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In The Mailbox: 10.22.19 (Late Night Edition)

Posted on | October 23, 2019 | No Comments

— compiled by Wombat-socho

OVER THE TRANSOM
Bacon Time: Free Range Texas Bacon
EBL: PM Zoolander Wins, also, Inca Idols Taken From Vatican, Thrown In The Tiber River
Twitchy: Enjoy These Videos Of Democrats Calling Bill Clinton’s Impeachment A Lynching
Louder With Crowder: Jury Rules Against Father Trying To Protect Seven-Year-Old Son From Forced “Transitioning”

RIPPED FROM THE HEADLINES
Adam Piggott: Do Ugly Men Get Laid?
American Greatness: What America Should Learn From A Mexico In Retreat
American Power: Sebastian Gorka, The War For America’s Soul
American Thinker: Trump Gave Ukraine What Obama Withheld
Animal Magnetism: Hunting Season Totty II
Babalu Blog: Good News For Cuba’s Repressive Dictatorship – Canadian PM Justin Trudeau Re-elected
BattleSwarm: Texas Constitutional Amendment Recommendations, also, Texas Speaker Bonnen Retires
Camp of the Saints: On Optimates, Populares, And Victor Davis Hanson
Cafe Hayek: Prosperity, Technology, & Economic Freedom
CDR Salamander: A Welcome Cleaning At The JAG Shack
Da Tech Guy: More On The Hollowing Out Of California, also, I Guess The Answer Is “Yes”
Don Surber: CNN Latest News Cesspool Uncovered
First Street Journal: Allowing Pseudo-Scientific Mumbo-Jumbo To Override Plain Common Sense
The Geller Report: Muslim Car Ramming In NC – One Dead, also, CNN – Mexico Has Built Trump’s Wall And Now They’re Paying For It
Hogewash: Why The UK Deep State Opposes Brexit, also, Team Kimberlin Post of The Day
Hollywood In Toto: How Hollywood Bias Permanently Changed One Film Site
Joe For America: Trump Compares Impeachment Inquiry to A Democrat-Led “Lynching” And The Media Explodes
JustOneMinute: Today’s Bad News
Legal Insurrection: Michelle Obama Floated As Savior Of Democrats, also, Orban Tells Erdogan Hungary Will Use Force If Turkey Unleashes Tidal Wave Of Illegals
Power Line: We’re In E.J.Dionne’s Head, He Wants Into Ours, also, Justin Trudeau, Illegitimate PM?
Shark Tank: FL Senate Rules Committee Votes Against Ex-Sheriff Israel
Shot In The Dark: Strib, Dishonest
STUMP: Taxing Tuesday – What’s The Real Tax Rate?
The Political Hat: The Fight Against The Duo-Normative Diarchy Comes To Congress
This Ain’t Hell: Try To Imagine If You Will…, also, U.S. Troops Leave Syria
Victory Girls: Child Abuse – Court Gives Custody To Mother Who Insists Eight-Year-Old Son Is Female 
Volokh Conspiracy: Unconstitutional “Racial Ridicule” Prosecution In Connecticut
Weasel Zippers: Project Veritas Drops Another Video – Sexual Misconduct By CNN Exec And Possible Coverup, also, NYT Admits There’s A Deep State, But It’s Okay Because They Mean Well
Megan McArdle: Why The Senate Might Actually Remove Trump From Office
Mark Steyn: I’ll Never Fall In Love Again, also, Scheer Genius

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In The Mailbox: 10.22.19 (Afternoon Edition)

Posted on | October 22, 2019 | No Comments

— compiled by Wombat-socho

OVER THE TRANSOM
357 Magnum: What If You Dialed 911 & Couldn’t Get Through?
Locomotive Breath: Angry Man Scatters Street Blockers
EBL: HBO’s Watchmen Reviewed
Twitchy:  Federal Judge Refuses To Dismiss Chicago’s Lawsuit Against Jussie Smollett
Louder With Crowder: Okay, Lady Athetes, Here’s how To Deal With Transwomen In Your Sport

RIPPED FROM THE HEADLINES
Adam Piggott: You Need To Vet Your Women, also, Podcast #123 – The Validation Episode
American Greatness: When Does It Count As A Coup?
American Power: Detroit Couple Hoped To Make It Big In Hollywood – Now They’re Homeless
American Thinker: 2020 – The Left Goes To War
Animal Magnetism: Hunting Season Totty I
Babalu Blog: Ana Navarro Is Dead Wrong – Maduro Is A Socialist
BattleSwarm: What It’s Like Inside Red China’s Gulags, also, Democratic Presidential Clown Car Update
Camp of the Saints: Joe “Hill” Biden And The Touch Of Evil
Cafe Hayek: Capping Gasoline Prices
CDR Salamander: Baltic Security With Dr. Sebastian Bruns On Midrats, also, Merkel Goes Salamander
Da Tech Guy: The End of My Sojourn In CA May Be Near, also, Chicago Teachers Demand Smaller Class Size By Striking, But Enrollment Is Already Declining
Don Surber: Xi May Face A Coup, also, Polar Bears Fired As Climate Change Mascot
First Street Journal: 2016’s Sore Loser Lashes Out Again, Tulsi & Jill Stein Don’t Take It Lying Down
The Geller Report: UK Muslim Gang Targets White Teenagers, Cut Off Teen’s Hand With Axe, also, Hate Crimes Against English & Welsh Jews Doubled In Past Year
Hogewash: Team Kimberlin Post of The Day, also, Consider The Source
Hollywood In Toto: Where Will Hollywood Find The Next Clint Eastwood?
Joe For America: Rand Paul Accosted In CA Restaurant By Unhinged Lefties
JustOneMinute: Waiting On BoJo
Legal Insurrection: Mitt Romney Has A Secret Twitter Account, also, Texas State Student Govt. Says “Coming Out Conservative” Event Is Homophobic
The PanAm Post: Maduro Negotiating With Putin For Handover Of PDVSA To Russia
Power Line: Liberals Smash All Norms Of Civility, also, Behind Closed Doors
Shark Tank:  Rooney Stepping Down, Donalds & Rommel Open To Running
Shot In The Dark: That “Exploding Heads” Sound In Dinkytown Last Friday
The Political Hat: The Perpetual Whittling Away Of Venezuela
This Ain’t Hell: Two More Come Home, also, Phony Army Nurse Maggie DeSanti Still At It
Victory Girls: Hong Kongers Now Preparing For The Worst
Volokh Conspiracy: The Irony Of Antisemites For Bernie, also, Obama, Trudeau, & The Morality of Electoral Interference
Weasel Zippers: In-N-Out Burger Crew Gives Climate Loons The Boot, also, Ilhan Omar Leading Double Life Of Secret Hookups, Romantic Vacations With Married Aide
Mark Steyn: From Pierre To Pierrot, also, Downton Abbey

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Canadian Pervert Jonathan ‘Jessica’ Yaniv Loses #WaxMyBalls Case in Tribunal

Posted on | October 22, 2019 | No Comments

 

Jonathan “Jessica” Yaniv is a notorious Canadian pervert who has filed more than a dozen “human rights” complaints seeking to force women who operate body-waxing studies to perform their services on his (male) genitalia. Today, Yaniv lost his/“her” case:

The British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal has ruled against Canadian transgender activist Jessica Yaniv in a case stemming from a complaint Yaniv filed against multiple female beauticians who refused to wax Yaniv’s male genitalia.
“Self-identification does not erase physiological reality,” said Jay Cameron, a lawyer for the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, which represented the beauticians. “Our clients do not offer the service requested. No woman should be compelled to touch male genitals against her will, irrespective of how the owner of the genitals identifies.”
The Tribunal said in its decision that Yaniv had had filed the “complaints for improper purposes,” and had contradicted herself in “disingenuous” testimony. Yaniv, who is sexually attracted to women, brought 15 complaints against a number of beauticians in the Vancouver area, seeking as much as $15,000 in damages from each one.
“Most of the women who were the target of Yaniv’s complaints work out of their own home, are of immigrant background, and have small children with them in the house during the day,” the Justice Centre’s report said. Yaniv also apparently accused immigrants during the trial of discrimination for refusing service on religious grounds, writing earlier this year on Facebook that “we have a lot of immigrants here who gawk, judge and aren’t the cleanest of people, they’re also verbally and physically abusive, that’s one reason I joined a girl’s gym.”
Yaniv is being ordered to pay $2,000 to three of the accused women, one of whom was forced out of business due to the case.
In August, Yaniv was arrested for owning a taser, after brandishing it on camera during an interview about Yaniv’s alleged history of predatory behavior toward children. Screen-captured messages allegedly from Yaniv highlighted intimate questions to underage girls, and legal documents showed an attempt to organize a topless pool party for such girls.

I mean, far be it from me to advocate vigilante justice, but do you reckon if Yaniv went missing, anyone would even bother looking for his body? Food for bears up in the Yukon somewhere . . .


 

Pagan Idols Thrown in the Tiber River

Posted on | October 22, 2019 | No Comments

Catholics have finally become fed up with this kind of syncretism:

The Amazon Synod has been full of scandal. It started when the opening ceremony in the Vatican garden was full of earth worship and what appeared to be idol worship happening right in front of the pope with his blessing. One doesn’t have to be an art major to recognize ancient fertility goddesses.
The ensuing outrage that occurred among traditional Catholics went unanswered by Rome. In the face of this silence, unidentified Catholics took matters into their own hands and walked into the church next to St. Peter’s where the images were displayed and removed them and threw them into the Tiber.
This is exactly what the prelates who refused to explain themselves to the faithful deserved. The responses given to questions about the idols were completely incoherent. . . .
Pachamama, or Mother Earth is a pagan idol. Period. There is no argument otherwise. It is the same fertility goddess to which ancient cultures sacrificed children. . . .
The Catholic Church has been thrown into a state of total confusion since Pope Francis ascended to the seat of St. Peter. His silence and the silence of Church leaders and crucial issues of the faith have created chaos and division between the left-wing and traditional Catholics. George Neumayer wrote a terrific opinion piece in The Spectator that is a must-read relating to these issues.

Because I’m not Catholic, I don’t pay much attention to such things, but Pope Francis is obviously so left-leaning as to be promoting the crypto-Marxist heresy of “Liberation Theology.” That the Vatican is now also promoting pagan fertility goddesses is scarcely surprising.

(Hat-tip: Instapundit.)


 

Trouble in ‘Red Pill’ Land

Posted on | October 22, 2019 | No Comments

Rollo Tomassi speaking in 2018.

This past spring, I traveled to Florida for the 21 Convention, a gathering of the “Red Pill” community (a/k/a, “The Manosphere”). What especially drew me to Orlando was a desire to see first-hand the men whose movement represents hope of turning back the tide of Third Wave feminism. There is only so much you can learn about people online, and the opportunity to meet these guys in person was important.

Scarcely had that event ended, however, than a schism of sorts emerged in the manosphere. There was a falling-out between the 21 Convention’s Anthony Johnson and Rational Male author Rollo Tomassi. While I don’t know the details of this quarrel, and am averse to being forced to choose sides in such a dispute where all participants are potential allies in the Culture Wars, I perceive that envy of Tomassi’s influence may be at the root of this schism. At any rate, several of Tomassi’s critics have formed a sort of alliance against him, and one of these critics, Jared Trueheart, sent me a copy of his new book The Red Pill Ideology: The Love Child of Pick-Up Artists and Feminists. Trueheart’s argument is essentially that the Red Pill movement peaked circa 2016 and is now passé, that changes in social and economic circumstances have rendered Tomassi’s insights on “intersexual dynamics” irrelevant. Well, I don’t think so.

Far be it from me to endorse every argument Rollo Tomassi has ever made, but the proof is in the pudding. That is to say, there are men who have read The Rational Male and assert that it literally saved their lives. By explaining female behavior, he helps readers understand their own romantic failures and find hope of future success. Consider one of Rollo’s controversial bits of advice (and one that Trueheart criticizes), that of “spinning plates.” The smart young bachelor, Rollo advises, should develop his options with multiple women, rather than succumbing to the temptation of “one-itis” (investing all his energy and resources in an idealized Dream Girl). This is just good common sense, especially when you consider how men are perceived from a woman’s perspective.

Two time-proven adages — “Absence makes the heart grow fonder” and “Familiarity breeds contempt” — express the problem of the guy who clings too closely to a girlfriend (or potential girlfriend) in such a way that he seems helpless and desperate. What this looks like, from the girl’s perspective, is that this guy has no other options. No other woman wants him, and therefore his value is diminished in her eyes.

What the guy with a “one-itis” problem has done is to forfeit his power.

Despite everything that has changed in the sexual marketplace in recent decades, the fact remains that a young man who is going places in life — the guy with obvious future potential — is viewed as a highly desirable companion by young women. The labels “Alpha male” and “Beta male,” as used in the manosphere, may fail to capture this dynamic. Young women can be quite foolish in their choices, and feminism’s influence tends to rationalize and encourage female folly, but the wise young woman (the one who aspires to be “wife material”) assesses men according to their suitability as future husbands. Well, the high-quality young man is a commodity much in demand, his companionship is valuable, and such a man ought not to act like a desperate loser.

When Rollo tells guys to think in terms of “spinning plates,” he’s encouraging them to avoid a mentality that makes a guy seem like a loser. Your behavior when interacting with a woman you find attractive will tend to convey desperation if you feel you have no other options, that you must “close this sale” or be doomed to loneliness. Whereas, by contrast, if you’ve got in your speed-dial the numbers of a half-dozen girls you sometimes date, and who would be glad to drop in for “Netflix and chill,” your behavior with a new female acquaintance will tend to be more confident and casual — The Attitude:

Damone: All right… where did you see her?
Ratner: She’s in my biology class.
Damone: Did you get her number?
Ratner: No.
Damone: Did you get her name?
Ratner: No. It’s too soon.
Damone: It’s never too soon! Girls decide how far to let you go in the first five minutes.
Ratner: Well, what do you want me to do? Go up to this strange girl in my biology class and say, ‘Hello! I’d like you to take your clothes off and jump on me?’
Damone: I would. Yeah.
Ratner: Really?
Damone: I can see it all now. This is going to be just like the girl you fell in love with at Fotomat this summer. You bought forty bucks of f–kin’ film and you never even talked to her. You don’t even own a camera.
Ratner: You tell me, Mike. What do I do? . . .
Damone: This is what you do — start from the minute you walk into biology. I mean, don’t just walk in. You move across the room. And you don’t talk to her. You use your face. You use your body. You use everything. That’s what I do. I mean I just send out this vibe and I have personally found that women do respond. I mean, something happens.
Ratner: Well, naturally something happens. I mean, you put the vibe out to 30 million chicks, something is gonna happen.
Damone: That’s the idea, Rat. That’s the attitude.
Ratner: The attitude?
Damone: Yeah! The attitude dictates that you don’t care whether she comes, stays, lays, or prays. I mean whatever happens, your toes are still tappin’. Now when you got that, then you have the attitude.

That scene from Fast Times at Ridgemont High ought to be mandatory viewing for young losers who don’t understand why they’re losing.

Having the appropriate mindset is as essential to winning at romance as it is to winning at sports. The problem with many young men nowadays is that they don’t have a positive male influence in their lives — Dads, older brothers, etc. — who can help them figure this stuff out. Too much of what young men think they “know” about women is either picked up from their (equally clueless) peers, or else a regurgitation of some feminist-friendly formula popularized by the media. What Rollo Tomassi is trying to do, it seems to me, is to provide his readers with the kind of knowledge that will be genuinely helpful to them. Oh, and by the way — this seems obvious to me, but perhaps it needs to be pointed out — the one thing a Red Pill guy should never do, when dealing with women, is to act as if he’s following some kind of script or using tactics.

One of the problems with the Red Pill community, which as Trueheart says grew out of pickup-artist (PUA) forums, is that once Neil Strauss’s 2005 book The Game became a bestseller, every would-be PUA in the country was operating according to the same script. And once all the little tricks of the PUA craft were published online, women could learn to spot a player’s game the minute he made his approach. The tactic of “negging,” for example, won’t work if the target knows it’s a tactic.

Back in the day — I speak of the late 1970s and early ’80s — it was just assumed that every guy in the disco was trying to score. There wasn’t much subtlety about that scene, and the only question was who would pair up with whom, and which guys would leave the disco alone. A lot has changed since then, but one of the constant factors is this: Male demand for sex, collectively, always exceeds the available female supply.

What this means is that men are always in competition against other men, and unless a guy is a natural winner — the true Alpha, who is irresistible to women — he will automatically lose out in this competition, unless he can otherwise develop some advantage.

This is basically an eternal problem for young men, but what has made the competition more ruthless in recent decades is the influence of feminism which teaches young women that the sexual competition is not men versus other men, but rather male versus female. According to the zero-sum-game mentality of feminism, male success is always harmful to women — he is her enemy, rather than her potential partner — and the goal of women should be not to find a desirable male companion, but rather to be completely independent of males. Feminism encourages young women to develop a hostile anti-male attitude, and young men are baffled in their attempts to understand and cope with this hostility.

What the Washington Post has called “the Great American Sex Drought” is the best evidence of feminism’s destructive “success.” Men and women are having less sex, and this is exactly the goal feminism seeks: Men are bad, and it is wrong for women to have sex with men.

Jared Trueheart suggests, and I think he may be onto something, that we can expect more men to return to religious morality in the near future. (He cites PUA legend Daryush “Roosh V” Valizadeh’s recent conversion to orthodox Christianity as portending such a trend.) However that may be, I don’t think it invalidates the Red Pill insights that Rollo Tomassi shares with his readers. Insofar as Tomassi is accurately describing patterns of female behavior, it does not matter whether one approves or disapproves of this at a moral level. The facts are still the facts, and while a genuinely Christian woman would not act like a party girl on the club scene, the temptation to sin is never really far away.

Jesus told his disciples: “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.” In other words, the Christian must necessarily be wise to the ways of the world, even as he seeks to avoid sinful temptation. The kind of secular wisdom conveyed by The Rational Male and its sequels has been applauded by Rollo Tomassi’s readers as life-saving knowledge, and we therefore ought not to disparage his work, simply because he doesn’t preach against fornication. If you want a sermon against sin, go to church. But if you want to understand women’s behavior — as it actually is, rather than what we might ideally hope it would be — I think you can learn a lot from Rollo Tomassi. And so I hope that somehow the schism in the manosphere can be mended, because it ill behooves men to be divided against each other, when feminists seek to unite all women against us.


 

‘Naked Democratic Congresswoman’

Posted on | October 21, 2019 | No Comments

Well, there’s three words you don’t often see in a headline:

An explicit photograph sheds light on California Democratic Rep. Katie Hill’s three-way relationship with her husband and a staffer, which lasted over a year before she broke off the arrangement early this year.
Unknown to the staffer or Hill’s husband, the congresswoman had allegedly been having an affair with another staffer, her legislative director Graham Kelly, for about a year when she broke off the throuple, according to texts and photos received by RedState.
The staffer involved in the three-way relationship is a young woman who joined Hill’s campaign for Congress in 2017 right after graduating college. The romance began shortly after the staffer, then 22 years old, joined the campaign. Hill’s side-affair with Kelly began sometime in 2018 when Kelly was her finance director. Hill’s husband filed for divorce after discovering the California representative’s relationship with Kelly.
Pictures and texts provided to RedState confirm Hill’s relationship with her female staffer, which was previously unknown before the outlet broke the news on Friday.
During the throuple’s relationship, the staffer began joining the married couple on vacations, including one to Alaska. Several photos of Hill and the staffer taken during that vacation have leaked, with the staffer’s face blurred.

But who are we to judge? Let he who has never been in a three-way with a House Democrat staffer throw the first stone!

 


 

Emily (a/k/a ‘Ross’) McFarland ‘Harbored Animosity’ Toward Victim, Police Say

Posted on | October 21, 2019 | No Comments

 

Sunday, we reported on the murder of Martha White, 66, in Auburn, Alabama. A news account stated that the suspect in that case, named as Ross Jonathan McFarland, 16, was “publicly known to identify as male” and yet was “being held at the Lee County Detention Facility as a female.” The latest news clarifies the circumstances of the case:

An affidavit filed in Lee County court details the murder of an Auburn woman shot last Thursday and claims she was killed by her previous soon-to-be teenage step-son.
Ross Jonathan McFarland, formerly known as Emily Ruth McFarland, 16, is charged with the murder of Martha “Marti” Jones White, 66.
White was engaged to McFarland’s father, according to the affidavit obtained by the Opelika-Auburn News on Monday afternoon.
Auburn police responded to a subdivision in the 700 block of Burke Place at about 7 p.m. Thursday after receiving a call reporting an unresponsive female.
When officers arrived they located White, who was lying on the floor suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the face. She was pronounced deceased at the scene.
McFarland was developed as a suspect during the investigation.
Police discovered that there was a missing Smith & Wesson .40-caliber handgun missing from the residence while interviewing an unidentified individual, the affidavit said.
Police later located a witness who was a close friend with McFarland. The witness stated that she and McFarland were in the residence earlier and she saw McFarland shoot White as she turned her head to look away from him, said the affidavit.
McFarland then picked up the shell casing and the two left the residence, the witness stated to police.
“The witness also stated that McFarland harbored animosity towards White for being engaged to his father in such a short time after his mother’s death,” the affidavit reads.

The suspect is the daughter of Dr. John H. McFarland, 68, and his late wife Donna, who died last November at age 45. So, the doctor’s wife dies and his daughter now identifies as his “son,” who shot his fiancée to death. It’s a latter-day Peyton Place down in East Alabama, ain’t it?


 

‘You’re White, You Know’

Posted on | October 21, 2019 | No Comments

One of my former co-defendant John Hoge‘s favorite stories about our lengthy legal entanglement with Brett Kimberlin is a moment in the 2014 Maryland trial when I was on the witness stand being questioned by Kimberlin, who was acting as his own attorney, pro se. Kimberlin kept trying to bring up my alleged “racism,” a legend largely manufactured by the Southern Poverty Law Center, and our attorney Patrick Ostronic would respond: “Objection, your honor — irrelevant.”

The judge in the case was black, as was the foreman and several members of the jury, and the fact that Ali Akbar was among the co-defendants with whom Kimberlin alleged I had conspired against him was rather an obvious rebuttal of any accusation of racism on my part.

We could tell that the judge was irritated by Kimberlin’s repeated attempts to bring up this “racism” angle, as it was obvious he merely meant to smear my reputation, to prejudice the jury against me.

Having prayed hard prior to my appearance on the witness stand, I think I acquitted myself rather well. At one point, in fact, Kimberlin tried to cut off my testimony by making an objection and the judge responded to the effect, Hey, you asked the question and he’s answering. Overruled.

Being the defendant in a lawsuit is not fun, and it is an experience I’d encourage others to avoid. Even when you are dealing with a nuisance suit you know you’re bound to win, the legal hassle is a drain on your time and energy. Nevertheless, I have to admit my time on the witness stand was rather enjoyable, and after Kimberlin finished his questioning, I leaned into the microphone and said, “You’re white, you know.”

This is one of my pet peeves about modern “social justice” rhetoric. Five or six decades ago, when you had Klansmen burning crosses or lynching black people, everybody knew what actual racism was, and even among people who might disagree about civil rights as a matter of policy, there was widespread consensus in condemnation of terroristic violence and overt expressions of racial prejudice. What has happened more recently is that liberals have attempted to hijack “civil rights” as an all-purpose political weapon to wield against anyone who might oppose them — or even against their own allies, as witness the attempt of Democratic presidential candidates to throw Joe Biden under the bus for his long-ago statements in opposition to court-imposed school busing.

What we so often see nowadays is one white person pointing the accusing finger at another white person: “RAAAAACIST!”

Do white liberals think black people haven’t caught onto this game by now? Do you really think the SPLC’s crooked hustle is not obvious?

Last week, I noticed that there has been a mysterious surge of traffic to my “About” page. My online biography, which had averaged 10 clicks a day for the past two years, was suddenly getting hundreds of visitors daily, amounting to about 4,000 visits in two weeks. What has happened, I wondered, that could have created such interest in me?

The answer, it turns out, is Ginger Gorman.

Longtime readers may recognize Gorman’s name. She is the Australian journalist who in 2010 did a feature about a gay couple who had adopted a little boy with the headline: “Two Dads Are Better Than One.”

 

Three years later, there was another headline:

Two Gay Men Used Russian Surrogate
Mother to Create Boy for Sex Abuse Ring

That headline appeared on my July 1, 2013, post about the sentencing of the two men, Mark Newton and Peter Truong, who had been convicted of heinous crimes as part of an international child-pornography scheme known as the “Boy Lovers Network.” It seemed to me obvious at that time — and many people agreed — that Ginger Gorman had been guilty of journalistic incompetence in failing to adequately investigate the two men she depicted in 2010 as “a loving family and a loving household.”

Well, it turns out, Ginger Gorman turned that incident into a book deal, and she has lately been promoting her book, Troll Hunting. Believe it or not, Gorman now claims she was the real victim in all this:

Within 72 hours of Mark Newton being sentenced, I started to get scores of hateful tweets, mostly from people in the United States calling themselves conservatives. They were responding to the article I’d written two years earlier, which was still online.
My trolls insisted I should have known what was going on behind closed doors. They wanted me shamed. . . .
My husband Don and I quickly realised that location services were turned on for my Twitter feed and you could just about pinpoint our house on Google Maps. That night we both lay awake in bed wondering if our children were in danger.
Six days after Newton was sentenced in 2013 came the second frightening moment. Don found a photo of our family on the fascist social network Iron March. The now-defunct website carried the slogan “Gas the kikes” on its homepage.

According to Gorman, the real issue here is not her own incompetence as a reporter; rather, it’s that people on the Internet said mean things about her. And guess what? She blames . . . me.

In her book she devotes hundreds of words to portraying me as a “white supremacist” who “helped to create a tsunami of hate” against her. And I suppose that in media appearances promoting her book, she invokes my name, thus inspiring people to look me up. And just as her depiction of Mark Newton and Peter Truong as a “loving family” was a blunder inspired by her own bias, so likewise her defamatory portrayal of me is a function of her refusal to take responsibility for her own errors.

It reminds me very much of Brett Kimberlin, a convicted bomber-turned-“progressive-activist, suing me because I told the truth about him. It is not enough for such people to defend themselves with lies. They feel a need to destroy the reputations of those who speak the truth.


 

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