Archive for April 11, 2007

As the events transpired not too far down the road from where I attended graduate school, I find it hard to remain silent. The headline today, “All Charges Dropped in Duke Case” is an indication that some justice has finally occurred in this horrible display of prosecutorial power abused.

This case has dredged up a lot of emotion since it first hit the news. Many found it hard to ignore. Sadly, it wasn’t because of any good evidence that would indicate that the accuser’s claims were truthful. Instead, the media ate up this story since it was a perfect story- a story of privilege vs. poverty, white vs. black, men vs. woman, powerful vs. powerless, etc.

A real problem has been exposed by this case. It is reported that the Duke players’ families have incurred a debt close to 3 million dollars for their respective sons’ legal defense fund. What of the boys who can’t afford the best lawyers? How many prosecutors like Nifong have steamrolled over innocent young men because they lacked the material resources to defend themselves?

In all their paroxysms over the guilt of these evil, rich, privileged white boys, the media forgot one very important thing. If they had been the opposite, if the accused were poor black kids, could they have received a fair trial? Most likely not. Why?

First, the media wouldn’t have even taken notice. The story wouldn’t have garnered much attention, since it didn’t fit the ideal narrative present in the Duke case. The media took notice because this case fell within a narrative framework that fits well in the weltanschauung of modern liberals. It is revealing that few in leadership positions at Duke and in the media were willing to consider the innocence of these young men when the accusation first surfaced.

Second, their attorneys would have been overworked and underpaid public defenders- juggling too many cases and without the necessary resources to confront a rogue prosecutor.

Third, the North Carolina system has almost no checks against this kind of prosecutor run amok, and without press coverage there would be little chance of getting anyone in power to act.

Foxnews has come out with an article on the accuser– Crystal Mangum. It indicates that she had a very troubled past. It is worth reading, as the article is highly informative and helped to explain some questions I had about why anyone would present these kind of false accusations.

What Lesson have we Learned?

Lesson One: God’s laws regarding sexual purity, moderation in alcohol, etc. are given for a reason. Had these young men not celebrated by hiring a stripper and consuming alcohol (excessively) this whole drama never would have occurred. While they are not responsible for her false charges, they are responsible for their own actions.

Lesson Two: People who describe themselves as “Victims’ Rights Advocates” have a severe hatred for the truth. They seem to be interested in one thing- proving the guilt of any accused individual. I am sure that even now many VRA’s will be condemning the A.G.’s actions and bemoaning how this case turned out.

For the life of me I can’t believe that there are people out there who believe (and I saw these words in print in reference to this case several months ago), “Women don’t lie about rape.” This kind of thing is really ridiculous, especially if you apply the Feminist perspective to the above statement. If women are mostly powerless, and they seek avenues to gain power, rape accusations present the perfect opportunity to be empowered. The female accuser in a rape case gets near unconditional support, no condemnation or criticism from those interviewing and counseling her, and a near blank check for future support and care. Of course as the case moves on the accuser might be rightly or wrongly maligned by the defense- but does this kind of thing really enter the mind of someone seeking immediate love and acceptance (or revenge)?

Lesson Three: Being restricted by a world view that paints all blacks as helpless victims, whites as privileged oppressors, and sets guilt or innocence based on the former categories is severely limited and biased. Our judgments in these matters can’t be based on broad categories that find support only in our own prejudices, but in facts and a reasoned approach to those facts. Whether it be local newspaper editorial section or the Group of 88, most were quick to convict these men before they were even charged, and punish them before they had even the slightest inkling of the facts. Worse yet, many have remained steadfast in their wrongful claim about these young men to this day.

I hope now these young men can begin putting their lives back together. I am glad they are lucky enough to have that chance. I pray for those who lack the same resources and who now sit inside a jail cell, righteously suffering a wrongful conviction. I also pray for the accuser, that her wounds (those wounds that led to this horrid accusation) might be healed, that she might be restored.

May God turn this to good for everyone involved, even Mike Nifong (after he receives his just punishment from his peers- the North Carolina Bar).

Here are the results of today’s workout. Keep in mind that I am still a bit sore (shoulders, lower back, and neck) from Monday’s workout.

Beginning heart rate= 74 BPM

Sprints: 10 sprints up driveway

One-Legged Push-ups: One leg lifted slightly in the air.  20 reps (alternating legs every 5 reps).

Alternating Leg Lifts (w/ opposite arm raised): 15 reps on each side.

Swiss Ball Push-ups: Both hands on the SwB, otherwise a normal push-up.  12 reps.

Supermans: 3 reps, 15 seconds each

Curl-Press-Tricep Extension: Maintain one fluid motion between all three exercises.  1 set of 8 reps.  Most of these muscles are still sore from two days ago.

Spiderman Crawls: On your fingertips and the balls of your feet crawl (one hand forward at a time) a set distance. Once you reach your set goal, crab walk back to where you started. 40 feet.

Crab Walk: Crab walk back to your starting point. 40 feet.

Planks: 3 rep, 15 seconds each
Plyometric Squat Jumps: 10 reps

Plyometric Star Jumps: 10 reps

This workout clocked in at approx. 29 minutes.  Starting heart rate of 74 BPM ranged from 125-172 BPM during my workout (almost never falling below 130 BPM).  At the end of my workout I hit 162 BPM, and within a minute I was down to 122 BPM.  Another 30 seconds and I hit 103 BPM- a very healthy recovery rate.

Real Inconvenient Truths, Camille Paglia.

“However, I am a skeptic about what is currently called global warming. I have been highly suspicious for years about the political agenda that has slowly accrued around this issue. As a lapsed Catholic, I detest dogma in any area. Too many of my fellow Democrats seem peculiarly credulous at the moment, as if, having ground down organized religion into nonjudgmental, feel-good therapy, they are hungry for visions of apocalypse. From my perspective, virtually all of the major claims about global warming and its causes still remain to be proved.” [1]

[Camille hit the nail on the head. Wow.]

Biblical Liberation from Liberalism, Michael Medved.

“Leviticus 19:15 declares: ‘You shall not commit a perversion of justice: you shall not favor the poor and you shall not honor the great, with righteousness shall you judge your fellow.’… …It should, indeed, come as a revelation and a rebuke to all liberals that Holy Scripture identifies ‘favoring the poor’ as ‘a perversion of justice.'” [1]

[The religious left has really taken off in the last few years. They are making sure that Gandhi Jesus will be enshrined forever as the uber-guru of peace and love for all. If you are lucky enough to get them to admit Jesus was God (and not simply a prophet or a great man), don’t even bother trying to get them to define concepts like justice and wrath- they are anathema to their ears. They have ignored God’s justice to focus on his love. Committing as grievous an error as the legalists they parody, who make the opposite mistake.]

Al Sharpton: Nappy Headed Race Ho?, Mike Adams.

“When the present controversy broke out, I was initially confused over which part of the phrase ‘nappy headed ho’ had set Sharpton off. After all, two years ago at one of my speeches I was called a ‘Little Milky’ by a Pakistani professor at Monmouth College in Illinois. Rather than calling for her to be fired, I just made fun of her in a very public way.” [2]

[Sharpton (and his ilk) want to exploit specific, politically beneficial cases of “racist” language. After all, something has to pay for the honorable Reverend’s jogging suits and bling*.

*For all my un-hip readers, unable to keep up with slang, the term “bling-bling” has dropped the second bling to become simply “bling”.]

The Culture of “Bitches, Hos, and Niggas”, Michelle Malkin.

“The No. 1 rap track is by a new sensation who goes by the name of “Mims.” The “song” is “This Is Why I’m Hot.” It has topped the charts for the last 15 weeks. Here’s a taste of the lyrics that young men and women are cranking up in their cars:

This is why I’m hot
Catch me on the block
Every other day
Another bitch another drop
16 bars, 24 pop
44 songs, nigga gimme what you got . . .
. . . We into big spinners
See my pimping never dragged
Find me wit’ different women that you niggas never had
For those who say they know me know I’m focused on ma cream
Player you come between you’d better focus on the beam
I keep it so mean the way you see me lean
And when I say I’m hot my nigga dis is what I mean.” [3]

[Where is the collective outrage about this garbage? Why do many academics teach classes on this garbage and defend it as a valid expression of ghetto angst? Where are the demonstrations and marches? I guess there is too much money involved for all- producers and performers alike.]

The Nancy Pelosi School of Freeland Diplomacy, Don Feder.

Hi, I’m Nancy Pelosi, and I’m not only speaker of the House of Representatives (my day job), I’m also the founder and president of The Nancy Pelosi Famously Inept School of Free-Lance Diplomacy.

We can give you the training and tools you need to become a famously inept free-lance diplomat – just like Jesse Jackson, Jimmy Carter and me!

You don’t have to be the president, secretary of state or an ambassador to engage in free-lance diplomacy. You don’t even need half a brain – as my recent trip to the Middle East demonstrates.

All that’s required is an entrenched naiveté, an unshakable faith in the good will of tyrants and terrorists and a dogmatic adherence to a leftist worldview. We can supply the rest — as well as teaching you how to say “pass the humus” in Arabic and Farsi. [4]

[Where do I sign up?]