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Claire McCaskill Accused of "War on Men" by Wall Street Journal Columnist James Taranto

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Sen. Claire McCaskill and WSJ columnist James Taranto
James Taranto, a highly controversial columnist for the Wall Street Journal went gunning for Senator Claire McCaskill this week, writing that she is participating in a "war on men" that is a part of "an effort to criminalize male sexuality."

Ugggghhhhhhh.

If you're not up for the brain hurtiness it takes to handle this we understand. There's a bunch of really great posts just below this one! Read those!

Taranto takes issue with the fact that McCaskill is blocking the nomination of Lt. Gen. Susan Helms as vice commander of the Air Force Space Command. McCaskill stated that this is because Helms overturned the conviction of an Air Force captain for sexual assault against the advice of legal counsel. McCaskill has been extremely vocal about the problem of sexual assaults in the military, which a Pentagon survey found happened to as many as 26,000 service members in the last year. Here's what McCaskill's spokesman Drew Pusateri told the Huffington Post about her decision:

As the senator works to change the military justice system to better protect survivors of sexual assault and hold perpetrators accountable, she wants to ensure that cases in which commanders overturned jury verdicts against the advice of legal counsel are given the appropriate scrutiny.

Taranto writes that the Air Force captain, Matthew Herrera, showed a penchant for "sexual recklessness" but that was after a whole lot of victim blaming. He wrote a bunch of stuff. Read it here, if you must.

Beyond the specific details of Herrera's case and Helms' decision, Taranto writes that this is about "criminalizing male sexuality." Because all men love rape and to ask them to quit raping women is tantamount to persecution. Poor men. Poor, poor men can't even get their rape on in peace anymore. Here's a video, where he implies that women being equal to men is a problem:

Pusateri, McCaskill's spokesman, tells Daily RFT that she is currently "considering writing a response" to Taranto and may we just say, oh, please, please, please.

Taranto is entitled to his opinion. We are entitled to ours, which is that Taranto is a troll and that anyone who thinks systemic sexual violence should be tolerated is a terrible person.

Follow Jessica Lussenhop on Twitter at @Lussenpop. E-mail the author at Jessica.Lussenhop@RiverfrontTimes.com.


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Dear Jessica,

I've been reading James Taranto for years and find him to be most reasonable.. Unlike yourself he doesn't have an agenda. Also unlike yourself he is highly intelligent, well informed and very personable. 

I would suggest a debate so you could present your case and state your facts but it appears you have none.. You're all about your agenda which of course serves no one but yourself..

Yes Jessica there is a war on men. The proof is all around you comes out in YOUR writing. Can you find anything similar written by a man? With the exception of a liberal NO MAN would ever use words (or awards) like yours against any woman.. Pull your head out of your vagina and be something other than a victim and prove me wrong..

prestondinjax
prestondinjax

In the spirit of your comments, Ms. Lussenhop, I would say it takes one to know one.

You apparently did not read his column, or you have little reading comprehension.

DEEBEE
DEEBEE

Jessica this is childish. But then being a women it becomes you no? I might not have agreed with your POV but at least layout something.. All you have done is be a stereotypical hysterical woman.

c_tomlin
c_tomlin

Helms and Taranto say that an accused should be considered innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt?    Outrageous!   Sexist!    What pigs!  

Jessica, are you even aware of the facts of the case at hand?   Are you even aware of the substance of Taranto's assertions?    Looks like General Helms took a classic "he said she said" accusation in which the "he" had much more evidence and witness testimony supporting him and Helms exercised some executive discretion.  Was the guy an a$$hole?   Perhaps.   A criminal rapist?   That was not proven to her satisfaction as a commander.   Ask any prosecutor, male or female.   False accusations of rape are unfortunately common.    That's why we have the collection of evidence and testimony.      Meanwhile, NOBODY is saying "let the guys rape."   Taranto is complaining about "criminalizing male sexuality."       So you can't see any difference between male sexuality.... and rape?    Then clearly you're the one with a very grave problem.     I went and looked at Taranto's column.   The only brain hurtiness I suffered was from reading yours.

andyr91
andyr91

I applaud McCaskill for her position, but after reading the facts of this case.  I think Jessica is guilty of poor reading comprehension.  It didn't involve rape as she claims.  And it certainly does not seem like an open and shut case.  Taranto's comments seem fine.

JoAnn Melton
JoAnn Melton

What a ridiculous charge........let it be HIS daughter or sister in that position.

kaname05
kaname05

How did you get a job writing when you write like a 14 year old and show a total inability to comprehend what others write? 

Jessi Anderson
Jessi Anderson

War on men? War on mans inability to control themselves? My god James Taranto is ridiculous....lets stop blaming victims and start holding people accountable for their actions.

Teresa Wise
Teresa Wise

GEEEZUS! Is that even possible? How about we just declare a war on stupidity?

PoorGirl
PoorGirl

@andyr91 

My thought exactly. Jessica reads as well as she writes. Poorly.

I_Callahan
I_Callahan

@JoAnn Melton - Explain what the position was.  Without having to look it up.

If you can do that accurately, at least then you'll have proven that you read his article.  But I'll bet you didn't.

mmmtain
mmmtain

@Jessi Anderson Yes, let's stop blaming victims and start holding people accountable for their actions. Here, James Taranto is the victim of Ms. Lussenhop's false claims about what he wrote. Have you actually read what he wrote? Have you bothered to learn the facts of the case? The (female) commander overturned the conviction because it was a he-said/she-said case with some witness testimony supporting what he said, and none supporting what she said. Nothing in what Taranto wrote supports men being free to rape, or not having to control themselves. So now, how will you be accountable for calling Taranto ridiculous? How will you be accountable for misrepresenting what he wrote?

armandriz
armandriz

@Teresa WiseNot a wise suggestion Teresa....you and Ms. Lussenhop may very well be the first casualties. 

Try reading Mr. Taranto's column instead of this poor excuse for a feminist rant.


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