In light of his arrest, it might be useful to remember that Roman Polanski raped a little girl:
In the girl's grand jury testimony, which is slightly sickening to read, she also said that she had repeatedly told Polanski no, but that she was too afraid of him to resist.
I don't care how old he is, or how long ago this occurred. I don't care if he's the most talented director every to lift a camera.
His behavior was indefensible.
I swear, none of my sisters are like this person. None of them.
If a year later we still can’t correct the record about a simple factual statement Sarah Palin made about the geographic location of her home state, how the hell can the truth win any argument?!
A terrific post over at Patterico's by Karl:
Facts, figures, and rigorous logic: three things the Left cannot abide.
Johah Goldberg writes on two conspiracy theories, and opines:
Politicians lie to advance their careers. You can look it up.
The Prime Minister has released a statement on the Second World War code-breaker, Alan Turing, recognising the “appalling” way he was treated for being gay.
Alan Turing, a mathematician most famous for his work on breaking the German Enigma codes, was convicted of ‘gross indecency’ in 1952 and sentenced to chemical castration.
Turing was also a founder of Computer Science and a hero to many of us. He was treated shamefully by the small-minded bigots of his day.
The PM's statement includes this:
While Turing was dealt with under the law of the time and we can’t put the clock back, his treatment was of course utterly unfair and I am pleased to have the chance to say how deeply sorry I and we all are for what happened to him. Alan and the many thousands of other gay men who were convicted as he was convicted under homophobic laws were treated terribly.
I am no longer going to describe Van Jones as a "communist."
Instead, I'm describing him as a member of a group dedicated to the destruction of the American Constitutional government.
He may be a Nazi, I'm not sure.
All those authoritarian, mechanized collectivists are the same.
Krauthammer on Obama, the Mortal:
After a disastrous summer -- mistaking his mandate, believing his press, centralizing power, governing left, disdaining citizens for (of all things) organizing -- Obama is in trouble.
Let's be clear: This is a fall, not a collapse. He's not been repudiated or even defeated. He will likely regroup and pass some version of health insurance reform that will restore some of his clout and popularity.
But what has occurred -- irreversibly -- is this: He's become ordinary. The spell is broken. The charismatic conjurer of 2008 has shed his magic. He's regressed to the mean, tellingly expressed in poll numbers hovering at 50 percent.
For a man who only recently bred a cult, ordinariness is a great burden, and for his acolytes, a crushing disappointment.
My heart bleeds.