What Is The Situation With Bernie Sanders’ ‘Rape Article?’

A new topic has been making the rounds in the main-stream media in regards to Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders:  an essay he wrote in the 1970’s that talks about rape fantasies.

The essay appeared in the alternative newspaper the Vermont Freeman.  Sanders was age 31 at the time.

The Democratic candidate said on a Sunday talk show that it was simply an attempt to address power dynamics – much like the erotic novel “50 Shades of Grey.”

“This is a piece of fiction that I wrote in 1972, I think,” the Vermont senator told Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Could Mr. Sanders’ political enemies use the old essay against him?

“That was 43 years ago. It was very poorly written and if you read it, what it was dealing with was gender stereotypes, why some men like to oppress women, why other women like to be submissive, you know, something like ‘Fifty Shades of Grey,’” he elaborated.

Mother Jones Magazine unearthed the article last week.  Sanders spokesman Michael Briggs called it a “dumb attempt at dark satire in an alternative publication.”

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Pentagon Asks National Defense University To ‘Honor’ Dead Saudi King In Essay

According to a press release from the U.S. Department of Defense, attendees at the National Defense University have been asked to do a written tribute to the “life and leadership” of the “Saudi Arabian monarch.”

Headed by Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, the essay contest will focus on both Abdullah and the region as a whole.

“This is an important opportunity to honor the memory of the king, while also fostering scholarly research on the Arab-Muslim world, and I can think of no better home for such an initiative than NDU,” Dempsey said.

Dempsey went one step further in his idolization of the ex-ruler by calling him a man of “remarkable character and courage.”

“In my job to train and advise his military forces, and in our relationship since, I found the king to be a man of remarkable character and courage,” Dempsey said.

Since Abdullah’s passing, members of the U.S. establishment have given endless praise to the former dictator, seemingly ignoring his barbaric rule and world-renowned brutality.

As noted by the Intercept’s Murtaza Hussain, prominent U.S. leaders such as John McCain, Joe Biden and John Kerry wasted no time in highlighting Abdullah’s alleged accomplishments following his death.

In a statement last night Senator John McCain eulogized Abdullah as ‘a vocal advocate for peace, speaking out against violence in the Middle East.’ John Kerry described the late monarch as ‘a brave partner in fighting violent extremism’ and ‘a proponent of peace.’

Not to be outdone, Vice President Joe Biden released a statement mourning Abdullah and announced that he would be personally leading a presidential delegation to offer condolences on his passing.

The president also expressed grief over the loss of Abdullah, pointing to his so-called “search for peace.”

The British government and the Royal Family paid their respects to the dictator by ordering all flags over state buildings and palaces to be flown at half mast, a move which produced a backlash among some public figures in Britain.

In reality, King Abdullah’s leadership produced atrocities nearly identical to that of alleged enemies the Islamic State.

Western leaders made no mention of the country’s “record level” beheadings in 2014 for crimes such as adultery, apostasy and “sorcery.”

Source: Mikael Thalen