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Wednesday, October 11. 2017
I sometimes wonder how people would behave if they were guaranteed that they could get away with anything. Would I rob a Brinks truck, or lift a Cartier watch from the store? Have an affair with Brad Pitt? I would like to think not.
So when I read that Weinstein is headed for "rehab," it knew it was a pure PR stunt. Rehab for living the role of a dirty old predatory man? There is no "rehab" or treatment for rotten behavior outside the judicial system. And that rarely works either. Rules are for the little people, the bourgeoisie, where there are more consequences.
I'll say that being powerful in some way, like alcohol or cocaine or wartime, can be disinhibiting for some or even many people. Most likely, for people with a little sociopathic tendencies because of the evident absence of remorse. After all, the men in question here have daughters...
Also, I was amused by the shock:
"I am shocked, shocked..."
And amused by the Clintonesque approach: Harvey Weinstein hiring top Hollywood lawyer Patricia Glaser to 'discredit his victims' and 'sue the ousted producer's company for damages' in wake of scandal
Remember the trailer trash defense?
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"Sex Addiction"? Yeah, that thing without which there would be no humans.
One of AVI's truths of life is whoever controls a precious resource is very likely to become a son-of-a-bitch.
This 'rehab' in Europe, is it in a country with a strong extradition treaty with the US?
Dr. Joy Bliss: Why don't all men act like Weinstein and Bill Clinton?
The problem is lack of accountability. Priests are not more likely to be pedophiles, but the Church covered up their actions, so they became lifelong perpetrators. Most police try very hard to do the right thing and treat their charges with respect, but a few bad cops are allowed to operate, and become repeat offenders. Similarly, people with power in business will tend to abuse that power, and when not held to account, will repeat their behavior over and over again.
Dr. Joy Bliss: Althouse wonders Are these allegations coming out now because Hillary Clinton lost the election and the time for covering for Bill Clinton is over at long last?
Keep in mind that O'Reilly fell before Weinstein, and Cosby before that. As for Clinton, the accusations against him were adjudicated long ago.
"the charges against Clinton were adjudicated long ago" No they weren't. Most of them never were pursued by legal authorities because the fix was in. Nice try though
Bill Cox: "the charges against Clinton were adjudicated long ago" No they weren't.
Paula Jones, backed by millionaires determined to bring down the President, sued Clinton. Her case was dismissed by the court. They settled out of court rather than going through a lengthy appeals process.
The Starr investigation spent millions of dollars digging into every detail of Clinton's life, and the only thing they came up with is that he lied about a consensual affair with Monica Lewinsky.
"Paula Jones....sued Clinton. Her case was dismissed by the court. They settled out of court rather than going through a lengthy appeals process. "
Sure. Or as Dan Thomasson wrote (April 1999):
"Clinton's settlement of the Jones suit makes him the first president to cough up for something he contends he didn't do. He paid $850,000 to settle a lawsuit that had been dismissed."
As for Bill lying about a consensual affair, he lied under oath.
Hank_M: Clinton's settlement of the Jones suit makes him the first president to cough up for something he contends he didn't do. He paid $850,000 to settle a lawsuit that had been dismissed.
Sure, though the court found that, even if accepting Clinton's actions as alleged, Jones couldn't show collectable damages.
Hank_M: As for Bill lying about a consensual affair, he lied under oath.
That's right, and for that he was punished. As we stated, it was adjudicated.
"Priests are not more likely to be pedophiles"
Not true. In the 60's - 90's the catholic church began to knowingly recruit gay men as priests. They acquired power and directed even more gay men into the priesthood. They individually and by coordination used their position to sexually abuse vulnerable boys/men. Yes! They were more likely to be pedophiles and many were pedophiles before they were priests. This faction in the catholic religion is still there, still very powerful but closeted for now.
I wonder if a simpler and less conspiratorial explanation for 'why now' is the number of movies taking a nose dive over the last few years. Not that canning Weinstein is going to fix that problem but it probably decreased the number of people interested in covering for him, and sexual allegations seem to be the most reliable way of getting a man fired these days.
I think that the reason movies are taking a hit now a'days is the result of liberalism creep and a decision to appeal to a segment of their audience. I was at one time a fan of science fiction and I believe at one time it was entertaining. But I find today's science fiction is tedious and unbelieveable. Then there is the entire werewolf/zombie/vampire genre or the even more boring horror genre.
Imagine that Hollywood had a model that they could follow like say a James Bond style of movie that makes big bucks. Now imagine that for whatever reason the producers and backers ignore that model in favor of some other model that typically fails or at best breaks even. Why?
Then of course there is the forced and often uncomfortable requirements of the left that puts a young female in the role of the "tough guy" who beats up men, kills the bad guys, and has a female lover. Yeah! That's a movie I want to pay money to go watch. No! Really! I believe a 20 year old petite attractive blond man hating lesbian, 105 lb women can beat up five professional fighters...
IdahoBob: Imagine that Hollywood had a model that they could follow like say a James Bond style of movie that makes big bucks.
The next James Bond movie is slated for 2019.
IdahoBob: No! Really! I believe a 20 year old petite attractive blond man hating lesbian, 105 lb women can beat up five professional fighters...
Sure. Who's going to believe that a woman can be Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound! Makes no sense at all.
"priests are not more likely to be pedophiles"
Pedophiles are attracted to prepubescent children. They were homosexuals. Homosexuals are notorious for their promiscuity and pederasty.
That is the 'dirty little secret' gay men do not want to talk about. Most of them were indoctrinated into the gay lifestyle as young teens or pre-teens. Even George Takei made some creepy 'romance' story about his first male sexual encounter. He was young, I think 12 or 13, and at camp when a counselor sexually abused him. He claimed it was wanted and fine. I doubt it.
Hoping we delve into the child sex abuse going on in Hollywood. That is an even uglier story that is untold.
Re the shock.
I suspect they were shocked like Capt. Louis Renault was shocked to discover that gambling was going on in Ricks Place in the movie Casablanca. Renault was being paid of course, so he wasn't going to notice anything.
"Why don't all men act like Weinstein and Bill Clinton?"
Because not all men are Democrats. That's why.
I bet he waits until the second or third consultation before he gropes Glaser.
"That is the 'dirty little secret' gay men do not want to talk about. Most of them were indoctrinated into the gay lifestyle as young teens or pre-teens. Even George Takei made some creepy 'romance' story about his first male sexual encounter. He was young, I think 12 or 13, and at camp when a counselor sexually abused him. He claimed it was wanted and fine. I doubt it."
SOooo...NOW can we suggest that the idea of a "genetic code" being the cause of homosexuality, may also have been a pre-paid outcome of a research project from which the outcomes were determined before the research?Yaa think?
faculty wife: Most of them were indoctrinated into the gay lifestyle as young teens or pre-teens.
Summer of '42
faculty wife: NOW can we suggest that the idea of a "genetic code" being the cause of homosexuality
Some people clearly have a predisposition to homosexuality. Homosexuality is common in the animal world, as well, so can be reasonably considered within normal natural variation.
"I sometimes wonder how people would behave if they were guaranteed that they could get away with anything."
If you have not at least superficially been confronted with a making a choice when accountability is unlikely, then you have no idea of the nature of your character.
It is the choice you make when accountability via public reputation, civil action or state "justice" that reveal who you really are.
There is the quote, often (probably erroneously) attributed to Lincoln. There is, however some truth in it.
"Nearly All Men Can Stand Adversity, But If You Want To Test a Man’s Character, Give Him Power"
Weinstein's issue was not that he was promiscuous (most men have at least that inclination) but that he enjoyed degrading and humiliating his victims. Most men, even promiscuous ones don't really want to see their partners hurting.
First of all, I love the headline, "why don't all men act like Weinstein and bill Clinton?" Not sure why, but that question made me laugh. And may I just add, those two needed power to get the girls, boy oh boy are they ugly men.
I read recently that Weinstein was a spectacularly unkind and rude man. This whole sex scandal is wrapped up in his not caring about other people, only himself. Nice the sex scandal is bringing him low.
I sure do get tired of nothing mattering but sex scandals.
Think there is so much world and deep state news that the media isn't reporting and then they throw us a sensational sex scandal bone to chew on for us to quiet down nicely.
So there was a guy with the power to make a girl a star, and whoa, 'casting couch' Then the girl stays quiet and becomes a star. Not good, of course, but, ho hum, what the heck is news about that?
Re: Clinton and Weinstein, replies to Zachriel:
Whether she would have been awarded money by a court is not what was in question. She appealed and was induced to drop it. So it was no better than partially adjudicated. Introducing "millionaires determined to bring down the president" is irrelevant, but thrown in there for emotional reasons. As to the impeachment, the fix was in because Trent Lott decided so. I still don't understand that, but we can call that "adjudicated" only in a technical sense, as that behavior by judges would have been grounds for their dismissal. Bringing up Ailes, O'Reilly, and Trump in a tu quoq actually gives away the point. Yes. Conservatives have been publicly accused throughout my lifetime, while liberals have been protected. This seems to be changing and it is fair to speculate why.
I challenge you to read Sharyl Attkisson's books and still assert you are on the fair and moral side here.
Never mind. I still remember you defending Hillary Clinton's private email server and and believing her excuses.
Assistant Village Idiot: Whether she would have been awarded money by a court is not what was in question.
The court dismissed her case.
Assistant Village Idiot: She appealed and was induced to drop it.
She had her day in court. It was a tort, not a criminal prosecution, in any case.
Assistant Village Idiot: As to the impeachment, the fix was in because Trent Lott decided so.
Clinton was thoroughly investigated. He could have been prosecuted after he left office. None of it amounted to anything other than his lying under oath about a consensual affair that had nothing to do with any of the rest of the investigation. He was found in civil contempt.
As stated, it was all adjudicated.
"Clinton was thoroughly investigated...None of it amounted to anything"
Hank_M: "Clinton was thoroughly investigated...None of it amounted to anything"
Not sure who said "None of it amounted to anything".
Clinton was acquitted by the Senate. However, he was found in civil contempt.