NY Post's Abby Schachter: 'The Left' Is Unpatriotic for Complaining About Racism

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Did you know that complaining about racism makes you unpatriotic and means that you have a (bad) attitude toward America?

Well, it doesn't, but that's what the New York Post's Abby Schachter suggests.

"Bill Maher pretty much summed up the left's attitude toward the United States when he declared that Barack Obama came up from poverty to become 'the first black president of the racist states of America,' she writes.

For Schachter, of course, this is evidence that, "according to liberals like Maher, nothing has changed in all that time. This country is racist, many liberals believe, so it ever was and so it shall ever be. The election of a black president has done nothing to change our nation's true nature, says the left, because at its heart this is a racist country."

Somehow, Maher's one comment corroborates something about all liberals and suggests that white people get the short end of the stick. Oh, and apparently, the Trayvon Martin case is an example of "the liberal racist narrative."

She really said all this!

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Chris Jones Says Women Are Bad in Bed: Is He Right?

Today brings us "Ladies: You're Not as Good as You Think," an essay by Esquire writer Chris Jones.

Jones' not-so-scintillating thesis is basically this: "There is a spectrum of female lovers just as there is of men. The trouble is, most women act as though they're sexual Olympians, as though they're doing the men in their lives the greatest of favors merely by presenting themselves like a downed deer strapped to the hood of a car." Others pearls of wisdom include "Sex is not like pizza. Only blowjobs are" and "Like, maybe grab a mirror and spend some time learning how your own body works. It's nice, too, when you don't treat our semen like it's battery acid." Oh, and us womenfolk shouldn't feel any self-consciousness about cunnilingus.

Now, it's very easy to make fun of Jones -- and he deserves to get as much shit as he dished. And while Jones is clearly no libidinal luminary, we should still ask: is he right?

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Embattled Comptroller John Liu Hires Journo as New Communications Director

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Peter Thorne, new communications director for City Comptroller John Liu.
City Comptroller John Liu, whose hopes of being the next mayor have been increasingly damaged by a fundraising scandal, is shaking things up in his staff, his office announced today.

The biggest blow to Liu has been the arrest of his 25-year-old campaign manager, which has raised questions about how much the comptroller actually knew of the schemes to circumvent campaign finance laws.

Today, his team announced in a press release that Liu has hired Peter Thorne, who was an anchor and reporter for ten years with WPIX TV, to the position of communications director.

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Banning Rush Limbaugh from Radio Would Be a Failure for Feminism

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Writing on the Rush Limbaugh/Sandra Fluke controversy in his column, Frank Bruni makes the point that there are a whole lot more words in the English language for sexually "transgressive" females than there are males -- who also typically wind up being lauded for their promiscuous proclivities.

"What's a male slut?" he muses. "A role model, in some cases. In others, a presidential candidate."

Bruni, articulating the injustices of this double-standard, then details some of the backlash Limbaugh faces, including calls from some prominent feminists that the FCC remove him from the airwaves.

Of course, asking the FCC to step into the fray is nothing short of open advocacy of censorship, and it's disheartening and unconscionable to see this promoted by respected feminists.

(This point was made yesterday in the Atlantic, which also voiced concern over Limbaugh's possible prosecution.)

But it's worth emphasizing that censorship isn't just wrong -- it stands to hurt the feminist cause more than help it.

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Rush Limbaugh: Saved by Sandra Fluke?

When Rush Limbaugh called Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke a "slut" and a "prostitute" on his radio show Feb. 29, it sure seemed like the end of an era might be upon us.

Public outcry prompted sponsors to pull support from the show, leaving many to wonder whether the conservative stalwart would have much longer to lash out against liberals and ladies.

To be fair, Rush did damage control issue an apology, but many saw the mea culpa as meaningless -- worthy of all-out mocking.

But as bad as Rush's gaffe might be -- and to be clear, it is bad -- you have to wonder: could this bolster Limbaugh's languishing career?

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Jules Feiffer, Former Voice Cartoonist, Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

Jules Feiffer, the cartooning legend who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1986 for his work at the Voice (and many other kudos over the years!), will receive another prestigious accolade in April: the 2012 John Fischetti Lifetime Achievement Award, given by Columbia College Chicago.

Feiffer is also an Obie-winning playwright, celebrated screenwriter, and the first cartoonist commissioned by the New York Times' for its op-ed page. He has taught at colleges across the U.S., and now calls Southampton home.

Runnin' Scared took a sec to catch up with Feiffer and chat about his win, changes in the cartoon world, and his current projects: Hint -- a graphic novel is in the works!

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Neo-Nazis in Greenpoint: Hipster Hoax?

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The Daily News wants to know: Are there neo-Nazis in Greenpoint?

The question comes about after a series of pics taken by Brooklyn photog Adam Krause apparently hit the web Monday evening, in which he chronicled five self-professed Polish neo-Nazis. Gawker seems to have broken the story, and did disclose that Klause is "a friend." The news site treated the scoop as true.

The Daily Mail quickly picked up Krause's saga, prompting him and his subjects to become the object of international attention.

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Matt Drudge, David Axelrod, and Tina Brown All Still Use AOL Email Addresses

‚ÄčYou know who still uses an antique AOL email account, apart from your mom? A lot of really famous and important people. Politico's Ben Smith argues today that the outdated email service has actually gone from uncool and dated all the way back around to being a "status symbol," a concept familiar to derivative fashion designers and mustachioed trust-fund hipsters. Whether or not that's really true, we got a kick out of the list of people Smith says are still @aol.com:

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Piers Morgan And Wife Celia Walden Expecting a Baby

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CNN's newest Brit and Larry King replacement Piers Morgan, 46, is expecting a childwith wife Celia Walden, 34. It's their first child together, although Morgan already has three kids from a previous marriage. The pregnancy is in its fourth month, the Daily Mail reports. Congrats are in order for Morgan and Walden! We look forward to little Piers Jr., or Larry King II, whichever it may be.



Arianna Huffington Wants an App to Tell You When to Stop Using Apps

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Today is the first day of TechCrunch Disrupt, the tech-news site's annual three-day conference of exhibitors, panels, and start-up schmoozing, this year held at Pier 94. Each morning's agenda consists of onstage "fireside chats": Tomorrow, for example, will feature Charlie Rose interviewing Ashton Kutcher. But this morning's star was AOL content head Arianna Huffington (after AOL's recent HuffPo acquisition, she is the boss of TechCrunch) who emerged for a panel discussion -- ostensibly about journalism in the social-media age -- to answer questions from email OG Nora Ephron, alongside friend NYU J-school professor Jay Rosen. (TechCrunch co-editor Erick Schonfeld later informed the room that he initially invited New York Times editor Bill Keller to debate the Lady Huff, but that Keller "chickened out.")

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