MASS-MURDER PREVENTED: College Student Shoots, Kills Home Invader:
A group of college students said they are lucky to be alive and they’re thanking the quick-thinking of one of their own. Police said a fellow student shot and killed one of two masked me who burst into an apartment. . . . Bailey said he thought it was the end of his life and the lives of the 10 people inside his apartment for a birthday party after two masked men with guns burst in through a patio door.
“They just came in and separated the men from the women and said, ‘Give me your wallets and cell phones,’” said George Williams of the College Park Police Department.
Bailey said the gunmen started counting bullets. “The other guy asked how many (bullets) he had. He said he had enough,” said Bailey.
That’s when one student grabbed a gun out of a backpack and shot at the invader who was watching the men. The gunman ran out of the apartment.
The student then ran to the room where the second gunman, identified by police as 23-year-old Calvin Lavant, was holding the women.
“Apparently the guy was getting ready to rape his girlfriend. So he told the girls to get down and he started shooting. The guy jumped out of the window,” said Bailey.
If more home invaders had this experience, there would be fewer home invasions. Clayton Cramer comments: “If you have any doubt as to whether keeping colleges gun-free zones makes sense, I think this answers the question. This student didn’t draw a gun and start shooting when it looked like a robbery. When the bad guys made it clear that they were going to kill them all, he drew and fired–and probably saved ten lives.”
Many universities ban firearms, but some research I’ve been doing reveals that some universities ban firearms and stun guns and chemical defensive sprays, either in dorm rooms or in the university as a whole. This basically leaves students entirely without any defensive weapons, and also has the effect of disarming dorm residents when they go off campus property, since they have no place to store the defensive weapons when they’re back on campus.
This strikes me as quite shocking, especially with regard to women students who are in the age range where the danger of rape is at its highest. The university basically leaves them as sitting ducks, unless they’re willing to violate the university policy. Even if the university tries to compensate by offering a good deal of on-campus policing (some do and some don’t), it surely can’t protect the students when they leave campus.
Seems like grounds for a lawsuit. But perhaps the universities think the indoctrination in defenselessness is worth the risk.
WHO NEEDS A GUN — THE GOVERNMENT WILL PROTECT YOU:
A Queens judge ruled yesterday that subway employees do not have to do anything but pick up their phones if they see a crime — as he threw out a suit against the MTA and two workers who did nothing more to stop a rape.
A conductor saw the rape from the window on his train, and a station agent in the booth witnessed a screaming woman being dragged down a staircase inside the desolate 21st Street station of the G line. But neither one left the safety of their assigned posts to help her.
In a previous day, in a different culture, such men would have been afraid of being called cowards for failing to help a woman under such circumstances. Nowadays, they’re probably proud of acting “sensibly.” (For the record, the story says their names are Harmodio Cruz and John Koort.) And in a different world, Judge Kevin Kerrigan would have been ashamed to describe picking up a phone as “prompt and decisive action.” But he probably thinks it is.
Eric Holder talked about a “nation of cowards.” This is the real thing.
UPDATE: Reader Pierre Honeyman writes:
I agree with you, in principle, about cowardly men not acting to help people who need it, but allowing lawsuits to succeed in cases such as the one cited is a slippery slope. Having a legal principle that requires action, rather than the “Good Samaritan” laws which prevent punishing it, seems to me to be a rather slippery slope. As a law professor you surely know more about what kinds of legal precedents would be set by successful lawsuits of this nature, and I could very well be wrong, but it just seems wrong, somehow, to be able to sue someone who didn’t help you. I don’t think I’m comfortable with forcing people to consider legal hazard over physical hazard. I use that to argue for self-defense, including concealed carry, and the same argument applies here.
Well, actually I believe that traditionally common carriers — which I think the subway system would be — were required to protect against the foreseeable criminal acts of third parties, and I’d say a rape in a subway station is foreseeable. But standards tend to slip when it’s the government, for some reason. My point, however, was not about litigation, but about culture.
AZIZ POONAWALLA IS CRITICAL OF OBAMA over the Afghan “rape bill:”
Let’s not mince words. It’s doubtful that President Obama’s administration was unaware of the rape bill. It’s more likely that they are intent on sticking by Karzai and supportive of whatever he needs to do to get re-elected, Secretary Clinton’s rhetoric about elevating women’s rights in foreign policy during her confirmation hearing aside. This kind of ends-justify-the-means foreign policy is essentially realpolitik revisited – the exact kind of short-term “great game” thinking that created the Taliban itself. It’s a disgrace and an embarassment to Obama’s entire Afghanistan policy, and the domestic economic crisis is no excuse for such a craven failure to stand up for the values we purport to uphold.
Well, the Obama pledge was to replace those idealistic neocons with realists. This is what that looks like.
A DOUBLE STANDARD on teen “rape.”
SHE SENT HIM TO JAIL FOR RAPE: Now they’re friends. But he spent 11 years in prison before DNA evidence cleared him.
WHY THE 21ST CENTURY IS COOL: I’m a Moby Grape fan, and years ago I found the Grape Jam EP in a used record store and thought it was a great find; it was a promotional thing released in relatively small numbers. Now my brother emails that it’s downloadable on Amazon.
UPDATE: Doug Levene writes:
Thanks very much for the tip about the Moby Grape EP. You’ve brought back great memories.
I saw them twice. First time was late 1966 or early 1967 at the East Village Theatre in NYC (which later became the Fillmore East); my brother, sister and I somehow convinced my parents (we were too young) to drive us in during a visit to my grandparents in Scarsdale. We were probably the only living creatures there who weren’t smoking pot. It was a great concert. The second time was my first date, in late 1967 – I had my driver’s license by then and took her to see the Grape at a tiny club in Boston, I can’t remember the name. I do remember the classic light show.
I still listen to the first album (now on my pod) a lot. My son says that it is similar in some respects to the Beatles’ Rubber Soul album (Dr. Roberts) and I think he has a point.
I discovered The Grape in the ’80s by prowling used record stores, but yeah, an underappreciated gem.
ANOTHER UPDATE: More from Welch: “There was much to dislike about this speech, most notably (for me anyway) the effortless way in which the new president talked out of both sides of his mouth. We will not govern in anger! No more drapes for you, fatcats! Etc.”
POLITICAL GRAPEVINE: Are the Democrats Having a Hard Time Doing Business By The Book?
“THERAPEUTIC VENTING” on the state of drug research.
VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: “How does one explain how California is broke, tens of billions of dollars in aggregate debt, despite having among the highest sales and income taxes in the nation?”
GET THE SEX YOU DESERVE. From the comments: “If you’re going to blame it for increasing the general standard of living and wealth to the point that somebody can earn money writing this drivel about sex instead of laboring in the heat (or cold) to scrape up enough food to stay on the topside of the dirt for another 24 hours, Capitalism will take the rap.”
WELL, GOOD: “More than three-quarters of laboratory leukemia cells exposed to an extract from grape seeds died within 24 hours, effectively killing themselves while leaving other cells unharmed, a new study shows. University of Kentucky researchers say they found that the extract activates JNK, a protein that regulates the cell-signaling pathway the leads to cell death, or apoptosis.”
EUGENE VOLOKH on Ann Althouse, Kate Winslet, and Statutory Rape.
UPDATE: Meanwhile, something of a double standard on the subject? “Murray made a similar point in closing arguments in the sentencing phase, telling jurors that if a man impregnated his 13-year-old foster daughter, probation would not be discussed.” (Via Robert Franklin, who notes that statutory rape doesn’t get much serious thought.)
WELL, RELIGION OR NOT, THIS JUST MAKES GOOD SENSE: “7 straight days of sex. That was the challenge Pastor Ed Young issued to all of the married couples at his Grapevine church. . . . ‘Everybody’s whining about the economy and about the world….let’s move from whining to whoopee!’” All I can say is, amen, brother. And hey, it’s something that Congress probably can’t manage to tax. Probably. . . .
SORRY FOR THAT WHOLE RUINING-YOUR-CAREER THING: Student-sex charges dropped against Halls High teacher.
Prosecutors today dropped charges against a Halls High School teacher accused of having sex with a student.
Corey DeHart, who had been suspended from his post as a math teacher after a student filed a complaint against him in September 2007, had faced six counts of multiple sex acts ranging from statutory rape to sexual battery by an authority figure.
However, those charges were dropped at a brief hearing this morning before Knox County Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner. “Basically our case evaporated,” said John Gill, special counsel to Knox County District Attorney General Randy Nichols.
Unpaid leave for over a year before an Emily Litella “never mind” in court. No wonder people — especially men, who have more reason to worry about unfounded charges — are increasingly reluctant to go into teaching.
KATIE GRANJU: “I have been very struck by the obvious efforts President Bush is making to set a tone of civility and optimism with regard to his successor’s imminent arrival in The White House. There has been an explicit demonstration on his part of respect for President-elect Obama, and for the change in administration. No hint of sour grapes, or even misgivings on his part are evident. . . . At a time when the nation is so bitterly divided by partisanship, Bush’s leadership in this area is more than just for looks. He is demonstrating to the world how responsible, civil democratic transition should look. It’s pretty inspiring, and makes me proud to be an American.”
DO YOU HAVE A LICENSE to move that chair? “In 22 states, including Arkansas, it is illegal to call yourself an interior designer without going through an arduous and expensive certification process. In Nevada, it’s illegal to do interior design without a license. That’s right, advising someone about drapes could land you in the hoosegow.”
HMM: Google’s growth makes privacy advocates wary. “Perhaps the biggest threat to Google Inc.’s increasing dominance of Internet search and advertising is the rising fear, justified or not, that Google’s broadening reach is giving it unchecked power. . . A bigger long-term concern for Google could be criticisms over something less tangible — privacy. Increasingly, as Google burrows deeper into everyday computing, its product announcements are prompting questions about its ability to gather more potentially sensitive personal information from users.”
UPDATE: Toren Smith writes: “I recommend Scroogle. It ‘scrapes’ Google, allowing you to use Google’s capabilities without giving them any of your personal information. You lose out on a few of Google’s features (most notably cached pages) but it provides a lot more privacy.”
UPDATE: You really want to follow the link above, which goes to Scroogle.org. If you just type in Scroogle.com you get something very different, and not at all safe for work.
A LOOK AT THE health benefits of grapes.
SINCE THE CHANNON CHRISTIAN / CHRISTOPHER NEWSOM TORTURE-MURDER CASE got a lot of blogospheric attention a while back, here’s a followup:
A house where a Knox County couple was tortured and slain was razed today. “It was an evil place,” said Gary Christian, whose 21-year-old daughter was killed inside the 2316 Chipman St. house. “I’m glad it’s gone.”
Waste Connections Inc., which is located next door to the house, bought it with the intent of tearing it down and putting in its place a memorial honoring Channon Christian and 23-year-old Christopher Newsom. Authorities allege they were kidnapped and taken to the house on Chipman Street where they both were raped and tortured. Newsom was shot, his body set on fire and left along railroad tracks on Cherry Street, according to police.
There’s been one conviction so far, in a plea bargain. As for the rest: “Letalvis Cobbins, 25, is the first of the four to face trial in Knox County Criminal Court, scheduled for Jan. 26. His girlfriend, Vanessa Coleman, 20. will be tried in April. His brother, Lemaricus Davidson, 27, faces a July trial, while pal George Thomas, 25, will stand trial in August.”
WHY DEMOCRATS REMAIN split over Obama.
NOW IT’S SUSIE BRIGHT repeating the rape kit smear. Plus, fantasies about kidnapping Sarah Palin for sex.
BOOTED IN BOSTON: “A Boston shelter for homeless women has dropped controversial comedian Sandra Bernhard as the marquee speaker at its annual fund-raising event because of her ‘gang rape’ joke about Sarah Palin.”
IN THE TANK? OR DRIVING THE TANK? Michael Graham notes that the Boston Globe continues to peddle the Sarah Palin rape-kit myth, despite the fact that it’s been debunked and re-debunked. Graham comments:
The story is old news in the new media. Left-leaning Slate.com called it â€œa nasty and untrue rumor.â€ National Reviewâ€™s Jim Geraghty, who has written exhaustively on the story calls it â€œunsupported by the facts.â€ But at the Obama-Uber-Alles Boston Globe, they call it â€œnews.â€
We have come to the point in the mediaâ€™s treatment of Gov. Sarah Palin where even the fig leaf of pretense is gone. The press has openly chosen sides and has stopped apologizing for it.
Yes. My thoughts on what to do are here.
ANOTHER UPDATE: Kay Hymowitz emails:
Thought you might be interested to hear that Jon Stewart repeated the rape kit story last night on The Daily Show. It’s pretty bad when the Boston Globe spreads untruths, but remember no one trusts them – or reads them – anyway. But when the Daily Show repeats the story, that’s another matter. Now the country’s entire population of under 30 year olds KNOWS it’s true.
Well, yeah. And Stewart should apologize for repeating an obvious falsehood. But how embarrassing is it for the Globe that it’s being outranked by Jon Stewart?
UPDATE: Fred Thompson casts his vote. “Governor Palinâ€™s every comment was scrutinized by the media and judged against what Jefferson or Lincoln might have said. Never mind that her counterpart, the 30-year-Washington-veteran Joe Biden, apparently is unaware that America relies upon coal for a lot of its electricity or that he recently referred to a top level U.S. officialâ€™s visit to Iran that never happened. Thatâ€™s just Joe being Joe â€“ protected by the sheer number of his gaffes and the fact that he is Barack Obamaâ€™s running mate.”
ANOTHER UPDATE: Re-debunking the rape kit smear.
Heck, even Slate has shot that down.
MORE: Reader Peter Sterne emails:
Democrats are questioning whether Sarah Palin is qualified to be Vice President while Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker-In-Tongues-of-the-House is two heartbeats (and one with issues) away from the Presidency. Nancy Pelosi is proving herself completely unqualified to lead anything. I wouldnâ€™t trust her to lead a troop of Girl Scouts. At a time when she should have been, umm, actually, leading the House (BTW, that means the entire House â€¦ both aisles), she morphed into House Majority Leader Pelosi, made a vicious partisan attack on Republicans, and derailed the $700B bail out.
Iâ€™ll leave the parsing of her motivations to more connected observers, but I suspect it was based on partisan calculus, since the only leadership Pelosi has ever shown is in her capacity to attack the opposition.
SLATE: “It looks like the Sarah Palin rape-kit myth is still alive and flourishing. . . . But the fact remains that this is a nasty and untrue rumor about Sarah Palin that’s been circulating for weeks. If you’re an Obama supporter who gets frustrated that people still believe he’s Muslim or won’t put his hand on his heart for the Pledge of Allegiance, you should understand the frustration that Palin supporters feel when this slime is taken at face value.”
IS SAYING “IF YOU DON’T HAVE SEX WITH ME, I’LL LEAVE YOU” tantamount to rape? Only if you’re an idiot. Which means, for some people, the answer is “yes.”
IS GRAPE JUICE as good for you as red wine? Possibly.
DAVID HARSANYI ARGUES the libertarian case for Palin:
By now, you’ve probably seen picture or two of Palin sporting a rifle. Apparently, she’s left carcasses strewn across the Alaskan wilderness. In some places — areas where the nation is growing — owning a gun is not yet a sin. And unlike Obama, Palin seems to believe that the Second Amendment means the exact same thing in rural Alaska as it does in the streets of Chicago.
Yes, Palin is without argument a staunch social conservative. She is fervently opposed to abortion – even in cases of rape and incest, which will raise eyebrows, but is certainly more philosophically consistent than the namby pambyism of your average politician. The choice issue, after all, is complicated, even for many libertarians. And, as I was recently reminded, Ron Paul, the Libertarian champion of the 21st century, also opposes abortion.
Even when advocating for “moral” issues, Palin’s approach is a soft sell. Palin does not support gay marriage (neither does Obama, it should be noted). Yet, in 2006, Palin’s first veto as Governor was a bill that sought to block state employee benefits and health insurance for same-sex couples.
Read the whole thing. One can, of course, be a social conservative in philosophy and still support a libertarian approach to government and regulation.
GRAPES THAT SELL for $26 each? No thanks. I like grapes, but I also like dollars.
SAW AN EXCELLENT PANEL THIS EVENING ON THE DUKE LACROSSE RAPE HOAX, featuring K.C. Johnson (author of Until Proven Innocent, with Stuart Taylor), James Coleman, Mike Gerhardt, Lyrissa Lidsky, and Angela Davis (no, not that Angela Davis), author of Arbitrary Justice: The Power of the American Prosecutor, which I bought on Kenneth Anderson’s recommendation and which is excellent, especially as a companion to K.C.’s book. The discussion was excellent and very fair. Lots of talk about what Nifong got wrong, plus the important point that the kind of misconduct for which Nifong was disbarred and punished is committed regularly by prosecutors who almost always get off scot-free even when it’s exposed. We really need a better mechanism for policing prosecutorial misconduct, and it’s not clear what that should be — independent audits of cases by a sort of inspector general? I’m not sure.
I disagree, though, with the idea that replacing elected prosecutors with appointed prosecutors would fix the problem. As with elected vs. appointed judges, it doesn’t get rid of the politics, just make it less transparent. And I suspect that situations like that obtaining in Britain, where burglars face little risk of prosecution while homeowners who defend their homes against burglars are targeted by authorities, couldn’t possibly prevail in a system of elected prosecutors.
DON KATES: Gun rights for felons?
UPDATE: Okay, this bit is worth breaking out, and has ramifications going far beyond the gun context:
In sum, the constitutional right to arms simply does not extend to people convicted of serious criminal offenses. By “serious,” I refer to the early common law – under which felonies were real wrongs like rape, robbery and murder.
Unfortunately, modern legislatures have added a host of trivial felonies. For instance, in California an 18-year-old girl who has oral sex with her 17-year-old boyfriend has committed a felony. The courts should rule that conviction of such a trivial felony can’t deprive such a “felon” of her right to arms.
I’ve written about this subject — the promiscuous creation of trivial felonies — in the past. I also would argue, though, that you shouldn’t restore felons’ right to vote unless you’re willing to restore all their rights, including the right to possess arms. Citizenship should be a package deal.
ANOTHER UPDATE: I see that others have made a similar point.
SCOTUSBLOG: “The state of Louisiana on Monday asked the Supreme Court to reconsider its ruling a month ago striking down the death penalty for the crime of child rape. The rehearing petition, citing an omission in the Courtâ€™s opinion of any mention of a federal law on that issue, was filed late Monday afternoon.” Some background here.
PINK GUNS as rape prevention devices.
DO WE HAVE A CONSERVATIVE SUPREME COURT? “Sure, conservatives are cheering the Heller decision, but how ‘conservative’ is a Court that invalidates the death penalty for child rape and declares that non-citizen detainees held outside U.S. sovereign territory by the military have a constitutional right to bring habeas actions in federal court, despite federal legislation to the contrary? Viewed as a whole, this term saw a Court that often defied easy ideological characterization.”
JIM LINDGREN ON THE DEATH PENALTY AND CHILD RAPE:
Yet the Court shouldnâ€™t talk about following a â€œnational consensusâ€ on an issue on which in 1997 only 31% of the American public agreed with the Court and 65% of the public opposed the Courtâ€™s view. The justices should admit that they follow ELITE opinion, not the views and morality of the ordinary public. If they can’t go that far, they should at least stop preaching to us about a â€œnational consensusâ€ that is little more than a fig leaf for their own (often quite reasonable) policy preferences.
Indeed. Or we should go whole-hog and just start electing Supreme Court Justices. Then they’d actually have the democratic legitimacy they’re claiming with talk of consensus.
HANDLING FALSE CHARGES OF RAPE.
USING NANOTECHNOLOGY TO BUILD ARTIFICIAL VIRUSES, for therapeutic use.
DUKE RAPE HOAX UPDATE: A look at prosecutor Mike Nifong’s bankruptcy petition.
DUKE PROFESSORS ARE FEELING THE HEAT FOR THEIR PROMOTION OF THE DUKE RAPE HOAX. K.C. Johnson responds to their efforts at self-justification, and Jim Lindgren observes: “Why do these Duke professors bother to write about the Duke lacrosse hoax if they are not going to deal with their own actions honestly? If they can’t simply face the truth, they should put down their shovels and stop digging.”
DUDE, WHERE’S MY RECESSION (CONT’D): Heck, this time it’s Where’s My Depression? “Whatever happened to the Great Depression? Not the real one from 70 years ago, the lost decade of unimagined misery and Steinbeckian angst, the worst period in the history of modern capitalism. I mean the replay we were promised this year. . . . Well, itâ€™s early days, to be fair, but so far the Great Depression 2008 is shaping up to be a Great Disappointment. Not so much The Grapes of Wrath as Raisins of Mild Inconvenience.”
WOULD YOU RATHER HAVE 10% of a watermelon, or 90% of a grape? Depends in part on which you like, and which you’re allergic to . . .
I’D BE SHOCKED, but by now this really isn’t shocking:
The UN has covered up claims that its troops in Democratic Republic of Congo gave arms to militias and smuggled gold and ivory, the BBC has learned. . . . These are not the only allegations to have been brought against peacekeepers in DR Congo.
In December 2006, former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said Moroccan troops had been involved in widespread sexual abuse.
“There have been crimes such as rape, paedophilia and human trafficking,” he said, shortly before leaving office.
But since there’s no anti-American angle, it won’t be much of a story.
So now, Duke University wants to keep certain people from saying certain things about the disproven rape allegations against the school’s lacrosse players.
Now that lawsuits accuse Duke of having helped inflame campus sentiment against the team, this is a good time to be quiet about the whole thing, it seems.
Well, that is a turn of events.
This is the same school where faculty and students loudly demanded jailing — and worse — for the young men; where administrators canceled the team’s season and fired the coach to try to quell the mob. That same school is now trying to punish players’ lawyers for inviting the news media to write about what the school allegedly did wrong.
In response to a suit filed by 38 current and former lacrosse players at Duke, lawyers for the university accuse the players’ attorneys of ethics violations in speaking publicly about their case.
Merely insuring, of course, that we’re all reminded of how badly Duke behaved. Hey, it’s good for Stuart Taylor and K.C. Johnson.
EZRA KLEIN ON PRISON RAPE. “Prison rape occupies a fairly odd space in our culture. It is, all at once, a cherished source of humor, a tacitly accepted form of punishment and a broadly understood human rights abuse. . . . Although it would be unthinkable for the government today to institute corporal punishment in prisons, there is little or no outrage when the government interns prisoners in institutions where their fellow inmates will brutally violate them. We won’t touch you, but we can’t be held accountable for the behavior of Spike, now can we?”
UPDATE: Related thoughts from Ed Morrissey.
ED CONE: Bring back Glass-Steagall. Kind of a horse/barn-door thing, but read it.
UPDATE: Dave Price emails:
I know a few other CPAs who shake their heads when the subject is brought up.
Repealing Glass-Steagal may someday be viewed as the most catastrophic mistake of our generation.
Conflict of interest is not why, however. Most everyone has forgotten the primary reason why Glass-Steagal was so important: it separated banks, insurers, and businesses so that a failure in one area could not cascade into a Panic and collapse the entire economy.
After most of a century, people are once again assuming a systemic collapse is impossible, even as they remove the mechanisms that prevented it for so long.
It’s an unnecessary gamble. Pray we never pay the price.
That’s usually how things work. “Who needs these fireproof drapes? — We never have fires!” We see this in all sorts of areas.
ANOTHER UPDATE: Reader John Rippey emails:
You and a bunch of other high-minded thinkers are leaning toward the view that the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act was a mistake. Your thinking is based on . . . well, gee, I don’t know. The idea is just plain dumb.
The Thursday report of the President’s Working Group on Financial Markets (PWG), available on Treasury’s web site, lists the causes and proposes cures for what has been happening in the financial markets since last summer. Nowhere is it suggested by the regulators that the existence of Glass-Steagall would have ameliorated present market woes, nor does the report suggest that its reenactment would provide relief.
Note that JPMorgan-Chase has been Bear-Stearns banker, in other words JPM-C this month is doing exactly what commercial banks have been doing for decades, i.e., providing short-term credit for investment banks (otherwise known as commercial loans)–an activity always permissible under Glass-Steagall. (Albeit this time, the Fed has stepped in to guarantee the transactions for 28 days.)
If there is a culprit in commercial banking, it is, per usual, lax supervision of national banks (e.g., Citi) by the Comptroller of the Currency (think Franklin National Bank), coupled with counter-productive capital requirements cooked up in Basel.
Are large state member banks experiencing life-threatening problems? No. Significantly, the Comptroller was left off the working group, but the Fed was not. Please, professor, before latching on to platitudes, examine the facts.
Bottom line: I’m wrong. Well, that’s hardly a man-bites-dog event. One of my hedge-fund readers agrees, albeit a bit more politely:
The Bear Stearns crisis du jour is not at all related to the Glass-Steagall separation of commercial from investment banking. Bear has always been an investment bank, and its current fragility is entirely a consequence of bad decisions made in the running of its standard, core businesses.
If one wants to point a finger at regulations for the present mess, look at the green eyeshade boys who decided on mark-to-market asset pricing for items lacking a market, and international capital rules that drive institutions to move stuff off balance sheet while demanding paper be rated AAA whether merited or not.
Stay tuned, as we’ll probably be hearing more about this.
SHADES OF BILL LOCKYER: Having fun with prison rape.
TREATING CANCER WITH NANOTECHNOLOGY:
Researchers are increasingly turning to new, innovative therapies, based on particles measuring less than 200 nanometers. At that scale, particles passively target weaker-walled cancer cells and help localize treatment, increasing its effectiveness while minimizing damage to healthy tissue. . . .
Developments in this field have accelerated since then, according to Piotr Grodzinski, Director of the NCI’s Alliance. “If you look at where we were five years ago, there was nothing mature enough that the FDA would even consider [it]. Today, there are 20 to 30 small companies in both diagnostics and therapeutics. A handful of those are in clinical trials, and we expect another three or four will file applications this year.”
Bring it on! (Via Nanodot).
INVESTMENT LESSONS FROM WORLD WAR II VICTORS AND VANQUISHED: These apparently go well beyond the usual: “Insure yourself against war and disaster by buying a remote farm or ranch and stocking it with ‘seed, fertilizer, canned food, wine, medicine, clothes, etc.’” I guess that’s part of the “mainstreaming of survivalism” I’ve discussed before.
STUART TAYLOR: The University has no clothes:
When a mentally deluded stripper accused three Duke University lacrosse players of a brutal gang rape at a March 2006 off-campus team party during spring break, dozens of activist Duke professors were not content merely to give great credence to the rape charge, even as evidence of its probable fraudulence poured into the public record. They also treated the lacrosse players as pariahs for having hired strippers at all. So, too, did Duke President Richard Brodhead, Board Chairman Robert Steel, other campus administrators, many in the media, and others. . . .
So, some might be surprised to learn that on this year’s Super Bowl Sunday, Duke University played host to a group of strippers, prostitutes, phone-sex operators, and others in a “Sex Workers Art Show” to display their “creativity and genius.” The university spent $3,500 from student fees and various programs to pay the performers and cover expenses. . . .
“The performers did not just take their clothes off — and the actual nudity part of the show was rather tame. But mere nudity could hardly compare with a show that began with the Art Show’s founder and director, Annie Oakley, imploring the audience to stand up and shout ‘I take it up the butt!’…
I’ll just note that to Tennessee fans, there’s nothing in this story about Duke that is surprising . . . .
OVER AT DAILYPUNDIT’S WEEKEND COOKING THREAD, the topic is favorite foodie mags, books, and TV Shows. At the moment, as it happens, I’m watching Giada de Laurentis tour the Greek islands in a variety of skimpy outfits, in HD. While I believe the Insta-mom is lukewarm on her cookbook, the TV show does not disappoint.
UPDATE: Now she’s drinking Raki, a grape-based jetfuel they distill on Crete. My brother used to bring it back when he worked there. When you get the good Raki, it’s really good. When you get the bad Raki, it tastes like carbueretor cleaner. And pretty much is. If you’ve got a really dirty carbueretor . . . .
RACE, CLASS AND GENDER on the campaign trail.
BOB OWENS HAS THOUGHTS on today’s female suicide bombings in Baghdad:
Both bombs appear to have been remote detonated. These women probably did not know they were carrying explosives at all, and it would probably be fair to include them among the victims. . . . This tells us several things.
First, it tells us that al Qaeda in Iraq recognizes that attempts to use male suicide bombers and vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIEDs), their preferred method of suicide attacks for those seeking martyrdom, are no longer effective. These attacks fail because the combination of coalition military forces, Iraqi security forces, and neighborhood militias, known as “concerned local citizens” (CLCs) creating a security system that increasingly works, and makes it very unlikely that these preferred attacks will succeed. There is also some speculation that the influx of would-be foreign suicide bombers into Iraq is drying up.
Today’s attacks also tell us that al Qaeda in Iraq is getting very desperate in seeking the high-casualty attacks that they so value. They were forced to scrape the bottom of the proverbial barrel, and use not only women (which they’d prefer to subjugate), but mentally disabled women at that, suggesting that finding willing volunteers is becoming ever more difficult.
Good suicide-bombers are hard to find, and retention is even tougher. Meanwhile, Michael Yon emails from Iraq:
All well in South Baghdad, but sounds like the suicide bombings were pretty bad. I did not hear them detonate so must have been far away. It’s the al Qaeda mode, though. Sounds like the women were mentally disabled.
And Austin Bay emails that this may be the start of the “Terrorist Tet” he’s been predicting. As Bob Owens notes, some people here at home are all-too-eager to help. Just like last time.
YOU COULD SEE THIS COMING: “Michael Nifong, the former North Carolina district attorney who unsuccessfully prosecuted Duke University lacrosse players for rape, sought bankruptcy protection from creditors including the athletes.”
FOR CERTAIN VALUES OF THE WORD EXTRAORDINARY: “Now a grape KitchenAid mixer is truly extraordinary.” Not that mixers aren’t cool.
REMEMBER, IT’S THE OTHER ROGER SIMON: More Doubts Raised About The Politico’s Thompson Article. An interview with the fire chief, plus an editor who says “no comment.”
UPDATE: The more I think about it, the more I like the idea of going out and interviewing people mentioned in questionable media accounts. And the less I think some “journalists” will be pleased with the results.
ANOTHER UPDATE: A reader says that The Politico missed the real story — Thompson’s refusal to pander:
AKD: What will you do for the farmers of Bremer County?
AKD: You knew this was coming, right?
FT: I would continue to enjoy the fruits of their labor. Iâ€™ve been looking all over Iowa for a bad steak and I canâ€™t find it. Been trying my best. Itâ€™s not a matter of what I would do for the farmers. Farmers are not looking for a president to hand them something. Farmers want fair treatment and a chance to prosper in a free economy and thatâ€™s what I would help ensure. Thereâ€™s a lot of programs weâ€™ve got out there, some of which are good programs, some of which are not. And I think that we need to work our way through that and make sure weâ€™re doing whatâ€™s good for the country, not just the farmers, not just the people of Iowa, not just the people of Tennessee. But good for the country. A sound policy that makes sense. I think thereâ€™s a lot more that we could do for the working farmer in terms of ecological programs and environmental programs – land conservation, soil conservation – that would be fair and it would be beneficial to the nation and to Iowa and to our country. Weâ€™re going to have to phase out the corporate welfare system weâ€™ve got, however. There are extremely rich people living in skyscrapers in Manhattan that are receiving subsidy payments. I think thatâ€™s wrong. Iâ€™d put a stop to that if it was within my power. That still continues in this latest Farm Bill and itâ€™s not right. There ought to be a cutoff at some level and itâ€™s not right ot have millionaires receiving farm subsidies.
Non-pandering in Iowa? There’s a man-bites dog story. This seems like it should have been bigger news.
THE JAMIE LYNN SPEARS STORY occasions a look at statutory rape law. I agree that the laws in that area offer great potential for injustice.
NOT QUITE BRINKS SECURITY: “A female homeowner who shot a male intruder in her back yard in October 2006 spoke to KNBC’s Laurel Erickson on Wednesday, one day after a jury found the man guilty of all charges. Nadine Teter shot Michael Lugo twice in the stomach and once in the leg after he broke into her Canyon Country home. Lugo broke the lock on Teter’s door and barged in. She fled to the back yard with her gun, according to police. . . . Teter said she thinks that every woman should carry a gun. . . . ‘I was not going to get raped. I was not going to get murdered. There was no way — and I didn’t,’ Teter said.”
TEDDY BEARS, PARKED CARS, AND MORAL EQUIVALENCE: “As though Christians, Hindus, Buddhists or Jews were imprisoning people over teddy bears’ names, or flogging women for the ‘crime’ of being raped!”
OUR FRIENDS, THE SAUDIS: “In Saudi Arabia, a 19-year-old woman is sentenced to 200 lashes. Her crime? She had been sitting alone in a car with a man who was not her husband when the two were abducted and raped by a gang of seven men. Had she not been raped, her “crime” would not have been prosecuted. Were that not obscene enough, now it seems her attorney will lose his law license for handling her defense too aggressively.” Remember this, whenever the Saudis pretend to be part of the civilized world.
SUSANNAH BRESLIN on the Congo rape epidemic, and what you can do to help.
ARE SCIENTISTS PLAYING GOD? It depends on your religion. â€œTherapeutic cloning in particular jibes well with the Buddhist and Hindu ideas of reincarnation.â€
Plus, anti-science religious fervor:
â€œMany Europeans, as well as leftists in America,â€ Dr. Silver says, â€œhave rejected the traditional Christian God and replaced it with a post-Christian goddess of Mother Nature and a modified Christian eschatology. It isnâ€™t a coherent belief system. It might or might not incorporate New Age thinking. But deep down, thereâ€™s a view that humans shouldnâ€™t be tampering with the natural world.â€
Hence the opposition to genetically modified food.
I say, tell the theocrats to shut up and let science remain free. Luckily, the stem-cell debate, at least, may turn out to be obsolete.
AT LEAST this bogus rape report won’t lead to the kind of problems that we saw at Duke.
HANDWASHING: Better than antibacterial agents:
The general advice for avoiding infection is basic hygiene â€” washing hands or using alcohol-based sanitizers, keeping scrapes covered until healed and refraining from sharing personal items like towels and cosmetics.
But some recent laboratory studies suggest that antibacterial products containing triclosan may not be the best way to stay clean. Instead of wiping out bacteria randomly, the way regular soap or alcohol-based products do, triclosan may inhibit the growth of bacteria in a way that leaves a larger proportion of resistant bacteria behind, according to lab studies at Tufts and Colorado State Universities, among others.
The concerns are still theoretical at the moment, but of course by the time they’re not it’ll be a problem. On the other hand, it’s hard to argue with this:
Soap companies say the worry about triclosan takes the focus away from the real culprit: the abuse of antibiotics and the need for better hygiene in general.
Unlike illegal drugs, abuse of antibiotics raises the risk of harming many, many other people. And hand-washing is always good.
TECHNOLOGY THAT DOESN’T WORK: We’ve been in DC, investigating the MRSA outbreak — we brought plenty of hand sanitizer — and the hotel we’re staying in features the Miconic 10 elevator system, where you enter your floor number instead of just pushing “up” or “down” and the system routes the elevators for maximum efficiency. Except that it doesn’t work. Wait times have been as much as 15 minutes. Plus, one poor woman rushed to get into our elevator as it was heading up, only to realize that — since there are no floor-selection buttons in the elevators themselves — she was just stuck there until she could get off at another floor and select her destination there. Plus, there’s something slightly disturbing about the lack of any controls in the elevator — it’s the “spam in a can” approach to interfloor navigation, or something. I’ve used these systems in big skyscrapers (the Hearst building has them) and they seem to work there, but in this hotel, it’s pretty much sucked.
A striking number of professors were willing to trample all over legal process in their rush to declare the lacrosse players guilty before charge, let along trial. And they did so solely on the basis of the players’ race and gender. One professor, Houston Baker, denounced the lacrosse players as â€œyoung white, violent, drunken men veritably given licence to rape, maraud, deploy hate speechâ€. Duke’s politically-correct faculty thus produced a mirror image of the worst racism of the South in the 1950s, when people were pronounced guiltyâ€”and denied their legal rightsâ€”solely because they were black. While all this was going on Duke’s president, Richard Brodhead, did little, if anything, to defend the lacrosse players or to criticise the faculty for its lynch-mob mentality. A university that charges students over $40,000 per year essentially abandoned three of them to the bullying of an out-of-control prosecutor.
STUART TAYLOR ON THE Duke rape case press coverage: “By late March, CNN, MSNBC, NBC, and Fox TV trucks were filling the parking lots, grabbing random students for interviews, turning the campus into a freak show set. The teamâ€™s 46 white members had been branded as depraved racists from coast to coast.” Read the whole thing.
THERE’S STILL FALLOUT FROM THE DUKE NON-RAPE CASE, and K.C. Johnson has a roundup.
STUART TAYLOR AND K.C. JOHNSON’S BOOK ON THE DUKE NON-RAPE CASE is now up to
567 529 436 370 280 265 on Amazon. Not bad for a book that doesn’t come out until next week. (Bumped).
K.C. JOHNSON & STUART TAYLOR’S BOOK ON THE DUKE NON-RAPE CASE is now up to 590 on Amazon. I hope it gets a lot of attention. With a cover blurb from John Grisham, it just might.
IN THE MAIL: K.C. Johnson & Stuart Taylor’s new book on the Duke Lacrosse bogus rape allegations, Until Proven Innocent: Political Correctness and the Shameful Injustices of the Duke Lacrosse Rape Case. It came on Friday but I didn’t get a chance to read it as the Insta-Wife grabbed it right a way. Upside: She’s posted a review already. I think it’s pretty clear that this is going to be a very important book, and I hope it does well.
THE DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION, CONT’D: Jackass is now a video game. “Fans of Jackass and people who always wanted to plummet from a skyscraper but never got up the nerve will love the game.”
JOHN LEO ON MODERN JOURNALISM:
If anyone ever starts a museum of horrible explanations, the one-liner by Newsweek’s Evan Thomas about his magazine’s dubious reporting on the Duke non-rape case â€” “The narrative was right but the facts were wrong” â€” is destined to become a popular exhibit, right up there with “we had to destroy the village to save it.”
What Mr. Thomas seems to mean is that the newsroom view of the lacrosse players as privileged, sexist, and arrogant white male jocks was the correct angle on the story. It wasn’t. . . .
We now live in a docudrama world in which techniques of fiction and nonfiction are starting to blur. Many reporters think objectivity is a myth. They see journalism as inherently a subjective exercise in which the feelings and the will of the journalist function to reveal the truth of what has occurred. Two results are the emotional commitment to powerful but untrue story lines, and a further loss of credibility for the press.
BROWN UNIVERSITY WELCOMES Duke rape case victim.
Beleaguered and disbarred former District Attorney Mike Nifong, who prosecuted the Duke University lacrosse rape case, could wind up in jail if a motion is granted asking that criminal charges be filed against him, FOX News has learned.
The three Duke lacrosse players falsely accused of rape by a stripper plan to file the motion Friday against the ex-Durham County district attorney who built the case against them.
If the motion asking for criminal sanctions against Nifong is granted, the prosecutor could land in prison.
The players, who have been exonerated, are also asking for financial reimbursement.
This has got to be bothersome to prosecutors everywhere. Of course, if they’re innocent of Nifongesque conduct, they have nothing to fear. Right?
AN INTERESTING PARALLEL:
Imagine this: In a Southern town, a woman accuses several men of rape. Despite the woman’s limited credibility and ever-shifting story, the community and its legal establishment immediately decide the men are guilty. Their protestations of innocence are dismissed out of hand, exculpatory evidence is ignored.
The Duke rape case, right? No, the Scottsboro case that began in 1931, in the darkest days of the Jim Crow South.
The two cases offer a remarkable insight into how very, very far this country has come in race relations, and alas, in some ways how little. For race is central to why both cases became notorious. In Scottsboro, Ala., of course, the accusers were white and the accused was black. In Durham, N.C., it was the other way around.
Read the whole thing. One constant factor — the news media’s performance sucked both times.
Durham County district attorney Michael B. Nifong said today he plans to resign his job, after admitting that he had â€œcrossed the lineâ€ of ethical standards in some of the public statements he made about the Duke University lacrosse players he charged with rape.
Better late than never.
UPDATE: Brendan Loy asks, What about the “Group of 88″ Duke faculty who criticized the (innocent) lacrosse players?
HATE CRIME BILL UPDATE: In the latest National Journal, Stuart Taylor writes on Hate Crimes and double standards:
Consider three criminal cases.
No. 1: Christopher Newsom and his girlfriend, Channon Christian, both students at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, were carjacked while on a dinner date in January, repeatedly raped (both of them), tortured, and killed. His burned body was found near a railroad track. Hers was stuffed into a trash can. Five suspects have been charged. The crimes were interracial.
No. 2: Three white Duke lacrosse players were accused in March 2006 of beating, kicking, choking, and gang-raping an African-American stripper, while pelting her with racial epithets, during a team party.
No. 3: Sam Hays bumped against Mike Martin in a crowded bar, spilling beer on Martin’s “gay pride” sweatshirt. Martin yelled, “You stupid bastard, I should kick your ass.” Hays muttered, “You damned queer” and threw a punch, bloodying Martin’s lip.
Now the quiz.
Which of these would qualify as a federal case under a House-passed bill — widely acclaimed by editorial writers, liberal interest groups, law enforcement officials, and many others — expanding federal jurisdiction to prosecute “hate crimes”?
Bonus question: Why have the interracial rape-torture-murders in Knoxville been completely ignored by the same national media that clamor for more laws to stop hate crimes — the same media that erupted in a guilt-presuming feeding frenzy for months over the far less serious Duke lacrosse charges, which were full of glaring holes from the start and turned out to be fraudulent?
The interracial Knoxville rape-murders would probably not qualify as hate crimes. The reason is that although the murderers were obviously full of hate, it cannot be proven that they hated their victims because of race. (Or so say police.)
Both the Duke lacrosse case and the (fictional) barroom scuffle, on the other hand, would probably be federally prosecutable under the bill that the House passed on May 3 by 237-180. This is because the angry words attributed to the accused could prove racist and homophobic motivations, respectively.
Do such distinctions make any sense? Not much, in my view.
He also notes a media double standard: “The reason that the national media have ignored the Knoxville case is that the defendants are black and the victims were white. The media would also be uninterested if both the victims and the defendants were black. But had the victims been black and the accused white, the media would have erupted into the same politically correct sensationalism that characterized the Duke case. And many would have cited the case as proof that we need more hate crime laws.”
I think that’s probably right. The link above is subscriber-only, but you can read the whole thing for the next few days at this link.
Meanwhile, A.C. Kleinheider says “Nazis! I hate those guys!”
UPDATE: More from Nat Hentoff.
LOTS MORE on the continuing Nifong / Duke University false rape charge scandal fallout, over at K.C. Johnson’s place. Just keep scrolling, as things keep coming out.
THE KNOXVILLE NEWS-SENTINEL OFFERS FACTS VS. FICTION in the Channon Christian / Christopher Newsom murders. Excerpt:
# Fiction: Christian was held captive four days.
# Fact: Christian was dead within 24 hours of the kidnapping.
# Fiction: Christian’s breasts were cut off and Newsom’s penis severed.
# Fact: Neither Christian nor Newsom was mutilated, although both suffered tearing injuries from being repeatedly raped.
# Fiction: Christian was dismembered and placed in five separate trash bags.
# Fact: Christian’s intact body was wrapped in trash bags and dumped in a large garbage can.
# Fiction: Acid was poured down Christian’s throat.
# Fact: A cleaning solution was poured in Christian’s mouth in an apparent attempt to wash away DNA evidence.
# Fiction: The slaying suspects allegedly targeted white people.
# Fact: The slaying suspects have told authorities they targeted Christian’s Toyota 4Runner.
The truth seems bad enough. And here’s more on the story and how it’s been played.
UPDATE: Related thoughts here.
LOSS OF CREDIBILITY:
Prosecutors across the country are seeing fallout from the Duke case, as defense attorneys use it to discredit other criminal cases and paint them as overzealous prosecutors with something to prove.
In Texas, one defense attorney recently cited the case during voir dire, and again in closing argument, in an assault case involving a teacher accused of pinning down a female student while other students beat her. The lawyer reminded jurors about what happened at Duke. The defendant was found not guilty in three minutes.
“Prosecutors should be worried,” said defense attorney Edmund “Skip” Davis, the Texas attorney who cited the Duke case in the recent assault trial and plans to cite it in a rape trial next week.
In the teacher assault case, Davis asked jurors during voir dire if they were familiar with the “tragedy” that happened in the Duke case and whether they thought it was a shoddy investigation. At closing, he reminded jurors not to rush to judgement to avoid “that tragedy that nearly fell upon those kids at Duke.”
“I told them, ‘Just because someone hollers out that a crime has been committed just does not make it so,’” Davis said. “And the Duke case made a perfect example of that.”
Read the whole thing.
LASHAWN BARBER LOOKS AT MEDIA COVERAGE of the ugly murder-rape case from Knoxville that I mentioned a while back. My earlier comment on the case has had me excoriated by some white-supremacist sites for covering up a hate crime.
Well, to be a hate crime, the motivation has to be hate. I haven’t seen any evidence of that so far. It’s certainly true, of course — as LaShawn notes — that if the races were reversed the press would be all over this case and lots of people would be confidently pronouncing it a hate crime without any evidence other than the races of the perpretrators and victims, but since it’s black-on-white crime they’re making less noise. That’s the press.
MORE ON THE DUKE RAPE PERSECUTION DEBACLE, from the Los Angeles Times.
This week saw a small and telling controversy involving a mural on the walls of Roosevelt High School in Los Angeles. The mural is big–400 feet long, 18 feet high at its peak–and eye-catching, as would be anything that “presents a colorful depiction of the rape, slaughter and enslavement of North America’s indigenous people by genocidal Europeans.” Those are the words of the Los Angeles Times’s Bob Sipchen, who noted “the churning stream of skulls in the wake of Columbus’s Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria.”
What is telling is not that some are asking if the mural portrays the Conquistadors as bloodthirsty monsters, or if it is sufficiently respectful to the indigenous Indians of Mexico. What is telling is that those questions completely miss the point and ignore the obvious. Here is the obvious:
The mural is on the wall of a public school. It is on a public street. Children walk by.
We are scaring our children to death. Have you noticed this? And we’re doing it more and more.
Well, government-sponsored race-hatred seems bad, too. But read the whole thing.
CATHY YOUNG ON PRISON RAPE:
Shortly after the Enron scandal broke in 2001, California Attorney General Bill Lockyer declared that he would love to personally escort the companyâ€™s CEO â€œto an eight-by-10 cell that he could share with a tattooed dude who says, â€˜Hi, my name is Spike, honey.â€™â€‰â€ The negative reaction compelled Lockyer to offer a tepid apology in a letter to the Los Angeles Times, explaining that he had gotten carried away in righteous anger and pointing to the initiatives he had undertaken to curb prison rape.
The unusual thing about this incident was not that Lockyer made a crude joke about prison rape. Itâ€™s that he caught flak for it. While jokes about male-on-female rape are widely viewed as taboo in this feminist age, male-on-male rape in prison is a perfectly acceptable and common subject of humor on late-night comedy shows, in movies, and even in TV commercials. . . .
At present, it is very difficultâ€”virtually impossible in some statesâ€”for inmates who have been raped to collect damages from the prison system. Guards who neglect or even condone inmate-on-inmate assaults run virtually no risk of punishment. Other serious measures to combat prison rape would include both â€œconservativeâ€ solutions (stricter prisoner supervision) and â€œliberalâ€ ones (less overcrowding).
Even lower-end estimates given by correctional organizations suggest that 20,000 to 40,000 inmates are sexually assaulted in American prisons every year. Those are figures no civilized society should accept.
Read the whole thing. More on this subject here and in the linked posts.
FORMER PROSECUTOR RANDY BARNETT ON WHY DEFENSE LAWYERS MATTER:
For better or worse, we have an adversary legal system that relies for its proper operation on having competent lawyers on both sides. In every case I knew about where an innocent person had been convicted, there had been an incompetent defense lawyer at the pretrial and trial stages. . . .
The crucial importance of defense lawyers was illustrated in reverse by the Duke rape prosecution, mercifully ended last week by North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper’s highly unusual affirmation of the defendants’ complete innocence. Others are rightly focusing on the “perfect storm,” generated by a local prosecutor up for election peddling to his constituents a racially-charged narrative that so neatly fit the ideological template of those who dominate academia and the media. But perhaps we should stop for a moment to consider what saved these young men: defense attorneys, blogs and competing governments.
Particularly after the O.J. trial, a lot of people seem to think that defense lawyers mostly use clever tricks to get guilty people off. In fact, that doesn’t happen nearly as often as popularly believed. Instead, as Randy notes, they play an important role in keeping the innocent from being convicted. “Our criminal justice system does not rely solely on the fairness of the police and prosecutors to get things right. In every criminal case, there is a professional whose only obligation is to scrutinize what the police and prosecutor have done. This ‘professional’ is a lawyer.”
Just another reason why Randy Barnett is my pick for the next Attorney General of the United States . . . . though I’m pretty sure he won’t be George Bush’s.
ANDREA PEYSER wants the New York Times to apologize to the Duke Lacrosse players. Plus this: “But the biggest losers may be the ones you’ll never hear about. These are the genuine victims of sexual assault: women who don’t fabricate tales of brutality, or seek out the richest, whitest men to falsely accuse of forcing them into sex. Who will believe a rape victim now?”
UPDATE: More on the Times’ coverage: “The worst journalist covering the case was the New York Timesâ€™ Duff Wilson.”