An intellectual is a person who has discovered something more interesting than sex.Updated — today's items:
— Aldous Huxley (1894 - 1963)
YET ANOTHER SLIME MONGER/WING NUT
Andrea Lavigne, Feminism/Radical Feminism blog:
[experienced feminist psychotherapist]
White Male Supremacy Ritual -- According to the mainstream media, the woman who accused some Duke Lacrosse players of sexual assault was a so-called evil black woman out to get white boys. Mainstream media dragged her through mud. And, while grossly trivializing the sexist and racist unethical behavior of the Duke Lacrosse team, they focused solely on the unethical behavior of Prosecutor Nifong, which pales in comparison.
MISOGYNISTIC CULTURAL LANDSCAPE
Just to shed some light on the misogynistic mentality of the Duke Lacrosse frat boys, check out this email by one of them, namely Ryan McFayden. I guess the email was sent out after the famous, “show”. Ryan had called out for his teammates to join him once again in another male supremacy / white supremacy ritual...
Nifong’s unethical behavior pales in comparison to the Duke Lacrosse player’s unethical behavior. These Duke Lacrosse male supremacists do something so unethical as to not only purchase female humans to sexually and racially objectify them, but to even suggest, “killing the bitches” and “cut their skin off” – this suggestion alone is a violation of human rights and dignity that pales in comparison to the unethical behavior of Prosecuting Attorney Nifong.
Male supremacy / white supremacy correlation
Just look at the master/slave financial transaction: the Duke guys purchased this woman from a wholesale cargo of female humans from a strip club (i.e., female auction block) off the plantation.
Women as the Other
Sexual and racial objectification of the OTHER, like any other hate crime, serves as a prelude to commit sexual and racial violence (anywhere from light groping to murder) toward that OTHER...
comment: The Ryan McFadyen email was not mentioned in the Attorney General's report about the case. It had no direct bearing on the hoax. It was a bad parody of a character from the book American Psycho. See: In Praise of Ryan McFadyen. Lavigne is trying to make hay with crab grass.
LieStopper forum: comments
---------Tom Blumer, NewsBusters.org:
Will the Vick Co-Defendant Plead-out Stop the Inane Duke Lacrosse Comparisons? -- Perhaps [Tony] Taylor's impending plea will squelch the annoying Old Media comparisons of the Vick case to that of the innocent Duke lacrosse players wrongly indicted by Prosecutor Mike Nifong last year. A week ago, in probably the most egregious example of Duke-Vick projection, Sports Illustrated writer Peter King appointed himself to be NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's translator.
The True Believers March On -- The pro-Mangum blog abyss2hope, run by Marcela Chester, recently critiqued the AJR’s comprehensive review, “Justice Delayed,” of the media’s handling of the lacrosse case. Chester attacked AJR author Rachel Smolkin for continuing to “make unsubstantiated accusations against the alleged victim.”
But how is Mangum the “alleged victim”? The state of North Carolina said that nothing happened. The city of Durham said that nothing happened. The Durham Police Chief said that nothing happened. Even Mike Nifong has conceded that nothing happened. So who, exactly, is “alleging” that Mangum is a “victim”? ...
--------John in Carolina:
The N&O & "Bullies" -- Did you know there are bullies at the N&O?
You can learn more about them, even learn the names of some of them, by reading this Editors' Blog post and its thread...
The people who kept demanding you report the news the N&O withheld from your deliberately fraudulent March 25 "anonymous interview' story aren't bullies. They're readers who only asked for what the N&O should have provided them: THE TRUTH!
If you had, there might never have been the monumental injustices that followed Nifong and the N&O's embrace and peddling of Crystal Mangum's lies.
Bannon on the DNA Process -- Brad Bannon recently gave the "blog hooligans" at Liestoppers an inside look as to his rationale for mastering the DNA evidence:
In fact, the first thing we asked Judge Smith to do, in the first sentence on the first page of the motion, was to hold Mike Nifong in criminal contempt of court for his misconduct before the Court on September 22 and December 15. The first thing we asked for in the motion’s concluding prayer for relief was “an order holding Mr. Nifong in criminal contempt.” That is why, when Judge Smith entered his order to show cause regarding the September 22 misconduct, he specifically noted that he was doing so on our motion as well as his own. In effect, when Judge Smith found probable cause to believe that Mike Nifong engaged in criminal contempt by misleading the Court on September 22, we won the primary objective of the sanctions motion, which was a forum for the Court to determine whether Mike Nifong should be held in criminal contempt of Court...
LS forum: Brad Bannon Posts On DNA Discovery
--------TAKING ONE IN THE BONA FIDES MAXIMUS
New Message from Prof. Ho -- I just received an e-mail from Prof. Ho denying that she responded to my original post, and further asserting that I do not have the right to quote from her e-mail in which she informed me that she did not respond to my original post.
As she is currently denying that she responded to the original post, I accept her at her word, and have removed the relevant post, with appropriate apologies.
Also, although the blogger software does not allow me to ban individual commenters, I will issue a request to "Polanski" to cease commenting on this blog. I will heretofore delete all comments from "Polanski," and ask readers to e-mail me whenever they see an undeleted comment from "Polanski," so I can remove it.
comment: Prof. KC Johnson removed the following post from his blog after Prof. Ho wrote that she did not post the comment on his blog. As a fake, it was a very good and funny one. The comment easily passed as being a dead-ringer from Prof. Ho. Only a portion of the full post was saved.KC Johnson:
Prof. Ho Responds -- To her credit, Professor Ho has responded (in the comment thread on the post below): I reproduce the comment in the entirety:
Jennifer Ann Ho, Ph.D. responds =========================
Let me thank Professor Johnson for giving me a promotion, but I am still an assistant professor at UNC Chapel Hill. I have also taught at Mount Holyoke and Smith.
Ho is a very old and distinguished Chinese name (the Cohen of Chinese), so I'd appreciate it if you'd not refer to me in a disparaging manner...
I am not an attractive woman...
I am a serious scholar...
I think the professor has a serious problem with talented women...
Identity--and its concomitants--is at the center of our world--Freud understood that. Without understanding our multipartite separatenesses, we will never learn to love one another. I recently met a wonderful man who happens to be Caucasian; just knowing that he respects me as a woman and a scholar leads me to question Professor Johnson's agenda in viciously attacking my bona fides maximus...
I will go forth in this cruel world with my head held up high knowing--yes knowing--that I am a decent person trying her best to make the world a better place for me and my students.
I only hope Professor Johnson feels simpatico with that sentiment.
I am a woman,
Jennifer Ann Ho,
Ph.D., Assistant Professor
comment: The Ho/No-Ho comment uses the words, "concomitants," which means occurring or existing concurrently, and "multipartite," which means divided into many parts. "Separatenesses" is not a word.UPDATE: Prof. Ho has closed her blog [you knew she would] --
The expression "multipartite separatenesses" currently does not appear on any documents on Google. So a new expression has been coined. It sounds impressive. Prof. Ho may want to reclaim it for future use.
The expression "bona fides maximus" was also used and that does not appear on any document on Google. So another expression was coined.
The Ho/No-Ho comment closes with some rousing musical themes. First, with the "I will go forth in this cruel world," comment you can almost hear Elvis Costello singing "Peace love and Understanding" with the opening lines: "As I walk through, This wicked world..." The "I am a women," of course comes from the Helen Reddy standard "I am Women."
Given the gibberish expressions "multipartite separatenesse" and "bona fides maximus" that were used and the lame musical themes employed the comment was probably bogus. Posting it as a comment allowed the faker ("Polanski"?) to avoid email authentication.
A real professor/assistant professor would never write gibberish would they? Oh wait, that is the bona fides maximus of the "Gang of 88" or should we call them the "Gang of Gibberish."
Aside: If Prof. Ho is a neo "gang of 88"/hoax enabler or "neo-ho" does that then make her neo-ho Ho?
This blog is open to invited readers only
Here is a copy of Prof. Ho's take on the Duke case and some of the comments that were posted prior to her closing the blog:
Jennifer Ho, Mixed Race America blog:
[Assistant Professor, Department of English; UNC]
Friday, July 27, 2007
Duke Lacrosse--The Exonerated?
Today I heard that Mike Nifong, the disgraced D.A. who mis-handled the Duke Lacrosse rape case, apologized to the three men he originally accused and said that there was not substantial evidence to link them in the rape case. And as various magazine and newspaper articles, and even a book written by the former Duke Lacrosse coach all emphasize, these young men were all victims of "racial profiling" and are, instead, innocent of the charges brought against them.
And in the wake of this media storm, I'm not sure what to think with respect to the woman who brought these accusations against the men. I certainly feel sympathy for her, because regardless of whether she made up her story or she was, indeed, sexually assaulted, she more than likely did not bargain for the reception she received at the house party in which the lacrosse players were present and she more than likely did not think when she was a little girl that she wanted to earn extra money to support herself through college by taking off her clothes for drunken college boys.
If she did lie, well, then that's a topic for another post--because it is damaging for women to lie about rape--there are so many women who are raped every day, many by people they know. And they are afraid to come forward because of the criticism and judgment they will face--most especially the idea that they are lying. And in some cases (a few I know personally) the man in question probably didn't think that he was raping a woman who was crying or saying no, as incredible as that is to believe. There were two such cases of women I went to college with, who told me their stories of male friends raping them, while they were sleeping, even after they had said no--but because they were drunk or because they were making out, or because they were friends, the idea that they could accuse these men of rape never entered their minds, and they were both clear that they were sure that these men had no idea that what they had done was rape, even though the women just lay there, and in one case, she cried the entire time. So if this woman did lie, well, she's doing a lot of damage for a lot of people.
But putting aside the veracity of her story--the larger problem I have with the exoneration of the Duke lacrosse team is over issues of race, class, and sex. There are the facts of the largely white team members and the two women, one African American, the other half-black, half-Asian. There is the overheard racist remarks outside the house ("Thank your grandaddy for my cotton shirt") and the racist comments that the women reported went on inside the house. There is the privilege that comes with wealth and with attending an elite university like Duke and with playing for an elite sport like lacrosse. And then there's the fact that this group of young men, athletes, who ostensibly represent their school, didn't think twice about hiring women to take off their clothes for them. Strippers, exotic dancers, whatever language you want to use, it's women who, I believe for the most part, are doing this to gain money, a lot of money relative to the labor involved, although perhaps not a lot of money relative to one's mental and emotional well-being. I don't know. I have acquaintances who have worked in strip clubs before, and they talk about a feeling of empowerment, but mostly they talk about how good the money is, and that the cash flow outweighs the crap they have to put up with.
What I'm trying to get at is that regardless of whether or not these men sexually assaulted this women--I don't feel the Duke lacrosse team is fully exonerated. Yes, they may not have perpetrated rape, but are they totally innocent of the white privilege, the class privilege, the very male privilege that they wear as casually as they wear their uniforms? And Duke students who support these players, do they stop and think about the larger picture--that rather than seeing themselves as embattled victims of a corrupt legal system--as victims prosecuted by the media, perhaps they need to really think about what it means to have the privilege of attending Duke University or any four-year university--of having a college degree, something only 25% of the US population has. Shouldn't Duke students, lacrosse players and non-lacrosse players alike, owe it to themselves to question the kinds of privilege they walk around with and the ways in which subtle promotion of white male superiority gets produced around not-so-innocuous parties involving dark skinned women taking off their clothes at the command of white men?
Posted by Jennifer Ho at 11:09 AM
Labels: Duke, internalized racism, lacrosse, rape, sexism, white privilege
One-Year Anniversary of LieStoppers -- Today marks the one-year anniversary of LieStoppers. It is fitting that on Thursday of this week we witnessed the disgraced, disbarred, and former DA Nifong issue an apology to Reade, Collin, and Dave along with his statement that they were totally innocent. LieStoppers was started by a group of posters on Court TV, who seeing the injustice that DA Nifong was planning, became determined to do something about it. We formed a group and began recruiting members for our efforts. Our first post was the wanted poster.
Our early works were satirical and aimed at the power structure in Durham. We quickly followed the wanted poster with a parody of the Duke 88 "We're listening ad."
Along the way we pick up some stellar members and thus begin our journey to stop the lies that were being spread. Our goal has always been the search for the truth and the exposing of lies. It was a group effort and we spent thousands of hours scouring newspaper articles, watching the TV Pundits, and doing our own independent research. We read NC Statutes, court decisions, and learned how DA Nifong and the Durham PD were abusing the system. Individually we all played a role in creating LieStoppers. Some of us acted as editor, writers, proofreaders, cartoonist, researchers, and as moderators in the LieStoppers Forum we formed. In total we created 976 posts in one year. We posted the "castrate" photo and detailed how activists move the local story to a national frenzy. My fellow Liestoppers were tireless workers. Always it was a joint effort with egos left at the door. It was always about the guys and their Moms...
comment: Happy Birthday LieStoppers!
LS forum: Happy Anniversary Hooligans
Duke case: Nifong "apology" and other nonsense -- That "apology" was not real or meaningful. If Mr. Nifong had admitted he tried to frame the defendants in order to win an election, increase his pension and become famous, THEN it would have been real and meaningful.
During his ethics trial, former Durham County, North Carolina District Attorney Michael B. Nifong infuriated Duke lacrosse players and their families, friends and other supporters by saying that despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary, he believed something happened in the bathroom during the night of the team party.
The joint defense team, led by David Evans lawyer Joseph Cheshire V, essentially traded their request to have Judge Osmond Smith order Mr. Nifong to pay for the hours it took Brad Bannon to realize what I had reported twice in June of 2006 and agasn in September of 2006: that false accuser Crystal Gail Mangum was a multiple male DNA depository on the night of that party, but none of the depositors played lacrosse for Duke, for this "apology" from Mr. Nifong...
Mr. Nifong, Duke President Richard Brodhead, Dean of Students Sue Wasiolek, the Group of 88, Mr. Nifong's willing enablers in the Durham Police Department and the Durham County District Attorney's Office, much of the media, especially The New York Times and Durham's Herald-Sun and News & Observer, and others are guilty of more than mistakes and/or wishful thinking in connection with the Duke case.
If we move on too soon, there will be more of the same and we too will be to blame.