Which Came First?

by baldilocks

Basically, I’ve got nothing.

I’m still feeling a little wistful and reflective after my road trip, so I’m simply going to share an excerpt from article I found interesting. (You may notice that we do that around here sometimes. The boss is lenient.)

I’m looking for something to write about that does not have the names Trump, Kavanaugh, or Ford in the headline.

Still looking …

Oh look! There’s a Georgetown professor who, on Twitter, overtly expressed her murdering psychopath fantasies against white men.

(This Tweet is in relation to you-know-who.)

Her account was finally suspended — after the Twitter powers-that-be refused to do it at first.

Twitter is, of course, chock full o’ nuts, but this woman is special.

Fair is a special case.  It turns out she’s engaged in numerous crazy stunts, and Georgetown University, that bastion of self-declared “civility,” just keeps on letting her keep on – almost like a protection racket, eh, Jesuits?

Here is a small, far from comprehensive rundown of her other instances of demonstrating…Georgetown values:

*In December 2016, she had a month-long meltdown against a Muslim colleague who voted for President Trump, harassing her colleague with epithets such as “clueless dolt,” “fame mongering clown show,” and “wretch,” arguing that her vote helped normalize Nazis.  The Daily Caller report notes that it was loaded with four-letter intensifiers.  The Muslim colleague complained that it was harassment.

*In January 2017, she published a blog titled “S— Men Say” that MRCTV reported was a platform for doxxing political opponents, with 80 instances counted.  MRCTV also reports that she went to great ends to get them publicized, using Google, Tumblr, and Twitter as platforms.

*In January 2018, she was caught in a Frankfurt airport berating the German police as Nazis, again, with considerable use of four-letter-word intensifiers.

*In October 2018, she launched a barrage of angry tweets at GOP senators, calling them “fragile snowflakes” and hollering about “white male privilege,” describing weird fantasies of their “manboobs’ going cancerous, as if cancer were something one jokes about.  She was unrepentant and has declared, even in some sort of piece, that “my profanity is sacred.”

Then there was this latest castration tweet, revealing a vile and violent mind.

And she teaching your children.

Honestly? I’m more worried about the quiet ones. You could probably make this blabbermouth cry with a stern look.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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My experience of being wrongfully accused doesn’t compare with that of Judge Kavanaugh.

But I’ve also had outlandish charges made against me–charges that were false but almost impossible to defend against.

The first case occurred in 1996 when I was an associate professor at New York University.

As the faculty considered me for tenure, a colleague charged that I was guilty of plagiarism, which can be the kiss of death in both journalism and the academy.

Here’s what happened.

As part of a U.S. State Department grant, I was working with Russian educators who were trying to introduce Western-style journalism into universities there.

As part of that effort, I was tasked with preparing educational materials geared toward reporting and writing.

One NYU professor had created a series of writing examples that everyone used in the department.

As part of my package for tenure, I included these exercises, which were prepared for the Russians, as an example of service to the profession.

The professor who attacked me for plagiarism said I had claimed the work as my own.

That was utter nonsense, but it didn’t make much difference.

As a result, a stellar tenure package–a slam dunk in the words of some of my colleagues–didn’t make it through the process.

Why had he decided to attack me? When I was hired, his friend at The New York Times didn’t get the job. My attacker, a former columnist at The New York Times, vowed to get me booted from the university to avenge his friend.

I didn’t have any ability to defend myself against the accusation because tenure meetings are secret, and I was excluded from the discussion.

It’s worth noting that the professor whose work I had allegedly plagiarized defended me.

But the damage was done. An accusation without foundation carried the day, and I had to find another job.

More recently, an anonymous accuser charged that I had created a “hostile work environment” in my department.

We were hiring a documentary producer. Since I was the only person in the department who’d directed and produced documentaries, I thought my analysis would count for something. I was dead wrong!

One of the finalists produced short videos about illegal immigrants in California. The material was poorly produced and edited, but one member of the department thought the content was compelling.

The videos were so bad technically, I said, it would be like hiring someone to teach writing who didn’t know much about grammar.

My expertise, however, came across as “mansplaining,” and the accusation went to the dean.

Because of my comments, an investigation was launched, which found no basis for the claim of creating a hostile work environment. But I never got to confront my accuser. I never received an apology.

Today an accusation often carries more weight than the truth. Somehow the standard has become guilty until proven innocent.

Christine Ford supposedly believed she was sending a letter in confident yet her entire Social Media Presence disappeared weeks before her name became public almost as if she and/or the people “handling” her wanted to make sure that you didn’t see her for who she actually is.

Update:  Consider the contrast to Brett Kavanaugh who has been an open book for decades in fact it once again reminds me of another man falsely accused a fellow Judge Kavanaugh is well acquainted with :

The high priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and about his doctrine

Jesus answered him, “I have spoken publicly to the world. I have always taught in a synagogue or in the temple area 10 where all the Jews gather, and in secret I have said nothing.

Why ask me? Ask those who heard me what I said to them. They know what I said.”

John 18:19-21