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Dear Mr. Turner,

I do understand why you wrote your comments—you were seeking to keep your son from going to jail. You love your son. That is good. But you see, his victim also has a father. And as a father of three amazing girls, if I were him, and read your comments, I would want to kick your *%^#!

Not because you sought to keep your son from prison—from probably having the same thing done to him, as he did to this young lady—but because in your plea for lenience, you did not even acknowledge the victim. You callously refer to his forcing himself on an unconscious woman as “20 minutes of action”.

What is amazing is that she doesn’t even remember the 20 minutes of action and yet, she will be dealing with it the rest of her life. And based on this reasoning—“that is a steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action out of his 20 plus years of life”— I should be able to commit crimes for 51 minutes (for my 51 years) that damage the entire lives of others.

Can I shoot 51 people if I do it in 51 minutes? Can I rob a bank and keep the cash because I only robbed one bank in 51 years?

And what about alcohol? While alcohol abuse is a huge problem on college campuses, most people, the vast majority of people, do not commit sexual assualt when they drink. And you have the audacity to suggest that he could travel (first class of course) and speak on college campuses about the dangers of alcohol—what danger? According to him and you!, he committed no crime.

I think of Michael Vick who has become an advocate for animal rights. But you see there are two big differences between your son and Vick. Vick did his time. And Vick expressed deep remorse for his sins. Your son has done neither. (A few months in county jail is nothing like prison.)

Again, I don’t fault you for trying to keep your son out of prison—you’re a dad—but you reveal yourself as a very poor one, when you don’t even acknowledge the victim. The pain and trauma caused by rape can last one’s entire life. Feelings of guilt, blaming oneself, not being able to enter a healthy sexual relationship with her eventual spouse, constant fear that it will happen again, the shame of having police photograph your wounds, and reliving the experience not only in nightmares, but in waking hours.

Maybe you missed the victim’s statement:

My clothes were confiscated and I stood naked while the nurses held a ruler to various abrasions on my body and photographed them. The three of us worked to comb the pine needles out of my hair, six hands to fill one paper bag…I had multiple swabs inserted into my vagina and anus, needles for shots, pills, had a Nikon pointed right into my spread legs. I had long, pointed beaks inside me and had my vagina smeared with cold, blue paint to check for abrasions.

After a few hours of this, they let me shower. I stood there examining my body beneath the stream of water and decided, I don’t want my body anymore. I was terrified of it, I didn’t know what had been in it, if it had been contaminated, who had touched it. I wanted to take off my body like a jacket and leave it at the hospital with everything else…

After work, I would drive to a secluded place to scream. I didn’t talk, I didn’t eat, I didn’t sleep, I didn’t interact with anyone, and I became isolated from the ones I loved most…

Your damage was concrete; stripped of titles, degrees, enrolment. My damage was internal, unseen, I carry it with me. You took away my worth, my privacy, my energy, my time, my safety, my intimacy, my confidence, my own voice, until today…I became closed off, angry, self deprecating, tired, irritable, empty. The isolation at times was unbearable. You cannot give me back the life I had before that night either.

I can’t sleep alone at night without having a light on, like a five year old, because I have nightmares of being touched where I cannot wake up, I did this thing where I waited until the sun came up and I felt safe enough to sleep. For three months, I went to bed at six o’clock in the morning.

But your statement sounds like you actually blame the victim for ruining your son’s life. No, your son ruined his own life when he decided to insert himself into an unconscious woman. Actually in America 20 minutes of action (read: rape) should get your 20 years of prison. This isn’t ISIS. Sadly, we live in a day where people do not want to be accountable for their actions and parents enable and indulge their children. And it looks like your son won’t have to give an account for his. At least not in this life.

God is a forgiving God, but only when we acknowledge of sins.

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Maybe I am not a Racist!

Ron Cantor —  November 6, 2014 —  Comments

(Written Wednesday morning after the election)

I am conflicted this morning. For six years, whenever I have criticized President Obama’s policies, some folks have suggested my problem was with his race. And not just me, but many who have taken issue with the president, particularly in the Tea Party, have been labeled as racists—simply for disagreeing. Many others have been fearful to say anything negative about the President’s policies for fear of being labeled a bigot.

But this morning when I heard that Mia Love, not just black, but a woman to boot, became the first black Republican congresswomen, I had this strange emotion. You would think that with the supposed war on women liberals keep talking about, that, as a white male, I would have been horrified at her success. On the contrary, my inner Archie Bunker was nowhere to be found. I was overjoyed with her success…as a woman, as a person of color, and, as a Republican.

So, maybe I am not a racist.

Maybe I am not at war against women. Maybe my issues with President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have nothing to do with race or sex, but ideas and policy! Maybe my beef centers around Obamacare, Fast and Furious, the IRS targeting conservatives, the wiretapping of reporters, and the Benghazi cover-up (and the cover-up of the cover-up!).

Maybe it is because the Fort Hood terror attack was labeled a workplace dispute. Maybe it is because the president has opened the borders to illegals, while not lifting one finger to get back our marine who was jailed in Mexico. Maybe my concerns had more to do with policy than pigment; facts rather than gender.

Could it be that my concern was far more connected to the fact that ISIS is growing at a rapid rate and our president did nothing to stop them until the pressure was too great to ignore? Or that his administration refers to Prime Minister Netanyahu as Chicken****, while Jews get run down on the streets in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv comes under rocket attacks? Or the fact he and Ms. Clinton have treated Netanyahu with disdain over and over again, when Israel is the USA’s only true and lasting ally in the Middle East.

Or just possibly it disturbed me that our President could condemn the beheading of a reporter and then exit stage left to go play golf and yuk it up with Alonzo Mourning. Could it be that I and millions of other Americans love the fact that America elected an African American, and yet are horrified at the lack of action that the Nobel-Peace-Prize-winning president has taken as the leader of the free world?

Today my heart rejoiced to see Mia Love (great name!), the daughter of Haitian immigrants, be elected to congress. I was so happy to realize that I am not racist, or sexist, but simply someone, who, like so many Americans, is passionate about the direction America is going. Today I confirmed, once and for all, that my issue with President Obama has absolutely nothing to do with the color of his skin, but the content of his character.

President Obama two years ago told my cousin, former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, that elections have consequences and “I won.” I hope he uses the same logic moving forward after Tuesday’s election.

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Ron Cantor and the Maoz Media team are back with the 28th episode of the Maoz Israel Report Podcast!

shana tova 2013*

 

Tal and Ron bring you this weeks current events with a holiday twist:

  • Rosh HaShana (The Jewish New Year) in Israel
  • the latest in the strike on Syria: Obama’s “red line”
  • New Year greetings from Iran to Jews around the world
  • Shockingly the Palestian Auth. give 15 MIL to Terrorists, just after receiving 148 MIL from US!

Plus! This weeks featured interview is with MJAA General Secretary, Joel Chernoff.

Ron shares on the Jewish New Year, “The Feast of Trumpets”.

At the end of the podcast, you can hear a single produced by our Maoz Media Team “Ata Molech” by Shilo ben Hod.

Enjoy!  And please send us feedback at:  podcast@maozisrael.org  and Subscribe to the Maoz Podcast on iTunes

 

Show Notes:

“Maoz Media- the time is NOW!”

“Ron’s blog on assembling gas mask- including photo”

“MJAA website”

“Ata Molech by Shilo ben Hod, produced by Viewthis.com/Maoz Israel Ministries”

Early this morning, just after midnight, Israel, as part of an agreement with the Palestinian Authority to return to the negotiating table, released 26 prisoners, most if not all, convicted of murder. The question being asked by most Israelis this morning, “And how does releasing terrorists bring peace?”

Below are videos and photos from the reception they received in Ramallah (11 were sent to Ramallah and 15 to Gaza). Just to be clear, none of these terrorists killed soldiers in an act of war, but all targeted civilians.

PLO member Salam Ali Atia  attacked Holocaust survivor Isaac Rotenberg with an ax, killing him.  Ra’ai Ibrahim Salam Ali also used an ax when he butchered 79-year-old Moris Eisenstatt while he peacefully sat, unarmed, on a public bench reading a book. Ian Sean Feinberg, who was helping Palestinians grow their economy, was killed by Abdel Aal Sa’id Ouda Yusef.

A released Palestinian prisoner is welcomed as he arrives at the Palestinian Authority headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah (photo credit: Issam Rimawi/Flash90)

A released Palestinian prisoner is welcomed as he arrives at the Palestinian Authority headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah (photo credit: Issam Rimawi/Flash90)

 

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, center, waves with the released Palestinian prisoners at his headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Wednesday, Aug. 14 , 2013. (photo credit: AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, center, waves with the released Palestinian prisoners at his headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Wednesday, Aug. 14 , 2013. (photo credit: AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

 

Relatives of Atef Sha’ath, one of the freed Palestinian prisoners, celebrate while waiting for his release at the checkpoint at the entrance of Beit Hanoun in Gaza, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013. (photo credit: AP Photo/Adel Hana)

Relatives of Atef Sha’ath, one of the freed Palestinian prisoners, celebrate while waiting for his release at the checkpoint at the entrance of Beit Hanoun in Gaza, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013. (photo credit: AP Photo/Adel Hana)

 

AFP / They celebrate in Ramallah

AFP / They celebrate in Ramallah

 

A person stands next to a banner with hand stamps in red paint during a protest in Tel Aviv against the prisoner release Monday. Many of the prisoners to be released are said to "have blood on their hands." (photo credit: AP/Tsafrir Abayov)

A person stands next to a banner with hand stamps in red paint during a protest in Tel Aviv against the prisoner release Monday. Many of the prisoners to be released are said to “have blood on their hands.” (photo credit: AP/Tsafrir Abayov)

 

Palestinian Prisoners going home to celebrate, while their victims remain in the grave.

 

Reuters  A newly released Palestinian prisoner is greeted by his mother in Gaza, August 14, 2013.

Reuters/A newly released Palestinian prisoner is greeted by his mother in Gaza, August 14, 2013.