“There were all these arguments [in the ‘70s and ‘80s] that the child was a person in their own right, that they were fully formed at age 6 and that the family was a prison from which the child had to be liberated,” said Pierre Verdrager, a French sociologist and expert in the history of pedophilia. “These people argued that sexual relations with an adult were a form of emancipation, and that parents who complained that their child had been abused were only interested in getting money in damages.” … [Read more...] about This French writer operated openly as a pedophile for decades. He may finally face justice
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“Officers will consider the circumstances around all hate reports, and while not every report will amount to criminality, this enables officers to consider and take preventative [or] protective measures to address any emerging concerns,” explained Chief Inspector Coleen Wylie, suggesting law enforcement would be keen to harass members of the public merely on the suspicion that they may commit a so-called “hate crime” at some point in the future. … [Read more...] about BBC Warns It Has ‘Reported’ People Critical of Poem About ‘Non-Binary’ Haircut Struggles
He was also the target of one of the weirdest Trump insults. When asked to discuss whether he’s prepared to be president, Trump suddenly lashed out at Paul, saying, “First of all, Rand Paul shouldn’t even be on this stage. He got number 11. He’s got one percent in the polls and how he got up here — there’s far too many people anyway.” Paul said he found Trump’s remark funny, adding, “I think there’s a sophomoric quality about Mr. Trump … about his visceral response to attack people on their appearance, short, tall, fat ugly.” Trump responded, “I never attacked him on his looks and believe me there’s plenty of subject matter there — that I can tell you.” … [Read more...] about The Key Moments of the Second GOP Presidential Debate
Similarly, the Senate’s structural tilt toward the less populous, rural, and heartland states further disadvantages one party alone, the Democrats, and looks set to do so for the indefinite future. That takes one branch of government (along with the judiciary via the Senate’s role) and keeps it indefinitely out of the hands of one of the parties — a legitimacy problem if ever there was one. Then there’s the Electoral College’s occasional preference for the losing presidential candidate in terms of the popular vote. This is not a black-swan event any more. In the 21st century, it could be said of the initial election of two out of three presidents, both Republicans. Two out of three. If that were to repeat itself going forward, a crisis of presidential legitimacy would be perfectly understandable. … [Read more...] about What Happens If Americans Stop Trusting the System?
In a sealed motion, Stone’s attorneys asked the judge last week to dismiss the case. The basis for that request has not been made public, but one of Stone’s lawyers said in court Tuesday that it “goes to the heart of the case and is such a fundamental issue.” Stone’s lawyers wanted Jackson to delay the sentencing until she could rule on their motions for a new trial. She refused. … [Read more...] about Federal judge criticizes Trump as she sentences Roger Stone to 40 months in prison