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UVa “rape” narrative collapses…even more

This Washington Post article is everywhere today, and with good reason. I just want to catch up anyone who may have missed it.

It appears that the fakery we’ve been discussing in the Rolling Stone / U-Va rape case is worse than we thought, and may have come from both “Jackie” (the alleged rape victim) and Sabrina Rubin Erdely (the Rolling Stone writer who turns out to be a past writing associate of the infamous fabulist, Stephen Glass).

First, a bit about Jackie’s seeming fakery. Going by the WaPo article, it’s possible that she invented her admirer “Drew”, whom Rolling Stone identified as her rapist:

Jackie told her three friends that she accepted the upperclassman’s invitation for a dinner date on Friday, Sept. 28, 2012.

Curious about Jackie’s date, the friends said that they tried to find the student on a U-Va. database and social media but couldn’t. Andy, Cindy and Randall all said they never met the student in person. Before Jackie’s date, the friends became suspicious that perhaps they hadn’t really been in contact with the chemistry student [via text messages to "his" number which Jackie had given the friends] at all, they said.

U-Va. officials told The Post that no student with the name Jackie provided to her friends as her date and attacker in 2012 had ever enrolled at the university.

Randall provided The Post with pictures that Jackie’s purported date had sent of himself by text message in 2012. The Post identified the person in the pictures and learned that his name does not match the one Jackie gave friends in 2012. In an interview, the man said he was Jackie’s high school classmate but “never really spoke to her.”

The man said he was never a U-Va. student and is not a member of any fraternity. Additionally, he said that he had not visited Charlottesville in at least six years and that he was in another state participating in an athletic event during the weekend of Sept. 28, 2012.

“I have nothing to do with it,” he said. He said it appears that the circulated photos were pulled from social media Web sites.

The WaPo article covers much other ground, including tidbits such as Erdely having painted Jackie’s friends as callous and as having refused Erdely’s interview requests, while the friends say that they had always encouraged Jackie to report her rape story to the police and that Erdely never made the slightest effort to interview any of them.

It looks as though 2 troubled women, acting somewhat separately (or deceiving each other), managed between them to cook up a fraternity-blaming hoax that liberals rushed to believe because it fit liberals’ prejudices. Or as V says, because it fit The Narrative that liberals are out to push. Get this:

U-Va. President Teresa A. Sullivan…wants the university community to focus on prevention of sexual assault.

That may be good, but perhaps Sullivan should have the U-Va. community also focus on *prevention of hoaxes and/or witch hunts* that only punish scads of innocent U-Va. students.

UPDATE: A link to Erdely putting down Stephen Glass. Your daily dose of irony.

Planned Parenthood Asks High School Freshlings: “Are You Ready for Sex?”

Posted by V the K at 10:09 am - December 10, 2014.
Filed under: Liberalism Run Amok

The Planned Parenthood Sex Ed Curriculum being used in public (or should that be ‘pubic’) schools is… pretty much what one would expect.

Some parents are irate that their children’s sex ed class at Acalanes High School in Lafayette is being taught by employees of Planned Parenthood without their prior knowledge. They are also fuming over the methods and materials being used, including a checklist that asks students if they are “ready for sex” and another worksheet that describes how to give and obtain consent, as well as a diagram that uses a “genderbread” person for lessons in gender identity.

genderbread chart

Note, California also mandates that kids be indoctrinated with gay history; being taught that Harry Hay (cough… NAMBLA) and Harvey Milk (cough… Jim Jones) were fabulous people, but the Founding Fathers were old-white slave-owning racists.

Meanwhile, Chinese kids are learning math and science…

And they wonder why conservatives home school.

Yet another left-wing ‘narrative’ crashes

Was it “Fake but accurate”? Or just fake? You decide. Rolling Stone’s apology, via Ace:

To Our Readers:

Last month, Rolling Stone published a story titled “A Rape on Campus” by Sabrina Rubin Erdely, which described a brutal gang rape of a woman named Jackie at a University of Virginia fraternity house; the university’s failure to respond to this alleged assault – and the school’s troubling history of indifference to many other instances of alleged sexual assaults. The story generated worldwide headlines and much soul-searching at UVA. University president Teresa Sullivan promised a full investigation and also to examine the way the school responds to sexual assault allegations.

Because of the sensitive nature of Jackie’s story, we decided to honor her request not to contact the man she claimed orchestrated the attack on her nor any of the men she claimed participated in the attack for fear of retaliation against her. In the months Erdely spent reporting the story, Jackie neither said nor did anything that made Erdely, or Rolling Stone’s editors and fact-checkers, question Jackie’s credibility. Her friends and rape activists on campus strongly supported Jackie’s account. She had spoken of the assault in campus forums. We reached out to both the local branch and the national leadership of the fraternity where Jackie said she was attacked. They responded that they couldn’t confirm or deny her story but had concerns about the evidence.

In the face of new information, there now appear to be discrepancies in Jackie’s account, and we have come to the conclusion that our trust in her was misplaced. We were trying to be sensitive to the unfair shame and humiliation many women feel after a sexual assault and now regret the decision to not contact the alleged assaulters to get their account. We are taking this seriously and apologize to anyone who was affected by the story.

Will Dana
Managing Editor

Emphasis added. Once again, let’s underscore that Rolling Stone originally published their inflammatory story with zero attempt to check with the accused men. The accused fraternity is preparing to defend itself. Meanwhile, the media give minimal scrutiny to actual rapists – if they’re Democrats.

From the comments: Left-wing feminists go full-meltdown over losing The Narrative. SooperMexican has many examples of jaw-dropping Twitter illogic from Sally Kohn, Amanda Marcotte and others.

I simply must comment on one of the examples. Amanda Marcotte said “What I don’t get is if rape apologists are so sure rapes are hoaxes, why oppose investigating them and getting out that fact?” That’s mind-blowing revisionism, Amanda. The skeptics’ point was that we SHOULD investigate the UVa rape charges, thoroughly. Left-wing feminists had abandoned the duty to investigate.

One more: Melissa McEwan tweeted “I can’t state this more emphatically: If Jackie’s story is partially or wholly untrue, it doesn’t validate the reasons for disbelieving her.” Melissa, I can’t state this more emphatically: Your tweet is psychotic. The reason one would believe or disbelieve Jackie is PRECISELY IF her story happens to be true or untrue. So, the reasons for disbelieving Jackie are BY DEFINITION validated, if it turns out that Jackie’s story is partially or wholly untrue.

Update: In today’s world of smug fake-apologies, let’s give credit when we see a genuine apology. Anna Merlan wrote, “when I dismissed Richard Bradley and Robby Soave’s doubts about the story and called them ‘idiots’ for picking apart Jackie’s account, I was dead f*cking wrong, and for that I sincerely apologize.” Kudos!

Stupid protests, part II

Posted by Jeff (ILoveCapitalism) at 4:58 pm - December 2, 2014.
Filed under: Liberalism Run Amok,Racism (Real, Reverse or Faux)

Just to follow up yesterday’s post: Now the Stupid Protest trend has reached Congress.

Kudos to Joe Scarborough for pointing out its ridiculousness:

“What is wrong with this country? What is wrong with these people? What’s wrong with these elected officials?” Scarborough asked. “They know it’s a lie. They know the cops didn’t shoot [Michael Brown] with his hands in the air. They know it’s a lie and they’re doing this on the Capitol floor?”

And more. Worth seeing, the more so because it’s on MSNBC. Scarborough’s co-hosts look as though they know he’s right, but daren’t rub it in with MSNBC’s audience.

Canada: Not a free country

Posted by Jeff (ILoveCapitalism) at 7:59 pm - December 1, 2014.
Filed under: Free Speech,Liberalism Run Amok,Politics abroad

A few days old but, lest we forget: Ezra Levant was fined $80,000 by a Canadian court:

Levant’s posts centred on Awan’s testimony at a British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal case…Awan was a law student when the article was published and was among a group of students who alleged the article was Islamophobic…Some of blog posts are titled “Awan the liar,” “Awan the liar part two” and so forth…Levant’s lawyer had said his defence was primarily one of fair comment. He had said the blog posts were based upon what Levant observed over two days of Awan’s testimony at the human rights tribunal and were comments on a matter of public interest.

Via HotAir, where Jazz Shaw explains that Levant was fined for expression of *opinion*:

When you get to subjects such as social evolution, religion and prognostication about the future (which was the subject of the original article) it’s fairly obvious that you are talking about matters of opinion. Even here in the United States, you can’t go around writing, for example, that Bob is a drug dealer unless you can come up with some proof to support the allegation. That veers off from the arena of opinion and into the land of slander and libel. But Ezra Levant was disagreeing with Awan – albeit somewhat strenuously – on more subjective matters. For this exchange of ideas a Canadian judge has fined him $80K.

I’m sure this is just what the Left would love to see in America. Levant plans to appeal; feel free to help him pay for it.

UPDATE: Not that I’m sure the U.S. is that much better. Of his order on deportations, President Obama has now boasted, “I just took an action to change the law” – thus ignoring the U.S. constitution, which assigns that power to Congress.

Stupid protests

Posted by Jeff (ILoveCapitalism) at 3:01 pm - December 1, 2014.
Filed under: Liberalism Run Amok,Racism (Real, Reverse or Faux),Sports

Many NFL players have to be smart, to get where they are. So, file this one under “Normally-smart people doing remarkably-stupid actions”:

To review, and based on available evidence:

  • Michael Brown was not shot/killed as he peacefully tried to surrender to a cop. No. Rather,
  • Michael Brown was shot/killed after physically attacking a cop in his car and trying to gain control of his gun; and then, during a foot chase, turning back toward the cop and charging at him. (Eyewitness testimony: Michael Brown “did some sort of body gesture, I’m not sure what it was, but…I could say for sure he never put his hands up. After he did his body gesture, he ran towards the officer full charge.”)
  • It’s a tragic incident – in which the cop, Darren Wilson, seems to have reacted reasonably and did his job.
  • There is plenty of OTHER stuff happening in this country that deserves urgent protest. (Examples: Blacks killing each other, in the inner cities. Welfare dependency. Obama lying. Obama violating the Constitution. Obama policies that rip off working people for the sake of lazy people. Etc.) So, where are those protests?

UPDATE: Charles Barkley might agree. The former NBA star said, “The true story came out from the grand jury…key forensic evidence, and several black witnesses that supported Officer Darren Wilson’s story…I can’t believe anything I hear on television anymore. And, that’s why I don’t like talking about race issues with the media anymore, because they (the media) love this stuff, and lead people to jump to conclusions. The media shouldn’t do that. They never do that when black people kill each other.”

Left-Wing Trans-Activists Convince AlFrankensota to Abolish Gender Distinctions in High School Sports

The jury is still out on whether “Telepathic Rape” is a real thing or not, but this sure isn’t.

Minnesotans are currently facing a fast and furious onslaught by the transgender lobby, which seems to be dictating policy to the Minnesota State High School League. The MSHSL decides policy for all extracurricular activities in public, private, religious, and home schools. It’s currently in the process of outlawing all sex distinctions in high-school sports. On December 4, it plans to install an athletic policy granting transgender students the choice to play on either boys’ or girls’ teams.

In this scheme, there would be no accounting for sex differences in high school sports on the field or in locker rooms, bathrooms, and hotel rooms. It forbids any camaraderie rooted in the biological reality of one’s sex, or any consideration of the reality of the opposite sex. In fact, to affirm that reality would basically be a crime. So the policy would ultimately abolish girls’ and boys’ sports alike.

This represents the new pinnacle of leftist progressive insanity, a height scaled on a mountain of delusion about human sexuality, sex differences, and the belief that everyone is a very, very special snowflake and that the feelings of one spoiled brat atheist or gender-confused teen trump the rights of everybody else.

Apparently, the only reason the policy is not already fully implemented is because of parents (or as Democrats call them “Stupid Voters”) who just didn’t cotton to the idea of 15 year old boys showering with 15 year old girls.

Imagine that.

Clearly, it’s because they hate the transgendereds.

Telepathic Mind Rape: Not Just for Betazoids Anymore

Posted by V the K at 6:39 am - December 1, 2014.
Filed under: Liberalism Run Amok,Social Media

This could be satire, but considering that the Feminist Left has already gifted us with “Micro-aggresions” and California’s affirmative consent law, is anything too ridiculous to doubt that Progressives won’t make it a thing.

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‘The View’ Devolves into Catfights and Low Ratings

The departure of Barbara Walters has left ABC’s ‘The View’ without any adult supervision. And the addition of a shrill, deranged, conspiracy-spouting lesbian to the mix has… unsurprisingly… led to some serious dysfunction.

A shrill, backstage brawl at “The View” Wednesday left co-host Rosie Perez in tears while panelists Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O’Donnell battled over how to cover the latest allegations against Bill Cosby and the racially charged upheaval in Ferguson, Mo., sources said.

O’Donnell believed the show — now overseen by ABC News — needed to delve deeper into both controversial subjects, while Goldberg wanted to steer clear of the topics altogether.

Ultimately, both news stories were discussed at length on the air by the panel.

“There’s terrible frustration and there are problems,” a source close to the show told the Daily News. “Whoopi didn’t want to talk about Cosby and Ferguson, Rosie (O’Donnell) did — how could you not? These are topics that are uncomfortable for everyone, but it’s ‘The View’ and it’s their job to talk about topics that might make some people tense.”

Fortunately, there were very few witnesses to the train wreck.

With Walters now retired, there’s no center of gravity to the show, no one to reign in the lunatics inside the asylum. No wonder the ratings have plummeted with the formula broken and the cast is feuding with each other.

Anti-Vaccination whackjob Jenny McCarthy now looks like the smart one for walking away from this not-so-hot mess.

Bet this wouldn’t have happened if they had picked Tammy Bruce instead of Rosie.

I also bet this kind of stuff doesn’t happen on ‘The Five.’ And this clip may explain why:
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Pelosi’s People

Posted by V the K at 7:34 pm - November 18, 2014.
Filed under: Liberalism Run Amok

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi won re-election with 82% of the vote. This is mind-blowing to anyone with a mind that has enough functioning neural pathways to be blown. Who, any reasoning person wonders, would vote for this demented Botox Bolshevik?

This photo essay of Mrs. Pelosi’s constituents from a few years back provides an answer. Warning, NSFW (because… San Francisco) and also… if you’re easily put off your lunch, this is not a good site to visit before lunch unless you’re trying to lose a few pounds/

Nick Adds: 82%, huh? I guess it takes a really addlepated constituency to be that far gone, no? I mean really… what sort of collection of depraved and brain-dead buffoons would possibly vote for such a wretch at such a high rate?

Oh wait: House Democrats reelect Nancy Pelosi their leader… Oh, and this:

There were “no nays audible in room,” the aide said.

Rape and consent (affirmative or otherwise)

Part of what is bad about leftists is that they characteristically offer terrible solutions – the worst possible solutions – to real problems. In doing so, they muddy-up issues, misguide people and actually prevent genuine solutions.

I could talk about gun control – where the leftie “solution” to crimes committed by armed law-breakers is restrictions that effectively disarm the law-abiding victims. (Thus empowering law-breakers.) But another example would be rape.

Like all serious crimes against life, limb, liberty or property: Rape is a real problem. In answer (and as this blog has recently discussed), feminists propose to violate the rights of everyone by abandoning standards of evidence, and to turn normal (consenting) sexual relations into absurd displays of feminist rules.

With lefties, because of the sad-but-simple fact that crimes can’t always be prevented and criminals can’t always be punished, the rest of us are to be punished. Even though we’re not criminals and we stand with the victims. It makes no sense, and usually worsens the problem.

What would be some better answers? Like I said, it is sad that crime can’t always be prevented or punished. Still, the answer is to keep making reasonable efforts at both.

Let people, especially women, carry guns or other means of self-defense – knowing well how to use them. Also, let young women be well-educated on the M.O. of date-rapists (especially the M.O. of powerful older men named “Bill” who want to give them private audiences).

When someone is raped: Let the criminal justice system work; let us all fight to maintain its integrity. Let the victim go to the police as soon as possible. However that goes, let her tell her story often (regardless of whether, or when, others may believe her).

By the way, take a look at the above links on Bill Cosby; they’re pretty chilling. Share with your friends and daughters; not to scare them, but to help them recognize how a “friendly” predator may operate.

Get down, PC-style!

From Concordia University (in Montreal) – Politically Correct lefties show how it’s done! Video here.

WARNING: Although it probably rates as only PG-13, it’s one of those things you won’t be able to “un-see”. Words can’t convey the full, un-sexy, un-romantic inanity of these indoctrinated “Affirmative Consent” robots.

Via Daily Caller. DC adds:

Yet in the course of the video, both lovers ask one another whether certain kisses and touches are acceptable only after they have already begun, a clear violation of the need for prior explicit consent.

Heh.

Nick adds: Not sure if it’s because I’m gay in the first place, but… Whoa, I am so flaccid now, dude.

Remember when lefties liked free speech? (or claimed to)

Something in Bruce’s Twitter stream got me to notice this petition on Daily Kos, which is

…calling on Congress and the States [to] Act now to do whatever is within your power to pass a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.

I don’t know when DK started the petition; probably a few years ago. But it’s still active. Now, in terms of the U.S. constitution, what caused the Citizens United decision? As Justice Kennedy wrote in 2010 for the majority:

If the First Amendment has any force, it prohibits Congress from fining or jailing citizens, or associations of citizens, for simply engaging in political speech.

So, the principle of Free Speech caused the decision. The First Amendment right of citizens, or associations of citizens, to engage in political speech – is what the decision expresses and defends.

If we do the math, the Daily Kos petition is effectively:

…calling on Congress and the States [to] Act now to do whatever is within your power to pass a constitutional amendment to overturn free speech.

…calling on Congress and the States [to] Act now to do whatever is within your power to pass a constitutional amendment to overturn the First Amendment right of citizens, or associations of citizens, to engage in political speech.

Example #12,770 of leftism actually being fascism and vice versa.

UPDATE: Something more current…With approval from the National Science Foundation, Indiana University researchers spent $1 million of taxpayer money on activities to silence non-leftie voices on Twitter. Here’s another link.

Some Animals Are More Equal Than Others

Trigger Warning: Racism, Leftist Idiocy, SJW Run Amok

Minneapolis public schools have adopted a new policy intended to discourage the punishment of African-American, Hispanic, and Native American youths.

Minneapolis Public Schools are implementing a new policy aimed at eliminating the gap between the races when it comes to suspensions. Nothing will change for white students, they will still be suspended at the discretion of each school’s principal. But for minority students, specifically black, Hispanic and Native American students, the Minneapolis Schools Superintendent’s office will personally review each case.

This new policy is part of an agreement with U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights announced last week after an investigation into why minority students made up such a high percentage suspended students in the past.

And are there quotas, you might ask? You bet your sweet donkey there are quotas.

Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson announced today her intent to eliminate the nonviolent suspension gap by 2018. To achieve this, MPS must aggressively reduce the disproportionality between black and brown students and their white peers every year for the next four years. This will begin with a 25 percent reduction in disproportionality by the end of this school year; 50 percent by 2016; 75 percent by 2017; and 100 percent by 2018.

The objective is to make it so much hassle to discipline minority children that teachers won’t go through the trouble; while encouraging the suspension of white kids to erase the “suspension gap.” So, basically, little Trayvon Malik Shabazz and little Jorge Gonzales can now get away with behavior that little Billy White would be suspended for.

What could possibly go wrong?

Last Time I Checked, I Didn’t Have Any Privilege

Posted by V the K at 1:06 pm - November 7, 2014.
Filed under: Academia,Liberalism Run Amok

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The well-educated loons… I mean, “Social Justice Warriors” … at the University of San Francisco are on the warpath against the alleged privilege of straight, white, Christian males.

Three professors at the University of San Francisco (USF) are claiming that if you are white, heterosexual, able-bodied, Christian, or male, you must “check your privilege,” as part of a campus-wide social marketing campaign that began last week.

“If you can expect time off from work to celebrate your religious holidays, you have Christian Privilege,” according to the new campaign, which defines privilege as “unearned access to social power based on membership in a dominant social group.”

White males have the “privilege” of having to have much higher test scores and grades than women or minorities to get into places like the University of San Francisco. They also have the “privilege” of having less access to scholarships and programs to help pay for them. They also have the “privilege” of being on the wrong side of Affirmative Action hiring practices, and, of course, the privilege of having social justice nitwits constantly telling them how awful they are and how they are responsible for all the problems in the world.

Seems to me, there are a lot of straight, white, Christian males living in Appalachia. How’s that “privilege” working out for them?

[Hat Tip: Weasel Zippers]

The Mob Demands….

The Ferguson Permanent Protest Mob… backed by Barack Obama and Eric Holder’s Justice Department… have issued a list of demands (“Rules of Engagement”) … for the police to follow the next time they riot. (e.g. Should the Grand Jury not give into the mob and decline to indict Officer Darren Wilson, which will be the signal for Ferguson protesters to loot and burn the few remaining businesses in their neighborhoods.)

A couple of highlights, courtesy FrontPageMag.

8. Crowd control equipment such as armored vehicles, rubber bullets, rifles and tear gas will not be used.

Police will, instead, respond to looting and rioting with polite requests to stop.

15. Police will be instructed to be tolerant of more minor lawbreaking… when deciding whether to escalate the use of force.

They basically are demanding the right to break the law.

This is what you get when you create a permanent welfare class with an exaggerated sense of entitlement and nothing better to do than complain and make trouble.

Lefty wet dream: Using the power of government to crush dissent

Posted by Jeff (ILoveCapitalism) at 7:27 pm - November 5, 2014.
Filed under: Civil Discourse,Liberal Intolerance,Liberalism Run Amok

Recent years have seen a disquieting affair in American politics. It seems that a certain local official – a conservative, partisan Republican – decided that he hated a leading Democrat in his State. The Democrat’s policies threatened the official’s wife’s job. The official and his wife joined in public protests against the policies, but not merely that. The official went on to use his office to harass a bunch of liberals with over-investigation.

This Republican official only ever found some minor offenses where the leading Democrat was not at all implicated – but it didn’t stop him from continually widening his secret investigation of the hated Democrat, his staff, and many of the State’s liberal advocacy groups.

The investigation included police raids on liberal staffers’ homes which frightened their families, seized their equipment and forced large legal bills upon them, with the victims kept under gag orders (where they couldn’t protest the raids). Plus the convenient (and probably illegal) leaking of their documents. It worked: One side of the political advocacy in that State was hindered, if not paralyzed.

Does that sound more like Nazi Germany than America? Yes, it does. By the way, the persecuted “Democrat” was Scott Walker, the Republican governor of Wisconsin. The persecuted “liberal” advocacy groups were conservative supporters of his policies. And the “Republican” doing all that persecuting was John Chisholm (D), Milwaukee’s pro-union District Attorney.

George Will and William A. Jacobson have written about this matter. The legal fallout is still happening (and will doubtless go to Wisconsin’s Supreme Court). Thus far, the fallout includes both federal and State judges who have been outraged by the sheer one-sidedness and/or groundlessness of many of Chisholm’s actions.

Since Walker just won re-election by seven points, we know that Chisholm’s tactics didn’t work – this time. But, regardless of who won, Chisholm has undermined the legitimacy of American government. Walker’s opponent, Mary Burke, has done all she could to keep Walker under a cloud for the mere fact of Chisholm investigating him. And if Burke had won, she would now be under a cloud for having won illegitimately, by exploiting governmental suppression of her opponents’ voices.

I’m sure that some honest lefties remain in this world, who are outraged by Chisholm’s actions. But many other lefties will find it A-OK. Using the power of the State to crush dissent against leftism: it’s what some of them dream of. After all, it’s what Lois Lerner apparently tried to do (when she had the IRS target conservatives), and it’s what many lefties abroad have practiced for generations.

UPDATE: Outrageous ‘John Doe’ prosecution of Scott Walker supporters in Wisconsin ends. Along the way, WI’s Government Accountability Board admitted that the investigations were legally “indefensible”. And yet…they happened. Heads ought to roll. Will they? At least some of the victims are pursuing a federal civil rights lawsuit against Chisholm.

Lena Dunham: Left-Wing Weirdo

First of all, normal people neither know nor care who Lena Dunham is. She has a show on HBO that very few people watch, she made a campaign commercial for Barack Obama comparing voting for Obama to having sex with Obama, and she is absolutely adored on the Democrat media left. The Left considers her the voice of her generation.

Here’s how she grew up.

Her father, Carroll Dunham, is a painter noted for his primitive brand of highbrow pornography, his canvases anchored by puffy neon-pink labia; her photographer mother filled the family home with nude pictures of herself, “legs spread defiantly.” Self-styled radicals from old money, they were not the sort of people inclined to enforce even the most lax of boundaries.

So, basically, she was raised the way left-wing progressives think children should be raised. And then there’s this tidbit.

Dunham writes of casually masturbating while in bed next to her younger sister, of bribing her with “three pieces of candy if I could kiss her on the lips for five seconds . . . anything a sexual predator might do to woo a small suburban girl I was trying.” At one point, when her sister is a toddler, Lena Dunham pries open her vagina — “my curiosity got the best of me,” she offers, as though that were an explanation. “This was within the spectrum of things I did.”

This is also within the spectrum of things that result in foster care.

Apparently, Ms. Dunham is upset that “right-wingers” disapprove of her molesting her little sister, and later bragging about it. I guess she believes it’s the sort of thing only “right-wingers” get upset about.

The Utter Selfishness and Irresponsibility of Kaci Hickox

A paradigm of the Obama-voting, unmarried female voter… Kaci Hickox resents that she is subject to quarantine because of her recent contact with persons infected with Ebola … and asserts that the common sense measures taken to protect the public from a deadly infectious disease are a violation of her human rights. And of course, she is threatening lawsuits right and left. And she’s become a darling of the MFM.

She asserts she feels fine. And she may well turn out to be uninfected. But what kind of example is this “health care professional” setting for others who may become infected? That they should just go about their lives normally… because it’s their “human right.”

SWATCops Terrorize Innocent Gay Man in No-Knock Raid

This kind of thing has to stop.

Bobby Griffin Jr. was wanted on murder charges. His next-door neighbor on Peck Street, Joseph Adams, wasn’t. But that didn’t stop the SWAT team from knocking down his door, setting his home on fire, roughing him up, keeping him tied up in his underwear for nearly three hours, and treating the New Haven man, who is gay, to a nance show as officers taunted him with flamboyantly effeminate mannerisms. If the events detailed in Mr. Adams’s recently filed lawsuit are even remotely accurate, the episode was a moral violation and, arguably, a crime.

And after terrorizing this man and setting his house on fires, the cops blatantly denied the incident had ever happened.

The image that really hooks me is that of Joseph Adams schlepping up to the New Haven police department to endure some bureaucracy and to fill out some paperwork — because no matter how badly government screws up, fixing what’s gone wrong is always your problem. I can picture his situation precisely — every police department, driver’s-license office, tax bureau, and city licensing agency exhibits the same distinctive blind of slowly simmering hostility, smugness, contempt, and complete immunity from accountability. We are ruled by criminals, and their alibi is: “There’s no record of that in the system.” That, or: “The computer won’t let me do that.”

Because that’s how it is living in a totalitarian progressive state.