Friday, July 10, 2009

"’s very hard to imagine the media criticizing a married woman who was gunned down by her boyfriend."

Glenn Sacks: Death of Steve McNair—Domestic Violence by Women Is Not Uncommon, Says Public Health Specialist:

Former NFL star Steve McNair was shot dead in his sleep last week by a 20-year-old girlfriend, police said Wednesday. While there are over 10,000 media entries on Google News for “Steve McNair,” hardly one of them is paired with the phrase “domestic violence.”...

Holstein, MD adds:

Many commentators are criticizing McNair because his murder revealed that he was apparently having an extramarital affair. This is another double-standard on men & DV–it’s very hard to imagine the media criticizing a married woman who was gunned down by her boyfriend.

Is this just the male version of "he asked for it?"


Thursday, July 09, 2009

How is this not a hate crime? I'm not in support of hate crime legislation etc. but if we have such laws, shouldn't they apply equally?


Wednesday, July 08, 2009

The Mancession is here

Christina Hoff Sommers, author of such books as The War Against Boys: How Misguided Feminism Is Harming Our Young Men, talks to PJTV host Allen Barton about the Mancession--which she describes as a recession that has more severe impact on men than women. She believes that women's groups need to spend more time helping women in Iran and other places outside the US to gain the equality that American women have already achieved. She states that some of these feminist groups spend their time denigrating men and ruining job skills for men--rather than helping women. I agree.

You can listen to the interview here.


Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Fox News: Police Say South Carolina Spree Killer Had Long Rap Sheet:

The serial killer who terrorized a South Carolina community by shooting five people to death before police killed him Monday was a career criminal paroled just two months ago, authorities said.

Patrick Burris, 41, was shot to death by officers investigating a burglary complaint at a home in Gastonia, N.C., 30 miles from where the killing spree started June 27. Bullets in his gun matched those that killed residents in and around Gaffney over six days last week, said State Law Enforcement Division Chief Reggie Lloyd....

Burris had a long rap sheet filled with charges such as larceny, forgery and breaking and entering from states across the Southeast, including Florida, Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland. He had been paroled from a North Carolina prison in April after serving nearly eight years.

"Look at this," Lloyd said, waiving a stapled copy of Burris' criminal record. "This is like 25 pages. At some point the criminal justice system is going to need to explain why this suspect was out on the street."

Yes, wouldn't you like an explanation? It seems that sometimes, the longer the rap sheet, the shorter the prison stay. Perhaps judges who put these criminals back on the streets should be held accountable in some way.


"...the Web's outpouring of human expression deserves a more exuberant response, too. It should delight us. "

I've been reading a new book, Say Everything: How Blogging Began, What It's Becoming, and Why It Matters, by co-founder Scott Rosenberg this week. The book gives a good history of blogging, how it came about and why it is so important. Chapters such as the "Blogger Catapult," "The Rise of Political Blogging," "The Exploding Blogosphere," and "The Perils of Keeping it Real" give detailed accounts of what blogging is really about, the pitfalls and the upsides. In the ending chapter, "Twilight of the Cynics," the author points out that though the cynics said blogging wouldn't last, they were wrong:

Simple beat busy. Personal beat corporate. Links beat walls and gates. For years I'd wondered whether the cynical diagnosis, which offered itself as the wisdom of experience, might actually represent the resentment of a dying order. Finally, I concluded that it did.

So, if you ever wondered how blogging started--it wasn't invented, it evolved--or how Matt Drudge got his start (no, he's not really a blogger), or other general stuff about the Web, then you will enjoy the book.

Monday, July 06, 2009

Daily News: Retired NFL QB Steve McNair killed in murder-suicide by 20-year-old woman:

Former NFL star quarterback Steve McNair was found dead with multiple gunshot wounds in a Nashville condominium Saturday - and authorities hinted he was murdered by a girlfriend who then turned the gun on herself.

Cops discovered McNair's bullet-riddled body slumped on a sofa inside his rented condo's blood-spattered living room, authorities said.

What will happen if the evidence finds that this woman killed the victim? Probably nothing. "Experts," politicians, and activists will continue to say we need to focus exclusively on domestic violence against women...and people will applaud. Does anyone see the irony here?