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Is all sexual regret now “rape?”

December 19th, 2014 5 comments

By Luanne Rife 981-3209

A day after Rolling Stone published an article describing a brutal gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity house, a former Washington and Lee student claims he was expelled for having consensual sex with another student who eight months later regretted the encounter and claimed rape.

The former W&L student has filed a federal lawsuit claiming the private Lexington university discriminated against him because he is a male, and because it wanted to avoid the negative public scrutiny that UVa was experiencing. Moreover, the student, identified as John Doe in the lawsuit, contends W&L’s Title IX officer advocates to female students that “regret equals rape.”

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Open Thread……………………………………Wednesday, December 17

December 17th, 2014 34 comments

best treeThat was the view off my deck a few evenings ago.  It doesn’t get much prettier than that, in my opinion.  I will take a winter sunset to a summer sunset any day of the week.

It’s the middle of December and so far Old Man Winter has been fairly kind to us.  Any time it gets above 45 degrees with some sunshine, I take that as good weather.  Winter is only a state of mind.

The usual yard animals have been able to pick and choose where they eat.  The birds seem to be dining elsewhere.  I guess they aren’t desperate enough to eat oil sunflower seeds.  I won’t put that other stuff out.  It makes weeds in the yard come spring.  I like the volunteer sunflowers that come up.

I did set out some peanuts for the bushy tailed rats that visit us.  Those got gobbled up.  Does anyone have chipmunks?  I don’t think I have ever seen one in my yard.

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US to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba

December 17th, 2014 38 comments

New York Times (email)

In a deal negotiated during 18 months of secret talks hosted largely by Canada and encouraged by Pope Francis, who hosted a final culminating meeting at the Vatican, President Obama and President Raul Castro of Cuba agreed in a telephone call to put aside decades of hostility to find a new relationship between the island nation just 90 minutes off the American coast.

The contractor, Alan Gross, boarded an American government plane bound for the United States on Wednesday morning and the United States sent back three Cuban spies who have been in an American prison since 1981. American officials said the Cuban spies were swapped for a United States intelligence agent who has been in a Cuban prison for nearly 20 years and said Mr. Gross was not technically part of the swap but released separately on “humanitarian grounds.”

In addition, the United States will ease restrictions on remittances, travel and banking relations and Cuba will release 53 Cuban prisoners identified as political prisoners by the United States government. Although the decades-old American embargo on Cuba will remain in place for now, the administration signaled that it would welcome a move by Congress to ease or lift it should lawmakers choose to.

“Today, the United States is taking historic steps to chart a new course in our relations with Cuba and to further engage and empower the Cuban people,” the White House said in a written statement.

This is probably a very good idea.  We have restored diplomatic relations with almost every other “enemy” in the world, including Vietnam, which for me was a hard pill to swallow.  Hopefully, soon new trade will exist as well as flourishing tourism.  Its much easier to stay made at people than to get along.

Restoring diplomatic relations also should be welcomed by millions of Cuban Americans who probably miss the mother country.  Cuba has been an enemy of the state ever since I was a child.

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Gov. McAuliffe urges Del. Morrissey to step down

December 14th, 2014 17 comments




Republicans and Democrats are calling on Del. Joseph D. Morrissey (D-Henrico) to resign from the Virginia House of Delegates after his conviction Friday on a charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Morrissey was given a 12-month jail sentence with six months suspended in a case stemming from his connection with a 17-year-old female receptionist.

The terms of his sentence allow Morrissey to continue to serve in the General Assembly while incarcerated. But Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) and the leader of the House Democratic Caucus are urging him not to come back in light of his conviction on what a spokesman for the governor called “disturbing charges.”

Morrissey entered an Alford plea to one misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Alford pleas allow the accused to maintain innocence but acknowledge that there is enough evidence for a conviction.

This is a no-brainer. Morrissey needs to go. He is unwise at best, a criminal at worst. Regardless of the conditions of his sentencing, he needs to resign.

Morrissey is 57 years old and is  too old to be messing around with teenagers.  The charges are disturbing.  Morressy sounds like a perv.

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Moe Davis discusses the CIA Report on torture

December 13th, 2014 2 comments

Moe clarifies his opinion on the timing, on torture, and on the possible dangers of releasing such a report.

Moe resigned his commission over the use of torture to obtain information while he was the chief prosecutor at Gitmo.

Further explanation from Moe about where he stood and why he resigned his commission.

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Gender college grad rates: How does it feel?

December 12th, 2014 13 comments


If you are a fan of the patriarchy, you should tremble at this fact: Over the past half-century, women have consistently dominated men at school.

Starting with people born in the 1950s, American women have been more likely to graduate from high school; starting with people born in the 1960s, women have also graduated at higher rates than men.

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McDonnell: Virginians should be suspicious…again

December 11th, 2014 2 comments

Is Bob McDonnell corrupt or just dumb?

A suspiciously large public grant from the controversial Virginia tobacco commission to a natural gas project in the southern part of the state should add to citizens’ misgivings over how business gets done in the Old Dominion.

The tobacco commission dished out $30 million for a gas pipeline even though its staff calculated that the project merited just $6.5 million based on the commission’s own economic formulas.

Intriguingly, commission staff said the larger grant was made because of political pressure from the office of former governor Bob McDonnell, according to a draft report by the state inspector general’s office recently made public by the Associated Press.

Neither the commission’s acting head, Tim Pfohl, nor McDonnell’s lawyers denied that such lobbying might have occurred.

Pfohl insisted, however, that the larger grant was made to ensure that a $1 billion power plant and $300 million pipeline would be built in tobacco country, which the commission is supposed to serve, rather than in a competing location.

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Andrea Tantaros thinks CIA behavior is awesome

December 10th, 2014 34 comments


Apparently Andrea thinks torture is a good thing and makes us awesome.

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The CIA Report…ugh!

December 9th, 2014 102 comments

The enhanced interrogation report makes you sick to hear.  The fact that Congress and the President were  lied to is inexcusable–criminal even.

The report cost $40 million dollars and took years to complete.  Was it wise to release the report?  I guess it had to be.  Are we now under greater terrorist threat?  Apparently.   Should those who broke the law be prosecuted?


Probably.  This report is distressing and not reflective of America’s finest hour.



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Campus sexual assault: Let’s not stop at UVA

December 2nd, 2014 24 comments

RICHMOND – Legislative support is coalescing behind a proposal to require that university officials quickly turn rape allegations over to law enforcement, or potentially face prosecution themselves.

A trio of Republican House leaders backed the requirement Monday, though they didn’t spell out potential punishments. In the state Senate, Democratic Minority Leader Richard Saslaw said last week that he’s working on a similar bill, and that he’ll attach the possibility of a year-long prison sentence for violators.

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