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Saturday, May 12, 2018

Another One BItes the Dust

The smart way to keep people passive and obedient
is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion,
but allow very lively debate within that spectrum
--Noam Chomsky  

Are you ready, hey, are you ready for this?
Are you hanging on the edge of your seat?
Out of the doorway the bullets rip
To the sound of the beat 
--Another One Bites the Dust, 

Equality may perhaps be a right, 
but no power on earth
can ever turn it into a fact
-- Honore de Balzac
Once there was a newsman named Paul Harvey who was famous for his "Rest of the Story" radio show. By fleshing out the details, one could come to understand the ground of the story. This is the thing we are least inclined to do today.

In fact, we are loathe to move beyond the salacious. Too difficult, too sobering. But we will do that here.

This is not an apologia for Eric Schneiderman, newly-retired former New York Attorney General, three hours following the publication of a New Yorker piece in which two of his former girlfriends indicted him of what amounts to either rough sex play, or abuse.

Judged in the court of public opinion, he was already dead in the water. Another one bites the dust.

"Some women like this," he told one of the women, after he allegedly slapped her. He very likely believed it, or he would not have said it, and done it. Each of these two women stayed in relationship with Schneiderman for over a year.

This is not to victim-shame, but to state a fact: If the man you are with thinks this behavior is good, and you comply even if only in your continued presence in the relationship, how is he to know that it is not appreciated? Seen another way, could this not be part of an archetypal master-slave game?

Do we not read and watch films based on books like 50 Shades of Gray? Was it not heralded as some sort of revelation for women's empowerment? Some pain -- that's how the master-slave game is played. It's all good.

Sacher-Masoch's classic, Venus in Furs, argues for the power of the slave in such relationships, for the master does not exist without it.

One episode recounted in the article has Schneiderman's girlfriend Ms. Selvaratnam saying that after being slapped, "(I) got up to try to shove him back, or take a swing, and he pushed me back down." If this were a typical case of outright abuse, the woman would be unlikely to come back at a much stronger perpetrator and "take a swing".

This sounds like game playing gotten out of hand. Maybe not your cup of tea, or mine, but for some, this is cricket.

When dungeon games are played correctly, there is always a "safe word", a way for the slave to stop any activity deemed outside the realm. This apparently works well for couples who abide by the rules.

But Mr. Schneiderman was too damaged to play the game well. His life is now ruined by the testimony of two women with whom he failed to be a consistent all-powerful character. He was weak, and not strong.

The New Yorker story states he awoke in pools of his own blood following injuries sustained while in drunken stupors. One woman bandaged his bleeding leg injury following one such episode, returning to re-bandage the newly-bleeding injury in his office the next day.

She had also seen him fall face down like a log following one episode of his getting wasted. Reading between the lines one finds a more nuanced story.

The woman said she had hoped that maybe she could help him stop his alcoholism. Of course, anyone in addiction treatment knows that cannot be done. The recognition and desire must come from the addict himself.

What seems evident is that Mr. Schneiderman was a runaway train in his illness, and it was only a matter of time before he was revealed. Unfortunately, there is no "#metoo" for the sick perpetrator of what he imagined a slice of society to approve. And Mr. Scheiderman is sick in the medical sense of the word, as the article belies his epic alcoholism and epsiodes of self-injury.

Like any typical functional alcoholic, those around him enabled his sickness to continue. As someone stated, he was "too valuable" of a commodity. So for all of his alleged objectification of the women in his life, the sadist was an object, too.

When the story broke, I told Ranger there would be a woman of color involved, and there was. Her statement that she was made to say that she was Schneiderman's "dark slave" is precisely in line with the sado-masochistic game. But it so offends our sensibilities that nothing can be heard beyond that.

As much as being a story about dysfunctional relationships and abuse, this is a story about a sick man who did not get the help he needed to be well.

So are we a prim bunch of morality policemen, or do we smile upon the panoply of sexual congress and call that freedom a good?

It would be nice if the rest of the story were told.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is an interesting and sober take on this case.

I guess what bothers me about Schneiderman is the hypocrisy. If he was just some alcoholic AG that was into somewhat mutual rough stuff and slave/master games with women, I wouldn't care about the story.

However, he was launching an expansion of his career based on pointing moral accusations at others; especially Trump. Schneiderman, like his dark skinned slave women, agreed to play a vicious political game. He put himself in the public eye riding his high horse. He jumped off his cavalry charge. He failed to protect his exposed flanks. He lost. He is a loser. Screw him.

There's yet more to this. Trump knew of the man's weaknesses years ago and even wrote that Schneiderman would be brought down just as he was. If Trump knew, then everyone in the elite circles knew, that includes ultra liberal jackass extraordinaire Gov Cuomo and NYC media darlings like Ander Cooper. People in glass houses should not throw stones. These elites are too stupid to know that - or they think we are too stupid to see past their cleverness. Screw them too.


Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 7:28:00 AM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From Fox News, "Gleason said he then got a call from Cohen, Trump's lawyer, and "shared with him certain details" of Schneiderman's alleged "vile attacks" on the women.

In his letter, Gleason asked U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood to issue a protective order sealing "any and all correspondence that Mr. Cohen may have memorialized regarding our communications."

In a brief phone interview Friday, Gleason said Cohen told him during their 2013 conversation that if Trump ran for governor, he would make the allegations about Schneiderman public."

If Schneiderman had stuck to debating the issues, as opposed to running on moral superiority, then his mental health issues would not be so damning. Maybe he'd go to rehab and emerge a better man and more viable candidate for it. But, as things are, he was caught BSing the public big time about his moral superiority. People do not like getting fooled.

That is the problem with the progressive movement. It's all about hyperactively signaling about being more virtuous. Back when the Republicans were running on the moral majority line, I voted Dem. Now things have flipped.

Then again, how could progressives run on the issues? They would have to get out there and convince voters that higher taxes, fewer jobs, much foreign intervention, unlimited immigration, a repeal of the 2A and a severe restriction of the 1A are good for them? That a man in a dress really is a woman or, perhaps, one of hundreds of genders that are real as long as the person feels they are and that you can be jailed or fined for not guessing correctly which one they are today. That whites owe blacks lots of reparation money and that whites should be bumped down the list of job applicants, etc, etc. The majority doesn't want what progressives are selling (witness the backlash in ultra-liberal CA recently), even if, out of fear of reprisal, they keep it to themselves and the ballot box. No one likes being made to feel afraid to express their views- who in their right mind would?. So the progs run as the Scarlet Letter party; shaming and accusing their way around political circles. It was a doomed and destructive approach from the get go and now it's catching up with them and one by one they bite they dust.


Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 8:38:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...

I don't know this guy Schneiderman from Adam. But see, here's the point:

All of a sudden the people elected this ur-White Guy to be president (when it should have been a bi-racial guy and then a woman). So he has upset the whole order of the universe, and the parties -- esp. the Democrats -- have no agenda for their base. What to do?

Copy the behavior of their minions: fulminate about some vulgar little human behavior and let the dogs run. That's easy -- now we feel an espirit de corps, like we have a cause, a raison d'etre. Right?

OK, so what exactly IS the issue? Oh, men and women have some problems when they get together. Pretty shocking, right? That the Great Human can be so foolish, so unkind and perverse.

...Nah, not really. Isn't news at all, is it? But we are starting from the ground up, you see? Cos this administration is unlike anything known before to mankind, so we will go to the ground, and look at our most basic problems.

Sounds good, and possibly productive? NO, because it's all about the "gotcha", the capture, the schadenfreude. You can;t legislate how people hook-up, how they self-define. Nossir, not today. Anything goes.

But if THAT is so, then why the furor every time we hear about this stuff? Now we have a lot of people out of work, and still no better primer on how to get along any better.

We are still the same scheming, petty, all-too-human things that we were pre-election 2016. So what are we doing, fer gawdssakes?

There will be a backlash (if we have time enough to be so self-critical.) Most likely, tho, just a new cause du jour.

Isn't anyone else bored by these distractions?

Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 8:55:00 AM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agree. yes, guess what? biology can't be beat and that means men and women are going to have problems when comingling, whether it be on the dating scene or in the work place. It also means that some people are going to be more successful at certain tasks, jobs, etc and, when in high demand roles, those same people are going to be compensated better and become wealthy. The best and brightest... the Bell Curve...2 standard deviations above the mean...inequality in outcome is the result of biology. Also, guess what? People are clannish, petty and bigoted. All people, not just whites. That probably has roots in biology too. The biological facts spell doom for liberal ideology. Leftists have killed millions trying to force the world to conform to their ideologies; before the societies collapse and become more free. So much tragedy for no gain.

Yes yes yes...civil rights in the 60s was a good thing, but that was a glaring legal matter that could be solved by broadly applying a broad law. It wasn't the micromanaging of day to day life that progs seek to impose on everyone. I don't think that's just a nuance. It's a category difference. Progs don't see that.

Yes. I am bored by the distractions. And increasingly annoyed.


Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 9:33:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...


Agreed on all accounts.


Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 12:07:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My band, at my request, is starting to cover "All Along The Watchtower" (Hendrixy version). I loved that tune from the first I heard it, Lord knows how many years ago. It needs to be revived. I used to imagine the first verse being about Republican conservatives. Now, I see it relevant because it is salient to Democrats/progressives.

"There must be some way out of here,"
Said the joker to the thief,
"There's too much confusion, I can't get no relief,
Businessmen, they drink my wine, plough men dig my earth,
None of them along the line know what any of it is worth"

Progs are now the wealthy elite. Taking the fruits of my labor, stepping on my freedom to further their own self-serving goals and ideologies. Since they know I will only take it so much, they seek to replace me with third world immigrants that don't know any better and are hungry enough to be their slaves.

"No reason to get excited," the thief, he kindly spoke,
"There are many here among us now,
Who feel that life is but a joke,
But you and I, we've been through that, and this is not our fate,
So let us not talk falsely now, the hour is getting late"

More good advice that elites/leaders should pay attention to; especially the last line.

"All along the Watchtower, Princes kept the view,
While all the women came and went, barefoot servants too,
Outside in the distance a wildcat did growl,
Two riders were approaching, the wind began to howl"

Yep. Elites should pay attention to history; especially all the revolutions against their ilk. Guess that's one reason they want gun control. That growl, the wildcat and the riders scare them crapless; even their gated communities and armed guards won't keep them safe.

CA's Gov. Brown, of the open borders and sanctuary cities, had someone arrested for trespassing on his personal property recently.

The Joker (aka avedis)

Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 2:34:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous David said...

One of my favorites as well.

The idea that progressives are the "wealthy elite" is, of course, comical. Most of the wealthy elite, like Trump, in my view although I know not yours, are neither conservative nor progressive. And the progressives are probably going to be getting progressively poorer -- pun intended there -- as they hoard up on liberal arts degrees.

Take that "fascist" episode in Charlottesville last year. My call at the time, and I stand by it, is that the guy who got fired from his blue-collar job for waving a tiki torch and the guy who took a vacation from his Starbucks job to "fight fascism" are from the same class and should have the same basic political interests.

To see who benefits by persuading them that they are mortal enemies, one merely has to follow the money.

Monday, May 14, 2018 at 10:25:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...


Great insight (and this applies to David's comment, as well).

Truth is truth -- it is neither Left nor Right, though we mortals often label these understandings (rare!) as on one side or the other.

The comic-tragic root here is that both sides think they must possess it, and that you are wrong if you are over there.

Holds true is any gathering. Baptists think the others are going to hell in a handbasket, and ditto for the others, in a foolish round-robin of "Who's got the truth?".

The truth is a koan: none of them, yet all of them (in greater or lesser degrees).


Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 11:13:00 AM GMT-5  
Anonymous David said...


That feels a bit too wishy-washy for me and probably would be for Avedis too. Nice try at mediation though.

I see the president now feels it is unconstitutional to investigate him for wrongdoing and that it doesn't matter because if guilty he could simply pardon himself.

But no doubt that is just more of the secret code that I, sadly outside the cult, do not have the wisdom to properly discern.

Monday, June 4, 2018 at 8:09:00 PM GMT-5  
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