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The Discussion about the 'Teenage Hook-Up Culture' over at the Atlantic magazine………

Atlantic Alumni: Flanagan's Confused on Hookup Culture

I came across this piece doing the Zeitgeist post…….

Evidently at the Atlantic magazine a first piece by Caitlin Flanagan, “how girls reluctantly endure the hookup culture.” came out about the new-age teen-age ‘hooking-up culture……

Described as the causal sexual relationships that may or may not involve going ‘all the way’…..

It paints a picture of teenage girls thrown into a world when virginity is a thing of the past…and sex cam mean something in an encounter…and sometime it may not…..

The whole thing strikes me as kind of cold and heartless…which I suppose is what the author of the piece is going at….

The end of the piece trys to play off young college aged women have causal sex with multiple males as par for the course these days….and has been attacked by others mentioned in the  linked piece I have here…..

I have son’s that have passed this age….

Good….

Because if Ms Flanagan is correct (there are a LOT of follow-up arguments against her ) then the world seems to have gone a bit Batshit crazy….

Which is entirely possible…..

It looked like the furor over Caitlin Flanagan’s latest Atlantic piece had died down. The Wire already covered the preliminary round of responses to the essay, which was somewhere between an exploration and polemic on “how girls reluctantly endure the hookup culture.”

But two new objections have now come in, and from a somewhat unlikely pair: two of Flanagan’s former Atlantic colleagues. Liberal blogger Matt Yglesias of Think Progress has taken issue with Flanagan’s empirical evidence–or, as he argues, lack thereof–for her argument, while conservative Ross Douthat, now of The New York Times, thinks Flanagan is pining for a perfect past that never existed. Douthat’s reaction in particular can hardly be described as knee-jerk or ideological in origin; he famously made his own controversial and socially conservative argument in The Atlantic, arguingthat watching pornography was much closer to adultery than users might like to admit.

Douthat’s response takes off from Yglesias’s. Yglesias notes that, though Flanagan suggests today’s women are much more sexually experienced than their mothers, data indicates that between 1991 and 2007, “the prevalence of sexual experience decreased 12% overall.” Meanwhile, the shift away from virginity occurred not “recently,” as she would have it, but rather in the 1970s. In other words, he concludes, Flanagan is responding to “an imaginary trend toward promiscuity.”

More….

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June 13, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Education, Family, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Updates, Women | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The Discussion about the ‘Teenage Hook-Up Culture’ over at the Atlantic magazine………

Atlantic Alumni: Flanagan's Confused on Hookup Culture

I came across this piece doing the Zeitgeist post…….

Evidently at the Atlantic magazine a first piece by Caitlin Flanagan, “how girls reluctantly endure the hookup culture.” came out about the new-age teen-age ‘hooking-up culture……

Described as the causal sexual relationships that may or may not involve going ‘all the way’…..

It paints a picture of teenage girls thrown into a world when virginity is a thing of the past…and sex cam mean something in an encounter…and sometime it may not…..

The whole thing strikes me as kind of cold and heartless…which I suppose is what the author of the piece is going at….

The end of the piece trys to play off young college aged women have causal sex with multiple males as par for the course these days….and has been attacked by others mentioned in the  linked piece I have here…..

I have son’s that have passed this age….

Good….

Because if Ms Flanagan is correct (there are a LOT of follow-up arguments against her ) then the world seems to have gone a bit Batshit crazy….

Which is entirely possible…..

It looked like the furor over Caitlin Flanagan’s latest Atlantic piece had died down. The Wire already covered the preliminary round of responses to the essay, which was somewhere between an exploration and polemic on “how girls reluctantly endure the hookup culture.”

But two new objections have now come in, and from a somewhat unlikely pair: two of Flanagan’s former Atlantic colleagues. Liberal blogger Matt Yglesias of Think Progress has taken issue with Flanagan’s empirical evidence–or, as he argues, lack thereof–for her argument, while conservative Ross Douthat, now of The New York Times, thinks Flanagan is pining for a perfect past that never existed. Douthat’s reaction in particular can hardly be described as knee-jerk or ideological in origin; he famously made his own controversial and socially conservative argument in The Atlantic, arguingthat watching pornography was much closer to adultery than users might like to admit.

Douthat’s response takes off from Yglesias’s. Yglesias notes that, though Flanagan suggests today’s women are much more sexually experienced than their mothers, data indicates that between 1991 and 2007, “the prevalence of sexual experience decreased 12% overall.” Meanwhile, the shift away from virginity occurred not “recently,” as she would have it, but rather in the 1970s. In other words, he concludes, Flanagan is responding to “an imaginary trend toward promiscuity.”

More….

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The Zeigeist ( economic data ) for the week of June13th……

From the Atlantic Magazine…..

Pollster.com Obama Average Job Approval
46.4%
Pollster.com Obama Favorability
52.6%
Pollster.com Right Direction / Wrong Track
33.8% / 58.7%
Pollster.com Congressional Approval
18.8%
National Federation of Independent Businesses Small Business Optimism Index
90.6 (up 4.4% from March)
ABC News/Washington Post Consumer Comfort Index
43 points below zero
U.S. Department of Labor Initial Weekly Jobless Claims
456,000
RealtyTrac Newly foreclosed properties in April
333,837
U.S. Department of Labor Unemployment
9.7%

June 13, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Economic Data (Zeitgeist), Government, Media, Politics, Polls, Projections, The Economy, Updates | , , | 4 Comments

Obama will try to 'Jawbone' BP into setting aside $$$….

President Barack Obama, pictured this weekend, will meet BOP execs on Wednesday, one day after deliveringa primetime speech.

Am I surprised?

Nope…..

The President is gonna try to put more pressure on BP to set aside money in an address to the nation ……

This is 20% operational…….80% politcal….

While the Dog agree’s a ‘set-aside’ would be a good idea…..

The fact is Obama’s moves are principally to assuage the media……

Because Obama is slow to anger….

And generally seeks to deal with issues rationally ….

He is under attack from the media….

The media and others are seeking revenge for the accident….

BP like the president has hunkered down and gone about its business…

That simply isn’t good enough, egh?


I watched  the MSNBC special of the Oil Spill today…

What struck me was the laid back way everything was…

The response was principally to save large amounts of bird wildlife….

But the think was not hurried just resigned….

No dramatic music…

Just people out there doing their jobs…..


The media needs to show more of this

And stop beating up the President and BP…


We need to see more of what can be done to deal with the problem….

The political ‘dog and pony’ show will surly come later……

As will the fines…….

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Obama will try to ‘Jawbone’ BP into setting aside $$$….

President Barack Obama, pictured this weekend, will meet BOP execs on Wednesday, one day after deliveringa primetime speech.

Am I surprised?

Nope…..

The President is gonna try to put more pressure on BP to set aside money in an address to the nation ……

This is 20% operational…….80% politcal….

While the Dog agree’s a ‘set-aside’ would be a good idea…..

The fact is Obama’s moves are principally to assuage the media……

Because Obama is slow to anger….

And generally seeks to deal with issues rationally ….

He is under attack from the media….

The media and others are seeking revenge for the accident….

BP like the president has hunkered down and gone about its business…

That simply isn’t good enough, egh?


I watched  the MSNBC special of the Oil Spill today…

What struck me was the laid back way everything was…

The response was principally to save large amounts of bird wildlife….

But the think was not hurried just resigned….

No dramatic music…

Just people out there doing their jobs…..


The media needs to show more of this

And stop beating up the President and BP…


We need to see more of what can be done to deal with the problem….

The political ‘dog and pony’ show will surly come later……

As will the fines…….

June 13, 2010 Posted by | Animals, Blogs, Boats, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Ecology, Government, Health, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Travel, Updates, Weather | , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Another Tea Partier re-joins the GOP……..Rand Paul….

Am I surprised?

Nope…..

Politcs 101….

Primary Republicans run hard right….

General election come back to the middle right….

And…

Raise money…

Just as Sharron Angle is doing in Nevada….

Rand Paul is coming home to the GOP…..

Sharron Angle, Rand Paul


Even though Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell stood with the GOP establishment candidate in his home state of Kentucky, he will now host a June 24 fundraiser in Washington for Paul hosted by the Republican Senatorial Committee, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal.

Asked if the embrace of the GOP national establishment might hurt Paul with his supporters, University of Virginia political scientist Larry Sabato told the Courier-Journal, “”I think they’re pretty set on him. They like him. They’re going to forgive a lot because they believe that deep down in his core he’s with them. They also understand he’s got to do some things to patch up the rift with McConnell and the mainstream, establishment Republicans.”

Back home in Kentucky, Republicans were trying to knit back together Paul’s movement with the wing of the party that backed Secretary of State Trey Grayson, the Lexington Herald-Leaderreported.

There are lingering resentments from the primary. The paper said that some Paul supporters feel the Grayson camp “drove the wedge deep” by not only challenging Paul on policy differences but trying to portray him as a candidate with fringe ideas. On the other side, some Republicans who have had a stake in party activities for years are feeling pushed aside by impatient Tea Party movement activists.

Nevertheless, McConnell, Grayson and the state party have all publicly rallied behind Paul

June 13, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , , , , | 8 Comments

'The Proposal' Redux……Could YOU pass the Immigration Marriage Test?

Barbara Felska, an immigration officer, with a video recorder on her desk, meets with one couple, Sally Bines and Yusuf Mohammed, and their lawyer, Daniel Lundy.

[ Barbara Felska, an immigration officer, with a video recorder on her desk, meets with one couple, Sally Bines and Yusuf Mohammed, and their lawyer, Daniel Lundy. ]

Brian Reymolds and Sandra Bullock did so in the movie ‘The Proposal’….

Could you and your spouse?

Your Wedding

• On the day of your wedding, where did you wake up? What about your spouse?

• Where was your wedding?

• How did you get to the wedding? What about your spouse?

• Who was present at your wedding?

• What did you do after the wedding? Where did you go?

Home and Money

• How many floors are in the house/apartment building where you live?

• How much is your current rent/mortgage payment?

• How many televisions do you have in your house/apartment?

• If you are standing at and facing your kitchen sink, where is the microwave oven?

• Is your microwave stationary or does it have a revolving plate?

• Are you paid weekly, every two weeks, twice a month or monthly? What about your spouse?

• How much money did you receive in your last paycheck/deposit? What about your spouse?

How You Met

More…..

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‘The Proposal’ Redux……Could YOU pass the Immigration Marriage Test?

Barbara Felska, an immigration officer, with a video recorder on her desk, meets with one couple, Sally Bines and Yusuf Mohammed, and their lawyer, Daniel Lundy.

[ Barbara Felska, an immigration officer, with a video recorder on her desk, meets with one couple, Sally Bines and Yusuf Mohammed, and their lawyer, Daniel Lundy. ]

Brian Reymolds and Sandra Bullock did so in the movie ‘The Proposal’….

Could you and your spouse?

Your Wedding

• On the day of your wedding, where did you wake up? What about your spouse?

• Where was your wedding?

• How did you get to the wedding? What about your spouse?

• Who was present at your wedding?

• What did you do after the wedding? Where did you go?

Home and Money

• How many floors are in the house/apartment building where you live?

• How much is your current rent/mortgage payment?

• How many televisions do you have in your house/apartment?

• If you are standing at and facing your kitchen sink, where is the microwave oven?

• Is your microwave stationary or does it have a revolving plate?

• Are you paid weekly, every two weeks, twice a month or monthly? What about your spouse?

• How much money did you receive in your last paycheck/deposit? What about your spouse?

How You Met

More…..

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Quickie…..The Mets….

I’m a Met fan…

I’m  a VERY HAPPY Met fan today….

The Team has just completed a sweep of three games from Baltimore…

Yes!

The Phillies…

Who the Mets beat the last time around are BELOW the Mets in the standings!…..

Yes!

David's two homers lift Mets to first sweep away from home

From the New York Post……

BALTIMORE — David Wright hit two homers, Chris Carter and Jason Bay also connected, and the Mets beat the Baltimore Orioles 11-4 Sunday for a three-game sweep. Bay entered in an 0-for-16 skid before going 4-for-4 with four runs scored….  

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The Anti-War stirrings are coming back…..

With the Oil spill coverage and Primaries……

People didn’t seem to be doing much talking  about Afghanistan much…..

But US General McChrystal’s asking for more time in Afghanistan and the loss of more than a half dozen solider’s recently, has rekindled a bit of attention there…..

The General will get all the troops he asked for a month or two…….

But things are a bit harder to deal with that he planned…..


Here’s a piece from Jerome Armstrong @ MyDD on the war……

How’s the “war” going?  As predicted. A complete failure, waste of resources and lives. But very profitable for military corporations and companies like BP. I mean, doesn’t the irony lift at all on the mouth-pieces that for, on the one hand, BP is the villain, but on the other-hand they turn a blind eye to the flow of money from our hands to theirs?

The U.S. doesn’t win wars anymore. We just funnel the stressed and underpaid troops in and out of the combat zones, while all the while showering taxpayer billions on the contractors and giant corporations that view the horrors of war as a heaven-sent bonanza. BP, as we’ve been told repeatedly recently, is one of the largest suppliers of fuel to the wartime U.S. military.

Seven American soldiers were killed in Afghanistan on Monday but hardly anyone noticed.

Yea, don’t you remember the days when it was Bush leading the war, and we’d see the dead soldiers plastered on the frontpage of the anti-war blogs and liberal mags? Boy, that took guts. Now that its Obama’s leading the corporate war, nothing but silence. Oh, I know the talking point: Iraq was the “dumb war” and Afghanistan is the “smart war” we took our eye off of the ball. Whatever.

What’s happening in Afghanistan is not only tragic, it’s embarrassing. The American troops will fight, but the Afghan troops who are supposed to be their allies are a lost cause. The government of President Hamid Karzai is breathtakingly corrupt and incompetent — and widely unpopular to boot. And now, as The Times’s Dexter Filkins is reporting, the erratic Mr. Karzai seems to be giving up hope that the U.S. can prevail in the war and is making nice with the Taliban.

This isn’t that hard to figure out……

More…..

The Dog mentioned that whem McChrystal got Obama to buy in on the war…He had a definate time frame …..Wars don’t really fit nicly in time frames…..

As in VietNam…..The enemy here doesn’t have to win…..It just has to hold on till America gets tired and turnsd its interest elsewhere…..

The shame will be the loss of American lives……

A win ..or a draw…like in Iraq would be a lucky outcome for the White House….

If McChrystal is stalled going into the Presidental election cycle…..He and Obama are in trouble….

There is only one fault in Armstongs piece…..as soon as we get out of here…I forcast that American troops will be going into Africa in mass …..

Just a guess from the Dog….

That’s all


June 13, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, Taxes, The Economy, Travel, Updates, Women | , | 3 Comments