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Archive for February 13th, 2011

…and now you know the rest of the story. –  Paul Harvey

More short news stories hearkening back to the dim and distant past, namely late January and early February.

Welcome To Our World (January 20th)

Here’s another example of people using the same arguments we use, except for a different issue.   I wonder how many soi-disant “liberals” out there (especially in Sweden) would accept the idea that a severely retarded man has the right to make choices about his own sexuality, while simultaneously rejecting the concept that an intellectually-normal adult woman has that same right.  This is paraphrased from an article which appeared in the Telegraph on February 4th:

An English judge has ordered a severely retarded 41-year-old man to be placed under “close supervision” by the authorities who provide his housing in order “to prevent any further sexual activity on his part” after the local council complained that his “vigorous sex drive” was inappropriate for someone with an IQ of 48.  They claimed he did not understand what he was doing, and an official psychiatrist even tried to prevent his being given sex education on the grounds that it would leave him “confused”.  The 41 year-old had been in a relationship with a man whom he lived with and told officials “it would make me feel happy” for it to continue.

The judge said the case was “legally, intellectually and morally” complex as sex is “one of the most basic human functions” and the court must “tread especially carefully” when the state tries to curtail it, but he agreed that the man, known only as Alan, should not be allowed to have sex with anyone on the grounds that he did not have the mental capacity to understand the health risks associated with his actions.  The judge concluded:  “I therefore make a declaration that at the present time Alan does not have the capacity to consent to and engage in sexual relations…in such circumstances it is agreed that the present régime for Alan’s supervision and for the prevention of future sexual activity is in his best interests.”

Under the Mental Capacity Act 2005, judges have the power to make life or death decisions for people deemed to lack the intelligence to make them for themselves – such as ordering that they undergo surgery, have forced abortions, have life-support switched off or be forced to use contraception.  The judge in Alan’s case said sexual consent requires an understanding and awareness of the “mechanics of the act”, “that there are health risks involved” and that sex between a man and a woman may lead to pregnancy.  He said that the psychiatrist thought Alan “believed that babies were delivered by a stork or found under a bush”, and that “sex could give you spots or measles”.  On that basis the judge ruled that Alan did not have the capacity to consent to sex, but also ordered that the council should provide him with sex education “in the hope that he thereby gains that capacity”.

If ignorance about sex is grounds for a court order forbidding it, neofeminists and religious fundamentalists need to start worrying.  And if ignorance about a specific aspect of sex (e.g., prostitution) provides similar grounds, trafficking fanatics and Swedish Model proponents had better get used to celibacy.

Walking Stereotype Sues Whore (January 22nd)

We all knew this would turn out this way, but it’s still good to see.  Thanks to Brandy Devereaux and regular reader Joyce for calling my attention to this UPI press release on the 8th:

A federal judge in New York tossed a lawsuit alleging a stripper who performed sex acts in a tourist’s Las Vegas hotel room did not fulfill her obligations…”Plaintiff’s claims do not arise under a federal statute or the U.S. Constitution,” [Judge Loretta] Preska wrote in the ruling…Preska said Blackman should have filed the suit in Nevada, “where a substantial part of the events or omissions giving rise to the claim occurred.”  The judge said she decided not to transfer the suit because it “would not be in the interest of justice.”

January Updates (January 25th)

Is an update to an update a meta-update?  The first “January Update” story was about a woman who died during her sixth boob job; well, this one wanted to enlarge her bum but the result was the same (from Yahoo News, February 9th):

A woman who had a cosmetic injection in her buttocks at a hotel near the Philadelphia airport died early Tuesday…Detectives said the woman and three companions traveled from London and were staying at the Hampton Inn…Two of them had traveled to the city in November to have their buttocks enlarged and, on Monday, one received another injection while the other had a hip augmentation…the 20-year-old woman who had the buttocks injection later complained of chest pains and trouble breathing.  Paramedics were called, and she was taken to Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital where she died…

Police were seeking two people involved in the cosmetic procedures…[which] they believe… were arranged over the Internet.  “We’re not quite sure right now if that person performing that procedure is licensed or unlicensed,” said Lt. John Walker.

I‘m not quite sure why a woman would want her derrière enlarged, but I suppose there are some who might need it.  In any case…ladies, please, real plastic surgeons do NOT make house calls to hotel rooms!  You get what you pay for, and botched cosmetic procedures are just as dangerous as any other botched medical procedure.

Don’t Buy It (February 1st)

Among the people duped by all the hype about the Super Bowl being a bonanza for “sex trafficking” was a wannabe pimp from Austin, as reported in this paraphrased story from the Dallas News of February 7th:

Anthony Ladell Winn, a 35-year-old felon from Austin, forced a 14-year-old girl and her 20-year-old sister to come to work as prostitutes in Dallas because he thought “there was big money to be made during the Super Bowl”, but Dallas police caught him before the sisters arranged any dates.  Winn was arrested early Sunday on felony charges of attempting to compel prostitution by force and trafficking of persons.

Area authorities had been bracing for a possible influx of prostitutes and human trafficking victims in the run-up to Super Bowl XLV.  Authorities say it can be extremely difficult to accurately measure whether such crimes spike and why, but as critics predicted there was no increase in reported prostitution cases, perhaps due in part to the icy and cold conditions, police said.  Dallas police reported 23 adult prostitution arrests from Wednesday through Sunday, though they noted they do not know how many were related to the festivities or people surrounding the Super Bowl.  “We didn’t see that as being a drastic increase in our normal enforcement numbers,” said Assistant Chief Tom Lawrence.  Sergeant Byron Fassett of the Child Exploitation Squad said the Winn case was the only arrest of its kind thought to be related to the Super Bowl.  “I don’t know that I saw on the street level any more activity than any other normal night that we would have run an operation,” said Fassett.  He claimed that “there’s no real statistical data to prove it one way or the other.”

I’ll discuss the broader implications of this in Tuesday’s column, but note the most important part of this article:  Despite attempts to blame the epic failure of their ridiculously overblown estimates on the weather or to make bullshit statements like that last line, the Dallas police had to admit that Aunt Maggie and the other voices of reason were right all along:  THE SUPER BOWL IS NOT A MECCA FOR TRAVELLING PROSTITUTES, and there was no “explosion” of “trafficked children”.  Of course, virtually nobody in the media will remind the public of this next time it happens, and the Winn case will be used as “proof” that there were tens of thousands of others out there who didn’t get caught.

Maggie in the Media (February 3rd)

Kelly Michaels was so pleased with her January 31st show that she’s asked me to join her on Nymphtalk Live for about a half-hour every Monday night, and I’ve agreed.  Here’s the link to last Monday’s show, and tune in tomorrow night for the next one!

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