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NPR asks for questions; Accuses Michelle Malkin of trolling for asking them

http://twitter.com/#!/danthediverman/status/309401858240286720

Call the waah-mulance! Someone dared to actually ask questions, after government-funded National Public Radio asked for them! Oh, the horror! NPR asked for questions on Twitter today, using the hashtag #AskNPRIntern.

https://twitter.com/michellemalkin/status/309400714185175042

Other Twitter users swiftly tweeted questions.

https://twitter.com/AnthonyBialy/status/309403277131386882

https://twitter.com/AnthonyBialy/status/309406562789773314

https://twitter.com/DanAndros/status/309403713779412993

Heh.

But, by “ask,” NPR actually meant “stroke.” Actual questions? They did not suit. Here are some of Twitchy founder Michelle Malkin’s questions that were deemed troll-like by the NPR intern (to be fair, he’s learning well during his internship, isn’t he? Toe that biased line, dude)!

https://twitter.com/michellemalkin/status/309402291218292736

https://twitter.com/michellemalkin/status/309401339304214529

How terrifyingly troll-like! The crying started.

https://twitter.com/michellemalkin/status/309402603647823872

https://twitter.com/michellemalkin/status/309403341211959296

https://twitter.com/michellemalkin/status/309403509525192705

https://twitter.com/michellemalkin/status/309403835586195456

https://twitter.com/michellemalkin/status/309404018776629248

https://twitter.com/michellemalkin/status/309404307151810560

Boom. Truth is hard for liberals. Another intern weighs in.

https://twitter.com/LizzyDuffy/status/309404260687286273

https://twitter.com/michellemalkin/status/309404634894704640

Bingo.

https://twitter.com/MartelPlieiades/status/309418091736088577

Precisely. NPR wrapped it up with yet another whine. Only this time, with more passive-aggressive.

https://twitter.com/NPRjobs/status/309408448393650176

Pitiful. But not at all surprising.

Related:

Twitter pressure forces NPR to correct claim that Obama’s sequester is a ‘Republican invention’

Fact check: NPR trying hard to pin Obama’s sequestration cuts on Republicans

‘The big dog is in the HOUSE:’ NPR host exults over Clinton Golden Globe appearance

Shameless: NPR laughs at Hostess going out of business and eliminating thousands of jobs

Your tax dollars at work: NPR’s Ari Shapiro tweaks Paul Ryan via Instagram caption

Blatant bias: NPR ‘journalist’ tweets link to DCCC page; Update: Says account was hacked

 
 
 
 
 

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/03/06/asknprintern-or-not-npr-asks-for-questions-accuses-michelle-malkin-of-trolling-for-asking-them/


These 20 Genius Hacks Only Require Normal Stuff Around The House. They’re Brilliantly Helpful.

Sitting at a desk for 8 hours a day can be draining. It’s even worse when your space is cluttered, you’ve lost your phone charger, someone microwaved tuna in the office kitchen and the it feels like the world is out to get you (or at least that one woman in HR is). Never fear. These simple office hacks will make your life much simpler at work. With just a few bent paperclips, organization will be much easier so you can plow away at your next spreadsheet in a clean, happy environment. None of these will fix your mouth-breathing cubicle mate, though. You’re just going to have to live with that.

1.) Use two plastic cups and a toilet paper tube…

To make iPhone speakers!

2.) Or, go the simple route and make an iPhone speaker out of one cup.

3.) Use a paperclip and tape to clean out your earphone jack.

Roll up the tape.

Just insert it…

Ta-da! A bunch of gunk.

4.) Two binder clips and a business card can make an iPhone tripod.

5.) Binder clips are also a great way to store headphones.

And you can clip them anywhere.

6.) And another use for binder clips? Organizing your cables.

Just feed the cables through the prongs, then clip the binders to your desk.

A close-up of the genius idea.

7.) Bend a paper clip into a stand for your iPhone.

First, unbend the clip.

Try to make it as straight as possible.

Like so.

Then, in the middle bend the clip around the edge of your desk.

Then bend up the ends…

And you have a cheap iPhone stand!

8.) Use cardboard tubes to keep your cords tidy.

9.) Use a pen’s spring to strengthen your cords.

10.) Take a photo of a ruler (at the proper size) and use it as a ruler.

11.) Your Apple earbuds will magnetically attach to the edges of your Macbook screen.

12.) Use a sticky note to clean your keyboard.

13.) Overheating laptop? Use an empty egg carton as a stand.

14.) 3M hooks are an awesome way to hang up your iPad and make a tiny TV screen.

15.) And for those who work at home, use a cutting board tablet holder (but you’ll have to DIY).

16.) Personalize your charging cables with nail polish…

Or Washi Tape (which is colored masking tape).

Washi tape can be used on almost anything.

17.) You can also use Washi tape to personalize your keyboard.

18.) You can even use the tape to give your iPhone personality (or cover up cracks/scratches).

Beautiful.

19.) Use bread ties to label your cords.

20.) Or, if you want to make it cute, use Washi tape to label your cords.

Adorable… yet functional.

(H/T HuffPost) Enjoy organizing your workspace with these helpful hacks! Don’t be surprised if you get employee of the month after you show so much creativity and organizational skills in your cubicle space. Share these awesome tips with your coworkers!

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How Men’s Rights Leader Paul Elam Turned Being A Deadbeat Dad Into A Moneymaking Movement

Paul Elam has become the face of the modern men’s rights movement by rallying against false rape accusations and divorce courts that favor mothers. But exclusive BuzzFeed News interviews with his estranged daughter and ex-wife show that his pet causes are very, very personal.

The first time Bonnie met her father, Paul Elam, he cried like a baby. It was a summer day in 2005, nearly 25 years after Elam relinquished his parental rights in court and refused to pay child support for Bonnie, whose name has been changed, and her younger brother. Bonnie and Elam felt awkward at first as they smiled through their tears across a restaurant table, marveling at how much they looked alike. Elam told Bonnie that he was sorry he had failed her and that he wanted to develop a relationship.

The last time Bonnie saw Elam was in 2011, after Elam spanked her son for opening a refrigerator door. In the years between, Elam struggled to be a good father to Bonnie and a good grandfather to her sons, and Bonnie and Elam eventually became strangers to each other once more. But Elam did become a father figure of sorts to scores of men who feel disenfranchised from what they see as an increasingly feminized society. They call themselves men’s rights activists. Over the past few years, Elam has established himself as their most vocal and controversial leader.

The men’s rights movement, which emerged in the 1970s as a response to second-wave feminism, may still be a fringe phenomenon in the United States, but Elam has revitalized it for the social media age. In 2008, he founded A Voice for Men, now the movement’s most popular website, which has birthed a broader online community where aggrieved men swap memes and commiserate. His work has helped fellow activists attract sympathetic media attention, launch franchises all over the world, and seek mainstream acceptance. Some politicians now use the movement’s talking points to enforce antiabortion laws and attract voters who care about “fathers’ rights.” Popular conservative pundits echo the movement’s critiques of feminism when talking about the government’s response to sexual assault on college campuses.

Paul Elam Adam Serwer / BuzzFeed News

Elam’s takes on gender are often attractive to men dealing with the painful aftermath of divorces, custody battles, and rejection. He preaches the gospel that men’s failures and disappointments are not due to personal shortcomings or lapsed responsibility, but rather institutionalized feminism and a family court system rigged against dutiful fathers, as well as a world gripped by “misandry,” or the hatred of men.

The men’s rights movement has some dedicated critics, such as David Futrelle, who has chronicled the movement’s rise on his blog, We Hunted The Mammoth, for years. But A Voice for Men is often portrayed in the media as a relatively sober voice of reason in the abrasive world of men’s rights. “If Men’s Rights Activism has a Gloria Steinem, it is Paul Elam,” Emmett Rensin wrote this week for Vox. “The website is one of the oldest and, if there is such a thing, most respected hubs for MRA activity. Elam and his staff do, at the very least, engage in genuine advocacy on behalf of men.” Rensin didn’t cite any examples of said advocacy. This is not surprising, given that the site’s advocacy efforts are difficult to discern.

What is clear is that Elam has amassed tens of thousands of followers — and lined his pockets with their donations to the for-profit AVFM, which are estimated to be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. (When asked how this money is spent, Elam told BuzzFeed News that A Voice for Men’s finances were “none of your fucking business.”)

Elam is equally tight-lipped about where his inspiration comes from. He likes to remind his followers that he knows the sacrifices men make thanks to his own experiences, which he speaks of often. But in telling his life story again and again, Elam has conveniently left much out.

Now, exclusive interviews with Elam’s ex-wives and daughter and newly uncovered court records shed light on a man who, they told BuzzFeed News, has depended on and emotionally abused the women in his own life.

For example, although Elam compares the family court system’s treatment of fathers to Jim Crow, he abandoned his biological children not once but twice. Although Elam says that “fathers are forced to pay child support like it was mafia protection money,” he accused his first wife of lying about being raped so he could relinquish his parental rights and avoid paying child support.

His ex-wife and his daughter said he has only been able to make A Voice for Men his full-time job because of the women who have supported him throughout his life.

“People come to Paul for advice on parenting, even though he has two estranged biological children that he did not raise or take care of,” said Bonnie, who, along with her mother Susan, Elam’s first wife, spoke publicly for the first time to BuzzFeed News. (Susan’s name has been changed, because, like Bonnie, she fears Elam’s followers will retaliate against her.)

When Bonnie tracked Elam down back in 2005, he told her that he would understand if she hated him for abandoning her as a baby.

“I said hatred wouldn’t solve anything, and he was floored,” Bonnie recalled. “He thought I would be this maniacal, stark-raving crazy woman. Or at least, that’s what he wanted me to be.”

Elam was born in 1957. In his own words, his father, Gerald, was a “rigid, authoritarian” Army veteran who was “physically abusive and violent” to Elam and his older brothers. His mother, Ann, was a nurse, as well as a “very hardworking housewife” who took care of the children. Yet, as Elam recalled in a recent interview on AVFM, “There was something wrong with the picture. It took me a long time to figure out that it wasn’t my father who was in charge.”

Men’s rights activists often cite the first time they realized it’s a woman’s world. They call these “red pill” moments, after the scene in The Matrix when the main character is faced with the decision to swallow a red pill and recognize the true nature of the world or take a blue pill and continue living a lie. For Elam, that revelation came at age 13, when his mother tried to force him to take his diarrhea medicine.

Elam’s brothers held him down on the kitchen floor while his mother screamed and hit him with a wooden spoon until a concerned neighbor knocked on the door. “I felt like I was engaged in the battle of my life,” Elam said. “I was a rebel from that moment on … I’m still that 13-year-old kid on the floor that won’t take the medicine.”

When Elam was 17, his mother grabbed a photo of his high school crush out of his hands without asking him first. When Elam took it back from her, his father belted him. Elam’s analysis of the incident was that his father’s life was solely about serving his mother — “and nothing else.”

“I followed in many ways in my father’s footsteps,” Elam said. “If I was attracted to a girl … it was my job to please her, and to be and do anything to please her. My instant reaction to women was to please and serve without question.”

Elam wrote in his biography on the site that he did a quick stint in the Army before he met 18-year-old Susan in San Antonio, Texas. As Susan recalled it, Elam first approached her at a local bar, where they played pinball. Susan’s parents didn’t approve — they thought she was too young to date — but the two were married in March 1978 regardless. Susan was 19 and Elam was 21.

They had no money and no place to live, so Susan joined the Army and started basic training. Eventually, she was assigned a placement and the two moved to Tacoma, Washington. In the meantime, Elam was drinking heavily and using drugs, and sold Susan’s belongings to go on a trip to Florida, Susan said. According to records, he was arrested in Fort Lauderdale just three months after their wedding for sleeping on the street. (When asked about the incident, Elam told BuzzFeed News that he had “no idea what you’re talking about.”)

Elam expected Susan to “run around the house barefoot taking care of everything,” she said, but also didn’t appear to be very interested in making money or supporting her in other ways. One day, Susan said, she was raped by a friend of Elam’s. Soon after, she was pregnant, and too scared to tell Elam what had happened.

When Bonnie was born in 1979, Susan breathed a sigh of relief: Her daughter was white, like Elam, and her assaulter was not. Soon, the truth came out. “I couldn’t hide it anymore,” Susan said. Elam told her she had asked to be raped, and that she had slept with his friend because she was bored with her marriage. “I told him he had no idea,” Susan said. “How could he have? He wasn’t even there.”

When asked if what Susan said was true, Elam told BuzzFeed News, “My personal history in a relationship from fucking 20, 30 years ago — is this how desperate you’re getting?”

Two months after Bonnie was born, Elam was arrested for violation of Washington’s drug laws and illegal fishing, according to state records. A few months later, Susan was pregnant again. Before her son was born, Susan left Elam, who, she said, was drinking and using drugs regularly.

Susan received full custody of both children after their divorce in February 1981. Elam was granted visitation rights every other Sunday afternoon, but only if he wasn’t “under the influence of alcohol or drugs or in the company of people under the influence of alcohol or drugs.” He was also ordered to pay child support every month as well as some previously owed child support and a variety of other debts and court fines. But he didn’t. So Susan took him to court again. Finally, he wrote a petition to the court explaining that he didn’t believe he should be held in contempt of court or pay attorneys’ fees because he didn’t think Bonnie was his.

“Susan has a history of promiscuity which never, to my knowledge now, ceased during the three years that we were married,” Elam wrote in the petition. He said he would take a paternity test, but that he felt he had “paid enough for the unfaithfulness” of his ex-wife. Susan said she never read the petition in which Elam questioned her fidelity. But, at the time, her parents convinced her to end the legal battle and cut Elam out of her life without forcing him to prove his paternity. They had never liked Elam, and told her they’d help her raise her children.

According to records, Elam was ultimately held in contempt for failure to pay child support. His punishment was a $100 fine and 30 days in jail. He was ordered to pay $1,200 in unpaid debts, upon which, both parties agreed, his parental rights would be terminated.

Susan didn’t hear from Elam again for years, until he sent her parents a letter apologizing for his actions, chalking them up to his drug use. She didn’t write back. Less than a year later, Elam was married to another woman.

Now, Elam often writes about false rape allegations. “Should I be called to sit on a jury for a rape trial, I vow publicly to vote not guilty, even in the face of overwhelming evidence that the charges are true,” he once explained in a blog post, due to how often he believes women lie about being assaulted.

Another favorite topic is how unfair family courts are to fathers. He once wrote, “The day I see one of these absolutely incredulous excuses for a judge dragged out of his courtroom into the street, beaten mercilessly, doused with gasoline and set afire by a father who just won’t take another moment of injustice, I will be the first to put on the pages of this website that what happened was a minor tragedy that pales by far in comparison to the systematic brutality and thuggery inflicted daily on American fathers by those courts and their police henchmen.”

While Elam has written many more posts on these pet causes, he has never publicly acknowledged his own turbulent history with rape accusations and divorce courts.

Growing up, Bonnie only knew two things about her biological father: his name, which was on her birth certificate, and her mother’s recollection of him as a deadbeat, drug-addicted loser. “He’s probably in jail if he’s not dead,” Susan used to tell Bonnie.

But Bonnie didn’t have an easy childhood without Elam, either. She says she was molested by a neighbor and physically abused by someone Susan was dating. When Bonnie was 26 and pregnant with her second son, she decided to track Elam down for herself so she could learn more about her genealogy.

After his divorce from Susan, Elam became a successful drug and alcohol addiction counselor; he’s said he was the clinical director of three substance abuse recovery programs as well as a private contractor. But by around 1999, Elam said he quit to be a truck driver. He had also been married and divorced two more times.

His second wife did not respond to BuzzFeed News’ repeated requests for comment. His third wife would not speak on the record — because she believes Elam will retaliate against her if she does — other than to say: “I never want to have any contact with him ever again, ever.”

Elam has said he was a “zombie” before he read MRA founding father Warren Farrell’s The Myth of Male Power: Why Men Are the Disposable Sex, published in 1993 and considered the bible of the men’s rights movement. After reading it, Elam fine-tuned his melodramatic flair for writing about “evil women” in a series of published letters to the editor of the Houston Chronicle about “opportunistic feminism.” “Male-bashing feminists, contemptuous of the patriarchy and the traditional role of women in it, are alive and well and more politically powerful than ever,” he wrote in a July 1999 letter to the editor.

But by the time Elam received Bonnie’s letter, he was still years away from launching his own website. He wrote her back on May 30, 2005:

I was totally shocked to get your letter today, but I am glad to tell you that your efforts have paid off. I am the person you have been trying to find.

Elam went on to explain that he wasn’t sure he was her biological father, despite the letter he had sent Susan’s parents years ago, apologizing for his behavior while under the influence. But, Elam said, he didn’t want to focus on logistics:

If I can divert things for a moment here, all this business is rather sordid and cold, and there is something else on my mind I’d rather be saying. Bonnie, I hope I am your biological father. [Your brother’s] too. I owe both of you a tremendous debt whether I am the man who fathered you or not. There was a time that I held you while you went to sleep and looked at you seeing the most beautiful thing in the world. I just said some unflattering things involving Susan, but the more important truth here is that I failed both of you.

Elam offered to pick up the tab for a paternity test, and they agreed to meet to discuss further. But when the two locked eyes, Bonnie said, Elam wept. “Now we know,” she remembered him saying. They decided it would be a waste of money to go forward with testing.

“It wasn’t even like, do we kind of look alike?” Bonnie said. “I was looking at myself. I saw myself in him from my face to the bend in my elbow. It was weird. Your whole life, you go around not looking like anybody, and all of the sudden your doppelgänger is sitting right in front of you.”

Bonnie and Elam hit it off right away. They didn’t just look alike: They both loved sushi, hated American politics, and shared the same dry, sarcastic sense of humor.

Elam was on the road for weeks at a time and wasn’t around all that often — Bonnie guesses she only saw him for a total of two weeks over six years — which is why she thinks it took some time for “the honeymoon period to end.” The first time Bonnie remembered noticing Elam had anger issues was around eight months in. She took a trip to Houston to visit him on her own without her husband and kids. They planned to eat Vietnamese food and play Rock Band. Bonnie heard Grandmaster Flash was playing at a local museum event, and asked if Elam and his girlfriend wanted to go.

“He freaked out for no reason,” Bonnie recalled. “He said, ‘Absolutely not, I’m not listening to this n****r rap shit.’” (“Of course I didn’t say anything like that,” he insisted to BuzzFeed News.)

This outburst made her cry. “I was like, wow, it’s only OK to have a relationship with my dad when I’m agreeing with him.” Still, the relationship continued to progress. One night, the Elams went to dinner as a family: Bonnie, Paul, Susan, and Bonnie’s brother, from whom the family is now estranged — he’s been in and out of jail on drug charges for years. Unsurprisingly, it was awkward.

“I looked at Paul and said, ‘You accused me all these years of being unfaithful, and I never was; the only time I ever was, was when you put me in a situation where I got raped,’” Susan recalled. “He got up and walked away mid-sentence, and that was that.”

She told Bonnie she wasn’t happy that they were in touch, but said she knew Bonnie had to make her own decisions about her father for herself.

When Elam was on the road, he would entertain himself by participating in what Bonnie called “internet troll wars” about men’s rights. Elam has said that he “started AVFM from a semi truck, with a laptop, driving 10, 12 hours a day.” (“I’m a determined person,” he told BuzzFeed News.) By 2008, he was blogging under the name “The Happy Misogynist.” Bonnie was his first subscriber. He wrote to her in August 2008 from his brand-new blogging email address to thank her for her support, calling her “Lonely Girl” since she was not only the first subscriber, but also the only woman.

At first, Bonnie was happy her dad had a hobby; she was interested and supported his passion and was proud when he began to gain a real following. As the mother of two sons, she was concerned about resources for young men, and thought his perspective — he said he was a drug abuse counselor and noticed men were getting abused so he made it his mission to find them resources — was admirable. She said she remembers Elam made thousands of dollars through online fundraising in just days to launch A Voice for Men that year.

“I thought, Wow, this is the culmination of all his hard work,” Bonnie said. “He wanted to be a writer, and now he had a platform. Who doesn’t want something like that to happen for them? He was doing work he loves, he was getting people excited about a topic that needs more light, and I thought he was really going to change things.’”

What she termed her father’s “shock jock” rhetoric didn’t bother Bonnie in the beginning. But by July 2009, he was penning things like “A Message to Women”:

There is a problem with the women in this culture… And the “freedom” women gained on this frenzied path of vengeance and victimization went to its final end? It doesn’t appear to have settled well. Women are growing increasingly violent. They are matching men in domestic violence, blow for blow, and they are causing the lions share of injury and death to children in the home.

None of this quite resonated with Bonnie, who thought of herself as “the antithesis of everything” Elam was describing. She had been abused and molested, and had a tough childhood, but had raised two sons with her husband of 17 years. She didn’t even consider herself a feminist, but “pro equal rights.”

Elam assured Bonnie that he was only being sensational to drive his point home. “He does a lot of stuff just to get a rise out of the public,” she said. “He said there’s no such thing as bad press. He knew in order to get something out in the spotlight, especially something as niche as men’s rights, you have to overblow it.”

When asked how AVFM has grown so quickly, Elam told BuzzFeed News, “By provoking the feminist establishment. The readers come to our site and find out they’ve been lied to.”

Men’s rights activists say they are driven by what they see as gender-based prejudice shaping culture, driving disparities in unemployment, education, criminal justice sentencing, and outcomes in family court. They complain that laws like the Violence Against Women Act discriminate against male victims of sexual or domestic violence because men have been demonized by feminists and their allies as inherently violent. Since women can choose to terminate a pregnancy, they argue, it should be easier for men to opt out of paternity. They believe there is an epidemic of false rape claims shattering the lives of innocent men.

Comprehensive data on custody battles is difficult to produce because of the multiplicity of relevant factors such as age, legal representation, income, employment, and child-rearing responsibilities at the time of divorce. Mothers are almost always the custodial parent in the event of a divorce, but the vast majority of custody arrangements are not contested, and the percentage of women gaining sole custody has decreased sharply since the 1980s. Though many in the men’s rights movement are convinced of an epidemic of false abuse and sexual assault accusations, studies show that there are few false accusations of rape and abuse, even in the context of custody battles.

“You don’t have to look too hard to see that for the most part men are in charge of the Congress, of the major corporations, of income and wealth and opportunity, and at the same time a lot of men aren’t benefiting from that,” said Kim Gandy, a former president of the National Organization for Women who now runs the National Network to End Domestic Violence. “Men are disproportionately benefiting from it compared to women, but there are plenty of men who have been left out of that.”

Many of the issues men’s rights activists point to are real, or at least grounded in reality.

Many of the issues men’s rights activists point to are real, or at least grounded in reality: There is a growing gender gap in higher education — though an increasing number of both men and women are earning college degrees. Studies have found gender disparities in criminal justice sentencing that can be explained by multiple factors, but likely also involve internalized stereotypes about men and women. Men are actually less likely to attempt suicide but more likely to succeed at it. In a society where prison rape remains a familiar punch line, male victims of domestic and sexual violence are often ignored or stigmatized.

Other claims are less grounded. The Violence Against Women Act is so named because women still suffer the brunt of domestic violence, but gender nondiscrimination is written into the statute. Fatal intimate partner violence has fallen drastically since its passage, but more dramatically for violence against men than violence against women. (Elam himself has written, “I am 6’8” tall and 285 pounds. If a woman five feet tall and 110 pounds soaking wet hits me, I am going to hit her back.”)

Men’s rights activists have attacked the “ever-expanding definition of rape, for women” by the Centers for Disease Control and the FBI, accusing them of ignoring male victims of sexual assault. Yet the definition of rape was indeed expanded in 2012 — to include men. The prior language defined rape as “the carnal knowledge of a female forcibly and against her will.”

Elam calls AVFM “the largest men’s human rights group of its kind anywhere,” though it does few of the things human rights groups typically do. It provides no services, offers no legal aid, and litigates no cases. It does not regularly lobby lawmakers, advise candidates, produce public policy proposals or original research. Elam told BuzzFeed News that A Voice for Men focuses on “bringing attention to injustices” by “pushing for a change in the dialogue” and publicizing the plight of men mistreated by society. On occasion, A Voice for Men has drawn attention to custody battles on behalf of men they feel are being railroaded by the legal system.

And it does provide villains, most frequently women, feminists, and their male allies, mocked in MRA circles as “manginas” and “white knights.” Elam’s efforts have also gone into podcasts and other ancillary projects, like the website Register Her, which once listed the personal information of women who were deemed to be hateful toward men or were believed to have made false rape allegations, and a recent online imitation of a domestic violence charity. Last year, one podcast featuring Elam promised to help men deal with “crazy” women, positing that “getting rid of her without resorting to the use of duct tape, plastic bags, and shovels can get a lot more complicated.”

In 2011, after feminist writer Jessica Valenti’s personal information was added to Register Her and Elam went after her on his radio show (“We’re gonna be all over her like Ron Jeremy on a drug-addled bimbo,” he said, calling her a “chickenshit” and “scared little girl”), Valenti was so inundated with threats that she contacted the FBI and, she said, left her house until things died down.

Projects like these are why Elam and his website have become known less for political or policy advocacy than for his abrasive approach to debate. In one post, Elam wrote that “all the PC demands to get huffy and point out how nothing justifies or excuses rape won’t change the fact that there are a lot of women who get pummeled and pumped because they are stupid (and often arrogant) enough to walk [through] life with the equivalent of a I’M A STUPID, CONNIVING BITCH – PLEASE RAPE ME neon sign glowing above their empty little narcissistic heads.”

“The claim that Elam and his friends are merely trying to have a conversation about the rights of men in modern society is bogus. What it’s really about is the defamation of women as a group; that’s called misogyny,” said Mark Potok, a senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center, which has described AVFM as part of a network of “misogynists” and “women haters.”

Bonnie said she and Elam stayed close as he continued to grow his audience. Once, he even posted a photo of himself and his grandsons to social media. “It is a matter of pride and love,” he wrote. “These two are a gift from my beautiful daughter. Of all the amazing art she creates, these two are without compare.”

“The unfortunate thing is that there were really good moments, where he wasn’t totally narcissistic and self-centered and mad at the world, or if he was he hid it well,” Bonnie said. “Sure, they were few and far between, because he never really had to raise a kid and only had concern for himself, but we did have good times.”

Things started to fall apart in 2011. Elam told Bonnie he stopped working due to an injury and stopped responding to her, shutting himself in for months. He used to take her out to dinners and pay her cell phone bill, but now Bonnie was paying his. When she didn’t hear from him, she would drive to Houston to make sure he was OK and try to snap him out of it.

“I am struggling to find work, living off Stacy and have used up every dime of savings. I am in a state so bad the only thing I can compare it to is when I was shooting dope,” Elam wrote in an email to Bonnie in 2010. “I have buried myself in writing because it numbs the pain and makes me think of other things, like instead of feeling like a failure.”

She said that he would “flake” on her to spend time with his girlfriend, Stacey, whose father was ill. When Stacey’s father died in 2011, the couple moved into the apartment her father had been living in, according to public records. Eventually, Bonnie said, the two weren’t even dating — she called them “roommates” — Bonnie said he was driving Stacey’s car and spending Stacey’s money. He didn’t go back to truck driving.

“Here he is on the internet bashing women, yet he’s living off a woman,” Bonnie said. “She facilitated him living off his passion. And online, he was like, ‘Don’t give that bitch a dime,’ or whatever. That’s when I realized he was making excuses.”

Elam invited Bonnie and her family to see his new place, decorated with “expensive furniture and a big Sub-Zero fridge.” The trip didn’t go well: Bonnie felt like he just wanted to show off his new stuff, and he didn’t seem to have the attention span to spend much time with her children. Then, Bonnie said, Elam spanked one of her sons for simply opening the fridge. That’s when she decided to leave.

The two didn’t talk for three months, until Elam called Bonnie on her birthday and left a message with an apology that wasn’t enough for her. Bonnie didn’t call back, figuring she had been easy enough on Elam by letting him into her life so quickly — she wanted him to try harder. That was over three years ago.

“I think it’s weird that he advocates for fathers and he had an opportunity to step up, but the one time something got uncomfortable he bailed. He didn’t fight for me. He should fight for me. I think I’m worth fighting for.”

As she’s watched his star grow, she thinks that he probably rationalizes her actions. “I think he probably feels somehow that this is all my fault because I wasn’t willing to call him back and beg for his forgiveness, even though he hit my child and put me in an uncomfortable situation,” Bonnie said. “He probably compartmentalizes fuel for justifying how he feels about women. He’s probably found some way to explain that it’s my fault we are not close anymore, or that he’s not obligated to me.”

Elam told BuzzFeed News that his personal life was “none of your business,” but he did not deny any of Bonnie and Susan’s story, other than Bonnie’s allegation that he referred to Grandmaster Flash’s music as “n****r rap shit.’”

“You talk to whoever you want to, you print whatever you want; you fuckers are not digging into my personal history,” he said. “I owe you nothing.”

Illustration by Jonathan Rodriguez for BuzzFeed News

Last June’s international conference on men’s rights was not just an important moment for the movement, but also a bid for mainstream attention and acceptance. Originally slated for the DoubleTree Hilton in Detroit, the conference had been moved after local feminist activists protested the venue and there was a demand for further security costs from the hotel after it was deluged with threats.

Elam has credited Farrell’s writing with being a catalyst for Elam’s immersion in the movement; Farrell returned the favor by presenting Elam to around 200 of his fans.

“I saw that [A Voice for Men] was not just a website,” Farrell said. “This was a person who had reached out to thousands of people, all around the country and the world, that was piecing together pieces that no one else in the history of men’s issues had ever been able to piece together.”

Elam told reporters at a Q&A session set up for the press that this was not “a gender war.”

“What we’re talking about in a men’s movement to address these issues is not pointing at where women got it wrong, but where society got it wrong.” Elam referred obliquely to his past incendiary remarks by comparing them to the moment at the 1968 Olympics when black American athletes John Carlos and Tommie Smith raised their fists in a black power salute to protest racism in the United States. “Have there been moments in the rise of this burgeoning movement that have resembled a raised fist in the face of a shocked society? Yes, but that is the nature of all movements for justice denied,” Elam said.

Many speakers at the conference were representative of Elam’s rhetorical style — and many were women, a fact that Elam and his followers often emphasize.

Photograph by Aymann Ismail/ANIMALNewYork

Before the conference, seeking to raise money to “defray the costs of added security and insurance,” Elam raised more than $32,000 in a short time, blaming “fascists and ideological thugs who would use heinous threats to maintain control of a public discourse that is in dire need of balanced, sane change.” Shortly after the conference, and after he had used the alleged threats to raise cash, Elam wrote that he believed the threats had been “concocted nonsense on the part of the Hilton.” He did not say whether or not he would be returning the money.

A Voice for Men is a for-profit limited liability corporation, and so its finances are nearly opaque from the outside. Asked repeatedly by BuzzFeed News how the donations were spent — including those raised for “security” related to the conference — Elam said, “It’s none of your fucking business.”

The first meeting of A Voice for Men’s International Conference on Men’s Issues at a VFW hall in Saint Clair Shores, Michigan, on June 27, 2014. Fabrizio Costantini For The Washington Post / Getty Images

Later, however, Elam acknowledged in a post excoriating “dumpster divers from MSNBC” that “every dollar goes right in my pocket,” but that it is nevertheless well spent in advancing the cause. “The way I look at it is that the donations are given freely by people who get a really great website (that they could just get for free) and who believe that I use this operation to further issues that they think are important to them.”

One place where it does not appear to go is to the more than 30 staffers who, according to Elam, work for A Voice for Men.

“Everybody who came in is a volunteer,” said John Hembling, the site’s former editor who has since left A Voice for Men and has dedicated himself more to writing and his own activist group — named Community Organized Compassion and Kindness — which he said will soon offer a domestic violence hotline for men. “For a short period of time I was getting paid a fairly token amount as an AVFM employee, but as far as I know nobody else is getting paid simply because we’re really too small for that to be viable at this point.”

Asked by BuzzFeed News whether his staff was compensated or volunteers, Elam replied, “Volunteers.” A 2014 assessment by the firm Dun and Bradstreet cited one employee on the books and estimated “sales” at $120,000 a year. The site’s store, called The Red Pill Shop, sells T-shirts, cell phone covers, and Christmas ornaments.

“I really don’t think Paul is making an income from this,” Hembling said. “I think he’s basically floating at about level and he’s got some other sources of income that help to keep things running. I’ve been part of the fundraisers for a number of years while I was with AVFM and I know that we’re always looking at, are we gonna break even this month?”

Illustration by Jonathan Rodriguez for BuzzFeed News

Bonnie still holds out hope that Elam might use his platform and funds to create real change.

“I really believe in and care about men’s rights,” she said. “If they were focused on legislation, or even just creating an open dialogue, I could see a true validity for what they are doing, but they haven’t done that. They have no intentions of actually creating a solution. It’s been almost 10 years and they have nothing to show for it.”

It makes her angry that Elam has made himself into a martyr when his history speaks to the contrary. “Here you have men asking him for advice on how to get kids back, and he doesn’t say, ‘I was a really shit dad and a drug addict and I hate women and I’m not going to talk about my estranged kids or spanking my daughter’s son for opening up a fridge.’ He says women are awful, but I’m a woman. I raised two boys. I’ve been a victim of abuse but I didn’t let it affect me. He says women are needy, but I reached out to him in his time of need. The list goes on.”

Susan and Bonnie have repaired the rift that opened between them when Bonnie decided to give Elam another chance.

“He sits there taking all these people’s money and all he’s doing is sucking them dry,” said Susan. “That’s what he’s done all his life — to say it’s the woman’s fault, and not make men look at their own mistakes.”

Bonnie said that if Elam wanted to change and “show some accountability and humility,” she would still be open to a relationship with her father, but she isn’t holding out hope.

“It’s his loss,” she said. “I have a great life, and he chose not to be a part of that. I don’t want to be a prisoner of my past.”

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Infographic: 4 arrested for selling call details – Times of India

With the arrest of four people, the crime branch of Delhi Police has busted yet another gang for illegally procuring and selling call detail records (CDRs) of people for pre-matrimony check, business rivalry and other purposes. In 2013, police had busted a gang that had illegally procured CDRs of several politicians, including that of Arun Jaitley.

Read more: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/4-arrested-for-selling-call-details/articleshow/53148173.cms


Forbes writer warns Publix that pro-lifers find Mother’s Day ad touching

http://twitter.com/#!/TPGee/status/331509867225436160

As Twitchy noted recently, what journalists choose to cover speaks volumes. It took a social media campaign to shame cable news into covering that “local crime story” involving the alleged killing and dismemberment of several newborns, and yet media watchdog Howard Kurtz was disturbed enough about former Bush press secretary Dana Perino doing a puff piece on the opening of the Bush presidential library to ask about the journalistic ethics involved.

So when Twitchy noted the positive reaction on Twitter to Publix’ touching Mother’s Day spot, which also caught the attention of pro-life site LifeNews, it was time for the press to go to work. Sure, the Gosnell trial is just another local crime story, and the Publix spot is just a regional TV commercial. But once pro-lifers began praising the spot, it was time for Forbes writer Clare O’Connor to make a call to Publix, just in case the chain wanted to “clarify” any misunderstandings.

Supermarket @publix Denies Conservative Claims That Its Mother’s Day Ad Is Pro-Life – @forbes onforb.es/16OlqoB cc @michellemalkin

— Clare O’Connor (@Clare_OC) May 6, 2013

@clare_oc @publix @forbes Pro-lifers loved the ad. Why is it so imperative for Forbes to “refute” their reax? twitchy.com/2013/05/06/you…

— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) May 6, 2013

@michellemalkin @publix @forbes That wasn’t refuting. That was reporting!

— Clare O’Connor (@Clare_OC) May 6, 2013

@clare_oc @publix @forbes Your Tebow tweet shows you have an axe to grind on this issue & that bias drove your “reporting.” Just be honest.

— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) May 6, 2013

What, this Tim Tebow tweet? Just straight-up business reporting as usual; no agenda at work here.

Annoying given his anti-choice stance: Tim Tebow Tops @forbes‘ 2013 List Of America’s Most Influential Athletesonforb.es/10jdrsq

— Clare O’Connor (@Clare_OC) May 6, 2013

@michellemalkin @publix @forbes No axe! Am pro-choice, obviously (am female living in the 21st c.) Just found Publix tidbit interesting.

— Clare O’Connor (@Clare_OC) May 6, 2013

@clare_oc @publix @forbes As if pro-life women are not “females living in 21st c.” But silly me. Of course you have no axe to grind!

— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) May 6, 2013

The result: a piece on Forbes.com headlined, “Supermarket Publix Denies Conservative Claims That Its Mother’s Day Ad Is Pro-Life.” Writes O’Connor, “All it took was one tweet from right-wing pundit Michelle Malkin to land a southern supermarket’s seemingly anodyne mother’s day ad at the center of a social media firestorm.” Wow, a bunch of viewers calling the spot “sweet” and “precious” and “adorable” — that was a social media firestorm?

@clare_oc @publix @forbes @michellemalkin Of all the things to write about you couldnt find anything better than a story about a commercial?

— J.B. Harris (@JosephHarris81) May 6, 2013

@josephharris81 @publix @forbes @michellemalkin Hi Joseph – I cover retail. Publix = retailer. I write posts on many topics, this being one.

— Clare O’Connor (@Clare_OC) May 6, 2013

@clare_oc @publix @forbes @michellemalkin Smearing conservatives doesnt = writing about retail. You go out of your way to smear a group.

— J.B. Harris (@JosephHarris81) May 6, 2013

@josephharris81 @publix @forbes @michellemalkin No smear here! I wrote about pro-life movement’s take on the ad, then called Publix for reax

— Clare O’Connor (@Clare_OC) May 6, 2013

@clare_oc@michellemalkin Nah you just used a well known conservative to insinuate conservatives will twist anything to suit their agenda.

— J.B. Harris (@JosephHarris81) May 6, 2013

@josephharris81 @michellemalkin Did you not read that Life News piece, Joseph?

— Clare O’Connor (@Clare_OC) May 6, 2013

@clare_oc @michellemalkin Did Michelle Malkin write that piece? no? Ok then

— J.B. Harris (@JosephHarris81) May 6, 2013

@josephharris81 Exactly.

— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) May 6, 2013

Fact check: No, Malkin didn’t write that piece at LifeNews. Lauren Enriquez, another woman living in the 21st century, did, and she commended Publix — are you sitting down? — for acknowledging “the humanity and dignity” of the unborn baby. Yeah, definitely time to call Publix and give the company a chance to put out this firestorm before it gets out of hand.

@josephharris81 @michellemalkin Sigh. No. I also didn’t say she had an agenda. Please read back over your convo w/ me!

— Clare O’Connor (@Clare_OC) May 6, 2013

@clare_oc @josephharris81 Read your own damned headline. Just own it already and stop pretending.

— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) May 6, 2013

@clare_oc @michellemalkin If your article was unbiased the name of it shouldve been “Is Publix Pro Life?” and you wouldve wrote why or not.

— J.B. Harris (@JosephHarris81) May 6, 2013

@clare_oc @michellemalkin You wrote your article as a Publix vs Conservatives article. Your article headline cant be denied.

— J.B. Harris (@JosephHarris81) May 6, 2013

@josephharris81 @michellemalkin It was Publix’s response that had not been reported, Joseph. The ad had been disseminated as pro-life.

— Clare O’Connor (@Clare_OC) May 6, 2013

@josephharris81 @michellemalkin Publix denies ad’s pro life mssg = central tenet of post. It is about one 60-sec ad, not company’s stance!

— Clare O’Connor (@Clare_OC) May 6, 2013

@clare_oc @michellemalkin Righttttt. Thats why you only dedicated 3 whole sentences to Publix’s official position on the matter…

— J.B. Harris (@JosephHarris81) May 6, 2013

It is a curious choice for an article; unless we missed something, Forbes.com didn’t reach out to Mountain Dew to let the company clarify the ad that really caused a social media firestorm — to the point where the company not only recalled the ad but also purchased ad space to apologize. (In retrospect, a Forbes contributor did conclude that Mountain Dew could benefit from the controversy and be seen as “edgy.”)

@josephharris81 @michellemalkin What, and not give the reader the bckgnd? Publix didn’t have much to say other than “that wasn’t pro-life.”

— Clare O’Connor (@Clare_OC) May 6, 2013

@clare_oc @michellemalkin so you write a whole article about how conservatives are “distorting the values of Publix” just to say it that?

— J.B. Harris (@JosephHarris81) May 6, 2013

Yep.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/05/06/agenda-free-forbes-writer-warns-publix-that-pro-lifers-find-its-mothers-day-ad-touching/


This New Product Allows You To Bathe Without Using Any Water. Count Me In!

CNN

Ludwick Marishane shouldn’t expect a thank you from lazy people everywhere, but that’s not because he doesn’t deserve one. Six years ago, when he was only 17-years-old, he invented a product that allows people to clean themselves without having to turn on the shower or draw a bath: DryBath.

Listen up, college students.

CNN

If you’re using DryBath to bathe, you don’t even need to use water. You simply put the lotion on your skin and rub. It’s like hand sanitizer, but for your entire body. You might as well start converting that shower of yours into the moldy, dark dwelling you’ve always wanted (finally, an authentic man cave!) now.

Ludwick Marishane

While DryBath is great for the sluggish shower-ers of the world, it’s even better for those with limited access to water. The lotion will allow them to save the little water they have for drinking or watering their crops.

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US Commerce Secretary reportedly involved in hit-and-run and second collision, just minutes apart; Update: Reportedly suffered seizure; Update: Medical leave of absence

http://twitter.com/#!/marcambinder/status/212102979568943104

The Obama administration is starting off the week on the wrong foot. And that foot may just have been run over by U.S. Secretary of Commerce John Bryson. The Cabinet member is reportedly under investigation for a felony hit-and-run that took place in Los Angeles County Saturday.

Bryson was driving alone in a Lexus on a major street in San Gabriel when he allegedly struck the rear end of a vehicle occupied by three males that had been stopped for a passing train.

The secretary spoke briefly with the occupants and then hit their car again as he departed, the officials said. The three followed him while calling police.

But Secretary Bryson didn’t stop at just one car accident.

Commerce Secretary John Bryson cited for felony hit and run re/two accidents Saturday in California.

— ric ward (@riccnn) June 11, 2012

Minutes after the first collision, Bryson hit another vehicle. Authorities found him unconscious. He was taken to the hospital and treated for non life-threatening injuries.

US Commerce Secretary John Bryson out of the hospital but still facing charges in connection with hit and run crashes in California…

— Steve Chenevey FOX5 (@stevechenevey) June 11, 2012

While his life was not in danger, his career may be on life support.

Commerce Secretary John Bryson involved in two hit-and-run accidents, transported to the hospital for career-threatening injuries.

— dannymoe (@danmoser1961) June 11, 2012

Drugs and alcohol were reportedly not a factor in the accidents.

If it wasn't drugs or alcohol, what made John Bryson @CommerceSec think LA County was a demolition derby? http://t.co/eP9pBDbe

— Celeste Headlee (@CelesteHeadlee) June 11, 2012

Bryson’s nomination to the Cabinet was approved in October, but he’s getting a lot more press for this weekend’s collisions.

U know what's so crazy? For a guy who is the top business guy in Obama Cabinet, I've never heard of him; can't remember ever seeing him

— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) June 11, 2012

But no worries, Team Obama is doing fine.

Erica Hill to Axe re: Bryson – "tough way to start the week after last week and this weekend. any concern about that?" #DoingFine

— Tim Miller (@Timodc) June 11, 2012

UPDATE:

CNN JUST IN: U.S. Secretary of Commerce John Bryson suffered from a seizure, according to the Commerce Dept.

— Vaughn Sterling (@vplus) June 11, 2012

A aide at Commerce says Secy Bryson was on personal time in California without a security detail. He was driving his own vehicle.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 11, 2012

The spokeswoman says Bryson has returned to D.C. and has no public appearances today.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 11, 2012

Re: Commerce Sec Bryson – seems a seizure caused accidents. FYI Cited for hit &run, but he stopped &talked to other driving before leaving.

— Jamal Simmons (@JamalSimmons) June 11, 2012

The results of drug and alcohol tests are not yet available and a Los Angeles County official says the Commerce Department’s statement about Bryson’s seizure cannot be confirmed.

@BillHemmer interviewed an LA lieutenant. Bryson alcohol/drug tests are not in yet. Cannot confirm a seizure.

— Brent Munlin (@Bmunlin) June 11, 2012

Bryson blacked out at a board meeting four years ago, according to a witness who spoke with ABC News.

Bryson's office says he had a seizure; witness tells ABC News Bryson blacked out at Boeing board meeting 4 yrs ago http://t.co/srBtixUe

— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) June 11, 2012

Update: Bryson is taking a medical leave of absence.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/06/11/overachiever-us-commerce-secretary-reportedly-involved-in-hit-and-run-and-second-collision-just-minutes-apart/


John Podesta mocks Marco Rubio as ‘Florida man'; Gets geology lesson in return – twitchy.com

One of the funnier parody accounts on Twitter is “Florida Man” and its collection of tweets highlighting odd stories that involve people form Florida.For example:

And:

Which brings us to John Podesta who calledMarco Rubio a “Florida man” in response to a comment Rubio made about Hillary Clinton’s energy policies:

Here’s the tweet Podesta linked to:

Nice try with the mocking, John, but no. Florida’s eroding coastline is“just normal.” That’s what ocean waves and storms do to beaches! Coastlines will always change, so stop denying the science:

Now, we fully expect Podesta’s answer to be that global warming makesthe erosion worse. Well, that’s not true either. The problem in Florida with beach erosion — with or without global warming — is that there’s too much development too close to the beach. Here’s a good article from the AP on the battle in Florida between environmentalists and business/home owners:

“These beaches have been here for thousands of years and nobody renourished them. They just naturally kept themselves wide and beautiful,” said Christian Wagley, an environmentalist who lives on the Florida Panhandle. “The problem comes when we come and draw that line in the sand and put that building there that won’t move, next to a beach that has to move in order to survive and be healthy.”

And:

“They want to subsidize the risks of some of the riskiest development in the state of Florida. We believe that what is happening on St. Joseph Peninsula is perpetually subsidized beach replenishment. It’s the poster child of failed coastal management policy in Florida,” Appleson said.

Exactly.A healthy coastline is one that’s allowed to ebb and flow and to suggest otherwise is just wrong.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2015/10/18/john-podesta-mocks-marco-rubio-as-florida-man-gets-geology-lesson-in-return/