Posted on | December 13, 2013 | 36 Comments
When news broke Wednesday that Lamar Alexander’s chief of staff had been busted for child pornography, I asked a question:
So, Hill staffers who know Ryan Loskarn, if you had to guess, does he like little boys or little girls?
— Robert Stacy McCain (@rsmccain) December 11, 2013
This was an obvious angle on a shocking story, but evidently the Ryan Loskarn scandal had made the story radioactive enough that no Hill staffer wanted to speculate on his preferences. So when details were made public Thursday, this was my headline:
That was a direct quote from a “Statement of Facts” issued by the Justice Department (PDF) and, if you’ll click the link, you will learn that the investigation of Ryan Loskarn began in 2010. Toronto Police were investigating a company that was producing videos: “The majority of these films feature young nude boys. . . . Review of the customer invoices and purchase summary from the database revealed that Loskarn had made several purchases between November 2010 and March 2011.” Then on Wednesday, when Loskarn was raided, police say he attempted to hide a Toshiba external hard drive that included the “hundreds of videos depicting underage boys.”
It would therefore appear that Loskarn’s preference is for young boys.
However, the Justice Department “Statement of Facts” also makes reference to a 28-minute video entitled “6 Yo Girl Kidnapped and Raped in Woods,” which investigators say was “offered for download on October 5, 2013, from Loskarn’s IP address.”
Does this contradict the evidence that would seem to indicate Loskarn’s preference for boys? No. More likely, it indicates that in accumulating the stock-in-trade on these online file-sharing networks, Loskarn was acquiring and transmitting the stuff in batches. But as for his own personal use — what police say he got via mail from the Toronto company and what he evidently downloaded and stored on an external hard drive — it was “underage boys.”
Which brings us to the troll at IP 188.8.131.52, who showed up in the comments of my post to make these remarks:
Sadly, McCain’s (and by extension his readers) gay bias has to show itself through the headline even though when you go on to read the rest of the article the material he was caught with contained both boys and girls. I’m sure Alessandra will be showing up soon to blame this all on gay people too.
Bullshit. The evidence described in the Loskarn case is clear enough. Anyone can read the linked article and make their own judgment.
The accusation of “gay bias” is a deliberate smear, and the reference to Alessandra — who blogs at Reflections by Alessandra — indicates some kind of agenda, because the same “Dudeski” had this to say to Alessandra in the comments on Dec. 8:
Tyrannical, narrow-minded, hypocrite. When a psychological evaluation is turned on you, and I’m willing to bet I’m not terribly far off and you’ve suffered some kind of trauma, or sexual trauma, your only response is to mindlessly attack. I pity you. You’re sad, ugly, and pathetic.
That comment was posted from IP 184.108.40.206, which is in Luxembourg, whereas IP 220.127.116.11 is in France, and both are frequently reported as spam — see here and here — and the obvious inference is that these IPs are from anonymous TOR routers.
Hmmm. A troll who (a) uses an anonymous TOR router, (b) exhibits hostility toward women, and (c) falsely accuses me of bias.
You can hide your IP, but you can’t hide your personality, troll.
P.S.: We must distinguish the troll currently using the handle “Dudeski” from previous commenters using the same name, e.g., recommending Ludwig von Mises and criticizing celebrities.