Last week, The Commission on Judicial Performance, admonished California Superior Court Judge Derek G. Johnson for comments he made during a 2008 rape trial. During a sentencing for someone convicted of rape, domestic battery and stalking his former live-in girlfriend, Johnson said, “I’m not a gynecologist, but I can tell you something. If someone doesn’t want to have sexual intercourse, the body shuts down.” Johnson’s comments were offensive and just plain wrong.
In the wake of the Newtown tragedy, Charlotte Allen of the The National Review, questioned the lack of “male aggression” in elementary schools writing it, “can be a good thing, as in protecting the weak — but it has been forced out of the culture of elementary schools and the education schools that train their personnel.” Meanwhile, The Hartford Courant published a tribute to the women of Sandy Hook citing the staff’s “goodness and strength.”
Also in New England, yet another Senate race kicked off in Massachusetts following President Obama’s nomination of Senator John Kerry as Secretary of State. Senator Scott Brown, who lost the November election to Elizabeth Warren, is expected to run on the Republican ticket. Former Governor William Weld has also been mentioned as a potential candidate. On the Democrat side, Attorney General Martha Coakley, who lost the 2010 special Senate election to Scott Brown, has been mentioned as a qualified candidate. And the late Senator Ted Kennedy’s widow, Vicki Kennedy, has been mentioned as a possible interim Senator to serve between Kerry’s appointment and the election. But mostly, the list of possible contenders that have been bandied about by media and pundits, are the standard list of white guys who currently serve the Commonwealtth.
And speaking of the press, Time magazine has named Martha Nelson, editor-in-chief. Nelson, the founding editor of InStyle and former editor of People Group, is the first woman to head Time.