Thursday Blogwhoring

by matttbastard

(Inspired by Melissa McEwen)

bastard-approved blogreading for a quiet Thursday evening:

Plucky Punk: Meanwhile…

Angry Black Bitch: By Request – A new book…another cure?

Impolitical: Stephen Harper is not a cowboy

The Heretik: This Is Not Torture

A Tiny Revolution: Jeffrey Goldberg, Five Years Ago Today and How Lucky We Are To Live In A World With So Many Moral Men

Rox Populi: Let Rush Be Rush on AFN

All About Race: Faith in Color: Study to Answer

Peace, order and good government, eh?: What do the superrich want with all that?

Hope and Onions: Stand not amaz’d: the prince will doom thee death (Also see Foul deeds will rise)

Birth Pangs: Damn Thanksgiving!

Creekside: The reign of Steyn falls mainly on the plain

TransAdvocate: Associated Press: Please Follow Your Own Stylebook

Slap Upside The Head!: The Gay-less Countries

They Call Me “Mister Sinister”: Lorrie Goldstein And The Way Ahead

Shiraz Socialist: So many good causes (so support at least one of them)

Zen Pundit: Trying To Reopen A Question Settled In 1865

Jon Swift: Clarence Thomas: An Angry Black Man

First Draft: Mocking the killing of a mockingbird

Automatic Preference: Knotting and Unknotting

Shakesville: The New Misogyny: “I’ll Be Over Here Behind the Big Butts and Black Girls”

The Newshoggers: 2,400 Miners Rescued In South Africa

I Never Leave The House Without Incident: What activism looks like when it’s done right

Leftist Looney Lunchbox: Blog Herstory

Slant Truth: On Civil Rights Leaders That Are Loved and Conveniently Dead

Obsidian Wings: Beyond Parody

Waging Peace: On Second Thought,

Fetch Me My Axe: The 80’s, and other early harbingers of the Apocalypse

Taking It Outside: Vietnam re-revisited

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F*ck this!

by Isabel

I’m sure that you all remember the case of Tory Bowen, the rape victim who was barred by her trial judge from using any language that might imply that her assault was anything other than a consensual act of lovemaking. She fought back, and filed a lawsuit against the judge. Quite rightly. Hopes were high that justice would be served in this case. But, once again, the system has let us down.

A Nebraska federal judge dismissed a lawsuit against a state judge who barred anyone from saying “rape” or “victim” during a criminal trial, ruling Tuesday that the accuser failed to prove that he should intervene.

U.S. District Judge Richard Kopf also determined Tory Bowen didn’t provide enough evidence to show her lawsuit against Lancaster County District Judge Jeffre Cheuvront wasn’t frivolous.

Bowen, 24, filed a complaint earlier this month against Cheuvront, saying he violated her free speech rights by barring the words, along with the phrase “sexual assault,” from the trial of Pamir Safi last November. Cheuvront said he banned the language because he was concerned about Safi’s right to a fair trial.

Kopf said he could not imagine a jury being swayed because a woman uses the word “raped” instead of “some tortured equivalent for the word,” but he said that wasn’t his decision to make.

This is infuriating. Are they planning on applying this sort of censorship to trials relating to other crimes? Rather than “he robbed me”, should we be saying “my wallet entered his hands”? Instead of “and then he hit me in the face”, we can state “my cheekbone made brief contact with his fist”.

This is utterly ridiculous and incredibly frightening. I can’t imagine how many women will decline to press charges against their rapists if they are forced to submit to this sort of censorship during what is already an overwhelmingly difficult and emotional time.

Thanks for nothing, Nebraska.

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