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Biden Vows To Destroy Campus Due Process Again If Elected

Plus: Homeland Security has detained thousands of pregnant women, Ginsburg wrong about "seamless" contraception coverage, and more...

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U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is taking a dumb but predictable bashing after announcing changes to the government's guidance on campus sexual assault and harassment. The shift regarding Title IX—the rule banning sex-discrimination in public education (including any college receiving federal funds)—has elicited a promise from former Vice President Joe Biden to reverse the changes should he be elected president.

"It will be put to a quick end in January 2021, because as president, I'll be right where I always have been throughout my career—on the side of survivors, who deserve to have their voices heard, their claims taken seriously and investigated, and their rights upheld," Biden said yesterday.

Alas, Democratic directives on how to treat people bringing sexual assault allegations is getting a tad confusing lately. A recent sexual assault allegation against Biden from former staff assistant Tara Reade has been ignored, downplayed, or torn apart by his supporters and by prominent liberal feminists. It seems student victims are to be believed to such an extent that protections for the accused aren't even necessary (a standard that also applies to folks bringing claims against non-favored politicians). But the narrative inconsistencies and unverifiable (or unbelievable) claims that Democrats say impartial mediators should never, ever scrutinize in campus assault cases are all apparently fair game when coming from a woman alleging that the Democratic presidential nominee assaulted her.

Inconveniently, Biden himself spent much of his term as vice president championing ideas about sexual assault that make Reade's claims against him actionable (even without additional evidence) and render moot any testimony Biden might offer in his own defense. (Read more on Biden and Title IX from Emily Yoffe.)

Under the Obama administration, Title IX was mutated to give bureaucrats control over a wide range of campus conduct, speech, lesson plans, and interpersonal interactions, while simultaneously hacking away due process protections for students and staff accused of misconduct.

Once regarded mainly as a means of regulating women's sports teams, Title IX has since expanded to allow federal micromanage of college disciplinary policies regarding everything from rape to offensive comments. But with an eye toward correcting historical bias against sexual assault and sexual harassment victims, this shift—a huge focus for the Obama administration, and in particular for former Vice President Joe Biden—was interpreted and implemented in a way that almost obliterated anything like due process for accused students and staff, and created a weird system wherein third parties could report Title IX offenses against "victims" who had no complaints themselves.

In November 2018, the Department of Education first proposed a change to the Obama administration's guidance on interpreting and enforcing Title IX. The rules announced yesterday are similar to that proposal, as Robby Soave noted here:

Most notably, the government has abolished the single-investigator model, which previously permitted a sole university official to investigate an accusation of misconduct, decide which evidence to consider, and produce a report recommending an outcome. Under the new rules, the final decision maker must be a different person than the investigator, and a finding of responsibility can only be rendered after a hearing in which a representative for the accused is able to pose questions to the accuser—i.e., cross-examination.

Importantly, the new rules narrow the scope of actionable sexual harassment to exclude conduct that ought to be protected under the First Amendment. Obama-era guidance had defined sexual harassment as "any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature." The new rules keep this definition but add that the conduct must be offensive to a reasonable person, severe, and pervasive. In practice, this should mean that schools will no longer initiate Title IX investigations that impugn free speech.

[…] The new rules will also end the pernicious practice of universities initiating Title IX investigations in cases where the alleged victims are not interested in this course of action.

Based on the reactionary commentary, you might think the new rules banned investigations into sexual assault and harassment altogether. Some of it is so over-the-top that it borders on outright lies—an especially gross tactic when you consider how such messages might effect students who are sexually assaulted.

For instance, Fatima Goss Graves, president and CEO of the National Women's Law Center, said the new rules send "the message loud and clear that there is no point in reporting assault."

Rep. Barbara Lee (D–Calif.) described the rules as "attacking student survivors' rights."

Sen. Mark Warner (D–Va.) said the change "will undoubtedly make students less safe."

In addition to misrepresenting the Title IX guidance changes, statements like these also overstate how well the system was working and who wanted to change it. It's not just students accused of rape and assault who have objected to how claims against them were handled (although there's been plenty of that); feminist professors, impartial education groups, and legal experts have all criticized how Title IX was interpreted and enforced. Students bringing harassment and abuse claims themselves, or advocating on behalf of victims, have also complained that the whole system is still messed up.

Under Obama and Biden, Title IX enforcement didn't make things better for campus sexual assault victims and students bringing Title IX complaints, it just made things worse for those accused or associated with the accused.

And the policy shift won't fix all of these problems, but it can fix some.


FOLLOWUP

Homeland Security has detained thousands of pregnant women since 2016. A new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) looks at pregnant women detained by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its component units, like Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). In December 2017, Homeland Security "remov[ed] language that stated that pregnant women would generally not be detained except in extraordinary circumstances or as mandated by law," notes the GAO in an explanation of why it undertook the study. The GAO looked at data from 2015-2019 ("including detention data, inspection reports and data, and complaints"), and talked to federal agents as well as 14 women that DHS detained or released.

ICE alone detained more than 4,600 pregnant women in 2016-2018. This included 1,380 in 2016, 1,160 in 2017, and 2,098 in 2018. Nearly half were in their first trimester, 41 percent in their second trimester, and 10 percent in their third trimester at the time of intake.

Most of the women detained—from 91 to 97 percent, depending on the year—were non-criminal detainees. Ninety percent were first stopped by CBP and passed on to ICE, where pregnant women were held for periods ranging from one week or less (for 68 percent) to more than a month (10 percent). "Nearly 4,400 of ICE's over 4,600 detentions of pregnant women resulted from CBP arrests," the GAO reports.

Between January 2015 and July 2019, ICE recorded one pregnant woman giving birth in custody, two having abortions, and 58 involuntarily miscarrying. From the start of 2015 through February 2019, "pregnant women encountered or apprehended by CBP experienced 43 births, three miscarriages, and six stillbirths after being taken to the hospital by CBP."

 


FREE MARKETS

Does the Affordable Care Act mandate 'seamless' access to contraception? No, answers Josh Blackman at The Volokh Conspiracy. But you may not know that's the case from Wednesday's Supreme Court hearing about the Affordable Care Act, birth control coverage, and employers who object.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said that "the glaring feature of what the government has done in expanding this exemption is to toss to the winds entirely Congress's instruction that women need and shall have seamless, no-cost, comprehensive coverage. Seamless, no-cost, comprehensive coverage…. And I just wonder if I –if there is no substantial burden, how can the government justify an exemption that deprives those women of seamless coverage?"

Later, Ginsburg said "the government is throwing to the wind the women's entitlement to seamless, no cost to them."

But, as Blackman notes, "the word 'seamless' does not appear anywhere in the ACA." It came from a court opinion in the 2014 case Priests for Life v. HHS.


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  1. Biden Vows To Destroy Campus Due Process Again If Elected

    Presidential-level hypocrisy.

    1. Bill Clinton and sexual harassment law.

      This has all happened before and it shall happen again.

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    2. Hello.

      Biden is mental.

      Due process is bad for Democrats. Awesome.

      Also go look at what Ventura County is up to.

      Still think this is about ‘saving lives’?

      1. “Also go look at what Ventura County is up to.”

        It’s early yet today. Perhaps there will be a larger article covering just that?

        AIUI, the head of public health for Ventura County advocated forced removal of Covid-positive sick people from their home, if non-stick people also lived there, and if, in the judgment of the health officials, the sick people could not be kept isolated from the healthy people. This is such a stunning overreach of government power, I don’t know what to say.

        Forcibly removing a member of the family from their home is a thing that will cause otherwise peaceful people to shoot people in the face.

        1. WTF is a ‘non-stick’ person, autocorrect? Sigh. Should’ve used ‘healthy’ instead.

          1. Ronald Reagan was sometimes called the “Teflon President”.

            It’s funny. I misremembered “Teflon President” as being Bill Clinton, but the Internets say it was Reagan.

      2. My wife showed me a video of the press conference, but I can’t find any follow up information.

    3. Hypocrisy is one of the main qualifications for being president.

      1. Hypocrisy is one of the main qualifications for being human. Maybe that should be included in the Turing test.

        1. Good point. The human couldn’t help but do it, and the computer would find it ultimately illogical and refuse. A perfect test.

    4. As a single-issue voter, I hope Biden is successful. If there is one thing I hate it’s due process. Due process only seeks to protect the guilty, and guilt is solely based upon political allegiance.

  2. “Biden vows to destroy campus due process again (and probably raped that woman)…”

    But ENB will vote for him anyway

    1. Her Twitter feed seems bullish on Amash.

      1. Sure she is; she can vote for someone who’s all open borders and Orange Man Bad, and still hold on to the shreds of her libertarian reputation.

        1. Well, that’s my plan, too. Assuming Amash even gets the Libertarian nomination.

  3. One law for us, another for Credentialed Experts. We all know he’s quietly getting hired someplace else ASAP.

    https://twitter.com/thetimes/status/1258275531075858437
    The government scientific adviser [Ferguson] who broke the lockdown to meet his married lover escaped a fine or prosecution after police said that he had “taken responsibility” for his actions

    1. What Neil Ferguson’s booty call tells us about modern politics
      His hypocrisy is staggering. But it’s his scaremongering we should hold him to account for.
      https://www.spiked-online.com/2020/05/06/what-neil-fergusons-booty-call-tells-us-about-modern-politics/

      Ferguson can screw who he wants. He can even defy the lockdown if he wants, though he should probably hold back from hypocritically supporting the lockdown when giving interviews. What he really needs to be challenged on is the culture of worst-case thinking that he and others have helped to create, and which seems increasingly to grate against the freedom and economic health of our societies.

    2. escaped a fine or prosecution after police said that he had “taken responsibility” for his actions

      “‘I take responsibility’….Yeah, *that’s* the ticket!”

      1. Kinda like Janet Reno after Waco, which I’m watching on Netflix.

    3. …… after police said that he had “taken responsibility” opened his wallet…..

    4. I didn’t know Janet Reno was still alive, and now living in Britain.

  4. In case you missed it

    https://lockdownsceptics.org/code-review-of-fergusons-model/
    The code. It isn’t the code Ferguson ran to produce his famous Report 9. What’s been released on GitHub is a heavily modified derivative of it, after having been upgraded for over a month by a team from Microsoft and others. This codebase for instance is split into multiple files for legibility and written in C++, whereas the original program was “a single 15,000 line file that had been worked on for a decade” (this is considered extremely poor practice). A request for the original code has been made 8 days ago but ignored, it will probably take some kind of legal compulsion to make them release it. Clearly Imperial are too embarrassed by the state of it to ever release it of their own free will, which is unacceptable given it was paid for by the taxpayer and belongs to them.

    The model. What it’s doing is best described as SimCity without the graphics. It attempts to simulate households, schools, offices, people and their movements etc. I won’t go further into the underlying assumptions as that’s well explored elsewhere.

    Non-deterministic outputs. Due to bugs the code can produce very different results given identical inputs. They routinely act as if it’s unimportant.

    1. Remind you of anything?

      https://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/08/23/make-your-own-mannian-hockey-stick-at-home/

      The early criticisms of Mann et al.’s analyses were confined to relatively minor points about the presence of autocorrelated errors, linear specification, etc. But a funny thing happened on the way to Copenhagen: a couple of Canadian researchers, McIntyre and McKitrick, found that when they ran simulations of “red noise” random principal components data into Mann’s reconstruction model, 99% of the time it produced the same hockey stick pattern.

      1. Yeah, the propaganda machines producing both climate change and the Wuhan Virus models are eerily similar. If you look up ‘List of cognitive biases’ on Wikipedia you’ll find that it would be easier to list the number of biases NOT involved.

    2. “To *really* fuck things up requires a computer!” 8-(

    3. Holy hell this is juicy. Absolutely staggering. And this is the exact type of clownshoes amateur the media is referring do when they talk about their beloved “experts”. What a travesty

      1. A high priest is a high priest.

    4. anything that has been worked on for ten years is out dated and almost completely useless based on present capabilities and knowledge the whole thing should be trashed and new people starting over.

    5. the original program was “a single 15,000 line file that had been worked on for a decade”

      IOW he had no clue what was in the code or how it worked (he had to run to see what was in it). How could he with that many lines of probably poorly written, inefficient “spaghetti code?”

      Non-deterministic outputs. Due to bugs the code can produce very different results given identical inputs.

      Holy fuck. If you took a basic, 100 level programming course and handed in code that did that you would fail the course. And justifiably so, but this asshole gets away with shit that would fail a freshman CS student. Un-fucking-believable.

    6. the code can produce very different results given identical inputs

      That is almost identical to a line by Jeff Goldblum in the original Jurassic Park movie. Did these guys also hire Ian Malcolm as a consultant to vet their dinosaur sanctuary?

      1. That part of the movie always bothered me., however The book does explain why a dinosaur zoo highered a mathematician as a consultant.

  5. Inconveniently, Biden himself spent much of his term as vice president championing ideas about sexual assault that make Reade’s claims against him actionable…

    Shamelessness is a point of pride in D.C.

    1. Cancer Treatments on Hold: The Invisible Health Costs of the Shutdown
      https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/stephen-green/2020/05/06/cancer-treatments-on-hold-the-invisible-health-costs-of-the-shutdown-n388516

      Dr. Scott Gottleib, former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration and resident at the American Enterprise Insititute, warns of the “broad public health impacts” of people too scared to see their doctors — even for cancer treatments — during the Wuhan Virus shutdown. Gottlieb tweeted that “data from community cancer practices shows sharp drops in oncology visits,” including a steep “17% decline for chemotherapy in Northeast.” He also reports that cancelations and no-shows have doubled, which means people in need of “elective” cancer screenings aren’t getting them.

      1. Nearly 1 In 5 U.S. Children Are Not Getting Enough To Eat During Coronavirus, Survey Shows
        https://dailycaller.com/2020/05/06/children-food-nutrition-coronavirus/

        1. https://twitter.com/JenniferJJacobs/status/1258376459355291648
          33,000,000 people have filed for unemployment benefits in two months.

          1. Oh. My. God.

            If there ever was a time to completely open our borders, it’s now.

            #ImmigrationAboveAll

            1. Golf clap and sensible chuckle, OBL.

            2. dude and *only* 4600 pregnant chicks tried to get in over three years? they make it seem like much more of a stampede …

        2. This claim (and all similar claims). Reminds me of my favorite back to back commercials.
          First one said 1 in 4 kids are going hungry we have to do something.
          The second was 4 out of 5 are at risk for obesity we have to do something.

          I pointed out to my super progressive uncle that the just mentioned 105% of the population and I would love to meet the obese kids who don’t have enough food. His responece was that’s why you need more government to fix thes major problems.

          Long story short the 1 in 4 or 5 kids are going hungry are almost always garbage analysis

          1. No less garbage than 2 million are going to die if we don’t shut down. Lives are at stake either way.

          2. Definitions are paramount.
            What does ‘at risk of obesity mean?’
            The preferred metric of hunger is now ‘food insecure’.
            You really need to nail down the definitions in order to say anything of substance. If you ask a kid where his next meal is coming from, it’s totally reasonable that 4 out of 5 don’t have the slightest clue.

    2. Coronavirus lockdown could lead to nearly 1.5 million extra TB deaths, modelling study finds

      The good news: the study used Ferguson’s model.

      /sarc

  6. Hoes Mad because their Campus Rape Star Courts can’t railroad the accused as easily.

    Molly Knight deserves a baseball bat to the face, too. Preferably several times until her skull cracks open.

    1. I’m really sorry I clicked through to the actual feed.

      1. These morons really believe they’re going to get their Fully Automated Luxury Gay Space Communist utopia out of this if they can keep things locked down just a few weeks longer.

        1. They keep this up, they’ll find themselves with a threat that they can’t shut their door, or wear a mask against.

          I wonder if Americans have always been so widely different in their interests, and it’s mass communication that brings those differences into sharp relief, or if something drastic happened over the last 20 years?

          1. I suspect that the US has been populated by fruit cakes and whack jobs since the beginning. In the past 20 years we have had uncensored information and commercialized/politicized exploitation. So now we just see each other better.

          2. We almost always were, if you read enough history.

            However, it was suppressed for a while. World War II forged a temporary national consensus, and the threat of Russian ICBMs afterward kept it in place. The centralization of the major network broadcasters, plus the FCC’s stifling hand (the Fairness Doctrine and “public interest” reviews of licenses) made sure real dissent was relatively quiet. 1942-1967 was a pretty solid 25 years of atypical national unity, and it had the effect of conditioning the children raised in it to expect that as “normal”. That sense of normality created sort of an “echo consensus”, which has degraded as the people raised in it aged out of power.

      2. My company has firewalls blocking twitter. Truly a god send.

    2. She is horrible. I’ve known a few progressives like her, in all likelihood she actually has an antisocial personality disorder. Calling someone who is trying to restore justice a “sociopath” is a red flag for being one yourself.

  7. “I’ll be right where I always have been throughout my career—on the side of survivors,…”

    For a woman traumatized by sexual assault, having Biden by her side is not exactly the safest thing.

    1. but this time the groping is done out of compassion!

    2. How do you think she became a traumatized survivor of sexual assault in the first place?

    3. To be fair, Biden is probably pretty harmless, with only fond memories of his sexually-aggressive days, at his present age.

      1. His fingers may still be functional.

  8. Trump vetoes Iran war powers resolution…

    He learned it from watching Whitmer, okay?

  9. But, as Blackman notes, “the word ‘seamless’ does not appear anywhere in the ACA.”

    Nor does the word ‘tax’ as applied to individuals.

    1. Did you know that the word “gullible” does not appear in the dictionary?

      1. Huh, I learn something new and exciting here everyday. Thanks Rich.

        1. The More You Know™

      2. You need a better internet connection:
        Adjective
        gullible (comparative more gullible, superlative most gullible)
        Easily deceived or duped; naïve, easily cheated or fooled.
        Synonyms
        fleeceable, green, naif, naïve
        See also Thesaurus:gullible

    2. Whether or not the word “seamless” appears in the document has nothing to do with the Congressional intent to confer the right to seamless coverage when Congressional intent is whatever the Supreme Court says it is.

  10. Our benefactor’s struggles continue.

    Charles Koch current net worth: $47.9 billion

    He lost over $400 million yesterday.
    He’s lost over $14 billion this year.
    He’s only the 16th richest person on the planet.

    Only unlimited, unrestricted immigration will return this hardworking man to the healthy financial status he deserves.

    #OpenTheBordersToHelpCharlesKoch

    1. Shit, is that all? Just 14 bil?

      Listen, when he busts 30 bil, let us know. Then maybe we can talk borders and shit. Until then, Charlie needs to suck it up and get to work.

  11. Does the Affordable Care Act mandate ‘seamless’ access to contraception?

    It mandates whatever you desire it to, especially in regard to women’s health.

    1. “Later, Ginsburg said “the government is throwing to the wind the women’s entitlement to seamless, no cost to them.”

      But, as Blackman notes, “the word ‘seamless’ does not appear anywhere in the ACA.”

      A Leftist Justice wants act as if her policy preference is mandated in the law when the language of the law does not support it? That is completely expected behavior.

      1. Later giaberg was quoted to say “ghughhhh” just before flatlineing

        1. If only.

          Whoops, did I just type that?

          1. And hit “Submit?”

      2. They really need to get Ginsberg’s head removed and frozen before it goes bad. How else are they going to bring her back after Roe v. Wade gets struck down during Trump’s 4th term?

  12. “I’ll be right where I always have been throughout my career—on the side of survivors, who deserve to have their voices heard, their claims taken seriously and investigated”

    For an old man, he’s pretty good at digging himself in deeper.

    1. He espouses the correct ideology, therefore his sins are forgiven.

      1. That’s what she said.

    2. For an old man, he’s pretty good at digging himself in deeper.

      Is that a direct quote from Tara Reade?

      1. LOL. Holy shit, I should be ashamed of myself for laughing at that but I’m not.

        1. Holy shit, I should be ashamed of myself for laughing at that but I’m not

          Is THAT a direct quote from Tara Reade?

          1. It would appear there’s hope for Hit&Run yet.

  13. ‘Every One of Them’: California Begins Forcibly Quarantining People – Separating Families – Over COVID-19
    https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/victoria-taft/2020/05/06/every-one-of-them-california-begins-forcibly-quarantining-people-separating-families-over-covid-19-n388732
    The number of deaths has begun going down in the state, but Newsom has only doubled down, announcing Monday he was training as many as 20,000 people – “an army and a workforce” – to begin tracking down COVID-19 cases.

    Newsom announced that the “army” – his word – will start with a deployment of 3,000 and grow to the 20,000 mark to chase down who, what, where, and with whom COVID positive people have had connections. To what end? Newsom said, “the tracing component requires workforce and to identify individuals who tested positive…to ID their contacts (with privacy) and maybe quarantine individuals to stop the spread of the disease.”

    He means forcible quarantine.

      1. https://twitter.com/CiscoCotto/status/1258128863839879171
        BREAKING: Governor Pritzker [D-IL] confirms churches will not be allowed to have services with more than 50 people until there is a vaccine, highly effective treatment, or elimination of any new cases over a sustained period.

      2. “They’re doing San Francisco a great service by staying inside,” Lane told the paper. “We’re saying, ‘We’re doing what we can to support you staying inside and not have to go out and get these things.’ ”

        But this service is being provided only to the homeless, right?

        How unprogressive SF has become.

        1. Maybe they figure if they can get enough of the homeless to OD or drink themselves to death, they’ll have less of a homeless problem.

          1. Why not just put smallpox on all the bedding?

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    2. Holy Shit.

      Deutsches Jungvolk

      They’re coming.

    3. Newsom announced that the “army” – his word – will start with a deployment of 3,000 and grow to the 20,000

      Will they get uniforms? And will Hugo Boss be involved in the design? If so, what color will their shirts be? Brown, I hope.

  14. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/ahmaud-arbery-georgia-jogger-family-demands-arrests-shooting/

    Well this is clearly a lynching. How the fuck have these people not been arrested yet?

    1. Former law officer I believe.

      1. Yup. Connected good ole boy network.

    2. Dumb to do what they did.

      Even if the dead jogger was initially caught in a house under construction, in an neighborhood that had been suffering an increased amount of property crimes, and the deceased had an extensive criminal history, including a bunch of thefts.

      Still really dumb. Call the cops. One of the accused should have some of their cell numbers.

  15. “…And I just wonder if I –if there is no substantial burden, how can the government justify an exemption that deprives those women of seamless coverage?”

    The Ginsburgler isn’t so senile that she doesn’t play to her base.

  16. Socialism killed 100 million in the last century, can I be utilitarian?

    https://www.redstate.com/sister-toldjah/2020/05/06/feminists-reveal-their-even-if-bidens-a-rapist-ill-vote-for-him-anyway-strategy-and-its-ugly/
    Feminists Reveal Their ‘Even If Biden’s a Rapist, I’ll Vote for Him Anyway’ Strategy – and It’s Ugly

    Attorney and retired philosophy/women’s studies professor Linda Hirshman went even further in an opinion piece she wrote for the [NY] Times today. Hirshman, a progressive feminist, wrote that she believed Tara Reade’s rape allegation against Joe Biden – but planned on voting for him anyway:

    Suck it up and make the utilitarian bargain.

    All major Democratic Party figures have indicated they’re not budging on the presumptive nominee, and the transaction costs of replacing him would be suicidal. Barring some miracle, it’s going to be Mr. Biden.

    So what is the greatest good or the greatest harm? Mr. Biden, and the Democrats he may carry with him into government, are likely to do more good for women and the nation than his competition, the worst president in the history of the Republic. Compared with the good Mr. Biden can do, the cost of dismissing Tara Reade — and, worse, weakening the voices of future survivors — is worth it. And don’t call me an amoral realist. Utilitarianism is not a moral abdication; it is a moral stance.

    1. Sexual assault accuser shocked Joe Biden put Chris Dodd on VP committee
      https://nypost.com/2020/05/06/sex-assault-accuser-shocked-biden-put-dodd-on-vp-committee/

      According to a GQ account of the night published in 1990, while the senator’s dates were in the bathroom, a “very drunk” Kennedy grabbed Gaviglio and threw her onto the table, sending plates, cutlery, glasses and candles flying.

      Kennedy then picked up the terrified waitress, who was just 24 at the time, and put her on Dodd’s lap — Kennedy forcing himself on Gaviglio and rubbing his genitals on hers, the report said, the alleged assault becoming known by the cruel moniker “waitress sandwich.”

      The account was confirmed to the magazine by another waitress, Betty Loh, and the La Brasserie’s late owner, Raymond Campet.

      “Chris was always there,” Gaviglio told The Post. “He was a goofball, always asking for my phone number and things like that, but I don’t think he was expecting what happened that night. They were very, very drunk.”

      The scared waitress never saw Dodd again but was hounded by the media and allegedly threatened by one ex-Arkansas congressman who said that if Gaviglio spoke out, the restaurant, which she described as “a very close family,” would be blacklisted by lawmakers, she said.

      1. Will they still vote for him if they don’t pick another candidate though? I’m guessing most of them will.

    2. “…Compared with the good Mr. Biden can do,..”

      Pretty sure his entire platform can be stated in three words:
      “I’m not Trump”

      1. Is that short enough for him to remember?

    3. Just lie back and think of England…

  17. New Yorkers know their Democratic leadership has done a fantastic job fighting the #TrumpVirus.

    Approval rating on handling the coronavirus response among New York City voters via Quinnipiac poll: Governor Cuomo: 87% approve, 11% disapprove / Mayor de Blasio: 63% approve, 30% disapprove / President Trump: 25% approve, 72% disapprove

    Although I value diversity, and Cuomo is a privileged white male, I still think he deserves a major role in the Biden Administration.

    1. Although I value diversity, and Cuomo is a privileged white male, I still think he deserves a major role in the go to jail with the Biden Administration.

    2. This is a riot considering that Cuomo literally jacked up New York’s death count by forcing nursing homes to take C19 patients and infect what everyone has known for months now is the most vulnerable demographic to this.

      The whole of NYC deserves the coof if its citizens are that stupid.

      1. Their citizens elected AOC.

        Quod erat demonstrandum.

    3. Cuomo? He’s pretty good with overseeing corruption. And he knows how to fired people investigating his admin’s corruption and get away with it.

  18. Dumb And Corrupt Cops Risk Losing Our Support
    https://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2020/05/07/dumb-and-corrupt-cops-risk-losing-our-support-n2568260?70

    Here’s the thing – we normals respect our police not merely because they have badges and funny hats but because they take personal risks to protect us from those who would violate our rights. Usually, these violators are criminals. But the category of “People who violate our rights” also includes political hacks and bureaucratic petty fascists. And we reasonably expect to be protected from those creeps too.

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    “But we might get suspended or fired!” is the response. Well, yeah. That’s correct. And that’s immaterial.

    We flat-out expect cops to run into gunfire to save lives, cowards like that Florida slug aside, just like we expect firemen to run into burning houses. If doing that stuff was easy and safe, they would not get respect and be honored. See, that’s the deal. They get pay and prestige, honor and respect, because they do things other people can’t or won’t for the good of the community. It’s like soldiers – the troops don’t get thanked for their service because their job is kick-back and safe.

    1. this has been a wake up call to many a conservative commentator who doubted the fucking pigs would go house to house and enforce retarded commie laws or anti gun laws.

  19. “It will be put to a quick end in January 2021, because as president, I’ll be right where I always have been throughout my career—on the side of survivors, who deserve to have their voices heard, their claims taken seriously and investigated, and their rights upheld sniffing women of all ages’ hair, giving them unwanted shoulder rubs, and maybe a lot more if you catch my drift, and then calling any of them who speak up about it liars while simultaneously claiming to ‘believe all women’,” Biden said yesterday.

    FTFY

  20. Is working for a living a drag? Does your dealer sometimes run out? Is booze just too expensive?
    Well, bunky, come to SAN FRANCISCO!
    “San Francisco gives free drugs, alcohol to homeless quarantining in hotels “[…]
    “San Francisco is giving free drugs and alcohol to some homeless people isolating inside city-rented hotels during the coronavirus pandemic, officials confirmed Wednesday.
    The city has handed out either booze, tobacco or medical cannabis to 43 homeless people with addictions to deter them from leaving the hotels and potentially spreading coronavirus, Jenna Lane, a spokeswoman for the city’s Department of Health, told the San Francisco Chronicle….”
    https://nypost.com/2020/05/06/san-francisco-gives-drugs-alcohol-to-homeless-quarantining-in-hotels/

    1. Ooops. Been scooped.

  21. Give RBG a break, its hard to retain facts when you’ve been dead for years.

    1. She’s just pining for the fjords.

      1. It’s not pining, it’s passed on! This Justice is no more! It has ceased to be! It’s expired and gone to meet its maker! This is a late Justice! It’s a stiff! Bereft of life, it rests in peace! If you hadn’t nailed it to the bench, it would be pushing up the daisies! It’s metabolic processes are now history! She’s off the twig! Se’s kicked the bucket, she’s shuffled off the mortal coil, rung down the curtain and joined the choir invisible. This is an ex-Justice!

    2. “Weekend at Ruthie’s” likely funny.

  22. “Biden Vows To Destroy Campus Due Process Again If Elected”

    I keep saying that the news media is among the most hated institutions in America, but if anybody’s running a close second, it’s probably universities and the social justice warriors who run them.

    Biden had a good week last week, being accused of sexual assault by the most hated institution in America. He’s a fool to blow all that momentum this week by sucking up to social justice warriors at universities.

    Again, this election will be decided in Florida, Michigan, Ohio, western Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. They broke for Donald Trump in 2016, largely because the Democrats were seen as having sided with the social justice warriors in focusing their hatred on the white, blue collar, middle class. Last I saw, even after Covid-19, Trump is running about where he was before Covid-19. If you were hoping Covid-19 would change the outcome of the race, the polling data doesn’t appear to show that at all.

    You know the definition of insanity. Yeah, if the candidates break on the issue of deplorables like they did in 2016, don’t expect a different result. When Biden was accused of sexual assault by the news media, like Donald Trump and Brett Kavanaugh before him, people in these states started thinking, “Well he can’t be all bad if the news media hates him”. Throwing that momentum away is stupid.

    What’s he afraid of–that he’ll only get 60% of the vote in California rather than 70%? There’s this thing called an electoral college. Meanwhile, the youth vote is evenly distributed throughout the country. The white, blue collar, Motortrend Channel vote in Ohio, all by itself, is probably more important than the youth vote nationally.

    1. “…There’s this thing called an electoral college…”
      Tony hardest hit.
      No, don’t know where he is, don’t care, and if he’s died, the world is a better place.

    2. Too bad Koch didn’t take all those billions we now understand he lost and buy up some of the major media! The perception of the Title IX changes, being spouted by every outlet except Fox News, is that colleges will no longer have to take seriously charges of rape.
      If that were true, then Biden’s statement makes perfect common sense to just about every voter. Perception, not reality, will win the 2020 election.

      1. That is true in every election. It is how Trump won in 2016, even though he was vastly unsuited for the job. Kind of makes one think that the whole concept of Democracy is foolish. But I’d rather have Trump or Biden rather than a competent Tyrant. That’s what China has, and they are managing the Covid crisis way better, and yes I know they undercount. Democracies are slow starters and there is a lot of bungling, but I bet the USA will be the place that vaccines for Covid are developed, universal flu vaccines, and anti viral treatments will keep being developed.

  23. BTW, the gofundme account for that jailed salon-owner in Dallas has been capped; half a mill or so.
    No idea if this is the common practice, or someone is concerned about advertising how much support she has.

    1. You just know those evil conniving hillbilly states are somehow behind all of the high death rates in the states where their betters live. I don’t know how they do it since they are so dumb and the urban elites are so smart. Maybe they are casting magic spells with their country songs and national anthems.

      1. It’s because they smoke cigarettes like the dirty poors they are.

      2. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/07/us/new-york-city-coronavirus-outbreak.html

        Travel From New York City Seeded Wave of U.S. Outbreaks
        The coronavirus outbreak in New York City became the primary source of infections around the United States, researchers have found.

    2. I’m literally shaking right now,

  24. Another 3.2 million Americans filed for unemployment last week, bringing the total number of people who’ve lost their jobs over the last two months to about 33 million.

    It’s unprecedented.

    We haven’t even really started to feel the repercussions of this.

    I suspect we’ll see much more automation before we see a lot of those jobs come back. I think companies are using Covid-19 as an excuse to do things they’ve wanted to do for a long time. I’m not saying they shouldn’t be free to lay people off for whatever reason they want, but I think a lot of them are using Covid-19 as an excuse to do things that would be politically risky under other circumstances.

    Retailers, for instance, wanted to close stores, even if they were still marginally profitable for the moment, lay off employees, and move more of their operations online.

    1. If true, isn’t that a sadder commentary on our politics that they couldn’t make valid business decisions without a crisis? If they’d been allowed to close physical locations earlier, the workforce could have been less fragile in the face of Covid-19. Markets would have adapted. Different jobs could have been created.

      1. Layoffs will always be a tricky political issue, and we’re definitely in a spot in the economic cycle where stocks spike when companies announce layoffs.

        Much of Obama’s regulation on Wall Street was justified as an attempt to limit executive pay in the middle of a recession. The Obama administration made it illegal to repay TARP funds so that they could continue to regulate things like executive pay–as hundreds of thousands of people’s homes were being foreclosed.

        I blame our friends and family, but part of it is just human nature. There’s a commandment against lashing out at other people for what they have when we have little or are losing what we had. “Thou shalt not covet”.

    2. These lockdowns do not seem to have been a good idea.

  25. ‘Later, Ginsburg said “the government is throwing to the wind the women’s entitlement to seamless, no cost to them.”‘

    Then she flushed the toilet.

  26. “Later, Ginsburg said “the government is throwing to the wind the women’s entitlement to seamless, no cost to them.”

    Speaking of RBG and health issues, I understand she’s in the hospital having gall bladder surgery.

    And she’s 87.

    I’m just sayin’.

    1. thats not unusual but i think more likely they are just putting her skin on another imposter. its painful to teh volunteer but worth it to keep Trump from appointing another Justice

  27. the Government Accountability Office (GAO) looks at pregnant women

    Geez, ENB. It’s 2020! Men get pregnant, too, you transophobe!

  28. This was no doubt one of the biggest scandals of the “scandal-free” Obama administration.

    The fact is that President Obama threatened to deny funding to universities unless they violated the civil rights of male students accused of sexual assault or sexual harassment.

    And he did this to gain extra support from feminists and anti-rape activists.

    Was this not extortion?

    Was this not extortion for personal gain, the personal gain being additional support for the upcoming re-election campaign?

    Why did not the Democrats oppose this?

    Why did the Democrats oppose Trump and Betsy DeVos undoing Obama’s egregious abuse of power?

    1. Like rape, you can’t extort the willing. I guarantee just about every college administration was ecstatic to go along with it.

  29. Biden, if elected, will restore the previous rules for investigating sexual assaults on college campuses. Now if Biden and Reade were students on a campus under these rules that Biden would restore he, Biden would be found guilty ready and kicked out of school.
    What these new rules require is that both the accused and the accuser get to have their say and present its evidence. This is not what happened under the standard adopted by the Obama administration. Under those rules the accused had no rights and could not present a defense. This person went to the hearing already convicted of the crime and had to prove beyond doubt that he was not guilty. But he had to do that without ever being able to question his accuser. These rules would have never been allowed in court of law in the US. But at the same time the defendant unless could he could prove beyond doubt (which could never be proven) the student suffered almost the same results as he had been convicted in court. In addition he was kicked out of the school (guilty or not) losing all chances of ever completing his education.
    Under the (Obama) rules it would have been better to have the courts to handle the case. Then, at least, if found not guilty he could have continued his education.

  30. And yet young men will vote for him, on the promise of student load forgiveness. Fools.

  31. Under the Obama administration, Title IX was mutated

    The word is corrupted.

    Under Obama and Biden, Title IX enforcement didn’t make things better for campus sexual assault victims and students bringing Title IX complaints, it just made things worse for those accused or associated with the accused.

    This is false. The 100,000 Title IX administrators and consultants are better off, as are the Womens Studies Professors whose majors would be at risk if their graduates could not find jobs.

  32. Biden didn’t say or vow anything. The DNC put out a statement saying Biden made a statement. If Biden had actually said anything it would not only be this stupid, but also incomprehensible gibberish.

  33. Ferguson can screw who he wants. He can even defy the lockdown if he wants, though he should probably hold back from hypocritically supporting the lockdown when giving interviews. What he really needs to be challenged on is the culture of worst-case thinking that he and others have helped to create, and which seems increasingly to grate against the freedom and economic health of our societies.
    ency education

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