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Don with daughter Ivanka . . . so close. Don with daughter Ivanka . . . so close.

You may remember the 2005 documentary The Aristocrats, in which an impressive array of comedians including Rodney Dangerfield, Chris Rock and Sarah Silverman discuss a famous dirty joke.

The set-up and punchline of the joke never vary, but what happens in between is up to the twisted imagination of the teller. It starts with a man or a family walking into a talent agent’s office and talking up their great act. Asked for details, the man recounts or the family performs a routine replete with scatological humor, twisted sex acts, obscenity and sometimes bestiality. The dumbfounded agent asks, “What the hell do you call this act?” The response is “The aristocrats.”

Some of the versions told in the film are almost impossible to stomach. But none of them come close to the obscenity of the faux aristocrat we now have living…

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I made an attempt to start this blog 3 years ago, and I’m ready to start again.

I don’t intend for this blog to be all political. Sometimes it will be about show business, sometimes about fashion, generally about whatever pops into my head.But today, the topic is politics.

What Jon Stewart so aptly calls “Indecision 2012”  is upon us, and the silly season is even sillier than usual, what with some of the Republican menfolk acting like they’d be much more comfortable as members of the Taliban. Why are non-issues such as contraception and abortion even part of the national discussion? We’ve got wars to end, an economy just starting to right itself, people getting back to work but too slowly to save their homes and their savings, and the solution is to make women stay home and have more babies? Maybe on Planet I’m a Millionaire so I Don’t Care, but on the sphere most of us inhabit, this makes no sense. And of course the latest salvo, after the menfolk decided that women were not “qualified” to testify before them on such a matter as contraception, comes as the Tool of the Far Right, Rush Limbaugh, calls Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke a “slut” for daring to suggest that prescription contraceptives be covered by insurance in the same way as any other prescription.

So this raises the question: Why do the men on the Far Right have such deep self-loathing? It’s obvious in their homophobia and in their opposition to women who want some share in family planning and health care decisions that affect them. It’s not a hatred of women, it’s a hatred of anyone who’d want to have sex with men. Poor creatures, I could almost feel sorry for them if they weren’t expressing themselves in such loathsome ways. Does that lack of self-esteem extend so far that they think that given a choice, their own mothers would have not borne them? I hope Ms. Fluke sues Limbaugh and wins — probably not a good idea to pick a fight with a Georgetown Law student.

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