911 Operator: “Is there anybody that’s willing to help this lady and not let her die?”
Nurse: “Not at this time.”
This was the 140th week since I began the blog, and as of today that number will again be attached to the links columns rather than “That Was the Week That Was”. Starting tomorrow, the latter will be numbered with a new system I’ll use from here on out: the first digit will be the last one of the calendar year, and the next two the week within that year. So since this was the 10th week of 2013, tomorrow is #310; the last week of this year will be #352, the week after that will be #401, and so on. That system will work perfectly until the end of 2019, by which point I may even be doing things the same way.
Our top contributor this week was Radley Balko, who provided everything down to the first video (which was itself provided by Grace). The links between the videos were contributed by Walter Olson (“insect jewelers”, “rules > people” and “pop-tart trauma”), Antonio Lorusso (“downloaded gun” and “philosophy jokes”), Franklin Harris (“vewy quiet” and “Iliad“), Teller (“crime deterrent”), Laura Agustín (“imaginary spectators”), Lenore Skenazy (“suspended hero”), Luscious Lani (“Adam”), Sensia Blue (“settlement”), EconJeff (“Berlin”), and Jesse Walker (“clichés”). The second video was supplied by my husband, and it may require an explanation if you aren’t an American reader over the age of 35: the music is from a series of educational videos called Schoolhouse Rock which aired as shorts between Saturday morning children’s shows in the 1970s. Take a look at the original first, then you’ll appreciate the featured parody more fully.
- Jim’ll paint it.
- I’ve been saying this for decades.
- The re-emergence of a modern Ys.
- Mom drowns son because he has a small penis.
- “This is what happens when your grandma sells crack.”
- Valiant customs agents save Britain from the dried caterpillar menace.
A robot dog throws cinder blocks with its mouth.
- Insect jewelers.
- Download this gun.
- Be vewy, vewy quiet!
- Top ten philosophy jokes.
- Religion is not a deterrent against crime.
- Real vs. imaginary spectators of stripping.
- When rules are more important than people.
- Richard III: not a psychopath, just a control freak.
- Teenager suspended for saving another student’s life.
- Using genetics to pinpoint the publication date of the Iliad.
- Adam lived a much longer time ago than previously suspected.
- Rent-a-cop literally throws old woman off of a train for singing hymns.
- School offers “counseling” to children “troubled” by terrifying pop-tart.
- Settlements like this must become routine before anything will change.
- The last generation tore down the Berlin Wall; this one is trying to save what’s left of it.
- “Kenya was braced at the crossroads…amidst growing concern that the demand for clichés is outstripping supply.”
- Wendy McElroy on the conversion of basic human rights into privileges granted by one’s location within a magic circle of protection.
From the Archives
- Because South African cops are allowed to beat, rape and pepper-spray whores, it’s “official handling” rather than harassment.
- Sheriff Joe thinks stopping consensual sex is a higher priority than investigating rape.
- When the media suddenly noticed that “condoms as evidence” policies are asinine.
- Why men shouldn’t play BDSM games with emotionally-unstable women.
- Politicians just can’t resist photo-documenting their sexual indiscretions.
- Only whores are “trafficked”; actual slaves are “encouraged aliens”.
- Zimbabwe: “sex trafficking” source, transit and destination in one.
- Reverend Lia says churches should actively welcome sex workers.
- My two previous columns for International Sex worker Rights Day.
- Russians use “trafficking” hysteria as anti-American propaganda.
- Sex rays can even contaminate the money handled by harlots.
- Western Australian politician seeks to impose Swedish Model.
- Preparing teenagers for adult life by keeping them ignorant.
- CNN is still channeling the spirit of William Randolph Hearst.
- Don’t they teach research in journalism schools anymore?
- The aftermath of the Dallas hooker invasion that wasn’t.
- Sex, food, prohibitionism, crypto-moralism and disease.
- The suit against Utah’s criminalization of acting sexy.
- Yet another whore-raping cop gets a paid vacation.
- Sometimes Nazi analogies are entirely appropriate.
- The appalling ignorance of New York “authorities”.
- The incredible waste of prostitution “stings”.
- Gail Dines’ obsession with coeds’ pubic hair.
- Why footballers prefer pros to amateurs.
- The sad story of the president’s nanny.
- Sexual predators with badges.
- The Miramonte debacle.
- Cheese is brain food.
- The Profumo Affair.