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In The Mailbox: 08.24.16

Posted on | August 24, 2016 | No Comments

— compiled by Wombat-socho


OVER THE TRANSOM
EBL: American University In Kabul Under Attack
Michelle Malkin: Leo DiCaprio’s Dirty Dollars
Twitchy: So Is THIS The Pivot? Sounds Like Trump’s Anti-Amnesty Cred Just Took A YUGE Hit


RIPPED FROM THE HEADLINES
Adam Piggott: On Homosexuality
American Power: #Crooked Hillary’s Inescapable Cloud Of Corruption
American Thinker: The Enemy Is Us
Animal Magnetism: Animal’s Hump Day News
BLACKFIVE: Book Review – When The Music’s Over
Da Tech Guy: Cause And Effect – Louisiana’s Flooding MSM Coverage Edition
Don Surber: Detroit Is Pottersville
Dustbury: Quote Of The Week
Fred On Everything:
Jammie Wearing Fools: The Only Question left For Hillary – What Else Are You Hiding?
Joe For America: Black Louisiana Man Reveals The Real Reason For Obama’s Louisiana Visit
JustOneMinute: Florida Keys To Scientists – Bite Me
Pamela Geller: Pamela Geller Speaks At AFA Convention – “Can Islam Coexist With Western Civilization?”
Power Line: Annals Of Clinton Corruption
Shark Tank: Rubio Paints Doomsday Picture Of A Senate Controlled By Chuck Schumer
Shot In The Dark: Our Loathsome Media, Here And Everywhere
STUMP: Do The Hokey-Pokey – Chicago Public Schools Strike Threat And Debt
The Jawa Report: ISIS Using Child Bombs, Usual Dead Baby Porn Pushers Silent
The Lonely Conservative: #NeverTrump – It’s Not Moral Superiority, It’s Depression
The Political Hat: Hugo Awards – Child Molestation And Puppy Kicking
This Ain’t Hell: Veterans Administration IG Investigation Of Denver Regional Director
Weasel Zippers: LA VA Hospital Loses Thirty Cars, Fires Worker Who Reports It
Megan McArdle: Robbing The New (Uber) To Subsidize The Old (Taxis)


How Much Does @JessicaValenti Enjoy Her Husband @AGolis’s ‘Male Tears’?

Posted on | August 24, 2016 | No Comments

 

Just about the time Jessica Valenti’s latest book hit the New York Times bestsellers list, her husband’s business venture went belly-up:

This, the awkwardly named share-one-link-per-day platform, is shutting down at the end of the month, founder Andrew Golis announced over email to users and in a Medium post. The site, launched in 2014, had generated some significant interest among media types, having been invite-only for most of last year. It opened to everyone last fall and began offering automated, curated email newsletters. It recently added a commenting option, and had been exploring sponsorships as well as premium membership options; a new version of its app was featured in the App Store just last month, and Golis was giving it a promotional push just 10 days ago.
Golis explained in his announcement that the lack of funding and any indication of sustainability prompted the decision . . .

You can read the whole thing, but I’m sure you’re less interested in why This ended up in the rubbish bin of bankrupt dot-coms than you are in congratulating Jessica Valenti on her husband’s failure. However, to repeat what I’ve said so often, never talk to a feminist:

There are 21 million women ages 20–29 in the United States, most of whom are not hate-filled anti-male ideologues constantly shrieking about how they are being oppressed by the patriarchy. Why, therefore, should the young bachelor bother arguing with a feminist? She hates the mere sight of a man, and certainly doesn’t care to hear any man speak. Learn to walk away.
Of course, feminists generally claim they don’t hate men, even while they’re busy dreaming of putting men in “some kind of camp” (Julie Bindel) or proclaiming their pleasure in “male tears” (Jessica Valenti).
Any man who disagrees with a feminist is a “misogynist,” so that her ideology has the effect of negating the opinions of half the world’s population. And what does Jessica Valenti’s husband Andrew Golis say about this? Nothing.
Well, what could he say? Male silence is necessary to feminism’s success. Feminism is not about equality, because if it were, a man might have the right to his own opinion. Yet any man who says anything to a feminist is condemned as “mansplaining,” in the same way that any man who expresses attraction toward her will be denounced for “objectification,” and if he claims he meant no harm, she’ll give him a lecture about “rape culture.”
Feminism presents men with exactly two options:

1. Damned if you do.
2. Damned if you don’t.

There is no way for a man to win this game, except never to play it, which is why smart men avoid feminists, rather than “crawling around on all fours” in a hopeless attempt to placate the cruel whims of a sadistic Bitch Goddess. . . .

You can read the whole thing at Medium.com. Did I mention I threw in a few Elvis Costello lyrics? Because I’m cool like that, you know.



 

In The Mailbox: 08.23.16

Posted on | August 23, 2016 | No Comments

— compiled by Wombat-socho


OVER THE TRANSOM
Ninety Miles From Tyranny: How To Deport 11 Million Aliens And Not Spend A Penny
EBL: Hillary Clinton’s Feats Of Strength
Twitchy: Actor/Comedian Kumail Nanjiani’s Sick Of Your Racist Harambe Memes
EDIT A previous version of this post erroneously attributed the first link to Proof Positive. I regret the error.


RIPPED FROM THE HEADLINES
Adam Piggott: Encourage A Progressive To Breed!
American Power: Andrea Tantaros Sues Fox News
American Thinker: A Clinton Presidency Would Be The Political Equivalent Of An Extinction-Level Event
Animal Magnetism: Animal’s Daily News
BLACKFIVE: Book Review – The Shattered Tree
Da Tech Guy: The #Unexpectedly Chronicles – Reuters Deletes, Re-Edits Trump Louisiana Story To Create New Narrative
Don Surber: “Black Voters Are Not The Property Of The NAACP”
Dustbury: Oh, The Ex-Manatees!
Fred On Everything:
Jammie Wearing Fools: FBI Files Linking Hillary Clinton To Vince Foster’s “Suicide” Missing From National Archives
Joe For America: FBI Launches New Investigation Of Clinton Campaign, “Nothing To See Here” To Follow
JustOneMinute: Dark Shadows
Pamela Geller: Sharia Prez – Hillary Vows To Shut Down Opposition Websites If She Wins
Power Line: Ilhan Omar Stonewalls [Updated]
Shark Tank: Democrat Annette Taddeo’s Big Oops! TV Moment
Shot In The Dark: “You Can Keep Your Doctor” Update
STUMP: Public Pensions Returns – Can Public Pensions Beat The Market?
The Jawa Report: Feel Good Story Of The Day – Molotov Boomerang
This Ain’t Hell: Clintoon – “Colin Told Me To Do It.” Powell – “Um, No I Didn’t”
Weasel Zippers: Trump Slams Obama’s Upcoming Louisiana Trip – “Too Little, Too Late!”
Megan McArdle: Health Care Is A Business, Not A Right


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Feminist Professor @MarcieBianco Says Academia Discriminates Against Women

Posted on | August 22, 2016 | No Comments

 

Two traits are necessary to become a successful feminist:

  1. Hate;
    and
  2. Dishonesty.

So long as a woman (a) despises men and (b) is willing to tell shameless lies in support of feminism’s anti-male agenda, there are no limits to how far she may go, particularly in the field of journalism:

Academia is quietly and systematically
keeping its women from succeeding

That headline, by Dr. Marcie Bianco, is the perfect feminist argument, which is to say that it is the exact opposite of truth. It is men whose career opportunities are actually targeted for systematic destruction in academia, and this has been the case for more than 20 years.

Men are only 43% of U.S. college students, and in many majors (including psychology, education and English), women get more than two-thirds of bachelor’s degrees. Consider the field of sociology. In 2000, women received 70% of bachelor’s degrees, 66% of master’s degrees and 58% of doctorate degrees in sociology. In fact, women have received a majority of Ph.D.s in sociology every year for the past 25 years.

Are these disparities evidence of anti-male discrimination in academia? Some would answer “yes” (see Christina Hoff Sommers’ The War on Boys and Helen Smith’s Men on Strike for evidence of bias against males in our education system), but Dr. Bianco’s claim that women are victims of academic discrimination would seem to contradict common sense.

Of course, feminists don’t give a damn about common sense. Or facts, for that matter. Feminists only care about “social justice,” a narrative in which women are always victims and males are always oppressors, and no one in academia would dare to question the core claims of feminist ideology. In 2005, Harvard University President Lawrence Summers had the audacity to suggest that there are “innate differences” between men and women. Barely a year later, Summers was forced to resign. In 2007, Harvard named its first female president, Drew Gilpin Faust.

Are women “systematically” prevented from succeeding in academia? In recent years women have been hired as presidents of the University of Pennsylvania (Amy Gutmann, hired in 2004), Rutgers University (Nancy Cantor, 2014), Amherst College (Carolyn Martin, 2011), Brown University (Christina Paxson, 2012), Swarthmore College (Valerie Smith, 2015), Case Western Reserve University (Barbara Snyder, 2007), the State University of New York (SUNY) system (Nancy L. Zimpher, 2009), the University of Virginia (Teresa Sullivan, 2010), the University of Wisconsin (Rebecca M. Blank, 2013), the University of North Carolina (Carol Folt, 2013), the University of Connecticut (Susan Herbst, 2011), the University of Arizona (Ann Weaver Hart, 2012), the University of Alabama (Judy Bonner, 2012), the University of Iowa (Sally Mason, 2007), the University of Kansas (Bernadette Gray-Little, 2009), the University of California, Davis (Linda P.B. Katehi, 2009), the University of California, Riverside (Jane C. Conoley, 2012), The University of California, San Diego (Marye Anne Fox, 2004), Michigan State University (Lou Anna Simon, 2005), Alabama State University (Gwendolyn Boyd, 2014), Tennessee State University (Glenda Baskin Glover, 2013), Appalachian State University (Sheri Noren Everts, 2014), Bowling Green State University (Mary Ellen Mazey, 2011), Sam Houston State University (Dana L. Gibson, 2010), Ball State University (Jo Ann M. Gora, 2004), the University of South Florida (Judy Genshaft, 2000), the University of West Florida (Judith A. Bense, 2008), Florida Atlantic University (Mary Jane Saunders, 2010), Florida A&M University (Elmira Mangum, 2014) and the University of Miami (Donna Shalala, 2001).

In case you lost count, that partial listing of female university presidents includes 18 hired since 2010. Three Ivy League schools (Harvard, Penn and Brown) now have female presidents, as do the flagship state universities in New York (SUNY), New Jersey (Rutgers), Alabama, Arizona, Connecticut, Iowa, Kansas, North Carolina, Wisconsin and, of course, Virginia, where UVA was the scene of an infamous 2014 fraternity gang-rape hoax. The brothers of Phi Kappa Psi might be surprised to learn that President Sullivan — who shut down all fraternity activities on campus because of the phony story Jackie Coakley told Rolling Stone — is a victim of systematic discrimination.

And of course, “Haven Monahan” could not be reached for comment.

Exactly how or why would Marcie Bianco expect anyone to believe her claim that women are “systematically” deprived of success in academia? Well, journalism (like academia) is a field where facts are considered less important than “social justice” nowadays, so none of her editors would bother to question Dr. Bianco’s distorted logic:

Statistically . . . many more women work in the humanities than in the sciences, and over 55% of female humanities faculty are adjuncts, or “contingent” workers. And so the devaluing of the humanities in higher education is bound up with our culture’s larger devaluation of women’s work.
The backlash against the humanities began in the late 1980s with the institutional recognition of women’s studies, as well as other minority-based programs such as African-American studies. . . .
The late Harvard professor Barbara Johnson explained this “self-reconstitution of patriarchal power” in her book The Feminist Difference: “[J]ust at the moment when women (and minorities) begin to have genuine power in the university, American culture responds by acting as though the university itself is of dubious value. The drain of resources away from the humanities (where women have more power) to the sciences (where women still have less power) has been rationalized in other ways, but it seems to me that sexual politics is central to this trend.”

The reader may ask, “Who was Barbara Johnson?”

Her scholarship incorporated a variety of structuralist and poststructuralist perspectives — including deconstruction, Lacanian psychoanalysis, and feminist theory — into a critical, interdisciplinary study of literature. As a scholar, teacher, and translator, Johnson helped make the theories of French philosopher Jacques Derrida accessible to English-speaking audiences in the United States at a time when they had just begun to gain recognition in France. Accordingly, she is often associated with the “Yale School” of academic literary criticism.

Johnson was a proponent of Derrida and “critical theory,” you see, part of a trend in late-20th-century academia that was more to blame for “the devaluing of the humanities” than any patriarchal “backlash.” Any reader who investigates critical theory will discover that it originated in the Cultural Marxism of the Frankfurt School. During the 1980s, while the Soviet Union was tottering toward its final catastrophic failure, this crypto-Marxist philosophy was taking over American higher education. Since the Berlin Wall collapsed, it has been remarked, there are more Marxists on U.S. university campuses than anywhere in the erstwhile “Evil Empire.” Nowadays, you’d have to go to Pyongyang, or perhaps Tehran, to find anyone who hates America more than does the typical Ivy League professor. Old-style Bolshevism, however, has been replaced by postmodern identity politics, in which hierarchies of race, gender and sexuality are used to determine who is most oppressed, and who is the most privileged. These hierarchies are the basis of who is allowed to speak (the victims of structural oppression) and who is required to be silent (the privileged beneficiaries of oppression).

The people who actually pay for higher education — students, parents, alumni, taxpayers — do not support this divisive ideology:

Scott MacConnell cherishes the memory of his years at Amherst College, where he discovered his future métier as a theatrical designer. But protests on campus over cultural and racial sensitivities last year soured his feelings.
Now Mr. MacConnell, who graduated in 1960, is expressing his discontent through his wallet. In June, he cut the college out of his will.
“As an alumnus of the college, I feel that I have been lied to, patronized and basically dismissed as an old, white bigot who is insensitive to the needs and feelings of the current college community,” Mr. MacConnell, 77, wrote in a letter to the college’s alumni fund in December, when he first warned that he was reducing his support to the college to a token $5.
A backlash from alumni is an unexpected aftershock of the campus disruptions of the last academic year. Although fund-raisers are still gauging the extent of the effect on philanthropy, some colleges — particularly small, elite liberal arts institutions — have reported a decline in donations, accompanied by a laundry list of complaints.
Alumni from a range of generations say they are baffled by today’s college culture. Among their laments: Students are too wrapped up in racial and identity politics. They are allowed to take too many frivolous courses. They have repudiated the heroes and traditions of the past by judging them by today’s standards rather than in the context of their times. Fraternities are being unfairly maligned, and men are being demonized by sexual assault investigations. And university administrations have been too meek in addressing protesters whose messages have seemed to fly in the face of free speech.

Will parents pay to send their kids to college to study “social justice” ideology and engage in protest politics?

After raucous protests last fall, the University of Missouri has “a dark cloud hanging over the institution — we can’t sugarcoat that,” vice chancellor of operations Gary Ward told faculty [in April].
The university’s grave outlook became clearer [May 2], as the data rolled in on freshman enrollment for the Fall 2016 semester, showing steep declines.
Compared to last year, 1,470 fewer students had paid their $300 enrollment fees by the May 1 deadline — and with cancellations rolling in over the weekend, the numbers may be even more grim, the local TV station KMIZ reports. That’s a drop of about 25% from last year’s freshman class of about 6,200.

Declining enrollment will translate to a $32 million decrease in the budget at the University of Missouri, which has already closed two dorms. If there has been a “backlash against the humanities,” isn’t this because the humanities departments have been taken over by radical professors like Dr. Bianco who have turned their classrooms into political indoctrination seminars? Is anyone surprised that male students are only 32% of English majors, when the professors are anti-male ideologues like Dr. Bianco, who also hates Christianity and heterosexuality?

American culture is beginning to experience the ethical turn in how it understands sexuality. . . . The progressive move away from identity categories negates the need for the normative, “born this way” narrative that has been used to socially validate them. . . .
I am an atheist and harbor no religious ascetic values like shame or guilt about who I have sex with or how I have sex. . . .
Despite the necessity of identity politics in procuring equal rights, I understand sexuality to be a choice through feminism. With roots in materialist, ethical and existentialist philosophies, my feminism draws from Nietzsche, Kant, Sartre and Foucault; Beauvoir, Audre Lorde, and Barbara Johnson. . . .
Feminism also influenced my sexuality through the interrogation of heterosexuality as a patriarchal institution. Adrienne Rich was just one of many lesbian radical feminists to decry heterosexuality as fundamental to women’s oppression. “Compulsory heterosexuality,” she contends, is not natural or a biological certainty, but rather a social construct that allows men to control women’s sexuality. Her ideas cohere with those of French lesbian feminist Monique Wittig, who, in her seminal essay “One Is Not Born a Woman,” unpacks the fallacy that heterosexuality is natural, or normal. . . .
It is empowering to take possession of my identity and my acts. Women break the cycle of oppression through their sexual liberation. Our power manifests through our freedom to make choices and to take responsibility for those choices. And that includes sexuality.

Marcie Bianco graduated in 2002 from Harvard University, where she majored in government. She then attended Oxford University in England, where she got a master’s degree in Women’s Studies. She returned stateside to Rutgers, where in 2007 she got her master’s degree, and in 2012 got her Ph.D. in English (with certification in Women’s Studies). This qualifies Dr. Bianco to make declarations of Official Truth:

“Melissa Harris-Perry is undoubtedly the greatest public intellectual in contemporary America. Period. I can’t even see how this is debatable. Who else holds a candle to her?”

Thus saith Dr. Marcie Bianco, who is also a “public intellectual” because she said so, and who are we to argue with her? Ignorant plebeians like ourselves aren’t qualified to make these judgments, which is why we must depend on experts like Dr. Bianco to tell us what to think. You and I need Dr. Bianco to tell us that heterosexuality is a patriarchal institution and a social construct that allows men to control women’s sexuality. If we didn’t have public intellectuals to tell us these things, how could we possibly know? You and I are so vastly inferior to Dr. Bianco that we might not even recognize the greatness of Melissa Harris-Perry.

 

Dr. Marcie Bianco is not merely an atheist lesbian feminist public intellectual, she is the atheist lesbian feminist public intellectual. Did I mention she’s a Democrat who supports Hillary Clinton?

You might think that being an anti-heterosexual atheist man-hater would qualify Dr. Marcie Bianco for a tenured professorship at Harvard or some other elite university, but instead she’s merely a part-time instructor at Hunter College in the City University of New York system.

As a CUNY adjunct I’ll make less
over my career than my coworker
Paul Krugman does in a year

Like over 75% of professors in America, I am an adjunct, or, in corporate-speak, “contingent” or “part-time” faculty. I have been teaching in the City University of New York (CUNY) system—in the English departments of both John Jay and Hunter Colleges—for a couple of years.
At the moment, with a few years within the CUNY system under my belt, I earn $73.53 per hour. Generally, adjuncts, unlike other faculty, are paid by the hour—and we are only paid for the hours spent in the classroom. We are not paid for class preparation, or grading papers, or email correspondence with students, or writing students letters of recommendation, or attending sometimes mandatory faculty seminars/meetings. We do not receive benefits, like health insurance. If we teach at more than one school, we are limited to teach a total of three courses a semester, which, at my current rate, means I’d earn approximately $13,200 before taxes each semester. Which is impossible, since CUNY has told me there are no courses available for the fall semester, because enrollment is down and the system, apparently, is strapped for cash. So I’ll actually be earning zero dollars. . . .

That was Dr. Bianco’s reaction to the news that CUNY had hired liberal economist Paul Krugman as a Distinguished Professor with an annual salary of $225,000. Of course, Krugman has a Nobel Prize and is a columnist for the New York Times, so that his value to CUNY in terms of prestige is not a negligible factor, but why is it that a Harvard alumna like Dr. Bianco finds herself stuck with the part-time status of adjunct?

There are Women’s Studies programs at some 700 colleges and universities in the United States, enrolling more than 90,000 students annually. Why hasn’t one of these schools hired an atheist lesbian feminist public intellectual like Dr. Marcie Bianco for a full-time job? Is there some kind of discrimination at work here? Or, as some of us ignorant plebeians might suspect, are Dr. Bianco’s problems a function of supply and demand? That is to say, in 2016, there is no shortage of atheist lesbian feminists with Ph.D.s. Really, are there any feminists with Ph.D.s in Women’s Studies who are not also atheist lesbians? Are heterosexual Christians even allowed to enroll in the Ph.D. program at Rutgers?

The supply of atheist lesbian feminists with Ph.D.s available to teach Women’s Studies, however, is far greater than the demand, with unfortunate consequences for “public intellectual” Dr. Marcie Bianco:

Student debt in America is crippling — it’s crippling students’ capacity to learn and to have the academic freedom to develop their critical mind. . . .
Meanwhile, the digital age has created a media boom that relies on freelancers and non-unionized “staff writers” who work for peanuts and beer. Now America’s predominantly corporatized universities are eradicating the professoriate in one swoop, hiring their own hordes of similarly non-unionized, part-time labor known as adjuncts. . . .
I am currently unemployed with a not too terrible $25,000 in student debt. On the other hand, one of your brothers—the dastardly middle child—did not go to college and is now earning close to six figures pushing pharmaceuticals along a conveyer belt at a plant in South Jersey. You know what he has in lieu of student debt? A house. Two cars. A boat.

Thirty-six years old, unemployed, with $25,000 in student loan debt. But she’s got her Ph.D., with plenty of hate and a talent for lying, so I predict a great future for Dr. Marcie Bianco in the world of feminism.




 

The Hugo Awards Are Dead; Long Live The Dragons!

Posted on | August 22, 2016 | No Comments

— by Wombat-socho


First, the obligatory commentary on the just-concluded Worldcon, which will be diminishing in importance from here on out with the advent of the Dragon Awards, from our Supreme Dark Lord and the International Lord of Hate. All I have to say is that I’m glad I didn’t waste $50 on a supporting membership, much less splurge on an attending membership, hotel costs, etc. With respect to the Dragon Awards, if you haven’t signed up and voted, why not? Don’t cost nuthin’.

The long-awaited John Ringo entry into Larry Correia’s Monster Hunter universe, Monster Hunter Memoirs: Grunge, is out, and while there’s a lot less sex than your average John Ringo novel, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. This novel is set in the 1980s, and its hero is an ex-Marine killed in the Beirut bombing – which is where the novel STARTS. If you liked Larry’s MHI novels, you’ll like this a lot. Two thumbs up and five stars.

It’s been out for a few years, but Tom Kratman’s A State Of Disobedience seems unpleasantly more timely these days; this tale of a (mostly) non-violent rebellion by Texas against a Federal Government headed by a President very reminiscent of Grandma Clinton reads like it might be ripped from next year’s headlines. If you’re too cheap (or too broke) to throw me a couple of shekels by buying it on Amazon, you can also find it for free at the Baen Free Library, which also has a lot of other good SF & fantasy by great authors, offered under the proposition that “the first taste is free”.

I also re-read Frank Herbert’s The Dosadi Experiment, a tale of forced evolution, human/alien experimentation, and the law which in my opinion is better than its prequel Whipping Star. YMMV. Also re-read: Tim Powers’ Last Call (ridiculously cheap at 99 cents) and Expiration Date. Also also, Geobreeders, a manga that crosses harem comedy and supernatural thriller genres. Desperate salaryman Yoichi Taba winds up hiring on with Kagura Security – and finds out too late their mission is to hunt the lethal “phantom cats”…but he can’t quite bring himself to resign. Amusing, and one wishes both that Akihiro Ito had finished the manga and Central Park Media hadn’t gone bankrupt so they could have finished translating it.

In The Mailbox: 08.22.16

Posted on | August 22, 2016 | No Comments

— compiled by Wombat-socho


OVER THE TRANSOM
Proof Positive: Syrian Boy Has Imaginary Friend…Named Obama
EBL: The Mystery Of Huma Abedin
Twitchy: Blowhard Joe Scarborough’s Twitter Makeover Isn’t Fooling Anybody
Louder With Crowder: OMG CNN Caught Lying!


RIPPED FROM THE HEADLINES
Adam Piggott: I Can’t Believe Womens’ Volleyball Is An Olympic Sport
American Power: The Complete And Utter Collapse Of American Journalism
American Thinker: Hillary’s New And Improved “Communication Stream Of Conspiracy Commerce”
Animal Magnetism: Goodbye, Blue Monday
BLACKFIVE: Review With Q&A – Crowned And Dangerous
Da Tech Guy: Pat Austin – The Cajun Navy, True Heroes
Don Surber: Washington Post Scooped
Dustbury: Strange Search Engine Queries (551)
Jammie Wearing Fools: Terrible News For Clinton This Morning, So Of Course Trump Vomits All Over Himself
Joe For America: Disregard Ryan Lochte – What THIS U.S. Olympian Did Deserves Media Scrutiny
JustOneMinute: Go, Saturday, Go!
Pamela Geller: Huma Abedin Was Working As Editor At her Mom’s Jihad Journal When It Blamed America For 9/11 Attacks
Power Line: Minneapolis Does Trump
Shark Tank: Dan Bongino Explodes On Reporter, Calls Him “M****rf***er” And “Piece Of Shit”
Shot In The Dark: From Thin Air
The Jawa Report: Meanwhile In Yemen LXIII
The Lonely Conservative: Trump’s Big Shift On Immigration Appears To Be Underway
The Quinton Report: Trump’s Speed Demon Hispanic Advisor
This Ain’t Hell: German Party Wants The Right To Arm Themselves
Weasel Zippers: Gallup Poll – 80% Of Americans Back Voter ID Laws


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Rule 5 Sunday: Post-Olympics Edition

Posted on | August 21, 2016 | 1 Comment

— compiled by Wombat-socho

The Olympics are over, which means the press will now have to find something else to distract us from Grandma Clinton’s lies and decrepitude, but while they lasted, they did provide us with some entertainment and some nationalistic pride in the excellence of our athletes. More pertinently, they also provided some fine eye candy: for example, Ana Ivanovic, a quite fetching young Serb who apparently plays tennis.

Ana Ivanovic practicing her come-hither look.

Ana Ivanovic practicing her come-hither look.

The standard disclaimer goes here. Don’t say you weren’t warned.

Ninety Miles from Tyranny leads off this week with Hot Pick of the Late Night, Morning Mistress, and Girls With Guns, followed by the revolutionary Goodstuff, whose megablog this week features Hunter S. Thompson and Fan Bingbing. Animal Magnetism checks in from Boston with Rule Five Perjury Friday and the Saturday Gingermageddon, and The Last Tradition adds Nina Agdal and Eva Mendez.

EBL’s herd of heifers this week includes Jin Se Yeon, Somali Bigamy, Krooked Kathleen Kane, Kellyanne Conroy, Julianne Hough, and Amy Adams.

A View from the Beach offers Thanks for the Charli XCX Tip, Maet!The Rio ReportI Guess I Should Use This Before Rio is OverMore Rio Rule 5Where are the Children?Regrets from RioA Day Off of FishingMore Rio Rule 5London Going Nuts Over NudityWhat’s Up in Rio?Are You Ready For Some Football? and The Morning Rio Report.

At Soylent Siberia, it’s an Irish coffee creamer, Monday Motivationer Furlette Starlette, Bite Size Tuesday Titillation, Humpday Hawtness Double Vision, Furtata, Latent Lingerie with Lucy and Vampires, T-GIF Friday, and Weekender.

Proof Positive’s Friday Night Babe is Ivanka Trump, his Vintage Babe is Sherry Jackson, Sex in Advertising is covered by Karlie Kloss, and there’s a look ahead to Trump’s future wife Jiffypopia! At Dustbury, it’s Halle Berry and Annie Wu.

Thanks to everyone for their linkagery!


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Comedian @KurtMetzger Tells the Truth: Feminists Are Worse Than Lynch Mobs

Posted on | August 20, 2016 | 1 Comment

Earlier this month, a stand-up comic named Aaron Glaser was reportedly banned from a group-theater project called Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) after a female comic claimed Glaser had sexually assaulted her. There are no criminal charges against Glaser; instead, UCB conducted its own “investigation” of the accusation and banned Glaser.

Nobody outside UCB knew anything about this until a woman posted a Facebook comment, claiming to speak on behalf of Glaser’s accuser, saying she “wants to warn other women, and let other women who may have raped by this man know that they’re not alone.”

“Multiple women came forward” to accuse Glaser, who was banned “for raping women in the comedy community over the years,” according to the Facebook post. In a Facebook post of his own, Glaser denied the accusation, and criticized the way the UCB conducted its “investigation,” saying UCB never even informed him he was being investigated until after it had decided he was guilty: “They brought me in, told me ‘a number of women . . . feel in the past you’ve raped them,’ and then banned me.” The UCB didn’t publicly announce this ban, and Glaser blamed “internet vigilantes” for publicizing the accusations against him.

To accuse someone of being a serial rapist with “multiple” victims “over the years” is a very serious thing. The previous three paragraphs took me a lot of work to write because, as a journalist who spent decades with a copy of The Associated Press Stylebook and Libel Manual on my desk, I know that you have to be careful in reporting such serious accusations, especially when there are no official law-enforcement sources to quote. Carefully read any newspaper story about an arrest or an investigation or a trial, and you will notice that everything in the story is attributed to some official source — “according to the affidavit,” or “police said.”

Reporters are trained to write this way, because otherwise you could be vulnerable to a libel claim. Also, attributing information to sources is a requirement of basic honesty in news reporting: You did not personally witness the suspect robbing the convenience store, police said he committed the robbery, and you are just reporting what the police said. The charge against the suspect is a matter of public record and you, as a reporter, are merely conveying that information to your readers.

SERIAL RAPIST AARON GLASER PREYED
ON WOMEN IN NEW YORK COMEDY SCENE,
ACCORDING TO SOMEBODY ON FACEBOOK

No newspaper would ever publish a headline like that, because Aaron Glaser’s attorney would sue their asses into bankruptcy. No reporter in his right mind would try to sneak a story like that past the copy desk. Some old-school editors I’ve known would probably clobber you over the head with a copy of the AP Stylebook: “FACEBOOK? YOU’RE QUOTING A G–DAMNED FACEBOOK POST ABOUT A RAPE CASE?”

Ever since Al Gore invented the Internet, news industry standards have been spiraling downward, and we now have Serious Journalists who consider an anonymous Facebook claim to be proof that Aaron Glaser is a rapist. As might be expected, Glaser’s attorney is not amused by this:

Glaser directed Revelist to his attorney, Byron A. Divins, Jr., who maintains Glaser’s innocence.
“My client denies engaging in any horrific incident described in your piece,” Divins said in a phone interview.
He explained that “we have to wait and see” what the next steps will be regarding the case, until Glaser gets more info from UCB.
“They brought him in and informed him without asking for his side or who the accusers are or what they said,” Divins said. “At this point, the UCB needs to get back with my client.”
When asked why multiple women would conspire against his supposedly innocent client, he said he and Glaser need to know who the women are first.
“Not knowing who the accusers are — it’s hard to assign a motive,” he said.
Divins said he is not aware of any charges filed, just that “people made complaints and UCB acted to what they believe is appropriate.” He didn’t confirm whether or not Glaser plans on taking legal action against UCB, but said his client plans to contact them.
“Once we get all the information at that point we will decide,” he said.

Also not amused is comedian Kurt Metzger, who unleashed a series of brutally sarcastic messages on Facebook and Twitter mocking the UCB “investigation” as a travesty without any semblance of due process.

Metzger was demonized by feminists, and he was quickly thrown under the bus by Amy Schumer, for whose show he had previously been a writer:

Amy Schumer has spoken out against victim-shaming and criticized Inside Amy Schumer writer Kurt Metzger after he defended a fellow comedian accused of sexual assaults. “[Metzger] gets something from going after people, making them mad. That is not representative of me at all,” Schumer told Charlie Rose. . . .
Schumer said of Metzger, “I’ve asked him, ‘Can you just stop, because it comes back to me.’ Because he writes for the show, it’s a bigger story, because of our connection, so whatever tangent he’s gone off on, I have not agreed with, and it’s really upsetting to see someone I care about hurt themselves like this.”

Metzger responded with a Facebook post:

Actually I looked up lynch mobs and there don’t seem to be any who literally stopped chasing their criminal to chase one guy who said lynch mobs are bad. Also they didn’t lie about that guy and say he attacked rape victims. So actually I was wrong and you people attacking me are not a lynch mob. Lynch mobs are kind of focused and competent compared to you.

People who appoint themselves as personal agents of Social Justice are dangerous, and the advent of the trial-by-Internet-jury approach to rape accusations should frighten everyone, as should the kind of “journalism” that treats anonymous Facebook claims as proof of guilt.




 

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