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Actress Kelly Rutherford wins sole custody of her children, temporarily. In case you think it doesn't matter, read the back-story on the case. Her children, US citizens, were forced by a US judge to live in Monaco with their father because he isn't allowed in the US to visit them. Interesting case. It's also a bullshit case. - [NDH]
Germaine Greer vs Jane Fonda: 'Poor old Jane has a replacement hip but not a replacement brain'
They're both vile....but Greer is definitely wittier. [CBD]
Sad. Famed 'A Beautiful Mind' mathematician John Nash, wife killed in taxi crash Mr. and Mrs. Nash had been married almost 60 years. [Y-not]
Read this surprisingly informative article in the Huffington Post explaining the status of the "fast track" trade bill. Obama objects to a human trafficking provision in the bill that would gum up the works for Malaysia's participate in TPP. [Y-not]
Via naturalfake in the comments, I give you The Swineapple: Hollowed-Out Pineapple Stuffed with Ribs Wrapped in Bacon. Recipe at Neatorama. [Y-not]
"REDNECK AVENGERS: TULSA NIGHTS" — A Bad Lip Reading of Marvel's The Avengers
Video. [rdbrewer]


Jonah Goldberg: The Rise of House Clinton
"A truly sociopathic liar (though his sociopathologies hardly end there), Clinton has a gift for making other people feel like there is something wrong with them for objecting to his deceptions." [rdbrewer]


Rich Lowry: The latest proof that Hillary just can’t stop the sleaze
"The ethics of Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state were atrocious. In what world is it OK for the secretary of state to get and pass along back-channel advice from a friend about a country where he has business interests at stake?" [rdbrewer]
Yesterday via One News Now (News from a Christian perspective) the latest scorecards from NumbersUSA rank Walker, Perry, and Cruz as the top candidates on immigration, thus far. They gave Lady Lindsey and Rubio failing grades. [Y-not]
Via Your Houston News, link to Cruz's press release about his trade bill vote. [Y-not]
Doug Ross @ Journal: "In her secret email account messages that were released [yesterday], Clinton kept calling Ambassador Chris Stevens 'Chris Smith.'" Shameful. [Y-not]
The Washington Free Beacon: "Rick Perry’s June event in Addison, Texas, where he is expected to announce his candidacy for president, will feature a number of retired and current Navy SEALs, according to a invite to the event. Retired Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, whose autobiography inspired the 2014 film Lone Survivor, will attend with his wife. The widow of retired Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, whose autobiography inspired the oscar-nominated American Sniper, will also be there." Perry is doing his best to distinguish himself as the only candidate (except for Lady Lindsey) with military experience. [Y-not]
Roll Call: "Updated May 23, 2 a.m. | The Senate failed to advance even a one-day extension of the Patriot Act surveillance authorities early Saturday, with Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., leading bipartisan objections to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in an extraordinary sequence." Looks like the USA Freedom Act that Ace wrote about last week also failed. [Y-not]
Two Morons have been yammering at each other for over 3 months now. Drift Compatible Podcast episode 15 This week features an interesting discussion on just how much charity Christian groups provide. Language warning. [Weirddave]
Filmmaker: Why Is Sex So Seldom Depicted in Real (Not-Entirely-Pornographic) Movies?
Here's my answer: Apart from matters of taste and discomfort that Neo-Neocon mentions, let me pose this question: In a movie about two people having sex, What is the conflict?

Apart from situations of coerced sex, there isn't any conflict in sex. Sex is a team effort. And drama is about conflict, not about two people working in tandem to achieve a shared goal.

Any film "about sex" must actually be about something else in order to have conflict -- love, betrayal, etc., etc., etc. -- but the sex itself will not involve conflict, and thus the sex itself will be extraneous to the actual story...

You can have conflict about sex, with a man discussing his sexual hangups with a psychologist, but there the arena will be the psychiatrist's office, not the bedroom...

Thus we tend to have two categories of movies: Those that do not depict actual sex, and pure pornography. Attempts to do a hybrid usually fail. Because there's simply no dramatic stakes in consensual sex, apart from "Will they both get off?"
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