It’s appropriate to review the real life horror story, Polanski 2: The Extradition, on Halloween weekend.
An L.A. Times editorial published Oct. 31, 2009 defends the Jew hunters in Switzerland who grabbed Roman Polanski before he could receive his lifetime achievement award at the Zurich Film Festival. The headline of the Times editorial is “Polanski’s victim is not judge and jury.” The editorial is full of verbage best read in a German accent about the continuing danger he poses to society and the community. If correct, he’s a menace to the French, who seem not to be afraid of him. But nein, nein, nein! Achtung! Vee must make an example of him! Macht schnell! Let’s bring him to California where he can have the taxpayers spend more money they don’t have on his case and perhaps have the prosecution fumble the ball O.J. style so he can be released in Hollywood. Then he could be our menace.
The victim, Samantha Geimer, age 45 now, states that she wishes the whole matter would just go away, according to CNN reporter Ann O’Neill, in a story titled “Victim: Courts did more harm than Polanski.” The story includes this passage, “Every time this case is brought to the attention of the court, great focus is made of me, my family, my mother and others,” Geimer wrote in her affidavit to the court. “That attention is not pleasant to experience and is not worth maintaining over some irrelevant legal nicety, the continuation of the case.” . . . She wrote in January, “I have become a victim of the actions of the district attorney.”
Despite Geimer’s claim that “I was this sweet 13-year-old girl” who got unfairly tagged as a little Lolita, Gore Vidal recently (Oct. 28, 2009) called her a “hooker” in an interview about his career in The Atlantic. Following up on the widely reported comment, Vidal said, “The media can’t get anything straight. . .The idea that this girl was in her communion dress, a little angel all in white, being raped by this awful Jew, Polacko – that’s what people were calling him – well, the story is totally different now from what it was then.” The Atlantic interviewer also asked, “Errol Flynn stood trial for raping underage girls in 1943, and was acquitted. Was he treated differently than Roman Polanski?” Vidal replied, “Everybody liked Errol Flynn.”
Mondo Cult forum commenter “traveler” made some interesting points. First, if there were only 48 days left on Polanski’s sentence, it seems logical to serve that brief a time considering the serious charge. But then again, accused child molesters are targets in prison, so perhaps Polanski didn’t believe he would survive his term. The failing U.S. “justice” system, with California being one of the worst, can’t “remain a topic for discussion another time” – it is the topic.
Oh, and as for Brad, my co-author on the novel Anarquia, bashing the “Totalitarian Internet?” Sometimes my Kentribution is to reign in his natural Luddite impulse. After all, isn’t he getting to speak his piece on the dread Interweb itself?
Punishing crime is not justice. It may be “maintaining order” to enforce laws forbidding women to possess and use vibrators in the state of Mississippi (thankfully guns are legal), but true justice is restoring victims to a condition of pre-harm, not indulging puritans of the religious right and anti-sex-league left. While researching this subject, I learned that the age of consent in California went up since the Sixties, from 16 to 18. Really? All those actresses appearing nude in Celebrity Sleuth were virgins on their 18th birthday? As Brad has often said, “Everyone in the country laughs at the idea that the age of consent in California is 18.”
California courts are ordering the release of 40,000 thugs due to prison overcrowding in the first wave of perhaps a series of forced releases thanks to the budget crisis. The financial bubble that burst was caused by the Federal Reserve’s increase of the money supply. Rest assured that victimless vice squad “criminals,” unapproved drug users, and non-violent offenders will remain locked up as long as possible.
Brad’s modest proposal is for California to receive some money from Polanski instead of adding taxpayers to the list of victims next to Samantha Geimer. “America needs money more than it needs symbolism.” I don’t believe it will be enough to stop the chaos from government caused hyperinflation and the food riots to follow. How much stability will there be when the State of California issues IOUs not just to its vendors, but to its welfare recipients? Expect disorder.
Hope you had a Happy Halloween!