The left and perversion

The left are all up in arms that the great state of North Carolina passed a law which, among other things, restricts public restrooms by sex to the sex on a person’s birth certificate; no phony ‘transgendered’ crap will allow males to use the women’s public restrooms. According to the left, those males who decide that they are really female ought to be able to use the women’s restrooms and showers.

OK, why should those males be the only ones so allowed? Why shouldn’t guys who just can’t help themselves, why can’t males who just want to either expose themselves to women — and underaged girls — or want to see women or underaged girls in the bathroom be able to do so? What difference, at this point, does it make?

Let’s say that the left get their way, which, the courts being as stupid as they are, the left probably will. How will they propose the state enforce any legal distinctions between people who really are ‘transgender,’ and people who just want to perv? Will the ‘transgendered’ need state-issued identifications, or perhaps a special mark on their driver’s licenses, to use the women’s restrooms and showers legally, so that we can stop the pervs, or will law enforcement just have to take the word of any guy in there who defends himself by saying, “Hey, I’m really a girl”? That, after all, would be their stay out of jail card, and if a perv had a choice between making that claim or going to jail, he might well pick making that claim.

It wasn’t so very long ago that the left was telling us that what people did in their bedrooms, what people did in their private lives, was no one else’s business. Now the left seem to want to force their private lives on everyone else, to require that other people somehow accept and approve of their private lives. I’ve said it before: the left are pro-choice on exactly one thing.

Pipsqueak Lewandowski must go!

From 2½ weeks ago:

There’s so much noise out there that it’s getting difficult to separate fact from fiction, but one thing is clear: some of Donald Trump’s rallies have become violent. Mr Trump blames it all on outside agitators, and it is possible that that is partially true. But when Mr Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, physically assaults a female reporter, not all of the violence is coming from outside agitators.

Let that sink in a bit: we aren’t talking about some part-time security guard or some over-zealous Trumpinista, but the (supposedly) professional campaign manager of the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination. And while Mr Lewandowski isn’t a particularly big man, real men don’t hit women, don’t wrestle women, don’t try to throw women to the ground. Had this been the campaign manager for any of the other Republican candidates, he’d have been a former campaign manager the very next day.

Well, not only has Mr Lewandowski been charged with misdemeanor battery for grabbing Michelle Fields, but his attorney has himself been forced to resign as a US Attorney for allegedly biting a dancer at a topless club.

I have referred to “Pipsqueak Lewandowski” before, and here is the evidence:

FILE – In this Aug. 25, 2015 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, right, walks with his campaign manager Corey Lewandowski after speaking at a news conference in Dubuque, Iowa. Breitbart News reporter Michelle Fields, who said that she was grabbed by Lewandowski as she attempted to question Trump in Florida on Tuesday, March 8, has resigned from the conservative website, saying that she can’t work for an organization that doesn’t support her. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File) Via Moe Lane on RedState.

Donald Trump stands 6’2″ tall, a big, broad-shouldered man. From the photograph, Mr Lewandowski is somewhere in the 5’7″ tall range, and somewhat slightly built, just the perfect size for beating up women.

Now, there’s nothing wrong with being small: a person is built as he is built. But there is something wrong with trying to beat up women, and there is no fornicating way that a “real man” campaign, as Mr Trump is trying to run, should ever, ever tolerate a man male who roughs up women. Donald Trump should have gotten rid of Mr Lewandowski weeks ago, but instead continues to defend him.

If Mr Lewandowski were truly a dedicated campaign manager, working selflessly to get his candidate elected, he would resign immediately, giving the excuse that he didn’t want his legal problems to be a “distraction” from the campaign. I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for it.

Rule 5 Blogging: The enemy of my enemy is my friend?

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 Yasmine Hamdan 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, an ally we never expected to have. President Obama said that he wanted Syrian President Bashar al-Assad overthrown, and was going to send weapons to the “moderate” Syrian opposition forces, but now, since part of the opposition has metastasized into الدولة الإسلامية‎ ad-Dawlah al-Islāmīyah, the Islamic State, we are conducting air strikes, some of them in Syria, against some of President Assad’s enemies. The enemy of my enemy is my friend, I suppose. So, without further babbling, women from the Syrian Army, who are fighting for our frenemy, President Assad!

Syrian soldier; click to enlarge.

Syrian soldier; click to enlarge.

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From Around the Blogroll Our President is an idiot edition

We may have the stupidest president in American history!

Weekly Address: Defeating ISIL

March 26, 2016

WASHINGTON, DC — In this week’s address, President Obama offered his thoughts and prayers to the people of Belgium and to families of the victims of the terrorist attacks in Brussels, including at least two Americans. He reiterated our support of Belgium as a close friend and ally of the United States, especially in the fight against terrorism. The President emphasized that defeating ISIL remains our top military, intelligence, and national security priority. He reminded us that as we move forward in this fight, we must use the power of our example as a Nation that is open to refugees escaping ISIL’s violence, refuses ISIL’s hateful and violent propaganda, and rejects any attempt to stigmatize Muslim-Americans. Together, we will not abandon our values and way of life – we will succeed and the terrorists will fail.

Here is the video of our idiotic 44th President:

These are the words of a “man” who somehow thinks that he is the leader of the world, rather than the President of the United States. His first duty, first duty! is to protect the United States and our citizens from outside threat, yet his policies would admit people who are not Americans to our shores, opening a door to not just legitimate refugees but to Da’ish1 infiltrators.

The Islamic State group has trained from 400 to 600 Islamic State fighters trained specifically for attacks outside the Middle East, European officials have told The Associated Press. Deployed in interlocking terror cells like the ones that struck Brussels and Paris, they are ready to target Europe in deadly waves of attacks, with orders to choose the time, place and method for maximum chaos.

The officials reported about ISIS training camps set up in Syria, Iraq and the former Soviet republics. The leader of the November Paris told Police he had entered Europe in a multinational group of 90 fighters, who scattered across the continent. But knowing about the massive influx and tracking and stopping it are two different things. Police had captured terror mastermind Salah Abdeslam four days before the Brussels attacks this week, and still failed to stop them. In fact, experts today believe ISIS decided to run the attacks ahead of schedule as a result of the ringleader’s arrest, before Abdeslam spilled the beans about the murderous plot.

Investigators were taken aback, according to the NY Times, by the fact that Belgian police discovered more than 30 pounds of the explosive triacetone triperoxide (TATP) in the terrorists’ apartments in Brussels. Apparently, this figure points more than any other intelligence data to the enormous contingency of trained ISIS terrorists in Europe and to the level and sophistication of their organization. TATP is very unstable and sensitive to shock, friction and heat. It also breaks down quickly in air. It is more dangerous and physically exhausting to create than the fertilizer-based explosive ammonium nitrate. Making TATP requires meticulous, time-consuming work, adding the catalyst, drop by drop, to a mixture that must be stirred and kept cool with a lot of ice.

Which is why, unlike ammonium nitrate, TATP is typically used in small quantities. The fact that the Brussels cells were able to manufacture these 30 pounds, in addition to the explosives that were put to use on Tuesday, is understandably alarming.

How many refugees are actually Da’ish infiltrators? We don’t know, but if it’s only one in a thousand, one in five thousand, that is one too many. Dozens, if not hundreds, have made their way into Europe, and they have made their presence felt through death and destruction. Barack Hussein Obama seems to believe that if we just make nice with these guys, they won’t be radicalized, and they’ll turn into thoroughly Westernized immigrants, but the evidence, from a far more liberal Europe, tells us that this hasn’t worked. If the perpetrators are Da’ish infiltrators, we can’t somehow prevent their ‘radicalization,’ because they were ‘radicalized’ before they ever got here.

In some ways, the United States is safer than Europe from the pressures of radicalization, in that we don’t have quite as many Muslim ghettos like Molenbeek as are seen in Europe, but we do have a few metropolitan districts which have become, if not ‘ghettos,’ heavily Muslim, in places like Minneapolis and Detroit.

This is why Donald Trump has been doing so well in the Republican primaries.2 He is the one who first spoke the simple, common sense of not allowing more Muslim immigration into the United States until the problem of Islamist terrorism has been eliminated. Ordinary Americans can, and do, understand that while not all Muslims are Islamists, and probably very few Muslims are Islamists and potential terrorists, it only takes a few who are to cause death and destruction.

In the meantime, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton wants to increase the number of Syrian refugees admitted to the United States.

The duty of the President of the United States is to protect the United States! It is all well and good to have sympathy for the plight of the true refugees from war and destruction and poverty, but the President’s duty is to be on the side of Americans, not foreigners.

In 1945, Harry Truman, a great Democratic President, took the decision to use the newly developed atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Perhaps President Truman didn’t really understand just what kind of death and destruction the bombs would have on metropolitan areas, but that wasn’t really his concern. President Truman was concerned with his first duty, ending the war with the fewest possible American casualties, casualties which some projections had as high as a million had we been required to stage a landing on Honshu. With the dropping of the bombs, and the threat of more to come, the Emperor was able to force the militarist government to accept unconditional surrender, and there were no American soldiers killed in an invasion of the home islands, because there was no longer the need for an invasion. Harry Truman, a Democrat, understood his duty; Barack Hussein Obama does not.

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That’s it for this week!
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  1. Your Editor is not particularly fond of the initials ISIS, and the reduction to just IS, for Islamic State, seems even worse. Da’ish is an acronym for the Arabic al-Dawla al-Islamiya fi Iraq wa al-Sham, and, according to the BBC, the group “objects to the term and has advised against its usage.” Therefore, I shall use it! The Editor shall not edit comments using other commonly-used terms, but the use of Da’ish is now the accepted form in The First Street Journal’s stylebook.
  2. The Editor is most definitely not a supporter of Mr Trump’s candidacy.

End welfare for the well-to-do! Solar power subsidies are just taking money from the workers to give to their bosses!

From The Wall Street Journal:

Solar-Panel Installers Face Clouded Future

Solar-power incentives for homeowners shrink as local utilities pressure state regulators

By Cassandra Sweet | March 25, 2016 1:21 p.m. ET

Many U.S. states are considering dialing back solar-power incentives amid growing pressure from local electric utilities, potentially dealing a blow to the companies that install home solar systems around the country.

More than 900,000 homes across the U.S. are equipped with solar panels, with most of those homeowners able to sell any excess electricity their houses generate back to the utility, helping reduce the cost of home solar panels by up to 30%. But the price solar customers get paid for that extra renewable power through so-called net metering is starting to fall, as several states, including Nevada and Hawaii, have slashed their solar subsidies.

Utilities in Arizona, Colorado, Louisiana, Utah and many other states are currently proposing measures that include changing their net metering programs or raising the monthly fees charged to home solar users for hooking their equipment to the power grid. The utilities argue that the ever-smaller base of traditional power customers shouldn’t get stuck paying all the costs of maintaining the grid.

“What is in danger of being overlooked is the harm inflicted on the 96% of our customers who do not have solar,” said Donald Brandt, chairman and chief executive of Arizona Public Service Co., which wants the state regulator to change its solar payment scheme. “This is about a sustainable model for both rooftop solar and the electricity grid, but it’s also about basic fairness for customers.”

Overall, two dozen states are weighing changes to their incentives for rooftop solar power and other renewable-energy policies, according to the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center, which tracks such policies. Incentive payments have been the backbone of home solar firms’ business model.

In Nevada, which ranks eighth in home solar adoption in the U.S., SolarCity Corp. and Sunrun Inc. pulled up stakes in December, laying off hundreds of employees after the state abruptly ended generous incentives for homeowners with solar arrays on their rooftops.

There’s more at the original, but one thing is obvious: without government subsidies, the residential solar energy market business model fails.

Personally, I’d love to see a good, workable solar and wind energy system which can be installed for residential users, but I don’t want to see such a system dependent upon government subsidies. At least so far, these systems cost a lot of money to install, putting them out of the reach of most Americans, resulting in the subsidies being welfare for the well-to-do, tax dollars coming out of the pockets of poorer people to give wealthier people yet another benefit.

However, in a lot of cases, it isn’t the homeowner who gets the benefits. The federal tax credit of 30%, which was extended in the omnibus budget bill last December, benefits corporations as well:

The credits go to homeowners who buy solar arrays. If they lease solar equipment from providers like SolarCity Corp. and Sunrun Inc., the tax credits go to those that finance home installation projects, which are often banks such as Goldman Sachs Group Inc and J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. That is also true for big industrial projects.

Further down:

“SolarCity applauds the bipartisan agreement that prioritizes the growth of solar in the United States,” said Lyndon Rive, chief executive of the largest U.S. home solar company. The company’s stock soared 34% Wednesday to close at $53.69.

I pointed out that last paragraph, because the first article noted that SolarCity was pulling out of Nevada after the state was ending generous subsidies, even though the federal tax credit still exists. SCTY closed at $22.22 on Thursday; if you bought at the $53.69 in December of last year, you’ve lost 58.6% of your money. Investors have been taking their decisions not based on whether the company or its product is any good, but on whether the taxpayers are going to help them out.

Think about how a tax credit works. The taxpayer must make the investment on his own, out of his own resources, which means that he must have, or finance, the entire purchase price of the system. Then, when he files his income taxes the following year, he will realize the tax credit. This means that the homeowner must be able to bear that cost himself from the time of purchase until he does his taxes, which, depending upon hen he purchases the system, could be slightly more than a year.

So, just how much does it cost to get solar panels installed. Unfortunately, internet searches lead mostly to sales pitches, in which you have to include your name, e-mail address and zip code, at which point te company will e-mail you an estimate. Going to this source, I got a guesstimate of an upfront cost of $21,250, softened by “awesome incentives” of $7,506, for a first year cost of $12,494. This was a general estimate for Kentucky, where our retirement farm is,1 and the Bluegrass State is rated very poorly for providing incentives. The median family income in Kentucky is only $42,610 per year, meaning that the guesstimated upfront costs would be half a year’s gross income at the median income. Even with the “awesome incentives,” most Kentucky families could never even think of affording a solar installation.

The obvious question: just how much do the various federal and state incentives push the price of solar upward? After all, if the feds are going to give homeowners an up to 30% tax credit, homeowners can afford to pay more for the systems. Any business school graduate will tell you that price is normally a greater contributor to profit than volume, so the incentive for SolarCity and the other companies is for higher prices more than it is for an increased number of sales; the various government subsidies and credits enable the companies to seek higher prices!

The real answer is to get the government out of the solar power industry, and let the industry succeed, or fail, on its own. The possibility exists that the solar panel industry will fail, will be unable to come up with the technology and business plan which allows it to make a profit on its own, but that’s still a better outcome than taking money from working-class Americans to subsidize those who are already a lot better off.

  1. The farm would be an excellent place for solar panels due to the south-facing sun exposure; our current home in Pennsylvania is situated very poorly for a solar installation.

Da’ish must want Donald Trump to be our next President Perhaps they should be careful what they wish for

From The Wall Street Journal:

Brussels Attacks Will Jolt 2016 U.S. Presidential Race

An uneasy electorate will try to decide who is best prepared to protect the U.S.

By Damian Paletta | Updated March 22, 2016 4:29 p.m. ET

WASHINGTON—The terrorist attacks in Brussels posed an immediate test for the winnowing field of presidential candidates, who offered sharp reactions Tuesday as an uneasy electorate tries to decide who is best prepared to confront global radicalism.

The Brussels explosions occurred just four days after officials arrested Salah Abdeslam, whom they believe was involved in planning the large-scale terror attacks in Paris last year that killed 130 people. They also occurred the same day voters in Arizona and Utah were to cast ballots in both parties’ presidential contests and Idaho Democrats were holding caucuses.

Several major terror attacks have unfolded since the 2016 presidential race began in earnest, including a December shooting spree in California that killed 14 people, and each has redrawn the contours of the presidential contest. The race in recent months, though, has pivoted largely to discussions of trade and immigration policy.

The Brussels explosions could snap the focus of the electorate, and the candidates, back to the dangers posed by terrorists, who have killed hundreds of people in the past 18 months despite the aggressive efforts of intelligence and law enforcement agencies around the world.

Donald Trump, in an interview on Fox News, cited the attacks as a validation of his aggressive rhetoric, which has drawn criticism from leaders of both parties. “I’ve been talking about this for a long time, and look at Brussels,” Mr. Trump said. “Brussels was a beautiful city, a beautiful place with zero crime, and now it’s a disaster city.”

Brussels also serves as headquarters for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, an alliance that Mr. Trump said this week is drawing an excessive amount of U.S. resources. Mr. Trump’s two remaining GOP rivals seized on the attacks to criticizes his stance on NATO. . . . .

Mr. Trump in particular has earned broad support and forceful condemnation for his tough talk on combating terrorism. He has said he would consider punishing terrorist’s family members to deter people from joining Islamic State, and that he’d use harsh interrogation techniques to extract information. He has also drawn attention proposing a temporary ban on the entry of most Muslims into the U.S.

That proposal, made just days after the Dec. 2, 2015, terror attacks in San Bernardino, Calif., was condemned by leaders of both parties, but Mr. Trump has stood by it and many of his backers now voice support for the idea. Mr. Trump has also vowed to build a 1,000-mile wall along the U.S.-Mexico border to protect the U.S. from unwanted and illegal immigrants.

There’s more at the original, but one thing is clear: Mr Trump has set forth the most aggressive, most active plan for dealing with Islamist terrorism of any of the candidates.

Mr Trump’s appeal is simple: he is seen by everyone as a fighter, as someone who will not back down, who, if attacked, will strike back even harder, and who doesn’t really care what other people think about it. His past political positions, which were very much standard Democratic just a few years ago, notwithstanding, a lot of conservative Republicans have flocked to his banner simply because he is a fighter. And if it becomes a choice between Mr Trump and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton next November, not many people are going to see Mrs Clinton as better able to protect the United States. Her tenure as Secretary was marked by few successes, naïveté, and her few failures were spectacular ones. She even said that “We didn’t lose a single person” in Libya, being politically tin-eared enough to think that she could somehow limit her comments to just the timeline in which Moammar Gadhafi was deposed, and think that everyone would somehow separate out the four men who were killed, on her watch, in Benghazi. If the election comes down to a question of whether Mrs Clinton would be a good President when it comes to protecting America from terrorism, her actual record just plain stinks.

The new conservative party, Alternative for Germany, recently shook up the German political scene, winning seats in state elections. The reasons include more than AfG’s anti-immigration stance, and its condemnation of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s policies of welcoming the Middle Eastern refugees, but you can count on it: the Brussels terrorist bombings will have the political effect of pushing more of the more-liberal-than-Americans European populations toward more hostility toward the Arab immigrants. Liberal Sweden is seeing the rise of the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats, and the citizenry are terrified by the “no go” zones, immigrant-controlled areas where the police simply do not enter. Donald Trump offers the very simple solution of locking the doors to new Muslim immigrants, and expelling the bad ones already here, while Mrs Clinton is going out of her way to not be offensive to Muslims; that will only solidify Mr Trump’s support.

In 2001, al Qaeda launched the most successful terrorist attack in history, striking a huge blow against the United States. Osama bin Laden was overjoyed, but the result of that attack was the decimation of al Qaeda and the isolation and exile of Mr bin Laden, finally punctuated by a SEAL Team 6 bullet in his brain. For al Qaeda, the September 11th attacks were as successful for them as the Pearl Harbor attack was for the Japanese, in both the short and long term.

At the moment, Da’ish is more of a problem in Europe than it is here, but Americans can see what is happening over there. Mr Trump is offering a plan to try to stop more Da’ish infiltrators from getting here in the first place, and a lot of Americans will see that as nothing but common sense. In the end, the American presidential election is the most important election in the world, as important in Germany as it is in Georgia, in Brussels as it is in Boston, and Da’ish are making things easier for Donald Trump.

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Tyler Ulis goes out (probably) fighting like a Wildcat

Point guard’s 27 points not enough to keep Indiana from ending UK’s season

Expected to enter NBA Draft, sophomore says he hasn’t thought about it

Labissiere: Ulis ‘the best point guard I’ve ever played with’

By Mark Story | mstory@herald-leader.com

DES MOINES, Iowa: There were two seconds showing on the Wells Fargo Arena scoreboard when Tyler Ulis committed his fifth foul.

Kentucky trailed Indiana 71-67. Barring a miracle, the Wildcats season was effectively over. If, as most expect, Ulis enters the 2016 NBA Draft, his time as a Kentucky basketball player was also over.

Though he’d fouled out, Ulis lingered on the playing floor. Finally, an official walked over and told the sophomore point guard he had to go.

Was Ulis reliving his stellar two seasons in Kentucky blue? Was he thinking he’d just played his final game at UK?

“I just didn’t know I’d fouled out,” Ulis said later in a glum Kentucky locker room. “That was all.”

In spite of 27 points from Ulis, No. 5 seed Indiana ended No. 4 Kentucky’s season with a 73-67 victory in the NCAA Tournament round of 32 Saturday.

The Hoosiers (27-7) will advance to Philadelphia to play in next Friday’s East Region semifinals. Kentucky (27-9) failed to advance to the Final Four for only the third time in John Calipari’s seven seasons as UK coach.

Sparked by freshmen Thomas Bryant (19 points, 11 in the final 7:44) and senior point guard Yogi Ferrell (18 points, four assists), Indiana pulled away from a 50-50 tie with a 10-2 run.

The Hoosiers led 66-57 with 1:16 left — before Ulis tried to create one more epic moment for UK.

The 5-foot-9, 160-pounder drained a three, spun in an acrobatic layup and — inexplicably fouled by IU’s Troy Williams while attempting a three-point shot — drained three free throws to pull Kentucky back within 68-65 with 36.4 seconds left.

But, just as dreams of a Big Blue miracle perked up, Indiana’s Bryant hit the second of two foul shots with 29.7 seconds left to put the Hoosiers up two possessions.

Kentucky did not score again.

There’s more at the original. :(

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Rule 5 Blogging: Basic Combat Training

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. This week, it’s back to Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina! Click any picture to enlarge.

An M-4? That’s a pipsqueak weapon! Watch what I can do with an M136 AT-4!

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I confess: I have little no sympathy for Jared Fogle on this

Inside Jared Fogle’s Life in Prison: Former Subway Pitchman a ‘Constant Target,’ Source Says

Chris Harris, @chrisharrisment | March 17, 2016

A former inmate who is considered an expert on the culture of correctional facilities tells PEOPLE the Jan. 29 alleged beating of former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle wasn’t the first attack the convicted pedophile has endured since entering Colorado’s Englewood Prison, and it won’t be the last.

Larry Levine, a prison consultant who’d spent ten years in a total of 11 federal penitentiaries, says he has a number of clients – who have hired him to guide them through the experience of surviving prison – incarcerated with Fogle who claim he’s a constant target for prison ridicule.

A spokesperson for the the U.S. Bureau of Prisons did not respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment on Thursday. On Wednesday, a spokesperson would not confirm the assault or punishment “based on the need to ensure safety and security in our institutions and in accordance with legal requirements including the Privacy Act.”

“He’s been slapped around fairly consistently since the start of his sentence…it just hasn’t been reported,” Levine tells PEOPLE. “He’s had several inmates warn him to keep away, and he’s been threatened that if he says anything about being roughed up, they’ll get to him.”

I’m not supposed to believe that Mr Fogle, or any other prisoner, should be internally punished by getting beaten up by other prisoners, but somehow I am unable to find much sympathy for his plight. Personally, I’d have rather that People magazine hadn’t written about the poor dear’s plight at all: he should simply be forgotten.

Further down is the part I find interesting from a journalistic standpoint:

Levine says that prisoners often refer to child molesters as “chomos.” These offenders are even despised by prison staffers, Levine says.

“With chomos, they’ll never tell other inmates what they’re in for,” Levine explains. “They’ll say they’re in for drugs or fraud, but you can see it in their eyes.”

“Chomos” is obviously a combination of child, for child molester, and homo, for homosexual. I’m trying to picture any current publication which would quote people referring to someone as a homo, and doubt I could find a professional journal, which even People magazine counts as, doing so. It’s a sign that child molesters are held in such low regard that the editors allowed a combination word which would obviously be offensive to homosexuals to be printed anyway.