PowerLine -> Today in Sexual Harassment News + Next Up: Charlie Rose
PowerLine -> Today in Sexual Harassment News + Next Up: Charlie Rose
- Next Up: Charlie Rose
- The Never Ending Climate Hustle
- Franken’s non-denial
- Today in Sexual Harassment News
- “Out of control” violent crime in Baltimore takes the life of police officer
|Next Up: Charlie Rose
Posted: 20 Nov 2017 02:22 PM PST
(Steven Hayward)Geez—the updates of the next person to fall under the cloud of suspicion for sexual harassment may need to become an hourly affair instead of a daily affair. The Washington Post is reporting this afternoon that Charlie Rose has been accused of sexual harassment by eight women:
Rose’s behavior sounds like about an eight on the 1 to 10 Weinstein Scale, but we’ll have to see how this unfolds. Is Rose too big a star to be suspended by whoever it is that hosts his show now? (I seldom watch it.)
Several commenters on the item this morning about Glenn Thrush ask the salient question of when “hitting on a woman” or “making a pass” (as the old phrase put it) crosses a line from flirting into harassment or assault. No one can say right now, and even to discuss the problem has been ruled out of bounds by liberals. The rules have been in flux for quite a while now, from near zero-tolerance for a time in the early 1990s to the “one grope rule” that was improvised when liberals felt they had to defend Bill Clinton. This is a problem the liberals created through their double-standards and pursuit of expediency uber alles. Will anyone be left standing when this latest Salem moment is over?
|The Never Ending Climate Hustle
Posted: 20 Nov 2017 01:57 PM PST
(Steven Hayward)The climatistas and their toadies in the media can’t stop scratching their heads and asking/demanding why conservatives/Republicans refuse to credit “the science” about climate change. Maybe because of articles like the one in the New York Times today, which makes clear that the left sees climate change as an excuse for a massive political power grab:
It will not surprise you to learn that the author, Benjamin Fong, is—wait for it—an academic. He is “a faculty fellow at Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University, the author of “Death and Mastery: Psychoanalytic Drive Theory and the Subject of Late Capitalism,” and an editor at Damage Magazine.”
I assume Damage magazine is printed on recycled paper. It certainly is an appropriately named journal from the sound of things, given the damage leftism inflicts on the world. (I can’t seem to find it online—just some old Bay Area punk music magazine.)
What’s remarkable is how unoriginal this line of argument is. I wonder if Naomi Klein is going to sue Fong for plagiarism. We’ve covered how Klein says climate change requires smashing capitalism before here, here, here, and here. Klein is a special kind of hypocrite, as her view reduces to: “I hate capitalism, except for my $10,000 per appearance college lecture tour.”*
The point is simple: As long as leading, celebrated climatistas talk about it as a reason to smash capitalism without any rebuke from the media, from Democratic politicians, or the climate science community, there is every reason for conservatives to reject the whole racket as a hustle for political power.
* I can’t find reliable information about Klein’s lecture fee, which might well be higher than $10,000. I welcome accurate information from her. She’s represented by the Lavin Agency, and agencies like this tend to market their roster for as high a fee as they can. Klein is evidently sensitive about the subject, offering this whimpering apologia for how “Oh poor me—I just have to charge high fees to speak because of the huge demand for my talks! And his helps pay for all of the good I do!” Nevertheless, she doesn’t say what her average speaking fee is.
Actually, if I didn’t know any better, I’d suspect she’s secretly on the payroll of the Koch brothers, for her and people like Fong are the best thing climate skeptics have going for them.
Posted: 20 Nov 2017 01:17 PM PST
(Paul Mirengoff)I always suspected there was more going on at the Minnesota State Fair than the livestock shows, butter sculptures, and other wholesome stuff described (at least until recently) in John’s reports. Now I know.
I know that Al Franken was grabbing women’s butts because of his response to Lindsay Menz’s allegation that he grabbed hers.Franken said:
Here’s what a guy who didn’t use state fair photos as an opportunity for unwanted sexual touchings would have said:
That Franken didn’t issue such a denial says one of two things: (1) he is unwilling to lie or (2) he’s afraid to lie because he knows there are other women who might well come forward.
My money is on (2). Either way, Menz’s allegation must be taken as true.
|Today in Sexual Harassment News
Posted: 20 Nov 2017 10:58 AM PST
(Steven Hayward)While we await the inevitable cascade of additional accusations against Al Franken (because character is destiny, and Franken’s essential jerkiness is well-established by this point), we note today’s newest suspect: New York Times political reporter Glenn Thrush. Here’s part of a first-hand account from Laura McGann at Vox:
The Times has placed Thrush on leave pending an investigation. There are reports that Thrush is entering a rehab program for “substance abuse.”
To repeat Glenn Reynolds’s great question: why are all these liberal-run institutions such hotbeds of sexism?
UPDATE: It’s not even noon out here on the Left Coast, but already this story is obsolete/incomplete. Breaking now:
Why are liberal-run institutions . . . you know the rest.
UPDATE 2: Tweet Thrush probably regrets right about now:
|“Out of control” violent crime in Baltimore takes the life of police officer
Posted: 20 Nov 2017 07:51 AM PST
(Paul Mirengoff)Sean Suiter, an 18 year veteran of the Baltimore police force, joined its homicide unit two years ago to help combat the murder spree plaguing the city. Suiter thus bucked a trend. The Baltimore police force was shrinking due to the resignation of officers in response to lack of support from the mayor and the local prosecutor following the accidental death of Freddy Gray while in police custody.
Last week, Suiter became Baltimore’s 309th murder victim this year. 2017 is the third consecutive year in which Baltimore’s rate exceeds 300. That level hadn’t been reached since the 1990s.
The murder rate surged following the shameful performance of the mayor and the city prosecutor in response to Gray’s death and the subsequent rioting in April 2015. Acknowledging the obvious, Baltimore’s new mayor says that violent crime in the city is “out of control.”
Suiter was shot in a notoriously violent section of the Harlem Park neighborhood of West Baltimore. The father of five was in the neighborhood investigating a triple killing from last year and saw a man acting suspiciously. When Suiter, wearing a suit and tie like all homicide detectives, attempted to speak to the man, the suspect shot him.
More than a dozen people have been shot or killed in the same area in recent years. One resident, a 26-year-old man, told the Baltimore Sun, “It’s getting crazy — almost as if death and murder is the norm today.” To another resident, it seemed like “we experience these killing every single day.”
That’s how it looks to residents. To the Obama Justice Department, it looked like a racist police force was over-policing a largely African-American neighborhood.
How does it look to CNN? We don’t know. It largely ignored the murder of Sean Suiter. Brad Wilmouth of NewsBusters has the details (or lack thereof).