Jesus Christ on Burnt Toast

No this post does not have anything to do with the image of a deity on breakfast food. It was one of my first thoughts when reading the following news story:

PHOENIX, Sept. 9 (UPI) — The founder of an Arizona sex church and 17 others have been arrested on a variety of prostitution-related charges, officials said.

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said the Phoenix Goddess Temple raided by police “was no more a church than Cuba is Fantasy Island,” The Arizona Republic of Phoenix reported Friday.

Well that kind of depends on your perspective and attitude doesn’t it? Have you been to Cuba? I haven’t but I did google some images.

Kinda looks like an island fantasy to me. Sure, maybe the government is corrupt *coughcough* but if I’m sipping a pina colada in that chair with that view…

The temple’s religious tenets connect spirituality and sexuality, its Web site says.

Online ads for the temple offered “sensual worship” for $204 an hour and promoted the “Very Erotic Priestess Sophia.”

Founder Tracy Elise, 50, who called herself the temple’s “Mystic Mother,” faces charges of prostitution, illegal control of an enterprise, pandering and operating a house of prostitution.

Acting Phoenix Police Chief Joe Yahner said it is “particularly disheartening that some would attempt to disguise their crimes as religious freedom.”

Disheartening? You wanna know what is disheartening? Armed tax collectors arresting people who have done no harm whatsoever to anyone. If children in cages were found you bet we would have heard about it. But no, consenting adults went there for mutual pleasure and benefits – in private, and weren’t messing with anybody. Whats disheartening is that people aren’t allowed to live their own life without government intrusion in cases where no harm, foul play, or fraud is present.

Montgomery said his office worked with vice squad detectives from Phoenix for six months to indict 33 people associated with the temple.

Sacred sexuality is a part of religion. Maybe not your religion but a belief system itself. Which is what constitutes a religion isn’t it? Pagans practice it, some Wiccans practice it, there are temple prostitutes and sacred whores. In ancient times women were set up in temples for society to worship. Their belief was that orgasms brought a person closer to God(ess).

Per wikipedia – “Sacred prostitutiontemple prostitution, or religious prostitution is a practice of worship that includes hieros gamos or sacred marriage performed as a fertility rite and part of sacred sexual ritual.” and “Hieros gamos or Hierogamy (Greek ἱερὸς γάμος, ἱερογαμία “holy marriage”) refers to a sexual ritual that plays out a marriage between agod and a goddess, especially when enacted in a symbolic ritual where human participants represent the deities. It is the harmonization of opposites.” and in this modern era of neo-Pagans, Wicca, and Magick – “Sex magic is a term for various types of sexual activity used in magicalritualistic or otherwise religious and spiritual pursuits. One practice of sex magic is using the energy of sexual arousal or orgasm with visualization of a desired result. A premise of sex magic is the concept that sexual energy is a potent force that can be harnessed to transcend one’s normally perceived reality.”

So I don’t want to hear your crap. There is, has, and always will be a belief system that includes sexual rites and it should not be confused with a simple base desire to “get off”. Granted in ancient times, those who sought to worship did not get charged a fee of $200.00 per hour but an offering was required. Back then it could have been a goat, a chicken, produce, or copper and silver.

Now some may say fine, practice your sacred sex or whatever just don’t get paid for it. Really? Is that how we treat ministers, pastors, and preachers? Of course not. They are paid by the members/congregation of the church. They are allowed to do fundraisers to pay for the church and the utilities it uses as well as donate money to charities. The church staff gets paid by the patrons it serves. One statement I found when looking at pastor salaries was this:

  • The pastor’s salary is both the congregation’s responsibility and its privilege.
  • Salary is determined in part by what the church can afford. However, I feel I need to say that the New Testament churches in Macedonia gave beyond their ability – they supported others even when it meant they might go without (2 Corinthians 8:1-3). That passage in particular teaches us that giving should be generous – even sacrificial at times, and joyful – counting it a privilege to help others. So, determine what you can give and also what you shouldgive. There needs to be balance.
  • Paying a pastor salary frees a pastor to be more involved in ministry. This is why you give your pastor compensation. The greater his freedom, the more he is able to help you and your congregation.
  • A clergy compensation package should include provisions for both the immediate and long-term needs of your pastor.
So a religious man can prostitute his knowledge of God and his interpretation of the Bible and ask for donations so that he may readily be available to his congregation. His religion is a belief system, one that says if you are “saved” you will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Sacred sexuality is a belief system and one that is paid for by the members it serves. The belief being that the pleasure brought about by physical intimacy can bring you closer to becoming one with the universe and nature as it intended.
Sure, some people may go just to “get off”. Some may go to church and pray only because they need a raise at their job. In either case true believers will be mixed in with those who go for their own personal reasons.
Get over it.

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No sex divorce

Interesting news tidbit. French man forced to pay ex-wife a settlement for lack of sex.

The payoff in this case: an award of nearly $14,000 to the ex-wife whose needs were apparently not met. It just goes to show that it never hurts to try.

Under France’s civil code, married couples are supposed to live a “shared communal life.” A judge has now ruled that this implies that “sexual relations must form part of a marriage.”

The woman filed for divorce two years ago, citing lack of bedroom activity as the reason. A judge in Nice, France, agreed with her argument, granting the split and placing the husband solely at fault.

The 47-year-old ex-wife then sued him for not having enough sex over 21 years of marriage. Not surprisingly, her former husband, 51, said it was because of “tiredness and health problems.” A judge in the south of France’s highest court again sided with the woman in this case.

The judge ruled that “a sexual relationship between husband and wife is the expression of affection they have for each other, and in this case it was absent. By getting married, couples agree to sharing their life and this clearly implies they will have sex with each other.”

Think this would fly in the US? Would it apply to men seeking a settlement from their wives due to lack of sex? I doubt it. Seems like here a woman has every right to say no to sex no matter the reason or circumstance (she just doesn’t have the right to say yes if it involves money).

Naturally I read the reactions to hear what people are saying. One comment read:

“A judge has now ruled that this implies that “sexual relations must form part of a marriage.”” – So what if a spouse says no and is then forced by their partner, this could be interpreted as saying marital rape is ok.  Needs to be rethought.

Seriously? Having the right and expectation to have sex with your spouse does not equate the forcing of said person to do something against their will. It may give you the right to seek a divorce, you may see it as an excuse to seek comfort elsewhere, but it should never be used as an excuse to commit violence, force, or fraud.

 

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Brandyslist.wordpress.com

You know… I have to have some kind of project and feeling of moving forward and helping in some capacity to feel I have a purpose.

My latest project, as in the title of this post, involves backpage.com (and really any other sites as well).

It’s intended as a way for those users to pass along information yet still be anonymous without the knowledge of escort discussion boards or the technical know how to research via tineye. Y’all know I’ve advertised on backpage before, have met some wonderful people (and yea, some not so wonderful) but a lot of them simply had no clue. Some were just new, had heard of backpage through various news reports, etc.

To those hobby guys who know the system and depend on the discussion boards and know how to research and are thinking “Bah, I don’t need this” well, this isn’t for you dummy (I say with affection of course).

 

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Something Funny…

Just humor me. I need a laugh. Some of my favorite sketches from YouTube. None of these are intended to offend those of you who can’t take a fucking joke.

Rowan Atkinson cracks me up.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbUOXOmlayI – Couldn’t imbed this one but it does make me laugh.

One of my most favorite shows EVER was Whose Line Is It Anyway. I missed this episode when it first aired but I was laughing so hard I was crying and belly aching when I found it.

Of course there is always classic Monty Python.

Ok, I feel better now :)

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Case dismissed…

Remember the Village Voice article “Real men get their facts straight?”

Remember Ashton Kutcher losing it on Twitter after the above article came out? One of his many tweets was “hey @villagevoice, hows the lawsuit from the 15 year old victim who alleges you helped enslave them going?” Well now we know how it ended. The lawsuit was dismissed.

Backpage.com immune from liability for human sex trafficking ads

Judge dismisses case against internet service provider

A federal court judge in Missouri dismissed the claims against Backpage.com and Village Voice Media Holdings on August 15. In the 31-page decision, United States Magistrate Judge Tomas C. Mummert, held that the defendant companies were immune from the claims, because they were passive internet service providers, entitled to immunity under the Communications Decency Act.

The claims alleged that in 2009 and 2010, Backpage.com, a website company, aided in the sexual trafficking of a 14-year-old, because it posted advertisements which included explicit nude photographs of the minor. The advertisements were created and submitted to Backpage.com by Latasha Jewell McFarland who plead guilty to one count of sexual trafficking of children in September 2010.

The court held that the defendants merely operated the website, but did not have active control over the images in the advertisements submitted by McFarland. Under the Communications Decency Act and the case law interpreting the immunity sections of the statute, service providers are not liable for harmful content provided by third parties. Because McFarland created the content, the defendants are immune from the harm they caused.

Furthermore, the court held, immunity applies to the defendants, even if the Backpage.com website had search engines that allowed keyword searched of postings in its “adult categories.” Furthermore, case law has established precedent that even where interactive service providers have an “active, even aggressive role in making available content provided by others,” immunity applies to website operators.

Ultimately, this court followed prior decisions, holding that “Congress has decided that the parties to be punished and deterred are not the internet service providers but rather are those who created and posted the illegal material.”

In light of this precedent, Judge Mummert wrote the plaintiff “may still pursue a civil remedy against McFarland.”

Elsewhere in a similar story:

Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996 recognized that the very nature of the Internet meant that vast traffic depended on the ability of citizens to post directly onto websites like Backpage.com, Facebook, MySpace or eBay, or to have search engines like Google and Yahoo find postings without pre-screening or censorship. The responsibility, under the law, rests with the person supplying the post.

Exactly. Guns don’t kill people. People kill people. Classified ads don’t traffic children. Asshole motherfuckers traffic children. We use ballistic forensics to match a gun as a murder weapon to the owner of the gun who used it to murder someone. We do not put the gun in jail, we put the person who used the gun in jail. We need to find the people who use backpage to traffic minors and put them away.

At this time my Google-Fu is broken, I cannot find the initial report of the arrest. However, I can imagine how it went down as a typical backpage sting. The pimp posted the ad, the cops used the ad to set up a meeting, and BAM child victim is rescued and one less pimp on the street. Just as ballistics are used to find murderers, backpage can be used to find pimps.

 

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Why nothing gets done…

Before I start in on the upcoming post I would like to apologize for being away so long. My muse went missing. Nothing held my interest enough for me to blog about. I could have blogged about the Newsweek article that came out this week but everything I had to say about it ended up as comments at the end of the article. If interested in what I had to say about it, just look up the comments there by “Mona Stangley” – that was me.

So I came across this lovely piece on this page which makes me want to bang my head on the desk. This is why we will never find solutions or fix problems, because the “problems” that may exist are not addressed. You will see what  mean as you read on….

SAWB: What action do you recommend that brothel owners should take, beyond the current legislative and licensing requirements, to ensure that only safe sex occurs on their premises?

CN: “Brothel owners are currently commissioning violence against women by operating prostitution businesses.  Prostitution is inherently a practice of violence against women, and can’t be made ‘safe’ for women by any action by pimps.  In fact, brothel owners have a financial conflict of interest with regards to ensuring the safety of women in their venues, because clients will pay more for unprotected sex acts, violent sex, body punishing sex acts like anal penetration, sex with younger women, etc.”

What the hell kind of answer is that? They are asking “Look, what can we do?” An answer isn’t given, an opinion is. Does anyone have a real, practical answer? So, I’m assuming that the question regarding ensuring that only safe sex occurs means ensuring the use of a condom during all interactions. Aside from the invasion of privacy that videotaping and personal monitoring of each appointment which would just be wrong or having a chaperone in each session, you have to trust your girls. Educate them, fire them if it is discovered that they are allowing sex without a condom. Let the girls have rights, the right to refuse any dipshit that wants sex without a condom, the right to call security into the room if Mr. Dumbass wants to give the girl crap about it. *Please note – I have never worked n a brothel but have studied the models and have my own ideas on how to run one. I apologize if I am mistaken on how they are currently operated.

SAWB: Are there additional control measures that owners should apply to prevent clients entering brothels with guns or other weapons, such as knives?

CN: ”Brothel owners should be required by government to employ expensive security guards, buy high-quality monitoring technology, and take other measures that will make their businesses unviable.  The currently viability of prostitution businesses rests wholly on women’s sexual insecurity.”

Not just any security guards, EXPENSIVE security guards. Not just any monitoring technology, HIGH-QUALITY (i.e. expensive). And anything else expensive so that it would be to expensive to operate a brothel. This probably came about due to a sex worker who is suing a brothel because a client pulled a gun on her. Now I don’t know how often these type of incidences occur. 1 in every 10,000? If it is a problem, hell have the client go into a changing room with a locker and put on a robe before going private with a girl. Or have them empty all their pockets and walk through a metal detector. There are other security measures that can be taken to ensure this type of crap doesn’t happen.

SAWB: What safety measures would you recommend brothel owners install within the rooms?

CN: ”No physical contact should take place between women and clients–just like an any other workplace where sexual harassment is outlawed.”

This absurd comment just makes me laugh. I don’t even know where to begin…

SAWB: What training would you recommend for women choosing to enter sex work in licensed brothels?

CN: ”Re-training for alternative income generating activity that values their inherent dignity and worth as full human beings. Training in self-defence, assertiveness and self-confidence so that women might evade the predatory behaviour of ‘brothel owners’ or pimps.”

Well she has this one partly right. Self defense, assertiveness, and confidence training are very good points along with training classes as to what do in “x” situation. Give the girls the confidence they need by letting them know that you have their back and let them know that their safety and security are your utmost concern.

SAWB: What safety lessons could Australian brothels learn from comparable licensed sex industries in other countries, such as those in Nevada?

CN: ”Melissa Farley has documented the violence of the Nevada brothels, which is perhaps even worse than here.”

Do I really need to address this ridiculous statement by an abolitionist whose agenda is to shut down brothels and anything else having to do with prostitution? I think not. Ask the prostitutes who work their yourself instead of relying on an abolitionist’s hearsay.

We need practical ideas and implementation, not ideologies.

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ALERT for CC friends

Let someone know if you come across this girl.

http://www.caller.com/news/2011/jul/08/missing-florida-teen-may-be-in-corpus-christi/?partner=yahoo_feeds

Thanks

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