The New York Times last week broke the story of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein’s long record of sexual harassment. Actresses including Rose McGowan and Ashley Judd came forward to detail Weinstein’s depredations, and so did former employees of the man who founded one of the most important independent film companies of the last 30 years, Miramax. The details were so jarring and the trail of abuse so long, that it was impossible to read the story and not come away wondering: How did no one know what he was doing? But of course people knew about Harvey Weinstein. Like the New
Comments: This is good and comprehensive, bringing in the collapse of journalism and the media, the Clintons, and a lot of other related matters.
Of course everyone knew - but everyone kept silent since they each got that little bit of preference or the job that they were actually seeking. Sodom and Gomorrah had nothing on Hollywood and the left.
It appears from the article that this little creep writer Lee Smith also knew the whole Weinstein story, and like all the rest of his buddies, just kept his mouth shut, did nothing, and let more victims be made any and every time Harvey Weinstein felt like bullying somebody. And if even a twerp like Lee Smith knew what was going on, why didn’t Lee Smith’s boss — the smarmy snarkmeister Bill Kristol —say something?
These guys are the scum of the earth. I worked in a company where it was common for managers to "prey" upon newly hired "babes" in the sales force. They would go to their graduation dinner and entice them by telling them (literally) that to get ahead they had to sleep with them. I had numerous trainees report the harassment and I would report it to my supervisor, per company policy, but nothing ever happened for years and years. Finally, one of them got into a situation with a woman who would not back down and the whole scheme unwound. Being the father of 2 daughters I would never have wanted them subjected to this. Many good people looked the other way but fortunately they paid the price in the end. Weinstein qualifies for scum of the earth lifetime membership and frankly will never change.
I believe this story should had made the "Must Read" list. A comprehensive summation of pop culture´s ugly back side for the last 30 years.
RE: No. 2, I reget to say, from my observations, the LV story has no place to go. When you have Steve Wynn saying this guy was as vanilla as one could imagine, there´s not a whole lot of story left. I believe the answers to the most prescient questions left with the last bullet fired.
I am glad he addressed the biggest elephant in the room, Bill Clinton. Which absolutely no one else from the left/enemedia or comments from lefties across the web are mentioning. Though they revel in accusing PT of everything and adding him to this list of predator/abusers. Bill Clinton is the original high profile abuser of power and his wife was 100% in on protecting him and vilifying the women he abused.
The hypocrisy is staggering. They´ve know about these creeps for decades and say nothing until the dam breaks. Then all the horrific stories come out. Don´t they have any idea of how incredibly stupid they look?
Im sorry I have no sympathy for the whores Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan, both spittle-flinging harridans who raked our ears with their screeches about how Normals were BAD people for voting for Trump because he made an off-color (albeit true) statement about the kinds of women that threw themselves at people like him.
Now we find out they had to do that very thing in order to get fame and money?
#11 and others: A bit off-topic, but the LV shooter´s motive is known; just not to us. The NSA records all phone calls in the USA and keeps them in a rolling 30-day archive. Some calls are kept beyond 30 days, obviously, depending on their content and interest. You can bet the CIA and FBI reviewed this guy´s calls as soon as they ID´d him. Now... it´s quite possible that he didn´t divulge his motivation or details of the attack - but you´ll note that the Sheriff has not mentioned the recordings, their review, and stated definitively that there is nothing there. Further, no reporters have asked about these NSA recordings. It would seem that the government and media do not want to focus any attention on what the NSA is doing. Further, if the calls DO reveal a motive, gov/media, etc., would have to reveal some source for the info... they may feel it´s easier and more convenient to keep repeating "no known motive."
Re the Las Vegas story, it was temporarily at a standstill pending the release of some real facts.
Threads here, there and everywhere across the internet are absolutely going nuts with some of the most wild-eyed conjecture I’ve seen in a long time.
It’s good to have a cooling off period, if that’s what this is. (I don’t agree that it is - we still mourn the terrible loss.) But waiting for facts is a better idea than making up our own scenarios out of precious little...
The harsh reality is that, periodically, a nobody from nowhere does something really evil, really horrific, and there is and will be no real way to explain it other than an evil person did evil.
Folks are such bozos with their mandatory requirement that "there must be something being covered up". So, people will make up stuff from whole cloth, like has been done endlessly with the JFK assassination. There have to be dark forces pulling the strings, like in the movies. Except sometimes, there isn´t, sometimes the facts are simple and the motives are, and will forever remain, opaque.
People to unfathomable stuff every single day, but mostly it is ignored. When they do something unfathomable that is "big news", that is not permitted. There has to be some secret back story, cover up by the government.
Area 51, aliens, Kennedy assassination, Roswell, and now Las Vegas shooter.
No evidence has ever been presented confirming that Trump was a sexual abuser. The audio that was used only confirmed that he made a comment about "celebrities", but not about himself. It was mostly likely giving the questioner an answer he would like to hear. This is a common tactic in dealing with salacious-minded people. And the Megan Kelly accusation was purely innuendo which distorted the actual event - which was a harmless situation.
The sexually sick and abusive Bill Clinton should have been in the list. He is the grand pervert of them all.
The sexual revolution spawned these sick individuals and the left is proud of this moral corruption they promoted.
It is known that the island Bill Clinton visited, and perhaps frequented, made available sex with children. Why was Bill Clinton not concerned about this?/s
Re #24, yes. His comment was rhetorical - about “celebrities” - not personal.
I disagree that there won’t be more facts emerging on the Las Vegas story. “Voluminous” amounts of CCTV footage from all over the hotel property for four days must be reviewed and analyzed. Forensics. Autopsy results. The piecing together of other input from various persons who saw him during those four days. And much more.
Crime investigations don’t wrap up in hours or even days. They are not the “procedurals” we watch on TV. Not at all. They are detailed, tedious grinding affairs.
The immediate gratification types would rather spin off of the comments of others that are spun off the comments of yet others (and more than a few internet nutcases) than wait patiently to see what law enforcement comes up with.
Looks like all the liberal movers and shakers that were connected to the liberal Democrats and the Obamas knew that the guy was a sexual abuser. So you have to wonder why the Obamas allowed their daughter Malia to be an intern for him?
It is a safe bet that Michelle asked Malia a lot of questions in the last couple of days.
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The avalanche of sexual harassment claims, with new ones pouring forth daily, leads me to the wisdom of George Washington´s observation in his farewell address in 1796: "Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. ... And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be managed without religion." You may say, "There you go again, Star. Waving your Bible." But is there a better answer for dealing with this problem? Society, all human life, is guided by rules. The only question before us is: What are the rules that we choose to
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Our two greatest presidents, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, respectively thought Thanksgiving sufficiently important to initiate its national celebration and to later revive this tradition. Our accepted convention is that Thanksgiving is about family togetherness and feasting. Surely this is part of it—but perhaps a more refined notion of what this nearly ancient holiday should mean for us today is helpful. National days of reflection are required to unify the American public in common sentiment. Washington had this in mind in issuing his rightly famous Thanksgiving Day proclamation of 1789. First begun as a harvest holiday,
Here in the Washington D.C. area, polite society has reached judgment on the allegations against Roy Moore, and moved on. Mitch McConnell, a political enemy of Moore, rendered the verdict. “I believe the women,” he said. He didn’t tell us what facts he had reviewed or why he believed all of them. Ivanka Trump, who has a brand to protect, concurred, declaring: There is a special place in hell for people who prey on children. I’ve yet to see a valid explanation, and I have no reason to doubt the victims’ accounts. Doug Jones, Moore’s opponent in the Alabama Senate race, has converted
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Rumors that the Republican National Committee was built on the site of an ancient moron burial ground gained new credence this week when it confirmed that it was renewing its support for Alabama´s Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore. I shouldn’t joke, because the worst thing about the RNC’s decision isn’t the stupidity — though the stupidity is real, and spectacular — but the moral obscenity. Last month, the RNC and the National Republican Senatorial Committee pulled out of their joint fundraising agreements because Moore had been credibly accused by several women of having preyed upon them when they were teenagers,
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Al Franken’s resignation speech on Thursday seemed less heartfelt than grudging. He cast it not as an act of atonement — he continues to deny the charges largely and acknowledged through his stifled rage that his previous quasi-apologies had hastened his demise — but a reluctant act of gallantry. He was submitting docilely to the “broader conversation” on sexual harassment, he said, while signaling that his replacement, to whom he referred as “her,” would be a female pol embodying that conversation. The speech followed the usual pattern of lying pols: I didn’t do it, I’m only quitting because I am a
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Sen. Al Franken took a quick glance up at a jam-packed Senate press gallery as he entered the chamber Thursday, preparing to ask Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan, who was presiding over the chamber, to allow him to make the speech that would end his political career. A senator who has long dodged questions from reporters, he finally had one for them. "Ready?" And with that, Franken, D-Minn., set out on his farewell address to the Senate — a 12-minute speech where he continued to proclaim his innocence against eight women who have accused him of sexual misconduct in recent weeks.