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Topic: Just When You Thought It Could Not Get Worse
Posted by Everyman - 13:12:57 EDT

What you are going to want for your daughter . . .

And . . . son.

And now the real surprise: when asked about experiences in the last 12 months, men reported being “made to penetrate” — either by physical force or due to intoxication — at virtually the same rates as women reported rape (both 1.1 percent in 2010, and 1.7 and 1.6 respectively in 2011).

In other words, if being made to penetrate someone was counted as rape — and why shouldn’t it be? — then the headlines could have focused on a truly sensational CDC finding: that women rape men as often as men rape women.

Could have, but for the Narrative . . .

That is.


IS Or IS Not
Topic: Trying (Futilely) To Keep Up
Posted by Everyman - 12:49:54 EDT

Klavan knows.


Whole Again Soon
Topic: Why Does It Matter?
Posted by Everyman - 12:44:59 EDT

We've had health issues to deal with in the family over the course of the last month or so, with my 92-year-old-mother-in- law having heart valve replacement surgery and, of course, TLOML on hand in Minneapolis where much of the family resides to do her part and, frankly, just to be there.


All's well that went on there, and she's on her way home later today, or tonight, actually, so that we can pick up our lives where we left off - whatever that means in this context - and get on with them. We have other issues - everyone does - so we'll now be pretty much freed up to deal with them, well or otherwise.

After flying millions of miles in my professional days, my body has broken down to the point of eliminating trips to the airport to take trips anywhere, so I've been metaphorically holding down the home front, and of course missing my lady very much.

So if I have seemed somehow distracted a d disengaged here . . .

It's because I have been.


Trending . . .
Topic: Trying (Futilely) To Keep Up
Posted by Everyman - 01:02:01 EDT

Even with an increasing propensity on our college campuses to claim rape and to withhold all semblance of due process from the accused, because . . . shut up.

rape trend

I suppose one could argue that there is some change in reporting rates, since rape is well-know to be an under-reported crime. However, I would struggle to argue that under-reporting rates are going up (which is what it would take to be the prime driver of the trend above). If anything, my guess is that reporting rates are rising such that the chart above actually understates the improvement.

PS - Folks commenting on this post saying that by reporting a declining trend I demonstrate that I don't care about rape or don't treat it seriously are idiots.

I have lived through dozens of data-free media scares and witch hunts - global cooling, global warming, the great pre-school sexual abuse witch hunt, about 20 different narcotics related scares (vodka tampons, anyone?).

Data is useful.

In this case, knowing there is improvement means we can look for what is driving the improvement and do more of it (though Kevin Drum would likely attribute it to unleaded gasoline).

I once heard an intense coed from an Ivy school claim that a fellow student had "raped her with his eyes".

Enough said.


A Fore Shadowing
Topic: Just Thinking
Posted by Everyman - 00:45:36 EDT

It is - he is - alas, upon us.


The Good, The Bad . . .
Topic: Trying (Futilely) To Keep Up
Posted by Everyman - 00:40:10 EDT

The ugly.


All in the family.

And happily . . .

Not mine.


The Rude Bridge
Topic: Why Does It Matter?
Posted by Everyman - 20:17:10 EDT

For me it's more of an April thing, but the Concord bridge where the shot was fired heard 'round the world is not really a seasonal feature of the near-here.

rude bridge

Directions: From Boston, take Routes 2 and 4 to Lexington, then Route 2A to Concord's famous North Bridge (right) and Minute Man statue. From Concord Center, bear left at the fork on Sudbury Road. At the Sudbury line, the road becomes Concord Road and takes you through Sudbury Center and onto US Route 20. Return via US Route 20 through Waltham to Boston.

If, you know, you want to go see for yourself.


Word World
Topic: Just When You Thought It Could Not Get Worse
Posted by Everyman - 12:08:55 EDT

I often start my weekdays with watching the locals discuss sports news, which more and more is like all the rest of the news (which is to say awful stuff). I set the DVR the night before, and I takes my chances. If it's too awful, it's a click-off away from me, so there's no ne exeat problem.


Some days I'll later look in on cable news just to make sure that the world has not come to an end while I was otherwise engaged, and I did that just moments ago, very briefly.

It's all words, and nothing else, nothing more.

Which is to say that it's all politics - same thing - and nothing else, nothing more . . . or more simply, just nothing.

Dishonestly and deception are always, always, the order of the day, as the rules of that game are carelessly thought by our bien pensants to dictate, where there is perceived value in any action which calls attention to or raises awareness of problems in our midst, a world in which saying something is deemed as worthwhile as actually doing something (because for the media folks, it is, as long as there are semi-suitable optics available with which to fill our screens while the words are being said).

In other words . . .


As I said.


Water World
Topic: Just Thinking
Posted by Everyman - 11:16:01 EDT

I've lived near - and for a few years literally on - the water, pretty much all of my life.

Not while I was in law school, which should have told me something was wrong right there.


I recommend it . . .



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