27-year old Benjamin Curell was arrested yesterday for breaking in and vandalizes Bloomington, Indiana Planned Parenthood offices with an axe. Claimed his actions were motivated by religious fundamentalism, as he said they “kill and murder” babies there. Curell is now facing felony charges in court. According to local Fox 59 reports:
Officers with the Bloomington Police Department responded to 421 S. College Ave. at approximately 3:51 a.m. after receiving a report that a man was attempting to break into the facility. The officers located Curell inside the building, carrying an ax. Police said he used the ax to cause “extensive damage” to the building and office equipment. Additionally, police said he splashed red paint onto the building.
In case you’ve missed all the hubbub the past few days over the leaked Ford Figo ad from JWT India ad agency in Delhi, here’s the main image that has gotten everyone in an uproar and had Ford and JWT’s PR teams working double time on damage control. Although the ad was never used, the political work is already done.
For those who missed it, there was an excellent event recently at The New School called Hip-Hop: Race, Politics, and Hyper-Masculinity that was organized by some former and current New School folks, and featured two panel discussions about hip-hop culture and politics, with a strong emphasis on race, gender and sexuality. A big shout to the organizers for putting on this excellent event, and I hope we see more of these in the future. Being a lifelong hip-hop fan, as well as thinking a lot about the politics of hip-hop, I found this panel both exciting and frustrating at different times and for different reasons. Read More
So I was thinking about Mali today after seeing a whole batch of new photos coming out of Timbuktu following the French paratrooper arrival there earlier this week. Here’s one that was run by the NY Times earlier today with the headline “Pressing Mali Effort, French Forces Enter Rebel Stronghold”.
Vagina: noun (plural vaginas or vaginae /-nē, -nī/)
the muscular tube leading from the external genitals to the cervix of the uterus in women and most female mammals.
Just when you think think are ludicrous enough, a new high seems to move the bar up just a little more. Case in point: the Michigan statehouse barring Rep. Lisa Brown from speaking after an earlier testimony on a reproductive health bill being debated in the statehouse, where she said the following:
“I have not asked you to adopt and adhere to my religious beliefs. Why are you asking me to adopt yours?” she said. But what came next is what got her in trouble: “And finally, Mr. Speaker, I’m flattered that you’re all so interested in my vagina, but ‘no’ means ‘no.’” Read More