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Katie Soon to Get the
Two years ago CBS News anchor Dan Rather used
falsified documents in his ill-fated Texas National
Guard story. For that miscue they ran him out of
Dodge and took away his six-shooter. A mere 10
months after she took over, Katie Couric now faces
a similar fate.
When Katie made her debut on September 5, over
13 million people tuned in. Now, shes lucky
if she can pull in 6 million on a given night,
leaving CBS News a distant third behind ABCs
Charles Gibson and NBCs Brian Williams.
Ive gone through a bit of a feeding
frenzy and theres blood in the water and
Ive got some vulnerabilities, Couric
admitted in a recent New York magazine interview.
Behind her glitzy $2.9 million set, things have
turned grim. One producer confided that Couric is
going through hell. Recently Couric
snapped when editor Jerry Cipriano used the word
sputum in one story. Couric flew into a
rage, repeatedly slapping Cipriano on the arm.
(Isnt there supposed to be a law against that
sort of thing?)
To hear it from Katie, lingering sexism is to
blame for her poor showing. Im sure
there is a percentage of the population that for
whatever reason may not feel completely comfortable
with a woman in a heretofore male-dominated
role, she ominously warns.
But that pat answer doesnt account for the
fact that her most vocal critics are women like
Alessandra Stanley of the New York Times and TV
writer Gail Shister. And last week Myrna Blyth
wrote a caustic piece deriding her as
Courics biggest mistake was her
straight-arming of white males over 40, the
demographic that represents the backbone of the
evening news. These guys didnt warm to Katie
opening the show with a breezy, Hi,
everyone. And I doubt many were impressed by
the baby pictures of Suri Cruise.
And given Courics well-known embrace of
all things feminist, her male viewers had good
reason for concern. Over the years she has done
ideologically-tinged features on the gender wage
gap, domestic violence, as well as singing hosannas
for Hillary Clinton. [www.renewamerica.us/columns/roberts/060418
In a 1997 interview of Nicole Contos, the jilted
bride of Tasos Michael, Couric asked, Have
you considered castration as an option?
Looks like the real sexism lies on the other
side of the TV screen.
But the truth is, Katie likes to have it both
ways. First she flaunts her legs on camera and
allows her cutey-pie picture to be plastered on
every New York City bus. But when her ratings take
a nose-dive, she tries to blame it on those
Neanderthal men who objectify women.
Then theres the matter of her $15 million
salary, which CBS was able to afford only by taking
a sizeable whack from the paychecks of Ed Bradley,
Morley Safer, and Lesley Stahl. Couric is
disingenuous when she claims that she didnt
expect her budget-busting paycheck would become an
issue with the other CBS staff members who
cant afford their own 5-person entourage.
When Couric went to Amman, Jordan last November,
hairdresser Mela Murphy was informed she would be
traveling with the unwashed masses, rather than
sitting in first class with Katie. Murphy flew into
a rage and made it known that the CBS producers
were lucky to have their jobs.
Theres little doubt that Couric revels in
her celebrity status. Tune in to CBSs 60
Minutes, theres Katie. Walk through the
airport, and Katie is reminding us to get a colon
check. Pass through the check-out line, the gossip
rags are taking bets on Katies latest
heart-throb. And go to the bookstore to buy a
womans magazine, more Katie!
So while Couric was the effervescent host of
NBCs Today, she is out of her league as a
news anchor. CBS News president Sean McManus
agrees: A lot of things that made Katie
successful in the morning probably dont work
in the evening news broadcast.
Katie lacks the gravitas (remember the on-air
colonoscopy?), ability to connect with her
audience, and hard-news experience. Viewers want to
see solid reporting, not Americas Sweetheart
chasing an exclusive with a lip-glossed
Even Katie realizes the whole thing may have
been a terrible mistake. When asked if she would
have taken the job if she had known it was going to
turn out this way, Couric admits, It would
have been less appealing to me. It would have
required a lot more thought.
So while CBS engineers her graceful exit and
scales back that bloated salary package, the
question remains, what will be the verdict of the
guys who were treated so shabbily by Katie Couric?
Can they ever be convinced to return to CBS
The Deadliest Catch: A Tale
of Exceptional Men
A mayday alarm pierced the metallic walls of the
Coast Guard outpost on Kodiak Island. The Ocean
Challenger, stranded 90 miles off the Alaska
Peninsula, was being pummelled by water surging two
stories high. In the words of pilot Jerred
Williams, The waves were so high you actually
got white caps at the top of the wave.
Suddenly the boat capsized. In those frenzied
moments the crew launched a life raft, but alas,
the seas were too high. Three men died in that
October 18, 2006 disaster: David Cowboy
Hasselquist, 51, Walter Foster, 26, and Steve
Esparza, 26. Only one crew member, Kevin Ferrell,
The tragedy calls to mind the words of Sir
Walter Scott: Those arent fish
youre buying; its mens
These events are deeply rooted in the collective
conscious of the hundreds of fishermen who scour
the Bering Sea, working the deck of a vessel that
sways precariously above 36-degree waters. These
men are the unlikely heroes who appear on the
Discovery Channels recent series, The
Deadliest Catch. [dsc.discovery.com/fansites/deadliestcatch/deadliestcatch.html
The captains who run these ships are equal parts
navigator, fishing guru, and disciplinarian. They
wont hesitate to reprimand an obstinate
greenhorn with a salty, Keep your mouth shut
and do your f***ing job!
A fishermans biggest fear is being hit
with a rogue wave, a 50-foot high wall of water
that comes barreling out of nowhere and hits the
boat broadside. If youre lucky, the boat
rights itself within a heart-stopping minute. But
if your crab pots are coated in three inches of ice
and stacked high on the foredeck, your only hope is
a rubberized survival suit.
If the water is calm, you may have to confront
another threat ice flows drifting down from
the Arctic Circle.
In one recent episode, captain Jonathan
Hillstrand of the Time Bandit finds himself
surrounded by foot-thick ice chunks. He tries to
break free, but the boat can only inch forward at a
snails pace. Even at this speed, the 60-ton
ice cakes inflict dents on the hull, causing the
inside paint to crack and peel.
Five excruciating hours later, they make open
sea. I think it took a year off my
life, a grizzled Hillstrand admits.
Once Hillstrand was called upon to rescue a
crewman from a nearby boat who had been swept into
the frigid sea. At these temperatures, a person can
die of hypothermia in just minutes. A desperate
Hillstrand maneuvered his 113-foot vessel near the
flailing man and hauled him out.
Capt. Hillstrand was touched to the soul by the
event, almost moved to tears in the retelling. And
brother Andy recounts that in his dreams he still
hears the guy yelling, Help me
The mind-numbing routine is repeated dozens of
times each day: bait the pot, plunge the 800-pound
cage into the frigid water, and let it soak on the
A day later the captain retraces his path. As
the boat approaches, the deckhand snags the buoy
line with a 4-pronged hook and the winch yanks the
careening pot over the rail. The men extract the
squirming snow crabs and shuttle them to a holding
If Lady Luck is smiling that day, the pots are
brimming with four or five hundred opies, what they
call red gold. At times like this the
deckhands dont worry about the 18-hour work
shifts, towering waves, or aching hands.
The men are sustained by the promise of a 5% cut
at journeys end. With luck, they will rake in
50 grand for a few weeks of excruciating work.
I have no clue what time it is, all I know is
Im making money, shouts one gleeful
Eventually the boats log their quotas and unload
their catch at the tender. Time to swing the bow to
warmer waters. A few days later captain Sig Hansen,
a fourth-generation fisherman whose ancestors came
from Norway, eases his 118-foot Northwestern into
its Seattle port.
The catch was good and no one got hurt. But one
question remains: Will greenhorn Jake Anderson make
the cut? He made a boatload of mistakes. But he
endured the adversity without complaint and learned
So the captain presents Jake with the ultimate
accolade a hooded glacier jacket with the
name Northwestern emblazoned on the
back. Grinning ear to ear, Jake embraces all the
Now, no one can mess with me, Jake
proclaims. Captain Sig shoots back, The
jacket dont make you a man.
Equal Pay for Equal
Work at Wimbledon?
We have it on the authority of Hillary Clinton that
women playing at the Wimbledon tournament will
finally receive their due this year:
Wimbledon agreed to pay their women tennis
champions the same amount of prize money as their
male champions. It only took 123 years for them to
do the right thing, Mrs. Clinton recently
Hillary has long been an outspoken advocate of
equal pay for equal work. So does this news from
the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
represent a breakthrough for the cause of female
This year the winner of the mens and
womens singles competitions will each cart
home close to $1.4 million in prize money. But one
thing hasnt changed the number of sets
needed to win. Men will play best of five sets,
while women only play best of three.
For years the Womens Tennis Association
has been trying to bring womens earnings on a
par with mens. But in all that time they
never proposed to increase the womens matches
to five sets. That offer would have settled the
dispute years ago, and would have saved Maria
Sharapova the need to threaten a bra-burning.
The truth is, womens tennis is beset by a
volley of woes that include lack of star power,
overcrowded schedules, non-stop injuries, faltering
ticket sales, and limp TV advertising.
The problem became painfully obvious during last
years Australian Open. First Amelie Mauresmo
of France, who plays bare-midriff style, was
matched against Michaella Krajicek. But Krajicek
succumbed to heat exhaustion and Mauresmo won by
In the semi-finals she was paired against Kim
Clijsters of Belgium. In the third set Clijsters
was hobbled by an ankle injury. Another win by
In the finals, Mauresmo played Justine Henin of
France. But then Henin come down with a tummy ache.
Default win number three.
At that rate, any grandma wearing pink tennis
shoes could have won the Australian Open.
Things didnt get better at the French Open
earlier this month.
Remember grass-court phenoms Venus and Serena
Williams? First Venus bowed out in the third round.
And then Serena lost to Justine Henin in the
quarterfinals, calling her own play
hideous and horrendous.
Critics say their dabbling in acting and fashion
has caused their careers to nose-dive.
With Serena Williams out of the picture, Henin
went on to play Ana Ivanovic, mauling her in two
sets by an embarrassing 6-1, 6-2 score. The match
lasted all of one hour. Well, maybe Anas sex
appeal will make up for her lack of athletic
In contrast, Rafael Nada and Roger Federer
slugged it out for over three hours in the
mens final. Nada finally prevailed through
four high-powered, tension-filled sets.
In a sport heavily dependent on television
revenues, a three-hour match brings in far more
advertising money than a one-hour contest. Despite
that fact, Rafael Nada was paid the same as Justine
Henin, each of them raking in one million
None of this comes as news to die-hard tennis
fans. Given the choice between a one-hour bunny
match with a lop-sided outcome versus a three-hour
game that hangs on every cannonball serve and
strategic backhand, most fans opt to see the
So aficionados who wanted to see the quarter
finals at Wimbledon ponied up $3,590 to see the
men, compared to only $1,590 to see the women. Even
at twice the price, the mens tickets sold out
Sports columnist Alan Mascarenhas has concluded
that by almost all criteria, womens
tennis is an inferior product. So if the
ladies are bringing in far less revenue but taking
home just as much money as the guys, where is their
money coming from?
You guessed it -- out of the mens
So next time you see Hillary climb on to her
equal-pay-for-equal-work soapbox, lets ask
her this question: Does three equal
The Disgrace of the Duke
The three lacrosse players have been declared
innocent, Duke University has agreed to a
multi-million dollar settlement, and Michael
Nifongs law license has been yanked. But
unfinished business remains.
Three weeks after Crystal Gail Mangum made her
false allegations of rape, 88 Duke professors ran
an advertisement in the student newspaper asking,
What Does a Social Disaster Sound Like?
The rambling April 6, 2006 statement lamented,
no one is really talking about how to
keep the young woman herself central to this
conversation, how to keep her humanity before
us. But no mention was made about the
humanity of three male students falsely accused of
Worse, the professors manifesto used the
logic of the lynch mob, fostering the notion that
since a Black woman claimed to be a victim of rape,
everyone at Duke was now tinged with racism:
We go to class with racist classmates, we go
to gym with people who are racists
part of the experience.
Exactly who are the members of the Duke 88 and
what is their agenda?
The most vitriolic member of the bunch was
professor Houston Baker, who repeatedly indulged in
racist and sexist claims. In his letter to Duke
provost Peter Lange, Baker charged, Young,
white, violent, drunken men among us - implicitly
boasted by our athletic directors and
administrators - have injured lives.
Young, violent, drunken men among us Dr.
Baker, thats the language of the KKK, not of
a university teacher.
Karla Holloway, chair of the universitys
Race Subcommittee, justified her membership in the
Duke 88 because she desired to express her support
for all students at Duke. When asked
whether her support for all students included the
beleaguered lacrosse players, she refused to
When Crystal Gail Mangum changed her story for
the umpteenth time and the case had more holes than
the frayed netting of a lacrosse stick, the Duke 88
fell back on their neo-Marxist slogans and
History professor William Chafe made the claim
that Sex and race have always interacted in a
vicious chemistry of power, privilege, and
control. Somehow Dr. Chafe forgot his history
lessons about the notorious case of the Scottsboro
Boys, the nine Black teenagers who were falsely
accused of rape in 1931.
Wahneema Lubiano outrageously argued the
lacrosse players were probably guilty since they
were the exemplars of the upper end of the
class hierarchy, the politically dominant race and
ethnicity, the dominant gender, the dominant
sexuality, and the dominant social group on
Rich, white, male, and heterosexual yep,
guilty as charged.
So when the DNA tests failed to link Mangum to
any of the lacrosse players, Lubiano poo-poohed the
news as part of a demand for perfect evidence
on the part of the defenders of the team.
Likewise, professor Thavolia Glymph fretted the
DNA results would cause the Duke 88s crusade
to transform the campus to start moving
And even after her radical leftist colleagues
fell under withering criticism, Gang of 88 member
Paula McClain refused to express remorse.
Im not going to be intimidated into
modulating speech, she retorted.
And for real entertainment, a visit to the
websites of the Duke 88 provides a revealing
glimpse into the mindset of these academic
Like professor Kathy Rudys website that
reports she is Currently workig on a new
project critiquing animal rights from speciesist
Speciesist perspective? Workig?? Thank goodness
this black-gowned agitator is teaching womens
studies, not English spelling and grammar.
And literature professor Antonio Viego, whose
website proudly announces he specializes in
queer ethnic studies and lesbian and gay
Parents, have you ever wondered where your $34,000
tuition money is going?
The Duke 88 advertisement marked a critical
turning point in the Mangum rape case. It condoned
the actions of the campus potbangers, hardened
racial divisions in the Durham community, and
provided fodder for Michael Nifongs
And just 12 days after their statement came out,
two members of the lacrosse team were arrested on
charges of rape, first degree sexual offense, and
kidnapping. A month later, a third player was
A year later, these young men have been declared
innocent and a semblance of normalcy restored to
their lives. But their names and reputations are
forever associated with a heinous crime.
Meanwhile, the identities of the Duke 88 remain
unknown to the public, their deed of infamy hidden
behind the cloak of anonymity and plausible
So let it be said that these 88 men and women
acted in a scurrilous manner to foster race
hysteria, inflame gender relationships, and trample
on the due process protections for three men
falsely accused of the crime of rape [listening.nfshost.com/supporters.pdf
1. Stan Abe - Art, Art History, and Visual
2. Benjamin Albers - University Writing Program
3. Anne Allison - Cultural Anthropology
4. Srinivas Aravamudan - English
5. Houston Baker - English and African &
6. Lee Baker - Cultural Anthropology
7. Christine Beaule - University Writing
8. Sarah Beckwith - English
9. Paul Berliner - Music
10. Connie Blackmore - African &
11. Jessica Boa - Religion & University Writing
12. Mary T. Boatwright - Classical Studies
13. Silvia Boero - Romance Studies
14. Eduardo Bonilla-Silva - Sociology
15. Matthew Brim - University Writing Program
16. William Chafe - History
17. Leo Ching - Asian & African Languages
18. Rom Coles - Political Science
19. Miriam Cooke - Asian & African
20. Michaeline Crichlow - African &
21. Kim Curtis - Political Science
22. Leslie Damasceno - Romance Studies
23. Cathy Davidson - English
24. Sarah Deutsch - History
25. Ariel Dorfman - Literature & Latin American
26. Laura Edwards - History
27. Grant Farred - Literature
28. Luciana Fellini - Romance Studies
29. Mary McClintock Fulkerson - Divinity School
30. Esther Gabara - Romance Studies
31. Raymond Gavins - History
32. Meg Greer - Romance Studies
33. Thavolia Glymph - History
34. Michael Hardt - Literature
35. Joseph Harris - University Writing Program
36. Karla Holloway - English
37. Bayo Holsey - African & African-American
38. Mary Hovsepian - Sociology
39. Sherman James - Public Policy
40. Alice Kaplan - Literature
41. Keval Kaur Khalsa - Dance Program
42. Ranjana Khanna - English
43. Ashley King - Romance Studies
44. Claudia Koonz - History
45. Peter Lasch - Art, Art History
46. Dan A. Lee - Math
47. Pat Leighten - Art, Art History, and Visual
48. Frank Lentricchia - Literature
49. Caroline Light - Institute for Critical U.S.
50. Marcy Litle - Comparative Area Studies
51. Ralph Litzinger - Cultural Anthropology
52. Michele Longino - Romance Studies
53. Wahneema Lubiano - African &
African-American Studies and Literature
54. Kenneth Maffitt - History
55. Jason Mahn - University Writing Program
56. Anne-Maria Makhulu - African &
57. Lisa Mason - Surgical Unit-2100
58. Paula McClain - Political Science
59. Louise Meintjes - Music
60. Walter Mignolo - Literature and Romance
61. Alberto Moreiras - Romance Studies
62. Mark Anthony Neal - African &
63. Diane Nelson - Cultural Anthropology
64. Jolie Olcott - History
65. Liliana Parades - Romance Studies
66. Charles Payne - African & African-American
Studies and History
67. Charlotte Pierce-Baker - Womens
68. Wilma Pebles-Wilkins
69. Arlie Petters - Math
70. Ronen Plesser - Physics
71. Jan Radway - Literature
72. Tom Rankin - Center for Documentary Studies
73. Marcia Rego - University Writing Program
74. Deborah S. Reisinger - Romance Studies
75. Alex Rosenberg - Philosophy
76. Kathy Rudy - Womens Studies
77. Marc Schachter - English
78. Laurie Shannon - English
79. Pete Sigal - History
80. Irene Silverblatt - Cultural Anthropology
81. Fiona Somerset - English
82. Rebecca Stein - Cultural Anthropology
83. Susan Thorne - History
84. Antonio Viego - Literature
85. Teresa Vilaros - Romance Studies
86. Priscilla Wald - English
87. Maurice Wallace - English and African &
88. David Wong - Philosophy
Women Above the Law?
Rev. Al Sharpton and I seldom see eye-to-eye on the
issues, but this time he was right on the money.
Following heiress Paris Hiltons release from
jail, Sharpton denounced the action as having
all the appearances of economic and racial
For those too caught up in the NBA and NHL
finals this past week to pay attention, heres
the skinny: heiress Paris Hilton repeatedly
violated the terms of her probation, which earned
her a 45-day all-expenses-paid visit to the
But the jail conditions didnt meet
Hiltons high standards. She wasnt
allowed to wax or use a moisturizer, fumed
one of her gal-pals. So Paris turned herself into a
regular nuisance, lapsing into a tearful fit in her
12-by-8 cell and repeatedly pushing the medical
Soon sheriff Lee Baca began to worry Hilton
might be on the verge of a nervous breakdown. So
Thursday he sent her home in the dead of night
that way she could be spared the
embarrassment of having to pose for the paparazzi
without lip gloss.
But Friday she was hauled back to the slammer,
even as her lawyers argued she was suffering from a
life-threatening condition that medical specialists
That same day, 1,000 miles east of Los Angeles,
another courtroom drama was about to unfold.
This one involved Carrie McCandless, a
Denver-area social studies teacher and cheerleading
coach. In October 2006 she engaged in simulated sex
with a 17-year-old male student during a
school-sponsored hiking trip. So on Friday, judge
James Hiatt handed down her sentence: a 45-day
As McCandless was led away to jail, she blew a
playful kiss to her husband and friends, saying,
Another 1,000 miles or so east of Denver, a
third woman stood in the docket Friday. She had
admitted to a far more serious crime: murder.
Mary Winkler of Selmer, Tennessee had gotten
caught up in a check-kiting scheme. One day she and
her preacher husband Matthew were arguing about the
family finances, then suddenly she snapped. Pulling
out a 12-gauge shotgun, she shot him in the back as
he lay in bed. Winkler then fled to an Alabama
beach resort with her three daughters.
Following her arrest, she made no accusations of
abuse against her husband, nor was there any public
record of domestic violence in the family.
But by the time the trial rolled around, she had
a change of heart and claimed that he had
mistreated her. As proof, she showed the jury a
pair of platform shoes and black wig that Matthew
had asked her to wear during sex. (Yes, a black wig
thats what counts for domestic
violence these days.)
Her long-dead husband was in no position to
refute the claim. So her cold-blooded murder
warranted only a seven-month sentence two of
them in a mental health facility that features
campfire sing-alongs and foot massages.
Matthew Winklers family said that
Marys abuse allegations amounted to a second
attack on her husband. The monster that you
have painted for the world to see? I dont
think that monster existed, charged
Matthews mother, Diane.
One of the contradictions of the womens
movement is its failure to object when the criminal
justice system condescendingly judges female
wrongdoers by a lower standard than men.
When a female high school teacher deflowers a
student, she gets a judicial wrist-slap. When a
wife kills her husband, its the dependable
Battered Woman Syndrome defense to the rescue. When
a woman falsely accuses a man of abuse and destroys
his reputation and career, the chivalrous
prosecutor turns the other cheek. If a mother tries
to alienate a child from his dad, thats
protecting the child from a domineering
father. And when a woman kills her unborn
child, shes exercising her constitutional
right to privacy.
You might say theres a historical reason
for members of the fairer sex getting a judicial
free pass. In old England, women didnt have
the right to vote or own property. So if a woman
sank the family into debt, it was her husband who
was sent to debtors prison. Or if a woman
committed a homicide, all she needed to do to get
off the hook was to get pregnant.
But times have changed and ladies now have full
rights. In a civilized society that prides itself
on rule of law, rights go hand in hand with
responsibilities. Does anyone believe that women
should be exempt from that time-honored
When Paris Hilton appeared before judge Michael
Sauer this last Friday, assistant city attorney Dan
Jeffries pointedly remarked that preferential
treatment of miscreants destroys any
semblance of faith in our judicial
Indeed it does.
Lots of Lucre in False
Claims of Abuse
This is a tale of four women who made phony
allegations of abuse. All the accused men had to
pay dearly to clear their good names. And all four
women got away pretty much scot-free.
The first woman was married to John Dias of
California. Sometimes the two fell into intense
arguments, but never came to blows. But during one
heated tiff she threatened to make me
pay. Twenty minutes later the police knocked
on the door. Dias relates:
So when I read what she was accusing me
of, I nearly fell on the floor. She fabricated all
kinds of stories. Some were based on harmless
events in which she added totally fictional details
claiming that I had abused her in the past. Other
stories in the restraining order didnt even
resemble any past event. They were just made up out
of thin air. [www.dontmakehermad.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=3#3
Dias, but not his wife, was ordered to attend a
year-long anger management course that laid the
blame for the marital conflict on him. He was
lucky, his legal expenses came out to only
Trudy Jackson (not her real name) of West
Virginia is serial false accuser. According to
sworn affidavits, Mrs. Jackson often neglected
their children, sometimes locking them in their
rooms. Once her 2-year-old daughter was allowed to
wander outside in the winter, the feet of her
pajamas quickly freezing to the sidewalk. On
another occasion she assaulted her husband, leaving
scratches on his arm.
To win custody of the children, she repeatedly
accused him of ill-treatment over a three-year
period. Not even a divorce decree would quench her
ire afterwards she called her
ex-husbands employer, claiming he was calling
her during work hours to harass her, and demanding
he be fired.
The judge eventually dismissed all charges
against the man. And she was found guilty of
contempt of court for failing to return the house
to her ex-husband and for vandalizing the premises.
Words really cant explain what the
house looked like, Mr. Jackson later
He paid over $15,000 in legal bills and
that was after his lawyers pro bono help.
Wendy Flanders of Pennsylvania is a repeat false
accuser. Beginning in 2002 she began to make a
variety of allegations against boyfriend Ben
Vonderheide. The claims included get ready
for this -- one charge of kidnapping, 2 trespassing
charges, 3 charges of domestic abuse, 3 counts of
harassment, and 25 accusations of indirect criminal
The allegations culminated in November 2004,
when she claimed that Vonderheide assaulted her.
That night the police came to Vonderheides
house and put him in the pokey.
Problem was, the whole incident was caught on
videotape, which proved that she was the aggressor
in a conniving attempt to provoke him:
Recently Vonderheide was expunged on many of the
charges. And two weeks ago a jury in Lancaster
County found Wendy Flanders guilty of making false
statements to police officials. The punishment? A
slap-on-the-wrist $250 fine and one year of
Mr. Vonderheide spent about $350,000 defending
himself. The only reason Im out of jail
is because I filmed, published on my own, and I
engaged the underground press to expose
my case, he later told me.
Crystal Gail Mangum of North Carolina is another
serial false accuser. In 1993 she claimed to have
been raped by three men. For reasons unknown she
didnt get around to filing the police report
until three years later. And then she got cold feet
and dropped the claim.
Thirteen years later Crystal Gail Mangum again
claimed to be a victim of rape, but this time she
was more choosy, naming three well-to-do Duke
University lacrosse players as the attackers.
After prosecutor Michael Nifong steped down from
the case, North Carolina attorney general Roy
Cooper pronounced the players innocent on all
charges. Yet Cooper does not plan to prosecute Ms.
Mangum for perjury. The reason? Mangum may
actually believe her allegations to be
Each of the lacrosse players spent an estimated
$1 million in legal defense fees.
In a country that prides itself on the
innocent until proven guilty principle,
how do we account for these legal travesties?
In some cases, the false accusers were
emotionally unstable. Other times the women acted
out of spite and vindictiveness.
But most of all we should cast the finger of
blame on the Violence Against Women Act, the
federal law that allows $65 million a year for the
legal fees for women who claim to be victims of
abuse, but not a red cent for those who are falsely
Matriarchs, Pop Tarts,
and Unparented Children
By my reckoning, the United States officially
became a matriarchy on January 20, 1993.
Thats the day Hillary Clinton moved into the
West Wing. Soon she prevailed on Bill to establish
the Presidents Interagency Council on Women,
the group that railroaded feminist-inspired
policies and programs throughout the federal
Matriarchy refers to a society in which feminist
beliefs have become entrenched in the government,
mass media, and other institutions. And the
cornerstone of feminist belief is the dogma that
patriarchy is an unrelenting, pervasive threat to
That means wayward women always have a
convenient excuse. Consider the recent escapades of
the Hollywood pop-tart brigade.
Lindsay Lohan? Surely we can blame her father
who caused her to flee to cocaine. Paris Hilton?
The judge who sentenced her to 45 days in jail was
only trying to make a name for himself. Britney
Spears? We can blame her demise on her
self-absorbed boyfriend, Kevin Federline.
Under the matriarchy, entitlements, quotas, and
set-asides are the coin of the realm. That mindset
was on display during a recent Fox News debate
featuring author Marc Rudov and attorney Lis
The spicy exchange was triggered by Democratic
candidate John Edwards recent proposal for
equal pay legislation. But Rudov ridiculed
Edwards claim as sexist and making
women out to be victims and charged the
pretty-boy candidate with spreading V.D.:
But Wiehl shot back, saying that Rudov believes
that women are just too darn stupid to be
able to see through somebody thats coming up
with platitudes and no real plan.
Wiehl then cited the recent survey from the
American Association of University Women. The AAUW
found that after you even out differences in
education, occupation, and other factors, the pay
of men and women differs by only 5%. [www.renewamerica.us/columns/roberts/070501
But thats not what Wiehl said. She claimed
that women are making 80 cents on the
dollar. Obviously she didnt bother to
read the AAUW press release, which states the 80
cent figure is before those critical adjustments
are made. [www.pay-equity.org/docs/AAUW-Apr2007.doc
Rudov reasoned that if it was really true that
women are paid so much less for doing exactly the
same work, then all the men would be
unemployed and all the jobs would be going to
Touché, Mr. Rudov.
Matriarchs also believe that emotion and
intuition hold priority over reason and logic --
what they call a womans way of
Last Wednesday we got a glimpse of that
erudition on ABCs The View. There Rosie
ODonnell tried to bully and intimidate
co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck in front of a
nationally-televised audience. The slugfest made
for one of those must-see, cant-wait videos:
The incident was triggered by Rosies
implication a couple days before that American
troops in Iraq are terrorists. ODonnell
started the spat with this ludicrous claim:
Because heres how it gets spun in the
media: Rosie, big fat lesbian loud Rosie,
attacks innocent pure Christian
As the argument escalated, the two women
referred to each other as cowardly.
Through it all, ODonnell never clarified
whether she believes American troops are
On Friday ODonnell asked for an early out
from her contract. And now ODonnell says she
wont talk to Hasselbeck again.
Thats right. Go to your room, shut the
door, and pout for awhile. Life goes on.
Thirty-odd years ago someone hauled patriarchy
into the dock and charged it with a long list of
crimes against womankind. The jury was rigged, the
defendant was never given a chance to testify, and
the verdict was foregone: Guilty as charged.
The sentence? Put the loathsome patriarchs in
the pokey and bring on the matriarchy.
Nearly 15 years later we see where it has taken
us. But the problem does not lie just with our
ersatz celebrity culture, the bogus wage gap
claims, or the pointless catfights.
The real threat of matriarchy is to our
children. Ponder the long-standing feminist assault
on the traditional family. Dads were told they were
redundant, and women were advised that marriage was
oppressive and children represented a barrier to
Now Americans are getting married 30% less
often, while the number of unmarried couples living
together has increased tenfold. [www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D8P1MG601&show_article=1
So no surprise that nearly two-in-five American
children are now born out of wedlock.
So when future generations ask where it all went
wrong, we can offer these words of solace: It takes
The Gender Card
Have you noticed how often politicos are playing
the gender card these days? The upswing can be
traced back to January thats when
Nancy Pelosi was confirmed as Speaker of the House
and Hillary Clinton announced her presidential
But how many persons truly appreciate the finer
points of this latest round of the age-old battle
of the sexes? For those who are keeping score,
heres a run-down of the saucy schemes:
1. Play the Victim. This well-honed gambit
appeals both to mens sense of chivalry and
womens sense of angst.
Mrs. Pelosi employed it when she crowed,
Ive broken the marble ceiling.
And Hillary Clinton incessantly plays this tune
with catch-phrases like now its
womens turn to be heard.
Portraying women as victims is a tactic that is
used by male politicians, as well. Senator Joseph
Biden, for example, is always good for a juicy
sound-bite on abused women, somehow forgetting that
women assault their partners as often as men.
And no surprise, Nancy and Hillary are now
squaring off in a private contest of
play-the-victim one-upmanship. This past Sunday on
ABCs This Week, Pelosi lamented,
its harder to become Speaker of the
House than president of the United States for a
Yes, Mrs. Pelosi, Im feeling your
2. Make Preposterous Claims. Make no mistake,
this is Mrs. Clintons strong suit. These are
my favorites from the Hillorama hit parade:
- Women have always been the primary
victims of war.
- Here we are at the beginning of the
21st century and women still earn significantly
less than men for doing the same
- Women are 70% of the worlds
- Women were routinely excluded from
major clinical trials of most
3. Pretend to be Mother Superior. San Fran Nan
has become the latest poster girl for the do
what mother says if you know whats good for
you school of political persuasion.
In January, Pelosi made history by becoming the
first Speaker of the House to publicly flex her
biceps with seven grandchildren gasping in
disbelief. And earlier this month she used the
occasion of Mothers Day as a backdrop for her
latest tirade on the Iraq war.
The mother-knows-best strategy can be deployed
against other women, as well. In January, secretary
of state Condi Rice went to the Senate to defend
president Bushs Iraq strategy, only to
encounter a feisty senator Barbara Boxer.
Who pays the price? Im not going to
pay a personal price, Boxer exclaimed in
front of the cameras. My kids are too old,
and my grandchild is too young. Then turning
to Rice: Youre not going to pay a
particular price, as I understand it, with an
Sometimes the political gets very personal.
4. Appeal to the Uber-Female. Some feminists
believe that women represent a superior species, a
higher force for moral enlightenment.
Like Marie Wilson of the White House Project,
who once claimed that female politicians lead
from an other-centered perspective. In
contrast, male pols the guys who enacted
female-friendly laws like Social Security,
Medicare, Medicaid, and breast cancer research --
tend to be self-centered.
A couple years ago Hillary made the astonishing
claim that Research shows the presence of
women raises the standards of ethical behavior and
lowers corruption. Folks, well let that
one pass without comment, OK?
And one day an unhinged Barbara Jordan, former
congresswoman from Texas, came up with this
empathic insight: I believe that women have a
capacity for understanding and compassion which a
man structurally does not have.
5. Resort to Sex Appeal. When female politicians
need an extra boost, they have one more high-card
up their sleeves their feminine charms.
Like representative Loretta Sanchez of
California, affectionately known on Capitol Hill as
the babe. When asked by a reporter who
would play her on television, Sanchez replied
Jennifer Lopez, since Ive got a big
booty. And during a recent interview, Sanchez
needed to change for her next appearance, so she
stripped down to her black bra in front of the
female reporter. [www.latimes.com/news/local/politics/cal/la-me-sanchez05mar05,0,3865811.story?coll=la-home-headlines
Across the Atlantic, French presidential
candidate Ségolène Royal did not
hesitate to capitalize on her ou-la-la to garner
media attention and male votes, once allowing
herself to be photographed in high-heels and a
satiny-pink negligee. [www.jakouiller.com/share/presidente_sinon_rien.jpg
In the not-too-distant past, candidates for
political office scored points based on their
record of accomplishment and command of the issues.
But now the rational exchange of ideas is at risk
of becoming a relic of the patriarchal past.
One day soon politicians will hopefully renounce
the use of gender pandering and shrill stereotypes
and will forgo displays of racy undergarments.
Thats when they will be viewed as serious
candidates working to improve the lot of all
Women as Peacekeepers of our Societies
I once assumed that Mothers Day would be
immune from the intrusions and calculations of
partisan politics. But no longer.
This past week House speaker Nancy Pelosi used
Mothers Day to launch her latest salvo
against the Iraq war. And while she was at it, she
indulged in some back-handed gender stereotyping,
making the remarkable claim that Women have
always been the peacekeepers of our
So is it true that women are the gentle
harbingers of peaceful co-existence? And men are
testosterone-addled warmongers, as Pelosi seems to
Of course, women have long played supportive
roles for male combatants, serving as nurses,
supply specialists, and the like. In his report War
and Gender, University of Massachusetts political
scientist Joshua Goldstein documents how women have
actively encouraged military adventurism, both in
modern and indigenous societies.
Goldstein notes that in the face of imminent
conflict, women goad their men into combat. In the
Revolutionary War, women were known to withhold
sexual favors from reluctant fighters. During the
Civil War, Southern belles refused to accept
suitors who did not take up arms. In World War I,
British women organized the White Feather campaign,
calculated to shame able-bodied men into
Among the Bedouin, frenzied Rwala women bare
their breasts and urge their men to war. And before
the 1973 coup in Chile, women threw corn at
soldiers to taunt them as chickens.
There are numerous documented cases of women
killing prisoners of war, often in retaliation for
the loss of loved ones. In colonial Massachusetts a
mob of women tortured two Indian prisoners to death
after they overcame their guards. During the era of
the Soviet Gulag, female interrogators were just as
ruthless as their male counterparts in extracting
confessions. In 1993 a group of enraged
Somali women murdered four foreign journalists.
Women also play a key role socializing future
warriors. Goldstein explains, since mothers
control child care, they could change gender norms,
training girls to be aggressive and boys to be
passive. But in fact mothers worldwide generally
reward boys for being tough and girls for being
Based on his extensive review, Goldstein reaches
this simple conclusion: Most women support
A scan of history likewise reveals that female
political leaders are fully adept at the war-making
Let us recall the crusade of Queen Mary I of
England, who beginning in 1553 betrayed a fondness
for burning unrepentant Protestants at the stake? A
sobering thought the next time you plan to raise a
toast in the name of Bloody Mary.
Anne of Great Britain was the first female
monarch to have an entire war named in her honor
Queen Annes War. Thanks to her
unblemished support, that devastating conflict
persisted in both North America and Europe for over
It was the scheming Queen Isabella II of Spain
who saw to it that military expenditures were
multiplied during her rule. That enabled bellicose
sorties to be launched against Morocco, Peru, and
In 1982 British prime minister Margaret Thatcher
decided that a chain of wind-swept islands in the
South Atlantic warranted the shedding of blood,
which triggered the Falklands War. That escapade
cost the lives of 258 British and 649 Argentinian
During the 1994 Rwanda genocide, Pauline
Nyiramasuhuko, former minister for family affairs,
handpicked the nicest Tutsi women to be
abducted and de-flowered. Nyiramasuhuko was later
tried for war crimes by the International Criminal
Three days after the 9/11 attacks, an
Authorization to Use Military Force was brought
before Congress. All but one female member of
Congress voted to authorize to use all
necessary and appropriate force to wage the
war on terror.
And a few weeks ago the eight Democratic
presidential candidates squared off in a South
Carolina debate. In response to a question about
responding to a terrorist attack, Hillary Clinton
shot back, I think a president must move as
swiftly as is prudent to retaliate.
Retaliate spoken like a true
peacekeeper, for sure.
But what about the womens peace movements
that have sprouted up over the years
dont they prove the ladies are
peace-makers at heart? No, for one simple reason:
History proves that when women begin to fear for
their personal security, they quickly revert to a
So coming just a month after her ill-fated peace
mission to Syria, its regrettable the Speaker
of the House would tap the occasion of
Mothers Day to indulge in gender stereotyping
and male-bashing. As my mother used to say,
If you cant speak well of someone,
its better to not speak at all.
Men Arent Couch
Potatoes, After All
Over the years Ive earned a tidy sum
debunking the assorted gender myths that are
regularly floated by the media. (Well, maybe I
exaggerate about the tidy sum, but you catch my
Did you hear about the latest Urban Legend to
bite the dust?
Back in 1989 Arlie Hochschild wrote a book
called The Second Shift. This was
Hochschilds conclusion: Compared to men,
women work an extra month of 24-hour days a
year. Basically she was making the claim that
while wives cook, clean, and sew after a long day
at the office, His Royal Highness was chillin
in front of the TV set.
Women began to howl and the mainstream media
jumped on the bandwagon, as Warren Farrell
documents in his book Women
Cant Hear What Men Dont Say.
Newsweek ran an article that claimed,
Womans Work is Never Done. Time
tweaked men with the caustic headline, The
Myth of Male Housework. And People magazine
chimed in with this screamer: For Working
Women, Having It All May Mean Doing It
Even senator Dianne Feinstein of California
publicly berated her own husband, saying, I
havent taught him to hang up his bath towel
yet, but rather than nag I dont bother any
more. (Can you imagine Bubba confiding to a
reporter that hed once told Hillary to stop
using the F-word to scold her security detail, but
rather than nagging her, I dont bother
But it turned out that Hochschilds
conclusions were flawed. First, her data about
mens contribution to household chores was 25
years old. Then she interviewed mostly part-time
women -- some of them married to men who clocked 60
hours a week. Apparently Hochschild expected these
men to come home and do the laundry between shifts,
all in the name of gender equality.
So when other researchers tried to replicate
Hochschilds results, they found the numbers
didnt come out right. Their solution? Cook
Case in point was the United Nations report
called Human Development 1995, which purported to
show that women worked more hours than men. But
Farrell did a little gumshoe work and discovered
some behind-the-scenes statistical shenanigans.
When the UN bureaucrats found that men often
worked more hours, they went back to the original
researchers and asked them to amend
their study to include the estimated time that
women devoted to basket making, weaving,
knitting, sewing, and similar unpaid work
But they didnt bother to find out about
unpaid work by men.
So when newspapers ran headlines like U.N.
Documents Inequities for Women as World Forum
Nears (New York Times, August 17) and
Womens Work is Never Done
(Washington Post, August 24), little did readers
realize they were being duped.
How could the UN justify this trickery? Well, we
all know the matriarchal utopia lies just around
the corner. So why not speed things up a little by
making people think that men are slothful
Recently economist Michael Burda and colleagues
issued a report called Total Work, Gender, and
Social Norms. The researchers combed through dozens
of studies conducted around the world and tallied
up the number of hours devoted to work for pay,
housework, and childcare. They found that in the
United States and other affluent countries
surprise! -- men and women work an identical amount
of time 7.9 hours a day. [ftp.iza.org/dp2705.pdf
But theres more to the story.
Around the world, women retire at a younger age
than men. That happens both by custom and by law.
In the United Kingdom for example, the ladies
collect their full pensions at age 60, while the
lads have to work five more years before
theyre entitled to that gold pocketwatch.
Then theres the question of the work
Having done manual labor myself in 95-degree
temperatures, I know how physical work can take its
toll. So take the average Joe who works a
construction job in the summer heat -- is it fair
to expect him to do as much housework as his wife
who spends the day doing clerical work in a
The report also highlights the widespread, but
faulty belief among researchers and the public at
large that women outstrip men in terms of their
work activities. Which begs the question, Why would
anyone take it upon themselves to besmirch the good
reputation of men?
So for now, guys, kick back and relax after that
long day at work. Enjoy a tall, bubbly one. And
dont let anyone unload their guilt trip on
AAUWs Fuzzy Math
an Insult to Working Women
Equal Pay Day has become one of our annual rites of
Spring. And once again Hillary and her gal-pals
were out in force, trying to convince us that women
are undervalued and underpaid in the American
This year the gender victimologists came armed
with a new report from the American Association of
University Women, Behind the Pay Gap, which
purports to show that one year after graduation,
women are paid 80% of what men earn.
The AAUWs press release featured this
startling statement: Women earn less even
when working in the same career field, likely due
to sex discrimination. So no surprise, media
coverage of the study trumpeted the 80% figure like
it was revealed truth.
But women who are familiar with the AAUWs
long-standing gender agenda began to question the
Mary Kay Ham sardonically wondered why she, as a
highly-educated columnist, should be paid less than
a dime-a-dozen brain surgeon. Another blogger asked
pointedly, If an employer is only concerned
about the bottom line, why would s/he hire a man at
all to perform a job where an equally qualified
woman will do it for 69% of pay?
To settle the issue, I decided to download the
report and see for myself. [www.aauw.org/research/behindPayGap.pdf
I quickly noticed that the 80% figure is
deceptive because it doesnt take into account
differences in work hours, occupational choices,
and other key variables.
When you do that, the wage gap shrinks
dramatically. As the AAUW report finally admits on
page 39: The regression analysis of earnings
one year after graduation for the combined sample
of women and men shows a gender pay difference of 5
percent, controlling for educational and
occupational choices as well as demographic and
But it turns out the AAUW study omitted a number
of important factors in its analysis, so even the
5% figure is exaggerated.
For example, many men coming out of high school
enter the military and later go to college. These
men command a bigger paycheck upon graduation.
Likewise, men tend to accept big-city jobs with
longer commute times. But the AAUW glossed over
Of greater concern is how the AAUW shoe-horned
the many thousands of jobs into 11 broad
Take the medical profession which is evenly
divided between the sexes, compared to nursing
which is overwhelmingly female. The AAUW lumped all
doctors and nurses into the same medical
professions group. So you guessed it --
doctors are paid more than nurses, and thats
And women who major in business administration
gravitate to human resources administration, while
men often specialize in finance. Employees who
manage a corporations financial lifeblood
tend to be paid well. But the AAUW put both groups
into the business and management
category. Yikes, more discrimination!
This isnt the first time the American
Association of University Women resorted to
smoke-and-mirrors research to further its political
Back in 1992 the AAUW published the report, How
Schools Shortchange Girls. The report purported to
show that American schoolgirls were being kept down
by the ever-present patriarchy.
But Diane Ravitch, former assistant secretary of
education, took issue with that conclusion, saying
flatly, The AAUW report was just completely
wrong. What was so bizarre is that it came out
right at the time that girls had just overtaken
boys in almost every area.
To redeem itself, the AAUW finally came out with
a second report. Gender Gaps: Where Schools Still
Fail Our Children had to admit a-ha!
that National data indicate that girls
consistently earn either equivalent or higher
grades than boys in all subjects at all points in
their academic careers.
But that oops-I-goofed document could not
reverse the hysteria generated by the first report,
which fueled the passage of the Gender Equity in
Education Act in 1994, a law that contributes to
the boy crisis were now seeing.
But memories are short, and no doubt some will
be fooled by the AAUWs gender wage gap
But beyond the claims of sex discrimination,
Behind the Pay Gap contains a put-down to all
working women. That message reads, Ladies, you are
unwilling to accept the financial consequences of
your decision to work shorter hours and in less
Thats patronizing and insulting to the
women who dont believe they need a government
mandate or gender quota to get ahead in life.
Hopefully this time around not so many will be
taken in by the AAUWs creative
VAWA Casts a Long Shadow
over the Duke Fiasco
Was prosecutor Michael Nifong simply an over-rated
ambulance chaser who rose to his level of
incompetence? Was he a scheming opportunist who
needed to boost his flagging re-election chances?
Or did his dogged prosecution of the Duke Three
reflect a deeper, more systemic problem in our
criminal justice system?
Heres the dirty little secret of D.A.s who
prosecute sexual assault and domestic violence
cases: many of the claims they pursue are as flaky
as a pie crust and their chances of winning a jury
conviction are slim. So why do they bother to go
after the case?
Because get ready for this -- they
believe we are encouraging abused women to
come forward and confront their
So according to that neo-Marxist logic, if we
want to get really tough on say, bank robbers, what
we need to do is randomly accuse innocent persons
of burglary and then parade them through the
streets, denouncing them for a crime they did not
Of course, rape is a terrible crime. Equally
terrible are false allegations of rape.
According to Linda Fairstein, former head of the
New York County District Attorneys Sex Crimes
Unit, There are about 4,000 reports of rape
each year in Manhattan. Of these, about half simply
did not happen.
But sadly, many innocent men have been
wrongfully put behind bars. Just this week Jerry
Miller of Chicago was exonerated after serving 24
years for a rape he didnt commit. His release
helped inspire a national campaign dubbed 200
Exonerated, Too Many Wrongfully Convicted, an
effort designed to spur state reforms of the
criminal justice system. [www.innocenceproject.org/200/report.html
Many persons have heard of the Violence Against
Women Act -- VAWA for short. But most are unaware
of the extent to which VAWA-mandated programs have
biased our judiciary and chipped away at the
presumption of innocent until proven guilty.
VAWAs tentacles reach deep and wide,
reshaping our nations laws on immigration,
welfare, and public housing. The Act defines
domestic violence broadly, so sexual assault and
rape fall within its purview. VAWA authorizes $50
million each year for its Sexual Assault Services
Program, which contributed to the Duke fiasco in
First, VAWA pays the legal bills of alleged
victims of sexual assault. Want to guess how much
money goes to help men accused of rape? Nada.
That sets the stage for a prosecutorial
shake-down that works like this: Find a guy who
cant afford a million-dollar legal defense
team. Smear his good name with an accusation of
rape. Then settle for a plea bargain conviction on
a lesser count of sexual assault. The attorneys get
their money and the D.A. can add another notch to
his (or her) belt.
Second, did you wonder why Michael Nifong never
required accuser Crystal Gail Mangum to take a
polygraph test? Simple: the Violence Against Women
Act prohibits it. Section 2013 states, no law
enforcement officer, prosecuting officer, or other
government official shall ask or require an adult,
youth, or child victim of an alleged sex offense
to submit to a polygraph examination or
other truth telling device.
Third, VAWA funds training programs for
prosecutors, judges, and law enforcement personnel.
To say the content of these programs lacks a
scientific basis is generous.
This past November the West Virginia Coalition
Against Domestic Violence sponsored a conference.
First one of the speakers made light of a Florida
incident in which a young man was sexually
assaulted by a female teacher. The presenter then
turned around and used the terms scum
bag and douche bag to refer to
men accused of abuse.
At an earlier New Jersey training session, one
presenter openly encouraged judges to ignore due
process protections: Your job is not to
become concerned about all the constitutional
rights of the man that youre violating as you
grant a restraining order. Throw him out on the
street, give him the clothes on his back, and tell
him, See ya around.
Fourth, VAWAs overly-aggressive
prosecution measures have been found to be flatly
ineffective in stopping abuse. Still, these
measures have instilled a legal of climate of
every man is a potential rapist
ignoring the equally ridiculous corollary that
every woman is a potential false
Fifth, VAWAs unstated belief that women
can only be victims dissuades prosecutors from
going after false accusers. As Massachusetts
district attorney David Angier once argued,
If anyone is prosecuted for filing a false
report, then victims of real attacks will be less
likely to report them.
And failing to prosecute women who make
malicious accusations only means that men will
continue to be falsely accused, charged,
prosecuted, convicted, sentenced, and jailed.
Lynch Mob Fever at Duke
Outrageous is the word that comes to
mind that describes what happened to the Duke
Three, accused of gang-raping Crystal Gail Mangum
during the early morning hours of March 14,
Our country was founded on the principles of
rule of law and the presumption of innocence. But
what we witnessed in Durham, North Carolina over
the last year had little to do with the even-handed
pursuit of justice. Except for the absence of ropes
and gasoline, it resembled a small-town lynch
Shame on Michael Nifong who, lacking eyewitness
accounts, forensic proof, or DNA evidence, violated
a long list of due process procedures. Nifong
botched the photo line-up, turned his back on a
disconfirming report of the examining nurse,
ignored the fact that the accuser repeatedly
changed her story, downplayed Mangums
unsavory occupational activities, prejudiced the
jury pool by publicly referring to the players as a
bunch of hooligans, pandered to voters
to secure his November re-election, and
intentionally withheld exculpatory DNA evidence
from a key report and thats only a
When the books are closed on this case, history
will recount the role played by Duke University
president Richard Brodhead. It was Brodhead who
incoherently remarked, if they didnt do
it, whatever they did is bad enough, and
fueled the hysteria by canceling the rest of the
teams season and suspending two of the
players from the university.
People will long wonder why the Group of
88 professors printed a defamatory letter on
April 6 proclaiming that certain unnamed students
know themselves to be the objects of racism
regardless of the results of the
Regrettable, too, were the actions of Duke
professor Houston Baker, who openly indulged in
sexism and racism, denouncing the drunken
white male privilege loosed amongst us and
calling the players scummy white
And hopefully one day we can forget the specter
of the Take Back the Night mobs who chanted death
threats, eventually forcing one of the defendants
to move out of his home.
Jesse Jackson also ended up on the wrong side of
the issue. It was Jackson, of course, who shortly
after DNA tests failed to match any evidence taken
from the accuser, offered to pay Mangums
college tuition so she would never again have
to stoop that low to survive.
And lets not forget Al Sharpton, notorious
enabler of false rape accuser Tawana Brawley, who
resorted to his usual grievance-mongering.
One day, perhaps USA Today will explain
why it opened its pages on March 30, 2006 to
malicious rants, one writer claiming the players
belong to a culture of rape and
exercise their privilege on the bodies and
minds of those of us in their
With luck we wont be hearing again from
Wendy Murphy, adjunct professor at the New England
School of Law, who made television appearances to
comment on the Duke case, repeatedly deriding the
notion of the presumption of innocence. During one
discussion on MSNBC Murphy claimed, I have
never, ever met a false rape claim.
More deplorable was Wheelock College professor
Gail Dines who, after the rape charges had been
dropped in December, wrote an on-line article
stating she was angry at the way the media
humanized these men as victims.
A pox on New York Times columnist Harvey Araton
who ridiculed the members of the Duke womens
lacrosse team after they wore sweatbands inscribed
with the word innocent for a Final Four
game in Boston.
Most of all, shame on serial rape accuser
Crystal Gail Mangum. She filed a complaint in 1996
that she had been raped, but didnt get around
to filing the police report until years later.
Mangum was willing to see the lives of the three
accused men destroyed, millions of dollars in legal
bills expended, and the male gender vilified, in
order that she could indulge in her monstrous rape
Yes, there are heroes in this sordid tale.
The North Carolina State Bar deserves credit for
filing ethics charges against Michael Nifong.
Attorney general Roy Cooper was courageous in his
decision to exonerate the three players and blunt
in scolding Nifong for his tragic rush to
Columnists Michael Gaynor and Wendy McElroy kept
the public apprised of the unfolding scandal. Ed
Bradleys 60 Minutes expose on October 15 was
a turning point. And throughout, the three accused
players conducted themselves with all-star
The Duke lacrosse team is back on the field and
rated in the top five nationally. The azaleas and
daffodils are braving a mid-April cold snap. And
students stroll to class toting their backpacks and
But for three former Duke students falsely
accused of rape, their lives will never be the
One of feminists favorite slogans goes like
this: Well-behaved women seldom make
history. If you consider a House speaker who
meets with a terrorist thug to be historical, then
Nancy Pelosi recently proved that slogan to be
Defying Bush administration requests, Pelosi
traveled last week to Israel and Syria hoping to
thaw the ice between the long-standing Middle East
adversaries. But Pelosi ignored the fact that
Syrian president Assad represents an implacable
threat to the region.
Pelosi garnered headlines last Wednesday with
the claim that Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert
was ready to engage in negotiations for peace
But hours later the prime ministers office
issued a clarification -- Israels position
had not changed, and chided Syria because it
continues to be part of the Axis of Evil and
a force that encourages terror in the entire Middle
Pelosis grandstanding attracted criticism
from liberal and conservative commentators alike.
The Washington Post called her trip
foolish and an attempt to
substitute her own foreign policy for that of
a sitting Republican president. Vice
president Cheney said the trip represented
bad behavior on her part. Others called
her effort embarrassing and
Shortly after the November elections, N.O.W.
president Kim Gandy lionized Nancy Pelosi as the
first woman and self-identified feminist to
become Speaker of the House. Since then
Pelosi seemingly has been obsessed with women and
power. But Mrs. Pelosi is not the only high-profile
politician to be caught up in a passion-pink power
When senator Hillary Clinton traveled to New
Hampshire last month, she commented, I don't
know about you, but I like seeing women in
charge. No one in the mainstream media seemed
to be fazed by the sexist overtones of the remark.
So can we look forward to hearing attorney John
Edwards exclaim, I dont know about you,
but I like seeing trial lawyers in charge?
And will Mitt Romney be announcing that hes
hoping to soon see Mormons run the show?
Its Hillary who keeps harping on her quest
to break the biggest glass ceiling in the
land, as she remarked last week. Remember
that in fem-speak, glass ceiling is
code language for evil patriarchy.
Mrs. Clintons real message to women, of
course, is that her XX genetic make-up should trump
her scanty legislative accomplishments, far-left
policy positions, and grating personality.
One of Clintons biggest boosters is CBS
anchor Katie Couric. Among the three major
networks, Courics ratings are mired in last
place, which may have something to do with her
habit of unabashed cheerleading for feminist
causes. Heres one of Katies recent blog
commentaries: Women in power create MORE
powerful women. [www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2007/02/12/couricandco/entry2465768.shtml
Rosie ODonnell, host of The View, is
another reason we should be thankful for
womans lib. The day after the State of the
Union address, the discussion of world news turned
to Nancy Pelosi. That inspired Barbara Walters to
triumphantly raise her clenched fist while Rosie
sang a round of I am woman, hear me
roar. (Yes, seriously.)
But theres a problem with the girl-power
gig -- it quickly morphs into a frenzied paean to
Take a recent broadcast from National Public
Radios Weekend America: [weekendamerica.publicradio.org/programs/2006/11/18/on_the_hill.html
Newly-elected congresswoman Nancy Boyda from
Kansas exclaimed, women are going to be less
inclined to look at the politics and just say, you
know, I need health care for my family. And
Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona gushed, women
tend to be a better part of the process and
we get so much done because we make
Who am I, after all, to dispute that well-honed
On January 17 Diane Sawyer lead off her Good
Morning America interview with 16 female senators
with this question: Do you believe that if
there were more women presidents in the world,
there would be less war?
Apparently Sawyer never heard of Queen Mary I,
the 16th century monarch of England. Affectionately
known as Bloody Mary, she ordered 283 persons
burned at the stake for religious heresy.
But my all-time favorite is the exchange that
took place between a fawning Diane Sawyer and
exultant Nancy Pelosi the day she was named Speaker
of the House. Are you ready for this eye-witness
account of history in the making?
Heres Dianes set-up:
Were walking along with the camera, she
looks at the carpet. It has lint on it, little
scraps of paper. She cant stand it. She gets
down and cleans the carpet so we could
And Nancys aw-shucks explanation:
Its just a bonus of having a female
Speaker of the House.
Does Hillary Clinton Pass
the Kitchen Test?
Just because she has assembled a well-oiled
political machine and holds a commanding lead over
the rest of the pack, doesnt mean Hillary
Clinton should go out and order the invitation
cards for the inauguration ball. No, not by a long
The true measure of Mrs. Clintons
presidential stock is whether she can pass the
Kitchen Test. You remember the Kitchen Test,
A couple years ago, president Bush nominated
John Bolton as U.S. ambassador to the United
Nations. Ive met Mr. Bolton, and he seems to
be a decent, straight-talking fellow.
But following Boltons senate confirmation
hearing, senator George Voinovich of Ohio saw
things differently: Ive heard enough
today that I dont feel comfortable about
voting for Mr. Bolton. I think ones
interpersonal skills and their relationship with
their fellow man its a very important
ingredient in anyone that works for me. I call it
the Kitchen Test.
Mr. Bolton flunked the Kitchen Test, which led
to his eventual undoing. So I think its only
fair that we also ask Mrs. Clinton to take the
Kitchen Test. The voting public wants to know, how
does Hillary Rodham Clinton treat her associates,
aides, and family members?
So Im sharing this remarkable compendium,
with a hat-tip to my friends at Gateway Pundit.
I will warn you, however, that many of these
statements are coarse, unladylike, and entirely
inappropriate for children. Gentle reader, proceed
with extreme caution:
- Put this on the ground! I left my
sunglasses in the limo. I need those sunglasses.
We need to go back! -- Hillary ordering a
Marine One helicopter pilot to turn back while
en route to Air Force One.
- What are you doing inviting these
people into my home? These people are our
enemies! They are trying to destroy us! --
Hillary screaming to an aide, when she found out
that some Republicans had been invited to the
Clinton White House.
- Son of a b*tch! --
Hillarys opinion of President George W.
Bush when she found out he secretly visited Iraq
on Thanksgiving just days before her trip in
- Where is the G-damn f**king flag? I
want the G-damn f**king flag up every f**king
morning at f**king sunrise. -- Hillary to
the staff at the Arkansas Governors
mansion on Labor Day, 1991.
- You sold out, you mother f**ker! You
sold out! -- Hillary yelling at a
- F**k off! Its enough that I have
to see you shit-kickers every day, Im not
going to talk to you too!! Just do your G*damn
job and keep your mouth shut. -- Hillary
to her State Trooper bodyguards after one of
them greeted her with Good
- If you want to remain on this detail,
get your f**king ass over here and grab those
bags! -- Hillary to a Secret Service Agent
who was reluctant to carry her luggage because
he wanted to keep his hands free in case of an
- Get f**ked! Get the f**k out of my
way!!! Get out of my face!!! --
Hillarys comments to her Secret Service
- Stay the f**k back, stay the f**k away
from me! Dont come within 10 yards of me,
or else! Just f**king do as I say,
Okay!!!? -- Hillary screaming at her
Secret Service detail.
But it turns out Hillarys abusive
tendencies go beyond brow-beating and foul-mouthed
intimidation. Hillary Clinton is also a
The first incident happened in 1993 when Hillary
went after Bill with her fingernails, leaving a
mean claw mark along his jawline. White
House spokeswoman Dee Dee Myers later explained
that Hillarys vicious attack had been
provoked by singer Barbara Streisands visit
to the White House. [www.cnsnews.com/ViewCommentary.asp?Page=/Commentary/archive/200205/COM20020507c.html
The second assault occurred on August 13, 1999
after Bills confession of the Monica Lewinsky
affair. According to author Christopher Andersen,
Hillary rose to her feet and slapped him
across the face -- hard enough to leave a red mark
that would be clearly visible to Secret Service
agents when he left the room.
Then there are the accounts of Hillary hurling
ashtrays, lamps, and books, once leaving a mark on
Bubbas face that required make-up. On one
occasion Bill implored his Secret Service agent,
Keep that b*tch away from me! The First
Ladys press secretary subsequently declined
to deny these accounts. [home.comcast.net/~philip.cook/essays/the_whole_truth_about_dv.htm
As we all know, theres no excuse for
domestic violence. By any standard, these incidents
are shocking and deplorable.
Mrs. Clinton, Im afraid you dont
pass the Kitchen Test, especially for a job as
demanding as Commander in Chief. And the U.N.
ambassador post is obviously out of the question.
Have you considered running for county
More ERA Malarkey
Democratic Senators Edward Kennedy and Barbara
Boxer resurrected the long-forgotten Equal Rights
Amendment and then anointed it with a new name: the
Womens Equality Amendment.
And no coincidence, the very next day
presidential candidate Hillary Clinton accepted an
endorsement from the National Organization for
Women. Seeking to deflect criticism over the move,
Mrs. Clinton explained, If you look in the
dictionary, the word feminist means someone who
believes in equal rights for women.
So in the true Clintonian spirit, lets
parse the meaning of that elusive word,
To most Americans, equality means
granting persons the same opportunities to prosper
and succeed. But the Lefties have something
entirely different in mind. It was
François-Noël Babeuf, the colorful
agitator from the French Revolution, who gave rise
to the artful ruse.
Babeuf, who organized the famed Conspiracy of
Equals, painted his vision of an egalitarian utopia
that would organize a communal regimen which
will suppress private property
to deposit the fruits of his labor in kind at the
common store, and establish an agency for the
distribution of basic necessities.
To achieve that goal, Society must be made
to operate in such a way that it eradicates once
and for all the desire of a man to become richer,
or wiser, or more powerful than others,
It was that ideal that later inspired Karl
Marxs Communist Manifesto. And of course that
tome later provided the framework for the
modern-day womens liberation movement.
Thats why feminists think of equality in
terms of identical outcomes. Case in point is
Hillarys bogus claim about the gender
wage gap. What better way to consolidate your
political base than to point the finger of blame at
the patriarchy? Thats a lot easier than
telling the truth that women simply prefer to work
shorter hours and shoulder less hazardous jobs than
That obsession with the genderless society also
lies behind the drive to impose a quota-driven
interpretation of Title IX on Americas
colleges. As a result, over 2,000 mens sports
teams have been forced to shut down.
But even the absurd has its limits, so the
Gender Warriors have come up with several
variations on the theme. Lets count the
1. Womens libbers favor an a la carte
concept of equality that disconnects rights from
responsibilities. For example, whats stopping
Senators Kennedy, Boxer, and Clinton from
introducing a bill that would require all young
American women to register for the military draft?
The modern-day Rosie the Riveters can be assigned
to stateside and non-combatant roles -- that way
they can really support the troops.
2. The rad-fems often think of equality as a
one-way street. Look how they changed the name from
the sex-neutral Equal Rights Amendment, which
implies that men might also benefit, to the
boys-stay-away title, Womens Rights
Amendment. But why shouldnt men also be
beneficiaries of equality? Why not give dads a fair
shake at winning shared custody of their kids?
3. Feminists turn the meaning of equality on its
head. Take health care, where men have long lagged
women on longevity and every other measure of
health status. But feminists have conveniently
ignored that fact, claiming we need to make women
more equal than men by creating a
multi-billion dollar womens health
The Marxist dream of a classless society
overlooks the reality that persons differ in their
abilities, skills, and motivation. Which explains
why every country founded on the collectivist ideal
has eventually turned into an economic disaster or
Remember the French Revolutions Reign of
Terror when thousands who perished under the
guillotines blade? Think of the Soviet Union,
Communist Chinas Cultural Revolution, and Pol
Pots Cambodia. And now Venezuela -- the list
goes on and on.
Likewise, the notion of a genderless society
ignores the fact that men and women are
constitutionally different. My investment advisor
tells me that men tend to invest in go-go stocks,
while women seek out safe but under-performing
bonds. The reason is not exactly earth-shattering:
Men are inclined to be risk-takers, while women
yearn for financial security.
The lessons of the last 30 years prove that as a
society accedes to the feminist vision of gender
equality, families come under siege and
single-parent households become the norm. The
fabric of the social order is frayed. Men become
marginalized and women distraught.
So given all the hidden agendas that come with
the Hillary Clintons notion of equal
rights, its not enough to state that
the Womens Rights Amendment is simply
superfluous. Its time to declare that
imposing a Marxist vision of gender equality on our
society is a perilous flirtation with social
Pill: Women Cant Stand Her
Hillary Clintons polling numbers are
tumbling, but the real shocker is how poorly she is
faring with the female electorate. According to the
recent Rasmussen poll, 43% of women say they will
not vote for Hillary. And the latest poll by John
Zogby reported an almost identical number
42% of women would not vote for Mrs. Clinton under
Hillarys gender problem is underscored by
the bootleg Apple Computer 1984 ad. [www.youtube.com/watch?v=6h3G-lMZxjo
The person who hurls the hammer at Hillarys
Big Sister image is not some 40-something
pony-tailed biker dude. No, its a young,
athletic woman, exactly the demographic that
Hillary hopes will put her over the top in November
Do a web search and youll find websites
(such as www.allwomenagainsthillary.com
and chat rooms buzzing with women who are
flabbergasted at the mere thought of Hillary as
44th president of the United States.
One writes, I, as a woman, would love to
see a woman president, but am willing to wait for
the right one. Some refer to her has Hillary
the Horrible or simply that cold
b*tch. At one recent conference, a
smiling co-ed offered me a Hillary Barf Bag.
Many Democrats cant stomach the idea of
Hillary as president, either. The Zogby poll found
that among likely Democratic voters, a surprising
18% stated they would never cast a vote in
Opposition to Clinton runs high even among
Democratic insiders. There is no more
divisive figure in the Democratic Party, much less
the country, than the former first lady,
argues former Dukakis campaign manager Susan
Estrich. And former NARAL Pro-Choice America
director Kate Michelman has already signed on with
the campaign of rival John Edwards.
No one disputes HRCs intelligence and
drive. So how did the coronation plans come
One answer can be found in Hillarys Equal
Pay video that is featured on her website:
. There she repeats the wage-gap chestnut,
Here we are at the beginning of the 21st
century and women still earn significantly less
than men for doing the same jobs.
But pandering to the gender wage gap
poses a threat to womens intelligence, and
possibly their lifestyles.
Thats because men and women dont do
the same jobs. Men spend more years in the
workforce, work longer hours, and are subjected to
far more hazards 93% of all workplace deaths
Hillarys pay plan may also incur the wrath
of liberal water-carriers like Katie Couric. The
CBS News anchor reportedly earns $15 million a
year. At ABC Charlie Gibson rakes in $7 million,
and NBCs Brian Williams ekes by on a measly
$4 million. All three do essentially the same jobs.
So under Hillarys scheme, Katie would be
forced to cut her salary by at least half.
Now watch Hillarys Equal Pay video a
second time, but with the sound turned off. Observe
her expressions watch how she
condescendingly arches her brow. Dont expect
to find any hint of warmth or sincerity. What you
see is the visage of an angry and calculating
But Mrs. Clintons problem goes deeper than
her screeching rhetoric and all-around sourpuss
attitude. Hillarys problem with women is her
attitude towards women.
Remember her famous 60-Minutes remark,
Im not sitting here as some little
woman standing by my man like Tammy
Wynette? That comment revealed a scornful
attitude towards those ladies who choose an
ideology and lifestyle that deviates from the
Probe into the feminist world-view, and you
discover a philosophy that is deeply distrustful of
women and their ability to make decisions on their
own behalf. Simone de Beauvoir, grand-dame of the
modern-day feminist movement, openly displayed this
No woman should be authorized to stay at
home to raise her children
. Women should not
have that choice, precisely because if there is
such a choice, too many women will make that
And attend a local staging of The Vagina
Monologues. Note the apparent satisfaction of the
actresses chanting the names of their private body
parts. Can anyone think of a more demeaning way to
treat women? Its somehow fitting that Hillary
invited Eve Ensler, creator of TVM, to serve on her
Senate exploratory committee.
So while Clinton mouths the mantra of female
choice and liberation, what she really seeks is
unquestioning fealty to an ideology that demands
womens obeisance to the blandishments of the
Most ladies sense a master manipulator behind
the green velvet curtain. And thats Hillary
Rodham Clintons problem with women.
Mostly in Denial about the
I first offer an apology to my readers who may be
put off by the tone of this weeks column. But
as I explain below, I have reached the conclusion
that modern-day feminism has become totalitarian in
its ideology, tactics, and objectives.
Nancy Hopkins, an M.I.T. biology professor who
presumably knew something about sex differences,
had a fainting fit at the mention that maybe, just
maybe, there are innate distinctions between men
The man who uttered the heresy, who happened to
be the president of Harvard University, was
subjected to a firestorm of criticism and abuse.
Drew Gilpin Faust was named to head up the
investigation. At the time Faust was the head of
the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study,
one of the most powerful incubators of
feminist complaint and nonsensical academic theory
in the country, reveals Heather
Despite serial apologies and a truce offer
packaged as a $50 million faculty diversity
program, president Lawrence Summers was eventually
forced to step down. And last month Harvard
University named his replacement -- you guessed it,
Drew Gilpin Faust.
And thats how the radical feminists staged
a bloodless coup detat at Americas most
prestigious university, all in the space of two
Last week David Horowitz of the Center for the
Study of Popular Culture revealed the reach of
feminist hegemony. Horowitz reviewed program
descriptions from 100 Womens Studies programs
around the country and found that
Indoctrination in dogmatic creeds such as
gender feminism has become an
For anyone who knows the history of eastern
Europe in the 1950s or of the Chinese Cultural
Revolution, these accounts are sure to send chills
running up your spine.
Some courageous souls have taken it upon
themselves to expose the power plays.
Take judge Robert Dierker of the 22nd Judicial
Court of Missouri. When a sexual harassment case
came before him, Dierker not only ruled against the
claim, he also made an aside about the cloud
cuckooland of radical feminism. Oh my! That
remark brought down the PC police, forcing Dieker
to explain whether he harbored any
preconceived bias against women.
Eventually cleared of the charge, Dieker felt
compelled to write the must-read book, The
Tyranny of Tolerance. His account highlights
the schizoid femifascist philosophy
which oscillates between demanding equality with
men and demanding better treatment than men.
With bracing candor Dieker reveals, At its
core, the femifascist agenda is based on hatred for
men. Hatred is not too strong a word to apply to
the most radical feminism.
No surprise, a complaint has already been filed
with the Missouris judicial oversight
commission. After all, only those who espouse the
truth should have the right to free speech.
Women are beginning to lose patience with the
Lavender Ladies, as well. In Germany, TV
anchorwomen Eva Herman wrote a book last year
credited with spurring the anti-feminist
revolution. Now she has released the sequel,
Dear Eva Herman. The work contains
letters from women like this: The fact
youve been criticized as being a traitor
towards women shows just what sort of femi-fascism
we have to live under nowadays.
Most think of fascists as jackbooted brownshirts
leading away the innocent at midnight. Thats
not happening in America, of course.
But think twice are you aware of the
unfettered power we have ceded to the state under
the rubric of curbing domestic
Guys, imagine you get into an argument with your
wife. Nothing physical, just a once-in-a-blue-moon
blow-out. But a neighbor or passer-by overhears
your wifes screams, and calls the police.
Guess what, youll be hustled out of your
house, probably in handcuffs. And then theyll
stamp the indelible A on your record
Abuser. According to one report, this is a
commonplace event -- one million American men are
preemptively ordered out of their homes each year,
even when no physical abuse is even alleged.
This unprecedented roll-back of rights in the
name of stopping partner abuse is happening in
other countries as well.
In India, almost anything qualifies as domestic
violence, and now were seeing a
rash of suicides by falsely-accused husbands. And
Mexico just passed a law that could put a man in
jail simply because he became jealous.(!)
When he was president, Ronald Reagan explained,
Freedom is never more than one generation
away from extinction. We didnt pass it to our
children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for,
protected, and handed on for them to do the
Now, a generation after those words were spoken,
we are coming to terms with a new and undeniable
threat to our liberties, our values, and our
Hillary Headed for a
A few weeks ago Hillary Rodham Clinton surprised a
San Francisco audience with the announcement,
Im not running as a woman
candidate. But then HRC had a change of
heart, and on March 6 she unveiled her I Can
Be President effort designed to appeal to
That was a smart move, because the last few
weeks the Hillary-for-First-Mom bandwagon has hit
some rather unpleasant road-bumps. Now Barack Obama
is closing in on Hillarys once insurmountable
First the New York Post revealed that her
campaign had agreed to buy the endorsement of South
Carolina state Senator Darrell Jackson to the tune
of $10,000 a month. A few days later the
Washington Post reported that Mrs. Clinton
had failed to list a family charity on her Senate
financial disclosure report not once, but
More proof, I assume, of Hillarys claim
that the presence of women raises the
standards of ethical behavior and lowers
Then in late February media mogul David Geffen
took a swipe at the Clintons by saying,
Everybody in politics lies, but they do it
with such ease, its troubling. And a
week later former House Speaker Newt Gingrich
called Hillary a nasty woman who runs
an endlessly ruthless campaign
Ouch, that hurts!
That hardnosed campaign apparatus was
highlighted in a Feb. 25 Washington Post
article that revealed the edict to bar any
discussion of Bills sexual improprieties.
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has a new
commandment for the 2008 presidential field: Thou
shalt not mention anything related to the
impeachment of her husband, the Post
Is this the harbinger of an open and honest
Then there was her secret appearance at the
homosexual Human Rights Campaign meeting on March 3
secret in the sense that it wasnt
listed on Hillarys official campaign
schedule. But someone forgot to shut off the camera
as the introducer detailed how HRC schemed to block
the Federal Marriage Amendment. [www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSPxGmePSiA
The next day the campaign staff sent Mrs.
Clinton to Selma, Alabama in a bid to upstage Mr.
Obama. Speaking in her New York imitation of a
southern drawl, she told the congregants at the
First Baptist Church that as a high school student,
I had the great privilege of hearing Dr. King
speak in Chicago. That speech inspired her to
support the great revolution that the civil
rights pioneers were waging on behalf of a more
Do you know what Hillary did to advance the
great revolution? Get ready for this
Young Hillary, a Republican at the time, went
out and bought herself a cowgirl outfit so she
could dress up as a Goldwater girl, as
she wrote in her memoirs. Of course it was Barry
Goldwater who soon joined with southern Democratic
segregationists to oppose the Voting Rights Act of
1964, a law that had been inspired by Martin Luther
Clinton was thoughtful enough to withhold that
tidbit from her Selma audience. After all,
its considered impolite to partake of
incredulous belly laughter in church.
So the next weekend Mrs. Clinton found herself
in New Hampshire. For the umpteenth time she
reflected on the challenge of becoming the first
female president but this time with a new
A lot of people back then said,
American will never elect a Catholic as
president. But those who gathered here almost
half a century ago knew better. They believed
American was bigger than that and American would
give Sen. John F. Kennedy a fair shake
when people tell me, A woman can never be
president, I say, Well never know
unless we try.
Mrs. Clinton, I can think of a number of persons
who remind me of your shabby ethics, your shrill
rhetoric, and your obsession with playing the
victim. But JFK isnt one of them.
And finally is the sizzling reprise of the
famous Apple Computer 1984 commercial, this time
depicting Hillary as Big Sister: www.youtube.com/watch?v=6h3G-lMZxjo
Over the last several months we have witnessed
the sad unraveling of several high-profile figures
including Ana Nicole Smith, former astronaut Lisa
Nowak, and Britney Spears.
Presidential wannabee Hillary resembles a
celebrity musician more than a traditional
political candidate. Every few days the star makes
an appearance, goes through her well-rehearsed
routine, and poses for the camera.
But the emotional high is short-lived and the
audience tires of the glitz. To compensate, the
performances become more fevered, the music gets
louder, and the gyrations more strained.
Hillary Clinton is pursuing her quest for the
White House with Britney-like intensity. But with
20 months left until the election, one wonders how
long her high-octane crusade can maintain the
Woozles in the Name of
The Gender Warriors have discovered the perfect
wedge issue, one that carries raw, visceral appeal
with liberals and conservatives alike, and to a
large swath of the American electorate.
But theres a catch: For this issue to
work, the truth must purged from general awareness.
Researchers have to be re-educated, or if need be,
cowed into silence. And the media must be goaded to
The issue is domestic violence.
This area has become so strewn with Urban
Legends that researchers have dubbed them the
woozle effect. Remember when
Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet went hunting and almost
caught a woozle?
Dr. Richard Gelles of the University of
Pennsylvania is one of the best-known researchers
in this field. Gelles recently published an article
in Family Court Review that exposes many of these
Heres a sampling:
- The Centers for Disease Control
reports that domestic violence is the leading
cause of injury to women ages 15 to 44.
Interesting, but the CDC never said anything
- According to the March of Dimes,
battering during pregnancy is the leading cause
of birth defects. That factoid certainly
came as a surprise to the March of Dimes.
- Female perpetrators of partner
homicide serve longer jail sentences than
males Heres the truth: the average
prison sentence for male offenders is 17 years,
and for female murderers is 6 years.
The woozles continue.
This past November the Washington Times
ran a front-page story that claimed, A 2005
U.N. Population Fund report found that 70% of
married women in India were victims of beatings or
The notion that 70% of Indian husbands are
batterers or rapists defies reason or common sense.
So on November 28 the Washington Times was
compelled to admit the mistake, saying the United
Nations does not have sufficient data
to make any such claim.
Then theres the outright suppression of
research findings, like one federally funded survey
directed by the Kentucky Commission on Women. The
interviews revealed that 38% of all violence
consisted of unprovoked attacks by women on their
male partners -- but that key statistic was omitted
from the final report. The cover-up was not
discovered until other researchers obtained a copy
of the raw data.
And recently the U.S. Department of Justice
issued a grant solicitation that specifically
prohibited any proposals for research on
intimate partner violence against, or stalking of
males of any age. Hows that for good
ol fashioned sex bias?
But scientists are still reluctant to kow-tow to
the whims of political correctness. So
extraordinary measures may become necessary.
Dr. Suzanne Steinmetz knows this from first-hand
experience. Her research at the University Delaware
revealed that women are as likely to resort to
partner violence as men. In response, partisans
launched a year-long intimidation campaign. The
organizers of one conference were threatened that
if they allowed me to speak, the place would
I also received a couple of phone
calls saying it wouldnt be safe for my
children to go out, Steinmetz later
Murray Straus of the University of New
Hampshire, honored with many awards for his
research on family violence, has been shunned for
not toeing the ideological line. He has been
threatened, heckled, and booed to the point of
preventing him from speaking at several college
Another target of the tyranny of ideological
conformity is Erin Pizzey. Founder of the first
womens shelter in England, Pizzey published a
book that revealed 62% of the women at her shelter
had physically attacked their male partners. The
result? The police had to be summoned to escort her
on the book tour, and she was once shot at.
All this, of course, in the name of stopping
violence against women.
Some would say the distortions and the threats
are justified. After all, the domestic violence
industry has succeeded in leveraging persons
fears into a $1 billion-a-year campaign devoted to
protecting women from abuse. Why take issue with
But what if the truth came out that our
countrys War on Domestic Abuse was flatly
ineffective in reducing violence, that it ignored
the wishes of victims, and that it sometimes placed
women at greater risk of abuse? [www.mediaradar.org/docs/VAWA-Has-It-Delivered-on-Its-Promises-to-Women.pdf
And what if it became known that our
nations domestic violence laws were violating
the civil rights of millions and were needlessly
breaking up families, forcing children to grow up
in single-parent households? [www.mediaradar.org/docs/VAWA-A-Culture-of-False-Allegations.pdf
What would we do then?
Nearly a century ago a young Austrian corporal
became inspired by the vision of creating a Master
Race. Once he declared himself the Führer,
Adolf Hitler set out to assure the ascendancy of
biologically valuable Germans. From
1934 to 1937 the Nazi regime sterilized an
estimated 400,000 persons whom they viewed as
physically and mentally unfit.
To silence his critics, Hitler justified his
extermination program by invoking the scientific
discipline of eugenics, a word derived from the
Greek for good birth.
Across the Atlantic, Margaret Sanger was another
proponent of the burgeoning movement. A member of
the Eugenics Societies in both the United States
and England, Sanger penned Woman and the New Race
which spelled out her utopian, if unconventional
Laced with contempt for the female sex, Sanger
wrote in 1920, woman has, through her
reproductive ability, founded and perpetuated the
tyrannies of the Earth
Had she planned
deliberately to achieve this tragic total of human
waste and misery, she could hardly have done it
Sangers 1932 Plan for Peace
took this analysis to its logical conclusion. She
argued for the need to apply a stern and
rigid policy of sterilization and segregation to
that grade of population whose progeny is already
tainted and to give certain dysgenic
groups in our population their choice of
segregation or sterilization. Sanger would
later clarify that dysgenic groups
The legacy of Margaret Sanger continues to this
day. As we know, Sanger founded the Planned
Parenthood Foundation of America, which later gave
rise to the establishment of the International
Planned Parenthood Federation in 1952.
So in 1979, China implemented its infamous
One-Child Policy, which soon spurred complaints of
forced sterilizations, coercive abortions, and
infanticides. A 2001 report revealed that
government authorities in Guangdong province had
set a quota of 20,000 forced abortions.
But if a couple is allowed only one child, many
may confront a difficult choice. Most families eke
out a hard-scrabble existence where the next
days meal can never be taken for granted. By
all accounts, a boy can be sent to work the fields
and tend the herd at an earlier age than a girl.
And in many societies, aging parents can expect to
receive financial support from their son.
Fetal ultrasound became the technology that
allowed couples to make this decision. A portable
ultrasound machine can be purchased for only a few
thousand dollars. And an abortion can be had at
little or no cost.
This soon gave rise to what doctors in India
call coffee-bar abortions
terminate your pregnancy and then hang out at the
nearby coffee-bar to sip cappuccino.
Joseph DAgostino has dubbed the rise in
sex-selective abortions as Feminisms
Triumph: Exterminating Girls. [www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=19061
Experts disagree on the overall toll, but an
article published in the medical journal Lancet
pegs the number at 100 million aborted girls,
mostly in China and India. In China alone, UNICEF
estimates there are only 832 girls per 1,000
Feminists have a compulsion to impose radical
social change and when things go sour, blaming the
subsequent fiasco on the patriarchy. The problem of
sex-selective abortions is no exception to this
Over the past several decades, the Avatars of
Abortion have waged a determined campaign to make
abortions available around the world. Of course
they will never admit to the possibility that their
lethal crusade has anything to do with the current
Instead, the fems deflect the blame, speaking
darkly of the deep-seated power differences
between the sexes. That aspersion
conveniently ignores the fact that in India, a
large segment of the doctors who profit from the
nations $100 million sex-selection industry
And exactly how is male privilege
fostered by leaving millions of Asian men without
any prospect of finding a wife?
Ultrasound machines were popularized in the
mid-1980s. Twenty years later, we now have a
generation of men in their late teens and early
twenties in search of a partner. This has the
makings of a demographic disaster. In western
India, for example, young women from Nepal and
Bangladesh are trucked in as paros
for a price, of course -- to rectify the
So what is the solution to the epidemic of
female feticides? Laws that ban the practice have
been found to be ineffective. Requiring doctors to
fill out extra forms, as they do in India,
hasnt worked. And posting warning signs at
ultrasound facilities is worthless.
So what can be done to stop this 21st century
population time-bomb? To my mind, there is one
obvious cure for this modern-day eugenics
experiment, an approach that indeed has a
reasonable chance of success: Ban abortions.
Foul Emanations from the
Wondering about all the backpack-toting,
hairy-legged women ambling around New York City
this week? Theyre the delegates to the United
Nations Commission on the Status of Women.
Dont expect to hear about random acts of
kindness from this bunch. These women care about
only one thing freeing the planet from the
baleful influence of patriarchy.
The word patriarchy, of course,
simply refers to male leadership. History shows
that patriarchs have spared women from the
dirtiest, harshest, and most hazardous lines of
work. Thats part of the reason why in almost
every country, men have shorter lifespans than
But at the U.N., patriarchy now takes the blame
for everything thats wrong with the world,
from global warming, the spread of AIDS, and no
doubt tooth decay.
To keep the fervor strong, the drumbeat of
female victimization must be continually sounded.
It matters little that the assertions are
over-wrought, one-sided, or mendacious. So
its an amusing exercise to occasionally
catalog the falsehoods that regularly arise from
I will warn you these statements are cleverly
calculated to play upon persons sympathies
and fears. So before you are tempted to believe
them, refer to the indicated web address:
1. Women are 70% of the worlds
poor. Hillary Clinton, World
Conference on Women, Beijing, China, 1995. Hillary
can now add teller of tall-tales to her
all-star resumé: www.ifeminists.net/introduction/editorials/2006/1004roberts.html
2. . . . women and children account for
the vast majority of those adversely affected by
armed conflict. Security Council
Resolution No. 1325, 2000. A bizarre claim that
defies common sense: www.ifeminists.net/introduction/editorials/2005/1116roberts.html
3. However, as is often the case in times
of crisis, women are bearing the brunt of years of
war and sanctions in Iraq. -- United Nations
Development Program, 2003. A one-sided statement,
at best: www.ifeminists.net/introduction/editorials/2003/0729roberts.html
4. The majority of the victims of human
trafficking are women and children.
Secretary Generals Study on Violence Against
Women, 2006. Thats not what the Migration
Policy Institute says: www.ifeminists.net/introduction/editorials/2006/0712roberts.html
5. Violence against women persists in
every country of the world as a pervasive violation
of human rights and a major impediment to achieving
gender equality. Secretary
Generals Study on Violence Against Women,
2006. Gender equality cant
the Mischievous Maidens at least come up with a new
6. We know that women do about 66% of the
work in the world, they produce 50% of the food,
but earn 5% of the income and own 1% of the
property. UNICEF director Ann Veneman,
2007. One of those pseudo-scientific claims that no
one could back up: www.ifeminists.net/introduction/editorials/2006/1011roberts.html
When persons repeat a lie often enough, they
begin to believe them. And soon statements that
would smack of bigotry in any other context become
1. Women and children must be at the
center of response to Southern Africa's
humanitarian crisis. -- Carol Bellamy, former
UNICEF director, 2003.
all our work for development
from agriculture to health....must focus on
the needs and priorities of women. -- Louise
Frechette, former UN Deputy Secretary-General,
3. My priorities will be the health of
women. -- Margaret Chan, director of the
World Health Organization, 2006.
Over the years the womens movement has
undergone a social make-over. A century ago,
feminism was a bona fide liberation effort designed
to assure equal rights and opportunities. Who could
be against that?
Then the cause morphed into its
self-gratification phase, which it euphemistically
referred to as female empowerment. As
author Myrna Blyth puts it, narcissism is an
advanced evolutionary stage of female liberation.
Me, me, me, means youre finally free, free,
free. And dont lose sleep if you tell
an occasional white lie or level a false accusation
after all, its for a good cause.
In the 1990s, feminism evolved into the
totalitarian period. Thats when the fems
began to harness the power of the state to win a
series of legal privileges and female-only laws,
such as the Violence Against Women Act and Title IX
which imposed rigid quotas on school athletics.
Their justification: Women needed to play
catch-up after eons of oppression and
And now, feminism is reaching its natural
culmination, the stage of social destruction. See
what the UN feminists did to UNICEF. Look at how
they maligned traditional notions of masculinity
and femininity. And witness the disintegration of
the traditional family.
Thats what always happens to social
movements that are inspired by the Marxist
The Rehabilitation of
Astronaut Lisa Nowak
It was one of those stories that not even a
Hollywood scriptwriter could dream up: A NASA
astronaut stows a steel mallet, 4-inch knife,
rubber tubing, gloves, and trash bags in her car.
She straps on an astro-diaper and drives 900 miles
to Orlando. During the wee hours of February 6, she
disguises herself with a wig, glasses, and trench
coat. Confronting her romantic rival in the airport
parking lot, she douses Colleen Shipman with pepper
An outrageous deed, for sure. Have you noticed
that the more bizarre the crime, the more persons
lean over backwards to make excuses for the
Like school teacher Debra Lafave who raped a
14-year-old student in Florida. Her lawyer claimed,
To place an attractive young woman into that
kind of hellhole is like putting a piece of raw
meat in with the lions. That raw appeal to
judicial chivalry relieved Lafave from the
inconvenience of a single day of jail time.
And remember the Clara Harris case? In 2002 she
repeatedly mowed down her husband, David, with her
Mercedes-Benz. Both of them had been involved in
extra-marital affairs. Now serving a 20-year
sentence in a Texas prison, she was ordered last
month to pay $3.75 million in restitution to her
But guess who the media portrayed as the
lying, cheating scumbag who
deserved what he got? Hint: CBS
portrayed Mrs. Harris in a 2004 movie as the
betrayed wife and pitiable victim. [www.glennsacks.com/suppose_roles_had.htm
So back to Orlando, Florida, where we discover
that literally within hours of the crime, the
rehabilitation of Astronaut Lisa Nowak is set to
Initially the prosecutor charged Nowak only with
attempted kidnapping. Excuse me, Mr. Prosecutor,
but exactly how do you kidnap a person with a steel
mallet, latex gloves, and trash bags?
Soon two fellow astronauts flew to Orlando. No,
not to conduct an inquiry or make sure the victim
was recovering from the attack. Rather, Our
primary concern is [Nowaks] health
and well-being, and that she get through
this, according to Steve Lindsay.
The first round of news coverage was objective,
featuring photos of Nowak being lead into the
courtroom in handcuffs, her head hanging in shame.
But the very next day, the public rehabilitation of
Lisa Nowak would begin in earnest.
On Wednesday, media coverage turned jocular.
Newstands were filled with headlines about
Astro-nut Nowak, Lust in Space, and the Dark Side
of the Loon. Anything to keep persons minds
off the sobering reality of an innocent person
being bludgeoned with a hammer.
And drooling over the high-profile story on
Valentines Day, newspapers speculated whether
Nowak had caused the break-up of the marriage of
her love object two years before.
By Thursday, media coverage had morphed into a
soap opera promo: The sad tale of Lisa
Nowak and Lisa Marie Nowaks life
was falling apart were the leads of two
articles I saw.
Even level-headed columnists went gah-gah.
Myrna Blyth suggested the attack was not as
strange as some might think, claiming in her Feb. 9
column, Theres a crazy astronaut in all
of us. And John Derbyshire pooh-poohed the
entire episode, saying that women are not
actually very good at this sort of thing.
Im sure that assurance will come as
consolation to the grieving families of the 1,200
persons who are knocked off every year by
Of course when People magazine did its
front-page story, it was all about Lisa, Lisa, and
more Lisa: a naturally gifted woman who
yearned for a space career at the tender age of
five, Robo-chick astronaut, and a stressed-out but
very loving mother of three.
And what about Colleen Shipman, victim of the
premeditated murder attack? In the entire 6-page
spread, People magazine devoted a grand total of 5
sentences to her plight. Sorry, Colleen, your
harrowing experience just didnt fit into the
Mind you, the crime took place last week, and
the rehabilitation of Lisa Nowak has only just
begun. Were still awaiting a call from Katie
Couric, and of course the obligatory Oprah
And soon well be hearing that Nowak was
the heroic survivor of an abusive childhood, she
waged a lonely campaign to break the glass ceiling,
and her ex-husband once raised his voice in stern
Before long we will all agree that Lisa Marie
Nowak, despondent from the recent break-up of her
19-year marriage, was unwittingly seduced into a
love triangle and attempted a Halloween-type prank
in futile revenge. Her actions were surely more
worthy of sympathy than scorn.
At that point, what need will there be for a
A few years ago Marie Wilson, director of the White
House Project, made the remarkable claim that
female politicians lead from an
other-centered perspective, while those
Neanderthal male pols tend to be
I admit this came as news to me, but if
its true, perhaps we should dispense with the
formalities and anoint Hillary as the next
Commander-in-Chief. That way we can enjoy the
morning newspaper for the next couple years without
being subjected to all the electioneering
In the past, whenever the Women of Woe invoked
the cause of female liberation, we were expected to
reflexively nod our heads in rapt agreement. Maybe
its time to put some of their pronouncements
under the microscope.
So are female politicos, in fact,
To answer that question, lets pay a visit
to the website of the Congressional Caucus for
Womens Issues thats the group
thats been Nancy Pelosi constant cheerleader
for all these years.
Problem is, the Womens Caucus doesnt
have a website. These ladies ethics are so
squeaky-clean theres no need for transparency
But persistence pays off, and I eventually
discovered the Report on Accomplishments of
the Congressional Caucus for Womens Issues in
the 108th Congress. Surely this 56-page
document would put the argument to rest whether the
gentle-hearted gals are the more compassionate
So lets scan the table of contents. Hmmmm.
Education and Athletics, International Womens
Issues, Violence Against Women, Womens
Health, Womens History, Women in the
Military, and Women in the Workplace.
Looks pretty one-sided to me. Maybe the
other-centered stuff is buried inside.
So on page 14 I read, A bipartisan effort
by the Womens Caucus leadership succeeded in
tripling U.S. contributions for programs supporting
women and girls overseas through the United Nations
Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM).
Fine, but what about needy boys around the
Like the teenage boys in Africa who have become
night commuters so they arent kidnapped and
pressed into military combat. And all the boys in
Afghanistan who were sent out to tend the goat
herd, only to lose a limb to unexploded ordinance.
And the 2,000 young boys from Bangladesh taken from
their homes to work as camel jockeys in the Persian
Gulf -- are they less deserving of our compassion
The truth is, the Womens Caucus comes
across like any other narrow interest group,
pretending the male half of the world doesnt
But lets be fair. Maybe the ladies are
simply making up for several millenia of neglect.
The Congressional Mens Caucus must be just as
self-serving as the Womens Caucus. Right?
Actually, there is no Mens
Caucus. Why? Because it never occurs to male
politicians to single out mens issues for
Look at the two major pieces of domestic
legislation that the Daddy Party has enacted over
the last 6 years: No Child Left Behind and the
Medicare Drug Benefit. No Child Left Behind is
designed to help children struggling to get an
education in inner-city schools. And you guessed
it, the Medicare Drug program predominantly
In her acceptance speech as first female Speaker
of the House, Nancy Pelosi proudly exclaimed,
Never losing faith, we worked to redeem the
promise of America, that all men and women are
created equal. For our daughters and
granddaughters, today we have broken the marble
As Mimi Pelosi spoke those words,
her five grandsons were standing at her side with a
slightly confused expression. The thought crossed
my mind that compared to girls, her grandsons were
at greater danger of having lower grades, falling
behind in school, and never going to college.
One can only wonder whether the indelicate
reality of our boys at risk has ever tweaked the
conscience of Madame Speaker.
CEDAW and I-VAWA:
Double-Trouble for Families
Senator Joe Biden kicked off his improbable run for
the White House with the pronouncement that
Illinois senator Barack Obama was sufficiently
clean to serve as a worthy opponent --
reassuring news to Mr. Obama, Im sure.
Now were ready for some serious,
As chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations
Committee, Mr. Biden soon will be proposing a
treaty that would place all U.S. domestic policy
under the scrutiny of a United Nations oversight
The treaty goes by the innocent-sounding name,
Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of
Discrimination Against Women CEDAW for short
-- and presents itself as an international
bill of rights for women. Who could
possibly be against that?
But like all things feminist, what you see is
not what you get. Because when the rad-fems espouse
equality, they are not referring to equal
A report from the International Womens
Rights Action Watch revealed far more than it
intended: the CEDAW Convention
[emphasizes that] the measure of a
states action to secure the human rights of
women and men needs to ensure equality of results
[these three words in bold] . . . Thus, the
state is obligated to show results, not just stop
at frameworks of equality that are strong on
In other words, complementary and
mutually-respectful roles of men and women would be
phased out in favor of the gender-less society.
Scary, but thats what they really want.
But theres a sticking point to this
utopian design. Motherhood has a funny way of
discouraging women from putting in 60-hour work
weeks, doing long-haul truck runs, and trying to
scale the corporate ladder.
Feminists understand that, so their solution is
to break up marriages (all the harder for women to
get pregnant). And at the sign of the first playful
tug, CEDAW advocates would cart the woman off to
her neighborhood abortionist.
Promoting abortions may seem easy, but breaking
up the family, the foundational unit of society, is
not. So feminists have seized on the issue of
domestic violence and
thats where I-VAWA comes in.
I-VAWA stands for the International Violence
Against Women Act. By now you have probably guessed
that Senator Joe Biden is planning to introduce
this bill, as well. And who in their right mind
could oppose a bill with that name?
Experience shows that domestic violence programs
have a lot more to do with breaking up families
than curbing partner abuse.
According to the latest report from the
Department of Justice, only 2% of domestic violence
incidents involve married couples in an intact
But to weaken the bonds of holy matrimony, the
Purveyors of Pink Paranoia must convince women that
their husbands are actually closet batterers.
Case in point is Claudia Garcia-Moreno, director
of the WHO Multi-Country Study on Womens
Health, who made this startling claim: We
found that womens greatest risk of violence
is from a partner. [www.endabuse.org/programs/printable/display.php3?NewsFlashID=771
Not so fast, Ms. Garcia-Moreno -- time to bring
in the Truth Squad.
According to the landmark World Health
Organizations Report on Violence and Health,
half a million women die each year from intentional
violence. But when you work through the numbers,
only about 13% of those deaths involved homicides
committed by husbands or boyfriends.
So right there Garcia-Moreno is way off the
mark. But the WHO logic gets even more loony.
Because you have to realize that the WHO defines
violence far more broadly than you or I
could ever imagine. The WHO claims with a straight
face that violence includes those acts that
result from a power relationship that
includes all types of psychological
And we know those all-powerful patriarchs
constantly lord it over their downtrodden wives and
girlfriends. Which basically means all male-female
relationships are abusive.
So if your wife got inspired to do a little
Janet Jackson number during Sundays Super
Bowl and, heaven forbid you told her to lay off --
fella, you just committed domestic violence!
Once women begin to view everything through the
prism of gender, power, and abuse, its no
surprise that they look to the Nanny State as a
Thats whats going on in India,
courtesy of the 2006 Domestic Violence Act.
Thats what is occurring in the United States,
thanks to the Violence Against Women Act.
And thats whats going to happen to
the rest of the world if we let candidate Joe Biden
have his way with the International Violence
Against Women Act.
Hillarys Gender War
The greatest controversy during the upcoming
political campaign will not be Republican vs.
Democrat or conservative against liberal. Rather,
the most riveting debate is likely to revolve
around the question of whether a female president
can better lead the nation than a man. It will be
the ultimate Battle of the Sexes, played out in
endless bedroom discussions, backyard debates, and
Three years ago Marie Wilson wrote a book called
Closing the Leadership Gap in which she wrote
(somewhat ungrammatically) that the United States
has been steered by male leadership who tend
to lead from a self-centered, self-preservation
perspective, whereas, Women
inclined to lead, their families and nations, from
an other-centered perspective.
Hillary Rodham Clinton soon picked up on that
theme and began to brag that female officials are
more truthful than their male counterparts. At the
2005 Womens Global Leadership Summit, HRC
claimed that Research shows the presence of
women raises the standards of ethical behavior and
And others argue that a more caring and peaceful
disposition of the fairer sex will lead to a less
Of course these claims are so over-the-top that
they are almost self-refuting. Should we start with
the notion that women are more ethical?
O Hillary, let me count the ways: insider
cattle-future deals, denials of the Madison
Guaranty retainer, White House travel office
firings, and many, many more.
Then the bone-tickler that you were named after
Edmund Hillarys mountaineering feats. You
were born in 1947 and Sir Hillarys conquest
of Mount Everest wasnt until, lets see,
1953. Oh well, it made for a good
In fact entire books have been penned about your
calculating manner and ethical lapses. But hey, I
dont want to be accused of piling on!
But the notion that women are more ethical than
men? Well, just ask Speaker Nancy Pelosi about that
fishy minimum wage deal she finagled with Star-Kist
Tuna a couple weeks ago.
Now what about Marie Wilsons claim that
female leaders are other-centered?
Say what you want about men and women at home.
But my first-hand observation of elected officials
leans to the opposite of Wilsons
Elect a man to office and the first thing he
does is pass a law that benefits women. Blame it on
the patriarchy, chivalry, or political savvy -- I
dont know, but thats what happens. Yes,
men are so predictable.
Take Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and
welfare programs all were passed by largely
male legislators, all are paid for mostly by male
taxpayers, and all have a majority of female
Now lets look at the record of female
elected officials -- sorry, folks, this wont
Can you think of a single Congresswoman who has
pushed for funding to help boys who are falling
behind in school? Can you name a law for prostate
cancer research that was spearheaded by a woman?
(For the record, it was Sen. Ted Kennedy who first
seized on the idea of championing breast cancer
research.) Can you wise me up to a single
female-sponsored resolution that sympathized with
the injustice of loving dads who are barred from
seeing their kids?
Hillary and Nancy both claim to be pro-children,
and then advocate for a womens right to
chose. Help me out ladies, youll need
to explain that connection to me.
OK, maybe women arent more ethical or
other-centered after all. But surely
they are harbingers of a kinder, gentler world.
Within hours of Hillarys announcement of
her candidacy, the pundits were predicting this was
going to be one of the nastiest campaigns on
record. And traveling to Iowa just a week later,
Mrs. Clinton proved them right.
Speaking before a group of 50 Democrats, HRC
took off the kid gloves: When attacked, you
have to deck your opponents, the gentle soul
from Chappaqua boasted.
But she saved her best salvo for an appearance
at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds. In response
to a question about greedy, rotten leaders like
Osama bin Laden, Clinton responded with a
mischievous grin, And what in my background
equips me to deal with evil and bad men?
I am certain of this: No male politician has
made a similarly demeaning reference to women. But
Hillarys comment triggered hooting and
laughter among the ladies present.
And when Clinton later tried to explain her
anti-male broadside to a group of journalists, all
they could do was groan in response to her
self-serving claim that she was just being a
Some may say the Battle of the Sexes is the
spice of life. Fine. But Mrs. Clinton, I dont
think we need to start a Gender War.
Twilight Zone Politics
at the UN
What happens when half-truths and outright
dishonesty come to dominate the thinking of an
entire organization? This is my observation of the
current state of affairs at the United Nations, at
least when it come to matters of sex. There, the
mantras of gender equality and
female empowerment have crowded out
notions of what ordinary persons used to call
fairness and truth.
To put the matter in perspective, lets
consider longevity, considered one of the best
measures of how persons are faring in the
According to the World Health Organization,
mens lifespan is lagging in almost every
country around the globe. In the United States, the
gap is five years. In Russia and eastern Europe,
men are dying 14 years before women. Imagine trying
to sustain an economy when large swaths of your
most productive workers are dying in their 30s and
A couple years ago I documented WHOs
neglect of mens health and concluded,
Something has gone terribly wrong. The health
programs of the World Health Organization and other
agencies are violating the U.N.s most
cherished founding principles. [www.renewamerica.us/analyses/050312roberts.htm
But apparently that commentary didnt make
it to the attention of Dr. Margaret Chan of China,
recently named to head up the World Health
Organization. Accepting her appointment, Chan
pledged her priorities would be The health of
the people of Africa, and the health of
Why dont we just call it exorbitant
irrationality and leave it at that?
But the WHO is not the only UN agency that has
fallen into the bitter slough of the feminist
1. In early January UNICEF published its annual
report on children, this time with a decidedly
ideological twist. Women and Children - The
Double Dividend of Gender Equality demands
that womens liberation, feminist-style, must
now become the top priority of that UN agency.
Douglas Sylva at the Catholic Family and Human
Rights Institute remarked, What is so
troubling about this report is that it shows that
UNICEF is still in the grasp of ideologues --
specifically radical feminists who are willing to
undermine basic child survival in order to push
their agenda. . . . Every dollar spent on radical
feminism -- transforming the family, reproductive
rights, political agitation -- is a dollar not
spent on saving children from things like malaria
2. In November a blue-ribbon panel set up by
former secretary-general Kofi Annan released a
report on reforming the sprawling UN bureaucracy.
The report stated, The promotion of gender
equality must remain the mandate of all UN
And exactly what does gender mean?
Nobody is willing to say, so that will remain a
And what is equality? Of course that
means the elimination of all social differences
between men and women, relying on state-enforced
mandates, quotas, and set-asides.
3. Momentum is growing to carve out a new agency
within the UN devoted to advancing the feminist
agenda. Nafis Sadik, special adviser to the
Secretary General, claims such an agency is
necessary to put womens empowerment and
gender equality at the center of the work of the
Janice Crouse of the Beverly LaHaye Institute
provided this reality check: There are
already a number of agencies and commissions that
focus on women and for decades the feminists have
dominated sessions at numerous other UN
Is there no end to the power
grabs of the women at the United Nations?
4. Then theres the UN Population Fund, the
agency that wants to make abortion services
available in every hamlet and village, thus
contributing to sex-selective abortions and the
massive dearth of girls in China, India, and
Last year the UN (de-)Population Fund published
a report on female migrants, making the claim that
no doubt played on every chivalrous heart:
despite substantial contributions to both
their families at home and communities abroad, the
needs of migrant women continue to be overlooked
That statement ranks right up there with the
claims that 70% of the worlds poor are
female, and Hillary would never tell a lie.
Ambassador John Bolton once described the UN as
stuck in a time-warp that relies on
practices, attitudes, and approaches that
were abandoned 30 years ago in much of the rest of
Boltons common-sense solution to the UN
Twilight Zone mentality? The United States needs
to shift away from the system of assessed
contributions toward a system of voluntary
In other words, UN, if you dont grow up
and stop acting like a petulant and self-indulgent
teeny-bopper, you might end up being cut out of the
Sen. Biden in Denial about
Senator Joe Biden is planning to propose a new bill
called International-VAWA, a law
modeled on his earlier Violence Against Women Act.
The bill is designed to eradicate domestic violence
from the farthest reaches of the globe.
This is certainly welcome news, because research
is now saying that women are more likely to be the
instigators of abuse. [pubpages.unh.edu/~mas2/ID41E2.pdf
We guys need all the help we can get -- Im
A recent report from Japan said increasing
numbers of women are hauling off on their husbands.
Mitsuko, a woman in her late 30s, openly admits to
being a batterer: I punch guys for the same
reasons people discipline their
children. I've got expectations in love and I want
them to improve. [mdn.mainichi-msn.co.jp/waiwai/news/20061229p2g00m0dm011000c.html
Some would say that doesnt really count as
domestic violence Mitsuko was just putting a
deadbeat in his place. And there must be a lot of
deadbeats in Japan, because a 2005 government study
found that 13.8% of men had been beaten at least
once by their wife.
But goodness, I dont need to tell you, Mr.
Biden -- youve seen female violence up close
and personal. Remember the hearings you held in
1990 for the Violence Against Women Act? This was
your testimony, as reported in the Congressional
In my house, being raised with a sister
and three brothers, there was an absolute it
was a nuclear sanction, if under any circumstances,
for any reason, no matter how justified, even
self-defense if you ever touched your
sister, not figuratively, literally. My sister, who
is my best friend, my campaign manager, my
confidante, grew up with absolute impunity in our
household. And I have the bruises to prove it. I
mean that sincerely. I am not exaggerating when I
And I have the bruises to prove it.
Joe, Im feeling for you right now, because
lots of guys were bullied when they were a kid
but by your older sister? She must have been
a total brute.
I know most people never believed your story
they thought you were a wimp, you made it
up, or maybe you did something to provoke her.
People dont want to hear about men who were
bruised and bloodied by members of the fairer sex,
so men keep their pain to themselves.
This is where Im developing some
heartburn, Mr. Biden.
Because last May you were briefed on the
Multi-Country Study on Womens Health of the
World Health Organization. Researchers know this
study was a sham from the beginning because the
interviews excluded men what better way for
the WHO to claim that female-on-male violence
doesnt even exist?
I debunked this laughable study in one of my
columns a year ago: www.ifeminists.net/introduction/editorials/2006/0104roberts.html
But a few months later you hailed the research
as a landmark event: The depth and scope of
the global landmark study is remarkable. This
report reveals a global picture of the treatment of
women and the statistics are appalling and
Time for a reality check, folks.
The Violence Against Women Act has become
hijacked by the radical feminists, who claim that
domestic violence is all about men trying to keep
women in their place. The Damsels of Denial assert
that women can never be abusive, or say that
womens violence is done only in
But when we downplay the possibility of female
abuse, the problem can only get worse.
Last week CNN aired a segment on violence among
teenage girls. FBI crime data show that while
assaults by boys are slightly down over the last 10
years, attacks by girls have increased a startling
24%. I saw the story while sitting in a
doctors office everyone in the room
cringed as the girls pummeled their victims into
submission. Theres no argument, though,
that the sugar and spice moniker does not fit
all, CNN concluded. [transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0701/17/acd.02.html
And columnist David Usher recently compiled a
listing of over 50 YouTube videos of violent
females viewer discretion definitely
Guess what happens when aggressive girls grow up
and become violent women? Sometimes these ladies
realize they need help so they go to a local VAWA
program. He must have done something to
provoke you, comes the response from the
enablers of female aggression.
Our society is in denial about the epidemic of
violent women. Before we can talk about
International-VAWA, Mr. Biden, we first need to
wake up to the reality of female abuse.
First Lady Should Tell
the Truth about Heart Disease
This last year I lost three friends to heart
Randy was jogging at a nearby park when he was
stricken with a fatal heart attack. Randy was 52
years old, married with two sons.
Bill was diagnosed with a debilitating heart
condition five years ago. Doctors ordered him to
quit his job to reduce the strain his wife
had never expected to become the primary
breadwinner. He died last summer at age 66.
And Paul was playing on his adult soccer team.
Suddenly he fell on the field, clutching his chest.
I met his widow at the funeral she looked 35
Lets not forget Dr. Lee Jong-Wook,
Director-General of the World Health Organization.
Last May he checked into the hospital with a
throbbing headache. There he was diagnosed with a
blood clot, a condition often caused by blood
insufficiency. Two days later, at the age of 61, he
There was no warning, no nothing. It was a
complete shock, explained WHO spokesman Iain
Ive looked at government reports and
discovered that these men are not unusual.
According to the National Center for Health
Statistics, mens risk of dying from heart
disease is 50% higher than for women. And more than
any other disease, heart disease is the reason why
men die five years sooner than women.
Why the sex difference? Because men more often
have high blood pressure and smoke cigarettes. And
experts believe men are subtly discouraged from
seeking help when heart disease lurks in its early
Of course, women also die of heart disease. But
those women tend to be in their 60s and 70s, so
their numbers are statistically higher than
In recent years, First Lady Laura Bush has
gotten involved in the national effort to combat
heart disease. Thats laudable.
So last February 3, the First Lady described
heart disease as, the number one killer among
women in the United States. [www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2006/02/20060203-10.html
But no word about heart disease in men.
That seems odd, but maybe she only talked about
men the year before, so she was trying to be
But in 2005, her focus was on women.
Same for 2004. [www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2004/02/20040202-2.html]
In 2003, Laura Bush implored, This
Valentine's Day, the American Heart Association
wants you to reach out to every woman you know --
every mother, wife, daughter, sister, aunt and
But no mention of fathers, husbands, sons,
brothers, or uncles.
Four years in a row, heart disease among men was
swept under the rug.
Randy, Bill, and Paul all left widows behind.
These ladies have probably never heard of Dr. Lois
Verbrugge, a University of Michigan social
demographer. A few years ago Verbrugge did a study
on the living situation of elderly women. She found
that single elderly women are four times more
likely to end up in a nursing home, compared to
their married counterparts.
So keeping Jack hale and hearty turns out to be
good news for Jill, as well.
Maybe the First Lady was doing this at the
advice of the Republican political strategists who
want to lay claim to the female vote. But they are
making a serious mistake, because a base-narrowing
strategy is the surest path to electoral
National Heart Month will be coming up in a few
days, and no doubt the First Lady will be alerting
Americans to the scourge of heart disease. So this
year, Mrs. Bush, why not tell the whole truth?
These are the facts that every American needs to
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for
both men and women
Men die from heart disease at a much younger age
than women, which deprives children of the guiding
hand of a father figure, and later places wives at
far greater risk of institutionalization.
Heart disease is often preventable through a
combination of not smoking, low-fat diets, and
Im sure the First Lady would like to hear
from you why not give her a call at
202-456-1111? Or drop her an e-mail: email@example.com
Tell the First Lady about Randy, Bill, and Paul.
Remind her about their wives. Or maybe someone who
was special to you.
Men: Last Great Hope
of the Republican Party
A few years ago Democratic pollster Celinda Lake
sounded the alarm that the Dems needed to reach out
to male voters, or else resign itself to becoming a
party of the perpetual minority. At first everyone
laughed her off.
Then candidate John Kerry disastrously admitted
in the 2004 campaign that his wife and daughters
kick me around, and New York Times
writer Frank Rich accused Kerry of being a
So after the Dems counted their losses and
licked their wounds, Representative Rahm Emanuel,
Senator Charles Schumer, and John Lapp, former
director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign
Committee, sat down for a long, hard talk. They
decided to put together a new game plan -- one that
would feature new faces, all men check that,
Why? Because Presidential politics, but
also the rest of national political leadership, has
a lot to do with the understandable desire of
voters for leadership, strength, clarity, and
sureness, according to Jim Jordan,
Johns Kerrys first presidential
campaign manager. [www.nytimes.com/2007/01/07/weekinreview/07lizza.html
So the trio drafted some go-to guys to run for
the House, like former NFL quarterback Heath
Schuler. They recruited Joe Sestak, former Navy
vice admiral; Patrick Murphy, an Iraq war veteran;
Brad Ellsworth, an Indiana sheriff; and Chris
Carney, commander in the Navy reserves.
In the Senate, former Marine Jim Webb and Jon
Tester, the Montana farmer who sports a no-nonsense
buzz-cut, agreed to run.
Maybe these guys didnt toe the party line
on abortion rights for 13-year-old girls. But they
did bring an ample supply of testosterone to the
line-up. And they all triumphed in their
Even the feminists had to admit the male
electorate had been pivotal. If only men had
voted, crowed Eleanor Smeal, publisher of Ms.
Magazine, Jim Webb (D-Va.), Jon Tester
(D-Mont.), and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) would have
So what about the muscularity quotient of the
Honestly, wed have to say its a
mixed bag. President Bush certainly comes across as
courageous, resolute, and steady at the helm. Maybe
not in the same league as a Brett Favre or John
Elway, but certainly stands tall in the pocket.
But during the last presidential campaign, I saw
Barbara and Laura Bush speak before a televised
gathering of Republican women. Thats when I
realized something had gone terribly wrong.
Barbara recounted the story when George W. had
put his feet on the living room furniture, only to
earn a stern rebuke from the woman of the house.
Then she bragged how President Bush was surrounded
by a gaggle of strong women as
if they were calling the shots. Both accounts were
greeted by roaring laughter from the women in the
And then there was the White House Press
Correspondents Dinner where Laura made
tasteless jokes at her husbands expense.
Since when is it acceptable to announce to the
world that the president of the United States is a
hen-pecked husband? Whats next Bill
bragging that hes the quarterback of the
operation and Hillary is a political rookie?
Its no secret, men and women view the
world through a different prism. Men value
self-reliance, risk-taking, and action. Men are put
off by the primping, pouting, and pontificating of
celebrity-types like Rosie and Roseanne.
In contrast, women are more interested in safety
and security, even if it means an occasional
intrusion of the Nanny State. As columnist Allison
Brown put it, Most women are natural
Yes, we want women to support our issues. But if
you lean too far in casting your message to the
members of the fairer sex, you risk betraying your
core principles as the standard-bearer of limited
government and fiscal restraint.
Its no secret that the Republican party is
in disarray. Its conservative base is in revolt, a
front-runner for the 2008 race has yet to emerge,
and the presidents governing strategy with
the Dems remains in flux.
So Republicans, its time to field your
No doubt, men are tired of being dissed.
Remember the W Stands for Women
campaign slogan? For every woman who was swayed by
that bumper sticker to vote Republican, Im
sure two disgusted male voters decided to take
their business elsewhere.
Action item for the Republican National
Committee: Heres your next campaign slogan:
G.O.P. Stands for Guys.
And look at all the big-government, civil
liberties-destroying, family-intrusive programs
that the Lefties have been stuffing down our
throats when are you men going to move up to
the big leagues?
Speaking of which, the Super Bowl is just around
the corner. Ive invited some of the gang to
come over for beer and pizza. So Mr. President,
consider this an invitation. You can put your feet
on my furniture anytime.
Nancy Pelosi, Queen of
The womens libbers have been saying for years
that once the Matriarchy came into power, the
maternal instinct would prevail and we would become
beneficiaries of a kinder, gentler society. With
the naming of Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House
of Representatives, we can now put that claim to
The reconvening of Congress is generally a
low-key affair held on a dreary Washington winter
afternoon. But last week the Democrats decided to
take advantage of the occasion to shed
Pelosis dowdy image as San Fran Nan,
reestablish her moral authority as a mother, and
re-invent her as a political celebrity.
One media account cast the 4-day extravaganza as
a Hollywood re-staging of Charlton Heston
descending from the mount to seek the deliverance
of his Chosen People:
The whirlwind agenda, from Jan. 2 to Jan.
5, can be broken down into several themes: The
early years in the life of Nancy DAlesandro
Pelosi in her hometown of Baltimore, about an hour
north of Washington; her college years in
Washington; her Italian roots; her devotion to San
Francisco; her official duties as speaker of the
435-member House, combined with her job as a
Democratic Party fundraiser, and her awareness that
her ascension to the post represents a breakthrough
for American women. [www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2006/12/16/MNGLIN0UP91.DTL
On Tuesday things went pretty much according to
plan. Pelosi confidently posed for the photo-ops as
she visited her old Baltimore hang-outs, where she
had grown up as the daughter of former mayor Thomas
The next day, however, a different image
emerged. Feted at a Womens
Tea-turned-power-rally, Pelosi crowed, In
more than 200 years of history, there was an
established pecking order and I cut in
line. (Translation: Sure, I played
dirty, but the evil Patriarchy made me do
Then the estrogen reflex took over. Proclaiming
herself the most powerful woman in
America, Pelosi bent her arm like a
weight-lifter. Then she screamed to the ecstatic
ladies clutching their teacup saucers, All
right, lets hear it for the power.
Memo to staff: That comment was off-script. The
event wasnt supposed to come across as Xena
the Warrior-Princess Comes to Washington.
The script for Thursday was crafted to soften
Nancys pro-abortion voting record. After all,
partial-birth abortions dont fit with the
cultivated image of tender motherhood. So she and
multi-millionaire husband Paul started off the day
by going to a prayer service at a nearby Catholic
But then a bunch of disgruntled extras showed up
carrying signs that read, You cant be a
Catholic and pro-abortion. Someone be sure to
switch the camera angle.
At noon things the Nancy-fest swung into high
gear with the swearing-in at the House of
Representatives. Once the vote tally was announced,
Mrs. Pelosi ascended the Speakers podium with
six grandchildren in tow. ABC news anchor Charles
Gibson gushed, It seemed the ultimate in
multi-tasking: Taking care of the children and the
The emotional high point of the coronation
er, ceremony came during remarks on
her selection as the first female Speaker of the
House: Never losing faith, we worked to
redeem the promise of America, that all men and
women are created equal. For our daughters and
granddaughters, today we have broken the marble
At that moment the camera revealed an
impassioned and wildly-gesturing Pelosi surrounded
by her five grandsons and one granddaughter. Not
only was the gender mix completely out of whack,
but worse, her granddaughter was seen gently
cradling Nancys six-week old grandson. Right
there on national TV.
Then the long-awaited moment the
newly-named Speaker of the House curled her fist
and flexed her right bicep, he-man style. All that
was missing was a halter top, G-string, and body
The festivities wrapped up on Friday with more
toasts and macho arm-flexes. Portraying herself as
the dutiful Catholic homemaker who decided to clean
up the House, Pelosi thanked her family for helping
her move from the kitchen to the
And daughter Alexandra performed admirably as
best supporting actress, revealing her
hard-charging mom had once made Halloween costumes
by hand and hosted birthday parties where children
built life-size gingerbread houses. Amazing, but
We can all take quiet comfort in the events of
We know a Real Mom will be minding the House for
the next couple years. We see that Nancys
hard right-left combination knocked the wind out of
Hillary, leaving her gasping for air as
Americas second most powerful woman. And from
now on, well hopefully be spared from those
vain and boastful male politicians who engage in
their power-hungry antics.
How the G.O.P. Can Get
its Mojo Back
Looking back, its hard to imagine a more
inept political strategy.
First, ignore and insult your base. Next, dream
up a campaign theme of gender
empowerment that falls flat with the
three-quarters of American women who abhor the
feminist agenda. Then top it off with a fem-fest at
the White House in honor of International
Womens Day. [www.intellectualconservative.com/2006/how-the-grand-old-party-lost-its-mojo
To borrow one of my mothers favorite
lines, What were you thinking?
Ive spoken with lots of Republican women
over the years young and young-at-heart,
married and single, Black and White. Whether they
are driving their kids to a soccer game or running
their own businesses, these ladies are definitely a
down-to-earth bunch who care deeply about their
families and their nation.
Not a single one has mentioned to me a secret
yearning to become empowered. Not one
had a clenched-fist looking-mirror logo pinned to
her lapel. Lets be honest, folks the
last thing these women want is a condescending
campaign slogan that panders to strong
What about the guys?
White men represent 45 million of the U.S.
electorate. In 2000, 60% of them pulled the handle
for George W. Bush. In 2004 Bush fared even better,
winning 62% of the white male vote. In both
elections, it was this group that allowed Mr. Bush
to grab the brass ring.
But then Mr. Bush looked the other way as
feminist operatives throughout his administration
stiff-armed this key electoral block.
Some 20 million disenfranchised parents
mostly dads -- have lost their children to divorce.
If you dont fathom these parents grief,
then go see Blood Diamond. This movie is not just
about pilfered gems, its also the saga of a
father in search of his lost children. Where
is my son? bellows a heart-broken Solomon
Vandy in one memorable scene.
This is my prediction for 2008 and beyond:
Whichever party taps into the concerns of this
long-ignored voting block will own the political
agenda for the next generation.
And just two months after the November meltdown,
new warning signs are appearing on the horizon.
The Democrats are positioning themselves to take
the lead on the pro-family agenda. No, Im not
kidding. In the November elections, Dems touted
slogans like support traditional
marriage and faith and family come
first. And Democratic Iowa governor Tom
Vilsak has already signed a law that promotes
shared parenting in the event of divorce.
Then theres the Mark Klein factor. Dr.
Klein has decided to shake things up by declaring
his candidacy for the 2008 presidential race. His
dark-horse appeal is to restore a stable middle
class and to bring disenfranchised parents back
into their childrens lives.
True, Klein is a long shot candidate, but
thats what the Democrats said about Ralph
Nader in 2000. The liberal-leaning Nader siphoned
off 2.7% of the popular vote and sent Al Gore home
to work the rubber-chicken speaking circuit.
Kleins message resonates deeply with many
disaffected Americans. Recently Klein ran a
full-page advertisement in the Washington Times,
complaining that the Republican party is
totally in the back pocket of radical
Reality check to the Republican National
Committee: If Dr. Klein keeps running these ads,
dont expect any Republican to occupy the
White House for a good long time.
So how is the party of Lincoln going to turn
First, stop taking the male electorate for
granted. Establish an outreach team to bring
disgruntled men back into the fold. You already
have teams to target seniors and youth. Why not
teams for both men and women?
Second, develop the moral clarity to distinguish
between the legitimate interests of women versus
the radical feminist agenda. Women care deeply
about families, children, and men, feminists
dont. Women believe in life, feminists
sanction death. So stop pandering to female
empowerment and start talking about the
issues that people care about.
And while youre at it, Mr. Bush,
youve got some house-cleaning to do. A lot of
feminist holdovers from the Clinton era still
occupy key positions in your administration.
Start by abolishing the Office of International
Womens Issues in the State Department. Then
reform the Office for Child Support Enforcement.
The Office on Violence Against Women at the
Department of Justice is another haven for radical
And why does rabble-rouser Peggy Kerry, sister
of senator John Kerry, still hold a sensitive
position at the United States mission at the
Its not just the future of the Republican
party thats at stake here. Were also
talking about the future of the republic.
A Brave Dad Battles
The elemental bond that links fathers with their
children is the subject of ancient poetry, biblical
legend, and even diplomatic stand-offs. Remember
Homers epic saga of Odysseus and Telemachus?
The New Testament tale of the prodigal son? And of
course the Elian Gonzalez case.
Xavier Quinta was born on June 24, 1998 to
Bennett Vonderheide and Wendy Flanders of Lancaster
County, Pennsylvania. But the relationship went
sour and the couple separated.
In February 2003 the judge awarded custody of
Xavier to his mother, ordering that he spend two
days a week with his father. But Flanders soon
decided to ignore the judges order, at first
restricting visits to only two hours a day, and
then thwarting all contact for months at a
But that wasnt enough, so Flanders schemed
to alienate Xavier from his father.
According to the contempt motion, Flanders first
withheld information from Ben, refusing to advise
him about school programs, teacher conferences, or
even the name of the kindergarten where Xavier
would be attending. [wendyflanders.com/bjvfilings/bjvfilings%20001.htm
She then fabricated multiple allegations of
abuse, a claim of fear being the only proof she
needed. Then she used these unproven accusations to
show Xavier that his father was a perp. On the
advice of counselors, the father once made several
telephone calls to the child. The mother then
claimed those calls amounted to harassment. The
district attorney later dismissed the ridiculous
Next she resorted to outright manipulation. One
day Flanders informed the father he wouldnt
be allowed to see his son for Christmas Eve. Then
she had the child dress up in anticipation of the
fathers visit. When the father didnt
arrive, she used that as proof the father was a
And finally, Flanders violated a key requirement
of the custody order that neither make
derogatory comments about the other
parent. Instead, she waged a campaign of
calumnies, repeatedly calling Ben a liar and
Once Xavier introduced his father to his
classmates as, This is my Daddy he is
filled with hatred and anger a phrase
that a five-year-old boy is unlikely to come up
with on his own.
But as Xavier grew older, he began to realize
that he was caught in the middle of a high stakes
tug-of-war. He said he didnt want his mother
to control him, and much to her dismay wanted to
spend more time with dad.
That gave Vonderheide his opening. He decided to
stop the mother from turning the childs
transfer into a screaming confrontation. At the
next visit, the father sat calmly on a bench, and
cast his best Im not sure what game
youre playing but Im not
interested look. Problem solved.
Once accused of being the worst dad in the
world, Vonderheide pointed out to his son
that Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden had killed
thousands of persons. So Im at least
the third worst dad in the world, dad
Sometimes Xavier got so angry that he refused to
eat. So his father concocted a sumptuous dessert.
This is just for daddy I know you
really want this good creamy stuff but you
cant have it. Vonderheide teasingly
added, I dont want any of my sweet
stuff to be taken by the sugar monster. Of
course Xavier couldnt resist that
Last month Wendy Flanders was found guilty on
three counts of making false statements to law
enforcement officials, fined, and placed on
probation. And Ben Vonderheides record was
expunged on many of the counts against him. The
battle cost him $350,000 in legal expenses.
Ben recounts this inspirational song by Edwin
These are the moments I thank God that I'm
These are the moments I'll remember all my
I've got all I've waited for,
And I could not ask for more.
This Sunday, 8-year-old Xavier will be spending
Fathers Day with his dad. They plan to play
laser tag, go for a hike, and maybe take in a
Father and son, reunited.
How the Grand Old Party Lost
On November 7 American voters took the GOP to the
woodshed and gave them a licking they wont
forget for a good long time.
Congressman Mike Pence concluded solemnly,
I believe we did not just lose our Majority,
we lost our way. I believe this happened to us
because somewhere along the way we lost our
willingness to fight for limited government, fiscal
discipline, traditional values and
So how did the GOP fall off the wagon?
Six years ago the GOP brain-trust decided to get
serious about closing the gender gap. At the 2000
Republican National Convention someone seized on
George Bushs middle initial, and soon
everyone was buzzing that W is for
After Bushs photo-finish victory over Al
Gore, the GOP pollsters poured over the exit
results. True enough, a strong showing from the men
had tipped the race in Bushs favor. But
despite his W is for Women mantra, Bush
had lost the female vote by 11 points.
Clearly a catchy slogan wasnt going to do
the trick. So word was put out to recruit more
females to prominent party roles and pay more
attention to womens issues.
But that turned out to be a Faustian pact.
Because when it comes to womens issues,
its the rad-fems who pay the piper and call
the tune. Suddenly the Grand Old Party found itself
beholden to the dictates and whims of the National
Organization for Women.
For starters, the Bush State Department
established its Office of International
Womens Issues. After US troops dethroned
Saddam, our negotiators demanded the Iraqi
Constitution include a 25% female quota for the
Many would call that rigging the elections. But
the State Department claimed it was merely
increasing womens political
Then the First Lady unveiled her high-fashion
womens health initiative, ignoring the fact
that men lag on every health indicator and die 5
years earlier than women. [www.ifeminists.net/introduction/editorials/2006/0412roberts.html
Dont worry ladies, there will be a nursing
home somewhere to take care of you after hes
When the 2004 presidential campaign rolled
around, the GOP unveiled its new and improved
W Stands for Women slogan. Soon the
GOP-fems were stepping up their demands for female
empowerment and strong
women, whatever that means.
A month after George Bush edged John Kerry, the
Washington Times ran a defining editorial on
Gender Gap Myths and Legends. Revealing
that Kerry had lost the election because white
women in Ohio had voted 55-45 in favor of Bush, the
article concluded the gender gap is a
subterfuge of the radical feminist
But the Republican party apparently went fishing
the day the Times ran that editorial. Because from
that point on, all the GOP could do was obsess over
the question, What do women want?
And things went from the improbable to the
bizarre. These are some of the high points:
In late 2004 Bush tapped libber Ann Veneman to
head up UNICEF. Veneman later made the claim that
men were good-for-nothings who exploit their wives.
At the 2005 White House Correspondents
Association dinner, Laura Bush ridiculed her
husband, the leader of the free world. A few months
later she publicly advised him on the preferred
gender of his next Supreme Court nominee. And
earlier this year Mrs. Bush confirmed in an ABC
interview that she considers herself a
In September 2005 ambassador Ellen Sauerbrey
traveled to the conservative Heritage Foundation.
There she delivered a rant so filled with
half-truths and larded with radical feminist
assumptions, jargon, and conclusions that it left
many in the room speechless. [www.ifeminists.net/introduction/editorials/2005/0914roberts.html
Maybe her speech was written by Peggy Kerry,
sister of senator John Kerry, who still occupies a
high-profile position at the United States mission
at the UN.
Then conservative senator Orrin Hatch of Utah
became an ardent proponent of the
family-destructive Violence Against Women Act. And
RNC head Ken Mehlman kept telling everyone how the
Bush administration had advanced the rights of
Iraqi women, somehow forgetting to mention that the
vast majority of persons who had died in
Saddams torture machines were male.
To top it all off, President Bush began to
celebrate International Womens Day, an event
that had been instituted years before by the
Socialist Party of America.
Some called this pandering. Others worried the
GOP was sleeping with the devil. But everyone
seemed to agree this would help the GOP put a lock
on the female vote.
Call it a cliché if you wish, but women
still care deeply about their families, husbands,
and children. But over the last several years the
GOP has had precious little to say about these
concerns. And all the Marxist rhetoric about female
empowerment and strong women fell flat with middle
Americans, male and female alike.
And on Tuesday November 7, the Republican party
lost its mojo. Now, how is it going to get it
Yikes! 695 Days to the
Election, and Brickbats Are Flying!
Most of us are still catching our breath from the
watershed November 7 elections. But with Hillary
Clinton the likely contender for the Democratic
Party, the pundits are already cranking out their
assorted hissy-fits, half-truths, and pre-emptive
Take last weeks content-free column by
Susan Estrich, First Whiffs of Sexism in
Hillarys Presidential Coverage.
With Mrs. Clinton now working the phones with
her Democratic pals in Iowa and New Hampshire,
people are talking about Hillarys
presidential ambitions. Its one of those
Will she or wont she? storylines
that most candidates-to-be yearn for.
But to Estrich, this speculation is
proof-positive that the patriarchy is alive and
well. Theres something about Hillary.
And it definitely has to do with her sex,
And when political insider Dick Morris
criticizes Hillary for her coy pretense of
indecision, Estrich hits the roof. Are
men routinely accused of being coy for
being organized, or is this just the beginning of
how it will be to see subtle sexism at work in the
coverage of a woman candidate?, she
(More on Mr. Morris in a minute.)
Finally Estrich plays the victim card for
everything its worth. She exclaims, You
dont have to sympathize with Hillary to take
issue with how she is treated, as if to imply
the vast right wing conspiracy has already staked
out Hillarys palatial Washington mansion for
an old-fashioned cross-burning.
Estrichs over-wrought essay calls to mind
her tasteless attack on Los Angeles Times editor
Michael Kinsley, who was recovering from a
neurological condition. She charged that
Kinsleys health condition may have
affected your brain, your judgment, and your
ability to do this job.
Yes, once upon a time we all believed that
feminism would bring a more caring and empathic
perspective to the world.
Now back to Dick Morris.
Hes one of those political operatives who
was once known as The Man Who Has
Clintons Ear, then was found cavorting
with a DC prostitute (causing the break-up of his
marriage with attorney Eileen McGann), and finally
turned on bosom-buddy Hillary by releasing his
tell-all book, Rewriting History.
Along the way, Dick Morris somehow reunited with
wife Eileen. Hows that for a real-life
rendition of Sex in the City?
So recently Morris looked at the Gallup polls
and found lo and behold, 18% of Republican women
(compared to only 8% of men) said they would vote
for Condoleezza Rice in 2008. (It should be noted
that Miss Rice has never explained her views on any
domestic issues, has no campaign apparatus in
place, and has never run for even county
On the basis of those numbers, Morris, now
wearing his soothsayers turban, concludes
that women want a woman president.
But a quick look at the poll results reveals
Morris intellectual sophistry. The Gallup
respondents were given a list of 12 potential
Republican candidates to choose from -- eleven men
and Miss Rice. [www.usatoday.com/news/polls/tables/live/2006-11-13-poll.htm
Seven percent of the persons had no
opinion. So if 18% of the Republican ladies
gave the nod to Condi, that means the remaining
women about three-quarters -- selected a
male candidate, most of them picking Rudy Giuliani
or John McCain.
Conclusion: Women prefer a male president.
Plus, theres something demeaning about the
implication that women are thinking only about
gender when they step inside the voting booth.
Whats next, an article about Barack
Obamas presidential hopes with the racist
title, Whitey Wants a Caucasian
Morris makes other boo-boos in his
He says women represent 55-56% of the Election
Day turnout. Wrong. In 2004, women represented 54%
of the electorate. With that tiny error, Mr. Morris
wrote off up to 70,000 male voters.
He also claims that women swung the 2004
presidential election. Thats a hoot, Mr.
Morris, because thats the year men crushed
John Kerry by an 11 point margin. [www.washtimes.com/op-ed/20041218-100132-6503r.htm
So is Dick Morris mathematically-challenged? Is
he making up an outrageous claim designed to garner
headlines, like his famous description of Bill
Clinton as a great president from the neck
up? Or is he simply trying to milk more
profits from his latest over-hyped book,
Condi vs. Hillary: The Next Great
But who really cares about Susan Estrichs
latest temper tantrum or Dick Morris female
We all deserve a break from the fact-twisting
and high-decibel punditry. Lets allow the
Democrats to show their stuff in Congress and let
the voters reach their own verdict. Thats the
way the democratic process is supposed to work.
Winner of the Coveted
2006 Award for Political Incorrectness
Alas, masculinity has come under siege. All manner
of unpleasant things that happen to women are
blamed on those linear-thinking, knuckle-dragging
males. Even young lads are viewed with suspicion
earlier this month a 4-year-old boy in Waco,
Texas was placed on in-school suspension following
an unwelcome hug of a teachers aide.
We shouldnt pretend to be surprised. Six
years ago Christina Hoff Sommers warned us about
the feminist-inspired War Against Boys, and a year
later Paul Craig Roberts wrote a column with the
startling title, Criminalizing
Finally in 2006, people came to realize the
assault wasnt going to let up just because of
the preposterous nature of the claims about the
patriarchal conspiracy. Indeed, people began to
wonder if the opposite was true that men had
willingly carried the most dangerous and onerous
roles in society to the primary benefit of
Even corporate America saluted the return of the
macho. This year Burger King, Miller Lite, and
Haggar pants all unveiled ads that put the kibosh
on effeminate metrosexuals in favor of the
So this years Award for Political
Incorrectness is made to an individual who made an
enduring public statement about masculinity during
the past 12 months.
In January, Kate OBeirne released her
no-holds-barred critique of the Ladies in Lavender,
Women Who Make the World Worse. Noting that the
modern womens movement is totalitarian
in its methods, radical in its aims, and dishonest
in its advocacy, the book intones, we
depend on manly characteristics to keep us safe.
Every single one of the dead firemen on 9/11 was a
In April, Carrie Lukas weighed in with In
Search of Chivalry, a moving tribute to the
men who perished on the Titanic. Ill
start by thanking the men of the Titanic, who 96
years ago gave up their seats so that the women
could live, Lukas memorialized.
Then Foreign Policy magazine came out with an
article by Phillip Longman, where he makes the
argument that the most harmful legacy of the
Matriarchy is its tendency to view children as
a costly impediment to self-fulfillment and
worldly achievement. Longman underscores the
obvious truth that no civilization can sustain
itself when fertility rates drop below replacement
levels. That logic leads to the dicey conclusion of
his article: The Return of
But without doubt, the years most
important contribution to the masculinity debate is
Harry Mansfields tome, Manliness.
Mansfield doesnt hesitate to tweak the
nose of feminist dogma. He claims that in the
battle of the sexes, its women who have
always held the upper hand. Thats because
Every man is his mothers son and thus
better defended by her than by himself and
because a womans advantage over men is
her total disregard of some God of Abstract
Justice to which men are unable to be
Mansfield concludes with the desideratum that
men should be expected, not merely free, to
be manly. Why? Because A free society
cannot survive if we are so free that nothing is
expected of us.
Just as I was poised to make my selection, a
realization flashed in my mind: Masculinity is not
a matter of mastery of pen or eloquence of tongue.
No, at the end of the day, masculinity comes down
to one thing: taking courageous action, especially
in the face of improbable odds.
So at the last moment a dark-horse candidate
Mark Inglis, 47, is a biochemist and mountaineer
from New Zealand. In early April he began his climb
up Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the
world. On May 15, he miraculously reached the
But hundreds have ascended Everest. So
whats the big deal?
Heres the big deal: Mr. Inglis is a
double-amputee, the result of a horrific 14-day
blizzard in 1982. You view Mr. Inglis picture
On the way up Everest, a fixed-line anchor
failed, resulting in Inglis falling. One of his
carbon fiber prosthetic legs broke in half. So he
had to wrap it with duct tape until a spare could
be hauled in.
In a pre-trip interview, Inglis remarked,
Im not doing this to be the first
double amputee -- if I am then its the icing
on the cake -- but its more about Ive
been climbing most of my life and Everest is the
achievement really. And it gives you the knowledge
of empowerment to do other things.
For taking courageous action, for persevering in
the face of adversity, and for exemplifying the raw
spirit of daring-do masculinity, the 2006 Award for
Political Incorrectness goes to Mr. Mark
The GOPs Betrayal of
the Pro-Family Agenda
I wish I had a dime in my pocket for every time I
heard a Republican politician stand up and proclaim
his support for family values.
When we survey the current state of the family,
we see that Americans are half as likely to wed
compared to a generation ago, mostly due to a
growing shortage of marriage-minded men.
How did all this happen?
Over the past 40 years, the Sisters of
Spinsterhood have cranked out the message that men
are not needed or wanted. That message was
eventually translated into a broad range of
anti-family laws and policies.
First, Great Society programs forced poor women
to choose between a husband and a handout. Then
divorce courts routinely took children away from
their fathers. No-fault divorce laws meant mom
could dispose of dad and claim the kids as ransom
Next came the 1994 Violence Against Women Act
that became a nightmare of false allegations and
household evictions. The final blow was draconian
enforcement by child support programs that began to
stick low-income fathers in debtors prisons
if they couldnt pay.
The resulting marginalization of husbands and
fathers lies at the root of the melt-down of the
American family. No wonder that 53% of
Americas most eligible bachelors now say they
are not interested in getting married anytime
soon, and 22% foreswear any desire to get
hitched, ever. [marriage.rutgers.edu/Publications/SOOU/TEXTSOOU2004.htm
So what has the GOPs family values agenda
done to reverse the collapse of the family?
Go to the website of the Republican National
Committee and look at its list of Teams. Yep,
weve got outreach efforts to Blacks,
entrepreneurs, the faith community, Hispanics,
seniors, youth, and women. [www.gop.com/Teams
Great, but why no Team for men?
Mr. Mehlman, this is a slap in the face. As head
of the Republican National Committee, you know that
it was the male electorate that handed President
Bush his margin of victory in both the 2000 and
Now lets examine the Republican Platform:
But wait, theres a slight problem the
document was done in 2004. Good morning, GOP,
its now 2006. Hasnt anyone come up with
any new ideas lately?
And what does the Platform say about families?
Promoting marriage, responsible fatherhood, the
culture of life, and more. All the right
buzz-words, but lets take a closer look.
Responsible fatherhood. Hmmm.
Theres an unspoken message that lurks in that
phrase, as if to say, fathers are not naturally
Look at the litany of social welfare laws and
programs that date from the Great Society,
including no-fault divorce and the Violence Against
Women Act. All these laws removed the father as the
head of the family and replaced him with a
And now youre calling fathers
What does responsible fatherhood
mean in practice? The term was coined back in 2000
by President Bill Clinton who let it be known that
responsible dads always make their child support
So to the bean-counters at the federal Office
for Child Support Enforcement, responsible
fatherhood translates into one thing: send us your
child support money. We dont care if
youre laid-off, injured, sick, poor,
homeless, lack marketable skills, the mother
refuses to let you see your child, or even if
youre not the real father! We need to see
that check, or else.
Thats family values?
And earlier this year, the bureaucrats came out
against a proposed law in North Dakota that would
help divorced fathers stay involved in their
childrens lives. Why? Because it would cut
into the states child support reimbursements.
Now think hard -- can you name a single
Republican lawmaker who has spoken out against the
reckless intrusion of government drones into
private family matters? Or has taken a principled
stand against the rampant violations of
persons civil rights? Or has sponsored a
resolution decrying the plight of the American
And what about the Federal Marriage Amendment,
designed to define marriage as the union of one man
and one woman? Despite its majority status, the
Grand Old Party couldnt get the bill through
the House or Senate in either 2004 or 2006.
Over the past 12 years, the Republican base
rested on the dependable votes of men,
conservatives, and pro-family advocates. But alas,
the GOP took its base for granted, went on a
taxpayer-funded spending spree, and failed
miserably when it came time to deliver on its
And now that electoral block, disillusioned by
years of fruitless happy-talk, has decided to take
its business and go elsewhere.
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