The Rape Kit Imbroglio

I see, via Memeorandum, that the rape kit story has bubbled up into the MSM:

In 2000, Alaska lawmakers learned that rural police agencies had been billing rape victims or their insurance companies $500 to $1,200 for the costs of the forensic medical examinations used to gather evidence. They quickly passed a law prohibiting the practice.

According to the sponsor, Democrat Eric Croft, the law was aimed in part at Wasilla, where now-Gov. Sarah Palin was mayor. When it was signed, Wasilla’s police chief expressed displeasure.

“In the past, we’ve charged the cost of exams to the victims’ insurance company when possible,” then-chief Charlie Fannon told the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman, the local newspaper. “I just don’t want to see any more burden put on the taxpayer.”

I don’t know when the practice started or if it is fair to pin this on Palin, but the craziest thing about the whole affair is not that they actually did it, but that they thought of charging the victims in the first place. I honestly can not think of one other crime in which upon reporting it, the victim is assessed with a fee. Now granted, this does not include false reports or things of a fraudulent nature, but real crimes.

Can you think of any? I can’t imagine someone getting hit by a drunk driver being forced to pay for their breathalyzer. No one would even suggest something like that. I can not imagine someone being viciously beaten being charged for the photographs the Police Department would take as evidence. Why on earth would anyone think it makes sense to charge rape victims for the rape kits?

As far as I am concerned, while going through with actually charging them is pretty perverse (even more so when justified as a savings for taxpayers), it is the thinking that even led to someone suggesting that the victim pay for the kit that is the problem. That is downright crazy. My dad was the mayor (and by nature of the position, chief of police) of our small town for 20+ years, and he would have shit an absolute brick if someone had suggested something like that. Can you think of a situation in which the victim is charged for services?

No Time For Ethics When Fighting Back the Moose Invasion And Holding Off Putin

Really, though, this is all a partisan witch-hunt:

An informal adviser who has counseled Gov. Sarah Palin on ethics issues urged her in July to apologize for her handling of the dismissal of the state’s public safety commissioner and warned that the matter could snowball into a bigger scandal.

He also said, in a letter reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, that she should fire any aides who had raised concerns with the chief over a state trooper who was involved in a bitter divorce with the governor’s sister.

In the letter, written before Sen. John McCain picked the Alaska governor as his running mate, former U.S. Attorney Wevley Shea warned Gov. Palin that “the situation is now grave” and recommended that she and her husband, Todd Palin, apologize for “overreaching or perceived overreaching” for using her position to try to get Trooper Mike Wooten fired from the force.

The only thing missing from the McCain/Palin farce to date is a promise to bring the most ethical administration ever to Washington. As a side note, I remain absolutely shocked that no one on the right is appalled by the Palin pick (the most they can muster is painful silence). None of the people who at least pretended to be thinkers is calling foul. No one. It is all about how average and just like us she is.

I remember a few years back when I really was under the impression that the Democrats were filled with radical liberals who were not serious, and that we needed to bring Republicans in to replace the Clinton/Albright era of incompetence. How the hell did I get it so damned wrong?

I know people in the PTA who hunt. I don’t want them in the White House. This is just absolutely crazy, and I am sorry if I keep repeating myself, but I just can not seem to believe this is really happening.

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The most depressing thing is that I have friends who have been friends of the family forever, their son is my age and was the honor grad at Annapolis a few years ago, and they are just good folks. I remember in 2000 when they wanted McCain because Bush was too religious (I was with Bush because I saw a winner in him), and then we were all soothed by the addition of Cheney to the ticket. Today, I am afraid to even talk to them because they are all in the bag for that odious pile of shit John McCain. They have learned NOTHING from the last eight years. Nothing.

Full Of Shit

Now granted, if you read Lawyers, Guns, and Money (which appears to have a freakish number of Alaskans blogging there), you would already know that Sarah Palin is utterly full of shit when she talks about the pipeline being built in Alaska. Sadly, not enough people read LGM, so the Times will have to do:

When Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska took center stage at the Republican convention last week, she sought to burnish her executive credentials by telling how she had engineered the deal that jump-started a long-delayed gas pipeline project.


The reality, however, is far more ambiguous than the impression Ms. Palin has left at the convention and on the campaign trail.

Certainly she proved effective in attracting developers to a project that has eluded Alaska governors for three decades. But an examination of the pipeline project also found that Ms. Palin has overstated both the progress that has been made and the certainty of success.

The pipeline exists only on paper. The first section has yet to be laid, federal approvals are years away and the pipeline will not be completed for at least a decade. In fact, although it is the centerpiece of Ms. Palin’s relatively brief record as governor, the pipeline might never be built, and under a worst-case scenario, the state could lose up to $500 million it committed to defray regulatory and other costs.

The bullshit never stops with these people. Ever.