trees or rocks as that would be illegal and negate the whole male positive message.

And what if I posted this among MRA's and it caught on with a few and they did the same thing every now and then where they lived.  Someone in Canada might carve happy male symbols every now and then in the snow, or someone in Australia might carve them into beach sand.  It would be a subtle message to other men and society as a whole that some of us males see that our positives outweigh our negatives, that we have value to the world, and that the negative messages that the culture at large gives us about ourselves won't break our spirit.

Just a thought, but it's worth a try.