Thursday, January 31, 2013
Gay Dog Sentenced to Death
Is this homophobia at it worst? No, homo, relates to human beings. Dog homo phobia? No that doesn't make sense. What do you call it?
This cute little mutt might die for being a gay dog in Tennessee2 hrs ago
Some psycho in Tennessee has reportedly consigned his dog to death for being "gay." As bizarre as it sounds, according to the Facebook page of a euthanasia animal shelter in Jackson, the owner surrendered the animal after seeing him "hunched over" another male dog. According to the post from the "high kill" shelter, the swell guy could not bear the thought of having a gay dog. However, it looks like the pooch might make it past today's deadline as hundreds of commenters leapt to his aid. Let's hope one of the thousands who shared the post have a homosexual-friendly home for the little guy. [Source]
© AP / Beyonce
Beyoncé to finally face media in New Orleans
Jan. 31, 2013, 8:28 AM EST
By NEKESA MUMBI MOODY , AP Entertainment Writer
NEW ORLEANS (AP) Beyonce is expected to face the media Thursday as she previews her halftime performance at the Super Bowl. But the focus will likely be on her performance at that other big event earlier this month.
The superstar hasn't spoken publicly since it was alleged that she lip-synched her rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at President Barack Obama's inauguration last week. Her critically praised performance came under scrutiny less than a day later when a representative from the U.S. Marine Band said she wasn't singing live and the band's accompanying performance was taped. Shortly after, the group backed off its initial statement and said no one could tell if she was singing live or not.
It's expected that the halftime performance will be a main focus of her afternoon press conference, even though she'd likely rather concentrate on questions about her set list for Sunday and her upcoming HBO documentary, "Life Is but a Dream." The documentary is being shown for the media just before Beyonce speaks and takes questions, as expected.
There has been plenty of speculation about Beyonce's Super Bowl performance, including reports there would be a Destiny's Child reunion with Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland (Williams has shot down such speculation). Some are also curious about whether her husband, Jay-Z, will join her onstage, as they often do for each other's shows.
Beyonce has teased photos and video of herself preparing for the show, which will perhaps be the biggest audience of her career. Last year, Madonna's halftime performance was the most-watched Super Bowl halftime performance ever, with an average of 114 million viewers. It garnered more viewers than the game itself, which was the most-watched U.S. TV event in history.
Alice Walker coined the term, ‘Womanist”
“Committed to the survival and wholeness of entire people, female and male, as well as the valorization of women’s’ work in all their varieties and multitudes”
Feminism is to Womanism as purple is to lavender
Gilkes, Cheryl Townsend, “Womanist Ideals and the Sociological Imagination”
- Is there a distinct Black female culture or if Black females have more in common with White females rather than the facticity of African-American life
- Black women’s experiences have been excluded from the consideration in that their experiences have been excluded from consideration in the literature of White Feminists
- Classical and popular literature popularized and valorized the White male with the patriarchal ideals of physical aggression, heroic conquest and intellectual dominance, the Black male was not
- With diminished masculinity, the Black struggle for justice and equal opportunity was reduced to beat one’s wife and a refusal to exercise the rights that White men have
- There has been a refusal of Black women to recognize the true value of Black men
Phillips, Layli and Barbara McCaskill, “Who’s Schooling Who? Black Women and the
Bringing of the Everyday into Academe, or Why We Started “The Womanist”
- Black women intellectuals have needed to bridge the gap between the academy and the everyday
- The academy has nothing to gain from everyday Black women
- Black women in the Academy bring with them different kinds of lives that are shaped by the ubiquitous and historical fact of triple oppression, i.e., gender, class and race
- Black women have endure experiences that have been appropriated, exploited, misconstrued and ultimately dismissed
- The lives of Black women are not to be defined by their triple oppression, but by the intergenerationally transmitted experiential and metatheoretical frameworks on their Ancient African origins
Williams, Delores, “Womanist/Feminist Dialogue: Problems and Possibilities”
- Goals of both should be to evolve a world in which sexual, racial class and caste oppression no longer exists, “there is tension between the two”
- Problems arise out of vocabulary that feminist use that has been in vogue in the academy for some time, i.e., theory, argument and privilege
Williams, Shirley Ann, “Some Implications of Womanist Theory”
- Williams is a sociologist and instructor in a predominantly White University with a small population of minority students. They tell her that she is teaching the class for White students
- Sociologists have not embraced the term Womanist in the same way that theologians, ethicists and others in religious studies have
- The major difference in Black feminist thought is its source, philosophical and sociopolitical treatises or it can be narrative, e.g., life experiences, blues and literature
- From a sociological perspective, the Womanist idea is a way of both reading and hearing. The oral tradition is invoked here.
Synopsis of Husserl’s Lectures I-III
The natural attitude is distinct from the philosophical attitude in that the critique of knowledge is found in the philosophical attitude. Knowledge, in the natural attitude, is given to us in various modes, e.g., perception, intuition, memory and the like. Our judgments of the world are made in this attitude from direct experience. We can infer, generalize, analyze and deduce new generalizations from this general knowledge. Without question, there are contradictions in the knowledge that we experience, however Husserl asserts that incorrectly perceived knowledge is canceled by assured knowledge. When contradictions in knowledge appear, we proceed to assess the grounds and the various possibilities for explaining the matter; and the weaker must give way to the stronger. The difficulties and contradictions that arise are resolved through logic or by an appeal to the facts. It is through this continual explaining and examination of knowledge that the natural sciences make progress. It is within the philosophical attitude that we reflect on the possibility of knowledge; knowledge that is taken for granted in the natural attitude and the relationships between knowledge and the object. Knowledge is a natural state of affairs, psychological facts, mental experience and experiences from a known organic being. Knowledge is according to its essence, knowledge of objectivity, by virtue of a sense that is immanent and the sense that it relates to objectivity. Nevertheless, the problem of the possibility of knowledge is founded in the correlation between epistemic experience, meaning and the object. The riddle, that Husserl posits, is how can knowledge be sure of its agreement with the known object and/or go beyond itself to reach its objects reliably? All of these perceptions and grasping of knowledge belong to “a being”. How does the knowing subject know for sure that these acts of knowing exist and what they know exist? Logic also becomes a problem when we use it for examination of knowledge; for it, also, is contingent upon the human species and is a part of the natural evolution of man. Therefore, logic cannot be absolute, but relative. The relativity of logic enhances the riddle. Epistemology and metaphysics is concerned about the absurdities and contradictions found in knowledge. They inquire into the essence of knowledge. Epistemology, then, becomes the critique of positive knowledge and gives an accurate and definitive interpretation of the results of the positive science with respect to what exists. Only epistemological reflection yields the distinction between positive science and philosophy. Knowledge is interpreted in many ways, but it is metaphysics that is concerned with knowledge in the absolute sense, which grows out of a critique of knowledge, which is otherwise, the phenomenology of knowledge. This is the philosophical method. There is parity between the sciences and philosophy and even, more so, philosophy is related to all of the other sciences, and also upon the methodological model that secures them; but philosophy lies in a wholly new dimension with a wholly new departure. An important assertion that Husserl posits is, “how can the critique of knowledge establish itself if the entire world and its knowledge is to be doubted? How can we determine scientifically and objectively the essence of knowledge? As it places all knowledge in question, the critique of knowledge can not place its own knowledge in question. However, there is a knowledge that provides for itself and posits itself as primary. A Being is known in itself and is known in knowledge. Being is absolutely given insofar as it is given with complete clarity and indubitable. The Cartesian doubt asserts that I am certain of nothing; but when making this assertion, I realize that I am making this judgment and it would be absurd to persist in universal doubt. Every thing that I perceive, imagine, judge and infer is cogitatio. Knowledge is the title for a highly ramified sphere of being that can be given to us absolutely. This knowledge is given to me in as much as I reflect upon it, accept it and posit them in a pure act of seeing. Even vague talking, the phenomenon of vagueness, of such matters is, nonetheless, given. The reflective seeing within perception and imagination are equivalent. Husserl further states that every intellectual experience can be made into a pure object of seeing and this act of seeing is an absolute givenness, an existing entity, as a “this-there”. I am moving on absolute ground even when I wonder about what sort of being it is and how this mode of being is related to other beings. As we are seeing them, we can examine their essence, their constitution and their immanent character. He further states that this must be supplemented by a discussion of the concept of essence and the knowledge of essence through inter-subjectivity. The theory of knowledge is based on this sphere of absolute givenness. However, it is the critique of knowledge that seeks to clarify, to bring to light, the essence of knowledge and the legitimacy of its claims to validity. The critique of knowledge cannot begin without the pre-given. The immanence found in the evidence of the cogitatio is free of the enigmatic character which is the source of all skeptical predicaments; and therefore can serve as an appropriate point of departure for a critique of knowledge. The riddle continues for Husserl. Immanence is the necessary mark of all knowledge that comprises the critique, but there is a different type of immanence and transcendence in the natural and phenomenological attitudes. Real immanence is given in the genuine sense evident givenness, which can be directly seen. Transcendental immanence is absolute, clear givenness, self givenness in the absolute sense. Husserl further asserts that transcendence remains both the initial and guiding problem for the critique of knowledge. The riddle of this notion of the transcendent, i.e., the possibility for knowledge to make contact with something transcendent to it is “in how”. Knowing is something other than the known object. Knowing is given, but the known object is not given. Husserl believes that we have secured the entire sphere of cogitations, the phenomenology of knowledge itself and therefore free of the riddle. Husserl believes that there is a difference in pure phenomenology and psychological phenomenon. Perceptive experiences of the experiencing person is given, sensed, recognized and integrated within the perception of objective time. These experiences belong to the experiencing ego and are psychological facts and therefore, psychological phenomenon. It is through the phenomenological reduction does one acquire an absolute givenness that no longer offers anything transcendent. Could the pure phenomenon and the pure cogitatio be the transcendent that one is seeking in the reduction???? He says, “the perception thus grasped and delimited in “seeing” is then an absolute perception, devoid of every transcendence, given as pure phenomenon in the phenomenological sense”. It appears that the riddle is still there. However, to every psychological experience there corresponds, by way of the phenomenological reduction, a pure phenomenon that exhibits its immanent essence as an absolute givenness. At this point, we are no longer doing psychology, a positive science that takes it objects to be transcendent. We are investigating what exists and remains valid whether anything like objectivity really exists or not. What is purely immanent is to be characterized by the phenomenological reduction. Whether I question the existence of the transcendent object or the ability of the relation to make contact with it still contains something that can be apprehended with the pure phenomenon. Phenomenology of knowledge further defined as the theory of the essence of pure phenomena of knowing. For it is clear that those things that are known in science are scientifically grounded and universally grounded, but in fact are subjective, but may not have objectivity. Before the possibility of transcendence is demonstrated, no transcendent conclusion of epistemology is secure. However, what assures me of this givenness of knowledge is also to be found with Descartes in his assertions of clearness and distinctness in perceptions. Based on these two characteristics, we are bound to accept the givenness of knowledge. Husserl further states that the givenness of the cogitatio is absolute, but not the givenness of the external thing in outer perception. The possibility of a critique of knowledge depends on the indication of forms of absolute givenness other than the reduced cogitations.
Two moments of the phenomenological reduction:
Epoche is a procedure whereby we no longer accept the “captivation in accepted-ness”, i.e., freeing ourselves from the unquestioned acceptance of the everyday world
Reduction is the recognition of this acceptance
Whether this is true or not, the idea that the North Korean government is firing missiles or developing nuclear war material is enough said when the country is neglecting its own people. Dictators are always known to be megalomaniacs. Are we helpless to do anything is parents are eating their own children? There is a ring of truth to this article
There is no rational reason for during this. Could the name Menendez give us some clues as to why this kid was handcuffed like an animal?
7-Year-Old Handcuffed Over $5, Says Suit
7-Year-Old Handcuffed Over $5, Says Suit
This is a clear case of the injustices in our judicial system and in our country. The judge is just as guilty as Lindsay. They are both playing games with each other. It just makes many of us to look at this intensely fair activity in the courts, right in front of our freakin faces !! It is a mockery of any judicial system
Better late than never?
Some things never change, as Lindsay Lohan was a good seven minutes late for court on Wednesday morning to face Judge Stephanie Sautner for a 8:30 a.m. PT pre-trial hearing about her three misdemeanor charges stemming from her June 2012 car accident.
Lohan arrives to court with mother Dina. (Splash News)Dressed in a simple black Chanel dress with her hair pulled back in a low ponytail, the actress arrived with her mother Dina (who traveled with her early this morning from New York City), and her new lawyer, Mark Jay Heller.
Beginning at 9 a.m. once they moved buildings, Judge Sautner asked Lohan – who looked exhausted and was wearing minimal makeup – if Heller was indeed her new lawyer. “Today, yes,” she responded. When the judge said, “Not (just) today,” Lohan clarified that Heller was her attorney going forward.
Heller then brought up the fact that Lohan had been sick and her doctor recommended it was not safe for the public, including the people in court, to be around her, but that, “She wanted to show respect to the court,” said Heller. “I’m glad to see you’re feeling better,” Sautner sarcastically told Lohan, who smirked and said, “Thank you.”
Lohan leaving NYC. (Jackson Lee/Splash News)Then, as Lohan looked on uncomfortably, Heller brought up the fact that he was from New York and that he had heard the judge too was a New York native and had worked as a detective. “It is a great honor to appear before you,” Heller began – to which she cut him off. “Flattery doesn’t get you anywhere,” Sautner replied.
During the 13-minute hearing, it was determined that there would be another pre-trial hearing on March 1, which Lohan does not have to attend.
However, the troubled actress will be expected in court on March 18 when the case against her (three charges including lying to police) goes to trial.
Although that was somewhat good news for Lohan, it capped off a rough night. After landing in L.A. just after midnight – and less than eight hours before she was set to be in court – she was turned away from not one, but two swanky hotels.
The first, Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica near the courthouse, denied the actress and her mother a place to rest their heads because Lohan had been banned in 2007 after trashing her room at the time. They then moved on to a Loews nearby – and were also refused a room there, but this time simply because there weren’t any vacancies. According to TMZ, it’s unclear where the Lohans ended up.
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