Rapists on Campus

December 1, 2018

I know we are supposed to believe women no matter what. That’s what we are told, and there’s an entire cultural movement around it.

I’ve recently come across an article that’s a little too close to home about a college student who has been accused of rape. The student was never convicted, but the article itself is a slash-job. I will not post the link because it may actually harm those involved if I forward these articles.

The article title reads ” Man Rapes Girl”. What image does that conjure up? Is it one of a pedophile convincing some young girl to get into his van? That’s what it sounds like. Reading the article, it states that the man gave the girl vodka, and when she was drunk and passed out, he raped her.

First, before I say more, I would like to state that if he actually raped her, then I hope he is punished severely. However, I take offense with several parts of this article and the way this case was handled.

The “Girl” was an 18 year old woman, not a child. The “man” was 19. Literally one year age difference. Not Man rapes girl, maybe man rapes woman.

Also, at 18, you can decide whether or not to drink vodka. Not legally, of course, but you are mentally aware of alcohol. He didn’t “give her” alcohol to take advantage of her, unless he spiked a drink so that she was not aware of what she was consuming. Her willingly drinking vodka is not his fault.

His photo, name, major and high school are prominently displayed on the website. If you Google his name, all that appears is his photo with the caption “…Man rapes girl”.

This student ended up leaving the university over it.

If he did actually rape her, then I hope they throw the book at him. However, this crappy reporting has the chance of ruining his life when he has not even been convicted of a crime.

I don’t know how to handle this other than hope the trial works out some of the details. If he is a rapist, I hope they ruin his life. If two teenagers got drunk and she regrets it the next day, it’s not rape, and you shouldn’t ruin someone’s life over it.

In this day where a woman can say “I was raped”, we apparently can make a person disappear from any professional life, without trial or evidence. This is truly scary.

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Immigration and Isolation

November 25, 2018

I don’t feel like going into a lot of detail on this topic.  I think I’ve beat immigration enough on this blog.  However, I do find it interesting that the same people who call Trump a racist for limiting immigration are the same ones that mock a dead missionary for trying to convert an isolated tribe in the Indian Ocean.

CNN has this article about the missionary.  For those who find this article too long, a Christian missionary attempts to enter a remote island in the Indian Ocean.  He was rejected once or twice, and then the islanders killed him.  The rest of the world seems to mock him, saying that’s what he gets for trying to enter the island.

Yet, those same people complain about limiting immigration into this country.

One person tries to enter a country illegally and is killed.  The press praises the country’s actions.  Many people try to enter a country illegally and are stopped and investigated.  The press calls everyone involved a racist xenophobe.

I don’t understand what is different.

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Ballots “Found”

November 10, 2018

NM flipped its southern district overnight due to ballots that were “found” after the election.  It’s crooked.

As disappointed as I was in the election, it was not unexpected.  At the national level, not much will actually happen.  Trump will say that water and fresh vegetables are healthy and the house will oppose him.  They will huff and puff and stop anything he tries to do, but that’s about it.

I’m more concerned at the state level with our new anti-gun, anti-freedom, anti-capitalist governor.  She had a free pass to run amok through our state.  She is for passing background checks for all guns, for banning any gun she thinks is ugly, for higher taxes, and so on.

We voted ourselves into this mess, and there is really no escape from the socialism that is coming.  We will just have to hide and let it run its course.

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Voted

November 4, 2018

Today, I exercised my right and voted here in New Mexico.  I can’t say I voted straight ticket, as there were several folks that ran unopposed, and there were a number of Libertarians on the ballot that I liked.

I can’t wait for election season to be over, even though I know we’ll just go into another one. YouTube does not know me very well, as it keeps showing me anti-gun ads.  All of these ads are the same:  elect Republicans, and you will get shot, elect Democrats and the day will be saved.  I wonder if these shootings would be because of the Antifa riots, butt-hurt leftists, or because Alec Baldwin’s parking spot was taken?

If the Republicans win in this election, I bet we lose 2020.  Well, maybe.  Right now, we have no real competitor.

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Louder with Crowder

October 20, 2018

I don’t necessarily agree with him on anything, but I do admire his ability to ask questions and give his political opponents just enough to hang themselves with.

I like that he is friendly and asks questions more than he talks.  If you haven’t heard or seen any of “Louder with Crowder”, go to YouTube and search for it, or search for “Change My Mind”.

The Change My Mind series is probably my favorite; he goes to college campuses with a booth that declares some unpopular statement, and then says, “Change My Mind”.  He invites people to come and, well, change his mind.  He has debated topics on abortion, gun control, privilege, and so on.

Most of the time, people come to him with some tired bromides, which he quickly shoots holes through.  Most everyone agrees to disagree.  A few try to shout him down, and one place had the police kick him off campus, even though he had a permit and had done nothing wrong.

Sometimes, he clumps things together, and can get a little sloppy with his own stereotypes (if they believe this, they must believe that).  However, his language is clean, not in terms of swearing, but in terms of using the correct word, and he can normally quote his opponents perfectly, meaning he actually listened to their argument.

Check it out sometime when you have a few minutes to spare.

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Rape and Rape Statistics

September 30, 2018

I keep seeing this graphic about rape statistics on Facebook.  The graphic is meant to show how few rapists actually spend time in jail, and why this might be a barrier to reporting rape.  It also shows how few people are “falsely accused” of rape.  The graphic originated at The Enliven Project, and was clearly well-intentioned.  It is shown below:

rape graphic

However, there are some real problems with this graphic, and the fact that I am seeing it everywhere is a bit unfortunate.   I have made my own, altered version of this graphic.  While mine is not based on any hard data, some components of the one above are not, either, so mine is at least as plausible as the original.

altered graphic

  1.  The obvious first attention-getter is the number of unreported rapes.  Most of this graphic is based on police reports and court data.  However, there is no objective way to report on rapes that were never reported!  Instead, the authors resort to survey data.  The authors admit that this includes sexual assault, which can be anything from rape to a catcall, depending on the local and state laws.  I don’t know if any of these include “morning after” regrets, where two people get smashed and hook up, but then one gets considered a rapist and the other a victim, regardless of how things went down.
  2. Next, the “reported” category is difficult.  These are instances where a rape was reported, but no arrest was made.  This could be due to lack of evidence, lack of suspects, etc.    If this graphic was made for theft, the “reported” category would be gigantic.  This probably includes reports filed long after evidence could be gathered as well.
  3.  Next, I really take issue with “faced trial.”  The whole point of a trial is to weigh evidence and see if there is enough proof that a person committed a crime before punishing them with jail or fines.  Just because someone faced trial does NOT make them a rapist.  This graphic reads as though these folks are rapists that “got away with it.”  Sure, there are probably some.  However, the rest are really people FALSELY ACCUSED of rape, which shows only a few people in the bottom right-hand part of the graphic.
  4. Also, as any psychologist will tell you, someone who is willing to commit an act like rape will likely do it multiple times.  Looking at this graphic, it’s hard to say how many “rapist” are  really there, and how many are actually repeat offenders.

    Where I am going with this post is that reporting is so important.  If I get robbed while walking home tomorrow, I can’t wait two years to report the robbery and expect the robber to get punished.

    Second, this graphic is why so many men are afraid of being falsely accused of rape, in spite of the attempt to show otherwise.  The underlying theme here is that all of these stories have a rapist that normally gets away with it.  By assuming that, you have already assumed a man’s guilt, with no evidence, and expect him to prove his innocence.  This is morally backwards.

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Geography and History

September 20, 2018

If there is time left over in the classes I tutor, I try to get the students to list as any somethings as they can in a limited amount of time. I typically break them into groups and see which group can name the most states, countries, NM counties, presidents, capital cities, etc.

It is amazing how many of the students can only name 10 or 15 states, and how many can only name a handful of countries.  For the most part, they can name the countries that have been on the news:  US, Russia, Mexico, China, North Korea, Afganistan, Syria, and that is about it.  Some of them get South Korea, and some think there is a Korea in the middle of these.

I don’t know that not being able to name countries is in itself a bad thing, as simply memorizing country names has little value.  However, having some concept of the countries that exist and how they interact is useful information.

I don’t know how this is taught in school, or if it is taught in school…

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Evacuations and Gun Bans

September 13, 2018

During the approach of Hurricane Florence, many millions of people evacuated their homes.

From a freedom standpoint, a mandatory evacuation is unconstitutional.  It is my life, property and liberty, and if I choose to stay (foolishly), that is my problem.  I do think that during a major evacuation, if you stay behind, you cannot expect to be rescued, either.  I will discuss the ethics of evacuations in another post.

One thing that I read about during these evacuations was the overreach of some small-minded busy-bodies in one town.  According to this article, the town of Leland, NC, attempted to say that people being evacuated were forbidden from taking their guns with them.

What?

Thankfully, there was enough of a backlash against this stupid policy that they altered the code to exclude legal gun owners.

The idea that I am forced to leave an heirloom firearm in my house to be destroyed by the hurricane, or looted by those who did not evacuate is absurd.  The idea that the police should be arresting people for legally transporting a firearm in their vehicle is also absurd.

The government should not be able to simply declare an emergency and then be allowed to violate rights.  Emergencies are not a moratorium on rights.  No emergency should be allowed to give the government power over my life, liberty or pursuit of happiness.

Good work, for all of you who spread this around social media and helped create the backlash.

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Why the Nike Boycott Won’t Work

September 10, 2018

It is stupid to destroy things you already own.  Nike already has that money.  You aren’t scaring them or sending them any sort of message.  You are just destroying stuff you already bought, and your money, Nike has already spent.

Nike is doing what lots of struggling companies do- they advertise controversy.  They figure that “all news is good news” and that getting their name mentioned, positively or negatively, is good for business.  I don’t know what a commercial on CNN costs, but now they are on the front page of the website every day.   It’s all free advertising.

What should you do if you want to boycott Nike?  Don’t talk about them.  Don’t buy their stuff, and don’t give them any attention.  Their analysts knew this commercial was risky, and they’ll know why their sales dropped (if they do).

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Why Movies and Intersectionality Don’t Mix

September 2, 2018

I like movies, for the most part, and I think I like most everyone.  I’m pretty easy to get along with (though this blog may make you think otherwise).

I liked the original Ghost Busters movies from the 1980’s.  And, admittedly, I did not see much of the 2016 version.  However, I can almost guarantee it will be awful.  The five to ten minutes I saw was awful.  The people who tell me I should like it, or I am a sexist misogynist are awful.

Why would I say these things?

If you require a guilt trip to sell your movie, it is probably an awful movie.  If you have to call people names for not watching a movie, then it is probably an awful movie.  That’s what happened with the 2016 version of Ghost Busters.

The movie replaced the four original Ghost Busters with four female characters.  And that alone was why we were supposed to watch it.  Why can’t women bust ghosts?

They can (I mean, if any of this were real).  But if you have a real movie, with a real plot and real dialog, you won’t rely on us viewers counting who is what.  Instead, this movie relied on people “having to” like it, else be labeled sexists.  It took well-developed characters and a fun plot, then replaced the characters and repackaged the plot.  It’s like the TV version of a blockbuster movie.

But, maybe I am a sexist for not watching this movie.

Oh wait, but then there was Star Wars:  The Force Awakens.  The two main characters were a black man and a white woman.  GREAT MOVIE!  Why?  Because they didn’t beat you over the head with accusations of sexism and racism.  Instead, they relied heavily on a plot, dialog and special effects to make the movie worth seeing.

I also watched about ten minutes of Black Panther.  It looks like a GREAT movie as well, and I will watch it at some point.

If you have to rely on the race, gender, sexual preference, etc of your acting instead of a plot, your movie will do horribly.

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