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Bill Cosby, the serial rapist

Another icon of American culture turns out to be not just an idol with feet of clay, but something of a monster.

Actor Bill Cosby of clean stand-up comedian jokes and 8 years of playing an idealized black man — obstetrician Dr. Cliff Huxtable and wise father of 5 — in The Cosby Show, has been unmasked by one woman after another as a serial rapist.

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Manuel Roig-Franzia, Scott Higham, Paul Farhi and Mary Pat Flaherty report for The Washington Post, Nov. 22, 2014, that 16 women have now come forth to publicly accuse Cosby, 77, of having sexually assaulted them. 12 of the 16 say he drugged them first; while one woman said he tried to drug her.

The Washington Post has interviewed 5 of those women, including a former Playboy Playmate who has never spoken publicly about her allegations. The women agreed to speak on the record and to have their identities revealed. The Post also has reviewed court records that shed light on the accusations of a former director of women’s basketball operations at Temple University who assembled 13 “Jane Doe” accusers in 2005 to testify on her behalf about their allegations against Cosby.

The accusations, some of which Cosby has denied and others he has declined to discuss, span the arc of the famous comedian’s career, from his pioneering years as the first black star of a network television drama in 1965 to the mid-2000s, when Cosby was firmly entrenched as an elder statesman of the entertainment industry, a scolding public conscience of the African American community and a philanthropist.

The saga of the abuse allegations is set in locales that speak to Cosby’s wealth and fame: a Hollywood-studio bungalow, a chauffeured limousine, luxury hotels, a New York City brownstone, and a Denver talent agency that referred two of Cosby’s future accusers to the star for mentoring.

The allegations are strung together by perceptible patterns that appear and reappear with remarkable consistency:

  • Mostly young, white women without family nearby.
  • Drugs offered as palliatives.
  • Resistance (by the women) and pursuit (by Cosby).
  • Accusers worrying that no one would believe them.
  • The victims’ lifelong trauma.
  • Cosby’s team of attorneys and publicists using the media and the courts to attack the credibility of his accusers, the latest being Martin Singer, an attorney for Cosby, who issued a statement on Friday calling the rape accusations “unsubstantiated, fantastical stories” “past the point of absurdity” and “increasingly ridiculous” against a “rich, powerful” man.

During an interview on Friday with Florida Today, Cosby said: “I know people are tired of me not saying anything, but a guy doesn’t have to answer to innuendos. People should fact-check. People shouldn’t have to go through that and shouldn’t answer to innuendos.”

If his accusers are to be believed, the earliest allegations against Cosby remained hidden for decades, artifacts of an era when women were less likely to publicly accuse men they knew of sexual misdeeds and society was less likely to believe them.

But the accusations have flared periodically throughout the past nine years, both because of changing attitudes and, particularly over the past month, because of social media’s ability to transform a story into a viral phenomenon almost impossible to suppress or control.

The allegations represent a stunning reshaping of Cosby’s legacy. Cosby built his fame on a family-friendly comedic persona. He has lectured black youths about proper behavior. He has been honored with a Presidential Medal of Freedom and been lauded for making the largest donation ever by an African American to a historically black college, Spelman College in Atlanta.

Since the avalanche of accusations this month, there has been mostly thundering silence from his longtime allies, with only a few exceptions like Weldon Latham, a prominent Washington attorney and Cosby friend. Even the producers of the 1980s sitcom “The Cosby Show” that made Cosby famous as a family man, Marcy Carsey and Tom Werner, issued a brief but guarded statement: “These recent news reports are beyond our knowledge or comprehension.”

Cosby was on the verge of what appeared to be a comeback this year, but projects scheduled for NBC and Netflix are now postponed or canceled in the fallout. Several of Cosby’s upcoming comedy shows also have been canceled. Nevertheless, in the spirit of amoral racism — the same amoral loyalty given O.J. Simpson — whereby blacks rally to support a fellow black, regardless of right or wrong, the sold-out crowd for Cosby’s one-man show at Eastern Florida State College in Melbourne, Fla. on Friday night gave the accused rapist a standing ovation.

Cosby’s accusers include:

66-year old Joan Tarshis, who says when she was a 19-year-old comedy writer in 1969, Cosby spiked her drink, tried to take her underwear off, then forced her to give him oral sex. A few weeks later, he raped her in his hotel room.

63-year-old Linda Traitz, who in 1969 worked as a star-struck waitress in Cafe Figaro, a restaurant co-owned by Cosby in West Hollywood. Traitz says Cosby drove her to the beach in his Rolls Royce, offered her “pills” from a briefcase of assorted drugs to relax, then lunged at her, grabbing her chest. Traitz broke free and tumbled out of the car. Cosby took her home and “froze” her out. Traitz neither told her co-workers and her family what happened, nor reported the attempted rape to the police, because “this was a really big guy with a big PR operation and lawyers” who could and would “crush” her.

71-year-old Victoria Valentino, who was Playboy magazine’s Playmate of the Month for September 1963 when she was just 19. In January 1970, Valentino was introduced to Cosby at Cafe Figaro. Valentino says Cosby took her and her friend and roommate at the time, an aspiring actress named Meg Foster, to dinner. He offered them “red pills” “to make all of us feel better.” Cosby then drove the two women to an apartment in the hills above the Chateau Marmont hotel. Meg Foster passed out, but Cosby forced Valentino to perform oral sex on him, then raped her. Like Traitz, Valentino also did not go to the police. She explains, “What kind of credibility did I have? In those days, it was always the rape victim who wound up being victimized.”

But Valentino did tell Francesca Emerson, a fellow Playboy bunny and one of the first “chocolate Bunnies” of the 1960s, who had introduced Valentino to Cosby. Emerson, who now lives in Australia, has confirmed Valentino’s recollection in an interview with The Washington Post.

Barbara Bowman, age 19, in 1987

Barbara Bowman, age 19, in 1987

Barbara Bowman, who says Bill Cosby sexually assaulted her “multiple times” when she was a 17-year-old aspiring actress in 1985. Read her first-person account in The Washington Post, “Bill Cosby raped me. Why did it take 30 years for people to believe my story?,” Nov. 13, 2014.

See also DCG’s “Bill Cosby on the bandwagon to limit your Second Amendment rights.”

~Eowyn

2014 exit polls show Republicans and Democrats are very different peoples

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The AP reports that exit polls from the midterm election on November 4, 2014 confirm what surveys had shown in 2013 — that America is a bitterly divided country where “people who vote for Democrats and those who back Republicans seem to be living in different countries.

How Democrats & Republicans see the U.S. and the world:

1. On whether America is on the right track:

  • 88% of Republican voters think America is on the wrong track.
  • 54% of those who voted for Democrats said the country is headed in the right direction.

2. On whether the U.S. economy is in bad shape:

  • Nearly 9 in 10 of those who voted for Republicans, but just over half of Democratic voters, think the economy is in bad shape.
  • 8 in 10 Republican voters think the economy is bad, stagnant or getting worse, but two-thirds of Democratic voters think the economy is either in good shape or is improving.

3. On whether life for the next generation will be better:

  • 64% of Republican voters, but only 30% of Democratic voters, think life for the next generation of Americans will be worse than life today.

4. On “climate change”:

  • 86% of those who voted for Democrats see “climate change” as a serious problem.
  • Two-thirds of Republican voters said it’s not a serious issue.

5. On terrorism:

  • More than 8 in 10 Republican voters vs. 6 in 10 Democratic voters are worried about the threat of terrorism.

6. On marijuana use:

  • Nearly two-thirds of those backing the GOP say marijuana use should be illegal.
  • Most Democratic voters disagree.

Demographics:

1. Where they live: Republican voters are disproportionately likely to live in the South (38%, compared with 27% of Democratic voters) and less likely to live in cities (26%, compared with 39% of Democratic voters).

2. Race: Those who voted Republican tend to be white (87%), in contrast to 61% of voters backing Democratic candidates being white.

3. Gender: Women outnumbered men among the Democratic electorate, but among Republican voters the proportions were reversed. Nearly half of Republican voters, but only about one-quarter of Democratic ones, were white men.

4. Marital status: 70% of Republican voters are married, compared with 55% of Democratic ones.

5. Income: Those who voted for Republicans tend to be richer:

  • 20% of Democratic voters and 12% percent of Republicans made less than $30,000 a year.
  • One-third of those backing Republicans earned $100,000 or more last year, compared with about one-quarter of Democratic voters.

6. Religion:

  • 40% of Republican voters were white evangelical Christians and nearly half attend religious services weekly.
  • Among Democrats, only 11% were white born again Christians; a third attend services weekly.

The AP concludes that the two very different political groups have sharply divergent views on top issues, “making it difficult for lawmakers to discern a clear mandate for governing.”

The survey of 20,168 voters was conducted for The Associated Press and the television networks by Edison Research. This includes results from interviews conducted as voters left a random sample of 281 precincts Tuesday, as well as 3,113 who voted early or absentee and were interviewed by landline or cellular telephone from Oct. 24 through Nov. 2. Results for the full sample were subject to sampling error of plus or minus 2 percentage points; it is higher for subgroups.

To see the exit poll results for yourself, go to: http://surveys.ap.org/exitpolls.

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~Eowyn

Waiting for Ferguson grand jury, St. Louis buys guns and prepares for worst

People in St. Louis, Missouri, are preparing for the worst as they await the grand jury’s decision in the police shooting death of 300-lb. Michael Brown on August 9, 2014, in Ferguson, a suburb of St. Louis.

The shooting of the black 18-year-old by white officer Darren Wilson had sparked looting and weeks of sometimes-violent protests all through the month of August. Fearing for his life, Officer Wilson has been in hiding on paid leave ever since the shooting.

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On Monday, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency and called out the National Guard in advance of the decision by the grand jury.

Gun shops in the St. Louis area reportedly are selling everything they can get their hands on.

Metro Shooting Supplies, near the city’s main airport, is selling two to three times more weapons than usual in recent weeks — an average of 30 to 50 guns each day. Owner Steven King said, “We’re selling everything that’s not nailed down. Police aren’t going to be able to protect every single individual. If you don’t prepare yourself and get ready for the worst, you have no one to blame but yourself.”

Other gun dealers say their sales spikes are comparable to the increases seen soon after Brown’s death on Aug. 9. County Guns owner Adam Weinstein said, “I’ve probably sold more guns this past month than all of last year.” Last summer, Weinstein had fended off looters with an assault rifle and pistol at his storefront on West Florissant Avenue, the roadway that was the scene of many nightly protests.

Many commenters on the “St. Louis Coptalk” forum expressed fears that demonstrators will take to the streets regardless of the grand jury’s decision. A man who calls himself “A Concerned [Ferguson] Cop” issued a warning to the community to protect their families with firearms:

If you do not have a gun, get one and get one soon. We will not be able to protect you or your family. It will be your responsibility to protect them. Our gutless commanders and politicians have neutered us. I’m serious, get a gun, get more than one, and keep one with you at all times.”

While the commenter’s status as a police officer cannot be confirmed, his warning is neither alarmist nor preposterous. None other than the FBI had released an intelligence bulletin stating a grand jury decision “will likely be exploited by some individuals to justify threats and attacks against law enforcement and critical infrastructure.”

Indeed, the protest group RbG Black Rebels tweeted a stream of violent online posts saying “We are paying $5k cash for location of Ofc. Darren Wilson. Real $, no joke, no crime we just wana get his photo an ask him a few questions,” and boasting of “combat experience,” “stockpiling” ammunition, cleaning out gun stores and being #WarReady. 

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It doesn’t help that Muslims are exploiting the Ferguson unrest by equating Brown’s death to the death of a black radical Islamist, Detroit mosque leader Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah, who was shot during an FBI raid in 2009.

Luqman Ameen Abdullah, b. Christopher Thomas in 1956

Luqman Ameen Abdullah, b. Christopher Thomas in 1956

Federal prosecutors say Abdullah was a separatist intent on overthrowing the U.S. government. But Dawud Walid, executive director of CAIR’s Michigan Chapter, calls Abdullah a martyr and portrays both Abdullah and Brown as victims of a national security apparatus that had “completely gone wild” and engaged in “demonizing and criminalizing Muslims.” (Michael Brown was not a Muslim. He was buried in August after a memorial service at the Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis.)

Kyle Shideler, director of the Washington-based watchdog group Center for Security Policy’s Threat Information Office, says that CAIR and other radical Muslims are “interested in building coalitions with other organizations in order to effect a legislative change to weaken anti-terrorism laws and weaken the ability of law enforcement to engage in counter terrorism.”

Sources: Bearing Arms; CBS St. Louis; New York Times, Daily Mail; Fox News

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~Eowyn

As America waits for Ferguson grand jury decision, Obama has secret meeting with protest leaders to “stay on course”

The grand jury’s decision on whether to prosecute white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting on August 9 of black 300-lb 18-year-old Michael Brown is expected sometime this week.

Michael Brown (l); Darren Wilson (r)

Michael Brown (l); Darren Wilson (r)

Demonstrators have been mobbing the St. Louis County Courthouse all last week.

Yesterday, demonstrators actually staged a die-in — laying in the middle of a street in University City, Mo., near Ferguson.

Ferguson die-in, University City, Mo

Ferguson protesters already had looted over 100 businesses in the St. Louis area, but the Justice for Mike Brown protest group released a list of new potential targets that includes not just the expected Ferguson City Hall and the County Courthouse, but also targets like Anheuser Busch and Boeing that have NOTHING to do with the Michael Brown situation.

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As the Ferguson police and police nationwide brace themselves for unrest, they should know that none other than their big boss, the president of the United States, is playing puppet master, orchestrating and planning with protest leaders.

On November 5, the day after the midterm elections that delivered him a stunning blow from the electorate, Obama met with Ferguson protest leaders to ensure that they “stay on course” — whatever that means. (See “Beware of Obama, the wounded vengeful narcissist”)

The meeting was not on Obama’s daily schedule, which means the American public aren’t supposed to know about the meeting. That, in turn, means the meeting is supposed to be a secret.

Buried in a long New York Times article on Ferguson, Nov. 16, 2014, is this fascinating piece of information (colored red below):

[Protest] leaders here [Ferguson] acknowledge that there are disagreements about what form of response is fitting and whether militant acts might spill over into violence.

At least one group has said on Twitter that it was offering a reward for information on the whereabouts of the officer, Darren Wilson, and, at another point, that it was “restocking on 7.62 & 9 mm ammo.” 

[...] About 50 organizations…have joined forces in a “Don’t Shoot Coalition,” and the level of planning is intense…. some leaders say they intend to carry out their acts of protest even if the grand jury brings charges against Officer Wilson to show that the issues raised by this case reach beyond a single shooting.

At times, there has been a split between national civil rights leaders and the younger leaders on the ground here, who see their efforts as more immediate, less passive than an older generation’s….

Some of the national leaders met with President Obama on Nov. 5 for a gathering that included a conversation about Ferguson.

According to the Rev. Al Sharpton, who has appeared frequently in St. Louis with the Brown family and delivered a speech at Mr. Brown’s funeral, Mr. Obama “was concerned about Ferguson staying on course in terms of pursuing what it was that he knew we were advocating. He said he hopes that we’re doing all we can to keep peace.”

Obama said he hopes that protest organizers are doing all they can to keep peace?

What a load of bovine excrement!

Demonstrations began immediately after Michael Brown’s death on Aug. 9, and have continued nearly every night since. Some of the protests became violent. Stores were looted. Demonstrators threw gasoline bombs and tried to set fires. The police used tear gas and rubber bullets.

That’s what Obama means by the Ferguson demonstrators “staying on course.”

H/t Gateway Pundit

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~Eowyn

Michigan school replaces Heroes mural of Einstein and Mother Teresa with Oprah and Obama

The dictionary defines a “hero” or “heroine” as “A person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.”

South Arbor Charter Academy is a free public charter school serving kindergarten through 8th grade in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

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Todd Starnes reports for Fox News, Nov. 13, 2014, that for years, boys and girls at South Arbor Charter Academy have been inspired by Heroes Hall – a corridor featuring murals that honored a diverse group of national and global heroes – including Albert Einstein, Gandhi, Mother Teresa, and the astronauts who were killed when the Space Shuttle Columbia exploded over Texas.

But many parents are furious after the principal had the murals replaced with paintings of Barack Obama, Oprah, Maya Angelou, Walt Disney, and Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling. (

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Parent Craig Bergman said, “This is no longer a hall of heroes. Now we have a hall of celebrities.” Bergman said the school’s new mural really transforms the concept of what makes a person a hero: “The mere fact that you have talent doesn’t mean you are a hero. I want someone who made a life investment – perhaps they even sacrificed their life – so that our society and so our world could be a better place.”

Parent Todd Holliday said the new mural sends the wrong message to children in the K-8 school: “My biggest concern is my kid seeing these murals for the next four years – thinking they represent what a hero is. They might be successful business people but they aren’t really heroes.”

School spokesperson Jennifer Hoff said it was part of an intentional shift from “historical heroes” to “modern-day heroes” – “Heroes Hall has been a part of the school’s fabric for years. In fact, the old mural had been on the wall for at least 11 years. As with all things over time, it was showing its age from the activities of being an active school and needed some repair.”

Hoff said the new Heroes Hall is a “tangible way for students to see that despite circumstances in life, you can achieve great things through hard work, dedication, and the moral focus virtues” – virtues that emphasize “wisdom, respect, gratitude, self-control, perseverance, courage, encouragement, compassion and integrity.”

And the new heroes, she insists, embody those virtues: Rowling shows the children wisdom, Steve Jobs shows the children integrity, Oprah represents compassion, Disney represents courage, and Maya Angelou shows the children perseverance. As for Obama – well he shows the children encouragement because “Our goal all along is to encourage our students to believe in themselves, work hard and be brave enough to dream.”

Bergman said the principal appointed a blue-ribbon panel of four staffers to select who the new heroes should be: “There was no parental involvement. The principal of the school hand-picked and self-appointed (the group). Once they gave her their final decisions, she solely approved the list. Previously, it was very well-balanced and respected a lot of different thoughts. Instead, it’s become more of a political issue. There’s definitely a certain genre of pictures here.” Bergman says the celebrities who replaced the old heroes “may be some of the most influential people in American history, but they are not heroes.”

Kim Bondy, principal

Kim Bondy, principal

The principal of South Arbor Charter Academy is Kim Bondy.

  • Address: 8200 Carpenter Rd, Ypsilanti, MI 48197
  • Phone: 734-528-2821
  • Fax: 734-528-2829

~Eowyn

Black basketball player on college promotions deemed racist

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Campus Reform: A Pennsylvania college’s new ad campaign which features a black man in a suit holding a basketball was deemed racist over the weekend.

Nyasha Junior, an Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament at the Howard University School of Divinity, took to Twitter to express her distaste over Harcum College’s new ads which are plastered on 23 buses in Philadelphia. The ads, which ask “Headed in the Right Direction?”, also feature a woman in scrubs and a stethoscope.

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Others weighed in on Twitter that the ad is a “lazy and insensitive form of advertising insinuating Black [sic] men excel in athletics above all other fields.”

In a statement on Saturday, Harcum defended the ads, saying it was “proud” of its “diverse student body.” Forty-two percent of the Harcum student body is African-American.

“Our advertising regularly portrays a variety of male and female students in different majors and with different ethnic backgrounds,” a Harcum administrator told Campus Reform in an email. “The one image of a student with a basketball is a tribute to and a promotion of our sports management major and our basketball team that went to the NJCAA [National Junior College Athletic Association] Final Four championships last year.”

Gale Martin, Director of Communications for Harcum, told Campus Reform on Monday that the contested ad is part of a suite of ads promoting the college on SEPTA, Pennsylvania’s public transportation system.

Martin shared with Campus Reform other advertisements running in the 2014 Main Line Chamber of Commerce Directory and in Metro, which is Philadelphia’s largest paper in terms of circulation. The ads feature both men and women of different racial backgrounds, sans sporting equipment.

 

On Twitter, Harcum requested a phone call with Junior to discuss the ads, but she declined, demanding a public statement instead. “I think that Harcum College should be more careful given the negative stereotypes of African-American men as excelling in athletics but not in academics,” Junior told Campus Reform.

Martin said that student leaders at Harcum are meeting to discuss the ads and their implications.

Harcum is a two-year independent school located in Bryn Mawr, Pa., outside of Philadelphia. Around 1,700 students attend Harcum from seven states and eight countries, according to its website.

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Texas school teacher to whites who disagree about Ferguson: “Kill yourselves”

Vinita Hegwood is an English teacher at Duncanville High School in Duncanville, Texas.

On Nov. 7, 2014, Hegwood posted this racist obscene tweet at “crackers” (whites) who disagree with her about the police shooting of 300-lb. Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri:

Who the fuck made you dumb duck ass crackers [white people] think I give a squat fuck about your opinions about my opinions RE: #Ferguson? Kill yourselves.’

Vinita Hegwood

Hegwood’s violent outburst prompted a wave of reaction from enraged Twitter users calling for her suspension.

Officials of the Duncanville Independent School District (ISD) acted swiftly.

Yesterday, after meeting with Hegwood, school district officials suspended her without pay and confirmed her contract will be terminated following a board meeting in the next four weeks.

The school district explained in a statement that “Hegwood expressed an opinion on social media that is solely her own. While everyone has the right to free speech, as a teacher in the district, we believe the comments that are alleged to be made by Ms Hegwood are absolutely reprehensible and we do not condone it.”

Her Twitter account is now closed.

Hegwood, who has worked for the Duncanville ISD for two years, has been a prolific tweeter throughout the turmoil in Missouri following the shooting on August 9.

It has been suggested her profane tweet was a reaction to abuse she received from followers, Fox News reported. But Lari Barager with the Duncanville ISD told CBS that defense will not protect Hegwood from losing her job: “I can’t say it emphatically enough. The nature of the comments are reprehensible, and this district is about inclusion. It’s about diversity. It’s about respect for all people.”

Hegwood’s venom actually predates Ferguson, as evidenced by a tweet she had sent 9 months ago. Using a different Twitter account, she bragged about playing her music “Fuck the Police” loud as her car was tailed by the police.

Vinita Hegwood Sources: Daily Mail; Liberty News

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~Eowyn