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"…she has got away without punishment."

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

A reader a href=”http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1127303/BBC-personality-40-false-rape-allegations-ex-boyfriend.html”sends in this article /afrom the emDaily Mail/em illustrating what can happen to a man’s life when falsely accused of rape: br /br /blockquoteA BBC personality has shattered her ex-boyfriend’s life by falsely accusing him of rape.br /br /The woman, who has broadcast to television audiences of millions, accused him of raping her 40 times throughout their two-and-a-half-year relationship. br /br /He was arrested, held in a police cell and handcuffed as police searched his flat for evidence of his crime. But she retracted her allegation weeks later, and the officer investigating the claims described them as ‘inconsistent’ and ‘not credible’. br /br /Despite the lack of evidence, the incident remains on the Police National Computer thanks to a legal loophole, which campaigners say is blighting the lives of falsely accused men.br /br /Even if the ‘victim’ withdraws their allegation, it will show up under enhanced Criminal Records Bureau checks that are undertaken regularly on people who apply for jobs with employers such as the NHS or schools. It will also prevent them from travelling to the United States./blockquotebr /br /Men are viewed as guilty even if found innocent. Women are viewed as innocent even when found guilty. This sexism under the law needs to change.

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PJM Political 01/24/09: The Historic First 100 Hours

Saturday, January 24th, 2009 - by Ed Driscoll

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The London School of Appeasement

Saturday, January 24th, 2009 - by Phyllis Chesler

A bestselling author is banned from chairing a debate on Islam.

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British Health Service: A National Disgrace

Saturday, January 24th, 2009 - by Kim Dodge

A recent PJM article painted a rosy picture of socialized medicine in Britain. Here's the real story.

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How Many Gazans Really Died in the War?

Saturday, January 24th, 2009 - by Mike McNally

Reports are coming out that show Hamas vastly inflated the number of civilian dead.

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Bush Was Right to Show Mercy on Ramos and Compean

Saturday, January 24th, 2009 - by Ruben Navarrette Jr.

Even though it seems obvious that the former Border Patrol agents are guilty as sin.

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Obama’s Wiggle Room on Counterterrorism Policy

Saturday, January 24th, 2009 - by Ron Radosh

The president's executive orders on Guantanamo Bay and interrogation methods may prove to be just symbolic.

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Hugo Chavez Still Trying to Become President for Life

Saturday, January 24th, 2009 - by Bridget Johnson

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.

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Obama’s Administration of Grand Gestures

Saturday, January 24th, 2009 - by Jennifer Rubin

So far, we have an abundance of moral preening and only the illusion that all is being made anew.

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Hollywood Conservatives: Should They Just Shut Up and Entertain?

Saturday, January 24th, 2009 - by La Shawn Barber

Or is it time for Tinseltown to return to its patriotic roots?

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Obama and the End of the Democracy Agenda

Saturday, January 24th, 2009 - by John Rosenthal

For the first time in decades, one very important word was conspicuously absent from an inaugural address.

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Small Business to Get Short Shrift from Obama Administration

Saturday, January 24th, 2009 - by Tristan Yates

Entrepreneurs will face a slew of new taxes, a stifling regulatory environment, and politicians who bail out the well-connected.

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Inauguration Day: A Parade of Memories

Friday, January 23rd, 2009 - by Michael S. Malone

Connecting inaugurals past with the present highlights how much the world has changed.

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Serial Killer Shows on Biography

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

If you are intestested in learning more about serial killers, The Biography Channel is running a series of shows starting this week. I appear as one of the experts on four of the shows. br /br /a href=”http://www.biography.com/search/schedule.do?keywords=Search+Our+TV+ListingsSearch.x=6Search.y=1″The first of those,/a on serial killer Jerome Brudos, airs tonight, Friday (Jan. 23rd) at 8 pm ET and runs again on Saturday (Jan.24th) at midnight. Here is a a href=”http://www.biography.com/listings/episode_details.do?episodeid=383356airingid=393218″description of the show:/abr /br /blockquoteHis mother had wanted a girl, an innocent enough disappointment. However, in Jerome Brudos’ case, it somehow spiraled out of control first into a fetish and then into murder. As a teenager, he would assault women, stealing their shoes. By the time he was a married adult living in suburban Portland, his criminal activities had advanced. Over a fifteen month period Brudos killed four times, starting with a woman who had come to his house selling door-to-door. When he was captured he was found hiding under blankets while his wife drove the family car. Searches of the Brudos’ home turned up women’s clothing and shoes in Jerome’s sizes. He died in prison in 2006 where he had continued to receive women’s shoe catalogs./blockquote br /br /Check the shows out if you have an interest in crime, serial killers, or documentaries in general.

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Obama the Neoconservative?

Friday, January 23rd, 2009 - by Ron Radosh

It's not such a preposterous question.

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Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Ace a href=”http://minx.cc/?post=281601″has some interesting thoughts and discussion /a going on over at his place on men, sex and marriage.

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Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Amy Alkon a href=”http://www.advicegoddess.com/archives/2009/01/23/reich_racism.html”has thoughts on Secretary of Labor Robert Reich’s strikereverse/strike racism./a br /br /Update: Thanks to my readers for pointing out my mistake in using the word reverse.

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Will George Mitchell Change U.S.-Israel Ties?

Friday, January 23rd, 2009 - by Ed Lasky

And can the new peace envoy's "evenhanded" approach work in a conflict where one side desires the destruction of the other?

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Virginity On the Auction Block

Friday, January 23rd, 2009 - by Katherine Berry

An entrepreneurial young woman's virtue will go to the highest bidder. Is she empowering herself or exploiting herself?

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Guantanamo: A ‘False Choice Between Our Safety and Our Ideals’?

Friday, January 23rd, 2009 - by Clarice Feldman

President Obama will have to show Americans how closing Camp Delta will not harm our national security.

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The Obama Cult of Personality

Friday, January 23rd, 2009 - by Candace de Russy

Democracies are not immune to the dangers of hero worship.

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Minority Republicans Must Stand Up to Pelosi

Friday, January 23rd, 2009 - by Martha Zoller

The party's future depends on the House GOP's ability to eek out a few wins against the queen bee.

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A Letter to George from Barack

Friday, January 23rd, 2009 - by Pam Meister

What the new commander in chief is aching to tell his predecessor.

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Video games do not lead to violence according to researcher

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

A researcher a href=”http://www.gamepolitics.com/2009/01/21/researcher-no-link-between-violent-games-amp-school-shootings”finds no evidence of a link /abetween school shootings and video games:br /br /blockquoteA researcher at Texas AM International University has concluded that there is “no significant relationship” between school shootings and playing violent video games.br /br /Writing for the Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling, Prof. Christopher Ferguson criticizes the methodology used in earlier research linking games to violence and aggression. He also points out that no evidence of violent game play was found in recent high-profile incidents such as the Virginia Tech massacre, the Utah Trolley Stop mall shooting and the February, 2008 shooting on the campus of Northern Illinois University./blockquotebr /br /I never thought much of the theory that video games caused violence. emThe New York Times /emdid a href=”http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C02EEDC1231F93AA35757C0A9669C8B63sec=spon=pagewanted=all”a study of rampage killers /aand found that very few of them even played video games. They looked at 102 rampage killers and found “in only 6 of the 100 cases did the killers have a known interest in violent video games. Seven other killers showed an interest in violent movies.” School shootings are complex, to blame them on video games is naive. I am glad a researcher is making that point more clear.

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Obama Snubs Medal of Honor Recipients (Updated)

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009 - by Mr. Wolf

Every inaugurated president for the last 56 years has attended the Salute to Heroes Ball. Except one.

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