Posted on | March 1, 2014 | 10 Comments
One curious fact about Brett Kimberlin’s state and federal lawsuits is that in neither complaint does Kimberlin so much as mention Velvet Revolution US, the 501(c)4 group he formed with Brad Friedman. Nevertheless, it was the activities of Velvet Revolution US — specifically its July 2010 demand for prosecution of James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles — that first made Kimberlin an object of interest to conservative bloggers. (See Mandy Nagy’s 3,600-word October 2010 article for background.) On May 31, 2012, Velvet Underground lawyer Kevin Zeese sent this letter:
There are a couple things worth noticing here:
- The letter was written two days after the May 29 Maryland court hearing at which Kimberlin had Aaron Walker arrested on criminal charges, an event that catapulted this story into the stratosphere. See Ken White at Popehat, “Forgetting Brandenburg And The Rule of Law: Brett Kimberlin Censorship-Through-Lawfare Update.”
- The letter was sent not only to Ali Akbar, but also to Republican donor Foster Friess, who had helped sponsor Blog Bash at CPAC 2012. One might interpret that inclusion as an effort to intimidate a contributor to the National Bloggers Club.
No lawsuit was ever filed by Velvet Revolution US. It’s been more than 21 months since Zeese sent that letter, so one may speculate why Velvet Revolution lost interest in pursuing legal action, just as one may speculate about Kimberlin’s curious omission of Velvet Revolution from his lawsuits both in Maryland (Kimberlin v. Walker, et al.) and in federal court, where John Hoge has dubbed the RICO conspiracy case Kimberlin v. the Universe, et al.
Posted on | March 1, 2014 | 8 Comments
Perhaps the most shocking element of Kimberlin’s 1978 bombing spree was that authorities believed it was an attempt to distract police investigating the murder of a 65-year-old grandmother, Julia Scyphers.
As [Joe] Gelarden reported in a 1981 [Indianapolis Star] article, Scyphers had become concerned about her daughter Sandra Barton’s involvement with Kimberlin, who had shown a “strange affection” for Sandra’s young daughter Debbie. The girl was 10 years old when 20-year-old Kimberlin met her in 1974, and Sandra permitted Debbie to accompany Kimberlin on vacation trips to Disney World, Mexico, and Hawaii. According to [Mark] Singer’s  book [Citizen K], Kimberlin’s acquaintances recalled him introducing the preteen as “my girlfriend,” and the girl’s mother told a co-worker that Kimberlin was “grooming” Debbie to be his wife. Kimberlin’s interest in the little girl alarmed her grandmother. In the summer of 1978, Julia Scyphers arranged to have the girl and her older sister leave their mother’s home and move in with her, and when Kimberlin was unable to see his “girlfriend,” he reportedly threatened suicide. A few weeks later, Scyphers was shot dead in what investigators suspected was a murder-for-hire, and one of Kimberlin’s associates in the drug trade was identified as the shooter by Scyphers’ husband. But Fred Scyphers, the only eyewitness to the crime, died of a stroke shortly thereafter, and prosecutors dropped the murder case, which remains unresolved to this day.
Kimberlin was ultimately convicted in the bombing spree, yet has never admitted his guilt, instead claiming that he was framed by a “corrupt government.” . . .
Posted on | March 1, 2014 | 13 Comments
One of the weird consequences of the Bush-era “Global War on Terror” is that it inspired sympathy for terrorists among young progressives, whose reasoning seems to have been: “If Republicans are against terrorists, therefore, terrorists must be victims.”
This kind of sympathy for America’s enemies has long been endemic on the far Left, but the anti-war movement of the Bush era had the effect of vastly augmenting the ranks of what I’ve called the “Sirhan Sirhan Wing of the Democrat Party.” Lately, left-wing students on campus have adopted the Hamas/Hezbollah/Al-Qaeda view that Israel is an illegitimate “apartheid” state, and are urging universities to adopt “diverstiture,” boycotting investments in Israeli corporations. They lost a vote this past week at UCLA:
It isn’t often that militant moonbats fail to get their way on college campuses. Consequently, it isn’t pretty when they are thwarted. Libs were crushed when the UCLA student council narrowly defeated an anti-Israel divestment resolution intended to punish the lonely outpost of Western Civilization on behalf of the Arab terrorists who have been trying to drive the Jews into the sea.
Posted on | March 1, 2014 | 39 Comments
— Joy Keller (@JoyKeller1) March 1, 2014
The latest headlines via Memeorandum:
Putin’s War in Crimea Could Soon
Spread to Eastern Ukraine
— The New Republic
Condemnation isn’t enough for
Russian actions in Crimea
— Washington Post
Explainer: The Budapest Memorandum
And Its Relevance To Crimea
— Radio Free Europe
— Monica Online (@MonicaOnline) March 1, 2014
What caused this? What happens next? Is there anything that the U.S. could have done to prevent it? Such are the questions being asked today, but my mind — steeped in history — turns back to the Crimean War of 1853-56. It was during this conflict that the French army used rifles firing the minié ball which, when employed on the battlefields of the American Civil War, did so much to lengthen the casualty rolls and, ultimately, prolong the conflict. Rifled musketry increased the advantage to defenders, often allowing troops holding earthwork trenches to inflict casualties at a ratio of 3-to-1, 4-to-1 or even more. At Fredericksburg, Virginia, in December 1863, Burnside sent seven Union divisions to assault Longstreet’s line on Marye’s Height, resulting in more than 6,000 Union casualties compared to only 1,200 for the Confederate defenders. In Grant’s main assault on Lee’s position at Cold Harbor, Virginia, on June 3, 1864, the Union losses were as high as 7,000, while the Confederates suffered just 1,500 casualties.
Military history isn’t much studied anymore. Maybe I’m the only person whose mental processes automatically connect “Crimea” + “minié ball” and thence to Cold Harbor. Probably more people — not many, but more — will remember that it was during the Crimean War that Florence Nightingale gained fame as the “ministering angel” of the battlefield.
War was once regarded as a romantic endeavor. It was not until the 20th century, after the horrors of two World Wars, that sane men cured themselves of the romantic view, but there are still madmen in the world. Unless they are deterred by credible military opposition, we shall likely see more “romantic” death from these madmen.
The Second Crimean War looms. Who will the Obama administration send out on the Sunday shows to blame this on a YouTube video?
— Robert Stacy McCain (@rsmccain) March 1, 2014
Posted on | March 1, 2014 | 12 Comments
by Sissypuss the Blog Kitty
Full statement from WH official pic.twitter.com/xx13P8TsYd
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) March 1, 2014
Obama did not attend the meeting, but WH official says he has been briefed by Susan Rice and his national security team.
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) March 1, 2014
When done with the fun run, Sissypuss heard, Obama and Biden were to hear about plans to blame the Ukrainian crisis on some random B-movie film maker. “It’s one way to get attention off ObamaCare,” said Greasy Joe.
Posted on | March 1, 2014 | 23 Comments
“Allegedly,” I hasten to add: Utah teacher Brianne Altice pleaded not guilty Thursday to three counts of first-degree felony rape for having sex with a 16-year-old Davis High School student. However, previous reports indicate Altice “acknowledged to investigators that she had engaged in sex with the boy,” so her prospects for acquittal aren’t good. Her case was one I highlighted in January when I observed:
Ever since the Debra LaFave case, some people have marveled at instances of female teachers arrested for molesting teenage boys: “But she’s good-looking — why can’t she get a man?”
The assumption is that sexual desperation is the motive for these crimes, when in fact, it’s a matter of sexual preference: Sure, they can get men, but they don’t want men — they want boys.
Altice’s husband filed for divorce shortly after his wife’s arrest. It was finalized in December.
Altice was originally arrested in October. Altice was believed to have had sex with a 16-year-old on many occasions, including at her South Weber home and at a park in addition to the church parking lot, a Davis County Jail report states.
Police have said there may be other potential victims.
The preferential appetite for boy flesh — allegedly! I said “allegedly”! — is particularly obvious in Altice’s case. She’s a slender 5-foot-7 blonde with high cheekbones, and she showed up for her court hearing Thursday looking like Hot Teacher Barbie:
The blonde former teacher appeared collected in the Utah courtroom and chose to wear a close-fitting top, slim pants and conspicuously high heels.
Is this what a felony sex criminal looks like? Every red-blooded male who remembers his 16-year-old self is perplexed at the thought: How could this woman be accused of a felony for fulfilling your wildest adolescent fantasy? But on second thought — when your responsible adult mind finally wrestles control of the mental dialogue away from your depraved inner teenager — you realize that to allow a legal loophole for blonde Barbie-looking hotness would be to undo the Rule of Law, to permit a special caste of protected perverts. If you let the attractive teachers get away with banging jailbait, the ugly teachers who get caught doing the same thing would claim that their prosecution was unfair.
A 30-year-old middle school teacher was arrested in Pennsylvania [Jan. 21] for allegedly entering into a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old student.
Jessica Saienni, of Landenberg, Pa., surrendered herself to the Berks County Detectives Office in Reading about 10am.
Detectives on [Jan. 20] obtained a warrant for Saienni’s arrest.
Investigators said Saienni was a science teacher at Southwest Middle School in Reading from June 2012 through August 2012, when she allegedly had an ‘inappropriate relationship’ with the male victim, according to The Express Times. . . .
Police say the initial sexual encounter took place in Saienni’s vehicle while she was parked near the Body Zone Sports and Wellness Complex, 3103 Papermill Road in Wyomissing, Berks County.
The victim told police that Saienni sent him sexually explicit photos, court records say.
Once you agree that fairness requires us to grant frumpy brunette teachers as much “right” to adolescent boy flesh as the slender blondes, the demands for equality would then follow in due course: If we’re going to let ugly women have sex with teenage boys, certainly we cannot deny gay male teachers their own “right” to do the same.
Mountain View police arrested Harlan Edelman, a longtime San Francisco teacher . . . after he allegedly agreed to meet a teenage boy in the park for sex.
The only problem is that “teenage boy” was actually undercover cops waiting to bust the former San Francisco teacher.
On [Feb. 4], police descended upon Peaceful Cuesta Park in Mountain View after exchanging social media messages with Edelman in the guise of being a 17-year-old boy. At the park, they found Edelman waiting for the boy with whom he had arranged a sex date.
“He was reaching out for sex,” Mountain View Police Sgt. Saul Jaeger told NBC News. “The initial contacts were explicit material, sexually explicit material and he ended up agreeing to meeting for sex.” . . .
Edelman was a teacher employed by the San Francisco Unified School District from 1995 to 2013; he most recently taught at the Academy of Arts and Sciences. He also held teaching positions at Lowell High School, Lincoln High School and the School of the Arts.
He resigned from the district in September 2013, according to Gentle Blythe, spokeswoman for SFUSD.
Next thing you know, lesbian coaches will demand their “rights,” too.
A teacher at a private all-girls Catholic school in Little Rock, Arkansas, had a sexual relationship with a teenage student. The teacher’s live-in lesbian partner, who was athletic director at the school, failed to report the crime. Kelly O’Rourke, 42, was sentenced to 10 years in prison in October 2013 for having sex with the girl beginning in 2010, when the victim was 16. O’Rourke’s partner Kathy Griffin, 55, was convicted in September 2013 after a trial where O’Rourke testified that Griffin knew about the illegal relationship months before the “distraught” mother of the girl contacted Mt. Saint Mary Academy principal Diane Wolfe. The girl had graduated in 2011. Her mother “said the victim wouldn’t get out of bed, was crying all the time, and wouldn’t go to her college classes.” O’Rourke’s sentence was initially suspended on condition that she have no further contact with the victim, but she violated the no-contact order. O’Rourke contacted the victim more than 50 times, telling her in one recorded phone conversation “that she wanted their relationship to continue.” O’Rourke was sent to prison.
“She took my daughter’s innocence away,” said the mother of a 17-year-old Catholic school girl who was molested by the lesbian who coached her swim team. Sarah Blessing, 28, taught fifth grade at a public school in Scotch Plains, N.J. and was also the swim team coach at Bishop George Ahr High School in Edison. When she was sentenced to a year in jail and five years of probation in 2010, Blessing defended her consensual relationship with the girl, telling the judge: “It wasn’t manipulative. It wasn’t predatory. I had feelings for this person.”
If women teachers and gay teachers have a “right” to sex with teenagers — consenting teenagers, of course — then it will be no crime for the football coach to bang the homecoming queen, and we will have arrived at what Matt Barber calls “sexual anarchy.”
Moral decadence encroaches steadily on our society in the age of the “Emerging Awareness” Doctrine, and we do not have to imagine the arguments for de-criminalizing sex with minors, because they are already being made. This was what the “Free Kate” movement was all about: The claim that it was an expression of homophobia to prosecute an 18-year-old lesbian for having sex with a 14-year-old.
Many in the media (notably, ABC’s 20/20) seemed strangely sympathetic to this attack on Florida’s age-of-consent laws. Yet if one extrapolates the known number of cases where adults have been charged with crimes for “consensual” sex with teenagers — male or female, gay or straight — into a trend, the risk involved in treating these cases with leniency becomes apparent. Even with the possibility of felony prosecution to discourage them, many adults seem unable to restrain their deviant desires, and how much more common would such crimes be, if the perpetrators believed they would likely face only probation if apprehended?
This was what I warned about in January: “Perversion is rampant and we may be in the midst of a complete societal breakdown.”
We cannot permit our sympathies — for the Barbie-doll teacher like Brianne Altice or the “cute” cheerleader like Kaitlyn Hunt — to influence our judgment in such cases. If society starts showing leniency on such a basis, we’ll be traveling the Highway to Hell at top speed.
Posted on | March 1, 2014 | 15 Comments
Look at Obama just mop up the floor with Romney during the 2012 debates:
The president is so witty and cool. Look at him own this guy. http://t.co/sKXehnCB3q
— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) March 1, 2014
Five years of observing BHO, from Zelaya in Honduras, to Chavez in Venezuela, to the Green Revolution in Iran, to Libya and Syria, and now Russia/Ukraine lead to the following observation: I daresay Obama’s sympathies are totally with Putin, and all the other hard workin’ world leaders just tryin’ to keep civilization goin’.
The peasantry craving old-fashioned notions like rule of law, budgets, political- and religious expression are merely a pesky detail to remove.
Posted on | March 1, 2014 | 34 Comments
Sarah Palin may be having a bragging rights moment.
In 2008, when she was the GOP vice presidential nominee, Palin questioned in a speech whether then-Sen. Barack Obama would have the foreign policy credentials to handle a scenario in which Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine.
“After the Russian army invaded the nation of Georgia, Senator Obama’s reaction was one of indecision and moral equivalence — the kind of response that would only encourage Russia’s Putin to invade Ukraine next,” she said in Reno, Nevada on October 21, 2008.
The former Alaska governor was happy to highlight her prediction on Friday and scold those who criticized her 2008 comments.
“Yes, I could see this one from Alaska,” she said on Facebook. That remark was a reference to a 2008 interview in which Palin argued that Alaska’s proximity to Russia helped boost her foreign policy experience.
Saturday Night Live parodied her remarks in a now-famous sketch with Tina Fey, who played Palin on the show, saying “I can see Russia from my house.”
On Facebook, Palin continued to explain how she anticipated a growing crisis between Russia and Ukraine, where there has now been an uncontested arrival of Russian military forces by air at a Russian base in Ukraine’s Crimea region. They are believed to be Russian land forces, according to a U.S. assessment.
“I’m usually not one to Told-Ya-So, but I did, despite my accurate prediction being derided as ‘an extremely far-fetched scenario’ by the ‘high-brow’ Foreign Policy magazine.”
President Obama himself, having delivered a limp warning to Vladimir Putin, decamped for a meeting of the Democratic National Committee, where he told a cheering crowd: “Well, it’s Friday, it’s after 5:00. So this is officially happy hour with the Democratic Party.”
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