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Activism / American MRA living in Canada
Apr 15, 2010, 07:24 AM
Hey,  guys.  I'm  living  in  Canada  now.   And  I'm  in  grad  school  at  the  University of  Ottawa.   Are  there   many  MRAs  in  Canada ?  Cause  I  want  to  help.
Since  I've  been  in  Canada,  I  found  myself  forced to adapt  to  a  strange  country.  Canada  only   LOOKS  like  America.   The  folks  and  customs  of  this  place  are  weird.  However,  my  old  MRA  instincts  got  revved up  when  I  saw  a  guy  and  his  two  kids  on  the  bus  this  past  saturday.  I  was  on  my  way  to  a  multicultural   adventist  church   in   east  ottawa.   this  guy  was  explaining  to  his  son  and  daughter,  both  under  14,  the  realities  of  life  after  divorce.  I  garnered  that  there  was  a  custody  battle  going  on  with  his  wife.   The  guy  is  canadian,  with  an  american  wife,  and  a  judge  has  to  decide  the  kids  fates.

I  simply  wished  him  good  luck,  and  told  him  I  could  relate.   I  told  him  of  my  past  activism.
I  didn't  have  any   flyers  on  me.    However,  I  still  care  about  the  cause  and  my  fellow  man.
I've  dealt  with  the  College  Sports   Council  before.    They  do  wonderful  work.  I  recall  their  heartfelt  campaign  as  they  tried  to  save  the  men's  sports   teams  at   James   Madison  University  in  the   2006-2007  school  year.
German woman charged in drowning of her 5-year-old grandson while on US vacation

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2 hours, 3 minutes ago

By Bill Kaczor, The Associated Press


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A 71-year-old German woman drowned her 5-year-old grandson in a bathtub while they were vacationing in Florida because she didn't want to see the boy grow up in a divorced home, authorities said Tuesday.

The grandmother, Marianne Bordt, tried to commit suicide after the drowning Monday by wading into the Gulf of Mexico wearing heavy clothes, authorities said.

Bordt, of Nufringen, Germany, was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Camden Hiers at a condominium on St. George Island, about 60 miles (96 kilometres) southwest of Tallahassee.

A public defender was appointed for Bordt, but no one answered at the office after business hours.

The boy's parents had joint custody of Camden after they divorced in 2006, but he lived mostly with his mother in an Atlanta suburb. His father, David Hiers, lives nearby and is on his way to Florida, according to his attorney.

"I don't think anybody ever knows that a grandparent could be capable of something like this," said Hiers' attorney J. Thomas Salata. "David Hiers is extremely distraught and overwhelmed with grief over this incident."

A phone message left at the mother's home, Karen Hiers, was not immediately returned. She is Bordt's daughter.

Bordt's husband, Heinz, told police he came back from shopping to find his wife returning from the beach sopping wet from the neck down, clad in a red jacket and long underwear.

"Mr. Bordt said that when he went into the house he saw his grandson partial(ly) submerged lying in the bathtub with his face in the water," according to a sworn statement by Franklin County Sheriff's Lt. Ronnie Segree wrote. "Mr. Bordt pulled him out of the bathtub, placing him on the living room floor."

His wife tried to run away from the two-story condominium building, but he forced her into the car and the couple drove to the local fire station, Segree wrote. The boy was dead when authorities arrived.

Marianne Bordt was being held without bond and has been placed under a suicide watch.

Her case will be reviewed by a grand jury, which must issue an indictment before she can be prosecuted for first-degree murder. The panel also has the option of reducing or rejecting the charge.

First-degree murder convictions in Florida are punishable by either death or life in prison without parole.


Associated Press writer Dorie Turner in Atlanta contributed to this report.
Want  to  hear  something  funny  ?

About  two  months  ago,  I  was  in  a  similar  situation.

I  live  in  a  fairly  quiet,  borderline  upscale  neighborhood  in  the  West  Side  of  Brockton,  MA.  My neighbors  are  mostly  white,  and  there  are  a   few  African-Americans,  Asians  and  Hispanics  around.  

I  came  home  one  early  afternoon  and  upon  noticing  a  weirdo   around,  parked  not  far   from  my  house,  I  activated  the  expensive  alarm  system  we  recently  had  installed.

I'm  in  the  basement  doing  laundry  when  the  alarm  unexpectedly goes  off.....I  get  a  phone  call  from   Monitronics.....and   the  lady  on  the  other  line  asks  me  if  everything  is  alright....I  say  yes....she  asks  me  for  the  safety  word.....which  is  known  by  family  members....but   escapes  me  at  the  moment....I  tell  her  my  very  personal  access  code,  which  the   security  company  also  knows.   She  says  okay,  wishes  me  to  have  a  good  day  and  hangs  up....

Ten  minutes  later  I  hear  a's  an   Italian  guy  in a  police  uniform,  one  of  Brockton's   policemen.    He  asks  me  if  everything  is  alright,  then  wonders  if  I  live  here.   I  say  yes,   and   he  asks  me  for  I.D.   I   show  him  my   UMass-Boston  ID   and   he  says  okay  but  needs  something  with  my  address  on  it....I  excuse  myself  and  go  look  for it.  

Try  as  I  might,  I  can't  find  my  license.....I  return  to  him  with   mail  letters  with  my  name  and  address  on  them,  he  nods,    but   tells  me  he  needs   more.....I  am   feeling  frustrated.....seriously.   Does  this  cop  really  think  I'm  some  kind  of  bloody  burglar  ?    The  cop  asks  me  if  I  have  a  key  or  something.   I  pull my  spare  key  out  of  my  wallet,  and  insert  it  in  the  door.

The  cop  nods,  says  that  works  for  him,  wishes  me  a  good  day  and  leaves.

He  was  polite  and  patient  about  the  whole  thing....but  I  can't  help  but  wonder  if  he  would  have  asked  me  so  many  questions  had  I  know.

I  guess  I'll  never  know.

I'm  not  one  to  cry  racism  at  every  corner....To  me,   the  struggle  for   men's  rights  is  a   very  important  matter  men  worldwide   need  to  know  about  yet  most  of  them  don't  care....

I  have  a  degree  in  criminal  justice  and  I'm  heading  to  the  MSP  Academy  soon,   so  I  can  understand  the  cop's   suspicion.....but  unpleasant  feeling  in  the  back  of  my  head   won't  go  away.

Cops   look  at   individuals  of  different  ethnicities  differently  and  sometimes  it  leads  to  incidents....let's  leave  it  at  that.

For  my  part,   I  strive  to always  be  calm  and   logical  when  dealing  with  other  human  beings....though  some  people  test  my  patience.
I  still  think  that  lady  is  responsible  for  the  whole  mess.  We've  got  more important  things  to  do.  Seriously.  Enough  time  has  been  wasted  on  this.

On  a  more  personal  note,  I  was  gone  due  to  health  issues,  but  I'm  much  better  now. :angel4:
Keep  up  the  good  work.


We'll  only  give  up  the  fight  after  pigs  start  flying.

Hello,  my  brothers.  Long  time  no  see.

Maybe it's the  Men's Rights Activist in me but....

I see three good men being put at odds with each other due to the actions of a sinister, manipulative woman.

Obama : The first black President of the USA, a man of intelligence and integrity who doesn't back away from challenges even when his plate is full....

Gates : A gifted and renowned black intellectual who feels his rights were violated.....

Crowley : The cop who's just doing his job....





Has  anyone   gotten  hold  of  this  woman  ?

I  think  she  is  laughing  her  sick  head  off  after  manipulating  three  powerful  men  into   a  colossal  mess.....

Just  like  a   Feminazi.

Main / Is swine flu a bio-terrorist virus?
Apr 28, 2009, 11:57 AM
  Is swine flu a bio-terrorist virus?

Michael Le Page, biology features editor

Already, the conspiracy theorists are claiming the swine flu virus spreading around the world was genetically engineered by bioterrorists. The truth is more prosaic: the virus is far more likely to be a product of our lust for bacon than of a hatred for humanity.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control, the new virus is a mixture of four different viruses: North American swine flu, North American avian flu, human H1N1 flu and a swine flu strain found in Asia and Europe.

The claim of the conspiracy theorists is that this new combination could not have occurred naturally, but this is not true. Flu viruses consisting of a mixture of human, swine and bird strains have been found before. However, there is a sense in which the virus could be regarded as man-made.

Flu viruses contain 8 strands of RNA, which code for 10 proteins. If two flu viruses infect a cell at the same time, new viruses budding from that cell can contain a mixture of RNA strands from the two original viruses - a phenomenon called reassortment. Recombination - "cutting and pasting" - can also produce mixing within RNA strands.

It is unusual to be infected by two flu viruses at the same time, and even rarer for one of those viruses to come from another species. But it does happen, especially in pigs, which are susceptible to both human and bird flu viruses. Repeated reassortments can produce mixtures like that found in the swine flu virus now spreading worldwide.

There was reassortment between bird and human flu viruses in pigs in Italy during the 1980s, for instance, while in the 1990s a H1N2 swine flu circulating in pigs in the UK was found to be a mixture of swine, human and bird flu strains resulting from multiple reassortments.

It is not yet clear exactly when and how Mexican swine flu strain evolved, but it could certainly have happened without the help of genetic engineers. Despite this, the swine flu could still be regarded as man-made.

There are now over 6 billion people on the planet, and each year we raise more than a billion pigs and perhaps as many as 70 billion chickens. The result is a paradise for influenza viruses.

As New Scientist's flu correspondent Debora MacKenzie has reported over the years, the problem is not just the sheer number of potential hosts. The conditions in which animals are kept can favour the evolution of new and deadlier strains.

For instance, in the wild nasty flu strains that make animals too ill to walk or fly are unlikely to spread far. On crowded factory farms, they can spread like wildfire, helped by the global trade in animals and animal products.

The interaction of farm workers with animals, especially on small-holdings where pigs, ducks, chickens and children all happily intermingle, also provides plenty of opportunities for viruses to jump species.

Animal vaccines might seem like the answer, but vaccines that do not provide 100% protection can actually make things worse. When there is widespread vaccination, viruses can spread without any visible disease. Ineffective vaccines also create strong selective pressure driving the evolution of new strains that can dodge the immune attack provoked by the vaccine.

Already, attention is turning to the big pig farms in Mexico, and the role they may have played in creating this new strain of swine flu.

The fact is that we still know so little about flu, and what makes it capable of spreading from human to human, means that deliberately engineering a virus of this kind would be a huge challenge. Yes, it's possible that this virus was created by a mistake at a research laboratory or a vaccine factory.

But by far the most plausible explanation is that this monster is the long-predicted product of our farming system.

A  troubling  thought  has  entered  my  consciousness,  friends.

I  assume  everyone  here  is  aware of  the  Swine  Flu  Pandemic  sweeping  much  of  the  world.

The  H1N1   stand  has  been  the  newsmaker  as  of  late.    I  find  it  suspicious  that  only  Mexicans  are  dying  of  this  disease,  and  not   Americans  or   Europeans.  It's  almost  as   if  the  Swine   Flu  Pandemic  were  selective.   Almost  as  if  it  could  think.

A  disease  that  thinks.   Sounds  like  a  bad   Sci-Fi  Saturday  night  movie.

Consider  certain  facts,  though.     Around  the  world,   many  are  infected.   Yet   American  and   European  cases  have  been  mild  and  non-threatening  while  one  third  of  the  infected  in   Mexico  have  died.

The   observer  in  me  thinks  the   Swine   Flu  Virus   didn't  spontaneously  appear.   It  might  have  been  created  in  a  laboratory   by  some  truly   devious  individuals.

Why  ?   The  observer  in  me  notes  that  the  Swine  Flu  has   almost  effectively  shut   the  borders   between  Mexico  and  the  USA,  preventing  the  flux  of  Mexican  immigration   which  has  the    WASPs   so  worried.   Statistics  say  that  within  our  lifetime,   Hispanics    can  and  will  outnumber   Whites  and  other   minorities   in   America.

It  seems  to  me  like  a   Right-Wing   individual  with   money,  resources  and  will  could    whip  up   twin   batches  of   Swine   Flu  and   unleash  them  around  the  world.    The  lethal  batch  is  released  in   Mexico,   killing   quite  a  few  people.   The  non-lethal  batch  is  released  in  America  and   Europe,  causing  some  discomfort  among   the  men  and  women  affected,  but  not   killing  anyone.    For  batch  number  two  is   just  a  cover   for  batch  number  one.   To  keep  everyone  distracted  and  unable  to  find   the  truth.

The  Mexicans  are  the  true  target  of  the   Swine   Flu  Pandemic.

The  parties  responsible  ?   A   private  entity  ?   A   Eugenics-minded  member  of  the  US  Government  ?   A  sociopath's  idea  of  ethnic  cleansing  ?   Take  your  pick.

I  find  the  matter  worth  some  thought.

Experts: Abuse doesn't just affect women

Recent high-profile case shows men often battered, but they fail to report it
By Amanda Cuda

Staff Writer

Updated: 03/25/2009 11:16:42 PM EDT

Most people have an image of what a victim of domestic violence looks like. And it's probably of a bruised and frightened woman.

But that picture doesn't tell the whole story, a fact that was made clear earlier this week when Fairfield police arrested Helen Sun, 37, after she allegedly handcuffed herself to her husband and bit him on the head, arms and chest. The incident was just the latest attack by Sun on her estranged spouse, who reported she also once broke an acoustic guitar over his head.

The bizarre case sheds light on the fact that not all victims of partner violence are women, said officials at domestic violence agencies.

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 85 percent of intimate partner violence victims are women. Those statistics are reflected at facilities in the region that help those fleeing violent relationships. Debra Greenwood, president and chief executive officer of the Center for Women and Families of Eastern Fairfield County in Bridgeport, said men make up about 20 percent of the shelter's clientele.

Meanwhile, at The Umbrella domestic violence program in Ansonia, programming director Susan DeLeon said she sees only a handful of male clients come through the agency each year.

But both said, though domestic violence disproportionately affects women, it's a real problem among men as well. In fact, it might be a bigger problem than people realize.

Many male victims of violence are



unwilling to come forward and seek help said Erika Tindill, executive director of the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

The coalition oversees 18 domestic violence programs throughout the state, including The Umbrella and the Center for Women and Families. Tindill said men who are abused by female partners can feel emasculated by the situation.

"We are in a paternalistic society," Tindill said. "We depend on men to be the providers."

Being abused by a wife or girlfriend flies in the face of that macho archetype, she said, and male abuse victims might be unwilling to admit what has happened to them. As a result, Tindill said, female on male violence "is clearly underreported."

DeLeon agreed men might be uncomfortable confessing they have been hurt by a woman.

"There's definitely a stigma there," she said.

They also could feel uncomfortable coming to shelters, thinking such services are for women and children only.

That's understandable, DeLeon said. "These shelters stemmed out of the women's movement, so I think people do see us as more of a woman's service," she said.

These services are also primarily staffed by women, DeLeon said, and some men might not be comfortable discussing their problems with someone of the opposite gender.

Penny Leisring, associate professor of psychology at Quinnipiac University, had another perspective on why abused men might not open up about their problems. Leisring has done several studies about various aspects of domestic violence, including violence perpetrated by women. She said males who are abused usually suffer less serious injuries at the hands of their abusers than their female counterparts. Thus, she said, "they may not see themselves as victims."

Leisring also pointed out society generally regards violence by women as far less serious than abuse inflicted by men. Nowhere is that discrepancy clearer than in our popular culture, Leisring said. "If a woman slaps her partner in a movie, people aren't as horrified as they are when a man does it," she said.

Societal perceptions aside, the experts said there aren't many differences between violence against men and violence against women. The warning signs of an abusive relationship are the same no matter the gender of the victim, Tindill said. With few exceptions, the abuser is always controlling, possessive, jealous and set on isolating the victim from friends and family.

Greenwood, meanwhile, said the incident with Sun and her husband should not only make people aware that men can be victims, but should remind them domestic violence -- by and against both men and women -- is a constant problem. In fact, she said, the tension caused by the poor economy has intensified the issue. In Fairfield County alone, Greenwood said, she has seen domestic violence incidents go up 38 percent since October, around the time the nation's financial crisis went into full swing.

With people losing their homes and their jobs, relationships that were already troubled can crack under the strain, resulting in abuse, she said.

Like Tindill, Greenwood said, though more women than men are abused, violence is violence no matter who is perpetrating. "It all goes back to power and control,"

she said.

Where to get help If you think that you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, here are some local resources: The Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 888-774-2900 The Center for Women and Families of Eastern Fairfield County, 334-6154 The Umbrella, 736-9944
Main / Paternity leave, a boon for new dads
Feb 26, 2009, 12:24 PM
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Even though there is no specific law that enforces paternity leave, more and more companies in India are increasingly offering paternity leave to their employees. , "It is a great concept and is also very useful. I took my paternity leave last month as my wife delivered our baby in - Hyderabad."

In the good old days, dads didn't dare enter the delivery room, let alone take time off from work to bond with junior or care for their wife. Today's practical, quality-of-life-loving fathers are a far cry from them and the birth of nuclear families has made paternity leave almost mandatory. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term, paternity leave is a paid leave granted by the company to an employee when he becomes a father.

And even though there is no specific law that enforces this leave, more and more companies in India are increasingly offering paternity leave to their employees. Employees of Infosys are eligible to avail three continuous working days of paternity leave and this option is avail able for the birth of the first two children.

Similarly Datacraft India also gives paternity leave. Says Ulhas Aher, HR head, Datacraft India, "We give three days paid paternity leave on the birth of the child. We give it only twice, i.e. during the birth of the first two children only and the gap between the two leaves should be three years. This is a symbolic gesture that we are participating in the employee's happiness and also an indirect message that one should not have more than two children."

So how do the employees feel about this gesture? Says Bangaru Babu, IT manager at Omega Healthcare services, Bangalore, "It is a great concept and is also very useful. I took my paternity leave last month as my wife delivered our baby in Hyderabad. Our company gives us five days paternity leave. So this combined with the two weekends (before and after the leave period), I got to take nine days off. I could go over to Hyderabad, finish all the hospital for malities and also take care of my wife and child. I think every company should introduce it."

Apart from natural birth, paternity leave is also being given for adoption by certain companies. "We give five days paid paternity leave even on the adoption of a child, apart from child birth. They can avail it within sixty days of adoption of a child. Birth or adoption, a child is the same for the parents and it needs attention from both the parents. That is the reason why we offer paternity leave even on the adoption of a child." says Guruvaryurappan, HR head at Omega Healthcare services.

While some may argue that three to five days is not enough, it may be considered as a ray of light -- corporates are at least becoming sensitive about the con cept. But there are still many companies who don't give paternity leave and employees are not too happy about it -- especially when they see other companies offering the same. Says an employee of Wipro Technologies, who did not want to be named, "Our com pany does not give paternity leave. So I had to use my personal leave when my wife delivered our baby. Ever since she got pregnant, I was saving up my leave, so that I could be with her after the delivery. It would have been a little less stressful if they had offered some kind of paternity leave."

State courts unfair to men, minorities, UW study alleges

A University of Washington study has found disparities in race and gender in the penalties doled out by the state's criminal courts.

By Jennifer Sullivan

Seattle Times staff reporter

OLYMPIA -- A University of Washington study has found disparities in race and gender in the penalties doled out by the state's criminal courts.

The study, conducted on behalf of the Washington State Minority and Justice Commission, found that Hispanic defendants are given significantly higher fees and fines than white defendants. It also found that defendants who take their cases to trial instead of pleading guilty face steeper fines.

The study, which spanned four years and involved more than 3,000 felony cases, urges an overhaul of the way Superior Court judges assign fees and fines in cases involving impoverished and minority defendants. The study even suggests that the state should let poor defendants pay their court-mandated financial obligations through community service.

"Our findings show that some people convicted of similar offenses face very different sentencing outcomes, not on the length of confinement but on the financial side," said Katherine Beckett, an associate sociology professor at UW. "It's a huge financial obligation to possess."

The study focused on court fees and fines, not the amount of time that defendants were sentenced to jail or prison.

The report indicates:

Men are given higher court fees and fines than women.

Drug convictions result in higher fees and fines than violent felony convictions.

The study also showed that court fees varied tremendously by county -- in one case a man convicted of drug offenses in Pierce County was fined $600, while a man convicted of the same crime in Lewis County was assessed $6,710 in fines.

Beckett and Assistant Professor Alexes Harris started the study in 2006 when the Washington State Minority and Justice Commission hired the UW to analyze the state's system for imposing court fees, fines and other legal obligations. The sociology professors combed through each of the 3,366 cases adjudicated by Superior Courts throughout the state in January and February 2004 and tracked several of the defendants over the following four years, the UW said.

Beckett and Harris turned over their study to the commission in August, but the UW released the study to the public on Tuesday. It's unclear why the report wasn't released directly by the commission. Officials with the commission didn't return calls for comment on Tuesday.

Beckett believes the study, which also includes interviews with defense attorneys, county clerk staff and convicted criminals, may finally show state and local officials the evidence they need to support a systematic overhaul.


King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg said he has little sympathy for the disparities cited in the report. He believes fines are a good idea because they "hit people where it hurts."

"If they don't want to pay the fines, they shouldn't commit the crimes," Satterberg said.

Among the recommendations listed in the report:

Creation of a statewide database to consolidate information about legal debts from all municipal and county sources to "simplify the repayment system."

Adoption of legislation that would automatically restore the voting rights of felons after their sentences are completed.

A measure that would let felons easily regain their voting rights was proposed in the Legislature last month, but the proposal has since been transformed into a bill that simply recommends a study. Lawmakers want the Secretary of State's Office to study current state statutes relating to voting-rights restoration and issue a report during next year's legislative session.

Jennifer Sullivan: 360-236-8267 or [email protected]

Copyright 2009 The Seattle Times Company
Main / Fictional drivel
Feb 26, 2009, 12:21 PM
Fictional drivel

Barbara Kay, National Post  Published: Wednesday, February 25, 2009
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Monday's front page news contained an unprecedented case of literary lese majeste. A parent of a Grade 12 Toronto high school student petitioned for the removal from the school's reading list of The Handmaid's Tale, a 1986 novel by the queen of Canadian literature, Margaret Atwood.

A review board concluded that the book should remain a classroom text. No surprise there. It is hard to imagine the venerated Ms. Atwood being effectively "dissed" by a mere parent.

The parent thinks the novel, a futuristic fantasy of a totalitarian society --American, not Canadian!--in which women become the reproductive slaves of conservative patriarchs, is "fictional drivel." Well, of course it is, and so is much else in the gifted Ms. Atwood's diverse oeuvre, but the parent misses the greater point.

The Handmaid's Tale isn't drivel because of the sex and violence that concerned the parent. It is drivel because it is a paranoiac fantasy whose principal purpose and effect is to stir up hatred of men.

Hatred of any other identifiable group in a novel would normally render a book unfit for school curricula (situational selection should not be confused with censorship). But inciting hatred against men in the guise of art is neither an aesthetic nor ethical crime in educational circles. Rather it is a virtue, borne aloft in a misandric cultural zeitgeist that Ms. Atwood was herself influential in shaping.

The setting of The Handmaid's Tale is "the recent future." The United States has morphed into the Republic of Gilead, dominated by Christian fundamentalists, who have conscripted fertile women into a program of forced breeding.

Dystopian fiction deserves critical respect when its premises are grounded in psychological or historical reality. That sexual relations in the West on a collective scale ever did or ever could descend into Ms. Atwood's ideologically self-indulgent nightmare is -- well, fictional drivel.

History does of course provide horrific examples of experiments in eugenics: Urged on, ironically enough, by "progressive" women, Alberta once permitted sterilization of the intellectually handicapped, a blot on Canada's rights landscape. But generally speaking, Western conservatives, religious or not, are the most likely to resist any government intrusion into citizens' private -- let alone reproductive -- lives.

Mass eugenics coincides historically with anti-religious collectivist visions run amok. The Chinese program of forced abortions came from the atheist, utopian left. The Nazi Lebensborn program, which seems to have been Ms. Atwood's inspiration, in which fertile young women were lodged at breeding farms, there to be impregnated by SS officers in order to improve Germany's Aryan stock, grew out of anti-religious paganism allied with fascism.

On its face, Lebensborn seems like something of a harbinger of Ms. Atwood's vision. But a crucial distinction makes a mockery of Ms. Atwood's alarmist projection: Unlike Ms. Atwood's fictional victims, German women were never forced to breed.

Quite the opposite: The Lebensborn "handmaids" were willing volunteers, seduced by the perks of higher social status, nutritious food and high quality medical care, luxuries ordinary Germans could only dream of at the time.

On the other hand, German men were pressed into battle, millions of them to die ghastly deaths. For history's real forced sacrifice -- forced gendered sacrifice, that is -- look to the millions of young males in the First and Second World Wars who were maimed, shell-shocked and blown to bits to satisfy or subdue the bloodlust of tyrants and ethnic revanchists. By comparison, having sex with fit, virile men, living in luxury for nine months and earning the plaudits of your nation would seem an enticing alternate to an odds-on grisly death.

But in Ms. Atwood's conspiracy-theorist feminist universe, women are victims, men masters of their fates. Women cannot be seen as opportunistic or exploitative, and men cannot be seen as themselves victims or objects of pity. Theory demands that her fictional women emerge as innocent dupes of warring control freaks.

There exist warrior cultures, where courting death and subjugating women are virtues, but America's isn't one of them. Even in warrior cultures, boys must be brainwashed into compliance (as anyone who has seen Hamas "motivational" videos can attest). In Nazi Germany, love for war was inculcated into boys with Teutonic efficiency and persistence, and yet conscription was still necessary. Left to choose freely, men will fight to protect their loved ones, defend their country or uphold their honour, but few men love war for its own sake.

The Handmaid's Tale is a nasty, anti-American trifecta of bigotry: a cheap thrust at men, conservatives and religious Christians.

It is not a "cautionary tale," as one Atwood admirer characterized it in Monday's news story. For here we are 23 years later. Forced-breeding camps? Hardly. Politically and culturally, women's issues rule; abortion is rampant; fatherlessness is pandemic. It is men--insofar as their traditional roles as providers, progenitors and protectors are concerned -- who are the endangered social species.

The Handmaid's Tale is merely a tale told by a feminist, and like so many other such heavy-handed ideological screeds, it is full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

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Buffalo wife sentenced for husband's shotgun death

    February 25, 2009

BUFFALO, N.Y. - A Buffalo woman has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for shooting her sleeping husband with a shotgun.

An Erie County judge gave Robin Kalinowski the harshest sentence allowed, even as she continued to maintain the November 2005 shooting was an accident.

During Wednesday's sentencing hearing, the 43-year-old woman lashed out at her brother-in-law, Kenneth Kalinowski, calling him a liar as he described her as evil.

Robin Kalinowski was convicted in January of second-degree murder in the death of Kevin Kalinowski. An earlier jury was not able to reach a unanimous verdict.

Kalinowski still faces charges of conspiring to hire a hit man to kill a man with whom she was having an affair. The would-be hit man was an undercover state trooper.,0,4771667.story