December 19, 2017

Emma Goldman must be laughing in her grave!

At the end of 1919, two hundred and fifty "foreign undesirable" left the port of New York, forbidden ever to return to the United States.

Among those heading off into exile was the "highly dangerous foreigner" Emma Goldman, who had been arrested several times for opposing the draft, for promoting contraceptives, for organizing strikes and for other attacks on national security.

Some of Emma's sayings:

"Prostitution is the greatest triumph of Puritanism."

"Is there anything indeed more terrible, more criminal, than our glorified sacred function of motherhood?"

"Heaven must be an awfully dull place if the poor in spirit live there."

"If voting changed anything, it would be illegal."

"Every society has the criminals it deserves."

"All wars are wars among thieves who are too cowardly to fight, and therefor induce the young manhood of the whole world to do the fighting for them."

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Men Accused of Sexual
Misconduct in 2017 (so far)

Morgan Spurlock Documentary filmmaker

Accusation Mr. Spurlock made public previous accusations of sexual harassment and rape against him. 
Fallout Stepped down from his production company. 
Response“You see, I’ve come to understand after months of these revelations, that I am not some innocent bystander, I am also a part of the problem.” 

Mario Batali Chef, restaurant owner and co-host of ABC show, “The Chew"

Accusation Sexual misconduct, including inappropriate touching, with four women. 
Fallout Fired by ABC and stepped away from his businesses. 
Response“I take full responsibility and am deeply sorry for any pain, humiliation or discomfort I have caused to my peers, employees, customers, friends and family.” 

Ryan Lizza Writer for The New Yorker and political analyst for CNN

Accusation Improper sexual conduct. 
Fallout Fired from The New Yorker. 
Response“I am dismayed that The New Yorker has decided to characterize a respectful relationship with a woman I dated as somehow inappropriate.” 

Alex Kozinski Federal appeals court judge

Accusation Sexual misconduct or inappropriate comments with six female subordinates. 
Fallout Retired. 
Response“It grieves me to learn that I caused any of my clerks to feel uncomfortable; this was never my intent.” 

Trent Franks U.S. representative for Arizona

Accusation Asked two female staff members to be surrogates to bear his child. 
Fallout Resigned. 
Response“I clearly became insensitive as to how the discussion of such an intensely personal topic might affect others.” 

Lorin Stein Editor of The Paris Review

Accusation Sexually inappropriate behavior, including unwanted touching. 
Fallout Resigned. 
Response“I blurred the personal and the professional in ways that were, I now recognize, disrespectful of my colleagues and our contributors, and that made them feel uncomfortable or demeaned.” 

Danny Masterson Actor

Accusation Raping four women. 
Fallout Fired from a Netflix show, “The Ranch.” 
Response“From day one, I have denied the outrageous allegations against me. I have never been charged with a crime, let alone convicted of one.” 

Matt Dababneh California state assemblyman

Accusation Sexual harassment of a lobbyist. 
Fallout Will resign. 
Response“My stepping down isn't out of guilt or out of fear. It’s out of an idea that I think it’s time for me to move on to new opportunities.” 

Ruben Kihuen U.S. representative for Nevada

Accusation Unwanted sexual propositions. 
Fallout Will not seek re-election. 
Response“I want to state clearly again that I deny the allegations in question.” 

Israel Horovitz Playwright and founding artistic director of the Gloucester Stage theater

Accusation Sexual abuse of nine women, some of whom were teenagers at the time. 
Fallout Theater has cut ties, and two plays were canceled. 
Response“To hear that I have caused pain is profoundly upsetting, as is the idea that I might have crossed a line with anyone who considered me a mentor.” 

Justin Huff Broadway casting director

Accusation Sexual misconduct. 
Fallout Fired by his employer, Telsey + Company. 
ResponseDid not respond to requests for comment. 

Garrison Keillor Creator and former host of “A Prairie Home Companion”

Accusation Inappropriate behavior with a co-worker. 
Fallout Dropped by Minnesota Public Radio. 
Response“I’ve been fired over a story that I think is more interesting and more complicated than the version MPR heard. Most stories are.” 

Matt Lauer Co-host of “Today"

Accusation Sexually inappropriate behavior with at least one woman. 
Fallout Fired by NBC. 
Response“Some of what is being said about me is untrue or mischaracterized, but there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed.” 

Johnny Iuzzini Chef and judge on ABC's “The Great American Baking Show”

Accusation Sexual harassment of four employees. 
Fallout Fired by ABC. 
Response“I am shattered and heartbroken at the thought that any of my actions left members of my team feeling hurt or degraded.” 

Charlie Rose Television host

Accusation Sexual harassment of at least eight women, including groping and lewd phone calls. 
Fallout Fired by CBS. Bloomberg and PBS canceled distribution of his interview show, “Charlie Rose.” 
Response“I have behaved insensitively at times, and I accept responsibility for that, though I do not believe that all of these allegations are accurate.” 

John Conyers Jr. U.S. representative for Michigan

Accusation Sexual harassment of employees. 
Fallout Resigned. 
Response“They are not true. I cannot explain where they came from.” 

Russell Simmons Co-founder of Def Jam Records and other businesses

Accusation Sexual assault of two women. Later, four women accused him of violent sexual behavior, including raping three of them. 
Fallout Stepped down from his businesses. 
ResponseIn response to one of the earlier accusations, he said he had been “thoughtless and insensitive in some of my relationships over many decades” and apologized. Of later accusations of violent sexual behavior, he said “I vehemently deny all these allegations. These horrific accusations have shocked me to my core and all of my relations have been consensual.” 

Al Franken U.S. senator for Minnesota

Accusation Sexual harassment of several women, including forcibly kissing and groping. 
Fallout Will resign. 
Response“I know in my heart, nothing that I have done as a senator, nothing, has brought dishonor on this institution, and I am confident that the Ethics Committee would agree.” 

David Sweeney Chief news editor at NPR

Accusation Sexual harassment of at least three female colleagues. 
Fallout Left NPR. 
ResponseDid not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Stephen Bittel Florida Democratic Party chairman

Accusation Sexually inappropriate comments and behavior. 
Fallout Resigned. 
Response“I have much to learn, but my goal is and has always been to make sure every member of our party has a safe environment in which to succeed. It seems I’ve not been successful in that goal, and I will do better.” 

Wes Goodman Ohio state representative

Accusation Inappropriate behavior. 
Fallout Resigned. 
Response“I sincerely regret that my actions and choices have kept me from serving my constituents and our state in a way that reflects the best ideals of public service.” 

Steve Jurvetson Co-founder of a venture capital firm and a board member of Tesla and SpaceX

Accusation Sexual misconduct. 
Fallout Resigned from firm and taking leave of absence from boards. 
Response“Let me be perfectly clear: No such allegations are true.” 

Tony Cornish Minnesota state representative

Accusation Sexual harassment. 
Fallout Resigned. 
Response“I sincerely apologize for my unwelcome behavior.”

Eddie Berganza Editor at DC Comics

Accusation Sexual harassment, including groping and forcibly kissing women. 
Fallout Fired. 
ResponseMr. Berganza did not respond to a message on Facebook from The Times seeking comment. 

Andrew Kreisberg Executive producer of “Arrow,” “Supergirl,” “The Flash"

Accusation Sexual harassment of more than a dozen people. 
Fallout Fired by Warner Bros. TV Group. 
Response“I have made comments on women’s appearances and clothes in my capacity as an executive producer, but they were not sexualized.” 

Louis C.K. Comedian and producer

Accusation Sexual misconduct with five women, including exposing himself and masturbating in front of them. 
Fallout FX and other media companies cut ties. Movie release and comedy special were canceled. 
Response“These stories are true. … I have been remorseful of my actions.” 

Dan Schoen Minnesota state senator

Accusation Sexual harrassment, including sending a sexually explicit photograph. 
Fallout Resigned. 
ResponseThe allegations are “either completely false or have been taken far out of context,” Mr. Schoen told MinnPost. 

Benjamin Genocchio Executive director of the Armory Show art fair

Accusation Sexual harassment, including unwelcome touching of five women. 
Fallout Replaced. 
Response“To the extent my behavior was perceived as disrespectful, I deeply and sincerely apologize and will ensure it does not happen again.” 

David Guillod Co-chief executive of Primary Wave Entertainment agency

Accusation Sexual assault of four women. 
Fallout Resigned. 
Response“Mr. Guillod denies any allegations of nonconsensual sex,” his lawyer told TheWrap. 

Andy Dick Actor

Accusation Sexual harassment, including groping. 
Fallout Fired from film. 
Response“I didn’t grope anybody. I might have kissed somebody on the cheek to say goodbye and then licked them. ... I’m not trying to sexually harass people.”

Michael Oreskes Head of news at NPR and former New York Times editor

Accusation Sexual harassment of three women. 
Fallout Resigned. 
Response“I am deeply sorry to the people I hurt. My behavior was wrong and inexcusable, and I accept full responsibility.” 

Hamilton Fish President and publisher of The New Republic

Accusation Complaints by female employees. 
Fallout Resigned. 
Response“Women have longstanding and profound concerns with respect to their treatment in the workplace. Many men have a lot to learn in this regard. I know I do, and I hope for and encourage that new direction.” 

Kevin Spacey Actor

Accusation Sexual assault of multiple men and sexual misconduct with a minor. 
Fallout Fired from "House of Cards" and cut from other projects. 
Response“Kevin Spacey is taking the time necessary to seek evaluation and treatment,” said his representative in a statement. 

Raul Bocanegra California state assemblyman

Accusation Sexual harassment of at least six women. 
Fallout Resigned. 
Response“While I am not guilty of any such crimes, I am admittedly not perfect.” 

Mark Halperin NBC News and MSNBC contributor, co-author of “Game Change"

Accusation Sexual harassment of at least five women. 
Fallout Dismissed from MSNBC and NBC News and had upcoming book and HBO adaptation canceled. 
Response“I am profoundly sorry for the pain and anguish I have caused by my past actions. I apologize sincerely to the women I mistreated.” 

Rick Najera Director of CBS's Diversity Showcase

Accusation Sexual harassment, including inappropriate comments to performers. 
Fallout Resigned. 
Response“We are heartbroken and confounded by deliberate and cruel defamations,” said his family in a statement. 

Knight Landesman Publisher of Artforum

Accusation Sexual harassment of at least nine women, including groping. 
Fallout Resigned. 
Response“I fully recognize that I have tested certain boundaries, which I am working hard to correct.” 

Leon Wieseltier A former editor at The New Republic

Accusation Sexual harassment of several women, including inappropriate advances. 
Fallout Fired from Emerson Collective, which canceled publication of a magazine he was editing. 
Response“For my offenses against some of my colleagues in the past I offer a shaken apology and ask for their forgiveness.” 

Terry Richardson Fashion photographer

Accusation Sexual harassment of models. 
Fallout Banned from working with Condé Nast. 
Response“Many of his professional interactions with subjects were sexual and explicit in nature but all of the subjects of his work participated consensually,” a spokeswoman said. 

John Besh Chief executive of the Besh Restaurant Group

Accusation Sexual harassment. 
Fallout Stepped down. 
Response“I alone am entirely responsible for my moral failings. This is not the way the head of a company like ours should have acted.” 

Lockhart Steele Editorial director of Vox Media

Accusation Sexual harassment of at least one person, including unwanted kissing. 
Fallout Fired. 
ResponseVox Media's chief executive said Steele had admitted to “engaging in conduct that is inconsistent with our core values and will not be tolerated.”

Robert Scoble Tech blogger and co-founder of the Transformation Group

Accusation Sexual assault of at least two women. 
Fallout Resigned. 
Response“Each of the women who have come forward used grains of truth to sell false narrative.”

Cliff Hite Ohio state senator

Accusation Repeatedly propositioning a female state employee. 
Fallout Resigned. 
Response“I recognize that this was inappropriate behavior. … I apologize completely.” 

Chris Savino Creator and showrunner of “The Loud House”

Accusation Sexual harassment, including unwanted sexual advances, of as many as 12 women. 
Fallout Fired. 
Response“I am deeply sorry and I am ashamed.” 

Roy Price Head of Amazon Studios

Accusation Sexual harassment of one woman. 
Fallout Resigned. 
ResponseCould not be reached for comment. 

Andy Signore Senior vice president of content for Defy Media

Accusation Sexual assault of one woman and harassment of several others. 
Fallout Fired. 
Response“Mr. Signore unequivocally denies allegations of sexual assault, harassment or retaliation of any kind,” his lawyer said in a statement.

Harvey Weinstein Producer and co-founder of the Weinstein Company

Accusation Raping three women. Sexual assault and harassment of dozens of others — including masturbating, exposing himself and unwelcome touching. 
Fallout Fired from his company and expelled from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. 
Response“I appreciate the way I've behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it.” He denied the accusations of nonconsensual sex. 

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In 1971 on this day,  Stanley Kubrick's X-rated film "A Clockwork Orange" based on the book by Anthony Burgess and starring Malcolm McDowell premieres.

What's Jay have to say about Kubrick's film:

....Alex has an affinity for Beethoven, despite his predominate brutishness, which often plays over scenes of violence or sex, including rape. Alex and his "droogs" engage in "ultra-violence," and end up raping the wife of a liberal activist who opposes the state's draconian control measures.  Later, Alex attempts to rape a wealthy woman who lives in a country estate and is caught.  What we see here is a prophetic view of the future of man's world.  A globalized, 1984-style slum, where a few elites and intelligentsia live outside the urban areas. The intelligentsia like the writer and the behaviorist therapist seeking to cure Alex have a faulty view of human nature, and this is the key.  The film is full of sexual (and other bodily function elements) images which display the fact that most men are led about by their bodily desires, and contribute nothing to society.  The liberal activists and therapists continually try to make Alex a "productive" member of society and seek to influence him with religion and other salves.   However, the crucial point of the film is that Alex remains Alex.

(Read Jay's full article here.)

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