The Five on Fox put up the above photo; hat tip to Gretchen for it.
Gretchen noted that the Distinguished Gentleman’s money woes began when his wealthy (third) wife kicked him to the curb, and his Wikipedia biography lists four ethical “controversies” associated with Mr Moran.
Jim Moran, a Democrat, represents the eighth district of Virginia, which is the Arlington area. He is one of the few congressmen who are fortunate enough to be able to live in their districts and commute to work in the Capitol, so it’s pretty difficult for me to have a lot of sympathy for his financial plight.1 I have a bit of sympathy for congressmen from Wyoming or Kentucky, who have to maintain a separate residence in the Washington area — and some elect to sleep in their offices rather than buy or rent a separate home:
The Huffington Post contacted every freshman House member of the 113th Congress, and more than two-thirds responded. Of those, four confirmed that their offices would double as their Capitol Hill homes.
Reps. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.), Doug Collins (R-Ga.), Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) and Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) are the newest members of Congress who have elected to live in their offices, staff members confirmed.
When asked why, a spokesperson for each of the four declined to give additional reasons.
The concept of lawmakers sleeping in their offices is nothing new. However, the trend — which was a practice popularized in the 1990s by former House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-Texas) — gained new fervor after the 2010 elections.
In 2011, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington reported that at least 33 members of Congress — 21 of them freshmen — lived in their offices. Although a few Democrats have taken to sleeping in their offices, the practice is more popular with conservative members: Republicans made up 26 of the 33 representatives taking up residence in their offices, according to CREW.
Some lawmakers who were elected in 2010, like Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-Mich.), have continued to sleep in their offices despite making an annual congressional salary of $174,000 — roughly four times that of the average American.
But for Mr Moran, no, I have no sympathy at all.
And now on to what’s happening in the blogosphere this week:
Jennifer Davis of the Victory Girls pointed out that:
Following the shooting in the Navy Yard last summer, Representative (Steve) Stockman (R) of Texas-big shock, huh?-introduced the Safe Military Bases Act or HR3199. This act would have allowed service members and Federal civilians to carry personal firearms on post and be able to defend themselves, and their colleagues, from attacks like the one on Wednesday. Yes, that is right-it would allow our soldiers, who are trained in the use of firearms, to carry them on a Federal installation-I am still struggling with why this is a foreign concept.
I’d point out here that not every soldier is trained in the use of “personal firearms,” or sidearms. Certain military occupational specialties, military policemen being the most obvious example, are trained in the use of sidearms, the M9 and M11 (here is the Army training manual for them), but most soldiers do not receive this training. My daughters both trained on the M16 only — Basic Combat Training units are now training with the M4 — and only my younger daughter, who is not an MP but is assigned to an MP unit, has ever fired one.
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StaceyStacy McCain: ‘Highly Intoxicated Vaginal Penetration’: #RapeCulture and Campus Reality. Apparently, the feminist leadership at Dartmouth want to expel a male student who was tried and acquitted of rape:
Amanda Childress, Sexual Assault Awareness Program coordinator at Dartmouth College, campus policies aren’t going far enough to protect students.
“Why could we not expel a student based on an allegation?” Childress asked at the panel, before noting that while 2 to 8 percent of accusations are unfounded (but not necessarily intentionally false), 90 to 95 percent are unreported, committed by repeat offenders, and intentional. “It seems to me that we value fair and equitable processes more than we value the safety of our students. And higher education is not a right. Safety is a right. Higher education is a privilege.”
“If we know that a person is reasonably a threat to our community,” Childress said, “why are we not removing them and protecting the safety of our students?”
The problem with the lovely Miss Childress’ statement is that, if a credible accusation has been made, to law enforcement, the accused will be arrested, and while he might be freed on bail, the conditions of bail will be such that he would be restricted from campus anyway; Dartmouth needn’t take any action at all.
Miss Childress’ statement, then, isn’t one about safety on campus, but on imposing a punishment on someone who was either acquitted, as in the case at hand, or against whom there was so little evidence that the charges were either dropped, or never filed in the first place.
Our system of justice favors the accused, in that conviction requires proof beyond a reasonable doubt,2 and rape is a crime which can be very difficult to prove: it is, very often, a he said/she said situation. The feminist left believe that virtually no woman ever makes a false accusation of rape, and some are seeking a way to punish simply based on accusation. Perhaps the three Duke lacrosse players falsely accused of rape might have something to say about that.
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