Simi Valley Sophist

The Simi Valley Sophist ruminates on all manner of topics from the micro to the macro. SVS travels whatever path strikes his fancy. Encyclopedia Britannica: Sophist "Any of certain Greek lecturers, writers, and teachers in the 5th and 4th centuries BC, most of whom travelled about the Greek-speaking world giving instruction in a wide range of subjects in return ..."

Location: California, United States

Retired: 30years law enforcement-last 20 years Criminal Intelligence Detective.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Hillary Clinton Reveals Self

Off-hand comments can open a window to the real person, and they can not be taken back nor often adequately explained away.

Hillary appeared to diss Martin Luther King and caused an uproar among blacks. See “Racial tensions roil Democratic race.”

Then in reference to an illegal alien woman, Hillary tells a Hispanic male, and the assembled group, that “No woman is illegal.”

Can it be that Hillary is a phony friend of blacks and a female chauvinist? As to the phony friend of blacks, some would say so: Media Take Out; Jack & Jill Politics.

Links in this Blog:
Racial tensions roil Democratic race

LAS VEGAS STOP: Clinton pitch hits home

Jack & Jill Politics

Media Take Out

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Predicting Obama’s Victory in New Hampshire & Foreign Tyrants

Barack Obama was supposed to vanquish Hillary Clinton in a tsunami of New Hampshire primary votes. It was a done deal. “Everyone” in the media said so. Polling data and computer modeling assured Obama that he would slaughter Hillary.

There’s egg on the faces of the voting prognosticators today. They blew it. That’s what happens when you try to predict the future. The experts missed the mark when they had unlimited data and resources to guide their guess. And, it was a guess.

For those who read my piece “Intelligence: Art of the Best Guess,” perhaps you have a little more sympathy for the federal intelligence personnel who struggle to deem the intentions of tyrants in far away lands. Predicting the future is not so easy. Just ask the media about New Hampshire. Perhaps the media will no longer be so arrogant about George W. Bush’s actions based on intelligence estimates. Sure, get real!

Link in this Blog:
Intelligence: Art of the Best Guess

Monday, January 07, 2008

Muslims Enforce Their Medical Modesty Rules on Society

R. John Matthies, of Family Security, asks in his piece entitled, “Delivering Obstetrics from Radical Islam,”

Is a Muslim within his rights to insist a female physician examine his wife, or refuse male assistance in the birth of his child? And, are hospitals obliged to ccommodate the Muslim’s wish when this unfairly burdens staff, entails a delay that jeopardizes patient care, or if accommodations like these contravene the Hippocratic oath? Europe grapples with questions like these with increasing frequency; and Great Britain and the Netherlands appear well on their way to translating the discriminating tastes of their hospital guests into hospital policy.

Muslim males are insisting that Muslim females only be attended by females.

Grumbling over belligerent males in the obstetrics ward has also made news in Belgium, where two cases in particular made headlines recently. One concerns anesthetist Philippe Becx, who, on the night of August 23, 2007, was called to assist an emergency Caesarian. The doctor arrived to find his path obstructed by
the patient’s husband, who said in no case would a man be allowed to care for his wife.

France is taking a defiant position.

This defense comprises a brief policy document (titled Information importante), which the College distributed to every Obstetrics-Gynecology service in France, with the recommendation that this be posted in plain view of hospital guests and those seeking care.

The Information states that, (1) the healthcare field is comprised of members of each sex; (2) it is impossible to guarantee a woman will be followed or examined by a female physician; (3) private conviction and the practice of faith must not be allowed to compromise patient care; (4) the service may not be disrupted for any reason; and (5) refusal to be seen by a man will be understood as refusal of service.

The insane Muslim insistence on “modesty” is not consistent with previous French Muslim experience.

30 years ago, Muslim women arrived at our hospitals, thinking nothing to be seen by physicians who were most often male […], and one neither experienced this sort of difficulty, nor witnessed this kind of violence. Why this regression? Should we simply resign ourselves to the present situation, and take a great step backwards?

Is it really such a surprise in Europe? Islamist philosophy coupled with Muslim, often misogynist, culture in Europe is bound to continue flexing its muscles. The question for Europe is, do you have the intestinal fortitude to stand up to the Muslims? France is trying.

Least you think that the U.S. is immune, think again. Just because the Muslim percentage of the population is smaller than Europe, it does not mean that the Muslim cultural views are not present. Witness the physical abuse of Muslim women in the U.S.

On the modesty issue, is it really Muslim misogynist views? Or, do the Muslim females subscribe to the same “modesty” philosophy? I suspect so.

Links in this Blog:
Delivering Obstetrics from Radical Islam

Abused Muslim Women in U.S. Gain Advocates

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Police Entrapment and Abuse-Moral Morass Exhibit Eight

Did you read the article about the topless woman that police used to lure “perverts?” This is a great time to examine attitudes about nudity, sex and the police. Here’s the crux of the story in Columbus, Ohio.

Apparently there were incidents of males engaging in public sexual activity.

…cops… were targeting men having sex or masturbating in the park.

The police used a topless woman “sunbathing” to attract potential sexual law breakers. In Columbus,

While topless sunbathing is legal in the city's parks, exposing more than that is against the law.

The police video taped their topless agent, wearing what appear to be shorts, reclining on her back under a tree. Up walks a male and joins her. He sits at her feet and she smiles at him, engages him in conversation, allows him to sit at her feet while she moves about and puts her leg on his shoulder. Her action is flirtatious and allows him to see her clothed crotch. Of course, we don’t know if the shorts are tight or nor or whether she is wearing underwear. So far, so good. No problem yet. She is simply setting the stage to allow him the opportunity to commit a sexual crime. Then the woman asks the man to show her his penis (the crime.) He complies with the request and is arrested.

At the man’s trial,

…his attorney argued that it was a case of entrapment.
Under California law, the man was entrapped. In other words, the law enforcement agent, the topless woman, suggested the criminal act of displaying the penis in public. The assumption made is that the display of the penis, absent any sexual activity, is a violation of law. That is not necessarily a good assumption. We don’t know if he had an erection, or whether or not he masturbated. However, view the video, it does not appear that he does much of anything. Without the law enforcement suggestion to reveal the penis, the man may never have conceived of nor fulfilled the act. The fact that the Columbus police utilized a topless woman to snare the man is immaterial since her topless status was lawful.

The American people are having a difficult time determining the differences and intersections of nudity and sex. Columbus, Ohio, surprisingly recognizes that a woman bearing her breasts while sunbathing is not sexual behavior. Or, is it just an acceptable public sexual activity? The female breast, specifically the nipples and areola, are laced with nerves which play an important part in female sexual excitation. Of course, they also play an important part in nursing. Can we agree to a duality of function? Naturally the American male is sexually gaga over the female breast (you can also insert “body” for “breast”) and mostly views it in sexual terms. That’s why the Columbus police used the topless woman as bait. And, it’s also why the Columbus police may have assumed that the visiting male was intent on making a sexual contact with the woman. Most Americans would probably agree with that assessment. But, perhaps that was not the case. We don’t have an audio transcript to know what was said. It is possible that the woman represented herself as a nudist engaging in lawful non-sexual activity. She could have induced the male to expose himself in a nudist vein and he complied even though the mere public exposure of a penis is undoubtedly unlawful in Columbus. Police assumptions and zealousness could well have led to entrapment. Moral and legal problem number one.

I have personal knowledge of a California police department that arrested a man for walking down the street nude in the pre-dawn early morning hours. He was arrested for a California statute that prohibited nudity that is directly linked to a sexual excitation. In other words, mere nudity absent the sexual content is not unlawful. There was no evidence that the California man was sexually excited.

A violation of the California law is a misdemeanor, which for an arrest requires the police to view the violation or a citizen must view the violation and be willing to make a citizen’s arrest. Here’s the problem with this case. The police found the man fully clothed and there was no citizen witness to come forward. Nevertheless, a concerned motorist had called in the incident and the police made the unlawful arrest. And, the arresting officer did so with the approval of his supervisor, who was not the least bit concerned with the unlawfulness of the arrest. Moral and legal problem number two.

In this age of modernity, I think that the confusion of nudity and sex is getting worse, not better. At the local YMCA yesterday, I saw four teenage males wearing underwear under their knee length swimsuits. And in the locker room, they individually took refuge in an enclosed shower stall to remove the wet items and put on dry clothing. What the hell have we done to our young males?

Link in this Blog:
Topless Woman Lured Perverts in Police Sting

Update: ABC News has taken down the story. Here is a link referencing the story:

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Simi Valley Sunset New Years Day '08