CLAUDIA ROSETT: How The UN Achieves Sustainable Peacekeeper Rape.
RESVERATROL UPDATE: Make It Merlot: “Red is wine is unique because of its content of resveratrol, a phytochemical compound found almost exclusively in the skin of grapes. Numerous studies have shown that these compounds are capable of influencing many activities that affect the development of chronic illnesses. In addition to the well-documented benefits of resveratrol on the levels of cholesterol and proper blood circulation, two important factors needed to prevent heart disease, two recent studies have illustrated the huge health potential that this compound has. One study showed that resveratrol has anti-cancer abilities by blocking the growth of tumour cells in the mammary glands; as well, the compound can act on the metabolism to counter the negative effects of being sedentary on the development of insulin resistance.”
HIGHER EDUCATION UPDATE: Settlement Reached in Brown U. Lawsuit Over Student Said to Be Falsely Accused of Rape.
UPDATE: Here’s the order in the case dismissing Brown. The accuser’s name — which the Chronicle refused to print even though it’s in public records and even though the charges appear to have been false — is Marcella Dresdale. Other documents are here.
Plus, class issues? “Unlike Richard Dresdale, William McCormick III was poor. He was attending Brown on an academic scholarship. While earning straight-As, he was also a star wrestler. He could not have afforded to attend Brown University without substantial financial aid. Didn’t this poor boy get kicked out of college, ultimately, for not belonging to the right social class? If William McCormick’s father had been Richard Dresdale, does anyone doubt that the case would have been handled differently? . . . Isn’t it unfair when the super rich have poor people expelled without due process – and without any good cause at all?” #OccupyBrown!
ANOTHER UPDATE: Mike Krempasky emails: “Not for nothing, if you google her, someone has invested not small dollars to cover the search engines with dozens of prefab SEO properties. Very smart, and a good professional effort in preemptive SEO.” When I googled, the false rape accusation issue was on the first page multiple times.
MORE: A reader emails:
Hi Prof. Reynolds,
I was surprised that you did not write more about the actual person buying influence in the Brown rape case, the father Richard Dresdale.
He is a 1%er. And a huge Democrat. Maybe Brown University is not the only place he believes he can buy influence.
The Managing Directior of Fenway Partners…a private equity firm.
A huge political donor, especially to Democrats. It looks like over $200K in donations the last few years. There may be other donations that I am not finding.
Maybe the Army of Davids can see if his donations to politicians, like the ones to the university, are panning out.
An Army of Dresdales?
NAKED AMBITION: “The word ‘statuesque’ seemed made for Audrey Munson. Dreamy and pale, slender and softly curved, Audrey played muse to a generation of New York City sculptors at the turn of the 20th century. Her undraped figure still graces Central Park, the Metropolitan Museum and the Municipal Building. Though she tried to translate her beauty to the new medium of film, her career ended suddenly as Modernism — and her 30s — arrived.”
IN COLLEGE ADMISSIONS, affirmative action for men. Next I think we need a campus Men’s Center, and sensitivity training for professors and staff on how to make male students feel comfortable in the feminized environment of today’s campuses.
UPDATE: A reader emails: “I’d like to add one important item to the list: concealed carry on campus. Just think of it as the male version of the rape whistle.”
Hey, celebrate diversity! I’ve been saying that for a long time.
ANOTHER UPDATE: Another reader — who gives his name but I’m going to omit it in case it would get him in trouble — writes: “I teach at a community college that has cut its budget by 40% over the last 3 years. I keep wondering at what level of spending do we consider cutting the Women’s center that is staffed 14 hours a day and the Executive Dean of Diversity and Retention (it would be great if we could at least cut that last bit from his title….yuk). I guess the other way of looking at this is that we must have been spending about 60% too much already because as far as I can tell the place keeps running and my program is more or less the same as it ever was.”
BARBARISM IN THE 21ST CENTURY: “Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Thursday pardoned an Afghan woman serving a 12-year prison sentence for having sex out of wedlock after she was raped by a relative.” Well, maybe the pardon represents progress.
On the other hand, there’s this: “Karzai’s office said in a statement that the woman and her attacker have agreed to marry. That would reverse an earlier decision by the 19-year-old woman, who had previously refused a judge’s offer of freedom if she agreed to marry the rapist.”
TEN YEARS AGO ON INSTAPUNDIT: Thoughts on therapeutic cloning.
STOLEN SPERM? Man says ex-girlfriend used his sperm, had IVF treatment that produced twins without consent. “His ex-girlfriend gave birth to twin boys and then sued him for child support. She was granted that child support after blood tests confirmed Pressil was the father. . . . In his lawsuit, Pressil said he found out about the plot when a receipt arrived in the mail, listing him as the patient. ‘Pressil was listed as the ‘patient’ on the receipt even though he had never been to (the clinic) nor ever sought treatment for male infertility,’ according to his lawsuit.”
Sounds like he may have a claim against the clinic. Meanwhile, read this piece by Michael Higdon.
UPDATE: Reader Joel Pomerantz writes: “I don’t understand why so many people refer to male nonconsensual reproduction as theft. Sperm typically has minimal value. Nonconsensual reproduction is rape. The appropriate remedy is to jail the rapist and give custody to the father.”
GETTING READY FOR THE POST-ANTIBIOTIC AGE. “In the military’s latest round of small business solicitations, Darpa is making a long-shot request for an all-out replacement to antibiotics, the decades-old standard for killing or injuring bacteria to demolish a disease. In its place: the emerging field of nanomedicine would be used to fight bacterial threats. The agency’s ‘Rapidly Adaptable Nanotherapeutics’ is after a versatile ‘platform capable of rapidly synthesizing therapeutic nanoparticles’ to target unknown, evolving and even genetically engineered bioweapons.” Faster, please.
BILL MAHER’S awkward rape-joke discussion.
Plus, from the comments: “The thing that bugs me the most about Bill Maher [is] all that ‘Politically Incorrect’ BS, when in reality he has never in his life uttered a word that wasn’t calculated to get applause from the audience in front him. He’s a coward pretending to heroism.”
NICK GILLESPIE: PENN STATE’S PROBLEM ISN’T THE PROFIT MOTIVE. “To put it bluntly, this borders on retarded. McQueary is a coward, for sure, but not because his paycheck was on the line. As with the Catholic Church, Penn State (and especially the corner of it that was Paterno’s personal fiefdom) exerts far more loyalty and omerta precisely because it is not your typical for-profit company. Penn State football wields far more cultural power over its participants and admirers than does Wal-Mart, IBM, or Apple. A job is just a job, but the organizations that have demonstrably worked to shield and indemnify (or at least try to do so) creeps who committed systematic child rape simply don’t exist in the real private sector.”
Count on the likes of Charles Pierce to miss that, though.
UPDATE: Reader Kim Sommer writes: “Silence is also in Hollywood. Michael Jackson, Roman Polanski etc. show us this is true. From Millgram’s experiment and the Stanford Prison experiment this type of group & individual behavior is predicted. It doesn’t excuse anyone but human failings are mappable.”
#OCCUPYFAIL: Surprise! Occupy Orlando Caught Lying to Media After Knife Fight. “The spokespeople for these camps lie every time one of their members pulls a knife or rapes someone or burns down a building. But the media always runs the denial in the initial story even though there’s a clear pattern, one might say a considered strategy, of claiming any incident like this did not involve camp members.” It’s like Penn State with worse accommodations.
#OCCUPYFAIL: Woman Raped At #OccupyPhiladelphia.
SMELLS LIKE PENN STATE SPIRIT: Occupy Portland Rape Policy: “Nobody Should Contact the Police.”
#OCCUPYFAIL: “A SLIVER OF MADNESS:” New York Post Reporter Candice Giove spends the night in Zuccotti Park.
They call the NYPD — and it becomes abundantly clear that the cops down there are sick of the antics.
“Every single night it’s the same thing. I mean, some guy was a victim of rape!” an officer snarls. “There comes a time when it’s over. This is a disaster. It’s all we’re doing, every two seconds, is locking somebody up every time. It’s done.
“It’s done,” he repeats. “Occupy Wall Street is no longer a protest.”
Scenes like this — and far worse — have been playing out since the Zuccotti Park “occupation” began on Sept. 17.
The parcel is now a sliver of madness, rife with sex attacks, robberies and vigilante justice. . . . “We have three-quarters of a million dollars in the bank and all these f–king people are not doing financial accounting while we’re calling for it from the larger corporations,” says the transgender leader. “A lot of good people are quitting.”
A day later, a female-only “safety tent” would be erected to shield women from predators.
Organizers plan to add a medical tent, as well as others designed to provide safe sleeping for gay, transgender and co-ed groups.
The threat of rape is very real here — for women and men.
A teachable moment.
#OCCUPYFAIL: “Let it sink in: Their protests now need rape shelters. This is actually happening. And New York City lets it go on. . . . This can’t be repeated enough: With a few exceptions, foremost among them the New York Post, the coverage of OWS protests compared to the coverage of tea-party protests is the worst media double standard in recent history. Nothing compares, because nothing else involves this much distortion on both ends of the coverage.”
UPDATE: A roundup.
ANOTHER UPDATE: Rampaging Occupiers Attack 78-Year-Old Woman.
MORE: Reader Joel Mackey writes: “The media reaction to Abu Ghraib vs. their blind eyes in Zucotti Park say more than their hours of broadcast, or drums of ink ever could. The fourth estate’s value has fallen further than a Las Vegas McMansion.”
WOMEN WHO RAPED 17 MEN WANTED MORE THAN SEX.
#OCCUPYFAIL: Chaos In DC: Occupy Protest Turns Violent.
UPDATE: With rape and sexual harassment a problem, separate women-only tents set up at Zuccotti. “The large, metal-framed ‘safety tent’ — which will be guarded by an all-female patrol — can accommodate as many as 18 people and will be used during the day for women-only meetings, said Occupy Wall Street organizers.”
This is proceeding like a parody written by Norman Spinrad and P.J. O’Rourke.
ANOTHER UPDATE: Union-backed Occupy Chicago thugs interrupt Scott Walker speech. Ann Althouse comments:
The rudeness is sickening. I don’t understand how the protesters imagine that they will win support from anyone that way. They do seem driven to preventing Walker from ever speaking, but in fact, he did speak after they left. He said:
“The bottom line is, no matter how loud you shout, the facts are the facts. The facts are that our reforms have worked and continue to work in the state of Wisconsin.”
It only makes him look better.
Indeed. Plus, in the comments: “They are the argument against themselves. They sound and look ugly and scary. It’s not a good protest. It is lacking in charm. The only way they can begin to look good is if someone gets physical or nasty against them, which they would then catch on camera and edit and post.” They keep this up, and even that’s not going to help.
MORE: Ray Patnaude emails: “My wife and I were at the AFP dinner. Some info on the AFP member who was pushed down the stairs by the protestors… she is the second woman the police are helping up in the Daily Caller video. Her name is Dolores Broderson, age 78. She rode on a bus for 11 hours from Detroit to get there. She went to the emergency room with a bloody nose and bruises on her hand and leg.”
STILL MORE: Reader Glenn Gallup writes: “The reason these guys use violence to try to silence their opponents is because they know Brian and Scott and whoever on CNN and all the press guys have their backs. And nobody in the Administration is going to do anything about it either. They think they are going to win.” They’re sadly mistaken.
MORE STILL: Reader John MacDonald writes:
When the green movement in Iran protested , Obama didn’t tell the regime to get out of town like he told Mubarek & Gaddafi.
The Community Organizer in Chief didn’t tell the protesters to go home.In the past he’s used phrases like ‘ get in their faces” and never let a crisis go to waste (Rahmbo).You’re dealing with people that know exactly what they are doing and which buttons to push while wondering around like Mr. Magoo …and trying not to leave fingerprints.
The end justifies the means…so they’ll be ramping up for 2012. The sooner the Tea Party and independents know who they are dealing with and their objectives the better. Sept of 2012 is too late to figure out what’s really going on.
JIM TREACHER: Joe Biden conspicuously silent on Occupier sex-crime spree. “Remember when all Joe Biden could talk about was rape? He kept saying the Republicans aren’t backing the American Jobs Act because they want everybody to get raped? Then he clammed up about it for some reason. But we’ll always have the memories. Good times. As the media tries to feed the embers of a sex scandal despite a distinct lack of A) sex or B) scandal, let’s take a look at our good friends in the Occupy movement who are giving ol’ Sheriff Joe something to cry about. In less than two months, they’ve already racked up an impressive list of rapes, sexual assaults, and other assorted sex crimes across the country.”
ANOTHER UPDATE: Video: Are Police Giving OWS Protesters a Free Pass?
“I believe that Barack Obama owns the Occupy Wall Street movement,” Rudy Giuliani said at the Defending the American Dream Summit. “It would not have happened, it would not have happened but for his class warfare. And remember, as it gets worse and worse because it’s going to get worse and worse, where it came from. Barack Obama. He praised it. He supported it. He agrees with it. He sympathizes with it. And as it gets worse and worse, I believe this will be the millstone around Barack Obama’s neck that will take his presidency down.”
Once it starts hurting him, the media oxygen will be withdrawn. In fact, that’s already starting to happen.
I love the part about how Moore was “escorted to his waiting SUV.” Sounds like a one-percenter to me!
STILL MORE: Reader Kim Sommer emails: “The POTUS didn’t seem to mind the term Obamacare. Let’s push Obamaville in describing the encampments.”
PROF. JACOBSON: NRA should release everything, or nothing. “As I have said before, all the facts should come out, not just the second- and third- hand characterizations we hear from Politico and others. Identify her; this is not a criminal rape case where there is a rape shield law or where newspapers follow a policy of not identifying the victims of sexual assault. If she wants to go public with her accusations she has no privacy interest behind which to hide. This is particularly so since various news organizations have been touting her professional accomplishments and good standing after leaving the NRA as a way of bolstering her credibility.”
Related: Tom Blumer: The Cain Scrutiny. “Those intent on stopping Cain believe that doing so has become a now-or-never proposition. That’s because in national polling, Cain is showing genuine signs of separating himself from the rest of the GOP field.”
UPDATE: Video: New Cain Ad: High-Tech Lynching. Brilliantly casting the likes of Cornel West and Harry Belafonte in the roles of Uncle-Tom facilitators. Or maybe House Negroes on the Democratic Plantation?
ANOTHER UPDATE: Ben Bradlee hypocrisy. Of course, my first thought was, Ben Bradlee’s still alive?
Plus this: ‘Politico, the political daily of liberal pedigree that set the hounds on Mr. Cain, has not said what he is guilty of, or when, or where, or who says so.”
And: What Did Politico Know, And When Did They Know It? “Last evening I sent a series of questions via Twitter to the 4 authors bylined on the Herman Cain “sexual harassment story.” And I did so because it occurred to me that one component of this story that no one seems to be asking about is what, exactly, did the Politico reporters know of any confidentiality or non-disclosure agreements by which either/both Herman Cain and the two women cited anonymously in the Politico story were bound. So far, I haven’t received a single response.”
STILL MORE: Bryan Preston on the Cain ad: “I don’t buy the notion that the way Politico handled the story has anything to do with race (politics and party affiliation, obviously yes), but pitting Cain up against Al Sharpton, Cornel West and Harry Belafonte as this ad does can only help Cain. He looks reasonable, they look like racist nuts.”
CRIME WAVE: Another “Occupier” Raped, In Baltimore [With Update: Occupier Assaults 14-Year-Old Girl in Dallas]. You know, when the Catholic church covered up and enabled this kind of thing, there was a lot of outrage.
KENNETH ANDERSON: The Fragmenting of the New Class Elites, or, Downward Mobility. “In social theory, OWS is best understood not as a populist movement against the bankers, but instead as the breakdown of the New Class into its two increasingly disconnected parts. The upper tier, the bankers-government bankers-super credentialed elites. But also the lower tier, those who saw themselves entitled to a white collar job in the Virtue Industries of government and non-profits — the helping professions, the culture industry, the virtueocracies, the industries of therapeutic social control, as Christopher Lasch pointed out in his final book, The Revolt of the Elites. The two tiers of the New Class have always had different sources of rents, however. . . . The OWS protestors are a revolt — a shrill, cri-de-coeur wail at the betrayal of class solidarity — of the lower tier New Class against the upper tier New Class. It was, after all, the upper tier New Class, the private-public finance consortium, that created the student loan business and inflated the bubble in which these lower tier would-be professionals borrowed the money. It’s a securitization machine, not so very different from the subprime mortgage machine. The asset bubble pops, but the upper tier New Class, having insulated itself and, as with subprime, having taken its cut upfront and passed the risk along, is still doing pretty well. It’s not populism versus the bankers so much as internecine warfare between two tiers of elites. The downward mobility is real, however, in both income and status. The Cal graduate started out wanting to do ‘sustainable conservation.’ She is now engaged in something closer to subsistence farming.”
Read the whole thing.
DON SURBER ON THE OCCUPY MOVEMENT: They Should Occupy Prison: “This is the face of liberalism, America. It is lawless, selfish, disrespectful and above all mean. The Democratic Party’s embrace, promotion and even logistical support of the Occupy Wall Street movement likely will backfire. . . . The media has by and large been very supportive of the various Occupy stunts organized by unions and radical groups. The allegations of rape, pimping underage girls and underage drinking are largely ignored by a national press that repeatedly lied about the peaceful, law-abiding Tea Party movement. With Occupy, police have had to arrest more than 1,000 Occupiers — even as police ignore permit violations, camping violations and pot-smoking. I cannot recall police arresting a single Tea Party member, even though there were 100 times as many of them.”
UPDATE: Ric Locke emails:
Anybody who’s been to a Tea Party or #Occupy rally knows the media is a pack of bald-faced liars.
There are quite a few who heartily approve, mind you, but not even the most rabid Narrative-maintainer goes to them for information any more, and isn’t that the point of “news”?
Well, it used to be.
FROM HOPE-AND-CHANGE TO RAPE-AND-CHANGE? Occupy Baltimore to sex assault victims: We support you in reporting the abuse, but we don’t encourage the involvement of police in our community. “The news here isn’t really that they’d rather have a ‘Security Committee’ deal with alleged rapists than the local P.D. The whole point of starting a utopian commune is that it’s as insular as possible. No, the news here is that there’s apparently enough of a problem that they felt obliged to publish a pamphlet dealing with the subject at all. I confess, I haven’t been to any tea-party rallies so you’ll have to tell me: Are there a lot of ‘here’s what to do if you’re raped today’ fliers circulating at those too?”
This seems to be a problem a lot of places, not just Baltimore. It’s almost as if they’re attracting a different sort of people than the Tea Parties do.
JASON MATTERA TO JOE BIDEN: So you’re really going to sell this jobs bill by talking about rape, huh? Two can play at that game: “The very first question at the next Solyndra hearing should be, ‘How many rapes could Democrats have prevented by giving that $535 million to cops instead?’”
I DON’T REMEMBER THIS AT ANY TEA PARTIES: CBS: ‘Occupy Cleveland’ Protester Alleges She Was Raped. “According to police reports, the 19-year-old student was instructed by ‘Occupy Cleveland’ personnel to ‘share a tent with the suspect due to a shortage of tents.’”
WALTER RUSSELL MEAD: #Occupy Protests Are An Exercise In Nostalgia. “The news that 175 people were arrested over the weekend in a Chicago OWS protest started me thinking about the ritualized nature of left demonstrations. The drums, the chants, the defiance, the arrests — and, sometimes, the glass smashing and the fire setting: it all unfolds according to a predictable pattern that in its modern form is essentially unchanged since the Vietnam War.”
They’re sure a lot less orderly than the Tea Party events.
Plus this: “Right now they are more likely to hollow Wall Street out than to change its ways. Financial businesses are already looking at ways to cut costs by getting out of the high priced glass canyons of lower Manhattan; dispersing the financial center into anonymous malls and office parks across a wider area (and perhaps in states that don’t have an income tax as zillionaires nervously eye possible changes to the federal tax code) looks much more attractive if Wall Street is going to be a target for protests.”
Related thoughts from Jeff Goldstein. “To be clear: these ‘grievances’ on parade are not the point of the protests, at least, not to those who are orchestrating all this. Instead, the point of the protests is to con weak-willed pragmatic panders like Romney, or weak-willed and frightened ‘leaders’ like Eric Cantor and John Boehner, to allow for the grievances, to sympathize with them, to begin speaking in the language of the left’s carefully crafted narrative, and to make concessions while remaining constantly on the defensive.”
MORE HIGHER EDUCATION NEWS: “A federal judge has ordered Brown University to turn over fund-raising and donation documents sought by lawyers in a case involving a former student who says he was falsely accused of rape and pressured to leave the university. . . . The former student, William McCormick III, was suspended in 2006 following “sexual misconduct” charges and later agreed to leave Brown permanently, but he says in a lawsuit that he did so under duress. In 2009, he sued Brown, the student who accused him, and her father, a wealthy Brown alumnus and donor, arguing that his accuser’s father had used his sway at the university to influence how administrators handled the allegations. . . . Historically, students who have contested a college’s finding of sexual misconduct have argued that they didn’t receive due process or the proceedings were fundamentally unfair. Mr. McCormick and his lawyers are reaching for broader information—including fund-raising records—to show the proceedings were biased.”
I love it that Brown regards the secrecy of its fund-raising records as “sacrosanct,” as opposed to, I dunno, due process, I guess: “FIRE has been checking into some of the due process protections for students who are accused of sexual assault or sexual harassment at Brown and other universities nationwide. One of our findings is that Brown uses the lowest standard of evidence among the top 100 U.S. colleges and universities (as ranked by U.S. News & World Report). It is bad enough that the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) earlier this year mandated the lowest possible standard of proof, “preponderance of the evidence” (or a 50.01% standard), which threatens students’ due process rights and forces most of the Ivy League schools to lower their standards and, accordingly, their accuracy in such cases. (FIRE has explained this problem at length.) But even worse, Brown’s policy doesn’t even go for a standard of proof; it has gone lower. Brown requires only a ‘reasonable basis’ for a finding of guilt in these cases, even if the majority of the evidence is on the other side.”
BECAUSE GOD LOVES US, AND WANTS US TO BE HAPPY? Mystery: Why do women have prominent breasts, even when not lactating?
Okay, actually that was Ben Franklin’s explanation for beer.
UPDATE: Various readers say that Franklin was talking about wine, not beer, though you often see him quoted thusly on beer t-shirts. Clayton Cramer sends this link to Franklin saying this: “We hear of the conversion of water into wine at the marriage in Cana, as of a miracle. But this conversion is, through the goodness of God, made every day before our eyes. Behold the rain, which descends from heaven upon our vineyards, and which incorporates itself with the grapes to be changed into wine; a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy.”
MICHAEL YON: Grapes.
CAMPAIGNING AGAINST false rape accusations. “How would the Justice Department respond if 25% of all black murder suspects were falsely accused of the crime by white accusers? . . . Now what if I told you that studies over the last ten years have shown that false rape accusations are likely in the ballpark of 25%, and could even be as high as 40%?”
ROGER SIMON: Should We Kidnap Ahmadinejad? “For years, I have read rumors that a young Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was among the kidnappers of the Americans at our Tehran embassy in 1980, back in the halcyon days of the Islamic revolution when Khomeini’s eager devotees scraped makeup from women’s faces with razor blades. (Oh, wait a minute. I guess they’re still doing it.)” Turnabout is fair play.
FROM “DAYS OF RAGE” TO “DAYS OF FAIL:” Nationwide Anti-Capitalist Revolution Flops. “Down in L.A., there were so few authentic protesters, that the LaRoucheites comprised a significant proportion of the attendees.”
Plus: “Are you a white man? If you’re a white man, then shut the fuck up about race, because you don’t know shit other than how to rape and kill.”
I’M PRETTY SURE THIS IS A MISTAKE: Female Blogger Threatened With Defamation Suit For Writing About TSA ‘Rape.’
A government agent suing for libel over an evaluation of performance? And thinking about suing Amy Alkon? You don’t tug on Wonder Woman’s cape. Here’s a hint of how it’s likely to play out:
“After [the agent Thedala] Magee’s assault on Ms. Alkon’s vagina and dignity, Ms. Alkon exercised her First Amendment right to recount this incident to others in person and through her blog,” writes Randazza. “This was not only her right — it was her responsibility.”
I’d never heard of Thedala Magee before. Now, thanks to her legal threats, I have.
HEY, HERE’S AN IDEA — WHY NOT TRY DUE PROCESS INSTEAD? New Scrutiny for Sex Assault Cases.
As the U.S. Education Department is aggressively reinforcing colleges’ legal obligations to address allegations of sexual assault — and making examples of those that don’t — a federal jury on Friday found a university negligent for how it treated someone accused by a fellow student of rape.
The verdict will likely be mulled over at colleges across the country, where judicial hearings for alleged sexual assaults are the norm – and where confusion and a lack of guidance over how such hearings should transpire often result in the mishandling of cases, experts say. However, these discussions tend to focus on the rights of the accuser, rather than the alleged perpetrator.
Well, that focus is by design, of course. It’s just not, you know, constitutional.
AN EPIDEMIC OF FALSE RAPE ACCUSATIONS IN BALTIMORE? “More than 30 percent of the cases investigated by detectives each year are deemed unfounded, five times the national average.”
HEALTH: Pathogens May Change, But Fear Is The Same. “Angry, vocal Americans led by people like Mr. Kramer get $15,000-a-year drugs at government expense. Silent, fatalistic Africans do not, even when the price is a mere $100. . . . And what coughing did for smallpox, lying does for AIDS. A 2007 study by Columbia University scientists found that almost 60 percent of gay American men who knew they were infected and were still having unprotected anal sex did not mention it to all their casual partners. One can only imagine what a survey of prison rapists would find, or one of prison rape victims returning home.”
GOOD ADVICE: If You’re Going to Falsely Tell Cops a Guy Sexually Assaulted You, Don’t Get Caught on Camera Announcing Your Plans. Hey, I keep telling you about the importance of ubiquitous video.
And we sure are seeing a lot of false rape charges nowadays, after decades of being told that women don’t lie about rape.
ANDREW MCCARTHY: Christie’s “Crazies.”
Maybe Governor Christie ought to ask S.D. if sharia law concerns are “just crap.” We know “S.D.” only by her initials to protect her from further indignity. She is a Muslim woman from Morocco who was serially raped and beaten in New Jersey by the Muslim man to whom she was wed as a teenager — one of those arranged marriages common in Islamic cultures. A New Jersey judge declined to give her a protective order, though. Under sharia, a man cannot rape his wife: “A woman cannot carry out the right of her Lord til she carries out the right of her husband,” declares one relevant hadith (Ibn Majah 1854). “If he asks her to surrender herself she should not refuse him even if she is on a camel’s saddle.” Or, as S.D.’s husband translated this sharia tenet as he forced himself on her, “This is according to our religion. You are my wife, I [can] do anything to you. The woman, she should submit and do anything I ask her to do.”
Based on this, the judge (who, thankfully, was later reversed) reasoned that the husband couldn’t be criminally culpable.
Read the whole thing.
IRA STOLL: Boehner Was Better:
President Obama, in his televised talk tonight, trotted out the same false choices he provided in his USA Today oped. The same objections apply. He draped himself in Reagan, as I predicted in my column last week. He was more pointed and aggressive than he’s been in some other recent appearances in aiming at the ‘wealthiest,’ a term he used four times in a short speech. His delivery, particularly early on, was awkward, with almost a deer-in-the-headlights uncomfortable look. . . .
Speaker Boehner, by contrast, was a refreshing surprise, much better than expected. He got off some excellent lines. My favorite was this: “The president has often said we need a ‘balanced’ approach — which in Washington means: we spend more. . .you pay more…..the president wanted a blank check six months ago, and he wants a blank check today. ” He went on, “right now, we have a government so big and so expensive it’s sapping the drive of our people…There is no symptom of big government more menacing than our debt. Break its grip, and we begin to liberate our economy and our future.”
Where it all goes from here is anyone’s guess, but my bet is that it will be some time before Mr. Obama agrees to go on television in prime time if he knows the Republicans are going to have a chance to reply afterward in the same prime time.
Well, stay tuned.
UPDATE: Reader Rosie Moore emails: “OK, Glenn, I’m obviously too engaged in this debt debate but Boehner said just what I wanted to hear. I’ll now take the dog out for a walk whistling a nice Springsteen melody – No Surrender. Sappy, yes, but I’m optimistic our reps will call Obama’s rhetorical bluff.”
ANOTHER UPDATE: Another reader emails: “I tried to write Boehner and congratulate him for a great response to the President’s speech tonight by using his website’s ‘contact’ link. But the page locked and then I eventually got a message stating ‘Server Too Busy’. I wonder if the server is getting too many other congrats and kudos from many concerned citizens like me. I hope so. He did a fine job, tonight.”
DIRTY SECRETS: THE RAPE OF MEN. “His captors raped him, three times a day, every day for three years. And he wasn’t the only one. He watched as man after man was taken and raped. The wounds of one were so grievous that he died in the cell in front of him. . . . It’s not just in East Africa that these stories remain unheard.”
Stemple’s findings on the failure of aid agencies is no surprise to Dolan. “The organisations working on sexual and gender-based violence don’t talk about it,” he says. “It’s systematically silenced. If you’re very, very lucky they’ll give it a tangential mention at the end of a report. You might get five seconds of: ‘Oh and men can also be the victims of sexual violence.’ But there’s no data, no discussion.”
As part of an attempt to correct this, the RLP produced a documentary in 2010 called Gender Against Men. When it was screened, Dolan says that attempts were made to stop him. “Were these attempts by people in well-known, international aid agencies?” I ask.
“Yes,” he replies. “There’s a fear among them that this is a zero-sum game; that there’s a pre-defined cake and if you start talking about men, you’re going to somehow eat a chunk of this cake that’s taken them a long time to bake.” Dolan points to a November 2006 UN report that followed an international conference on sexual violence in this area of East Africa.
“I know for a fact that the people behind the report insisted the definition of rape be restricted to women,” he says, adding that one of the RLP’s donors, Dutch Oxfam, refused to provide any more funding unless he’d promise that 70% of his client base was female. He also recalls a man whose case was “particularly bad” and was referred to the UN’s refugee agency, the UNHCR. “They told him: ‘We have a programme for vulnerable women, but not men.’”
And protecting their cake is the most important thing, of course.
REX MURPHY: “If America falls, it will not be from external enemies. It will be by her own hand. That is the inescapable conclusion one carries away from a reading of Reckless Endangerment, an account of the ferocious financial crisis that exploded in 2008 and through which, to this very day, the United States is still struggling to find safe and solid ground. . . . Any person with a regard for the United States, or with some surviving faith in the virtues of representative democracy, will finish this book severely angry. It’s a good game to play, should you start to read it, to keep count of the number of times you lay the book down in exasperated wonder that the American system could have been so twisted, so abused and so turned against itself.”
If there is ever a Mount Rushmore for hypocrites, the face of Democratic Congressman Barney Frank -Fannie Mae’s friend in every sordid scrape (until nothing could be hidden anymore) -should be the first to go up. It was the complaisance and complicity of elected politicians like him that enabled Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to achieve the power they did, to violate so utterly their own charters, to defy and slander their regulators (they set rumours afloat that one honest overseer was having “mental problems”) as long as the mortgage giants tossed funds into their political kitties, gave them ribbon cutting ceremonies for “minority housing,” and greased their re-election efforts.
The real story of Reckless Endangerment is more a story of democracy corrupted than it is a story of financial fraud. It is a story of America’s great wounding of herself. And even now, with this book, the full account is not nearly as known as it should be; and as the authors so sadly point out, nearly every one of the principals who brought such misery and shame upon their countrymen are free, prosperous, in many cases highly honoured and “serving” still at the highest levels of political and financial power.
At the very least, this needs to be pointed out continuously.
“Today the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, with the Department of Health and Human Services, announced a contest to develop a smartphone app to help students better protect themselves in risky situations. The effort is dubbed Apps Against Abuse. . . . The competition calls for developers to build an app that lets women designate friends or emergency contacts and check in with them during at-risk situations. The app would also provide fast access to information and resources for dealing with sexual assault or dating violence.”
Wait, just women? Isn’t that sexist?
While the White House is busy focusing on the important issue of student sexual misbehavior, maybe we need an app to protect male students against false rape accusations, too? As Emily Bazelon said after the Hofstra bogus-rape incident: “The weird lesson for men who have group sex in bathrooms: Film it on your cell phone.”
AMY ALKON: When Women Confuse Being Asked Out With Being Raped At Knifepoint In An Elevator. So we’ve gone from No means no, to No means you shouldn’t have asked.
Plus, from the comments:
The irony of this entire story for me is that this is a community of skeptics.
Yet if anyone within the skeptic community is skeptical of Rebecca Watson’s interpretation of events and hence calls into question her interpretation, they are immediately branded a sexist or a misogynist.
Apparently there are some things you aren’t allowed to be skeptical of within the skeptics community.
They use up all their skepticism on one topic. There’s none left for others.
And, as always, wisdom from XKCD.
THERE SEEMS TO BE A LOT OF THIS ALL OF A SUDDEN: Another High-Profile Rape Case Collapsing? “Mother Jones is hardly an unsympathetic outlet for the case, so the detailed report from Stephanie Mencimer is all the more remarkable, and particularly well-written.”
CURIOUSER AND CURIOUSER: DSK’s French Accuser to File Attempted Rape Complaint. “The lawyer for French writer Tristane Banon announced today that his client intends to file attempted rape charges against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn in Paris. ‘I will send the complaint to the public prosecutor’s office tomorrow,’ lawyer David Koubbi told the French weekly L’Express, ‘and they will receive it on Wednesday.’ The move comes only days after prosecutors in New York conceded that their case against Strauss-Kahn had been weakened by questions surrounding the credibility of a maid who has accused Strauss-Kahn of sexually assaulting her in May at the Sofitel Hotel in New York.”
CLARICE FELDMAN: HOW RICH IS THIS IRONY? “The NY Post article discussed here indicates the maid who accused Srauss-Kahn of rape was part of a prostitution/illegal immigrant ring in which the union which placed members at the Sofitel was intimately (pardon the expression) involved. I assume that union is the New York Hotel Workers’ Union, which makes this editorial titled ‘New York is the wrong place to prey on hotel workers..’ on their website too rich in irony.”
DSK UPDATE: The Letter the Prosecution Sent Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s Defense. “As I say, this doesn’t mean she wasn’t raped. But it would be very difficult to convict based on this person’s testimony.”
REPORT: Maid who accused DSK of sexual assault repeatedly lied: sources. “The maid who accused former IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn of a violent sex attack in his Midtown hotel room has repeatedly lied to prosecutors and is ‘personally associated’ with money launderers and drug dealers — revelations that have sunk the prosecution’s case, sources told The Post last night. . . . Strauss-Kahn has admitted to having sex with her, but insisted it was consensual. That makes her the only one who can tell a jury she tried to resist — and DA Cyrus Vance now realizes that if she’s exposed to cross examinination she’ll be destroyed on the stand when defense lawyers shine a light on the skeletons in her closet. . . . prosecutors believe some of her account of her activities in the hours surrounding the alleged attack wasn’t true, though they haven’t necessarily reached a new conclusion about the incident itself, a law enforcement official told the Associated Press.” Well, that doesn’t mean she wasn’t raped, but it may mean that she’s not a credible complainant. On the other hand, he sure acted guilty that day.
UPDATE: A reader emails: “If DSK is innocent, and what happened was either consented to or just ‘bad sex’ (as Ann Althouse would say), then I think it’s an instructive example of the power imbalance between men and women in the legal setting. Also, a powerful example of what a class-neutral legal system we have.”
ANOTHER UPDATE: A cynical hedge-fund reader emails: “Does *anyone* think it’s a coincidence that DSK got his walking papers barely 2 days after his successor (a French finance minister with a Chicago law firm pedigree) was picked?”
Here’s more on Christine Lagarde.
AFRICAN VILLAGE uses DIY guns to fight rapists.
More here: “The Obo scouts represent a phenomenon found in many conflict zones. When government or occupying armies fail to provide security, vulnerable communities often organize their own forces. It has happened in northern Iraq’s besieged Christian communities, across Afghanistan and, most famously, in Sunni-dominated north-central Iraq, where volunteer ‘Sons of Iraq’ groups helped turn the tide against Iraqi insurgents. . . . The implications of Obo’s self-defense efforts are huge for vulnerable communities across Africa, for the rebel groups that threaten them, and for the central governments whose legitimacy erodes by the day, as everyday people build their own armies and intelligence apparatuses from scratch.” When governments fail to provide basic security, people resort to self-help. The results aren’t always pretty, but even the ugly ones are an indictment of authorities’ incompetence or unconcern. Note the comments on that last link . . .
WELCOME TO THE 21ST CENTURY, WHERE “A good wife is a good sex worker.”
“Disobedient wives are the cause for upheaval in this world,” the club’s vice president and co-founder, Dr. Rohayah Mohamad, told told the Associated Press. She blames the country’s rising divorce rate—as well as incidents of prostitution, rape, and even incest—on wives who have neglected to keep their husbands satisfied in bed.
Isn’t that what Chris Matthews was saying about the Weiner affair?
THE LAW IN JAPAN: Waltzing Into Bedrooms And Brothels.
Judges may also go far beyond their brief to comment on social mores, In one instance, in 1991, a judge decided that modern appliances are partly responsible for failed marriages because they “give women time to contemplate”. In that particular case the judge rejected a wife’s request for divorce after years of physical abuse, living separately and even a suicide attempt because her husband did not cheat or gamble, and looked so forlorn in court. “They should search together for the bluebird they were unable to find before,” the judge ruled. The reference to a “bluebird” is as jarring in Japanese as it is in English.
Judges use a multi-part test, that does not include love, to approve a contested divorce. Yet love plays a part in cases where it is perhaps less relevant. For instance, sexual relations with a minor is sometimes excused if the court rules there is love. Judges set out to decide whether the defendant is “earnest”, which means either in love or contemplating marriage.
In the case of rape, Japanese courts consider factors that American and European ones would not. Being drunk is a valid defence. One 1992 ruling suspended the sentences of two men out of compassion for what they “must have faced when the victim told them no”. A 1994 trial led to an acquittal in part because the victim’s “chastity is questionable”: she had slept with her boyfriend after a second date.
It’s a review of Mark West’s Lovesick Japan: Sex, Marriage, Romance, Law.
IT’S OBVIOUSLY THE MUCH WIDER AVAILABILITY OF PORN. DUH. Rapes Have Dropped More than 80% Since 1979.
FASTER, PLEASE: Lymphoma vaccine extends survival in late-stage study. “In a study published in the online version of the Journal of Clinical Oncology, researchers at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center say a Phase III trial of the therapeutic vaccine BioVaxID for follicular lymphoma increased disease-free survival by 14 months.”
I THOUGHT THIS NEVER HAPPENED, BUT IT KEEPS HAPPENING: Woman pleads guilty to lying about rape.
Rodney Peters knew Kimberly St. Charles just four hours before she told police he raped her.
After intense interrogations over two days and following a polygraph test, his bosses suspended him and Peters feared he would be jailed. But because his story was so convincing, police asked more questions of his accuser.
That’s when St. Charles admitted she lied, police said.
“She didn’t know me,” Peters said Tuesday after St. Charles pleaded guilty to making a false alarm, a felony. “She was essentially a stranger.”
She should get more than a slap on the wrist.
BRITISH HEALTH SYSTEM NOT INSPIRING DEVOTION: Why aren’t the masses joining the protests to ‘Save our NHS’? Perhaps because the NHS treats them with utter contempt. “The most striking thing about the ‘Save our NHS’ protests is how small they are. From the handful of professional activists who stormed a branch of NatWest at the weekend, symbolically draped in bloodied bandages, to the various ‘die-ins’ staged by anti-cuts protesters who claim that ‘the poor’ (a horrible Dickensian phrase) will kick the bucket if the Lib-Cons trim anything related to health, the protests have been noisy and headline-grabbing, yes, but tiny in terms of turnout. It isn’t hard to see why. The NHS might be of profound symbolic importance to left-wing activists, but to the general public, to the masses who make up its clientele, it is a patronising, snooping and increasingly politically motivated institution. Save it? Why, exactly?”
READER DAVID WHIDDEN DECLARES VICTORY: “When all the New York Times can complain about is the color of buildings in Baghdad, can we officially say that the war was a success? Oh the horrors of tackiness! If only we had left Saddam in power!”
Well, we’d have been spared this: “In downtown Baghdad, a police headquarters has been painted two shades of purple: lilac and grape. The central bank, a staid building in many countries, is coated in bright red candy cane stripes. . . . Baghdad has weathered invasion, occupation, sectarian warfare and suicide bombers. But the latest scourge, tastelessness, may prove the toughest to overcome.”
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: Demagoguery 101. “The El Paso speech is notable not for breaking any new ground on immigration but for perfectly illustrating Obama’s political style: the professorial, almost therapeutic, invitation to civil discourse, wrapped around the basest of rhetorical devices — charges of malice compounded with accusations of bad faith. . . . This impugning of motives is an Obama constant.”
SO THANKS TO ALL THE GUESTBLOGGERS, WHO DID A GREAT JOB. Meanwhile, I was scuba diving again — with my friend Nat Robb’s dive operation — and taking some Internet-free time to clear my brain. I love the Internet, but time away from it can be therapeutic. . . .
I also read Charles Stross’s new book — not out yet — Rule 34. It’s like the perfect InstaPundit novel — there’s a burst higher-education bubble, talk of the Singularity and artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, and even home-based fab/maker technology. What’s not to like?
I’ll be ramping up back to normal as the day goes on. I’m tanned, rested, and ready!
ABOUT THAT CHEERLEADER WHO WOULDN’T CHEER for the player she’d accused of rape. Let’s talk about the free speech and other legal issues, but you’ve got to get the timeline right.
ANN ALTHOUSE: Why did Caitlin Flanagan write such a poorly supported article on fraternities and rape? As I said yesterday, this column is an embarrassment.
CAITLIN FLANAGAN engages in stereotyping and collective guilt. Because if you have a few bad anecdotes about a group, it justifies acting against every member of the group. So long as . . . well, you can guess the rest.
UPDATE: From the comments: “I had a bad date in college one time. I think that sororities should be shut down.” Let me just say: Caitlin Flanagan should be ashamed to have put this out under her name. It’s a joke. She’ll never again have the credibility that she had before this sad piece of work was published. Not only is it sexist. It’s dumb.
ANOTHER UPDATE: Mr. Bingley emails:
I was a student at UVa during those exact years (82-86). What happened to poor Ms. Securro was disgusting, horrific and inexcusable and I’m glad that there is justice being served, however belatedly and yet I’m fully aware that it can in no way right the wrong that was committed. I also should point out that I did not belong to a fraternity and never attempted to join one; hell, I think that in my 4 years at Virginia I maybe went to three fraternity parties (I hated how they spilled so much beer over the floors of those gorgeous houses they had and they were too noisy and loud for my taste). Also, as only about 1/3 of students belonged to fraternities, one could quite easily have a wonderful and social four years at UVa and basically never step into one.
But this article isn’t at all about Ms. Securro, is it? It’s about the demons that inhabit dear fragile Miss Flanagan’s mind. The key sentences (“They are built of the same Jeffersonian architecture as the rest of the campus. At once august and moldering, they seemed sinister, to stand for male power at its most malevolent and institutionally condoned.”) speak of that same sort of Andrea Dworkin mindset that was all too prevalent in that era: “Every! Telephone! Pole! Is! A! Penis! And! Wants! To! Rape! Me!”
Virginia is currently 56% women and 44% male. If someone is being “robbed” of a chance at an education I would politely suggest it isn’t the young ladies.
I write this as the father of a rising HS senior Daughter who just completed a week of visiting colleges, including Virginia, and I have no out-of-the-ordinary qualms about her attending there or any of the other fine institutions we visited last week (sadly, UT was not on her list).
Yes, the whole piece had a rather musty quality, in addition to its other flaws.
UPDATE: More criticism from Ann Althouse. “Why don’t women claim the power they have instead of running to Daddy (i.e., the government)?”
The tragic latest chapter in Mangum’s story has two particularly ironic aspects. First, this reminder of the Duke rape hoax comes just as the Obama administration is leading a push for a more aggressive pursuit of sexual assault charges on college campuses, including policy changes that would strip important protections from the accused. . . .
No less striking, while the Duke case sparked intense debates on feminism and rape, the new charges against Mangum spotlight another major feminist controversy: gender and domestic violence. While advocates often portray domestic abuse as a male “war against women” — an assumption reflected in the federal Violence Against Women Act championed by now-Vice President Joe Biden in the 1990s — many such assaults have female perpetrators and male victims. In particular, FBI statistics from recent years show that about 20 percent of victims of murder by spouses or partners are male.
Many feminists claim that women regarded as domestic abusers are usually victims fighting back (a claim some of Mangum’s supporters are already making). Yet the handling of Mangum’s previous domestic violence case lends more credence to the assertions of men’s rights activists that domestic assaults by women tend to be treated with extra leniency.
Read the whole thing.
UPDATE: Reader Joel Pomerantz writes: “We have been teaching integrative medicine for years, and it’s important to know. Nearly half our patients are using some kind of herbal supplements, and if we don’t know what side effects or drug interactions those have, we can get into big trouble.”
ANOTHER UPDATE: Reader William Stoddard writes:
I’ve gone to two practitioners of integrative medicine in a row for primary care, and I take my cats to a veterinary practice with a somewhat similar approach (they describe some of their treatments as “homeopathic,” for example). I don’t necessarily believe that their nonstandard methods are effective or scientifically valid (though at least one recommended herbal treatment has given me sustained symptomatic benefits). But they have one important quality that I value highly: They’re willing to talk with me! My sample of integrative practitioners seem to have a bit more time for communication, explanation, and emotional support. And I count that as part of quality of care. American health care has tended increasingly toward big, impersonal, institutionalized care delivery systems in which it’s all too easy for patient needs to get lost; I prefer to avoid them as long as I can.
It would be different if they relied entirely on “alternative” methods. But as long as they have the technological options available, and respect my right to choose a therapeutic approach that meets my needs, I’m not concerned.
Willing to talk. Yeah, there’s a doctor here in Knoxville who’s a great diagnostician, and his secret seems to be that he listens to you, and then he thinks about what you tell him. Shockingly, it makes a big difference.
SO I GOT AN EMAIL FROM YALE PRESIDENT RICHARD LEVIN LAST NIGHT about the “sexual harassment” claims involving Yale. Here’s the key bit:
As you may know, Yale was recently informed by the Office of Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education that it will be investigating a complaint made by a group of current students and graduates alleging that the University is in violation of Title IX of the Higher Education Act. Title IX mandates that no one be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any federally supported education program on the basis of sex. We have not yet received a copy of the complaint, and the notification from the Office of Civil Rights does not provide details. We believe that the investigation will focus on Yale’s policies and practices concerning sexual harassment and misconduct.
It is imperative that the climate at Yale be free of sexual harassment and misconduct of any kind. The well being of our students and the entire community requires this. Should transgressions occur, they must be addressed expeditiously and appropriately.
We will cooperate fully with the Office of Civil Rights in their investigation, but the Officers, the Dean of Yale College, and I believe that we should not await the investigation before asking ourselves how we might improve the policies, practices, and procedures intended to protect members of our community. I write to describe some of the measures we are taking immediately.
I have appointed an external Advisory Committee on Campus Climate, chaired by Margaret H. Marshall ‘76JD, the former Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts and a former Fellow of the Yale Corporation. The other members of the Committee are Seth P. Waxman ‘77JD, former Solicitor General of the United States and a partner at WilmerHale LLP; Kimberly Goff-Crews ‘83BA, ‘86JD, Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students at the University of Chicago; and Elizabeth (Libby) Smiley ’02BA, former president of the Yale College Council and a director at Barbary Coast Consulting in San Francisco.
I have asked the Committee for advice about how sexual harassment, violence or misconduct may be more effectively combated at Yale, and what additional steps the University might take to create a culture and community in which all of our students are safe and feel well supported. The Committee will spend time listening to members of our community about the situation as they live it and will make its own assessments. We have policies in place, and a number of recommendations developed during the last year are being implemented. Nevertheless, I am confident that there is more that we can do, and I am grateful to the members of the panel for contributing their time and wise counsel.
It’s worth noting that — as Wendy Kaminer pointed out in The Atlantic last week — this is a claim based almost entirely on free expression that some don’t like:
What accounts for such feminine timidity, this instinctive unwillingness or inability to talk or taunt back, without seeking the protection of university or government bureaucrats? Talking is apparently beside the point. “I just want to be able to walk back to my dorm at night without hearing all this crazy stuff from these guys,” one student complains. I sympathize (I was a young woman once, too), but “hearing crazy stuff” from people in public is part of life in a free society, a society in which you enjoy equal rights to say crazy stuff.
Putatively progressive feminists might agree, if only they regarded women as equal to the task of talking back, if only they distinguished between men who “say stuff” about women and men who “do stuff” to women. In the feminist view reflected in the Yale draft complaint, the misogynist rants of some undergraduate men (perhaps a relatively small percentage of them) is not speech. It’s a series of “dangerous,” “sex-discriminatory threats” that “intimidate” and “terrorize” women, constituting a hostile environment (or “rape culture”) that causes sexual violence.
See, you used to be able to punish the sort of behavior complained of here on the ground that it violated general principles of decency and acceptable public behavior. But after a half-century or so of attacking even the notion of general principles of decency and acceptable public behavior — especially where sex is concerned! — that doesn’t work.
Universities have long told the larger culture that it must simply put up with whatever is said, however offensive, in the interest of free expression. Now we see more evidence that that was always a lie, a self-serving cover story that was really meant simply to protect speech that the larger culture didn’t want to hear, with no intention to protect speech that people at universities don’t want to hear. Universities, meanwhile, have become some of the most hostile environments for free speech anywhere in America.
That repression, of course, merely empowers such antics — or, if one wishes to play the usual leftist game, it could be argued that their very crudity is evidence of authenticity in response to repression. At any rate, at a time where the nation is rethinking the value of higher education generally in the face of straitened financial circumstances, this hypocrisy will not go unnoticed.
Meanwhile, I note that the investigating committee is stacked 3-1 women against men. Though this is probably meant as a signal to the complainants — and to the Obama Administration educrats — that the complaint is taken seriously, it also sends a signal that satisfying the complainants is more important than fairness. Bad move, Yale.
But Peter Berkowitz says that Yale is all about the Benjamins here.
UPDATE: Mischievous sorts may wind up piling on, arguing to the Department of Education educrats that Yale’s decision to host an unrepentant Taliban is further evidence of hostility to women on campus.
THEN: FALSE RAPE ACCUSATION. NOW — MURDER? The woman who accused three Duke University lacrosse players of raping and beating her in a small bathroom of a house off campus stabbed a “boyfriend” earlier this month.
THIS SEEMS FAIR: Woman Who Made Up Rape Claim Sent To Prison.
STOPPING PRISON RAPE, with all deliberate speed: “Almost eight years after Congress unanimously approved the first-ever federal law to crack down on prison rape and nine months after the Department of Justice missed its initial deadline for issuing anti-prison rape policies, the new federal guidelines remain in limbo.”
AFTER HER 9/11 AND HOUSING DEBACLE BACKGROUND who better for FBI Director than Jamie Gorelick?
Gorelick served as vice chairman of the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) when the government-sponsored enterprise began bundling subprime loans into securitized financial instruments. Prior to that, she served as deputy attorney general in the Clinton Justice Department under then-Attorney General Janet Reno from 1994 to 1997. . . . But Gorelick is perhaps best known for her 1995 memo, written when she was deputy attorney general, that later became known as “Gorelick’s Wall,” a policy prescription limiting the flow of information between intelligence gatherers and criminal investigators that some believe helped allow the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center to go unchallenged.
Gorelick also got sweetheart loans from Countrywide. Hey, who better to be in charge of law enforcement for this administration? Did I mention her views on the Duke lacrosse false-rape accusations?
UPDATE: A reader emails: “The story here in Chicagoland is: Patrick Fitzgerald is on the short list. Fitzgerald stepped in and stopped Blago from incriminating too many Obama people. I highly doubt Jamie Gorelick could get appointed to anything, it’s a miracle she isn’t in jail.”
It’s a miracle, but a promotion would be in keeping with her entire career.
ANOTHER UPDATE: “No.”
EXPLOSION ROCKS EARTHQUAKE-DAMAGED NUCLEAR PLANT in Japan. Unclear whether containment has failed.
Meanwhile the earthquake death toll is now believed to be greater than 1,700.
UPDATE: Much more at BlackFive.
ANOTHER UPDATE: Chris Matthews on the tsunami: “Was this sort of a good opportunity for the president to remind everybody that he grew up in the United States and Hawaii?” Isn’t it time for him to go?
MORE: A reader sends this from Tokyo:
The global-warming axe-grinders and anti-nuclear luddites are coming out of the woodwork to use the nuclear crisis in Japan as an excuse to climb on their hobby-horses.
I was in the center of Tokyo during the earthquake and was one of those “roaming the streets” last night. Translate that as walked home cause the trains stopped. The earthquake was 8000 times more powerful than the New Zealand quake. Skyscrapers in Tokyo were swaying, the streets were vibrating and shaking and everyone was scared absolutely shitless. I’ve been here for twenty years and these things don’t scare me. So I don’t mind saying I was terrified and figured this was it.
And you know what? Not one building in Tokyo collapsed. Not even one. Part of roof caved in during a graduation ceremony. The devastation from the tsunami and from the tremors in Miyagi and Sendai is real. But Japan isn’t quaking in its boots and, yes, we are all alarmed at the nuclear crisis unfolding in Fukushima.
Here’s what’s not happening, however, from the Wapo right now:
“The explosion at the reactor is certain to rattle confidence in nuclear power in Japan, victim of the only nuclear weapons explosions and where people have long been sensitized to the dangers of radioactive releases. In the United States, it will deal a severe blow to advocates of a nuclear power renaissance.”
The US has been uncharacteristically shy about embracing technology the rest of the world relies on. I haven’t heard or read one adult questioning the wisdom of relying on nuclear energy in Japan. In fact, it takes something like a combination of a massive earthquake and a tsunami together to attack the integrity of the system. The systems largely worked.
Any other city in the world would have seen buildings flattened and the deaths of tens of thousands. To the best of my knowledge not one person in Tokyo died, although I wouldn’t rule out the possibility that some poor soul fell off a ladder.
Sound engineering, preparation, precaution, and technology saved the day. I could walk home last night secure in the knowledge that my kids, wife, and mother-in-law were completely safe despite experiencing the worst earthquake in Japanese history and the fifth-worst in the world ever.
So let’s not trash nuclear energy and Japanese engineering, please. The links to charities are much appreciated. The best thing the US can do is start learning from Japan about how to build buildings that can withstand these kinds of events and nuclear power systems that can survive earthquakes and the odd tsunami. The system worked. Trains are running again.
Please keep my name out of this should you choose to use this.
As I’ve said before, the Japanese do disaster-prep better than we do.
UPDATE: Reader Jack Lillywhite emails: “That commenter who was in Tokyo stated this EQ was 8,000 times greater than Christchurch is way off the mark. If Christchurch was 6.8 and Japan was 8.9 then it was only 1,100 times greater on the Richter scale. You may want to note the correction since this has gone viral on the internet.” Well, I’m about to get on a plane and can’t double-check, but “only” 1,100 times is still a lot.
ANOTHER UPDATE: And now several readers say that Lillywhite is wrong, and it is 8000 times. Either way, it’s big.
WHERE’S NOW WHEN YOU NEED THEM? Texas: New Black Panther Leader Justifies Gang Rape of 11-Year-Old Hispanic Girl.
UPDATE: A reader emails:
I’m a Houstonian, and familiar with Quannell X. He is many things, not many of which I would admire. My sense of fairness and modesty requires me to defend him against the charges in your headline.
I had the opportunity to hear X on the radio yesterday. One of our conservative radio hosts, Michael Berry, had the man on to explain himself. The TRUE story is, as usual, more complex than the headline. Here is what I heard:
X believes that of the men arrested for the crime, a few are actually innocent, and weren’t even in the town on the days in question. X believes that there are others, not black men, who are also guilty of having victimized this girl over a longer period of time. He bases that accusation on things he has read from and about the girl.
He wants to make sure that ALL guilty parties are found, and brought to justice. He wants to make sure that any innocent men are released, and he wants to hold the community at large and the girl’s family a bit more up to public shame and questioning for not protecting this child. He wants to make law enforcement look BEYOND “gang of black boys raped Mexican girl” and see that a young girl was a victim of MANY men of different races, over a longer period of time.
He is IN NO WAY blaming the girl, or excusing the rapes, he wants the rapists prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Kinda odd for me to defend X, but truth is truth.
Well, I watched the video and read the story, but it wouldn’t be the first time a news account failed to capture the entire truth.
A 21ST CENTURY “WATERGATE?”
At 3:00, we see the use of fingernails to scrape off the stickers that have been moistened with something from a spray bottle that is referred to as “fresh water” (at 5:06) but produces foam.
Sorry, I couldn’t resist.
WILL THIS BE the week of iPad 2? I’m actually thinking of buying one for a friend of the family who’s stuck in a nursing home. They don’t have in-room internet, so a 3G iPad might be the way to go. It’s pretty boring there. . . .
UPDATE: Reader Doug Orr emails:
Got my iPad last July, and since then have been in the hospital twice for 3 days and 8 days. I would have gone stir crazy without the iPad. Nurses loved asking about it, all the doctors said their wives had one already. Ha!
Also, i got to avoid the dreaded daytime television shows. Those things will kill you.
And reader John Williams writes:
My father in law had a stroke about two years ago and is living in an assisted care facility. We bought him a first generation iPad about 6 months ago and it is a huge hit. He carries it with him wherever he goes almost like a kid with a security blanked.
He struggles with email a bit but is able to communicate far more with his family than any other medium. He manages his investments, keeps up on the news, reads Instapundit, and plays Yahtzee.
Technical support for him using the device has been pretty easy as well. You just can’t get into the kinds of trouble you can with a “real” computer.
Good point. And reading InstaPundit is bound to be therapeutic. Another reader says that I’ll be able to pick up an original model iPad for $100 less once the new one comes out. Maybe I’ll pick up one of those; it should be entirely adequate for nursing-home amusement purposes.
And reader Barry Dauphin emails:
Maybe you’ve hit on to a bigger idea. Nursing homes should try to get them in bulk for their residents. Learning how to use them would be very stimulating and there’s all kinds of things you can do with them. Apple could cut deals, the way they do with schools and computers.
That sounds like a really good idea. Maybe Apple should donate some of the first-gen iPad stock to a nursing home or two as an experiment.
MORE: Reader Trent Kelso emails:
Adding to the in praise of the iPad chorus…
I got an iPad in Sept when my dad was set for brain surgery and knew I’d have a week with him at UCLA Med Ctr with nothing to do. I decided to splurge on the iPad because my laptop was waaaaay too clunky to lug around conveniently, gets real hot, and is just too bulky to use all day long. Unfortunately, mom & I were cooped up in the hospital with dad for 9 weeks and the iPad kept us sane. We downloaded and played games, watched Netflix, read our favorite blogs, read books (via the Kindle app), took notes on dad’s treatment and had our questions immediately handy when the docs walked in. We were able to instantly access medical info on the net via the hospital’s free wifi to help us understand dad’s condition and why the docs were doing what they were doing. The iPad made us formidable medical consumers; it armed us with information almost instantaneously.
Like your other reader, when docs saw my iPad, they said things like “Don’t you love it?” or “I need to get one on my next day off.” When RNs or CNAs saw it, they’d say “Is that an iPad?” or, “Do you think it’s worth it?”. Naturally, I told the RNs & CNAs that it was the best thing since beer, and that it was worth every penny. An amazing device, which, incidentally, I’m using to write this e-mail.
Oh, one more noteworthy feature is that the user interface is extremely intuitive. My mom is 78 and took to the iPad like a duck to water. Try that with a PC laptop.
Good point. And reader Joe Jackson emails:
After an 18 month stretch in a nursing home my wife died last May. During those final months her lifeline to the world was a MacBook. An iPad would have been better and I was just about to buy her one when she died. Anything than can be done to relieve the boredom in a nursing home – and keep the residents mentally engaged – is worth doing. And yes, that includes Apple discounting the iPad to extended care facilities (I say this as an Apple stockholder).
The crushing boredom and isolation of those places is one of the worst things about them — and even someone with a big family that visits as much as it can is going to have a lot of downtime.
STUDY: Staring At Breasts Increases Heart Health. I’m pretty sure this is just the same bogus report that resurfaces every couple of years. But why take chances?
And in that vein, Stacy McCain takes a strong interest in preventive medicine. “The staff of the Collins-McCain Institute for Therapeutic Breast-Staring would like to thank Christina Hendricks and Anne Hathaway for their heroic efforts to improve America’s cardiovascular health.” Plus, from the comments: “Consensus has been reached. The science is settled.”
LATEST ZERO TOLERANCE IDIOCY: A Virginia middle school student has been suspended for . . . opening the door for a woman whose hands were full. Really, why not just abolish public education, if this is what it has come to?
UPDATE: Reader Christopher Bell writes:
I was struck by the juxtaposition within a few of your posts highlighting ridiculous ‘zero tolerance’ policies where no sense seems evident and prison rape where officialdom is quite content to look the other way. My less optimistic friends would suggest this is a sure sign of a society in self-obsessed decline, but could it be that it’s just driven by a growing bureaucratic class used to operating in the dark with an unearned benefit of the doubt from too many citizens busy trying to get by?
Following the Porkbusters model, we need not just an Army of Davids, but Armies of Davids to tackle more and more of these issues and expose more of this to light.
Yes, we need a zero-tolerance approach to bureaucratic idiocy and self-dealing.
PRISON RAPE and the government. Shockingly, the Justice Department is not doing everything it can to address this problem, but rather seems to be trying to minimize attention.
PHOTOS FROM WISCONSIN: How much respect did the demonstrators show for the State Capitol grounds?
“‘If I’m a GREAT worker WHY are you treating me THIS WAY?’ — an abandoned sign pleads.” More pics of trash at the link.
Plus this: “I attended the Tea Party rally at the Wisconsin State Capitol last year on April 15th, and I did not see a scrap of litter left behind. Participants not only took care to leave no trash of their own, they looked around and made sure no one else did.”
It’s the difference between acting like civilized people, and looters.
UPDATE: Reader Ronnie Schreiber writes:
Who but someone infused with the therapeutic self-esteem culture prevalent in our schools today would say of themselves, “I am a great worker”? Does Bob Dylan call himself a “great songwriter”? I hear people describing themselves as competent or skilled or that they work hard but I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone that was good at their job describe themselves in such lofty terms as “great”. Sure, I’ve done some great embroideries and the stuff that I write for pay can be pretty good as well, but I make far too many mistakes to say that I’m “great”. Yes, sometimes I’ll tell a customer that an embroidery is beautiful, but then I also will tell them when it’s not perfect as well. That’s just being honest. But characterizing myself as “great”? I’m far too familiar with my own flaws to do that.
Obviously, you need a union. And reader C.J. Burch emails: “Funny, the people that expect the state to pay their way act like this. The people that don’t, don’t. A sense of entitlement is an ugly thing.”
RICHARD FERNANDEZ: Reality Hurts: “Carol Hanisch’s dictum that the “personal is political” got it wrong. In reality, when something becomes personal it stops being political. A Guantanamo detainee living in America is political. The same detainee living next door is personal. The masses taking their revenge on the imperialist West is political; Lara Logan being raped is personal. When somebody else is being beheaded one can examine which political attitude to take. When it happens to you, then you just want it to stop. . . . Those who still haven’t caught on, soon will.”
I WAS TALKING TO A COLLEAGUE ABOUT this article on “nonconsensual insemination,” and it reminded me of this, er, seminal piece on pregnancy deception by Tracy Quan: Conception by deception: Why do women get away with “accidentally” getting pregnant — when if a man tried to pull the same manipulative stunt, he’d be Bobbitted?
In fact, in today’s New York Times, male efforts to sabotage birth control are called abuse. Women, on the other hand, are just making use of a “gift.” All those people deploying “scope of consent” arguments in the Julian Assange rape case need to address this double standard.
Then there’s the whole needing a wife’s consent for a vasectomy thing. What are these “reproductive rights” I keep hearing about?
UPDATE: Reader Shelly North writes:
I am the oldest of four children and my mother did not want to talk to my two younger brothers about sex and so she asked me (their older sister) to handle things. This was in the 80′s in a small town in west Texas. I believe that my conversation with them went something like this.
“I am a girl and I know this to be true, Girls LIE about birth control. You have to take responsibility for yourself. I also know the girls in your class who are putting out (an advantage of a small town) and I know for a fact that none of them are on birth control. No Glove No Love. If you are too embarrassed to buy them I will buy them for you.”
I didn’t have any nieces or nephews until after my brother was married. I knew too many girls who planned their pregnancies around what they wanted. It is a horrible thing to say but it is still true today “Girls lie about birth control.”
PEJMAN YOUSEFZADEH: Stop the Blogosphere! I Actually Agree With Andrew Sullivan!
Meanwhile, I’m not sure if Andrew Sullivan thinks otherwise or not, but I’m quite explicitly on record as favoring across-the-board cuts that include entitlements and defense. And the GOP’s proposed defense cuts are getting
criticized by Hillary Clinton, no less, which seems worthy of note. [Later: It would be worthy of note if it were true, but either I misread that story completely this morning or it's changed a lot. Either is possible, as I was on my first cup of coffee, but I know the headline has changed.]
Still, there’s no “axe” being wielded at the moment. Maybe a grapefruit spoon, coupled with a promise to really start dieting tomorrow. . . .
“MEDIA PSYCHIATRIST” CAN’T PRODUCE ACTUAL EVIDENCE to support claim that videogames cause rape. “Despite the seriousness of Lieberman’s allegations, when Wired.com asked her multiple times to clarify her comments, she failed to cite a single study, statistic or piece of evidence that proved her point. ”
I, on the other hand, have produced evidence that they do not.
THE IMPORTANCE OF drawing the line between “rape” and “bad sex.”
And some related thoughts here, from after the Hofstra bogus rape allegations. Not to be confused with the Duke bogus rape allegations. “We’re told that such situations are rare, but nobody really knows. . . . I’ll note that — as in this case — many of those innocent men in jail are probably black, and they’re there in part because white feminists have made even the notion of skepticism unacceptable in the discussion of rape allegations.”
ONE GURKHA VS. 40 THUGS: He had them outnumbered.
UPDATE: Jim Bennett emails: “How foolish of the thugs.”
It’s okay to bring a knife to a gunfight — if you’re a Gurkha.
ROBERT REDFORD, ENVIRONMENTAL HYPOCRITE? Well, on the environmental front, “celebrity” pretty much always equals “hypocrite,” unless your name is Ed Begley, Jr. Who, to be blunt, isn’t much of a celebrity these days anyway.
UPDATE: Reader Matthew Moss writes:
Is Robert Redford still a celebrity? Not according to my children, who have no idea who Robert Redford is or ever was. Likewise Warren Beatty, though my oldest thought he might be the fat guy who was raped by hillbillies in Deliverance. ‘That was Ned dear, not Warren.’ ‘No idea then, Dad.’
Strangely, all three knew Clint Eastwood.
Doesn’t seem so strange to me.
A NEW CAVE DISCOVERED IN VIETNAM: “There’s a jungle inside Vietnam’s mammoth cavern. A skyscraper could fit too. And the end is out of sight.”
JULIAN ASSANGE DEFENSE: It’s not rape-rape. “… just because he’s a rapist doesn’t mean I’m saying he’s some some sort of violent… It’s such a loaded term….”
TAINTED LOVE: Lockyer, Chiang Got Campaign Money From Fraud-Tainted Developer. “Two high-level state officials have frozen nearly $150,000 in campaign contributions raised for them by a low-income housing developer now accused of bilking government agencies. State Treasurer Bill Lockyer and state Controller John Chiang said they have put the money into separate accounts while they await the outcome of a federal probe into Advanced Development and Investment Inc. The company has built dozens of subsidized apartment complexes up and down the state with taxpayer money. . . . Spokesmen for Lockyer and Chiang said that if the company is found to have committed wrongdoing, the two men will give the money back.”
Note that they’re not returning the money. Just, you know, freezing it. Somehow, though, this makes me think of Rep. William Jefferson, which I’m sure was not their hope . . . .
UPDATE: Dodd Harris emails:
What? No mention of escorting Bill Lockyer to an 8-by-10 cell that he could share with a tattooed dude who says, “Hi, my name is Spike, honey.”?!?
I’m shocked — shocked!
Unlike Lockyer, I don’t regard prison rape as a political tool. Though if I were to make an exception, he’d be at the top of the list.
CATHY YOUNG ON Julian Assange, Feminism, and Rape. “Once, feminist reformers rightly fought against laws that required a rape victim to fight her attacker ‘to the utmost.’ But removing any element of actual or threatened force from the crime of rape makes it too easy to criminalize miscommunications and morning-after regrets.” If morning-after regrets are a ground for rape charges, many, many women can expect to be targeted in the future. . . .
Earlier generations of feminists argued that rape should be treated the same as any other violent crime: The victim should not be subjected to special standards of resistance or chastity. These days, the demand for special treatment is so blatant that some activists openly support abolishing the presumption of innocence for rape cases and requiring the accused to prove consent (a proposal Valenti cites with obvious approval). In an ironic twist, these activists actually seem to hold women in very little esteem: in their world, women are too timid to push a man away if he won’t take no for an answer and too addled to know that they have been raped.
It’s as if the whole thing is some sort of political shell game with no concern for justice or equality at all.
MIKE HUCKABEE sides with Michelle Obama in Food Fight: “Well, he’s not running for President against Michelle Obama. He’s running (potentially) against Sarah Palin. Ironically, Sarah Palin is the one who’s thin. . . . I just want to note that this bill seems to be about telling people what to eat and forcing the government’s desires on people. (Forcing the government’s desires on people? That sounds weirdly rape-y.)”
DUKE LACROSSE RAPE HOAXER convicted of child abuse.
The university took action against the team, all on the word of this woman. DA Mike Nifong took action, ignoring evidence that might exonerate the team members. The purported victim was black and female, so evidence was superfluous to the forces of PC.
It all fell apart, thank goodness, or otherwise innocent young men might have suffered even further merely because they were white, male, affluent, and jocks — and that alone is a crime in the minds of many on the left.
Now the woman who made the false accusations, Crystal Mangum (whose name was kept from the public while the lacrosse players were publicly identified and pilloried on campus and in the press), has been convicted of child abuse, injury of personal property, and resisting arrest in Durham, NC.
The Gang Of 88 was unavailable for comment.
KEITH OLBERMANN TURNS CHICKEN. Well, not turns, exactly . . . .
FALSE RAPE REPORT: Meteorologist Heidi Jones Charged With Filing False Rape Report. “WABC’s Heidi Jones, who anchors the station’s weekend evening weather coverage and fills in on “Good Morning America,” was charged Monday with filing a false report, a Class A misdemeanor. If convicted, she could face up to a year in jail or a $1,000 fine. Jones, 37, told cops she was jogging in the park the afternoon of Sept. 24 when a Hispanic man in his 30s or 40s grabbed her from behind, dragged her into a wooded area and attempted to rape her. . . . After being confronted with the discrepancies, Jones admitted that she pulled the story out of thin air, a source said. Jones said she concocted the tale in a plea for sympathy to counter some unknown setback she was experiencing in her personal life, the source added.” (Via Chris Kobus).
WENDY MURPHY: Bogus Assange Rape Case Hurts Real Women.