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RAPE AS A POLITICAL WEAPON: Police say liberal student activist threatened herself with rape in Facebook hoax, framed conservatives. Plus: “According to a Facebook page that apparently belongs to Lanker-Simons she is a member of the University of Wyoming Gender & Women’s Studies group as well as the school’s chapter of The Nonviolent Communist. . . . Lanker-Simons was in the news in 2010 when she was a plaintiff in a successful lawsuit against UW after it retracted its invitation to have Bill Ayers speak on campus.” Nonviolent, eh?

BUT REMEMBER, IT’S ALL ABOUT PROTECTING CHILDREN: Report details lives ruined for children put on sex-offender registries: Nudity, streaking, petting, not just rape, have led to youths put on sex-offender registries. If bureaucrats and legislators aren’t smart and disciplined enough to limit these things to really serious matters — and all evidence suggests that they’re not — then they should be abolished.

LIES, DAMNED LIES, AND COLLEGE RAPE STATISTICS: Brown Spectator author rips apart inflated campus rape stats. “’One in four’ chant should be abandoned and replaced with the more appropriate, albeit less catchy, 1 in 400.″

SHOCKER: Book: Obama surrounds self with ‘idolizers,’ plots legacy with scholars.

A revealing new book from one of the media’s longest serving White House correspondents reports that President Obama surrounds himself only with “idolizers,” and top aides make sure that those whose view might “shake him up too much” are shoved aside.

In “Prisoners of the White House, the Isolation of America’s Presidents and the Crisis of Leadership,” U.S. News correspondent Kenneth T. Walsh also discloses the extent to which Obama relies on polling for his political decisions including a never-before revealed reelection project to investigate the thoughts and feelings of “up for grabs” voters and another dedicated to helping him build a lasting legacy.

Walsh, who has covered the White House for 25 years and written several books on the presidency, credits Obama for trying to get out of the so-called “bubble,” but found that instead the president often relies on a tiny cadre of Chicago aides, thus living in “a bubble within the bubble.”

This is consistent with what I hear through the grapevine.

MORE CRITICAL THINKING IN HIGHER EDUCATION: New Husky Logo Promotes Rape Because It’s A Big, Scary Dog, Says College Student.

BELLICOSE WOMEN UPDATE: US sailor thwarts Dubai bus driver rapist after putting him in strangehold with her thighs and then beating him into submission. “An off-duty US navy sailor wrestled a bus driver to the ground and beat him into submission after he attempted to rape her at knife point, a court heard yesterday. Prosecutors said that she knocked the knife from his hand, broke it in two, bit him in the hand, forced him to the ground and locked him between her thighs. The woman, 28, was on 24-hour shore leave in Dubai and was attacked as she returned to the port where she was based after a day shopping.”

COLONEL COLT CAN MAKE WOMEN EQUAL: What will it take to end India’s rape epidemic? Though for the 5-year-olds, I suppose the gun needs to be in someone else’s hand.

WALTER RUSSELL MEAD ON DISCRIMINATION AGAINST MALE STUDENTS ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES.

At least 30 instutitions, including Yale, Cornell, and Stanford, now employ these new regulations. Data on false accusations are a mixed bag. Some studies claim that 2-8 percent of rape reports are false, whereas others insist that the numbers are much higher. What is clear, however, is that this reduction in safeguards has led to serious mistakes. A University of North Dakota student, convicted of sexual assault and kicked off campus, was recently allowed back when the charges against him were proven false and his accuser charged with making a false report. Charges of rape against a male student at Cornell were later thrown out when police discovered “irrefutable evidence” (in the form of video footage) of his innocence. And a widely publicized case at Brown University, involving the daughter of a wealthy alum, implicated a number of university administrators in misconduct to secure a conviction against the accused male student. . . .

Accusations of sexual violence and sexual assault should never be taken lightly. But neither should accusations be taken as truth. America is a country based on rights and fair procedure. Those accused of serious offenses must not be deprived of their rights, and college authorities cannot, in their commendable desire to protect female students, deny male students their basic rights. Both male and female students must feel that their rights will be protected and that they will be treated equally by their university should conflict arise.

No matter what happens, communities of young people in their teens and twenties are going to witness the consequences of poor judgment and crossed signals. The old norm, in which victims were expected to shut up and move on, was deeply unjust for young women. Feminists are absolutely right to want that to change. But the reality is that creating a safe and welcoming atmosphere on campus involves more than coming down like a ton of bricks on any young man accused of crossing the line. It involves much more adult leadership and guidance about responsible sexual behavior, and it involves a deeper commitment to the moral leadership and development of youth than most academics are comfortable thinking about.

But too many stories about men being abused by kangaroo courts, and higher education’s gender gap, already a problem, will become much worse. Do universities want to become finishing schools for girls? And if enough men opt out, they’ll have more trouble attracting the women, too.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: As Cupcake Bubble Pops, Will College Education Be The Next Craze To Collapse?

JIM TREACHER: That Mitch McConnell audio must’ve been a bombshell after all, because the Democrats are scrambling to defuse it. “Just last Wednesday, Paul Farhi of the Washington Post declared that David Corn and Mother Jones had probably ‘struck gold.’ Now they’re all trying to scrape it off their shoes.”

A RUGER LCP WOULD BE SIMPLER: Engineering students in India create electrified anti-rape underwear. More effective, too.

ACTUALLY, THIS WAS THE PLAN ALL ALONG — LET THEM TAKE OVER JUST AS THINGS WERE HEADING INTO THE CRAPPER, THUS DISCREDITING ISLAMISM. Egypt becoming a nightmare for Muslim Brothers. “For the Muslim Brotherhood, the long awaited dream come true is turning into a nightmare. Having survived 80 years of persecution to achieve power democratically, they suddenly find themselves the focus of widespread popular hatred.” Of course, rapefests and Islamist yammering are always unwise in a country that imports half its calories and gets most of its foreign exchange from tourism, something that maybe should have gotten more consideration from the MB early on . . . .

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: How Should I Handle a Rape That Happened in My Poly-Quad Relationship?

WAS FLIPPER A SWINGER?:   The famous TV dolphin apparently had a secret life.  This Vanity Fair story reveals the secrets of dolphin “superpods”– namely, that they are non-stop orgies:

As for the fabled orgy, it turns out that dolphins are one of the most promiscuous animals on the planet. They don’t mate just for reproduction. They enjoy sex. It’s a social binder for them, like a handshake. On a good day a dolphin can have sex 50 times. Dolphins do it with everyone . . . old, young, big, small, even family members. Homosexual behavior is common, as is masturbation; dolphins have even been known to make advances at human beings. The dark side of the dolphin—the turd in the superpod—is that sometimes dolphin sex can be violent and nonconsensual. Rape and gang rape happens. We did not see any of that, though. This seemed to be a law-abiding lot.

Now we know why dolphins always look like they’re smiling.

WAR ON WOMEN UPDATE: The Stuebenville Rape Victim Either Wanted It or Brought It On Herself, Says Todd Akin Former President of Local Chapter of NAACP.

MIAMI MAYOR ON BASEBALL STADIUM: “The Residents Of Miami Were Raped.”

Huh; I guess Mitch McConnell needn’t worry about reelection in Kentucky, now that Ashley Judd has been elected as a Florida mayor.

ABOUT THAT ASHLEY JUDD “RAPED TWICE” LINE that Ed quotes, infra. Since when does having been victimized count as evidence of your ability to fight?

UPDATE: Turns out she’s not going to fight.

ASHLEY JUDD UPDATE: “I’ve been raped twice, so I think I can handle Mitch McConnell:”

That lovely little tidbit was buried in Howard Fineman’s fawning HuffPo profile of the “fearless” Ashley Judd, but The Daily Caller drew attention to it in an article today.

Gosh, wasn’t it HuffPo that smeared Steven Crowder for supposedly making a rape joke about Judd? But when Judd tosses around the word rape, she gets a virtual lapdance from Fineman. In his March 9 article, Fineman praised Judd’s progressiveness and squeed over how she was “born to campaign.”

Born to campaign … on behalf of Mitch McConnell? If so, she’s doing a bang-up job.

Heh.™

SPLITTING THE SKYSCRAPERS IN RIO: Don’t try this at home, kids.

TEXAS LOOKING AT CHANGES TO PROSECUTORIAL IMMUNITY:

With more than 300 exonerations across the nation of people convicted and imprisoned for crimes they did not commit, we all have witnessed the limits of a criminal justice system flawed by human error — be that unintentional or intentional.

Nowhere more than in Texas has the weight of those imperfections been felt in cases that have tested public confidence in the criminal justice system and spurred big changes at the Legislature. That was true in the Timothy Cole case and is proving true in the Michael Morton case.

Morton’s testimony last week before the Texas Senate helped steer Senate Bill 825, prompted by his case, over a crucial hurdle. The bill aims to hold prosecutors accountable if they hide or suppress evidence from defendants. Morton’s lawyers claim prosecutors failed to turn over key evidence supporting Morton’s claim of innocence. Clearly, current laws are too lenient in punishing such practices, which not only are unethical, but illegal. The Legislature should pass the bill.

No one can give back freedoms, dignity or time stolen from people wrongfully convicted and imprisoned. But the Legislature can improve an imperfect system. It took action in the Cole case after the tragic details of Cole’s case went public. Cole, who died in prison in 1999 while serving a 25-year sentence for a rape he didn’t commit, was posthumously pardoned in 2010 by Gov. Rick Perry after DNA evidence cleared him and implicated another man who confessed to the crime.

In such cases, prosecutors should face imprisonment for the length of the defendant’s sentence, as well as being liable for money damages.

JOURNALISM: “Candy Crowley Oozes Sympathy for Steubenville Rapists.”

Plus, from the comments: “It’s like they’re suddenly Todd Akin and not seeing this as legitimate rape.”

IN LIGHT OF MY EARLIER POST ON PHAGES, reader Joan Kureczka emails:

There are better things than phages in development. And the first applications for them — in the field of food safety – are likely to hit the market next year.

There are certainly new antibacterial products in development, but they aren’t all the conventional, broad spectrum antibiotics that Megan and Derek Lowe talk about the difficulties of finding. And they shouldn’t be – the antibiotics we’ve known have mostly been things that kill like carpet bombs, harming pathogenic and beneficial organisms alike. The result is more antibiotic resistance and often greater health risks due to removing the beneficial bacteria along with the bad. Recent research, much from Dr. Martin Blaser at NYU, points to the fact that 99% of the bacteria that live in and on our bodies are actually beneficial, and that removing them can cause disease. Even asthma, diabetes, obesity and many others are now being seen to be at least microbially influenced.

So the need is for the idea of precision medicine to make its way from cancer treatment to infectious diseases where possible. Antibacterials that kill only the desired organism and nothing else. Fortunately new molecular diagnostics that can very rapidly identify the offending organism now make that approach possible. Phages can be precise, but have their own limitations as therapeutics. And then there is the problem that many have with the concept of therapeutic viruses – no matter how safety in reality they are.

Well, other highly targeted antibacterials are in development and you will be hearing an increasing amount about them in the coming months we expect.

Take a look at AvidBiotics, a SF Bay Area biotech company (www.avidbiotics.com) and their antibacterial proteins (whose origins came from the idea of phages, but which aren’t phages) that can be designed against specific bacterial strains, where they quickly kill the target organism without damage to other bacteria. The private company, which until its food safety deal last year, was funded by NIH and DOD grants and private, non-VC investment, has already developed such proteins against several strains of E. coli involved in diarrheal disease and food poisoning episodes, as well as Salmonella, C. difficile, Acinetobacter (a problem for the military), and plague. Animal tests have shown the ability of one of these proteins to both prevent and treat E. coli diarrheal disease, and further research show the proteins to be non-toxic and biodegradable. They aren’t good for all infectious disease applications but are especially apt for gastrointestinal diseases, skin and perhaps lung – or in life-threatening situations where they would only be given once to save a patient’s life (repeated administration via blood stream of at least 1st generation proteins would cause an immune response). Oh – and if you are worried that bacteria would just develop resistance to these agents too, that could be much less of an issue because the mechanism by which pathogens might become resistant to the proteins would also make the bacteria non-pathogenic.

Like I said, faster, please.

I THINK RIGHT-LEANING MEDIA SHOULD LAY OFF THESE STORIES UNTIL SHE’S GOT THE DEM. NOMINATION: In 2010, Ashley Judd accused Apple customers of ‘financing mass rape.’

So I’m not an expert in Kentucky politics, but if you lose the Apple customers and the coal miners is it still an easy win for a Democrat?

DEMOCRATS’ “CONTROVERSIAL COMMENTS” ON RAPE cause anti-gun bill to be defeated.

Plus, dumb comments not about rape: Selling a gun-control bill with excessive honesty: “I make no assertion that this bill will either increase or reduce violent crime. That is not the premise of this bill.” In all honesty, it’s not the premise of gun control in general. The crime stuff is just to fool the rubes, who seem to be harder to fool, on this subject at least, lately.

AND NO, IT’S NOT JOE SALAZAR THIS TIME: Colorado Democrat Apologizes For Rape Remark.

INSENSITIVITY TO RAPE: Colorado Democrat Berates Rape Survivor At Hearing.

HIGHER EDUCATION UPDATE: DePaul Punishes Student for Exposing Vandals of Pro-Life Display. “DePaul University has punished a student for publicizing the names of fellow students who admitted to vandalizing his organization’s pro-life display. The student, Kristopher Del Campo, has been placed on probation after being found responsible for multiple conduct violations, including one that absurdly brands the publication of the names as ‘disorderly, violent, intimidating or dangerous.’ The Foundation for Individual Rights In Education (FIRE) has intervened in his case.”

University administrators like to characterize anything they don’t like as a threat.

Related: UNC Student Charged With Honor Code Violation For Discussing Rape Allegation. Remember when universities were supposed to be about the search for truth?

WAIT, I THOUGHT WOMEN NEVER LIE ABOUT RAPE: Compulsive liar who cried rape 11 times is jailed: Her last victim was an innocent man who she simply ‘didn’t like any more.’ I think she deserves more than 16 months in jail. Is it too cruel to note the picture?

ECONOMIC OBSERVATIONS FROM JERRY POURNELLE: Sequestration and the coming depression. “Not everyone is hurt by depressions. Some do well indeed. Others scrape by. But it’s really hard on those just entering the work force. Fortunately, Story Tellers always survive, and with the eBook revolution my backlist is worth something. Unlike physical books which sell out and have to be reordered, eBooks are always on the virtual shelf and the store is always open. And Young Adult books tend to do well in times of high youth unemployment; many of my books appeal to younger readers as well as to adults. They sell well in PX stores, too. I should get through the coming worse times. And thanks to all those who subscribed or renewed during the current pledge drive. That helps a lot.”

REPORT: Colorado Governor Isn’t Sold on Magazine Capacity Limit After Huge Public Fallout.

According to coloradopeakpolitics.com, the governor of Colorado, John Hickenlooper is wavering on a proposed magazine capacity limit that is making its way through the Colorado state legislature.

Since magazine giant Magpul, which is currently operating in CO, has announced they will pack up their operations, move across state lines and take hundreds (possibly thousands) of jobs with them and since there has been a huge national fallout over comments made by Democratic lawmaker Joe Salazar regarding women with guns and rape (see video below), the governor is apparently considering not supporting new gun control bills.

If I were in Colorado, I’d be trying to encourage him to come out in favor of civil rights, not gun control.

JOE SALAZAR UPDATE: Rape Comment Backfires For Lawmaker.

UH OH: Democrats Have A Full-Blown Akin On Their Hands.

UPDATE: Colorado: The Rape State. (Bumped).

ANOTHER UPDATE: Colorado lawmaker Joe Salazar issues apology over rape remark.

ANDREW KLAVAN: The Truth About Dorner: Leftism Is Violence. “Haven’t you noticed this? The American left is always waxing hysterical about right-wing violence and the true violence always comes from the American left. The American news media cry out in horror at peaceful Tea Party demonstrations and look the other way when Occupy Wall Streeters commit vandalism, rape, and even murder. The media try to pin any political assassination attempt on conservatives; yet almost all American political assassinations are committed by the left. . . . Leftism requires this illegitimate use of force — this use of violence — because free individuals simply will not do what leftists, in their wisdom, have decided is right and good.”

FASTER, PLEASE: Unique Peptide Has Therapeutic Potential Against Cancers, Neurological Disorders, and Infectious Diseases.

UT Southwestern Medical Center scientists have synthesized a peptide that shows potential for pharmaceutical development into agents for treating infections, neurodegenerative disorders, and cancer through an ability to induce a cell-recycling process called autophagy. . . . In their latest findings reported online in the journal Nature, Center researchers were able to synthesize a peptide called Tat-beclin 1, which induces the autophagy process. Mice treated with Tat-beclin-1 were resistant to several infectious diseases, including West Nile virus and another mosquito-borne virus called chikungunya that is common to Asia, Africa, and India. In additional experiments, the team demonstrated that human cells treated with the peptide were resistant to HIV infection in a laboratory setting.

Hmm.

WALTER RUSSELL MEAD: California vs. Texas:

Two of our biggest and richest states, polar opposites on the political spectrum, are taking radically different approaches to attracting new jobs. Policymakers in Washington and beyond will be watching closely to see who comes out on top.

As the match rolls on, a few things are clear. California still has the upper hand, with an economy larger than Canada’s or India’s and untapped energy reserves to rival Nigeria. But Texas has all the momentum. It places at or near the top in every ranking for business climate, whereas California consistently scrapes the bottom. It spends far less than California on education but ranks significantly higher. And California business leaders are growing more frustrated by the day, as Sacramento seems determined to squeeze them for ever more revenue.

This is the Ali vs. Frazier of interstate rivalries. It promises to be the fight of the decade.

It may turn out more like the Rumble In The Jungle.

LESSER BREEDS WITHOUT THE LAW: Statutory Rape of 13-Year-Old Yields No Jail Time, Because of Defendant’s Cultural Insularity.

OF COURSE RAPISTS WANT WOMEN DISARMED. WHY ARE DEMOCRATS PRO-RAPE? Gun Control Activist Protesting How Easy it is to Buy Guns, is a Rapist.

STATISTICS: Gun-Controlled Britain Has More Than Double U.S. Rape Rate. Why are Democrats pro-rape?

WELL, THAT SEEMS FAIR: Woman who cried rape is jailed for two years after she lied to police just to hide a one-night stand from her husband. “The man she slept with was charged with rape and faced trial at Nottingham Crown Court in February. However detectives received information that Cooke had lied to conceal her infidelity. And when police went back to speak to the 41-year-old about the new evidence she told them: ‘You’ve got me’.”

FURTHER SUPPORT FOR MY THEORY that these people favor gun controls because they assume that others are as unstable as themselves: Antigun Virginia lawmaker who brandished AK-47 during legislative session was disbarred following assault, death threat.

A Virginia lawmaker who drew gasps from his colleagues when he brandished a borrowed AK-47 during an anti-gun speech Thursday was found guilty in 2002 of committing a vicious 1999 assault, was sanctioned for legal misconduct while prosecuting a rape case, spent six months in jail for contempt of a federal court, and saw his law license revoked in 2003.

Democratic Delegate Joseph Morrissey brought the rifle to the floor of the House of Delegates to demonstrate how easy it is to carry firearms in Virginia. Republican Delegate Todd Gilbert interrupted Morrissey’s speech to ask him to remove his finger from inside the gun’s trigger-guard — a basic gun-safety practice.

Not fit to own a gun? Possibly. Not fit to make laws as to who should own a gun? Definitely.

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, WASHINGTON WOULD BE INSENSITIVE TO RAPE VICTIMS. And they were right! “Police in Washington DC frequently fail to investigate reports of rape, and treat victims so dismissively at times, that they experience fresh trauma while the chances of the perpetrator being caught are undermined, according to a comprehensive report due out next week.”

21ST CENTURY JUSTICE: ‘Anonymous’ and Steubenville: Online Lynch Mob Complicates Rape Case. “Even as a digital lynch mob is denouncing law enforcement for allegedly protecting members of the ‘Big Red’ football team, Lee Stranahan reported Thursday that some hackers have published the name and photo of the alleged victim in the Steubenville case.”

GOOD: Delhi Gang-Rape: Indian Women Stocking Up On Guns For Protection. God created man and woman. Col. Colt made them equal.

A FOLLOWUP ON THE CHANNON CHRISTIAN / CHRISTIAN NEWSOM MURDERS: Newsom memorial draws loved ones, strangers alike.

Now six years on, Hugh and Mary Newsom have yet to find justice for their son.

As they faced yet another anniversary of his death Sunday, though, loved ones and strangers alike gathered around the couple to help bring them, perhaps, a moment’s peace.

Christopher Newsom, 23, and his girlfriend, Channon Christian, 21, were kidnapped while out on a date, then tortured, raped and killed.

The horrendous crimes continue to dominate the lives of both the Newsom and Christian families — and hold the attention of the larger community. Four suspects were convicted in connection with the January 2007 slayings, only to have the verdicts thrown into question when the judge who presided over the trials, Richard Baumgartner, later pleaded guilty to misconduct in a prescription painkiller scandal.

In appreciation of the community’s ongoing support, the Newsoms chose to invite the public to this year’s graveside memorial service Sunday. In response, more than 100 attendees came to pay their respects at Woodhaven Memorial Gardens in Powell.

The local justice system has not distinguished itself in this case.

IN RESPONSE TO GANDHI: What do I think about Indian civilization? It would be a good thing.

SOME THOUGHTS ON GUNS FROM SAM HARRIS:

Coverage of the Newtown tragedy and its aftermath has been generally abysmal. In fact, I have never seen the “liberal media” conform to right-wing caricatures of itself with such alacrity. I have read articles in which literally everything said about firearms and ballistics has been wrong. I have heard major newscasters mispronounce the names of every weapon and weapons manufacturer more challenging than “Colt.” I can only imagine the mirth it has brought gun-rights zealots to see “automatic” and “semi-automatic” routinely confused, or to hear a major news anchor ominously declare that the shooter had been armed with a “Sig Sauzer” pistol. This has been more than embarrassing. It has offered a thousand points of proof that “liberal elites” don’t know anything about what matters when bullets start flying.

Consider the sneering response of the New York Times editorial page to Wayne LaPierre, the NRA vice president, after he suggested that we station a police officer at every school in the country:

His solution to the proliferation of guns, including semiautomatic rifles designed to kill people as quickly as possible, is to put more guns in more places. Mr. LaPierre would put a police officer in every school and compel teachers and principals to become armed guards…. Mr. LaPierre said the Newtown killing spree “might” have been averted if the killer had been confronted by an armed security guard. It’s far more likely that there would have been a dead armed security guard—just as there would have been even more carnage if civilians had started firing weapons in the Aurora movie theater.

The phrase “designed to kill people as quickly as possible” should tell us everything we need to know about the author’s grasp of the issue. The entire editorial is worth reading, in fact, because it makes the NRA’s response to Newtown seem enlightened by comparison.

Read the whole thing. Including this: “But my thoughts soon return to the armed guard, because our laws generally do not allow us to prevent crime—even when a person’s bad intentions are reasonably well understood. As someone who has received repeated death threats—several of them from the same person—I know that little can be done in advance of an attack. In fact, our laws do not even allow us to keep the most violent criminals permanently off our streets. Eighty percent of the people languishing in our maximum-security prisons will eventually be released back into society—many having become more violent for their time behind bars—and 70 percent of those will return to prison after committing further crimes. We live in a country where nonviolent drug offenders receive life sentences but a man who rapes a fifteen-year-old girl and cuts her arms off with a hatchet can be paroled for good behavior after eight years (only to kill again). I do not know what explains this impossible distortion of priorities, but given that it exists, I believe that good, trustworthy, and well-trained people should have guns. . . . Rather than new laws, I believe we need a general shift in our attitude toward public violence—wherein everyone begins to assume some responsibility for containing it. It is worth noting that this shift has already occurred in one area of our lives, without anyone’s having received special training or even agreeing that a change in attitude was necessary: Just imagine how a few men with box cutters would now be greeted by their fellow passengers at 30,000 feet.”

INDIA BUS RAPE AFTERMATH: Hundreds of women inquire about gun licences following woman’s murder, showing the lack of faith in law enforcement. Smart move. And if enough women carry guns, this sort of thing won’t happen much.

IT’S NO DUMBER THAN AN “ASSAULT WEAPON” BAN: Swaziland Outlaws “Rape-Provoking” Clothing. In both cases, you’re blaming inanimate objects instead of treating humans as moral agents.

SINGER, LOSER, WHATEVER: Rapper’s fans threaten to rape Michelle Malkin for criticizing singer. I suspect they all wear Meggings.

UPDATE: John Hawkins: Here’s my @thegame imitation: “I’m a Compton thug, but I need help cuz there’s a tiny Asian woman roughing me up on Twitter.” Really, it wouldn’t be an even contest if it were all the rappers against Michelle Malkin.

ROT: BBC Presenter Jimmy Savile Suspect in 199 Crimes, Including Rape.

MOBY GRAPE: Omaha.

IT’S COME TO THIS: Woman Claimed Rape Because The Sex Was Bad. Looking at her mugshot, I’d say that . . . well, that would be mean.

REPORT: Muslim Brotherhood ‘paying gangs to go out and rape women and beat men protesting in Egypt’ as thousands of demonstrators pour on to the streets.

Were I among the anti-Morsi forces, I’d make a gruesome example of some of these guys, and put the video on YouTube. I’d make their home addresses and family names public, too, so that anyone else tempted to try this would fear all sorts of reprisals.

But then, if I were among the anti-Morsi forces, I’d be trying to decapitate the Muslim Brotherhood, and kill enough lower-level folks to make them keep their heads down. Because that’s how you deal with murderous thugs who are trying to seize your government. Other approaches don’t work. Ask Kerensky.

And it’s not so important that you’re outnumbered. The Bolsheviks were outnumbered, too, until they were on top.

UPDATE: Rick Brookhiser emails:

Your advice to Egyptian moderates tracks what Arnold Beichman, old socialist, said to to me as we looked at the Winter Palace c. 1985: “Kerensky, that jerk–if only he’d shot a few people, millions would be alive!”

Yep. In a revolution, you can’t be halfhearted. And Brookhiser adds:

Thanks for all you do, and an extra thanks to your helpers this fall–they were terrific. (I owe them since I once grumped over your substitutes.)

Heh. I remember that. But it turned out fine this time!

WAR ON MEN: At The University of Missouri:

Mizzou senior guard Michael Dixon was accused of rape in August, but the case was closed Nov. 16 after an investigation led Tracy Gonzalez of the Boone County prosecuting attorney’s office to conclude there was insufficient evidence to file criminal charges, according to a Columbia police report obtained by the Post-Dispatch.

Dixon, who was never interviewed by police or charged, has been suspended from the MU basketball team since at least early October for what coach Frank Haith has repeatedly called violations of team rules.

His future remains unclear, and MU officials declined to comment Tuesday night.

Dixon is still attending classes at Mizzou and last week traveled with the team for a tournament in the Bahamas.

While MU was there, it became public knowledge that Dixon’s continued suspension had been administered by the MU Student Conduct Committee after a string of Twitter postings by former Tiger Kim English.

“The Univ of Missouri’s ‘student board’ is a joke,” he wrote in part in reference to Dixon’s status. “Acting and making a decision without actual facts. University should be ashamed!”

Read the whole thing.

MEDICINE: Grapefruit/Medicine Interaction Warning Expanded. “In a new report released Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, researchers at the University of Western Ontario said that while 17 drugs were identified in 2008 as having the potential to cause serious problems when taken with grapefruit, this number has now grown to 43.”

TRAGEDY: Burgundy’s Yield Fails To Meet Grape Expectations.

THIS ARTICLE IS UNFAIR TO UGANDAN WARAGI, which, if you get the good stuff, is like a slightly-softer gin. Quite tasty. I’ve been drinking it for 20 years, and my vision is fine. Now the Nigerian “Napoleon” Brandy is another story — I opened a bottle of that at a party and even my “I’ll drink anything” friends took a sniff and said, “I’m not drinking that, smells like carburetor cleaner.” Speaking of your third-world liquors, Cretan “racchi,” which is a moonshine distilled from fermented grape pulp, can be quite good, or hideously bad, like most moonshines. The good stuff is buttery smooth. The bad stuff is . . . kinda like carburetor cleaner, though I wouldn’t use it on a carburetor I really cared about.

MATT LEWIS: They’re Trying To “Palinize” Marco Rubio. “And just like Palin — whom they feared — they want to destroy his credibility; to make him a joke.”

Punch back twice as hard. And when a Republican is interviewed, he/she should first ask the journalist to explain the importance of the Higgs Boson, and the difference between forcible and statutory rape. On camera. And always, always, always bring your own camera. . . .

Also, in light of my earlier comments about the impact of the women’s/lifestyle media, Sarah Palin should really think about following Andrew Breitbart’s advice to become the “Red State Oprah.” That’s a position of considerable power. Or would be, if it were occupied.

#WARONWOMEN: FEMA Rape Reference: ‘No Doesn’t Always Mean No.’

RESVERATROL NEWS: Compound in grapes, red wine could be key to fighting prostate cancer.

DEREK LOWE EMAILS:

I get the impression, from reader notes you’ve published and from other sources, that the Republican party is going to be doing some re-evaluating after the Romney loss. As it should. But I worry about a couple of ways that this might play out. Every time an organized group takes a defeat like this, there are two factions that spring up – one that says “We Clearly Have to Change Something Fundamental”, and the other saying “We’re On the Right Track; We Just Didn’t Do It Hard Enough”. I think we’re already seeing this split in action.

And it doesn’t have to break up the party; this sort of thing goes on all the time without creating permanent factions. But it could. I’ve been concerned for some time about the direction the Republicans have been trending. Is it controversial to say that this season’s crop of primary candidates was a deeply unimpressive bunch? The likes of Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum are totally unappealing to me – I suppose my problem is that I’ve never been much of a social conservative. I believe in personal responsibility, fiscal prudence, a strong defense, and economic growth. I think America is a great country. But I’m not religious, and my political beliefs don’t rest on a religious foundation. Gay marriage (to pick one example) doesn’t bother me much. I did, though, find the various bizarre comments about rape from Republican candidates to be stupid and offensive, and it wouldn’t surprise me if they helped to cost enough potential Republican votes to sway the election.

So where does someone like me turn? I find a lot to dislike in Obama’s policies, on both the practical and philosophical level, and I can’t picture myself voting for him. But I can’t picture myself voting for someone like Rick Santorum, either, or a Sarah Palin, or a Mike Huckabee, just to pick some well-known types. I’m sure that there are people out there who think that if we could just get some more candidates like these, that enough people would flock to their banner. I don’t see it happening; too many voters find something “off” about them. The streak of anti-intellectualism in the Republican party is in danger of making it a caricature of itself, and such a party would leave a lot of potential voters shaking their heads in the polling booth. I’d be one of them.

Feel free to quote as much or as little of this as you wish; I don’t mind having my name attached, either.

Well, I think Sarah Palin gets a bum rap — she was pretty libertarian, and gay-friendly for that matter, as governor — but I agree both that the crop of candidates wasn’t that impressive, and that the social-conservative stuff turns a lot of people off, especially because they’ve been conditioned to think of social-cons as the preacher from Footloose. I think that’s a bit unfair; I used to have the same icky reaction to social-cons, but since then I’ve gotten to, you know, actually know some and now I don’t find them so scary even though I disagree with them on lots of stuff. But that sort of one-on-one interaction doesn’t scale well.

I think that a more libertarian message sells better — and nobody thinks libertarians are like the preacher from Footloose — but, then, I’m a libertarian.

UPDATE: Related: Operation Deep Blue. Plus, some thoughts from Bill Quick.

MAN WITH BIONIC LEG climbs Chicago skyscraper.

WELL, IT IS THE TWENTY FIRST CENTURY: ‘Climb stairs’: Amputee to scale US skyscraper with thought-controlled bionic leg.

NEW TONE: At Alan Grayson’s Hollywood Fundraiser, Rape Jokes Abound.

PROGRESSIVES AGAINST PROGRESS: We all have our vision of the ideal Manhattan. For some, it’s the Miesian early 1960s world of Don Draper or Roger O. Thornhill. For others, it’s Annie and Alvy in the mid-’70s. For Occupy Wall Street it’s…Waterworld:

So, Visualize Industrial Collapse, and rooting for hurricanes, in other words.

But if they’re really celebrating reprimitivization in general and the lack of electricity specifically, why are they Tweeting about it?

WAPO’S RICHARD COHEN WILL VOTE FOR OBAMA “WITH REGRET”:   Ouch!  Liberal columnist Richard Cohen writes a scathing piece in the Washington Post, in which he admits that Obama is an indifferent President who hasn’t fulfilled his promise. 

History was draped over Obama like a cape. His bona fides in that sense were as unimpeachable as Bobby Kennedy’s. The crowd adored Obama, although not as much as I think he adored himself. Liberals were intolerant of anyone who had doubts. Obama was not a man, but a totem. A single critical column from me during the campaign triggered a fusillade of invective. The famous and esteemed told me off. I was the tool of right-wing haters, a dope of a dupe.

. . . .

On the movie screen, Robert F. Kennedy’s appeal is obvious: authenticity. He cared. He showed it. People saw that and cared about him in return. With Obama, the process is reversed. It’s hard to care about someone who seems not to care in return. I will vote for him for his good things, and I will vote for him to keep Republican vandals from sacking the government. But after watching Bobby Kennedy, I will vote for Obama with regret. I wish he was the man I once mistook him for.

C’mon, Cohen, we Republicans won’t “sack” the government.  We’ll demand that it stay within its proper constitutional bounds (something all Americans should support), we’ll get rid of wasteful programs, and we’ll reform those entitlements you love so that they’ll actually be around for your children and grandchildren.   Come over to the light side, Richard.  We don’t bite.

WHY DO OFFICE BATHROOMS STILL STINK?The Mezzanine was published in 1988, and in the quarter century since, offices have made efforts to become more appealing, adding Ping-Pong tables, Wi-Fi, and even farm-to-table cafés—until you hit the bathroom, where almost nothing has changed. There have been some adjustments owing to the Americans With Disabilities Act: a wheelchair-accessible toilet, some grab bars, bigger handles on the taps. Perhaps the toilets use a little less water, particularly if the building is going for LEED certification. Apart from those nearly invisible tweaks, it’s still 1988 in there, or even 1958—those may as well be Don Draper’s feet poking under the stall door. Same bank of steel stalls, urinals for the gents, a wall of sinks, tile, overscented pinkish liquid soap.”

STACY MCCAIN: Signs and Omens: Obama’s Fading Hope and the Graveyard Whistling Choir. Plus, you don’t see the words “rape dungeon” in very many political blog posts. “The plural of ‘anecdote’ is data, as they say, and you don’t need a Magical Forecasting Model™ to see the dots in this emerging gestalt pattern, including the Gloria Allred ‘October surprise’ gambit. Never heard a peep about this until after Obama got his ass kicked in the first debate, did ya?”

REAGAN, EISENHOWER, AND COOLIDGE: Sounds like good company to be in:

So we’d like to think that Mr. Obama has stumbled onto something here. If voters get the idea that Mr. Romney can deliver the foreign policy of the 1980s, when we defeated a vast, hostile conspiracy in Soviet Communism, then Mr. Romney is moving in the right direction. No one wants the social faults of the 1950s, but if Mr. Romney stands for the virtues of family and faith, of decorum and respect that flourished then, he’d be a refreshing change. If he stands for higher birthrates, like we had in the 1950s, he’s a winner. Our guess is that if people really believe Mr. Romney will replicate the 1920s, they’ll elect him in a landslide. The fact is that the 1920s, the 1950s, and the 1980s are a winning combination — for the GOP and for America.

Pour yourself a Martini, or a Don Draper-esque Old Fashioned and read the whole thing.

IS KIM KARDASHIAN OKAY WITH PRISON RAPE?

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Shape may play an important role in nanoparticle-based therapeutics. “Nanoparticle-based research remains at the forefront of nanoscale approaches to targeted drug delivery and gene therapy (see related posts highlighting achievements in targeting specificity and enhanced delivery owed to high nanoparticle surface area). Recently reprinted by KurzweilAI.net, a news release from Johns Hopkins University entitled “Scientists Discover That Shape Matters in DNA Nanoparticle Therapy” describes the new findings, in which researchers from JHU and Northwestern University developed a set of DNA-copolymer nanoparticles that differ significantly in shape and in transfection efficiency.”

HOSTILE WORKPLACE: Obama’s Female Debate Coach Complained About ‘Hostile Workplace’ at White House.

Really? Where would she get that impression?

At the exact moment Jon Favreau is receiving high praise in pre-inaugural media puff pieces, the 27-year-old chief speechwriter for President-elect Barack Obama (not Jon Favreau, the Hollywood actor/ director) finds himself in a minor mess over a photo from a recent private party showing him groping the breast of a cardboard cutout of Hillary Rodham Clinton as an unnamed pal wearing an “Obama staff” T-shirt kisses and feeds her beer.

If you haven’t seen it, imagine the early stages of the barroom rape scene of “The Accused” with Jodie Foster. Or think prosecutor Mike Nifong’s graphic (though false) descriptions of the Duke lacrosse party. Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson danced to a similar tune at the 2004 Super Bowl.

Fraternities have been closed for less.

(And has anyone told Obama’s campaign co-chair about this issue? She may be laboring under a false consciousness.)

RELATED: Heh, indeed.™

SANDUSKY ON THE THAMES:  The New York Times reports, “Silence on Abuse Reports Plunges BBC Into Scandal:”

As host of the television programs “Jim’ll Fix It” and “Top of the Pops,” Jimmy Savile was one of the British Broadcasting Corporation’s best-known figures in a four-decade career spanning the 1960s to the mid-1990s. But now he is the subject of numerous posthumous investigations into whether he sexually abused perhaps dozens of underage girls, some of them on BBC property.

The scandal has engulfed the corporation, which failed to investigate rumors or take seriously accusations about his behavior at the time. Perhaps even more damningly, it canceled a segment about the allegations that was scheduled to be broadcast last December on “Newsnight,” an influential evening current-affairs program.

About the same time, the corporation broadcast three tributes to Mr. Savile, who died last year at 84.

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WAR ON WOMEN: “Tonight, Joe Biden is embodying everything that women hate about talking with men.”

That’s not exactly surprising, considering the glaring misogyny of this administration from its start:

At the exact moment Jon Favreau is receiving high praise in pre-inaugural media puff pieces, the 27-year-old chief speechwriter for President-elect Barack Obama (not Jon Favreau, the Hollywood actor/ director) finds himself in a minor mess over a photo from a recent private party showing him groping the breast of a cardboard cutout of Hillary Rodham Clinton as an unnamed pal wearing an “Obama staff” T-shirt kisses and feeds her beer.

If you haven’t seen it, imagine the early stages of the barroom rape scene of “The Accused” with Jodie Foster. Or think prosecutor Mike Nifong’s graphic (though false) descriptions of the Duke lacrosse party. Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson danced to a similar tune at the 2004 Super Bowl.

Fraternities have been closed for less.

YOU MUST REMEMBER THIS, a kiss is still a kiss, a sigh is just a sigh. The fundamental things apply…

…Unless you’re a member of the radical left who wants to deconstruct one of the most iconic images from the conclusion of World War II to score cheap rhetorical points: Fretting Feminists Attack Classic WWII Times Square Kissing Photo As Rape.

Wow, I can remember back in the 1990s, when oral sex wasn’t sex — and now a mere kiss is rape. (But was it rape, rape?) Orwell wasn’t kidding when he predicted the rise of the prudish far left in 1984.

 

BECAUSE RAPISTS RESPECT WEDDING RINGS OR WHY NOT ALL CULTURES ARE EQUALLY VALID: Girls should marry to avoid being raped, say Indian caste elders.

Girls should marry while they are children to avoid being raped, Indian caste elders declared after a 16 year girl killed herself following a gang-rape.

WHITHER THE ARTS? At Ricochet, Dave Carter links to Camille Paglia’s essay in the Wall Street Journal on the decline of the art world with a reminder of the wonders of the 700-year old Cologne Cathedral and writes:

To venture inside and see The Shrine of the Three Holy Kings (purported to hold the crowned skulls of the Three Wise Men), or the Gero Cross which dates back to 976, or the legions of statues, is to become virtually intoxicated with the divine devotion that conceived and constructed such a solemn place.

Where is there anything in modernity to compare?  Camille Paglia poses just such a question, asking (and answering) the question of why so much of our fine arts have devolved into a “wasteland.”  “Painting was the prestige genre in the fine arts from the Renaissance on.  But painting was dethroned by the brash multimedia revolution of the 1960s and ’70s,” writes Paglia, who then zeros in on a central point:  “What do contemporary artists have to say, and to whom are they saying it?  Unfortunately, too many artists have lost touch with the general audience and have retreated to an airless echo chamber.”

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THE QUIET CALIFORNIANS: Victor Davis Hanson recommends a sense of stoicism for those us behind the lines as California continues its seemingly endless slow-motion slide into oblivion:

So quietist Californians expect about every six months a new fee, dreamed up a government employee who is paranoid that the state retirement system is broke, and with it his pension. The state employee is now entrepreneurial: without x-traffic tickets written, without y-new fees dreamed up, salaries and benefits dry up. I touch my rural mailbox as if I do metal after skidding on a new carpet — a sort of static feeling of anxiety about what new state directive is inside.

I pick up the local paper: it has become a litany of rapes, murders, gang shootings and molestations, peppered with drunk driving fatalities, and the uninsured and unlicensed who maim and kill routinely. The lurid tales of crime seem almost as they come from a Sao Paulo suburb, or the outskirts of Johannesburg. Yet the more violence, the more worry about insensitivity. So there is a general rule: the name of the driver, the killer, the robber, or the rapist arrested is rarely initially disclosed, much less his biography or photo — as if these are just random stats that can offer no higher wisdom. No worry, there is an answer to our world of Mad Max. Governor Brown will borrow $200 million for high-speed rail.

I note that an exception in California is the marquee universities.

A Stanford, for example, is home to elites and therefore it must be crime-free, so they often send out life-saving “alerts” that pop up on your email when a male has groped, attacked, or threatened a co-ed on campus. Oddly, the descriptions are graphically explicit: even though we are dealing with suspects — not the arrested. And so the appearance, size, and ethnic profile of the supposed attacker are provided in great politically-incorrect detail. One thing about liberalism: it takes care of its own.

Quietists of the State, Unite!

The quietist assumes that his vote for president does not matter and won’t in the state for the next century. He assumes whom he votes against for governor will win, and his legislator will either be opposed to everything he believes, or if he is not, will be equally as irrelevant — and yet in homage to the state, he keeps voting religiously and laughing about it with other quietists.

Quietists have become bystanders, now marginalized to be sure, but also convinced that the relevant ones are, in history’s cruel calculus, quite unhinged. I have a confession: I like the quietists of California. I see them every day. They keep chugging away — and their spirits keep me going.

But will the last person out of California remember to quietly turn off the fluorescent Al Gore twisty bulb before he leaves?

DON DRAPER HAS LEFT THE BUILDING: “Meet Ukrainian model Stav Strashko, the new face of Toyota’s Auris in Japan. You’re thinking, ‘….what did I just see?’”

I’m not sure what message Toyota is trying to send about their new car, but…dude. (No really.)

(Via Michael Malone.)

THE COMEBACK KID:  U.S. Senate hopeful Republican Todd Akin is mounting an impressive comeback campaign since his “legitimate rape” comment a couple weeks ago that caused some Republican leaders to plead him to drop out of the race.  Yesterday, Senators Rick Santorum (R-PA) and Jim DeMint (R-SC) endorsed Akin, saying “If Republicans are to win back the Senate and stop President Obama’s liberal agenda, we must defeat Senator Claire McCaskill in Missouri.”

 

THIS SEEMS FAIR: Woman Who Made False Charge Of Rape Jailed For Two Years. “A woman who cried rape because she regretted having sex with three men at a drunken orgy has been jailed for two years for her ‘wicked’ lies.” They were wicked. She could have ruined three men’s lives because she was unwilling to take responsibility for her own actions.

THE HILL: GOP leader: Embassy statement like telling rape victim ‘you asked for it.’

WELL, IT IS GAWKER: Soft-Pedaling Child Rape. “There’s some interesting reporting in this Gawker piece on pedophilia. Unfortunately it’s undermined by a bizarre lack of sympathy for children who’ve been sexual assaulted This is not a minor problem. . . . It’s poor journalism, and an insensitive attempt at being edgy.”

NEWS YOU CAN USE: Why That Woman Is Trying To Steal Your Boyfriend.

UPDATE: Reader Jeff Burhans writes:

Did you notice that all the reasons they give come down to: Because she was hurt by a MAN at some point in her life!

Responsibility for their choices? Not so much. So apparently, 90% of women (because that was the number who said they would poach if their match was married) have all been hurt by scummy, potential-rapist MEN.

Maybe the article was written by a student-life staffer from the University of Montana.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Higher Education Bubble Spawns Demographic Decline Among Educated Americans.

As college costs and student loan debt soar (partly due to opulent university spending) and unemployment rises, young college graduates, crushed by student loan debt, are deciding not to have kids, resulting in demographic decline among the educated in America. In recent years, student loan debt has skyrocketed from $100 billion to nearly $1 trillion, creating a potential debt bomb for the American economy.

France and England now have higher birth rates than America. College-educated people in their 20s are definitely more likely to have kids there. “American fertility is now lower than that of France” and the United Kingdom, notes The Economist, even though American fertility was higher than France or England in 2007.

Why the recent change? Could it be because college graduates in England and France have less student loan debt? Tuition is lower there. Per capita expenditures are lower at their elite schools. France and England spend much less on physical plant for colleges and universities. Faculty salaries don’t get as high there.

Note that this is one area where the usual suspects aren’t calling for us to be “more like Europe.”

UPDATE: Stereotyping all men as sexual predators in need of re-education probably doesn’t help, either.

FEMINISM’S TRIUMPH: So, women have finally succeeded in becoming all they hate? “Don Draper hasn’t gone away. He’s just changed his name to Donna.”

Related: “These women are the men their mothers divorced.”

TIM CARNEY ON Rape and pregnancy.

WHAT HATH AKIN WROUGHT? Democratic Convention To Become Celebration of Abortion Rights.

With an eye on Rep. Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” comments and the GOP’s mad dash away from the sinking Missouri Senate candidate, the Democrats are turning their upcoming presidential convention into a pro-choice assault on the Republicans with the help of major abortion supporters.

Just as the Akin crisis was reaching a crescendo, the Democrats on Wednesday announced that three starlets of the pro-choice movement will be featured at the convention, an event that will now drive the liberal charge that the Republicans are anti-women.

Democrats said that they will feature Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parent Action Fund, Nancy Keenan, president of the NARAL Pro-Choice America and Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown University student whose plea for federal birth control funding drew the ire–and a subsequent apology–from Rush Limbaugh.

What’s more, the Democrats are expanding their list of women ready to assail the GOP on women’s issue, adding Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski and actress Eva Longoria to the list that already includes Sen. John Kerry and Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren.

Hmm. Of course, the “legitimate rape” bit isn’t the part that mattered in Akin’s remarks. Everybody agrees that there’s “legitimate rape” and non-legitimate rape. For example, when Bill Clinton is charged with rape, that’s non-legitimate.

On a more serious note, both pro- and anti-abortion groups are focusing on the “legitimate rape” part because it distracts from the very issue Akin himself was trying to hide from: What about pregnancy that results from rape? Akin doesn’t want to confront that this happens, which is why he put forth his dumb rape-doesn’t-cause-pregnancy theory. Pro-choicers, for the most part, don’t want to confront that an abortion that happens after a rape is still just as much an abortion as one that happens because nobody bothered with birth control.

I think both sides should own it. Stand in your truth and be straightforward about what you really believe.

Meanwhile, I’ve got my DNC wardrobe together. And I was just complaining that I had nothing to wear! Plus, an abortion-politics flashback to 2008, in which I explain why men have a right to abortions, too.

Related: Naomi Schaefer Riley: Why do we never hear about “pro-choice extremists?” What, my “abortion rights for men” campaign doesn’t count?

I mean, surely that beats this.

HARVARD LAW SCHOOL IS NOT COVERING ITSELF WITH GLORY THESE DAYS: Liz Warren Taking The Low Road.

Does Liz Warren really believe that Scott Brown is pro-rape? Or wants to somehow “redefine rape” in a way that would hurt women or benefit racists?

Of course not.

But is Liz Warren willing to smear Scott Brown by suggesting he’d do all this — and more — as part of a “war on women?”

She already has. . . . This is how low Liz Warren is willing to go, how much of her own dignity she’s willing to destroy, just to — as her campaign put it in a fundraising mailer — “win back Ted Kennedy’s seat.”

Ah, yes, Ted Kennedy. The exemplar of the virtuous treatment of women . . .

The self-proclaimed intellectual force behind the Occupy movement needs to step up and take responsibility for all the Occupy rapes, then. Maybe some of the fiercely independent Massachusetts press corps will raise this with her.

UPDATE: Reader Paul Jackson writes: “Guess who’s writing her speech for the Dem convention? A cartoon character from Doonesbury (yes, that comic strip still appears, albeit on the editorial page, of my Baltimore Sun). Pretty much sums up how she’s run her campaign so far doesn’t it? The storyline has been running for about a week now and I haven’t seen a word about her Occupy rhetoric or alleged Indian lineage. I guess Trudeau gets all his news from the NYT and other traditional media outlets and is unaware of her campaign’s struggles.”

ANOTHER UPDATE: Ho hum. Another Democrat shiny object. “The Democrats, in the midst of a Medicare battle that is giving them unexpected trouble and a welfare mess of their own making, are scrambling to raise what Democrats like to call ‘wedge’ issues when Republicans bring them up. It is reminiscent of Gov. Bob McDonnell’s 17-point win, when the Democrats and much of the media wanted to talk about McDonnell’s school thesis (I kid you not) on social issues. What mesmerizes Democratic elites is often irrelevant to actual voters.”

MARKETWATCH: How The Tea Party Beat Occupy Wall Street. “Whatever your opinion of either movement, there’s no denying that the tea party is more focused and influential. You don’t see but a handful of candidates such as Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts and Bernie Sanders in Vermont, pandering to Occupy Wall Street.”

Actually, I think the problem is that Occupy Wall Street beat itself. The Tea Party has, quite consciously, stuck to its small-government/fiscal responsibility message and hasn’t gotten lured into lots of side issues. And it has been relentlessly bourgeois, orderly, and neat, leaving the sites of its protests famously cleaner than when the protesters arrived. OWS, on the other hand, presented a grab-bag of issues ranging from the sensible — get rid of “too big to fail” — to the idiotic. Then there were all the rapes, thefts, killings, and sanitation issues . . .

Some related thoughts here.

MEANWHILE, IN BRITAIN: George Galloway’s Julian Assange ‘rape’ comments: surely, this is finally the end for Gorgeous George.

BY THE TIME I NOTICED THIS STORY, IT WAS OVER, but Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” remarks pale in comparison with Whoopi Goldberg’s.

UPDATE: Here’s the Whoopi Goldberg “Rape-Rape” Video.

JOHN KASS ON JOE BIDEN’S MINSTREL SHOW:

Biden took a race card from the deck of Team Obama 2012, and stuck that race card to the tip of his shoe, and then slammed the whole darn thing into his mouth so hard that it must have scraped off half of the vice presidential taste buds.

“Look at what they value and look at their budget and what they’re proposing,” Biden said of the Republicans at a campaign stop in Danville, Va. “Romney wants to let the — he said in the first 100 days he’s going to let the big banks once again write their own rules.”

Then it happened. Biden began waving his right hand, palm up, and he adopted what he must have thought was the accent of a black minister.

“Unchain Wall Street,” said Preacher Joe, reaching to the heavens, “They’re going to put y’all back in chains.”

Y’all.

Is that how people in Delaware talk? Or is it how white Democratic politicians speak when they’re using dialect to talk down to black voters? What’s next, Preacher Joe? Spirituals? Or are you going to carry around copies of “A Raisin in the Sun” and “To Kill a Mockingbird”?

Team Obama tried to defend Biden, but it was nonsensical babbling.

Well, that fits. Plus this:

Should Hillary Clinton come to Obama’s rescue? Why should she? When she and Obama faced off for the 2008 presidential nomination, Clinton and her husband, the former president, had the race card played against them by Team Obama. . . .

For all his vulgarity and faux-preacher dialect and smarmy pol tricks in Virginia, Biden showed the American people what they can expect from the Obama campaign in the months ahead. And he distilled the Obama re-election effort down to its basic elements:

Class war and race.

Y’all.

Indeed.

Related: Georgia Black Republicans Invite Biden To “Sweet Tea Summit.”

BIDEN BAGGAGE: Democrats Are Stuck With the Embarrassing Joe Biden. I dunno, if I were Joe, I’d be nervous.

Ah, who am I kidding? If I were Joe, I’d be clueless.

UPDATE: Sarah Palin: Dump Joe, Pick Hillary!

ANOTHER UPDATE: Beldar:

The only thing remarkable about the latest Biden gaffe is how routine these gaffes have become, and what a cosmic double standard everyone in the public eye — the press, both campaigns, everyone but the general public and its snarky bloggers — employs to avoid asking the question, “Just how panicked would we all be if Barack Obama suddenly had chest pains?” . . .

The best chance the Dems have to respond to the Ryan selection would be asymmetric political warfare — which translates quite neatly into replacing Biden with the most ambitious and most popular Democrat in the country, Hillary Clinton. Indeed, that will mesh like clockwork with the coming Obama pivot to foreign policy as the best possible distractraction, and the only substantive distraction, from the economic ruin he’s wrought.

Of course, replacing Biden would be an admission that the original choice was a dreadful mistake — intended, amazingly enough, to shore up Obama’s own weak experience credentials by adding the “expert” Joe Biden to the ticket — and Obama doesn’t like to admit mistakes.

MORE: Joe Biden: The Admiral Stockdale of the 2012 race?

MORE STILL: Several readers point out, correctly, that this is unfair . . . to Admiral Stockdale. Reader John Henry writes:

It is grossly unfair to mention Stockdale and Biden in the same breath much less compare them.

Stockdale was a highly decorated Naval Aviator (26 personal combat decorations, including the Medal of Honor and four Silver Stars) Served as President of the Naval War College, POW for 9 years in whihc he served as an example we should all hope to be able to emulate. President of the Citadel, Fellow at the Hoover Institute and more.

What has Biden ever done? Not particularly smart, he managed to get elected to the public trough. His primary accomplishment has been getting re-elected. His life has been so unaccomplished he had to plagiarize someone else’s biography when he ran for prez a few years ago.

Shame on you for comparing them. Biden isn’t fit to scrape the mud from Stockdale’s boots.

True.

SO, WHY ISN’T USING SEX TO CON AN OLD MAN OUT OF $775,000 as bad as rape?

OF RAPE, AND REDDIT. Just following in Eldridge Cleaver’s footsteps. Just be sure to call it an “insurrectionary act.”