Because it’s tradition, it makes it sacrosanct … that’s how many are raised

I saw this at TYWKIWDBI, and thought it should be reposted:

A bleak future for the wife of a rapist

KARMALAHANG, India—When the call came from New Delhi, Punita Devi braced herself for the worst. Her husband, she learned, had been sentenced to death by hanging.

Akshay Kumar Singh and three other men were convicted this month of a crime that focused the world’s attention on violence against women in India: the gang rape and killing of a 23-year-old physiotherapy student on a bus in December.

For the parents of the woman who died, the sentencing brought a measure of closure. For Ms. Devi, who is in her 20s, and her 2-year-old son, her husband’s crime and punishment have opened up a chapter of profound uncertainty.

Ms. Devi expects to be cast out by her in-laws and face ostracism and destitution here in India’s conservative hinterland—not because she is married to a convicted murderer, but because she is a woman without a husband. “As a widow, my honor will be lost forever,” she says.

Her husband’s relatives say they can’t afford to feed her. Her parents say they are too poor to take her back. The customs of purdah practiced in the region make it almost impossible for her to work outside the home.

“I am not educated. Our traditions are such that I cannot even step out of the house,” Ms. Devi said. “Who will earn money to feed me and my son?”

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Finally, Ted Cruz says what we’re all thinking: affordable health care is Nazism.

Ted Cruz’s filibuster couldn’t have been more warmly received. He is, as we read this, surged in popularity among many righty-tighties.

His performance, yes performance, filibustering for 21 hours gave him the proper recognition that people like him deserve.

I’ve heard some pretty enthusiastic and exemplary Republicans who seem to get it. Cruz? He doesn’t.

Health care is tearing away your freedom, declares the guy in a suit that costs more than lots of Americans make in two months.

Freedom?

Nazism?

Is this really what you want your leadership to sound like?

The above video of Jon Stewart blasting Cruz is almost too easy. The material writes itself. Well, except for that Dr. Seuss reading at the end.

Great line:

So to express your opposition to Obamacare, you go to the book about a stubborn jerk who decides he hates something before he’s tried it, and when he finally gets a taste, he has to admit after he’s tasted it, ‘This is pretty fucking good.’

the irony can come from anywhere, anyhow.

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Over at a favorite blog of mine, fStoppers, I watched a beautifully lighted, directed, edited and produced motion picture called “Mine.”

For most of my readers, this video is Not Safe For Work. The scenes are inspired by 50 Shades of Gray.

My kneejerk reaction was why, why oh why, does a web site geared toward photographers and artists need to declare something NSFW?

And I know the answer. fStoppers targets amateurs and hobbyists, as well as floundering professionals like myself who are turned on by seeing what others are doing at what levels in the marketplace.

And by turned on, I loved this video. I think there are some really creative people making really creative sex-industry-type motion pictures right now. Regardless how you feel about pornography, you have to remember or learn that where that industry goes, the rest of the industry follows.

Anyway, I can’t embed vimeo videos here, so you’ll have to go here to watch this little masturbate, I mean masterpiece.

Don’t forget, it’s not safe for your workplace, unless you’re me. Then it’s fair game!