We are not surprised

From The Wall Street Journal:

Pro-Russia Protesters Seize State Buildings in Eastern Ukraine
Demonstrators Storm Regional Government Headquarters in Donetsk and Kharkiv
By James Marson | April 6, 2014 4:41 p.m. ET

KIEV, Ukraine— Anti-government protesters calling for closer ties with Moscow seized regional government headquarters in two cities in Ukraine’s east Sunday in the most serious unrest there in the past month.

Around 200 pro-Russian demonstrators broke into the government building in the industrial city of Donetsk, raising a Russian flag and demanding the local council call a referendum on the industrial region joining Russia. Protesters also seized the regional government building in the eastern city of Kharkiv.

The unrest comes amid a Russian warning, repeated several times in March, that it is prepared to intervene to protect Russian speakers in Ukraine’s east and south from alleged threats of attack by Ukrainian nationalists. Russia says the government in Kiev, swept to power by protests that ousted former President Viktor Yanukovych, a Russian ally, is illegitimate. Moscow last month invaded and annexed Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula and has massed tens of thousands of troops on its western border with Ukraine, according to U.S. and Ukrainian officials.

Pro-Russian protests that flared in Ukraine’s eastern cities after Mr. Yanukovych’s ouster late February had appeared to be fading. While the crowds of several hundred demonstrators in Donetsk were no larger than at other protests in recent weeks, Sunday marked the first time in nearly a month that government buildings had been seized in the eastern region of the country.

Russia’s invasion of Crimea came after a group of armed men seized the local parliament building there and appealed for Russian help. As in Crimea, a majority of people in the east speak Russian, but surveys show less than half want their region to join Russia.

As usual, there’s more at the original.

As we have noted previously, Ukraine is not a member of NATO, and though it was under consideration for such, Ukraine dropped its application when the now-deposed pro-Russian President, Viktor Fedorovych Yanukovych, came to power. As we said then, with Russian President Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin’s move to seize the Crimea after President Yanukovych was deposed, there are 28 NATO Presidents and Prime Ministers and Kings and Queens who are very glad that Ukraine opted out of the membership process.

We have seen this before. In a move every bit as authentic and spontaneous as the Gleiwitz incident, pro-Russian Ukrainians and ethnic Russians in Crimea rebelled against the Ukrainian government in Kiev, following President Yanukovych’s removal, and it wasn’t long before Russia seized the Crimea. Now, Russia has some 40,000 troops massed on Ukraine’s eastern border, and Gen. Philip Breedlove, USAF, NATO’s supreme allied commander Europe, has said that Russia is in a position to invade the Ukraine on just twelve hours notice. Given the United States and Europe’s strong, strong! response to the seizure of the Crimea, dripping with sarcasm the possibility exists that President Putin might not believe that seizing the eastern portion of Ukraine holds much risk for him.

It’s like a play in football that works; until the defense manages to stop it, the offense will keep using the play.

Russia nearly doubled natural gas prices for Ukraine, which Ukraine promptly rejected, but all Russia has to do is say, OK, fine, you don’t want to pay the higher prices, then we won’t send you any gas. Ukraine threatened to take Russia to court, but that threat is meaningless; there is no court with any enforcement powers which could compel Russia to behave differently. Given that 40% of the natural gas Russia sells to the rest of Europe travels through pipelines going through Ukraine, the other European nations will pressure Ukraine to surrender; the rest of Europe won’t tolerate seeing factories shut down and homes go cold just to stand by Ukraine.

In the end, Vladimir Putin will win again, because there isn’t anyone willing to stand up to him.

Rule 5 Blogging: From Across the Pond

It’s the weekend and time, once again, for THE FIRST STREET JOURNAL’S version of Rule 5 Blogging. Robert Stacey Stacy McCain described Rule 5 as posting photos of pretty women somewhat déshabillé, but, on this site, our Rule 5 Blogging doesn’t put up pictures of Kate Moss in her summer clothes, but women, in full military gear, serving their countries in the armed forces. The terribly sexist authors on this site celebrate strong women, women who can take care of themselves and take care of others, women who have been willing to put their lives on the line in some not-so-friendly places, women who truly do have the “We can do it!” attitude.

This week, as Piers Morgan returns to Blighty, here are some of the women who carry guns and protect his sorry ass.

Flight Lieutenant Kirsty Moore (SIC) Flight Lieutenant Kirsty Moore (31) joined the RAF as a pilot in 1998.  Originally from Lincolnshire she has served as an instructor on the Hawk aircraft at RAF Valley in North Wales and is currently flying Tornado GR4 with XIII Sqn based at RAF Marham in Norfolk. The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, is proud to announce that a female pilot is one of two candidates selected to join the world-famous ‘Diamond Nine’ for the 2010 display season.

Flight Lieutenant Kirsty Moore (SIC)
Flight Lieutenant Kirsty Moore (31) joined the RAF as a pilot in 1998. Originally from Lincolnshire she has served as an instructor on the Hawk aircraft at RAF Valley in North Wales and is currently flying Tornado GR4 with XIII Sqn based at RAF Marham in Norfolk.
The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, is proud to announce that a female pilot is one of two candidates selected to join the world-famous ‘Diamond Nine’ for the 2010 display season.

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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:

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  1. I’d point out here that, when he was a Senator, Joe Biden used Amtrak to commute daily to his home in northern Delaware.
  2. In the case cited, the accused would probably have been acquitted by even the looser preponderance of the evidence standard used in civil cases.

Today on Truth Before Dishonor!

I was planning on writing about the subject of the vote fraud discovered in North Carolina myself today, but, alas! I have to do something really radical like work for a living, and don’t have the time to do the subject justice. Fortunately, the great John Hitchcock was able to take care of it for me. I’ll leave the comments closed on this article, so that the discussion can be had on Truth Before Dishonor. However, I’ll add Sister Toldjah’s comments:

“Bbbut I thought there was no such thing as voter fraud – and in the event there was concrete evidence, it was “usually just a small few – not worth implementing raaaacist voter ID laws!” – me, channeling NC liberals after hearing the news.

It’s fascinating, really.  As the information was being tweeted out, liberals who have  a vested interest in getting NC’s supposedly “toughest voter ID laws in the nation” tossed off the books on the grounds that they’re “racist” or something didn’t stop to consider anything but the fact that this seriously undermines their case.  Keep in mind, they don’t even know if most of the people who double voted were Republicans or Democrats. In their mind, the law is racist and voter fraud doesn’t exist (except when the GOP wins elections, of course). Perhaps they assumed it was mostly Democrats who fraudulently voted in two different states and seek to change the direction of the debate.  After what the left has gotten away with here and elsewhere over the last several decades come election time, can you blame them for going on the defensive? :)

Anyway, I suspect there will be much more to come on this story very soon as both “sides” of the debate jockey for position, with the left trying to “debunk” the report as fast as they can.  And it goes without saying that the North Carolina mainstream media, reliably left wing, is “urging caution” on the NCSBE’s findings because the local “real” journos, of course, are the ultimate decoders and deciders of what’s definitively true and not in North Carolina politics – in spite of the fact they’ve been notably partisan in the past against Republican efforts to curtail voter fraud.

William Teach has more as well. Oddly enough, other than Fox News, the professional media have very much stayed away from this story, but I’m certain, certain! that it’s simply while they pursue their investigations.

Drunken decisions

From Robert Stacey Stacy McCain:

Internet Douchebag Patrol
Posted on | April 2, 2014 | 57 Comments

Look, it’s not as if there were a shortage of actual news for me to blog about today. For example, my friend Shaun McCutcheon won a landmark Supreme Court decision today, and there’s all kinds of commentary about McCutcheon v. FEC.

Here is a guy from Alabama who has bought me beers whose name is forever destined to be cited as a legal precedent and yet, I feel myself constrained merely to make brief notice of the decision, because the Internet is swarming with douchebags today.

I’m talking about you, Gregory Bernstein of Vanderbilt University.

Do I need some overprivileged college freshman to lecture me about “rape culture”? No, I most certainly do not. I’ll quote your ridiculous Huffington Post sermonette only briefly:

Rape culture is a culture in which we allow responsibility for sexual violence to be shifted from the rapist to the victim. Rape culture is a culture in which our first reaction upon learning about an alleged assault is to doubt victims, to ask what they were wearing, or what they were drinking. Rape culture is a culture in which myths and misconceptions about rape are allowed to be taught as truth.

Two words for you, Greg: Individual responsibility.

Cultures don’t rape people. Rapists rape people. What is objectionable about these endless “rape culture” lectures is that they represent an effort to demonize all men, to create a collective responsibility for crimes committed by individuals. Or, allegedly committed, as the circumstances in some cases are strongly disputed.

More at the link. Mr McCain is correct about one thing: crimes are the individual responsibility of the people who commit them, and Mr Bernstein has fallen into the “feminist” trap of trying to blame the “culture” and men in general for the crimes of a few, and that’s hogwash. However, Mr McCain mockingly quoted another paragraph from Mr Bernstein, on a point in which I think Mr Bernstein was dead on target:

But here, Greg, let me quote you briefly once more:

It’s time for individuals as well as colleges and universities to re-teach what it means to have consent. Consent is active, continuous, and given freely. Consent requires sobriety. Consent can be withdrawn. Consent to one sexual act is not consent to all sexual acts. “No” doesn’t mean “convince me.”

Restraining my urge to offer a sarcastic reply I’m sure I would regret, let me say this: You’re attempting to repeal human nature.

Such is the feminist “rape culture” project in its pure essence. As I’ve said before, the argument boils down to, “Shut up, because rape.”

All men must submit to feminist re-education, so angry lesbians can teach them to be as meek and harmless as geriatric eunuchs.

The short sentence emboldened and highlighted in red is the one which I see as important.

Mr Bernstein’s message might have been mocked by Mr McCain, but, you know what, he’s right on this point. If you get drunk and copulate, there is a more than negligible chance that your “date” will have some real regrets when she sobers up, and those regrets can have some pretty serious legal consequences. If your “date” decides that she was raped, and presses charges, even if you are acquitted, the information that you were charged with rape will remain on the public record forever, and you will be out many thousands of dollars in legal bills.

When Mr Bernstein says, “It’s time for individuals as well as colleges and universities to re-teach what it means to have consent,” he’s right. How many frat parties are there where young ladies and gentlemen get stinking drunk and wind up doing things that they would not do if sober? It’s not just copulation, but pictures, almost always of the girls, taken in various stages of undress or in flagrante dilecto, and posted on the internet, which can have long-lasting implications, or even, as Donald Douglas reported, dying from drunken stupidity. Colleges need to point this out, simply as a matter of due diligence, because the mixture of raging hormones, youthful daredevilry and alcohol does not always lead to happy endings.

Colleges will never be able to completely eliminate alcohol use — even the Naval Academy failed in this — but they can damned well point out what problems can occur.

Mr McCain is correct that Mr Bernstein seems to want to repeal human nature: young men and women get horny and want sex, and alcohol loosens the inhibitions which normally restrain such people from being too stupid about it, but the legal implications are now very serious. What seems like a great idea when you’re intoxicated isn’t always so great the next morning, and taking such serious decisions — and the decision to copulate is always a very serious one — when you’re drunk can expose you to the consequences of drunken decisions.

Mr McCain derided Mr Bernstein with the sentence, “All men must submit to feminist re-education, so angry lesbians can teach them to be as meek and harmless as geriatric eunuchs,” but I think that he missed the point. It’s true enough that the radical feminists have a real problem with males being actual men, but what Mr Bernstein was talking about isn’t males being men, but males not being men, males being thugs, males being criminals. Males can be rapists, but actual men are not.

Obviously at a law school!

Child molestation by the rich and powerful in Delaware

For once, the denizens of the Delaware Liberal are right:

Multimillionaire du Pont family heir was spared jail for raping his three-year-old daughter because judge decided he would ‘not fare well’ behind bars
Filed in National by on March 31, 2014 • 18 Comments

Robert H Richards IV, convicted child rapist, who will not spend a day behind bars.

The headline above is from the UK’s Dail Mail

The News Journal’s own headline (Judge said du Pont heir ‘will not fare well’ in prison) also does a good job laying out the brutal facts of the case. The wealthy literally have a different set of rules. They have judges like Jurden and an entire criminal justice system devoted to keeping the screws on the middle and lower classes while ensuring that the well connected 1-per-centers don’t need to feel the slightest discomfort regardless of the egregiousness of their crimes.

If you have memories of the United States before it was completely taken over by depraved and dishonorable plutocrats, this story is madness inducing. If you still harbor some naive sense that our courts and governmental institutions are in place to ensure “liberty and justice for all” then hopefully this story has provided you with a long overdue wake up call.

That’s the whole story, but the critters infesting the DL are similarly outraged in the comments section.

Which brings me to Pennsylvania’s Attorney General, the Honorable Kathleen Kane. Mrs Kane, a Democrat, campaigned for office in part by saying that she wanted to investigate why it took so long to arrest and charge former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky on child molestation charges, trying to blame then-Attorney General and current Governor Tom Corbett (R-PA):

The investigation into Sandusky’s abuse started when a teen, Aaron Fisher, told Clinton County authorities in January 2009 that the former Penn State coach had touched him inappropriately. The case was referred to Centre County’s then-district attorney, Michael Madeira, who referred it to the state attorney general.

Corbett, as attorney general, launched the investigation in March 2009 and used the grand jury to hear testimony in secret from a number of witnesses, including the young men who later were described in the presentment that outlined the charges against Sandusky in November 2011.

Corbett handed off the investigation to Kelly, who was appointed attorney general after he became governor in January 2011.

Kane previously questioned the use of the grand jury, saying it would have been better to have trained investigators and prosecutors investigate instead of everyday people on the grand jury.

Corbett has defended the investigation and has pointed to Sandusky’s conviction in June 2012 as evidence it worked.

Attorney General Kathleen Kane (D-PA) Click to enlarge.

Did the Sandusky investigation take too long? Possibly, but the state built an airtight case, which took time, a case which insured that Mr Sandusky wouldn’t get away with his crimes; he was sentenced to a minimum of 30 years in prison, which, given that he was already 68 years old, amounts to a life sentence. Mrs Kane, whom Real Clear Politics once described as Pennsylvania’s new “it” girl, now has her own problems, having killed an investigation into Democratic politicians from Philadelphia taking bribes. But, at least in the Keystone State, when the state Attorney General found out about a serious child molestation accusation against a powerful and well-respected man, the Justice Department investigate, prosecuted, and put the pervert behind bars. It seems that Delaware’s Attorney General, who just happens to be the son of Vice President Joe Biden, wasn’t exactly pushing to get Mr Richards thrown in jail.

Maybe the lovely Mrs Kane can investigate Beau Biden?

Rule 5 Blogging: United States Marine Corps

It’s the weekend and time, once again, for THE FIRST STREET JOURNAL’S version of Rule 5 Blogging. Robert Stacey Stacy McCain described Rule 5 as posting photos of pretty women somewhat déshabillé, but, on this site, our Rule 5 Blogging doesn’t put up pictures of Megan Fox in her summer clothes, but women, in full military gear, serving their countries in the armed forces. The terribly sexist authors on this site celebrate strong women, women who can take care of themselves and take care of others, women who have been willing to put their lives on the line in some not-so-friendly places, women who truly do have the “We can do it!” attitude.

Under the direction of the Commander-in-Chief, the Secretary of Defense has ordered the armed services to fully integrate women into all phases of military duty, including ground combat forces. As we have previously noted, the Marine Corps is giving women the opportunity to take the enlisted and officers infantry training courses; 13 women have passed the enlisted course so far, but none of the 14 women who have attempted the officers’ course have passed yet. This week’s Rule 5 includes some of the articles concerning those attempts.

Pvt Kassandra Woodward smiles while talking about being the first woman in Indiana to complete the Marine Corps Infantry Training Battalion course. Woodward, of Vevay, and 12 other women have graduated through the ITB since it was opened up to them in 2013. Woodward, who hopes to serve for a full 20 years in the Marine Corps, said she joined because she wanted to prove that women could perform alongside the men. Even though Woodward and the other female graduates successfully completed the ITB, they will still have to work in non-infantry related job fields in the Corps. Woodward’s next stop will be Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri, where she will train to be a truck driver. (Staff photo by Ken Ritchie/kritchie@madisoncourier.com)

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From Around the Blogroll

William Teach noted that new wind power projects dropped by 93% last year, once tax credits for them expired. It seems as though wind power is a lousy investment without government assistance. I wonder if the leftists who complain about corporate welfare will say that ending this particular bit of corporate welfare is a good thing. :lol:

After seeing some real h8 speech by the left, Sister Toldjah asks what conservatives have to do to win the culture wars. When the left routinely lies about conservatives, and there are millions of people stupid enough to believe those lies, not even caring if they are lies or not, it might be that just telling the truth isn’t enough.

Robert Stacey Stacy McCain says that You Can’t Spell ‘Liberal’ Without L-I-E:

Patterico catches Matthew Yglesias in a big fat stinking lie and the liar Yglesias reacts by lying about his lie. Yglesias actually blocked Patterico on Twitter, and Ezra Klein defended Yglesias’s lie.

Meanwhile, “Harry Reid Lied About Americans Being Liars, and Now That He’s Busted, He’s Lying Again“ – this is not unusual. Harry Reid is one of the most dishonest men ever to serve in the Senate, perhaps rivaling even the notoriously mendacious Ted Kennedy.

Dejah Thoris, from the movie John Carter. In his Barsoom series, Edgar Rice Burroughs depicted the Barsoomians (Martians) as being completely naked, other than for pieces of armor, but the movie makers didn’t film it that way. :(

Dejah Thoris of the Victory Girls was pleased that a Feminist Professor Who Attacked Pro-Life Student Charged With Criminal Battery. It won’t matter much, because the charges are misdemeanors, and department of feminist studies professor Mireille Miller-Young, whose research emphasis is black studies, pornography, and sex work — why would any university actually pay anyone to research that bovine feces? — will get nothing more than a fine and a stern talking-to. And I, of course, always look forward to posts from Dejah, just so Ican use the picture at he right. :)

Karen, the Lonely Conservative noted that Another Climate Alarmist Wants To Imprison ‘Deniers’. You know that the “science is settled” when they want to silence any opposition.

L D Jackson thought that vote fraud was non-existent, but, amazingly enough, more instances of fraudulent voting keep cropping up. I have to wonder: just how many anecdotes and isolated instances does it take to constitute a real problem?

Hube was amused by a Democratic candidate’s statement that Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) wasn’t qualified to hold the office he has since 1981, because he never went to law school.

Patterico spotted Anthony Weiner’s first column for Business Insider, and it seems that the guy who couldn’t stop “sexting” even after it cost him a congressional seat has shown just as much intellectual rigor when it comes to writing on economics and business.

Donald Douglas actually got off the internet for a while to refresh the Mrs, play with his son, and read a book.

And for those of you who think that cats can’t understand or speak English, Pluto just came up to the computer room and said, verbally, “I want to go out.” I responded, “OK, I’ll let you out,” and before I was even out of my chair, she was running downstairs for the door.

A Tale of Two Sittings (Rome/Obama)

For what I saw as a Humorous (in a cynical way) was Obama’s (40%ish popularity) take on his meeting with the Pope (85% popularity) yesterday. The Vatican posted its take on the meeting also. One wonders if they actually in the same room??? Supposedly they were because, unlike Mooch, the Press was invited to take pictures. Frankly, I’ll take the Vatican’s version.

Only God knows for sure: Obama, pope differ on accounts of ‘social schisms’ talk

(midway through the article)
The Vatican, however, issued a statement after the meeting saying the president’s discussions with Francis and two other top Vatican officials focused “on questions of particular relevance for the [Catholic] Church in [the United States], such as the exercise of the rights to religious freedom, life and conscientious objection” — issues that have fueled divisions between Mr. Obama and the church.

Although Mr. Obama wanted to highlight his bond with Francis over questions of economic inequality and helping the poor, Obamacare’s mandate for employers to pay for birth control gained more attention. (Sounds like CROSS-Talk, so to speak)

The president clearly wanted to benefit from the global popularity of the pope. Their meeting was a highlight of Mr. Obama’s foreign trip that ends Friday in Saudi Arabia, but it was at an awkward time for the president.

Two Sittings

Read it all here: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/mar/27/obama-meets-pope-francis-vatican/#ixzz2xHMNmYnx