I’ve been very busy this morning working on a project and thanking all those who gave me a hand in the 72 hours from Thursday night through yesterday but there are a few stories that you guys need to see.

1. I quit

Via Glenn this post is something I hear an awful lot of from folks as I do my door to door.

The only thing I’m sure of is that what I saw today is a broken process and a sham. We all want a decent environment in which to live, but when various people at a public meeting — including federal officials and community members — talk about “environmental justice” and make it clear that their intent is to make it harder for businesses to operate, well, I can see why a businessman would decide to quit. I consider myself an environmentalist — because I want to live in a safe, secure, clean world — but what I saw isn’t reasonable concern for the environment as much as it’s an ideological agenda.

Environmentalism is simply a religion that the left approves of (sometimes I think left will approve of any religion as long as it doesn’t involve Christ).

2. Molly Who?

NYT jumps on the blame game trying to pin the murders in Norway on those in the US who fight against Jihad. I notice two things missing from their argument and the arguments of all those on the left rushing to link to it.

1. The Body count of those killed by Radical Islam this month (over 1100 casualties 436 of them killed). For some reason all of those talking about hate have no words of support or sympathy for those 1100, I’d love to know why. And more importantly that is just July, how is it that the June, May, April, March, February or January figures are not of the least interest to them?

2. How many people do the FBI have in hiding because they are in fear of their lives of those who oppose Jihad in the US? I can’t name one, but I can name one US Citizen, a lady named Molly Norris who even now is forced to live under an assumed name due to a Fatwa on her life. Strangely enough she is not worth a mention either.

The perfect visualization of this of all of this nonsense is at the Minority Report blog today.

3. STRAUSS-KAHN!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dan Collins at the conservatory notes an interesting angle on the Straus-Kahn story that has fallen off the face of the earth lately:

Perhaps we Colonials simply misunderstand the subtle nuance of the concept of seduction, for we are unsophisticated blockheads. We are apt to imagine Rudolf Valentino, perhaps, when in fact the Figura of Seduction is a randy old buck naked French satyr head banging a third-world maid in a first-world hotel bathroom against her will before running off to have lunch with his daughter and flying home. That is apparently what passes for charming.

I’ve been busy and haven’t written anything new for the Conservatory in a few days but the conservatory is always worth your time.

In the sudden rush to beat collective breasts concerning Dominique Strass Kahn as the prosecution’s lead witness credibility issues come to light there is something everyone seems to have forgotten.

When this story first broke one of the first things that happened was several women came out of the woodwork to talk about unwanted advances and more from Strauss Kahn over the years. Let’s remind you of one:

A local official of the Socialist party claimed that Strauss-Kahn had attacked her daughter, who is goddaughter to Strauss-Kahn’s second wife, in 2002.

Tristane Banon was in her 20s and writing a book when she approached Strauss-Kahn for an interview in 2002. In a TV programme in 2007, in which Strauss-Kahn’s name had been bleeped out, Banon allegedly described him as a “rutting chimpanzee” and described how she was forced to fight him off. “It finished badly … very violently … I kicked him,” Banon said. “When we were fighting, I mentioned the word ‘rape’ to make him afraid, but it didn’t have any effect. I managed to get out.”

Banon consulted a lawyer, but did not press charges. “I didn’t want to be known to the end of my days as the girl who had a problem with the politician.”

Banon’s mother, Anne Mansouret, told journalists on Sunday night she had dissuaded her daughter from legal action because she believed Strauss-Kahn’s behaviour had been out of character and because of close links with his family. “Today I am sorry to have discouraged my daughter from complaining. I bear a heavy responsibility,”

and lets remind you of another one:and another:

an indignant Nagy wrote to investigators saying: “I was not prepared for the advances of the IMF director general. I didn’t know what to do … I felt damned if I do, damned if I don’t.” Nagy left her job at the IMF after the affair, and hinted at harassment of female staff, adding that her boss had “without question” used his position to seduce her.

And lets not forget the money:

“They already talked with her family,” a French businesswoman with close ties to Strauss-Kahn and his family told The Post. “For sure, it’s going to end up on a quiet note.”

Prosecutors in Manhattan have done their best to keep the cleaning woman out of the reach of Strauss-Kahn’s supporters, but the source was already predicting success for the Parisian pol’s pals.

“He’ll get out of it and will fly back to France. He won’t spend time in jail. The woman will get a lot of money,” said the source, adding that a seven-figure sum has been bandied about.

Just a reminder the avg monthly income where she comes from in Africa is $45 a month

And lets not forget that Kahn’s story went from “lunch with his daughter” to “consensual sex” in record speed.

People are already comparing this to the Duke case but I don’t recall the duke guys having other women coming out with revelations, them changing their story, or money changing hands.

So I have three simple questions before I join the mea culpa bandwagon:

1. Have the women from the previous cases who “came out” recanted their stories?

2. Has any money changed hands or been promised to her family in Africa?

3. If the maid was making up the story all along, why did Strauss-Kahn change his story about were he was?

I think these are good questions, does anyone have good answers?

Update: It’s of course possible that he could have been chosen for a scam because of what he was, but we’ll see.

The friends of Domique Straus-Kahn have decided it’s time to double down and pony up.

First we have Bernard-Henri-Levy in a second piece.

I maintain that the tabloids which, the moment this story broke, and before we were aware of his version of the facts—or any facts at all—called Strauss-Kahn a “perv” (the New York Daily News headline), were indignant at his release on bail (the New York Post: “Frog Legs It”) and echoed unconfirmed rumors, always playing against him and changing every two hours (hasty departure… airline ticket purchased at the last minute… looking stressed out…), have set themselves up as judges in the place of the judges—which is still another infraction of the most elementary of rules of law.

Read the whole assault on a free press and marvel how he so easily shifts to “the system is to blame” argument, no longer querying if his friend was having lunch with his daughter, or how a mere chambermaid could have walked in alone as the Kahn defense has shifted narrative.

And while Levy keeps the pressure on in the press, Kahn’s friends are taking a different Tack that is likely to have a pretty strong effect:

“They already talked with her family,” a French businesswoman with close ties to Strauss-Kahn and his family told The Post. “For sure, it’s going to end up on a quiet note.”

Prosecutors in Manhattan have done their best to keep the cleaning woman out of the reach of Strauss-Kahn’s supporters, but the source was already predicting success for the Parisian pol’s pals.

“He’ll get out of it and will fly back to France. He won’t spend time in jail. The woman will get a lot of money,” said the source, adding that a seven-figure sum has been bandied about.

Talk about an international monetary fund, with her extended family living in poverty without electricity let along modern conveniences it’s no wonder they are feeling confident.

I’ve often talked about how the attitude of the left is that of a feudal Lord. You won’t find a better example of it that this case period.

For those of you looking to make the US into Europe lite, be careful of what you wish for.

…not to make light of the charges, but I’ll wager few American’s could have identified him any other way.

That isn’t true in Europe where strangely enough the potential socialist candidate for president of France arrest has loosened the tongue of at least one fellow socialist party official:

Banon’s mother, Anne Mansouret, told journalists on Sunday night she had dissuaded her daughter from legal action because she believed Strauss-Kahn’s behaviour had been out of character and because of close links with his family.

Out of character was it? Even after this from the same article?

in 2008, after a well-documented affair with Piroska Nagy a Hungarian economist and a junior colleague at the IMF, he was forced to publicly apologise for “an error of judgment”, but was cleared of abusing his position. He insisted the relationship was consensual, but when his wife, journalist Anne Sinclair, described it as a “one-night stand”, an indignant Nagy wrote to investigators saying: “I was not prepared for the advances of the IMF director general. I didn’t know what to do … I felt damned if I do, damned if I don’t.” Nagy left her job at the IMF after the affair, and hinted at harassment of female staff, adding that her boss had “without question” used his position to seduce her.

So three years ago it was apparently not out of character but it is NOW. So what is the last line of Mansouret’s statement:

“Today I am sorry to have discouraged my daughter from complaining. I bear a heavy responsibility,” she said.

…but in 2008 when the Nagy stuff came out she wasn’t, so what’s the difference? Simple, now that he is being prosecuted in America his political usefulness to the socialists is likely at an end.