Posted on | May 21, 2015 | 60 Comments
Earlier this month, St. Joseph’s University announced it had suspended its women’s softball program after “a parent and student came forward in late March, alleging freshman had been forced to drink alcohol and engage in sexual conduct when they joined the team in the fall.” Four players were suspended in April after reports of what Philadelphia ABC affiliate WPVI-TV called “allegations too graphic to be outlined.” Now a former player has filed a federal lawsuit:
A former softball player at St. Joseph’s University claims in a lawsuit that she endured sexually charged hazing so bad that she contemplated suicide and was forced to quit the team.
The federal lawsuit by the unidentified plaintiff against the university and softball coach Terri Adams alleges “a widespread and well-known culture of abusive and sexually charged hazing” on the team.
The plaintiff alleges that during a weeklong hazing period in 2013, the player was subjected to demeaning behavior such as being forced to perform a sexually lewd dance, to ask and answer sexual questions and tell sexual stories. She alleges that she saw other freshman players forced to simulate sex acts. . . .
The lawsuit alleges that throughout her freshman year and continuing into her sophomore year, she was given demeaning nicknames, harassed and belittled and was “often reduced to tears and began having suicidal thoughts.” She said she was eventually forced to quit the team.
The suit alleges that officials were aware of the activities and intimidated and threatened her for trying to draw attention to them.
(Hat tip: Lead and Gold on Twitter.)
Anybody who knows anything about women’s collegiate sports knows how prevalent lesbianism is among female varsity athletes. So the “culture of abusive and sexually charge hazing” was lesbian hazing, and the “sex acts” players were “forced to simulate” were lesbian sex acts and, while I haven’t seen the full complaint yet, it is entirely reasonable for the reader to assume that the upperclassmen who led the hazing were lesbians, and that the team’s coach is also a lesbian. Yet the word “lesbian” appears nowhere in any of the media coverage of these allegations, because it would be considered homophobic to mention it. Because facts are now hate, you see.
No one in the media dares even suggest the nature of the psychological brutality allegedly inflicted on this girl “subjected to demeaning behavior” and driven to the brink of suicide because, perhaps, she didn’t conform to the “well-known culture” enforced by her lesbian teammates.
This happened at Saint Joseph’s University, a private Catholic school where annual tuition is $40,580. Does anyone imagine that the pious Catholics who founded Saint Joseph’s in 1851 could have imagined such a thing? Or do you suppose that the alumni whose contributions help support this university are aware of what is being taught to Saint Joseph’s students today? The Gender Studies program at the university requires all students minoring in the subject to take “Seminar in Feminist Theories,” and here is the course description:
GEN 200 Seminar in Feminist Theories
This course provides a survey of feminist frameworks for thinking about sex, gender and oppression. The course begins with a consideration of whether the distinction between gender and sex is tenable, what it means to say that a category is socially constructed and how socially constructed categories can be oppressive. Given women’s diversity, the latter part of the course considers critiques of attempts to provide a single systematic feminist framework. This will lead us to rethink the project of feminist theory and consider its possible new directions.
In other words, this is a crash course in feminist gender theory — ” the social construction of the gender binary within the heterosexual matrix — and every student who pursues a minor in Gender Studies at Saint Joseph’s is required to take this class. The Pope has specifically condemned “gender theory,” and yet it is being promulgated at a Catholic university where lesbian softball players allegedly harassed a teammate so severely that she contemplated suicide and quit the team.
This is what “gender equality” means in 2015.
Gosh, somebody really ought to write a book about this . . .
— Robert Stacy McCain (@rsmccain) May 16, 2015
UPDATE: Thanks to Stephen Sheiko on Twitter for sending the link to the full federal complaint in Jane Doe v. Saint Joseph’s University, which is an absolutely horrifying document to read. Coach Terri Adams began recruiting this player while the girl was just a sophomore in high school, and repeatedly assured the girl and her parents what a “wholesome” family-oriented Catholic environment SJU provided. The hazing included a letter to freshmen players that made explicit reference to same-sex activity and yet — here’s your kick-in-the-head irony — the plaintiff says that she was later subjected to gaybaiting!
Members of the team told the girl she was a lesbian and should “come out” as such, despite the allegedly “wholesome” Catholic atmosphere that Coach Adams had promised. You will notice that the lawsuit references assistant coach Brooke Darreff, who graduated from SJU in 2010 and returned to the university in 2012 as a graduate student to help coach the softball team. What was Coach Darreff’s major? Psychology.
Anybody want to convince me that a 27-year-old psychology graduate student doesn’t know what this kind of sexualized torture of teenage girls is intended to accomplish? Bullshit.
— Robert Stacy McCain (@rsmccain) May 21, 2015
— Robert Stacy McCain (@rsmccain) May 21, 2015
— Robert Stacy McCain (@rsmccain) May 21, 2015
— Robert Stacy McCain (@rsmccain) May 21, 2015
Posted on | May 21, 2015 | 27 Comments
Virginia Democrat Joe Morrissey admittedon Wednesday morning that he is the father of a child with a teenage girl who was his former secretary, though he denied that he had a sexual relationship with the girl while fighting the charges in court.
Morrissey faced multiple felony charges that could have put him behind bars for up to 41 years, but reached a plea agreement that reduced his time in jail to less than a year and allowed him to maintain his seat in the Virginia House of Delegates.
Morrissey released a pictures to NBC 12 of him holding the baby alongside his former secretary . . .
Morrissey agreed to a special plea agreement which allowed him to accept guilt for the charges without admitting to the charge that he had sex with the girl, Myrna Pride, were true. Throughout his campaign to maintain his seat, which he ran out of a jail cell, he denied that the allegations were true.
Morrissey won reelection as an Independent because Virginia Democrats chose another candidate.
Even after traveling to be with Pride, during the birth of the child, Morrissey maintained he had never had a sexual relationship with the girl.
Democrats: The Jailbait Party.
Posted on | May 21, 2015 | 23 Comments
Police in Washington, D.C. have identified a suspect in the killing of a wealthy family and their housekeeper last week. An arrest warrant was issued for Daron Dylon Wint in connection with the killings in the family’s Northwest Washington home.
The 34-year-old Maryland man was charged with first degree murder and police have offered a bounty of up to $25,000 for leads to his arrest, the Metropolitan Police Department said, in a statement. The man was described as a “black male, approximately 5’7” in height, weighing approximately 155 pounds.”
The stunning break in the case came after police matched Wint to DNA found on the crust of a Domino’s pizza that had been ordered to the house the night of May 13, as the victims were being held, according to three law enforcement officials with knowledge of the investigation
The next morning, Savvas Savopoulos’s personal assistant dropped off a package containing $40,000 in cash at the home, according to the officials and police documents.
Hours later, the multimillion-dollar house was on fire, and the four occupants were dead. When firefighters arrived that afternoon, the cash was gone, as was a blue Porsche owned by the family. The vehicle was found later that day, torched in a church parking lot in Prince George’s County.
Savopoulos, his wife Amy, their 10-year-old son, Philip, and their housekeeper Veralicia Figueroa, were all killed. Savopoulos is survived by two teenage daughters, who were away at boarding school.
Posted on | May 20, 2015 | 46 Comments
I don’t understand why anyone is surprised that Michael LaCour said “Data? Tada!” for his study. In defense of LaCour, this approach is completely in keeping with the subject.
For wide is the gate and broad is the road, slippery the slope, and well lubricated the fools cruising down that highway to an AC/DC album. Global warming. Abortion. ObamaCare. Her Majesty in purple riding in on a beast with an awful lot of horns, big cup of filth in her hand.
You need to understand that the benefit of the doubt starts in the middle. Anyone left of center politically should be viewed with an extra measure of skepticism, just due to their wont to view facts as a social construct.
via Protein Wisdom
Posted on | May 20, 2015 | 89 Comments
Why Does the Left Kowtow to Islam? is an important read. The rub is
The point is that the left doesn’t kowtow to Islam because they actually love Islam, but rather because they hate our own culture. They have been steeped in a narrative about how American and Western culture is racist and “imperialist,” and they’ve been trained to see anyone with a dark complexion and a non-Western origin as the victim of our crimes. When they see criticism of Islam, or deliberate attempts to defy Islam, they filter it through that narrative. They see it as: there go those bigoted right-wing Christians, demeaning dark-skinned foreigners again. So they reflexively oppose it.
Specifically, the Left hates the Enlightenment; the idea that individual liberty is the unit of analysis; that Locke was correct about natural rights; that anything other than the State should be seen as authoritative.
Islam, then, is a useful tool of conquest and subjugation, from the Left’s vantage.
via Ed Driscoll
Posted on | May 19, 2015 | 14 Comments
— compiled by Wombat-socho
Capitol of Anbar Province opens the way to Baghdad
Perino Accuses White House Of “Sugarcoating” Ramadi
Nearly 25,000 Iraqis Flee Ramadi
No Help From State Department For Americans Stuck In Yemen
Yemeni-Americans say US government is biased; State claims extraction is “too risky”
Burundi President Fires Ministers After Coup Attempt
Defense, Foreign ministers sacked; no reason given
US Helping To Evacuate Foreigners
Review and redaction process to take until January 2016
THE ECONOMY, STUPID
Asian Crude Extends Losses; US Oil Up On Summer Demand: WTI $59.49, Brent $66.18
Icahn Says Apple Stock “Dramatically Undervalued”
Starbucks Teams Up With Spotify After Ditching CDs
Dow, S&P Close At Record Highs
Optimism Ebbs Among US Homebuilders
Urban Outfitters Misses Estimates, Anthropologie Slows Down
Apple Gets Partial Win In Patent Battle With Samsung
Airplane Hacking Panic!
LG Rolls Out Latest G4 Smartphone For Worldwide Distribution
Microsoft Celebrates 25 Years Of Solitaire With Global Tournament
Oculus Rift Suspends Mac, Linux Development
Bolts rain shots on Lundqvist, thump Rangers 6-2 to tie series
FAMOUS FOR BEING FAMOUS
Taylor Swift Tops Maxim’s 2015 Hot 100
[Being named Number 1] “…a wonderful celebration of my favorite year.”
Juncker Denies New Greece Rescue Plan As Negotiations Near End
Former Thai PM Banned From Foreign Travel As Her Trial Begins
Eleven Afghan Cops Get Prison For Not Protecting Woman Killed By Mob
More Than 50 Dead, Dozens Injured After Colombia Landslide
EU Plans Military Response To Migrant Crisis
Pakistan Army Signs Intelligence-Sharing Agreement With Afghanistan
Saudi Arabia Advertises For Eight New Executioners To Handle Rise In Beheadings
Macedonia PM Defies Calls To Step Down
President-Elect Buhari Credits South African Mercenaries With Crushing Boko Haram
Modi’s Welfare Cuts Taking Fire, Even Within His Own Party
BLOGS & STUFF
Louder With Crowder: American Woman Leaves Islam, Forced Into Hiding
EBL: He Had One Job…
Michelle Malkin: Obamacare Exchanges On Life Support
Twitchy: Judicial Watch – Administration Knew About Benghazi Attacks Ten Days In Advance
Shark Tank: GOP Approves Florida Winner-Take-All Primary
Michelle Obama’s Mirror: The Opposite Of Diversity Is University – So Shut Up! (h/t Loyal Reader Brian E.)
American Power: Ceding Civilization To Barbarism
American Thinker: Obama The Magnificent
BLACKFIVE: Fallen Marines Identified After Nepal Crash
Blackmailers Don’t Shoot: They’re Baaaa-aaaack
Conservatives4Palin: Gov. Palin Says “Jihad Is On The March”
Don Surber: O’Malley Would Preserve Death Sentence For Babies, Not Bombers
Jammie Wearing Fools: Obama’s UN Ambassador Is Just Slightly Out Of Touch
Joe For America: Oregon Gun Owners Reject Strict New Gun Bans, Will Not Comply
JustOneMinute: And Speaking Of Failed Leadership…
Pamela Geller: Dennis Prager – “Why Pamela Geller May Be The Most Hated Person In America Right Now”
Protein Wisdom: What Happens In Vegas…
Shot In The Dark: Governor Dayton’s Priorities
STUMP: Illinois Pensions – How Did We Get Here? The 1970 Constitution
The Gateway Pundit: ISIS Holds Massive Victory Parade In West Anbar Celebrating Victory In Ramadi
The Jawa Report: ISIS Are Slow Learners
The Lonely Conservative: Jay-Z Posted Bail For Protesters
This Ain’t Hell: Saudis Cure Jihadism
Weasel Zippers: Ferguson Protesters Protest Not Getting Their Checks For Protesting
Megan McArdle: Verily I Say Unto You – Christians Care About The Poor
Mark Steyn: Nothing Another 42,000 Airstrikes Can’t Fix
Posted on | May 18, 2015 | 179 Comments
“I don’t want a baby. . . . Nothing will make me want a baby. . . .
“This is why, if my birth control fails, I am totally having an abortion.”
— Amanda Marcotte, January 2014
“No woman should be authorized to stay at home to raise her children. Society should be totally different. Women should not have that choice, precisely because if there is such a choice, too many women will make that one.”
— Simone de Beauvoir, 1975
“We identify the agents of our oppression as men. . . . All men have oppressed women.”
— Redstockings, 1969
Okay, so the implication is that there’s something wrong with being married to a rich, powerful man? And there’s also something wrong with “intensive mothering,” which apparently means being intensively involved in your child’s upbringing? . . .
[I]f this is slavery — being married to a rich/powerful husband, being able to stay at home with one’s children, and having time to get involved with charitable causes — I think a lot of women would willingly sign up.
Only a hardcore feminist would think such a life is odd enough to pen an anthropological essay about it in the New York Times.
Ah, Professor, but in the elite media, “only a hardcore feminist” is ever allowed to write anything about women’s lives.
The goal of the Feminist-Industrial Complex is to indoctrinate all college students in feminism’s anti-male/anti-heterosexual ideology, and this New York Times article is about trying to figure out how these women managed to resist. Too many Disney movies, maybe?
“The radical feminist argument is that men have forced women into heterosexuality in order to exploit them . . .”
— Celia Kitzinger, The Social Construction of Lesbianism (1987)
Heterosexuality is oppression. Motherhood is slavery.
Posted on | May 17, 2015 | 12 Comments
— by Wombat-socho
Wrapping up the leftovers from last week…Charles Gannon’s Trial by Fire has plenty of action to suit combat SF readers, and a healthy helping of interstellar intrigue, diplomacy and skulduggery to boot. Don’t want to spoil the book for anyone, but Gannon’s humans do a good job of faking the aliens (and the reader) out on the way to a mostly-satisfying ending.
Michael Z. Williamson’s A Long Time Until Now is fundamentally a tale of what a dozen soldiers (okay, there’s one airman and an ex-squid in the squad) do when they and their pair of MRAPs are dumped a few hundred thousand years into the past. It’s partially a tale of physical and psychological survival, but it’s also a tale of how modern soldiers interact with primitives, Romans, and eventually, a pair of scouts from the future who prove to be the key to getting our stranded troops home…after a detour more disturbing than their sojourn in the past. Excellent book; it’s going on my short list of books to nominate for next year’s Hugos.
I somehow missed Orson Scott Card’s Shadows in Flight when it came out a few years ago. This picks up where Shadow of the Giant left off; Julian “Bean” Delphiki leaves Earth with three of his children that share “Anton’s Key”, a birth defect that combines faster development and higher intelligence with giantism that will kill them at an age when ordinary humans would be in their prime; they hope to exploit relativistic speed to accelerate their search for a cure. After centuries pass on Earth and no cure is found, the children begin to despair – until the sensors show an alien ship in orbit around a possibly habitable planet. Good story, though a bit hard on the emotions.
Joel Rosenberg is probably better known as a Second Amendment activist and fantasy writer than an SF author, but from the short story “Cincinnatus” comes the novel Not For Glory, a tale of Am Yisroel in exile on the barren planet Metzada, where as the protagonist Tetsuo Hanavi remarks, “If nobody hires us to fight, my children will have to learn to eat rock.” So it is that the Metzada Mercenary Corps goes forth to worlds like Rand, Alsace, and Neuva Terra to fight (and usually win) other peoples’ wars. Hero, the sequel (though chronologically taking place before the events in Not For Glory), is the story of Ari Hanavi, Tetsuo’s little brother, and it’s not a cheerful tale by any means. Well worth reading, but don’t just take my word for it: David Drake and S.M. Stirling both thought highly of the MMC novels.
C.J. Cherryh’s Tracker is the sixteenth novel in her series about relations between the humanoid atevi and humans, this time with the added complication of the barely understood kyo arriving at a time when the atevi civil war has barely been won and refugees from Reunion Station threaten to throw matters at the joint atevi/human orbital station into chaos. If you enjoyed Cherryh’s previous novels in the series, you’ll like this one as well; coming into this one without reading the fifteen previous books can be done, since Cherryh is very good at supplying context without doing massive infodumps, but I personally don’t recommend it.
I also spent some time browsing through David Drake’s The Complete Hammer’s Slammers: Volume 1 and its two sequels; this time, I actually stopped to read David Hartwell’s introduction to The Complete Hammer’s Slammers: Volume 2, which in retrospect I wish more SF fans who don’t normally read combat SF had bothered to read. Welp.
Off to Balticon next weekend; not sure yet if there’ll be a book post this week or not, since I expect to be busier than a one-legged man in an ass-kicking contest.
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