Via JammieWearingFool we have this:
A Saudi judge has ordered a woman should be jailed for a year and receive 100 lashes after she was gang-raped, it was claimed last night.
The 23-year-old woman, who became pregnant after her ordeal, was reportedly assaulted after accepting a lift from a man.
He took her to a house to the east of the city of Jeddah where she was attacked by him and four of his friends throughout the night.
According to the judge’s ruling, the woman committed adultery. The fact that she’s not married apparently didn’t get in the way of that ruling. Actually, she “confessed” to the crime of having “forced intercourse.” (Yeah, that’s “rape” here in the US.) The woman became pregnant as a result of the attack and the court has graciously allowed her to carry to term and give birth before they handcuff her to a post and whip her 100 times with a leather bullwhip.
It’s times like these that I recall all the “diversity training” I’ve been required to attend and the inevitable presence of some woman with a glaring eye searching endlessly for the slightest thing that might possibly be offensive to some woman somewhere. I recall the various marches downtown and the picketing over some feminist issue or another. Where are those women, those marchers, those picketers now? Shouldn’t they be in front of the Saudi Embassy or shouting at their elected reps or flooding the media (print, radio, and TV) with demands that we loudly condemn such actions?
I know I do and I say so when I get the opportunity. Where, I wonder, are they?
Update: Apparently I’m not alone in asking the question. NOW keeps getting mentioned as an organization that’s got this sort of thing in their sights. This story says otherwise.
Arlen Specter, one of the so-called Republicans who went squishy on the “stimulus” package in the Senate was being interviewed on Fox News and they dropped this little bombshell on him (as reported at Hot Air by Ed Morrissey):
Here’s what Bloomberg found:
One new bureaucracy, the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology, will monitor treatments to make sure your doctor is doing what the federal government deems appropriate and cost effective. The goal is to reduce costs and “guide” your doctor’s decisions (442, 446). These provisions in the stimulus bill are virtually identical to what Daschle prescribed in his 2008 book, “Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis.” According to Daschle, doctors have to give up autonomy and “learn to operate less like solo practitioners.” …
Hospitals and doctors that are not “meaningful users” of the new system will face penalties. “Meaningful user” isn’t defined in the bill. That will be left to the HHS secretary, who will be empowered to impose “more stringent measures of meaningful use over time” (511, 518, 540-541)
What penalties will deter your doctor from going beyond the electronically delivered protocols when your condition is atypical or you need an experimental treatment? The vagueness is intentional. In his book, Daschle proposed an appointed body with vast powers to make the “tough” decisions elected politicians won’t make.
The stimulus bill does that, and calls it the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research (190-192). The goal, Daschle’s book explained, is to slow the development and use of new medications and technologies because they are driving up costs. He praises Europeans for being more willing to accept “hopeless diagnoses” and “forgo experimental treatments,” and he chastises Americans for expecting too much from the health-care system.
Basically, it tells Specter that he should have accepted death rather than expensive treatment, and that he’s a bad American for having survived. His doctors would have faced penalties for attempting to cure him if the FCCCER didn’t approve their work.
May I ask what the hell any healthcare provisions are doing in a so-called economic stimulus package? And particularly provisions that are designed specifically to deny healthcare options to Americans over the objections of their own doctors? This is an incredibly damaging provision to the American social fabric and it got slid in there because Obama and the Democrats figure they can ram the whole bill past everyone so fast no one will get a chance to read it. That’s effectively what Specter said happened here; that he voted for it without actually reading the damned thing.
The part that really ticks me off the most is that there’s no way to undo this. The House and Senate have already passed it and their “conference” to work out the differences between the bills is no more than a second shot hidden from general view at including funding for projects that got cut in the public eye. Still, I’m writing my Rep and Senators on this and, if it’s too late to stop it here, I want them to pass legislation to remove it asap.