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Men’s rights activist says ‘men will have their dicks severed’ at all-female Portland comedy fest

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The all-female Portland comedy festival “All Jane No Dick” is being threatened with protests by a men’s rights activist who believes the event discriminates against men, LA Weekly‘s Jennifer Swann reports.

The “All Jane No Dick” festival is meant as a reminder that only 15 percent of touring comedians, and only 5 percent of the most successful, are female. The title of the event is a pun on the Read With Dick and Jane series of children’s books. But according to Matt “The Lone Woof” — as he asked to be called — the man who posted the Craiglist ad announcing the protest, “there’s an ulterior motive” to the pun, “which is the anti-male connotation.”

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“The fact that it’s all female is sexist,” he told Willamette Week‘s Amy Miller. “Why does it have to be all female? Are there any all-men festivals? If you called it ‘All Dick and No Jane,’ the feminists would be up in arms.”

According to the posters Matt stapled on top of fliers for the event, “all men will have their dicks severed on-site” at the “All Dick Envy but No Dick Man-Bash Festival.” When Miller confronted him, “The Lone Woof” turned out to be “a very standard-looking Portland dude, complete with a knit beanie and an accidental beard thing,” and though he insisted he was not affiliated with the Men’s Rights Movement (MRM), his list of complaints — as well as the language in which he couched them — was consistent with theirs.

“This is my first time ‘growing a pair’ and stepping out to the limelight and expressing what I feel is a growing problem based on somewhat misrepresented facts put out by the feminist propaganda machine,” he said, before complaining about a women’s meditation tent at a recent state fair. When Miller informed him that it was most likely “based on the real and present physical threat that men pose to women on a regular basis,” he replied, “well, there were probably also some men there that got smacked around by their girlfriends. And some drunk guys whose girlfriends had sex with them while they were unconscious, which is still rape.”

Claiming that violence and sexual assault against men is un- or under-reported is one of the MRM’s most common complaints.

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In the Craigslist ad, “The Lone Woof” insists that “[t]his is not a MRA event. I represent no organization or political party. I am simply one human. Standing bravely against a growing sexist paradigm.” However, in his interview with Miller, he tells her “[w]hat I really am is I guess you could call me a Men’s Rights Activist,” and that he’s proud to be “the first outspoken one in Portland, which makes me kind of brave if you think about it.”

According to L.A. comedy promoter Samantha Varela, however, “this guy’s definitely a confused asshole.”

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‘Hard to overstate’ how badly Taylor’s testimony damaged Trump: Ex-federal prosecutor

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On Wednesday, former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti wrote for Politico Magazine that the testimony of Ukraine envoy William Taylor was devastating for President Donald Trump — and that if he keeps trying to deny wrongdoing, it will only get worse and maybe even force Senate Republicans' hand against him.

"It’s hard to overstate how much damage the testimony of Ukraine envoy William Taylor inflicted on President Donald Trump’s defense in the ongoing impeachment inquiry," wrote Mariotti. "On its face, Taylor’s testimony Tuesday established the quid pro quo that Trump has denied for weeks. But more importantly, Taylor’s detailed notes of the 'highly irregular' policy-making that he witnessed over the summer provide a roadmap to future testimony that could be even more harmful. Republicans have already begun to retreat from their 'no quid pro quo' line, but they will have to keep retreating because Taylor has almost single-handedly decimated the few witnesses who have provided some testimony that is favorable to Trump."

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‘How much did you get for your soul?’ Internet dogpiles Lindsey Graham after he walks back criticism of SCIF raid

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On Wednesday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) appeared to have reached the limit of his capacity to defend his own party when a gang of House Republicans raided a sensitive, compartmented information facility where an impeachment hearing was taking place and illegally bringing in recording equipment. Initially Graham criticized the Republicans behind the stunt, calling it "nuts."

Later, however, he changed his mind and decided the demonstration was fine with him, offering this explanation:

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I was initially told House GOP took the SCIF by force – basically like a GOP version of Occupy Wall Street.

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‘We lost New Mexico to Mexico’: Internet breaks into hysterics over Trump wanting to build border wall on Colorado

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The president of the United States indicated he accidentally forgot where the state of Colorado was during his speech to an energy conference of fracking companies Wednesday.

Trump told the audience he was building a "wall" in Colorado, which is the state just north of New Mexico. If Trump was referring to his U.S.-Mexico border wall, it's the southern New Mexico border on which he intends to build the wall.

It prompted many to wonder if the president whipped out his fact-changing Sharpie yet again.

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