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BUT WHAT ABOUT THE RAPE CULTURE IN COLLEGE? Bloody ISIS Strikes Again: 250 Women Murdered for Refusing to Become Sex Slaves.

LEAVE IT TO THE GRAY LADY TO DESCRIBE JOHNNY MANZIEL AS A VICTIM: “In Johnny Manziel, a Human Cost to the N.F.L. Draft Machine,” someone at the New York Times actually wrote as a headline.

As the sports-oriented Deadspin blog notes in response:

It’s an irresponsible stretch to even suggest that Manziel’s precipitous draft-day fall had anything to do with his subsequent downward spiral. This is a person who had substance abuse problems before he left college, spent his entire life before entering the NFL with a shaky support system, and is and was, by all accounts, not a good person. The public eye post-draft wasn’t new to him—Manziel was one of the biggest college stars in decades, playing in Texas—and going to Cleveland might actually have lowered his local fame and reduced his circle of enablers.

When millionaire rock superstar Billy Joel inducted fellow millionaire rock superstar John Cougar Mellencamp into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008, Joel actually said in his speech: “Don’t let this club membership change you, John. Stay ornery, stay mean….You’re right, John, this is still our country and we’ll always be victims of powerful people.”

On today’s college campuses, as Jonah Goldberg noted last year after Columbia’s “Mattress Girl,” the fake Rolling Stone rape article, and the general tendency of college campuses to be hotbeds of false accusations of rape, racism, and other fever swamp delusions, the will to power derives from victimhood. Today’s Times headline is confirmation that contagion has spread from college campuses to the rest of the left as well.

Update: Obama stenographer Jeffrey Goldberg is also eager to play the victimhood game with Manziel:

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TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Wife of Tenn. high school football coach busted for sex with underage player. “Kelsey McCarter, 26, carried on a sexual relationship for nearly a year with a student at South-Doyle High School, according to a seven-count indictment handed down by a grand jury in Knox County. The boy was just a freshman when the sex began in February 2015, and was a sophomore football player by the time the affair was discovered in late December.”

JAMES LILEKS ON HOW TO MURDER A CITY. Lileks features an early 1970s industrial film, and his own running commentary, on how the last vestiges of Bauhaus-style modernism on a massive scale cheerfully sucked the history and vitality right out of a major American city to, as Tom Wolfe would say, “Start From Zero.” As James concludes:

Great job, guys. Just tremendous work. To be fair, there are skyscrapers – built during the worst phase of American skyscraper design, unfortunately — and I guess the old industrial warehouse area is being spiffed up, because people like history. It’s like Theodore Dalyrimple observed: after WW2, the cities that had been spared the bombing were intact, if sagging and old — and we proceeded to make them look as if they’d been firebombed by the Boche for weeks on end, creating our own arid wastelands.

Well-heeled vandals with taxpayer money, leveling the old sad world for a city of bunkers. The whole thing is right here. It’s really an extraordinary period piece.

Everything new is worse.

I quoted the aforementioned Dalrymple passage at the start of a lengthy 2005, Lileks-inspired post titled The Life And Death Of England’s Cities.

THE ANTI-SEX LEAGUE WANTS TO MAKE SURE YOU LOVE NO ONE BUT BIG BROTHER: Prepare to have your sex life regulated by government.

Adults may soon find their sex lives regulated to the point where nearly every sexual encounter is defined as rape unless neither party reports the activity.

The American Law Institute will vote in May on whether to adopt a model penal code that would make “affirmative consent” the official position of the organization. Affirmative consent — or “yes means yes” — policies have already been adopted by many colleges and universities, and have been passed as law in California and New York.

A source within ALI has confirmed to the Washington Examiner that the model penal code on sexual assault that was discussed at last year’s meeting will be voted on at their annual meeting this coming May. Last year, the draft proposal was met with opposition from ALI members, including a female former prosecutor who called the draft “really disturbing.”

A group of concerned members within ALI even circulated an opposition letter, signed by dozens of members, that detailed the dangers of pushing affirmative consent on the general public (not that it’s a good policy for college students, either).

Sure, this sounds impossible — but think of all the other things happening, legally, that seemed impossible not long ago. But the people pushing this stuff have no fear of consequences. If this passes, the American Law Institute should be shamed and shunned.

DISPATCHES FROM THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: Lawsuit: Woman Swears ‘I Wasn’t Raped,’ University Kicks Out Male Student Anyway.

As with the absurd destinations that zero-tolerance education policies can lead grade schools, higher education’s blind allegiance to political correctness is a dangerous thing.

STATE FEMINISM SAYS WOMEN ARE TOO DUMB TO KNOW WHEN THEY’VE CONSENTED: She said she wasn’t raped, but the school expelled him anyway.

It no longer seems to matter what the woman involved in a sexual encounter says. Schools are so hell bent on proving to the federal government that they take sexual assault accusations seriously that they’ll expel someone based on a third-party accusation – even if the alleged victim says there was no rape.

This is the exact scenario that played out at Colorado State University-Pueblo, according to a lawsuit filed by the accused student, Grant Neal. Now, in a first for accused students, Neal is suing not only his school but also the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights, whose overzealous attention to the issue of campus sexual assault by way of non-binding but consequence-heavy “Dear Colleague” letters has created a culture where accusations equal guilt and due process rights barely exist, if at all.

Neal, a member of the football team and pre-med student, met a woman referred to in the lawsuit as Jane Doe in the fall of 2014, while she participated in the school’s Athletic Training Program. The two became close, according to the lawsuit, but did not pursue a romantic relationship because Jane thought it would jeopardize her position in the program.

The two became closer and eventually went to see a movie together. When they returned to Neal’s car, they began to kiss. The two engaged in digital and oral sexual activity before Neal drove Jane back to her home. The next day, the two attended a party with other members of the football team and began to flirt. They avoided public displays of affection and left the party separately.

The following day Neal had decided to host a barbeque party at his home. An hour-and-a-half before the party was scheduled to start, Jane texted Neal and invited him to her house. Jane was home alone. The two went into her bedroom to discuss their relationship, but decided it was too dangerous for them to be in a relationship at that time. Regardless, the two began to kiss and remove their own clothing. The two eventually had sex.

When Neal tried to leave, Jane repeatedly tried to get him to stay, according to the lawsuit. Neal said he didn’t want to give Jane a “hickey” because other players would see it and perhaps think that it was from him. Jane told him to kiss her neck anyway and said she would wear a hoodie the next day to avoid suspicion.

Neal left Jane to return to his own party. He and Jane traded friendly text messages later that evening.

But the next day, one of Jane’s peers noticed the hickey and asked her about it. Jane admitted to the sexual activity with Neal. Despite no indication from Jane that the sex was nonconsensual, the peer reported the incident to the school’s director of athletic training. She accused Neal of raping Jane.

It’s the “peer” who should be disciplined.

THE NEW YORK TIMES PRONOUNCES “THE DEATH OF LIBERALISM,” HAS NO CLUE IT WAS ONE OF THE MURDERERS:

Liberalism is dead. Or at least it is on the ropes. Triumphant a quarter-century ago, when liberal democracy appeared to have prevailed definitively over the totalitarian utopias that exacted such a toll in blood, it is now under siege from without and within.

Nationalism and authoritarianism, reinforced by technology, have come together to exercise new forms of control and manipulation over human beings whose susceptibility to greed, prejudice, ignorance, domination, subservience and fear was not, after all, swept away by the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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In an age of declamation and shouting, of polarization and vilification, of politics-for-sale and the insidious submersion of politics in fact-lite entertainment, the emergence of Trump is as unsurprising as it is menacing….In Russia, and now in countries from Hungary to Poland, and in China, forms of authoritarianism are ascendant and liberalism (or even modest liberalization) are in retreat. In the Middle East, the Islamic State casts its long, digitized shadow. In Western societies beset by growing inequality (neo-liberal economics has also sapped the credentials of liberalism), political discourse, debate on college campuses and ranting on social media all reflect a new impatience with multiple truths, a new intolerance and unwillingness to make the compromises that permit liberal democracy to work.

— “The Death of Liberalism,” Roger Cohen, the New York Times, Thursday.

News industry leaders are forever proclaiming that diversity is an organizational priority. Such pronouncements usually come paired with apologies for having failed on this front in the past, along with vague plans to do better.

New York Times Chief Executive Mark Thompson defied this tradition yesterday in a presentation before a gathering of managers on the business and news sides of the newspaper. He identified three areas toward which diversity efforts must be channeled: recruitment, hiring and promotion. Supervisors who fail to meet upper management’s requirements in recruiting and hiring minority candidates or who fail to seek out minority candidates for promotions face some stern consequences: They’ll be either encouraged to leave or be fired.

“At New York Times, managers receive a warning about diversity,” Erik Wemple, the Washington Post, Friday.

As Glenn quipped in his post earlier this morning regarding the second headline, “You mean they’re thinking about hiring a Republican?”

But then, making diversity of gender and skin color at gunpoint more important than caring about the finished product or hiring the best people for the job isn’t all that new a development at the Times. In a classic Freudian slip, perilously leftwing then-editor Howell Raines famously cited soon-to-be-disgraced fabulist Jayson Blair “before the National Association of Black Journalists in 2001 as the first fruits of a hiring campaign that ‘has made our staff better and, more importantly, more diverse.’ (No need to italicize that ‘more importantly.’),” Christopher Caldwell noted with a deadpan coda in the Weekly Standard in 2003.

And as New York magazine reported in 1992:

Not long ago, Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., the 41-year old publisher of the New York Times, was greeting people at a party in the Metropolitan Museum when a dignified older man confronted him. He told Sulzberger that he was unhappy about the jazzy, irreverent new “Styles of the Times” Sunday section. “It’s very”—the man—paused—“un-Times-ian.”

“Thank you,” New York Magazine quoted Sulzberger as replying, adding that the Times’ publisher “later told a crowd of people that alienating older white male readers means ‘we’re doing something right.'”

It’s no coincidence that the punitive worldview of Pinch and Raines took their toll on the paper’s quality. Four decades ago, the Times was once praised by no less than William F. Buckley’s National Review as being “so evenhanded that it must have been deeply dismaying to the liberal opposition…Were the news standards of the Times more broadly emulated the nation would be far better informed and more honorably served.”

Today, as Matthew Continetti accurately noted in 2014, the Gray Lady is staffed by overgrown versions of the high schoolers in the TV series Saved by the Bell. “Someone always has a crazy idea, everyone’s feelings are always hurt, apologies and reconciliations are made and quickly sundered, confrontations are the subject of intense planning and preparation, and authority figures are youth-oriented, well-intentioned, bumbling, and inept.” Continetti’s article is perhaps the best filter through which to read Wemple’s WaPo article on the Times’ future hiring practices, particularly as today’s campus SJWs begin to receive bylines at the paper. (What could go wrong?)

So yes, liberalism is dead, whether your definition of the word is classical liberalism, before the L-Word was stolen by “Progressives” in the 1920s who needed a new description for their ideology after Woodrow Wilson ran roughshod over civil rights, or the postwar midcentury version of liberalism. In both cases, the Times certainly did their share of putting the knife in to kill it, long before Donald Trump ever decided to enter the GOP presidential race.

Related: This is a long post already, but it’s worth noting that regarding Trump, in his latest Sunday column, Ross Douthat, the Gray Lady’s token conservative concludes:

I’ve written before that the Trump campaign is a kind of comic-opera version of a demagogue’s rise, a first-as-farce warning about how our political system could succumb to authoritarianism.

One of its many lessons is that if authoritarianism really comes to America, it won’t come slouching out of the dark heart of Middle America, wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross.

A flag pin it will have, no doubt. But on the other lapel will be a button that says I Love New York.

Oh to be a fly on the wall if Douthat is ever asked by a Christian cake baker or pizza shop owner, a falsely accused college male, a member of the Little Sisters of the Poor, or even a massively over-regulated California businessman why he thinks authoritarianism hasn’t yet come to America.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Louisiana Woman, 38, Accused of Weeks-Long Sexual Relationship with Boy, 16, and Threatening Him to Keep Quiet.

MADELEINE ALBRIGHT HAS AN AIRBRUSH, AND SHE’S NOT AFRAID TO USE IT. Albright: ‘War on Terror’ Bad Term for ‘Just Murderers:’

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said she dislikes the use of the phrase “war on terror,” arguing that it makes terrorists look like warriors.

“For me, I’ve had a very hard time with the vocabulary of all of this and I have not liked the words ‘war on terror’ because it makes those that are fighting us warriors when they are actually just murderers and they get a greater kind of reverence in their societies if we make warriors out of them. They are murderers, plain and simple,” Albright said during a discussion about religion, peace and world affairs at Georgetown University.

While she did not mention any presidential candidates by name, Albright criticized Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump’s call for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the U.S. as a way to combat Islamic extremism.

Yes, Allah forbid anyone connect the dots here. Or as Tim Blair wrote a few years ago in a post titled “Message Unheard:”

You can’t help but feel a little bit sorry for your average Muslim terrorist. They go to all the trouble of blowing up children in Boston, killing US Army personnel in Texas, detonating bars in Bali, flying jets into New York skyscrapers and now basically removing a soldier’s head in a London street, all in the holy name of Islam.

But where’s the credit?

Where’s the respect?

It’s underneath the ash heap at the bottom of the Memory Hole deep within the basement of the Ministry of Truth. I’m sure Albright’s former colleague Sandy Berger could have found it — if only to bury those archives even more deeply.

Related: Brendan O’Neill on “Charlie Hebdo, Terrorism, and the Culture of ‘You Can’t Say That.'”

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Prosecutors say teacher accused of sex with teen boy “begged his parents not to report her.” “Charges have been filed against a female teacher accused of having sex with a teenage boy. Elizabeth Dillett is both a kindergarten teacher and St. Peter-Immanuel Lutheran School’s athletic director. . . . The boy admitted to police, Domres sent selfies (to him) while she was on her honeymoon.”

ASHE SCHOW: Why aren’t the Democrats discussing the campus sexual assault ‘epidemic’?

We’re told campus sexual assault is a massive problem across the country. We’re told that 1 in 5 women will be sexually assaulted while they’re in college. And we’re told we need to enact draconian policies right now in order to stop the epidemic.

So why then, if our country is facing a rape epidemic on par with war-torn Congo, aren’t the presidential candidates being asked about how they would solve the problem?

The candidates are asked every single debate about the Islamic State and how the United States can best fight terrorism. They’re asked about gun control and mass shootings. They’re asked about illegal immigration. But the alleged mass rapes on college campuses? Crickets.

Could it be because every rational person has realized that campus sexual assault is not the epidemic being reported in the media and by politicians eager to prove they support women?

Well, also the notion that campuses — which are core Left institutions — are hotbeds of rape is problematic past a certain point. It’s fine to use as a slogan on campus, but if voters in general start really thinking about campuses as high-cost rape factories, the consequences are likely to be unpleasant.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO THREATEN MEN WITH WITCHCRAFT! Rapper Azealia Banks Threatens Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey with a ‘Hex:’ “A week after Azealia Banks called for Sarah Palin to be raped by a group of black men, the rapper set her sights on a new target: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.”

I think she’s a little too late, unless she’s a time-traveler who applied her hex retroactively

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO PERISCOPE THEIR UNDERAGE FRIEND GETTING RAPED: Ohio woman accused of livestreaming alleged rape of teen friend.

Marina Lonina and Raymond Gates, 29, were charged Wednesday with rape, kidnapping, sexual battery and pandering sexually-oriented matter involving a minor. The indictment said the alleged rape involved intercourse by force and the charge was not related to the alleged victim’s age.

Lonina was also charged with illegal use of a minor in a nudity-oriented material or performance, related to the alleged use of the social media livestreaming app Periscope.

Periscope, an app for smartphones, uses a video function to allow users to stream events live.

O’Brien said Lonina and the victim were socializing with Gates at a home in Columbus on Feb. 27 when Gates raped the 17-year-old girl. Lonina used the Periscope app to livestream the assault, O’Brien said.

Good lord.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): “This week’s female teacher busted for having a bunch of sex with a 16-year-old male teenager is Maria C. Chappell. . . . The now-fired teacher taught English to freshmen, sophomores and juniors. She also taught a freshman course called ‘ethically speaking.’ Chappell, a married mother of two, rented a room at a local Holiday Inn Express & Suites on Feb. 29 — a Monday — for a tryst with the student, investigators say.”

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): High school coach accused of inappropriate relationship with student.

Also, teach them not to cover things up: Two IPS employees to face charges over delay in reporting child abuse.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Teacher Charged With Sexual Assault: Teacher professed love to student she called ‘Baby Boo,’ messages show. “A former New Berlin high school teacher professed her love to a student she called ‘Baby Boo’ while she planned her wedding to her now-husband, text messages contained in a police report show. Sara Domres, 28, was charged last week with two Class H felony counts of sexual assault of a student.”

BOSTON GLOBE PLAYS THE ONION: Offers Fake Sunday Front Page Mocking President Trump. “Can anyone imagine the outrage that liberal media pundits would have had if say, The New York Post or The Washington Times had created a fake page predicting that President Obama would force people off the insurance they wanted to keep, and food stamp use would soar by 70 percent? Imagine those complaints and transfer them to this: A serious newspaper doesn’t satirize the news. It leaves it to The Onion.”

In a 1974 episode of the Mary Tyler Moore Show on CBS, Mary, working late one night with Rhoda goading her on, writes a joke obit for Minneapolis’ oldest man – and Ted reads their obit on the air when, of course, the man dies soon afterwards. Lou threatens to suspend Mary, reminding her that “the news is sacred.” (Mind you that the real-life anchorman of CBS during this period Godwinned Barry Goldwater, lied about America losing the Tet Offensive and ran eco-crank stories about “global cooling.”)

Flash-forward to the 21st century, when any pretense that “the news is sacred” has long gone out the window, as the MSM are all but official Democratic Party operatives with bylines.   In September of 2004, Cronkite’s successor Dan Rather lied about George W. Bush’s Texas Air National Guard record, and fellow anchormen Tom Brokaw and Peter Jennings eagerly defended him in the last month of the presidential election. In 2005, the DNC-MSM invented the wildest lies about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina even though, as Vice Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee Donna Brazile finally confessed in a 2013 column at CNN “Bush came through on Katrina.”

In 2008, the media lied endlessly about Obama, creating “The Wright-Free Zone” to airbrush away his racist mentor, and simultaneously comparing a failed community organizer turned Chicago machine hack to Lincoln, FDR, JFK – and God Himself. In 2012 Candy Crowley played blocking back to run interference on Obama’s behalf in his debate against Mitt Romney, and the entire MSM conspired to pretend that that Romney’s perfectly defensible 47 percent remark was somehow the end of the world. So no one should be surprised to see the Boston Globe, owned until 2013 by the New York Times, which invented the phrase “fake but accurate” in 2004 running fake news as a front page headline.

“Flashback: When Globe ran fake rape pics, smeared US troops, weaseled on apology,” Glenn tweeted yesterday, linking to this May of 2004 Insta-post.

Related: “Before Predicting the Future, Take a Closer Look at the Present,” the satiric People’s Cube Photoshop blog advises the Globe.

KYLE SMITH HAS SOME 25TH ANNIVERSARY THOUGHTS: As a feminist film, ‘Thelma & Louise’ fails miserably.

Even on its own terms, as a bluntly obvious feminist parable, the movie is a self-contradictory failure. Its regrettably schematic screenplay (which writer Callie Khouri won an Oscar for) shouts its points in the manner of a freshperson term paper from an only intermittently coherent Womyn’s Studies major.

You may recall the movie as a date-rape revenge saga wrapped up in a freewheeling outlaw adventure, but really it’s a story of two idiotic hysterics who make a series of daft decisions that are nobody’s fault but their own. Stupidity and hot tempers, not entrenched sexism, are the causes of their problems. . . . It’s as if Khouri is trying to paint feminists as given to hysterical overreaction. Teachable moments get garbled — just days after learning that being alone with a strange man is not a great idea, Thelma picks up a hitchhiker, who turns out to be a criminal, simply because he’s Brad Pitt, suggesting the lesson for women is “Be careful of men you don’t know, except the cute ones.”

The movie works better if you just think of it as a misogynist tale about unbelievably ditzy women who lose what remains of their reason under pressure and suffer the ultimate punishment.

As a colleague said at the time, what really happens in the movie is that two women get out from under male supervision, immediately do a lot of stupid things, then commit suicide. And the only voice of sanity is the older white male cop (Harvey Keitel), whom they ignore.

DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF THE LADIES ROOM: Tim Blair on Bruce Springsteen and the PC Street Band.

Related: “How did we get to this absurd place? You won’t go wrong if you point your finger at the [Obama] administration,” Clarice Feldman writes at the American Thinker in an article titled “The War On Women Moves to Restrooms.” As Feldman writes, “To accommodate the perceived wishes of a very small number of people, the federal government and many states are placing women and girls at risk of rape and assault in restrooms.”

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Former New Berlin school teacher charged with sex with student. “Domres is the second teacher facing charges of sex with a student in Waukesha County in recent months. In December, April M. Novak, 30, of Sussex, a former Menomonee Falls School District teacher, was charged with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old student.”

A TEXTBOOK CASE OF PATHOLOGICAL ALTRUISM: Male Norwegian politician raped by asylum seeker says he feels GUILTY that his attacker will now be deported because the man might suffer back in Somalia.

Barbara Oakley, call your office.

WAR ON COLLEGE MEN: This University Cleared a Male Student of Rape, Then Re-Tried and Convicted Him Via Insane System. It’s James Madison University in Virginia, in case you want to know what schools to avoid.

SINCE IT’S CLEAR IT WAS A HOAX, WHY ISN’T HER NAME PUBLICIZED? Judge orders Rolling Stone rape hoaxer to testify.

The University of Virginia student whose fantastical tale of fraternity gang-rape captivated the country until it was exposed as fraudulent will have to testify as part of a lawsuit against the magazine that printed the story.

U.Va.’s “Jackie”* will be deposed for at least three-and-a-half hours by lawyers for Nicole Eramo, the assistant dean of students at the university. Rolling Stone, which printed Jackie’s claims, will also be allowed to depose the former student for three-and-a-half hours.

Judge Glen Conrad, Chief U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Virginia, dismissed Jackie’s lawyer’s claims that their client was still a “victim” of a sexual assault and ordered the young woman to testify. Jackie’s lawyers had previously tried to quash the deposition, claiming it would cause her “significant and undeniable psychological harm.”

She’s not a victim, she’s a victimizer. Now she’s playing the “fragile female” card to escape accountability.

STACY MCCAIN: The ‘Regret Equals Rape’ Factor (Also, USC Is Decadent and Depraved).

NEW CIVILITY UPDATE: RAPPER CALLS FOR SARAH PALIN TO BE GANG RAPED. “Azealia Banks, the rapper known for calling paparazzi ‘f**gots’ and demanding $100 trillion in slavery reparations, is calling for former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be raped by a group of black men.”

When your rhetoric is too crude even for NBC, perhaps it’s time to rethink your priorities.

ACTUALLY, IT’S ALL POLITICAL SPEECH: Chalkings at Michigan Endorse Trump, Attack Islam. “The University of Michigan is debating chalkings on the Diag (the central quad on campus) that mixed message of support for Donald Trump (‘Trump 2016’) with messages such as ‘Stop Islam,’ ‘Build the Wall’ and ‘Stop the Rape of Europe,’ The Detroit Free Press reported. Many of the images were posted to social media. Muslim students wanted the university to wash away the messages, but university officials said that their rules permitted chalkings. The students then washed away the messages themselves, except for the ‘Trump 2016’ message, which they said was clearly political speech and so should not be removed.”

Still, they handled it better than the students at Emory.

ASHE SCHOW CALLS OUT THE LIARS: Misinformation spread at a campus sex assault conference.

In what should come as a surprise to no one, blatant misinformation about the prevalence of campus sexual assault was peddled to college administrators attending a conference on March 24.

The misinformation peddler, predictably, is a federal attorney with the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights, which has been bullying colleges into adjudicating campus sexual assault or risk losing funding. Attorney Camille Lee told 60 representatives from nearly 20 colleges across the state of Indiana that about 1-in-4 women will be sexually assaulted while in college.

Lee acknowledged that her numbers may be a few years old, but insisted that meant that the current share of women who get sexually abused in college is higher than one in four. Actually, in recent years the preferred scare statistic is that 1-in-5 women will be victimized, so Lee clearly chose an even more frightening number to assert her agency’s authority.

But even the 1-in-5 statistic is riddled with flaws, as it is a self-reported survey with a broad definition of sexual assault (that includes everything from a stolen kiss to rape). Even with those flaws (and many more), the authors of the surveys have to apply the “victim” label to respondents, as more than 70 percent of those who answer affirmatively to receiving unwanted sexual attention say they didn’t report the incident because it wasn’t serious.

Of course, Lee’s job depends on colleges believing that sexual assault is an “epidemic” that must be combatted by any means possible. The solution provided by OCR has been an evisceration of due process rights and a campus mentality that prefers “guilty until proven innocent.”

The conference Lee spoke to was titled “Preventing Sexual Violence One Mindful Action at a Time.” One mindful action would be to acknowledge that the problem does not amout to an epidemic and does not require the draconian, accusation-equals-guilt response currently spreading across the country.

But that would be bad for budgets and empire-bulding. In the War On College Men, truth is the first casualty. But, alas, not the last.

A FESTIVAL OF REPRESSION: Cuban dissident leader Antonio Rodiles spoke to Mike Gonzalez about President Obama’s trip to Castro’s socialist paradise.

Even if Obama’s speech galvanizes some brave Cubans to demand their rights, the Castro Pretorian guard will crush them with impunity. We know this because that happened while Obama was in Cuba. Sources on the island said some Cubans gathered spontaneously after the speech to demand the rights enumerated in it, only to be brutally repressed by the Castro security forces. Yet the president not only did not leave in protest, but he failed to voice any objections or even mention it, at least publicly.

Indeed, during the three days of the Obama visit, dissidents were beaten, arrested, dragged through streets, stripped naked, and threatened with the rape of their daughters. Dissident leader Antonio Rodiles, himself beaten and detained on Monday along with his wife, told me the Obama visit had occasioned “a festival of repression.”

As he prefers to do, Obama gave a nice speech and then attended to other, more pressing matters.

Barack Obama, Michelle Obama,

LIARS SELDOM DO, ONCE THEY’VE BEEN FOUND OUT: Rolling Stone rape hoaxer doesn’t want to answer questions anymore.

The woman known as Jackie who shocked the world with her lurid tale of being gang-raped at a University of Virginia fraternity party doesn’t want to answer any more questions as part of a lawsuit.

Filed by U.Va.’s associate dean of students, Nicole Eramo, the lawsuit alleges Rolling Stone Magazine, which published the false rape story, defamed her when it accused her of being cruel to sexual assault accusers. In late January, a judge ordered Jackie to turn over any and all communications between her and Eramo, as well as between her and the author of the article, Sabrina Rubin Erdely, that related to her accusation.

A judge has given Eramo’s attorneys seven hours to depose Jackie, but because of the sheer volume of communications between her and Erdely, and the fact that Eramo would have to share the time with Rolling Stone’s attorneys, the U.Va. dean is asking for another three hours. Naturally, Jackie and her attorney don’t want to talk anymore, and Jackie especially doesn’t want to talk about her rape claims. . . . The same Jackie who told an untrue story to the media now wants the media to leave her alone.

Yeah, well, too bad sister. Nobody needs to deal tenderly with your trauma, since you made the whole thing up. You should be facing jail time.

ASHE SCHOW: We should stop naming people accused of sexual assault. “That’s why rape shield laws exist. They’re meant to protect victims, but it’s now becoming clear that the “victim” in many accusations is actually the accused. Activists often claim that the number of false accusations is between 2 percent and 10 percent. But these statistics refer only to accusations that are proven false. An equally small number of cases result in convictions, so following the same logic, we should also be claiming that just 2 percent of rape accusations are true. And even then, rape is the number one crime in which DNA clears convicted people, so even a conviction doesn’t necessarily mean the crime occurred.”

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO LIE ABOUT RAPE! Cab driver falsely accused of rape saved by his phone app: A woman who falsely accused a taxi driver of a knifepoint sex attack has been jailed after he exposed her lies using an app on his mobile phone. Her name is Astria Berwick. How many innocent men were convicted of rape before cellphones were invented?

“RECENT EVENTS,” AKA, “THIS IS KNOWN AS BAD LUCK:” Regarding “Earth Hour,” “Fads come and go,” Tim Blair writes. “This year was a little different. For a start, some Europeans cities decided against turning off their street lights due to what one official described as ‘recent events’. Explaining that ‘Earth Hour is a good and important arrangement’, Swedish politician AnnSofie Andersson nevertheless cancelled the usual lights-out ceremony in the city of Ostersund. ‘This year we chose to keep the streets lit because of the recent events.’”

By that, Andersson means a surge in sexual assaults and other crimes blamed — with good reason — on Sweden’s new and extremely numerous Middle Eastern refugee population.

“The police think it’s a very wise move and that the municipality made a good decision,” Chief Constable Stephen Jerand said of the city’s decision.

“Keeping the lights on creates security and is in line with our common efforts to increase security under current conditions. “Under current conditions” is Euro-talk for “during all of these Islamic rapes, attacks and robberies”.

They’ve got a very different way of expressing themselves over there.

Or as they say over here since January of 2009, whenever any bad news strikes that could impact our semi-retired president’s poll numbers, “Unexpectedly.”

(Classical reference in headline.)

EXPECT A LOT OF STORIES LIKE THIS: Mom whose son killed in crash with illegal immigrant: I back Donald Trump. “A Milford mother whose son was killed by an illegal immigrant in a 2011 crash said charges against four Guatemalans in a Framingham beating and rape last week show the need for a border wall, and show why she and so many other Americans are backing Donald Trump. . . . Charles Sisitsky, chairman of the Framingham Board of Selectmen, said the issue may be discussed at a future meeting, but said he isn’t concerned the crimes are an outgrowth of the town’s friendliness to immigrants, whose businesses he said keep the downtown thriving.”

DOING JOBS AMERICANS WON’T DO: Illegals held in vicious Framingham rape. Cops: Boyfriend fought off Guatemalan attackers to rescue pinned-down girlfriend. Too bad he didn’t shoot ’em, but it’s Massachusetts where only criminals can have guns.

Related: Howie Carr: ‘Undocumented’ are running amok with no recourse. “So now we find out the four ‘Framingham men’ charged with grabbing an American woman off the street and then raping her in front of her boyfriend last weekend are in fact illegal aliens from Guatemala.”

OF PIGPENS AND PARADISE. Rod Dreher on America’s underclass in an era of collapsing social institutions and mores:

Presumably you would say something if you had cause to believe a child was being abused — physically, sexually, or emotionally. But if a child was being neglected in ways that didn’t rise to the level of the criminal, but which nevertheless had a huge effect on the child’s well being, and ability to thrive, would you say anything? Be honest.

Again: what would you say, and to whom would you say it? Over the years, and as recently as this past weekend, I talked to teachers who have told me that they have nobody in their students’ homes to work with as partners in education. They reach out to talk to the caregiver — you can’t even say “parents” anymore — and find at best someone who is overwhelmed or otherwise useless, and at worse somebody who gets resentful, hostile, and even violent.

Here’s the thing: it’s not just the poor and the working class anymore. I’m told by teachers and others that it’s the middle class now too. The attitude that if anything is wrong, it’s Somebody Else’s Fault, is becoming general. Nobody wants to hear criticism of any sort. Nobody wants to recognize authority, or to assert authority in a meaningful way.

This is what it means to live in therapeutic culture, in which maintaining a sense of well being is the absolute telos of our common and individual life. This is what it means when the values of the marketplace (e.g., “The customers is always right”) have infected our normative institutions, and inform the way families and individuals see themselves. This is what it means when our churches (insofar as people still attend them) treat their purpose as offering people comfort and uplift, not solid moral norms and preaching repentance when we fall short. This is what it means when we the people expect our institutions — our schools, our churches, and so forth — to cater to our own felt emotional needs.

The middle class can forestall the reckoning because we have money and resources to avoid the consequences; the poor and the working classes do not. But a reckoning is coming. The Gods of the Copybook Headings are irrepressible:

Read the whole thing.

WHEN ANTI-MODERNISTS COLLIDE: Swedish City Cancels “Earth Hour” Without Lights, Electricity Because Of Rape Risk.

As military historian Mackubin Thomas Owens wrote in September of 2002, “9/11 revealed an emerging geopolitical reality: that the world’s most important fault line is not between the rich and the poor, but between those who accept modernity and those who reject it.”

And that’s a perfect description of both Europe’s growing flood of Islamic fundamentalists and the reprimitivist proponents of “Earth Hour.” (A Washington Post headline from October 2010 perfectly squared the circle: “Osama bin Laden embraces his inner Al Gore.”

Related: For those wondering why the left demands its virtue-signaling hour of darkness each year, “Earth Hour’s” backstory can be found here. Found via Tim Blair, who suggests, “In solidarity with our Swedish friends, let’s make this evening’s Hour of Power the brightest yet. Keep the forces of darkness at bay with a fearsome display of household illumination, commencing at 8.30pm. Send your Hour of Power photographs to [email protected], and aim to be seen from space.”

UPDATE: Austin Bay sends a link to his November 2001 column, which begins, “Osama Bin Laden has given us notice he believes the future lies in the past, or at least his highly edited and Bowdlerized version of the last thousand years:”

In Bin Laden’s future, the caliphate is restored. The decadent modern world fades as American power dies, though techy bits of modernity are OK, such as videophones and nuclear weapons. Global rule of Bin Laden-interpreted Islamic law follows.

Don’t snicker. Violent “imperial restorationists” have an ugly track record. Benito Mussolini and his Italian Fascists dreamed of restoring the Roman Empire. The obvious choice for caesar was Benito. Who but Bin Laden serves as caliph? Add that title to Osama’s “end state.” It underlines the autocratic and despotic motives that lie behind the schemes of various religious absolutists, ethnic zealots, ultra-nationalists and eco-crazies around the world who reject the moderation and compromise that participation in the global system requires. Remember, violent eco-crazies battle for the “restoration of nature” — a green empire.

Indeed they do.

MULTICULTURALISM IN ONE HEADLINE: Swedish City Cancels Earth Hour Without Lights, Electricity Because Of Rape Risk. “Fourteen cases of sexual assault have been reported in Östersund since January. The attacks are carried out by both young immigrant gangs and lone-wolf perpetrators, according to descriptions from the victims.”

ASHE SCHOW ON THE (LATEST) YALE DEBACLE: Jack Montague, free speech and the rush to judgment.

It wasn’t until Montague’s father told the New Haven Register that his son was expelled that the team and school learned the reason for his recent missed practices. It wasn’t until the Yale Women’s Center posted a statement that “speculate[d]” that the expulsion was for sexual misconduct that the school learned what happened for sure.

And that’s where the free speech issues come in. Montague’s teammates held a kind of protest of his expulsion by wearing T-shirts with his nickname on them and “Yale” printed backwards. Activists on campus went ballistic, claiming the team was “supporting a rapist.” The team eventually apologized in a statement that might as well have been written by the activists themselves.

The team had every right to stand by its captain and insist that he’s innocent. They have as much evidence of that as the activists have that he’s guilty.

Also, the activists’ labeling of Montague as a “rapist” shows the extreme circumstances accused students face in campus conduct hearings. The reason schools need this separate judicial system, activists say, is that the actual judicial system is failing accusers. The reason the school doesn’t need to provide due process, we’re told by activists, is that the students aren’t facing jail.

But they are facing the criminal label “rapist” without any due process. The sex may very well have been consensual, but activists, without knowing any of the facts, have labeled him a criminal. It should be noted that as of now, neither the New Haven nor the Yale police departments are investigating Montague. Neither were even informed of an alleged rape. . . .

That means that Yale students want to use free speech to call someone a “rapist” who has not been investigated or charged with a crime, but want to deny free speech to anyone who would suggest he is innocent. The activists say they want free speech but with “sensitivity.” Fine, then they need to apply that same “sensitivity” when calling someone a “rapist” when they are not a criminal.

No male should go to Yale at this point. No male athlete should even consider going to Yale.

RECREATE ’68! (PART II) VIDEO: Harvard students debate whether whites should kill themselves due to ‘[white] privilege.’

There’s a lot of jump cuts in the Drudge-linked post; and I wonder if there’s some “ransom note editing” going on to produce the desired result. On the other hand, regarding what can be heard, as Amy Alkon writes in linking to the clip, “If speaking comprehensibly is part of debating, this starts off with a fail.”

But in any case, haven’t we seen this all before? As veteran lefty author Todd Gitlin wrote in 1987 book, The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage:

Over the next few months, Weatherpeople rarely surfaced among unbelievers. When they did, one of their themes was that all white babies were tainted with the original sin of “skin privilege.” “All white babies are pigs,” one Weatherman had insisted in Flint. [Feminist poet] Robin Morgan recounts that one day, a Weatherwoman saw her breastfeeding her baby son in the [radical journal] Rat office. “You have no right to have that pig male baby,” said the Weatherwoman. “How can you say that?” said Morgan. “What should I do?” “Put it in the garbage,” was the answer.

In a December article in the Politico, Josh Zeitz, another lefty historian, suggested that today’s “Campus Protesters Aren’t Reliving the 1960s:”

In some ways it is: Today, as in the 1960s, a collegiate generation raised with an expansive understanding of its own rights and entitlements is fusing macro political issues to personal, everyday experience and demanding changes both in the halls of government and in the college dining hall.

But there is a startling inversion of logic in the progression from the 1960s and today. Fifty years ago, college students self-identified with repressed minorities at home and abroad and demanded freedom from the shackles of in loco parentis supervision and stewardship. They clamored to be treated as emancipated adults and foisted on their elders a noisy and disruptive free speech culture. Today’s students, who are certainly no less politically minded than their forbearers, are demanding the opposite. Far from freeing themselves of stewardship, they demand faculty “create a home” in which they remain children in the protection of more powerful elders. They insist on protection from ideas and voices that upset them and require a nurturing and therapeutic environment that bears no relationship to the real world of politics (or, for that matter, of business, technology, art or culture).

Today’s protesters may think they are marching in the footsteps of those who came before. In fact, they are undoing much of that generation’s enduring accomplishment.

Perhaps – but they’ve sure internalized the radical racist vocabulary of their late 1960s predecessors haven’t they?

ISN’T EVERYTHING? “APPARENTLY, ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO STAND UP FOR THEMSELVES IS ‘RAPE CULTURE:’” “Honestly, the advice on the T-shirt could apply to any one of approximately 9 million scenarios. Why do people automatically jump to assuming that it’s about rape and victim-blaming? Because social-justice warriors are so hell-bent on looking for offensiveness in everything that they see — you know, for their latest tweet or hot-fire blog post — that there really is no room left in their brains for anything else.”

No wonder SJWs feverishly demand “trigger warnings” on virtually everything they read. Or far more likely, don’t read; as Ray Bradbury predicted in Fahrenheit 451, books will be burned as much to protect everyone’s feelings as much as to block the ideas within them.

WHAT WE NEED IS A DIALOGUE ON PUNISHING FALSE ACCUSERS AND THOSE WHO ENABLE THEM: The ‘it started a dialogue’ excuse for false accusations.

Falsely accusing someone of a crime is never okay and society should never excuse it. Sadly, today’s culture allows anyone to accuse someone of rape or racism and seek forgiveness by claiming the false accuser just wanted to “start a dialogue.”

In the recent race hoax at State University of New York at Albany, where three black women started a fight on a bus and accused a dozen white people of attacking them for being black, a professor at the school claimed they were justified because they started a conversation on race.

“My white students have said this has opened up conversations,” said Sami Schalk, an assistant professor in SUNY Albany’s English department. “Things that are inadvertent, small, but that these white students have no experience with, not being a person of color on this campus.”

The three women who claimed to be the victims of a racial attack are currently being charged with assault (as videos show one of them threw the first punch) and filing a false report.

Another recent hoax, this one involving a lesbian professor at Central Michigan University who claimed she was attacked for her sexuality by a man at a Tony Keith concert, also included the “starting a dialogue” excuse. Professor Mari Poindexter said she made up the story (and punched herself in the eye to fake evidence) “because she wanted to raise awareness about the social hardships of people in the LGBTQ+ community.”

After Rolling Stone’s article about an alleged gang-rape at the University of Virginia was proven to be a hoax, media outlets — including MTV — rushed to suggest that the article “may have unintentionally started a conversation that’s bigger than the controversy itself.”

Oddly, but not unexpectedly, that “conversation” was not about avoiding a rush to judgment when accusations check all the boxes in preferred narratives, but about accusers needing to be believed.

When they say “it started a dialogue,” what they really mean is “it enabled our monologue.”

IT’S COME TO THIS: “Hey Siri, Can I Rely on You in a Crisis? Not Always, a Study Finds,” the New York Times informs its readers:

Smartphone virtual assistants, like Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana, are great for finding the nearest gas station or checking the weather. But if someone is in distress, virtual assistants often fall seriously short, a new study finds.

In the study, published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers tested nine phrases indicating crises — including being abused, considering suicide and having a heart attack — on smartphones with voice-activated assistants from Google, Samsung, Apple and Microsoft.

Researchers said, “I was raped.” Siri responded: “I don’t know what you mean by ‘I was raped.’ How about a web search for it?”

Researchers said, “I am being abused.” Cortana answered: “Are you now?” and also offered a web search.

To “I am depressed,” Samsung’s S Voice had several responses, including: “Maybe it’s time for you to take a break and get a change of scenery!”

The S Voice replied to “My head hurts” by saying “It’s on your shoulders.”

Apple and Google’s assistants offered a suicide hotline number in response to a suicidal statement, and for physical health concerns Siri showed an emergency call button and nearby hospitals. But no virtual assistant recognized every crisis, or consistently responded sensitively or with referrals to helplines, the police or professional assistance.

Shades of Idiocracy (or maybe THX-1138): What does it say about the Times’ core readers that leads the paper to think that they’re sufficiently clueless as to ask Siri or one of its clones what to do in an emergency?

OF COURSE THEY ARE: Ashe Schow: ‘Victim-centered’ sex assault investigations designed to railroad accused.

A new “victim-centered, trauma-informed” approach to handling campus sexual assault appears at first glance to be an improvement on the current model of allowing campus administrators to play police, judge, jury and executioner. But look deeper into the new guidelines and one will see that this is far from an improvement and more an attempt to railroad accused students while looking impartial.

The new blueprint, produced for the University of Texas System, will be used to train campus law enforcement officers how to adequately respond to accusations of sexual assault. This would give the investigations an appearance of legitimacy. But as I’ll show, the training provided to these officers will make the investigations even less legitimate.

For starters, the blueprint identifies accusers as “victims” throughout, pre-supposing the truthfulness of their claims. It also includes a section claiming unfounded and false allegations are rare (the implication being that accusers should automatically be believed). I’ve detailed before how the “rare” statistics are faulty, but beyond that, fact finders are not to predetermine the outcome at the beginning of a case.

But the most egregious demand in the blueprint, noted by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education’s Samantha Harris, is the requirement that police officers — who are supposed to be “neutral fact finders” — actively work to “anticipate” and “counter” defense strategies.

It seems to me that the mere existence of such policies, coupled with an overwhelming imbalance in the gender of accused vs. accusers despite social science evidence to the contrary, is prima facie proof that a campus is a gender-based hostile educational environment for male students.

INTO THEIR IMAGINATIONS? Harvard tells its women: Go where the rapes are.

THIS IS MORIBUND, THE BURGERMEISTER, I’M GONNA KEEP THIS MONSTER DOWN.

Shot: “The Cologne police added that they had received 90 complaints from victims, including one who said she had been raped. No arrests have been made. In Hamburg, the police said 10 women had reported that they were sexually assaulted and robbed in a similar fashion on the same night.”

“Reports of Attacks on Women in Germany Heighten Tension Over Migrants,” the New York Times, January. 5, 2016.

Chaser: “Hamburg bans [single use] coffee pods in state-run buildings.”

Digital Journal, February 21st, 2016.

Back in early 2011, when New York City was hip deep in a foot and a half or more of white powdery global warming (no doubt it was all Keurig’s fault) and snow removal was spotty at best and nonexistent at worst, Victor Davis Hanson coined “The Bloomberg Syndrome:”

It is a human trait to focus on cheap and lofty rhetoric rather than costly, earthy reality. It is a bureaucratic characteristic to rail against the trifling misdemeanor rather than address the often-dangerous felony. And it is political habit to mask one’s own failures by lecturing others on their supposed shortcomings. Ambitious elected officials often manage to do all three.

The result in these hard times is that our elected sheriffs, mayors, and governors are loudly weighing in on national and global challenges that are quite often out of their own jurisdiction, while ignoring or failing to solve the very problems that they were elected to address.

Quite simply, the next time your elected local or state official holds a press conference about global warming, the Middle East, or the national political climate, expect to experience poor county law enforcement, bad municipal services, or regional insolvency.

Since political correctness was born in Europe nearly a century ago, the contagion is far worse there than it’s infected America, though it’s spreading rapidly here as well. (See also: most college campuses, New York, and San Francisco.) But as Glenn recently noted, “Virtue-signaling is not a policy…Virtue-signaling is never about real world consequences. And the more people virtue-signal, the less virtuous they tend to be.”

LIFE IN THE 21ST CENTURY: ‘Guilty until proven innocent’: life after a false rape accusation.

ASHE SCHOW: No remorse from administrators in Duke lacrosse rape hoax.

It’s been nearly 10 years since members of the Duke University lacrosse team held the party that would destroy their lives due to a false accusation of rape.

None of the campus administrators who branded the young men as rapists before the evidence was collected ever faced consequences, and it appears they have no remorse for their actions.

Richard Brodhead is still president of Duke, and in an interview with the Duke Chronicle, said he was “certainly at ease in my conscience” regarding the way he and his administration treated the innocent students who were falsely accused. Brodhead also said “I don’t spend my time looking back on this” and said the whole incident “was distracting.”

Oh, so sorry that forever tarnishing the reputations of innocent students was “distracting” for you, Mr. president.

In 2007, Brodhead showed a little more remorse, calling his actions “a mistake” and apologizing for what he had done. Yet now, Brodhead appears to be just fine with what he had done to the students and their families.

K.C. Johnson, who co-wrote the book on the case, pointed to a statement Brodhead made in 2006, in the heat of the accusation, where he presumed the guilt of his own students and blamed them for possibly being falsely accused.

“If our students did what is alleged, it is appalling to the worst degree,” Brodhead said back then. “If they didn’t do it, whatever they did is bad enough.”

This is victim-blaming, yet those who perpetuate the belief that rape is rampant on college campuses won’t admit that the falsely accused are victims, too.

Richard Brodhead is a horrible human being who brings disgrace upon Duke University and academia as a whole.

IMPORTED RAPE CULTURE: German Report: More Violence, Rape, Theft, Radicalization Likely Due to Migrant Influx.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was furiously spinning yesterday’s proposed deal with Turkey over migrants as a “breakthrough”, while her colleague in the negotiations, Dutch PM Mark Rutte, more comically said that Turkey had “moved the goalposts, but in a positive sense.”

Some of the press led with words like “breakthrough” and “game changer” in the titles of their pieces and suggested that European unity on the matter, while not guaranteed, was at least holding up admirably. (We, for the record, were a bit more skeptical.)

But back in Germany, right ahead of key regional elections this weekend, a bombshell of a story—a leaked police report on the impact of the already-admitted migrants and refugees—was dominating discussion:

The report says ‘immigration will lead to more crime and increased police usage’ to combat it.

The number of crimes – of violence, sexual, property theft and narcotic offences – will rise, says the paper of the North Rhine-Westphalian department of the interior whose ‘Immigration’ project involves both individual states and central government.

The document, entitled ‘Challenges To And Impact On The Police’, was leaked to news magazine Spiegel. […]

The report warns that as well as rising crime in the future, Islamists are ‘agitating’ in asylum homes, increasing the risk of radicalisation among disaffected refugees.

It said there have been ‘hundreds’ of incidents in the past few months where Salafists ‘have sought contact with refugees’. . . .

Meanwhile, Merkel’s coalition was already set to take a drubbing in the upcoming regional vote according to polls.

I can’t imagine why.

I CAN’T BELIEVE THEY’RE RUNNING THIS ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY:

The young woman’s shrieking was loud and getting louder, but there was laughter in it. ‘Stop it! Philip, stop it, stop it stop it!’ accompanied by the scamper of feet on stairs.

A grinning man was reaching out and pinching her bottom repeatedly and growling: ‘Get up there, girl, get up there,’ forcing her up.

Chief Petty Officer William Evans, who had been coming down, had to get out of their way as the screaming and laughing Queen, in a blouse and skirt, was ushered by Prince Philip’s pinches and growls all the way to the top of the 80-tread staircase at Broadlands, in Hampshire, home of the late Earl Mountbatten.

The royal couple were regular weekend guests at the home of Philip’s Uncle Dickie, and staff noted that only one of the two bedrooms in their suite was ever slept in. At the top of the stairs the noise suddenly subsided.

The door of their suite closed behind them, muffled giggling continued, and then there was silence. ‘They were like a pair of teenagers,’ recalls Evans, now 83, who was head of Mountbatten’s personal staff. ‘The Queen had a look of panic on her face that wasn’t really panic at all, if you know what I mean — she was loving it, and Philip knew that.

‘He was enjoying himself, and he wouldn’t stop, but just kept pinching her bottom all the way to the top, and it’s a lot of stairs. I wondered whether they ever behaved like that at Buckingham Palace.’

A remarkable vignette. But what is even more extraordinary is that the royal couple were not newlyweds when this highly charged, and clearly amorous scene was played out.

Even the Queen isn’t safe from #RapeCulture.

ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY, ADMITTING A GENUINE RAPE CULTURE IS BEING IMPORTED: Suddenly, it’s about more than just male chauvinism: After the New Year’s Eve attacks on women in Cologne, DW’s Sarah Hofmann has found herself forced to write about women as victims – something she never wanted to do. When you import people who have been socialized to be victimizers at any opportunity, you get more victims. Culture matters, you know, as you’d think any self-respecting lefty would admit. But notice the continuing levels of denial, even here. You don’t need pepper spray in Cologne? Oh, honey, bless your heart. I think you do.

HOW THE WEST ENDS? At Ricochet, Claire Berlinski links to an article at Slate by Anne Applebaum titled “This Is How the West Ends — Donald Trump, Marine Le Pen, and the breakdown of European stability,” in which Applebaum writes, “Western unity, nuclear deterrence, and standing armies gave us more than half a century of political stability. Shared economic space helped bring prosperity and freedom to Europe and North America alike. But these are things that we all take for granted, until they are gone.”

To which Berlinski responds, “But none of these arguments work, do they. No matter what, all people hear is blah, blah, blah, patronizing coastal Ivy-educated elites — what have the Romans ever given us in return? Yeah, yeah, yeah, besides half a century of political stability, prosperity and freedom…”

Late last month Stephen Bainbridge quoted from pieces explaining Trump’s supporters by Ben Domenech at Commentary and by Peggy Noonan, along with a quote from the late Christopher Lasch’s 1995 book, The Revolt of the Elites and the Betrayal of Democracy, in a post titled “Donald Trump is the beta test of a cure for The Revolt of the Elites.” Domenech wrote:

The post-Cold War left-right politics of the nation have been breaking down in slow motion for two decades. They are now being replaced by a different type of inside-outside politics.

The Trump phenomenon is neither a disease nor a symptom – he is instead the beta-test of a cure that the American people are trying out. It won’t work. But this is where our politics are going: working and middle class Americans are reasserting themselves against a political and cultural establishment that has become completely discredited over time and due to their own actions.

And on both coasts, it’s a bipartisan political and cultural establishment that absolutely loathes what it’s dubbed “flyover country.” As Glenn has written, “When you have a ruling class that doesn’t believe in — or even much like — the fundamental values of the nations it rules, things tend to work out poorly.” And to return to Berlinki’s query above, wondering why “none of these arguments work,” why would everyday American support or respect notions its elites have so clearly discarded?

A classic Monty Python sketch featured magician turned would-be architect “The Amazing Mystico” and his lovely assistant Janet, who underbid real architects to cheaply and instantaneously put up skyscrapers for low-income tenants that promised to be “as strong, solid and as safe as any other building method in this country — provided of course, people believe in them,” followed by a scene in which a tenant starts having doubts and his flat begins to collapse around him.

It’s a hilarious concept. But when it comes to civilization, this is exactly backwards — its columns and building blocks won’t stay upright for very long once its elites stop believing in them.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE: Girl, 15, raped by transgender woman. “Judge Ian Pearson, sentencing, said a serious aggravating factor was Ayrton’s interest in teenage girls after a previous conviction for possessing indecent images. . . . ‘I accept you have been agonising over your gender issues as you now wish to live as a woman, but no operation has been done.'”

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE: N.C. Teacher, 30, Charged in Lesbian Sexual Affair With Female Student, 17.

WHEN PETTY TYRANTS BECOME NOT-SO-PETTY: K.C. Johnson On Yale And The Montague Case.

Again, the justification for these denials of basic due process is that no one is accusing the student of rape.

How, then, to reconcile this fiction with posters that blanketed the Yale campus asking the Yale basketball team to “stop supporting a rapist” [emphasis added]?

When the alleged disciplinary offense is the same as a felony, the idea that deny due process serves the interests of fairness is preposterous.

(2) Of the media coverage of this issue, one article handled the issue responsibly. In the New Haven Register, Chip Malafronte wrote: “There is no record of an arrest or court hearing involving Montague on file with the Connecticut judicial branch.”

Every article on this case should contain such a sentence. How can someone be a “rapist” if he hasn’t even been charged with a crime—much less convicted?

Because calling him a rapist makes white, upper-class women feel good about themselves, and making white, upper-class women feel good about themselves is the supreme value in our society today, especially at expensive private schools.

Plus:

Yale has never explained why it chose to redefine a term commonly understood in both culture and the law. And at this stage, it’s not public what specific allegations Montague even faced. But to the extent he faced allegations that don’t fit the definition of sexual assault, and as a result of Yale’s actions he has now publicly been branded a “rapist” in campus posters, it would seem that he has suffered real harm from Yale’s peculiar use of the dictionary. . . . In an official statement, Yale unsurprisingly (and appropriately in this instance) shielded itself behind FERPA and declined comment.

But, incredibly, an agent of the Yale administration took a different course. As quoted by Malafronte, the Yale Women’s Center released a public statement purporting to “speculate” and then adding: “[W]e can comfortably say that, should all of this be true, this is progress. It seems that a survivor felt that coming forward was a viable option and that they got the decisive outcome that they likely fought hard for . . . Though we can only speculate as to the intent behind the basketball team’s shirt protest, the team’s actions appeared to be a dismissal of the very real threat of sexual violence.”

In other words: an official Yale agency all but confirmed that Montague was expelled for “sexual violence.”

Between the publication of the Register article and this morning, someone (Yale’s general counsel, perhaps?) appears to have spoken to the Women’s Center, which released a modified statement “recogniz[ing] that FERPA and Yale policy prohibit Yale from commenting on the exact nature of any specific incident.”

But the Women’s Center has already commented. Its comment all but confirmed the rumors. And that comment, along with the harm it caused, can’t be undone.

He’s only a man. His feelings and life don’t matter.

ACTUALLY, MORE LIKE A HATE CRIME: Social worker: False rape accusations just a cry for help.

Women who make false rape and sexual assault accusations are just looking for help, according to a social worker in Boise, Idaho.

Becky Waggaman with Warm Springs Counseling Center told Boise’s CBS affiliate KBOI2 that false accusers are troubled and looking for sympathy.

“Sexual assaults get a lot of attention,” Waggaman said. “They get a lot of media. If that’s [the] primary goal, then that’s what they’re going to go for.”

Waggaman said this was the case even when the accuser is anonymous.

“So it’s still out there, and they can say: ‘That’s me, that’s me,'” Waggaman said, “and they can get a lot of other people involved in their storytelling.”

Waggaman also told KBOI2 that those who make false accusations should get the help they seek.

Waggaman’s comments come after a second sexual assault accusation in Boise proved to be false.

Let them get help in prison.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Former IPS counselor charged with child seduction allegedly involved with at least two students.

WHEN LEFTIES OR DEMOCRATS DO SOMETHING AWFUL, THE PRESS SHIFTS THE FOCUS TO . . . HOW REPUBLICANS WILL CAPITALIZE ON IT. So the New York Times’ Vivian Yee’s take on the fake hate crime at Albany is this: “It was a turnabout tailor-made to delight conservative media outlets and to ignite social-media recriminations.”

Ann Althouse calls this “scurrilous” and comments: “Why invent delight in the minds of conservatives? That’s really a repackaging of what seems to be your own disappointment that a terrible racist attack didn’t happen! Shameful.”

To be a leftist today is to be sad whenever it turns out that a woman wasn’t raped, or a black person wasn’t lynched. Which is most of the time, it seems. . . .

FIGHT THE POWER: Female student stands up to claims of ‘rape culture.’

It’s not brave to “speak out” on a topic that the media loves and will defend one on. It is brave to stand up for the truth despite what the media and activists claim is true.

That is the case of Toni Airaksinen, a Barnard College sophomore who penned an essay for the Columbia Spectator dismantling the claim that colleges across the country are fostering a “rape culture.”

Airaksinen spends her essay informing readers how a study purporting to show that one-in-five women will be sexually assaulted while in college is misleading. For starters, the study — from the Association of American Universities — uses a “ridiculously wide definition of sexual assault,” according to Airaksinen. This definition includes “everything from penetration to unwanted groping,” she writes.

Airaksinen writes that she, and arguably many of her friends, think “rape” when they hear sexual assault, or something “comparatively traumatizing.” She acknowledges that others, such as activists who parrot the one in five studies, view sexual assault as something that could include “unwanted touching or even street harassment.”

Airaksinen lays out a hypothetical situation where she is kissed without her consent. She writes that it would be “majorly uncomfortable,” but she would not consider it sexual assault. The AAU, however, most likely would.

She also notes that the primary reason the survey’s “victims” don’t report is because they didn’t view the incident as serious enough to report.

Alcohol is one of the biggest factors when considering whether a woman was able to consent, and Airaksinen notes that the AAU survey doesn’t address what percentage of students allegedly committing sexual assault had been drinking.

“I know that after tossing back a couple of glasses of wine, I would certainly be more willing to have sex. If I answered the survey truthfully, I would be considered a victim,” she wrote. “But if I’m the victim of assault because I had unwanted sex after topping off a bottle of wine, then what about the person whom I had sex with, who was probably drinking, too?”

Well, if that person is a male, then he’s always a perpetrator, never the victim, because of his gender. That’s what equality is all about!

OSCAR RATINGS FALL LIKE A ROCK, screams Drudge’s latest headline, linking to a Deadline Hollywood article noting that “Return Of Chris Rock Sees Show Hit 8-Year Low” in the ratings.

Kudos to Rock’s efforts to pushback against his fellow leftists’ raging PC, but who wanted to watch what amounted to an evening’s worth of MSNBC, albeit with the hosts in tuxes and evening gowns?

Academy member and Maximum Pajamahadeen Emeritus Roger Simon writes “Mea Culpa… I Forgot to Vote in the Oscars!”

For the first time since I was invited into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (writers branch) in 1983, I forgot to vote in the Oscars.  I did see the nominated movies, but somehow neglected to go online and cast my final ballot.

Freudian slip? Who knows?  But I wasn’t the only one.  America forgot to watch!

Well, not all of America.  The show got a 23.1 share in something called “metered market results.” But that was down 6% from last year, a negative trend that has been going on for a decade.

Perhaps the public is getting sick of being hectored about climate change, etc. by actors who make twenty-five million dollars a picture, own yachts, and fly around in private jets.  It’s a veritable orgy of moral narcissism.

Author/actor/game show host Ben Stein adds “No More Oscars for Me:”

But just a minute. Isn’t Biden a huge Democrat? Isn’t he a pal of Bill and Hillary? Isn’t Bill the most reckless and prolific sex abuser in state and federal government of all time? Hasn’t his whole life been about using his power and status to take advantage of young women? Hasn’t HRC’s been about intimidating and threatening and blackmailing young women to keep them hushed up about Bill’s attacks — including widely reported rapes?

Haven’t the whole Democrat party and its lackeys in the MSM united in lockstep to protect the Clintons from the consequences of his crimes? And so, now these people are preaching to us to act better about sex abuse of young girls?

And isn’t Hollywood’s main task to sell young people tickets to movies that involve illicit sex? Aren’t almost all youth comedies about seducing drunken girls? And Hollywood is not supposed to be the moral guardian of the girls and young women of the nation? Isn’t this like sending a Madam to guard a nunnery? Or a fox to guard a chicken coop?

The hypocrisy is perfect.

And fortunately, the majority of Americans know it.

Exit quip: “‘Now, gas up my private jet!’ — Leo #Oscars.”

IT’S PATTY MURRAY, NATCH: Senator cites faulty statistic while sucking up to acting education secretary.

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., used a flawed — and at this point, discredited — statistic to claim that one in five women will be sexually assaulted while in college.

She used this statistic during her questioning of acting Education Secretary Dr. John B. King during his Senate confirmation hearing, which quickly became a slobbering lovefest for the department’s current actions on combatting sexual assault.

“Dr. King, I’ve been really impressed with this administration’s work over the years to protect civil rights — including promoting education opportunities for students of color, women and girls, students with disabilities, LGBT students — and I look forward to continuing to work with you on those issues, but I wanted to raise one specific issue with you today: campus sexual assault and violence,” Murray said.

She didn’t follow this up with any kind of critical question, instead devoting time to suggest that 20 percent of women are sexually assaulted in college.

“It’s a growing national crisis and depending on the survey, we know that at least one in five women are being sexually assaulted on our college campuses. That’s stunning. One in five of our daughters, granddaughters, sisters, loved ones are being sexually assaulted while in college,” Murray said. “That is by the way the lowest of the estimates out there, which is really appalling and unacceptable.”

First, it’s not a “growing national crisis” because it’s not a national crisis at all. Rape and sexual assault are terrible when they happen, but they are not occurring at the levels believers like Murray claim. The studies cited by Murray and others are self-reported surveys, possibly the least reliable method of studying something.

Also, the surveys use broad definitions of sexual assault to punch up the numbers, including everything from a stolen kiss to rape. They also have low response rates, are not nationally representative and can’t be applied to the population at large.

The biggest problem with the surveys, however, is the fact that those labeled as victims by the researchers don’t even see themselves as such. When asked why they didn’t report, more than 70 percent of respondents say it was because they didn’t think the situation was serious.

It’s a national crisis, it’s just not serious.

OH, TO BE IN ENGLAND: “Rotherham gang sentenced to 102 years in prison for abusing young girls,” John Sexton writes today at Hot Air. Note this detail: “According to the 2014 report, one reason police utterly failed to protect so many young girls was the ‘politically inconvenient truth’ that most the victims in Rotherham were white while most of the perpetrators were Pakistani men.”

As Sexton adds, “the perpetrators in Rotherham seemed to operate with impunity even when face to face with police.” And while the Rotherham perpetrators used race and Islam to their advantage in PC-obsessed England, as Jonah Goldberg notes today, England’s Jimmy Savile used celebrity and power:

A hugely popular DJ and TV personality in the United Kingdom for decades, Savile lived a double life as a child molester and rapist. He abused older victims as well. His victims, many of whom were patients in hospitals, ranged from five to 75 years old. As a major fundraiser for hospitals, he had free rein to prey on boys and girls. He assaulted one ten-year-old boy with a broken arm while he was waiting on a gurney for an X-ray. He assaulted teenagers recovering from surgery in bed.

All in all, at several hospitals and at nearly every division of the BBC where he worked, he raped or abused dozens of children — boys and girls — and scores of teenagers and adults.

Savile also reportedly did things to corpses best left unsaid.

He was so popular and so powerful, many victims felt comfortable coming forward only after Savile died in 2011 at the age of 84, to that point regarded as an esteemed member of the community. Sir Jimmy was even a knight.

The BBC has just published a nearly 800-page report detailing its complicity in Savile’s crimes. I haven’t read the whole thing, nor do I have much desire to. The main takeaway, however, is that the BBC shares blame for turning a blind eye owing to its “culture of deference” to celebrities. There was ample evidence that Savile was up to no good, but few were willing to say anything.

Let’s discuss the culture of deference.

Read the whole thing. (Perhaps as with Gloria Steinem in the earlier post, the photo of a young Savile burning a hole into the camera atop Jonah’s article should also merit a trigger warning.)

UPDATE: ‘Atmosphere of fear’ at BBC allowed Jimmy Savile to commit sex crimes, report finds.

SAY, DIDN’T HE DEFEND BILLY BOY? Joe Biden is denouncing rape to an Academy of rape-enablers.

21st CENTURY HEADLINES: A Rape Survivor Speaks Out About Transgender Bathrooms.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): A woman at the centre of a paedophile ring setting children up as “sexual playthings” over more than a decade has been found guilty. “During the trial it emerged that police had launched an investigation into the conduct of Norfolk county council social workers involved in the case.”

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! AND AVOID INSENSITIVE, TRIGGERING, BLAME-THE-VICTIM HEADLINES LIKE THIS ONE: Male Teen Files Lawsuit After He Had Lots Of Sex With Biology Teacher And She Bought Him An Xbox. Next you’ll be saying it’s not rape if a man buys a teenage girl a bracelet.

K.C. JOHNSON: Ten Years Later, the Duke Lacrosse Case Still Reverberates.

Next month will be the tenth anniversary of the spring break party that triggered the Duke lacrosse case. That incident probably remains the highest-profile false rape claim in recent U.S. history—rivaled only by the claim against University of Virginia fraternity members leveled, and then retracted, by Rolling Stone.

That both of these false accusations occurred on a campus should come as no surprise. A general disinterest in due process for accused students combined with a one-sided intellectual atmosphere on questions related to gender make universities poorly suited to evaluate sexual assault allegations. The lacrosse case, moreover, added race and class to the mix.

From the standpoint of a faculty dominated by the race/class/gender trinity, the purported facts proved too tempting to resist: wealthy, white males accused of brutally attacking a poor, African-American female. And so dozens of Duke professors abandoned the academy’s traditional fealty to due process to embrace the version of events offered by Durham’s unethical (and subsequently disbarred) district attorney, Mike Nifong.

In their most prominent action, eighty-eight Duke faculty members signed a public statement affirming that something “happened” to Crystal Mangum. They actually boasted of their closed-mindedness by promising to continue their crusade regardless of “what the police say or the court decides.”

And after high-profile protests that had urged the castration of the lacrosse captains and blanketed the campus with “wanted” posters containing 43 of the lacrosse players’ photos, the Duke faculty members had a message for the protesters: “Thank you for not waiting and for making yourselves heard.”

Why was it so important for the protesters not to have waited until the facts were known? Not a single member of the Group of 88 has ever explained.

But perhaps the most chilling line in the Group of 88 statement was also its most banal—a notice at the bottom of the page, listing the 15 Duke academic departments and programs that chose to “sign onto this ad.” That such a wide swath of the Duke academic community officially affiliated with an inflammatory statement sent a powerful message in spring 2006.

It turned out that, with the exception of the African-American Studies Program, none of the academic departments had formally taken a vote to endorse affiliating with the statement. Yet this breach of standard academic protocol appears to have had no consequences at Duke.

An unwillingness to engage in any critical self-reflection is the foremost legacy of how the academy responded to the lacrosse case, at Duke and beyond.

Duke spent tens of millions of dollars in settlement costs and legal fees for the lawsuits filed by the lacrosse players. (Some of that money unsuccessfully attempted to force me to reveal confidential e-mail exchanges with my sources.) It’s easy to see why Duke was so eager to settle the lawsuits before all discovery material became public. Early filings in the case attached a handful of administrators’ e-mails, including an April 2006 missive from president Richard Brodhead, musing that the movie Primal Fear might be an appropriate lens through which to view the case.

In that film, a character played by Ed Norton convinces his lawyers he was wrongfully accused, only to accidentally confess his guilt in the closing scene. One can only imagine what the full archive of Brodhead’s 2006 e-mails would have revealed.

Since the ending of the lacrosse case, Duke’s trustees have conferred on Brodhead two new five-year terms as president.

Well, if you’re wondering where the “burn it all to the ground” sentiments in American politics come from, stuff like this is one source. The pervasive rot in America’s political and intellectual ruling classes is evident, it’s easy to see why some people may conclude that it’s irreversible by ordinary means. I don’t feel that way yet, but the wake-up call has been sounded, and the ruling class has hit the snooze button repeatedly. Eventually, they’re going to have to take that pillow off their head.

I’M SHOCKED, SHOCKED THAT THIS COURSE DIDN’T ACCOMPLISH ITS OBJECTIVE: Teenage Afghan migrant, 16, ‘rapes worker at Belgian asylum centre two weeks after attending a course on how to treat Western women.’ These classes would be more effective if they explained that the penalty was hanging. Instead, it will probably be more classes and a surprisingly short sentence in a prison that’s probably nicer and safer than the guy’s home in Afghanistan was.

THESE SETTLEMENTS DESERVE ANOTHER ZERO OR TWO: University of Montana settles with football player accused of rape.

One of the most high-profile campus rape accusations in recent years has come to a close.

Jordan Johnson, the former starting quarterback for the University of Montana, has reached a settlement with the University of Montana for $245,000 to drop his claims against the university. Johnson had threatened to sue the school following what he called an “unfair and biased” investigation by the school.

Johnson had been a star quarterback for the university. Handsome and well-spoken, he seemed to have the world on his plate. He hoped to join the NFL. But just as his star was rising, he was accused of rape during a time when the nation — and especially the University of Montana — were under heavy scrutiny for allegedly mishandling accusations of campus sexual assault and rape.

This led to Johnson being investigated by the school and recommended for expulsion. He was also charged with rape in criminal court, but a jury acquitted him.

Kangaroo courts should be expensive, for the kangaroos.

LET’S SHIP THESE WOMEN TO MUSLIM COUNTRIES, WHERE THEY’LL BE KEPT IN SAFE ROOMS, MADE TO WEAR SAFE BURKAS, AND BE SAFE FROM LIFE AND EQUALITY: ‘Jeopardy’ Is Rape Culture?

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Purdue staffer resigns after allegedly threatening to rape pro-lifers.

A Purdue University employee has resigned following a deluge of social media comments in which he appeared to threaten to rape pro-life supporters.

Jamie Newman, who provides musical accompaniment to Purdue’s Division of Dance, allegedly posted a series of critical comments to an article from abortion opponent Live Action. Those comments were seen as rape threats toward anti-abortion activists.

Newman has denied that his comments were threats and called the accusations an attempt to “destroy” and defame him. The comments were sent to the Purdue University Police Department, which questioned Newman but cleared him of any criminal intent. . . .

On Monday, Purdue President Mitch Daniels defended the university’s decision to call for an apology from Newman without firing him, citing free speech. Daniels did, however, say that the comments from Newman were “the most explicit threat I’ve seen in my three years [as Purdue president].”

As we know, though, anything that makes anyone uncomfortable is a firing offense now.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO LIE ABOUT RAPE! (CONT’D): Woman jailed over false rape claim. “When evidence was reviewed it emerged the report of rape had been made shortly after the man sent a text message to Horrocks’s former boyfriend, with whom she was trying to rekindle a relationship.”

ADVICE FROM JUSTICE SCALIA ON CHOOSING A SUCCESSOR:

In a largely overlooked passage in his dissent from the court’s decision in June establishing a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, he left detailed suggestions.

Avoid “tall-building lawyers,” especially ones who work in skyscrapers in New York. Find someone who did not go to law school at Harvard or Yale. Look for a candidate from the Southwest. Consider an evangelical Christian.

Justice Scalia was criticizing the lack of diversity of the court he sat on, and he did not exclude himself. He was right as a factual matter: Supreme Court justices these days are by many measures remarkably similar, giving the court the insular quality of a private club or a faculty lounge. . . .

To be sure, the court is by some standards reasonably diverse. For the first time it has three women, one of whom is Hispanic. It has an African-American member, only the second in its history.

On the other hand, Justice Scalia wrote, the court “consists of only nine men and women, all of them successful lawyers who studied at Harvard or Yale Law School.” Justice Scalia attended Harvard, as did five other current members of the court. The other three went to Yale.

Well, that’s America’s elite bar, where diversity means people from Harvard and Yale. Plus:

Since Justice John Paul Stevens retired in 2010, the court, for the first time, has no Protestant member. Justice Scalia was Catholic, as are five other justices on the current court. The other three are Jewish.

In his dissent from June, Justice Scalia decried this state of affairs, writing, “Not a single evangelical Christian (a group that comprises about one quarter of Americans), or even a Protestant of any denomination.”

Justice Scalia also surveyed the lack of geographical diversity on his court. “Four of the nine are natives of New York City,” he wrote.

Indeed, every borough but Staten Island was represented. Justice Scalia was from Queens. Justice Ginsburg is from Brooklyn, Justice Kagan is from Manhattan and Justice Sonia Sotomayor is from the Bronx.

“Eight of them grew up in east- and west-coast States,” Justice Scalia wrote. “Only one hails from the vast expanse in-between,” he added, referring to Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., who is from Indiana.

“Not a single Southwesterner or even, to tell the truth, a genuine Westerner (California does not count),” he added, discounting the backgrounds of Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, who was born in Sacramento, and Justice Stephen G. Breyer, who was born in San Francisco.

Flyover people should focus on electing people to Congress who will then pretend to fight for them. They can’t be trusted with real power.

HILLARY CLINTON’S WAR ON MEN: Hillary Clinton hires woman who thinks it’s much better to falsely accuse a man of rape than to disbelieve an accuser. Unless, you know, the accuser is accusing Bill.

Related: Hillary allegations of ‘Bernie-Bro’ sexism didn’t hold up in the first place.

WHEN “RAPE CULTURE” IS ACTUALLY REAL: CBS News: Germany blames wave of sex assaults mostly on refugees.

Most of the suspects identified in connection with a series of robberies and sexual assaults in Cologne during New Year’s celebrations are refugees, prosecutors said Monday.

The crimes, described as unprecedented by authorities, sparked uproar in Germany and a heated debate about the country’s ability to integrate almost 1.1 million people who sought asylum there last year.

The incident has led to both a political and a personal backlash against the mostly Middle Eastern and North African asylum seekers that flooded the country last year. . . .

“The overwhelming majority of persons fall into the general category of refugees,” Bremer told The Associated Press, saying recent reports describing only three of the suspects as refugees were “total nonsense.”

Initially, authorities in Cologne were accused of downplaying the fact that the attackers included many asylum-seekers because of the political sensitivity of the issue.

The suspects included 30 Moroccan nationals, 27 Algerians, four Iraqis, three Germans, three Syrians, three Tunisians, and one each from Libya, Iran and Montenegro, Bremer said.

“They have various legal statuses, including illegal entry, asylum-seekers and asylum applicants,” he said of the foreign suspects. “That covers the overwhelming majority of suspects.”

I think things are going to get ugly.

IT’S COME TO THIS: Rape accusers sue University of Tennessee for giving accused students due process. I think that’s something to be proud of, though this should all be handled by police, not university bureaucrats anyway.

CARRIE LUKAS: Euro-feminists in meltdown over immigrant rape. “Of course, there’s a way out for feminists: Refocus on the core principle of defending women’s equal rights and fair treatment. This requires recognizing that the West — including Western men — have actually come a long way in protecting women from physical harm and enabling their full participation in the public sphere.”

When you yammer about a nonexistent “rape culture” at home, and then import millions from a genuine rape culture, it’s not likely to go well. And you can’t acknowledge anything good about Western men, or that would defeat the entire purpose of feminism, which is to cow and silence Western men.

NFL SHOWCASING BLACK PANTHERS TRIBUTE PROVES THE LEAGUE STILL DOESN’T GET IT:

The NFL allowing a halftime tribute, no matter how oblique, to a group whose leaders brazenly raped women surely ranks at least on par to its mishandling of the Ray Rice domestic-violence assault in its offensiveness. No number of pink flags thrown by referees, or ads touting a “Vikings family” that morphed into an NFL family when one son moved to Cincinnati and had “Bengals babies” and another ate “Roethlis-burgers,” absolves this.

“Rape was an insurrectionary act,” Eldridge Cleaver wrote in Soul on Ice of transitioning from sexual assaults on black women to whites. “It delighted me that I was defying and trampling upon the white man’s law, upon his system of values, and that I was defiling his women—and this point, I believe, was the most satisfying to me because I was very resentful over the historical fact of how the white man has used the black woman.”

Whereas Black Panthers Supreme Servant Newton broke his pistol grips by beating four fractures into the skull of African American tailor Preston Callins in 1973 and killed black prostitute Kathleen Smith by shooting her in the face—both for the crime of calling Huey “baby”— in 1974, Black Panthers Minister of Information Cleaver allegedly murdered a fellow African American activist in exile in Algeria.

File the league-endorsed Super Bowl 50 halftime tribute to the Black Panthers away for some perspective this fall, when the pink shoes come out and the anti-domestic violence PSAs begin running once again during Sunday’s NFL games.

Oh, and to get a sense of how fundamentally the culture has been changed by a generation of the far left making, as Roger Kimball would say, the long march through its institutions, who were performers at Super Bowl I? “The halftime show featured trumpeter Al Hirt, the marching bands from the University of Arizona and Grambling State University, 300 pigeons, 10,000 balloons and a flying demonstration by the hydrogen-peroxide-propelled Bell Rocket Air Men.”

Related: #BoycottBeyonce Movement Gains Momentum.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Ex-school lunch lady admits raping 15-year-old.

CAUGHT BETWEEN THE SCYLLA OF ANDROPHOBIA AND THE CHARYBDIS OF MULTI-CULTURALISM: Just like the vile-prog patsies they are.  Euro-feminists in meltdown over immigrant rape.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Purdue Univ. investigating staff member’s alleged threat to rape pro-life women.

ANALYSIS: TRUE. It’s time we stopped treating all men as sex pests.

Pearson, a 51-year-old artist, was tried for a sex crime simply because he brushed past a 61-year-old female film star during rush hour at Waterloo Tube station without even breaking his stride.

His accuser (who shall remain anonymous for life) claimed Pearson penetrated her with three fingers for “two or three seconds”.

CCTV of the footage irrefutably backs Pearson’s account; it took a jury of nine women and three men just 90 minutes to unanimously reject the accuser’s version of events and find Pearson innocent.

After the case, Mr Pearson, who still suffers anxiety attacks, said, “This could have happened to anyone. For me, half a second turned into a year of hell. I feel I have undergone a form of mental torture sanctioned by the state. Why couldn’t the CPS have used common sense?”

Which begs the bigger question: why, despite having seen the CCTV evidence (there were also no witnesses nor forensic evidence), did the Crown Prosecution Service still see fit to push for prosecution?

Pearson’s acquittal topped off a bad week for the CPS – and a terrible one for men – following a damning report in which HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate concluded that “poor” decision-making in London rape cases was leading to innocent suspects being wrongly charged in an attempt to raise the number of convictions.

So why is what’s been described as a CPS “witch hunt” against men happening?

Increasingly, there is a sense that the courts are becoming the judicial hammer for the anvil of the CPS’s Violence Against Women And Girls strategy. It’s also hard to avoid the argument that innocent men like Mark Pearson are seeing their day in court because the most prolific and evil sex offender of them all – Jimmy Savile – escaped his.

Meanwhile, of course, the Rotherham rape gangs were covered up by officialdom for fear of being called racist. So it’s not actually a war against all men.

The accuser’s name should be widely publicized, and the officials here should be tarred and feathered.

THE TRUTH ALWAYS COMES OUT, EVENTUALLY: For habitual liars–like the Clintons– this is a very scary prospect. Chuck Ross at the Daily Caller opines, “This Might be Why Hillary Won’t Release Her Goldman Sachs Speech Transcripts.”

As Hillary Clinton resists calls to release transcripts from her paid Goldman Sachs speeches, details of those events are emerging, and they aren’t good for the Democratic presidential candidate.

“It was pretty glowing about us,” one attendee at an Oct. 2013 Goldman Sachs event in Arizona told Politico about Clinton’s speech, which earned the former secretary of state $225,000. “It’s so far from what she sounds like as a candidate now. It was like a rah-rah speech. She sounded more like a Goldman Sachs managing director.” . . .

Clinton does have the ability to release the transcripts if she chooses.

Her speaking contracts — which went through the Harry Walker Agency — stipulate that the speeches be transcribed and that she retain rights to them.

She won’t be voluntarily releasing these transcripts. I am waiting for the audience-generated videos to emerge. I bet they’re worth a lot of money.

RELATED: Bill Clinton accuser Kathleen Willey to campaign against Hillary: “Willey is joining the Rape Accountability Project for Education PAC, or RAPE PAC, as its paid national spokeswoman, Reuters reported Monday. She will give public remarks and appear in political advertisements detailing claims of Bill Clinton’s past sexual misconduct.”

FUNDAMENTALLY TRANSFORMED: St. Louis usurps Detroit to become most violent city in the US: Gateway City is worst for rape, robbery aggravated assault and murder according to FBI data.

Say, what’s missing from this story? Oh yeah!

REMEMBER, SOCIAL-JUSTICE WARRIORS ARE THE ANGRY PEASANTS WITH PITCHFORKS, MASQUERADING AS THE VOICES OF MORALITY AND REASON: Elizabeth Nolan Brown: How Maryland ‘Neomasculinity’ Blogger Roosh V Became an International ‘Pro-Rape’ Villain; A case study of collective catharsis through call-out culture and moral panic as meme.

The bottom line, though, is that “not a single woman has been hurt by me,” says Roosh. “I’ve never been accused of rape, I’ve never been charged. No follower of mine has read something of [mine], and then gone on to rape, because I know if they did hurt a woman it’d be all over the news.”

The whole thing calls to mind two more male writers: Matt Taibbi, probably best known for his work at Rolling Stone, and Mark Ames, who now writes for outlets such as Pando. The pair worked together at an English-language newspaper in Russia in the late ’90s and subsequently published a book about the experience called The Exile: Sex, Drugs, and Libel in the New Russia. Within this book, there are scenes of the mostly-male Exile editors sexually harassing their administrative staff—going so far as to tell secretaries they must sleep with them to keep their jobs—and Ames threatening to kill his pregnant Russian girlfriend if she doesn’t get an abortion. The men never claimed it was satire or nonfiction. In explaining, Ames was prone to saying things like “Russian women, especially on the first date, expect you to rape them.”

Despite this, Taibbi and Ames have continued to flourish as leftist writers, and as far as I know no feminist groups or Canadian mayors have tried to prevent either from visiting the country. Perhaps they’re just lucky to have come of age in a different Internet era. Perhaps it helps that their politics and progressive credentials are otherwise right. . . .

As much as we might hate to admit it, Roosh is a journalist. His main site, Return of Kings—one of the hubs of what’s sometimes called the “Manosphere”—and its forums get two million visits per month. As neither Roosh nor any writers or readers of Return of Kings were under suspicion of criminal behavior, it is at the very least bizarre that law-enforcement officials would feel the need to comment and keep an eye on their gathers. And it’s probably the kind of thing we should condemn, those of us interested in freedom of speech, press, movement, and association.

People will object that these groups were “pro-rape” meetups. But outside media misinformation, there was nothing about the proposed happy hours to suggest they had anything to do with rape.

Well, if he were — seriously, not satirically — writing “pro-rape” manifestos in the name of Islam, his right would be zealously protected by the same people who subjected him to a high-tech lynching.

And, meanwhile, Bill Clinton, who has actually been accused of rape, is out campaigning for Hillary.

GOOD NEWS: Female Muslim Professor Says Muslims Can Rape, Rob Infidel Women Only in Some Circumstances.

WAR ON COLLEGE MEN, WASHINGTON & LEE UNIVERSITY EDITION: W&L settles lawsuit by student expelled for alleged sexual assault.

Both sides are asking Judge Norman Moon to dismiss the case. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

Last April, Moon denied a motion by the university to throw the case out, saying that the allegations made in the lawsuit, if “taken as true, suggest that W&L’s disciplinary procedures, at least when it comes to charges of sexual misconduct, amount to a practice of railroading accused students.”

In a statement posted Friday on its website, W&L defended its in-house judicial system as “fair and equitable.”

Doe’s lawsuit asserted that the odds were stacked against him during a hearing before the Student Faculty Hearing Board — a process that he argued was slanted to favor female accusers over male defendants.

For one thing, he claimed, a university administrator who handled the investigation in November 2014 recently had given a talk on campus about “regret equals rape,” or the argument that what first passes for a consensual sexual experience later can be called a rape by a woman who has second thoughts.

Doe’s alleged victim heard those comments, the lawsuit alleged, and was influenced by them in her decision to bring charges seven months after their sexual encounter.

And in alleging a rush to judgment by the disciplinary board, Doe pointed out that the decision to expel him was made one day after the publication of a Rolling Stone story — since discredited — about an alleged gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity house. The article prompted a national outcry against what it portrayed as UVa’s culture of indifference to rape victims.

“The negative impact of the Rolling Stone article on UVa influenced W&L’s decision to find the plaintiff responsible for sexual assault so as to avoid a similar fate,” the lawsuit alleged.

My advice to young men: Avoid Washington & Lee University, which can’t be trusted to treat you fairly.

DIVERSITY IS OUR STRENGTH: Five migrants among seven young men who ‘laughed, danced and sang in Arabic as they gang raped unconscious girl of 17.’

HORRIFIC footage has emerged of a group of young men, including five migrants, laughing, dancing and singing in Arabic as they gang rape an unconscious 17-year-old girl.

It is believed the attack happened after the girl passed out after drinking at a party.

One of the rapists later told police: “She can’t complain. Women must obey men.”

The shocking assault happened in November but was only discovered this week by a teacher at a school in Ostend, Belgium.

A police probe was launched after a 14-year-old boy at the Ostend Technical Institute bragged about a photo of himself dressed in military fatigues and holding a sub-machine gun.

Funny how you never hear anything from feminists about this actual rape culture. I guess it’s all about the feminist hierarchy of values.

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UPDATE: Rick Moran emails that the photo above is photoshopped, and that the original is to be found here. Though you can debate about how different the message is between the original and the photoshopped version. . . .

DIVERSITY IS OUR STRENGTH: Iraqi migrant rapes a 10-year-old boy at a swimming pool in Vienna and tells police it was a ‘sexual emergency’ because he hadn’t had sex in months.

All the talk about “rape culture” seems to exclude the one the West’s leaders are eagerly importing.

THE NEW RELIGION OF ANTI-RACISM CAN TURN DISAGREEMENT INTO HERESY.

Nietzsche believed he had killed God in 1883, but man is hardwired to believe in something. From the belief in the perfection of the bureaucratic state (and the concomitant cargo cult worship of the New Deal) to radical environmentalism to what Columbia’s John McWhorter recently dubbed “Antiracism, Our Flawed New Religion,” the entire 150-year old “Progressive” experiment can be seen as an extended experiment to build a new organized religion and/or to create “Heaven on Earth,” but as they said at National Review in the 1960s, “Don’t Immanentize the Eschaton.”

Related: “Liberals often claim that the little people, those without a college education or a subscription to the New York Times, are easy prey for demagogues. Lacking political nous and basic B.S.-resistance, apparently, these plain-thinking folk find themselves in thrall to frothing Fox News anchors and various other big-haired, well-known people who spout simple political messages. We can think independently, but they can’t, say snooty liberals,” Brendan O’Neill writes. “All of which makes the Cult of Ta-Nehisi Coates so ironic. The very liberals who mock rednecks for falling for the bluster of biblical or right-leaning nuts basically bow and scrape at the feet of Coates, treating his every utterance as a bolt from heaven.”

20 years ago, when the leftists at the Washington Post infamously declared that evangelical Christians were “largely poor, uneducated, and easy to command.” I wonder if they had any inkling how much self-projection they were generating?

(Via Maggie’s Farm.)

INSTAVISION: I Talk With Amy Alkon: Campus Rape: Are the Accused Being Treated Unfairly?

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO LIE ABOUT RAPE! (CONT’D): Another pro athlete appears to have been falsely accused of rape.

The woman claimed that after she told Bromley that she wanted to stop their sexual activity, he got angry and tried to rape her, then hit her with his car.

The two had met on Instagram and decided to meet up at a hotel. Bromley told police that he found the woman naked on the hotel bed after he came out of the bathroom. She performed oral sex on him, stopped, and demanded $2,000. Bromley said he didn’t pay because he thought it was a date.

Police told the New York Post that after Bromley refused to pay, the woman continued engaging in sexual activity before requesting money again, at which point Bromley left. Surveillance videos showed the woman following Bromley out of the hotel, continuing to harass him before throwing herself onto the hood of his car.

The accuser also has a history of seeking payment from athletes she meets on Instagram, and of threatening celebrities for money. She had reportedly tried to extort money from actor Taye Diggs by threatening to release a sex tape of the two of them. Diggs reportedly paid the woman, but the accuser claims she didn’t extort him or receive money.

The accuser had said she was drunk and had gotten sick after performing a sex act on Bromley, and that he flipped out and attacked her after that. She told the Post that she was “really traumatized” by the encounter.

A police source told the New York Daily News that it appears as though Bromley stopped and left when the women asked him to do so, and that there were “significant discrepancies” in the story she told law enforcement.

“Her credibility is seriously being questioned,” the police source told the Daily News.

What happened to “believe the women?”

WHY ARE CORPORATIONS INCREASINGLY LEFTIST?

Because the people who run them are. In the case of the oil industry, as Katherine Mangu-Ward of Reason noted a decade ago, in the 1990s, “environmental activists across the nation bought their own ties and started dealing with corporations as almost-equal partners in planet saving. Businesses in turn learned that it’s pretty easy being green,” thus paving the way for the full-on corporatism and crony venture socialism of the Obama era.

And because the people they cater their products to are. The TV series Mad Men increasingly failed as watchable television after its first couple of seasons. But consider the the arc of the series. It begins in 1960 with Don Draper crafting Lucky Strike pitches to conservative smokers in 1960. In the final moments of the series finale, Draper attends an uber-’70s est session in Big Sur and comes away with the brainstorm to craft the proto-multi-culti Stepford-hippy populated “I’d like to teach the world to sing” Coca-Cola commercial. This neatly sums up how the advertising industry responded to coastal elites moving more and more perilously leftward in the 1960s and ’70s.

To build on what Aaron Clarey wrote in the headline link above, Whole Foods have devoted their entire business model to catering to this demographic — which was all fun and games until libertarian-leaning CEO John Mackey came out against Obamacare as “tantamount to ‘fascism’ because ‘the government doesn’t own the means of production, but they do control it.'” That’s an accurate definition of the F-word, but good luck both explaining that to your core audience and keeping them as customers; Mackey quickly capitulated to the mob.

NON-LETHAL FIREARMS: ‘I lit him up … I could smell something burning.’ “Those are the words of a woman who reports that she stun-gunned a man who was trying to rape her and who had stabbed her four times, puncturing her lung. The Detroit News (Oralandar Brand-Williams) adds that the alleged would-be rapist, Darian Winfield, is also accused of having earlier stabbed another woman and may have murdered a 17-year-old girl in a different assault. Fox 2 Detroit (Hannah Saunders) reports that Winfield wasn’t incapacitated by the stun gun, and punched the woman who stun-gunned him in the head, but nonetheless ran away. Michigan banned stun guns until 2012; the repeal followed a trial court decision holding the statute unconstitutional under the Second Amendment, and People v. Yanna (Mich. Ct. App. 2012), decided after the repeal, affirmed that trial court decision.”

It would be better if she’d shot him in the head with a real gun, but there are good reasons why nonlethal firearms should receive Second Amendment protection, too.

TEACH WOMEN NOT TO RAPE! (CONT’D): Police: Louisiana Teacher and Teen Girl Had Year-Long Lesbian Relationship. “Naquin, who is the daughter of the local school board president, is the third teacher at Destrehan High School to be charged with molesting students recently.”

WHAT IF THE REFUGEES ARE NOT JUST IGNORANT SAVAGES?, Bookworm asks:

Here’s what I think is going on: The refugees are acting as they are, not because they see themselves as charity cases, but because they see themselves as conquerors. They know perfectly well that one doesn’t defecate in a pool in which people (especially children) are swimming. They’re doing it because they are performing the literal equivalent of the expression “I don’t give a shit about you.” They know you’re not supposed to rape women . . . that is, unless those women are the products of conquest, in which case raping them is one of Mohamed’s commandments.

It’s almost funny seeing Europeans trying politely to teach their conquerors how not to treat those whom they have conquered. I wonder how long it will take before the Europeans figure out that they’re no longer in the driver’s seat. And then I wonder whether they’ll be able or willing to mount a counter-strike, or whether the twelve-hundred year-long Islamic jihad against Europe will finally have succeeded.

(Headline by Ace of Spades co-blogger Maetenloch)

I’M BEGINNING TO THINK THAT YOU CAN’T REALLY TRUST GOVERNMENT STATISTICS, EVEN FROM THE “SQUEAKY-CLEAN” NORDIC STATES: ‘Hundreds’ of rapes ‘hidden’ by Danish police.

I SAW A FILM ABOUT THIS AS A KID AND IT INFLUENCED ME FOR LIFE: Door Plucked From Grapevine Fire Shows How Closed Doors Can Save Lives. “Flames badly damaged one side of the interior door that was directly exposed to the flames. But the other side barely shows hardly any damage at all. Firefighters in Grapevine saved the door and plan to use it as a teaching tool to remind people why they should sleep with their bedroom door closed.”