Jul 10, 2014
commented on Claiborne Richardson Wants Pictures of a Kid's Cock
Good news, everyone! Police have now decided not to create child porn of a child accused of creating child porn of himself. Just across the wires, Manassas police said they wouldn't go ahead with their plan and would let the search warrant expire. The boy's aunt, his guardian, said she wasn't even aware of the porn production plans until the AP contacted her. She would still, of course, like the charges to be dropped.
Police didn't give reasons for their decision, but the AP notes a wave of criticism that arose after their porn plans were made public.
May 1, 2014
commented on These 55 Schools Are So Terrible At Handling Sexual Assault The Government Is Stepping In
#1 and #8 are making valid points. This list cannot be called a list of the most egregious offenders. These are institutions being investigated under Title IX to determine how they handle sexual violence and harassment complaints. The investigations very well could have been prompted by a complaint, but not necessarily.
At Dartmouth, the investigation was initiated as a compliance review and didn't have anything to do with a complaint. Dartmouth has come under scrutiny lately, mostly focused on the behavior of its fraternities (natch), so the administration said it's openly welcoming this review, working closely with the DOE and hoping that it provides some strategies to improve its responses. According to the college, of course.
At any rate, it does a massive disservice to readers to call this something like a list of worst offenders. It's merely a list of institutions where an investigation is currently underway. Calling these "the worst" distorts what the list is and gives a semblance of integrity to those institutions that are simply not on the list at this time.
Feb 27, 2014
commented on Boston Mayor to Boycott St. Patrick's Day Parade Unless Gay Groups Are Allowed to March
This post implies that Mayor Menino marched in the parade, when, in fact, he boycotted it since 1994. He described it as "a discriminatory event." So, this post does a disservice by maligning Menino as someone who never tried to do anything about it, as well as setting up Walsh's announcement as something different and something that Bostonians would find "tantamount to treason."
Oct 10, 2012
commented on Youth Pastor Watch
Do be prepared for the absolutely devastating final call in the podcast (before the comment calls). Made me wish I had tissues in the car.
Jul 2, 2012
commented on Rob McKenna: Crappy Lawyer or Total Dick?
As a fellow journalist (on the other side of the country), I urge you and The Stranger to continue legal action in this matter to get a permanent injunction against McKenna and his staff. This stupid and blatantly unconstitutional activity cannot be allowed and always must be met with the strongest possible resistance. Even if he tries to back down at this point and apologize, etc., there must be consequences for public officials who try to pull this bullshit.
Our constitutional rights ("our" encompassing all citizens, not just journalists) are constantly in danger of being whittled down, and we must react swiftly and strongly to any attack. This requires a metaphorical punching in the face, not a metaphorical smack in the nose with a rolled-up newspaper.
May 3, 2012
commented on SL Letter of the Day: Busting My Balls
#3 - Dan's response to the original letter including urging the writer to freeze some sperm to protect against that eventuality. And also to have his busters pull their punches (or kicks or whatever), since even a smallish tap can bring the pain he craves.