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Balloon Boy barfs; dad denies hoax allegation

Commented Oct 16, 2009 at 18:18:01 in Home

“This is hilarious, and touches upon the boy's natural way of throwing up when he's stressed: (it's a dialogue between balloon boy and his father, imagined as a little scene in a play....

http://johnshore.com/2009/10/16/mr-hot-air-balloon-feel-like-doublin-your-allowance-son/
Richard Heene, Balloon Boy Dad, Expected To Face Criminal Charges

Richard Heene, Balloon Boy Dad, Expected To Face Criminal Charges

Commented Oct 16, 2009 at 18:05:49 in Denver

“here's a great take on this situation, it's a little dialogue between balloon boy and his scheming dad. i was happy I read this:

http://johnshore.com/2009/10/16/mr-hot-air-balloon-feel-like-doublin-your-allowance-son/
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How Balloon Boy Proves the Irrelevancy of Network News

Commented Oct 16, 2009 at 17:59:45 in Media

“this is excellent; it's an scene--it's written like a play, but is short---in which the father of balloon boy talks to his son about this idea he has for making the family rich again....hilarious, i love it:

http://johnshore.com/2009/10/16/mr-hot-air-balloon-feel-like-doublin-your-allowance-son/
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This Just In: Balloon Boy Throwing up on Today Show Was A Hoax

Commented Oct 16, 2009 at 17:57:04 in Comedy

“Hah! This is a good one, Steve. This whole affair is just so weird.

Another funny, very funny, thing I read today is an imagined dialogue between the boy and his father, called "'Balloon Boy's Dad: Feel Like Doubling Your Allowance, Son?' Hilarious. it's here:

http://johnshore.com/2009/10/16/mr-hot-air-balloon-feel-like-doublin-your-allowance-son/
A Child Rapist Is Not a Political Prisoner

A Child Rapist Is Not a Political Prisoner

Commented Oct 8, 2009 at 17:29:45 in Entertainment

“To tell the truth very few people would have noticed Polanski’s arrest (despite his apparent icon status in Hollywood) because, as Chris Rock said, he was just a guy that made a good movie 30 years ago. What has brought so much attention and anger to this case is Polanski defenders EXCUSING his horrible crime, and trying to use their fame, money, and influence to let him go free.

See this for the best refutation of Hollywood’s defense of Polanski

http://johnshore.com/2009/10/05/hollywood-go-polanski-yourself/

tc2598 on Oct 8, 2009 at 19:06:00

“What I am saying is much different from what Hollywood is saying. I've written about thirty posts on it.”
A Child Rapist Is Not a Political Prisoner

A Child Rapist Is Not a Political Prisoner

Commented Oct 8, 2009 at 17:22:47 in Entertainment

“Manslaughter in the case you describe would be an accident—you didn’t set out to kill someone, but your irresponsible use of alcohol caused someone’s accidental death. This is awful, but it is not the same thing as killing someone on purpose.

Rape on the other hand is rather difficult to do accidentally, did he drink so much that he passed out on top of her and accidentally had sex with her? All rape is “Rape-Rape””

tc2598 on Oct 8, 2009 at 19:04:42

“I'm talking about the charges.

There are degrees of murder. There are degrees of theft. There are degrees of rape.

Even though the example I used would be an accident, it would still be manslaughter because of the alcohol. It would not be the same as if you killed a guy in your car when you were sober. It would not be the same as if you got angry and shot him. It would not be the same as if you planned to shoot him, and then went over to his house and did it.

The law differentiates between different degrees of different crimes, is my point.”
Polanski Punishment Should Fit the Crime - Period

Polanski Punishment Should Fit the Crime - Period

Commented Oct 6, 2009 at 22:50:04 in Entertainment

“The anger people are feeling is being fueled by Hollywoods defense of Polanski. By minimizing his crimes, and trying to free him they have brought attention to a man that most of us never gave a thought to. The anger is against the cruelty of blaming the victim, and the attempt to use their influence to avoid justice for their friend and financial partner.

This blog captures the arguments against Hollywood’s support of Polanski. Read it it is good.

http://johnshore.com/2009/10/05/hollywood-go-polanski-yourself/

Gelfling on Oct 7, 2009 at 09:59:52

“Thanks for the link... Fantastic article. (And I love the title of it.)”
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On the Polanski Affair

Commented Oct 6, 2009 at 22:27:48 in Entertainment

“"arresting a man today about whom it was decided a long time ago, after 42 days in prison, that he wasn't a pedophile"

If he pleaded guilty to having sex with a minor isn't he by definition a pedophile?

“tracking him like a terrorist”,

Didn’t he get tracked by winning and award and the cops read the announcement? Will Osama Bin Laden be getting an award soon?

“and extraditing him like a former Nazi “

Is there a special un-Nazi extradition procedure?

For the best refutation of the Polanski defense see here:

http://johnshore.com/2009/10/05/hollywood-go-polanski-yourself/

Marcospinelli on Oct 7, 2009 at 03:28:58

“"If he pleaded guilty to having sex with a minor isn't he by definition a pedophile?"
================================

No.

Pedophilia is sexual attraction to non-developed, pre-pubescents. That wasn't Samantha Gailey Geimer. By all accounts, and I mean all, she didn't look 13.

The detective on the case, Sgt. Phil Vannater (of OJ Simpson case fame) said she looked like she could be between 16 and 18.

In the pre-sentencing report, describing her as "sullen", Anjelica Huston said, "She appeared to be one of those kind of little chicks between -- could be any age up to 25. She did not look like a 13-year-old scared little thing."

Roman Polanski is not a pedophile. That fact does not diminish what he did, and doesn't mean that those of us who say it are defending rape. If I had to guess, and I do, from the pattern of his relationships that I know about, Polanski is an ephebophile. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=pedophiles-erotic-age-orientation
Poo Poo on Putting Polanski in Prison

Poo Poo on Putting Polanski in Prison

Commented Oct 6, 2009 at 22:18:12 in Entertainment

“One of the reasons to extradite Mr. Polanski is so that all girls and women that have been victims of a sexual assault know that society is on their side and condemns the illegal act committed against them.

Another reason is so that Mr. Polanski and other Pedophiles get the message that their crimes will be punished.

Another reason id that the criminal justice system should not just give up their job to catch criminals because some other government agency is not successful in doing their job.

Another reason is so that everyone knows that in America you cannot buy your way out of justice. It is not fair to go after the poor criminal who can’t afford a life in France, and to let the rich go.

Finally, there are no Extraordinary circumstances—For the best refutation of the Polanski defense see here:

http://johnshore.com/2009/10/05/hollywood-go-polanski-yourself/
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Roman Polanski, And The Making Of A Legend

Commented Oct 6, 2009 at 18:19:22 in Entertainment

“Madoff may be convicted under the law for embezzlement, fraud, larceny or whatever—but it is not incorrect to say that he stole money, and he is a thief. We are not in court , and this is a conversation, and the term rape is approperate to Polanski's crime whatever the legal term.”
Who's Afraid of Harvey Weinstein?

Who's Afraid of Harvey Weinstein?

Commented Oct 6, 2009 at 16:51:45 in Entertainment

“There has been allot of talk about what is and what is not rape; is what Polanski did "rape-rape" or some lesser act. So what is the definition of rape?

See here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rape#Law_by_jurisdiction

“Rape is an assault a person involving sexual intercourse of another person without that person's consent.” The severity of the punishment is based on the use of violence, the age of the victim and whether drugs or intoxicants were used to override consent.”

Categorizations for rape under federal law:
Rape using violence or the threat of violence to override consent
Rape by causing fear in the victim for themselves or for another person to override consent
Rape by giving a drug or intoxicant to a person that renders them unable to give consent
Statutory rape involving an adult perpetrator

If looked at in the most favorable light to Polanski (ignoring the testimony of the victim entirely) the victim was only 13 years old, and so both legally and morally was unable to give her consent. Therefore

Polanski had sexual intercourse without consent: he raped her.
If you do look the victims testimony he also used drugs, and fear to override her unwillingness, again, and to a more severe degree, it was rape.

For a great discussion of the arguments presented in favor of freeing Polanski see here:

http://johnshore.com/2009/10/05/hollywood-go-polanski-yourself/

TheBlackCat on Oct 6, 2009 at 17:17:02

“As I stated in a previous thread, my guess is that Roman Polanski honestly believes it wasn't rape. Aside from the age issue, many people think if the woman wasn't kicking and screaming, it was consensual.

In the girl's testimony, she describes saying no, stop, over and over again. But she never actually fought back physically, because she was afraid.

In college, a boy tried to rape me. I also did not try and fight or scream. Yeah fighting sounds all well and good, except for one little thing...what if he fights BACK? He was already trying to rape me, I had every fear that if I fought him, he would hurt me even worse.

When I read this girl's testimony, it was so close to my own experience. Me just saying over and over I wanted to go, stop, please, no, and him just not stopping. Then he went for a condom, and while he was distracted, I jumped up and ran. And I'll never forget the look on his face as I headed for the door. It was just utter confusion and disbelief. And I realized, this guy honestly did not think he was trying to rape me. To him, me saying "no no no" was just me being coy. I actually DID want to have sex with him, I was just playing hard to get.

Polanski probably thought the same thing. The scariest moment of that girl's life was nothing but a game to him.”

bnyb on Oct 6, 2009 at 17:15:10

“I have yet to read a single comment suggesting he *didn't* rape her. I fail to see the purpose or point of your post.”
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Roman Polanski, And The Making Of A Legend

Commented Oct 6, 2009 at 15:21:51 in Entertainment

“This is great and exactly right! There has been allot of talk about what is and what is not rape; is what Polanski did "rape-rape" or some lesser act. So what is the definition of rape?

See here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rape#Law_by_jurisdiction

“Rape is an assault a person involving sexual intercourse of another person without that person's consent.” The severity of the punishment is based on the use of violence, the age of the victim and whether drugs or intoxicants were used to override consent.”


Categorizations for rape under federal law:
Rape using violence or the threat of violence to override consent
Rape by causing fear in the victim for themselves or for another person to override consent
Rape by giving a drug or intoxicant to a person that renders them unable to give consent
Statutory rape involving an adult perpetrator

If looked at in the most favorable light to Polanski (ignoring the testimony of the victim entirely) the victim was only 13 years old, and so both legally and morally was unable to give her consent. Therefore Polanski had sexual intercourse without consent: he raped her.

If you do look the victims testimony he also used drugs, and fear to override her unwillingness, again, and to a more severe degree, it was rape.

For a great discussion of the arguments presented in favor of freeing Polanski see here:

http://johnshore.com/2009/10/05/hollywood-go-polanski-yourself/

hp blogger Jeff Norman on Oct 6, 2009 at 16:43:29

“What about how the California Penal Code defines rape? Not relevant?”
Swiss Reject Roman Polanski's Bid For Prison Release

Swiss Reject Roman Polanski's Bid For Prison Release

Commented Oct 6, 2009 at 14:47:44 in Entertainment

“I would agree that he is defiantly a flight risk! He has been fleeing for 30 years. For a great discussion of the arguments presented in favor of freeing Polanski see here:

http://johnshore.com/2009/10/05/hollywood-go-polanski-yourself/
Polanski's Pardon? Not So Fast

Polanski's Pardon? Not So Fast

Commented Oct 6, 2009 at 00:21:23 in Entertainment

“I remember the 70's: Sex with children was not considered acceptable”
Pro-Polanski Hollywood Bands Together To Protest Arrest

Pro-Polanski Hollywood Bands Together To Protest Arrest

Commented Oct 6, 2009 at 00:01:30 in Entertainment

“This blog captures the arguments against Hollywood’s support of Polanski. Read it it is good.

http://johnshore.com/2009/10/05/hollywood-go-polanski-yourself/
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Leniency for Polanski

Commented Oct 5, 2009 at 23:14:51 in Entertainment

“Read this for a great rebuttal of the defense of Polanski

http://johnshore.com/2009/10/05/hollywood-go-polanski-yourself/
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Polanski's Arrest: Shame on the Swiss

Commented Oct 5, 2009 at 23:13:48 in World

“If in fact the girls mother was also her pimp (and we think this because Polanski's supporters have told us this?) does that make the act itself any less disgusting, or any less traumatic to the child? Would you think that would be an acceptable excuse if your husband had sex with a child? “Well her mother said it was OK”? Are you kidding with this?

Read this for a great rebuttal of the many defenses of Polanski

http://johnshore.com/2009/10/05/hollywood-go-polanski-yourself/
Letter From Paris: The Sound of American Outrage

Letter From Paris: The Sound of American Outrage

Commented Oct 5, 2009 at 23:04:17 in World

“You are mistaking the public outrage against Hollywood’s defense of Polanski, as a “mob” against Polanski himself. The public hardly paid attention to Polanski, or knew the detail of his crimes until Weinstein and friends took up his cause. The public outrage is against anyone who dismisses the severity of his crimes, and excuses him based on his “artistic achievements.” That is why people are so angry. Read this for a great rebuttal of Hollywood’s defense of Polanski.

http://johnshore.com/2009/10/05/hollywood-go-polanski-yourself/
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Sex, Lies, and Band-Aids: Why Ensign and Polanski Should Have Pulled a Letterman

Commented Oct 5, 2009 at 22:51:50 in Media

“Letterman is accused of having consensual (if questionable) sex with adults. He handled his “outing” with class and character. Still he will no doubt pay for the error of his ways for some time to come. Polanski committed a heinous crime. Is it even possible for someone who would do something like that to act with the type of character that David Lettermen showed? He (and his Hollywood pals) have spent a lot of energy and money excusing Polanski, and blaming the victim and the courts. He will have to do a lot of backtracking to get to the place you suggest. I doubt he has it in him.

Read this blog for a good overview of the Hollywood’s defense of Polanski

http://johnshore.com/2009/10/05/hollywood-go-polanski-yourself/
Who's Afraid of Harvey Weinstein?

Who's Afraid of Harvey Weinstein?

Commented Oct 5, 2009 at 22:35:25 in Entertainment

“This blog captures the arguments against Hollywood’s support of Polanski. Read it ti is good.

http://johnshore.com/2009/10/05/hollywood-go-polanski-yourself/
Who's Afraid of Harvey Weinstein?

Who's Afraid of Harvey Weinstein?

Commented Oct 5, 2009 at 20:37:51 in Entertainment

“Hollywood’s defense of Polanski, and worse their justifying of his crimes is appalling. It has done nothing but raise the public’s awareness of the depravity of Mr. Polanski’s crimes (which until his defenders took up his cause the public was largely unaware of) and make the moving going public think that the entire industry is morally bankrupt. I think that Hollywood is concerned that there is a lynch mob mentality toward Mr. Polanski, they are mistaken—the public’s disgust and anger is directed squarely at his defenders.

Hollywood actors may feel that speaking out against Mr. Polanski will harm their career, but not speaking out will damaged them in the public eye which will also have consequences for their careers.”
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On the Polanski Affair

Commented Oct 5, 2009 at 20:00:08 in Entertainment

“You are right about one thing:

Polanski is this monster -- and we shouldn't have given him either an Oscar or a César; we needed to boycott his films; we needed to turn him in to the authorities every time he vacationed with his family at his home in Switzerland.

However, you are wrong about the focus of the public's anger. Polanski is not the focus--it is YOU and the rest of the movie industry that is defending this criminal, and worse justifying his crimes. That is what is making everyone so angry. Your defense of Polanski has done neither his reputation, nor the reputation of the film industry any good.”

petegrif on Oct 6, 2009 at 02:48:45

“absolutely right. If an army of fuzzy headed apologists hadn't sprung to his defence this wouldn't be a big deal. He would just be moving through the justice system on his way to whatever sentence is appropriate for a man who assaults a child, runs from justice, lives as a scofflaw and makes no public apology.”

JacksonGT on Oct 5, 2009 at 20:53:03

“well said!”

sexyrexy on Oct 5, 2009 at 20:21:55

“monster?? by whose defination?/ yours? that's NOT saying much..

remember.. THE VICTIM FORGAVE HIM.. he's that kind of 'monster.. why SHaron Tate fell madly in love with him.”

roshni on Oct 5, 2009 at 20:18:53

“Agree fully.”

SeanOcali on Oct 5, 2009 at 20:17:37

“The blogger isn't part of the movie industry.”

sexyrexy on Oct 5, 2009 at 20:13:36

“HONEYBUNCH.. NO one is defending what he did.. but the way he was arrested.. 30 years on??

forget it.. this man is 76 years on-- he's made his fortune.. he's mostly made the films he ever wanted to do.. he's been lionised for his talent.. so all this outrage is redundant.. TRULY.

ah.. Polanski reminds me even more with CHARLES CHAPLIN.. in his dotage only then they called him a communist' AS DIRTY A WORD AS pEDOPHILE IS IN TODAY'S SOCIETY(without being differentiating it's full import)
.”

abbienormal on Oct 5, 2009 at 20:08:40

“I agree wholeheartedly. Well said.”
Cokie Roberts On Polanski:

Cokie Roberts On Polanski: "Just Take Him Out And Shoot Him" (VIDEO)

Commented Oct 4, 2009 at 15:23:02 in Media

“I have always loved Cokie Roberts level headed commentary. Now I love her even more.

By the way George Will summed up Hollywood's response perfectly

Thanks to you both”
Pro-Polanski Hollywood Bands Together To Protest Arrest

Pro-Polanski Hollywood Bands Together To Protest Arrest

Commented Oct 3, 2009 at 12:00:13 in Entertainment

“I am a liberal. (I am only saying that because apparently Hollywood is convinced that only right-wingers fine the rape of a child morally inexcusable.) I find Harvey Weinstein’s defense of Polanski disgusting.

Charles Manson also had a horrific childhood. Does Harvey want to let him out of prison?

Does he think that we should only imprison the untalented?

Does he think that charm and the affection of an adoring public make everything OK? Does that apply to Hitler?

Are the filmmakers he is mobilizing unaware of the devastating and long lasting impact of rape on a thirteen year old girl? Are they that insensitive?

Does he think that bragging about using his money and position to help Polanski escape justice make him appear anything but morally bankrupt?”

sexyrexy on Oct 19, 2009 at 00:42:55

“isn't your argument just off the beam??”
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