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Obama safe school czar reprises NAMBLA: A green light for child molesting?
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Why is this import ant in the case of Mr. Jennings?
Sean Hannity is once again asking the questions that need to be asked here, focusing on the underlying attitude that was so strikingly apparent with Pelosi during the Foley episode. Jennings, by his own admission, when face to face with a boy (let’s say that again — a boy) who came to him and revealed what in fact was a case of child molestation — suggested a condom! There was, apparently, no looking into the incident by the account of his defenders. Jennings now says he made a mistake. No kidding?
Hello? Is anybody home?
Well, yes, there is both somebody and something at home here. Something that is truly monstrous. And somebodies aplenty willing to excuse that something. The something is a left-wing philosophy that doesn’t blink about adults sexually preying on kids.
Let’s focus for a moment on Roman Polanski and his child rape of a 13-year-old girl. When one goes back and reads the actual transcript of this court case — the case that caused Polanski to flee the country — it is a stark reminder of exactly what is just no big deal with many in the film community. Since this is, as they say, a family friendly publication, we will keep the details to a limit.
The girl testifies that under the guise of taking her pictures she is fed champagne followed by a Quaalude. Why did she take the drug? Says this child, 13 years old at the time: “I think I must have been pretty drunk or else I wouldn’t have.” Polanski then instructs this child whom he has gotten both drunk and drugged to remove her clothes and get into a Jacuzzi. More pictures are taken, which follow others taken in various states of undress. Polanski then undresses and gets in the Jacuzzi. He takes hold of her, at which point the girl pleads a case of asthma (which she doesn’t have) and says she wants out. She gets out and Polanski gets into a nearby pool, trying to coax her in there. She gets in — and out — quickly and untouched, then goes into the house to dry off in the bathroom. Polanski appears and she tells him she wants to go home. He tries to get her to lie down in the master bedroom. She refuses and goes to the living room, sitting on a couch in her underwear and a towel. She was, she says on the stand, “afraid” and wanted him to take her home. He sits down beside her and kisses her, she telling him again that she wants to go home. Again, she tells the court she was afraid of Polanski.
Now. We’ll stop here. This is a rape case and the actual transcript heard in that Los Angeles court room thirty-two years ago gets extremely graphic. The transcript can be found here.
But suffice to say, this is one big never-mind to a disturbing number of people. Over 100 filmmakers have signed a petition in support of Polanski. Here’s some of things said in that petition.
The arrest of Polanski is “astonishing.” It is nothing other than a “case of morals” — a term the New York Times observed was “the Gallic equivalent of ‘yada yada.’” The arrest has caused these filmmakers to be “dismayed” because, hey, Polanski was picked up at the sacred temple that is an international film festival. (No word of protest from these folks when gay activists actively disrupt proceedings in a church, but that’s another story.) The filmmakers want you to know that they are upset that this arrest will be “heavy in consequences” for Mr. Polanski. Mr. Polanski, don’t you know, is an “international” artist and so therefore “(F)ilmmakers, actors, producers and technicians — everyone involved in international filmmaking…. demand the immediate release of Roman Polanski.”
Among the international list of signers of this jewel are some of the most famous filmmakers in America. Many on the list, be they Americans, Brits or Irish, have created films considered well in the mainstream. The list includes:
• Woody Allen, (who once was in the headlines himself for allegations from actress Mia Farrow, his significant other at the time, that he had molested their 7-year old daughter. Allen was exonerated.)
• Jonathan Demme, whose filmography includes Silence of the Lambs and lately a favorable documentary about Jimmy Carter.
• Martin Scorsese of Taxi Driver and The Aviator and others on a long and notable list.
• Sam Mendes of American Beauty. Mr. Mendes is married to the actress Kate Winslet of the much honored film Titanic, among many others.
• David Heyman, the producer of the Harry Potter films.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?