Wednesday, December 31, 2008
December 30, 2008
Drum roll! The winner of the 2008 Award for Political Incorrectness is...By Carey Roberts It's that time of the year — Christmas carols, shiny-wrapped presents, surprise visits by long-lost in-laws. And of course, our announcement of the annual Award for Political Incorrectness. Previous winners of this highly-sought after prize include California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger who took up the dicey issue of paternity fraud; columnist Phyllis Schlafly ("Shame on members of Congress who lack the courage to stand up to feminist outrages."); and Mark Inglis, the double-amputee who conquered Mt. Everest. Last year's unanimous winners were Dave Evans, Reade Seligmann, and Collin Finnerty, the former Duke lacrosse players who bravely overcame a firestorm of rape hysteria unconscionably fanned by the media and university activists. Let's open the envelope for 2008. This year's award goes to an unassuming university professor who has devoted his career to the understanding and remedy of family violence. He has received funding from the National Institutes of Health and was elected president of the National Council on Family Relations and the Eastern Sociological Society. Needless to say, his resumé is lengthy and impressive. When he began his research in the 1970s, the public was well-acquainted with the stereotype of beer-swilling men who bullied their wives. That was the good professor's assumption, as well. But when he published his research findings in 1975, everyone was amazed — women were just as likely as men to engage in partner violence. When he did follow-up surveys over the following 20 years, the gender-equal results confirmed his original research. More surprising, when other researchers studied homosexual relationships, they found lesbians had the highest rates of partner aggression. There was a problem, but not with the research itself. The burgeoning feminist movement had staked out the domestic violence issue as its cri de coeur. The feminists had ginned up their own theory: Domestic violence is a hate crime perpetrated against women. Gloria Steinem said it best: "The patriarchy requires violence or the subliminal threat of violence in order to maintain itself." But what if all the research paints a completely different picture, showing heterosexual women are equally likely to aggress, and the highest rates of battering are found among lesbians? Obviously the hate crime theory goes out the window, and Steinem's breathless claim seems pretty far-fetched, as well. So what's a good feminist to do about the good professor's research? Well, why not start a whispering campaign? Anything for the cause of female empowerment, right? So feminists at his university organized telephone ring accusing him of being a misogynist. He was picketed repeatedly. At the University of Massachusetts, a group of shouting and stomping women prevented him from delivering a guest lecture. (Yes, these are the same women who claim to be working for a more peaceful and tolerant society.) In Canada, Pat Marshall, chairwoman of the Commission on Violence Against Women, made this charge to a reporter about her meeting with the professor's wife: "I have never met a woman who looked so victimized." But when the writer called the woman, she said she had never been struck. Marshall was later forced to apologize. When the professor was elected president of the Society for the Study of Social Problems, a group of feminists stood up and walked out as he began his presidential address. And the threats continue to this day — recently one of his PhD students was told she would never find a job if she did her doctoral research with him. In the face of such opposition, many academics would go into another line of research, or begin to skew their data to be politically acceptable. But he would have none of that. Rather than being cowed by the threats, he opted to expose the motivations behind the attacks. In one interview, he charged the criticisms of his work are "justifications of violence by women in the guise of feminism. This is a betrayal of the feminist ideal of a nonviolent world." Then we went on to shed the light of truth their tactics. Writing last year in the European Journal of Criminal Policy and Research, he cast the spotlight on how feminist academics conceal, deny, and distort the evidence. Then he detailed the ways in which feminists have corrupted the research on female-perpetrated abuse, even scheming to obstruct research funds that might identify female offenders. Finally he took aim at researchers who have "let their ideological commitments overrule their scientific commitments." Interested persons can read this no-holds-barred paper here: http://pubpages.unh.edu/~mas2/V74-gender-symmetry-with-gramham-Kevan-Method%208-.pdf . Congratulations, Dr. Murray Straus, director of the Family Research Laboratory at the University of New Hampshire. You are the winner of the 2008 Award for Political Incorrectness. © Carey Roberts
Many thanks for joining the global search for Andrew.
Although Melinda and Andrew flew to Frankfurt, investigations conducted
by the German authorities have so far failed to find any trace of them
and they could now have left that country.
This is why I'm now asking people to send the following email to as many
people as possible in as many countries as possible (including Germany if (possible)along with a request that those people send it to as manypeople as possible, etc.
It doesn't matter if people send many emails or one email, the importantthing is that they all send it to someone else. One person in Sydney sent only one email but it went to a person in the US whose company then sent it to 10,000 people around the world.
I've also attached some material that has been translated into German andSpanish as well as a photo of a bus-shelter poster that is part of a UK campaign. Andrew is in the bottom left corner.
I'm expecting several more translations to arrive in the next few days and I will let you know when they arrive.
This is the email.....
Join the Global Search for Missing Australian Child - Andrew John
Four-year-old Andrew John THOMPSON was illegally abducted from Australia on 24th April 2008 and has since disappeared without trace. Andrew is at grave risk of emotional and physical harm. In addition to an extensive search that has been underway by international authorites for several months, an international multi-media campaign has now been launched to help the authorities find him as quickly as possible.
The following link takes you to a poster that contains links to a flyer that can be downloaded and printed. It also includes suggestions for displaying the flyer in public places. Please print this poster and display it wherever possible no matter what country you are in.
This next link will take you to a missing person website containing more information and photos of Andrew and his mother Melinda Margaret THOMPSON (who could also be using the name Melinda Margaret STRATTON).
A Facebook site has been established for Andrew and can be accessed at http://www.facebook.com/group.
The next link will take you to an article published in the Daily Telegraph in Sydney (Australia) on 13th December 2008. A video interview with Andrew's father is also contained within the article.
Please forward this email to as many people as possible and ask them to pass it on to as many people as possible as well. Ask them to use the flyers to raise awareness about Andrew in their local areas in as many countries as possible.
ANDREW WILL REMAIN AT A VERY HIGH LEVEL OF RISK TO EMOTIONAL AND
PHYSICAL HARM UNTIL HE IS FOUND AND RECOVERED.
Many thanks from Andrew's Dad, and Andrew.
kenthompson@(nospam)fastmail.fm ---> Remove (nospam) to contact Ken directly if you have information on Andrew's whereabouts) Email to Fathers 4 Justice Canada, Jeremy Swanson, F4J Global Would you pass the above information along to your contacts across the globe to draw awareness to the kidnapping of Mr. Thompson's son. I will post the updated information in my blogs. The video link to the Australian program "A Current affair" is best viewed via the facebook link following: http://www.facebook.com/ext/
This is a pass through link to MSN video and the Ozzy TV network. If you aren't on facebook try the direct link below.
http://video.msn.com/video. FQU_i&u=IwjiM aspx?mkt=en-AU&brand=ninemsn&
Another important element to this tragic occurrence and Mr. Thompson's attempts to find his son is the strategic campaign to find him. It can be used as a template for any of us if our children are taken. I know how he feels as do many of you and I once lost my two youngest for 7 months. It is the most excruciating agony a parent could suffer.
If you are not familiar with the story viewing the video will give you a quick overview.
F4J Sault Ste. Marie
My own experience shows the parent who does the kidnapping will also be alienating the child. Standard things the kidnapper will cite is "Daddy doesn't care about you", "Mommy is afraid of daddy hurting them both" and the list goes on. It is despicable and narcissistic behaviour and can have life long damage to the psyche of this child. The sooner he is found the better his chances of renewing his relationship, in a positive way, with his dad and hopefully allowing the mother to be involved in some manner, albeit cautiously for a time, because I firmly believe with passion a child needs both parents in their lives, if both are fit. Andrew's mom will have to demonstrate this.