October 31, 2014

IN THE MAIL: The Witch’s Promise.

WAR ON WOMEN: GOP Video Highlights Dems’ Sexist Comments. “The video, titled ‘Democrats degrade women,’ features clips — many of which are from just the past week — of Democratic men making sexist comments toward Republican women.”

Like Ed Morrissey says, the whole “war on women” thing has played out.

TAXPROF ROUNDUP: The IRS Scandal, Day 540. Amusing to see people who participated in this scandal worried about their privacy. Shoulda thought of that before you started abusing your power against ordinary Americans.

ED MORRISSEY: Democrats Just Lost the Phony War on Women.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO FRAME BOYS! Woman sentenced to 3 years in TDCJ for planting gun in child’s backpack, reporting him to school.

A 28-year-old woman was sentenced Thursday to three years in prison for planting a pistol in a child’s backpack and anonymously reporting him to the school.

Heather Hodges, who pleaded guilty to unlawful carrying of a weapon on restricted premises in exchange for the dismissal of two lesser charges, was the live-in girlfriend of the boy’s father but they had struggled as a blended family.

Hodges wanted to teach 13-year-old James Bailey McKeegan a lesson for what she considered to be the mistreatment of her own children, ages seven and four.

So she took her boyfriend’s 9-millimeter Smith and Wesson handgun, replaced the child’s cologne and deodorant in his backpack, and then called Magnolia Junior High School from a nearby payphone to report him by name.

District Court Judge Kelly Case echoed lead prosecutor Vince Santini’s statement that Hodges was “evil,” and said he thought it was ironic how Hodges’ motivation was wanting to protect her children.

Claimed motivation.


Related: Foreign Policy: Pentagon Request Shows Scant Science Supports White House’s Ebola Assurances.

HOW PETTY AND IMAGE-OBSESSED IS THE OBAMA WHITE HOUSE? THIS PETTY AND IMAGE-OBSESSED: Attkisson exposes C-SPAN-White House dispute. Congratulations to C-SPAN for not allowing itself to be bullied. I suspect most news organizations would have shown less backbone.

“PEACE” ACTIVISTS: Pennsylvania Peace Activists Charged in Vicious Attack. ” Two ‘Stop the Violence’ organizers allegedly beat one of their colleagues so severely that he vomited blood and was left unconscious in critical condition. Nikole Ardeno and Emanuel Velez, both 30, accused their former roommate of stealing their property, and allegedly punched and kicked him in the street until he had seizures.”

That “all property is theft” stuff? That’s for other people’s property.

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TRIFECTA: Do You Want to Live to Be 280? Google Wants You To.

VIRGINIA POSTREL: How Candy Conquered Halloween.

MICHAEL BARONE: Democratic Dogs That Aren’t Barking.

The stimulus package, for example, is not mentioned much. Nor are proposals by serious Democrats like Clinton administration veteran William Galston for a national infrastructure bank. These dogs aren’t barking.

The reasons are obvious. The stimulus didn’t stimulate the economy the way the Reagan tax cuts did in the 1980s. As for infrastructure, as Obama sheepishly admitted, there is no such thing — given environmental reviews and bureaucratic torpor—as a shovel-ready project.

Nor have Democrats been talking much, except when questioned at debates, about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare. This is by far the most consequential legislative achievement of the Obama Democrats. But the consequences, most voters continue to believe, are mostly negative.

One hears even less, from either side, about Democrats’ success at imposing higher tax rates on high earners. You might expect Republicans to avoid the subject, as they do. But so do Democrats. Soaking the rich evidently doesn’t win votes.

All of this matters because the Obama Democrats expected their policies to be popular. They thought voters would appreciate being showered with what Mitt Romney infelicitously called “free stuff.” The New Deal historians assured us that in times of economic distress voters would have a hearty appetite for big government.

Liberal bloggers have been claiming that opinion on Obamcare is turning around and that Republicans are shunning the issue. But there has been no turnaround since the law was passed in March 2010. Republicans in the most recent week have run 12,000 ads on Obamacare — more than on any other issue, according to the 2017 Project’s Jeffrey Anderson.

As Holmes might deduce, the solution to the clue of the non-barking Democratic dogs is that most voters lack faith in government to solve problems, to make their lives better or even to perform with minimal competence.

And with reason.

NEWS FOR THE WHITE HOUSE: Yes, “Aspergery” Is A Slur.

Despite the fact that it is incredibly offensive to people on the autism spectrum and the disability community to use the word “Aspergery,” no one on the right or left has criticized the Obama administration for reportedly using the term. While pundits scramble to analyze international implications, no one seems especially perturbed that the highest executive office allegedly throws around a “disability diagnosis as a pejorative,” as Ari Ne’eman, president of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, puts it.

No major figure from either party has mustered such seemingly obvious denouncement. Ne’eman is not surprised by the relative radio silence on both sides of the aisle, nor does he specifically blame Obama or the Democrats.

Well, of course not.

ROLL CALL: The Attack Ads Harry Reid Didn’t Want You To See.

Harry Reid’s strategy of blocking amendments all year was intended with one clear objective in mind — protecting his majority.

Republicans have complained vociferously about the Senate majority leader shutting down amendments — but behind the scenes, the Nevada Democrat’s senators asked him to do so for a very simple reason: Nobody wants to give an opponent fodder for 30-second ads in a tough election year. . . .

Here are some of the subjects — and TV attack lines — Reid’s strategy sought to avoid.

We’ll see how that works out for him. It’s not a strategy born of confidence in the rightness of his positions. . . .

NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT. BUT I WISH MY GENERATOR WAS ALREADY INSTALLED. There’s a giant spot on the sun, and it’s acting weird.

EUGENE KONTOROVICH: Paying People For Quarantines. “Aside from being fair – spreading the costs across taxpayers rather than letting them fall entirely on innocent individuals – compensation offers several practical advantages. First, it reduces avoidance and hiding from quarantines. Given that those needing to be quarantined have the best knowledge of whether they fit the profile, promoting voluntary compliance is a major, life-saving benefit. Second, decreasing the hardship of quarantine should reduce the political reluctance to impose such measures at the appropriate time – early, before things have gotten out of hand.”

THE HILL: Nurses to hold Ebola protests in 13 states. “The largest U.S. nurses union is planning a day of action in mid-November to protest the lack of federally enforced safety precautions against Ebola.”

So now the nurses’ union is racist and anti-science?

YES. NEXT QUESTION? Is Social Psychology Biased Against Republicans?

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE: Texas woman broke into husband’s friend’s home, sexually assaulted him: police. “Megan Davis Hoelting, 31, allegedly snuck into the sleeping man’s bedroom in only a nightgown and began to perform fellatio, according to a felony criminal complaint. Her arrest Monday was her fourth this month.”

“MANY EMPTY SEATS” AT Hillary Clinton rally in Maryland.

October 30, 2014

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STACY MCCAIN: Racism, Classism and Catcalling (or, #Feminism Is for Rich White Lesbians).

Outside the hyper-politicized precincts where feminist orthodoxy exercises hegemonic control, however, there are still males who have not yet been properly indoctrinated. They dropped out of high school or they couldn’t afford to go college. Maybe they joined the Army or got a muscle-and-sweat job where Doing the Work mattered more than Having the Correct Attitude. Or maybe, as seems to be the case of the lower-class New York City men featured in the viral video, they just accepted their liberal-endorsed status as Authentic Victims and haven’t bothered to wonder if there is anything wrong with their way of life.

One way or another, these men are not invested in the bureaucratic system within which feminist orthodoxy is uncontested. So when they see a good-looking woman, they react.

They are not repressed. They are not ashamed to be male. Their basic animal sexuality doesn’t cause them any psychic conflict.

They must be destroyed.

NICE NUMBERS, KID. DON’T GET COCKY. Colorado Early Voting Swamps Udall.

DESPITE DEMOCRATS’ FONDEST HOPES, Texas Isn’t Turning Purple. “There’s a perception that Wendy Davis is pro-abortion, and that’s hard to overcome with us Latinos.”

UPDATE: Republicans Are Turning West Virginia Red. Here’s How The Dems Lost Control.

YEAH, BIG DEAL — IN NEW YORK CITY, WOMEN ARE BEING SPOKEN TO WITHOUT PERMISSION! ‘Treated like cattle’: Yazidi women sold, raped, enslaved by ISIS.

ASKING THE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS: What Would Happen If You Peed Into A Particle Accelerator.

ED DRISCOLL: Politico Violates Godwin’s Law.

BAD GOVERNMENT DIETARY ADVICE MAKING PEOPLE FAT, DIE PREMATURELY. “By the turn of the millennium, however, clinical trials funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) were showing that a low-fat regime neither improved our health nor slimmed our waistlines. Consequently, in 2000 the Dietary Guidelines committee started to tiptoe away from the low-fat diet, and by 2010 its members had backed off any mention of limits on total fat. Yet most Americans are still actively trying to avoid fat, according to a recent Gallup poll. They are not aware of the USDA’s crucial about-face because the agency hasn’t publicized the changes. Perhaps it did not want to be held responsible for the consequences of a quarter-century of misguided advice, especially since many experts now believe the increase in carbohydrates that authorities recommended has contributed to our obesity and diabetes epidemics.”

“WE CAME FROM MEXICO ON A TRAIN.” Possible Islamic State Leaflets Found in Quantico Marine Base.

IS THERE A NON-UGLY ONE? The Ugly Side of Lena Dunham.

Then there’s that thing with her baby sister’s vagina. “There is no non-horrific interpretation of this episode.”

MICKEY KAUS UNVEILS the Kausfiles Midterm Rooting Scorecard.

VITAMIN D UPDATE: Study suggests vitamin D may prevent prostate tumor growth. “New evidence suggests spending more time in the sun could make things brighter for men with prostate cancer. Researchers have found that vitamin D can help block a protein that causes prostate cancer tumors to grow. . . . A University of Colorado Cancer Center study recently published in the journal Prostate presents new evidence that vitamin D may help reduce cancer-causing inflammation. Scientists found that the gene GDF-15 – known to be up-regulated by vitamin D – can help block a protein which stimulates tumor growth. . . . Low vitamin D levels can pose certain health risks including cancer, increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease and cognitive impairment in older adults.”

How many people have died unnecessarily because of bad medical advice about keeping out of the sun?

KANSAS: Milton Wolf To Tea Partiers: Let’s Set Aside Our Differences And Elect Pat Roberts Next Week. I had dinner with him in Kansas City a couple of weeks ago and he was struggling with this. I think he did the right thing. I’d much rather have seen Wolf nominated than Roberts, but I’d much rather see Roberts in the Senate than Greg Orman. The difference between a majority-Republican Senate and a majority-Democrat Senate will be huge over the next two years.

FASTER, PLEASE: Experimental chikungunya vaccine in clinical trial.

SO WHY IS STEPHANOPOULOS MODERATING THE DEBATE? Rand Paul: Stephanopoulos ‘Originated’ War on Women Attack, Scott Brown Right to Have Concerns.

IT’S COME TO THIS: NARAL: If Cory Gardner Wins, Stock Up on Condoms. In case you wondered what desperation looks like. . . .

BEWARE OF SPLENDA: The Backlash Against Artificial Sugars.

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NEWS YOU CAN USE: Vitamin D Deficiency Aggravates Asthma.

JONAS SALK, CALL YOUR OFFICE: Doctors Mystified by Paralysis in Dozens of Children.

THE BRITAIN OF 2014: Child sex exploitation ‘social norm’ in Greater Manchester. But what’s missing from this story?

THE SCIENCE OF CHARISMATIC VOICES. “Probing the vocal presence of charisma across cultural divides, the scientists found speakers with a wide range of frequency variation in their voices were more likely to be perceived as dominant. They also found that speakers with a low fundamental rate of vocal fold vibration, called fundamental frequency or F0, are perceived as more dominant than speakers with a high fundamental frequency.”

Can we fake it with an autotune app?

READER BOOK PLUG: From J.D. Killian, Notes From The Chase.

I WAS EXPECTING AN EARTH-SHATTERING KABOOM: Gas-Spewing Icelandic Volcano Stuns Scientists.

RISE OF THE MACHINES: Elon Musk and Other Visionaries Are Worried About the Future of AI.

ASHE SCHOW: 2014 midterms are a proving ground for the ‘war on women’ narrative.

With Colorado Republican Bob Beauprez up by 21 points among men, the “war on women” stuff may be generating some blowback.

MARK RIPPETOE: The 3 Most Effective Ways To Waste Time In The Gym. From my own experience, I have to disagree with him on stretching, with this proviso: I don’t think stretching helps my workouts so much as it helps me deal with the consequences of spending a lot of time at the computer. But it most definitely helps with that.

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TAXPROF ROUNDUP: The IRS Scandal, Day 539.

NICK GILLESPIE: This One Picture of Telly Savalas Refutes All Fears That Progress Has Ended. Not sure I’m buying this analysis. . . .

JUST GET THEM VOTING REPUBLICAN AND THE PRESS WILL BE TELLING US HOW THIS TRAVESTY MUST BE STOPPED RIGHT AWAY! John Fund: Non-Citizens Are Voting: James O’Keefe documents the problem in North Carolina, where the Senate race is close. “O’Keefe had a Brazilian-born immigrant investigator of his pose as someone who wanted to vote but was not a citizen. Greg Amick, the campaign manager for the Democrat running for sheriff in Mecklenburg County (Charlotte), was only too happy to help. . . . It’s no wonder that the two Old Dominion professors concluded that non-citizen votes may have been responsible for Obama’s 2008 victory in North Carolina.”

WORLD-CLASS TROLLING: Free Beacon Election Forecast: 51.7% Chance Obama Resigns After the Midterms.


Russia’s repeated little “visits” with subs and planes might finally be enough for famously neutral Sweden. For the first time, an opinion poll has found that the majority of respondents want to join the NATO alliance. . . .

Sweden’s new center-left government came into office having made anti-NATO pledges, but the conversation seems to have shifted significantly since then. Not only have the Russians been (supposedly) poking around in Swedish waters; they’ve also entered Swedish airspace. As a similar incident over Estonia makes clear, the Russians are testing how much leeway they have in the Baltic after an easy win in Ukraine—but it appears they are finally getting some pushback. . . .

But even if Sweden did join NATO, its military weakness would leave it vulnerable. Meanwhile, NATO’s European members are historically weak, even on paper, and even more so in the field. And above all, American posturing and retreat over the Ukraine crisis has called into question the alliance’s ability to deter Putin from further aggression in the Baltics.

It’s good to see some of the Europeans start taking this threat seriously. But Putin is bringing hard-power realities back to the fore, and should not be underestimated.

For two more years, at least, NATO probably won’t do much.

AMAZING WHAT HAPPENS WITHOUT THE INFLUENCE OF THE NATIONAL MEDIA: Election could tip historic number of legislatures into Republican hands.

TO OIKOPHOBIC LEFTIES, THAT’S NOT A BUG, IT’S A FEATURE: Why Middle-Class Americans Can’t Afford to Live in Liberal Cities.

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EVERYTHING SEEMINGLY IS SPINNING OUT OF CONTROL: NATO says Russian jets, bombers circle Europe in unusual incidents.

CDC: Well, yes, actually droplets from a sneeze could spread Ebola. “Dr. Rossi Hassad, a professor of epidemiology at Mercy College, said droplets could remain active for up to a day.”

UPDATE: Ebola outbreak: Nurse Kaci Hickox defies quarantine.

Related: Ebola In Texas: Austin Nurse Self-Quarantines After Returning From West Africa.

Also: California Announces Ebola Quarantine Rules.

GOOD QUESTION: How Did Alan Grayson’s Wife Get Approved For Public Assistance?

TO BE FAIR, WARREN’S FROM MASSACHUSETTS, WHICH IS NOWHERE NEAR EITHER VERMONT OR NEW HAMPSHIRE: Elizabeth Warren: Jeanne Shaheen “out there working for the people of Vermont.”

ASHE SCHOW: Insight into how campus sexual assault panels are being ‘trained.’

Much of the focus on campus sexual assault has been on who should handle allegations. Those pushing the idea that the problem is widespread on colleges have demanded training for campus administrators.

If the Obama administration and proponents of certain bills claiming to end or reduce campus sexual assault get their way, the question will then become: “How will campus administrators be trained?”

This is something that should be just as frightening as “yes means yes” laws, or any other bill that doesn’t include due process rights for the accused, because the people being trained to adjudicate charges are not being taught objectivity.

K.C. Johnson — co-author of a book about the Duke Lacrosse rape case — recently discovered a guide for training college administrators in how to handle complaints of sexual assault. The guide was developed in 2012 by women at the University of Pennsylvania — the university’s general counsel, the director of the Office of Student Conduct and a consultant. The document also specifically thanks the input of the university’s Women’s Center.

The guide is meant to be copied and pasted for other schools to use when “training” members of student discipline panels. It flat out says to just replace certain portions of text with information relevant to the school.

The guide includes 17 “tips” for adjudicators. As Johnson notes, ten of these are neutral, but six seem to pressure panelists to vote guilty. The remaining “tip” could be read either way.

Of course, the very first tip is a restatement of the myth that one in five women will experience sexual assault during college.

The most harmful tip, though, is the one claiming that “False allegations of rape are not common.” The source for this claim comes from clinical psychologist David Lisak, who found that over a ten-year period, 5.9 percent of cases at “a major Northeastern university” were deemed to be false allegations. The UPenn guide also notes that “Other reputable research places the rate in the general population between 2% and 10%.”

A 1 in 10 chance of a false accusation is actually large enough that it should give panel members pause, but this guide frames false accusations as a “myth.”

Kangaroo courts. Why would anyone send a kid — especially a son — to institutions that would do this? Would you send a black kid to institutions with disciplinary manuals written by the KKK?

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO LIE ABOUT RAPE! (CONT’D): Video: New Mexico Officer Cleared of Sexual Assault by Body Camera. “Arrested for drunk driving, an Albuquerque woman tried to flip the script on an Albuquerque Police officer, accusing him of sexual assault. Cops say when 23-year-old Deanna Griego was placed under arrest for DWI she tried to hatch a false sexual assault accusation against the cop who arrested her. The officer was wearing a lapel cam and the video contradicted her claims.”

Plus: “Albuquerque Police Department spokesman Tanner Tixier told TheBlaze on Monday evening that police were not pursuing additional charges against Griego because, despite the apparent falsehood of her sexual assault claim, police did not want to set a precedent that could discourage other potential victims of sexual assault from coming forward.”

Don’t we want to discourage liars from lying?

ASSOCIATED PRESS: If Ebola batters US, we are not ready. Do tell.

ROLL CALL: Democrats Losing Youth Vote: Millennials Turning to the GOP.

Democrats have lost ground with millennials compared to past election cycles — a development that suggests the country’s youngest voters are open to both parties, according to a new Harvard Institute of Politics poll.

The nationwide poll of more than 2,000 adults ages 18 to 29, conducted Sept. 26 to Oct. 9, found significant political divisions across racial lines, no significant gender gap in the age group, and a slight Republican advantage among definite voters going into the 2014 midterm election.

“A lesson here, for us, is that young people, millennials, are no longer the political outliers that they once were,” said John Della Volpe, the Harvard Institute of Politics polling director, on a conference call with reporters. “In contrast to where we were four years ago, the youth vote is very much up for grabs politically.”

The 2014 poll shows that 51 percent of millennials considered most likely to vote would rather see a Republican Congress — 4 points higher than those who prefer Democrats. That’s a 16-point jump from 2010, when that group preferred Democrats by 12 percent.

Millennials “could be a critical swing vote in races across the country,” said Maggie Williams, the Harvard IOP director. “The message is clear: Ignore millennial voters at your peril.”

Della Volpe said the shift is indicative of enthusiasm levels this cycle for young Republican voters vs. Democrat voters. Those who voted for Romney in 2012 are more likely to participate this November, he said.

Even a flatworm is smart enough to turn away from pain. And since Obama was elected in 2008 — and, really, since Dems took over Congress in 2006 — there has been a lot of pain for millennials.

TRAIN WRECK UPDATE: Death spiral? Short-term health plans grow as cheap alternative to ObamaCare.

THE HILL: Top Dem ‘shocked’ by ‘chickens—’ remark.

Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), the ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, hit the Obama administration on Wednesday over an official calling the Israeli prime minister a “chickenshit.”

“I was shocked and disappointed on reading the comments in The Atlantic,” Engel said in a statement. “I call upon the Administration to reassert the importance of the relationship between the United States and Israel, and to reaffirm that the bonds between our two countries are unbreakable.

“I realize that two allies, such as the United States and Israel, are not going to agree on everything, but I think it is counterproductive and unprofessional for Administration officials to air their dirty laundry in such a public way,” he added. “I am getting tired of hearing about the leaks and denials. This ought to be the last time we hear of such talk because it is getting to a point where nobody believes the denials anymore.”

Engel is responding to an article in The Atlantic detailing the Obama administration’s frustration with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations. The article quotes a senior Obama administration official as calling Netanyahu a “chickenshit.”

The statement from Engel, known as a strong supporter of Israel, adds a Democratic voice to Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) criticism of the comments.

Just more “smart diplomacy” from our JV administration.

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Well, okay then. “Now that you’ve been insulted by the vaunted NYT, all you shambling dimwits in that terrifying wasteland between LA and NYC, I trust you’ll think twice about your vote. . . . You wouldn’t want to draw the contempt of the Paper of Record, would you? You wouldn’t want them to think you’re not one of them, right? Be sophisticated. Be smug. Vote Democrat.”

October 29, 2014

IT’S PROBABLY WITH LOIS LERNER’S EMAILS: Poof: Casino ethics complaint against Reid disappears. “Nobody is saying ‘cover-up’ just yet, but an ethics complaint against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid received by the Senate Select Committee on Ethics nearly a year ago has mysteriously disappeared, and the panel claims it never received it despite a signed receipt.”

WISCONSIN: Mary Burke’s Old Boss: “To say it bluntly, she was fired.” From the family business, for heavy-handed incompetence.

DAVID BERNSTEIN EXPLAINS OBAMA’S “CHICKENSHIT” PROBLEMS. “The Obama Administration came in to office thinking it could either force Netanyahu to make concessions, or force his government to fall. . . . Instead, Netanyahu has managed to stay his own course, and still is in no danger of losing his parliamentary majority. Hence administration frustration and ‘chickenshit.’”

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MORE CRUSHING OF DISSENT: Secret Service Agents Pay a Visit to Anti-Obama Artist Sabo — and the Entire Exchange Is Seemingly Captured on Video. Sabo, however, seems un-cowed:

“I realize we have a f***head in the White House and the Constitution no longer means s**t, but as far as I’m concerned we still have the First Amendment, correct?” he said, sitting behind a desk featuring Obama’s face painted on toilet seat covers.

Yes, we do. And some people are pretty unhappy about that.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Police: High School Dance Teacher, 37, Had Lesbian Sex With Girl, 16.

WAR ON WOMEN: Rep. Alan Grayson’s Estranged Wife & Kids on Gov’t Assistance as Dem Refuses to Support Them. “Barely a week after being named the 17th richest member of Congress, liberal firebrand and Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson is refusing to support his estranged wife and their kids, and his wife has turned to government food stamps to support her family, WFTV 9 Orlando reports. . . . Barely a week after being named the 17th richest member of Congress, liberal firebrand and Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson is refusing to support his estranged wife and their kids, and his wife has turned to government food stamps to support her family, WFTV 9 Orlando reports.” They told me if I voted for Mitt Romney. . . .

NEWS YOU CAN USE: Sex with 21 women lowers risk of prostate cancer, academics find; The University of Montreal has found that men who had sex with more than 20 women lower their prostate cancer risk. “Men who had slept with more than 20 women lowered their risk of developing cancer by almost one third, and were 19 per cent less likely to develop the most aggressive form. In contrast, men who slept with 20 men doubled their risk of developing prostate cancer compared with men who have never had sex with another man.”

THAT CATCALLING VIDEO: It’s a racist production about white women not wanting attention from black and Latino men. “The video also unintentionally makes another point, that harassers are mostly black and Latino, and hanging out on the streets in midday in clothes that suggest they are not on their lunch break. As Roxane Gay tweeted, ‘The racial politics of the video are fucked up. Like, she didn’t walk through any white neighborhoods?’”

Maybe she did.

UPDATE: Catcalls And The Death Of Chivalry.

After a brief search on social media, the video was being shared by several flamboyantly contrite men and enraged women. “Wow! I guess men still don’t get it.” “Men are disgusting animals.” “All you men should be ashamed of yourselves.”

I didn’t have the slightest shame watching the video, nor should any male with whom I associate. We don’t catcall. Of course some guys are boors as are some women. I don’t need a video to prove that human nature is a thing.

In the young woman’s 10-hour stroll through New York City, the video shows 20 incidents of harassment (two per hour), while text at the conclusion alleges more than 100. Some of the behavior is downright creepy while much isn’t disturbing at all.

Apologies to the video editor, but “how you doing today,” “how are you this morning,” and “have a nice evening” hardly count as harassment. If they do, I’m violated by polite tourists, panhandlers, and assertive shopkeepers every time I stroll along a busy city street.

All gentlemen agree that catcalling is a bad thing. In fact patriarchal Victorians were so disgusted by such rudeness, they enforced an elaborate public morality that elevated women with a higher level of respect. Thank goodness feminism and secularism drove a stake through chivalry’s heart.

Chivalry was a system, which imposed behavioral obligations on both women and men. Women found those obligations too onerous, but still expect men to shoulder them.

And let’s be honest. What makes these catcalls offensive isn’t that they come from men. It’s that they come from low-status men. Like an unconsented kiss from President Obama, if the catcalls came from George Clooney there’d be much less female outrage.

In fact, maybe these catcalls are a way of striking back at privilege. Any grievance-studies major should be able to flesh out this line of thought . . . .

SHOCKER: Being married has a lot to do with economic success.

TRIFECTA: FEC May Yank 1st Amendment Guards for Drudge, Rest of Internet.

UNEXPECTEDLY: Romney Foreign Policy Team Is Schooling 2016′s Republicans.

Well, in retrospect Romney’s foreign-policy chops from 2012 are looking spot-on, while Obama’s are looking kinda . . . chickenshit.

THE BEATING IS WORST when you stop moving.

WHO COULD HAVE SEEN THIS COMING? ‘Sneak and Peek’ Warrants Intended for Terrorism Mostly Used in Drug Cases.


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POOR ASHE SCHOW. SHE’S ALWAYS HAVING TO PLAY WHACK-A-MOLE WITH DISHONEST NUMBERS: No, 1 in 6 MIT undergraduates have not been sexually assaulted.

But I say, Why take chances?

[INSERT OBVIOUS SEXBOT JOKE HERE]: Will Your Next Best Friend Be A Robot?

SPYING: Research links massive cyber spying ring to Russia. “The group, dubbed APT28 by the company, has targeted high level officials in Eastern European countries such as Georgia, and security organizations such as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). While Russian and Ukrainian cybercriminal groups are known to conduct massive campaigns aimed at stealing money and financial information, APT28 focuses solely on political information and state secrets, according to FireEye. The report argues that the group is closely tied to Russia and likely part of Moscow’s intelligence apparatus.”



COLORADO ELECTION SHENANIGANS: GOP: Some Boulder County election judges are Democrats posing as Republicans.

TAXPROF ROUNDUP: The IRS Scandal, Day 538.

CAR WARS: Uber and Cabbies in a D.C. Death Match.

As it has become clear that their friendly neighborhood taxi commissioner will not be able to shut down services such as Uber and Lyft, taxi drivers have increasingly adopted a new tactic: blocking traffic on Pennsylvania Avenue. They staged another slowdown today as the D.C. Council prepared to take a final vote on a bill that would legitimize and regulate Uber-like services.

Much venom has been spilled toward the taxi drivers on my Facebook feed. But here’s what I want to know: What the heck is the point?

The Teamsters union organized hundreds of cabbies to drive around the Wilson Building today while the D.C. Council was expected to vote. But the city council already knows how taxi drivers feel. The problem is, there are more Uber riders than taxi drivers, and those folks also feel pretty strongly. I’ve seen it suggested that this is a show of force to remind the council that it is risking the large sums that taxi interests routinely contribute to campaigns. That’s the sort of reminder I’d think would be better delivered over drinks, in the form of an unsigned check.

Meanwhile, this campaign has been 100 percent successful in alienating folks who might have been sympathetic before they started asserting their civil rights to shut down a major artery in the name of protecting their cozy monopoly. It seems like this is all cost, no benefit.

. . . At least to the taxi drivers. On the other hand, for the Teamsters, it’s important to show that you’re Doing Something in the face of an enormous threat to your income. And using their vehicles to interfere with traffic is what the Teamsters know how to do. This may not get the taxi drivers what they want. But it might well buy the union some loyalty from its members. When you’re fighting a lost cause, the important thing is to be seen fighting.

Leaders are more interested in leaders’ positions than in followers’ well-being.

REMEMBER THIS THE NEXT TIME YOU SEE THE TIMES EDITORIALIZE ON THE EVILS OF CORPORATE MONEY AND LOBBYING: NY Times Hires Lobbyist to Advocate on ERISA Update. I’m sure lobbyist Harold Ashner will be pushing for changes that make life cushier for workers and retirees. . . . .

MOLLY BALL: The Democrats’ Ground Game May Be Falling Short in Iowa.