Even a broken clock is right twice a day. So here comes one of the few instances I am inclined to agree with feminists. The Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde released her autobiography recently. She recounts in the book an instance of sexual assault:
In her recently completed autobiography, Reckless, Hynde recounts how she was forced to perform sexual acts on members of an Ohio motorcycle gang who had promised to take her to a party, but instead took her to an abandoned house.
“Technically speaking, however you want to look at it, this was all my doing and I take full responsibility,” said the singer, who recalled being high on drugs at the time.
“If I’m walking around and I’m very modestly dressed and I’m keeping to myself and someone attacks me, then I’d say that’s his fault. But if I’m being very lairy and putting it about and being provocative, then you are enticing someone who’s already unhinged – don’t do that. Come on! That’s just common sense.”
“I don’t think I am saying anything controversial, am I?” she concluded.
One can anticipate the feminist response, but for the sake of openness, here it is: Continue reading →
The Canadian government knew about the problem back in 2007, yet initially ignored reports. Even when they acknowledged what happened, the government did nothing to address it beyond trying to silence the soldiers who spoke out about the abuse.
In a move of stunning stupidity, Judge E. Scott Bradley sentenced former cheerleader Baltimore Ravens cheerleader Molly Shattuck to two years of probation for fourth-degree rape. Well, that is not entirely accurate:
Former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader Molly Shattuck was sentenced Friday to two years of probation, with every other weekend in custody, after pleading guilty to raping a 15-year-old boy at a vacation rental home in Delaware.
Shattuck could have received 15 years, but for some bizarre reason Bradley decided that alternating weekends in jail, therapy, and registering as a sex offender was punishment. That is one massive slap on the wrist consider Shattuck originally faced two counts of third-degree rape, four counts of unlawful sexual contact, and three counts of providing alcohol to minors.
Some people may consider this an overreaction consider that the act in question was oral sex. However, one must look how this happened: Continue reading →
It happens every day. In fact, it is pretty hard to avoid it. There are some things that can only be understood with a slap on the forehead. Things so mind-boggling that one wonders how humans managed to evolve thumbs while being this mentally inept. Case in point:
While few consider the New York Post a bastion of journalistic integrity, one would think they would use better sense than this. Let us set aside that they used the most obvious, easiest, and therefore laziest joke. The problems lies in the context: wishing that some rape Jared Fogle in prison.
Perhaps I missed something over the years. When did rape become the just punishment for rape? Why, when the media reports on these cases, can one find numerous comments applauding the idea of repeatedly brutalizing a convicted rapist in prison? How can people simultaneously hate and call for rape? Continue reading →
In my previous post I stated that it seemed odd for the authorities to go after Jared Fogle. It appeared that Fogle had done nothing to warrant their attention. I suspected that the most likely reason for the authorities targeting him was that he and Russell Taylor had shared images and videos. My suspicions were correct:
According to the charges, Rusell Taylor, head of the Jared Foundation set up to combat child obesity, secretly taped 12 minors while they changed clothes and showered at his home, including two who were as young as 13 or 14. He shared the images with Fogle, who knew they showed minors, prosecutors said.
Prosecutors said Fogle also received commercial child pornography from Taylor, viewed it and failed to report it. He stored explicit images of children as young as six, prosecutors said.
Fogle traveled to New York City at least twice between 2010 and 2013 seeking sex with minors, and paid for sex acts with a girl he knew to be 17 years old and another girl younger than 18. He told the first girl he would “make it worth her while” if she could find him another minor to have sex with, “the younger the girl, the better,” according to the indictment.
Prosecutors said he repeatedly asked prostitutes and others to find him 14- and 15-year-olds for sex.
That explains the raid on Fogle’s home and the offer of a plea deal. The charges on the child pornography alone would land Fogle in prison for decades. Fogle would only serve five to 12 years in prison under the deal, although he would have to pay $1.4 million to 14 minor victims and register as a sex offender. Continue reading →
Subway spokesman Jared Fogle is expected to plead guilty to charges of possession of child pornography, Indianapolis’ Fox 59, reported Tuesday.
According to Fox59, sources said that the pitchman will accept a plea deal on Wednesday and that the U.S. attorney’s office will hold a press conference Wednesday afternoon to discuss the charges and plea deal.
He faces numerous charges of possession of child pornography after the authorities raided his home and took several computers and DVDs. The raid followed the arrest of Russell Taylor, the former executive director of the Jared Foundation. Police later charged Taylor with possession of hundreds of child pornography videos and images.
I initially assumed that the police went after Fogle due to his connection with Taylor. I thought it possible that the police raided Fogle’s home because his home computers were possibly connected to the same network as those used by his foundation or that Taylor had used one of Fogle’s computers.
However, the current situation opens another possibility: the two shared and traded images and videos. I think that is a real possibility given that there is no apparent reason for the FBI to investigate Fogle. He made no public statements incriminating himself and appeared to cooperate with authorities as they investigated Taylor.
My best guess is that Taylor either implicated Fogle or there were clear traces of trading left on Taylor’s computers. We will see what Fogle pleads guilty to tomorrow.