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Professor Gropey McRape with Charlie Gibson to the rescue

Well done Ms. Sullivan.

Kloman would likely still be teaching today but for the fact that one of his victims, Anne Sullivan, saw him in 2011 at the Washington Episcopal School in Bethesda, Maryland, where he was a substitute teacher at the time. “Imagine my surprise, walking down the hallway of my son’s school a couple years ago, and seeing Mr. Kloman, the seventh grade teacher who assaulted me in a swimming pool 40 years earlier,” she said in a press conference after Kloman’s sentencing in a Fairfax County Court. “Kloman still had access to kids? My son’s classmates could be his victims? Enough.”

Can you imagine? 40 years later. And that’s when Christopher Kloman’s tenure as an elite prep school child molester ended. How he managed to stay out of prison all these years is a damning mystery, but these nightmares were once protected as cultural conspiracies. Back then the victims were akin to a societal bargain, like the furniture in a rented apartment. The crimes just happened and everybody kept their mouths shut. At one point the Potomac School administrators were made aware of his pedophilia, so they sent Kloman to counseling. For that yawn of accountability the beloved academy will be parting with millions of dollars, courtesy Gloria Allred.

Beauregard made an agreement with Kloman that she would clean his apartment in exchange for skiing and driving lessons. Everything was “normal” the first time, but she says that when he asked her to come back one day to clean again, he answered the door in a short, blue terrycloth bathrobe and led her to front of the house. “He spun me around so fast, sat down in a chair and pulled me on top of his naked lap. When she asked what he was doing, she says he calmly replied, “Don’t worry, I do this all the time with your best friend.” He asked her to go upstairs. “And believe it or not, I did. From that moment, I just completely shut down emotionally.”

Over the next five months, Beauregard says Kloman raped her eight times. “He always used protection, though I had no idea what it was at the time. My only sexual experience up until then was kissing a classmate.”

So Christopher Kloman was sentenced to 43 years in prison. And this is notable on my little blog because Judge Jan L. Brodie threw McRapey deep in the hole despite the pleadings of some of the country’s Most Trusted Men. The prep school daddies of Virginia took a sizable liking to their child-assaulting pal and they weren’t about to let him go to prison without a fight.

Kenneth Starr, for example. He was the Republican special prosecutor who for years pursued the scandal-phantom of Whitewater until he finally learned that the President was having some oral sex. That shocked Kennie badly enough that he had no choice but to feed the country into a meat grinder. Which is just what you’d expect a good person to do.

Ken and Alice Starr:

…My husband Ken always found him to be a gentleman and sincerely interested in our children’s education and well-being during parent-teacher conferences each year. We would occasionally see Mr. and Mrs. Kloman on social occasions, and again, there was no evidence whatsoever of inappropriate behavior.

In short, all of us in the Starr family have admired Mr. and Mrs. Kloman for many years. We do not know of any occasion when he was abusive to women or children. Thus it is possible that once Mr. Kloman had children of his own in the 1970s and once he was promoted to head the intermediate division, he made a concerted effort to correct his behavior of the past.

We used to pile in the station wagon and go to Red Lobster, and I never saw him rape any children. Okay?

Mr. Kloman is currently repenting for his past sins and will continue to do so if given a chance to serve his community and neighbors. Community service would be a far better punishment than having him languish in jail.


Missus Witch Trial.

If that doesn’t giggle your belly, or ache your head, try this one.

By way of introduction, my name is Charlie Gibson.

He’s not just the former ABC nightly news anchor, he’s Charlie by way of introduction. And he apparently has enough time in retirement to grace the judge with a combination of phrase and cliche so sincere it’d make your sex-predator buddies weep.

I tried throughout the 12 hours or so after I read the Washington Post account to reconcile the Chris Kloman I read about and the Chris Kloman I know.

Pause. Paragraph.

And I could not.

Ka-ching, carriage return.

And I was left with an ineffable sadness. I grapple with the thought that good men can do bad things, that, as Thoreau wrote, “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.”

Poor anchorman, having to google Thoreau. Maybe now Charlie feels quiet and desperate too. Staring out the window, perhaps he’s nipping at a tumbler of fine scotch and just allowing the pain to come. Or maybe like his friend he’s trapping a fourteen year-old in his apartment, putting on a rubber, and raping her.

In my experience as a reporter and in my personal life, this is not the first instance I have observed of such a phenomenon, but to me this is the most difficult to try and understand.

In part because I’m not reading it on a teleprompter. I got this Kloman guy into the Shriners, incidentally.

For I have known Chris as a wonderful husband, great Dad, and, yes, a truly fine teacher.

Oh, a truly fine teacher. In all this rush to hear the stories of students, now grown, and to recognize them as horrors, and feed them into the gears of the justice system, Charlie’d like to remind everybody how hard all of this has been on him.

It is a case almost Dostoyevskian (if I can coin a word) in that Chris must have carried this guilt with him for years and I can’t imagine how the knowledge that it would some day come out, as it inevitably would, must have eaten at his soul.

And how hard it’s been on Chris Kloman, reluctant children-raper. Admit it, judge: You felt bad for Raskolnikov. And if Anne Sullivan hadn’t walked into her kid’s school that day, would we even be here? If not for an unlucky break just imagine how much worse Chris would feel. Now like a good little talking head, who if nothing else knows his audience, Charlie brings it home:

I have tried since learning of Chris’s actions to put myself in your shoes. You have the most difficult of jobs. For I don’t know how one can determine what is fair or right after all these years – fair and right for the young women who were involved;

The women who were involved. Not the children who were used, groped, and humped. It really wasn’t much of an office romance, was it?

. . fair and right for Chris. I do know that I believe in redemption. When I was hosting Good Morning America we frequently broadcast . .

Yes, he underlined it. I bet Chuck would be less prone to flog his résumé if he’d hosted Good Morning Joey Buttafuoco.

…we frequently broadcast stories and I was amazed that some people who were victimized had reserves of forgiveness far greater than mine. Any punishment for Chris now strikes me as punitive not rehabilitative, but at the same time I realize there is a need for accountability.

Any punishment would be punitive, you’re right. But sometimes that’s the business of justice. But any punishment? One day in prison, a little fifty dollar fine? It’s all too grotesque a fate to contemplate for our victim, the rapist Kloman. Yes you may have heard about the unspeakable things he’s done, and you might think you have a right to judge him, but there’s something more important here: We knew him. We who trafficked in the same Fairfax social circles! Know ye this so justice may prevail.

You can be grateful that Judge Brodie wasn’t buying any of the bullshit the Virginia Brahmin And Butthurt were peddling and that Kloman will ‘languish in jail,’ exactly as Alice Starr feared. If we were any luckier, we’d have the whining and privileged keep him a week’s company for being such assholes.


More Republicans and rape

Women woke up today to the old news that Republicans know squat about them.

[Celeste] Greig is the president of the conservative California Republican Assembly, the state’s oldest and largest GOP volunteer organization. Ronald Reagan once called it “the conscience of the Republican Party” . .

Greig, however, went on to say: “Granted, the percentage of pregnancies due to rape is small because it’s an act of violence, because the body is traumatized. I don’t know what percentage of pregnancies are due to the violence of rape. Because of the trauma the body goes through, I don’t know what percentage of pregnancy results from the act.”

A female wingnut. Knowing nothing of her own self. Beautiful. Conservatives spend their whole lives whispering their meathead thinkings to their pals so any time a bit of it deflects into the public square, I’m happy.


They don’t dance well they’re no friends of mine

The Harlem Shake may have taken the world’s dance clubs and secondary school gyms by storm, but you want a real challenge? Try doing the National Review.

Step One: Roll your eyes.

So now there’s a name and, inevitably, an acronym for it: military-sexual-trauma syndrome or MST . .

Step Two: Wag your finger.

Some of these women come from environments that made their descent into street life overdetermined, whether or not they experienced alleged sexual assault in the military. To blame alleged sexual assault for their fate rather than their own bad decision-making . .

Step Three: Make a wussy face.

I recently wrote about a tough-as-nails, pro-police building superintendent in the Bronx who was raped three times, including by her mother’s boyfriend as a child; she is only one case, obviously, but she was not on disability benefits or on the streets.

Step Four: Sleep soundly, somehow.


Conservatives, women and Twitter: #LiberalTips2AvoidRape

It all started with the comments of a Colorado state Representative. Then some clown invented the hashtag #LiberalTips2AvoidRape because what Salazar really meant was ‘It’s better to fart loudly or piss yourself than shoot a rapist.’ So do you squishy liberals have any more terrific tips for women guffaw?

That’s when Twitter exploded in rib-shattering comedy:


The Ambassador Stevens rape fantasy

The appalling rape and murder of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens in Libya and the ongoing assaults on our embassies across the Middle East cry out for a rapid response from the United States government.

I got to know Ambassador Stevens more than a decade ago when he worked . .

When he wait — WHAT!?


The horror is unimaginable. The world “radically transformed” by Obama.

And more gruesome then Obama’s lethal delusions is the diversion he is attempting to create using Mitt Romney . .

You people are certifiably insane. Why not say Muslims stuffed the ambassador in a boiling pot and then ate him? Why can’t they be cannibals? By the way, you’re soiling the memory of a good man.


The convenient Republican grip on reality

Epistemology. How do people know what they know? How does one come to believe what one believes? Some folks use an agenda.

Compare and contrast. Example 1, Steve King:

Rep. Steve King, one of the most staunchly conservative members of the House, was one of the few Republicans who did not strongly condemn Rep. Todd Akin Monday for his remarks regarding pregnancy and rape. King also signaled why — he might agree with parts of Akin’s assertion.

King told an Iowa reporter he’s never heard of a child getting pregnant from statutory rape or incest.

“Well I just haven’t heard of that being a circumstance that’s been brought to me in any personal way,” King told KMEG-TV Monday, “and I’d be open to discussion about that subject matter.”

Gosh does any of that really happen? Pregnancies after that stuff? I’ve never heard of such crazy things. It’s never happened to my wife or daughter. But I suppose if you want to tell me stories I’ll try to listen. (have my secretary fit you into my busy schedule.)

Example 2, Todd Akin:

Arguing that he misplaced the word “legitimate,” Akin explained — during a follow up interview with Dana Loesch — that he meant to argue that women sometimes lie about being raped:

“You know, Dr. Willke has just released a statement and part of his letter, I think he just stated it very clearly. He said, of course Akin never used the word legitimate to refer to the rapist, but to false claims like those made in Roe v. Wade and I think that simplifies it….. There isn’t any legitimate rapist…. [I was] making the point that there were people who use false claims, like those that basically created Roe v. Wade.”

Women lie about rape, everybody knows that. What are you, dumb?


Michael Kobulnicky, Tea Party Rape Excelsior

Good Ole’ Michael Kobulnicky. Supra-American. Sick with Tea Party values.

Quote: ‘Reinforce your values while educating and re-educating others.’ To wit:

By Miriam Raftery | East County Magazine

March 17, 2012 (Lemon Grove)—Lemon Grove resident Michael John Kobulnicky, 50, a leader in the San Diego Tea Party and former regional director of the Southern California Conservative Party, is under arrest for allegedly kidnapping and raping a local woman on Fiesta Island . .

“. . He dragged her out of the car and sexually assaulted her pretty brutally,” San Diego Police Lt. Andra Brown told ECM news partner 10 News in late February, shortly after the February 25 assault occurred . .

. . On his website, http://www.michaelkobulnickyusa.com, Kobulnicky lists his leadership roles as “currently the co-organizer and public relations representative for the San Diego Tea Party.”

After Kobulnicky’s arrest, the San Diego Tea Party issued a statement indicating that Kobulnicky took leave the group in January for personal reasons and had not been in touch since then.


Fox News Makes a Darn Good Case for Rape

Fox News is absurd. Below, see a bit of broadcasting serving as a potent example of their other-worldliness. Anchor Eric Shawn interviews Liz Trotta. They discuss what should be an alarming fact: there’s been a dramatic rise in violent sexual assaults in the armed forces.

Bare with me. The reason I post this isn’t because it’s some uniquely insulting flotsam of Fox’s evil ways. They throw crap like this at you all the time. Instead, I post this because I’d like to point out something many people don’t realize.

Being extremely protective of its branding and propaganda potentials, Fox is crazy careful to vet potential on-air personalities. But it doesn’t actually script these gargoyles. They do know fully well what their ‘stars’ are about, what their particular issues and pet peeves are, but they really don’t know what a contributor like Trotta will say once the cameras start rolling. This would be a great example of a spontaneous on-air disaster, even by Fox’s gnarly standards.

Trotta’s dismissive battle-axe schtick goes wildly astray. Regardless of what side of the political divide you live on, you’re shocked to hear anyone speak so derisively of the welfare of soldiers.

. . just a few weeks ago, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta commented on a new Pentagon report on sexual abuse in the military. I think they have actually discovered there is a difference between men and women. And the sexual abuse report says that there has been, since 2006, a 64% increase in violent sexual assaults. Now, what did they expect? These people are in close contact . .

Of course there’s been an explosion in rapes and violent sexual assaults. Men and women have gotten near each other. What else did you expect?

Trotta figures it’s normal for humanity, especially the male part of the species (people like me), to become sexually violent once “close contact” occurs. She’s pointing out how stupid feminists are, therefore, to flog this issue. She’s also pointing out how stupid the military are for being pawns in the hippie chick agenda. One wonders if Liz believes these rapes really occur, or if they’re negative experiences in any way. By extension, one wonders what Fox News thinks about rape. Good? Bad? Circle of life?

“The budget for the Defense Department’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office leapt from $5 million in fiscal 2005 to more than $23 million in fiscal 2010. Total Defense Department spending on sexual assault prevention and related efforts now exceeds $113 million annually.” That’s from McClatchy Newspapers.

So, you have this whole bureaucracy upon bureaucracy being built up with all kinds of levels of people to support women in the military who are now being raped too much.

Now there’s a money quote. There’s no context within which a Fox contributor can say that and not bruise the brand. Her handlers trust that Liz will cuff the government for liberal spending and for turning the military into a bunch of squishes. They do not expect her to aver that rape is a normal and proper consequence of serving your country. This is cheerleading for the sort of crime that would normally leave an animal rotting his life away in a penitentiary. Liz allows for it to go down in the military, though, because they’re special and awesome, and, also, Republicans rock. You can imagine what she believes football players should get away with on college campuses.

Shawn: Well, many would say that they need to be protected, and there are these sexual programs, abuse programs, are necessary—

Trotta: That’s funny, I thought the mission of the Army, and the Navy, and four services was to defend and protect us, not the people who were fighting the war.

Why should a waiter need to eat? It’s his job to serve you the food. Why do CPR on a cardiologist? He’s supposed to be saving your heart.

What an example of staggering stupidity. Why bother giving soldiers tanks and guns? Don’t they know how to throw a punch? Why can’t they love their country? I guarantee there are Fox executives cringing at seeing this. As bad as it is, though, Trotta won’t be fired. Fox News is an emotional experience more than an intellectual one, and we’re talking to and about the great unwashed masses, after all. Still, there’s no way to spin how this shocks people who are sane. Military folks. Stockholders, too. Bummer.

Shawn: Well, you certainly want the people fighting the war to be protected from anything that could be illegal.

Trotta: Oh, look, I mean, that’s—nice try Eric.

It’s only rape. Get a life.


Is it the Tea Party or Tennessee that Can’t Stand the Truth?

There’s an amazing post-Civil War letter from a freed slave to his former Tennessee master that’s made the internet rounds the last couple of days. Read it here, and be amazed.


August 7, 1865

To My Old Master, Colonel P.H. Anderson, Big Spring, Tennessee

Sir: I got your letter, and was glad to find that you had not forgotten Jourdon, and that you wanted me to come back and live with you again, promising to do better for me than anybody else can. I have often felt uneasy about you. I thought the Yankees would have hung you long before this, for harboring Rebs they found at your house. I suppose they never heard about your going to Colonel Martin’s to kill the Union soldier that was left by his company in their stable. Although you shot at me twice before I left you, I did not want to hear of your being hurt, and am glad you are still living.

Unbelievable. Lesson: Conservatives are clueless no matter the century.

Another part:

In answering this letter, please state if there would be any safety for my Milly and Jane, who are now grown up, and both good-looking girls. You know how it was with poor Matilda and Catherine. I would rather stay here and starve—and die, if it come to that—than have my girls brought to shame by the violence and wickedness of their young masters.

That struck me. I have no reason to believe Jourdon would lie about what he knew. I have every reason to believe Matilda and Catherine were victims of sexual assault by owners and/or their employees, and Jourdon would do anything to avoid having his daughters suffer the same fate.

Which brings me to more Tennessee, just modern day:

Tea parties issue demands to Tennessee legislators
Richard Locker | Tennessee Commercial Appeal

About two dozen tea party activists held a news conference, then met with lawmakers individually to present their list of priorities and “demands” for the 2011 legislative session that opened Tuesday.

Regarding education, the material they distributed said, “Neglect and outright ill will have distorted the teaching of the history and character of the United States. We seek to compel the teaching of students in Tennessee the truth regarding the history of our nation and the nature of its government.”

They could start with Jourdon Anderson’s letter to his former master. Plenty of truth for a Tennessee gentleman to chew on.

Fayette County attorney Hal Rounds, the group’s lead spokesman during the news conference, said the group wants to address “an awful lot of made-up criticism about, for instance, the founders intruding on the Indians or having slaves or being hypocrites in one way or another.”

. . “made up” criticism? Perhaps, like calling the country’s president “socialist” when he’s merely “Democratic”? Or claiming he’s an “illegitimate African usurper” when he’s really “black”?

Fine, let’s avoid fantasies. Back in ‘history’ days, 46 year-old Thomas Jefferson impregnated 16 year-old Virginian Sally Hemings. Why? Because they were married? Engaged? No. Because Jefferson owned her. Sally was his slave. Nothing fantastic about that.

Hey, me? I’m not criticizing anyone. Banging teenage girls is a perq that comes with owning them. The Andersons would tell you.


America should trash Columbus Day

Here’s a classic demonstration of how wingnuts play “telephone.” You remember the game: you and the rest of the Fox Morning Crew sit in a circle. You whisper “total eclipse of the sun” into Gretchen’s ear, and by the time it gets back to Brian, he’s saying “Bo’s evil hips had a son.”

This thing is like that. A school principle in Somerville, Massachusetts, Anne Foley, sent an e-mail to her teachers in anticipation of Columbus Day:

“When we were young we might have been able to claim ignorance of the atrocities that Christopher Columbus committed against the indigenous peoples . . We can no longer do so. For many of us and our students celebrating this particular person is an insult and a slight to the people he annihilated. On the same lines, we need to be careful around the Thanksgiving Day time as well.”

A trenchant note. A list of Columbus’ crimes might take up the whole internet. There is no reason to celebrate the monster, and it’s time we admit that. If you want to hail the Europeans’ arrival in the New World, go ahead. But forget Columbus. Forget also the Conquistadors, their death-from-horseback campaigns, and their biological warfare through smallpox. Let’s come to our senses.

Anyhoo, Principal Foley’s e-mail got hijacked by shallow fate in the writing of Boston Herald hack Jessica Heslam. She measured the tragedy of the e-mail sent to Kennedy School teachers. It was an attempt to kill happiness:

Fun takes a holiday in Somerville
School frowns on Halloween, Columbus Day – and maybe Thanksgiving

A Somerville principal has opened fire on cherished American holidays, blasting legendary explorer Christopher Columbus for “atrocities” and saying “we need to be careful” about celebrating Thanksgiving in a scathing email to teachers — who are already under orders not to let the kids dress up for Halloween.

Foley “opened fire on cherished American holidays.” She’s been night-sticking free time. She’d tear gas your Mother’s Day. The game of telephone gets harder when the first set of ears are deaf and dumb, no? But, in wingnuttia, we are familiar with how well it pays to be dense. The post became so popular it got its own badge:

. . and off went the faithful:

–Massachusetts Principal Takes Aim at Fall Holidays, Says They’re Insensitive
–Massachusetts principal gives the Grinch a run for his money
–Mass. School Principal Bans Thanksgiving Holidays
–And the Pussification of America Continues: Somerville Schools Trying To Ban Columbus Day, Thanksgiving, And Now Halloween

Principal Blackheart banned holidays, including Thanksgiving, because uncomfortable Indian peoples. Yep, there’s the truth. Funny it took an intercepted e-mail for anyone to notice. Somerville’s mayor, Joseph A. Curtatone:

No one is saying people cannot celebrate our traditional holidays, just that there’s more to them than fits on the back of a matchbook. Principal Anne Foley raised a fair point with her staff . .

. . we have nothing against Columbus Day in Somerville. We also have nothing against Thanksgiving and Halloween. On the Halloween front, on Saturday, October 23rd we will throw the biggest Halloween-themed party in the metro Boston region. We are closing down Somerville Avenue from Union Square to Porter Square for our last SomerStreets festival of the year. There will be a costume parade, costume contests, a haunted house, chainsaw pumpkin carving . .

There, done. Let’s not get silly. Puh-leeze?

. . some historians say the K-8 educator needs to do her homework.

Carol Delaney, author of “Columbus and the Quest for Jerusalem,” said the Italian explorer has been “terribly maligned.”

“He was not the one going off marauding,” she said. “There were some atrocities that happened but he was generally not involved.”

AAAUUGHH. The fool’s dodge for Columbus, it persists. His people were a rough-and-tumble lot, but Columbus was okay. Those guys were sailors, after all.

No. This apologetic crap is what’s known as “wrong.” Here’s an excerpt of Thom Hartmann I used for a Columbus Day post last year:

When Columbus and his crew arrived on their second visit to Hispaniola, however, they took captive about two thousand local villagers who had come out to greet them . .

[Diarist] Cuneo further notes that he himself took a beautiful teenage Carib girl as his personal slave, a gift from Columbus himself, but that when he attempted to have sex with her, she “resisted with all her strength.” So, in his own words, he “thrashed her mercilessly and raped her” . . .

Columbus and his men also used the Taino as sex slaves: it was a common reward for Columbus’ men for him to present them with local women to rape. As he began exporting Taino as slaves to other parts of the world, the sex-slave trade became an important part of the business, as Columbus wrote to a friend in 1500: “A hundred castellanoes (a Spanish coin) are as easily obtained for a woman as for a farm, and it is very general and there are plenty of dealers who go about looking for girls; those from nine to ten (years old) are now in demand” . .

Eventually, life for the Taino became so unbearable that, as Pedro de Cordoba wrote to King Ferdinand in a 1517 letter, “As a result of the sufferings and hard labor they endured, the Indians choose and have chosen suicide. Occasionally a hundred have committed mass suicide. The women, exhausted by labor, have shunned conception and childbirth… Many, when pregnant, have taken something to abort and have aborted. Others after delivery have killed their children with their own hands, so as not to leave them in such oppressive slavery.”

Only sixty years after Columbus first landed on Hispaniola, the Taino were all gone. Dead. When strangers are in the habit of killing themselves after they get to know you, you don’t belong on a calendar. You belong in jail.