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  • 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:

Eight women have told The Washington Post that longtime television host Charlie Rose made unwanted sexual advances toward them, including lewd phone calls, walking around naked in their presence, or groping their breasts, buttocks or genital areas. . .

There are striking commonalities in the accounts of the women, each of whom described their interactions with Rose in multiple interviews with The Post. For all of the women, reporters interviewed friends, colleagues or family members who said the women had confided in them about aspects of the incidents. Three of the eight spoke on the record.

Five of the women spoke on the condition of anonymity out of fear of Rose’s stature in the industry, his power over their careers or what they described as his volatile temper.

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.)

I think I know how Rose got that black eye. . .

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:

The Climate Crisis: It’s Capitalism, Stupid

By Benjamin Y. Fong

. . . The real culprit of the climate crisis is not any particular form of consumption, production or regulation but rather the very way in which we globally produce, which is for profit rather than for sustainability. So long as this order is in place, the crisis will continue and, given its progressive nature, worsen. This is a hard fact to confront. But averting our eyes from a seemingly intractable problem does not make it any less a problem. It should be stated plainly: It’s capitalism that is at fault. . .

As an increasing number of environmental groups are emphasizing, it’s systemic change or bust. From a political standpoint, something interesting has occurred here: Climate change has made anticapitalist struggle, for the first time in history, a non-class-based issue.

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 hereherehere, 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.


Franken’s non-denial

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:

I take thousands of photos at the state fair surrounded by hundreds of people, and I certainly don’t remember taking this picture. I feel badly that Ms. Menz came away from our interaction feeling disrespected.

Here’s what a guy who didn’t use state fair photos as an opportunity for unwanted sexual touchings would have said:

I take thousands of photos at the state fair surrounded by hundreds of people. I don’t remember taking this picture, but I certainly can say that when I take these pictures, I never do what Ms. Menz alleges, nor do I engage in any improper touchings.

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:

Thrush and the young woman met at her colleague’s going-away party at a bar near the Politico newsroom, she told me, and shared a few rounds of drinks in a booth. The night, she said, ended on a Washington street corner, where Thrush left her in tears after she resisted his advances. . .

Three young women I interviewed, including the young woman who met Thrush in June, described to me a range of similar experiences, from unwanted groping and kissing to wet kisses out of nowhere to hazy sexual encounters that played out under the influence of alcohol. Each woman described feeling differently about these experiences: scared, violated, ashamed, weirded out. I was — and am — angry.

Details of their stories suggest a pattern. All of the women were in their 20s at the time. They were relatively early in their careers compared to Thrush, who was the kind of seasoned journalist who would be good to know. At an event with alcohol, he made advances. Afterward, they (as I did) thought it best to stay on good terms with Thrush, whatever their feelings. . .

It wasn’t that Thrush was offering young women a quid pro quo deal, such as sex in exchange for mentorship. Thrush, just by his stature, put women in a position of feeling they had to suck up and move on from an uncomfortable encounter. . .

On that night five years ago, I joined Thrush and a handful of other reporters for a few rounds at the Continental, a Politico hangout in Rosslyn, Virginia. At first, nothing seemed strange, until the crowd had dwindled down to Thrush, me, and one other female colleague.

Thrush tossed a $20 bill at her and told her to take a cab and leave us, “the grown-ups,” alone. He slid into my side of the booth, blocking me in. I was wearing a skirt, and he put his hand on my thigh. He started kissing me. I pulled myself together and got out of there, shoving him on my way out.

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:

Democratic California assemblyman announces resignation amid sexual harassment allegations

By Mandy Mayfield

The majority whip of the California state assembly cited sexual harassment allegations against him on Monday as he announced his plan to resign at the end of his legislative term and suspend his campaign for re-election.

“I spent my life advocating for the Northeast Valley, fighting for a fair share for our communities and residents,” California state Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra said in a statement, according to the Los Angeles Times. “It is because of my deep commitment to you, residents of the 39th Assembly District, that I have made the decision to resign from the State Assembly, effective September 1, 2018, and immediately resign my leadership position. I am also suspending my campaign and will not run for re-election.”

The announcement came as the Times was preparing to publish a story accusing Bocanegra of sexually harassing six women. The outlet reportedly reached out to the assemblyman’s office regarding the report on Friday afternoon.

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).


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