Video: Talking Ads For Strippers, Sexist Emails And NDSU’s Planned Parenthood Parntership On Valley News Live

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On my regular segment on Valley News Live’s 6:30 POV show we discussed the Fargo Forum’s web ads for strippers, the allegedly “sexist” email sent out by a North Dakota legislator and North Dakota State University’s partnership with Planned Parenthood.

Valley News Live – KVLY/KXJB – Fargo/Grand Forks

I actually found a lot of common ground tonight with my counterpart John Strand of the High Plains Reader. We both agreed that there’s nothing all that scandalous about Forum Communications accepting web ads from strippers on their websites. I’m not bothered by it personally, but those who are free to react by not visiting Forum Communications’ websites. That’s one of the beautiful things about the free market. It’s self-regulating.

Mr. Strand and I also found common ground on the NDSU/Planned Parenthood imbroglio. While Strand thinks the legislature’s opposition to working with Planned Parenthood makes the state look like “hicksville,” we both agree that NDSU’s decision to end the partnership will last about as long as the legislative session does. Once the session is over, NDSU will go full-steam ahead.

What I found surprising was that Strand apparently wasn’t bothered at all by NDSU dealing with the legislature in such a back-handed manner.

Where we definitely disagreed was over the email controversy at the legislature. For those of you who missed it, Rep. Lawrence Klemin sent out an email poking some fun at the perceived differences between men and women. Since it was a man who sent the email, and since the jokes poked fun at women, this of course was seen as “sexist” and quickly seized upon by our friends on the left since it fits their “war on women” narrative perfectly.

Of course, had the email been sent out by a female legislator and had it been full of jokes poking fun at men (like how we never ask for directions, etc.) there wouldn’t have been a controversy. Because there’s a double standard to this sexism stuff, especially now that the alleged “war on women” has become central to the Democrat platform.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • whowon

    John is a typical liberal, that e-mail was not offensive. We need sensitivity training? Guess he should listen to the left on the national stage.

    • SusanBeehler

      You are a man?

      • whowon

        why does that matter? A bit sexist SB.

        • SusanBeehler

          It sounds like what a old man may say because quite a few old men live in the “sexist” stone age where they thought women at a workplace were just allowed in for their “sexual” amusement. Woman are pretty good at sensing these things. Not anymore sexist than the email, or the shutting down of a grant or loving those lap dances! WW

          • whowon

            perhaps in your family, not in mine.

          • SusanBeehler

            You are in business/work with your family? You are just the different one?

          • whowon

            I told you I was retired, none of the men in my family are
            sexist” stone age types. Respect women and always have.

          • SusanBeehler

            You have been disrespectful to me and I am a woman, I think your “always” is disqualified and not qualified.

          • whowon

            Seriously Susan ,you are a trip. I am not a man honey.

          • SusanBeehler

            So because you are not a man honey you can’t be sexist or bias toward any woman? You have been disrespectful to me.

          • whowon

            Talking in riddles Susan? Nothing sexist about me, this e-mail was a silly little joke, guess you don’t mind the garbage out of men and women n the left. You seem to think you can demand respect? Sorry dear, it is earned and I do not respect you.

          • SusanBeehler

            Riddles? honey man. A silly little joke it may be but it was humor not appropriate in the workplace which just happens to be while working for all taxpayers. Does he only know how to forward, cut and paste or does he have real thoughts of his own he may be willing to share with his constituents and co workers or was this his “on the job” thoughts? Sorry dear, I do not respect you either.

          • $8194357

            Yes Susan….

            This “fake Christian” tells you once again to
            “re-educate” your indoctrinated liberal lemming
            cause activist Lenin’s useful idiot fool tool behind..

            I will even give you ‘;once again’ the leg up to get started on the non revisionist history of the last 100 years of creeping communist false morality for you to get started…
            Gods Speed to you.

            http://kitmantv.blogspot.com/2009/07/history-of-political-correctness.html

            Political Correctness with classical Marxism the parallels are very obvious.

            First of all, both are totalitarian ideologies. The totalitarian nature of Political Correctness is revealed nowhere more clearly than on college campuses, many of which at this point are small ivy covered North Koreas, where the student or faculty member who dares to cross any of the lines set up by the gender feminist or the homosexual-rights activists, or the local black or Hispanic group, or any of the other sainted “victims” groups that PC revolves around, quickly find themselves in judicial trouble. Within the small legal system of the college, they face formal charges – some star-chamber proceeding – and punishment. That is a little look into the future that Political Correctness intends for the nation as a whole.

          • two_amber_lamps

            No riddles about Ms. SuzyB the “Test administrator” (whatever that is)… crack cocaine has a way of addling the intellect, or lack thereof of Comrade Suzy.

          • $8194357

            Your hooked Susan…
            Radical feminist liberalism got you and owns you..

          • $8194357

            Radicle feminism is a marxist deconstrutive tool for fools, Susan.
            Women are equal in the eyes of God for most conservitives.
            Leftist radicles like Alinsky types took the ‘burn the bra radicalism”
            to the college campuses for anarchy purposes and the decontruction of American society…But carry on Ms. Susan…Carry on with your bad femminist self.

          • SusanBeehler

            Did you want me to have a sex change, so I am no longer a feminist self?

          • $8194357

            No Susan..
            Thats a secular liberal thing and I am not into secular liberal things..
            Just re-educate yourself on where the root systems of your ideologies come from and draw from..

          • SusanBeehler

            Yes, oh mighty fake “Christian” just re-educate yourself

          • $8194357

            Why ya wanna go there Susan?
            Fake Christian…You and Ray ray both know what it takes to be real modern day christians huh…

          • whowon

            you aren’t quit old enough to remember real feminists who wanted rights for women (and succeeded) not free birth control.

          • SusanBeehler

            Enlighten me. Tell me your history.

          • whowon

            Not my history but of the feminist movement. Feminism is about women having choices, and the ability to choose what their destiny should be. But as of late, female liberals have hijacked that belief and redefined it. Now it is only for women who believe in the liberal ideology and are constantly angry with anyone who doesn’t agree with their point of view. Feminism, by definition, is the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social and economic equality to men. I worked my way up in business and got the well deserved pay. We learned and acted on it. We do not need any special rules or protection as the left seems to believe. As my husband says…ah the old days when men were in control!

          • SusanBeehler

            “Feminism, by definition, is the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social and economic equality to men.” If this is what you believe than you could have the viewpoint the email by this legislator sent is a ding even ever so small at the advocacy of a women’s right and he has taken an oath to uphold our rights. Did you read it?
            WHY MEN ARE SELDOM DEPRESSED:
            Men Are Just Happier People —
            What do you expect from such simple creatures?
            Your last name stays put.
            The garage is all yours.
            Wedding plans take care of themselves.
            Chocolate is just another snack.
            You can be President.
            You can never be pregnant.
            You can wear a white T-shirt to a water park.
            You can wear NO shirt to a water park.
            Car mechanics tell you the truth.
            The world is your urinal.
            You never have to drive to another gas station restroom because this one is just too icky.
            You don’t have to stop and think of which way to turn a nut on a bolt.
            Same work, more pay.
            Wrinkles add character.
            Wedding dress $5000. Tux rental-$100.
            People never stare at your chest when you’re talking to them.
            New shoes don’t cut, blister, or mangle your feet.
            One mood all the time.
            Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat.
            You know stuff about tanks.
            A five-day vacation requires only one suitcase.
            You can open all your own jars.
            You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness.
            If someone forgets to invite you,
            He or she can still be your friend.
            Your underwear is $8.95 for a three-pack.
            Three pairs of shoes are more than enough..
            You almost never have strap problems in public.
            You are unable to see wrinkles in your clothes..
            Everything on your face stays its original color.
            The same hairstyle lasts for years, maybe decades.
            You only have to shave your face and neck.
            You can play with toys all your life.
            One wallet and one pair of shoes — one color for all seasons.
            You can wear shorts no matter how your legs look.
            You can ‘do’ your nails with a pocket knife.
            You have freedom of choice concerning growing a mustache.
            You can do Christmas shopping for 25 relatives
            On December 24 in 25 minutes.
            No wonder men are happier.
            Send this to the women who can handle it
            And to the men who will enjoy reading it.
            Men Are Just Happier People
            NICKNAMES
            If Laura, Kate and Sarah go out for lunch, they will call each other Laura, Kate and Sarah.
            If Mike, Dave and John go out, they will affectionately refer to each other as Fat Boy, Bubba and Wildman .
            EATING OUT
            When the bill arrives, Mike, Dave and John will each throw in $20, even though it’s only for $32.50. None of them will have anything smaller and none will actually admit they want change back.
            When the girls get their bill, out come the pocket calculators.
            MONEY
            A man will pay $2 for a $1 item he needs.
            A woman will pay $1 for a $2 item that she doesn’t need but it’s on sale.
            BATHROOMS
            A man has six items in his bathroom: toothbrush and toothpaste, shaving cream, razor, a bar of soap, and a towel.
            The average number of items in the typical woman’s bathroom is 337. A man would not be able to identify more than 20 of these items.
            ARGUMENTS
            A woman has the last word in any argument.
            Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument.
            FUTURE
            A woman worries about the future until she gets a husband.
            A man never worries about the future until he gets a wife.
            MARRIAGE
            A woman marries a man expecting he will change, but he doesn’t.
            A man marries a woman expecting that she won’t change, but she does.
            DRESSING UP
            A woman will dress up to go shopping, water the plants, empty the trash, answer the phone, read a book, and get the mail.
            A man will dress up for weddings and funerals.
            NATURAL
            Men wake up as good-looking as they went to bed.
            Women somehow deteriorate during the night.
            OFFSPR Ah, children A woman knows all about her children. She knows about dentist appointments and romances, best friends, favorite foods, secret fears and hopes and dreams.
            A man is vaguely aware of some short people living in the house.
            THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
            A married man should forget his mistakes. There’s no use in two people remembering the same thing!

          • whowon

            wow, talk about cut and paste. Hope that was an error but not reading it regardless. Need to go, we have things to do.

          • SusanBeehler

            Now that was funny, that was like hitting Reply all. Cut and paste off my Facebook page can be more information than even I want to know. I have edited the post so it shows the email and a cartoon I have no idea how it was cut and pasted. Just goes to show hitting send you might not know what you are sending.

          • $8194357

            God Bless WW…
            Hang on to the true and keep exposing the false..

          • $8194357

            By modern marxist PC liberals, definition Susan…
            Thats what we all here been trying to get thru your thick indoctrinated head…When PC marxist took control of the academic institutions some of the first things they did was “redefine” traditional words and there meanings to change history to their liberal leftist agendas and ideologies…
            Same with the civil rights taking MLK Jr. a Republican conservitive male Baptist preacher and redefining/revionist liberal marxist cause advocacy.

            The root systems of both femminism and cival rights came from Republican “equal” under the rule of Constituional Law Republicanism..

            The communist left indoctrinated and brainwashed several generations with revisonist history and blame game…
            Substitutiong the false for the true the real for the fake…

            But as you say…
            What would an old fashioned “fake Christian”
            like me know about anything as your and yours
            are the keepers of the “new left liberal lies”….

          • Ray Seltz

            the Jews didn’t come for you yet? Better access your arms and food because its gonna be a long wait in the bunker. Gullible, brain washed sheople indeed. Poor DC:The libs took away my rights wah, wah!! I have no life and blame others. My views are the only right ones, wah, wah. I put Christ on my image because by golly, I AM a Christian. (Not others).

          • two_amber_lamps

            RAAAAAAAAAAA-aaaaaacist!

          • $8194357

            Ray ray is a card huh…

          • two_amber_lamps

            Turn his card over, I’m sure it says MORON on it.

          • $8194357

            Yup.

          • $8194357

            Hey Ray ray…
            Up in my grill again…
            i thought you were done with me..
            Hows the seventh day sabbath warrior doing today?
            Any “converts” to your “true religion”?

          • $8194357

            10X
            Thus the charector assasinations of true conservitive femminists..
            Palin, Bachman ect.ect..
            Successful independent feminists who don’t cry the liberal marxist party line and use the liberal blame Christianity crutch of the
            “evil white conservitive Christian male”..

          • $8194357

            You are already “enlightened” with false marxist morality and you think any true Biblical trust in Scripture is fake…What are we suppose to do with the modernist feminist enlightened useful lemming?

          • $8194357

            10X..
            Real feminism vs. liberal radical cause…

    • $8194357

      I came out of a sensitivty training session ‘once’ with likeing the moderator.

      And elderly black man from California HR dept came and after
      his PC indoctrination support re enforcement training on special victims
      groups and protected class status he made a remarkable statement at the end..

      “And by looking around the room and seeing the lack of
      white males under 40 it seems we have succeded in making
      another minority group but with no protected class status..

      Intended or unintended consequence?

      Sad as can be, but true as hell huh..

  • yy4u2

    Did the person receiving it find it sexist? Was there a murder cover up or info of a large shipment of drugs or illegals moving through? Whatever happened to pulling up your big boy/girl pants instead of labeling/defining everything a crime. It’s life. We don’t agree with some things or find some things not to our liking. Turn the station, read a different news paper, go outside.

  • whowon

    The comments from the left this year have said it all but of course the media ignores them. Those are offensive.

    Dems booing God and Israel at the convention, offensive.

    Maher Attacks Romney’s Children, Calls Them ‘Shiny,’ ‘Remarkably Life-Like’

    Many more.

    • $8194357

      The Brave New World False liberal utopia coming to
      fruition in our life time, huh.

  • Game

    Wow, I found myself agreeing with Rob on almost everything. What is this world coming to!

    The only thing I would disagree with is the whole “what about sexism against men” talking point. I understand the point, but if we are all honest, being a Women presents much more obstacle than being a man. I don’t think we have to pretend that sexism against men raises to the same level.

    That being said, the email was simple humor, not sexism.

    • SusanBeehler

      It was funny, but it was humor not appropriate in the workplace which just happens to be while working for all taxpayers. Does he only know how to forward, cut and paste or does he have real thoughts of his own he may be willing to share with his constituents and co workers or was this his “on the job” thoughts?

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      “being a Women presents much more obstacle than being a man. I don’t think we have to pretend that sexism against men raises to the same level.”

      So it’s OK to be sexist to men, because being a woman is harder?

      How about we just don’t be sexist to anyone?

  • whowon

    A silly e-mail but Democrats have no problem with rape “jokes”. Stop you if you heard this one: A slip-and-fall lawyer turned liberal Democrat politician running for Congress attends a fundraiser wherein numerous comedians crack jokes predicated on rape. You haven’t heard it? Maybe that’s because the broadcast networks have failed to pick up the story.

    • $8194357

      Manufacturing the narritive for 100 years of leftist false moral out rage..

  • $8194357

    Liberal hypocricy on display.
    A conservitive says or does something and the PC nazis are all over it…
    Bill Clinton ‘does’ or says something and we all need to just get over it..

    Saw the black lady from the Talk talk show on Leno talking about
    white men loving “chocolate” women…

    Just fine for the libs to define sexist racial preference but if say
    O’Rielly or some other celebrity conservitive had said the same
    thing on national TV? Crucifixen due, huh.

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