Dec 202007

For anyone who has a shred of doubt that the waging of war exacerbates misogynist violence, the testimony given to the House Judiciary Committee yesterday in response to Jamie Leigh Jones’ allegations against KBR should convince you.  Houston KHOU Channel 11 reports that,

““It is interesting to note that the Department of Justice has thousands of lawyers. But not one from the barrage of lawyers is here to tell us what if anything they are doing,? said Houston Republican congressman Ted Poe. Their absence and silence speaks volumes about the hidden crimes in Iraq.”

Crimes, that Jones is determined to publicize as federal prosecutors admit they finally opened an investigation into her case.

Poe said three women, including Tracy Barker, who submitted written testimony of her account to the committee and was at the hearing — contacted him.

Ten others reported their stories through a foundation Jones began to help women with similar experiences.”

Yes that is right, the DOJ felt that it was inappropriate to send anyone to testify in the face of numerous reports of sexual violence and harassment being committed against women employed by a company that is employed by the U.S. to make us safer from terrorists.  Oh wait, I forgot, rapists aren’t terrorists

KHOU also reports that, “Since then, 11News has learned three other women sued KBR for similar assaults.”  Sigh, if they only read this blog. The New York Times carried the story and we noted it on this blog on July 2, 2007.

 December 20, 2007  Posted by on December 20, 2007 Comments Off on DOJ Doesn’t Give a Sh*t that Women Working for KBR were Sexually Attacked by their Co-Workers
Dec 202007

Dagnabit, I just hate it when someone I truly admire does something utterly slimey. While I admire much of what Dennis Kucinich stands for, WTF is he doing taking money from Hustler publisher Larry Flynt??? In a piece on The Huffington Post, Jackson Katz reports,

“Larry Flynt last month co-hosted a fundraiser for Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich in Los Angeles. Kucinich and his wife, Elizabeth, joined Flynt and a number of other left-leaning Hollywood celebrities at a dinner November 16 at the headquarters of Larry Flynt Publications.”

I can’t say it any better than the way Katz framed the issue:

“If you truly believe the radical notion that women’s civil and human rights are every bit as important as men’s, then put your behavior where your rhetoric is. You can’t say you’re committed to the struggle for non-violence and human dignity while actively perpetuating the subordination and degradation of women. You can’t publicly claim to be for social justice and privately continue to treat women like second-class citizens. Quite simply, you can’t claim to be a leader of the progressive wing of the Democratic party if you align yourself with Larry Flynt.”

Read the rest of this piece on Huffington, it is an excellent critique of this unfortunate reality check that liberal and liberated are not the same thing.

“It is willfully naïve for any self-respecting “progressive” to dismiss Flynt’s pornography as harmless “adult” entertainment. How can it be considered harmless to consistently portray women and girls in a sexually demeaning and degrading manner? Flynt hasn’t built his porn publishing empire in a vacuum.”

 December 20, 2007  Posted by on December 20, 2007 Comments Off on Dennis Kucinich and Larry Flynt–Unfortunate Bedfellows
Dec 192007

From Nancy Pelosi’s blog:

“The Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security has just concluded a hearing, “Enforcement of Federal Criminal Law to Protect Americans Working for U.S. Contractors in Iraq.? Rep. Ted Poe (TX-02), Jamie Leigh Jones (pdf), a former employee of Kellogg, Brown and Root (KBR), and Scott Horton (pdf), Adjunct Professor of Law at the Columbia University School of Law gave testimony. A Justice Department official was expected to attend the hearing for questions on law enforcement and contractors, but did not appear. Rep. Poe, Jones’ Representative and a Republican, described the implication of Jones’ case in his opening statement: “What Jamie will tell you paints a picture of lawlessness–where criminals go unpunished and victims are vilified. For American civilian contractors, Iraq is reminiscent of the Old Western days and no one seems to be in charge.?”

See video of Jamie Leigh Jones testimony here and John Conyers here.

 December 19, 2007  Posted by on December 19, 2007 2 Responses »
Dec 192007

We had so much fun playing the feminist blame game a few weeks ago, that we thought oh what the heck, let’s do it again. This week’s installment comes from the WaPo’s Anne Applegate who reminds us that the oppression of Saudi women is the fault of American feminists:

The Web site of the National Organization for Women (I hate to pick on that group, but it’s so easy) has space for issues of “non-sexist car insurance” and “network neutrality,” but not the Saudi rape victim or the girl murdered last week in Canada for refusing to wear a hijab.”

She goes on to tell us that,

“American delegates to international and U.N. women’s organizations are mostly identified with arguments about reproductive rights (for or against, depending on the administration), not arguments about the fundamental rights of women in Saudi Arabia or the Muslim world.

Until this changes, it will be hard to mount a campaign, in the manner of the anti-apartheid movement, to enforce sanctions or codes of conduct for people doing business there.”

Of course our foreign policy that dictates that the Saudis can do no wrong because they happen to be sitting on our oil is of no consequence and couldn’t possibly have anything to do with the subjugation of Saudi women…the thought that underfunded, overworked feminist organizations and activists are responsible every time that a woman is abused would be laughable if it weren’t so dangerous.

 December 19, 2007  Posted by on December 19, 2007 Comments Off on Let’s Blame the Feminists (Again)