The National Organization for Women must be hurting for publicity and must also adhere to the old saying that there is “no such thing as bad publicity,” because their recent decision to come to the defense of the woman who lied about being gang raped to Rolling Stone is otherwise astonishing.
Police found no evidence to back up the allegation (although they haven’t officially closed the case). The accuser, Jackie, named the man she claimed took her to a fraternity party and initiated the gang rape — and no one by that name was a student at the University of Virginia or even existed in the United States.
There was no party at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house on the night she claimed to have been raped. Her story changed in material ways over the years. At one point, she claimed he had been forced to perform oral sex on five men. At another, she said she had been raped by seven, including with a beer bottle. Every detail she provided to Rolling Stone was either absolutely proven false or cast into very deep doubt — from her bloody and torn dress to the way her friends and a university administrator treated her after she came forward.
Despite all of this, NOW is calling Jackie a “survivor” and condemning the U.Va. dean who is suing Rolling Stone and requesting documents to prove she was defamed by the magazine.
Well, they fundraised a lot off this. If they admit it’s bogus, people might want their money back.
Posted at by Glenn Reynolds on Jan 12, 2016 at 8:30 am Link
Four teens who forced a father to leave his daughter so they could take turns raping her at a park have been arrested, New York police say — but a fifth suspect is still at large.
The 18-year-old daughter was with her father at the Osborn Playground in Brooklyn around 9 p.m. Thursday when they were approached by five males, the New York Police Department said.
One of the men pulled a gun on the father and daughter and demanded the father leave the area, police said.
Each of the five assailants then raped the teenager, authorities said.
The father told CNN affiliate WABC he was near the handball court with his daughter having a drink when the men came.
“One of them put a gun in my face, telling me to run, and all of them had their way with her,” the father told WABC.
He said he didn’t have a cell phone with him and went to a store, begging for help — but said the store wouldn’t call police.
Too bad he didn’t have a gun — but the New York authorities would have treated him worse than they’ll probably treat these rapists. Because they don’t really care what happens to citizens, but violating gun laws is a threat to their authority.
A generation ago the Europeans, who had bled themselves white in war after war, usually in the service of chauvinistic nationalism, decided they could save the day with a new concept called multiculturalism. . . By cultivating their differences, rather inviting them to join a melting pot that had worked so well for so long in North America, tolerance and “cultural enrichment” became the norm.
But there’s a growing realization that maybe “multi-culti” hasn’t worked so well, after all. Prominent Europeans are turning their backs on the idea. Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany have called the scheme, however well meant, into serious question.
The reasons are clear enough. The idea that new arrivals would inherit a mixture of the old and the new turned out to be non-achievable. Instead, multiculturalism created ghettoes, often impoverished ones. The institutionalized subsidies to the new arrivals created dependence on government handouts rather than self-reliance through integration in the workplace. This in turn produced resentment among the native population . . . .
Mrs Merkel said: ‘Everything must be done to identify the guilty parties without regard to their background or origins. We must send clear signals to those who are not prepared to abide by our laws. Questions arise over whether some groups are subscribing to misogyny.’
Her words were clearly carefully chosen to avoid specifically linking migrants with these attacks against women. But the truth is the mass assaults have clear echoes of the sex crimes in Cairo’s Tahrir Square in Egypt in 2011, during celebrations welcoming the so-called Arab Spring, when groups of men violently harassed women.
Lara Logan, a CBS reporter, was sexually assaulted by a mob in scenes reminiscent of those in Germany. Her clothes were torn off, and between 200 and 300 men took pictures of her naked body as her attackers ‘raped her with their hands’ over and over again.
Another deeply worrying aspect of the New Year horror in Cologne also emerged this week.
Many Germans, including some of the victims themselves, have accused authorities of a conspiracy of silence over the assaults to stop criticism of the mass immigration policy pursued by Mrs Merkel and her politically-correct supporters. The mainstream media in Germany has, until recently, toed the Government line; a top public broadcaster, ZDF, recently refused to run a segment about a rape case on its prime-time ‘crime-watch’ show because the ‘dark-skinned’ suspect was a migrant.
The programme’s editor defended her decision, saying: ‘We don’t want to inflame the situation and spread a bad mood. The migrants don’t deserve it.’ . . .
And until Thursday, a week after the attacks, there had been silence from Mrs Merkel’s ministers about the backgrounds of the perpetrators. Initially, they insisted there was no evidence that new migrants were involved in the violence.
A leaked police report which emerged 48 hours ago showed this was far from the truth. It revealed that one of the Cologne attackers said: ‘I am Syrian. You have to treat me kindly: Mrs Merkel invited me.’
Indeed. Read the whole thing.
Posted at by Elizabeth Price Foley on Jan 11, 2016 at 12:45 pm Link
A year ago, after the Charlie Hebdo bloodbath, Angela Merkel was walking directly alongside President Hollande in that hideous memorial parade at which the world’s leaders proclaimed that no such bloody acts of violence would ever kill free speech. No, sir, when it comes to killing free speech, leave it to smooth house-trained western politicians.
And so it was that Chancellor Merkel chose to commemorate the first anniversary of the Charlie massacre by clamping down on freedom of expression for her own benighted subjects. As The Washington Post put it:
Germany springs to action over hate speech against migrants
Who doesn’t love Germans springing? Isn’t that in The Producers? Spring time for thought-crime in Germany… [UPDATE! Scaramouche completes the thought.]
The German state is apparently incapable of springing to action over organized mass sexual assault in at least five cities on a rape-out-the-old New Year’s Eve (oh, and Finland, too), but you’ve gotta be able to prioritize, right? Post reporter Anthony Faiola’s snide opening is a classic of the genre:
BERLIN — Donald Trump may be testing the boundaries of tolerance on the U.S. campaign trail. But here in Germany, the government is effectively enforcing civility, taking aim at a surge of hate speech against refugees and Muslims.
There’s actually nothing very “civil” about “enforcing civility”. Indeed, if civility (which derives from “civis” – citizen) has to be enforced, it is by definition no longer civility at all.
As a friend comments on Facebook: “This is why western countries are headed for one heck of a political debacle. We’ve developed political elites which routinely mishandle major crises, then try to silence anybody who notices. They act as if everything will work out if only we shut up about the problem. This is of course insanity. And we are all going to pay a severe price for it.”
Posted at by Glenn Reynolds on Jan 09, 2016 at 2:52 pm Link
People who have so far been patient with Merkel are beginning to worry that the crazy scenes in front of the Cologne cathedral will soon be repeated countrywide. Ten percent now tell pollsters that they would vote for the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany party if elections were held today.
It is dangerous to constrict the range of things voters can say about government policies, especially when those policies are — like Merkel’s migration policy — irregular, and likely to change the country at its core.
No doubt there is a danger of incendiary reactions when people hear of mobs of Muslim foreigners groping young women in front of the country’s most recognizable Christian landmark. But any government attempt to minimize or ignore such events would be a terrible mistake. It would be more likely to whip tempers up than to calm them down.
Read the whole thing.
Speaking of minimizing the Islamic immigrant assault on Cologne’s women, “Germany’s largest TV station is apologizing for not reporting the mass sexual assaults on women in Cologne on New Year’s Eve,” Betsy Newmark writes. “It is not enough to apologize. They should have to answer why they didn’t run the story and if anyone from either the local or national government tried to keep them from reporting on the story. More than 100 women reported that they had been sexually assaulted and two said they had been raped.”
Later her in post, Betsy adds, “The authorities don’t seem to have much confidence that they can successfully prosecute anyone” involved in the assault.
If anything can make this disaster even worse, that would do it.
Posted at by Ed Driscoll on Jan 09, 2016 at 8:01 am Link
Fast forward to two weeks ago. Hillary is as close as she’s ever been to finally fulfilling her destiny. Everyone — at least everyone who matters — is finally “Ready for Hillary.” The tireless effort by her minions to make Bill’s behavior a trivial and private issue seemed to have paid off. Bill is popular, very popular. Despite the fact that pretty much no one thinks he mended his ways after he left office, all of the sophisticated people think criticizing his “personal” behavior is boorish and deranged. At the same time, feminists have finally completed their restoration project. The last stones have been mounted atop the wall of Zero Tolerance 2.0.
And then, as Jeffrey Epstein’s flight attendant once said, Bill Clinton comes out of nowhere to bite her on the ass.
Whereas Bill was supposed to be Hillary’s “not-so secret weapon,” he’s now a liability. It’s schadenfreudetastic to watch liberals forced to choose between the Scylla of the Hillary campaign and the Charybdis of the feminist project.
Of course, liberals are mad at#…#conservatives (and Donald Trump) for pointing it out. I particularly love the subhead on this Slate piece. “The right hopes to turn the feminist consensus on rape against the Clintons.” Ah yes, those terrible conservatives, how dare they take feminists seriously!
Read the whole thing.
Posted at by Ed Driscoll on Jan 09, 2016 at 7:11 am Link
It has been nearly 10 years since a group of Duke lacrosse players hosted a party that would end up getting them accused of gang-raping a stripper. On the 10th anniversary, ESPN will air a documentary about the case.
The accusation centered around Crystal Mangum, who in a bid to avoid being detained for intoxication, told police that members of the Duke lacrosse team had raped her at a party. Her accusations snowballed, and with his election coming up, District Attorney Mike Nifong pressured her to identify the alleged rapists. One of the men she identified wasn’t even at the party at the time the rape was supposed to have occurred. Mangum’s story also changed several times. (She was never punished for her false accusation, although later she was convicted of a separate murder and is currently in prison.)
But the case went forward anyway. Duke University administrators and professors maligned the lacrosse players as racists and rapists, since Mangum is African-American. The lacrosse season was cancelled, and the team’s coach was forced to resign before the students even had their day in court.
The travesty of the case eventually led to Nifong’s disbarment for “dishonesty, fraud, deceit and misrepresentation.” The accused students sued, but as is often the case for falsely accused young men, they received no monetary compensation.
Two writers who helped expose the fraud were history professor K.C. Johnson and Stuart Taylor, who co-wrote a book on the case. Johnson was interviewed for the ESPN documentary, and told the Washington Examiner that to this day, he is still amazed by the “utter lack of accountability.”
“Ten years out, we as a society have learned nothing about the importance of due process in sexual assault allegations. (Indeed, the situation now is much worse than it was in 2006),” Johnson wrote in an email. “The leadership at Duke that so botched the case remains in place; the faculty who rushed to judgment remain firmly entrenched; and the key figures in the media, especially the New York Times, that so badly failed in covering Duke continue to fail in covering this issue.”
Taylor, too, brought up the lack of accountability for anyone involved in the case (with the exception of Nifong), and explained how the school and the media worked to frame these students even as the case began to fall apart.
It’s as if universities are fomenting — quite deliberately — hostile educational environments for male students.
Posted at by Glenn Reynolds on Jan 09, 2016 at 7:00 am Link
The two accused students, identified in the lawsuit as Justin Browning and Alphonso Baity, II, are both African-American. They were accused by a white woman, identified in the lawsuit only as M.K., after an encounter at a party.
Browning and Baity were expelled despite the fact that every witness interviewed corroborated the accused students’ story, and that witnesses came forward to say that M.K. bragged about the encounter as a consensual act. Not only were they expelled, but the expulsions came just two days after the accusation was filed, and campus procedures regarding sexual assault accusations were not followed. . . .
At some point M.K. returned to the bedroom with Browning and again engaged in sexual activity. Again, the lawsuit claims the acts were consensual and that M.K. initiated.
Throughout all of this, the roommates and friends heard sounds coming from the bedroom that indicated consensual sexual activity.
M.K. left in the morning and returned to her dorm, where she discussed the previous night with other women in the dorm, including the resident assistant. According to at least one of these women, M.K. bragged about the evening and her sexual activity with Browning and Baity. M.K. never suggested any sexual assault took place.
Around that same time, M.K. also told another of her friends about the sexual activity with Browning and Baity; again, she was bragging. She even interacted with Baity and his friends in the days following the encounter.
Yet 10 days later, M.K. would accuse Browning and Baity of sexual assault.
Another case of “regret rape.”
Posted at by Glenn Reynolds on Jan 07, 2016 at 6:04 pm Link
It’s hard to explain the “why” behind the troubling correlation between increased Muslim immigration and sexual assault. But one explanation can be found in Islamic culture itself and the heinous way it treats victims of rape.
Many women who find themselves the victims of sexual assault can later become victims of brutal punishments handed down by Sharia courts. In 2008, a Somali girl was stoned to death after being gang raped. Her crime was for engaging in fornication, according to the Islamist court which sentenced her. Courts in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Bangladesh regularly hand down multiple lashings to rape victims and do little to rapists.
Even if the law does nothing, victims can still find themselves murdered in honor killings. For instance, a Syrian woman who suffered a gang rape in her native land was later stabbed to death in October in an act to purify her shame. The murder took place, shockingly enough, in Germany.
It looks like Europe may engage in victim blaming today and victim slaying tomorrow if it doesn’t get a handle on this problem soon enough.
When you import people from a genuine “rape culture,” you will get more rape. And it will persist until you either expel them, or punish enough of them, harshly enough, to make them change their worldview. And, by the way, the same is true of the rape-enabling German political class.
Related: Some un-PC events in Cologne. “To me, the attacks themselves are far less surprising than the fact that a paper like the Guardian isn’t pulling its punches. In fact, the actual events are not surprising at all. The minister may call the attacks ‘a completely new dimension of crime,’ but that only reflects the minister’s ignorance of the Lara Logan story at the hands of a mob in Egypt.”
Posted at by Glenn Reynolds on Jan 06, 2016 at 12:28 pm Link
JONATHAN TOBIN: Hey, why does nobody want to talk about how every place that has Muslim immigration experiences an explosion of rape? “Western journalists may have reported the epidemic of rape that took place during mass protests in Cairo’s Tahir Square as Egypt lurched from the Arab Spring to Muslim Brotherhood tyranny and now to the return of a military government. That was especially true since some of their own, including a prominent CBS correspondent, were among the victims. What happens in Egypt can be dismissed as exotica even if it is horrifying. But when Western societies find themselves dealing with similar instances of sexual assault on this scale, it is time to realize that integrating large numbers of immigrants from the Middle East can bring it with problems that are not merely a function of poverty, prejudice or a lack of a welcoming spirit on the part of the host countries.”
Posted at by Glenn Reynolds on Jan 06, 2016 at 8:50 am Link
The crisis management team said prevention measures should include a code of conduct for young women and girls, and Mayor Reker said the existing code of conduct will be updated online.
The suggested code of conduct includes maintaining an arm’s length distance from strangers, to stick within your own group, to ask bystanders for help or to intervene as a witness, or to inform the police if you are the victim of such an assault.
Buried 11 paragraphs and three quoted tweets deep into the Independent’s article is this minor detail:
The attackers were described as North African and Arab appearance by the police. The Mayor has said that not all of the attackers were newly-arrived refugees and had already been known to the police, as reported by The Local.
Perhaps the Independent buried this detail not just because of the usual PC “better dead than rude” mindset, but with Rotherham also on their mind. And it may have been on Mayor Reker’s mind as well, as Allahpundit writes. “The possibility of a (failed) cover-up by authorities in the name of racial harmony recalls the infamous Rotherham sex abuse cover-up in the UK (which lasted years, it should be noted, not just one evening). The idea of sexual assaults happening out in the open in a mass gathering place recalls what Lara Logan went through when she was attacked in Tahrir Square in 2011.”
11 years ago, then-UN Secretary Kofi “Can I trust Saddam Hussein? I think I can do business with him” Annan said, “In many countries of Christian tradition, large Muslim communities are a relatively new phenomenon. Integration is a two-way street. Immigrants must adjust to their new societies — and societies must adjust, too.”
Europe can’t say it wasn’t warned that more than a little behavior modification would be in order to placate its large — and ever-expanding “Muslim communities.”
Posted at by Glenn Reynolds on Jan 05, 2016 at 8:02 pm Link
ISIL’S MINISTRY OF RAPE AND ENSLAVEMENT: “A special ISIL government ministry handles slaves and other ‘war spoils,’” Austin Bay writes. “Campus feminists, grievance industry magnates and jaded media elites take note: the enslavement and mass rape of Yazidi women after ISIL tool the Iraqi Yazidi city of Sinjar was no one-off war crime, it is ISIL policy, rooted in what its evil leaders regard as glorious history.”
I’m sure from Oberlin’s perspective, it’s all the West’s fault somehow, though. And don’t even get them started on the cultural appropriation of the sushi and General Tso’s chicken there — they have priorities, after all.
Posted at by Ed Driscoll on Jan 05, 2016 at 4:33 pm Link
Entertainment magazine Variety asked its movie critics to name the worst and most overrated films of 2015.
The only female critic to provide for the list, Ella Taylor, listed “The Hunting Ground” as a film that received “empty prestige.”
“Speaking of shoddy journalism,” Taylor wrote after naming “Truth,” the film that attempted to vindicate Dan Rather, the worst film of the year, “the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has succumbed without a murmur to ‘The Hunting Ground,’ placing on its documentary feature shortlist a loaded piece of agitprop that plays fast and loose with statistics and our sympathy with victims of campus sexual assault.” . . . The filmmaker’s response to criticism has been, essentially: “Nuh uh, anyone who disagrees with us is pro-rape.”
It’s propaganda, pure and simple, of a sort that will probably be mocked in future generations if it’s remembered at all. Out: Reefer Madness. In: Raper Madness.
Posted at by Glenn Reynolds on Jan 05, 2016 at 8:30 am Link
One Syrian woman who joined the stream of migrants to Germany was forced to pay down her husband’s debt to smugglers by making herself available for sex along the way. Another was beaten unconscious by a Hungarian prison guard after refusing his advances.
A third, a former makeup artist, dressed as a boy and stopped washing to ward off the men in her group of refugees. Now in an emergency shelter in Berlin, she still sleeps in her clothes and, like several women here, pushes a cupboard in front of her door at night.
“There is no lock or key or anything,” said Esraa al-Horani, the makeup artist and one of the few women here not afraid to give her name. She has been lucky, Ms. Horani said: “I’ve only been beaten and robbed.”
Hey, it could be worse. You could be on an American college campus. I hear things are really bad there.
Posted at by Glenn Reynolds on Jan 05, 2016 at 7:00 am Link
Posted at by Glenn Reynolds on Jan 04, 2016 at 8:04 pm Link
BILL IS BACK: What ‘buy one, get one free’ really means with the Clintons. “When Paula Jones, an Arkansas state worker, and Kathleen Willey, a Democratic volunteer at the White House, accused Bill Clinton of sexual harassment, minions of the Clintons systematically set out to discredit them. Ditto with Juanita Broaddrick, the owner of an Arkansas nursing home, who said Bill Clinton raped her when he was Arkansas attorney general in 1978. Indeed, Errol Louis of the New York Daily News stunned a CNN interviewer last week by noting that 14 women have accused Bill Clinton of some form of sexual abuse. That’s not up to the numbers of women accusing comedian Bill Cosby of abuse, but Bill Clinton does get his own Wikipedia page listing his accusers. . . . To the extent that Hillary Clinton accuses Republicans of waging a ‘war on women,’ the history of her husband’s record with women will blunt the effectiveness of her attack. Voters may have extended sympathy to Hillary as a wronged spouse back in the 1990s, but the one-third of voters who don’t remember the impeachment of Bill Clinton well may be surprised to learn just how big Hillary’s role in discrediting Bill Clinton’s accusers has been.”
Posted at by Glenn Reynolds on Jan 04, 2016 at 10:10 am Link
“The biggest danger for everyone is silence,” said Per Isdal, a clinical psychologist in Stavanger who works with the foundation, which developed the program Mr. Kelifa attended in Sandes.
Many refugees “come from cultures that are not gender equal and where women are the property of men,” Mr. Isdal said. “We have to help them adapt to their new culture.”
The first such program to teach immigrants about local norms and how to avoid misreading social signals was initiated in Stavanger, the center of Norway’s oil industry and a magnet for migrants, after a series of rapes from 2009 to 2011.
Henry Ove Berg, who was Stavanger’s police chief during the spike in rape cases, said he supported providing migrants sex education because “people from some parts of the world have never seen a girl in a miniskirt, only in a burqa.” When they get to Norway, he added, “something happens in their heads.”
Since Hillary announced that her husband would be joining her on the campaign trail, people have been debating whether or not it’s fair for the GOP to attack Bill’s sexual misdeeds in order to indirectly attack her.
This makes sense. After all, we’re talking about a guy who has been accused of the sexual assault of more than ten women. Think about it: How is her appointing him really any different than if she’d appointed Bill Cosby?
But here’s the thing: The real issue isn’t whether or not to attack Bill to indirectly attack Hillary — it’s about directly attacking Hillary for how she herself treated the women involved. Hillary Clinton claims to be pro-women, yet has actively worked to ruin lives of so many of them. She’s running on a “feminist platform” — she’s even dared to say that sexual-assault survivors have a “right to be believed” — despite the fact that what she did to the women who accused Bill went far beyond not believing them. She attacked them. When allegations of sexual misconduct emerged during Bill’s 1992 presidential run, she’s reported to have said “Who is going to find out? These women are trash. Nobody’s going to believe them.” Multiple people also report that she called the women “sluts” and “whores” — you know, for daring to be raped. A private investigator named Ivan Duda claims that, after Bill lost his second governor’s race, Hillary told him: “I want you to get rid of all these b****** he’s seeing . . . I want you to give me the names and addresses and phone numbers, and we can get them under control.”
She’s a real charmer, that one.
Posted at by Glenn Reynolds on Jan 01, 2016 at 7:30 am Link
DUBAI INFERNO: FLAMES SHOOT UP 63-STORY HOTEL. “As some million people packed Dubai for the emirate’s notoriously spectacular New Year’s fireworks displays, an inferno lit up a 63-story luxury hotel downtown,” Bridget Johnson writes at PJM. “Witnesses said the fire broke out at about 9:30 p.m. local time on the lower third of the building and spread quickly. The hotel was evacuated and there were no immediate reports of injuries.”
No victims? Well, that’s what they want you to think, Allahpundit conjectures. “From what I saw, the blown-out parts ran around 10 stories high and a good 10 or so windows across. (The hotel is 63 stories tall and not quite 1,000 feet high.) Unless literally everyone inside the hotel was out on the streets celebrating New Year’s Eve, there are victims.”
So what caused it? “One Twitter user captured an image showing only a very small fire at the start; local authorities tell CNN that it started on the exterior of the 20th floor. Could fireworks from the ground have misfired? Stay tuned,” he writes, adding in an update, “One reason to think this might be accidental rather than arson is that the hotel is near the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. If you were a terrorist or pyromaniac looking to maximize the impact of your crime, wouldn’t you target the Burj instead?”
More importantly, times have changed and morality with it. I don’t think Bill, and certainly Hillary, would want Juanita Broaddrick brought up at a time when, on our campuses, even an unwanted kiss is legally considered rape, thanks to Title IX. Can you imagine how many instances of what is called “unwanted touching” could come out of the woodwork now if Bill started to pick a fight with Trump? It’s hard to imagine Clinton making it through Georgetown or Yale Law under today’s rules, or even through his freshman year.
The truth is Bill’s relationships with women are the product of another era, one that is fading remarkably fast in the rear view mirror. There is little tolerance these days for his kind of behavior — no more winking — not in the USA anyway. Clinton’s well known hypocritical wagging of the finger at the television to swear to us that he “never had sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky” may not have looked terrific back when he did it, but today it would seem downright repellent. Imagine it being played again and again next to a Hillary commercial.
Doubtless Donald Trump has not been a saint, but there is a big difference between him and Bill. The Donald may often be rude. He may be a thin-skinned bloviator. But he’s not a creepy hypocrite. In that sense he’s the opposite of the Clintons, both of them.
Rolling Stone Magazine’s lawyers filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit by three former members of the fraternity maligned by the publication in a now-retracted article alleging a gang rape.
The three former members of the University of Virginia chapter of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity claim in their lawsuit that they were easily identified as potential rapists in Rolling Stone’s expose. The students claim their names and hometowns were listed online following the article, and that their “names will forever be associated with the alleged gang rape.”
Attorneys for Rolling Stone dispute this, writing “No reasonable reader would understand from the article and the proffered extrinsic evidence that plaintiffs are identified as the perpetrators.”
The article didn’t provide the real names of any of the alleged attackers (the main perpetrator turned out to not even exist). But the fraternity members allege that enough identifiable information was provided that friends, family members and other students were able to figure out who might have been the rapists.
One of the suing students had the bedroom at the top of the first flight of stairs at the fraternity house, which was deemed “the mostly likely scene of the alleged crime,” according to the lawsuit. The three students say they were interrogated and harassed by the people they knew (as well as reporters and online commenters) after they were identified. . . .
Barely a month after the article was published, it was retracted with an editor’s note. In April 2015, the Columbia Journalism Review released its findings into what went wrong in the reporting.
Since then, three lawsuits have been filed against the magazine. One from the three fraternity members, one from a U.Va. dean who was named in the article and one from the Phi Kappa Psi chapter as a whole. The fraternity house was vandalized in the wake of the article.
I hope this ends like in The Verdict, where the jury comes back to ask the judge if it can award more in damages than the plaintiff asked for.
Posted at by Glenn Reynolds on Dec 30, 2015 at 8:30 am Link
OK, fair is fair. As a white Christian, I won’t eat halal. I won’t eat Thai. I’ll even give up General Tso, which is something I actually do eat.
Now give me back the polio vaccine. It is part of the Judeo-Christian tradition. It was developed by Jews (there are two vaccines).
Also, give back pasteurized milk.
Electricity, the Internet, skyscrapers, radio, television, and the cellphone — or any other kind of phone. Transistors, too.
Jews and Christians have done more positive good for the world than any other group.
Slavery? Don’t go there. Slavery pre-dated Christianity and even Judaism. The Indians practiced it long before Columbus arrived, and long after. The only continent that never had slavery was Antarctica. . . .
If Jews and Christians are so evil, why is the migration to our countries?
Don’t like cultural appropriation? Then get the hell off the computer.
But stay. We are Jews and Christians. We share.
Posted at by Glenn Reynolds on Dec 28, 2015 at 6:30 pm Link
When “Helen” (not her real name) was 19, she woke from a deep sleep to find her friend “Jane” (who was staying in a second bed in Helen’s bedroom) on top of her, saying that she wanted to “experiment.” Helen tried to push Jane away, clearly told her “no” and “get off”—but after it became clear the other girl wouldn’t take no for an answer, Helen gradually stopped resisting and waited for it to be over. “If a guy had done that to me, I probably would have screamed. I would have got my parents, who were in the next room. I don’t know why I didn’t call my parents,” Helen told me.
“I think she felt entitled to [rape] me because I was interested in women, and because she thought that because she was a woman, she was incapable of hurting me. I guess I would just want other women or girls in my situation to know that that was rape and that it was wrong,” she added. Back when the assault happened, Helen didn’t tell anyone about it. Only many years later did she begin to ask close friends to help her find the right language to describe it.
Helen is far from alone. I’ve heard other stories like it, directly from friends and second-hand from acquaintances. I’ve also been raped, by a much older woman, during a mercifully short-lived relationship that was characterized by abuse, manipulation, and intimidation.
Plus, the top comment: “I’d like to add men-only spaces aren’t necessarily dangerous either. Almost all of my jobs have been in male-dominated fields where I am the only woman around – at least where I do the bulk of my job. I even worked a second shift job with nothing but blue-collar guys doing the warehouse grunt work all night. I’ve never had a moment where I even kind of felt in danger.”
Posted at by Glenn Reynolds on Dec 28, 2015 at 5:08 pm Link
Four male students accused of sexually assaulting a female William Paterson University student are suing the school over their expulsions.
The four students, along with a fifth who has not filed a lawsuit, are alleging their civil rights were violated, they were falsely arrested and maliciously prosecuted after campus police failed to properly investigate the sexual assault accusation against them.
Michael Epstein, an attorney for two of the accused students, said that the accused and accuser were on good terms after the sexual encounter and that police arrested his clients “based on the accuser’s report alone.” He said campus police didn’t interview other witnesses or seek cellphone records or surveillance video. They also didn’t assemble a rape kit to collect the physical evidence.
The five students were arrested and charged with aggravated sexual assault, conspiracy to commit sexual assault, criminal restraint and kidnapping. A grand jury refused to indict and the charges were dismissed, yet the school still expelled them.
A place that would do that sounds like a hostile educational environment for male students.
Posted at by Glenn Reynolds on Dec 27, 2015 at 8:30 am Link
Born in the 1960s into conservative but open-minded families (Hala in Egypt and Asra in India), we grew up without an edict that we had to cover our hair. But, starting in the 1980s, following the 1979 Iranian revolution of the minority Shia sect and the rise of well-funded Saudi clerics from the majority Sunni sect, we have been bullied in an attempt to get us to cover our hair from men and boys. Women and girls, who are sometimes called “enforce-hers” and “Muslim mean girls,” take it a step further by even making fun of women whom they perceive as wearing the hijab inappropriately, referring to “hijabis” in skinny jeans as “ho-jabis,” using the indelicate term for “whores.”
But in interpretations from the 7th century to today, theologians, from the late Moroccan scholar Fatima Mernissi to UCLA’s Khaled Abou El Fadl, and Harvard’s Leila Ahmed, Egypt’s Zaki Badawi, Iraq’s Abdullah al Judai and Pakistan’s Javaid Ghamidi, have clearly established that Muslim women are not required to cover their hair.
To us, the “hijab”is a symbol of an interpretation of Islam we reject that believes that women are a sexual distraction to men, who are weak, and thus must not be tempted by the sight of our hair. We don’t buy it. This ideology promotes a social attitude that absolves men of sexually harassing women and puts the onus on the victim to protect herself by covering up.
I believe the technical term for that is “rape culture.”
Posted at by Glenn Reynolds on Dec 22, 2015 at 8:00 am Link
15 MINUTES INTO THE FUTURE:
I am descended from a great and proud line of Hebrews extending back into antiquity who cannot deal with head colds very well. The good news is that after sleeping for most of the last 36 hours I’m through the worst of it. The bad news is that after all of the drugs and dreams I kind of feel like I just stepped through a wardrobe from a land where the hot new craze is “do-–it-yourself fecal transplants,” middle-aged men are becoming little girls, Leonardo DiCaprio has to deny he was raped by a bear, and Donald Trump is considered a statesman.
But then I realized that, no, no, those aren’t the false memories of my Nyquil vision quest, that’s America right now.
By the way, I was hoping that DiCaprio’s denial would involve insisting that all of the sex scenes with the bear were consensual. I particularly wanted to see the bear and DiCaprio do joint promotional interviews for the movie.
Mario Lopez: The first question I have to ask both of you about are these rape allegations . . .
DiCaprio: Let me stop you right there. We had something special. Calling it rape is insulting.
Lopez: Excuse me, I was talking to Katow-Jo [DiCaprio chuckles awkwardly and light punches the grizzly in the arm].
Katow-Jo: Ggrrrrroowrrrrr-rrrrrroowwwwrrnnff-thwaaarrnnff [Subtitles: Sorry, Leo. Well, first of all Mario, it’s not like our love scene was over in a single take. We had to get all sorts of camera angles over several days. How could that be rape?]
DiCaprio: Exactly! I mean I was the one who kept telling the director we needed to do it again.
Katow-Jo: Mrrrrffftt-Grrrrowerlllllllerfft-fft! [Subtitles: Yeah! At one point I turned to Leo and said, “This isn’t about the movie anymore? Is it?”]
Posted at by Glenn Reynolds on Dec 20, 2015 at 4:08 pm Link
IN THE WORDS OF ANDREW BREITBART, “STOP RAPING PEOPLE!”Obama Communication Director Accused of Sexual Assault. “Trevor FitzGibbon was Obama’s Communications Director in New Mexico on his original campaign. And that made him left-wing royalty. His PR firm, FitzGibbon Media, represented major left-wing organizations from MoveOn.org to Planned Parenthood, from Color of Change to Everytown. . . . FitzGibbon Media clients included branches of the ACLU, the Bradley Manning Defense Fund, Common Cause, AFL-CIO, DailyKos, American Federal of Teachers, Correct the Record, the Ford Foundation, Brave New Films, Global Zero, Islamic Relief, Planned Parenthood, the Julian Assange Defense Fund, Google, Rock the Vote, the Intercept, Wikileaks, Wikipedia, the Nation and VDay, Eve Ensler’s movement which claims to fight rape. It didn’t seem to bother Eve Ensler that Trevor FitzGibbon was also representing Julian Assange, a progressive rapist. And his latest antics likely won’t bother her either. But while FitzGibbon Media claimed to be so very feminist and progressive, life was hell for the women who worked there.”
Why are lefty organizations such hotbeds of sexual abuse?
Posted at by Glenn Reynolds on Dec 18, 2015 at 11:02 pm Link
FitzGibbon Media, a prominent progressive public relations firm, abruptly shut down on Thursday amid allegations of sexual harassment and assault by the company’s president.
Trevor FitzGibbon and his team worked with some of the biggest progressive organizations, including NARAL, MoveOn, the Center for American Progress and the AFL-CIO, as well as Wikileaks, Chelsea Manning and The Intercept. The company sponsored an event with The Huffington Post earlier this year.
Multiple female employees came forward with accusations of sexual harassment and assault against FitzGibbon, according to employees who spoke with The Huffington Post.
Maybe the reason so many lefties think that “rape culture” is a thing is because, in their world, it actually is. . . .
I wonder if anyone will call these organizations and ask them if they knew there was a problem with their PR agency before today.
Posted at by Glenn Reynolds on Dec 18, 2015 at 8:51 am Link
For further evidence that outrage feminists believe gender trumps all else, a new report from the Women’s Media Center bemoans the fact that more articles about campus sexual assault in major newspapers were written by men than by women.
Forget the content of those articles — women should write about rape, and men should write about whatever the modern feminists tell them they can write about.
WMC limited their search of gender bylines to “top-circulation” U.S. newspapers and wire services. One wonders what the byline breakdown would be had they included other media outlets. The list did not include Slate (which discounts Emily Yoffe, who often writes on the topic), the Daily Beast (which discounts Cathy Young and Lizzie Crocker), Salon (which discounts Amanda Marcotte), Cosmopolitan (which discounts Jill Filipovic and several other women), Reason (which discounted Elizabeth Nolan Brown and Linda M. LeFauve), nor did it include the Washington Examiner, which discounts me.
Why do women’s groups hate women?
Posted at by Glenn Reynolds on Dec 18, 2015 at 8:30 am Link
Ehsan Abdulaziz, a Saudi millionaire property developer, was cleared of rape charges in London this week after he claimed that he had tripped and fallen on an 18-year-old girl who was sleeping at his apartment after partying with him, penetrating her by accident.
Hm: That’s not how gravity or bodies work at all.
Nope. But it’s how influence works.
Posted at by Glenn Reynolds on Dec 17, 2015 at 8:00 am Link
Another sleight of hand in Lissack’s letter, common in a lot of advocacy in support of affirmative consent laws and policies, is the disingenuous claim that affirmative consent policies are not about standards of adjudication, but really about cultural change. Make no mistake about it: Accusations against real people will be determined in campus tribunals. Their educations and careers will be on the line in those hearings. Whether they have to prove they obtained consent or whether that burden will remain with the institutions seeking their punishment matters profoundly to the fundamental fairness of the process. That reasoning (and not the fact that jail was on the line) is precisely why the Supreme Court of Washington found the use of affirmative consent to be unconstitutional both as a jury instruction and as a means of deciding rape cases.
In short, Lissack is seeing what he wants to see in affirmative consent: an opportunity to promote his product. And affirmative consent supporters may see what they want to see in Lissack’s letter: reassurance that fighting campus sexual assault doesn’t have to involve so much consideration of accused students’ rights. But Lissack’s response to FIRE ignores logic, facts, and principles of fairness. In fact, the very existence of his product demonstrates FIRE’s core problem with affirmative consent: It is rarely possible to prove.
Some regard that not as a bug, but as a feature.
Posted at by Glenn Reynolds on Dec 16, 2015 at 8:44 am Link
DIVERSITY IS OUR STRENGTH: Rotherham Witness Says Police Covered Up Child Abuse By Muslim Men. “In February, the then Communities Secretary Eric Pickles sent a team of five commissioners to take over the executive functions of Rotherham Borough Council, saying it was suffering from ‘institutionalised political correctness’. In August last year, the Jay Report found that 1,400 children had been groomed, trafficked and raped by Asian men in the town but police had failed to intervene due to fears of appearing racist.”
Posted at by Glenn Reynolds on Dec 16, 2015 at 8:12 am Link
Hollywood producer Mark Ciardi says the new Ted Kennedy biopic movie Chappaquiddick, about the drowning incident that left a young woman dead, gives viewers a chance to see what Kennedy “had to go through” at that time, The Hollywood Reporterreports.
“I’ve done a lot of true life stories, many sports stories, but this one had a deep impact on this country,” Ciardi said. “Everyone has an idea of what happened on Chappaquiddick and this strings together the events in a compelling and emotional way. You’ll see what he had to go through.”
I know the perfect coda for the movie — either have Charles Pierce himself or an actor read the following lines:
“If she had lived, Mary Jo Kopechne would be 62 years old. Through his tireless work as a legislator, Edward Kennedy would have brought comfort to her in her old age,” wrote the Globe’s Charles Pierce. The quote was recognized as the worst of the year at the MRC’s DisHonors Awards in 2004.
Two-fer: Piece is now with Esquire; the magazine could put the actor playing Teddy on the cover and do a glossy retro photo expose on Ted’s fashion sense — you liked how the guys looked in Mad Men? How Don Draper handled the booze and the chicks? Don’s got nothing on Teddy — so follow our tips and you too can dress like the ultimate mad man!
Exit quote: “I hope they pair screenings of The Ted Kennedy Entanglement with Truth.”
Posted at by Ed Driscoll on Dec 15, 2015 at 7:11 am Link
TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Woman charged with ‘having sex with her nephew hundreds of times.’ “Although investigators have not released much information about the illicit affair, the victim appears to have moved from South Carolina to live with his uncle – who Phillips was married to at the time – in Pasadena during the summer of 2008.”
Posted at by Glenn Reynolds on Dec 14, 2015 at 6:03 pm Link
Posted at by Glenn Reynolds on Dec 13, 2015 at 9:35 pm Link
THEY DON’T WANT CONVERSATIONS, THEY WANT SUBMISSION: Jeannie Suk: Shutting Down Conversations About Rape at Harvard Law. “To my knowledge, no complaint of sexual harassment has been filed with Harvard’s Title IX office—though I’ve been told by a high-level administrator that several people have inquired about the possibility—and I don’t know if the school would proceed with an investigation. Precedent for such an investigation exists in the case of Laura Kipnis, a feminist film-studies professor at Northwestern University, who earlier this year wrote an article criticizing aspects of Title IX policies and culture and was accused of creating a hostile environment on campus; Northwestern conducted an investigation and ultimately cleared Kipnis of sexual-harassment charges.”
Anyone who files such a complaint should be hit with a civil-rights conspiracy suit in response. These people need to be taught that bullying is risky.
Posted at by Glenn Reynolds on Dec 13, 2015 at 4:12 pm Link
Newsweek has generally provided positive coverage for those insisting campus sexual assault is rampant at American colleges and universities. They’ve written uncritically about severely flawed studies alleging that one in three men would rape if they could get away with it (debunked here) and one in four or five women allegedly being sexually assaulted while in college (debunked here).
But on Thursday, the magazine published an article that tells the other side of the campus sexual assault debate — the side where accused men (and a couple of women) have no due process rights and are branded as rapists without being able to properly defend themselves.
Newsweek’s Max Kutner told the story of Paul Nungesser, who was accused of raping mattress-toter Emma Sulkowicz and of other sexual misconduct by some of her friends. In each instance, Nungesser was cleared of wrongdoing (including one accusation that was less plausible than Sulkowicz’s). He was even interviewed by police in relation to Sulkowicz’s accusation, but the investigation went no further. . . .
Newsweek also tells the story of several other men who have been accused but who paint a much different picture of what occurred during the alleged rape. For one accused student, S. Tim Yusuf, the accusation against him in 1992 paved the way for a landmark court case cited by many accused students now.
Yusuf had been accused of sexual harassment, but was able to provide evidence that he wasn’t anywhere near his accuser at the time of the alleged incident. The school didn’t allow him to submit that evidence and suspended him for one semester. Twenty years later, and schools are still refusing accused students the ability to provide evidence in their defense, or if it is allowed, that evidence is then twisted as evidence of wrongdoing.
Newsweek also spoke to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education’s Samantha Harris, who suggested that previously, women who made sexual assault accusations were not taken seriously, but that now, “a growing number of people are starting to be concerned that the pendulum has swung too far in the other direction.”
Well, that’s because it has. And it’s not so much “swung” as “shoved by man-hating feminists trying to create a ‘war on women’ narrative for Hillary.”
Posted at by Glenn Reynolds on Dec 11, 2015 at 8:30 am Link
Variety had predicted in October that the film would make the list, and while being on the shortlist doesn’t mean it will actually get a nomination, I think its chances are good. (And if it does get the nomination, I’ll be able to say the creators of an Oscar-nominated propaganda film tried and failed to discredit me.)
In its write-up of the shortlist, the New York Times noted up front that the film has been criticized, unlike the other shortlist candidates.
“‘The Hunting Ground,’ recently broadcast on CNN, has been the subject of criticism from college officials and others who say it is filled with distortions; the director Kirby Dick and the producer Amy Ziering have stood by the film,” the Times wrote.
Those “distortions” include severely flawed statistics exaggerating the problem of campus sexual assault, misrepresented allegations from several of the film’s main accusers and almost no effort to tell the full story of campus sexual assault by seeking comment from the students and schools maligned. It wasn’t until after the film was sent for consideration at the Sundance Film Festival (and after the Rolling Stone’s gang-rape story was revealed as a hoax after the author failed to contact the accused students) that the filmmakers attempted to tell the other side of the story.
And once the criticism started flowing, the filmmakers conspired to edit Wikipedia to make the facts appear to agree with the narrative in the film.
This is just Hollywood warming up the “war on women” narrative for Hillary. Though you’d think that when talking about putting a Clinton in the White House, you wouldn’t want to bring up the subject of rape. . . .
Posted at by Glenn Reynolds on Dec 03, 2015 at 8:30 am Link
The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education has sent a letter to the Education Department formally opposing affirmative consent, or “yes means yes,” policies at colleges and universities.
FIRE has written against the use of yes-means-yes policies previously, as the rules define nearly all sex as rape and provide little recourse for accused students to prove their innocence.
“Given [the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights’] repeated acknowledgment that colleges’ and universities’ implementation of Title IX should not impinge on students’ due process rights, the agency should clearly and publicly censure any consent standard — including the ‘affirmative consent’ standard — that seriously undermines an accused student’s ability to defend himself or herself in a fair hearing,” wrote FIRE’s senior program officer, Susan Kruth.
Kruth pointed to an “insufficient notice of what behavior is prohibited or required” as one of the problems with affirmative consent. Kruth notes the court case Grayned v. City of Rockford, in which the Supreme Court wrote that laws must “give a person of ordinary intelligence a reasonable opportunity to know what is prohibited, so that he may act accordingly.”
Affirmative consent standards, Kruth argues, do not provide such an opportunity. She wrote that the policies “suffer from being both overly broad and vague,” and that the policies themselves are disputed even among supporters.
Posted at by Glenn Reynolds on Dec 02, 2015 at 8:30 am Link
SHE KEEPS FALLING BACK TO HER VAGINA BECAUSE, WELL, SHE CAN’T RUN ON HER RECORD, NOW CAN SHE? Smart, substantive new Hillary ad: “44 boys is too many.” “If we’re already at the ‘adorable little girls wishing for a woman president’ stage of Hillary’s gender pander, where will we be next October? Where can they go from here? The answer, I think, is towards victimization. Hopefulness of the sort you see below makes sense early in the campaign, when there’s no enemy yet to demonize. Now’s the time to add a feelgood glow to your campaign by emptying your arsenal of shiny-happy fireworks. Once there’s a GOP nominee to finally run against, that’ll be the moment to get crazy with the ‘voting for Republicans is like voting for rape’ war-on-women cheez whiz. If you enjoy following politics (especially elections) purely as spectacle, that’s one reason to be glad that Hillary will be the nominee: She’s a cinch to crank out some of the most cartoonishly demagogic ads in modern political history next fall. She’s famously ruthless, she has no meaningful policy accomplishments to run on, and she’s up against eight years of voter fatigue with the Democrats’ agenda.”
But this has me imagining a scene: Hillary: No living man can defeat me! Carly: [Laughs] But no living man am I!
Posted at by Glenn Reynolds on Dec 01, 2015 at 10:31 pm Link
President Barack Obama may warn that carbon dioxide is causing global warming, but his flight to Paris to join other world leaders at the United Nations climate summit emitted more CO2 than driving 72 cars for a year.
Obama’s Paris jaunt will send more CO2 into the atmosphere than 31 American homes‘ energy usage for an entire year. The president’s trip is equivalent to burning 368,331 pounds of coal or 797 barrels of oil, according to the Environmental Protection Agency’s carbon footprint calculator.
Just one leg of the president’s Sunday trip to Paris emitted 189 tons of CO2 after travelling 3,855 miles and burning 19,275 gallons of jet fuel, according to Daily Caller News Foundation calculations based on past presidential flights. Obama’s return flight to Washington, D.C., would double the amount of CO2 burned to 378 tons — more than 72 cars driving for a year.
Which is seemingly the size of the typical Obama motorcade when he’s off on a fundraiser, golf game, one of his many vacations, or a jaunt that combines all of the above.
President Obama’s ultra-high-carbon endless motorcade leaves the Blue Heron Farm en-route to the Bunch of Grapes Book Store where the President and his daughters shopped at Martha’s Vineyard, August 19th, 2011. (Rex Features via AP Images)
Posted at by Ed Driscoll on Dec 01, 2015 at 8:50 am Link
Most mainstream news publications publish, you know, news. Except when it’s about “rape culture” on campus, when no news is also considered news. Case in point: following a winter survey they initiated last year on campus sexual assault, CBC News this fall conducted a survey of 87 post-secondary institutions to investigate the reporting of sexual assaults in 2014 on and off their campuses.
Since the received activist wisdom on the subject assures us that one in four (or five, depending on the polemicist) women on campus will be sexually assaulted during her college tenure, the researchers were chagrined to find that the actual number of reports came to 700 – averaging out to 1.85 per 10,000 students – a figure that jibes with rates of sexual assault in the general population. In 16 schools – seven in Quebec and nine in western Canada – not a single sexual assault has been reported in the last six years.
To feminists, there can be only one explanation for the dearth of reports, and certainly not the explanation that sexual assaults are either rare or considered not worth reporting by those involved. “It’s undercounting” is the immediate conclusion leapt to by University of Ottawa criminology professor and domestic violence researcher Holly Johnson. “It’s not counting what is the true experience of students, because there is no campus in which this doesn’t exist.”
Well, if campus rapes are that uncommon, a whole grifters’ empire will collapse. And what else are you going to do with a Gender Studies degree?
Posted at by Glenn Reynolds on Dec 01, 2015 at 7:00 am Link
Do I have all that right? And does that make sense to anyone?
Wouldn’t Occam’s Razor suggest that those already driven by a desire or compulsion to kill other people are going to do so, and will merely latch on to whatever “reason”, justification or excuse is at hand or is most convenient? Isn’t it ridiculous to expect sane people to watch what they say and restrict what thoughts they express in order to prevent a rampage by someone with an inherently illogical, literally unreasonable, not-sane thinking process?
Isn’t “don’t say what you think, because it might set off a crazy person” the most insidious form of censorship, because none of us can really know what prompts a crazy person to go on a violent rampage?
He notes an example where the left does not find its own hot rhetoric linked to a murderer’s rampage — the Family Research Council shooter. I can name another one — the Discover Channel Shooter, a shooter the left seized upon initially because they assumed he was rightwing, then discarded quickly when his manifesto indicated that he was so left-wing on climate change he thought the Discovery Channel was too soft in its climate change propaganda.
But never, ever on leftwing speech — obviously! Leftwing speech never inspires violence. Except when it does. And there’s an interesting argument to explain why, and that argument is complete media silence.
I find this part of the left’s broader mission of shutting down any thought of which they don’t approve. The left routinely — reflexively — links any sort of political thought they don’t like into a dire real-world consequence or crime.
If you deny the fake 1-in-5 claim, you’re encouraging rape.
If you publicize the fact that baby organs are in fact being harvested at Planned Parenthood, you’re encouraging shooting.
If you call a woman “bossy,” you’re both fostering an anti-woman “atmosphere” and encouraging violent crimes against women.
And so on. As I say, the left’s own hot rhetoric — that we need to reduce the human population to save us from global warming; that anyone who disagrees with this is a “denier” like a Holocaust denier; etc., etc. — is never, apparently, linked to any violence.
Well, that doesn’t help advance the DNC-MSM narrative; when it comes to their coverage of the other side of the aisle, as Andrew Klavan noted in 2009, all of their memes can be boiled down to two words:
Related: “These are some astounding facts about violence this year in Chicago,” Betsy Newmark notes:
As of November 23, there had been 2703 shootings which resulted in 440 deaths year-to date in heavily gun-controlled Chicago.
That is an increase of approximately 400 shootings over the same time last year.
And remember that Chicago has some of the most stringent gun control measures in the nation in a city that has been under totally Democratic control for decades.
Outsiders think of California as a prosperous place that mints billionaires, but overall the state’s economic recovery has done little for many, if not most, state residents. Even with the boom in Silicon Valley, roughly one in three Californians live check to check, the state has [a] higher rate of poverty than Mississippi, as well as one-third of the nation’s welfare recipients. Among the emerging Latino majority, a prime Brown constituency, the state’s cost-adjusted poverty rate is more than 33 percent, compared to just 22.7 percent in Texas, a state often derided as unenlightened and cruel.
During this “boom,” most California blue-collar workers in farming, fishing, and forestry have experienced actual average wage decreases. Employment in fields such as construction and manufacturing remain well below their 2007 levels. Much of this has to do with environmental regulation, which has raised energy costs almost twice those of nearby competitors and also helped raise housing prices to an unsustainable level.
Once the beacon of opportunity, California is becoming a graveyard of middle-class aspiration, particularly for the young. In a recent survey of states where “the middle class is dying,” based on earning trajectories for middle-income cohorts, Business Insider ranked California first, with shrinking middle-class earnings and the third-highest proportion of wealth concentrated in the top 20 percent.
Most hurt, though, are the poor. California is home to a remarkable 77 of the country’s 297 most “economically challenged,” cities based on levels of poverty and employment, according to a recent USC study; altogether these cities have a population of more than 12 million. Some stressed cities exist cheek-to-jowl with the state’s uber-rich—Oakland, Los Angeles, as well as Coachella, near Palm Springs. Most others are in the poorer, more heavily Latino interior, places like Riverside, Stockton, and Vallejo. Journalists who come to California to praise the governor may think it’s still “California Dreamin’” but for all too many, particularly away from the coast (PDF), it’s more like The Grapes of Wrath.
Of course, there’s a long history of such bifurcated society, where people tend to stay in their class and the poor depend largely on handouts from their spiritual “betters.” It’s called feudalism.
And that’s what our “betters” want for all of us.
Posted at by Glenn Reynolds on Nov 30, 2015 at 8:59 am Link
Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales is looking to tighten his website’s rules about editors altering pages with which they have a conflict of interest.
Wales renewed interest in the policies follows a Washington Examiner report that a crewmember of “The Hunting Ground,” a one-sided film about campus sexual assault, had been editing Wikipedia pages to promote the film and conform facts to its narrative.
“I have long advocated that we should deal much more quickly and much more severely with [Conflict of Interest] editors,” Wales wrote after citing the Examiner. “The usual objections (from some quarters — I think most people agree with me) have to do with it being hard to detect them, but in this case, the COI was called out, warnings were issued, and nothing was done. Now the editor has been called out by the media embarrassing him (he deserves it), his employer (who may not), and Wikipedia.” . . .
Another Wikipedia editor, KirkCliff2, chimed in on the thread by suggesting that the crewmember didn’t break just COI rules but also Wikipedia’s rules against gaming the system and neutrality. This editor also noted how Edward Patrick Alva, “The Hunting Ground” crew member, “has also been fairly disingenuous about his actions” and had been “shamelessly plugging the movie and the ‘stars’ thereof.”
Alva had made multiple edits to the Wikipedia pages of subjects from his film, including former Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, who was accused of rape by fellow FSU student Erica Kinsman. Some of Alva’s edits included removing information that cast doubt on Kinsman’s story and made the Tallahassee police look worse — in line with how the movie portrays the situation.
KirkCliff2, who wrote that he is “a veteran editor who rarely even weighs in on such issues” believes Alva “must be banned.”
Banned or not, his sleazy conduct should be widely publicized.
Posted at by Glenn Reynolds on Nov 28, 2015 at 8:30 am Link
TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Female teacher jailed for 10 years for sexually violating boy. “The starting point for Reriti’s punishment should be 14-15 years in jail, the prosecutor said. He suggested Reriti’s gender shouldn’t mean she should escape the sort of punishment a male teacher found guilty of child sex offences would face.”
Posted at by Glenn Reynolds on Nov 27, 2015 at 12:41 pm Link
When you’re committed to perpetuating the myth of a rampant “rape culture” on college campuses, evidence to the contrary becomes baffling.
And so it goes for the American Association of University Women, which analyzed 2014 reporting data from colleges and universities across the country and found that 91 percent of schools had no reported incidents of rape. Most people would see that number and cheer. Hooray! College women aren’t being raped in the U.S. at rates on par with the Congo!
But not the AAUW. Accompanying that percentage on a chart on its website are the words: “What’s wrong with this picture?”
Read the whole thing. Today, as we saw with the UVA scandal, a feminist is someone who’s horrified at the thought that a woman might not have been raped.
Posted at by Glenn Reynolds on Nov 25, 2015 at 8:30 am Link
Posted at by Glenn Reynolds on Nov 23, 2015 at 10:38 am Link
TEACH WOMEN NOT TO LIE ABOUT RAPE! (CONT’D): Body camera helps discredit accusation against Knox deputy. “This allegation was said to have taken place at the side of the vehicle. Prior to body cameras, we would have had no video at the side of the vehicle. We are very pleased with what we have right now.”
Too often, the progressive activists who dominate initiatives against cyberabuse — and advise major companies — openly advocate favoritism based on identity politics. One model code of conduct for digital communities that has served as a basis for companies such as Google, Yahoo and Facebook takes a tough anti-harassment stance but explicitly “prioritizes marginalized people’s safety over privileged people’s comfort” and rejects complaints about “reverse racism,” “reverse sexism” or being attacked for “oppressive behavior or assumptions.”
Indeed, Internet “social justice” activism with its culture of “call-outs” and pile-ons can itself be a harassment machine. Recently, a 19-year-old comic artist reportedly attempted suicide due to bullying by bloggers who relentlessly attacked her for perceived “fatphobia,” racial stereotyping and other sins. In May, film director Joss Whedon left Twitter after a nasty backlash against supposed anti-feminism in “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” (While Whedon denied he was driven off, he certainly faced a barrage of ugliness.)
Yet most discussions of Internet harassment omit such toxic behavior and even more egregious abuse with a “progressive” face. Two years ago, there was much media sympathy for a so-called hacktivist facing legal trouble for cyberattacks targeting residents of Steubenville, Ohio, to bring attention to the rape of a teenage girl. Never mind that the online vigilantism hurt many innocent people who had their records exposed and were threatened or smeared.
Like most lefty campaigns, it’s all about exacerbating power differentials while pretending to address them.
Posted at by Glenn Reynolds on Nov 21, 2015 at 1:30 pm Link
In 2002, Michael Finkel was fired from the New York Times after the newspaper discovered that his feature story was not about a single victim of the African slave trade, but actually a fake character made up of several men he had interviewed in the region.
It appears that same tactic has been used by researcher David Lisak, whose theory about serial rapists on college campuses has heavily influenced campus sexual assault policies and who was featured prominently in the film, “The Hunting Ground.”
Lisak gives a presentation about sexual assault that includes a video “reenactment of an interview conducted by Dr. David Lisak … as part of a study of men who had raped but were never reported or prosecuted for their crimes.” The video shows Lisak interviewing “Frank,” an actor purported to be reading a transcript from an interview Lisak actually conducted as part of his research.
“Rather, he is an aggregation of several interviews from Lisak’s dissertation research, which raises the level of concern by an order of magnitude,” wrote Reason’s Linda LeFauve. “Material cut-and-pasted is material at risk of serving an agenda. Had Lisak described the video as intentionally designed to make a point, it might — might — even be an understandable agenda were it not for the two problems already noted: It is based on material decades out of date, and it is edited to make a point about serial predators not backed by research.”
It’s as if these people start out with a narrative, then just make stuff up to support it or something.
Posted at by Glenn Reynolds on Nov 21, 2015 at 8:30 am Link
ACTUALLY, HER WHOLE CAMPAIGN IS BASED ON THAT PREMISE: Adam Carolla: Hillary Win Will Spark Sexism Protests: “Here will be the shift, everybody … you will watch the nice transition on our nation’s campuses go from the systemic racism to the systemic sexism. That will then become the theme. We can then enjoy … a nice four-year block of that.”
Posted at by Ed Driscoll on Nov 19, 2015 at 6:14 pm Link
TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Teacher jailed for sexually abusing students. “The 31-year-old confessed to sexual assault and admitted that she had taken advantage of her position of authority. She took videos and photos with her mobile phone of her having sex with the children, who were boys and girls aged between 13 and 14.”
Posted at by Glenn Reynolds on Nov 18, 2015 at 10:19 pm Link
The American university system is currently the battleground for what looks to be our next great culture war: free speech versus political correctness. On one side are the ever-harrumphing Reasonable White Men, such as New York Magazine’s Jonathan Chait, who fretted extravagantly over “political correctness” in an interview with National Public Radio: “I would define PC as a new ideology that is completely intolerant of dissent on issues relating to race and gender. So, it’s an illiberal kind of politics that does not grant any political legitimacy to criticism on identity issues. So, even if it’s made in response to legitimate racism and legitimate sexism that people have every right to be concerned about, it shuts down democratic politics in a way that we should be concerned about.”
The other side – which is not really a “side” at all so much as a vast, multifarious crowd of marginalised people all advocating for their own humanity with varying degrees of success and silliness – includes trauma survivors requesting trigger warnings, feminists criticising rape jokes, people of colour trying to explain cultural appropriation to white people who think the earth is their toy chest, and black students sick of universities gobbling their tuition money but treating them like dangerous interlopers. . . .
After setting up her false dichotomy between “ever-harrumphing Reasonable White Men” and “a vast, multifarious crowd of marginalised people all advocating for their own humanity,” the writer then draws a (predictable) false conclusion:
But here is the thing: white students parading around campus in blackface is itself a silencing tactic. Telling rape victims that they’re “coddled” is a silencing tactic. Teaching marginalised people that their concerns will always be imperiously dismissed, always subordinated to some decontextualised free-speech absolutism is a silencing tactic.
Framing student protests as bratty “political correctness gone mad” makes campuses a hostile environment for everyone except for students who have no need to protest. . . If you’re genuinely concerned about “free speech”, take a step back and look at what’s actually happening here: a bunch of college students, on the cusp of finding their voices, being publicly berated by high-profile writers in national publications because they don’t like what they have to say. Are you sure you know who’s silencing whom?
So basically, her argument is this: If individuals–mostly “white students”–express their disagreement with the views of the “marginalised people” (who may well come from very privileged backgrounds, but that doesn’t matter of course)–is a “silencing tactic” that is antithetical to free speech. She believes, in other words, that it is imperative to silence some speech so that others’ voices may be heard.
Across the country, college campuses are abandoning their purpose of education and expanding the minds of young people in favor of “safe spaces” and witch hunts. And some students are tired of being silent.
Voices of dissent to this politically correct culture began popping up sporadically several weeks ago, before the campuses of Yale and the University of Missouri (and many more sense) became engulfed in protests, in the area of anti-male campus sexual assault activism. In mid-October, George Lawlor of the University of Warwick refused to attend a “consent class” because, as he put it, he didn’t need to “be taught not to be a rapist.”
“That much comes naturally to me, as I am sure it does to the overwhelming majority of people you and I know,” Lowler wrote in his school newspaper. “Brand me a bigot, a misogynist, a rape apologist, I don’t care. I stand by that.”
Lowler was followed by a female pre-med student in California who wrote a response to “rape culture” hysteria in her public health class. She was lucky in that the person who graded her assignment actually welcomed her countercultural viewpoint, unlike so many others on college campuses and in the media who define any dissent as being “pro-rape” or “rape apologia.”
Another student, Thomas Briggs of the College of William and Mary, penned his own opposition to the hysteria, suggesting that what we face in America is a “hookup culture” and nothing like the “rape culture” occurring in the Middle East (despite what Ms. Magazine thinks).
While it took so long for students to begin speaking out against the suggestion of a “rape culture” — the answer to which has been creating kangaroo courts to oversee witch hunts against innocent young men — opposition to the current campus protests has been swifter.
Let the resistance commence. The campus “activists” are in fact a tiny minority whose impact stems mostly from being noisy and unopposed. They’ve bullied the large number of other students who have different views into silence, but that needs to stop.
Posted at by Glenn Reynolds on Nov 15, 2015 at 8:30 am Link