Polanski

A lot of people are either outraged about or defending Roman Polanski who was arrested for a 35 year old charge of statutory rape of a 13 year old minor. The salacious aspect that really tweaks people is that he “drugged her”, “raped her” and then fled to Europe instead of facing the justice system here.

The problem is with these reports is they lack a lot of important facts.

1. The girl in question was a groupie, it was the 70s and there was a lot of that going on.
2. She and Polanski were partying, doing Quaaludes which was a popular drug at the time.
3. It was consensual.

Does that make it right? No, but that does make a difference. Also, she has said repeatedly that they should drop this case against him. But here is what they keep leaving out of these stories that is very relevant.

Polanski went to court, and made a plea bargain with the judge. He did the time he agreed to in Chino. He was a model prisoner. The reason he fled is because the judge was getting flack from his friends that he was too lenient (even the prosecutor didn’t think he should have done too much time) and he was getting off on all the publicity, so he decided to renege on their plea deal even after he served the time. So Polanski thought he was going to get railroaded and left the country.

There is a good documentary on the subject that HBO made. You should check it out iof you’re interested.

The issue of the morality of this thing is almost immaterial at this point because the girl involved doesn’t feel she was raped. She is now a middle aged mom. Polanski did what he was asked and served his time. The judge was the one who made this into a big issue for the sake of celebrity, and it turns out he had his own indiscretions with younger women.

The way people are reacting to this story suggests to me that Polanski will not get a fair hearing. The media does not seem interested in the facts, as usual.

I can understand the outrage, but the people who are all incensed don’t seem to be aware of the facts of the case. This is not a case of some rapeo child molester. This is a case of the kind of culture that existed in Hollywood in the 70s (and probably still does) and since there was no lack of consent (even the girl’s mom practically pimped her out so she could hang with celebs), and a justice system that is arbitrary and unfair.

The issue of Polanski doing his time needs to be told because if our system can’t abide by it’s deals, what worth is it?

UPDATE: Here are the court transcripts.

Welcome to Another Federal Cluster F**k

Obama promised to tell everyone where the stimulus went. Oops, another promise bites the dust.

The goal was to build a reporting system that allows the public to follow the zigzagging paths of dollars awarded under the $787 billion federal stimulus package.

A financial GPS of sorts.

But despite federal lawmakers’ pledge of transparency, the final stages of most money trails, along with key information about job impacts, will remain invisible to users of the Recovery.org website when it debuts next month.

Only details of a stimulus grant’s passage through its first two stops after it leaves the federal government must be reported, according to guidance memos from the White House Office of Management and Budget.

That means billions of dollars will be untrackable and thousands of recipients will be left unidentified through the database, officials acknowledge.

I suspect when the Dems lose a lot of seats, if not the majority next year, there may be some interesting investigations into all this. One can hope.

Remember when they were complaining about the money that disappeared under Bush? Chump change compared to this.

Democrats Death Wish

It seems the Democrats want to see their party get voted into obscurity in the next election because they keep working to make a health bill designed to upset the majority of the public. First they make it so you will go to jail if you don’t buy their healthcare insurance. Now they are trying to insure illegals get covered.

Fearful that they’re losing ground on immigration and health care, a group of House Democrats is pushing back and arguing that any health care bill should extend to all legal immigrants and allow illegal immigrants some access.

The Democrats, trying to stiffen their party’s spines on the contentious issue, say it’s unfair to bar illegal immigrants from paying their own way in a government-sponsored exchange. Legal immigrants, they say, regardless of how long they’ve been in the United States, should be able to get government-subsidized health care if they meet the other eligibility requirements.

So does this mean they will start rounding up the illegal aliens who don’t buy health insurance like they don’t buy car insurance?

The Dems seem to be completely oblivious to the rage that’s building out there in voter land. They have become so arrogant, they have no idea how doomed they are as a party. They could very will lose their majority despite the tall order that would be. It’s looking more possible every day.

With ACORN on the ropes, they may find it hard to win elections even by stealing them.

New Comics Strip

I’m about to start a new comics strip with Batton Lash, the comics artist of Supernatural Law. We’ll be doing these two panel strips shortly when the mood strikes us. I’ve already written two of them. Working on a few More. Looking forward to running them.

They’ll be political in nature. Watch for them to start soon.

Obama’s Ministry of Propaganda

Obama supporters are often outraged that the president is called a socialist or a fascist by many of his detractors, But the reason for this just doesn’t flow from his policies which follow the template of statist dictator power grabs. But we can argue about that another day.

What’s disconcerting about these NEA revelations is they clearly show the administration trying to use NEA artists for propaganda means. Not artistic, propaganda.

PROPAGANDA (according to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary)
1. the spreading of ideas, information, or rumor for the purpose of helping or injuring an institution, a cause, or a person
2 ideas, facts, or allegations spread deliberately to further one’s cause or to damage an opposing cause; also : a public action having such an effect

Now look at the NEA’s description of themselves from their own website.

The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education. Established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government, the Endowment is the nation’s largest annual funder of the arts, bringing great art to all 50 states, including rural areas, inner cities, and military bases.

Nothing about propaganda. It’s supposed to be independant of the government. But obviously, the administration doesn’t care about that. It is trying to use the agency to create it’s own “Joe Camel” type ads to push its products.

This is the kind of tactics employed by communists and other statist dictators. One thinks of all those billboards with Saddam’s face on them, or Kim Jong Il, or Castro in Cuba. Or all those communist posters of the past extolling the virtues of the state and the party. One wonders how soon it will be before we start seeing billboards in every city telling us about our “great leader Obama” and his five year plans.

As many artists tend to be left wing, it’s a soft sell to get them to do work promoting the Obama agenda. And while it’s true that the US employed propaganda in previous times, it was progressive statists like FDR who used them to promote their agenda and to prosecute a war.

Obama’s attempts are similar. Except the war is on the American tax payer and our economy. Many of Obama’s plans are already bankrupting us, and he keeps piling them on like some spoiled teenager with their daddy’s credit card.

Our tax dollars and our agencies are not there for the President and his collective of creepy incompetents to ram his failure bound statist policies down our throats.

The public needs to ramp up their outcry. Add this one to the bonfire of Obama’s vanities.

The administration has since said the call shouldn’t have been made and it has changed its rules, but the fact is laws were broken. Heads need to roll. This scofflaw presidency should not be able to keep breaking laws whenever they feel like ripping off the taxpayer.

Are you Creeped Out Yet?

Obama indoctrination of the kids continues with this utterly bogus anti-capitalist propaganda film by the left wing Tides Foundation, which supplied a lot of Obama’s cabinet people. It tells one lie after another and is being shown in schools all over the US.

Meanwhile, this kind of stuff is also going on

And today Obama apologized for America to the UN before telling Israel they’re screwed. He’s not on their side at all. Naturally Fidel Castro praised him. When you have communist dictators praising you, the debate about your politics is over.

Abusive Parents

Obama’s ideological Energy Secretary Steven Chu looks at Americans as unruly teens who need to be schooled. Guess what they need to be educated about, according to Chu.

When it comes to greenhouse-gas emissions, Energy Secretary Steven Chu sees Americans as unruly teenagers and the Administration as the parent that will have to teach them a few lessons.

Speaking on the sidelines of a smart grid conference in Washington, Dr. Chu said he didn’t think average folks had the know-how or will to to change their behavior enough to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.

“The American public…just like your teenage kids, aren’t acting in a way that they should act,” Dr. Chu said. “The American public has to really understand in their core how important this issue is.” (In that case, the Energy Department has a few renegade teens of its own.)

The administration aims to teach them—literally. The Environmental Protection Agency is focusing on real children. Partnering with the Parent Teacher Organization, the agency earlier this month launched a cross-country tour of 6,000 schools to teach students about climate change and energy efficiency.

Except that even the NY Times is having to admit our climate is stable and may be cooling. Which suggests the AGW is bunk an solar activity (ya think?!) has more to do with it.

Leave it to the administration to try to brainwash our kids with lies rather than deal with reality. After all, the Cap and Trade scheme dreamed up by the administration will cause our economy to go into major decline. Worse than it is now. As it is, Obama’s policies risk throwing us into a depression.

Obama to Neuter U.S.

As he promised before he was elected, Obama is seeking to unilaterally disarm the US nuclear arsenal according to the Guardian. Boy, if you think people hate him now…

Barack Obama has demanded the Pentagon conduct a radical review of US nuclear weapons doctrine to prepare the way for deep cuts in the country’s arsenal, the Guardian can reveal.

Obama has rejected the Pentagon’s first draft of the “nuclear posture review” as being too timid, and has called for a range of more far-reaching options consistent with his goal of eventually abolishing nuclear weapons altogether, according to European officials.

Those options include:

• Reconfiguring the US nuclear force to allow for an arsenal measured in hundreds rather than thousands of deployed strategic warheads.

• Redrafting nuclear doctrine to narrow the range of conditions under which the US would use nuclear weapons.

• Exploring ways of guaranteeing the future reliability of nuclear weapons without testing or producing a new generation of warheads.

He really is worse than Carter.

The lefties had this idea in the 80s, that we if got rid of our nukes others would to. It’s an incredibly stupid and naive view that only a fool or someone who wants us to lose can believe. He may be able to order such a change, but he is asking for some serious blow back. Iran and North Korea are arming with nukes. Chavez is planning to. And he wants us to get rid of ours.

If he thinks people are angry over healthcare…

[via Gateway Pundit]

Now Kirby Estate After Marvel

With the possible win for various heirs of comics creators, the Jack Kirby Estate is going after Marvel. Especially considering they were just bought for billions of dollars.

Kirby tried fruitlessly to get his art back from Marvel for years in the 80s, only to be stonewalled because Editors were selling his pages illegally out the back door. He got a minor stipend from Marvel at the end of his life, but really it’s an insult considering all he did for the company. Now his kids may see some benefits, thought it will take years at the very least if they do.