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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.


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.


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.


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.


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, 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.


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.


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.”


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.



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!


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.


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.”

USING MICRONEEDLES to target therapeutics to the back of the eye.

WANT MORE VIOLENT CRIME AGAINST CITIZENS? Then ban guns like Australia did. “So, if the USA follows Australia’s lead in banning guns, it should expect a 42 percent increase in violent crime, a higher percentage of murders committed with a gun, and three times more rape.”

Plus: “The International Crime Victims Survey, conducted by Leiden University in Holland, found that England and Wales ranked second overall in violent crime among industrialized nations. Twenty-six percent of English citizens — roughly one-quarter of the population — have been victimized by violent crime. Australia led the list with more than 30 percent of its population victimized. The United States didn’t even make the ‘top 10′ list of industrialized nations whose citizens were victimized by crime.”

21ST CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Dear Prudence administers a well-deserved smackdown: “Your approach, however, seems to be to treat your sex life as if it is subject to regulatory review by the Department of Health and Human Services. Your prim, punctilious, punitive style has me admiring your put-upon husband’s ability to even get it up, given the possibility he’ll be accused of rape—or turn himself in for it!—if one of you fails a breathalyzer test. Living in terror that expressing one’s perfectly normal sexual desire could end one’s marriage, and freedom, is itself a form of abuse. Stop acting like a parody of a gender-studies course catalog and start acting like a loving wife. If you can’t, then give the poor sap a divorce.”

TIMOTHY DALRYMPLE: Paterno and Sandusky: Why Do We Care Less About the Rape of Boys and Men?

DAVID BARON, CALL YOUR OFFICE! I just got this “emergency alert” email from the UT Police: “UT ALERT! Black bears sighted on campus. Last seen in the area of White Ave/Volunteer Blvd headed eastbound. More info to follow.”

UPDATE: Reader Rachael Pereira writes:

In the past month, we’ve had 3 bears in downtown Orlando. Which is unheard of! Your UT link reminded me that we spent Friday evening glued to the tv watching the most recent bear-up-a-tree story.

That one was right next to a major highway near a sports arena in the rape-and-murder district.

Good thing they got the bear out before that happened to him . . . .

THE NEW CIVILITY: George Zimmerman is back in police custody; Update: Twitter mob hopes for rape, death. So many people out to lynch a black man.

EUGENE VOLOKH: Rape Conviction Overturned When Supposed Victim Recanted — What About the Civil Damages Award?

REMEMBER WHEN THEY USED TO SAY THAT WOMEN DIDN’T LIE ABOUT RAPE? “Former high school football standout exonerated in rape case.” “According to court papers, she admitted to him she lied but later refused to tell prosecutors the same thing lest she have to give back the $1.5 million she and her family won in a civil suit against Long Beach schools.”


“The BBC Broadcasts Its Own Dhimmitude.”

– Headline at PJM, May 8th, 2012.

“BBC Thought for the Day: Climate-Change Deniers Are Like Terrorists, Slave Owners, Paedophiles, and Nazis — And They’re All Men!”

– Headline at Weasel Zippers, today.

You know, I’m slowly beginning to believe that the BBC’s antennas might just be aimed slightly, ever so slightly, to the left.

UPDATE: An Insta-reader emails, “BBC antennas aimed left? I think not. The Daleks at BBC have their antennas aimed firmly at humans, who for the most part they despise and would rid the world of.”

As Mark Steyn once wrote, “The ecochondriacs mean it: This’d be a pretty nice planet if we didn’t live here.”

UPDATE: David Preiser of the Biased BBC blog emails:

I noticed you posted a link to the Weazel Zippers blog about the ridiculous Thought for the Day. In case you weren’t aware, they did this to stifle debate, and partially as a reaction against the inevitable backlash coming from an outrageous episode of Question Time on Thursday, which has outraged many people in Britain. It all involved the latest conviction of a group of Muslim paedophiles in Rochdale for running a gang which raped and prostituted out young white girls from care homes. It’s a growing problem in certain areas of Britain, and apparently the police have been letting it go on and been afraid to do too much out of fear of being called racist. The BBC has a PC, multicultural agenda to promote, so had to try and kill the public’s outcry before it started.

A question was asked on Thursday’s Question Time about whether or not this latest incident was evidence of a cultural problem with Pakistani and Afghan Muslims emigrating to the UK. The entire panel, as well as many members of the audience tried to blame society at large instead, or say that it had nothing to do with race or culture (even though the defendants and the convicting judge made it clear that they viewed white girls as lesser beings and viable targets), and tried to say any talk of a cultural problem was racist. There was even a vicar who tried to blame the girls themselves for being too willing to give up their innocence.

You can watch the awful episode yourself on YouTube.

This and many other instances of BBC bias has been documented at the Biased-BBC blog. We also have a post up about the ludicrous Thought for the Day. The Thought for the Day piece is directly inspired by it – the wrong way, of course. You can’t truly appreciate how awful it is without knowing the full background of that Question Time episode, and the BBC’s history of stifling debate. It’s important for more people in the US to be aware of how bad the BBC’s bias is, not only because of the massive influence they have on public opinion and British voters, but because they’ve also increased spending on their website and on staff in the US in an attempt to capture more US eyeballs (and ad revenue). Not to mention the BBC World News America targeted directly at us and Katty Kay’s partisan appearances on MSNBC and NPR.

Much more at Biased BBC — just keep scrolling.

NOT Safe for Work.  The Management is NOT responsible for any readers who might wish to  carve out their eyes with grapefruit spoons.   And, for what it’s worth, yeah… it’s too much of a mom.  Time to move out and take your Star Trek posters with you.

NEWS FLASH! OBAMA ADMITS HE SUPPORTS GAY MARRIAGE (*YAWN*):  Is anyone seriously surprised by this “revelation”? Is it not patent that he supported it all along, but didn’t think it politically expedient to admit? He needs to scrape together every single vote to win this November; hence the sudden confession.

RAPE IN SOUTH AFRICA: Still A Major Problem.

TAKING THE GAS-PUMP POST-IT CAMPAIGN TO A NEW LEVEL: Reader Alex Lecea emails, “Saw an ad for this site on Drudge this morning, thought you’d be interested.” Heh.

UPDATE: Reader Chris Fox writes:

Could we have possibly drawn a more stark comparison between the Tea Party minded and the OWS minded? We say it with Post-It notes. They say it with feces and spray paint. They made a mess of DC and Wisconsin. We cleaned it up and left it better than we found it. Oh, and we also didn’t rape or kill anyone.

Post-its are also the tool of the business-minded. No wonder it never occurred to the OWS crowd.

Heh. How true.

WEINERGATE UPDATE: Anthony Weiner A Jerk Before Crotchgate, Craved Media Attention Says New Book. Well, he certainly got plenty of that, but he didn’t seem to enjoy it.

A new book offering an inside look at the US House of Representatives depicts Weiner as a desperately ambitious loudmouth who berated his staff and would do or say anything for TV airtime.

Weiner “would enter his office in the Rayburn Building screaming at the top of his lungs, ‘Why the f–k am I not on MSNBC?!’” journalist Robert Draper wrote in Do Not Ask What Good We Do: Inside the US House of Representatives. He finally got his wish, Draper wrote, when Weiner pushed to become the liberal spokesman for ObamaCare.

“He was now on MSNBC every week, sometimes every day — to the point where he was carrying his own makeup kit. (Or rather, his press guy was.)” Draper wrote.

Yeah, I know — Congressman craves TV time is kind of a dog-bites-man story. But desperate to be on MSNBC? That’s just sad. Obama comes across as rather unwilling to hear advice here, too. That explains a lot.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Targeted nanoparticles show success in clinical trials. “Targeted therapeutic nanoparticles that accumulate in tumors while bypassing healthy cells have shown promising results in an ongoing clinical trial, according to a new paper.”

HMM: Flavonoids Cut Parkinson’s Disease Risk In Men Only? “Berries, grapes, tea: get flavonoids to cut your risk of Parkinson’s disease. If these compounds really do protect against Parkinson’s they probably slow brain aging in general. But the weird result: The benefit was only seen in men. Why?”

SYMPATHY: Candle Light Vigil For All Rape, Assault & Murder Victims of #Occupy Movement.

THOMAS SOWELL ON GERALDO ON HOODIES: “The man who shot the black teenager in Florida may be as guilty as sin, for all I know — or he may be innocent. We pay taxes so that there can be judges and jurors who sort out the facts. We do not need Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton or the president of the United States spouting off before the trial has even begun. Have we forgotten the media’s rush to judgment in the Duke University ‘rape’ case that blew up completely when the facts came out?”

REPORT: “Tea Party Leader” charged with rape not actually affiliated with Tea Party group.

Funny how they jump on this and ignore all the genuine Occupy rapes.

WAR AGAINST WOMEN: Woman Raped At Occupy New Haven. #Occupyfail.

UPDATE: I suppose that this should come as no surprise considering the signals that have come from the very top of the Democratic establishment:

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.

Here’s the pic, in case you’ve forgotten. No word on whether Favreau was involved in helping accuse Republicans of running a “war against women.”

But the feminists didn’t get mad. Favreau was on their team, so he had privileges.

UPDATE: Jeff Miller writes that some feminists did complain. Not like we’ve seen lately. Not even close.

EUGENE VOLOKH: Relative Risks of Rape by Age, and Is Rape “About Control … Not About Sex”?“Sexual attacks on women are pretty strongly correlated with their being in the years of maximum sexual attractiveness.”

HYPOCRISY UPDATE: Rape-plagued Occupy movement holding rally in support of rape victims in Michigan.

REDESIGNING PEOPLE: How Medical Technology Could Expand Beyond The Injured.

Last fall at the TEDMED meeting in San Diego I watched a man walk who was paralyzed from the waist down. Injured a year earlier, Paul Thacker hadn’t been able to stand since breaking his back in a snowmobile accident. Yet here he was walking, thanks to an early-stage exoskeleton device attached to his legs.

This wasn’t exactly on the level of “exos” we’ve seen in sci-fi films like Avatar and Aliens, which enable people to run faster, carry heavier loads, and smash things better. But Thacker’s device, called eLEGS — manufactured by Ekso Bionics in Berkeley, California — is one harbinger of what’s coming in the next decade or two to treat the injured and the ill with radical new technologies.

Other portents include first-generation machines and treatments that range from deep brain implants that can stop epileptic seizures to stem cells that scientists are using experimentally to repair damaged retinas.

No one would deny that these technologies, should they fulfill their promise, are anything but miraculous for Paul Thacker and others who need them. Yet none of this technology is going to remain exclusively in the realm of pure therapeutics. Even now some are breaking through the barrier between remedies for the sick and enhancements for the healthy.

Faster, please.

SEXISM FROM THE LEFT: “That is a depiction of Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser. Why show him as a female? Some lefty is confused. Trying to denounce Prosser, he has unwittingly expressed the opinion that to be female is to be debased and inferior.” Well, if you look at the Occupy-camp rape rate, this isn’t such a surprise.

AT LEAST THERE’S NO PRISON RAPE: A Lockyer Sex-Tape Stunner. “There’s a shocking twist in the saga of Alameda County Supervisor Nadia Lockyer and the incident at a Newark hotel that landed her in the hospital and a male acquaintance under police scrutiny. We’re told that a sex tape of Nadia Lockyer and the man was given to her husband, state Treasurer Bill Lockyer, about six weeks before the Newark incident. The treasurer believed that the man, who has a history of arrests for alleged methamphetamine use, might make the tape public if forced to break off a romantic relationship with the supervisor. . . . Efforts to reach Nadia Lockyer were unsuccessful, and her acquaintance isn’t talking. She has checked into a center for treatment of an unspecified chemical dependency, and he was released from the Santa Clara County Jail late Thursday after being arrested last weekend for alleged drug possession and driving under the influence.”


I posted about a guy in Des Moines who spent about 4 months in jail waiting for trial in a self defense shooting. They stuck him with such a huge bail amount that he couldn’t possibly pay it. He was evicted from his apartment and everything inside was put on the curb to be stolen. He got exactly the sort of treatment you’d expect in a state that doesn’t have a Castle Law.

Here’s your chance to give him a little something to get him back on his feet.

I’d like to see some accountability for the prosecutor.

NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: DNA nanorobot triggers targeted therapeutic responses.

LEE STRANAHAN: A Point By Point Commentary On Keith Olbermann’s “Debunking” Of The Occupy Rape.

DANA LOESCH: Do Keith Olbermann and Markos Moulitsas Think That Rape Doesn’t Matter?

SO IF A MAN GETS DRUNK AND SLEEPS WITH A WOMAN HE WOULDN’T HAVE SLEPT WITH SOBER, it’s humorous grist for jokes about “beer goggles” and “coyote ugly.” But if a woman does the same thing, woe unto anyone who suggests it wasn’t “date rape.” It’s nice to see people pointing out the contradiction in the comments.

UPDATE: A reader points out that that’s not the only double standard:

A former high school teacher has admitted to raping one of her students , but she won’t be serving time behind bars nor will she be forced to register as a sex offender.

On Thursday Brenda Ray pled guilty to three counts of rape.

Ray was arrested last summer for supplying a 16-year-old boy booze, cocaine and pot in addition to having sex with him off-campus on at least three occasions.

Officials say the victim was in Ray’s English class back in 2007 at Rio Rancho High School.

Ray taught at Cleveland High in addition to RRHS before she quit last summer before her arrest.

Ray pled guilty to the charges against her on Thursday and as part of her plea deal she was sentenced to three years probation.

While prosecutors asked she have to register as a sex offender Judge George Eichwald gave her a pass.

No double standard there. I’m sure a male teacher would have gotten exactly the same punishment for the same behavior.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Reader Melissa R. writes:

I read the Frisky column you linked last night regarding date rape and it made me sick to my stomach. I’m a woman, and the selfish mindset of so many of my fellow women is despicable. There is no thought given to the plight of the man in question, nor to the ACTUAL victims of rape whose victimization is cheapened thanks to this insufferable cult of victimhood.

As evidence of the double standard that exists between men and women and what constitutes “rape,” I wanted to draw your attention to the 2002 “romantic comedy” 40 Days and 40 Nights. It starred Josh Hartnett as a young man who decides to give up all types of sexual gratification for Lent. The entire movie is about Hartnett’s character trying to maintain his celibacy while his friends try to trick him into having sex (they even set up a betting pool). The situation culminates in what I consider one of the most disgusting scenes in the history of film, when the ex-girlfriend of Hartnett’s character cuffs him to a bed and has sex with him on the fortieth night, thus forcing him to break his vow and lose the bet (and cheat on his new girlfriend taboot).

I stress again, this is supposed to be a “romantic comedy,” so the scene is supposed to be funny. “Ha ha, the guy who’s been obsessed with sex for the past forty days is going to get it, even though he doesn’t want it with this girl! ha ha!” If the gender roles had been reversed and it had been Vinessa Shaw’s character who was tied up and made to “lose her bet,” courtesy of her ex-boyfriend, it would be fodder for the Lifetime Network. But since it’s Josh Hartnett on the receiving end, it’s geared toward Comedy Central.

It’s disgusting. Anyone who actually laughed during that scene needs their head examined.

So if anyone tries to deny that such a double standard exists, I always point them toward this movie and tell them to watch that scene, then ask themselves, “If his character were to go to the police to claim date rape, would he get a fair hearing? Or would he be laughed off?”

It’s nice to see the discomfort on their faces when they realize that yeah, it would be the latter.

Gee, I’m sorry I missed that film. . . .

CHRISTINA HOFF SOMMERS: How The CDC Is Overstating Sexual VIolence In The U.S.

In fact, what the study reveals is the devastating impact that careless advocacy research can have on truth. The report proposes an array of ambitious government-sponsored “prevention strategies” and recommends “multi-disciplinary service centers” offering survivors psychological and legal counseling as well as housing and economic assistance. But survivors of sexual violence would be better served by good research and sober estimates — not inflated statistics and sensationalism.

The agency’s figures are wildly at odds with official crime statistics.

But perfectly aligned with funding prospects. Me, I’d rather see the CDC work on controlling actual diseases. rather than redefining behavior as a disease. But I was pointing out the politicization of public health back when InstaPundit was new.

UPDATE: Reader Mike Voncannon writes: “As someone who has been in Law Enforcement since the 70s, I know rape and sexual assault are under reported to Law Enforcement (for a host of different reasons). But for the CDC to claim that they are under reported by a factor of 93 hurts their efforts more than it helps. I know that the Sexual Assault Center in Knoxville and Safe Harbor in Sevierville who offer treatment and counseling to victims are struggling to fund their operations; but if anyone thinks this CDC study will help, they need professional help themselves.”


INSTAPUNDIT READERS WILL BE LESS SURPRISED THAN SOME: Ten Surprising Health Benefits Of Beer. But here’s a reason to mix up your beverages: “Scientists also have found that beer and wine contain about the same levels of antioxidants, but the antioxidants are different because the flavonoids found in hops and grapes are different.” So celebrate diversity!

ME NEITHER: Bill Maher ‘not that upset’ if people urinate on Taliban fighters, ‘dead or alive.’ “If they were people who burn down girls’ schools you know, and do honor rapes, threw acid in people’s faces, I’m not that upset about pissing on them, dead or alive.”