Arresting a pervert who jumped bail after drugging a 13 year old, raping and sodomizing her is a “minor technicality”

No kidding. You can’t make this shit up.

Debra Winger: (…and if it were her daughter?)

What a convoluted Hollywood we have, where child molestation and  statutory rape is a “minor technicality” compared to some pervert’s next movie.

“We eagerly await his next masterpiece”.

Really? Well, the rest of us do not eagerly await his next child rape.  Instead, we eagerly await seeing his ass in jail for the rest of his perverted life. Just saying. I just don’t get it. I really don’t get it.

From Wikipedia regarding this “Minor Technicality”:

In 1977, Polanski, then aged 44, became embroiled in a scandal involving 13-year-old Samantha Gailey (now Samantha Geimer). It ultimately led to Polanski’s guilty plea to the charge of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor.[32][33]

According to Geimer, Polanski asked Geimer’s mother if he could photograph the girl for the French edition of Vogue, which Polanski had been invited to guest-edit. Her mother allowed a private photo shoot. According to Geimer in a 2003 interview, “Everything was going fine; then he asked me to change, well, in front of him.” She added, “It didn’t feel right, and I didn’t want to go back to the second shoot.”[33]

Geimer later agreed to a second session, which took place on March 10, 1977 at the Mulholland area home of actor Jack Nicholson in Los Angeles. “We did photos with me drinking champagne,” Geimer says. “Toward the end it got a little scary, and I realized he had other intentions and I knew I was not where I should be. I just didn’t quite know how to get myself out of there.” She recalled in a 2003 interview that she began to feel uncomfortable after he asked her to lie down on a bed, and how she attempted to resist. “I said, ‘No, no. I don’t want to go in there. No, I don’t want to do this. No!’, and then I didn’t know what else to do,” she stated, adding: “We were alone and I didn’t know what else would happen if I made a scene. So I was just scared, and after giving some resistance, I figured well, I guess I’ll get to come home after this”.[34]

Geimer testified that Polanski gave her a combination of champagne and quaaludes,[35] a sedative drug, and “despite her protests, he performed oral sex, intercourse and sodomy on her”,[36][37][38] each time after being told ‘no’ and being asked to stop.[39][40][41][42][33]

Polanski was initially charged[43] with rape by use of drugs, perversion, sodomy, lewd and lascivious act upon a child under 14, and furnishing a controlled substance (methaqualone) to a minor. These charges were dismissed under the terms of his plea bargain, and he pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of engaging in unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor.[44]

Under the terms of the plea agreement, according to the documentary Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired, the court ordered Polanski to report to a state prison for a 90-day psychiatric evaluation, but granted a stay of ninety days to allow him to complete his current project. Under the terms set by the court, he was permitted to travel abroad. Polanski returned to California and reported to Chino State Prison for the evaluation period, and was released after 42 days. All parties expected Polanski to get only probation at the subsequent sentencing hearing, but after an alleged conversation with LA Deputy District Attorney David Wells, the judge “suggested to Polanski’s attorneys that he would send the director to prison and order him deported”.[45] In response to the threat of imprisonment, Polanski fled the United States.

Polanski fled initially to London on February 1, 1978, where he maintained residency. A day later he traveled on to France, where he held citizenship, avoiding the risk of extradition to the U.S. by Britain. Consistent with its extradition treaty with the United States, France can refuse to extradite its own citizens, and an extradition request later filed by U.S. officials was denied. The United States government could have requested that Polanski be prosecuted on the California charges by the French authorities.[46] Polanski has never returned to England, and later sold his home there. The United States could still request the arrest and extradition of Polanski from other countries should he visit them, and Polanski avoided visits to countries (such as the UK) that were likely to extradite him and mostly travelled and works in France, Germany, the Czech Republic and Poland.

In a 2003 interview,[47] Samantha Geimer said, “Straight up, what he did to me was wrong. But I wish he would return to America so the whole ordeal can be put to rest for both of us.” Furthermore, “I’m sure if he could go back, he wouldn’t do it again. He made a terrible mistake but he’s paid for it.” In 2008, Geimer stated in an interview that she wishes Polanski would be forgiven, “I think he’s sorry, I think he knows it was wrong. I don’t think he’s a danger to society. I don’t think he needs to be locked up forever and no one has ever come out ever — besides me — and accused him of anything. It was 30 years ago now. It’s an unpleasant memory … (but) I can live with it.”[48]

In 2008, a documentary film of the aftermath of the incident, Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Following review of the film, Polanski’s attorney, Douglas Dalton, contacted the Los Angeles district attorney’s office about prosecutor David Wells’ role in coaching the trial judge, Laurence J. Rittenband. Based on statements by Wells included in the film, Polanski and Dalton sought review of whether the prosecutor acted illegally and engaged in malfeasance in interfering with the operation of the trial.[49]

In December 2008, Polanski’s lawyer in the United States filed a request to Judge David S. Wesley to have the case dismissed on the grounds of judicial and prosecutorial misconduct. The filing says that Judge Rittenband (now deceased) violated the plea bargain by keeping in communication about the case with a deputy district attorney who was not involved. These activities were depicted in Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired.[50] In January 2009, Polanski’s lawyer filed a further request to have the case dismissed, and to have the case moved out of Los Angeles, as the Los Angeles courts require him to appear before the court for any sentencing or dismissal, and Polanski did not intend to appear. In February 2009, Polanski’s request was tentatively denied by Judge Peter Espinoza, who said that he would make a ruling if Polanski appeared in court.[51][52] The same month, Samantha Geimer filed to have the charges against Polanski dismissed from court, saying that decades of publicity as well as the prosecutor’s focus on lurid details continues to traumatize her and her family.[53]

There is no statute of limitations for sex crimes in the state of California, nor for the felony of failure to appear[54]. A statute of limitations would only be applicable to a person who hadn’t been charged.

 

Here is the list of people who signed a petition to demand Polanski’s release. Apparently, courts of law no longer have to follow law with it comes to famous felons. They have to follow Hollywood.

Um…..I don’t even know who the heck most of these people are. Oh Look!  Woody signed…

Polanski petition signatories, as of September 29th:

Fatih Akin
Stephane Allagnon
Woody Allen
Pedro Almodovar
Wes Anderson
Jean-Jacques Annaud
Alexandre Arcady
Fanny Ardant
Asia Argento
Darren Aronofsky
Olivier Assayas
Alexander Astruc
Gabriel Auer
Luc Barnier
Christophe Barratier
Xavier Beauvois
Liria Begeja
Gilles Behat
Jean-Jacques Beineix
Marco Bellochio
Monica Bellucci
Djamel Bennecib
Giuseppe Bertolucci
Patrick Bouchitey
Paul Boujenah
Jacques Bral
Patrick Braoudé
Andre Buytaers
Christian Carion
Henning Carlsen
Jean-Michel Carre
Patrice Chereau
Elie Chouraqui
Souleymane Cisse
Alain Corneau
Jerome Cornuau
Miguel Courtois
Dominique Crevecoeur
Alfonso Cuaron
Luc et Jean-Pierre Dardenne
Jonathan Demme
Alexandre Desplat
Rosalinde et Michel Deville
Georges Dybman
Jacques Fansten
Joël Farges
Gianluca Farinelli
Jacques Fansten
Etienne Faure
Michel Ferry
Scott Foundas
Stephen Frears
Thierry Fremaux
Sam Gabarski
René Gainville
Tony Gatlif
Costa Gavras
Jean-Marc Ghanassia
Terry Gilliam
Christian Gion
Marc Guidoni
Buck Henry
David Heyman
Laurent Heynemann
Robert Hossein
Jean-Loup Hubert
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
Gilles Jacob
Just Jaeckin
Alain Jessua
Pierre Jolivet
Kent Jones
Roger Kahane,
Nelly Kaplan
Wong Kar Waï
Ladislas Kijno
Harmony Korine
Jan Kounen
Diane Kurys
Emir Kusturica
John Landis
Claude Lanzmann
André Larquié
Vinciane Lecocq
Patrice Leconte
Claude Lelouch
Gérard Lenne
David Lynch
Michael Mann
François Margolin
Jean-Pierre Marois
Tonie Marshall
Mario Martone
Nicolas Mauvernay
Radu Mihaileanu
Claude Miller
Mario Monicelli
Jeanne Moreau
Sandra Nicolier
Michel Ocelot
Alexander Payne
Richard Pena
Michele Placido
Philippe Radault
Jean-Paul Rappeneau
Raphael Rebibo
Yasmina Reza
Jacques Richard
Laurence Roulet
Walter Salles
Jean-Paul Salomé
Marc Sandberg
Jerry Schatzberg
Julian Schnabel
Barbet Schroeder
Ettore Scola
Martin Scorcese
Charlotte Silvera
Abderrahmane Sissako
Paolo Sorrentino
Guillaume Stirn
Tilda Swinton
Jean-Charles Tacchella
Radovan Tadic
Danis Tanovic
Bertrand Tavernier
Cécile Telerman
Alain Terzian
Pascal Thomas
Giuseppe Tornatore
Serge Toubiana
Nadine Trintignant
Tom Tykwer
Alexandre Tylski
Betrand Van Effenterre
Wim Wenders

73 Responses

  1. I saw this absolutely disgusting and she somehow seems to think that him being a talented artist makes it all better. DISGUSTING!

  2. He hasn’t made a masterpiece in 40 years. The Piano sucked.

  3. Leopards rarely change their spots.

    And why is he running and hiding if it’s so “MINOR” for all these years?

    Here’s some food for thought:
    http://narcissists-suck.blogspot.com/2008/05/cover-up-reveals-it-was-intentional.html

  4. This self-important Winger would doubtless say the same thing if he had killed a family of twelve. Americans are so starved for heroes that they’ve settled on Hollywood morons– pompous asses who get paid obscene sums of money to convince audiences that make-believe is real. No wonder these pus-pockets love obama: he’s another stupid, overpaid, professional liar who also is adored by the immature and weak-minded.

  5. I just don’t get it. I really don’t get it. There is NO rationlizing a man who jumped bail after pleading guilty to rape, No matter how many years go by. And I REALLY don’t get the trivialization of what he did. What the hell is going on in this country when pigs are right and children mean shit.

    As usual, it’s the girl’s fault because her mother (???????) knew about it. This does NOT constitute consent because a 13 year old is a minor and an adult raping her is a felon. Period. This pig is a fugitive felon. And God knows how many other children were involved in the past 30 years. To show any support for what he did is just plain…………..

  6. I must have slept thru that case. I had no idea the guy was on the lam. It’s outrageous to assume that because he managed to avoid his sentence for thirty years that it’s all erased.

    Thank heavens Charlie Manson never made a hit movie.

  7. This story really makes me blow a gasket. If you don’t know the story, there’s a decent recap of it on Wiki, better catch it quick though before its whitewashed. Anyway, a bunch of movie industry slimebuckets and Euro trash politicos have signed a “petitiion” to demand that the child drugging/sodomizing/rapist/felon/fugitive is freed immediately. No shit, this is how their “petition” ends:

    The signatories concluded: “we demand the immediate release of Roman Polanski”

    Can you believe these assholes??? They d e m a n d. So hop to it Switzerland & USA. Polanski is too cool to go to jail.

  8. How would these freaks feel if some middle aged pervert raped & sodomized their 13 year old child. I so hope this disgusting old perv goes to jail & gets what he deserves.

  9. A great artist perhaps, however it is difficult to argue that the conviction and bail jumping escape, with the passage of so many years, somehow exhonerates him.

  10. Somebody needs to tell them that courts of law don’t give a shit about their demands. They go by who committed a felony and what their sentence is.

    I’m sure the far left cliffers think he should stay free. What can you expect from people who think Bill Ayers didn’t do anything wrong either?

    Crier, he’s not THAT great. I mean he made a couple of good movies. The world will continue on when he’s gone. The world will continue if all of them were gone. It’s not like everyone’s air supply will be cut off if Polanski never does another movie. Or any of them for that matter. Greater entertainers than he have gone before him and we are all still here. I personally hope he dies in jail, but not before Bubba gets to him daily.

  11. Hey maybe he can plea that since he ran, he is cured and only does 15 year olds now.

  12. Would be nice if we could get the signatures on that petition though. The list of people who support child molesters who jump bail.

  13. Didn’t Mia go after woody with a pitchfork for the same thing? Now she supports Roman? Just because he created her career with Rosemary?

    Frankly, i think Woody has more talent the Polanski and he’s ruined.

  14. Here’s another with updates:

    http://bighollywood.breitbart.com/bighollywood/2009/09/29/naming-names-the-free-roman-polanski-petition/

    Mostly eurotrash with some American slimedoggies thrown in for good measure.

  15. Yes, Mia nailed Woody with a book and tv movie! I agree with you about Woody being more talented than polanski, but I’m disgusted with them both now. The only polanski flick I remember liking was Chinatown. A lot of his flicks were long drawn out drivel.

  16. Polanski is a filthy pedophile. It wouldn’t matter if this narcissistic criminal found Jesus and repented. He’s guilty not just of rape, but of statutory rape and sodomy. And he’s a fugitive. How does his telling technicians where to point a camera exonerate him from the uncivilized outrages he’s committed? What crime would he have to perpetrate for his fellow narcissists to say, “Well, maybe he should go to jail?”
    And who in the boody he ll are these jumped-up nobodies who are demanding his release to decide there’s a statute of limitations on evil?
    ic
    In last nght’s thread on this topic, someone predicted that Polanski woud be made to seem like the victim. And today that is exacty what happened.

    UW, our society is in a class-race war. It’s earliest victims are the weakest members of society, women and children. Hillary Cinton and Sarah Palin were its most prominent first casuaties. Sarah’s children soon fell victim. This support for Polanski rather than the child he destroyed is another manifestation.

    Is it creeping Islam? In large part, yes. And Goldberg, Farrow, Winger, and the other women championing this pedophile are manifesting the Naomi Wolf synpdrome–the longing for unfreedom, and the failure to grasp the reality of what such subjugation entails and means.

  17. Well said Mary!

  18. You know, if her mother really arranged this, that doesn’t exonerate the pervert.But I am wondering why her MOTHER wasn’t prosecuted too. Pimping out your 13 year old daughter?

    I really am shocked about Whoopie. It’s not really rape-rape because the family knew? WTF?????????

  19. Yes, the mother took her there for a private modeling session, then sued polanski in civil court. Pretty shady. Hollywood moms can be really freaky. lakerwade has had several offers to go to studios for auditions & stuff, but we always politely decline. I don’t want that kind of life. Some of his friends are on major tv shows. I’ve heard the disney moms are the worst. (also the disney kids)

  20. So are we saying this mother left a 13 year old there alone with this pervert and received no legal punishment for endangering her child?

  21. Also disgusted with Whoopie. Disgusted with all of them. I can’t believe the hypocrisy and double standards these idiots have. I agree with Mary–we’re in a cultural decline with the rich, famous or popular getting away with everything.

  22. Do you have the wiki link?

  23. She wasn’t punished that I know of. She should have had Child Protective Svcs removing her children, while she served some time in county.

  24. annie,

    At least half of Americans have lost their bearings. Morality has become a popularity contest. I am by no means a religious Fundmaentalist of any stripe, but without a God-centered sense of right and wrong, we are lost. And even more than it hates capitalism, women, and white skin, Neo-Liberal Fascism hates God. From principled behavior, to situation ethics, to moral abyss is a long and bottomess journey.

  25. Mary, so true. I want off this slide!!!

  26. Oh, if you guys check out the wiki article, be sure to read the last paragraph about polanski’s successful slander lawsuit against Vanity Fair. The editor of the mag said this:

    Graydon Carter, editor of Vanity Fair, responded, “I find it amazing that a man who lives in France can sue a magazine that is published in America in a British courtroom”.

  27. I’ve updated with wiki account and list of petitioners.

  28. Listen, friends, people are passing along that link to birthofaparty dot com. I have reservations here when I see quotes from Corinne McClaughlin. For those of you who don’t know who she is, her website is visionarylead dot org and she’s into Spiritual Government. She wrote a book called Spritual Politics.

    I have also seen the word PUMA tossed around by people pushing this site and a person who never commented here before attempted to to that with a comment. Please know that No PUMA blogger I know is behind this site. You will also see posts at various places saying the site was formed by the United Patriots Party. Please know that this is a far right conservative group and their agenda is the other cliff. One thing I cannot stand is these two cliffs using me and the innocent people who come here and who have been disenfranchised by both of them.

    I am not going to support birthofaparty as I suspect it is lorded over by the religious right, nor will I allow their website to use my blog in any way. Tread lightly, my friends. If one side isn’t screwing you over, the other side is. Stay in the middle where common sense can finally rule the day. Over and out.

    I’m going to check around the blogisphere with some PUMA friends and see how they feel about the word PUMA being attached to this site. I’ll keep you posted about that. But I suspect you already know what the answer will be.

  29. I thought it was interesting the Luc Bresson ( Great french film director) actually went on the record saying : “No one should be above the law”
    Found that at Times of London.

  30. Put this piece of crap in beside Manson who butchered his wife. That will be justice. Send Specter in to room on the other side. I lost all respect for that dumb whacko bitch Whoopie long long ago. She has sided too many times with a criminal because he/ she was black or a star.

  31. Woody Allen signed the petition? Well there you go. Another artiste. Isn’t France the same country that it is the process of outlawing the hijab because it is symbolic of opression. How about sex without consent? Isn’t that oppression or is it different because the offender is a French citizen? I guess it depends on whose ox is being gored.

  32. Dear Up-

    Thank you for making me think twice about this.

    At first I was inclined to let the whole thing drop, sweep it under the carpet, because the victim wants to move on.

    Then I read about what he did and thought further about what I was saying.

    Quite apart from the heinousness of what he did and how he evaded justice is that you can’t run a criminal justice system according to the whims of the victim.

    If we did tthat we’d leave ourselves open to all kinds of corruption. What would prevent victims from being intimidated? They already are, but if the system depended on the victim’s feelings, we would have no system of justice at all.

    I guess the French don’t understand that.

  33. PS google polanski backlash

  34. Uppity,

    Apparently “the Hollywood community” wants to prevail upon the Governator to intervene on Polanski’s behalf.

    This is amazing on many levels. In and of itself it’s outrageous. But given the context of California’s spectacular economic decline, you really have to wonder if these people are on the same planet as everyone else.

  35. Sophia, given arnold’s reputation with women and the strong chance he might not be re-elected, I don’t think he’s going to be pissing off a bunch of mothers of 13 year olds.

    No harm done Sophia. I’m glad I had an impact. Sometimes I don’t and that’s ok too. Every woman needs to watch this case. These are the things that impact respect of women and girls. Slowly, we are being eroded.

  36. And from our friends at the NYT

    “Powerful Player Joins Polanski Team
    By MICHAEL CIEPLY and DOREEN CARVAJAL
    Roman Polanski’s American legal team has recruited the lawyer Reid Weingarten, a well-known Washington power player and a friend of Attorney General Eric H. Holder. “

  37. The Smoking Gun has the transcript of the girls original testimony. So disgusting. He raped her on the second night he took photos of her, so it looks like he really stalked her. She talks about how he took pictures of her in jeans and a white shirt “just standing there” and kept taking pix of her while he maneuvered her into the jacuzzi & then a bedroom. These pix, of a girl in jeans, no makeup or hair done, no lights, no assistants, are supposedly for French Vogue! What I’m trying to get at is this whole episode was a premeditated rape of a very young girl by a middle aged pediaphile. This freak could’ve easily had any grown woman he wanted, being a star director, but instead he tricks this kid with his phony “photos for Vogue” story. Sick bastard.

    Whoopi is supposedly getting slammed for her comments. Hope it keeps up.

    http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/polanskib18.html

  38. Really there is no need or legal reason to review her testimony. It’s not germaine at this point. The pig was convicted. He’s not going to be showing up for a trial. That part has already been done. He jumped bail before he could be sentenced. So now the only legal step there is left is to sentence him, plus sentence him for jumping bail.

  39. They can’t reopen the case and they can’t appeal. There is really nothing left for them to do if he lands in the USA. The only thing they can do is keep him from being shipped here.

  40. “Sophia, given arnold’s reputation with women and the strong chance he might not be re-elected, I don’t think he’s going to be pissing off a bunch of mothers of 13 year olds.”

    I agree – the success of this exercise in favoritism wasn’t my point in bringing it up. I brought it up to underscore the sheer unmitigated cluelessness of the Hollywood crowd. California is bankrupt. It’s going under. It’s massively in debt.

    But, in Malibu, the most important thing is Roman Polanski.

    They are out of it.

  41. I was just looking at it because of Whoopi’s “not a rape-rape” statement, and all these nuts thinking he should get off scot free. It was certainly a “rape-rape” and then some…a stalking, premeditated rape. He totally scammed this girl with the French Vogue bs. One of the oldest scams for predators of young women. A gorgeous young 18 yr olds body was found in the LA canyons a few years ago & the murderer did the same thing–lured her with the “photo session” so she could be a star type thing, then raped and killed her.

    No, I totally get that his trial is over & all that’s left is his sentencing and serving his sentence. But I’m glad they posted her testimony & I hope it goes public to shame the pigs that are defending him.

  42. Sophia @ 5:00pm: Spot on!

  43. Well, it was none other than the late Rex
    Harrison (as Prof Higgins in My Fair Lady)
    who said: “The French don’t care WHAT
    they do as long as they pronounce it right.”

    And AnneE, the French have ALWAYS been
    enamored with “Lolita” types and continue
    to be today. Look how many French names
    there are on the “petition.”

    Gosh, they’ll probably drum up a special
    award for this SOC Polanski at the Cannes
    Film Festival, no matter what happens.

    Hey, I know! When he’s sent to prison, they
    can give him the MEIN KAMPF prize in
    absentia.

    As for Whoopi, she lost it by saying Polanski
    wasn’t guilty “of rape-rape.” She would have
    been after his head if it was HER daughter.
    Idiot.

  44. “On the Los Angeles Times website
    only one in 30 comments from members
    of the public supported Polanski and most
    called for him to face justice.”

    Mon dieux! I’ll have to add mine!!!!!!

  45. They are out of it.

    Yeah and they fancy themselves experts in foreign affairs too.

    Some of those actors aren’t very bright when they aren’t speaking a script and playing a character. Either it’s their iQ or the drugs. I could rattle off names. Others are highly educated but for the most part……doh.

  46. I’m probably going to get beaten up but I think Whoopie means well most all of the time. I just think sometimes she goofs up. I’ll bet she’s thinking twice about that remark.

  47. Uppity, hope so (re whoopi thinking twice). I would like her a lot better (like I used to ) if she would recant.

  48. Nope Whoopi has gone round the bend. She lost me last year with the stupid slave comment on the view. She has only continued to dig her stupidity hole deeper in my book since then. She should stick to comedy IMHO.

  49. Form the LA Times blog=:

    “As for his victim who wants this to be
    dropped…no…This no longer about her.
    SOCIETY needs to be protected from
    sick perverts like this. Maybe she is
    happy to accept a huge payout to drop
    everything, but this pervert broke
    SOCIETY’s laws and must be held
    accountable.”

  50. Hal, that’s a good post.

  51. Incidentally everyone, Imelda flew in to Copenhagen today. Ferdinand goes tomorrow. This means we paid for two horrendously expensive flights instead of one.

  52. I am completely blown out of the water by the free polanski thing.
    I am not as angry with people – hollywood or otherwise – adding their thoughts and support to various issues. Heck, we all do it and we are no better or worse. We are all people with the right to speak out. What I do object to is giving a free ride to someone who has broken g-d’s laws (and you know me, I don’t use this term lightly) – just because he/she is a member of the “community”.
    How many of these people supported the compassionate release of susan atkins – the woman who murdered polanski’s wife? I bet none. Would they have rallied round the flag if one of their own children was raped?

    The people who have been named as supporting this man (I really think he is a brilliant director; Repulsion was one of the most impressive films I have ever seen.) really know better.
    Mia Farrow?!?! WTF. Whoopi G ?? I remember when Whoopi first started. How can she – after going what she went through in her own life – support freedom for this person?

    I am not saying anything new here. Up til now, I haven’t said anything at all, and am gobsmacked by the news and the names of those who would throw this man a life preserver. I think of my own girls and can tell you that if this ever happened to mine, I’d have had both his heads in a food mill.

  53. While Imelda and Ferdinand are carousing in Copenhagen, the great daley machine is shutting down public transportation once again – this time on Friday. A month ago it was for HRH Oprah. This time it is to “allow people” who support bringing the games to Chicago, to mill about the Loop to watch the selection and announcement. So now, my daily commute of 1.5 hours will likely take 2 hours. This will just be a slight taste of what we peons will have to look forward to in 2016.
    I just read a report that the city is divided 47% – 45% in favor of hosting the games. In my circle of friends, colleagues, and family, the vote is more likely 95% – 5% against hosting the games. And when I hear people talking about it on the commute, I hear no one supporting it. No One.
    Here is what I just read concerning a complaint pressed by Rio de Janeiro against Chicago:

    “It’s the first I have heard of this,” said Ryan, who founded US global insurance broker Aon.

    “However, I think Mayor Daley was misinterpreted . . .(snip)

    The Mayor is a very good and fair competitor“.

    Sure he is. Just like his friend Ferdinand.

  54. Methinks the Hollywood crowd misjudged the public mood. They thought that “Obama time” meant that things had swung their way culturally. They were wrong.

    The backlash isn’t just in the US – it’s in France and Poland. It seems that the real French and the real Polish are as distant from their “elites” as we are.

    http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/a79ffa94-ae22-11de-87e7-00144feabdc0.html

  55. Mary @10:59 ~
    you are oh, so right

  56. Mary,

    Absolutely. I didn’t want to mention the racial angle. I was too cowardly. I despise Goldberg. She defended Michael Vick with some flimsy excuse. The real reason was that he’s a brutha and blood’s thicker than water.

  57. This whole situation is quite horrible but not without humor. Their idiotic petition says they can’t “tolerate” Polanski’s being extradited and imprisoned.

    Well, guess what, dudes, Polanski WILL be extradited and he WILL be jailed. So “the Hollywood community” will damn well have to tolerate it. Yippee.

    In a sense, I think this is great. Justice is being served, and the continuing controversy will expose “the Hollywood community” as the true enemies of morality and humanity.

    I recommend a boycott of their products. Since most of them are garbage, you won’t be giving up much.

  58. Didn’t Polanski have an affair with the young Nastasia Kinski (14 or 15 yr old) when he made the film TESS decades ago? I read an article long ago that he’s had a proclivity for young girls.

  59. Yes! He slept with Nastassja Kinski when she was 15! Trixta, thanks for bringing that up. Everytime I read something about this, I kept thinking of Kinski, but couldn’t remember why! I thought I was going senile! Wiki link:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nastassja_Kinski

    Quote from wiki:

    “At 15 Kinski began a romantic relationship with director Roman Polanski.”

    What a perv!

  60. Interesting short account of polanski’s defamation lawsuit against Vanity Fair. Graydon Carters comments, about halfway thru, are worth a look:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2005/07/23/movies/MoviesFeatures/23pola.html

  61. Annie I think he married his wife when she was 16. He has a serious problem with the youngens. Wait till he gets to be his cellies bitch.

  62. You’re being kind DE. You mean he likes to rape and have sex with children.

    In all quarters where people are civilized, this is regarded as despicable. It’s also called a felony. Funny how the only people who think this is just fine is the hollywood set. The rest of the country calls him a pervert who makes movies. They call him an artiste who has a “techincal problem” that might get in the way of him making another movie while he rubs Bubba’s back.

    When you can dismiss a child molester and treat his prey as no more important than a rat to a python, there is something wrong with this picture.

  63. I remember when MIa Farrow was all over Woody like white on rice. She went after him over his molestation of her adopted daughter. And now here she is thinking it’s just dandy if the guy who gave her the part in Rosemary’s Baby does it to a 13 year old.

  64. Maybe Letterman can make some jokes about it.

  65. Some of you are getting way ahead of yourselves. Right now it is far from clear whether the Swiss can actually extradite Polanski.

    According to a political consultant @ associatedcontent, Roman Polanski’s rights under the Geneva Convention were violated because neither Poland nor France were warned about his pending arrest – something they have to agree to and authorize. Deporting a 3rd party national without such authorization amounts to an act of terrorism – as UN regulations stipulate. While the US may not always take the Geneva Convention too seriously, the Swiss will.

    Moreover, questions have arisen over the status of Polanski, who is convicted, but not sentenced. This is a MAJOR legal loophole in the Swiss-US treaty, as it is unclear as to what amount of time is unserved – the treaty states that over 6 months of unserved time should be left. Since he has been succesfully prosecuted, and convicted, but is left without a sentence – it is unclear as to how much he has left to serve. His lawyers will either argue that since there is no sentence – there’s no time to be served, or that his 42-day pre-sentence stay should be equalled to a measure of time served.

    And added to that are the allegations of judicial misconduct. The public statements by LA Judge Espinoza, presiding over the case, that such conduct has, according to him, been established, while not a clear-cut judicial ruling (since Polanski failed to appear in court, he can not rule in his favor on this matter yet), can weigh heavily in favour of Mr Polanski in his extradition hearings.

  66. Mr. M. I am about to post another piece about this piece of shit and how he thought his propaganda documentary would get him a free ride. In short, this pig who touches people’s young children is running out of stories.

    I hardly call living in France Time Served and I am sure the court will be hard pressed to agree. Judicial misconduct is a nice try from a pervert like him, since the judge is dead. However, a certain prosecutor just unraveled a few things.

  67. David Well’s “I lied” claim isn’t world-changing to this case. It just makes him look very suspicious now, and someone the defense will love to punch on when it comes to a retrial/appeal/renegiotated deal. Already in 1997, Judge Fidler accepted that there was enough misconduct to offer Polanski’s legal team a new deal. Deal fell through, because among other things, it had to be televised.

  68. I haven’t got the time to pull Mr. M’s guts out right now and roast them over a spit.

    On the legal issues, see:

    http://lefarkins.blogspot.com/2009/09/further-thoughts-from-anne-applebaum.html

    Gotta go….

    This is going to turn into something very big, Uppity. I predict it will have a huge cultural impact.

    Strange how things work out, isn’t it??

  69. Nowhere do I downplay his crime, in fact, he got off very easy in the original plea bargain if you look at the allegations which the victim makes in her Grand Jury testimony). Not sure why you would want to “pull my guts out”.

    Fair trial & fair proceedings, then and now, are equally important aspects of the rule of law as is punishment. Neither takes priority over the other.

  70. It’s probably because she notices that, while you have never shown any interest in commenting on this blog before, you certainly have a rather fond fascination for defending this pervert who, lucky for her, didn’t get a shot at your own sister. And probably because you are doing it all in a rather obvious and annoying passive-resistant manner.

    …And probably also because there is a scent of something to the purpose of you being here at all, in a thread where we aren’t Ms. Winger and we don’t see this case as a “minor technicality” so that we might look for loopholes that free this child molester for a couple of more rounds before he dies.

    ……And mostly because your IP address is European, where in some quarters, raping and sodomizing 13 year olds is no big deal, particularly if child molester is a beloved artiste. But you already know that.

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