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Bob Hartzog of Glendale, Ariz. was roused out of
his slumber by a ringing phone. It was the cops.
According to the policeman, Hartzogs wife
Valentina charged he had forced her to have sex and
threatened to kill her. The officer, stationed
outside of Hartzogs home, ordered him
Opening his front door, Hartzog found himself
looking down the barrels of five loaded guns.
Uncomprehending, he thought it must be a joke.
As Mr. Hartzog was hauled away to the police
station, he spotted his Ukrainian-born wife in a
parked car with another woman. He would later learn
her accomplice was Olga Chaikheeva, a Russian
immigrant who runs an abuse shelter called the
Shield Foundation, located in nearby Phoenix.
As the bewildered Hartzog waited to be booked on
charges of aggravated assault, little did he
suspect at that very moment his house was being
stripped of everything that could be pawned off in
the Black Market his passport, wallet,
jewelry, computer, printer, the title to his
Mitsubishi, and more, all worth about $15,000.
Within hours Valentina withdrew $2,500 from his
bank account. The Mitsubishi was sold to a company
called Quick Fleet Auto, a fly-by-night operation
owned by Artt Smasch. By interesting coincidence,
Mr. Smasch was the paramour of Olga Chaikheeva.
During the ensuing months Hartzog sweated
bullets, as he told me, worried he might end
up doing time for a crime he never committed. But
he passed the polygraph test with flying colors and
Valentinas story didnt hold up. A year
later the D.A. dropped the charges.
But Hartzog never got his purloined property
Five years ago CBS 60 Minutes ran a program
called Russian Roulette. The segment chronicled
Russian women who dupe unsuspecting Australian men
into marrying them. The show featured one Ivan
Duhs. Falsely accused and summarily evicted from
his home, the wife cleaned out the house, right
down to the light switches and toilet roll
Marriage scams are also widespread in the United
States, but with a novel twist.
One immigration official describes the ploy this
way: Beautiful young women
poor, unsuspecting 40-50-year old into marrying
them, and then methodically proceed to ruin his
life: calling 911 to report a
going to a domestic abuse shelter
and systematically documenting every step.
Thats exactly what happened to Bob
Now back to Olga Chaikheeva and her Shield
According to its website, the Shield Foundation
offers one-stop shopping for Russian immigrants:
assistance with low-income housing, food stamps,
Green Card, and Social Security numbers. And for
women who arent happy in their marriages, the
group provides legal help to procure protection
orders and divorce decrees: www.shieldfoundation.org/2_services.html
But some say Olgas well-meaning efforts go
According to a complaint filed by the Arkansas
Justice Center, the Shield Foundation is actually a
phony womens abuse shelter. Her
Shield Foundation intimidates the women to
file an Order of Protection with the City and
Municipal Courts against their husbands. Then
Ms. Chaikheeva runs her well practiced drills
on the husbands; tricking them into breaking the
Orders, getting them arrested, making designs on
their assets, etc. And if the judge denies
the petition, she will take the wife to a
different court and start over.
The Shield Foundations tax records raise
more eyebrows. In 2006 a company called Advance
Alliance Management which is not listed in
the phone book, by the way -- donated a two bedroom
residence so the Shield Foundation could establish
its own shelter.
But according to my sources, the house had
belonged to Olgas previous husband. When
things went sour, Olga fabricated charges of
aggravated assault. That got her the house and
landed her ex- in the slammer.
Olga Chaikheeva has ruined enough lives and
reputations that a number of persons have banded
together to expose her scams.
One such person is Yefim Toybin, who legally
immigrated to the United States in 1992 and now is
a teacher and wrestling coach at a local high
school. Married for 29 years, he told me, We
came to the United States for liberty and
Reveling in his new-found American dream, Toybin
formed a cultural organization to help Russian
immigrants assimilate into Western society. But
Olga tried to take control of the fledgling group.
When he demurred, the woman threatened, You
will regret not cooperating with us.
Toybin told me stories like Bob Hartzogs
are not uncommon. So why does he go to pains to
expose the corruption of the Shield Foundation?
I dont want this country to experience
the same thing that happened in my former
country, Toybin explains. I want to
protect justice, potential victims, and the future
of this nation.
Another Way Shelter,
Where the Inmates are Running the Asylum
If a friend of yours was in desperate straights and
had to seek refuge in an abuse shelter,
wouldnt you want that person to be able to go
to a place with staff who are qualified,
compassionate, and have a clean record? Then
youll be shocked to learn whats going
on at Another Way in Lake City, Fla.
I have reported previously on this star-crossed
. But it turns out, the situation is worse than I
originally thought. Because three employees of
Another Way have criminal records, and a fourth
flunked her rehab.
Heres the line-up: Wendy Pittman, former
shelter manager; Shanna Travis, current residential
director; and front-line employees Brenda Collins
and Gloria Taylor.
First, Wendy Pittman. Her rap sheet includes
four criminal charges of passing bad checks. And
then assorted charges like welfare fraud, reckless
driving, auto negligence, and more. (See: www2.myfloridacounty.com/ccm/do/personSearch?county=12
In January of 2007 Pittmans husband filed
a claim accusing her of domestic violence. Right
around that time she was hired as manager of
Another Way to help women break the cycle of
On May 6, the police spotted a group of
teenagers drinking alcohol behind a van at a nearby
river. According to the policemans report,
As I approached the van I observed a white
female passenger. I observed that the drivers
eyes were severely bloodshot and pupils were
dilated. The driver identified herself as Wendy
Pittman resigned from Another Way shortly
She was replaced by Shanna Travis, a nurse who
had worked at a local hospital. On February 20,
2002 Travis was admitted to the hospital for
detoxification from OxyContin. Over the next two
years her drug use escalated and she finally
dropped out of treatment.
In 2004 the state Department of Health
determined that her judgment is so impaired
that she will cause harm to patients. This
probability constitutes an immediate serious danger
to the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens
of the State of Florida. On April 26, 2005,
Travis signed an agreement that suspended her
nursing license for three years. (See: ww2.doh.state.fl.us/IRM00PRAES/PRASLIST.ASP
Next in the line-up is Brenda Collins. Her rap
sheet includes two counts of cocaine possession and
one charge of aggravated assault with a weapon. All
told she spent two years in prison, and remains on
probation through 2009. (See: www.dc.state.fl.us/ActiveOffenders,
Department of Corrections number 543466)
Collins left Another Way earlier this year.
And then theres Gloria Taylor.
This is a sad one
In 1995 two persons obtained protection orders
against Taylor for her repeat violence.
Four years later her husband (or ex-husband,
were not sure which) successfully petitioned
the court for an order of protection against her.
Now, her convictions for non-violent offenses:
resisting an officer, one each for petit and grand
theft, and six convictions for passing bad
And finally the convictions for violent crimes:
Improper exhibition of a dangerous weapon and two
counts of written threats to kill or injure. These
charges landed Taylor in the tank for 32 months.
Department of Corrections number: 285003) Her
probation is set to expire in 2032.
Oh, and did I mention the numerous traffic
violations, and the fact that she was arrested this
past Friday, October 3 for grand theft?
Add them up, and Taylor has over 30 cases on
file in Columbia County including 9 misdemeanor
convictions and 3 felonies. Lets just say Ms.
Taylor has worn out her welcome mat at the county
So there you have it. Wendy Pittman, a hard-luck
case that reminds me of a Country and Western song.
Shanna Travis, who constitutes an immediate
serious danger to the health, safety, and
welfare of Floridians. Brenda Collins, thrice
convicted and imprisoned two years. And Gloria
Taylor, another ex-con who supervises vulnerable
persons in an abuse shelter.
I know it seems hard to believe, but its
all in the public record. So what happens when the
inmates take over the asylum?
Horrific tales of drug use and drug dealing by
shelter residents. Unreported incidents of child
abuse and sexual assault. Misappropriation of
shelter assets. Accounts of drug-dealing at staff
parties. Discrimination against male victims. An
astronomical employee turn-over rate.
Does the word mayhem come to mind?
Or merely abject chaos?
For months, Another Way staff has been urging
shelter director Donna Fagan to run background
checks on all employees to weed out the
undesirables. But the manager has refused those
Maybe Ms. Fagan is worried shell lose too
many of her trusted employees.
Few Women in Abuse Shelters
are True Victims of Violence
Lachrymose tales of battered women abound when
representatives of abuse shelters come calling, hat
in hand, for taxpayer money. But what is the truth
of the matter -- are abuse shelters really brimming
with hapless victims trying to break free of the
cycle of violence?
The answer to that question is a surprising
No. In the great majority of cases,
women at abuse shelters have suffered no physical
injury or harm.
A former worker at the YWCA Emergency Shelter in
Enid, Okla. reveals, In all the time that I
volunteered there, I saw one woman who showed signs
of physical abuse. Likewise, the former
director of a mid-Atlantic shelter reports,
only about one in 10 women had experienced
any kind of physical injury.
Recently, researchers at Florida State
University interviewed persons residing at abuse
shelters in the state. Medical/health
needs were mentioned only 9% of the time, and these
were mostly women who needed to catch up on overdue
dental and medical checks.
And the Hawaii Department of Human Services
reports only 8% of persons at shelters require
emergency medical attention and emergency
care can include non-abuse related problems like
getting an abscessed tooth removed.
Somehow these reports dont mesh with the
abuse industrys well-cultivated image of
legions of bruised, beaten, and bloodied souls
tending to their wounds.
And for those women who were physically harmed,
many turn out to be just as abusive as the partners
they are trying to escape from, according to Erin
Pizzey, founder of the first abuse shelter in the
world. Those findings are echoed by recent
In New Mexico, Satya Krishnan interviewed women
residing at La Casa shelter in Las Cruces. The
ladies turned out to be a feisty bunch 29%
admitted to having trouble controlling their
violent behavior and 17% had been in jail in the
And writing in the October 2006 issue of
Violence and Victims, Dr. Jennifer
Langhinrichsen-Rohling reported that one-quarter of
women at an Alabama shelter were currently stalking
So if the women in these shelters are seldom
there to salve their injuries, what are they doing
One common reason is drug and alcohol abuse.
A resident at the First Step shelter in
Harrisonburg, Va. revealed, I soon discovered
that I was the only woman there for protection
purposes. Most of the other women were using the
shelter as a halfway house. The other women had
been kicked out by their spouses for drug use, and
had no where else to go.
Among women who come to Hawaii abuse shelters,
one in four are known to have substance abuse
problems. At the New Mexico shelter, many women
admitted to overindulging in alcohol 14% had
injured themselves or others as a result of
drinking, and 85% were using alcohol during the
abuse incident. And 39% of the women had engaged in
illegal activities to get drugs during the previous
Homelessness is another reason why women
patronize these facilities.
In Florida, housing was the number one need
cited by shelter residents. In Hawaii, the Honolulu
and Leeward Oahu shelters experienced a 40% decline
in the number of residents last year. Why? Because
three homeless shelters had opened their doors,
almost halving the need for abuse services.
Of greater concern is that many shelter
residents have a history of child abuse or
In San Diego, the local Child Protective
Services office had open files on 38% of women in
shelters, according to a 2003 survey by Susan
Pennell and Cynthia Burke. In Hawaii, one in six
women has a case with the local CPS.
And then there are those who check in to abuse
shelters for assorted other reasons: they are
buddy-buddy with the shelter director, they want
free legal help for their divorce, or they want to
pad their abuse resumé.
Or maybe they just want to snag a little R and R
like the Shelter for Abused Women and
Children in Naples, Fla., where women come to be
pampered in a safe and convenient
A visitor to one shelter revealed, I was
shocked to see YOUNG women using the shelters
like a babysitter, leaving small kids in top bunks
and going out dancing and partying for the
The shelter was full of UNOPENED toys,
bikes, and expensive furniture donations.
So drop by to your local shelter and who are you
likely to see? Among every 10 ladies, at most one
has any physical injuries. Two or three are violent
in their own right, some fleeing from a criminal
record. Three to four women have a problem with
alcohol or drug abuse. A few have histories of
And the rest are old-fashioned freeloaders,
gleefully whooping it up at taxpayer expense.
Key to Presidential
Win? White Males
Every two years the Old Media engages in its
now-familiar mating ritual with the liberal
electorate. Acting on cue, reporters and columnists
dust off their tired clichés and recycle
their flawed arithmetic to show how this year women
will -- at long last -- determine the outcome of
the presidential election.
Remember 1984? That was the year Hulk Hogan
defeated Iron Sheik to become the WWF champ, and
the Milk and Honey album by John and
Yoko Lennon was released.
It was also the year that N.O.W. president
Eleanor Smeal guaranteed the Democrats would enjoy
a 10% boost if they selected a female presidential
running mate. But come November, only 44% of female
voters voted for the Mondale-Ferraro ticket,
handing Ronald Reagan a historic landslide
That embarrassment didnt stop the rad-fems
from playing up the female gender gap, telling
party elders to endorse abortion rights for teenage
girls if they were going to have any hope of
winning the election.
So did their hectoring turn the tide?
In 1976, 50% of the ladies opted for Democratic
candidate Jimmy Carter. In 2004, John Kerry
garnered 51% of the soccer-mom vote. Yep, a gain of
one measly percentage point in 28 years.
Meanwhile, men were fleeing the Democratic party
like a crew of well-drillers invited to a Nancy
Pelosi fund-raiser. While 50% of men voted for
Carter in 1976, only 44% of the guys selected Mr.
Kerry in 2004. That translated into a 3.5 million
vote gap favoring Mr. Bush.
In the seven elections from 1980 to 2004, the
Democratic party has prevailed in only two
contests. Writing in The Neglected Voter: White
Men and the Democratic Dilemma, David Kuhn
concludes, No factor has been more
instrumental in causing the Democratic decline in
presidential politics than the loss of white
Before the Democratic primaries, all the smart
money was betting on an easy win for Hillary
Clinton. But once again history proved itself
unfazed by the dictates of political
After the smoke had cleared, Barack Obama
emerged triumphant. Out of the 17 primaries with
exit polling, Mr. Obama took the white male vote in
10 states. Only in four states did he win thanks to
a plurality of white female voters. As ABC analyst
Gary Langer noted, in states with significant
but not vast numbers of black voters, and few
Hispanics, white men are critical.
So lets take a look Sen. John
McCains selection of Alaska governor Sarah
Palin. The reaction of pundits on both the Right
and the Left was Palin would shore up female
support for the Republican ticket.
And sure enough, the McCain/Palin ticket is now
tied with Obama and Biden. Is that due to a surge
of support from the female electorate for the GOP
candidates? Well, not exactly.
According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation
poll, men are more enthusiastic about the Palin
candidacy than women 62% of men have a
favorable opinion of the Alaska governor, compared
to only 53% of women. Fifty-seven percent of male
respondents believe Palin is qualified to be vice
president, compared to only 43% of females.
These sentiments translate into
Following McCains selection of Sarah
Palin, white men gave McCain a muscular 25-point
advantage over Obama. In comparison, white women
favored the GOP ticket by only 11 points.
More amazing is how those progressive, tolerant
women are falling all over themselves to trash the
vice-presidential candidate. During her acceptance
speech in Minneapolis, protesters stood up wearing
dresses that declared, Palin Not a
Uber-feminist Gloria Steinem castigated Palin as
a pawn of the right wing patriarchs.
Newsweeks Sally Quinn deplored her
weak resumé and right-wing
ideology. Eve Ensler, playwright of the
raunchy Vagina Monologues, described the choice as
insidious and cynical. Eleanor Clift
claimed the selection triggered laughter in
many, many newsrooms. And Maureen Dowd
called Palin the Vice in Go-Go
As you can see, its not the patriarchy
thats holding women down. Rather, its
the self-adoring, male-detesting leftist women who
cant stand the thought of a gun-toting,
abortion-rejecting Hockey Mom coming to town.
And as far as white men, the second largest
electoral bloc in the nation, dont count them
out. When all is said and done, they may again tip
the outcome of this Falls presidential
SafeNet Shelter Director
Ordered to Stay Away from Kids
What happens when an abuse shelter engages in
conduct that is so unethical and bizarre that the
public almost cant believe the magnitude of
the travesty? Read on and decide for yourself.
Crystal D. Hall of McIntosh County, Okla. was
the wife of James Hall and the mother of five. She
also had a severe mental illness that required her
to take anti-psychotic medications.
Sometime in mid-2017 Mrs. Hall became convinced
that she and the children were being emotionally
abused by James. In July of that year,
Crystals family had her admitted to a local
mental health facility. And the state Department of
Human Services took custody of the children.
What followed over the ensuing two and a half
years was a series of legal maneuvers,
investigations, jurisdictional disputes, hearings,
appeals, and judicial reversals, all stemming from
the unsubstantiated allegation that Mr. Hall was an
Of course county officials investigated the
allegation, discovering no evidence of child
But the SafeNet shelter in Claremore, Okla.
decided to get in on the act. The shelters
tax return reveals annual revenues in the
neighborhood of $640,000. Oddly, the tax forms do
not disclose the executive directors
Told to always believe the victim, the SafeNet
staff would not accept the decision of the county
investigators. So the shelter went judge-shopping
and soon filed an abuse complaint in another
Its no secret that judges often issue
temporary restraining orders with no hard evidence.
So over the next year the shelter obtained five
temporary orders against Mr. Hall -- not once
presenting proof of abuse.
Mr. Hall would eventually undergo four
psychological evaluations, all of them declaring
him to be a fit parent. One psychologist concluded,
There is no documented evidence that Mr. Hall
has ever been physically or emotionally abusive to
the children. Predictably, the SafeNet staff
disagreed with the findings, even attempting to
have one examiner removed from her position.
Crystal Hall was eventually discharged from the
mental health facility and sent to live on her own.
But her condition remained unstable, so SafeNet
employees came to her house 3 times a day to make
sure she took the medicines. Shelter staff also
drove her to and from work and took her grocery
After months of legal wrangling and baseless
accusations, Judge Gary Dean finally handed down
his decision, which can be viewed here: www.donhaslam.com/cases/documents/Hallfinalorder.PDF
The judge first noted that Mrs. Hall is a
person with serious mental health
After approximately 2 ½ years of
extensive counseling, through Safenet and other
sources, the Court can see no progress on the
mental health issues of the mother.
Pointing the judicial finger at shelter director
Donna Grabow, the judge noted that Safenet
Services has been less than forthcoming in its
reporting to DHS and the Court, and its credibility
is questioned by the Court
One of the children
has requested that the Court get Safenet out
of our lives.
Then came Judge Deans damning
finding:the claims of Crystal Hall as to
abuse appear to the Court to have been manufactured
or fabricated which resulted in her being eligible
to receive services from Safenet
In other words, SafeNet chose to reward Crystal
Halls lies by dishing out free services.
Finally Dean announced his decision, awarding
custody of the children to Mr. Hall. Noting that
the mother said she didnt want any contact
with her five kids, the judge nonetheless granted
her visitation rights.
The judge then ruled, no representative of
Safenet Services shall be present or have any
contact with the children during the
visitation. Driving home the point for
emphasis, he wrote, The mother or visitation
supervisor shall not permit the present director of
Safenet Services to have any contact with the
children at any time, as requested by the attorney
for the children.
A month later Judge Dean expunged all the
restraining orders from Mr. Halls record.
True, the shelter left Mrs. Hall in worse shape
than when she first came for help. Yes, the shelter
director was scolded for harming the parent-child
relationship. And for sure, its machinations cost a
man over $100,000 in legal fees.
But that doesnt mean the shelter staff
arent entitled to a helping of good
So this past Saturday, SafeNet held a community
fund-raiser. Themed No More Bruises,
the event featured music from the Law Dawgs and the
Coo-Y-Yah Players. A $15 ticket entitled attendees
to four carefree hours of barbecue, music, and
Its a good fund raiser for
women, explained SafeNet representative Susan
Wolfenbarger. It was a lot of fun last
Women Avoid Abuse Shelters
Like the Plague
Christina Wilson was caught in an abusive
relationship, so last November she took refuge at
the Cherokee Family Violence Center in Canton, Ga.
She hoped the 12-bed shelter would help her mend
the wounds and get her back on her feet.
Pregnant with child, she was assigned to a room
with another woman who seldom bathed. And the room
itself smelled. When the shelter wouldnt move
her to another room, Wilson filed a complaint.
In retaliation, Wilson found herself
exited from the shelter, leaving her
homeless. Then she had her baby. The little boy had
acid reflux, which made swallowing milk
The shelter notified the Florida child abuse
unit to be on the look-out for a homeless mother
with an infant. So when the child abuse inspectors
discovered the child was underweight, they scooped
up the child, not to be returned to his
mothers arms for five excruciating
Wilson sums up her experience with the Cherokee
abuse shelter in one word: a
No doubt some women have been helped by their
stays at a shelter. But far too often, women
experience more mistreatment in the shelter than at
the hands of their abusers.
Reports of verbal abuse and assaults are not
unusual. At the First Step shelter in Harrisonburg,
Va., a resident was attacked by a drug-addled
woman, demanding she hand over her phone card or
else she would slit her throat.
Do these incidents represent the unfortunate
exception to the rule, or do they foreshadow a
In a surprising number of cases, shelters turn
away the persons who need help the most.
St. Jude House in Crown Point, Ind. refused to
admit an 18-year-old woman who was being tortured
by her parents with electrical cables. And Joy
Taylor recounts the story of a rape victim who was
refused admission to a Washington state shelter
because she didnt fall within its poverty
Shelters have denied housing to African
American women for not sounding fearful enough or
sounding too strong, reveals Tricia
Bent-Goodley in her article, Perceptions of
Domestic Violence: A Dialogue with African American
Once inside, these women discover the shelter
services are either unhelpful or non-existent.
Peggy Grauwiler of New York University
interviewed 10 abused women, whose experiences are
summarized in her article, Voices of
Women. None of the ladies reported positive
interactions with local shelters. One woman
described the shelter this way: Its a
mess, its a crowd
I was supposed to
isolate everybody I knew, everything I
Jennifer Langhinrichsen-Rohlings research
found that one-quarter of women in an abuse shelter
were engaged in stalking their partners. But
shelters dont provide counseling for women to
overcome their penchant for abuse. That would run
counter to the prevailing philosophy that the woman
bears no responsibility for her actions.
Once these women leave the shelter they often
eschew further contact. Angela Kalani, supervisor
at the West Hawaii Shelter program, admits,
Many women who exit the shelter choose not to
follow up with shelter staff. This seems to be the
norm for many years.
So what has gone wrong?
First, shelter staff are poorly trained. The
Florida Institute for Family Violence Studies
reviewed reports from 13 states and found one of
the most consistent problems is the need for
more well-trained and well-paid domestic
violence center staff.
Second, many shelters have steeped themselves in
a radical feminist ideology.
Researcher Sara Epstein reported on her survey
of 111 shelters in the American Journal of
Community Psychology. When asked to identify their
main goal, 45% stated they endorsed the feminist
mission To help change societal patterns of
violence against women. Only 25% said they
were devoted to the treatment and support of
For example, the Marin (Calif.) Abused
Womens Services (M.A.W.S.) advertises its
mission is to end the violence, abuse,
oppression, and intimidation of women
but doesnt say a word about providing drug
treatment, counseling, or anger management
This means youre more likely to hear a
neo-Marxist rant about the evils of patriarchy than
get anything that resembles practical help for your
Once word gets out that abuse shelters are an
ideological cesspool, the women and men who truly
need help stop coming.
But an empty shelter is a fund-raisers
nightmare. After all, if were claiming to
halt the epidemic of domestic violence, we need to
show off a few warm bodies every now and then.
So the shelters have become filled with women
who are druggies, homeless waifs, or are trying to
escape a criminal record. Thats why abused
persons who really need help avoid shelters like
Exploitation of Women in Abuse Shelters
Few persons know how womens abuse shelters
first got started. Four years ago lesbian activist
Bonnie Tinker made this stunning admission in The
In fact, it was a small group of lesbians
from Portland who were at the forefront of a
national movement to provide safe havens for
We knew that foundations were not going
to fund a house for a bunch of homeless bar dykes.
We realized the language that would be understood
was the language of battered women.
Which raises a disturbing question: Exactly what
goes on at abuse shelters? As my investigation has
uncovered, at many shelters its happy hunting
grounds for lesbians seeking to prey on vulnerable
Maria, a 35-year-old grocery clerk, went to
Bethany House in Falls Church, Va. for legal
advice. The shelter referred her to attorney Robert
Machen for pro bono assistance. According to the
report, One day he turned up at her doorstep
and demanded sex or get paid for legal
service. They soon began to kiss and cuddle.
(Ill leave the rest to your imagination.)
But it wasnt just the lawyer who was
taking advantage of the abused women. Two house
managers, Ms. Veronica and Ms. Liang, had
complaints leveled against them of inappropriate
sexual advances to shelter residents. The two were
forced to resign.
At another shelter, a former employee told me
about a lesbian resident who was escorting an
under-age girl into her room on a regular basis.
When the shelter manager was advised of the
suspicious activity, she accused the employee of
On another occasion, an irked resident
complained to the same manager about inappropriate
sexual activities taking place in front her
children. The manager told the woman to lighten up
and find someone who would make her feel
In Charleston, W.Va., Elizabeth Crawford was
caught in a physically abusive relationship.
Desperate for help, she started to attend a weekly
support group run by the local YWCA Resolve Family
On several occasions Crawford found herself
talking to the director of the West Virginia
Coalition Against Domestic Violence. At first her
advances consisted of effusive praise. Lingering
hugs soon followed. Then one day Crawford noticed
the Coalition director was caressing her back.
Warned to be careful with the woman,
Crawford explained she had no interest in her
advances. In short order, she found herself
shunned. Years later when Crawford established her
own abuse counseling program, she continued to be
In Houston, the Bay Area Turning Point sponsors
holiday parties for shelter residents to help them
find a new boyfriend. Local doctors and attorneys
are invited to attend. One woman got pregnant while
staying at the shelter, reportedly following at one
Bobbi Bacha of Blue Moon Investigations
questions whether such events are appropriate for
women recovering from an abusive relationship, and
worries the women are being groomed for
One woman who spent time at two shelters reveals
baldly, many workers in shelters are
lesbians. One pick-up tactic is for a shelter
worker to gently rub a residents palm, as if
to assuage her pain. If you become her
girlfriend, you will be treated very good. I was
100% sure, the woman sheepishly explains:
For the record, many women who work in abuse
shelters believe same-sex marriages should be
legalized, so who can fault these ladies for
wanting to practice what they preach?
Then theres the digital rape of a
four-year-old girl at Another Way in Lake City,
Fla. by an older girl. According to a former
shelter employee, upon discovering the two girls,
the five year old stated that the nine year
old had put her finger(s) inside of her private
(vagina) and messed with her.
I first reported this incident in my July 22
column, noting that the Florida Coalition Against
Domestic Violence had not given any word whether it
was intending to investigate.
Six weeks later, still nothing from the Florida
Coalition. This is unconscionable.
Maybe if more persons call the FCADV director,
Tiffany Carr at 1-850-425-2749 and demand action,
well begin to see a stop in the sexual
exploitation of women and girls at abuse
How Abuse Shelters
Teach Women to Game the System
Mary Runge of Palm Bay, Fla. found herself without
a job and her savings depleted. So last month the
single mom went knocking on the doors of local
charities for help. The 47-year-old mother of three
was urged to tell the girl at the local abuse
hotline: tell them we have been abused, and
we will receive all we need.
But Runge had never been a victim of abuse.
It used to be that in order to get into an abuse
shelter, you had to have visible signs of harm
even if the injuries were fake. Columnist
Denise Noe recounts her experience with a couple
who had been evicted from their apartment. The wife
reasoned, My husband could black my eye so me
and the kid could go to a battered womans
But nowadays, abuse shelters dispense with the
formalities any good sob story will do. You
see, intake workers are told to always
believe the victim.
Anthony Westbury, president of SafeSpace in
Stuart, Fla., explains his shelters open-door
policy this way: you dont put up any
more barriers for victims wanting to enter the
shelter. In Enid, Okla. the YWCA Emergency
Shelter actually advertises on its website,
we do NOT require proof of abuse.
In all the time that I volunteered there,
I saw one woman who showed signs of physical
abuse, a former shelter worker revealed. The
residents were just gaming the
.All they had to do was make up some
tale about some man abusing them no proof
needed and they could stay up to 2 months at
So once inside, how do these women milk the
The basic shelter package includes free room,
board, and baby-sitting. And chauffeur-driven
transport in the shelter van. Some shelters offer
free pet care. In Naples, Fla. the Shelter for
Abused Women and Children features a beauty salon
where residents can be pampered in a safe and
Taxpayer-funded legal help is also available for
just about any problem. If you need to get rid of a
pesky husband, Bethany House in Falls Church, Va.
can help. A former shelter volunteer describes the
shelter as a free hostel for women with
emotional problems if they are willing to hate
their husbands enough and are willing to take out
protective orders against their husbands.
Daily shelter routines can be described as
loosey-goosey. The women come and go as they
please. Asked what the Buffalo Women Calf Society
does to help women become self-sufficient, Melinda
Zephier, a staffer at the South Dakota shelter,
answered limply, We dont push
Romantic liaisons thrive. One former shelter
director revealed, After hours, some of these
women would sneak men into their rooms the
same men who had supposedly abused them.
Other women take up with their female
At Another Way in Lake City, Fla., you can toke
a little weed and not worry about the consequences.
I, on numerous occasions reported illegal
drug use that I had witnessed take place on Shelter
property and often my complaints were
ignored, a former employee revealed.
Once the abused woman is released
from the shelter, she moves to the front of the
line for welfare benefits, HUD housing programs,
and almost everything else. If she is an illegal
immigrant, a work permit is almost a sure bet.
Theres more to the shelter shake-and-bake
Because once word gets out that reaching the
status of an abused woman is a free
ticket to Easy Street, everyone wants to get a
piece of the action. That means many must be turned
away, including those women and men who are true
victims of abuse.
All this comes as good news to the domestic
violence industry. Thats because telling
potential donors and lawmakers about all the women
and children who were refused help is one of the
best cough-up-your-money arguments they have.
For example, the National Network to End
Domestic Violence claims in its recent Domestic
Violence Counts report that nationwide there were
2,923 unmet requests for emergency
shelter. And the Colorado Domestic Abuse
Assistance Program reports, In 2006, 5,886
individuals were turned away from shelters in
Colorado due to a lack of capacity.
Dont ask me to explain how there were
5,886 persons turned away in Colorado and only
2,923 unmet requests nationwide.
Fortunately, there are still a few good women
left, ladies who refuse to sell their souls to a
free-wheeling shelter system. Mary Runge is one
I do not want to live on this twisted,
sick system. I dont want them in my
I dont want to play the game and
lie. I only need help, Runge plaintively told
All women are not feminist, she
No Room for Men at the
Abuse Shelter, but Fido can Tag Along
Some persons find it incomprehensible that a woman
would maim or murder her husband or boyfriend.
That thought may have crossed the minds of the
persons who watched in horror as Debi Olson
repeatedly stabbed her ex-husband, Mauricio
Droguett at a Des Moines, Iowa shopping mall. Olson
was charged with first-degree murder for the July
3, 2008 attack. Its a classic case of
rage, of hate for someone its very
personal, explained Capt. David Struckman.
She definitely stalked this man.
Two weeks later, Cynthia McKay, 52, was
sentenced to 30 years in prison for the gruesome
murder and burning of her boyfriend Anthony
Fertitta of Millersville, Maryland. One prosecutor
described McKay as the most devious defendant
this court will come across.
And on August 1, Tomasz Matczak of Issaquah,
Wash. died of a single stab wound to his chest. The
assailant, his 19-year-old girlfriend, openly
admitted to the deed.
In all of these cases, early intervention might
have averted the tragedy. But where were these men
supposed to turn?
All around the country abuse shelters have been
established to help persons battered by partner
violence. But with a handful of exceptions, these
shelters maintain a strict Men Not
Some openly advertise their gender-exclusion
policy. Guys, if you live in the Chicago area, here
are your options: Womens Counseling Center,
Sarahs Inn, Latin Women in Action, or the
And if Hillary ever lays cougar-tracks on your
face again, Bill, you can turn to My Sisters
Place or the Westchester County Office for Women.
Im sure theyd be happy to help.
Other shelters are more discriminating in their
manner of discrimination. They wait until a man in
dire straights actually arrives on the
A former employee of the Another Way shelter in
Lake City, Fla., shared this account:
Around November or December 2007, a man
came into the office. He was crying, and his arms
were bruised, seeking assistance, the woman
revealed. The intake worker took him into her
office. Then to my amazement I heard her tell him
that Another Way doesnt provide services or
assistance for men
My heart went out to this
man because it was evident that he was truly a
victim of domestic violence.
The appalled woman wrote, This is
discrimination and violating mens rights.
There are men with children that are being
victimized. It takes courage for men to come
forward and admit they are victims. Then when they
do, we revictimize them all over again.
So how do abuse shelters get away with these
Some shelters insist they provide equivalent
services to men, like giving them a voucher at a
local hotel. What have these people been smoking --
do they really believe a hotel stay would have
protected Mauricio Droguett, Anthony Fertitta, and
Tomasz Matczak from their vindictive
But the most common reason is simple: battered
men dont make the cut. As the head of Rainbow
Services in southern California once explained,
We have limited resources and its all
we can do to try and keep up with the demand for
services for women and children.
Thats a hoot! Heres the dirty little
secret of the multi-million dollar shelter
industry: the great majority of women in so-called
abuse shelters have never been battered
or suffered physical harm at the hands of their
A woman who volunteered at the YWCA Crisis
Center in Enid, Okla. for three years revealed,
In all of that time, there was one woman
admitted who I was sure had been severely
physically abused. The rest of the women and kids
who came and went were playing the system to the
Thats right, most shelter residents have
perfected the art of bamboozling the system,
knowing that being certified as a battered woman
entitles you to oodles of government hand-outs.
But wait, theres more to the story!
Some of these same shelters that turn away
battered men are now telling their
abused women, And remember to
Thats right, the American Humane Society
has recently launched its PAWS program
Pets and Womens Shelters, get it?
So gals, if you need a place to dry out and want
to take along your pooch, go to the Center for
Abuse and Rape Emergencies in the Tampa Bay area.
The dedicated C.A.R.E. staff has established a
foster pet parenting program just for
Or head over to Quigley House in Orange Park --
they have a kennel right on shelter grounds. Its
canine center features a dog bathing area, benches
to accommodate family visits, and of course a waste
So men, if Quigley House cant help you
with your rolling pin-wielding wife, rest assured
that at least Rover will be well-fed and
Who Killed Millie Almore
at the SafeSpace Shelter?
On October 21, 2007 Milaus Almore, eight weeks
pregnant, sought refuge at the SafeSpace abuse
shelter. Ten days later the 26-year-old woman lay
dead, stabbed with a pocket knife that left a
gaping wound in the side of her neck. The weapon
was wielded not by her abuser, but by another woman
staying at the Stuart, Fla. facility.
The victims grieving mother blurted out
the obvious irony of her death: She went in
there to be safe, and she got killed.
Employees at SafeSpace were, of course,
surprised and shocked. But it turns out the alleged
perpetrator, Marilyn Hooks, had a prior criminal
record but none of the staff had bothered to
check. Thats because, according to Board
president Anthony Westbury, you dont
put up any more barriers for victims wanting to
enter the shelter.
Violence at abuse shelters occurs far more often
than most persons realize. Rita Smith, executive
director of the National Coalition Against Domestic
Violence, admits fisticuffs among shelter residents
are commonplace, according to a November 9, 2007
article in the TC Palm. At SafeSpace, about 10
incidents occur each year that require police
intervention, many of them involving assaults by
These problems were no secret to local residents
who often overheard angry outbursts between mothers
and their children. Following Almores
stabbing death, the neighborhood was up in arms.
Its not safe for anybody. Even the
people who are using it deserve better,
according to Jim Brady, who resides on the quiet
cul-de-sac where the shelter is located.
Within hours the Florida Coalition Against
Domestic Violence dispatched a team to investigate.
Its findings dealt a second blow to local residents
still grieving over the death of one-year-old
Myliak Dale, run over by a car in the SafeSpace
parking lot just days before.
Upon her admission to the shelter on September
22, Marilyn Hooks did not appear to
have any mental health issues -- whatever that
But within days, Hooks became embroiled in a
series of conflicts and verbal altercations with
other shelter residents and staff. Soon these
disagreements escalated into outright threats.
On October 17, Hooks threatened to kill shelter
employee Paola Jimenez. Two weeks later Hooks told
a co-resident she was going to eliminate her
not Ms. Almore, but a different woman.
These incidents were reported to shelter manager
Kathleen Comstock, along with urgent
recommendations that Hooks be exited
from the facility. But Comstock refused the
appeals, and reportedly rolled her eyes
and told one employee she was tired of it all
and didnt want to hear about it.
In violation of shelter policy, Hooks case
files contained no mention of the death threats
maybe because the staff believed it was of
no use, or perhaps they were so instructed.
Nor were these incidents reported to executive
director Hylan Bryan, a woman who was paid nearly
$69,000 a year to oversee shelter operations.
At the conclusion of its two-day visit, the
Coalition team issued a scathing indictment. The
untimely death of Milaus Almore was caused by the
egregious failure of the entire agency to
satisfactorily assure the health, safety, and
welfare of both its clientele and staff.
The FCADV opted to not post the damning report
on its website, but it can be read here: web.tcpalm.com/2007/11/10/safespace.pdf
In response, SafeSpace developed a series of
corrective measures. These included get
ready for this drawing up an organizational
chart, updating job descriptions, and reviewing
managers competencies to make sure
theyre competent to be doing the job
Bear in mind, this is a $3 million
taxpayer-funded agency that presumes to be expert
at stopping partner abuse.
Turns out, SafeSpace had a history of dubious
practices. In 2002 the shelter was cited for not
providing requested records to state auditors. The
probe also found shelter staff were breaking the
rules by admitting women who were not true victims
Ironically, the Florida Coalition Against
Domestic Violence had conducted an inspection just
two weeks before Almores death, concluding
SafeSpace passed with flying colors.
So ten months after the incident, key questions
remain unanswered. Was Marilyn Hooks the sole
perpetrator of the deed? Or were there accessories
to this heinous crime?
Was the autocratic shelter manager at fault for
turning her back on staff entreaties to discharge
Did the executive director fall down by failing
to assure the incidents were reported to her?
Was the SafeSpace Board of Directors asleep at
the switch for not assuring effective management
controls were in place?
Or is our entire shelter system so rooted in a
dysfunctional gender ideology that it needs a
At Abuse Shelters, Girls
Just Wanna Have Fun!
Hey girls, want to get skanky? Well, sashay down to
your local abuse shelter and get buzzed! No, you
dont have to be a real victim of domestic
violence. All you need is a convincing story.
Last year Hollie Cephas of Monticello, Ark.
arrived on the doorstep of the Options shelter to
recount her tale of woe: Her husband had beaten her
to the point of having two miscarriages, he hid her
insulin, and once he even called her a fat
The intake worker at Options had been taught to
always believe the victim, so of course
she was beside herself. One employee was so moved
that she loaned Mrs. Cephas $25,000 and let her use
her credit card. That covered liquor purchases, a
few shopping sprees at the local WalMart, burial
expenses for her child, and more.
Then with a dramatic flourish, Cephas phoned the
shelter to let them know shed just had a
kidney transplant and the life support was about to
be turned off. She died a few days later.
It was all a hoax.
On February 11 police went to her home, where
she was still very much alive, calmly residing with
her allegedly battering husband. Cephas was hauled
down to the Drew County Detention Center, where she
was charged with theft by deception and a $250,000
bond placed on her head.
Heres the moral of the story: If
youre going to accuse your husband of trying
to knock you off, dont use a borrowed credit
card after your own funeral.
Girls, there so many ways your interlude at the
shelter can be relaxing, profitable, and fun.
First of all, realize youre entitled to
three nutritious meals a day, personal toiletries,
and so forth. Transportation services may also be
available, but the only excursions offered
were to the local mall where a wealth of
unaffordable merchandise stared them in the
face, explains Nancy S., who spent two years
shuttling among shelters in the San Francisco
Dont let your kids stop you from having
the fun you deserve all shelters offer free
day care, sometimes courtesy of a local teenager
whos working off her parole time. Shell
have some interesting stories to regale the
And dont worry if your kids are still
black and blue from their latest visit to the wood
shed shelters wont turn you in for
child abuse, at least if youre staying at
Another Way in Lake City, Fla. As one former
employee told me, We always knew not to call
the law unless you were prepared to be
And if you want to toke a little weed,
thats fine, too. After all, youve been
battered and belittled, you deserve a little
If youre in the Houston area, be sure to
go by the Bay Area Turning Point. That facility
hosts dating parties where local men drop by to
schmooze and relax. Thats according to Bobbi
Bacha, vice president of Blue Moon Investigations,
who wonders whether such events are appropriate for
abused women at such a vulnerable point in their
And dont fret about that nine oclock
curfew. If you want to go behind the bushes with
your new heart-throb or hang out with your old
boyfriend -- the one you said is your lifelong
abuser no problem, theyll reset the
security alarm for you.
If lavender is your color of choice, you
dont even need to venture outside. Everyone
knows shelter staffs are replete with dykes
cruising for a hook-up.
Got a man-problem? Shelters can solve that, as
At Bethany House in Falls Church, Va.,
Women with almost no marital problems are
declared abused and are coached by the staff to go
to court and get a protective order against their
husbands with the promise of long-term shelter,
legal services, [and] counseling,
reveals a former shelter volunteer.
And dont worry that your naughty antics
might land you in the clink. The good ladies from
the abuse shelter will bail you out. After all,
youve obviously been suffering from Battered
Believe it or not, the best is yet to come!
Once you check out of the shelter, you now have
the gold-plated Keys to the Kingdom. Thats
because you can now lay claim to life-long status
as a victim, a battered woman. Youre a
Want to skirt the return-to-work requirements
under TANF? No hassle. Need to re-up your Section 8
housing? Youre covered. Are you an illegal
immigrant? Bienvenidos, amiga!
Theres just one little hitch. Legions of
other women have figured out how to work the
system, so many shelters now have a long waiting
The solution, of course, is to come up with a
The ABA Goes Over to the Dark
The domestic violence industry is one of the most
corrupt and unaccountable enterprises in modern-day
America. Every year it sucks over $1 billion from
the federal treasury and ships the money to a
variety of radical feminist organizations dedicated
to revamping the family unit.
Thanks to the generosity of the Violence Against
Women Act, domestic violence programs encourage
women to file false allegations, strip fit fathers
of their natural right to parent, and doom kids to
live in a single-parent household -- with VAWA
picking up the legal tab.
Of course many men decide to fight the wrongful
accusations to restore their good name and protect
their children -- and end up paying their lawyers a
princely sum in the process.
A few years ago the American Bar Association
decided it was time to cash in on this grand social
experiment, so it set up the ABA Commission on
Before long the CODV was setting out to revamp
American family law to comport with its global
feminist-socialist vision. For example this week
the Commissions website features this
startling claim: International human rights
legal principles may be used persuasively in
domestic violence cases in U.S. state courts.
That statement gives you an idea of how far the
ABA has moved away from its well-cultivated image
of black-cloaked probity and stern-faced
The Commission then decided to develop a series
of publications to elucidate on its family-reform
agenda. One of these reports, Ten Myths about
Custody and Domestic Violence, purports to
tell the truth about 10 common falsehoods.
But then a group called RADAR Respecting
Accuracy in Domestic Abuse Reporting -- got wind of
the ABA report and decided to do a little
fact-checking. Thats when the ABAs
glass-house began to disintegrate into a million
First, RADAR found most of the so-called myths
arent really myths. Turns out they are
strawmen erected by the ABA Commission to provide
the framework for a series of claims that are
ostensibly backed up scientific research.
And when RADAR examined the actual research,
these studies were found to be little
more than a series of opinion pieces put out by
other groups with the same ideological axe to grind
as the ABA. Or the studies were advocacy research
disguised as objective science.
All told, of the 19 claims found in the
Ten Myths report, only 2 of them are
truthful. All the rest are misleading, unsupported,
or simply false. [www.mediaradar.org/docs/RADARreport-Myths-of-ABA-Commission-on-DV-Summary.pdf
Its bad enough for the ABA to traffic in a
series of pusillanimous lies. But to then claim
your lies are actually debunking someone
elses lies thats a propaganda
technique of the highest order.
This ruse would have put to shame Mr. Joseph
Goebbels, the National Socialist minister of truth
who famously proclaimed, If you tell a lie
big enough and keep repeating it, people will
eventually come to believe it.
Now the story gets interesting.
In May RADAR sent a letter to the ABA president,
William Neukom, politely pointing out the errors
and asking the ABA to remove the offending report.
RADAR requested the courtesy of a reply.
But no answer was forthcoming.
That means the problem is not some rogue outfit
within the ABA that suddenly began to spout
neo-Marxist slogans. The fact is, the president of
the American Bar Association is a knowing
accomplice to this massacre of the truth.
Frankly, Im disturbed by this willful
violation of the public trust. Normally I
dont ask my readers to take action. But in
the name of protecting the truth, Im going to
make an exception.
After all, the American Bar Association is
expected to be more than a well-heeled special
interest group, and the truth is not a commodity to
be auctioned off to the highest bidder.
So please email Mr. Neukom at E-Mail
. Or if you want to give the ABA an
earful, call their Media Relations department at
You can make the message short and sweet. Tell
Mr. Neukom to stop the lies.
Another Way Shelter
Headed for a Meltdown?
Last week my column revealed the all-too-common
mistreatment of children in abuse shelters around
the country. The article highlighted two incidents
involving a Florida shelter, a former director who
was cited for contributing to the delinquency of
minors, and the sexual assault of a 4-year-old
Following publication of that essay, several
former employees of Another Way came forward to
tell me there was much, much more to the story.
What follows is an account of three Queen Bees, a
demoralized and depleted staff, and a shelter in
disarray. The sordid tale calls to mind the old
saying, Absolute power corrupts
Another Way, located in the northern Florida
town of Lake City, has a gleaming facility with 35
beds and is headed by a director paid the tidy sum
of $95,000. The staff consists of 30 persons and up
to 20 volunteers. Over the last 2 years, the
shelter has been plagued by an epidemic of staff
resignations -- 150 employees, more or
The former staffers shared with me eye-witness
accounts of prison camp-like working conditions,
misappropriated shelter assets, falsified
documents, sex discrimination, illicit drug
activities, horrific child abuse, illegal
cover-ups, complacent oversight agencies, and
The shell-shocked women told me many of their
former co-workers are unqualified, untrained, and
even under-age. Some employees are required to work
overtime without pay. Many are subjected to random
tongue-lashings and at-will terminations.
A few felt set up for failure. One staffer,
ordered to pull together extensive tax records on
short notice, recounted her ordeal: Toward
the end of my deadline, I felt like I was going to
have a mental break down
no words that can express the mental anguish that I
was made to feel throughout the day.
There were widespread reports of management
using the shelter van and other resources for
personal use. Staff training records were known to
be falsified. When state auditors came to town, the
managers would pull all-nighters to make sure the
records were brought up to snuff.
The Queen Bees went out of their way to avoid
helping abused men. One employee revealed, I
was personally instructed to do everything possible
to discourage males to report abuse.
Oddly, fewer than 15% of residents came to the
facility with any physical injuries. Some of the
residents had been charged with beating up their
boyfriends and thrown in the clink. So shelter
staff worked their feminine charms to procure their
release and hide the law-breakers from their
Druggies openly plied their habit. I, on
numerous occasions reported illegal drug use that I
had witnessed take place on Shelter property and
often my complaints were ignored, a former
employee revealed. We always knew not to call
the law unless you were prepared to be
One appalled woman described the shelters
cover-up this way: Were here to empower
women, not teach them how to lie, cheat, steal, and
manipulate the system.
Most troubling were the recurring incidents of
child neglect and abuse -- all swept under the rug.
These are just three examples:
- Returning to the 4-year-old who was sexually
assaulted by the 9-year-old girl, it turned out
her perpetrator had been involved in
inappropriate sex acts with another child at the
shelter just two months before. That was never
reported to the authorities.
- A one-month-old was left unattended in a
baby swing. Despite the infant sobbing all day,
a shelter manager upbraided the concerned
employee with the rebuke, We dont
tell these women how to parent their
- An 8-year-old boy became angry and started
to cry. Someone stuck him in a closed van in the
middle of summer. Advised of this barbaric
punishment, the manager ordered the boy left in
the vehicle until he decided to stop
throwing a fit.
Some incidents were reported to the Florida
Coalition Against Domestic Violence. But the group
never saw reason to take action. Maybe thats
because the FCADV director, Tiffany Carr, is known
to be buddy-buddy with the Another Way head.
After they were expelled like a worn-out pack
mule, many former workers experienced
post-traumatic stress syndrome. Some required
One ex-worker revealed to me, They took
advantage of their knowledge of my history of being
an abuse victim and my desperate circumstances to
intimidate me into accepting the abuse that they
heaped on me.
Comparing her employer to a perp, another woman
reflected, I later realized that like a
battered woman my loyalties were still to my
No wonder so many victims of abuse would never
dream of going to an abuse shelter.
Moms, Dont Take Your
Kids to an Abuse Shelter
Abuse shelters are the domestic violence
industrys Holy of Holies. Their ministrations
are shrouded in mystery, the High Priestesses
unnamed, their locations often kept secret. There
abused women can become purified of the patriarchal
demon and begin life anew.
Of course if youre an abused man,
dont bother to ask for help. Theyre
likely to claim you are harassing them and call the
police. And abuse shelters dont seem to be
very interested in helping the younsters,
Although abuse shelters claim to serve the
children of abused women, what passes for child
care may be a gum-chewing, tattoo-adorned teenager
clocking her community service hours. Or a former
drug-user working off her parole plea-bargain.
Or there may be no care at all.
Several years ago Renee Heikamp was arrested and
charged with criminal negligence following the
death of her son Jordan. The five-week-old baby
wasted away to skin and bones as the two resided at
the Catholic Childrens Aid Society in
At the Brewster (Ariz.) Center Domestic Violence
Services, a 26-year-old resident had sex with a
12-year-old boy in the playground tunnel slide
while his mother was away. The predator was hauled
off to the Pima County jail and charged with sexual
misconduct with a minor.
Shelter residents often complain their children
are exposed to far more abuse in the shelter than
they had seen outside of it. There they witness
taunting, profanity-laden threats, and even
Sometimes children find themselves the target of
such abuse. One former resident wrote,
Children, especially teens, become the
emotional whipping boys of other
residents, and if they speak up, they risk getting
the family thrown out.
At one shelter a resident was arrested for a
bizarre birthday present for a 13-year-old boy at
the facility. The women cornered the boy and
proceeded to spank him 13 times with her
clenched fist. [www.ejfi.org/DV/dv-55.htm#pgfId-1005130
Most shameful of all most abuse shelters
refuse to help adolescent children who
male. After all, we cant let those
proto-patriarchs find out what really goes on
behind closed doors.
Erin Pizzey, founder of the first shelter,
believes her movement has been hijacked. She
charges abuse shelters now fund the feminist
movements so they exclude young boys because they
are the potential enemy.
In Florida, the situation has lurched out of
Last October 16-month-old Myliak Dale was
playing in the parking lot of the SafeSpace shelter
in Stuart, Fla., when a woman started to back her
car out. Apparently no one was watching. The
toddlers life was snuffed out in minutes.
Then 10 days later, 26-year-old Milaus Almore
was fatally stabbed by another SafeSpace resident,
Marilyn Hooks. Almore was eight weeks pregnant.
On May 6, 2007, a Suwannee County sheriff
spotted a cluster of teenagers behind a minivan
drinking alcohol. The van was registered in the
name of the Another Way shelter in Lake City. One
of the minors was a pregnant teenager residing at
the facility. As we know, drinking during pregnancy
is harmful to an unborn infant. [www.true-equality.org/16133/pittman-2.pdf
The drivers eyes were severely bloodshot.
She was given a sobriety test and failed. The
police cited 34-year-old Wendy Pittman for giving
alcohol to minors. Turns out, Ms. Pittman was the
director of the Another Way shelter.
Pittman was given the boot and replaced by
Shanna Travis. Ms. Travis is a nurse who repeatedly
tested positive for opiates, failed her rehab, and
whose license has been revoked by the Florida Board
of Nursing: ww2.doh.state.fl.us/IRM00PRAES/PRASLIST.ASP
Things were destined to get worse under
On June 5, 2008, a four-year-old girl was
sexually assaulted by a nine-year-old female at the
shelter while the two were left unattended.
According to the police report, the nine-year-old
took down her underwear and pants down and
inserted her finger into her vagina.
The incident took place around 9:30 on Saturday
evening. But the assault wasnt reported to
the police until noon the following day.
So why were the two girls left together
unattended? Why the 15-hour delay in reporting the
incident? And who had the nutty idea of hiring a
former druggie to run an abuse shelter?
To get answers to these questions, last week I
telephoned Tiffany Carr, director of the Florida
Coalition Against Domestic Violence, at
1-850-425-2749. Despite repeated attempts, Ms. Carr
never returned my call.
Apparently its best to give such incidents
No Place for Blind
Woman at Womencare
All Desiree Carpenter wanted was a chance to
succeed. As a young woman Ms. Carpenter (not her
real name) had been subjected to repeated physical
and sexual assaults, losing her eyesight during one
attack. Her assailant did hard time, but now he was
back on the streets and vowing to track her
Her only hope was to flee to another state,
assume a new identity, and start over. Washington
was the best place to begin anew, since the state
had passed tough anti-stalking laws. So she packed
her bags and hopped on the train with her two
children in tow, bound for Bellingham, a couple
hours north of Seattle.
Being blind, she had come into a laptop computer
with a screen reader that converts text to the
spoken word. Thats how Desiree and I
exchanged information for this article.
Arriving at the Bellingham train station, she
expectantly called the Womencare Shelter, a group
that bills itself as a feminist organization
working to end violence against women:
Desiree was told to go to the local
MacDonalds to be interviewed by an intake
worker. There she was scrutinized to make sure
I was acceptable, as Desiree later
recounted. The staffer told Ms. Carpenter to detail
her rape experiences while her children sat quietly
Admitted to the shelter, the staff removed her
daughters electronic homeschooling program,
saying African-Americans spend too much time with
rap videos. Desirees television was padlocked
and she was informed she could only watch TV on
Like all residents, Desiree was assigned
housekeeping chores. Its not that the tasks
were menial, but asking a blind woman to clean
toilets and sort broken glass seems a little
cold-hearted. When the new resident questioned her
duties, the staff urged her to become more
The staff forbade the woman from making safety
accommodations on the shelters flat-top
stove. So Desiree and her young children ate
micro-waved meals and peanut butter sandwiches for
the rest of their stay.
When residents wanted to re-enter the facility,
they typed in a security code. Desiree asked to
have the keypad marked with Braille dots, leading
her to be ridiculed as being disruptive and
At one point a resident confided to her,
The staff here acts worse than an
The shelter did help Desiree to secure the
all-important name change. Of course that entailed
losing all her educational credentials, job
references, credit cards, and so forth. That was
the sacrifice she knew she would have to make.
Over the next two weeks things went from bad to
worse, especially after Ms. Carpenter complained
about the videotape that lectured residents why
organized religion was oppressive to
In desperation, Desiree contacted the Bellingham
Adult Protective Services, pleading they dispatch a
disability aide so she could cook her own
But the Womencare director ordered
Nyet, claiming that would compromise
the shelters secret location. Then the
shelter staff began to suspect she was planning to
file a complaint with the Washington Human Rights
Council of course that was forbidden by
So that evening the director barged into
Desirees room and issued an ultimatum:
Either you drop your civil rights complaint
or youre out of here!
When Desiree tearfully said she had only
requested someone to assist with the necessities of
life, the staff interpreted her claim of innocence
to be further proof of guilt. That was reason
enough to summon the police.
Within minutes a female officer dashed into the
shelter, gun drawn, pulled the startled children
out of bed, and ordered them out. The officer
explained that even though Desiree had not violated
any rules, the shelter was exiting her
because she was unhappy with their services.
Then came the crushing blow the shelter
director blurted out Desiree Carpenters
previous name. The officer hastily entered both
names, linked by a single report, into the National
Crime Information Center database.
In that moment, all the labors of the past month
were undone, all her hopes of a life free of fear
The staff then ransacked Desirees room,
stuffing her possessions, food, and legal documents
into a black trash bag. Mother, son, and daughter
were sent packing into the rainy night.
During her one-month nightmare at Womencare, Ms.
Carpenter suffered too many indignities to recount
in a single column more details can be seen
In the end, Desirees daughter said she
would rather die than ever again trust an abuse
Abuse Shelter Head Turns
to Violence and Abuse
The domestic violence industry operates under the
cloak of secrecy and anonymity, maintaining such
policies are necessary to shield victims from their
abusers. But every now and then a crack appears in
the façade, revealing a sordid panorama of
corruption, fraud, and abuse.
On February 28, 2007 the Naples, Fla. citizenry
opened their morning newspapers to the jolting
headline, CEO Out at Womens Shelter:
Investigation into Battery Complaint Prompts
Departure. Over the next several months,
details would spill out of a womans rights
activist who had evolved into a self-serving
tyrant, as one of her colleagues later
The charges surrounded Kathy Herrmann Catino, a
former victim of domestic violence and director of
the Naples Shelter for Abused Women and
Fifteen years ago Ms. Catino took over the helm
of the debt-ridden shelter. She worked tirelessly
and proved to be a skilled rainmaker, growing the
shelter into a 60-bed facility with a $3.5 million
budget, 52 staff members, and 276 volunteers.
But her crusade took on messianic overtones.
Believing she was the savior of women, Catino set
out to control the Board of Directors and even the
personal lives of her employees.
Kathy Herrmann-Catino ruled as the queen
of the fortress she built for too long,
revealed one woman, adding she was obsessed
with the need to control her subordinates and
others in the community, and her obsession grew as
the Shelter grew.
As long as you did as you were told by
her, it was all good. Dont do as youre
told or have a mind of your own, and there were
problems, explained another associate, adding
that the shelter director hates
One saw her as a Captain Queeg in a pantsuit:
You could see the self-satisfaction in her
big round eyes and the little smile on her lips
whenever she broke a spirit and made an employee
Ive witnessed and been a victim of
her abusive style, revealed a former board
member. She openly admits her son is an
Now we know where he learned
Catino went so far as to monitor employees
after-hours pursuits. Paul Vincent Zecchino
revealed, she would check on your home life
and [find out] if you did not live your
life outside of work as she thought you
And as if that wasnt enough, Your
condition of employment then required you to go to
counseling and report that you went, the man
wrote. The counselor you went to was one that
she would pick for you."
Is this beginning to sound a little like Soviet
Election Day, 2006 marked the beginning of the
end. Believing that advancing social change was
part of the shelters mission, she sent an
email to her staff instructing them to inform her
whether they had voted.
But a few scofflaws did not respond. So the next
day an infuriated Catino broadcast this warning:
OK you are the folks who have not
responded to my several requests for information
regarding whether or not you voted on Tuesday. This
is your CEO talking the one who approves
your pay check
Testing 1, 2, 3, anyone out
there? Please respond.
The message was clear: If you dont come
clean with the Commissar of Truth, your paycheck
might be delayed, or worse.
Problem was, Florida law prohibits voter
intimidation. For that misstep, Catino was
arrested, booked, and released on bond.
The worst was yet to come.
Three months later Catino decided one of the
shelter employees had crossed her one too many
times. She wanted an underling to do the dirty
work, but the employee refused to go along with the
gig. When the tearful woman tried to walk out of
the shelter, Catino grabbed her by the arm and
yanked her around.
Legally this counts as assault. The security
cameras captured the entire incident. Two weeks
later, Kathy Catino was history.
The most insightful commentary came from a
former associate who revealed, In reality,
Kathys very sad life was never healed
it was only a mask she wore a role she
played. She was angry and unhealed, which is why
she loved wallowing in her abuse.
A year later, whatever came of the former
Pay a visit to the website of Equality Virginia,
a group that advocates for the legalization of
homosexual marriage in the state of Virginia. Cathy
Catino is now the deputy director of the
The website proudly states Catino served
as CEO of a FL shelter program for nearly fourteen
While in Naples, Kathy started an
outreach program for LBGT people who were victims
of partner violence and routinely sheltered gay,
lesbian, and transgender people in her
Long live the Revolution.
Latest Ruse: Claim to be Against DV
Protectors of the innocent unborn need to prepare
for the impending assault on the right to life,
this time waged under the banner of stopping
Actually, the first volley has already been
fired. Democratic senator Barack Obama recently
announced his support of the proposed International
Violence Against Women Act, a bill the Family
Violence Prevention Fund admits is designed to
solidify womens access to reproductive
Mr. Obama is not the first to cloak the
reproductive rights agenda in the domestic violence
crusade. For years the rad-fems have been working
behind the scenes, laying the groundwork for
another frontal attack on the culture of life.
At the Alan Guttmacher Institute, the Ladies of
the Left penned a manifesto called
Reproductive Health Services and Intimate
Partner Violence. This document sheds
crocodile tears over the fact that violence
and reproductive health often remain distinct,
despite the framing of both issues as essential
components of womens human rights.
Abortionists often wave the bloody flag that
abortion must be legalized or else women will die.
Of course they never mention that effective medical
treatments are available to save an imperiled
But the public is beginning to see through the
subterfuge. So the pro-abortionists have devised a
new argument that goes something like this: We have
an epidemic of men who abuse their wives and force
themselves on their girlfriends. Ergo, the solution
is to grant women the right to abort.
Lets say it politely: Shame on these
people for telling such lies.
Professor Murray Straus at the University of New
Hampshire is the worlds leading researcher on
family violence. Earlier this year Dr. Straus
published the results of his 32-nation survey of
dating couples. This is what he found:
1. Fewer than 11% of couples had engaged in any
incident of serious partner aggression in the past
year, proving that physical violence between
partners is fairly uncommon.
2. Two-thirds of the time the violence was
mutual she slapped him, he shoved her. One
of those tit-for-tat affairs.
3. And heres the shocker: Women were twice
as likely to initiate unilateral violence as men.
Thats right, the stories about Amy Winehouse
using her husband as a punch-bag and
Hillary Clinton carving up Bills jaw turn out
to represent a much broader problem.
So why dont we hear about female violence
more often? Well, several reasons.
Abused men are far less likely to call for help
(Can you imagine Bill calling down to the state
troopers to pull Hillary off his back?). Police may
arrest the man, even if hes the one with the
scratches and bruises. Prosecutors scoff at the
mention of men injured by their partners. And
editors marinated in feminist ideology will do
anything to keep the story off the front page.
That bias allows lawmakers to get away with laws
bearing one-sided names like the Violence Against
Women Act. And it keeps people in a perpetual
hysteria over the faux epidemic of
This high-stakes struggle is taking place around
One of the main mischief-makers is the UNFPA,
the United Nations Population Fund. Their website
calls for ending violence against women which they
allege is widespread. (Remember,
keeping people in a frenzy of fear is how they lock
in their funding.)
Their solution to partner abuse? You guessed it:
UNFPA advocates for legislative reform and
enforcement of laws for the promotion and the
protection of womens rights to reproductive
Amnesty International is another purveyor of the
counterfeit claims. In Europe, AI voted to
support the decriminalization of
and to defend womens access to
abortion, within reasonable gestational limits,
when their health or human rights are in
danger. In response, bishops instructed
Catholic schools in England and Wales to boycott
In Nicaragua, pro-abortion forces dropped their
rhetoric about reproductive rights in
favor of pushing an agenda of stopping
violence against women.
Sex-selective abortion, which has snuffed out
the lives of 100 million baby girls in China and
India, is another battlefront. This moral and
demographic travesty exposes the hypocrisy of
abortionists who claim they are only trying to help
The most obvious cure, and probably the only
solution to sex-selective abortions is an outright
ban on all abortions -- but the baby-killing
industry wouldnt be happy with that.
So they paper over the truth with Orwellian
doublespeak about pre-birth sex
selection, as if were flipping some
kind of genetic switch. And of course Sen.
Obamas so-called International Violence
Against Women Act doesnt even hint at this
Is anyone pretending to be surprised?
The White Male Vote
Swung the Democratic Race
The 16-month Hillary-palooza has finally gone bust.
Her website bravely instructs us to Support
Senator Obama Today. Mrs. Clintons
staff has been pared down to a skeleton crew. And
shes finally getting around to paying off the
health insurance bills.
But Hillarys campaign wasnt a
presidential nomination effort in the usual sense.
It was a massive exercise in feminist
consciousness-raising foisted on an unsuspecting
Take Clintons June 7 concession speech
that was billed as an endorsement of rival Barack
Obama. In reality it was a neo-Marxist rant lightly
disguised as a feminist pep talk.
Hillary regurgitated her demand that women
receive equal pay -- slyly omitting the
words even though they choose to work fewer
hours at jobs that are less likely to maim and
kill. Mrs. Clinton also saw fit to blame her
defeat on unconscious sex biases that
had created the highest, hardest glass
That hard-edged rhetoric is one of the reasons
why Hillary lost the race.
Lets look at the votes. While Barack Obama
had a lock on the African-American vote, Hillary
Clinton rallied the support of white women. The
Black and white female vote basically offset each
So which group was the tie-breaker?
In states with exit polls, Barack Obama enjoyed
17 primary victories. In only four states did a
plurality of white female voters support him: Iowa,
Illinois, Vermont, and Oregon. [www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21660890
But in 10 states, Mr. Obama took the white male
vote: Iowa, Illinois, Vermont, and Oregon, plus
Virginia, Wisconsin, Maryland, Connecticut, Utah,
The significance of that result is amplified by
the fact that white men represent a smaller
fraction of the electorate. For example in
Illinois, white males compose 23% of the Democratic
electorate, compared to 34% who are white
So in nearly 60% of Obamas victories, the
smaller number of white men, weary of
Hillarys girl-power riffs, came together to
overcome the larger but splintered female vote.
After she conceded the race, the true-believers
in the feminist Nirvana came out to genuflect at
Mrs. Clintons altar, lauding how her campaign
had shattered gender myths and barriers. But in
truth, Mrs. Clinton only crystallized the worst
stereotypes about the Sisterhood:
1. Feminists are devious. Long-time Clinton
confidante Dick Morris once wrote, Bill lies
about sex, Hillary lies about everything.
From her fairytale that women were routinely
excluded from major clinical trials to the
bullets-in-Bosnia brouhaha, Hillary Clinton has a
nearly congenital tendency to disregard the
2. Feminists love to blame men. When her defeat
became undeniable, Hillary cast about for
explanations, eventually deriding the nations
alleged epidemic of sexism as deeply
offensive to millions of women. But what
about Hillarys sexist caricatures of men?
3. Feminists dont accept responsibility
for their failures. How many times do you remember
Mrs. Clinton saying, Im sorry
over the past year and a half? If you scan
Hillarys June 8 endorsement speech, she never
hints at the many miscalculations and missteps of
4. Feminists are arrogant. Recall Hillarys
famous promise, Were going to take
things away from you on behalf of the common
good? Remember the aura of inevitability that
she exuded during the early months of her
5. Feminists are self-possessed narcissists. As
a college student, Hillary once confided that she
had not yet reconciled myself to the fate of
not being the star, adding that as a child
she used to pretend there were heavenly movie
cameras watching my every move. Does anyone
doubt that Hillary believes her rightful place in
the world is at the center of the universe?
6. Feminists can become very abusive. I have
previously documented Hillarys foul ways:
On the day that Bill was inaugurated as President,
Hillary was informed she wouldnt be moving
into the vice-presidents office, prompting
this rebuke: G*d d*mn it, Bill, you promised
me that office!
Once again, Hillary didnt get her way.
Heaven help us from a candidate scorned.
Sex, Lies, and Datatapes of
the Partner Abuse Industry
The domestic violence industry is reeling from a
recent series of high-profile scandals, leaving
abuse workers to wonder how things could have
possibly gone so wrong.
First the Sex.
Recently a woman described her stay at an abuse
shelter. In shocking detail, she recounts how
threats and bullying had become commonplace among
the shelter residents. Once a resident punched her
forearm, screaming at her, bitch! One
night another woman assaulted her, injuring her
back and forcing her to seek medical attention.
The woman also recounted lesbian advances by a
shelter employee. If you become her
girlfriend, you will be treated very good, I was
100% sure, the woman sheepishly explains. On
another occasion she was referred to a local
lesbian attorney whose fetching assistant was
dressed like she was in a
This is a video that has to be seen to be
Sexual harassment of women in abuse facilities
is not uncommon. I have personally spoken with
other women who were pressured by shelter workers
to engage in lesbian sexual activity in return for
better accommodations and special perks.
Now for the Lies.
Two weeks ago a Maryland-based think tank called
RADAR put out a report detailing numerous
half-truths and falsehoods from the American Bar
Association. The distortions are found in a
document called 10 Myths about Custody and
Domestic Violence and How to Counter
A few of the claims are eyebrow-raisers, like
the ABAs pronouncement that children who
witness domestic violence are more likely to get
lung disease! Thats right doc, if your
patient cant breathe, its probably
because he once witnessed abuse.
And some statements are preposterous, like the
assertion that abusive parents win child custody
70% of the time. So if you want to get custody of
your kids, just tell the judge you abused them!
Thats just for starters RADAR
compared the ABAs 19 claims to the actual
research and found only two of the 19 are true:
Score one for the tin-foil hat crowd!
Ready for the Datatapes?
Family researchers Murray Straus and Katreena
Scott recently released a report that documents how
the domestic violence industry routinely hoodwinks
the American public. Gender Symmetry in
Partner Violence exposes all the tricks:
falsifying research findings, blocking funding, and
harassing researchers who cross the feminist party
In one case professor Suzanne Steinmetz released
a study that proved males and females are equally
likely to perpetrate abuse: Anger over this
resulted in a bomb threat at her daughters
Imagine a cabal of women threatening to blow up
a white-dress bride on her wedding day and
in the name of stopping family violence!
Like a cancer that ravishes healthy cells, the
corruption of the domestic violence industry is
spreading to government agencies, as well.
In West Virginia, any domestic violence program
that wants to receive government funding must have
one-third of its staff certified by the
states Coalition Against Domestic Violence, a
group that rejects on ideological grounds the
suggestion that men can ever be abuse victims.
So earlier this month a group called Men and
Women Against Discrimination filed a discrimination
lawsuit, charging the state has unlawfully
delegated the appropriation of public funds into
the hands of a private entity, i.e., the West
Virginia Coalition Against Domestic
False allegations have become endemic, as
Last month former Olympic ice skater Oksana
Grishuk accused James R. Halstead, a wealthy
California investor, of dropping a date rape drug
into her drink. Grishuk had won two gold medals for
Russia in the 1990s.
The two had been involved in a lengthy romantic
relationship. But when Halstead refused
Grishuks request to tie the knot, she
furtively slipped the pills in her drink.
The Orange County judge dismissed the case last
Monday after it was reported she had demanded of
her ex-boyfriend, Cant you find me a
man with money who could take care of me?
Lesbian advances, propaganda-like claims,
fabrication of research, sex discrimination, and
false allegations. All in a days work for the
good ladies of the domestic violence industry.
Father Knows Best was one of the most widely-viewed
and long-running TV shows of the 1950s. True, the
program played to a romanticized image of
middle-class Americana. But that beats the
modern-day alternative of a raging epidemic of
sexually-transmitted diseases, safe havens for
abandoned infants, and 11-year-old girls wearing
Father Knows Best was yanked from the air in
1960. Before long the popular discourse was filled
with the now-familiar litany of feminist
The womens libbers were especially
troubled with the notion of the traditional family.
Arch-feminist Simone de Beauvoir argued, No
woman should be authorized to stay at home to raise
precisely because if there is
such a choice, too many women will make that
Robin Morgan, former editor of Ms. Magazine,
chillingly predicted, We cant destroy
the inequities between men and women until we
destroy marriage. And Andrea Dworkin compared
marriage to legalized prostitution.
Most laughed at the hyperbole. But the
hairy-legged hags were dead serious.
Exactly how do you go about destroying the
family which is, after all, the primordial unit of
society? The best tactic, they decided, would be to
go after the provider and protector image of Dear
Homer Simpson became emblematic of the
well-intentioned but inept father.
Patriarchal was inverted into an
epithet synonymous with the mistreatment of women.
Paternalistic was nearly as bad.
Media accounts began to tar men as wife-beaters,
deadbeats, child abusers, clods, and all-around
dufuses. Every one of those stereotypes was false
or highly exaggerated, but no matter. As author
Warren Farrell quipped, father knows
best turned into fathers
Since men werent up to the task, the
government would need to step in, the Lefties
argued. A series of legal opinions, laws, and
government programs came along, all claiming to
empower women: Roe v. Wade, Violence
Against Women Act, welfare programs, maternal
custody preference, draconian child support
programs, and more.
If removing flocks of children from their
fathers is your yardstick, these programs were
successful beyond belief. From 1960 to 1990, says
the Census Bureau, the number of American children
living with their biological fathers plunged from
82% to 62%. As columnist Dennis Prager recently
wrote, The contemporary absence of men in
boys lives is not only unprecedented in
American history; it is probably unprecedented in
These fatherless children are far more likely to
be poor, to use drugs, to experience a range of
educational and behavioral problems, to be victims
of child abuse, and to engage in criminal
But at least theyre liberated from the
baleful influence of their fathers!
Fortunately, family advocates saw where this was
all headed and began to question the fem-think.
Several groups are now coming to the rescue of
daddy-hood (Im including the web address if
you want more information):
- This week the National Partnership for
Community Leadership is holding a major
conference in Washington DC to honor
African-American dads: www.npclstrongfamilies.com
- Next week the National Fatherhood Initiative
will release a landmark report, The One
Hundred Billion Dollar Man: The Public Costs of
Father Absence: www.fatherhood.org
- Fathers and Families has been working with
the media to promote positive images of dads:
And several groups are working to increase
father involvement after divorce:
- Marriage Savers has just come out in support
of shared parenting, revealing that of the
six states that passed the strongest Joint
Custody laws, five experienced the largest drops
in the divorce rate. www.marriagesavers.org
- The American Coalition for Fathers and
Children is urging citizens to sign a petition
that reminds us, Children thrive with the
active involvement of both parents:
- And the Childrens Rights Council has
succeeded in introducing a Congressional
resolution in favor of joint custody: www.crckids.org
True, frazzled fathers dont always measure
up to the iconic images of Father Knows Best. But
on one point, these groups have hit the nail right
on the head: a government program is a lousy
substitute for a dad.
Im getting a little tired of the Womens
Libbers who play the sexism card as a cover for
ineptitude and arrogance. It does seem as
though the press at least is not as bothered by the
incredible vitriol that has been engendered by the
comments by people who are nothing but
misogynists, Hillary Clinton angrily charged
While I have high regard for Mrs. Clintons
ambition, if she hadnt been a feminist, she
likely would have prevailed in the contest. She had
the media coverage, fund-raising machinery, and
connections with the Democratic Party establishment
all going for her. So how did her feminist
credentials doom her candidacy?
The answer can be summed up in three words:
staff, strategy, and authenticity.
Clintons first gender-bender was the
selection of her staff. The members of her inner
circle were chosen because of their commitment to
the feminist cause and loyalty to Mrs. Clinton.
Their tableau graced the front page of the June 21,
2007 issue of the Washington Post: Patti Solis
Doyle, Ann Lewis, Capricia Marshall, Mandy
Grunwald, and the rest all of them
Mrs. Clinton moved heaven and earth to portray
her staff as more dedicated and competent than the
competition. When Gentlemans Quarterly
planned to run an exposé on the infighting
at Hillaryland, she went ballistic, threatening to
deny the magazine access to husband Bill for an
upcoming cover story.
But six months later the New York Times finally
blew the lid off the story, running a front-page
account detailing how the Clinton campaign was
bereft of leadership and had set itself apart
for its level of disorder and
Clintons second feminist-driven blunder
was her demographic strategy. Pander to the
female electorate and to hell with the white
males seemed to be the campaigns
Not only that, but regale your audience with
stories that ridicule men. Whenever you have
trouble coping, just think of Snow White. She had
to live with seven men. was one of
That strategy translated into the overarching
theme that women still get the short end of the
stick that in a country where women now
dominate in colleges and universities, outlive men
by four years, and control most of the
Dissing the white male vote proved disastrous.
Of the 16 primary races that Obama won by May 6,
white males played a decisive role in 9 of those
contests, compared to only 3 races in which a
plurality of white females made a difference.
Hillary Clintons biggest problem, though,
was her campaign lacked authenticity. Heres a
person whose entire career rode the coattails of
husband Bill. Her political accomplishments were as
scarce as an uncommitted super-delegate. Worse,
author Carl Bernstein had rendered this damning
verdict about her days as first lady: For the
first time in American history, a presidents
wife sent her husbands presidency off the
Despite that dismal record, Hillarys
campaign ironically harped on the theme of
empowerment: I am woman, hear me roar.
Remember the time she compared herself to JFK?
The message of female empowerment often morphed
into the narcissistic, I am woman, I deserve
to be president. The heady mixture of gender
empowerment and self-entitlement eventually came
across as plain arrogance.
And whenever her girl-power campaign hit rough
sledding, Hillary became the pitiable
damsel-in-distress. Whether it was her
politics of pile-on lament, the proud
recounting of her psychological wounds, or her
misting-up moment at a New Hampshire café,
Mrs. Clinton never hesitated to play the victim
As her nomination prospects dimmed,
Hillarys image fell increasingly out of
character. In the end she tried to channel Rocky
Balboa -- swigging a shot of Crown Royal, recalling
fond childhood memories of learning to shoot a gun,
and threatening to totally obliterate
Hillary Clinton once said she was running in
order to break the highest and hardest glass
ceiling in American life. But her numerous
miscalculations prove there is no glass ceiling --
only a divisive gender ideology that fosters a
victim mindset and serves to keep women dependent
on government largesse.
Bigotry and Contempt at
Once upon a time, feminism stood for fairness,
equality, and possibility. But feminism traces its
roots back to Karl Marx, George Engels, and
Vladimir Lenin. That fact alone should make us
think twice before acquiescing to the insistent
demands of the womens libbers.
Rep. Howard Berman, California Democrat,
recently introduced the International Violence
Against Women Act (H.R. 5927). Known to its
supporters as I-VAWA, the bill is based on the
Violence Against Women Act, first signed into law
in 1994 at the behest of First Lady Hillary
The crusade to stop intimate partner violence
began in 1972 when activist Erin Pizzey established
the first womans abuse shelter in London.
Pizzey quickly discovered that many of the women in
her shelter were just as violent as their partners.
That led her to conclude that partner abuse is a
human, not gender-specific problem.
That revelation didnt sit well with the
rad-fems, who were determined to usurp the domestic
violence issue to leap-frog their own political
agenda. So they stormed the meetings and Pizzey was
soon voted out.
These experiences compelled Pizzey to pen an
exposé called How the Womens
Movement Taught Women to Hate Men. Her essay
highlights spiteful women like the zealot who
openly declared, We dont like men
If there is ever to be any equality, marriage
and the family must be abolished.
Thanks to the domestic violence movement, the
contempt of men began to spread across the
In Canada, abuse shelters became known as
one-stop divorce shops that forbade
women to reconcile with their partners. It got so
bad that former shelter resident Nezha Saad
revealed to a local judge, I was put under
to say even more negative
things about my husband to get him in more trouble
with the law.
Disdain for men permeates the domestic violence
industry in the United States, as well. Three years
ago conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly excoriated
the Violence Against Women Act as the
hate-men law. That damning appraisal is
confirmed by numerous industry insiders. (Caution:
vulgar language ahead!)
In Minnesota a shelter director left her job in
disgust because the residents were subjected to a
constant barrage of lesbian propaganda that said in
so many words, All men are sh*ts, all men are
Joy Taylor, who had volunteered at her local
shelter, was shocked by the staffs militant
feminist ideology. Men were always presented
at potential abusers; any goodness one might see in
them was only temporary, she revealed.
In Washington state, the head of one shelter
admitted, Whenever I speak of male abuse, I
am met with disbelief and, even worse,
laughter. Many of these shelters not only
turn away male victims of violence, they even
refuse to accept adolescent males who are children
of female abuse victims.
One Seattle-area judge wrote, I am a
member of the advisory committee for the local
shelter. I was shocked at the anti-male bias of the
ladies who ran the center. My committee expressed
concern about the underlying anti-male bias which
even showed up in the name of the
The Violence Against Women Act also bankrolls
educational programs for law enforcement personnel.
In California, retired police officer George Sperry
described domestic violence training classes as
so dripping with male hatred that everyone in
the class felt uncomfortable, male and female
In 2006 the presenter at a West Virginia seminar
openly referred to a man accused of domestic
violence as a scum bag, at the same
time making light of a Florida incident where a
young man was sexually assaulted by his female
So its probably no surprise that the
International Violence Against Women Act is filled
with numerous one-sided and alarmist claims that
amount to a spiteful indictment of the male
The bill is filled with neo-Marxist cant about
power inequities. But no where does the
bill mention the recent 32-nation survey that found
women were more likely to strike the first blow.
And of course the proposed law never mentions that
men are twice as likely as women to die of
The domestic violence industry needs a
top-to-bottom house-cleaning. Scratch below the
veneer of self-serving clichés like
helping battered women escape the cycle of
abuse, and youll find a
self-perpetuating industry that cares only about
breaking up families and vilifying men.
All this thanks to the largesse of the U.S.
taxpayer, to the tune of $1 billion a year. And
this is what Rep. Berman wants to export to the
rest of the world.
McCain Lampoons the
Gender Wage Gap Myth
Ready for a morning chuckle to jump-start your day?
Pay a visit to Hillary Clintons website that
claims with a straight face, Women still earn
significantly less money than men for doing the
same jobs. [www.hillaryclinton.com/video/13.aspx
The first part of Hillarys sentence is
true women indeed earn less than men. But
the last four words for doing the same
jobs is as laughable as Hillarys
Lets say you have a job opening and two
persons apply who have identical skills and
qualifications. Joe wants to be paid the prevailing
wage, while Jackie says she is willing to work for
only 77 cents on the dollar.
Who would you hire? Jackie, of course.
So if women are doing exactly the same work as
men and getting paid 23% less, every
profit-maximizing entrepreneur would hire only
women. But last I heard, men are still getting
jobs. Obviously theres something wrong with
the gender wage gap theory.
Last month Senator McCain was campaigning in the
hard-scrabble coal fields of Kentucky. He commented
that if women want to overcome the gender wage gap,
they would need more education and
training. And knowing that Womens
Studies grads might not realize that coal mining is
the economic mainstay of the region, McCain then
deadpanned, traditionally, women have not
gone into that line of work.
But the Funny-Fems reflexively insist the
culprit is sex discrimination, not women exercising
the right to choose their preferred work. So when
they heard Senator McCains comments, they
flew into a purple-passion rage. Within days MoveOn
rolled out its propaganda machine, making the claim
that Study after study has shown that women
are paid less than men for the same work.
Thats good for another belly laugh, of
course, because in eastern Kentucky, the best
paying jobs go to the sooty-faced men who are
willing to descend 900 feet into the ground and
hope a boulder doesnt break loose from the
mine roof. Thats what happened to Cornelius
Yates, who was crushed to death in a Kentucky coal
mine in January 2006.
Yates death came just a week after 12
miners were killed in a West Virginia mine
explosion. And that followed a year in which nine
miners died throughout Kentucky.
Not surprisingly, women are not very interested
in doing hazardous jobs that may send them to the
grave. Indeed study after study has shown that when
differences in the type of work, hours on the job,
and education are accounted for, women are treated
Actually, women may be doing better than men.
According to the National Association of Colleges
and Employers, in many fields female college grads
are being offered higher starting salaries than
their male counterparts.
Female physicists are getting $6,500 more.
Co-eds who majored in petroleum engineering are
being offered $4,400 more. And women computer
programmers are being enticed with $7,200 extra
pay. In fact for dozens of majors and occupations,
women coming out of college are getting better
offers than men, reveals Warren Farrell in his
Men Earn More.
Why these disparities? Because in traditionally
male-dominated professions, employers are willing
to ante up more greenbacks to attract females in
order to forestall a costly discrimination
So once again the radical left is caught
red-handed, trying to push a socialist scheme that
centralizes bureaucratic control and weakens free
markets. Thats the approach that brought the
Soviet economy to its knees 20 years ago.
The Sisters of Silliness are out of touch with
the needs of women. By scorning the notion of
education and disempowering women, they prove they
are trying to force women into a dependency
relationship at the porcine foot-stool of the
Obama Hitches his Wagon to
the Radical Feminist Agenda
Barack Obama has a habit of hanging out with
flamethrowers who espouse radical causes.
Theres Obamas long-time associate,
former Weatherman William Ayers, who once boasted,
I dont regret setting bombs...I feel we
didnt do enough.
And Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Obamas spiritual
mentor, who has defended the notion that Zionism is
racism, compared white kids to rocks,
and propounded the theory that the government
invented AIDS to kill off Black folks.
Last week Obama finally decided he had heard
enough and rebuked the Raging Reverend, calling his
latest rant divisive and destructive
and giving comfort to those who prey on
Then theres Mr. Obamas embrace of
radical feminism. Like Rev. Wrights black
liberation ideology, the core of feminism is a
dogmatic belief in a malevolent, all-pervasive
conspiracy that renders its victims helpless. Call
it capitalism or the patriarchy, the effect is the
And just as Jeremiah Wright spews his hatred for
American society, feminists blame every
unpleasantness on the alleged shortcomings of
This past Thursday New York Times columnist Gail
Collins indulged in her latest anti-male diatribe:
Men with egos are, of course, the central
topic this week. Every roadbump in the
campaigns of the two Democratic challengers,
Collins insists, can be blamed on those
nincompoopish, self-centered men.
It comes as an enormous relief, Im sure,
to learn that Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi
dont suffer from inflated egos.
Lets take a look at the issues the
National Organization for Women is pushing --
-- and then compare them with the Women for Obama
. (Both bear a remarkable resemblance to the
womens platform of the Community Party of the
USA but thats another story.)
As you can see, Sen. Obama is marching lock-step
with the radical feminist agenda, pretty much from
A to Z:
Abortion: Obama endorses the entire abortion
package, including partial birth abortion. The
National Abortion Rights Action League gave Obama a
perfect 100% score over the last three years.
Child Support: Obama wants to spend $4.9 billion
over 10 years to throw more low-income dads in
jail. That will force more single moms onto the
welfare rolls. Makes a lot of sense, doesnt
Contraception: Obama wants to expand
teenagers access to contraception. Remember
last months comment that he didnt want
his daughters to be punished with a
Domestic Violence: The democratic candidate
believes that women are never violent towards their
husbands. (I guess Hillary laying tracks on
Bills face and singer Amy Winehouse beating
up her hubbie dont count.)
Gender Wage Gap: Barack insists discrimination
is the reason why women chose to work fewer hours
than men, and that needs to be fixed with stronger
enforcement of the Equal Pay Act.
Math and Science: Women hold only 12% of science
and engineering jobs in business and industry. More
proof of the patriarchy keeping women down.
Title IX: Obama wants to continue Clinton-era
policies that impose government-enforced quotas on
mens participation in college athletics.
Women-Owned Businesses: Female-owned businesses
are more likely to have their loan applications
denied. Didnt I tell you discrimination lurks
Womens Health: Obama wants to fund the
separate-and-unequal Centers of Excellence in
Womens Health that turn away uninsured
men with serious medical problems.
And then theres the matter of Michelle
Obama. An intelligent and charming woman, Im
certain. But is she First Lady material? I have my
At a New York fundraiser, she tweaked the
Illinois senator for not putting his socks
actually in the dirty clothes a
necessary qualification, we know, for every man who
one day hopes to become president.
And at a Hollywood event, Mrs. Obama uttered
this derisive remark: I am always a little
amazed at the response that people get when they
hear from Barack. A great man, a wonderful man. But
still a man.
But still a man? Somehow this reminds me of the
patronizing attitude that once galvanized the civil
Michelle continued, And then theres
the Barack Obama that lives with me in my house,
and that guys a little less than
Lives with me in my house? Thats right,
Barack was a waif who showed up one day on
Michelles doorstep. He should be
For some reason this guy still cant
manage to put the butter up when he makes the
toast, secure the bread so that it doesnt get
stale, and his 5-year-old daughter is still better
at making the bed than he is.
Barack Obama, the latest hen-pecked Democratic
candidate who has pretensions of becoming the next
Leader of the Free World.
Hillary Unleashes Her Inner
Belatedly, the Clinton campaign has come to realize
that white men represent the critical swing vote of
the 2008 primaries. When Hillary captured the white
male vote, she has won 9 out of 14 contests. But
when the good-ol-boys gave the nod to Barack,
he triumphed in 9 of the 15 races. [www.renewamerica.us/columns/roberts/080313
Problem is, Hillary has been rubbing a lot of
persons the wrong way with her girl-power jokes and
Iron my Shirt pranks.
Earlier this month the Democratic elders began
to call for Clintons withdrawal from the
race. Predictably, Hillarys surrogates
screamed misogyny and pushed back with
the claim that Ginger Rogers did everything
Fred Astaire did, but backwards and in high
Obviously these women never danced the lead for
So how is Hillary going to pull off her
kiss-and-make-up with the male electorate? Well,
simple if she cant beat the boys, why
not join em!
So on April 1 April Fools Day, for
those who noticed Mrs. Clinton showed up on
the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and
invoked the memory of Rocky Balboa, legendary boxer
of film fame. Putting on her best he-man imitation,
she exclaimed, Let me tell you something,
when it comes to finishing a fight, Rocky and I
have a lot in common. I never quit. I never give
A few days later she shared one of her fondest
childhood memories. You know, my dad took me
out behind the cottage that my grandfather built on
a little lake called Lake Winola outside of
Scranton and taught me how to shoot when I was a
little girl, she related. Waxing sentimental,
she added, People enjoyed hunting and
shooting because its an important part of who
(Note to Second Amendment advocates: Before
getting excited over this political pabulum, be
sure to check out Hillarys record on gun
control. On at least 17 different occasions, she
has issued statements on the need to restrict
access to guns, including her 2000 proposal to
license and register handgun sales: www.ontheissues.org/2008/Hillary_Clinton_Gun_Control.htm
But by mid-April the non-stop campaigning began
to take its toll and Mrs. Clinton hankered for some
quality time with the boys. So she sauntered over
to Bronkos Restaurant and Lounge in Crown
Sidling up to the bar, she ordered the
bartenders finest. In full view of the
cameras she took a sip of the Crown Royal whiskey,
then threw her head back and finished off the rest
of the shot.
Then wiping off the dried tobacco spittle around
her mouth with the back of her sleeve, Mrs. Clinton
let loose a guttural Ahhhh and ordered
up a round of Jack Daniels for all the blurry-eyed
gents huddled around the bar. (I made up that
Hillary still wasnt done with her Rambo
As Pennsylvania voters streamed to the polls
this past Tuesday, Mrs. Clinton appeared on ABC.
Asked about the looming threat from Iran, Clinton
indulged in some high-profile saber-rattling.
I want the Iranians to know that if Im
president, we will attack Iran, she warned.
In the next 10 years, during which they might
foolishly consider launching an attack on Israel,
we would be able to totally obliterate
Totally obliterate them? Goodness gracious, if
Senator McCain ever uttered those words, hed
be tarred, feathered, and sent packing to
Even after she won the Pennsylvania primary,
Clinton continued her belligerent rhetoric. On
Tuesday evening she cut loose with a victory
stem-winder, reiterating the words
fight, fighter, and
History shows very time a Democrats
campaign is on the ropes, the beleaguered candidate
tries, somewhat pathetically, to play the
Remember the time when Michael Dukakis donned
his helmet, military coveralls, and red tie, and
crawled into the gun turret of a 63-ton M-1 battle
Dont forget that Al Gore paid feminist
Naomi Wolf $15,000 to turn him into a beta
And do you recall John Kerrys
quail-hunting romp? By the time the cameras caught
up with the hunting party, he was no longer holding
the bagged birds. Teresa would not have
So as Hillary Clinton tries to restart her
quixotic bid for the Democratic presidential
nomination, its inevitable that she would try
to portray herself as a gun-toting, military-loving
fighter on behalf of the common man.
And above all, a woman who can really hold her
Now We Know,
Marriage is Cost-Effect
Its long been known that family break-up
inflicts massive social costs on communities and
children. But what about the burden it imposes on
the American taxpayer?
Its a proven fact that family dissolution
places children at greater risk of poverty, mental
and physical illness, juvenile delinquency, abuse,
substance abuse, and educational failure. A few
years ago Wade Horn, former director of the federal
Administration for Children and Families, revealed,
My agency spends $46 billion per year
operating 65 different social programs. If one goes
down the list of these programs... the need for
each is either created or exacerbated by the
breakup of families and marriages.
But what about the impact of heavier demands on
the criminal justice system? Medical care services?
And losses in tax revenues? At last we have a good
idea of the answer.
Last week -- Tax Day to be exact -- the
Institute for American Values released its
ground-breaking report, Taxpayer Costs of
Divorce and Unwed Childbearing.
Researched by economist Benjamin Scafidi, the
document lays out an elegant four-step logic:
1. Anti-poverty programs like TANF, housing
assistance, food stamps, Medicaid, WIC, etc.
family break-up is responsible for 32% of these
2. Government programs for children such as Head
Start, SCHIP, school breakfast programs, etc.
family dissolution causes 36% of these
3. Justice system -- 24% of crime is the result
of childhood poverty.
4. Lost taxes Newly employed workers
would presumably pay taxes to the IRS (10% of
wages), state and local government (11%), and FICA
Tally up the numbers and voila!
the total taxpayer cost of fragile families comes
out to $112 billion dollars a year. Thats
billion with a B.
But whats clear is these numbers vastly
underestimate the financial impact of family
break-down, in at least three ways.
When men marry, their wages go up 8-15%, thus
increasing tax revenues.
Second, children who grow up in a single-parent
household are at greater risk of health problems
and sexual promiscuity. Even if they dont
fall into the clutches of poverty, they will likely
call upon federally-subsidized programs to render
medical help and care for their children.
And single elderly women are four times more
likely to be warehoused in a nursing home, compared
to their married counterparts. That places an
enormous burden on Medicaid.
In one respect, though, the Institute for
American Values report is flawed. To encourage
persons to marry, IAV proposes
marriage-strengthening programs. But
touting the marriage education Band-aid is like
saying we can fix a broken welfare system by
teaching teenage moms to refrain from sex.
The reason for plummeting marriage rates, of
course, is not a dearth of marriage education. The
problem is tangle of laws and programs that weaken
the role of marriage, marginalize fathers, and
dangle incentives in front of women to leave their
Like the school curricula that teach gay
marriage is morally equivalent to heterosexual
Like the no-fuss, no-fault divorce laws that
allow partners to casually discard their sacred
Like the gender studies programs that brainwash
co-eds into believing marriage exploits women.
(According to rad-fem Catherine MacKinnon:
Feminism stresses the indistinguishability of
prostitution, marriage, and sexual
Its the domestic violence programs,
underwritten to the tune of $1 billion in federal
money each year, that escalate partner conflict and
prohibit couples counseling, all the while
fostering contempt for men.
Its ham-fisted child support programs that
take away persons drivers licenses and
toss low-income dads in jail.
Its the deplorable Supreme Court Planned
Parenthood v. Casey ruling that precludes a father
from being informed about his partners plan
And its female empowerment programs like
the federally-endorsed Girl Power! that
undercut the role of families
For years social and fiscal conservatives have
co-existed in a sometimes uneasy alliance
call it a marriage of convenience if you will.
Well tolerate your musings on abortion
and gay marriage, just so long as you dont
fool with our tax cuts and de-regulation
plans, the green-visored conservatives would
But now, both wings of conservatism have found
common ground restore the traditional
family, rally around the needs of children, staunch
the growth of social welfare programs, and save
billions in taxpayer money.
Call it a match made in heaven.
The Sad Spectacle of Dee
Dee Dee Myers has just come out with her amusing
tale, Why Women Should Rule the World. You
may recall Mrs. Myers was the first female White
House press secretary, appointed during the first
two tumultuous years of the Clinton
Simply put, Myers is a female supremacist.
Women tend to be better communicators, better
listeners, better at forming consensus, she
argues. That entitles women to run the world
because they do everything better than those
power-hungry men, Myers believes.
As the unsmiling Myers goes about promoting her
book, one wonders what led her to pen a tome filled
with crude gender stereotypes and doubtful
After Myers left the hurly-burly of the White
House in 1994, Myers married a handsome (and
well-paid) magazine executive. They moved into a
tony Washington DC home and had two children
But 14 years after leaving her heady White House
post, Myers career has stalled out. She has
only managed to land a few part-time consulting
jobs, like advising the now-defunct NBC series, The
Hardly an inspiring role model for the female
global domination wannabes.
If you go out and get Myers book,
dont expect to find a watertight
According to Myers, women create a nurturing,
idyllic work environment well, with a few
exceptions. In a 2000 Frontline interview, Myers
made these remarks about her White House encounters
with a devious Hillary Clinton:
Hillary tended to kind of campaign against
people behind their back, and that was certainly my
Women are the peaceful gender, as well. To prove
the point, Myers highlights on page 125 how Queen
Elizabeth I arranged to have Mary Queen of Scots
beheaded, Indira Gandhi pushed for a sharp increase
in nuclear arms, and Margaret Thatcher went to war
in the Falklands.
Women never abuse their power, either.
Thats true for every woman in the world
except Indira Gandhi who used emergency
provisions to grant herself extraordinary powers
and quash dissent, Myers admits.
Women are gentle consensus-builders, as well.
Myers recounts the story of Alexis Herman, former
Secretary of Labor, who tried her hand at resolving
a labor strike. Frustrated by the lack of progress,
Herman grabbed one of the negotiators by the lapels
and issued this threat: Dont f_ck with
Perhaps we should be grateful that Mrs. Meyers
does not make the claim that women are the logical
sex. And some of her factual statements raise
eyebrows, as well.
Myers says back in 1998 the Northern Ireland
Womens Coalition brokered the historic Good
Friday Agreement, a claim that presidential
candidate Hillary Clinton also stands by.
Unfortunately, no one else saw it that way. As
Irish historian Tim Pat Coogan noted, It was
a nice thing to see [Hillary Clinton]
there, with the womens groups. It helped, I
suppose, but it was ancillary to the main
thing. The Womens Coalition disbanded
in 2006 after its candidates lost in two straight
elections, an inconvenient truth that escapes
Theres this chestnut on page 56:
until recently, all the research into
[heart] disease was conducted on men.
But somehow that doesnt square with the FDA
analysis that found, women have been included
in drug development studies at least since the
early 1980s in approximate proportion to the
prevalence of disease in them. [www.ifeminists.net/introduction/editorials/2006/0412roberts.html
And as we all know, women are victims of the
gender wage gap. Want proof? When the 31-year-old
Myers worked at the White House, she was paid a
measly $100,000. But there was another deputy
assistant, he was paid $10,000 more.
True, he was far more experienced and qualified.
He took a big pay cut to come work for President
Clinton. But that didnt matter Dee Dee
was entitled to that extra 800 bucks in her
Go call the lawyers!
Lest you suspect that Myers is totally
unsympathetic to men, she proffers this reassurance
on page 128: Thats not to say women
should replace men altogether. And yes, she
does thank her husband in the Acknowledgements.
See, not all men are that bad.
Dee Dee Myers comes across as a woman who
hasnt figured out whether she wants to be a
stay-at-home mom or go back to being a
60-hour-a-week workaholic. So every road bump in
life is blamed on the heartless patriarchy. She
publishes a book filled with odious stereotypes and
half-truths, and then wonders why her colleagues
dont take her seriously.
In the end, Myers book becomes a feminist
fairy tale that provokes sadness, not outrage. In
its over-wrought quest to promote female
empowerment, her work becomes a parody of the very
movement she has chosen to embrace.
Do Female Politicians
Represent an Ethical and Pure
Hillary Clinton has famously claimed that
Research shows the presence of women raises
the standards of ethical behavior and lowers
corruption. Ironically its Mrs. Clinton
who has now come under withering criticism as her
ethical lapses and make-believe claims become
Hillary still hasnt come clean on where
her $5 million campaign loan came from. She refused
to release her Senate earmark requests, even after
Barack Obama made known his list.
Most comical of all, she claimed that she and
daughter Chelsea had to duck sniper fire during a
1996 trip to Bosnia. We were basically told
to run to our cars, Clinton told her
Oh well, it made for a good sound-bite.
Betsey Wright, confidante to Hillary Clinton,
once bragged that women represent an ethical
and pure force in politics. And Hillary
recently stated a female president would represent
a sea change in our country.
Its not just the Lefties who are saying
its time for a housecleaning of politics as
usual. And Jo-Ann Davidson, co-chair of the
Republican National Committee, has argued that
We have better public policy when more women
are at the table.
Theres no doubt that women bring a
valuable perspective to the political arena. But do
female politicians really exemplify an ethical
One cannot do justice in a single column to the
repeated misrepresentations that have marked Mrs.
Clintons career. A trouble with
truth-telling, I would think, is the constant
aspect of her time in public life that is most
troubling, reveals biographer Carl
Just consider the unending string of ethical
lapses: her conflict of interest dealings at the
Rose Law Firm, the cattle futures scam, White House
travel-gate, her concealment of $120,000 in free
ghost-writing services for It Takes a Village,
Hillarys venomous attacks on Bill
Clintons sexual paramours the list
And when Obama aide Samantha Power called
Hillary Clinton a monster, I
couldnt help but think of Hillarys
physical and verbal abuse of husband Bill and
OK, maybe Hillary isnt the most
squeaky-clean politician in Washington, but what
about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi? Fourteen months
after anointing herself the most powerful
woman in America, wheres the sea-change
in the House of Representatives?
You will recall Pelosi promised to institute
the most ethical Congress in history.
Then she turned around and named Rep. William
Jefferson, caught with $90,000 funny-money in the
fridge, to the Homeland Security Committee.
What about her pledge to end wasteful earmarks?
No, not by a long shot.
And creating a culture of inclusive
consensus-building? Not according to Senator Harry
Reid, who revealed Pelosi runs that place
with an iron hand.
The verdict on the first female Speaker of the
House? Pelosi has emerged as a fairly
conventional leader, the nonpartisan Politico
newspaper recently concluded.
Look beyond the gender posturing and
muscle-flexing and youll detect the
unmistakable scent of sexism.
Hillary often displays a wicked sense of humor
delivered at the expense of members of the opposite
sex. Once Mrs. Clinton recounted a sympathy note
she received during one of the White House scandals
that read, Whenever you have trouble coping,
just think of Snow White. She had to live with
Rep. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee has openly
called for male politicians to step
aside while women move in to call the shots.
Last Fall Texas Republican Kay Granger asserted,
Its important for men and women to
understand that we [women] will decide this
election a remark that sounds more
like a threat than a prediction.
A February 5 editorial in the Christian
Science Monitor announced grandly that a
woman leader governs differently than a man,
bringing new perspectives and helping other
women. Thats a rather bizarre claim in
light of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid,
multi-billion dollar programs that were enacted by
men and designed to benefit mostly women.
But for a glimpse into the dark world of
feminist gyno-politics, read Gloria Steinems
New York Times pity-party piece, Women are
Never Front-Runners. [www.nytimes.com/2008/01/08/opinion/08steinem.html
Being the expert of Freudian psychology that she
is, Steinem derides men because they tend to
feel they are regressing to childhood when dealing
with a powerful woman. Playing the victim for
all its worth, Steinem concludes that Gender
is probably the most restricting force in American
So as Hillary Clinton tells voters to forgive
and forget her Bosnia folktale and as Nancy
Pelosis autocratic regimen reigns, we should
recall that despite whatever other virtues they may
possess, female politicos are cut from the same
frayed ethical cloth as the rest of us mere
The Intellectual Perversion
of the VAWA Mafia
When professor Suzanne Steinmetz published the
results of her survey on domestic violence, no one
had prepared her for the firestorm that would
ensue. You see, feminists take it as an article of
faith that only husbands abuse their wives.
So when Steinmetz revealed that women are often
as violent as their husbands, the fem-fascists
started a whispering campaign designed to block her
promotion at the University of Delaware. When that
didnt work, they phoned in a bomb threat at
her daughters wedding. Cowed by the threats,
Steinmetz soon suspended her pioneering
Erin Pizzey of England had impeccable
credentials she was the founder of the first
abuse shelter for women. So a few years later she
published Prone to Violence, a book that revealed
these women are often as physically aggressive as
That provoked threats of violence by the women
who said women can never be violent. Pizzey was
forced to seek police protection as she traveled
around to promote her book. She was met by jeering
protesters with placards that read, All men
Dr. Lynette Feder planned to do a study to find
out whether batterer intervention programs work.
But then the Broward County, Florida district
attorney tried to block the study since, he
claimed, everyone already knew such
programs work. Interestingly, other researchers
later found such programs are often
Claudia Ann Dias is an attorney who has been
featured on 20/20 and Oprah for her work on family
violence. She was awarded a 10-year contract by the
Sacramento County Jail to counsel men arrested for
partner violence. Since partner abuse is often
mutual, Dias found herself discussing the problem
of female aggressors. Six months later, her
contract was abruptly cancelled.
Men also have been besieged by the VAWA Mafia, a
loosely-organized cabal that takes its name from
the federal Violence Against Women Act.
Dr. Murray Straus of the University of New
Hampshire is the pre-eminent American researcher in
the area of family violence. His work points to the
politically incorrect conclusion that wives are
equally likely to abuse.
The VAWA Mafia has accused Dr. Straus of being a
wife-beater and sexually exploiting his students.
The unfounded claim was so outrageous that his
accuser later apologized. And one of his students
was recently warned she would never be able to find
a job if she did her graduate work with him.
Dr. Donald Dutton of the University of British
Columbia has been branded as dangerous
for his research debunking the feminist propaganda
on partner abuse. Despite prolific publications and
an impressive resumé, government officials
refuse to confer with him.
When intimidation tactics have failed, the VAWA
Mafia has tried to hijack the research itself.
Writing in the American Psychological
Association book Prevention of Partner Violence,
professor Straus outlines the information-control
tactics used by feminist researchers. These include
suppressing statistics on female-initiated abuse,
reaching conclusions not supported by the data, or
simply not asking questions on female
For example, Dr. Jennifer Rohling of the
University of South Alabama wanted to do a survey
of women in abuse shelters. That would be fine, the
shelter director said, just so long as Rohling
didnt ask whether any of the women themselves
had been violent. Dont ask, dont
tell, as they like to say.
Straus has documented how even government
agencies have hobbled the open pursuit of the
truth. In one case the U.S. Department of Justice
forbade research funds from being used to
investigate the victimization of men.
And in February the U.S. Centers for Disease
Control released the results of a survey of partner
abuse. But the CDC had rigged the questions to
inflate the occurrence of abuse against women.
Last year Dr. Richard Gelles, dean of the School
of Social Policy at the University of Pennsylvania,
wrote an article in Family Court Review detailing
the myths conjured up by the VAWA Mafia.
Remember the claim that men turn beastly on
Super Bowl Sunday? Amusing perhaps, but entirely
Or the March of Dimes study that battering of
pregnant women is the leading cause of birth
defects? In truth, the March of Dimes has never
heard of the research.
Gelles terms these myths woozles
in honor of the famous Winnie the Pooh
And exactly who is the VAWA Mafia? Its a
group of Gender Guerillas who bear the name like a
perverse badge of honor. And once we break their
stranglehold on the truth and question their odious
ideology, well finally be able to curb the
Harsh Domestic Violence
Laws Recall Jim Crow Abuses
Misty Ospina was dropping off her eight-month-old
child at Richard Gibsons apartment when the
two fell into an argument. Suddenly Ospina, jealous
over Gibsons new girlfriend, grabbed a
kitchen knife and stabbed her ex.
An hour later the 22-year-old father was
pronounced dead at Rhode Island Memorial Hospital.
Police have charged Ospina with first-degree
Its no secret that our nations
crusade to stop domestic violence has been a
magnificent flop. Researchers have been saying that
Three years ago professor William Wells of
Southern Illinois University did a comprehensive
analysis of domestic violence programs in
California. There was no statistically
significant relationship between any criminal
justice system response and victimization for
either gender or for any racial or ethnic
group, he concluded.
Even government bureaucrats see no point in
whitewashing the truth. We have no evidence
to date that VAWA [Violence Against Women
Act] has led to a decrease in the overall
levels of violence against women, writes
Angela Parmley, PhD, acting chief at the National
Institute of Research in the Department of
But while abuse prevention programs are simply
ineffective in middle-class families, these
nanny-state efforts have been a colossal failure in
Domestic violence is caused when a couple
cant resolve its differences in an amicable
manner, so they resort to physical aggression. And
recent research by Daniel Whitaker from the U.S.
Centers for Disease Control reveals its often
the lady who strikes the first blow.
The problem is domestic abuse programs invest
heavily in get-tough law enforcement measures,
while ignoring the offenders mental health
and drug addiction needs.
Take Misty Ospina who had a well-known
proclivity to violence. Richard Gibsons
mother had warned him months before to leave Ospina
or else You could end up hurt or dead.
So why didnt someone dispatch her to a
domestic violence counseling program?
The reason is these programs are little more
than thought reform classes informed by radical
feminist ideology. Browbeating Ospina to give up
her patriarchal need for power likely would not
have helped her overcome that jealous rage.
And no surprise, studies show counseling
programs based on the Duluth approach dont
work. Recent evaluations using more rigorous
designs have found little or no reduction in
battering, reveals Peggy Grauwiler, a social
worker at New York University
But while counseling programs based on gender
ideology have been merely ineffective, intrusive
law enforcement programs are downright
Last year Harvard University economist Radha
Iyengar released a milestone study on mandatory
arrest laws for partner violence. She found that
after these laws were enacted, partner homicide
rates shot up by more than a half.
Why? Because in most cases victims want the
police to simply defuse the conflict, not
incarcerate the aggressor. So victims stop calling
for help, Iyengar believes. The conflict escalates,
and someone yanks a knife from the drawer.
According to FBI statistics, some 300,000
African-Americans, mostly men, are arrested each
year for partner aggression. In low-income
communities, thats not just a statistic,
its a prescription for financial ruin as
families suddenly find themselves without a
Throw the guy in jail, let the prosecutor
sort things out, seems to be the prevailing
attitude, even when the woman is the primary
The problem has gotten so out-of-hand that Aya
Gruber, writing in the Iowa Law Review, revealed a
modern-day incarnation of harsh Jim Crow policies:
Day after day, prosecutors proceeded with
cases against the wishes of victims, resulting in
the mass incarceration of young black
The long-term effects of arrest policies that
set aside constitutional considerations of probable
cause are devastating. Last year the Institute for
American Values reported that young Blacks may be
losing hope that a good marriage is
attainable. As a result, fatherless
African-American children are vulnerable to
delinquency, teen pregnancy, and economic
At a February 8 vigil, Pawtucket mayor James
Doyle joined family members and community activists
who gathered to mourn the death of Richard Gibson,
a man who had once dreamed of getting his G.E.D.
and becoming a rapper. Sister Eulanda LaFrance
lamented, Now Im a victim of domestic
violence. Now I have two little girls without a
mommy or a daddy.
Women like Misty Ospina can be helped. And
tragedies like Richard Gibson are avoidable. But
first well have to get the ideology-bound
domestic violence industry to mend its ways.
Hillarys Scheme to
Revamp the Traditional Family
Hillary Clintons personal life has long made
a mockery of traditional family values her
betrothal to a serial womanizer, the refusal to
have a traditional wedding, and her smears of the
females who later accused her husband of sexual
Lets recall her acrid put-down of
stay-at-home moms: I could have stayed home
and baked cookies and had teas, but what I decided
to do is fulfill my profession. And when
Jennifer Flowers claimed she had had a 12-year
affair with Bill, Hillary ludicrously remarked,
Im not sitting here, some little woman
standing by my man like Tammy Wynette.
If thats not contempt for women in
traditional roles, I dont know what is.
And no surprise, Hillary Clintons vision
for families is, might we say, unconventional. And
its not just her opposition to the Federal
Marriage Amendment that would define marriage as
the union between a man and a woman.
Back when she was a student at Yale Law School,
Hillary wrote in the Harvard Educational Review
that marriage, slavery, and the Indian
reservation system constitute dependency
arrangements that must be abolished. Ridiculing the
notion that families are private,
nonpolitical units, she demanded that we
remodel the time-honored
Two decades later she wrote It Takes a Village,
the socialist manifesto that justifies governmental
intrusion into the most intimate aspects of family
And Clintons 2003 book Living History
reads like the autobiography of a woman obsessed
with feminist activism, a power-mad princess in a
pantsuit. She boasts immodestly, I
represented a fundamental change in the way women
functioned in our society.
Remember that Hillary Rodham Clinton, former
protégé of Rules for Radicals author
Saul Alinsky, is at heart a cultural Marxist.
Inducing a fundamental change in motherhood would
be insufficient to assure the social transformation
that she seeks. Time to put dear ol dad on
the chopping block.
European social philosopher Wyndham Lewis once
The male, the Father, is in all these
revolutions, the enemy. It is he that has been cast
to represent authority. Therefore in modern
revolutionary Europe it was he, the male
head-of-the-family, who has been aimed at in every
insurrection. The break-up of the Family...must
begin and end with the eclipse of the Father
So no surprise, Hillary Clinton has trained her
sights on fatherhood.
A few weeks ago researcher Anna Sarkadi
published a review in the Acta Pediatrica journal
on the impact of fathers on childrens
developmental outcomes. The studies showed paternal
engagement helped to reduce behavioral problems in
boys and psychological problems in girls. Sarkadi
concludes a fathers active and regular
engagement with the child predicts a range of
But Hillarys Living History leans over
backwards to ignore any meaningful role of dads. On
page 132 she writes about issues affecting
women, children, and families. On page 380
she repeats the identical phrase: issues
affecting women, children, and families. And
on page 269 she notes Women handle a large
share of the responsibility for the welfare of
their families, again ignoring the essential
role of fathers.
Then theres the abortion issue, where
Hillary has staked out the most radical of
positions, even supporting partial-birth abortion
and a teenage girls right to get an abortion
absent parental permission.
Abortion-on-demand strikes a chilling blow to a
fathers natural rights. As Justice White
wrote in his stirring dissent to Planned Parenthood
v. Danforth, It is truly surprising that the
majority finds in the United States Constitution,
as it must in order to justify the result it
reaches, a rule that the State must assign a
greater value to a mothers decision to cut
off a potential human life by abortion than to a
fathers decision to let it mature into a live
Dr. Alan Carlson of Howard University adds
cogently, on the question of abortion, the
father is irrelevant, with no more interest in the
fate of the baby than a stranger from
In her famous 1993 politics of
meaning speech, Clinton called for a
redefinition of personhood itself. She told the
startled audience, Let us be willing to
remold society by refining what it means to be a
human being in the 20th century.
As presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton has
billed herself as the proponent of real
change. One has to wonder where her
real change will lead us -- to the
hollow shell of a family structure that all but
shuns traditional notions of fatherhood and
HRC: Shame on You,
Every time her campaign hit a rough spot,
Hillary Clinton has artfully played the role of
defender of the downtrodden or misty-eyed
damsel-in-distress. But the sympathy vote began to
tire of that routine. So now Mrs. Clinton has taken
on a new role: Mother Superior.
First the Clinton campaign accused opponent
Barack Obama of plagiarism for
borrowing a couple lines written by Massachusetts
governor Patrick Duvall. A close friend of Obama,
Duvall was flattered by the move, but Hillary was
ready to haul out the rope noose.
Then Obama tagged Clinton an ardent supporter of
the North American Free Trade Agreement, a label
that could doom Hillarys chances with the
blue-collar vote in Ohio.
Shame on you, Barack Obama, Clinton
charged, denouncing her opponent by name this past
Saturday. Time and time again you hear one
thing in speeches and then you see a campaign that
has the worst kind of tactics.
Recalling Hillarys make-nice remarks in
their debate just two days before, Obama seemed
surprised by the attack: Im puzzled by
her change in tone.
Now that Mrs. Clinton has injected morality into
the campaign, maybe its time we turn the
tables. Lets probe Hillarys stand on
the issue that defines one of the greatest moral
debates of our era: abortion.
Husband Bill Clinton was not an abortion
hard-liner. In his memoirs he wrote, Everyone
knows life begins biologically at
Yet on January 23, 1993, newly-elected President
Clinton issued a stunning rebuke to his centrist
coalition. Marking the 20th anniversary of Roe v.
Wade, he signed five executive orders that
dramatically increased federal funding for elective
So why did Bill Clinton plunge his fledgling
presidency into the seething abyss of the abortion
controversy? Because Hillary told him to.
Based on memos obtained under the Freedom of
Information Act, it is now known that Mrs. Clinton
was a central player in the Clinton
administrations abortion working group.
According to Judicial Watch, she was the
driving force behind the White Houses
abortion policy. And tapped for the Task
Force on National Health Care Reform, Hillary vowed
that under her plan, abortion services would
be widely available.
Needless to say, Hillarys self-appointed
role as abortion flag-waver troubled many.
On February 3, 1994 Mother Teresa was invited to
speak at the National Prayer Breakfast. With
Hillary seated just a few feet away, the Lady from
Calcutta was unerringly direct: I feel that
the greater destroyer of peace today is
abortion. Mother Teresa then drove home her
point: By abortion, the mother does not learn
to love, but kills even her own child to solve her
As the ballroom was swept up in rousing cheers
and thunderous applause, Hillary sat silent and
In 1999, exactly six years after her husband
signed the five pro-abortion orders, first lady
Hillary Clinton delivered the keynote address to
the National Abortion Rights Action League. There
she uttered her famous aspiration of keeping
abortion safe, legal, and rare into the next
She then dutifully laid out the difference
between being pro-abortion and pro-choice: I
have never met anyone who is pro-abortion. Being
pro-choice is not being pro-abortion. Being
pro-abortion is trusting the individual to make the
right decision for herself and her family, and not
entrusting that decision to anyone wearing the
authority of government in any regard.
In his book God and Hillary Clinton, Paul Kengor
points out the sexist double-standard of
Hillarys statement. The father cannot
be the moral arbiter in this decision because he is
not endowed with the right of
choice, he explains.
As the 2000 Democratic candidate to the Senate,
Hillary embarked on a listening tour of New York.
Visiting every county in the state she professed a
willingness to consider all perspectives on all
issues -- except for one: abortion.
Once elected to the Senate, Clinton would vote
nay against every bill that might
infringe on a womans right to abort. She
opposed the Child Custody Protection Act that would
have required parental notification. And she
wouldnt stand for the Unborn Child Pain
Then there was the Informed Choice Act, a bill
that would have provided money for the purchase of
ultrasound machines. That would have allowed
pregnant women to view the unborn child in their
womb. What better way of trusting the
individual to make the right decision for
But Hillary couldnt stomach that idea,
Every year one-quarter of all pregnancies in the
United States end in abortion. That represents a
colossal breach of human rights and a moral
travesty that Hillary Clinton zealously seeks to
Yet Mrs. Clinton, incorrigible defender of a
womans dubious right to abort, wants to cast
shameful aspersions on the candidacy of Mr. Barack
My Wife Became Legal and I
Each year the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
and similar federal laws funnel $1 billion to help
abused and battered women or so we are led
to believe. A good part of that money goes to
immigrants who claim to be victims of domestic
Last Fall I wrote a three-part exposé
that revealed how an immigrant womans
restraining order becomes a gold-plated meal
ticket that entitles her to preferential treatment
by immigration authorities, free legal services,
and a generous helping of welfare
One woman whose father had been falsely accused
of abuse and forced from his home wrote me, I
believe the Violence Against Women Act should be
called the Women Get What They Want
Following those columns I received an unending
stream of horror stories from persons falsely
accused of domestic violence. One came from Sean
Moffett of St. Paul, Minn. whose wife is from
Guatemala. Soon after the wedding he discovered to
his dismay that her real aim was different from
what she had pledged in her wedding vows.
This is his story:
My wifes family came to visit for a few
months and they repeatedly attempted to provoke
confrontations between my wife and me. Ultimately,
my wife assaulted me by punching me in the neck. I
did not hit my wife back or abuse her in any
I was arrested for 5th Degree Domestic Assault
and spent three days in jail for a crime I did not
commit and for not leaving my home under duress.
While I was behind bars, my wife cleaned out the
joint bank account.
I later learned that a legal aide group called
Civil Society Helps had assisted with my
wifes abuse claims to expedite her
immigration application. This outfit helps many
immigrant women to file false abuse claims under
the Violence Against Women Act.
Shortly after my release from jail, my wife
asked me to write a letter to immigration stating I
was an abusive husband. She promised if I wrote the
letter she would help me get my home back.
Instead of allowing myself to be blackmailed, I
wrote the Citizenship and Immigration Service to
withdraw the petition for my wifes U.S.
residency. I used my last credit card to retain a
lawyer to petition for divorce. At that point I was
broke, homeless, and sleeping in my car and under
my desk at the office.
The courts later granted my wife all of the
marital property and ordered that I surrender to
her a car that was titled in my name. To add insult
to injury, the judge granted her a one year Order
She then telephoned me several times, calling me
an ABUSER real slow and sarcastically.
Knowing how groups like the Civil Society work, I
can only imagine how they coached my wife.
Several times my wife has been confronted by the
Eagan, Minn. police for driving without a license.
She was repeatedly given a warning, yet continued
to drive the vehicle.
Later, I spoke with one of the officers and
reminded him it is against the law for anyone to
drive a motor vehicle without a license or
insurance. His partner threatened to arrest me for
allegedly creating a public disturbance. But I had
done nothing wrong and they backed off when I
informed them I had a witness looking on.
Last year I earned a very high salary, lived in
a house by a lake, and enjoyed life as much as I
could with a wife who didnt love me. At age
36 I had no previous criminal history and had
honorably completed four years of U.S. military
In three days, I was reduced to living in
poverty and was homeless for weeks. I am no longer
employable in my field due to my
criminal history -- 5th degree domestic
assault with no conviction. My house was recently
foreclosed and I have lost everything.
Thanks to our VAWA laws and a series of outright
lies by an immigrant residency-seeker, a
law-abiding American citizen can be left penniless.
All of your assets can be seized and given to the
immigrant even if you are innocent of the
The courts have violated my rights as an
American citizen and I am alienated in my own
White Men Give
Hillary a Lesson in Realpolitick
Oh, what a difference a year makes. When
Hillary Clinton made her Im in to
win announcement on January 20, 2007, her
path to the Democratic nomination looked like a
rose-petal strewn cakewalk.
Since three-fifths of the Democratic electorate
are female, it was reasoned that most of these
women would line up obedien New York
Timestly behind Hillarys campaign.
Clinton would reassure her media adorers that
this campaign isnt about gender,
and then huddle with her all-female staff to plan
the next Women for Hillary rally.
If anyone criticized her record, Hillarys
advisors would mount a Politics of
Pile-On counter-offensive. And the could
always be counted on to run a sympathetic
wounds I gladly bear front-page
Lacking any real competition, Mrs. Clinton would
sweep the February 5 Super Tuesday primaries, and
begin practicing her acceptance speech while the
Republican contenders battled it out through the
But one day reality intruded.
A charismatic politician from Illinois threw his
hat into the ring, assembled a cracker-jack team,
and began to rake in a craterful of cash.
As chance would have it, last December 13 their
private jets were parked side by side at
Washingtons Reagan airport. So Hillary
summoned the political upstart to her plane for a
little talking-to. Soon she was flapping her
arms over Baracks charge that she was
log-rolling the release of her first lady
A few weeks later the Iowa caucus-goers cast
their votes and Hillary Clinton placed a disastrous
third place. In a single day Hillary the Inevitable
had become Hillary the Question Mark.
Then came Super Tuesday. Mr. Obama didnt
corner the male vote in every state, but he racked
up enough male and African-American ballots to
prove Barack the Movement had arrived. Following
his convincing win in South Carolina, Obama
delivered a masterful victory speech in which he
declared himself the candidate of unity.
Last week it was revealed that Clinton had been
forced to shore up her campaign with an emergency
$5 million loan. Then came the string of weekend
losses, followed by more set-backs in Virginia,
Maryland, and the District of Columbia on
Its a little too early to write the
obituary on Hillary Clintons historic quest,
but indulge me while I hammer out the first
David Paul Kuhns recent book The Neglected
Voter: White Men and the Democratic Dilemma surveys
the politics of last half century and concludes,
No factor has been more instrumental in
causing the Democratic decline in presidential
politics than the loss of white men.
Likewise pollsters like Celinda Lake have been
warning the Democratic Party to reach out to the
white male voter. Time after time the Dems ginned
up a presidential candidate who failed to exemplify
the qualities of constancy, resilience, and
strength. No surprise, the white male electorate
turned its back on these effete apologists for the
Hillary not only ignored the white male voter,
she repeatedly tweaked mens collective noses.
She staged a preposterous Iron My Shirt
protest at a New Hampshire rally. Her
campaigns nearly palpable message is,
Step aside mister, the pantsuits are here to
run the show.
And women turned out to be far more
independent-minded than Hillarys advisors
were counting on. Writing in the New York Times
Magazine, Linda Hirshman recently revealed that
compared to men, women are less interested in
public affairs, less likely to follow
hard news, and are less knowledgeable
about political issues.
This is Hirshmans most revealing quote:
With the possible exception of 1996, women
have never voted a candidate into the White House
when men thought the other guy should
Every two years the leftist media undergoes a
political mating ritual that goes something like
First remind the candidates that women represent
54% of the electorate. Then browbeat the Republican
candidate because he is lagging with the ladies,
while ignoring his greater lead among men. And
after your candidate loses, come up with some loopy
explanation like, The Democrat lost because
he didnt endorse reproductive rights for
The nations 97 million white males
represent the second largest block in the American
electorate, after white females. What white men
lack in raw numbers, they more than compensate with
electoral cohesion and political acumen.
If Barack Obama goes on to sew up the Democratic
nomination, which seems more likely every day, his
triumph will be a testament to the hubris and folly
of Hillary Clinton, who once believed she could
ignore the white male voter.
Gutless Heart Association
Tells Lies that Harm Women
Each year 1.1 million American women are
admitted to a nursing home where they will be
medicated, monitored, and left with a $56,000 tab.
Half of these women have no husband or other living
And heres the heart-breaker: 60% of all
nursing home residents have no visitors.
Last week my column highlighted the American
Heart Associations Go Red for
Women campaign. I explained how men are at
50% higher risk of death from heart disease than
women. And I described research that shows widows
are at four times greater risk of being sent to a
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So the Heart Associations short-sighted
neglect of mens health ends up as a cruel
hoax for women.
Go Red for Women also turns the do-or-die fight
against heart disease into a frivolous shopping
spree: Every woman loves to shop! And now
youve got a great reason! the AHA
In response to my editorial, many readers shared
their heart-rending stories. One wrote, I
sorta went through this with my mother. My father
died first. A couple of years later, my mother had
to have bypass surgery and had a stroke. She went
to a nursing home for recovery and they said she
would never come out.
This came from a quick-witted woman in Michigan
who titled her message, Heart Throb or Heart
Having worked with scores of widows in
senior communities who have missed their dear
husbands lost to heart attacks sometimes for as
long as 20 years, I must disagree vehemently with
the AHAs spotlighting females only as the
target to bring attention to the human
Of course the Heart Association was not pleased
that real women were speaking out. So the group put
out a rejoinder called, Why Go Red is
targeting women; how AHA supports men.
A bigger collection of half-truths, misleading
claims, and lies you will never see! First, one of
the AHA half-truths:
-- Only 55% of women realize heart disease
is their No. 1 killer
Yes, and why doesnt the AHA tell us the
percentage of men who know heart disease their No.
Now the misleading claim:
-- Every year since 1984 more women than
men have died of heart disease
This is a deceptive statistic, since so many men
die in their twenties and thirties from other
causes. If we were to accept the AHAs
blinkered logic, then we would have to scrap
programs for needy Blacks and Hispanics, since
their numbers are obviously so much smaller than
And get ready for the AHA Big Lie:
-- Historically, men have been the
subjects of the research.
If the American Heart Association was interested
in telling the truth, this is what they would have
As early as 1979, 96% of all clinical
trials funded by the National Institutes of Health
included women. The NIH spends twice as much
researching diseases that are specific to women
(such as breast cancer) compared to diseases for
As far as heart disease research, women
were included in the earliest studies. In the
landmark Framingham Heart Study, women represented
55% of all participants. And an article by David
Harris and Pamela Douglas in the New England
Journal of Medicine found that from 1965 to 1998, a
total of 215,796 women and 183,005 men had enrolled
in studies on cardiovascular research trials.
A review of studies submitted to the Food
and Drug Administration found that women composed
one-third of subjects for cardiac drugs because
angina and heart failure are more prevalent
in men than in women. That led the FDA to
recently conclude, women have been included
in drug development studies at least since the
early 1980s in approximate proportion to the
prevalence of disease in them.
So while the AHA flatly says men were the
subjects of heart research, the truth is
substantial numbers of women have always
The American Heart Association has gone beyond
the pale. Are we going to let them get away with a
bald distortion of the truth that lets women
needlessly spend their Golden Years in a
beige-tinted cinderblock nursing home?
Send a heart-felt message to the Heart
Associations PR department: E-Mail
or Call Mr. Cass Wheeler, head of the AHA, at
800.242.8721. Or contact your local heart
Ladies, tell the AHA weve had enough of
their shenanigans. Tell them its Go Red
campaign is making you red with disgust.
American Heart Association
Plays a Cruel Trick on Women
Ladies, when was the last time you visited a
nursing home? Did you wonder why nearly all the
residents were women? The reason is simple
men meet their maker 5 years sooner than the fairer
It wasnt always that way. Back in 1920,
men and women had almost identical life spans. But
the looming threat of heart disease widened that
gap. American men now have heart disease death
rates that are 50% higher than womens. (The
federal report Health, United States, 2007, Table
29 reveals the death rates are 268 in men, compared
to only 177 in women).
Most persons have never heard of Lois Verbrugge,
a researcher at the University of Michigan. A few
years ago Dr. Verbrugge did a study on elderly
women. She found that compared to their married
counterparts, single elderly women are four times
more likely to end up in a nursing home.
Which means after your husband dies of heart
disease, you are four times more likely to be
removed from your home and taken to an
institutional setting to spend your last days in
medicated bliss. Thats what happened to
several ladies Ive known.
And what about men who keel over from heart
disease in their 40s and 50s? What happens to their
wives and children?
Last year my friend Bill died from a
debilitating heart problem. His wife never wanted
to be the family breadwinner. Thats what
shes doing now.
And Randy died suddenly while jogging one
morning. His two sons, now in their 20s, will never
again experience a fathers love.
So men are at far greater risk of heart disease,
and their premature deaths portend
institutionalization and financial hardship for
Youd think the American Heart Association
would have programs designed especially to help
men. They dont.
But not to worry, the AHA does have a
gender-specific program Go Red for
Thats right, the Heart Association has
designated this Friday, February 1 as National Wear
Red Day. Heres the latest fashion tip from
National Wear Red Day has its own dress
code. Wear your favorite red clothes or accessory
a red blouse, a red dress pin, a fabulous
Thats not all: Put on red lipstick,
or sport a red tie and red socks. Go red in your
own fashion show to show your support for women and
the fight against heart disease.
Really folks, Im not making this up!
So when you pay a visit to grandma at the
nursing home this weekend, shes gonna feel a
whole lot better if youre sporting red socks
and red shoes. And that widow who lives down the
street be sure to remind her to pull out
that fabulous red handbag she stowed away after the
To complete the irony of Go Red for Women, show
her a tribute card, courtesy of the AHA: Go
Red for Women American Heart Association
A donation has been made in honor of
[fill in name of former husband, father,
brother, or son].
Seriously, when it comes to the real needs of
real women, its obvious the pointy-headed
execs at the AHA dont have a clue. So
its up to women bring the Heart Association
to its senses.
Call Mr. Cass Wheeler, head of the American
Heart Association. His number is 1-800-242-8721.
Send a message to the PR department: E-Mail.
Or just call your local heart association
We all want to know how the American Heart
Association answers these two questions:
1. Why does the Heart Association want to
deprive aging women of the main source of their
2. Why does the AHA want to send more elderly
women to nursing homes?
And while were at it, why dont we
ask if they believe mens hearts count for
Its no secret that Hillary Clinton views
herself as a member of the God Squad, divinely
anointed to shepherd the masses to greater gender
Hillary acts as though she has been chosen
by God, recounts Edward Klein, author of The
Truth about Hillary. I find her to be among
the most self-righteous people Ive ever
known, explains former New York Times
reporter Bob Boorstin. And during her senate
campaign Hillary glowed approvingly whenever Black
preachers declared her a woman of
But how many persons know how Mrs.
Clintons messianic streak may lead to her
During her childhood Hugh Rodham treated Hillary
as Daddys favorite, sparing her from many of
the chastisements and chores he imposed on her
hapless brothers. As brother Tony remarked
enviously, Little Hillary could do no
Hillarys teenage involvement with the
local Methodist church only reinforced her emerging
priggishness. By the age of 17, Hillarys
messianism and sense of entitlement
were already evident, reveals Carl Bernstein in A
Woman in Charge.
During her college years, Hillary Rodhams
self-righteous streak fueled her many political
pursuits. Those culminated in her 1975 marriage to
Bill Clinton, a man she fully expected to one day
But after Bill lost his 1980 re-election bid for
the Arkansas governorship, a distraught Hillary
began to speak at church meetings around the state.
One day she traveled to a church in North Little
Rock to deliver a homily on Women Armed with
the Christian Sword To Build an Army for the
Hillarys unconventional blend of Christian
faith and feminist ideology was taking shape.
Five days after his 1992 inauguration, Bill
named Hillary to head up his Task Force on Health
Care Reform. But her political miscalculations soon
turned into an electoral fiasco. On November 8,
1994 the Democrats lost control of both houses of
Congress, and Hillary was banished from the West
Wing of the White House.
Smarting from her self-inflicted wounds, Hillary
invited a group of New Age savants to Camp David.
As recounted by Bob Woodward in The Choice,
one of her guests was Jean Houston, a psychic who
had conducted LSD experiments and claimed to
communicate regularly with Athena, Greek goddess of
What transpired that weekend equal parts
group psychotherapy and feminist
consciousness-raising may rank as the most
bizarre episode ever involving a First Lady.
Hillarys healthcare debacle was emblematic
of the female crucifixion, Ms. Houston believed.
Speaking as if a witness to the Second Coming,
Houston told Clinton she was carrying the burden of
5,000 years of female subservience. Driving her
point home, Houston compared Hillary to Joan of
Arc, the French woman who was burned at the stake
in 1431 for heresy.
The best was yet to come.
In April 1995 Houston came to the White House,
this time to conduct a séance. Seated around
a circular table in the White House solarium,
Houston instructed Hillary to close her eyes and
engage in a conversation with Eleanor
Hillary readily complied and was soon comparing
Eleanors epic struggles with her own. Houston
intoned that the First Ladys woes were caused
by self-important men who refused to accept women
as equals -- ignoring how HRCs clumsy attempt
to overhaul the healthcare system had exposed her
Now sounding like Daddys little girl,
Hillary asked why people kept saying things that
hurt her feelings. The pity party was just getting
Over the next year Jean Houston continued as
Hillarys spiritual and political mentor,
constantly urging her to continue the fevered
crusade on behalf of womens rights.
But some would ask, Whats wrong with a
candidate who casts her candidacy in the aura of
historical inevitability and views every issue
through the moralistic lens of right and wrong?
For starters, Hillary comes across as
Friend Sara Ehrman once warned about Hillary
that God is on my side can be
arrogance. Former Moynihan aide Lawrence
ODonnell believed Clintons haughtiness
was her most prominent difficulty.
And remember Hillarys recent encounter
with CBS News anchor Katie Couric? Asked how she
would feel if she didnt become the Democratic
nominee, Hillary acidly shot back, Well, it
will be me. [www.renewamerica.us/columns/roberts/071129
Lloyd Bentsen, who served as Treasury Secretary
during the Clinton administration, observed how
attitude often lead her to demonize her opponents
remember Hillarys paranoid remark
about the vast right wing
Lets not forget all those who ended up on
Hillarys fabled enemy list: Paula Jones,
Gennifer Flowers, Kenneth Starr, Senators who
doubted her, and even the Washington Post.
Biographer Carl Bernstein notes how
Hillarys willingness to demonize her
enemies had left [Daniel Patrick Moynihan]
with lasting caution about her.
Enemy lists, paranoid fantasies, a supercilious
attitude, and self-righteous crusades shades
of Richard Milhous Nixon.
When Mallard Fillmore quacks, I listen.
Recently Mr. Fillmore saw fit to expound on a
certain female presidential candidate. This is what
he had to say:
Abby: I think girls should be treated
exactly the same as boys.
Except when they
wanna be treated better, because theyre
Boy: Wow, Abby, youd be a great
presidential candidate! [jewishworldreview.com/strips/mallard/2000/mallard112607.asp
When someone hints that Hillary Clinton is an
intsy-wintsy bit inconsistent in her statements,
she lapses into full pout mode, accusing her
opponents of piling-on. Or she coils up
like a snake ready to attack -- Well, now the
fun part starts, Hillary recently warned
Barack Obama of her impending offensive that never
seemed to materialize.
Many view Hillary as calculating and
cold-hearted. When my own wife glimpsed a picture
of the Democratic candidate, she pounded her fist
on the well-coifed image and exclaimed, I
despise that woman!
In response to polls saying half the American
electorate would never vote for her, Hillary
Clinton recently launched a likeability
campaign. As communication director Howard Wolfson
explained, Now they [the voters] want
to know what motivates her.
Hillarys warm-and-fuzzy politics was the
focus of a December 9 article in the New York
Times: Clinton Proudly Talks of Scars While
Keeping Her Guard Up. Doesnt it make
you proud to know we have fearless leaders who are
still in touch with their inner victim?
The article depicts Clinton as both a
warrior-princess and political punching bag, along
with the inevitable male-bashing. Hillary recounted
a note she had received from her recently-deceased
friend Diane Blair. Whenever you have trouble
coping, just think of Snow White. She had to live
with seven men.
Hillary imagined that was funny.
Have you seen the latest campaign video
featuring Hillarys own mom? The best the
rotund Mrs. Rodham could say about her daughter was
get ready for this -- shes
helpful, never envious,
she has empathy, and most of all,
what a good person she is.
If you are one of those persons who falls in the
undecided category, that ringing
endorsement no doubt will carry the day.
And earlier this week Bill showed up in Iowa,
telling voters what a swell person Hillary is. Must
be nice to tout your credentials as strong and
independent, then lay claim to victim status at the
hand of a serial philanderer, and finally summon
hubby to revive a faltering campaign.
HRCs likeability campaign is turning out
to be nothing more than the latest rendition of
I am woman, hear me whine.
Every day Mrs. Clinton talks up her candidacy as
the Great Turning Point in History, the moment in
time for women to shrug off 500 (or is it 5,000?)
years of patriarchal domination and show they are
the equals to men. The solution, of course, is more
government programs, set-asides, and gender
I suspect the voters are beginning to tire how
Mrs. Clinton parades her hurts as a badge of honor.
In a recent interview she shamelessly worked the
female victim angle: But you know, our scars
are part of us, and they are a reminder of the
experience weve gone through and our
This is shaping up as the first presidential
election in history in which the candidates
qualifications are defined not by their personal
character or legislative accomplishments, but
rather by who is the greater victim.
John Edwards can lay claim to being ripped off
by his hair stylists Im sure Hillary
never had to shell out 500 bucks for a
supratentorial trim. Barack Obama can bitterly
complain the Census Bureau doesnt recognize
Kenyan-Americans in any of its racial
On the Republican side, Rudy Giuliani can talk
about how, as a survivor of prostate cancer,
everyone who really cares should rally
to his side. Mitt Romneys cross to bear is
how all those Massachusetts liberals mercilessly
piled-on when he was governor. Poor John McCain
cant find a single soul willing to stand up
and clap for his stump speech.
In the feel-my-pain sweepstakes, Hillary Clinton
is currently the undisputed leader. But watch out,
this race is getting tighter by the week. Come
November 4, only one person will lay claim to the
long sought-after title, Victim-in-Chief.
© 2008, Carey Roberts
Winners of the Coveted
2007 Award for Political Incorrectness
The Duke lacrosse case represents an enduring
failure of the American mainstream media. Not only
did the New York Times, CNN, USA
Today, and other outlets neglect their duty to
provide balanced and factual coverage of the case.
Worse, they became the public relations arm of a
sleazy prosecutor named Michael Nifong.
As so often happens in rape cases, the media
featured lurid accusations made by an anonymous
victim, all the while omitting the word
alleged and failing to offer the
defendant the opportunity to present his side of
In the Duke case, it was the Raleigh News and
Observer that led the headlong rush to judge.
Its March 25, 2006 issue featured a front-page
five-column article with the headline: Dancer
Gives Details of Ordeal: A Night of Racial Slurs,
Growing Fear, and, Finally, Sexual
Media sensationalism doesnt get much worse
The Durham Herald-Sun followed suit,
eventually printing more than 300 articles and 20
editorials that savaged the innocent players. Soon
a lynch mob atmosphere prevailed on the patrician
Duke University campus. [www.ifeminists.net/e107_plugins/content/content.php?content.133
So by the time the members of the Duke lacrosse
team were formally charged with the gang rape of
Crystal Gail Mangum, they found themselves arrayed
against a powerful coalition of interest groups and
leftist rabble-rousers: the office of the county
prosecutor, the Durham Police Department, the media
establishment, and the Duke faculty Group of
Extraordinary pressure was placed on the young
men to admit to the misdeed. At an early interview
a policeman warned Dave Evans, Tell us the
truth or youre going to jail for the rest of
your life. Local feminists organized a rally
with signs saying, Time to Confess. On
March 29 a Please Come Forward poster
with mug shots of the players was posted on
During mass Father Joe Vetter broadly condemned
the players. When one of the players fathers
confronted the priest over his unsaintly remarks,
the Man of the Cloth shot back, Tell them to
At one point Michael Nifong issued this threat
to the players defense attorney: You
tell all of your clients I will remember their lack
of cooperation at sentencing. I hope you know if
they didnt do it, they are all aiders and
abettors, and that carries the same punishment as
The problem was, no rape had occurred, no one
had touched the woman. Even Nifong knew the charges
were probably fictitious. At a secret March 27
meeting the prosecutor and his detectives reviewed
the numerous evidentiary flaws with Nifong
concluding, You know were
But the May 2 primary election was still a month
away and Crystal Mangum was Nifongs ticket to
electoral success. Justice would have to wait for
The Duke lacrosse case was also marked by steely
courage and heroism.
Ed Bradley, who aired his 60 Minutes expose on
October 15 -- the last before his death from
leukemia deserves high commendation for
bucking the media stampede. The North Carolina
State Bar must be credited for launching its
investigation. And the relentless fact-finding by
Stuart Taylor and KC Johnson, which culminated in
their book Until Proven Innocent, is
But most of the kudos must go to the Duke
lacrosse team and to the three players falsely
accused of rape -- men who, with dignity and grace,
endured a self-possessed media spectacle for over a
True, hiring a deranged stripper for a team
party wasnt the shrewdest idea. And within
days the team publicly apologized for its behavior.
The same cannot be said, however, for the Gang of
88 members, CNNs Nancy Grace, or for the many
editors around the country who ran libelous
articles about those scummy white
Throughout the episode the Duke lacrosse team
hung together, cooperated with the police
investigation, answered their questions honestly,
volunteered to undergo DNA tests, and above all,
refused to stoop to the antics of the Nifong
prosecution team and his media enablers.
On May 15, 2006 team captain Dave Evans stood in
front of the Durham County magistrates office
and declared, These allegations are lies,
fabricated fabricated, and they will be
You have all been told some
This past April attorney general Roy Cooper
vindicated Evans claim when he famously
announced, we believe these three individuals
are innocent of these charges.
So the 2007 Award for Political Incorrectness
goes to Dave Evans, Reade Seligmann, and Collin
Finnerty, three young men who refused to go quietly
into the night.
© 2008 Carey Roberts
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